Krypton Renewed For Second Season

The first season of Krypton has been a welcomed addition to the world of DC shows currently on television. As a huge Superman fan I have to admit at first I wasn’t completely sold on the concept of exploring the life of Superman’s grandfather in this technologically advanced world. But I always wanted to see a spin off television series or film that centred heavily on Krypton mainly because of Man of Steel. So far I’ve found the series really interesting and produced well, especially when it comes to the visual effects. It’s such a breath of fresh air compared to the other superhero TV shows which are currently running. So the news that he show had been renewed for a second season was a welcomed surprise to me. I have to admit in the midst of the recent controversies surrounding shows such as Gotham and Lucifer I was worried about Krypton’s future. Now that it has been renewed for a second season the world of Krypton can only get bigger. They have already introduced General Zod, Brainiac and now Doomsday in the first season. Where do they go with the season season? Do they introduce Justice League members? They referenced the Green Lantern Corps this season too. I have no idea where they go next but at the moment I’m just enjoying the ride and I can’t help but be excited about the return of Krypton next year

The season one finale of Krypton “The Phantom Zone” is set to air tomorrow night

Have you been watching Krypton?

If so what do you think os the series so far?

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First Official Look At Shazam!

For months fans have been waiting to see the first official look at Shazam in costume. While we have been graced with set photos already it’s get the full picture when it comes to a character such as Shazam who needs a lot of VFX done in post because of his abilites. I was one of the many who couldn’t wait to get our first official look at Shazam as I was expecting it to be revealed at SDCC tin July during Warner Bros. panel but Zachary Levi (Shazam himself) had other ideas.

Zachary Levi took to Instagram to give us our first look at Shazam with a promotional image for the film:

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Just by looking at this image if you’ve never read a Shazam/Captain Marvel comic you can see that this film will have a much lighter tone. After all this is a kid inside the body of a superhero and I believe this image captures that well. With the way Zachary Levi interacts with fans on Twitter I can really see him pulling off this role, he comes across as a kid himself too with how excited he is about this film. One thing I wanted to point out if you look closely right next to Zachary Levi you can see the arm of someone holding a trident. My initial reaction says it’s Aquaman since this was a Licensing Expo which featured Warner Bros. other properties such as Wonder Woman and Fantastic Beasts. It would make sense to put Aquaman next to Shazam. The promotion for James Wan’s Aquaman movie should be starting soon since the film is 7 months away. Overall things are looking promising as a DC fan I’m hearing nothing but good things about Shazam, Aquaman and Wonder Woman 2.

Shazam is personally one of my most anticipated comic book movies, I can’t wait to see what David Sandberg has done with this childlike superhero next year.

Shazam is set to be released 5 April, 2019

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Westworld: ‘Akane no Mal’ Episode Review

This week’s episode of Westworld ‘Akaine no Mai’ took us to a new park and adventure with the Shogun World. The Shogun World was something that was hinted at by the end of the first season and while we knew we would eventually go there I didn’t expect it to be this soon. There were high expectations going into the Shogun World from fans and did it live up to the hype? For the most part I really enjoyed what we saw from the Shogun World in this episode. It was a breath of fresh air that was needed for the series and a nice change of scenery for once. However this episode wasn’t all about the Shogun World, you also has some very interesting developments between Dolores and Teddy which are huge for Dolores’ character arc and the park as a whole. With that being said lets get into the events of this week’s episode.

Salvaging hosts

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With all the talk of Shogun World we actually start this episode outside the park. At the o beginning of the episode we are up to speed on the timeline picking up straight after the events that left the hosts dead in the valley. Delos are gathering up the hosts from the river and are pretty much salvaging them for any data and their bodies because if we think about it they don’t have any hosts sitting in reserve. We also see Delos employees cleaning up in their headquarters where the map of Westworld is located. It will be interesting to see if they’ll be able to get it all back up and running. One last thing I wanted to point out amongst the bodies that are being cleaned up we clearly see Teddy who we presume is dead. I don’t want to go into Teddy’s role in this episode just yet, I’ll come back that because it goes hand in hand with what Dolores has been doing in this episode.

Shogun World

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The majority of this episode takes place in Shogun World and I didn’t complain one bit. What I found interesting was how Shogun World wasn’t created for people to just experience this different culture. As Sizemore states they created this world for the people who felt that the original park too tame and it was a place that was built full of artificial gore. Just to provide some context the Shogun world is based on period between the 16th to 18th century Japan which is known as ‘Edo’.

