Warning: full season spoilers follow!
One could easily make the argument that Arrow has become the victim of its own success. The first season laid out a blueprint for how to blend vigilante action, conspiracy, romance, and Lost-style flashbacks into one effective superhero show. Season 2 elevated that formula and delivered a gripping, overarching storyline anchored by the very personal grudge between Oliver Queen and Slade Wilson. Season 3 faced an uphill battle in trying to move forward from the big Ollie/Slade showdown and continue the show's growing momentum. It was unfortunate but not entirely unsurprising that this season failed in that goal.
Season 3 certainly started off on a strong note with the premiere episode, "The Calm." That episode laid out the general status quo for team Arrow post-Slade uprising. Ollie had saved his city but found himself struggling to find meaning in his existence outside of putting on a costume and shooting criminals full of arrows. That struggle was complicated with the addition of a new recurring player in the form of Ray Palmer, a charismatic businessman who managed to steal both Ollie's company and the affections of Felicity. Coupled with the debut of Peter Stormare as a much superior new version of Count Vertigo and the cliffhanger murder of Sara Lance, and Season 3 was off to a terrific start.
This week's Podcast Unlocked is all about your E3 predictions! The entire show is listener conspiracy theories, crazy ideas, and expected announcements, read and interpreted by IGN's Mitch Dyer, Destin Legarie, and returning Locksmith Andrew Goldfarb.
It seems many of you are anticipating new Xbox One hardware, including the addition of a modifiable and larger hard drive, as well as plenty of "...and it's available right now" moments. We dig deep into what to expect from Minecraft's future, Battletoads, Rare, Halo 5: Guardians, Windows 10, and more.
The Transformers movie franchise’s new “writers room” has been born like a ‘bot from the AllSpark, and Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman is among the names who are joining the series.
Deadline reports that in the wake of Paramount and Transformers producers Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg and Lorenzo di Bonaventura drafting writer-producer Akiva Goldsman (the Da Vinci Code movies, I Am Legend, I, Robot, etc.) in March to “incubate” ideas for a multi-part sequel and potential spinoff films, a roster of writers has been assembled.
As reported by Newsarama, during a live chat with Brian Michael Bendis, the longtime Ultimate Spider-Man writer confirmed that there will be two Spider-Mans -- Peter Parker and Miles Morales -- in the Marvel Universe after Secret Wars ends
Miles originally became the Spider-Man of the Ultimate Universe after Peter died, only for Peter to return later and give Miles his blessing to continue fighting evil as Spider-Man. Miles did once meet the regular, 616 Peter in a story called Spider-Men, but now it seems they'll be spending a lot more time together.
M. Night Shyamalan has unveiled his new suspense series Wayward Pines on FOX. IGN had the opportunity to speak with the writer/director about the project recently. During the course of discussion, Shyamalan expressed - if not a regret, then a longing - to have completed a sequel to his comics-inspired film, Unbreakable.
The director feels that in the first film, it was as if they'd just reached the crux of the story and the core of the relationships and then it was over. Given the dominance of comic book shows on television, we asked Shyamalan if a series may actually be the best place for that story to continue to unfold.
Note: Full spoilers for the episode follow.
First off, apologies this review is going up late. It's been a busy week, blah blah blah, but let's get on with it because THIS EPISODE WAS AWESOME!
Community doing another paintball episode was scary going in. It’s so easy, in general, for something to feel played out and Community itself has had a couple of times where they’ve repeated a bit and it just didn’t work as well.
But “Modern Espionage” freaking nailed it. From the moment Todd and Star-Burns met in that parking lot, this episode was just delivering one hysterical moment after another. Having tackled Die Hard type large-scale action films, westerns and Star Wars in previous paintball episodes, “Modern Espionage” took a more spy-style approach, with the Greendale gang getting all fancy and ear-piece-y on us, and it worked like a charm.
Welcome back to IGN's History of Awesome - a year-long look back at all the coolest and most influential games, movies, TV shows, comic books, toys, and tech that have shaped pop culture, and shaped the lives of an entire generation. Up this week is 1979 - the year that Star Wars' runaway success was truly felt in the world of film, and the concept of a true "console game" experience finally took shape.
Risky films like Alien and Star Trek: The Motion Picture were released to critical acclaim and massive box-office success, ensuring plenty more big-budget sci-fi epics would be released in the years to come.
LG Display recently unveiled its proof-of-concept for a 55-inch TV that's only 4 pounds and 0.97mm thick. It's being referred to as a "wallpaper" TV for the way it can be stuck to a wall via a magnetic mat, and of course for how ridiculously thin it is.
Photo courtesy LG Display Co.
The Seoul-based LCD panel manufacturer showed off the prototype at a press event in Korea yesterday as a way to broadcast its future plans, including that commitment to OLED (organic light-emitting diode) technology that LG brought up earlier in the year.
FOX has released the first official trailer for Scream Queens, the new comedy-horror anthology series premiering on the network later this year.
Take a look below, and let us know what you think!
Created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, Scream Queens features a cast that includes American Horror Story's Emma Roberts and Skyler Samuels, Glee's Lea Michele (rocking quite the body brace), Animal's Keke Palmer, Zombieland's Abigail Breslin and Nick Jonas.
Scream Queens will air on Tuesday nights later this year on FOX.
The Wire's creator, David Simon, and director Paul Haggis (Crash) are bringing a new six-part miniseries Show Me a Hero to HBO, based on the non-fiction book of the same name. The series will star Oscar Issac, who can be currently seen in the critically acclaimed Ex Machina, and is starring in both Star Wars: The Force Awakens and X-Men: Apocalypse (playing the title role).
