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Star Trek: 10 Times Voyager Broke Our Hearts | ScreenRant

Star Trek: Voyager, the first spin-off of Star Trek: Next Generation (itself a spin-off of sorts from the original series) began with a dismal premise. The captain and crew of the Federation starship Voyager gets hurtled into the Delta Quadrant, considered the frontier of the Star Trek Universe, a relatively unexplored place beyond Federation arbitration. To reach home, it will take 75 years, in which case most of the crew would be dead before they ever saw the Alpha Quadrant.

RELATED: Star Trek: 10 Times TNG Broke Our Hearts

Introducing a new ship and crew under these circumstances seemed like a set-up for truly tragic storylines, which seemed natural given the inherent despondency of their situation. Voyager had some of the saddest episodes in Star Trek, compounded by the fact that the crew seemed unable to escape an inevitable fate. Better replicate yourself some tissues, because here come ten of the most heartbreaking storylines.

10 KNOWING HARRY KIM WAS NEVER THE “REAL” HARRY KIM

In one of the most brutal and suspenseful episodes of Voyager’s second season, the ship encounters a spatial rift in a nebula, and suffers massive damage from unknown proton bursts. There are heavy casualties, including Ensign Harry Kim and a baby, Naomi Wildman. The rift also creates a “quantum double” of Voyager, allowing the two crews to view each other at the same time like a mirror.

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Soon the “undamaged” Voyager is in the same trouble as its damaged double, as Vidiians board it and start harvesting vital organs from the crew. Its Captain Janeway at the last moment orders her Harry Kim, and baby Naomi, through the rift to complete the other crew. Harry spends the series wondering if he’s really aboard his Voyager.

9 THE SAD FATE OF ICHEB

Without a doubt, the Borg are a species that must be stopped. Their quest for efficiency and perfection by assimilating everyone they came in contact with would have meant galactic destruction. Starfleet thought of many ways to take them down, including infecting their Collective with a virus.

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The virus came in the form of an adolescent, a boy named Icheb, who befriended Seven of Nine. He came to find out that the only reason for his existence was to deliver a virus to the Borg by being assimilated and making sure it infected all of them. Seven of Nine’s goodbye to a boy who just wanted to be normal is gut-wrenching.

8 TUVOK TRYING TO SHAVE AFTER GOING BLIND

“Year of Hell” is often cited as one of the top 10 Voyager episodes of all time, and for good reason. When the crew is faced with repeated shelling bombardment  by the ships of the Krenim Imperium with dwindling weapon capabilities, their already desperate situation becomes even more desperate.

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Voyager stands up to weeks of battle after drifting into Krenim-occupied space, and with each new hit, circumstances become more bleak. There is a quiet moment where Tuvok, now blind from a torpedo blast, attempts to shave with a straight razor unassisted, to prepare for his “morning rounds” amidst a rubble-strewn ship.

7 WHEN SEVEN OF NINE RELIVES ASSIMILATED MEMORIES

As a Borg, Seven of Nine was part of the hive-mind of the Collective, with the voices and thoughts of the hundreds of thousands of species the Borg assimilated in their pursuit of galactic domination. In one disturbing episode, she starts taking on the personalities of these individuals.

There’s an old woman whose son has recently joined Starfleet. She wants Voyager to pass on the message that she’s alive (the real woman has long since been assimilated and would sooner assimilate her son at this point). She also assumes the personality of a girl that was assimilated, at an age similar to when Seven herself was taken, now reliving a childhood she was robbed of.

6 WHEN THE E.M.H.’s DAUGHTER DIES

In an effort to experience all the happiness and sadness, trials, and tribulations of the human experience, Voyager’s holographic doctor writes himself a holodeck program that gives him a real family. He has a wife and two children he comes home to every day, allowing him to experience some level of human normalcy.

His daughter has an accident, shattering his bucolic existence. When her brain is hemorrhaging faster that he can save her, he faces the reality that she will die. He desperately wants to end the program but Tom Paris warns that to truly understand what it means to be human, he has to face the emotional burden.

5 WHEN TUVIX BEGS FOR HIS LIFE

An unfortunate transporter accident merges Tuvok and Neelix together into a single entity, who decides to be called “Tuvix” for the remainder of the episode of the same name. With aspects of each man in his personality and appearance, the crew adjusts to his presence as Captain Janeway decides how to reverse the accident.

When it comes time for the ship’s doctor to perform the procedure, Tuvix refuses, calling it an “execution.” He declares his right as an individual, which has been a central focal point for many Star Trek series. His pitiful attempts to get a single crew member on the bridge to defend him in his right to life is truly heartbreaking.

4 WHEN JANEWAY FINDS OUT HER HUSBAND MOVED ON

Being stranded in the Delta Quadrant with her crew, it’s natural for Captain Janeway to think that life has moved on for the rest of the world as she knows it. It’s been four years by the time “Hunters” takes place, but the crew are given a spark of hope when they find a way to communicate with loved ones back home.

Janeway receives a letter from Mark, her fiance on Earth, who explains that while he held out as long as he could, he’s recently married someone else. Janeway compartmentalizes the devastating news and collects herself as a sterling Starfleet officer.

3 WHEN NEELIX LEAVES THE SHIP

Though some viewers may have found Neelix’s boundless enthusiasm and goofy humor annoying, his cheer in the face of adversity did more for the crew of Voyager than they realized. 

When it’s time for Neelix to leave the ship and join a colony of his people, he thinks he can slink quietly to a turbolift. He doesn’t expect the entire crew to create a gauntlet, at the end of which is Captain Janeway, who greets him as “Ambassador.” 

2 WHEN THE CREW OF VOYAGER DIES

In “Course Oblivion” during Season 5, the crew of Voyager is cloned by a life form on a demon planet that presents as a silvery substance. The “fake” crew develop a highly advanced warp drive and leave for Earth, now able to get there in a matter of weeks. They celebrate Tom and B’Elanna’s wedding below decks, until unexpected turbulence stops the ceremony.

The advanced warp core of the ship destabilizes, and they discover by trying to repair it that they aren’t the real crew. As they run out of time, each crew member dies one by one, desperately trying to preserve even the memory of their existence, and the schematics for the advanced warp core. When the original Voyager answers their distress call, they find nothing but a massive collection of silvery debris.

1 B’ELANNA TRYING TO SURGICALLY REMOVE HER BABY’S CRANIAL RIDGES

Growing up half human and half Klingon, B’elanna Torres didn’t exactly have a traditional or normal upbringing. She felt isolation from both human and Klingon communities.

When she finds out she’s pregnant with Tom Paris’s child in the last season of Voyager, and knowing that Klingon genes are dominant, she tries to do everything in her power to have the ridges surgically removed from her baby’s forehead. She breaks down in Sickbay telling Tom she doesn’t want to drive him away like she did her father.

NEXT: Star Trek: 10 Voyager Storylines That Were Never Resolved


2019-07-15 01:07:56

Kayleena Pierce-Bohen

Supernatural: 7 Times Castiel Was The Best Character (And 3 Times He Was The Worst)

Sam and Dean Winchester are the main characters of Supernatural, but it was Castiel who first nabbed the People’s Choice Award for Best Sci-Fi character from the show due to his immense popularity. Castiel was originally only supposed to be a recurring character but has now been a staple for the show for over a decade.

There are definite Castiel moments and attributes that make him the best character on Supernatural, and it’s always nice to have a reminder as to why. However, there are also moments he could’ve been counted as a weak character too, and this list will tell you that as well.

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10 Best: Saving Dean From The Future

Castiel’s turn toward the heroes’ side was solidified in this episode, where he first truly displayed his penchant for loyalty by saving Dean from a potential loop into the future. Dean had earlier been forced to visit an alternate future by Zachariah, at the end of which the latter once again planned to send Dean on another adventure, only for Castiel to do the rescue job.

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We were led to believe Castiel’s role was minimal, with him being cast as comic relief earlier on as he was made to wait for hours by the side of the road when Dean told him to wait for the right time to pick him up. However, staying true to his word, Castiel rescued Dean by teleporting him out of Zachariah’s clutches.

9 Best: Being The Only One To Unconditionally Love Jack

Castiel had made a promise to Kelly Kline that he would look out for her son, and he’s so far kept that promise two years on. In fact, Jack is now a son to Castiel, who has always loved the boy unconditionally.

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And by unconditionally, we really do mean that, because Castiel has overlooked any act of maliciousness Jack might have done due to his love for him. Even after Jack accidentally killed Mary, Castiel was the only one of the main characters to see Jack for the inherent goodness that was within him. It was this act that confirmed to us that Castiel was so much purer than Sam or Dean in personality.

8 Worst: Trying To Kill Jesse

Having good intentions doesn’t really justify wanting to kill a child, and Castiel would’ve done just that had he had his way. In Season 5, Castiel arrived to take the life of Jesse, who was supposed to turn into the Anti-Christ. 

