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After Castle Rock: What The Main Actors Are Doing Next

Jane Levy, André Holland, and several other cast members of Castle Rock have starred or will be featuring in some interesting projects

Across its two-season run, the hit Hulu show Castle Rock brought plenty of chills, thrills, and Stephen King nostalgia to its fans, as its cast created a linked world of the author’s characters and concepts. Both seasons of the show are linked but contain very different plotlines focusing on very different characters.

As such, a lot of actors have passed through the titular Maine town, and all of these Castle Rock alumni have exciting projects on the horizon in the worlds of television and film. Fans can look forward to seeing some of these actors in a very different light as their careers continue past Castle Rock’s spooky legacy.

André Holland (Henry Matthew Deaver)

After Castle Rock: What The Main Actors Are Doing Next
After Castle Rock: What The Main Actors Are Doing Next

Since his fateful return to Castle Rock as Henry Deaver, André Holland has several upcoming projects for fans to look forward to. Just last year, he returned to television for the Paris-set Netflix musical miniseries The Eddy, in which he played the lead character.

The Moonlight actor will also star alongside Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga in the upcoming historical drama film Passing, based on the novel by Nella Larsen. Passing will release on Netflix later this year and follows a pair of Black women, who become slowly obsessed with each other and their ability to pass as white.

Bill Skarsgård (The Kid/The Angel)

After Castle Rock: What The Main Actors Are Doing Next
After Castle Rock: What The Main Actors Are Doing Next

After portraying the enigmatic figures of The Kid in season 1 and The Angel in season 2, Bill Skarsgård has several upcoming roles in both TV and the movies. First, he stars alongside John Boyega and Olivia Cooke in the crime drama Naked Singularity, based on Sergio De La Pava’s novel.

Skarsgård will also star in this year’s Swedish crime drama, Clark, as the title character. He has also been cast in several other upcoming films, including Emperor, Gilded Rage, and The Things They Carried (based on the classic Vietnam War story collection), which are in various stages of production.

Melanie Lynskey (Molly Strand)

After Castle Rock: What The Main Actors Are Doing Next
After Castle Rock: What The Main Actors Are Doing Next

As telepathic local Molly Strand, Melanie Lynskey added Castle Rock to an already lengthy list of credits, and her next projects are just as exciting for fans. Recently, she appeared on the miniseries Mrs. America as Rosemary Thomson and had a part on a pair of Young Sheldon episodes.

Coming up in television, Lynskey is set to appear in Yellowjackets, a story that sees several high schoolers stranded after a plane crash, later this year. She is also set to appear in comedic genre films Don’t Look Up (the latest from socially conscious director Adam McKay) and Lady Of The Manor.

Jane Levy (Diane “Jackie” Torrance)

After Castle Rock: What The Main Actors Are Doing Next
After Castle Rock: What The Main Actors Are Doing Next

After making an impression as the niece of the notorious King character, Jack Torrance, Jane Levy has gone on to play several other roles on both film and TV. This includes appearances in the film The Pretenders and a lead role on Netflix’s thriller series What/If.

More recently, though, fans can find Levy starring as the titular Zoey in NBC’s musical comedy series Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist alongside Skylar Astin, Alex Newell, and Mary Steenburgen.

Sissy Spacek (Ruth Deaver)

After Castle Rock: What The Main Actors Are Doing Next
After Castle Rock: What The Main Actors Are Doing Next

Of course, Sissy Spacek is most known to King fans as the title character in 1976’s Carrie, but in Castle Rock, she was the keeper of many of the town’s secrets (and Henry’s mother), Ruth Deaver. Since her stint on the show, Spacek has appeared in a few projects, including the first season of Amazon show Homecoming.

Moving forward, Spacek will star in the Amazon sci-fi drama series Lightyears alongside sitcom icon Ed O’Neill. The show will follow Spacek and O’Neill as Franklin and Irene, a couple who find a strange chamber in their yard that leads them to another planet.

Lizzy Caplan (Annie Wilkes)

After Castle Rock: What The Main Actors Are Doing Next
After Castle Rock: What The Main Actors Are Doing Next

Taking on the iconic role of Annie Wilkes (originated by Kathy Bates in Misery), Lizzy Caplan will be remembered by fans as the center of Castle Rock’s second season. Caplan’s career, however, has and continues to stretch across many films and television series beyond the King-inspired show.

Recently, Caplan starred as twin sisters in the first season of crime series, Truth Be Told alongside Octavia Spencer, who plays a true-crime podcast host investigating a murder. Soon, she will star with Anthony Starr and Cleopatra Coleman in Cobweb.

Paul Sparks (John “Ace” Merrill)

After Castle Rock: What The Main Actors Are Doing Next
After Castle Rock: What The Main Actors Are Doing Next

Ace is a central figure in season 2’s major storylines (as well as several King stories), especially after his death, and the character was brought to life by Boardwalk Empire actor Paul Sparks. Sparks’ career will continue in the realms of both television and cinema, with a pair of upcoming projects.

First, Sparks is set to star in Apple TV+’s new aerobics-centered dramedy Physical, which will also feature Rose Byrne and Rory Scovel also in main roles. He will also star in a drama film alongside Bruce Dern entitled Hands That Bind, of which little is currently known.

