What Have I Learned From The Walking Dead Panel at New York Comic Con 2019

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The Walking Dead held their annual panel this morning at New York Comic Con and the 2019 edition of the panel has given us more news about the entire universe of The Walking Dead than ever before. This panel featured the main show, and the untitled third series of the show as well. Here are my biggest positive takeaways of the entire two hour panel of The Walking Dead at New York Comic Con.

Season 11 Announcement

During the panel, showrunner Angela Kang announced to the world that the show has been renewed for an 11th season. This is excellent news and this also means that we will get new stories as well. The next season will return in the fall and to keep track on this, the 11th season will feature its 150th episode which will most likely be a monumental episode. The show made it to episode 100 on the first episode of season 8.

The Untitled Third Series Trailer and Cast

We have only known a few details of the third series since the announcement earlier this year and we finally got more news about it this week when the photos of the show was released a day before the panel. Today, we finally seen the trailer and got to know more of the cast today as Alexa Mansour, Hal Cumpston, Annet Mahnendru, Nico Tortorella, Nicolas Cantu, and Aliyah Royale took the stage to talk about their roles on the series and their love for the universe of The Walking Dead. The most interesting part of the panel is that the three-ringed emblem we have seen on the CRM helicopter group is also connected with this show and The CRM group’s logo represents three locations as well and we will finally find out more about them since one of the locations is on that show. I asked Scott Gimple about the show back at the SplitScreen Festival and at the time, they were going to begin shooting the following week. Another interesting detail we haver heard today is that the show’s Walkers are called “Empties” and they all told everyone why they are called that. The third series premise is that it is a new generation of survivors that grew up within their gaurded community and now, they begin to explore outside the community. There are also great details that we heard about how the weapons in the show will be used against the walkers, when in the timeline of the original show it will take place, and much more. The third series will debut in the spring of 2020.


The Princess Is Coming!

This announcement caught everyone by surprise today as the news of “The Princess” Juanita Sanchez will come sooner as we thought as she will be played by Paola Lazaro on the second half of the tenth season of The Walking Dead. The Princess was first introduced on issue #171 back in 2017 and she is from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. The story here is that Michonne, Eugene, Siddiq, and Magna was traveling to The Commonwealth and on their way, they meet her in Pittsburg. It will be interesting to see how the group will encounter her on the show. Paola has been acting since 2015 with her roles on television shows and movies such as Scenes from the Underground, Dichos, Pimp, and most recently, Lethal Weapon.

The Return of Lauren Cohan

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This news shook the world and was long awaited as we got the return of Lauren Cohan on The Walking Dead. She has not been seen since the beginning of season 9 and the entire universe never forgot about her. Maggie was mentioned a few times in season 9 that she has went with Georgie. Now that Maggie is back, how will she deal with The Whisperers. The way this was revealed is that at the near end of the panel after Danai got her standing ovation, Chris Hardwick called a female on stage that cosplayed as Negan but with a Jason mask. She appeared on stage, and then took off the mask and the crowd erupted! This was a surreal moment to see live and I am happy that I witnessed this.

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New Mario & Sonic Olympic Games 2020 Switch Preview: A Game The Whole Family Can Enjoy!

Editor’s Note: this article is entirely based on a preview. A full review of this game will be posted when the embargo is lifted on November 5th.

I was one of the lucky few to get a preview of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. And, to my delight, this game doesn’t disappoint at all. Mario & Sonic 2020 seems to be a really multifaceted game with a bit of something for everyone whether it’s their first time to this series or a hardcore gamer. Very user friendly interface, polished graphics, and just all out competitive fun! What really stood out in this preview was how easy it was to just jump right into gameplay, choosing whether you want to have buttons only, hybrid of buttons and motion, or just motion entirely. With motion only, the player is definitely immersed in the 3D graphics world, a feeling I felt when the Wii and Wii U were at their apex. The buttons only mode truly shines when playing the 2D Tokyo 1964. For instance, during the diving competition, you’re able to choose the level of difficulty for button combos. The more difficult chosen, the better the chance of getting a higher ranking dive.
I believe Mario & Sonic 2020 will be a nice edition to all the other Mario Olympic Games and commemorating the actual Tokyo Olympics 2020 games as well. Having the Tokyo Olympics 1964 in 8-bit graphics even added a great nostalgia feel, all the while being challenging. And, since RPGs are still huge, having the story mode brings on a whole new realm to a game that’s usually competitive.

So in a nutshell, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 has a lot of replay value, whether you want to compete against the computer or getting the whole family together for game night (my 8 year old enjoys it when I make a side of stove top popcorn on the side).

Please check out the trailers here:

Trailer 1 Trailer 2 Trailer 3

Fun Stats:

It’s party time, and everyone’s invited!

Team up with Mario, Sonic and friends on Nintendo Switch™ in action-packed sporting events! Bring your best moves to the track, the gym, the ring, or the water in dozens of different party games everyone will enjoy.

