Twitter has finally started rolling out its long-awaited edit button after months of beta testing.
The new feature, which gives users the ability to edit their own posted tweets within a 30-minute window, is limited to Twitter Blue subscribers for now.
Twitter’s premium subscription service is currently only available in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand – at a monthly cost of $4.99 / AU$4.49 – but is expected to roll out to more countries in the near future. .
While the new edit button gives Twitter Blue users the option to fix embarrassing mistakes, regular Twitter users can identify edited tweets via a handy ‘last edit’ label (which appears next to a pencil icon bold).
Hello, this is a test to make sure the edit button works, we will let you know how it wentSeptember 29, 2022
By clicking on this ‘last edit’ label, anyone can see a tweet’s edit history (i.e. what changes were made and when), which is presumably Twitter’s solution to maintaining transparency between paying and non-paying users. .
The first edited tweet (see above) was sent by the company’s official Twitter Blue account. The original tweet read “this is a test to make sure the edit button works”, but it was later edited to read “this is a test to make sure the edit button works, we’ll let you know how it went”.
The previous version of the tweet now has a label that says “There is a new version of this tweet. See Latest Tweet” for clarity.
In addition to editable tweets, Twitter Blue gives subscribers more UI customization options, ad-free articles, and the ability to undo tweets via a 60-second countdown timer.
For more Twitter-related content, read why the Twitter edit button isn’t really the feature most people want it to be, or check out our list of three Twitter alternatives if you’re thinking about ditching the service.
Anker’s new pair of headphones are packed with features that may well rival Apple’s AirPods Pro 2.
Called freedom 4 (opens in new tab), the buttons are part of Anker’s Soundcore brand of audio devices. They will house some of the same features as the AirPods Pro 2, including active noise cancellation via HearID ANC and spatial audio. Exclusive to the Liberty 4 is a heart rate monitor nestled in the right earcup, something that should be present in Apple headphones but it was apparently cut off.
As described, you must first activate the heart rate sensor via the Soundcore app (opens in new tab); no other accessories are needed. Soundcore claims that the sensor can measure blood oxygen levels with a small red light on when it is doing so. The company admits that the feature is intended for general health and fitness use rather than being a suitable medical device, so it may not be the most accurate.
Expanding on the other features, Liberty 4’s spatial audio should make users feel completely surrounded by music. The feature is further aided by built-in gyros for dynamic head tracking. That way, no matter how you turn your head, the sound quality remains consistent.
HearID ANC (opens in new tab) (Adaptive Noise Canceling) differs from typical noise canceling features in that it adjusts to the surrounding environment, according to Soundcore. HearID ANC will be more prominent in noisy environments, such as public transport, and less prominent in quiet locations. And thanks to HearID, you can create custom equalizer profiles via the official app for specific types of audio. Music and Movie Modes are also present, which, as the names suggest, are specific audio settings for their respective contents.
Playtime is estimated at nine hours on a single charge, with a maximum of 28 hours when used with the wireless charging case. However, battery life will decrease depending on which feature you have enabled. According to Soundcore, turning on HeadID ANC cuts the playback time to seven hours, and if you add spatial audio it cuts it to five hours.
Liberty 4 looks pretty good on the surface, but we have a few questions.
For starters, there isn’t much information about the speakers. What is known is that each knob houses “two dynamic drivers” that Soundcore claims can produce “clear sound” with “deep bass”. And looking at the product page, there is a certification for LDAC, an audio codec created by Sony (opens in new tab) that ensures high-quality sound power over a wireless connection.
But the most glaring omission is the IPX rating to denote water resistance. While headphones aren’t explicitly fitness devices, it’s not hard to imagine people putting them on before running. It would be great to know how the Liberty 4 headphones stand up to sweat and rain. We will update this story if Soundcore returns our question.
All that said, you can buy a pair of Liberty 4 headphones from the Soundcore website (opens in new tab) for $149.99 ($100 cheaper than the AirPod Pro 2). The only color available is Midnight Black, with the Cloud White version releasing before October 20th.
If the Liberty 4 headphones piqued your interest, check it out The best headphones of 2022. We’ve put together a list that includes the best performing models and the most affordable options.
Garmin has released its latest off-grid adventure device – the inReach Messenger. It’s small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and can send you an SOS message if you’re out of cellphone range and need help.
Whether you’re in the mountains or in another remote location, wearing one of the best Garmin watches to accompany your adventure, this new device, which fits easily in your pocket or backpack, can be invaluable in an emergency.
The inReach Messenger, which is a follow-up to Garmin’s InReach Mini 2, pairs with your phone via the InReach Messenger app and automatically switches to a satellite connection when it detects you’re out of cellphone range.
You can push an SOS button on the side of inReach Messenger in case of an emergency, and a dedicated emergency response team will coordinate a response from a 24/7 center.
