New images of Danielle Panabaker as Killer Frost have surfaced, which may be teasing Caitlin Snow’s destiny of becoming a villain.
As of right now, she is a member of Team Flash on the CW’s hit show The Flash. From the Speed Force, we were given a brief glance of the villain alter-ego destiny for Caitlin Snow during the season one finale.
The newest image of Killer Frost made an appearance during the daytime CBS show The Talk.
Thoughts on the new image?
By Ashleigh Stewart
Following the brief introduction of the Fifth Brother in the previous episode, the latest episode of Star Wars: Rebels features him in action, as well as introducing the other new inquisitor, the Seventh Sister.
Now that Rex and the clone troopers are officially part of the rebels (though neither Wolffe nor Gregor appear in this episode), we see the first useful intel from Rex as teased in the previous episodes- as Ezra, Sabine, Zeb and Chopper head to an old Republic medical station to look for medical supplies. As a fan of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series since the show began, I was delighted to see another ship from the show make an appearance on Rebels.
The medical station serves as the setting for the Fifth Brother and Seventh Sister to confront the rebels for the first time. We learn that the inquisitor from the first season was referred to as the ‘Grand Inquisitor’, meaning that the two new inquisitors aren’t as experienced or skilled as him, but are intent on replacing him (and therefore have moments where they’re confronting each other). However, without the experience of Kanan and Hera, the rebels struggle against the new inquisitors. I really enjoyed seeing the three younger rebels leading the mission in this episode, because even after a lot of training and battles you can see that they struggle without the leadership of Kanan and Hera- especially in the face of the new inquisitors.
Even though Ezra and Sabine are captured, Zeb and Chopper manage to rescue them and the group escapes the medical station. However, I think it’s great to show how the rebels are really concerned by the presence of two new inquisitors. Though they managed to defeat a stronger inquisitor in the first season, knowing there are more out there is understandably a worry for the heroes (especially with their knowledge of Ahsoka Tano).
I have to confess, while I think the new inquisitors are a great addition to the show (and the episode in itself was very good), I was a little disappointed in the fight scenes in the episode. I felt they were sometimes slow and I wasn’t as enticed watching them as I have felt watching other fight scenes in the show. Hopefully we’ll see better fight scenes featuring both new inquisitors in upcoming episodes.
On another note, anyone else notice a new conflict brewing between Kanan and Rex (that doesn’t relate to Order 66)? It’s clear that they both want to teach Ezra in different ways and I can see this becoming a bigger problem in upcoming episodes.
In my opinion, while not as good as the first two episodes of this season, this is another very good episode of Star Wars: Rebels. Both new inquisitors, Fifth Brother and Seventh Sister, are interesting characters and I’m looking forward to seeing more of both characters in the show. It was great to see a Republic medical station and seeing a mission only featuring the younger rebels was also interesting. However, I felt a little let-down by the fight scenes in this episode.
My rating: 8.5/10
By Ruari Williamson
NOTE: Anyone else love Zeb using the false codename “Commander Meiloorun” again?
The latest episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D reveals what happened to Agent Jemma Simmons upon being transported to another planet, while dealing a crushing blow to FitzSimmons shippers.
First of all, while it’s not the best episode of the show (or this season for that matter), I think it’s great that the writers devoted an entire episode to reveal the things Simmons had to go through on the new planet (where the monolith transported her to in the Season 2 finale). Not only because I was surprised that they brought her back to Earth so early in this season, but because I feel (in my personal opinion) Simmons was the least developed of the main characters, but this episode shows that Elizabeth Henstridge can lead an episode without any of the other main cast (not including the end scene which I will talk about later in the review). I thought it was nice to see that Simmons is capable of surviving without the others.
I marvelled (no pun intended) at the special effects used to bring the new planet to life. We saw it a little a few episodes ago, but seeing almost an entire episode set on the planet really allowed me to appreciate all the effects work that went it. As fans, we know that TV shows have smaller budgets than films yet have more content to make, but sometimes you forget you’re watching a TV show if something is designed so well. For me this planet was one of those examples.
While Simmons led the episode, we do get introduced to a new character- Will (who it’s obvious is the reason Simmons wants to go back as stated in previous episodes). It’s revealed that Will has been surviving on the planet for fourteen years and was an astronaut that travelled to the planet with a group of other people. Though Will locked Simmons in a cage initially, I found Will to be a very interesting character and I liked the development he was given and the growing relationship with him and Simmons.
