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All the new Overwatch anniversary event skins have leaked – SlashGear


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All the new Overwatch anniversary event skins have leaked
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Blizzard's hit game Overwatch is celebrating its second birthday at the end of this month, and that means a new anniversary event begins next week. The event runs from May 22nd through June 11th on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, and like the game's other event ...
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Small group of iOS devs form “Developers Union” to request App Store changes – Ars Technica


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Small group of iOS devs form “Developers Union” to request App Store changes
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A small group of developers for Apple platforms has banded together to request new features and policies from Apple, and its members say they have ideas for ways to make it easier to make a living on the platform, Wired reports. They're calling it "The ...
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Lasers Could Make Computers 1 Million Times Faster

Pulses of light from infrared lasers can speed up computer operations by a factor of 1 million, and may have opened the door to room-temperature quantum computing.

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STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Star Sonequa Martin-Green Talks Canon And Teases Burnham And Spock In The Second Season

Star of CBS All Access' Star Trek: Discovery Sonequa Martin-Green has been speaking about the shows fine walk with canon as well as whether we'll see her character interact with Star Trek icon Mr. Spock...

New 4-Cylinder Silverado Has More HP Than a ’13 V8 – Yahoo News


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New 4-Cylinder Silverado Has More HP Than a '13 V8
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From Road & Track. Today, Chevrolet announced the 2019 Silverado will be available with a new 2.7-liter turbo four-cylinder making 310 hp and 348 lb-ft of torque. Impressive numbers, especially when you compare them to a V8 Silverado from just five ...
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Google Duo brings screen sharing to Android – SlashGear


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Google Duo brings screen sharing to Android
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Google's Duo app has become one of the most popular video calling app on Android since its debut in 2016, and now it's introducing a rare feature for mobile platforms: screen sharing. The latest version of Duo is rolling out with the ability to share ...
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7 iPhone Features I’d Like to See in iOS 12 – Tom’s Guide


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7 iPhone Features I'd Like to See in iOS 12
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Rumor has it that iOS 12, due to be announced at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference on June 4, will have a reduced scope as Apple tries to focus on improved security and reliability. Still, hope springs eternal — and for those of us who ...
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How Mike Slive made the SEC the supreme league

Mike Slive did Wednesday at 77. But the former SEC commissioner left a lasting legacy for the league by cleaning up the conference, expanding its reach, improving its brand and filling its coffers.

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A New World's Extraordinary Orbit Points to Planet Nine
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In early 2016, two planetary scientists declared that a ghost planet is hiding in the depths of the solar system, well beyond the orbit of Pluto. Their claim, which they made based on the curious orbits of distant icy worlds, quickly sparked a race to ...
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My Hero Academia Episode 3 Review: Roaring Muscles

Izuku finally becomes the superhero that he’s always dreamed about—kind of—in an episode that sets the stage for the season’s arc!

This My Hero Academia review contains spoilers

My Hero Academia Episode 3

“Listen, young man. This is your choice. Do you want to inherent this ability or not!?”

The previous episodes of My Hero Academia have been about emotionally and mentally preparing yourself on how to be a hero and how a pure sense of justice is much more important than any super power or ability. Izuku was able to prove that he has the proper mental and emotional capacity to be a hero, so this episode is all about his physical preparation and making sure that his body can handle the burden of hero-dom. Sure, a finely tuned body may not be necessary for all heroes, but it absolutely is for the next step of Izuku’s journey. 

“Roaring Muscles” begins right after the bombshell that All Might drops on Midoriya at the end of “What It Takes to Be a Hero.” This somewhat undercuts the theme that’s driven My Hero Academia’s prior installments where anybody can be a hero, whether they have super powers or not. 

Now, the temptation to give Izuku a quirk is understandable, but he at least learns to appreciate and come to terms with his average nature before he becomes all supered up. In fact, that’s why All Might chooses him as the worthy individual to inherit his quirk in the first place! So while this latest development may discourage some viewers, stick with this and you won’t be disappointed. 

Even though Izuku is now part of the 80% of the population that have abilities, it’s not like he’s going to be a pro right out of the gate. Midoriya is at the bottom of the barrel, but not only that, his quirk, “One For All,” is highly temperamental and problematic. 

