Venom: Rate And Discuss With Spoilers

It’s the moment you’ve either been waiting for or dreading for some time: Venom is alive and well, with his own movie spinoff in an unidentified corner of the Spider-Verse. You’ve seen the memes, you’ve heard the claims of an R-rating get backtracked to a PG-13 rating, and you’ve been speculating as to who Woody Harrelson is playing in the film. Now, it’s time for your most important assignment: it’s time to rate and discuss Venom.

The critics haven’t exactly been swooning over this movie, and anyone who didn’t see that coming hasn’t been reading the internet fairly regularly. Even our own Sean O’Connell had the following words of wisdom pertaining to the film’s ultimate failings:

But, of course, this isn’t the Critics Corner, is it? This is Rate and Discuss, where you the audience, get to have your say (or your ‘says,’ should you be with symbiote) as to whether you enjoyed the film or not! So let’s begin with some rousing discussion questions that’ll help you better discuss your feelings about Venom:

So many questions and so little time. Don’t worry about answering them completely just yet, as you’ll have time to think up some crackerjack answers for your comments at the end of this feature. Speaking of those comments, they should also include a number, more specifically your rating for how much you enjoyed Venom on the traditional scale of 0 to 5. You can share your explanation for your numbered rating in said comments, as well as log that rating in the poll below. Statistics fans need love too.

How Many Stars Would You Give Venom?

Last, but not least, as we close out Venom Mania here at Rate and Discuss, we have some recommended reading to send you out with. In particular, there’s a legacy Spider-Man character that was included in the film’s opening act that may have snuck past your notice in all of the hustle and bustle. Also, you can read about how director Ruben Fleischer made his version of Venom different from that of Spider-Man 3 fame. Finally, if you’re scratching your head over the whole Carnage reveal during Venom’s mid-credits, we have the explanation of why it’s so important, and why Fleischer included it, for you to peruse as well.

And that wraps the rate and discuss section for Venom, folks! Cue the Eminem tie-in single and exit through the headline, as you enjoy whatever else you’re headed out to see this weekend. We’ll see you back here for the next Rate and Discuss, so keep your pencils sharpened, and your symbiotes fed.

Did The Aquaman Trailer Tease Who The Sequel’s Villain Could Be?

The DC Extended Universe opted to only release one movie in 2018 after delivering two entries each in 2016 and 2017, but man, this next one is a doozy. Not only is Aquaman putting Jason Momoa‘s Arthur Curry front and center following his cameo in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and his full debut in Justice League, it will also be spending a lot of time underwater (a first for a superhero movie) to explore Atlantis, including its history. Today DC and Warner Bros dropped a new, 5-minute-long trailer that was packed with a lot of cool moments, including Mera activating an Atlantean device that displayed a hologram of one of Atlantis’ deceased kings. The late, unnamed ruler explained the significance of the trident Arthur will eventually wield, but his presence has me wondering if Aquaman 2 (which, to be clear, hasn’t gotten the green light yet) could feature Atlan, the Dead King, as its main antagonist.

There have been numerous adaptation of the Atlantis myth, but most follow the same basic principle: it was a city/continent that somehow sunk into the sea. In the case of the DC universe, specifically the post-New 52 era, we have Atlan to thank for this. As one can surmise from his Dead King moniker, he ruled Atlantis centuries ago, but he was usurped by his brother Orin, who also killed Atlan’s wife and children. Atlan constructed seven weapons from the Gold of Legacy so he could take back Atlantis, but consumed by rage, he subsequently used his scepter to sink the city. Jumping to the present, Atlan was accidentally reawakened in Antarctica by Aquaman, and he once again tried to destroy Atlantis, but was eventually defeated when Arthur used Atlan’s own scepter against him.

We know that the Aquaman movie is drawing heavily from Geoff Johns‘ run on the Aquaman comic book, and since Atlan was the final main villain of said run, it’s not unreasonable to assume that he could be introduced in the Aquaman sequel. And upon watching the latest Aquaman trailer, you might even wonder if that hologram king is Atlan. That’s certainly possible, but this monarch is warning those who watch the hologram about the trident would bring destruction in the wrong hands. First off, it appears that Aquaman’s trident is replacing Atlan’s scepter as the tool that causes Atlantis to sink in the DCEU. But more importantly, why would Atlan warn others about what the trident is capable of if he ends up being the one to use it irresponsibly? Plus, the crowd shot below indicates that this king was one of the “true heirs” that united all the kingdoms so long ago, so he would have no need, or even have the capability, to sink Atlantis. On the other hand, we don’t know how long before Atlantis sunk that hologram was recorded, and maybe in that interim period, this king was corrupted and used the trident for nefarious purposes.

