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The Last Kingdom: 4 Things About Uhtred That Are Accurate (And 6 That Aren’t)

Although The Last Kingdom may feel like a fictional story set in a real world, it wasn’t drawn up out of thin air. Based on Bernard Cornwall’s series novel series The Saxon Stories, both the books and The Last Kingdom include characters that are based on real-life individuals. The story put to page and now screen did take some liberties along the way. It’s not exactly like there was an immensely effective way to keep a detailed record of history from 800 – 1100.

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Which is why some of the things about Uhtred son of Uhtred are accurate to the real-life Uhtred the Bold. With there being limited records detailing Uhtred the Bold’s life, there was only so much to work off of. And what Uhtred son of Uhtred does share with Uhtred the Bold are still slightly different. That being said, here are 4 Historically Accurate Things About Uhtred (And 6 Things That Aren’t.)

10 Inaccurate: Era

The Last Kingdom is set in ninth-century England when Alfred the Great ruled Wessex and eventually became King of the Anglo-Saxons. On the show, King Alfred is, of course, based on Alfred the great, therefore the show’s era is accurate to his character.

However, it’s not accurate to Uhtred’s. Uhtred the Bold probably knew who Alfred the Great was, but he didn’t know him personally. And there’s no way Alfred the great knew who Uhtred the Bold was since he was born late in the 10th century, nearly 100 years after Alfred died.

9 Accurate: Place of Origin

Just like his fictional counterpart, Uhtred the Bold was a Saxon of Northumbria, the northern region of what is now England. Furthermore, he was from Bebbanburgh — which we’re reminded is Uhtred son of Uhtred’s home at least once an episode.

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It’s even in one of his many names: Uhtred of Bebbanburgh. Though Bebbanburgh was known as Bamburgh throughout Uhtred the Bold’s lifetime, it’s still the same place geographically.

8 Inaccurate: Birth Name

In The Last Kingdom, Uhtred son of Uhtred was originally someone else, not the main character who was also later known as Uhtred Ragnarsson. Uhtred was the old brother of the main character. He was killed by Danes in the very first episode of the show.

At that point, the main character was named Osbert. His father, also Uhtred, made him change his name upon receiving the news. Historical records show Uhtred the Bold was also known as Uchtred, but never Osbert. He was also not known as Uhtred son of Uhtred, given his dad’s name was Waltheof.

7 Accurate: Nobility

Uhtred the Bold’s father, Waltheof, was the ealdorman of Bamburgh. Uhtred would even go on to take over as Earl of Bamburgh before his father’s passing. He was also named Earl of York after Ælfhelm of York was murdered. This gave him significant power, now being the earl of both northern and southern Northumbria.

Needless to say, there’s a good chance Uhtred the Bold wasn’t going around telling everyone he was going to take over the title that was stolen from him as a child. (That would make for a much less interesting show. Though, it would shorting up about 85 percent of the show intros.)

6 Inaccurate: Relationship with the Danes

The Last Kingdom portrays Uhtred son of Uhtred as the blend of Saxon and Dane, making him the perfect candidate to bring the two groups together. It adds the element of internal conflict to the show. There are instances where it’s an episode’s driving force.

Uhtred the Bold was not raised by Danes. He did not fight on behalf of Danes. Uhtred the Bold did, however, marry the daughter of a wealthy Dane as a political move when he became Earl of York.

5 Accurate: He was a Warrior

He was called Uhtred the Bold for a reason. Uhtred son of Uhtred’s inspiration may have had the birthright to become Earl of Bamburgh, but he put himself on the fast-track to seat thanks to his work in battle.

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When King Malcolm II of Scotland invaded Northumbria, Uhtred led his people in battle, where he aging father could not. He was then rewarded the title Earl of Bamburg even though his father was still alive. Uhtred fought Danes, as well. He even dealt with a Viking named Cnut.

4 Inaccurate: Relationship with Ethelred

Uhtred Ragnarsson has a list of enemies in The Last Kingdom. There may be none more annoying that Æthelred of Mercia. He’s unloyal to the king and could not be a worse husband to Lady Æthelflæd.

Uhtred the Bold dealt with a lord by a similar name, Ethelred II, but was his ally. Ethelred the Unready had quite a bit to deal with in his time as King of England thanks to the Viking invasions. Uhtred the Bold helped him throughout this time and was rewarded as a result.

3 Accurate: Multiple Marriages

Uhtred son of Uhtred has taken two wives in the course of The Last Kingdom, in addition to the relationship he had with the shadow queen Iseult. Although the characters he marries in the show are fictional, Uhtred of Bebbanburgh is much like Uhtred the Bold in the sense he took on multiple lovers.

Uhtred the Bold was married three times. First, he married a bishop’s daughter. Upon being named Earl of York, he “repudiated” her and married the daughter of a wealthy Dane from York. He would later marry King Ethelred II’s daughter, though it’s unclear how Uhtred’s second marriage ended.

2 Inaccurate: Blood Feuds

Uhtred the Bold was still surrounded by blood feuds, don’t be mistaken. But he wasn’t necessarily the one who saw them through. Uhtred the Bold was killed in Thurbrand the Hold in 1016 after Ethelred had lost control of England to King Sweyn Forkbeard of Denmark a few years earlier.

Thurbrand was then killed by one of Uhtred’s sons, Ealdred. He was then killed by Thurbrand’s son, Carl. Ealdred’s grandson then took vengeance for his family years later. Such a loving family.

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1 Inaccurate: Religion

Not being raised by Danes likely means Uhtred did not believe in Valhalla or the Norse gods altogether. That, the fact he married a bishop’s daughter and records indicating he me the bishop’s daughter while helping transport the remains of St. Cuthbert mean he was likely of Christian faith.

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2019-03-18 01:03:28

Nick Friar

Every Major Death On The Last Kingdom, Ranked

There wasn’t much in terms of entertainment in the 9th Century. Their music was limited, half of them couldn’t even read and their food was so-so, leaving them one thing to do.

Fight. (Unless there’s something else being overlooked?)

At least, that’s what we’re led to think if we’re to believe what takes place in The Last Kingdom is at all accurate. If that’s at all an accurate representation, it really is stunning Britains once had the largest empire in the world. How did anyone survive that survived that era?

