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Signs season 2, episode 1 recap – it’s back and everyone is miserable

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Signs returns with a typically morbid opener as we learn that absolutely nobody is doing well — and everyone is about to be doing a whole lot worse.

This recap of Signs season 2, episode 1 contains spoilers. 

Check out our spoiler-free review of the entire season. 


After a recap of the first season’s events narrated by Nina — psst, ours is better — we’re reminded of just how bonkers Signs got by the end. That’s pretty ideal for a second season, especially since Nina claims at the end of her recap that time stopped, and she died. You’d think that’d affect one’s ability to narrate, but I guess not.

So, we open properly with some recovered wartime footage depicting a Nazi shootout and the offloading of a sealed box, which is ominous. Remember, Nazi treasure became a factor late on in the first season. Looks like we’re tugging on that thread here.

Trela, it turns out, still smokes just as much — perhaps more so that Nina is now missing. Roman is back, humbly begging forgiveness from the Lord, though predictably getting nothing in response.

Krzysztof Sobczyk and Ada are working together and bitching about Trela, the former obviously keeping pretty quiet about his involvement in Nina’s disappearance and presumed death, although he’s careful to pin the blame on the late Dzikowski, just to cover his tracks. Agata is living with her father in relative poverty, which she’s naturally fuming about, but he’s adamant that winning the election will turn their fortunes around. We’ll see about that.

Speaking of which, Antoni is approached by a man called Twerski, a representative of an American consulting company who’d like to help him with his campaign by throwing money at it. He claims not to need any help, especially help that comes with strings attached, which this inevitably would. There’s a second candidate now, though, which should be cause for concern, but apparently not for Antoni.

Blazej is still around, though not doing well, stealing things from a job he’s clearly resentful of, working alongside colleagues who apparently laugh at him. Jonasz is doing better, running some kind of chemistry lab underneath his compound. Robert is working there; Agata goes to see him for help with their dad given his current predicament after the mine cave-in. Agata steals the drugs from his pocket that he already stole from Jonasz, so it’s nice to see this family is as well-adjusted as ever.

Zofia is looking after Antoni, mostly, feeding him sorrel soup like a baby despite his hands working just fine.

Ada finds Trela passed out in his truck and drives him home, which is her house since he’s still living with her despite their strained relationship. She’s been trying to cover for him at work, but all he’s interested in doing is putting up posters, drinking, and getting Sobczyk to give him lifts. That takes a turn, though, when Sobczyk insists that he needs to clean up his act because Nina is dead and she isn’t coming back. He’d be the one to know, of course, but Trela doesn’t take it well, to put things mildly.

Blazej is running for mayor. He meets Kaja, a pretty blonde woman who alongside Twerski, represents the consultancy firm that’ll fund Blazej’s campaign throughout the season. This will become more important and result in some funny stuff, so more on that in subsequent episodes. For now, we’re left to enjoy more footage of Nazis opening boxes.

Remember, Roman is suspicious of Sobczyk, and here sneaks around his house. He hides in the back of his truck, which goes out to the cabin in the woods where Dorota is, and where a hidden cellar door covered in foliage leads to… somewhere. When Sobczyk drives Dorota back to the farm, Roman stays behind to investigate.

This is probably how Nina, looking rather worse for wear, finds herself stumbling down the road just as Zofia is driving along it. This scene is set up in such a way that we’re to believe Zofia has found her, but she hasn’t — she’s actually found a little girl wandering alone who she believes is her dead daughter, Laura. This is the child of the couple we saw smoking weed and getting into a bit of a kerfuffle earlier in the episode. Those two and indeed the kid will become very important as things go on.


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Barry Jenkins Set to Direct Lion King Sequel for Disney

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Here’s a bit of surprising, but delightful film news: Barry Jenkins is set to direct the sequel to The Lion King for Disney. Deadline reported the new gig Tuesday, which the Oscar-winning writer-director himself quickly confirmed on Twitter. 

“This,” Jenkins wrote. “Yes, THIS.”

He also released a statement to Deadline, hyping up the project. 

