‘The Purge’ Is at Its Scariest, and Most Poignant, Addressing #MeToo

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(Note: This post contains spoilers for the Oct. 9 episode of “The Purge.”)

The concept behind “The Purge,” a night each year when all crime, including murder, is legal, is pretty ridiculous when you apply any logic to it. Of course, the point isn’t that the Purge makes sense — it’s a state-sponsored terror campaign designed to keep the lower classes in line.

The four films have used that theme mainly to examine American racism and classism with blantant candidness. And for much of its first season, USA’s TV addition to the series, “The Purge,” has been content to do the same.

But in its latest episode, “The Forgotten,” the show diverged from that with a chilling look at how an event like the Purge would disproportionately affect women. A year into the #MeToo era, and following the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, “The Purge” franchise suddenly feels as relevant as it’s ever been.

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The series has mentioned before that violence against women is a huge part of each annual Purge night. As we saw in the fourth episode of the season, “The Urge to Purge,” the problem is so bad in Los Angeles that a group of vigilante women go out each Purge night with the express purpose of saving other women who are in danger. With the lack of any sort of institutional protections, they take matters into their own hands, physically branding the faces of the men who hurt women during the Purge to mark them for the rest of the year.

Things escalate even further in “The Forgotten.” After spending two episodes trying to reach her boss to save him from the hit woman she hired, Jane (Amanda Warren) finally gets to him and explains the situation. David (Billy Baldwin), the boss Jane believes has passed her over for promotion, possibly because she rejected his passes at her, seems understanding at first — but then reveals the he’s running a secret Purge sexual assault party, and he’s going to force Jane to be a part of it.

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David explains the nature of his “party”: the women are forced to participate, but there are some rules. There’s no nudity or penetration, and everything happens over clothes. There’s no murder, because “we are not animals,” he says. He notes that another woman who was promoted over Jane has excelled because she was willing to go along with David’s desires, and in fact, she’s the only woman at the party who isn’t tied up.

As with everything in “The Purge,” the scene is a take on viewpoints and people that really exist in America today, but this is easily the most pointed the show has been since it started. David could easily be a Harvey Weinstein.

David also brings up how “PC” the nation has become, creating a situation in which, if he tells a woman, “I can’t stop thinking about you,” he could lose his company. Those are of course things men have actually said about the #MeToo movement in real life.

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Of course, for women, the discussion is extremely different. As “The Handmaid’s Tale” paraphrased the author of the book on which it’s based, Margaret Atwood, “Men are afraid women will laugh at them. Women are afraid men will kill them.”

“The Purge” at its best feels like an awful, too-close version of our own world. Its characters get a once-a-year outlet to drop their social niceties — what David would call “PC” but so often is just the idea of treating other people with respect — and act how they really believe. The night of the Purge gives people like David an opportunity to make their subtext into text.

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That’s the real horror “The Purge.” It imagines a world that’s the same as ours, except that one night a year, the worst of us get to drop their masks, say what they mean, and do what they fantasize about. The scary part is that we can imagine knowing the people in the show. In the current moment, in which at least some powerful abusers are finally being held accountable, the look “The Purge” takes at some of those men is all the more frightening because it feels all too real.

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‘Venture Bros’: Are Hank and Dean Destined to Arch Each Other?

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(Note: This post contains spoilers for the Season 7 finale of “The Venture Bros.”)

“The Venture Bros.” has changed quite a bit over seven seasons and 15 years, but nowhere is that more clear than in the story of its title characters, brothers Hank and Dean. And in season finale, “The Saphrax Protocol, “their relationship took a turn that hints at what could turn into the show’s most tragic story to date: The Venture Bros. as arch enemies.

It became clear midway through Season 7 that, while Hank and Dean didn’t get as much screen time as they might have in previous seasons, the emotional heart of the series was with them. Finally, the Venture brothers are being allowed to grow up. But with growing up comes the ability of Dean and Hank to hurt each other.

Dean, especially.

In the penultimate episode of the season, “The Forecast Manufacturer,” Dean committed a huge act of betrayal: He slept with Sarina (Cristin Milioti), Hank’s girlfriend. And when Hank caught Dean and Sarina in the act, he had a stroke from the shock, and went into a coma. So he remains as the episode begins, stuck in a heavily metaphorical comatose dream influenced by a combination of “Barbarella” and “The Empire Strikes Back,” while Dean keeps a vigil for him at his hospital bed.

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For Dean, Hank’s near-death is a huge wakeup call, and so it is that he spends the episode explaining to his comatose brother all the ways he has been terrible to him over the years. There’s a lot he confesses to, but the main thing is that Dean admits he’s worried and depressed about the distance that’s grown between them — distance Dean reveals he was as much responsible for as Hank was. That led him to sleep with Serina in hopes of breaking her and Hank up. Dean even confesses he’s jealous that Hank is the kind of person who feels no shame walking around in public wearing a “Batman” mask.

Hank, meanwhile, realizes during his comatose dream that he has been avoiding even the beginnings of adulthood, by becoming obsessed with his girlfriend and living a kind of fantasy world in real life to avoid it. This wakes Hank up from his coma, ironically just as Dean has fallen asleep in the hospital. Dean wakes up to learn Hank checked himself out, and in the episode’s final moments, Dean scrambles outside looking desperately for Hank, but to no avail.

In voice over narration that, by the way, totally parodies the end of “Darkman,” Hank disappears into a crowd, proclaiming his intent to go find himself, to finally grow up. As he walks into the distance, he turns around for one last look back, this time covering his face… with that “Batman” mask.

