Power Book III: Raising Kanan is gearing up for an eagerly awaited return on December 1st, marking the arrival of its highly anticipated third season. The stakes are set high, especially after the intense season two finale, where Unique’s unexpected intervention during Sal’s multi-group assault left fans on the edge of their seats. As the premiere date approaches, viewers are eager to witness the repercussions unfold for pivotal characters like Kanan, Raquel, Howard, and Unique.
Having had the exclusive opportunity to preview the first three episodes of Raising Kanan’s third season, this non-spoiler preview aims to shed light on what audiences can anticipate in the Season 3 premiere. One notable highlight is the deeper exploration of Unique’s character as his family takes center stage, providing additional layers to his enigmatic persona. Joey Bada$$ is garnering praise for his portrayal, infusing Unique’s character with a more human and nuanced dimension.
The episode delves into Kanan’s evolving sense of distrust towards Raquel, stemming from past events, as he embarks on a quest to uncover the truth about her. Alongside this central narrative, there is an intriguing subplot involving Kanan and Famous, who harbor aspirations of entering the world of illegal business. Simultaneously, law enforcement becomes more vigilant in response to the escalating drug trade, a direct consequence of the Season 2 finale’s bloodbath.
Jukebox’s storyline takes a poignant turn as she grapples with the aftermath of her mother’s death from the Season 2 finale. This sets the emotional tone for her character arc throughout the season, with an anticipated heart-rending scene between Jukebox and Raquel promising to add significant depth to the storyline.
Viewers are advised to brace themselves for two unexpected scenes—one featuring an unforeseen plot twist and another described as a jaw-dropping moment that will leave them questioning the reality of the events.
The first episode of Raising Kanan’s third season sets the tone with a grounded and grittier atmosphere. The characters, navigating through unforeseen situations, promise heightened suspense and drama. The commendable direction of the episode not only captures attention but also sets the stage for a season filled with unforeseen twists and turns, elevating the overall viewing experience for fans of the Power series.
When Fear The Walking Dead debuted in 2015, it had a different premise and expanded on the idea of showcasing how the zombie outbreak happened on the west side of the United States. Characters such as Madison, Alicia, Troy, and Strand became household names as Fear gave us interesting stories from them.
Seasons 1 to 3 are regarded as the best seasons of Fear as the quality was compared to the main show. Season 4 onwards, with the exception of season 6, has been met with average to low quality reception as the show deteriorated from what it once was.
This week marks the end of Fear The Walking Dead and I wish I could say that there was anything that I liked outside of Alicia and Madison’s reunion. That is because the same tropes of this whole season kept coming back to bite me. Everyone was just out of character with these big long speeches, walkie talkies, a bad script that should have been flushed down the toilet, and non-essential plot twists that made no sense whatsoever.
I’ve noticed that the recent story progression in the last two episodes of the show, up to the reunion, bears a striking resemblance to The Walking Dead’s final episode from last year. A side-by-side comparison reveals undeniable similarities. I’m puzzled as to why Troy was brought back only to be killed off four episodes later, especially considering he never posed a convincing and credible threat throughout his entire time on screen.
Alicia’s cult storyline continues to be a source of frustration for me and I am glad that it is over. The portrayal of these kids, who talk and act like full-grown adults, feels unrealistic and detracts from the narrative.The ongoing conversation about PADRE appears dull and inconsequential, lacking a clear purpose. Tracy’s revelation that Alicia is her mom sparks timeline questions, especially considering Alicia’s near-death experience from radiation seven years ago. However, the plot twist reveals that Tracy is not actually Alicia’s mom. Huh, talk about a stupid fucking turn of events!
It appears that the showrunners introduced fan service moments to distract from the issues of pacing and writing for the series finale of Fear The Walking Dead. Despite these concerns, the reunion was well-executed and perhaps the most natural one this season.
