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The Nobel Peace Prize offered to Obama might quickly be removed from him and also handed to Head of state Trump rather, according to records.

The Norwegian Nobel Board controversially picked to recognize Obama around 10 years ago ” for his phenomenal initiatives to reinforce global diplomacy and also participation in between individuals,” much to the discouragement of political leaders and also Nobel authorities that were alarmed at the choice.

Currently the choice might lastly be turned around as a result of installing stress from different political numbers, civil leaders and also writers.

Sputniknews.com records: Barack Obama might see his reward withdrawed in the light of an additional globe leader — Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi — obtaining just recently removed of Amnesty International’s (AI) highest possible honor.

On 11 November, AI Assistant General notified Aung San Suu Kyi her 2009 Ambassador of Principles Honor was withdrawed. Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Tranquility Reward recipient like Obama, was likewise condemned by virtually half a million individuals that have actually authorized an application to remove her of the honor.


While resistance to Obama’s reward might see revival, the assistance for the present United States head of state to obtain the Nobel Tranquility Reward just recently saw fresh support by United States legislators.

A team of American political leaders have actually authorized a resolution in assistance of the present United States Head of state obtaining the reward in 2019

The political leaders stated that Trump’s initiatives on a tranquility bargain on the Oriental peninsula should have the Nobel Board’s acknowledgment.

” Obama obtained the Nobel Tranquility Reward when he had not also taken workplace yet and also did definitely nothing,” stated Ohio’s Republican Rep John Becker, among the signatures to resolution.

According to Ladbrokes, an on the internet wagering website, United States Head of state Donald Trump is 2nd in the wagering at the 5/2 probabilities of him winning.

The Nobel Board has actually not validated strategies to withdraw Barack Obama’s honor.

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – Three years after a Florissant woman was swept away in the Meramec River and drowned in Castlewood State Park, her family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Rose Shaw died in Aug. 2018 while trying to save her friend’s daughter, 12-year-old Deniya Johnson. According to our partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Shaw and Johnson were wading in the river with three other people when they encountered a drop-off in the river and all five went under. Shaw was 35.

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Ben Simmons won’t report to 76ers’ training camp, AP source says

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PHILADELPHIA — Ben Simmons will not report to Philadelphia 76ers’ training camp next week and prefers to continue his NBA career with another team, a person with direct knowledge of the player’s plans told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because discussions of Simmons’ plans with the franchise have been private. ESPN first reported that Simmons would not report.

Simmons, the No. 1 pick of the 2016 draft, is a three-time All-Star who had been paired with Joel Embiid as the franchise cornerstones as the Sixers chase their first NBA championship since 1983.

Simmons, though, took the brunt of the blame for the top-seeded Sixers’ second-round exit in last season’s playoffs. Simmons shot 34% from the free-throw line in the playoffs and was reluctant to attempt a shot from anywhere on the floor late in games. That led to him spending critical minutes on the bench.

Simmons just finished the first year of a $177 million max deal.

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Disney Delivers ‘Star Wars: Visions’ Just as Anime Pushes Further Into the Mainstream

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Star Wars: Visions is Lucasfilm’s first foray into anime. Lucasfilm Disney+

It only makes sense now that Disney would start producing anime based on Star Wars. 

The medium has become a pillar in the ongoing streaming wars, with Netflix (Disney’s biggest competitor) busy acquiring licenses, making exclusive deals, and producing their own original anime for years now. Last year, Netflix announced that over 100 million households watched at least one episode of anime (a 50% increase from 2019), with the genre ranking among the service’s top 10 most-watched programs in over 100 countries. Along with Netflix’s strides, HBO Max has brought the Studio Ghibli library to streaming for the first time, and Sony recently finalized its deal to acquire Crunchyroll. Even with so many beloved brands at their disposal, Disney finds itself in a position it’s not familiar with when it comes to anime: playing catch-up. 

Star Wars: Visions, the franchise’s first foray into anime, is a promising start. Disney has recruited seven anime studios, a promising lineup that features talent responsible for some of the most accomplished anime of the past 20 years, and tasked each of them to bring their unique visual style to one of the biggest properties in entertainment history. While Star Wars: Visions may not boast the same level of ambition as, say, the 2003 anthology The AniMatrix—another world-building expansion for a massively popular property—there is a selection of work here that should appease both Star Wars and anime fans (plus those who overlap). 

