Noelle Stevenson’s She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is back on Netflix and nothing is the same anymore. Even though Adora Aimee Carrero in her sword-wielding She-Ra form and her Rebellion have managed to stop the Horde’s inter-dimensional armageddon, the threat looms closer. Last we left off, season 3 saw the sacrifice and vanishing of Queen Angella, leaving Princess Glimmer Karen Fukuhara to ascend to the Bright Moon throne in “The Coronation.” Her friendship with Adora and Bow Marcus Scribner is then tested by heated disagreements over how to save their home from the evil Horde.
The villainous side is going through fallout as well, even as they gain ground. Devastated by what he assumed was the betrayal of Entrapa Christine Woods, Hordak Keston John is more determined than ever. His second-in-command Catra AJ Michalka is banking on her leadership to conquer more territory. However, Catra cannot quite admit she is hurtling into a downward spiral, reeling over the finality of Adora relinquishing her attachment to her. Then there’s Catra’s other Horde friend, Scorpia AJ Michalka, dear lovable Scorpia, who gets her limelight in “Princess Scorpia” and reckons with her toxic relationship with Catra, her status as a Princess, and her Horde-conquered kingdom. The moment where she realizes Catra’s true nature and her own complicity in severing bonds is a delight. Tossed into the villainous mix is the pointy-eared shapeshifter Double Trouble Jacob Tobia, a step forward in featuring non-binary representation in fantasy cartoons, who introduces a delightful love of theatrics to their shapeshifting and deception craft. Double Trouble is a mesmerizing amoralist who understands their marks’ psychology and they treat their clients as fair-weather buddies.
Unlike the last two seasons, each a package of 6-7 episodes, this season goes for a fuller package of 13 episodes, which allows more breathing space for supporting players, such as Mermista’s Vella Lovell Murder Mystery shenanigans or Sea Hawk’s Jordan Fisher disastrous Boys’ Night Out.
The message is echoed throughout — “friendship takes work” — as Glimmer and Adora encounter rifts thanks to the shift in power dynamics. Determined to win at any cost and pressured by her new queenhood, Glimmer enters a fraught magic apprenticeship with Shadow Weaver Lorraine Toussaint, which incenses Adora since she experienced Shadow Weaver’s parental abuse firsthand. If I had to complain about one aspect of this season, I felt Glimmer would voice awareness that she is in cohorts with Adora’s abusive former parental figure.
This season throws Adora a rude awakening about her She-Ra Chosen One mantle as she digs deeper into the previous She-Ra’s past. It’s a smack-down on the Chosen One trope, which has never gone uncritiqued see Avatar: The Last Airbender and The LEGO Movie, but here it sends seismic waves on its heroine’s psychology as well as the fate of the world. Season one pointed out from the get-go that Chosen Ones don’t ever get to choose their responsibility, but the latest arc escalates a worst-case scenario: What if you’re a Chosen One for a side that doesn’t serve the best interests of the world?
“We’re the good guys,” one of the main characters insists, but the assertion is hurled into question whether they’re doing the ethical thing. Through the flurry of color, backstory building, and a universe at stake, the final few episodes feel like a pressure cooker before the inevitable steam. It’s a game-changer.
As if there was any doubt it was happening, Stranger Things season four was announced at the end of September. The short teaser hinted at a departure from Hawkins, Indiana, but the Upside Down was still very much very much present. Now, thanks to the recent Stranger Things Day celebrations on November 6 the day on which Will Byers disappeared in the first season of the Netflix series, we know what the title of the Stranger Things season 4 premiere episode will be. Find out below.
Here’s the tweet that the official Stranger Things account sent out, retweeting the revelation from writers’ account:
Once upon a #StrangerThingsDay, the @strangerwriters told us the first episode title of Stranger Things 4 and we never ever recovered. https://t.co/s2ZDsOUwKB
— Stranger Things @Stranger_Things November 7, 2019
So the first episode of the fourth season of Stranger Things is called “Chapter One: The Hellfire Club.” This title could have many possible meanings depending on what it’s actually referencing. In fact, it could be referencing several things all at once.
First of all, The Hellfire Club as mentioned in the history books and Wikipedia refers to several exclusive clubs that were established by upper class citizens in Britain and Ireland in the 18th century. They were said to be meeting places for “persons of quality” who wanted to partake in certain non-specific “immoral acts.” Members of these clubs were also often involved in politics. These clubs don’t sound much different from the shady dealings of millionaires today.
This reference may not seem like it makes much sense in the grand scheme of Stranger Things, but the first episode could easily be introducing us to a group of rich individuals who have been pulling the strings behind the exploration and experiments involving the Upside Down. Someone has to be funding these secret projects, and maybe we’ll finally meet them.
On a similar note, The Hellfire Club also refers to a society of mutants in Marvel Comics who are at odds with the superhero team known as the X-Men. The club is portrayed as being an organization for wealthy elites to congregate, but their Inner Circle is always trying to influence world events with their own agenda, not unlike members of high society who were part of the historical Hellfire Club.