Staff can communicate with inReach Messenger to notify emergency services as well as alert the user’s emergency contacts.
In addition to an SOS device, it also acts as a tracker, so friends and family can constantly track your location whether you’re hiking on a local mountain or in the middle of nowhere. The tiny device, which looks like a portable phone charger, measures just 3.1 x 2.5 inches / 7.9 x 6 cm and weighs 14g. It also has a messaging service on its small screen and can even be used to recharge your phone.
The new addition to the Garmin family, which costs $299 / £249.99 / A$469.00 can be used alone, which is handy if you run out of phone battery, but it also pairs with the InReach Messenger app, which pairs with 80 other Garmin devices, including smartwatches, laptops and browsers.
One of the great selling points of the InReach Messenger is the long battery capacity: once fully charged it can last for 28 days, twice the capacity of the InReach Mini 2, which means you can plan a long adventure without worrying about losing the connectivity.
Is the device a game-changer for adventurers?
Fitness tech companies are aware that we want more from our gadgets, including safety features, and this new device gives us a little peace of mind when we’re on an adventure.
Garmin isn’t the first to offer this kind of technology. The Apple Watch has fall detection – alerting your closest contacts or emergency services if you have a bad fall. The Apple Phone 14 also allows you to send an emergency text message via satellite if you are out of cellular or Wi-Fi range.
But it’s the long battery life that’s a real winner – few devices today last more than a few days, let alone nearly a full month. The app, in turn, is a great addition, allowing you to send longer messages to friends or family.
Want to follow the rest of your adventure? Here’s our guide to the best fitness trackers.
After months of massive game delays, an upcoming horror FPS is bucking the trend, releasing a full week earlier than expected.
After a gross gameplay reveal two years ago, and another reveal during Summer Game Fest, the twisted shooter Scorn releases on Friday, October 14th. You will be able to enter their twisted world of biomechanical abominations seven days earlier than previously thought.
Developer Ebb Software didn’t give a reason for the new release date, but it did release a new (appropriately creepy) trailer announcing the change – you can watch it below. Scorn will be exclusive to Xbox Series X|S and PC and will arrive on Xbox Game Pass on launch day
change of pace
The Xbox console exclusive is inspired by the biomechanical art of HR Giger (who you might know better as the visual designer of Ridley Scott’s Alien) and the gothic surrealism of Zdzisław Beksiński (who painted a bunch of gruesome skeleton art that occasionally appears Internet). Expect to see lots of organic looking architecture and robust weapons. It’s all very horrible.
Fans have been waiting a long time for the release of Scorn. The game started as a Kickstarter project in 2017 and was initially slated for release the following year. After that year passed, it was set to 2021, before being pushed back again to this year. It looks like Ebb Software is confident that another delay will not come.
An early release is a novelty in today’s gaming industry. This year has seen a number of big triple-A games delayed as developers recover from pandemic outages and the usual unexpected game development issues. Starfield has been pushed back to 2023, as have Forspoken and Lord of the Rings Gollum. The Legacy of Hogwarts was also delayed along with The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. Ubisoft’s swashbuckler Skull and Bones has also been delayed.
These delays have left a glut of games released in the last few months of this year, creating a short amount of time for Scorn to fit in before all the blockbuster titles eat our time. Like all the best horror games, the developers of Scorn know that timing is important.
If you’re interested in buying a Samsung phone but want to save some money, you’ve probably thought about buying a refurbished phone – buying refurbished technology has become a very popular way to save money on gadgets.
Samsung’s renovation program, called Re-Newed, doesn’t actually sell the company’s newest gadgets. In the UK, the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Note 20 series are the only ones sold, while in the US they join the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy Note 10. But if you want the newest Galaxy S22 or other devices like the Galaxy A53 or tablets , is out of luck.
However, that will change very soon. In a statement to , Samsung confirmed that it plans to expand its Re-Newed line to include newer smartphones in the future, so we can see future models like the Galaxy S23, or perhaps current ones, available at a lower cost.
Refurbished: what’s the problem?
Refurbished or refurbished phones are second hand devices with a big difference. Rather than simply being resold, these devices are tested by engineers to ensure they are ready, and parts are frequently replaced or repaired to ensure the device looks like new.
This type of phone has been sold for years, but with the global cost-of-living crisis in recent years, refurbished technology has become very popular. That’s because these gadgets usually cost a little less than their newer brethren, despite working just as well.
Revamped third-party stores have sprung up to sell this type of gadget, but many brands also sell their own revamped technology, such as Apple. Samsung has also taken an interest in this, but as we’ve already discussed, it hasn’t kept up with its newer devices on offer.
Good news from Samsung
Thanks to various global factors, money is tight for many people around the world, which is why refurbished appliances are especially tempting.
