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Exploring the Many Dilemmas of Onderon: “A War on Two Fronts” Review

The Clone Wars Season 5 Episode 2 Review

Hello and welcome back to this week’s review of Star Wars: The Clone Wars! The season returns in it’s second episode of season five with the Jedi aiding a group of rebels on a separatist world in A War on Two Fronts. The episode features our main trio of Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Ahsoka. It also brings back Lux, who likes to show up in a completely different environments and with a completely different faction every time we see him. The episode takes place on the classic, expanded universe planet of Onderon. And while I very much enjoyed this classic Star Wars world brought into The Clone Wars, we are once again stuck in the “Wow these are really cool concepts and ideas being introduced, but we’re going to have to wait another week to see them put into action.” phase of the story arc.

Like I said before, the episode takes place on the world of Onderon, which has been seen in everything from the Tales of the Jedi comics, to the second Knights of the Old Republic video game. In all the material I had read of Onderon, the world always seemed to be in a state of civil war or in the midst of a play for power. So when I learned that the arc would be about exactly that, I already thought The Clone Wars had done Onderon justice. Later, upon seeing the designs and characteristics of the world shown, I was even more impressed. The Clone Wars team had even included the large beasts that the warriors of Onderon flew thousands of years before in the Tales of the Jedi. They managed to keep Onderon almost exactly the way I remembered it, yet still managing to feel fresh and new with the distinct style of the series.

I was kind of bummed when the topic debated in the council never made it anywhere in the episode. It brought up a great and somewhat real issue of the fine line of helping freedom fighters and helping terrorists. Not only was it a great concept, but they built on it quite well. First by having Anakin’s view conflict almost entirely with the council’s, I think it fits his character and his way of thinking so well, especially when shown in contrast to the council. The council views everything in perspective and tries to foresee problems in the long run, unlike Anakin who usually tries to find the quickest solution. The second is Lux, who has had similar moral dilemmas in the past trying to discover what is justice and what is revenge when he joined the Death Watch in order to get revenge on Dooku in season four. I’m confident they didn’t throw this character into the episode for nothing, as he fits so well into the topic of the arc. Let’s hope they do something worthwhile with him instead of just making him the love interest.

This brings me to my next point. This episode greatly revolved around the reoccurring Lux/Ahsoka complex, this time throwing in Steela to complicate things even further. I guess it started to work toward something, but it’s hard to tell if this could be the end of the before mentioned Lux/Ahsoka character arc. This certainly would be a good time to wrap it up. I can’t help but wonder exactly why they decided to bring up that Lux is still against the Republic and if that will play a role in the episodes to come. Part of me wishes that time spent on the tension between Ahsoka and Steela was given to Rex, showing him training one on one with some of the lesser known rebel fighters. This would have made a great sub plot for Rex, and it would have shown more background on the rebels, possibly even tying into some of the issues the arc is supposed to be dealing with in terms of whether the rebels are simply terrorists or not.

That’s going to wrap up my review for this week! All in all I thought it a good episode that introduced some really cool things to think about as the arc unfolds. Make sure you leave a comment below, as we want to know what you thought of A War on Two Fronts! Thanks for reading, and may the Force be with you!

-Ryan Zasso

Ryan Zasso first entered the Star Wars fan community in early 2010 with the podcast Fanboy’s Guide to the Galaxy. Interested in doing Star Wars related writing, he began writing for the Star Wars Report in 2011.

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Mysteries of the Expanse – SWBTF #9

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Greetings exalted ones, and welcome to Star Wars Beyond the Films!

On this episode of Star Wars Beyond the Films, your hosts Nathan and Mark are joined by Kelly Adams, long time Star Wars (and Yoda) fan, writer and podcaster!  They discuss a number of things about mysteries in Star Wars: do you like knowing everything about everything in Star Wars? Would you prefer for there to be a lot of mystery surrounding your favorite aspects of the universe? How would you like mysteries and reveals to be balanced? Are some time periods in Star Wars too densely packed to leave any room for mysteries? Do you prefer cliff hangers? Or hate them?

