Sunday, March 3, saw the premiere of the 18th episode of “Star Wars Resistance,” follow-up series to “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and “Star Wars: Rebels” from Lucasfilm Animation. With that, all that is left is the finale for the show’s first season, divided into two episodes airing until mid-March.
As seen in “Descent,” things are going very far south for young Resistance spy Kaz Xiono, with all his friends being caught one after another by the First Order on Colossus Station. Escape might be their only option, as the Resistance is now busy with the events of “The Force Awakens” elsewhere to help out.
With this inaugural season of “Star Wars Resistance” winding down, let’s enumerate its component episodes:
The Recruit (Part 1) – October 7, 2018
The Recruit (Part 2) – October 7, 2018 (hour-long two-part premiere)
The Triple Dark – October 14, 2018
Fuel for the Fire – October 21, 2018
The High Tower – October 28, 2018
The Children from Tehar – November 4, 2018
Signal from Sector Six – November 11, 2018
Synara’s Score – November 18, 2018
The Platform Classic – November 25, 2018
Secrets and Holograms – December 2, 2018
Station Theta Black – December 9, 2018
Bibo – January 13, 2019
Dangerous Business – January 20, 2019
The Doza Dilemma – January 27, 2019
The First Order Occupation – February 3, 2019
The New Trooper – February 10, 2019
The Core Problem – February 17, 2019
The Disappeared – February 24, 2019
Descent – March 3, 2019
No Escape (Part 1) – TO AIR March 10, 2019
No Escape (Part 2) – TO AIR March 17, 2019
“Star Wars Resistance” airs at Sunday evenings on Disney Channel and DisneyNOW.
It’s probably been repeated lots of times now where Disney theme park-goers are concerned. This year the long-awaited “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” themed area will open in Disneyland during the summer and in Disney World in the fall. This new expansion promises a unique experience and setting immersion for its future guests like never before.
For one thing Galaxy’s Edge, which “takes place” on a smuggler’s port in a backwater planet, will simulate the “Star Wars” in-universe lifestyle closely. To take an example, their merchandising stands will be so “authentic” that their products won’t come in packages with a Disney logo, but rather sold as is, like they’re on barter in a space opera marketplace.
It also means there are no Galaxy’s Edge collectibles like shirts for sale; at all.
Some new info on Galaxy’s Edge has enabled us to make this list of all these known toy and collectible stores to be found there:
Toydarian Toymaker – run by Zabecca the Toydarian (same species as Watto the junker from Tatooine); sells character dolls and action figures
Creature Stall – features stuffed dolls of the various alien creatures seen in all the films and TV shows set in the Galaxy far, far away
Droid Depot – sells droid models that can be self-assembled from components shown on conveyor belt; can be made interactive with electronic chips
Savi’s Workshop – a possible Jedi survivor that provides services for customers to construct their own custom lightsabers; how the energy blades are generated remains a mystery theme-park-wise
Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities – specializes in “antique”-looking goods as well as holocrons featuring holo-messages from Jedi and Sith, both ancient and recent
Black Spire Outfitters – the “Star Wars” costume shop; has all guests need to look like a Jedi, Sith, or whatever else they want
First Order 709th Legion “Red Fury” – the local First Order garrison for Black Spire Outpost in Batu; sells stationery and gear that marks their owners as loyal to the First Order
Resistance Supply – the local Resistance cell; provides the same stuff as the First Order, but from Resistance sources and strictly for Resistance supporters only
Prices for all these merchandise have yet to be revealed.
When a “Star Wars” film comes out, aside from exotic planetary locations, sweet space vehicles and pitched battles and action sequences that are to be expected, another element of the franchise to watch out for is the latest alien creatures. From humanoids to little winged or four-legged critters, seeing non-human entities in “Star Wars” best sells what it’s like in a galaxy far, far away.
Even in the polarizing Sequel Trilogy entry “Episode VIII – The Last Jedi,” unsettled franchise fans may have had a decent enough reception for Porgs, the constantly-screeching flightless birds from Luke Skywalker’s hideaway planet of Acht-to.
These annoying yet adorable things are the focus of a new virtual-reality experience to be made available on the Magic Leap One VR headset. Developed by the ILMxLAB branch of Lucasfilm, this VR experience applies the “virtual pet-raising” genre onto the “Star Wars” universe, with a Porg as the pet.
Titled “Project Porg,” the experience puts the VR player in the role of impromptu caretaker, having been entrusted by Chewbacca with a Porg and a care device, along with a C-3PO message serving as instruction guide. Good care for the Porg will allow it to grow and eventually hatch offspring.