This period can be best described as “During the reign of the Tokugawa Shoguns, Japan’s emperor reigned in secluded majesty at the imperial capital in Kyoto; however, the true centre of power, government, the economy and social life was Edo, where the Shogun lived and ruled the country”.

The Shogun World at first sight looks beautiful, alive and just aesthetically pleasing to the eye. However while looking closely at the environment I started to notice the clear similarities to Sweetwater. While the architecture maybe totally different to the buildings we saw in Sweetwater the layout of the town is really just a copy of how that town was laid out. This is important because a lot of what we see in the Shogun World is really just a copy of what we saw from the original Westworld park from the narratives down to the characters. This is where we run into Maeve’s group and we soon find out that they have doppelgangers who are playing out the same narrative of storming the town and stealing a safe. Akane clearly resembles Maeve as her narrative is based around her daughter Sakura who gets kidnapped. The rest of the episode is spent with the two groups working together trying to get her back from the Shogun and his army. Akane’s daughter gets kidnapped because the hosts are all going off script. The revolution that started in the first park has spread across multiple parks as we saw with the Raj world earlier this season.

Maeve’s new powers/journey

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During Maeve’s time in the Shogun World we actually find out that she has powers. At the start of the episode when she tries to control the hosts verbally it didn’t work just like with the Ghost Nation but when she does it through her mind she gets what she wants. Due to her new found powers Maeve is labelled the ‘witch’ throughout this episode. When Sakura is captured we see that Shogun has carved a cherry blossom tree into her back. I had to do some research on this because I knew this had to mean something, it’s Westworld, everything has a deeper meaning. The cherry blossom tree is common in Japanese culture and it represents ‘the fragility and the beauty of life’, ‘It’s a a reminder that life is almost overwhelmingly beautiful but that it is also tragically short’. We saw this with the death of Sakura by the end of the episode. Before going on to Dolores’ role in this episode there were just a couple more thing I wanted to touch on with Shogun World. The first being how Shogun just like Bernard in the first episode was leaking cortical fluid from his ear. Has he been tampered with? Or has someone else’s mind been put into his body? I guess we’ll find out soon especially with Bernard. The last thing I wanted to touch on is when Sizemore finds this device in the woods. He acted like he knew it was already there and wanted to keep it a secret from everyone else. The voice coming from the device was heavily distorted but one would have to guess it was the people back at the Delos headquarters on the other end. What the hell is Sizemore up to? I have a feeling he’s leading the group down a dangerous path.

Dolores and Teddy

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Dolores’ path to the great weapon has taken her back home to Sweetwater where it all started to look for her father. However once she gets there the town has been destroyed with only a few hosts left alive. What happened to these hosts isn’t told to but it’s a reminder that the hosts are going off script and have killed each other. But not all the hosts have gone off script as we see with Clementine’s replacement who is still on her loop as he says her staple line “Not much of a rind on you”. How are some hosts still on a loop? That part is still confusing to me. In this episode we see just how determined Dolores is trying to complete this revolution through her conversations with Teddy. She talks about how her father tried to deal with his cattle that was struck with bluetounge and Teddy stated how he would have sheltered the infected cattle. It was at this point I believe Dolores knew she couldn’t trust Teddy. He was someone that could go on to betray her and work with the humans. He could eventually be the disease that could influence the rest of the hosts who are carrying out this revolution. Teddy throughout this episode was trying to convince Dolores to take a different route and just walk away from it all as he claimed there was a spot for them in the world to live together. It did look like Dolores was going follow Teddy on his proposal, we even saw them have sex which we haven’t seen before between two hosts. But I believe she knew what she was going to do with him after their conversation about the cattle. What what exactly is done to Teddy by the end of this episode? At the beginning of the episode with the current timeline we saw Teddy’s body at the Delos facility. Dolores with the help of the tech looks to be reprogramming Teddy to get him fully on her side. I can only think that with the tablet she is raising his loyalty and possibly his aggression to the max. In future episodes we will definitely start to see a much darker version of Teddy. Ironically this means Dolores is turning into her oppressors because this is what they done to her, the constant reprogramming for what is a brutal process. It does make it hard to root for Dolores here when she is forcing people to side with her. Dolores told him “To grow we all need to suffer first” which leads me to think Teddy’s still part of her major plan. We just have to wait and see how Teddy eventually meets his demise.

Overall I thought this was a really strong episode, after last week’s episode this season is really kicking into high gear. The Shogun World was really refreshing to see and was a much needed change to what we have been accustomed to. I really enjoyed everything about the Shogun World and especially how the episode ended on that cliff hangar. I have to mention before I end this that scene where Akane gets revenge on Shogun for killing her daughter was breathtaking. Dolores’ storyline continues to keep my interest after this episode because while she’s the leader of this revolution I do think more people around her will start to question her and it will be interesting to see if she treats them in the same way she did with Teddy.

