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The Hate U Give Review

It says something unfortunate that a movie based on a book that came out in 2017, which was in turn inspired by a 2009 shooting, still feels as current as it does. Yet, that’s part of the point that The Hate U Give tries to make. The movie does what all great movies try to do, shining a light on an aspect of humanity in an attempt to get you to see it from a new perspective, and for every person who sees it, it will likely succeed.

Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg) is a teenage girl who is caught between two worlds. She, her parents, and her two brothers live in a part of town that would politely be referred to as the “other side of the tracks.” The area is mostly black and mostly poor. However, in an attempt to help raise them out of such a life, Starr’s parents send her and her siblings to a private school in another part of town. This area is far better off, and not coincidentally, far more white. Starr sees herself as living two lives, referring to her “at school” life as Starr 2.0, where she does her best to fit in and be as unlike her “home” self as possible. She’s got friends (Megan Lawless and Sabrina Carpenter) and even a white boyfriend (KJ Apa), all of which she keeps at arm’s length from the rest of her life.

However, Starr’s two worlds collide together when she finds herself in the passenger seat of a car driven by a friend from the neighborhood, Khalil (Algee Smith), when he is shot and killed by a white cop with a nervous trigger finger during a questionable traffic stop. Starr is forced to confront both of her lives and decide what she values most as she’s the only one who can speak about what really happened.

The first thing of note that The Hate U Give does well is show that not all movies based on YA novels need to be about supernatural creatures or dystopian worlds. The Hate U Give‘s history as a YA novel simply means that the movie is designed to speak to a wider audience than something with this sort of gravity might otherwise be trying to do. Having said that, the film also never treats the audience like they are actually children. The story is about a teen dealing with her first adult decisions, and so they are given the appropriate weight.

The biggest “problem” with The Hate U Give may be the film’s predictability. Few of the plot turns are going to be very surprising, but then again, the reason they won’t be a surprise is that we’ve seen them play out on the news too many times. The victim’s character will be brought into question. Some will seemingly worry more about the future of the shooter than the family of the victim. It’s predictable. It’s supposed to be. That’s the point.

One of Starr’s friends turns out to be less than friendly when Starr’s activism begins to sprout. Starr’s boyfriend is well-meaning, but he doesn’t actually know what he’s talking about when he spouts platitudes about race to his girlfriend. We know these people. We’ve been these people. In some instances. we still are these people.

This sort of material could easily come across as too over the top and preachy, but it never does. The tightrope being walked by The Hate U Give is handled successfully thanks to a strong screenplay written by Audrey Wells (A Dog’s Purpose) and directed by George Tillman Jr. (the Barbershop films).

What may be the most interesting about it, however, isn’t what it says or does, but what it avoids doing. The officer involved in the shooting could have been played as a stronger “villain,” but that doesn’t happen. In fact, after the incident, the cop is barely seen again. The movie isn’t about him, or his perspective. It’s about understanding what happens on the other side of the gun and the systemic problems at play.

The role of Starr is, quite literally, a star-making turn for Amandla Stenberg. She carries the entire film. Its power depends on her. Happily, she is up to the task and then some. The story asks a lot. From joy at one end of the spectrum to rage at the other, you feel all of it. While it’s difficult to guess if an actress this young will actually garner an Oscar nomination, it seems impossible she won’t at least be part of the conversation. We’ll certainly be seeing more of her. Additional shout-outs need to be given to Russell Hornsby as Starr’s father who is as supporting and nurturing as any cinema father in recent memory. Points also go to Anthony Mackie simply for being willing to play a role about as far from his MCU type as it is possible to be.

The Hate U Give also never tries to simplify the point it’s making for the audience. This is a messy and complicated topic and the film treats it as messy and complicated. The answers aren’t easy, or at least they may not be easy to accept, but that’s real life. While the film is guilty of wrapping itself up perhaps a little too neatly than it should, nothing is fixed by the end. The struggle continues, but maybe it has moved forward. It’s a start.

