Archive for February 10, 2019
For three years, the series Lucifer, loosely based on the DC Vertigo comic of the same name, aired on the broadcast network Fox. Following the adventures of the devil himself, Lucifer Morningstar, as he served as a consultant to LAPD detective Chloe Decker, the series blended the familiar nature of procedural series with plenty of humor and supernatural mysteries. The series was never a massive hit in the ratings, but it acquired a considerable worldwide online fanbase, and a few staunch media critic supporters, too.
After a longer than usual wait, Season 4 is finally on the way, and fans everywhere are eager to know what's in store for their favorite crime fighting duo. We may not know much about what the season holds, but this is what we know so far.
8 IT'S MOVING TO NETFLIX
It's not every day that a cancelled cult hit series gets a second chance. Lucifer is one of the rare exceptions to that rule. After being cancelled after three seasons by Fox, Lucifer's dedicated fans all across the world embarked on a social media campaign to try and save their show.
Rumors swirled for weeks - would it be picked up by another network, or one of the many streaming platforms, or not at all? Finally, in June 2018, the news came that Netflix had ordered a fourth season of the series, set to release some time in 2019.
7 GRAHAM MCTAVISH IS JOINING THE CAST
With Lieutenant Marcus Pierce, also known as Cain, presumably out of the picture, it was only a matter of time before Lucifer found another religion related nemesis. For Season 4, that role may be filled by the character of Father Kinley, who has been described as a "kind, deeply empathetic and revered priest."
Played by Outlander and Preacher scene stealer Graham McTavish, Father Kinley is "profoundly committed to guarding his flock. That includes doing whatever it takes to keep mankind safe from evil — which doesn’t bode well for a certain devil living in Los Angeles." It suffices to say that the relationship between Lucifer and Father Kinley will provide the series with plenty of conflict for the whole season.
6 IT'S GOING TO BE 10 EPISODES
A common complaint among even the most dedicated of Lucifer fans during its third season was that the series often felt as though it was spinning its wheels. One of the hazard of lengthy broadcast television seasons is that series are often required to produce more episodes than the stories that they are telling likely need. A benefit of the move to Netflix, therefore, is that the season will be a tightly packed, streamlined 10 episodes.
Leading man Tom Ellis is particularly excited about the change: “I’m excited about the fact that we are 10 episodes now as opposed to 22, which means we can get right down to the storytelling, and every episode will count. From my point of view as an actor, that’s great.”
5 AMENADIEL'S SISTER IS BEING INTRODUCED
The sibling rivalry between angelic Amenadiel and devilish Lucifer, as well as their underlying love for one another, has long been one of the most integral parts of the series. We've met some of the duo's siblings so far, including trouble maker Uriel and messenger Azrael, but season four is posed to introduce a truly unique angel - one of Amenadiel's siblings, who may not be a sibling of Lucifer's.
Actress Vinessa Vidotto will have a guest starring role as Remiel, one of Amenadiel's younger angel siblings who looks up to him but struggles with feeling "under-appreciated or overshadowed while struggling to match his towering standards."
4 SEASON FOUR PREMIERE'S TITLE
When the third season finale of Lucifer came to its dramatic end, the series had already been cancelled, and fans were left to deal with a truly surprising cliffhanger. Chloe, long left in the dark about Lucifer's identity despite plenty of signs along the way, finally bore witness to the disturbing reality of his devil face - and before she could react, the finale was over.
It goes without saying that fans have plenty of reason to be worried about what comes next for the beloved duo of Lucifer and Chloe. But with the season premiere's title being "Everything's Okay," maybe there's hope for a peaceful connection between these two after all.
3 FUN SHOUTOUT TO FAN CAMPAIGN
We've already talked about the social media fan campaign that was launched around the world in an effort to get Lucifer picked up by another network. Using the #SaveLucifer hashtag, fans racked up thousands upon thousands of tweets, Instagram posts, petitions, YouTube videos, and more.
As a fun tip of the hat toward the fans that made this all possible, showrunner Joe Henderson has revealed that episode nine - the penultimate of the season - will, in fact, be titled "Save Lucifer." We have no way of knowing just what that means contextually at this point, but the sweetness of the gesture still stands.
