Before the next featurette drops in two weeks, introducing fans to the ace pilots of the series, we first want to take a closer look at the Team Fireball video.
Yesterday, we grabbed some of our favorite quotes from the cast and crew and spent our time absorbing character details.
Now, we want to pull out the magnifying glass and dive into some of the concept art and episodic images that were scattered throughout the featurette. Some thoughts will be more analytical while others will be simple observations, but we hope you’ll participate along the way and leave comments of your own.
It’s a detail we’ve known ever since the teaser trailer, but it’s still fascinating to see a racing sport take place over water. It’s the complete opposite of Tatooine, where podracing took place in the heated desert. Also, as a big Stargate Atlantis fan, I like how this giant structure is out in the middle of nowhere sitting on the water. I know this is an insignificant detail compared to everything else, but it’ll be interesting to see if we get different weather changes throughout the series. In Stargate Atlantis, the city was affected by a massive hurricane. And in a different episode, sea creatures played a part in driving the residents crazy—literally. Environments play an important part in most stories, so here’s hoping that’s the case in Resistance.
Are Kaz and this blond-haired character racing against each other? Are they going out to retrieve supplies? I’m thinking it’s the former. It wouldn’t surprise me if Kaz felt the need to show off his skills and impress those around him, especially since he’s in a new place with new people.
I’m always happy to see a pit droid, especially one who appears to be a spectator rather than a droid working on one of the ships.
A fireball logo for Team Fireball. Here’s hoping there’ll be merchandise down the line featuring the symbol!
Jarek Yeager looks like he’s pretty much done with everything. It’s amusing to see him that way, especially given what we know about him. Since he’s dealing with younger characters, I imagine the series will have plenty more moments like this. (I also like the yellow vest Tam is wearing.)
This probably isn’t it, but the object Neeku is holding looks like coaxium.
So far, the teaser trailer and the featurette make it seem like the Colossus is on its own in the middle of a vast ocean, but this concept art shows mountains in the background. Like Lothal in Star Wars Rebels, I hope we get to learn more about the planet itself and what it has to offer.
One of the things I appreciate most out of this series so far is the use of color. We’ve seen deep red and orange flight suits time and time again. Personally, it’s exciting to see another rich color being used for a change.
It looks like Kazuda might be a X-wing pilot, given the outline of a X-wing sitting behind him. Also, as someone who has been detached from other canonical material, this is my first time seeing the New Republic symbol. I like the colors!
An ex-TIE fighter pilot with an Imperial cog on his arm? I wonder if this is the pilot in the modified TIE fighter racing ship. Also, if he has a story to tell, I’d love to hear it.
Kazuda appears to be holding a racing ship trophy. I get the feeling he’s not supposed to have this in his possession, and as a result, he might stir up some trouble because of it.
Kaz looks so happy to be standing by Poe. I wonder if Kaz admires him or thinks of him as a personal hero. Either way, he clearly wants to make a good impression and have a mission success for the Resistance. The last thing he (or anyone in his position) wants is to let Poe down and have him and the Resistance lose their faith in him.
I almost missed it, but there’s another BB-8 like droid behind Poe in the left corner image. This one has inverted colors. There’s also the appearance of an Upsilon-class command shuttle, like the one Kylo Ren used in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Does this mean Kylo Ren is in it? Maybe. Maybe not. Either way, there is a First Order presence that Kaz and Torra Doza catch firsthand.
As a reminder, Rachel Butera will provide the voice for General Leia Organa.
There are various theories in the fan community regarding who this red pilot could be. I don’t have the slightest clue, but the color red immediately brings to mind the Emperor’s Red Guard and the Praetorian Guards. Both of them answered to a higher individual, so it’s safe to assume this red-uniformed soldier is in the same situation. Red and green are also complementary colors in the color wheel, so it’ll be interesting to see how Kaz and this individual will interact with each other throughout the series.
Most people would try to figure out what’s going on in the scene or try to read the text on the script. No, there’s another clue in here worth noting. You see that rug on the floor? It’s the same rug seen in this tweet from renowned voice actor Stephen Stanton. That said, Stanton could be recording for an entirely different project in the same studio. Whether it’s Clone Wars, Resistance, or something completely different, knowing the talented Stephen Stanton is out there doing what he does best should excite any fan.
