Legends of Tomorrow Brings Captain Cold to the Cold War

first_img We’re going back to the 1980s again, because who doesn’t love pastel shirts, shoulder pads, and the Cold War? We start off with a little bit of Miami Vice in 1987, where a coke deal is going down. Not for money, though. The seller is Damien Darhk, who is selling the drugs for an ancient Roman axe. The police arrive and arrest everyone, but Darhk shoots all of them with the help of Eobard Thawne, who offers to help him gain true power, not just a symbol of itOn the Waverider, Martin and Jax are arguing over whether they can change history for the better rather than simply cleaning things up after bad guys ruin it. Mick is training Ray on how to use the ice gun and how to work effectively as his partner. And Nate is working on a way to detect anomalies before they happen. Sarah gets a signal that something has gone wrong in 1981, the day before Reagan signs the INF treaty with the Soviet Union to reduce nuclear arsenals.Nate and Amaya visit the JSA’s secret training facility only to find it completely empty. Amaya wonders what’s happened in the years since she left when they are met by Obsidian, who asks Amaya why she abandoned them. Obsidian reveals that after World War II, the relationship between the United States and Russia went bad. The JSA was sent out on a final mission in 1956, from which they never returned. Obsidian is still alive because the rest of the team didn’t trust him enough to go.Ray (Brandon Routh) and Mick (Dominic Purcell) team up. (Photo: Screenshot via CW)The rest of the team goes to the White House to figure out exactly what’s going on. Ray is still learning how not to follow the rules as part of transitioning into the Captain Cold role. He gleefully steels jelly beans from Reagan’s jar. Martin sees his past self also working in the White House. The team comes across Darhk, who is an advisor to Reagan promising to convince the Russians to completely disarm. Sarah attacks Darhk to get revenge for her sister’s death, and the team is fired upon by the secret service. Mick and Ray fire back, but Ray crosses his cold stream with Mick’s fire. They’re knocked back by the blast, but Firestorm saves them from the secret service’s bullets.The team escapes and figures out that Dahrk is using the nuclear deal as cover for his own side deal with the KGB. Before they can figure out the exact details though, Martin’s past self confronts Darhk about meeting with a KGB agent. Darhk stabs the younger Martin, causing the older Martin to keel over and start bleeding. Not quite sure that’s how it should work, but hey. Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey stuff.Ray and Mick rush the young Martin to the Waverider for medical treatment, which is enough to save present Martin from dying. The team attends the state dinner to intercept Darhk, leaving young Martin behind to recover. Present Martin takes the opportunity to dance with his wife again and tells her that no matter how much her husband pours himself into work, she’s still the most important part of his life. The sweet moment is cut short when Darhk arrives.Martin (Victor Garber) shares a dance with his wife, Clarissa (Emily Tennant) (Photo: Screenshot via CW)The team follows him to the basement and interrupt his meeting with the KGB. They learn that Darhk has planted a bomb somewhere at the dinner. White Canary, Vixen, Obsidian and Citizen Steel remain downstairs and fight Darhk and the KGB goons. Firestorm, Heat Wave, and Captain Cold-ish evacuate the dinner and find the bomb. Ray says the device is too rudimentary for him to know how to disarm it, and Mick tells him to stop acting like his former partner. “You’re Ray Palmer and you can science your way out of anything.” That seems to be all Ray needed to figure it out, as he dismantles the cold gun and uses its power source to overload the detonator and stop it from going off. You know, science.Downstairs, after a passable action scene in which Obsidian gets shot, White Canary grabs Darhk and says she’s not going to kill him. She basically lays out the plot of Arrow Season Four and tells him he’s going to have to live through all that. Hey, if we all had to, the villain certainly isn’t going to get out of it. Darhk is whisked away by Eobard Thawne, revealing to Canary that the evil time-traveller they’ve been chasing is a speedster.Damien Darhk is now a time-traveler. (Photo: Screenshot via CW)Back on the Waverider, Martin makes sure to tell his younger self to make time for his wife. Obsidian gets patched up and turns down an offer to join the team. He’s settled down with someone and really should get home to him. Mick and Ray settle their differences and agree that Ray should be himself and not try to imitate Leonard Snart. As the episode ends, we see Darhk formally join Thawne. Darhk climbs into a pod and Thawne runs around it, allowing them both to travel through time.After last week’s Civil War zombie fun, this episode feels like a step down. The action was just OK, and the cold war drama has been done on this show before. What made it work were some great character moments. We got to see a little of Mick’s vulnerability as he tried to help Ray find his new superhero identity. And the relationship between Martin, his younger self and his wife was the most engaging subplot of the whole episode. Was it sappy? yes. Did it work? Absolutely. Next week looks to be a bit of a retread too, taking the team back to the old west. Let’s hope they find something new there. 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Once Upon a Time Starts a New Story with SDCC Trailer