We learn that Simmons and Will tried to find a way through the portal back to Earth, but they fail on the first attempt (though this causes Will to realise that Simmons has given him hope and they kiss). Two months later (the same time as the events in episode two) they find another portal. Will is forced to stay behind as Simmons is rescued by Fitz, which in my opinion tied this episode perfectly with episode two of this season.
The final scene of the episode shows Fitz and Simmons, following the events of the previous episode (episode four) after Simmons told Fitz she would tell him everything. While clearly unhappy with some of the things she told him, Fitz says that they will get Will back.
In my opinion, this was another good episode in the third season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. While not perfect, I considered it necessary that we see a whole episode of Simmons’s experience on the new planet so I’m happy the writers gave us this episode. Will is a very interesting character and it will be interesting to see his interactions with the rest of the S.H.I.E.L.D team should he be rescued.
My rating: 8/10
By Ruari Williamson
Following on from the previous episode of The Big Bang Theory, where both Sheldon and Amy consider dating new people, we learn that Amy has and Sheldon… hasn’t.
As I’ve said in previous reviews, I think some of the best parts of this season (so far) have revolved around Sheldon and Amy, and how both are dealing with their break-up. However, I liked the mix-up in this episode with the revelation that Amy has been dating new people and Sheldon hasn’t. Not only does this carry on well from the previous episode, but it stays true to Sheldon’s character while showing how much Amy has grown since her introduction on the show.
It’s very rare that we get an episode where I say Sheldon and Leonard’s scenes are my least favourite of the episode, because both characters are the true heart of the show, in my opinion. In this episodes case, it’s not because I felt their scenes were bad but because I felt the scenes with the other group led to something and didn’t feel forced. We see Penny, Bernadette, Howard, Raj and Stuart try to set Amy up on a dating site (and joke at some of the guys with dating profiles) until Amy reveals that she has actually been on a few dates since breaking up with Sheldon. This is a significant step with her character because (until she met Sheldon) we know that Amy didn’t have a lot of luck with dating, so this was a big reveal.
On the other hand, while the story behind Sheldon and Leonard’s need to get helium (to stop Swedish scientists from copying their Superfluid Helium theory) was interesting, I felt the execution let the episode down. I felt like the plot kept going backwards (between buying the helium from its owner and returning it) and then Barry Kripke suddenly offering them his helium at the end of the episode felt forced in my opinion (even though Sheldon and Leonard had tried to convince him to give them some of his helium earlier in the episode). The scenes with Kenneth (the helium dealer) were entertaining to watch though, and the dynamic between the three characters made for some humorous scenes.
In my opinion, this was another solid episode in the ninth season of The Big Bang Theory. While not outstanding, it was great to see how much Amy has grown as a character from her introduction back in Season 3. While the idea was interesting, the execution of the helium story is what let the episode down for me, though the scenes with Kenneth were entertaining to watch.
My rating: 7.5/10
By Ruari Williamson
Week after week, Season 6 of The Walking Dead continues to impress with gripping action and intensity. Rick and his group along with the Alexandrians are tested to their limits on how well they can survive.
Episode 3 opens as we see Glenn and Rick running towards the horn sound with Michonne and others. Daryl, Sasha, and Abraham keep the herd moving. Glenn stays with Michonne and other group as Rick says he will go find RV while others return to Alexandria. Siren stops and walker attacks Alexandrians in group is attacked from behind. Michonne mercy kills him. Group questions what is waiting at Alexandria. They hear walkers and kill them. Weaker members of the group are bitten by walkers. Briefly we are taken to the walker herd where Daryl rides away from Sasha and Abraham.
Michonne leads group to road out of woods. The group goes into an abandoned downtown to look for working cars and find none. They continue with injured group members to find a way out and encounter walkers devouring man and then find themselves completely surrounded by approaching walkers. Locking themselves in abandoned pet store, Glenn decides to make a diversion by setting feed store on fire so the group can escape. Michonne says she is not leaving without him. The show pans to Rick running down the road and kills walkers he encounters and takes their weapons.
Michonne and Heath bandaging and tending to wounded. The injured and David insist to leave them behind. Michonne states no one is leaving anyone behind. Nicholas goes with Glenn to set the feed store on fire. While heading to destination, Nicholas kills walker who was one they left behind on a past run. They hear gunshots and so does group in pet store. Walkers drawn by gunfire and infest town. When they clear, Michonne advises them to head to feed store. Rick finds RV and drives off with it. Hearing banging at back door of pet store, the group prepares for an attack. Two Walkers got in and the herd did hear the noise from the struggle and head towards petstore.
