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– by Campbell Clark

Star Wars Resistance is the latest animated show from the Star Wars universe and follows on from Star Wars Rebels and The Clone Wars (which is coming back as well). The first trailer for the show has led to some negative responses from fans, getting treble the down votes compared to up votes on some sites. One of the criticisms most voiced is the animation style, which fans don’t seem to very keen on.

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I think from my own perspective the new series just doesn’t seem very interesting. We know the show will feature some characters from the current sequel trilogy and that this would be set sometime in between Return of the Jedi and 2015’s The Force Awakens. Considering the trailer showed Poe Dameron and BB-8, and we know it will feature General Organa, it would have been safe to say this series would be closer to The Force Awakens than Return of the Jedi. As someone not in love with the new movies so far, this is the thing that puts me off a little.

Now keen eyed fans have discovered that Resistance will be set 6 months prior to the events of The Force Awakens. A brief synopsis was released for the series which stated 6 months, interestingly this was very quickly removed from the description, but of course, some quick fans managed to screenshot it. Here is the post from one such fan.

Here is how it originally read so you don’t have to zoom in:

“Set about six months before The Force Awakens, Star Wars Resistance tells the story of 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.”

Now there are two possible reasons for this change, and the first is that this timeline is actually inaccurate. This seems highly unlikely given what we already know about the show. Of course, it could be a year, or 18 months, but any farther back than that is doubtful.

The second and most plausible reason is Lucasfilm doesn’t want to corner themselves into such a tight timeline. They really don’t have to give us anything so specific, meaning if they want to take a little longer to work up to the events of The Force Awakens, they can do so. However, by setting this series so close to the beginning of the sequel trilogy (whether or not it’s 6 months), I think they remove a lot of the story elements which would otherwise make this show more interesting.

What would I like to see from a show like Resistance? I’m glad you asked, allow me to elaborate.

For me, the story beast that I would like to see explored from this timeline are those which directly affect the movies themselves. Rather than see a Resistance already led by General Organa and starring the hotshot Dameron, I’d like to see why the creation of a Resistance was necessary. Just how did the Empire rise up from the ashes, and how did Snoke take control? Just what caused the darkness in Ben Solo, that he was sent to Luke for training, and how did Snoke get his claws into him? It seems highly unlikely that Episode 9 will have anywhere near enough time to really explain these details to us, things I really wanted explained in The Last Jedi. So why not show us these events told through the eyes of a common soldier as the Galaxy reshapes itself into the one we see in The Force Awakens. To be honest, I don’t think anyone at Lucasfilm actually has the answers to these questions. They are also probably worried that answering them before Episode 9 comes out would be dangerous. At this point, however, Episode 9 filming has begun, the script is locked, so it shouldn’t be hard to avoid stepping on toes.

Alas, I rarely get what I want to see from Star Wars these days, but it must be worrying that Lucasfilm is seeing all this negative feedback from a trailer alone.

Is the foul mood of fans following The Last Jedi effecting yet another Star Wars release, after Solo bombed hard? Why was the return of The Clone Wars met with such a swell of support in comparison to Resistance? Feel free to answer these questions in the comments section below.

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SOURCE: Jose Ruiz (and others via Twitter/Reddit)