Supergirl S1E6 - "Red Faced" Review

                                               


Tonight’s episode is called, “Red Faced”.  The episode begins with Kara intervening in a vehicle altercation. Before the two cars can hit an incoming flux of children, Supergirl stops them. However, she ends up (accidentally, of course) breaking one of the men’s arm. Maxwell Lord, after his “talk” with Supergirl last episode, takes it upon himself to publicly advocate for body cameras on Supergirl.

Cat’s mother is in town and this is something I’ve been looking forward to, personally. Within a second, you can already see how disapproving she is of Cat’s lifestyle. I do like that she echoed Kara’s sentiments about Supergirl being called Superwoman. Though, all of that was lessened slightly by her preferring a male superhero (she’s based in Metropolis).

We get some more story about Alex’s father. Remember in the Thanksgiving episode (damn airing episodes out of order…!) when we learned that Jeremiah Danvers worked for the DEO and Eliza believed Henshaw had something to do with it? Well, Alex wants to follow up on that by asking Winn to break into the DEO’s files to find out what really happened to him. After some prodding, he finally agrees.

Lucy’s father is in town and he’s one of those military guys who doesn’t like aliens. He needs Supergirl to help with the testing of a new machine. He lets slip that we have a female president. So you know, no freaking out or anything. Anyway, when Henshaw hesitates, Lucy shows up handing over an executive order. That was a tad shocking, and Kara looked none too pleased but she agreed.

We get our first introduction to Red Tornado, the robot that Supergirl will help test. 

Cat’s mother is a work of art, it has to be said. She’s incredibly condescending to her daughter, ignoring all of her very real achievements as well as the fact that she had canceled her evening just to spend time with her. At the last minute, her mother decides that an intimate night with a famous author is more important and cancels. I think it's her way of trying to be more important than she really is.

So Winn, Kara, James, and Lucy play charades and it’s obvious that James and Lucy are a good team. Lucy mentions meeting Supergirl and not being impressed. Getting the sense that this episode’s theme is about emotions and how to control them, which Kara is struggling with. So, Supergirl and Red Tornado have their fight and while the robot seems to get some good shots in early, it really wasn’t much of a fight for Supergirl. However, all her pent up anger releases onto the robot and it eventually flees, in stealth mode. Now it’s free to mess up National City and General Lane blames Supergirl, because that’s what they all do.

Marrow, the creator of the Red Tornado, is subsequently fired (somehow, I have a feeling General Lane is going to regret that). Cat, who I think lashes out on everyone else because of the way her mother treats her, starts belittling Kara as usual. Kara has been seething most of the episode and it was only a matter of time before she blow up at Cat. Well, tonight she finally did it. Cat, reacted differently than I or Kara expected. She didn’t seem angry.

Alex, meanwhile, goes to Maxwell Lord to try and get his help in finding the missing Red Tornado. He refuses. James, Lucy, and General Lane are all out to dinner. It’s very tense. When Lucy leaves for the restroom, we get down to the bottom of the hostility. James believes it has to do with him knowing “aliens”, but the truth is, General Lane doesn’t think James is good enough for his daughter. He refers to him as a “glorified paparazzo”.

Elsewhere, we find out where Kara and Cat went to: a bar. Cat, in her on unique way, is more of a mentor to Kara than anyone else on the show. She’s sort of Kara’s moral compass, even if she can’t see it. Kara wasn’t really angry at Cat; she’s been angry the whole episode.

Red Tornado makes its appearance and starts attacking civilians, Lucy being one of them. General Lane foolishly believes he can get Red Tornado to stand down. Luckily, James had more sense and alerted Supergirl who arrived in the nick of time. Red Tornado unleashes a real tornado on National City. Supergirl saves the day by spinning fast enough to stop it. However, Red Tornado gets away. Supergirl thinks that it learned from the last time they fought and knew she would chose to save the people as opposed to fighting it.

It turns out, the Red Tornado was designed purely to fight Kryptonians. I don’t like General Lane, by the way. So, Maxwell Lord, who totally has a thing for Alex, decides he does want to help after all. Alex lets it slip about her father’s death, but covers it up nicely. Lord tells her that Red Tornado wasn’t acting alone; there was a GPS on the arm she had shown him. Basically, like I said earlier. Marrow, the creator, is the one they need to go after.

Cat had suggested that Kara release her anger somehow, and she finally figures out a way. James joins her. They have a nice little conversation about sexism and racism. It’s those little things that Supergirl manages to write into each episode that really makes it worth watching. Both Kara and James are boxing. James, with a boxing bag and Kara with a car (cute). We finally get to the bottom of what’s making Kara so angry. She wants a normal life and seeing James and Lucy together forces her to come to the realization that it’s not going to happen. This is a really good scene for Kara’s character. We’re seeing the woman behind the suit, behind the dorky glasses and smile. We’re really getting to the bottom of her and I’m so glad that the series didn’t waste time.

Alex finds Marrow and it turns out that the only way to stop Red Tornado is to kill him. After a nasty fight, Alex kills Marrow, but the Red Tornado no longer needs Marrow; it’s sentient. Kara channels all the anger that she feels (at her parents for making her leave) and users her laser eyes to destroy Red Tornado. Oh, what an amazing scene. The music really did wonders!

After some digging, Winn is able to find out a little of what happened to Alex’s father. There was an issue with an alien and Henshaw and Jeremiah were MIA and presumed dead until Henshaw returned and claimed he had no idea what happened. However, he was the one who deleted the files and now Alex is determined to find out the truth.

Meanwhile, Cat’s mother is on her way out and talks down to Kara, to which Cat takes great offense. She finally calls her mother out on her BS, and Kara speechless, but happy. Kara cuts herself and starts bleeding; she’s normal, just like she wanted. But I have a feeling it’s going to come at a price if next week’s previews are anything to go by.