first_img A Tale of Two Wonder WomenSDCC Announcement: IDW Games Brings 90s Nick to Life Last season of Once Upon a Time ended with a pretty intriguing cliffhanger. After wrapping up Emma’s story and giving everyone a happy ending, we jumped forward in time. Henry was now an adult living in Seattle. A strange girl shows up at his door, claiming to be his daughter. The first scene of the first season repeated itself, only now Henry was the confused parent. That’s where things ended. Today at SDCC, we got to see where they’ll begin when the show comes back this fall.I’ll admit, when I saw the end of last season’s finale, I was skeptical of their ability to start over with the story. This trailer put a lot of that skepticism to rest. After the first few moments of flashbacks, it kicks into high gear with a new curse, a new setting and a whole lot of new drama. We see a few new characters as well as some familiar faces. There’s Regina at a bar! There’s Rumplestiltskin! There’s… wait, why is Hook a cop now? A Seattle cop, given the monorail in the background. (Does this show think people in Seattle ride that thing?) Well, however, he got there, meet Captain Hook, I guess.After this trailer, I’m excited to see what stories they tell with the new setting. Is the magic actually going to happen inside a major city now, rather than constrained to a secret town behind a barrier? That would definitely be an interesting addition to the series. Whatever they do, it looks like the new season is going to be cheesy, melodramatic and oh so emotional. Everything we love about Once Upon a Time. Now, we just have to wait two and a half months to see more of it. Season seven premieres with its brand new story on October 5 on ABC.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Geek Daily Deals Overwatch for 12 65 4K Smart HDTV for 500

first_imgNew Humble Monthly PC Bundle includes Overwatch for $12This might just be the best Humble Monthly Bundle of the year. Overwatch was awarded IGN’s Game of the Year back in 2016. It has never been priced this low, and the PC version to currently has the highest player count of all the platforms.  Of course, that’s not the only game you get for $12. You’ll also get more game(s) to play about a month later when this bundle promotion ends, and these can be really good as well.Note: Technically this is called a “subscription” but you can just buy this bundle without buying any subsequent ones.Get it from Humble Bundle for $1265″ Hisense 465H6E Hisense 4K Smart HDTV for $498For less than $500 you can score a 65″ HDTV with 4K resolution and Smart capability. You also get free shipping on this deal and the option to extend to a 3 year warranty for only $54.Get it at Walmart for $498LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V 1900-Piece Set for $105For the first time ever, the LEGO Saturn V has been discounted. Even at retail price, this is considered to be one of the best values compared to any other LEGO build. You’re getting a whopping 1,969-piece set that measures over 3 feet tall. 2000-piece sets usually run $200 or more and very few of them are this large.Get it at Walmart for $104.99 with Free 2-Day Shipping$300 off Razer Gaming SmartphoneThis is a flat out outstanding price for the best gaming phone on the market. The Razer Phone boasts a “razer” sharp 5.7″ 1440×2560 display with 120Hz refresh rate and wide color gamut, THX certified Dolby Atmos powered dual front facing stereo speakers with 24-bit DAC, a capable Snapdragon 835 processor with 8GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, dual 12MP cameras, and a huge 4,000mAh battery.Use code “WOOHOO” to get it at Razer for $399.99$9.99 Online Game Design and Development Courses at UdemyFor only $9.99 per course, you can train yourself in tools, software, and programming languages specific to the gaming industry. I and other people here have used Udemy and would easily recommend one of these hugely informative courses for the same cost as a Switch screen protector.Open in an incognito window to see this price.Get courses for only $9.99 each at Udemylast_img read more

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7 Cool Shipping Container Homes You Can Buy on eBay for 70K