What did you think of this week’s episode?

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Jake Gyllenhaal In Talks To Play Mysterio In Spider-Man: Homecoming Sequel

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For months it seemed like whenever Jake Gyellenhaal’s name was brought he was constantly linked with replacing Ben Affleck for the role of Batman. Now it seems Gyellenhaal is finally joining the superhero universe but not to play the Caped Crusader but for a more villainous role as Mysterio in the upcoming Spider-Man Homecoming sequel. It was reported just a couple of minutes ago by The HollyWood Reporter that he’s talks for the role with nothing confirmed yet. With the sequel looking to start production sometime this summer I do believe this will be confirmed sooner rather than later. They must have been talking for sometime and who knows the deal could have already been done, you never know with Hollywood. Even if the deal breaks down somehow what it does confirm is the studio are using Mysterio as the main villain for the film. We have already seen the Vulture be introduced with the first movie and now with Mysterio they have already made up two of the members of the iconic Sinister Six. It does look like they’re eventually building up to the Sinister Six as that was Sony’s initial plan with the Garfield movies but we most likely won’t seen the Sinister Six on the big screen until the third of fourth Spider-Man movie.

Here’s just a brief history between Spider-Man and Mysterio in the comics who also goes by the name Quentin Beck:

Debuting in The Amazing Spider-Man #13, Mysterio is Quentin Beck, a special effects wizard and stunt man working for a major Hollywood studio with dreams of making a name for himself in the film industry. However, he came to see his career in special effects as a dead-end job. His attempts to become an actor were poorly received, but he realized that his expertise in illusions could make him an effective supervillain.

In his first battle with Spider-Man, after he frames Spider-Man for robbing the Midtown Museum, Mysterio obstructs the hero’s spider-sense with gas and dissolves Spider-Man’s webbing with a chemical abrasive. However Spider-Man tricks Mysterio into revealing he robbed the museum, then Spider-Man revealed he had captured it on tape. Mysterio was then jailed, blaming Spider-Man for his ruined career. Mysterio later joins the Sinister Six in an attempt at revenge on Spider-Man, and battles him using robots of the X-Men. After this Spider-Man gets a card that enables him to go on to battle Sandman.

Mysterio later creates the alias of world-renowned psychiatrist Dr. Ludwig Rinehart, using technology and hypnosis in an attempt to make Spider-Man lose his mind, and nearly convincing him to unmask, though ironically Spider-Man was helped by J. Jonah Jameson suddenly bursting into the house. Spider-Man then unmasked Mysterio.

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What this news also means is that the rumours surrounding Ben Affleck being replaced by Jake Gyellenhaal will also stop, thanfully. So this should actually be good news to anyone who wants to see Ben Affleck continue playing the role of the Batman.

The sequel to Spider-Man Homecoming is set to be released next year on July 5, 2019 

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Deadpool 2 Earns $125 Million During Opening Weekend

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If you were worried about the success of the first Deadpool movie being a fluke… All those fears are laid to rest as the numbers for the first weekend of Deadpool 2’s run are in. According to Forbes Deadpool 2 has made around $125 million in its first weekend making it one of the biggest openings for an R-Rated movie ever. Although it doesn’t beat the $132 million which the first Deadpool movie earned in its first weekend this is still a huge success. The drop off between the two numbers isn’t that big at all, also due to inflation we could see these numbers increase. If we are looking strictly on a numbers basis Deadpool 2 is definitely a success for the franchise and for the Fox brand. Amongst the movies that were released this year Deadpool 2’s opening weekend is only beaten by Infinity War ($250 million) and Black Panther ($218 million). To be beaten by these two films should bring no shame to anyone currently working at Fox. Especially if the Fox and Disney deal still goes through which only looks like it will be confirmed sooner rather than later. What this does show us is how comic book movies are now the popular medium in cinema. Isn’t that crazy to say? I would have never of thought that comic book movies would be amongst the highest grossing movies ever. As a lifelong comic book fan it’s great to see. Being a comic book nerd/geek is no longer seen as a negative. Comic books and movies are seen as cool now. This was shown with films such as Black Panther and Infinity War. I had never seen so many people who had never seen comic book movie be excited for these films. Hopefully this is a trend that continues to grow and we continue to see Box Office numbers such as these because that ultimately means we’ll get more comic book movies.

