Star Wars Resistance, the most recent, animated Star Wars series from Disney and Lucasfilm, completed its first, full season earlier this year. If you’re interested in catching up on the show before beginning Season 2, you’ll get your chance next month. The Complete Season One DVD arrives August 20th.

Star Wars Resistance

The show tells the tell of New Republic pilot Kaz Xiono, who Poe Dameron recruits to spy on the First Order. All the action takes place on the refueling station Colossus, where Kaz encounters friends and foes alike. Eventually overlapping the events of The Force Awakens, Resistance helps to fill in some of the timeline between Return of the Jedi and Episode VII.

Will Star Wars Resistance Bonus Features be enough to boost sales?  

Star Wars Resistance: Complete Season One will include all twenty-one episodes. Additionally included are audio commentary, a sneak-peek making-of feature, and twelve, bonus animated shorts. The highlight of the bonus features is Path of Resistance, a documentary that promises “a special look at the past, present, and future of the show.”

Resistance Extended Preview
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One of the show’s biggest accolades, however, also illustrates one of the show’s biggest shortcomings. Star Wars Resistance received an Emmy nomination, but not for its art direction or storytelling. Instead it received the nomination for Outstanding Children’s Program… and therein rests the problem with the show. When fans learned that Dave Filoni, the mastermind behind The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, was behind Resistance, they were excited. That excitement quickly waned.

While Star Wars Resistance does have a lot of potential, and it admittedly picked up in the final episodes of the season…. It is unquestionably a children’s show. The characters are not just animated, but cartoonish. Further, the show lacks the maturity of either The Clone Wars or Rebels, for which many were hopeful. Dave Filoni does not have a hands-on role with the project, and it shows.  

Resistance Episode 9
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Still, the show ties directly to the main saga, and, well, it’s Star Wars. I think many of us will watch Star Wars Resistance Season 2 with cautious optimism. In the meantime, if you want to give Season 1 a second chance, you can do so August 20th.