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Supergirl has aired its season 2 finale and there’s a lot to dig into. The episode starts with a show down between Superman and Supergirl. Queen Rhea reveals that she discovered Silver Kryptonite, allowing her to mess with Superman’s brain. Superman attacks Supergirl since he is under the impression that she is General Zod, his archrival, trying to destroy the Earth. After an action-packed battle, Supergirl defeats Superman and brings him and her sister Alex to the Fortress of Solitude before passing out. When both come to, Superman is back to normal and Kara explains what happened.

Once back in National City, the two Kryptonians get a call from the Luthor family. It is revealed that Lilian and Lena have access to technology that Lex Luthor was working on before Superman arrested him. The tech would fill the Earth’s atmosphere with Kryptonite and force Kryptonians to leave. However, they modified it by swapping Kryptonite out with lead, the weakness of the invading Daxamites. Supergirl tells them to prepare it just in case things go poorly and she challenges Rhea to a trial by combat where if Supergirl wins, the Daxamites must leave Earth. Rhea goes back on her word and Supergirl is forced to use the device, causing Rhea to die and Mon-El to flee the planet. The episode ends with Supergirl getting over her depression at the loss of Mon-El, Mon-El being swallowed by a wormhole in space, and a shot of a baby surviving the destruction of Krypton 35 years prior.

This episode had a lot of great moments. The first five minutes or so especially were the best part. Watching Superman and Supergirl square off and fight throughout National City with somewhat decent CGI was the highlight of the episode. She beats him in a believable way and he concedes her superiority over him in a way that doesn’t beat it over the audiences’ head. I also especially liked the scenes where the various heroes are saving people in the city. Not only did it finally give Mon-El a cool scene, it allowed for the return of Miss Martian and the White Martians.

Mon-El was a huge focal point in this episode considering the decision to make Earth uninhabitable to Daxamites forced him to leave. His departure at the end was very emotional and handled quite well. The impact he had on Kara was also interesting to explore. Showing her defeated and broken while the rest of her loved ones enjoyed their own relationships was a good way to drive home the point that she feels lost. I also love the ending where he gets sucked into a wormhole since that leads to infinite levels of speculation. Is he going somewhere else in the galaxy? Is he crossing universes? If he is, is he going to a universe that has already been explored on The Flash? Is he travelling through time? Each of these questions will probably be answered by season 3 but they’re fun to theorize about.

What didn’t work so much were a lot of the Superman moments. Besides the initial fight, he felt largely useless this episode, only there for fan service and backstory. I love the idea of introducing General Zod into the show and I think story-wise it was handled well but it felt off. The actor portraying him felt weird but I’m sure I can get used to him if I see him doing it more since I had the same apprehension towards their Superman actor. I also dislike a lot of the backstory choices they’ve been making. They tell stories like Superman fighting on War World, his battles with Zod, the machinations of Lex Luthor, and so on. Each of these is infinitely more interesting to me than an alien invasion story, something that we literally just saw in the CW crossover episodes.

Overall this episode was good. There were some elements I was not a fan of at all, but it had a lot of redeeming moments throughout it. Supergirl has really turned itself around since last season and I’m very excited for what season 3 will bring.

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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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