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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 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

Destiny 2: Shadowkeep’s Finishing Moves Explained | ScreenRant

Destiny 2: Shadowkeep‘s finishing moves won’t just be cosmetic, according to Bungie general manager Mark Noseworthy and franchise director Luke Smith. Bungie first demonstrated the finishing move system during the Destiny 2: Shadowkeep reveal, which demonstrated Guardians gaining the ability to smash targets into the ground with their fists or to rip them apart with knives to launch them off into the distance.

Since then, more news about Destiny 2: Shadowkeep has steadily trickled out, but Bungie has remained tight-lipped about how finishing moves will slot into the upcoming expansion. The new era of Destiny 2 will begin with a restricted, free-to-play version of the game called Destiny 2: New Light, which will grant players access to a limited amount of content to re-acquaint them with the franchise now that it is free from the looming shadow of Activision. Shadowkeep will also be the first major content release for Destiny 2 since Bungie split from Activision in a famous severance that many believed would never happen, with the developer now holding sole publishing rights to the franchise and its future games as well.

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While many expected Destiny 3 to emerge out of the split, however, Bungie has doubled down on making Destiny 2 into the game that many believed it could be when it launched just under two years ago. In an interview with PolygonDestiny 2 team members Noseworthy and Smith finally opened up a little more on Destiny 2: Shadowkeep‘s finishing moves, which won’t just be for show after all – they’ll provide tangible benefits to team members instead. According to the interview, players will be able to add mods to their armor that enhance finishing moves – which briefly render players vulnerable to attack and expend an unknown amount of Super energy – Guardians can create unique effects tailored to their upgrades. Smith’s example was generating ammunition for a Fireteam after each finishing move. Smith also explained how Shadowkeep finishing moves worked:

“When enemies get below a certain health threshold, they’re going to have an indicator that means they can be finished.”

According to Noseworthy, the team considers finishing moves closer to combat-specific emotes than truly meaningful gameplay mechanics, but the fact that they offer real boons to party members will at least mean players don’t get chewed out by squadmates for attempting them. There will be multiple different finishers each player has access to, and Bungie plans to make sure that eventually they’re able to equip multiple different finishers at once, with the execution of them randomized. That feature won’t be present during Destiny 2: Shadowkeep‘s launch, however.

Though the system is still very much in development, it feels like exactly the sort of infusion of fun that will benefit Destiny 2 as it barrels towards the most important expansion date in the game’s brief life cycle on September 17. Bungie prioritizing entertaining but beneficial ways for Guardians to express themselves is exactly the sort of content that Destiny 2 has lacked under Activision’s guidance, and it bodes well for the game’s future iterations, too. While questions remain about how long Bungie plans to support Destiny 2 past Shadowkeep before attempting to build a new Destiny from scratch on its own, for now, players who checked out from the game will likely want to give it another look come this fall.

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Source: Polygon


2019-07-12 02:07:23

Cody Gravelle

Pokémon Sword & Shield: Dynamax & Gigantamax Differences Explained

Pokémon Sword & Shield will be introducing the Dynamax mechanic to the series, which also has an off-shoot called Gigantamaxing – and there are key differences between the two. The Dynamax transformation allows any Pokémon to grow to a huge size and gain access to special new moves, while specific Pokémon can transform either further through Gigantamaxing, which gives them even more power.

Pokémon Sword & Shield won’t be using the Mega Evolutions or Z-Moves from the previous entries from the series, which means that their distinct presence in the competitive battling scene will be absent for the time being. They have been replaced by Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing, which offer a temporary boost in power, in comparison to the battle-length Mega Evolutions or the one-shot hit of the Z-Moves.

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The ability to transform a Pokémon into a giant will be a huge part of Pokémon Sword & Shield, so it’s important to understand the mechanics behind how they will work.

In order to perform the Pokémon Sword & Shield Dynamax transformation, players will need to acquire an item called a Dynamax Band, which means that they will likely be given one at an early point in the story. The Dynamax Band can only be used in specific locations that are made to accommodate giant Pokémon, such as Gyms.

When it’s their turn, players can transform their current Pokémon using the Dynamax button, which will turn it into a giant. A Dynamax Pokémon will have its stats increased for the duration of the transformation; it only lasts for three turns. A Dynamax Pokémon will see all of its moves transformed into Max Moves, which will change how they function. One example that has been given involves the Normal-type move Scratch. If a Pokémon with Scratch undergoes the Dynamax transformation, then it will turn into a new move called Max Strike, which adds the additional effect of lowering the enemy Pokémon’s Speed stat.

