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What to Expect From the Colonies in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 2

Posted: 22 Apr 2018 10:37 PM PDT

Hulu’s The Handmaid's Tale tells the bleak story of a future where birthrates have plummeted leading the United States to turn into the theocratic Republic of Gilead. The first season of the hit show followed the same story as Margaret Atwood’s classic novel. Now, Season 2 is going past the book to continue the story of Offred (Elisabeth Moss) and her fellow Handmaids. This includes expanding the world of Gilead to explore things only hinted at in the novel, including the Colonies.

What Are the Colonies?

The Colonies in The Handmaid's Tale season 2

The Colonies are the areas of the United States that have become uninhabitable due to pollution and radioactivity. While Atwood only briefly mentions the Colonies in her novel, Season 2 of The Handmaid’s Tale will see both Emily (Alexis Bledel) and Janine (Madeline Brewer) fighting for survival in this toxic wasteland. There they are deemed “unwomen”, women who are no longer of use to Gilead whether through their crimes or infertility.

During roundtable interviews for The Handmaid’s Tale Bledel explained the horrific conditions these women face as they spend their days shoveling toxic waste.

“It's the end for the unwomen who are sent there. The aunts who are in charge have gas masks and the horses also have masks, but the unwomen do not have any kind of protection against radioactivity. They're not treated with any kind of basic human rights. They're not treated like humans.”

A New Hope?

Janine in The Handmaid's Tale

Despite these circumstances, Janine remains ever the optimist. While Season 1 saw her attempting suicide and almost being stoned to death by her fellow Handmaids, Season 2 will see the character changed for the better. Brewer says, “She's kind of skirted death twice now and Janine feels as though that is some divine miracle. It's a gift from God to still be alive.” After everything she has been through, Janine somehow finds the ability to appreciate life in the colonies.

However, Brewer explains that other women do not share Janine’s views. “She sees the colonies as a gift where Emily sees the colonies as literal hell on Earth.” Emily has a slightly more realistic perspective. She knows the gravity of her situation. “Everything from the dirt they are shoveling to the water that they drink is radioactive. They are doomed essentially and they know that. That's not the setting where there's the most hope,” Bledel explains. This has lead Emily to close herself off.

“She thinks she's going to die in the colonies. Everything she reacts to from that point onward is seen through that lens so that's where she's coming from when she's interacting with other people. She's not always able to connect even though she might want to and she tries. A lot has changed. “

Janine and Emily’s differing perspectives lead to some interesting moments between the two women, something the actresses enjoyed playing. “Exploring their relationship and how the two of them have such different views of the world was a really great kind of experience,” said Brewer.

Resist Sister

Emily in The Handmaid's Tale

However, the women in the colonies are not just sitting idly by and accepting the fate they have been dealt. Just like in the rest of The Handmaid’s Tale, they have found small ways to fight back. Emily, in particular, is able to enact her own form of punishment. Bledel says, “She has a very strong sense of justice. She is still trying to right the wrongs she sees around her… She also finds other ways to kind of dole out justice. She has a very strong thread of that within her.” It sounds like everyone better watch their backs.

The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2 premieres April 25th on Hulu. Season 1 is available now on Blu-ray and DVD.

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‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Reveals The Survivors’ Fates

Posted: 22 Apr 2018 08:22 PM PDT

SPOILER ALERT: This post contains spoilers from the Fear the Walking Dead episode “Another Day in the Diamond.”

Last week's Fear the Walking Dead Season 4 premiere quickly shuffled The Walking Dead character Morgan (Lennie James) into the mix. His journey from Virginia to Texas was covered in about the first 10 minutes of the episode. That wasn't quite the case when it came to explaining how Madison (Kim Dickens) and her family got to the Lone Star state.

The last we saw of the Fear the Walking Dead cast Nick (Frank Dillane) had just blown the water dam on the California/Mexico border, Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) and Strand (Colman Domingo) were in the wind, and Madison had managed to pull herself from the wreckage and onto land. The second episode of Season 4 picks up after the four were reunited, traveled to Texas, and has been living in a repurposed baseball field – called The Diamond – for the last year.

Meet Naomi

Fear the Walking Dead Naomi

That's not to say the events of the Season 3 finale go unmentioned –though it would have been years ago for these characters. Nick is clearly still suffering from PTSD after making the choice to blow the dam, which would have been a death sentence, and refuses to leave the confines of The Diamond. Strand carries a small piece of the dam in his pocket at all times, and remains confused why when Madison found him – how that happened is still a mystery – she spared him after he betrayed them. Madison seems to carry a larger penchant for life in the apocalypse, for everyone and not just her family. "No one is gone until they're gone," she reminds Strand in the episode.

