Archive for May 7, 2020
The ending of Star Wars: The Clone Wars season 7 sees Darth Vader discover Ahsoka Tano's lightsabers on an unnamed snowy moon, but leaves things a little unclear as to how long after Revenge of the Sith this takes place in the Star Wars timeline. The Clone Wars held off fully introducing Vader until its very final scene, although the show as a whole built up to his transformation. Through Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Ahsoka, there was plenty of opportunity for the seeds to be planted for his turn to the dark side, with The Clone Wars able to better flesh that out.
That paid off in the last scene of The Clone Wars season 7 finale, "Victory & Death", which also served as the series finale of the animated Star Wars show. Ahsoka faked her death after crashing on the moon following the Siege of Mandalore, burying her lightsabers at a makeshift graveyard for the deceased clone troopers. Sometime later, Darth Vader himself visits the planet and, standing in front of the trooper helmet that marks the site, finds one of Ahsoka's lightsabers in the snow. Since this is very much Darth Vader, complete with the iconic black costume, it obviously has to take place after Revenge of the Sith, but exactly when is left unclear by the show.
The finale of The Clone Wars does offer a few hints as to when the scene takes place, including the presence of Snowtroopers, and Vader's red lightsaber, which can be seen hanging at his side. Snowtroopers were introduced after the Galactic Empire had started to cement its position and replaced the clone troopers with Stormtroopers (who can also be seen in The Clone Wars' final moments). They could still be clones in the armor, but that switch still took some time to happen. Darth Vader, meanwhile, forged his red lightsaber after hunting down and killing the Jedi Kirak Infil'a. That happened at some point in 19BBY, the same year Revenge of the Sith takes place, but likely at least a few months afterwards, as covered in the Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith comics. Giving enough time for these things to all happen, that means the scene in The Clone Wars likely takes place roughly one year after the events of Revenge of the Sith at the least.
On top of that, this is presented as Vader discovering Ahsoka is still alive thanks to the presence of Morai, in turn suggesting it's before they come into contact with one another again in Star Wars Rebels, which begins in the year 5BBY, and season 2 (which is when their meeting happens) starting in 4BBY. That itself is slightly complicated by his words there, though - "the apprentice lives" - which indicates surprise at her survival. That might offer either a different interpretation of this finale scene - Vader really does believe Ahsoka is dead - or that it takes place after Rebels. However, Darth Vader finding Ahsoka's lightsabers likely takes place much earlier in the timeline than that, so it's either more likely that former, or something else causes his surprise.
It makes sense for The Clone Wars to keep things at least somewhat close to the series' established timeline. After all, this is about completing Anakin's arc, with this moment symbolizing him truly becoming Darth Vader and leaving what's left of Anakin behind. Given many of Vader's most ruthless acts have been charted in the time period between Revenge of the Sith and Rogue One and Star Wars: A New Hope, this has to be still relatively close to Revenge of the Sith, within a few years at most, rather than a decade or more later when those lingering shreds of humanity are long gone. What's more, the final shot, seen through the trooper helmet, is very much signifying the end of the clone wars era too. It doesn't work to have that so late in the timeline. It fits best that this is around 18BBY, one year after Revenge of the Sith, or at most another 2-3 years later, giving a true ending to The Clone Wars that keeps it within that period.
Certain shots in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse paying homage to previous movies required many, many conversations. It's no secret that, ever since Sam Raimi's Spider-Man first swung into theaters in 2002, there have been a lot of Spider-Man movies. As one of the most popular superheroes of all time, Spider-Man has spent a lot of time in the spotlight, and if Sony and Marvel's future plans are any indication, he won't be going away any time soon. Luckily, the property got some new life with the arrival of 2018's Into the Spider-Verse, which used vibrant and original animation to tell the story of different Spider-People from various realities. The film grossed over $375.2 million worldwide and won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature.
While Into the Spider-Verse primarily focused on Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), he was surrounded by other well-known characters like Peter B. Parker (Jake Johnson) and Gwen Stacey (Hailee Steinfeld). The concept of other universes allowed the film to feature different versions of various characters, as well as suggest the concept that other Spider-Man films happened, just perhaps in an alternate reality. In fact, there was a nearly a scene featuring Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland - the three actors who have played Spider-Man in a live-action movie. While that scene never came to pass, there were still plenty of references to other films.
During a live watch party of Into the Spider-Verse, co-director Rodney Rothman spoke a bit about some of the references included in the film. Fans got a kick out of spotting shots in Into the Spider-Verse that echoed ones from Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy, as well as the MCU's Spider-Man: Homecoming. According to Rothman, however, it was quite a feat getting them all in because "THERE WERE SO MANY CONVERSATIONS TO GET THESE INTO THE MOVIE, SO MANY CONVERSATIONS."
