Channel Surfing #274: Netflix’s New Cancellation Era and Twin Peaks Reaction

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What does Sense8 and The Get Down’s cancellations mean for Netflix? Plus, news on Game of Thrones and more.

We’re back! And it’s been less than two weeks since our last episode! What sorcery is this?!

This shockingly quick installment mainly focuses on two things: Netflix and Twin Peaks. Regarding the former, we discuss the recent cancellations of The Get Down and Sense8 and how it seems to be a new era for the streaming juggernaut, as they finally begin acting like a regular TV outlet – who can’t keep every single series going.

As for Twin Peaks, as uber-fans of the original series, we have plenty of thoughts about the long-awaited revival, having now seen the first four hours.

Plus, we sneak in a little news about Game of Thrones and Tales from The Crypt!

Listen to our latest podcast by clicking the lovely red type below – right click to download.

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Amazon’s Biggest Marvel Comic Sale EVER, 15mo Xbox Live Gold for $52, 1yr PS Plus for $48, Switch Bundles from $399.99, 25% off Xbox Elite Controller, Blue Yeti Mic

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The 30-day free trial is an ongoing offer, but the 2 free audibooks is only for a limited time. Since there are absolutely no strings attached, and audiobooks are AWESOME when you’re stuck in traffic, this is a no brainer deal.

Fine print says this is for new members only, but I’ve signed up for trials several times in the past and this deal worked for me.

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Thousands of Marvel Kindle & Comixology Comics under $5

Amazon has some amazing deals on Marvel comics right now, delivered to your Kindle or Comixology app. Excellent books like “Spider-man and Deadpool: Isn’t it Bromantic” and the excellent “Old Man Logan” are among the pick-ups. Oh, and some of them are free if you’re a Prime member, like “Darth Vader” Vol. 1 and Vol. 2.

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$10 Online Game Design and Development Courses at Udemy

Deal is back with new link. For only $10 per course, you can train yourself in tools, software, and programming languages specific to the gaming industry. I have used Udemy and definitely recommend it myself.

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New Release – 20% off Tekken 7 (PS4, Xbox One)

Rated 9.5/10 at IGN.

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15-Month Xbox Live Gold Membership for $51.69

Amazon is offering a BONUS 3 months of Xbox Live Gold membership when you buy a 12 month membership for $59. CDKeys is offering the same for$51.69. Extra 5% off code if you “like” CDKeys on Facebook.

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Lowest current price for a 12-Month PS Plus Membership is $48

We always recommend getting the 1-year subscription since the cost per month is lower than the 1-month or 3-month subs. Sells for $60 on PSN.

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Microsoft Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller for $116

Sells for $150 everywhere else.

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Last Nintendo Switch Bundle for $399.99 at Gamestop

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55″ LG 55UH6030 4K Smart HDTV + $200 Dell Credit for $550

Sells for $550 or more everywhere else with no gift card included. Use Dell Promo Cards on anything sold at Dell, including a PS4 ProSlim, or Xbox. Promo card is emailed 10-20 days after your TV ships and expires in 90 days.

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Blue Yeti USB Microphone for $90

The Yeti is one of the best-rated USB microphones. Having USB instead of XLR input makes it plug and play with most PCs. Great for Twitch streaming or YouTube videos.

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Mpow V4.1 Wireless Bluetooth Sport Earbuds w/ Mic for $17

These sweat-proof wireless earbuds have moldable earhooks so you can fit them snugly to your skull without worrying about them falling out while you train for that so-called “fun run” that’s coming up.

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WD My Passport 4TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive for $106

Compatible with Xbox One and PS4.

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DBPOWER T20 1500 Lumens LCD Mini Projector for $70

Almost 400 reviews on Amazon with 86% rating. Handy little device for projecting video from your desk or a place where you have a nearby wall but no screen. Not intended for larger-scale applications like for businesses or home theater setups.

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Cowin E-7 Active Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones for $39.19

Normally sells for $70. Features 40mm large aperture drivers, wireless Bluetooth connectivity, active (not passive) noise cancellation, 30hrs of battery life, and foldable earcups for portability.

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Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Intel Core i5 15″ Laptop w/ 256GB SSD for $430

Features a 15.6″ 720p display, latest generation Intel Core i5-7200 dual-core processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, and Windows 10 Pro.

