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With a second episode significantly better than the premiere, my expectations to keep the character development rolling was high for episode three of Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online, “Fan Letter.” This episode continues the rewind the second presented, giving us further insight into what the Squad Jam actually is and why LLENN decided to participate. Or rather, why she was pushed into participating. It’s important context for sure, but instead of building the fire, it only maintains the embers.

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After a lackluster premiere, Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online returns for another episode featuring its adorable new heroine LLENN. Thankfully, for this one, she’s not on the backburner and actually takes her rightful role as the series’ protagonist.

In this episode, we see more of LLENN and her real-world identity Karen, be developed. Karen is a college student from Hokkaido who just moved to Tokyo. She not only struggles with being socially awkward, but she’s also not to hip on who she is either. She’s too tall, she’s too timid. End of the day, Karen is looking for a place to belong, and that’s where the VR world comes into play. Her friend Miyu introduces her to ALfheim Online, but in the end, the random character generator just isn’t enough to satisfy her needs for a petite character.

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This review contains spoilers for the Westworld Season 2 premiere, titled "Journey Into Night."

It’s been more than a year since Westworld left our screens, and while you’d be forgiven for forgetting all the twists, turns and secret identities revealed in the first season (Bernard = Arnold; Dolores = Wyatt; Man in Black = William; Teddy = confused) the show does appear to be a little more willing to reveal its hand in the Season 2 premiere, albeit while still falling into some of the same traps it set for itself in Season 1.

Unlike last season’s dual timeline twist, the premiere establishes up front that we’re working in several time periods: The night of the host uprising and the day after; some point approximately two weeks later, when Delos company man Karl Strand and his security team find Bernard on the beach with no memory of what he’s been up to since that night; and flashbacks to a nebulous period before that, when Arnold (or Bernard? Bernarnold?) was still having his philosophical debates with a non-sentient Dolores.

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Firstly, I'll just put it out there that most everything in this Season 8 finale, "Wrath," (hey, Fear the Walking Dead had an episode called "Wrath" back its second season!) tracked just fine.

Maybe some of it went down a bit too predictably, as I'm pretty sure I called out last week that it'd be faulty bullets and the Oceanside women that would save Rick from Negan's trap, and Rick's decision to spare Negan was straight from the comics. Though, even if you hadn't read the comics, this season has been absolutely bluntly beating you over the head with a hefty tome about mercy and "a better way." This has not been subtle messaging.

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Warning: Full spoilers for Season 3 of Legends of Tomorrow below. The entire season is now available to stream on Netflix.

Legends of Tomorrow was the best part of the Arrowverse during its second season, and that didn't necessarily change in Season 3. The show continued to deliver its unique blend of zany humor and larger-than-life superhero antics. But the fact that it stayed on top this year also goes to show how troubled the Arrowverse as a whole has been lately. Season 3 had plenty of high points, but it also struggled to build an overarching narrative to rival that of Season 2. It was a season that showed us the best and worst of the series.

Historically, Legends has never had the best track record when it comes to crafting villains as dynamic and compelling as its cast of heroes. The whole Vandal Savage/Hawkman/Hawkgirl mythology was the clear weak spot in Season 1. And while the Legion of Doom made for fun villains in Season 2, there the series was really just building on foundations laid by Arrow and The Flash. Season 3 tended to struggle in that department as well. I'll give the writers credit for creating a wholly original villain in the form of Mallus (voiced by John Noble) rather than adapting a preexisting DC character.

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Coming off of last week’s stellar episode, “Fresh: Eve” focused on building towards a huge mission against the Nutcracker that is sure to play out in the next episode or two. Because of this, Episode 3 feels like it is wasting time until then and comes off as the most uninteresting episode thus far. The only redeeming factors are the welcome return of Juzo and the entertaining lighthearted tone that feels deserved knowing what’s ahead for the Quinx squad.

There is a whole lot of “wait and see” from start to finish. Sasaki being offered the chance to regain his memories is a sudden turn I didn’t expect this early on in the season, but it seems that we won’t see his decision for a while longer. The same can be said for good old Urie. He’s been a one-note character only with a fresh coat of paint each new episode. He puts up a front of acting cool, spouts off empty threats in his head, and then goes about his business of going behind everyone’s backs.

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"Schott Through the Heart" really isn't the type of episode you want to lead with after being off the air for more than two months. To be fair, you can't necessarily hold that against this episode, as surely no one on the production side of things planned on there being such a massive gap in the schedule. Still, it would have been nice to welcome the series back with a little more momentum right out of the gate, or at least with a more compelling villain of the week.

