The Umbrella Academy saw the world end after a dangerous violin concert and pieces of the moon crashed onto Earth, and while it seems like it was inevitable, Luther could have prevented the apocalypse. Based on the comic book series of the same name by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá, The Umbrella Academy was released on Netflix in February 2019 and was a big hit, becoming one of the streaming giant's top releases of the year. It’s not surprising, then, that the series was renewed for a second season a couple of months later.
The Umbrella Academy follows the dysfunctional family of adopted siblings, the Hargreeves. All of them were born on the same day and under the same mysterious circumstances, as none of their mothers was pregnant when the day began. Not long after, they were adopted by the equally mysterious billionaire Sir Reginald Hargreeves, who after the kids started to develop unique sets of superpowers, trained them and formed a superhero team called “the Umbrella Academy”. Reginald wasn’t a good father figure, and the children eventually went on their own ways – except for Luther, who remained loyal to his father.
Luther worked for Reginald until his death, which was the event that prompted the reunion of all members of the Umbrella Academy. When Reginald died, Luther was on the moon, conducting different experiments assigned by his father, and his work there could have helped the team’s efforts to prevent the apocalypse.
Reginald Hargreeves had everything planned: he knew the apocalypse was coming, and the only way to stop it was by bringing the team together, and for that to happen, he had to die. His death also unveiled a number of secrets and lies, including the reason why he sent Luther to the moon. Luther discovered Reginald never read any of his reports, and concluded he was sent there because Reginald thought he wasn’t a good Number One, and lied by telling him his mission was to watch out for threats – but it might have not been a lie at all.
Compared to his siblings, Luther’s powers aren’t outstanding, possessing only super strength and enhanced durability, but he’s surely smart enough to perform basic tasks that could have helped prevent the end of the world. Vanya’s blast ended up hitting the moon, with pieces of it crashing onto Earth and thus killing everyone. Perhaps an important part of Reginald’s moon mission for Luther had to do with keeping an eye on any anomalies that could point to its destruction or that of Earth, or planting something that could counter the explosions, which Luther obviously didn’t do. With The Umbrella Academy season 2 taking the Hargreeves back in time, Luther could go back to the moon and do something to truly prevent the apocalypse this time, or he might simply realize that his time up there had a much bigger purpose than he thought.
Season 2 of Love Is Blind wants to know the sexual orientation of the contestants who apply to the show. It provides the option on a questionnaire to state if you are gay, straight, bisexual or other.
Love Is Blind was wildly popular, more than even the contestants or producers anticipated. That doesn't mean it wasn't without its flaws. One of those flaws was that it failed to showcase a wide range of sexual orientations, following the model of many other reality dating shows. The lone contestant who wasn't strictly heterosexual was Carlton Morton. He got engaged to Diamond Black, but the two broke off their engagement in Mexico. It was a result of Carlton's struggle to reveal to Diamond that he has been attracted to men. The fact that there was only one contestant who was non-heterosexual wasn't fair to Carlton. The show confined his narrative to his sexual orientation, because he was an exception, an anomaly on a show intended for strictly straight romance.
In the casting questionnaire for season 2 (via TMZ), Love Is Blind asks prospective contestants about their sexuality. That could indicate that the show is looking for more broader palate of sexual orientations than the ones seen on season one. The format of the series makes it difficult to explore gay and lesbian relationships because of the blind speed dating that occurs during the pod phase. Nonetheless, it is possible, given enough contestants who identify as LGBTQ, to make the format work for same-sex relationships.
The questionnaire also asked about deal-breakers with religion, ethnicity and cultural differences. It doesn't inquire about political views. One of the things Love Is Blind did well was airing some of the more practical conversations, like Amber and Barnett talking about finances, that we almost never see on a show like The Bachelor. These interactions made it so that the viewers could relate a little bit more to what the contestants were going through in their relationships.
