Pea soup green never looked so good. On a semi-related note, I am not sure why pea soup is still a thing. I understand why it was once a thing, I just don’t understand why anyone is still eating it.
It was probably created when people’s access to goods was much more limited, and there came a time when the pantry was empty aside from a bunch of peas. So, they did what people do best and ate the hell out of it. It probably tasted pretty good, all things considered. But that is where it should have ended. Once our food worries could be remedied by a quick trip to the store, no one should have been subjected to that sorry excuse for a soup ever again. And I sure as hell should not be offered it for quadruple the price at a restaurant.
I do not want to be reminded of how good I have things by being told how bad things used to be. I want to be told how good things can be by being shown the good things that are still out there. That is why I choose to look at pictures of Jasmin Walia instead of any of my exes.
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Ben Barnes on becoming Jigsaw and Amber Rose Revah on Madani’s quest for revenge in Season 2 of The Punisher.
When we last saw both, they had managed to survive the first season but not without considerable damage. Russo had his memory wiped and his face cut to ribbons -- the latter by Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) himself, who was enraged by his former friend’s actions yet couldn’t bring himself to end Russo’s life. As a result, Season 2 finds Russo suffering from mental damage, fear and ultimately anger, all of which put him on the path to becoming the classic comic book enemy Jigsaw.
“I think for me it was kind of like starting a new show, actually,” says Barnes in our interview with him and Revah. “He’s been battered and fractured and traumatized almost to the nub, and I think that he’s got to try and put those pieces back together. That was the sort of metaphor we were trying to work with in terms of the Jigsaw element of Billy Russo from the comics, and trying to turn that on its head a little bit and sort of ground it in the military history of the show.”
As for Madani, the Homeland Security agent has also managed to recover from head wounds but not from the emotional trauma inflicted on her by Russo, which leaves her unhealthily obsessed with him and the memories he now seems to lack. She has also reached a kind of détente with Castle -- keeping a distance but knowing he could be a valuable weapon at her disposal.
“She hasn’t been seeking help, and then she’s been self-medicating, she’s been drinking,” says Revah. “We pick up in Season 2, she doesn’t think she needs Frank’s help, realizes she does, and then spends the entirety of the season deliberating over how she’s going to get this vengeance.”
In addition to Bernthal, Revah and Barnes, The Punisher also stars Giorgia Whigham as the mysterious drifter Amy Bendix, Josh Stewart as the deadly new villain John Pilgrim, Jason R. Moore as Curtis Hoyle, plus Corbin Bernsen and Annette O’Toole as Anderson and Eliza Schultz.
Season 2 of The Punisher is available on Netflix now.
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As leaked by friend-of-Bleeding Cool, Tako, here’s the cover to Heroes In Crisis #8, due to be revealed in DC Comics’ April solicitations next week.
Along with the solicitation copy,
You’ve seen all the clues. You’ve heard the testimony and eavesdropped on the secret confessions of the World’s Greatest Super Heroes. Now, with the killer revealed, it’s time to find out why. Rifts will form between old allies, and the trinity of Wonder Woman, Superman and Batman will have their leadership challenged and will question their own judgment. Sanctuary has become something they never imagined…and it’s still potentially carrying on without them.
The cover features Wally West, his current love interest and Pre-52 wife Linda Park, and his Pre-52 son Jai and daughter Irey. Bloodstained sheets, Sanctuary masks and the crows seen through the series, circling in the distance. Which is making our earlier reported rumours about how the series would begin seem more and more pertinent… and possibly far more spoilery than ever.
Here is a selection of more upcoming art for the series…
….with Heroes In Crisis spelt out by Clay Mann across the page by objects in situ.
And a look at The Shining Knight. Who, in this portrayal appears to be expressing more of a physically female identity, that the intersex character has in the past.
And more covers to come…
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Documentary The Bill Murray Stories, showcasing real-life sightings of the eccentric comedy legend, is on Netflix now.
When thinking of the legend of Bill Murray, films like Ghostbusters, Caddyshack, and Lost in Translation come to mind.
However, the 2018 documentary, which was recently released on Netflix, The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned from a Mythical Man, evokes an approachable-but-eccentric celebrity who tends to pop up in the weirdest, most random places. Filmmaker Tommy Avallone directed and wrote this poetic paean to the extracurricular activities of Murray; a tale strung together with sporadic accounts from ordinary folks across the country showing the most wonderfully random run-ins with the entertainment icon. Whether it’s joining someone’s ball game at the park, photobombing wedding shots, crashing parties, to just showing up at a doorstep, Murray’s curiously arbitrary thrill-seeking exploits have become the stuff of legend, lending the film its Bigfoot-esque theme.
We tried to get to the bottom of these intriguing inclinations when we caught up with Avallone and company at SXSW last year. As he theorizes of Murray’s motivations, “Bill’s honestly intrigued by other people. He doesn’t want to go to the bar and talk about Wes Anderson movies or Ghostbusters or Scrooged. He honesty wants to know who are you [sic], what do you do and what makes you tick. He’s actually legit interested in people.” He adds that Murray “always loved the idea of play and the idea of just connecting with people and just kind of living in the moment, seeing where an adventure will take him.”
Producer Derrick Kunzer chalks it up to the humility of Murray, who he says will sometimes introduce himself to random people in the street. It’s a habit that producer/co-writer Max Paolucci doesn’t believe to be self-serving, stating, “There’s no moment where [Murray] is trying to use his celebrity, use his fame, use his wealth in any way.” Indeed, he explains that Murray doesn’t treat these encounters as if they are supposed to be big moments for ordinary people in a “Hi, I’m Bill, are you ready for your Bill Murray story?” manner. Paolucci adds, “He’s a normal guy and I think he really craves that, I think he really appreciates that.”
This inherent ability to interact and adapt is reflective in Murray’s career trajectory, going back to his time in the famed Second City improvisation troupe to his star-making Saturday Night Live television tenure. Indeed, amongst the alumni from SNL’s “Golden Age” first five years (1975-1980), the satirical schtick of Bill Murray – a second season addition – not only aced the test of time, but remains the most poignant to this day, having successfully transitioned to prestige projects and even Oscar-nominated glory in 2004 for Lost in Translation. Yet, despite his array of comedy classics – Caddyshack, Meatballs, Stripes, Ghostbusters and Wes Anderson films like Rushmore to a memorable undead cameo in Zombieland to name a scant few – the DNA of his brand of humor remains recognizable, despite four decades of clear evolution.
Avallone further muses, “I think being the celebrity kind of affords him to get into certain parties, but also is a disadvantage where it’s almost harder to blend in.” He points out a recurring theme amongst the accounted stories, claiming that Murray doesn’t seem out there attract attention so much as he shows up at places purely just to hang out. It's a habit he may have formed during his time in Second City; an ensemble instinct to make someone else look good.
“He’s a good supporting character in anyone’s story,” the director fondly observes.
The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned from a Mythical Man is available to stream on Netflix for those curious enough delve into the myth of Murray.
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Pete tastes success in Crashing Season 3, but can he sustain it?
