[S2E1] Face Of The Franchise
I'm a sports video game franchise mode junkie. All of the online modes are fantastic, but the franchise is still the lifeblood of most sports series for me. When the information started rolling out for Madden 20, my focus was on the new wrinkles to franchise mode.
[S2E1] Face of the Franchise
EA is grouping the new Face of the Franchise feature within the franchise mode concept, but to be clear, it's not a traditional take. It's more of a single-player career mode, which is pretty cool as well, but if you're a franchise-mode guy like me, I wouldn't look to FOTF as a boost to your favorite way to play Madden.
This wasn't on entirely on display in the beta, so we can't evaluate the execution of the concept. However, if it is delivered correctly, it's the kind of addition that creates the level of immersion that makes franchise modes so fun. Even if it's just about text, the variety could create some desirable layers and drama.
On the downside, it appears Madden 20 still won't allow relocation or create-a-team options. There are two reasons these omissions are so egregious. First, older Madden games had this feature, but it was removed years ago and still hasn't returned. Second, the sports video game series with the best franchise mode, NBA 2K, offers both options. Many fans have called for these options from EA in Madden, but it hasn't happened.
Another negative with the franchise mode is the lack of improvements in the presentation. Specifically, we've heard nothing about a new halftime show or weekly wrap-up show during franchise mode. We haven't had the retail version, but you'd have to believe that if those presentational additions were coming to this year's game, we would have heard or seen something that confirms the much-needed upgrades.
As I mentioned in my beta impressions article, I'm a little higher on Madden 20 than I was a few weeks ago, but if you love franchise mode like I do, you might still have some issues with a lack of depth.
The Imperial governor sent to take control of Desix is voiced by Max Mittelman, a veteran voice actor for the Star Wars franchise who has appeared in the video games Battlefront, Battlefront II, and The Old Republic MMORPG.
One of the traps that Phee Genoa, Omega, and the clones encounter when searching through the tunnels is a collapsing floor that corresponds to a hidden message that is only revealed with light. This is another reference to the Indiana Jones franchise; Indy must choose the right floor letters to step on in order to not be dropped to his doom in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
Omega shares with Benni (Yuri Lowenthal) a ration pack, one of the sources of food used to survive intense missions because they can be easily transported. Although they are often mentioned within the franchise, ration packs made their first appearance in The Empire Strikes Back when Yoda (Frank Oz) famously steals one from Luke (Mark Hamill).
The Labor Droid staffers on Barton-4 are a long-term staple of the franchise, having first appeared back in the 1976 novelization From The Adventures of Luke Skywalker that was released six months before A New Hope.
The series forms part of Alex Kurtzman's five-year deal with CBS to expand the Star Trek franchise. The first season debuted on CBS All Access, which subsequently became Paramount+.  Kurtzman serves as executive producer on the series along with Stewart, as well as James Duff, Akiva Goldsman, Michael Chabon, Trevor Roth, Heather Kadin, and Rod Roddenberry. In addition, Aaron Baiers serves as co-executive producer.  Writer Kirsten Beyer devised the concept for the series,  and she features as part of the writing staff alongside Kurtzman, Duff, Goldsman, and Chabon. Chabon served as the first season's showrunner. 
On 22 April 2019, production on the show began.  The Star Trek: Picard production is based out of Santa Clarita Studios (SCS). SCS is an independent studio production facility based in Santa Clarita, California, 35 miles north of Hollywood. Although Star Trek was returning to Hollywood, like all of the previous series save Star Trek: Discovery, it is not being shot at Star Trek's previous home of Paramount Studios.  Paramount lost not only its television division, but the entire franchise as well, when the former Viacom was split in late 2005 into the new Viacom (Paramount's holding company at the time Picard began filming) and the CBS Corporation, with Star Trek ownership passing over to the latter. (The two corporations re-merged to form ViacomCBS in December 2019; ViacomCBS was rebranded as Paramount Global in February 2022.)
