Star Wars Resistance premiere offers gentle, beautiful introduction

CNET | 10/7/2018 | Sean Keane
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Kazuda Xiono is sent to spy on the First Order by Poe Dameron in Star Wars Resistance.

It's hard to know what to expect from Star Wars Resistance, Lucasfilm's latest animated show, even after watching the premiere.

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The series, which takes place just before The Force Awakens, has been overshadowed by the news that Star Wars: The Clone Wars is making a return and the post-Solo Star Wars fatigue has resulted in little buildup.

However, we saw the first action figures from Hasbro at this weekend's New York Comic Con -- a big moment for any Star Wars project and a signal the hype train is leaving the spaceport.

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As you'd expect, BB-8's charm is present and correct.

The two-part premiere, which airs Sunday night, has a surprisingly sedate opening compared with the typical fast Star Wars pace and takes its time in establishing its characters and world.

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We're introduced to Kazuda "Kaz" Xiono (voiced by Christopher Sean), a New Republic pilot who's desperate to join the Resistance and sees his chance in Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac).

It's great to see Poe again, with Isaac bringing his easy charm from the silver screen to the voiceover, and the ever delightful BB-8. The pair are the only truly familiar aspects of the show, but this lovable duo is always a welcome sight.

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Poe "sees something special" in Kaz and tasks him with getting intel on First Order spies he reckons are hiding on the Colossus, a refueling platform and hangout for pilots on the Outer Rim ocean planet Castilon.

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Kaz, Poe and BB-8 go to the world and we meet jaded mechanic Jarek Yeager (Scott Lawrence) and his overly literal assistant Neeku Vozo (Josh Brener), along with the Fireball, a typical Star Wars "bucket of bolts" ship you...
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