There isn't much time to dwell on the past, or celebrate the first year of living in The Diamond, as Madison, Alicia, Strand, and Luci head out to look for the parents of the latest member of their community – a girl named Charlie. The four enter a deserted town, but stumble across survivor Naomi (Jenna Elfman). Naomi is your typical "lone wolf of the apocalypse type," but agrees to join the group back to their camp after the four save her from an oil drum full of zombies.

The Vultures Descend

Fear the Walking Dead

If the apocalypse ever does come around, let it be known that camps should increase security any time they celebrate another year of peaceful living. The night of their first year living in The Diamond, and after the scavenging party returns with Naomi, the camp is surrounded by a new group – later called The Vultures. This new group knows a lot about The Diamond thanks to the girl Charlie who – to the surprise of no one – was spying on the community. Mel, the leader of the Vultures, isn't interested in an aggressive attack on the camp. He's fully content with putting Madison and the other 47 people in The Diamond under siege until they starve out. It's a new approach to a Walking Dead villain and I'm here for it.

The episode ends with a cut back to where we left the characters last week. Althea (Maggie Grace) convinces Nick – who seems to have gotten over his fear of leaving The Diamond, Luci, Alicia, and Strand that they aren't a part of The Vultures and they're packed in to her SWAT van and driven off.

There are still a lot of unanswered questions about what happened to the core group of Fear the Walking Dead characters between Seasons 3 and 4. Some of the biggest include: how the four were reunited? What happened to Nick after leaving the dam that messed with his head? Madison confrontation with Strand. How did Luci reunite with the group? And what happened to Salazar (Ruben Blades)? This season seems prepared to parcel these answers out slowly over time.

Fear the Walking Dead currently airs Sundays on AMC.

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‘Westworld’ Season 2: The Man in Black Has a New Game

Posted: 22 Apr 2018 07:56 PM PDT

SPOILER ALERT: This post contains spoilers from the Westworld Season 2 episode "Journey Into Night." Proceed with caution.

Westworld Season 2 kicked off tonight with an all out human v. host war. Various points in time after the Season 1 finale were explored, including the immediate aftermath of Dolores’ shooting and up to at least a week afterwards. A new game also began for both The Man in Black and for Dolores’ group of hosts. Where will these games lead?

New storylines were also introduced for the Man in Black (Ed Harris), Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and Teddy (James Marsden), Bernard (Thomas Wright) and Charlotte (Tessa Thompson), and Maeve (Thandie Newton), Hector (Rodrigo Santoro), and Lee (Simon Quarterman). There was a lot to process during that episode, but let’s take a look at two major themes: the new game and how the tables have turned from host to human.

The New Game

Westworld Season 2 Dolores Teddy

Season 1 concluded with Dolores solving the puzzle that Arnold left for her: the maze to self-consicousness. The Man in Black was frustrated with Ford that the Maze was never for him. However, when the Man in Black stumbled upon the host of Young Ford during this episode, the Man in Black was given a new game: “Congratulations,” the Young Ford host said, “this game is meant for you — find the door.”

“The door” is the tagline of the season. If Arnold’s maze for Dolores was her journey to humanity, what is Ford’s door for William? Is it a journey back to humanity? We’ve seen how the Westworld park causes humans to lose all sense of self and inflict harm on others, in a sense dehumanizing their hosts and even themselves. The Man in Black is a perfect example of this dehumanization.

When he first entered the park he was loyal, honorable and valued all life, including host life. The longer he spent in the park, the more ruthless he became. Perhaps when he finds the door, his value for life will be restored. If he can find his own humanity again, perhaps that means that the hosts, who were subjected to such violence in the park, could also have their own humanity restored.

Dolores and Teddy are also on a journey of exploration. They are looking for something called “the valley beyond”. Interestingly, Dolores doesn’t believe all of the hosts are meant to find that valley. Does she know who is conscious and who is not?

How the Tables Turned

Westworld Season 2 Maeve Teddy

During Season 1, the hosts were constantly naked. They were shot, beat, and killed daily. Their bodies were thrown into glass rooms to be hosed down, cleaned, and reprogrammed for another day. Now the humans in the park get to experience this. Dolores killed many real people during this episode. Human bodies were laid out all over the park and the Delos center. Maeve even had programer Lee Sizemore strip down completely naked.