Fictional Pete (or “FP” as real Pete Holmes calls him) is still looking for his “big break.” What exactly constitutes a “big break” is all relative in the stand-up world. Through two seasons of Crashing, Pete has earned the respect of his peers as he hustled through the club scene, has been reluctantly championed by the likes of Artie Lange, Bill Burr, and Jeff Ross to name a few, and landed a college tour, though it fractured his relationship with his girlfriend and fellow comic Ali (Jamie Lee). Crashing Season 3 begins with a montage of Pete acing his college tour, which gives the comedian a budding ego.
“There are people that I know that they don't get ‘breaks,’ they get like, sprains,” Holmes tells Den of Geek of the roller coaster stand-up circuit. “They haven't broken into show business, they've sprained into show business and they go around acting like they're like a new person, like don't look me in the eye because they got some small bit on TV, or whatever it might be. It unlocks this part of you that was egotistical enough to even want to be a comedian, and then you get this validation.”
Pete still has a few “sprains” ahead of him before he can achieve his goal of having a place at the comedians table in New York’s iconic stand-up haunt The Comedy Cellar. Crashing Season 3, which premieres Sunday, January 20th, finds Pete building towards the goal of being “in the scene” by leaving his comfort zone and embracing his egotistical side. We sat down with Holmes to discuss a new relationship in the show that changes Pete’s outlook on his career, sacrificing artistic freedom for lucrative gigs, and the process of writing Crashing.
Pete’s career is starting to stabilize as season two ends. Where do we find him when season three begins?
As one of the writers, we had to decide if season three was going to be just about Pete being on the college tour because that was certainly one of the ways we could have gone -- it is interesting living out of a suitcase. In the finale of season two he's gotten all these colleges, but we decided instead to start season three at the end of that tour with Pete coming back to New York with an ego. It's the first time we've seen Pete having an ego.
Pete suddenly has an apartment, and that certainly changes the dynamic of our show, he has a little bit of money, so that he's not broke, and then he has a little bit of an ego. So that was sort of the driving force of the whole episode. Then he ends up attracting a girlfriend that's attracted to his ego, which I think is really fun, as opposed to sort of that meek country mouse sweet boy that I like, that we've seen in the first two seasons. We now see a Pete in a camouflage G Star Jacket.
And he gets his first house guest!
And my first house guest, that's right! I meet Jaboukie [played by comedian Jaboukie Young-White] who's incredible and very young, so he's basically playing a version of himself, a little bit younger. I meet a character and I think that I'm at a place where I can be the Artie Lang to someone else, where I can have someone else crashing on my couch. When really, in show business, my experience has been that you have to make it about 15 or 20 times. Like, it really is a long game. It's not what you see in the movies.
Pete does have a bit of success this season, and he has to make choices about doing lucrative gigs or pursuing the kind of comedy he finds creatively fulfilling.
In a lot of different lines of work, there come opportunities where you might be perfect for something and they might be lucrative, but they might not necessarily be where you're at artistically, or creatively or just personally. Pete sort of has like a vestige from his past, which is the Christian market for comedy shows. The Christian comedy market. That's a real thing.
That sort of comes back, not to haunt him, but to challenge him. So on Crashing, we always want to tell stories about stand-up that you're not used to seeing, whether it be handing out flyers or doing warm up or colleges. There are hundreds and hundreds of comedians that you've maybe never heard of making very good livings only doing colleges. Some of them only do colleges their whole lives, they've found their niche and they do it, and they're happy and they succeed in that way.
So another market like that is the Christian market. I really have to tip my hat to Judd Apatow. I told him we wanted to do it, and he wanted to do the Christian tour and he had the great idea that I immediately agreed with, which was the joke will be that it's the greatest tour in the world. You hear that a comedy show is going to do the Christian scene, you think it's going to be hammy and stupid and we're gonna be making fun of everybody. We went the other way real hard, which was that it's a wonderful tour, but there's just a couple things, understandably, that you can't talk about.
But then Pete has this girlfriend who's challenging him to be more honest and more bold and the comedy scene itself is telling him the same. But the people who are paying his rent are saying, "Don't talk about this, or this, or this." Very small things, but he ultimately has to make a choice.
Madeline Wise plays Pete’s love interest this season, Kat, who isn’t in the stand-up scene. Wise has a theatre background more so than a comedic background. How did you end up casting her and why did she feel like a good fit to bring Pete out of his comfort zone?
I don't want to say Madeline is our first real actor, but she's our first like, actor, actor that I got to be in multiple scenes over multiple episodes with and I have to say that was a real delight. We sort of pride ourselves on being the show that brings comedians in that may or may not be experienced actors and we love working with them. They're amazing improvisors, and they're talented natural actors. But when I was working with Madeline, somebody that for all I know came from like a Samuel Beckett inspired play, I'm like, "What is going on here?"
She's the real deal in that way. I think she elevated everybody that she acted against. She certainly helped me just watching the level of presence and intelligence and decisiveness that she brings to her performance.
She came in to audition and just blew me away. It was one of those situations where we were like, "Well, we'll rewrite the part, 'cause she's unbelievable." She's been, you know, I don't want to say laying low, she's been killing it in theatre, but to find somebody like this and bring her into TV, we're gonna look so good just for finding her.
How does Kat impact Pete’s life and career?
Pete dated Ali, who was telling him what the harsh realities of the world are, and then he dates Kat, somebody that's like, "If you want it, you can get it." I think that's really essential to either have a friend like that, or a girlfriend like that, or hopefully in the best case scenario, just a voice inside your own head that can carry you through your dreams.
But in this case, Pete needs someone writ large that can say, "It's not embarrassing to want to be famous. It's not impolite to want to have people know who you are. But if that's what you want, you should be honest." Like, she's all just about like, just be honest.
Whereas everybody else in Pete's life, he tries on the jacket, he thinks the jacket's cool and they all tell him it's stupid. The jacket obviously is a metaphor and then he meets Kat and she's like, "I like that jacket. I think that is who you are." Pete's trying to grow and become this new thing and she's the only one that thinks he doesn't look ridiculous when he does it. That's important.
It seems like a lot of the material, even in the quieter moments in the show could be fleshed out into your larger stand-up set. How do you kind of differentiate what you want to put in those actual stand-up scenes, versus some of those character?
That's so interesting, and it's a nice compliment you're giving me. Sometimes I watch The Simpsons and they'll say a joke, and I'm like, "That's a perfect New Yorker cartoon." Like, it's dry and it's subtle, and auteured and I'm like, yes! But they put it in The Simpsons, which obviously isn't going for that sort of laugh. So, similarly we had to choose our moments where it was like, "This one seems like a good joke for a scene, and this one seems better for stand-up."
In stand-up you have the benefit of being able to realistically stack five or six or seven funny jokes in a row, whereas unless you're doing something big and wild like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, it's hard in a realistic way to show a scene where it's like, "Everything everyone says is a joke!" Without losing some of it's sincerity. So we would save a lot of those runs for the stage.
Last question: Do you always walk up to The National when you perform?
