Fortunately, things worked out in the end for The Terminator, and seven years later, Terminator 2: Judgement Day told the next chapter of this science fiction saga. Fast-forward to now, Terminator 6 is currently shooting, but instead of following the events of Genisys, it will be a direct sequel to the first two Terminator movies. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton are reprising the T-800 and Sarah Connor, respectively, and the new cast members include Mackenzie Davis, Gabriel Luna, Natalia Reyes and Diego Boneta.
Spoilers lie ahead for Episode 2 of Arrow Season 7, called “The Longbow Hunters.”
Arrow turned itself upside down at the end of its sixth season when Oliver Queen pulled an Iron Man and outed himself as the Green Arrow. Unlike Tony Stark in the MCU, however, Oliver was not lauded as a hero. He was locked up in Slabside Maximum Security prison after making a deal with FBI Agent Samanda Watson, and now that the first couple episodes of Season 7 have aired, he definitely needs to stay there.
Well, he needs to stay there for now. Obviously the show called Arrow starring Stephen Amell isn’t going to keep Oliver Queen behind bars for however much longer the series runs, and the odds are pretty good that he’ll be out for the big Arrow-verse crossover in December, although the whole “Elseworlds” factor (along with Oliver going Scarlet Speedster rather than Emerald Archer) means that we can’t take that for granted.
Still, Arrow would be best off to leave Oliver in the clink for at least a while. Although the show still has a core of loyal fans, it runs the risk of repeating itself too many times if it doesn’t make some bold moves. Season 6 made one such bold move by outing Oliver in a move that can’t be undone by any normal Arrow means.
Sure, The Flash or Legends of Tomorrow could reset the timeline to keep Oliver’s identity a secret, but that would be too much time travel on what is supposed to be the grounded Arrow-verse series for my taste. Oliver Queen was the Green Arrow of Star City, and everybody knows it. Why not embrace the consequences of that for the first half of Season 7 and explore what the show is like with the hero stuck among criminals? After six full seasons, Arrow should be treading new ground.
With Oliver in prison, the characters are forced into new dynamics. Admittedly, new dynamics can be less than fun if you’re tuning for love of relationships, such as those between the members of Original Team Arrow. They do allow the characters to show off more range and perhaps even grow. While the good guys on the outside can still hang out when they choose, Oliver’s only familiar faces are the villains he put away, and he can’t rely on his friends to cover his back. Oliver needs to adapt.
That need to adapt allowed Oliver to play the tech operative in “The Longbow Hunters.” He wasn’t exactly taking down impossible firewalls or hacking elite government agencies a la Felicity, but he could do enough to get into the prison system and gain info on a guard Brick wanted gone. Although he was desperate for a way to get rid of the guard and gain Diaz details from Brick, he wasn’t willing to kill an innocent man whose record proved he was a solid — if unpleasant — man.
Of course, Oliver ultimately solved the problem in a way that didn’t utilize the information he pulled from the computer, but he gets points for trying. Also, his decision to frame the guard by stabbing himself with a spoon shank was a quintessentially Oliver move that probably had me laughing more than it should have. When the smart and nuanced options fail, there’s always stabbing.
Oliver behind bars without his loved ones also requires the establishment of new relationships. I had my concerns about the incorporation of new characters after how quickly the newbies were incorporated and elevated in Team Arrow, but Stanley as Oliver’s prison pal is a fun addition, and Arrow didn’t go too hard too fast with him. The villains in the clink with Oliver are familiar enough that Oliver’s healthy fear of what they can do feels earned.
At this point, I’m not convinced that Stanley isn’t going to turn out to be a villain himself. His effort to ingratiate himself with Oliver is obviously self-preservation, as Oliver is clearly more than capable of holding his own against the bullies behind bars. Stanley is quite diminutive compared to Oliver and many other prisoners, so Oliver as an ally is valuable.
It’s worth noting that Stanley is pretty quick to jump to some concerning conclusions, such as blackmailing the prison guard because he has a wife and child. His combination of flattery and fear in his interactions with Oliver obviously appealed to the hero still living inside of him. I won’t be surprised if we get a big twist of Stanley the serial killer. We only have his word that he was wrongfully convicted.
Until that happens (or doesn’t), Oliver can apparently count on Stanley as his sidekick. His new circumstances require him to get resourceful to accomplish any of his goals. The Season 7 premiere saw him using a book as a blunt object to deliver a beating, and “The Longbow Hunters” featured a neat trick when Oliver used what few things he had handy to knock the lights out when he was waiting in line for a shower. The resulting confusion allowed him and Stanley to infiltrate the office and computer.
