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Star Wars Resistance finale ends a phenomenal first season

Season 1 of Star Wars Resistance has come to a close with part two of the season finale 'No Escape'. Star Wars Resistance season 1 has come to an end with the second of a two-part finale titled "No Escape" that aired on Sunday evening. As we noted last week, the intensity had reached its peak on the Colossus with Kaz losing his friends, family, and home planet of Hosnian Prime at the hands of the First Order. While Kaz and the majority of team Fireball were attempting to escape the Colossus, Tam was being coerced by the First Order and essentially convinced that her friends had betrayed her trust. As they're evacuating, Tam is forced to make the decision of leaving with them or staying with her "family," the people she believes betrayed her trust and lied to her too many times to forgive.

As Kaz and Yeager plead for her to stay, Agent Tierny of the First Order reaches out her hand. Tam, clearly conflicted (because she knows nothing of the First Order's devastation) chooses the First Order and leaves her friends behind on the Colossus. The crew on the Colossus doesn't even know where they're going, which is ironic as Neeku — the one who sent the ship into lightspeed — is typically calculated in everything he does. The first season of Star Wars Resistance ended Sunday night with a dogfight for the ages. Kaz and his friends took to the skies in an all-out battle to liberate the Colossus from the First Order, all while being mindful that the galaxy as they know it has completely changed with the recent destruction of the New Republic.

Once it was over, io9 got on the phone with one of the executive producers of the animated series, Justin Ridge, to answer your burning questions about why certain things happened, how the show ties into the movies, when season two may be set, what to expect when we get there, and so much more. Justin Ridge: Well, we thought it would be fun to add a little something to the end just to make our heroes a little uncertain as to whether or not they're actually going to get to their goal when we get to the beginning of season two. Ridge: Early on we knew for sure that the end of season one was going to overlap with what happens in The Force Awakens and that we needed some sort of internal conflict in Team Fireball with Tam and Kaz. Her grandfather working for an Imperial factory back in the day, her viewpoint towards the First Order is different from Kaz and Yeager. Ridge: Yes. It was important for us to have Kaz have a big win at the end of the season. io9: It's nice that Kaz saved the Colossus from the First Order, but there are a lot of people on the Colossus who can't be happy about leaving Castilon.

Like that's where their business is and now that they are uprooted off Castilon and headed elsewhere we will definitely get a sense of that as we go into season two. Ridge: Yes. Early on we knew [The Force Awakens] was going to be the big event that ended season one. We knew that not only is it personal for Kaz but it also helped kind of ground where we are in the time frame of the galaxy and the connectivity to the movies as well. So we knew we wanted to show somehow the events of The Force Awakens and we thought this was the best way to do it while still on the Colossus. And thank goodness for people like Pablo [Hidalgo] and Leland [Chee] of our story group because they've really helped us to stay grounded with all the different puzzle pieces that are happening within Star Wars.

io9: Since The Last Jedi takes place immediately after The Force Awakens, and Resistance season two premieres before Episode IX in the Fall, could Resistance be the first thing we see in a post-Last Jedi world? Ridge: I have to say I'm so impressed and proud of our entire team and the amount of stuff we were able to do in season one. I think as an artist there are always things you can look at and nitpick and be like "Oh we could have done that" or "Could've done this." But I think overall with the time frame that we were given, and the timeline as well leading up to The Force Awakens, I'm just so thrilled with what we've done so far. io9: With series creator Dave Filoni off working on The Mandalorian, has his creative involvement with Resistance changed from the beginning of season one until now? So I think there are going to be a lot of fun new things that people haven't seen before, without saying too much.

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Star Wars Resistance returns for season two on Disney Channel sometime this fall. The final episode of Star Wars Resistance's first season pretty much flips the table on the CGI animated series' comfortable formula, as Resistance spy Kazuda Xiono (aka Kaz, played by Christopher Sean) steps up immediately after losing his home and family. With Tam Ryvora (Suzie McGrath), Jarek Yeager (Scott Lawrence), Colossus boss Captain Doza (Jason Hightower) and the Ace pilots in First Order custody, Kaz has to move quickly. Having just discovered that the Colossus has a hyperdrive, mechanic Neeku Vozo (Josh Brener) manages to get it airborne and off Castilon (despite the First Order sending a Star Destroyer to stop it!). Could the Colossus end up as the new Resistance base in Episode 9? With any luck, we'll learn its full history sometime; Doza and Yeager (as former members of the Empire and Rebel Alliance respectively) seem like prime candidates to star in a novel. Kaz and Yeager plead with her to stay, but she's furious that they kept her out of the loop as they worked with the Resistance. Tierny realizes that Tam could be swayed one way or the other, since she stops the vicious Pyre from blasting Kaz so the First Order will continue to seem like a force for good. Several Stormtroopers get washed off the Colossus as part of Nekku's plan to drive the First Order out, but they have surprisingly dark fates given the show's usual lighthearted tone--they appear to either drown or get eaten by some of the planet's native fish. Star Wars Resistance will return for a second season in the fall, a few months before Episode 9 hits theaters on Dec. 20. Now playing: Watch this: Star Wars Resistance shows Poe Dameron, BB-8 giving out... STAR WARS RESISTANCE - "No Escape, Part 2" - With Neeku's help, Kaz comes up with a risky plan to rid the Colossus of the First Order once and for all. This episode of "Star Wars Resistance" airs Sunday, March 17 (10:00 - 10:30 P.M. EDT) on Disney Channel. Star Wars Resistance's first season finale is here with Kaz and friends trying to rid the Colossus of the First Order once and for all. The way Star Wars Resistance left last week's episode had us shaking. Kaz doesn't even have time to think about what happened either because the First Order still has the Colossus under the lockdown while Tam has been captured by the military group. Want to watch the Star Wars Resistance Season 1 finale, "No Escape Part 2?" Get the details below on how you can stream it. After that, it's time to rescue Tam who looks as though she's ready to leave with the First Order. Here's the synopsis from The Disney Channel on Star Wars Resistance "No Escape Part 2": With Neeku's help, Kaz comes up with a risky plan to rid the Colossus of the First Order once and for all. Here are the details on how you can stream Star Wars Resistance online. Tune into Star Wars Resistance Sundays on Disney Channel at 10 p.m. ET. From the first episode of Star Wars Resistance, I knew I was falling in love with the Colossus, one of the finest locations in the Star Wars universe. The most challenging part is early on when working with Dave Filoni on figuring the show's style, especially for Resistance because it was so different from previous productions like Clone Wars and Rebels. But a lot of character were drawn first as background characters, and they resonated with everyone and got picked to be in the show, like Flix, Orka, and Tam. Some of those designs evolved later on. What shots/landscapes/characters/other aspects in Star Wars Resistance represents the best of your work or your favorite? I'm getting to do what I love as a fan of Star Wars. Star Wars Resistance is playing on the Disney Channel and DisneyNOW.