Disney Now Controls Hulu

 

Disney has been on a buying spree lately, trying to get ownership of almost big company they can get there fingers on. And it seemed that Hulu was right in there crosshairs and as of today 5/14/19 Disney made a deal with comcast, allowing disney to have full control over hulu effective immediately.

As of right now Disney is the majority holder of Hulu owning 66% of the company, with NBCuniversal owns the other 33%. However it is unclear if NBC will sell there holds to the company once they come out with there own streaming platform in 2024 so until then it’s anyone’s guess what could happen.

It seems to be the major reasoning why Disney even wanted to have control over Hulu was for them to expand their reach. They now have three huge streaming platforms one being of course Hulu the others being ESPN Plus and the soon to be Disney Plus. They want a direct to consumer approach that will both be friendly to disney (of course) and us the consumers.

But it seems to be a big reason why they did this was to go after Netflix. It’s no secret that Netflix pretty much is the king of streaming in today’s age, but much like Daenerys disney is looking to take that crown away from them. They seem to be pretty confident in doing so too just because of how well known disney is throughout the world and have faith that they will soon be the new king of streaming.

It seems like Disney owns almost all entertainment medias which if you stop and think about it, it’s scary. They’re building a monopoly on what we consume and have a big say on what we think is trendy and popular now. Lastly not to mention the hundreds of thousands of people that will and have already lost their jobs due to the disney mergers.

 

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YouTube Is Working On Its Own Choose Your Own Adventure

It’s no surprise that after that massive Black Mirror Bandersnatch, other major companies would try to cash on it the success. YouTube is working on its own version of that now too.

A YouTube spokesperson said that it will be taken over by a new team that will focus on programming and live specials. Of course like any choose your own adventure it will be driven by the decision you make along the way. YouTube will be integrating some products features from it’s YouTube Originals.

The timing of this announcement is a bit odd. Because it was only a few months ago YouTube announced they’d be cutting back b/c of budget reasons. So it’s unclear on how many different choose your own adventure we’ll get.

Punisher Season 2 Part 2 Review

Oh boy does this season really kick it into high gear in the second part of the season! It becomes such a emotional roller coaster you don’t really know what to expect at all. You see a darker side of Frank at times one that is just so driven on revenge, and a much more sinister Billy.

 

Most of the second half is about Billy and Frank they more or less leave Amy out of it. Although I wish they would of done more with her because she became a very interesting character. But instead they have her hiding away and every now and then doing something. But it was awesome to see her bring out the soft side of Frank.

 

It becomes a true Punisher show because you literally see war in the streets. While watching this you can see where they got tons of inspiration from comic panels. If it’s not from having insane firefights in the middle of the streets to having, gruesome torture scenes. And the constant feud between Billy and Frank just keeps getting higher and higher, with nothing but death and damages to show for it.

 

The actions that Frank takes makes you question at times “has he gone too far?”. Because he does do somethings that are even a little too extreme for the Punisher. Not to mention that his actions pretty much have a heavy impact on everyone around him. For example his best friend Curtis notices that he himself is becoming something that he can’t even recognize anymore. Not sure if he can even go back to the old life that he use to have. Which is big because throughout the entire show he is perhaps the one thing that is supposed to keep Frank grounded.

 

As for Billy he seems to be almost two steps ahead of Frank almost every time. It becomes scary because at times he’s just watching him without Frank even knowing it. Going as far to baiting him to do exactly what he wants. Playing Frank like a fiddle making him believe that he is no better than Billy or anyone that he kills. The second he does that it destroys Frank and nearly breaks him all together. In the second half of this season they really redeem this villian and make him into the monster that we love.

 

As for John Pilgrim his story feels kinda rushed. It’s a shame too because they really start to flesh him out and you began to like this serial killer and understand him. It seemed like the show tried to do too much all at once and they kinda forgot about this. He had so much more potential to be a greater villain in the show. Not to say he wasn’t great because he had some really great scenes that left you wanting more. You see how the people he works for are just using him at the end of the day. They don’t care about him at all and by the time he sees it, it’s pretty much too late.

 

It’s unclear if the Punisher will be picked up for a season 3. But based on the other Marvel Netflix shows it probably won’t. And it kinda feels like the writers know that too, because the ending feels pretty satisfying. If it is to be cancelled it’s a good spot to end the show.

 

With all that being said I’ll give the show a 8/10.

 

The Punisher Season 2 Episode 1-6 Review

In the wake of Marvel Netflix shows getting the boot left and right for almost no apparent reason. The Punisher approaches in hope not to follow the path of its peers. Season 2 of the Punisher was released on the 18th of Jan 2019. And so far the show seems to be doing alright for itself, with a general theme of you can’t escape your past, or who you are.