Sensing that killing a child would mean saving thousands of others, Castiel prepared himself to kill the boy; he was unsuccessful, as Jesse was too powerful. It was just luck that allowed Jesse to walk free because Castiel was adamant in taking the life of a child. Now that’s not something you want from a good guy character, is it?

7 Best: Retrieving Claire

Even though the main guys are the protagonists of the series, they’ve developed a high sense of apathy when it comes to the vessels of the angels and demons. Castiel totally ignored Claire’s prayers for him to bring her father back, but at least he tried to make amends.

In Season 10, Castiel tracked Claire down in a child services institute after years of suffering the consequences to Castiel possessing Claire’s father. He didn’t need to do it, but Castiel tried his best to be like a father to Claire anyway, resulting in her eventually being placed with Jody Mills, where Claire now has a surrogate family that loves her very much.

6 Best: Watching The Pizza Man

The source of awkward comedy on Supernatural are Sam and Castiel, with the latter being the unquestioned master of this. He’s easily confused by every human societal custom, and his lack of awareness leads to him being adorably ignorant.

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In this instance, Castiel came across some adult-oriented video on TV, while Dean and Sam were sitting right behind him. The only question Castiel had, though, was why the Pizza man kept “punishing” the customer. After Samuel Campbell inquired why he was watching the video, Castiel refused to talk about it because Dean told him dudes don’t do that. Now that’s the kind of innocence we so love and adore about Castiel.

5 Worst: Helping In Removing The Mark Of Cain

The entirety of Season 10 seemed to be built around making us see the main characters as antagonists. In order to remove the Mark of Cain from Dean, these guys would do rather horrendous things, rather than sacrifice Dean for the greater good.

The worst moment was when Castiel assisted in kidnapping Oskar, the only boy Rowena had genuine love for, and then watched as they made Rowena kill Oskar in order to make the spell to remove the Mark of Cain work. This was probably the lowest the main characters could sink to, and Castiel was a willing party to it. He has Oskar’s blood on his hands.

4 Best: Turning On The Angels

In the majority of Season 4, Castiel worked for the other angels and it was a slow turn for him to start to sympathize with Dean. We saw glimpses of Castiel wanting to walk away from the angels’ plans, but he remained loyal until the last episode.

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It was here that Castiel won everyone’s hearts, as he quietly helped Dean by creating an angel banishing sigil and cast Zachariah out long enough to inform Dean that Lilith was the last seal. His epic moment arrived when he told Dean “I’ll hold them off. I’ll hold them all off!” when Raphael was arriving to kill them. It was at this point we knew Castiel would be becoming our favorite angel.

3 Best: Being Loyal To Both Sam And Dean

Even Sam and Dean haven’t been as loyal to one another as Castiel has been to them. We’ve seen the brothers fight and separate several times, but Castiel has never done that. No matter how they treat him, Castiel is always willing to accept them. 

And it’s not just loyalty to solely Dean or just to Sam, as we’ve seen Castiel stick around with the Winchester who is right in that particular situation. In Season 9, Castiel stayed with Sam when the latter was hurt Dean had used him with Gadreel; in Season 5, Castiel was with Dean when Dean was hurting over Sam’s actions in Season 4. This kind of loyalty is what we’d all love to have in our lives.

2 Worst: Being Nerfed

Since Season 7, Castiel has been on the show mainly because the fans love him; other than that, he’s been weakened so hard that his role has been reduced to being a punching bag for new antagonists.

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It’s gotten to the point that it’s infuriating to see Castiel being beaten down so easily, and him matching up against anyone is a cause of exasperation than excitement because we know he’s just going to lose. The showrunners need to make him strong as he used to be, otherwise Castiel’s quality will be even further reduced than it has been.

1 Best: His Introduction

There’s never been a more epic introduction for a character on Supernatural than the one Castiel got. It was built up first, with Castiel’s true visage destroying the station Dean was in, before Pamela had her eyes burned out when she tried to perceive Castiel in his angel form.

His first appearance in the flesh was awesome, too, as Castiel strutted in to greet Bobby and Dean, both of whom were easily incapacitated. Castiel’s monotone style of talking made him a mysterious stranger we wanted to know about and Supernatural was shot up in scale when Castiel proclaimed he was sent to Earth by God.

NEXT: 10 Times Supernatural Ignored Its Own Canon


2019-07-15 01:07:47

Saim Cheeda

10 Times Twilight Ignored Its Own Canon | ScreenRant

We’re talking about Twilight once again! Whether you’re a fan of the series, you love to hate it, or you just genuinely hate it, there are still plenty of things to investigate and look at when it comes to this franchise. At the end of the day, no matter how you feel about the books and movies, they are an undeniable part of our pop culture.

Related: Twilight: 10 Things In The Movies That Only Make Sense If You Read The Books

For better or for worse, Twilight is a permanent part of the lexicon and nearly everyone has some kind of experience with it. That said, there were several times when the series ignored its own established canon and we’re taking a look at them right in this list.

10 Jasper is somehow able to alter Bella’s emotions

One of the reasons Edward initially became attracted to Bella was because she was unaffected by his mind-reading powers. It soon became common knowledge in the Twilight canon that Bella was impervious to all the special gifts vampires have. So then, if that’s the case, then how is it Jasper was able to manipulate Bella’s emotions on one more than one occasion?

Are we to believe that Jasper’s emotional manipulation powers are more powerful than the Volturi vampires who couldn’t effect Bella Swann? It doesn’t seem realistic that Jasper is somehow more skilled than vampires much older and stronger than him.

9 Bella didn’t follow any of the newborn vampire rules

From the very first book, newborn vampires were a thing to be feared. They were supposedly more vicious, cruel, and had insane strength and speed. Newborns would take years to be able to control their bloodlust and decades to blend in with humans, if ever.

Related: 10 Things From Twilight That Haven’t Aged Well

This was one of the big reasons Edward feared turning Bella into a vampire. He knew if she ever accidentally hurt someone while in her frenzied state, she would never forgive herself. Yet when Bella becomes a vampire, she is able to adapt to the life of being an immortal being with a weird amount of finesse and hardly any side effects.

8 Were Alice’s vampire senses forgotten about?

In the first book and movie, there is a moment when Bella is coaxed into going to visit James alone. Obviously, he is after Bella and hopes to get her away from the Cullens so he can feed on her and ultimately kill her. He threatens to kill Bella’s mother if she doesn’t comply with his demands.

However, this entire conversation takes place on a phone while Alice is merely in the next room. You would think she could just use her super-heightened vampire hearing to listen in on Bella regularly, or in general, and make sure nothing happened to her or no one tried to get in touch with her from the outside beyond Edward.

7 Vampires are not supposed to be able to have children

It is stated in canon that vampires cannot procreate. Considering the fact they’re dead and have no running blood to speak of, it’s hard to figure out how they are even able to have relations, to begin with. But overlooking that, since romance has long since been a part of vampire lore, how was the canon so radically shifted to allow for Edward and Bella to conceive a child in the fourth book in the series?

It’s a pretty massive breaking of the rules instituted by this universe from the get-go. Did the author simply not care anymore? Not much was done to explain how this medical mystery happened, it just does.

6 How are vampires able to have any physical contact with humans?

Another big part of the vampire descriptions in the universe is a repeated phrasing that they are built hard as stone. Even Bella claims kissing Edward was a little like kissing a statue made of marble.

Related: Twilight: 10 Bella And Edward Memes That Are Too Hilarious For Words

If this is the case, then not only does it make it hard to imagine hugging or kissing someone like that, but how is Carlisle able to do anything as a doctor and have no one catch on to the fact there is something supernatural about him? Think about it, he deals with touching people and examining them on a regular basis. Wouldn’t it be weird to have someone with hands hard as rocks probing your skin?

5 Werewolves don’t actually care about human lives

Part of the reason the werewolves considered themselves so superior to the Cullens, and all vampires for that matter, is due to their empathy and love for humans in the area. Except, the truth is, the werewolves don’t pay any more attention to human affairs or human deaths than the Cullens did.

The only humans they really care about were the ones immediately in their inner circle, those they loved or cared about. Otherwise, the greater Forks area at large was on their own when it came from outside threats. Sure, the supernatural creatures would try to stop it but they never stopped to show much empathy for the victims.

4 Jasper was able to control his bloodlust then suddenly he can’t

It’s not a surprise that Jasper has the most difficult time out of all the Cullens with controlling his bloodlust, he’s the youngest Cullen so it makes sense. However, his bloodlust has been written inconsistently multiple times in the Twilight universe.

Related: Kristen Stewart Most Iconic Movie Roles, Ranked

The tipping point comes when Bella gets a paper cut at her birthday party and Jasper tries to attack her, which causes Edward and the Cullens to pick up and leave town because he’s afraid of her getting hurt. But before that, Jasper would go through regular school days with blood all around him and when James attacked Bella and she almost bled out, he didn’t react nearly as badly as he did to a minor paper cut.