Oliver behind bars could give us a little bit of the early Season 1 Oliver that hooked a whole bunch of fans, and I don’t just mean because the first couple episodes of Season 7 have delivered at least as much shirtlessness as the first couple episodes of Season 1. In prison, he has to be resourceful without a bodyguard or a computer genius watching out for him.
A character with six years of development in circumstances requiring some of his first season methods could provide an Oliver we haven’t gotten before. Besides, it’s not like he’s going to be in prison forever. Arrow should make the most out of its new prison era and keep Oliver locked up for a while. If nothing else, it could increase fans’ hunger for a return to something resembling the status quo.
We’ll have to wait and see what happens. For now, the remnants of Team Arrow will need to work without him. Diggle is busy with ARGUS and “The Longbow Hunters” sent Felicity to work with the FBI in a twist with a great deal of potential. Laurel is somehow operating as the D.A., with Dinah lurking in the background. Throw in the Longbow Hunters and Diaz, and there will be plenty going on outside of prison.
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Warning: spoilers ahead for the second episode of Arrow Season 7, called “The Longbow Hunters.”
Arrow is back for its seventh season, and the crime-fighting is definitely not business as usual for the good guys of Star City this time around. With Oliver incarcerated after making a deal with the FBI to out himself as the Green Arrow, the rest of the former Team Arrow has to find a way to move on. In “The Longbow Hunters,” Arrow delivered a Felicity twist that is both shocking and entirely logical: she’s going to work with the FBI, and it could be exactly what Season 7 needs.
Here’s how it started. Felicity made good on her vow to Oliver in the Season 7 premiere that she was done hiding from Ricardo Diaz. She returned to Star City with the intent to find him and stop him, no matter what. Still in danger, Felicity was hiding out at ARGUS and attempting to use ARGUS resources for her goal. Curtis didn’t want to risk his job by letting Felicity get into her usual cyber shenanigans, and Diggle wanted to keep the focus on larger ARGUS matters.
Normally, it might have been difficult to relate to Diggle wanting to prioritize ARGUS over tracking down the man who had ruined the lives and nearly killed some of his favorite people, but he had a point in this case. The Longbow Hunters debuted by stealing a battery with the capacity to generate a whole lot of power, and as one might expect of ARGUS tech, it can also be used as a weapon powerful enough to level a city. Oh, ARGUS.
Felicity’s focus on catching the Longbow Hunters over recovering the battery botched an ARGUS mission, and her assistance during a train heist when an ARGUS team was attempting to stop the Longbow Hunters almost resulted in disaster when Diaz turned up on the train. Diggle got hold of the battery, but Diaz was right behind him, and Diggle told Felicity to uncouple his train car from the one carrying Diaz. Felicity wouldn’t do it because it would have meant Diaz escaping, and Curtis stepped in and did it himself.
Luckily, Diggle and Felicity are two members of the former Team Arrow who can resolve conflicts like adults, so neither blamed the other for their disagreements during the episode. Diggle had a difficult discussion with her, and it was ultimately revealed that he didn’t take on the mantle of the Green Arrow as Oliver requested because he couldn’t bear to let his family be torn apart the way Oliver and Felicity’s was.
After the train, Diggle checked up on her, and Felicity acknowledged that the world is a safer place since the weapon was recovered, even though it meant losing Diaz. Instead of compromising her priority, however, Felicity simply said that she needed to focus on catching Diaz, and Diggle was not the one to help her do that. She took her leave of ARGUS, telling Curtis she needed to find somebody to help her. As it turns out, that somebody happens to be FBI Agent Samanda Watson.
In the final scene of the episode, Felicity sat in Watson’s office and rehashed the deal that sent Oliver to prison in exchange for the FBI capturing Diaz. As Felicity pointed out, Oliver is in the clink but Diaz is not yet captured. So, she told Watson that they’re going to take down Diaz… together. Felicity will work within the law!
By teaming Felicity up with the FBI, Arrow is finally delivering an arc for Felicity in which she can be proactive and actually lead the charge. While the FBI will presumably have the power in the hunt for Diaz, and her mission is in honor of her husband, Felicity’s mission to take down Diaz is her own, and she’s taking steps to make it happen as quickly and effectively as possible. The normal allies can’t cut it? Time to move on to the people who can!
