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Reservoir Dogs Ending Explained: What Happened To Mr. Pink?

The ending of Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs wraps up numerous character arcs, but remains somewhat cryptic about Mr. Pink’s fate. As a whole, the highly-influential crime film underlines the camaraderie that emerges from pulling off a big heist, but also pinpoints the egocentric behavior of the main players. Reservoir Dogs concludes with a Mexican standoff; a bloody moment of misunderstanding that opens the door, both literally and figuratively, for Mr. Pink to escape. Reservoir Dogs ends with retribution and justice for a murdered cop, along with a cryptic bit of sound design connected to Mr. Pink’s fate.

With Reservoir Dogs, Tarantino sets himself apart from other first-time feature directors with an unorthodox narrative structure. The movie begins with an iconic diner scene that introduces the titular dogs, thus establishing their motivations and personal quirks. From there, Reservoir Dogs jumps back and forth with time, creating a sense of confusion for the audience while the subjects attempt to piece together the facts themselves. The objective: to execute a diamond heist in Los Angeles. A gangster named Joe Cabot (Lawrence Tierney) organizes the job, with the assistance of his son “Nice Guy” Eddie (Chris Penn). The Cabots recruit various men, and Joe makes it blatantly clear that no real-life names or personal details should be revealed. The crew includes Mr. White (Harvey Keitel), Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen), Mr. Blue (Edward Bunker), Mr. Brown (Tarantino), Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi), and Mr. Orange (Tim Roth), the last of whom is revealed to be an undercover police officer.

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Through slick editing, Reservoir Dogs implies certain information without showing the specifics. The heist escape goes horribly wrong, and the crew meets up at a warehouse. Mr. Pink hides the diamonds and walks out after the Mexican stand-off, leaving Mr. White to process Mr. Orange’s revelation about his real identity. Reservoir Dogs features an all-star cast, and the gritty tale shows what happens when greed and deception override tactical strategy. Here’s a breakdown of Tarantino’s blood-soaked Reservoir Dogs finale, including what happened to Mr. Pink.

Mr. Orange & Why Reservoir Dogs’ Robbery Failed 

Despite careful planning, Reservoir Dogs’ focal heist was doomed from the start, evidenced by a late-movie sequence that details Mr. Orange’s backstory. For narrative clarification, Tarantino includes graphics to underline the character focus. For the section entitled “Mr. Orange,” Roth’s character prepares to infiltrate the Cabot clan; he learns to act like a gangster and – more specifically – how to tell a joke like a gangster. It’s all in the details. In terms of filmmaking, Tarantino initially presents Mr. Orange as one of the guys. The opening diner conversation is full of pop culture references, and specifies character traits for each individual. After the stylized open, which includes a famous wide shot of the crew, Tarantino jumps ahead to the heist’s aftermath. Mr. Orange panics in the back of a car, shot in the belly and thoroughly shook up. Similarly, Mr. White struggles to keep his cool as he attempts to not only drive but also calm his partner. There’s a noticeable bond between the two men; they hold hands and hope for the best. There’s a father-son dynamic between the characters, thus making the finale even more tragic.

In Reservoir Dogs, the heist escape fails because the police were tipped off by Mr. Orange. Crucially, the heist itself was indeed successful, albeit with some major setbacks. At the warehouse, the titular dogs seal their own fates by failing to trust each other. It’s revealed that Mr. Blonde killed numerous civilians, and Mr. Pink is purely convinced that the police not only knew about the job, but that they were waiting for them to leave as well. A brief flashback moment shows Mr. Pink running for his life, and a subsequent car scene ends with Mr. Orange taking a bullet to the gut. On the surface, Mr. Orange’s deception connects the narrative dots. But Reservoir Dogs is fundamentally about what takes place after the fact – all the contrived bravado and confusion.

When stripping Reservoir Dogs down to its core, the robbery and escape failed because of the heightened male machismo and pride. Wisely, Tarantino removes himself from the equation, but only after a memorable opening sequence that depicts the director as someone worthy of hanging with the crew. By the middle section, Tarantino shifts focus to character motivations, along with the fact that the Cabots and Mr. Blonde have an existing relationship. Crucially, Mr. Blonde has been in the clink. In Reservoir Dogs, he presents a cool and collected image, evidenced by the famous torture scene, in which the character cuts off a cop’s ear while dancing to Stealers Wheel’s “Stuck in the Middle with You.” But even though Mr. Blonde may be reliable, he proves to be a major piece of work during the heist’s aftermath. This character pushes the story forward; Mr. Blonde’s actions function as the narrative foundation for the climactic showdown.

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Reservoir Dogs’ Final Showdown

Reservoir Dogs establishes each of its characters as calculated and accomplished criminals, but there’s a clear power structure in place. At the top, there’s Joe Cabot, portrayed coldly by the aforementioned Tierney, an actor who made a career by playing mobsters. In contrast, Cabot’s son, Eddie, is portrayed loosely by Penn. If he’s the eyes for the operation, then it’s not hard to see why Mr. Orange aka Freddy Newandyke could infiltrate the system. As the father of a gangster, Eddie seeks validation. Most importantly, he seeks validation from his peers. Interestingly, Eddie’s wardrobe contrasts with the rest of the more authentic gangsters.

In Reservoir Dogs, Mr. White’s sense of humanity contrasts with Mr. Blonde’s aloof behavior. At the warehouse, Mr. White looks after Mr. Orange and screams at Mr. Blonde about his killing rampage during the heist. Then, Mr. Blonde delivers a classic line: “Are you gonna bark all day, little doggy, or are you gonna bite?” Once again, Tarantino reinforces the power dynamics; a character’s manhood is questioned. Ironically, Mr. Blonde’s suit-and-tie persona doesn’t make him a slick character – that’s Mr. Pink, who is staged in the background during this particular scene. Suddenly, he inserts himself into the conversation and talks about being a “professional.” Mr. Pink then uses a racial slur, thus making him even less of a sympathetic figure, this coming after his opening act rant about his refusal to tip waitresses. Just as the Reservoir Dogs’ editing shuffles the narrative, Tarantino’s character dialogue shuffles the power dynamics as well.

Later in Reservoirs Dogs, when Joe shows up to the warehouse, he knows exactly what’s going on. Joe names Mr. Orange as the rat, and Tierney’s character ultimately function as the inciting incident for the climactic Mexican standoff. Joe’s dialogue further heightens the chaos and finger-pointing. Just like Eddie, he keeps everyone on edge rather than calming them like a… “professional.” And so Eddie winds up pointing a gun at Mr. White, who points a gun at Joe, who in turns points a gun at the bleeding Mr. Orange. Meanwhile Mr. Pink cleverly hides and avoids and flying bullets. All of these men speak forcefully and serve as strong male characters, but their poor communications skills and lack of polish lead to their collective downfalls. The shots ring out quickly; Mr. Orange takes a bullet, then Mr. White, then the Cabots.

What Happened To Mr. Pink At The End Of Reservoir Dogs

Reservoir Dogs ends with Mr. Pink’s escape. He survives because of his intellect, and manages to secure the diamonds. Throughout the film, Mr. Pink speaks practically and muses about how people panic under pressure. He understands the game but doesn’t feel inclined to present a specific persona. Even when he complains about being named “Mr. Pink,” he quickly brushes it off and moves forward like a professional, at least in terms of the job itself. In Reservoir Dogs, everything points towards Mr. Pink’s survival; however, he doesn’t quite walk off into the sunset.

After Mr. Pink leaves the warehouse during Reservoir Dogs’ ending, the attention shifts to a moment of truth between Mr. White and Mr. Orange. The camera pans across the building, showing all the dead bodies, all the dead tough guys. Mr. White, who initially shows compassion for Mr. Orange in the heist’s immediate aftermath, once again reveals his humanity and embraces his newfound friend. Mr. Orange admits that he’s an undercover cop, thus completely destroying Mr. White’s psyche. The camera lingers on the two characters until the end, with Mr. White presumably murdering Mr. Orange while being killed in the process by police officers.

Reservoir Dogs’ final, dramatic moments completely shift attention from Mr. Pink’s escape. As the Mr. White/Mr. Orange sequence plays out, the sound design makes it blatantly clear that something dramatic is also happening outside. Mr. Pink can be heard conversing with the police officers, but just barely. But whether he lives or dies is another matter. Tarantino ends Reservoir Dogs with a telling visual featuring Mr. White and Mr. Orange, and masks another sequence about Mr. Pink’s fate through cryptic sound design.

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2019-07-14 01:07:40

Q.V. Hough

The Mist’s Movie Ending Is Still One Of The Most Shocking Ever

The Mist‘s ending is still one of the most shocking final scenes ever featured in a movie. The sci-fi horror based on Stephen King’s novella was released in 2007. Even though over a decade has passed since it was debuted, The Mist is still talked about to this day, mainly because of its controversial jaw-dropping ending.