Barkhad Abdi (Abdi Howlwadaag)

After Castle Rock: What The Main Actors Are Doing Next
After Castle Rock: What The Main Actors Are Doing Next

One of the Somali siblings raised by Pop, Abdi Howlwadaag’s rivalry with his adoptive brother Ace helps kick off much of the conflict in Castle Rock’s second season. Captain Phillips star Barkhad Abdi, who portrayed the Howlwadaag brother, has also got more film roles lined up soon.

Abdi is set to star in inspirational sports drama Tyson’s Run, and will feature Major Dodson and Amy Smart. The upcoming Mel Gibson CIA thriller Agent Game will also feature Abdi.

Yusra Warsama (Dr. Nadia Howlwadaag)

After Castle Rock: What The Main Actors Are Doing Next
After Castle Rock: What The Main Actors Are Doing Next

Dr. Nadia Howlwadaag is Abdi’s sister and plays a key part in her brother’s story, as well as the arcs of Annie, Joy, and Chris in Castle Rock. Yusra Warsama, the actress who portrays Nadia, actually has a relatively young career, with her first television appearance being in 2011’s TV movie Stolen.

Currently, Warsama is not slated to be in any new television or feature films, but she will star in a short film due out this July in the UK. Entitled A Birthday Party, this short centers on twin sisters who have a relationship-altering disagreement over a cultural rite of passage.

After Castle Rock: What The Main Actors Are Doing Next
After Castle Rock: What The Main Actors Are Doing Next

Fans of Castle Rock who were familiar with Misery were likely holding their breath for the whole second season awaiting the inevitable fate of Joy Wilkes, who does not appear in the original film or novel. Eighth Grade star Elsie Fisher portrayed Joy, and this young actress’ career shows no signs of slowing.

Continuing her horror streak, Fisher is set to have a main role in this year’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, a sequel to the original film. Later in 2021, she will appear in Shoot The Rooster and 25 Cents Per Minute, and she has also been cast in The Shaggs, My Best Friend’s Exorcism, and Latchkey Kids.

Matthew Alan (Chris Merrill)

After Castle Rock: What The Main Actors Are Doing Next
After Castle Rock: What The Main Actors Are Doing Next

A Merrill clan member and brother to the sinister Ace, Matthew Alan plays Chris Merrill, who is at the crossroads of the Merrill family’s conflict and ends up ensconced in the Jerusalem’s Lot cult.

Some people may also recognize Alan for his work on FX’s historical crime drama Snowfall, where he plays Havemeyer, a CIA officer. However, as of right now, Alan does not have any other projects lined up that fans have heard about yet, but his recent television success is a good sign for the future.

Tim Robbins (Reginald “Pop” Merrill)

After Castle Rock: What The Main Actors Are Doing Next
After Castle Rock: What The Main Actors Are Doing Next

The patriarch of the Merrills and father figure to both Abdi and Nadia, Pop’s influence looms large over Castle Rock in its second season. Fittingly, then, iconic actor Tim Robbins, known for his starring role in King adaptation The Shawshank Redemption, played Pop, and the future of his career shows promise.

As of right now, Robbins only has one announced project on the way: Amazon’s supernatural drama The Power. Based on the book by Naomi Alderman, The Power follows a group of teenage girls who discover a strange power, and will feature an all-star cast including Auli’i Cravalho, Rob Delaney, and Leslie Mann.

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Law & Order: 5 Ways Stabler Has Stayed The Same Since SVU (& 5 Ways He’s Changed In Organized Crime)

Formerly on SVU, Elliot Stabler now stars in Law & Order: Organized Crime. Here are ways he is different, and ways he is the same.

Elliot Stabler made his long-awaited return to the Law & Order franchise in the SVU episode, “Return of the Prodigal Son.” The famed detective made his departure from the show in season 12 after an active shooter incident in the precinct.

Stabler had his own way of solving crimes and his own demons to face while on SVU. He now stars as the main character in Law & Order: Organized Crime. While the new show has started to answer long-awaited questions, fans can’t help but notice this isn’t the same Stabler they remembered. Dealing with new trauma, turmoil, and new turf, Stabler has changed a bit but still held on to some old tactics.

Same: Still Aggressive With Perps

Law & Order: 5 Ways Stabler Has Stayed The Same Since SVU (& 5 Ways He’s Changed In Organized Crime)
Law & Order: 5 Ways Stabler Has Stayed The Same Since SVU (& 5 Ways He’s Changed In Organized Crime)

Stabler’s habit of getting in perps’ faces put him in hot water a majority of the time. His old habit hasn’t gone away in the new show installment. Fans first get a look at his old ways when he interrogated a suspect in his wife’s car bombing. As Stabler rolls up his sleeves and pounces, Olivia is forced to hold him back. Just like old times.

In the new show, Stabler doesn’t let up. As Stabler joins the organized crime task force, they’re on the trail of the businessman and organized crime boss, Richard Wheatley (Dylan McDermott). Stabler has no problems getting up close and giving a few threats. But fans can tell that Stabler is reining in his more aggressive side.