3 Dmitri can’t track Bella but James could

In Breaking Dawn, the vampire Dmitri struggles to track Bella because of her ability where she can block people out of her mind. That’s not weird or out of the ordinary. We know Bella has a special gift that allows her to be immune to any and all vampire abilities (supposedly).

However, in the first book, James was able to track Bella because of her scent. Why would he have been able to track her and Dmitri cannot? Even if Dmitri was using a “gift” and James wasn’t, then theoretically he could use her scent. Something about these two events doesn’t match up.

2 Alice can’t see werewolves in her visions until she can

This was actually originally pointed out years ago by MTV, but in Breaking Dawn, one of the most climatic scenes in the film is the ending when Alice has a premonition of how the final battle will play out between the Cullens, their friends, and the Volturi.

The thing is, it was established far earlier in the series that Alice is not able to see werewolves in her visions. Prior to this point, werewolves always showed up as a blurry patch for her. Yet during the portrayal of this vision, suddenly all the werewolves are there in HD quality. So what gives?

1 The sparkling is inconsistent

The big famous thing about Twilight is that the vampires sparkle. Even people who may not have ever seen the films or read the books probably know that fact. If the vampires go in direct sunlight, they will be so blindingly luminescent, it is impossible for people to think they’re human any longer.

When the days are extra sunny, the Cullens would go on hunting trips and skip school. But even when they were in the sunlight, you would think they might sparkle at least a little bit, and they don’t. The only time we ever see them sparkle is when they deliberately try to show someone, like when Edward shows Bella, making it seem more like a choice than anything else.

Next: Twilight: 10 Facts About Edward They Leave Out In The Movies


2019-07-14 01:07:44

Madison Lennon

10 Times Twilight Ignored Its Own Canon | ScreenRant

We’re talking about Twilight once again! Whether you’re a fan of the series, you love to hate it, or you just genuinely hate it, there are still plenty of things to investigate and look at when it comes to this franchise. At the end of the day, no matter how you feel about the books and movies, they are an undeniable part of our pop culture.

Related: Twilight: 10 Things In The Movies That Only Make Sense If You Read The Books

For better or for worse, Twilight is a permanent part of the lexicon and nearly everyone has some kind of experience with it. That said, there were several times when the series ignored its own established canon and we’re taking a look at them right in this list.

10 Jasper is somehow able to alter Bella’s emotions

One of the reasons Edward initially became attracted to Bella was because she was unaffected by his mind-reading powers. It soon became common knowledge in the Twilight canon that Bella was impervious to all the special gifts vampires have. So then, if that’s the case, then how is it Jasper was able to manipulate Bella’s emotions on one more than one occasion?

Are we to believe that Jasper’s emotional manipulation powers are more powerful than the Volturi vampires who couldn’t effect Bella Swann? It doesn’t seem realistic that Jasper is somehow more skilled than vampires much older and stronger than him.

9 Bella didn’t follow any of the newborn vampire rules

From the very first book, newborn vampires were a thing to be feared. They were supposedly more vicious, cruel, and had insane strength and speed. Newborns would take years to be able to control their bloodlust and decades to blend in with humans, if ever.

Related: 10 Things From Twilight That Haven’t Aged Well

This was one of the big reasons Edward feared turning Bella into a vampire. He knew if she ever accidentally hurt someone while in her frenzied state, she would never forgive herself. Yet when Bella becomes a vampire, she is able to adapt to the life of being an immortal being with a weird amount of finesse and hardly any side effects.

8 Were Alice’s vampire senses forgotten about?

In the first book and movie, there is a moment when Bella is coaxed into going to visit James alone. Obviously, he is after Bella and hopes to get her away from the Cullens so he can feed on her and ultimately kill her. He threatens to kill Bella’s mother if she doesn’t comply with his demands.

However, this entire conversation takes place on a phone while Alice is merely in the next room. You would think she could just use her super-heightened vampire hearing to listen in on Bella regularly, or in general, and make sure nothing happened to her or no one tried to get in touch with her from the outside beyond Edward.

7 Vampires are not supposed to be able to have children

It is stated in canon that vampires cannot procreate. Considering the fact they’re dead and have no running blood to speak of, it’s hard to figure out how they are even able to have relations, to begin with. But overlooking that, since romance has long since been a part of vampire lore, how was the canon so radically shifted to allow for Edward and Bella to conceive a child in the fourth book in the series?

It’s a pretty massive breaking of the rules instituted by this universe from the get-go. Did the author simply not care anymore? Not much was done to explain how this medical mystery happened, it just does.

6 How are vampires able to have any physical contact with humans?

Another big part of the vampire descriptions in the universe is a repeated phrasing that they are built hard as stone. Even Bella claims kissing Edward was a little like kissing a statue made of marble.

Related: Twilight: 10 Bella And Edward Memes That Are Too Hilarious For Words

If this is the case, then not only does it make it hard to imagine hugging or kissing someone like that, but how is Carlisle able to do anything as a doctor and have no one catch on to the fact there is something supernatural about him? Think about it, he deals with touching people and examining them on a regular basis. Wouldn’t it be weird to have someone with hands hard as rocks probing your skin?

5 Werewolves don’t actually care about human lives

Part of the reason the werewolves considered themselves so superior to the Cullens, and all vampires for that matter, is due to their empathy and love for humans in the area. Except, the truth is, the werewolves don’t pay any more attention to human affairs or human deaths than the Cullens did.

The only humans they really care about were the ones immediately in their inner circle, those they loved or cared about. Otherwise, the greater Forks area at large was on their own when it came from outside threats. Sure, the supernatural creatures would try to stop it but they never stopped to show much empathy for the victims.

4 Jasper was able to control his bloodlust then suddenly he can’t

It’s not a surprise that Jasper has the most difficult time out of all the Cullens with controlling his bloodlust, he’s the youngest Cullen so it makes sense. However, his bloodlust has been written inconsistently multiple times in the Twilight universe.

Related: Kristen Stewart Most Iconic Movie Roles, Ranked

The tipping point comes when Bella gets a paper cut at her birthday party and Jasper tries to attack her, which causes Edward and the Cullens to pick up and leave town because he’s afraid of her getting hurt. But before that, Jasper would go through regular school days with blood all around him and when James attacked Bella and she almost bled out, he didn’t react nearly as badly as he did to a minor paper cut.

3 Dmitri can’t track Bella but James could

In Breaking Dawn, the vampire Dmitri struggles to track Bella because of her ability where she can block people out of her mind. That’s not weird or out of the ordinary. We know Bella has a special gift that allows her to be immune to any and all vampire abilities (supposedly).

However, in the first book, James was able to track Bella because of her scent. Why would he have been able to track her and Dmitri cannot? Even if Dmitri was using a “gift” and James wasn’t, then theoretically he could use her scent. Something about these two events doesn’t match up.

2 Alice can’t see werewolves in her visions until she can

This was actually originally pointed out years ago by MTV, but in Breaking Dawn, one of the most climatic scenes in the film is the ending when Alice has a premonition of how the final battle will play out between the Cullens, their friends, and the Volturi.

The thing is, it was established far earlier in the series that Alice is not able to see werewolves in her visions. Prior to this point, werewolves always showed up as a blurry patch for her. Yet during the portrayal of this vision, suddenly all the werewolves are there in HD quality. So what gives?

1 The sparkling is inconsistent

The big famous thing about Twilight is that the vampires sparkle. Even people who may not have ever seen the films or read the books probably know that fact. If the vampires go in direct sunlight, they will be so blindingly luminescent, it is impossible for people to think they’re human any longer.

When the days are extra sunny, the Cullens would go on hunting trips and skip school. But even when they were in the sunlight, you would think they might sparkle at least a little bit, and they don’t. The only time we ever see them sparkle is when they deliberately try to show someone, like when Edward shows Bella, making it seem more like a choice than anything else.

Next: Twilight: 10 Facts About Edward They Leave Out In The Movies


2019-07-14 01:07:44

Madison Lennon

Stranger Things: 10 Times Eleven And Hopper Gave Us All The Feels

When Stranger Things first debuted on Netflix in the summer of 2016, no one could have possibly predicted that the relationship between curmudgeonly Chief of Police Jim Hopper and the gifted little hero Eleven would become one of the series’ most pivotal stories. Stranger Things has always been driven by the friendship between its core child characters, but the unexpected father-daughter bond that was forged between two of the series’ most damaged characters, without question, absolutely stole the show.

RELATED: Stranger Things: 5 Best Supporting Characters (& 5 Worst)

As a result of their unexpected connection, Hopper and Eleven both grew leaps and bounds as characters and as people, opening themselves up to emotions that they’d never experienced before or had purposefully cut themselves off from. Given the way Stranger Things 3 ended, it’s possible we may have sadly seen the last of this dynamic duo, so we’re taking a look back at the ten scenes these two shared that gave us all the feels.