Assuming the Dead King ends up being Aquaman 2‘s main villain, there are two scenarios I can see being used. The first follows the New 52’s approach to the character. That hologram is of Atlan, and sometime after recording that hologram, he was tossed from the throne by his brother Orin and left to die. Thirsty for vengeance, he somehow obtained the trident, sunk Atlantis and was preserved beneath the surface in some kind of stasis. In the present, he’s reawakened, looks like his icy self from the comics and tries to seize Atlantis from Arthur, as Arthur is a descendant of his traitorous brother, and thus not worthy of ruling. The second scenario takes some creative liberties; this hologram is still of Atlan, but he’s not the Dead King. That title belongs to his brother or someone else who seized the throne, and upon trying to channel the trident’s power, ended up sinking Atlantis. Events from there proceed closely to the first scenario: the Dead King’s reawakened, he tries to take over Atlantis, etc. Make no mistake, whoever holds the Dead King title in the DCEU would be a formidable adversary for Aquaman, between his natural Atlantean abilities, his cryokinesis (being able to manipulate ice and snow) and the various weapons he wields.

Of course, all of this is even assuming that the Dead King is chosen to be Aquaman 2‘s main baddie. Maybe someone else will have that role; perhaps a certain deep sea-diving, laser-blasting mercenary? Although Black Manta will be an important player in Aquaman, he’s not the primary antagonist. Orm, a.k.a. Ocean Master, will fill that position, as he’s seeking to unite the seven underwater kingdoms to join him in declaring war on the surface as retaliation for polluting the oceans for so long. However, producer Peter Safran previously said that they “have every intention that Manta plays a very large role in the DC universe.” Aquaman is simply serving as his origin story, so rest assured, he’ll be back. The question then becomes if he’ll become the main villain in Aquaman 2 or continue causing trouble on the side, and then snag the villainous spotlight in Aquaman 3?

As an Aquaman fan, I’d be okay with either Black Manta or the Dead King being the lead baddie in Aquaman 2, but since the former is much more popular than the latter, I’m inclined to think Black Manta stands a better chance. But don’t count out the Dead King either. Even if he doesn’t debut until Aquaman 3, he’s one of the few other enemies Aquaman has faced over the decades who’s worthy of being a main antagonist, and since we’ll be learning a fair amount about Atlantis’ DCEU history, it would be a waste for these movies to just leave him sitting on the sidelines.

Aquaman dives into theaters on December 21, so stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more coverage on that, as well as any news regarding a potential sequel. In the meantime, browse through our DC movies guide to learn what else is in development for the DCEU.

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To 3D Or Not To 3D: Buy The Right Venom Ticket

3D SCORE:
21 /35

3D and superhero movies are like chocolate and peanut butter: two normally good tastes that go great together. But then again, Venom is no ordinary comic book movie, because as the trailers have told us, the world has enough superheroes. So there’s a chance that taking a spin in the third dimension with this Spider-Man adjacent universe could be something unlike anything we’ve already seen. Or… it could be the exact metaphor you’ve been quoting from the now infamous trailer.

Which means court is in session, as it’s time to ask and answer one of our favorite questions: to 3D or not to 3D? If you’re interested in seeing how Venom works as a movie, you can find out as you read our official review. But from this point on, it’s 3D time, as we put our glasses on and tell you whether or not Eddie Brock’s adventures are worth your hard earned 3D dollar.

3D Fit Score

5/5

Picture this scenario: your anti-hero has the power to change into a super powered monster that shoots strands of goo towards his enemies. You can see why Venom is a perfect fit, as the spectacle factor of this film and source material lends itself to a potentially fantastic 3D conversion. With a lot of action, both human and symbiote related, ready to pop off of the screen, this couldn’t be a better fit for the 3D format.

Planning & Effort Score

2/5

While Venom is a perfect fit for 3D conversion, the planning and effort showing through Venom’s final 3D product is quite subpar. The biggest handicaps to the film’s execution in the third dimension are both the editing and the darkness of the film itself. Very jumpy visuals and a murky color palette wreck the chances that the film has of being a proper 3D film. At the very least, Venom does have some decent depth drawn in its picture, but it’s not enough to make up for the failings that plague the majority of its runtime.

