- EXCLUSIVE: See William Shatner As You’ve Never Seen Him Before!
- ‘Drag Race All Stars’: Power Ranking the Final Five After the Surprise Exit
- ‘Death Wish’ Review: A Boring Exercise in Futility
- How Old Is Chewbacca? Wookiee Lifespans and Other Lore Explained
- Will the Real ‘Gotham’ Joker Please Stand Up?
- ‘Far Cry 5’ Has One of the Best Prologues Ever, but Can its Open World Match it?
- 5 of the Best Superhero Costumes Ever to Appear On Screen
- 5 Spoiler-Free Things We Learned From the First 5 Episodes of ‘Jessica Jones’ S2
- ESRB Offers Weak Response to Growing Loot Box Backlash
- Haggar’s Next Move Might Bring the Biggest Plot Twist For ‘Voltron’ S6
Posted: 02 Mar 2018 02:42 PM PST
The veteran actor plays a talking plant — yes plant — in the upcoming family film Aliens Ate My Homework.
“Well Phil the plant is a very deep individual; he’s got roots,” Shatner explained. “But he’s not much of a sap, because he’s a plant.”
Did you catch all the puns?
As for the origin of his character’s name, Shatner explained: “The chemical ongoings in his body is chlorophyll, so we call him Phil.”
Aliens Ate My Homework is a film adaption of the first book from the popular Rod Allbright and the Galactic Patrol series by Bruce Coville follows a pair of middle schoolers racing to save the world from destruction after extraterrestrials invade Earth.
Phil is one of several friendly aliens that help the kids on their quest. Learn more about his character and the adventure in the exclusive video above!
Shatner has had a prolific voice career, most recently lending his talents to play Harvey Dent in the animated Batman vs. Two-Face. He’s also voiced numerous other TV and video game roles.
Aliens Ate My Homework arrives on DVD and Digital March 6th, 2018!
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Posted: 02 Mar 2018 12:34 PM PST
Spoiler alert: This post contains spoilers from Episode 6 of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 3. Proceed with caution.
A few notes about DeLa’s departure before we dive into this week’s rankings. Whether she chose to leave because she accomplished everything she wanted, was burned out physically and mentally (it takes a lot to stay on top), or preserve her “good girl” reputation (or as Aja put it, “BenDeLaChrist”), DeLa was a fierce competitor and worthy of the crown.
Now that she’s out of the running for the title and $100,000 cash prize, we predict where the five remaining queens will end up. Let us know if you agree with our opinions, and may the best woman win!
5. Kennedy Davenport
Kennedy has yet to replicate the magic she had in The Bachelor parody episode. Her performances haven’t been bad, but they haven’t stood out either — which just doesn’t cut it on All Stars. It’s unfortunate because she has the comedic and dancing chops, as well as a wardrobe full of pageant looks. However, she’s been in the bottom more than anyone else, and statistically should be the next to go.
4. Morgan McMichaels
Thanks to BenDeLaCreme, Morgan McMichaels — the first queen eliminated this season — will have another chance. She has the most to prove and will undoubtedly make the most of the opportunity. Morgan is an exceptionally talented dancer, so hopefully she’ll be able to showcase her skills in upcoming challenges. Plus, there’s the reality TV rule where a returning contestant doesn’t get cut the following week (although Drag Race broke that rule with Naysha Lopez in Season 9).
3. Trixie Mattel
You love Trixie. I love Trixie. We all love Trixie. The fan favorite once again found herself in the middle of the pack this week and at risk for elimination. With BenDeLaCreme gone, Trixie Mattel can position herself as the premier comedy queen of the top 5, but she’s just seemed kinda… sad this season. Emotionally, that is.
2. Bebe Zahara Bonet
Bebe earned her stripes this week, or should we say tiger stripes. The Season 1 winner’s “Jungle Kitty” routine was fierce, and worthy of a place in the top two. While some of her runway looks have lacked the creativity of others, Ru just eats them up. Bebe’s got a lot of momentum right now, and may become the show’s only two-time winner if she continues to improve.
Second only to BenDeLaCreme in wins, Shangela has the strongest track record. She’s also strategized all season, forming relationships with Kennedy and Trixie. Those relationships may save her if one of them wins the lip sync. One player she has to look out for is Morgan, who has said she’ll take out the strongest players if she gets a win.