first_img “Living large” has transitioned to “living small” over the past few years, as people continue to emphasize minimalism over materialism. But, if tiny houses and camper trailers aren’t your thing, eBay is offering a new batch of chic and sustainable dwellings for sale: shipping container homes.Yes, were talking about freight cargo here, but not the kind that’s been through major air, road, or ship travel. According to eBay’s pages, these shipping container homes give customers a taste of small living with some luxurious amenities. Enjoy your “home-in-a-box” with a fold-up deck, a roof that doubles up as a patio, indoor plumbing, and more. A shipping container home can be a sweet retreat as well, just in case you need an impromptu getaway after a stressful day.Photo Credit: eBayHowever, you’ll need at least $15,000 saved up for one of these petite beauties. While you could get a basic shipping container home at that price point, you’ll want to have $5,000 or more for additional remodeling. Afterall, your shipping container home should be a step up from your dusty backyard shed.Whether you’re looking for a man cave, yoga studio, or permanent habitat, eBay has a shipping container home for your residential needs. Read on for seven cool shipping container homes you can buy on eBay for $70,000 or less.40-Foot PreFab Luxury Ship Container Home(Photo Credit: eBay)Have your eye on an Airbnb income? This 40-Foot PreFab Luxury Ship Container Home has all the fixings for a small guest space. Built from scratch out of new ISO shipping containers and custom-painted, this small residence has a bedroom, a kitchen, a living room, and a bathroom with shower. Plus, there’s indoor insulation and indoor plumbing included. Your guests will adore this mini home on your property.Buy it Here20-Foot Shipping Container HomePhoto Credit: eBayWinter is coming, which means you need a cozy shipping container cabin, like this 20-foot one, for cold nights. Universal Container Homes, the company who builds these shipping container models, will work with you to create a personalized design and install Ikea hardware if needed. Plus, it already comes with cooling and heating, a bathroom, three sliding doors, and a fold-up deck.Buy it Here320 Square-Feet Tiny Container HomePhoto Credit: eBayMake all your #smallspacegoals happen with this 320 Square-Feet Tiny Container Home. It comes with everything found in most houses, including a small kitchen with counter tops, a burner stove wtih an oven, a bathroom and glass shower, a bedroom, and seating area with patio access. You’ll want to invite friends and family over for BBQs and game nights ASAP.Buy it Here20-Foot “She-Shed” Shipping ContainerPhoto Credit: eBayLadies listen up: we’ve found a chic shipping container dwelling for you. This vibrant 20-Foot “She-Shed” Shipping Container can be turned into your personal yoga studio, creative office, and more. If you’re looking for more of a home set up, the manufacturer offers amenities, like a kitchen, Ikea hardware, and a master bedroom, for an additional price. We’ll toast to that.Buy it Here20-Foot “Man Cave” Shipping ContainerPhoto Credit: eBayUnwind with the guys in this ultimate 20-foot “Man Cave” Shipping Container. You’ll have plenty of room for video game nights, parties, and more in this cool space. Even though a basic model will cost you $18,000, you could upgrade your cargo pad with a kitchen, roof patio, and more with some additional cash.Buy it HereSmall Container-Inspired HomePhoto Credit: eBayFor Insta-worthy home pictures, this Small Container-Inspired Home is definitely photo-ready. It comes with red and blue paint for a pop of color, and it can easily accommodate single individuals or couples. For less than $17,000, you’ll get a a bedroom, a kitchenette, a restroom, and more.Buy it Here20-Foot Shipping Container CabinPhoto Credit: eBayThe outside of this 20-Foot Shipping Container Cabin looks super ordinary, but there are hidden gems inside. Unlike other shipping container pads, it has a mini staircase and a rustic, cabin-like interior for those who love wooded retreats. Plus, you’ll get all the perks of other homes, including a kitchen area with appliances and the option to add eco-friendly solar panels.Buy it HereMore on Geek.com:Take a Virtual Tour of Santa’s House, Elf VillageThis Tiny House Literally Runs on Dunkin’ Modular 3D Printer Builds Sustainable Houses Stay on target PewDiePie Pulls $50,000 Pledge to Anti-Hate Group After Fan BacklashPolice Arrest Dutch YouTubers for Trespassing Area 51 Site last_img read more

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HandsOn Alien Blackout Is a Mobile Game for People Who Hate Mobile