“One For All,” the quirk that Izuku inherits from All Might isn’t necessarily the blessing that he interprets it to be. All Might explains that this is quite the unusual quirk in the sense that it actually gets passed on from owner to owner, which means that All Might was once quirkless, too. It’s a huge honor that Midoriya gets chosen as “One For All’s” new host, but he first needs to get his body into fighting shape. It’s going to be a lot of work, but luckily for Midoriya he’s got All Might (and a junk yard full of tires) in his corner. It’s implied that the “One For All” quirk is so strenuous that it actually might kill Midoriya if he’s not careful here (think Dragon Ball Z’s Kaio-Ken Attack). It takes a lot to handle this metamorphosis.

In fact, the series continues to go down an unconventional route as Midoriya is suddenly primed to take the U.A. High entrance exam and he hasn’t even used his quirk once! Midoriya has plenty of passion and moxie, but he couldn’t be more ill-prepared for the challenge that he’s about to take on. And who knows how far passion and moxie will take Midoriya as there could even be someone whose quirk produces super-moxie and ultra-passion, or something!

Another interesting aspect about “Roaring Muscles” is that this episode actually spans ten months. In this time, Izuku steadily trains on All Might's rigid "American Dream Plan" so he’ll be worthy to accept All Might's quirk and then use said quirk to ensure his admission into U.A. High through the entrance exam. 

To the episode’s credit, it avoids the temptation to be all training material. The montage and prep content moves quickly and gets expressed in unique ways. Even still, it’s just fun to watch Midoriya and All Might hang out together. The show is only three episodes in, but there’s already a nice chemistry between them. Hopefully All Might’s mentorship of Deku isn’t short-lived and he ditches the boy once he gets his bearings.

One of the highlights of the episode is that the process involved to inherit the "One For All" quirk involves Midoriya consuming one of All Might's hairs. It's arguably the most bizarre scene in the episode, but it's a nice, creative way to turn Midoriya's momentous "graduation" into something gross. Right until the second that the ceremony is complete it feels like All Might could stop all of this at any moment and tell Midoriya that it's all been a prank. This is no prank though.

The final minutes of the episode cram a whole lot into them, but it's exciting to finally get a real glimpse into U.A. High School and the countless quirks (and competition) that are on display there. Midoriya runs into Bakugo on the way to the entrance exam because of course he does, but plenty of new characters that will surely stick around and become Midoriya and Bakugo's new friends make their flashy debuts, too. What’s the wager on how many episodes it takes for Midoriya and Levitation Girl to become a quirk-filled couple?

“Roaring Muscles” ends right when the really good stuff starts to get moving and it’s clear that the next episode is going to be a lot of fun. Or, you know, Midoriya will instantly fail and the rest of My Hero Academia is a downer where the guy is stuck at home with his mom. This installment may be the weakest of the three that have aired, but that’s simply because this episode cares more about setups than payoffs. This is still an important entry that changes the series in a way that’s so big that Midoriya doesn’t even fully understand it yet.

It should be quite the ride.

3.5/5
Review Daniel Kurland
May 20, 2018

Beyonce Buys Old Church in New Orleans

Holy lord ... Beyonce now has her very own church! Queen Bey's the new owner of a stone structured, 7,500 sq. ft house of God in The Big Easy. The New Orleans church -- which is more than 100 years old -- was listed at $850,000 ... but it's unclear…

Google pushes artificial intelligence for upgraded news app – Phys.Org


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Google pushes artificial intelligence for upgraded news app
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For its updated news application, Google is doubling down on the use of artificial intelligence as part of an effort to weed our disinformation and help users get viewpoints beyond their own "filter bubble." Google chief Sundar Pichai, who unveiled the ...
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Deadpool 2 Makes the X-Men Movies Timeline More Confusing!

Deadpool 2 is here and it's awesome... but despite Wade thinking he's fixing the X-Men movies timeline, we think he made things worse.

Feature David Crow
May 19, 2018

This Deadpool 2 article contains spoilers. We have a spoiler free review here if you prefer.