Before the Window Score

2/5

In a better 3D conversion, Venom’s symbiote powers would be able to come off of the screen and into the audience with gleeful abandon. That’s not the movie we get with this conversion though, as with the exception of a couple shots throughout the film, most of the aspects on the screen stop short of jumping before the window. There are even shots that are primed for a good eye-popping gag, only to be filmed and converted in such a way that we never get that effect. Altogether, it still feels like you’re watching a movie happening behind a screen.

Beyond the Window Score

4/5

Meanwhile, in the beyond the window department, Venom actually manages to do its best work with the depth depicted in its images. Backgrounds are pretty limitless, through various shots involving alleyways, laboratory hallways, and select sequences with objects and persons plummeting to the ground. There’s even a special added effect of depth, which sees Eddie Brock and his symbiote temporarily separating during certain distressing times, which adds another layer of depth between characters. Say what you will about any other factor in this film’s 3D conversion, but at least the depth in Venom is near perfect.

Brightness Score

2/5

Your mileage may vary depending on how well your theater keeps up the health of its projector and auditorium, so keep that in mind when deciding whether Venom is 3D worthy for you. However, even with that caveat in mind, it’s highly doubtful that the extra dimness of the 3D glasses add to the picture will do any favors to the audience. Some sequences do have better lighting that makes it easier to make out who’s in a scene with who, but a good majority of Venom’s shots are at night and in the darkly lit forests and labs, rendering it nearly unwatchable. This is more than the minor level of grey the glasses lend to the picture; this is a problem that goes straight to the source of the picture.

Glasses Off Score

3/5

With a dim brightness level and a lot of shaky cam in play, you’re going to want to take your glasses off at times while watching Venom in 3D. During those times you remove your facial furniture, you’ll notice that there’s a certain degree of blur at play in the picture’s presentation, which usually indicates the level of depth and projection that the 3D picture is supposed to reflect. Interestingly enough, there is are portions of Venom where the blurring in the picture seems minimal, if not completely 2D. Even more confusing is a sequence towards the beginning of the film, where portions of the screen are not blurry at all, with other smaller windows housing the blur of a 3D effect. Yes, there’s some blur, and it’s pretty healthy when it’s there. But altogether, it’s an uneven execution.

Audience Health Score

3/5

As previously mentioned, the dimness of the picture and the choppy editing of major action sequences in Venom seriously handicap the ability to watch the film effectively. Through some small miracle, the film is actually still watchable, and for the most part it’s not a straining affair. Once the action kicks in though, it’s a different story, as big set pieces are so visually jumbled that it makes the dimness of the picture even more of a problem. Whole sections of Venom are pretty difficult to watch, but the movie on a whole can still be enjoyed – provided the viewer is prepared.

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Life Is Strange 2: Episode 1 Review

While I came to the original Life is Strange late in the game, after every episode had already been released, I loved the story the game told. The story of Max and Chloe was a heartbreaking one, no matter how it ended and it showed that the team at DONTNOD Entertainment was on to something. Now, with Life is Strange 2, the universe of Life is Strange has begun to expand and while the first episode is far from revolutionary, it is a promising first step in a new direction with new characters.

You play as Sean Diaz, an American teenager of Mexican descent living in the Seattle, Washington area. You live with your father, a mechanic, and your younger brother Daniel, and your biggest concern is how you’re going to impress the girl you like. Unfortunately, when a tragic series of events unfolds, Sean is forced to grab his younger brother and run away from home. On the run from the police, Sean heads south, with some rough idea of getting to the Mexican town where his father grew up, where he might find potential safety.

Gameplay is, for the most part, identical to the previous Life is Strange and other modern adventure games of its type. You walk around a map, interact with the environment, pick up objects, and engage in dialogue with other characters. Decisions you make have the potential to change the story as you progress through the episode as well as in future episodes. The changes between the original Life is Strange and the sequel are subtle but welcome. Not all dialogue sections force you to stand there and talk, instead, you’re frequently able to move around and continue to interact with your environment while still engaged in conversation. It feels more natural.

However, the biggest change comes from the new perspective that Life is Strange 2 takes. It’s clear from early on that while the player is in control of Sean, this isn’t really his story. In the same way that Telltale’s original season of The Walking Dead was more about Clementine than Lee, Life is Strange 2 looks like it will be about Daniel, not Sean, but told through Sean’s eyes. Daniel is always there watching you and even if a decision you make doesn’t technically involve him, he’s a young child and he’s soaking things up like a sponge. Your job as the player is to lead by example. If the example you set is a bad one, well…

These changes are minor, and by the end of Episode 1, they’ve hardly had a major impact on the game. While that could certainly change in future episodes, Episode 1 feels like any other modern adventure game. It remains to be seen how drastically the choices you make will impact the game, though the fact that the biggest decision of Episode 1 is made for you is a bit frustrating for a series that claims that you can control things.

