Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow.
Da Vinci’s journey to the New World finally reaches its conclusion this week as his party sets foot on uncharted territory in search of the Vault of Heaven and the Book of Leaves. Thankfully, the wait was worth it. Meanwhile, Lorenzo and Piero meet with Duke Alfonso and King Ferrante (Matthew Marsh) in an encounter that takes a turn for the weird. Clarice is back after being absent last week and continues to thwart usurpers to her husband’s republic in style.
This has been the first episode in some time in which the da Vinci story arc has been easily the best. That’s not unexpected, as Season 2 has largely been sold on the novel idea of Da Vinci exploring the New World. Everything else felt largely like setup for what transpired in this episode and what will transpire in the latter half of the season.
Note: Full spoilers for the Orphan Black: Season 2 premiere follow.
First and foremost, yes, I’ll be doing weekly Orphan Black reviews this season. I was late to the party on the show, noticing the growing buzz and excitement around it, which seemed to hit a fever pitch right as the first season climaxed. Very shortly after, I ended up binge-viewing the entire season in three sittings (along with my equally obsessed wife), which led to a glowing Season 1 review. All of which is to say, I’m very much onboard for Season 2 and hope to spread the word to those who haven’t watched this show yet on what they’re missing out on.
Not that Mad Men's ratings necessarily matter all that much these days, as we already know that we're in the final season (which is being split up over two years), but it was a bit disheartening to hear that the show's Season 7 premiere, "Times Zones," was the lowest rated season premiere since 2008’s "For Those Who Think Young" (Season 2).
It seems as though Sunday nights have just become way too crowded for Don Draper and the crew over at Sterling Cooper & Partners. And that a substantial amount of Mad Men's audience is DVRing the series. When factoring in Live+3 viewing stats, the episode got a 62% bump, turning Mad Men into one of TV's most DVR'd shows.
So previously reported 2.3 million viewers for "Time Zones" has now grown to 3.7 million. As Deadline reports, "in key demos, for instance – 18-49 and 25-54 – Sunday’s premiere telecast of the seventh-season starter bagged even bigger gains when delayed viewing through three days was factored in. In 18-49, the tally popped to 1.8 million viewers, up 74% from the initially reported ratings. In 25-54, Mad Men climbed 73%, to 1.9 million."
TNT's upcoming spy thriller series Legends dropped by WonderCon earlier today, giving attendees a special sneak peek at what's to come for the action-packed first season.
Developed for TV by 24's Howard Gordon, Legends stars Sean Bean as Martin Odum, a deep-cover FBI agent with the uncanny ability to transform himself into completely different people and assume new personas -- called "legends" -- for each job. However, Martin begins to question his own identity when a mysterious source tells him that he's not the man he thinks he is.
Speaking at the panel was the man himself, Sean "mother-effing" Bean, as well as co-stars Ali Larter (Heroes), Morris Chestnut (Kick-Ass 2), Tina Majorino (Veronica Mars) and executive producer David Wilcox.
The Star Wars Rebels panel today at WonderCon included the debut of a new clip – and the reveal that one more key player from Star Wars: The Clone Wars would be returning, in the form of composer Kevin Kiner.
The panel consisted of executive producer Dave Filoni, art director Kilian Plunkett and voice actor Vanessa Marshall, who plays the show's pilot, Hera – plus surprise guest Kiner.
Check out the clip, showing Hera in action, below.
Filoni noted that this scene is one of the first you’ll see on the show and acknowledged it was “very much derived from the scene in A New Hope where they’re trying to escape from the TIE Fighters,” to quickly show what the series was going for in terms of evoking the spirit of the original Star Wars.
Freshman sci-fi series The 100 hit the ground running earlier this year, offering The CW viewers something a little different from the network's typical lineup. Set one century after our world was decimated by a nuclear armageddon, the series follows the remaining human survivors aboard the Ark space station and the 100 juvenile delinquents they've sent to Earth's surface to investigate the planet's habitability.
The fourth season of Falling Skies is primed to debut on June 22, but until then, some of the cast and crew stopped by WonderCon to discuss what's in store for the returning sci-fi drama series. On hand for the panel were stars Moon Bloodgood (Anne), Seychelle Gabriel (Lourdes), Sarah Carter (Maggie) and Doug Jones (Chochise).
Following a brief sizzle reel showcasing what's coming up for our heroes, the panel began with the actors talking about their characters and where they're heading as the season kicks off.
"The Second Mass has been reunited. It's been about four months," Bloodgood started, adding, "This is definitely a season of more female power." As the cast explained, major changes are indeed afoot for all three leading ladies -- Anne, Lourdes and Maggie.
Advance review: The Salem witch trials are a tragic event in United States history. Hysteria, paranoia, sexism, and other factors combined to create a horrible storm, and people died. The new series from WGN America – their first original scripted series, actually - shapes an alternate history for the event: what if witches were real and they were orchestrating all of it?
As far as hooks go, it's intriguing. Setting up a world that not only has supernatural and horror elements adds a certain layer of depth, but even more is added by this huge secret hanging over the town of Salem. Many citizens have to hold information near and dear to stay away from the gallows, and others lead opposing duel lives. That dynamic gives you captivating characters from the get-go.
X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer’s name has been all over the news of late in connection with a scandalous sex abuse lawsuit. Now Oscar-nominated director Amy Berg has confirmed she’s been working on a documentary about Hollywood sexual abuse that contains allegations regarding Singer and others.