10 Triple decker Eggo extravaganzas

It was a heartwarming and totally shocking surprise when, at the end of the second season’s first episode, it was revealed that Eleven was alive, and safe, and in the company of Chief Jim Hopper. It was clear that these two cared for each other a lot already, settling into comfortable dinner routines with frozen TV dinners and Eggos for dessert.

Hopper shared lessons about life and how to communicate properly with her, and the two discussed Halloween plans and the nature of compromise. He even once playfully ruffled her hair, earning him a signature embarrassed daughter smile, as they shared a meal of Eggos. And like a true dad trying to win his daughter’s forgiveness, he once even bribes her over a breakfast of triple decker Eggo extravaganzas.

9 Moving in together

After Hopper discovered Eleven hiding in the woods of Hawkins during the second season, he quickly took the young girl under his wing, moving with her into a secure cabin in the woods. A montage in the third episode of the season, “The Pollywog,” flashes back to Hopper and El settling into their new home, and it’s absolutely adorable.

Starting off with the now iconic Hopper dance sequence, where Hop plays “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim” by Jim Croce on the turntables, Hopper and Eleven take turns sweeping the cabin, try out Morse code signaling devices and the television, play board games together, and Hop even stocks the freezer with Eggos.

8 “You did good, kid. You did so good.”

Given the sheer physical strain of Eleven’s powers, it’s no surprise that she’s often totally exhausted and almost barely lucid after she’s required to use them to save the day. In the second season finale, Eleven roars with telekinetic fury when she closes the Gate in Hawkins Lab. As soon as the act is done, she practically collapses into Hopper’s waiting arms.

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

As she cries and clings to him for dear life, he lets her know just how proud of her he is, and how clearly relieved he is that she survived the ordeal: You did good, kid. You did so good.” When she snuggles into him further, and he even begins to show the signs of welling up with tears, it’s virtually impossible to do anything other than cry right along with them.

7 A welcome home hug

The second season’s seventh episode, “The Lost Sister,” was an incredibly polarizing installment in the series. But Eleven’s journey of self-discovery and reinvention would lead to one of the most touching moments shared between the future father-daughter duo. As soon as Eleven returned to Hawkins and saved the day again, Hopper was one of the first people to embrace her.

Even though the duo had been at odds, and were still angry with each other for their respective disappearing acts, they quickly melted into each other in a warm bear hug. The relief was clear as day in both of their expressions, for very many reasons.

6 “You are like Papa.”

In the second season of the series, Eleven is living with Hopper in the woods, and unable to interact with her friends or let them know she is even still alive. Time and again, Hopper promises her that she’ll be able to leave soon, and that she’ll be able to see her friends, soon. But in the fourth episode of the season, “Will the Wise,” a total blowout fight ensues.

Eleven makes her frustration with Hopper’s refusal to let her go out in the world known, even leveling him with the harsh accusation that he’s just like Papa, the mercilessly cruel Dr. Brenner. The two scream at each other for minutes, going back and forth in a war of words and, eventually, objects, as Eleven begins to throw things at Hopper, and even blows the windows out in the cabin with her anguished screams.

5 Hopper and El hold hands at the Gate

For the majority of her life, Eleven had lived in a world devoid of comfort and support. She was seen as a machine, a weapon, not even a human being worth nurturing or caring for in any way. But as soon as she entered into the world of Hawkins’ close knit group of friends, that all changed. She had people who cared about her, believed in her, supported her and stood by her side every step of the way.

And in the second season finale, “The Gate,” Hopper was right by her side and there for her through the biggest test of her powers yet. When they went to Hawkins Lab to close the Gate to the Upside Down for good, Hopper held Eleven’s hand and remained with her, supporting her all throughout her most exhaustive display of strength yet.

4 Hopper tells Eleven about Sara

Hopper’s character has in large part been defined by the trauma he experienced as a result of the tragic death of his young daughter, Sara, and the subsequent dissolution of his marriage and his downward spiral into alcoholism and self-loathing. But throughout the series, Hop has grown and matured and opened himself back up to to the possibility of feeling again.

It’s in the second season finale that he first begins to give voice to some of these thoughts, telling a clearly shocked Eleven all about the daughter he had lost. Sara, he explains, had fallen victim to the black hole that is his life, and she was taken away from him: The black hole. It got her. And, somehow, I’ve just been scared, you know. I’ve just been scared that it would take you, too.”

3 Hopper’s message for El

A recurring theme in the early episodes of Stranger Things 2 involves the many occasions on which Hopper misses curfews and events that he had promised Eleven he would be present for. He was late for dinner, and he was late for their planned Halloween festivities. Midway through the season, Hopper finds himself quarantined in Hawkins Lab, unable to leave and return to Eleven for days on end.

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So, in the season’s sixth episode, “The Spy,” he finally attempts to reach out to her via his scanner, revealing his true feelings in a tear-jerking monologue: “I know that I’ve been gone too long, and I just want you to know that it’s not about you, and it’s not about our fight, okay? Something came up. And I will explain it all when I see you. I just want you to know that I’m not mad. I’m just sorry. About everything. I don’t want you to get hurt at all. And I don’t want to lose you. Just make sure you heat up some real food, okay? Not just Eggos. And I want you to eat all the peas, even if they’re mushy and gross. And I will be home, soon.”

2 “I need you safe.”

Eleven has always been the hero in this story, but at the end of Stranger Things 3, she’s almost entirely out of commission. After suffering a gruesome Mind Flayer induced injury, Eleven is still willing to carry on the fight in the climactic battle against the monster, vowing that it’s her duty to fight. But good old dad Hopper is having none of it.

He knows she can fight, and has seen it himself firsthand throughout the entire series. But right now, he tearfully tells her, “I need you safe.” It’s Hopper’s turn to fight, Hopper’s turn to sacrifice, and Eleven’s first real chance to have someone else save the world for a change. It’s a real change in their dynamic, and a real sign of growth for both of their characters.

1 Hopper’s letter

Hopper’s message to Eleven – one that she never heard, since she wasn’t present – in the second season was just the first of total tears-inducing monologues that we would receive from the proud papa bear. Stranger Things 3 ended with one of the series’ most heartbreaking scenes of all, as Eleven finally gets to read the emotionally honest and vulnerable speech that Hopper had written to give her regarding growing up.

Hopper shied away from actually ever delivering the speech, but seeing Eleven reading it on her own, while wearing one of Hopper’s own shirts, and with David Harbour’s narration, made the moment all the more impactful: “I left some Eggos out in the woods, and you came into my life and for the first time in a long time, I started to feel things again. I started to feel happy. But, lately, I guess I’ve been feeling distant from you. Like you’re pulling away from me or something. … But I know you’re getting older. Growing. Changing. And I guess, if I’m being really honest, that’s what scares me. I don’t want things to change.” And as we know now, with how the season ended, things have changed… possibly forever.

NEXT: Stranger Things: 10 Things That Make No Sense About Eleven


2019-07-13 01:07:36

Katerina Daley

The Simpsons: 10 Times Mr. Burns was a Good Person | ScreenRant

When it comes to villains, Charles Montgomery Burns is as evil as they come. He’s kidnapped puppies, stolen Christmas, run over Bart Simpson and much more. Despite his flaws, he is still a lonely and frail old man. As evil as he can be, even Mr. Burns has a soft side.

There have been plenty of instances in The Simpsons where his moral alignment has gone from evil to good. While it does not always last long, he has proven that even he can act like a decent human being.

Here are the 10 times that Mr. Burns was a good person.

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10 He becomes nice while he is high

Mr. Burns’ personality sometimes changes when he is exposed to certain types of medication or illicit substances. In “Team Homer”, simply sniffing traces of ether is enough to change his personality. In this state, he hallucinates people as cartoon mascots. He is also susceptible to favors, which Homer Simpson takes advantage of to get $500 from him.

In “The Springfield Files”, it is revealed that due to his advanced age Burns requires extensive medical treatments to survive. This includes injecting himself with painkillers. While in his system, his evil personality is replaced with a much kinder one. He then wanders around a forest, wishing love and peace to everyone he meets.

9 He saved Springfield Elementary from financial debt

After Springfield Elementary is tricked by the Mafia into a $200,000 debt, principal Seymore Skinner is forced to close the school. They turn to Mr. Burns for support, but he rejects their pleas.

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This forces the school to accept the aid of Kid First Industries, who uses the students to create a new Christmas toy called Funzo. While adorable, it is secretly programmed to eliminate toys made from rival companies. In the end, Burns donates the money to help save the school from its debt after being visited by three ghosts. While it may have only been brief, this moment shows that even Mr. Burns has some morality in him.

