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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Clone Wars: Season 6 is Heading to Germany (Spoilers included)

After months of delays and sneak peeks of Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 6, a German television channel called Super RTL is basically saying "I don't know what you Americans are doing with all your Disney and Star Wars: Rebels, but WE are going to be showing Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 6 because it's awesome and stuff. So there." 

The show was removed from Cartoon Network mainly because CN is a main competitor of Disney XD, which will be airing the Star Wars: Rebels show next fall. I'm sure that Disney could easily stop this German network from airing TCW, but they choose not to because THEY LOVE MONEY. Disney is notorious for suing and legally attacking anyone that tries to copy or otherwise duplicate a Disney product. For example, they would be furious if anyone were to air a fan-made Star Wars program on even the smallest of television networks. 

More importantly, I found the website with the episode listings...in German. But, thanks to a Google Chrome extension which allows you to translate an entire page to English, I managed to get loose translations of each episode title, along with apparent descriptions of each episode. I will share the information with you now. Note: these episodes are not necessarily in order, and the translations are loose at best. Also, SPOILER ALERT, this will definitely heavily spoil Season 6. Continue at your own risk: 

1. Condition Unknown: "Clone Cadet Tup is suffering from a serious nervous disorder, which ultimately causes the death of a Jedi Master. To find out the motives of the attack, Tup is sent to Kamino for examination. Anakin is a member of the monitoring teams, but they are attacked by Separatists..." This sounds a lot like one of the clips that we saw of Season 6.

2. Conspiracy: "Clone Cadet Tup is being examined in the laboratories of Kamino to find out the reasons behind his shocking attack on the Jedi Master. Cadet Fives must penetrate deep into his mind, and stumbles upon a hidden code-manipulation cloning program." This sounds a lot like Order 66, and it might answer the questions about what exactly it was like for these clones to have the "KILL ALL JEDI" program in their heads for so long. 

3. Fugitive: "Tup's body is brought back to Coruscant to be be investigated by professional physicians. Fives finds that a modified code was hidden in the brains of all clones." This episode doesn't sound entirely different from the previous one, so we can assume that the synopsis isn't giving us a full summary of the episode. Also, you wouldn't say "Tup's body is brought to Coruscant" if he was still alive, so we can assume that he is killed in the previous episode. Perhaps Fives (or a doctor) accidentally awakens Tup, and in a violent outburst he is killed by either Anakin or another clone. 

4. Commands: "Fives continues to look for answers about Tup. He attempts to meet with Chancellor Palpatine, but when he's accused of trying to assassinate the Chancellor, he must escape." Obviously, Palpatine is framing Fives to stop his search involving Order 66. This is the fourth and final part of the first arc of the season. 

5. An Old Friend: This episode, as well as the episodes following it, have no description. The problem with the title is that we don't know if it's supposed to be sarcastic or not. Is it referring to an actual old friend (like Lux Bonteri), or an old enemy (like Cad Bane)?

6. The Rise of Clovis: Clovis, in case you don't remember, is Padmé Amidala's past friend (and love interest), as well as a Separatist conspirator. Anakin deeply dislikes him. Also, this episode is most likely tied with the clip (all clips will be given at the bottom of the page) of Anakin, Padmé, and Clovis having a sled-chase with Embo. 

7. Crisis At the Heart: Unfortunately, I have no idea what this episode could be. Most of the next episodes are equally shrouded in mystery. 

8. The Disappeared (Part 1): No synopsis or hypothesis available (I don't know anything). 

9. The Disappeared (Part 2): No synopsis or hypothesis available. 

10. The Lost One: This could involve Ahsoka. She left the Jedi Order and doesn't have any family to go to, so she could indeed be the "lost one". 

11. Voices: This episode could very well be an episode which we were given a clip of at Comic-Con or something (all clips will be given at the bottom of the page). Apparently Yoda somehow hears/sees Qui-Gon Jinn's ghost, and because Jedi aren't supposed to see that, Yoda is admitted to a personal Jedi hospital in the temple. Whether or not the Jedi are trying to keep the truth from him, Yoda escapes with Anakin's (and R2-D2's) help to find out the truth.

12. Destiny: No synopsis or hypothesis available.

13. Sacrifice: Uh-oh, I hope that no one important is getting sacrificed (or, more likely, sacrificing themselves). This is the last episode of Season 6 (that we're going to see), so there could easily be some big drama, probably even a character dying. 

I think it's safe to assume that this is the maximum of Season 6 that we're getting. The crew wasn't complete with the season when Disney cancelled the series, and "Sacrifice" sounds like a good name for a season (and series) finale to me. 

