The First 3 Minutes of This Is Us Season 2 Are Already Making Us Cry Buckets

After what seemed like an eternity of waiting, This Is Us is back with an exclusive look at season two, and boy is it jam-packed with emotions. Following the events of the season one finale when Randall tells Beth that he wants to adopt a child, the three-minute clip shows him having a heart-to-heart with Rebecca about his own adoption. While she admits that it was «complicated» at first, it was his adoptive father, Jack, who really pulled her through it and made her realize that Randall was meant to be their son. Cue the tears! Seriously, grab some tissues and get ready for Sept. 25, because if this is any indication, the premiere is going to make you sob buckets.

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One of the Bella Sisters Is Joining Dancing With the Stars Next Season

Dancing With the Stars already has two TV personalities lined up for season 25. According to Entertainment Tonight, Drew Scott from the Property Brothers will be competing next season. And he’s not the only celebrity sibling who will be hitting the dance floor! Professional wrestler Nikki Bella is reportedly joining the cast as well, after previously turning down the offer to focus on her WWE comeback. Hopefully her twin sister Brie and fiancé John Cena will make a special cameo to cheer her on in the audience this season!

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Jon Snow and Cersei Lannister Will Have the Ultimate Showdown in the Season 7 Finale

Don’t think that Game of Thrones can top this week’s episode, «Beyond the Wall»? Think again. In the preview for next Sunday’s episode (the season seven finale, FYI), we get a glimpse of the pretty solemn-looking faces of Tyrion, Sansa, and Jon Snow, which makes sense when we discover that Jon is officially meeting with Cersei Lannister to show her the wight they capture. How will this interaction go? Not great, we imagine, but it does bode well for one hell of a final 90 minutes in Westeros.

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In Today’s «We Are Blessed» News, Stranger Things Has Been Renewed For Season 3!

Stranger Things doesn’t drop season two for another few months, but we already have some spectacular news: the show will definitely return for a third season! Showrunners Matt and Ross Duffer confirmed the good news to Vulture and also revealed that the sci-fi series will possibly get a fourth and final season to end the series on, with Ross explaining, «We’re thinking it will be a four-season thing and then out.»

As far as where the series’s story will go in the third and fourth seasons, Matt acknowledged that having the show’s preteen heroes go through something traumatic every year isn’t going to last forever. «I don’t know if we can justify something bad happening to them once a year,» he said, before Ross added, «They’re going to have to get the f*ck out of this town! It’s ridiculous!»

In the meantime, catch Stranger Things season two when it premieres on Netflix on Oct. 27.

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25 Things More enjoyable Than Watching This Season of ‘Big Brother’

Look, I’m going to keep watching this season of Big Brother through the bitter (and I do mean bitter) end, because I have done wrongs in my past lives and must atone for them. But this past week’s episode just confirmed what an unfun, off-putting dud this season has been. Last night’s double eviction was predictable, but also just left the show at this point utterly dull. Paul is in control, and will be as person after person gets picked off. The only ones who could possibly rock the boat are Alex (in a final two with him that honestly benefits both) and Mark (a competition beast, but not exactly a strategist). Does anyone think Raven’s been laying low this entire time waiting for her moment to strike? Did Jason’s utter meltdown under pressure last night give you any hope of his victory?

Exactly. The only real drama now seems to be whether or not Matt sets the Big Brother record for volunteering to go up as a pawn. Not exactly Must See TV. With that in mind, as I suffered through what should have been an exciting episode, I thought about 25 things that would be more enjoyable than what I was doing.