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Throughout the season, Hank (Christopher McCulloch) and Dean (Michael Sinterniklaas) took serious, if tentative, steps into adulthood, although the distance they covered wasn’t equal. They’ve both been exposed to countless dangers since childhood, and as young adults have reacted in dramatically different ways.

Hank, still content to indulge in childlike bouts of make-believe, is more or less at home in the weird world of costumed villains and killer spies in which the Ventures live. The madness of it all rolls off his back when he isn’t actively trying to take part, which to his disappointment he’s constantly forbidden from doing. Worse, he knows he’s clearly not his father’s favorite, knowledge that has depressed and alienated him.

Dean, meanwhile, has some unwanted knowledge of his own that Hank doesn’t. For instance, of his father, Rusty Venture’s ill-advised dalliance with the underage president of the Rusty Venture fan club, which resulted in the secret birth of Hank and Dean’s half-brother, actually Hank’s friend Dermot. Dean also knows the horrifying truth about himself: he and Hank are actually clones, activated after their originals were killed, with all the originals’ backed-up memories uploaded into their brains. and what’s worse, they’re the 14th such clones — they’re actually at least three years (at least) older than they think they are, because of lengthy gaps between clone activations. And by this point in his life, he’s very much over all of it.

And that’s not including the fact that Rusty has ignored both brothers’ natures: Hank, who craves the approval and companionship of his father, but is rejected as unworthy; and Dean, who wants no part of his father’s life or the family business at all, and whose objections are ignored.

In the end, the brothers are now separated, not only by an emotional gulf, but by a physical one.

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So what does this distance mean for Season 8? Their drama stems from their attempts to avoid the choices set for them by their father. And it’s very easy to see how those attempts will lead them down that exact path, by becoming each other’s opposite.

Hank seems very intent on living the superhero life he’s always envisioned for himself — he’s even wearing a Batman Halloween mask in his final appearance in Season 7. He could easily become a “protagonist,” to use the official terminology for “Hero” of the Guild of Calamitous Intent.

Could Dean, meanwhile, become Hank’s antagonist? In a lot of ways, Dean already has. And that’s not accounting for their father, Rusty, who has never been able to pull himself free of the superhero life his father Jonas (Paul Boocock) created for him. And despite his complaints, Rusty has been pushing Dean into that life, just as Jonas pushed Rusty into it. The ruts are well-worn, and they’re also all Dean and Hank have ever known.

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To see Dean and Hank stuck forever on the hamster wheel of “costumed aggression,” constantly angry at and jealous of each other for the rest of their lives, would be fitting with the show’s hilarious but often difficult looks toxic masculinity, parenthood, failure, and whether people can change for the better. It’d certainly make for some great comedy to see Hank’s idea of Batman face off against Dean’s idea of, say, Lex Luthor. And considering the show has teased that there might be a new set of Venture brothers to fulfill the title of the show, contrasting that conflict with this new one would be a great touch.

But that, really, would be the most tragic part of a show that’s often already pretty tragic. With the story of Hank and Dean, “The Venture Bros.” is exploring coming of age through its particularly warped lens, but it’s pitting the Ventures against history, inertia, and trauma. The big question of Season 8 isn’t whether Rusty and the Monarch are brothers, or what will become of the Guild of Calamitous Intent. It’s whether Hank and Dean can become men, what men they’ll become, and whether they’ll be able to stop hurting each other along the way.

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‘Venture Bros’ Finale Changes Everything Between Rusty and the Monarch

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(Note: This post contains spoilers for “The Venture Bros.” Season 7 finale from Oct. 7.)

“The Venture Bros.” has had a tense relationship with its lore all through Season 7. After three episodes at the start of the season to wrap up deep, lingering backstory questions, the show has very pointedly focused on the more personal, current goings-on of its characters, rather than the events of the past.

That doesn’t mean there aren’t still a lot of little lore tidbits for “The Venture Bros.” to slip in here and there that could fundamentally change everything its characters know, as well as how they relate to each other, themselves, and the world. In the Season 7 finale, “The Venture Bros.” dropped one more big revelation to drop on its characters, and it’s likely to upend whatever comes next for the Venture clan and its antagonists.

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That new bit of information was an item that the show has been slowly teasing for quite a while: the familial relationship between protagonist Doc “Rusty” Venture (James Urbaniak) and The Monarch (Christopher McCulloch), the supervillain who hates him.

In the final episode of the season, “The Saphrax Protocol,” the show gives confirmation of something that’s been suspected for quite a while. While the Monarch is going through his confirmation as a prestigious Level 10 supervillain in the Guild of Calamitous Intent, the governing organization for costumed aggression in “The Venture Bros.,” a blood test reveals that he and Rusty are related. The Monarch, it would seem, is a Venture, too.

We don’t yet know for sure what the connection between Rusty and the Monarch actually is, of course, but the smart money is on them being half-brothers, connected by Rusty’s father, Jonas Venture Sr. (Paul Boocock). We know from the first three episodes of the season that the Monarch’s father, a vigilante known as the Blue Morpho (Paul F. Thompkins), was a friend of (or more accurately, blackmailed by) Jonas. When the Morpho mentioned to Jonas that he was worried he might be sterile while he and his wife were trying to conceive a child, Jonas told the Morpho he could help — but Jonas’ swinger nature added the implication that he might have just seduced the Monarch’s mother.

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The question is what this will mean for Rusty and the Monarch going forward. To this day, “The Venture Bros.” hasn’t revealed exactly why the Monarch hates Rusty so much — even Rusty doesn’t seem to know why, and early in the show, the Monarch barely registered on his list of enemies. The Monarch’s hate is deep and abiding, though, and on more than one occasion the villain has jeopardized his marriage and his freedom just for a chance to keep “arching” Rusty. The fact that they’re brothers may not change the Monarch’s feelings at all, but it’s definitely likely to complicate things. It’s a good parallel to the story of Hank (McCulloch) and Dean (Michael Sinterniklaas), who are experiencing their own fraternal conflicts at the end of the season.