What’s clear about Life is Strange 2 is that the game clearly has something it wants to say. While the original Life is Strange, as well as its prequel Life is Strange: Before the Storm dealt primarily with female relationships, of both the loving and the dangerous kind, Life is Strange 2‘s focus is on giving an audience a glimpse at what it’s like being a minority. And the game is not subtle. One character I met on my travels even commented that he wanted to “build the wall,” in case you were curious how closely the Life is Strange universe mirrors our own. The game’s inciting incident is one so “ripped from the headlines” you half expect the cast of Law & Order to show up.

Life is Strange fans may have noticed I have yet to mention anything about the supernatural powers that were a key part of the gameplay of the first game. In order to avoid spoilers I’m not going to go too deep into them, as most of the detail as to how they will impact the plot isn’t revealed until the end of the episode, but needless to say, powers of that sort do exist in the game, though they’re not identical to the powers of the first game, and how exactly they integrate into the story will be somewhat different.

Overall I’m not waiting with baited breath for the next episode of Life is Strange 2, but I am certainly interested enough to see where things go. Honestly, that’s about where I was at this point in the first Life is Strange. That game also took some time to get going, but once it did, it was an emotional journey worth taking. If that happens here as well, I won’t complain.

This review was completed with an Xbox One version of the game provided by the publisher.

Rating:
movie reviewed rating
3.5/5

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HeroBlend #25: Venom Reaction

To start, if you haven’t seen the movie yet but still want to hear about Sean’s impressions of Venom, you’re in luck. What we’ve done for you this time is begin HeroBlend with about 15 minutes of pure, unadulterated, spoiler free Venom discussion! We’ll talk, in general, about the plot, performances, action sequences and special effects, so you can get a basic idea of what Sean thought of the movie. After that, never fear, full fucking spoilers are here! That’s right, the next step is for Eric and Adrienne to grill Sean on the specifics of what did and didn’t work in Venom, using concrete examples from what he saw. We’ll go over everything from the spoiler free portion, but more in-depth, and also touch on things like how many symbiotes the movie actually uses and whether or not it’s easy to tell them apart, if the movie works with a PG-13 rating, if the film really did need some Spider-Man and how many dudes you can expect to get eaten.

Remaining Telltale Games Staff Continues To Shrink

This is just the latest in the complicated and disheartening tale of the closure of Telltale Games. Reports following the initial firings stated that new employees were brought on the week prior; seeming to signify that it caught the studio itself by surprise. Further reports were that Telltale expected funding from a source that, at the last minute, decided to withdraw its support. That, in turn, led to the sudden closure of the studio. On top of that, some employees have opted to sue their former employer, as a closure of this magnitude, according to their claim, requires around a 60-day notice to be given to those affected. As for Telltale, they’ve since disabled sales of the final season of The Walking Dead and have begun looking for a way to get the story completed, potentially by a different studio.

New Hellboy Image Shows Off The Main Cast And Plenty Of Monsters

Maybe heaven can wait, but hell certainly can’t with the triumphant return of Hellboy coming soon. It’s been ten years since Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy II: The Golden Army starring Ron Perlman was released, and fans have been impatiently awaiting another film. When it was announced that a new Hellboy movie was being made, it promised a reboot instead of a conclusion to the previous franchise. October started fans off strong with a new blazing new poster of Stranger Things‘ David Harbour transformed into the badass hero. With New York Comic-Con is underway, the cast of the upcoming Hellboy are set to make their debut at a Saturday panel. In honor of this, a new image featuring more of the cast has been released. Take a look:

What a hellishly magnificent new poster! While David Harbour’s incredible straight-from-the-comics look is still front and center, this teaser shared on Twitter offers more to unpack for fans. On the left are creepy and gruesome devilish creatures to be unleashed in London. While Guillermo del Toro’s films imagined the beasts from the comic as more fanciful, director Neil Marshall will bring more horror elements to the R-rated reboot. In the center, (below Hellboy) is the first look at Milla Jovovich as Nimue the Blood Queen. The Resident Evil actress will be the main antagonist of Hellboy who threatens the fate of the world. To the right is the rest of the main cast including Lost’s Daniel Dae Kim as Ben Daimio, American Honey’s Sasha Lane as Alice Monaghan and Deadwood‘s Ian McShane as Professor Trevor Bruttenholm.

