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Stranger Things: 5 Reasons Why Hopper Is Still Alive (& 5 He Definitely Isn’t)

In the climactic scenes of Stranger Things‘ third season finale, the unthinkable happened: everyone’s favorite Chief of Police, the grump with a heart of gold Jim Hopper, apparently met a totally heartbreaking end when he sacrificed himself to close the gate to the Upside Down – hopefully, for good this time. David Harbour has always been one of the most enigmatic actors in the series, and through his utterly winning performance, he has transformed Hopper into one of the most series’ valuable assets.

RELATED: Stranger Things: 6 Best (& 4 Worst) Friendships

It’s not at all a shock, then, that the internet has been running wild with theories about how Hopper could have potentially survived the catastrophic blast. Any possible answers to this shocking turn of events are certainly a long way off, given Netflix’s production schedule. We’ve gone ahead and rounded up some of the reasons that Hopper might be alive after all… but also some of the reasons that we might need to come to terms with the fact that he might actually be gone.

10 Alive: We never saw a body

It’s more or less become an unwritten rule in the world of television, especially for series with supernatural or science fiction elements: if the show doesn’t show a body, or someone meeting their end, it’s entirely likely that those characters will return in some for or another. Stranger Things was very deliberate in showing the Russian scientists near the gate in the secret lab quickly being turned into goo by the explosion.

But no such treatment was given to Hopper’s character. Before Joyce used the key to close the gate to the Upside Down, she closed her eyes for quite some time, potentially allowing Hopper time to slip away unnoticed. We have every right to believe, therefore, that he’s perfectly fine.

9 Not: David Harbour’s career is on the rise

Okay, fine, maybe Hellboy wasn’t exactly the success that some people were hoping it would be. But that doesn’t mean David Harbour’s career has cooled off in the slightest. Projects that are currently on his slate of upcoming work include the film Dhaka with Chris Hemsworth, and a little film you may have heard of called Black Widow. He’s also produced a mockumentary with Netflix, and has been routinely working in film and television both in recent years.

Harbour isn’t slowing down any time soon, and while his contract with Netflix does include the option for a fourth season, that doesn’t necessarily mean that he will be brought back for a potential Stranger Things 4.

8 Alive: His journey doesn’t feel like it’s over

From the very beginning of the series, Hopper has been one of Stranger Things‘ most compelling characters. When the show started, he was totally closed off to the world, full of self-loathing and alcohol and bitterness. Over time, however, he has softened up, forming meaningful friendships and adopting Eleven as his own daughter.

He has opened up about the trauma he’s endured, and asked for help in situations where he would never have done so before. When Stranger Things 3 ends, Hopper is about to make another big step forward in his emotional development, by going out on a date with Joyce. His arc, therefore, is nowhere near completed. In many ways, it’s only just getting started.

7 Not: The series made the finale epilogue seem pretty final

Before the mid-credits scene that’s been driving the internet wild with theorizing about what the truth is regarding Hopper’s status, the season three finale featured an epilogue scene that felt like a truly final ending to this chapter of the story. The Byers family – arguably the center of the whole series – have packed up and moved out of Hawkins, taking Eleven with them.

RELATED: Stranger Things: 10 Things From Season 3 That Even Superfans Were Shocked By

The group of friends is dismantling. Eleven’s powers are missing. Joyce and Eleven are both carrying Hopper’s legacy onward, bringing his things with them and paying tribute to him in their clothing styles. The finale even concludes with a moving montage of scenes set to the narration of Hopper’s own passionate emotion letter. So many things felt pretty final here. It’s hard to imagine some of them being a fake out.

6 Alive: “The American” theory

The mid-credits scene at the end of Stranger Things 3‘s finale episode has been the subject of much discussion since the season was released on July 4 – and for good reason. The scene, entirely in Russian, depicts Russian guards feeding a prisoner to the demogorgon they are keeping in captivity and monitoring.

While it’s shocking enough that the Russians have acquired a demogorgon of their own, one of the biggest shocks in the scene is a blink and miss it line of dialogue. Before they choose the prisoner to feed to the monster, one of the guards cautions the other, “No. Not the American.” Earlier in the season, Hopper had been ominously referred to as “the American” by other Russian characters. It’s pretty easy, therefore, to draw the logical conclusion from that.

5 Not: The situation was pretty impossible to escape

As we’ve already said, the show made no mistake of showing just what happened to anyone who was within range of the gate and the key’s blasts. Russian scientists were immediately turned into nothing but gory remains, so it’s hard to imagine how Hopper could have avoided the intensity of the heat and explosion.

Even if he’d somehow gotten down off the platform he was standing on, how can we assume that anywhere below the key was safe from the intense range of its destruction? It’s wishful thinking, in that regard, to think that he was able to get away just because he managed to climb down a ladder or a staircase, as some fans have suggested.

4 Alive: David Harbour basically confirmed it

We’ve already explored the details of “the American” theory that fans all over the internet are obsessing over and clinging to, when it comes to Hopper’s fate. But according to a recent post-season three interview with David Harbour himself, the theory might not even really be a theory: it might just be the simple truth.

In an interview with /Film, Harbour explicitly references the mid-credits scene as an answer to Hopper’s fate. As the interviewer, Chris Evangelista, reports, “I straight-up asked: is that Hopper behind the door? According to Harbour, that’s the most likely scenario. Throughout the season, the main Russian baddie refers to Hopper as ‘the American,’ and having another Russian refer to the mysterious prisoner in the same way was the big giveaway.”

3 Not: The series hasn’t had a real major loss yet

As with any series with horror elements, Stranger Things has featured plenty of characters being eaten or killed by monsters, but none of the losses so far – whether Benny Hammond, Barb Holland, Billy Hargrove, Alexei, or even poor old Bob Newby – could really count as a major loss for the series. These character deaths also served meaningful purposes for the series, but none of them have really changed the stakes of the show.

