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The Orville Can Now Perfectly Copy The Star Trek: TOS Crew’s Return

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Star Trek: The Original Series ended after season 3, but the crew returned for six movies, which could save The Orville’s uncertain future.

The Orville season 3 has come to a close, providing a chance for the show to replicate the triumphant return of the Star Trek: The Original Series cast. Seth MacFarlane’s sci-fi comedy-drama is a loving tribute to Star Trek, particularly its 1990s iterations. With a likable ensemble cast and a focus on tackling real-world issues through a sci-fi lens, The Orville has been cited as a better Star Trek show than some modern Trek shows.

The Orville has also featured many Star Trek actors both in front and behind the cameras. Behind the camera, Will Riker actor Jonathan Frakes and Tom Paris actor Robert Duncan-McNeill have both directed episodes. The most notable casting in front of the camera is Penny Johnson-Jerald as Doctor Claire Finn, who gives The Orville a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine connection through her previous role as Benjamin Sisko’s partner Kassidy Yates. However, the uncertain fate of The Orville after season 3 draws some unfortunate links with the fate of Star Trek: The Original Series, while also offering hope for the future.

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Following low ratings on NBC, Star Trek: The Original Series was canceled after three seasons in 1969, airing its final episode just over a month before humans first landed on the moon. It feels like a cruel twist of fate, but perhaps the real-life scientific advances of the space race were more exciting to audiences than the fictional ones of the Enterprise crew. Seth MacFarlane’s show faces a similar problem, and The Orville season 4 is currently in doubt. The cancelation of Star Trek: TOS in 1969 was not the end of the Enterprise crew’s story, however, and they returned four years later for Star Trek: The Animated Series in 1973 and for Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 1979. In the face of uncertainty about future seasons, a series of Orville movies could, like the original Star Trek movies, secure the show’s legacy.


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One of the main problems facing The Orville season 4 is that the cast was released from their contracts after they completed filming season 3. Depending on how successful the actors are in securing long-term future projects, reuniting the Orville crew for another 10-episode season could prove difficult. This wasn’t a problem for the Star Trek movies as the series entered the 1980s, allowing William Shatner to juggle his titular role in T.J. Hooker with reprising Captain Kirk. Family Guy‘s Seth MacFarlane, who creates, writes, directs, and stars in The Orville has multiple TV projects, including an upcoming Ted show. Therefore, an Orville movie every few years could be an easier prospect for MacFarlane than mounting a full season.


The Orville season 3 has already experimented with feature-length storytelling, with many of the episodes clocking in at almost 80 minutes long. Some of the episodes have been action-packed epics, such as the sci-fi horror movie episode “Shadow Realms,” or The Orville‘s Star Wars-inspired episode, “Domino.” The show’s visual effects team has previously received an Emmy for their impressive VFX work and pushed themselves even further throughout The Orville season 3. As the show is already delivering movie-level storytelling and VFX, The Orville‘s exploration of the new horizons of movie-making is the logical next step.


Despite the show’s astute political commentary, The Orville doesn’t have the same cultural cache as Star Trek: The Original Series, which makes a theater release for a potential Orville movie unlikely. However, the show’s future is currently dependent on how well it performs when it moves to Disney+ in August. The current streaming landscape favors IPs with a demonstrable fanbase, and as viewers make their love of The Orville known on social media, a series of streaming exclusive movies could be seen as a viable option for the show’s future.


All episodes of The Orville: New Horizons are now streaming on Hulu.




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New MCU Villain First Look Revealed In Ironheart Show Set Photos

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New set photos for Marvel Studios’ upcoming Disney+ series Ironheart preview Anthony Ramos’ mystery villain, revealing his rather telling costume.

New photos from the set of Marvel Studio’s Ironheart offer the first proper look at the series’ villain, played by Hamilton star Anthony Ramos. The Disney+ series will be led by Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams. In the comics, Riri becomes the hero Ironheart, the spiritual successor to Tony Stark/Iron Man. Her series will premiere in the fall of 2023 as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 5 slate. However, audiences will first get a glimpse of Thorne in the Black Panther sequel, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, in November 2022.

The Ironheart series was announced by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige in December 2020, and it was revealed to be a part of the MCU’s Phase 5 during the studio’s recent panel at San Diego Comic-Con, where Feige announced a slew of projects that will form the Multiverse Saga. Filming for the six-episode Ironheart began in Chicago in May and is expected to conclude in October. It will focus on Thorne’s Riri, who constructs her own version of the Iron Man armor and will look to carry on Tony Stark’s legacy after his death in Avengers: Endgame. Additional character details are being kept under wraps, but it just may be that Ramos’ mysterious villain has been revealed.

