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TV Review: Olympus 1.13 “The Truth”
Olympus Athens   |  

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Olympus
Season 1 Episode 13: “The Truth”
Written and Directed by Nick Willing
Created by Nick Willing
Starring Tom York, Sonita Henry, Sonya Cassidy, Matt Frewer
Syfy
Air Date: Thursday, July 2nd, 2015, 11pm

Olympus finale time! What a strange journey for both the characters and the audience. Our Hero (es) have finally made it to Olympus, but now they need to get in and down to business.

Last week on Olympus, Medea (Sonita Henry) sacrificed herself to the witch Circe for guidance. It turned her hair gray and her voice growly. Despite this sacrifice, Oracle (Sonya Cassidy) and Hero (Tom York) argue like 10-year old girls the entire time. Daedalus (Matt Frewer) just hangs around, but seems to know more than he is saying. Hermes comes around and acts fierce, but then seems to back off when the ring is presented. They all end up in the temple of Gaia – back to basics. The key is in a kiss.

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TV Review: Hannibal 3.5 “Contorno”
Goodman   |  

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Hannibal
Season 3 Episode 5 “Contorno”
Directed by Guillermo Navaro
Written by Bryan fuller
Created by Bryan Fuller
Starring Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Gillian Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Joe Anderson, Fortunato Cerlino, and Tao Okamoto
NBC
Air date: Thursday, July 2nd, 2015, 10pm

When I was in high school, I used to go white water rafting down the Nantahala River in western North Carolina during the summer. There was this jumping rock towards the middle of the route that I always terrified to jump off of – it’s fairly high up, and you had to make sure you jumped out into the middle of the river or else you could hurt yourself. It was always a daunting process, until I actually leapt. It’s in that moment where you feel a variety of emotions – adrenaline, fear, excitement – it was always a mix of those things. There’s a boundlessness to a jump like that. It’s an area in which nothing, yet everything, is happening.

They don’t call it a leap of faith for nothing.

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TV Review: Wayward Pines 1.7 “Betrayal”
Dr. Zaius   |  

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Wayward Pines
Season 1 Episode 7: “Betrayal”
Directed by Steve Shill
Written by Rob Fresco
Created by Chad Hodge
Starring Matt Dillion, Carla Gugino, Toby Jones, Shannyn Sossamon, Melissa Leo, Hope Davis, Reed Diamond, Charlie Tahan
FOX
Air Date: Thursday, July 2nd, 2015, 9:00pm

To quote Inigo Montoya, “Let me explain… no there is too much, let me sum up.” If you believe what we’re being told about the year in Wayward Pines, Idaho, 4028, and the town is the last vestige of human civilization – an ark designed by billionaire scientist David Pilcher (Toby Jones). He recruited Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) to help him keep things safe, as there is a growing resistance force within the town, unaware of the dangers that lurk outside the huge electrified fences. Okay, I think we’re good.

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Game Review: The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited
The Movie God   |  

The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited

The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited
Xbox One l PS4 l PC
DEVELOPER: ZeniMax Online Studios
PUBLISHER: Bethesda Softworks
RELEASE DATE: June 9, 2015

I was very intrigued when The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited was announced back in May of 2012 for a couple of reasons. For one, I’m a massive fan of the Elder Scrolls games Bethesda Game Studios makes…as millions of other game fans are. There is simply no match for them in terms of fantasy worlds you can spend countless hours in to escape boring everyday real life. The amount of time most spend in these worlds might baffle and confuse some people, but those people simply do not understand. Unlike some of the series’ biggest fans who have been playing since the very start (or at least The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind), I was introduced by The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. A little late to the party, but that’s the great thing about the series: each new title brings in a new group of players who also develop a deep and lasting passion for the games.

The other reason is that I’ve never, in all my years of gaming, played an MMO before. Why so many others devote so much time, effort, and money to them I totally get; I just never had any interest in them personally. There’s multiple reasons for why that is, but mainly it’s because games that never really end (and dreaded subscription fees) don’t appeal to me. If I was ever going to dive into an MMO it was going to be one set in a world that meant a great deal to me, and when it was announced that The Elder Scrolls Online was dropping subscription fees I decided it was time to step over that line. So now the question is, was it worth it?

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TV Review: Scream 1.1 “Pilot”
Dr. Zaius   |  

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Scream
Season 1 Episode 1 “Pilot”
Directed by Jamie Travis
Written by Jill E. Blotevogel, Jay Beattie, Dan Dworkin
Created by Jill E. Blotevogel, Jay Beattie, Dan Dworkin
Starring Willa Fitzgerald, Bex Taylor-Klaus, John Karna, Brianne Tju, Amadeus Serafini, Connor Weil, Carlson Young, Jason Wiles, Tracy Middendorf, Tom Maden, Bobby Campo
MTV
Air date: Tuesday, June 30th, 2015, 10pm

I am usually a staunch anti-remake guy. But the Scream series that premiered debuting Tuesday night on MTV intrigued me. For once, the concept actually makes sense. The original movie itself was a self referential genre exposing (and revitalizing) film. Its best moments were when it poked fun at itself and the horror genre.