Who do you think will win Drag Race?
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Posted: 02 Mar 2018 11:20 AM PST
Death Wish (2018) is going to be a difficult film for many viewers. Trying to separate this film from all the real world events and political issues is tough. But, let’s do that. Let’s put aside all the horrible gun violence and parallels to our own world. Heck, let’s pretend that the world is full of nothing but fluffy pancakes and teddy bears. Imagine we live in a world where all disputes are solved with friendly matches of Street Fighter II and every day ends with ice cream and hugs.
Even if that was our reality, Death Wish (2018) would still be a bummer.
Unworthy of the Series
If you’re a fan of the Death Wish series, you’re probably familiar with its clear exploitation roots. The original film was a misinterpreted adaptation of Brian Garfield’s novel, but it gained a large amount of success as it was a response to the current atmosphere of crime and delinquency in 1970s New York City. As the series progressed, it descended into amazing cartoon territory, peaking with the must-see schlock classic Death Wish 3.
Basically, the best Death Wish films embrace their trashy nature and make no apologies for such a decision. Death Wish (2018) doesn’t. Even though director Eli Roth is infamous for his grindhouse fan status, he doesn’t inject any of that necessary scumminess or gleeful over-the-top tone to the proceedings. If you’re going to make a hot-button topical film, dive into the deep end. Death Wish (2018) is so boilerplate with its plot and approach that it feels like an algorithm directed it.
That’s doubly disappointing when it comes to the script. Credited to the admittedly talented Joe Carnahan, the twists on this version of the tale don’t amount to much. Paul Kersey (Bruce Willis) is now a surgeon instead of a wimpy architect like he was in the original movie. That’s a unique twist that should draw some interesting conflict out of the story — how does someone who swore to protect life struggle with a desire to kill — but nothing as potentially interesting is ever mined.
A Tired Movie
It doesn’t help that the entirety of the cast seems to be on auto-pilot. Bruce Willis has garnered a reputation for being more off than on in the latter part of his acting career. Death Wish (2018) is not going to change those opinions. His soft-spoken demeanor comes off as sleepy instead of badass. That kind of attitude infects the rest of the movie.
Especially when it comes to pacing. This is a flick that feels twice as long due to its meandering nature. There is no good sense of time to Death Wish (2018) in regards to how it presents itself. That gives the movie such a lackadaisical feel regardless of what action is actually happening on screen.
And by the time the flick finally starts to find itself, it ends. There are a few brief seconds during an interrogation scene at an auto garage and the final action set piece in which the movie comes to life. A juvenile love of violence and a genuine sense of action staging burst through, but it’s too little and way too late by that point.
Is Death Wish Good?
It’s not even as good as Death Wish V: The Face of Death, in which a henchman who suffers from excessive dandruff is blown up by a remote control soccer ball. If Death Wish (2018) had that kind of knowing gonzo attitude, this could have been a fun little revenge flick. Instead, it’s a morose and uneventful by-the-numbers remake that doesn’t go nearly as far as it needs to.
If you want a much better version of this story, check out James Wan’s Death Sentence, an adaptation of Brian Garfield’s sequel to his own Death Wish novel. It does a darker version of the tale in an excellent way and definitely feels like the kind of movie Death Wish (2018) wants to be.
Or, just watch Death Wish 3 because it is GLORIOUS.
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Posted: 02 Mar 2018 10:18 AM PST
With the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story, fans are going to learn more about Han Solo’s faithful friend and co-pilot of the Millenium Falcon, Chewbacca. But, there are plenty of questions about everyone’s favorite Wookiee that we can answer for you right now. In fact, there are some interesting facts about Wookiees in general that we’d like to share with you.
A lot of fans want to know exactly how old Chewbacca is. It’s a fair question since he’s been around since the prequel trilogy. According to official lore, Chewbacca was born 200 years before the Battle of Yavin. So, he’s 200 years old during the events of Star Wars a.k.a. A New Hope. With a little bit of math — The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi take place 34 years after A New Hope — we can deduce that Chewbacca is currently 234 years old in the current films.
But, is that old for a Wookiee? What is the average lifespan of Chewbacca’s people? Turns out that it’s around 400 years old. That means Chewie is experiencing middle age. Now we want to know what a Wookiee midlife crisis looks like.