Supergirl airs Mondays at 8pm Eastern Standard Time.



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Eneda Tarifa to represent Albania at 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm

Eurovision fans, you have your first song! Though some other countries had already announced their acts to compete at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, none had selected a song till now. Eneda Tarifa was crowned the victor for Albania at the 54th Festivali i Këngës with her song "Përrallë", which translates to "Fairytale". Though many critics and fans wrote off the song when going through the studio versions of the Albanian national selection entries, Tarifa truly made the song come alive with her powerful live vocals and raw emotionality. Even with the language barrier for non-Albanian-speakers tuning in to the show, there was something truly gripping about her performance. The song would greatly benefit from a re-vamp to modernise and energise it further. Some may even be suspicious as to whether or not the song will end up at Eurovision at all, given the fact that Elhaida Dani (the 2015 Albanian Eurovision act) made a song-switch when making the move from Festivali i Këngës to Eurovision. But for the time being, it appears as though this will be the song to represent Albania in Stockholm, though Tarifa herself has already stated that the song will be changed to English first. See Eneda Tarifa's winning performance below and share your thoughts in the comments!


It has yet to be announced which semi-final Tarifa will compete in for a spot at the Eurovision finals.

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Supergirl S1E5 - "How Does She Do It?" Review

                                                


In a turn of events, Supergirl is airing the episode originally slated for last week, this week. “How Does She Do It?” is title of this week’s episode and it focuses on Kara’s need to have it all. A spy drone stop’s Kara’s flight around the city and at first, she thinks it’s the DEO, but I suspect it could be Maxwell Lord, because, “previously on”. Kara and Alex are suspicious of Henshaw, but Alex believes he’s trustworthy.

Cat won a prestigious award (beating out Lois Lane for the first time apparently) and needs someone to watch her son, to which Kara volunteers. Meanwhile, James and Lucy are becoming reacquainted and it’s obvious that things didn’t end smoothly between the two. Lucy is still invested in the relationship, but I’m getting the feeling that James has moved on (and considering last week’s episode takes place AFTER this one, the feeling won’t change much). He’s totally into Kara and Kara is totally into him. And, it’s totally adorable. (I like Lucy, however, so I really don’t want this to be a love triangle thing).

While James and Kara are having a conversation, something interrupts them. Kara uses her X-Ray vision to see that it was a bomb. She uses her abilities to diffuse the situation. Back at the DEO, the team is trying to figure out who planted the bomb. Alex discovers that both the bomb and the spy drone from earlier came from the same place: Lord Technologies. And who’s the head of Lord Technologies? Maxwell Lord, of course! See, I was right! Henshaw and Alex pay Lord a visit (posing as the FBI) and he insists he had nothing to do with the bombing…of his own lab (it was a subsidiary or something).

Alex and Kara have an awesome sister moment where they talk about James and Friendzoning, but Cat calls Kara reminding her about her son, Carter. Kara rushes to the school just in time to pick up Carter. Carter is terribly shy, but lights up at news of Supergirl. It’s very endearing to see a young boy take an interest in a female superhero, without sexualizing her. He truly seems to idolize her. Kara and James have a “moment”; seems she’s trying to take her sister’s advice.

Lord and Alex are sort of having a moment? I thought he and Cat had some history, but I’m feeling something between these two as they feel each other out. Lord is not a trusting man, and Alex is a damn good liar. There’s another bomb in Lord Technologies and Lord tries to disarm it, but fails. Alex calls in Supergirl and she manages to get the bomb away from the city. Kara wakes up at the DEO and it looks like Henshaw’s red eyes glow again (what does it all mean Basil?!), but when she’s fully awake, he seems normal. It looks like they find the perpetrator, Ethan Knox, a former Lord Technologies employee. Kara wants to take care of everything, but Alex believes she’s spreading herself too thin.

While getting Carter something to eat, Kara runs into Lucy. They have a very good conversation. It’s not claws or anything. Lucy thinks James might be into Supergirl because he prioritized Superman over her. In her mind, he left the relationship well before she ever did. Lucy might be beautiful and seemingly has it all but she’s incredibly insecure when it comes to Supergirl. This was the interaction I was anticipating and I really loved how they handled it. Lucy seems to like Kara and Kara has no ill-will towards Lucy. Anyway, Kara relays all this to James who insists he’s moved on and doesn’t want to go back. Lucy comes back and says her goodbyes, but not before kissing James. Um, so while I think James and Kara have made chemistry, I’m also kind of liking the dynamic between Lucy and James. And I like that Lucy said she liked Kara.

Carter left his mother’s office to go to Lord’s unveiling of his super train. There was supposed to be a bomb at this event, but the DEO discovered a bomb at the airport. Who’s at the airport? Lucy. James rushes there. Ethan Knox IS the bomb, literally. Carter is now on the train, along with Maxwell Lord. Apparently there are two bombs. Kara decides to stick with the train, leaving the DEO to deal with the airport.

James manages to find Lucy and the two have a cute moment at the airport. (ASIDE: Lord has an airport named after him. END ASIDE) Henshaw and Alex find the bomb and when Alex realizes she can’t disarm it, Henshaw orders her to leave. He uses his red laser eyes to stop it and that’s the real reason he wants her not to be there. Shifty, but as long as it gets the job done, right? The real bomb is still on the train.

Knox and Kara have a talk, but in the end, Knox decides to go ahead and activate the bomb, forcing Kara to save the rest of the passengers. Knox blows himself up (though he seems sad...more on that later). The day is saved, Kara learns some things about “having it all” that should help her when it comes to being Supergirl and just being Kara. Lucy and James seem to have made up.