Different: His Relationship With Benson

Law & Order: 5 Ways Stabler Has Stayed The Same Since SVU (& 5 Ways He’s Changed In Organized Crime)
Law & Order: 5 Ways Stabler Has Stayed The Same Since SVU (& 5 Ways He’s Changed In Organized Crime)

Fans have eagerly waited for Stabler and Benson to reunite and finally get closure. As Stabler made his return, fans noticed that something is off. Stabler is at first relieved to have Benson at his side when Kathy dies and in catching a suspect. As Benson makes appearances in Organized Crime, Stabler whistles a different tune.

In one episode, Stabler asks Benson to meet with him. Benson can easily tell that Stabler is not okay and that he’s suffering from PTSD and refuses help. Stabler even rejects the idea that he has PTSD and firmly tells Benson to back off. Their once-close relationship is in tough terrain as Stabler refuses to let her in his new life.

Same: Dedicated To The Job

Law & Order: 5 Ways Stabler Has Stayed The Same Since SVU (& 5 Ways He’s Changed In Organized Crime)
Law & Order: 5 Ways Stabler Has Stayed The Same Since SVU (& 5 Ways He’s Changed In Organized Crime)

Stabler has always been praised for his dedication to the job and its victims. His new role in Organized Crime is no different than when he was in SVU. This time instead of different cases, Stabler is dedicated to one after the attack on Kathy and her death that leads him to Wheatley.

With every new shred of evidence, Stabler dedicates himself 100% to find a tie to Wheatley. When a young teen overdoses on medication passed through one of Wheatley pharmacies, Stabler makes it his mission to unearth evidence.

Different: The Family Tension

Law & Order: 5 Ways Stabler Has Stayed The Same Since SVU (& 5 Ways He’s Changed In Organized Crime)
Law & Order: 5 Ways Stabler Has Stayed The Same Since SVU (& 5 Ways He’s Changed In Organized Crime)

Since his days in SVU, Stabler has always butted heads with his children. His dedication to his job and rule of not bringing work home led to a tense environment. Even years after SVU, there’s still family tension but in a different circumstance.

His children are all grown up now and have lived a majority of their new life in Italy alongside Kathy and Stabler. With Kathy’s case and subsequent death, fans can tell that Stabler’s children see their father in a different light than before. Instead of Stabler worrying for them, his children are the ones worried their father will go off the rails.

Same: Inability To Express Emotionally

Law & Order: 5 Ways Stabler Has Stayed The Same Since SVU (& 5 Ways He’s Changed In Organized Crime)
Law & Order: 5 Ways Stabler Has Stayed The Same Since SVU (& 5 Ways He’s Changed In Organized Crime)

Stabler was more known as the macho detective in SVU who often showed his fists and sheltered his emotions. Fans often saw Stabler refusing to tell Kathy what went on at work to save her from his gruesome reality. Even as Stabler confided in Olivia, there was always something held back.

In Organized Crime, Stabler’s inability to express himself emotionally is still evident but it takes a turn. With the turmoil surrounding Kathy’s death and case, Stabler shuts out everyone around him afraid that they will get hurt. Stabler also refuses to let his children hold an intervention to try and save him.

Different: He’s Broken & Lost

Law & Order: 5 Ways Stabler Has Stayed The Same Since SVU (& 5 Ways He’s Changed In Organized Crime)
Law & Order: 5 Ways Stabler Has Stayed The Same Since SVU (& 5 Ways He’s Changed In Organized Crime)

The death of Kathy sent Stabler into a downward spiral that he can’t get out of. Fans will see Stabler start to suffer from extreme PTSD, depression, and teeter the edge of a nervous breakdown. Stabler in Organized Crime is lost and broken as he tries to pick up the pieces of finding the one responsible for Kathy’s death, keeping his family together, and himself.

Throughout the episodes, fans see Stabler unable to sleep and stay up into the early hours rewatching CTV footage of the car explosion. When his children ask Benson for help staging an intervention, Stabler looks defeated but shuts down refusing to listen.

Same: Problems With Authority

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Law & Order: 5 Ways Stabler Has Stayed The Same Since SVU (& 5 Ways He’s Changed In Organized Crime)

Fans are aware that Stabler is no stranger to questioning his superiors and authority. It’s nice to know that this aspect of Stabler stayed in Organized Crime. In the first episode “What Happens in Puglia,” Stabler waltz through a courthouse to threaten Italian perps about their deceased suspect Sacha Lenski.

Stabler is then held back by his fellow detectives and has to go answer to his superior. His superior stands his ground saying Stabler can’t walk wherever he pleases and take control. Stabler’s actions could have destroyed what they’ve worked for. To Stabler is doesn’t matter as much if it leads to answers.

Different: His Feelings For Benson

Law & Order: 5 Ways Stabler Has Stayed The Same Since SVU (& 5 Ways He’s Changed In Organized Crime)
Law & Order: 5 Ways Stabler Has Stayed The Same Since SVU (& 5 Ways He’s Changed In Organized Crime)

Fans always inclined that Stabler thought more of Benson than a simple partner. His departure gutted Benson and she felt betrayed she wasn’t told in advance. The crossover episode and the new Organized Crime episodes have fans learning that Stabler has changed in his feelings for Benson.

