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3 Video Games That Should Be Turned Into Movies


Turning video games into motion pictures has always been a risky move for film companies. Assassin’s Creed, Mortal Kombat, Resident Evil, Prince of Persia, Tomb Raider and Super Mario Bros. have been some of the video games that have been adapted into films that were not all too successful with critics and audiences. It can be arduous feat to transform an entertainment format that is for the majority interactive into another format that can only be seen by people and not interacted with. It is often tough to tell consumers to watch an adapted story that was originally interactive with a main character and just tell them now it’s time for you sit back and watch the game because it is now a film. I am not opposed into turning video games into movies, a lot of past video game films have had amazing action sequences, quality characters, and detailed special effects. However, the plot and dialogue has almost always seem to fall flat. Video games can be great films, but only if it is done in the right way. For a video game to turn into a good movie, it has to have a relatable story with complex characters and a well-thought out plot to the point where the viewer feels that characters should control their own story rather than the players. I wish Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle would count since it melds the both formats quite nicely, unfortunately Jumanji was not a video game before it was a movie it was just amazing children’s book. In addition, exceptionally crafted video games such as The Last of Us and Uncharted are already in development to become full-length films. Although, here are some video games that have the potential to be great movies.



This 1997 post-nuclear, apocalyptic role-playing game takes place in an retro-futuristic alternate timeline where 1950s culture remained in place. The game picks up in the year 2161, 84 years after a global nuclear war occurs in the mid-21st Century. The game’s story follows three characters living in a customized version of a fallout shelter, known as Vault 13. Although, for this story to work for a film, it obviously need a permanent character with a solid backstory. If they follow the story of the charismatic and brave leader, Albert Cole and show his story of surviving in a nuclear wasteland with the friendships he has created and the enemies and challenges he must confront. The main character does not have to be Albert but there has to be a relatable character with complex motivations and a driving plot. If Fallout ever became a film it could potentially be a mix of the film Mad Max: Fury Road meets the Netflix TV show Black Mirror. Sadly, the role-playing game format might not be seen as profitable translated to film and shown to mainstream audiences rather than audiences of loyal fans. This film would have to combine the audiences by making the film appear likeable to both types.


Image Credit: 2K Games


This 2007 first person shooter video game series was developed by Irrational Games. This first game in the series takes place in the 1960s and centers on the main hero, Jack, the only survivor of a plane crash who discovers an abandoned underwater metropolis known as Rapture. Soon, he finds out that there is more mystery and evil to the creation of the city than he first thought. This game has such immersive action sequences, emotional connections and interactions between complex characters, and a uniquely original plot. If this game were to be turned into movie it would be amazing to see an onscreen version of the underwater city of Rapture and the possibly horrific or heartwarming interactions Jack has with “The Little Sisters.” His run-ins with the city’s aquatic-armored guards known as “Big Daddies’ would be filled with intriguing action scenes and a surprise plot twist at the end of the story would only leave viewers wanting more film adaptations of the series. But if the character, plot, and world are not got given the time they need to be put onto film and the audience feels more like it’s a story that’s better played than watched, then the story should just stay a game. However, if it is done right then this could be the action-adventure sci-fi horror that viewers didn’t know they wanted.


Image Credit: Square Enix

Life is Strange

This 2015 episodic graphic adventure game is less heavy on the sci-fi, although it presents the story of an teenage photography student Max Caulfield who discovers that she has the ability to rewind time at any moment, leading every choice she makes to cause a butterfly effect. With the use of her powers, Max must figure out how to help her friends, defeat her enemies, and save everyone in her town from an incoming deadly storm. If this game were made to a film, it would be compelling to see what choices Max makes once she gets her powers and the consequences she must face with every use of her powers. Also, the impending doom of a life-threatening storm should keep its audience invested in the plot as well as its characters. A strong female leads that has to save her town and deal with her mistakes seems like a great hook for a film.


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Spring Movie Releases We’re All Hyped For


Spring will soon be coming, even if it currently keeps feeling like winter is coming on and off again, and spring means more movie releases. This spring some potentially heavy hitters are coming that we’re hyped for.


1) A Wrinkle In Time

This adaption of Madeleine L’Engle’s space fantasy family novel focuses on a young girl named Meg whose father goes missing after discovering a new form of space travel. It is up to Meg, her friend Calvin, and her brother Charles Wallace to find her father and save the universe. With Selma director Ava DuVernay at the helm of this film it looks like quite the early spring treat. Also it has Oprah as a celestial being flying through the sky, so I’m definitely seeing that.


2) The Strangers: Prey at Night

This anticipated horror sequel to the highly regarded 2008 film will come out this March. The sequel will focus on a family staying in a mobile home park for the night that get stalked by three masked psycho-killers. The film will not include the first director Bryan Bertino, however it will bring in Director Johannes Roberts with Bryan still staying on as a screenwriter. The film will arrive March 9.


3) Thoroughbreds

Also coming to theaters on March 9th. This drama thriller centers on emotional Lily and expressionless Amanda, two upper-class high school girls from Connecticut who rekindle their unexpected friendship by creating a plan to kill Lily’s stepfather and solve all their problems with the help of a hustler. Let’s see if they can pull off the perfect murder.  


4) Love, Simon

While everyone loves a good teenage Rom-Com, this film alters the genre a bit. The film revolves around Simon, a gay teenager who no one knows is gay, who falls for a unknown gay classmate online. Having the courage to come out to everyone and find his online crush will be mixed with laughs, fears, and heartwarming moments. Directed by CW’s The Flash showrunner Greg Berlanti, the film is set to come out March 16, 2018.


5) Ready Player One

This upcoming Steven Spielberg directed film takes place twenty-six years into the future where the world’s new technological obsession is not smartphones but a virtual reality world called the OASIS. When the creator of the OASIS, James Halliday, dies, he releases a contest in which if an OASIS user finds the treasured Easter Egg, then that user will receive Halliday’s massive fortune. When Wade Watts, an average teenage OASiS user finds a clue for the egg he sparks an intense hunt against corporate enemies to find the egg and has to use the assistance of his unexpected friends to fight both in the OASIS and the real world. This high-flung Sci-Fi action adventure film comes to theaters March 29, 2018.