As the world’s biggest phone company, many people look to Samsung phones as their first port of call for a new device, but since the company doesn’t offer its newest handsets via Re-Newed, people would have to look to third-party makeovers. brands to buy newer devices at a low price.
However, renewing your own Samsung phones might be better than allowing third-party companies to do so. As Samsung has easy access to its own components, the process could be cheaper and easier, which would save the buyer money. Plus, the engineers doing the refurbishment would be trained by the company itself, meaning refurbished phones would be of a much higher standard (and buyers will have more peace of mind).
Samsung lets you trade in older phones for cash with newer ones, which means it likely has a large inventory of second-hand phones that can be easily refurbished, so hopefully there will be a big supply for buyers.
And like Apple, Samsung has many physical stores around the world – so instead of ordering your refurbished phone and having it delivered to your home, you can pick it up from the store in person and check it out before you take it home. it. House.
So the expansion of Samsung’s Re-Newed range to newer phones is great news, and will hopefully encourage many more of the company’s fans to buy second-hand gadgets. Now let’s hope that the brand also starts doing the same for its A-series phones and tablets.
Sackboy: A Big Adventure is definitely coming to PC, and another leak points to Returnal launching on the platform as well.
It looked like Sackboy: A Big Adventure was heading to PC after an anonymous list delivered the game a few weeks ago. And this is now official, with the PlayStation Latin America account uploading a trailer – currently unlisted – for the title.
Sackboy: A Big Adventure will launch on PC on Thursday, October 27, according to the trailer description. It looks like it will be joined by Housemarque’s creepy roguelike shooter Returnal, which is fitting given that Sackboy received Returnal-themed DLC last year.
ONE SteamDB listing (opens in new tab) discovered in May was the first hint that Returnal was coming to PC. A month later, in June, screenshots of the PC menus for Sackboy and Returnal were leaked on Reddit and posted to Twitter:
PC screenshots of #Returnal and #SackboyABigAdventure leaked. Credits: glockpopp (Reddit) pic.twitter.com/m900UpYdDmJune 2, 2022
Earlier this month, during a presentation by GDC (via eurogamer (opens in new tab)), Returnal was spotted running on a PC dev kit – a detail uncovered by Digital Foundry’s Alex Battaglia:
Returnal’s presentation of GDC’s VFX and particle work is pretty cool – but I like the bonus that it has to once again confirm the PC version. Debug, read! Link to presentation: pic.twitter.com/xz4CUxqqU3September 5, 2022
The latest leak is a video posted on IconEra (opens in new tab) showing what appears to be Returnal’s graphical PC menu and the various options available. So we’re pretty confident that we’ll see a Returnal PC release soon. There’s more evidence floating around for the port than there is for Sackboy, but as always, with no official word, temper your expectations. Just in case.
A number of PlayStation exclusive games have already been released for PC, including God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn and Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection, which arrived on PS5 earlier this year and will arrive on PC on Wednesday, October 19.
The library of PlayStation exclusive games migrating to PC is growing and will only increase if this trend is anything to go by. With the PS5’s refueling issues refusing to abate, if you have a PC you’ll be in a great position to enjoy the console exclusives appearing on the platform in the interim.
Redmi India has officially confirmed that the Redmi Pad will launch in India on October 4th. It was expected to launch globally and then arrive in India later this year. But it looks like India will see the tablet launch first.
The Redmi Pad will be a budget tablet, unlike the Xiaomi Pad 5, a premium offering. It would go against Realme Pad and Moto Tab G62 in the Indian market. Let’s see what the Redmi Pad would be offering from the recent tablet rumors. The brand has not officially revealed anything other than the first look at the device on social media.
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Redmi Pad: rumored features and specs
The Redmi Pad is rumored to come with a 10.6-inch screen with a 90Hz refresh rate and a resolution of 2000 x 1200 pixels.
Several leakers also report that the MediaTek Helio G99 SoC will power the Redmi Pad. It’s a SoC that we saw recently in the Poco M5, and Motorola has also teased the same for its next phone, the Moto G72.
The Redmi Pad might also come with a four-speaker setup like the Xiaomi Pad 5, and it is also reported that there would be Dolby Atmos certification. It will have an 8,000mAh battery and 18W fast charging.
A single 8MP camera performs the main functions on the back according to the leaks, while we can expect a 5MP sensor on the front.
Android tablets are flourishing
There was a time when you didn’t have a decent tablet on the Android side of the budget. We had to settle for tablets from Lenovo, Samsung and unbranded with too many compromises for the price and didn’t feel value for money.
The case is different now; we have many options in the budget segment, mostly below Rs. 20,000 segments. There’s Realme Pad X, Realme Pad and Realme Pad Mini from Realme, Moto Tab G62 from Moto and Oppo Pad Air from Oppo.