This individual has a Black Sun tattoo on his right forearm. (This also happens to be the same guy who threw a Gotal off the platform in the teaser trailer.) The Black Sun is one of the major crime syndicates operating in the Outer Rim, so it’s no surprise that there are some carrying the symbol out in the open. Also, a fan on Twitter pointed out the cartoon on his shirt. It looks a lot like the tiny creature Neeku holds in the promotional poster. I’m starting to get the feeling this creature is some sort of a mascot and both Neeku and Kaz somehow get their hands on it.
Here’s Jarek participating in a race. He’s got his helmet on and a determined look on his face. Others participating in the race include an unknown human, Torra Doza, Hype Fazon (Rodian), and a Kel Dor pilot.
Here is Jarek’s ship. You can tell it’s his because his helmet has the same coloring as the ship. Additionally, Bucket can be seen at the top as his assistant.
I find these trails of neon to be absolutely beautiful. As a huge fan of the Tron franchise, I can’t help but think of the light ribbons from Tron: Legacy.
I’m not ashamed to admit that I grew up loving the Super Mario Bros. movie, so it’s no surprise that I immediately thought of the mechanical jumping boots when I saw Tam’s feet.
Again, I’m really happy to see colorful and diverse non-humans in the background.
Here’s that adorable yet creepy looking creature again from the promotional poster. Maybe my thoughts of it being a mascot are wrong. Given the fact that they’re are in an Imperial facility, I get the impression that this is more of a rescue operation similar to how Ahsoka and Anakin had to save Jabba the Hutt’s son in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars feature film.
Drawing away at Neeku is the art director of Star Wars Resistance, Amy Beth Christenson. I’d love to talk with her one day about the show’s style and what sources they looked to for inspiration.
Neeku is holding the same trophy-like object as Kaz from an earlier image. Also, I neglected to say this before, but it’s interesting how part of his head is covered with a mechanical device of some kind. It might be a helmet, but I wonder if it’s surgically attached to him. And instead of ear holes, he has antennas to help him hear, like a hearing aid. If he was a racer in the past, is this a result of an accident? Or is this device similar to Tseebo and Lobot? We’ll have to wait and see.
I remember noticing this before, but neglected to write it down, it’s neat that this planet has what appears to be two moons. It reminds me of Lothal’s two moons. Additionally, it looks like Kaz and BB-8 run into two children at some point. That’s normally a sign of mischief and trouble, but I can’t wait to learn more about the various people who work and visit the Colossus.
This is probably not the case, but the image on the left looks like a book cover. I hope we get some visual guides down the line. We didn’t get many for Star Wars: The Clone Wars or Star Wars Rebels, but I hope we get at least one for this series, especially since its style is more unique compared to previous animated shows.
Another beautiful shot of the Colossus. I truly love the design of this place. There’s something about it that reminds me of The Wheel in LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures. I hope we get to explore various parts of it throughout the show.
As mentioned in the featurette, there’ll be lots of action. I’m curious to learn how Torra Doza gets wrapped up into it. Is she also a spy of a different kind on a mission? Or did she just happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time?
This is a very minor observation, but I love the light blue color on Torra’s astromech droid and how it matches her and her ship.
There goes Jarek Yeager’s ship at the front. The modified TIE fighter in the back has also grabbed the attention of a lot of fans. Some believe the ship is being manned by the red pilot. It’s an interesting theory. After all, the red pilot is giving off a similar vibe as the other racing pilots.
What a feast for the eyes! It’s great to see such a variety of background characters as well as a marketplace setting. Again, it reminds me of Tatooine (and Jakku, come to think of it) without the desert environment.
X-wings are easy to identify, but I’m not familiar with other ships from the sequel era, so I’m assuming this is a New Republic ship. I wonder if this is where Kazuda is stationed at the start of the series and where he receives his mission from Poe.
As mentioned before, the red pilot clearly answers to someone else, but it’s hard to say who this person could be. They are wearing a First Order uniform, but only time will tell whether this is a new character or someone familiar from either the movies, comics, or books.
That’s it for our breakdown of the Team Fireball featurette. If there’s something that caught your eye that you have an opinion about, feel free to share it in the comments section below.
Star Wars Resistance will premiere on Sunday, October 7 (Columbus holiday weekend) at 10pm ET/PT on the Disney Channel and Disney NOW.