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Everything We Know About The Wheel of Time TV Show

Get ahead of the curve for Amazon Prime’s new show series, ‘The Wheel of Time’

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“As the Wheel of Time turns, places wear many names. Men wear many names, many faces. Different faces, but always the same man. Yet no one knows the Great Pattern the Wheel weaves, or even the Pattern of an Age. We can only watch, and study, and hope.”
-Robert Jordan, “The Eye of the World”

What is The Wheel of Time?

The Wheel of Time is a high fantasy series started by Robert Jordan in 1990 with his first book The Eye of the World. It sends three young men Rand Al’Thor, Matrim Cauthon (Mat), and Perrin Aybara from their quaint farming homes in Emond’s Field; a small village in a rural community known as the Two Rivers, into a world-spanning tale of good and evil. An ancient malevolent force locked away in a mountain has made contact with the three boys in their dreams and will stop at nothing to get them. One of them is the “Dragon Reborn”, a legend of the world who will simultaneously save and destroy it as he has before in previous ages. 

The three boys are accompanied by their friend Egwene, Emond Field’s Wisdom (Healer) Nynaeve, a wandering Gleeman named Thom Merrilin, a warder named Lan, and the woman he serves, Moraine. Moraine is an Aes Sedai; an order of women who can channel the One Power which is the source of magic in the world. She believes the Aes Sedai can help the boys at their capital Tar Valon and leads the group onwards. The cast of The Wheel of Time grows to over 2000 characters following the journey that leads up to a final showdown between good and evil, The Dragon against Shai’tan the dark one, Tarmon Gai’don

Robert Jordan tragically passed away before finishing his series. Before his death, Jordan left extremely detailed notes for the next author, Brandon Sanderson, to finish his story in three books culminating in the 2013 title A Memory of Light. The Wheel of Time spans a monstrous collection of 14 novels total, plus a prequel, and companion books. This epic saga has touched on every culture and time period in some way or another, with a heavy emphasis on the Buddhist and Hindu belief of reincarnation and the nature of time cycles. The series has sold over 80 million copies worldwide and spawned a graphic novel iteration.

And Sony has partnered with Amazon to bring this insanely epic story to life on its streaming service Prime. 

The Wheel of Time cast and production so far

Filming began on September 16th, 2019 with principal photography. Very little is known about the script with no leaks yet, and photos from the set being too vague to get reliable information from. What is known for certain is the cast so far. 

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Rosamund Pike, best known for her role in Gone Girl, has been cast as Moraine. Moraine is notably the scripts lead role, telling us we’ll be seeing a lot of magic. While the Aes Sedai all draw power from the One Power, they are divided amongst themselves into the seven Ajahs. Each of the seven Ajahs; Blue, Green, Yellow, Red, White, Gray, and Brown, all follow a different set of rules living for a different purpose. Moraine is part of the Blue Ajah, who focus their intents on righteous causes and justice. 

Alanna Mosvani, on the other hand, is a member of the Green Ajah. To be Green is to always be prepared for Tarmon Gai’don. Alanna will be played by Priyanka Bose, with her two warders Maksim played by Taylor Napier and Ivhon played by Immanuel Imani. Alanna and her warders get their entrances into The Wheel of Time during the second book of the series The Great Hunt. This tells us that the season will have at least some elements from beyond the first book, The Eye of the World, leaving speculation so far as to how much this first season will cover. 

Pictured above is Daniel Henney, who will be playing Moraine’s warder Lan.

The three boys Rand, Mat, and Perrin will be played by Josha Stradowski (pictured second from left), Barney Harris (pictured middle), and Marcus Rutherford (pictured right). 

Madeleine Madden (pictured top left) takes the role of Egwene Al’Vere, the beautiful young lady from Emond’s Field, who learns to use the One Power under Moraine. And Zoë Robbins (pictured fourth from left) will be playing Nynaeve the Wisdom.

Rounding out the rest of the cast is Alexandre Willaume playing the travelling Gleeman Thom Merillin who is as much a juggling storytelling showman as he is a singing bard. Alvaro Morte as Logain Ablar a false dragon reborn who has been said to be seen wielding the One Power without going mad, like the men before him who have tried. Johann Myers as Padan Fain, a Darkfriend, servant to Shai’tan the dark one. And Hammed Animashaun as Loial the Ogier, a race of creatures standing 10 feet tall who normally live and stay in the forests of the world. 

The Wheel of Time TV series is slated for a 2021 release on Amazon Prime, and looks to fill the fantasy gap left by Game of Thrones.