Kara realizes that it was in fact Lord who set up the entire turn of events, to test Supergirl. He forced Knox to plant the bombs in exchange for taking care of his daughter. His endgame seems to be to find out who she really is. Once she decided to save a few hundred people on the train versus thousands at the airport, it was obvious that there was someone (Carter) on that train who meant something to her. I’m really liking this turn of events, I have to admit.

Both Lord and Henshaw are kind of shifty, and I really have no idea where the show is going with both characters. Even though she’s only appeared in a few episodes, the Lucy Lane character has grown on me. I’m sincerely hoping they just make her a series regular for “reasons”.

Supergirl airs Mondays at 8pm Eastern Standard Time.

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Action-Packed Thrill Ride, THE TRANSPORTER REFUELED Arrives on Blu-ray & DVD December 8!‏

THIS WINTER, THE MISSION GETS PERSONAL

From The Producers of The TAKEN Trilogy, The Action-Packed Thrill Ride Arrives on Digital HD™ December 1 and on Blu-ray™ & DVD December 8

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (November 17, 2015) – Grab your keys and enjoy the ride. 
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and EuropaCorp present nonstop excitement behind the wheel when THE TRANSPORTER REFUELED races onto Digital HD™ December 1 and Blu-ray™ & DVD December 8.  From Producer Luc Besson (Taken franchise) and Director Camille Delamarre (Brick Mansions), this action-packed adventure has an incredible need for speed!
 
Frank Martin (Ed Skrein) is the best driver money can buy, willing to deliver anything for a price. But when his father (Ray Stevenson) is kidnapped by a gorgeous gang of thieves, Frank must shift his skills into overdrive to rescue him. Loaded with nonstop action and excitement, THE TRANSPORTER REFUELED is a turbo-charged thrill ride full of hairpin twists and dangerous curves!
 
The Blu-ray comes loaded with special features including a special profile on Frank Martin and Ed Skrein’s transformation into a fighting machine, a featurette on the women of
THE TRANSPORTER REFUELED and a look at the impressive Audi S8 and how the crew executed adrenaline-filled spins on the road.

THE TRANSPORTER REFUELED Special Features
  • Frank Martin: The Reluctant Hero
  • The Coeur Brise: Les Femmes of Refueled (Blu-ray Only)
  • Rocketing from 0-60 (Blu-ray Only)
 
THE TRANSPORTER REFUELED Blu-ray & Digital HD Combo Pack
Street Date:                  December 8, 2015
Prebook Date:              November 4, 2015
Screen Format:            Widescreen 2.39:1
Audio:                           5.1 DTS-HD-MA
Subtitles:                      English SDH / Spanish
Total Running Time:    96 minutes
U.S. Rating:                  PG-13
Closed Captioned:        Yes
 
THE TRANSPORTER REFUELED DVD
Street Date:                  December 8, 2015
Prebook Date:              November 4, 2015
Screen Format:             Widescreen 2.39:1
Audio:                           5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles:                      English SDH / Spanish
Total Running Time:     96 minutes
U.S. Rating:                  PG-13
Closed Captioned:        Yes
 
 
ABOUT TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC (TCFHE) is the industry leading worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox produced, acquired and third party partner film and television programing. Each year TCFHE expands its award-winning global product portfolio with the introduction of new entertainment content through established and emerging formats including DVD, Blu-ray™, Digital HD and VOD. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is a subsidiary of 20th Century Fox, a 21st Century Fox Company.

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SVT Announces Mega-Host Lineup for Melodifestivalen 2016


Today, after much speculation and tightly-wound anticipation, SVT finally announced who would be hosting Melodifestivalen 2016. Though reports had surfaced some time ago that Gina Dirawi would be the host of the show, this only proved to be partially true.

Gina Dirawi

Though Gina Dirawi will indeed be present as host for all six weeks of Melodifestivalen 2016, she will have at least one co-host present with her for each of the shows. After hosting in both 2012 and 2013 to rave reviews, Gina will be joined in Göteborg for semi-final 1 by Petra Mede, who has previously single-handedly hosted the contest in 2009, the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013, as well as co-hosted the Eurovision Greatest Hits concert with Graham Norton in London earlier this year.

Petra Mede

Dirawi will host semi-final 2 in Malmö alongside Charlotte Perrelli, who has made appearances as a Melodifestivalen co-host in 2003 for one semi-final and again in 2004 for the entire contest's duration. Perrelli is more famously known for her Melodifestivalen victories in 1999 ("Tusen och en natt"/"Take Me to Your Heaven") and 2008 ("Hero"), the former of which resulted in a Eurovision victory, as well as an infamous return to the contest in 2012 ("The Girl") that saw her crash out in a mere 5th-place semi-final finish. But perhaps this return to the Melodifestivalen stage can be a cleansing of sorts.

Charlotte Perrelli

Semi-final 3 will take place in Norrköping, hosted by Dirawi and Henrik Schyffert, whose only experience with Melodifestivalen appears to be an interval bit back in 2005. Comedian, actor, and musician are among some of the titles listed for Schyffert but as Melodifestivalen has evolved quite a bit in the last decade, we will simply have to wait and see what he brings to his co-host position.

Henrik Schyffert

The Queen is back! Semi-final 4 in Gävle will see the triumphant return of Sarah Dawn Finer, whom fans have been clamouring for at every opportunity. As Dirawi and Finer have previously co-hosted together in 2012 and were immaculate from start to finish, there is little doubt that this semi will be the one to watch. We won't include any patronising 'what-ifs' about whether or not Sarah Dawn Finer's beloved character Lyndra Woodruff will be back. If it's not broken, it won't get fixed. There is no conceivable way she will be left out of the show.

Sarah Dawn Finer

This year's Andra Chansen (Second Chance) round will take place in Halmstad, where Dirawi will have not one but two co-hosts. (Musical) theatre veteran Peter Jöback, who previously competed in Melodifestivalen 2010 ("Hollow"), and Ola Salo, lead singer of glam-rock band The Ark who won Melodifestivalen 2007 ("The Worrying Kind") will both act as co-hosts.

