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This week’s episode of Supergirl is more about a side character than the Girl of Steel herself. In it, Jimmy Olsen struggles to find his place as the superhero Guardian while looking after an alien boy named Marcus whose mother had attacked a nearby city block. It’s revealed later that this particular species of alien is susceptible to a specific frequency reached through the generation of portals. Queen Rhea of the planet Daxam has been secretly making a portal with the help of Lena Luthor for her own nefarious purposes. After Jimmy manages to calm the aliens who are adversely affected by the portal, a fleet of Daxamite ships appear and prepare to conquer Earth.

While Supergirl spends most of the episode off hunting down Marcus’ mother, Jimmy is beginning to question his role as Guardian. At the beginning, he saves a woman from being mugged and she shows herself to be more terrified of him than the muggers. Later, he struggles with connecting to Marcus in order to help find his mother. As it goes on, Jimmy’s insecurities about his role are made more and more apparent until Jean gives him a pep talk and he manages to save the day in the end.

This episode made me start to appreciate Jimmy’s character a bit more. I wasn’t really a fan of his role in the first season since he literally existed as a plot point to motivate Supergirl and nothing else. From there, he didn’t have much to do in the story so the writers decided to give him the mantle of the Guardian superhero. While a nice, edgy counterbalance to Supergirl’s up, up and away story, I couldn’t help but feel they should’ve used Batman here instead of making Jimmy the Guardian. He clearly exists in this universe and has his biggest shout out in this episode than any previous episode in the series which only made me want that more.

However, they found a place for Jimmy in this episode. He, himself, understands how useless he is in the story and this episode was largely about him reconciling with that and finding his use. He manages to motivate the aliens at the end of the episode far more as himself than the Guardian. This shows that his secret identity works just fine as a character. As for his superhero alter-ego, he will no doubt find plenty of use in the next few episodes considering the alien invasion of Earth. Beyond that, it’s up to the writers to find a new way to keep his character relevant when season 3 comes around.

As for what didn’t work very well in this episode, there are several instances throughout where the audience would have to suspend their disbelief in order for them to work. One of the biggest is that there’s absolutely no way given how active Guardian has been as a hero these past few months that this is the first time someone was afraid of him. The other huge instance is when Rhea has a moustache-twirling, not-so-subtle evil chat with Supergirl on Lena Luthor’s phone in front of her in a room filled with people and no one notices. To be fair, this is the same show where the main character is an alien girl who flies around in a cape and skirt, is indestructible, and has laser beam eyes and super strength. However, they’re still flaws and took me out of the show when they happened.

Overall this episode was pretty average. It wasn’t great but it also wasn’t bad. There’s the usual over-the-top comic book silliness that exists throughout the show, but if you’re still watching Supergirl and enjoying it at this point then you probably don’t care about that.

 

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‘Amazing’ Final Fantasy Movie Inspired The Marvels Director

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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.

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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.

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Netflix raises prices again after strong subscriber growth

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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)

In France:

  • 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.

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Last of Us HBO Showrunner Quietly Removes Name from Troubled Borderlands Flick

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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.

To clarify, the Borderlands film finished filming in 2021, but Roth was replaced by Tim Miller (Deadpool) in January.

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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