[Laughs] On my specials I do. I'm happy to say I'm friends with Matt [Berninger], the lead singer of The National, and his wife Corinne. When it comes to TV, you can't afford anything; if you want to play a song, you're eating up like a third of your production budget unless you're friends with someone in a band and you can say, "Can you please cut us a break?" So thank you, Matt and The National for giving us a break so we can use your music on my specials. I can't get The National on Crashing. Judd thinks it's too mopey. Sonofabitch.
Crashing Season 3 premieres January 20th at 10:00 p.m. on HBO.
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You might have to look a little harder to spot the Marvel Easter eggs in The Punisher Season 2 on Netflix, but they're there!
This article consists of nothing but The Punisher Season 2 spoilers.
While the Netflix arm of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has always been happy to take some liberties with their respective area of the shared continuity, The Punisher Season 2 really seems to take that idea and run with it. Not only does it refrain from making any direct references to any major shared moments in either the main MCU or the Netflix corner of the universe (no Infinity War aftermath to be found here folks, as if that were a surprise) it also keeps a healthy distance from a good deal of its comics history.
Naturally, that doesn't mean there are no comic book easter eggs and nods to be found, but this season takes its inspiration and really runs with it, plucking a handful of Punisher story deep cuts and character names and adapting them into something completely new for the live action universe. Here's everything we managed to find on a first viewing. If you spotted anything else, let us know down in the comments or on Twitter, and if it checks out, we'll update this until it's the most comprehensive The Punisher Season 2 resource around!
The Punisher Season 2 Episode 1: Roadhouse Blues
"While driving through Michigan, Frank stops for a beer at a roadside bar. But staying out of trouble has never been his strong suit."
- The band at the bar is playing "The Outsider" by Shooter Jennings, which is a little on-the-nose for Frank's mental state. Look, no one ever claimed The Punisher was subtle.
- Frank still goes by "Pete," as in Peter Castiglione, a pseudonym he's used several times over in the show that stems from his comic book history. It stems from Frank's original Italian family name, which was later Americanized to Castle.
- Unlike many of the other new characters in this season, Amy Bendix is actually rooted in the comics. First appearing in Punisher: War Zone #24 back in 1994, Amy's been overhauled to fit her new role for the small screen.
Aged up and transformed into a "street-wise grifter," Amy's comic book counterpart was a little girl who spotted Frank escaping from one of his murder scenes, only to swear to him she'd keep his secret. Later, he even helped her recover her dollhouse. Aw.
- This episode introduces John Pilgrim, season two's main antagonist who was developed specifically for the show. He is a Christian fundamentalist turned murderer with a strict code of ethics he is willing to kill for -- but his desire to track down Amy is a major mystery.
While he's not specifically based on any one Marvel villain, he clearly draws inspiration from Mennonite, a villain who first appeared in Punisher MAX #3 in 2010.
- Agent Madani, who you'll hopefully remember from season one, has recovered fully from her brutal gunshot to the head, care of Billy Russo -- who she obviously has not forgiven. Despite being physically in perfect health, it would seem Madani's mental state is slipping, and badly, as she's fixated herself like a laser on Billy and turned to alcohol to numb the pain.
- Speaking of, Billy Russo is still very much hospitalized after his final encounter with Frank last season. The weird plastic mask is thanks to Frank smashing his face through glass a few times over -- and for theatricality, I guess. Art therapy, maybe.
The Punisher Season 2 Episode 2: Fight or Flight
"Frank and a reluctant Rachel go on the run as a menacing adversary gives chase. Meanwhile, Madani pays Russo an unwelcome visit."
- Wondering what's going on with Billy? Apparently so is Billy. He has no memory of his last encounter with Frank or anything that happened in his life after his stint in the military. If that sounds a little too convenient to you, Agent Madani thinks so, too.
- Billy's doctor, Dr. Dumont, however, is very much on the side of her patient. Dumont isn't based on anyone from the comics, specifically, but is definitely someone to keep an eye on as the season plays out, especially given her affinity and sympathy for Billy.
- Dumont's advice and treatment for Billy's memory recovery is for him to "put together the jigsaw," an obvious nod to Billy's comics based codename: Jigsaw. Though over in the comics Billy's nickname was a lot more on-the-nose -- he got thanks to his "jigsaw-like" facial scarring. Though the MCU's Billy also has a pretty messed up face, you can only make someone like Ben Barnes so ugly before you just have to give up, I guess.
Frank is still driving around in his, uh, "signature" van which not only featured in the first season of the show but is actually a bizarre sort of tradition for his comic book counterpart.
Dating all the way back to the debut of Frank's "War Journal," in Giant-Sized Spider-Man #4, Frank's had an affinity for tooling around in clunky looking vans, sometimes they're even known as "Battle Vans" just to make them extra on brand.
The Punisher Season 2 Episode 3: Trouble the Water
"As Pilgrim's past comes into focus, Frank and Rachel find themselves in police custody, where they're anywhere but safe."
- While we still don't have much info about John Pilgrim's history, we get our first clue here in the form of some very old, mostly removed tattoos of Nazi and white supremacist iconography. In case you couldn't already tell, this dude isn't a great person.
- Netflix MCU mainstay Sergeant Brett Mahoney is back for this season! He's been around for a while in just about every Marvel streaming show, and has a comic book history all his own, since he was introduced in Marvel Comics Presents #1 back in 2007.
- Hopefully you don't need me reminding you of Frank's past but he gets called a "jarhead" in this episode as a reference to his time as a Marine.
- One of the officers calls Frank out as a western hero who rides into town but is secretly the devil, which isn't a reference to a specific western movie, but a trope used throughout the genre. Frank as the black hat, lone gunman archetype is a pretty foundational element of the Punisher character across all mediums.
The Punisher Season 2 Episode 4: Scar Tissue
"Rachel recalls the night everything changed and lets Frank in on the truth about her name. Russo sits down with a face from his childhood."
- If you're totally in the dark vis-a-vis Frank and Russo's bad blood, you might want to refresh yourself on the totality of season one. This version of their story was invented for the MCU specifically, but it involves Russo being the man behind the gun that killed Frank's family. Yikes.
- Remember Curtis Hoyle? Another major player from season one is back in this episode, and he's Frank's old military buddy who runs a support group for vets. It's difficult to tell since he's usually wearing long pants but Curtis lost his leg while he was serving and was discharged. That's why he rarely helps Frank in actual combat.
- What is it with MCU bad guys and baseball? Billy's history is linked to a love of baseball just like Daredevil season 3 antagonist Ben "Dex" Poindexter, aka Bullseye. This probably just a coincidence rather than an intentional thematic link, but still, you have to admit it's pretty funny.
- Speaking of Billy's tragic past, this episode is loaded with quick little refreshers and call backs to season one, like the Ray Of Hope Group Home where Billy grew up.
We start to see the first inklings of Frank actually taking Amy under his wing here, which might not be a callback to any specific comic book plot, but it's actually not the first time Frank's taken on a sort of "sidekick" with a similar backstory.