Peter Jöback
Ola Salo

Finally, and perhaps most surprising of all, we reach the Melodifestivalen finale. A massive show in an equally massive venue, Friends Arena, will have Dirawi and even-younger talent William Spetz running the show. It's rather fitting that Dirawi should be the one to usher Spetz on board, as both have found their starts by blogging and posting videos on YouTube. Spetz is relatively unknown to international viewers, unless they're particularly avid consumers of Swedish media content. But the fact that Spetz has received the most daunting show of all makes us think that he has a great deal to offer. Spetz may very well be the perfect person to usher in a new age of Melodifestivalen. He has great potential to offer representation to a more diverse audience that has been sorely underrepresented throughout the show's run.

William Spetz

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Supergirl S1E4 - "LiveWire" Review

                                             

After the recent events this past weekend, CBS made the decision to bump up a Thanksgiving themed episode of "Supergirl" instead of a bomb-related one. Personally, I feel this was a bad move (all they needed to do was place a disclaimer ahead of the episode), but I can understand why the channel felt the need to make this decision. So now we start with an episode that was originally slated to air next week, called, “Livewire”. Any chances this messed with continuity? I'm still not sure if I should call this episode 4 or 5. For everyone's sake, I'm gonna just call it 4.

The episode begins with an escaped convict/alien taking on the DEO. Supergirl shows up and takes on the alien. All in a day’s work for Supergirl. Now she has to deal with the home-front and a panicked Alex, who is preparing for their mother’s visit. If she is angry with Kara about coming out to the world, she doesn’t show it initially.

We are introduced to a radio show (yes…radio…) called LiveWire, where the host, named Leslie, trashes Supergirl in every possible way, whether it’s her personality or manner of dress. This comes back to bite her, as Cat makes it clear that her brand of negativity is bad for business. In other words, Supergirl is off the table. The two get into a heated exchange. Something tells me we’ll be seeing more of her later. Lucy Lane makes another appearance, as it appears both she and James have rekindled their relationship. (Although…it looks like James would rather be spending time with Kara…)

After having been transferred to traffic, Leslie finds herself in a dangerous situation as the helicopter begins losing power due to the bad weather. Supergirl to the rescue! While she was able to save the pilot, Leslie is not so lucky; she is struck by lightning. While in the hospital, Cat moans about wanting to leave and although she acts like she doesn’t care about Leslie’s condition, it’s evident, after Kara leaves, that she does. Leslie, it turns out, isn’t as comatose as we were lead to believe.

Back at home, Mama Danvers, is upset at Alex for letting Kara put on the cape. She blames her for not keeping her safe. We get a flashback to the Danvers clan, and a young Alex and Kara, where the latter takes her sister flying.

For some reason, Leslie left the hospital, with a new hairdo and attitude. She now has abilities and tests them out on a creep. I’m sure we know how this one ends.

The dinner at Kara’s is awkward and tense, to say the least. But James calls and though brief, his conversation with Kara was adorable. I’m telling you; they have amazing chemistry. Anyway, Alex finally comes clean to Eliza about what she really does for a living. It doesn’t go over well. At.all. Kara wants to know why Eliza is always so hard on Alex. Before she can answer, we’re treated to another flashback. The girls were discovered by their parents. They get a scolding, but not before a knock appears on the door. It’s none other than Henshaw on behalf of the DEO.

In the present, Kara is at CatCo, having to deal with a last minute crisis. The power is out and it’s pretty evident who the perpetrator is. Leslie, now calling herself Live Wire, is on a mission to take out Cat. Leslie and Supergirl duke it out, while Cat tries to escape. Live Wire effectively shut down all the power in National City, so now everyone is celebrating Thanksgiving without power. Henshaw, posing as an FBI agent, figures out how Leslie was able to gain abilities. It was due to Kara’s Kryptonian DNA.

What I love about this show is how it peels back the layers of characters that, on a lesser show, could be one-dimensional. I love what they’re doing with Cat Grant. In the pilot, you get a sense that the “Devil Wears Prada” stereotype was all there was to this character. But in this episode alone, we learn that Cat was married once, has a child, and has a very difficult relationship with her mother. She isn’t satisfied with herself and she blames it on her own upbringing. When Kara tells her that her own parents died, Cat is visibly shaken. Perhaps she’s finally learning that Kara is more than just a minion. Cat blames herself for Live Wire.

Alex returns to Kara’s, where she confronts Eliza. With Kara, Eliza felt she had no choice but to accept her. But she pushed Alex because she wanted her to be better. It echoes slightly what Cat was saying about her own mother. I live for these moments, if you haven’t realized by now.

Cat confronts Supergirl, wanting to deal with Live Wire, once and for all. It is a partnership she’s proposing. Henshaw and the DEO have found a tool that can contain her. As promised, Cat draws Leslie out. They meet back where it all began for the two of them, but Supergirl is now invited to the party and the two have a rematch, with Leslie adopting new techniques. But, water is no match for electricity and Supergirl gets the upper-hand.

Winn sort of tells Kara how he feels about her (I’m not entirely sold on his character being in love with her) and she immediately bolts to James and Lucy. James, by the way, is totally into Kara, even if he’s back with Lucy. I like Lucy. I’m hoping she and Kara get to do something together. Soon. Also, the walls between Cat and Kara are breaking. I think the events with Leslie, as well as Cat learning about Kara’s parents’ deaths really changed how she talks to Kara. I like how this relationship is blossoming. Cat is becoming like a mentor to Kara, as well as Supergirl. More of that please.