These are all the spring releases we’re hyped for and like spring flowers we can’t wait to see their beauty, well, I guess their cinematic beauty at least.


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Black Panther Review: A Much Needed Change for Superhero Movie


Director Ryan Coogler made his own uniquely individualistic twist of a Marvel movie and it is nothing short of amazing and revolutionary. From the complex setting, characters, music, and the fashion, watching this film I felt a full immersion of how special and important the insanely advanced nation of Wakanda truly is and it’s fleshed out culture.  

Wakanda feels more like a character than a setting. There are traditions and distinct tribes that highlight the different aspects of this technological beauty of a nation. The king of Wakanda, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), has to not only be the deciding factor in which direction to take his nation, but also protect and defend it with the mantle of Black Panther. The film focuses on T’Challa’s duality as king and warrior of a secretive nation and the effects an extremely vindictive outsider can have due to a severe mistake by T’Challa’ father.

Each actor puts such a high level of care, complexity, and development into their character. While the film does not mainly focus on T’Challa as a character so much as its side characters, Boseman’s T’Challa has a dynamic perspective of how his nation should be led. He struggles to choose a side with his nation’s internal conflict of tradition vs. innovation. He also struggles to follow in his father’s footsteps as a king while making his own mark as well. The women in this film are integral to the film’s plot and are never brushed to the side. T’Challa’s sister Shuri (Letitia Wright) is such a refreshing take on the role of the younger teenage sister. Wright’s portrayal is caring, innovative, comedic, and confident. Her character helps create most of the country’s technology, and never takes a back seat in this film. Wright knows when to time each joke effectively and knows how to show true emotion when a scene demands it. She takes part in action sequences and is never told to let the adults handle things.

Okoye (Danai Gurira) is a loyal, determined, compassionate, and bold warrior, and is head of the Dora Milaje, Wakanda’s elite all-female bodyguards/special forces. Gurira’s performance is unique. She leads in her action sequences and highlights the struggles she goes through when she wants to care for her loved ones but has to stay committed to her position. Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) is T’Challa’s ex-girlfriend, but is never portrayed as the damsel. She is actually a Wakandian spy that knows how to be both brutal in her fighting technique and considerate when it comes for the love of country and T’Challa. Nyong’o reflects her character’s desires for her country and shows how she’d rather have her country strive for change rather than tradition.

Forest Whitaker as Wakandan shaman Zuri and Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Queen Mother of Wakanda and mother to T’Challa and Shuri, both shine brightly in the moments when they have to support T’Challa with his vital decisions as king. And while Martin Freeman’s Agent Everett Ross and Andy Serkis’ Ulysses Klaue were wonderful additions as side characters, the film’s most significant character aside from T’Challa was the American outsider known as Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan). Jordan’s performance was the most fascinating and heartfelt villain Marvel has seen since Tom Hiddleston’s Loki. Jordan’s portrayal as Killmonger made me feel such a great level of sympathy for the character and how he feels he was wronged by Wakanda in a way. A film’s hero is only as good as it’s villain and Jordan knocks it out of the park in this film. The best villains also make you understand their perspectives and motivations and Jordan presents a villain where you can somewhat see the reasoning behind his perspective and motivation due to the cards he’s been dealt in life.

The film’s music composed by Ludwig Goransson is deeply-rooted in a type of African percussion and choral sounds and is highlights the character’s personalities and their specific culture. The album for this film has a mix of R&B and hip-hop stars such as Kendrick Lamar. Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, SZA, Khalid, and many more. This album gives off a tone of revolution in this film.

The costume designer Ruth E. Carter displays distinct tones and styles for each character’s personality and reflects Wakanda’s hybrid culture of tradition and innovation especially with the uniforms worn by the Dora Milaje.

Director Ryan Coogler has constructed a film that feels both separate yet connected to the rest of the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Coogler’s tone mixes mostly with the theme of tradition vs. innovation and develops each character to see how they alter their perspectives of the world.

The film does have some flaws such as pacing and special effects but they don’t diminish the successful aspects of the film. The pacing sometimes unevenly alternates from one action sequence to a more character driven scene. And some of the special effects of the film such as the CGI felt a little cartoon-ish rather than completely realistic.Lastly, I felt that there needed to be slightly more development with T’Challa in some scenes.

Overall, the film proves how superhero films can be fresh, vibrant, and truly unconventional. They don’t always have to set up another film or stick to a type of formula. This film strays away from the formulated plot that these Marvel movies are known for by having its own original tone, distinct personalities in its characters, questionably agreeable motivations from its villain, and a great moral to the entire story.  Coogler provided a film that should be common in the film industry but sadly is rarely seen and hopefully, this film helps usher in more stories that reflect the world today. I give Black Panther an A-.


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Maze Runner: The Death Cure Review: One Last Try Works Out Well


In this final installment in the Maze Runner trilogy, Maze Runner:The Death Cure impresses with visuals, action sequences, and amazing performances from its cast. However, the film stays consistent in the same level of dialogue and an uneven balance of the plot, which keeps it at the edge of being the most unique film in the series.

This film focuses on the titular hero Thomas and his group of escaped Gladers as they take on a dangerous mission to save their friend Minho who has been captured by the malevolent organization WCKD in a highly secured location known as the Last City.

This world was made believable by the full effort of its actors, and the actors excelled in both their emotional and physical performances. They made every exchange in conversation to every run, jump, and punch feel truly visceral. One standout of these characters was definitely Dylan O’Brien’s portrayal of Thomas. He reflected Thomas’s leadership, stubbornness, quick-thinking, and selflessness expertly. O’Brien showed how Thomas is a flawed character that makes mistakes in his actions and has to deal with the consequences. O’Brien nailed the physicality of the character, making his action sequences believable and at times extremely intense. After O’Brien suffered a serious head injury during a stunt for this film back in April 2016, the film was put on hold for O’Brien to heal. It was amazing to see O’Brien back into production and resume the main role and his effort and care for the film is definitely noticeable in the film.