Let’s just get it out of the way: Deadpool 2 is hilarious. Perhaps even more so than the first movie, Ryan Reynolds and David Leitch’s follow-up to the Merc with a Mouth’s last big screen adventure is unapologetically irreverent to the point of self-parody. Quite literally so during the movie’s demented post-credits scene, which culminates with Reynolds’ 2018 Deadpool popping up during the climax of his first appearance as Wade Wilson: 2009’s largely forgotten X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

It takes a special kind of pedantic geek—welcome home!—to recall that before Reynolds became a box office darling in a saucy little red and black getup, he appeared in the first and worst Wolverine spinoff, a standalone prequel that is arguably the root of most of the X-Men films’ continuity woes. For it was X-Men Origins: Wolverine that introduced Wade as a post-Vietnam American special-ops motormouth circa 1979… who then has his mouth literally sewn shut as he becomes a guinea pig for the film’s mad scientist villain.

Hence our joy of seeing the proper Spider-Man lookalike showing up in that film to do to not-Deadpool what someone should have done to that film’s whole screenplay: execute it in the crib. Before the horrible fight between Logan and Cycloptic-Deadpool can even start, Real-Deadpool pulls out a 9mm and puts the imposter in the ground for good. It’s a delirious moment causing so much laughter that it’s easy to miss Reynolds shout, “I’m cleaning up the timeline!”

But did he really fix it? We rather think he made an even bigger mess of things. Intentionally so. Because if you thought the X-Men movies timeline was confusing before, well you obviously haven’t met Cable. So where exactly does Deadpool 2 fit? Even in the presumably present day of 2018, that can still be a headscratcher.

Set in 2018 with the 1990s’ X-Men?

Another one of the comic highlights of Deadpool 2 is when Wade Wilson tries being an X-Man superhero for a day. And really, it lasts for more like an afternoon. After waking up in Colossus’ X-Mansion, Wade is his usual flippant self when he hijacks one of Charles Xavier’s wheelchair and zips around the main floor. It’s clearly a modern context since Charles has installed a requisite portrait of President Barack Obama among all these other “dead white guys.” (We imagine Donald Trump is in no danger of winding up in the Xavier collection).

However, when Wade begins to vent that there are no other X-Men around other than Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, there is a quickie insert shot of a few of the notable X-Men from 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse and next year’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix hanging around. Namely James McAvoy as Charles Xavier, Nicholas Hoult’s Beast, Tye Sheridan’s Cyclops, and Evan Peters’ Quicksilver. They quickly shut the door before Deadpool notices them.

It’s a nice gag… except it makes the timeline even more confusing because they’re supposed to be the “young X-Men.” And to make this aging timeline work that means they’re specifically the X-Men from the early ‘90s, about 25 years before Deadpool 2 is set. Hence new recruits like Negasonic, Wade, and Negasonic’s super-awesome girlfriend Yuki. This is further muddled because when Wade tries on Xavier’s Cerebro headdress, he remarks, “It smells like Patrick Stewart.” That is because, nominally speaking, after the year 2000, the X-Men are supposed to look like the cast of the original X-Men films and not their younger selves. In 2018 Xavier should be pushing 80.

This is likely a mistake of casting necessity (Fox wants the younger faces to be the new, defining image of the X-Men), but it is only the tip of the timey-wimey iceberg here that will give us all headaches.

Deadpool Shouldn’t Have “Fixed” X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Here’s a little less than hidden secret about X-Men Origins: Wolverine—it is the black sheep of the X-Men movie universe. Even in a franchise that gave us the toxic X-Men: The Last Stand just three years prior to it, the first Wolverine movie is widely considered one of the worst superhero movies ever, including by Fox. Which is ironic given that it introduced us to Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool and spawned a franchise that ended with one of the genre’s very best films in Logan.

Be that as it may, pretty much all of the X-films since 2009 have ignored Origins. Hence despite being introduced as a young teenager in that 2009 movie, 2011’s X-Men: First Class also starred a very adult Emma Frost (played there by January Jones), even though it was set 17 years earlier in 1962. Similarly, the first Deadpool didn’t bother addressing why Wade Wilson was powerless and young (relatively speaking) in 2016 when he was supposed to be a natural mutant in the 1970s, as per X-Men Origins. And then it was “all” officially retconned in X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse. In both films, time travel is used to fix a lot of problems the franchise, which begins by going to 1972 in Days of Future Past and erasing all the events of X-Men: The Last Stand, and then X-Men: Apocalypse redoes Wolverine’s origin (yet again) as a consequence. It also occurs in a scenario that entirely erases the events of X-Men Origins: Wolverine from continuity.