Eliza had been wanting to tell the girls something for a long time. She knew about the DEO and apparently, Jeremiah Danvers worked for them. The deal was, he would give them his work and knowledge about Superman while Kara remained off limits. Eliza doesn’t believe he died in a plane crash either. She reveals that he died for the DEO and he was working with Henshaw, which makes the girls nervous as he’s their boss. They’re determined now to find out what happened to their father. ASIDE: The DEO has a pipeline (a place where they house all the bad guys they catch), much similar to the one used on The Flash. END ASIDE.

While I hate that this episode was aired a week early and I have no idea if they’re ever going to show the one that was supposed to come before it, I will say that a lot of character relationships were strengthened. This was also the first episode that didn’t make liberal use of Superman, which I know for some viewers is a welcome change.

Supergirl airs Mondays at 8pm Eastern Standard Time on CBS.


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Taryn Manning and Ryan Skyy Team Up for Lady Gaga Remix



Lady Gaga made quite the impact with the release of her single, "Till It Happens To You", a raw and powerful ballad with a lyrical narrative that speaks on the epidemic of sexual assault and rape. The song was co-written with famed songwriter Dianne Warren for the 2015 documentary film, "The Hunting Ground" and made even greater waves online with the release of a music video also designed to raise awareness of the assault that runs rampant on university campuses.

While "Till It Happens To You" is now receiving Oscar-buzz, actress and musician Taryn Manning has teamed up with DJ and producer Ryan Skyy to release a remix worthy of such a gripping song. Taryn Manning is also known for her performance on Netflix's smash-hit series, "Orange Is The New Black" and her character Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggett recently experienced a character arc in season three highly relevant to this song. Now more than ever, women content creators are charging forward to put out content that raises awareness about important social issues such as rape culture and sexual assault.

Though dance music and dance remixes are often associated with clubbing and general merriment, this remix has deep house influences that allow the song to maintain its grit. When asked about their remix, Manning and Skyy shared the following statement:

"When Diane Warren's team asked us to remix this track for her and Gaga we jumped on it, because the message in the song is so powerful, and we wanted to give this sorrowful story more strength through our production but also keep it fresh and raw." 

They also answered a few of our questions regarding the song and their collaboration.

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How did this collaboration come about? How did your creative processes work with each other?

"Taryn and I were friends before working together musically but always felt like we were creative kindred spirits, and just waited for the right project to come along that made sense to jump in together. When this Gaga track came along the powerful message behind the song really moved us. We wanted to get behind this movement and also give the world a more hopeful take through our production. We felt like their was a large, universal connection that people can have to this song and that it not only applies to the very serious issues of rape that are portrayed in the movie the song was written for, but also that it could apply to so many other situations where tolerance and understanding are needed." -Ryan

"The message in the song is powerful, for it leaves it up to the listeners imagination. Lady Gaga has inspired both of us and she sounds so amazing. We wanted to get this sorrowful story more strength in our production but also were aware to keep it feeling fresh." -Taryn

As dance music is often associated with clubbing, how did this influence your approach to remixing a song with such a heavy narrative?

"Taryn and I felt that if we let the vocals shine and developed music in our remix that expanded upon the story and brought in fresh unique elements, that it would naturally shy away from being a "clubbing" record and instead become something more meaningful. We chose to incorporate elements of future house and some gritty dubstep sounds to create something that was unique to us." -Ryan

"Ryan and I set to do something that was dark but also displayed Gaga's insane vocal talent and her theatrical approach and make it cool enough for a pool party but still sullen enough as to respect the victims of such an act and make sure we did it with care. It's pretty sick! We are super proud!" - Taryn

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Stream the song here:



Download the song here: http://smarturl.it/4ud7id

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Supergirl S1E3 - "Fight or Flight" Review

                                                



This is the third episode of Supergirl, called “Fight or Flight”. It takes off right where last week’s episode started, which I was worried about. I hate when an episode ends on something of a cliffhanger and then glosses over it. Anyway, Cat gets right into some questions, and Kara does her best to ensure that her boss can’t see her face. She lets slip that Superman is her cousin after Cat asks a slightly sexist question (the show appears far more comfortable actually calling him Superman now!).

Alex is concerned that Kara is telling too many people about her other identity. No sooner does Alex express her concerns that a breaking news story interrupts their conversation. Cat took it upon herself to use Kara’s slip about her relation to Superman in order to create headlines. We soon get our first glimpse at the big bad, Reactron, a Superman villain. He makes his presence known pretty quickly, after Kara saves the day after a pile-up.

The DEO is unable to act because whoever Reactron is, he’s human and out of their jurisdiction. While Cat is busy writing that Supergirl article, Winn takes it upon himself to find the trio (Kara, James, and Winn) a new office for all their heroic deeds. While all this is going on, James sort of lets it slip Superman’s identity to Winn. Kara and Winn want to take on Reactron, but James stresses caution, as even Superman couldn’t best him.

I think the theme of this episode is Kara trying to be her own woman without Superman and what kind of hero she wants to be. She doesn’t want to ask for help from Superman. In the meantime, we get to see more of Maxwell Lord, who you’ll remember made his first appearance last episode chastising Supergirl. Here, he’s in his building letting his workers know that he’s the superior mind in the room. Reactron, however, has other ideas and infiltrates Lord’s company (aptly titled Lord Technologies). His suit has failed (thanks to Supergirl) and he needs more nuclear power. Lord offers his assistance.

With Alex’s help, Team Supergirl (I don’t have a better name at the moment) manages to identify Reactron as well as his reasoning for hating Superman (his failure to save his wife, you know, typical comic book tropes). The dynamic between Cat and Kara is always fun to see and the scene where Kara is reading back Cat’s article (about her) is interesting. You see the generation gap in full display here. Everything the older generations say about “millennials”, a term I despise, is in full fashion. Some of it I agree with, I have to admit. I don’t know if Cat likes or hates Supergirl. Or maybe she’s just about generating money for her company.