The Redmi Pad would be a great addition to this segment, especially if it comes with Redmi’s aggressive subscription price. Let’s wait for the launch of the tablet to see how Redmi India will place it.
September was a very active year in terms of smartphone launches. Fueled by the festive season and the big sale from Flipkart and Amazon, we saw many significant ones; releases from Apple, Realme, Poco, Redmi, Vivo and more. Phones of various prices were released in September, we saw a few flagships and a lot of budget phones.
October is here, and it will be difficult for the month of October to match the action that September has provided in terms of smartphone launches. Let’s recap all the smartphones that were released in September here.
Release date of: 5th of September
Poco launched the Poco M5 in India on September 5th for a starting price of Rs. 12,499.
It comes with the Mediatek Helio G99 SoC and will be a low-end gaming-centric smartphone. And it is a 4G phone as the Helio series of chipsets are 4G chipsets. The brand has officially teased the smartphone on social media channels, teasing the Mediatek Helio G99 SoC.
Poco has revealed more about his upcoming Poco M5 phone. The brand has revealed the phone’s design, as you can see in the tweets below.
The phone comes with a faux leather back which is something new in the segment. As smartphones started to look very similar to each other, we can see Poco trying to distinguish itself from the others with its large array of Poco-branded cameras, bright yellow color on the back, and now this leather back panel.
Look at this cool ‘like premium leather’ design from #POCOM5. It’s quite mesmerizing to be honest. Launching September 5, 5:30pm globally. #POCOM5 #BuiltToOutperform pic.twitter.com/bXWD0fK4BmAugust 29, 2022
It is a successor to the Poco M4 in India, it comes with a 90Hz FHD+ screen, a 50MP camera and a 5,000mAh battery.
The Mediatek Helio G99 is Mediatek’s latest chipset in the Helio G series of SoCs. It improves on the previous Helio G96 SoC with an improved clock speed of 2.2Ghz versus 2.05Ghz on the Helio G96.
The brand also revealed that the phone will launch on September 5th. Poco Global has also teased the Poco M5s, but there’s no word on the phone’s release here in India.
Release date of: 6th of September
Redmi launched the Redmi A1 in India on September 6th as a Diwali with the launch of Mi. It comes as a low-budget smartphone that will replace the old Redmi Go in India.
It comes with Mediatek Helio A22 SoC, 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. Also with Android Go, with a clean Android experience.
The phone has a 6.5-inch HD+ screen and a 5,000mAh battery backs up this phone. We can also see a stereo speaker setup with the phone in the teasers.
Redmi 11 Prime 5G
Status: Caused by the company
Release date of: 6th of September
Xiaomi launched the Redmi 11 Prime 5G and Redmi 11 4G on September 6.
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It is a renamed variant of the Redmi Note 11E 5G that was previously released in China. The Redmi 11 Prime 5G would come with a 6.58-inch Full HD+ LCD with a 90Hz refresh rate. And it’s powered by the Mediatek Dimensity 700 SoC and we’d have a dual 50MP camera with the phone. The battery would be the usual 5,000mAh. Interestingly, the same phone was previously released in Indonesia as Redmi 10 5G.
Xiaomi is also releasing a 4G variant of the Redmi 11 Prime 5G, the Redmi 11 Prime. Looking at the camera setup, it’s basically a rebranded Poco M5. Take a close look at the camera arrangement between the phones, the camera island is different from the Poco M5, but the cameras and flash are similarly arranged. It usually happens with Redmi and Poco phones when a phone is released on both brands.
The phone is powered by the Mediatek Helio G99 SoC, making it one of the most powerful phones in the segment.
iPhone 14 series
Release date of: September 7
Price: startingLOL. 79,900
Apple released the iPhone 14 series on September 7.
The iPhone 14 series has 4 different phones:
iPhone 14 Plus
iPhone 14 Pro Max
The Mini has the boot and the iPhone 14 takes its place to be the cheapest of the lot. The iPhone 14 Max takes the idea of the Pro Max models being just a bigger phone for the Pro for the regular iPhone lineup. The iPhone 14 Plus will just be the full-size iPhone 14. So there will be two 6.1-inch phones and two 6.7-inch phones.
The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will be the first phones to ditch the bathtub notch, which has been a staple of iPhones since the iPhone X. These two phones will have a hole-and-pill combination instead of the notch. iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max may come with the normal notch. Other than that, the design remains pretty much the same.
Moto Edge 30 Series
Release date of: September 13
Motorola recently launched the Moto X30 Pro in China and it is expected to launch in India as the Moto Edge 30 Ultra. As the phone was launched already in India, let’s talk about the full features and specifications of the phone.
The phone would come with a 6.7-inch AMOLED Full HD+ display with a 144Hz refresh rate. And it will be powered by the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC.