1) Flying to a destination inside the continental United States using no fewer than three connecting flights

2) Watching people at the gym take selfies while on treadmills

3) Counting the blades of grass in my backyard

4) Caillou cosplay (Publisher’s Note: Nope)

5) Sitting in coach between two manspreaders

6) Clicking through an online fifty-picture gallery with ads every 4th slide

7) Finding another old Trump tweet that criticizes the exact thing he just did

8) Listening to the audio commentary for The Emoji Movie

9) Going to the grocery store at 11 am on Sundays during American football season

10) Bingewatching Kevin Can Wait

11) Cleaning the bathroom floor with a spray bottle and my bare hands

12) Taking a day off from work in order to renew my license at the DMV

13) Thinking about Mike Pence calling his wife «Mother»

14) Talking with someone who insists you don’t like a certain TV show simply because you «haven’t gotten to the good stuff, which starts in season three»

15) Reading the Facebook feed of that one cousin you haven’t seen in years for reasons

16) Listening to a Soundcloud playlist called «Dentist Office Waiting Room Jamz»

17) Learning what «YouTube celebrities» are

18) Arguing with someone about how the Lost finale was actually excellent

19) Explaining to my mother why, if she gets a new computer, the good folks at Best Buy don’t have to transfer her email

20) Attempting to have a nuanced argument 140 characters at a time on Twitter

21) Looking at production stills of Iron Fist

22) Taking public transportation in and around Boston if it’s not 68 and sunny, and even then, it’s a crapshoot really because God may not exist

23) Reading articles about showrunners who insist their show is a «ten-hour movie»

24) Paying for mobile gaming content via microtransactions

25) Waiting for the garbage fire that is 2017 to finally be extinguished


The Defenders: A Spoiler-Filled Guide to Season 1

After waiting through five stand-alone seasons of Netflix’s take on Marvel superheroes (because Daredevil had two), The Defenders is finally here. If you’re anything like us, you binge-watched the eight-episode season immediately — and it does not disappoint. There’s unexpected teamwork, quips, an intriguing new baddie played by the inimitable Sigourney Weaver, and more awesomely choreographed fight scenes than you can shake a samurai sword at.

If you want to catch up on (or just relive) all of the season one highlights (and we say «season one» because we’re 99 percent certain there will be a season two), join us as we go through each and every stand-out moment from The Defenders. But be warned: there are TONS of spoilers ahead.

Getting the Band Together

What’s kind of cool about The Defenders is that it takes its time getting the four main characters together, something the show could have easily rushed since the season is only eight episodes. But instead, the show nicely builds things up by establishing each individual character (and getting us caught up on their current storylines) before bringing them together. Plus, when they do get together, not everyone is immediately on board with this whole «team» thing (we’re looking at you, Jessica Jones and Matt Murdock). It’s an excellent pacing choice.

It’s Elektra! (Boogie Woogie, Woogie)

After Daredevil‘s second season, we all thought Elektra (Elodie Yung) was dead and gone, but Alexandra (Weaver) resurrects her as Black Sky, a nearly unbeatable ninja who proves to be quite the thorn in the Defenders’ sides — and eventually, quite the thorn in Alexandra’s side as well.

The only thing tethering Elektra to her former life is her love for Matt Murdock, which might be what saves them both in the end. It’s unclear exactly how Matt gets out of the collapsing Midland Circle building when the Defenders finally defeat the Hand, but we suspect Elektra has something to do with it. The only question now is where did she go?

Talk to the Hand

Alexandra is the leader of the Hand, an ancient organization that proclaims to fight for «life itself.» One of its goals in this particular fight is to decimate New York City in order to help cull the world’s population, which has grown far too large in their opinion. They don’t want to do this before the Hand members can excavate a dragon skeleton from underneath the Midland Circle Financial building, however. The Hand needs the dragon bones to help make the substance that keeps them immortal. Without it, they can be killed.

And as luck would have it, most of them are killed by the end of season one of The Defenders. The two seen alive at the end of the season are Madame Gao (Wai Ching Ho) and Murakami (Yutaka Takeuchi), though the latter doesn’t look so good. But Gao looks to be A-OK, which is actually kind of great. She has been such a strong presence throughout Netflix’s Marvel shows that it seems highly likely we’ll see this evil villainess again — something we can’t say we’re mad about.

Spin-Off, Anyone?

There is a small but awesome group of «sidekicks» waiting for their respective friends back at the Harlem precinct — Karen Page, Trish Walker, Foggy Nelson, and Malcolm Ducasse. Can you say spin-off?