When an entire town is blanketed with the mist that hid the giant insects and creatures, a group of people trapped inside a supermarket quickly turned on each other. Following the breakdown of soceity, David Drayton (Thomas Jane) makes the tough decision to lead a small group, including his 8-year-old son, out of the supermarket. But, when their car breaks down, David comes to the conclusion that death is inevitable and imminent, so the group consents to a mercy killing. With the four bullets left, David kills his son as well as Dan (Jeffrey DeMunn), Amanda (Laurie Holden), and Irene (Frances Sternhagen). But, when David goes out to offer himself to the mist,  U.S. Army vehicle pulled up revealing that they were minutes away from safety.

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The Mist‘s ending was heartbreaking, shocking, and above all, incredibly daring. It was a bold move on the part of director Frank Darabont that made The Mist one of the most memorable horror movies in recent memory. It would have been grim enough to end with David shooting his group of survivors, but to take it a step further and showing that the group was mere moments away from being saved was an absolute soul-crusher. Unsurprisingly, The Mist‘s ending proved divisive – some loved the bleakness while others found it overwhelming – but everyone could agree that they didn’t expect that type of conclusion.

When Darabont signed on to write and direct The Mist, he planned from an early stage to deviate from the book. In King’s novel, the ending was much more ambiguous with a sense of hope. David did lead his son and a group out of down with their safety dependent on how far the car could get them, but it was implied that they were close to finding refuge.

The movie version of The Mist took on a much more definitive ending, one that was probably debated over a lot before being made final. It’s very difficult to land such an ending as it could potentially ruin the perception of an entire movie but Darabont – and Jane’s haunted performance – made it work. A viewer can feel his pain by just the look on David’s face as some of the other supermarket survivors pass by on the truck. Even King was vocal about his support of Darabont’s ending in an interview with CinemaBlend:

“When Frank said that he wanted to do the ending that he was going to do, I was totally down with that. I thought that was terrific. And it was so anti-Hollywood – anti-everything, really! It was nihilistic. I liked that. So I said you go ahead and do it.”

The Mist could be considered a monster movie but it touched on much deeper ideas. It’s difficult to prepare for what people will do in dire circumstances and that notion was on full display in the movie. Not only did the supermarket survivors turn on each other, but many of them made the already dangerous situation even more troubling. David was put in a precarious spot and he made a decision that nobody should be forced to make. He carried out an agreed-upon plan that he thought would benefit the fate of his group. It may have not worked out in the way David hoped but it ensured The Mist had a truly unforgettable ending.

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2019-07-13 06:07:06

Kara Hedash

The Signal: The Alien City Ending Explained | ScreenRant

The Signal’s ending was literally out of this world – here’s the alien test city explained. The Signal is a 2014 sci-fi thriller starring Brenton Thwaites and Laurence Fishburne (Hannibal). The story revolves around three MIT students who try to track down a rival hacker, only to end up in a mysterious facility run by Dr. Damon (Fishburne). Apparently, the three students have been exposed to a signal of extraterrestrial origin, but it’s up to main character Nic to figure out the truth behind the signal and why he’s being held.

The Signal is a low-budget sci-fi movie that features some great performances, an emotional story, and a shocking twist ending. The entire story builds towards the final reveal, and it’s satisfying to rewatch the movie and see all the clues that were seeded throughout. Despite the modest budget, The Signal also features some impressive visuals and special effects.

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Most of The Signal plays out like a mystery, with Nic eventually coming to believe he’s being held in Area 51. His logic is backed once he realizes his legs have been amputated and replaced with artificial limbs made of alien technology. Nic eventually breaks himself and his girlfriend Haley, played by Ready Player One’s Olivia Cooke, out of the facility using his new powers. The pair are chased across the desert and encounter a number of strange characters in the outside world, but the final scene finds Nic cornered by Damon and his men on a road. Haley is taken away and a furious Nic uses his new alien limbs to run right past Damon’s roadblock – only to smash through a glass barrier.

The final moments of The Signal find Nic in a strange, warehouse-style area, and he looks back to see Damon remove his hazmat helmet to reveal he’s some kind of alien wearing a human face. Nic then looks outside the window in front of him to see he’s in outer space, realizing he was abducted by aliens for the purpose of integrating human beings will with their technology. The final shot reveals he’s inside an alien test city, built to look like Earth, which is part of a larger spaceship.

The Signal’s twist recalls 1998’s Dark City, which featured a similar premise involving aliens constructing a city to use as a test environment for human beings. Some critics found the reveal too abrupt and reminiscent of The Twilight Zone, but in hindsight, the story was building towards this reveal the whole time and uses the concept to flesh out its themes of emotion overcoming logic. The movie also regularly pulls the rug out from viewers, so it only makes sense to end on the biggest rug pull of all.

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2019-07-13 05:07:27

Padraig Cotter

3Below Season 2’s Ending Sets Up New Arcadia Show Wizards

Warning! SPOILERS ahead for 3Below: Tales of Arcadia season 2

3Below season 2 is the end for the series, and as such, it neatly wraps up the show. But it also sets up the next and final installment in the Tales of Arcadia anthology – Wizards. Created by Guillermo del Toro with DreamWorks Animation, Tales of Arcadia is an animated anthology series about the town of Arcadia and all strange creatures who crop up there – and in the case of 3Below, that means aliens.

Since 3Below season 1, Aja and Krel have continued to live among the humans of Arcadia while also fighting harder than ever to protect their new home from General Morando. In season 2, that fight gets all the more difficult when Morando himself arrives on Earth and Aja, Krel, Varvatos Vex, and all their allies – be they alien, human, or troll – must band together to stop him. 3Below season 2 is an action-packed season like those of Trollhunters before it, still finding time for hilarious asides and heartfelt moments.

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3Below‘s season 2 finale provides a strong closure for Aja and Krel, wrapping up nearly ever major plot introduced on the show and setting the young royals on the next phase of their journey. It also teases the final series in the Tales of Arcadia anthology – Wizards – because while Arcadia may have been saved, there’s another threat that’s coming to end the whole world.

3Below Ends With The Aliens Introducing Themselves To Arcadia

From the beginning, Aja and Krel set out to revive their parents, King Fialkov and Queen Coranda, and defeat Morando. In 3Below season 2’s two-part finale, “A Glorious End”, they accomplish both. It’s an all-out war in Arcadia as Morando and his Omen robots hunt down Aja and Krel, looking to finish off House Tarron for good. Having used Gaylen’s core to become as powerful as a god, the only weapon capable of killing Morando is Seklos’ cannon – a device which they’ve managed to construct, but requires immense energy to power.

Aja and Krel decide to sacrifice their cores to power the cannon, even though it means killing themselves in the process. However, just as they’re about to do exactly that, their parents return to consciousness, and upon seeing what their children are about to do, decide to power the cannon with their own cores instead. In a heartbreaking scene, Aja and Krel are briefly reunited with their parents before the King and Queen give their lives to end Morando once and for all. As a result, the young royals are now the new King and Queen of Akiridian-5, assuming the roles they were destined to have from the very start.

Following the battle, Aja uses the premiere of Toby’s film to reveal to Arcadia the truth about them being aliens. Unsurprisingly, no one really seems to mind. After all, Arcadia has already been home to trolls, why should a few aliens be of any concern? In the end, Aja, Varvatos, Zadra, and Eli – who somehow convinces Aja to let him tag along – all travel back to Akiridian-5, where Aja will take her place as Queen. Krel, however, decides to remain on Earth, realizing that he now thinks of Arcadia as his true home. The siblings share a tearful goodbye, and while they may be apart from one another now, it likely won’t be long before something brings the Akiridians (and Eli) back to Arcadia.

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How 3Below’s Ending Sets Up Wizards

We don’t yet know specific details about Wizards, but 3Below‘s season 2 finale hints at what’s to come. In the episode’s final scene, Toby, Steve, and AAARRRGGHH!!! happen upon a talking black cat wearing glasses who warns them that they are in great danger. The cat – who is actually a wizard’s familiar, though which wizard’s is unclear – explains they must come with him, otherwise the world as they know it will end. Just who is this familiar, who is their wizard, and what, exactly, is this latest world-ending threat are all mysteries that Wizards is sure to explore.

Along with that final teaser of a scene, there’s an earlier moment in 3Below season 2 which may also hint at what will happen in Wizards. The short scene checks in with Jim and Blinky, who after the destruction of Trollmarket’s Heartstone, left with Merlin and the rest of the trolls for Hoboken, New Jersey. It shows them engaged in battle with some mysterious new foe clad head to toe in white armor. No additional information is given, and even Blinky seems unsure of just who this new enemy is, but surely, they must be connected with the world-ending threat the wizard’s familiar warns Toby, Steve, and AAARRRGGHH!!! about.

Does 3Below Season 2 Overlap With Wizards?

The final scene of 3Below season 2 with the wizard’s familiar suggests that Wizards: Tales of Arcadia‘s story will begin immediately following the conclusion of 3Below. However, that earlier moment of Jim fighting with the mysterious knight suggests something else – 3Below season 2 and the first season of Wizards may take place simultaneously. Or, if they aren’t set at the exact same time, then the two seasons may at the very least overlap.