The Wookiees are a race that follows a strict code of honor, similar to the way Klingons are portrayed in Star Trek. They place a high value on courage and loyalty. Though they are known for being fierce warriors, there is one element to their culture that doesn’t factor into their way of battle.
It is considered dishonorable for a Wookiee to use their claws for anything other than climbing. Wookiees live on the dense forest planet Kashyyyk and must climb the immense trees in order to either descend to the forest floor to hunt, or to ascend to the various settlements that they make in the treetops.
It’s worth noting that any Wookiee who uses their claws to harm another is often shunned by the rest of their people. However, Chewbacca himself did just this when his friend Han Solo was murdered by Kylo Ren. Chewbacca knew he was violating the honor code but did so both out of rage and a sense that the First Order stormtroopers had no honor.
The Life Debt
Another crucial aspect of Wookiee culture is the life debt. The idea of a life debt is that if a Wookiee’s life is saved by another then that Wookiee owes that individual their life. Many have speculated that Chewie himself stuck around with Han because of a life debt.
As far as we know, this is true. Chewbacca was a slave under the rule of the Galactic Empire. Han saved Chewie and thus their friendship began. Exactly how did this rescue take place? It’s certain that we’ll see it unfold in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
A Few Fun Facts
And now for some miscellaneous Wookiee facts!
Ready to learn more about Chewbacca and the Wookiees? We’ll definitely have more to add once we see Solo: A Star Wars Story on May 25.
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Posted: 02 Mar 2018 07:26 AM PST
Since Season 1, Gotham has been setting up Jerome Valeska to become the Joker. He has displayed all the hallmarks of the character — from his laugh and manic persona to the ‘Hahaha’ graffiti that accompanies him. He's been killed off, reanimated and had his face detached, leaving him with a grotesque, stretched and stitched visage, alongside a signature crimson slash of a grin associated with the most famous of Batman villains.
However, he did apparently confirm that we will see the "true" Joker this season, and went on to talk about the matter in a very enigmatic way. He called the upcoming Joker reveal one of the show's "biggest shocks".
"We've been asking ourselves this question, 'Is Jerome the Joker?'" said Mazouz. "He obviously is acting a lot like the Joker. Is he the Joker? This is a perfect way to answer that, because we don't want to say yes, but we don't want to say no. We don't want to say no because Jerome is so much like the Joker, so what they end up doing is kind of a great balanced way to answer that question and to have Jerome maybe involved in the creation of the Joker but have him not be the Joker."
He finished up by saying: "[Jerome] is not the man that will have green hair and a pale face. He's not that man."
Yes, But Is Jerome The Joker?
Back in October, Bryan Wynbrandt, executive producer on the show, told ScreenRant: "Obviously, Jerome is our homage, He's obviously not the Joker himself, although [he] clearly seems to be the impetus that eventually creates the Joker. The more that we see him, the more he carves out his own path I'd say. I wouldn't say he becomes more the Joker, but the Jerome character continues to evolve."
This seems to tally with what David Mazouz said, but doesn't make things any clearer for fans of the show.
If Jerome doesn’t directly become the Joker, and yet has a part to play in his creation, it could mean that others will also have a role. The team behind the show have made a point of introducing a bunch of Joker-esque types throughout the series, so one or several of these could also have a bearing on the Joker's real identity.
Mark Hamill Wades In
Actor Mark Hamill, voice of the animated Joker, has thrown the whole issue into further confusion, however, with a tweet he sent to Jerome actor Cameron Monaghan.
Some fans have taken this as confirmation that Jerome will, in actual fact, become the Joker — on the basis that if Mark Hamill says it's so, then it is so. However, others are debating how much Hamill would actually know.
One thing is clear, Gotham fans love Jerome and the notion of him as the Joker. The reveal is due to take place at some point during the second half of Season 4. And the Gotham team is going to have to pull something truly special out of the bag if Valeska doesn't become Batman's most famous adversary.
Gotham Season 4 is currently airing in the US. Viewers in the UK are still awaiting news of the Season 4 premiere date.