first_imgStay on target Hopefully Alien: Blackout Isn’t The Next Diablo Immortal Last week, I got to check out the upcoming Alien: Blackout. Naturally, I went in with some mild skepticism given the platform it’s on. Thankfully, this isn’t the typical mobile game experience most of us dread. Developers Rival Games, D3 Go!, and publisher FoxNext are doing justice to the Alien franchise by staying true to its sci-fi horror roots. They’re also showing the world that a mobile game doesn’t need to have microtransactions or superfluous add-ons in order to make it engaging. Alien: Blackout is a mobile game for people who hate mobile games.Alien: Blackout stars Amanda Ripley, who is the daughter of perennial Alien protagonist, Ellen Ripley. Those who have played 2014’s Alien: Isolation are no doubt familiar with Amanda. Though Blackout takes place after Isolation and Aliens, it isn’t exactly a sequel. It is certainly situated in the Alien universe, but it is its own distinct story. Still, as a fan of Alien: Isolation, I’m happy to play another game with Amanda Ripley. I don’t know if and when we’ll get a sequel to that title, but this is a nice nod to fans of Isolation.When you think about Alien games, mobile isn’t necessarily the first thing that comes to mind. Because of this, Rival Games knew it had to remain true to the spirit of the franchise (specifically, the original film), in order to make it all work. This is something TQ Jefferson (Vice President of External Development, FoxNext), gave the developer credit for.“Rival Games and D3 Go! came to us with a really compelling pitch for a game,” said Jefferson. “The gameplay mechanics, the way the story unfolds, it was something that we haven’t done on mobile before. It got us excited right away on it. Part of what I give them credit for is holding true to their vision. They were very clear about the game they wanted to make and not diluting it down by adding additional features to it. Rather than let it morph into design by committee or into a different game entirely, they held true to what it was.From the onset, it felt like it was right in the wheelhouse of Alien and very appropriate for the brand, the characters, and the alien. It also hearkens back to what originally scared the bejesus out of us from the first film. Put all that together and we had something we felt excited about and we felt fans would be excited about.”Blackout is set on a malfunctioning space station which is now the home of a nasty xenomorph. Hidden inside of a security terminal, Amanda Ripley must help guide a group of four crew members to key points of the station in order to repair it. Fixing broken components isn’t exactly difficult for the experienced crew. The real challenge comes from repairing the ship while keeping the crew and Ripley away from the alien. This is a deadly game of cat and mouse, to be sure.You can guide the crew by pointing to objectives or drawing lines with your finger to said objectives. The user interface players interact with is identical to the one Ripley uses. The interface looks like something straight out of the first Alien film, with its simple, monochromatic display. Players can instruct crew members to stop, hide, or hurry up. Cameras within each area give players a clue to the xenomorph’s location. Motion sensors help as well. However, not every room has motion sensors or cameras so it’s easy to lose track of the alien, especially when it crawls into a vent.As you help guide the crew, you can open/close doors and turn cameras on or off. All of this consumes power. If you only have five power nodes, you’ll need to be aware of how many reserves you have left. You don’t want to have zero power at a time when you need to close a door to save a crew member. You also only have eight minutes to complete each of the seven levels. Given the limited power supplies, time restraint, and keeping track of four individuals, things can get very tense. Players need to keep their wits in order to get everyone out alive.The best way to experience Alien: Blackout is with a good pair of headphones. Sounds are extremely important. They literally mean the difference between life and death in certain cases. For example, if Ripley makes too much noise by issuing orders, the alien can and will find her. The alien makes noise when it enters a room, letting you know if you need to tell crew members to hide. The sounds of closing doors are a great way to distract the xenomorph. The game forces you to constantly keep your ears open, which is essential for survival.Visually speaking, this doesn’t look like a typical mobile game. The graphics are akin to Alien: Isolation, which was itself heavily inspired by the art design of the first Alien film. If you didn’t know better, you’d think this was a console or PC game. It really looks phenomenal for a mobile title. The dimly lit hallways filled with retro-futuristic technology help give players the feeling they’re in the Alien universe. This is by far the best-looking mobile game I’ve ever seen.“These guys [Rival Games] are so respectful of the IP that they wanted to recreate the cinematic experience wherever they could,” said Jefferson. “That first film is seminal in so many different ways. It’s a beautiful film. It’s beautifully shot, beautifully lit and they wanted to do that justice. Being so focused on their design and scope helped them to push the visual quality.”You’ll be happy to know Alien: Blackout has absolutely no microtransactions of any kind. After the initial $4.99 asking price, you’ll never have to spend another penny. This is not only great news for consumers, it also speaks to the confidence the team has in the game. It doesn’t need to have any crazy add-ons to make it a compelling experience. Also, things like boosters or power ups wouldn’t exactly jive with the atmosphere Blackout is trying to convey. One has to respect the level of restraint in this regard. The devs had a very specific vision and didn’t want to tarnish it with unnecessary add-ons.“This game was originally pitched as a premium product,” said Jefferson. “It was never at any point in time free to play. This is true to the original vision, which I think is rare these days and it’s refreshing. It’s incredibly authentic to Alien and you can see the care that went into it and we’re proud of it.”Alien: Blackout is not at all what I imagined. It does an admirable job of capturing the tension and suspense of the Alien franchise in a unique and enjoyable way. It also manages to avoid all of the negative aspects of mobile games; namely, cheap graphics and microtransactions. As a person who normally doesn’t give these titles a second glance, Alien: Blackout demonstrates the untapped potential of mobile platforms. Hopefully, we’ll get more games of this kind moving forward.Expect Alien: Blackout in the Apple and Google Play stores on January 24.More on Geek.com:After Bungie and ‘Destiny,’ Please Free Blizzard From ActivisionOf Course, ‘Red Dead Online’ Is Getting A(nother) Battle Royale ModeRazer HyperSense Is an Entire Rumble Ecosystemlast_img read more

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