Here are the numbers for the first Deadpool movie:

  • Deadpool (2016) Lifetime Gross: $363,070,709 million (2nd all time R-Rated movies)
  • Deadpool (2016) Overall Box Office numbers: $783.1 million

Will it go on to outgross the first movie?

Let me know what you think of Deadpool 2’s early Box Office numbers

Have you seen the movie yet? What did you think of it?

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Deadpool 2 Review (Non-Spoilers)

Deadpool is back with his second instalment which provides for a lot of fun and a solid follow up to the first movie

After the success of the first Deadpool movie we just knew they had struck lightning in a bottle. Today it still stands as the most successful R-Rated movie in history. And what do you do once you achieve this epic milestone? You create more movies and start your own little universe which brings us to Deadpool 2. Personally I enjoyed the first Deadpool but I have to be honest, it’s not the type of film I can just keep re-watching. I believe I’ve only seen the film like twice mainly because the story is pretty average and once you hear the same jokes again they just don’t have the same impact. But that’s probably just me, I’m not really the comedic type I prefer more of a story when I watch a film. Thankfully I found myself in luck with Deadpool 2. Of course it was going to have its jokes but what else? It’s fair to say that Deadpool 2 brings a lot more than the first one and provides in my opinion a better watching experience than its predecessor.

Story

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One of the main reasons why I prefer this film to the first one is because the story is much stronger here, it’s much more fluid and works well. Granted with the first film I doubt people were going in to watch it expecting this deep complex story. They just wanted to see a film which had been in the works for up to a decade once it was released. Now the story in Deadpool 2 isn’t the greatest you’ll ever see in a comic book movie, in fact it’s pretty straight forward. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing sometimes that’s all you need especially with a character like Deadpool who is going to spend the majority of the movie cracking jokes. The story here was easy to follow and pretty simple. Most of all it was surprisingly… emotional. I Never thought I would be using the word ’emotional’ to describe a Deadpool movie. But the emotional moments really worked in this film and it provided a nice break from the constant funny tone of the film. It was refreshing to see how some aspects of this film could actually be taken seriously for once. Does Deadpool 2 have the greatest story in the world? Of course not but in my opinion its better than the first one and provides more than just a film that is full of jokes.

Now going onto the main characters of the film:

Deadpool

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As for the main star of the show Deadpool again shines in his own film to no surprise. At this point it’s become hard for me to differentiate Wade Wilson from Ryan Reynolds, he fits the role so well. Luckily people in Hollywood are allowed second chances and thankfully he did after his Green Lantern movie. I know this has been said a million times but Ryan Reynolds was really born to play this role. You can tell how much passion he has for the character and the franchise, after all he is the main reason why Deadpool getting his own movie became a possibility. To sum it up you get more of the same from Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool in this movie. The main benefit with this movie is how his origin is already out of the way and now they can just go full throttle with the character.

Cable

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What a year Josh Brolin is having! He was my favourite character in Infinity War and now he’s my favourite character in Deadpool 2. One of my main issues with the film is how it starts off slow. Although Deadpool is having full killing people I just didn’t find it that interesting. This goes on for the majority of the first act which is the weakest in my opinion. However that all changes when Cable shows up, Brolin’s performance is great. He provides a more serious tone to the movie that is needed but doesn’t shy away from making the occasional joke or two. His chemistry with Ryan Reynolds is great they bounce of each other really well. It would be interesting to know how much of their scenes were just straight improvised because it certainly felt like that at times. Also his character arc which is pretty tragic provides for an emotional turn in the movie that helped balance out the tone. I remember reading a report that with the reshoots they went in and added more Cable scenes to the movie. And thank god they did, he really is the star of the show for me.

X-Force

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Now for Wade’s own team which is pretty much his answer to the X-Men was something I was really looking forward to going into this movie. Unfortunately I left the film disappointed with how the team was handled. As for the members of the X-Force it’s really hard to talk about them without going into spoilers so I’ll leave that for my spoiler review. However I did just want to touch on Domino because I really enjoyed her character and thought she was a great addition to the film. But my main issue with her is the same I have with a number of characters in this film such as Negasonic Teenage Warhead which is that they don’t get enough screen time. The runtime for this movie is 2 hours and it flew by. They possibly could have added an extra 10-15 minutes which could have been used to focus on these important characters who by the end of the film just felt like fringe characters.