Here is the collection of clips (so far) from Season 6, as promised. The quality for some of the clips is low because they were filmed at Comic-Con or some other convention of some kind.  



The first episode "Condition Unknown" will air on February 15 at 8:15 PM (local German time). Of course, these episodes will get pirated and released online in a dozen different places, but depending on whether or not they'll be dubbed in German, there may be viewing problems. The best possible scenario is that starwars.com gets all the episodes to show because they're already being shown in Germany anyway. At least then the quality will be high.

Anyway, considering that Star Wars the Clone Wars originates from the USA, and most of its viewers are from the USA (probably, no offense to non-American TCW fans), it seems a little unfair that Germany gets to broadcast it. There really wasn't a single American television channel that wouldn't take the opportunity to show 13 episodes of a TV show (and repeats) and attract millions of Clone Wars fans? Oh well, life's tough.

May the force be with you all, especially to any Germans who could invite me to their house every Saturday night from February 15th to March 1st. 

Also, thanks to all of you for viewing my blog, and making January beat the record for most pageviews in a month! I especially love how even though the USA is #1 for number of views, I still get lots of views from countries all around the world, from the UK to Indonesia! I've hit every continent except for Antarctica, so if you know any scientists working in the South Pole, tell them to go to sithobserver.blogspot.com and catch up on the latest and greatest Star Wars news. 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Episode VII Script is Done!


After much work (I hope), the script for Star Wars Episode VII is now done! J.J. Abrams announced on Sunday at the Television Critics Association's press tour that the script was finalized.

Abrams said, "We're working really hard and we've got our script and we're in deep prep. Full steam ahead." The script was originally slated to be finished in January, and surprisingly, that estimate was accurate. I'm sure that Abrams and his team aren't having an easy time resurrecting one of the biggest, most successful, and most popular film series in all of history (and yes, I realize that he did more or less the same thing 4 years ago with Star Trek).

Apparently Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford (if you don't know who those people are then you have no business reading this blog) are roughly confirmed for the movie, and as usual, many other actors are being rumored. These actors include Michael Fassbender (Prometheus and X-Men: First Class), Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock and Star Trek Into Darkness), Jessie Plemons (Breaking Bad), and Judi Dench (she played M in many of the recent James Bond movies).

Judi Dench is the only actor who's been specifically tied to a character. She is rumored to be playing Mon Mothma, the founder of the rebellion and former Republic senator. I'm sure that the British "dame" would be great as the defiant Rebel leader, and if she's playing the part, Mothma will probably have a more major role in the movie than in the original trilogy.

In other related Star Wars movie news, Boba Fett has not only been confirmed as appearing in one of the character origin-story films, but is being seriously rumored as starring in the first film. Depending on what time period in Boba's life this film will take place in, I think the obvious-ish choice for the lead actor is Daniel Logan, who played Boba in Episode II. He is currently 26 years old, and also voiced Boba in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Abrams said, "We're working really hard and we've got our script and we're in deep prep. Full steam ahead." The script was originally slated to be finished in January, and surprisingly, that estimate was accurate. I'm sure that Abrams and his team aren't having an easy time resurrecting one of the biggest, most successful, and most popular film series in all of history (and yes, I realize that he did more or less the same thing 4 years ago with Star Trek).

Apparently Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford (if you don't know who those people are then you have no business reading this blog) are roughly confirmed for the movie, and as usual, many other actors are being rumored. These actors include Michael Fassbender (Prometheus and X-Men: First Class), Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock and Star Trek Into Darkness), Jessie Piemons (Breaking Bad), and Judi Dench (she played M in many of the recent James Bond movies).

Judi Dench is the only actor who's been specifically tied to a character. She is rumored to be playing Mon Mothma, the founder of the rebellion and former Republic senator. I'm sure that the British "dame" would be great as the defiant Rebel leader, and if she's playing the part, Mothma will probably have a more major role in the movie than in the original trilogy.

In other related Star Wars movie news, Boba Fett has not only been confirmed as appearing in one of the character origin-story films, but is being seriously rumored as starring in the first film. Depending on what time period in Boba's life this film will take place in, I think the obvious-ish choice for the lead actor is Daniel Logan, who played Boba in Episode II. He is currently 26 years old, and also voiced Boba in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Yoda has also been considered for a film, but honestly, I think it'll mess up everyone's minds to be hearing Yoda's backward-talk for 2 hours straight. Plus, "Star Wars: Yoda" is a pretty stupid name.