2 MORE FREEDOM WITH ADULT CONTENT
One of the pitfalls of airing on broadcast television involves having to conform to standards and practices rating requirements. As a result, Lucifer, a character predisposed to indulging in all sorts of sins, had a relatively modest lifestyle, while the series did as much as it could to push the boundaries and test their limits. Now airing on Netflix, however, all bets are off as to what content the series can include.
One thing that may definitely be making an appearance? A little more skin. According to Tom Ellis, "I think Joe Henderson, our showrunner, has been adamant that he wants to have my bum on screen for three seasons and now we can finally do that.”
1 INBAR LAVI IS JOINING THE SHOW AS EVE
In a series about the man blamed for the creation of sin, it was only a matter of time before the world's original sinner arrived to stir up some trouble. Inbar Lavi, who previously starred in the short-lived series Imposters, will be appearing in the heavily recurring role of Eve, who has come to earth because, according to TV Insider's report, "After an eternity with Adam, she’s grown restless in her marriage and longs for a less predictable time when things were exciting. Naughty. Dangerous."
Eve reportedly, "misses her hot and heavy first love...the charming rogue who tempted her so many years ago. That’s right, the devil himself…Lucifer." And as this exclusive photo from TV Line shows, Lucifer may be the one who's tempted this time around.
The Office might have been a show about a paper company, but it wasn’t really about the day-to-day operations of the business. What really made the show great was the ridiculous, over-the-top characters that viewers grew to love. The show made you invested in the lives, romances, and struggles of the characters, but a lot of the hilarious fun came from seeing the hijinks that employees got up to or dealt with while at work.
The sales team was definitely the backbone of keeping Dunder Mifflin Scranton up and going, but some of the sales people were definitely better at their job than others. We’ve put together a list of the Scranton Sales Team ranked from worst to best!
9 TODD PACKER
“Who has two thumbs and hates Todd Packer?” Jim and pretty much everything else.
Todd Packer truly was the worst. He basically sexually harassed every person he encountered and insulted everyone all the time. It’s amazing that Dunder Mifflin kept him around for as long as they did, even given how many bad employees the company has had. When Packer was finally fired, it was a great moment in the series. He was gross and thought he was wonderful. Good riddance.
8 RYAN HOWARD
Ryan might have started out as a fairly normal temp, but he became worse and worse as the series went on. He was promoted to sales, but the show mentioned multiple times how he never really made a sale. When promoted to Vice President of Sales, he treated everyone around him horribly and ended up committing fraud. Ryan is a character who thinks he’s much smarter and better than he is, and his treatment of Kelly was pretty crappy throughout the series.
7 ANDY BERNARD
Andy Bernard is not a great salesman. There are multiple scenes in the show that show him messing up sales calls, and Andy himself even mentions that he’s not very good at his job. Plus, he punched a hole in the wall... twice. Andy’s heart was never in the sales game, and he loved acapella and performing way more than his job. While Andy did become better at his job over time, he also becomes manager and then goes on a sailing trip around the world for three months while lying about his whereabouts. Unfortunately, Andy treated Erin pretty poorly in the last season, and overall he just became insufferable.
6 STANLEY HUDSON
Stanley was just there to run out the lock and make it to retirement. While that’s definitely relatable in many ways, he for sure wasn’t invested in his job. He clearly had the ability to make sales and do his job when he really needed to, but most of the time, he was more interested in his crossword puzzles and rolling his eyes at Michael Scott. While Stanley definitely had some sales skills, he wasn’t a top salesman.
5 PHYLLIS VANCE
Phyllis is definitely a character that was underestimated by her co-workers. While she was never a top salesperson, she was a solid player. In one episode, Phyllis goes on a joint sales call with Karen Filippelli and shows that she’s more astute at the sales game than most people realize. While Michael, Dwight, and others didn’t ever treat Phyllis very well, there was never any indication that she couldn’t do her job. She probably would have done even better if working in a less stressful environment.
