Link Tank: Ripley Won’t be in the New FX Alien Show, But Maybe That’s a Good Thing

Loki is an alligator, Pokémon has a theme park, new celebrities are joining The Academy, and more on Link Tank!

We’re sorry, but the new FX Alien series is not a Ripley story, nor should it be.

“In conversation with Vanity Fair, Noah Hawley confirmed his upcoming Alien series at FX is “not a Ripley story”, but one concerning financial inequality on Earth. “It’s not a Ripley story. She’s one of the great characters of all time, and I think the story has been told pretty perfectly, and I don’t want to mess with it. It’s a story that’s set on Earth also. The alien stories are always trapped… Trapped in a prison, trapped in a spaceship. I thought it would be interesting to open it up a little bit so that the stakes of “What happens if you can’t contain it?” are more immediate.”

Read more at Gizmodo

Why is there an alligator Loki? A closer look into what makes a Loki a Loki, including sometimes being a reptile.

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“WHAT MAKES A LOKI A LOKI? The Marvel show’s much-repeated question just got a whole lot trickier thanks to the introduction of four new Loki variants in the post-credits scene from Episode 4. To be fair, we were expecting Kid Loki and Classic Loki, both of whom are well-known in the comics and were already rumored for the Marvel Cinematic Universe show, but it gets a lot more complicated from there. We’ve got “Boastful Loki,” though it’s still unclear if he’s based on a comics character or is purely a creation of the show. Weirder still is Alligator Loki, a small reptile perched in Kid Loki’s arms with the Asgardian’s signature horned crown on its head.”

Read more at Inverse

Japan has a new 48,000 square foot theme park filled with trees, nature, and pocket monsters?

“Pokémon Wonder bills itself as a “nature adventure.” Here, kids and adults can take on the role of a Pokémon researcher, as they trek through grassy fields and bamboo thickets, trying to spot different Pocket Monsters. Instead of plushie toy versions or virtual recreations, the Pokémon are handmade—something that was hinted at in the teaser footage. Because the characters are recreated with leaves or acorns, it’s harder to spot them than if they were a brightly-colored game or anime recreations. The idea is that parkgoers are supposed to hunt for them, and in doing so, appreciate the beauty of nature.”

Read more at Kotaku

From Mythic Quest to Wandavsion and even Invincible, these are the funniest TV shows of 2021.

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“Comedy TV is tough, both to work in and be a fan of. For every hilarious series that comes out, triple the amount of lame ones airing that just don’t connect. In the TV-watching experience, almost nothing is more irritating than spending a couple episodes absolutely stone-faced when you were expecting to laugh. Luckily, we both watch a ton of TV and have excellent, discerning taste when it comes to funny stuff, so instead of slogging through a series to see if you’ll warm up to it or rewatching The Office yet again (please, dear god, don’t do that), check out one our verified picks for the funniest TV shows of 2021. There’s already a bounty of series to catch up on from the first half of the year, and we’ll be updating this as the rest of 2021 chugs along.”

Read more at Thrillist

Patty Jenkin’s Star Wars spinoff film Rogue Squadron is slated to give fans a closer look into a staple of the franchise.

“The world of Star Wars is expanding, and Patty Jenkins is making her mark on it with Rogue Squadron. Based on the Rebel Alliance pilots and the X-Wings we’ve come to love, Jenkins’ Rogue Squadron is bringing movie audiences something that we’ve only really gotten a glimpse of throughout the franchise.”

Read more at The Mary Sue

H.E.R., Emerald Fennell, Leslie Odom Jr., and more are the latest invites to join The Academy.

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“Oscar winner Yuh-Jung Youn, who took Supporting Actress in April for Minarialong with a number of her recent fellow acting nominees including Maria Bakalova, Andra Day, Vanessa Kirby, Leslie Odom Jr., Paul Raci, and Steven Yeun, are among the new class of 395 artists and executives who have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.”

Read more at Deadline