Likely, things are going to get more than just a little complicated between the estranged elder Venture brothers, if that’s indeed what they are. Just one episode ago, “The Venture Bros.” messed with fans by throwing in a tidbit of time travel that suggested maybe the timeline we’ve been watching on the show all along isn’t the original, but one altered by the meddlings of a time-traveling Rusty and Billy Quizboy (Doc Hammer). When the Monarch encountered the time-traveling Rusty, his antagonist called him by his real name, Malcolm, and seemed familiar or even friendly with him.

Could there be another version of the timeline in which Rusty and Malcolm were close? What would the realization of that timeline’s existence do to the Monarch’s lifelong hate? Given the events of the show up to now, the answer could be: nothing, played for a laugh.

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But if Season 7 has shown anything, it has been growth, albeit incremental, in almost all its major players. The Monarch might be still be an angry spiteful supervillain, but he’s definitely grown through actions like (kind of) supporting his wife, Dr. Mrs. The Monarch (Hammer), appreciating his connection with Henchman 21 (Hammer), and mentoring a struggling villain.

Rusty has grown a bit this season too. He seemingly dealt with some of his daddy issues early on, and tasted what being a successful super-scientist is like here and there. He’s seemingly come to terms with himself, at least a little. The show that deals with masculinity (toxic or otherwise) and failure is evolving its characters through those lenses, slowly but surely.

So unless “The Venture Bros.” finds a way to turn a brotherly revelation between Rusty and the Monarch into a gag (which is very possible, probably even likely) or to turn it on its head to disrupt fan expectations (maybe even more likely), this feels like it’ll be a major turning point for the characters going forward.

Will Rusty and the Monarch finally reconcile? One wonders what the world, or at least their own somewhat-pathetic lives, would be like if the pair of them could join forces. That seems like a move that could break the show — the Monarch’s hatred is a central axis on which many of the jokes and story lines turn — but as “The Venture Bros.” has often proven, anything is possible, and the show is always willing to undergo change. Unfortunately, we have to wait an unknown amount of time for Season 8 to see what that change will be.

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‘The Walking Dead’: Could Carol and Ezekiel’s Romance Be Setting Up Carol and Daryl?

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Well, it’s official — as of the Season 9 premiere of “The Walking Dead,” there’s a new major romance, one that already seems to have its share of complications.

That romance is between Carol (Melissa McBride) and King Ezekiel (Khary Payton), something the show has been building toward in small increments for a while now. In the first episode of the new season, “A New Beginning,” we see that in whatever time has passed since the end of the war with the Saviors and now, Carol and Ezekiel have gotten very close.

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That Carol and Ezekiel are an item is both great and terrible. It’s great because Ezekiel is probably the best guy in the post-apocalypse on “The Walking Dead,” as well as the best, most stable and most caring leader of any of the folks currently in charge. He deserves good things, and so does Carol, who might be the end of the world’s chief badass. She’s also been through a lot of crap over the years.

But it’s terrible because, at least right now, the Carol-Ezekiel relationship seems to put down one fans have been hoping would come to fruition for basically forever: Carol and Daryl, or “Caryl.”

Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Carol have had a very close, interesting and mostly unspoken relationship for quite a while now, but while there’s definitely been tension between them, their relationship has never quite become romantic. And now, as the events advance in the rest of Season 9, it seems it might never be. That’s because part way through the premiere, Ezekiel asks Carol to marry him.

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Then again, maybe what we’re seeing in the premiere episode of “The Walking Dead” Season 9 is a setup for Carol and Daryl to finally come to terms with how they feel about each other.

The first clue that Carol might not be fully ready to settle down with Ezekiel is the fact that she’s clearly resistant to that idea; after all, she doesn’t agree to marry him. Carol is obviously having trouble committing to much more than being in a stable relationship with Ezekiel, and is carrying around plenty of emotional baggage. She’s spent much of the last two seasons distancing herself from friends and even considering leaving the group altogether. While she’s obviously recovered from a lot of that, Carol still has some distance issues even in the premiere episode, keeping Ezekiel at arm’s length.

That’s most obvious when Ezekiel suffers a near-death experience halfway through the episode after nearly tumbling to his death to be eaten by walkers. He’s saved by Daryl and the rest of the group, and after the fact, asks Carol to marry him. She pumps the brakes, partially because she doesn’t want Ezekiel’s proposal to be prompted by the emotions of nearly dying. But by the end of the episode, Carol is headed to Sanctuary and taking some time apart from Ezekiel; she says it’s because Daryl and the others need help, but Ezekiel suspects it’s because he pushed Carol too hard with his proposal.

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So already, “The Walking Dead” is setting up that, while Ezekiel and Carol are together, she’s not quite in the relationship as deeply as he is. At the very least, Carol has some things to work out (like trust and the fear of losing people close to her that we’ve been seeing for quite a while now). There’s conflict in their relationship that’s only going to develop further.

And then there’s the Daryl situation.

Later in the episode, Carol talks to Daryl about Ezekiel’s proposal, and he tells her that she deserves happiness. We see them have a moment of platonic closeness, and it’s clear the pair are still tight.

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Carol’s struggle with getting close to Ezekiel, and then immediately going and talking to Daryl about it, seems pretty suggestive. We can also expect that things aren’t going to be easy for Carol and Ezekiel regardless — this is “The Walking Dead,” after all. It might be that we’re seeing Carol struggling with her feelings, or it might be that the reason Carol can’t fully commit is because of how she feels about someone else, even if she doesn’t fully realize it.