There were other spectacular standouts as well. Thomas Brodie-Sangster, commonly known for his role in Love Actually and the hit TV show, Games of Thrones returns as Thomas’s friend Newt. Sangster’s role as Newt goes through a gradual development in character as the plot continues. Sangster perfectly highlights Newt’s trustworthiness, cooperation, and bravery through this last installment. Dexter Darden’s role as Frypan was more significant in this film than the other previous two. Darden’s dedication to his character’s overall progression and to the character’s physical actions under pressure balance out well as the film progresses. Kaya Scodelario plays Teresa in a very complex way. Throughout the film, viewers are against some of her moral values but also see the reasoning behind the actions based on those values and her need to stick to what she believes is right for the world. However, she still is uncertain in the extreme measures taken to save the world. Each actor seemed to give their complete attention to their characters. Ki Hong Lee (as Minho), Giancarlo Esposito (as Jorge) and Rosa Salazar (as Brenda) stuck to their characters, never seeming to be phoning it in for the paycheck.

One of the main antagonists of the film, Janson, played by Game of Thrones actor Aidan Gilllen is masterfully done with his disdain, wit, and anger completely tangible on screen. Patricia Clarkson’s role as the main villain Ava Paige was done well, but Clarkson deserved to be given more material to add more of a sympathetic and complex side of her character, rather than just finding a cure by any means.

Other flaws in this film included the dialogue with some of the lines feeling dull and not truly showing the character’s direction. The dialogue needs to give more time to focus on the character’s development rather than to move the character’s from one destination to the next. The choppy dialogue resulted in an uneven pace to the plot. The plot would start to rush to the climax of the story and then fade a little as it would get to the top. The uneven plot left the rest of the film wondering if something is going to happen between character or is some plot device going to appear for the plot to suddenly move rapidly.

Fortunately, even though the film may lack in dialogue and plot progression, the direction by Wes Ball is nicely seen. Ball knows how to lead intense action sequences that come across as believable and leave viewers dumbfounded as to how real and detailed they are. The special effects left me amazed, making a fictional city feel real with lived-in yet still high class citizens and symmetrically shaped futuristic skyscrapers in contrast with the showing of barely surviving slums.

This film might not be a complete hit as the dialogue is underdeveloped causing the plot to progress gradually and showing the main antagonist’s true direction. However, the committed focus given by the film’s actors and the outstanding special effects and the needed direction to tie up each character’s story make the last film seem better than the previous two in the trilogy. This is one final installment of a dystopian film series that is actually the most enjoyable.  That is why Maze Runner: Death Cure deserves the grade of a B-.

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Dexter Darden Chats ‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’


When one is fully committed to the improvement of their craft, then the opportunities will come. Mostly known for his roles as the musically talented Walter Hill in Joyful Noise and his continued role as the brave Glader Frypan in the Maze Runner series, 26-year-old Dexter Darden has been able to obtain these opportunities by always improving his craft and being the best that he can be. After starting as a talented singer, Darden transitioned into acting in his teenage years. Since then, he has gained many opportunities, such as working with Queen Latifah in the 2012 film Joyful Noise, Giancarlo Esposito from Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, and Forest Whitaker in his upcoming 2018 film Burden, which will premiere at Sundance Film Festival. Darden is surely making a name for himself by bettering his incredible talent and obtaining remarkable opportunities.


Cliché: When did you first have the passion to start acting?
Dexter Darden: I started singing and dancing a lot when I was a kid. I used to compete in the school choir and one year, I attended this camp. Paul Newman used to run a camp for kids with special needs and blood diseases, and they would do fundraisers for the camp and do live  shows. So, I started to do those live shows when I turned 16 and Paul Newman ended up pulling my mama and I aside. He said I had talent and that acting was something I should try to do for real. That’s kind of how it all got started for me.

Who are your greatest influences in acting?
Will Smith was a big influence when I was growing up. From his comedic timing to being able to do comedy and drama, he’s definitely one of my favorites. There’s also Denzel Washington, Michael Keaton, Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, Viola Davis, Meryl Streep, and Robert Downey Jr. Those are people I just can’t help but watch and want to be. I pay attention to their performances and just take notes about how they do it and the level that they do it. And you know, people just can’t duplicate that. It’s commitment and it is hard work.

I was actually able to work with another one of my idols, Forest Whitaker. He has this subtlety and greatness behind every moment; he does everything so quietly and subtly, but also so powerfully. Working with Forest was just a life-changing experience for me and something I’m going to cherish for the rest my life. Getting the opportunity to work with a guy like a Will Smith or Denzel would really help me transition into who I really want to be.

What first made you interested in joining the Maze Runner films? Did you know it was going to be as popular as it is now?
I’m going to be completely honest: Going into Maze Runner, none of us had any idea what it would become. I was really, really excited to book the job. I auditioned just like everybody else; Will [Poulter], Ki Hong [Lee], and I all auditioned for our respective roles and when it came down to the opportunity to be able to get them, we took it.

While we were filming the first one, we weren’t really filming on a large scale. It was very indie, very set in one place, and only had to deal with one location. Because of that, we became such a close family and friends and we still all love each other and keep in touch with each other to this day.

How much has your character changed since filming the first Maze Runner?
I think he’s grown a lot, to be honest. When you’re in a movie like this, you end up having a little bit more responsibility because characters are going or passing on, and some roles end up getting switched because people are leaving. For Frypan, his character growth happens the most in the third movie, which is why I’m most excited for people to see it. He gets put in a position of leadership with Minho gone. Now, it’s kind of only Newt and Frypan that can be with Thomas throughout this journey because he lost Teresa and other people he has trusted in the beginning. It’s cool to be able to have a little bit of growth and maturity in my character in the way that I play him and the things that he has to accomplish.

When being in an action film of this size, how physically demanding are the stunts?
Very demanding. Since we were shooting in Albuquerque, it’s a mile high city, so it’s really hard to really get oxygen and adjust to the environment that you’re in. So we did about two weeks worth of just some cardio and running, really trying to get our bodies into shape and get adjusted to the area that we were going to be shooting in.

What has been your favorite moment off screen while shooting The Death Cure? Were there any pranks or shenanigans off set?
Yeah, there were a ton; there were plenty of jokes anytime we were all together. There were no pranks per se, but whenever we’re all together, especially me and Dylan [O’Brien], we kind of set the tone in the comedy aspect.