They talk about gaps in the timeline, and Yoda’s past.

What about the fates of Rex and Ahsoka? Does knowing too much spoil it?

What will happen to them?

And then there’s The Fandom (it’s a) TRAP!  Does expecting too much cause disappointment? A story can’t please 100% of the people consuming it, 100% of the time. They also discuss the Nub and Midichlorians.

Has the EU grown too big, and has this caused issues with keeping the mystery? And, be honest, do you have time to re-read Star Wars books you especially liked if you’re also trying to read all Star Wars books as they come out? If you’re behind in reading them, does that mean you’ll be spoiled, and lose interest? Ah the pressures of being an expanded universe fan, keeping up the StarWarsdashians!

They also discus the clone conundrum,

and Jason Solo’s 5 year journey.

Hope you enjoy this episode of Star Wars Beyond the Films, and may the Force be with you always!

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Top Ten Coolest Clones in The Clone Wars

Top Ten Coolest Clones from The Clone Wars TV Series

The Clone Wars is coming back on Friday!  In anticipation, let’s give a little love to the clones.  Everyone loves Anakin, Ahsoka, and Obi-Wan, but are we forgetting who the real stars of the show are?  It is called The Clone Wars, not The Jedi Wars.  We have had plenty of clone-centric episodes in this series, and many of the clones have stood out and become fan favorites themselves.
Warning: This post does contain spoilers including certain character deaths from The Clone Wars TV series.

10. 99

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The clone known as 99 was thought to be defective and was regulated to maintenance work on Kamino.  While he was there, he became familiar with the members of Domino Squad and even talked Hevy out of leaving the Grand Army of the Republic.  When push came to shove, 99 showed that he was more valuable than anyone thought he could be.  When Kamino was attacked, 99 used his knowledge of the armory to help the other clones stay equipped throughout the battle.  Giving his life in the defense of Kamino, 99 gained the respect of the other clones he fought beside.
What sets him apart? Considered a “bad batcher”, 99 looked very different compared to the other clones.  He stood much shorter, was hunched over, and appeared to have aged further.
What episodes is he in? You can see 99 in the Season 3 episodes “Clone Cadets” and “Arc Troopers”.


9. Boba Fett

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This one may come as a bit of a surprise, but Boba was as much a clone as any of the others.  In The Clone Wars we get to see him post watching his father die and pre bounty hunter in armor.  He was basically a kid who had a lot of pent up anger toward the Jedi, specifically Mace Windu.  In the show he pretended he was a clone cadet to get close to Windu to try and kill him.  His plan (Or was it Aurra Sing’s plan?) eventually failed and he was captured.  I have a feeling he won’t be in prison too long, and we will see a return of Boba Fett.  Is he still too young to fit into that armor?
What sets him apart? Boba Fett was still young so he looked like the young clone cadets much more than the older troopers.  He was distinctive because of his longer hair, looking much like he did in Attack of the Clones.
What episodes is he in? You can see Boba Fett in the Season 2 episodes “Death Trap”, “R2 Come Home”, and “Lethal Trackdown”.


8. Cut Lawquane

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With an army as big as the clone army there are bound to be deserters.  Cut Lawquane deserted shortly after the Battle of Geonosis when a transport he was on was shot down.  He soon married and settled down, but it wasn’t long until the war found him again.  While on a mission to track down General Grievous, Captain Rex was severely injured.  The other clones brought Rex to a local farm to recover and it just happened to be Lawquane’s farm.  Rex initially saw Cut as a coward but soon learned that Cut’s choice to leave the army was a choice to not kill for a living.  This opened questions in Rex’s mind about loyalty and free will, themes that have been revisited in the current season.  Rex and Cut eventually had to fight along-side of each other to repel an attack on the farm.  Having a new-found respect for Cut, Rex decided not to report him as a deserter and let him live in peace with his family.
What sets him apart? Cut Lawquane no longer wore the armor of a clone which made him very distinctive.  He also had a receding hairline and longer, reddish hair.
What episodes is he in? You can see Cut Lawquane in the Season 2 episode “Deserter”.