Everything that the hosts were subject to in Season 1, the human will now be subjected to. While Lee was not thrilled to de-robe in front of Maeve and Hector, the Man in Black was thrilled that he could now experience the full steaks of life and death in the park. While Lee told Maeve that he couldn’t even make a fire, the Man in Black was fully prepared to hunt, find water and live off the land. In a way, the Man in Black had been preparing for this moment his entire life.

Lee and Charlotte, however, are not prepared to live in the wild. Nor are they prepared to die. Bernard, however is a host living as a human, so the stakes are almost double for him. He is forced to live between both worlds. Will he be discovered? Is there a reason Charlotte was not with him during the time jump when Stubbs found him? We’ll have to watch and see.

Westworld is currently airing on HBO Sundays at 9PM.

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Forget Ben Affleck, Kevin Conroy Is the Best Batman

Posted: 22 Apr 2018 02:00 PM PDT

The definitive version of Batman is the ’90s cartoon adaptation from Batman: The Animated Series. This incarnation of the Caped Crusader defined a generation of animated adaptations and built the DC animated universe that everyone enjoys today. Batman lives and dies by the sound of his voice. That, along with the giant bat costume, strike fear into the hearts of criminals.

Christian Bale proved this by scratching up his vocals to make Bats sound scary. Mr. Ben Affleck had his vocals modulated to give him that ethereal, bass-filled timbre. There is one man who nailed the gravitas and intensity of Batman's pipes without resorting to comical manipulation. That man is Kevin Conroy, the voice of animated Batman.

Affleck Needed a Machine to Be Batman

Ben Affleck's Dark Knight in the dark.
Ben Affleck's Dark Knight in the dark.

Ben Affleck was a wonderful Batman. His voice modulator machine replaced the cartoony, throat-ripping gravel of Christian Bale’s Bat-voice and these served as clever solutions for how Bruce Wayne would ultimately disguise his voice.

However, Kevin Conroy solved that problem first by having the best voice ever. Conroy never needed a machine to differentiate his Batman from Bruce Wayne. He was able to convey the different sensibilities of the dual personalities with inflection and tone.

The Longest-Running Batman

Kevin Conroy has played the Dark Knight for over 26 years. An entire generation grew up with Conroy bringing this character to life. His distinct Shakespearean approach to playing Bruce Wayne and Batman has shaped the character’s historical audio footprint. Conroy's dulcet tones have graced the likes of Batman: TAS, Batman Beyond, Justice League Unlimited, and a myriad of animated DC films. If you've never seen any of these (what's wrong with you?) you probably heard him in your favorite Batman video game.

Conroy Is Your Favorite Video Game Dark Knight

Did the bone-rattling bass of Batman's voice spur you to take down every villain you came across in Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City? That's Conroy you’re hearing. Even the folks at Rocksteady Studios knew that the only person who could bring their version of Batman to life was Kevin Conroy.

Taking nothing away from fellow voice actor, Roger Craig Smith, but Batman: Arkham Origins was not as well received as the previous Arkham installments. Was it because Conroy wasn't present under the digital cowl? I’ll let you decide.

The Voice of Your Childhood

animated batman punching
Batman depicting Kevin Conroy punching the competition away.

Kevin Conroy began his tenure as the voice of billionaire playboy vigilante Batman in Batman: The Animated Series. After the successful four-season run of the Emmy-winning show, Conroy went on to voice Batman in many highly-rated animated films and series, including Justice League, Justice League Unlimited, and Batman Beyond as elderly Bruce Wayne.

His Batman animated film credits span from 1993’s Batman: Mask of the Phantasm to 2016’s Batman: The Killing Joke. Kevin Conroy’s voice has influenced generations of Batman fans. So much so, in fact, that I personally only hear his voice when I think of Batman. Every other portrayal feels off. His voice acting is written into my nerd DNA.

He's Paired With the Best Joker of All Time

Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy hugging
The legends Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy.

You can measure every incarnation of Batman by the quality of his relationship with the Joker. Mark Hamill may be everyone’s favorite Jedi, but he’s also the greatest Joker of all time. The interplay between the two make for iconic animated encounters of these eternal adversaries.

Kevin Conroy is the Batman to Mark Hamill's Joker. Mark Hamill’s Joker is the greatest Joker of all time. By the transitive property, Kevin Conroy is the greatest Batman of all time, correct? The math checks out.

The Sound of One Bat Talking

Even Kevin Conroy's silent brooding sounds good.

