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Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Season 7, Episode 11 Review

Warning: this review contains full spoilers for Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Season 7, Episode 11. If you need a refresher on where we left off, here’s our review for Season 7, Episode 10.

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The Clone Wars is coming off of its best episode ever. And while it was never realistic to expect “Shattered” to maintain that exact level of quality, it’s not that far off. It’s to this episode’s credit that it doesn’t attempt to give fans more of the same, but instead shifts this climactic storyline into new and even darker territory. Even though The Siege of Mandalore feels like a feature film divided into four parts, each part is different enough in tone and focus to justify those breaks.

“Shattered” is certainly much smaller in scope than its predecessors, and even downright claustrophobic at times. While it’s a little disappointing the series seems to be finished exploring the state of Mandalore itself, there’s a lot to be said for the steady, brisk pace this final story arc is taking. And whether or not a return to Mandalore is in the cards for the finale, we can probably count on future seasons of The Mandalorian to fill in some of the gaps as the world shifts from one occupying force to another. This episode is all about narrowing the focus and mining the greatest possible impact out of the disaster to come.

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It certainly doesn’t hurt that “Shattered” finally delivers one of the moments fans have been waiting to see since 2008 – Order 66. Sure we saw numerous Jedi meet their end in Revenge of the Sith, but that movie never made much effort to flesh out the clones themselves or explore how they actually felt about bring ordered to betray their Jedi comrades. But from the very beginning, this series has devoted itself to giving the clones names and identities of their own. This iconic and very tragic Star Wars moment takes on a whole new tone when seen from the perspective of Ahsoka and Commander Rex.

The early scenes hit especially hard, with the show really playing on our knowledge of what’s coming as it steadily builds tension leading up to the commencement of Order 66. Even before the actual order comes in, Ahsoka suddenly seems alone and unwelcome among a group of soldiers who so recently pledged their lives to her cause. Through it all, we know what’s coming, and we know there’s no stopping in, so it’s just a question of how bad the fallout will be. Ahsoka sensing the climactic battle on Coruscant and hearing the familiar voices of Anakin, Palpatine and Mace Windu (the film actors, no less) further adds to the dread.

It’s also worth highlighting the score here, with composer Kevin Kiner seemingly riffing on that haunting music from Episode III where Anakin wrestles over whether to leave Palpatine to his fate or intervene. The end result is something that sounds as much like Blade Runner as it does Star Wars, but it definitely complements and enhances the unnerving tone.

The big moment doesn’t disappoint, either. It’s fitting that Rex himself becomes the focal point as Palpatine’s order ripples across the galaxy. No clone has developed into a more fully realized character over the course of seven seasons, and no one stands a better chance of fighting against the inhibitor chip controlling his actions. But as we see, even Rex’s deep love and respect for Ahsoka can’t stop him from obeying his orders. All he can do is try to drop hints and give Ahsoka a fighting chance.

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With that extreme tension given release, this episode veers in a more action-packed direction as Ahsoka makes an unlikely ally out of Maul and fights to save Rex from himself. The Maul scenes in particular are a nice palate cleanser from everything that comes before. It’s actually kind of fun watching a lightsaber-less Maul go to town on the clones, especially now that they’re more the villains of this story than he. His escape is also a telling commentary on Ahsoka’s state of mind. She’s rapidly developing that survivor mentality. No longer the high-minded Jedi she worked so hard to become, she’s not above unleashing a monster like Maul if it creates the distraction she needs.

There’s plenty more tension to go around as “Shattered” draws to a close. The confined setting and the overwhelming numbers eventually take their toll, with even Ahsoka fighting a losing battle against overwhelming numbers and a ticking clock. And it all pays off nicely in the scene where a recuperated Rex chooses Ahsoka over his men. No doubt we’ll see more of the emotional fallout of that act in the finale. But even with only the three of of the four episodes released so far, this arc has fully lived up to its promise. It’s enhanced the events of the movie and paid off on characters arcs that have been more than a decade in the making. Now there’s just one final tale to be told before the war is truly over.
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Season 7, Episode 9 Review

Warning: this review contains full spoilers for Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Season 7, Episode 9. If you need a refresher on where we left off, here’s our review for Season 7, Episode 8.