For those living under a rock these last 20 years, Scream was about a horror movie obsessed serial killer(s) who tortured victims over the phone. Nearly two decades later, with social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter, the killers of the series can actually play their sadistic games even better.

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Comic Review: Athena IX #1
Waerloga69   |  

Athena IX #1 review

Athena IX #1
Written by Ryan Cady
Art by Phillip Sevy
Colors by Jeremy Colwell
Letters by Troy Peteri
Covers by Phillip Sevy & Jeremy Colwell, Atilio Rojo
Top Cow | Image Comics
Release Date: July 1, 2015
Cover Price: $3.99

The days of Aphrodite IX are a distant memory. Seven centuries have come and gone since the success of the Aphrodite Protocol, the primary goal of which was to save mankind. But that world is gone, replaced by a seemingly more violent and harsh reality. From their deep slumber arose Nine who would rule this planet, each in its own way. This is a story of but one of those fated to be a god amongst men. This tale is known as Athena IX #1.

The time of the Ascension is here; few would recognize that term, however. For the most part, it seems that people living are unaware of anything other than oppression. Of course, Athena herself calls it order. Located in the far north of the Old World, the less than hospitable region has been transformed into an industrial city-state where every citizen is given a task, a purpose. Every single person is a cog in the proverbial wheel that keeps their world contained and self sufficient.

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Comic Review: Onyx #1
PS Hayes   |  

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Onyx #1
Written by Chris Ryall
Art by Gabriel Rodriguez
Colors by Jay Fotos
Letters by Shawn Lee
Cover art by Gabriel Rodriguez, Ashley Wood, Charles Paul Wilson III, Alan Robinson, and Sal Buscema
IDW Publishing
Release Date: July 1, 2015
Cover Price: $3.99

At the end of Onyx #1 you’re going to hear a bit of a thud. That’s the mic dropping.

Writer Chris Ryall finally brings this labor of love to shelves of comic stores around the world, and boy, can you tell that Ryall loves this book. There’s some comics that I read where I can tell that the creators are just showing up to collect a paycheck, then they’re outta there and on to the their next project. Not so with Ryall and Onyx.

It’s the year 2083 and Earth has more than a few problems. Overpopulation. Lack of food. Lack of space. Oh, there’s also the small issue of an alien invasion, too. Thankfully, along comes the galactic warrior Onyx to help save the planet. Unfortunately for Onyx, the International Global Defense Corps isn’t that keen on Onyx and decide to try and put a stop to it.

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Comic Review: Barb Wire #1
PS Hayes   |  

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Barb Wire #1
Written by Chris Warner
Art by Patrick Olliffe
Inks by Tom Nguyen
Colors by Gabe Eltaeb
Letters by Michael Heisler
Cover art by Adam Hughes
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: July 1, 2015
Cover Price: $3.99

Barb Wire #1 brings one of Dark Horse Comics’ original successes to publication for the first time in years, and what a return it is! This book is the same great comic that I remember reading almost 20 years ago.

Series creator Chris Warner returns to write the series, and he hasn’t missed a step with this debut issue. It’s got all the biting, satirical jabs at modern-day society that were a hallmark of the original series. Besides featuring a really solid story, Warner sneaks in some laugh-out-loud moments that are truly great. Underneath these moments are opportunities to actually stop and THINK about the message that Warner is sending, hopefully the message will get through to its intended audience. Now, don’t worry about this being a “preachy” social commentary comic, because it works on two different levels. The other level is that of a really entertaining, kick-butt story that’s loaded with action and fun, that also has some surprising twists and turns.

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Movie Review: Terminator Genisys
Adam Frazier   |  

Terminator Genisys Movie Review

Terminator Genisys
Director: Alan Taylor
Screenwriters: Laeta Kalogridis, Patrick Lussier
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Lee Byung-hun, Matt Smith, J. K. Simmons
Paramount Pictures
Rated PG-13 | 119 Minutes
Release Date: July 1, 2015

“Hasta la vista…”

Directed by Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World), Terminator Genisys is the fifth film in the Terminator series. It’s also the franchise’s nadir — just in case you thought it couldn’t any get worse than Jonathan Mostow’s Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) or McG’s Terminator Salvation (2009).

In the year 2029, John Connor (Jason Clarke) leads the human resistance against the machines. Here’s the thing about this franchise that boggles my mind: why do studios and screenwriters insist on making this goddamn series about Future John Connor™?

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Blu-ray Review: Ghosthouse / Witchery Double Feature
Adam Frazier   |  

Ghosthouse Blu-ray from Scream Factory

Ghosthouse
Blu-ray
Director: Umberto Lenzi
Writer(s): Sheila Goldberg, Umberto Lenzi, Cinthia McGavin
Cast: Lara Wendel, Greg Scott, Mary Sellers, Donald O’Brien
Scream Factory
Not Rated | 94 Minutes
Release Date: June 30, 2015

In Italy, The Evil Dead was released as La Casa, and Evil Dead II became La Casa II. These films were followed by three unrelated horror sequels branded with the same name: La Casa 3 (Ghosthouse), La Casa 4 (Witchery), and La Casa 5 (Beyond Darkness).

Directed by Umberto Lenzi (under the alias Humphrey Humbert), 1988′s Ghosthouse is an Italian rip-off of The Amityville Horror and Poltergeist.

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