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Ranking The Top Five Big Brother Twists (And The Worst Five)

With 21 seasons under its belt, Big Brother has established itself as one of the most iconic reality TV shows of all time. The game is known for its tag-line of “expect the unexpected,” which is always delivered upon, season after season. In fact, the show has been known to introduce at least one massive twist every single season that can change everything. Today we’ll be going over five of the best twists to ever impact the game, along with five of the worst. Let’s jump right into it.

10 Best: Season Six’s Duo Twist

One of the most explosive seasons in show history, season six saw every person entering the house with a secret partner, with each duo thinking that they were the only ones. If any of the pairs were able to make it to the end together, the $500,000 prize would be doubled. This twist only further divided an already on-edge house and made both the “Sovereign Six” and “Friendship” Alliances that much more unwavering. While no partners ended up making it to the end, this twist still pushed an already great season to become one of the best in series history.

9 Worst: Season 21’s Not Duo Twist

One of the many problems with season 21 (ignoring you know, all of the horrible horrible stuff) is that many of the houseguests knew each other going in. Holly knew both Jackson and Kat, and Christie and Tommy knew each other. What this meant is that these houseguests all had built-in alliances from the start, giving them unfair advantages from the beginning.

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Why only introduce a few players who knew each other? It seems like a bit of an unfair advantage. Once again, this is certainly one of the smallest issues that is currently going on with this season, but still worth a mention.

8 Best: America’s Player

America’s Player was a twist through both season eight and ten that allowed America to have an influence on the game. One houseguest (Eric and Dan) from each season was voted to complete tasks that America voted on, winning a certain amount of money per completed action. While some were fun such as uncomfortably hugging Jessie Godderz for far too long, others were tasking him with campaigning against houseguests that America didn’t like. What made this interesting is that Eric and Dan never actually had to complete a task they didn’t want to, making every new task a choice that they had to think through.

7 Worst: Season 15’s MVP

Season 15’s MVP twist, which allowed America to pick one houseguest to secretly choose a third nominee, isn’t a bad twist in theory. The downfall for this twist was introducing it during a season where fan-favorite Rachel Reilley’s sister entered the game, automatically making her America’s pick three weeks in a row. This made the MVP twist essentially an Elissa twist that made her incredibly powerful for the first three weeks, which in turn saw the twist being turned over to America after Elissa’s three straight wins. Had the MVP twist been introduced in a season without any returning players or relatives, it would have been very enjoyable to watch play out.

6 Best: Jury Sequestering

While less of a twist and more of a ruling, Big Brother Three’s Danielle would have likely won if it had not been for the jury watching her Diary Room sessions at home. The jury getting outside influence on who they would vote to win was never fair to begin with, and thus, sequestering them from season four onward was a necessary move. Granted, this doesn’t stop bitter juries from being bitter ol’ juries but production can only do so much, ya know?

5 Worst: Battle Of The Block

Battle of the Block occurred in season 16 and 17. This twist had two HOHs winning and nominating two houseguests, and then the two teams competed in a competition, with the winners being safe and dethroning the HOH who nominated them. To break it down, all this did was form mega alliances and have one HOH put up pawns who would make the target try to complete the competition alone. It forced the house into a stagnant position, where no one on the opposite side of the power could do a thing. Just what we want from Big Brother, right? That Frankie win was pretty iconic though.

4 Best: Battle Back Twists

The Battle Backs that are a part of essentially every season nowadays usually occurs twice in a season. One occurs for pre-jury evictees, and one usually follows for the first few weeks of jury.

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These Battle Backs give an evicted player a shot to re-enter the game. This has a chance to totally flip the house upside-down and cause a shift in power, which is why it is always a welcomed twist.

3 Worst: First Week Power

Another newer trend on the list, we have the twist that grants a certain houseguest huge power in the first week of the game. While the most recent example of this is Jackson’s Camp Director responsibility, Paul’s friendship bracelets come to mind as well. This gives far too much power to one person very early in the game, and forces people into the outskirts before they even have a chance to game, which can obviously negatively affect the season.

2 Best: Season 21’s Camp Comeback

Despite the dumpster fire of a season that is Big Brother 21, Camp Comeback is actually an interesting twist. Camp Comeback is a twist on the Battle Back that sees evicted houseguests actually staying in the house until the fight to get back in the house, which can have a big effect on house dynamics. It’s quite a shame that this racist house filled Camp Comeback with the majority of every single POC houseguest in the game.

1 Worst: Returning Players

While the return of Paul for season 19 is a traumatic memory for most, most times that a season features returning players, it still isn’t a good time. Outcry from fans before season 20 stopped the trend of returning players up until now. Before that though, most seasons included anywhere from one to four returnees. Unless you’re going to do an all-stars season in the vein of season seven, leave returnees out of the mix. Let them go to The Challenge or Ex on the Beach. They’ll be fine over there.

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2019-07-27 01:07:05

Colby Tortorici

The Lion King: Ranking Every Song From The Disney Musical

Disney’s animated features stand alone in that they often implement some of the best musical talent around. Their Broadway-style features rival some of the greatest movie musicals of all time. The best of the best of these Disney musical classics all occurred during the Disney renaissance of the ’90s. Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Little Mermaid were all so beloved that they were all turned into Broadway musicals.

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The pinnacle of both Disney music and Disney Broadway shows, though, is without a doubt The Lion King. This 1994 classic transcended its Disney moniker, making The Lion King one of the greatest film musicals of all time. With the release of its hyper-realist reimagining, it is time to rank all of the music from this Disney masterpiece.

10 The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Ranking last on this list, and somehow still being fantastic, is the musical interlude between Timon and Pumbaa. The Lion Sleeps Tonight holds its roots in the real world, originating in South Africa as a single titled Mbube by Solomon Linda. In The Lion King, Timon and Pumbaa sing the iconic tune while searching for grub.

The Lion Sleeps Tonight lands at the bottom mostly due to its minimal status in the film. It is a small moment that fans adore (and was joyfully recreated for this remake), but it is still such a small throwaway moment.

9 The Morning Report

Unlike live-action re-releases, Disney animated features can often get away with added scenes. For one of the rereleases of The Lion King for home video, a brand-new musical number was added, giving fans a brand new song to fall in love with. Sadly, it was nowhere as iconic as the rest of the soundtrack.

