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Emmy episode analysis: Jeffrey Wright (‘Westworld’) enters the Sublime in the midst of ‘Crisis Theory’

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Jeffrey Wright received his third Emmy nomination for his performance as Bernard Lowe on HBO’s “Westworld.” He had previously won in 2004 for reprising his Tony-winning performance in Mike Nichols‘s miniseries adaptation of Tony Kushner‘s award-winning play, “Angles in America.” His episode submission for this year is the season finale, “Crisis Theory.”

In this episode, Bernard takes Ashley Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth) to a motel room after getting shot by William (Jimmi Simpson). Bernard later realizes that the AI computer system, Rehoboam, was not trying to prevent the collapse of civilization, but was working to delay it as long as possible. He also realizes that Dolores Abernathy (Evan Rachel Wood) had put the key to the virtual world, Sublime, in his mind. Bernard enters into the Sublime to learn how humanity can rebuild, while also appearing to go idle to Stubbs.

SEE Will Jeffrey Wright (‘Westworld’) or Giancarlo Esposito (‘Better Call Saul’) make Emmy history?

Can Wright win an Emmy for his work on “Westworld” this year? Let’s dive into the pros and cons.

PROS

When the second season contended at the Emmys two years ago, Thandie Newton pulled off a surprise win for Best Drama Supporting Actress over the presumed frontrunner, Yvonne Strahovski (“The Handmaid’s Tale”). Newton’s win there could be a sign of how much the actors branch are growing to appreciate the performances on the show.

While “Westworld” did miss the cut for Best Drama Series for the first time this year, that hasn’t stopped performers from triumphing in this category. Look no further than Bobby Cannavale for “Boardwalk Empire” in 2013 and Terry O’Quinn for “Lost” in 2007. Both actors won for seasons where their respective shows got snubbed in the top category after previously competing (and it “Lost’s” case, actually winning).

SEE 2020 Emmy nominations complete list: All the nominees for the 72nd Emmy Awards

CONS

Not only did “Westworld” miss the cut for Best Drama Series this time, but the third season also underperformed in Emmy nominations overall, even missing Wood in Best Drama Actress after two bids. That could be a sign of how little support there is for the show this year.

Though it’s happened before, it’s rare for this award to go to a performer in a show that isn’t nominated for Best Drama Series. In fact, it’s only happened four times this century: Cannavale, O’Quinn, Ben Mendelsohn (“Bloodline” in 2016) and William Shatner (“Boston Legal” in 2005).

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Ratched Season 2: Plot details, release date, & more

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Fans are eager to learn more about Ratched season 2, so we’ve gathered together all of the details we know so far about the creepy Netflix thriller.

Ratched season 1 just released last weekend, but fans are already eagerly awaiting news on the second season. Ratched season 2 was picked up alongside the first, as Netflix issued a two-season, 18-episode order for the show.

Since season 1 was only eight episodes, we can anticipate that season 2 will be ten. However, that could change when production begins. It is also possible Netflix could revoke the second season order. The pandemic has made that a real possibility. Several of their renewed shows have been canceled due to COVID-19 production problems.

Hopefully, because the show seems to be doing well with audiences and Netflix’s overall deal with creator Ryan Murphy, that will ensure Ratched season 2 moves forward. Star Sarah Paulson has gone on record saying the show is “not a limited series.”

She also told Oprah Magazine that they have an endgame for the series and a plan for the future seasons.

What will Ratched season 2 be about?

Netflix would disappoint fans by suddenly axing Ratched because the season 1 finale ends with a juicy cliffhanger everyone wants to be solved ASAP. Season 1 focused on Mildred’s plan to help Edmund, by any means necessary. Ratched season 2 will see the brother-sister duo in direct opposition.

Believing Mildred betrayed him, Edmund and his partner-in-crime Charlotte and former innkeeper Louise plan to come after her. Edmund sends Mildred a message by massacring seven nurses and then calling her to see if she got his clue.

