Since its announcement at Microsoft’s 2013 E3 conference, the idea of a Halo TV series has been intriguing to say the least. Created in collaboration with Steven Spielberg, the show will supposedly tie in with the game at an interactive level. Regardless of what it’s about at this point, one thing is for sure – it definitely won’t be “filler”.
*Episode Spoilers Ahead*
Breaking Bad returned tonight. The long-awaited final season has finally begun and what a blast it was. The episode begins in the future just like season five’s premiere at the Denny’s. This time, Walter White returns to his home and we can see that it’s abandoned. While we’ll eventually find out the reasons behind this soon enough, it’s interesting to see just how bad things will be getting for Walter. It’s unknown who will expose him to the world, but it’s obvious that he’s a feared man. Watching Walter’s neighbor Carol freak out as she saw him walk to the car was priceless!
It was great to see the episode pick up directly where the finale left off. Hank finally figured out that Walter was Heisenberg all along and it made him sick. Even small conversations between Walter and Hank were filled with tension. This leads to what the conflict will be for the rest of the series. It will be a game of cat and mouse and that’s not a bad thing. Fans of the series have been craving this from the start. It’s great to see things start to fall into place. Walter started as a man with a mission. That was to support his family, but during the series he transformed into a terrifying, power-hungry man. He’s killed and has framed others while covering his tracks.
The revelation that Jesse had in the episode was one of the best moments. From the beginning, all Jesse wanted was to be successful in the drug business. He saw the business as something glamorous, but it’s no longer that fantasy. Jesse is now realizing the horrible reality that is the drug world. All of the things he has been a part of have taken a toll on his life. Events like the “Missing Boy” who was actually killed in the episode “Dead Freight” to Mike’s Grand-Daughter, Jesse feels a lot of responsibility. People died and had their lives ruined so Jesse could make his money and now he can no longer live with himself. It’s also fascinating to see Jesse question Walt about Mike’s disappearance. He doesn’t know that he’s dead even though we know that Walt disposed of him in the previous season. Jesse once trusted Walt and it appears as if that trust is gone. Jesse is continuing to strive to become a better person.
Now let’s get to the biggest moment of the night… The final scene of the episode. This was the moment that we waited all Summer for and it was incredible. Although I thought it would happen later in the season, I was happy that they dove right into it. Walt and Hank finally had their confrontation in Hank’s garage. This was a very quiet moment, but the tension was unbearable. The stares that they gave each other were absolutely haunting. Once Walt exposed Hank for putting the GPS tracker on his car, the verbal gloves and one punch came off. What the writers so masterfully did was have what was quite possibly the biggest moment in the series and made it all dialogue.
Walt and Hank’s dialogue together was so intense that it set the tone for the rest of the series. The little threats that they said to each other were quiet, but effective. Also, without coming out and saying it, Walt basically admitted to being Heisenberg. Walt’s final comment was the biggest threat of all. “If you really know who I am, then you better tread lightly.” Ending the episode like this was brilliant because it was such a HOLY CRAP moment that it will keep viewers talking about it all week.
The season premiere of Breaking Bad was a spectacular episode full of humor, tension and satisfying moments. It will be interesting to see where Walt’s journey will end, but glimpses of the future provide some grim hints. Only time will tell who will live and who will die.
-Badger and Skinny Pete talking about the Star Trek Pitch was HILARIOUS.
-How many cell phones does Saul have?
-Jesse giving the homeless man (and the neighborhood) money was pretty awesome.
-The confrontation between Walt and Hank
-A glimpse of the future
The Pacific ocean is 10,911 meters deep. At least, we think it is. For those who prefer Feet, that’s about 35,797.2 feet.
That’s pretty deep, if you think about it. But lets not think about it. How much of the ocean have we explored? About 5 percent.
And we are already finding horrific things. The Goblin Shark, for example, has been spotted about 50 times since 1898, and it is close enough to the surface to mistake coming out of the trenches from which they lurk ever so often.
The Megalodon is about 50 feet long, and the ocean, supposedly, is 35,797.2 feet deep. James Cameron has been 35,756 feet down. That’s pretty deep, right? But we have to remember he went just straight down. Why would a shark, or any creature for that matter, come towards something it’s never seen before? They’ve probably never even seen the light, so why would it suddenly get the courage to venture forward?
