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The Blacklist mid-season finale review and that shocking death

The Blacklist mid-season finale review The Blacklist has just aired its mid-season final and what a shocker it has been. For those who are adverse to spoilers, I have some bad news, Tom is dead. for real this time. I suppose he had been dodging too many bullets from season 1 and now one knife wound caught up with him. The departure of Ryan Eggold will change a lot of the dynamic on The Blacklist. No longer does Elizabeth have an guardian angel who can stand up to Reddington. But, whatever I feel about this situation does not come close to...

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Outcast Second Contact Review – Revisiting Adelpha with Cutter Slade

Outcast Second Contact Review Besides Super Mario Odyssey and Star Wars Battlefront 2 there is another game I have been looking forward to this fall – Outcast Second Contact. Developed by an re-incarnation of developer Appeal the game exists somewhere between a remaster and a remake of the 1999 game Outcast. Fans of the original have managed to keep the game working to this day. But now a proper redevelopment has seen Outcast’s graphics overhauled to such an extent that one would be forgiven to think this is an entirely new game. The original Outcast was considered to be ahead of its time...

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Unboxing the Nintendo Switch to play Super Mario Odyssey

Unboxing the Nintendo Switch I finally purchased the Nintendo Switch. After last week’s review of Super Mario Odyssey I hinted I would get one. I wrote that review using the Switch from a friend. But I suffered from Mario withdrawal symptoms during the week which pushed me over the edge. I doled out the necessary cash for one grey Switch console and a copy of Super Mario Odyssey. I know many of you have already played the console or watched it being unboxed, but I thought I would write an article about it nonetheless. Unboxing the Switch console couldn’t be easier. The box...

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Murder on the Orient Express Review – True Nostalgia with Kenneth Branagh

Murder on the Orient Express Review I am not certain why I wanted to see this movie when I first heard it was in production. I mean, I have seen practically every major adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novel. Yet, there is plenty of allure. The arguably lurid backstory to the murder. Plus the wonderful décor of an express steam train traveling through the snowy landscapes of the Balkans. Murder on the Orient Express is a period drama that despite the grizzly circumstances of the story facilitates one experience for readers and viewers – nostalgia. This new adaptation by director Kenneth...

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Super Mario Odyssey Review. Is it worth the price of a Nintendo Switch?

Super Mario Odyssey Review Mario is at again. After fighting Bowser for the gazillionth time (Error, not a number) while travelling on his ship – the Odyssey – he is stranded. The objective remains the same – save the princess before Bowser marries her. I won’t comment on the story, anno 2017 it may appear a little dated even for a simple hero vs. villain set up. Nonetheless, Super Mario Odyssey is the first full-fledged Mario game on Nintendo new console. The question is can the developer rise up to expectations in a world of Destiny 2, Assassin’s Creed and Unchartered? Mario is not...

Happy Halloween – Greetings from the Afterlife

Happy Halloween Hello everybody. I hope you enjoy reading articles here on SciFiEmpire.net. I can see readers are especially interested in yesterday’s review of Berlin Station. Perhaps I will add the series to my regular line-up. As some readers may have noticed the release of posts has become irregular. I have been busy, since April I have a new job and I have also focused more time on writing a book on Deep Learning. Another reason the frequency of articles was reduced is because a lot of my favorite TV shows are over. Person of Interest ended last year, Dark Matter was cancelled...

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Berlin Station S02Ep04 Do the Right Thing Review

Berlin Station S02Ep04 Do the Right Thing Review Berlin Station is a spy thriller produced by Epix. The show follows Richard Armitage as Daniel Miller, a CIA operative tasked with doing a lot of the dirty work in Berlin. The first season dealt with the fallout of whistleblower Thomas Shaw, a pseudonym for CIA case officer Hector DeJean (Rhys Ifans), as he spills the beans on what the CIA has been up to. Berlin Station can boast a large and experience ensemble cast including Michelle Forbes, Leland Orser, Richard Jenkins and now with season 2 also Ashley Judd. Berlin Station is...

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Assassin’s Creed Origins Review – Ubisoft returns to its roots in Ancient glory

Assassin’s Creed Origins – Back in the Animus After 2 years Ubisoft has finally released another Assassin’s Creed game – this time called Assassin’s Creed Origins. The game is available for Windows PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Below I am reviewing the PC version. Origins is set in ancient Egypt, in case you were still wondering, and follows Bayek, a Medjay (protector of sorts). Set in the last stages of the Ptolemaic Kingdom the story covers the power struggle between Ptolemy XIII and his sister Cleopatra. Well, before long Julius Ceasar and the Roman Empire also get involved. Bayek tries to...