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I Spent $600 on a Suitcase, and It Was the Best Decision I’ve Ever Made

When I first caught the travel bug, I was a college sophomore with only about a half dozen Caribbean family vacations under my belt. Then, within a matter of 18 months, I took my first trip across the globe (to Dubai), which was followed by five more international excursions (through China, across European cities, and then a brief stint in South Africa.) During that time, I not only discovered my love for travel, but I also realized my $200 3-piece luggage set—the one with the cute red elephants that I had purchased my freshman year—simply wouldn’t cover my frequent-economy-flyer aspirations. What I didn’t know is that this would lead me on a journey through the vast, expensive world of premium suitcases.

I was looking for a bag that was durable enough to weather aggressive baggage handlers, simple enough to keep for years without it feeling dated, and compact enough that I could lug it around with no issue. Plus, I had to feel comfortable investing significant money into. I was familiar with the big-name, super-popular dedicated luggage brands, and also open to discovering new names stocked at department stores. I exhaustively browsed through reviews from travel bloggers, magazines, and e-commerce sites; I even censused my friends about their experience with different brands.

Eventually, I settled on Briggs and Riley’s Large Upright Duffle bag, which retails for $599. It’s an all-black, 29-inch piece of luggage that alone weighs 11 pounds. Out of all of the bags I looked at—hard shell, soft, traditional—it was, by, far the biggest, something that was extremely attractive to me, as I planned to spend extended periods of time living out of my suitcase.

Briggs & Riley Baseline Upright Tough Duffle Bag, $599, Amazon

The simplistic, but functional design was another major plus: It has a large main top compartment that I can put my clothes in, and another spacious section right below that can hold toiletries, shoes, and other things.

Briggs & Riley Baseline Upright Tough Duffle Bag, $599, Amazon

This was the most money I had ever spent on any single item. (It was also the first time I spent an entire paycheck.) I remember begrudgingly handing the store attendant my money and hoping on the subway back to Brooklyn with a bag that cost the same as my monthly rent. As soon as the transaction was over, I was overcome with fear: My parents and siblings had discouraged me from making such a large purchase while still in college; now, my bank account’s balance felt even more unsettling.

I tried to cure my early-manifesting buyer’s remorse by going through the usual arguments—it was an investment, I wouldn’t have to replace it for years, I had a warranty, and so forth. All my doubts and nerves started wane as soon as I started traveling with my new bag.

The inaugural trip was also my first time in Europe—and while on it, I started to realize how big of a difference good luggage makes. Yes, the basic functions (it holds things, it zips shut) are pretty much the same, but the fabrication is where you can tell how much you’ve spent. I no longer worried about the chaotic struggle most bags go through at the airport because of the bag’s abrasion and water resistance. The lifetime repair warranty was even more reassuring.

It’s been three years now since I purchased my big, black $600 duffle bag, and I’m still reaping the benefits of my version of an “investment piece”: For my corporate friends, that might mean a designer handbag—but for me, someone who’s turned travel into a habit, this feels like something worth putting my money into. When I think back about all the places I’ve traveled and the ease for which I was able to do it, I understand the value of spending on something that will not only compliment but also enhance my chosen lifestyle.

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This Dove Drugstore Beauty Product Replaced My Expensive French Perfume

I’ve never been into the idea of having a signature scent. Twenty seconds into trying on my first perfume (the classic, spicy Paloma Piccaso), I got bored and proceeded to add a few generous spritzes of Bath & Body Works Cucumber Melon. While this is an appalling scent combination I could never in good conscience recommend to anyone, it set the tone for the rest of my relationship with fragrance. I wear something different almost every day, flitting between bottles as often as my mood changes (aided largely by magazine testers, blogger swaps, and free samples from department stores). A signature scent that accurately reflects my inner emotional landscape and vision board at all times—this is something I cannot fathom.

