Please Note There Are Spoilers In Our Game Of Thrones Stormborn Review
Stormborn is the second episode of the seventh season of Game Of Thrones. Much of this episode focuses the audience on the leaders of the forces seeking to take or hold the Iron throne which controls all the kingdoms in the land. Characters who we have watched for years and have built up their positions with strong armies, seek to strengthen their force and their claim for the throne by joining forces and creating alliances.
As seen in last week’s episode, it seems a big thing for this season is alliances. Most major characters have large strong armies and tensions are high at the moment between them all.
Daenerys is the focus for much of the start of this week’s episode. As we saw last week, she is now back in her old home at Dragonstone. This is what the last episode was named after, a thing that actually I have to admit I missed somehow. This is the same location which we saw Stannis occupy for much of the time he was the King. It’s here with her allies that she plans her attack on Westeros so she can become the Queen for all people again.
I do find it a little strange with the scenes with Daenerys, for much of the time she is plotting her attack on the Lannisters, her primary adviser is a Lannister. While we all know that Tyrion has been quite helpful during his time there with her, do I really believe that he doesn’t have some type of play here? Surprisingly in the end of the episode he does recommend for Daenerys to go to the Lannister home and castle. Could they get smashed there? Could Tyrion somehow turn it around? I think Daenerys should really be careful going forward.
The big twist that happened at the end of this episode was that of the attack of Daenarys’ forces at sea. It seems that Euron Greyjoy who we saw only briefly last week, appears from out of nowhere with a massive fleet of ships and crushes all of Daenarys’ poor allies. With some of them captured, what in the world might happen to them? What tortures will they endure in future episodes I wonder?
It seems that in the face of defeat and with the possible loss of his sister Theon Greyjoy chose to flee. I am not sure why the writers want to keep this character alive at this point, unless it’s just for him to be a messenger to Daenerys and Tyrion. But honestly these bunch of characters aren’t really going anywhere.
I enjoyed watching the Lannisters in this episode. We didn’t see them get up to much except for Jamie discussing a new alliance and Cersei inspecting a massively oversized crossbow that would impress even Joffrey. I do want to note though that I did really admire both the Lannister costumes in this episode, those people are doing great work and those outfits really did stand out. The golden armor represented the characters well, I love those type of details.
We see a few small scenes with other characters such as Arya discovering Jon is the King of the North and deciding to go and see him. As well as Jorah struggling with his new disease and Sam doing some pretty disgusting things with him.
This was overall a better episode than last week’s. While it did jump around a fair bit between characters, the intensity was much less and I think it led to a better episode. It was a necessary one as it outlined most of the military movements, possibly for this whole season. I can see a variety of drama’s and plot points coming from the events here and a major complication for Daenerys now that a portion of her force has been defeated. Should she have listened to Tyrion?
Sea Of Solitude Review
Sea Of Solitude is a game which was developed by Jo-Mei Games and was published by Electronic Arts. It is available on PS4, Xbox One and PC via Origin. It is a single player third person adventure game. The game has the player control a character named Kay who explores an abandoned and flooded city.
This was a game which caught my eye only very recently when I first heard about its release. After watching the trailer, I thought the art style, strong colours and animations looked very interesting. Also as a person who went mad one day and subscribed to EA’s Origin Premiere late last year so that I could play some games I had missed out on over the years, I was pleased to see something new added to the store that wasn’t a typical Electronic Arts style major franchise game. Knowing I could get this one for free was enough to give it a go. But if you’re not part of that program to get it for free, I’d say that the $26.95 asking price for this digital title is certainly worth it.
The game isn’t too long, most hardened gamers will probably be able to finish this one in a single session, which I actually managed to do yesterday morning. I didn’t time myself, but I’d say to expect about 3 or so hours out of it, a bit more if you look around for collectables.
On the surface, Sea Of Solitude is about a young girl named Kay, who is searching through a city, which is for some reason flooded. You start the game all alone on a tiny boat, way out at sea on the water. You make your way to the city, where you find a monster clad in darkness is blocking your path. Through exploration and activating certain things, Kay brings light to an otherwise dark city.
Underneath the main plot though, is a game with strong messages and themes related to loneliness and relationships. Kay as a character is someone who has become lonely, isolated and quite depressed after issues with her family and her boyfriend. The game sends the player on a journey to free Kay and other characters from suffering from the effects of loneliness and related themes. What I didn’t expect this weekend, was to play a game which seemed to have the objective of tackling these mental health issues in this way and I never expected to play something this weekend from the gaming genre with such deep meaning to it.