Outside of maybe Uhtred Ragnarsson or Uhtred of Bebbanburg, or whatever he’s going by these days, no one has been safe throughout the show. In fact, whether you’re close to Uhtred or fighting him, you’re never safe. Pretty much, if you’re living in England in the 9th Century and you’ve met Uhtred, you’re not living long. Which is why, despite only having three seasons, the show has such a large list of main characters.

Those who’ve died, have either gone down in a bad way, left us reeling or had a major impact in passing. Some hit the trifecta.

10 Ubba

One of the first things Uhtred learns when he’s taken as a slave by the Danes is don’t mess with Ubba. Pretty sound advice if you pay attention to the way this nut goes about his business.

Even as Uhtred’s fighting skills advanced, he was pretty nervous fighting Ubba. It’s one of the few times you see Uhtred rattled with a sword in his hand.

But as he always does, Uhtred took down the Dane leader, sending a ripple across the Dane invasion that has allowed countless, inferior fighters and leaders to take their shot at Uhtred.

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Had Ubba won, the Danes would have gained complete control of England.

Also, this was a pretty gross death. Uhtred slices his Achilles to get the upper hand. A visual that’ll send a shiver down your spine.

9 Bloodhair

Also known as Earl Sigurd, Bloodhair has one of the most frustrating experiences throughout his time on The Last Kingdom. He placed his faith in the witch, Skade, who he believes to be his lover, as well. But it turns out she’s not really interested after all. Well, that may be underselling things a bit.

After meeting Uhtred, Skade knows she wants one man and one man alone. Spoiler alert: it’s not Bloodhair anymore. However, Bloodhair needs her like he needs air and will stop at nothing to keep her for himself. Which is why he fights Haesten to earn her back.

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Only thing is, she doesn’t want him back. And she knows he’s the only one capable of beating Uhtred in a one-on-one fight. To ensure Bloodhair does not win — because Haesten had no chance against him — Skade poisoned Bloodhair. Once he realizes this, he attacks her, only to die viciously by her hand, sending a shock through the entire Dane camp.

8 Thyra

Ragnar’s younger sister and Uhtred’s foster sister, Thrya endures much more than any human should throughout the course of this show. It’s left her traumatized, yet also led her into the arms of Beocca.

Wherever poor Thyra went, someone always wanted to do her harm. But there was always someone there to save her, eventually. Even in her final moments as her house began to burn around her, it felt like someone had to save her.

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Thyra unfair end has an immense impact on the show and shakes those close to her, but the impact on the larger issue at hand is minimal. However, given all she’s been through from such a young age, it’s easy to empathize with her family and friends. She was a kind person under constant, unwarranted persecution.

7 Skade

In a way, Skade is the exact opposite of Thyra. She’s a manipulative monster who coerces men into being their worst selves, killing all in their path to win her over.

As annoying as it seemed, it was hard to deny her magical abilities throughout her time on the show. You want to call them coincidences, go ahead, you’re just in denial. There wasn’t some educated pattern to her guesses. She said something and it came to pass.

Which is why her death was one of the biggest on the show. One careless move from Uhtred and she could have slithered away and placed another curse on him. And even when she stopped moving, it wouldn’t have been a complete shock if she got back up and started maniacally laughing.

6 Gisela

Another victim of Skade, poor Gisela dies in the course of childbirth. this wasn’t uncommon in the 9th Century, but still heartbreaking nonetheless. Uhtred hasn’t always had luck finding the right women and Gisela may have been the best of them all.

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Of course, her death was toughest on Uhtred and played a part in setting the tone for the entire third season. Her death helps that rat Æthelwold set a trap into play that gets Uhtred banished, creating a ton of drama. Had it not been for Skade, or maybe just unfortunate circumstance, Gisela would have survived, saving Uhtred from further heartbreak and headaches in the show.

5 Iseult

Gisela’s death was certainly a surprise, but Iseult’s death in Season 1 was jaw-dropping. Prior to her death, it had become clear no one was safe from death on this show. but this brought things to an entirely different level.

She and Uhtred had great chemistry and then poof, she’s gone in a flash. Not only did she die at a time where she was starting to gain traction as a character, but she was also decapitated by that wackjob, Skorpa. This leads to his death at Uhtred’s hands when he goes on a rampage.

Her death also happens minutes after another major one in the final episode of Season 1, leaving everyone wondering “what the heck does Uhtred have to live for anymore?”

4 Leofric

Just before Iseult death, Uhtred’s new best friend Leofric dies in battle. A fan-favorite, Leofric’s neck was sliced along the shield wall in the final episode of Season 1. His death was the first example that anyone could be killed within the course of the show and in any manner.

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Where Iseult was beheaded mercilessly, Leofric suffered a wound in a terrible location. Not glorious sword fight or barrage of arrows. The poor dude died in the early moments of the battle.

He may have died in battle, but Leofric’s death wasn’t exactly that of a warrior. Like several of the characters on this list, he deserved so much better and served as a reminder of just how brutal this show can be.

3 Alfred

This one was a long time coming, so no one was blown away when Alfred took his last breath. In fact, it was more surprising to see him out and about as often as he was in Season 3.

But no other death has had a greater impact with what’s gone on than Alfred’s. Actually, the build-up to his death has the biggest impact of all. Because by the time he dies, his son Edward has displayed the ability to lead. Thanks to his son, Alfred’s death doesn’t guarantee the end to the idea of a united England, though the late king’s passing certainly did not make it easy on anyone loyal to him.

2 Ragnar Ragnarsson

Ragnar’s death is the most hard-hitting of The Last Kingdom. Hands down.

This great, magnificent warrior is cut down in his bed but the most annoying character on the show Æthelwold. Not only that, he wasn’t able to reach Valhalla initially, because, again, Æthelwold sucks. Unlike pretty much everyone else on the show, he would not let Ragnar die a “warrior’s death.” he was too worried about his own skin.

A lot of good that did him.

1 Æthelwold

In case it wasn’t clear enough already, Æthelwold is a rat. A tremendously easy character to hate, the nephew of Alfred is a master manipulator. It’s not that he’s the brightest bulb in the room, he just knows how to mess with the cast of morons he comes across. Even then, the tables tend to get turned on him and everyone winds up in the mud.

So when he finally dies, it is far and away the most satisfying from the show. There’s some level of impact on the show, as well. He won’t be around to play tricks on anyone or stab people in the back.

But Æthelwold’s death is all about getting Ragnar into Valhalla and the satisfaction of Uhtred finally ending the life of The Last Kingdom‘s most annoying character.

