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Supernatural’s Season 14 Finale Unleashes A Hell Of A Final Villain

Caution: Spoilers ahead for the Supernatural season 14 finale

Supernatural delivered a shocking season 14 finale that not only wrapped up the current run, but unleashed the ultimate villain ahead of the show’s forthcoming final season. Life is never simple for Sam and Dean Winchester, and the brothers’ recent adventures began with them facing down the apocalypse-world version of the archangel Michael, who had nestled himself among the pies and Led Zeppelin riffs of Dean’s mind.

Faced with an impossible villain, the Winchesters’ only hope was Lucifer’s nephilim son, Jack. The boys had taken the devil’s half-human spawn in as one of their own but, ironically, the battle against Michael made Jack himself turn bad and the rogue youngster went on to kill Sam and Dean’s mother – a big no-no in the world of Supernatural.

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Supernatural season 14 was also punctuated by the shocking news that Supernatural is ending after season 15. A message from the central trio of actors – Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, and Misha Collins – confirmed the show’s conclusion was imminent, and after the latest episode, viewers now have some idea of what that final chapter will look like.

The Supernatural season 14 finale picked up where last week’s installment left off, with Jack popping out of his box in a rage, knocking back Castiel and the Winchesters and flying off into the unknown. Clearly in a state of angst-fueled confusion, the nephilim takes a cue from Liar Liar and compels the world to only ever tell the truth. Naturally, this causes chaos but as Sam and Dean frantically search for Jack, Castiel’s message to God from earlier this season is finally answered.

God, just like Dean, wants Jack dead and creates a firearm that’s powerful enough for the job, albeit at the expense of the user’s own life. Sam and Castiel, meanwhile, still believe the boy can be saved. This all leads to a dramatic climax where Jack realizes the error of his ways and kneels down ready to be executed, only for Dean to solemnly toss aside the gun. God reacts badly to this turn of events and it quickly transpires that the omnipotent creator of everything has been playing the Winchesters and Jack for his own amusement all along – and could have resolved the situation easily had he chosen to. God’s desire for a good story – from his human life as “Chuck” the writer – led to him engineering a dramatic real-life situation at the Winchesters’ expense.

Never ones to be messed with, Sam and Dean are none too pleased at God’s heartless attitude and Sam even goes so far as to try and shoot the Almighty one. Needless to say, it doesn’t work and God closes out Supernatural season 14 by killing Jack and emptying the contents of Hell onto Earth, as Motorhead’s “God Was Never On Your Side” plays out in the background. Fascinatingly, this isn’t the first time that the song has been used by Supernatural, suggesting this twist was always part of the overall plan.

Obviously, the Winchesters’ immediate problem when Supernatural season 15 begins will be fighting back the various ghosts, ghouls and undead that have seemingly been released – no doubt coming across some old foes in the process. Beyond that, however, it appears that the show’s final villain will be none other than God himself. Logically, it could be argued that this was the only possible ending for Supernatural – a show that has previously featured the Devil, God’s sister and every variety of demon imaginable in the role of villain. The final season is expected to be the most dramatic, high-stakes story yet, so God is perhaps the only logical choice for an antagonist.

Dean’s refusal to kill Jack could also offer a hint as to how season 15 will play out. A major running theme throughout Supernatural has been a constant dissent between Sam and Dean, with one brother usually taking an overly-aggressive stance and the other acting as a voice of reason. Dean’s realization that he couldn’t shoot Jack without any input from Sam or Castiel is a strong sign that the whole team will be on the same page in Supernatural‘s final season. There will be no time for brotherly bickering or arguments over whether or not the end justifies the means; this will be a unified battle against the most powerful being in existence.

Luckily, it appears the heroes will have a little help from beyond, as Jack wakes up alongside both the Empty and Death, who God had earlier prophetically accused of meddling where she didn’t belong. Whether this mighty team-up will be enough to topple God himself remains to be seen, but the battle will no doubt make for a thrilling conclusion to the Supernatural story.

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Supernatural season 15 is expected to premiere in late 2019.


2019-04-26 01:04:34

Craig Elvy

Gotham Series Finale Review: Batman Prequel Series Punts In Its Final Hour

Throughout its five-season run, FOX’s Gotham made a point of marching to the distinct beat of its own campy drummer. But while the show’s take on the crime-ridden streets of Batman’s home town and his classic rogues’ gallery of villains stood out for being deliberately exaggerated and theatrical, it never quite managed to be the show it could have been. That’s not to say Gotham had to be yet another attempt to ape the stylistic and tonal aspirations of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, but it wouldn’t have hurt if the series felt as though its approach to storytelling was more than throwing remixed versions of Bat-villains against the wall to see what sticks. 

So much of the final season of Gotham has been a mixed bag of ambition and inevitability. The show’s producers have long said that the Caped Crusader won’t make an appearance until the series’ finale, leaving the 12 episodes of this last season with a lot of heavy lifting to do, so the show’s resident Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) would be ready to don the cape and cowl before spending his nights punching bad guys really hard. That was in addition to the ‘No Man’s Land’ storyline that dominated much of the first 11 episodes of the season. After the city was separated from the rest of the U.S. and besieged by roving gangs headed up by the likes of Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), the Riddler (Cory Michael Smith), and more, what remained of the GCPD — including James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) — was left to maintain some semblance of control. That was until Bane (Shane West) showed up and everything went predictably to hell. 

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As far as final seasons go, that premise isn’t bad. Gotham City has always been the problem child the rest of the DC Universe would rather forget about, and putting its survival on the line like that (despite the obvious comparisons to Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises) fittingly raised the stakes for the series. And to see Gordon and Bullock paired up with Penguin, the Riddler, and more to save the city from destruction made for the sort of story the show often struggled mightily to be: one not about the rise of Bruce Wayne to become Batman, but that of Jim Gordon, the titular city’s other protector. 