RELATED: Stranger Things: 10 Most Heartbreaking Moments, Ranked

Until now, that is. Hopper is the first true main character that the series has lost, and it’s almost impossible to envision what the show will look like without him. Hard as it may be to deal with, it’s also important to consider the fact that undoing this massive change might cheapen the stakes of the series on the whole.

2 Alive: The Duffer Brothers may have confirmed it, too

We don’t know much of anything about Stranger Things 4. Heck, at this point, we don’t even know for certain that Stranger Things 4 is happening, since Netflix has yet to officially announce a renewal. But the Duffer brothers have already started to make it clear that they have some ideas of what’s coming in terms of the scope of a potential fourth season – and there’s a big reveal embedded within it.

Matt Duffer has been quoted as saying, “I think the biggest thing that’s going to happen is it’s going to open up a little bit, not necessarily in terms of scale, in terms of special effects, but open up in terms of allowing portals into areas outside of Hawkins.” Reports are conflicting about whether that should say “portals” or “plotlines” – but in either case, it’s clear we’re heading out of Hawkins for a bit. And maybe, just maybe, on a rescue mission to Russia.

1 Not: He got to go out like a hero

In the grand scheme of things, Hopper really couldn’t have asked for a more fitting end to his journey, even if it came much too soon. As the Chief of Police in Hawkins, he’s devoted his life to protecting the community in the once boring little town. He’s also newly devoted himself to protecting his daughter, Eleven, and doing everything in his power to ensure her safety, even if it means overstepping.

At the end of the day, then, Hopper got to go out exactly in a way that he should: by protecting everyone he cares about, and those he loves, especially. So yes, maybe his death was a big shock, and maybe it happened far too early in the series’ run. But maybe this was the end of his journey all along.

NEXT: 10 Movie References You May Have Missed In Stranger Things Season 3


2019-07-13 11:07:54

Katerina Daley

Stranger Things: 5 Reasons Why Hopper Is Still Alive (& 5 He Definitely Isn’t)

In the climactic scenes of Stranger Things‘ third season finale, the unthinkable happened: everyone’s favorite Chief of Police, the grump with a heart of gold Jim Hopper, apparently met a totally heartbreaking end when he sacrificed himself to close the gate to the Upside Down – hopefully, for good this time. David Harbour has always been one of the most enigmatic actors in the series, and through his utterly winning performance, he has transformed Hopper into one of the most series’ valuable assets.

RELATED: Stranger Things: 6 Best (& 4 Worst) Friendships

It’s not at all a shock, then, that the internet has been running wild with theories about how Hopper could have potentially survived the catastrophic blast. Any possible answers to this shocking turn of events are certainly a long way off, given Netflix’s production schedule. We’ve gone ahead and rounded up some of the reasons that Hopper might be alive after all… but also some of the reasons that we might need to come to terms with the fact that he might actually be gone.

10 Alive: We never saw a body

It’s more or less become an unwritten rule in the world of television, especially for series with supernatural or science fiction elements: if the show doesn’t show a body, or someone meeting their end, it’s entirely likely that those characters will return in some for or another. Stranger Things was very deliberate in showing the Russian scientists near the gate in the secret lab quickly being turned into goo by the explosion.

But no such treatment was given to Hopper’s character. Before Joyce used the key to close the gate to the Upside Down, she closed her eyes for quite some time, potentially allowing Hopper time to slip away unnoticed. We have every right to believe, therefore, that he’s perfectly fine.

9 Not: David Harbour’s career is on the rise

Okay, fine, maybe Hellboy wasn’t exactly the success that some people were hoping it would be. But that doesn’t mean David Harbour’s career has cooled off in the slightest. Projects that are currently on his slate of upcoming work include the film Dhaka with Chris Hemsworth, and a little film you may have heard of called Black Widow. He’s also produced a mockumentary with Netflix, and has been routinely working in film and television both in recent years.

Harbour isn’t slowing down any time soon, and while his contract with Netflix does include the option for a fourth season, that doesn’t necessarily mean that he will be brought back for a potential Stranger Things 4.

8 Alive: His journey doesn’t feel like it’s over

From the very beginning of the series, Hopper has been one of Stranger Things‘ most compelling characters. When the show started, he was totally closed off to the world, full of self-loathing and alcohol and bitterness. Over time, however, he has softened up, forming meaningful friendships and adopting Eleven as his own daughter.

He has opened up about the trauma he’s endured, and asked for help in situations where he would never have done so before. When Stranger Things 3 ends, Hopper is about to make another big step forward in his emotional development, by going out on a date with Joyce. His arc, therefore, is nowhere near completed. In many ways, it’s only just getting started.

7 Not: The series made the finale epilogue seem pretty final

Before the mid-credits scene that’s been driving the internet wild with theorizing about what the truth is regarding Hopper’s status, the season three finale featured an epilogue scene that felt like a truly final ending to this chapter of the story. The Byers family – arguably the center of the whole series – have packed up and moved out of Hawkins, taking Eleven with them.

RELATED: Stranger Things: 10 Things From Season 3 That Even Superfans Were Shocked By

The group of friends is dismantling. Eleven’s powers are missing. Joyce and Eleven are both carrying Hopper’s legacy onward, bringing his things with them and paying tribute to him in their clothing styles. The finale even concludes with a moving montage of scenes set to the narration of Hopper’s own passionate emotion letter. So many things felt pretty final here. It’s hard to imagine some of them being a fake out.

6 Alive: “The American” theory

The mid-credits scene at the end of Stranger Things 3‘s finale episode has been the subject of much discussion since the season was released on July 4 – and for good reason. The scene, entirely in Russian, depicts Russian guards feeding a prisoner to the demogorgon they are keeping in captivity and monitoring.