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Now this is Clone Warring. Season 7 hasn’t exactly been a flawless experience over the past two months. Both previous story arcs were a bit long in the tooth and weirdly paced, raising the question of why the series couldn’t have cast a wider net in its final 12 episodes. But ultimately, we’re all here for one main reason – the Siege of Mandalore. This is what The Clone Wars has been building to since 2008, and so far it doesn’t disappoint one bit.

It’s clear from the very beginning of “Old Friends, Not Forgotten” that this final arc is a little bit different and a little more special than your average Clone Wars saga. The intro hearkens back to the movies with its use of John Williams’ “Main Title” theme. That’s the first of many cases where this episode draws heavily on those iconic Williams motifs. It’s also quite a welcome surprise to see the early scenes directly call back to the original Clone Wars movie. The series has truly come full circle, rehashing that bit where Anakin and Obi-Wan are pinned down by battle droids, victory is snatched out of the jaws of defeat and Ahsoka unexpectedly wanders into Anakin’s life. How utterly appropriate.

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Just as the original movie was basically four episodes stitched together, it wouldn’t be at all surprising to learn this final arc was either originally conceived as a film or has an alternate, feature-length cut in the works. It certainly seems fitting to bookend the series in that way. And though it’s not exactly ideal to jump into the Clone wars saga at the very end, this episode does a very thorough job of laying out the stakes and the character relationships on its own. Who knows? If movie theaters actually reopen at some point in 2020, maybe we will see The Clone Wars: The Siege of Mandalore on the big screen.

The opening battle scene is entertaining, particularly in how it makes use of the playful dynamic between Anakin and Obi-Wan. Their banter is amusing (particularly with how Matt Lanter and James Arnold Taylor deliver their lines), but there’s also a twinge of sadness knowing the end of their friendship is so close at hand. In fact, it’s not long before we realize just how close the events of Revenge of the Sith truly are. That connection only adds to the urgency of this conflict. Even as Ahsoka carries out her mission on Mandalore, there’s a hidden, ticking clock counting down to the moment Palpatine unleashes Order 66 on the galaxy and the whole house of cards comes tumbling down. Setting this story concurrently with Episode III rather than before is an inspired choice.

In a perfect world, The Clone Wars would have been able to finish its natural run before Disney pivoted to Star Wars Rebels, and we wouldn’t be coming into this arc already knowing what lies ahead for Ahsoka, Captain Commander Rex, Maul and the rest of the major players. But that’s always been the thing about The Clone Wars. We’ve known the general end point for this story since Day 1. They made a movie about it and everything. The purpose was always in fleshing out the journey to that point and finding the emotional core of this enormous conflict that’s been alluded to since 1977.

This episode clearly has that in mind as it reunites Ahsoka with Anakin, Obi-Wan and Rex. Those scenes make the years-long wait for a proper finale all worth it. The Ahsoka/Anakin dynamic is handled perfectly here, with Ahsoka caught up in a mixture of disgust for all things Jedi, reluctance to open old wounds and a need to reconnect with a man who meant so much to her for three years. Anakin, meanwhile, shows a mixture of excitement and an almost petulant quality where he seems to resent the realization that Ahsoka has moved on and grown up without him. Ahsoka has drifted beyond his control, and that has to play some part in his downfall to come. Even more so than with the Anakin/Obi-Wan material, the final farewell between Ahsoka and Anakin really tugs at the heartstrings. In a way, it actually helps having already watched through Rebels, as we have the knowledge of what happens when Anakin and Ahsoka do finally reunite weighing on an already bittersweet scene.

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Ahsoka’s reunion with Rex and his clones is equally affecting. Nothing quite sums up the wild journey of this series than seeing the clones deck themselves out in blue and orange tribute, a testament to the respect and devotion one humble little Padawan has earned over the course of many a battle. It also highlights the conflict to come for many of these clone characters. They’re essentially choosing Ahsoka over the Republic, but how will they feel when Order 66 comes along? I’m very much looking forward to seeing that moment play out.