 

The show picks up with Frank traveling america with no real end in mind. From what it seemed like he was just going town to town until he found something he liked. And right as he found something that was worth keeping him there he finds a way to get himself in the middle of a war. But one main thing that the show touches on for him is how he can’t live a normal life.

 

No matter what he does somehow some way the inner soldier comes out and he manages to find himself in the middle of a feud that has nothing to do with him. You see his growth from the first season, but as well as some flaws that he has as a human being. As stated already he can’t keep his nose clean, as well run away from who he really is. The show touches on how he actively looks for a reason to fight, and how soldiers have a hard time adapting after real trauma that they experience in the field.

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Because of the events in the first season, he is always on the fence about getting close to someone. But of course we he finally does things always go south. To further build off that you see this odd but charming relationship with him and Amy. In its own way him looking out for her is a way for him to be the father he never was with his kids. You see the two of them really connect after a series of near death moments.

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As well as Amy being really annoying and unthankful plenty of times. But because of her you see Frank have a little bit more of a heart and it’s nice, she keeps him grounded in a lot of ways. Instead killing a person, he’ll just beat the hell out of them. Or simply spare a life which doesn’t seem like much but for the Punisher it sure is.

 

As for Amy she seems to be the soul reason why Frank is on the run in the first place. She places this mystery woman for a good part of the show. Which is more annoying than it is mysteries, making you not like her a lot most of the time. She is kind of just thrown in the show and the cross over with her and Frank is more or less what’d you expect from any show. But once you get over that initial hill you learn like her as a character. At the end of it she’s reaping what she sowed. She got way over her head and is now paying a huge price for it.

 

After understanding that you see why it is she acts the she does. At the end of the day she’s just a scared kid thrown in to this world of bloodshed. But within that world she finds her white knight and that being Frank, and little by little they seem fixing the mess they’ve been caught up in.

 

It’s no secret that Agent Madani would plays a big role in this season. But because of the events of season one she is living in constant fear and doubt. Billy Russo is always in the back of her head. Even though he was beaten nearly to death, and doesn’t remember anything outside his military life. She is convinced it is all a front. Even with all the evidence and proof right in front of her face. Haunted by what happened to her forces her to sleep with a gun under her pillow. And seek help with Frank and others to help solve there Billy Russo problem.

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And lastly Billy Russo character is a cop out compared to how he used to be. In season one he was one of my favorite villians right next to King Pin. But it seems like it was a little bit of a shot and a miss this time around. His story of forgetting who he is and being a vet who hates the civilian life is way too similar to seasons one Lewis Walcott. The only difference is, is that people in this universe know and respect Billy. So it’s a little easier for him to raise somewhat of an following. It’s a shame to seem them rehash the same storyline with a character that has a lot of potential. But who knows maybe in the second act they’ll polish it up a bit more.

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And another major complaint that many people myself included is that it seems the scares don’t warrant a mask. Sure he does have a damaged face but it’s not as bad as the show makes it to be. It makes him look more weaker than what he really is. It makes you wish that they put more scars on his face to make him more scarier. But because of the lack of scares it doesn’t look all that bad as they lead you to believe.

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As for the plot of the overall season it has two main stories. One being John Pilgrim and his followers hunting down Frank and Amy. Which is actually pretty cool they give him a great scary vibe. To where whenever you see him in the streets you fear for your life. And the other is Billy Russo and as I stated before it’s a rehash of what we’ve seen in season one so far. It seems to be that the second act is going to pick up heavily and things will start to change and fast

 

With all that being said so fair I’ll give it a 7.5/10

Bandersnatch Review

Lots of people have been waiting for the long anticipated season 4 of Black Mirror. And many thought it would drop by the end of this year (2018). But of course it didn’t instead Black Mirror took a complete 180 and made a choose your own adventure movie. Needless to say that alone got tons of people pumped to try out this movie. And see what kind of trouble you could get into.

 

Just like a choose your own adventure book the movie has countless endings, and it seems pretty daunting for one person to unlock them all in one playthrough. At first the chooses you are given are pretty simple from what to eat in the morning to what music to listen to. You play as a young man named Stefan who wants to make a choose your own adventure video game in the 80’s.

 

It’s pretty ironic that making the game is his one true goal. They even take jabs at the player making jokes about it. But quickly the game takes a left turn and becomes dark and twisted super fast. You’ll often ask yourself “wait what just happened”. Or “Okay how in the world did we end up here”.

 

It doesn’t really matter if you “beat” the game because it always gives you a checkpoint. So if you want to keep playing you can start from a certain point and carry on with it.

 

It’s a little harder to really get a beat on any character. Because in most movies you can dive deep into someone and understand a little why they are the way they are. Because every decision you make can drastically change the way someone is. So it’s almost pointless to dive deep into anyone because they behave purely on what you decide.