After 26 years of service to the iconic character, Kevin Conroy can certainly be considered one of, if not the greatest Batman actor ever. Conroy leads the pack with video games, animated feature films, and the legendary Batman: The Animated Series under his belt. A phrase uttered in that iconic Batman timbre can send any Batman enthusiast into a nostalgia coma. No mechanical voice boxes or monster voice necessary.

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6 Questions ‘Rick and Morty’ Season 4 Needs to Answer

Posted: 22 Apr 2018 09:00 AM PDT

As we wait for Season 4 of Rick and Morty, we're still sitting in the aftermath of Season 3's finale. Now, while the last season had some strong episodes, the ending left much to be desired. However, it still gave us much to think about with even more issues left up in the air. This makes us wonder: what questions do we need answered next season?

What Happened to Beth's Mother?

Rick's fictitious family.

Ever since Rick imagined Kid Beth and Wife Diane in "The Rickshank Rickdemption", speculation over Grandma Sanchez has never been higher. If there's one thing Season 3 did right, it dove deeper into Beth's character and her relationship with Rick. We caught a glimpse of her childhood in "The ABC's of Beth", but it still focused on the father-daughter connection.

The characters rarely mention Beth's mother which only makes us wonder why? Rick's feelings on attachment are clear, so what kind of woman would have a child with him and what became of her?

What About Squanchy and Birdperson?

Rick's most treasured photograph.

Rick and Morty has a tendency to avoid recurring characters. The series sometimes builds up a character just to kill them off (R.I.P. Krombopulos Michael). The main exceptions are Rick's closest "friends" — the party animal Squanchy and the monotonic Birdperson. These characters appeared briefly in Season 1, are further developed in Season 2, but are mostly absent in Season 3.

When we last saw Squanchy, he was hulking out and preparing to crush Tammy after she shot Birdperson. Though the latter was turned into a cyborg at the end of "The Rickshank Rickdemption", Squanchy's fate and Birdperson's state of mind have yet to be revealed.

What Is Evil Morty's Plan?

Evil Morty outsmarts the Citadel of Ricks.

After Evil Morty‘s first appeared in "Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind", he instantly became a fan favorite. The idea of an intelligent Morty who hates Rick captivated fans and kept us wondering what he'd do next.

In "The Ricklantis Mixup", Evil Morty becomes a politician in the newly reformed Citadel of Ricks and demonstrates his new leadership by eliminating a majority of his Rick-filled cabinet. Now that he controls the Citadel and has killed everyone who knows his past, it's safe to assume that Evil Morty is set to cause untold chaos. Even worse, our original heroes know nothing of Evil Morty's existence nor of his intentions.

Is the Galactic Federation Still Out There?

A Galactic Federation Assault Team.

Since the pilot episode, the Galactic Federation has been a recurring presence in Rick and Morty's adventures. Controlled by floppy bug-people, this space government embodies everything that Rick opposes: order, rules, organization, and control.

Although Rick mainly avoids the government, they finally capture him in "The Wedding Squanchers" and take over Earth. Season 3 opened with Rick's escape, however, the end slate showed a living Tammy entering a Federation facility to activate the cybernetic Birdperson leading us to wonder if Rick's worst enemy might still return.

How Did Rick Get Started?

A drunk Rick tells Morty he's gonna destroy the world.

Rick is a difficult character, but more accurately, he's a hedonistic, nihilistic, freedom-fighter with sociopath tendencies and an immeasurable arrogance that comes from an extreme sense of self-awareness that he is the smartest man in the universe. That's a lot for anyone to have on their shoulders.

Aside from a brief look at his criminal history, little is known of Rick before Morty. He doesn't talk about this time and Beth has almost no memories of Rick when she was growing up. Rick is one of kind, a force of chaos that decides what lives or dies, and we can only ask: How did Rick become Rick?

Is the Run the Jewels Heist Canon?

Call this a personal note, but I have to at least mention the “Oh Mama” adventure. Made as a filler of sorts to satisfy our hunger until Season 4 returns (whenever that will be), the Run the Jewels song accompanies our heroes pulling off a job to steal a mysterious suitcase in a clear homage to Pulp Fiction.

Directed by Juan Meza-León, the video has all the charm and creativity of a legitimate episode and raises a whole other set of questions that need answers. Seriously, considering all the effort that went into this gem, it wouldn't feel right to leave it out of the story.

From Beth's mom to Rick's origins, Season 3 did nothing but stoke the fires of our curiosity. These are just some of the mysteries eating away at us and we hope these questions and the many more the show has left us with will be answered in the next season of Rick and Morty.

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