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Star Wars: The Clone Wars has finished off the first arc of its seventh season. The final chapter of the arc, “Unfinished Businesses”, yields sharper emotional beats than the penultimate chapter, following up on the rather bittersweet moment when the rescued clone trooper Echo Dee Bradley Baker, who voices every clone repeats “the good old days” with ambivalence.
While it’s hazy on how Echo feels about his re-integration into his Republic military, from the moment he reports for duty in his new distinctive armor with his signature handprint on his armor, it’s evident he has accepted he isn’t going to be the same soldier on the battlefield. He seems just as loyal as before. Due to the digital implants the Separatists forced into his body, Echo offers his abilities to help the Jedi, Rex, and the Bad Batch infiltrate an enemy Separatist ship. However, Echo and Rex have to navigate some skepticism about whether Echo’s Republic allegiance is still true. Echo is constantly dutiful to his Republic mission, although it turns out that he has changed even in ways he’s unsure of.
It’s fun to observe the battlefield professionalism between Jedi and the clones. Some overdue insight is provided to the Bad Batch and their brotherhood. Tech’s mental aptitude makes him a standout member of the Bad Batch. Crosshair enacts a neat little sniping scene where he plants reflective devices in a corridor that allow his shot to bounce through multiple droids with slick precision. Wrecker scores the most comedic gold, such as when he smashes through poor B1 droids to the point where even the clones feel bad for the droid, and Wrecker enacts his best moment—“This is the happiest day of my life”—when he finally gets to blow something up. Mace Windu Terrence “T.C.” Carson also has a comedic moment where he stalls the droid battalion by trying to bargain with them and he partakes in a genuinely tense sequence where he has to tap into the Force to defuse a bomb.
Despite the fun action, the episode’s path doesn’t feel fully formed despite the rather warm-hearted destination. The central existential crisis—Echo’s unspoken realization that he doesn’t quite fit in his old environment and Rex clocking in Echo’s alienation—is not fleshed out and feels lost in the flurry of action. While Echo’s decision to join the Bad Batch, who are both renegades and servants to the Republic, is a warm send-off that gives plenty of consideration to his state of mind, the opportunity for dimensions are mere suggestions throughout the arc, such as the insinuation that the Bad Batch are drifting their way through the war for occasional purpose and aren’t too comfortable accepting the tokens—the honors—of the Republic institution they serve.
But for writing material and characterizations that should...
When The Expanse was cancelled by SYFY, a core group of fans, lovingly called the Screaming Firehawks, worked hard to find it a new home. In May 2018, Jeff Bezos responded to everyone’s efforts, which included flying a plane with a banner that said “Save The Expanse” over Amazon Studios’ main office, by announcing that Amazon Prime Video was picking up the show. Fans and cast and crew alike were ecstatic, and all have been waiting for the new season, which dropped on December 12th.
The fourth season is a great one read /Film’s spoiler-free review is live, and while the core of the show remains the same in its new home, there are some noticeable differences that came with the move to Amazon. Read on to learn how the move to a new network has impacted the viewing experience of the show.Episodes Drop All at Once Instead of One-Per-Week
The most obvious change with The Expanse’s move to Amazon is that the entire season was dropped at once versus the one episode per week model on SYFY. There are pros and cons to this change, as there are pros and cons to binge watching in general. On the plus-side, fans can inhale the fourth season over just a couple of days if they’re so inclined, potentially even staying up until 3:00 AM on a work night to get in as much viewing as they can. Instant gratification can be a good thing, and is often satisfying. What is lost, however, with the drop-all-at-once format is the shared sense of anticipation, the reddit and Twitter conversations that take place during the week while everyone’s waiting for the next episode to drop. There’s something to be said about dropping the season bit by bit HBO’s Watchmen is a great example of this, and while I’m sure serious fans will still have those in-depth online conversations about the new season, some of that feeling of watching something communally will be lost.There Are No Commercials
There’s really no downside to this one—being able to watch a full episode with no interruptions is a dream. Granted, there is a cost to the viewer in that they have to pay for an Amazon Prime subscription, but that’s the new streaming platform reality we all live in, and at least with Amazon Prime you also get other benefits that the conglomerate has to offer.F-Bombs and Other Salty Language Flows Freely
A free reign on swearing was one of the things I was probably disproportionally excited about when I heard The Expanse was moving to Amazon. Those who have read the books know that Avasarala swears like a sailor most of the time, and this was lost when it was on SYFY, especially in the first two seasons when there was almost no swearing allowed at all. Characters swore more freely in the third and final season on SYFY after the network made a move to allow F-Bombs, but in the fourth season swears flow freely from almost...
