Based on nearly 2,000 ratings, “Magnificent Light” is the lowest-rated episode of Season 8. The episode currently holds a 7.2 out of 10 rating, which is relatively high considering the 875 one-star reviews it received.
“Magnificent Light” follows the team as they investigate fatal stabbings in Seattle, Washington, which are seemingly linked to a motivational speaker named Barry Flynn (Patrick Fabian). Nothing is quite what it seems in this episode as the team discovers that Flynn, who is self-isolating as part of a pre-show ritual, thus becoming a prime suspect, is also a victim in this fantasy-fueled crime spree.
In their four-star review of the episode, TheLittleSongbird pointed out that this isn’t a bad “Criminal Minds” episode, but the writing is weak compared to previous episodes. They also add that several characters behave unusually, pointing to Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness), who they say becomes a caricature of her usual self in this episode.
Comparing it to a soap opera, they admit that the crime isn’t intriguing, and the characters are shallow. “All in all, when describing ‘Magnificent Light,’ magnificent is not the right word,” they concluded.
Indiana Jones Will Never be Recast, Says Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has assured Indiana Jones fans that they will never make an Indiana Jones movie without Harrison Ford. Speaking to Vanity Fair, Kennedy revealed that the studio learned a valuable lesson following the release of the Star Wars prequel, Solo, and will never again attempt to recast iconic characters.
Watching Harrison Ford don the hat and whip once again for the upcoming Indiana Jones 5 reminded Kennedy why no other actor can play the role. Combined with the response to the recasting of another beloved Harrison Ford character in Solo, Kennedy and the studio concluded that this was not the way to go. Indiana Jones fans can now rejoice then, as it sounds like we will never see Indiana Jones played by another actor.
We will, of course, see Indiana Jones played by Harrison Ford again in Indiana Jones 5. Directed by Logan’s James Mangold, with a script co-written by Mangold, Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth, the plot of the fifth Indiana Jones outing remains a secret at present, but it is hotly rumored that the story will reunite the adventurer with his old enemies the Nazis through their involvement in the 60s Space Race.
While Kathleen Kennedy has now ruled out recasting the role of Indiana Jones, this does not mean we won’t perhaps see another character take over the franchise someday. With Harrison Ford now approaching 80 years old, the actor can’t be expected to punch bad guys and leap around underground tombs forever, and no doubt the studio will want to continue the popular franchise without him somehow.
If recasting is no longer an option, then changing the focus to a different character certainly seems the most likely outcome. Recent rumors have claimed that Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who will star alongside Ford in the fifth installment, is being tapped to take over. “Insiders claim Kathleen Kennedy, the Hollywood producer behind the franchise, is keen to make ‘big, bold’ changes – with few bigger than switching the lead character to a woman.” Another source added that, “It would be a huge statement, and a great role for Phoebe.”
Should this turn out to be false, the franchise could bring back Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom star Ke Huy Quan, who recently made a triumphant return to the big screen with Everything Everywhere All at Once. Asked recently whether he would like to return, the actor excitedly responded, “YES! Absolutely to more Indiana Jones movies.”
Indiana Jones 5 is scheduled for release on June 30, 2023, following several delays caused by production setbacks and the pandemic.
Greedfall 2: The Dying World – What We Know So Far
In spite of the name, it seems that “GreedFall 2” is actually a prequel to the events that take place in the first game. The announcement from Nacon states, “The story starts three years before the events of the first game and the adventures of De Sardet.” This makes a lot of sense from a storytelling perspective, since the multiple endings from the first game might make it difficult to pull off a canonical continuation.
The announcement also confirms that the story will indeed be centered around a captured native who is forcibly taken to Gascane. “In this old world ravaged by war and scarred by the Malichor plague and the political scheming of the different factions,” ... states, “you must regain your freedom and control of your own destiny. Using diplomacy, cunning or combat, as well as help from allies you make, it’s up to you to end one man’s ambitions of conquest, which could spell the end for the continent and your island.” This seems to indicate that there will once again be in-depth role playing elements and choice-based dialogue that will allow the player to conquer obstacles in a variety of different ways.