This will be the first phone in India to come with a 200MP camera. And there’s a 50MP ultra wide-angle camera and a 12MP 2x telephoto lens. It comes with a 4610mAh battery and 125W fast charging.
Moto Edge 30 Fusion was also released along with this phone.
iQoo Z6 Lite
Release date of: September 14
Expected price:LOL. 13,999
There have been rumors about this phone floating around on Twitter, and now iQOO has confirmed that the iQoo Z6 Lite will launch on September 14th in India.
It may be the first smartphone to ship with the Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 chipset. Snapdragon is changing its naming schemes to match the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1. This new chipset, according to its naming scheme, will be one in the budget segment and will replace the current Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G in terms of performance and price.
Other than that, this phone will come with a 120Hz LCD, 50MP main camera, and a 5,000mAh battery.
Oppo F21s Series
Status: Caused by the company
Release date of: 15th of September
Oppo is updating its F series with the launch of the F21s Pro and F21s Pro 5G in India. The launch took place on September 15. This lineup will include camera-centric updates such as the inclusion of a new Microlens camera and orbit light feature.
The Microlens camera brings up to 30X microscopic zoom capabilities in macro mode. It’s almost the same microscope camera we saw on the Oppo Find X3 Pro and Realme GT 2 Pro. And the Orbit Light feature brings notification LED functionality to the camera array, with a ring around the camera.
Oppo F21s Pro and Oppo F21s Pro 5G are two different models, the 4G model is powered by Snapdragon 680 SoC while the 5G model is powered by Snapdragon 695 5G SoC.
Release date of: 15th of September
Vivo launched Vivo V25 Pro in India. Since that launch, everyone has been waiting for the rest of the Vivo V25 series phones. Vivo V25 launched globally earlier and has now launched in India.
The Vivo V25 comes with a 6.44-inch AMOLED Full HD+ display and is powered by the Mediatek Dimensity 900 SoC.
It also comes with a triple 64MP camera with OIS. But on the front, there is a 50MP selfie camera. As for the batteries, there is a 4500mAh battery with support for 44W fast charging.
Tecno Camon 19 Pro Mondrian
Release date of: 15th of September
The Tecno Camon 19 Pro Mondrian edition is the first smartphone in India to come with a multi-color rear design. The phone was released globally and is an interesting smartphone with its unique color changing back panel. It’s like the color changing back panel we saw on the Vivo V23 Pro, Vivo V25 Pro and Realme 9 Pro Plus, but it changes colors in a different way, to 7 different colors.
The company launched the regular Tecno Camon 19 Pro in India last month and this phone is expected to have its specs and features. So it might come with a 6.8-inch Full HD+ display and powered by the Mediatek Helio G96 SoC. And there will be 5,000mAh battery with support for 33W fast charging. Another highlight of this phone is the main camera sensor, this phone comes with a 64MP RGBW sensor.
Realme GT Neo 3T
Release date of: September 16
Realme has started to unveil its latest smartphone in the GT series of smartphones, the Realme GT Neo 3T. It comes as an upgrade for the Realme GT Neo 3 smartphone available in India, but may come at a lower price.
Interestingly, it is rumored to carry forward many of the features of the Realme GT Neo 2. It may come with the same Snapdragon 870 SoC and it may also retain the 6.67-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate of the Realme GT. Neo 2.
Then there’s the 64MP primary, 8MP ultra-wide and 2MP macro camera setup that is being held back. As well as the 5,000mAh battery, but fast charging will be increased to 80W, and it has been officially declared by the brand, as you can see in the teasers.
– Episode 6 (of 8), ‘Udûn’ – Written by Nicholas Adams, Justin Doble, J.D. Payne, and Patrick McKay – Directed by Charlotte Brändström ★★★★★
Full spoilers follow for The Rings of Power episodes 1 to 6.
The Rings of Power has made for a dramatically compelling, emotionally wrought, and occasionally lore expansive watch so far. However, the Prime Video show has been lacking in a few key areas – namely, in the action, shock value, and plot pacing departments.
All of those criticisms are blown away (and then some) in Udûn, the high fantasy series’ sixth episode in stunning and spectacular fashion. It’s an entry packed with entertaining and complex set-pieces, gratuitous violence that Game of Thrones would be proud of, and a jaw-dropping ending that paves the way for two tantalizing final episodes before season 1 draws to a close.
In essence, The Rings of Power episode 6 is the series-defining entry Amazon’s Lord of the Rings TV adaptation needed – and it’s one that’ll make even the most critical Tolkien fan sit up and take notice.
A tale of three traps
In a first for the show, the entirety of Udûn takes place in one location, i.e. the Southlands, and sees two key storylines – the Númenorean and Southlander arcs – collide. It’s a highly satisfying creative decision, with the sixth entry’s singular narrative providing an episodic focal point that makes for a more cohesive and thrilling tale.