The group charges at herd head on and lose one of the injured to the walkers. Glenn and Nicholas reach the store where it’s already burned down. They are surrounded by walkers and have no choice by to attack them to survive. Michonne struggles to get up the gate, but walkers grab the injured David and devour him. Nicholas shoots himself and then Glenn appears to be eaten alive.
Michonne takes the remaining two and they continue to Alexandria by travelling through river. Rick uses his walkie to contact Glenn and no response. He does get Daryl to respond, but hears gunfire from Alexandria. Rick insists they move forward. Sasha and Abraham still leading herd. Members of The Wolves attack Rick in the RV out of nowhere. Daryl tries contacting him after hearing attack. Rick kills them both quickly. Rick sees more people sneaking around RV and shoots rapidly. Michonne’s group makes it back and Daryl regroups with the others to lead the herd.
The episode ends with Rick unable to start the RV with Walkers approaching. Overall, this whole episode is quite the roller-coaster ride with non-stop action and really pulling at the heartstrings. It ranks as one of the best episodes of the entire series. A lot of curve-balls are thrown, but it helps keep the audience on their toes and wanting more. I give the episode a solid 9 out of 10 rating.
By Ashleigh Stewart
Following on from the previous episode of Doctor Who, “The Woman Who Lived” sees the return of Ashildr (now calling herself “Me”) and explores the darker aspect of immortality. The episode is also the first companion-lite episode since Clara Oswald became the companion on the show.
Even though I expected Ashilr to return after last week’s episode, I was surprised at how different she was in this episode and the different circumstances we find her in. We learn that the villagers she was with in the previous episode are long dead and (as teased by the crew ahead of her episodes) we see Ashildr really begin to challenge The Doctor, especially regarding her immortality and why he chose to save her. I have to admit that I do feel bad for Ashildr. Like The Doctor says in the previous episode, he questions whether he did the right thing because Ashildr will just everyone die around her- and he’s right.
As much as I liked Jack Harkness (and still hope to see him return), I did like seeing the darker aspect of immortality shown the way it was in this episode- considering Jack was a fun loving character. The writers did a great job of showing just how damaging immortality can really be on a person’s emotions, in my opinion. We do get a nice reference to Jack near the end of the episode which was a nice touch.
Even though Clara Oswald is one of my favourite Doctor Who companions, I felt this episode benefitted from her not appearing until the end. Excluding her allowed more time for character development between The Doctor and Ashildr, which was especially necessary considering how much the latter changed since events of the previous episode. Also, when you consider just how much of a role Clara has played in every episode since she joined The Doctor, it’s not so bad that we have one episode that only includes her in one scene.
While the episode was focused on The Doctor and Ashildr, I was disappointed that we didn’t see more of the new villain Leandro and that the writers didn’t come up with a better motivation for him. How many villains have we seen that trick a character into doing something for him so his kind can attack? In look, Leandro looked like a very interesting villain but I was disappointed by the story the writers gave the character, though his betrayal did help Ashildr see what she was doing was wrong.
In my opinion, while possibly the weakest episode in this series of Doctor Who (of those aired so far), it still carries on well from the previous episode. The new dynamic between The Doctor and Ashildr was excellent to watch, as well as seeing how different Ashildr was compared to the previous episode. It was also interesting to see the darker aspects of immortality before. The episode was let-down by a villain with a generic plot (though I still think Leandro had a great look and I wish he was given a better story). The reference to Jack Harkness was a nice touch.
My rating: 7.5/10
By Ruari Williamson
In the latest episode of Pokémon XY, Ash and co. are reunited with Trevor from the summer camp episodes a while ago. The episode also sees the Kanto legendary Pokémon Moltres appear in a featured role and Ash’s Fletchinder evolves into Talonflame, becoming the first of his Kalos Pokémon to reach its final evolution.
First of all, I really liked how Trevor’s return in this episode was handled. I have to be honest and admit that while I really enjoyed the summer camp episodes and the supporting characters they introduced (Tierno, Shauna and Trevor), I was unsure what they could do to bring Trevor back like they did with Tierno and Shauna following those episodes. I think they handled his return well and I thought the scenes with him geeking out over little details that made certain Pokémon unique funny (reminds me of collectors). Trevor’s Charmander evolved into Charmeleon off-screen (prior to the events of this episode) but still retains the spirit of the Charmander we saw in the summer camp episodes.