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Out 6/6 – 20% off Dirt 4 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

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If you already own The Elder Scrolls Online:

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New July Humble Monthly PC Bundle (Dark Souls II & More) for $12

Dark Souls II currently sells for $40 on Steam. You get that game immediately to play, unlock more games on July 5, and get 10% off any other Humble purchase for the rest of the month.

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Sniper Elite 4 (PS4, Xbox One) for $40

Rated 8.3/10 at IGN. Released February of this year.

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Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX (PS4) for $40

This HD remastered collection includes 6 titles spanning 15 years of Kingdom Hearts –  Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, Re:Chain of Memories, 358/2 Days, Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, Birth by Sleep Final Mix, and Re:coded.

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Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (PS4, Xbox One) for $39

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Prey (PS4, Xbox One) for $40, (PC) for $28.29

Rated 8/10 “Great” at IGN.

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Darksiders 2: Deathinitive Edition (PS4) for $14.88

This edition has been upgraded to native 1080p resolution with 60fps framerate. All DLC packs are also included.

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FIFA 17 (Xbox One Digital Code) for $10.39

Rated 8.4/10 at IGN.

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Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 (PS4 Digital) for $15

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Bioshock: The Collection (Xbox One, PS4) for $25

Rated 8.2/10 “Great” on IGN. Remastered versions of Bioshock, Bioshock 2, and Bioshock Infinite and all DLC included.

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Grand Theft Auto V (PC) + Great White Shark Cash Card for $33

This is a digital download game. The Great White Shark Cash Card gives you $1.25 million dollars in in-game currency that you can spend on GTA Online.

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WowWee Lumi Quadcopter Drone Toy for $25

This drone currently sells for $40 or more elsewhere. This is one of the cheapest quadcopter drones we’ve seen.

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Nothing quite like throwing down a sixer with your bros after a long day on the job. You can get these noodles for an additional 20% by subscribing, then canceling your subscription at any time after your order ships out.

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Honeywell Whole Room Fan for $44

You know how most fans have 3 settings? Well this whole room tower fan from Honeywell has 8. That’s over 150% more settings than typical fans.

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Make sure to clip the $10 off coupon on the product page. 6,000 reviews on Amazon with 4.4/5 average rating.

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Zinus Memory Foam Mattresses Memorial Day Sale on Amazon

This is one of the lowest prices we’ve seen for a 12″ 100% foam mattress. In addition to giving you that super comfy float-like sleep, the foam material is hypoallergenic, dust-mite resistant, and anti-microbial.

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PS4 Slim 500GB Uncharted Bundle is back down to $249

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Plex Pass normally costs $5/mo. Features include the ability to sync movies and music to your mobile device for offline viewing, the ability to record free over-the-air TV channels, and more.

20% off Upcoming and New Release Games with Amazon Prime or Best Buy GCU

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Out 6/16 – 20% off Arms (Switch)

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Out 6/20 – 20% off Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood (PS4, PC)

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NEW June Loot Wear Transformers T-Shirt for $6 Shipped

No two Loot boxes are the same, so the t-shirt you get with Loot Wear will be different from the t-shirt you may/may not get in this month’s Loot Crate.

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NEW June Loot Crate ft Marvel, DC, and Transformers for $19

June’s Loot Crate theme is “Alter Ego” and  includes authentic, licensed, or exclusive items from Marvel Spider-Man, Marvel, Transformers, and DC.

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New Coupon – NordVPN Anonymous VPN 1-Year for $45 ($3.75/mo)

NordVPN is rated among PCMag’s top VPN services of 2017.

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Verizon FIOS 940Mbps/880Mbps Internet w/ Phone & TV for $80/mo

If you are lucky enough to have Verizion FIOS (fiber optic high-speed internet) coverage, there is a really great deal going on for 1yr of Triple Play service – 940Mbps downstream/880Mbps upstream internet, phone, and TV for $79.99/mo. After your 1yr is up, downgrade to internet only for $70/mo.

Just as a comparison, Comcast Internet has up to 250Mbps downstream/12Mbps upstream with Blast… pretty huge difference.

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How About Two Months of Gamefly for $10?