Andrew Smith is a lifelong pop culture and comic fanatic from Toronto, Canada. He is a walking encyclopedia for Marvel comics and the MCU, especially the X-Men.

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The Boys Season 2 Episode 3 Review: “Over the Hill With the Swords of a Thousand Men”

The Boys’ marks an improvement and pays big dividends in an explosive, violently revealing hour.

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Half bottle episode and half coming out party, “Over the Hill With the Swords of a Thousand Men” is a sneaky little showcase for The Boys, and just how big its world’s suddenly gotten in season two. Though ostensibly an episode designed around two events – the boys getting stuck on the boat, and Stormfront revealing her inner racist sociopath – “Over the Hill” navigates a number of brewing conflicts in fascinating ways, building and building until the violent explosion at the episode’s conclusion. With a nimble script and a game group of performers, The Boys‘ second season is turning out to be a distinct pleasure – albeit one heading down a gruesome, dark path I sure hope it’s capable of navigating.

“Over the Hill With the Swords of a Thousand Men” navigates a number of brewing conflicts in fascinating ways, building and building until the violent explosion at the episode’s conclusion.

It does take a little while for “Over the Hill With the Swords of a Thousand Men” to get going; beginning three miles offshore with The Boys and the reunited super-siblings, the first quarter feels like it’s simply restating the stakes. It’s a nimble trick, though; led by Kimiko and Kenji, The Boys begins to feel like it is approaching a true moral quandary for the group. Which door descending into hell will they choose?

The Boys Over the Hill With the Swords of a Thousand Men

While The Boys often likes to posture its presenting characters with complex dilemmas, the show’s unnerving nihilism often upends any sort of nuance it looks for in its debates around “necessary” violence. Here, Kimiko’s presence throws a fascinating wrench into the proceedings; with most of the group’s members clinging to whatever mirage of family they have left (save for Hughie, who has… forgotten his dad exists?), even Butcher can’t deny having conflicting feelings about what to do with Kenji, and the deal that’s been offered to him if he turns him in.

Elsewhere, “Over the Hill” throws the brazen personalities of The Seven into their own little blenders, as Stormfront begins to sow discord through Vought, and abuse her powers to casually murder a lot of people – nearly all of them minorities, in a way that feels like an explosion of character, rather than an unpeeling of some complicated identity. Stormfront simply doesn’t give a fuck; and with her supernatural ability to manipulate feminist views (her speech to the reporters is magnificent, both in how it develops Stormfront’s character and nods to the simplistic ways in which the evilest people in society disguise themselves among the “good”).

While she’s kicking up tornadoes and electrocuting everyone that gets in her way, characters like The Deep and Homelander continue to benefit from the much-improved writing of season two. The show is still struggling to make Becca something more than the Ultimate Mother Protector trope, but Homelander’s warped sense of responsibility to his son is interesting, surely a bad sign for the upbringing of this world’s Superboy (will he also don a cool leather jacket and weird cyberpunk sunglasses? Who knows!). It’s clearly not going well; even he seems to recognize the danger in bringing his son’s powers to the surface, as its the first time in his life he’s facing a challenge as the world’s strongest hero (that is, until Stormfront doubles that total later in the episode, further frustrating Homelander’s attempts to hold domain over everything in his grasp).

The Boys Over the Hill With the Swords of a Thousand Men

It’s not going well for The Deep, either, as his slow descent into cult life is bringing his desperation for acceptance further to the surface. Like with Homelander’s stories, I wish The Deep’s story was a little tighter and more thoughtful (some of the body image stuff seems to be treated trivially, in a way that borders on insensitive and uninformed for the sake of easy jokes), but there’s no denying his character is infinitely more interesting this season, a test case for what a superhero trying to learn their own limits would struggle with. The Deep works best as a pathetic character, but not when it’s a pathetic character The Boys just kick around with bad punchlines; when he’s treated as a byproduct of a deeply flawed human being trying to find a path to good intentions, his fumbles and weak-minded rhetoric is much more amusing – and at times, the tiniest bit empathic (his sadness over Billy’s, well, butchering of his whale buddy was such an earnest, raw and twistedly funny moment).

The Boys has needed to accelerate its internal stakes for a while; the introduction of “super terrorists” to the world by Homelander, and Compound V’s reveal to the public might make the show’s world feel a bit smaller than intended – I think a lot about the “big” fight scenes at the end of Arrow‘s third season, where the ‘entire city’ is fighting, but there’s never more than six people around – The Boys does that on a narrative level sometimes. But as the stories of the show dig a little deeper into its characters – Maeve’s disillusionment, Homelander’s failure to emulate paternal behavior, A-Train’s desperation, it’s beginning to feel like the writers have a deeper understanding of its characters and world, and how to wield its inherent sadistic cynicism to more interesting ends. “Over the Hill With the Swords of a Thousand Men” benefits massively from that, setting up a number of intriguing dominoes for the back half of season two to knock over (in bloody fashion).