4 DANNY CORDRA
Danny Cordray was a really great salesman. He was so good that Michael, Dwight, and Jim working together couldn’t outsell him when Danny was still working for Osprey Paper. Michael Scott solved this problem by hiring Danny as a traveling salesman for Dunder Mifflin. While he wasn’t in the show very much, and might not have appreciated Pam when the two briefly dated, he was objectively one of the best salespeople around.
3 KAREN FILIPPELL
Karen is a character that gets more hate than she deserves. While she and Jim definitely weren’t meant to be together and everyone was just waiting for Pam and Jim to get their act together, she never did anything horrible. Karen was also a good saleswoman who clearly had a handle on her job. After leaving Scranton, she even became the regional manager of the Utica branch. Without all the drama of Scranton and relationship issues, Karen clearly had the chops to be a great leader and saleswoman.
2 JIM HALPERT
Jim was definitely shown to be one of the best in sales throughout the show. He was promoted at various times to different positions, including co-manager with Michael. Jim was able to do well because he’s smart and also has better people skills than most of the people at Dunder Mifflin Scranton. However, Jim never really had a passion for sales, and he found something he truly loved doing when he founded Athlead. And, in the end, Jim was really at Dunder Mifflin for Pam, not the job.
1 DWIGHT K. SCHRUTE
Dwight might not have always been very likable, but he sure was great at his job. He was consistently top salesman in the entire company and was extremely dedicated to Dunder Mifflin. As the series went on, Dwight also grew as a person and ended up becoming regional manager of Scranton in season nine. While in his younger days he didn’t have the wisdom needed to run a branch, in the end, he became one of the best managers Dunder Mifflin had seen. It’s only fitting that the best salesman throughout the series got what he always wanted and stayed the most committed to the company.
Captain America: The First Avenger provides compelling proof that Marvel Studios changed plans when they turned the Tesseract into an Infinity Stone. Over the last decade, Marvel has developed a well-earned reputation for playing the long game. Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame have been sold as the ultimate payoff for 11 years' worth of superhero adventures, bringing an end to a single continuous narrative that's been in the works since Tony Stark suited up as Iron Man in 2008.
In reality, of course, Marvel's approach is actually very adaptive. When they hit upon a good idea, they retcon their own history to make it work, and the Infinity Stones were one such retcon. The Tesseract itself is actually based on another powerful item from the comics, the Cosmic Cube, which was even known as the Tesseract in the modernized Ultimate Universe comics. When Marvel committed to Thanos and the Infinity Stones, they realized they'd already introduced some powerful and mysterious objects that could easily be an Infinity Stone, and the Tesseract was one of them.
There's just one problem: when you look back at Phase One, it's pretty clear that the Tesseract was never really intended to be the Space Stone at all.
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The retcon actually happened in 2013's Thor: The Dark World, the first Marvel movie to explicitly reference the Infinity Stones. There are two key scenes that build up the mythology of the Stones. In the first, Odin discovered the Aether inside Jane Foster, and referred to the Book of Yggdrasil to explain what the Aether was. He revealed that there are a number of relics that predate the universe itself, most of which appear as Stones, with the Aether being an exception. The idea was revisited in the post-credits scene, in which Sif and Volstagg handed over the Aether to the Collector for safekeeping. When the Collector inquired as to why the Aether couldn't be kept in Odin's Vault, Volstagg gave a simple explanation. "The Tesseract is already on Asgard," he told the Collector. "It is not wise to keep two Infinity Stones so close together."
Thor: The Dark World, then, is an important step along the journey to Avengers: Infinity War. Odin and Volstagg effectively introduced the Infinity Stones to the average viewer, with the All-Father presenting their MCU backstory and Volstagg confirming that the Tesseract is one of them. But this was actually the first time anybody had referenced the Tesseract as an Infinity Stone, both on-screen and in interviews. Even the Red Skull - who possessed a copy of the Book of Yggdrasil, and so should have known all about the Infinity Stones - was only interested in the Tesseract. Meanwhile, in interviews Joss Whedon happily referred to the Tesseract by its original comic book name, the Cosmic Cube, another object that Thanos was obsessed with for a while in the comics.
