A new month means we are now one month closer to the beginning of new Star Wars, the closest being the anime looking Resistance.  Around San Diego Comic- Con Lucasfilm revealed the synopsis to the show and it reads as follows:

Resistance fighter Poe Dameron tasks young pilot Kazuda (Kaz) Xiono with spying on the First Order. At the time, little was known about the secretive organization and its strength. In order to fulfill his mission, Kaz travels to the space station Colossus, which is being used by many ships as a port to refuel and do repairs. However, there are also dangerous races taking place there. After Kaz bragged with his piloting skills at his arrival there, he is soon drawn into one of the races…

This synopsis is starting to be compared to the episode 1 pod racing, save this should most likely be in space.  Of al the things to copy, why are they harkening back to The Phantom Menace?  Couldn’t they aim any higher?

While this makes some start to question the series and how its opening, I think this is a perfect way to start it and foreshadow what is to come.  Look back at Clone Wars and Rebels.  Dave Filoni is a master at dropping hints and clues that will be picked up on as the season ends.  Most all things are there for a reason.

Here is a close look at the Resistance half of the picture that was leaked awhile back.  Take a close look at the “fighter”.  While one could say it has a loose design emulating the X-wing, where it counts (weapons and engines) this fighter looks to fall short.  Instead this reminds me of some of the stunt planes you see at airshows doing all those physics defying turns and stalls.  This LOOKS like a racing fighter.

So why have a space pod race?  This is the opening episode.  What better way to foreshadow what may be possible later in the season when space fights start in earnest. This tie fighter short film is a great example of what could be possible with the fighter animation in Resistance.  I will trust in Dave until he fails to deliver.

Also keep in mind that Phasma is said too be in the series and I don’t see her as much of a fighter jock.  Also, if theories are to be believed, the red stormtrooper in the leaked photo will be Phasma’s arch nemesis, Cardinal.  This leaves tons of possibilities for the show going forward, so if a bit of the premiere resembles episode 1 I won’t worry about it.