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This week on Arrow, Prometheus sets his final plan in motion. It is revealed that Prometheus’ group has been kidnapping members of Team Arrow one by one and Curtis, Thea, Quentin, Felicity, and Diggle are all taken this episode. Oliver gets a surprise visit from Malcolm Merlyn, who has just been dropped off after his time with the Legion of Doom on Legends of Tomorrow. The two team up and argue over what measures to take to stop Prometheus. After it is revealed to Oliver that his son has been kidnapped, he works with Merlyn to free Prometheus from ARGUS so that no harm will come to his loved ones. Prometheus takes them all to Lian Yu where Oliver arrives with Merlyn and Nyssa al Ghul to prepare for the final showdown next week. The episode ends with Oliver approaching Slade Wilson and asking for his help.

This was a great episode with a few minor flaws. I especially liked that the episode started with some levity, celebrating Oliver’s birthday and keeping the character development between Felicity and Oliver constant with some dialogue at the party. It was obvious that Prometheus was up to something and surprising that Team Arrow didn’t see it coming last episode. However, this episode clears up that problem by showing that Oliver knew he was up to something but let his guard down because he just wanted to believe it was over. Merlyn and Nyssa’s return to the show was great as well.

I’m very pumped for this finale, mainly considering the return of Deathstroke and seeing what it’ll take for him to actually help the Green Arrow again. There was also a very rough but well-acted couple of scenes where Oliver contemplates suicide in his past while being tortured by Kovar. In it we get to see a bit more of Laurel, which is always nice considering her character’s death in season 4, and the return of Yao Fei, the man whose hood Oliver dons as the Green Arrow.

What didn’t work is something I haven’t been a fan of ever since this season started. Actress Katie Cassidy does an excellent job playing a villain, in fact I think she’s better playing Black Siren than Black Canary. However, her introduction into Arrow was not handled as well as it could have been. Fans of all the CW shows know that Black Siren is the Earth 2 doppelgänger of Laurel Lance who was brought over to Earth 1 by Zoom in The Flash last season. However, not only was this explained in a throwaway line when she came back, they didn’t take the time to explain it to the audience. As such, fans of just Arrow are no doubt still very confused as to the whole multiple dimensions bit of plot that was forced in from The Flash. It works just fine on that show and it could work on Arrow if they took the time to explore it a bit more, but they don’t.

It was handled very poorly in this episode too since Quentin goes from believing it’s his daughter (which, by all rights, he should) to accepting she’s from another dimension way too quickly. Considering how long he spent trying to grasp the fact that she died in the first place, he accepted it far faster than he should be expected to. This is why I feel this plot point should have been introduced a bit earlier in the season, so that this episode would’ve kept its focus on Prometheus and his plan, like it should have. However, they waited and had to rush it in there instead of doing it early or waiting until season 6, where Katie Cassidy has been confirmed a series regular once more.

Overall, I liked the episode a lot. We got to see the return of a lot of different characters and moments from previous seasons, which is important since it’s all supposed to come full circle by next week. The plot with Black Siren could be handled better, but I still appreciate seeing the character and the actress do her best work in the series. Next week has some big shoes to fill considering all the plot it has to wrap up both past and present. Seeing as the rest of Arrow season 5 has been great, I’m not worried.

 

Trailer for Next Week’s Episode: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2FcWOUVIYY

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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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