And if we’re talking about what would make for powerful drama and conflict for the show, and twist fans into knots trying to decide how they feel about it, there’s nothing more powerful than a love triangle between three fan-favorite characters. So maybe Carol being with Ezekiel doesn’t quite mean that “Caryl” is fully off the table.

Then again, this is “The Walking Dead,” and nobody’s allowed to be happy for every long in any event. If Daryl and Carol finally got together, as fans want, probably one of them would get killed off immediately afterward.

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‘SNL’: Americans Hate Their Phones After Trump’s Presidential Alert (Video)

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“SNL” skewered a bunch of recent events in American politics with its second episode in Season 44. After taking on Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation in the cold open, “Saturday Night Live” turned its attention to Donald Trump’s new “Presidential Alert” system.

The digital short sketch found Americans of all walks of life receiving their first “Presidential Alert” on their phones — an Amber Alert-style text message that comes straight from the president, “in case of emergency.” That first tweet came to Americans’ phones Wednesday this week, but the “SNL” sketch imagines the situation escalating pretty quickly.

As with Trump’s Twitter feed, the Presidential Alerts become more and more unhinged over the course of the sketch. Unlike Trump’s tweets, though, Americans are forced to read the alerts.

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Watch the sketch above.

“Failing New York Times says I cheated on taxes!” One alert reads. “Duh! It’s called being smart!”

“Puerto Rico is fine now!” goes another. “I guess paper towels worked!”

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The sketch goes on to talk about how other presidents have directly addressed the American people, going back to Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s televised fireside chats. Trump, on the other hand, has tweets and Presidential Alerts, which can get his message out straight to the public — no matter what that message is.

Later Presidential Alerts include messages like, “Hurricane Florence got the Carolinas so wet I thought it was the premiere of ‘Magic Mike,’ ” “Warning: White men are under attack,” “Kid Rock sounds better than ever,” and “Congrats to good guy Brett Kavanaugh. #BelieveMen.”

That last one was over the line for Kate McKinnon’s character in the sketch, who immediately dropped her phone into a hot dog vendor’s fryer.

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The sketch ends with scores of Americans throwing away their phones after being inundated with Presidential Alerts they can’t avoid that are all just like Trump’s tweets.

Only Heidi Gardner’s character gets by without receiving Trump alerts. That’s when the twist lands — the whole sketch is actually a parody ad for extremely cheap prepaid wireless service Cricket Wireless.

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‘The Good Place’: Michael Gets Blamed for Brexit (but Nobody Mentions Trump)

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“The Good Place” just rolled out an explanation for some of the weird things that have been happening in our world, like Brexit, and the Jacksonville Jaguars recent successes: demonic intervention.

Season 3 has been all about Michael (Ted Danson) and Janet (D’Arcy Carden) trying to prevent Eleanor (Kristen Bell), Tahani (Jameela Jamil), Chidi (William Jackson Harper) and Jason (Manny Jacinto) from winding up in the Bad Place. It started with Michael, who convinced Judge Hydrogen (Maya Rudolph) to reset the timeline at the end of Season 2, saving each of the four from their original accidental deaths, giving them a chance to become better people on Earth and avoid their former fates.

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Things weren’t really working out, though, so Michael returned to Earth a few more times to help put everyone on track, driving Eleanor to meet up with Chidi, and then sending Tahani and Jason to join them. Everything seemed to be going great, although Michael had to “cheat” the experiment by returning to Earth again and again (kind of like how he kept rebooting the Fake Good Place).

But in the third episode of the season, “The Brainy Bunch,” Michael finally gets caught when he and Janet try to stop more intervention in the experiment. Trevor (Adam Scott), a Bad Place demon, has shown up on Earth in order to try to break up the group of humans and mess everything up. When Michael and Janet also go back to Earth, the Judge finally gets wise to what’s happening.

It turns out that Michael’s alterations to the timeline are blamed for some real-world effects. When the Judge brings Michael, Janet and Trevor back to Earth, she explains that their interference in the timeline has created ripple events that have made everything weirder. She mentions Brexit, the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union.

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In the real word, the vote for the UK to leave the EU really was kind of weird, and wasn’t really expected to pass. But thanks to the unexpected consequences of Michael messing with the timeline, it did.

Brexit isn’t the only thing the Judge points out that’s a bit strange. She also mentions the success of the Hugh Jackman movie “The Greatest Showman,” the fact that the Jacksonville Jaguars are good enough to make the NFL Playoffs this year, and that comedian-turned-media mogul Byron Allen now owns the Weather Channel. They’re all Michael’s fault.

But in case you’re wondering, there’s one big, weird event you might have expected Michael to be blamed for that didn’t come up: the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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Donald Trump shocking win was at least as big an upset as Brexit. Not only did he secure the presidential nomination during a packed Republican primary, he defeated Hillary Clinton in national election despite losing the popular vote by nearly three million votes. That’s how close it was.

But it was probably wise not to go there. No matter which side of the political divide, ascribing Trump’s presidency to the meddling of a demon in human affairs would be one hell of a hornet’s nest-kick. We’re all angry enough as it is without having to get into shouting matches with our families over what is inarguably one of the best shows on TV.

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Sony Fixed How Everyone Pronounces ‘Symbiote’ in ‘Venom’

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Nice work, Internet. It seems mocking a certain aspect about of “Venom” actually got it fixed.

The weird thing about the titular anti-hero in “Venom” is that he’s actually two characters in one. The person under the gooey black costume is Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy), an investigative reporter who’s a bit of a screw-up. But the gooey black costume is also a character — it’s an alien creature called a “symbiote” that bonds with Eddie and turns him all super.