What type of characters do you tend to look for when picking films? Who do you hope to play in the future?
My favorite movie of all time is Rush Hour and I think it blends comedy and action great, so I would love to do a movie like that. I would love to be in a film that will continue to create conversation points, whether it be drama or whether it’s in action. I want to pick people’s minds and take them to a place where they can just get away, escape for a bit, and fall in love with the scripts and the characters.

Was there one experience or person that made you realize you loved acting?
It’s not just one actor, but there are moments, like working with Forest Whitaker, or making memories with my castmates on Maze Runner. It’s those kind of moments where you’re just being able to find things that you can cherish for the rest of your life. For example, meeting Usher on Burden was a big thing for me because he’s one of my greatest inspirations. It’s great to have those kind of moments with people you really love, appreciate, cherish.

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Saxon Sharbino On Her Roles in ‘Freakish’ and ‘American Vandal’


Saxon Sharbino is amazingly determined, hardworking, and committed to playing more than what her roles might seem. In the Hulu action horror series Freakish, Sharbino plays Anka, a girl who is much more than just your typical mean girl; she reveals the complexities of Anka’s purposes of her closed-off demeanor and actions. In Netflix’s teen mockumentary American Vandal, Sharbino plays much more than just the popular girl, Sarah Pearson. Instead, she is able to show how she is one of the unexpected heroes at the end of the first season. After watching her in many different roles, it’s clear that her acting ability is one you should keep an eye on.


Cliché: What drew you to certain roles such as Anka for Freakish and Sarah for American Vandal?
Saxon Sharbino: What really drew me to Anka is that she is a manipulative mean girl who was so intricate and actually had a soft side. I thought that was really fun. Anka got to say something that I would never get to say and I related to her a lot.

What I like about Sarah Pearson in American Vandal is that I never actually got to go to high school. I was homeschooled so I never had any of these experiences. But I know that gossip and who’s hooking up with who actually does affect girls’ self-esteem and how they view themselves for years to come. What I really love about American Vandal is that it is funny and interesting, but it also brought to life some major issues that are going on in our society.

Do you relate to your characters in any way? Are you similar or different from them?
Yes, I relate to both characters in different ways. I relate to Anka in the sense that she loved her family and left to protect her family, and I left my family in order to protect my family. I also think I relate to how she puts up walls in the beginning because she thinks she’s tough, even though she is not. I don’t think I do that as much in real life, but I definitely understood that feeling of wanting to protect yourself.

As for Sarah, as I said, I never went to high school so I never had the same experiences that she has, but I can totally understand how she is feeling. If I was put in the same situation that she has been in, I would act the same way.

Did you pull any pranks with any of your fellow castmates on American Vandal or Freakish?
No, not really; we didn’t do anything crazy. We really just had a great time with each other and love being on set together.

What was it like filming this past season of both Freakish and American Vandal?
Filming was a lot of fun; it was one of my first times working with people my own age and that was really cool. Everyone took their work very seriously, but it was also lighthearted. We filmed some party scenes, which was cool. I had never filmed a party scene and the entire cast got to bond and it didn’t really feel like a job; it felt like fun. Everyone was so humble and nice; it was one of my best experiences on set.  

Is there anything in the future that you are working on that you want to tell us about?
Freakish is streaming now and American Vandal is also now streaming on Netflix. I also did episodes for Law & Order: SVU and Lucifer. Also, I have Urban Country coming out soon with my sister Brighton. And I’m auditioning and working on writing scripts and one day I’ll be writing and acting on my own.

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Review: An Unexpected Take On A Beloved Franchise


The second installment in the new Star Wars trilogy is unconventional, unexpected, and unapologetically takes bold risks that, for the most part, work. The film takes place right after the first installment of the new trilogy with Rey (Daisy Ridley) turning to recluse Jedi master Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) for guidance in her newfound force abilities while the Resistance engages in a tense battle that will decide the fate of the galaxy.

While too much cannot be said about the plot for fear of giving away spoilers, a lot can be said about the fantastic work from the characters and director to the meticulously crafted new worlds and battle sequences.

Director Rian Johnson’s take on this installment is purely unconventional and bold. Johnson’s script and direction of the plot and its characters throughout the film make this installment a fresh story in the Star Wars Universe.

Rey solidifies herself as one of the titular characters in this trilogy, showing her uncertainty, confidence, and fierceness in both her dialogue and action scenes. Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) is another titular character in this installment and mirrors the majority of Rey’s characteristics, except you are able to simultaneously despise and sympathize with his character. Mark Hamill’s return as a tired and damaged Luke Skywalker is a bold risk for the character but it’s a risk that works. Luke’s arc is unexpected but is integral to the direction of the plot.

Another integral piece is the side story of John Boyega’s Finn and Rose, portrayed by excellent newcomer Kelly Marie Tran. Their story shows how their characters have a good development in their friendship and their vitality in the direction of the plot. Boyega’s energetic and caring portrayal of Finn is still present. Rose’s humor and determination is a great new addition to this installment and shows how the underdogs can sometimes pull off the best accomplishments.

Late Carrie Fisher’s return as General Leia is steadfast, determined, and hopeful. One of her parts is so shocking and essential that is needs to be seen on screen. Her increased screen time on this film was never wasted and without a doubt, her emotion in every scene was meaningful and palpable. Another character with more screen time is Poe Dameron (Oscar Issac), who reveals to viewers that his heart and conviction makes him more than another Resistance pilot but an iconic leader in this installment. In addition, while Laura Dern’s role as Vice Admiral Holdo seemed small, Dern really makes you see the thoughts to Holdo’s actions, making her small but intriguing to the plot.

Although, characters that were not more developed were Gwendoline Christie’s Captain Phasma, Domhall Gleeson’s General Hux, and Andy Serkis’s Supreme Leader Snoke. While Christie did an absolutely wonderful job at highlighting Phasma’s ferocity, maliciousness, and strength, there was no true development in her character. From the last film, it felt that Phasma deserved more of an arc that was not apparent in this film.

Also, Gleeson’s General Hux is despicable, cowardly, and malevolent but is irritating personality remained the same without any real transformation. Serkis’ Snoke is monstrous and manipulative but his backstory is still kept under wraps with little development in the knowledge of his anger towards the main protagonists.

