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Umbrella Academy Review – Season Premiere Explodes With New Apocalypse (2 x 01)

The Hargreeves explosive return in Umbrella Academy Season 2 shows a united team.
THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY (L to R) ROBERT SHEEHAN as KLAUS HARGREEVES, JUSTIN H. MIN as BEN HARGREEVES, AIDAN GALLAGHER as NUMBER FIVE, ELLEN PAGE as VANYA HARGREEVES, TOM HOPPER as LUTHER HARGREEVES, DAVID CASTAÑEDA as DIEGO HARGREEVES and EMMY RAVER-LAMPMAN as ALLISON HARGREEVES in episode 201 of THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY Cr. CHRISTOS KALOHORIDIS/NETFLIX © 2020

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Umbrella Academy returned for season 2 on Friday, July 31st with 10 new episodes starting with episode 1 “Right Back Where We Started From.” A fitting title given that a new apocalypse is introduced and is set to happen in 1963 where the Hargreeves siblings are stuck, and they have to once again come together to stop it somehow.

Each member of the team is time-displaced in the 1960s one at a time thanks to the unpredictable nature of Number Five’s powers, who saved them from the cataclysmic event caused by Vanya in season 1.

They all arrive at the same destination at Dallas, Texas, but think each of them has been stranded alone separated from their siblings.

Klaus and Ben arrive first in 1960, Alison in ’61, Luther in ’62, Diego on September ’63, Vanya on October ’63, and finally Five on November ’63.

The caveat to Five’s arrival, however, is he witnesses a nuclear apocalypse on November 25, 1963 where Soviet Russia attacks the United States, and it seems to be related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Spawning arguably the best scene of the episode, the Hargreeves are shown uniting and fighting against the Soviet invaders and showcasing their full powers. Here’s the epic scene, which of course has been shown in promos leading up to the season premiere:

As shown in the video, Hazel time travels with Five away from the nuclear explosion, and they go back 10 days prior to give themselves a fighting chance. However, Hazel is killed shortly after by three new assassins from the Commission. Before dying, Hazel puts a clue in Five’s pocket as Five narrowly escapes the mysterious assailants.

He then meets Elliott, a conspiracy nut, who Five scares into helping him by tricking him to believe he’s an alien. Elliott proves himself useful, however, because he deliberately photographed each of the Hargreeves arrivals over the past three years, which gives Five a starting point.

Kevin Rankin plays Elliott, a new character in season 2 of Umbrella Academy, who’s a conspiracy theorist and TV salesman. Image c/o Netflix.

Thanks to Elliott, Five is able to find Diego, who’s stuck in an insane asylum, but Five decides to leave him there because Diego intends to interfere with the timeline by saving JFK from being assassinated. Diego escapes at the end of the episode, however, thanks to a mysterious woman who manages to escape with Diego despite both being hunted down by the Commission assassins.

Five then finds Luther in a club working as a bouncer and underground prize fighter, and he’s become reluctant to get involved or believe in anything that Five says, so in the end, Five comes up empty-handed.

As for the rest of the family, Vanya loses her memory and is taken in by a suburban couple with an mute autistic child.

Klaus and Ben have been travelling across the country for the past two years as Klaus has grown a ridiculous beard but also seems to have developed his powers as he can now physically assault Ben at will. Ben, on the other hand, has grown tired of Klaus’ belligerence and has developed a rebellious streak – refusing to help Klaus in one scene when the latter gets into trouble.

Lastly, Alison has been married for a year to a civil rights activist named Raymond Chestnut.

VERDICT: 8.5/10

This was an excellent premiere episode that’s filled with clever references and jokes that come at a steady pace. The undertones of racial inequality is also a nice point of emphasis to explore narrative with through the character of Alison, a strong African-American woman, set in the 1960s. Finally, the incorporation of music in the soundtrack has been on point as well, and has not missed a beat from last season’s tone.


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Lorenz Bacani is a pop-culture enthusiast who's trying to watch as many good comic-book movies and TV shows as superhumanly possible. He received a bachelor's degree in Journalism and New Media at California Baptist University. Wrote for a news tabloid, worked for a couple of non-profits, and dabbled in some photography (mostly for Instagram purposes). He is probably currently binge-watching an old TV show for nostalgia.

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Is ‘Bridgerton’s’ Regé-Jean Page Going to be the Next James Bond?

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Is Bridgerton's Regé-Jean Page Going to be the Next James Bond?

From duke to 007!

If you binge-watched Netflix’s Bridgerton in one sitting, you’re more than familiar with the dashing Regé-Jean Page.

Rumor has it that the breakout star made such an impression on audiences and executives that he’s in the running to be the next James Bond. 

British betting firm Ladbrokes has been closely watching 007 predictions in the U.K. ahead of the upcoming No Time to Die premiere, which marks Daniel Craig’s final run as the notorious agent. 

And Page is climbing the ranks! 

