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The Flash Season 3 has come to an end. The finale starts with Iris lying dead in Barry’s arms. Except it’s not actually Iris. “She” has enough energy left to use HR’s facial transmogrification device revealing that Iris switched places with HR, who felt guilty over letting Savitar find her last episode. HR gives Barry one last message to give to Cisco before he dies and the team regroups at STAR Labs. Barry follows the advice given to him by Captain Cold in the last episode and decides to deal with this as a hero and not out of vengeance.

Barry travels to Savitar’s hideout where the latter is forcing Cisco to work on the Speed Force Bazooka to change it into a quantum splicer. Savitar’s plan is to have Killer Frost shoot him with the device after opening a portal in order to split his existence across all time, becoming a god. Barry tries to stop this and convinces Savitar to come back to STAR Labs and work together. However, after the cold response he gets from most of the team and the logical questions he has about how he would even fit into their lives, Savitar gives up and leaves. Gypsy saves Cisco from Savitar, Cisco saves Jay from the Speed Force, and they all team up to fight. Killer Frost regains her sanity and Iris shoots Savitar before he can stab Barry in the back. The episode ends with Barry taking Jay’s place in the Speed Force Prison once things start going awry in Central City.

There were a lot of cool moments in this episode. The acting was on point from everyone, especially when Savitar arrives at STAR Labs and when Flash enters the Speed Force. Everyone’s reactions to Savitar being there are perfectly in line with their character, especially Tracy’s after the death of HR. At the end, I even got a little teary-eyed when Barry was saying goodbye to everyone, especially to Joe.

The final fight was the highlight of the episode. Not only was it great to see everyone team up to fight Savitar and Killer Frost, there were a lot of awesome moments. Black Flash got a really quick cameo, Killer Frost regains her sanity in the best way possible by saving Cisco from Savitar, the speedster chase sequence was exhilarating, Flash phasing in and controlling Savitar’s suit is now my favorite scene in the show, and Iris killing Savitar is poetic and satisfying.

That being said, this is far from a perfect episode. All these awesome things did happen and I loved seeing them, but the circumstances in which they happened were lackluster to say the least. Black Flash’s cameo especially bugged me since it looks like he was killed off not even ten seconds into the scene. I loved the fight sequence between the Flashes and Savitar but it was missing Jesse Quick, who had absolutely no mention this episode. It was great to see Harry again but his role was diminished to pep talks which is sad considering how great his character is. Also, why did Barry have to be the one to enter the Speed Force? Both Wally and Jay have been established as characters who would gladly sacrifice themselves for such a situation and neither spoke up. Jay didn’t even speak let alone say bye to Barry or thank him for taking his place.

The biggest issue bogging down this episode was the Iris bait and switch. I’m sad to say the writers didn’t stick to their guns here. I think Iris is honestly the best character in the show which is something that is highlighted in this episode. She not only ends up being the one killing Savitar in some marvelously poetic justice, she also spends a good chunk of this episode trying to save him, showing how she’s an even better hero than the main character. All that being said, the writers chickened out of what could’ve been a huge and emotional move for the show.

I think this episode is a perfect allegory for the rest of The Flash Season 3: a lot of cool moments and elements but each of those was hampered down by questionable writing and plot decisions. I did enjoy these moments on the surface, but they felt shallow and cheap. Here’s hoping Season 4 picks up in quality.

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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Sony is reportedly engaged in discussions to form a partnership for a potential bid on Paramount

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There hasn’t been much buzz lately about any new acquisitions in the world of video game intellectual property. According to a recent report, Sony is currently engaged in discussions with a well-funded partner to potentially acquire the renowned film studio Paramount, along with all the exciting possibilities that come with such a merger.

As reported in the New York Times (thanks, ResetEra), Sony Picture Entertainment is reportedly in discussions with Apollo Global Management, an investment firm, as per two sources familiar with the matter. In the past, Apollo had made an offer to acquire Paramount for a minimum of $26 billion, but their bid was ultimately turned down.

The terms of the joint bid are currently under discussion, and there is a chance that the two parties may decide against making a formal offer. Unnamed sources have revealed that Paramount is currently in exclusive discussions with Skydance, preventing any official offer from being made at this time. Investor opposition to the recent deal that Skydance brought seems to have been significant.

The potential impact of such an acquisition is immense. First and foremost, it would introduce adaptations of Sonic and Halo into the expanding media empire of the PlayStation platform holder. Following the announcement, Paramount’s stock experienced a significant 11% surge in after-hours trading.

What are your thoughts on the news? Is there a possibility of Sony acquiring Paramount? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Fallout Season 2 has been confirmed as the show continues to captivate audiences, making it one of Amazon’s most-watched series

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Amazon has just made the exciting announcement that a second season of the highly acclaimed Fallout TV adaptation is in the works. Fans can look forward to another thrilling installment of the series, which will be exclusively available on the Amazon Prime streaming service. Confirmation has arrived regarding the second batch of episodes for the series, following the acquisition of $25 million in Californian tax credits.

In just four days after its release, Fallout has already captivated audiences, quickly becoming one of Amazon Prime’s most-watched TV shows of all time. It has garnered immense popularity, rivaling even the acclaimed season of The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power.

The Fallout TV show has caused a massive surge in sales for the newer games, resulting in a staggering 7,500% increase in purchases of Fallout 4 in Europe. Fallout 76, Fallout 3, and Fallout: New Vegas were also among the top 10 best-selling games across the continent last week. Next week, the highly anticipated PS5 version of Fallout 4 will be released, offering players an enhanced visual experience with new graphical modes. Additionally, players can look forward to exciting new content from the Creation Club.

Considering the potential for character development and narrative arcs, it would be intriguing to see where season two takes Lucy, Maximus, and The Ghoul. Without revealing any spoilers, it’s exciting to speculate on the possible directions their stories could go. We would greatly appreciate your feedback in the comments section.

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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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