The new poster gives us a broader sense of the movie in anticipation for the Comic-Con panel tomorrow, and if predictions are true a trailer could also drop tomorrow. The highly artistic feel of the poster reflects Hellboy comic book creator Mike Mignola’s involvement in the script writing alongside Andrew Cosby. Mignola previously said that his visits to the Hellboy set felt like he was seeing something ripped straight out of the comics for the first time during production. This is certainly exciting for fans of the source material to bring the complicated hero to life in a new way.

Hellboy was originally set to be released in January, but last week it was announced that the release will be pushed back until April 11, 2019. With buzz just getting started for the new Hellboy, the movie will likely benefit from this date change. The comic book adaptation will now head to theaters just one week after Shazam!. With more time to market the film and generate more excitement for the film with teasers such as this, Hellboy could be a huge box office success.

DC Universe’s Titans Will Deliver A New Deathstroke

The anticipation surrounding DC Universe’s Titans is growing, and a fresh bit of info from the series’ writer and producer has the power to ramp up the anticipation for it even more. While at New York Comic Con, Geoff Johns teased that the show would be foolish not to tackle The Judas Contract, which would mean having to introduce the Teen Titans’ archnemesis: Deathstroke. There is a twist to this Deathstroke news though. Here is what Johns had to say:

That’s right! Geoff Johns confirmed that Titans would eventually introduce the character of Deathstroke with a hint of change in the air. The news comes from the DC Universe panel at New York Comic Con (via ComicBook) and the keyword that Johns says is “new.” What exactly he meant by a new Deathstroke is unclear. It is a crucial bit of info that is destined to send speculation soaring. For Titans to want a new take on the character makes sense given the competition it has received from other adaptations.

In the Arrow-verse, Deathstroke has been played by Spartacus‘ Manu Bennett. In the movie universe, True Blood‘s Joe Manganiello is the latest to play the Teen Titans’ greatest enemy. Whether the “new” Geoff Johns is referring to has to do with casting or the backstory of the character being different is unknown. With so many iterations, it will be intriguing to find out how Titans plans to set their Deathstroke apart from the ones that have come before.

As for Geoff Johns’ assertion that fans will “eventually” see Deathstroke on Titans — that leaves the door open for when exactly fans will catch a glimpse of the villain. The new DC Universe series will have time though, as it has already been renewed for a second season before its first one has even premiered. While that is good news for the show’s future, it theoretically pushes out the potential debut date of the new Deathstroke, unless he makes an appearance in Season 1.

As of now, fans will have to settle for debating what Geoff Johns’ “new” could mean, as it hints at any number of things. Given how alive the character has been on-screen, Titans will have its work cut out in finding a direction that is fresh. The other exciting part of this Titans news is that Geoff Johns is simultaneously confirming interest in adapting The Judas Contract while teasing the introduction of Deathstroke, which makes sense given the two go hand-in-hand in comic book canon.

Whether Titans introduces Deathstroke in an adaptation of that storyline or beforehand to establish the character will be fun to learn. In the meantime, you can start watching Titans when it premieres Friday, October 12 on DC Universe. From that point forward, new episodes of the 12-part season will drop weekly on the new streaming platform. With some time still left to go before Titans is released, there are a lot of other fall offerings to entertain you while you wait.

The New Mortal Engines Trailer Is Gorgeous And Epic

A lot of the biggest films this holiday season are reboots, sequels or familiar big-name properties. Standing out from the pack of blockbusters in that regard is Mortal Engines. The film is based on the novel of the same name by author Philip Reeve and it is coming from the Lord of the Rings writing trio of Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson. Mortal Engines is a YA film with a steampunk aesthetic that looks positively nothing like the rest of the holiday slate. The latest trailer for the film has been released and it is the best one yet, teasing a positively gorgeous film with an epic feel. Take a look at the new Mortal Engines trailer below.

Despite how intrigued I was by the concept and wanted to love the first couple trailers for Mortal Engines, I was underwhelmed. This trailer though I feel does a much better job at selling this movie. It gives us a good look at different parts of the film that are more interesting than we’ve previously seen, and the special effects here also look much better. This film is a visual feast. Mortal Engines is the directorial debut of Christian Rivers, who worked on the visual effects for the Middle Earth films and won an Oscar for his VFX work on King Kong, and it shows in this trailer for Mortal Engines. Aesthetically, this movie is positively gorgeous. Everything from the griminess of the cities to the eye-popping color of the skies and landscapes keeps you transfixed on the trailer and demands that you see this movie on the biggest screen with the best projection possible.