The reasoning for this is two-fold. First, the scene of Jim fighting the knight purposefully reveals very little, which implies that the full scene will be shown later, most likely in Wizards. If that happens, then it’s possible the scene will be presented in such a way as to offer the other side of the video call, this time from Blinky’s perspective. Just such a scene wouldn’t only better highlight what’s happening – potentially even revealing exactly who Jim is fighting – but it would also confirm that some of Wizards season 1 will occur concurrently to 3Below season 2.

The other reason that 3Below and Wizards may overlap is because that’s exactly what happens in Trollhunters season 3 and 3Below season 1. The entire first season of 3Below is happening at the same time as the final season of Trollhunters, with both show’s climaxes coinciding. 3Below season 2 and Wizards season 1 may do something similar, with at the least the first part of Wizards season 1 happening while 3Below season 2 is still winding down.

What Is the Final Threat To Arcadia?

As the culminating series in the anthology, Wizards: Tales of Arcadia will see the characters from both Trollhunters and 3Below unite to defeat this final threat. But just what is it? The wizard’s familiar’s warning and the mysterious foe in white armor are clues, but they don’t reveal the full picture. Our best guess, though, is that the world-ending threat teased for Wizards is none other than Morgana – the evil sorceress who was the main antagonist in Trollhunters. In the Trollhunters season 3 finale, Morgana isn’t destroyed but rather trapped in the Shadow Realm, which leaves it open for her to eventually return.

Ages ago, Morgana was an apprentice of Merlin’s, but she betrayed him and has since been his sworn enemy. Morgana’s goals are to sow chaos in the world, and previously during Trollhunters, she was stopped from enacting an Eternal Night that would have shrouded the world in darkness. It’s likely, then, that if freed from the Shadow Realm, Morgana would seek revenge against Merlin and all his allies – namely, Jim, Claire, and Toby, since they were responsible for locking her away.

With a title like Wizards, it only stands to reason that this Tales of Arcadia series will explore the origins of wizards and possibly even introduce a few more in addition to Merlin and Morgana. In fact, chances are good that the black cat is a familiar of a wizard or witch who is a new character that will be introduced in Wizards. And if the Pale Lady truly has returned, then the trolls, aliens, and humans of Arcadia are going to need all the help they can get in order to stop her.

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2019-07-13 02:07:16

Sarah Moran

Scream Resurrection Ending: Ghostface Killer Identity Revealed

Warning: Major spoilers for Scream: Resurrection!

Scream: Resurrection officially revealed which character was behind the Ghostface mask. The killer terrorized the members of the Deadfast Club for Scream‘s rebooted season 3. After the three-night event on VH1, the mystery of Ghostface’s identity is solved and all loose ends are now tied up.

After over a year-long delay in the production stage, Scream season 3 presented a new story about a group of unlikely allies who met during detention. Deion (RJ Cyler) was at the center of the drama as the main target of the Ghostface killer. To manipulate and torture Deion, his friends were often targeted by the maniac, some of which didn’t make it out alive.

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Despite being a horror series, Scream: Resurrection had many comedic moments and an ample amount of social commentary. It also played on horror cliches by going after tropes of the genre as a way to surprise viewers. As with all installments in the Scream movie franchise, the major question surrounded the identity of Ghostface. Here’s a breakdown of the killer character and the motivation behind the murders in Scream season 3.

The sixth and final episode of Scream season 3 revealed the identity of Ghostface and it was someone that most viewers didn’t expect. Beth (Giorgia Whigham), the goth and horror movie expert, turned out to be the face behind the infamous mask. She was a complete sociopath who wanted to be the star of her own real-life horror movie. Before Deion, Liv (Jessica Sula), and Kym (Keke Palmer) figured out her true identity, Beth managed to kill Shane (Tyler Posey), Manny (Giullian Yao Gioiello), and Amir (CJ Wallace). But she didn’t carry out the massacre on her own.

Jamal (Tyga), Deion’s half-brother, served as Beth’s accomplice throughout Scream: Resurrection. He met Beth at the tattoo parlor and the duo struck up a relationship after Jamal (who also goes by Jay) confided in her regarding his family troubles. It wasn’t difficult for Beth to convince Jay to join her plan. Jay actually wore the Ghostface mask at times so Beth could stay close to the Deadfast Club without generating suspicion. He was responsible for the deaths of TJ (Nash Grier), Avery (Patrick Johnson), Luther (Tony Todd), Latavious (DC Young Fly), and the attack on Officer Reynolds (Gideon Emery).

So what were the real motives behind Beth and Jay’s serial killer aspirations in Scream: Resurrection? Beth was basically waiting for her opportunity when Jay came along; it was clear from the beginning that Jay had issues with Deion and the history of their family. Jay’s father Earl (Diesel Madkins) left his mother after Marcus went missing to help with his secret family. This upset Jay’s mother so much that she ended up killing herself, forcing Earl to move his other son to Atlanta.

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Before Earl came clean about his other family, he introduced Jay to Deion. When Jay moved to Atlanta, he noticed that Deion acted like he was a complete stranger. Jay put the evidence together and realized that Deion was actually Marcus. After Beth turned on Jay, stabbing him and leaving him to die, Deion tried to save him. Jay then finally got his brother to come clean before he died from his injuries.

On that tragic Halloween night when Marcus disappeared, the twins switched costumes. Deion was actually the one who went missing in the salvage yard and later died. Nobody realized that the surviving twin was actually Marcus who took his brother’s identity. Marcus was the troubled twin and his family treated him differently so he kept it a secret his whole life. Jay was the only one who figured out the truth and he used it as his motivation to go after his half-brother. Not only did Marcus’ mistakes that Halloween night destroy Jay’s life, but it also cut the real Deion’s life short. That story helped give Beth the opportunity to carry out what she thought she was destined for – serial killer stardom. That was until Deion/Marcus, Liv, and Kym ended Beth’s reign of terror in Scream Resurrection.

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2019-07-10 08:07:37

Kara Hedash

Cobra Kai Season 2’s Ending Explained

WARNING: Spoilers for Cobra Kai season 2.

Cobra Kai season 2 ends in tragedy for Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio), and the students of both the Cobra Kai and Miyagi-Do dojos. Both Daniel and Johnny must face the ramifications of their failures as senseis; Daniel’s dream of continuing Mr. Miyagi’s teachings ends while Johnny loses both his prized pupil Miguel (Xolo Maridueña), who is hospitalized with serious injuries, and the Cobra Kai dojo itself, which is stolen by John Kreese (Martin Kove) after a violent brawl that exceeded anything fans saw in The Karate Kid movies.

Cobra Kai season 2 picks up immediately from the events of season 1 and spans the entire summer, just like The Karate Kid, Part II did. At the end of Cobra Kai season 1, Miguel won the All-Valley Karate Tournament for Cobra Kai and Kreese reappeared, wanting a piece of Cobra Kai as its original founder. Meanwhile, Daniel rebuilds Mr. Miyagi’s house and opens it as the new Miyagi-Do dojo, with his daughter Sam (Mary Mouser) and Johnny’s estranged son Robby (Tanner Buchanan) as his first students. Daniel’s plan is to fight Cobra Kai with a different brand of karate before Cobra Kai’s influence consumed the kids of the San Fernando Valley.

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Throughout Cobra Kai season 2, the two dojos attempt to one-up each other and expand their rosters; Cobra Kai adds Tory (Peyton List), who quickly becomes Miguel’s new girlfriend, forming a love quadrangle with Sam and Robby. Meanwhile, Kreese corrupts Johnny’s attempts to evolve Cobra Kai beyond the original “no mercy” credo Kreese himself taught in the 1980s and the Cobra Kai students become divided by the mixed messages. Hawk (Jacob Bertrand), especially, becomes even more of a sociopathic bully, while other Cobra Kai students quit and join Daniel’s school. But tensions continue to escalate between all of the karate kids, including a midseason food court brawl and Kreese ordering Hawk to vandalize the Miyagi-Do dojo.

Ironically, just as Daniel and Johnny are able to reach a tentative truce, thanks to Daniel’s wife Amanda (Courtney Henggeler) and Miguel’s mother Carmen (Vanessa Rubio), all of their students finally explode into violence in the Cobra Kai season 2 finale, “No Mercy”, which Kreese takes full advantage of. Here’s how the ending of Cobra Kai season 2 changed the lives of Johnny, Daniel, and all of their students:

Cobra Kai Vs. Miyagi-Do Erupts Into All-Out War

Just like her father, Sam LaRusso found herself with an unwanted arch enemy in Tory. Soon after Tory joined Cobra Kai, she started dating Miguel, which irked Sam despite her romantic interest in Robby. Tory, who isn’t a rich kid, flips the original script of The Karate Kid as she resents Sam for being affluent, the way Daniel did Johnny when they were teenagers. Sam also mistakenly accused Tory of stealing, earning her enmity. At an end-of-summer house party, Sam embarrassed Tory by beating her at a drinking game before Tory caught the inebriated Sam kissing Miguel. Tory vowed payback and, on the first day of school, she commandeered West Valley High’s P.A. system and called Sam out to fight. (References to Grease and Sam reading The Outsiders right before Tory challenged her foreshadowed their conflict.)