NEXT: 10 Shows To Watch If You Liked The Last Kingdom


2019-03-16 01:03:58

Nick Friar

MBTI® Of Kingdom Hearts Characters

The Kingdom Hearts series has a huge theme that it explores: the heart. There are people without hearts, there are hearts corrupted by darkness, and there are hearts inside other people’s hearts.

Speaking of hearts, what better way to explore people’s hearts than through their Myers-Briggs® types? We do not need unethical science like so many used in the games to unlock a heart’s potential.

This list will focus on the keyblade wielders of the series. After all, they are the games’ focus. Not every one of them is built the same either. It goes to show that any heart can have a keyblade.

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11 Sora – ESFP

Of course Sora’s Myers-Briggs® type would be known as “The Entertainer.” He is spontaneous, energetic, trusting, and generous. There is a lot of love in his heart, but even he can have his faults. He does not think far ahead and will always choose how he feels over any logical thought. Every fan also knows that Sora is an extrovert. The day he is introverted is the day something has gone very wrong for him. He loves attention and loves to get others to open up to him. Maybe this is why his heart is basically a hotel for a couple others.

10 Riku – ISTP And INTJ

If anyone in the series taught us that hearts can change, it’s Riku. He is a different person when you compare Riku from the first Kingdom Hearts to the most recent game. Riku starts off as someone who embraces the darkness. Like Sora, he is swept away by his senses rather than the idea of a bigger picture.

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However, as Riku fights against the darkness in his heart, he has to think of a bigger picture and he has to be less reckless. That’s why he goes from sensing to intuitive and from perceiving to judging.

9 Kairi – ESFJ

Kairi is the most difficult character to categorize on this list since we see so little of her in the series. It is a disappointment for a female character to play only a cheerleader role, but that is what we have to work with. And ESFJ is a cheerleader among the Myers-Briggs® types. People with this personality enjoy acting as support for those they love. It’s a personality that’s especially common for a female character whose only role is to be a love interest.

8 Roxas – ISFP

Players of Kingdom Hearts are there from Roxas’ beginning and see his heart grow. He is inspired and influenced by those around him and he slowly begins breaking convention as he starts drawing conclusions of his own.

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So with that mindset, of course his personality is called, “The Adventurer.” Roxas becomes an unpredictable character by the end. He takes in the world around him, reflects on it, and it changes him.

7 Axel – ENTP

Axel’s personality type would also be known as the person who loves playing devil’s advocate. He is a bit of a trickster in the series who is not afraid to get his hands dirty once in a while. He even shows a sort of joy from being the underdog. He is charismatic and adaptable, making a lot of his fellow Organization members not know if he is truly on their side or not. A personality like this one can easily make a character a fan favorite since they are so fun to watch.

6 Xion – INFJ

Like Roxas, we see Xion grow a personality. She starts off as an emotionless doll and slowly gains a heart through the people she is around. Different characters see her various ways, but the Xion we know is definitely INFJ.

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Despite being soft-spoken, she has strong opinions. She also helps Sora in the most major way possible through self-sacrifice because she cares about making a big impact that will not go to waste even if it means that she disappears.

5 Aqua – ISTJ

To be a keyblade master, this personality would make sense. ISTJ’s are dutiful, logical, and often make the vital core in any group. Aqua was definitely the vital center between herself, Terra, and Ventus. When they were beaten, she was the one meant to pick up the pieces. She never makes assumptions without facts involved. This is why she becomes the master instead of Terra. Her personality is that of an ideal student. A common complaint of this type is that people with this personality can act robotic due to their introverted personalities.

4 Terra – INFP

Next to Kairi, Terra is a difficult character to read. You can pay a ton of attention during Birth by Sleep to Terra’s behavior, and you would still be split on what Myers-Briggs® he could have. INFP seems most likely because the reason he ends up accidentally helping villains is by having them prey on this personality type.

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INFP’s are sweet and idealistic and Terra shows that by him wanting to look for the good in everyone. This also means he is a great listener, but talks to few people, thus his introverted personality.

3 Ventus – ESFP

It is should be unsurprising for a Kingdom Hearts fan to learn that Ventus and Sora have the same Myers-Briggs® type. For both of them, friends are the number one most important things in their lives. They are clueless about the bigger picture they are playing into. Maybe this is part of why Ventus lived in Sora’s heart for so long. Maybe the hearts were attracted to each other because they had the same Myers-Briggs® type. Whatever the case may be, Ventus and Sora both shared a lot for a while.

2 Eraqus – ISTJ

Sharing the same Myers Briggs type as Aqua is Eraqus. That may be why Eraqus chose her as the keyblade master, because she had the same personality type as him.

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ISTJ is also very common out of the 16 possible Myers-Briggs® types there are. Eraqus is dutiful, factual, and values integrity and hard work. Like Aqua, he is a stabilizer. He is a rock for others to lean on.

1 Xehanort – INTJ

To any who are very familiar with Myers-Briggs® types, this one should come as no surprise. INTJ is the staple villain personality type. That does not mean every INTJ is meant to be a villain though. For example, Riku’s reformed side is an INTJ. It is actually kind of funny that is type is so common in villains, as it’s known as one of the rarest to have. These personality types have a desire for knowledge and rarely find like-minded people. They are known to do things that seem contradictive, but it’s perfectly logical to them. They are both idealists, but also cynical all at once.

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2019-03-02 03:03:40

Allison Stalberg

Kingdom Hearts 3 Review: Tale As Old As Time

Kingdom Hearts 3 Review

Jumping into Kingdom Hearts from the off must be a daunting experience. The numbered releases of the series are outnumbered by side-games, meaning that players who want to pick up the entirety of the story may want to put a project plan together to ensure they meet the requirements. Nonetheless, Kingdom Hearts 3 attempts to pull these strands together cohesively, all the while determined to push the series forward and towards a dramatic finale.

Kingdom Hearts 3 may have been in the pipeline for some time, but nonetheless the title doesn’t feel like one that has struggled to be put together. Rather than a Frankenstein’s monster of old and new ideas crammed into a neat package, Kingdom Hearts 3 recognises the 13 years it has been between numbered entries, and adapts accordingly. It manages to feel like the original Kingdom Hearts games, but also takes into account gaming improvements that have arrived over time.