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Ramos’ role in the series has yet to be officially confirmed, but new Ironheart set photos offer a good look at him in costume. Shared online by Just Jared (and posted to social media by Ironheart News), the images show Ramos wearing a striking red hood and cape. This seems to support the idea that the actor will be playing Parker Robbins, aka The Hood. In the comics, Robbins was originally a petty criminal in New York City, but gained superpowers after encountering a Nisanti demon and stealing its hood and boots.

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The Hood doesn’t have much of a history with Ironheart in the comics, so his potential inclusion in the Disney+ show is intriguing. Of course, these set photos aren’t direct confirmation that Ramos is playing Robbins, but there is no denying that his costume looks rather similar to the comics imagery of the character. How he comes to be involved with Riri’s story has yet to be explained, but the eventual release of Ironheart plot details could perhaps shed more light on this.

With Riri appearing in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and seemingly beginning to construct her own armor with the help of Letitia Wright’s Shuri, it is likely that Riri will begin the series with an already-formed hero persona, as teased by additional Ironheart set photos. Still, she will likely be early on in her tenure, and The Hood could become the first major bad guy she’s ever fought. With Ironheart releasing before the Avengers’ double-header – Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars – in 2025, Thorne’s role in the MCU will likely grow as she meets more of its heroes and becomes an integral member of the Avengers. She could end up fighting Kang the Conqueror someday, so a street-level villain like The Hood will be a good warmup for Riri.


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  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)Release date: Nov 11, 2022
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)Release date: Feb 17, 2023
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)Release date: May 05, 2023
  • The Marvels/Captain Marvel 2 (2023)Release date: Jul 28, 2023
  • The Blade (2023)Release date: Nov 03, 2023
  • Captain America: New World Order (2024)Release date: May 03, 2024
  • Marvel’s Thunderbolts (2024)Release date: Jul 26, 2024
  • Fantastic Four (2024)Release date: Nov 08, 2024
  • Avengers: The Kang Dynasty (2025)Release date: May 02, 2025
  • Avengers: Secret Wars (2025)Release date: Nov 07, 2025




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‘Better Call Saul’: Kim Returns, So Does [SPOILER], and Saul Gets Violent

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SPOILER ALERTDo not read if you have not watched the 12th episode of “Better Call Saul” Season 6, titled “Waterworks.”

Kim Wexler is back!

After she and Saul (Bob Odenkirk) had a shocking break-up three episodes ago, “Better Call Saul” fans have been going through a Wexler withdrawal. Luckily, all that changed on Monday night’s penultimate episode, and we got a lot of answers about where Kim (Rhea Seehorn) has been in the “Breaking Bad” and post-“Breaking Bad” worlds.

The episode opens during the “Breaking Bad” timeline, where Saul is bouncing a stress ball against his office wall. Francesca (Tina Parker) informs him that everyone in the waiting room can hear him through the wall, and he has a special visitor: Kim. Though we don’t see Kim at this point, Saul says to let “her” in and they prepare to sign their official divorce papers.

Before we see Kim for the first time during the main “Breaking Bad” era, we flash-forward to where she is after “Breaking Bad,” and that is far from the dry deserts of Albuquerque in boring, mundane Florida. Her life has changed majorly after she left Saul; she’s dating a new man, rocking a new haircut, trying out a new mayonnaise and watching “The Amazing Race.” She now works at Palm Coast Sprinklers in the Catalog & Brochures department, away from Saul’s morally-draining exploits. That is, until she gets a phone call from him, which we saw in last week’s episode without sound.

In tonight’s episode, we finally hear what was said between Saul and Kim, and, wow, things are messy! Saul, fully in the Saul Goodman persona of “Breaking Bad,” jokingly says he’s calling to catch up after six years and brags that he’s still alive and getting away with everything. Kim restrains herself, simply saying he shouldn’t be calling her and that he should turn himself in. Saul doesn’t take her words well and says the pot is calling the kettle black.

“We’re both too smart to throw our lives away for no reason,” he tells her, while also revealing that Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) and Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) are dead. Almost tearing up, Kim tells Saul she’s glad he’s alive, then hangs up the phone. After that, a coworker barges into Kim’s office and she’s forced to join in on the most awkward round of “Happy Birthday” in workplace history.

Still in the black-and-white timeline, we follow Kim from Florida back to good ‘ole Albuquerque. She revisits the courthouse and some key “Better Call Saul” locations, like Mike’s ticket booth and the outdoor table where she and Saul planned schemes. Then, she goes to Howard Hamlin’s (Patrick Fabian) house and sits down with his wife Cheryl (Sandrine Holt). Kim confesses everything, and I mean, everything.

She spills on her and Saul’s plot to ruin Howard’s reputation, the fake cocaine addiction, Lalo Salamanca’s (Tony Dalton) murder of Howard and his staged suicide. Kim gave her confessional to the courthouse, but admits there’s little physical evidence that would make any charges stick. On the way back to the airport, Kim breaks down and sobs violently, finally freeing herself of the guilt she’s harbored for years. Out of a season full of Emmy-worthy moments, this heart-wrenching scene sits near the top of the list.