Kara is determined to take on Reactron alone, without her cousin’s help. Kara’s attempts to talk to Reactron fall on deaf ears, but she does manage to free Maxwell Lord. The two duke it out for a while, but Reactron gets the upper hand. As she’s about to pass out, a familiar figure (Superman?!) comes to her aid and Reactron quickly flees. Kara wakes up in her apartment and we see a press conference with Maxwell Lord praising Superman and not Supergirl, the one who actually saved his life. The nerve!

Turns out, Superman knew about Reactron because James (still resisting the urge to call him Jimmy) told him. Kara is naturally upset about this, feeling as though this was her battle, her mistakes. If Superman didn’t have a get out of jail card, she shouldn’t either. It only further proves Cat’s point, that she would call her cousin any time the situation got too difficult. Kara and James get into something of an argument, as she believes he doesn’t have faith in her. He tries to tell her otherwise, but the damage is seemingly done.

So, we’re at the party event thing that Cat had planned earlier in the episode for her article on Supergirl. Maxwell Lord is there and I’m getting the sense that he and Cat have some kind of history. Or perhaps they just run in the same circles. Whatever it is, I like it and demand more of it!

Okay, so remember last episode when Henshaw’s eyes glowed red? Well, they did that again tonight and he muttered Alex’s name. She fessed up to helping Kara try and stop Reactron and he goes along with it, which only makes me wonder what he’s really up to.

James and Kara have amazing chemistry. If you don’t believe me, then please (re)watch the scene where they confront each other after their big blow up. I like how vulnerable James is here; he admits that Superman was a safety crutch for him and pushing that button has become like a reflex. While the two of them are having a good moment, Reactron decides that this is the time to come in and bust up the party, demanding Supergirl show herself.

But guess what? James (calling himself Jimmy, huzzah!) decides to distract Reactron in a surprising turn of events. Alex and Henshaw discover a way to stop Reactron by neutralizing his suit with lead. It works. Kara was able to do what Superman couldn’t because she has a team by her side.

After all is said and done, we get our first introduction to Lucy Lane (Jenna Dewan Tatum), younger sister to Lois and ex to James (heavily implied, never said). While Kara is busy being dejected, she talks to her cousin via chat message or whatever that’s supposed to be. Clark likes emoticons. And he still calls James, Jimmy. Kara started the episode wanting to be her own woman and she ends the episode having defeated a villain Superman couldn’t defeat. I like that Clark is proud of her.

Supergirl is really starting to find its groove. The characters are all jelling together and the stories are intertwined. I was afraid that it would be just a procedural without much mythology but I’m pleased to have been proven wrong. I sort of wish they’d cast someone to play Clark Kent/Superman, however. Maybe next season?


Supergirl airs Mondays at 8pm Eastern Standard Time on CBS.

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Sleepy Hollow S3E6 - "This Red Lady from Caribee" Recap


Pandora summons a new big-bad for our Witnesses to face off against. This latest foe is a woman comprised of mystical bees/wasps that has a sting that will induce madness in the victim to the point of death. Abbie and Crane must work together and use the intel from Betsy Ross and Grace Dixon's past encounters with these monsters. But the pressure gets turned up when Abbie's boss Daniel gets stung and starts badgering Abbie to reveal secrets about Jenny and Joe's involvement with his case as well as who Crane really is.

Joe has a sit-down with Atticus Nevins, who is every bit as insidious as what Headless should have been. But while Joe is handing over the shard, Abbie and Ichabod are finally able to track down Pandora's lair where they use the similar method of how to kill bees (destroy the hive) to take down the wasp big-bad. But it's too late; Pandora has all the fear she has been seeking. The tree opens up and closes once more after Pandora has entered into it.

Ichabod has a re-do date with Zoe after their first one didn't go over well. It's the least interesting bit of this episode so we'll spare you the details. He and Abbie later ponder where Pandora might have gone and Ichabod poses that perhaps it was the entrance to the underworld. They know that it's only a matter of time before she returns and have concerns over what she will bring with her. But Abbie is more than ready to take her on, and Ichabod is inspired by her passion.

Finally, Jenny is shown to be exhibiting strange glowing as she dreams of visions related to the shard, which Atticus Nevins had handed over to her personally.

Sleepy Hollow airs on Thursdays on FOX at 9PM.

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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S3E6 - "Among Us Hide..." Recap


Unsurprisingly, Andrew Garner isn't dead. Hunter is reprimanded for his rash behaviour on the mission to apprehend Ward so Bobbi is assigned to take his place. After Garner relays what happened with Strucker, who fled the scene after attacking him, Bobbi and May work on tracking him down. They head to the Cayman Islands in order to track a Hydra account being used by Ward's rebuilt Hydra hive. They accidentally set off an alarm and after Bobbi's attempts to fake a cover-story are unsuccessful, she and May have to fight their way out.

Coulson goes to visit the ATCU facility that Daisy and Mack were never able to make it to. Daisy, Mack, and Hunter work on a theory that Price's right-hand man Banks may be the human alter-ego of Lash. After tracking Banks down, Hunter goes rouge, knocks him out, and the three of them steal some of his blood before sneaking a camera into the building that he was heading towards before being knocked out.

Daisy and her team determine from Banks' blood is not an Inhuman. They then see through a surveillance feed that Coulson is at the ATCU facility and he is observing a captured Inhuman arrive there in suspended animation. Daisy becomes even more determined that they will not work with the ATCU. But Price reveals to Coulson that the reason she wants to "cure" the Inhumans is because she was unable to save her husband from dying of cancer.

May and Bobbi are able to track Stucker down to the apartment of Gideon Malick, whom Strucker had sought refuge with. But Malick instead turned him over to Hydra on the condition of receiving a favour down the line. While Morse fights off other Hydra members, Strucker reveals with his dying words what really happened at the attack on Garner. In a flashback, we see Garner transform into Lash.

