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Love, Victor Season 2 | Engaging, Entertaining And Emotional

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After the 2018 film Love, Simon was a hit, it received its own spin-off TV show Love, Victor which premiered on Hulu last year and on Star on Disney+ in other territories earlier this year and now the second season is here. Fans have been waiting eagerly to see what happens next after the end of season 1 left us on a big cliffhanger.

At the end of the first season we saw Victor (Michael Cimino) come out as gay to his parents, but the show ended right there leaving us waiting to see how they react. Season 1 saw Victor coming to terms with his sexuality and it was about Victor’s own self-discovery and the new season is about what follows from that discovery as Victor now has to deal with the difficulties that follow including how his parents react. How does he deal with his ex-girlfriend Mia (Rachel Hilson)? What about the difficulties of being an openly gay star-athlete? And on top of all this Victor has the excitement from his newfound relationship with Benjy (George Sear).

Season 2 of Love, Victor definitely ups the levels of drama and emotion in the show, which results in it being excellent. But most importantly it also broadens the scope of it. Whilst it is still mainly told from Victor’s perspective and he’s still the main character, we learn much more about the lives of all the supporting characters from the first season including Mia, Benjy, Lake (Bebe Wood) and Felix (Anthony Turpel).  By enriching the backstories and complex emotions of all of this other characters it makes everything feel that bit more real.

There’s definitely a lot more going on in the second season but that just means it’s much more fast-paced and it results in season two being just as good, if not better than the first. At 10 episodes long, season 2 moves along quickly but it still spends just the right amount of time with each character, subplot and story, making sure to develop everything fully.

At lot happens over the course of the new season and I won’t divulge into any specific plot points or spoilers, but it picks up immediately from where the first ended with Victor coming out to his parents and it keeps going from there. It engages with lots of important issues like divorce, homophobia, sexuality, mental health, and religion, showing all of the ups and downs that come with teen relationships and it does so in a mature and sophisticated manner going into real depth with many of these important issues.

As well as this, the connection to the rest of the Love, Simon universe is expanded upon but crucially, Love, Victor isn’t dependent on these connections. It builds upon the characters that have already been set up in the film Love, Simon, but the show is constantly proving that it is its own thing and isn’t just a spin-off for spin-off’s sake. It’s developing and it’s moving beyond what’s already been established in this shared universe and allowing the show’s characters to develop, rather than relying on the characters from the film.

Season 2 of Love, Victor is engaging, entertaining, emotional and somehow even better than season 1. The new season adds a wealth of depth, not only to Victor but to all his friends and to his parents so that by the time season 2 ends you feel so connected to all of the characters in the show. And much like with the first season, it leaves you desperate to know what happens next and you just can’t wait for season 3.

Season 2 of Love, Victor starts streaming on June 11th on Hulu in the US and on June 18th on Disney+ in the UK.

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PREY Review | A Brutal, Primeval Emotional Survival Epic

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PREY is one of the best entries in the Predator franchise. Director Dan Trachtenberg has crafted a brutal, primaeval & emotional survival epic powered by Comanche tradition which features a fierce performance from Amber Midthunder who kicks Ass as the animalistic Predator becomes her PREY!

Set in the Comanche Nation 300 years ago, “Prey” is the story of a young woman, Naru, a fierce and highly skilled warrior. She has been raised in the shadow of some of the most legendary hunters who roam the Great Plains, so when danger threatens her camp, she sets out to prove herself a worthy hunter. The prey she stalks, and ultimately confronts, turns out to be a highly evolved alien Predator with a technically advanced arsenal, resulting in a vicious and terrifying showdown between the two adversaries.

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“Prey” stars Amber Midthunder, newcomer Dakota Beavers, Stormee Kipp, Michelle Thrush, Julian Black Antelope, and Dane DiLiegro as the Predator. The film is directed by Dan Trachtenberg and written by Patrick Aison with a story by Patrick Aison & Dan Trachtenberg based on characters created by Jim Thomas & John Thomas. It is produced by John Davis, Jhane Myers, and Marty Ewing, with Lawrence Gordon, Ben Rosenblatt, James E. Thomas, John C. Thomas, and Marc Toberoff serving as executive producers.

The Predator franchise which is now a collection on Disney+ began with the 1987 film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and was directed by John McTiernan. It told the story of an elite set of mercenaries who form a team and head to the jungles of South America on a recovery mission. However, they find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior with an arsenal of high-tech weapons.

In “PREY” we witness the first time this creature comes to earth as the alien Predator lands his spacecraft in the Northern Great Plains in 1719, it’s looking to hunt for sport. The land however is inhabited by men, women, and children of the Comanche tribe, many of them skilled at hunting and are warriors themselves. What I thoroughly loved about “PREY” is that it shows how committed director Dan Trachtenberg and his crew were in creating a film that provides an accurate portrayal of the Comanche world at the height of their empire. This truly brings a level of authenticity and showcases the true experiences and the lives of its indigenous people. This phenomenal cast is comprised almost entirely of Native and First Nation talent.

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Amber Midthunder brings a fierce and powerful performance to the role of Naru, a highly skilled Comanche warrior raised in the shadow of the legendary hunters who roamed the Great Plains. When danger threatens her camp, she sets out to protect her band and faces the supreme test when the prey she stalks and ultimately confronts turns out to be an alien Predator. Smart, confident, and resourceful, she is familiar with every inch of the surrounding landscape and its natural predators. Naru means “fight” in Comanche, which is more than appropriate for this character. She has strong ideas and opinions about things, her future, and her life. Her wants are quite different from what other people would assign to her or imagine for her, Midthunder truly leads with power.