While it’s shocking enough that the Russians have acquired a demogorgon of their own, one of the biggest shocks in the scene is a blink and miss it line of dialogue. Before they choose the prisoner to feed to the monster, one of the guards cautions the other, “No. Not the American.” Earlier in the season, Hopper had been ominously referred to as “the American” by other Russian characters. It’s pretty easy, therefore, to draw the logical conclusion from that.

5 Not: The situation was pretty impossible to escape

As we’ve already said, the show made no mistake of showing just what happened to anyone who was within range of the gate and the key’s blasts. Russian scientists were immediately turned into nothing but gory remains, so it’s hard to imagine how Hopper could have avoided the intensity of the heat and explosion.

Even if he’d somehow gotten down off the platform he was standing on, how can we assume that anywhere below the key was safe from the intense range of its destruction? It’s wishful thinking, in that regard, to think that he was able to get away just because he managed to climb down a ladder or a staircase, as some fans have suggested.

4 Alive: David Harbour basically confirmed it

We’ve already explored the details of “the American” theory that fans all over the internet are obsessing over and clinging to, when it comes to Hopper’s fate. But according to a recent post-season three interview with David Harbour himself, the theory might not even really be a theory: it might just be the simple truth.

In an interview with /Film, Harbour explicitly references the mid-credits scene as an answer to Hopper’s fate. As the interviewer, Chris Evangelista, reports, “I straight-up asked: is that Hopper behind the door? According to Harbour, that’s the most likely scenario. Throughout the season, the main Russian baddie refers to Hopper as ‘the American,’ and having another Russian refer to the mysterious prisoner in the same way was the big giveaway.”

3 Not: The series hasn’t had a real major loss yet

As with any series with horror elements, Stranger Things has featured plenty of characters being eaten or killed by monsters, but none of the losses so far – whether Benny Hammond, Barb Holland, Billy Hargrove, Alexei, or even poor old Bob Newby – could really count as a major loss for the series. These character deaths also served meaningful purposes for the series, but none of them have really changed the stakes of the show.

RELATED: Stranger Things: 10 Most Heartbreaking Moments, Ranked

Until now, that is. Hopper is the first true main character that the series has lost, and it’s almost impossible to envision what the show will look like without him. Hard as it may be to deal with, it’s also important to consider the fact that undoing this massive change might cheapen the stakes of the series on the whole.

2 Alive: The Duffer Brothers may have confirmed it, too

We don’t know much of anything about Stranger Things 4. Heck, at this point, we don’t even know for certain that Stranger Things 4 is happening, since Netflix has yet to officially announce a renewal. But the Duffer brothers have already started to make it clear that they have some ideas of what’s coming in terms of the scope of a potential fourth season – and there’s a big reveal embedded within it.

Matt Duffer has been quoted as saying, “I think the biggest thing that’s going to happen is it’s going to open up a little bit, not necessarily in terms of scale, in terms of special effects, but open up in terms of allowing portals into areas outside of Hawkins.” Reports are conflicting about whether that should say “portals” or “plotlines” – but in either case, it’s clear we’re heading out of Hawkins for a bit. And maybe, just maybe, on a rescue mission to Russia.

1 Not: He got to go out like a hero

In the grand scheme of things, Hopper really couldn’t have asked for a more fitting end to his journey, even if it came much too soon. As the Chief of Police in Hawkins, he’s devoted his life to protecting the community in the once boring little town. He’s also newly devoted himself to protecting his daughter, Eleven, and doing everything in his power to ensure her safety, even if it means overstepping.

At the end of the day, then, Hopper got to go out exactly in a way that he should: by protecting everyone he cares about, and those he loves, especially. So yes, maybe his death was a big shock, and maybe it happened far too early in the series’ run. But maybe this was the end of his journey all along.

NEXT: 10 Movie References You May Have Missed In Stranger Things Season 3


2019-07-13 11:07:54

Katerina Daley

Sam Raimi Still Thinks About Spider-Man 4 | ScreenRant

Director Sam Raimi says he still thinks about his unmade Spider-Man 4. Raimi is best known for creating The Evil Dead, but he also dabbled in superhero movies in the early 2000s. Raimi directed a total of three Spider-Man films from 2002 to 2007 starring Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker.

Despite Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy making Sony a ton of money at the box office, the series was rebooted in 2012 with Andrew Garfield as the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. That being said, Raimi had plans for a fourth Spider-Man movie before it was canceled. Raimi didn’t want to rush Spider-Man 4, but Sony had to keep making Spider-Man movies or the rights to the character would revert back to Marvel. The film was expected to star John Malkovich as the Vulture and Anne Hathaway as Black Cat, while also including a montage at the beginning of Spider-Man battling villains like Rhino, Shocker, Prowler, and even Mysterio (who would have been played by Bruce Campbell). Unfortunately, the sequel never happened, but Raimi still thinks about it to this day.

Related: The Plot Of Sam Raimi’s Cancelled Spider-Man 4

When Yahoo interviewed Raimi about the recently released Crawl, which Raimi produced, he briefly talked about his unmade Spider-Man film. Raimi explained that he frequently thinks about what could have been saying,

“I think about it all the time. It’s hard not to, because each summer another Spider-Man film comes out! So when you have an unborn one, you can’t help but think what might have been. But I try to focus on what will be, and not look into the past.”.

While Raimi has turned more to producing horror movies these days, he previously revealed that he would be open to directing another Marvel movie at some point. That being said, his Marvel movie probably wouldn’t be Spider-Man 4 since Sony and Marvel are seeing so much success with Tom Holland as the famous web-slinger. There has been a lot of fan art recently imagining Maguire, Garfield, and Holland in a live-action Spider-Verse movie, but that is only wishful thinking at this point.

