If you’ve never heard of Candice DeLong, that’s understandable. She’s not exactly a public figure, though she’s likely been mentioned in articles well below their headlines. DeLong a former FBI agent and criminal profiler who has worked profiled domestic terrorists and serial killers – many of whom you’ve definitely heard of. Her new show, The Deadly Type, premiering March 4, is the push you’ve been looking for to subscribe to discovery+. In it, you’ll see footage of interviews with some very, very creepy killers. If you watched Netflix’s Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes or The Confession Killer, this series is for you.
Season 10 of The Voice kicked off with some wonderful performances on Monday, including Victor Solomon’s rendition of “Glory.” For his blind audition, the singer made the bold choice to actually perform Voice coach John Legend‘s Oscar-winning song. While Legend has never turned for a person singing one of his songs before, there was just something about Solomon’s rendition that changed his mind. I mean, his voice sounds just like Legend’s, as Kelly Clarkson pointed out. In fact, Legend went as far as to say Solomon sang it better than him. As Nick Jonas and Blake Shelton tried to persuade Solomon to join their teams, Legend eventually won him over by performing his hit “Ordinary People” with him. Watch the incredible audition above.
While the first few episodes of WandaVision led us to believe that S.W.O.R.D. has been keeping track of Wanda, episode five confirms the fact that it is Vision they are truly interested in. When Monica Rambeau begins to get in Director Tyler Hayward’s way after he considers Wanda a terrorist, he sends her and Jimmy Woo away, only for the pair to escape in order to find out what’s truly going on. In episode six, Monica and Jimmy discover that S.W.O.R.D. wasn’t trying to decommission Vision like Hayward initially said; they were trying to bring him back online. But what does S.W.O.R.D. actually want with him?
S.W.O.R.D., which was started by Maria Rambeau sometime after the events of Captain Marvel, stands for Sentient World Observation and Response Department. Initially, it was focused on extraterrestrial threats and space exploration but has since “shifted away from manned missions and refocused on robotics, nanotech, AI” and “sentient weapons,” as Hayward tells Monica in episode four. In episode five, we “learn” that Wanda stole Vision’s body from S.W.O.R.D. nine days before the events of WandaVision, with S.W.O.R.D. having taken the synthezoid apart, which was strictly against Vision’s wishes to not be used as a weapon.
Episode eight, titled “Previously On,” shows us what really happened when Wanda visited S.W.O.R.D. before the events of WandaVision. After seeing Vision in pieces, Wanda does still break the glass and make her way to his body. The difference is that instead of stealing his body, she places her hand on his hand, says “I can’t feel you,” and leaves the room in tears . . . without Vision. Why Hayward wanted Monica, Jimmy, and Darcy to believe Wanda had stolen Vision is still unclear. Particularly when its revealed that he’s been working to bring him back online without the mind stone the entire time.
The idea that S.W.O.R.D. is working to bring Vision back online without the mind stone follows the “Vision Quest” story arc in the Marvel Comics. In the comics, rather than being brought to life by the mind stone, Vision was originally brought to life by Ultron using a superhero named Wonder Man’s brain patterns. After Vision’s death, Hank Pym was able to bring him back to life without Wonder Man, who refused to let his brain patterns be copied once again. While Vision was restored, he now functioned on pure logic and no longer felt human emotion. This was represented by his new all-white color scheme and the fact he no longer felt anything for Scarlet Witch. In the comics, the all-white Vision is just a byproduct of Hank Pym trying to bring him back online and is eventually able to restore the synthezoid’s memories. S.W.O.R.D. just wants a sentient weapon, and it’s highly likely they will not try to make their version of Vision any more human.
Then, there’s the question of whether or not Ultron could be a part of S.W.O.R.D.’s plan. In the comics, he’s been known for coming back and in the MCU – he certainly did a number on all of our heroes. Technically, he is also a sentient weapon and would fall under S.W.O.R.D.’s expertise. There’s still a Mark Hamill-level cameo left for WandaVision – maybe it has something to do with the evil robot voiced by James Spader? Granted, we’re probably way off base with this one but . . . you never know what’s going to happen in the Marvel Universe.
On WandaVision, Vision has already proven that he has no recollection of his life prior to Westview. It’s also been shown that he cannot exist in his current form outside of the Hex’s boundaries. This isn’t because he’s “dead” outside of the hex, it’s because the Westview version of Vision literally doesn’t exist anywhere. In her grief, realizing Vision is truly gone and she can’t give him a proper funeral, Wanda heads to Westview where the pair where to begin the rest of their lives together. Upon seeing the empty plot of land, she breaks down. Much like in Avengers: Age of Ultron, this breakdown produces an extraordinary amount of magic, creating both the hex and the version of Vision we’ve been seeing throughout the series.
Why Hayward and S.W.O.R.D. were interested in Vision over Wanda makes much more sense in this context. They wanted to know how it was possible for Vision to exist when they still had his body. Thanks to the end credits scene for “Previously On,” it’s incredibly clear that S.W.O.R.D. plans for Vision to continue his role as a sentient weapon. Using the drone Hayward had turned on Wanda in a previous episode, the group brings the synthezoid back online in his all-white “Vision Quest” arc form. Knowing that this version of Vision is likely nothing like the one Wanda loves, has us preparing for a gut-wrenching finale. Wanda’s perfect reality has to come to an end, and this Vision will be a shock to her system.
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Bradley Constant, 22, had just finished a shift at a grocery store when he found out that he would soon be playing an integral part in the telling of Dwayne Johnson’s life story. “I came home and I was playing X-Box,” Constant told me. “I got a call from my rep who said, ‘Hi, am I speaking to the one who is starring as Dwayne Johnson at 15 years old in the new show Young Rock?'”