“Helping my sister raise two young boys during the ’90s, I grew up with these characters,” Jenkins said. “Having the opportunity to work with Disney on expanding this magnificent tale of friendship, love, and legacy while furthering my work chronicling the lives and souls of folk within the African diaspora is a dream come true.”

Writer-director Lulu Wang, Jenkins’s partner, celebrated the news with a much more festive tweet, sharing a video of herself holding up her dog to the sounds of “Circle of Life,” à la newborn Simba. It had to be done! 

The sequel will be a follow-up to Disney’s 2019 hit, a computer-generated, photo-realistic remake of the studio’s beloved 1994 classic. Directed by Jon Favreau, the adaptation became a box-office smash, grossing over $1 billion worldwide. Its voice cast included Donald Glover as Simba and Beyoncé as Nala; the Grammy-winning singer also released an accompanying soundtrack and film, Black Is King, stretching out the film’s influence. 

Per Deadline, the Jenkins-helmed sequel might sometimes step away from Simba’s adventures to flesh out Mufasa’s origin story, spanning timelines à la The Godfather: Part II. This will be the Moonlight helmer’s first children’s film, as well as his first major foray into photo-realistic animation. Perhaps he’ll find a way around the shortcomings of the 2019 version, which critics knocked for prioritizing visual realism over expressive animation, dulling down the original’s emotional, action-packed narrative. 

The Lion King sequel is one of Disney’s many planned contemporary reinventions of its ‘90s classics. The studio recently released a live-action version of Mulan and is set to release new versions of The Little Mermaid and Peter Pan, among other films. 

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Miles Morales PS4 Saves Will Work On PS5

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Spider-Man: Miles Morales players can transfer their save data from PlayStation 4 to PS5; developer Insomniac says it will share more details later.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales is being released simultaneously on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, and players will be able to bring their current-gen saves to the next generation. Earlier this month, Sony revealed that some of its biggest announced PS5 games – Spider-Man: Miles Morales included – will also be coming to PS4 and getting free next-gen upgrades.

Not a lot has been explicitly revealed about Spider-Man: Miles Morales yet, but fans should already have a pretty good idea of what to expect. The game is a direct follow-up to the 2018 PS4 hit Marvel’s Spider-Man and will share a lot of similarities. The two titles have so much in common that when Spider-Man: Miles Morales was announced, it wasn’t initially clear if it was even its own game or DLC for Marvel’s Spider-Man. While it’s long since been confirmed as a standalone game, it seems like its gameplay will borrow heavily from its predecessor, but starring a new hero with his own unique powers.

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Now, it’s been confirmed that players who start their adventure in Spider-Man: Miles Morales on PS4 and later want to swing over to the next-gen version can bring their saves with them, which won’t be possible with the Marvel’s Spider-Man remaster. Developer Insomniac Games said today on Twitter that PS4 saves can be transferred to PS5, adding that the studio will “share details closer to launch.” It’s not clear whether current and next-gen versions of Spider-Man: Miles Morales can freely share save files, enabling true cross-progression, but players will at least be able to make the switch from PS4 to PS5 once.

That’s good news for fans who aren’t able to secure a PS5 at launch this year, which sounds like it will be quite a lot of people. The launch of PS5 pre-orders has been something of a disaster, with plenty of players who wanted to buy a next-gen console looking like they’ll be left without one on launch day. Traffic from PlayStation fans crashed retailers’ websites when pre-orders first became available, and since then, successful pre-orders have been cancelled or pushed back to a 2021 delivery estimate due to low console stock. Now, those who weren’t lucky enough to get a PS5 know that they can at least start Spider-Man: Miles Morales on PS4 and upgrade to PS5 later without it costing them more or forcing them to start the game over.

As a flagship next-gen title, it seems like Spider-Man: Miles Morales is getting the star treatment from Sony. While it’s too soon to know for sure, it makes sense that Spider-Man: Miles Morales could serve as a technical showcase for the PS5, making Sony invested in turning it into the best experience possible for early adopters and latecomers alike.