Rather than deal with the ongoing Reign conflict, "Schott Through the Heart" focused on spotlighting some of the more underutilized players in Season 3 - Winn and M'yrnn. If not ideal timing, it is nice to see some attention being paid to these two. Winn in particular hasn't had much to do so far in Season 3 beyond his usual role as snarky tech support. In a lot of ways, it feels like the writers never quite figured out what to do with the character following the move to The CW and the big status quo upheaval in Season 2. An episode framed around Winn's family drama is preferable to another half-baked romantic subplot or a return to the Guardian days.

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When IGN reviewed the Logitech G613 wireless keyboard, it was dubbed the "world's first mechanical wireless keyboard," and it's pretty great. There was just one little problem; it wasn't backlit. Logitech argues that for a wireless device, a backlight is simply too taxing on the battery. Corsair obviously isn't buying that logic though, as it's new K63 keyboard (See it on Amazon) / (See it on Amazon UK) is both mechanical, wireless, and backlit, making it truly one-of-a-kind - at least for now.

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After 16 years and a wildly successful Indiegogo campaign, Broken Lizard has brought their iconic Super Troopers back for more shenanigans. Living up to the cult status the original has attained was never going to be easy, but Super Troopers 2 does succeed at standing alongside the first film, though it relies a little too much on your good will towards it.

Super Troopers 2 picks up with Vermont’s finest down on their luck, having all been fired from the Spurbury Police Department after a celebrity ride-along gone wrong. Luckily for them, their old friend Governor Jessman (Lynda Carter) has a geopolitical crisis that needs solving: a recent reassessment of the U.S./Canada border has concluded that the town of St. Georges Du Laurent, Quebec is actually on American soil. The governor needs to phase out and replace the Mountie unit keeping peace in the town, so who better to enlist the help of than a group of guys famous for antagonizing the citizenry?

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As someone who thinks Fear the Walking Dead definitely got better with each passing season, while also recognizing that it never existed without flaws (the plot would often drive the story more than the characters, meaning the characters would make unbelievable and/or bad choices so that certain story elements could happen) "What's Your Story?" nicely reinvigorated the show with a shakeup-slash-overhaul.

I'm resisting the term "reboot" here, but the series shot us way ahead in time so that Morgan, from The Walking Dead, could join the story.

Keep in mind too that Fear the Walking Dead's Season 3 finale ended with a huge action beat and a massive cliffhanger where many characters' fates were unknown. Sure, you can look at the press materials and trailers for Season 4 and spot who survived the dam explosion, but it's still a bold move for a show to leap way past the aftermath of such an event. For sure, it's possible that future Season 4 episodes will fill us in on what exactly happened following the dam collapse but this premiere episode, "What's Your Story?" pays it no mind at all.

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After a slightly underwhelming, flashback-heavy premiere, "Wild, Wild Pussycats" picks up the momentum and pushes Season 3 of My Hero Academia forward with a solid blend of comedy and action as the students of UA High begin their summer training camp.

The standout sequence of "Wild, Wild Pussycats" is without question the students' journey through the Beast's Forest. It gives nearly every member of Class 1-A a brief moment to shine. For example, it was great to finally see a little more of Jiro, who uses her earphone jack Quirk to figure out how many enemies are coming.

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Logitech has given its newest gaming headset the simple moniker of Pro (See it on BestBuy), foregoing some bells and whistles in favor of a more streamlined device aimed at eSports enthusiasts. With a lightweight design, cross-platform compatibility, decent audio quality and a "pro" microphone, it's a headset with a pretty simple feature set.Despite its stripped-down design, it's still kind of expensive at $90, especially since it's a wired stereo headset. That said, Logitech says it's perfect for eSports or gamers who just want to use "pro" equipment. I tested them out to see how they stack up.

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This is a SPOILER-FREE review of the first season of Lost in Space. All 10 episodes will be available to stream on April 13, on Netflix.  

Netflix’s Lost in Space is almost the perfect sci-fi family adventure series. But there’s a villain problem that’s difficult to ignore.

Let’s start with the good stuff. Creators Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless have done a bang-up job of bringing a 50-year-old franchise into the 21st century, by filling their world with vibrant complex characters.

Hands down, the Robinson family is the show’s strongest attribute. If you’re not familiar with the story, here’s the rundown:

After a large mysterious object called the Christmas Star collides with Earth, humanity is forced to look for a new habitable world to call home. When their mothership, The Resolute, runs into a spacetime disruption, all of the Jupiter ships, including the Robinsons’, are forced to evacuate, which results in their ship crash-landing on an uncharted planet.

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It might have seemed like Ollie hit rock bottom last week in “Brothers in Arms,” but clearly he has much farther to fall. By combining a dark, psychological look at a hero on the edge with the return of a fan-favorite villain, “Fundamentals” arrived at a very winning formula. Better yet, having two rock solid episodes in a row gives new hope that Season 6 actually can redeem itself.