Posted: 02 Mar 2018 07:09 AM PST
*Spoiler warning – the first few paragraphs describe the prologue in detail*
As the intro to Far Cry 5 kicks into action, it’s hard not to feel a genuine sense of dread. Strapped into the back of a police chopper with a team of hardened US Marshalls, the officer opposite nervously cocks his Glock — and I make the mistake of taking a fleeting glance at our rapidly approaching destination.
Flying under the cover of darkness, the ground below me is Illuminated by a sea of roaring fires, revealing hundreds of shadowy figures lurking ominously in a make-shift guerrilla outpost. As if seeing exactly what I’ve just seen, our contact at the police station suddenly radios in, nervously insisting that it’s not too late to turn back. The Marshall sat opposite me scowls, “There are laws here, and we’re going to make sure that Joseph Seed obeys them.”
On the surface, our mission is simple; bring cult leader Joseph Seed into custody and stop his violent uprising before it gets out of hand. Yet, as the police helicopter begins its descent and I take my first step onto the heavily armed compound, it feels like we may already be too late.
Sowing the Seed(s) Of Dissent
Sticking closely to the other officers with my weapon drawn, I march cautiously through the apocalyptic-looking settlement. With cultists clutching assault rifles watching our every move, after a tense few minutes of pushing through this once quiet Montana town, we eventually arrive at an ominous-looking church.
My fellow officers fling open its double doors and standing topless at the front of the pulpit with his arms raised, Seed welcomes us with a foreboding smile. The other two cops and I push through the increasingly hostile congregation before we reach the pulpit, and the Marshall loudly declares that we’re taking Seed into custody.
Unsurprisingly, things don’t exactly go according to plan. As we hurry back towards the chopper with a handcuffed Seed in tow, an increasingly irate group of cultists pursue us. Holding them off with gunshots, we reach the chopper just in time to clamber aboard before more bullets begin to fly.
Just as we are taking off, several screaming cult members attempt to climb aboard and rescue their fearless leader. Failing to shake off a bat-wielding cultist that’s clinging onto my leg, the Marshall in front of me kicks my assailant off just before he takes a swing at me, sending the enraged cultist falling helplessly to his death.
Reality Comes Crashing In
Amid all the chaos, a calm, handcuffed Seed leans across his seat and whispers, “God won’t let you take me.” Seconds later, his chilling premonition comes true. Dragged down by the weight of our attackers and damaged by a sea of gunfire, the chopper is sent hurtling out of control and crashing into the woods below. As Seed’s followers drag him out from the wreckage, I see my dead colleagues around me and waste no time in undoing my seatbelt and escaping the upside down vehicle.
As bullets whizz past my head and I hear the blood-curdling screams of my co-workers behind me, one thing becomes abundantly clear while I run deeper into the woods — I’m stuck in cult country now.
As far as game openings go, it leaves one hell of an impression. Feeling more reminiscent of the sadism of Resident Evil VII than Far Cry, this spine-chilling prologue perfectly sells the game’s unique and terrifying premise. With the real world becoming an increasingly bleak and radical place, the idea of a warped Christian cult culling any non-believers feels worryingly plausible — and utterly captivating.
Linear storytelling VS Player freedom
Sadly though, it’s almost too brilliant a concept for Far Cry’s gameplay to do justice. As my demo goes on, it’s a shame to see that this surprisingly tense and linear introduction feels starkly different to the rest of my experience with Ubisoft’s latest adventure.
Once you’re let loose across rural Montana, unfortunately, most of the intro’s carefully constructed sense of tension starts to dissipate.
Like with other Ubisoft open worlds, my time with Far Cry 5 was fairly enjoyable, seeing me engage in missions, clear outposts and fight an uncountable amount of enemies on the roads. Whether I was flying byplanes, saving ex-circus bears from cruel cultists, or fishing in Montana’s beautifully animated lakes, there’s a lot to like about the immersive rural sandbox that Ubisoft has created.
Yet, when you’re running around mowing down countless enemies and engaging in open world hijinks, the brilliant sense of dread that made the prologue so appealing has vanished without a trace. No video game has embraced the world of cultists before, and with an antagonist as twisted and compelling as Joseph Seed at the helm, Ubisoft had the potential to tell a very special and unique story here.
Still, that’s not to say there weren’t elements where everything came together. After rescuing a talented archer named Jess from an Eden Gate camp, I agreed to help her get revenge. As we wander through Montana’s lush countryside and make our way to our target, she tells a skin-crawling story about a twisted cultist named the cook, who imprisoned her family when she was a child.
