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The Walking Dead – The King, The Widow & Rick Review

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So the sixth episode for the eighth season for The Walking Dead aired this week and it follows on after last week’s big Negan based episode. We now switch back to Rick and his group. Rick and his group continue on with the following of the main plot line for this season, which is their attack on Negan and The Saviours. Things are going well for Rick and his group, but it’s possible a few missteps could cost them everything they’ve worked for.

The start of the episode sees us with Rick who makes a speech about all the hard work he and his group have done and how they need to just push a little bit further to make it all worth it. We see a little bit of a preview for what the current situation is like at The Kingdom (it’s a disaster there) and a little of what’s going on with The Hilltop (Maggie’s in charge). But just before we see the show’s opening credits, we get to see what’s going on with Jadis and her group of garbage people. There’s some strange knocking, something’s wrong!

The Walking Dead – The King, The Widow & Rick Review

The Walking Dead – The King, The Widow & Rick Review

It some time before we get back to see what’s going on with Jadis. But when watching the episode we do learn that for some reason, Rick has gone to her to ask yet again for help. For some reason he’s willing to work with her again, even though she betrayed him, shot at him and worked against him and with Negan. I guess maybe Rick is light on numbers now, but really, he goes back to this woman? We watch Rick try to get a new deal and shows his photo’s of the Saviours being defeated, but he is rejected anyway. Later he’s put into the holding box and it was Rick that was banging on it at the start of this episode. Rick’s now captured and is hostage there. Will he get traded to Negan in return for something else? Will he get rescued by his own people? I have no idea, but it was silly to go to Jadis, she’s basically his enemy and is working with Negan. Rick’s opening speech at the beginning of the episode was one with a victory tone, was this really part of the plan?

Apart from Rick’s silly move, we do see a little from other characters as well this week. Carol is back at The Kingdom and as usual she is acting strong, even in light of what has just happened to her and the group she was with. Ezekiel is not so strong at the moment and is grieving just as much or maybe even more than the remaining members of his group. Ezekiel is struggling to find strength and it’s Carol who brings some of it back in him. I do wonder if this will lead to some positive development to the Ezekiel character, hopefully he becomes hardened after this episode.

Much of the episode does take place at The Hilltop which has a mini crisis at the moment due to all the captives that Jesus argues are unethical to kill. Although we know they’re all bad people because we hear them chat amongst themselves, there’s still the ethical question about it. Gregory who is a bit of a snake, tries to convince Maggie not to trust wolves with sheep, but that just ends up having him tossed in a makeshift prison with the rest of the group of captives (he did betray everyone after all, we saw it last week). I do wonder how Maggie will go with these captives and if she might have a crisis holding on to The Hilltop soon. Also will Gregory ever be able to redeem his character?

The Walking Dead – The King, The Widow & Rick Review

The Walking Dead – The King, The Widow & Rick Review

Some more of the episode has us focus in on Rosita and Michonne who decide they’ve had enough of taking it easy at Alexandria and decide to travel to where the action is together. They themselves get involved in the war rather easily as they encounter some of The Saviours trying to make a bunch of speakers play music so they can lure the walkers away from Negan’s compound, which will let him escape. These scenes are the biggest action scenes in the episode, with Rosita at one point blowing someone up with an RPG. Even so, somehow it looks like the villains will escape in the end, but Daryl from out of nowhere saves the day. It was good, but how in the world did he even get there to that place?

The episode spends some time with Carl and the new character Saddiq who Carl seems to want to help and bring into his group. I actually don’t find this storyline too interesting and feel that Saddiq’s dialogue is more suitable to someone Carl’s age. Saddiq is older than Carl, but he comes across to me as really stupid. Maybe other people like him, but I feel he’s wrongly cast or poorly written so far.

The Walking Dead – The King, The Widow & Rick Review

The Walking Dead – The King, The Widow & Rick Review

Overall this was an interesting episode. Rick seems to have made a mistake when he went to go see Jadis which will likely have massive consequences in the next episode. Everyone else seems to be following Rick’s plan and they’ve all gathered outside Negan’s compound together. With Maggie back at the Hilltop and Ezekiel in his Kingdom, I wonder what might happen next. I’m curious to see how the next episode plays out for Rick and his group, or maybe Negan will make a move. It should be an interesting one next week!

The Walking Dead airs at 1:30pm and 7:30pm on the FX channel on Foxtel every Monday

Bryan loves writing about movies, TV shows and games and tries his best to give a balanced and honest view in all his reviews or opinion pieces on Resident Entertainment.

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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.

Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude Review

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.

Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude Review

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.

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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.

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The Biggest Album Debuts of 2019: Updated Chart

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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.

NOTE:

  • 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

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ArtistAlbumFirst Week “Units”
Jonas BrothersHappiness Begins414,000
Ariana GrandeThank U, Next360,000
Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep313,000
Backstreet BoysDNA234,000
BTSMap of the Soul: Persona230,000
KhalidFree Spirit202,000
Juice WRLD

Tyler, the Creator

Death Race for Love

Igor

165,000 (1) (2)
Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride138,000
DJ KhaledFather of Asahd137,000

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