The Cosmic Cubes are artificial matrices that tap into the almost unlimited power of another dimension. They're objects of tremendous power; one ancient Cosmic Cube destroyed a third of the alien Skrull Empire. Cosmic Cubes can be used to alter the shape of reality itself, warping time and space in any way the wielder wishes, or can rewrite people's minds. Fascinatingly, a Cosmic Cube is sophisticated enough to gain a measure of sentience, but it tends to absorb aspects of the personality of its wielder. That means when a power-hungry despot gets hold of a Cosmic Cube, it becomes a terrifying force of destruction.
Both Captain America: The First Avenger and, indeed, The Avengers treat the Tesseract as a Cosmic Cube. When the Red Skull acquires the Tesseract, he recognizes it as a source of unlimited power, and Hydra tap into its energy to create weapons that are far beyond anything used by the Nazis or the Allies. An episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 1, "084," revealed that the power contained within these weapons doesn't degrade with time; it is every bit as dangerous in 2013 as it had been in the 1940s. In 2012, Loki creates a device to open a wormhole over New York, using the Tesseract to power it. The Tesseract, then, is clearly understood as being a source of unlimited and inexhaustible power. Incidentally, The Avengers even implies Loki's Scepter was a Tesseract-powered object, which explains why the God of Mischief could use the Scepter to manipulate the Tesseract and transport himself to Earth in an unstable wormhole.
There are even subtle hints that the Tesseract is gaining sentience. "The Tesseract has awakened," the Other tells Loki, and throughout The Avengers the object appears to be exerting an influence on everybody around it. In one scene, it is the Tesseract itself that tells Hawkeye to launch his sneak attack on the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier. It appears to have mimicked the personality of Loki, the Machiavellian mastermind who's wielding it at the time. That's just what you'd expect from a Cosmic Cube, and none of this fits at all with the idea that the Tesseract is the Space Stone.
Marvel's plans tend to change and develop over time. Through most of Phase 1, the only objective Marvel really had was to get to The Avengers. That was a make-it-or-break-it moment for the entire shared universe model; if The Avengers had gone wrong, Marvel would have needed to conduct a dramatic course-correction. It was actually Joss Whedon who decided to introduce Thanos into the MCU in the post-credits scene of The Avengers, unwittingly launching the MCU in an ambitious and bold direction. As Whedon explained in an interview with Slash Film back in 2012:
"[Thanos] for me is the most powerful and fascinating Marvel villain. He’s the great grand daddy of the badasses and he’s in love with death and I just think that’s so cute. For me, the greatest Avengers was THE AVENGERS annual that Jim Starlin did followed by THE THING 2 in 1 that contained the death of Adam Warlock. Those were some of the most important texts and I think underrated milestones in Marvel history and Thanos is all over that, so somebody had to be in control and had to be behind Loki’s work and I was like "It’s got to be Thanos." And they said "Okay" and I’m like "Oh my God!""
Marvel had originally introduced the Tesseract in Captain America: The First Avenger to add a sci-fi element to the period piece. "We then started to build the Cube into the mythology of the other movies," Kevin Feige told Syfy Wire. "We started to realize that a lot of these films required MacGuffins like the Orb in Guardians of the Galaxy, the scepter in the first Avengers film. And the notion that all of them could be a Stone started to come about right around the time Joss wrote that little tag in Avengers 1." The studio began to consider Thanos as the greatest villain of the MCU, and by 2014 could announce a Phase 3 slate that would take them all the way up to Avengers: Infinity War.
Viewed through this lens, Thor: The Dark World is something of a course-correction, with the Tesseract rewritten as an Infinity Stone. It's not a perfect retcon; where does the Tesseract's inexhaustible supply of power come from? What is the relationship between the Scepter and the Tesseract? And why do Loki and Thor need devices to use the Tesseract, rather than simply being able to open portals with it at will like Thanos? It doesn't quite work; but there's a sense in which that doesn't matter. Marvel pulled it off, the viewers have accepted it, and the idea has been absorbed into the ever-evolving narrative of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
History is gearing up for more from its Templar Knights saga Knightfall, with the first trailer for season 2, which introduces Mark Hamill’s battle-hardened warrior, Talus. Hamill’s involvement is a big win for the series, which is looking to capitalize on the success of the soon-to-be-ending Vikings, bringing a highly stylized aesthetic to the genre of historical fiction. The series’ first season was in many ways a fascinating departure from the tales of Ragnar Lothbrok and his sons, while also being clearly cut from the same narrative cloth. And while the first season of Knightfall leaned heavily into notions of conspiracy and other shadowy plots, the second season looks as though it will be exploring more of the inner demons haunting its central character Landy (Tom Cullen).
