Lucasfilm Announces Star Wars Resistance Animated TV Series

Star Wars Resistance Lucasfilm animated series

With Star Wars: Rebels having ended earlier this year, Lucasfilm has announced a new animated series that will explore another “untold moment” of the Star Wars universe: Star Wars Resistance, the “anime-inspired” prequel of sorts to The Force Awakens.

Dave Filoni, who wrote for Star Wars: The Clone Wars and created Star Wars: Rebels, will helm the new series. According to Lucasfilm’s description, the series follows “Kazuda Xiono, a young pilot recruited by the Resistance and tasked with a top-secret mission to spy on the growing threat of the First Order.” But there will also be familiar faces (and, er, shapes) in the form of BB-8, Poe Dameron (voiced by Oscar Isaac), and Captain Phasma (ditto Gwendoline Christie)! Not to mention the ace pilots recruited alongside Kazuda to join the ranks of General Leia’s growing Resistance.

“The idea for Star Wars Resistance came out of my interest ...

Lucasfilm Announces Star Wars Resistance Animated TV Series

Star Wars Resistance Lucasfilm animated series

With Star Wars: Rebels having ended earlier this year, Lucasfilm has announced a new animated series that will explore another “untold moment” of the Star Wars universe: Star Wars Resistance, the “anime-inspired” prequel of sorts to The Force Awakens.

Dave Filoni, who wrote for Star Wars: The Clone Wars and created Star Wars: Rebels, will helm the new series. According to Lucasfilm’s description, the series follows “Kazuda Xiono, a young pilot recruited by the Resistance and tasked with a top-secret mission to spy on the growing threat of the First Order.” But there will also be familiar faces (and, er, shapes) in the form of BB-8, Poe Dameron (voiced by Oscar Isaac), and Captain Phasma (ditto Gwendoline Christie)! Not to mention the ace pilots recruited alongside Kazuda to join the ranks of General Leia’s growing Resistance.

“The idea for Star Wars Resistance came out of my interest ...

Lucasfilm Announces Star Wars Resistance Animated TV Series

Star Wars Resistance Lucasfilm animated series

With Star Wars: Rebels having ended earlier this year, Lucasfilm has announced a new animated series that will explore another “untold moment” of the Star Wars universe: Star Wars Resistance, the “anime-inspired” prequel of sorts to The Force Awakens.

Dave Filoni, who wrote for Star Wars: The Clone Wars and created Star Wars: Rebels, will helm the new series. According to Lucasfilm’s description, the series follows “Kazuda Xiono, a young pilot recruited by the Resistance and tasked with a top-secret mission to spy on the growing threat of the First Order.” But there will also be familiar faces (and, er, shapes) in the form of BB-8, Poe Dameron (voiced by Oscar Isaac), and Captain Phasma (ditto Gwendoline Christie)! Not to mention the ace pilots recruited alongside Kazuda to join the ranks of General Leia’s growing Resistance.

“The idea for Star Wars Resistance came out of my interest ...

Wow, People Are Really Mad at Poe Dameron

Star Wars, The Last Jedi, Leia, Poe

I mean, I’m not. But other people are.

At first glance, there’s an interesting theme at work in The Last Jedi. That theme seems to turn on practically every female character in the film looking to their male cohort and saying “Don’t do that!” and the men turning around and saying “I’m definitely going to do that!” And then things go generally wrong and we all plant our faces in our hands and sigh.

Here’s a brief (not comprehensive) list to that end:

  • Leia tells Poe not to continue his attack on the Dreadnought, but he does;
  • Rose tells Finn how disappointed she is to see Resistance fighters trying to cut and run, then realizes he’s doing that exactly that;
  • Amilyn Holdo repeatedly tells Poe to stop bothering her about her plans for the fleet, he commits mutiny after barging in on said plans;
  • Rey tells Kylo Ren ...
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The Force Awakens, Poe Dameron
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Star Wars, The Last Jedi, Poe

Wow, People Are Really Mad at Poe Dameron

Star Wars, The Last Jedi, Leia, Poe

I mean, I’m not. But other people are.