Among the hundreds that I’ve sampled, there are a handful that stand out to me, and they’re all from an incredibly chic brand called Maison Francis Kurkdjian. Kurkdjian has been behind plenty of the bottles you probably already know, from brands like Jean Paul Gaultier, Elie Saab, and Burberry. And for his own line, he creates masterpieces that are incredibly evocative and beautiful, the kind of scent that will unfailingly make every day feel special. My personal poison is the $215 Grand Soir, a vanilla so well-rounded and robust that I can practically chew on it. There’s benzoin and rose honey in there, plus incense absolute, ylang ylang, cumin, atlas cedar, and sandalwood. It’s a golden blanket of spices and sweetness and warmth and just smells so expensive and cozy that I occasionally even spray it on my pajamas. It might not be the only one for me, but it’s the only one I couldn’t imagine giving up.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have to imagine it—because I got to experience saying a tearful goodbye to it firsthand. When I moved to Berlin from New York, I had to relinquish my precious bottle (along with most of my worldly possessions) at JFK, an incident I’m still trying my best to erase from my memory. Long story short, when I landed in Germany to start my new life, I also did it without the comforting presence of Grand Soir at my side.

For awhile, I convinced myself it was fine, that I would move on from missing an inanimate object and live my life like a normal person. But, it didn’t take long for me to start craving its radiance. Things just felt a little colder without it.

Knowing that I wouldn’t be able to find an exact dupe, I ventured into the aisles of my local dm-drogerie markt (Germany’s version of a CVS) with an open mind and a handful of change. The thing about vanilla is that it can be surprisingly hard to do well, and poorly formulated vanilla perfumes smell like a migraine-inducing mix between Funfetti household cleaner and plastic cupcake frosting. This is why I immediately decided against body sprays and moved on to the bath and body section. And there I found it: Dove Bodylotion Intensive Pflege (or “Dove Cream Oil Intensive Body Lotion” as it’s called in the US), for a mere 2.45€.

Please note that I am not suggesting this smells the same as Grand Soir; I would have bought out the entire drugstore if that were the case. But, many body lotions and shower gels have such mild scents that they almost melt into you, creating a smell that’s one part fragrance and one part clean skin. Although they’ll cost you far less than a mass market perfume, they can wind up smelling more expensive—and a whole lot subtler—if you find the right one.

And this Dove discovery, it’s perfect—a little sweet, comfortingly warm, kind of reminiscent of clean laundry, and not harshly sugary or shrill in any way. I use it right out of the shower, sometimes dabbing an extra layer over my pulse points, and feel instantly more cheerful. As an added bonus, it does a good job of deeply moisturizing with its oil-cream formula (because, you know, that’s what it’s actually supposed to do).

While I’ve been informed that the brand is phasing out its body lotions stateside (stock up while you still can!), its equally palatably priced Dove Shower Foam in Shea Butter and Warm Vanilla is also fantastic. When the airy lather rinses off, you’re left with the mildest hint of something sweet and soothing. It’s $6, you have to shower anyway, and you can start saving up for a bottle of Grand Soir this way. I know I am.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Grand Soir, $215,; Dove Shower Foam in Shea Butter with Warm Vanilla, $6,; Dove Cream Oil Intensive Body Lotion, $6,

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Rocket League Delays Update, And That’s Good News

It’s rare that gamers are hit with news about an update or a game being delayed and it’s, somehow, good news. However, in this rare case you’re probably going to be duly excited to find out the reasons behind Rocket League‘s delay for the latest update, because it will completely change the landscape of the game’s multiplayer.

Over on the official Rocket League website, there’s a fall roadmap for the updates set to arrive for the action-sports title on home consoles and PC. However, the post had to inform fans of the game that the latest update had to be delayed because of Sony. No, it’s not bad news like before… it’s good news. In the post, Psyonix reveals…

Yes, RocketID will enable gamers to log into Rocket League and play with other gamers across the wide spectrum of the online multiplayer universe that spans the likes of the Nintendo Switch, PC, the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One.

Previously this was a limited feature that was implemented due to the PS4 not being included in the cross-play features due to Sony having blocked the feature initially.

Last year things began to escalate when Epic inadvertently allowed gamers across Xbox One and PS4 to play with one another when cross-play was briefly enabled within the Battle Royale game, Fortnite. Epic was forced to disable the feature at Sony’s behest, which did not go down well with the rest of the gaming community.