When Sam and Tory came to blows, Miguel and Robby immediately rushed to help, which finally caused the burgeoning tensions between the Cobra Kai and Miyagi-Do students to ignite into violence. (“This isn’t a tournament”, Tory told Sam, echoing what Miyagi told Daniel when Chozen challenged him to a fight to the death in The Karate Kid, Part II.) In a fantastic action sequence, multiple students fought each other, the faculty, and the security guards. The chaos engulfed the entire school but crucially, the key fights were won by Miyagi-Do: Tory tried to maim Sam with a spiked bracelet but Sam won their fight; however, Miguel got the best of Robby and could have broken his arm, but he decided to adhere to Johnny’s lessons and show mercy. Robby, however, took advantage and kicked Miguel off a balcony. Miguel fell and landed on the stairwell, nearly killing him. Miguel ended Cobra Kai season 2 hospitalized and in critical condition.

How Kreese Stole Cobra Kai From Johnny

After Johnny visited Miguel at the hospital (and Carmen telling him she never wants to see him again), Cobra Kai’s sensei returned to his dojo and found an unpleasant surprise: Kreese, whose services Johnny had dismissed earlier, was back and training his students, including Tory and Hawk. Because Cobra Kai lost the fight at the school, Kreese used their resentment to take over as their new sensei, promising them that he wouldn’t fail them like Johnny did. Kreese then informs Johnny that the Cobra Kai dojo now belonged to him.

Kreese pulled off his coup when Johnny left town to spend time with his high school friends, who were the ex-Cobra Kai students who tormented Daniel in The Karate Kid. With Johnny out of town, Kreese took the opportunity to secretly change the ownership of the dojo and place all the legal paperwork under his name. Because Johnny wasn’t paying attention to the details, he let Kreese steal Cobra Kai right out from under him. This was actually foreshadowed earlier in Cobra Kai season 2 when Daniel made a commercial promoting Miyagi-Do and called Cobra Kai “a snake in the grass”. Predictably, John Kreese was the snake in the grass all along.

Kreese was always working for his own interests and lied to Johnny repeatedly. Because more and more students wanted to join Cobra Kai after Miguel won the All-Valley Tournament, Johnny needed the extra help and brought Kreese aboard despite his (correct) reservations. Johnny also took pity on Kreese after learning that his old sensei was a homeless drifter (it was Miguel who realized that Kreese’s war stories were lies and clued Johnny into investigating his sensei). However, Kreese never had any intention of letting Johnny evolve Cobra Kai and he always wanted to return the dojo to his violent 1980s methodology. Kreese’s lessons counteracted Johnny’s and left the students confused about whether or not to be “badass” or “show mercy”. Some of the Cobra Kai already mistrusted Johnny after they learned Robby was his son. The Cobra Kai students blamed showing mercy for what happened to Miguel and decided Johnny was the reason Cobra Kai lost the fight at the school so they went all-in with Kreese’s corruption.

Johnny And Daniel’s Students Repeat Their Mistakes – And Miguel Pays For It

A lot of the fun of Cobra Kai is in how Daniel and Johnny are simply unable to put their 35-year-old rivalry behind them. The two are oil and water and just can’t bring themselves to trust each other. Ironically, Daniel was a great sensei to his students, but too focused on trying to live up to Mr. Miyagi’s memory to notice that Johnny was actually trying to change. Johnny grew dismayed that his “badass” Cobra Kai lessons (which were Kreese’s original philosophies) were changing his students and turning them into “a**holes”, especially Miguel, who he was closer to than his own son Robby. However, Johnny’s mindset is perpetually trapped in the 1980s and he only ended up alienating most of his students, who irrevocably bought into the original “strike first, strike hard, no mercy” Cobra Kai lifestyle that Kreese reinforced.

Meanwhile, Johnny and Daniel’s students ended up not just recycling their senseis’ bad blood but escalating matters into full-blown gang warfare. Tory and Sam instantly disliked each other upon their meeting and they fought over Miguel the way Daniel and Johnny fought over Ali (Elisabeth Shue) in The Karate Kid. The other karate kids took turns tormenting each other all summer.

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Ultimately, Miguel was the most tragic victim of the Cobra Kai vs. Miyagi-Do war; Johnny’s desire to evolve Cobra Kai was because he promised to keep Miguel on “the right path” after Johnny saw that following Cobra Kai’s original philosophy was turning Miguel into a violent jerk. Miguel hero worships Sensei Lawrence and always takes his lessons to heart, but showing Robby mercy turned out to be his fatal mistake. For his part, Robby is a good but troubled kid who routinely succumbs to worst aspects of his father Johnny, despite Daniel’s trying to teach him Miyagi’s ways.

What Happens Next In Cobra Kai Season 3?

Daniel always saw Cobra Kai as a cult that turned good people into violent jerks, and his nightmare came true in Cobra Kai season 2. Cobra Kai is now as bad as it has ever been and it has corrupted the hearts and minds of several West Valley students. Meanwhile, after Sam and Miguel were hospitalized, Amanda flat-out told Daniel “no more karate”, forcing Daniel to close Miyagi-Do, which leaves the Valley without a counterbalance against Cobra Kai. Robby disappeared and poor Miguel is hospitalized; it’s unclear if he’ll ever walk again, much less fight. As for Johnny, he is left with nothing, and he didn’t even see the Facebook friend request from Ali Mills Schwarber, which could signal Elisabeth Shue making an appearance in Cobra Kai season 3.

However, before that fateful gang war at school began, Robby told Johnny that Miyagi-Do had done a lot for him and that “maybe you guys could learn a thing or two from each other”. With Kreese proving to be their true enemy, this is a clue that the way forward is for Johnny and Daniel to work together and combine both of their karate philosophies to combat Cobra Kai – but that’s only if they can finally stop being eternal rivals and bury the hatchet in Cobra Kai season 3 – which is easier said than done.

Next: What To Expect From Cobra Kai Season 3

Cobra Kai Seasons 1 & 2 are available to stream on YouTube Premium.


2019-04-25 08:04:06

John Orquiola

Avengers: Endgame’s Ending & Marvel Movie Future Explained In Detail

WARNING: Major spoilers for Avengers: Endgame.

Avengers: Endgame‘s ending is the high-stakes close to the story Marvel Studios has been on for the last 11 years and an emotional send-off to some of the MCU’s biggest characters, but also a setting of the stage for what can come in Phase 4 and beyond. Now that the film is out in theaters, it is time to break it all down.

The movie sees the Avengers learn that their failure is unstoppable and irreversible at the beginning of the film, taking audiences forward five years with a time jump. The surviving heroes have all either retired, continued a seemingly hopeless search, or turned down a darker path. But, once Scott Lang aka Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) teases Tony Stark aka Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) with the possibility of time travel, everything falls into place. The Avengers hop through time stealing Infinity Stones from past MCU films with the hope of snapping their own fingers and bringing back those they lost.

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This is complicated thanks to Nebula’s (Karen Gillan) memory network alerting 2014 Thanos (Josh Brolin) that his future plan is being undermined, and sets the stage for an epic finale. There’s a lot to discuss when it comes to Avengers: Endgame‘s ending, including the return of the snap victims, death of Iron Man, new direction for Thor, new life for Captain America, and a lot more.

How Infinity War’s Snap Victims Come Back To Fight Thanos

The Avengers were successful on their missions to acquire the six Infinity Stones for themselves, and after some debate, Bruce Banner aka Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) volunteers to be the one to put on the retro-fitted Iron Man gauntlet to try and bring back the other half of the universe’s population. It appears he is able to do this when Hawkeye’s (Jeremy Renner) wife calls him on the phone, but Avengers HQ is instantly attacked by Thanos from 2014, who traveled through time himself. Avengers HQ is completed leveled, with Hulk badly injured from the effects of the snap.

Iron Man, Steve Rogers aka Captain America (Chris Evans), and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) are the only ones capable of trying to defeat Thanos. But they once again fall short, leaving Cap as the only one left standing before Thanos and the massive army he’s assembled. But, just as it appears all hope is lost and Thanos will win again, portals from around the galaxy begin to open up. Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and many other sorcerers – including Wong (Benedict Wong) – are responsible for transporting all of Wakanda, the remaining Asgardians, the other alive MCU heroes, and the now returned snap victims to this location to join the fight. They all remember being dusted, but have no idea what happened in the five years since and are just focused on doing their part to protect the universe once again.

