Earlier this month we got our first look at Star Wars: Resistance, the newest show to come from Lucasfilm animation!
It will premiere on Sunday, October 7 at 10:00 p.m., introducing us to a young pilot, Kazuda Xiono, recruited by Poe Dameron for the cause of the Resistance as a spy. Here’s a look at the trailer if you haven’t seen it:
Let’s break down this first trailer and see what we can learn from it:
The trailer starts by showing us Kaz’s ship, which is apparently being lowered down out of a hangar above water (probably on the space station Colossus). The ship’s design is pretty similar in many ways to an X-Wing, though it’s still a very unique style that we haven’t really seen in Star Wars before.
One cool thing to note from Kaz’s ship, as noticed by Making Star Wars, is a certain logo on the side of the ship:
That looks to be a Naboo starfighter emblem, which is a really nice nod to the prequel trilogy – and which is cool given the fact that Leia Organa, the daughter of a former Naboo queen and senator, is the General of the Resistance.
There’s a cool shot of Kaz and BB-8 standing on a platform looking out at the moon over the water planet – which, again, seems to be where the space station Colossus is located.
These shots give us a good look at some of the central characters: Kaz and BB-8! Fans of course are quite familiar with the BB droid, and it’s great to see him on screen in this trailer, but Kaz is a new character (voiced by Christopher Sean). As we see this shot, we hear Kaz saying, “Can you imagine what it’s like to be an ace pilot?” That likely figures to be a significant plot line in the show, as it seems that Kaz longs to be an ace pilot – and therefore would likely idolize and look up to Poe Dameron. So when Poe gives him a mission, it’s probably even more meaningful. We also know that there will be plenty of flying action in this show (and the trailer certainly backs that up), so Kaz probably isn’t too bad of a pilot himself either. He apparantly longs to be an ace pilot, and it will be interesting to see whether he becomes one or not for the Resistance.
Speaking of flying, we saw plenty of it in the trailer! We see several ships flying in a race above the Colossus, flying through rings while spectators watch and cheer on the space station. Kaz is among the pilots racing here, which again further suggests that he’s skilled as a pilot.
We don’t know what direction the show will take regarding ship racing, but there’s certainly a direction that they could take which would be very interesting: as recently as 28ABY (as far as we know), Han Solo provided oversight and sponsorship to races – which led to a pilot for the Resistance in Greer Sonnel. It’s very uncertain whether the story would progress that direction for Kaz to participate in a race sponsored by Han Solo, but it’d be an interesting development.
Seemingly in response to Kaz’s earlier statement about being an ace pilot, we then get our first glimpse of a green alien mechanic, named Neeku Vozo (voiced by Josh Brener), saying, “This is your chance to make that true.”
Kaz will certainly be getting his chance, as the trailer cuts to Poe Dameron (voiced by Oscar Isaac) for the first time. Poe tells Kaz, “I’ve got a mission for you,” which prompts a loud and joyful, “YES!” from Kaz. Poe tells Kaz to, “Blend in. Find out who’s loyal to the good guys and who isn’t.”
This seems to be the major premise of the show, at least as far as we’ve heard so far, as Kaz is tasked with spying on the First Order. It seems that this starts on the Colossus, but beyond that we don’t know much. There are likely to be many First Order sympathizers out there, and it’s Kaz’s mission to find them out and make sure the Resistance knows about it.
One really intriguing thing that is easy to miss in the trailer is that we actually get to see the New Republic logo! On Kaz’s flight suit (shown in his reaction to Poe giving him a mission), you can see briefly on his left shoulder the insignia of the New Republic (which you can get a better look at here, if you’re interested). It’s cool to see that on-screen, and it may help give us insight into Kaz’s character. He may be a part of the New Republic initially who is persuaded to join the Resistance – which is very much like Poe’s story, coincidentally. Either way, it sparks hope in me that we might get to see more of the New Republic in this show, exploring the inter-workings of the government, the failures of those in charge to take the First Order seriously, and its tenuous relationship with Leia Organa’s Resistance. It’s the perfect time period for that kind of storytelling.
So what’s this mission that Poe gives Kaz, anyway? We hear that via a voiceover from Poe in the trailer: “Blend in. Find out who’s loyal to the good guys and who isn’t.” As this is going on, we see quick glimpses of several characters: a female pilot (likely Torra Doza), a female mechanic named Tam Ryvora (voiced by Suzie McGrath), Neeku, and then an alien whose species looks similar (though certainly not identical) to Grummgar’s.
That alien, who was seen leaning in close to Kaz and scowling at him, is then seen tossing someone off the edge of the platform – much to the horror of Kaz. He asks Poe, “What was that?” Poe responds, “What was what?” Kaz says, “the throwing and the falling, over there?” to which Poe answers, “Don’t think about it.” It’s played up for humor, but it’s also great to see chill Poe Dameron strolling along on the space station despite what’s going on. Perhaps this alien is sympathetic to the Resistance and is throwing a First Order sympathizer, or perhaps Poe simply knows they have to blend in.