When Fin gives the rundown on Olivia’s life, he focuses on the fact that she has had serious relationships. When catching up with Benson at the park, he looks with longing at Benson playing with Noah. At his almost intervention, he blurts that he loves Benson before realizing what he said and correcting himself.

Same: His Investigative Abilities

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Law & Order: 5 Ways Stabler Has Stayed The Same Since SVU (& 5 Ways He’s Changed In Organized Crime)

When it comes to notable detectives in television, Stabler gets a spot since his days on SVU. Stabler still has the chop of a good detective in Organized Crime. When it comes to Kathy’s case he realizes from CTV cameras that a couple was in the area taking selfies.

Stabler realizes that geotags in the area could help identify them. With new possible evidence, Stabler uncovers who detonated the car bomb. His smart thinking also helps his team discover why Whaeltey owns an ice cream company and how he transported the stolen vaccines.

Different: Stabler & His Team

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Law & Order: 5 Ways Stabler Has Stayed The Same Since SVU (& 5 Ways He’s Changed In Organized Crime)

The dynamics between Stabler and his team on Organized Crime has a different feel than what was seen in SVU. On his task force team, Stable isn’t the boss and is surpassed by Sergeant Bell (Danielle Monté Truitt). Despite being outranked, Stabler has more experience and acts on the same level as Bell.

It’s safe to say that Bell and Stabler are more partners than Bell is a superior. In SVU, Stabler always had to answer to someone like Cragen. With the tasks force team, Stabler has a bigger air of superiority and dominance that he didn’t have in SVU.

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Daredevil: Main Comic Book Villains, Ranked Lamest To Coolest

Daredevil has a lot of interesting villains, but there are definitely some that are less intimidating than others.

In the world of Marvel Comics, fans are pulled in not just by the heroes, but their villains as well. Some of the most iconic comic villains exist in this world and the rogue’s galleries of Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, and X-Men to name a few, stick out. Yet, there are some heroes Daredevil, a character who created one of Marvel’s best shows, are great while his rogues are less so.

While the Guardian of Hell’s Kitchen has plenty of legendary and stand-out villains, a good percentage have either been lost to history or are seen as absolute jokes in the world of comics and villains.

Stilt-Man

Daredevil: Main Comic Book Villains, Ranked Lamest To Coolest
Daredevil: Main Comic Book Villains, Ranked Lamest To Coolest

Out of all of the foes for Daredevil to fight, one would not expect the likes of Stilt-Man. One of Daredevil’s first villains, appearing in his eighth comic, Stilt-Man has literally the power of a ladder: able to rise to great heights and not do much else.

Beyond his goofy look and bringing about a spin-off character called Lady Stilt-Man, anytime Stilt-Man appears to either fight Daredevil or another villain, he always loses much to fans’ enjoyment and laughter.

Turk Barre

Daredevil: Main Comic Book Villains, Ranked Lamest To Coolest
Daredevil: Main Comic Book Villains, Ranked Lamest To Coolest

Funny enough, Stilt-Man’s armor and costume were once stolen by a low-level criminal named Turk Barret. Instead of becoming a threat to be reckoned with, Barret has been seen as a dim-witted criminal who’s always being beaten by Daredevil.

That’s not to mention that Barret is always copying or stealing from someone else. Besides Stilt-Man, Barret stole the armor of Mauler, a Daredevil and Iron Man villain, and failed just as fast. There was even a time when Barret got the Mind Stone and became a powerful crime lord… only to outsmarted by Stephen Strange and return to his old status.

The Hand

Daredevil: Main Comic Book Villains, Ranked Lamest To Coolest
Daredevil: Main Comic Book Villains, Ranked Lamest To Coolest

Even a clan of badass ninjas can get stale and old after a while. The Hand, an organization that’s crossed paths with Daredevil countless, time is cool in concept. But whenever they are used, they’re almost always stereotypical henchmen and cannon fodder.

The Hand has had good comic moments, but they’ve mostly been used as simple baddies by a number of characters.

Gladiator

Daredevil: Main Comic Book Villains, Ranked Lamest To Coolest
Daredevil: Main Comic Book Villains, Ranked Lamest To Coolest

It’s always interesting to see characters go from villain to hero and vice versa. Gladiator was once a costume designer who created an outfit equipped with deadly saw blades among other weapons. After failing time again to beat the Man Without Fear, Gladiator reformed.

Aiding Daredevil and other allies at times, Gladiator stayed reformed a good while before switching back. The villain/hero would continue switch ingback and forth, muddying his character despite good potential.

Mister Fear

Daredevil: Main Comic Book Villains, Ranked Lamest To Coolest
Daredevil: Main Comic Book Villains, Ranked Lamest To Coolest

There are times when comics tend to “borrow” aspects and characters from other comics. Mister Fear is Marvel’s version of Scarecrow, a villain who utilizes a fear pellet gun to spread terror in the hearts of his enemies.

Despite the similarities that Fear gives off, he does have some interesting qualities to him. He’s not incredibly complicated character-wise, and Fear’s weapon and spooky feel makes him a decent foe.