Features:

● Overview: Mario, Sonic, Tails, Bowser and the whole gang are here for some party fun with friends and family of all ages, including: 21+ 3D events, 10 classic, retro-styled 2D events, Story mode with
hours of gameplay and wacky, unlockable minigames and guest characters. Try brand new events for Tokyo 2020: Skateboarding, Karate, Surfing, and Sport Climbing.

● Skateboard, surf, and race your way to the top! With more than 30 events to master in this fun-filled Olympic showdown, there are plenty of ways to prove your skills to your friends in multiplayer mode.

● Everyone’s here! Play as Mario, Sonic, or choose from a star-studded cast of colorful characters from your favorite SEGA and Nintendo games.

● Dive into unique Dream events that layer fantastical chaos with reality. Zip through a downhill obstacle course on your hoverboard, Karate chop your way to gain and hold the most neon squares, or blast away the competition in a shooting range full of kites!

● And you won’t want to miss an epic story mode that sends you back to 1964 to compete in classic, retro 2D events.

● Play any way you want on your Nintendo Switch. We’re talking motion and button controls, single and dual Joy-Con, single-player and multiplayer, local split-screen and online!

Publisher Name: SEGA

Developer Name: SEGA

Genre: Sports/Party

Nintendo Platform(s): Nintendo Switch

ESRB with descriptors: E10+; Cartoon Violence

Number of Players: 1 – 4 (Local), 2 – 8 (Online)

Release Date/Window: North America – November 5th, 2019 | Europe – November 8th, 2019

RRP: $59.99 US

Official Game Website: https://www.olympicvideogames.com/marioandsonic/
Twitter Handle: SEGA

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SEGA/

Stay tuned to Alternative Mindz for full review and future let’s plays!

PUBG MOBILE Announces Partnership With AMC’s The Walking Dead

Hit Mobile Game to Feature Iconic Characters From Iconic Television Series

LOS ANGELES – September 30, 2019 – Tencent Games and PUBG Corporation announced with AMC today an exciting crossover collaboration between PUBG MOBILE and The Walking Dead. Beginning October 1 and into early 2020, players will have a chance to traverse the battlefield as familiar heroes or an iconic villain. Limited edition in-game items such as character skins, weapons and a vehicle are among those available including:

●     Daryl Dixon Skin

●     Rick Grimes Skin

●     Negan Skin

●     Michonne Skin

●     Daryl’s Motorcycle

●     Michonne’s Katana

●     Negan’s Bat, ‘Lucille’

With over 400 million downloads and 50 million daily users, PUBG MOBILE continues to remain among the top performing mobile games worldwide. Heading into its tenth season, which premieres Sunday, October 6 at 9/8c on AMC, The Walking Dead remains the highest-rated series on cable television.

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AMC’s The Walking Dead is the latest marquee brand to join a pedigree of top tier collaborations with PUBG MOBILE that has included successful tie-in campaigns with Resident Evil 2 and Godzilla: King of Monsters in 2019.

About “The Walking Dead”

Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, “The Walking Dead” tells the story of the months and years after a zombie apocalypse and follows a group of survivors who travel in search of a safe and secure home. The series is executive produced by chief content officer Scott M. Gimple, showrunner Angela Kang, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Dave Alpert, Greg Nicotero, Joseph Incaprera and Denise Huth. The series stars Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Danai Gurira, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Ross Marquand, Khary Payton, Seth Gilliam, Avi Nash, Callan McAuliffe, Cooper Andrews, Eleanor Matsuura, Nadia Hilker, Cailey Fleming, Samantha Morton, Ryan Hurst, Cassady McClincy and Lauren Ridloff.

About AMC

AMC is home to some of the most popular and acclaimed programs on television. AMC was the first basic cable network to ever win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series with “Mad Men” in 2008, which then went on to win the coveted award four years in a row, before “Breaking Bad” won it in 2013 and 2014. The network’s series “The Walking Dead” is the highest-rated series in cable history. AMC’s other current original drama series include “Better Call Saul,” “Fear the Walking Dead,” “The Terror,” “Into the Badlands,” “Humans,” “Preacher,” “The Son,” “McMafia,” “Lodge 49,” “The Little Drummer Girl,” “NOS4A2” and the forthcoming “Dispatches from Elsewhere” and “For Life” (wt). AMC also explores authentic worlds and discussion with original shows like “Talking Dead,” “AMC Visionaries” and “Ride with Norman Reedus.” AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, SundanceTV, BBC America and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile.

About PUBG MOBILE

PUBG MOBILE is based on PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS, the phenomenon that took the world of interactive entertainment by storm in 2017. Up to 100 players parachute onto a remote island to battle in a winner-takes-all showdown. Players must locate and scavenge their own weapons, vehicles and supplies, and defeat every player in a visually and tactically rich battleground that forces players into a shrinking play zone.