Visions opens strongly with “The Duel,” an outlier among the nine stories as it is a mix of CG and hand-drawn animation. Outside of the highly saturated color of the blasters and lightsabers, it is the only chapter delivered in black-and-white—an homage to Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo and Seven Samurai. This story of a ronin who duels a female Sith warrior with a weaponized lightsaber umbrella (something I’ve truly never seen before) features some intense action, well designed characters and an incredibly looking world. However, the short does run into the same problem that plagues a lot of CG anime, and that is the overall impressions of the characters can be quite flat. There’s an argument to be made that it would have worked better in the latter part of the series as opposed to the opening episode.

After the instantly forgettable “Tatooine Rhapsody,” we come to one of the true highlights of the series. “The Twins” is mainly a battle between siblings on top of joined star destroyers. What makes this short so appealing, and justifies the worth of this experiment, is that director Hiroyuki Imaishi (Promare) and the staff at Trigger spend all 12 minutes of this story executing Star Wars: Trigger style. For every second of this shorts runtime, the now famous Trigger aesthetic is in full display: extreme colors, characters and locations both oozing with style, and featuring highly intense and absurdly energetic action sequences. For those of us who have followed Trigger for the past decade, it is more of the same in the best possible way. To those possibly experiencing Trigger for the first time, my advice is that it’s best if you try not to blink.  

By the end of “The Twins,” and in many of the shorts, the story doesn’t conclude with a clear resolution, but rather feels more like a set-up for a much wider story. In that way, Visions felt more like a pilot program for future series rather than an anthology of stand-alone episodes. If that is truly what’s going on, Disney and Lucasfilm should go all in on what the story with the most potential, Production I.G’s “The Ninth Jedi.”

Coming after “The Village Bride,” a decently produced but slight story, this wondrous short directed by Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) takes place decades after the events of The Rise of Skywalker. It stars Kara, the daughter of a legendary lightsaber-smith—in a time where the iconic weapons of the Jedi and Sith have almost become lost to history—who races to deliver nine lightsabers to a group of warriors hoping to resurrect the Jedi Order after witnessing her father being captured by nefarious forces. 

Returning to hand-drawn animation for the first time in almost half a decade, Kamiyama is clearly the creator who best understood the assignment. “The Ninth Jedi” possesses the kind of charm that first drew in so many to the original trilogy. It presents us with a roster of interesting and singular-looking characters who I want to learn more about, especially Kara, who resembles both Leia in her fearlessness and Luke in his ambitions to find a greater purpose. The action is refreshing but still maintains the feel of the original films, and it contains one of the best reveals in ages, animation or otherwise. If you only see or recommend one of the nine shorts showcased here, let it be this one. 

The latter four that bookend Visions never come close to the high of “The Ninth Jedi,” but that doesn’t mean they were at all lacking in quality. The Elder, the second Trigger short and perhaps the last work directed by legend Masahiko Otsuka (Gurren Lagann), will be nowhere near the top of most lists when it comes to ranking each individual short. But the legendary Otsuka must be commended for developing a short so-anti Trigger in terms of style, pace, and dialogue. Akakiri, directed by Science Saru co-founder President and CEO Eunyoung Choi, has arguably the best ending of the bunch, and—concerning labor practices aside—I’m glad to see the studio pull off a rarity in anime and have a foreigner sit in their directors chair, animation director Abel Góngora, who’s sweet and intense T0-B1 resembles both Astro Boy and Masaaki Yuasa’s cult classic Kaiba. It would have been a treat to see what Yuasa himself would have done if given the chance to tell his own Star Wars story, but perhaps we will when he decides to return to anime. 

As anime is pushing itself further and further into the mainstream, it’s fair to wonder if this experiment will pay off for Disney. It’s unknown if the section of the audience who are mainly Star Wars fans will go along with watching nine anime stories, all focused on new characters. For the sake of variety, I certainly hope they do, because it would be refreshing to see Disney (not exactly known for taking big risks) continue to expand its storytelling purview. Seeking out some of anime’s most talented creators to bring their unique approach to their collection of expensive IP is a way to keep the brand fresh and exciting. Another season of Star Wars: Visions, or perhaps one for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, would be a worthwhile gamble. Anime will continue to grow as it increasingly moves beyond the niche periphery it once occupied. Don’t expect Disney to just ignore that.