I was surprised at the inclusion of Moltres in this episode. As a long-time Pokémon fan, I definitely enjoyed seeing it on-screen again and seeing the XY characters (Serena, Clemont and Bonnie) getting to see Moltres up close. However, considering it’s one of the Kanto region’s legendary Pokémon and not one of the Kalos regions it felt out of place. I think we’ve already seen the legendary Kalos Pokémon introduced in this series so I can understand if the writers didn’t want to use them again so soon, but the inclusion of Moltres did feel a bit forced even though it was great to see it again. I think I would have liked seeing it more if there was more of a story behind a Moltres being in the Kalos region (other than what was said in the episode regarding the mountain).
After Ash and co. meet up with Trevor, the plot of the episode revolves around the group trying to find and see Moltres (hasn’t Ash seen a Moltres before?). Naturally, Team Rocket overhears and tries to capture Moltres, which angers Moltres and it starts attacking everyone (including the heroes when Team Rocket have long been sent blasting off). This leads to the biggest moment of the episode (and quite possibly one of my favourite scenes in the XY series). As the group is about to be attacked directly by Moltres, the tired Fletchinder flies directly in front of the fire attack and in the midst of the attack begins to evolve (similar to how Fletchling evolved into Fletchinder earlier in the series) and after the attack is over Talonflame is revealed, though Ash quickly needs to show is recklessness again in order to save it by jumping to catch it (and subsequently almost falling into the volcano). However, his act of recklessness convinces Moltres that they are good and Ash and co. are able to leave (with Trevor having taken an excellent picture of Moltres for his collection).
In my opinion, this was an outstanding episode of Pokémon XY and shows Pokémon at its best following a couple of (relatively) average episodes. Seeing the return of Trevor in a supporting role was great, it was a treat to see Moltres appear (though the episode could have benefitted with an actual explanation for why a Moltres is in the Kalos region) and the evolution of Ash’s Fletchinder into Talonflame was handled excellently. Anyone else feel that the best evolutions of the XY series have been on Ash’s trusty flying-type? The Fletchning-Fletchinder evolution is still my favourite of the XY evolutions, but this one is a close second.
My rating: 9/10
By Ruari Williamson
Note: Talonflame learns the move Brave Bird and Ash acts like it’s the first time he has seen that move (Diamond & Pearl anyone)? It’s not like one of his Pokémon in that series had that move or anything…
Following the announcement that Pom Klementieff (Oldboy, Hacker’s Game, Loup) would play a mystery role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, fans wondered why Marvel didn’t want to reveal details regarding the character she will be playing. A new report has suggested which Marvel Comics character she may be playing.
Klomentieff will reportedly be playing Mantis in the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel, a character with connections to the Kree. Mantis has been a member of both The Avengers and a Guardian of the Galaxy in the comics.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is scheduled to be released on May 5th, 2017.
Thoughts on this report?
By Ruari Williamson
The Incredibles director Brad Bird has confirmed that Michael Giacchino (The Incredibles, Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, Jurassic World, Lost, Up) will return to compose the scores for The Incredibles sequel.
The Incredibles 2 is slated for release on June 21st, 2019.
Thoughts on this news?
By Ruari Williamson
Following the first four Transformers films, a large team of writers was assembled to help make the franchise expand, including names like Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) and Steven S. DeKnight (Marvel’s Daredevil).
However, another of those names, Akiva Goldsman (Winter’s Tale, A Beautiful Mind, I Am Legend, Batman & Robin) was a leader in the room of writers looking to expand the Transformers series. Goldsman is quoted as saying the following on his experience working with the other writers:
“The room was honestly as delightful an experience as I’ve had. When you have a bunch of people who you respect, who are smart and talented, all trying to help each other figure stuff out, it’s good whether you’re all in a car heading across country for a road trip, or a writer’s room.”
While the aim is to make the films feel both ‘interconnected and standalone), they will use some of the same ideas the first four films used- particularly the human element. Goldsman had the following to say on the human element:
“Fundamentally, there seems to be something really great about the interaction between the two species, [humans and Transformers]. I think that, in the main, I would suggest that would be something you wouldn’t want to squander. That doesn’t mean that you couldn’t do all sorts of things for a little while. The prequel animated film that’s in continuity with these movies will do just that, in fact. It takes place before Optimus and Megatron ever come to Earth.”
Thoughts on this report?
By Ruari Williamson
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