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Clone Wars Reveals Scenes Missing From Season 1 Finale

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars season 7, episode 7, "Dangerous Debt" references a moment that should have happened at the end of season 1. In "Dangerous Debt", Ahsoka Tano is told a personal anecdote by Rafa Martez, revealing that the Jedi were responsible for her parents' deaths. The events she describes would have served well as the season 1 finale, as that's when the incident took place in relation to the story.

At the end of its first season, The Clone Wars was a much different world. The focus was on Ziro the Hutt, a gangster who betrayed his Hutt family in a bid for power. In the animated Clone Wars movie, he was involved in a plot to overthrow Jabba and seize control of the Hutt clans. A major part of the said plan involved the capture and execution of Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano. The Republic stepped in and threw him in prison for his crimes, but sometime later, the bounty hunter Cad Bane helped Ziro escape, an action sequence that was never shown on screen.

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Over a decade later, this scene has been revealed in detail. Rafa explained that years ago she and her family witnessed his escape. The Republic was in hot pursuit of Bane and Ziro when a nearby ship's engine exploded. The Jedi acted fast, navigating the cruiser away from a heavily populated landing platform. The consequence of that choice was the ship careened through the Martez household, killing her and Trace's parents. In the aftermath, the Jedi didn't offer any assistance, as Luminara Unduli, specifically, only gave them a brief apology. They were left to struggle through a difficult life on Coruscant's seedy level 1313.

This was a somber moment, meant to rationalize the Martez's mistrust of the Jedi. They had alluded to it before, but it was not explained on a personal level until now. At the same time, this scene fleshed out Ziro's story a bit more. By all intents and purposes, this chase should have been included in the Clone Wars season 1 finale, when Ziro escaped. It seemed to strike a similar tone as the speeder chase from the start of Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones. It's safe to assume this description is the best viewers will get from this scene, since it's nothing something that will likely ever be revisited in the future.

Ziro's escape was pivotal at that point in the show. However, at this stage, it's entirely irrelevant and doesn't need to be shown on-screen. The only reason it was mentioned was to expand on Rafa and Trace's disdain for the Republic (and the Jedi), and it simultaneously acts as a nice reference for longtime Clone Wars fans who would know what Rafa was talking about. Right now, Clone Wars is approaching the Siege of Mandalore and the heartbreaking Order 66, both of which play a much bigger role in the Star Wars franchise; Ziro, on the other hand, was merely a distraction.

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Onward Director Is Happy The Movie’s Already On Disney+

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Onward director Dan Scanlon is happy his family-friendly Pixar adventure is already on Disney+. Starring Chris Pratt and Tom HollandOnward follows two brothers who live in a fantastical suburban world where magic exists, but has stopped being used. On Ian's (Holland) sixteenth birthday, he's given a spell that can bring his deceased father back to life for one whole day. However, when the spell goes wrong, Ian must venture on a quest with his irresponsible older brother Barley (Pratt) to fix it so they can get just a bit more time with their dad. The heartwarming story was inspired by Scanlon's own life.

Ahead of its early March release, Onward received mostly positive reviews that praised the fantasy elements, but suggested it wasn't up to previous Pixar standards. Onward had a disappointing box office debut that might have been partially impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, which then led to movie theaters across the US shutting down. Disney opted to follow a growing trend and sent Onward to on-demand only weeks after it opened in theaters. Last weekend, the animated film arrived on Disney+.

Related: Onward: Chris Pratt's Pixar Character References MCU's Infinity Saga

While some directors might be disappointed to miss out on most of their theatrical run, Scanlon is approaching the change with a positive attitude. While speaking to ComicBook.com about the film, Scanlon said he's just pleased people can still see it. What's more, they can see it with their families. Scanlon's full comments are below:

It's such an unprecedented moment in history and I think we're just happy that people are going to get to see it, that people can watch it at home with their families, that it can be a distraction and hopefully a little bit of joy during uncertain times. And the biggest gift for me has just been going on social media and hearing people talk about how they watched the movie today and how they enjoyed it and it made them happy and they connected with it. And yeah, we're really happy about that.

