Insights Into Entertainment: Episode 120 “Happy Birthday and Beyond”

Today in our Disney Detective,  a happy birthday wish to my favorite celebrity and news of a new film she’s appearing in and details are released on the new Lightyear movie

In our Tales from the Edge of the Galaxy, someone besides me has a cheeky response to Disney’s obscene prices for the Galactic Starcruiser Experience plus Disney is looking for an Actress To Play the Live-Action version of Sabine Wren

And for our Entertainment News, a favorite canceled NBC Series is Close to Returning, then Wizard World sells out to Fan Expo

And as always we’ll finish up with our Insightful Picks of the week….and some afterthoughts

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[INTRO THEME]

[INTRODUCTIONS] (2-3 minutes)

  • Insights Into Entertainment: Episode 120 “Happy Birthday and Beyond”
  • My loving and supportive co-host Michelle Whalen

[SHOW SUMMARY] (2-3 minutes)

  • Today in our Disney Detective,  a happy birthday wish to my favorite celebrity and news of a new film she’s appearing in and details are released on the new Lightyear movie
  • In our Tales from the Edge of the Galaxy, someone besides me has a cheeky response to Disney’s obscene prices for the Galactic Starcruiser Experience plus Disney is looking for an Actress To Play the Live-Action version of Sabine Wren
  • And for our Entertainment News, a favorite canceled NBC Series is Close to Returning, then Wizard World sells out to Fan Expo
  • And as always we’ll finish up with our Insightful Picks of the week….and some afterthoughts

[Show Plugs] (2-3 minutes)

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[SEGMENT 1: Disney Detective] (8-12 minutes)