Starving them all for days, he eventually asked the children if they were hungry. When they enthusiastically asked for food, he cut off each of the parents’ toes as they screamed in agony, force feeding the distraught kids bits of their parents before setting them aflame.
It was a powerful moment that genuinely made me feel a bit sick, but unfortunately, once we tracked down the cook, aside from a dude wielding a flamethrower and a few charred corpses, there was very little about the mission’s gameplay that did its chilling backstory justice. Within 30 seconds, the cook was dead — and the jovial open world shenanigans resumed. It all felt jarringly tonally inconsistent, which after setting up such an affecting story, was a bit of a shame.
How Is Far Cry 5 shaping Up?
We’ve talked before about the ambitious steps that Ubisoft has taken with its fictional recreation of rural Montana, yet, this was the first time that we saw glimpses of just how compelling its Christian cult premise could really be. Admittedly, we’ve only played the game’s first few hours. Hopefully as Far Cry 5 opens up it will manage to bring all its various elements together in a way that does this wonderfully unique narrative justice.
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Posted: 02 Mar 2018 03:34 AM PST
A new DC exhibition has just opened in London, with more than 40 original costumes from screens big and small on display, alongside hundreds of original comic book pages and preparatory drawings. FANDOM spent a day at the show, and narrowed the 40-plus iconic superhero costumes down to five of the greatest ever to have appeared on screen. These are our picks.
Batman — Batman (1989)
When Tim Burton brought his vision of the Caped Crusader to the screen, he was wiping the slate clean. Wanting to bring a more adult, darker aesthetic to the character – and universe — than he was portrayed in the camp 1960s TV series, Burton set about reimagining the iconic Batman costume for his big-budget, big-screen version.
Drawing on the comics, and edging away from the tights and Lycra of Adam West's Batman, he recruited costume designer Bob Ringwood who came up with a suit that felt more convincing, more protective and, crucially, more threatening. Ultimately, more befitting a vigilante intent on cleaning up crime in Gotham, and pitted against Jack Nicholson’s deeply unsettling Joker.
Although it did appear to hinder actor Michael Keaton's mobility, it was a massively important design that would heavily influence future iterations. While Lindy Hemming's The Dark Knight costume, worn by Christian Bale in Christopher Nolan's 2008 film, might technically be better, it's standing on the shoulders of one very significant giant.
Superman — Superman: The Movie (1978)
Richard Donner's Superman is still highly regarded today. Director Patty Jenkins credits the film as an influence on her treatment of Wonder Woman. But Christopher Reeve is just as fondly remembered as the film itself, for bringing the character to life on the big screen. And who could forget his 6 feet 3 and a half-inch frame squeezed into that skintight suit?
Reeve's suit was designed by Yvonne Blake, who mainly took inspiration from the comics. She used a German fabric that absorbed sweat, and appropriated a boxer's protection shield to disguise any manly lumps and bumps! Donner also used a teeny tiny version of the suit for special effects shots, which you can see on display alongside a little Lois Lane costume replica at the exhibition (and below). And which clearly wins the award for best exhibit of the entire retrospective.
But while the fabrics may have changed, and the red underpants ditched, the essence of the costume really hasn't altered that much from 1978 to the suit worn by Henry Cavill today. Which only goes to prove how classic, and ingrained into our collective consciousness, that suit is.
Catwoman — Batman Returns (1992)
Seeing Michelle Pfeiffer's Catwoman outfit in real life is something for your bucket list. The attention to detail is pretty astonishing, and you'll marvel at how on earth Pfeiffer managed to squeeze herself into it.
Costume designer Bob Ringwood worked on the outfit with Mary Vogt, who told AnOther magazine that they wanted it to be "black and sexy and tight and shiny". Originally designed for another actress, Pfeiffer was actually a good fit for the costume. But she still had to undergo a torturous routine to get her into the suit. It involved a dowsing in talcum powder, assistance to get her inside it and then a vacuum-packing process. Pfeiffer also had a hard time with the mask, and has described the outfit as "the most uncomfortable costume I've ever been in".