In addition to the captivating visuals, this Mortal Engines trailer further expands on the history of the protagonist and the story of the film that centers on a megalomaniac, a rebellion and a mysterious girl. Comparisons to Waterworld have been made, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Clearly Hera Hilmar’s Hester Shaw is important, but this trailer still doesn’t tell us why she’s special. But maybe we’re not supposed to know that yet and that’s a journey we go on with the character.

The first teaser made it seem like this was standard YA fare in a different wrapper, but this latest trailer, with its steampunk aesthetic and zany characters, gives it a different feel. I’m getting strong vibes of other quirky sci-fi/fantasy flicks like Stardust, The Fifth Element and Snowpiercer (although the director has made other comparisons). Hopefully Mortal Engines leans into that weirdness.

This film also feels positively epic and grand in scale. Just watching the trailer you feel like you are going on a huge journey with these characters. Mortal Engines is an adaptation of the first novel in a four part series, but that novel can apparently stand on its own. This movie looks like it will introduce a whole world worth exploring and maybe it will get a chance to do that with sequels if Mortal Engines can stand out in a crowded holiday season.

Mortal Engines rolls into theaters on December 14. Check out our release guide for all of the biggest movies you can look forward to this holiday season.

Why Star Wars Resistance Is Set Before The Force Awakens

Star Wars Resistance is only days away from hitting the airwaves on Disney Channel, and it promises to deliver Star Wars action to the small screen, help fill in some blanks in the current timeline of that galaxy far, far away, and explain what happened to some of those former Rebel and Imperial pilots after the events of the original trilogy. It is actually set in a time and place that has been largely unexplored by other projects in the saga: before The Force Awakens and in the Outer Rim.

Resistance executive producer Justin Ridge spoke with CinemaBlend about all things Resistance (including how it was impacted by previous series The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels), and he had this to say about why the new show is set before the devastating events of The Force Awakens:

As many Resistance viewers will undoubtedly know thanks to The Force Awakens, the galaxy is in for a devastating tragedy when the First Order unleashes Starkiller Base on the New Republic. The show isn’t just set at a random place in the decades between the happy ending of Return of the Jedi and the dark beginning of The Force Awakens. Its placement in the timeline means that it can tie into the events of the first movie of the sequel trilogy, featuring characters like Poe and Captain Phasm and even BB-8 along with the newcomers like Kaz and The Aces.

Interestingly, the state of affairs being revealed in Resistance can be directly relevant to the sequel trilogy, especially since The Last Jedi takes place so soon after The Force Awakens. Justin Ridge also clarified how soon ahead of The Force Awakens that Resistance kicks off:

Poor Kaz and his new friends (and rivals) don’t have all that much time left before the First Order unleashes Starkiller Base on the galaxy, although it’s worth noting that not all of the news will be terrible. When Poe isn’t dropping by Star Wars Resistance, he’ll be busy helping Leia and the other Resistance leaders. While the Resistance (and Kaz) obviously won’t be able to prevent Starkiller Base’s upcoming strike against the New Republic, Poe will take it down, and we have to hope that Kaz and Co. will have contributed to that victory.

As is clear from the exciting trailers for Star Wars Resistance, the new show will be focusing on pilots and non-Force sensitive characters, meaning there will be some key fundamental differences between Resistance and the two shows that came before it. Poe’s victory against Starkiller Base proves that the non-Jedi characters are vital to fighting the good fight of the sequel trilogy era, even if the titles of the first two movies directly reference the Force and the Jedi. Justin Ridge explained why Resistance is focused on non-Jedi characters:

Naturally, a big question that will be on the minds of Star Wars fans is whether Resistance‘s place so soon ahead of The Force Awakens means that the show could eventually extend into the timeline of the movies. After all, both The Clone Wars and Rebels spanned multiple years before coming to their ends, although Rebels notably ended shortly before the original trilogy began, and showrunner Dave Filoni explained his understandable reasons why. Time will tell if the new batch of Clone Wars episodes will advance into the time of or beyond Revenge of the Sith.

When I asked Justin Ridge whether we could see Kaz’s story extend into the movie timeline, here’s what he had to say:

Star Wars Resistance premieres with a one-hour event on Sunday, October 7 at 10 p.m. ET on Disney Channel and DisneyNOW. It’s only one of the two upcoming Star Wars shows that will be set between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Be sure to tune in to meet some fun new characters in a truly unique location in the Outer Rim.