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Boba Fett reportedly leading new Mandalorian spinoff in Star Wars return

Published: 13/Aug/2020 6:23 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 14:20

by Isaac McIntyre

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Iconic bounty hunter Boba Fett is reportedly in line for his own Disney Plus spinoff series “very soon,” which would follow the Star Wars fan favorite’s return in The Mandalorian Season 2, according to rumors from franchise insiders.

The report comes from Kessel Run Transmissions, who were bang on the money regarding a rumored The Bad Batch series. The Star Wars insiders suggest Disney has as many as three The Mandalorian spinoffs “in the works” already.

This slate of short-season shows includes one focusing on fan-favorite Boba Fett. The KRT hosts also tipped the previously rumored Ahsoka series, as well as a “yet to be locked” third production, would be announced after The Mandalorian’s next season.

During the YouTube stream, Corey Van Dyke warned “some of these might not come into fruition”. He added soon after Disney were “only in the talking stage” for some.

The Boba Fett show does seem to be trucking along already though, “talking stage” or not; a similar project, though with fewer details, was even leaked by Fandom Wire all the way back in May of this year too.

Boba Fett acted as Darth Vader's right hand man for much of Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
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Boba Fett acted as Darth Vader’s right-hand man for much of Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

Boba Fett spinoff won’t be announced right away

There’s every chance the Boba Fett spinoff has not yet been announced by Disney or Lucasfilm to retain the ‘shock-factor’ of his return too.

The last time we saw the clone bounty hunter he was disappearing into the Sarlacc pit in Return of the Jedi. Since then he’s only appeared as young versions of himself. These came in Episode II: Attack of the Clones and  The Clone Wars.

The Mandalorian rumor mill has already spat out a few details on his potential Star Wars return, however. The Hollywood Reporter previously reported Temeura Morrison, who played Boba’s father Jano Fett, had been handed the role.

Boba Fett (Morrison) is expected to play “just a small role in season two” of the flagship Disney Plus series. His cameo role was teased back in The Mandalorian’s fifth episode, ‘The Gunslinger,’ though he was never seen on-screen.

Boba Fett last appeared in the Star Wars universe as a young boy in The Clone Wars series.
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Boba Fett last appeared in the Star Wars universe as a young boy in The Clone Wars series.

Disney planning raft of The Mandalorian spinoffs

The fact Disney is already planning The Mandalorian spinoffs before Season 2 arrives isn’t a surprise either. Disney’s executive chairman Bob Iger unveiled plans for more Star Wars series in an investor’s call in February.

He said: “The priority over the next few years is television, with The Mandalorian Season 2 coming in October. Then there is more coming from The Mandalorian thereafter.”

That future plan, he continued, also includes “the possibility of infusing it [The Mandalorian] with more characters, and the possibility of taking those characters in their own direction in terms of series,” pending fan reception.

The iconic Star Wars bounty hunter will need to debut in The Mandalorian before Lucasfilm unveil his new series.
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The iconic Star Wars bounty hunter will need to debut in The Mandalorian before Lucasfilm unveil his new series.

The planned Boba Fett series isn’t the first time the bounty hunter’s return was planned either. Back in 2015, Josh Trank nearly produced a feature flick, though that plan was canned due to differences with Disney and the director.

Star Wars fans now have a long wait ahead of them before the rumored Boba Fett return is officially confirmed. The Mandalorian Season 2 release date is currently penciled in for mid-October, and will release one episode a week.

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Bizarre Pokemon Journeys episode goes viral for “cruel” Blaziken scene

Published: 2/Dec/2020 0:57

by Brent Koepp

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A November episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime went viral after fans discovered it included a bizarre scene featuring Blaziken. The strange sequences force the Gen III ‘mon into a “cruel” situation that has left some viewers disturbed.

Pokemon Journeys made its debut in Japan in November 2019. The latest anime in the long-running series follows protagonist Ash Ketchum and new character Goh as they travel across the game’s eight regions.

An episode that aired in November 2020 has made waves online after a scene featuring a bizarre food contest went viral. Fans of the Nintendo property were left unsettled after a Blaziken is forced to eat his own species – well, sort of.

Screenshot from Pokemon Journeys anime.
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The Pokemon Journeys episode featured unusual food in it.

Bizarre Pokemon Journeys scene goes viral

In the November 27 episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime, Ash and Goh both participate in an eating contest. The competition has Trainers seeing whose ‘mon can consume the most food in the shortest time possible.

However, things took a cruel turn when the final dish served was a cuisine in the shape of Torchic. Blaziken’s appetite quickly turned sour at the thought of eating something shaped like his own species.

The Gen III character then stood up and quit the contest after shedding a tear. The incredibly strange cannibalism-like dilemma went viral after being uploaded to Reddit on November 30.

Blaziken was dominating the food eating contest but then.. from pokemon

While the Torchic are technically a dessert item, the scene left some fans feeling disturbed or sympathetic towards the Pokemon’s plight. “I feel you Blaziken, being forced to eat your kind is cruel,” one fan wrote. Another user exclaimed “Who’s the sick b****rd that decided to try to make a Blaziken eat Torchics?”

Pokemon fans react to the disturbing anime scene on Reddit.

Despite only having aired in Japan, the scene quickly spread online as the community found it both be hilarious and creepy. Popular artist ‘popemadara‘ made a comedic drawing that went viral on Twitter that depicts other Pokemon in the same dilemma as Blaziken.

While it’s true that people eat human-shaped edibles called gingerbread men, the Torchic food item was disturbingly detailed. If nothing else, the situation showed that the Fire-type monster has a softer side.

Pokemon Journeys is currently still airing in Japan, however North American viewers can catch the first half of the series now on Netflix which is broken up into Part 1 and 2.