While Onward's Disney+ performance can't be measured in traditional ways (like say box office numbers), online interest in the film suggests it is more popular now that it's on the streaming service than it was while in theaters. There's been an uptick in conversations surrounding Onward in the days since its Disney+ arrival, and odds are they could increase even more as people self-quarantining at home continue to seek out new things to watch. Parents especially are looking for ways to entertain their children, and Disney has made taken several steps to supply the content they are craving. Before Onward, the biggest new addition to Disney+'s catalog was Frozen II.

Nothing can beat watching a movie in theaters, but while this pandemic continues, people will take the next best thing. Studios sending their newest movies to on-demand and streaming, while unconventional, has proven to be a success. It's a solid way to ensure audiences can still see the movies they might have missed in recent weeks, and in the case of films like Onward, they can possibly become a bright spot for those looking for a reason to smile.

More: Pixar's Onward Has A Sneaky Harry Potter Easter Egg

Source: ComicBook.com

Onward Director Is Happy The Movie’s Already On Disney+

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Onward director Dan Scanlon is happy his family-friendly Pixar adventure is already on Disney+. Starring Chris Pratt and Tom HollandOnward follows two brothers who live in a fantastical suburban world where magic exists, but has stopped being used. On Ian's (Holland) sixteenth birthday, he's given a spell that can bring his deceased father back to life for one whole day. However, when the spell goes wrong, Ian must venture on a quest with his irresponsible older brother Barley (Pratt) to fix it so they can get just a bit more time with their dad. The heartwarming story was inspired by Scanlon's own life.

Ahead of its early March release, Onward received mostly positive reviews that praised the fantasy elements, but suggested it wasn't up to previous Pixar standards. Onward had a disappointing box office debut that might have been partially impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, which then led to movie theaters across the US shutting down. Disney opted to follow a growing trend and sent Onward to on-demand only weeks after it opened in theaters. Last weekend, the animated film arrived on Disney+.

Related: Onward: Chris Pratt's Pixar Character References MCU's Infinity Saga

While some directors might be disappointed to miss out on most of their theatrical run, Scanlon is approaching the change with a positive attitude. While speaking to ComicBook.com about the film, Scanlon said he's just pleased people can still see it. What's more, they can see it with their families. Scanlon's full comments are below:

It's such an unprecedented moment in history and I think we're just happy that people are going to get to see it, that people can watch it at home with their families, that it can be a distraction and hopefully a little bit of joy during uncertain times. And the biggest gift for me has just been going on social media and hearing people talk about how they watched the movie today and how they enjoyed it and it made them happy and they connected with it. And yeah, we're really happy about that.

While Onward's Disney+ performance can't be measured in traditional ways (like say box office numbers), online interest in the film suggests it is more popular now that it's on the streaming service than it was while in theaters. There's been an uptick in conversations surrounding Onward in the days since its Disney+ arrival, and odds are they could increase even more as people self-quarantining at home continue to seek out new things to watch. Parents especially are looking for ways to entertain their children, and Disney has made taken several steps to supply the content they are craving. Before Onward, the biggest new addition to Disney+'s catalog was Frozen II.

Nothing can beat watching a movie in theaters, but while this pandemic continues, people will take the next best thing. Studios sending their newest movies to on-demand and streaming, while unconventional, has proven to be a success. It's a solid way to ensure audiences can still see the movies they might have missed in recent weeks, and in the case of films like Onward, they can possibly become a bright spot for those looking for a reason to smile.

More: Pixar's Onward Has A Sneaky Harry Potter Easter Egg

Source: ComicBook.com

Valorant’s Twitch Viewership Is Insane Right Now | Screen Rant

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On the first day of the competitive FPS's closed betaValorant has already scored an insanely high viewership on Twitch for an all-new IP. It may not be a sure-fire indicator that League of Legends developer Riot Games has a hit on their hands, but it certainly doesn't bode ill for the shooter's future.

Revealed little more than a month ago, Riot Games' latest and greatest has quickly captivated the attention of esports athletes, streamers, and their massive audiences. A hyper-stylized, class-based FPS, Valorant takes some very obvious cues from Activision Blizzard's Overwatch, but it's coming five years down the line from its top hero shooter competitor and has injected a very different personality and competitive focus into the winning formula. Of course, not everyone is impressed by another Overwatch clone hitting the well-saturated market, but a stir-crazy populace in quarantine is itching for the next hype train to leave the station.