This episode finds plenty of time for action after getting all the necessary hellos and goodbyes out of the way, launching right into the deadly infiltration of Mandalore. The brisk pacing is a welcome change from previous episodes, with even Maul himself putting in a quick appearance before the end. And it’s in this final act where the episode really takes advantage of the boosted animation quality of Season 7. It looks like a lot of money was spent on this episode, which may just be further evidence a theatrical run is in the works. And why not? If this opening chapter is any indication, the whole team has a lot to be proud of.
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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and the complete 9-film Skywalker Saga are both now available for purchase on digital platforms, and they arrive four days early.

While it hasn’t been officially announced, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and The Skywalker Saga collection can now be purchased on such digital platforms as FandangoNOW, Vudu, and iTunes.

This surprise from that galaxy far, far away arrives shortly after the news that Disney will also be making Frozen 2 available on Disney+ three months early on Sunday, March 15, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which may be the cause for this early release as well.

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COVID-19, besides the obvious threat to the human race, has impacted many in the entertainment industry and their fans. Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and Disney California Adventure have been closed through the end of the month, the NBA, NHL, MLB, and more have postponed their seasons, and much more.

The Rise of Skywalker was originally set to be released digitally on March 17 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray, and DVD on March 31.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was released in theaters in late 2019 and earned $ 1.074 billion at the global box office.

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In our review of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, we said that it is “an entertaining but deeply flawed final chapter that ultimately plays it too safe.”

The Rise of Skywalker and Frozen 2 releasing early will hopefully help deal with the many other delays affecting the film and TV industry, including Mulan, Fast 9, and more.

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Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow…

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Man, the coolest weapons are almost always the most cumbersome!

A morning star would be the absolute last thing I’d grab to kill zombies, and yet Daryl looked so damn awesome wielding one here.

But he’s the king of making awkward weaponry seem badass, right? Daryl and only Daryl can get away with bringing a spiked ball and chain to the front lines of a huge war. Especially when one is fighting a herd of zombies that also contains real people hiding out as zombies – who can grab the chain and yank the weapon away.

“Morning Star” was pretty damn good. This back half of Season 10 is ramping up quite nicely. Hell, if we’re lucky, we’ll get through this Whisperer war before the season finale. It’d be nice to break the usual format and it would ditch a ton of the usual padding that goes into adapting these comic arcs into the show. Look, because of Beta’s ambush last week, Hilltop, as of this episode, has just about every single character we still care about in one place. The gang’s pretty much all together, save for Gabriel, Connie, and Michonne.

And if you care about Magna, well…it’s nice to like things.

Daryl, Carol, and the All-Stars

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Daryl rolled into Hilltop. Ezekiel went out and found Carol and brought her back. Rosita showed up with Gamma/Mary. Judith’s already there. We’re no longer splitting up the favorites between two communities. Plus, Alpha’s launching her big attack with her precious, powerful herd – and Negan’s with her, working his smarm and charm. Just about everything that’s still important on the show is about to collide. If the “war” drags on past this, and next week’s, episode, we’re in trouble.

Granted, most of this episode involved characters bonding, conversing, speaking their truths, and saying maybe-goodbyes to one another after discovering that Alpha had blocked all the roads out of Hilltop. But it still gave us a few minutes of cool violence at the end when it featured the beginning parts of the huge battle (that’s not dissimilar to the odds Winterfell faced when the Night King and his army came calling). It left us hanging, as our heroes got trapped in a fire circle while they themselves were covered in a flammable – er – sap? – but it all felt very vital and brutal. Most importantly, it felt like big names could die.

Of course, in that regard, Ezekiel is the top candidate to get smoked right now. Not only is he already dying, but he made the grave TV/movie sin of having sex before the big push. Yup, I’d be very shocked if he made it out of this. And if not for the sex, then definitely because of the spare words of respect he had with Daryl and their pact to protect the kids. There’s a good chance Ezekiel’s going down saving the children.

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Eugene might get taken out too, even though he finally moved past his love for Rosita and is now focused on the relationship he’s building with Stephanie over the radio. Odds are good that he makes it out alive so he can meet her in spot she told him to be at in a week, though they could also have Rosita sadly show up in his place. That being said, whatever fate has in store, his scenes with Rosita this week were very good. As mentioned last week, the three relationships that still matter on the series are Carol/Daryl, Rosita/Eugene, and Negan/Judith. Naturally, Judith and Michonne’s bond matters, but they’ll probably never see one another again. And then, after these, Daryl’s budding romance with Connie and “surrogate something” relation to Lydia are pretty cool.