Tony Stark Sacrifices Himself To Beat Thanos

Even with the full force of the MCU behind them, the fate of the universe ultimately comes down to one key sequence. The Iron Man gauntlet with all six Infinity Stones is up for grabs and Thanos fights off several heroes to get his hands on it. Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) comes in to deliver punishing blows and is about to overpower the Mad Titan, but then he pulls out the Power Stone and uses it to punch her away. It is at this moment that Iron Man sees the window of opportunity and the one chance to win this war and complete Doctor Strange’s plan.

Related: Why Didn’t Doctor Strange Trap Thanos In A Time Loop?

He jumps back into the fight and uses the nanotech armor to transfer the Infinity Stones to his suit during this exchange with Thanos. With every stone now in his possession, Tony says “I am Iron Man” one more time as he snaps his fingers. Instead of half of the universe randomly being slaughtered, it is now Thanos and his army who are dusted. However, Tony is just a regular human being and by no means as powerful as Hulk or Thanos, who both barely survived snaps of their own. The entire right side of Tony is instantly charred, giving him just a few moments left with Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), James Rhodes aka War Machine (Don Cheadle), and Peter Parker aka Spider-Man (Tom Holland) before he dies.

Tony Stark’s Funeral Unites The MCU

The send off to the MCU’s biggest character is sure to leave fans heartbroken, but it is also used beautifully in Avengers: Endgame to unite the rest of the universe to honor the man who started it all. An intimate funeral is held at Stark’s isolated household makes up the massive ensemble scene that many MCU stars previously teased had been filmed. Almost every single character of some significance to Stark or the MCU is present for his goodbye, but also to reflect back and show just how big the universe has become since audiences first heard “I am Iron Man” echoed across theaters.

The scene plays as one continuous shot weaving through all of the different characters who have assembled. Pepper, Rhodey, Tony’s daughter, and Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) all make their way out to the lake after watching a pre-recorded message from Tony just in case this outcome happened. Outside, they are joined by the remaining original Avengers members Cap, Thor, Hulk, and Hawkeye. Tony’s newer allies and acquaintances like Peter Parker, Doctor Strange, and Ant-Man all appear, as do the Guardians of the Galaxy. Those with other personal connections to him like Harley Keener (Ty Simpkins), Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), and – of course – Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) mourn his loss, along with several others. They are all here to say goodbye to Tony Stark – who is largely responsible for many of them being here at all thanks to the success of Iron Man in 2008.

Thor Joins The Guardians of the Galaxy

While Iron Man’s story has come to a close, the ending of Avengers: Endgame opens up a new chapter for Thor. He previously moved the remaining members of his Asgardian fleet to Norway following the snap, and after not being the best king during this time, he decides it is time to move on. Thor boards the Benatar with Rocket Raccoon and the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy, marking the beginning of the Asgardians of the Galaxy, as he jokingly calls them (a reference to a recent comic run). The banter with Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) returns instantly as part of their individual struggles to be seen as the leader, and it appears this will continue for the foreseeable future.

Related: Thor Should Replace Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy

Star-Lord Wants To Find HIS Gamora

The new look Guardians of the Galaxy team does not have a clear cut mission from the get-go, but Star-Lord does have one goal in mind that he isn’t yet sharing with the team. He famously lost his cool on Titan when it was revealed that Thanos had to sacrifice Gamora (Zoe Saldana) in order to obtain the Soul Stone. Since she was not a victim of the snap, she was not among those brought back when Hulk reversed it – and he couldn’t even get Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) back either. But, after encountering the 2014 version of the galaxy’s deadliest woman, Star-Lord is shown searching the cosmos for any sign of the Gamora he knows and loves. This could be a storyline ripe for exploration in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which Saldana has teased before she could appear in.

Valkyrie Becomes Queen Of Asgard

Since Thor has left New Asgard, a new ruler had to be appointed, and he made the no-brainer decision to make Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) the queen. The former Asgardian warrior and member of the Valkyrie is a natural choice to rule according to Thor, and the recognition is moving for the character. While there’s no official announcements on what Valkyrie’s future will be as the queen, we do know from Thompson that Taika Waititi has pitched his take for Thor 4/Thor: Ragnarok 2, which now will likely feature her as the star. The only question that remains is if she’ll get a special Nidavellir weapon of her own.

What Happens To The Infinity Stones?

The Infinity Stones have been as central to past seven years of the MCU as just about any actual characters, with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige even dubbing this 22 film story the Infinity Saga. Avengers: Endgame is the end of this story, and by all means, is also the end of the Infinity Stones being part of the ongoing narrative. It’s revealed very early on in the movie that Thanos used the power of the stones to destroy them just three weeks after the snap occurs; this is why the Avengers must travel through time to acquire past versions of them. We’ve already covered how the Avengers use the stones to successfully bring back the fallen and defeat Thanos, but what happened to the stones next?

What we do know is that the Infinity Stones must be placed in the exact same point in time in which they were taken to avoid creating new realities and futures. Captain America is tasked with doing this, meaning he will travel to Morag to put back the Power Stone in 2014, Vormir to give back the Soul Stone, the Battle of New York in 2012 to return the Time Stone and Mind Stone, Asgard in 2013 to inject the Reality Stone back into Jane Foster, and place the Space Stone back in S.H.I.E.L.D. custody in 1970. The plan is for him to do this and return five seconds later in the present day, but then he misses the window… on purpose.

Related: Captain Marvel May Have Already Teased A Proper Avengers Team Replacement

Steve Rogers Gets His Dance (& Life) With Peggy Carter In The Past

After spending the last decade being the man out of time, Captain America uses this to give himself the life he never got. Instead of going back to join the Avengers, Steve decides to stay in the past so he can have the long-awaited dance with Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell). This single moment isn’t the end of their time together though, as he stays with Peggy and they grow old together. We have already seen in Captain America: Civil War that Peggy passed away due to old age, but Steve now was able to experience a full life together, as he is able to accept a life outside of war for the first time ever.

Falcon Becomes The New Captain America (Not Bucky)

While Cap didn’t make it back to the present day as the plan originally called for, he does return to Avengers HQ to be reunited with his best friends Sam Wilson aka Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) one more time. The old man Steve Rogers is sitting on a bench when Sam and Bucky notice him, and Bucky tells Sam to go over first. Sam mentions to Steve that it will be strange to live in a world without Captain America. Steve uses this opportunity to pull out the star-spangled shield and gives it to Sam, hoping that he will be the new Captain America. Sam is honored to have the shield, while Bucky appears to be perfectly happy with Steve’s decision. This will be explored further in the upcoming Disney+ series, Falcon & The Winter Soldier.

What Happens To The Rest Of The Characters At The End Of Avengers: Endgame

As for the rest of the characters in Avengers: Endgame – and there sure are a lot of them – they mostly just get quick bookends to this story that can set up their own futures. Banner is still injured and in his Professor Hulk form, while Hawkeye and Wanda have one final talk before he returns to his farmhouse to be reunited with his family. We get a quick shot of Wakanda where Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Shuri (Letitia Wright), and Ramonda (Angela Bassett) look over their thriving advanced nation. Peter returns to school an emotional wreck, but finally gets to see Ned Leeds (Jacob Batalon) again. Scott sits on his porch with Hope van Dyne aka Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) and an older Cassie Lang (Emma Furhmann), potentially setting up the trio working together in the future.

Unfortunately, we don’t get to see scenes like these for every character, with Doctor Strange and Captain Marvel among those not to be seen again after the funeral.

Who Are The Avengers Now?

With most of the original Avengers dead, old, or leaving, where does this leave the superhero team? Avengers: Endgame never addresses an actual passing of the torch and formation of a new team, so it is unclear at the moment if the Avengers even truly exist anymore. If they do, it may only be in loose forms, where Professor Hulk may be the only one to stick around. Rhodey is still an Avenger and didn’t drive off in the sunset at the end, so it could just be him and Hulk that are left. That said, Tony did knight Spider-Man in space to make him an Avenger, which could make him an actual member too – if he had any interest that is. Captain Marvel’s possible affiliation with them is unclear as she barely was a part of their team to begin with, but maybe Fury convinces her otherwise.

Additionally, we could see Falcon and Scarlet Witch reinstated with the Avengers. Secretary Thunderbolt Ross (William Hurt) was at Tony’s funeral with all of them and showed no signs of arresting them, so the Sokovia Accords could have been voided or their past actions forgotten, which would allow them to rejoin the team. There’s also a case to be made for Ant-Man to be a member of the team officially now, as well as other heroes like Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Wasp, and more. If they aren’t members now, there is still a good chance they’ll be called upon in the future.

What Marvel Movies Are Next After Avengers: Endgame?

Avengers: Endgame is a satisfying conclusion to the MCU up to this point, but the universe is not going to slow down now. It will move forward in just a few months with the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home, which will see Peter go on summer vacation to try and get away from the superhero life after this traumatic experience. The film was recently revealed by Kevin Feige to actually be part of Phase 3 and not the kick off to Phase 4 as previously thought. But, this just means that the new Phase will kick off a brand new era with a different familiar face.