Things I didn’t like

Now for the things I didn’t like about this film because to be honest there were a few things I didn’t enjoy with this film. My main issue with Deadpool 2 is of course the humour. Look humour is subjective what I find funny may not be funny at all to you and for me there were a lot of jokes that did nothing for me in this movie. This was mainly because I didn’t understand the reference/joke sometimes they completely flew over my head. I found myself a lot of times asking myself “Who the hell is that actor he’s referring to?”. “What film is he talking about?”. Granted there are so many jokes in this film not everyone was going to hit but I can’t deny that a lot of them got no reaction from me. Something I already touched on of course is how the first act just isn’t that strong enough for a movie that has the runtime of 2 hours. I haven’t seen others complaining about it so maybe it’s just me. It does pick up as soon as Cable arrives so it does kind of make up for the slow start.

Now I’ve checked Wikipedia and it states that the budget for this film was $110 million. I believe the majority of this budget went to the marketing for this movie. I mean let’s be honest the marketing for both Deadpool movies has been some of the best we’ve seen in years. With that being said the budget could have been used in other areas of the movie especially with the visual effects. I’m not that guy that usually complains about CGI in comic book movies but some of it in this movie was so bad it just took me out. There’s this one sequence with Domino that looks so bad that it looked like the graphics of the last generations video game consoles. Even though Deadpool takes a shot at the visual effects by saying “Big CGI fight coming up” at one point in the movie that doesn’t make me give them a pass. The CGI overall is fine but there are just a few scenes where its really bad and cannot be ignored.

After credit scenes/cameos

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The post credit scenes for Deadpool 2 are great! Some have said they’re the greatest post credit scenes ever, I wouldn’t go that far but they’re the best I’ve seen in a long time. There are two main post credits scenes and then one after the actual credits. I also wanted to touch on the surprise cameos in this film which actually shocked me. Not only were there surprise cameos but there were surprise characters that stuck around for the rest of the film! I can’t wait to see how people react to the surprises in this film. I would advise you to stay off the internet until you see it because you can just never trust some people.

Overall Deadpool 2 is a really good film, there is a lot of fun to be had with the second instalment. Now does the film have its issues? Of course most films do as well. However I found myself liking the film a lot more than I expected. Did I enjoy it more than the first one? Probably not but I do think this is the better movie because of the story and characters such as Cable. If you liked the first one there’s really not much that will disappoint you with the sequel, I would highly recommend it to any comic book fan or anyone that just wants to sit back and enjoy an entertaining film.

Deadpool 2: 8/10

Westworld: ‘The Riddle of the Sphinx’ Episode Review

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Westworld: ‘The Riddle of the Sphinx’ Episode Review

The latest episode of Westworld maybe one of the strongest episodes of the series yet. If not then it’s at least the best episode of this season so far. While season 2 has started off slowly this weeks episode kicks the season into high gear as there is a lot of interesting stuff that is revealed going on both inside and outside the park.

With that being said lets get into the events of the latest episode of Westworld which is titled: “The Riddle of the Sphinx”

William and James Delos

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The episode starts with a montage showing the daily routine of James Delos’s (Logan’s Father). While the camera pans around this beautiful apartment you notice straight away that James isn’t well at all, this was implied in the last episode at his retirement party when he was talking to William I noticed him coughing and being short on his breath every time he spoke. It’s quite strong imagery that below the surface of this beautiful property is a man who is breaking down struggling to survive. James is soon visited by William who by this time after his first visit to the park is in full control of the company. While is isn’t spelled out straightway what’s going on jumping forward into the middle of the episode we find out that James has actually been dead for 7 years. What William has done for him looks to be groundbreaking, he’s taken his mind and put it into a hosts body. However while James appears to be healthier than ever in his new body the company’s experiment hasn’t worked as he keeps breaking down from what William calls ‘Cognitive Plateau’. This has led the company building up to 149 versions of James all with the same result. From what it looked like while his mind was implanted in this new body it was rejecting reality. William compared his condition to when someone receives a new liver and how it rejects its new body. This leads to William claiming how this whole enterprise was a failure. But what enterprise? When William and James met earlier in the season his whole aim was to store the information from the guests and sell them to marketing firms. Now that looks like it has changed, it seems like they are trying to prolong life, to make people live on forever. Or was this just a one time experiment for Mr. Delos? Also from their conversations we find out that Logan died recently due to an overdose. By the end of the episode it really feels like William is torturing James by telling him how everyone around him is dead and how “Some men are just better off dead” when he refuses to carry on this experiment. I mean as the song at the start of the episode implies William is playing with fire with this experiment by trying to stop how death works.  The scenes with these two was easily my favourite part of the episode. At times it was very emotional and I even found myself feeling sorry for Mr. James which was helped by the actor’s great performance.