A hangar opens, leaving Kaz, Neeku, Jarek Yeager (voiced by Scott Lawrence), and BB-8 looking at this ship – the same ship that we saw Kaz racing in earlier in the trailer. So it appears that this is the crew that helps Kaz race, and in doing so likely helps him with his quest. Well, that is, at least somewhat…
As explained in StarWars.com’s description of the first episode, Yeager is “a veteran pilot who operates a starship repair shop run by his crew,” a friend of Poe’s who permits Kaz to stay with him on the Colossus as a mechanic. His crew consists of Tam, Neeku and Buckett (an astromech droid), and Kaz seems to join the crew early on. In the trailer, we see Yeager saying, “You can work on my team, but when it comes to your mission as a spy, I don’t want anything to do with it.” So it seems that Yeager is willing to help Kaz insofar as it means housing him and giving him a job as cover, but Yeager isn’t willing to help Kaz’s mission to spy on the First Order.
Speaking of Kaz’s mission to spy on the First Order, the trailer gives us a look at the perils of that mission. We first get a glimpse of him jumping to a lower platform, landing, rolling, and then taking off running as blasterfire peppers the ground after him. Then later in the trailer, we see a couple of ships firing upon a platform (where Kaz stands) and creating an explosion, and then in another shot we see Kaz and BB-8 knocked to the ground. And then, of course, there’s the shot of a stormtrooper, which we’ll get to in just a moment. But it seems the First Order catches on to Kaz’s mission at some point, which will make things much more difficult.
We know that Kaz works for Yeager as a mechanic, but he doesn’t seem to excel at it. We catch a glimpse of him seemingly repairing a part, only to see it turn off and begin smoking. This leads another female mechanic to exclaim, “Oh, you’ve got to be kidding me!” Perhaps Kaz’s time as a mechanic will serve to provide some comedic relief.
Speaking of comedic relief, we get a look at Bucket, Yeager’s astromech droid, punching Kaz in the face, as he then collapses to the floor. This is played off for comedy, and it will be interesting to see what kind of personality this droid has. From the looks of this one quick shot, it might not put up with too much incompetence.
BB-8 again, because who doesn’t love this droid?
The next thing we see is a female pilot (the same one seen briefly earlier, who I’d guess is Torra Doza) who tells Kaz, “I just wanted to wish my competition good luck.” There’s another shot of her in the cockpit of a ship waiving to Kaz, who sheepishly waves back. As they’re flying, Kaz says, “This is fine. I’m fine.” The pilot responds, “Just, be careful. And don’t explode,” to which Kaz says, “I’ll do my best.” It doesn’t seem that this pilot is a part of Team Fireball, but she does seem to develop some sort of a relationship with Kaz and is an opponent of his in the races.
There are some shots of two ships firing upon a docking area at night, where Kaz and BB-8 are standing. This creates explosions, and in another shot we see both of them knocked to the ground. Presumably, these are First Order sympathizers. The ships don’t exactly appear to be TIE Fighters, but it’s possible they’re a new variant, or that these people are simply sympathetic to the First Order cause but aren’t formally involved. Either way, it means trouble for Kaz. It looks like people are on to him, and that means he’ll likely have to be creative about skirting trouble and staying alive.
Mentioned earlier, there’s a shot of a First Order stormtrooper firing his or her blaster. Aside from the blaster color (First Order blasters should be red, I believe, but that’s a relatively minor deal), much of the discussion I have seen centers around who this figure is. It’s made interesting because the trooper appears to be wearing chrome armor, which would mean that it’s Captain Phasma, since she wears chrome armor. But this figure is without a cape, meaning that it might not actually be the stormtrooper captain after all. It’s possible that this is just a regular stormtrooper whose armor appears chrome because of lighting and reflection, or it’s possible that this is a new stormtrooper who wears chrome armor. We’ll have to wait and see.
The last significant shots of the trailer show Kaz as a pilot, and we see a move he does with his ship where, as it’s just about to hit the water, he fires the thrusters and takes off. I’m looking forward to seeing more flying action in this show, which it sounds like we’ll get a lot of.
The trailer ends with one more shot of BB-8, because we can’t get enough of him!
Overall, this trailer hasn’t been too well-received, and admittedly, the trailer could have been better. There are ways that it could have served to generate more excitement amongst the fans that are preconditioned to think anything Lucasfilm does now will flop, but ultimately it’s way, way too early to formulate any kind of judgment about the show. I’m really excited about the storytelling potential that a show about the Resistance presents, as there is a ton there. Additionally, this animation style is really growing on me: I think it looks good, it’s something that we haven’t seen from Star Wars before, and they really seem to have nailed the motion shots. I’m excited to see this show, and that’s what I’d encourage everyone to do: wait and see.