  • Disney’s Enchanted Sequel, Disenchanted, Wraps Filming in Ireland: ‘Coming to You in 2022’
  • https://people.com/movies/disneys-enchanted-sequel-disenchanted-wraps-filming-in-ireland-coming-to-you-in-2022/?fbclid=IwAR1WTDnEAcEu0-6douz8kiIfRKnNwOloSsqCa21tTgcXwn5ZsGXEDKQXnRo
  • https://bit.ly/3Az82Wq 
    • Disney’s Disenchanted is officially on the way!
      • On Wednesday, director and producer Adam Shankman (Hairspray) announced that the sequel to the beloved 2007 movie, Enchanted, concluded production in Ireland and is on the way.
        • “Myself and Giselle…errrr….@amyadams would just like to say: And that’s a wrap. #Disenchanted Coming to you in #2022,” he wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of himself with Amy Adams, who stars in the movies as Princess Giselle.
    • The highly anticipated sequel has been in development since early 2010, according to the film’s IMDb page, and Shankman was confirmed to return as director in 2016.
    • In the original film, Adams’ Giselle was about to marry a prince when she’s sent away from the animated kingdom of And-a-lasia and unceremoniously lands in New York City. 
      • There, she meets and falls in love with a lawyer and befriends his young daughter.
      • The new story is said to take place 15 years after Enchanted, as Giselle questions her happily ever after and accidentally triggers events that make everyone’s lives turn upside down in both the real world and Andalasia, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
    • Along with Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, Idina Menzel, and Susan Sarandon will all reprise their roles for the forthcoming sequel. 
      • In April, Dempsey, who portrays Robert Philip, told Variety that he was excited ahead of filming and revealed he will make his singing debut in the film. 
      • “I will be singing for the first time. I’ve never ever sung publicly — for a reason,” the former Grey’s Anatomy star joked. 
      • “So bear with me.”
      • He continued, “I hope the fans embrace it. 
      • But they’ve set me up for success and the lyrics are really fun. 
      • The numbers have really great choreography. 
      • And the premise is going to be interesting.”
    • In May, Disney+ announced that Maya Rudolph joined the cast as the villain in the fairytale musical. 
      • Kolton Stewart, Yvette Nicole Brown, Jayma Mays and Oscar Nunez also star.
    • Disenchanted is set to exclusively premiere on Disney+ in 2022.
  • Lightyear: Release Date, Cast, And Other Quick Things We Know About The Pixar Movie
  • https://www.cinemablend.com/news/2571364/lightyear-release-date-cast-and-other-quick-things-we-know-about-the-pixar-movie?fbclid=IwAR1Zw_IpRdEd3YQssl3rFpQYXyzsn1vHWxYUL_J5FcOtssi0GCec778PjNI
  • https://bit.ly/2VQOHRA 
    • Ever since Pixar’s inception, Buzz Lightyear has remained a key player in the company’s ever-sustaining longevity. 
      • Arguably the studio’s most recognizable character, Pixar has been adamant to tell more Toy Story tales — or Toy Stories — with the space ranger at the forefront. 
      • But now, it’s time for the cadet to go to infinity… and, of course, beyond.
    • Indeed, the famous spaceman will finally have a Pixar movie of his own with Lightyear, the 26th feature film from the multi-award-winning animation house. 
      • With Chris Evans lending his voice to the galaxy-hopping journeyman, this Buzz Lightyear won’t be the same Buzz that audiences grew up with over the decades, particularly as this variation of the character will follow the origins of the astronaut character who inspired the toy, not Andy’s plastic friend. 
      • We’re still learning more information about this June 2022 release, but we know a few key details about the upcoming movie, which we’ll share with you now.
    • Lightyear’s Release Date Is Set For June 17, 2022
      • Indeed, Lightyear, the new animated origin story for the galaxy-searching space ranger, is slated to be released on June 17th, 2022 — less than a year from this writing. 
      • While Disney has built a nasty habit of dropping their original Pixar movies on Disney+ in lieu of a theatrical rollout, this solo re-imagining is apparently getting a traditional release, much like Turning Red before it. 
      • Lightyear is currently in production now, but Disney appears confident that it’ll be ready to go by next summer.
    • Chris Evans Will Voice Buzz Lightyear
      • It’s hard to imagine anything other than Tim Allen’s voice coming out of Buzz Lightyear’s mouth. 
      • While several other voice actors have been heard as the space cadet over the years, including Patrick Warburton, Pat Fraley, and Corey Burton, the movies have seen the Home Improvement star behind the voice booth (with the exception of Toy Story 3’s Spanish Mode Buzz, voiced by Javier Fernandez-Peña). 
      • But that’s now set to change.
    • When Lightyear was announced, it was revealed that Chris Evans, not Tim Allen, would lend his movie star presence to this ever-enduring planet-bouncing, super suit-wearing space ranger. 
      • While Toy Story fans were initially concerned, loudly wondering if this meant the end of Allen’s time with the character, Disney/Pixar quickly clarified that this version of Buzz isn’t the one that we’ve known over the last few decades. 
      • That said, it’s unclear how long Evans is expected to voice this version of Buzz after this solo movie.