What was more developed was the perfect combination of detailed space battles and face-offs with the masterful compositions of John Williams made each sequence feel intensified and connected. Each world in this film felt connected as well with each scene feeling immersed in the diverse environment of the planets and its cute and meticulous creatures. After this film, there even might be an abundant need to buy a porg stuffed animal.

The costumes of each character only meld with the characters unique personalities and their intentions. Costume designer Michael Kaplan knows how to put even more of a story with each character’s specific costume.

This film is truly special with its great characters, new and focused plot, intensive battles, developed world and costume designs making this penultimate installment in the new trilogy feel memorable. That is why Star Wars: The Last Jedi deserves an A-.

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‘Justice League’ Review: All In, But Not All Together


The rapid mishmash of action and surprising comedy in Justice League left me wondering about this new tone of the DC Extended Universe. Certain parts of the film, such as the plot and specific characters, even left me slightly saddened by the direction of the film. However, Justice League is still a great film that should be seen if you need to satisfy your inner comic book nerd.

The overall plot takes place months after the last installment Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice where Bruce Wayne/Batman (Ben Affleck) and Diana Prince/Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) collect other superheroes such as Arthur Curry/Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Victor Stone/Cyborg (Ray Fisher), and Barry Allen/the Flash (Ezra Miller) to defend Earth from a sudden alien invasion led by the villainously determined Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds).

What was significantly enjoyable about this film was how much it felt like a true live action version of a DC comic. The action sequences combined with the contrasting personalities and decisions of every character on the team made it feel as if I was reading through the pages of a Justice League comic. The team combinations connected amazingly making this team feel cohesive and effective. The use of CGI also complemented each character’s skillset nicely. In addition, composer Danny Elfman’s score made the film a true DC Comic film that many have been waiting for. Some sounds were especially noticeable to any fan of Elfman’s work on Batman: The Animated Series.

The definite standouts of the team were Ezra Miller’s portrayal of the scarlet speedster known as The Flash and Ray Fisher’s role as the brave, determined, and conflicted android called Cyborg. At first, Miller’s Barry Allen/the Flash feels a little similar to Tom Holland’s Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Spider-Man: Homecoming in the sense of humor and social awkwardness. However, as the film progresses, he reveals a more creatively eccentric and hesitant version of The Flash that has not been seen in Grant Gustin’s version of The Flash TV series. Miller’s perfectly-timed quips, funny action scenes, and unique running movements make him the significant comedic character to the team.

What was significantly enjoyable about this film was how much it felt like a true live action version of a DC comic.

Ray Fisher’s Cyborg shows viewers how badly we needed this character in an actual DC film. Fisher is able to reveal the Cyborg’s constant internal emotional conflict of being a man and also a machine. Cyborg is extremely vital to the film’s overall plot and Fisher perfectly executes the struggles of immense power that Cyborg possesses and the struggles of maintaining his humanity.

Other characters, such as Momoa’s Aquaman, Gadot’s Wonder Woman, and Affleck’s Batman were great lead contributions, just not fully fleshed out. Momoa’s role as Aquaman was a commendable take on the character that showcased the character’s challenge of living as both a human and an Atlantean while trying to figure which world he belongs to. However, Aquaman was not seen for a good amount of time in the film and plays more of a small ally in the overall plot. Fortunately, the time he does have on screen, he sells it showing off his Aquaman as an isolated, rockstar-ish type guy just trying to do what is right while simultaneously searching for his place in the world. Hopefully, we get to see more of a fully formed character with a great plot in his 2018 standalone film, Aquaman.

The two leaders of this league, Gadot’s Wonder Woman and Affleck’s Batman, were likable in this film, but it just felt weird seeing them have more of a comedic side when they originally portrayed such darker personalities in their BvS: Dawn of Justice. Gadot’s Wonder Woman was still heroic and inspiring as she was in her standalone film, but her personality seemed slightly different. For Affleck’s Batman, it was entertaining to see more of a lighter side in his character rather than his normal brooding self, but it just seemed that this film’s version of Batman was not fully thought out; it should have shown more of the mix of both humor and seriousness.

Three other parts of the film that were not fully fleshed out were the film’s villain, the overall plot, and the tone. Steppenwolf, the film’s main villain, appeared as a simple and stereotypical alien villain whose main objective was just to conquer Earth. It was obvious to see that Hinds’ portrayal of the character was done to his best effort, but it felt like there weren’t any reasons to relate to the character’s motives or feel that he was an overly dangerous threat to the team. He just appeared as a smaller secondary villain instead of a boss level villain.

The overall plot seemed rushed with every moment feeling sped through rather than gradually rising in tension. The climax of the plot did not feel largely dire or had much of an impact for the team. The plot felt like it suffered because of the film’s tone which possibly might be due to the mix of directors Zack Snyder’s and Joss Whedon’s directorial time on the film. The film did stray away from the universe’s commonly known darker tone, which seemed like a good decision, but in its entirety, the film’s lighter and comedic tone felt like it was trying to be a competitor for Marvel films. The tone was sometimes used well, but when it tried to mesh both lighter and dark elements together, it just did not seem to combine efficiently.

Justice League was a good film. The time it took with the action sequences, as well as certain characters, made it fun to watch, but what could have made it even better would be if they took the time to fully flesh out their main characters, overall plot, and the main tone. I am interested in the new tone that is being taken for DC’s Extended Universe, but I just hope it remains consistent. I give Justice League an overall grade of a B-.

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Actress Christina Ochoa Talks Her Passion for Acting and Science


Passions are integral components to an individual’s life and personality. Sometimes, passions must be categorized based on the level of the passion’s importance to the individual or even completely eliminated due to a loss of interest. However, there are some cases where an individual can balance their passions and meld them together in their careers. Christina Ochoa is able to balance her passion for acting and science perfectly to the point where she doesn’t have to give up one for the other.