The Morning Report, a solo number by Zazu, features the hornbill reciting the day’s news. It’s certainly not awful and features both James Earl Jones and Rowan Atkinson reprising their iconic roles.

8 Lebo M’s Vocals & Hans Zimmer’s Score

Okay, this might not technically be a single song, but the entire musical arrangement surrounding each song needs to be addressed. Nearly every other Disney musical of this era was arranged by Alan Menken, who remains a legend. But the fact that Hans Zimmer, the man behind The Dark Knight Trilogy, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Gladiator, crafted the score for a Disney animated feature is incredible.

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Not only that, but Lebo M. brought all the traditional African singing, chanting, and instrumental influences alongside Zimmer’s unique score. This pair created one of the greatest musical scores ever.

7 King Of Pride Rock (The Circle Of Life Reprise)

In the same vein, the pinnacle of both the songwriting and the score can be found in the finale of the film. After vanquishing his regicide committing uncle Scar, Simba takes the long walk to assume the throne. As he roars in command, life returns to the pridelands and Simba’s own child is presented to the royal subjects.

This return to the Circle of Life is one of the most rousing endings to any Disney film. The use of both Hans Zimmer’s score and the original title creates both a triumphant ending for our heroes and reflection on the film’s overall cyclical message.

6 Be Prepared

Villain songs in Disney films can be rather hit or miss. For every hit like The Little Mermaid’s “Poor Unfortunate Souls,” there are just as many bombs, such as Pocahontas’ “Mine, Mine, Mine.” The Lion King‘s villain song luckily lands in the former category. As a villain, Scar is one of the best. Bolstered by the legendary Jeremy Irons, the sinister and campy performance has an equally iconic song.

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“Be Prepared” is one of the few Disney villain songs that is actually terrifying, while still remaining entertaining. Insidiously playful, this song is an achievement in writing, voice work, and animation.

5 I Just Can’t Wait To Be King

When it comes to youthful energy, I Just Can’t Wait To Be King takes the cake. No other song in the film feels as high energy as this. The sequence is sillier than a lot of the others, choosing to animate the animals in a far more cartoon-like style.

While the message is clear, showing Simba’s naivete over the idea of ruling, the later sequences between himself and Mufasa showcase these lessons in a far more powerful way. That being said, it is an earworm if there ever was one. I Just Can’t Wait To Be King showcases some of the most impressive animation Disney had to offer at the time, mirroring other classic surreal sequences such as Dumbo’s Pink Elephants scene.

4 Hakuna Matata

When it comes to sheer nostalgia, Hakuna Matata wears the crown. It’s debatable, but few songs trigger a sense of nostalgia like this. Upon release, it immediately became an instant classic. Only a year later, Toy Story featured it during its finale as a small easter egg.

The song itself, though, while classic and nearly perfect, has an underlying negative effect on Simba. While the hero should be off saving his kingdom, he is instead enticed to a life of indifference. That being said, the song still slaps today and is legendary across the Disney canon.

3 Can You Feel the Love Tonight

Disney has created some of the greatest love ballads of all time. “Kiss the Girl,” “Someday My Prince Will Come,” and, of course, the immortal “Beauty and the Beast” are just a few. The Lion King got an extra boost though when recruiting Elton John. The songwriter behind “Your Song” helped craft another icon of romantic Disney tunes: “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.”

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Out of all the songs on this list, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” is the most critically acclaimed. While “Circle of Life” and “Hakuna Matata” were both nominated for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards, it was “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” that took home the win.

2 He Lives In You

Though not technically included in the original film, “He Lives in You” holds deep roots in The Lion King. Arranged originally by Lebo M., “He Lives in You” was first released on Rythym of the Pridelands, a Lion King-inspired album. It was then included in the Broadway production where it really gained a following.

Appearing twice in the show, it is deeply connected to the spiritual side of the story and the theme of ancestry. It is one of the most moving pieces that Lebo M. had ever arranged for The Lion King. It would later be used in the home video release of The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride, solidifying its status.

1 The Circle Of Life

There is no other song that could take the top spot. From the first note, “The Circle of Life”‘s visceral nature affects everyone who hears it. When first marketing the film, Disney released the entire opening sequence as their trailer. The reactions were ecstatic. Never before had such powerful music been paired with equally powerful animation. Disney had struck a chord with audiences in a way it never had before.

Its universal message of shared experience and balance reaches to the heart of the entire film. There is a near spirituality to the events seen on screen, and the music reinforces it perfectly. “The Circle of Life” embodies The Lion King more than any other song on this list, and its universal love reinforces its number-one spot.

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2019-07-21 01:07:45

Matt Berger

Silicon Valley: Ranking Pied Piper’s Best Employees (& Bosses)

Pied Piper is the fictional company depicted in the HBO series Silicon Valley. It’s an autonomous peer-to-peer network that involves distributed storage powered by universal compression… and a bunch of other technical mumbo-jumbo. Basically, it’s a tech start-up in the tech hub of America.

Founded by Richard Hendricks, many employees, investors, and even bosses have come and gone as Richard and his team have tried to get the company off the ground and navigate the Wild West of the tech space. They’ve fended off competition, including the mega-conglomerate Hooli; dealt with eccentric investors, leaks, safety issues; and everything else that could possibly stand in the way of a successful tech start-up.

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In the last season, things seemed to finally be looking up for the company. How will it turn out in the upcoming sixth and final season? We’ll have to wait and see. For now, here’s a look at the best Pied Piper employees, leaders, or board members from its humble beginnings to now, ranked.

10 Erlich Bachman (Investor, Board Of Directors)

Okay, so Erlich is no longer a part of Pied Piper, nor is the character even on the series anymore. However, when he was part of the team, he really was part of the team, even if he was clueless (or high) half the time.

He didn’t really handle the business, though he often tried to have a say or be more involved than the others wanted him to be. Either way, his incubator is what helped Richard and the team get Pied Piper off the ground in the first place. So that means he deserves a spot on this list.

9 Dang (Lead Designer)

You might not recall Dang, who only goes by his first name. But he was (or maybe still is?) the lead designer for Pied Piper. He was integral to helping the team reluctantly design “The Box” when Richard’s product was essentially hijacked by Jack Barker and about to be marketed as yet another white-labeled black box.