Wild Card Negan

Negan might be the true tipping point here. He and Alpha are about to unleash hell on a community that he doesn’t know has Judith inside.

Yet.

And even without knowing about Judith, he’s still trying to convince Alpha to spare everyone by getting them to surrender. He’s already not fully on board with the Whisperer agenda. So I imagine once he sees Judith, it’s all over for Alpha and her ghouls. That will be the moment when he rolls back the tide somehow and turns on his hosts. The silver-tongued man who’s always just doing what he can to stay alive will break his hard-wired habit and protect her.

The only way this doesn’t end next week is if…everyone surrenders. If Alpha takes Negan’s advice and gets Daryl to bend the knee. And the only way that happens is if the kids are in danger. Yes, everything feels like it’s about to come to a head, but never doubt The Walking Dead’s penchant for dragging a storyline out.
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This review contains full spoilers for Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Season 7, Episode 2. If you need a refresher on where we left off, here’s our review for Season 7, Episode 1.

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Disney+ may still be an empty wasteland as far as new, exclusive Marvel content goes, but never let it be said the service isn’t giving Star Wars fans exactly what they signed up for. The second episode of The Clone Wars: Season 7 is another reminder of what was lost when this series was canceled back in 2013, and why it’s such a gift to Star Wars fans that it’s finally returned.

If these first two Season 7 installments are any indication, the final season may be more akin to a trilogy of movies than 12 serialized episodes. The season premiere introduced us to the oddball clone commandos of the Bad Batch and set the stage for the surprise return of Echo, and this episode picks up right where “Bad Batch” left off. There is a certain sense of familiarity or “been there, done that” to the latter half of “A Distant Echo.” Both episodes have focused a great deal of screen time on Rex and the gang navigating Separatist outposts and gunning down legions of droids. Even having Anakin tag along for this second mission doesn’t shake up the formula as much as you might expect.

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To be fair, that problem is definitely more pronounced watching the two episodes back-to-back rather than spaced apart. As much as the idea of Disney dropping all 12 episodes in one bingeable delivery sounds appealing, and as much as this arc is beginning to feel like a movie broken into four parts, there is a lot to be said for the weekly, serialized approach.

Even if Anakin’s role in the mission itself is pretty straightforward, the early portions of “A Distant Echo” really take advantage of the characters in this late, “nearly upon Episode III” timeframe. The scene with Anakin surreptitiously contacting Padme while Rex plays lookout is a real treat. There’s a nice blend of comedy and tragedy fueling this scene. Seeing Padme in the uniform she wears on Mustafar and reflexively clutching her stomach while bidding farewell to her husband is a poignant reminder of the horrible fate awaiting these two lovers. It’s also a reminder that, among other things, The Clone Wars has actively improved the prequel trilogy by actually making the Anakin/Padme romance feel genuine.

There’s a lot to unpack with this scene. When the Anakin/Padme shot first appeared in the Season 7 trailer, Padme’s pose and apparent knowledge of her pregnancy made it seem like this moment was happening during the course of Episode III. That doesn’t seem to be the case, given that Anakin never acknowledges what’s literally staring him in the face. The hope is that this final season might find some room to explore Padme’s reaction to her pregnancy and the struggle over when and how to tell her husband. Similarly, the brief Obi-Wan appearance makes it clear he knew more than we realized about Anakin and Padme’s romance prior to Episode III. It would be very interesting to learn more about his thoughts on the subject, though it doesn’t seem as though this season is going to be particularly Obi-Wan-heavy.

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Season 7 is definitely The Rex and Ahsoka Show by all appearances. Accordingly, we continue to see a lot of development for Rex as he grapples with the tragedy of losing Echo and the possibly false hope of seeing him again. Rex is easily the most fully realized clone character in the series, and this season is already doing a fine job of completing his arc and bridging that gap with Rebels. This is the other area where Anakin’s presence comes in handy. This episode highlights the bond the two have formed over the course of the war, while showing us that even a clone can have trouble separating the mission from their personal desires. You have to assume the reason Anakin is so bothered by Rex’s behavior is because he sees so much of himself in his faithful Captain.

