Pokémon XY Episode Review- “Cloudy Fate, Bright Future!”

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The latest episode of Pokémon XY introduces the Anistar City gym leader Olympia, sees the return of Professor Sycamore and hints at an interesting future for Ash’s Frogadier.

While I’ve found most of the Kalos region gym leaders to be interesting characters, I think Olympia is by far one of the most interesting. We learn very quickly that Olympia can see into the future, with the revelation that the Kalos region will soon be in crisis and that Ash, Serena, Clemont, Bonnie, Team Rocket and Professor Sycamore will be involved.

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The insight into how strong Ash and his Frogadier’s friendship is was a compelling touch to the episode, with an insight into both Frogadiers future and its past (both insights provided by Olympia). I really liked learning more about why Frogadier rejected its previous trainers and the revelation that it loves Ash was an interesting twist.

We see through Olympia’s visions that Frogadier will evolve into Greninja before achieving further evolution. However, it’s unclear whether this refers to mega evolution or not. This is interesting because it’s unknown whether Greninja can mega evolve and it foreshadows other big events in upcoming episodes.

The episode ends with Olympia accepting Ash’s challenge of a gym battle, with the ending setting up for the gym battle to take place in the next episode- with Ash’s seventh Kalos gym badge on the line.

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In my opinion, this was another strong episode of Pokémon XY. Anistar City’s gym leader Olympia is introduced and leaves a quick impression on viewers with her premonitions, including seeing that Kalos will be in crisis and all of the heroes will be involved. It was great to get a larger insight into Ash and Frogadier’s friendship, as well as learn more about Frogadier’s past and a look into its future.

My rating: 8/10

By Ruari Williamson

*The opinions in this article are of the writer and do not represent the views of all of the Everything Geek Podcast staff*.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review

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The Star Wars saga returns to the big-screen with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the seventh instalment in the Star Wars series. The film leaves a joyous message- Star Wars is back.

The Force Awakens brings together new and old cast members in an excellent way and brings an interesting story to the table. The search for Luke Skywalker makes for a great plot-line throughout and by the time Rey encounters Luke at the end of the film, it’s clear that the film has come full circle.

Rey (Daisy Ridley) is the first female lead character in the Star Wars films. While we’ve had previous female characters that acted among the leads (like Princess Leia and Padme Amidala), Rey is really the first and that was refreshing. The other two members of the new trio, Finn (John Boyega) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), are also refreshing and both are entertaining characters. The reveal that Rey is force-sensitive and wields a lightsaber was a well-kept secret and it was great to see both Rey and Finn use Luke (formerly Anakin’s) lightsaber in the film.

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The villains in the film were hit and miss for me. Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) both have large roles and have standout scenes, in particular Hux’s speech and the reveal that Kylo is really called Ben Solo (though the fact that he was a Solo wasn’t a big surprise). However, other villains like Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) and Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) are both underutilised which was unfortunate. Hopefully we’ll see more of Phasma and Snoke in upcoming films.

The film also has the return of many fan-favourites from the original trilogy. Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) have the most pivotal roles of the returning cast, but Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) has a substantial role and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) appears at the end of the film. C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) and R2-D2 (Kenny Baker) also return of the original main cast, with additional returns for Admiral Ackbar (Tim Rose) and Nien Nunb (Mike Quinn) from Return of the Jedi.

Unfortunately, no film is perfect and The Force Awakens does have a few stand-out flaws that I cannot avoid talking avoid. The opening hour of the film follows a very repetitive narrative (usually a hero scene followed by a villain scene) and this was a back-and-forth problem for the first hour of the film. Additionally, every other scene in the first hour either featured someone contacting the First Order or saying that they would. This pattern became (unfortunately) obvious after a while and let the film down.

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The other glaring problem with the film is Starkiller Base. While the superweapons name is an excellent touch (a reference to Luke Skywalker’s original script name of Luke Starkiller), it truly is just a much bigger Death Star. I was ok with a Death Star II in Return of the Jedi but this was re-hashing an idea for the sake of re-hashing. Note: Having a rebel character jokingly compare Starkiller Base to the Death Star doesn’t make the idea of re-hashing the latter vessel ok.

While it may be a bigger problem for some people than it was for me, it was clear that some scenes were almost copy and paste from the original Star Wars film (now referred to as A New Hope). The obviousness of this was a little unfortunate with obvious similarities between both films.

In my opinion, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has brought Star Wars back to the big-screen in a big way. The new and old cast members all played their roles perfectly, the cliff-hanger ending with Luke Skywalker sets up Episode VIII perfectly and there were lots of nice touches in this film. However, while the narrative and the Starkiller Base let the film down slightly, it’s clear that Star Wars is back and here to stay for a while.

My rating: 9/10

By Ruari Williamson

*The opinions in this article are of the writer and do not represent the views of all of the Everything Geek Podcast staff*.

Interview We Recommend- Nicholas Pegg

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In the latest edition highlighting an interview of ours we recommend you listen to, we recommend you give our interview with actor Nicholas Pegg a listen.