Of course, the way to make it the most relatable to the entire audience is to feature more relationships that are non-white and non-heterosexual. We as reality television viewers are not only given a shortchanged version of what romance really is - with hastened engagements and producer manipulation - we aren't given a chance to witness love in all its forms. Let's hope Love Is Blind is willing to adapt for season 2 and be welcoming of every sexual orientation, gay, straight or bi. If they don't have any gay or lesbian contestants, it's not because Love Is Blind didn't ask. It's because they were never welcome in the first place.
One of the most exciting parts about Borderlands 3 was the prospect of using the Eridian Fabricator, better known as the Gun Gun. When first shown in the Borderlands 3 trailer, the Gun Gun has been a hot topic of conversation. It has a weird, quirky ability and players could not wait to get their hands on this hot item.
The Eridian Fabricator is a fun gun to play with, although it is perhaps not the most practical. The Gun Gun is used more for entertainment rather than merciless murder, but it's well worth a player's time to find. In a game where guns, guns, and guns are the most important part, this weapon really drives home the importance of a player's weaponry.
Getting the Eridian Fabricator is not tricky, but playing with it can be a task. However, using this weapon can be fun once players get the hang of it. The gun will appear as players progress through the main story mission. It's important to note that, from here on out, there will be spoilers.
Through natural story progression, players will eventually find themselves in the mission entitled ‘Footsteps of the Giants.’ This mission is located on a special planet at a certain point in the game, players will not be able to miss it. During this mission, players will encounter a traveler NPC that has the Eridian Fabricator. The NPC will offer to shoot the gun for the player in exchange for Eridium. Give the NPC Eridium and let him shoot his shot. After doing this, he will ask the player to accompany him on a mission.
The missions themselves consist of defending a few areas and gathering items. It’s not terribly difficult, and impossible to miss. The completion of this mission will have the traveler give the Gun Gun to players as a reward for fulfilling the mission. Overall, the traveler’s mission is fairly short and easy.
The Gun Gun is famous in the Borderlands community because, instead of shooting weapons, the Gun Gun shoots other guns randomly. The rarity and strength of the guns shot out of the Eridian Fabricator is completely random. This gives players a chance to upgrade their weapons when necessary.
All of the guns that are shot from the Gun Gun are at least Uncommon in rarity. Gearbox has also noted that there is a chance of Legendary weapons to be shot out of the gun as well, although the odds of a Legendary gun seem fairly slim. Few players have had luck with receiving a Legendary weapon from the Gun Gun, which brings to question the chances of a Legendary gun appearing out of the Gun Gun. So it is a little bit disappointing that this awesome gun may not provide players with a Legendary weapon, but at least an Uncommon weapon may show up.
Another downside to this weapon is that, instead of ammo, this gun consumes Eridium to be powered. The Eridian Fabricator can use up to ten pieces of Eridium per shot, which seems excessive but the trade-off of new weapons makes it worth a players' time. So if players plan on using this weapon, be sure to stock up on Eridium.
Something worth noting about the Gun Gun is that it is impossible to remove from the players’ inventory. The Gun Gun is not capable of being stored into a player’s bank, which means players will have to carry it around. So it is important that players increase their inventory to ensure there is space for more weapons.
Borderlands 3 is now available on Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Google Stadia.
Naughty Dog's The Last Of Us Part 2 is sure to not be delayed for long, as it looks like the company is exploring options to release the game as soon as possible. Many fans were disheartened at the second, most recent delay of The Last of Us Part 2, which pushed the long-awaited title even further from release. The survival-adventure title is set to feature past protagonists portrayed in a new light, multiple years after the events of the first game, and the game's long development time has left thousands of fans speculating on the way The Last of Us Part 2's story will unravel.
While The Last Of Us Part 2 was in production for years, it wasn't until 2019 that players start getting a flood of information about the title. The game is expected to be Sony's book-end grand slam for the PlayStation 4, much like how The Last Of Us was one of the final large titles released for the PS3. Now, The Last Of Us Part 2 will most likely release by the fourth quarter of 2020.
