Link Tank: Ideas Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Abandoned

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, TV commercials, why FLCL matters after two decades, and more in today's Link Tank!

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
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Star Wars: The Empire Strikes back underwent a lot of changes in the development and production process. Check out these five ideas the movie abandoned.

“By December 1977, not even a year after the original Star Wars hit theaters and became the all-time domestic box office champ, a science-fiction writer named Leigh Brackett was already at her typewriter, clacking away at the script for the next chapter in creator George Lucas’s nascent blockbuster franchise.”

Read more at Mental Floss.

TV commercials have taken a turn for the weirder with everyone stuck indoors thanks to the coronavirus.

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“I’ve been watching more live sports, more TV shows on Hulu that don’t filter out commercials even with a paid plan, and, especially recently, cable news. Just an obscene amount of MSNBC plays in my home at all times. And let me tell you, as weird as the news itself has gotten lately, commercials have gotten even weirder. Right now there are pretty much only three types of ads and they’re each just as strange as the last.”

Read more at The Mary Sue.

Who exactly qualifies as being immune to the coronavirus? As countries look to reopen, scientists tackle this difficult question.

“Because of coronavirus, billions of people are living in lockdown. Immunity to the Covid-19 is theorized as one path toward ‘reopening’ countries and ending quarantine. Scientists aren’t exactly sure what qualifies as being immune to Covid-19. To get there, and for life to resume, two key questions have to be answered first.”

Read more at Inverse.

It’s been about 20 years since FLCL first aired. Here’s why this anime is still important.

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“Anime’s most rebellious show about being a teenager is no longer a teen. April marks 20 years since the first broadcast of FLCL (short for ‘Fooly Cooly,’ a term which itself doesn’t really mean anything), a raucous and anarchic six-episode series that rewrote the animation rulebook with its whirlpool of contemporary pop culture, sucking in and breaking apart everything in its orbit like the ‘manly aestheticism’ of John Woo, the bullet time of The Matrix, and even the cut-out cartoon style of South Park.”

Read more at Thrillist.

If you don’t have a will and are looking to write one up, consider the pros and cons of doing it online.

“The COVID-19 global pandemic has changed the way we live and work. It is also increasingly forcing us all to have some tough conversations. Among them is the matter of a last will and testament. Do you have one? Do you need one? How do you make one quickly that’s legally binding? Can you do it online? Should you?”

Read more at PCMag.

The Arrowverse just introduced its Enchantress. Here’s to hope that they treat the character better than Suicide Squad.

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“For those who aren’t familiar or didn’t see Delevingne belly dancing beneath a world-destroying apocalypse cloud in Suicide Squad, Enchantress is a powerful sorceress that lived inside the body of June Moone. She first appeared in Strange Adventures back in 1966 and has seen some major character changes over the decades going from villain to antihero.”

Read more at Gizmodo.