Discovery Channel, although evidence is faked, and there is nothing that can save them from that, does pose something interesting: The Megalodon could still be alive, very easily. we barely know anything about the ocean, and we will most likely be on mars before we even begin to understand whats going on down there. Their is about as much evidence of this creature (currently) existing as there is for Bigfoot or a Chupacabra. Their also isn’t enough evidence to say they don’t exist.
On the other hand, Shark week was getting kind of boring anyways.
When we think of original television shows, Netflix isn’t the place that people go running to. In fact, most people stream their favorite movies and TV shows on Netflix, but for original programming, they’ll go to channels like HBO, Showtime, AMC, FX and many others. Netflix recently started with original programs including the amazing House of Cards, the alright Hemlock Grove and the resurrection of the hit comedy Arrested Development. Next up on their list of original shows is Orange Is the New Black and it’s sensational. All 13 episodes premiered on Thursday and I watched them all within 12 hours. They have created a very addictive and intriguing show.
The craziest thing about Orange Is the New Black is the fact that it’s based on the actual memoirs of Piper Kerman. In the show, the main character is named Piper Chapman. She was carrying drug money for a lover that she once had named Alex Vause. She went through what family called a “lesbian phase” and that led to her downfall. Piper plead guilty so she could get the minimal sentence that can be given for a drug offense. The interesting thing is that when we see Piper for the first time, she’s surrendering herself into prison. She’s a free woman who voluntarily sends herself to a women’s prison because unlike the other possible outcomes, this is the “safest” one for her.
Little does she know that immediately after surrendering, she’ll be a prisoner. There is little time for goodbyes and her decision to surrender will turn into a stressful and trouble-filled 15 months. Is it easy or hard to adjust to a new life style where there are strict rules to live by? A place where making friends is hard, a place where getting on someone’s bad side means that you must be cautious constantly. This is a place where the guards are ruthless, but the prisoners are way worse. There are no stalls in the bathroom so you either go while inmates are watching or you hold it in. It’s a terrible living condition, but every woman in the prison is fully aware that their actions led to their time at this place.
To make matters worse, Alex, the girl who got her into smuggling drug money is in the prison with her. With all of the temptations that dwell within the prison walls, Orange Is the New Black makes us wonder if she will stay faithful to her fiancé or if she will go back to her lover Alex. When she’s not thinking about this, Piper spends her days trying to get through her sentence by working, getting along with others and by trying not to get sexually assaulted by the guards. Most of the guards on the show take advantage of the women in the prison.
One of the things that Orange Is the New Black does so masterfully is that it makes us care for individual inmates on a specific episode. Even if we continue to hate someone, we’ll still have some sympathy for them. This show adopts an “inmate of the week” vibe just like other shows have. While we mainly follow Piper through her journey in prison, we focus on a specific inmate on certain episodes. Conversations lead to flashbacks showing family life, hardships and also the crime that locked them up in prison. Piper isn’t exempt from this. We usually see her relationships whether that involves her mother, her fiancé Larry, her best friend Polly and even her reason for being in prison, Alex.
Moments like this bring plenty of life into Orange Is the New Black. We see the human aspect of the prisoners. As people, we watch movies, TV shows and even news reports where prisoners are just brought down and demoralized. We treat them like very bad people and even though they did some bad things to get to prison, not all of the inmates are bad. That’s one of the messages that the show really tries to convey. Piper tells everyone that she’s innocent and then another inmate yells that “We’re all innocent. None of us did nothing!” It’s a common vibe thrown around, but a lot of the inmates have stories that back up their claims.
Piper or “Chapman” as the inmates call her is instantly likeable. Despite her past, we’re really rooting for Piper and can relate to her. She just wants to make it through her sentence even though it’s not a walk in the park. There are also a wide variety of characters that populate the halls of the prison. There’s the Russian cafeteria worker named Red, the crazy woman named Susanna, the drug addict named Tricia, the religious girl with “powers” from God named Tiffany and a really tough older woman named Miss Claudette. There are also suicidal, mother/daughter and transsexual inmates as well. In addition to the inmates, there are officers that are just unlikable. There’s Piper’s counselor named Healy and the really sleazy and devious Pornstache.