Netflix is doing its best to keep us sane during these uncertain, self-isolating times, and the streaming platform is gifting us another season of one of its most popular dramas and a feel-good film to cuddle up with this weekend.
Jason Bateman is back to the life of crime for Ozark's third season, and the stakes could not be higher or darker. But for some more comforting fare, try Uncorked, a new film that's all about wine — or at least, mostly about wine, but there's some uplifting family content in there too. Here's everything coming to and leaving Netflix this week of March 27th.Ozark: Season 3 Netflix series streaming 3/27
Netflix's darkly-lit drama series returns for more illegal shenanigans. After a six-month time jump, the family's got the casino up and running, but Marty and Wendy are battling on just how deep they should dig into this life of crime. Wendy strikes a deal with a dangerous drug cartel, but her plans are thrown for a loop when her brother comes to town. Expect the same stellar performances delivered in depressingly dim lighting.Uncorked Netflix film streaming 3/27
Mamoudou Athie, Courtney B. Vance, and Niecy Nash star in this family drama about a young man with dreams that go against his parents' expectations. Athie plays Elijah, a sensitive, eager 20-something whose dream of becoming a Master Sommelier clashes with his father's desire for him to run the family BBQ joint. Elijah pursues his path anyway, heading to France and testing for a prestigious program with the help of his friends. It's the kind of feel-good content we all need right now.Here's a full list of what's been added in the last week:
Avail. 3/23Sol Levante
Avail. 3/25Crip Camp: A Disability RevolutionCurtizThe Occupant HogarSignsYooHoo to the Rescue: Season 3
Avail. 3/267SEEDS: Part 2Blood FatherUnorthodox
Avail. 3/27Car Masters: Rust to Riches: Season 2The DeclineDragons: Rescue Riders: Hunt for the Golden DragonIl processoKilling Them SoftlyOzark: Season 3There's Something in the WaterTrue: Wuzzle Wegg DayUncorkedAnd here's what's leaving next week, so it's your last chance:
Leaving 3/30Batman BeginsCharlie's AngelsCharlie's Angels: Full ThrottleDeath at a FuneralDrugs, Inc. Season 5HairsprayKill Bill: Vol. 1Kill Bill: Vol. 2New York MinuteP.S. I Love YouParanormal ActivitySmall SoldiersThe Dark KnightThe Lord of the Rings: The Return of the KingThe Lord of the Rings: The Two TowersWild Wild West
Damon Lindelof, the creator of HBO's Watchmen, is interested in taking a trip to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or a galaxy far, far away, in the future. Lindelof left his stamp in the DC universe in a big way with Watchmen, which proved to be one of the biggest hits of 2019. While there are no plans for a second season right now, Lindelof is interested in exploring other major franchises.
The writer and producer is currently promoting The Hunt, which is finally making its way to theaters this weekend after being delayed last year. During a recent interview, Damon Lindelof touched on a couple of franchises he would like to possibly explore next, given the chance, starting with Marvel. Here's what he had to say about it.'I think that doing something in the Marvel universe, anywhere in the Marvel Universe, would be really potentially exciting for me, especially as they start to get a little bit more experimental. Some of the things that I've seen for Wandavision, for example, just feel like, 'Okay, now we're getting somewhere'. Particularly in a television space.'
Indeed, it seems in Phase 4 the MCU is going to take some big swings. What little we've seen from WandaVision, which debuts on Disney+ later this year, looks to be a trippy detour from what we're accustomed to from these characters, with the show centering on Wanda Maximoff and Vision. We've also got Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness coming down the pipeline, which is poised to be a unique experience. Not to mention that the X-Men and Fantastic Four will be rebooted within the MCU sometime in the future, which could open up many possibilities.
Star Wars is another story. The future of the long-running sci-fi franchise is a bit of a mystery following the release of The Rise of Skywalker last year. We know more movies will be made, as well as shows on Disney+ to go along with The Mandalorian. Speaking further, Damon Lindelof said he would love to do something in the Star Wars universe, but not for some time.'At some point, but certainly not in the immediate future, I feel like I would love to do something in the Star Wars universe. Maybe a decade from now when I would no longer be blamed for ruining it. That would be a hoot.'
Whoever is tasked with crafting the next chapter of Star Wars will be under intense pressure, that much is certain. Understandably, someone like Lindelof would want to avoid that pressure, especially after overcoming the odds with something like Watchmen, which defied expectations and served as a satisfying sequel to one of the most beloved comic book properties of all time. Imagine what Lindelof might be able to do for the MCU, provided the opportunity? This news comes to us via Fandom.