Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Star Wars Resistance - The Recruit

Set prior to the events in The Force Awakens, the newest Star Wars animated series centers around young pilot Kazuda Xiono (Christopher Sean) who is recruited by Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and sent to the planet Castilon in the Outer Rim to learn all he can about the First Order. Due to some misunderstandings, any hopes of Kaz keeping a low profile are destroyed early on as a innocuous comment comes back to bite him in the ass and forces the pilot to take part in a dangerous race against an undefeated competitor (Myrna Velasco). While I'm not quite sold on the concept yet, and has a definite prequel vibe with the race aspect of the story, it's still a new Star Wars cartoon and there is enough here for awhile at least.

"The Recruit" is a pretty basic two-part opener that shows Kaz getting in over his head, struggling to fit into the new life he's chosen for himself, and proving himself by simply surviving the dangerous race. The literal Neeku Vozo (Josh Brener) feels more than a bit like Disney trying to steal some thunder from Drax the Destroyer and Marvel, but proves necessary to get the ball rolling. While the racing backdrop offers some interest, hopefully the show will be more geared to Kaz's true mission of learning about the First Order and their movements in the Outer Rim. The episode's intro and ending offer us a look talented TIE pilot Elrik Vonreg (Lex Lang) who I'm guessing will have a larger role as the series moves forward.

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