According to The Los Angeles Times, Show Me a Hero is set in the 1960s, and will deal with the theme of racial tensions which grip a mid-sized American city. Isaac will portray the mayor of that city, receiving a federal court order to build low-income housing within white neighborhoods. The mandate causes conflict within the city, its government, and causes all sorts of political turmoil for the mayor.
Scotland Yard -- London's Metropolitan Police Service -- kept files on Star Trek, The X-Files, and a handful of other American science fiction shows due to fears that fans of such programming might start a cult, or go insane, harming themselves and others.
A report titled "UFO New Religious Movements and the Millennium" was filed in 1998-99 following the mass suicide of the 39 Heaven's Gate cult members in San Diego. Special Branch claimed the cult members were big fans of X-Files and Star Trek.
The shows themselves weren't believed to be harmful. The concern stemmed from the theory that the people who believed the end of the world was coming due to the millennium might also be fans of those shows. The report, brought to light by The Telegraph, mentions that such shows often touch upon themes involving UFOs, conspiracies, and mythic events.
Apple Watch users can now download the wearable's first OS update. Apple Watch OS 1.0.1 includes various performance improvements, display support for new emojis, and additional language support.
With the new update, Apple Watch now supports seven additional languages: Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, Swedish, Russian, Thai, and Turkish. OS 1.0.1 also brings improvements to Siri and third-party apps, as well as more precise calorie and distance measurements for workouts.
To download the update, make sure your Apple Watch is connected to a power source. You can then initiate the download through the Watch app on your iPhone.
Virtual reality’s on its way to becoming a crowded space—even well in advance of any first-generation consumer hardware being available. Among the latest entries into the space is Fove’s eye-tracking headset, which launched on Kickstarter on Tuesday.
Like the headsets we’ve seen from Samsung, Oculus, and Sony, the demo hardware I sat down with last week isn’t final yet. In fact, a Fove team member noted that the two headsets I used had been built by hand after I inquired about fit—on the second visor, one of the lenses kept touching my eye. Accommodations for flatter nose bridges and even diopter adjustments is still to come.
The Japanese Retrofreak console plays basically all the old cartridges you can think of. The Japanese two-piece console plays Famicom, Super Famicom, Mega Drive, PC Engine games... along with Super NES, NES, TurboGrafx-16, Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Color, Genesis and Supergrafx.
First spotted on Kotaku, the one-stop, retro-shop solution comes with a console and an adapter that accepts the myriad of games. The included controller is reminiscent of the trusty Super NES controller, but the console accepts any USB controller. That includes support for PS3 and PS4 controllers, in case you have any of those kicking around.
Filmmaker Phil Lord (The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street) recently chatted about his plans for plotting Warner Bros.' big screen rendition of The Flash, as well as the recently announced animated Spider-Man movie he's producing for Sony.
While appearing on the Hippojuice podcast, Lord confirmed that his feature film version of the DC superhero will indeed be Barry Allen, the same incarnation used on The CW's The Flash.
In an attempt to spur interest in its current-gen console, Microsoft has slashed the price of Xbox One in both China and Japan.
According to a report from Tech In Asia (via GamesIndustry), the Xbox One Kinect bundle has been discounted in China an extra RMB 500, bringing its new price to RMB 4299, or $693 USD. Meanwhile, Microsoft has also slashed the price of the the Kinect-less option from RMB 3699 to RMB 2999, or $483 USD.
While Xbox One continues to sell incredibly well in the United States, toppling the PlayStation 4 last month in console sales, Microsoft's gaming box can't seem to gain traction in Japan.
Good Smile Company has announced its 1/12th scale model of the Stryder Titan from Titanfall, complete with pilot, is now available for pre-order.
The model comes with over 100 points of articulation and measures 20 inches high. It's chock-full of little details, like fully articulated fingers for grasping weapons, or anything really, along with LED lights and a railgun with detachable ammo drum.
As you can see from the photos, the level of detail is impressive with this model, but at a price of $430, it's to be expected. Customers not in Japan can pre-order the model through threezerostore.com, and get an exclusive chain gun to boot. The good news is that shipping is free, so you've got that going for you. Which is nice.
Warning: Full spoilers for Season 4 of Once Upon a Time follow.
Season 4 of Once Upon a Time took the characters on quite a ride between Frozen connections, the Queens of Darkness, and the Author. The world of Storybrooke and the Enchanted Forest expanded with the introduction of new characters and the return of familiar faces like August and Ariel. New connections were made, for better or worse, and revelations about the past provided greater insight to characters in the present. Without rehashing every single scene, let's discuss the high and low points of the season.
Once Upon a Time succeeded and faltered in the same area over the course of 22 episodes, and it was a continuation of an issue they had in Season 3: Theming! Not themes as in good vs. evil (more on those in a bit) but theming the plot around a topic like Frozen. The arrival of Elsa and Anna was undeniably fun and had a positive effect on ratings because Frozen fever is a powerful phenomenon. Georgina Haig and especially Elizabeth Lail were charming live-action versions of the royal sisters, and Elizabeth Mitchell mastered the role of the quietly deranged Ingrid. However, they grasped onto the icy plot for too long.
Valve Corp. has filed an application in the United States for a "Chaperone" trademark that's related to a virtual reality product.
Spotted by Reddit, Valve applied for "Chaperone" back in March with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The name appears related to a VR device or project from the Portal and Half-Life video game company.
The USPTO application states that "Chaperone" is for: "hardware and software, sensors, and beacons for the detection and measurement of physical objects and the representation of such objects in virtual reality environments; devices used for the detection and measurement of physical objects and the representation of such objects in virtual reality environments; electronic apparatus for the detection and measurement of physical objects and the representation of such objects in virtual reality environments."