All throughout 2018 there have been efforts by the gaming community to convince Sony to enable cross-platform compatibility between PS4 gamers and Xbox One and Nintendo Switch owners. Previously Sony had only made it possible for PS4 gamers to play with PC gamers, especially for games that Sony helped publish such as DC Universe Online and Planetside 2.

Eventually, Sony conceded to the demands of the gaming community and allowed developers to enable cross-platform play across games like Fortnite and Rocket League.

Psyonix now has to go through the process of ensuring that the security measures come up to Sony’s standards before enabling cross-play for the PS4. The update will also include the Rocket Pass 2 along with enhanced Xbox One X support, which will allow gamers who own the premium console to play at 4K UHD with full support for 60 frames per second refresh rates.

Thankfully, while gamers wait for the cross-play update to go live featuring RocketID, there will be a number of events that can also be played throughout the fall and winter, including a Halloween Haunted Hallows event, along with a Frosty Fest set to take place in mid-December. Following those updates, you can look for the all new cross-platform features to go live in early 2019 for Rocket League.

Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 Has Already Made An Insane Amount Of Money

It should come as no surprise to anyone by now that Call of Duty is a mega-power when it comes to annual revenue. There are few franchises and few publishers who can match Activision’s IP juggernaut. And, like clockwork, it’s already been revealed that this year’s outing of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has already made Activision an insane amount of money.

VG 24/7 is reporting that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has already amassed more than $500 million in global revenue over the course of the three days since its release. That’s a massive amount of money in a short amount of time.

This is counting both physical retail sales for the game on Xbox One and PS4, as well as digital sales for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. As noted in the article, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 managed more than $650 million over the course of a five day period, which means that if Black Ops 4 keeps tracking across its current sales trajectory, they could be looking at close to $830 million over the course of a five day total.

Based on initial launch day figures, Black Ops 4 has already managed to break digital sales records for Activision, so it’s not out of the question that the game could end up going on to break first-week sales records. However, it would have a tough hill to climb given that last year’s Call of Duty: WW2 had already made waves by moving more than $500 million worth of digital and physical product on the day of its release for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

VG 24/7 is also reporting that internal figures put Black Ops 4 above previous entries in the series as far as player engagement is concerned. The article notes that Activision believes engagement is up due to the game requiring the use of instead of being used through the Steam client.

These numbers only apply to the current eighth generation home consoles and the numbers obviously don’t apply to the seventh gen behemoth releases like Modern Warfare and Modern Warfare 2, which is what really put Call of Duty as a brand over the mainstream hump.

One thing is for sure, Call of Duty: WW2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 have both outperformed Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, which was actually one of the worst selling games in the series this generation.

In a way, Infinite Warfare was shortchanged of its success because it was coming off a multi-year stint of a whole bunch of futuristic first-person shooters, and gamers had become “future fatigued,” resulting in the announcement trailer getting downvoted straight to the depths of Tartarus. It also failed to move as many copies as Activision would have liked, despite the game itself being competently made.

Black Ops 4 is coming off a much better reveal, decent critical reception, and a lot of positive feedback from players despite not having a traditional single-player campaign mode. It looks like the risk paid off because the game has already made an insane amount of money.

Mario Is Getting A Zombie Makeover In Odyssey

With Halloween getting into full swing, Nintendo decided it was about time to get in on the frightening festivities and do so in a way that you probably weren’t expecting. Yes, Nintendo is embracing the dark side, and Mario has become the prime target of their devilish tactics, turning the usually bright and happy plumber into a decaying member of the undead.

The news was posted on the Nintendo of America Twitter account, where it was revealed that there’s a special new outfit in Super Mario Odyssey, featuring Mario in the new Zombie Headwear and the Zombie Outfit that you can pick up for the titular hero.

Mario is decked out in in green skin with ragged, dirty white gloves. His iconic red hat with the white logo on it is replaced with a red axe with a silver tip… the axe is also firmly lodged into the top of Mario’s head, meaning that someone tried to off the zombie version of Mario. This also means that Mario’s sidekick Cappy is no longer on Mario’s head either. The plumber is also missing one shoe, and he doesn’t appear to have any pupils. His overalls and red shirt are also tattered and ripped.