When I think about Fear The Walking Dead, all I can see is the wasted potential it had. Unlike (to an extent) World Beyond, Dead City, Daryl Dixon, and even Tales, Fear’s writing has been all over the place since season 3. It’s too obsessed with throwing in easter eggs and reminding us of the good old days instead of telling a solid story.
The ending felt like a letdown, and it seems like they did it just to get people hyped for ANOTHER potential spinoff with the leftover Clark family members. It’s a bit of a mess, to be honest and this show and the actors and staff deserve way better than what they, and the fans got.
For some reason beyond me, the character Reva seems to get some unnecessary hate during her screen time on the series Obi-Wan Kenobi while Shin Hati gets praised by fans for some reason.
The Ahsoka series was praised highly by fans while Obi-Wan Kenobi received more of a mixed response from fans, with the audiences claiming that the latter was more woke and unnecessary in the lore of Star Wars. As a result, the character Reva was derided and Shin Hati was more beloved by fans. I’m here to explain why the Star Wars fans are, once again, wrong in their assessment of these characters.
Reva’s arch is more drawn out
Reva’s arch stretches out all the way from Revenge of the Sith, as she was one of the younglings in the Jedi Temple when Darth Vader came waltzing in with an army of clones murdering almost everyone in their path. This history cements her arch broader into the lore of the series and gives her a proper motivation as to why she joined the darker side of the force.
With all of that being said, her trauma is detailed and her anger seems more justified and why she joined forces with the Grand Inquisitor.
Reva is a more passionate character
Reva is a much more passionate character in the miniseries than Hati and while both women want the approval of their superiors, Hati seems more shallow in her attempts at trying to earn that respect and her motivations seem a lot weaker than Reva’s.
Hati seems like a very hollow character in the Star Wars universe as she is living in the shadow of another villain by the name of Baylan Skoll, who is a character that nobody really cares about in the universe. Reva lives in the shadow of Darth Vader which is more than enough to raise a few eyebrows as she is working for a villain who is already well-known in the universe.
To be fair, I don’t even remember any memorable moments from Hati either.
Filmmaker Emerald Fennell’s “Saltburn,” featuring actors Barry Keoghan, Jacob Elordi, Rosamund Pike, Archie Madekwe, and more, was just released on November 17th, bringing a twisted and dark story to 2006 England.
Stepping into the world of Saltburn can be described in many ways: psychotic, bizarre, dirty,and even romantic at times. Every element, from characters to set design, is meticulously detailed.
The main character, Oliver Quick, portrayed by Barry Keoghan, starts off the movie with the question “Did I love him,” referring to Felix Catton, played by Jacob Elordi. This question is answered at the end, yet in some way left open ended.
Oliver embarks on his first year at Oxford, depicted as a boy with few friends and little value. While navigating the school, he becomes infatuated with Felix and decides to befriend him.
After learning of “Oli’s” tragic background, Felix invites him to spend the summer at his dynamic family’s house, Saltburn, entering a series of twisted events.
We delve into Felix’s family, including his mother Elsbeth, aspiring to be the perfect rich mom; his father Sir James, with his quirks; his sister Venetia, possessing her own special cynical charms; and his close friend Farleigh, who can be a total douche at times.
The most important character, however, is the house itself—Saltburn. The estate is vast and gothic, evoking a vampire-like ambiance. Every room in the expansive home is intricately detailed, all shot in the same location. Fennell explains, “I really want to make sure people are familiar with geography and that we can look outside windows and see a familiar vista like all of that stuff is part of the kind of reality of it.”
Fennell reveals that the daring story of Saltburn has been in her mind for years. She shares, “I have kind of parallel universes that I go into, and Salt Burn is a place I’ve been rattling around and creeping around for years and years now.”
In a full interview (linked below), Fennell delves into the choice of the Saltburn estate, her mental drafts and character crafting.
Archie Madekwe, who plays Farleigh, the American in the group, speaks about the fun he had playing and interacting with the diverse cast and characters. “I was spoiled for choice,” he remarks.