And if the run-and-gun mission is more of the same, at least we get ample payoff with the reveal Echo is indeed alive and being used as a tool by the Separatists. Echo’s revamped character design is haunting – all pasty white skin and emaciated flesh and a pair of metal legs that look a whole lot like those of a certain stubborn Sith Lord. Echo is a tangible reminder of how the clones have been chewed up and spit out by the galactic war machine, and it’ll be interesting to see how Rex and the members of Bad Batch reconcile that in the second half of this arc.
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Fashion Group International of Dallas anointed Lela Orr as an emerging fashion talent on Tuesday evening during its annual Rising Star Awards, which were held at the Statler Hotel.
“I’m just kind of shocked,” said Orr, a Dallas native who operates her business there. “Winning in your hometown means something special.”
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Lucasfilm Reveals Star Wars: The High Republic Publishing-Led Initiative

Star Wars’ Project Luminous has officially been revealed as Star Wars: The High Republic – new adult and young adult novels, children’s books, and comics that will explore this new era that takes place 200 years before the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.

These inter-connected stories, which will begin to debut in August 2020 at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, “will not overlap any of the filmed features or series currently planned for production, giving creators and partners a vast amount of room to tell Star Wars stories with new adventures and original characters.”

This is a multi-year project that will have a “core group of heroes that will expand,” and the first phase of this new initiative is called “Light of the Jedi.”

Jedi are like the Knights of the Round Table during the High Republic Era, and villains known as the space viking-like Nihil will be causing trouble in that galaxy far, far away. The High Republic has a very distinct style, which is reflected in the Jedi’s Temple wear and mission attire. Additionally, some of the Lightsabers will resemble King Arthur’s Excalibur, complete with longer handles and a crossguard.

The threat and tension, as Lucasfilm’s Pablo Hidalgo explains, stems from the fact that the Republic’s reach does not cover all the galaxy. It is a time that has a bit of a “wild, wild west” feel. There are even “Texas Ranger” Jedi who explore the farthest reaches of space, beyond the safety of the Republic.

These stories will written by a team of writers that include Claudia Gray, Justina Ireland, Daniel Jose Older, Cavan Scott, and Charles Soule. Lucasfilm brought these writers and many more to Skywalker Ranch to develop this new concept and give them the chance to tell the stories they’ve always dreamed of.

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Star Wars: The High Republic features the Jedi as we’ve always wanted to see them — as true guardians of peace and justice. This is a hopeful, optimistic time, when the Jedi and the Galactic Republic are at their height. But of course, into this glorious new era something wicked this way comes,” says Lucasfilm publishing creative director Michael Siglain. “This initiative will give readers young and old a new corner of the galaxy to explore through rich, meaningful stories. Plus, readers will learn what scares the Jedi.”

The first story will be Charles Soule’s Light of the Jedi on August 25, 2020, followed by Justina Ireland’s A Test of Courage on September 8, and Claudia Gray’s Into the Dark on October 13. There will also be comics from both Marvel and IDW.

Light of the Jedi will begin in a time of peace, but an event known as The Great Disaster occurs and forces the Jedi into action.

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Two of the big inspirations for The High Republic were Obi-Wan’s A New Hope quote, “For over a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic,” and the simple question that asks, what scares the Jedi?

These stories will also not just focus on the Jedi, there will be new smugglers, scoundrels, and bounty hunters that will have the spotlight.

Soule had actually been teasing the arrival of the High Republic Era in both The Rise of Kylo Ren #2 comic and 2020’s Star Wars #2.

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The High Republic will be just some of the Star Wars stories that will fill the void until Star Wars returns to the big screen in 2022.

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Star Wars: All the Upcoming Movies and Shows

With the Skywalker Saga now complete, The Mandalorian gearing up for Season 2 on Disney+, and word that director J.D. Dillard and Luke Cage writer Matt Owens are developing a new Star Wars movie, it’s time to take a look once again at all the Star Wars movies and TV shows on the horizon. (And a few that aren’t happening anymore while we’re at it.)