It's a relief that they did make it into Into the Spider-Verse, because they provided some excellent Easter eggs for fans. Even more sly references are expected in Into the Spider-Verse 2, which was recently delayed from April 2022 to October of that same year. It also isn't the only animated Spider-Man film fans can expect, as Sony has an all-female Spider-Verse spin-off in the works.
Plot details surrounding Into the Spider-Verse 2 are being kept tightly under wraps, but it will likely include more characters straight from the pages of comic books and even more incredible visuals. By the time it arrives, another live-action Spider-Man will have been released (the MCU's Spider-Man 3), so viewers might have to keep their eyes peeled for any fun references. It seems inevitable that there will be more.
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90 Day Fiancé alum Jorge Nava, who is currently married to Anfisa Nava, has a date set for his release from prison. The convict has been waiting years for the day he could walk free, even if it means he will be walking out to a divorce from his wife.
Season 4's 90 Day Fiancé couple Jorge and Anfisa were TLC’S couple that few could resist watching. Their volatile relationship included many fights, yelling, and keying of cars. The couple originally met through Facebook like many other couples, and after Russian-born Anfisa moved to the states - with the help of the K-1 or fiancé visa - was able to marry Jorge and become a legal US citizen. Last year, Jorge was arrested for having 293 pounds of marijuana in his car in Arizona. He was arrested in February of 2018 after being charged with possession of drugs with the intention to sell and was sentenced to spend two-and-a-half years behind bars.
The reality star revealed he was expecting to be released next week from the Arizona prison. Blogger, John Yates announced he had discovered that the TLC star would be set free in early May. The blogger showed that he searched the jail database for the Mexican American inmate whose number was 329992. The expected release date for the Californian is Monday, May 11th, the day after Mother’s Day. Since his arrival in jail, he has lost a mass amount of weight and also worked as a garbage man while behind bars. He's prepared for his release date by starting his own Instagram account, with the help of his family, which already has over 58k followers, check out his post below:
Even though the star was arrested on drug charges, he is hoping to get back into the drug industry, legally. Jorge would also like to return to the small screen, and secretly fans are hoping it would be to the TLC network. The couple announced their separation back in March, to no surprise. Anfisa has moved on publicly with a new man, but Jorge could not care less. The reality star expressed that he only wished the new man, Leo Assaf all the luck with his estranged wife.
Sadly, Jorge did confess that Anfisa did not have the guts to tell him personally that she had moved on but had been learning bits of information from his family and the tabloids. Fans think it is for the best that the couple called it quits as many of their episodes showed them involved in heated verbal and physical altercations, which included Anfisa hitting him and keying his car. It seems that Jorge will start a fresh new healthy life of a single and free man.
Josh Gad reenacts a classic Back to the Future scene alongside Lea Thompson to promote the cast's upcoming reunion. The Frozen and Beauty and the Beast star recently began a webseries called Reunited Apart, where he hosts cast reunions while everyone is in quarantine because of the coronavirus pandemic. The first episode saw the cast of The Goonies gather to reminisce about their experiences and favorite memories. It also raised money for charity, as will the upcoming Back to the Future episode, which will arrive online next Monday.
Often considered one of the best films of all time, there are likely very few people who aren't familiar with Back to the Future. Robert Zemeckis' 1985 classic follows Marty McFly's (Michael J. Fox) adventures after he's accidentally sent back in time to 1955 by his friend Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd). While there, he meets his teenage parents (Thompson and Crispin Glover) and must ensure they actually fall in love to ensure his own existence. Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn recently declared it a perfect movie, and he didn't seem to be alone in his assessment.
To start hyping fans up for the Back to the Future episode of Reunited Apart, Gad posted an awkwardly amusing video of him and Thompson reenacting the scene from the film where Marty meets his mother for the first time in 1955. Of course, Gad's take updates the dialogue a bit, with some nods to his role in The Book of Mormon on Broadway and the ongoing pandemic. You can see the scene for yourself in the space below:
Marty's interactions with his parents in 1955 have led some to believe there's a plot hole present in the film; that Lorraine and George McFly should recognize their son in the present day as someone they met in high school. Gunn even acknowledged the plot hole while praising Back to the Future. However, Back to the Future co-writer Bob Gale recently cleared it up with a very reasonable explanation.
While this is hardly the first time the Back to the Future cast has reunited, their meet-up now is coming at exactly the right time. The coronavirus pandemic has greatly impacted almost every aspect of every day life, and people are struggling to find some rays of positivity. Seeing people like Fox, Lloyd, and Thompson gather again in honor of a beloved film might bring some smiles to people's faces during this difficult time. Plus, now that Back to the Future is officially on Netflix, could there ever be a better time to revisit the movie?
Source: Josh Gad/Twitter