Since the Shondaland series premiere, Page’s odds jumped to 5/1 in the betting after previously being at 40/1 before Christmas.

While Page’s chances of snagging the coveted role are high, he isn’t the only one in the running. 

“Tom Hardy still leads the way as favorite, with James Norton close behind in second place. But it really is all to play for in the race for 007 and [Regé-Jean Page] has a great chance if the odds are anything to go by,” Ladbrokes rep Alex Apati told Variety

“What strengthens RJP’s chances somewhat more is that an announcement feels seemingly imminent [around] Daniel Craig’s replacement, so the timing of ‘Bridgerton’s’ success may well have worked in his favor,” Apati noted. 

Fans of the series were quick to “ship” the potential casting with many noting: “If @regejean is the new James Bond… I’ll actually watch a James Bond.”

However, not everyone was convinced with some noting that Page seems to young for the role of the MI6 agent. 

To put it in perspective, Page is 31 while Craig was 38 when he 38 when he starred in the first Bond film.

Page, who also starred in the short-lived For the People, plays Simon Basset, the charming Duke of Hastings in the first season of Shonda Rhimes’ breakout series for the streaming service. 

TVLine announced that Bridgerton is said to be Netflix’s fifth biggest original series launch of all time with a projected reach of 63 million households in the first four weeks of its debut. 

The next installment of the Bond franchise was delayed a year due to the COVID pandemic and is set to debut on April 2, 2021, so it’s likely a new Bond won’t be officially announced until then. 

But till then, we’re all keeping our fingers crossed for Page. 

Here’s the betting breakdown for the role:

Tom Hardy – 6/4
James Norton – 7/4
Idris Elba – 7/2
Regé-Jean Page – 5/1
Sam Heughan – 6/1
Richard Madden – 6/1
Jack Lowden – 8/1
Cillian Murphy – 10/1


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‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Season 4 Easter Eggs and Nods to ‘Riverdale’

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Since Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was cancelled by Netflix, the series was never able to deliver a crossover with Riverdale, or its now-cancelled spinoff, Katy Keene.

However, that doesn’t mean the fourth and final season skipped on the fun Easter Eggs and nods. 

The series fully embraced its connection to Riverdale, R5 (Ross Lynch’s former family band), and Sabrina the Teenage Witch!

Here are some of the best Easter eggs from Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 4!

 

Season 4 Episode 1

Roz raises issues about the lack of sex education at Baxter High, especially after the adulterous pagans blew into town on season 3. She points out that Riverdale has condom machines in the bathroom in the first reference of the season. It’s a bit of an odd comment, but honestly, fitting considering how much hooking up happens in the small town bordering Greendale. 

 

 

Season 4 Episode 3

After Sabrina is possessed by The Weird, an octopus-like eldritch terror, her new lab partner and the dude she went on one date, Lucas Hunt, doesn’t show up for class. When she asks the teacher why, he informs her that he “transferred to Riverdale High,” which Sabrina deems is probably for the best. It seems like she doesn’t truly know what goes down in the halls of R.H. though because it’s genuinely just as weird as Baxter High. I wonder if we’ll be seeing Mr. Hunt in future episodes of Riverdale?

 

 

Season 4 Episode 6

As Harvey, Roz and Theo get ready for band practice, they have a tense confrontation with a new band called the Stoned Philosophers, who claim they booked the practice rooms. Riverdale fans will immediately recognize band leader “Tobey” and his friends as Stonewall Prep’s Bret, Donna, and Joan. Yep, the same trio that went after Jughead and caused him to fake his own death are now bullying Harvey and friends! We may not have a full-on crossover, but this is one thrilling surprise!

In the same episode, Satanic Panic, a heavy metal band from back in the day resurrects to cause havoc in Greendale and compete in the Battle of the Bands. The lead of the band is played by Ross Lynch’s (Harvey) real-life brother, Riker Lynch. They were both in the band R5! 

 

Season 4 Episode 7 

Fans of The WB sitcom which gave us the OG Sabrina Spellman, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, will recognize Caroline Rhea and Beth Broderick as Aunt Hilda and Aunt Zelda. The actresses replaced Sabrina’s “Aunties,” played by Miranda Otto and Lucy Davis in the Netflix adaptation, in the parallel realm in which Sabrina Morningstar finds herself stuck in a diabolical sitcom as part of the Endless terror prior to the culmination of the Void. In addition to Rhea and Broderick guest starring, there’s also a laugh track and a Salem that talks… just like in the sitcom!

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Recap Deus Ex Machina Season 4 Episode 5

CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA (L to R) MIRANDA OTTO as ZELDA SPELLMAN, CAROLINE RHEA as HILDA, BETH BRODERICK as ZELDA, and LUCY DAVIS as HILDA SPELLMAN in episode 215 of CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA Cr. DIYAH PERA/NETFLIX © 2020

 


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9 Biggest Moments from ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Season 4

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina wrapped up its run with the fourth and final season on Netflix.

