You might not want to get rid of your The Simpsons Blu-rays and DVDs just yet. The long-running animated series is now streaming on Disney+, but here’s the problem: it’s in the wrong aspect ratio. The earlier – and best – seasons of the show have been stretched to a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio, which inadvertently ends up cutting off chunks of the screen. This is a particularly irksome problem for The Simpsons because the show is chock-full of visual gags, and many of those gags are now being cropped out of the frame.
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The Colossus sends a shuttle with Kaz (Christopher Sean), Torra (Myrna Velasco), and Flix (Jim Rash) and Orka (Bobby Moynihan) to Flix’s stormy homeworld of Drahgor III. After their run from the First Order back in “The Engineer,” they’re in desperate need of fuel, and Flix’s family refinery could be their salvation. If not, the entire Colossus community will be stranded. But Flix must persuade his snarky estranged and identical cousins to relinquish some fuel. He is incensed to discover that their operation is now engaging in deep-core drilling, warning them that their drilling will disturb some beasts. Kaz barters with Flix’s cousins to fix their drill deep in the bowels of the planet’s core in exchange for fuel. However, they must confront those beasts below.
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Neeku (Josh Brener) is perhaps an underrated hero of the Star Wars universe. His kid-appeal existence could easily be as clunky as Jar Jar Binks, the alien comedy relief sidekick that’s largely considered more annoying than endearing (the heartwarming movement to rehabilitate Jar Jar’s image is another conversation entirely). Except Neeku’s character in Star Wars Resistance works from the get-go simply because he has a developed personhood and his moments of comedy relief register as much as his emotional needs, as best expressed in “Bibo,” one of the breezier episodes of Resistance. So it’s interesting and heartbreaking to see his faith in others get tested here in “The Engineer,” written by Sarah Carbiner and Erica Rosbe. Read More »
“Hunt on Celsor 3” is the first Star Wars Resistance episode of the season that puts front-and-center how the Colossus citizens are faring. While the previous two episodes signaled a natural deterioration of resources while the Colossus space station hides from the First Order, the background residents have mostly been seen occupying themselves with drinks and revelry at Aunt Z’s bar as if being uprooted and hurled into space is not much of the biggie. But then the resources and revelry are maxed out. Aunt Z (Tovah Feldshuh) emerges as the mouthpiece for the welfare of the Colossus. Her business isn’t just affected, she misses the sky as well. Having no food, Aunt Z and the Colossus residents are on the verge of leaving and taking their chances on the dangers of space. Read More »
In case you didn’t hear, tonight brings a new Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer during Monday Night Football on ESPN. In fact, Disney and Lucasfilm are making such a big deal out of this that they even have promo commercials advertising the arrival of what they’re calling the final trailer. In those promos are a few seconds of footage from the new trailer, which includes a shot of a massive Resistance fleet, there’s a familiar ship present that may please some fans. Read More »
After fleeing the First Order’s ambush in “Quick Salvage Run,” the Colossus needs to up its game in defense. Captain Doza (Jason Hightower) brings in the Rebel veteran Jared Yeager (Scott Lawrence) to refine the combat skills of the Aces, the Colossus star racers who doubled as the protectors from pirates.
Due to his past aerial defense of the Colossus and his New Republic military education, Kazuda Xiono (Christopher Sean) is drafted as an Ace and Yeager’s training assistant. Yeager and Kaz take the Aces to a remote ice-pillared moon for training. Meanwhile, aboard a Star Destroyer, Tam Ryvora (Suzie McGrath) receives her respective flight education with the First Order. Read More »
Star Wars Resistance has now certainly sailed into The Last Jedi era.
After a harrowing hyperspace jump away from the First Order clutches, the Colossus is out of the needed hyperfuel to make another space jump to safety. Kazuda Xiono (Christopher Sean) hopes the Resistance base on planet D’Qar can refuel them.
But those who watched The Last Jedi know the Colossus won’t find salvation in the base. Because as The Last Jedi era stipulates, the base is wiped out. Unable to reach Poe Dameron and General Leia Organa, Kaz teams up with the pirates to salvage a derelict Dreadnought for coaxium fuel.
However, Kaz’s previous well-intentioned, but reckless, attempt to contact Tam (Suzie McGrath) came with a huge price, dilemmas, and reckonings. Read More »
Last weekend brought the second season premiere of the Disney XD animated series Star Wars Resistance. It also happens to be the final season of the series that has been unfolding concurrently with the events of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and will soon lead up to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. But if you’re one of those people who doesn’t keep up with the show on cable because you cut the cord long ago, you can still watch the first episode, “Into the Unknown,” on YouTube right now for free. Read More »
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From where we last left off in Star Wars Resistance, the Colossus is sailing into the cosmos. Kazuda Xiono (Christopher Sean) witnessed the Starkiller base’s annihilation of his homeworld, Hosnian Prime, and is unsure if his family survived the attack. Disgruntled by Kaz’s and Jared Yeager’s (Scott Lawrence) deceptions, Kaz’s fellow mechanic, Tam Ryvora (Suzie McGrath) has made the choice to jump aboard the First Order shuttle with the conniving Agent Tierny (Sumalee Montano), the former naïve to the First Order atrocities. (Oh, and pirates are hanging around the Colossus after striking an alliance with Captain Doza, but they’re not in the spotlight this episode.) Read More »
What’s in store for our old pal Bucky on the Falcon and Winter Soldier series on Disney+? According to actor Sebastian Stan, the character will finally have a chance to grapple with the scary modern world. After all, Bucky’s been a bit busy running around or hiding for the last few years. Aside from buying some plums in Captain America: Civil War, his experiences with the 21st century have been nominal.
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