Ochoa stars in TNT’s Animal Kingdom, Syfy’s Blood Drive, and the upcoming CW show Valor. While acting, she puts time, effort, and research into her distinctly powerful and intelligent characters, especially with her newest character in Valor, Nora, the first female special ops helicopter pilot who is thrust into the dark world of military and government secrets. Her second passion is her love for science. Ochoa has done spectacular work in science communication with her podcast Know Brainer, and gives back with the work she has done for the non-profit Earth’s Oceans Foundation. Through her own discipline and hard-work, Ochoa shows how focusing on multiple passions can be so rewarding.

Cliché: How and when did you find your passion for acting?
Christina Ochoa: I fell in love with acting after an amateur theater class a few years ago. I was convinced it would help my public speaking and ended up hooked. Soon enough, I was in the conservatory in Madrid and planning my move to LA.

You’ve played the complex drug dealer, Renn Randall, in the hit TNT drama Animal Kingdom and the determined femme fatale street racer, Grace d’Argento, in Syfy’s dark comedy Blood Drive. Do you have any memorable moments with other actors from one or both of these shows?
Playing Renn was the first time I got to truly dive deep into a role. Ben (Robson) and I worked the relationship backstory before shooting, and it certainly helped diffuse any nerves before some of the more intimate scenes. I’ve been very lucky to work with pretty amazing co-stars. Colin Cunningham was incredible to watch because he takes beautiful risks.

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When going out for a role, what qualities or characteristics do you look for in a character?
If I read the script and I “hear” their voice can’t really predict a character’s responses, I’m very drawn. It presents a challenge and allows me to work on the internal machinations of these women to figure them out.

Can you tell us about your character Nora and the plot in your upcoming CW drama Valor?
Nora Madani is the first female special ops helicopter pilot in the 186th unit, the Shadow Raiders (based on the real 160th unit, the Nightstalkers).

Did you have to take part in any military training or research before taking on the role of Nora?
I did a lot of research, read as much as I could (biographies/books like Shoot Like a Girl, Ashley’s War, and Black Hawk Down), but what was most instrumental were the conversations with female vets, two of whom are writers on the show, and our technical advisor, Dan Laguna.

What first made you interested in taking on the character of Nora?
The script. It was one of the strongest I’ve read in a very long time. Leave it up to a playwright (Kyle Jarrow) to craft such a wonderfully fledged character with a woven story and conflict that defies all tropes. I fell in love with her immediately.

Is this role similar or different to other characters you have portrayed?
I’ve been very lucky to be cast in roles of strong, powerful, intelligent, and confident women. Renn, Grace, and Nora are all women I admire in some way, despite their coping mechanisms or their faults. They own their mistakes and they are all fighters.

How was it working with the rest of the cast? Did you have any fun moments with them?
We are so lucky to have such a fun and supportive cast. We all strive to do the best job we can. Matt and I are also figuring out how to convince the network to let us get our pilot licenses, so we can really fly these Black Hawks! Fingers crossed.

Your great uncle Severo Ochoa was a Nobel Prize winner and your father Victor Ochoa is a famous sculptor. Were you raised in a both scientific and artistic environment?
Yes. Those are both very strong influences in my life and my career choices.

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You have been able to uniquely balance your love of science and acting very well. You are a science communicator, you’re a contributing member of Mensa, you’ve been part of the Los Angeles Committee Society for Science & the Public, and the host of your own podcast, Know Brainer. How do you combine your two passions together in your daily life?
They fluctuate; I work more in sci-comm when I’m on hiatus and focus more on punctual philanthropic work while I’m shooting…but I’m always happy to be a part of something striving to make an impact. Both entertainment and STEM do it in their own way.

You host a private monthly event known as Science Soiree, an event that brings together important figures in both the film industry and the scientific community to discuss science ideas, concepts, and topics. How important is it for both the film industry and the scientific community to come together to talk about developments in science?
The film industry has such a strong impact in society, in youth, and in inspiring individuals to care about the current state of the world. The more we infuse our content with meaningful substantive messages, the better for everyone.

Do you believe women should have a greater role in scientific research, topics, and discussion?
Women (and minorities) already do have an incredibly important role in STEM. Most, unfortunately, just haven’t been recognized or have struggled with being undermined because of it. Now is definitely the perfect time to encourage the newer generations across the board to move into these fields, so highlighting varied role models is key.

You are part of the non-profit organization Earth’s Oceans Foundation, which focuses on the protection of the world’s oceans and its natural resources. What should people be made aware of when it comes to the protection of the world’s oceans and how can they help?
Doing what you can to support sustainable fisheries and less plastic/pollutants is very important. Global warming, human impact, and lack of education are the biggest concerns. We need to get scientists and conscientious individuals who care into office. Impacting legislation and policy-making is the one thing that can make the biggest difference on a global scale.

What advice would you give anyone who wanted to follow both a career in acting and science but were a little unsure of taking it on?
Find a platform to make the world a better place. Whatever that is, whatever the job, use your skills to grow, to learn, and to then impact others with it. Usually when you believe in things bigger than yourself and have a cause, discipline, hard work, and passion all flow relatively easily, and with that combination, there’s very little one can’t tackle.

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Madison Iseman Tells Us About ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’


Determined, caring, passionate, and social media lover are only a few things that describe Still the King and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star Madison Iseman. Iseman has been a determined actor ever since she started playing with the camera and writing short films as a child. She is caring to the other hilarious cast members she gets to work with during her days on Still the King. Iseman has kept her passion for acting but realized that caring for one’s self is equally as important. She loves expressing her identity through social media and the sharing of thoughts it brings out. However, after speaking with Iseman, we quickly realized there is more to her than meets the eye.


Cliché: What inspired you to get into acting? Was it something you’ve always wanted to do?
Madison Iseman: Growing up, going to the movies was always my favorite thing to do. It still is. Harry Potter was the first movie that hooked me. As soon as I saw the first movie, my only goal in life was to be Hermione Granger. In middle school, I started making my own short films (they are absolutely terrible and I can’t figure out my password to take them off the internet). I was really obsessed with horror films at the time, so my friends and I would come up with some crazy concept and just improv from there. I’ve been obsessed with the camera as long as I can remember.

What can you tell us about your character, Charlotte, in Still the King?
Charlotte is the coolest girl in the world. She is everything I wish I was when I was 16. She’s fun and witty and has great taste in music, clothes, and boys. She’s just started a relationship with her father in season 1, but through time, they’ve grown. Now I think she sees a lot of herself in him.