According to his resume, Dang has an artistic sensibility honed from his time at the Bronx High School for the Arts, among other institutions. Some of his most notable design jobs include a leading brand of high-end humidifiers and the overhauled Amtrak trains. Okay, so not the most exciting resume. Still, Dang showed promise, potential, and a quiet patience, despite what ridiculous demands were thrown at him.

8 Carla Walton (Former Platform Engineer)

While she did end up leaving the company, Carla was a brilliant coder who was an excellent addition to the team. You know she had to be good since she was recommended for the job by both Gilfoyle and Dinesh.

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Despite her Girl With the Dragon Tattoo look and attitude, she broke down any walls that suggested women couldn’t be as good coders as men. “I’m not a woman engineer,” she said at one point, “I’m an engineer.” Plus, when she was on the team, she helped add some much-needed estrogen to the otherwise testosterone-filled Hacker Hostel.

7 Ron LaFlamme (Attorney)

Okay, so Ron isn’t technically an employee at Pied Piper, but he is employed by Pied Piper to serve as the company’s attorney. A laidback, typical California Millennial, he isn’t the suit-and-tie kind of lawyer. But he knows his stuff.

He’ll deliver the worst news possible as if he’s simply telling you someone took your parking spot, then bill you a handsome amount for his legal expertise and advice. But realistically, Pied Piper has had to rely on Ron on numerous occasions, even if it was just for sound (albeit expensive) advice. And he has gotten them out of a jam many a time.

6 Nelson “Big Head” Bighetti (Majority Investor)

“Big Head” has been there since the beginning, working alongside Richard at Hooli when he came up with his compression algorithm and decided to leave the company and try and make it on his own.

Nelson is an enigma who constantly gets rewarded for doing (and knowing) nothing. Yet he has a horseshoe around his neck, which makes him an important part of the Pied Piper team. As long as he’s involved, they should be okay. Even if he’s just walking around aimlessly, slurping on a giant Big Gulp.

5 Monica Hall (Chief Financial Officer)

While Monica only joined Pied Piper officially at the end of season five, she has been a part of the team in some capacity since it was devised. As an associate partner at Raviga, she worked closely with her boss Laurie Bream, often reporting news back to the Pied Piper team that could help them.

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She has been more integral to the company’s journey thus far than the team, or even she, realizes. As CFO, with her deep understanding of the investment business and intimate knowledge of Pied Piper and their technologies, she is one of the most valuable members of the team.

4 Dinesh Chugtai (Co-CTO, Senior Programmer)

He comes across as goofy, but Dinesh really is a seriously talented programmer who, in between exchanging snarky remarks with Gilfoyle, is busy helping ensure Piper Piper runs smoothly.

While, as they say, everyone is replaceable, given Dinesh’s very technical skillset and his tremendous aptitude, even in Silicon Valley, it would be tough to replace him. Not only for his programming abilities but also for his dedication to Richard and the company.

3 Bertram Gilfoyle (Co-CTO, Senior Systems Architect)

He might be an oddball Satanist who rarely cracks a smile and carries a pessimistic view of the world, but Gilfoyle, as they call him, is critical to ensuring that Pied Piper is not only operational but also highly secure.

Immensely talented, he makes no bones about letting everyone know how valuable he is. He’s confident in his abilities and has, more than once, proven them. While he might not appear to be as dedicated a team member as some of the others, he would likely miss working alongside Dinesh, spewing constant insults at him. Gilfoyle and Dinesh are really ranked in a tie, as together, they make a winning team that Pied Piper needs.

2 Jared “Donald” Dunn (Head Of Business Development/CFO)

How could anyone possibly compete with the loyalty and dedication of Jared Dunn? He handles all of the business and financial aspects of the company and is fiercely loyal to the team. If he was told to jump off a bridge to save Pied Piper, he very likely would without skipping a beat.

Leaving his cushy job at the mega-conglomerate Hooli to help Richard get his technology off the ground, Jared isn’t about the money, which is exactly what you want in a model employee. He is in it for the passion, camaraderie, and being a part of the team. And while other members of the team have a far better knowledge of the technical side of things, they wouldn’t be able to function as a cohesive unit without Jared.

1 Richard Hendricks (CEO, Founder)

It all started with Richard. He is the most valuable member of the team as the software designer and creator of the Pied Piper app and algorithm. Without Richard, there is no Pied Piper.

While Richard isn’t exactly great at running the business end of things, he surrounds himself with amazingly smart people, namely the other folks on this list. And that’s what makes him a great leader, even if he fumbles his way through being CEO half the time.

NEXT: Silicon Valley: 10 Things That Need To Happen Before It Ends


2019-07-21 01:07:23

Christine Persaud

Glengarry Glen Ross: Ranking The Best Real Estate Employees

Glengarry Glen Ross is a movie based on the play by David Mamet. It is a simple story of a group of desperate and largely unsuccessful real estate salesmen as they try everything they can to make a sale and get some money. Featuring one of the best casts ever assembled on screen, it is an incredibly compelling film, even if it is just about people talking. Thanks to the amazing dialogue and terrific performances, it is a riveting show to watch.

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The various employees of the real estate company are all chasing success to different degrees. Some are on a hot streak, others haven’t made a sale in a long time. Some hold power over others, while others are talked down to. These dynamics change throughout the film and make the relationships between the characters all the more interesting, which leads to some thrilling confrontations. Here are the employees in Glengarry Glen Ross, ranked worst to best.

6 George Aaronow

In the setting of the film, George (Alan Arkin) is not the least successful salesman in the office, but you get the sense that he has never been the best at any time. He feels like the kind of person who has never been successful in his life and that success will forever evade him. He is a miserable, dour man who is constantly bemoaning his poor luck.

We don’t see him being much of a salesman within the film other than a few sales calls we overhear. Even in these small moments, we feel that his heart isn’t in the game and that he has no skills to speak of. He is low-energy, ill-prepared, and lacks any confidence whatsoever. He is one of the few characters in the film that doesn’t talk about his own talents.

5 Shelley Levene

While the movie is very much an ensemble piece, it could be argued that Shelley (Jack Lemmon) is the main character. As Shelley, Lemmon gives one of his best performances as a man who would be sympathetic if he wasn’t so pathetic. Shelley is the old man in the office and, despite still having a lot of heart for the job, he just doesn’t have what it takes anymore.

