By KAITLYN HENSON
After the finale of the popular show “Star Wars Rebels”, Lucasfilm Animation promised a brand-new animated series that was going to air in fall of 2018. This show was going to be called “Star Wars Resistance”, and fans across the globe (including myself) were hoping for a comeback on the Star Wars franchise to help the loss of “The Last Jedi”’s failure. Unfortunately, with the trailer of this new show coming across all social media, people were not impressed. The animation looks underdeveloped, the comedy is too modernized and made-up for kids, and “Star Wars Resistance” altogether reminds people once again of “The Last Jedi”, which is the last thing any Star Wars fan needs. So, what happened?
Well, this sort of pattern actually did actually occur with both “The Clone Wars” and “Star Wars Rebels” tv series early on. “The Clone Wars” struggled a lot with its stand-alone film and the beginning seasons as well. But over time, it sparked a new era of Star Wars storytelling throughout animation. “Star Wars Rebels” came after that. Not a lot of people liked the first season, and it felt like the show was leaning closer to the kid’s side of television. But in the later years, people actually began to like “Star Wars Rebels” as the new generation of Star Wars fans. I probably won’t have become so enthused into Star Wars if it weren’t for the influence of “Star Wars Rebels”, and it was sad to see it go in 2018. For all we know, “Star Wars Resistance” could just be something that everyone isn’t used to yet, and needs to grow up more as years move on.
Now let’s talk about our first introduction to “Star Wars Resistance”; we are given quick glimpses of the new cast and characters presented in this show, which by all means look completely underdeveloped and just outright silly and dumb. Main character Kazuda Xiono gives the impression of someone that is too energetic and just plain stupid for the genre of “Star Wars”, and as most people know already, “Star Wars” is a very, serious fandom.
My opinion; I’m sure that a lot of little kids will grow up with “Star Wars” in this way, I’m just a little disappointed in the way Lucasfilm Animation went with the way “Star Wars Resistance” was brought to its audience. Most of the young viewers who watched “The Clone Wars” are practically adults by now, and “Star Wars Rebels” viewers are at an early age in adulthood. We need something that reflects off of our generation, and I do appreciate that Lucasfilm Animation is trying to reach ALL audiences, but do the little kids who watch “Star Wars Resistance” really going to see “Star Wars” as a kiddy ride full of dorky cracks? It doesn’t feel right to me, just not “Star Wars”. I myself haven’t watched an official episode of “Star Wars Resistance”, but that doesn’t make my opinion invalid. On Youtube, the trailer for this television show has reached over 100,000 dislikes, and barely any likes. People hate what “Star Wars” has come to in the recent years, and I myself am a little critical of the whole matter, but that does not mean “Star Wars” is a total failure overall. Everyone should enjoy what they enjoy, and perhaps “Star Wars Resistance” just isn’t a show meant for everyone.