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In short, all the gameplay elements that made Kingdom Hearts a bizarre and unique experience back in the day remain here. Action-oriented JRPG gameplay is dropped into the twisting pathways of a generally linear story, complete with armies of weak enemies and damage-sponge bosses. Meanwhile, the true allure of Disney-themed levels and story arcs comes to life through the occasional unique game mode, breaking up the more traditional gameplay with mini-games and genre-defying bursts.

These moments are once again the best of the bunch, and Square Enix has done a tremendous job of delivering them. Kingdom Hearts 3 includes some extremely well-crafted worlds based around the best of recent Disney and Pixar titles. When the development team adds little extra snippets of gameplay framed around these moments, it’s enough to bring out a kid-like joy, as if it tapped into childhood wishes for a game based around said property.

Perhaps the best example of this is the Toy Story world, called the Toy Box. Player character Sora is thrown into Andy’s bedroom in toy form along with long-term compatriots Donald and Goofy, and then teams up with some of the Toy Story gang to go on a fun adventure to find their missing friends. Starting with the room itself, it’s a great recreation of that well-known Pixar setting, before heading out into the wider world.

The gameplay within the Toy Box world is great, with mech-based segments alongside the traditional combat and the joy of being able to explore a toy store, complete with a host of fun new enemies. Most of the segments of Kingdom Hearts 3 work this way, though, from the colorful landscapes of the Kingdom of Corona from Tangled through to the frosty world of Arendelle from Frozen. In a way, these moments feel like a virtual Disneyland, with individual movies given their own spotlight, particularly with the Attraction attacks that emulate theme park rides.

Kingdom Hearts 3 Attraction

Although this element of Kingdom Hearts 3 is hugely successful, the core gameplay isn’t quite as perfect. It’s still a lot of fun, but it is worth pointing out that the moments of bog standard combat, where Sora et al take on the forces of darkness that pop up within each movie world, aren’t as gripping as some other modern games provide. It’s not as engaging as top tier action RPG titles like God of War, lacking the fluidity that has come with other very recent releases – perhaps a hangover of just how long this game has been in development.

However, part of what works about Kingdom Hearts as a whole, and not just when it comes to gameplay, is that it allows players to choose how much they put into it. The core gameplay includes lots of intricacies and technical aspects to maintain, and this is true across different modes such as those weaker sections when flying through the larger galaxy on the Gummi Ship. However, in general players can still just bludgeon through the game on normal difficulty without delving into menus and more complex mechanics. This is a very strong part of Kingdom Hearts 3, and although the game deserves to be explored in this manner – not only is it a lot more fun but it also makes it less of a grind in combat – it’s still good to know that those after a more casual experience can still hop on and enjoy it.

This flexibility is part of the major appeal of Kingdom Hearts 3, with the game allowing a degree of player control within its more linear, restrictive form. Yes, players will still follow the same path and complete the same levels as everyone else, but whereas some may simply sit back, press the main attack button and wait for the next cut scene, others will get more involved, diving into the mechanics as well as exploring the game to get the most out of its hidden collectibles or non-compulsory systems like cooking with Ratatouille‘s Remy to get temporary stat buffs.

Kingdom Hearts 3 Remy

By having a relaxed approach to player engagement, it turns what should be a niche product into one that is much more accessible. After all, Kingdom Hearts 3 is a weird game – much like the entire series. It’s a teen drama formed around prophetic visions of the apocalypse, with its key heroes coming as beloved childhood characters. Yet, it all works, in spite of what rationally should be a chaotic bundle of clashing ideas.

Once again, this comes down to players getting out as much as they put it, although it’s fair to say that Kingdom Hearts 3 does work at its best when its focus lies on being a playful RPG that pays attention to its source material. Sora’s never-ending optimism that aligns with the LEGO Movie mantra that “everything is cool when you’re part of a team” gels well with its hopping from place to place to meet fellow larger-than-life characters that players already know. It’s a dip into a bubble bath of nostalgia, with the added bonus of it being a return to the Kingdom Hearts universe as a whole.

It doesn’t always work, of course, with the introductory segment based around Disney’s Hercules being an example of when the title doesn’t quite feel natural. Dialogue with Herc is stilted, and the fast talking jabs of Hades fail to resonate when aimed at Sora, Goofy and Donald. Meanwhile, Megara’s character seems very far from the quips of old, appearing briefly with an entirely mute Phil to tick off a box rather than add anything specific to the overall experience.

Kingdom Hearts 3 Frozen

That’s a rare misstep, though, and overall the tone of each Disney movie is replicated fairly well, albeit put through a Square Enix filter to help it work with the overall plot of the game. No characters quite match their silver screen counterparts, with the possible exception of Flynn Rider and Rapunzel from Tangled, but it’s close enough for it to generally feel seamless. Meanwhile, the Pixar films work very well in the same setup, with Big Hero 6 working perfectly within the Kingdom Hearts universe.

The overall story is another example of something that shouldn’t work – and, to be fair, in the minds of some does not. Even without the Disney elements, the plot of Kingdom Hearts is convoluted, with time travel, alternate dimensions, virtual realities, and ancient magicks thrown around with abandon over the course of 17 years. When Disney characters are thrown into the mix, it takes on the tone of a fever dream, and this is something that has never quite shifted from the series – and partly why it has become so captivating.

Those players who have only picked up the numbered entries, or who perhaps haven’t been keeping tabs with the franchise since Kingdom Hearts 2 released, might find the prospect of this a bit daunting. After all, Kingdom Hearts doesn’t suffer fools lightly, and does expect players to understand what is going on relatively quickly. There’s no dump of exposition to bring players up to speed, or at least not to the level that those who have been absent for some time may require. Nonetheless, it still works from a story perspective within the framework of Kingdom Hearts – just about. Reigning in the sprawling arcs of Kingdom Hearts is a major challenge, and while those who have never quite found the allure of the series will be as confused as ever, it will likely leave long-term fans happy.

At the end of the day, this is who Kingdom Hearts 3 is aimed at, too, and for the Kingdom Hearts fandom it’s the kind of experience that will go down a treat. Newcomers will find it incredibly bizarre, and sometimes certain worlds or gameplay methods are more successful than others, but overall it’s what fans will have been hoping for. A sprawling, varied game that is all the better for its wild, confusing moments.

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Kingdom Hearts 3 releases January 29, 2019 for PS4 and Xbox One. Screen Rant was provided with a PS4 download code for the purposes of this review.