8 He has a soft spot for manatees

Considering how evil Burns is towards people, it is not that surprising that his evil extends to animals as well. On more than one occasion, he has committed severe acts of animal cruelty. However, there have been moments where he shows both mercy and concern towards certain animals like his hounds.

In “The Bonfire of the Manatees”, he appears to have a soft spot for manatees as well. After Homer uses one to take his place at work, Burns instantly takes a liking to the gentle creature. When it suffers from dehydration, Burns takes immediate action to save by giving it a bath. An activity he seems to really enjoy.

7 He was concerned for Carl’s wellbeing

In “Homer vs. Dignity”, a bored Mr. Burns takes advantage of Homer’s money troubles to entertain himself. He orders Homer to throw pudding at Lenny Leonard, causing him terrible pain much to Burns’ amusement. Satisfied, Burns promotes Homer to be his personal “prank monkey”.

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Excited, Homer throws another pudding at Carl Carlson. However, rather than laugh at his misfortune like he did Lenny, Burns shows genuine concern for Carl and berates Homer. He even takes the time to help him to an eyewash station. It is no secret that he mistreats his employees. Still, it’s reassuring to know that he has at least one favorite among them besides his assistant Waylon Smithers.

6 He thanks Homer for assaulting him

In “Homer the Smithers”, Mr. Burns appoints Homer as his temporary assistant, after he forces Smithers to go on a vacation. Due to his incompetence and stupidity, Burns constantly berates and mistreats him. Burns eventually pushes him too far, causing Homer to punch him in the face.

As a result, he becomes fearful of Homer and tries to fend for himself. Ironically, Homer’s assault proves beneficial to him as he finally learns how to do things for himself. Burns quickly adapts and embraces his newfound independence. Rather than fire Homer and have him arrested, he instead shows his gratitude and hugs him. For someone like Burns, this is kind of a big deal.

5 He helped Homer lose weight

In “King-Size Homer”, Mr. Burns starts a calisthenics program to help keep his employees in shape. Unfortunately, Homer hates it and decides to become dangerously obese so that he can work from home. This leads to a series of events where a nuclear meltdown threatens to destroy the town.

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Luckily, Homer saves everyone by using his overweight body to plug the leak and prevent the release of toxic fumes. Burns not only thanks Homer, but also promises to help him lose weight. He initially tries to do this via his exercise routines but eventually decides to pay for liposuction surgery instead, much to Homer’s joy.

4 He became a superhero

One of the most ironic things about Mr. Burns is that despite being evil, he loves reading superhero comics. In “Dark Knight Court”, after buying all the comics in The Android’s Dungeon, he decides to become a superhero himself. And thus, Fruit Bat Man was born.

Initially, the crimes he stops are fake, orchestrated by Smithers to make him happy. After Bart is falsely accused of committing a major prank, Lisa asks him for help. After he refuses, Smithers reveals his deception to him. While he is initially crushed, Burns does not give up on being a superhero. He not only comes to help Lisa but also succeeds in stopping the real culprit, Groundskeeper Willie.

3  He risked his own life to protect Lisa

Considering the events of “The Old Man and the Lisa”, you would not think that Mr. Burns and Lisa Simpson could ever get along again. In “The Seemingly Never-Ending Story”, he and Lisa end up getting chased by a wild sheep and are forced to take refuge in his attic, where he passes the time by telling her stories.

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Eventually, the sheep breaks into the attic, but Burns puts himself between it and Lisa, greatly injuring himself in the process. Although the sheep never intended to hurt Lisa, this act of self-sacrifice speaks volumes about how even Burns is willing to stand up for the little guy, or in this case Lisa.

2 He risked his life to save his fiancée

Even though Burns has money and power, the one thing he does not have is love. In “Hunka Hunka Burns in Love”, Burns falls in love with a young cop named Gloria. With Homer acting as his wingman, Burns’ successfully woes Gloria. He even manages to propose to her, which she accepts.

After Gloria is kidnapped and held hostage by her ex-boyfriend, Snake Jailbird, the house she is kept in catches fire. When Burns sees her in danger, he musters the strength to rush into the building to save her. Even though Burns ends up getting knocked unconscious, the fact remains that he surpassed his limits and risked everything to save the woman he loves.

1 He cares deeply about Smithers

Even though he does not always show it, Mr. Burns cares deeply for Smithers. In “The Blunder Years”, it is revealed that Smithers father, Waylon Smithers Sr., sacrificed himself to prevent a nuclear meltdown. Burns expresses genuine sadness over his friends passing, but smiles after an infant Smithers calls him “sir”. After this tragic event, he takes Smithers under his wing.

One the one hand, there have been times where Burns takes his relationship with Smithers for granted. However, he has shown genuine concern for Smithers health and wellbeing. While their relationship is not perfect, Burns will do anything to keep Smithers by his side.

NEXT: 10 Worst Things That Homer Simpson Has Done


2019-07-12 05:07:39

Matthew Guida

Big Bang Theory: 10 Times The Show Broke Our Hearts | ScreenRant

Big Bang Theory entertained viewers for 12 seasons as they enjoyed watching a group of geeky scientists and physicists blurt out words we couldn’t understand and discuss comic books, Star Trek, and Star Wars in greater depth than most people ever care to do.

The series was, for the most part, totally and utterly hilarious as we watched the guys try and meet girls, the girls put up with the guys’ antics, and the group go through everything from starting families to winning the Pulitzer Prize. But like any other sitcom, there were a few tough, touching, and even heartbreaking moments.

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As we finally accept that the series will not be returning with new episodes, and enjoy continuing to hear Sheldon’s voice narrating the spin-off series Young Sheldon, here’s a look at ten times the series broke our hearts instead of made us laugh.

10 When Amy Broke Up With Sheldon

Sheldon might have taken Amy for granted one too many times, but when Amy decided to call it quits, clearly a difficult decision for her, it gave us all the feels. It shocked Sheldon, finally making him realize what he had.

Or maybe he knew all along? Because breaking our hearts even more is when it was revealed that Sheldon had been keeping an engagement ring in his drawer, with obvious plans to give it to Amy some time soon. Of course as we all know, they eventually got back together. Phew!

9 When Zack Wanted Penny To Be His Surrogate

It seemed like an almost silly idea: that Penny’s ex-boyfriend would turn up, asking Penny to be a surrogate for he and his wife who are unable to have kids due to his infertility. But what really makes this story break our hearts is when Penny actually considers it and has an important discussion with Leonard about not wanting to ever have children of her own.

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Leonard’s disappointment as he tries to rectify his love for his wife with his obvious desire to be a father is truly heartbreaking. Those who watched the show right through to the end know that, spoiler alert, Penny doesn’t go through with it (and they change their mind), even after Leonard comes to terms with her decision. And Penny reveals that she’ s pregnant in the series finale, thanks to a happy accident.

8 When Sheldon Gave His Pulitzer Prize-Winning Speech

Anyone who watched the series from the beginning who didn’t shed at least a few tears at Sheldon’s Pulitzer prize speech is a complete monster! It was so touching and selfless, which are two qualities Sheldon had rarely, if ever, shown before. Instead of touting his abilities, smarts, and intellect, he turned the focus to his friends who all contributed to his success in different ways and allowed them each to take a bow.

It broke our hearts mainly because it was a major breakthrough for the character, and signaled the end of the series that has been part of the primetime line-up for 12 seasons. Photo: Michael Yarish/CBS

7 When Amy Told Sheldon People Just Tolerate Him

After Sheldon angers his friends by acting selfish, downplaying Leonard’s and Penny’s baby news, he has a heated argument in his hotel room with Amy. Livid, Amy finally tells Sheldon that he takes his friends for granted when really, they just tolerate him. Ouch.

Sheldon was clearly hurt by her statement, and finally realized that he was being a jerk and thinking of no one but himself, as he has throughout much of his adult life. It was a rude awakening for Sheldon, but just in the nick of time for him to use his Pulitzer Prize-winning speech to make good with those who have supported him along the way.

6 When Sheldon Mourned the Death of Professor Proton

Professor Proton, who had a kid’s science show when Sheldon was growing up, was a role model for him. He completely related to all of the science stuff that was discussed on the show and was glued to the television whenever it came on. Then, later in life, Sheldon actually got to meet the real Professor Proton.

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And even though Professor Proton had become nothing more than a washed out former TV star, Sheldon still idolized him. So when he learned of Professor Proton’s passing, Sheldon was understandably quite upset. In fact, it’s one of the only moments in the show when we truly see real sadness in Sheldon.

5 When Sheldon Hid In the Bathroom at His Own Surprise Birthday Party

Sheldon told all of his friends that he didn’t like surprise parties, but they didn’t listen and threw one for him anyway. It completely backfired as Sheldon ran out of the room and hid in the bathroom for the remainder of the event.

