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This newest episode of The Flash picks up right where last week’s ended. In it, the titular Scarlet Speedster has confronted Savitar and learned his secret identity. Confirming himself to be the future Flash, Barry has a brief battle with him until he escapes. I’m not going to even try to explain exactly who this version of the future Barry Allen is, how it works in the timeline, or what his motivations are since it would take an entire article by itself (or 3 seasons of a CW show) to do the explanation justice. The simplest way to explain it is that Savitar is an alternate timeline version of Barry from the future or a “time remnant” as they’re called in the show.

There’s also no point in explaining any further who Savitar is since he plays a very small role in this episode. Now that the team knows who Savitar is, Cisco comes up with the idea of messing with Barry’s brain slightly in order to prevent him from creating new memories. This would allow them to come at Savitar without his knowledge of the future getting in the way. However, the plan backfires when they accidentally give Barry amnesia. The rest of the episode is a fun bit of filler where Barry goes about his daily life without his memories and the antics that ensue as a result.

The trailer for this week’s episode worried me since I felt that the idea of giving the main character amnesia for an episode was cliché and boring. While it is definitely cliché, it was anything but boring this episode. The writers did a very good job with what would happen if Barry got amnesia and took basically everything into consideration. For starters, Savitar was out of commission with amnesia as well. Wally didn’t have his powers since if Barry loses his memories, Savitar (aka future Barry) couldn’t have come back in time and created the Kid Flash.

There was also a very touching dilemma that Iris went through in this episode. She saw her fiancé lose all the baggage he had from his past due to his amnesia and watched him truly thrive and enjoy life. She struggled with the idea of leaving him this way so he never needed to experience suffering the loss of his parents or carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders as the Flash. When Barry’s memories return later in the episode, Barry explains to her why he’s better off with that baggage. He tells her how when he traveled back in time to save his mom, creating the Flashpoint Paradox, he experienced the same kind of life he had with amnesia. He decided that he wanted to go back to his old life, however, when he thought about the loved ones he’d be leaving behind if he stayed that way. It was all very heartfelt and well-written.

What didn’t work for me with this episode are the villains. The actors who play Barry Allen and Caitlyn Snow are impossible to take seriously when they’re playing villains. They have far too much charisma and I’ve seen them for the entirety of the show as lovable, nerdy heroes that it just doesn’t work. They’ve finally nailed the outfit for Killer Frost, but I still only see Caitlyn when she’s on screen and the tension leaves the scene for me when she’s playing Killer Frost.

As for Savitar, I think he worked much better as some inhuman, machine, speed god than he does as a regular guy. He was much more intimidating behind the mask, but that’s been the case with every major Flash villain in the show thus far. I applaud the writers for taking a risk with Barry’s character but I still think it’s fallen flat on its face so far. That isn’t to say it can’t become more compelling, especially since the idea of the main character being his own worst enemy is usually the means for a pretty good story. However, actor Grant Gustin will have to bring it as Savitar the next few episodes to justify this plot twist for me. Overall the episode was very good with only a few minor issues bogging it down.

 

Trailer for Next Week’s Episode:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2z3md4OUXXE

I spend most of my days working towards my Writing and Rhetoric degree at the University of Central Florida, but I spend a lot of my down time keeping up to date on the best TV, movies, and video games the industry has to offer. Here I put all of that extended time to use discussing each of them in-depth.

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The cast of the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 film has added an exciting new addition with the inclusion of Shadow, who will be voiced by the talented Keanu Reeves

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After a long wait, it appears that the search for a capable Hollywood actor to bring the brooding Shadow the Hedgehog to life has come to an end. Keanu Reeves, a renowned actor known for his iconic roles in film franchises such as The Matrix and John Wick, as well as his involvement in the highly anticipated game Cyberpunk 2077, has officially been cast for the role.

Speculation has been running wild lately, but The Hollywood Reporter has officially confirmed the casting, citing reliable sources in the know. News of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 being showcased at Cinemacon has quickly spread. Reeves is sure to bring his own special touch to the role, but it’s uncertain how well he will mesh with the mustachioed Dr. Robotnik, as Jim Carrey is set to reprise the character.

What are your thoughts on Keanu Reeves being cast as Shadow the Hedgehog in Sonic the Hedgehog 3? Please avoid sharing fan art in the comments section below.

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Fallout – RPG Series Continues to Impress on the Small Screen

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Television series that draw inspiration from video games have now reached a commendable level of quality. As a result, the anticipation surrounding Fallout’s adaptation is greater than it would have been in the past. HBO and PlayStation Productions demonstrated the potential for success when adapting a game into a film with The Last of Us. They then continued their winning streak with a more lighthearted Twisted Metal adaptation.

In the ever-expanding realm of TV and film adaptations, Amazon Prime is now bringing us Fallout, a brand new story set in the post-apocalyptic universe of Bethesda’s beloved RPG series. This film transports the audience to Los Angeles, where the wasteland proves to be a tragic setting, both underground and on the irradiated surface. It successfully captures the action, story-telling, deep cast of characters, and twisted humor that the games are known for. Amazon Prime breathes new life into the beloved Fallout franchise with a series that will surely make fans proud.

The inaugural season consists of eight episodes, each running between 45 minutes and one hour. The story unfolds through the eyes of three distinct characters who swiftly find themselves entangled in each other’s endeavors. Lucy, the undeniable focal point of the story, embarks on a relentless quest through the desolate wasteland in pursuit of her abducted father, who was snatched away from their sanctuary in Vault 33. Maximus is a member of the Brotherhood of Steel, while The Ghoul is a resurrected bounty hunter with a captivating and enigmatic history.