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2018-12-06 23:17:40

20 Things Wrong With American Horror Story We All Choose To Ignore

The horror anthology hit TV show American Horror Story just might be the magnum opus of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck. Scarier and more riveting than any of the duo’s other projects, the spine-tingling series features a new theme and characters every season that are all still linked to each other’s universe. From the casting announcements to the series hints, theme reveals, and each season’s unique introductory visuals, it’s riveting entertainment all around. Even so, some seasons fall further off the mark than others, with many episodes barely even registering on the “horror” radar while others left us scratching our heads wondering what the heck just happened.

The thing is, we tend to give glaring errors, plot flops, and other things wrong with the show a pass because we love it so much. From intriguing horror to irresistible characters, from unexpected plot twists to some of the best storytelling on TV, American Horror Story keeps us coming back, not because it’s flawless but because it’s still addictive despite, and sometimes because of, its many flaws.

We might love a character and conveniently forget that he or she is a monster. We’ll keep tuning in even after an entire sequence left us feeling disgusted, embarrassed for the actress who had to play out the scene, or even angry at the creators themselves. It’s just that addictive.

We love it and we’ll keep coming back for me, even with these 20 Things Wrong With American Horror Story We All Choose To Ignore.

20 Some Seasons Aren’t Scary

With a name like American Horror Story, you might expect every episode to be a scream-fest. That’s just not the case, especially in seasons four and five. While there’s no shortage of horror-inducing characters in these seasons, they didn’t really give us nightmares like previous and subsequent seasons were able to do.

Were we jaded from all the mutants, ghosts, zombies, and other creatures in previous seasons?

Both Freak Show and Hotel fell short on promises of terror, often vying for more intense drama (a calling card of Falchuck and Murphy) instead. While we still received interesting stories, Gaga’s vampire and Twisty the Clown just weren’t all that scary.

19 There’s No Reason Given For All The Hotel Vampire Kids

In season five, Hotel, Lady Gaga’s character, The Countess Elizabeth, is a little less fabulous than we expected her to be. Perhaps she couldn’t live up to the Gaga we all know and love already. One of the things that just made zero sense about the character was her propensity to collect children and turn them into little vampires. Does Elizabeth have an old woman in the shoe complex? Is she just that bored? What is the point?

Here’s the thing about kids in horror movies: they add instant scare-factor. Take a look at most scary film kids, from Village of the Damned to The Others and you’ll see the scariest moments. The fact that the vampire kid collection wasn’t even scary was a pretty big letdown.

18 Teeth Fall From The Sky For No Reason

Season six of AHS, Roanoke, was able to recover some of the lost ground from the previous two less-scary seasons but still suffered from the lack of the one and only Jessica Lang. The season saw a return to the haunted house theme, always popular in AHS history, and wove in some new elements, like the whole “based on a true story” theme.  Between Deliverance-like hillbillies and more incredible Kathy Bates, Roanake was much better-received than Hotel, but it had some weird unexplained moments, like teeth randomly falling from the sky.

Not only do the teeth inexplicably fall while Matt is at work, but they also disappear.

The reason why is never given, prompting us to chalk this one up to “random scare tactic.”

17 Queenie Tried To Hook Up With A Minotaur

While we definitely applaud Murphy and Falchuck’s use of mythology throughout American Horror Story, it often makes no sense. Gabourey Sidibe was fantastic as Queenie, the young and lonely witch who gave as well as she got, used LaLaurie as her own personal racist slave, and really deserved main credits billing. But there was that one time she tried to hook up with a grotesque Minotaur…

While the inclusion of adult content is pretty standard in AHS, getting involved with a man who has bull’s head sewed over his own is pretty far out there. It didn’t make any sense, nor did Queenie’s own survival following the incident (or anything else including the Minotaur, really), so we just move along and say that there’s nothing to see here.

16 Zoe’s Hell Is Just Life Without Kyle

Zoe Benson, portrayed by Taissa Farmiga, starts out as a compelling character in the third season of American Horror Story, Coven. She has unique powers that pay homage to classic horror and a long journey ahead.

Tossing in a love interest is a great way to derail a personal growth story.

That’s what happened to Zoe with Kyle, her resurrected boyfriend played by Evan Peters. While we’re glad that Murphy and Falchuck used Kyle to illustrate that mothers can be abusive to their sons just as much as fathers can, “life without Kyle” as Zoe’s own personal hell is really stupid and overly angst-ridden.

15 Aliens In Asylum Makes No Sense

When it comes to American Horror Story, many fans reacted to the inclusion of aliens in season two, Asylum, in the same way that fans of Indiana Jones reacted to the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. For many horror fans, aliens don’t enter the territory without very specific rules, and you certainly don’t add aliens into an already-existing story for a scare factor.

The aliens of AHS also just weren’t scary. Sure, they made Pepper more interesting and gave convenient explanations for a few weird happenings, but at the end of the day mixing aliens in with mutants, a mean nun, demons, and war criminals just doesn’t work. It’s a hodgepodge of plot devices tossed together like a salad with too many kinds of dressing. Sometimes simpler is just better.

14 The Musical Sequences

We get that Sister Jude is losing her mind in this tenth episode of season two, Asylum, but must we lose ours as well? The episode itself was gripping, but watching Jessica Lange sashay through “The Name Game” wasn’t nearly as eerie as it should have been. It played off as more of an homage to the creators’ Glee in a way that didn’t work.

While some critics enjoyed the mind-boggling number, many of us like to pretend it never happened.

It’s not the last time the showrunners implemented a bit of music and dance, either. Season four, Freak Show, featured several ditties, including a rendition of “Come As You Are” by Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson’s “Dream a Little Dream of Me”, and Lange singing David Bowie’s “Life on Mars”.

13 What Happens To Dr. Arden’s Experiments?

The mutants created in Dr. Arden’s horrific experiments are the stuff of nightmares, and they definitely present an interesting side story among the rest of the godawful happenings at Briarwood Manor in season two of American Horror Story, Asylum. Their issue, of course, is that they disappear off the radar without much of a peep.

Once turned into a mutant and taken to a hospital, Shelley, played by Chloë Sevigny as a homage to the many women unjustly committed to asylums throughout history, seems as if she may be able to lead the authorities toward Arden, but alas, Joseph Fiennes’ conflicted yet greedy Monsignor Timothy Howard takes her out instead. We don’t hear much about them afterward. What happened to the mutants?