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Singaporean scientists develop novel way to turn durian waste into superior antibacterial bandages

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In a bid to address food waste in Singapore, local scientists have developed an essential medical use for discarded durian husks. 

More sustainable durian: Nanyang Technological University (NTU) scientists developed a process that turns husks from the popular Southeast Asian fruit into antibacterial gel bandages, Reuters reported.

  • The fruit’s husks are sliced and dehydrated at a low temperature in a process called lyophilization
  • Cellulose powder extracted from the freeze-dried husks is then mixed with glycerol. When the mixture turns into a soft hydrogel, it is then cut into bandage strips.
  • The organic antimicrobial hydrogel bandages can keep affected areas cooler and moister, healing wounds faster than conventional bandages.
  • Because conventional bandages source their antimicrobial properties from costly metals, the hydrogel bandages are also cheaper to make.

Environmental threat: Durian husks, which get incinerated in Singapore, heavily contribute to environmental waste due to the sheer amount of durian the city-state consumes per year. 

  • “In Singapore, we consume about 12 million durians a year, so besides the flesh, we can’t do much about the husk and the seeds and this cause (sic) environmental pollution,” NTU’s Food Science and Technology Program Director William Chen explained. 
  • According to Chen, the process can also be applied to other food wastes. By turning leftovers such as soya beans and spent grains into organic hydrogel, food waste in Singapore can be significantly reduced.
  • Chen, who aims to improve future food production systems, has been looking into ways to upcycle food by-products.
  • In 2019, he led NTU scientists in developing a process that turns the gum found in durian seeds into a natural food stabilizer with probiotics. 

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Ambrose: Also ‘left behind’ in Afghanistan – a million starving children

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Ambrose: Also ‘left behind’ in Afghanistan – a million starving children

Is President Joe Biden killing a million children in Afghanistan? No, certainly not directly, but he and varied other officials set the stage in the overly quick, careless, incompetent U.S. withdrawal that put the Taliban in charge of the place.

The Taliban’s political leaders and terrorist troops then put poverty in charge of the people while also scrapping public services, according to Antonio Guterres, secretary general of the United Nations. The consequences? There is precious little food, terrible malnutrition and the possible starvation deaths of millions, including those million children.

A drought in farm country played a role in this development, as did the previous corrupt government, we are told. But the Taliban is the key player that shows disregard for humanity every direction it looks, as in beating up people in Kabul for not wearing Taliban-approved clothing. They flogged a woman in the street for talking to a man. Women were becoming free at last under the previous regime but will now be denied any education or possibly even health care and be confined to their homes.

Protesters of such tyranny have confronted gunfire as a counter-argument, and people are terribly scared, as was dramatically demonstrated by those lethally clinging to the outside of airplanes to escape. It’s dangerous out there, few have cash and businesses are closing. The biggest job is finding one. Prices are unpayable, homelessness is rampant, cross-border trade has gone poof and farms are dust we learn in a New York Times story on the situation.

One means of assisting the Afghan people would be to expel the Taliban, which is not going to happen, obviously, although the U.S. did keep these dogmatists from running things for 20 years while avoiding more 9/11-style attacks. There were definitely dividends in the long war that was producing fewer and fewer American deaths. But look at it altogether and the deaths come to 2,500 U.S. servicemen, 3,846 U.S. contractors, 66,000 Afghan troops and cops, and 47,245 civilians. The war cost us about $300 million a day.

What’s most frightening and important now is the possible starvation of those million children and millions more adults and finding a way to prevent the worst without abetting evil.

The United Nations is trying to collect billions for humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan. The U.S. ambassador to the U.N. has promised $64 million. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla) has said Taliban leaders in the past stole aid meant for charitable uses and he did not want to hand them money for foul deeds while having less for our own people in need. The Times reported on donors being wary of “brutality” and “human rights abuses.” The aim, however, is for the United Nations to be handling the humanitarian assistance, not the Taliban.