The Daily Mail claims that Michael Egan, the 31-year-old man who filed the civil suit against Singer in Hawaii, has been cooperating with Berg on the documentary. Berg has been working on the doc for the past two years, though it’s unclear how long Egan has been involved or if he was interviewed for the movie. Variety was able to confirm that the documentary includes allegations about Singer, though Berg expressed surprise that Egan had come forward with his lawsuit.
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After last week’s HOLY FREAKING EVERTHING and the semi-season finale feel of it all, it’s not shocking that this week’s Hannibal would slow things down a notch. No doubt we’re going to once more gain momentum in the coming weeks, heading towards the season finale (and the Jack vs. Hannibal battle we know is coming), but for now, it’s time to settle into a new grove.
So here we have Will as Hannibal’s patient again and the two working alongside each other… yet Will is open about knowing who Hannibal is. And Hannibal? Man, that guy can play it cool. There’s something delightful about how he won’t admit to Will that he’s a killer, and yet won’t outright deny it either. His “Will you return the courtesy?” when Will said he was fine with omissions, but not with lies, was one of many great moments between them.
This is the part where I warn those who aren't caught up on the show about massive spoilers for every inch of HBO's Game of Thrones that has aired so far. The article's about GoT deaths! What're you even doing in here?
So here we are, almost a week out from the Purple Wedding. Where King Joffrey once again made a huge spectacle of himself.
Though, this time it was by violently gurgling to death in front of everyone at his wedding reception.
Revolution has been an incredibly improved show in Season 2, delivering a much more exciting, fun and witty series, as we chart what's happened to humanity in a world where electricity has ceased to work.
With just a few episodes left to go in Season 2, a new sizzle reel for the series just debuted at WonderCon during the show's panel, and we've got the exclusive online debut of it here. The reel gives us a look at the story so far, including highlights from Season 2 that spotlight both the humor and the tragedy Miles, Rachel, Charlie, Aaron, Miles, Monroe, Gene, Neville and their friends and foes have experienced along the way, along with plenty of noteworthy action. The reel then moves into a sneak peek at what's to come in the final four episodes of Season 2, which begin airing on Wednesday, April 30th at 8pm ET/PT on NBC.
We always end Friday on a good note and today is no different as we have a Wind Waker Statue to giveaway to one lucky someone. More on the Xbox One stats versus the PS4 and Titanfall hitting big in the month of March!
Here are the top stories we covered:
How do the Xbox One numbers fair in comparison to the PS4? Meanwhile Titanfall is the most sold game in March.
Bungie reassures us all that Destiny is still on track for a September release.
ZeniMax Online Studios has temporarily closed guild banks in The Elder Scrolls Online because of a duping bug.
Game Scoop! -- IGN's video game talk show -- is about to level up. The show turns 300 on Friday, April 25th. Please join us for a special live streaming event. We'll be taking your questions live, giving away a PS4 with a copy of Watch Dogs, and getting into other shenanigans.
What: Game Scoop! Episode 300 Live
Where: Right here in this article.
When: Friday, April 25th, 11AM Pacific (7PM London)
Why: Chat with the Game Scoop! crew live and maybe win yourself a PS4 with a copy of Watch Dogs!
NIS America announced the North American release dates for three of its upcoming RPGs: Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited and Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair for PS Vita, and Fairy Fencer F for PlayStation 3.
According to Atlus, Disgaea is coming first, on August 12, Danganronpa will follow on September 2, and then Fairy Fencer will hit stores on September 23. All three will be priced at $40 USD.
Disgaea is the a port of the 2011 PS3 game, and the PS Vita release offers new scenarios and more backstory on the characters, along with all of the PS3 version's downloadable content included. Danganronpa is a visual novel from the makers of Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward. Finally, Fairy Fencer F is the only non-sequel of the bunch, a new turn-based RPG from Compile Heart.
From now until Monday, April 21, Sony announced that 30 games are available on the PS Store for just $1 USD each. This includes games IGN loved like Tokyo Jungle, and a few games from the original PlayStation and PlayStation 2 era like Crash Bandicoot and Red Faction 2.
The idea behind gaming laptops can be difficult to understand. They're vastly underpowered when compared to traditional desktops, they aren't upgradable, and they can be very expensive. But for those who travel a lot, whether it be for work, school, or pleasure, relying on a giant, stationary machine for gaming isn't exactly convenient. Thankfully, there are companies like MSI and Razer that want to make portable PC gaming as pain-free as possible by creating compact notebooks with high-powered internals.
The GS60 Ghost is MSI's latest attempt at packing a ton of power into a thin and lightweight laptop. With the help of a brand new Nvidia GeForce GTX 800M series GPU and Intel's Haswell processor, the GS60 certainly packs a punch, but unfortunately the experience doesn't spread to the rest of the machine.
Godzilla is less than a month away from hitting theaters, and Legendary Pictures has released another TV spot for the upcoming movie directed by Gareth Edwards.
The spot, called "Nature Has an Order," gives a glimpse at the personal toll experienced by Godzilla's main cast in the film, which stars Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Bryan Cranston. The 30-second teaser comes on the heels of two other TV spots that were revealed earlier this month.
IGN saw 20 minutes of Godzilla earlier this year, which you can hear about below, and the Legendary and Warner Bros. film releases May 16.
A Song of Ice and Fire author, and bonafide cackling madman, George R. R. Martin recently posted an excerpt from his upcoming companion book - "The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the World of Game of Thrones" - to his website along with a striking illustration of Aegon the Conqueror riding on top of his realm conquering dragon steed, Balerion the Black Dread. Just to give you a sense of how big Daenerys' dragons could get if they ever reach their full size.
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