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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, run through a bunch of Easter eggs referencing Star Trek: The Next Generation and more in the first season of Star Trek: Picard on CBS All Access. Plus, take a look back at the 90s action sitcom Big Bad Beetleborgs that tried to capitalize on the success of Power Rangers, and learn how to draw the reindeer sidekick Sven from Disney’s Frozen.
First up, Wired runs through the entire first season of Star Trek: Picard and breaks down some of the shows Easter eggs. For example, you might have spotted the Captain Picard Day sign made by kids in Star Trek: The Next Generation, picked up on various references to The Gorn, or noticed the new use of Vasquez Rocks. Find out all about that more in the above video.
There have been countless iterations of Power Rangers, each one bringing a different iteration of Super Sentai to the United States. But Syfy Wire reminds us of Big Bad Beetleborgs, which adapted combat footage from the Metal Hero tokusatsu-series Juukou B-Fighter and B-Fighter Kabuto, but put more of an emphasis on sitcom elements instead of monster-fighting action.
Finally, if you need to distract the kids, or you just want to take the time to try out a drawing challenge for yourself, this video has Frozen 2 animation supervisor Michael Woodside literally illustrate how to draw the loveable Sven from Frozen. Can you pull off all the right angles and curves to draw like a Disney animator? Could you do it hundreds of times to make an animated image?
Last week’s episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars gave us the distinct impression that Ahsoka would be taking a turn into a life of crime. This week’s episode, “Deal No Deal,” delivers. When Rafa Martez gets a job that she promises is a simple run, it turns out to be anything but simple. Soon, Ahsoka and the Martez sisters are wrapped up in a spice smuggling operation that goes south faster than an Anakin Skywalker plan.Anakin’s Sixth Sense
When Trace Martez takes her ship, The Silver Angel, from Coruscant, she ends up in a military space lane and gets chewed out by Yularen himself. Ahsoka counsels them in ways to correct the situation, but they don’t listen. Finally, she just shuts off the comm and gets a feeling. Standing next to Yularen on the flagship? Her old master, Anakin Skywalker. Yularen asks Skywalker if he should pursue The Silver Angel, but Anakin senses something familiar and tells Yularen to forget about it. This scene tees up a moment we see in Star Wars Rebels and is echoed later in Return of the Jedi.
When Ahsoka first senses who Vader really is, it comes in a similar, ship-to-ship situation, but the warmth on Anakin’s face when he senses Ahsoka is replaced by a band of darkness on Vader’s mask.
In Return of the Jedi, the moment is much more subdued when he comes ship-to-ship with the presence of his son this way.
With the addition of this scene in The Clone Wars, it provides a very fascinating triptych.The Kessel Run
After Ahsoka and the Martez sisters make it off of Coruscant, they drop out of hyperspace outside of Kessel. We see them briefly churning through the same path Lando and L3-37 guided Han and crew through in Solo: A Star Wars Story, but instead of the mines, the Martez sisters head for an entirely different part of the planet. This side is lush with forests and evokes an entirely different feeling. The spice mines of Kessel have been long talked about when it comes to Star Wars. This is where Threepio lamented being sent in A New Hope in 1977. Seeing different aspects of it through different eras since its first visual appearance in Star Wars Rebels has been one of the most fascinating things to come from the last six years of Star Wars storytelling.
If you watch carefully, you can see visual cues that match up to Solo: A Star Wars Story like the beacons in the maelstrom and the general look of the planet.Rafa Martez and the Spice Run of Doom
The side of the planet our heroes land on, though, is much more lush than anything we’ve really seen from the planet so far. As they pull in, Rafa makes a comment about this leading to “fortune and glory,” and suddenly we think of her character and potential arc in a different light.
Here’s Indiana Jones from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom:
Hulu’s Into the Dark has been putting out a new feature-length holiday-themed horror film every month, which is pretty impressive. And now they have their first sequel on their hands: Pooka Lives, a follow-up to Pooka, their first Christmas-themed film. Pooka Lives is definitely not Christmas-themed, though. The truth is, I have no idea what holiday it’s trying to represent. But it does feature Rachel Bloom as a crazy person who creates Pooka and then sets herself on fire, so that’s something. Watch the Pooka Lives trailer below.Pooka Lives Trailer
Just what holiday is Pooka Lives celebrating? Easter? The trailer says “this Pooka Day”, which…isn’t a real holiday. Maybe Into the Dark is going super-meta here, and inventing their own holiday for their own movie? Stranger things have happened. In fact, they’re even calling it a “Pooka Day Episode.”
In Pooka Lives, “A group of thirty-something friends from high-school create their own Creepypasta about Pooka for laughs, but are shocked when it becomes so viral on the Internet that it actually manifests more murderous versions of the creature.” The cast here features Felicia Day, Wil Wheaton, Malcolm Barrett, Rachel Bloom, Jonah Ray, Lyndie Greenwood, and Gavin Stenhouse.
Into The Dark is “a monthly horror event series from prolific, award-winning producer, Jason Blum’s independent TV studio. Each feature-length installment is inspired by a holiday and features Blumhouse’s signature genre/thriller spin on the story.”
I love the concept behind this, but I have to admit that I haven’t liked many of the Into the Dark entries so far. They’re more miss than hit, and I feel like Blumhouse is wasting a great concept here. But hey, maybe Pooka Lives will change all that! The fact that they managed to get Rachel Bloom to play the creator of Pooka is certainly a nice touch. And the display image above is appropriately nightmarish, so there’s that.
Pooka Lives arrives on Hulu April 3.
In a time of rolling shutdowns and release date cancellations as the coronavirus rampages through Hollywood productions, a surprising bit of good news is emanating from the Marvel universe as signs indicate that The Eternals is still on track for its November 6, 2020 release date. In a statement to its Twitter followers, Scanline VFX has announced that every single one of its employees is now working from home, which will allow the studio to maintain progress on its current projects, which include Marvel’s newest superhero ensemble:
As of Monday, all 650 of Scanline’s crew across Los Angeles, Vancouver, Montreal, London, Munich, Stuttgart and Seoul studios are working successfully from home, transforming Scanline into a completely remote visual effects studio for the time being. From now on, not a single employee needs to set foot into a physical office location, making us independent of local government restrictions and lockdowns while providing a safe and healthy working environment for all crew.
As we move into the weeks and months ahead, we are here to support our clients and the wider VFX community. Shows in the pipeline will continue as normal but we are also open for new projects and can expand our home setup capacity as needed.
You can read the full statement from Scanline VFX below:
— Scanline VFX @Scanline_VFX March 24, 2020The announcement arrives on the heels of concerns that pulling Black Widow‘s release date could push The Eternals into 2021. However, sources inside Marvel have said that there will be no effect on the current MCU timeline, and it certainly appears that work on The Eternals is still moving head as planned despite the coronavirus grinding many projects to a halt. In fact, at the current rate, The Eternals could be the first major studio to hold its release date once the dust finally settles on the global pandemic.
Via CBR, Scanline VFX on Twitter