… And yet, by having Deadpool go back in time to 1979 and killing the horrible studio-mandated version of himself, Reynolds is not “fixing” the timeline—he’s muddying it beyond belief. If this is really supposedly part of Wade’s continuity, and we ignore his ability to break the fourth-wall, this means he was a young man 40 years ago… and died. Had his head lopped clean off by Wolverine. We also know Origins’ technical timeline ended with a Sentinel apocalypse by 2020, and given the X-Men are healthier and happier than we may have ever seen them before in Deadpool 2… this seems unlikely.

Frankly, we could all use some wrought-iron spears to the head before we try to make sense of this. And speaking of apocalyptic futures…

Deadpool 2 and Logan Ignore Each Other

I can imagine what you think as you read the above subhead… “But Deadpool 2 acknowledges Logan in the opening scene!” And in terms of fourth-wall humor, it sure as hell does: Wade keeps an action figure of an impaled Hugh Jackman lovingly by his suicide-bedside. And yet, that doesn’t change the fact that their ideas of our current timeline don’t add up whatsoever.

Last year’s Logan was grim. Elegiac even was the word thrown around by many, including myself. It’s a kind of eulogy and Irish wake for both Jackman’s tenure in superhero cinema and the concept of superheroes themselves. And to bring that point to a head within its narrative, Jackman and writer-director James Mangold settled on an approach where an unknown number of the X-Men are dead, the rest are in hiding, including Wolverine and Charles Xavier, and mutants are nigh extinct due to government social engineering in our food.

That film is set in 2029. While we’re still 11 years away from its ending, the shock of a character like Dafne Keen’s Laura (X-23) being introduced in the film is that no mutants have been born in over 10 years. She’s a Children of Men like miracle to Charles Xavier and Logan. And yet, not so long before this film, mutants are flourishing in Deadpool 2. So much so that local authorities treat the X-Men as welcomed specialists when it comes time to handle a dangerous new adolescent mutant like Julian Dennison’s Russell.

Instead of looking like they’re on the brink of collapse in a world that hates them so much the government and corporations will conspire their ruin—and with a mutant patriarch so old he’s on the precipice of dementia—we are in a setting with a spry McAvoy as Xavier leading a flourishing and beloved national institution.

So where does Deadpool 2 fit in the X-Men movie timelines? Hell if we know! And frankly, we don’t think Wade cares, so you shouldn’t either! Just enjoy the ride, and if you want to fix it, you better start playing some “Turn Back Time” and hope Deadpool comes a-running.

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Deadpool 2: Who is Juggernaut?

In Deadpool 2, Wade and Cable run afoul of an irresistable force in brown armor. But just who is the Juggernaut?

Feature Gavin Jasper
May 19, 2018

When Celine Dion showed up to do a completely straight-laced song for Deadpool 2 there was a feeling like she was slumming it. Like, wow, Celine Dion! She’s a literal big deal! What the hell is she doing in a R-rated movie about a Wolverine/Deathstroke/Spider-Man knockoff?

In a movie featuring the likes of Shatterstar and Firefist, that’s the same reaction I can’t help but have for the Juggernaut. Like, I know X-Men: The Last Stand was a garbage movie that almost killed the franchise, but come on! It’s the Juggernaut! He’s both one of the most well-known X-Men villains and one of the top brute force Marvel characters!

I’m not complaining. Just surprised is all. It’s like when Bill Murray showed up in Space Jam. I’m all for it, but...you seem too good for this.

So who is this bullet-looking Bill Brasky of a mutant crusher? Cain Marko showed up back in 1965 in the pages of X-Men #12, created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. As a kid, Cain’s father remarried and Cain got a new step-brother in Charles Xavier. Being that his name outright spells out “violent brother,” Cain bullied Xavier until Xavier had no choice but to use his psychic powers as self-defense. That’s when the bad blood really started.