7. Hevy

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The Clone Wars has introduced us to many clones, but no group of clones stand out more than Domino Squad.  Season 1 episode “Rookies” was a fan favorite and introduced us to the squad of rookie clones who had been stationed at a listening post on the Rishi moon.  Hevy was the aggressive clone of the group and loved big weapons.  When an invading fleet came and the listening post was attacked by Separatist commando droids the clones were forced to escape their post.  In their attempt to reclaim the station Hevy was trapped inside.  He decided to sacrifice himself and destroy the station, destroying the invading droids as well as getting the attention of the Republic.  The other clones in the squad like Echo and Fives may have gone on to great things, but it was Hevy who allowed for them to escape the moon alive.  Oh, and Rex and Cody were there too, so he pretty much saved their lives as well.
What sets him apart? Hevy was on his first off-world assignment so he hadn’t done any customizing of his armor yet.  He still had the basic Jango Fett haircut but did sport a couple tattoos that came from either side of the back of his neck and ended at his cheekbones.
What episodes is he in? Hevy was in the Season 1 episode “Rookies” and the Season 3 prequel episode “Clone Cadets”.


6. Waxer

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There are some moments in The Clone Wars that remind us that the clones are more than warriors, they are also human and have emotions.  More than one of those moments included the clone, Waxer.  Waxer along with his buddy Boil were a part of Ghost Company under the command of Obi-Wan Kenobi during the liberation of the planet of Ryloth.  When they were separated from the other clones they ran into an orphan Twilek girl named Numa.  Boil wanted to leave her behind, but Waxer had compassion on the girl and did not want her to be killed by the droids.  Because of his kindness, Numa helped the clones find hidden, secret passages which led to the success of the mission on Ryloth.  Waxer and Boil also were present at a battle on Geonosis where Kenobi’s transport was shot down, they fearlessly ran across the battlefield without cover to bring Kenobi back to safety.  Sadly, Waxer had one of the most tragic deaths ever depicted on The Clone Wars. During the events on Umbara, because of treachery by a fallen Jedi, the clones were tricked into firing on each other.  Waxer was mortally wounded.  Upon learning that he had possibly killed some of his brothers, he shed a tear as he died.  I may have shed a tear too.  Ok, I did.
What sets him apart? Waxer had a completely shaved head with a bit of hair beneath his lower lip.  He kept track of his droid kills with markings on his helmet and shoulder guard.  He also added a cartoon illustration of Numa on his helmet to honor her.
What episodes is he in? Waxer’s major appearances are in the Season 1 episode “Innocents of Ryloth”, the Season 2 episode “Landing at Point Rain”, and the Season 4 episode “Carnage of Krell”.


5. Echo

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Echo and Fives were the only two members of Domino Squad to survive the events at the Rishi moon (see #7).  After the listening station was destroyed, the two clones were inducted into the 501st Legion.  Eventually, they were both involved in the defense of the planet Kamino (see #10) and because of their actions there they we made ARC troopers (becoming an ARC trooper meant you got the cool armor).  We had been following these clones since Season 1 and it was great to see them get to this level.  Then, The Citadel story arc came, and it was time for another Domino to fall.  Echo and Fives were both part of a team sent to the Citadel prison to free Jedi Master Even Piell and Captain Tarkin.  When trying to escape the prison, the group was pinned down by heavy fire from a laser canon.  Echo tried to make a run for the shuttle to give the group a chance for escape, but the shuttle was destroyed killing Echo in the process.  Many fans were not happy to see Echo go out this way, as he had become a fan favorite.  I guess not all clones can die in a heroic fashion. Here is what Dave Filoni had to say about it.
What sets him apart? Echo didn’t show his individuality with tattoos or a haircut.  His armor did have a unique marking, a hand print in rishi eel blood given to him by Captain Rex while they were on the Rishi moon.  This may be my favorite clone armor marking.
What episodes is he in? Echo can be seen in the Season 1 episode “Rookies” and the Season 3 episodes “Clone Cadets”, “ARC Troopers”, “The Citadel”, and “Counterattack”.


