Sharon Horgan plays vigilante in “Danielle”, but at what cost?
This recap of Criminal: United Kingdom season 2, episode 3, “Danielle”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
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The topic of self-styled vigilantes is of particular concern in this episode, as Sharon Horgan, best-known for her comedic roles, plays the titular Danielle, the founder of a website called Pesticide that entraps and exposes suspected pedophiles. This is a prominent trend allowed for by social media, and thus a pretty hot topic, especially since those who engage in it see themselves as doing important work that the police are either unable or unwilling to do themselves. Horgan’s Danielle is the epitome of this; she’s absurdly self-righteous and smug about her presumed effectiveness, with no concern whatsoever for the knock-on effect her personal crusade might have on actual police work and those affected by the people she exposes.
Her crusade began with Crispin Lewis, a P.E. teacher at her daughter’s school fired for having rather unsavory videos of children on his computer. When she saw him out shopping in John Lewis, she was compelled to look into him and discovered he’d got another job at a private school. Incensed by this, she sent the press clippings of the first case to his new employer and he was fired again, which she’s very happy about. “And to think I nearly went to House of Fraser!”
Danielle is under arrest for making an improper communication online, which it becomes obvious she doesn’t properly understand. She isn’t worried since she’s perfectly confident she has done nothing wrong, and she claims not to need a lawyer. She’s familiar with the term vigilante — she sees it in the typical way people tend to, civilian heroes doing the hard work that the police won’t — and indeed with the name Andrew Simmons, her latest project, whom she exposed as a pedophile after posing as a 14-year-old girl and getting to know him on a chat room.
This is Danielle’s method. She creates a catfish account, waits for contact, lures her interlocuter into exposing themselves, figuratively and literally, and then sends packages of evidence to the police, to their employer, and in this case to his wife’s parents. The fact that Danielle believed a brown envelope with “Pesticide” written on it in felt-tip pen was opened immediately by Scotland Yard is hilarious but also telling of how little she recognizes the potential harm of what she’s doing — in reality, her package was taken to security for three days before it was eventually opened.
Natalie tries to explain to Danielle that she’s obviously leading this man on, but she doesn’t see it that way. She fancies herself as a proper detective, eager to delight in how Pesticide “builds the case”. But it’s obviously entrapment. And in this case, it has badly backfired in more ways that one. At first, she’s indignant when Natalie tells her she has ruined this man’s life. Danielle thinks he did that on his own.
But what really happened is that Andrew was fired on the spot, his wife had a panic attack, and his daughter was savagely assaulted by a gang of girls when word got out their her father was a pedophile. Only, he isn’t a pedophile. His colleague who works out of their shared office is who Danielle was talking to, and when her “building the case” became incredibly obvious, he fingered Andrew for the crime. Danielle, perenially pleased with herself, took the bait and delighted in ruining the life of an innocent man. Looks like she needs a lawyer after all.
It’s that lawyer, Henry Regis, who explains to her what an improper communication charge actually means. It’s like slander. If you say something untrue and the person you’re talking about suffers for it, that’s a criminal offense. Danielle is obviously guilty. But she won’t give up the name of anyone else who works for Pesticide.
Natalie wants to turn the entrapment back on Danielle by convincing her that Simmons has committed suicide, a plan that Kyle is in favor of but that Vanessa thinks would make them as bad as her. It’s enough for Natalie to reveal that she knows what really triggered all this — that Danielle’s two children were taken away by social services. Finally defeated, Danielle writes down the names of everyone involved in Pesticide — Danielle Dunne, and her alone. She’s going to be charged. Before that, though, she’d just like to discuss her upstairs neighbor. He’s a complicated individual, not to be trusted around children…
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Jonathon is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has been Senior Editor and Chief Critic of the outlet since 2017.
Commander ’85 Review | Screen Rant
Commander ’85 is a lackluster hacking simulator that relies heavily on 80s nostalgia in hopes players will overlook the game’s glaring flaws.
The 1980s is a very nostalgic time for the American people and is responsible for influencing a lot of today’s pop culture. The ’80s can also be attributed to the success of plenty of movies and music due to the way it pulls at the heartstrings of even those who didn’t live through the neon decade. Commander ’85 is a sci-fi hacking simulator that attempts to harness the power of ’80s nostalgia but ends up failing to provide an enjoyable or memorable experience.
Commander ’85 borrows the classic ’80s storyline of a group of mischievous kids who accidentally get involved in government affairs while partaking in “normal” kid activities. The main character somehow gets a mysterious new computer called the Commander ’85 which comes complete with Artificial Intelligence and a network hacking device. The game starts with the player pulling a Ferris Bueller by hacking into the school’s computer to make all of his absent days disappear. Up until the gameplay begins, Commander ’85 sets the player up for what seems like is going to be another classic adventure-filled thrill-ride, but as soon as the PC boots up the fun is over.