According to ILMxLAB chief executive Vicki Dobbs Beck, the virtual actions required to care for the Porg has similarities to procedures in caring for any household pet. In addition, the “Project Porg” experience is connected online, allowing players to “take” their Porg to public locations with Magic Leap access. One possible venue might be the “Star Wars” area Galaxy’s Edge, close to opening in both Disneyland Park and Disney World.
“Project Porg” on Magic Leap is not the only VR project that the “Star Wars” creative company is working on. They also have the episodic VR series “Vader Immortal” which runs on the Oculus Rift.
It has already been stated before that the upcoming Episode IX of the third “Star Wars” trilogy, set to premiere this December, will be the final end as it were of the saga of the Skywalker family, whose several family members have been among some of the strongest users of the Force in the Galaxy. As a part of the Disney brand however, Lucasfilm has been exploring various avenues to produce more stories in film for the eternal struggle between Light and Dark in the “Star Wars” setting.
The “Star Wars Story” anthology had been such an option. Several movie and TV producers have been approached and some ideas have been pitched. Now a new movie project buzz has come out involving the show-runner tandem of HBO’s “Game of Thrones”.
Cinema Blend has it that Dave Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who adapted George R.R. Martin’s fantasy book series into the award-winning HBO program, will now be working on their own film trilogy in the “Star Wars” vein.
This is a specification of an earlier report from the previous year, where they have been offered by Lucasfilm a chance to work on a spinoff movie or two. Now they appear to be taking up the same trilogy project that had once been given to “The Last Jedi” director Rian Johnson. The 2017 movie’s polarized reception hushed up any talk about a Johnson “Star Wars” trilogy.
If this report is actually substantial, then it might explain why, with “Game of Thrones” finale season 8 coming to HBO in April, Benioff and Weiss haven’t seemed to start work on their other big TV project, the alternate-history drama series “Confederate.” HBO programming president Casey Bloys did tell TV Linethat the “Thrones” show-runners have been roped to work on the offered “Star Wars” films next, putting “Confederate” on hold.
Aside from movies, the overall “Star Wars” media experience has been going strong, with the current main animated series “Star Wars Resistance” already green-lit for a second season, plus the live-action series “The Mandalorian” that will premiere on Disney+ streaming.
After percolating for several years following the acquisition of Lucasfilm by Disney, a major live-action Star Wars TV series has been announced this year to arrive with the upcoming launch of the Disney+ streaming service. Entitled The Mandalorian, the show would take place between the Original and Sequel Star Wars trilogies, it would follow a lone gunfighter from the mercenary planet from which Boba Fett is reputed to hail from.
With Jon Favreau as creator along with a list of notable directors from film and TV being in charge of episodes, Star Wars: The Mandalorian is to be headlined by Pedro Pascal of Game of Thrones fame accompanied by Gina Carano. More names have been added to the cast since. Here is an updated list:
Pedro Pascal (Oberyn Martell from Game of Thrones)
Gina Carano (Angdel Dust from Deadpool)
Nick Nolte (Lt. Col. Tall from The Thin Red Line)
Giancarlo Esposito (voice of Akela in 2016’s The Jungle Book)
Carl Weathers (Apollo Creed from Rocky films)
Werner Herzog (filmmaker-actor)
Omid Abtahi (Homes from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2)
Emily Swallow (Amara/The Darkness from Supernatural)
Aside from this series about The Mandalorian, another Star Wars show for Disney+ still being conceptualized involves the other adventures of Rebel Alliance spymaster Cassian Andor (played by Diego Luna) before the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
When Disney began pulling out its content on the online streaming giant Netflix, followed by the eventual announcement of their own digital streaming platform Disney+, it seemed to signal to everyone that the entertainment juggernaut will in future offer streaming of their movies and shows only within its own backyard.
But this latest development seems to debunk that theory. Disney has apparently stuck a new deal with a streaming service based outside the US. This is Stan, one of Australia’s homegrown streaming platforms, and the first to have an original program to score a nomination at the Logies (Aussie Emmys).
This partnership will see Stan carry an astonishing number of films and TV series from Walt Disney and its various subsidiaries. Here’s the full list:
Toy Story trilogy
The Lion King
Cars (1 and 2)
Monsters (Inc. and University)
Big Hero 6
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
The Little Mermaid
A Wrinkle in Time
Iron Man trilogy
Captain America (First Avenger and Winter Soldier)
Avengers films (up to Infinity War)
Guardians of the Galaxy
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Sofia the First
The Lion Guard
Tangled: The Series
Star Wars Rebels
All these Disney goodies should already be available on Stan throughout Australia by December 14. So no, the House of Mouse isn’t hogging all its media for streaming yet.