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Thor Ragnarok Review – Taika Waititi slam dunks the franchise to success

Thor Ragnarok Review Thor Ragnarok was not the movie I was expecting to see. After reading early reviews I concluded it would be the funniest movie in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU). Some referred to it as a masterpiece by director Taika Waititi. Personally I just wanted to see a proper sequel to a sub-franchise that had been on hold for four years and ended on a mixed note (Thor: The Dark World). For the remainder of this review I note: SPOILER ALERT! The movie starts where The Dark World finished, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) discovers from an unlikely source that Loki has been impersonating his father...

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The Last Jedi trailer released – Does it reveal too much?

The Last Jedi trailer Finally the full movie trailer for Star Wars The Last Jedi has been released. After nearly 2 years director Rian Johnson is set to continue the official Sequel Trilogy. The release date is pinned for December 15th and the movie stars Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac and the late Carrie Fisher as the principal cast. So what did I think of the trailer? Well I think it revealed too much. I cannot be certain until I actually see The Last Jedi. But I do believe a SPOILER warning should have accompanied...

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Star Trek Discovery Review – The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry

Star Trek Discovery Review Star Trek Discovery has aired 4 episodes till now. I thought it fitting to attempt to judge whether the show is worth your effort during this busy fall season. Discovery stars Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham, Jason Isaacs as Captain Lorca and Doug Jones as First Officer Saru. After the first two episodes I still did not feel like I knew what the show was about. Who would be given screen time? Were all the characters besides Burnham just transient? After watching episodes 3 and 4 I can answer those questions. The story continues in serial fashion – Burnham...

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Blade Runner 2049 Review – A sequel that blows away the original

Blade Runner 2049 Review Finally after three and a half decades fans of Blade Runner have their sequel – Blade Runner 2049. This time directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Ryan Gosling as K and Harrison Ford as Deckard. Learning there was a sequel in the works gave me mixed feelings. On the one hand I wanted to experience Ridley Scott’s neon-lit dystopian world again. On the other I did not want the original to be diminished. That has not happened, in fact, I believe this movie blows away the original. No movie is perfect, just like the first Blade Runner this...

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Star Wars Battlefront 2 Beta begins today

Battlefront 2 Electronics Arts Battlefront 2 has gone into Early Access beta today (October 4th). For those who pre-ordered the game early one will have exclusive access to play several of the game modes. On Friday (Oct 6th) the game will go into Open Access beta. That will allow even those who have not purchased a copy to test the game -at least until Monday when the beta closes. Star Wars Battlefront 2 is the sequel to the 2015 game that received only a lukewarm response. The first game got good remarks for its graphics, but the number of game...

Blade Runner 2049 Review Round Up – Denis manages to beat impossible expectations

Blade Runner 2049 Review Round Up The first Blade Runner 2049 reviews are in, and they give it glowing praise. Now, this is not a Blade Runner 2049 review. I won’t be seeing it until next Thursday (October 5th) and the general release is the day after. However, the movie has already been screened to journalists and reporters from the entertainment industry. Today their non-disclosure agreement ended. So here is what they have to say about Denis Villeneuve’s sequel to the original Blade Runner. The first review of note is from IGN – reviewer Scott Collura gave the movie a...

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Blade Runner 2049 International Trailer released by Sony

Blade Runner 2049 Sony Pictures today released the first international trailer for Blade Runner 2049, the sequel to Ridley Scott’s original dystopian movie. Blade Runner 2049 stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford (as Deckard) and a slew of supporting cast. The new trailer reveals quite a lot about the story for the sequel – a SPOILER alert is this warranted. Watch the trailer below. Blade Runner 2049 is being directed by celebrated director Denis Villeneuve with movies Sicario, Arrival and the upcoming adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune. The original Blade Runner was released in 1982 as an adaptation of Phillip K....

Star Trek Discovery tie-in Comic and Novel arriving soon

Star Trek Discovery Tie-ins Comic and Novel Its been a busy few months for Star Trek Discovery. With trailers and panels Trek fans are slowly beginning to get an idea of what the series is about. Sadly not all fan reaction has been positive. For a show set 10 years before TOS, in possible yet another alternate reality, it looks suspiciously like BSG meets DS9. That along with the controversy surrounding cast diversity (its 2017!) and the way the Klingon’s look Discovery is limping along to its September 24th release date. But that day will come and I am at least...