Under the cover of darkness, Adar leads his orc army to Ostirith, the elven watchtower where the opposing Southlanders have sought refuge. Upon arrival, though, his forces find the outpost abandoned. As they search for anyone hiding, Arondir launches a surprise attack, felling some orcs before he brings down Ostirith’s watchtower using a flaming arrow, which destroys the ropes holding the landmark together. The collapsing tower kills many enemies and sends the others scattering, much to the Southlanders’ delight, who watch from a safe distance.
Meanwhile, on the Númenorean ships heading to Middle-earth to aid the Southlanders, a restless Isildur runs into Galadriel on the vessel’s deck after tending to his horse. The duo engage in a touching conversation that offers an insight into how the death of Isildur’s mother has affected him. It’s a simple but delightful moment that shows how episode 6’s merging storylines might similarly play out in future seasons, allowing more characters to interact with those they’re yet to meet. However, Elendil’s arrival interrupts the pair’s chat and, when Galadriel inquires how Isildur’s mom died after Isildur takes his leave, Elendil responds: “She drowned”. At least now we know.
Regrouping with Bronwyn and company, Arondir – who unsuccessfully tries to destroy the evil sword Theo found – helps the defenders prepare Tirharad for a second wave of orcs. Before the impending attack, Arondir and Bronwyn share a quiet, romance-laden moment centered on the significance of alfirin seeds, which elves traditionally plant on the eve of battle so that new life can grow “in defiance of death”. Interestingly, Adar conducted a similar ritual in the episode’s opening scene. Is this a sign that he’s potentially redeemable? Or just that he holds onto his old elven heritage despite his corrupted turn? In our view, certainly the latter.
As night falls, Adar sends another garrison to attack the Southlanders – a suitably tension-fuelled scene that acts as a mini-Helm’s Deep-like sequence (complete with Bear McCreary’s creeping score) from The Two Towers. Unbeknownst to them, the humans have planned a second ambush, penning the orcs into the village square with flaming carts before Arondir leads some Southlander archers in downing their foes with a volley of arrows.
Unlike their first surprise attack, though, the Southlanders’ second plan quickly falls apart. The orcs turn the tables on the defenders, killing some with their own arrow-based riposte and breaking through the fire cart line to head to the village tavern, where the Southlands’ old and young are assembled.
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Multiple skirmishes break out as the Southlanders defend their positions, with frenetic close-quarters combat ensuing between the two sides. Arondir engages a giant orc, who quickly overpowers the elf and, after pinning the bloodied and disoriented Arondir to the well outside the tavern, seems set to kill him. Not even a makeshift wooden dagger to the eye stops the orc, whose black, oozing blood drips menacingly onto Arondir’s face as he prepares to deliver the telling blow using the same stopgap weapon on the struggling elf.
Luckily, Bronwyn arrives and kills the orc brute before it can finish off Arondir, a symbolic moment that reflects how the townsfolk have survived by the skin of their teeth.
Their celebrations are short-lived, though. Shockingly, it’s revealed that many of the ‘orcs’ – disguised by bone armor and dirty cloaks – were the Southlanders who left with turncoat Waldreg to join Adar’s army in episode 5, meaning Bronwyn and company have just killed their own kind. It’s a heart-wrenching scene, but Arondir and the Southlanders don’t have time to take stock of what’s just gone down.
Springing an ambush of their own, Adar’s orcs murder many Southlanders in a hail of arrows while severely injuring others – Bronwyn and Tredwill included. Other orcs rush from the treeline as the remaining Southlanders (and Arondir) retreat to the safety of the tavern. Inside, Tredwill succumbs to his injuries, while Arondir and Theo use the remaining alfirin seeds to seal Bronwyn’s wounds to stop her bleeding out. The resulting ‘Bronwyn is dead’ fake out is a bit unnecessary, but it’s a minor criticism that can be overlooked in the context of an emotionally impactful scene.
Charge of the light brigade
With little in the way of resistance, Adar and his forces breach the tavern, seize Arondir and Theo (so they can’t fight back) and demand the Southlanders hand over the evil sword. Arondir refuses, leading Adar to command his orcs to start slowly and brutally killing those left alive. It makes for harrowing viewing and, in some ways, makes a mockery of naysayers who claim The Rings of Power isn’t a distressing, gratuitously violent show on occasion.
It’s not until Bronwyn is threatened that Theo agrees to hand the hilt over, much to Arondir’s dismay. Apologizing to the elf, Theo reveals the sword handle’s hiding place, which an emotional Adar recovers it from. Similar to the bait and switch nature of Bronwyn’s seeming death, it’s a scene that’s a bit curious, given that Arondir told Bronwyn that he’d be the only one who would know where Arondir has hidden the hilt. Seeing that Theo knows where it is, then, is a slight narrative misstep. Again, though, it’s a small issue that can be forgiven in the context of the episode.
