I’m a Netflix user, and one of the series I’ve most loved viewing on the site is The Last Kingdom, a historical drama set during the 9th and 10th centuries’ Saxon vs Viking warfare.
And, to everyone’s delight, The Last Kingdom’s fifth (and last!) season has just begun streaming on Netflix for March 2022. All prior seasons of the program are also available to stream on Netflix, so you can see the whole narrative of protagonist Uhtred of Bebbanburg right now.
And, let me tell you, this show has a lot to teach The Witcher TV program on Netflix, and it is much better in many aspects. I previously wrote about how, although I think Netflix did a good job translating Geralt of Rivia’s stories, The Witcher TV series was far from ideal – and I believe The Last Kingdom corrects that in a few key ways.
Will you be canceling Netflix due to the price increase? First, catch up on these three must-see programs.
HOW DOES THE LAST KINGDOM EDUCATE ITS CHILDREN? THE CULINARY ARTIST
To begin with, The Last Kingdom has been a masterclass in exposition for me, with the program effectively conveying complex politics, faiths, mythology, and factional fighting without causing confusion or boredom. It also has a lot of extremely good screenplay writers, and the characters seldom have clunky, uncomfortable conversation. If only The Witcher could be say the same!
The show also excels at the most basic of tasks. When we’re moved about ancient Britain, we’re not only given the name of the place for a second or two on screen, but that old name is also converted into its contemporary version. This allows folks to stay on top of their whereabouts at all times. The Witcher, on the other hand, does not use location names at all, making it very easy to lose track of where the characters are and where they are in relation to other characters.
While The Last Kingdom does not follow a Monster of the Week style for its episodes, it does a fantastic job of including sub-plots with meaningful narrative arcs that tie into the overarching season plot. And, since these narratives are usually well-written, each episode has a strong short-term motivation as well as a sense of building toward a season’s finish. The Witcher is too frequently drawn back into exposition for its primary narrative in each episode, forgetting that viewers want to be delighted by tales every week, not simply one overarching one handled poorly.
Finally, although protagonist Uhtred’s motto in the show is “Destiny is all,” unlike The Witcher, The Last Kingdom does not depend on its characters chanting “destiny” numerous times every episode to create an epic tale on the cheap. The Last Kingdom’s events, conversation, and action organically accomplish this for the program.
WHY SHOULD YOU WATCH LAST KINGDOM?
The Last Kingdom is a consistently good and elegant historical drama that has a little bit of everything in each episode, including action, romance, suspense, intrigue, and more.
The fact that it’s been on for five seasons demonstrates how consistent it is, and although it’s never been as well-known as, say, Game of Thrones, it’s far more refined in many aspects and strikes a good mix between historical truth and engaging storytelling.
It also has a very wide ensemble of talented performers, both on the Saxon and Viking sides. The Viking factions are really entertaining!
It’s a constantly 7/10 program that can be enjoyed on a Monday night after a long first day at work, or on a Friday or Saturday night to unwind.
The Last Kingdom straddles the border between historical authenticity and Hollywood-style entertainment, which for me is what truly sets it different from other historical dramas set in the ancient world, or in a fictional ancient universe.
With its vast quantities of unclothed exposition conversation, Game of Thrones was almost hilarious at points, but episodes like Britannia and Vikings felt overly edgy or shiny, with more focus on blood and short-term shock than crafting a fascinating and cohesive tale.
The Last Kingdom strikes a mix between the two, being historically accurate and compelling in terms of plot while also providing lots of thrills, action, and romance.
I suggest The Last Kingdom to anybody with a Netflix membership, as well as the creators of The Witcher, since I believe they could learn a lot from it.
Sigourney Weaver is coming back for Avatar 2 CRAZY!
In the first Avatar, Weaver’s scientist character died, but now she’s back as the protagonists’ adopted Na’vi daughter.
We were all surprised when we heard about 17 billion years ago that Sigourney Weaver would be back for James Cameron’s Avatar sequels (even more so than with the idea of there being multiple Avatar sequels). But now that we know how Weaver is going to come back, we’re even more confused.
Empire magazine has said that Weaver will play a completely different character in Avatar: The Way of Water. In the first movie, she played Dr. Grace Augustine, the creator of the Human-Na’vi switcheroo Avatar Program, who died at the end. And no, it’s not a human. It’s Jake and Neytiri’s daughter, who is about to turn 16.
Weaver will play Kiri, Jake and Neytiri’s adopted daughter. It looks like we’ll meet a lot of Jake and Neytiri’s family in The Way of Water. Weaver told Empire what it was like to play a digitized blue teenager, “I think we all pretty much remember how we felt when we were that age.” “Oh, yes, I do. When I was 11, I was 5’10” or 5’11” tall. I was sure Kiri would feel uncomfortable a lot of the time. She wants to find out who she is. When Jim gave me that task, I was thrilled.