Oh, and the jealousy too. There was a lot of that.

The two served in the military at the same time and Cain accidentally came across a cave or temple or something and found a magic gem that turned him into an invincible tank of a man. Unfortunately, it also caused the mountain to collapse on him and getting out of that took some doing.

Being that he was already a dick and compounding that with becoming an invincible, armored version of Sweetums the Muppet powered by a deity bent on destruction, Cain Marko dedicated himself to killing his brother. To be fair, Xavier did leave him to die, though I suppose having A MOUNTAIN FALL ON HIM is reason enough for Xavier to shrug and call it a day. Cain tried a few times to exact revenge, but despite being a force impervious to pain and being stopped by any physical object, Juggernaut still lost to the X-Men time and time again.

Over the years, he’d become so synonymous with being an unbeatable brute that he’d be plugged in to face just about any superhero or superhero team. He’s taken on Dr. Strange, Spider-Man, Thor, Hulk, Captain Britain, New Warriors, Venom, Superman, and even our good friend Deadpool. In the 70s, they gave him a BFF in Black Tom Cassidy, which succeeded in both giving him someone to tag along with as well as giving him his own kryptonite. For instance, Deadpool’s protected himself against Juggernaut by 1) throwing Black Tom out of a plane so Juggernaut would follow and 2) offering to help keep Black Tom alive when he was on an operating table.

In the 2000s, Juggernaut split from Black Tom (who became a tree...don't ask) and ended up joining the X-Men as the school’s new gym teacher. During this time, he mentored an abused mutant kid, which puts his Deadpool 2 behavior in perspective. Unfortunately, Juggernaut’s brief time on the team was considered the one saving grace of one of the all-time worst X-Men runs in history, so there was a bit of a stigma to it. He left the team, joined Excalibur, feuded with Xavier again, became the host for Captain Universe, and then joined the Thunderbolts.

While Juggernaut in the Thunderbolts was cool as hell, it didn’t last because of the Fear Itself event, where Juggernaut got his own evil Mjolnir hammer and became even more unstoppable and sinister. He got depowered and repowered a handful of times and is now dedicated to killing Cyclops because Cyclops killed Xavier and Juggernaut had grown to love the little, bald guy.

So, um, that’s the gist of what Juggernaut’s all about. This is a bit too short and all and I don’t feel like doing an in-depth look on his history. Instead, here are some fun Juggernaut anecdotes.

1. THAT TIME JUGGERNAUT HAD A BAZOOKA

Before the early '90s X-Men cartoon series, we had a failed pilot called Pryde of the X-Men. It was...okay. A few years after it was made, they made that awesome Konami X-Men arcade game loosely based on it. Or at least based on what a full-on Pryde of the X-Men series would have been like.

Being one of the most iconic villains in X-Men history and a simple henchman type, Juggernaut was one of the game’s bosses. This version of Juggernaut was not only super strong and able to run people over like it was no problem, but he also had a bazooka.

On one hand, why did Juggernaut have a bazooka? He’s Juggernaut. His fist is stronger than a bazooka’s discharge. It’s like giving Freddy Krueger a Swiss army knife.

On the other hand, why does nobody else give Juggernaut a bazooka? It’s unnecessary, but he’s an over-the-top character and this would be an over-the-top design choice. No comic writers have ever honored the Konami X-Men game by giving Juggernaut a bazooka. That’s just unfortunate.

2. VINNIE JONES’ RUBBER ABS

X-Men: The Last Stand featured the first cinematic Juggernaut with Vinnie Jones, which was some sweet casting, at least in concept. Too bad the movie was a mess and all we got out of him was a funny line about why he wears a helmet, that bit where he runs through a bunch of soldiers, and a cringe-worthy reference to a viral internet video from the early days of YouTube.

By that, I mean the Juggernaut put on a jack-o-lantern mask and danced to the Ghostbusters theme in a graveyard. It was in the deleted scenes.

Jones reprising the role was never going to be a reality for Deadpool 2. Not only for the fact that they were going full CGI with him. Jones once got in a bar fight because of all the roles to be recognized for, “He was the Juggernaut in the third X-Men movie!” is apparently the one that will get you a knuckle to the lip.