Finally, Daisy is revealed to be calling Lincoln to make sure that he's okay. He promises to call back soon and they end the call before it can be traced. Garner enquires after Lincoln's location but Daisy truthfully says that he refuses to tell her where he is.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs on Tuesdays on ABC at 9PM.

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Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials comes to Blu-ray and DVD December 15th!‏


Can You Survive The Scorch?


The Blu-ray Ultimate Fan Edition, Full of Two Hours of Extras and a 24-Page Collectible Printed Prequel Comic Book,
Makes the Perfect Holiday Gift!
 
Also Available on DVD December 15
 
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (November 3, 2015) – The Maze was just the beginning. After the harrowing adventure of escaping the maze, the Gladers find themselves right in the center of an epic mystery in MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS, available on Blu-ray™ and DVD December 15. Mysteries deepen and stakes are raised as the Gladers must survive “The Scorch” in this bigger, even more suspenseful and action-packed chapter of the Maze Runner phenomenon. 
 
The critically acclaimed young-adult saga based on author James Dashner’s best-selling book series has taken the world by storm on the way to nearly $600M* at the global box office for the franchise, thanks to its remarkable young cast led by director Wes Ball, including Dylan O’Brien (“Teen Wolf”), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (“Game of Thrones”), Ki Hong Lee (“The Unbreakable Kimmie Shmidt”) and Kaya Scodelario (“Skins”).  Based on the second book in a trilogy by James Dashner, the series sold more than nine million copies in all formats. 
                                                   
There’s more action, more excitement and more spectacular effects in this thrilling new chapter of the epic Maze Runner saga that’s taken the world by storm! They may have escaped from the Maze, but Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his fellow Gladers now face a greater challenge: searching for clues about the secret organization known as WCKD. Their journey leads them to the Scorch, a desolate wasteland filled with unimaginable dangers.  The mystery deepens at every turn as the Gladers work together to discover their purpose and battle to survive in this must-see, electrifying adventure!
 
Real Gladers are in line for the greatest of presents this winter, as the MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS Ultimate Fan Edition on Blu-ray will hit shelves just in time for holiday shopping. The limited edition set includes an exclusive, 24-page printed comic-book with two new prequel stories from BOOM! Comics – one on the character of Teresa and the other a Crank backstory.  In addition, two hours of thrilling bonus content, including deleted and extended scenes will take fans further behind-the-scenes of the suspense and action-packed journey through the Scorch. Teens will be delighted to find a gag reel that reveals fun, silly moments on set with their favorite cast members including Dylan O’Brien.  They’ll also need to make sure to check out Janson’s Report, a perfect bridge from the film that’s full of debriefing videos with Janson, Thomas, Newt, Minho, Frypan and Aris after they arrive at the compound. This version is the must have for fans of the franchise and any members of the Dashner Army.  Both the Blu-ray and DVD will include an offer for the Maze Runner mobile game with a free “Brenda” runner plus in-game currency. 
 
MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
  • All of the DVD Special Features
  • Janson’s Report
  • Secrets of the Scorch
    • The Second Chapter Begins…
    • Creating a Scorched Earth
    • New Friends and Enemies
    • Surviving the Scorch
    • Creating the Cranks
    • On the Edge: Constructing the Skyscraper Sequence
  • Visual Effects
    • Visual Effects Breakdowns
      • Optional Commentary by Wes Ball
      • Bunker Entrance
      • Hiding from WCKD
      • Building Collapse
    • Visual Effects Reel
      • Bunker Entrance
      • Bunker Escape
      • Mall
      • Scorch Travel
      • Lightning Storm
      • Jorge's Lair
      • Tunnels / Leaning Building / Crankland
      • Right Arm Camp
         
MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes with Audio Commentary from Wes Ball, T.S. Nowlin, Joe Hartwick Jr. and Dan Zimmerman
    • Food Fight
    • Storage Depot Walk – Meet Janson
    • Bunker Escape – Minho Knows the Way
    • Mall Walk - Escalators
    • Mall Attack – Goodbye Jack
    • Scorch Travel – Teresa on Bridge
    • Scorch Travel – Helping Winston
    • Newt & Thomas at Campfire
    • Extended Jorge Lair Walk
    • Cranks Attack WCKD Soldiers
    • Extended Zipline
    • Jorge Lair – Brenda Fires Back
    • Extended Tunnel Walk
    • Extended Crankland WCKD Arrives
  • Gag Reel
  • Galleries
    • Concept Art
    • Storyboards
  • Theatrical Trailers
 
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MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS BLU-RAY
Street Date:                 December 15, 2015
Prebook Date:             November 11, 2015
Screen Format:            2.40:1
Audio:                         English DTS-HD-MA 7.1, English AD DD 5.1, Spanish (Latin Spanish) DD 5.1, Quebecois (Canadian French) DD 5.1
Subtitles:                     English for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Spanish (Latin Spanish), Quebecois (Canadian French)
Total Run Time:         131 minutes
U.S. Rating:                 PG-13
Closed Captioned:      No
 
MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS DVD
Street Date:                 December 15, 2015
Prebook Date:             November 11, 2015
Screen Format:            2.40:1
Audio:                         English Dolby Digital 5.1, English AD DD 5.1, Spanish Surround DD 2.0, French Surround Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles:                     English for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Spanish (Latin Spanish), Quebecois (Canadian French)
Total Run Time:         124 minutes
U.S. Rating:                 PG-13
Closed Captioned:      Yes

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Supergirl S1E2 - "Stronger Together" Review

                                                    

Now that “Supergirl” has been designated something of a ratings hit, I guess it’s time for me to exhale (a little).