As Overwatch (and before she received that name), she was an essential part of supporting Team Arrow, but she won’t just be support in the hunt for Diaz, and it won’t have to take a backseat to somebody else’s arc. While her arc almost certainly won’t be the A plot for every single episode of Season 7, it can showcase her in a new way and mix up a series that is getting pretty long in the tooth.
The CW is not CBS or NBC, and not an overwhelming number of shows last into their seventh season on the network, Supernatural notwithstanding. I’m still half convinced somebody at Supernatural made a deal with the devil to keep it going indefinitely. If Arrow gets too stale or formulaic, viewers may not be willing to tune in anymore. This new era of Arrow under a new showrunner is treading new ground, and that’s a good thing in Season 7.
Now, some may argue that Felicity’s decision to work with the FBI is a betrayal of Oliver, as he would not be in prison getting the stuffing beaten out of him if not for Watson forcing him into a deal. The reality is that Oliver made that deal of his own volition because he knew getting Diaz was more important than his own pride and freedom. Nobody tortured him into outing himself as the Green Arrow.
Oliver understood the need to bring in the FBI to assist Team Arrow five months ago; why wouldn’t he understand and support Felicity helping the FBI keep its side of its bargain with him? If anything, he ought to be grateful when he finds out. He made the sacrifice of his own freedom to get Diaz captured. At the moment, he pretty much sacrificed his freedom for nothing. Diaz is not only at large; he also recruited a dangerous trio of villains to help him out.
Felicity teaming up with the FBI could absolutely expedite the process of capturing Diaz. We should also get to see Felicity unleashed with all the resources of the federal government behind her. She won’t have to worry about being caught if she’s working with the people who once would have done the catching. While Felicity presumably won’t have a carte blanche to do whatever she wants under federal purview, she could have means she never had access to before, even under ARGUS.
Perhaps teaming Felicity up with the FBI also means that Arrow won’t abandon any of the major arcs of the season for chunks of time. Oliver has the prison arc, Diggle (with Curtis) has the ARGUS arc, Dinah and Rene likely have the new Green Arrow arc, and Felicity can have the primary Diaz/Longbow Hunters arc. Laurel can go wherever the wind blows her, as is her wont. These arcs will surely cross over and the characters will interact, but I’m excited to see how Felicity’s story unfolds.
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Believe it or not, Save the World got rolling back in July of 2017. After a few much-needed updates, the cooperative zone defense shoot-a-thon started to look more and more like a fully-featured game, with plenty of resource management, more maps to explore, more enemy types to mow down and, of course, Fortnite‘s trademark building mechanics. Since the mode’s launch, players have been able to fork over some real-world money to get in on the action early, with the end goal being to transition the mode to free-to-play for everyone to enjoy. As noted in the blog post, the plan to launch the gratis version of the mode has been postponed in order to keep nailing down all of the finer details.
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During his minutes of screen time in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, we learned two things about Darth Vader. One, the cybernetic Sith Lord can slaughter a team of Rebels without breaking a sweat. Two, when he’s not carrying out Emperor Palpatine’s wishes, he spends time at the menacing castle he built on Mustafar. Now we’ve learned that the reason Vader’s fortress is located on the planet where he lost most of his limbs and was burned beyond recognition was because he was trying to communicate with his late wife, Padme Amidala.
As Star Wars fans know, Padme, former queen of Naboo-turned-senator for her homeworld, died at the end of Revenge of the Sith after giving birth to Luke and Leia. With her dead, there was nothing left for the man once known as Anakin Skywalker to do but to continue serving Palpatine. However, in the latest issue of Marvel’s Darth Vader comic book series (via Comic Book Resources), it was revealed that by tapping into the dark side energy within Mustafar’s core, Vader believed he could contact Padme’s spirit.
When we first saw Darth Vader’s castle in Rogue One, it was generally assumed that this was just a home away from home for the villain. A place he can unwind when not Force choking Imperial underlings and leading stormtroopers into battle. Not so. After having been gifted Mustafar by Palpatine, Vader used schematics created by the ancient Sith Lord Momin, who has long been dead, but whose spirit still lingers inside his mask, to design his castle.
Speaking with Darth Vader from beyond the grave, Momin informed him that the castle is shaped like a tuning fork because it is one. Specifically, it’s a giant tuning fork designed to read mystical pitches, various frequencies of life and, if done properly, even break through the veil of death. This would allow Vader to reunite with Padme despite her being long dead.
We’ll have to wait and see if Darth Vader can successfully communicate with Padme in his castle, but I suspect his efforts will be for naught. Nevertheless, it’s understandable that Vader is so desperate to try to pull this off. Charles Soule’s Darth Vader comic book series takes place right after Revenge of the Sith, so the pain of losing Padme is still fresh. That lingering part of him that’s still Anakin Skywalker would do whatever it takes to see his wife again, even going so far as to build a giant tuning fork castle to get the job done.