As mentioned previously, fans have widely accepted Holland as Spider-Man, but there are those that still think that the 2004 Spider-Man 2 is still one of the best superhero movies ever made. Spider-Man 3 was a disappointment to many, but if Raimi would have gotten another shot with Spider-Man 4, he could have ended his series on a high note. While many fans would be thrilled to finally get Spider-Man 4, it’s extremely unlikely that will ever happen.

More: How Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man Trilogy Set Up The Lizard

Source: Yahoo


2019-07-13 06:07:50

Christopher Fiduccia

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

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

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

Related: How The Mist TV Show Compares to the Book & Movie

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

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

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

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

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

Next: Every Stephen King Movie Ranked, From Worst To Best


2019-07-13 06:07:06

Kara Hedash

Jeopardy Champion James Holzhauer Is Breaking Records & Still Going

Jeopardy! Champion, James Holzhauer, is breaking all records on the trivia game show – and he shows no sign of slowing down. Iconic and perdurable Jeopardy!, consisting of host Alex Trebek and blue box panels, has sported a fair share of champions over the years. However, Holzhauer’s current reign is game-changing.

Created by Merv Griffin, the show consists of presenting contestants with clues in the forms of answers, to which players must phrase their responses in the form of a question. A household staple and the most recognized game show of all time, the series has been in syndication for 35 seasons. Jeopardy! has become a Hollywood A-lister itself, being featured in a slew of films and TV shows, including, The Golden Girls, SNL, and Family Guy. A seemingly tame form of entertainment, Jeopardy! has made waves in the headlines over the years with a mid-game marriage proposal, a contestant winning with just $1, and the recent shock of Trebek’s cancer diagnosis. Now, a contestant’s winning streak is drawing in as much attention as his earnings.

Related: Jeopardy! Makes Streaming Debut On Hulu 

According to USA Today, the 34-year-old professional sports gambler from Las Vegas James Holzhauer recently became the second person ever to surpass $1 million in non-tournament play. The contestant caused viewers to notice him early on by winning $131,127 in a single game. While there does appear to be strategy involved, Holzhauer also possesses encyclopedic trivia knowledge. Using his coined term, “All the chips,” while making bets, the contestant seems optimistic about taking risks. Perhaps the biggest question of Jeopardy! – not from a blue box – is what formula he is following to make his gameplay a dominant force. Eddie Timanus, a five-time winner on Jeopardy!, has analyzed his strategy:

“First and foremost, a successful Jeopardy! player has to have a broad trivia knowledge base. Of equal if not greater importance, however, is a contestant’s ability to master the buzzer, or, to use its proper name, the signaling device. According to statistics compiled by Andy Saunders at thejeopardyfan.com, Holzhauer successfully rang in first nearly 57 percent of the time through his first 14 wins. That’s a phenomenal percentage with two other competitors trying to do the same. But it’s his approach to the board that’s made him a true game-changer. While many players, myself included, prefer to play categories from top to bottom and try to stick to them, Holzhauer clears the big-dollar clues first. Thanks to his ability to ring in first consistently and rarely miss, he usually has a considerable total built up by the time he uncovers a daily double.”

As it stands, the reigning Jeopardy! champion is Ken Jennings, who tapped out at just over 2.5 million in 74 games. Jennings was dethroned after providing the wrong answer to a question about taxes. While Holzhauer is on track to surpass Jennings at this rate, there is no telling what question will stump the champion. Holzhauer has attributed his vast array of knowledge to children’s literature – claiming those books were easier to dive into than adult reference books. For those worried about Holzhauer’s winnings breaking the show’s bank, the streak is causing viewers to tune in more than ever, which has boosted advertising sales.

Jeopardy! is America’s favorite game show for numerous reasons. With beloved father-figure Trebek behind the podium, wholesome entertainment, and nuggets of knowledge, the program has become more than just a game show to its viewers. Jeopardy! has become part of the family during its syndication and welcomed into the homes of millions. Holzhauer’s current winning streak has breathed new excitement into the show, and amid a rocky season after Trebek’s cancer diagnosis, it is reminding viewers why they tune in in the first place. Holzhauer and Jeopardy! do not appear to be dwindling anytime soon.

Next: Jeopardy! Reportedly Searching For Alex Trebek’s Replacement

Source: USA Today


2019-04-25 02:04:46

Bethany Guerrero

10 Things Fans Still Haven’t Found in Conker’s Bad Fur Day

For those gamers that like a little mature content with their platformer games, Conker’s Bad Fur Day hits all the right buttons. Released in 2001 for the Nintendo 64, fans of Banjo Kazooie and Donkey Kong liked it both for its wide-open, immersive environments that focus on adventure gameplay, and for its mature sense of humor.  

Crass, uncouth, and greedy, Conker the squirrel just wanted to get home to his girlfriend after a night tying one on. Instead, he’s being targeted by the Panther King to be used as the..fourth leg of his throne’s side table (it’s missing, and apparently squirrels make good substitutes according to the elite). Aside from evading the Panther King’s goons, Conker dodges Nazi-like teddy bears, battles giant mountains of poo, and collects wads of cash all while cursing up a storm. Though Conker’s gameplay was simpler than other games for N64, there were still some things even true fans may have missed!

RELATED: 10 Things We Already Know About The New Nintendo Switch

10 ALL THAT SWEET CASH

From the beginning of the game until the end, cash is everywhere. And it’s not just little sheets of printed paper sprinkled around – it’s big wads wrapped in a bend, with eyes and a mouth. These cash wads are sentient, often calling out to Conkers with a variety of insults until gets close enough to collect them and explain exactly how they’ll be used.

Collecting cash isn’t all just fun and games – you need it to give Mr. Barrell at the end of the game if you want to progress. Unless you hand over $2,100 in acquired bills, you have to go back through all the levels and find it. Some players have never found it all to this day.

9 10 LIFE SQUIRREL TAIL

Squirrel tails are scattered among each level, hanging from trees or hooked on objects. When Conkers enters the Underworld after his first death, Gregg gives him his first tail and explains he’ll want to gather all the squirrel tails he can to gain an extra life.