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Shelley is a sad sack like George, but he tries to hide it as much as possible. He remembers the days where he was the top man in the office and is desperate to be back on top, but he won’t admit to himself that those days are long gone. Even his restored confidence at landing a massive sale is shattered when he realizes the deal was no good. In the end, he is pushed into illegal acts just to get ahead but fails to make that work as well.

4 Dave Moss

While Shelley and George are more pathetic in their lack of success, Dave (Ed Harris) is just angry. The entire movie, Dave is on the edge of a full-blown rage-filled meltdown. We know he has had good stretches in the past and can be quite proud of himself in those moments, but his cold streak during the film makes him a bitter man.

His short-tempered outbursts are aimed at everyone and anyone who isn’t him. He blames everyone else for his failures and resents the more successful people in the office. When his talents are called into question, he flies into a profanity-filled rant, unleashing all his frustration on everyone. In the end, Dave believes he is owed more than he’s got and turns to crime to get who he thinks he deserves.

3 John Williamson

Williamson (Kevin Spacey) is maybe the most hated man in the office. As the office manager, he technically runs the place, but he gets no respect from the salesmen. They see him as an inexperienced punk who doesn’t know anything about being a salesman and is only in his position through nepotism.

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His inexperience is shown when he accidentally terminates a huge sale. For his failure, he is humiliated and talked down to like he is a child. Knowing he made a severe error, any sign of superiority in the office disappears. However, Williamson is at least smart enough to find out who stole the missing leads from the office. Just as he was embarrassed, Williamson takes great pleasure in making Shelley squirm and beg after he is exposed as a thief.

2 Blake

Blake (Alec Baldwin) might not be a member of the central office, but he does work for real estate bosses. He is also the only character who was not featured in the original play but was created just for the film. Blake is a hotshot who is sent in to motivate the office into selling more. His vulgar and abusive rant against the salesmen is the highlights of the film.

He brutally explains to the men why he is and always will be more successful than them and why they are losers. Given how over-the-top Blake is in bragging about his own success, it makes you wonder if he might be stretching the truth. However, it’s clear that he’s achieved some level of success in the company, and it’s hard to deny he is a compelling motivator.

1 Ricky Roma

Ricky (Al Pacino) is the big man in the office. Though he might not have always been the office’s top earner, he certainly feels like he is going to be staying in that position for a long time. Ricky has all the confidence in the world, which can make him a bit of a jerk around the office.

We see Ricky’s salesman talents put to work with a man he targets in a bar. Making friends with a stranger, he takes his time and chooses his moments before laying a trap like an expert hunter. Unlike Shelley’s desperate and invasive method of selling, Ricky is patient and lets the buyer come to him. As smooth as he is, we also see what happens when Ricky is caught off-guard. He is not above lying and cheating to make sure he makes his money.

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2019-07-16 01:07:05

Colin McCormick

Spider-Man: Ranking the Villains, From all the Movie Universes

Over the last ten years, Spider-Man has come in many shapes and forms on the big screen, with several incarnations adapted from the comics to live-action. While we have a number of actors taking on the web-slinging role, all of the films have had several iconic Spidey villains come to life from the pages of the comics. With the latest Spider-Man film, Spider-Man: Far From Home, hitting theaters recently, it’s time to rank the many villains that we have seen on the big screen.

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Disclaimer: this list is focusing solely on the villains who pretty much served as the big bad or shared the position as the main antagonist in the same film. So don’t expect any of the Shockers, the supporting villains from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and more. If you haven’t seen Spider-Man: Far From Home, be aware of some major spoilers below.

11 Venom (Spider-Man 3)

The controversial disaster that was Spider-Man 3, the end of Sam Raimi’s trilogy, came with more negatives than positives for several reasons. One of them was Topher Grace’s Eddie Brock a.k.a. Venom as the sequel brought the Symbiote to life in live-action. Given that Raimi hadn’t even planned for Venom to serve a large role in this installment, it’s understandable why the execution was also a mess in the end. At the same time, this is also one of those cases where the actor was completely wrong for the role.

10 Green Goblin (The Amazing Spider-Man 2)

While the Marc Webb franchise started strongly, it, unfortunately, ended too soon with The Amazing Spider-Man 2. In an effort of fleshing out an attempted cinematic universe rather than make a strong sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was crowded with plot points and baddies. One of them was Dane DeHaan’s Harry Osborn who in this re-imagination of the Spider-Man universe became the Green Goblin way too fast.

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There was never a problem with DeHaan as Harry, but it was the idea of making him into the Goblin so quickly. In a film that was already dealing with a major threat, introducing Harry for the first time in this franchise and making him into a villain without getting to explore the character first, was a big downfall. It almost felt like his transformation only happened so he could fulfill the role of getting Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) killed, adapting the classic comic.

9 Green Goblin II (Spider-Man 3)

With James Franco’s Harry Osborn, this is where things went into the right direction. The trilogy took its time to get Harry from being Peter Parker’s (Tobey Maguire) to one of his enemies, only to be redeemed in the end. Despite the many rushed aspects of Spider-Man 3, Harry’s journey into being the next Goblin felt earned. It also helped that at the end, Harry does make the heroic sacrifice after the big showdown.

8 Electro (The Amazing Spider-Man 2)

Jaime Foxx brought Max Dillon a.k.a Electro to life in the second installment in the Webb franchise, meant to be the big antagonist of that film. Setting Max up as someone who had a pretty sad life, it was easy to connect with him and understand how his messed up transformation got to his mind.

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It was also brilliant setting Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) up as his idol only for him to be turned into the person Max hated the most. While it was inspired to use the Ultimate Electro look, it would have still been appreciated if his green and yellow costume had somehow been adapted rather than some dull black leather suit.

7 Kingpin (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse brought the Spidey universe into animation and did a lot of characters right. One of them was the powerful Wilson Fisk a.k.a the Kingpin (Liev Schreiber) whose plot was both villainous, but also tragic. Wilson has always been one of the more complex forces in the Spider-Man mythology and this film made sure to introduce that aspect to new fans. The idea that he was simply trying to find his family from a different universe was heartbreaking, despite the fact that it was putting New York at risk.