In many ways, last week’s ‘They Did What?’ served as the series’ official series finale, with ‘The Beginning…’ serving as more of a coda to the overarching story. With the city saved and Bruce on his years-long quest to become the hero his city needs, Gotham was ready to hand the reins over to its pointy-eared protector, but what the series actually delivers is a shallow pastiche of previous Batman origin stories, one told too hastily and from too many different perspectives to deliver a truly dramatic punch, much less an enticing new spin on the character’s early days. 

The issue stems mostly from the decision to jump forward 10 years in time, putting the characters in the unenviable position of having to explain what’s transpired over the last decade, while also dealing with the arrival of Gotham’s golden boy. Bruce’s homecoming is hamstrung by the fact that Mazouz only makes a brief appearance at the episode’s beginning, before the time jump takes place. And while the series scores some points for the clever casting of in Lili Simmons (Banshee), as the now-grown Selina Kyle, Selina’s role as the cat burglar extraordinaire Catwoman feels unmoored from the character viewers have gotten to know over the past five seasons.

It’s a problem that carries through the hour as the arrival of both Bruce Wayne and Batman is the talk of the town, but both characters are shunted off to the margins, with Bruce never actually being seen and Batman only showing up in his bargain-basement suit at the episode’s end. Throughout the episode, Gotham seems to be wrestling with how much time it wants to devote to the character audiences have been waiting to see, with the awed reactions of street-level characters like Gordon, Bullock, Barbara Kean (Erin Richards), and Lucius Fox (Chris Chalk). In the end, it the hour winds up punting on both accounts. 

Credit to Taylor and Smith who are tasked with screaming through most of the episode as they’re either revealed to be patsies in Jeremiah Valeska’s grand scheme to dunk Gordon’s daughter in a vat of Ace Chemical-brand green goo, or are besieged by an offscreen guy presumably dressed up as a bat. Cameron Monaghan, meanwhile, gets to be the Joker — but not in name — wearing some garish makeup and doing his level best to sound sort of but not too much like a mashup between Mark Hamill and Heath Ledger’s versions of the character. In the end, neither Jeremiah nor Penguin and Riddler have any sort of meaningful run-in with the Batman. Instead, that’s saved for Selina, who speaks to Bruce without ever making eye contact (otherwise the show would have to focus on his costume), in a scene that provides little to none of the emotional closure either character probably should have had in that moment. 

Though it often succeeded in being exaggerated and weird, Gotham struggled to match its odd-duck status with its ambitions to be a compelling comic books story. As the final hour demonstrates, the series was ultimately too concerned with where Bruce Wayne was headed when it should have been more invested in what the arrival of Batman meant in the city for which the show was named. 

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Gotham seasons 1-4 are available to stream on Netflix.


2019-04-25 06:04:46

Kevin Yeoman

Star Trek: Discovery: 8 Biggest Questions After The Season 2 Finale

Star Trek: Discovery‘s season 2 finale featured an epic space battle and a radical shift in the status quo that leaves many questions to be answered in season 3. The sophomore season of the sci-fi series focused on the Discovery’s investigation of seven mysterious red signals, the appearance of a being called the Red Angel, and an AI called Control that threatened to wipe out all sentient life in the galaxy.

The only thing standing between Control and its apocalyptic plans was a massive amount of data acquired from an ancient and enigmatic sphere shortly before its destruction. The sphere was hundreds of thousands of years old and had witnessed the rise and fall of many civilizations, making its gathered data enormously valuable – and capable of providing Control with the key to becoming unstoppable. The sphere data protected itself from either being deleted or destroyed along with Discovery, meaning that the only way to keep it away from Control was to send the ship far into the future.

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After obtaining a Time Crystal and building a new Red Angel suit, Michael Burnham went back in time to leave the signals that the Discovery had been following, and then opened a wormhole to the future. With the help of the Klingons and the Kelpiens, Starfleet is able to hold off Control’s drones long enough to allow the Discovery to escape… and that’s the last we see of it. Needless to say, there are some lingering questions about the episode, and about Discovery’s fate.

  • This Page: Discovery’s New Future and the Kelpiens
  • Page 2: Pike, Spock, and Discovery’s Potential Return

In order to fully infiltrate Section 31, Control took over the body of Captain Leland, who was the only living person on any of Control’s ships in the battle. During a window of time when Discovery’s shields were down, Leland managed to beam onto the ship and started searching for the sphere data. Georgiou eventually defeated him by locking him in the spore chamber and ripping the electrical components out of Leland’s body with magnetism – and Leland’s death left the rest of Control’s ships and drones dead in the water. There’s no mention of Control restarting the battle later, which has led some fans to question whether or not Discovery really had to leave after Control was neutralized.

Discovery is now in completely unknown territory, since the version of the future that Gabrielle Burnham came from was one where Control had committed mass genocide across the galaxy. Without that cataclysmic event, there’s no telling what a thousand years of history have done to the future. Are the people of Terralysium (who had managed to survive Control’s attack in the previous timeline) still the same, or was their planet discovered by another race? Does the new future have the same version of Gabrielle Burnham, who still remembers the previous timeline? If so, how did she experience the change in the timeline? Or if not, is she now lost in a timeline that will never come to pass? With the sticky matter of time travel, nothing is certain.

Related to the above question is the uncertainty of whether Discovery is even still a Starfleet ship, since Starfleet and the Federation may not even exist 950 years into the future. Back in the 23rd century, Discovery has been effectively wiped from memory thanks to Pike, Spock, and others who knew about it swearing to stay silent or risk a charge of treason. If Starfleet does still exist in the future that Discovery ended, it may have no records of the ship ever existing. If Starfleet and the Federation are gone, or changed beyond all recognition, then there’s the question of whether Discovery is still subject to Starfleet’s general orders and regulations, or whether it is now a completely independent spaceship, free to create its own rules and missions.