    • The Movie Will Tell The Definitive Origin Story Of Buzz Lightyear, The Hero Who Inspired The Toy
      • When Lightyear was announced, there was understandably some confusion. 
      • Were we getting a spin-off centered around Buzz Lightyear, the co-star of four Toy Story movies, or the man who inspired the toy? 
      • Perhaps expecting this initial puzzlement, Disney was quick to note that this animated movie would be centered around the futuristic space hero who inspired the toy, not the miniature model that we’ve known in the past.
      • While this variation of the character won’t be a huge departure from the Buzz we know, it should be made clear that Disney/Pixar is telling the definitive origin story of the space ranger character, not the self-involved plastic plaything, at the core of this otherwise toy-based franchise.
    • Lightyear Is Directed By Finding Dory’s Angus MacLane
      • Angus MacLane might not be a household name like Brad Bird and Andrew Stanton, but he’s been a veteran of the pioneering animation company for well over two decades. 
      • First working as an animator on A Bug’s Life and Toy Story 2, MacLane has risen the ranks into directing over the past few years, notably with his work on Toy Story Toons: Small Fry and Toy Story of Terror. 
      • In 2016, the veteran employee co-directed Finding Dory alongside Stanton, and now, MacLane will finally make a Pixar movie of his own with Lightyear. 
      • Not a bad trajectory to go from lowly animator to infinity and beyond!
    • Pete Docter Has Wanted To Make This Movie Since The First Toy Story
      • Buzz Lightyear has been a core character in Pixar’s foundation since the very beginning. 
      • The springy, laser-pointing, outer space-bound would-be ranger is one of Pixar’s most memorable and marketable personalities, and it was always a desire on Pete Docter’s part to give the guy his own space-ranging adventure. 
      • During Lightyear’s presentation in December’s Disney Investor Event (via Pixar Post), the studio head claimed that the company has been eager to tell the character’s origin story from the early get-go, and he’s grateful to finally have this opportunity with this movie. 
      • Here’s what Docter said:
        • At first glance, you might think, ‘this is a Toy Story film.’ 
        • Well, not so fast! 
        • See, back when we created the first Toy Story, we designed Buzz Lightyear with the idea that he was a toy based on some really cool character from an epic blockbuster film. 
        • Well, all these years later we decided it’s time to make that film.
    • Chris Evans Was ‘Smiling’ From ‘Ear To Ear’ For The Whole Pitch
      • Outside of the general logline, we don’t know a whole lot about what’s set in store for Lightyear. 
      • Given how much affection people have for this plastic space ranger and his (presumably) flesh-and-blood counterpart, expectations are cautiously high. 
      • That said, even the biggest Pixar fans are wondering why this standalone story needs to be told.
    • We don’t necessarily have an answer there, but we do know that Chris Evans is quite happily hyping up this upcoming project on his Instagram, particularly as he entices Pixar fans by letting them know that he was “smiling” from “ear to ear” for the whole pitch of this new movie. 
      • He also wants everyone to “rest easy” and “get very excited,” because this one is “gonna [be] special.” 
      • While the actor has a lot to say about this intriguing new project, Evans also claims that he “can’t even put” his “excitement into words.” 
      • So we’ll have to wait a little bit to see what’s in store with this upcoming movie.
    • Lightyear Isn’t The First Solo Story For The Famous Pixar Character
      • Lightyear isn’t the first time we’ve gone to infinity and beyond with the galaxy-famous astronaut. 
      • In addition to leading every Toy Story movie, Buzz Lightyear was also the main character behind UPN/ABC’s animated series, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, as well as the direct-to-video spin-off movie, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins, and an accompanying video game for the short-lived series. 
      • Similar to Lightyear, the 2D animated show followed the intergalactic adventures of Buzz Lightyear, the space ranger, opposed to the action figure that fans know and love. 
      • That said, it’s unknown if this movie and this 2000s cartoon show will cover similar ground.
    • Pixar’s New Movie Is Produced By Toy Story 4’s Galyn Susman
      • From the early days of Pixar, Galyn Susman has been a key player in the ever-growing success of the company. 
      • Starting as a lighting supervisor and modeling artist on the original Toy Story, the company’s mainstay would continue to work on A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc., and Finding Nemo in a number of professional positions before she was elevated to associate producer on Ratatouille. 
      • From there, Susman would be creatively involved in several short films and TV specials, including Angus MacLane’s BURN-E and Toy Story of Terror, before she became the producer behind Toy Story 4.
      • Now, Galyn Susman will continue her influence with Lightyear, her biggest project yet.
    • Lightyear will fly into theaters on June 17th, 2022.