From scoundrels to Jedi masters to bounty hunters, we’ve cooked up a list featuring all the upcoming Star Wars projects. While some are locked and others are just strong rumors, one thing’s for sure – there are passionate plans in the works to give us A LOT of Star Wars, whether it’s a story centered on beloved characters or an entirely new cosmic adventure.

Click right through the scruffy-looking slideshow below to see what’s coming, and a couple of “maybes” too…

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Which Star Wars project are you most excited for? Which of the rumored movies do you think will actually make its way to the big screen? Let us know in the comments.

For more, check out what we know about the Kevin Feige Star Wars movie pitch, the latest on Rian Johnson’s Star Wars trilogy, details on the delay of the Obi-Wan Kenobi show, and our review of the first episode of The Clone Wars’ seventh season.

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Deals: Preorder Star Wars Baby Yoda Animatronic Edition, Borderlands 3 for $20

Today’s spotlight is the super cute Star Wars Baby Yoda Animatronic Edition that just went up for preorder. Considering the official licensing, the attention to detail, and it’s motorized capabilities, this is a very reasonable price. You can also score the lowest price ever on Borderlands 3 (cheaper than Black Friday), some tempting Xbox One X bundles with freebies, free Kindle Unlimited membership, and the first price drop ever on the best wireless headphones under $ 100.

Preorder the Star Wars Baby Yoda Animatronic Edition at Walmart

This toy launched yesterday and has been insanely popular. It’s already sold out at many places including Amazon. This cute mascot from The Mandalorian features over 25 sound and motion combinations, including happy and excited, giggles and babbles, tired and sleeping, and Force effects sounds. Motorized movement includes a head that moves up and down, ears that move back and forth, eyes that open and close, and more.

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Xbox One X Bundles with 1 Free Month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for Only $ 299 (or 3 Months for $ 309)

This deal is $ 50 cheaper than the one we saw on Black Friday plus you can get 1 month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for free or 3 months for $ 10. All three bundled games are highly rated on Amazon and deserve a spot in your Xbox library. The Gears 5 bundle actually includes every Gears game. Game Pass Ultimate is basically Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass combined into one membership.

Note that you can get a very similar deal on Amazon. Amazon has the same Xbox One X bundles for $ 299 but without the free month of Game Pass Ultimate. However, you can get 1 month of Game Pass Ultimate directly from Microsoft for only $ 1.

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You must be logged into your Amazon Prime membership account to see this deal. If you’re a regular digital ebook reader, this membership is highly recommended. Kindle Unlimited gives you access to over 1 million Kindle eBooks and over 20,000 digital comics. This deal is typically for new subscribers only, but there have been reports that it has worked for people who have previously subscribed but are not current members.

Anker PowerCore Essential 20,000mAh USB PD Power Bank for the Nintendo Switch for $ 34.99

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This 20,000mAh power bank will work well with your Switch for these reasons:

  • It supports USB-PD (Power Delivery) charging up to 18W, equal to the official charger
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Anker also makes the only official power bank for the Nintendo Switch. This model is very similar to that power bank minus the Switch logo and only 1/3 the price.

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This portable hard drive is compatible as external storage for your PC, PS4, or Xbox One. Portable drives are physically much smaller than their desktop hard drive siblings. However, they are just as fast and require no additional power other than the USB port. The only tradeoff is the higher cost per GB, but that point is moot with today’s deal.

Preorder Marvel’s Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Edition (Both PS4 and Xbox One Now on Amazon)

One of the most anticipated games of 2020 now has it’s most special edition up for preorder. Earth’s Mightiest Edition includes Marvel’s Avengers: Deluxe Edition with steelbook case, a full color 12” statue of Captain America, Hulk bobblehead, Mjolnir keychain, Black Widow’s belt buckle, Iron Man’s prototype armor blueprints, Kamala Khan’s honorary Avenger pin, and commemorative Avengers group photo. Pre-order to get 72-hour early access.

Preorder Star Wars The Skywalker Saga 9-Movie 18-Disc Blu-ray or 27-Disc 4K Collection

The 18-disc Blu-ray edition is up for preorder at Walmart and the 27-disc 4K edition is available at Best Buy. These are the first official sets that contain all nine of the Saga movies.