There are other aid issues, as in giving the Taliban help if it releases American hostages, something known as ransom, but there are ways both can happen without it being ransom. Shouldn’t we demand to get weapons back we essentially allowed the Taliban to take? They were pretty much made harmless, a military spokesman has said.

Partly because the United States shares responsibility for the starvation crisis, but also because we should be a humane, caring nation that reaches beyond itself in this world, we should continue to work to save these lives, millions of lives, as a meaningful national goal.


Jay Ambrose is a syndicated columnist.

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Trudeau’s election bet fails, but Tory rival might lose job

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Trudeau’s party wins Canada vote but fails to get majority

TORONTO — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau secured victory in parliamentary elections but failed to get the majority he wanted, an outcome that threatened his Conservative rival with loss of his job after moving his party to the center and alienating its base.

Trudeau bet Canadians didn’t want a Conservative government during a pandemic and voiced the concerns of Canadians who are increasingly upset with those who refuse to get vaccinated.

That argument helped propel Trudeau to victory in the election Monday, and while the gamble to win a majority of seats in Parliament didn’t pay off, Trudeau leads a strong minority government that won’t be toppled by the opposition anytime soon.

The results nearly mirrored those of two years ago. The Liberal Party secured or was leading in158 seats — one more than it won in 2019, and 12 short of the 170 needed for a majority in the House of Commons.

The Conservatives were leading or elected in 119 seats, two less than in 2019. The leftist New Democrats were leading or elected in 25, while the Bloc Québécois were poised to win 34 and the Greens were down to two.

Hours after the results came in, Trudeau greeted commuters and posed for photos Tuesday morning at a subway stop in his district in Montreal — a post-election tradition for the prime minister.

“I hear you when you say you just want to get back to the things you love and not worry about this pandemic or an election,” Trudeau said in his post-victory speech hours earlier.

Conservative leader Erin O’Toole was scheduled to give a news conference later Tuesday, where he was expected to face questions about whether he will be able to keep his job.

“The results are disappointing for the Conservatives and O’Toole’s move towards the center is a source of contention within the party,” said Daniel Béland, a political science professor at McGill University in Montreal.

Conservative campaign co-chair Walied Soliman said before the votes were counted Monday that holding Trudeau to a minority government would be a win. But Jenni Byrne, campaign manager and deputy chief of staff to former Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, told The Associated Press she was “stunned” by Soliman’s comments and later said O’Toole gave a tone-deaf concession speech in which he acted as if he’d won.

O’Toole said he was more determined than ever to continue, but his party might dump him as it did his predecessor who failed to beat Trudeau in 2019. Whether he remains Conservative leader has big implications for the conservative movement in Canada. If he’s removed the party could swing back right.

A politician who narrowly lost the leadership of the Conservative Party in 2017 and who now leads a far-right party that opposes vaccines and lockdowns bled support from O’Toole’s Conservatives and helped the Liberals retain power. Maxime Bernier and the People’s Party of Canada didn’t win any seats in Parliament but support for his party led to some Conservative party losses.

Nelson Wiseman, a political science professor at the University of Toronto, said the far-right People’s Party of Canada cost the Conservative Party about 10 seats in the election.

O’Toole advertised himself a year ago as a “true-blue Conservative.” He became Conservative Party leader with a pledge to “take back Canada,” but immediately started working to push the party toward the political center.

O’Toole’s strategy, which included disavowing positions held dear by his party’s base on issues such as climate change, guns and balanced budgets, was designed to appeal to a broader cross section of voters in a country that tends to be far more liberal than its southern neighbor.

Whether moderate Canadians believed O’Toole is the progressive conservative he claims to be and whether he alienated traditional Conservatives became central questions of the campaign.

O’Toole failed to win more seats in and around vote-rich liberal Toronto, Canada’s largest city.

Trudeau argued that the Conservatives’ approach on the pandemic, which has been more skeptical of lockdowns and vaccine mandates, would be dangerous. And he played up his own party’s successes. Canada has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world, and Trudeau’s government spent hundreds of billions of dollars to prop up the economy amid lockdowns.

Trudeau supports making vaccines mandatory for Canadians to travel by air or rail, something the Conservatives oppose.

