Time again for STAR WARS WEEKLY, the SYFY WIRE series that rounds up the most important news of the week from a galaxy far, far away. Think of us as your own personal Star Wars Holocron.
NEW RESISTANCE TRAILER!
Disney unveiled the first look at Star Wars Resistance, the new show premiering in October. It's set about six months before the events of The Force Awakens and we can only hope it gives us a broader window into the political situation that led to the formation of both the Resistance and the First Order.
Although I thought it looks great, a throwback to classic '80s fare like Robotech, backlash online was swift. If you take a look, the hordes of Star Wars fans on YouTube didn't quite like the trailer, but everything new in Star Wars animation tends to be met with skepticism.
When Ahsoka was first unveiled a decade ago she was met with sharp criticism but grew to be a fan favorite. When Star Wars Rebels made its debut, there were complaints about its animation not being "as good as" The Clone Wars, and it became a fan favorite as well. Resistance looks like a lot of fun and in a completely new style and my guess is that it will grow on audiences and when it goes away, we'll all be lamenting its loss.
KELLY MARIE TRAN SPEAKS
In an editorial for the New York Times, Kelly Marie Tran (who revealed that her first name was actually Loan) spoke out against the online harassment she received for the first time.
The Last Jedi star abruptly left her social media earlier this year after unyielding waves of racist and misogynistic harassment. There were some who tried to say that the harassment played no part in her leaving, but this editorial proves otherwise. There's a toxic undercurrent to some of the modern iterations of entitled Star Wars fans (many of whom appear to be disgruntled white males that have a problem with increased diversity in Star Wars) and this is only going to get worse before it gets better.
Read the article and get a better sense of what she went through and how it made her felt.
Some of her harassers are still skeptical, though. There are entire websites and YouTube videos dedicated to discounting her experience. It's sad, but that's the way things are right now.
LEAKED EPISODE IX PHOTOS
The other big news this week came in the form of leaked photos from the set of Episode IX. Though takedown orders for the images are probably going out imminently, the images have proliferated across the internet. We're not going to post them here, but this is more of a warning to anyone who wants to go into Episode IX completely clean.
The details have started to leak and people are dropping the images all over social media without any spoilers. Be careful out there. Use mute and block buttons liberally if you don't want to see anything.
If you do want to see it, be cognizant of the fact that others might not want to. Be respectful of that.
ENFYS NEST MEETS SAW GERRERA
StarWars.com released three more excerpts, both to read and listen to, of the upcoming novelization of Solo: A Star Wars Story, by Mur Lafferty. To my mind, the third is the most interesting and brings the revolutionary Saw Gerrera, played by Forest Whitaker in Rogue One and a number of episodes of Star Wars Rebels, into the world of Solo. At the end of Solo, Enfys Nest promises that the coaxium will be "the blood that brings life to something new."
I'm not sure any of us expected how literal she might mean it if she's handing over the highly explosive fuel over to a person like Saw, who is willing to go to any length to destroy the Empire.
ZYNGA GETS STAR WARS
Zynga, the company behind Words With Friends and other games, announced this week that they had acquired the license to produce mobile, free-to-play games in the Star Wars license.
They will also be taking control of Star Wars: Commander, which was a free-to-play mobile strategy game that came out in 2014 and developed by Disney Interactive. In it, you take control of the Rebellion or the Empire, build a base, and complete missions either defending your base or invading others. There's no word on what other games Zynga is developing, nor is there a timeline.
You can read more about the deal over at Variety, where the news broke.
THE AQUABATS SING ABOUT STAR WARS
The Aquabats, the musical crime-fighters, made an appearance on The Star Wars Show this week. Their lead singer, The MC Bat Commander, was challenged by host Anthony Carboni to make up some songs about Star Wars. The topics of the songs were drawn randomly out of the hat.
I dare you not to smile while watching them bluster through an impromptu song about Aunt Beru.
In any case, that's it for this week! The Force will be with you… always.