It’s possible for four players to take on a Dynamax Pokémon during Max Raid battles, which can be found in Pokémon Dens in the Wild Area, and they won’t revert to normal after three turns have ended. Each player can only select a single Pokémon for these battles. There are some Dynamax Pokémon that will be protected by a barrier that needs to be hit a certain number of times in order to break it, while others can neutralize the abilities and stat buffs of other Pokémon. If the player’s Pokémon is knocked out in battle, they can cheer on their allies during their turn in order to give them beneficial effects.

If a Pokémon lands the winning blow on a Dynamax Pokémon, then players have a chance of catching that Pokémon. The other players will also get one shot each at catching it if the previous player fails. All of the players can win items from Max Raid battles. The caught Pokémon will return to normal after the battle ends.

It’s possible for all Pokémon to use the Dynamax transformation, but there is a second form known as Gigantamaxing, which allows the Pokémon to grow even bigger and change their appearance.

There are currently only three Pokémon that are confirmed to be able to perform the Gigantamaxing transformation – Alcremie, Corviknight, and Drednaw. It’s stated that these Pokémon will usually undergo the regular Dynamax transformation, but certain individuals among the species will use the Gigantamax transformation instead. The reason why only certain Pokémon can use the Gigantamax transformation in Pokémon Sword & Shield is unknown, but it’s stated that it’s possible to catch them during Max Raid battles.

A Gigantamax Pokémon won’t just take on a new appearance, as they gain the ability to perform a powerful G-Max Move in battle. There are three G-Max Moves confirmed so far:

  • G-Max Finale (used by Alcremie) is created from a Fairy-type move and will heal all damaged Pokémon on Alcremie’s team, while also damaging the opponent.
  • G-Max Stonesurge (used by Drednaw) is created from a Water-type move and has an effect similar to Stealth Rock, while also damaging the opponent.
  • G-Max Wind Rage (used by Corviknight) is created from a Flying-type move and will remove beneficial effects from the opponent’s side of the field (like Light Screen or Reflect), while also damaging the opponent.

It’s clear that Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing will change the face of competitive battling going forward in the Pokémon series, while also giving the player some epic battles during the single-player campaign.

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2019-07-11 04:07:01

Scott Baird

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 Post-Credits Surprise Explained

Warning: This article contains SPOILERS for Avengers: Endgame.

Avengers: Endgame skipped the traditional Marvel Studios’ post-credit scene, but it has a surprise stinger which may be a bit confusing for some. Here’s what it means.

The culmination of everything that transpired in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the last decade, Endgame caps off the 22-film arc the franchise has been treading since 2008’s Iron Man, known collectively as The Infinity Saga. Picking up after the tragic events of last year’s Avengers: Infinity War, where Thanos (Josh Brolin) wiped out half of life in the universe using the completed Infinity Gauntlet, the film is the brainchild of directors Joe and Anthony Russo, and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. If Infinity War was told from the Mad Titan’s perspective, its sequel shifts the focus back on the surviving heroes – particularly the six founding MCU heroes. Endgame is the swan song to some of the beloved heroes, reinforcing the notion that the movie marks the end of an era in the universe.

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Taking that into consideration, Marvel Studios opted to forego their mandatory post-credit scene teasing on what lies in the future. Instead, once all the credits have rolled, fans are greeted with the massive Marvel logo with the sound of a hammer clanking onto another surface. With no visual representation, this posed a lot of questions from the fans. But here’s what it actually means.

Avengers: Endgame Has A Hammer Sound From Iron Man 1 After The Credits

While Marvel Studios didn’t invent post-credit scenes, they brought it to mainstream popularity. All 21 films on their catalog have at least one stinger. Some make more sense than others, while some are just there for pure fun. Overall, fans have enjoyed them for what they are. So, with a tradition like this, many were expecting a similar format come Endgame. But they took their traditional button scene and put a different spin to it – instead of a hint as to what lies ahead in the universe, it’s a look at the past.

Fans who have watched Endgame and heard the stinger may find it familiar, particularly those who have been following the MCU since 2008. It’s actually a soundbite from the first Iron Man film as Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) was building his first Iron Man suit, the Mark I, while in captivity in Afghanistan with the help of Ho Yinsen (Shaun Toub). In the Jon Favreau-directed flick, the universe’s inaugural hero was hammering down the mask for his escape armor. Composer Ramin Djawadi’s aptly titled “Mark I” track from the official Iron Man soundtrack plays in the background, but in the Endgame stinger, the Russos stripped it down to just the sound of the hammer hitting the metal face piece.