And Trudeau pointed out that Alberta, run by a Conservative provincial government, is in crisis. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said the province might run out of beds and staff for intensive care units within days. Kenney apologized for the dire situation and is now reluctantly introducing a vaccine passport and imposing a mandatory work-from-home order two months after lifting nearly all restrictions.

O’Toole, meanwhile, didn’t require his party’s candidates to be vaccinated and would not say how many were not. O’Toole described vaccination as a personal health decision.

“The debate on vaccination and Trudeau taking on the anti-vaccination crowd helped the Liberals to salvage a campaign that didn’t start well for the party,” Béland said.

Wiseman said the Conservatives were hurt by the situation in Alberta.

“The explosion of the pandemic in Alberta in the past 10 days undermined O’Toole’s compliments of the Alberta Conservatives on how they had handled the pandemic and reinforced Trudeau’s argument for mandatory vaccinations,” he said.

The 49-year-old Trudeau channeled the star power of his father, the Liberal icon and late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, when he first won election in 2015 and has led his party to the top finish in two elections since.

Still, failing to win a majority again may well spell his demise in the future, analysts said.

“This may have been Trudeau’s last election. No one but he and his family knows. He may love politics and want to stay in as long as he can. Or, he may decide that the next election will be even more difficult to win and he does not want to go out as a loser,” Wiseman said.

“The reality is that elections, like the one we just had, are usually referendums on the government and its leader. If Trudeau is still the Liberal leader in the next election, whoever leads the Conservative will likely prevail.”

Robert Bothwell, a professor of Canadian history and international relations at the University of Toronto, said O’Toole might retain his leadership of the Conservative Party if he argues they’ll never win if they don’t move to the center.

“Trudeau’s prospects are better than O’Toole’s,” Bothwell said. “O’Toole may well be in trouble.”

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Saratoga Peace Week returns this year

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Saratoga Peace Week is returning this year to observe the United Nations International Day of Peace on September 21. Saratoga Springs is hosting local events September 21 through 27 aimed at promoting peace.

The events include:

  • September 21, 7 p.m. Book Discussion: The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. In person at Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church or by registering for Zoom
  • September 22, 10:30 a.m. Peace Week Story Time at Saratoga Children’s Museum. “I am Peace” by Susan Verde. All regular admission tickets are $2 off this day.
  • September 22, 6 p.m. Outside Interfaith Service: Celebration of the Fall Equinox led by Rev. Kathy Johnson, an Interfaith-Interspiritual minister. At Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church.
  • September 24, 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Contemplative Labyrinth Walk with Harp led by Rachel Magnell, Spiritual Director in Saratoga Springs. Limited space.
  • September 25, 7 p.m. Early Victims of Climate Change: The Pacific Islands with Frances Namoumouis. In person at Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church or by registering for Zoom.
  • September 26, 2 p.m. Documentary, “Purple” and Film Discussion. United Methodist Church.
  • September 27, 7 p.m. Sponsoring Asylum Seekers in the Saratoga Region. In person at Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church or Zoom.

More information on these events can be found on the Saratoga Peace Week website.

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ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo.– The Fort Zumwalt School Board voted last night to put a universal mask mandate in place for all students and staff for the next 30 days. The decision came after the school board listened to nearly 2 hours of comments.

The school board voted 4-3 for the mask mandate. They will then review the decision after 30 days.

The school year started with a mask optional policy.

According to the district’s COVID dashboard, here are the cases from the last 14 days:

  • School connected cases: 24 students/1 staff
  • Unknown or not school connected cases: 84 students/6 staff
  • Standard quarantine school connected: 124 students/2 staff
  • Standard quarantine unknown or not school connected: 86 students/5 staff
  • Modified quarantine: 6 students/0 staff

At the beginning of the school year, the district had 350 students in quarantine at one point.

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Six Colorado schools named National Blue Ribbon Schools

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The U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday named six Colorado schools, including three in the Denver Public Schools district, as 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

The award, which was given to 325 schools across the nation, goes to schools if they are among the highest-performing institutions in their state or have reduced achievement gaps among students, according to Tuesday’s news release.