Mildred and Gwendolyn had since escaped to Mexico with Lenore’s money after the insanity at the hospital. During the call, Mildred tells Edmund that he is the one who should watch out, as she intends to come for him. Season 2 will likely see Edmund and Mildred in an intense game of cat-and-mouse.

We will also probably find out more about Gwendolyn and her cancer. Will she survive? Or will her death be what turns Mildred into the monstrous Nurse Ratched we know from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest?

RATCHED (L to R) SOPHIE OKONEDO as CHARLOTTE WELLS and JON JON BRIONES as DR. RICHARD HANOVER in episode 105 of RATCHED Cr. SAEED ADYANI/NETFLIX © 2020

When will Ratched season 2 be released?

The pandemic makes it increasingly difficult to predict timelines. If I had to guess, I would wager Netflix will try to keep Ratched a fall show. It fits nicely with the Halloween season. That might mean waiting until 2022, but hopefully, that isn’t the case. If things stay on track, then it should be released around the same time next year — likely in Sept. or Oct. We should learn more in the coming months or by late winter.

Next: 5 Netflix shows canceled too soon

Are you looking forward to Ratched season 2? What do you want to happen next season? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

All eight episodes of Ratched season 1 are now streaming on Netflix.

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Liam Neeson is still “very proud” of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

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Liam Neeson, who played Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, looks back at the movie, lamenting how it hurt Ahmed Best’s (Jar Jar) career.

It’s no secret that the Star Wars prequels were highly divisive among fans. And the first movie in the trilogy, 1999’s The Phantom Menace, might be the most divisive of all. At the time, fans called it out for being boring, poorly acted, and in general less interesting that Original Trilogy.

However, younger fans who grew up with the movie have been kinder to it, and it’s having a bit of a renaissance. Recently, actor Liam Neeson, who played Obi-Wan Kenobi’s master Qui-Gon Jinn, weighed in.

Neeson’s Qui-Gon Jinn was a fan-favorite from The Phantom Menace, and the actor has gone on to voice the Jedi in multiple animated TV shows. Those shows add a lot to Jinn’s character development, in turn making the prequels more exciting.

Speaking to Andy Cohen on his SiriusXM radio show, Neeson gave his opinion on The Phantom Menace over two decades out. “I like the film. I’m proud of it and proud to have been a part of it,” he said. “I got to be a Jedi. I got to play with those wonderful lightsabers and stuff. It was terrific, Andy, it really was.”

It sounds to me, more than anything, like he’s delighted to have fulfilled the classic childhood dream of wielding a lightsaber. And he did it alongside Ewan Mcgregor (Obi-Wan) in that fight against Darth Maul, which I believe is one of the more epic lightsaber duels in Star Wars.

Neeson also weighed in on the blowback actor Ahmed Best got for playing Jar Jar Binks, who became a sort of symbol for all the problems people had with the movie. Best did both voice acting and motion capture for the character. Neeson doesn’t think Best deserved such heavy criticism:

I know a lot of fans and critics didn’t like it and my lovely friend Ahmed Best, who played Jar Jar Binks, came in for a lot, a lot of criticism. To the point where it really hurt his career. And I have to say when I was making that film, he was probably one of the funniest guys and talented guys I have ever worked with. I remember calling my old ex-agent at ICM and said, ‘I think I just worked with the new Eddie Murphy.’ I still believe that…Truly, he is one of the funniest guys. He had all of us in stitches — including George Lucas. And then bam, the film comes out and he’s attacked, personally attacked by fans and critics for whatever reasons.

Similar to Neeson with Qui-Gon Jinn, Ahmed Best went on to do voice work for Jar Jar Binks in multiple Star Wars animated shows. He also hosts the Star Wars game show Jedi Temple Challenge:

Whatever you think of The Phantom Menace, there’s no denying that it’s now a pillar of the Star Wars universe, serving as an entry point for many newcomers. It introduced many important characters who have appeared in tons of comic books, animated shows, video games, and other movies, including Darth Maul, who had a terrific arc on Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Rebels.

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Black Narcissus: FX Releases Premiere Date and Trailer for Drama Series

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