6 Sandman (Spider-Man 3)

Set to be the actual main baddie in Spider-Man 3, Thomas Haden Church was actually the best villain out of the trio we had. Similarly to other villains, Flint Marco was also set up as a tragic foe for Spider-Man. From him initially trying to save his very sick daughter to being the man who accidentally shot Uncle Ben (Cliff Robertson) in the first movie, you were able to feel for Sandman.

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One of the pivotal scenes that pulls your heartstrings is when Flint explains to Peter what actually happened that night and how Ben’s death was a complete accident. Despite this sequel’s weakness, the Sandman was definitely not one of them.

5 Green Goblin (Spider-Man)

While we have yet to see Norman Osborn join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Willem Dafoe’s take on the character in the first Spider-Man movie is still one of the most iconic portrayals. While the costume can be discussed, it doesn’t take away from the great performance of Dafoe and the role he would play in Harry’s journey despite dying at the end of this film. There is too much to love from this incarnation, from the fights with Spider-Man, the famous Goblin voice, and so much more.

4 Lizard (The Amazing Spider-Man)

In The Amazing Spider-Man, we got off to a strong start in terms of villains with Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans) a.k.a. the Lizard. This is definitely that franchise’s best villain simply because this was a man who didn’t actually want to be evil. All he wanted was to help humanity evolve further when it came to health as he was looking to gain a new arm. The connection that they set up between him and Peter through Richard Parker (Campbell Scott) was one of the brilliant moves of that film. It also helped that the design for the Lizard was absolutely amazing. Similarly to Electro, this was also another tragic enemy who wasn’t evil for the sake of being evil.

3 Vulture (Spider-Man: Homecoming)

When Spider-Man officially joined the MCU, the franchise got off to a strong start and part of that was Michael Keaton’s Adrian Toomes a.k.a. the Vulture. In Spider-Man: Homecoming, we see Adrian as pretty much Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) but as a regular guy. It was a smart move to open the film up from Adrian’s point of view where the system screwed him over when all he wanted was to be a good man for his family. You could actually understand where he was coming from even though his methods were probably not ideal. However, it still doesn’t change the fact that the Vulture is one of the best villains we have seen in the live-action Spider-Man films.

2 Doctor Octopus (Spider-Man 2)

From the Raimi trilogy, the award for the strongest antagonist goes to Alfred Molina as Dr. Otto Octavius a.k.a. Dr. Octopus. Sticking to the tragedy that some of these Spidey villains go through, in Spider-Man 2 we see how a good man like Otto was taken by the darkness after an unfortunate accident. Setting him up as a role model for Peter only to become one of the most dangerous men that New York ever faced was compelling in itself. Then we have the Octopus aspect that needs to be praised given that this was done back in 2004. All of this is what makes Molina’s performance of Dr. Octopus so memorable to this day.

1 Mysterio (Spider-Man: Far From Home)

While we have had so many powerful portrayals of some of Spider-Man’s greatest foes, Jake Gyllenhaal’s Quentin Beck a.k.a Mysterio took the idea of being a Spidey villain to a whole new level. It’s hard to pick what is loved more about his Mysterio. For starters, the film really showcased the idea of a villain who was a special effects maker while also being a complete mastermind. It could have been easy to make him cheesy, but instead, Spider-Man: Far From Home made him the best villain that any Spider-Man film has had thus far. He also gets bonus points for being able to mess with Peter (Tom Holland) big time despite the fact that he is dead. From all the amazing action scenes against Spidey to the execution of his trickery and illusion, Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio earns the number 1 spot without a doubt.

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2019-07-15 01:07:35

Andy Behbakht

Ranking All 8 Companions In Pillars Of Eternity

The popularity of Pillars of Eternity says a lot about the roleplaying game (RPG) genre of the video game industry. For one, it proved that old-school Dungeons & Dragons style games are still not out of style. More than anything, it proved that it’s usually the excellent storytelling and worldbuilding that carries a good RPG, regardless of how great is the gameplay.

Of course, the companions players meet in-game are also responsible. Without them, the game definitely would not have been as interesting. After all, the spirit of D&D rests on the interaction between friends and multiple characters. While Pillars of Eternity doesn’t exactly use a D&D ruleset, it still takes after the formula.

Unfortunately, you can only bring a handful of companions in the actual gameplay (five to be exact) out of all the eight you can have. The choice is up to you who to level-up with or bring in a party. However, some companions are arguably better than others. So, in case you haven’t made up your mind yet on favorites, here’s a ranking for all eight of them.

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8 HIRAVIAS

Continuing the tradition of misfits on an adventure popularized by Baldur’s Gate, Hiravias is fundamentally an interesting character. He’s a druid and a drifter, usually just wandering around. His personality is quite peculiar for the way he looks; he has a ravaged face, a broken ear, and actually lost his other eye. Despite this, the lad is quite energetic.

Then you realize he’s the equivalent of a werewolf, cast out by his druidic clan because his spiritshifting form was a bad omen. As a result, Hiravias was left alone and puzzled at the world. It’s also probably why there’s no shortage of vulgarity coming out of Hiravias’ mouth. It’s a welcome change from other companions’ vocabulary but can be a tad too boorish for some.

7 SAGANI

A quintessential huntress, Sagani. She has a pet fox and wears animal hide and fur for clothing. Sagani is quite distrustful the first time you meet her, which really doesn’t do much for her charm. However, much of her attitude was due to being conned too many times by people outside her huntress tribe. She seems to know animals better though.

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What does set Sagani apart from others is her manner of speech and her accent, as if she was from a different era. That, and she is also a 57-year-old boreal dwarf. Still, one good reason to pick Sagani for your party is her potential for damage and her fox, Itumaak is quite handy in combat for keeping enemies busy.

6 PALLEGINA

Pallegina is a woman of conflicts. Despite being born as an avian godlike to human parents, she was resented by her father throughout her childhood. Also, despite having feathers for her hair due to her godlike heritage, she hates birds. Of course, all the hardships from the moment Pallegina was born did not deter her from developing inspiring wit, as is evident from her sarcastic banter.