Each character interaction adds a unique dynamic and charm, enhancing the film’s chemistry. Despite the film’s wicked and dark nature, the cast found comfort in each other during filming.
“Saltburn” is the epitome of a mind-bending film, from the ambiguous start questioning Oliver’s love for Felix to the open-ended conclusion. The one-shot closing scene is both overwhelming and beautiful in its twisted nature.
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With the release of The Marvels, the MCU’s next major film, many have been wondering if this one is as good as previous films, if it is essential to understanding Phase 4, and if it should be watched now or later on Disney+. These questions always arise with every new Marvel release, but I can say with enthusiasm that audiences must understand how great The Marvels is as a film, and how it should not be skipped at all this season.
Below are five reasons you should watch The Marvels as soon as possible, or you’re missing out.
The Marvels features the return of fan-favorite characters and actors
One of the first noticeable draws to watching a major blockbuster film like The Marvels is its use of a stellar cast, some of which are favorites among Marvel fans. Fans have been clamoring for a return for Iman Vellani, and the character she plays, Ms. Marvel, from her hit Disney+ show of the same name. This is the first time we see her working alongside her idol, Captain Marvel, played by Brie Larson, who we have not seen since Avengers: Endgame, all the way in 2019. Also returning are Teyonah Parris, playing Monica Rambeau, and Samuel L. Jackson, playing his iconic role as Nick Fury. Fans of any of these characters will definitely be pleased, as they are further fleshed out and given new situations they must deal with.
The Marvels makes use of astounding CGI
The film also features amazing action and setpieces that is at times beautiful and a sight to behold. The lush alien landscapes and cosmic battles depicted are crisp, colorful, and grandiose, while still maintaining a level of realism that makes everything look believable. A highlight is the new mechanic that the three titular characters must face, which is that their locations in space are exchanged every time they use their powers. This creates some intense fight scenes that involve them constantly switching places and resulting in frantic, interesting combat that is a pleasure to watch.
The Marvels tells a compelling and heartfelt story
While there certainly are entertaining visual elements to the film, it should also be noted that the story is particularly intriguing and downright emotional at times. In the film, Captain Marvel struggles with the repercussions of her actions, as she has attempted to use her powers for good, but in doing so, she inadvertently deprived a planet of critical resources. In this film, she must face the consequences of her decisions, and how this affects her relationship with those that look up to her. There were several moments that were almost tear inducing, and those that enjoy a layered and complex plot will find plenty to love here.
The Marvels is funny as hell
I’ll say it: this movie is absolutely hilarious. For all its deeper and slower moments, it has situations that are side-splittingly funny. The movie seamlessly transitions between serious and comical moments, and one of its strong suits is being able to do so in a way that feels natural and not forced, even with high stakes.
A particular moment that comes to mind is a sequence at a planet where all the inhabitants only speak in song and dance, which leads the main characters to fall into some hilarious situations as they attempt to communicate with these individuals. The movie is filled with moments like these that are extremely memorable.
The Marvels contributes to the overarching story in Phase 4
Lastly, those that want to see some progression with the overall Marvel story in Phase 4 will also be pleased. This film shows some continuation of Nick Fury’s character from Secret Invasion, with a possible setup for a future Avengers film, and also continues this phase’s themes of multiverse and the threats that follow. The after credit scenes show how several old and new characters will make an appearance in future movies, progressing this phase forward.
As can be seen, there are a multitude of reasons to watch The Marvels, and longtime fans of Marvel as well as newcomers will both be pleased. This film has something for everyone, for those that follow the lore extensively to those that are not as serious. Definitely catch this film soon, you will not be disappointed.