It's made of latex, but Mary Vogt recalls that they were afraid of it ripping since latex is impossible to repair. So they made 40 suits. The famous stitches were added after Tim Burton requested them, and were sculpted then stuck on. But because they looked terrible, says Vogt, they brushed her in silicon, thereby creating that unforgettable super-shiny effect.
Wonder Woman — Wonder Woman (1975-1979)
Although much attention has been paid to the most recent Wonder Woman costume to grace the screen – that worn by Gal Gadot – it's Lynda Carter's seminal outfit from the 1970s TV series that caused a bigger impression, and has endured in the public consciousness.
Costume designer Donfeld was the man behind the skimpy costume, which evoked the comic books but also delivered something original. The bandeau-top ensemble is often seen as sexy, and in its current iteration has been criticized for the part it plays in objectifying the character. However, Lynda Carter herself has defended the costume, which owes a debt to the one she wore, telling Australian publication Stellar: "Superman has got a big pouch in his crotch, so does Spider-Man and Green Lantern and their muscles are bulging – no one has a problem with that."
She added: "It's the ultimate sexism to say because she has big breasts and a costume on that is what you think represents her and who she is." She has a point. A million little girls growing up watching Wonder Woman on TV simply saw a strong woman to look up to – and a killer superhero costume to go with it.
Mr Freeze — Batman and Robin (1997)
Described by the auction company who sold it as "the most incredible high-tech costume" they've ever encountered, Mr Freeze's outfit is impressive. Whatever you may think of Joel Schumacher's film, the man held responsible for giving Batman nipples scored a winner with Arnold Schwarzenegger's Mr Freeze suit.
Designed by Bob Ringwood and Robert Turturice, it incorporates a three-piece undersuit of padded iridescent tubing simulating refrigeration pipes and vacumetalised fiberglass armour. It also includes hand-beaten aluminium components, created by renowned armourer Terry English. Metal hoses from the helmet and breastplate attach to the costume's aluminium refrigeration control panel on the back. On top of all this, it's illuminated – which surprisingly posed the biggest issue for Arnie when wearing the costume.
During close-ups, Schwarzenegger's mouth was fitted with an LED lighting system, which required batteries to operate. Make-up artist Jeff Dawn who worked on the film told The Hollywood Reporter: "When you put it in Arnold' mouth, Arnold's salva would creep into the seams of this thing and attack the batteries. The batteries would immediately start disintegrating and start putting out battery acid into Arnold's mouth."
Not only unpleasant, but also highly dangerous. They found a solution, but since the light kept dying every 20 minutes, they had to stop often.
"Arnold is sitting there in this incredibly uncomfortable suit and it's costing us $5000 a minute to wait," he added.
Catch DC Exhibition: Dawn of Super Heroes at the O2, London from February 23 until September 9, 2018. For more information and tickets, visit www.DCExhibition.co.uk
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Posted: 02 Mar 2018 02:19 AM PST
Jessica Jones returns to Netflix on March 8 for a second season. The first episode of which we have previewed here. But what of the following four episodes FANDOM watched early? While we’re sworn to secrecy regards specific details, the following are five spoiler-free things we learned…
Jessica is Still Drinking
The fallout from her abuse suffered at the hands of Kilgrave hasn’t abated. She’s working for what she calls a bunch of “a–hole clients.” And she’s getting famous for her superhero antics, very much against her will. The net result of which is that Jessica Jones is still drinking like a fish. And continuing to have sex with randoms, some of which is good, and some of which isn’t. Meaning Jones is in a pretty bad place at the start of Season 2.
The show was obviously setting this up at the end of Season 1, but at the start of Season 2, Jessica’s neighbour Malcolm Ducasse has become both her assistant, and something of a sidekick. The former drug addict — who previously followed Jessica around at the behest of Kilgrave — had already proved himself to be an expert spy, so he’s an immediate asset to Alias Investigations. Even if Jones doesn’t realise it, firing him whenever he says or does something she doesn’t like. But Malcolm isn’t for leaving.
Alias Investigations Has a Rival
Jessica’s infamy means that Alias Investigations has lots of new customers. The first batch concerned about a missing son, lizard people, and a shady organization trying to kill a bloke who thinks he has super-speed. This notoriety brings her to the attention of the smooth-talking Price Chang. Boss of Chang Consulting Management, a rival agency that wants to either absorb AI, or employ Jessica herself. And Chang won’t take no for an answer.