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Avengers: Endgame Is NOT Teasing An Iron Man Return

Given the callback from Iron Man, is Endgame’s stinger hinting at the return of Tony Stark? Sadly, no. Instead of an in-universe tease, it’s more of an in-retrospect of Tony Stark’s journey in the franchise, which perfectly wraps up in Endgame. Considering that he’s the inaugural hero of the MCU, it’s only fitting that The Infinity Saga closes with the end of his arc. The Mark I montage is arguably one of the best sequences in the franchise. Fans have always loved Stark getting all mechanical with his suits, even as it became more high tech in every movie. But there’s something special about how gritty the process was for his first armor. It perfectly highlighted Tony Stark’s genius and resiliency that – despite being an egomaniac, selfish womanizer – we were all rooting for him to get out of the cave. It’s the quintessential MCU scene, and has been the gold standard when it comes to hero-making moments, especially in the franchise’s origin movies.

In the bigger scheme of things, it echoes to how Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and his team started the franchise. Like Stark, Feige didn’t have the best Marvel characters at his disposal with the X-Men still with 20th Century Fox and Spider-Man with Sony Pictures. As Obadiah Stane (Jeff Bridges) said in reference to Mark I: “Tony Stark was able to build this in a cave! With a box of scraps!” And while we won’t go as far as saying that Iron Man and several of his succeeding heroes are scraps, they weren’t exactly gold either. They’re lower-tiered characters who have a following in the comic book reading community, but the general public wasn’t well-versed with them the way they are with Marvel’s mutants and web-slinging hero or DC’s Superman and Batman. And now, they’re all household names.

Related: How Much Did Avengers: Endgame REALLY Cost To Make?

Just as the specific scene birthed Iron Man, the stinger is also reminder that, although Endgame marks the end of an era, there will inevitably be a new beginning with the MCU moving forward. Marvel Studios did a great job wrapping up over a decade’s worth of storytelling in a satisfying way, but they also made sure to plant plot seeds that make fans of the franchise elated about what lies ahead in the universe.

Will Tony Stark Return To The MCU?

Endgame closes MCU’s current chapter, and with that comes Iron Man’s true ending. During Endgame‘s final battle, Thanos threatens to snap his fingers again using the Stark-made Infinity Gauntlet with all Infinity Stones that the Avengers acquired by going back in time. This is only shortly after the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) successfully undid the Decimation. But just before the Mad Titan was able to do so, Tony was able to take the Infinity Stones for himself and snap away Thanos and his army using his secondary gauntlet. Stark’s act of heroism resulted in his death with the film dedicating a scene to his emotional funeral with every major hero in the universe joining Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and his daughter, Morgan, in grieving his demise.

Despite the Endgame stinger not really teasing Iron Man’s potential return to the MCU, what are the odds of Tony Stark appearing in future films? He’s dead, and considering how he dies, it would be a great disservice to the character and Endgame‘s narrative to pull another fake death ploy that the MCU is notoriously known for. But resurrecting him isn’t the only way Stark can be involved again in the MCU. The holographic message he left his family opens up a possibility as he may have filmed a couple more addressed to different people that have yet to be discovered. The B.A.R.F. technology could pave the way for his return as well, knowing how it works in Captain America: Civil War. Finally, he can provide the A.I. voice of for any of his self-made armor like JARVIS, Friday and Karen. This way, fans are still able to get the snarky personality that Stark is known for without the need to have him physically be there.

It’s difficult to imagine the MCU without Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark. The actor effectively played the role a total of 10 times (including his cameo in The Incredible Hulk) in more than a decade, with a brilliant final outing in Avengers: Endgame. But there’s arguably no better way to end the genius billionaire’s arc the way it did. While there will never be another Tony Stark, the universe has no shortage of characters that fans can be fully invested in the way they were with franchise’s founding hero. And just like Pepper told her husband on his final moments, he can rest now because they’re going to be okay.

Next: Every Marvel Cinematic Universe Movie, Ranked Worst To Best (Including Endgame)


2019-04-25 05:04:43

Ana Dumaraog

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.

Related: Everything We Know About Avengers 5

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.

More: Every Phase 4 MCU Movie In Development


2019-04-25 05:04:15

Cooper Hood

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.

Related: Days Gone: The Best Tips & Tricks to Know Before Playing

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

Mortal Kombat 11 Fatal Blows Explained & How-To Guide

The Mortal Kombat games have always featured many different brutal attack methods, from standard attacks to fatalities, and Mortal Kombat 11 is no exception to this rule. This time around, the game has introduced Fatal Blows, a new finisher type to replace the X-Ray move that was previously introduced in the 2011 Mortal Kombat.