Lady Bullseye

Daredevil: Main Comic Book Villains, Ranked Lamest To Coolest
Daredevil: Main Comic Book Villains, Ranked Lamest To Coolest

Sometimes, even Marvel can copy themselves. Although Lady Bullseye isn’t a direct knock-off of Bullseye, having been inspired by the villain when he slaughtered Yakuza in front of her, Lady Bullseye has a lot of similarities to him.

Again, she’s not a direct knock-off and like Mister Fear, has fascinating qualities to her. However, her perchance to constantly switch sides and bizarre costume choices have placed her lower on the villain rung than she belongs.

Owl

Daredevil: Main Comic Book Villains, Ranked Lamest To Coolest
Daredevil: Main Comic Book Villains, Ranked Lamest To Coolest

What’s nice about comics is as the years have gone on, many villains have evolved. In the beginning, Leland Owsley, a crime boss known as the Owl, was seen as a joke villain, with wild hair and ridiculous outfit choices.

Yet, in more recent comics, the Owl’s become more of a serious crime boss. Taking over New York when Wilson Fisk becomes Mayor and having a generally creepy and intimidating nature, Owsley won’t escape his cheesy shadow but has redeemed himself in some ways.

Punisher

Daredevil: Main Comic Book Villains, Ranked Lamest To Coolest
Daredevil: Main Comic Book Villains, Ranked Lamest To Coolest

Daredevil has always stood for something better in Hell’s Kitchen. A hero who almost never kills and tries to find the good in others. In contrast, Frank Castle, the Punisher (who’s been played brilliantly by Jon Berthenal), has always seen the evil in the world and believed no criminal can be saved.

Although Punisher has become an anti-hero, he and Daredevil have clashed repeatedly with him in an antagonistic light. There have been many times where Frank has pushed Matthew Murdock to his limits and forced him to make tough decisions on multiple occasions.

Typhoid Mary

Daredevil: Main Comic Book Villains, Ranked Lamest To Coolest
Daredevil: Main Comic Book Villains, Ranked Lamest To Coolest

The likes of Typhoid Mary can be said to be an incredibly deadly and yet intriguing villain. A mutant with telekinetic abilities Mary suffers from dissociative identity disorder giving her three different identities, a soft-spirited one (Mary), a violent one (Typhoid), and a sadistic and brutal one (Bloody Mary).

Mary has faced down and even been a lover of Daredevil many times over the years. And most of the time, Daredevil tries to get her the help she needs. Unfortunately, Mary always goes back to her old ways.

Elektra

Daredevil: Main Comic Book Villains, Ranked Lamest To Coolest
Daredevil: Main Comic Book Villains, Ranked Lamest To Coolest

Romantic relationships in comics can always be strange. The likes of Elektra and Daredevil are the epitome of that. A ruthless assassin who at one point joins the Hand, Elektra over the years has been an on and off villain/hero/anti-hero/lover for Daredevil.

Constantly switching sides like many other villains and always walking an extremely grey line, Elektra has cemented herself as one of Daredevil’s greatest foes and characters. Currently, she’s even serving as Daredevil while Murdoch is locked away in prison.

Kingpin

Daredevil: Main Comic Book Villains, Ranked Lamest To Coolest
Daredevil: Main Comic Book Villains, Ranked Lamest To Coolest

Without a doubt, one of the best Daredevil (and maybe MCU) villains will always be Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin. Starting in Spider-Man’s world, Fisk became synonymous with the name Daredevil and proved himself a worthy adversary due to his strength and intellect.

Destroying Daredevil after discovering his identity, Fisk has always managed to outsmart and maneuver his way around the hero. He even became the mayor of New York, beating Daredevil yet again.

Bullseye

Daredevil: Main Comic Book Villains, Ranked Lamest To Coolest
Daredevil: Main Comic Book Villains, Ranked Lamest To Coolest

Not every fan will agree with some of the placements of villains or lack thereof on this list. Many would argue that the Kingpin deserves the top spot. But the truth is, as good as Fisk is as a villain, he pales in comparison to the likes of Bullseye.

A psychopath and assassin, Bullseye has, like Fisk, pushed Daredevil to his very limits. With a kill list including Elektra, Karen Page, and an entire New York block, Bullseye’s always been known for his vile nature and deadly aim that can turn even a playing card into a weapon against the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen.

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10 Best Things About The Pilot Of Designated Survivor

While Designated Survivor may not have had the kind of Netflix success that many were hoping for, the show was strong, even during its pilot.

While Designated Survivor may not have had the kind of Netflix success that many were hoping for, the show certainly had a few fascinating moments throughout the course of its three-year run.

That all began with the pilot which, alongside drawing in 10 million viewers, also gave us a pretty good idea of what the series was going to look like.

Kiefer Sutherland played a strong lead from the word ‘go,’ and as we came to learn more about Tom Kirkman in the first episode, we all found ourselves becoming more and more intrigued by this new world we’d entered into.