What’s especially interesting about this possible comic book reference is that the Hellfire Club was introduced during the famous Dark Phoenix Saga run of X-Men comics. In that storyline, the telekinetic mutant Jean Grey became possessed by a celestial spirit known as The Phoenix Force, making her extremely powerful while also turning her into a villain. Could this be a possible hint that Eleven may end up making a turn to the dark side this season? That would be quite an Earth-shattering development.
On the other hand, the Stranger Things season 4 premiere episode title could have a more simple explanation. Hellfire is also a type of energy or magical substance in the world of Dungeons & Dragons, which is something our main characters love to play with each other or at least they did when they were younger. So “The Hellfire Club” could easily be the name of a group of friends getting together for some good old-fashioned role-playing. After all, Will Byers is moving away from Hawkins, Indiana, so maybe he has a new group of friends that he’s been playing Dungeons & Dragons with, and they give themselves a cool name.
Anything is possible with the fourth season of Stranger Things, especially with the tease of a story happening away from Hawkins, Indiana at least in part. However, we could be waiting a long while before we see the fourth season of Stranger Things since production won’t wrap until the summer of 2020. Depending on how long post-production takes, we might not see Stranger Things return until 2021. Until then we’ll just have to be patient and keep an eye out for more details.
If you were hoping Stranger Things season 4 would arrive in time for next summer, we have some bad news. It looks like the fourth season of Netflix’s big hit won’t wrap until the end of summer 2020, which means we’ll have to wait until fall – or likely even longer – to lay eyes on it. In all likelihood, we might not be returning to the Upside Down until 2021.
We already know that Stranger Things season 4 is a go at Netflix, but when will we see it? According to TV Line, the Stranger Things season 4 premiere won’t be happening anytime soon. They report that the series is “slated to begin shooting in January and will likely wrap in August.” That means there’s no way in hell we’ll be getting season 4 in the summer of 2020. What about fall then? We got season 2 around Halloween, after all.
Fall also seems unlikely, unless the show has the quickest post-production turnaround in TV history. With this knowledge in mind, it’s likely that Stranger Things 4 is destined for a 2021 release. Beyond that, TV Line learned that season 4 will have eight episodes. Both seasons 1 and 3 had eight episodes as well, but season 2 had nine. Season 2 was also considered by many myself included to be a disappointment, so perhaps sticking with eight episodes is for the best.
At one point, Stranger Things creators the Duffer Brothers indicated that the fourth season of Stranger Things would also be the last. But there’s been no confirmation as to whether or not that’s really happening, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Netflix backed a dump truck of money up to the Duffers’ homes to make sure they make a few more seasons. Stranger Things is a big deal for the streaming service – it’s a full-blown cultural phenomenon, featuring plenty of tie-in merch. Netflix is unlikely to be in a hurry to let it go. Producer Shawn Levy has already indicated the show will probably go beyond four seasons, saying: “there’s very much the possibility of a fifth.” However, he also added: “Beyond that, it becomes I think very unlikely.”
Plot details for season 4 remain shrouded in secrecy. Season 3 ended with the possible death of David Harbour‘s Hopper, but of course, we all know there’s no way he’s really dead. Instead, he’s likely locked up somewhere in Russia. The teaser for season 4 ended with that tag: “We’re Not In Hawkins Anymore”, indicating that at least some of the characters would be venturing beyond the town where the show is set to places unknown. Like Russia, perhaps.
Things are getting serious for the members of the Rebellion in the war against the evil Horde. But not too serious, as the jokester horse Swift Wind makes sure to point out in the new She-Ra and the Princesses of Power season 4 trailer. Things might be dire as Adora and the Princesses recover from the devastating fallout of season 3, but it’s not too dire that you can’t use an occasional laugh. Watch the She-Ra and the Princesses of Power season 4 trailer below.
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Season 4 Trailer
Netflix’s acclaimed animated series based on the beloved ’80s property returns for a fourth season, which picks up immediately after the devastating events of season 3. Queen Angella has sacrificed herself, while Catra has risen to second-in-command of the Horde. The trailer starts off hopeful, with Glimmer stepping up to be Queen of Brightmoon, but the joy of coronation is overshadowed by a dark evil that may threaten the Rebellion.
Aimee Carrero stars as Adora/She-Ra in She-Ra and the Princesses of Power which also stars Karen Fukuhara as Glimmer, AJ Michalka as Catra, Marcus Scribner, and Lauren Ash as Scorpia. Jacob Tobia Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story joins the cast as the first non-binary character on the series, a character named Double Trouble who joins forces with Catra and the Horde.
The voice cast is rounded out by Reshma Shetty, Lorraine Toussaint, Keston John, Christine Woods, Genesis Rodriguez, Jordan Fisher, Vella Lovell, Merit Leighton, Krystal Joy Brown, Sandra Oh, and Geena Davis.