Because of her natural athleticism, Pallegina also became a successful paladin of the Republic. However, she’s far from being “friend of the year” despite her paladin status, all that bad childhood experience has made her quite prickly. Regardless, you can’t go wrong with a paladin in your party.

5 KANA RUA

Bard bro. Kana is a tall, well-built, cool, and laid-back fellow, your typical Samoa– er, island aumaua. Much of his calm personality stems from his royal family origins. Every party needs some sort of a bard character and Kana is the one that best fits this role. He’s a Chanter or a special kind of bard who summons skellies that can trash the enemy. Quite useful.

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Additionally, Kana is a Renaissance man, he has a lot of capabilities and is reliable in a pinch. Apart from his general usefulness outside of combat, Kana’s voice acting, banter, and interactions with other companions make him worthy of a permanent slot in the actual party.

4 GRIEVING MOTHER

The Grieving Mother is quite a tragic tale of the aftermath of the curse of the land, called Waidwen’s Legacy. It renders newborn babies dead and soulless. Unluckily for the Grieving Mother, her profession was that of a midwife and a cipher in a time of the said curse. That means she can also peer through the spiritual energy of the world and see souls both dead and alive.

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Using her powers as a cipher, she put all the mothers in her village whose newborns died under a dream– a lie to convince the mothers that their babies were unaffected by the curse. This put a strain on her and the spell broke, leading to the village blaming and torturing her. Now she weeps and laments the dead babies.

Of course, being a cipher like you, the Grieving Mother’s dialogue can be rather cryptic. She also does not have much interactions with other companions, nor much banter. Still, learning more about her can be one of the most rewarding stories in Pillars of Eternity.

3 ALOTH

Every party should have a wizard– a wise practitioner of sorcery who performs the most miraculous spells to keep the party out of trouble. Aloth is a wizard, sure, but an unconventional one. You see, Aloth, the wood elf wizard is not by himself. He carries another soul: a woman named Iselmyr– a coarse and violent person who broke Aloth’s father’s arm while he was being battered as a child.

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Despite Iselmyr shielding Aloth from his abusive father, he is not quite thankful for her. Iselmyr tends to contradict Aloth’s mild and gentlemanly demeanor and tends to manifest during stressful times, making Aloth look mentally disturbed. This does make for some interesting or hilarious banter and conversation with the elven wizard.

2 DURANCE

Durance is not exactly an ideal companion, but in a Baldur’s Gate-esque video game, no one tends to be. However, Durance is somewhat of an extreme example of a misfit– he is ugly, disheveled, and a priest, a murderous priest of a fire goddess. The previous wars and the curse have certainly taken its toll on Durance. As a result, he looks upon the Watcher (you) as salvation in progress, one that he needs to test.

Nevertheless, he is someone you will want in your party to spice things up with banter or interactions. That’s because Durance is naturally confrontational and usually angry. At times, he will also seek to offend or argue with others, especially with a certain female paladin, since he is a misogynistic priest. He’s a handful alright, and you’ll be missing out not including him in the party.

1 EDER

At first glance, Eder appears to be a typical warrior-type dude, being a veteran of war, but throughout the story and his character development, he proves to be more clever and observant than his simpleton appearance implies. He does seem to have one of the most humble origins here, growing up as a farmer but ending up on a world-saving adventure.

That’s not what makes Eder the best companion, however; his dark humor and laid-back outlook in life are what make him the least stressful or boring of all your companions in Pillars of Eternity. He also loves animals and will take every opportunity to pet them, with or without owners. The best part about him from a gameplay perspective? He’s an absolute tank, at least his based on his initial class. Eder can save your whole party and stay humble about it. There’s nothing bad you can say about Eder. Don’t you dare.

NEXT: Dungeons & Dragons: Ranking All Of The Base Classes, From Least To Most Powerful


2019-04-24 05:04:48

Sid Natividad

Ranking The Top 10 Underrated Comedy Sequels

A lot of comedy sequels fall short of their predecessors, but there are plenty that hold a candle to—or even improve upon—the first film. For the risks, just look at the Hangover 3. They tried to go the route of copying a lot of the beats from their first movie, but it fell flat and mostly disappointed audiences. However, these movies went the other way and strengthened their franchises, by adding new wrinkles and characters, while placing fan favorite protagonists in new situations.

Thanks to big budgets and solid casts, here are ten underrated comedy sequels that will keep viewers laughing from start to finish.

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10 Ghostbusters II

Ivan Reitman’s second Ghostbusters film reunites the charming cast of the original, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson, who are funny as ever in this comedy/sci-fi sequel. In Ghostbusters II, the crew revives the ghostbusting business in order to combat the newest supernatural threat to New York City. To the cast’s credit, the laugh-out-loud humor is just as present as it was in the original, making this 80s flick worth re-watching.

9 Wayne’s World 2

Less than two years after the original, Wayne’s World 2 debuted to much less box office profit than the first movie but kept up its catchphrases and pop culture references. Fans found it just as enjoyable as the first installment, but some critics slammed the film’s hit-or-miss jokes. However, Roger Ebert gave the film three out of four stars, saying the main characters are “impossible to dislike” and credited their vocabulary as their biggest charm. Schwing!

8 American Wedding

American Wedding brings the gang back together to witness the holy matrimony of high school sweethearts Jim and Michelle. Though some critics disliked the film’s gross-out humor, fans of the series were not disappointed in another installment of the franchise that brilliantly balances raunchy humor and heartfelt, touching moments about friendship and growing up.

7 Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

Doing drugs and making off-color jokes, Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) deliver just as many laughs as they did on their journey to White Castle in the original film. In Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, the guys get captured and thrown in prison after being mistaken for militants on a plane to Amsterdam. They manage to escape and set out to clear their names while running from the feds. It’s no classic, but the film plays like a string of enjoyable, silly skits.

6 Horrible Bosses 2

There’s no doubt that the first Horrible Bosses installment is definitely better than the second, but Horrible Bosses 2 is nothing to scoff at. The main trio has such great comedic chemistry and there’s no shortage of it in this amusing sequel. The plot feels a little thrown together, but Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, and Jason Bateman will make viewers laugh from start to finish with outrageously dark jokes and the help of a star-studded cast, including Christoph Waltz, Chris Pine, and the return of Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Aniston.