The writing is sensational. From the first moments in the prison, you feel like the dialogue and living conditions are authentic. There’s always realism throughout the 13 episodes and even though there are many comedic moments, Orange Is the New Black is a very serious show. It brings up issues that some shows are afraid to talk about. Only one episode of the show is slow, but it’s never boring and that says something about the writing. Orange Is the New Black is the definition of binge viewing. People always say that they have trouble trying to resist the next episode button while on Netflix and this will be the case with Orange Is the New Black. It’s so irresistible that you’ll just want to watch the next episode without even thinking about it.
The acting is also pretty strong. I’ve always wanted to love Taylor Schilling, but whenever I had seen her in previous roles, she just failed to impress me. I can say that she surpassed all of my expectations because I thought that she was absolutely fantastic. This show was made for Schilling and she knocked it out of the park. She’s going to be one of the next big things in the entertainment industry soon enough!
Jason Biggs takes a more serious turn as Piper’s fiancé named Larry. We’re used to seeing him in American Pie and even though he touches on some similar territory in the show, this is a different Biggs then we have seen. While some of his moments aren’t as great as they can be, Biggs proves to bring life to the material when it gets intense. He nails the role of a man who is struggling on making his relationship with his fiancé who is in prison work out.
The other major actress is Laura Prepon as Alex. She’s the character that you love to hate. We know that she’s to blame when it comes to Piper’s time in prison, but she’s just an intriguing character with an interesting back story. It’s a blast to watch her story play out.
There aren’t that many negatives when it comes to Orange Is the New Black. My biggest and only problem with the show involves not fully utilizing some of the characters that are in the prison. Some characters are confined to a specific episode and if they appear in multiple episodes, these characters are under-used. This is unfortunate because Orange Is the New Black has some of the best characters that I’ve seen in a show recently. I don’t have a problem with this because I haven’t read the book, but apparently the show deviates from the book frequently and that may upset fans of the source material.
Orange Is the New Black is easily one of the best new shows to debut in recent memory. The writing, characters, storyline and all around feel that this show conveys is near perfect. This show is so addicting that most viewers will finish the season very quickly. While comedic, the show features plenty of drama, shocks, and suspenseful moments. At times, Orange Is the New Black is extremely unpredictable, but that’s part of the charm that the show gives the viewers. If there’s one new show to watch this summer, it’s Orange Is the New Black. It will be a long wait, but I’m anxiously waiting for the next season. Netflix has created a new addiction for me and for that, I thank them!
*Content Warning* TV MA: Language, Drug Use, Violence, Nudity.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Arrested Development is being considered for Season 5.
Executive producer Brian Grazer stated
“We are in conversations with them to do another. They are interested in doing that.”
when asked about Arrested Development Season 5.
Although the actors and actresses were all willing to come back to do Arrested Development, we know that Season 4 was supposed to be some sort of leadon for a movie to tie the series in to an end. However, with the popularity of the show on Netflix, Season 5 wouldn’t be completely unexpected.
Conan O’ Brien visited E3 and had a segment on his show about it. He went to the booths of Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo. Even though Nintendo won because Conan can rock it in Mario Kart, he seemed to be impressed by all of the consoles. Watch as Conan decides what the best thing about E3 is. Let’s just say that it’s not any video game or console.
During Microsoft’s Xbox One reveal, 343 Industries announced a new live-action TV series of one of the biggest selling video game franchises of all time: Halo. As if that weren’t enough, they continued to introduce their partner, “… one of the greatest storytellers of all time,” Steven Spielberg.
This decision saw a lot of mixed reception, but I love the idea of having such a big name coming from large films and TV shows behind such an ambitious project, no matter what position he plays. Spielberg made a video appearance during Microsoft’s reveal, which you can watch below, where he expresses his passion for gaming – something that will definitely not go amiss when converting a game series to TV.
To hear his excitement and passion on the project makes me excited, and I can’t wait to see how this turns out. While there is a terrible history between games and film/TV (see Doom, Dead or Alive, Bloodrayne, and the rest of the embarrassingly long list), Halo 3′s Landfall trailers and Halo 4′s Forward Unto Dawn series shows us that a Halo movie or series is possible. Not only is it possible, but also incredibly exciting and bursting with potential stories, characters, and the expansive universe surrounding it.
The right people just need get behind it. And I believe Steven Spielberg is one of those people.
StarWars.com has announced a new upcoming animated series, titled ‘Star Wars Rebels’.