4. Hardcase

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Hardcase was a member of the 501st Legion.  He was an aggressive clone who preferred a Z-6 rotary cannon to a normal blaster.  He claimed that he was hyperactive because there was a leak in his cloning tank.  Hardcase was part of the group of 501st clones that went looking for General Grievous’s escape pod that landed on the planet Saleucami.  He was instrumental in making sure Captain Rex survived after being shot by sniper fire.  Later in the war, Hardcase was with the 501st when they attacked the planet Umbara.  During the battle, along with clones Jesse and Fives, Hardcase disobeyed orders from Jedi General Krell and flew Umbaran starfighters up to destroy a Separatist supply ship.  The plan was to fly inside the ship and take out the main reactor a la little Anakin.  Once in the ship, Hardcase’s starfighter was damaged, and he ordered the other clones to fly to safety.  He manually ejected the missle tube from his fighter and maneuvered it into the reactor area.  Throwing the missile into the reactor, he said “Live to fight another day, boys.  Live to fight another day.”  The ship exploded, killing him, but allowing the rest of the 501st to continue their attack on the capital city of Umbara.
What sets him apart? Hardcase had a shaved head and a tattoo that ran from the back of his head, over the top of his head, and over his right eye.  He also had a tattoo pattern on his chin.
What episodes is he in? You can see Hardcase in the Season 2 episode “The Deserter” and the Season 4 episodes “Darkness on Umbara”, “The General”, and “Plan of Dissent”.


3. Fives

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Fives was the last surviving member of Domino Squad.  He was involved in the events at the Rishi moon and the defense of Kamino.  Because of his heroics on Kamino he, along with squad-mate Echo, was given ARC Trooper status.  As the war raged on, Fives was temporarily assigned to the 501st to help with the attack on Umbara.  During this battle, the Jedi General Krell made numerous tactical blunders and Fives was the loudest voice in questioning his command.  Fives, along with clones Jesse and Hardcase, directly disobeyed orders from Krell, and even though their actions were successful, Fives and Jesse were to be executed as punishment.  The other clones did not carry out the execution though, and it was soon discovered that Fives was right about Krell the whole time.  The Jedi was under the influence of the Dark Side and was purposely sending the clones to their deaths.
What sets him apart? Fives wore the armor of the elite ARC Troopers and had a small “5” tattoo on the right side of his forehead.
What episodes is he in? Fives has been in 10 episodes of The Clone Wars so far, “Rookies” from Season 1, “Clone Cadets”, “ARC Troopers”, and the Citadel story arc from Season 3, and the Umbara/Krell story arc from Season 4.


2. Cody

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Clone Commander Cody is one of the clones we knew very well before The Clone Wars show started.  He was in Revenge of the Sith and had appeared in novels and comics.  In The Clone Wars, he is the Clone Commander mostly seen with Obi-Wan Kenobi.  Cody was with Obi-Wan at the liberation of Ryloth, at Point Rain, tracking Grievous on Saleucami, and transporting Duchess Satine on the Coronet.  He was also with Captain Rex at the Rishi moon and at the defense of Kamino.  These are just a handful of adventures he has been a part of in The Clone Wars.  Cody was a loyal commander for Kenobi, but unfortunately his loyalty to the Republic and following orders meant more to him.  As we saw in Revenge of the Sith, when Order 66 went down Cody didn’t hesitate in shooting Kenobi in the back.
What sets him apart? Cody had customized armor with orange markings.  His visor and shoulder antenna were a couple things that made his armor unique.  He didn’t have tattoos or a special haircut but did have some scaring around his left eye.
What episodes is he in? If my count is correct, Cody has appeared in 19 episodes of The Clone Wars.  Some of his more memorable appearances were in the Season 1 episodes “Rookies” and  “The Hidden Enemy”, Season 2 episodes “Legacy of Terror” and “Voyage of Temptation”, the Season 3 Citadel story arc, and a whole bunch of others.