PUBG MOBILE is available to download for free on the App Store and Google Play

Fear The Walking Dead Season 5, Episode 16 “End of the Line” Review

Garret Dillahunt as John Dorie, Jenna Elfman as June – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 16 – Photo Credit: Van Redin/AMC

This recap will be slightly different as I will put more of my input of my own opinion rather than recap the episode with my own eyes. Be warned, spoilers are ahead for the fifth season finale of Fear The Walking Dead titled “End of the Line”.

Now, on to the positives. I liked Dwight’s development on this episode. He is still convinced that Sherry wants nothing to do with him and even the radio call at the beginning of the episode got myself very excited to see Sherry. Although Dwight thinks that he is hearing things, I believe that it was her calling for him. The moment you know that he lost all hope on finding her is when he given John and June their wedding rings that originally belonged to Dwight and Sherry. I believe that they will reuinite in season 6 and at this point, it needs to happen. Sherry has not been seen in The Walking Dead universe since season 7 of the main show so her possible return is long overdue.

Another thing I liked about the episode is when members of Morgan’s group tried to direct the herd away from Gultch. There were cool walker kill sequences from Morgan while the walkers were on the field. Dwight almost got eaten by walkers and even while the walkers was devouring one of the horses (Also to note, Dwight found those horses at the beginning of the episode). That whole scene was worth watching and Dwight even tried to run away, but Morgan saved him from walkers approaching him since he was also injured. Alicia and Wes was painting the church that the wedding was going to take place and I wonder how much more things will she paint. At least she is no longer scared to kill walkers anymore. John and June’s wedding was beautiful and touching and I said it from the start of the season that their chemistry also kept this season going good for what it was. Jacob even officiated the wedding per John’s request on the last episode. Those are the great scenes about this episode.

Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alicia Clark, Colby Hollman as Wes – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 16 – Photo Credit: Van Redin/AMC

With that out of the way, Morgan calling Virginia back was a mistake. His plan backfired as they all argued AGAIN while they were clearing walkers that they did not need for her to come and a few of the group was willing to accept her deal. They already did not trust her, and yet, Morgan makes the call to bring her back. This got ridicilous towards the last twelve minutes of the episode as Virginia plans to seperate the group as she did exactly that. Even Daniel and Skidmark was seperated too and went to different vehicles and seasons 1-3 Daniel would not let that **** fly. He has grown too soft this season and it hurts me to even admit that (also to note, the kids did not get any lines in this episode). Virginia even told Althea that she better tell her about the CRM group. Morgan and Grace were seperated and Grace did not want Morgan to express his feelings for her DESPITE that she feels the same way about her. After Virginia seperated everyone from eachother, it was only her and Morgan standing infront of the church. Virginia told Morgan that he is staying there alone. She pointed the gun infornt of him, they had a small scuffle, and boom, she shoots Morgan in the chest. Morgan then bleeds out and here is the moment that made my head spin in disappointment like when Vince Russo was writing WCW storylines in 2000. Over the radio, we find out that Grace does not have radaition poisoning at all. Grace is 3-4 months pregnant (are you seriously kidding me is what I said when I watched the episode). Morgan is left there alone and makes a speech all by himself while he is still bleeding from the gunshot wound. Then, walkers approach him and is inches away and the we cut to black for ANOTHER CLIFFHANGER!

Was this seriously needed? I would not be surprised if that damn helicopter group arrive in and save Morgan on the season 6 premiere. I seriously would not. It was a bad decision to pull a cliffhanger like this. If that happens, the difference between this and when CRM saved Rick is that Rick was saved on the fifth episode and this happened on the finale. You would think that they would learn their lesson for pulling the cliffhanger on The Walking Dead with Negan (Also, I still love that episode to this day for many reasons, but at least that cliffhanger was not as jarring as this one). Why do this when Morgan is shot?! If he was shown to die right there, I would have accepted it. I really would. Now that the group has been separated, how will they know about what happened with Morgan? I can understand the frustrations with the fans of the show and I can sympathize with them for this nonsense. I hope that on the next season, this does not happen ever again.

As far as Season 5 goes, I thought that this season is miles better than season 4 and John and June were the bright points of the entire season. Logan had potential, but his motive was not fully explored yet other than the oil field. Dwight also had a better transition to the show than Morgan did and he fits right with the cast. Alicia’s PTSD about not killing walkers was also a good development. The CRM group needs to be seen again in season 6 because we barely got anything with them after the first few episodes.

I also know that a large portion of the fans did not like the found footage, documentary style episodes, but I loved them since I like the found footage genre and the camera techniques. The season finale’s final half completely ruined the entire episode and it left a bad taste in my mouth.

INTERVIEW: Colby Minifie On Her Role as Virginia

When it is all said and done, season 5 is good despite the hiccups and I hope that the next season will improve. With the second spinoff coning next year along with The Walking Dead’s 11th season in 2020 (which will also have its 150th episode next fall), I do not know when next year that Fear will return. When it does, I will recap it again since I am a fan. If I had to describe this season in a few words despite my thoughts of the last episode, it is awesome, suspenseful, and absolutely great!

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