A few people posted their theories about how Zombie Mario came about, with a few pointing to Ridley from Super Metroid having a stab at Mario during the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate cinematics, which resulted in him dying. So, now they believe that Zombie Mario straggled his way back into Super Mario Odyssey after being offed by Ridley.

The new costume didn’t arrive all by its lonesome, though. Nintendo also informed gamers that the Nintendo Switch exclusive was updated with three new filters as well, including a monochromatic manga filter to give the game a snazzy pencil and ink look, as well as a tile filter that depicts images as if they are on large pixelated tiles, and, finally, there’s the kaleidoscope effect that adds a geometrically mesmerizing aesthetic to the screenshots. All of these filters are available now in the Snapshot Mode of Super Mario Odyssey.

There’s also a lot of discussion on the Twitter thread for the game, obviously, including requests for more costumes and characters to appear in the Nintendo Switch exclusive. And, yes, there are even a few people requesting for the fan-made rendition of Bowsette to pop up in the game as Zombie Bowsette.

For now, Nintendo is focused on the new Halloween-themed update for Super Mario Odyssey. You can get your hands on the new costume after you beat the main game. Simply head to one of the in-game shops and you’ll find the Zombie Mario costume available for purchase in two separate parts.

You can either pick up a digital or physical copy of Super Mario Odyssey right now for the Nintendo Switch. The Halloween update is also available right now for those of you who already own a copy of the game.

Jersey Shore Family Vacation Spoilers: JWoww And The Situation Recreated A Classic Jersey Shore Moment

Warning! The following contains spoilers for the Jersey Shore Family Vacation episode “What A Drag.” Read at your own risk!

The Jersey Shore Family Vacation cast went to Atlantic City for a big birthday bash and concert gig for Pauly D, and sure enough, memories of the gang’s past trip to Atlantic City resurfaced. JWoww and The Situation got nostalgic about the last time they shared a hotel in the city, and recreated the spinning back fist fight that eventually became a part of Jersey Shore history:

Even Vinny was willing to step in and play his part as the failed mediator in an homage to one of Jersey Shore‘s wildest moments. JWoww’s actual punch she delivered to Mike back on the original Jersey Shore was far more brutal than the recreation, and no one was laughing after it connected. Luckily for Mike’s face, JWoww wasn’t method acting and delivered a soft pat for the recreation on Jersey Shore Family Vacation.

Those who’ve only watched Jersey Shore Family Vacation may be shocked that JWoww punched her friend, but Jersey Shore fans knew The Situation had it coming. JWoww had gotten sick in the club earlier that night and had asked The Situation to take her back to the hotel room. Situation, who was trying to hook up with a girl, refused and a small fight ensued that led to Jenni getting escorted out of the club by security.

JWoww found her way back to the hotel eventually and plotted her confrontation while Mike stayed at the club and partied. When the cast member arrived back in the room, all hell broke loose:

Jersey Shore production staff flooded the room not long after the final punch to separate the two. That didn’t happen in the Jersey Shore Family Vacation recreation, but it would’ve been a nice touch if the same panicked set of producers and crew burst in the room to prevent any further conflict. Luckily JWoww and The Situation have squashed their beef in later years, and can now look back and laugh at what was a really tense moment.

Maturity levels aren’t the only thing that’s changed. JWoww and The Situation look like completely different people now than they did back on Jersey Shore. They’d probably both agree the change was for the better, although The Situation has noted on Jersey Shore Family Vacation he’s not as dedicated to the G.T.L. lifestyle these days. Recent photos have shown he’s back on the workout grind, however, so maybe he’ll have those rock hard abs again before his wedding.

Big Bang Theory Spoilers: How Bob Newhart’s Professor Proton Helped Sheldon And Amy’s Marriage

Warning: Spoilers ahead for The Big Bang Theory. Be sure to come back once you’ve caught up on the show!