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On the road to figuring out what the Red Angel was and what it wanted, Discovery was led to Saru’s home planet of Kaminar, where the Kelpiens were subject to shortened lives at the hands of reigning species, the Ba’ul. After debate about the ethics of intervening with the planet’s society, the Kelpiens were ultimately liberated – at the risk of repeating history and having them potentially hunt the Ba’ul to near-extinction again. With that in mind, it’s somewhat unsettling to see Saru’s sister, Siranna, arrive at the battle in a Ba’ul fighter ship, with no real discussion of how she came to fly it. Have the Kelpiens and the Ba’ul found a way to co-exist peacefully, or do we need to consider the grim possibility that the Kelpiens returned to preying on the weaker species?

Page 2: Pike, Spock, and Discovery’s Potential Return

Fans have been clamoring for a spinoff series with Anson Mount’s Captain Pike, and those who watched Star Trek: Discovery‘s season finale could be mistaken for thinking that season 3 will be the adventures of Pike, Spock, and the Enterprise. The season ended with a clean-shaven Spock arriving on the Enterprise’s bridge, and Pike preparing to set off on a mission to check out a newly discovered moon. There’s already a Section 31 spinoff in the works, led by Michelle Yeoh’s Mirror Georgiou, so Pike and Spock could guest star in that… or perhaps CBS really will give Pike his own Star Trek show.

The Red Angel suit’s time crystal was burned out by the trip to the future, so in theory that should put an end to Burnham’s ability to time travel and destroy any hope of the Discovery crew’s return. However, since they already have the technology, Jett Reno has the know-how to make it work, and they know where time crystals can be found (assuming that Boreth hasn’t been destroyed in the interim years), it certainly seems feasible that the Discovery crew could find a way to time travel again. They left behind friends and family in the 23rd century and would no doubt love to return, even if it means leaving Discovery behind. And speaking of leaving Discovery behind…

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There’s some confusion over when exactly the Short Trek episode “Calypso” is set. The trailer claimed that it was set “1000 years after Discovery,” and indeed Zora tells Craft that she was abandoned by her crew a thousand years ago, which led many to assume that it was set in the 33rd century. However, now that the Discovery itself has been transported almost a thousand years into the future, it’s possible that “Calypso” was actually set in the 43rd century – 2000 years after the events of season 2. While “The Brightest Star” and “The Runaway” have both tied into the events of the main show, “Calypso” remains a mystery. Why did the crew abandon Discovery, and at what point did the ship gain sentience? And does the V’draysh, the twisted version of the Federation, already exist in the future that Discovery has gone to?

Why would you ever have a blast door with a manual lever on only side? Also, why couldn’t Admiral Cornwell simply have been teleported to the other side of the blast door after pulling the lever? It seems like there are a lot of ways that this dramatic sacrifice could have been avoided.

Still, whoever designed that blast door does deserve some credit. Pike was able to casually stand a few feet away from an exploding photon torpedo that ripped a huge chunk out of Enterprise’s saucer section, and he barely flinched. That’s some solid engineering.

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2019-04-22 08:04:17

Hannah Shaw-Williams

Gotham Series Finale Trailer: The End Of Batman’s Beginning

After five seasons, FOX is finally set to bid adieu to Gotham by fulfilling the one promise producers have maintained from the beginning: Batman will only be seen when the series ends. That promise has more or less sustained the series through the seasons, as the campy prequel has shifted from a Jim Gordon-centric tale to one that, like the city for which it is named, is overrun by the eccentric and dangerous criminals that not only populate it, but frequently threaten to watch it all burn. 

The final season of Gotham has seen its cast of proto-villains, as well as the proto-Caped Crusader himself, Bruce Wayne (Daniel Mazouz), defend the city after it was shut off from the outside world, in a re-telling of the ‘No Man’s Land’ storyline from the comics. Like all things on Gotham, this re-telling has welcomed its fair share of changes, like also acting as a kind of ‘Batman: Year Zero’ storyline, as well as introducing a dramatically different version of Bane (Shane West) from what’s been seen before (and that includes Tom Hardy’s version from The Dark Knight Rises). 

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Nevertheless, the truncated final season has soldiered on, setting up the sort of send-off viewers have been calling for since the show premiered back in 2014. And from the look of things, it’ll be the sort of send-off only Gotham can provide. Take a look at the Gotham series finale trailer below: 

The extended series finale trailer works hard to convey the amount of time that’s passed since Bruce left Gotham, swearing to return when he’s ready to be the hero it needs. As such, characters like Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) and the Riddler (Cory Michael Smith) have had the necessary time to reflect on their criminal choices and to really nail down their comics-accurate looks. Meanwhile, Camren Bicondovia’s Selina Kyle has grown up and become Lili Simmons (Banshee), who is now prowling the streets as Catwoman. The only missing piece is Mazouz’s Bruce Wayne, who, as his trusty butler Alfred (Sean Pertwee) continues to mention throughout the trailer, is not exactly known for his punctuality. 

It all adds up to a final episode that hinges on the arrival of Gotham’s famed vigilante. Though there’s only a few fleeting shots of the Batsuit, there are several callbacks to some of Batman’s early days, especially from Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One story. How it will all pan out on TV is another matter altogether, but viewers don’t have to wait long to see the end of Batman’s beginning. 

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Gotham series finale airs Thursday, April 25 @8pm on FOX.


2019-04-22 05:04:39

Kevin Yeoman

The Magicians Season Finale: 7 Things That Gave Us Closure (& 3 Things They Still Haven’t Addressed)

True to form, the season four finale of SyFy’s The Magicians was a subversive sucker punch to the heart. The Magicians is a show that’s always keen to subvert expectations and this season the writers continued to dissect and upset the natural order of fantasy storytelling. While wrapping up a number of storylines and leaving us with some unanswered questions, the season four finale gave us a stunning and emotionally charged conclusion along with possibly one of the biggest twists in genre television history.