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[SEGMENT 2: Tales from the Edge of the Galaxy] (8-12 minutes)

  • After Disney Reveals Pricey Cost For New Star Wars Hotel, Universal Orlando Has Amusingly Cheeky Response
  • https://www.cinemablend.com/news/2571682/after-disney-reveals-cost-for-star-wars-hotel-universal-orlando-has-cheeky-response?fbclid=IwAR1zcAzg152SFZ_rjpw9SgLnv2CmYRlAAPU7iWw3W0j9lLe4PJyhkLeOsQU
  • https://bit.ly/37DzGoJ 
    • Since the advent of social media, brands have found increasingly unique ways to reach out to their customers online. 
      • Some interact directly with fans, some harness the power of memes, and some engage in some good-natured trolling of their competitors. 
      • That’s exactly what Universal Studios did after Disney revealed the (very pricey) cost of its new Star Wars hotel — and the company even managed to incorporate a throwback to another golden social media moment.
    • The rollout for Disney’s Galactic Starcruiser experience hasn’t been as smooth as the company probably would have liked. 
      • After it revealed the pricing packages for the new Star Wars-themed accommodation, the response from fans online wasn’t exactly enthusiastic. 
      • And the team at Disney probably didn’t anticipate that one of their biggest rivals would jump at the chance to get in a dig — but that’s exactly what Universal Studios Orlando Resort’s official Twitter account did:
        • Universal Orlando Resort
        • @UniversalORL
        • Think of how many churros you could buy with that kind of money. 👀
    • It’s safe to say Universal Studios’ social media team has mastered the art of the subtweet. 
      • While the tweet didn’t directly reference the griping that was happening on Twitter regarding the Galactic Starcruiser, the timing (and the fact that it came from the resort’s account) made it clear what the company was referring to.
    • If you haven’t been following Universal Studios’ tweets recently, the reference to churros might be a little confusing. 
      • But it was actually a reference to a nearly year-old inside joke among fans of the park that started after the construction of the Islands of Adventure VelociCoaster began. 
      • After trolling fans about what was happening in the construction zone, one came to the conclusion that the park was building a churro stand. 
      • The social media team embraced the churro joke, and the fans ate it up. 
      • And the whole affair had a particularly delicious payoff when the VelicoCoaster opened, complete with a nearby churro stand.
    • Unfortunately, Disney’s social media admins may have a harder time turning the Galactic Starcruiser situation into a feel-good moment. 
      • However, the company is still in the early stages of rolling out the experience, so there’s plenty of time to evolve and help fans get on board.
    • The hotel itself is extravagantly priced, but it still may become an essential part of the Disney experience for Star Wars fans. 
      • When details about the accommodation began to emerge, it became clear that it’s not like normal hotels and that guests who stay there will have a chance to live out their very own Star Wars story.
    • In that way, it’s designed to be like an attraction all on its own and not just a place where fans can crash for the night after a long day at the park. 
  • With food and lodging included in the Galactic Starcruiser package, it may be worth the price for die-hard fans — even if there aren’t any churros on the menu.
  • ‘Ahsoka’ Series Looking for an Actress To Play Live-Action Sabine Wren
  • https://www.starwarsnewsnet.com/2021/08/ahsoka-series-looking-for-an-actress-to-play-live-action-sabine-wren.html 
  • https://bit.ly/37zsQ3r 
    • The Ahsoka series has been one of the biggest sources of speculation since it was announced last December. 
      • The character made her live-action debut in late November 2020, played by Rosario Dawson in the fifth episode of The Mandalorian‘s second season. 
      • Many fans assumed this would be the place where more characters from Star Wars: Rebels would make the jump to live-action, and rumors from these past six months (which Rosario Dawson may or may not have confirmed) run in that direction too. 
    • Now The Hollywood Reporter is stating Lucasfilm is looking for an actress to play Sabine Wren, the Mandalorian from the animated show.
      • Indeed, hidden in an article by THR about the newly released What If…? series from Marvel Studios, writer Aaron Couch is saying that Lucasfilm sources have told them that this is the case. 
      • In particular, here are his words:
        • “Now, Dawson is leading a live-action Ahsoka spinoff for Disney+, with sources saying Lucasfilm is looking for an actress to star opposite Dawson as Mandalorian warrior Sabine Wren.”
    • This means that we can now take it to the bank — Sabine Wren is definitely making the jump to live-action. 
      • Even though they didn’t make an entire article about it, they are directly citing Lucasfilm sources. 
    • Let the fan-casting begin!
      • Tiya Sircar played the voice of the character in the original show, and even though she is a live-action actress (unlike Ashley Eckstein, who voiced Ahsoka but didn’t play the character in live-action), it sounds like if they are looking for an actress, she might not be given the job (like Katee Sackhoff was with Bo-Katan).
    • Ahsoka‘s state of development is unknown. 
      • Back in December, Jon Favreau confirmed that Dave Filoni was writing the series.
    • The next chapter from The Mandalorian pocket of the universe will come to us this December in the form of The Book of Boba Fett, which will effectively act as season 2.5 of The Mandalorian. 
      • We will keep you informed of everything regarding this and any other Star Wars series.

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[SEGMENT 3: Entertainment News] (8-12 minutes)