This trajectory for Amy's story seems to have been at least partially inspired by Rachel Cole who first appeared in The Punisher #1 back in 2011, who was motivated by the loss of her own family to join Frank's crusade temporarily.
- You can spot MCU network powerhouse WHIH at one point in the episode, too.
The Punisher Season 2 Episode 5: One-Eyed Jacks
"It's not a trap if you know it's coming: That's Frank's philosophy. Madani opens up and Pilgrim plans to visit an unholy land."
- Welcome back to Netflix MCU veteran Turk Barrett, who is long suffering as always. You'll recognize him from just about every streaming Marvel show, where he's usually getting beat on by the good (and bad) guys for one reason or another, even after he mostly gave up his life up crime. In the comics, Turk occasionally goes by Stilt-Man (no really) and has even temporarily held an Infinity Stone, so his life is pretty wild no matter what universe he's in.
- More season one call backs, this time to Curt's support group for veterans, which played a pretty major role in the events of last season. It's basically exactly what it says on the tin: a group therapy session for vets who are having trouble fitting back into daily life.
- Is it possible that Frank Castle is such a rube he doesn't understand that three card monte is a sucker's game? Seriously?
- Frank getting brutalized by (and in turn brutalizing) a whole gym full of Russians is faintly reminiscent of the classic Garth Ennis/Steve Dillon Punisher fight with "The Russian" in their first arc on the book, "Welcome Back, Frank." That was adapted into the very best scene in the Thomas Jane Punisher movie, with Kevin Nash as "The Russian."
Unless we missed something, these episodes are all Marvel reference free! Hit us up on Twitter if you managed to catch something and we'll update this as we go!
"As Madani and Krista debate who's worth saving, Frank prepares to storm Russo's territory. A brutal encounter pushes Pilgrim back into old habits."
- This episode uses a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate Son," a favorite anthem of the Vietnam era. This particular incarnation of Frank has obviously been modernized, but in his original debut back in 1974, the Punisher was a veteran of Vietnam.
The Punisher Season 2 Episode 11: The Abyss
"Amy rushes to protect Frank, who lies defenseless in a hospital. Pilgrim gets some crushing news, and Karen Page calls in a favor."
- Hey, it's Karen Page! Fans will recognize her from all over the Netflix MCU (not to mention Marvel comics) but specifically as one of Frank's earliest and most trusted, er, associates, from his debut in Daredevil season 2. Karen is representing Nelson and Murdock, which was newly reformed at the end of Daredevil season 3 with Karen as an official partner.
Episodes 12 and 13
Like six through nine, we didn't catch any overt references to other Marvel moments in these episodes, but if you did, let us know in the comments or on Twitter. We have an explanation of all of the various implications of that ending right here, though.
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The Orville season 2 has launched from its berth, and we've got the latest trailer, an episode guide, and links to reviews.
FOX engaged the quantum drive for The Orville season 2 as a renewal for Seth MacFarlane's unique space drama was confirmed back in November of last year, halfway through the successful first season. "Once again Seth has struck a powerful chord with viewers," said Fox Broadcasting Co. Entertainment president Michael Thorn in a press release. "He has delivered a series full of optimism, drama and his trademark humor. We want to thank him and the rest of the talented cast, as well as the producers and crew, for an incredible first season. We can't wait to see where The Orville travels in the second."
The Orville season 2 has thus far recaptured the mix of topicality and irreverence. We'll be reviewing the show along the way; check them out below, including the latest one.
The Orville Season 2 Episode 5 Trailer and Release Date
The Orville season 2 premiered on Sunday, December 30 at 8/7c after an NFL double header and then returned to its Thursday timeslot at 9/8c on January 3, 2019. The next episode is called "All the World is a Birthday Cake," and it will air on January 24, 2019. Here's the promo:
The Orville Season 2 Episodes and Reviews
Return here each week for an update list of The Orville season 2 episode titles, and keep up with all our reviews by click on the corresponding link as the episodes air. The season will consist of 15 episodes in total.
The Orville Season 2 Episode 1: "Ja'loja"
As the Orville heads towards Moclus for Bortus’ special once-a-year ceremony, Ed discovers Kelly has moved on and has started dating. Meanwhile, Gordon asks for John’s help in getting game, and Claire turns to Isaac for parenting advice. (air date: 12/30/18)
The Orville Season 2 Episode 2: "Primal Urges"
Ed and the crew race to save a small group of survivors on a planet about to be destroyed by its sun, while Bortus and Klyden start marriage counseling after Bortus’s obsession with the ship’s Environmental Simulator gets out of hand. (air date: 1/3/19)
The Orville Season 2 Episode 3: "Home"
Ed finds himself behind enemy lines when he crash-lands on a mysterious planet. Meanwhile, Kelly questions why Gordon wants to take the Command Test. (air date: 1/10/19)
The Orville Season 2 Episode 4: "Nothing Left on Earth Excepting Fishes"
Ed finds himself behind enemy lines when he crash lands on a mysterious planet; Kelly questions why Gordon wants to take the Command Test. (air date: 1/17/19)
The Orville Season 2 Episode 5: "All The World is a Birthday Cake"
The Orville makes First Contact; A new crew member joins the ship. (air date: 1/24/19)
The Orville Season 2 Episode 6: "A Happy Refrain"
Claire's personal life takes an unexpected turn; Gordon makes an unusual grooming suggestion to Bortus. (air date: 2/7/19)
The Orville Season 2 Cast
According to Deadline Chris Johnson of 47 Meters Down will be appearing in a recurring role. Specific details about his character are not known, but he will play another crew member aboard the ship.
Season 2 also has Gossip Girl alum Jessica Szohr joining the cast, according to Deadline. Again, not much is known about her character other than that she will be a crew member aboard the Orville, but Szohr will be a series regular, so she definitely will be adding a new dynamic to the series.
EW has reported that Leighton Meester will join former Gossip Girl co-star Jessica Szohr in a season 2 role that is currently being kept under wraps.
The Orville was created by Seth MacFarlane, who also stars in the show as Captain Ed Mercer. Adrianne Palicki (Agents of SHIELD) plays his ex-wife and first officer. Check out our reviews for season 1 here.
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Netflix is rebooting classic true crime/paranormal series Unsolved Mysteries with Stranger Things EP Shawn Levy
It was only a matter of time that the true crime renaissance would lead back to Unsolved Mysteries, one of the paragons of the genre. Now that time is here with Netflix announcing that it will reboot the classic true crime and paranormal documentary series with the help of Stranger Things executive producer Shawn Levy.
According to Deadline, the new series will contain 12 episodes and like the original, will cover a bevy of real life cases from mysterious crimes to the paranormal. Levy and his 21 Laps Entertainment imprint (which has had a busy week with Netflix) will oversee the new project with the help of Cosgrove-Meurer Productions, the production company for the first run of Unsolved Mysteries run by John Cosgrove and Terry Dunn Meurer. Cosgrove and Dunn Meurer will both return as producers alongside Levy and Josh Berry.