Constant stars as a teenage Johnson in the NBC series Young Rock, an autobiographical sitcom about the 48-year-old actor’s formative years. Not only does the project mark Constant’s first major television role, but in a sense, it’s also a full-circle moment for him, having grown up watching Johnson as a wrestler on WWE. “It was just so exciting,” Constant recalled. “I closed my eyes and just did not know what to say. Then I FaceTimed my grandparents and they were crying and my brothers – that was the most amazing situation because my family, my grandparents, and my brothers had been with me since I decided to pursue something like this 10 years ago.”
Though Constant admits that he was only four or five years old when he used to watch wrestling with his dad in the living room, he remembers being obsessed with The Rock and his bravado. “He’s just the coolest dude on TV,” Constant said, referring to Johnson. “The first movie I saw him in was Walking Tall and I’ve followed all his movies ever since. I love it all.” Given how big of a fan Constant is of Johnson’s, it was only natural for him to be nervous to work alongside the actor, however, the nerves immediately faded away once they began talking. “He never placed any crazy expectations on me. He really just kind of tempered my nervousness,” Constant explained. “He’s just so genuine and so down-to-earth. He talks to you person to person, like anyone . . . He really just reminded me to be myself and have fun. I think that’s one of the best things he told me.”
“A huge part of this is not judging people, not judging a book by its cover.”
Young Rock focus on three defining chapters in Johnson’s life: when he was 10 years old living in Hawaii, when he was 15 years old after multiple arrests, and when he was 18 years old trying to get his life back on track while attending the University of Miami. When I asked Constant what part of the show’s narrative stood out to him the most, his answer was simple: “the aspect of family.” “It’s very present in every timeline, every episode,” Constant added. “[Johnson’s] talked about buying the car and all that. That’s really funny, but there are these really beautiful moments between him and his mom, the dynamic of relationship he had with his dad . . . It’s just such an awesome contrast. Tons of funny stuff, but also right after that, a very relatable truth of life. It’s not all glamorous and a shiny, glossy reflection on a superstar’s life. It’s a real guy with an awesome, inspiring story with incredible characters and real people.”
As for his favorite scene, Constant excitedly noted a scene from the second episode, where his crush Karen comes into the pizza shop he works at. Without divulging too many details, Constant added, “I’m nervous, I’m freaking out with my buddy Gabe. We’re like, ‘What do we do? What do we do? We got to impress the girls. Look cool.’ So in the most awkward terrible way, we try to look cool as she walks into the pizza shop. I walk over with confidence and I do an amazing impression to impress her and it works out and I get her number. It’s one of my favorite scenes to shoot. I wish I could have shot it 100 times more.”
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Even though Young Rock centers on Johnson’s life, Constant hopes that people are able to see parts of themselves in all the different versions of Johnson. “A huge part of this is not judging people, not judging a book by its cover,” he explained. “There are layers to people, there’s a complex reality behind what you see. You could be seen as a punk kid, but he’s really a good kid dealing with tough issues at home and he loves his mamma. You know? I really want people to take away that real aspect in the show . . . No matter what you’re going through, what you’ve been through, you can have positive outcomes.”
Looking towards the future, Constant doesn’t have any crazy expectations, he just hopes Young Rock gets picked up for a second season. However, being in a Stars Wars film is on his bucket list, so I’ll just go ahead and put that out into the universe for him.
Watch Bradley Constant on Young Rock on NBC every Tuesday.
If you’ve been craving more supernatural dramas since Chilling Adventures of Sabrina ended in December, Netflix’s series Fate: The Winx Saga is here to satisfy your binge-watching needs. The first season premiered on Jan. 22, and it’s filled with tons of drama, magic, and mystery. Of course, with only six episodes and one head-scratching ending, fans are already curious to know if there will be more.
On Feb. 18, Netflix confirmed that the series has been renewed for a second season. Abigail Cowen, Hannah van der Westhuysen, Precious Mustapha, Eliot Salt, and Elisha Applebaum are all set to reprise their roles in the upcoming season, with new cast members to be announced at a later date. The new season will consist of eight episodes, and will begin production later this year in Ireland.
The series is based on the animated series Winx Club, which ran for eight seasons, so there is plenty of source material for the upcoming season. While the Netflix series faced criticism for its live-action adaptation, particularly the whitewashing of some of the main fairies, the intriguing plot certainly drew audiences in.
“Diversity both in front of and behind the camera is vital and much-needed throughout the industry and internationally.”
The second season will give Netflix the opportunity to right some of the wrongs fans have addressed. In an interview with The Wrap, Cowen briefly addressed the whitewashing criticism, adding that she hopes Flora – an Earth fairy from the original cartoon who is Latina – will be introduced. “Flora is actually not in our series,” she explained, noting that Eliot Salt’s character, Terra, was never intended to replace Flora. She added: “If we are lucky enough to get a second season, I think Flora would be brought in and I would definitely welcome that. I’m not a part of the casting process, but I do think, if the series does go to a second season, I think hopefully these concerns are something that can be addressed, because I do think diversity both in front of and behind the camera is vital and much-needed throughout the industry and internationally. So I think it’s important that we are having these conversations.”
The first season follows Cowen’s character, Bloom, as she grows in her abilities as a fairy and uncovers the dark truth about her real birth parents. After teaming up with her classmates at the magical school of Alfea, she is able to come to terms with her past, but not without some major drama. In the final episode, the ladies return to Alfea to find that the school has been taken over by former headmistress Rosalind, and by the looks of it, chaos ensues. With so many loose ends, we can’t wait to see how everything comes together in season two.