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“Star Wars: Resistance Season 1” on DVD Teen View

 

 

 

Teen Review by Ian Delia

Who would’ve thought an animated TV show could be this good? Star Wars has always had a big place in my heart and definitely still does. If you still have questions about what happened between episode 6 Return of the Jedi and episode 7 The Force Awakens then you are going to need to watch this television series. It may have the age appropriate rating of “TV-Y7″ but that never means it’s not excellent or unimportant. In fact I think this is crucial to the whole aspect of what goes on with and how the First Order comes to be. First off this show is amazing and second of all, everything is now settling in my mind because it answers all the questions I’ve had since the time gap between episodes 6 and 7.

Kazuda Xiono “Christopher Sean” also known as Kaz is a young pilot with all navy ship experience, but no spy skills. And what do you know? He gets chosen to be a spy by order of the Resistance. He is very curious yet a little too friendly. In his position, friendliness is not a trait you should have. He befriends everyone he meets and sometimes it leads him into situations where he’s unknowingly aiding the wrong side “the First Order”. Kaz also makes enemies along the way. Believe it or not, some of the enemies he makes are by him saving their lives. Others he makes due to his keen suspicion. He might not make the smartest of moves but he does a good job as a rookie spy.

 

Kaz’s mission is the stay on a refueling platform called “The Colossus” and keep a look out for intel information on the First Order. I case you didn’t know, the First order is the new Empire but bigger, stronger, and more powerful. Everyone on the Colossus can be very suspicious and definitely twofaced, so Kaz has a lot to look out for. And with the First Order constantly at the Colossus, Kaz has a lot to avoid to keep his cover. The people aboard the platform think that the First Order is there for their protection, but in reality are there to take it over for their own nefarious purposes.

 

There are also some characters that are from the actual Star Wars movies. For example there is the resistance flight army Poe Dameron (voiced by Oscar Isaac). In this series he’s the one who truly believes in Kaz and appoints him as a spy. Poe also has a friend already placed on the Colossus, Jarek Yeager (voiced by Scott Lawrence) but everyone calls him by his last name. Poe has Yeager keep an eye on Kaz while aboard the Colossus. Yeager’s a mechanic in the same hanger where Kaz meets his trustworthy friends. His crew is made up of 3 other people by the names of Tam (Suzie McGrath), Neeku (Josh Brener) and Bucket who is a very old R2-D2 looking droid.

Tam is a great mechanic and is the owner of the firebolt, a ship that’s notorious for hurtling into flames, hence the name firebolt. Neeku is a very annoying green creature who doesn’t stop talking, takes things too literal, and can’t ever keep a secret. But all in all they make a great team.

 

The show is awesome as it takes me back to the original Star Wars and wow’s me with new adventure. It is phenomenal and definitely a great source of information never revealed in the Star Wars movie series. The DVD is worth watching and one you can’t help but binge upon. There are 21 episodes in the season, each is about 22 minutes long.

BONUS FEATURES AND EXTRAS (INCLUDING “REWINDS”:

Path of Resistance – Join supervising director Justin Ridge and the cast of “Star Wars Resistance” for a special look at the past, present and future of the show.

Cast Audio Commentaries – With Christopher Sean (voice of Kazuda Xiono), Myrna Velasco (voice of Torra Doza), Scott Lawrence (voice of Jarek Yeager) and Josh Brener (voice of Neeku Vozo)

  • “The Higher Tower”
  • “The Platform Classic”
  • “Bibo”
  • “No Escape: Part 2”

Bonus Shorts

  • “The Search for Kaz”
  • “Dart and Cover”
  • “Neeku’s Reward”
  • “Bucket’s Quest”
  • “When Thieves Drop By”
  • “Treasure Chest”
  • “G-LN”
  • “Unmotivated”
  • “The Need for Speed”
  • “The Rematch”
  • “Sixty Seconds to Destruction”
  • “Buggle’s Day Out”

Resistance Rewinds
· Resistance Rewind 1.1 – “Meet Kaz” – Kazuda “Kaz” Xiono may be a fish-out-of-water spy, but flying is another story.
· Resistance Rewind 1.2 – “Being Torra” – The nicest of the Aces is also very hard to beat.
· Resistance Rewind 1.3 – “Aliens of the Colossus” – Meet Neeku and Orka, just two of the delightfully strange new characters on the Colossus platform.
· Resistance Rewind 1.4 – “Yeager’s Story” – While Kaz is busy spying, Yeager is the father figure trying to keep him and the rest of Team Fireball in line and out of trouble.
· Resistance Rewind 1.5 – “Into the Aces Lounge” – Learn how the Aces view themselves — and the challenges they face as protectors of the Colossus.
· Resistance Rewind 1.6 – “Whispers of the First Order” – Discover how animators translated the threat of the First Order into new space battles and unique never-before-seen soldiers.
· Resistance Rewind 1.7 – “All About Poe” – Oscar Isaac reprises his role as Poe Dameron and the creative teams talks about translating the character into animation
· Resistance Rewind 1.8 – “Pirates, Thugs, and Thieves” – The motley crew running with Kragan Gorr is looking for power just like the rising menace of the First Order, so it’s only natural for the two join forces.
· Resistance Rewind 1.9 – “Stylish Starships” – Dive into the history of Star Wars starfighters and galactic racing culture.
· Resistance Rewind 1.10 – “Doza’s Deal” – Learn all about Captain Doza, Imperial defector and doting father to Torra Doza.
· Resistance Rewind 1.11 – “The State of the Resistance” – As Leia and the Resistance rise up to gather information and intel on the First Order, the show’s creators dive into the importance of the characters and the era in the galactic timeline.
· Resistance Rewind 1.12 – “Getting to Know Neeku” – Meet Neeku, Team Fireball’s Nikto mechanic, and Josh Brener, the actor who gives the character his infectiously optimistic personality.
· Resistance Rewind 1.14 – “Bringing in BB-8” – Animators went back to the drawing board, using original BB-8 concept art to inspire the look of the astromech droid in the new show.
· Resistance Rewind 1.15 – “Tower Defense” – Captain Doza observes the Colossus platform from the comfort of his pristine tower, which artists designed to contrast with the rest of the base.
· Resistance Rewind 1.16 – “First Order Occupation” – The First Order has a polarizing effect on the denizens of the Colossus.
· Resistance Rewind 1.17 – “Secret Agent” – How could anybody this goofy, this klutzy, this … loud, be a spy?

 

VOICE CAST: Christopher Sean as Kazuda Xiono; Suzie McGrath as Tam Ryvora; Scott Lawrence as Jarek Yeager; Myrna Velasco as Torra Doza; Josh Brener as Neeku Vozo; Donald Faison as Hype Fazon; Jim Rash and Bobby Moynihan as Flix and Orka, respectively; Oscar Isaac (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”) as Poe Dameron and Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma.

Final Thoughts-

To sum it up, this show always brings me back the wow factor of Star Wars. It is phenomenal and  definitely a great source of information never told in the Star Wars movies. More than worth watching and a show you can’t help but binge on. (4 out of 5 Stars)

Aired in 2018 exclusively on Disney XD. Rated TV- Y7 which is great for children and definitely for diehard Star Wars fans.

 

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