It's a good day for those who enjoy a galaxy far, far away in animated form. Disney Channel has officially renewed Star Wars Resistance for a second season, which is set to debut in fall 2019. But before that happens, we've still got the second half of the first season to get around to. On that front, Lucasfilm has released a brand new trailer for the show's mid-season return, which promises to bring a familiar villain into the fold, in addition to heavily connecting the series to the events of The Force Awakens.
The decision for Disney to renew Star Wars Resistance doesn't come as a big surprise. Prior to this, Lucasfilm has had a lot of luck with their animated Star Wars offerings including The Clone Wars and Rebels, which wrapped up its very successful four-season run last year. It's also important because this is one of very few small screen Star Wars projects not being developed for the Disney+ streaming service, which is set to launch later this year. The service will be home to live-action Star Wars shows like The Mandalorian and the Rogue One prequel series centered on Cassian Andor. The final season of The Clone Wars is also set to debut on Disney+.
As for the trailer for the mid-season return, it packs a lot of action into a small window. The trailer sees the First Order beefing up their presence on the Colossus. Kaz is, understandably, wary of this prospect. We also get some major crossover with the events of The Force Awakens, as General Hux shows up. And we even get a glimpse at Starkiller Base prior to its destruction. Beyond that, there are plenty of space battles, one-liners and other such touchstones we've come to associate with the franchise to go around.
For years, the franchise has been mostly associated with its big screen endeavors. However, with the live-action shows gaining more and more attention as they draw nearer, in addition to the positive reactions Lucasfilm has enjoyed for their animated efforts, Star Wars is increasingly becoming a fixture on the small screen and, as hard as it may be to think about, TV could wind up being the future for the franchise. That's not to say the movies will ever stop, but TV could end up overshadowing the movies in the future if this keeps up.
Star Wars Resistance was created by Dave Filoni, the man behind The Clone Wars and Rebels. The cast includes Christopher Sean as Kaz, Suzie McGrath as Tam Ryvora, Scott Lawrence as Jarek Yeager, Myrna Velasco as Torra Doza, Josh Brener as Neeku Vozo, Donald Faison as Hype Fazon, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Jim Rash as Flix and Bobby Moynihan as Orka. Star Wars Resistance returns for its mid-season premiere on January 13. Be sure to check out the new trailer for the Star Wars YouTube channel below.