What some fans don’t know is that some tails grant more than one life. In the “Barn Boys” gaming area, at the cheese ranch, jumping towards the back wall makes a light bulb appear. Pressing B makes Conker become an anvil and smash the rock below the bulb, revealing to him to a hidden cave and a “special tail” that grants 10 lives.

8 ALL THE CONTEXT SENSITIVE ZONES

Most fans of the game like the fact that it presents you with most of the items and weapons you need to keep progressing through it. This happens when you come in contact with context-sensitive zones, indicated by the activation of a B Button Pad and a lightbulb overhead when you press it.

RELATED: Minecraft: 20 Hidden Things Only Real Fans Know How To Find

What some fans may not realize is there are trickier context-sensitive zones to find, and those won’t have a B Button Pad in plain sight. What they will have, if you keep an eye out for them, is a light bulb above where they might be.

7 ACTIVATING THE LASER SIGHT WITH THROWING KNIVES

Though some fans didn’t take to the multiplayer aspect of CBFD, there were ways to make it more fun. One way was finding a cross-bow, activating laser aim and then standing beside some throwing knives. Do this in the multiplayer game “Raptor”, and you’ll be able to surely have your throwing knives always hit their targets.

The laser sight even helps you navigate the map. If you stray too far from base, you can use the laser to find your way back just by aiming at it.

6 BANJO AND KAZOOIE CAMEOS

Conker’s Bad Fur Day, being a popular title for Rare Games, owes some of its success to a built-in fanbase of comical adventure games starring two beloved characters, Banjo and Kazooie. Straight from their own game Banjo-Kazooie, they have cameos in Conker’s Bad Fur Day if you know where to look.

RELATED: Mega Man: The 10 Best Games In The Franchise, Ranked

Unfortunately, the cameos aren’t all fun and games. Banjo’s head is stuffed and mounted above a fireplace in the opening game menu area and Kazooie has been made into an umbrella found in the closet.

5 TORCHING BUTTERFLIES

Conkers doesn’t have the best attention span, so if you stop his movements for more than a few seconds, he’ll find something to occupy his time. Playing Gameboy, doing yo-yo tricks, browsing for bikini-clad girls in magazines, you name it. He’ll even start whistling maudlin showtunes if you take a while.

But if you take a really long time, and happen to be standing next to a bunch of butterflies, you get the unexpected pleasure of watching him torch them all with a flame thrower he keeps around for just such an occasion.

4 BECOME A TRAITOR

If you’re a fan of the multiplayer mode, go ahead and select the “War” game, Colors Mode. If you kill one of your teammates, they’ll begin attacking you, but if you can get into the enemy base, none of them will shoot you. You’ve essentially defected and can now take out more of your team from the sanctity of the base.

Should you feel like being a double agent though, you can feel free to open fire on all of the fighters in the enemy base. Just don’t grab the flag, unless you want to prepare for your “frenemies” to become vicious. This can be done for either opposing side.

3 ALL THREE KEYS

For some, the controls of Conker’s Bad Fur Day are as bothersome as the levels themselves. But for those that can master the curious camera angles and not the gameplay, one level stood out; trying to get the third key at the Bat Tower. After obtaining the first and second key, climb the ladder, and you’ll see it on the left.

Before grabbing for that, jump from the ladder to the left where you’ll find a lever. When you pull that lever, the bookshelf will open. By that measure, you can grab the key, go through the opened bookshelf, and appear at the front door of the castle.

2 DANCE WITH BERRI

In the Rock Solid sequence of the game, Conker goes to find his girlfriend Berri working at a strip club. Being Conker, he has some issues with the patrons, some issues with the bouncers, but it’s all in a day’s work for everyone’s favorite foul-mouthed squirrel. While Berri may be known for dancing in this sequence, Conker gets to bust out a few dance moves as well.

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When you locate Berri, don’t just have Conker stand there like a slack-jawed goober. If you make him jump and then stand still, Conker will do the “worm dance” and then dance with Berri after about 5 seconds.

1 THE POST CREDIT SCENE

If you stick around after the conclusion of the game, past the end credits, you get treated to an Avengers-style “post credit” scene involving Conker going on yet another bender, before stumbling out into the dawn, about to begin his “other bad fur day”, which actually was set to be the title of the sequel following Conker’s Bad Fur Day.

Unfortunately for fans of the series, when Microsoft bought Rare from Nintendo, they scrapped that idea and simply repackaged CBFD for Xbox, releasing it as Conker’s: Live and Reloaded, and fans would never know what happened to Conker that day and how he intended to rule his new domain.

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2019-04-24 05:04:26

Kayleena Pierce-Bohen

5 Cancelled Sequels and 5 Prequels We Still Want to See

Sequels and prequels seem to be a dime-a-dozen these days. Whether it’s Avengers: Endgame or Maleficent, these films continue the stories of the characters and plots we’ve already come to know and love. Often, if they’re well done — and sometimes even when they’re not — we welcome the opportunity to revisit familiar characters and their worlds.

Despite the number of sequels and prequels that are available for our viewing pleasure, though, there are some we never got to see. In some cases that was probably for the best. But in others we can only think wistfully about what might have been. Here, we’re talking about that second category: canceled sequels and prequels we still want to see.

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10 SEQUEL: HELLBOY 3

The Hellboy franchise was recently rebooted with Stranger Things’ David Harbour taking over for Ron Perlman in the lead role and Neil Marshall taking over for Guillermo del Toro in the director’s chair. The new movie was rated R and supposed to be darker and more graphic than the del Toro/Perlman version from 2004 and its 2008 sequel, The Golden Army.