At first glance, there’s an interesting theme at work in The Last Jedi. That theme seems to turn on practically every female character in the film looking to their male cohort and saying “Don’t do that!” and the men turning around and saying “I’m definitely going to do that!” And then things go generally wrong and we all plant our faces in our hands and sigh.

Here’s a brief (not comprehensive) list to that end:

  • Leia tells Poe not to continue his attack on the Dreadnought, but he does;
  • Rose tells Finn how disappointed she is to see Resistance fighters trying to cut and run, then realizes he’s doing that exactly that;
  • Amilyn Holdo repeatedly tells Poe to stop bothering her about her plans for the fleet, he commits mutiny after barging in on said plans;
  • Rey tells Kylo Ren ...
The Force Awakens, Poe Dameron
The Force Awakens, Poe Dameron
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Star Wars, The Last Jedi, Poe

12 Moments in Star Wars: The Last Jedi that Positively Wrecked Me

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The Last Jedi was a film designed cup your heart in its hands and then crush it repeatedly at intermittent intervals. I counted no less than twelve moments that destroyed me. There are probably more. But let’s start with those. (How about you?)

Note: If it’s not obvious, this article and its comments will be full of spoilers for The Last Jedi. Last chance to turn back!

 

Paige Tico’s Death

Paige Tico, Last Jedi

The Last Jedi hits us straight out of the gate with a ton of losses. A good portion of the Resistance dies trying to get rid of a First Order dreadnought in an ill-considered attack by Poe Dameron. While the vessel is destroyed, it takes the majority of the Resistance’s fighters and bombers with it. The only reason that they win that minor battle itself is because of Paige Tico, Rose’s sister. Piloting one of the Resistance bombers, ...

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi is Here to Wring All the Emotions It Possibly Can Out of You

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi has finally hit theaters. But who is the Last Jedi, really? And what to make of the longest running Star Wars film in the franchise’s history?

[This is a spoiler-free review.]

One thing is certain: regardless of how much you enjoy the film as a whole, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is designed to wring out every possible emotion from its audience that it can. There is much at stake and director Rian Johnson knows this, knows that the film’s emotional core is going to be the primary takeaway no matter what happens on screen. He does everything possible to make certain that there is always something to feel, even if there isn’t always something to track logically.

The biggest problem with The Last Jedi is that there is far too much packed into it. The longest Star Wars film before Episode VIII was ...

The Internet Combined The Force Awakens and Shrek to Make Kylo Ren Seem Sillier Than Ever

Kylo Ren as Lord Farquaad One of the most upsetting sequences in Star Wars: The Force Awakens is Poe Dameron’s torture at the hands of Kylo Ren. While it acts as an echo of Princess Leia’s torture at the hand’s of Darth Vader in A New Hope, TFA shows us more, making Poe’s pain immediate and frightening. But in an alternate universe… Kylo Ren is in fact Lord Farquaad from Shrek, and everything changes. Tumblr user sirenflorence created a masterwork, with the caption–the force awakens au where everything is the same except “poe’s interrogation” scene audio is replaced with shrek’s “the muffin man” audio And here is the wondrous creation:

Sure, maybe I feel like a bad person for laughing, but I also can’t stop, so sorry/not sorry?

Can This Please Be Pacific Rim 2?

Mecha BB-8 OK, we planned to cool it on Star Wars stuff for at least a day after May the 4th, but think of it: an obviously drift compatible Finn and Poe pilot an enormous, snarky BB-8, and save us all through the power of adorability and sheer charisma. We would watch that movie at least once a day until the heat death of the universe. Thank you, Jake Parker.

Cloned, Recruited, and Kidnapped: Military Evolution in the Star Wars Universe

First Order stormtroopers, Star Wars

Is it weird to acknowledge that Emperor Palpatine has the most ethically formed army of “bad guys” in Star Wars? It feels weird to say that. I feel strange now. Ick.