Over the decades that films of the Star Wars saga has been released, the production teams has sometimes sneaked in some notable people in cameo appearances: one-off characters ranging from background bar patrons to Rebel and Empire officers. That latter faction is something of a favorite for having helmeted Stormtroopers.
As a nod to some of its production team, and later to prominent celebrities, Lucasfilm has brought them in to cameo as Imperial stormtroopers, either suiting up in costume or having them provide voices. What we have here is a short list of famous celebrities that made cameos as stormtroopers:
A New Hope
Joe Johnston (effects artist under George Lucas, later major film director) – voice for three stormtroopers
The Force Awakens
Michael Giacchino (film/TV composer and collaborator of J.J. Abrams) – voiced First Order trooper FN-3181, part of the unit that captures Resistance pilot Poe Dameron; he also reprises the role in Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet in an appearance at the Oh My Disney website.
Nigel Godrich (music producer for rock band Radiohead) – voiced First Order trooper FN-9330, part of the Starkiller Base garrison; killed by Chewbacca
David Accord (supervising sound editor of the film) – voiced First Order trooper FN-2199, who calls defector Finn “traitor” on Tadokana and fights him until killed by Han Solo; fans jokingly call him TR-8R
Kevin Smith (filmmaker, “Silent Bob”) – voiced an unnumbered First Order stormtrooper in the battle of Tadokana, who notices the incoming Resistance X-Wing fighters
Daniel Craig (“James Bond” actor) – portrayed First Order trooper FN-1824, assigned to guard Rey only to be subjected to her first use of the Jedi Mind Trick; fans also give him a joke serial number, JB-007
The Last Jedi, or What Could Have Been (scene cut in theatrical release, but restored on DVD)
Tom Hardy (actor) – portrayed First Order trooper FN-926, part of the complement of the Supremacy, flagship of First Order Supreme Leader Snoke, recognizing the undercover Finn
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and…
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex – both portrayed First Order troopers in scene with FN-926
Star Wars Episode IX, or What Comes Next (a rumor for now)
Ed Sheeran (music artist) – announced to cameo in the film as a First Order trooper; whether he will only voice or portray the character in costume has yet to be determined
As we mentioned last week, the animated short series Star Wars: Galaxy of Adventures premiered last Friday, November 30 as part of the Star Wars Kids channel on YouTube. As expected, it interprets scenes depicted or hinted at from the original live-action movies in a new vibrant and animated style.
Variably introduced or not by a short narration, each episode from the first release wave of Galaxy of Adventures follows a key character from the franchise, on one pivotal scene or more, to better showcase his personality to younger audiences, especially those still fairly new to the Star Wars saga.
While the episodes of Star Wars: Galaxy of Adventures on the Star Wars Kids YouTube channel are region-locked to North America only, they can also be viewed on certain YT channels of regional Disney XD such as the UK version. Here’s an initial list of episodes found there thus far:
If anybody’s thinking that there’s a lot of Star Wars content being prepped by Disney and Lucasfilm already – animated series, live-action series, and Episode IX among others – then they have underestimated just how many forms of media they can churn out of the world’s greatest space opera franchise at once.
Already word is out that there will be a new web-series coming out called Star Wars: Galaxy of Adventures. While earlier series Forces of Destiny focused on female Star Wars characters in action, this appears to be an adaptation of the films themselves, cut down into mini-episodes depicting significant scenes from the eight (plus two) movies that are already released.
Galaxy of Adventures will apparently use authentic film audio while reimagining the visuals with some slick animation that (amusingly) looks more anime than the promised anime style on Star Wars Resistance. Here’s an enumeration of the sequences referred to in the first web series trailer:
Millennium Falcon escaping from the Hoth blockade (The Empire Strikes Back)
Battle of Yavin IV (A New Hope)
Capture of Tantive IV (New Hope)
Search for R2-D2 on Dune Sea (New Hope)
Luke receiving his father’s lightsaber (New Hope)
Yoda vs. Count Dooku/Darth Tyrannus (Attack of the Clones)
Luke vs. Vader in Cloud City (Empire Strikes Back)
Luke vs. Vader before Palpatine (Return of the Jedi)
Next year, Disneyland Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World will become home to the biggest theme park area based on the epic space opera franchise of Star Wars. This area, to be called Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, will be identical in features on both locations, and will definitely be hits with guests.
Information released thus far reveals at least three significant attractions for Galaxy’s Edge. Two of them are rides and the third being the background music that will be piped into the area all day. Disney Parks and Resorts even released promo videos for all three:
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance – trackless dark ride into a Resistance-First Order battle
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run – cockpit simulator ride for family-sized groups