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WandaVision’s Yo-Magic Commercial Is the Creepiest One Yet – What It Might Mean

By | February 14, 2021

The sixth episode of WandaVision featured one of the most terrifying scenes in the show so far. In the episode’s fake “commercial,” what starts off as a stop-motion parody of yogurt-for-kids ads of the ’90s and ’00s turned into a deadly nightmare. To recap: a kid, stranded on a desert island, is given a cup of yogurt by a shark, but he can’t open the lid of the yogurt and slowly starves to death as we watch. Yeah – we’re creeped out too! The scene could have a couple of different meanings, depending on your overall theory of what’s going on.

The key to understanding the scene is remembering that the commercials in WandaVision, as a whole, seem to be a timeline of all the traumatic events Wanda has undergone. As more episodes have come out, it’s become pretty clear that the commercials are representing those events in chronological order.

  • Episode 1: The “ToastMate 2000” commercial features a Stark Industries product that makes the iconic repulsor sound, representing the Stark-made bomb that killed Wanda’s parents.
  • Episode 2: The Strücker Watch is named after the HYDRA villain who experimented on Wanda and Pietro, giving them superpowers.
  • Episode 3: The HYDRA Soak bubble bath directly references Wanda’s torment at the hands of HYDRA.
  • Episode 5: The Lagos Paper Towels share a name with the city where Wanda, as an Avenger, accidentally directed a bomb blast into a building, killing several innocent civilians.

Those commercials take us up through Captain America: Civil War in the Marvel timeline, which means that, if we’re still going in chronological order, the events of Avengers: Infinity War are next. That movie, of course, famously ends with half of life in the universe disintegrating – including Wanda, moments after she was forced to kill Vision to try to stop Thanos, only for Thanos to reverse time and kill Vision himself to get the Mind Stone. In that context, the nightmarish yogurt commercial, which depicts a character dying (and gruesomely shriveling to bones) after an immense but failed effort, could represent the first failed battle against Thanos.

Given the events of the episode, in which Vision nearly dies after attempting to get out of the boundaries of Westview (and Wanda’s magic), it also seems to be an allusion to Wanda’s growing awareness that her magic can’t defeat death forever. “Yo Magic,” after all, sounds like a ’90s pun on “your magic,” and despite having “yo magic” right there, the child stranded on the island dies anyway.

There are, however, still a couple of questions that remain unanswered. The commercials up until this point have all used the same few “actors,” presumably people of Westview who are being held within the illusion. This time, the shark doesn’t have a clear counterpart in Westview, which has us wondering who he’s supposed to represent. His creepy dialogue about “hunger” and his gift of unusable “magic” gives the whole thing a “deal with the devil vibe” – which would line up with theories about the comics villain Mephisto having made a deal with or manipulated Wanda into this whole situation. It’s also the first commercial with a child as the main character, which lines up with the notable presence of kids for the first time in the episode itself. It’s definitely the most horrifying of the fake “commercials” so far, but with only a few episodes left, we’ll hopefully have some answers soon!

The Weeknd’s Super Bowl Halftime Show Was Iconic, Mind-Blowing, Historic – Shall I Go On?

By | February 8, 2021

We had no doubts that The Weeknd’s Super Bowl halftime show performance would be nothing short of epic, but he took things one step further: it was historic. When the 30-year-old singer took the stage at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL, on Sunday, he not only became the first-ever Canadian to headline solo, but he was also the first performer to not include any special guests in his performance. The reason for that? There simply wasn’t enough time to fit it in with the narrative he wanted to tell.

After a year of sporting a heavily bruised and bandaged face, The Weeknd finally appeared as himself, though he still paid homage to his After Hours character by sporting his signature red suit. The R&B crooner delivered arguably one of the best performances the Super Bowl has ever seen, which included a medley of his biggest hits, such as “Starboy,” “Earned It,” and “Blinding Lights.”

His performance also featured bandaged lookalike dancers, which many compared to Jordan Peele’s 2019 film Us. Although he didn’t reveal the exact reason for including them, The Weeknd previously told Variety the bandages represent “the absurd culture of Hollywood celebrity and people manipulating themselves for superficial reasons.”

The Weeknd’s Super Bowl performance comes just days after he announced his 2022 After Hours world tour and the release of his compilation album, The Highlights. Clearly, The Weeknd’s 2021 is already off to an exciting start. Relive his history-making Super Bowl halftime show performance above!

If You Loved Netflix’s Lupin, Crack Open One of the Books That Inspired the Series

By | January 24, 2021

If you recently watched the French import Lupin on Netflix and are now totally enchanted with all things trickery, disguise, sleuthing, and classic thievery, then you’re not alone. The series is completely addictive, wrapping up viewers in protagonist Assane Diop’s mission to avenge his late father, victim of blood-curdling injustice by a megarich family. Using the tricks of fictional gentleman thief Arsène Lupin, featured in a series of books by Maurice Leblanc, Assane robs, kidnaps, and connives his way into getting justice for his father – and yes, it’s incredible to watch.

If you finished Lupin and want more, why not try reading some of the classic French books yourself? Below, find the entire collection of Arsène Lupin novels by Maurice Leblanc, ordered by date published, and prepare for all the scheming. It’s important to note that Leblanc’s earlier books have easy-to-find English editions, while the later books can mostly only be found in French. Whether you prefer to stick to the English ones or brush up on your French, you’ll find all kinds of artful, stealthy gems to get your heart racing and bring out your inner sleuth.

Feeling Like a Fairy After Watching Fate: The Winx Saga? Jam to the Magic Soundtrack

By | January 23, 2021

Fate: The Winx Saga has everything we ever wanted in a YA fantasy adaptation: magic, fire-throwing fairies, monsters, boarding school drama, and, yeah, getting to watch Sky (Danny Griffin) on screen. As if all of that wasn’t enough, the show also features an incredible soundtrack full of bops: from James Blake and Rosalía, to Grimes, to more indie artists like Lemolo and Lonelady. Episode to episode, the music does not disappoint, weaving itself into a storyline that follows an unlikely fairy named Bloom as she navigates her new home in the Otherworld, attending a magical school that’s full of sorcery and trickery, and where nothing is what it seems. Ahead, find every single song featured on the Netflix show, and maybe get inspired to do some magic of your own.

Let the Good Times Roll as You Listen to the One Night in Miami Soundtrack

By | January 19, 2021

You already know a movie starring Leslie Odom Jr. as legendary singer Sam Cooke has to have an amazing soundtrack, and that’s exactly what you get with the tracks featured in One Night in Miami. Based on the Kemp Powers play of the same name, the Regina King-directed film follows a fictionalized conversation between boxer Cassius Clay (Eli Goree), football player Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge), Cooke, and activist Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), on the historic night of Feb. 25, 1964, when 22-year-old Clay defeat Sonny Liston and became the world’s heavyweight boxing champion. Oscar-winning composer and trumpeter Terence Blanchard helmed the film’s music and gave it the jazzy feel of the early 1960s. Alongside Odom Jr.’s vocal talents – yes, that’s him singing not Cooke – you can hear other legendary artists like L.C. Cooke and Billy Preston. Get ready to get lost in 1964 by listening to the One Night in Miami soundtrack ahead.