Related: Riot Games Reveals How The Lore Of Valorant Will Be Told

This morning, Dot Esports reported on Twitter that Valorant hit a wildly impressive milestone of 1.6 million concurrent viewers on Twitch on the first day its closed beta, a major feat for a property that's only been in the public eye for such a short time. It's still going strong at 1.5 million even at the time of writing, which might be a good sign that the game has attracted a reliably strong following before it's even been released. That sizable viewer base could very well wane by the time Valorant's projected summer release date finally rolls around, but it's anyone's guess at this point.

If any studio can build a competitive favorite among players of all skill and renown, it's Riot Games. However, the developer does have a... well, Riot Games-sized hole in its public image. Its toxic corporate apparatus has spent the last year openly courting controversy over its alleged mistreatment of employees, which is now the first identifying characteristic that pops into many consumers' heads when the developer's name is mentioned. And, while a recent dispute with Valorant streamers was quickly quashed, Riot has won itself a lot of international ill will among League of Legends streamers and Esports teams thanks to a long list of real and perceived sleights pulled over the past decade.

Riot Games may never quite outrun its past mistakes, but its staff is likely dancing to the tune of 1.5 million viewers today before returning to the arduous final stretch of development. This victory proves that Valorant might pan out to be the talented studio's next League of Legends (if not more), but they'll have to play their cards just right if they don't want their upcoming title to go the way of its many deceased competitive contemporaries.

Next: Riot's FPS Valorant Will NOT Contain League of Legends Weapon Skins [Updated]

Source: Dot Esports/Twitter

Duck Dynasty Spinoff In the Quarantine with Phil Gets Creative with Toilet Paper Alternatives

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Duck Dynasty made a spinoff called In the Quarantine with Phil and in this time of crisis, there is some humor as Phil Robertson gets creative with toilet paper alternatives. The bearded Grizzly Adams decided he could help by letting his fans in on a few natural secrets as they get an inside look at how Phil's lifestyle changes due to the coronavirus epidemic.

Fans grew to know the Robertsons as they tuned in each week to watch the family spectacle. The family show was centered around the fact that the family loved to duck hunt and made a living out of selling duck callers. The show became a pop culture phenomenon but quickly fizzled out. Public opinion soon began to darken as the family’s opinions and behavior were not well received by the public. Whether fans liked them or not the family was never boring and always made a good time out of their lifestyle down in the Louisiana bayou.

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A new spin-off has appeared thanks to the hit show called In the Quarantine with Phil which is set to be 32-mini episodes which will be a mix of Duck Dynasty and In The Woods With Phil. Phil Robertson was a famed hunter who also stars on Duck Commander which is an Outdoor Channel show. Now the 73- year-old is getting ready to lend a helping hand for those who are worried about the worldwide pandemic and the supply of their toilet paper.

The famed duck hunter spent most of his life in self-isolation as he grew up living off the land in the Louisiana bayou. The reality star is readily available to share his overflowing fountain of knowledge on how to survive while living in quarantine yourself. Some pandemic situations that he will be addressing is what do to when you run out of toilet paper and a great recipe on how to make fresh bread. The show is catering to viewers who may have led a cushy lifestyle and not be fully prepared to live a simple life.

The first episode opens up with banjo music and Phil riding down the river in his airboat. Phil’s strong southern voice is heard explaining to fans that the slower pace life is about discerning the more important attributes. The beauty of nature is Phil’s serenity and he would like for it to be others as well, especially with how American’s are freaking out on each other of hoarding supplies for their stockpiles. The video can be seen below:

Phil does not love the idea of heading into town as he feels it is more of a hassle. One glorious piece of advice that Phil gave his viewers was that oak leaves would be cheaper for your behind then paper but urges for his followers to stay away from any leaves on vines. All In the Quarentine with Phil episodes are available to Blaze TV subscribers and select episodes can be viewed on BlazeTV's YouTube channel.

Next: It’s a Boy! Duck Dynasty’s John Luke Robertson & Wife Welcome First Baby

Source: In Quarantine with Phil

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