Just as Adar prepares to celebrate – and hand Waldreg a new mission – the tables turn yet again.
Having raced to Tirharad, Galadriel and the Númenoreans ride through the village, sweeping all before them. Invigorated by the sound of their saviors’ thundering hooves, Tirharad’s populace fights back inside the tavern, overwhelming their orc oppressors.
The action is hard-fought, frantic, energetic, and satisfyingly choreographed. That’s to be expected for a show of this scale and scope, but it’s no less thrilling and packed with stand-out moments. Galadriel’s effortless Ukrainian Cossack-style riding, Halbrand and Isildur coming to Elendil’s rescue, and the subtle references – albeit on a smaller scale – to that Helm’s Deep cavalry charge are three such engrossing instances. The Rings of Power has taken its time to deliver a grand set-piece for fans to marvel at, so it’s fantastic to see episode 6 do so in such striking fashion.
A brief encounter between Galadriel and Arondir follows, with the former (and Halbrand) giving chase to Adar after Arondir alerts him to the sword hilt. One tense forest-based pursuit sequence later and the duo combine to bring Adar’s horse down and take the former elf captive. Well, once Galadriel stops Halbrand from killing Adar after the latter goads the former, anyway.
The Southlanders and Númenoreans celebrate a job well done, with many of the two storylines’ major characters finally mingling to pleasing effect. That includes Galadriel and Adar, who engage in a bitter and suspense-filled conversation about the darkness each carries within them; a scene superbly accentuated by director Charlotte Brändström’s effective use of dutch tilt cinematography. Of equal intrigue is Adar’s revelation that he’s what’s known as an Uruk – a First Age elf who was kidnapped and tortured by Morgoth, Sauron’s master, before Adar helped to create the orcs. It’s an intriguing reference to the Uruk-Hai from The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and likely one that long-time Tolkien fans might bristle at.
Anyway, Adar reveals that Sauron planned to devote himself to healing Middle-earth, with the dark lord wanting to “unite” all races under his tyrannical rule. Sauron experimented on orcs with an unseen kind of dark magic, but failed to make a breakthrough. Even so, the countless orc lives he threw away in pursuit of his goals alienated Adar, who says he killed Sauron – sure, we believe you, Adar – and led his orc followers to the Southlands to make it their new home.
In a role reversal from earlier, Halbrand appears before an increasingly hot-headed Galadriel moves to kill Adar for his ongoing provocations. The duo head off to a nearby stream and engage in a heart-to-heart; one seemingly dripping with sexual tension before they’re interrupted by a Númenorean soldier.
A new region rises
Back at camp, an amiable first conversation between Queen Míriel and Bronwyn makes way to Halbrand revealing his true identity to the Southlanders, who cheer at their king-in-waiting’s overdue return.
Bu there’s one final sting in the tail. After a father-son style chat between Arondir and Theo, the former gives the sword hilt to the latter. Arondir tells Theo the only way he’ll be free of its influence is if he gives it to the Númenoreans to drop to the bottom of the ocean when they head home.
However, when Theo unwraps the blanket the handle is wrapped in, he’s startled to see it’s been replaced by an ordinary axe. Oh, Adar, you sly dog.
We jump cut to Waldreg – a fun piece of juxtaposition, given the previous scene involving Theo, who also wielded the sword and nearly succumbed to its power – we see the Southland traitor using his blood to craft a new blade from the sword’s handle. He plunges it into the ground – remember earlier in the episode when Adar saw the rock formation of the sword and Sauron’s helm? Yeah, that’s significant here – and turns it like a key, unlocking part of the Ostilith dam overlooking the Southlands.
Water rushes through the valley, interrupting a heart warming chat between Isildur and Elendil as it does so. Earthquakes begin to shake the Southlands as the gushing water travels through the tunnels dug by the orcs towards the mountains, where it meets a colossal lava pool inside a dormant volcano. The concentrated steam pressure causes the volcano to erupt, spewing fiery rocks that rain down on the Númenoreans and Southlanders. Those not killed by the falling debrief are forced to seek refuge from, or soon engulfed by, the rapidly approaching, storm-fuelled ash cloud.
Except for Galadriel, that is. Paralyzed by shock, the elven commander simply stands in place as the ash cloud approaches, overwhelming her (and the camera) as the camera cuts to black. Welcome to Mordor, everyone.
The Rings of Power episode 6 is the series’ most thrilling, triumphant, and torturous installment yet. After five weeks of waiting, Amazon’s Lord of the Rings TV show delivers a number of visually spectacular set-pieces, with every one sure to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end.
Udûn marries these sequences expertly with the engrossing drama and more intimate moments we’ve come to expect from the franchise, too, while each major player gets their chance to shine, whether it’s in action or verbal capacity. Put together, it makes for a highly pleasing equilibrium across all aspects of its narrative and overall production.