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While the writers and executive producers of The Magicians have always taken traditional storytelling tropes and flipped them on their heads, this episode took subversion to the next level by concluding the season in a way so unpredictable even the most devoted readers of ‘Filory and Further’ couldn’t have seen it coming. Below are seven things season four gave us some closure on and three unanswered questions for the already confirmed season five to tackle.

Spoilers for The Magicians Season Four finale ahead!

10 DISMANTLING THE HERO’S JOURNEY FOR GOOD

Quentin Coldwater is dead. The hero of Lev Grossman’s trilogy of novels, Quentin, is positioned as the traditional ‘everyman,’ our entry point to the story and a white, straight, hero like any other. Over four seasons, we’ve seen Quentin evolve into a complicated, layered and less-than-traditional hero; while at the same time, his archetypal role has been dissected and repurposed. This season, in particular, took some of Quentin’s spotlight and reattributed it too often sidelined characters. This was made especially evident in the episode ‘The Side Effect,’ where supporting characters were given a turn as the lead protagonists.

The culmination of this subversion and retelling of a traditional narrative came in the form of Quentin’s self-sacrifice. Seeing no other option than to cast a spell in the Mirror Realm despite knowing casting there could have calamitous ramifications, Quentin was killed. After his death, in the afterlife, he has to come to terms with his own ending, his motivations for his self-sacrifice and finally saying goodbye to his friends and moving on. The biggest difference here is that Quentin’s death is final (as confirmed by the series Executive Producers). It’s the final nail in the coffin, if you’ll excuse the pun, for the archetypal hero. His character arc and story completed in a fulfilling and affirming way, despite the surprise of a show permanently killing off its main protagonist.

9 JULIA’S DECISION TO STAY HUMAN OR BECOME A GOD

Julia has been through a lot, arguably the most, of any of The Magician’s characters and things finally seemed to be looking up when she became, for all intents and purposes, a god. Her powers were subsequently taken away in the season three finale and despite being invulnerable, she’s spent most of this season trying to find out whether or not to reclaim her status as a goddess or to return to her human form, with all the aging, pain and death that involves.

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In the end, the choice was made for her. After a wound from an enchanted axe continues to tear open each time it’s healed, Julia is incapable of making the decision and that responsibility defaults to Penny-23. Perhaps with selfish motivations, he decides that Julia should remain a human and in doing so she loses her ability to do magic.

8 ELIOT IS NO LONGER POSSESSED

Last season’s cliff hanger saw Hale Appleton’s Eliot possessed by a childlike, blood-hungry monster. The big arc of this season focused on Eliot’s rescue. Because of this Appleton spent a great deal of time as the monster and audiences were only given a few glances of Eliot, trapped inside his own body. When it came down to it, rescuing Elliot was swift and without incident, that is, if you don’t count the major axe wound he incurred in the process, and thanks to Quentin’s sacrifice, the monsters were trapped between universes.

Even though his body will take time to heal, as will his grief over Quentin’s death, Eliot is back, free of his demonic possession and, along with Margot, keen to get back to the throne room of their castle in Filory.

7 EVERETT IS DESTROYED

Perhaps the real big bad of season four, Everett was the head of The Order and the leader of the Librarians (who have been controlling and hoarding magic since last season). Although, a less obvious adversary than the monster possessing Eliot, Everett’s nefarious plans to harness the powers of the monsters, along with his persecution of Hedge Witches, definitely put him up there in terms of big bad behavior. Thankfully, the spell which Quentin cast taking his own life, also took out Everett. That’s one big bad less to worry about next season.

6 MAGIC LEVELS HAVE BEEN RESTORED

When the well of all magic was harnessed by The Library, strict control was placed over the amount of magic in the air, severely reducing the amount of casting our heroes could attempt. These restrictions proved tricky when dealing with murderous, friend possessing monsters and, as it turned out, were all part of Everett’s plan to become a god himself. Now with Everett gone and The Library under more trustworthy leadership, for the moment, the levels of magic and the potential for our heroes to cast spells have increased. Hopefully, this means we’ll see some serious spells in season five.

5 MARGOT AND JOSH ARE OFFICIAL

While this one might not have the same world ending consequences as the others, Margot as a character has had one of the most interesting and intense character arcs, developing more than any of the others. When we first met Margot she was a shallow sorority girl, she was judgemental and mean. Now, we’ve seen her learn how to rule a Kingdom, be a fierce warrior and loyal friend, a feminist icon and finally, we’re seeing her allow herself to be vulnerable.

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Margot’s defensive nature and emotionless facade have been slowly coming down and Margot’s true colors have begun to shine. This is demonstrated most keenly in her relationship with Josh. Not the most likely candidate for Margot’s boyfriend, he’s a geek and the kind of guy old-Margot would have mocked, these two have grown closer, and finally, in the season finale, we saw Margot confess her love for Josh, truly showing how much she has grown as a character.

4 KADY LEADS THE HEDGE WITCHES

Kady has always been an ambivalent character. At first, she was a double agent working for the Hedges Witches, a group of magicians without formal training, often looked down on by collegiate magicians, while also studying at Brakebills University. With the loss of her boyfriend Penny-40 (the original Penny from this timeline who was replaced with Penny-23, a version of him from another timeline, it’s a whole thing), Kady has had even less direction than usual this season.

However, when the lives of Hedge’s are being threatened and Kady has the power to help them she steps in and finally, in the finale, she is able to bridge the gap between hedges and formally educated magicians. Using co-operative magic, the two groups are united and prove that they are stronger together. in doing this, Kady finds a purpose and a reason to keep on.