The Safe House

10 Best Things About The Pilot Of Designated Survivor
10 Best Things About The Pilot Of Designated Survivor

In the opening scene of the show, Tom Kirkman is shown relaxing in the ‘safe house’ which has been provided for him as the designated survivor. He’s sitting alongside his wife and spends a few moments talking to his daughter on the phone, making for a pretty calm sequence of events.

We all know the show is building to something big and they do a great job of heightening the tension at this moment, with everyone knowing that Kirkman’s life is truly about to change forever.

Kirkman’s Firing

10 Best Things About The Pilot Of Designated Survivor
10 Best Things About The Pilot Of Designated Survivor

Prior to the attack on the Capitol Building, Tom Kirkman was nothing more than the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Earlier in the day, he was offered the role of Ambassador to the International Civil Aviation Organization by President Richmond, which was viewed as a way of firing him from his cabinet position.

The idea that Kirkman wasn’t even wanted by the previous POTUS added an intriguing element into the story as he tried to take on a job he wasn’t even remotely prepared for and, in many ways, probably didn’t even want.

The Attack

10 Best Things About The Pilot Of Designated Survivor
10 Best Things About The Pilot Of Designated Survivor

Everything about the attack felt so real and that’s a testament to this show’s incredible execution of concept. From the TV cutting out to the security team rushing into the process of events that followed, this sense of fear and trepidation served as the perfect way to get this series off to a flying start.

Sutherland’s acting at this moment went a long way towards making this moment what it was, as the realization suddenly dawned on him that he was going to be the next President of the United States.

Emily Rhodes

10 Best Things About The Pilot Of Designated Survivor
10 Best Things About The Pilot Of Designated Survivor

It’s always nice to have a familiar face by your side in any walk of life and that seemed particularly true for President Kirkman.

Emily Rhodes was his Chief of Staff prior to Tom even becoming POTUS, and she made sure to follow him into the fire. From the start, it was evident that Emily was an incredibly important part of this journey for Kirkman. While she also wasn’t prepared for her new role as Special Advisor, she was going to take everything in her stride, regardless.

The Visuals

10 Best Things About The Pilot Of Designated Survivor
10 Best Things About The Pilot Of Designated Survivor

As bizarre as it almost certainly does sound, the visual of the Capitol being in flames was one of the best things we’d seen on television for a long time, if only because of the insane authenticity it had.

When you factor in the rubble, the White House scenes, and the professional nature of the filming, this was immediately one of our favorite shows to watch and we’d only seen the pilot.

A good TV show can live or die based on whether or not it gets shot in a respectful, honest and believable manner. Designated Survivor was able to tick all of those boxes.

It Felt Fresh

10 Best Things About The Pilot Of Designated Survivor
10 Best Things About The Pilot Of Designated Survivor

A bizarre political storyline like one hadn’t really been touched on before and because of the unpredictability surrounding it, fans were immediately hooked on the premise.

It reminded us a lot of The Blacklist in the way it eventually played out, too, with the President having to solve a string of issues from episode to episode, slowly but surely finding his feet along the way.

The piece by piece nature of uncovering the true story gives the viewers a direction, and it’s a direction that captured the imagination of many.

The Reaction To Kirkman

10 Best Things About The Pilot Of Designated Survivor
10 Best Things About The Pilot Of Designated Survivor

From Seth to Aaron and beyond, nobody in their right mind could quite wrap their heads around the idea that Tom Kirkman was taking on the role of President of the United States.

“Who?” seemed to be the most popular response amongst many and it’s not all too difficult to understand why. He was positioned as a nobody within the cabinet and he was previously fired, and from that point on one of his main jobs was going to be addressing the nation and convincing them that he was up to the task.

Oath Of Office

10 Best Things About The Pilot Of Designated Survivor
10 Best Things About The Pilot Of Designated Survivor

The oath of office is an intimate moment and while millions around the globe have been able to see it for many President Elects in the past, it never gets old.

Everyone in the room when the oath is taken knows the gravity of the situation and knows that there are a whole lot of moving parts in play. The only previous occasion where this has become relevant is when an assassination takes place.

You don’t have to believe in the process to understand the magnitude of the event.

Iranian Ambassador

10 Best Things About The Pilot Of Designated Survivor
10 Best Things About The Pilot Of Designated Survivor

One of the most notable moments from the first episode comes when President Kirkman is informed that the Iranian Navy has decided to move a handful of destroyers to the Strait of Hormuz in the wake of the attack, with Kirkman deciding to go against the orders of General Harris by calling a meeting with him.

The President refused to back down, he refused to be intimidated and he made a clear statement that the United States was as strong as ever before.

That was a powerful moment, proving that Kirkman had a bit of steel.

The Unknown

10 Best Things About The Pilot Of Designated Survivor
10 Best Things About The Pilot Of Designated Survivor

One of the lingering questions at the end of the episode surrounded the attack on the Capitol and what was going to happen next.

Every pilot needs something that’ll keep viewers, and the network, coming back for more, and Designated Survivor had plenty of aces up their sleeves.

From Kirkman’s rise to finding out more about the attack to the public’s reaction to the tragedy of than 1,000 people being murdered, the sense of the unknown made sure that most of the first season and beyond had the potential to be can’t miss TV.