At the start of Season 2, you get a sense that Jessica wants to let bygones be bygones. Best friend Trish feels differently, however. She believes that Jones needs to confront her past to move forward with her future, and so sets about investigating the accident that killed Jessica’s family and resulted in her gaining powers. Trish works her own angles, and uses ‘Trish Talk’ to find answers. Which sets her down the path of fulfilling her investigative journalist dreams. Though one character ominously warns that she’s straying from the path, and should turn back before she gets eaten!
The first season of Jessica Jones dealt with the matter of abuse head-on, the title character suffering from post-traumatic stress in deeply disturbing fashion. And in spite of the fact that the #MeToo/#TimesUp movement kicked off after Season 2 had wrapped, it nevertheless deals with similar issues. A director shows up in Episode 4 whose heinous behaviour mirrors what we’re seeing in the news right now. And when Price Chang tells Jessica he won’t take no for an answer, Jones responds with “How rapey of you.”
“It's a coincidence, that it comes out just as we're all talking about abuse," Jessica Jones actress Krysten Ritter told The Guardian. "Me Too was only a couple of months ago, we were already done shooting by then. I think what the movement has done, it's made women so reactive and so emotional. You read the stories and you do an inventory of your own life. So everyone has been triggered or poked at. Which I think is awesome. It's a crazy coincidence because that's what our show does as well."
Jessica Jones hits Netflix on March 8.
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Posted: 02 Mar 2018 01:15 AM PST
The ESRB, the USA’s videogame classifications board, has announced a mandatory warning label for all games accepting in-game payment. The “in-game purchases” label will apply to any game accepting real money, no matter how small the amount or what it is for.
If you’re thinking that’ll apply to almost every game these days, you’re not wrong.
The move comes in the wake of growing pressure from consumers, politicians, media, and concerned industry groups over the random nature of loot boxes, and their similarities to gambling. The ESRB and its parent organisation, the Electronic Software Association, have previously stated they do not consider loot boxes to be gambling.
In that stance they are hiding behind the legal definition, putting fingers in their ears as domestic and foreign politicians call for more inquiry, and stubbornly citing that no official USA body recognises it as gambling yet. They’re either naive or negligent to think a vague label about microtransactions covers the unique nature of paid random reward schemes.
Patricia Vance, president of the ESRB, said:
Rather than recognise loot boxes as predatory and inform parents, the ESRB is content to understate the issue, incorrectly ushering it under the umbrella of “in-game purchases.”
Except… it's not really a purchase, is it?
If you see a skin and you buy that skin, that's a purchase. If you like a character so you buy that character, that's a purchase. If you put up $2.50 without knowing what you're getting in return? That's gambling.
And what if the aesthetic and mechanical systems underlying this exchange also mimic real, literal slot machines and roulette? What if the bleeps and bloops and random reward schedules were calculated to extract maximum return, without regulation, effectively creating Baby's First Skinner Box?
There's a better word for what you're talking about, ESRB. It's gambling. These might be uncharted waters for industry self-regulators, but you’re erring on the side of impotence.
Possible Points of Optimism
The vague language of "in-game purchases" is defined by the ESRB as any opportunity to pay more money in-game. It doesn't matter if that's for skins, content, or whatever else. Anything you whip out a credit card for or use store-bought credits for will trigger the label.
Moving forward, we'll need that kind of vague language to curtail loopholes that publishers use to evade gambling regulation. An example is having you buy "gems" instead of outright using your fiat currency to gamble. The argument they'd make is because you're gambling with a virtual item — and not real money — it shouldn't be subject to gambling law.
Legislation is already woefully slow on the uptake here, and these loopholes and business models outpace it. We'll need strong and all-encompassing language to make sure there are no cynical workarounds.
What’s in a Label
As for the label itself? If we're talking about informing parents of what their kids are playing, it’s actually a good idea — it just needs to be a different label.
Parents might not know what "loot boxes" are, but they sure know what gambling is. It's the ESA's — and ESRB's — reluctance to call loot boxes what they are that holds them back from informing and protecting consumers from this industry vice.
Without the means (or will) to educate consumers on what a "loot box" is, and no doubt petrified of denting a significant portion of yearly takings for some major publishers, the ESRB is left with the option of downplaying the industry’s number one ethical issue — not exactly the action of a consumer protection organisation.