The Big Bang Theory is no stranger to guest stars, or guest stars who make multiple appearances as the same character. So, it should come as no surprise that Bob Newhart, who’s popped up several times over the course of the series as Sheldon’s beloved childhood TV science instructor Professor Proton, would come to the comedy at least once in its final season. That’s right, Arthur Jeffries (a.k.a. Professor Proton) came back, this time to help Sheldon and Amy’s marriage out when Sheldon made a big mistake regarding his wife. Here’s what happened.

Even though Sheldon and Amy are scientists in very different fields, theoretical physics and neurobiology, they’ve decided to work together on a scientific theory. The newlyweds are very excited about the idea of working together, but it turns out that Sheldon has a lot more time to devote to the project, because it’s already a part of his field of study. Amy, on the other hand, has been swamped at work because of the time she took off to go on her honeymoon, and needs to spend much more of her time catching up on her regular neurobiology work than going over ideas for their theory with Sheldon.

As you can probably imagine, Sheldon does not deal well with not being able to discuss his ideas with Amy because she’s busy with brain work, which he’s always considered a much lower form of science than what he studies. When he comes to Amy’s lab to try to talk to her about some new ideas he’s had on their theory, and she tells him she can’t because she’s in the middle of an experiment, he still needs to tell all the information to someone. So, after he tries to get all his excitement out by explaining the whole theory to a very confused Penny, he gets an unfortunate idea that, he believes, is brilliant and the perfect solution to the Amy-has-her-own-work problem.

Sheldon pays a visit to Caltech’s president, Dr. Siebert (guest star Joshua Malina), in his office and tells the wary man what he and Amy are working on. Luckily, Dr. Siebert is a physicist, too, so he understands the importance of the theory Sheldon and Amy are trying to put together. When Sheldon can see that Dr. Siebert gets it, he explains that Amy is so busy studying brains that she can’t spend much time on their theory, and asks that he find a way to free Amy up so she can commit all her time it.

Even though Dr. Siebert seems skeptical, Sheldon is able to convince him, and when Amy next heads to her lab, Dr. Park is there going over her work. Amy is immediately defensive, pissed and demands to know why he’s in her lab messing with her research. As Sheldon walks in saying he’s got good news for her, Dr. Park explains that he was reassigned to her project by Siebert, because she was taking a sabbatical to work on something in the physics department. When Sheldon exclaims that that was the good news her had for her, Amy is livid.

So, Amy lets Sheldon have it. She yells at him, saying that he had no right to have her removed from her own project that she’s spent so much time developing. She’s angry that someone else will be allowed to come in and take over her work, possibly getting to the answers she was looking for without her involvement. When Sheldon responds that she told him she was spread too thin, and he only thought he was helping her lighten her work load, she tells him that he wasn’t really helping at all.

The two then find Siebert as he’s trying to leave for the day, which does not make him happy, but he gives them time to talk. Amy says he had no right to reassign her research, and then it becomes very clear to Amy that even Siebert thought that this was what Amy wanted. When she asks to have her work given back to her, he says it’s not going to be that simple, and she’s left even angrier at Sheldon than she was before.

Knowing, as all fans of The Big Bang Theory do by now, that Sheldon does not process these types of conflicts as most people would, no one should be too surprised to find out that the next time we see him, he’s having a fitful sleep next to Amy that night in bed. When we go into Sheldon’s mind, he’s in a deli on Dagobah (yes, an actual inter-galactic delicatessen on a swamp-covered planet) with Arthur’s glowy Force Ghost sitting across from him.

After Arthur instructs Sheldon not to order the reuben, Sheldon tells him that he needs help with a problem in his marriage to Amy. He knows he’s upset her, but he tells Arthur that he doesn’t know how to make it right. Even though Arthur mentions that, when he was alive, he upset his own wife just by getting up in the morning, he’s willing to offer Sheldon advice. He says that there are two rules of marriage: don’t go to bed angry, and if you don’t recognize the shoes under your bed then they’re not yours. Sheldon is completely confused by the second rule, assuming that the shoes must be Amy’s if he doesn’t recognize them, but Arthur tells him to just forget that and stick with the first rule.

