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Star Wars: Resistance: Meet the merry mechanics of Disney XD's new series

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Aug 29, 2018

In just a little over a month, the Star Wars universe returns to television with the anime-inspired Resistance, which is set before the events of The Force Awakens

Viewers will be treated to guest stars like Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron) and Gwendolyn Christie (Captain Phasma), but the real focus is on the character of Kazuda "Kaz" Xiono (Christopher Sean), a resistance spy/pilot who becomes a mechanic/racer on an outer rim planet to hide his true identity. 

When the first trailer for the show was released, we got the names of Xiono's fellow mechanics/racers (also known as "Team Fireball) and who'd be voicing them. Now, we can put faces and personalities to said names with an informational video hosted by Resistance creator Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels).

"They're not caught up in the bigger things going on in the galaxy," Filoni says. "What unifies the team, is that they need each other. They need to try and win races to survive and make money." 

Kaz is the new blood with a lot to prove, a natural talent for flying, but a lousy sense of spycraft. Compare him to the character of Fireball's leader Jarek Yaeger, and you've got some nice contrasts going on. Yeager, voiced by Scott Lawrence, is an old-school pilot, who flew on behalf of the Rebellion during the events of the original trilogy. While he likes his quiet life as a mechanic, he (like Al Pacino in Godfather Part III) gets pulled back into that fast-paced lifestyle.

Yeager's right-hand mechanic is Tam Ryvora (Suzie McGrath), once a great racer who had to give up the competition after losing her ship. "She's tough, no-nonsense, she kinda has attitude," says McGrath.

"She also has a lot of heart and passion. She wants to have a purpose in life," adds executive producer Athena Yvette Portillo. 

And finally, you've got your comedic relief in the form of Neeku Vozo, a green-skinned fish-like alien voiced by Josh Brener, who describes him as "a bit of an oddball." Nevertheless, he's always bursting with optimism and enthusiasm. 

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"I wanted [the show] to have a childlike sense of fun and adventure," Filoni says, his words echoed by Portillo, who admits that the series is intended for young audiences. Therefore, don't expect too much death, sadness, or moral ambiguity. That being said, the show looks like a bright, fun, and lighthearted offering that'll certainly keep Star Wars fan busy until next December

Star Wars: Resistance pilots onto Disney XD Oct. 7. The voice cast also features Donald Faison, Jim Rash, and Bobby Moynihan.