While the X-Ray attack required the charging of the super meter to a third level and then unleashing the attack on an unsuspecting victim, Fatal Blows is an entirely different thing altogether. In fact, Fatal Blows adds a whole new layer to Mortal Kombat 11 when it comes to strategy, forcing players to use it at ideal moments during a particular battle. For this reason, even Mortal Kombat veterans may need an adjustment period to get used to the fact that X-Ray attacks are no more and, perhaps more importantly, the best method and time to use them during combat.

Related: Every Mortal Kombat 11 Fatality Revealed So Far

Fatal Blows in Mortal Kombat 11 are all about timing, precision, and patience. They can only be activated when a player’s (or enemy’s) health hits 30 percent or lower. Don’t worry, a prompt will indicate the necessary buttons to push (it’s the both trigger buttons simultaneously on consoles). When activated, your character will enter an animation that’s similar to the X-Ray move, and your Mortal Kombat 11 fighter will deal quite a bit of damage. Keep in mind that the attack can be blocked and you’ll have to wait for the cooldown, which lasts around 10 seconds or so, to expire before a Fatal Blow can be tried again.

Perhaps the most important thing to remember about Mortal Kombat 11‘s Fatal Blows is that they can only be successfully used once during an entire match, so it’s important to choose ideal moments. Obviously, using it in round 1 probably isn’t the smartest idea as you’ll be left without a fail safe should you need it in future rounds. Instead, try and save it and play defensively and effectively use your block. Should you lose the first round and the second round isn’t going so hot either, you may not have a choice in the end, but it’s always better to save it in a first round. Remember that enemies can also perform Fatal Blows on you during a match so keep an eye on their health as often as you can, and make sure use block when you think they might be going in for the kill.

It’s also important to note that X-Ray attacks aren’t completely gone. Performing certain combos or powerful attacks on opponents will still trigger a neat little animation similar to that mode. These are called Krushing Blows. Still, Fatal Blows will likely become a vital part of a player’s inventory while playing Mortal Kombat 11 and, along with the tried and true Fatalities that still exist, is yet another fun and bloody way to deal a ton of damage to an enemy or finish them off entirely.

More: Mortal Kombat 11 Shao Kahn Reveal Trailer


2019-04-23 02:04:42

Corey Hoffmeyer

The Secret of Gundam’s Success Explained

Well known anime streaming site, Crunchyroll has put together a mini-documentary on the massive success of the Gundam franchise. Gundam began in 1979 with the release of Mobile Suit Gundam. From there, the franchise would receive numerous shows, video games, manga, and of course, the plastic model kits.

To date, Gundam has received over 15 television shows. The impact of the franchise on popular culture cannot be overstated. Gundam is arguably the most popular of the mecha genre, though you can find many Gundam-like robots in countless anime, such as The Vision of Escaflowne and Eureka Seven. The franchise is best known for its emphasis on warfare, something that other anime in the robot genre didn’t really focus on until Gundam. Gundam remains popular worldwide, and a live-action adaption of Gundam is even being prepped by Legendary Entertainment, with Brian K. Vaughn reportedly working on the script.

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Tim Lyu hosts “How Gundam Became an EMPIRE”, the min-documentary created by Crunchyroll. In the video, Lyu goes over the original Mobile Suit Gundam show and how the model kits became massively popular once to Bandai stepped in. Watch the mini-doc, below.

For those who may only know Gundam by reputation, it may be surprising to learn that the original show had its planned episode count shortened due to lackluster toy sales. What’s also interesting is how Gundam differentiated itself from the “Super Robot” genre. Prior to Gundam, there were shows like the live-action show Giant Robo (US audiences know it as Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot), and as the video mentions, Mazinger Z, where there was one central, powerful robot.

Though the shows are mentioned in Crunchyroll’s video, the primary focus is on the popularity of Gundam kits. Without the kits, the series would not be what it is today. As Lyu demonstrates, kit building can be a satisfying task to accomplish. One doesn’t even have to spend a lot of money on a quality kit, as the smaller scale ones can be as cheap as $15.

Gundam remains one of the most well known Japanese media franchises, and for good reason. The early Gundam robots are as iconic as Optimus Prime or Voltron. If Legendary’s film gets made and is well-received, Gundam‘s popularity could reach even greater heights. Those on the fence about kit building could be inspired, and who knows; maybe someone from the US or Canada will finally take first place at the World Championship.

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Source: Crunchyroll


2019-04-20 01:04:26

Daniel Alvarez