When Sheldon snaps awake, he knows immediately that he has to apologize to Amy, but when he wakes her she is not in the mood to talk and tries to go back to sleep. Sheldon then tells her that this is important because they shouldn’t go to bed angry, and says he feels terrible about what he did and wasn’t trying to hurt her. Amy knows he wasn’t trying to be malicious, but he was being selfish, and this leads her to reveal a big fear that she had about marrying him.

Amy explains to him that, while she loves working with him, it’s scary for her, because she doesn’t want to get lost in this relationship. She was already afraid of the things that are his interests and goals are becoming things that are their interests and goals, meaning that the things that had previously mattered to her would get taken over by Sheldon’s enthusiasm for what he loves and she’d have nothing of herself left. So, when he had her taken off of her project, it felt like that was becoming a reality.

Well, with Professor Proton’s help, Sheldon was able to realize the massive error of his ways, apologize and make up with Amy. But, this hasn’t been the first time he’s stepped over the line in a relationship, and it probably won’t be the last.

You can see how Amy and Sheldon continue to navigate their newlywed status as The Big Bang Theory continues its final season every Thursday on CBS at 8 p.m. EST.

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Supernatural Just Delivered A Huge Michael Twist And It Definitely Needs To Change

Spoilers ahead for Episode 2 of Supernatural Season 14, called “Gods and Monsters.”

Supernatural knows how to end its seasons on killer cliffhangers, and Season 13 ended on a doozy. As part of the effort to take out Lucifer once and for all, Dean became vessel to the archangel Michael. While Dean as Michael was indeed able to get rid of Lucifer, Michael didn’t vacate Dean when he was supposed to, and Season 13 ended with Dean poised to act as the villain while containing Michael. Well, “Gods and Monsters” delivered a huge and unexpected Michael twist that should definitely be temporary.

Here’s how it happened. Michael spent most of the episode in Duluth, just as Sister Jo had told Sam and Co. While they prepared to try to capture Michael and free Dean, Michael was busy burning out vampires, making deals with werewolves, and setting traps. Castiel couldn’t come along on the mission to Duluth, and both Jack and the de-Lucifer-ed Nick stayed behind as well. It was down to Sam, Mary, and Bobby to get their hands on the archangel.

The good guys seemed to catch a break when they caught a vampire girl on camera and tracked her down. She had a horrifying story to tell, sharing that Michael was killing off vamps after seeming to experiment with them. She managed to escape and drop the news on the three hunters. Fortunately for her, they didn’t go ahead and kill her. Instead, they used her info to make a move. She died shortly after they left, but at least Bobby didn’t machete her to death. Yay?

Unfortunately for them, they made their move according to Michael’s plan. When they showed up at his last known location, they were mobbed by werewolves Michael had won over to his cause, and they weren’t any normal werewolves. The usual tricks to kill them weren’t working, with even silver bullets failing. The good news is that even these augmented werewolves can’t survive being decapitated, but werewolves that can survive silver are a bad sign of what Michael can do.

The good guys won the fight, and they were shocked to see Dean stumble out of the shadows. After Dean dropped a “Sammy” and seemed to express genuine fear and confusion, Sam and Co. accepted that he was not Michael pretending to have vacated Dean. He had no idea why Michael had left him, but he was effective Michael-less.

Now, on the one hand, it’s very good for Dean and his loved ones that he’s no longer occupied by an archangel determined to make deals with monsters to enslave the human race. Sam and Nick weren’t exactly changed for the better after being stuck with an archangel for significant portions of time, and Nick may not be able to ever entirely shake off Lucifer’s influence. If Dean was inhabited by Michael for long, he could have been permanently damaged. Huzzah for the good guys that they got Dean back!

For those of us watching from home… well, it may not be so good for us that Dean has already been de-Michael-ed. After spending months of hiatus expecting Dean to kinda sorta be the primary antagonist of Season 14, losing Dean as Michael’s vessel in only the second episode is disappointing. This is similar to what happened back in Season 10 when Dean’s arc as a demon was cut short after only three episodes.