Now, the series can also look forward to earning some geek cred, too, as Hamill inevitably brings with him memories of not only Luke Skywalker, but also his years giving voice to the Joker in various animated forms. It also looks as though his role here won’t be some sort of one-off attention grab, as the trailer clearly positions Talus as an important figure in not only the pending war between the Templar Knights and King Philip of France (Ed Stoppard), but also in the redemption of Landry himself.
Landry’s ruin was at the heart of the first season’s final run, one which saw him banished from the Templars for his dalliance with the queen that resulted in a child. Here, the trailer wastes no time in establishing he’s welcomed back into the fold, albeit as an initiate with the order. Check out the trailer below:
Once again, watching the trailer it’s hard to put Hamill’s past iconic roles out one’s thought as he’s seen playing the role of steely mentor to recently re-instated Landry. Hamill is certainly diving into the role with plenty of gusto, as he’s not only decked out in plenty of make-up and an impressive wig, but he’s also adopted an intriguing voice, one that’s showcased quite often in the trailer. The end result looks to be a slightly overcooked but certainly entertaining new season that repositions the series around a much more compelling conflict than season 1.
Whether or not that prove to be true remains to be seen, but as History ramps up the marketing for the new season of Knightfall it’s all but certain the network will be putting Mark Hamill front and center. Perhaps that’ll mean a whole new audience will be tuning in when the season premiere in March.
Knightfall season 2 premieres Monday, March 25 @9pm on History.
In a resurfaced clip, Aquaman's King Orm - Patrick Wilson - performs as Queen singer Freddie Mercury, leading to the desire for an Atlantean musical. Wilson has been acting in major movies for a long time now, but with Aquaman hauling in over $1 billion worldwide, it's likely that his role within the latest DCEU movie is Wilson's most visible to date. To that end, Orm has quickly amassed his own fanbase, with many pointing out that his beefs against the surface world are perfectly valid, even if a murderous response isn't justified.
Of course, Aquaman wasn't Wilson's first foray into the superhero movie world, having played Night Owl in Zack Snyder's 2009 adaptation of Watchmen. However, those only familiar with Wilson via his work in comic book-based movies might not be aware that he's got a long history in musical theater, and is a talented singer and musician. His musical chops even crossed over a bit into The Conjuring franchise, which featured Wilson singing Elvis songs.
While Aquaman ended up near the top of the list when it came to 2018's highest-grossing films, not too far behind was the acclaimed Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek) biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. While the film's ties to fired director Bryan Singer have led to some hand-wringing during awards season, Bohemian Rhapsody cleaned up at the box office, earning more than $800 million worldwide. A newly resurfaced clip from early 2018 now combines those two great tastes, featuring Aquaman star Wilson performing the classic "Somebody to Love" as Mercury, complete with white Live Aid-esque attire and mustache. Check it out below.
While Wilson isn't quite as good a substitute for the legendary Mercury as Malek was in Bohemian Rhapsody, he still has a ton of fun with the performance, even hilariously ripping off the mustache in dramatic fashion. Wilson is clearly a fan of Mercury and Queen, and is obviously having a grand time belting out one of the band's signature hits. When a clip from the above performance was shared on Twitter, fellow Aquaman actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen (Black Manta) responded with an amusing demand for Wilson to star in a musical Aquaman sequel. It's not clear why he followed that request with angry face emojis, but the Black Manta swims in mysterious ways.
Is the above video of Wilson performing as Mercury kind of silly? Sure. Will Orm be singing in Aquaman 2? Realistically, probably not. Still, the world is a rough place, and sometimes one just needs to chill out and watch a movie star impersonate a rock icon. Perhaps if Jason Momoa's Arthur Curry had been aware of his brother's penchant for power ballads, they would have bonded a lot sooner, and Aquaman's familial battle could've been avoided altogether.