It can’t be easy remaking a show like MacGyver. The original 1985 series, starring Richard Dean Anderson, has so thoroughly wormed its way into our culture that even people who never saw an episode know who Macgyver is. It was Patty and Selma’s favorite show on The Simpsons. Saturday Night Live was able to turn a parody of the show into a successful recurring sketch with its own (actually very funny) movie in 2010. That’s 18 years after MacGyver went off the air.So CBS had their work cut out for them when it came to adapting this iconic series for 2016. I get that. It would have been near impossible for this show to get everything right. And yet. Even tempering expectations as much as humanly possible, the pilot episode of MacGyver is a bland, one-note mess of a show that is way too impressed with itself.Remember everything the Lethal Weapon TV series got right? It’s almost like the producers of MacGyver watched that show ahead of time and decided to do the exact opposite. The cast has no chemistry together; the action is poorly shot, the effects look like garbage and the entire show feels like it’s trying too hard.Lucas Till as Angus MacGyver. (Photo via CBS)Some of that rests on the actor cast to play the new MacGyver, Lucas Till. He is really trying to project the easy confidence the character is known for, but nothing about his performance is easy. He comes off like the lead in your high school’s spring musical. He’s not believable as the guy who will save the day by his wits alone. He is the Gobot to Richard Dean Anderson’s Transformer.George Eads, as Mac’s partner Jack Dalton, is the only one who seems to be having any fun with the material. He’s funny, charismatic and easy-going. He should have been MacGyver. Sure, he’s a little old for the part at this point, but he has more charm than the rest of the cast put together. I’d actually believe he could science his way out of impossible situations.The action scenes aren’t even fun. As you can imagine, that’s a huge problem for an action TV show. MacGyver’s trademark hand-to-hand combat survives mostly intact, but everything else looks terrible. Even the episode’s climactic explosion looks like a cheap effect. And the shaky cam, oh God, the shaky cam. When Mac begins chasing down the man who stole a canister containing a deadly bio-weapon, the hand-held camera shakes so much it becomes a distraction. Even when they catch the guy and interrogate him, the camera can’t hold still. Did they really have that little confidence in this scene?I haven’t even gotten to the show’s biggest problem. It’s very impressed with itself at all times and desperately wants you to feel the same way. Ever heard of the storytelling rule “show, don’t tell?” This show hasn’t. Every gadget, every solution Mac comes up with is given a lengthy explanation with the name of every item he uses flashing across the screen plus some dialog about how much Mac just loves him some DIY. In case you hadn’t caught on to the basic premise of the show yet. Even the original, with its over-the-top narration and expository dialog, knew when to shut up and let MacGyver’s actions speak for themselves. This show treats its audience like they’re stupid and need absolutely everything spelled out for them.Angus MacGyver (Lucas Till) and Jack Dalton (George Eads) prepare an improvised smoke bomb. (Photo via CBS)It’s a real shame because there are moments that hint towards there being someone on the production staff that knew what the show should be. The title sequence is a fun, cheesy tribute to the original. There are a couple of decent jokes about wire-cutting. There’s a scene where Jack Dalton flies a helicopter and “Fortunate Son” plays. Yeah, it’s an overdone cliche at this point, but at least someone on the production crew was trying to inject a little bit of fun into this otherwise joyless, cynical remake.Maybe the fact that a high-profile remake premiered on a Friday night should have tipped us off as to the quality of this show. Even with those lowered expectations, it’s surprising how little entertainment this new version was able to provide. At least its timeslot makes it that much easier to avoid.
In recent months, THQ Nordic (formerly Nordic Games) has released remastered editions of both Darksiders games. It appears that these titles were released in preparation for a brand-new entry. Today, the company has officially announced Darksiders 3.Darksiders takes place in the distant future after the biblical Apocalypse has wiped out humanity. The first two games centered around the mystery of who (or what) initiated the Apocalypse prematurely. Like the previous titles, players will once again play one of the famed Horsemen of the Apocalypse. The reveal trailer below gives us a taste of what to expect. Hands-On: ‘Sparklite’ Is a Fun Zelda-Inspired RoguelikeSteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming Headset Stay on target “Return to an apocalyptic planet Earth in Darksiders 3, a hack-n-slash action adventure where players take on the role of Fury in her quest to hunt down and dispose of the Seven Deadly Sins,” said THQ Nordic on their website. “The Charred Council calls upon Fury to battle from the heights of heaven down through the depths of hell in a quest to restore humanity and prove that she is the most powerful of the Horsemen.”Fury is a whip-wielding mage. She must hunt down her targets and slay many foul beasts in an “open-ended, living, free-form” world. Like her brothers, War and Death, Fury has to travel between different environments to “uncover secrets while advancing the Darksiders 3 story.THQ Nordic is developing Darksiders 3 alongside Gunfire Games. Gunfire’s team contains many of the original developers that created Darksiders. “The Gunfire team brings an intimate involvement with every aspect of the Darksiders franchise since its inception,” said THQ Nordic business director Reinhard Pollice. “There is simply no team better qualified to create Darksiders 3, beginning with our unpredictable and enigmatic hero Fury—a mage who is considered the most powerful of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse!”There’s no solid release date for Darksiders 3. All we know at this time is that it will be released sometime in 2018 for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Stay tuned for more information as it develops.
The “Momo Challenge,” a creepy viral game taking over people’s tech devices, is causing much distress in communities worldwide.On Tuesday, the “Momo Challenge” prompted school officials in Brick, New Jersey to warn parents about the game after a group of first graders were reportedly bullied, according the Asbury Park Press. “We are working with the parents. It’s not finished,” Gerard Dalton, Brick Township Public Schools’ superintendent, told the Asbury Park Press. “We’re trying to do everything we can to address it.”The game, which appears on popular social media apps such as WhatsApp, features an eerie avatar of a woman, who has bulging eyes and a haunting face.To play the game, social media users can message a “Momo” account on Facebook, WhatsApp, and other apps, where they are challenged to follow destructive instructions or be killed. Participants could be asked to engage in self-harming behaviors or hurt others throughout the game. It’s unknown how the game was created and why it went viral on social media. According to News.com.au, the “Momo Challenge” picture comes from a sculpture created by Link Factory, a Japanese special effects company. The name of the artwork is dubbed “Mother Bird,” and it was displayed at Vanilla Gallery, a horror art gallery in Tokyo. The creepy sculpture wasn’t intended for the game, and no one knows why the image appeared there.The sculpture was thought to be created by Midori Hayashi, a Japanese artist known for his bizarre doll artwork, however, News.com.au reported that Link Factory and Hayashi were not connected to the sinister “Momo Challenge.”This isn’t the first time the “Momo Challenge” has caused harm to children and young adults. In late August, a 12-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy took their lives in Colombia after playing the “Momo Challenge,” Fox News reported. Police took the children’s phones to investigate, which were said to contain “Momo Challenge” messages.If you want to talk to someone or are experiencing suicidal thoughts, text the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. For international resources, this list is a good place to start.More on Geek.com:Ripped Kangaroo and Internet Star, Roger, Dies at Age 12Cuba Rolls Out Internet Service to Citizens for the First TimeWatch: YouTube Rewind 2018 Recaps the Year in Viral Videos, Memes, and Trends 11-Year-Old Gets ‘Scammed’ Into Paying $4K for TikTok InfluencerFacebook Reportedly Considers Hiding ‘Like’ Counts Stay on target