It will likely never happen, because this is a show about superheroes, not their intrepid and highly overlooked BFFs. But how great would it be if there were a series of webisodes where the sidekicks meet up and do mundane things together — like, Foggy and Malcolm go bike riding, or Karen and Trish have coffee, or Karen and Malcolm take a pottery class. Why should superheroes have all the fun?

That Cliffhanger

Of course Matt Murdock isn’t dead — Daredevil has already been renewed for a third season. At the finale’s end, though, he is being cared for by nuns, one of whom says, «Get Maggie, tell her he’s awake.» So, who is this Maggie person?

She is nun (heh) other than Matt’s mother, Maggie Murdock — say that five times fast — and she is likely to be quite involved in Daredevil season three, judging by this cliffhanger. Matt Murdock has a lot of messy relationships with the women in his life, so what’s one more, right?

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‘Friends From College’ Is Likeable Enough For A Second Season On Netflix

Netflix has just given a second season renewal to Friend From College, that show about those people that came out this summer. Ok, to be more specific: the show centers on a group of old Harvard buddies facing their 40s together and trying to balance their familiar old relationships and nostalgia with their current responsibilities and adult shit. The series stars Keegan-Michael Key (Ethan), Cobie Smulders (Lisa), Annie Parisse (Sam), Nat Faxon (Nick), Fred Savage (Max) and Jae Suh Park (Marianne), and was co-created by Nicholas Stoller (Neighbors, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and Francesca Delbanco, who are also executive producers. Stoller directs the series and Delbanco serves as a writer. Dustin reviewed it and seemed to like it well enough, though he did note that the comedic and dramatic elements didn’t always coexist easily in the series.

This has been a pretty solid summer for renewals — Friends From College is joining GLOW and Ozark as freshman Netflix originals receiving second seasons. The same can’t be said for Naomi Watt’s Gypsy, however.

Also, I’d like to point out how very difficult it is to type «Friends From College» instead of «Friends With Benefits» — which perhaps says everything about my own college friend group.

(that’s a lie — I would never hook up with my friends, they’re awful)


A FAQ for the First Season of Netflix’s ‘The Defenders’

Full disclosure up front: I had no intention of watching The Defenders. Didn’t interest me in the least. In terms of the five Netflix Marvel series to date, even those I enjoyed I found massively problematic, primarily on a structural level. Each season was longer than it should have been: Jessica Jones probably should have been eight, Luke Cage was six episodes in a 13-episode bag, and both seasons of Daredevil were overstuffed but largely undercooked. Iron Fist … well, life’s too short to watch Iron Fist.

Still, there were enough intriguing elements about The Defenders that I strapped in on Friday night, having heard the general critical consensus of, «It’s fine, I suppose, if you’re into this sort of thing?» Well, I am into this sort of thing, and through three episodes, I totally agreed with that sentiment. I wasn’t at the edge of my seat, but it was perfectly fine watching a Marvel show that promised only eight episodes and the average running time of 45 minutes per episode. I was more or less eating my words.

Then, the wheels absolutely fell off the truck in the final five, which were somehow too short and yet interminable. Let’s break down the full series (spoilers to follow) in an FAQ style.

What did The Hand Want with Black Sky?

It’s an excellent damn question to ask, and damned if I know. Everything about Elektra/Black Hand felt like a bad idea coming out of the second season of Daredevil, and everything I feared about it (the amnesia, the vague mystical allusions, the inability for anyone to explain why Alexandra decided to blow their mystical Life Ooze on someone with intimate ties to one of the only people who could stop them) came true. If Alexandra knew she was rapidly dying, why pick THAT MOMENT to rid herself of the one thing that could save her? Why did Elektra remember her past, only to still go full evil? Everything felt like a gimmick to end each ep on a cliffhanger, rather than anything organic to any character decision. These were ciphers, not people, and since this show was 90% plot and 10% character, that meant 90% of the show was an incoherent mess.