I mean, as a Chancellor to the Old Republic, he was responsible for the creation of an army of clones who were deliberately programmed without agency and trained to die for a governed body that they were barred from joining. But as an Emperor, he just plain old recruited. For an academy. Where you became a stormtrooper. So… the Empire was weirdly nicer than the Old Republic or the First Order. The Evil Galactic Empire™ was better at people.

Still feel weird.

Warfare is a given in Star Wars narratives—y’know, with war being in the title and everything—and while we can debate the relative okay-ness of that (in probably another article that contrasts the series with Star Trek? that’s usually how ...

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Do Not Make Luke Skywalker Another Tragic Gay Character

Luke Skywalker, The Force Awakens Following J.J. Abrams’ statement that Star Wars should feature a broader spectrum of sexuality in the upcoming films, Mark Hamill suggested in an interview with the Sun that Luke Skywalker might be gay. On the positive side—Mark Hamill is an awesome guy. On the practical side—I have one very specific problem with this idea…. To provide context, here is Hamill’s full quote on the issue:
“But now fans are writing and ask all these questions, ‘I’m bullied in school… I’m afraid to come out’. They say to me, ‘Could Luke be gay?’ I’d say it is meant to be interpreted by the viewer. “If you think Luke is gay, of course he is. You should not be ashamed of it. Judge Luke by his character, not by who he loves.”

The sentiment is sweet, if not particularly useful on the representation front; allowing fans to “decide for ...

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The Star Wars Universe’s Idea of Love is a Lot Healthier Now

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Force-ghosts jumping from Imperial warships into apprentices’ bodies. Assassins falling in love with the Jedi they’re programmed to kill. Hapan queens trading one-night-stands for heirs. Reptilian crime lords spraying unsuspecting princesses with pheromones to broker a (eyebrow wiggle) trade. Jedi/Yuuzhan Vong hybrids caught between dead best friends/unrequited loves and their new, fallen-to-the-dark-side masters. Love—or, at least, sex and sometimes romance—in the Star Wars universe used to be a hot mess.

But what I grew up with as the Expanded Universe has now been mostly struck from the record—or, rather, redefined as “Star Wars Legends,” with an entirely new canon built around The Force Awakens. The introduction of new characters, through adventures in tie-in novels and comics as well as the new big-screen trilogy, brings new romantic dramas. And the surprising thing is, they’re all a lot more stable.

Spoilers for The Force Awakens.

Well, except for Han and Leia.

 

Happily Ever After Not Guaranteed

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Rian Johnson Gets It

Rian Johnson Tweet   That art you see before you? Rian Johnson retweeted that yesterday afternoon. While obviously full canonization is in the hands of the toymakers (blessed be their names and the names of their children’s children) we’re going to happily wallow in this moment of directorially-approved Stormpilot shipping. You’ll also note that li’l BB-8 is actively pushing his buddy Poe into this kiss? That’s cause everyone in the galaxy understands that this is love was truly meant to be.

Star Wars’ Poe Dameron Continues to Entrance Fans, Gets Own Comic Series

Star Wars Poe Dameron comic, Phil Noto, Charles Soule What’s that, you say? You need more Poe Dameron in your life? We all do, of course. And Marvel has heard you sobbing at night, so– Sorry, kidding. (Maybe.) But prepare to rejoice! Poe Dameron is getting his own comic series, and it’s being billed as Mission: Impossible, with Poe helpfully taking the place of Tom Cruise. Which is the best possible scenario. The comic is being written by Charles Soule (Star Wars: Lando) with Phil Noto on board for breathtaking art. (He was the artist on Star Wars: Chewbacca and did the cover art for Greg Rucka’s book Before the Awakening. He also draws many gorgeous super people.) The two seem keen to expand Poe’s character, and the universe set up by The Force Awakens. BB-8 will be there! And so will a bunch of other pilots, which will only make for more shenanigans. ...