3 UN-ADDRESSED: WILL ALICE BECOME THE HEAD OF THE LIBRARY?

With Everett gone The Library can go back to being the non-partial, bookkeepers of the multi-verse, only there is no one willing to lead them. Even Zelda, the first librarian introduced in the series, whose role has expanded exponentially over four seasons, is unwilling to take on the role of leadership. Perhaps feeling she is unworthy after her involvement with Everett and The Library’s morally dubious actions of the past year. She does suggest someone who would make a good leader for the library and that person is Alice.

What kind of leader would Alice be and will she even be interested in working for the library after all they’ve done?

2 UNADDRESSED: CAN JULIA FORGIVE PENNY-23?

As mentioned earlier, Penny-23 was forced to decide whether or not to turn Julia back into a god or for her to remain human, despite losing her ability to practice magic in the process. He chose human and maybe for selfish reasons, such as being in love with her. Needless to say, Julia is pretty cut up about losing her powers and facing the prospect of growing old and dying.

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Julia’s final scene this season saw her regain her ability to practice magic. In the world of The Magicians, magic comes from pain and Julia, distraught over Quentin’s death, is hurting. Hurting enough to rediscover her ability to cast spells. Will she be able to forgive Penny-23, though? After all, she’s still going to age, feel pain and die and it’s kind of all his fault.

1 UN-ADDRESSED: WHERE ARE JOSH AND FEN AND WHO HAS TAKEN OVER FILORY?

The last time we see Margot and Eliot this season, they’re back in Filory and on the way to reclaim their thrones. Discovering the castle and noticing it’s vast expansions they ask some passers-by for information and discover that Josh and Fen are missing and that a Dark King is now the ruler of Filory and has been for 3oo hundred years. Time moves differently in the magical land of Filory so the massive time jump makes sense, but where are Fen and Josh and who is ruling Filory currently? And here Eliot is already, dealing with the loss of his best friend and the end of #queliot standom, as if he didn’t have enough on his plate heading into season five. The next season has a lot to be getting on with despite the absence of Quentin.


2019-04-20 01:04:18

Joshua Dean Perry

The Magicians: 5 Biggest Questions After The Season 4 Finale

The ending of The Magicians season 4 finale episode, “No Better To Be Safe Than Sorry” (which itself is a reference to the song “Take On Me”), left viewers reeling – but it also left fans with several questions going into The Magicians season 5. Over the years, Syfy’s The Magicians has established itself as a convention-breaking fantasy TV series that takes great leaps in genre storytelling and a production that leaves nothing on the table. That very much remained true with the season 4 finale.

With Jason Ralph’s Quentin Coldwater dying and moving on from the Underworld in the season 4 finale, The Magicians has succeeded in doing what most TV shows wouldn’t even dare to consider: kill off its main character. But rather than just have Quentin die and move on, The Magicians wanted him to question his death – was it a sacrifice or suicide – and they wanted audiences to feel the emotional weight of it, hence why they wrapped up the season with a heartfelt wake in his honor.

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But so much more happened in The Magicians season 4 finale than just Quentin dying, and most of those plot points and threads will be explored in The Magicians season 5 – in addition to, of course, the core characters dealing with the loss of one of their best friends. That leaves viewers with plenty of questions after The Magicians season 4 finale, many of which most likely won’t be answered until well into The Magicians season 5.

Right off the bat, one of the biggest questions on fans’ minds is, is Quentin coming back in The Magicians season 5? Given that characters have returned from the dead before, as well as the fact that The Magicians is about magic, it seemed likely that Quentin could somehow be resurrected or at least operate alongside Penny-40. But, unfortunately, hoping for Quentin’s return is futile, as executive producers Sera Gamble, John McNamara, and Henry Alonso Myers, as well as Jason Ralph himself, have confirmed that Quentin is, in fact, gone. He took the metro out of the Underworld. Ralph won’t be returning in The Magicians season 5, but that doesn’t mean his story is over. We’ll just have to see what the producers mean by Quentin’s story continuing in all the other characters.

After Eliot and Margo return to Fillory, it’s revealed that 300 years (!) have passed and that someone named the Dark King is currently running things. So just who is the Dark King exactly, and has he been ruling all this time? What happened that Josh and Fen had to be overthrown? All eyes may be on Quentin (and perhaps even Julia), but there’s still something big going on in Fillory in The Magicians season 4 finale that needs to be addressed.

On that note, The Magicians has been setting up a clash between the series’ main characters and the Old Gods for quite some time now. With the Monster and his unnamed sister having been banished into the Seam, the obvious next step in terms of villains is having our heroes take on the Old Gods. Of course, it’s implied in the season 4 finale that the Old Gods don’t care much for humans. But then again, the Monster DID kill quite a few gods throughout season 4. The Old Gods surely won’t let that go.

Despite being at odds for years, the magicians worked together with the hedge witches for the first time ever. Every magic-powered person in the world aided our heroes in defeating the monsters. So does this mean they’ll put the past behind them and work together going forward? The Library is changing, so why can’t they change as well? Hopefully, brighter times lie ahead for everyone when The Magicians season 5 rolls around.

Julia’s story arc throughout season 4 has been about her godhood. But in order to save her life, Penny-23 chose to make her human, thereby taking away her ability to do magic. However, that didn’t necessarily happen, as Julia discovered she could still do magic the same way that Quentin first discovered the ability in the pilot episode. So does that mean she’s on her way to becoming a goddess?

Next: What To Expect From The Magicians Season 5


2019-04-19 05:04:48

Mansoor Mithaiwala

Macgyver’s Season 3 Finale Casts Robocop’s Peter Weller as New Villain

Peter Weller has been cast in the upcoming season 3 finale of CBS’s MacGyver. Weller is best known for his role as the title character in Robocop and Robocop 2.