  • Canceled NBC Series Close to Returning on Roku for Farewell Movie
  • https://popculture.com/streaming/news/zoeys-extraordinary-playlist-nbc-close-returning-roku-farewell-movie/
  • https://bit.ly/3jEW0Uk 
    • Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist might get one more chapter after all thanks to an unexpected venue. 
      • Lionsgate Television, the lead studio behind the unique series, is reportedly close to a deal with Roku to develop a holiday movie for its own streaming channel. 
      • NBC canceled the show after two seasons in June, and attempts to move the show to NBCUniversal’s Peacock were unsuccessful.
    • The Roku movie would bring back the entire lead cast, including Jane Levy, who plays Zoey Clarke, reports Deadline. 
      • The deal is still being finalized, but if the movie is successful, Roku might consider ordering another season of the series, sources told the outlet. 
      • Lionsgate’s efforts to keep the show alive were “extensive,” but nothing came as close to fruition as this unique Roku plan.
    • While Lionsgate’s search was on, the cast’s contract options expired at the end of June. 
      • This was thought to be the final nail in the coffin for the show. 
      • However, after Lionsgate started talks with Roku, the studio reached out to the main cast and is now close to finalizing deals with them for a holiday-themed movie.
    • While Roku is best known for its streaming hardware, the company has started making strides to beef up the content on its own Roku streaming channel. 
      • Its biggest content acquisition so far is the Quibi library, bringing all the content created for Jeffrey Katzenberg’s failed mobile short-form streaming experiment to the Roku channel. 
      • The company recently reported it has 55.1 million active accounts, jumping 1.5 million from the first quarter of 2021.
    • Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist was created by Austin Winsberg. 
      • It centers on Zoey Clarke, a San Francisco-based software engineer who can understand people’s feelings through “heartsongs” only she can hear. 
      • Skylar Astin, Alex Newell, John Clarence Stewart, Mary Steenburgen, Andrew Leeds, Alice Lee, Michael Thomas Grant, and Kapil Talwalkar round out the main cast. 
      • The show’s second season ended with a surprising cliffhanger, which made its cancellation in June even more heartbreaking.
    • Although the show never earned huge ratings, it built a dedicated fan base. 
      • In 2020, choreographer Mandy Moore won the Emmy for Outstanding Choreography for Scripted Programming. 
      • Moore earned two nominations in the same category for Season 2, sharing one nomination with Luther Brown. 
      • The show was also nominated for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for the song “Crimson Love” and Outstanding Music Direction. 
      • Bernadette Peters earned an Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series nomination. 
      • Both seasons of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist are available to stream on Peacock.
  • Wizard World Just Sold Its Conventions to Fan Expo
  • https://gizmodo.com/wizard-world-just-sold-its-conventions-to-fan-expo-1847457687#:~:text=Wizard%20World%20Conventions%20Sold%20to%20Fan%20Expo%2C%20Largest%20Con%20Company 
  • https://bit.ly/3lWahPy 
    • Fans generally think of pop culture conventions as being tied to a specific city: San Diego, Chicago, New York, etc. 
      • But those conventions are usually run by larger companies—and now, after its latest acquisition, one company in particular has become the biggest of all. 
      • Fan Expo, which already runs almost a dozen events across North America, has just acquired the rights to six Wizard World conventions: Chicago, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Portland, Cleveland, and St. Louis.
      • According to Newsarama, that makes it “the largest comic convention organization” across the globe. “
        • “Fan Expo HQ is devoted to creating unmissable, exceptional fan experiences. 
        • We’re beyond thrilled to be able to offer that to fans in six new locations, and pleased that Wizard World recognized our ability to elevate guest experience to the next level,” 
        • Fan Expo HQ president Aman Gupta said in a statement. 
        • “We’re looking forward to getting to know each of these individual communities, learn what they’re looking for, and raise the bar!”
    • It’s certainly a huge shift in the convention scene as the Wizard World brand—technically now Wizard Entertainment Inc.—has been around for what feels like ages. 
      • It was originally established way back in 1991 as Wizard Press and was the publisher of the famous Wizard magazine. 
      • It was basically the source to find out about comic book and other nerdy news before the internet took over, and later went on to establish fan conventions and more. 
      • But, as the Beat points out, things weren’t always smooth for the company.
    • The changes are already live on the Fan Expo website for the un-dated 2022 conventions in those cities. 
      • One last Wizard World, taking place in Chicago in October, will still occur. 
      • However, after that, Wizard World will no longer have any stake in the convention circuit. 
      • The company will continue to run a collectibles business and have space at the conventions. 
      • For fans, it’s safe to assume this deal doesn’t change much for them. 
      • Most comic conventions are pretty much the same: lots of people, lots of booths, lots of Funko Pops. 
      • Only now the name on all the banners, and your badge, is different, with the money you pay to get in going to another company.
    • Like so many other businesses, the entertainment convention industry as a whole took a huge dent during the ongoing covid-19 pandemic. 
      • Even the biggest comic convention in the world, San Diego Comic-Con—which is run by a non-profit organization that also runs WonderCon—admitted the lack of live events during 2020 put a huge burden on the company’s finances. 
      • You’d imagine that’s the case with most companies who rely on live events. 
      • So maybe a sale like this isn’t so much a surprise. 
      • The surprise would be if it’s the last one.