%u201CUnsolved Mysteries%u201D is coming back to haunt a new generation! The original creators have teamed up with the producers of #StrangerThings for a modern take on the series that will once again look to viewers to help aid investigators in closing the book on long outstanding cases. pic.twitter.com/9DkcynjlhV — See What's Next (@seewhatsnext) January 18, 2019
%u201CUnsolved Mysteries%u201D is coming back to haunt a new generation! The original creators have teamed up with the producers of #StrangerThings for a modern take on the series that will once again look to viewers to help aid investigators in closing the book on long outstanding cases. pic.twitter.com/9DkcynjlhV
— See What's Next (@seewhatsnext) January 18, 2019
Unsolved Mysteries first debuted on NBC in January of 1987. The show ran for 14 seasons (with stints on NBC, CBS, Lifetime, and the now defunct Spike) and featured nearly 600 episodes. Each episode of the show covered a different real life mystery, usually of a true crime variety and occasionally even a paranormal one. Actors would portray the events of each crime in re-enactments with family members and various officials sometimes providing on-screen interviews.
The show was perhaps best known for its eerie, '80s synthesizer-tinged theme song and the consistent presence of sturdy and trustworthy host Robert Stack. Stack narrated the series, usually beginning each episode having emerged from the foggy shadows, wearing a trench coat. Traditionally, that is not a solid strategy for anyone to build trust but somehow Stack made it work. Virginia Madsen co-hosted with Stack in 1999 and Dennis Farina took over hosting duties for the show in a 2008-2010 reboot, following Stack's death in 2003.
The original 12 seasons of Unsolved Mysteries are available to stream on Amazon Prime. There's no word whether Netflix will acquire the rights to previous episodes as part of the reboot deal.
Unsolved Mysteries was at the forefront of what you might call the first or second wave of a true crime renaissance in pop culture. Alongside shows like Forensic Files and even Law and Order, Unsolved Mysteries proved to be a consistent presence on television for decades.
Now it's getting new life with a streaming service well versed in the kind of cultural and critical impact that true crime series can bring.
Collinwood casts a long shadow in upcoming doc on Dan Curtis' supernatural soap opera Dark Shadows.
"The Collins blood always had a rather-persistant strength," Barnabas Collins said in the iconic sixties daytime drama Dark Shadows. The series will get an infusion in the upcoming documentary Master Of Dark Shadows, which celebrates of the legendary Gothic series and its visionary creator, Dan Curtis.
Emmy-winning filmmaker Dan Curtis is known as the "King of TV Horror." He followed Dark Shadows with other iconic horror favorites including The Night Stalker, Trilogy of Terror and Burnt Offerings before he produced the epic miniseries The Winds of War and War and Remembrance.
The documentary was directed by David Gregory (Lost Soul, Godfathers of Mondo) and includes interviews with key actors Jonathan Frid, David Selby, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Lara Parker, John Karlen, Nancy Barrett, Jerry Lacy, Roger Davis, Marie Wallace, Chris Pennock and James Storm and filmmakers involved in the series.
Narrated by Ian McShane (Deadwood), Master Of Dark Shadows speaks with the HBO vampire series True Blood's writer-producer Alan Ball, as well as Whoopi Goldberg (Ghost), Barbara Steele, who starred in Mario Bava's gore classic Black Sunday, screenwriter William F. Nolan (Trilogy of Terror), author Herman Wouk (The Winds Of War), and Ben Cross (Chariots of Fire).
"In 1966, a phenomenon was launched when Dark Shadows debuted on ABC-TV as a daily Gothic suspense series," reads the official press announcement. "Airing in the late afternoon, the show attracted a massive youth audience as it shifted to the supernatural with the introduction of vulnerable vampire Barnabas Collins. Witches, ghosts and scary story lines turned Dark Shadows into a TV classic that led to motion pictures, remakes, reunions and legions of devoted fans who have kept the legend alive for five decades.
Master Of Dark Shadows was shot in New York, Los Angeles and London. The feature-length documentary reveals the history, far-reaching impact and lasting appeal of Dark Shadows with a blend of rare footage and behind-the-scenes stories.
The Master Of Dark Shadows release date hasn't been announced, but it is set to come out some time this spring.
Culture Editor Tony Sokol cut his teeth on the wire services and also wrote and produced New York City's Vampyr Theatre and the rock opera AssassiNation: We Killed JFK. Read more of his work here or find him on Twitter @tsokol.
A near-perfect episode of Young Justice is marred only by the real world.
This Young Justice review contains spoilers.
Young Justice: Outsiders Episode 7
Probably the biggest hurdle to the success of Young Justice: Outsiders after six years away was getting everything back together again after everyone went their separate ways, and some things have changed irrevocably. "Evolution" was a terrific episode, one of the finest Vandal Savage stories in any medium, but as good as David Kaye is in this episode voicing him, it's still a reminder that a ton of time has passed since the show was last on the air and some of their voice cast couldn't come back.
The two missing voice actors this season are Tim Curry as G. Gordon Godfrey and Miguel Ferrer as Savage, and they've both been missed so far this season. Curry's Godfrey was perfect as the frothing, barely-holding-it-together maniac talk radio host. It was perfectly on point for the character, who was designed as the New God analogue for Billy Graham who morphed into a Morton Downey Senior/Oliver North analogue during Legends. And Ferrer's Savage was full of authoritarian menace. This isn't intended to take anything away from Kaye's performance in this episode, which is terrific. His voice for Savage is all quiet rage, in control but with a depth of feeling that was in line with the variety of emotions they put in the story.
This was a surprisingly deep characterization of Savage. He's got a lot going on in the comics, but he's usually fairly one dimensional. Kaye is a huge part of the depth: there's a real sadness when he kills his daughter, like he thinks he's doing her a favor but also being kind of a snob, killing her rather than put up with her as her mind further deteriorated.
It pretty much has everything: deep comic continuity cuts up the wazoo; Starro the Conqueror; the Outsiders continuing to be insanely charming; awesome action; Scandal Savage's badass mullett; an origin story for the Light. And just as a quick aside here, but these new characters are incredible. Halo is delightful, experiencing everything for the first time and being overly polite and enthusiastic about it. Forager is quick to lampshade the ridiculous he runs into, but is really funny when he does it. And the newly named as of this episode Geo-Force could have easily been a one dimensional Superboy clone (haaaa). Instead he's got depth and strong relationships. He's become a very good character in his own right.
But it's tough to shake that lingering sadness that Ferrer (and Curry) isn't around to be part of it anymore. And while it's completely unfair to the show as it is presently constructed to complain about this, it's still sad that he's not around. As good as Young Justice: Outsiders is, they can't cheat IRL death.
Outsider Trading Tips
- Cassandra Savage is more commonly known in the comics as Scandal Savage, a member of the Secret Six who's not always on the same side as her father. She was created by the great Gail Simone and Dale Eaglesham.
- Speaking of, the last time Savage's kids were a big deal in the comics was back at the end of the New 52, when Superman had to fight a batch of them off in a Greg Pak-
- Steve Lombard is the dirtbag sports reporter from the Planet, and he's talking about Victor Stone, high school football star and eventual Cyborg.