Special thanks also goes out to Urban Hydration, the sponsor of the premiere event that I attended. I tried several of their moisturizing products, and I could see the difference instantly. For someone that suffers from dry skin in the colder months, something like this is an absolute life saver. Urban Hydration’s message itself spoke to me as well. I recognized the connection between the ideas of hydration, balance, and finding power within oneself that Marvel’s superheroes embody, while also having fun. The Algae collection specifically is a testament to Urban Hydration’s commitment to providing effective skincare solutions. It’s designed to cater to various skin needs, emphasizing the importance of self-care and achieving a natural, healthy glow, and I couldn’t be more happy to promote this product: such a business that is proudly woman-owned and that supports woman empowerment is exactly what needs to be brought to light to give their mission a voice.
Founder Psyche Terry shared:
I believe that working with Marvel Studios provides an exciting platform for my to share the story of Urban Hydration’s mission and products in fun and creative ways. ● I recognized the connection between the message of hydration, balance, and finding power within oneself that Marvel’s Super Heroes embody. ● The collaboration further expands on our Urban Hydration mission to reach more people, inspiring them to take charge of their skin needs and help power up their glow. ● The connection between hydration, balance, and inner strength that Marvel’s Super Heroes embody resonates with Urban Hydration’s mission. This collaboration is about product promotion and sharing a powerful message of self-care and empowerment. ● The Algae collection is a testament to Urban Hydration’s commitment to providing effective skincare solutions. It’s designed to cater to various skin needs, emphasizing the importance of self-care and achieving a natural, healthy glow and I couldn’t be more happy to bring this partnership to everyone.
The Marvels is in theaters right now, and Urban Hydration products can be purchased online from their website.
The enchanting spirit of the holiday season came to life at Century City Mall on December 8 as Disney hosted a dazzling outdoor mixer to celebrate the launch of ‘The Santa Clauses’ Season 2 on Disney+. The event not only brought together fans of the heartwarming show but also invited guests to partake in a magical evening filled with festive attire, Toys for Tots donations, and the chance to delve into an early Christmas Spirit with a special appearance of Santas’s elves.
As the night began, the outdoor setting at Century City Mall provided the perfect backdrop for a winter wonderland, complete with twinkling lights, seasonal decorations, and a touch of Disney magic. The dress code for the evening was nothing short of enchanting, as attendees gazed through the North Pole in their most festive attire to match the holiday cheer that filled the air.
Throughout the evening, guests had the chance to mingle with fellow Disney enthusiasts, snap photos with festive photo opportunities, and enjoy holiday-themed refreshments. The atmosphere was infectious, and the sense of community and shared joy created memories that made the start of the holiday season memorable.
The winter enchantment continued with complimentary ice skating, turning the outdoor space into a frosty playground for guests of all ages.
The highlight of the evening came alive as Santa’s elves took to the ice, transforming the rink into a spectacle of joyous celebration. The elves enchanted the audience with their expertly choreographed ice-skating routines to the soundtrack of ‘The Santa Clauses’ Season 2. The crowd in attendance and mall shoppers couldn’t help but bring all focus to such a captivating performance creating a joyous atmosphere that resonated with the heartwarming essence of ‘The Santa Clauses.’
Following the mesmerizing elf ice skating performance, Disney treated attendees to the ultimate gift – a sneak peek into a series of clips from the new season of ‘The Santa Clauses’ Season 2. The crowd eagerly gathered to witness a preview that would unfold the magic of the upcoming season.
The Disney Holiday Mixer for ‘The Santa Clauses’ Season 2 Premiere became a joyous celebration in honor of the much anticipated new season to premire November 8. The night came to an end, but the magic of Disney and the warmth of the holiday season will undoubtedly endure in the hearts of all who attended.
Check out the reel here!
Swizz Beatz Takes Fans on a Wild Ride as He Celebrates at the Red Carpet Premiere of ‘Drive with Swizz Beatz’
In the heart of Los Angeles, a city renowned for its glitz, glamour, and car culture, the red carpet premiere of “Drive with Swizz Beatz” unfolded in a celebration of community, passion, and the unyielding spirit of drive.