12 The Messed-Up Historical Figures

Anne Frank was lobotomized by the evil Dr. Arden from Briarcliff Manor in season two, Asylum. Not only does this make zero sense, but it also really does a disservice to Anne Frank’s memory. There is a lot of artistic license taken with historical figures throughout American Horror Story, from Delphine Lalaurie to James March. Even characters used as backgrounds for new characters, like Nellie Bly’s inspiration for Lana Winters, often seems a bit much, especially when the representation is so loose.

The misrepresentation or grand re-representation of historical figures is nothing new.

Our own history books present complete falsehoods about everyone from Christopher Columbus to Paul Revere. Perhaps it’s just so glaring because we acknowledge that now, particularly during an age of “fake news” awareness.

11 The Opening Sequence And Spoilers Promise More Than We Get

One of the most exciting elements of a new season of American Horror Story is always the opening sequence and the slowly-revealed spoilers. Cast announcements and cool visuals trickle in until we finally get to see that first episode with its incredible casting graphics. The creepy opening sequence does much more than announce the cast: it revs us up like the announcer for a really scary joust about to take place.

The only problem is that it often goes downhill from there. While season 1 typically delivered, the casting graphics in seasons like Freak Show were actually scarier than the episodes themselves. That’s a real problem if we are supposed to be watching a horror program.

10 We Have No Idea What Happened To The Pig Boys

They were a successful execution of “the scary children” in a way that the little vampire entourage of the previous season just couldn’t seem to manage, so maybe that’s why Murphy and Falchuck decided to never let the “pig boys” of season six be seen again.

Aside from the fact that the boys could have made for some truly scary storytelling, the problem here isn’t just that they had no deeper involvement in the story than “check out these creepy kids” but that they don’t even have a resolution. Why the kids say, “Croatoan!” and why they drink pig milk remains unknown, and we may never know what happened to the charming little tykes.

9 No Consequences for the bad things the “good guys” do

As fans of American Horror Story, we sure do forgive a lot of murderers, don’t we? When someone bad finally goes good, all of their wicked deeds don’t seem to be as problematic. Even sweet Nan takes out Joan. Misty Day, otherwise a kind hippie, offs a couple of guys with alligators.

Were these warranted attacks? Maybe, but that doesn’t erase the fact that many characters end the lives of others and we pretty much turn a blind eye toward it like we wouldn’t if they occurred in real life. Of course, from people returning from the grave to mutant attacks near an asylum, there’s really not a lot in the show that applies to real life.

8 There’s Really No War Between The Coven And The Voodoo Witches

During season three, Coven, there’s a big build up about an oncoming war between the coven and the voodoo witches of the area. Both are led by powerful women, and who wasn’t excited to see Fiona, played by Jessica Lange, and Marie Laveau, played by Angela Bassett, go up against one another?

While there was plenty of tension and a zombie attack, it pretty much stopped there, especially after the witch hunters came to town.

AHS often builds up to something we’re expecting and completely abandon it for another plot instead. While we get that they want to keep us on our toes, broken promises do leave us unsatisfied and underwhelmed.

7 Zoe And Madison Gave Their Souls To Azaezel And It Never Came Up Again

When the bus full of frat boys who assaulted Madison wrecks, taking out all of the monsters on board on Madison’s whim, it’s satisfying. Even seeing Kyle taken out doesn’t bother some of us, given that we’ve already seen Evan Peters return from the grave before and wouldn’t be surprised if he returned. He may have stopped his “brothers” but he certainly tried to help them not get caught, making him complicit in the attack.

When Zoe and Madison decide to put “boy parts” together to resurrect Kyle as the perfect Frankenstein boyfriend, they sell their souls to Azaezel in order to do so, and yet it never comes up again. Given that both girls bite the dust during the show, shouldn’t that at least be an issue?

6 Roanoke’s Reality Show Inception

It was one of the most pointless plot points to ever be inserted into a season of American Horror Story. During season six, Roanoke, we’re treated to a reality show type of setting where re-enactors help us understand what happened to the Millers in “My Roanoke Nightmare”, an obvious play on so many other popular reality-based ghost hunting and experience shows. That’s an intriguing concept that works well for much of the season, but then we’re hit with reality-ception.

Getting all of the actors and people involved in actual events together for the blood moon event is one thing, but what about the disclaimer that nobody even survived the ordeal? If that’s true (which makes sense, since this is Roanoke), how did we get the footage in the first place?

5 There’s No Point To Scathach

Scathach, the mythical warrior from the Isle of Skye in Irish folklore, is an incredible character. It’s too bad we didn’t really get to know her in season six, Roanoke.

Lady Gaga’s Scathnach has a plethora of powers, is said to be the first Supreme and yet has no real point in the series.

The witch does a few nefarious things here and there, from purchasing souls to rendering people evil and insane, but in the grand scheme of things she has no real point except to serve as one of those random elements of horror woven in to just be spooky. Given the history of the traditional character, it would be amazing to see Murphy and Falchuck to use this as a tie-in for a more myth-heavy season.

4 People Are Constantly Offed Only To Be Brought Back

Character losses in the American Horror Story realm are pretty much like those in any comic book series: you don’t ever count them as permanent. Even when an entire series ends and you believe a character to be truly gone, they may return in another season! It’s definitely not a new tactic to have characters return from the grave; it’s a strategy used in everything from Dallas to Supernatural.

It makes us feel a little more jaded and a little less invested when tragedy does strike.

Oh, Fiona is sick? Oh, Ethel’s not going to make it? It’s too often meaningless. We want to feel affected, and we can’t help but worry a bit because we do love these characters, but deep down we’re always still wondering when they’ll return.

3 Twisty’s “Resolution” Is Basically A Deus Ex Machina

Season four’s big villain, Twisty the Clown, turned out to be much more Bozo than Pennywise. Sure, he was scary-looking, and he had the tragic backstory to boot, but Twisty’s crimes felt more garden variety scary movie than the monstrous panache we’d expect from AHS.

Twisty, played by John Carroll Lynch, even had a disappointing resolution as a character. Not only was he never really sorted out by a main character or a victim bent on revenge, but he was literally yanked out of the show to join Edward Mordrake’s nightmarish troupe, collecting the clown’s soul after hearing his tale of woe.