5 Ice Age: The Meltdown

There may be too many films in the Ice Age franchise, but the second installment, Ice Age: The Meltdown, is one of the better ones. Nothing compares to the unique simplicity, setting, and animation style of the first film, but the second one introduces a realistic antagonist: global warming. Ice Age: The Meltdown also sees the addition of new cast members, such as Queen Latifah as Ellie, Manny’s love interest and fellow woolly mammoth (who actually thinks she’s a possum).

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4 The Hangover Part II

Asking anyone about The Hangover Part II will probably result in them saying that it was a rip off of the first film and that the original is the only good movie in the entire trilogy. But those who’ve watched the third film will have more of an appreciation for the second installment. The Hangover Part II brings the Wolfpack back together for more shenanigans, this time in Thailand for Stu’s (Ed Helms) wedding. To no surprise, another character goes missing, and more animals and drugs are involved. Nevertheless, the laughs keep rolling in this dark comedy sequel.

3 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

Mike Myers knocks it out of the park for the second time in the first Austin Powers sequel, The Spy Who Shagged Me, which was followed up by another sequel—Austin Powers in Goldmember—in 2002. Myers’ character acting is at its finest in this spy spoof trilogy, playing groovy British agent Austin Powers, campy villain Dr. Evil, obese Scotsman Fat B——, and later Goldmember, a Dutch super-villain and one of Dr. Evil’s henchmen. In The Spy Who Shagged Me, Myers battles himself again when Dr. Evil sets out to steal Austin Powers’ mojo by traveling back to the 1960s in his newly invented time machine. This hysterical sequel follows Powers as he tries to stop Dr. Evil from leaving him “shagless”—his worst nightmare.

2 Meet the Fockers

Jay Roach’s Meet the Fockers certainly isn’t a masterpiece, but those who are into immature, raunchy humor—including name puns—probably have special places in their hearts for this Meet the Parents sequel. Seeing more of grumpy, paranoid Robert De Niro as Jack Byrnes is fun in itself, but the addition of Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand as Greg’s (Ben Stiller) parents makes this comedy sequel even more of a hoot.

1 Rush Hour 2

While the first Rush Hour felt more original, Rush Hour 2 ramps up the action and the funny. The second installment sees Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan exchanging dialogue and working more as a team as they investigate the murder of two U.S. customs agents. Watching the two hilariously rag on each other is like watching a couple of champions play tennis. In Rush Hour 2, Chan and Tucker’s chemistry makes every moment hilarious, even when the characters get themselves into life-or-death situations.

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2019-04-20 09:04:10

Courtney Zawistowski

Ranking The Fallout Games, From Worst To Best

Fallout is the classic action/RPG franchise that lets players have fun salvaging for supplies in a bleak, hopeless nuclear landscape, but which is the best Fallout game? The original Fallout was the spiritual successor to a game called Wasteland and casts players as a survivor who must venture forth from the safety of their fallout shelter to explore the dangerous world outside.

That same basic setup could be applied to almost any entry in the Fallout series, but along the way, the franchise would develop its own distinct identity. From Nuka Cola to the Pip-Boy and Ron Perlman’s somber narration, the Fallout series promises players a vast, open-world landscape to get lost in – and barely survive encounters with roving mutants and Deathclaws.

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Let’s revisit the main entries in the series – apologies to Fallout: Pinball and Brotherhood Of Steel – and see which is the best Fallout game.

6. Fallout 76 (2018)

While Fallout 76 was met with a very mixed response due to buggy design, the departure in gameplay and other controversies surrounding its launch. It’s not an awful game overall, but it is extremely flawed. Fallout 76 is an online, multiplayer shooter, and allows players to band together to explore the wasteland. Aside from this core change, the gameplay is still very recognizable, mixing action and exploration but it feels somewhat lifeless compared to other entries. The lack of in-game NPCs also makes the world feel smaller and less interesting.

5. Fallout (1997)

The game that kicked it all off, Fallout is a solid top-down, turn-based RPG title. Players only familiar with the more recent entries might be shocked by how different the series used to look and play, but Fallout still originated all the key tropes of the franchise, from the retro-futuristic design to the story branching dialogue. The original is somewhat dated in design now, however.

4. Fallout 2 (1998)

Fallout 2 came out a year after the first and build on its foundation to make a stronger game. The sequel established the unique sense of humor of the series and is crammed with bizarre easter eggs and gags. It’s also more colorful and generally more entertaining. That said, a rushed production led to some annoying bugs, though the vastness of the game world makes up for this.

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3. Fallout 4 (2015)

Fans had to wait a long time for the arrival of Fallout 4 which is one of the most ambitious entries in the whole franchise. The game is the best looking in the series to date, featured much-improved combat mechanics and power armor added a new tactical element. The story mechanics took a hit, however, with the dialogue options being simplified and the narrative overall isn’t as interesting as other entries.

2. Fallout 3 (2008)

Bethesda Softworks took over the franchise with Fallout 3 which introduced a first-person perspective and a bigger focus on combat. This brought players into the scorched, post-nuclear landscape like never before, though some fans have lamented the changes the game made to the saga. Fallout 3 can be frequently buggy, but the scope of the open-world, variety of missions, side quests and the colorful characters that can be encountered make it an enthralling, classic RPG title.

1. Fallout: New Vegas (2010)

Fallout: New Vegas features the best narrative and characters of the entire franchise, and combined the improvements introduced in the third game while playing homage to the original titles. The game takes place in the Mojave desert, where players control the revenge-seeking Courier. The gameplay is just as in-depth as previous Fallout titles, but New Vegas does a fantastic job with the atmosphere of the world too, with players encounter more complex characters and factions. This one of the many reasons fans feel New Vegas is the best Fallout game.

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2019-04-05 12:04:30

Padraig Cotter

Ranking Black Lightning Villains From Least To Most Powerful

Though only in its sophomore season, Black Lightning has already produced a number of intriguing antagonists. The series features quite the robust slate of villainous characters, all of whom serve the overarching plot in myriad ways. This is most notably due to the show’s avoidance of the villain-of-the-week trope, a storytelling convention popularized by Buffy that still plagues many a genre show today. With so many fascinating foes on its roster, it’s past time to examine each of Black Lightning’s more prominent antagonists individually. The following list will do so, while ranking them from least to most powerful.