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Spider-Man: Miles Morales will be released on PS4 and PS5 on November 12th.

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The First Biden-Trump Debate Was an Embarrassing Waste of Time — Analysis

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Moderator Chris Wallace was incapable of reining in Donald Trump during a 90-minute debate that immediately devolved into nonsensical bickering.

Chris Wallace, the moderator for Tuesday’s presidential debate, told Fox News on Monday that he aimed to be “as invisible as possible” during the debate between president Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden.

Around six minutes in, it was clear that Wallace, who currently anchors “Fox News Sunday,” was not going to be able to stay invisible. Trump quickly derailed the roughly 90-minute debate — which was dedicated to critically important topics such as the Supreme Court, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and the integrity of the election — into a jumbled stream of insults, lies, and meandering anecdotes. Wallace frequently attempted to curtail Trump, who rarely let Biden speak uninterrupted, but with little success.

Underneath the avalanche of noise, Tuesday’s debate did manage to touch on several important topics and resulted in several stunning phrases, but if this is a sign of things to come, it’s hard to imagine that viewers will turn to future debates to learn anything meaningful about the two presidential candidates.

Moderating the 2020 presidential debates was never going to be an easy task, even for a lifelong journalist like Wallace, who received widespread praise for moderating the final debate between Trump and Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election. That said, Tuesday’s event made Trump’s etiquette during the 2016 debates — where he threatened to jail Clinton and refused to accept the outcome of the election if he lost — seem downright quaint.

Simply put, Trump did not stop talking. Despite Wallace’s frequent pleas, the president ranted and raved throughout almost the entirety of the roughly 90-minute event, including when Biden was attempting to answer questions. Biden and Wallace joked about Trump’s interruptions several times and Wallace eventually demanded that both candidates stop interrupting one another around 50 minutes in, which marginally improved things. But by then, it was far too little, too late.

It’s typical for candidates to cut into one another during debates, but Trump’s nonstop interventions made it nigh-impossible to gleam any serious insight about either candidate’s policy ideas. That might’ve been Trump’s intent, and it’s unclear how the Biden campaign will capitalize on the high-profile event, but for Wallace and the debate organizers, it was an unmitigated embarrassment.

It’s not surprising that Trump ignored the traditional rules of debate, but the president’s lack of candor appeared to catch both Wallace and Biden — who was effectively sidelined for much of the event — off-guard. It’s easy to say that this should’ve been something that either Wallace or the Commission on Presidential Debates, which runs the event, prepared for, but in their defense, it’s also hard to imagine an effective solution sans cutting a candidate’s microphone if they continually ignore the rules of the debate.

Turning off a candidate’s microphone at a debate would be an unprecedented move, but one way or another, it’s clear that moderators for the upcoming debates will need to take more drastic measures if they wish to ensure that the debate rules are actually followed.

Though Wallace was not effective at reigning Trump in during Biden’s remarks, the moderator did an admirable job of asking both candidates a variety of tough questions. Biden’s environmental policies were repeatedly questioned (he stated that he does not support the Green New Deal), while Trump was grilled on key issues he’s rarely forced to address, such as attempting to repeal the Affordable Care Act without offering a replacement plan, holding rallies with large crowds during the coronavirus pandemic, and ending federal agencies’ racial sensitivity trainings.

Furthermore, Wallace did not hesitate to ask similarly tough follow-up questions or demand a candidate answer questions they had dodged. Wallace also deserves praise for asking the candidates about climate change and environmentalism (critical issues that have been largely overlooked throughout the election season and weren’t expected to be brought up during the Tuesday debate) and the New York Times’ recent report that Trump only paid $750 in federal income taxes in 2017, which was published after Tuesday’s debate topics were unveiled.

Tuesday’s debate will be followed by the sole vice-presidential debate between Kamala Harris and Mike Pence on Wednesday, October 7. A second presidential debate will be held Thursday, October 15 and the third and final debate will be hosted Thursday, October 22.

The 2020 presidential election will be held November 3.

Tuesday’s debate can be viewed in full below:

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