Aside for Patrick Stewart's own remarks on the new show, it was also revealed in the above-mentioned The Graham Norton Show episode, that the London Underground station Piccadilly Circus was temporarily dubbed "Picardilly Circus" in anticipation of the new series, whereas Stewart himself had related how he came across a New York City subway line map into which an imaginary subway line was incorporated, outlining the Starfleet arrowhead logo.  Both of these occasions had been part of the official franchise overall marketing strategy. London public transportation Head of Customer Information, Design and Partnerships at Transport for London, Julie Dixon, clarified, "We're thrilled to partner with Amazon Prime Video to create this exciting takeover of one of London's most well-known Underground stations to celebrate the launch of Star Trek: Picard. The Star Trek franchise is a global sensation and we're excited to mark this next chapter in a creative and engaging way that connects with tens of thousands of people. We hope that the out of this world activity has brought a bit of unexpected fun to our customers and that they boldly go on their commute, young or old."  The New York City MTA metro company Stewart had come across, additionally dispensed Star Trek: Picard-themed cards/tickets at six pre-selected metro stations, aside from displaying the series billboards and having adjusted its subway line map where the six stations were linked to form the Starfleet arrowhead.  
Now, let us come to the sharks who are the face of this show. The sharks for the second season are Anupam Mittal, Aman Gupta, Vineeta Singh, Namita Thapar, PeyushBansal, and Amit Jain. These sharks will be the judges for the entire season 2 of Shark Tank. It is surely going to be exciting more than ever.
The labeling and selling are done from Mumbai, Sonipat, and Parwanoo. Two founders who came were confident enough to boost their business in the future. Currently, this team has opened up franchises in Faridabad, Delhi, and Raipur. Interestingly, the customer acquisition method of this company is unique.
Animated follows the adventures of a small crew of Autobots who come into possession of the all-powerful AllSpark artifact. Stranded on Earth and living among the population of Detroit, they face off against a series of human villains and their mighty Decepticon foes, who seek to possess the AllSpark. Though they were originally a lowly space bridge repair crew, these five Autobots must rise to their circumstances to deal with threats large and small.
The immediate response to the earliest promotional materials from the online fandom was the painfully traditional one, with an added dash of overblown paranoia that the franchise would be far too "kid-oriented" for longtime fans to enjoy, based on nothing more than its artistic style. Attitudes took an eyebrow-raisingly sharp turn with the premiere of the first footage from the show at San Diego Comic-Con 2007 and Hasbro's presentation at BotCon 2007, and after the debut of the show, it was essentially only the most ardent "already-made-up-their-mind-to-hate-it" viewers who were speaking ill. In particular, many fears were alleviated with the airing of "The Thrill of the Hunt", which involved Ratchet savagely beating Lockdown for revenge, Ratchet coping with the loss of Arcee's memories, and a look at the horrors of war. This unusual level of maturity let many fans warm up to the new series.
By the end of its run in 2009, Animated had cemented itself as a series usually considered to be among the best Transformers series by the fandom. In the years since the series finale, several original concepts and characters have become a part of the greater mythos of the Transformers franchise. Some notable examples include the following:
According to a preview article in Figure Ō issue 143, as well as one in the TV Magazine April 2010 issue, Animated was to be heavily edited to streamline it with the live-action movie franchise with an effort to make it take place within that continuity. In an interview, TakaraTomy marketing director Masahiko Yamazaki  stated that due to Optimus Prime not being a Supreme Commander in Animated, the show would take place chronologically before the events of the 2007 Transformers feature film. Ultimately, there was no evidence of this in the broadcast episodes, as the Japanese dub (plot-wise) remained close to the original scripts.
On Feb. 23, the series returned for an encore season featuring all of our faves. Along with series leads Jabari Banks, Jordan L. Jones, and Simone Joy Jones, there are a few new (yet familiar) faces joining the cast for Season 2.
A karaoke obsessed, craft beer enthusiast and lover of all things pop culture, Denise enjoys all facets of entertainment from Broadway to box office blockbusters. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, concerts (lots and lots of concerts), volunteering, reading and playing with her rescue kitten, Samantha (who rescued who, right?).
Once at the hospital, Villanelle convinces the doctors that her stab wound was domestic violence and calling authorities will put her in danger, thus keeping herself and her visit off the record books. Having bought herself some time, she convinces the newly orphaned teen in the next bed, Gabriel (Pierre Atri) to steal her a doctor's uniform in hopes of escaping, but she collapses before managing it. The poor kid is impressionable, depressed about his life's prospects with his parents dead and his face ruined. Villanelle attempts to explain that looking weird on the outside isn't a bad thing, because normal is boring. Just as one might think she's convinced him, it turns out he's convinced her. So she breaks his neck, steals his clothes and candy, and rolls out in a wheelchair to freedom. 041b061a72