The next time we see Kim this episode, it’s back in Saul’s office during “Breaking Bad.” Saul doesn’t care she’s moving to Florida and reveals she didn’t take her share of the massive Sandpiper payout. But the major moment comes as Kim leaves Saul’s office and lights up a cigarette…which draws the attention of none other than Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), who’s taking shelter from the rain and bums a cig.

It’s one of the strangest pairings of “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul” characters, but one that works surprisingly well. Jesse recognizes Kim from one of his friend’s legal run-ins and commends her for getting his friend off scot-free. He then asks if Saul is “the real deal,” and Kim reluctantly, but truthfully, answers, “When I knew him, he was.”

Speaking of Saul, he spends much of the episode snooping around the house of the cancer patient he met last episode, looking for valuables. During his search, Saul’s victim wakes up from his drug-induced slumber, and it looks like Saul’s luck has run out. Just as Saul is ready to knock the man out with a vase of his dog’s ashes, he passes out once again.

However, Saul’s isn’t free yet. Outside, Jeffy (Pat Healy) realizes he’s parked his cab in front of two cops, but the officers are too distracted by their food to notice Jeffy — until he panics, hits the gas and crashes into a parked car down the street. Saul’s reluctant partner-in-crime lands himself in prison, but Saul promises over the phone that he’ll bail him out no problem.

But will Saul get the chance? When he returns to Marion’s (Carol Burnett) house to tell her about Jeffy’s arrest, he discovers the elderly woman has stumbled upon some of his old Saul Goodman commercials. Realizing that “Gene” isn’t who he says he is, Marion condemns him as a conman. Amid the black-and-white scene, there’s a pop of color in Saul’s glasses from the Saul Goodman commercials, making a crossover from the black-and-white and in-color timelines. Suddenly, perhaps channeling his inner Walter White, Saul drops the act and threateningly approaches Marion, holding her phone cord like he’s going to strangle her. Before anything can happen, Marion presses her Life Alert button and says she’s being attacked, and Saul Goodman is the perpetrator.

How will Saul get out of this one? Will he and Kim ever reconcile? “Better Call Saul” fans will have to wait just one week more until all is resolved in next week’s series finale.



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Bob Odenkirk Confirms Fans Have Guessed Better Call Saul’s Ending

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Bob Odenkirk says “about one out of every nine people” on the internet have correctly guessed the ending to Better Call Saul season 6.

Bob Odenkirk says “about one out of every nine people” on the internet have correctly guessed the ending to Better Call Saul season 6. After numerous delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Odenkirk’s near-fatal heart attack, the beloved Breaking Bad prequel finally returned to AMC this past April for its sixth and final season. Premiered in 2015, Better Call Saul primarily follows Odenkirk’s Jimmy McGill as he devolves from an earnest public defender to the unscrupulous criminal lawyer audiences meet in Breaking Bad season 2.

Better Call Saul season 6 has spelled the end for many of its beloved new characters, including Nacho Varga (Michael Mando), Howard Hamlin (Patrick Fabian), and Lalo Salamanca (Tony Dalton). Episode 9, “Fun and Games” also signaled the death of Jimmy McGill as fans knew him. Racked by the guilt of their role in Howard’s death, Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn) finally decides to leave her husband, breaking Jimmy’s heart and spurring his transformation into Saul Goodman. Season 6 has now fully moved on to its black-and-white Gene Takovic timeline with occasional flashbacks to the Breaking Bad era featuring appearances from Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul). With so much left to be resolved, Better Call Saul‘s dedicated online fanbase has been fervently speculating about how the show will end.

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During a recent appearance on The Today Show, Odenkirk looked ahead to the final episodes of Better Call Saul. Asked about how the show will end, Odenkirk revealed that he reads fan theories online and according to his oddly specific estimate, “about one out of every nine people” have gotten Better Call Saul‘s ending “dead right.” Read his full comment below:

You know I read the comments and I’d say about one out of every nine people gets it dead right, but I’m not going to say which one.

Odenkirk saying that only one in nine people, which is roughly 11 percent, have guessed the ending suggests a more obscure fan theory is correct, but one that is still common enough for him to notice. This seemingly rules out theories about Jimmy going to prison or reuniting with Kim. A more uncommon but equally plausible theory predicts that Carol Burnett’s Marion, newly armed with the powers of internet access, will find evidence of Gene’s past life in Albuquerque as Saul Goodman, forcing him to disappear again and essentially live out the rest of his days in fear of being recognized.


In recent episodes, Gene has headed further and further down a dark path, which would seemingly eliminate the possibility of a happy ending for everyone’s favorite Cinnabon manager and con man. Whatever ending Better Call Saul has in store, it’s apparently already been guessed correctly and is currently floating around all over the internet, according to Odenkirk. Even so, it’s still nearly impossible to narrow it down and know for sure.

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