After a few weeks of waiting and waiting, the third episode of “Fear the Walking Dead” finally aired. Even though I am aware of the fact that this first season will be a short season – consisting of only 6 episodes (boohoo) – this third episode finally had some huge changes that I’ve been dying to see. WARNING: I have seen the episode, due to that this article will contain some spoilers here and there.
It’s only the third episode and Los Angeles descends into chaos. More people get infected, anger and fear covered the whole city, people started revolutions on the streets ignoring the police and other authorities. Los Angeles is not the city of angels anymore; it is the city of chaos. And during this chaos, zombies spread really fast infecting the city street by street, person by person.
I do wonder, though, will this show have the same path as “The Walking Dead”? Obviously, in these two shows survival is everything. It’s a zombie apocalypse! Take your family, as many supplies you can find and disappear! However, in “The Walking Dead” the cast didn’t stay that long in Atlanta. In “Fear the Walking Dead” though, Kim and Travis were already talking about packing and going to the desert from the second episode. Travis doesn’t quite know yet what’s the deal with the zombies (maybe he doesn’t want to accept the idea of these people being dead) but he knows that in these situations, he should take his family and leave the city as fast as he can.
So, in “Fear the Walking Dead” it’s all about LA, how everything started, how people react and manage to survive and escape. In “The Walking Dead” it’s all about woods, scavenging, surviving and finding supplies. This thing made me so excited to watch the series. As much as I’d want to see Daryl hunting squirrels and rabbits in the woods, the idea of a city like Los Angeles descending into chaos due to the infestation made be more curious about this series.
In the third episode, Travis got stuck with his family in a barber shop but after a while he found a way out. He took his family and directly went to Kim’s house. The streets filled with angry people destroying everything gave me goosebumps. Travis made it, though. He found a car and took his family and the barber’s family as well to a safer place. But the ending though…
One thing I learned from the actual series “The Walking Dead” or even “The Last of Us” game: do not trust the authorities in these kinds of situations. In the end, help arrives at Kim’s house. Troops from the National Guard appeared in Kim’s neighborhood cleaning it of zombies. I don’t think that the authorities can be trusted in these specific cases. Plus, if someone sprays a big X on my house, my first thought will clearly not be “Ook, everything will be fine now…”
I am already excited for the next episode to air. Until then, what did you think of this episode? And what do you think will happen next? Let us know!
‘Amazing’ Final Fantasy Movie Inspired The Marvels Director
Generally, The Marvels is good. It has a 59 on Rotten Tomatoes, which isn’t great, but it’s better than Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania and Disney+’s Secret Invasion. Perhaps director Nia DaCosta’s video game inspirations contributed to that.
The American filmmaker said Square Enix’s Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children influenced her latest film at a press junket with IGN. “It’s just an amazing movie, with great fight scenes and a great ending sequence with the main character being thrown into the sky by all the other characters,” she said.
Despite poor reviews upon release in 2005, Advent Children has become a Final Fantasy cult classic. DaCosta seems to agree that the film is a classic. PlayStation exclusives also influenced the Marvels.
In the interview, she said she didn’t want the superhero film to look “too much like a video game” but did draw from Sony’s biggest franchises, like The Last of Us and Horizon Zero Dawn. “For me, it was from the best games, the best stories that you get, that sort of inspires me to play, and I think inspires people to watch movies like this,” she said.
Since movies have shaped video games since their inception, it’s interesting to see the dynamic slowly changing. Now that technology and interactive storytelling are more complex, filmmakers are looking to PlayStation for inspiration.
Netflix raises prices again after strong subscriber growth
Netflix reported third-quarter earnings and is doing well. Revenue increased as the company added 9 million subscribers worldwide.
Netflix is also using this opportunity to raise the prices of some of its U.S., U.K., and French plans to differentiate ad-free plans from its entry-level ad-supported plan. New subscribers to the most expensive plan will pay $22.99 per month.
Let’s step back and examine Netflix’s current situation. Netflix cracked down on password sharing in its home market and dozens of others in May. The third quarter is the first full quarter under the new rules, so we can see the effect of password sharing.
The company removed the basic tier in the U.S. and U.K. two months ago to simplify its offering. People must pay a lot to remove Netflix ads.
Reports suggest that many customers are experiencing subscription fatigue and considering canceling some streaming subscriptions, but Netflix still has room for growth, especially with advertising revenue.
The company has 247.15 million subscribers. The number of subscribers increased 8.76 million this quarter. Netflix subscribers haven’t grown that much since Q2 2020, when Covid lockdowns were enforced worldwide.
Netflix earned $3.73 per share on $8.5 billion in revenue this quarter. As ads plan subscribers rise almost 70% quarter-over-quarter, ads are contributing more to the bottom line. Nearly a third of new subscribers use ads.
Netflix shares are up 13.75% pre-market ($393.79 per share) on good news for shareholders. However, subscribers will be unhappy because the company will raise prices for some plans again in three key markets. Full breakdown here.
In the U.S.:
- Standard with ads: $6.99 per month (no change)
- Basic (no longer available): $11.99 per month (up from $9.99)
- Standard: $15.49 per month (no change)
- Premium (with 4K streaming): $22.99 per month (up from $19.99)
In the U.K.:
- Standard with ads: £4.99 per month (no change)
- Basic (no longer available): £7.99 per month (up from £6.99)
- Standard: £10.99 per month (no change)
- Premium (with 4K streaming): £17.99 per month (up from £15.99)
- Standard with ads: €5.99 per month (no change)
- Basic (still available in France for now): €10.99 per month (up from €8.99)
- Standard: €13.49 per month (no change)
- Premium (with 4K streaming): €19.99 per month (up from €17.99)
New subscriptions start at these prices today. Bills for existing subscribers will rise in the coming weeks.
Last of Us HBO Showrunner Quietly Removes Name from Troubled Borderlands Flick
When your writer—one of Hollywood’s hottest—tries to hide their involvement, it’s a bad sign. The Borderlands film’s original script was written by Craig Mazin (The Last of Us, Chernobyl), who recently asked the WGA to use the pseudonym “Joe Crombie” instead of his name.
We hope this means Mazin considers Joe Abercrombie, Lord Grimdark, the grittiness GOAT, but that theory is unproven. Since Mazin wrote the script in 2015 for Eli Roth to direct, a steady stream of writers has been brought in. Aaron Berg, Chris Bremner, Sam Levinson, Zak Olkewicz, Tony Rettenmaier, Juel Taylor, and Oren Uziel have put around 70 fingers in the honey pot.
The name change likely avoids confusion. Mazin probably doesn’t want to be blamed for Jack Black/Claptrap madness, but he wants to keep his rights.
When this surprising star-studded film (Kevin Hart, Jamie Lee Curtis, Cate Blanchet) limps out, what are your expectations? We think this was supposed to coincide with Borderlands 3’s 2019 release, but it’s overshot the mark.
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