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Taabe, a young Comanche warrior played by newcomer Dakota Beavers truly shines in his debut. The leader of the band of Comanches, War Chief Kehetu is played by Julian Black Antelope. Aruka, Naru’s mother is played by Michelle Thrush. Aruka along with the rest of the older Comanche generation, wants her daughter to follow a more traditional path.

This primal David vs Goliath story also features the animalistic Predator, brought to life ferociously by Dane DiLiegro. This creature is a highly advanced alien seeking the strongest opponent. The Iconic Predator is the ultimate adversary, and one of the fiercest hunters in the universe, especially with its high-tech weaponry, cloaking, and heat-seeking abilities. This iteration of the character is more creature-like as it takes 300 years prior to the original.

“PREY is full of different kinds of Predators. The Comanches, hunt and fight for survival. Everything that they hunt is used and nothing is wasted for example they use every part of the buffalo and are also thankful for the spirit of that animal that’s able to nourish them, clothe them and ultimately is used for everything that they needed in life. Their fighting style is powerful and the costuming is traditional with authentic colours which ensures historical accuracy. They also have to be comfortable for the actors who do a good deal of horseback riding.

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Principle photography on “PREY” began in June 2021 at the Stone Nakoda Nation near Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The entire production was filmed outdoors, with all the phenomenal exterior shots utilising the magnificent terrain of the Calgary landscape. The cinematography and the use of natural light were outstanding. Cinematographer Jeff Cutter has truly captured the epicness of dawn and dusk and embraces and respects nature. The earthy colours of the Comanche are black, red, and white and this colour pallet is well utilised through their face paintings. The score by Sarah Schachner is suspenseful and thrilling.

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Overall It’s been 35 years since “Predator” first captivated audiences, and now fans have a chance to see the Predator in action once again. However, this particular “Predator” film truly revitalises the franchise with a deeply personal story and a thrilling hunt for survival.

Prey will be available to stream on Hulu and Disney+ Internationally on Friday, Aug. 5.

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Love, Victor Season 3 | Review

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The third, and final season of Love, Victor arrives on Hulu and Disney+ internationally on June 15th meaning fans will finally get to see the resolution to the huge cliffhanger at the end of the second season. Season Two ended with Victor knocking of the door of either Rahim or Victor, but who did he choose and whose door is he at?

I won’t reveal who Victor chooses but thankfully season 3 begins right where season 2 left off. There is a “previously on Love, Victor” that feels like it’s overly drawn out but maybe that was just my anticipation building but otherwise the show gets straight to it.

In season 3 we find Victor continuing his journey of self-discovery as he decides who he wants to be with, but as high school is starting to end, he also has to decide who he wants to be. Despite now having a rather large number of main characters to jump about between season 3 somehow manages to up the drama in every single way possible.

It’s hard to talk too much about the plot of the series without revealing whose door Victor was at and inadvertently spoiling that, however, much like the second season, the show manages to continue to make it about Victor, whilst also giving all the other supporting characters more depth and making them more than just background characters. It is still, of course, Victor’s show and he is at the forefront of everything but his parents, his sister Pilar, friends Felix, Lake, Mia, Andrew, Benji and Rahim all get so much added depth to their characters. Everyone’s character feels so well-rounded, and it feels like we know them all and not just Victor. Additionally, season 3 brings in Nick, played by Nico Greetham, a new friend Victor meets through church, providing yet even more drama.

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Even though it is the final season, it’s not really until the final episode that it begins wrapping things up. There isn’t really any sense of closure incoming, even in the penultimate episode, leaving lots of tie up in episode eight, the final episode of the series. However, there’s no reason to fear as once again the show proves it’s more than capable and it ties everything up and gives every character the perfect sendoff.

There is one plot thread that never really goes anywhere after being introduced about half-way through the season, and it perfectly sets things up for Victor to become someone else’s Simon and be that caring figure that many kids need when figuring out their sexuality but unfortunately the show never really does anything with this thread and it ends up being just a bit of filler for one episode rather than a recurring point for the plot and for Victor’s arc.

Overall, the final season of Love, Victor is a near-perfect conclusion to a fantastic show. It’s incredibly sweet and charming and yet it continues to mature as the show goes on, dealing with everything in a sophisticated and appropriate manner, whilst also providing really believable characters too. Love, Victor has been one of the best coming-of-age shows in recent years and season 3 was no exception to that. The final season makes for a really fitting and lovely ending to the show that fans are sure to enjoy.

Love, Victor Season 3 is streaming from June 15th

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Prey | 20th Century Studios | Hulu

The origin story of the Predator in the world of the Comanche Nation 300 years ago. Naru, a skilled female warrior, fights to protect her tribe against one of the first highly-evolved Predators to land on Earth.

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20222 (Hulu)

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Dan Trachtenberg

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Amber Midthunder, Dane DiLiegro, Stefany Mathias

Plot Summary:

The origin story of the Predator in the world of the Comanche Nation 300 years ago. Naru, a skilled female warrior, fights to protect her tribe against one of the first highly-evolved Predators to land on Earth.

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