Preorder Cyberpunk 2077 Collector’s Edition

This one has been out of stock from nearly the beginning and bound to go out of stock again well before the September release date. This is easily one of the most anticipated games of 2019. The studio CD Projekt Red are the masterminds behind the incredible Witcher games and if you’re a huge fan like I am then you will most definitely be getting this game. The Collector’s Edition includes the game with steelbook case, 10″ statue of V in action, hardcover art book, metal pin set, metal keychain, patches, postcards, sticker set, DLC, and more.

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Season 7 Premiere Review

Note: this is a mostly spoiler-free review of the Season 7 premiere of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. All plot spoilers are confined to a marked section at the end.

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars has proven surprisingly resilient for a series that was technically canceled in 2013. A number of in-progress episodes were completed and released as a shorter sixth season dubbed Clone Wars: The Lost Missions, while other abandoned stories were told in new forms, like the comic book Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir and the novel Star Wars: Dark Disciple. And even if the animated series itself never quite gave us closure for characters like Ahsoka Tano, Captain Rex, and Darth Maul, the followup series Star Wars Rebels was only too happy to oblige.

It’s much easier nowadays to be at peace with the show’s untimely cancellation – and thankfully, it’s no longer even an issue. The Clone Wars is back for a seventh and final season, and the series immediately finds its groove despite being off the air for the better part of a decade.

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“The Bad Batch” immediately sets the tone for the final season. Even as the war draws closer to its dramatic conclusion, the Republic’s clone army is feeling the strain of mounting losses and an enemy that seems to predict its every move. Many of the series’ best story arcs have hinged on these clone heroes battling against overwhelming odds, so “The Bad Batch” feels like a great way to welcome the series back and further explore the toll of the war on those who were literally born to fight.

While it’s enough to see fan-favorite clones like Captain Rex and Commander Cody back in action, this episode stands out by introducing a very different roster of clone heroes: the titular Bad Batch – a group of clones far more independent and genetically diverse than normal. While on one hand the Star Wars geek in me can’t help but wish the series had simply dusted off the Republic Commandos for this particular storyline, this episode pretty quickly establishes why Clone Force 99 is the better option. With the premiere being so overwhelmingly clone-focused, it really helps to have characters with such distinct personalities. We need the comic relief provided by clones like Wrecker and Crosshair. The subtle rivalry and unease between Rex and his new comrades add another interesting layer to what might otherwise be a straightforward clones vs. droids mission.

Plus, the addition of the Bad Batch allows voice actor Dee Bradley Baker to cut loose. Baker practically carries this whole episode on his shoulders given how many of the characters are voiced by him. The series has always been surprisingly deft about differentiating the many clone characters even though they all look and sound pretty much the same. But in the case of these genetic abnormalities, they don’t look the same. Their personalities are much more extreme and over-the-top. Even in scenes with half a dozen or more clones sharing the same space, it never feels like one voice actor is talking to himself.

It’s also easy to see how much the series’ animation quality has improved in the six years since the Lost Missions. Fans may already be familiar with the Bad Batch arc, given that these four episodes were screened in rough animatic form at Star Wars Celebration 2015 and later released online. But it’s quite another thing to see this story play out in completed form with full visual effects. This still looks very much like the Clone Wars of old, but with a greater sense of detail and more dramatic camera angles. The upgrades are most apparent with Anakin, who suddenly looks a lot more like his Episode III self.

The upgrades are a welcome reminder that The Clone Wars still serves as the gold standard for Star Wars animation. While a worthy sequel in many ways, Rebels always suffered because of its comparatively stiff characters and barren, sterile environments. There’s much more detail and energy in this Clone Wars episode, which bodes well as we slowly march toward the long-awaited Siege of Mandalore arc.

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Warning: the remainder of this review contains spoilers for Season 7, Episode 1!