Let’s face it: Supernatural is long in the tooth by TV standards now that it’s in fourteenth season. While running for such a long time has given Supernatural a rich history and developed the relationships between the central characters in some compelling ways, the show does need to find ways to reinvent itself as time passes, and there are only so many times the Winchesters can stop the apocalypse. Using Dean as vessel to the primary villain of the season would have required Supernatural to reinvent in a good way.

Dean as Michael’s vessel gave a valid reason for the characters not to take Michael down permanently. As much as they’re willing to sacrifice just about anything (certainly including their own lives), these guys aren’t the best at sacrificing each other. Sam was just wishing he’d thought of dealing with a demon to get info on Dean in the previous episode, and Castiel explicitly said to Jack in “Gods and Monsters” they they couldn’t kill Michael because it would mean killing Dean. Mary isn’t likely to let him die.

For a show that can’t kill off its villain in the first couple episodes, a valid reason for the heroes not to kill him is quite important. We wouldn’t have to wonder why the characters or the show keep letting Michael get away for as long as he was in Dean’s body. Sure, Jack was on board with letting Dean die if it meant killing Michael, but nobody else would be on board at this point.

Jensen Ackles also looked like he was having a great time flexing his acting muscles as Michael. For a guy who has spent more than a decade playing a hero, he’s pretty great at playing evil. To lose Ackles as Michael after only two episodes would be a shame, especially after all signs seemed to point toward Ackles being isolated from the rest of the cast because of Dean’s status as a vessel.

Hopefully showrunner Andrew Dabb’s comments about Jensen Ackles will be missing for episodes of Season 14 mean that Michael will be jumping back into his Winchester vessel and not that fans got their hopes up for Dean the villain over hiatus. Michael certainly isn’t done as the villain of Season 14, even though “Gods and Monsters” indicated that the Winchesters should also keep an eye on Nick on top of Michael and all their other regular monsters. Perhaps Dean’s Michael-less status will change.

Obviously I’m not suggesting that Michael remain in Dean for however much longer the series runs on The CW, especially since it seems like there’s something supernatural at work to keep the show on the air and delivering for fans indefinitely. Dean was always going to be freed of Michael at some point in Season 14. My fingers are just crossed that Supernatural will change the twist that saw Michael leave Dean and put the two back together for a bit longer.

If anything, a temporarily free Dean could heighten the drama for when he would be back as Michael’s vessel. As Jack said in “Gods and Monsters,” Dean would totally want to be killed if that was the way to kill Michael. Dean could certainly tell his friends and family that he’d want them to take him out to take down Michael, and that could brew more conflict.

We’ll have to wait and see. New episodes of Supernatural air on Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW as one of the many offerings in this year’s fall TV lineup.

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Karlie Kloss and Joshua Kushner Are Officially Married

It’s official: Karlie Kloss is a married woman.

On Thursday, October 18, Kloss and Joshua Kushner wed in an intimate ceremony in upstate New York. (The upstate area is special to the couple as it’s also the place where Kushner proposed to Kloss back in July.) According to People, there were less than 80 people in attendance; however, the couple is planning to hold a larger event for more of their friends and family in the spring. No word yet on whether or not Kushner’s brother, White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, or his wife, Ivanka Trump, attended the wedding.

“The wedding was intimate and moving. The couple was beaming with happiness,” a friend who attended the ceremony shared with People about Kloss and Kushner, who have been together since 2012.

Kloss announced the marriage herself via a gorgeous photo she posted on social media:

After Kloss and Kushner got engaged over the summer, the model and Kode with Klossy founder shared her own excitement about the engagement, writing on Instagram, “I love you more than I have words to express. Josh, you’re my best friend and my soulmate. I can’t wait for forever together. Yes a million times over.”

In September, Kloss shared more details about the proposal, telling Vogue, “The proposal was romantic and sweet. We spent the weekend in upstate New York, just the two of us.”

For the ceremony, Kloss wore a white gown with lace detail that was designed by Dior, according to People. She also wore her hair back with a flowing full-length veil. Kloss appeared to accessorize with tiny studded earrings, a small necklace, and, of course, her cushion-cut diamond engagement ring, which is set in a platinum solitaire setting with a diamond pavé band.

Congratulations to the couple!

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