Archive for August 31, 2019
Gears of War fans may have a lot to look forward to when Gears 5 drops, but at least one of its developers says the most exciting part is finally getting answers to some of the series’ lingering questions. More than a decade after the original game’s release (and even longer in the franchise’s fictional timeline), there are still plenty of important details about the storyline that fans and characters alike are dying to know.
With its gun-mounted chainsaws and exceedingly buff protagonists, Gears of War might look like a mindless shooter, but that appearance hides a surprisingly dense backstory. In short, the planet Sera is transformed by the discovery of an abundant clean energy source called Imulsion, which eventually leads to economic disparity, war, and a complete rewriting of global politics. Years later, a hostile species called the Locust invade the surface from its underground home, leading in due time to the near destruction of humanity. What makes the story more interesting than it might seem at first is how it delves into the reasons for the Locust’s invasion, which involve that supposedly clean energy source, the discovery of a common enemy, and some human intervention.
Gears 5 takes place more than 25 years after the original game, but it seems like it will explore Sera’s past as much as it charts its future. Bonnie Jean Mah, Gears of War franchise narrative lead at The Coalition, told Screen Rant that the new game would resolve some questions that were raised back in the first three games.
“With Gears 5, I'm so excited for fans to get answers to things that maybe were brought up games and games ago. I can't say much about it here, but I think that fans are going to be rewarded for some of those questions that were brought up in the original trilogy.”
Those questions likely include how much government leaders knew about Imulsion before it started causing problems and what kind of contact humans had with the Locust before they emerged to attack the surface. Gears 5’s protagonist, Kait Diaz, has a closer relationship to the Locust than any previous character in the game, and her journey to learn the secrets of her past could serve as a way to reveal more to players as well.
Of course, Gears 5 is still an action game, and its focus on expanding the story doesn’t look like it will come at the expense of its combat. As Mah explains it, “All of our story is meant to give motivation to the gameplay.” Along with its new co-op modes, Gears 5 will also introduce new enemies and weapons. Mah says her favorite addition to the arsenal is the Lancer GL Assault Rifle, a new version of the game’s iconic Lancer that replaces the mounted chainsaw with a grenade launcher.
The Coalition seems to be taking more risks with both the story and gameplay in Gears 5 after the successful but safe Gears of War 4. Making major changes to a popular franchise is a daunting task, but it’s one that the developer is tackling head on.
How did Stevie Budd become the owner of the local motel on Schitt's Creek? The character, played by Emily Hampshire, serves as one of the lead characters outside of the Rose family. The Canadian sitcom is set to debut its sixth season in 2020, which will also be the show's last.
Stevie was first introduced in the Schitt's Creek pilot as the front-desk clerk of the Schitt's Creek Motel. After the Rose family lost their wealthy fortune, they were forced to move to the small-town and live in the motel. When they arrived, they were met by Stevie's deadpan sense of humor, a notable quality of her character. Stevie was often unenthusiastic about her job at the motel but it resulted in her bond with the Roses, especially David (Dan Levy).
Throughout the first three seasons of Schitt's Creek, Stevie worked as the motel's manager. In fact, she was the only one shown to ever work at the motel. In the season 3 episode, "New Car", Stevie learned that her great-aunt, Maureen Budd, had passed away. Stevie took it very hard because she saw a lot of herself in Maureen, and that worried her. After handling the arrangements following Maureen's death, Stevie learned that her great-aunt was the sole owner of the Schitt's Creek Motel. Not only was she the proprietor, but she left the deed for Stevie in the will, making Stevie the new owner of the motel.
Stevie was already concerned that she was turning into her great-aunt and by taking over the motel, she felt like it was another step to the same fate. She was completely overwhelmed by the responsibilities that came with running that type of business. That was until Johnny (Eugene Levy) offered up his assistance. Despite the legal troubles that forced the family to move to town, Johnny was always known to be very business savvy. He was able to work out some of the financial and marketing initiatives while Stevie handled the day-to-day operations.
As the co-owners of the motel, Stevie and Johnny truly transformed the lodging option in the town of Schitt's Creek. They gave the place a complete makeover and decided to change the name to Rosebud Motel, a combination of both of their last names. They also turned the motel's reputation around, making it one of the best-reviewed lodging spots in the area. Stevie and Johnny were even invited to the Regional Hospitality Awards, aka the Hospies, and they won the award for the Best Customer Service in a Motel Under 20 Units.
Acquiring the motel might have been a burden for Stevie at first but it gave her a new lease on life. Stevie was clearly unfilled as the front-desk associate. By throwing herself into the co-owner role, she felt a greater purpose. It also brought Stevie closer to Johnny, who has become a father figure to her. Since she took on the new role, Stevie has noticeably evolved. She has stepped out of her comfort zone and continues to surprise those around her. Taking the lead role in Moira's (Catherine O'Hara) production of Cabaret was just the start of the new Stevie. It will be exciting to see where the character goes next with Schitt's Creek season 6.