The word “symbiote” is a Marvel Comics invention, riffing off the scientific term “symbiosis,” in which two creatures have a mutually beneficial relationship. Despite it being a made-up term, there’s apparently a right way to pronounce the word “symbiote,” and in the first trailer released for “Venom,” actor Jenny Slate’s character Dr. Dora Skirth was unlucky enough to say it wrong.

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It seems that’s no longer the case in the movie, though, likely thanks to the liberal dunking on the movie by the Internet (as well as actual debate over the pronunciation). In the trailer, when Skirth explains the situation about the symbiotes to Eddie — her company, the Life Foundation, has captured several of alien creatures and her boss, Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed), is trying to bond them with various test subjects against their will — she pronounces the word “sim-BYE-oat.” In the released film, though, Skirth, Drake and anyone else who happens to use the word pronounces it correctly (according to Marvel): “sim-BEE-oat.”

Apparently, all those various posts about the “Venom” trailer and the way Slate said a made-up word caught some attention over at Sony. The properly pronounced “symbiote” seems to be the only major change from the trailers, though. The much-discussed moment in which Venom threatens to bite off the arms, legs and head of a man trying to rob a convenience store — leaving him rolling down the road “like a turd in the wind” — is still in the movie. It’s a pretty perfect encapsulation of the silly, dark comedy that makes “Venom” a lot of fun.

In fact, looked at from a comedic standpoint, maybe Sony should have left in all those mispronunciations of “symbiote,” just to goof on fans.

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Americana Restaurant on ‘The Good Place’ Is Straight Out of the Bad Place

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‘The Purge’: ‘Halloween’ Easter Egg Teases What’s Up With the Masked Man

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Things are ramping up in the third episode of “The Purge.” People are murdering each other for promotions, the frightening pro-Purge cult is dropping people off to their deaths, and we’re getting a taste of the backlash and insurgency that is resisting the government and its yearly night of murder.

Episode 3 of the USA Network series, “The Urge to Purge,” also teases something new, though. The final moments of the episode bring fans an installment in the story of a man wearing a metal mask who heads out on Purge night in an unmarked van. The man, named Joe (Lee Tergesen), looks scary, but the episode upends expectations – instead of going on a joyful murder spree, the man in the mask rescues a woman from her attackers.

The whole scene is a bit strange, but “The Purge” is giving hints at what’s going on here. First, we’ve seen the masked man driving around listening to pro-Purge self-help tapes, encouraging him to let out his dark urges. When he reaches his destination, though, he finds a woman in her home being attacked by two other Purgers. The masked man kills the attackers and brings the woman into his van, apparently planning to help her.

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There is an added bit of creepiness, though. The masked man didn’t randomly come across that woman under attack. A shot in his car shows that he had information about who she was, where to go, and what to expect when he arrived. Saving the woman, it seems, was a planned moment. What we don’t know yet was why.

There’s one more tell, though, that gives a hint about where this might all be going, and what the deal is with the masked man. It’s also an Easter egg in the episode that probably slipped past all but the die-hard horror fans.

That Easter egg is a call-out out to the 1978 classic slasher movie “Halloween.” In the final moments of the episode, the music shifts to one of the tracks from the “Halloween” score. It’s subtle, but something that also feels like it definitely has meaning.

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What is that meaning, exactly? It remains to be seen, but “Halloween” is specifically about a guy in a mask hunting and attempting to murder a woman (and successfully killing all her friends). It’s clear that rescuing that woman is not the end of the story, but that “Halloween” music cue seems to give an idea of where the masked man’s intentions really lie.

Obviously we’ll have to wait and see where this plot line in “The Purge” is headed, but if the “Halloween” Easter egg is any indication, there could very well be another major villain being introduced as we speak.

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‘Infinity War’ Directors Troll the Internet With Mysterious ‘Avengers 4’ Photo Tease

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The directors of “Avengers: Infinity War” just shared a photo on social media that’s presumably a tease about “Avengers 4” — and fans are freaking out.

Directors Joe and Anthony Russo published the photo through their joint Twitter account, @RussoBrothers, and on their Marvel-laden Instagram account, therussobrothers. The dark, black-and-white photo shows Joe Russo seated on what appears to be a studio sound stage, looking at a laptop. Nothing about the photo seems especially out of place or even particularly mysterious, but then there’s the caption.

Look hard… pic.twitter.com/NxI8RFh4f6

— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) September 19, 2018

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“Look hard….” reads the tweet that goes with photo. So, of course, fans have been looking very hard at their computer and smartphone screens ever since. Still, nobody is quite sure what the Russos are trying to tell fans.

Speculation about the photo so far is that it’s a tease for the reveal of the official title of “Avengers 4,” which Marvel Studios still hasn’t released. Some see the “A”-shaped frame of the ladder in the photo, plus what looks like an “E” made out of stuff to its right — which syncs up with the fan theory that “Avengers 4” will be called “Avengers: Endgame.”

Others are brightening the photo, trying to make out what’s on the laptop screen or identify the object on the nearby table, which looks like a bottle with writing on it. Some are scanning the ladder to make out letters there. A couple of fans on Reddit even think the word “Thanos” might be hidden in the photo.

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There’s also another small possibility — that the tease is actually a bit of a troll, and that it has nothing to do with “Avengers 4.” On Tuesday, the Russos published a photo to their Instagram account in which a number of Marvel Studios royalty posed together at a restaurant. It included a bunch of notable Marvel folks, like “Infinity War” stars Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Karen Gillan and Pom Klementieff, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” star Marisa Tomei, “Avengers 4” Executive Producer Trinh Tran, “Thor: Ragnarok” director Taika Waititi, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, and Joe Russo.

