Scene by Scene Breakdown of The Phantom Menace: Part 1, Jedi in Their Prime

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scene by scene breakdown of the phantom menace image

Welcome to a new type of post here at All Timelines. In this series, I will provide a detailed analysis of a specific film. For starters, I’m talking about Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, the first of the Star Wars prequels, released in 1999 and directed by George Lucas. In these posts I will provide a scene by scene breakdown of the film in extreme detail. Think of it as a audio commentary if you could pause at each couple of shots and talk about it. For me, it’s a way of getting all my thoughts on these films out in the open.

This analysis will be primarily textual, meaning that I will only use the “text” of the film. That refers to the dialogue, sounds, music, and visuals of the film itself. I will also draw from deleted scenes and the film script. These are my only primary texts. I may include links or references to other sources, but will only cite these as “fun facts” or “FYIs.” They will not become a basis for my analysis. I may also reference other Star Wars films where ap...

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A Beginner’s Guide to the Legend of Zelda

a beginner's guide to the legend of zeldaWelcome to a beginner’s guide to the Legend of Zelda. The Legend of Zelda is a franchise that’s spanned decades and charmed gamers of all generations, ages, and backgrounds. It has become one of Nintendo’s most iconic game series, right behind the Mario games. With that comes several games in different styles, gameplay, and consoles.

This series has so many different games. Therefore, someone just coming into the game series may be understandably a little intimidated. So here’s a crash course in Zelda!

The Story

The entire canon of Zelda can be a little hard to follow, since it splits into three timelines, but here’s the basic idea behind most of the games.  To get a more complete idea of the storyline, check out Hyrule Historia.

In the land of Hyrule, there’s a great power forged by the goddesses of old called the Triforce, which is split into 3 parts: courage, wisdom, and power. Each section then resides in a chosen person who embodies the qualities...

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10 Best Star Wars: The Clone Wars Episodes

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars has many great story arcs and episodes, but the question is which ones do we think are the best? I’ve made a list of what I think the top 10 best episodes are. My criteria is based on story, animation, action sequences, character development, and the overall enjoyability of the episode. There also may be a bit of my personal bias, so be aware of that. (Editor’s note: I have all the same biases apparently).

Here we go! The top 10 best Star Wars: The Clone Wars episodes.

Warning! There will be some spoilers!!

10. Rookies (S1,E5)

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Summary: Clone captains Rex and Cody must team up with a group of rookies to prevent the separatists from taking over a crucial outpost.

This episode shows that clones have different personalities, a concept that wasn’t really present in the movies. It also introduces us to Fives and Echo, clones that show up later, and it gives us a fun look at Rex...

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Review: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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rogue one posterWelcome to another of my reviews/general thoughts. Today we’re talking about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which is out today. I got to see this last night, and I’ve spent most of the time since trying to assemble my thoughts. I have many of them. Those who know me know that Star Wars is at the forefront of my fandoms. In fact, what is now the Star Wars Legends timeline was the first timeline I ever started to develop (back in my teens).

But first, let me get the bad stuff out of the way. Don’t worry there’s not much of it. The first half was slow and choppy, some of the characters didn’t get enough development time, and while Star Wars has made some solid steps in the right direction, Rogue One was not the best example of equality in film, at least not in the men/women ratio department. That’s it! That’s all the negative that I have to say about this film.

Now let’s get to the good stuff. For some reason I feel the need to list all of these out:

  • Jyn and Cassian were great together, a...
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Introducing Argo Force

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Hey all!

So recently I’ve been hard at work to launch a new website. And I’m proud to introduce it to all of you here on All Timelines. The site is ArgoForce.com, and it’s the home of my own fiction. I even created a timeline for my fiction, which you can see here.

I’ve never been a fan of the traditional book-publishing route. The uncertainty of getting a book published always held me back from writing, and I wanted to have the freedom to do whatever I wanted, even if it seemed completely crazy from a business standpoint. So for that reason, I have launched Argo Force to be the hub for my storytelling. I’ll publish my books through the site eventually, but for right now, the main product is a monthly serial about a young superhero named Alice. However, this is not an ordinary superhero story. It starts with her birth and focuses more on her parents. This makes it more of a Joseph and Mary story. With each month, Alice will grow in real time...