As we've noted before, the actual word "gambling" carries legal ramifications. It's officially adults only. It spells retail death. Other systems of random product like Magic: The Gathering cards get swept up in the crossfire. We understand those complications. It’s up to the ESRB to find a solution that informs and protects consumers.
"In-game purchases" doesn't come close to informing the consumer of a system mechanically designed to prey on the weaknesses of our behavioural psychology. But politicians, critics, and consumers are becoming more aware of what developers have always known as the dark side of their profession.
If the ESRB doesn't do its job, it'll start to be done for them, and that’s not a place any of us wants to be. With videogames once again being falsely accused for gun violence in the public sphere, it’s more important than ever to show ourselves as a responsible, self-regulating industry.
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Posted: 02 Mar 2018 12:00 AM PST
SPOILER ALERT: Warning, this article contains spoilers from the Season 5 of Voltron: Legendary Defenders. Proceed at your own risk.
For the third time in Voltron: Legendary Defender, Haggar the witch gets the last line of the season. At the end of Season 2, she summons Prince Lotor to preside over the empire. In Season 3, she coaxes Zarkon to come back from near death. Now, at the end of Season 5, she leaves us with yet another cliffhanger when she tells Acxa that they're going to a place she's been searching for her entire life: Oriande.
It should be safe to assume that she's going there to master Altean alchemy like Allura and Lotor did. We just don't know what she's going to do with the skill, should she succeed. That's where some rather interesting theories come into play on which direction Haggar could take the plot in Season 6.
A Voltron Clone?
With Zarkon now dead and Lotor an ally of Team Voltron, that leaves Haggar as the main antagonist. She already activated stage 4 of Operation Kuron, which allows her to spy on the team through Shiro's eyes. Combined with a mastered alchemy skill, that would make her an even greater threat. So what would be her next villainous move?
In Season 4, Acxa mentioned that 60% of the trans-reality comet has been used in the production of the first two Sincline ships, with the remaining 40% stored aboard Lotor's ship. Haggar was upset when she learned of this, so it's possible that she will try to steal the comet from Lotor. She could then use her new knowledge from Oriande to build her own Voltron-like ship from the comet (which is how Alfor built Voltron in the first place). With it, she could access the quintessence field that Lotor's been trying to reach. If she gets there first and uses the quintessence for who knows what, this might become the next major conflict for Team Voltron.
The Return of Honerva
On the other hand, Haggar may very well use the secrets of alchemy for a more personal, non-evil motive. Presumably because of corruption by quintessence, she lost a lot of memories of when she was Honerva, the Altean alchemist. Yet since she brought back Zarkon from near death, she's been regaining a lot of those memories, including the knowledge that Lotor is her son. In these moments, she almost appears nostalgic, like she wants her past back.
As far-fetched as it sounds, this could be why Haggar wants to go to Oriande. Perhaps there's an alchemy secret that would let her counteract the negative effects of quintessence and restore her back to Honerva. And since Honerva was good, then we could see a change in alliance if she tries to reach out to Lotor as a mother. Lotor might need some convincing, as he has denied that Haggar and Honerva are the same person. But should they reconcile and work with Team Voltron, there's no telling what they could do, especially with the quintessence field.
Is Zarkon Really Dead?
It's the longest of long shots, but it's something to consider: is Zarkon actually gone? Team Voltron thought they killed him at the end of Season 2, but he was back the next season. But this time, his death at Lotor's hands does seem more permanent. His blood was on Lotor's sword and Lotor has since become the new emperor.
But, as Alfor once said, "Altean alchemy can accomplish some incredible feats." So what if Haggar retrieved Zarkon's body and uses the secrets she learns in Oriande to bring Zarkon back from death? We've seen her make robeasts and rob entire planets of quintessence in the past, and that's without being a master alchemist. Plus, Lotor calls the sages of Oriande "life-givers." If Haggar knows this piece of trivia as well, then she may take it literally and we could see King Zarkon once again. However, it would now be him fighting to become the emperor, which would be much easier for Voltron to handle.
Beyond this next journey to Oriande, Haggar has yet to make any clear sign of what she'll do next. If she does master Altean alchemy though, that will be something to keep an eye on. Who knows what twist it will bring?
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