The return of Elsie

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One of the episode’s biggest surprises is the return of Elsie as the last time we saw her was during season one as she was being choked out. At the time we didn’t know who by because we weren’t sure is Bernard was a host at the time but she did confirm it was him who attacked her in this episode. As for Bernard his condition isn’t improving at all as he is in need of cardinal fluid, he cannot even recall what he did to Elsie. It’s revealed that through Bernard Ford has been protecting Elsie this whole time because of what she knows about the park. Either way Elsie still doesn’t trust Bernard and to be honest I don’t either. Their scenes take place in this lab which at first I thought was the same lab Bernard and Charlotte were in earlier this season. As we start to see flashbacks from another timeline it’s shown how Bernard kills everyone in the lab. It also looks like they were creating these new devices in the lab. These new devices could be used to store the mind of people which is then put into a new body like we saw with Mr. Delos. This theory seems more plausible because by the end of this episode we find out that this lab was the place that was used to keep Mr. Delos in. It’s revelations such as this that make me love the show in general. I honestly paid it no mind where he was located at the start of the episode because I didn’t think it was that important. To find out he was in the park all this time was a great reveal. By the end of the episode as Elsie is still finding it hard to trust Bernard he says “For the first time I get to decide who I want to be”. Has Bernard reached full consciousness already? Personally I don’t think so as I feel Ford is still in control of his actions and will be for the rest of this season.

The Man in Black’s journey

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The Man in Black or William as we also know him really took centre stage of this episode both when he’s inside and outside the park. Going back into the park we follow his journey to find ‘The Door’ and he runs into the Confederados who have occupied Lawrence’s hometown. Ironically they’re the same members that Teddy let go in the last episode. Maybe Dolores was right and he should’ve killed them because once they find Lawrence’s hometown they do nothing but take out their frustrations from being betrayed by Dolores on the locals. What I found most interesting about the scenes with the Confederados is how the leader whose name is currently slipping my mind acts exactly how The Man in Black did when he visited the same town in the first season. One clear similarity is how he starts to dance with Lawrence’s wife which is exactly what The Man in Black did too. However unlike his actions in season one this time The Man in Black has somewhat had a change in heart and actually saves Lawrence and his wife. During her rescue we are shown footage of William running up the stairs to find his wife who had committed suicide. While he couldn’t save his own wife’s life I thought it was a nice touch that this time he was able to save Lawrence’s wife. However what does this mean for the Man in Black? Has he changed now? He claimed at the beginning of the season how the journey would let him wipe the slate clean but that’s not the case. Acts such as saving Lawrence and his family don’t outweigh everything else he’s done in the park. This is shown as Ford takes control over Lawrence’s daughter and tells him “One good deed doesn’t change that” and that he’s looking in the wrong direction. It will be interesting to see how he acts going forward. One last thing I want to add is how last time when The Man in Black was looking to recruit Confederados for his journey Ford took over and killed them. However by the end of this episode when he recruits Lawrence and his cousins Ford doesn’t intervene. Has he passed one of Ford’s tests? I found this really interesting.

The Man in Black’s daughter

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Speaking of going forward we finally get to find out who Grace really is. Having first being introduced to her in the first episode where she was in the Raj world I just knew she was linked to the park in someway. And it turns out she’s the daughter of the Man in Black. Given the circumstances of her mother’s death you can tell their relationship isn’t the best as even The Man in Black at one point during the episode claims his daughter wouldn’t mind seeing him be gunned down. Also there isn’t this emotional embrace when they see each other, you wouldn’t think they were father and daughter by the way they acted in this scene. It will be interesting to see throughout the rest of the season if their relationship will develop or not. One question I want answered about Grace is what’s she doing in the park? Did she go out of her way to look for her dad? What’s the deal? Also one last aspect that links in with Grace from this episode which I found interesting was we finally get to see the role of the Ghost Nation in the park. Instead of killing the humans they’re in fact protecting them playing a security role, it looks like they’re under the control of Ford. Of course while Ford isn’t physically at the park his presence is still felt because after all this is his narrative.

Overall I thought this was a really good episode, it might be one of my favourite episodes of the series so far. It’s definitely the strongest episode of the season so far and while the season started off slow this episode provides for a great watching that should satisfy all fans and have them greatly anticipating the next episode.

