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The Horrifying Implications of the World of “The Truman Show”

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Last month, Paramount announced a new slate of TV projects, including a television adaptation of “The Truman Show,” the 1998 Jim Carrey film about a man whose entire life is fabricated and broadcast as a television series. With recent shows like “Fargo” or “Teen Wolf” spring-boarding off of the success of old movies, this actually feels like a very logical next step – I’ve actually felt like “Truman Show” would be a fascinating TV series, and a real opportunity to explore the possibilities of the premise.

The original film also came at a time when reality television as we know it was just starting to break into the mainstream, and it was a very timely piece of satire. Now, reality television has developed (fallen?) to the point that Bravo is actually developing a show called “Crowd Control,” where the viewers control someone’s life with social media.

Now, more than ever before, a show based on “The Truman Show” could really work well. But it’s worth noting that there is a LOT about the premise of the film that is truly unnerving. I’m not just talking about the idea that one man’s life could be a sham – that’s surface-level stuff. No, as the title suggests, today we’re going to examine the world portrayed in the film, where normal people are obsessed with the titular “Truman Show,” and consider a few ways that this world is truly horrifying.

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“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” Recap – 1×04, “Destroy Malevolence”

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We are entering a new golden age for Star Wars fans. While the prequel films were generally considered to be mediocre, the recent TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars filled in the gaps and told new stories with the same beloved characters, and was fairly well-received. Since it’s not a show I’m terribly familiar with, I’m going to watch and review every episode, all the way up through the brand new sixth season, which aired exclusively on Netflix. This week, we’re watching “Destroy Malevolence,” where a scrappy band of rebels, including a politician and a few droids, sneak aboard the massive doomsday weapon and try to take it down from the inside – okay, maybe it’s a bit like the Death Star.

Spoilers after the jump.

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“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” Recap – 1×03, “Shadow of Malevolence”

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It’s a golden age for Star Wars fans. While the prequel films were generally mediocre, Star Wars: The Clone Wars filled in the gaps and told new stories with the same beloved characters. Since it’s not a show I’m terribly familiar with, I’m going to watch and review every episode, all the way up through the brand new sixth season, which aired exclusively on Netflix. This week, we’re watching “Shadow of Malevolence,” where Anakin leads a small elite squad of fighters against a massive doomsday weapon and try to blow it up and kill one of the enemy generals. For real guys, it’s nothing like the Death Star.

Spoilers after the jump.

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“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” Recap – 1×02, “Rising Malevolence”

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It’s a golden age for Star Wars fans. While the prequel films were generally mediocre, Star Wars: The Clone Wars filled in the gaps and told new stories with the same beloved characters. Since it’s not a show I’m terribly familiar with, I’m going to watch and review every episode, all the way up through the brand new sixth season, which aired exclusively on Netflix. This week, we’re watching “Rising Malevolence,” the first of a three-part story all about the droid army’s massive doomsday weapon that is in no way like the Death Star.

Spoilers after the jump.

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“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” Recap – 1×01, “Ambush”

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Earlier this month, the entire series of Star Wars: The Clone Wars hit Netflix, and since it’s not a show I’m terribly familiar with, I’m going to watch and review every episode, all the way up through the brand new sixth season, which aired exclusively on Netflix. This week, we’re diving right into the first episode, “Ambush!” It’s basically 22 minutes of Yoda vs. battle droids.

Spoilers after the jump.

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“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” Recap – The Movie, Part 2

Earlier this month, the entire series of Star Wars: The Clone Wars hit Netflix, and since it’s not a show I’m terribly familiar with, I’m going to watch and review every episode, all the way up through the brand new sixth season, which aired exclusively on Netflix. This week, we’re starting off with the film that premiered theatrically and kicked off this whole series.

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When we left off yesterday, Anakin and his new padawan Ahsoka were trying to rescue Jabba’s kidnapped son, but it turns out they’ve been played by the Separatists. But can they make it out if the abandoned monastery alive?

Spoilers after the jump.