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Aside from the introduction of Clone Force 99, the biggest hook with “The Bad Batch” is definitely the reveal that fallen Clonetrooper Echo may still be alive and in Separatist custody. Here, too, this twist gives the storyline a bit of extra weight and differentiates it from similar clone vs. droid skirmishes. The series sometimes struggles to justify these longer story arcs, a problem that may come back into play with Season 7 being divided solely into a trio of four-episode arcs. But for now, “Bad Batch” starts things off on an eventful note.

It’s also a fitting twist with which to kick off the final season. The saga of Domino Squad has been one of the most important throughlines of the whole series, with that story seeming to come to an end when Fives was killed back in Season 6’s “Orders.” It seems only fitting that Season 7 finds a way to continue that story and potentially even find redemption for the one surviving Domino Squad member. We’ll see over the next few weeks whether the show can make good on that potential.
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How American Idol’s Gabby Barrett Became Country Music’s Rising Star

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Real Housewives of Atlanta Star Kandi Burruss Addresses Shooting at Her Restaurant

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Caroline Flack is the latest reality TV star to have taken her own life

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Barnwell sets off NFL offseason dominoes: 8 star players, 144 moves

Tom Brady to the Chargers. Jadeveon Clowney to the Ravens. Here’s how one signing or trade could send aftershocks pulsating through the NFL.
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Bill Nye Proves He’s the Real Star of New York Fashion Week With His Runway Walk

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Joe Wicks: Body Coach star to read Valentine’s bedtime story

The fitness coach is the latest star aiming to send children to sleep on CBeebies.
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Lucasfilm Initially Wanted Respawn’s Star Wars Game To Avoid Jedi and Lightsabers

Lucasfilm originally wanted Respawn to stick to blasters and make a first-person shooter, according to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Director Stig Asmussen.

In the latest episode of IGN Unfiltered, Ryan McCaffrey sat down with Asmussen to talk about Respawn’s pitch for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and, according to Asmussen, he was very clear about what he and his team wanted to do when he first met with Lucasfilm.

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“‘We want to make a game with Jedi and lightsabers and Force powers.’ and I could feel that the room kind of gasped for a moment. That’s when I realized; Jedi are really big… I mean, of course they are a big deal… but it’s a really big deal. It’s like the Holy Grail here.” Asmussen also discussed Lucasfilm’s reverence for Jedi in the latest episode of the AIAS Game Maker’s podcast, when he sat down with Insomniac’s Ted Price.

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“There was a little bit of people eye-balling each other and somebody, I don’t remember who, on the Lucasfilm side said, ‘What about making a game with blasters? Something more like a shooter?’ They didn’t mention any games in particular and I said, ‘You know, part of my background is melee and the team that we built is melee-action… I think you wouldn’t be really happy with the results of what we’d make for that, because I’m not super comfortable with doing that.’ And I said, ‘but, you know… lightsabers.’”

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That was far from the end of the discussion, Asmussen said. “They talked a little bit more about it, and we went back and forth and they said, ‘Here’s the deal; we can do something with lightsabers and Force powers, but we can’t… we can’t talk about Jedi. We’ve got to refer to them as “Force-users.”’” Asmussen shrugged, “As long as we’ve got lightsabers and Force-powers, I’m cool.”

“That’s the day that I learned; every step of the way, we have to earn it. We can’t just come in and say, ‘This is the game that we’re making.’ It’s gotta be a conversation. It’s gotta be a collaboration, and we have to earn the respect, and that works both ways. But here we are, years later, and the name of the game is ‘Jedi: Fallen Order.’”

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Grey’s Anatomy Star Justin Chambers Leaving the Show After 16 Seasons

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American Horror Story star Harry Hains dies aged 27

Harry Hains, who starred in American Horror Story and OA, has died aged 27.
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All the Details on Teen Mom Star Amber Portwood’s New Romance

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Why Babu Frik “Encapsulates the Spirit of Star Wars”

When Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hit theaters, a great debate began. Social media has been back and forth on who is cuter; Baby Yoda (yes, The Child, we know) or Babu Frik. The Anzellan droidsmith plays a pivotal role in The Rise of Skywalker. So, how did the littlest member of Zorii Bliss’ Kijimi crew come to life on the big screen? IGN got a chance to speak to the VFX team including creature effect supervisor Neal Scanlan and special effects supervisors Roger Guyett about what it took to make this tiny guy a reality.

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