Here is the synopsis for season 4 of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power:
Executive produced by Noelle Stevenson, the fourth season of DreamWorks She-Ra and the Princesses of Power begins with the respective rises of Queen Glimmer as leader of the Rebellion and Catra as co-leader of the Horde. As the Horde makes advances on the Rebellion under the looming threat of Horde Prime’s arrival, the Princess Alliance makes heroic strides but begins to disagree on the best way to defend Etheria. Ultimately, a shocking discovery about Etheria itself causes Adora to reconsider everything she thought she knew.
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power season 4 debuts with 13 all-new episodes on Netflix on November 5, 2019.
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The final season of The Man in the High Castle arrives on Amazon Prime Video next month, so it’s time to prepare yourself with a new trailer. The alternative history show’s final season promises to be epic, bringing to a close a saga that started back in 2015, which feels like a very, very long time ago at this point. Watch the Man in the High Castle season 4 trailer below.
The Man in the High Castle Season 4 Trailer
The Man in the High Castle has come a long way from its initial premise – “What if Germany won World War II?” The series has morphed into a full-blown sci-fi saga, complete with alternate dimensions and all sorts of other wild and crazy stuff. According to the official description, this last season is “rocked by war and revolution.” Here’s the synopsis:
The Resistance becomes a full-blown rebellion, driven by Juliana Crain’s Alexa Davalos visions of a better world. A new Black insurgent movement emerges to fight the forces of Nazism and imperialism. As empires teeter, Chief Inspector Takeshi Kido Joel De La Fuente will find himself torn between his duty to his country and the bonds of family. Meanwhile, Reichsmarschall John Smith Rufus Sewell will be drawn towards the portal the Nazis have built to another universe, and the tantalizing possibility of stepping through a gateway to the path not taken.
The series is based on Philip K. Dick’s novel of the same name, and comes from executive producers by Ridley Scott and Frank Spotnitz. The series stars Rufus Sewell, Luke Kleintank, and Alexa Davalos. New cast members include Frances Turner, Clé Bennett, and Rich Ting. Here’s how Deadline describes their characters:
Turner will play Bell Mallory. Bell has escaped from a Nazi concentration camp into the Japanese Pacific States, where she meets Elijah Bennett, a militant Black nationalist. Together the couple become members of a cell in the BCR, an urban guerrilla movement dedicated to the liberation of African-Americans. Ting will play Captain Iijima, a driven, ambitious young detective in the Kempeitai and Kido’s close deputy.
The final season arrives on Amazon Prime Video on November 15, 2019.
TBS' Search Party is becoming an HBO Max original. The upcoming third season of TBS' cult comedy series will air on the upcoming WarnerMedia streaming platform, which also has ordered a fourth season of single-camera series.
Season 3 of Search Party, starring Alia Shawkat, Meredith Hagner, Brandon Micheal Hall, John Early and John Reynolds,, will debut on HBO Max at launch in Spring of 2020, two years after it was originally ordered by TBS.
A critical darling, the dark comedy about a group of privileged, self-absorbed twenty-somethings covering up a murder, was never well suited for a linear network like TBS.
Sensing that, TBS brass gave the series a multi-platform launch, which included a binge release of the entire first season over Thanksgiving week, which drew more than 1.1M viewers per episode across all platforms over five days, showing strong appeal to millennials, with 18% of its audience in the adults 18-34 demo. On VOD, the dark comedy was the fastest TBS original to reach 1M views and delivered the youngest, most diverse audience of any TBS original.
But the promising digital showing did not translate to strong linear ratings. The move to HBO Max represents a lifeline for Search Party, which, despite its critical acclaim, likely wouldn't have been able to last beyond a third season on TBS. Similarly, NBCUniversal's upcoming streamer Peacock, recently picked up a third season of young skewing single-camera comedy series A.P. Bio, which had been canceled by NBC after two seasons.
“With HBO Max we have the unique opportunity to continue this brilliant, acclaimed series and connect with even more of the younger, digital natives who have worshipped it the most,” said Kevin Reilly, chief content officer, HBO Max and president TNT, TBS and truTV and one of Search Party's biggest supporters.
Season three finds the gang swept up in the trial of the century after Dory and Drew are charged for the semi-accidental murder of a private investigator. As Elliott and Portia grapple with whether or not to testify as witnesses, the friends are pitted against each other and thrust into the national spotlight as notorious public figures. As Dory's sanity begins to fracture, it becomes increasingly clear that they may not have brunch together for quite some time.
“ Search Party is alive and thriving!! We are so thrilled to show the world what we've been working on the past two years and for new fans to find it on HBO Max,” said Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers. “You're going to love the two new seasons, but if for some reason you don't, then you'll get your subscription fee back. Actually, that's not true. That's a joke. We don't have that kind of power.”
Search Party is executive-produced by Sarah-Violet Bliss, Charles Rogers, Michael Showalter and Jax Media's Lilly Burns and Tony Hernandez.