Before the reboot came about though, fans were hoping for a third movie in the original series — and for a moment it looked like it might happen.  In January 2017, Del Toro announced on Twitter that both he and Perlman were in for Hellboy 3 and were planning to discuss the possibility with the character’s creator Mike Mignola. Then the next month, del Toro tweeted that the sequel wasn’t going to happen. Based on the dismal box office and critical drubbing taken by the reboot, this wasn’t for the best.

9 PREQUEL: DEACON FROST BLADE PREQUEL

Back in 2009, Stephen Dorff, who starred as villainous vampire Deacon Frost in the first Blade film in 1998 mentioned that a prequel trilogy was in the works that would focus on his character. Blade director Stephen Norrington confirmed a prequel was in development and that he planned to shoot it as soon as he finished work on a reboot of The Crow.

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Well, it’s ten years later and we’re still waiting. Not only hasn’t the Deacon Frost prequel materialized, The Crow reboot hasn’t made it out of the starting gate either. While Dorff has moved on to other projects, including the most recent season of HBO’s True Detective, Norrington hasn’t directed a film since 2003. Despite the demise of this project, there has been talk that we might see Blade at some point in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Fingers crossed.

8 SEQUEL: WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT 2

When Who Framed Roger Rabbit came out in 1988 audiences were rapturous. The zany animation/live action hybrid quickly inspired talk of a sequel. There were many attempts at scripts and ideas over the past 30 years, but they were all nixed. Then, in late 2018, director Robert Zemeckis mentioned that a complete sequel script exists, and it was good. But Disney, the owner of the character, was indifferent.

Zemeckis has actually been touting this screenplay since 2016 when he revealed that the movie would be a continuation of Roger Rabbit and his wife Jessica’s story and that it would take them from film noir to the 1950s. While Zemeckis loved the script, he lamented Disney’s lack of interest. It would be fun to revisit the world of Roger Rabbit after all this time. Although it’s possible given the long wait that the audience for a sequel could be limited.

7 PREQUEL: ALIEN: AWAKENING

When Ridley Scott decided to make a prequel to his enduringly popular Alien, fans were ecstatic. Then came 2012’s underwhelming Prometheus, which mostly just left fans befuddled. Yet, in 2017 Scott followed it up with another prequel film, Alien: Covenant. The movie was less esoteric than its predecessor but still wasn’t embraced by audiences. It fizzled at the box office.

Before Covenant ever hit theaters, Scott was already talking about another prequel in the series, Alien: Awakening. A script was already written that would have returned the action to LV-426, the planet from the original movie. There, Michael Fassbender’s unfeeling android David would come up against the Engineers introduced in Prometheus. However, preproduction was scuttled after Covenant didn’t live up to expectations and the Disney-Fox merger ended any possibility of the project moving forward. All hope isn’t lost though. During the Disney panel at CinemaCon in early April, a plan was announced to add new chapters to a set of franchises, including the Alien franchise. It would be amazing if Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley returned for another Alien installment.

6 SEQUEL: MATHILDA

Luc Besson’s 1994 film Leon: The Professional has become a cult classic. And while many fans believe the movie had the perfect ending and doesn’t need a sequel, a script for a follow-up was reportedly written that focused on Natalie Portman’s character, Mathilda. The film would have depicted the character’s evolution as she grew up and followed in Leon’s footsteps.

Both Besson and Portman were on board, but then things fell apart. Gaumont, the studio that owned the rights to the property wouldn’t let the project move forward. It’s too bad. Mathilda was an interesting character and it would have been fascinating to see more of her story.

5 PREQUEL: BOBA FETT

When Disney bought Lucasfilm, it was clear we were going to see a lot more Star Wars. Soon rumors of all sorts of sequels and prequels set in a galaxy far, far away were flying around. One of those was a Boba Fett prequel that would have told the story of the beloved bounty hunter. James Mangold, who helmed Logan, was even on board to direct. Then Solo: A Star Wars Story failed at the box office and the higher-ups at Lucasfilm were forced to reevaluate their strategy for the franchise.

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At this point, the studio has reportedly scrapped the project in favor of the upcoming Disney+ series The Mandalorian. Still, Boba Fett has seen so little screen time, it would have been fun to learn more about his backstory. And given what Mangold did for Logan, his take on the material may have led to an especially rewarding take on Boba Fett.

4 SEQUEL: TRUE LIES 2

The Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle True Lies, directed by James Cameron, centered on agent Harry Tasker’s double life as a family man and secret government agent. The movie was enormously popular when it came out in 1994. Its winning blend of action and comedy plus its amusing characters made it ripe for continuation. And for a while, it seemed like it just might happen.

At first the sequel was delayed by Cameron’s work on a little film called Titanic. Then. 9/11 happened and Cameron apparently rethought the project, believing it might not be appropriate to laugh at terrorists after the horror of the real-world events. Nonetheless, rumors of the possibility of a sequel have continued to swirl. However, with Cameron currently tied up working on the Avatar sequels it’s hard to believe True Lies 2 will ever move forward.

3 PREQUEL: THE VEGA BROTHERS

Two of auteur Quentin Tarantino’s first and most lauded films were Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. Each told a complete story and Tarantino has never made a sequel or prequel (unless you count Kill Bill, Vol. 1 & 2, but that could be considered one complete work). It turns out that the director has considered the possibility though.

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One of his ideas was to delve into the backstory of Reservoir Dogs’ Vic Vega (a.k.a. Mr. Blonde) and Pulp Fiction’s Vincent Vega. The characters, who were played by Michael Madsen and John Travolta respectively, were brothers and the prequel would have centered on their adventures in Amsterdam. In Tarantino’s hands this could have been a twisty, turny addition to his canon that shed more light on two unique characters. Alas, given the actors’ ages and Tarantino’s focus on other projects, it looks like it will never be.