Other thoughts/observations:

  • Look, I’m bummed how the Kenji character played out; he was such an interesting character, an examination of everything horrible about what power and war can do to a human being. It’s sad to see The Boys dispose of such an intriguing presence, especially as its a death of a minority character in service of mostly white-related stories – however, with such a hateful, nasty character like Stormfront waiting in the wings, it is easy to see how the writers found their way down that path. (like, she could’ve killed Black Noir and this show would’ve literally lost nothing… just sayin’).
  • Can A-Train just collapse or whatever, so we can get this storyline moving? We’ve been doing this since the second episode!
  • Why haven’t we seen any reaction to Becca seeing Butcher in person at the end of season one? She hasn’t mentioned it or even had a longing look off-screen to violin music.
  • Man, I’m so glad they cast Aya Cash as Stormfront.
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The Best Golden Girl is Sophia Petrillo

Sophia Petrillo was a legend in her own mind who always had her way and like Mighty Mouse, always won.

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A seemingly harmless little old lady with curly white hair, oversized glasses, and an innate ability to tell a great story shows up on her daughter’s doorstep when the retirement home she was put in by said daughter burns down. With a simple, “Hi there,” the world meets Sophia Petrillo. For seven years on NBC’s The Golden Girlsa show about the senior set—Sophia lived with her intelligent and extremely sarcastic divorced daughter Dorothy Zbornak and her two roommates, sexy, eternally horny southern belle Blanche Devereaux and sweet but dim-witted Minnesotan Rose Nylund. Each is memorable in their own way, but it’s Sophia, “feisty, zesty, and full of old-world charm,” that stands out the most.

When TV was full of generic, sweet grandma types, Sophia was anything but. Sure, she looked the part with her bifocals, pearls, and now iconic straw and bamboo-beaded handbag, but Sophia was always trying to make a quick buck. She conned Rose into going into a sandwich-making business that pit them against the mob, faked being paralyzed to try and collect insurance, and constantly “borrowed” money from Dorothy’s purse. Instead of helping Dorothy, Blanche and Rose get out of jail when they are mistaken for hookers (don’t ask, just Youtube it). She stole their tickets to go to a party and meet Burt Reynolds. She also stole Rose’s car, worked at a fast-food restaurant, and won a marathon. Not bad for a woman in her eighties. Sophia had a sharp wit and an acerbic tongue, blaming her stroke for leaving her without the ability to self-censor. She was always ready with a zinger or a comeback, some of which she saved for her very own daughter.

Sophia Petrillo The Golden Girls

Sophia Petrillo is the Secret Star of The Golden Girls

That’s not to say she’s all schemes and insults. Beneath her tough exterior is a kind woman with a big heart who loves her family and friends. Viewers don’t often get to see her softer side, which makes the moments they do seem that much more special. One of the best Sophia episodes showed her reaction to the death of her son, Phil. She put up a wall of anger which Rose was finally able to break down in the final moments of the episode, revealing Sophia’s true feelings of guilt over Phil’s cross-dressing as she bursts into tears. Another favourite was when Dorothy expressed concern about her mother not doing enough with her days. We then get to see exactly what she gets up to sticking up for her friend and causing a scene at the grocery store while claiming to represent a fictional senior citizens union, volunteering at a sick kids hospital and later, conducting a senior citizens jazz band. Meanwhile, Dorothy, Rose, and Blanche do next to nothing except sit around and eat. When she’s asked what she did all day upon her return, she simply says she bought a nectarine, and Dorothy, Rose, and Blanche are none the wiser.

But if Sophia has one claim to fame, it is her colorful old-world tales about Sicily, which often as not, contain a pearl of wisdom or embellishment of some kind. We would have loved to have known her during her “picatta period (a wedge of lemon and a smart answer for everything),” when she was the most beautiful girl at a resort and all the men fought over her (so beautiful, in fact, that she had “a butt you could bounce a quarter off of”). She was also once painted by Picasso and was best friends with Mama Celeste. But I digress. Sophia Petrillo was a legend in her own mind who always had her way and like Mighty Mouse, always won. Her hunches were never wrong, and rarely, if ever did she meet her match. Sophia was, in short, a one-woman show. And thanks to re-runs and fan appreciation, that show will never be gone.

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30 Years Later: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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