- Fire of the Justice League designed Geo-Force's suit! She hasn't shown
- Any guesses on what Project Rutebega, Klarion's secret project, is?
- I LOVE Geo-Force fanboying out over Superman and Batman.
-T ons to unpack from the 13th century Genghis Khan-Darkseid meetup.
- I think the two kids with Savage are Thunder and Lightning, Teen Titans villains from the early '80s.
- With Darkseid are Desaad (his second in command and chief torturer); Kalibak (his adopted son that he got in the baby swap with New Genesis) and I think Steppenwolf (his uncle and chief assassin, who you might remember from the Justice League movie).
- I'm interested to see what they mean by fodder for the Anti-Life Equation. Anti-Life lets the bearer take control of the minds of the hearer, turns them into a mindless drone with no free will. It might be a precursor to Justifiers?
- The Black Lightning-Dr. Jace relationship feels like it's not going anywhere, so I'm sure it's going to be important.
- Hot. Lava. Just leaving it there.
- I can't find a reference to Marduk in DC history, but he is the Mesopotamian god of literacy and father of Nabu, so having Vandal's kid don the helm of Fate to fight Starro in the ancient past was a nice touch.
- Despero and Mongul were left in War World stasis pods at the end of last season, and I'm fairly sure they're coming back.
Keep up with all our Young Justice: Outsiders news and reviews right here.
We examine the surprise twists of the Glass ending, and what they really mean for the characters and M. Night Shyamalan himself.
This article contains major Glass spoilers.
You know what the scariest thing is? To not know your place in this world. To not know why you’re here. That’s just an awful feeling… and a sentiment shared by Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) at both the ending of Unbreakable and Glass. The first time he said those words 19 years ago, he was trying to explain to David Dunn (Bruce Willis) why he felt the need to seek out a real-life superhero who unknowingly walked among us. When he says them in 2019, it is after he has sliced open the throat of a chatty orderly, one acting like he meant Elijah well while nevertheless denying him his gifts.
That frustration felt by Elijah is at the heart of Glass and its ending, and it’s very much on M. Night Shyamalan’s own mind too. It’s the reason why Glass, Shyamalan and Blumhouse’s trilogy closer that was two decades in the making, ends not on a climactic duel between “The Overseer” and “The Beast,” but with Dunn’s cloaked do-gooder unceremoniously drowning in a puddle, and scared, painfully human Kevin (James McAvoy) bleeding out in the arms of his first victim and only friend. If this feels anti-climactic, that is because it’s by design.
To actually recap the basic machinations of the ending, Elijah Price is revealed to be once, twice, and then three times ahead of the opponents who would keep him sedated for the rest of his life, telling him he was crazy to believe he was a mad genius like something out of a comic book. It turns out Elijah was at least brilliant enough to engineer his escape from a heavily guarded and monitored mental hospital. Figuring out how to switch his drugs for aspirin, he had full autonomy to remove key reflective equipment from the machine Dr. Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson) would use to essentially lobotomize him, and then broke his own picture frames into on-brand shards of glass that could murder Daryl, the orderly.
From there, it was just a matter of unleashing Kevin’s more violent “Horde” alternate personalities, most notably The Beast, and letting chaos ensue at the hospital. Sure, he talked a big game about staging a classic superhero comic book fight in front of a city hall stand-in, but that was just to get David’s lethargic mojo going. Elijah always suspected Ellie Staple was part of a secret conspiracy of shadowy powers-that-be who wanted to keep the gifted and powerful down. She wanted Elijah, David, and Kevin to deny their gifts—and when that wouldn’t work, the next step was euthanasia. But Mr. Glass, of course, gets the last laugh since he also hacked the institution’s cameras the night before. All of the superhuman footage would go to the faithful like his mother, Kevin’s compassionate supporter, and David’s son. Their fans would spread the gospel of the gifted.
Purely as a superhero movie conceit, there is much to appreciate about Glass’ third act subversion of expectation. Rather than a major battle, all of the three central characters die ignominious deaths, most notably David Dunn, whose reluctant heroism turned Unbreakable into a cult classic. Yet his death is not something profound like Wolverine’s in Logan, or thematically fulfilling like Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi; David dies in a body of water smaller than a bathtub, essentially assassinated. Within the context of the film, this is because Ellie Staple, for all her empathy, is ultimately a cog in a Legion of Doom like conspiracy. She is a member of a secret society that is led by a thousand Lex Luthors: Men and women who do not believe superheroes should be allowed to exist. And there is some soundness to Ellie’s rationale.
Every other attempt to “ground” superheroes always ends in conversations about “escalation” and one crazed clown blowing up hospitals because some billionaire is getting his kicks by dressing like a bat. Ellie wishes to prevent that kind of madness, and she tries to do it through humane methods first: “You’re not superpowered, you’re crazy.” And then when that doesn’t work, she’ll trick Casey Cooke (Anya Taylor-Joy) into talking Kevin down—and painting a target over his heart. In retrospect, it explains all the “holes” in this universe and in Glass. If comic books are a hidden mythology about the gifted among us, why has no one else manifested in public like David Dunn did? Well, if they did, a secret organization, whose own motivations inform many comic book supervillains, would silence them. It also explains how Ellie knew David Dunn was The Overseer, and where to be when he came to blows with The Horde. After McAvoy’s split personalities decided to show the world what they can do, she was sent in to wrap up all of Philly’s superpowered beings, evil and good, high-profile and low.
But the real reason to savor Glass’ ending extends beyond plotting and capes. Rather this is a movie aware of its placement in M. Night Shyamalan’s career, and one that realizes too well Elijah Price’s pain of being told to go away and die. Shyamalan did, after all, first brush against that sensation in Unbreakable.
Considered a classic now among Shyamalan fans and connoisseurs of superhero movies, the writer-director’s follow-up to The Sixth Sense was hardly well-received at the time. He’s spoken repeatedly about how Disney, of all studios, told him in 2000 that no one wanted to see superhero movies. And during this past weekend’s “Shyamalanathon” Q&A, the director conceded the movie never could get out of the “big brother shadow” of The Sixth Sense. It received mixed reviews upon release—it is currently sitting at 69 percent on Rotten Tomatoes—and was viewed as a disappointment by audiences promised another supernatural thriller, and who didn’t realize until they were in the theater that this was a brooding “superhero movie” before that was considered a genre. Unbreakable only made $95 million in the U.S., almost $200 million less than The Sixth Sense.
Afterward, Shyamalan saw other major critical and financial successes (Signs)… and those that were decidedly not (before Bird Box, there was The Happening). And in that time, the filmmaker became a punchline and a figure of ridicule among many critics and even within an industry that refused to produce his scripts. Until partnering with producer Jason Blum, Shyamalan had to take a loan against his house to pay for The Visit’s microscopic $5 million budget (every other studio refused to buy it). He was rewarded with a hit that paved the way for a bigger one in Split, which in turn took its own a gutsy gamble by assuming audiences would remember and care if a post-credits scene revealed the movie was secretly a sequel to Unbreakable, a supposed disappointment from more than 15 years prior.