Related: Avengers: Infinity War Doesn’t Set Up Spider-Man: Far From Home

Marvel Studios is currently expected to have two 2020 releases and all signs point to those being Black Widow – which is definitely a prequel following her death in Avengers: Endgame – and a new cosmic franchise The Eternals. After this, Black Panther 2 and Doctor Strange 2 are both in development with directors Ryan Coogler and Scott Derrickson returning to their respective franchises. James Gunn was also previously reinstated on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, but his initial firing has pushed back the expected timeframe. We’ll also be getting a Shang-Chi movie directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, marking the MCU’s first Asian-led movie. All of these movies are technically unconfirmed from Marvel, and even though Captain Marvel 2Ant-Man 3Thor 4, or Spider-Man 3 have also yet to be announced, they will likely happen too.

The MCU Is Now Set In 2023

One aspect to Avengers: Endgame‘s ending that may add some confusion to the larger MCU moving forward is the timeline. The movie features a five-year time jump from the end of Avengers: Infinity War and the 2014 set scenes with Thanos, Gamora, and Nebula state that these events are happening nine years in the future. That means, with little room for leeway, that the ending of Avengers: Endgame and everything that will follow it chronologically are going to be taking place several years in the future (for us).

In the past, Marvel films took place in the same year they are released – unless otherwise noted. This will not be the case anymore, as the five year Decimation period will forever remain part of the MCU’s history. Thankfully, Marvel should be able to shorten this window fairly quickly, as Black Widow and The Eternals are expected to be prequels, while the rest of Phase 4 could follow these characters in the almost immediate aftermath of Avengers: Endgame. Now we’ll just need to hope they can do this and avoid making major continuity errors.

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2019-04-25 05:04:15

Cooper Hood

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch: Guide To Get The Secret Ending

It’s no secret that Black Mirror’s choose-your-own-adventure installment was an overwhelming success, with widespread critical acclaim and commercial success. So great was its success, that Netflix has decided to take on more projects of this nature, posting job openings looking for game designers to create more interactive content.

Part of this feature’s success was the fact that viewers were afforded so many choices throughout the story. Story arcs were numerous and diverse, and the ending to the story was heavily dependent on the choices that the user makes, however, there is one secret ending that seems nearly impossible to access. Let’s take a look at the choices that you need to make throughout the game in order to unlock this particular scene.

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11 Select The Sugar Puffs, The Thompson Twins Cassette, Hit Accept, Then Reject

When Dad provides two kinds of cereal to choose from for breakfast, pick the Sugar Puffs, not the Frosties.  Interestingly enough, this is where most viewers already go wrong, as the stats for Bandersnatch show that more than 60 percent of Netflix viewers choose Frosties.

In what seems like yet another menial selection, Stefan must choose between listening to the Thompson Twins or Now That’s What I Call Music 2 while riding the bus. Once again, this choice is more important than it seems, as it is imperative to choose the Thompson Twins in order to keep the secret ending in play.

At this stage, Stefan arrives at Tuckersoft, the gaming company that wants to hire him to create the Bandersnatch game. Here he meets Colin, a game designer at Tuckersoft whom he deeply admires, and Tucker, CEO of the company.

Tucker offers Stefan the choice to make Bandersnatch in the offices of Tuckersoft alongside a team of designers. Stefan must accept this offer. This choice results in Bandersnatch tanking and a game reviewer giving it zero out of five stars, and the viewer must select reject when taken back to this crossroad a second time.

10 Select Yes In The Therapist’s Office, Choose The Bermuda Triangle, Shout At Dad, And Visit Dr Haynes

When Stefan is given the option to speak about his mother, choose yes. This will reveal his traumatic childhood story and once the flashback is playing, the younger Stefan will refuse to go with his mother.

When visiting the record store, pick The Bermuda Triangle as opposed to Phaedra. The selected vinyl will play in a montage of Stefan’s game design. When Dad walks in and asks Stefan about lunch, Stefan immediately gets angry. Here, shout at Dad rather than throw tea over the computer.

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Upon hearing Stefan’s reaction, Dad drives him back to the therapist. As Stefan stands outside the entrance, he spots Colin walking across the street. Choose to enter the therapist’s office, instead of going after him.

9 Pull Earlobe, Take The Pills, Follow Colin, Pick Yes, Choose Stefan

Out of stress, Stefan must choose between pulling his earlobe and biting his nails. Pick the earlobe. When you have to choose between taking the pills and disposing of them, take them.

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The last option will take viewers back to the choice between following Colin and going to the therapist. This time, pick Colin. When Colin offers Stefan some drugs, select yes. He will then proceed to hear Colin’s bizarre theories on life. Colin then suggests that one of them jumps off the balcony to prove his theory. Stefan must jump, and this will reset to when Stefan must choose what to do with the pills.

8 Hit The Desk, Pick Up Book, PAC, Throw Tea Over Computer

Once again, Stefan’s temper builds when developing the game. Choose to hit the desk out of frustration. Upon deciding to get some sleep, Stefan must choose between taking a book and a family photo with him to bed. Take the book.

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Stefan will then attempt to access Dad’s safe and input a password. Select PAC. After unearthing a disturbing conspiracy, users will go back to the scene where Stefan loses his temper. This time, throw tea over the computer.

7 P.A.C.S., Dial 20541, Choose Netflix, Try To Explain To Stefan And Then Decide To Tell Him More

Once again attempting to access the safe, input P.A.C.S. as the password. Losing touch with reality, Stefan shockingly kills his dad. At this point, Stefan must dial the number to Dr. Haynes’ office correctly and threaten to kill her in the same way he killed his dad.

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Stefan then lands himself in jail and users must decide whether or not to continue the story. Here, you must continue and face a scene where Stefan seems to think that someone is controlling him. He then calls out, “Who’s There”, to which the viewer must respond with “Netflix”.

6 F**k Yeah, Kick Him In The Balls, Who’s There?, Back Off, Then Kill Dad

When telling Dr. Haynes about Netflix, she asks if he would like more action if he was a Netflix viewer watching this scene. Respond in the affirmative. Stefan then has the option to fight his therapist or jump out the window. Ensure that he throws coffee in her face and fights her. At this point, Dad appears in the fight. Choose to kick him in the balls rather than karate chopping him.

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Viewers are then taken back to when the point where Stefan asks, “Who’s There”. Choose to display the White Bear Symbol on the computer monitor at this point. Once again, Stefan loses control and must contemplate killing dad. Follow the sequence above.

5 Bury The Body, Respond With “Yes”, He Jumped, Chop Up The Body This Time

Stefan must now decide between burying his dad’s body and chopping it up. Choose to bury it. As Tucker calls to ask if the game will be ready by the end of the day, respond with yes.

Kitty will then ask where Colin is. Tell her that Colin jumped off the balcony. Kitty then claims that this never happened, and the dog subsequently digs up Stefan’s dad’s body later that night. Once again, the jail ending is reached.

4 Destroy Computer, Get The Toy Rabbit From Dad, Repeat The Previous Process

Again, Stefan is frustrated during the process of game development. Destroy the computer, as opposed to throwing tea over it.

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Then repeat the process of picking up the family photo at bedtime, showing Stefan the White Bear symbol, chopping up Dad’s body and destroy the computer yet again.

3 PAX, Display White Bear Symbol, Repeat The Process With Dad

Repeat the process of typing in PAX as the password to Dad’s safe, displaying the White Bear on Stephan’s computer screen.

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This time when trying to access Dad’s safe, use the password “PAX”. From there, the process with Dad will repeat itself, where you will have to chop up his body, destroy the computer and get the toy rabbit.

2 Input TOY As Password And Say Yes In The Flashback Sequence

Once again, Stefan is faced with choosing a password for accessing Dad’s safe. This time, pick TOY. In a flashback, Stefan’s mom asks if he will accompany her on the train. Young Stefan must say yes

1 Enjoy The Secret Ending

This ending contains some surprising Easter eggs, including a QR Code leading to the Tuckersoft website if a ZX Spectrum Emulator is used to scan the scene’s audio. In addition, a downloadable game is available on the “Nohzdyve” page of the Tuckersoft website.

NEXT: How To Get The BEST Ending In Black Mirror: Bandersnatch


2019-04-25 05:04:08

Mathew Cohen

Days Gone Ending Explained

Warning: SPOILERS Ahead for Days Gone.

Days Gone is less a game about zombies (partially because Days Gone doesn’t include any) and more an examination of loss, hope, and cruelty in the post-apocalypse – and all of this is evident in the Days Gone ending. How in order to rebuild the future, you have to let go of the past. And though Days Gone may not always nail these persistent themes, or occasionally feel like it’s beating a dead zombie horse, the story remains a moving portrait of love and friendship.

For the uninitiated, Days Gone is a PS4 exclusive open-world biker game set in an Oregon far different than the one we know and love today. Players take on the role of Deacon St. John, a gruff individual who has fully embrace his newly freaker-filled world. He slaughters the undead without a second thought and even has little remorse taking out other survivors that get in his way. After all, it’s kill or be killed. But in a number of ways, Days Gone – and, particularly, the Days Gone ending – reveals that the past never truly dies.