Gamefly is normally $15 a month, but you right now you can get your first two months for only $10. Watch out for that auto-renew, as the third month will be $15, but you can always set a calendar reminder to cancel in time.

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Thirty Days of Free Streaming Anime with Crunchyroll Premium

Crunchyroll is Netflix for anime. Crunchyroll Premium gives you unlimited streaming access to brand new anime, ad-free, as well as tons of classics like Re:Zero, One Piece, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Gintama, and Fate/Stay Night. A Crunchyroll Premium free trial is normal 15 days, but we can hook you up with a 30-day trial, so sign up before this offer gets deleted.

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College Students get a Free 6-Month Trial AND 50% off Amazon Prime

You can be as happy as the woman in Amazon’s promotional image with this half-off deal for students on Amazon Prime. Enjoy all the benefits of Prime, including movie and music streaming, free shipping, and more.

 

My Hero Academia Episode 23: “Shoto Todoroki: Origin” Review

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Todoroki awakens his full potential.

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

To say my expectations were high going into “Shoto Todoroki: Origin” would be an understatement. Season 2 has been building up to Deku’s fight against Todoroki ever since the Sports Festival began, raising the bar to what I feared was unachievable heights. However, thanks to the brilliantly delivered backstory of Todoroki, coupled with Deku’s selfless actions to help his friend break free from the shackles of his past, “Shoto Todoroki: Origin” surpassed my lofty expectations and now stands as My Hero Academia’s finest episode and quite possibly the best 24 minutes of television I’ve seen all year.

Todoroki’s acceptance of the entirety of himself, and Deku’s aid in getting him to that point of realization, is unquestionably the strongest aspect of this episode. Despite it being out of a desire to rebel against his abusive father, Todoroki’s rejection of his flame Quirk is destroying him, both emotionally and physically. I love the way this is illustrated in their fight, as Todoroki’s unwillingness to use his fiery half results in his body starting to freeze over.

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Deku pleads with Todoroki to accept his fire Quirk

In an effort to reject his father, Todoroki was actually rejecting half of himself. Deku, well aware of this fact, helps Todoroki realize he is not Endeavor and how embracing the Quirk he inherited from his father doesn’t mean he will become the abusive man that raised him. While Todoroki labels his fire quirk as “my old man’s power,” Deku challenges that notion by delivering an incredibly impactful line that cut right to the heart of the matter, saying, “It’s your power, isn’t it?”

While Season 2 has already done an excellent job at making me sympathize for Todoroki, “Shoto Todoroki: Origin” takes it to a whole new level. The harrowing flashback scenes where we get a horrifying glimpse at the emotional and physical damage Endeavor has inflicted upon his family were brilliantly executed. My heart broke for young Todoroki when his father interrupted his son’s longing gaze to drag him away from his siblings while they laughed and played, telling him they live in a different world than his own. Having the opportunity to see his not-yet-scarred face knowing what was to come, made these brief glimpses into Todoroki’s past all the more tense and emotional, and when that fateful moment finally does arrive, it’s every bit as impactful as I could have expected.

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Young Todoroki, emotionally broken by his father’s abuse

The desperate and crazed look on Todoroki’s mother’s face as she stood over the kettle of boiling water she would ultimately pour on Todoroki’s face is an image I won’t soon forget. That sequence, which is expertly placed between Deku’s passionate pleas with his friend to accept his fiery half, is an incredible encapsulation of the horrors of domestic abuse and the ripple effect it has throughout a family and one’s life. Even Todoroki’s mother, who clearly loves her son and assured him that it was okay for him to pursue his dreams of becoming a hero, buckled under the weight of her husband’s abuse.

Amidst all of this incredible character development is what is quite possibly the greatest fight My Hero Academia has had yet. Despite kicking off immediately, only to conclude at the very end of the episode, Deku’s showdown against Todoroki seemed to go by in a flash. The pacing is excellent, thanks in large part to the aforementioned flashbacks and handful of cuts to Deku’s classmates—where we get deeper glimpse into the insightful, albeit merciless mind of Bakugo—that were carefully placed all throughout the battle.