Penny being the one who was finally able to get through to Sheldon and console him in his time of need was one of the sweetest moments of the series. But it was still so sad to see how Sheldon’s past and growing up without many, if any, friends, had really affected him.

4 Whenever Leonard Saw His Mother

It was hard not to feel Leonard’s years of pain and neglect every time he came in contact with his cold and distant mother.  A respected neuroscientist and award-winning psychiatrist and author, she used Leonard as her guinea pig through much of his life, experimenting on different ways to parent to analyze the outcomes for her research.

She continued to do so even through adulthood, drudging up painful memories for Leonard. So whenever he saw her, it was heartbreaking, particularly in the last scene with the two together when Leonard finally realized that he needed to forgive her in order to move forward. They then embraced for likely the first time in a long time, if ever.

3 When Leonard and Penny Broke Up

Viewers all knew Leonard and Penny were destined to be together. So when they broke up after Leonard had worked so hard to win her affections, it was heartbreaking.

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Penny sobbed like a child because of it. But what was even more heartbreaking that it wasn’t because they fell out of love, but because Penny believed that she couldn’t be what Leonard needed, and felt she wasn’t good enough. And to twist the knife in further, it was after Leonard told her he loved her for the first time. Excuse me while I get something out of my eye.

2 When Howard Revealed Details About His Past

Break out the tissues. Howard sat the gang down and told them the story of his absent father, who abandoned he and his mother when he was 11, leaving him to spend much of his adolescence longingly waiting for his father’s return (that never came).

On his 18th birthday, Howard’s father wrote him a letter, but he revealed to the group that he destroyed it before ever reading what it said. However, not before he allowed Sheldon to read the letter.

The gang than touchingly run through scenarios with Howard about what the letter might have said. But we never really find out the truth, nor does Howard. And everyone else is just fine with that.

1 When Howard’s Mom Died

Arguably the saddest moment of the entire series was when Howard found out that has mom passed away. What made it especially sad was that all of the emotions were real, as the actor who voiced his mom passed away in real life.

It broke our hearts not only to see Howard’s reaction, but that of all of his friends. Even Sheldon was surprisingly good at consoling his friend, relating to Howard to lean on his friends to help him through, as Sheldon didn’t have any friends to support him when his own father passed away.

NEXT: Big Bang Theory: Jim Parsons Reveals Why He Didn’t Want to Return for Season 13


2019-07-11 01:07:54

Christine Persaud

Harry Potter: 6 Times Hermione Was A Good Friend (& 4 Times She Wasn’t)

Hermione Granger is one of the most important characters in Harry Potter. She’s known for her fierce intelligence and deep-rooted friendship with Harry and Ron. However, making friends didn’t always come easily to Hermione. At the beginning of her Hogwarts career, Hermione is a lone wolf. Nobody makes an effort to be friends with her, but on the flip side, Hermione doesn’t put herself out there either. It’s not until a near-death experience with a troll that unites her with Harry and Ron.

Having Hermione as a friend is definitely a plus. The girl goes to great lengths to protect and defend those she holds dear. But there are times when old know-it-all Hermione can rear her head, smug sneer and dismissive comment at the ready. Hey, nobody’s perfect though. At the end of the day, Hermione is a caring person and a swell friend. Most of the time. Here is Harry Potter: 6 Times Hermione Was A Good Friend (And 4 Times She Wasn’t).

10 Good friend: Took the rap for Harry and Ron

This was really the moment the golden trio was formed. When a dangerous troll was loose in the castle, Harry and Ron were able to use magic—with Hermione’s help—to knock it unconscious. However successful they were, the boys still broke the rules by going after the troll. Hermione protects Harry and Ron by telling the professors she went looking for the troll instead.

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She didn’t have to do this. Really, this whole fiasco started because Hermione overheard Ron making fun of her and she ran to the bathroom in tears. But she recognized Harry and Ron’s bravery for risking their lives to make sure she was okay and she wanted to return the favor. In hindsight, this would go down as one of the friends’ tamest adventures.

9 Wasn’t: Ratted Harry out to McGonagall

Hermione has an unfortunate habit of thinking she knows what’s best for people better than they do. This is perfectly demonstrated when Harry receives a Firebolt—a top-of-the-line broomstick—for Christmas from an anonymous donor. Hermione believed the mystery Santa to be escaped convict Sirius Black, then thought to be extremely dangerous.

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As always, it’s sound logic—and Hermione would be delighted to learn she was right. When Harry disagrees with her hypothesis, Hermione goes behind his back to Professor McGonagall who confiscates the broom. While Hermione’s only trying to be a good friend, this should’ve been Harry’s judgment call to make. As painful as it is—and as much as we want to be proven right—sometimes it’s best to let friends make mistakes for themselves.

8 Good friend: Used her Time-Turner to save Sirius and Buckbeak

Hermione could have gotten in major trouble for this one. As in Azkaban trouble. Using a Time-Turner is not to be taken lightly. You need approval from the Ministry of Magic and must swear to only use it for its intended purpose. However, to Hermione, saving two lives is worth the risk. When Buckbeak the Hippogriff is unjustly executed and Sirius is given the Dementor’s Kiss, all hope is lost for the gang. Harry is especially distraught.

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That’s when Hermione has one of her many strokes of genius. She uses her Time-Turner, given to her to accommodate her ludicrously packed class schedule, to go back in time with Harry in order to save both Sirius and Buckbeak’s lives. Hermione has certainly come a long way from the persnickety first-year who declared she would rather be killed than expelled.

7 Wasn’t: Belittled the death of Lavender’s pet rabbit

Some people will never be friends. From the get-go, Hermione thinks that Lavender is a frivolous ninny and Lavender thinks Hermione is a stuck-up snob. That being said, the two did share a dormitory for seven years. When Lavender is distraught over the death of her beloved rabbit Binky, Hermione could have shown much more compassion than she did. Instead, she used it as an opportunity to make a case why Divination—Lavender’s favorite subject—is hooey.

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Public service announcement: when someone is inconsolable because their pet just died…console them. As logical as she was, Hermione came across as a real jerk. Being right is all well and good, but not when it comes at the cost of basic human kindness.

6 Good friend: Helped Harry get the golden egg

While Hermione is definitely guilty of being an intellectual show-off, she has been known to use her smarts to help other people. As an unwitting contestant in the Triwizard Tournament, Harry is tasked with retrieving a golden egg from a Hungarian Horntail, a particularly vicious dragon. As a strong flyer, Harry knows his best bet is to use a Summoning Charm to retrieve his broom. The problem is, Harry is lousy at Summoning Charms.

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Enter straight-A student Hermione. She helps Harry with the charm, staying up with him until two o’clock in the morning. Not only does that take being a study-buddy to the next level, it takes their friendship to one as well.

5 Wasn’t: Dismissive of Luna

Of all people, Hermione should know what it’s like to feel lonely and alienated. As Hogwarts’ resident eccentric, Luna Lovegood is constantly made fun of for her outlandish wardrobe and off-the-wall beliefs. While Hermione isn’t leading the charge in bullying Luna, she’s certainly dismissive of her.

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The thing is, it’s fine for Hermione and Luna to have different viewpoints and values, but Hermione legitimately thinks less of Luna because she doesn’t share Hermione’s rationalism. If Hermione would put her superiority complex aside, she would notice that strange as she may be, Luna is an incredibly astute social observer. If Hermione gave their friendship a chance, she might learn to take a page out of Luna’s Quibbler and have an open mind.

4 Good friend: Fooled Dolores Umbridge

Dolores Umbridge’s brief stint as Headmistress of Hogwarts was dark and disturbing. She was a medieval disciplinarian of students, as Harry finds out when forced to write lines in his own blood. But that’s positively passive compared to what happens when Umbridge catches Harry and Hermione in her office. Umbridge is about to use the Cruciatus Curse—the torture curse—on Harry, but Hermione is able to think on her feet and prevent this from happening.

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She invents a cockamamie story about a secret weapon Dumbledore has been hiding in the Forbidden Forest. Umbridge is all ears and insists on being led to the “weapon” immediately. Once in the forest, they are approached by a group of centaurs. Umbridge can’t resist hurling speciesist insults at them, to which the centaurs don’t take too kindly. In a fit of rage, they carry Umbridge off, releasing Harry and Hermione from her tyrannical clutches. Hermione doesn’t just have book-smarts; she’s got street-smarts too and is always willing to use them for her friends.

3 Wasn’t: Asked Cormac McLaggen out to make Ron jealous

Oh, love, you fickle-minded beast. Young people will become bitter enemies before daring to admit romantic feelings to each other. Hermione and Ron have had crushes on each other for years, but it takes a boatload of hurt feelings and petty schemes before they actually get together.