That photo also included something of a teasing caption, which read, “Check out the bio…coming September 20th….”

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The reference to the “bio” in the caption led to a link in the Russos’ Instagram account’s profile, which gave the context that clarified the image: The restaurant is Simone, a Los Angeles spot that Joe Russo co-owns, and is opening on Sept. 20. Also featured in the photo is Simone’s chef, Jessica Largey.

So could it be that, with Simone’s opening Thursday, the Russos are teasing fans with something non-“Avengers” related? It’s possible, but doesn’t seem too likely — one would think messing with the hearts of “Infinity War” fans wouldn’t be great for a new restaurant’s business.

There’s no such luck of finding a link that explains it as of the time of this writing. And while lots of fans are trying to divine the message of the Russos’ photo, quite a few are just desperate for answers.

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I’ve been staring at this for thirty minutes.

— MT (@MasterTainment) September 19, 2018

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— Jordan (@ZeusLFC) September 19, 2018

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‘Venture Bros’: ‘Unicorn in Captivity’ Hints at Where Season 7 Is Headed

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After several episodes of “The Venture Bros.” in a row teasing at the larger plot line of Season 7, the show’s latest entry seems like a one-off episode that doesn’t contribute much to the thread. But the episode includes a few key elements that may well totally change things as the season continues.

In the seventh episode of Season 7, “The Unicorn in Captivity,” we spend a lot of time with the Monarch (Christopher McCulloch) as he becomes the last-minute addition to a heist, organized by villains in the Guild of Calamitous Intent. Though the job is to steal a potentially world-changing teleporter invented by Doc “Rusty” Venture (James Urbaniak), the Monarch isn’t super-thrilled about situation — especially because his only job is to use his butterfly wings to fly around and play lookout. While the story gains its own intrigue, it’s not immediately clear where it’s all going from an overall view of the season.

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That might be because “The Unicorn in Captivity” is setting a foundation for future events, and if we consider what’s happened earlier in Season 7, it’s possible to guess at what that foundation might be. First, the Monarch’s heist is being run by a villain with whom the Monarch has a bit of history: Copycat (Toby Huss), a Dean Martin-esque supervillain who is capable of making duplicates of himself who are able to carry out tasks.

As the episode goes on, Henchman 21 (Doc Hammer) discovers that Copycat is actually planning to double-cross his team. The villain is using his various doubles as a second team to steal the teleporter from the first group of thieves, leaving them to get caught by the Office of Secret Intelligence and the frighteningly formidable Brock Samson (Patrick Warburton).

Copycat’s plan might just be regular bad guy stuff, but there are a lot of details here that suggest it’s more than that. First, Copycat’s original, villain-laden heist was seemingly sanctioned by the Guild, since it was Dr. Mrs. The Monarch (Hammer) who suggested the Monarch take part in it. Unless she was setting up her own husband, she expected the job to be relatively easy and to go by the numbers.

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It’s possible the Guild Councilwoman didn’t really have the details of what was going to happen, seeing as she likely would have kept the Monarch from doing something that could be considered arching his old nemesis, Rusty. Still, the heist seemingly had the Guild stamp of approval, and the Guild isn’t in the business of getting its own members killed or captured.

Next, we have Copycat’s past behavior. Back in Season 6, Copycat went out of his way to mess with the Monarch during a party at the home of supervillain and crime boss Wide Wale (Hal Lublin). When the Monarch showed up in his supervillain costume, threatening to out Wide Wale to his legitimate business associates, Copycat offered to loan the Monarch a suit from his apartment in the same building. But rather than help, Copycat took the opportunity to knock the Monarch out, impersonate him peeing in Rusty’s pool, and get him in trouble with Dr. Mrs. The Monarch.

At the time, it just seemed like Copycat might just have been trying to break up the marriage, flirt with Dr. Mrs. The Monarch, or otherwise undermine the Monarch, but now we have more information. Maybe Copycat’s plans in messing with the Monarch (twice now) are really about messing with Dr. Mrs. The Monarch, arguably the most important person in the Guild of Calamitous Intent.

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That would make sense if we consider the major plot line that’s been running through Season 7, concerning the Peril Partnership, or PP. That’s a Canadian villainy group and a rival of the Guild, and throughout Season 7, we’ve been seeing evidence that the PP has infiltrated the Guild, seemingly in order to undermine or destroy it in its currently weakened, rebuilding state.

Following that logic and what we’ve seen in the past, it becomes a fair bet that Copycat is a member of the Peril Partnership. The plan with the heist double-cross, then, was to further damage  the Guild by getting its members caught or killed, exposing it to the OSI, and hurting Dr. Mrs. The Monarch — while also allowing the PP to escape with the teleporter, a device the OSI thinks is going to upset the status quo of the entire world.

The wild card, as always, is the Monarch. Thanks to 21’s intervention, the Monarch managed to avoid getting caught in the heist and to abscond with the teleporter, while Copycat was seemingly killed in a helicopter crash (though the likelihood that he’s actually dead feels extremely low right now).

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That teleporter seems like a big factor in the future of the Guild and the PP, and also is likely to loom large in the futures of both the Monarch and Rusty. The Monarch has been trying to claw his way back up in the ranks of the Guild so he can get back to arching Rusty, and something as amazing as a working teleporter could give him some serious advantages. Meanwhile, Rusty just lost what might be the only thing he’s ever accomplished, other than his wrecked cloning research — a truly world-changing accomplishment. Both are likely to have big plans for the invention and a lot of conflict surrounding it.