Set to premiere in fall 2014, ‘Rebels’ is set between Episode III and Episode IV, exploring the largely untapped period of almost 20 years that saw the rise of the Empire and the formation, and subsequent oppression, of the Rebellion (popularized in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed). The premiere will be a one-hour special airing on the Disney channel.
The series’ development team will feature many well-known names that worked on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, including screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg (of X-Men: First Class, Sherlock Holmes, and Mr & Mrs Smith fame) taking part as an executive producer, who will also write the premiere episode. Dave Filoni (also an executive producer), previously the supervising director of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, will also work on the project, joined by executive producer Greg Weisman (animating titles such as Young Justice, The Spectacular Spider-Man, and Gargoyles).
At this point the studio isn’t revealing much about the project, though Kathleen Kennedy, president at Lucasfilm, stated “I couldn’t be more excited to explore new corners of the Star Wars universe… I think ‘Star Wars Rebels’ will capture the look, feel and fun that both kids and their parents love about Star Wars.”
This announcement follows Emmy-nominated The Clone Wars’ cancellation, much to the dismay of fans. Will this new series take off just as The Clone Wars did? Or will it fail to live up to the hype? Considering the colossal success of The Clone Wars, and wealth of time within the universe they now have to explore, I wouldn’t be surprised if ‘Rebels’ became more powerful than we can possibly imagine.
Spoilers for The Office can be found throughout this post. read at your own risk!
This article started as a review, but I think its more about The Office as a whole then it is a review. I really wish this show had some more time on the air, as I’d love to go through and review every episode one at a time. I wish DigiBytes had been started 9 years ago, but here we are, in the present. perhaps a retrospective review series is in order for this amazing, beautiful, heartwarming show. I will miss it more then anyone can ever understand. it has brought me great joy in times of sorrow, and many episodes have touched my heart in ways a TV show shouldn’t be able too. I tried to write this review with a unbias, but again.. it really became more about The Office as a whole. and after watching the series over 3 times, I believe I’m allowed to be a little bias.
9 years ago a fantastic show started. Someone got the idea for making a mockumentary based on a paper company. of all things a paper company. Yet this show captured the hearts of millions around the world, and although Season 7 lacked what all the others had, it still captured my heart. it still held me close. The Office was a really special show for me. I started watching around 2009 after the episode where Dwight K. Schrute cut the mask off of the CPR Dummy. My family quickly bought all the seasons and got up to date, and started following the show throughout its final seasons. Season 9 has really been something special. it showed Jim and Pam in their weakest moments, Dwight and Angela (FINALLY) getting together, and Ryan and Kelly running off into the sunset.
The Offices series finale compiled such a legacy, such a good comedy, and gave it a beautiful and much deserved ending. although it felt a little dragged out at the end, The show deserved it. It deserved to give each and every character a proper send off.
What made the finale was a truly touching moment, as Jim tells Dwight the minister said that the best man has to be older then the groom… and the camera pans over to reveal Michael Scott standing in the doorway. We’ve seen a lot of series ending these past few years, House M.D. comes to mind first.. and we’ve had to say goodbye to a lot of very well written and beautifully acted characters. Although the characters and the series will continue to live, in a sense, there is a small empty feeling inside of me at this moment in time.
I don’t know what I can say about the finale that will convince you its really that good. I think a TV show finale really has to be something you’ve followed for awhile, and a show you REALLY care about. I for one ADORE comedys. They are probably – no, they are for sure – my favorite TV shows. I love Community, The Office, Arrested Development(10 days!), Parks and Recreation… but The Office always brings a smile to my face. I recently watched through all 8 seasons for the third time(I do believe), and I think for that reason the finale has had a great impact on me. As always, the finale featured beautiful acting and although I hate Nellie, I still have to love her in a way. The character brought an almost annoying presence to the show, to the point where I almost stopped watching. but I trekked through to when she became more of a side character and have learned to love the strong British woman.
Some of the final scenes in the show reveals that Jim and Pam will be moving to Austin, TX to work on ‘Athlead’ which is now ‘Athleap’ as the company continues to grow. . Dwight takes the resignation and decides to fire them instead to give them a severance package. Throughout the episode you see Dwight mend the friendships he had broken through firing(as he was recently made branch manager), over the past couple of episodes we also got to see Jim and Dwights kinder side.. Although the pranks were always done out of love, and it was quite clear the characters had a bond, the impact wasn’t really there until this season. Dwight had fired Kevin when he became branch manager, and upon seeing him in his bar(as Kevin decided to purchase a bar), Kevin and Dwight mend the bridges and Dwight explains that his decision was purely work related, and not personal. Apparently Kevin never saw that side and quickly accepts the .. apology? and they move on.
