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The ending of Star Wars Resistance feels like a paradox, finished and unfinished. So many opportunities have been untouched in the previous season, yet so much has unraveled in the finale that provides a closure that feels decisive and open-ended without being a cliffhanger. All the little humanities in the past bubble up into emotional highs in the finale “The Escape.”
Tam Ryvora Susie McGrath and Jace Rucklin Elijah Wood observe as the First Order lay waste on the Aeosians, who allied briefly with the Colossus in “The New World.” The genocide horrifies Tam but pleases Rucklin. Using her old comlink, Tam relays a coded message to Team Fireball back on the Colossus. Kaz Christopher Sean and Neeku Josh Brener decode it and surmise Tam wants to come home.Returning Home
Several strategic compromises and cautions enrich the diverse thought processes of each character. Kaz’s chipper self is happy to hone in on the hope that Tam wants to come back, but he has also grown up to exercise caution at the idea. Note how he runs an idea through Yeager and Captain Doza Jason Hightower rather than headlong make the decision for himself. Yeager Scott Lawrence is skeptical despite wanting Tam back. Despite being a reformed ex-Empire officer, Doza rejects the idea of rescuing a presumably defecting Tam because he reasonably knows the potential trap. Still, he hears Venisa Tasia Valenza out and lays his caveat that Yeager and Kaz must take a First Order shuttle.
Tam’s coded message mentions Neeku’s former pet “Bibo” which I hold as one of the best season one episodes due to its slice-of-life breeziness and brings forth nostalgia for Team Fireball to face. Resistance’s attention to setting accentuates emotions when Kaz and Yeager decide to meet Tam at the first racing ring Kaz crashed into. They discuss the good ole’ days, a stark reflection of the simplicity of life the First Order had stolen from them.Villain Intrigue
The villain stakes for Agent Tierny Sumalee Montano and Commander Pyre Liam McIntyre are set by the holo-appearance of Supreme Leader Kylo Ren voiced not by Adam Driver but Matthew Wood. His terrifying use of the Force feels like fan service, since this is the first time the terrifying potential of the Force is ever seen on Resistance, and stretches its internal logic other than Kel and Elia hinted to be Force-sensitive.
The First Order ends up ending itself. Tierny meets her thematic end where she submits to the institution that has pampered her and now left her to perish. Despite being weighed as hopeful, Jace sinks into irredeemable territory and he receives a “What comes around goes around” karma; Tam realizes that some people are worth leaving behind. These moments where the First Order self-sabotages suggest that perhaps it has undone...
“Outlander” has a history of breaking fans' hearts, but in terms of emotional drama “The Ballad of Roger Mac” is right up there. The Fraser family took a brutal beating as the crown pushed through the Battle of Alamance, but tragedy isn't done coming for this clan just yet. From a broken syringe and a major character’s death, to the fate of another lead being left in the air by the quiet, closing moments, there's plenty of uncertainty and unrest throughout this week’s hour.
As history predicted, the Red Coats easily overtook the rebels with their superior cavalry, but after Bree Sophie Skelton rode out to warn her parents and Roger Richard Rankin that Murtagh Duncan Lacroix and his men would inevitably fall, the family did their best to avoid war one more time. That meant Roger, who has struggled to find his place since deciding to stay in the past with his family, needed to put himself in danger and travel to the opposing camp in an attempt to call the Regulators off.
Unfortunately what makes Roger so likable in his own timeline — his logic, kindness and love — is exactly what men of the past are unable to reconcile in their own heads. He's a threat simply because he is different, and ultimately that's what endangered his life by the time the war kicked off. Despite Murtagh heeding his family's advice and trying to call off the men and save lives, honor was on the line and the farmers were all-in on the bloodshed. Still, things might have worked out for Roger anyhow had he managed to escape the camp, but then fate stepped in and brought him face-to-face with Morag MacKenzie Elysia Welch the woman he had saved on Bonnet's Ed Speleers ship.
When Morag's husband caught Roger hugging her a modern display of affection easily misconstrued here, he immediately turned violent, which was hard to watch emotionally for a number of reasons. Firstly Roger was trying to save the man's life and had offered a future for them at Fraser's Ridge, but secondly because it was that man who led Roger to being captured and — if the assumption at the end of the episode is correct — hanged.
There have been plenty of emotional moments throughout the history of the show, but Roger's potential death ranks right up there with the loss of Claire's Caitriona Balfe baby or Brianna's assault. Knowing his fate in the books and not knowing how the writers will follow that story makes it hard to write about here viewers who haven't read the books and don't want to know should be careful with their quick Google fingers, but even the fact that Roger could potentially be dead will sit heavily on Claire, Bree and Jamie Sam Heughan in the episodes to come. War is devastating; war involving family is next-level. Every decision...