“Join host Ruari in this guest interview with actor Nicholas Pegg, best-known for being a Dalek Operator on Doctor Who, Twitcher and Passer-by in Doc Martin, Norman in The Stranger: The Terror Game, Robert Wintour in The Plotters and writer and director of the Doctor Who: Shada TV mini-series as well as multiple Big Finish Doctor Who audio stories. In the interview they talk about how Nicholas decided he wanted to become an actor, how Nicholas was initially hired to be a member of the team of Dalek Operators on Doctor Who, the difficulties Nicholas faces as a lead Dalek operator on Doctor Who, Nicholas’ favourite Doctor Who episode to work on, Nicholas’ favourite Doctor Who stories to do for Big Finish, Nicholas’ thoughts on the differences of the role of the Dalek operator in the modern series compared to the classic series of Doctor Who and Nicholas’ upcoming acting roles and other projects.”

You can listen to the interview below:

Be sure to leave your feedback on the interview and enjoy!

By Ruari Williamson

Today’s Behind The Scenes Sunday Pictures

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Here are the behind-the-scenes pictures we shared on our Facebook and Twitter pages today.

  1. Director Richard Marquand giving instructions to cast member Ian McDiarmid (The Emperor) on the set of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.
  2. Director Alan Taylor giving instructions to cast member Chris Hemsworth (Thor) on the set of Thor: The Dark World.
  3. Cast members Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne/Batman) and Liam Neeson (Ducard/Ra’s Al Ghul) during filming of a scene for Batman Begins.
  4. Cast members Sean Connery (James Bond) and Honor Blackman (Pussy Galore) filming a scene for the James Bond film Goldfinger.
  5. Cast members Noel Clarke (Mickey Smith), Billie Piper (Rose Tyler), David Tennant (The 10th Doctor) and Camille Coduri (Jackie Tyler) behind the scenes of Doctor Who.
  6. Cast members Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) and Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon) on the set of The Walking Dead.
  7. Cast members Julie Walters (Molly Weasley) and Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) during filming of a scene for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
  8. Shooting of a scene involving a Flametrooper burning part of a Jakku village in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

By Ruari Williamson

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Confirmed- Star Wars In Concert Returning in 2016

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Star Wars: In Concert will officially be making a return in 2016. The event, which was previously on tour in 2009 and 2010, showcased the music from the legendary composer John Williams from the Star Wars films.

The concert was hosted by Anthony Daniels, who has performed the role of C-3PO in every Star Wars project the character has been in.

No venues or dates have been announced as of yet.

A description of the concert can be read below:

“Take part in an unforgettable concert experience with cutting-edge visual technology and sound design. The iconic music of John Williams will guide you through the legendary battle of light and dark and immerse you into the worlds, characters and story of Star Wars.

Be one of the first to get concert information and offers for STAR WARS: IN CONCERT by subscribing now!

You’ll be able to secure your tickets before the general public and take advantage of exclusive special offers. Subscribing gives you “members-only” benefits that people in the crowd would dream about having.”

As a fan who attended Star Wars: In Concert in Dublin (Republic of Ireland) back in 2010, I highly recommend attending the event if you’re a Star Wars fan like myself.

Thoughts on this news? Will you be going to Star Wars: In Concert in 2016?


By Ruari Williamson

Report- Katherine Waterston Cast in a Lead Role in Alien Covenant

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Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice, Steve Jobs, Boardwalk Empire, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) has reportedly been cast in a lead role in Alien: Covenant, the sequel to the 2012 film Prometheus.

Details on her character are scarce, but her character is reportedly called “Daniels”.

Alien: Covenant is scheduled for release on October 6th, 2017.

Thoughts on this report? Are you excited to see Katherine Waterston as part of the Alien: Covenant cast?


By Ruari Williamson

Ghostbusters Reboot Character Posters Released

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Following the release of the first official image earlier, four character posters for the Ghostbusters reboot have been released.

The posters feature the characters that will be played by Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones.

The Ghostbusters reboot is scheduled for release on July 15th, 2016.

Thoughts on the character posters? Are you excited for the Ghostbusters reboot?


By Ruari Williamson

First Official Photo of the New Ghostbusters Released

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The first official photo of the all-female Ghostbusters reboot has been released by Sony Pictures.

The female cast includes Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones.

The Ghostbusters reboot is scheduled for release on July 15th, 2016.

Thoughts on the photo? Are you excited for the Ghostbusters reboot?


By Ruari Williamson

New Captain America Civil War Synopsis Released

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A new synopsis for Captain America: Civil War has been released by Marvel Studios.

“Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Emily VanCamp, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd and Frank Grillo, with William Hurt and Daniel Brühl.

Anthony & Joe Russo are directing with Kevin Feige producing. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Patricia Whitcher, Nate Moore and Stan Lee are the executive producers. The screenplay is by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely. Get ready to pick a side and join the nonstop action playing out on two fronts when Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” opens in U.S. theaters on May 6, 2016.”

Captain America: Civil War is scheduled for release on May 6th, 2016.

Thoughts on the new synopsis? Are you excited for Captain America: Civil War?


By Ruari Williamson

New Legends of Tomorrow Character Posters Released

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New official character posters for DC’s Legends of Tomorrow have been released.

The posters include the Firestorms (Martin Stein and Jay Jackson), White Canary, Captain Cold, Hawkman, Rip Hunter, Hawkgirl and Heatwave.

Legends of Tomorrow is set to begin airing on January 21st, 2016.

Thoughts on the character posters? Which of these characters are you most excited to see star in Legends of Tomorrow?


By Ruari Williamson

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