“The Venture Bros.” loves to throw wrenches into stories and change up what fans expect to play out, so we’ll see what ultimately happens. But if the PP is planning to go after the Guild, it seems likely to happen soon — even though Copycat’s heist failed, it still seemed a major embarrassment for the Guild, and possibly a violation of the recently re-signed Treaty of Tolerance between it and the OSI.

Who knows exactly it will all play out, but it does feel like “The Venture Bros.” just moved a whole bunch of its chess pieces into place for the rest of the season.

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Emmys 2018: Rick and Morty Call All Emmy Winners ‘Monsters’

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The stars of Adult Swim’s nihilistic sci-fi cartoon series “Rick and Morty” got to present an award at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards — and like the show, it got pretty dark.

Rick and Morty (both voiced by series creator Justin Roiland) presented the Emmy for Outstanding Reality or Competition Series, with Morty joking that the pair were uniquely qualified because of the premise of their show — it sees the pair traveling between infinite realities, where they find all kinds of weird and hilarious things.

However, Rick, the oft-drunk scientist and Morty’s grandfather, quickly announced that he was going off-teleprompter to make an important statement to the Emmy audience.

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Rick presented a small alien creature and said that it was a living Emmy. “It’s an herbivore, it mates for life and it’s capable of complex emotions,” Rick said, and then told the audience that the creatures were nailed to a wooden base and had their wrists stuck to a metal ball, before they were finally dipped in gold. The result was the Emmy statues that all the winners were taking home during the ceremony.

“You’re ruining the night, Rick,” Morty told him, to no avail.

“Everyone that takes one of these home is a monster,” Rick told the audience.

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Rick and Morty just appeared live at the Emmys and ruined everyone’s good time #RickandMorty #Emmys pic.twitter.com/Fw2HubiiV7

— [adult swim] (@adultswim) September 18, 2018

Rick asked the Emmy creature if he was rooting for the show “Atlanta” to win, and then told the audience that the creature’s squeaky, non-English response was it saying that it did want “Atlanta” to win. “Smaller crews mean less of his offspring die,” Rick explained. “You know, that is a complex emotion.”

“Can you just present the damn award already?” Morty complained.

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With Rick’s political message completed, the “Rick and Morty” duo finally announced the winner of the award they were drawn to present — which went to “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Also nominated in the category were “American Ninja Warrior,” “Top Chef,” “The Voice,” “The Amazing Race” and “Project Runway.”

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Here’s What the Emmys Bleeped From Thandie Newton’s Acceptance Speech

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The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards have been fairly uneventful, but one star did get let an expletive slip during NBC’s broadcast of the award show.

Thandie Newton took the stage Monday after winning the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work as the robot Maeve on HBO’s “Westworld.” In the emotional speech for her first-ever Emmy win and her second nomination, Newton thanked her daughter, Ripley, who turned 18 the day of the ceremony, as well as series creators Lisa Joy and Jonah Nolan — and God.

“I don’t even believe in God but I’m going to thank her tonight,” she said. “I am so blessed. I am so blessed.

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“Without this, I am even so f—king blessed,” Newton said, with the f-bomb bleeped from the broadcast.

Immediately afterward, Newton seemed to catch herself, covering her mouth.

“The cast and crew of — I can’t believe I’m here — the cast and crew of ‘Westworld,’ I love you all so much,” Newton continued. “Lisa Joy, Jonah Nolan, Home Box Office. J.J. Abrams, our guardian angel.”

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HBO’s sci-fi series about robots who gain sentience and the less-than-nice rich people who exploit them in a theme park, “Westworld” was up for five Emmys during the ceremony, including the award for Outstanding Drama Series. Also nominated were Jeffrey Wright and Ed Harris, each for Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Evan Rachel Wood for Lead Actress in a Drama Series, and Jimmi Simpson for Guest Actor in a Drama Series.

Newton was previously nominated for her role as Maeve in 2017, but lost that Emmy to Ann Dowd, who won for her work on “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

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Teddy Perkins, Donald Glover’s Creepy ‘Atlanta’ Character, Spotted in Emmys Audience

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Teddy Perkins, one of the most memorable “Atlanta” characters showed up in the audience of the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards — catching pretty much everyone but Donald Glover by surprise.

Viewers caught sight of Perkins, a creepy rich recluse who appeared in the show’s second season, as the camera panned over the audience at the 2018 Emmys. Glover played the makeup-heavy character on the episode called “Teddy Perkins,” though he wasn’t credited.

But Glover didn’t play Perkins at the Emmys — because both he and Perkins were seen in the crowd.

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Donald Glover is at the Emmy’s dressed as Teddy Perkins what in the whole hell pic.twitter.com/Gz3qBimacf

— the z is silent (@zlombobomb) September 18, 2018

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In the episode called “Teddy Perkins,” Perkins is the brother of a famous musician and comes off as something of a send-up of Michael Jackson. It plays like a horror story, and it soon seems that Perkins might murder Darius (Lakeith Stanfield) who visited Perkins’ house to take home a piano.

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“Teddy Perkins” made a huge splash among the fans of “Atlanta,” and the episode’s director, Hiro Murai, was nominated for Oustanding Directing in a Comedy Series for directing the episode. The Emmy in the category went to Amy Sherman-Palladino for her work directing the show she created, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

Murai also directed Glover’s the music video for his Childish Gambino song “This is America.” The powerful video for the politically charged song became a viral sensation.

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‘The Venture Bros’: Yup, That Clown’s Voice Was Exactly Who You Thought It Was

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“The Venture Bros.” loves to slip in extended jokes and references to famous, beloved cartoons and movies — and sometimes, even the show’s casting is a joke and a reference unto itself.

