A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Star Wars Resistance is a CGI series set just before the events of The Force Awakens in the overall Star Wars chronology. It introduces new characters linked to Poe Dameron and General Leia Organa, and positions them in the power struggle between the First Order (the bad guys) and the New Republic (the good ones). There's a lot of action and adventure, but it's mostly concerned with the impressive flying skills of several young pilots rather than the kinds of battles Star Wars fans have come to expect from the movies and subsequent series. There's a lot of humor in this show, and numerous opportunities for the characters to demonstrate strong traits like courage and determination. As far as franchise additions go, this one is a nice compromise that balances the need to make sense relative to existing titles and the desire to appeal to a new audience, specifically younger kids for whom traditional Star Wars action is too intense.
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What's the story?
STAR WARS RESISTANCE follows a young pilot named Kazuda "Kaz" Xiono (voiced by Christopher Sean), who's recruited by Resistance Commander Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and installed as a New Republic spy on Colossus on the planet Castilon. Posing as a mechanic and flanked by his new friend, Neeku (Josh Brener), Kaz keeps tabs on the local goings-on in an effort to identify First Order loyalists, but his real passion is flying. Fortunately Colossus is a hotbed of aerial racing, so Kaz gets to test his mettle against some of the best in the business. With the First Order gathering momentum and the New Republic in its crosshairs, Kaz and the rest of the Resistance movement led by General Leia Organa (Rachel Butera) race time to identify the threat.
Is it any good?
As Star Wars installments go, this action-packed series is less focused on the pervasive evil threat than it is on the antics of its mostly young adult cast. Kaz's infatuation with flying and the circle of peers he meets at his post make for mostly lighthearted plots in which potential doom is more of an add-on. A lot of the action comes in the form of aerial races and drama in the sky from malfunctioning ships and such. Rather than focusing on a hero who's facing off with evil the way most Star Wars stories do, Resistance puts Kaz in the unusual position of filling time before an enemy presents itself.
Even with tie-ins to known characters like Poe, BB-8, and Leia, this series charts its own path in the Star Wars chronology by introducing new folks and positioning itself in a time of relative pause in the major drama. Viewers who know the story of The Force Awakens (said to take place shortly after the events of Resistance) can see how this series heralds its arrival, but that's not a necessity in order to enjoy the vivid animation and high-flying action that dominates this series.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about who among the Star Wars Resistance characters could be called heroes and why. Do heroes always have to follow the rules, or are there cases in which breaking the rules demonstrates courage? Which case is true in this show? What other character strengths do you notice in other screen heroes?
If your kids have watched other Star Wars productions, how do they think this one compares? Do the events make sense within the timeline of the movies? What other characters do you see on the periphery of this show who play larger roles in other installments?
Kids: Do you notice the violence in this show? Does cartoon violence like this affect you in a negative way? How is the effect different when the action involves real actors instead of computer-generated characters?
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