Power Book IV: Force concluded its season with a strong and well-crafted finale, maintaining viewer engagement and setting the stage for future developments. While not reaching the same impact as the Ghost Season 3 finale personally, Force managed to deliver a satisfying conclusion.
One commendable aspect of the finale was the writers’ choice to exercise restraint by avoiding major character deaths. The prediction regarding Vic’s survival proved accurate, and the evolving dynamic between him and Tommy introduces compelling storylines for the upcoming season. The anticipation surrounding their alliance adds an intriguing layer of suspense likely to carry into Season 3.
Claudia’s imprisonment represents a pivotal development, positioning her as a significant player akin to characters like Dre or Andrea. The expectation of her continued influence until at least Season 4 or 5 brings complexity to the narrative. She also got stabbed in prison, but we will find out in the next season if she lives!
Dmac’s return to the streets injects an unpredictable element, leaving fans speculating about the potential twists in his character arc. The notion of him moving to New York and collaborating with Tariq and Brayden presents exciting possibilities for future storylines, reshaping the dynamics among the younger cast. But I had to laugh because he actually thinks that the drug game is all roses, but he will find out very soon that it’s now.
The revelation that Mireya is not dead but forced to leave town by Miguel introduces uncertainty about her relationship with Tommy. The promise of her return, coupled with the anticipation of the ensuing complications, adds layers of complexity to Tommy’s character arc.
In conclusion, while Power Book IV: Force did not deliver a groundbreaking finale, it effectively laid the foundation for future plot developments. The restrained approach to character fates, Claudia’s imprisonment, Dmac’s unpredictable role, and the unresolved storyline involving Mireya leave viewers eagerly anticipating the next season and the potential unraveling of these captivating plot threads.
The second season of Invincible takes us deeper into the intricate world of its characters. When Omni-Man isn’t helping with Viltrum’s expansion plans, he leads a seemingly ordinary life as Nolan Grayson, alongside his wife Debbie. Mark, his son, has embraced his powers as Invincible.
Based on Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker, and Ryan Ottley’s comic series, Invincible manages to maintain the complex storytelling of its source material. The first season’s shocking revelation of Omni-Man’s true nature sets the stage for an intense battle that has dire consequences for Chicago and its residents.
A poignant aspect of the season is Debbie’s struggle with depression and alcoholism, offering a raw portrayal of her pain. The series addresses concerns about its pacing, delivering more focused storytelling, emphasizing the idea that superpowers do not inherently create heroes but often lead to danger. The introduction of Angstrom Levy, a multi-dimensional portal manipulator, highlights the consequences of good intentions gone awry.
Familiar characters return with their own unique quirks. The Lizard League remains bumbling, while the Mauler Twins bring humor as they navigate their clones. The eccentric Doc Seismic introduces a philosophical perspective, and the Atlanteans are enraged by Omni-Man’s actions. Mark and Amber begin college life, their experiences reflecting the challenges of dating a superhero.
Amidst new beginnings, the threat from outer space looms, reminding us that the Viltrumites won’t let go of their grudges. The complex father-son dynamic between Omni-Man and Mark adds depth to the narrative, leaving us eager to explore the unresolved issues.
The season’s finale for the first half showcases Mark, Amber, and William’s graduation in a charming scene. As the series delves into more nuanced aspects of superhero life, it leaves us contemplating the evolving landscape of the superhero genre, from a childlike fascination with Superman to the teenage angst and violence explored in this generation of superhero narratives. We’re left wondering what a mature, Zen-like superhero story might entail in the future.
In the case of Invincible, it’s evident that the decision to split the season was made with the intention of delivering a high-quality viewing experience. While the wait can be challenging, it’s often well worth it. This structure allows the creators to take their time to deliver a satisfying and well-executed story. So, while the wait may be difficult, it often pays off in terms of the final product.