What is it like working with Billy Ray Cyrus?
Working with Billy Ray Cyrus is amazing. I grew up watching Hannah Montana so I’ve always been a fan. He might also be one of the funniest people I’ve ever met. Our entire cast is always getting in trouble for laughing too much in between takes. He’s a very humble and simple man. If you ever get the chance to meet him, buy him a Dr. Pepper. He will be very happy.

I’ve made relationships that I will carry with me throughout the rest of my life.

What do you love most about the show?
The people; 100% the people. I’ve made relationships that I will carry with me throughout the rest of my life. We’re all just a bunch of people that want to make the world laugh and smile. It’s a simple, kooky show and we’re a bunch of simple, kooky people. That was really cheesy, I’m sorry.

You’re playing Bethany, the popular girl in the upcoming action comedy Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Can you tell us more about your character?
Bethany is your classic pretty, phone-obsessed, kind of mean, entitled teenage girl. But underneath all that, she’s just an insecure girl trying to figure out who she really is.

Since the notoriously comedic Jack Black takes on your character as your “avatar” in the film, were you able to meet and work with him? How was that experience?
Yes! I got to meet pretty much the entire cast! The entire experience was unreal. Jack and I had the chance to sit down and do some character work on Bethany. We totally had to be on the same page since we’re sharing this character together. The process was easier than you think. The entire time filming, we were able to watch playback from our avatars to make sure we were all on the same page.

From all your past experiences working in film and television, what was one of the most memorable moments you had?
Probably the table read for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Production flew the “teens” out to Hawaii for a general table read with the rest of the cast. It was the most terrifying/coolest experience of my life. It was the first time I had worked on such a big production with so many named talents. I was seated between Jack Black and The Rock…not terrifying at all! It ended up being so cool though! Like I said, Jack and I got the opportunity to go over the character that we’re both playing and get to know each other. We started the table read and the “teens” are the first to speak in the movie. I was praying someone would laugh when I read my lines, and thank God they did!

Did you have any funny moments while working with your other castmates Alex Wolf, Ser’Darius Blain, and Morgan Turner?
We worked very, very, very long days, so every day got funny towards the end. I think everyone was pretty delusional. The day we filmed the sequence of getting “sucked” into the TV was a very funny day. The effects were done post-production, so we pretty much just had to act like we were getting sucked into the TV and then drop to the floor and get out of frame. It was a weird day; we looked ridiculous.

If you were actually stranded in a jungle and could only have one possession besides a phone, what would that possession be?
Probably some dark chocolate. I wouldn’t last a day in a jungle, especially the Jumanji jungle, so at least I would have some chocolate.

Did you learn any memorable lessons when acting on TV or in a film?
I’ve learned too many lessons to count. I moved to LA when I was 16, so I still had a lot of growing up to do. The greatest lesson I ever learned was what it actually means to take care of yourself, physically and mentally. Season 1 of Still the King was a challenge. I was newly 18 and had to move to a city where I knew absolutely nobody, and go to work with a bunch of people in their 40s. I really struggled with anxiety and depression the first few months. I slipped so far into my anxiety that I actually broke out in shingles. Thankfully, I got right on medication and was only sick for about a month. For the first time in my life, I realized taking care of yourself has to be a priority.

The greatest lesson I ever learned was what it actually means to take care of yourself, physically and mentally.

When acting, what is a normal day for you?
Early call times, which means I wake up at about 4:30 AM, drive and arrive on set at 5:00 AM, eat breakfast, slip into hair and makeup, then off to set to work. I always try to find time to go to the gym after, and then I eat dinner and go to bed.

When not working, what do you enjoy doing?
When I’m not working, I’m enjoying my downtime. I’m a homebody, so I love to be home on my couch with my kitty, Owen. I enjoy reading, going to the beach, hiking, and hanging out with friends. Right now, I’m currently obsessed with going to the gym!
It seems you love social media, especially Instagram, and see it more for its ability to help people express themselves and connect with others. What should people know when using social media and why do you think people shouldn’t focus on their likes and followers?
I really do love social media! I love connecting with people and most importantly, sharing pictures. I think people should stop taking social media so seriously. It is very easy to get wrapped up into the attention that comes with it, but it’s important to remember that those likes and follows are just numbers. What’s really important is your connection with the people and the world around you. Social media is an excellent platform to update, share your thoughts, show off your new haircut, or post your #OOTD that you’re really proud of, don’t get me wrong. I just think it’s important that people remember what really matters isn’t on your phone.

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Chad Rook on Acting, ‘War for the Planet of the Apes,’ and More


Chad Rook is a man of many talents who plays to those strengths. The 35-year-old actor from Alberta has been in many popular shows over the years, such as Supernatural and The Flash. Rook has even covered other aspects of filmmaking besides acting, like directing and producing other films in multiple genres from comedy to drama. In terms of his work schedule, Rook has a sufficient amount on his plate and never feels that he should stop. Ever since he used modeling as a stepping stone to acting, he has always tried to push himself as an actor by searching for roles that are complex, challenging, and multitudinous in personalities. On the other hand, Rook is a man who very much differs from the types of his characters. Here, we chat with him about his role in War for the Planet of the Apes and other memorable experiences.


Cliché: How did you get your first start in acting?
Chad Rock: I started in junior high school doing theatre plays and sketches, and then I did a musical straight out of high school. I knew it was definitely what I wanted for a career at that point, so I saved up enough money to move to Vancouver, got myself an agent, and immediately started auditioning.

You were also a successful model that transitioned to acting. What made you want to switch to acting?
Modeling was always just a means to get to where I wanted to be, which was acting. Where I was raised, there wasn’t much of a film industry, but I was scouted by a modeling agency out of Tampa, and I used the entertainment industry contacts from that to get me into acting.

Were there any memorable experiences that you had when you first started acting?
I remember my very first day ever on a set was for a horror feature film. It was not only uncomfortable just because it was my first day, but the director thought it would be a good day for me to film a passionate sex scene. So the very first day, in my very first role, and in the very first scene we did, was this sex scene. Needless to say, it was one of the most awkward and uncomfortable days I’ve ever had on set. It was not exactly how I imagined my first day to go. [Laughs]

Is there any particular genre that you favor or feel more comfortable with?
I’m very comfortable with comedy. I used to do stand-up and ran my own sketch comedy show. But on-screen, it’s not so much the genre that makes me feel comfortable as opposed to the character itself. If you give me a character with different traits or quirks I can work with, then I feel right at home and as comfortable as can be.