Now, adults play children all the time, especially in the world of voice acting, and at least one of the photos Empire released of Kiri makes it look like Weaver will also show up as Dr. Augustine again in some way, probably through old footage. But knowing that the Na’vi are mostly brought to life by fancy mocap rigs, it will be strange to see Weaver’s physical performance put on a teenager. Even though he is a blue alien teen with long arms and legs, he is still a teen.
The movie Avatar: The Way of Water will come out in December 2022.
Disney will show new scenes from “Avatar: The Way of Water”
Disney started its CineEurope presentation in Barcelona today with 12 minutes of footage from July’s Marvel fourquel Thor: Love and Thunder. Throughout the show, Disney showed trailers and looks at its other upcoming movies, including four never-before-seen scenes from James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water.
Before the Thor footage, Disney’s Head of Global Theatrical Distribution Tony Chambers talked about the importance of immersive storytelling and the studio’s “robust, diverse slate.” This was followed by about 60 minutes of footage that was introduced by EMEA Head of Theatrical Distribution Nick Rush and EMEA Head of Studio Marketing Lee Jury.
There were prerecorded messages from people like Marvel boss Kevin Feige, who said, “It feels like we’re just getting started, even after 14 years.” As he introduced the Love And Thunder scenes, Thor star Chris Hemsworth said he wished he was in Barcelona, where the sangria “always tastes better.”
Harrison Ford sent a video for Lucasfilm’s Indiana Jones 5, saying that it had been 13 years since the last movie and that it was “time to put on the fedora and crack the whip.”
We also saw parts of Haunted Mansion, Pixar’s Elemental and Strange World, and the ensemble Amsterdam, which was directed by David O. Russell for New Regency.
Sam Mendes sent a video about Empire Of Light by Searchlight. The director of 1917 said that after making that movie, he wrote this one during lockdown. He said it was a “extremely personal story” about music, movies, and finding love in strange places.
Rebecca Kearey, the international head of Searchlight, showed a trailer for See How They Run, which stars Sam Rockwell and Saoirse Ronan, and a teaser for The Banshees of Inisherin, which stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, directed by Martin McDonagh. Searchlight also showed the first scene of Chevalier, which is about the son of an African slave and a French plantation owner who grows up to be a famous composer in France.
The next movie by Thor director Taika Waititi, Next Goal Wins, got an eight-minute sneak peek. The movie is about the American Samoa soccer team. In 2001, they lost to Australia 31-0, which was the worst loss in World Cup history. Michael Fassbender takes over as their new coach.
Disney’s show ended with a visit from Avatar producer Jon Landau, who flew from New Zealand to Barcelona to talk about the next movie in the series. He said that Avatar: The Way of Water was in the final stages of post-production and that it was important to be in Barcelona “to show our support for the exhibition community.”
Landau said that the strength of James Cameron’s scripts is that they have universal themes. “There is nothing more relatable than family,” he said before showing a message from Cameron.
Cameron from New Zealand said that the people working on Avatar were “pushing the limits even further… Every shot is made for the biggest screen and best resolution that can be achieved… I think this is what people want.” He also said, “Our business is not going away.”
Sigourney Weaver Reveals Her Unconventional Role in ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’
Weaver will portray Jake and Neytiri’s adoptive child.
Many pondered what type of role Sigourney Weaver would have in the sequel to James Cameron’s Avatar after the death of her character, Dr. Grace Augustine, who was the leader of the Avatar Program in the previous film. Finally, in an Empire Magazine exclusive, Weaver shared insights about the role she will portray in Avatar: The Way of Water, as well as a new photograph from the film.
Weaver announced to Empire Magazine that she would play Kiri, the adoptive daughter of Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldaa), in the film. “I believe we all remember what we were experiencing as teens,” Weaver told Empire Magazine exclusively. “I most definitely do. When I was 11, I was 5′ 10″ or 5′ 11″. I had a strong feeling Kiri would be uncomfortable a lot of the time. She’s trying to figure out who she is. Jim’s assignment of that task excited me.”
A fresh picture, which adds to the character’s mystery, has also been unveiled, hinting at some type of link that Kiri would have with Grace. Kiri is seen inside a lab, staring at a monitor with a recording of Grace on it. Despite not being biologically connected to Jake and Neytiri, Kiri seems to have human traits that other Na’vi do not have, such as five digits and eyebrows, adding to the character’s mystery.
With an obvious link between the two, as well as both characters being performed by the same actor, viewers can only guess on how significant Kiri’s involvement will be in the plot. The character will also appear on a subscriber-exclusive cover of Empire Magazine, which depicts her swimming underwater appreciating Pandora’s aquatic life, as shown in the first teaser.
Weaver and Cameron will work together again for Avatar: The Way of Water, having previously played Ellen Ripley in Aliens and Grace in the first Avatar film. Along with Weaver, Stephen Lang will reprise his role as Colonel Miles Quaritch, the man responsible for Grace’s death, in the sequel. Quaritch, like Weaver’s character, perished in the first film, fueling curiosity regarding his participation in Avatar: The Way of Water. While the roles of both actors remain unknown, fan speculation may continue until the highly anticipated film is released later this year.
On December 16, Avatar: The Way of Water will be released exclusively in cinemas.
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