Dwight and Angela’s wedding was a much needed closure to the series. Dwight and Angela had an on again off again relationship through the entire series, Angela marrying the senator at one point – who turns out to be gay – Dwight purposed to Angela in last weeks episode, and the two are finally rightfully married. Dwight and Angela have a son conceived out of wedlock, Phillip, who Oscar is the Godfather too. I think what I really liked about this season it focused quite a bit on Oscar and Angela. They always had this presence of a Love/Hate relationship, but it wasn’t really ever looked into that much. I feel like it was given a good nod of the head, and the cast brought together the ending perfectly.
Steve Carell made a great, yet very brief appearance. However I had read earlier articles and was told he wasn’t supposed to be in it(although I suspected he would be) I am SO VERY HAPPY he came back for the last episode.
In hindsight I will probably not like the review I have written of this series, yet I feel like this is more then an episode review. this is about saying goodbye to a much loved series that will be missed deeply. I will continue to watch it, and in however many years, when I have kids that are teenagers, I will be sure to sit down and watch this show with them. I certainly hope they have the patience to watch through the ‘Old style’ show that I do not have to sit through something like Cheers or Friends, yet my parents enjoy.
Saying goodbye to The Office will be a big challenge for me this year. The show has helped me through so much, and for the past 4 or 5 years it has been something I could turn to when I was upset, just to get my mind off of things. I will still have this, but a series seems a lot less enjoyable when you know its over. The Office has done a great job in breaking the 4th wall, and I really feel like the actors are the characters.. Although I know most of the names of the actors or actresses, I prefer to refer to them as the character name over their real names. We recently saw the boom mic guy approach Pam and comfort her, and we also saw the documentary get released in their world – almost making it like an actual, real, place. and I think that was the goal of this show. I think it was to show the beauty in the workplace. the beauty that can be found in everyday, boring, life.
One of the highlights of the past few seasons was actually Michael’s goodbye episode. It showed that Michael was getting what he wanted, he was going to start a family with Holly. he loves her more than anything. and I think that shows very easily. Its funny to think of the different ways that the relationships have been portrayed in the series. Dwight and Angela’s was a secret for the longest time, Jim and Pam were ‘The Couple’ of the show, Andy and Erin never really lined up, and its kind of sad to think they never actually got together. But sometimes that happens. and sometimes, if you are lucky enough, you find someone who is perfect for you. and you might not get them right away, but take a lesson from Michael – don’t give up. don’t. (Disclaimer: Myself and Digibytes are NOT encouraging stalking, or harassment of any kind)
Still, one of the best scenes was from Michael’s goodbye episode when Pam and Michael get their little moment together. Watching the retrospective of The Office, Pam’s actress explains that she was told to run after Michael, and because their was no sound, they actually got a genuine goodbye moment.
I think, if we had to look at the characters subjectively, Pam would be one of the best characters in the show. she somehow befriended Dwight K. Schrute(Who states in the finale that Pam is his best friend), and although sometimes she has difficulty’s and she can be a bit of a .. well, a woman, she is a beautifully done character and really deserves props. The only thing bad about The Office is that I will never be able to look at the talented group of people and not think of The Office.
The Office has had an amazing run, and the cast should feel proud that they have impacted the TV scene the way they did. They should feel proud that they took something, as silly as a paper company, a potentially dying business thanks to technology, and made it funny. they made it heartwarming. and they made it an overall great experience and something amazing to watch as the characters developed and grew to love one another.
I’m going to end by hopefully getting this quote right.
“I wish their was a way we could realize we were in the good old days while were in them.” – Andrew Bernard, Former Employee of Dunder Mifflin.
Our second favorite serial killer is back! Yvonne Strahovski has signed on to reprise her role in Dexter as Hannah McKay for a multi-episode arc. Showtime hasn’t confirmed whether Season 8 will be the final season so Dexter fans will have to wait and see if season 8 will be the last. Now that Hannah is coming back, there will be more trouble in Dexter’s life. If this is indeed the final season, it’ll be very interesting to see what they do with Strahovski’s character.