A new thought has just occurred to me, one that most other people have probably not thought of. According to Abrams, a new Star Wars movie will be released every year starting in 2015, alternating between the next trilogy and character origin-story films. As great as that idea is, I feel like it'll get kind of confusing with all these Star Wars movies. It'll be hard for your brain to keep track of the third trilogy events when the movies keep on getting separated by mostly unrelated character-centered origin stories.

Do you have any questions, comments, or criticism? Feel free to comment, and may the force be with you all!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2013: A Year In Review

This might be about 12 hours too late, but I just thought I'd put together a little review of 2013. Enjoy!



1. We said goodbye to several Star Wars: The Clone Wars characters, including Clone Commando Gregor, Pre Vizsla, Duchess Satine Kryze, and Savage Opress. Here are brief obituaries for them all:

Name: Clone Commando Gregor 
Episode of Death: "Missing In Action"
Affiliation: Galactic Republic, Abafar Diner
Known Companions: Borkus, Colonel Meeber Gascon
Description: Gregor was an elite clone commando who, after being defeated at the battle of Sarrish, gained amnesia and was put to work in Borkus' diner on Abafar. Though he didn't live long after regaining his memory, his sacrifice indirectly saved thousands of Republic soldiers, officers, and Jedi. While he fought off the droid forces, D-Squad was able to board a Republic cruiser and then stop it from crashing into the Republic Strategy Conference. 

Name: Pre Vizsla
Episode of Death: "Shades of Reason"
Affiliation: Death Watch, Mandalorian Government 
Known Companions: Bo-Katan, Darth Maul, Satine Kryze
Description: Pre Vizsla was determined to return Mandalore to its past warrior ways, and though he nearly succeeded, it was the warrior ways that led to his downfall. When Darth Maul challenged him to a duel to decide who would control Pre Vizsla's men, he had no choice but to accept. Though the battle was hard-fought, he was eventually decapitated with his own Darksaber. It could be shown that his most loyal companion was Bo-Katan, because she was visibly upset about Vizsla's death and refused to join Maul, calling those who did "traitors". 

Name: Duchess Satine Kryze
Episode of Death: "The Lawless"
Affiliation: Mandalore, Council of Neutral Systems
Known Companions: Obi-Wan Kenobi, Prime Minister Almec, Korkie 
Description: Ironically enough, Satine Kryze and Pre Vizsla were not that different people. They both had strong beliefs (she believed strongly in peace and neutrality, he believed in violence and honor), and their beliefs led to their downfall. Because of her neutrality, the Republic could not send forces to Mandalore to save her from Darth Maul and the Death Watch. When Obi-Wan rescued her on his own, they were captured again, and Darth Maul killed her in front of Obi-Wan to purposefully cause anguish to him. In her dying breath, she revealed that she had always loved him, and always will. 

Name: Savage Opress
Episode of Death: "The Lawless"
Affiliation: Count Dooku, Nightsisters of Dathomir, Nightbrothers of Dathomir, Shadow Collective, Death Watch
Known Companions: Darth Maul, Asajj Ventress, Count Dooku, Pre Vizsla 
Description: Savage Opress was originally a Nightbrother of Dathomir, but he was physically enhanced by the Nighsisters to assassinate Count Dooku. Though he was powerful, he was too reckless and rage-filled, and failed in his mission. After finding his brother, Darth Maul, he and Maul eventually took control of Death Watch and all of Mandalore. When Darth SIdious arrived, he dueled Savage and Maul at the same time in one of the greatest duels in The Clone Wars history. After he eventually murdered Savage, the Nighsister magic left him and he reverted back to his original form, and Maul revealed that he truly loved his brother, despite his cruelty. 

2. We saw Barriss Offee's shocking confession of her overall belief that the Jedi Order is corrupt, and her admission to bombing the Jedi Temple and framing Ahsoka Tano for it. This was emotional because Barriss Offee was always the well-trained and model Padawan learner, but we saw her fall down to an almost Sith-like level of cruelty and hatred. Because of her actions, we also witnessed Ahsoka Tano officially leaving the Jedi Order. 

3. We said goodbye to Star Wars: The Clone Wars itself, but were relieved to hear that some of Season 6 will be released sometime soon.

4. We saw the announcement of Star Wars: Rebels, a new TV show taking place between episodes III and IV that will be shown on Disney XD. Speaking of Disney...

5. ...Disney officially purchased Lucasfilm for $4 billion. And, immediately after the purchase...

6. ...Disney announced a third Star Wars trilogy! This was technically in late October of 2012, but since we've been hearing news about it all year, I thought it was worth mentioning. J.J. Abrams was later slated to direct (and co-write) the movies, and the release date of Episode VII was revealed to be on December 18th, 2015.