Speaking with PlayStation Blog (thanks, VG247) Neil Druckmann, the head of Naughty Dog, spoke about the game's push. While the studio may be disheartened at the second delay, he says it wasn't as though they weren't expecting it, especially amidst the COVID-19 coronavirus panic that has swept the world. “A few weeks ago we saw the writing on the wall and even before it was mandated, we started moving to get people to work from home. Everyone at Naughty Dog is now working from home on the game,” he said, reiterating this was more of an impending announcement rather than a surprise to them. Naughty Dog is continuing work on the title, however, and Druckmann said they are actively fixing bugs in their "essentially complete" sequel. They are eager to ship it out, but must first find the best possible way to do so.
“It’s there, that’s the frustrating part for us. It’s like the game is there, and we have to sit on it for a little bit and figure out what’s the best way to get it to our fans.”
The initial reason for the second delay, beyond simply the stunted work schedule due to the coronavirus, was that it would be difficult to distribute physical copies of the game when most people will most likely be urged to stay at home. Along with that, the development and creation of the physical copies themselves has also been slowed due to the pandemic. Reality has hit the gaming industry multiple times in late 2019 and early 2020, with postponements plaguing many of the biggest titles. PlayStation fans are surely now wondering if Sony's other exclusive, Ghost of Tsushima, will see similar delays.
The delay of The Last Of Us Part 2 also has some fans wondering whether or not the game will become a PlayStation 5 launch title, similar to Sony's announced looter-slasher, Godfall. While this is unlikely, it could be that The Last Of Us Part 2 releases in close proximity to the PlayStation 5, and may even get a remastered version on the new console later in much the same way as it's predecessor. Hopefully, Naughty Dog will be able to get the game finished and delivered soon, while keeping everyone involved safe.
The Harry Potter film series wasn’t safe from controversies, and one of the weirdest ones was all about a “nude scene” in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1, with parents complaining about it even before they knew what it was all about. J.K. Rowling brought the Wizarding World to the lives of many readers around the world in 1997 with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the first entry in what would become a series of seven novels.
The complete book series was adapted to the big screen not long after, with the final novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, being split into two films. Although the Harry Potter universe already had a pretty solid fan base, the films brought the Wizarding World to a wider audience, and many viewers grew up along with the protagonists of the films. Of course, a world as rich as Harry Potter’s went through some changes when making the jump to the big screen, but many scenes stayed true to the source material.
Among those is the kissing scene between Harry and Hermione as part of an apparition to torture Ron, courtesy of the piece of Voldemort’s soul kept in Salazar Slytherin’s locket, which turned out to be controversial to some.
In the Deathly Hallows book, when Harry opens the locket, Voldemort’s soul kept in it begins to mentally torture Ron and mock his biggest fears. Apparitions begin to come out of the locket, among those one of Harry and Hermione telling him they would be better off without him. The pair is seemingly naked and begin to kiss. Ron eventually breaks through all these haunting visions and smashes the locket with Gryffindor’s sword. When director David Yates announced that part 1 of Deathly Hallows was going to include Harry and Hermione’s “nude” scene, those who have read the books weren’t surprised, but those not familiar with it – specifically parents – weren’t really on board with the idea.
Many parents complained about a Harry Potter film featuring a nude scene, even though they obviously didn’t know the context. Worst of all, the complaints (and even some boycott threats) began before the film was even out, and just based on what Yates had said. The scene in question was very brief, and Harry and Hermione were surrounded by dark mist and a lot of special effects (and neither of the actors were actually naked). The offended parents either hadn’t been paying attention to the Harry Potter series or they simply decided to ignore the fact that Harry and company had grown up, and their story had turned much darker than it was in the first book. They also seemed to ignore that the films had more intense scenes than Ron’s horcrux-induced vision, and featured multiple deaths, torture, and more.
In the end, there were no boycotts and the controversy was nothing more than angry parents that wouldn’t wait for the film to come out to decide if they would take their children or not. The Harry Potter film series (and the books as well) had its fair dose of controversies, and the one around the “nude” scene will go down as one of the weirdest.