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11 TORI WHALE

Tori Whale, Tobias’ sister, debuts early in Black Lightning pilot season. She doesn’t last for long, however, dying in a firefight in an effort to protect her brother. Similar to Tobias, Tori was long ago administered a serum that prevents her from aging normally.

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While her primary role seems that of a henchwoman, Tori also serves as a master strategist. After all, it is she who devises the plan to turn Freeland against Black Lightning. Convincing Tobias to sway Khalil’s opinion of Freeland’s hero marks the first step in her stratagem. Unfortunately, she doesn’t live to see the outcome.

10 PAINKILLER

Khalil Payne’s low position on this list is not emblematic of weakness on his part. Indeed, he is incredibly powerful in his own right, courtesy of his superhuman strength, jumping abilities, venomous weaponry, and more. However, all of this does not a formidable villain make. In many respects, being under Tobias Whale’s control holds him back, as the crime lord keeps him on a short leash. It’s Khalil’s desire to be better that truly distinguishes him from Black Lightning’s other antagonists, though. The character’s humanity leads to his betraying Tobias, a move, though bold, which ultimately culminates in his demise.

9 SYONIDE

Akin to a few others on this list, Syonide’s role in Black Lightning is impactful yet brief, as she dies early in the show’s sophomore season. Despite her demise, Syonide ranks among Black Lightning’s most formidable rogues, epitomizing the silent but deadly character archetype. As Tobias Whale’s right hand, her skill knows no bounds.

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As an assassin, Syonide is as good as they come, especially considering her marksmanship and remarkable hand-to-hand combat abilities. Unfortunately for her and Tobias, Syonide meets her match in Kara Fowdy, who uses a blade lodged in her shoe heel to exterminate the assassin.

8 CUTTER

Admittedly, Giselle Cutter isn’t easy to rank. The true extent of her powers and abilities has yet to receive specification. A mercenary with incredible combat prowess, her knife throwing skills guarantee she’s deadlier than most. Still, it often appears as though Cutter harbors meta-human abilities that are being kept under wraps. For instance, on a few occasions, she has been shown to possess telekinetic powers of some kind. How they work and from where she attained them remains unclear. Regardless of the mysteries surrounding her, Cutter continuously proves why she warrants recognition as one of Black Lightning’s most dangerous foes.

7 DOCTOR JACE

Doctor Helga Jace counts among the more powerful characters on Black Lightning. Yet, she possesses no superpowers, nor does she directly involve herself in the ongoing fight between Black Lightning and Tobias Whale. Rather, her formidability rests in her intelligence. Jace’s work as a biochemist has led to her becoming instrumental in what’s known about the meta-humans featured on Black Lightning.

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Curiously, it’s Jace’s lack of a moral compass that makes her such a threat. Conducting illegal experiments prior to her imprisonment and A.S.A. recruitment seemingly hardened her in many respects. Thus, the doctor couldn’t be more perfect in helping Tobias execute his nefarious plans.

6 LOOKER

This particular character hasn’t had too much of a presence on the series, but has managed to leave her mark as a threat. Looker resides in South Freeland, alongside a community of white people who are essentially subject to her commands. Her meta-human abilities are, of course, of special interest. Courtesy of a metallic liquid, Looker is able to give people limited abilities. In doing so, she can also take control of them. Additionally, her telepathic powers round out her impressive talents. Still, much about her has yet to receive explanation. Hopefully, more is on the horizon where this villain’s concerned.

5 LADY EVE

Jill Scott’s Lady Eve debuted and departed quite quickly during Black Lightning’s first season. Yet, in only a handful of episodes, she proved an incredible foe. Prior to her death, her influence in Freeland appears unmatched, as she masterfully balances being both a legitimate businesswoman and an underground crime lord. When it comes to her power-set, however, Lady Eve’s abilities are hard to define. The villain is shown to have some form of control over death, but the show has yet to make the extent of what she can or cannot do abundantly clear. Who knows, perhaps we haven’t seen the last of her after all?

4 AGENT ODELL

Agent Odell appears this high on the list due to his control and access to much of the happenings in Freeland. Try as Lynn Stewart might to prevent him from weaponizing the Pod Kids, Odell is on track to doing just that and likely much more. This especially holds true considering he now has confirmation and proof of the Jefferson family consisting of Freeland’s favorite super-powered vigilantes. Furthermore, his ruthlessness has reached a level that Tobias Whale may find impressive. Thus, in many respects, Odell could be an even bigger big bad that many currently believe him to be.

3 MASTERS OF DISASTER

Currently, Tobias Whale’s Masters of Disaster, or MOD, has not quite reached its full potential. This is a given, though, since the team recently debuted on the series with each member receiving a carefully paced introduction. At present, the MOD consists of four members in total: Shakedown (vibrokinesis),  Coldsnap (cryokinesis), Heatstroke (pyrokinesis), and New Wave (hydrokinesis). Because their powers vary, Tobias has, thus far, been using them rather strategically. As such, it’s not yet clear what will transpire once they all enter into a combat situation as a team. Needless to say, things are unlikely to look good for whomever or whatever stands in their way.

2 LALA

In addition to being one of Black Lightning’s more powerful antagonists, Lala serves as one of the show’s most intriguing characters. Early in Season 1, Lala is little more than an overly influential gangbanger, one who owes his success to Tobias Whale. As many may recall, their business relations don’t end amicably, as Tobias kills Lala in a jail cell. Soon thereafter, Lala returns, having been resurrected under mysterious circumstances. Even stranger are his newfound mystical abilities, which allow him to communicate with the folks he’s murdered. Presently, it seems his powers have a tangibility to them that’s yet to be explained.

1 TOBIAS WHALE

For now, it doesn’t look as though Black Lightning will soon rid itself of Tobias Whale. It’s a good thing, too. Similar to Stringer Bell on The Wire, Tobias seems dynamic enough of an antagonist to stick around for as long as the show’s creative team sees fit. His motives, personality, and relationship to the world around him all ensure he maintains a level of intrigue like no other. Obviously, meta-human abilities also factor into his notability. These include an extended lifespan, enhanced strength, and superb combat skills. As evidenced by his antics, Tobias employs all of the above and more to remain Black Lightning’s most formidable foe.

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2019-03-17 01:03:18

Brianna Reeves