2 SEQUEL: GALAXY QUEST 2

Galaxy Quest was a hysterical space opera comedy that saw a group of washed-up actors from a Star Trek-like show recruited by aliens who believe they really are the brave crew of a starship. Twenty years after its release, the movie remains beloved for its hilarious story and strong performances.  It would have been a blast to go another round with the cast.

Then, a few years ago there was talk of a potential sequel. The movie’s lead, Tim Allen, mentioned that a sequel was close to being made with the original cast returning. However, co-star Alan Rickman sadly passed away and that seemed to end the possibility of the new movie being made. The most recent word was that a Galaxy Quest series at Amazon involving both returning and new cast members was put on hold after problems at Paramount. Still, never give up, never surrender!

1 PREQUEL: FURIOSA

Mad Max: Fury Road was an unexpected delight when it premiered in 2015. Yet, while Tom Hardy’s title character was good, Charlize Theron’s character, Imperator Furiosa was a revelation. Furiosa was a tough, vulnerable woman in an unforgiving world. So fans couldn’t wait to spend more time with the character in a Furiosa-focused prequel.

Writer-director George Miller supposedly has a script ready and Theron was excited to reprise her role. Yet, there seems to have been minimal forward momentum. It was reported that a lawsuit between Miller’s production company and Fury Road studio Warner Bros could be to blame. Regardless, Miller and Theron aren’t getting any younger so the prospects of this prequel happening get dimmer with each passing day. Still, we’d love to visit Miller’s rich world again.

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2019-04-23 01:04:59

Cynthia Vinney

Anthem’s Release Still Considered Early Access, Key Content Delayed

Some bizarre information emerged from BioWare earlier today, as the development team revealed that the studio still considers Anthem to be an early access release and that nearly all of its key content from its initial roadmap will now be delayed indefinitely. The news comes hot on the heels of anticipation for the upcoming new Stronghold release, a move that would have inspired some excitement for a game that has too often been viewed as an exemplary instance of corporate greed and rushed development sinking an otherwise promising new IP.

Anthem‘s struggles are nothing new—in fact, they began in what fans initially believed to be the early access release period that saw Origin subscribers given a full week of play time before other PC, PS4, and Xbox One users were given the chance to join in. Lately, a player-made Anthem survey indicated the dire conditions that surround the game now, suggesting that over half the game’s initial playerbase had already quit the game permanently while a further third were considering leaving if something didn’t change relatively soon. After a flurry of initial Anthem patches saw developer BioWare attempt to stopgap some of the most egregious bugs and missing features, news about the game’s ongoing repair process has been strangely quiet.

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In an update posted to Reddit by Anthem team member Darokaz, staff updated fans on the status of the game as well as the silence that has been a troubling but consistent element of BioWare’s approach as of late. Troublingly, the post indicated that BioWare still inexplicably believes that Anthem is in early access release. The post then addressed Anthem Update 1.1.0, which introduced the new Stronghold called The Sunken Cell as well as a few other quality-of-life changes that have been requested for weeks now. Finally, the update dropped a bombshell on fans—a dramatic number of Act 1 features were being delayed, with little reason other than there being more pressing fixes given. Here’s what’s being delayed:

  • Mastery System
  • Guilds
  • Legendary Missions – Phase II
  • Weekly Stronghold Challenge
  • Leaderboards
  • Some Freeplay Events
  • Cataclysm

In short, nearly everything that has kept fans sticking around and hoping for something better in the near future will be delayed by BioWare as the studio continues to try and figure out how to sort out the cataclysmic mess that is Anthem. While Cataclysm was a huge focus on early content releases in the build-up to launch, its May release window is now being used to simply release information about the feature, which fans still don’t know about. The post also closes out by addressing the many complaints over Anthem‘s loot that have literally persisted since the beginning of the game’s launch, stating:

We have heard your concerns around end game loot. We agree that our loot and progressions systems need to be improved and we are working towards this. When we have more information to share, we will.

Basically, the most recent update on Anthem is that nothing is going right. Now seems to be an appropriate time for fans to panic, as months after the game’s release, the only thing Freelancers have to show for their continued support is one extra Stronghold and the promise that things will get better, just not on schedule. It’s an atonal message from a developer that already needed to do a lot to win back the faith many had placed in its ability to produce quality products, and it’s hard to imagine anything except an extremely negative backlash waiting in the wings for BioWare after the latest Anthem update brings nearly all bad news.

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Source: Darokaz


2019-04-23 01:04:37

Cody Gravelle

Mean Girls: 10 Pop Culture References That Are Still Around Today

The 2004 teen comedy movie directed by Mark Waters and written by Tina Fey, Mean Girls is one of the quintessential teen movies that absolutely everyone needs to see. The film was well received by the critics, who praised Fey for the funny and smart script and the cast for outstanding performances.

Mean Girls defined an entire generation and it’s still relevant, relatable, and popular. It has created countless, timeless pop culture references, and, with a heavy heart, we picked out the top ten. Let’s jump right into the list.

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10 RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU’VE EVER FELT PERSONALLY VICTIMIZED BY REGINA GEORGE

This line comes from the woman responsible for Mean Girls’ hilarious, smart, and memorable script, Tina Fey. After having gathered the mischievous ladies in the gymnasium, Principal Duvall realizes that Ms. Norbury – whom he describes as a successful, intelligent, caring, and graceful woman – would be more suited to help the girls sort out their problems.

When Regina interrupts Ms. Norbury’s exercises claiming she has no need to be there because she’s just a victim, Ms. Norbury responds with, “raise your hand if you’ve ever felt personally victimized by Regina George”, to which literally everyone – including faculty members, and probably some of us watching – raises their hand. This line stuck around because you can replace Regina George with basically anything and have yourself a pretty funny meme, which has been done countless times.

9 THE BURN BOOK

The item that caused chaos and mayhem at North Shore High, the so-called Burn Book was written by Regina George and the Plastics and contained rumors about all the girls (and some guys) from North Shore High. Out of vengeance, Regina framed Cady, Gretchen, and Karen for the Burn Book and released its toxic contents to the students, causing a jungle-like riot to break out.

