Released fresh off the heels of Star Wars Rebels and just in the build-up before the return of Star Wars: The Clone Wars is the Star Wars project that ended as quickly as it began: Star Wars Resistance. At the time of this review, the show has already been canceled, with Disney confirming season two on Disney Channel will be it’s very last. Like the other animated Star Wars series, this show serves as a companion to a trilogy, this time being a predecessor to the current ongoing sequel-series that will conclude with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker this December. There’s a bit that really works well about this show and a lot that doesn’t; but with its arrival on home release, there’s little to pack extras for dedicated fans.
Star Wars Resistance plays the nice role of being able to set the stage for the events that we now know as The Force Awakens by complementing the incredibly vast storytelling that happens off-screen in-between these films. Questionably to the show’s strength, there are few appearances by popular characters in a similar fashion to Clone Wars or Rebels, but instead, this show attempts to show the greater influences of a war that is preparing for battle. There’s a reference to Kylo Ren at one point, reminding us that this universe is very well interconnected, and an appearance by the sequel bad-guy is not only possible, but it’s also inevitable. Resistance works perfectly into The Force Awakens, leaving a season one conclusion that is both meaningful and exhilarating.
With the arrival of the first season on DVD, fans can enjoy the series in the lead-up to The Rise of Skywalker but sadly wallow in the fact that these DVD collections continue to feature fewer bonus features with each release. There’s a wonderful feature titled Path to Resistance which chronicles the entire journey to the sequel trilogy, and the impacts that this show has upon Star Wars mythology, and the exploration of the seeds planted for the Resistance and the First Order.
There’s also a collection of twelve bonus shorts that are in addition to the show that runs under about a minute each. There’s not much substance here that make for a few fun gags, but could easily just be a stand-in for the shows deleted scenes and most of these fall flat. There’s also audio commentary to accompany the episodes and the Resistance Rewind episodes that recap and discuss each episode, but those were all released on the official Star Wars YouTube page after each episode aired, and so these aren’t actually anything that unique after all. In fairness, the age of DVD releases packed with bonus features is long over, but it is sad to see bare bones discs with a dull main menu in a new release.
Since Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012, they’ve provided incredible Star Wars stories across multiple platforms and eras, but in those five years, Star Wars Resistance is the only project that doesn’t quite land as well as the others. It’s a great expansion of an untold era in the universe’s continuing story and showcases elements that are meaningful and also comedic. It is unlikely this show will hold a place in Star Wars prominence in the grand scheme of things, but in the meantime, this DVD release should entertain fans looking to prepare themselves for the second and final season of the show when it airs this October.
Star Wars Resistance is now available on DVD