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Westworld: My Thoughts On Season 2 So Far

This article will contain spoilers from both season 1 and 2 of Westworld

Just last weekend I had stumbled across this new show Westworld. It was a show that I had always planned to get into thanks to the adverts that would grace my television every now and then. The blend of science fiction and western was something I couldn’t pass on. I had to at least give the first episode a try and before I knew it in the space of a weekend I had finished the first season, not to mention the countless podcasts and explanation videos I had to watch after each episode. I’m not ashamed to say that I found myself a bit confused during the season. But that was part of the beauty of the first season trying to work out how many timelines are currently going on and how this action would lead into an event further down the timeline. And by the end of the season finale I was really satisfied, they wrapped up a huge storyline while setting the stage for the Ford’s next story take place for season 2. Now here we are season 2, only a couple of episodes in and maybe it’s the fact I’ve taken in so much Westworld in the past week and I need a break but this season has kind of been a disappointment for me so far. Granted we are only 3 episodes in and that could change by the end of the season because the first season to me was also a slow burner. I wanted to use this article to just layout my thoughts on the season so far and the current issues I’m having with this season so far.

No Anthony Hopkins

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Look it was always going to be a tough to follow up a character such as Ford after the season finale. Now granted Ford’s character isn’t fully dead if you know what I mean, his mind and his thoughts are still there it has just been transferred into other characters. It’s a smart way for the show writers to make sure the character is still apart of the storyline without having to be there physically. But it has impacted the show, Hopkin’s performances in the first season were just amazing. He brought so much to the first season that his presence is missed throughout the early episodes of season 2. It does look like Bernard/Arnold is taking that role from Ford and while Jeffrey Wright is a great actor too the show greatly misses Hopkins’s presence as any film or TV show would to be honest.

Too much going on?

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Is the show doing too much? Now I know that may seem confusing coming from someone who enjoyed the first season but this season for some reason it feels like they maybe spinning too many plates at the same time. Will the pay off work this season? This season looks to be building up to where Bernard/Arnold kills the rest of the hosts laying in the river. But we also have the likes of Dolores and the Man in Black travelling to the place known as ‘The Door’ which has a weapon that will help destroy that world. Of course it wont be an actual weapon like a gun or anything. It’s interesting to note how the maze from season 1 allowed the host to find their inner conciseness and be awake and now with the door what happens? Maybe its a way out, who knows. You also have Maeve who is practically free going on her own journey to look for her daughter, somehow I just think she will end up going to ‘The Door’ with the rest of the main characters. The main point I’m trying to make here is when is it too much with what the show is trying to accomplish? I haven’t even spoken on the fact that in the last episode we were treated with two new parks which are the Raj themed world and Shogun world. I also forgot to mention the importance of the character Peter Abernathy who had been uploaded with up to 30 years of data which makes him a crucial aspect of the storyline for Delos to capture. What information is he carrying? Not sure but Charlotte has already shown us how they are using androids to keep information on the guests that can be used in the real world. The information he has must be important for the storyline and those who enter Westworld.

Dolores/Wyatt’s storyline

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Dolores’s character maybe the biggest issue I have with this season so far. It’s not that the actress is bad or anything, Evan Rachel Wood has been great throughout the entire series. The direction in which they’ve taken the character doesn’t really interest me. I want to support and cheer for Dolores and that’s just hard to do at the moment. Ironically she has turned into the the Man in Black from season 1 as she is now formed with Wyatt. She’s just killing everything in sight to get to this new weapon on her journey to carry out this rebellion in which she hopes to finally break out into the real world. While I’m interested to see where this character goes by arriving at her destination so far it’s falling flat to me. What I do find interesting though is her relationship with Teddy. Lately we started to see how she’s been manipulating Teddy and in the last episode Teddy starts to think and act by himself. It will be interesting to see how and when they clash because Teddy’s body is there amongst the other robots that are presumably dead which we saw in the first episode.

Maeve

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Maeve is probably the only character I’ve been most invested in since season 1. In my eyes she has become the most sympathetic figure in the show. This is helped by her actions in season 2 where her only goal is to meet her daughter whether she’s real or not. Unlike Dolores who’s angry at the way she’s been treated by the humans she doesn’t go out of her way to make those suffer who put her in that position. Maeve comes across as the most sympathetic character on the show right now and someone that I’m currently rooting for. I want her to find her daughter because I feel like she deserves this piece of happiness, unfortunately knowing Westworld it most likely won’t be a happy ending for Maeve. Also I have to mention I like the people she’s picked up along the way on her journey in season 2 so far. I loved Hector’s character since season 1 and along with the likes of Felix and Lee Sizemore it provides for an interesting group dynamic which provides for a source of humour at times.