American Horror Story has been bringing characters back since its fourth season back in 2014, Freakshow. It was at this time that Ryan Murphy revealed that all the seasons take place in the same universe, contrary to the anthology format. Since then, characters like Queenie, Constance, and Pepper have each popped up again (albeit briefly).
With AHS: 1984 right around the corner, who knows how Murphy will continue this trend. Perhaps after the massive crossover of Apocolypse, Murphy might take a step back from the spillover approach. But, in the event it continues, here are ten characters we would love to see make a comeback.
Twisty was an immediate fan favorite when he first appeared in Freakshow. This gigantic hulk of a villain was arguably the most frightful to ever appear on the series. So it was a shame when he was taken away only a few episodes into the series, dying off and being swept away by Edward Mordrake.
So, what better way to rejuvenate him than to bring back his ghost? Perhaps it is a bit to supernatural, but the serial killer aspect of 1984 looks like it could make some room for it. Or, maybe a copycat killer in the same vein as Dandy Mott?
9 Edward Mordrake
Edward Mordrake certainly was an odd character in Freakshow. This deceased freak with two faces helped transport the dead to the next realm, assisting multiple characters in the fourth series. The idea never really paid off very well in the show, as Mordrake never embodied a very frightening persona.
A potential scenario might see that 1984's killer could be taken away by Mordrake during the finale. Who knows? If they plan on continuing a shared universe style of storytelling, they need to keep the continuity going.
8 Mr. March
Since 1984 is embracing the slasher genre, maybe the show should go back to its roots. Mr. March was essentially the first slasher, murdering hundreds in the Hotel Cortez. Based on the real-life serial killer H. H. Holmes, Mr. March built an elaborate maze of terrors into his hotel to trap them inside.
Who knows how he could be worked in? It just feels right to reunite all the serial killers together in this show. Besides, Hotel did it already in their Halloween special.
7 The Guests Of Devil's Night
Speaking of "Devil's Night," maybe this is how the seasons could be tied. 1984's killer will need to fall at some point during the season. When he does, maybe he will make a trek back to the halls of the Hotel Cortez, mingling with the worst killers of all time.
"Devil's Night" is one of the best episodes of AHS to date. The casting and performances were perfect and really showcased the obsession the series has with true crime. It would be a welcome surprise to send this season's killer to dinner with the likes of John Wayne Gacy and the Zodiac.
6 Larry Harvey
When it comes to the eighties, there aren't as many previous characters who could show up as one might think. Most of the seasons are either set too far in the future or way back in the past. Because of that, some of these characters might seem a little random.
So is the case with Larry Harvey, the Harmons' disturbing and violent neighbor in Season 1. Harvey, as played by Denis O'Hare, was one of the more underrated villains of the show. Just seeing Denis O'Hare back at all would be welcome, and Larry should be alive during the time of 1984's events.
5 Lana Winters
Ok, maybe the Lana Winters horse has been beaten to death. She has appeared in one whole season, been referenced in others, and appeared in an episode of Roanoke. Obviously, fans love her arc, but how much more could you feature her?
Well, maybe one more time couldn't hurt? Maybe she could appear as a reporter investigating the murders at this summer camp. It is not outside the realm of possibility considering her experience. It would be a fun way to include a beloved character for a final hurrah.
4 The Angel of Death
Frances Conroy is one of the most valuable players in American Horror Story. She has brought some of the most iconic characters to life on the series, including Moira and Myrtle. One of her least remembered appearances was as the Angel of Death in Asylum.
This entire idea was barely explored in that season and has not been picked up since. It would be a fun way to connect the two seasons and continue the mythology that was put forth with her inclusion. Also, can't we just get more Frances in everything?
3 Constance Langdon
Did we just get her back last season? Yes. Does Jessica Lange want to return to American Horror Story anytime soon? Probably not. Does she even have a reason to appear in the upcoming 1984 season? Absolutely not. Do we care? Not one bit.
Jessica Lange's best performance on the show was as Constance Langdon. Carrying just enough sympathy to balance the more bitchy tendencies, Constance was such a fascinating character to follow. Just bring Jessica back, and we know everything will work itself out (can you blame us for dreaming?).
2 Bloody Face
Bloody Face was absolutely disturbing in Asylum, no matter the iteration. The first Bloody Face, Dr. Thredson, died during the events of that series; however, his son lived to the present day. So, what happened between those two periods?
When did Lana and Thredson's evil son take on his father's mantle? It would be horrifyingly shocking to center 1984 around his first kills, making him the one who is terrorizing the camp.
1 Stevie Nicks
OK - Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks are primarily associated with '70s music, even if both continued releasing material throughout the next few decades. In American Horror Story, Nicks is a witch who has been working her magic since 1966.
Why can't Nicks show up in the upcoming season? It's not as if no one was listening to the band during this era. Maybe she can come in and actually show off more of her powers? Less bonkers things have happened on this show than a witch disrupting some summer camp murders, and you all know that.