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Through all the violence and betrayal, Deacon holds out hope for one thing: seeking closure with the loss of his wife, Sarah. In the opening cutscene of Days Gone, we see Deacon place an injured Sarah (stab wound not a zombie bite) on a NERO helicopter. The National Emergency Response Organization (NERO) is the government agency that responds to the freaker disaster, and seemingly the only salvaged remnant of our government after the dust has settled. Deacon gives Sarah his biker ring (a gaudy piece with the face of a mongrel) and asks that she return it to him when she sees him again. Cut to two years (give or take) later, and still no ring.

Sarah’s Death In Days Gone

Through conversations with Boozer (Deacon’s best friend and fellow biker), we learn that Deacon has mostly accepted Sarah’s death. After placing her in the helicopter alone – there was only room for one more person – Deacon continued to fight off the ensuing hordes. He escaped the city, only to discover that the safe zone Sarah’s helicopter headed to had been overrun, and Sarah was presumed dead. Every so often, he plants flowers at a DYI gravestone and recaps her on the events in his life. Then – out of the blue – hope appears in the form of a chance encounter with a NERO helicopter.

Deacon overhears a NERO scientist discussing something with an “O’Brian” over the two-way radio. Connecting the dots, Deacon recalls that this was the name of the man who took Sarah to the safe zone. If he is alive… there’s a chance Sarah is alive too. He tracks down O’Brian and completes a series of tasks for him in exchange for information regarding Sarah’s fate. Did she survive her stab wound, the freaker hordes, and make it somewhere safe? Yes.

Deacon learns from O’Brian in Days Gone that high-clearance government officials were taken off-site, and Sarah worked for a bio-botany program. She eventually made her way to safety in a militia outpost to the south. Deacon travels solo to the outpost and encounters a general wearing his ring. Days Gone wants players to think all is lost until Deacon is taken to run an errand for the “Wizard Island Witch.” He enters her quarters only to discover the witch is Sarah; she’s alive. It’s one of the biggest twists in Days Gone‘s ending.

Deacon & Sarah’s Escape

Things aren’t exactly peachy after Deacon reunites with his wife. She’s cold at first, unsure of how to act having thought Deacon was dead as well for over two years. She has a mission she wants to accomplish, too, taking off. Deacon does a series of tasks for her to help with her goal, and she eventually agrees to leave with him and start the next chapter of their lives. With the help of Boozer and other friends, Deacon stages an all-out-assault on the compound to take out the insane, genocide-obsessed Colonel Garret and his men.

With the Colonel lying dead, and all his soldiers either defeated or surrendered, Deacon can finally rebuild his life with Sarah. There’s nothing left standing in his way, right? Well… right. Through it all, the fighting, the friendships, and the foes, Deacon has only had his mind on one thing: Sarah. And that doesn’t change; Deacon doesn’t change. He’s still the same biker/drifter; the only difference is he now has a companion. So in the final cutscene that plays in Days Gone‘s ending, we watch as Deacon and Sarah ride off together on his motorcycle, together at last. It’s a bittersweet ending, but perhaps not intentionally. Deacon got what he wanted, but there’s a few loose threads that never got a satisfying conclusion.

Sarah’s Mission In Days Gone Explained

When Deacon finally reunites with Sarah, she’s not the same person he married before the freakers. She’s a woman on a mission, working on a bio-weapon for the Colonel that will destroy all of the undead for good. At least that’s what she wants her superior officer to think. There’s a reason why Sarah is so obsessed with her work, yelling at soldiers (though still not rightfully earning her nickname) and hardly giving Deacon’s return a second-thought. She’s not working on a bio-weapon; she’s working on a cure.

Sarah believes that there’s a way to reverse the effects of the freaker virus and return humanity to its former state. But why is she so convinced and how does she have all of this information regarding the genetic mutations of the virus? Sarah reveals to Deacon on a trip to her old laboratory that her company is responsible for the plague, and her research itself may be specifically to blame. Sarah’s studies of plants somehow led to the creation of a bio-weapon that was unknowingly unleashed upon the world – though the specifics aren’t revealed in Days Gone. She cannot forgive herself for her involvement and is intent on finding a way to reverse what she’s done.

However, once Deacon “rescues” her from the Colonel’s grasp, her mission is all-but forgotten. The couple ride off into the sunset together, her job unfinished. There are no hints of her work continuing, no disappointment or renewed excitement. It’s just the two of them against the world in Days Gone‘s ending, with no enemies except the undead who remain.

Deacon’s Past Comes Back To Haunt Him

In the final of the three major twists in the Days Gone ending, it’s revealed that Deacon’s past has come back to haunt him. Prior to the events of Days Gone, Deacon is described as a drifter, who did work here and there for numerous bands of travelers. One of these groups is Iron Mike’s, a man who believes democracy needs to remain, a beacon of hope in this new world. Under his tutelage is Skizzo.

Even further back, before the apocalypse, Deacon was a member of the Mongrel bike gang, and he didn’t exactly abide by the law. The only laws he followed were that of the gang, and they had… painful ways of punishing traitors. One such traitor highlighted in a flashback is Jessie Williamsona biker who betrayed their code. In a flashback, we witness Boozer and Deacon hold the man down as their leader burns off his Mongrel tattoo, marking him for life.

Skip ahead to “now,” and there’s a group of survivors known as Rippers. They’ve marked their bodies with scars and burns, as well as shaved their heads, and they kill almost any human on sight. The Rippers worship the freakers, and instead of harming them, they aspire to be more like them. From the beginning of Days Gone, they are a constant antagonist. These are the same Rippers that burn Boozers arm, infecting it to the point that it needs to be amputated. Their leader is a man named Carlos.

Throughout Days Gone, Deacon pursues Carlos, against the wishes of Iron Mike who has a very hesitant truce with the Ripper leader. Deacon seeks revenge for Boozer and wants to put an end to the insane violence that Carlos’ men have initiated. But after Skizzo betrays Deacon and gets him captured, Carlos’ true motives are revealed.

Carlos isn’t Carlos but actually Jessie Williamsonalive after all these years. Boozer’s arm wasn’t a freak Ripper attack, but a calculated move, revenge for what Boozer and Deacon did to him back in the day. Carlos proceeds to torture Deacon but isn’t able to finish the job before Deacon makes his escape. He returns later to finish the job and close a chapter on his past. With Carlos dead, perhaps Deacon can finally move on.

Why Days Gone Fails Its Themes

Days Gone wants to be a game that tackles heavy themes of loss and redemption, but it struggles to commit to the harsh realities of the apocalypse. Even when it’s suspected that Boozer makes a self-sacrificial play in the climactic final battle, Days Gone quickly reveals that, no, he’s still alive. Only a few minor characters perish, and no one that is so important to Deacon that he is truly affected by their passing. Riding off with Sarah into the sunset may be satisfying to players that want a nice bow tied on Days Gone‘s love story, but for those seeking something darker or more fitting to the genre, Days Gone is surely lacking.

Next: Days Gone Review: A Cliche Open-World Zombie Love Story


2019-04-25 03:04:02

Ty Sheedlo

Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 Ending Explained

Star Trek: Discovery‘s season 2 finale, “Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2”, concluded our Starfleet heroes’ battle to save the galaxy from Control, the evil A.I. that took over the spy organization Section 31. By the end of the action-packed episode, the CBS All-Access prequel completely reinvented itself by shockingly redacting the U.S.S. Discovery from Star Trek history and taking Michael Burnham and her crew 930 years into the future!

The main story of Star Trek: Discovery season 2 was the titular starship’s crew, under the command of the Enterprise’s Captain Christopher Pike, trying to stop Control from wiping out all sentient life in the galaxy. This involved solving two concurrent mysteries: the identity of the time-traveling Red Angel (who turned out to be Michael’s mother Dr. Gabrielle Burnham) and the reason for seven red signals in space that the Discovery was following. Throughout the season, Control took the form of Section 31’s Captain Leland and sought to acquire 100,000 years of data the Discovery obtained from a dying sphere; Control needed this data to fully evolve itself and become sentient before it could annihilate all living beings in the galaxy. In “Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 1”, Michael embarked on a desperate plan to take the U.S.S. Discovery into the future to safeguard the sphere data from Control. Meanwhile, the Discovery’s crew committed to joining Michael in the 32nd century.

Related: Star Trek Theory: Discovery Is Setting Up A Pike/Spock Spinoff

It all culminated in a final battle against Control and the entire Section 31 fleet waged by the Discovery and the U.S.S. Enterprise together. The devastating interstellar conflict saw Admiral Katrina Cornwell sacrifice her life to save the Enterprise. Despite being outnumbered by Control’s drones, the Starfleet heroes received timely help when Ash Tyler brought the Klingon fleet, led by High Chancellor L’Rell, into the battle. Also, First Officer Saru’s race, the Kelpiens, who were piloting Ba’ul ships and were led by Saru’s sister Siranna, came to the rescue to help the Enterprise and the Discovery demolish the enemy fleet. And while all of that was happening in outer space, Emperor Georgiou fought and defeated Leland aboard the Discovery, destroying the A.I.’s nanobots within a boobytrapped spore drive containment cube.