“Stronger Together”, the second episode of the series, premiered in its regular timeslot. The episode takes place a week after the pilot, and Kara is getting used to being a hero. She’s working fully with the DEO, performing rigorous tests to help her out in the field. If any of you have watched The CW series, The Flash, then you’ll remember the episode where Barry is a little bit overconfident about his abilities. I’m starting to get a sense that Kara will be going through something similar.

There’s a massive fire (something about oil and whatnot) and Kara, aka Supergirl, decides that she wants to try and help out any way she can. Of course, she hasn’t taken into account the 12 hours of testing she’s been dealing with, as well as her general inexperience in all things superhero. At first, she tries using her cold breath, but that doesn’t work. Then she decides to move the vessel with her laser eyes. But before she can save the day (which she almost does), she lets oil fall into the ocean. PR disaster! ASIDE: Superman/Clark should have totally taught her how to use her abilities. END ASIDE.

We get our first introduction to Maxwell Lord (Peter Facinelli) via convenient television interview. He seems none too pleased with Supergirl or Superman, as the latter has brought nothing but trouble to Metropolis. Adding to the list of those not too thrilled is Cat Grant. Supergirl’s latest fiasco, while headline news for the Daily Planet is not delivering anything for her newspapers so she comes up with a plan: an exclusive interview with Supergirl.

I have to say, the chemistry between Kara and James is just off the roof. I have no serious, reviewer insight here, but I am such a fan of real, genuine chemistry between actors. You can really feel it! I also have to say that James said something that I hadn’t really thought about. We all make fun of Clark and his glasses and how it would be so easy to recognize him as Superman. But what’s interesting is that when he puts on the glasses, he’s ignored. It’s very similar to the way Cat ignores Kara. So while Kara is sure that Cat would recognize her as Supergirl, James does mention that she’s already ignoring her now.

And with that, we have our bad of the week. Plastino Chemicals is the scene of the crime. Supergirl is there and we have a flashback of adolescent Kara back on Krypton with her mother. That flashback is actually important to the present as it helps Kara remember the species of the suspect: Hellgrammite. Alex and Kara, with some "light" encouragement from Henshaw, go into a room and train one-on-one. Kara, in full “I’m more powerful than you” mode, doesn’t really see the need for training, but Alex is more grounded and knows that they have no idea what they’re going up against (Kara especially). Kara isn’t ready, letting Alex best her. I like that Kara isn’t ready. She is extremely untested and the second episode has done some following up on a few of the things that happened in the pilot. We’ve learned that Kara really has no idea what’s she doing. She wants to help, but she’s also making a bigger mess at the same time.

Cat gives Kara some advice: work small. She seems to take that message to heart, as she informs both James and Winn (yay for trios!) about her plans. Cut to the baddies, Kara’s aunt is in town and commanding the Hellgrammite from earlier to go out as bait. She’s clearly in charge and the one that the rest of the (former) prisoners answer to. Or so it seems.

But back to fun montages! Kara, Winn, and James make a good team as they go out and do some good for National City. It’s pretty light stuff, but the damage from earlier seems to be mitigated. Kara's learning and she finally seems to understand that she doesn’t have all the answers. The scenes between Kara and Alex are some of my favorites for basically the same reasons I mentioned in the previous review. They’re allowed to argue and fight and just be sisters.

Cat wants that interview with Supergirl and she’s willing to fire James if he can’t deliver. It puts Kara in something of a bind. The DEO is on to the Hellgrammite; they know he has been eating chemicals in order to stay alive. So, they set a trap and he takes the bait. Unfortunately, as they tend to do, things get bad real quick. The baddie shoots everyone and takes Alex. Now Alex is in the “care” of Kara’s aunt.

Guess what? We get some James time! I have to resist the urge to say “Jimmy”. Anyway, he talks about his insecurities, how it’s really Superman who’s doing the real work, and how he wanted to sort of get away from all that. He’s never felt good enough on his own, without Superman and that was part of his reasoning behind moving to National City. And for more backstory, we learn about the famous S symbol through Kara. Unlike Clark, she wasn’t a baby when she left Krypton; she knows more about that world than her cousin. From that we get the title of the episode, which is a Kryptonian motto. Yay for synergy, or whatever!

Things are starting to come full circle now. Before, it was James giving Kara advice. Now it’s Kara’s turn. She wants help, even from Cat Grant. She doesn’t want to be like her cousin.

Henshaw, who initially came off as the “guy who doesn’t like aliens”, is starting to show different layers to him. Naturally, Kara is furious that she wasn’t included in the earlier mission. Henshaw lets it slip that he once has a family; I’m eager to see where that is going and if it plays into his initial reactions to Kara.

Kara has her first (re)introduction to Astra, her aunt. We learn that Astra’s sister put her away. Of course, we only know one side, but this is the second time Astra mentioned wanting to save Earth. Kara is, understandably, shaken at the prospect of another Kryptonian being alive, but that disbelief soon turns to anger and the two duke it out. It’s a nice array of lasers, leaps, and punches as they fight while power lights flicker around them. Oh and lest we forget, Alex can pack a punch too. While injured, she takes on the Hellgrammite and lives to tell the tale. Henshaw and his people come in, with a little help from some Kryptonite, and Astra leaves. She underestimated the humans and wants to know more about the shard that gravely injured her.

Using technology and advancements from her homeworld, Alex and the DEO were able to cull together pieces of artificial intelligence, much like what Superman uses to talk to other Kryptonians. Kara’s mother, though not really her, is there to try and help.

And there we have it! I was waiting for Henshaw to do something, and we get a small, brief flash with his eyes turning red! The plot thickens! It looks like Cat is getting that interview with Supergirl, after all!


The series is starting to get into a groove. I think the show is doing a good job of balancing the procedural elements with the serialized. I’m glad that CBS, while late to the party, came out of the gates swinging; the second episode is evidence of their commitment to the genre.

Supergirl airs Mondays at 8pm Eastern Standard Time on CBS.

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