In many ways, Sea Of Solitude reminded me of my experience with Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice which was also a game that focused on mental health issues and is still a game I hold in very high regard. Both of these games were experiences that I could not put down once I started playing as I just had to find out what was going to happen with my character. Games tackling these mental health themes and the issues involved are quite rare in this medium, so when an experience like this does come along, it’s very unique and interesting. The difference between Sea Of Solitude and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is that Sea of Solitude is a little lighter in tone and not the intense gruelling experience that Senua’s was. This makes a player’s time with Sea Of Solitude one that is peaceful to experience.
The art style in Sea Of Solitude is something I enjoyed looking at. The animations are very rounded, colours stand out on the screen and the use of blacks in contrast with visibly bright blues, whites and orange was what I loved the most. The music and also the voice acting, was soft and did fit in well with the tone of the game’s themes and art style. All together, visuals and audios seemed to be just right.
The gameplay in Sea Of Solitude is something I’d say is probably a little simple. It’s essentially a platforming game where you will jump, swim, drive a boat and shoot flares onto enemies. There aren’t any button combinations to learn or any level up systems. The game is accessible to people of most ages and even to people new to gaming could easily pick this one up and get through it.
Overall coming out of playing Sea Of Solitude, I was filled with positivity and happiness. The story is quite heavy when playing through it, but very warm in the end. The art style and animations are nice to see and the sound and voice acting was just right. I do like to see that the games industry can use the medium to tackle such heavy topics and release games like this which show how well this medium can tell a story and provide its audience with something of great meaning. I’m happy to recommend Sea Of Solitude for your gaming collection.
Stuber is a film which comes directed by Michael Dowse and stars Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani and Betty Gilpin. The film is an action comedy adventure about an Uber driver and a policeman who go on a wild ride together.
Going in to see Stuber I didn’t really know where to set my expectations. Knowing only that the film was a comedy, meant I went in for the lols and didn’t expect all that much from the story. But coming out of the film, I’m sorry to say, but it’s not really that great.
The film starts off okay and the opening scene features both Vic (Dave Bautista) and Sara (Karen Gillan) engaged in a dangerous shootout with some bad guys. Both are seriously injured and Vic loses his eyesight, which means he gets some urgent surgery. His eyes need time go recover, but as soon he’s able to walk he calls for an Uber and continues on with his police business, which is catching the bad guys who got away in the opening scene. This is where Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) comes in and the journey between this awkward duo begins.
I wish I could say that it was all good once the Uber ride began but it wasn’t. The film is only really mildly funny. Dave Bautista who I do really like in action films really isn’t great at comedy. Kumail Nanjiani basically was just screaming and yelling the whole time and talking about his Uber rating and reviews. I admit I did find some of the bad reviews he got from his previous customers in the film funny when they were shown, but that’s about it. Some of the jokes were also drawn out way too long. Dave Bautista’s character being blind was kind of funny in the first minute when you saw him trying to walk around without being able to see. But it’s only funny once and they did this joke over and over again almost all the way until the end!
In addition to this, for quite a bit of the film, I wondered if this was some sort of product placement or advertisement for Uber. There were so many mentions of Uber, Uber reviews and the difference between Uber products and services. What are we paying to watch here? Who cares about Uber!?
In the end I would suggest avoiding Stuber at the cinema this week and choosing literally any other film currently showing. After leaving this I instantly thought that Stuber needs to be on my list of worst movies of 2019 which I created just after seeing this and that says a lot because I was not compelled to make one after seeing X:Men Dark Phoenix.
The Biggest Album Debuts of 2019: Updated Chart
The Biggest Album Debuts of 2019 – Billboard has been publishing a list of the most popular albums in America every week since March 1956. They include the “equivalent album units” for the albums in the top ten. What’s not included is a way to view the biggest debuts for each year.
For anyone else who is curious, here is a chart that ranks the biggest album debuts of 2019.
- This only covers first-week album sales in America that debuted in the top ten on the Billboard 200 chart
- EPs are included in this list
- “Equivalent album units” factor in traditional album sales, concert ticket/merch bundles and streaming numbers
|Artist||Album||First Week “Units”|
|Jonas Brothers||Happiness Begins||414,000|
|Ariana Grande||Thank U, Next||360,000|
|Billie Eilish||When We All Fall Asleep||313,000|
|BTS||Map of the Soul: Persona||230,000|
Tyler, the Creator
|Death Race for Love|
|165,000 (1) (2)|
|Vampire Weekend||Father of the Bride||138,000|
|DJ Khaled||Father of Asahd||137,000|
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