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Review by C.J. Bunce

Two episodes in and it seemed like some kind of con, a Jedi mind trick perpetrated by Disney.  Six episodes in and you’re left asking “what was the point?”  That’s the Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi, which arrives as the least of the 21st century Star Wars television efforts, and after six episodes, probably falls short of Revenge of the Sith and The Last Jedi.  Why was this an important story to tell?  What entertainment value did it provide?  In the end, the only thing the series served to do was give actor Hayden Christensen a chance to make up for George Lucas’s dismal script for Anakin Skywalker in the prequels.  Other than that, it was like watching an assemblage of deleted scenes left on the director’s cutting room floor from the making of Revenge of the Sith.

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We first previewed the teaser for it here at borg last month.  The seventh movie in the Predator franchise is coming this summer.  It’s the prequel story Prey, coming to Hulu.  20th Century Studios opted not to continue in the direction of the super-Predator unveiled in Shane Black’s 2018 vision, The Predator.  Instead director Dan Trachtenberg is taking what appears to be an expensive alternative, as in Predators, the third entry in the franchise from 2010, Prey is clearly not heavy on elaborate set pieces and special effects.  And yet it looks like it’s going to be a blast, with plenty of throwbacks to the original movie–the sci-fi classic with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Check out the first full-length trailer for the next Predator movie, Prey:

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Review by C.J. Bunce

Aligned with the year’s Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California, Disney+ began its latest Star Wars series this week, Obi-Wan Kenobi Or did it?  Maybe they uploaded a Young Princess Leia series and inadvertently swapped the reels?  The choices of subject matter to feature for the story are certainly interesting, as director Deborah Chow and the writing team take some surprising turns, especially with its focus not on Kenobi, but the Skywalkers again.  With two short episodes past us–of only a six-episode series–as with the original Star Wars movie and the prequels, Obi-Wan Kenobi is a secondary character.  Sure, he’s the glue that holds things together, but not the character who drives the action.  Will we ever see that story?

But two camps should love this series:  If you are a fan of the prequels and the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars, this is your series.  Also, if you like Disney fairy tales featuring the latest version of Ariel or Belle or Elsa this is also your series.  As a pure Disney family show it works, and it works as a continuation of The Clone Wars as a “sequel to the prequel trilogy” mixed with significant elements and characters from the Dave Filoni-verse.

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The seventh movie in the Predator franchise is coming this summer.  Unfortunately it’s not coming to theaters or Netflix.  Hulu will be hosting this one, and to get us interested the streaming provider and 20th Century Studios have revealed the barest of sneak peeks.  This won’t continue ahead with the super-Predator unveiled in Shane Black’s 2018 vision, The Predator.  Instead in his movie Prey, Dan Trachtenberg, a director with only one film in his credits (10 Cloverfield Lane) will do what all franchises do at this point: give us a prequel.  Even with less than a minute to see, it provides the overall impression of Predators, the third entry in the franchise from 2010.

Get a brief look at the next Predator movie, Prey:

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Review by C.J. Bunce

This year on January 1 I reviewed the first episode of The Book of Boba Fett, the show about the Star Wars bounty hunter’s return, 38.5 years in the making.  The series’ first season had a bit of a tepid start, but over the next six episodes Star Wars fans learned what was happening.  This was never intended to be a separate series, but the third season of a Boba Fett/Mandalorian hybrid, Saturday morning Western serial like Steven Spielberg and George Lucas created with Raiders of the Lost Ark.  This may be Disney’s best amusement park ride yet.  Maybe it would have made more sense to some if it were called some Western title like Star Wars: The Outcasts and didn’t have those two separate titles.  Criticisms of this season have all been like that, all of it form over substance (or maybe it’s just people who forgot to have fun).  In my first review I identified what I thought the series needed to do in its next six episodes.  So how did they (and I) do?

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