1. Rex

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Without a doubt, Rex is the clone we’re supposed to root for in The Clone Wars.  He is almost as important a character as Obi-Wan, Anakin, or Ahsoka.  He is brave, loyal, heroic, compassionate, and, aside from the weird cat ears, he has pretty cool armor.  He has survived run-ins with Asajj Ventress, commando droids, a dark Jedi general, and even a rishi eel.  He is a dead-eye with a blaster and even survived a sniper shot to the chest.  He is a clone’s clone and is everything you could want in a hero character.  The most intriguing thing about Rex though is that we don’t know his fate.  Will he turn on the Jedi during Order 66?  Will he survive the war?  Will he stay true to his friends and refuse to follow Order 66 then start a life of his own?  My guess is we will find out in Season 7… or 8.
What sets him apart? Rex had extremely short cropped hair that is dyed blond.  His armor had markings in 501st blue.  Some unique aspects of his armor are the pauldron on his left shoulder and the rangefinder on his helmet.  He preferred to carry twin DC-17 hand blasters.
What episodes is he in? Rex is in 40 episodes of The Clone Wars.  Most recently he was featured in the Season 4 Umbara/General Krell story arc.


Honorable Mentions

KeeliSuch a wasted clone design.  Keeli was a dual blaster wielding clone who went down fighting.
Gree –  Another Ep 3 clone. Gree had a double mohawk hair design and kicked Argyus’s butt.
Wolffe - Cybernetic eye, awesome scar, great armor design.
Boil - Waxer’s buddy. Sweet mustache.
Jesse - Most normal clone name. Best clone tattoo by far, the Republic cog tattooed across his face.

Who are your favorite clones?  Let us know in the comments below.

- Aaron Goins

References: StarWars.com, Wookieepedia

The Clone Wars Season 4 Episode 12 Review

Hello and welcome back to another exciting  The Clone Wars review! This review is a little late I know, but it is a busy time of the year for all. And seeing that The Clone Wars is now on break (unlike some of us), the late posting shouldn’t impact too much. Okay, with the announcements out of the way, let’s talk about the episode! This week we’ll be discussing the second installment in the “slave” arc with Slaves of the Republic! In this episode, Anakin, Obi-Wan, Ahsoka, and Rex travel to Zygerria in order to find the missing colonists, who have been taken into slavery.

Slaves of the Republic felt greatly refreshing after the dark events on Umbara. It felt like a classic Jedi adventure that we didn’t see much of in the movies. What I mean by that nothing galaxy shattering went on, like winning a major battle, or destroying an evil empire, this was an adventure that placed the Jedi in the roles they were supposed to be, keepers of the peace, and upholders of justice. Fighting for those who cannot stand up for themselves. Also, we get to see some very cool battle scenes, such as Anakin and Obi-Wan fighting off a dozen Zygerrian guards (who have lightning whips) in a giant arena. One thing that I thought was strange about this episode was that the roles of Obi-Wan and Anakin seemed to be swapped. Now we have Anakin as the diplomat, and Obi-Wan as the one who does the tough work. I thought this was good, it gave us the opportunity to see Anakin’s inner character more when he’s talking with the Queen, rather than if he had been in battle. Also, Anakin’s smooth talking skills? This shows growth in Anakin since The Attack of the Clones.

I’d like to discuss the Queen as a villain, and how Anakin reacts to her. I think it’s interesting how this is set up. We have Anakin, whose past has given him a hatred for slavers, yet here he is making conversation with the Queen of a slave empire. Like I said before about the roles of Obi-Wan and Anakin being swapped, it’s also strange from a character perspective as well. You would think that Obi-Wan would’ve gone to be diplomatic with the Queen, seeing as Anakin’s past would’ve gotten in the way of successfully infiltrating here inner circle, especially since Anakin has trouble keeping his emotions in check. But on the other hand, the Queen isn’t what she seems either. She is definitely not your conventional villain, at least not on the surface. She has not shown a great deal of hostility toward Anakin himself, but certainly Obi-Wan and Ahsoka. You could almost say that at times she’s kind to Anakin, and legitimately interested in getting to know the Jedi. Even promising to let his friends go if he volunteered to stay. Could it be actual feelings on the part of our villain, or convincing manipulation? I think this is what intrigues me the most about this arc, and certainly the highlight of the episode.