Its ending is sure to be divisive – previously loose interpretations of Tolkien’s iconic source material have been so among diehard fans – but, frankly, who cares? It’s a momentous event for the show’s overarching plot and Middle-earth’s history, and one that’ll have major repercussions moving forward.
There are episodes in a show’s lifespan that define how they’re viewed through a prestige-style TV lens for years and decades to come. Game of Thrones’ The Rains of Castamere, Breaking Bad’s Ozymandias, Black Mirror’s San Junipero, Dallas’ A House Divided, The Sopranos’ College… the list goes on. Udûn is the spine-tingling moment that The Rings of Power fully announces itself to the world – and it’ll take something truly special to top it in subsequent seasons.
The Rings of Power episodes 1 to 6 are available to stream now on Prime Video.
These are the hype times, and the hype machine keeps on working. But even after making room for it, the anticipation and buzz that surrounded the release of Mani Ratnam’s album Ponniyin Selvan 1 – hit theaters around the world today – has been impressive. Even in distant nations, where Tamil films are only superficially released, they are taking a different path to Ponniyin Selvan. For example, in Sweden, great films in Tamil are released on a single, undefined screen. But Ponniyin Selvan is being released in 3 theaters, including an Imax. This is unheard of for a Tamil film in recent times is what the locals say.
Can a movie that comes with that expectation live up to it? Well, before we get into what the critics say, here is a brief recap of what the film is all about and why it matters to Tamil audiences.
history of history
Ponniyin Selvan is a five part historical fiction series based on the life of Arulmozhi Varman, who later became the great Chola Emperor Rajaraja Chola I. Written by famous author ‘Kalki’ Krishnamoorthy, the 2000+ page novel was first published time as a weekly offering in Tamil Magazine Kalki from October 29, 1950 to May 16, 1954. The story is basically a saga of the power struggle between the three popular southern kingdoms—Chola, Chera, and Pandiyan.
The novel, with its bold narrative and Kalki’s elaborate prose, has captured the imagination of Tamils for several decades, and the book is among the best sellers in Tamil and has been translated into several languages with equal success.
The book fascinated filmmakers, and many of them, including the legendary MG Ramachandran, and the most talented Tamil filmmaker Kamal Haasan, among others, wanted to bring the novel to life on celluloid. But for various reasons, most notably the daunting nature of the task, the movie version of the beloved book never materialized. And then director Mani Ratnam, whose films are often a far cry from historical ones, began the task three years ago.
And despite the pandemic and the lockdown, the man managed to shoot the film in two parts, and the first part is already in theaters. The film has a star-studded cast – consisting of Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Jayam Ravi, Karthi, Trisha, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Sobhita Dhulipala, Prabhu, Sarathkumar, Vikram Prabhu, Jayaram, Prakash Raj, Rahman, and the music is by AR Rahman and camera by Ravi Varman.
Despite Mani Ratnam’s undisputed class and style, and regardless of the talent of the vast and the crew, the question that kept ringing was: can a book like this Ponniyin Selvanthat captured the public’s imagination in countless ways, to be successfully made into a movie?
Positive words, mostly
Going by the early reviews of the film, the answer seems to be a big ‘yes’. Mani Ratnam, early reports suggest, has the winner in his hands. “…Mani Ratnam finally brings the dream to life with this spectacular adaptation that superbly captures the intrigue, emotion and page-turning quality of the books,” said the reviewer for India’s leading newspaper. India times (opens in new tab). Writers Jeyamohan and Ilango Kumaravel, the review added, have condensed the novel admirably, with the changes adding to the narrative momentum.
“The soul of Kalki’s book is effectively maintained. The characters’ motives are never really questioned as the plot keeps you well aware of what’s at stake.” another reviewer said (opens in new tab).
On Twitter, where the noise is always loud for these releases, the first words were no less flattering. a user @Darktoevsky (opens in new tab) said: “Period film with zero western influence so ingrained, original, mostly live locations. First of its kind at South Indian Cinema (sic).”
Film producer and Kollywood personality Dhananjayan (opens in new tab) tweeted: “#PonniyinSelvan is brilliant teamwork led by #ManiRatnam sir @arrahman @sreekar_prasad DoP #Ravivarman #ThottaTharani and others. Every Tamil will be proud of this epic film by @MadrasTalkies_@LycaProductions. Narrated so well. Don’t miss out on Theater experience 👏🏆😇 (sic).”
Amidst all this commotion, there was also a set of fans from the Telugu States who claimed that the film was boring and less interesting. The response from Tamil fans was that these fans did not want Ponniyin Selvan overshadow Bahubali.
Well the fan fight, well this is a much more intense battle than anything the kings in Ponniyin Selvan may have fought.