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Saturday, October 19, 2013

New Blog Additions!

I have been doing many additions and tweaking to my blog recently, so I would just like to announce the highlights of my work. 

You may notice that there is now a bar at the top which has a link to both the "Home" page, and the recent added "More" page. The "More" page has suggestions for other Star Wars websites, updated news about blog additions (from now on all additions will be announced there) and a link to my email if you would like to contact me. 

At the top of each page, there is also a "Translate" option, if you would like to view the blog in a different language. At the very bottom of each page, there is are 3 recently added gadgets: "Popular Posts", which shows you the most viewed posts, "Search This Blog", which allows you to search for various keywords in posts, and a poll titled "What's your favorite Star Wars character?". This poll is just for fun, and depending on how many people vote, it will expire at noon on November 1st (if very few people vote I will extend the deadline). Feel free to comment/email me about suggestions for more polls. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 5 is now on DVD!

If you want to relive the final and, arguably, best season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, then buy it in DVD or Blu-Ray now! If you don't have any of the other TV Seasons on DVD, then you can buy the entire series in a single DVD set (not including Season 6, which we might still see). 

Speaking of Season 6, it's been announced that whatever amount of it that's already been made will be shown in early 2014. So now we have something to look forward, and, of course, confirmation that Season 6 episodes will even be released. But, it's unclear how they'll be released. 

Showing the episodes online for free would be nice, but I have a feeling that they're going to try to make as much money out of it as possible. A DVD of the Season 6 episodes is probable, but is there going to be anything else besides a DVD?

Cartoon Network probably wasn't too happy to hear that The Clone Wars was being canceled (they weren't the ones who made the decision, after all), and they probably were even less happy to hear that the replacement, Star Wars Rebels, was going to be shown on CN's rival, Disney XD. 

CN might be interested in showing the Season 6 episodes themselves, not only out of sympathy and kindness, but also because the last few episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars would most likely attract a lot of viewers. We didn't know that the Season 5 finale was going to be the series finale until after it was aired, so TCW never really got their big going-away party. Especially after all of these months of distress over the series cancellation, I wouldn't be surprised if the Season 6 episodes were the most viewed/purchased episodes in the entire series history.

By the way, I would like to announce that I plan on activating Google AdSense on this blog sometime soon. Don't worry, there's not going to be any pop-up video ads that are impossible to close. AdSense doesn't place random ads, it uses uses some kind of program to read the words on my blog and give related ads. I can also choose where on the screen the ads are, and if you don't like it then feel free to comment. May the force be with you all. 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Star Wars Rebels: The Replacement for The Clone Wars?

As many of you may know, Star Wars: Rebels is a new, animated Star Wars TV show that is due out in Fall 2014. It takes place between episodes 3 and 4, and will most likely provide some insight into the background of the Rebel Alliance. Of course, the origin of the Rebel Alliance was more or less explained in the Force Unleashed video games, but it is doubtable whether or not that story was canon or not (canon: pertaining to the overall Star Wars timeline). 

Although it's not coming out for a year, we already know that the show will feature an all-new villain, the Inquisitor, who (according to Dave Filoni) is "tasked by Darth Vader to hunt down the remaining Jedi knights". I did some research, and apparently the Imperial Inquisitors were force-sensitive agents, which would explain the Darth Maul-style double red lightsaber. The newly-released picture of him is below.

Many of the creators, producers, and animators of this show appear to have worked on The Clone Wars also, so I hope that we can expect something along the same animation and plot quality. Besides the fact that no show will ever be able to replace The Clone Wars' place in my heart, I only have one problem with it: the show is on Disney XD. 

Now, I can imagine that in the cartoon-watching world, Cartoon Network is more respected than Disney XD. And I'm not just talking about overall network quality. Cartoon Network and Disney XD both have their share of horribly idiotic shows. The main reason why Cartoon Network is more respected is probably just because the word Disney is generally associated with kid-friendly fairy stuff. But, let me point out, we all thought that Star Wars: The Clone Wars would be all kid-friendly and stupid too, and we were (eventually) all proved wrong.

The only thing I can say for sure is that nobody should be wondering why The Clone Wars was on CN but Rebels is on DXD (an abbreviation that I spontaneously made up). Star Wars: The Clone Wars, undeniably, shut down because of Disney. Dave Filoni might say that he was planning for the show to end anyway, but he was probably midway through the creation of Season 6 when he got a call from a Disney executive telling him that his show was getting canceled. So, when they started a new show, they wanted it to be on their own channel. 

By the way, this is kind of unrelated, but in the past I've gotten some unfavorable messages in my comments. If you try to get a rise out of me or annoy me or something, you might not be glad that you did. I tend to get kind of harsh when it comes to things like this, and I get super defensive and hyped-up and furiously energetic. 

But if you have any constructive or complimenting comments, feel free to post them. May the force be with you all.