Viewers watching “The Unicorn in Captivity,” the seventh episode of “The Venture Bros.” Season 7, likely heard a familiar voice in one of the new supervillain characters introduced during the episode: Presto Chango, a shapeshifting clown who can turn stretch his body into all kinds of shapes. Of course, if you’ve got an evil cartoon clown in your comedy about superheroes and villains, there’s really only one choice for casting.

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And yup, Presto Chango is voiced by Mark Hamill, he of “Star Wars” fame and who has voiced the arch-nemesis of Batman, the Joker, in cartoons, animated movies and video games for nearly three decades. He started playing the role on “Batman: The Animated Series” all the way back in 1992.

Hamill’s Presto Chango is something of an homage to his Joker, with his high-pitched laughs and squeaky tenor. It wasn’t the only role the actor also played had during the episode. Hamill also voiced the spooky leader of the Illuminati in another segment, in which the elite rulers of the world offered Doc “Rusty” Venture (James Urbaniak) a chance to join them in exchange for not publicizing the teleporter technology he’d created.

This isn’t the first time “The Venture Bros.” has slipped in a Batman reference that worked on a meta level. Back in Season 4, Kevin Conroy, the voice of “Batman” in “Batman: The Animated Series” and numerous video games and animated movies since then, popped up in a role that was basically a big spoof on his iconic character.

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That role was Captain Sunshine, whose story got fleshed out in the episode “Handsome Ransom.” Sunshine is a bit of an amalgamation of references to both Superman and Batman. The show jokes that Captain Sunshine was, at the least, overly attached to his sidekick and ward, Wonder Boy, and their relationship gets some creepy implications.

The episode is full of Batman jokes, too. Wonder Boy is a riff on Robin, Batman’s ward and sidekick who’s often called the Boy Wonder, and Captain Sunshine laments how his previous Wonder Boy sidekick was killed by the villain Clue Clown, before he tries to get Hank Venture (Christopher McCulloch) to take over the role. In DC’s “Batman” comics and in the animated movie “Under the Red Hood,” Jason Todd took on the role of Robin after Dick Grayson, Batman’s original sidekick, before he was believed killed by the Joker.

It’s implied at the end of the episode that Rusty’s Illuminati experience, which is a creepy “Eyes Wide Shut” sex party where Rusty accidentally eats hors d’oeuvres made from orphans, is actually just a ruse put on by his handlers at the Office of Secret Intelligence. That probably means this is the last we’ll see of either of Hamill’s characters from this episode, since one apparently doesn’t exist and the other got stabbed in the head by Brock Samson (Patrick Warburton).

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Other characters have come back after seemingly killed off, though — so hopefully “The Venture Bros.” will give fans a chance to reunite Hamill and Conroy (or at least, their voices) on the small screen. The only thing better than sending up their famous “Batman” characters separately is the two actors doing it together.

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14 Perfect, Over-the-Top Lines From ‘Predator’ Movies (Photos)

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‘Castle Rock’ Finale Teases the Truth About Ruth Deaver’s Condition

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Throughout the first season of Hulu’s “Castle Rock,” Ruth Deaver has struggled to deal with her life as an Alzheimer’s patient — but the show has teased that something more might be going on with her.

The finale episode seems to finally come down on the truth, one way or the other. And it seems that the condition Ruth (Sissy Spacek) has been grappling with all season is more than Alzheimer’s disease.

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The suggestion that more was going on started back in Episode 7, “The Queen,” when we spent a whole episode seeing everything Ruth was experiencing from her perspective. Her life with her condition means she experiences time out of order and out of sync — sometimes she’s in the present with other people, and other times, she’s reliving events from her past.

Ruth places chess pieces around her house in the present, which she explains help her maintain her grip on where and when she is; if she finds a chess piece, she knows it’s “now,” essentially, and finding a chess piece helps bring her back to the present.

In “Romans,” the last episode of the season, though, finds Ruth standing on the edge of a bridge in the middle of Castle Rock, as we’ve seen her do before (and the one time that she actually jumped). She’s discovered by Molly (Melanie Lynskey), and Ruth says that she and Molly have had this conversation many times before. Every time, nothing Molly says is enough to dissuade Ruth from choosing to jump rather than live with the knowledge that she killed Alan Pangborn (Scott Glenn).

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This time, though, Molly intuits what’s been happening to Ruth, and asks her a question based on her conversations with the Kid (Bill Skarsgard). She asks her one question: do her memories include her leaving her husband, and she and Henry (Andre Holland) leaving Castle Rock behind with Alan?

Ruth says that Molly has never asked her that question before, and the implication is that she has, in fact, experienced that before. And that’s an element of the alternate universe version of Castle Rock that the Kid (Bill Skarsgard) described last week in Episode 9, “Henry Deaver.”

It seems that what Ruth is actually experiencing is that she’s briefly bouncing between the different realities that converge on Castle Rock, known as “the schisma,” as Odin Branch (Charles Jones) explained in Episode 6, “Filter.” That would track with some of the things we saw in “The Queen,” like Alan coming to investigate the gunshot that seemed to be the one fired when Ruth killed him, and the fact that she seemed to find herself holding the queen chess piece somewhere other than the present.

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Ruth’s conversation with Molly on the bridge suggests that Molly has experienced the bridge situation many times before in many other realities, but this is the first time that Molly has had this conversation with Ruth and given her an idea that the other realities she’s seeing are real. And that’s enough to stop Ruth from stepping off the bridge.

Between “The Queen” and that final revelation in “Romans,” it seems clear that Ruth’s condition goes beyond simple confusion about her own memories. She might not have traveled between the two worlds, like the Kid claims he and Henry have done, but it seems the schisma affects more than those few people who can hear it.

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