CBS’s MacGyver is a reboot of the hit series from the 1980s and 1990s of the same name. Starring Lucas Till (X-Men: Apocalypse), MacGyver follows young Angus “Mac” MacGyver on his adventures working for a secret government agency. Following the fashion of the original – which starred Richard Dean Anderson – MacGyver is often thrust into bizarre situations and must save the lives of others only armed with unconventional thinking, limited resources, and problem-solving skills. Despite mixed reviews for the re-imagined series, CBS picked up MacGyver for a full order, and the show is almost upon the end of its third season. The season 3 ending of MacGyver should prove an exciting one – especially now with the addition of Weller.

Related: MacGyver Series Premiere Review & Discussion

According to TV Line, Weller has been tapped to play the antithesis of Macgyver. Film and TV vet Weller is set to take on the role of a clever villain named Mason, who rivals Macgyver’s brain power. Following the storyline of a recent bombing attempt and a slew of trouble for Mac, Mason will no doubt cause quite a stir in next month’s season finale. Showrunner Peter M. Lenkov gave his thoughts on Macgyver’s newest – and perhaps most deadly – villain:

“Ultimately, all roads are going to lead to Peter Weller being his Big Bad who – and I think it was Lucas Till who came up with this – is basically a ‘bad MacGyver’. He’s someone who has the same head as Macgyver, the same skills but he uses it for nefarious purposes.”

Weller may be most recognized as Robocop, but he’s a veteran TV actor and director, having played roles in shows such as Dexter, 24 and Star Trek: Enterprise. Weller is also well versed with Lenkov’s CBS reboot trilogy, and has directed episodes of MacGyver and Magnum P.I. Along with Till, Weller joins cast members Riley Davis (The Vampire Diaries), Justin Hires (Rush Hour) and Meredith Eaton (Battle Creek). The show faced an upset last year when George Eads – who played the pivotal role of Mac’s partner –  exited the series due to conflicts on set.

Even though Weller has a history with MacGyver’s showrunner, any project would fare well in bringing Weller onboard. Weller has a knack for playing dark, nefarious characters and will broaden the talent base and storyline of the MacGyver series. It’s still unclear if MacGyver will be renewed for a season 4, but after the appearance of Weller as Mason, it may leave the audience thirsty for more, and CBS inclined to renew MacGyver for another season.

Next: Peter Weller Reportedly Not Returning for Blomkamp’s Robocop Sequel

Source: TV Line


2019-04-16 09:04:42

Bethany Guerrero

Discovery (Finally) Has A Proper Star Trek Crew In The Season 2 Finale

Star Trek: Discovery‘s superior season 2 fittingly concludes with the crew bonded together in a way no other Star Trek cast has. Every series in the franchise is about a core ensemble of Starfleet Officers who become a found family. It only took two seasons for the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery to become that kind of unified front.

Traditionally, the main cast of a Star Trek series revolved around the captain, but Star Trek: Discovery tossed that paradigm out of the nearest airlock. Michael Burnham is – and continues to be – the centerpiece character, but by the end of Star Trek: Discovery season 1, fans still didn’t know who most of the bridge crew were. Thankfully, season 2 has taken huge strides to bring the ancillary members of the crew to the forefront. By the penultimate episode, “Such Sweet Sorrow”, the Starfleet Officers of the U.S.S. Discovery chose to risk their lives and their every futures for each other.

Related: The Meaning Of Star Trek: Discovery’s Red Signals (So Far)

In order to stop the malevolent A.I. Control from gaining the sphere data it needs to wipe out all sentient life in the galaxy, Michael chose to become the second Red Angel and take the Discovery into the future. Even by Star Trek‘s standards of loyalty to one’s crew, Michael’s farewell was exceptionally heartfelt. “I love you. All of you,” Michael told her colleagues. “I wish there was more time. Thank you for the greatest moments of my life.” This was extra touching considering how Michael boarded the Discovery two years prior as Starfleet’s first mutineer. She was mistrusted and labeled “dangerous” by First Officer Saru himself.

In “Such Sweet Sorrow’, Ensign Silvia Tilly, Saru, Spock, Lt. Paul Stamets, Commander Jett Reno, Lt. Keyla Detmer, Lt. Joann Owosekun, Lt. Gen Rhys, Lt. R.A. Bryce, Commander Nhan, Lt. Nilsson, and Emperor Georgiou all elected to remain aboard as the U.S.S. Discovery’s crew to time travel with Michael into the distant future – perhaps never to return. This fitttingly put a button on how much season 2 highlighted its supporting cast.

In the season 2 premiere, Captain Pike asked the bridge crew to introduce themselves, which cleverly allowed him (and the fans) to put names to the faces. Later, Detmer and Owosekun saved Pike’s life as he flew through an asteroid field. Throughout season 2, Michael and Saru chaired Ready Room meetings where the bridge crew was able to show off their personalities. The Discovery’s lively mess hall was a far cry from Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Ten Forward lounge; the Disco’s crew took their meals together (not unlike Kirk’s crew in The Original Series), relaxed, laughed, swapped stories, and played the auto-antonym game. The Disco crew also weathered bizarre moments like the resurrected Dr. Hugh Culber brawling with Ash Tyler.

The Discovery also welcomed Commanders Nhan and Jett Reno; despite her tense working relationship with Stamets, Reno helped heal Stamets and Culber’s broken marriage while Nhan apologized to Michael for her role in Lieutenant Commander Airiam’s death. An augmented human who was possessed by Control and forced to betray her crewmates, Airiam was season 2’s most tragic character; “Project Daedalus” gave glimpses of Airiam when she was once fully human and fans saw the mutual affection between her, Tilly, and Michael. Airiam’s funeral was as touching as Spock’s in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

Related: Star Trek Theory: Discovery Season 2 Is The Borg’s Origin

Other Star Trek crews had more time to bond. With the exceptions of The Original Series and Star Trek: Enterprise, the other series had 7 seasons (which were generally understood to correspond to 7 years each) for their crews to gel and in their opening titles, the characters’ names were listed with the actors playing them. (The casts of TOS and TNG also had 10 Star Trek movies between them to further their bonds.) In addition, the other Star Trek series had about 26 episodes in the episodic format – ample time to devote to individual characters and familiarize them to fans.