Why build an entire show around the absolutely worst character in the MCU?

I mean, let’s be fair: Marvel didn’t know Iron Fist would be the suckfest that it was, and I’m guessing plans for The Defenders were too far along to change lanes at the last minute. But having a show in which Danny Rand is the key is like arranging the line-up for Coachella in which Smashmouth is the most important act. I don’t mean this article to be another pile-up on Finn Jones, because when The Defenders leans into the fact that Danny Rand is THE WORST, it actually really works! Jones works great as the modern-day equivalent of Ralph Hinkley from The Greatest American Hero. A show about The Hand realizing they’ll never have an easier Iron Fist to defeat than this one might have been a funny show, one in which Luke Cage’s incredulous reaction to everything mystic and Jessica Jones drinking to stave off the stupidity could have brought much needed levity to an insanely dark world view. Instead, like most shows, The Defenders went darker rather than deeper, and Danny Rand sticks out like a sore thumb. His presence makes everything worse, and it’s a hole from which the show cannot ultimately recover.

Did you buy for a second that Matt Murdock died at the end?

Absolutely not, and that made everyone else’s weeping over him that much worse. It’s never good when the audience is smarter than the characters on the show. Sometimes characters don’t have all the pieces, and that’s fine, if they are on the right track. That makes something like Jessica’s sleuthing around the history of The Hand’s financial records interesting: She can throw a car, but also is often the most intuitive person in the room, and she doggedly pursues things that don’t add up. I get why people like Foggy would assume that Matt wouldn’t survive a building falling on him, but there are so little stakes in the MCU at this point (something hopefully that Infinity War finally changes) that the final battle under Midland’s offices felt like a delay rather than a finality.

What would have been a better iteration of The Defenders?

I’m thinking about Jessica, Claire, and Colleen kicking ass, taking names, and talking about how the men just argue all the time about stupid stuff.

What about Misty?

In my defense, The Defenders also forgot about Misty, relegating her to someone who is constantly three steps behind everyone else. That’s not the Misty from Luke Cage at all, and it made me consistently angry.

Was my «drink every time Matt Murdock withholds key information» game ill-advised?

I can only assume you’re reading this from the hospital, so yeah.

At any point did you root for Stick to just kill every member of The Defenders and be done with their whining?

The thought did cross my mind during the diner episode once or twice. Scott Glenn and Sigourney Weaver spun gold out of crap for the entire series, and dignified the show every time they were onscreen.

Hey did you notice how the show’s production design subtly emphasized a certain color for each individual hero early on?

Yes, as subtle as a sledgehammer. When the neon sign for Royal Dragon featured each color interwoven into its logo, I golf clapped.

On a serious note, each of the show’s distinctive looks, feels, editing patterns, and musical cues all eventually washed out into Rand-O-Vision in the back-half of the season, which especially hurt Cage’s presence and overall impact on the show. For all its faults, Luke Cage has one of the singular aesthetic visions of the MCU, and that got completely obliterated the second all four entered Midland Circle at the end of episode three.

But come on, isn’t the idea that New York City is literally held up by the bones of dragons kinda cool?

Or is it spoilers for the final season of Game Of Thrones? I ask, you decide.


The Reason Daenerys Believes She Is Barren Goes Back to Season 1

The following contains spoilers for Game of Thrones season seven.

Jon and Daenerys fans should be freaking out after «Beyond the Wall,» an episode of Game of Thrones that sees the Mother of Dragons flying North to save the guy who just keeps refusing to bend the knee to her. Everything changes by the time one of the queen’s children is killed by the Night King. Jon finally accepts Daenerys as his queen and the two make serious eyes at each other before she insists that he get some rest after his adventures in nearly freezing to death. Between their budding romance and Tyrion questioning the khaleesi about who will be next in line for the throne if she should die, «Beyond the Wall» is intent on reminding viewers that Daenerys cannot have children — at least, not human ones. The reason for this goes all the way back to season one.