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Rick and Morty: 5 Reasons Jessica Is A Good Match For Morty (& 3 Better Options For Him)

Morty has been pining for Jessica for the entirety of Rick and Morty. Here are some ways she is a good match for him, and others who could be better.

Morty from Rick & Morty isn’t known for having the best moves in wooing the opposite sex, and fans know that he’s pent up on one day making Jessica his one true love. As the show has progressed, it becomes clearer that Jessica might just be the right girl for Morty. She’s one of the rare characters on the show that isn’t toxic.

In the show’s time on air, Morty has flopped a couple of times in keeping Jessica for himself. It leads fans to wonder who would be a better match for him? There has only been a handful of female characters Morty has had a romantic rendezvous with.

Jessica: Doesn’t Care About Social Status

Rick and Morty: 5 Reasons Jessica Is A Good Match For Morty (& 3 Better Options For Him)
Rick and Morty: 5 Reasons Jessica Is A Good Match For Morty (& 3 Better Options For Him)

It’s no surprise that Jessica would be the popular girl in school that everyone adores. She’s beautiful and doesn’t think lowly of others. This is especially true in her interactions with Morty. Morty isn’t the top guy at school, and he hasn’t moved up the totem pole in popularity.

In their many interactions, Jessica has no problem talking to Morty. She has no regard for social status at school and is more than curious to Morty and even gives him words of encouragement. This type of person is someone that Morty needs in his life.

Better Option: Tricia Lange

Rick and Morty: 5 Reasons Jessica Is A Good Match For Morty (& 3 Better Options For Him)
Rick and Morty: 5 Reasons Jessica Is A Good Match For Morty (& 3 Better Options For Him)

Tricia Lange isn’t the worst choice for Morty compared to Arthricia from the episode, “Look Who’s Purging Now.” Tricia doesn’t have a real relationship with Morty in the show but Morty doesn’t stray from finding her attractive. Tricia does have certain qualities that might suit Morty.

Beyond physical attributes, Tricia can be sensitive to emotions as Morty can be as well. Tricia being an option for Morty can be tricky as she is a bit self-centered and may have different preferences in the bedroom.

Jessica: She’s Not Self-Centered

Rick and Morty: 5 Reasons Jessica Is A Good Match For Morty (& 3 Better Options For Him)
Rick and Morty: 5 Reasons Jessica Is A Good Match For Morty (& 3 Better Options For Him)

Jessica not being self-centered goes hand in hand with her not caring for social status. Just because Jessica is the popular girl does not mean that she thinks highly of herself. In many instances, it’s the exact opposite. Morty keeps a death crystal because it shows him a future with Jessica. He later learns that Jessica wants to be a worker at a hospice, as she wants to give people comfort as they are close to death.

From this alone, Jessica sounds like a good person who is caring. The same goes for when Morty and Jessica are on a date in “Rest and Ricklaxastion” and Jessica gets turned off by Morty’s new cocky and self-determined persona.

Jessica: She’s Knows Rick

Rick and Morty: 5 Reasons Jessica Is A Good Match For Morty (& 3 Better Options For Him)
Rick and Morty: 5 Reasons Jessica Is A Good Match For Morty (& 3 Better Options For Him)

The good thing about Jessica is that she’s not entirely phased by Rick’s drunken and absurd behavior. Rick is a hard character to get to know, much less interact with on a casual basis. Jessica is aware of Rick’s relationship with Morty and doesn’t say anything about it at times.

When it comes to having to be with Morty, it’s a good thing that Jessica could care less about Rick’s antics as his antics can easily be a deal-breaker for some people.

Better Option: Annie

Rick and Morty: 5 Reasons Jessica Is A Good Match For Morty (& 3 Better Options For Him)
Rick and Morty: 5 Reasons Jessica Is A Good Match For Morty (& 3 Better Options For Him)

Annie made her debut in one episode, “Anatomy Park.” She was a young teen who works at Anatomy Park inside the body of a homeless man named Ruben. She was part of Dr. Xenon Bloom’s team when the park started to destruct. She soon meets Morty when Rick uses a shrink ray to transport him inside Ruben.

There are some drawbacks to Annie as she overlooked Morty and didn’t see him as relationship material. However, when Morty saves the team from Gonorrhea and attacks Poncho, she sees him in a new light. The heroic act by Morty leads them to have a makeout session that’s interrupted by Rick. Annie’s mental ability to be okay with an amusement park in a man’s body shows she would understand Morty’s lifestyle with Rick.

Jessica: She Doesn’t Think Morty’s Weird

Rick and Morty: 5 Reasons Jessica Is A Good Match For Morty (& 3 Better Options For Him)
Rick and Morty: 5 Reasons Jessica Is A Good Match For Morty (& 3 Better Options For Him)

Who wouldn’t find Morty a bit weird? He’s a 14-year-old who barely goes to school and goes on absurd adventures with his drunk grandfather. One of the best attributes that Jessica has is that she doesn’t think Morty is weird. She’s very open and understanding of his bizarre life.