By contrast, Star Trek: Discovery is serialized in the modern Peak TV style of storytelling (whereas even the serialized Deep Space Nine had plenty of room for one-off character episodes) and the CBS All-Access prequel only has 14-15 episodes to tell a complete season-long arc. Yet, in season 2, Star Trek: Discovery‘s crew proves to be resolutely behind Michael Burnham and they’ll follow her anywhere (or anywhen) – they could now even lay claim to the title of “the finest crew in Starfleet”.

Next: Star Trek: Discovery’s Finale All But Confirms Major Season 3 Theory

Star Trek: Discovery‘s season 2 finale streams Thursday, April 18 @ 8:30pm on CBS All-Access and internationally the next day on Netflix


2019-04-15 09:04:50

John Orquiola

Star Trek: Discovery’s Finale All But Confirms Major Season 3 Theory

The first half of Star Trek: Discovery’s two-part season finale gave a lot of credence to a compelling fan theory that’s been in the works for weeks now. Given where things stand at the end of “Such Sweet Sorrow,” it seems more than likely that next week, the U.S.S. Discovery will rocket into the future permanently – or at least for a considerable length of time.

Since the season started leaning more heavily into time travel and Dr. Burnham’s mission finally came out into the open, the “Calypso” Short Trek has felt more and more predictive. It doesn’t hurt that two other Short Treks now directly connect to season 2’s storyline, nor that it included the presence of a time traveling Discovery and an artificial intelligence – two elements that figure prominently into the Control/Red Angel storyline. We theorized two weeks ago that Dr. Burnham might wind up becoming Discovery’s “last captain,” i.e. the person who orders the ship to stay idle until their return which is where Craft finds it centuries later in “Calypso.”

Related: Star Trek Theory: Discovery Will Explain The Klingon Messiah With Time Travel

We don’t have confirmation of the identity of that last captain, but it is starting to look more and more like the Disco will wind up very far from home – be that distance measured in centuries or light years. The plan to send the ship into the future guided by the Red Angel to ferry the sphere data far away from Control already has it written in its code that there’s very little chance of return. So much so that the crew who decide to accompany Burnham on her mission pen heartfelt goodbye letters to loved ones they don’t plan to see again. That scenario might imply a twist ending to some who think Discovery’s one-way mission is a little too obvious, but given how every character is positioned at the end of the episode, we think this is a set-up more than a misdirect.

It’s hard to ignore that everyone who remained on the Enterprise can’t journey to parts unknown due to their canon obligations, the fact that they might get their own series, or both. Also, aside from conceiving the master plan to slingshot Discovery and Michael into the future to take the sphere data as far away from Control as possible, much of “Such Sweet Sorrow” centered itself around tying up loose storylines and allowing everyone the chance for a proper goodbye. The title in and of itself evokes a bittersweet parting of the ways.

Captain Pike got a well-deserved standing ovation from the Discovery crew before he rejoined the Enterprise, while Ash and Michael made sure to passionately embrace one last time. Burnham even got a chance to say goodbye to her foster parents, who weirdly showed up in the middle of a military conflict to give her a hug. Spock accompanying the Discovery on its journey is a fly in the ointment of canon, but we’re willing to bet the second part of the season 2 finale will rectify that plot thread somehow. The idea of Star Trek: Discovery beaming out of the self-imposed nostalgia prison it’s languished in for the past two seasons is too tantalizing and looks way too likely for Spock to get in the way. And let’s not forget, Alex Kurtzman promised up and down that the end of season 2 would reconcile Discovery with Star Trek canon and be a massive game-changer – this certainly fits that bill.

If Discovery slingshots far into the future with no chance of immediate return, the show will finally be able to explore a new frontier. That’s something Star Trek hasn’t embraced this fully since Star Trek: Voyager bounced its titular ship 75,000 light years from home. That series regrettably didn’t lean into the practical implications of a Starfleet ship that far from Federation support, but the premise a huge amount of promise. Not only were there new aliens and phenomena to encounter, the rules for how people on Star Trek behaved and interacted flew out the window in the face of telling a story about a ship in utterly unknown territory with nothing but their wits and values to guide them.

Star Trek: Discovery is poised to make the same kind of leap and if they do, it’ll be one of the ballsiest blind jumps this franchise has ever seen.

More: Star Trek: Discovery Shows How Pike Got His Original Injuries


2019-04-13 07:04:39

Alexandra August

10 Burning Questions We Still Have After The OA Season 2 Finale

Ever since The OA aired back in 2016 fans haven’t stopped scratching there heads at the wonderfully complex and beautifully offputting series by Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij. Questions like: Was OA’s story real? What happened to OA after she was shot? Why did she say Homer right before the credits roll? What’s going to happen to BBA and the boys now that OA is gone? And when, for the love of the original angel, is season two going to air and give us some answers?

RELATED: The OA Season Two Review: An Improved Season Delivers and Even Weirder Ride

Season two may have delivered answers to some of the questions fans were left with in the wake of season one. However, The OA’s second movement delivered far more questions than answers. Let’s get into them.

10 What Universe Are They(OA, Steve, and HAP) In Now?

Upon first glance, it may seem that HAP, OA, & Steve have made an (almost) impossible jump by making the leap into our universe. While that may see the case upon initial viewing, it is important to remember a few things. First off, The OA season two was filmed in California.

When we see OA rushed out in the ambulance with Jason Isaacs (the actor who plays HAP, being played by….HAP) and Steve, we see that the set appears to be in England somewhere. And speaking of Jason Isaacs (HAP), he refers to Brit as his wife, which is not the case in the real world. At least, not this one.