The Colorado schools to receive the award are:

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Star Wars: Visions is an exercise in experimentation, which is why it’s perfect for Lucasfilm and Disney+. Lucasfilm/Disney+

In a recent interview with Matthew Belloni’s Puck News, longtime IMAX CEO Rich Gelfond made an interesting comment about the trickle down effect from theatrical cinema to streaming. “Look at Disney’s success on Disney+. The Mandalorian came out of Star WarsWandaVision out of the Marvel universe. [Theatrical movies] is where stuff gets planted in brains,” he said.

Yet in the age of the multimedia cinematic universe that stretches across film, television, streaming and beyond, content—much like the Force—does not flow in one linear direction. The benefit of such sprawling, sometimes cumbersome, creations is the ability to funnel storylines and characters between mediums. If theatrical movies are the source, streaming is the laboratory where new discoveries are made. It is a natural extension in the process—a safe space for Star Wars to mold and mutate into something new while still tracing its DNA back to the beloved originals. Enter Star Wars: Visions.

Disney and Lucasfilm tapped seven Japanese anime studios for Star Wars: Visions—a collection of nine animated short films that begin streaming on Disney+ Wednesday, September 22. Studios Kamikaze Douga, Geno Studio (Twin Engine), Studio Colorido (Twin Engine), TRIGGER, Kinema Citrus, Science Saru, and Production I.G. push Star Wars into its first formal venture into anime. It’s a bold left turn for a 44-year-old franchise that can more or less skate by on familiarity and brand power alone. That is why it represents such an important opportunity.

Lucasfilm can track which unique flourishes fire up the hearts and minds of Star Wars faithful. Exposing audiences to something new, particularly in the lower risk ecosystem of streaming, can reveal which fresh elements can be cherrypicked, developed, and fed back into the big screen and other blockbuster live-action productions. We’ve already seen this begin to play out. Cartoon character Ahsoka Tano grew into a fan favorite Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels. Her popularity grew so undeniable that Lucasfilm cast Rosario Dawson for the character’s live-action debut in The Mandalorian. Now she’s getting her own Disney+ series that is expected to tie back into Rebels.

The freedom of the small screen creates a feedback loop for the studio that can help prevent the Star Wars brand from growing stale. It’s a developmental space for the franchise to grow new heroes and villains of tomorrow. Star Wars once defined an entire genre, now it can remodel it thanks to efforts such as Visions.

The anthology format, in which every episode features new characters and settings, carries with it many limitations, but its main benefit (borne out of necessity) is variety. (Spoiler Warning) Luke Skywalker’s cameo in The Mandalorian Season 2 finale, however baseline cool it may have been, made the Star Wars universe feel small and constricted, cursed to circle the same drain for all eternity. By contrast, Visions is an experiment in the unknown. It charts a course along all axises of the Star Wars map, venturing into new visual and narrative territory.

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Ronin (voiced by Masaki Terasoma in Japanese and Brian Tee in the English Dub) in a scene from Star Wars: Visions. Lucasfilm/Disney+

As an anime, it is rooted in more overt eastern influence than even the Japanese mythology and the films of Akira Kurosawa that initially started George Lucas down this path. The show runs the gamut of scope from asteroid belts being mined for the fabled kyber crystals (which power lightsabers) to small villages tucked under the thumb of oppression. Disparate souls attempt to revive the Jedi Order in a far off time in one chapter and sibling conflicts echo throughout the stars and the will of the Force in another. There are younger-skewing adventures fit for kids and more mature stories about the fallibility of the heart and the heat of combat. “The Duel,” “The Village Bride” and “The Ninth Jedi” are particular standouts.

Of course, experimentation is by its very nature an exercise in trial and error. The thin vignettes of Visions, which run between 12 and 24 minutes, can sometimes feel as if they are chasing after the storytelling sprints of the anime-inspired series, unable to match the external style and grace. Like Netflix’s Love, Death, and Robots there are peaks and valleys with an occasional yearning for consistency amid the rapidly changing aesthetics and methodologies. But the series never fails to capture the feel of a galaxy far, far away, despite the altered trappings, through its earned themes and inventive world-building. Similar to HBO’s WatchmenVisions feels like a worthwhile remix form which lessons for the future of the franchise can be gleaned.

Gelfond is right that Star Wars blossomed into a phenomenon thanks to the big screen. But it has since been revitalized by the small. There’s no reason why there can’t exist a symbiotic relationship between the two.

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