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The connection between the three characters revolves around a reward offered for capturing an escaped Enclave scientist. However, this is just the beginning of a captivating and suspenseful story. Lucy’s choice to venture out of the secure Vault 33 is just one piece of a larger narrative that stretches back to the time before the devastating bombings. At this point, Fallout truly showcases its potential and fearlessly pushes the boundaries of the franchise, surpassing any of Bethesda’s previous games. The results are absolutely captivating.

What’s truly remarkable is that even after Lucy leaves the vault, the captivating narrative beneath the surface continues to unfold. The events that unfold in Vault 33 after her departure are truly captivating, adding a layer of intrigue to the entire series. The aftermath of these events brings about shocking revelations that have a profound impact on the lives of its residents. With the inclusion of frequent flashback scenes, viewers are provided with a comprehensive understanding of how the passage of time has influenced the transformation of Los Angeles from a thriving city to a desolate wasteland.

They are arguably the weakest aspect of the show. The abundance of dialogue in each scene can become tedious at times. However, these scenes play a crucial role in providing a comprehensive understanding of Vault-Tec and its nefarious intentions for the City of Angels and beyond.

Lucy starts off with a relatively modest plot. Stepping out of Vault 33, she brings her cheerful demeanor into the unforgiving world of the Los Angeles wasteland, maintaining an optimistic perspective in every circumstance. Maximus, however, is well acquainted with the harsh realities of the desert-like badlands. Constantly tormented within the ranks of the Brotherhood of Steel, his once unwavering devotion and loyalty to the clan have been severely shaken. The Ghoul truly brings the Bloody Mess perk to life during shootouts, creating a captivating spectacle. Additionally, his character arc is truly fascinating, especially when his guns remain untouched in their holsters. We won’t reveal too much about his story to avoid spoiling it, allowing the show to speak for itself.

The ensemble of supporting characters, combined with the performances of the three leads, effectively portray the post-apocalyptic world from various angles. Lucy, as the newcomer, brings a fresh perspective, while The Ghoul, a seasoned veteran, adds a gritty and experienced presence. The audience is granted a brief glimpse into the characters’ challenges and hardships before the main mission takes center stage, cleverly establishing the setting through well-crafted vignettes.

The Los Angeles wasteland is portrayed as a character in its own right, with a focus on the conversational aspects of the Fallout IP rather than the action-packed elements. This adaptation places a strong emphasis on its characters, delighting in its skillful portrayal of the games’ multiple-choice dialogue system in a non-interactive format. Lucy and Maximus, in their own unique ways, choose to resolve conflicts through dialogue rather than violence. However, The Ghoul takes a different approach, favoring a more aggressive resolution. When he’s unleashed upon a gang of raiders, the pace intensifies, resulting in gripping and enjoyable confrontations.

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This product truly captures the essence of the Fallout universe while also forging its own unique path instead of relying on Fallout 4. Mentions of the games are few and far between, with in-world items such as stimpaks and radaways being some of the most common nostalgic nods. It succeeds admirably as a self-contained story that almost everyone can enjoy despite the absence of recognizable actors or settings. Those who stumble upon the show while browsing through Amazon Prime may find themselves facing some challenges, especially if they are new to the series. The TV series is enjoyable on its own, but it assumes that viewers have a basic understanding of the Fallout universe, including the vaults and the wasteland. If Mom and Dad decide to give the show a chance with their Saturday night takeaway, they might find themselves a bit overwhelmed.

Fallout is yet another standout addition to the ever-growing list of exceptional video game adaptations in recent times. The game successfully captures the essence of the series, paving the way for new possibilities beyond traditional gameplay. It manages to recreate the familiar atmosphere and even revive the nostalgic tunes that have been long forgotten. If Fallout is the aftermath, then perhaps the LA wasteland isn’t as dreadful as it seems. This adaptation of Bethesda’s RPG series, Fallout, is truly exceptional. It presents a captivating story that easily rivals the plots of its video game counterparts. This is a must-see for all fans of the series.

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The video teaser for Fallout Prime showcases a vault dweller who undergoes wasteland justice

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Recently, we had the opportunity to witness Amazon’s remarkable rendition of the renowned WRPG series Fallout. Assuming that the initial observation failed to sufficiently stimulate your atomic curiosity,. Therefore, we have an additional video showcasing our main characters in action: Lucy, who resides in a vault (Ella Purnell), The Ghoul (Walton Goggins), and Maximus, a squire from the Brotherhood of Steel (Aaron Clifton Moten).

The group interaction is briefly observed in the two-minute film. Fortunately, for those who appreciate the trajectory of the television series, there is not a significant delay until the complete season becomes available. Commencing on April 11th, all episodes will be accessible on Prime Video, and we will be eagerly anticipating the arrival of the days.

Another noteworthy development in Fallout is the resurgence of a highly absurd modification in Fallout: New Vegas, which enables players to enlist Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst as a buddy. In light of recent developments, it is evident that the future prospects of the ongoing multiplayer experiment Fallout 76 are promising, given the substantial participation of over 17 million players since its first release.
What is your opinion on Amazon’s approach to Fallout? Do you plan to examine it in April? Please provide your feedback in the comments area here.

 

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