“Fundamentals” is hardly the first Arrowverse episode to open in media res and then flash back to where it all began. That’s one of the oldest tricks in the playbook by now, but it’s one that served this episode well. Seeing Ollie geared up in his classic Season 1 costume and firing arrows into Star City’s “finest” raises all sorts of burning questions. That gave “Fundamentals” an early momentum boost that it played to its full advantage.

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The MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro (See it on Amazon) is neither a thin-and-light, nor is it an absolute behemoth gaming laptop. Instead it's positioned as a "sweet spot" laptop with plenty of horsepower in a chassis that won't break your back thanks to its Max-Q Nvidia GTX 1070 GPU. The inclusion of a GPU that runs at lower clock speeds than a typical GTX 1070 has allowed MSI to squeeze it into a form factor that is just 4.19 pounds and 0.71 inches thick.

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Inspired by the classic arcade game of the same name, Rampage is utterly ridiculous, campy, yet also self-aware enough to be kinda sorta dumb fun. It’s exactly the mindless, formulaic romp it's been sold as, with star Dwayne Johnson trying to carry the whole thing on his charm. But even The Rock can only do so much when a movie's this absurd.

After an insanely awful "genetic editing" formula is accidentally unleashed, three wild animals are transformed into giant mutants who go on a, yes, rampage. It’s then up to ape whisperer Davis Okoye (Johnson) to save his animal buddy, the city of Chicago, and the day.

Rampage boasts a stone cold stupid script ladened with some hilariously on-the-nose and cringe-worthy dialogue, especially when it comes to all the pseudo-science involved in turning everyday animals into giant monsters. This thankless task is mostly left to Naomie Harris to deliver. The Oscar nominee's very presence classes up her stock character, Dr. Kate Caldwell, enough that I hope whatever houseboat Harris did this paycheck movie for is as big as one of the giant monsters she’s stuck explaining.

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If you think about it, there are a lot of scary things about the game of Truth or Dare. It’s a party activity that forces people to admit unpleasant truths, or to do outlandish things, but if you’re doing it with the right group of people, it can be a healthy way to process our personal anxieties and inhibitions. With the wrong group of people, however, it can be a horrible form of peer pressure, which forces us to reveal personal shames and potentially even endanger ourselves in more ways than one.

So it makes sense to turn Truth or Dare into a horror film, but it does not make sense to turn it into Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare, a movie which is easily the silliest of its kind since Friend Request. Jeff Wadlow’s film bends over backwards to make its high-concept plot, about a haunted game of Truth or Dare, make sense on paper, but the film gets so hung up on how a game could be haunted it completely fails to make us care about who’s playing it.

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HBO's deep dive into the larger-than-life existence of André Roussimoff - aka wrestling legend Andre the Giant - hit all the right notes, delivering both on the icon's soaring highs and crumbling lows.

No matter your level of wrestling fandom - ranging from heavy to some to none at all - this inside look into the traveling carnival-style world Andre chose to embrace as his home is a fascinating journey of an artform's evolution from niche to mainstream. Andre was there, in all his hulking glory, to bridge the gap between pro-wrestling as an outlying stigma-riddled sideshow to a sweeping national phenomenon. And the way his story, as a personal tale of triumph and eventual decline, mirrored the biggest traditional period in the history of the business made for quite the "truth is stranger than fiction" ride.

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Talk about a complete 180 degrees turn, huh? The premiere of Tokyo Ghoul:re filled me with questions and concerns, whereas Episode 2 has left me completely speechless with its powerful look at the psyche of Sasaki Haise and an emotionally charged ending scene. “Fragments: Member” gives the necessary focus that was sorely lacking in the premiere. The entire episode has a natural flow to it, transitioning perfectly from each important revelation to another without feeling all over the place.

Kicking right off with the conclusion to the Orochi fight was an excellent way to pull the viewer in and provide some pure fan service. Everything about the action between Sasaki and - surprise! - Nishiki felt familiar, even featuring callbacks to their original fight from the first season. Nishiki is quick to address any concern over where exactly Kaneki is now, saying his seemingly taboo name and driving Sasaki crazy in the process.

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While it's great that Marvel is finally giving Domino her own solo comic, the appeal with this new series is less the character herself than the creative team involved. It's been far too long since writer Gail Simone has been a recurring presence at Marvel. And artist David Baldeon is easily one of the most underappreciated creators working at Marvel right now. Pair the two together and you have the recipe for a solid X-Men spinoff.

This first issue makes it clear that on of the core themes of the series is that being Neena Thurman isn't all it's cracked up to be. As one character points out, from the outside it seems like Domino has hit the mutant jackpot. She's young, attractive and blessed with a power that bring her endless good luck. By all rights she should be the most carefree heroine in the Marvel Universe. But as Simone and Baldeon establish, that's anything but the case. It's hard being a globetrotting assassin/occasional mutant superhero.

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