3. JUGGERNAUT DESTROYED THE WORLD TRADE CENTER ONE TIME

Back in 1991, Juggernaut fought Spider-Man and X-Force on the streets of New York City. To show how destructive and not-giving-a-shit Juggernaut tends to be, he singlehandedly knocked over the World Trade Center and had the biggest laugh about it. Messed up, right?

A decade later, when Marvel did the Amazing Spider-Man 9/11 tribute issue, Juggernaut was shown among all the other major supervillains, sad that the real-life tragedy occurred in their fictional world. Probably not the best look...

4. WITHOUT CHARLES XAVIER, JUGGERNAUT WOULD HAVE BEEN A DEAD MONK

Age of Apocalypse was one of Marvel’s biggest events in the '90s and it had to do with an alternate reality where Charles Xavier was dead. So...what would that mean for Cain, who was driven by his lifelong hatred of one man who was no longer alive? Well, he’d just shave his head and take an oath of non-violence in a world going to Hell.

Juggermonk didn’t have a happy ending, unfortunately. Nightcrawler bugged him about using his awesome, invincible deltoids to help save the day and the inner struggle caused Cain to have a fatal aneurism.

Luckily, he has no qualms about punching shit in Deadpool 2, so go on and enjoy the antagonistic exploits of a villain described by my fiancée as looking like “a robot’s dick.”

Gavin Jasper still finds the mustard/ketchup part of the Juggernaut Bitch video funny because he is a child. Follow him on Twitter!

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Dragon Ball Super Episode 64 Review: Worship Me! Give Praise Unto Me! The Explosive Birth of a Merged Zamasu!!

The heroes gain confidence and put a risky gamble into motion that forever changes the face of this battle! Mafuba time, guys!

This Dragon Ball Super review contains spoilers.

Dragon Ball Super Episode 64

“Turn anger into power…”

It’s important to make mistakes. Not only is it important, it’s part of our DNA. The nature of being human is to be flawed. To err is human. Humans can accomplish so much, yet they’re still slaves to emotions. People are often embarrassed or try to hide emotion, but it’s sometimes the strongest tool that we have. In that sense, it’s kind of beautiful that the solution to beat these overpowered Gods might turn out to simply act human in the end. It’s a deeply poetic idea that the flawed ways of mortals would hold the key to gaining the upper hand against these immortal foes. But if the poetic irony is lost on Zamasu, Vegeta is certainly ready to let a few energy blasts communicate his point.

“The Explosive Birth of a Merged Zamasu!!” begins immediately after Vegeta’s burst of Saiyan pride that concluded the last episode. This isn’t some sort of bait and switch and the beginning of the installment is very much about giving Vegeta the proper ego boost that he deserves. It’s cathartic to watch Vegeta kick Goku Black's ass for a while. It's also particularly awesome that during one of Black's egotistical speeches, Vegeta just fire bombs him with a planet-sized energy blast. Brood all you want, Vegeta doesn’t care.

It’s quite interesting that the bulk of this episode hinges on a God’s attempts to comprehend and act like a flawed human and let emotion get the better of him. Black finally understands that Vegeta's recent energy boost largely has to do with his anger. Once he cracks that nut he's able to put into practice himself because who has more rage than the petty Zamasu/Black? This experiment results in Black gaining a rather bitching energy scythe. This makes for a particularly wonderful sequence on all fronts. Black looks truly insane while he monologues about how strong he's become and Vegeta just has this look of utter bewilderment on his face. At one moment Black's new toy tears a whole in reality and when Vegeta inquires to what just happened, Black is like, "The hell if I know. You see how cool it looks though?" It's nice to just see Black go off the rails a little bit before this fight enters it next (and final?) stage

Goku Black might not understand what he’s just wrought upon everyone, but that doesn’t stop a bunch of duplicate Goku Blacks from spilling out of the time-space scar. Why shouldn’t Goku and Vegeta have another ridiculous complication to deal with as soon as they get the upper hand again in battle? Black’s many clones may look intimidating, but this isn’t the first time that these two have dealt with a gaggle of dopplegangers before. These doubles pack a punch but amount to a lot of smoke and in spite of them not posing much of a challenge, their growing numbers at least keep Goku and Vegeta occupied.

