My Spoiler-Free Review of ‘Star Wars: Resistance’

If you may not have known a new animated Star Wars cartoon called Star Wars: Resistance debuted last night on the Disney channel (it’s also premiering tonight on Disney XD at 8pm) and, of course, I tuned in to watch it.

I’ve been a fan of the Star Wars cartoons since The Clone Wars came out. After binge-watching all 5 riveting seasons (and the lost episodes) I was beyond excited to see more animated Star Wars series. I missed the entire Star Wars: Rebels series (which I plan to binge-watch in the future) but I was determined to see Star Wars: Resistance.

When it came on last night I was thrilled to see a new story being told that would fill in some gaps of the current trilogy.

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I loved Poe Dameron’s inclusion in the series. It brought a familiarity to the show that made me want to turn on The Force Awakens. But, as the show continued on, it became abundantly clear that this was no Clone Wars.

The Clone Wars is a well-written cartoon with episodes that feel like riveting 30-minute movies. The situations are dire, the character developments were sublime, and while it was a children’s show it didn’t feel like it was approached (from a writing standpoint) in that way. Star Wars: Resistance does.

It definitely is an animated series catered to a younger audience. The characters are indeed likable and memorable but they can sometimes be a tiny bit grating on the nerves. The main character, Kazuda Xiono, is a young pilot with a bright personality but a lot of times he kept echoing the same sentiments over and over again to the point of brief exasperation from me. His “fun” attitude was also a bit over-the-top at times.

In terms of the story, I like the direction it’s going but it’s not gripping my interest as much as I would like it to. It doesn’t seem to be promising any exciting implications (or increased comprehension) of the current Star Wars trilogy films. But I do like the characters enough to the point that if they were referenced or made brief cameos in Episode IX my excitement would undoubtedly be through the roof.

My Conclusion of the Show

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While I am undoubtedly commited to continue watching Star Wars: Resistance to see where this story is heading and what revelations it will bring to light it’s definitely got to get a bit more interesting for me to stay truly invested. Now, I haven’t seen Star Wars: Rebels so I don’t know how its first three episodes were but I am a bit skeptical about this show’s enduring quality.

One thing I do love about the show is its diverse cast of characters. Star Wars has become such an inclusive franchise and I love that the cartoons and movies are staying under that refreshing ideal.

I’m giving this show, so far, 85 out of a 100 and 3.5 out of 5 stars. It’s not great but it is good.

While I definitely wish this new show could’ve focused on something potentially more interesting (like a cartoon focusing on Luke’s Jedi academy and his conflicted relationship with Ben Solo) Disney knows what they’re doing. There’s a reason why this show is the one they picked to satiate audiences and that means it’s definitely going to lead to some fascinating conclusion.

All in all, it’s good show but it’s nothing worth jumping up and down about. I thank you for reading and I hope you have a lovely day. May the Force be with you.

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