2 Misty Day Was Unjustly Lost

One of the characters fans most resonated with in season three, Coven, was Misty Day, played by the talented Lily Rabe. Misty’s character screamed Supreme, from her unique abilities to her lack of really caring about the position.

Misty was all about fairness, being kind to animals, and protecting the vulnerable, making her a fantastic character to root for.

Unfortunately she was also a red herring. Falchuck and Murphy offed her in such a terrible way in a Hell made up of her own personal vivisection nightmare, which made zero sense given her ability to bring things back to life so easily. Misty didn’t deserve her ending, but neither did Nan and many other characters.

1 Tate Is A School Shooter

Tate Langdon is one of the most romanticized characters in the history of AHS. The season 1 character is a doting friend, devoted boyfriend who would do anything for Violet, and speaks volumes of teen angst to many a smitten heart. It doesn’t hurt that Evan Peters, who plays Tate, is easy on the eyes as well. Is that why it’s so hard to remember that Langdon is such a deplorable character?

Tate is a school shooter. He took the lives of several classmates and should represent what we most despise and do not condone in this nation right now. He also assaulted Violet’s mother, Vivian, causing her to become pregnant with his Antichrist baby. How can anyone still crush on this guy knowing what harm he’s done?

What other problems with American Horror Story do fans overlook? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-10-10 08:10:37 – Sara Schmidt

Spider-Man: Far From Home First Teaser Poster Spotted At Licensing Expo

Sony’s Spider-Man: Far From Home gets a teaser poster as the promotional image is spotted at the Brand Licensing Europe 2018 event in London. Thanks to a deal between Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America: Civil War. Since then, Holland’s wall-crawling superhero has headlined his own movie in Spider-Man: Homecoming and teamed up with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in Avengers: Infinity War. Next, Spidey will return for Avengers 4, then the beloved Marvel hero will kick off Phase 4 of the MCU with Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Despite Peter Parker becoming the victim of Thanos’ snap as part of Infinity War’s cliffhanger ending, we know the web-head will return somehow – whether that means Avengers 4 will use time travel, though, remains to be seen. Holland and stars of Homecoming returned to work this summer as Spider-Man: Far From Home has been filming across Europe. Set photos from the Spider-Man sequel have offered looks at MCU characters joining the Sony movie, including Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders’ Maria Hill. Now, a promo poster for Spider-Man: Far From Home has also surfaced.

Related: Every Villain Rumored For Spider-Man: Far From Home

Instagram user Dirtees posted a group of photos from the floor of the Brand Licensing Europe 2018 expo in London, United Kingdom this week. The fourth photo in the post (which can be located by clicking through the series of photos below) features a hanging promotion image for Spider-Man: Far From Home. It appears to be an image of Spider-Man from Homecoming that was repurposed with the Spider-Man: Far From Home movie logo. Take a look at the image below.

Of course, Sony can use images of Spider-Man from Homecoming for the Far From Home posters because Peter Parker is expected to be wearing the same superhero suit. Previously, Holland confirmed Spider-Man will wear the Homecoming suit in the sequel, despite upgrading to the Iron-Spider suit for Infinity War. However, based on Far From Home set photos, Spider-Man will also don a stealth suit that’s all black. Fans have theorized this suit is inspired by Spider-Man Noir, but how exactly Spidey gets the black suit for Far From Home remains to be seen. All we know for now is that Peter Parker will trade in his red and blue costume for something more covert (or, perhaps it’s a separate mode built into the old suit by Tony Stark).

Unfortunately, this Spider-Man: Far From Home promotional poster doesn’t reveal anything new from the movie – neither in terms of the web-head’s suit nor otherwise. That said, with Far From Home set to hit theaters in July 2019, we aren’t too far off from Sony kicking off marketing for the Spider-Man sequel. While there are two MCU movies due in theaters before Far From HomeCaptain Marvel and Avengers 4 – their close release dates mean the marketing pushes for each film will inevitably overlap. Plus, given how secretive Marvel Studios has been with Avengers 4, it’s entirely possible we’ll see some official artwork for Spider-Man: Far From Home even before the Phase 3 capper releases a trailer. For now, fans will have to wait and see – and make due with Holland’s occasional social media reveals and the Spider-Man: Far From Home set photos.

Next: 2019 Will Have The Most Superhero Movies Ever Released

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2018-10-10 02:10:45 – Molly Freeman

The Walking Dead: Biggest Questions Left By The Season 9 Premiere

Warning! SPOILERS for The Walking Dead season 9 premiere ahead!

Tonight’s season 9 premiere of The Walking Dead introduces viewers to a new era of the long-running zombie show. “A New Beginning” is a strong season opener, and it suggests that season 9 might just be the overhaul this former ratings juggernaut so desperately needs to recapture its dwindling audience.

There other big changes in store for The Walking Dead this season as well. Both Andrew Lincoln and Lauren Cohen are leaving, though how remains a mystery, and their absences will leave large holes for the ensemble to fill. Then there are also the discussions of AMC creating a shared universe of Walking Dead programs, which could see more of the cast leave for their own spinoffs.

Related: Walking Dead Season 9 Premiere Review: A New Era Begins Now

“A New Beginning” doesn’t address any of these upcoming changes, but it sets up several interesting threads for the show to explore this season. And to that, we have a few questions after watching The Walking Dead season 9 premiere.

  • This Page: A Fragile Peace and a Decent Proposal
  • Page 2: Is A Civil War On The Way?

Can Rick Keep the Peace?

A big part of the season 9 premiere is establishing the new status quo. It’s been roughly two years since the war with the Saviors and there is now peace among the different communities. Together, they’re actively working to re-establish some semblance of civilization. There is trade and agriculture and manufacturing taking place and, soon, literal bridge-building between the communities to keep them united. If the hope was to create that world Carl dreamed of, then Rick is leading them in the right direction.

But, while there is peace, it is an uneasy peace. At the Sanctuary, the lack of food and supplies is causing tempers to flare. There’s even “We Are Negan” graffiti on the walls, highlighting a growing dissatisfaction. At Hilltop, many are angry that they must keeping sharing so much of their harvest with the Saviors, seeing the situation as not all that different from before. And all the communities still hold an understandable grudge against the Saviors, even after the all time that’s passed.

Rick may have been able to unite the people of Alexandria, Hilltop, Kingdom, Oceanside, and Sanctuary, but it’s becoming more difficult to hold them together. Will Rick be able to keep the peace he fought so hard to achieve? It’s hard to say, and perhaps the better question to be asking at this point is – will there still be peace between the communities when Rick is gone?