EXCLUSIVE: In a highly competitive situation, New Regency Television International has won screen rights to hit BBC Sounds podcast The Missing Cryptoqueen.
The buzzed-about, eight-part podcast was downloaded 3.5 million times in four months last year and reached number one on the UK iTunes charts. The pod delves into the remarkable and ongoing saga of Bulgarian entrepreneur Dr. Ruja Ignatova who in 2014 launched a cryptocurrency called OneCoin. Ignatova set out to rival BitCoin, and hooked investors from 175 countries to the tune of $4 billion. But OneCoin was in fact an enormous scam fuelled by a multi-level marketing scheme. Ignatova disappeared in October 2017 and hasn't been seen since.
Ignatov’s brother recently pleaded guilty to several counts of fraud in a US court, while her American lawyer was found guilty of laundering $400 million of the money raised by OneCoin in the US.
New Regency, which we understand beat out a host of suitors including A24 and 20th Century TV, will produce the adaptation alongside executive producers and consultants, Jamie Bartlett and Georgia Catt, co-writers of the podcast.
The producer-financier is in talks with writers and directors with the intention of setting the project as a multi-episodic drama. Ed Rubin and Emma Broughton will run point for New Regency Television International, which launched in London early last year. This marks the international division’s first announced acquisition.
Rubin, Head of Television at New Regency said, “The Missing Cryptoqueen makes for compulsive listening, as each week the extraordinary details play out like the most gripping drama. Jamie and Georgia have also brilliantly captured a story about the dark side of rapid technological change, and how people can be duped on a massive scale — this is a cautionary tale that needed to be brought into mainstream consciousness. It's a world-traversing story of corruption, jeopardy and deception — and combined with the twists and turns, complex mystery and global reach of the scandal, we're excited to bring it to life on screen.”
Added New Regency Chairman, Yariv Milchan, “The Missing Cryptoqueen is the type of content that fits with New Regency's strategy to tell meaningful stories that showcase up and coming creative talent as well as the work of established artists.”
The podcast was commissioned by BBC Sounds and is part of a wider push into the podcast space by the broadcaster in recent years. Jason Phipps was the commissioning editor.
Author Bartlett’s TED talk ‘How the mysterious dark net is going mainstream’ has been viewed almost five million times. In 2017, he...
Jesse Eisenberg, best known for his roles in movies such as Zombieland and The Social Network, is staying quite busy these days. Much of the time, in recent years, that is spent on slightly smaller indie movies, which vary greatly in scope and genre. Case in point, Eisenberg is starring in not one, but two movies that are coming out on the same day this week in Resistance and Vivarium.
In the case of Resistance, directed by Jonathan Jakubowicz, Jesse Eisenberg portrays real-life mime Marcel Marceau who went on to become something of an unlikely hero during World War II, becoming a member of the French Resistance, which helped to save the lives of thousands of children. On the other side of the fence, we have Vivarium. Directed by Lorcan Finnegan, this contained sci-fi flick reteams him with his Art of Self-Defense co-star Imogen Poots and sees them as a couple looking to buy a house and they become trapped in the labyrinth of a development, forcing them to live in a suburban nightmare.
I recently had the good fortune of speaking with Jesse Eisenberg on behalf of both movies. It's actually the third time in a year I've spoken with the actor, a tradition I hope to see continue. We discussed their commonalities, what sets them apart, how the current coronavirus pandemic is influencing the way in which they will be viewed and much more.
Hey man, are you doing alright?
Jesse Eisenberg: Yeah! We're about to drive cross country in an RV.
Oh man. That's wild.
Jesse Eisenberg: It's pretty weird, yeah. So unbelievably surreal.
I don't know if you remember but I got to interview you twice in the last year. I got to talk to you for The Art of Self-Defense and Zombieland 2, so I guess we're making this something of a tradition when you have a new movie coming out.
Jesse Eisenberg: [laughs] That would be great! And hopefully this won't end, given the current pandemic.
Touching on that a little bit, we're here to talk about Resistance and Vivarium. You have two movies coming out on the same day at a time when people could really use a break from life. How does that feel for you? You mentioned the word surreal.
Jesse Eisenberg: Yeah. Also, you make these movies with a certain kind of intention and they end up coming out at a time that will necessarily affect the way they are viewed. Vivarium is this kind of claustrophobic fever dream of a movie about characters that are totally isolated who literally have no interaction with anybody besides themselves and their increasingly stir-crazy child. I think it will be filtered through the gaze of being stuck at home and quarantined now. And Resistance is this really beautiful, uplifting movie about a guy who is keeping these children entertained and distracted through a war. Again, I think it will be filtered through the lens of parents keeping their children occupied when they are not allowed to go outside or play with other...