The enthusiasm for Split proved otherwise, and the excitement around Glass suggests Shyamalan is celebrating the vindication that Elijah Price tasted in his own dying breath. “I’m not a mistake.” For more than a decade between the box office hits of The Village and The Visit, Shyamalan was told he was not special and that he was mistaken to believe in his creativity as strongly as David Dunn believed that he was a superhero, or that “The Horde” of split personalities believed there was a 24th identity with the ability to scale walls and deflect gunshots. You can scrutinize and analyze why these special events occur, which in the case of Ellie Staple is by rationalizing them away as tricks of the mind, but the results are still incredible. McAvoy’s Hedwig will always believe he’s a nine-year-old boy. Those who dismiss that as a gift, like Staple or her goons, do so in an attempt to stymie his full potential. Like the critics that wrote Shyamalan off, and the studios that refused to invest in The Visit, they simply wanted Mr. Glass (and the talent who created him) to go away.
That is why even if Daryl is an oblivious orderly who means Elijah well, his attempts to patronize and refute Elijah’s gifts must end with a shard of glass to the jugular. And it is why when the mindset of Ellie is given visual representation, it is in the brutal hands that shove David Dunn’s face into dirty runoff. Many critics were lukewarm and dismissive of Unbreakable, a movie that the hype around Glass confirms really was something special. Unbreakable predicted the superhero movie boom to come, and it and David deserved more than the ignominious death offered by the industry in 2000.
Yet, Glass is not an angry film, no more than Mr. Glass is overly bitter about his demise. He saw it coming and knows his praises will be sung after his death. This is personified by the three misunderstood men’s most passionate defenders. Elijah’s mother (Charlayne Woodard) and David’s son (Spencer Treat Clark) have a vested interest in their loved ones’ greatness, so most persuasive is Casey, the only still-living character introduced in the film that cemented Shyamalan’s comeback, Split. Despite trying so hard to escape McAvoy in that movie, she is drawn to at least believing his line of thinking in Glass. There could be a glib article written about Casey suffering Stockholm Syndrome, but that would be reductive. She pities Kevin’s humanity and is awed by his mental accomplishments. After surviving Split, she reconnects with the past he hails from and explores forgotten comic book lore as readily as moviegoers of a new generation impressed by Split then sought out Unbreakable.
Casey is the moviegoers who embrace Shyamalan’s movies for all their weird demented flourishes, a la Split, and see the beauty in that. And she’s there to spread the good word alongside the other true believers that greatness shouldn’t be hidden, it should be revered. Hence why she, Joseph, and Mrs. Price are all sitting inside the train station at the end, a destination that David Dunn and Kevin’s father never reached. They are there to complete the journey on the past’s behalf, just as Glass belatedly finishes a voyage begun 20 years ago by Unbreakable. Which in a way makes the Glass ending a “thank you” and a self-congratulatory pat on the back. That it has it both ways suggests that it knows exactly where its place in this world is.
Glass is in theaters now.
Shipping twice a month (not joking!)
It looks like Rob Liefeld will be working again with Marvel. Liefeld will be once again dipping his toes hands into the X Universe with a Major new project… That is, a new 6-issue mini-series called Major X.
Liefeld provides some background for the character of Major X:
"Major X arrives from a different plane of existence—which is called the X-Istence, a safe-haven for mutants—and suddenly it's threatened and terrorized. And his home is taken from him."
The character will land in a time and place familiar to the creator:
"He makes the jump, in a last-ditch effort to try and save his home, and arrives in our Marvel X-Men continuity. But the first jump didn't quite land him where he needed to go, so it was pretty exciting to put him in 1991, somewhere between NEW MUTANTS #98 and X-FORCE #1."
Liefeld will be doing the writing and drawing for the first issue arriving in April. Brent Peebles will take over art duties on issue 2, with Whilce Portacio joining the title later. Major X is schedule to be shipped twice a month through June. No, seriously…
Major X #1 cover
You can also listen to Liefeld talk about his Major idea:
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The Punisher season 2 introduces a very different version of Jigsaw to the Marvel Netflix universe. We get back to his roots...
You ever see a list of the top Punisher villains? Probably not, because, thanks to the skill and dedication of Frank Castle, most Punisher villains tend to die very quickly in really horrible ways. It’s difficult to maintain a functioning rogues gallery when your whole mission involves blasting them into bad guy McNuggets at every oportunity.
There are some exceptions, however, the most notable of which is Billy "Jigsaw" Russo. Last season, Punisher’s arch nemesis Billy Russo had his visage horrifically carved up in the season finale, and he returns in The Punisher season 2 as a very different take on Jigsaw. His entry to the world of the sadly dwindling Marvel Netflix series of shows should be memorable and potentially violent.
Played by Ben Barnes, TV’s Jigsaw is very different than the comic book Jigsaw, but despite that, it is still fascinating to look at Jigsaw’s history to find hints and clues of what might be coming in the second season of Marvel’s Punisher. So let’s look book at some must read Jigsaw stories of the past and find out how this horrid killer has survived the Punisher’s war for so long.
The First Appearance:
The Amazing Spider-Man #162 (1976)
As you can see from the above, Jigsaw was co-created by the great Len Wein, the writer who also happened to co-create Wolverine and Swamp Thing, and the legendary artist Ross Andru. In this issue of The Amazing Spider-Man, a sniper is loose in New York City and the police believe the marksman killer to be the Punisher. This case leads Punisher into a conflict with both Spidey and another Wein co-creation, the mutant Nightcrawler. When it becomes clear the Punisher is being framed, superhero, gun crazy vigilante, and X-Man all team up to find the sniper.
You can probably guess that the sniper was none other than Jigsaw who was out for revenge because the Punisher hideously scarred the murderous madman by smashing his face through a plate glass window. Sound familiar? Jigsaw was a walking, killing, raging reminder that the Punisher’s methods had consequences. And look, it took three legendary Marvel heroes to bring down Jigsaw in his first appearance, so the legacy of Jigsaw gets off to a blazing start!
Punisher Year One (1995)
Jigsaw’s origin is revealed in 1995’s Punisher Year One series. In this hidden gem of a mid-90s series (see not all of the '90s sucked, kids), Jigsaw’s dark origin plays out as writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning (co-creators of the modern Guardians of the Galaxy) introduce Billy “The Beaut” Russo. Billy is assigned by his mob bosses to assassinate Frank Castle after the gangland slaying that left Castle’s family dead. Russo plants a bomb in Castle’s home, but Frank does what he always does, he survives, and goes after Russo.
Castle tracks “The Beaut” and in their first confrontation, readers see the fabled plate glass window spot that Wein and Andru teased in Jigsaw’s Amazing Spider-Man debut. Castle smashes Billy’s handsome features into the window essentially turning “The Beaut” into rotten hamburger. Punisher Year One combines the origins of the Punisher and Jigsaw, essentially narratively linking the two arch foes forever, much like the Netflix series does.