While Black and his many duplicates keep Goku and Vegeta busy, Zamasu plans to deal with Future Trunks and get him out of the picture. Vegeta’s beat down on Black paired with Goku’s blaring optimism is a lot of fun, but the true star of the episode is without a doubt, Future Trunks. Trunks has succeeded in putting the Mafuba container is back together and some last-minute scrambles result in Future Trunks needing to quickly master the ways of the Evil Containment Wave so he can be the one to lock away Zamasu.

This development works well as it speaks to the unpredictable nature of war, but it also keeps the audience guessing as to what will happen next. The series spent a solid chunk of time on Goku’s attempts to perfect the Evil Containment Wave with Master Roshi, so to think all of that was in vain may make that episode a little less important in retrospect (nobody tell Sea Turtle that his sacrifice was irrelevant). Besides, the Mafuba jar has already been broken and put back together with glue—not magic, but glue. Clearly all plans are open to interpretation at this point.

It’s nice to see Future Trunks flail around and try to master the movements though (and how fantastic is it that he’s learning from an instructional video from Piccolo!?). This guy needs to work on the fusion dance, stat!

Matters become quite tense when Trunks is left with between five and ten minutes to get the Evil Containment Wave within his grasp while Bulma of all people attempts to distract Zamasu. Bulma doesn't expect her plan to work, but it's kind of hilarious just how poorly it goes and that it almost costs Bulma her life. What transpires is definitely the best Bulma scene to date in Dragon Ball Super and harkens back to the character's friskier Dragon Ball days. Zamasu's actions appropriately push Trunks over the edge again and bring forth his rage, even though they've got the Mafuba plan to pull off. Furthermore, Zamasu should know better than to attack Bulma like this in front of Trunks. He was just giving a speech about turning anger into power.

What's so great here is that Future Trunks nails everything that follows and actually gets some tasty revenge as well as a hearty defense for the strength of mortals. Future Trunks actually successfully pulls off the Evil Containment Wave technique on Zamasu and it's glued, cracked status doesn't ruin the whole operation. This also happens with ample time to spare, rather than it acting as the note that the episode goes out on. It's surprising to see this happen so early, but then all of this good fortune crumbles before them because an infuriating technicality that goes all the way back to the forgetful, carefree nature of Goku. Did anyone else’s stomach’s drop when that charm reveal comes up? It’s devastating.

Goku's insolence back on their timeline means the Mafuba is ultimately a failure and with Zamasu as close to death as he's ever been, he now fully understands how dangerous humans can be. Goku, Vegeta, and Future Trunks were ready to turn this battle around, but this recent close call only brings forward the end game. Goku Black and Zamasu put those prevalent Potara earrings to use and fuse together into Fused Zamasu. "My form is justice. My form is the world," this new ultra God declares to his subjects.

This may just look like Zamasu with Goku's hair, but the aura (and the music!) that surrounds this freshly formed fighter is very clear. It looks like that might officially be the end of the Mafuba strategy since the charm is still left in another timeline, but hey, if Black and Zamasu can bring fusion into play, then maybe Goku and Vegeta will finally be able to resort to the same tactic. Or perhaps the first Father-Son fusion is not far away.

“The Explosive Birth of a Merged Zamasu!!” is an extremely satisfying installment that also for the first time makes it feel like this Goku Black/Zamasu arc is starting to come to an end. There’s a lot of great action in this episode where everyone gets to contribute and most of the characters go just a little bit crazier. Even Bulma’s put to exceptional use in this one! “The Explosive Birth of a Merged Zamasu!!” also puts several strategies into play and makes up for any time that’s been lost in the past few installments. The ending to this episode is also the most suspenseful that Dragon Ball Super has been in a long time. Exciting, frustrating, unbelievable. That’s what Dragon Ball should feel like and that’s exactly where this arc is at right now.

Next week goes black because of Memorial Day Weekend’s FLCL marathon, but the fight against Fused Zamasu isn’t far away!

4.5/5
Review Daniel Kurland
May 19, 2018

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