This is a mostly spoiler-free review of the Star Wars Resistance series premiere, titled “The Recruit.”
The galaxy of Star Wars is so vast that trying to find an entry point can be utterly overwhelming. Luckily, Disney’s newest addition to their beloved animated canon, Star Wars Resistance, is a perfect jumping on point for new fans and an engaging expansion of lore for die-hards. Set six months before the beginning of The Force Awakens, the premiere of Star Wars Resistance aims — and succeeds — at replicating the model of its predecessor, Rebels, by introducing fans to a whole new group of characters in the galaxy far, far away.
Vibrant and colorful, Polygon Pictures and Lucasfilm Animation have done a great job of creating a world that looks recognizably like the galaxy we know and love whilst also managing to craft something that feels fresh and new. Which, it would seem, is the whole point of Resistance. Though some fans didn’t love the new cell shaded anime influenced art when the trailer was released, the visual landscape of the finished show has a warmth and life to it that’s quite charming, which particularly pops when the cast members interact with each other.