Sabrina and friends faced their biggest threat to date – the eldrtich terrors. 

You can read recaps of each episode and a full season review right here!

Here are the biggest moments from the eight-episode season.

 

The Eldritch Terrors… obviously

The whole season revolved around the ancient entities that culminated with the arrival of the Void – the end of all things. Fitting for a final season, right? Sabrina, the coven, and her mortal friends teamed up to defeat each other terrors – The Dark, The Uninvited, The Weird, The Perverse, The Cosmic, The Returned, The Endless, and finally, The Void. 

 

Hilda and Mr. C Get Married

Nothing was going to stand in the way of Hilda and Mr. C’s big day, not even a terror threatening humankind. The odd couple agreed to have a wedding reception and ceremony as dictated by Zelda and the Academy, which ended up being kind of downer when The Uninvited crashed the party, killed Dorian, and then threatened everyone else because they refused to extend him an invite to the party. Sabrina served as mediator by swooping herself and The Uninvited to Hell for another wedding, where she then married him and trapped him in a prison existing outside of time and space on their wedding night. And she made it home just in time for the private ceremony at the Spellman house in which Hilda and Dr. C exchanged vows dressed up as their favorite movie monsters. 

 

Sabrina Gets Married to Caliban 

That other wedding I mentioned? It was Sabrina Morningstar’s! The 16-year-old wed Caliban, yeah, the same one that tried to kill her and Sabrina Spellman. She promised her was reformed and loved her and all that, but Caliban will always be Caliban… and he had his eye on that throne. Of course, this didn’t take away from Sabrina’s stunning red lace dress. Though, she did have to share the spotlight with Sabrina Spellman, who used the wedding as an opportunity to marry The Uninvited and trick him into captivity. All in a day’s work for these witches!

 

Roz is a Witch 

Roz always had powers, better known as “the cunning,” which essentially gave her psychic abilities, but this season, she learned that she’s a full-blown witch. Her ancestors, who were proud Christian women, didn’t want to be persecuted for witchcraft so they simply didn’t call themselves the W-word. However, once Mambo Marie proved that Roz had powers, she was welcomed into the Academy to join Mambo Marie and Prudence – and later Agatha – as the newest Weird Sister.

 

Sabrina Morningstar Perishes

With the realms in peril because of the existence of two Sabrinas, one of them had to go to the parallel realm to restore balance. Sabrina and Sabrina Morningstar played rock, paper, scissors to decide, and Morningstar lost. She walked through the mirror (wish it was a closet like on Sabrina the Teenage Witch, to be honest) in hopes of restoring balance in the cosmos and found herself in an eldritch terror known as the Endless. Basically, she was stuck in a diabolical sitcom and Salem is the eldritch terror. When the Void arrived, she managed to convince Salem that they had to escape and they ran back through the mirror. While she made it back to Sabrina’s realm, she died shortly after without telling Sabrina how to defeat it. 

 

Easter Eggs Galore 

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is known for throwing in little Easter eggs to sister show Riverdale, but they had a ton of fun with it in the final season. There were a few mentions of Riverdale High School and a cameo by Bret, Donna, and Joan, who played characters in a punk band. Riker Lynch, the brother of Ross Lynch (Harvey), also had a role as an undead leader of a rock band. 

And lastly, one episode replaced Sabrina’s Aunt Hilda and Zelda with Caroline Rhea and Beth Broderick, who played the original roles in the WB sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch

See all the Easter eggs here

 

Lilith Destroys Lucifer

Lilith has been wanting to reign in Hell for years. After killing her newborn son, Adam, to protect him from his father, Lucifer, she negotiated to get her powers back. She then turned on Lucifer and stabbed him with the sword she used to kill Lazarus, drank his blood, embraced his powers, and banished him to the Mortal Realm. Payback’s a b….

 

Agatha Returns to Normal

Crazy Agatha is crazy no more! After Dorcas returned to the land of the living due to an eldritch terror, she forgave her sister for murdering her. When that happened, Agatha snapped back to reality and clearly, had no recollection of what happened in the months prior. As Prudence said, it’s good to have her back, but she needs to be clued in on a lot. 

 

Sabrina and Nick Are Endgame… Literally

When Nick took responsibility for the demise of  his relationship with Sabrina on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina season 3, it was a big step. He promised to wait until she was ready because they were “endgame.” Sabrina likely didn’t think she would be ready as soon as she was, but when there’s a chance you might die, you kind of have to follow your heart. And her heart said that she loved Nick. From then on, they were inseparable as they fought side-by-side to defeat the eldritch terrors. 

When Sabrina embodied a piece of the Void and sacrificed herself to save everyone, it was heartbreaking to watch Nick mourn his girlfriend and the life they would have had together. But two people who are destined to be together will always find their way back to each other. As Sabrina chilled out in heaven, she was surprised to see Nick, who explained he went swimming and there was a “wicked undertow.”

The two kissed as he declared that they had forever and ever together. 


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