Daenerys becomes pregnant during her marriage to Khal Drogo, and she and her husband believe their son is destined to be the Stallion Who Mounts the World. However, late in her pregnancy, Daenerys decides to put an end to the Dothraki’s practice of raping the women of the villages they conquer. In the process, she saves Mirri Maz Duur, a healer and proficient practitioner of blood magic. When one of Khal Drogo’s men challenges the khaleesi’s decision to take the women under her protection, her husband fights for her. He kills the man who opposes them, but ends up with a wound which only becomes worse under Mirri Maz Duur’s treatment.

Ultimately, the woman convinces Daenerys that the only way to save Khal Drogo is with a blood sacrifice. What she doesn’t tell Daenerys is that her son’s life will pay for her husband’s, and that he will still be left in a vegetative state. Mirri Maz Duur orchestrates the entire situation as an act of revenge because, as she reveals to Daenerys, she was raped three times before the khaleesi «rescued» her, and she witnessed her village and all of its people burn. She’s not content with taking Khal Drogo and Daenerys’s son, though. She also offers the khaleesi a prophecy as well, stating:

«When the sun rises in the west and sets in the east, when the seas go dry and mountains blow in the wind like leaves, when your womb quickens again and you bear a living child, then he will return, and not before.»

Because of the prophecy, Daenerys believes she is barren. That’s why she sees her dragons as her children and why Viserion’s death affects her so deeply. As far as she knows, she will never give birth again, and her only family is a trio of dragons who came out of the fire with her.

It should be noted that many fans believe the prophecy is open to interpretation. Reddit user kaiokenx4 lays out an interesting theory that posits Mirri Maz Duur is actually talking about the long Winter coming to an end. While Daenerys is asking about when Khal Drogo will return, the «him» Mirri Maz Duur may be referring to could be Azor Ahai. In other words, once Daenerys conceives and gives birth to a living child, the realm may be saved. (Adding fuel to this theory’s flame is Ser Jorah pointedly telling Jon he should pass Longclaw on to his children one day in the same episode that both Tyrion and Daenerys remind us that she will never have an heir.)

Prophecies are tricky things, and they should rarely be taken literally. As of right now, Daenerys believes she will never have another child, but she also believes she’s the last Targaryen, and she’s definitely wrong about that. She could be wrong about this, too, and if she is, then Tyrion’s fears about who will make sure the wheel stays broken after she’s gone could be a bit premature.

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Will There Be a Second Season of The Defenders? Here’s What We Know

Have you finished binge-watching The Defenders season one yet? If you did, and you’re now breathlessly awaiting the second season, you’re not alone. While Netflix has not officially greenlit season two as of yet, barring some kind of epic flop for the first season (which we don’t anticipate and which social media does not seem to be predicting), a Defenders season two seems like a no-brainer. Here’s what we know so far.

Of the four original stand-alone series upon which The Defenders is based, three have aired just one season. Only Daredevil has aired a second season. As of now, both Jessica Jones and Luke Cage have a second season currently in the works. In keeping with the timing of the original releases, Jessica Jones will be the second stand-alone to air a second season, followed by Luke Cage. Both are expected to be released in 2018.

Daredevil will also be releasing its third season in 2018, but before we get to any of those, the Punisher spinoff will air first. No release date has been announced, but it will premiere on Netflix before the end of 2017.

Iron Fist, the last of the stand-alones to be released, has also been renewed for a second season, though there is even less known about its potential release date than the other shows. Iron Fist received considerably lower critical ratings and a more negative fan reaction than its predecessors, a lot of which might have had to do with the fact that Marvel and Netflix were hurrying to complete its first season in order to get to The Defenders, so it’s not nearly as polished as the first seasons of the other stand-alones.

Still, Iron Fist scored a coveted renewal, which means filming time for a potential second season of The Defenders is going to be at a premium. We know that filming is underway for both Jessica Jones season two and Luke Cage season two, but the production company still has to juggle the filming schedules for Daredevil season three and Iron Fist season two.

Keeping all that in mind, we would wager that fans won’t see a Defenders season two until early 2019, but you never know.

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