But everything hinged on Michael taking the Discovery a thousand years into the future. Here’s how Burnham’s plan worked and how “Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2” altered both Star Trek: Discovery‘s future and the Star Trek franchise itself:

  • This Page: How Michael Burnham Became The Red Angel Who Sent The Seven Signals
  • Page 2: The Discovery Goes To The Future And What Happens Next
  • Page 3: Why Starfleet Never Talks About Michael Burnham And The Discovery

Michael Burnham Is The Second Red Angel Who Sent The 7 Signals

Michael’s plan to save the galaxy involved constructing a new time suit from the original plans her mother, Gabrielle, used, which the Discovery obtained from Section 31. In effect, Michael became the second Red Angel. But it wasn’t until she was unable to use the time crystal to open a wormhole to the future that Spock realized Michael’s purpose as the Red Angel was to send the seven red signals in space. Based on Spock’s earlier guess that the red signals were sent by intelligent design, the Vulcan explained that each signal Michael sent led the Discovery to a key element that would enable Michael’s plan to work.

Michael indeed vaulted backwards in time and sent the first five signals: the first was in the asteroid field where they met Jett Reno, who was instrumental in getting the time crystal fully charged; the second signal was at Terralysium, which would be a safe harbor in the future; the third was at Saru’s homeworld of Kaminar, where the liberation of the Kelpiens from the Ba’ul would ultimately help the Discovery and the Enterprise beat the Section 31 fleet; the fourth signal was at Boreth so Captain Pike could acquire a time crystal; and the fifth signal was at Xahea to bring Ensign Sylvia Tilly’s friend Queen Me Hani Ika Hali Ka Po aboard, as she was the one woman in the galaxy who knew how to charge the time crystal. Later, Po also figured out how to disable the Section 31 drones during the space battle. Further, Michael’s first three signals mean she was the Red Angel the crew sighted each time – not her mother, Dr. Burnham – and thus, Michael saw her future self at the first signal.

Related: The Meaning Of Star Trek: Discovery’s First Five Red Signals

Because Spock’s shuttle was disabled and he couldn’t follow Michael though the wormhole, the siblings bid a heartbreaking farewell before Spock was beamed back aboard the Enterprise. The sixth signal was Michael as the Red Angel serving as a beacon (“a North Star”) for the U.S.S. Discovery to follow as they both entered the wormhole to the future. The seventh and final signal was Michael fulfilling her promise to Spock that she would let him know they made it safe and sound. Due to “time being relative”, it took 124 days until Spock saw Michael’s final signal emerging from the Beta Quadrant. By then, the Vulcan had returned, clean-shaven and in uniform, to serving as the Science Officer aboard Captain Pike’s Starship Enterprise.

Page 2 of 3: The Discovery Goes To The Future And What Happens Next

The Discovery Goes To The Future – Possibly For Good

Fans had already theorized that bringing the Discovery into the future was Star Trek: Discovery season 2’s endgame and the series indeed went full-throttle into the 32nd century. The rationale for such a drastic move was the fact that the sphere data  bonded to the Discovery’s computer. The data wouldn’t allow itself to be erased nor would it allow the starship to be destroyed. Michael realized the only way to keep that information away from Control was to remove the Discovery from the 23rd century altogether by taking the entire starship containing the data into the unexplored future.

Moreso, even though they defeated Control, the sphere data was altogether too dangerous to keep in the 23rd century – not to mention such information violates Star Trek canon since it would contain numerous things the Federation simply can’t know. But by jumping into the future, it allows the Discovery (which many fans griped was already too advanced for its era thanks to its tech like the spore displacement hub drive) to evolve technologically even beyond what fans know to exist in the 24th century. The Discovery actually belongs in Star Trek‘s future and now, the series has opened up an era that fans have never seen before.

Related: Discovery Finally Has A Proper Star Trek Crew In The Season 2 Finale

What Happens To The Discovery And Her Crew In The 32nd Century?

After they vanished through the wormhole, Michael and the crew of the Discovery weren’t seen again in “Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2” so fans will have to wait until Star Trek: Discovery season 3 to find out exactly how our heroes are faring in the 32nd century. We can guess that they arrived safely at Terralysium, which was the endpoint Michael set, and perhaps she was reunited with her mother Dr. Burnham, although it’s not yet known if Gabrielle did return to Terralysium when she vanished in “Perpetual Infinity”. Since they defeated Control, all sentient life in the galaxy continues to exist in the 3180s, but, as people out of time, the Discovery’s crew is likely hiding from the universe on Terralysium – at least for a while.

Compellingly, the Discovery jumping to the future synchs up with the Short Trek episode “Calypso”, where an evolved U.S.S. Discovery took on a female personality named Zora and then meets and falls in love with a lost soldier. In “Calypso”, the starship was abandoned by her crew and adrift in an unknown region of space. It’s possible Michael, Saru, and the crew disembarked on Terralysium and then sent the Discovery away to hide the ship from the rest of the galaxy before the events of “Calypso”. This could also mean the crew will have to go out and find their missing starship once more in Star Trek: Discovery season 3.

Page 3 of 3: Why Starfleet Never Talks About Michael Burnham And The Discovery

Why Nobody Talks About Discovery In Star Trek History

Star Trek: Discovery‘s season 2 finale concluded with a massive cover-up that explains why Michael Burnham and the U.S.S. Discovery are never mentioned in Starfleet history. After they destroyed Control, the Starship Enterprise returned to Earth for repairs. At Starfleet Headquarters in San Francisco, Captain Pike, Spock, Number One, and Ash Tyler all lied to Starfleet Command and maintained their agreed-upon cover story that the Discovery exploded during the battle against the Section 31 fleet, destroying the starship and killing everyone aboard. Starfleet Command accepted this version of events and made Tyler the new Commander of Section 31, with a mandate to reinvent the spy organization (setting the stage for the Section 31 spinoff series).

Furthermore, Spock asserted that all Starfleet Officers with knowledge of the events of Star Trek: Discovery season 2 be ordered to never speak about Michael Burnham or the U.S.S. Discovery under penalty of treason! (It’s likely this code of silence also includes the events of Star Trek: Discovery season 1 like the Klingon War and Mirror Universe.) Michael’s adoptive parents Amanda Grayson and Ambassador Sarek also agreed never to utter Michael’s name in public. Spock did this to keep his sister and her crew safe, as well as to prevent anyone from learning about the Klingon time crystals and trying to alter the timeline by building another Red Angel suit. But this also explains why prominent Starfleet Officers like Captains Kirk and Picard have never heard of Michael Burnham and why Spock never mentioned he had an adopted human sister, not even to Kirk. Spock’s silence is out of respect for Michael, whose parting words taught the Vulcan to “reach for others”, which paved the way for his legendary friendship with Kirk and McCoy.

Related: Star Trek: Discovery Made Spock’s Banter With McCoy Even Better

But this explanation is also an ingenious way for Star Trek: Discovery‘s producers to wave away all of the complaints that their prequel series just didn’t fit into Star Trek canon. Essentially, the series agrees and has redacted the first two seasons of Star Trek: Discovery out of the timeline so that they never happened according to “official” Starfleet records. Instead, Star Trek: Discovery is looking to the future that fans have never seen.

Star Trek: Discovery’s Future Is Now… Discovery

Now that the U.S.S. Discovery and her crew are in the 32nd century, anything goes and thus, Star Trek fans will finally get to see the future. Star Trek‘s forward progress essentially stopped with Star Trek: Nemesis and the only things fans really know for sure that happened afterward was that Romulus was destroyed, which led to the creation of the alternate Kelvin timeline of J.J. Abrams Star Trek movies. The upcoming Jean-Luc Picard series will pick up the events of the 24th century set after the destruction of Romulus but Star Trek: Discovery has leaped centuries beyond that point.

Star Trek: Discovery is now poised to make good on the promise of its title: discovery. Everything is wide open to be discovered. There are unlimited possibilities and countless questions to be answered going forward. For instance, what is the galaxy like in the 32nd century? Do Starfleet and the United Federation of Planets still exist? Are the Klingons, Cardassians, Ferengi, Bajorans, or even the Borg still around? By boldly taking Michael Burnham and the crew of the Disco almost a millennia forward, it means that for the first time in almost two decades, Star Trek: Discovery is giving the future back to the Star Trek franchise and to its fans.

Next: What To Expect From Star Trek: Discovery Season 3

Star Trek: Discovery Seasons 1 & 2 are available to stream on CBS All-Access in the USA and internationally on Netflix.


2019-04-18 06:04:29

John Orquiola