All in all, this was another good episode! There was action, the great design of Zygerria, and character development, lots and lots of character development going on. It left off at an awesome cliff hanger and I can’t wait to see how our characters will get out of the situation! Alright, there are no more episodes for a few weeks, so until then, let us know what you thought of this episode, thanks for reading, and may the Force be with you…always!

-Ryan

 

The Clone Wars Season 4 Episode 10 Review

Hello and welcome back to another review of Star Wars: The Clone Wars! This week, the Umbara arc comes to an end with The Carnage of Krell! Pushed to the brink of Rex’s loyalty to Krell’s leadership after he deliberately sends his own troops against one another, the 501st decides to arrest the sinister General for treason against the Republic. Below are my thoughts on the episode.

Last week, we left off with Fives and Jesse being imprisoned by Krell for disobeying orders, and expecting to be court-marshaled. Going into this episode, I had thought the climax/end would be Rex stopping the execution, which in fact happens in the first five minutes of the episode. This creates a brand new sense of suspense that is surrounded in mystery of when, exactly, Rex will snap. The events leading up to Rex’s betrayal were truly not expected at all, and I was in quite shocked when I found that Krell was having the clones kill one another. This episode raises the bar in almost every way: story, character, action, and especially how dark, and sometimes disturbing, it was. But honestly, I think the events in the Carnage of Krell did a fantastic job to set the stage, specifically for the 501st, for Order 66, and possibly gives a different perspective on how the clones could turn on the Jedi in the future. Even if Krell admitted to not being a follower of the Jedi code, the Clones still would see him as a symbol of the Jedi, which would definitely diminish their loyalty, even in the clones like Dogma, who believed in blindly following orders. So how else might the 501st be changed? Well, for one, their trust in the Jedi will have lessened, and two, I think their loyalty toward Anakin will have increased, seeing that he is not a conventional Jedi, and will always put his men before his orders. This would make their ultimate betrayal toward the Jedi easy for most of them, especially if Anakin is leading the charge.

I think Rex has proved to be an extremely unique character, even when compared to his fellow clones. And I do believe that has a lot to do with the time he spent with the runaway clone Cut Lawquane. It just hasn’t really shown until now. His line at the end of the episode is a question that Rex seems to be the only one asking, what happens to the clones once the war ends? It took a “Krell” for Rex to realize that maybe Cut was right. Or at least have some valid points. Unlucky for us, we know that the republic gets overthrown, and an empire takes its place, but I don’t believe Rex would be a part of that, which I think his character is ultimately building toward. It was never Rex’s initial intention to kill Krell, only to arrest him. It was only when he learned of a chance that he might escape that Rex attempted to kill him. Which is also another point: Rex’s failure to kill Krell creates a difference between himself and the clones that will be a deciding factor when the time comes for Order 66. It makes me wonder if we will see Order 66 in the Clone Wars. It would be unfortunate if we didn’t since that would be the perfect time to conclude Rex’s story. I can’t see the Clone Wars team killing him off for a random reason like Echo (which was pointless) when they have a solid and intriguing character story evolving like Rex. It just does not seem plausible to me.

There were a lot of small details I’d like to point out. First of all, I thought the General’s lightsaber had a very cool sound to it, very unique and different from other Jedi. The scene where Rex and the 501st are approaching Krell to arrest him for treason was obviously supposed to mirror the temple assault in Revenge of the Sith, but this time (as mentioned above), we now have the perspective of the Clones and their point of view of betraying a Jedi. Also, I liked how they’ve been setting up the tentacle monster to be the one who defeats Krell. It was awesome for the clones to use the environment as the way to get to the General.

The Carnage of Krell is the best of the Clone Wars yet. The arc has been building toward this episode, and it did not disappoint. Nothing went quite the way we had all quite theorized, and we sure learned a lot more about Rex, Krell, and even the fate of Waxer, which created a lot of emotion in the episode. That pretty much wraps up my review of this episode! What did you think of it? Leave a comment below! Thanks for reading, and may the force be with you…always

-Ryan