So, there's been a lot of excitement recently around the upcoming LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens video game, which is set to land July 28, 2016 in all of its backstory filling in goodness. But amongst all this kerfuffle, it's easy to forget that there's also a new mini-series of animated comedy shorts set in the Star Wars universe coming our way via Disney XD, entitled LEGO Star Wars: The Resistance Rises.
As you'd imagine from the name, the new prequel series follows the various adventures of the Resistance forces prior to the events of [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158). But though the series is entitled The Resistance Rises, it doesn't mean the likes of Rey, Finn, Maz Kanata, or Han Solo are getting left out in the cold as they're all slated to show up at some point or another in the series.
The first episode arrived last week and — responding perhaps to the cries of the Internet fanbase — was heavy on newcomer and immediate fan favorite, Poe Dameron. Entitled Poe to the Rescue, it's a scant seven minutes long, so hey, if you can spare the time, here it is in all its glory:
Children's shows always run the risk of being too saccharine or possessing of humor that rubs up against your face like a cheese grater, but the LEGO games and TV series all too often manage to skirt the divide and come off as one of those treasured ones that you can watch with your kids (or on your own, we don't judge) without wanting to strangle something.
The wonderfully goofy (but sadly non-canon) short charts the universe's favorite flyboy Poe Dameron, the red armed C-3PO, and the adorably snarky droid BB-8 as they set off on a mission to rescue iconic franchise mascot Admirable Ackbar from the clutches of the First Order (and yes, there's a "it's a trap!" line in there somewhere).
The voice acting is pretty great — even if Poe Dameron sounds nothing like Oscar Isaac and we lament that, Captain Phasma (who is perhaps used better here than she was during the entirety of Star Wars 7), C-3PO, Admiral Ackbar, and even Kylo Ren are all spot on.
C-3PO's new red arm and his unwillingness to discuss what happened to the old one is a central theme and one which we'll be exploring more in the LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens video game and Marvel Comics's tie-in comic book Star Wars Special: C-3PO #1 (set to arrive this March).
And The Resistance Rises isn't the only new Lego Star Wars series on the horizon, as Disney recently confirmed that another series entitled The Freemaker Adventures is currently in development.
The Freemaker Adventures will chart the tale of "a family of scavengers who build and sell starships from the scoured debris of space battles strewn throughout the galaxy"; and the poster art featuring Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine suggests that the show will be set around the time of the original trilogy, which is exciting.
Both The Freemaker Adventures and the rest of The Resistance Rises will air on Disney XD, but air dates for episodes from both shows have not yet been officially announced.