9 Where Did Everyone Else Jump To (And What If They Didn’t)?

As of the season two finale, we know without a doubt, that HAP, Steve, and OA are in the same dimension. Other than that is anyone’s guess. We know that “the portal is like a river, you have to choose to jump in”, so who actually dove in? If BBA, French, and Buck didn’t make the jump or at least a jump, then they’ve got a lot of trouble to deal with when season three premieres.

If they did manage to make the jump, however, where will they end up? Will they even end up together? One thing’s for sure, they’re going to need help. Wherever they end up.

8 Will We Meet A Version Of Theo?

For two seasons now we’ve heard BBA talk about her dead brother, Theo. And for two seasons we’ve seen The OA draw parallels to Steve and Theo. So the question is, now that it seems likely that BBA has potentially traveled to a new dimension: Has she used her link with Theo in the same way that OA used her link with Homer to find him, HAP, and the others?

We learn in the first season that BBA and Theo were twins, so it’s definitely possible, especially with a link like that. Will she be able to save him if he needs saving? Will she be able to leave if she can’t? It’s hard to say, but there are plenty of fans clamoring to get to know Theo. Maybe we’ll get the chance to.

7 Who Is OA’s Brother?

For an episode that is entitled “SYZYGY” that also has a telepathic octopus name Azrael, or Old Night depending on who’s giving the answer, it’s fair to assume things won’t get much more revelatory. How do you even top a telepathic octopus paired with the OA? By dropping some information fans may or may not have had any idea to expect. “Your brother…In every dimension, she sent him to protect you.”

RELATED: The OA  Season Two Ending & Multiverse Explained

There are a few options that immediately spring to mind. Karim for starters, who does save OA immediately following this conversation. But there’s also Elias and Steve to consider. Hell, even Homer is a possible candidate. Is it possible that they are, in fact, the same being spread throughout different dimensions? Can one soul have different bodies? Or inhabit different bodies? Hopefully, season three will shed some more light on this mysterious brother.

6 Where Are The Other (Real) Angels?

At this point in the series, it’s a little hard to tell what exactly the series is referring to when it talks about angels. We know that OA is “the original angel.” We’ve also heard her refer to her fellow captives as angels as well as people that have traveled through dimensions.

RELATED: The OA: 10 Questions We Need Answered In Season 2

Old Night (who we’ll talk more about later) introduces himself as Azrael, the name of an angel from Abrahamic religions. OA’s brother is also sailing through the multiverse somewhere, trying to protect OA. So the question is: If OA is, in fact, the original angel, where are the ones that came afterward? Have we met any of them yet?

5 What’s With The Deal With The Letters As Names Thing?

We’re not only talking about the obvious names HAP, BBA, and OA — the only people in the series referred to by their initials. We’re also talking about the other names like Elias (LIS) and the mysterious Elodie (LOD) that are phonetically similar abbreviations. Is there any significance there?

It’s hinted in the second season that Elias may have been sent by Khatun to protect OA and remind her of who she is after the events of the season two finale. But is it possible there are more than a couple of angels roaming around? And could the series be hinting at their identities with some clever naming? With a series like The OA, it’s hard to believe anything is simply a coincidence, but we’ll just have to and see.

4 What Was The Deal With Old Night (And Will There Be Others)?

Being a telepathic octopus isn’t even the weirdest thing about Old Night, or Azrael as he calls himself. It’s confounding just how much a telepathic octopus can know about the OA, her future, and her interdimensional traveling experiences.

But is he smarter than just your average telepathic octopus? Will there be other telepathic animals to help OA along the way? Do squirrels hold the key to unlocking the hidden secrets of the multiverse? Or does his name give us a hint at who may be inhabiting or possessing this octopus? Azrael, in the Abrahamic religions, is often marked as the angel of destruction and renewal. Perhaps, hinting at the reason Nina calls him Old Night.

3 What’s Going To Happen With Karim Washington?

The conclusion of season two may have brought along with it, many answered questions, but it also leaves so many unanswered. One of many being, Where does Karim go from here? There are so many questions regarding who Karim is and why the house was calling him through other peoples dreams.

Will we even see Karim in future seasons? It seems like Karim does have an important role to play in the events moving forward, and much like Elodie says, “The events of one universe echo throughout the surrounding universes.” So now that Karim has met OA, will we get the chance to see different versions of his character? Will we get to see the aftermath of Karim’s visit to the attic? Whatever the case may be, we hope to see him make a return.

2 Where Are They Going To Go From Here?

We’ve already established that the dimension that HAP, Steve, OA and potentially Homer land in is not our universe. It is, however, a dimension very close to our own. A few different choices. A few flaps of a butterfly’s wings; and hey, we’re in a universe where The OA films in England and Jason Isaacs married Brit Marling.

But now that we know we’re in a dimension similar to our own where do they go from here? Well, let’s start with what we know. The OA forgets herself. When Old Night shows OA the moment where she will be able to reawaken, she is on a plane. It’s possible, likely even, that HAP has taken them to a dimension outside their constellation, which means that OA may not even know Homer. Whatever is coming next, it’s likely only going to get crazier from here.

1 Who Is Elodie?

In a second season filled with exciting and important new additions, Elodie is perhaps one of the most important. Fans of the series have no idea who the mystery traveler may be, but suspiciously enough, Elodie seems to have a lot of knowledge regarding HAP, OA, Homer, traveling, and potentially even the viewers themselves. Something very interesting occurs after we find HAP and Elodie in bed together.

Elodie gets up to leave, but before she can HAP grabs her and demands he answer his questions before she leaves. He says he only needs a minute before walking off screen. At which point, Elodie’s eyes briefly follow HAP before she looks directly into the camera. She also refers to herself as a “creature of balance, A guide, an advisor, etc.” when talking to OA.  With all the in mind, it’s likely we haven’t seen the last of the mysterious Elodie.

NEXT: What To Expect From The OA Season 3


2019-04-12 09:04:12

Danny Hernandez