On many occasions, she listens to Morty as he explains why he wasn’t at school or what happened to him recently. When Rick turns himself into Tiny Rick, Morty tells her the truth that he’s actually his grandpa. Jessica doesn’t think much of it and says, “Cool.” She doesn’t mind his company at all. She even dances with him in “Big Trouble In Little Sanchez.”

Jessica: She Helps Save Morty

Rick and Morty: 5 Reasons Jessica Is A Good Match For Morty (& 3 Better Options For Him)
Rick and Morty: 5 Reasons Jessica Is A Good Match For Morty (& 3 Better Options For Him)

Jessica’s best moment in the show is when Rick enlists her help to bring back Morty to infuse his toxic version back where it belongs. Jessica helps track Morty down by a phone call and tries to convince Morty that his new persona isn’t really him. Jessica and Rick get into a fight when Jessica refuses to accept that she helped Morty out of affection.

Rick and Jessica go into a huge debate on who really wanted the old Morty back. Fans know that due to Jessica’s personality, she had some feelings towards Morty’s well-being. Later on, as Morty is dragged to another mission, Jessica stops him and tells him she’s glad he’s back.

Better Option: Morty’s Girlfriend

Rick and Morty: 5 Reasons Jessica Is A Good Match For Morty (& 3 Better Options For Him)
Rick and Morty: 5 Reasons Jessica Is A Good Match For Morty (& 3 Better Options For Him)

Fans were heartbroken when Morty’s chance at a good and stable relationship is ruined by Jerry. In “The Vat of Acid,” Morty gets a remote that sends him back to his saved point. He encounters a young and pretty girl on the street and falls in love instantly. Morty starts to fall hard and no longer uses the remote.

Morty and his girlfriend made the perfect match in heaven. They even survive a plane crash in the snowy mountains. Jerry being Jerry, finds the remote and forced Morty back to his saved point. Jerry’s error results in Morty’s relationship to no longer exist. By the looks of it, Morty’s girlfriend made him happy.

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Orphan Black: How Many Leda & Castor Clones Were Created

BBC sci-fi series Orphan Black featured two sets of clones: Leda and Castor. Though only a handful were seen, there were actually hundreds of them.

Acclaimed BBC sci-fi series Orphan Black began with a woman encountering her doppelganger on a train platform, but by the end of the series it was revealed that there were actually hundreds of “Leda” clones in the world, as well as a set of male “Castor” clones. Tatiana Maslany played series protagonist Sarah Manning and the many other Leda clones, while the Castor clones were played by Ari Millen and first introduced in season 2.

Both the Leda and Castor clones were created by the Dyad Institute, but their upbringings were very different. The Leda clones were scattered across the world, birthed by surrogate mothers or by women seeking in-vitro fertility treatments. They were left unaware of their status as clones, and had monitors who insinuated themselves into their lives in order to keep an eye on them and create reports for Dyad. The Castor clones, however, were self-aware and were raised within the military.

The two sets of clones are named after figures in Greek mythology. Leda is a Spartan queen who, in her most famous myth, was raped by Zeus in the guise of a swan. Castor was one of her sons, whose father was the mortal king that Leda married, but who had a twin brother, Pollux, fathered by Zeus. When Castor was fatally wounded in a fight, Pollux chose to share his immortality with his twin brother so that they could stay together, and they were said to have formed the Gemini star constellation. In Orphan Black, both the Castor and the Leda clones actually come from the same source: a woman called Kendall Malone, who had a rare genetic make-up that allowed her to provide cell lines for both the male and female clones. But exactly how many of the Leda and Castor clones were made?

There Are 276 Leda Clones

Orphan Black: How Many Leda & Castor Clones Were Created
Orphan Black: How Many Leda & Castor Clones Were Created

The true number of Leda clones is revealed in Orphan Black’s series finale, “To Right the Wrongs of Many,” when Felix obtains a list of all the clones being watched by Dyad. The list has 274 names on it, but there were two clones who are not on the list: Sarah and Helena. Their birth mother, Amelia, grew wary of what the Dyad Institute had planned for her daughters and managed to hide them away, giving one to the church and one to the state. Sarah, an “orphan in the black,” was put into the foster system and raised by Siobhan Sadler, while Helena unfortunately ended up in the hands of the Proletheans. Assuming that Sarah and Helena were the only clones not being tracked by Dyad, this means that there were 276 Leda clones in total.

The Number Of Castor Clones Is Uncertain

Orphan Black: How Many Leda & Castor Clones Were Created
Orphan Black: How Many Leda & Castor Clones Were Created

There were six Castor clones featured in Orphan Black: Mark, who was sent to infiltrate the Proletheans and ended up joining them; Styles, a soldier who tortured (and was killed by) Helena; Rudy and Seth, two clone brothers who were very close; Parsons, who was subjected to sickening medical experiments; and Ira, who worked directly with Susan Duncan, the scientist behind the Leda and Castor clones. There was also another Castor clone called Abel, who died as an infant. The Castors were afflicted with a fatal genetic disorder that caused seizures and extreme pain, as well as causing any women they had sex with to become sterile. Even if they did exist in similar numbers to the Leda clones, it’s likely that most of the Castor brothers died from their disorder either before the events of Orphan Black, or not long afterwards.

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