Will Carol Accept Ezekiel’s Proposal?

Season 9 quickly establishes a lighter, more uplifting mood with those opening moments of Rick, Michonne, and Judith getting to be just a normal, happy family. There are actually a few of these moments throughout the episode, like Gabriel and Anne both appreciating the humor in the “de-evolution of man” or Rick fawning over baby Hershel. But there is perhaps none more sweet and funny than Ezekiel proposing to Carol. Their relationship isn’t one we really got to see develop because of the time jump, but it’s clear there are quite the established couple by this point.

Related: Walking Dead Season 9 Is ‘Driven By Women’

Carol, of course, is completely against the proposal, listing her reasons for why this isn’t the time nor the place – “This is not happening on a horse” – and it’s cute to see the usually calm and collected Carol so flustered. Ezekiel, on the other hand, isn’t deterred, and though it may be his recent brush with death that spurs him in to popping the question, the fact that he wishes to make such a public declaration of their love is sign of how much the times have changed.

So when Ezekiel asks again as he most-certainly will, does Carol accept? If she truly cares for him as much as that kiss at the museum suggests, she likely will. But her choice to stick around at the Sanctuary and relieve Daryl of his leadership duties, while a means of helping out a friend, might imply otherwise.

Page 2: Is A Civil War On The Way?

Could Maggie And Daryl Turn On Rick?

Maggie and Daryl may have helped Rick win the war, but season 9 begins with them both calling his decision-making into question. Daryl, for instance, doubts Rick’s plan to unite this many groups of people, sharing his preference for when it was just their small group. And as for Maggie, she’s still angry over Rick’s decision to keep Negan alive, reminding Rick that he promised her he’d kill him.

Maggie even calls out Rick for once telling her that one day he’d be following her, but then never allowing that day to come. And it’s this scene between them on the balcony that really hints at a divide growing between Maggie and Rick. Daryl’s comments that he’d rather move to Hilltop instead of Alexandria seem to suggest that if made to choose, he’d pick Maggie over Rick, which really makes it appear like a split between them is inevitable.

Related: Norman Reedus Doesn’t Think Daryl Is The New Rick

Will season 9 see Maggie and Daryl turn against Rick? It’s certainly a possibility, what with both parties having very different views on how things should be run. Plus, there’s also the matter of Maggie and Rick only appearing in a limited number of episodes this season. Could it be the conflict between them that leads to their exits? That seems very likely, with the rift that forms between Maggie and Rick not necessarily being the direct cause of their departures but at the very least a factor.

What Will Be The Consequences of Hanging Gregory?

The Walking Dead season 9 premiere ends with Gregory’s hanging and it’s a disturbing scene for what is a fairly upbeat episode (by Walking Dead standards anyway). Not that anyone is likely to miss Gregory, and his manipulation of Earl and Tammy’s grief (not too mention Earl’s alcoholism) is particularly disgusting, but the public execution is still chilling. And when Maggie declares that the “punishment must fit the crime” she’s drawing a direct comparison between what she’s doing here and what Rick chose to do with Negan.

Maggie having Gregory hanged is going to have consequences. Already, it’s apparent how much Rick and Michonne don’t agree with Maggie’s decision, only deepening that divide. Then there’s the precedent this decisions sets – implying it’s okay to kill someone as long as it’s justified. Who decides when it’s justified? Well, that’s why Michonne needs to write that charter. But in the mean time, there’s a very good chance someone else will look to this as permission to take justice into their own hands.

Whether or not Maggie was justified in killing Gregory is debatable, but the deed is now done and there’s no taking it back. Future episodes will show just how Hilltop and the rest of the communities react to the news, but one thing is clear – Maggie isn’t playing around, and if given the opportunity, she will do what Rick could not and kill Negan.

Next: The Walking Dead Will Reboot (Sort Of) When Rick Leaves the Show

The Walking Dead season 9 continues next Sunday with ‘The Bridge’ at 9pm/8c on AMC.



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2018-10-07 07:10:59 – Sarah Moran

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Honest Trailer – Dumb Finds A Way

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom gets the Honest Trailers treatment. After the record-breaking Jurassic World brought the franchise back in a big way back in 2015, Universal quickly confirmed plans for a full trilogy in the revived series. This past summer, the story continued with Fallen Kingdom, which was decidedly a mixed bag. Though the sequel managed to join the $1 billion club during its theatrical run, reviews were mostly negative, with critics finding very little enjoyment to be had and genuine thrills few and far between.

Despite the mixed reception, Universal is still moving forward on Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World 3, which is already scheduled for a 2021 release. It’ll be interesting to see how the grand finale performs, especially since some people didn’t mince words when it came to criticizing Fallen Kingdom. With the film now available on home media, the folks at Honest Trailers are here to go through some of the major issues viewers had.

Related: Is There Any Chance Jurassic World 3 Is Any Good?

Today, Screen Junkies released the latest episode of their popular web series, which takes aim at Fallen Kingdom and its various shortcomings. You can watch it for yourself in the space below:

After the original Jurassic Park proved that bringing dinosaurs back to life was most definitely a bad idea, the storylines of the sequels have puzzled audiences. Many find the characters’ actions to be dumb, which is true in Fallen Kingdom. The parody takes aim at some of the movie’s most egregious logical gaps, such as the revelation the theme park was built on an active volcano, the whole concept of the Indoraptor hybrid, and the fact a paleo-veterinarian never thought she’d see a dinosaur in real life. Those aspects were enough to frustrate viewers, but a close examination of the plot illustrates how Fallen Kingdom is basically a retread of The Lost World, just switching out the characters and locations, of course. Overall, the sequel is bad enough in some eyes to spoil the property, as it ruins the awe-inspiring spectacle of the first movie.

Hopefully, the third film can find a way to recapture the magic, with Trevorrow promising a return to the brand’s science thriller roots. On the other hand, Trevorrow has been the common denominator throughout the Jurassic World series so far, and not many are inspired by what they’ve seen. There was even a fan petition to have Fallen Kingdom director J.A. Bayona replace Trevorrow at the helm, which doesn’t bode well for Jurassic World 3’s prospects. However, there’s always a chance it could surprise and conclude the trilogy on a high note.

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2018-09-18 01:09:20 – Chris Agar