This also provides another reason for why Darth Vader felt the need to go back to Mustafar, the place where his old life essentially died. Previously in the Darth Vader comic book series, Vader went to the lava planet to bleed some kyber crystals (that he killed an Order 66 survivor for) red to power his new lightsaber. However this arc (and the series) wraps up, at least Vader comes out of this with some fancy digs.
Keep checking back with CinemaBlend for all the biggest updates concerning the Star Wars franchise. Don’t forget to look through our handy guide to learn what movies are in development for a galaxy far, far away.
Arrow is trying something new with its bad guys in Season 7. Not only did the previous bad guy escape to menace another day at the end of Season 6, but the show also brought in a trio of new baddies to make the most of the newly vigilante-free Star City. Emily Bett Rickards, who plays Felicity Smoak, had this to say:
When Season 7 kicked off, Team Arrow was really a thing of the past. The former members of the team were still friends and allies, but the vigilante ban combined with the terms of their immunity with the FBI meant that they had to find their own ways of pursuing justice. Felicity’s absence due to witness protection meant that she wasn’t even around. Any sense of cohesion behind Oliver’s former teammates was lost when he went into the clink.
Oliver is the only one 100% out of the fight for Star City thanks to his incarceration, but Team Arrow isn’t a team anymore, and that is a weakness that the Longbow Hunters could exploit. Every single one of the former members of the team could be fighting fit and ready to go; unless they’re all on the same page, they likely won’t be able to beat these new baddies. Based on what we know about them from the comics, each one will be formidable enough on their own.
With the new baddies working together, Emily Bett Rickards’ comments to EW indicate that the good guys will need to come together sooner than later. Felicity vowed to return to Star City and fight to take down Ricardo Diaz, even sending William away to boarding school, with his major arc of the season seemingly taking place in the future. Diggle is hard at work at ARGUS, with Curtis backing him up in the tech department.
Dinah is still fighting the good fight for Star City thanks to her position as SCPD captain. Rene is itching to return to the vigilante life, so he’s probably the one who could be most easily persuaded to get back into the mask. Even Laurel — who is really only sometimes one of the good guys — is fighting the good fight in her own way now that she landed the unlikely position of District Attorney.
If at least some of these characters can set aside their differences and work toward a common goal, the Longbow Hunters will be in trouble. As two of the original members of Team Arrow, Diggle and Felicity may need to be the centers of a new group. If not… well, hopefully that new Green Arrow is free to do a lot of crime-fighting.
You can catch new episodes of Arrow on Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW ahead of new episodes of Legends of Tomorrow. For some non-superhero viewing options, take a peek at our fall TV premiere schedule.
Ariana Grande is rich. Very rich. She has a reported net worth of $50 million and apparently bought that insane New York City apartment she and ex-fiancé Pete Davidson lived in all summer. If she wants a baby pig, all she has to do is snap her fingers and, poof, it’s there. There’s even a song on Grande’s album “Sweetener” called “Successful” that talks about how paid she is. It literally sounds like a robust 401K package. Listen to three seconds of that track and you’ll immediately think, “Yup, Ariana Grande is a luxe queen.”
And what do luxe queens do on a free Sunday in New York City? Drop thousands of dollars at Chanel, that’s what! OK, so we don’t know exactly how much money Grande spent at the Chanel store in SoHo yesterday (October 21), but she walked out with two large bags and a look on her face that said, “My bank account is endless, and so is my power.”
For the occasion, Grande swapped her signature ponytail for a tight top bun, which makes total sense. She couldn’t risk her long hair getting in the way of the credit card machine when she swiped her Black Amex! You know what they say: The higher the hair, the higher the credit limit. (Like Ariana Grande even has a limit.)
It’s unclear if Grande’s shopping spree had anything to do with her breakup with Davidson. Some think the pop star was engaging in a little retail therapy, which might be true. However, an equally-as-plausible theory is Grande just woke up and said, “Wow, I’m rich and feel like spending money today.” I hear rich people do this all the time!
That being said, this seems like as good of a time as any to let y’all know Pete Davidson is reportedly looking for a roommate. The comedian gave everyone that update during a gig in Los Angeles over the weekend. “Well, as you could tell, I don’t want to be here. There’s a lot going on,” Davidson reportedly said. “Does anybody have any open rooms? Looking for a roommate?”
