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First Star Wars Resistance trailer takes franchise's new animated series to the skies

In Star Wars Resistance, the newest animated series in the space-faring franchise that spans the small and silver screens, a young pilot named Kazuda "Kaz" Xiono wonders what his life would be like if he was an ace pilot. The first trailer for the upcoming show teases just that, sending Kaz to the skies as a Resistance recruit. 

Featuring high-octane flight sequences and appearances by fan-favorite Star Wars film characters BB-8 and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), the first look at Star Wars Resistance sets up the basic premise for the show and does so with style. 

When the Resistance selects him to join a top-secret mission to surveil the First Order as the coalition grows more powerful by the day, Kaz boards the enormous aircraft platform called the Colossus and begins his undercover work. He masquerades as a mechanic; meets his new roommate, a veteran pilot and repair shop owner named Jarek Yeager (voiced by Scott Lawrence); and gets to know Tam Ryvora (Suzie McGrath), Neeku Vozo (Josh Brener), and a beat-up droid called Bucket. 

But it isn't long before the spy-pilot realizes he may have taken on more than he can handle. With BB-8 by his side, Kaz must keep his allegiance to the Resistance hidden, his true identity a secret, and himself out of danger.

Response to this first peek at Star Wars Resistance, a successor of the critically acclaimed series Star Wars Rebels that ended in March of this year, has been mixed. While certain fans are really loving the vibrant anime-inspired visuals, others couldn't be more disappointed. 

One Twitter user has already slammed the show's design, writing after watching the trailer, "Not a fan of the animation of Star Wars Resistance at all, especially the models used for the faces, looks cheap and unfinished. I was really hoping this show would be more of a traditional 2D animation style, but instead it looks like a ugly mix of 3D and 2D, which looks bad [in my opinion]."

However, some Star Wars loyals are remaining hopeful about the new series. 

Another fan tweeted, "So Star Wars Resistance? Vaugely [sic] optimistic. Environments are incredible. Same with the flight scenes … As long it's not awkwardly written, or awfully obvious, I think it'll be good."

Sounds like Star Wars Resistance may have to prove itself to the more hardcore franchise fans when it premieres on Sunday, October 7 on Disney Channel.