A Deal with the Devil
Punisher #35-40, 55-56 (1990-1991)
In these hard hitting issues of The Punisher, Jigsaw teams up with a faux holy man drug lord named The Rev. The Rev has the powers to heal and finally cures Jigsaw’s mincemeat visage. That doesn’t make Jigsaw any less deadly as he continues to be obsessed with killing Frank Castle. The once again handsome Billy Russo goes after the Punisher and ends up getting himself killed.
Not wanting to lose his special little guy, The Rev makes a deal with the demonic entity known as Belasco to resurrect Russo (for those not in the know, Belasco is a one armed literal devil who is primarily a foe of the New Mutants and the X-Men). Russo goes after the Punisher again, but during a jungle battle, Castle gleefully tears apart Russo’s face. Who says Frank doesn’t have any hobbies?
If You Can’t Beat Him, Become Him
Punisher v3, #4 (1996)
Jigsaw’s obsession with taking down Frank Castle grows so deeply rooted, that when Frank Castle is arrested and seemingly executed, Jigsaw becomes embittered and begins murdering everyone involved with the Punisher’s demise. Donning a mockery of Castle’s Punisher gear, Jigsaw begins murdering all witnesses to the Castle execution.
It turns out the Punisher wasn’t actually dead so Punisher and his sometimes pal Daredevil team up to bring down Jigsaw. Jigsaw is absolutely overjoyed when he sees the Punisher is still alive. A weird cat, that Jigsaw.
That Time He Beats Up Tigra and Films It
New Avengers #35 (2007)
Wait, what? Jigsaw has been a puke inducing foe to many heroes of the Marvel Universe. In this particular tale, a story that will make you scrape your skin off with lye soap just to feel clean, Tigra prevents Jigsaw from robbing a bank. Humiliated, Jigsaw turns to the so-called Kingpin of Super Criminals, the mystically powered Hood, for revenge. The Hood and Jigsaw attack Tigra in her own apartment. As the Hood pistol whips and humiliates Tigra, Jigsaw films the whole thing. This leads to an alliance with the Hood and an attack on the Avengers.
Jigsaw stoops low enough to try and snipe the infant daughter of Luke Cage and Jessica Jones. Thankfully, Spidey shows up and prevents this heinous act. But, jeez, poor Tigra. This non-Punisher appearance in New Avengers serves to solidify Jigsaw as one of the biggest scumbags in the Marvel Universe.
Punisher: In the Blood #1–5 (2010-2011)
Here, Jigsaw teams up with a similarly scarred dick named Stuart Clarke. Together, Russo and Clarke become the Jigsaw Brothers and hire the HYDRA hitwoman named Lady Gorgon to impersonate Punisher’s long dead wife Maria. Of course, being the ultimate scumbag, Jigsaw betrays and murders Clarke and is seemingly killed by the Punisher while Jigsaw fights the skull-chested vigilante atop Jigsaw’s burning HQ.
The Punisher v7, #61–65 (2008)
The mature reader world of Punisher MAX is notorious for copious amounts of violence and gore. So you know when Jigsaw, the ultimate Punisher foe, shows up, things get turned up to the (dons sunglasses, looks into camera) max ("yeahhhhhhhhhh!"). In this storyline, Jigsaw is a drug lord that kidnaps women and children from nearby border towns to use as disposable slave labor in his meth lab. The families turn to Punisher for help.
Jigsaw tries to drive the Punisher insane by fooling the vigilante into believing he accidently shot one of the children. Punisher is forced to perform an autopsy on the murdered child and finds that the bullet didn't come from his weapon. Needless to say, Frank is not happy and takes the fight to Jigsaw, burns the drug lab, frees the captive, and seemingly kills Jigsaw. Of course, like a horribly, horribly scarred penny, Jigsaw returns again and again to push the Punisher, an anti-hero already at the edge of sanity, even further over the edge.
The Punisher season 2 arrives on Netflix on Jan. 18.
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Blumhouse horror sequel Happy Death Day 2U ups the ante and meta-minded horror, setting up a bloody Valentine's Day.
Happy Death Day may not have broken the box office with Avengers: Infinity War level might, but the Groundhog Day-influenced 2017 Blumhouse horror flick managed to achieve something impressive in its own right, manifesting as a big bang for the studio’s buck, with the micro-budgeted ($4.8 million) movie managing to reap $55.6 million at the domestic box office, which adds to a total of $122.6 million worldwide. Consequently, sequel prospects quickly glistened like frosting on a Happy Death Day 2U cupcake.
The sequel, titled Happy Death Day 2U, saw original film helmer Christopher B. Landon back in the director's chair, this time working off his own script. He's joined by a returning producer in studio head Jason Blum. Angela Mancuso and John Baldecchi return as executive producers, joined this time by Samson Mucke.
Happy Death Day 2U Trailer
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While the first film had Tree Gelbman successfully break the loop that saw her continuously killed, fate (or $122 million of surprise box office success,) has concocted a repeat experience for the chronologically-afflicted coed. Indeed, the stakes have been raised, with the new masked killer not only dealing more obligatory deaths to Tree but also stalking those close to her. Moreover, the sequel appears to tout – with the same amount of self-awareness – many of the original’s meta-minded beats, seemingly building to a game-changing crescendo in which Tree and company attempt to science-up a solution.
Happy Death Day 2U Release Date
Happy Death Day 2U will be released on Feb. 13, moving up by one day after the father of a victim of the Parkland school shooting asked for the film to not be released on Feb. 14, the anniversary of the shooting.
Happy Death Day 2U Cast
As things started to get underway for Happy Death Day 2U, we first learned about the makeup of the cast via Deadline.
Jessica Rothe, who played time-loop-stuck sorority girl protagonist Tree Gelbman in the first film, returns for the sequel. The same goes for Isreal Broussard, who played Carter Davis. Additionall cast returnees include names like Rachel Matthews, Charles Aitken, Caleb Spillyards and Laura Clifton.
Joining the returning cast are the following newcomers:
Suraj Sharma (Homeland, Life of Pi) plays Samar Ghosh, a character described as “a science enthusiast and geek who enjoys coding in his spare time.” Sarah Yarkin (Gunpowder, American Horror Story) plays Dre Morgan, described as “a science geek and tom-boy with a sleepy feline gaze who is Samar’s partner-in-crime.”
Happy Death Day 2U Story
The original Happy Death Day put a horror spin on the premise of 1993’s Groundhog Day (which the film itself addresses), in which Rothe’s Tree relives a single day in a perpetual loop, each time waking up next to Broussard’s Carter, culminating with her murder at the hands of a mysterious assailant. While the film ends with Tree finally discovering the identity of her killer and breaking the loop, the sequel will apparently waste little time jumping back into the time-whammying woe.
Director Christopher B. Landon has teased very early on that Happy Death Day 2U will immediately provide crucial answers regarding Tree’s time loop before picking things up in a manner akin to the Back to the Future sequels.
Happy Death Day 2U Poster
Here's the official Happy Death Day 2U poster: