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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The SWU Podcast Episode 07 | 10/26/2011


In this episode, special guest Dan Grievous joins Kyle, Ben, Jordan, and Chris in a discussion about the first 6 episodes of Clone Wars Season 4, the upcoming Umbara arc, and the Phantom Menace 3D trailer. Plus Dan talks about his Youtube channel.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Clone Wars Bloopers: Ep. 4.06 "Nomad Droids"


This episode was interesting, just not as interesting as you thought it was! It was flawless up until the last couple minutes, that's when it gets wacky... You'll see what I mean!

First up, K0-5D a.k.a "Maximo" torches the Protocol Droid he just broke in half.... 
...but a few seconds later the Droid doesn't appear to be burned at all.

Next, When Grievous' ship blows a hole in the side of the Marauder, Maximo is the first to get sucked into space, followed by several Weequays and Artoo & Threepio.
Outside you can see Artoo, Threepio and the Weequays floating away but Maximo is nowhere to be seen.

During the Droid melting scene, there are two Protocol Droids
and a Gonk Droid in front of Artoo & Threepio. 
When the Protocol in front turns around trying to resist the incinerator, the Droid behind him is gone.
In the next shot he reappears.

Later, during the battle, Plo Koon Force pushes four of the Battle Droids down...
...but when Artoo and Threepio come up behind them they are still standing.

Random Note: Another Set Re-use
If you look closely you can tell that the Incinerator room is just a modified version of the Airlock seen in Cargo Of Doom.

Big thanks to Anthony for giving me the heads up on most of the bloopers seen here! If you enjoyed this edition of Clone Wars Bloopers please use the share buttons below. If I made a faux Pas of my own let me know in the comments.

Like the last couple episodes, this one got a lot of mixed reviews. I didn't know what to think about it at first but after several viewings it has grown on me. Like Shadow Warrior, this episode was extremely rushed, especially the climax. But it didn't make it un-enjoyable, the Wizard of Oz and Gulliver's Travels' references were clever and the action, although not plentiful, was awesome. Overall I give this episode a 5.8/10, definitely not the best TCW crew can put out but a worthy edition to an epic series.

Until next time, MTFBWY! -B-


The SWU Podcast Episode 06 | 10/19/2011


In this episode, collecting expert Ruari and EU expert Emil join Kyle and Chris in a discussion about the Clone Wars episode Nomad Droids, the return of Darth Maul, what Hasbro revealed at New York Comic-Con, and the state of the EU. Plus Kyle highlights this week's featured fan project, the Republic Elite Squadron Blog.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The SWU Podcast Episode 05 | 10/12/2011


In the fifth episode of the SWU podcast, collecting expert Ruari joins Kyle and Chris in a discussion about the Clone Wars episode Mercy Mission and the latest Star Wars Lego and Hasbro releases. Plus Ruari talks about his passion for writing Clone Wars fan fiction.

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Clone Wars Bloopers: Ep. 4.05 "Mercy Mission"


There is more to Mercy Mission than what I first thought. With repeated viewings and some help from my friends, here's what I got!

First off, just after the opening newsreel ends, the Camera flies around the bridge of the Frigate and circles around Wolffe, passing several seated Clones wearing Phase II armor....
...but on the opposite side of the ship you can see a Clone with a fin on the top of his helmet, an obvious attribute of the now obsolete Phase I armor.

Next, In the scene where Wolffe, King Manchucho and Threepio are walking and talking, Wolffe stops and turns to face the King, when he does he's carrying a plain Phase II Helmet.

When the group arrives at the communication station, one of the Aleena goes first followed by Boost, Artoo, the other two Aleena and Sinker who goes last.
 When they enter the room they do so in the same order, except Sinker is now right behind Artoo and the Aleena are nowhere to be seen.
 When the camera zooms out they are there, but we didn't see them come in.. did we?

When the Aleena are leading Artoo and Threepio to the "Seal", the door in which they just came from is blocked.

Random Note:
The King's Bling Bling
Is it just me, or does King Manchucho's necklace kinda resemble the Millennium Falcon?

If I made some faux pas of my own please let me know in the comments below. Big thanks to my bud Ruari for once again alerting me to many of the bloopers listed here! If you liked what you saw here please use the share buttons below.

Mini Review
Upon first viewing this episode I wasn't impressed. But after watching it several times it has grown on me but I still have mixed feelings. The opening scenes looked and sounded awesome, it had some of the best music to come out of TCW in a long time. The "Underworld" and even the surface was visually breathtaking and the Aleenas' antics gave me a chuckle. The Underworld came off as a mix of Lord of the Rings, The Wizard of Oz and a hint of Star Wars mixed together, which I wasn't fond of at all. Orphne was just down right weird and un-Star Wars! I give this episode a 4.5/10: A visual spectacle rapped around an utterly pointless story.

Until next time, MTFBWY! -B-


Thursday, October 6, 2011

Clone Wars Bloopers: Ep. 4.04 "Shadow Warrior"

By: Benjamin Hart

Welcome to another edition of Clone Wars Bloopers!

First off, Padmé shoots one of the Commando Droids in the chest...
...but later it doesn't show any damage.

When Anakin finishes off the last Commando droid, his Lightsaber can clearly be seen hanging from his belt.

Also, the knife Rish Loo uses to stab Boss Lyonie seems a bit too clean.

It's really hard to tell, but I don't believe Rish Loo has a wound after Dooku stabs him.

This is a tricky one... Watching the scene where Dooku contacts Padmé near the end of the episode, you'll notice something peculiar about the position of her hand. When she first turns on the Holoprojector her arm is extended out in front of her and she is looking straight at Dooku's Holographic form.
When it cuts to Dooku the Holoprojector is closer to her waist and she's looking at Dooku's actual face and not at his hologram.
A few seconds later her arms are at her side....
...and now we're right back where we started.
This type of thing is a common occurrence in not just TCW but the six films as well. 

Random Note: Ouch Time
Great animation here but creepy nonetheless...

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Mini Review
These flaws didn't ruin this beautifully animated episode! As short as it was, Grievous' face off with General Tarpals and the Gungans was in an instantly classic scene as well as Dooku and Anakin's duel. Tarpals sacrifice was thrilling but it turned out pretty pointless considering Grievous' release. It had a great plot but it was unfortunately underused, it deserved more than one episode devoted to it. Putting Anakin and Grievous within in feet of each other pushed the limits of cannon to say the least. I give this one a 6.9, a very enjoyable little thrill ride that ended too quick.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The SWU Podcast Episode 04 | 10/5/2011


In this episode of the SWU podcast, special guests Josh from Padawan's Journal and Savanna from Pandas, Lightsabers and Cameras, oh my! join Kyle, Jordan, and Chris in a discussion about their blogs and the Clone Wars episode Shadow Warrior.

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» And you can find Pandas, Lightsabers, and Cameras, oh my! here.

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