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Review: Doctor Strange

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banner art for our review of doctor strange

I literally just got back from watching this film, and my mind is abuzz with thoughts. So here’s my review of Doctor Strange, even though typically, I don’t like doing reviews. This is no exception. In fact, it’s more of just my initial thoughts on the film, not a proper review. I just call it a review for SEO purposes. Anyway, moving along.

I’ll get my negative criticism out of the way first. Don’t worry, there’s not much of it. Overall, I really enjoyed the film, but the only annoying part of it was what I find to be a problem across all Marvel films. It’s formulaic, too formulaic. Everything from the character arc, to the cinematography, to the plot structure, to even the color scheme. Marvel has found their stride, and they’re not breaking from it. The innovation that marked Marvel Studios in its early days has now become a norm. There is little to no innovation in their recent films. Just more of the good. Now this is not necessarily a bad thing. But it could be, if it keeps up...

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The Elder Scrolls Explained

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Today saw the release of Skyrim: Special Edition, and I know I, like many people, can’t wait to revisit this fantastic world. But Skyrim is only one of many games, though it is perhaps the most critically acclaimed.  The games also have a rich lore that can be intimidating for people who don’t know what they’re getting into. The first time I ever tried to get into an Elder Scrolls game (Oblivion), I was overwhelmed with the scope. So this guide should help people get an idea of what the franchise is all about. I have my Elder Scrolls timeline, but that doesn’t quite do this franchise justice. So to compensate, we present The Elder Scrolls, explained.

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7 Best Star Wars Canon Books

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Art for the best star wars canon books.

Love it or hate it, when Lucasfilm decided to rebrand many of its previous stories as Legends and start a whole new canon, it started a brave new era in Star Wars literature. No longer were the books riddled with as many plot holes or inconsistencies among themselves. The books now have a unity like no other fictional universe currently in existence, and that’s not really an exaggeration.

But that’s not to say that the Star Wars canon is free of both good and bad writing. Many of the books were just as bad as many of the old Legends books. But many are as good as the best of Legends. And we can probably expect a lot of really good Star Wars books in the future. But for now, here is our ranking for the best Star Wars canon books.

7) Aftermath, by Chuck Wendig

While there are plenty of canon books that ended up worse (we didn’t bother to list those), Star Wars: Aftermath comes in at number seven...

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A Shakespeare Shared Universe: Introduction

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Hey everyone!

Welcome back to my read series, where I update you every other week on what series I’m reading and my thoughts. Feel free to follow along. Yesterday, I uploaded my first non-sci-fi/fantasy timeline that focuses on Shakespeare. I’m actually a really big Shakespeare fan, more than any other ancient literature. I hated him in high school (probably like most kids). However, the more I learned, the more I grew to love the Bard.

And that got me thinking: what if there was a Shakespeare shared universe? That’s when I got the idea for my own story, which I am currently writing. The story is called Plots and Errors, and it’s going to be a YA series of books. I plan on competing the first book during NaNoWriMo this year.

Now as part of my research, I’m trying to read all of the plays and put them together in a possible Shakespeare shared universe. I already know a lot about the plays, so I have placed them in a tentative order for now based on how I think it will all fit together...

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15 Best Shared Universes – Ranked

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On this site, we love the shared universe. Like, crazy-jump-up-and-down-make-a-whole-website-about-them kind of love. Shared universes are at the center of what we do here. Most of our timelines involve a shared universe. Now you might be thinking of a shared universe as something like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but that’s only part of it. The MCU is a “cinematic” shared universe. You can have a lot of shared universes that use other mediums besides film as their tentpole platform.

So below are our top picks for the best shared universes, which we define as multiple series that come together to form a whole. These can be stories told on different platforms, or different series of stories on the same platform that are part of a larger series. We’ve sorted these based on the level of complexity, critical reception, and fan response, but if you disagree with our order be sure to let us know in the comments below.

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