One of the biggest early success stories of the fall TV season is Last Man Standing‘s big Season 7 debut on Fox, where it was rescued from cancellation. Now, the network is looking to Last Man Standing creator and former showrunner Jack Burditt to develop a new comedy that takes place within a country music-filled bar in Nashville. I do believe there’s a wide audience for that kind of thing.
Jack Burditt’s first TV creation after Last Man Standing doesn’t have a name yet, and I’m pretty sure Nashville won’t be usable for a while. However, we can possibly expect the name of the central watering hole to serve as the show’s title. It’s described as the kind of place that singers and songwriters frequent in order to achieve their dreams. Or to try to do so, anyway.
Understandably, music isn’t the only goal that people have in mind when out for a night on the town. This particular Nashville bar is also one where romances are known to bloom, be they the fleeting kind or the long-lasting kind. Mostly fleeting, though.
Fox granted a put pilot commitment to the new comedy, for which Jack Burditt would serve as writer and executive producer. That’s about as close to a pilot order as a new project can get, with the network having to foot some financial penalties if it decides to pass.
Another big name involved in the new comedy is country music star Dierks Bentley. According to Variety, Bentley is attached to the project as an executive producer. While it’s not directly stated how Bentley will inform the development process, he will likely have some key insights into giving the show an air of legitimacy. Plus, I’m sure his songwriting talents and music biz connections don’t hurt.
By bringing in Dierks Bentley, the currently untitled comedy project is possibly looking to tap into the country music scene in the same ways that the hit drama Empire has utilized hip-hop and rap with its reality-meshing storylines. Whether that means we’ll see cameos from real-world music stars or fictionalized iterations, we’ll have to wait and see.
Interestingly, this new comedy would is being envisioned as a single-camera production. Though it’s mostly interesting given Last Man Standing and The Cool Kids are Fox’s Friday night multi-camera comedies that come complete with live audience laughter. Jack Burditt shouldn’t be too thrown, though, since he kept busy in recent years on single-cam shows such as Modern Family, Great News and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
In case anyone is worried about Jack Burditt’s new project bumping heads with Last Man Standing, fear not. Burditt hasn’t actually held an active role on the Tim Allen sitcom in years. He served as the showrunner for the first 13 episodes, and was replaced by Kevin Abbot (who was replaced later by Tim Doyle).
While waiting to hear about what happens with this new project, be sure to watch Last Man Standing every Friday night on Fox at 8:00 p.m. ET. For all the other shows that will try to tickle your funny bones soon, head to our fall TV premiere schedule.
Shark Tank took an incredibly emotional turn on Sunday night. The series in which aspiring entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas featured an especially touching one. Siblings Kaley, Christian, and Keira Young came on the show to pitch their late dad’s awesome invention — the Cup Board Pro. Kaley Young told the sharks:
A clip of the late Keith Young’s audition tape for the show was then played. After the clip finished playing, an emotional Keira Young asked the panel who was ready to make their dad’s dream a reality with them. The Young siblings’ presentation visibly moved the sharks.
Shark Tank‘s Kevin O’Leary followed up on their dad’s desire to be on the show. Kaley Young provided further moving insight, saying:
Kaley Young revealed that their dad had passed away three months before the siblings were making their appearance on the show. His passing was due to a cancer diagnosis related to his work as an NYC firefighter during 9/11.
Guest shark Matt Higgins asked what overwhelmed them, and here’s what Kaley Young told the panel:
The siblings revealed that they had sold an impressive 300 Cup Board Pros in the course of three weeks at the time of the taping. In the end, the siblings paid tribute to their dad by pitching his dream, and the reaction to their dad’s invention was strong. All of the sharks united behind the pitch.
The sharks were not shy about sharing how rare such a deal between all of them is. They offered the siblings $100,000 for a stake of 20% percent in the business. The siblings were seeking $100,000 for a 10% stake. The sharks also pledged to donate their profits from the Cup Board Pro to a charity their dad supported to help firefighters left sick from 9/11.
As unanimous as the deal was among the sharks, the siblings just as enthusiastically received it. The siblings’ strength and fortitude in making their dad’s dream come true are remarkable and inspiring. Their moving story clearly touched the sharks. Lori Greiner and Daymond John were left visibly emotional, as John turned to dry his face at one point.
The opportunity to change lives is at the core of Shark Tank, and in this episode, the show achieved that. It also gave a platform for the Young family to remember their dad. It is impossible not to become emotional thinking about the strength that it took for the siblings to get to Shark Tank.