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In sixth year, Ron’s insecurity reaches a boiling point. Really, he’s petrified that he’s not good enough for Hermione. However, his hormonal mind tells him the best course of action is to date Lavender Brown to make Hermione jealous. It works. One might think Hermione would be the mature one, but no. She gets her revenge by inviting Ron’s rival, Cormac McLaggen, to an exclusive Christmas party Ron isn’t invited to. It just goes to show, as brilliant as Hermione is, she doesn’t have a clue about dating.

2 Good friend: Realized the power of friendship

While Hermione becomes friends with Harry and Ron after the troll incident, there’s still a bit of a disconnect between her and the boys. Their friendship isn’t fully crystallized until they go after the Philosopher’s Stone. This is the trio’s first battle and each individual proves their incredible heroism.

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When Harry has to complete the last leg of the journey alone, he and Hermione have a heart-to-heart where Hermione shares that Harry and Ron have taught her the real value of friendship. It’s a rare moment where she lets herself be vulnerable and as a result, solidifies two lifelong friendships.

1 Good friend: Risked her life to join Harry in the final battle

Everyone who joined Harry in the final fight against Voldemort is a brave soul. But Hermione, as a Muggle-born, had more to risk than anyone. Under Voldemort’s regime, he decreed that all Muggle-borns are to be exterminated. Nobody would blame Hermione for sitting this one out. But instead, she makes remarkable sacrifices. In a heartbreaking moment, she Obliviates her parents, making them forget they have a daughter in case she were to die in battle. Later on, Hermione is subjected to unspeakable torture at the hands of Bellatrix Lestrange. Not even Harry suffers as much as Hermione. But her presence at Harry’s side isn’t even a question. That’s just the kind of friend she is.

NEXT: 20 Things Hermione Can Do (That Harry Potter Can’t)


2019-04-26 01:04:02

Liz Hersey

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: 6 Times Buffy Was A Good Friend (& 4 She Wasn’t)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer broke the mold. Not just in terms of cult TV status, but in terms of the titular character herself. Buffy comes from a long line of Slayers. She is the Chosen One, meaning she and she alone is meant to protect the world against vampires, demons, and the forces of darkness. Well, Buffy Summers gives a big fat middle finger to tradition and ritual by involving her friends, the Scoobie Gang, in her never-ending fight against evil.

Buffy’s rebellious approach to her calling paid off. She has lived longer than most Slayers, her two deaths notwithstanding, because she has aligned herself with invaluable comrades who have her back no matter what. Buffy loves her pals and over the course of seven seasons, has proven she’ll do anything for them.

That being said, Buffy isn’t perfect. Like any human, she has her flaws. She can be incredibly selfish. Her Slayer status can give her an inflated sense of superiority. She has a tendency to ditch her true-blue friends when she meets someone shiny and new. Yes, Buffy Summers is a both a multi-layered individual and friend.

10 Good friend – Chose sweet Willow over popular Cordelia

When Buffy arrives at Sunnydale High, she has it made in the shade. Queen Bee Cordelia Chase is drawn to Buffy like a moth to a cool girl flame. She invites Buffy to be one of the beautiful people, the popular kids. For Buffy this is a dream come true. All she wants is to leave her Slayer past behind and live a normal life, complete with cheerleading, boys, and trendy but tasty Frappucinos.

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But all this comes at a price far too high for Buffy: the price of human decency. Within minutes, Cordelia mocks wallflower Willow’s unfortunate outfit. Buffy realizes she’d much rather have a friendship rooted in kindness than sell her soul for a few golden years of popularity. That very day, she approaches Willow and asks to be her study-buddy. Buffy shows her true character, her valor as a friend, and one of TV’s best female friendships ever is formed.

9 Wasn’t – Treated her friends like garbage after she died

Coming back from death would be harrowing for anyone, especially a sixteen-year-old who carries the weight of the world on her slender shoulders. It’s understandable Buffy would be traumatized. But you know what doesn’t make sense, Buffy? Turning against all your friends, especially Xander, the person who brought you back to life.

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After summer break, Buffy is strangely aloof to everyone. One night she shows up at the Bronze, dressed to kill…her friendships. She grabs Xander and pulls him in for an intimate dance in front of everyone. During this “sexy dance”, Buffy taunts Xander, asking if he wishes she would thank him for saving her. Not only does she prey on Xander’s romantic feelings for her, she also upsets Willow and Angel, witnesses to the dance, in the process. Her behavior is baffling.

8 Good friend – Acknowledged Xander as a gentleman

Xander’s treatment of women, especially Buffy, has been beyond problematic. At the beginning of the series, Xander put Buffy on a pedestal, objectified her, and got rather salty when Buffy maturely told him she didn’t return his feelings. But in “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered”, Xander accidentally casts a love spell that makes Sunnydale’s entire female population, including Buffy, fall head over heels in love with him. This results in Buffy surprising Xander in the library, wearing a sexy raincoat and nothing else. Xander turns her down.

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Should Xander be commended for not taking advantage of Buffy in a vulnerable situation? No, that would be called being a decent human being. But what is truly character-revealing is that he wasn’t even tempted. While he may have responded physically to the situation, mentally it was out of the question. Buffy isn’t in her right mind, therefore no tryst can happen. When the spell is reversed and everyone is back to normal, Buffy makes a special point to acknowledge Xander’s chivalrous behavior. It’s a small moment, but it really speaks to the level of respect and love these two friends have for each other.

7 Wasn’t – Sunk to Cordelia’s level

Buffy and Cordelia have been rivals almost throughout their entire time together at Sunnydale High. Cordelia is seen as the mean one where Buffy is the noble defender of the underdog. But there were times when Buffy gave Cordelia a run for her money as the reigning “Queen of Mean”. The best example is when they ran against each other for Homecoming Queen.

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At this point they were sort-of friends. While they weren’t exactly besties, they were both members of the Scoobie Gang. But when Cordy doesn’t tell Buffy about yearbook photos, this unleashes Buffy’s inner mean girl hell beast and she declares war for the Homecoming throne. There’s no question that Cordelia started it, but Buffy got right down in the mud with her. Neither pulled any punches with the negative campaigning, hurling mean names and body-shaming insults at each other. They both got their just desserts as neither Buffy nor Cordelia won the crown. Hopefully they learned a lesson about friendship too.

6 Good friend – Asked Giles to be her Watcher again

As people get older, it’s natural that some friendships are outgrown. Buffy’s first year of college finds her gradually drifting away from Giles, her father figure, as she learns to find her place in the world. However, sometimes a coming-of-age journey can lead us right back home. After the first Slayer haunts Buffy in her dreams, Buffy has all sorts of questions about what it truly means to be the Slayer. She wants Giles to help her answer them and to be her Watcher again.

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Even though Buffy and Giles love each other like family, much of their emotional connection goes unspoken. Buffy verbally recognizing the value Giles adds to her life is truly touching and wholly shows her gratitude for their friendship.

5 Wasn’t – Ditched Willow for Faith

Buffy and Faith didn’t get along at first. Faith thought Buffy was an uptight goody-two-shoes and Buffy thought Faith was an obnoxious wannabe tough girl. However over time, Buffy became seduced by Faith’s devil-may-care approach to slaying, and life itself. Sadly, part of that meant leaving the Scoobies in the dust, especially Willow. Buffy commits the BFF’s unforgivable sin by ditching a study date with Willow to go “live large” with Faith.

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But livin’ large was more than Buffy bargained for when Faith accidentally kills Allan Finch, the Deputy Mayor. While Faith appears to show no remorse, Buffy is a nervous wreck. She realizes that she’s in way over her head and goes to the one person she can trust more than anyone, Willow. Because killing civilians is so not “five by five”.

4 Good friend – Forgave Willow for her magic bender

Season 6 sees Willow’s magic addiction reach dangerous heights. Buffy and the Scoobies notice the warning signs and casually voice concernsm but this is uncharted waters. Is magic addiction even a thing? It turns out, yes. Willow gets absolutely out of control, driving while high on sketchy magic. Oh yeah, Buffy’s little sis Dawn is in the car. Willow crashes, breaking Dawn’s arm in the process.

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Buffy is livid with her friend, but is able to recognize that Willow really has a problem. To forgive a friend for putting her sister in danger really speaks to Buffy’s love for Willow. The episode ends with Buffy tucking a shaken Willow into bed and giving her a cup of tea. Willow vows to get clean and makes good on that promise—for awhile. Having a real friend like Buffy definitely helps.

3 Wasn’t – Told the Scoobies she didn’t need them

Spike totally put the “Yoko” to the Scoobies during the days of the Initiative. He expertly observed cracks in the gang and exploited them to the best of his ability. His handiwork paid off and instead of discussing strategies for defeating Adam, the Scoobies devolved into multiple rounds of petty bickering. Everyone is guilty of taking cheap shots, but Buffy is by far the worst. She tells her friends that she doesn’t need them to fight Adam and they would only get in the way. Before leaving, she delivers the verbal knockout punch saying she now sees “why there’s no ancient prophecy about a Chosen One and her friends.”