After wrapping up War for the Planet of the Apes, were there any stories that you took away from the experience?
Honestly, the four months of filming was such a crazy experience. There are many moments I’ll remember for the rest of my life. One in particular that stands out right now is when I introduced my fiancé to Woody Harrelson on set and she totally fan-girled over him. [Laughs] She’s gonna kill me for saying that, but it’s true.

You have also spent time on the other side of film and TV when you created your own production company, Checkmate Films. When first starting up the company, did you face any challenges?
Yes, and unfortunately, there are always challenges that come into the picture when making films—everything from financing to scheduling to distribution and sales. Unfortunately, when we first started out, there were a lot of shortcuts that make a producer’s life a lot easier that we just didn’t know at the time. It’s definitely getting easier as time goes by, but there’s just so many stages and steps in making a film that challenges always seems to creep up.

There are always challenges that come into the picture when making films.

After being a writer, director, and actor for your comedy feature film, The Perfect Pickup, how did you feel being on both sides of the camera?
It was different. On one side, I loved having full control both in front and behind the camera. On the other hand, there’s a lot more pressure when you are acting and directing. You don’t really get to just sit back and enjoy the performance process as much as you would just acting. It has its ups and downs on both sides.

How do you balance your time between focusing on creating your own films while also being an actor?
Honestly, I don’t sleep much. [Laughs] If I did, I wouldn’t get anything done

You have been known for taking on certain menacing characters, such as the first weather wizard villain, Clyde Mardon, on The Flash and Desmond, the vampire on Supernatural. Do you feel like these characters are more interesting to play and figure out?
I just like playing “characters”—roles that aren’t just your typical boring, normal guy. In fact, I’ll turn down some auditions if I don’t feel interested or intrigued by the character. Clyde and Desmond are characters with a lot of layers to them and are the types of characters I go for. They don’t have to necessarily be menacing or villainous as opposed to just characters with edge. Those are the roles that make it fun to act.

What do you feel that people should know about you?
That I am nothing like the characters I portray on screen. [Laughs] Nothing.

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Characters We Love: Jack Pearson of ‘This Is Us’


There are times when we watch our favorite television shows and we find characters that embody all the qualities a person wants in an actual human being. The compassionate husband and father from This Is Us, Jack Pearson (played by Gilmore Girls and Heroes alum Milo Ventimiglia), is one of those characters that many of us just love and some are still trying to figure out. He possesses all the unique qualities that make women wish they could be with him and men wish they could be him.

I received the initial hype for This Is Us from my friends and family who were following the NBC drama and added it to my list of Must-Watch TV Shows for the Year. They did not give a significant amount of information about the show; instead, all they told me was that it focused on a special set of individuals whose lives intersect because of a shared birthday. But there is more to the story than one would have guessed. At the beginning, the audience is introduced to a husband named Jack and his pregnant wife, Rebecca; an actor named Kevin who faces some sort of existential crisis about what direction his life is going; a woman named Kate who has a goal of losing weight; and then there is Randall, a gifted husband and father of two that has a hard-to-explain job and who recently discovers the identity and the location of his biological father. After watching the first episode and being surprised by the intriguing twist that links the characters, I, like many other viewers, was then immediately taken on an emotional ride.

Every Tuesday night, I was always excited to see what story or what direction each episode was going to take, and after the first three episodes, it became very clear that my favorite character was Jack Pearson.

One reason to love Jack is his commitment to his wife, Rebecca (Mandy Moore) and his family. He also knows what to say and do at the right time. There were many times when his wife or three children, Randall, Kate, and Kevin were facing extremely tough and tense situations. There is one scene where he addresses his adopted son Randall’s sense of isolation and insecurity by taking Randall to work for Take Your Son to Work Day and he says to Randall, “You are every part my son,” proving to Randall how much he means to him. Even though Randall is Jack’s adopted son, it is clear that he is still his son who has the same qualities and quirks of Jack.

When he is with Rebecca, he is committed to supporting, comforting, and loving her. Even when she feels down, confused, or misguided, Jack always finds some way to be committed to her happiness, either through pieces of memorabilia or abrupt bursts of energy or excitement with the family. Rebecca sees these different exhaustive efforts from Jack and understands the lengths and the risks he would go for her to bring her happiness. For this reason, Jack and his commitment to his family and others around him have inspired many viewers, and it makes them want to work harder to be a better spouse or parent.

Throughout the winding structure of the show’s timeline in the first season, it was never doubtful how hard Jack worked to overcome any obstacles he faced in his life. In this series, he does everything he can to find solutions to problems he faces with his children, job, wife, or self. He is able to seemingly energize his three triplet children by naming them “The Big Three” and focuses an equal amount of attention and care to each of them as much as possible.

This is especially seen during the “Three Sentences” episode where Jack and Rebecca decide to host three separate birthday parties for the triplets’ tenth birthday. Throughout the episode, he runs back and forth between parties, trying to ensure that each of the children’s events is equally entertaining.

Later in the season and further into his marriage, Jack tries to juggle his job at the construction company while also paying attention to his wife’s dream of being in a band and his children’s struggling teenage years. Jack’s time with Rebecca was beautiful and romantic and viewers can see that he put as much effort as he can into his relationship, especially when Rebecca tries to travel with her band on tour and Jack is left in full care of the children. Viewers can see that he is understanding with Rebecca and tries to be the support she needs.

The one thing that is not addressed as much during the show is Jack’s care of himself. Throughout the first season, Jack struggles with alcoholism and uses his hard work to stay sober for his wife and children. Unfortunately, he does stray a little around the later half of the season, but as the first season ends, viewers are left to wonder if Jack will rise from this downfall or if it will, inevitably, lead to his untimely death. It seems we’ll have to wait until season two to find out what becomes of everyone’s new favorite TV husband.

This Is Us returns to NBC on September 26.

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