Commander ’85 hits players with a fantastic synthwave soundtrack that wouldn’t feel out of place in an episode of Stranger Things. The game offers the quaint ability to turn the music off and on by interacting with a radio, but the player is going to want to keep it on as its one of the few enjoyable things about Commander ’85. For the entirety of the game, the player is confined to their room with a few objects they can interact with. However, the majority of the player’s time will be spent pulling their hair out while looking at the in-game monitor of a 1980s “supercomputer.”
As far as hacking simulators go, Commander ’85 hits the nail on the head of how difficult it must have been to hack in the ’80s. The computer is a terminal in which the player has to type a series of commands correctly to get the desired result. In order to learn the commands the player has to be an actual hacker or they need to read and memorize the entire in-game manual. However, the manual doesn’t provide all of the necessary information and assumes the player will figure out how to complete certain tasks. This leads to frustration number one as the game’s very first task can take hours due to the lack of proper explanation.
There are other sequences that take place throughout the game, but the majority of it is either furiously typing the same commands over and over, or waiting for something to happen to progress the storyline. The main character’s mother is also an obstacle as she will take away the computer if she becomes too frustrated with him. She makes the character go to bed, hang out with friends, or do other activities which entail the screen going black and the player re-entering their room after a certain period of time. The main character also has two friends who he communicates with strictly through a walkie-talkie that he sends on errands as the game’s way to keep the player from having to leave their room.
Beyond boring/frustrating gameplay and a recycled storyline, Commander ’85 has a lot of bugs that need squashing. Countless times through the story the player will have to back out to the game’s menu and reload their last save because the game refused to progress. Things get stuck in the player’s hand which prevents them from performing actions. These roadblocks paired with the struggle of playing Commander ’85’make it very tempting to close out of the game entirely.
Commander ’85 attempts to ride the wave of ’80s nostalgia, but there are far more elements that play into success than the atmosphere. For those who would enjoy taking a crack at a frustratingly difficult hacking simulator backed by a rehashed storyline, Commander ’85 might be for them. But for the average gamer, nostalgia isn’t enough to make Commander ’85 anything more than ok.
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Commander ’85 will be available on PC on September 30. Screen Rant was provided a digital Steam code for the purpose of this review.
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Disney’s D23 Expo Delayed to 2022
Disney’s bienniel event is typically a star-studded affair that offers breaking news about highly-anticipated films and TV shows.
Disney has delayed its biennial D23 Expo to 2022. The company announced the one-year delay on its social media pages on Monday afternoon.
The next D23 Expo was originally scheduled to take place in summer 2021 but will now be held on September 9-11 in 2022. Disney did not specify why the expo had been delayed, but stated that the revised date would coincide with the company’s founding in 1923 and be used to kick off Disney’s 100th anniversary. The event will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center in California.
Recent D23 Expos have been glitzy, star-studded affairs, as well as significant marketing opportunities for Disney. The 2019 event featured high-profile talents such as Chris Pratt, Dwayne Johnson, Tom Holland, and Emily Blunt, as well as surprise reveals such as an Obi-Wan Kenobi series on Disney+ featuring prequel trilogy star Ewan McGregor.
Disney also used last year’s expo to feature titles ranging from “Black Widow” and “Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker,” to “Frozen II” and “Ford v Ferrari.” The last D23 Expo was held in August of last year, several months before Disney+ launched and Disney used the expo to unveil a discounted bundle for the streaming service.
D23 Expo 2019 was an especially news-heavy event for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as Disney used the event to tease several Disney+ series including “Loki,” “WandaVision, “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” “What If…?” “Ms. Marvel,” “She-Hulk,” “Moon Knight,” and “Hawkeye,” though additional information on most of those series remains scant.
A handful of the titles teased during the last D23 Expo, such as the Marvel Cinematic Universe features “Black Widow” and “The Eternals,” have been repeatedly delayed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic has also impacted Disney in ways beyond film and television production, such as via the closures of its various theme parks and cruise lines.
Though several of Disney’s upcoming titles have been delayed numerous times, the company recently released its live-action “Mulan” feature on Disney+ for $30. “WandaVision,” the streaming service’s first Marvel Cinematic Universe title, is expected to hit the platform in December, while the superhero franchise’s “Helstrom” series will premiere on Hulu on October 16.
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First, Gina Torres has been cast in the series regular role of paramedic captain Tommy Vega, returning to the work force due to the pandemic shutting down her husband’s restaurant. She’ll fill the void left by Tyler’s exit. Also, Lisa Edelstein is going to be recurring as Captain Owen Strand’s (Rob Lowe) ex-wife and T.K.’s (Ronen Rubinstein) mother, Gwyneth, a lawyer from New York.
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