 

While playing the game it didn’t feel like anything new though. I keep getting the feeling that I was playing a high end telltale game. It had almost everything a telltale game would have, it felt like a copy almost down to the core. It even gave you about 10 seconds to make a decision before just like the game. But needless to say it seems like Netflix and Black Mirror learned from them and picked up on what made them so fun and popular. Hopefully they continue to make more like this in the future.

 

With all that being said the game/movie is definitely a foot in the right direction for Netflix. The acting of course was nothing less than great, and the camera work along with the special effects were amazing. It’s unclear if Netflix will continue to do more things like this but one can hope so. The final rating I’ll give this is a 9/10.

DareDevil Season 3 Second Half Review

After watching the first 6 episodes of season 3 you often ask yourself “what’s going to happen next?”. That trend follows all the way through to the very end leaving you that much more excited for what’s to come. The second half is all about finding yourself, and that’s a note that they hit on hard and heavy.

A really enjoyable thing that they do is devote a whole episode to Karen and her backstory. Until this all we got was stories of her explaining her hardships and what brought her to Hell’s Kitchen. But actually seeing it adds a whole new level to her and makes her story that much more heartbreaking. They did a fantastic job at fleshing out her character and making her more relatable

You even see Poindexter really shine although maybe not the way you’d like to see. He really begins to embrace his inner murderer and just lets loose at every opportunity he gets. Not taking failure for an option he becomes so focuses on his bloodbath it becomes hard for him to think straight, or even be calm and collective. The newsroom massacre was more than seamlessly killing people to him. It was him finally accepting who he is and what he’s going to become. One big thing stopping him from achieving his goals is Murdock.

So with him in the way he tries time and time again to kill him. Lastly with the final realization that he has been getting played this whole time by Fisk leaving him with no one to guide him anymore other than himself. Is a huge step for his character he was someone who needed his “North Star” but now he’s truly alone.

Even though you see the show do a huge shift in Nadeem and how that affects him. Being played all long just like Dex to do what Fisk wanted. The choices he made making him a part of a hit squad taking down other gangs in Fisk favors. He even drives Dex to kill Karen at the church, which was the last straw for him. At the end of his story he does whatever is in his power to help change the tide of this street war, and ultimately ends with him dead.

With the king pin himself you just further find how much of a threat he really is. He has perhaps the one of the more interesting ones. His whole purpose was to get back with his love Vanessa and once he finally does, she helps him remember who he is. Allowing her to be apart of the criminal underworld that he is so apart of. Keeping his head straight even in high stressful situations.

Lastly the Devil himself, Matthew Murdock. He finally comes to terms that he isn’t alone in this world. That people actually do care about him and with his friends they can do great things. He was almost entirely done with god and turned away from it, but near the end he finds god again and that helps him become a strong noble man again. Struggling with the idea with killing a man to save thousands and fear that it’ll send him down a path in which he’ll never come back from. To only see him come out on top and not cross a line that he has been so adamant on not cross.

With all of this being said I do hope to see a season 4 of DareDevil. Even with all the drama surrounding Marvel Netflix it still does look like the fans MIGHT get what they want. The show is a 10/10

 

The Defenders Trailer Break Down

May 3rd Marvel dropped a pleasant surprise on all of us. It’s no secret that the Netflix division of Marvel has been building up for sometime now the Defenders with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. They finally show us some tidbits of the actual defenders now.

Based off the first few seconds it seems like it’s going to mostly have a the darker tone that we’re used to seeing in Daredevil. From the camera angles to the usage of the song “Smells like teen spirit” by Nirvana.

It kickstarts with Jessica Jones in trouble with the law being integrated by Misty Knight who we’ve seen in Luke Cage season one. With out of the blue Matthew Murdock aka Daredevil coming in to defend her as her lawyer. It seems like the way all of our beloved heroes meet is going to be very natural and not forced at all.

On the other hand the way Danny Rand on Luke Cage cross paths is going to be solely on Claire Temple. Even though she is the one thing connecting all four of our heros directly she did play more of an emotional role to some more than others. With that said it doesn’t seem like those two first encounter is going to be all happy and thrilling.

The aftermath of Daredevil season two and Iron Fist season one are going to play a huge role in the Defenders, because of how heavily they deal with the hand. They even show off Stick who helped Daredevil take on the hand. From the looks of it he might play a role of a mentor or a teacher for them all. They even show Elektra looking as badass as usual.

But the trailer doesn’t confirm that the hand will be the major villain at all. It does tell us that they will be fighting a huge underground criminal syndicate, and whoever they are fighting is something that is much bigger than they are. The Netflix Marvel as a usual tone of being darker than it’s TV and Movies, and it seems to be the same with this one too. The Defenders will launch globally on August 18th, 2017.