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The Burn Book is one of the first things that come to mind when talking about Mean Girls because it’s a widely recognized symbol of the movie. Naturally, due to its popularity, the Burn Book has appeared in tons of memes.

8 THE LIMIT DOES NOT EXIST

After the dust had settled from the whole Burn Book Incident, Cady started making amends to the people who have been hurt by the vicious book. She patched things up with Ms. Norbury and ended up participating in the mathlete championship. Cady was selected for the sudden-death round, answered correctly, and North Shore High won.

The answer to the winning question, “the limit does not exist” became one of the film’s most popular quotes due to its overwhelming applicability. For example, how many times can we quote Mean Girls? The limit does not exist.

7 YOU CAN’T JUST ASK PEOPLE WHY THEY’RE WHITE

When Cady first introduced herself to the Plastics, the trio was fascinated that she has spent most of her life in Africa and has never attended public school. While the others moved on from the Africa reveal, Karen was perplexed that Cady had white skin and bluntly asked, “if you’re from Africa, why are you white?”

Sparing poor Cady of having to explain the obvious to the oblivious Karen, Gretchen said: “oh my God, Karen, you can’t just ask people why they’re white”. Their brief exchange is one of Mean Girls’ most memorable scenes and has been used to create tons of funny memes.

6 YOU CAN’T SIT WITH US

The Plastics have a dress code that all members of their group must obey. The rules are as follows: 1) Wednesdays are for pink; 2) you can’t wear a tank top two days in a row; 3) you can only wear your hair in a ponytail once a week; and 4) you can only wear sweatpants or jeans on Fridays.

When Regina started putting on weight from the Kälteen Bars Cady supplied her with, she came to school on a Monday wearing sweatpants because nothing else fit her. Since Cady had been working on turning the girls against the Queen Bee, Karen and Gretchen confronted Regina about the sweatpants, prompting the latter to let out a shrieking “you can’t sit with us” – a line that became one of the most iconic Mean Girls references.

5 GET IN LOSER, WE’RE GOING SHOPPING

Mean Girls is a film packed to the brim with quotable lines and “get in loser, we’re going shopping” is one of them. When Cady first joined the Plastics, Regina pulled up in a convertible sports car, yelling out the now-iconic line. Fans of the film loved it and the line became one of the most well-known references to the movie, eventually becoming a meme.

From Doctor Who standing by the TARDIS captioned “get in loser, we’re going time traveling” to Penguin pulling up to Nygma captioned “get in friend, we’re going murdering”, this Regina George line has given us lots of hilarious memes.

4 ON WEDNESDAYS, WE WEAR PINK

When Regina heroically rescues Cady from unwanted sexual advances made by a skeezy student, she invites the new girl to sit with the Plastics. Regina finds Cady interesting so the Plastics decide to invite her to have lunch with them every day for the rest of the week. Karen then shares one of the Plastics’ most important rules, “on Wednesdays, we wear pink”.

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The line stuck with the fans and became one of the most popular Mean Girls quotes. When the film celebrated its tenth anniversary on April 30, 2014, which happened to be a Wednesday, fans around the world wore pink to show their undying love for this iconic film.

3 SHE DOESN’T EVEN GO HERE

Damian delivered quite a few zingers – from the pink shirt to Glen Coco, and Danny DeVito. And, of course, the one we’re talking about here: “she doesn’t even go here”.

After the school turned into a battlefield, Principal Duvall summoned all the female junior students to the gymnasium. Ms. Norbury had the girls write apologies to the people they’ve hurt and one girl took the opportunity to pour out the many feelings she had. She teared up talking about elementary school, cakes, and rainbows until Damian pointed out that “she doesn’t even go here”. This iconic line, made even funnier by Damian’s incognito appearance, has been immortalized on T-shirts, memes, gifs, and stands as one of the most well-known references to the film.

2 YOU GO, GLEN COCO!

Why exactly this line became a thing, it’s impossible to tell. For whatever reason – be it Daniel Franzese’s hilarious delivery or Tina Fey’s uncanny ability for crafting one-liners – this seemingly throwaway line surprisingly turned into one of the movie’s most memorable quotes.

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Glen Coco is a minor character who we know nothing about – except that he’s either very popular or just really likes himself – yet this hilarious one-liner delivered by Damian made Glen Coco a fan-favorite. Fifteen years since the movie’s release, and “Four for you, Glen Coco! You go, Glen Coco!” is just as quotable and hilarious as it was back in the day.

1 FETCH

While this awesome movie has given us tons of memorable phrases and quotes, the most memorable term has to be “fetch”. Derived probably from the word “fetching”, meaning attractive, “fetch” is a new expression for “cool” Gretchen Wieners kept trying to make the new it-word. However, the Queen Bee was having none of it, firmly declaring that it’s not going to happen.

Well, the joke’s on her, because it’s been fifteen years since Mean Girls came out and “fetch” is still a well-known pop culture reference thanks to generations of fans who, indeed, made it happen.

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2019-04-21 03:04:46

Irina Curovic

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

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

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

Spoilers for The Magicians Season Four finale ahead!

10 DISMANTLING THE HERO’S JOURNEY FOR GOOD

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

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

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

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

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

8 ELIOT IS NO LONGER POSSESSED

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

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

7 EVERETT IS DESTROYED

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

6 MAGIC LEVELS HAVE BEEN RESTORED

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

5 MARGOT AND JOSH ARE OFFICIAL

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

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

4 KADY LEADS THE HEDGE WITCHES

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

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

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

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

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

2 UNADDRESSED: CAN JULIA FORGIVE PENNY-23?

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

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

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

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


2019-04-20 01:04:18

Joshua Dean Perry