Steven Universe Future Together Forever and Growing Pains Review

“Together Forever” and “Growing Pains” are the most heart-stopping pair of episodes yet of Steven Universe Future. “Together Forever” begins mundanely as usual, with the eponymous Steven (Zach Callison) skyping with his human companion Connie (Grace Rolek) and discussing her college plans. He’s saddened to realize Connie will be so far away once she leaves. 

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Star Wars The Clone Wars Unfinished Business Review

Star Wars: The Clone Wars has finished off the first arc of its seventh season. The final chapter of the arc, “Unfinished Businesses”, yields sharper emotional beats than the penultimate chapter, following up on the rather bittersweet moment when the rescued clone trooper Echo (Dee Bradley Baker, who voices every clone) repeats “the good old days” with ambivalence.

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Steven Universe Future In Dreams Review

Steven Universe Future: Hey Old Friends

After some rude awakenings, the next pair of Steven Universe Future episodes dish out some optimistic respite while carrying over the despondency that has now plagued Steven Universe’s (Zach Callison) life. 

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7 Episode 3

The latest episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars kicks off with a lot of action. With the long-lost clone trooper Echo (Dee Bradley Baker) back in their grasp, the clones (also voiced by Baker) and their Jedi General Anakin Skywalker (Matt Lanter) escape the Separatist outpost. They’re forced to call in the flying beasts and head back to the village of the Skako Minor indigenous Poletecs (where David Acord and the sound design emit auditory other-worldliness), who are reasonably frustrated that the clones attracted the war to them. Regardless, they form a quick alliance with clones and Jedi and lash back on the Separatist attack. Read More »

Clone Wars Season 7 Episode 2 Review

After the season premiere episode “The Bad Batch” last week, newly uncovered evidence left clone trooper Captain Rex (Dee Bradley Baker) more certain that his presumed-dead clone brother, Echo, may still be alive and in the Separatist enemies’ hands. Led by Jedi General Anakin Skywalker (Matt Lanter), Rex and the Bad Batch fly off to the Separatist outpost on a ravaged and dust-stormy terrain of Skako Minor to rescue Echo — that is, if he’s still alive. Read More »

Star Wars The Clone Wars The Bad Batch Review

After a six-year hiatus and an open-ended conclusion, Star Wars: The Clone Wars is finally back and has a new home on Disney+ for its seventh and final season. Rather than the whole season getting released at once like the previous season, called “The Lost Missions,” which was dropped on Netflix in 2014, Clone Wars is doing weekly releases starting with “The Bad Batch”, the first episode in a new arc.

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Star Wars Resistance Season 2 Episode 2 Review

The Disney XD animated Star Wars Resistance requires patience in ways that frustrated while also marveled. Even when it literally launched into the stars in season two, its tests its own range without really transcending it. There are times where Resistance, set before and during The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, takes the path of least resistance. But it is not inherently negative if Resistance had breezier aims than other LucasFilm animated productions than Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. Its commitment to the smaller stakes is part of its spark. But the more it moves forward, the more it displays untapped potentials that could have complemented its lighthearted mission.

This article contains spoilers for the entire series.

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Star Wars Resistance Series Finale Review

The ending of Star Wars Resistance feels like a paradox, finished and unfinished. So many opportunities have been untouched in the previous season, yet so much has unraveled in the finale that provides a closure that feels decisive and open-ended without being a cliffhanger. All the little humanities in the past bubble up into emotional highs in the finale “The Escape.”

Tam Ryvora (Susie McGrath) and Jace Rucklin (Elijah Wood) observe as the First Order lay waste on the Aeosians, who allied briefly with the Colossus in “The New World.” The genocide horrifies Tam but pleases Rucklin. Using her old comlink, Tam relays a coded message to Team Fireball back on the Colossus. Kaz (Christopher Sean) and Neeku (Josh Brener) decode it and surmise Tam wants to come home. Read More »

Star Wars Resistance Rebuilding the Resistance Review

I’ve written before that I found it concerning that there is so little time now to flesh left out the major conflicts of Star Wars Resistance. Which is why “Rebuilding the Resistance,” which can be considered a penultimate chapter before the two-parter series finale, pulls off an impressive feat as it picks up on the slack of more underwhelming developments of the past season.

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Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts Review

Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts on Netflix feels like a pastiche of everything recognizable in the last decade of the greatest children’s animation and it achieves a refreshing mix. I sensed the cryptic spirit of Over The Garden Wall and Infinity Train, the post-apocalyptic chill vibes of Adventure Time, and the kick-butt humor like its fellow DreamWorks TV series She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, all with their overlapping traits of weird musicality, priceless zingers, life lessons, and optimism. Created by DreamWorks storyboard artist Radford Sechrist, Kipo and its Mad Libs world-building, wholesome embrace of the scary and the light, and ambitious storytelling are familiar and fresh. 

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