Last month, Star Wars fans were introduced to Team Fireball, a group of mechanics who work on the Colossus in the upcoming animated series Star Wars Resistance. And last week, Lucasfilm Animation highlighted a colorful group of pilots in a brand-new featurette.
Team Aces features a handful of expert pilots who serve a dual purpose. When they’re not racing for glory and fun, they also serve as the protectors of the Colossus, fighting off pirates, sea creatures, and any other entities who threaten the massive refueling station.
“You might see the hotshot pilot, but there’s more to them as a person,” said Resistance creator Dave Filoni.
Take Torra Doza, for example. She’s one of the best pilots around, but that’s not the only thing that defines her. It turns out Torra has a warm and young-at-heart personality.
“She has this sense of child-like wonder and she loves her friends and family,” said Myrna Velasco, the happy and bubbly voice behind Torra’s character.
“She is a competitive force, but because she is a little bit protected by her dad, what she’s looking for is a set of friends and she finds a true friend in Kaz,” added Executive Producer Athena Portillo.
Kaz and Torra appear to be on the same wavelength when it comes to being loyal and dedicated to something special in their lives. For Kaz, he’s loyal to the mission and the growing cause behind it. And for Torra, she holds that same devotion to her friends and family. It’ll be interesting to see how their friendship plays out throughout the course of the show.
While some pilots accept the fact they’re the best at what they do, there are others who let the fame and glory go to their head. That’s where Donald Faison’s character, Hype Fazon, enters the stage.
“It’s one of the few times I’ve created a character around the person,” said Filoni. “I’d met Donald a couple of times. He is a huge Star Wars fan.”
Some of you might even recall how Faison turned up at the friends and family screening of the final episodes of Star Wars Rebels at Walt Disney Animation Studios, where he asked a question about the adventures of Sabine and Ahsoka. At the time, no one outside of the creative crew knew he was involved with Star Wars Resistance.
“Hype is the best pilot on the platform. He’s a little cocky. He’s a little full of himself,” said Faison. “But then, you start to see he actually cares about his fellow racers because they all play a part in what’s going to happen in the future.”
Next up on the list of pilots is Griff Halloran, voiced by veteran Star Wars voice actor Stephen Stanton. Halloran stands out from the rest mainly because he’s an ex-TIE fighter pilot.
“He’s a little rough around the edges. Griff’s not a guy you want to cross,” said Stanton. “He’s still out there looking for that one last great battle.”
Halloran working as a protector sounds intriguing, especially since stormtroopers and anything related to the Empire represent a dark time in the galaxy. While the First Order and the Resistance aren’t publicly known just yet in the series, it’ll also be interesting to find out what role Halloran plays as things continue to escalate.
Another serious and no-nonsense character is Freya Fenris. She is voiced by Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, and Star Wars Rebels fans will remember her as the voice of Governor Arihnda Pryce.
“[She is] competitive, hyper-logical. If you can’t hack it on the team, she’s not going to give you the time of day pretty much,” said McGlynn.
While we don’t know much about her character, fans were quick to point out similarities in name and look between her and Astrid Fenris, a smuggler-type character who made her first appearance in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Last but not least is Bo Keevil, a mysterious Kel Dor character inspired by Evel Knievel. While he is a fantastic pilot, he also has a knack for crashing.
“He tends to crash a lot because he’s always pushing it to the edge,” said Executive Producer and Head Writer Brandon Auman.
Not much was revealed about Keevil’s personality, and a voice actor wasn’t introduced alongside the character. Some fans, however, have wondered whether creator Dave Filoni (a fan of the Kel Dor species) is voicing the character, especially since we found out at the end of Star Wars Rebels how he had been voicing Chopper all along.
The featurette also brought to light the fact that war has not taken place yet. This series takes place 6 months before Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so the average galactic citizen isn’t aware that war is on the horizon. The building tension will no doubt challenge the characters, their friendships, and their personal beliefs.
The one-hour series premiere of Star Wars Resistance will debut on Sunday, October 7, on the Disney Channel at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Even more surprising, two new additional episodes will be available through the DisneyNOW app and Disney Channel VOD.
In the next article, we’ll dive into the nitty gritty details and take a closer look at the featurette. Until next time, which star pilot are you looking forward to learning more about?