The Man in Black

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While on the subject of characters another one I need to mention is The man in Black. This is probably the character I’m least interested in so far. He was easily my favourite in the first season but now having got what he wanted with a park that now had stakes and consequences it’s hard to be invested in him. Now he’s looking for The Door after spending season 1 looking for The Maze. Although I find the flashback scenes of William investing in the park this is where I feel like the show is just in a loop characters are practically just living out the same story arc in the first season just in a different form. Knowing the show it was probably done in this way on purpose, maybe it’s leading up to his huge crescendo.

Or maybe I’m just totally wrong, I still think there’s a lot I can learn from the show and while I was initially worried about writing a piece such as this on the show I can’t help but put out there how I feel about season 2. After finishing season 1 I was contemplating if this show was in my top 5 TV shows of all time and the start of season 2 has kind of left me flat. Granted this is just the start of Westworld, I don’t think we’ve even scratched the surface yet. I’m confident that this series will run for a number of seasons and of course I’ll be there along for the ride.

Depending on how well this article does I may just do recaps on the shows for the rest of the season, let me know if you’d like me to do that

Have you started Westworld yet?

What do you think of season 2 so far?

Avengers 4 And The Quantum Realm

This article will contain spoilers from Avengers: Infinity War, you have been warned!

Avengers: Infinity War isn’t even a week old as I write this but thanks to the ending of the movie the conversation around Avengers 4 has dominated the internet for the past couple of days. If you have already seen the set photos from Avengers 4 which is set to be released next year one of the most important things you would have noticed is the Avengers are in their original costumes.

 

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As you can see from the set photos those present on set are Iron Man, Captain America, Loki, Thor and Bruce Banner. However amongst the original cast one character that is also present who raised a lot of questions at the time of the release of these photos is Ant-Man. Having seen these set photos before Infinity War I paid Ant-Man no mind but with how the movie ended it makes sense now and his presence raises a lot of questions. What the set photos tell us is that Ant-Man is crucial to Avengers 4. With half the universe gone he will play a key role for one reason only… The Quantum Realm. Now what is the Quantum Realm? I’ll try my best to explain it, again I’m no expert so correct me if I’m wrong please.

The Quantum Realm to its core is an alternative dimension where place and time become irrelevant and it can only be accessed through magical energy, mystical transportation or by using ‘tremendous subatomic shrinking’. That last point is crucial because that’s where of course Ant-Man comes in. The Quantum Realm cannot be accessed by Doctor Strange in Avengers 4 because as you saw he ‘died’ and they can’t use the time stone as long as Thanos has it. Ant-Man who we never see in Infinity War most likely survived the snap and is the only one who can access the Quantum Realm now. A line about the Quantum Realm was also dropped in the recent Ant-Man and The Wasp trailer.

This is how it has been described when one enters the Quantum Realm:

At that point, time does not hold any sway and concepts of space are irrelevant. Once there, they will be frozen in time, unable to age, but also be in a state of unconsciousness or half consciousness, barely aware of their surroundings. (via. Marvelcinematicuniverse)

Assessing the Quantum Realm could serve multiple purposes:

  • It would allow the remaining Avengers to go back in time and save those who were perished during the snap.
  • Or it could be used to travel to the soul world where Thanos currently is by the end of the movie and that could also be where the rest of the Avengers are. Again that’s just a theory I could be way off with that point.
  • They could also use the Quantum Realm to travel back in time to recruit Captain Marvel because she’s from the 1990s and because of her strengths and power she is their best hope to defeat Thanos, she could even pick up the gauntlet. Also her film comes out just before Avengers 4 so be sure to see some reference to the activities that took place during Infinity War in the post credit scenes.

One of the most important things to take away when someone enters the Quantum Realm is “whoever tries to explore it may become trapped for eternity”. This is interesting because it implies the possibilities of one of the original Avengers dying in this film (for real this time). There has to be consequences for travelling back in time, and there always is. Maybe in Avengers 4 we’ll see some of the original Avengers lose their lives in the process of saving the new Avengers. As for who I think will die in Avengers 4 in my opinion it’s between Captain America and Tony Stark. I mean it’s been set up clearly, they never got to reconcile in Infinity War and once they do in Avengers 4 I think one of them will say their final goodbye. My theory is Tony will end up with the Infinity Gauntlet. Tony will also play a crucial role in this film because Doctor Strange gave up the time stone to save him meaning he was important to the one outcome Strange saw when the Avengers eventually win. And once again if he were to get his hands on the gauntlet a sacrifice would have to be made for the soul stone and I believe that will be Steve Rogers.

Let me know what you think of all these theories

What are your predictions for Avengers 4?

Check out my review for Avengers: Infinity War