The best starfighter pilot in the galaxy.
That’s Kazuda Xioto. Or Kaz for short. He’s not really the best starfighter pilot in the galaxy…or is he? Star Wars Resistance is about a young man with serious flying skills trying to pursue his dreams of becoming an ace pilot. By chance, he delivers some key intelligence to the Resistance and ends up working for them – despite the opposition of his father. Poe Dameron recruits Kaz on a hunch and sends him on a mission on board The Colossus, a station on the water planet of Castilon. There he goes undercover (although that’s a loosely applied word) in search of connections to The First Order.
Star Wars Resistance is vastly different from its predecessor, Star Wars Rebels. The animation style is more reminiscent of Japanese anime than traditional CGI. The characters are largely not part of the Resistance (at least not yet) whereas in Star Wars Rebels the characters were loosely always working at forming a rebellion. And the setting in Star Wars Resistance takes place in the time after Return of the Jedi instead of before A New Hope. Kaz is also different from his Rebels counterpart. He is definitely older than Ezra and has a family. Ezra was more like Aladdin, a street rat in search of a family. Kaz is a spoiled young man who has talent but has his head in the clouds. He is searching for identity in a different way. Despite his failings, Kaz has a good heart.
The animation is breathtaking. The colors are rich and vibrant. The stories flow smoothly. And it has just enough Star Wars to keep fans enticed without drowning them in nostalgia. Speaking of nostalgia, in the first two shows Poe Dameron and Captain Phasma (portrayed by Oscar Isaac and Gwendoline Christie) have made guest appearances. BB-8 fans will be happy as the little droid features prominently in the show. And as the show builds toward the time of The Force Awakens there are sure to be even more guest stars. It’s still early in the show’s run, but considering series creator Dave Filoni’s track run with Star Wars animation, I’m willing to let it ride and see where it goes. If you like Star Wars, you should, too!