TV + Movies

Star Wars Boba Fett spin-off reportedly a prequel

Published: 21/Nov/2020 14:43

by Emma Soteriou

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It’s rumored that the Boba Fett series – which is expected to start production soon – will act as a prequel in the Star Wars franchise, with supporting actors including Peaky Blinders’ Jordan Bolger.

The famous bounty hunter first hit the big screen in 1980’s Empire Strikes Back. Yet, with next to no lines, the character still managed to become a fan favorite and is to this day.

After his shock appearance in The Mandalorian season two, it didn’t take long for fans’ excitement to return, even more so now that a spin-off is in the works.

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Boba Fett in The Mandalorian Chapter 9

When will the Boba Fett series be set?

It wasn’t too long ago that reports first came in about the Boba Fett series, with filming expected to have begun in early November. However, since then, there have been few updates about what’s in store for the miniseries.

New casting information has hinted that there is still progress with the spin-off, though nothing is confirmed.

According to The Direct, Peaky Blinders actor Jordan Bolger is in talks to take on a supporting role in an upcoming Star Wars spin-off from The Mandalorian.

Speculation from sources suggests that Boba Fett will be involved in the series and it will act as a prequel to the popular Disney Plus show.

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The bounty hunter became a fan favorite in the original trilogy

With The Mandalorian set after the events of the original trilogy, there is potential that this could cover Boba Fett’s story, from when he was thought to be dead in Return of the Jedi to his reappearance on Tatooine.

Sophie Thatcher’s name has also been attached to the project, but she would also have a supporting role, with the two characters allegedly being called Skad (Bolger) and Drash (Thatcher), according to The Illuminerdi.

Both are expected to be members of ‘a street crew’, so could possibly be seen teaming up with Boba Fett along the way, following his escape from the Sarlacc.

As his role in the second season of The Mandalorian is still unclear, it’s hard to tell the direction the show could be going in. He could make an appearance in the final chapter of season two, or develop his story more in season three, which is expected to begin shooting before the end of the year.

Either way, the fan favorite’s return is definitely something to get excited about, and the prospect of another series in the works means the Star Wars universe is about to expand even more.

Pokemon

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.