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[SEGMENT 4: Insightful Picks of the Week] (8-12 minutes)

  • Michelle 
    • HISTORY OF THE SITCOM – A CNN ORIGINAL SERIES
    • https://cnncreativemarketing.com/project/history-of-the-sitcom/
    • https://bit.ly/2VNSGOr 
      • History of the Sitcom reunites audiences with the television friends, families, and co-workers they grew up with while introducing cutting-edge comedies that are sure to be your next binge-watch. The eight-part docuseries features over 180 original interviews with sitcom icons including Norman Lear, Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, Lisa Kudrow, Jason Alexander, Kelsey Grammer, Kim Fields, Tim Allen, Carl Reiner, Dick Van Dyke, George Lopez, Mel Brooks, Isabella Gomez, Ted Danson, Joey Soloway, Jimmie Walker, Judd Apatow, Dan Levy, Zooey Deschanel, Chuck Lorre, Mara Brock Akil, Helen Hunt and many more, breaking down how sitcoms have helped generations of Americans navigate an ever-shifting cultural landscape.
      • A Family Matter
      • Sex & The Sitcom
      • Just Friends
      • Working for Laughs
      • Facing Race
      • Movin’ On Up
      • Freaks, Geeks & Outsiders
      • Escaping Reality
  • Joe
    • Shadow and Bone
    • Netflix
    • https://www.netflix.com/title/80236319 
    • https://bit.ly/3xEkWjO 
      • Shadow and Bone is fantasy television series for Netflix that premiered on 
        • It is based on two series of books in the Grishaverse created by American author Leigh Bardugo
        • Her trilogy, the first of which is Shadow and Bone and the duology that begins with Six of Crows 
        • All eight episodes of the first season premiered on April 21, 2021, adapting Shadow and Bone and an original storyline featuring the Crows. 
        • In June 2021, the series was renewed for a second season also consisting of eight episodes, adapting Siege and Storm and another original storyline featuring the Crows.
      • Grisha are people who can practice the ‘Small Science’. 
        • Ravka is one of few places they can live safely; there they are trained for the Second Army and divided into three orders. 
          • Etherealki summon natural elements like wind or fire
          • Materialki control materials such as metal and glass
          • And Corporalki manipulate people’s bodies. 
        • Ravka’s Second Army is led by General Kirigan, who has spent his life searching for a Grisha who can summon light; the only person who could destroy the Shadow Fold
          • A region of impenetrable darkness, created hundreds of years ago. 
          • Since then, Ravka has been at war, and is now on the brink of splitting in two as the west seeks independence
      • Alina Starkov turns out to be such a Grisha, and word spreads that a Sun Summoner has been found. 
        • In the trade city of Ketterdam, Kaz Brekker is hired to kidnap her; Fjerdan witch hunters are sent to kill her, and the people of Ravka venerate her as a Saint. 
        • Alina must come to terms with who she is, and decide who she can truly trust as she searches for the power that will allow her to destroy the Fold and save Ravka.
      • The imagery and iconography initially strikes me as a mix of Carnival Row and Avatar the Last Air Bender
        • It has a very Victorian/Steam Punk feel to it with a mix of mystical magic
      • So far we’re only one episode in, but I’m compelled to continue to watch more.
        • The storytelling is at first disjointed and unorganized, hopping between time periods and individual back stories. 
        • But at the end of the first episode they do bring all of that confusion together in a compelling if still unclear story
      • Not having read any of the books in the series I come into the show completely unaware of the world at large
        • As a result I struggled at times with the dialogue, not knowing if they were talking about a person, a place or an organization.
        • The immediate feel from episode one is that the story is set in a very rich and diverse world
        • The story is presented in such a was as to make me want to explore it more, so there’s a good chance I might pick up the books and read about it
      • I was impressed with the first episode and I’m in it for a few more at this point.
        • I don’t like to commit to full seasons because I hate getting disappointed in the middle of a season.
        • I was pleased to see it was picked up for a second season, which might mean it’s here to stay for a while at least.

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