The 2020 Wrestle Buddies Awards, The Buddiesies | Wrestle Buddies Episode 35

Goodbye 2020. See you later. What better way to wrap up that give a bunch of arbitrary awards away to wrestling companies, wrestlers, and random people? Well, that’s what the Wrestle Buddies are doing in this extra-long episode!

Returning to the show is official Wrestle Buddy and TVLine editor Keisha Hatchett, who you’ve heard on the show numerous times in the past–and someone who is almost mentioned weekly by hosts Chris E. Hayner and Mat Elfring. So what is The Buddiesies? It’s like every other award show, honoring the greats from the past year–for the most part–along with awards the speak to fans of the show.

What was Gangrel’s best tweet of the year? Which person in wrestling was the most Shane Helms-like this year? Which storyline contained the most interesting “murder?” Those questions are answered during this show, and in addition, it’s the return of the worst toy we’ve ever seen, WWF Bangerz.

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Star Trek: Discovery Review – ‘There Is a Tide…’

Full spoilers follow for Star Trek: Discovery Season 3, Episode 12. Read our review of Discovery Season 3, Episode 11 for where we left off.

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After last week’s excellent trip inside the Verubin Nebula, that cliffhanger gets another cliffhanger that focuses entirely on what’s happening on the hijacked Discovery. Saru, Culber and Adira, still trapped in the nebula with the clock ticking, will have to wait until next week. But in the meantime, we get a Jonathan Frakes-directed two-fisted tale in the spirit of The Next Generation’s “Starship Mine,” as Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) works from the shadows to take on the hostile force that has coopted her ship.

The Emerald Chain’s leader Osyraa (Janet Kidder) has taken command of the Discovery and, as the episode starts here, she’s got the crew on her flagship the Viridian simulating an attack on the Disco in order to get inside Starfleet’s shield barrier. As the Federation ship seems to be in distress, it’s the perfect way to infiltrate her enemy’s base of operations and attack. Except… she doesn’t attack once inside.

burnham-there-is-a-tide-star-trek-discoveryIt turns out Osyraa wants the Emerald Chain to join forces with the Federation, as the Chain’s dilithium shortage will soon leave it vulnerable. This is an unexpected turn of events, and it gives Oded Fehr’s Admiral Vance a good amount of screen time as he finds himself in talks with his enemy/possible new ally. Fehr has been a nice addition to the Discovery roster of players, and here not only does he convey Vance’s need to do something to change the course of things for the Federation, but also that the principles of Starfleet haven’t changed in 900 years, no matter how tough times have gotten.

The breaking point for him in these peace talks is that Osyraa refuses to stand trial for the crimes she has committed. “The past cannot be undone,” she says. “But it can be made right,” Vance counters. Even Osyraa, who has been a pretty one-dimensional villain so far this season, gets a little shading in these scenes, as we realize that she is trying to build and maintain something. As she points out, they all had to make hard choices because of The Burn.

Elsewhere, in the bowels of the Discovery, Michael is sending people out airlocks and otherwise messing with the Emerald Chain forces that are onboard. It’s Disco by way of “Starship Mine” by way of Die Hard, and it’s lots of fun. Frakes’ kinetic direction keeps things interesting, like in the early scene where Book and Burnham crash their ship into the Discovery’s shuttle bay, and we’re given succeeding push-in shots of the ship and the Disco from different angles until… BOOM.

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Michael’s adventure also ends on a real gut-punch, where she realizes she has to sacrifice her friends back in the nebula in order to keep the spore drive out of Osyraa’s hands. This leads to Stamets (Anthony Rapp) begging her to go back to help Hugh and the rest while she ejects him from the ship (and to safety) in an energy capsule of some kind. “We came to the future for you!” he yells. “We followed you! Hugh followed you!” Great stuff from Rapp and Martin-Green as we finish out our second cliffhanger in as many weeks.

Questions and Notes from the Q Continuum:

  • We knew the Sphere Data was gonna show up again, and the DOT-7 worker bots have been conspicuous by their presence in the opening credits all season, so it makes sense that it is presumably gonna help save the day while inside them.
  • And that’s the end of Noah Averbach-Katz as Ryn, Book’s Andorian buddy. Feels like he deserved more.
  • Jake Weber returns as Zareh from the second episode of this season, but he still doesn’t have a ton to do.
  • Haven’t seen Michael use the Vulcan nerve pinch in a while!
  • It probably would’ve been easier for Osyraa to just hail Admiral Vance and tell him she wanted to get down to some peace talks, right?
  • Vance finally said what we’ve all known for decades: Replicated food is basically shit.

Halloween Director In Talks To Film New The Exorcist Movie

Any horror fan knows that the best monsters never truly die. David Gordon Green brought Michael Myers back in the well-received 2018 reboot of Halloween, and now he’s in talks to film a brand-new Exorcist film according a report from The Observer.

Blumhouse Productions, the studio that brought us modern horror favorites like Get Out, Paranormal Activity, and the Purge, is reportedly developing a new Exorcist film, with Green as the director. Jason Blum, David Robinson, and James Robinson will produce.

After bringing Halloween back to life, Green filmed a sequel, Halloween Kills. COVID-19 delayed the movie significantly, but the film is now set to hit theaters in October 2021. The Exorcist premiered in 1973, directed by William Friedkin, starring Linda Blair, Ellen Burstyn, Jason Miller, and Max von Sydow as a 12-year-old girl possessed by a demon and the priest trying to free her of the possession.

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January’s PlayStation Plus Free Games Include Shadow Of The Tomb Raider, Greedfall, And More

As we move into the new year with some countries considering new lockdowns to guard against increasing cases of COVID-19, PlayStation Plus subscribers will have a handful of new free games to keep them occupied. This month, subscribers will be able to pick up Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Greedfall on PS4, as well as shark simulator Maneater, which will be free exclusively on PS5.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the most recent instalment in the rebooted Tomb Raider series, bringing Lara Croft’s ongoing adventure to the jungles of South America to save the world from a Mayan apocalypse. As the classic AAA adventure game you would expect, GameSpot’s review of Shadow praised the thrill of exploration and the challenge of solving ancient tomb puzzles, but warned that the game’s traditional mechanics can make the journey a frustrating one.

Greedfall is a 2019 RPG that tasks players with exploring a mysterious island called Teer Fradee, filled with magical secrets to explore and monsters to hunt. The game caters to traditional RPG fans with character builds comprising of different abilities, spells, and skills, and objectives that can be completed in a myriad of different ways. GameSpot’s review of the game compared its compelling exploration and combat mechanics favorably to Witcher 3, though criticized its reliance on colonialist themes.

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