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“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” Recap – The Movie, Part 1

Earlier this month, the entire series of Star Wars: The Clone Wars hit Netflix, and since it’s not a show I’m terribly familiar with, I’m going to watch and review every episode, all the way up through the brand new sixth season, which aired exclusively on Netflix. This week, we’re starting off with the film that premiered theatrically and kicked off this whole series.

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Last week, I covered the original Genndy Tartakovsky-helmed Star Wars: Clone Wars miniseries, which ran from 2003-2005 and bridged the gap from Attack of the Clones to Revenge of the Sith. After it concluded, George Lucas announced they were going to develop a 3-D continuation of the project. The series eventually premiered in 2008, set during the same time period but this time with full 30-minute episodes, and produced with CGI animation.

This movie was originally developed as the first few episodes of the series, but retooled to premiere in theaters as a feature film. That was actually pretty impressive once I learned that, since I didn’t notice the seams between where the episodes would have broken up – for the most part, it feels like one continuous story. That said, it still has that television-movie feel, and mostly comes across as a long episode of TV rather than fitting into the three-act structure of a feature film. Also, the animated faces look super weird, and take a while to get used to.

Spoilers after the jump.

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“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” Recap – The Miniseries, Season 3

Last week, the entire series of Star Wars: The Clone Wars hit Netflix, and since it’s not a show I’m terribly familiar with, I’m going to watch and review every episode, all the way up to the brand new sixth season, which aired exclusively on Netflix. This week, we’re starting off with the miniseries that first premiered in 2003 and got this whole thing started off.

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As I covered previously, these shorts aired on Cartoon Network and online, and take place between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. Today we’ll be covering the third season, which changed the format from 10 3-minute episodes to 5 12-minute episodes. Last time, we saw the emergence of General Grievous as he took down five Jedi all on his own. Today we’ll see the series bridge the gap to Revenge of the Sith, and we’ll also see Anakin get high and go on a spirit quest with the cast of James Cameron’s Avatar. I am not even joking, that is the plot of these episodes.

Spoilers after the jump.

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“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” Recap – The Miniseries, Season 2

Last week, the entire series of Star Wars: The Clone Wars hit Netflix, and since it’s not a show I’m terribly familiar with, I’m going to watch and review every episode, all the way up to the brand new sixth season, which aired exclusively on Netflix. This week, we’re starting off with the miniseries that first premiered in 2003 and got this whole thing started off.

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As I covered yesterday, these shorts aired on Cartoon Network and online, and take place between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the SithToday we’ll be covering the second season, which consisted of another 10 episodes of 3 minutes each, and can be found on Youtube pretty easily. When we left off, Anakin was playing chicken with an enemy ship. Today, we’ll get a lot more Vader foreshadowing, along with a few more random side stories of other Jedi doing things that don’t necessarily make a lot of sense.

Spoilers after the jump.

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“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” Recap – The Miniseries, Season 1

Last week, the entire series of Star Wars: The Clone Wars hit Netflix, and since it’s not a show I’m terribly familiar with, I’m going to watch and review every episode, all the way up to the brand new sixth season, which aired exclusively on Netflix. This week, we’re starting off with the miniseries that first premiered in 2003 and got this whole thing started off.

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A bit of background: in 2003, Cartoon Network and StarWars.com aired Star Wars: Clone Wars, a miniseries of animated shorts which took place in the years between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, from Genndy Tartakovsky, the creator of Samurai Jack. In 2008, a new series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars premiered, set during the same time period but this time with full 30-minute episodes and CGI animation. Apparently the show is terrific, and it just hit Netflix Instant, so I’m going to be reviewing every episode of that series starting next week.

Before we get into that series, however, we’re going to cover the original 2-D Clone Wars series, since that was sort of the field test for the in-between series that eventually became The Clone Wars. Today we’ll be covering the first “season,” which consisted of 10 episodes, each one about 3 minutes long. This series is not on Netflix, but the whole thing can be found on Youtube pretty easily.

Spoilers after the jump.

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