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Ouch. That’s ice cold. And Buffy’s dead wrong. The group ends up reconciling and together they cast an enjoining spell to combine all their strengths into Buffy’s body so she could kill Adam good and proper. It’s a good thing the Chosen One could count on her friends.

2 Good friend – Integrated Dawn into the Scoobie Gang

If the Dawn haters of the world—and there are oh-so many—would set aside their prejudice, they might find that Dawn isn’t really as annoying as they might think and actually has some very sympathetic qualities. Sure, she was the Key and almost used as a human sacrifice but even worse, she’s forever left out of Scooby business. As Buffy’s sister, Dawn is always on the outside looking in. She’s just close enough to see the magical friendship the Scoobies have but too far removed from feeling like a member herself.

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Much of this stems from big sister Buffy wanting to protect her. This is completely fair, but when Buffy finally sees Dawn on the battlefield, she realizes that her little sister has some serious fighting moves and that maybe sheltering Dawn from every bad guy is worse than teaching Dawn to be a strong woman. Buffy says, “I don’t want to protect you from the world. I want to show it to you.” This is the moment when Buffy allows Dawn into the Scooby Gang and the two go from being just sisters to best friends.

1 Good friend – Empowered her friends to save the world

The show saved the biggest battle for last. Buffy and co. spent the entire final season preparing to fight the First Evil. This tested the group like nothing before and the Scoobies risked complete implosion before they were able to band together to kick some undead butt. Perhaps Buffy’s most noteworthy stroke of genius was the idea of having mega-witch Willow cast a spell to give Slayer strength to all the Potentials. Willow is successful and this spell is instrumental in vanquishing the First and closing the Hellmouth.

What it all boiled down to is Buffy having faith in her friends, especially Willow. It may sound cheesy, but their friendship is what saved the world.

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2019-04-25 11:04:55

Liz Hersey

10 Times Star Wars Fans Were Actually The Best

Recently, Star Wars fans have been under attack. And not by the Evil Empire or the First Order; the threat comes from within. For being one of the biggest fandoms, Star Wars has a vocal minority that tends to eclipse the community with its negative rhetoric. These fans have slowly tainted a fanbase that, by and large, has been a welcoming and tolerant majority for decades. Star Wars fans have been responsible for some of the most memorable moments in pop culture outside of the Star Wars Saga itself with their artwork and their imagination, and should be celebrated for their passion and ingenuity.

In the midst of the Star Wars community fending off those that would mar its credibility and its integrity, let’s celebrate all that’s great about being a Star Wars fan. Not only do they help generate content that  continually expands the Star Wars Universe, they come together and help fellow fans in their hour of need, making our little corner of the galaxy a much better place.

10 WHEN THEY GRANTED A FELLOW FAN’S DYING WISH

Star Wars fans will remember Daniel Fleetwood, the superfan who had terminal lung cancer and just wanted to see The Force Awakens before he passed away. The only problem was, it wasn’t out yet in theaters. That didn’t stop fans from mounting a massive social media campaign that included the participation of Mark Hamill (who played Luke Skywalker) and John Boyega (who played Finn).

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Disney and Lucasfilm came through, and Daniel was able to see an uncut version of the film in 2015, much to his delight. The 501st Legion, the premier group of authentic stormtrooper cosplayers also visited Daniel, bearing massive amounts of Star Wars gifts, and making him an honorary member. Daniel became one with the Force two months later.

9 WHEN THEY COLLABORATED ON THE ULTIMATE FAN FILM

Star Wars fans can do some great things when they put their heads together. In 2009, one superfan named Casey Pugh set out to create an entirely new version of A New Hope made by editing together 15 second segments of fan submitted material.

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He launched a crowdsourcing campaign calling for all Star Wars fans to assign themselves a segment and get to work! From stop motion animation, to live action, Star Wars fans from all corners of the globe sent their segment to Pugh, who true to his word, edited them altogether into one fan-made masterpiece; Star Wars: Uncut.

8 THEY MADE SHORT FILMS BETTER THAN THE MOVIES

Though Disney has tried to prevent the distribution of fan made Star Wars films since acquiring the franchise from George Lucas, Lucasfilm gives its blessing to fan made projects and actively encourages their creation.

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From comical entries like Chad Vader about Vader’s non-canonical day shift manager brother running a supermarket, and Thumb Wars: The Phantom Cuticle, to cinema quality dramatic films like Vader: Shards of the Past and Darth Maul: Apprentice, fans consistently make bodies of work as impressive as the Star Wars films. With great actors, props, locations, and effects, they help expand that galaxy far, far away.

7 WHEN A DAD MADE HIS KID BELIEVE EWOKS WERE REAL

To celebrate his love for the Star Wars Saga and Return of the Jedi in particular, a dad edited his family vacation shots to make Ewoks seem real to his children. Anthony Herrera and his family were going to Sequoia National Park, and while it wasn’t the Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park in California where RoTJ was filmed, he told his kids they might see some Ewoks.

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After much looking, the disappointed kiddos went home without a single sighting of Wicket. Not to be deterred, Herrera did some editing of the trip photos to carefully place several secretive Ewoks in the background, to the delight of his children.

6 WHEN THEY BUILT A LIFE-SIZE MILLENNIUM FALCON COCKPIT

There are fans of Star Wars and there are super-fans. One marathons the film series, the other marathons the film series…while researching how to build a screen accurate, life-size replica of the Millenium Falcon. Greg Dietrich, one such super-fan, spent six years building the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon in his garage, and plans to build the rest.

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As part of what has morphed into the Falcon Fan-Project on Facebook, fans from around the world have helped Dietrich realize his dream, scanning film frames, production drawings from the sets, and offering other resources so that one day he’ll have the entire ship complete.

5 WHEN THEY WOULD CAMP OUTSIDE THEATERS

When word got out in the mid ‘90s that George Lucas was making his Star Wars prequels, the excitement was palpable. As it became poised to be one of the biggest events in the last twenty years of pop culture, fans had to strategize how they were going to secure seats at the showings.

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They began pitching tents on the sidewalks of movie houses across the United States, some as early as two weeks prior to the the film’s release. The trend was covered by news outlets, comedians, and most memorably by Triumph the Insult Comic  Dog. Though it may have seemed excessive to some, the visual of hundreds of fans camped outside theaters let the world know how serious the Star Wars fanbase is.

4 WHEN THEY’RE ALSO BIG TIME CELEBRITIES

Star Wars fans come in all shapes and sizes, as diverse as the inhabitants of that galaxy far, far away. Some of them also happen to be celebrities, who are as nerdy and obsessive when it comes to Star Wars as anyone else. Sometimes they take the form of Kristen Wiig, wearing a Darth Vader dress to the 2009 Emmys, or Daniel Radcliffe cosplaying as his favorite character, Boba Fett.

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If they’re really dedicated, they take the form of Topher Grace, who spent dozens of hours editing down The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith into an 85 minute film that makes the prequels palatable. He called it Episode III.5, and it was universally praised.

3 WHEN THEY DO EPIC CHRISTMAS DISPLAYS

When it comes to Star Wars fans and Christmas, the Holiday Spirit is strong with them. From replicating the Battle of Hoth or a Star Destroyer out of gingerbread, to creating amazing lawn displays featuring a life size TIE-fighter and Millennium Falcon, they bring something unique to the holiday season.

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Superfan Colby Powell enlisted friends and family to help him make his Millennium Falcon out of wood and a giant military grade parachute when The Force Awakens came out, and there are entire subreddits devoted to showing off epic yard displays involving life-sized AT-AT walkers made from Christmas lights!

2 WHEN THEY BANDED TOGETHER TO HELP A VETERAN

Air Force veteran Ron Villemaire only had one wish when his colon cancer prognosis was not optimistic – to see Episode VIII: The Last Jedi in theaters before he passed away. His daughter, not thinking he would be well enough to participate in a screening, summoned the Power of the Fans to aid her in her quest.

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Fans jumped into action settling the arrangements. With the help of the local Bedford Fire Department and first responders, he was able to be transported from his hospice care facility to the local theater accompanied by a full Imperial escort, and greeted by dozens of costumed Star Wars fans. The theater even granted him a private showing with just his family.

1 WHEN THEY CAME TOGETHER TO GIVE A MOM A FORCE BOOST

While Star Wars subreddits can sometimes be attributed to aiding the proliferation of everything that’s wrong with the internet, they also provide a platform to showcase everything that’s right. When a Redditor shared that her mom wasn’t feeling confident lately, she asked fellow Star Wars fans to help give her mom a boost of self esteem.

Artists and fans shared multiple images of her mother (with the help of provided photographs for visual reference) as a powerful Jedi. Each artist’s style and interpretation gave joy and happiness to a woman they had never met but felt compelled to help. Because Star Wars fans are just that awesome.

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2019-04-24 01:04:19

Kayleena Pierce-Bohen