The rock solid art direction and animation made for a beautifully brutal fight that did an excellent job at capturing the emotional weight of each moment. We finally get to see One For All back in action, and the wait was well worth it. Since Deku still doesn’t have complete control over his Quirk, every use of it during this battle came at a physical cost to his body. Watching Deku shatter each finger on his hand, one after another, to emit a massive blast to fend off Todoroki’s unrelenting ice attacks was nerve-wracking. From the close-up shots of Deku’s bloodied and mangled hand to his half-frozen hobble with a shattered arm encased in ice, the destruction Deku was willing to inflict upon himself to defeat his friend was on full display.

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Todoroki realizes his full potential

When Todokoki finally awakens his fire power, it’s every bit as triumphant and epic as one could imagine. The shimmering flames that burst from his left side not only filled me we awe, but also fear for Deku as the physically shattered boy awakened his opponent’s full potential. It was especially powerful when, in Todoroki’s moment of personal triumph, we see Deku smiling, hammering home just how selfless he truly is. We also get an equally powerful look at the smiling face of Todoroki, which is eerily mirrored by Endeavor upon seeing his son embrace his fire power.

While it’s sad to see Deku’s time in this year’s Sports Festival come to a close, he went out with quite a bang. That final explosive clash between the two was a beautiful display of their destructive power that, without the intervention of Cementoss to lessen the impact, would have likely destroyed the entire stadium. While I can’t see how any forthcoming battle could possibly eclipse the emotional weight and action-packed beauty of “Shoto Todoroki: Origin,” I can’t wait to see how the remaining matches of the battle tournament’s second round pan out.

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The Verdict

Deku’s highly anticipated battle against Todoroki surpassed my lofty expectations, delivering the character development and heart to match its jaw-droppingly beautiful and emotionally rousing action. The expertly placed flashbacks that flesh out Todoroki’s harrowing past, coupled with Deku’s selfless efforts to help his friend break free from the strongholds of his past and realize his full potential, make “Shoto Todoroki: Origin” the finest episode My Hero Academia has had yet. I look forward to seeing how Todoroki’s newfound potential not only impacts the rest of the tournament, but also his relationship with his father, Deku, and the rest of his peers.

Sandbox-Style RPG Elex Launches This October

From the studio that created Gothic and Risen comes Elex, a RPG by Piranha Bytes and THQ Nordic that combines elements of just about every fictional universe out there into one. Magic and mechs in one game? You bet.

The full game launches Oct. 17, 2017 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC alongside a collector’s edition. This version of the game will come with the game and manual, an artbook, original soundtrack, a cloth map of Magalan, a combat drone amulet, and a 10-inch figure of an Alb Mage.

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In Magalan, a world which has been hit a by a meteor and is on the brink of destruction, you are an Alb. You’re cold, you’re disciplined, and you’ve only been fed this world’s life force: elex. While things seemed certain for you to succeed, you become stranded in one of the five regions of the world away from your people, and away from elex.

Elex is a sandbox open-world game. All five regions are open from the moment the game starts; if you can see it on the map, you can go to it. And of course, there are plenty of enemies to slay with a wide arsenal from traditional crossbows to futuristic laser guns. You can also join one of four different factions. Magalan is putty in your hands; your choices can save it or lead it to its end.

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    Elder Scrolls Legends Launches On Steam, Android Tablets

    Elder Scrolls Legends isn’t limited to Bethesda.net launcher anymore. Launching beside an update, the massive RPG universe turned strategy card game is now available on Steam for PC and Mac, and Android tablets.

    Switching over from Bethesda.net? Have no fear, your login information is universal across platforms, so you’ll be able to pick up right where you left off with your favorite deck. You’ll even be able to switch between platforms in the middle of your matches.

    Elder Scrolls Legends Launches On Steam, Android Tablets
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    The update also adds two new game modes: Spectator and Gauntlet. Spectator mode currently only allows you to observe games being played by friends live, but there are plans to expand this feature in the near future and Bethesda is looking for fan feedback.

    Gauntlet mode is a take on organized global tournaments. You’ll compete in a series of matches for spots on worldwide leaderboards, and prizes include in-game gold, card packs, and other items. These tournaments will vary in size, entry costs, and prizing, so be sure to bring your best decks into the fray.

    Elder Scrolls Legends isn’t available on mobile devices quite yet, but more details on that integration are expected at Bethesda’s E3 conference this year. For more on Elder Scrolls Legends, check out our hub for news, features, reviews, and more.

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