The Cloverfield Theory: How The Cloverfield Paradox Links All 3 Films

Cloverfield 10 Cloverfield Lane The Cloverfield ParadoxAfter the surprise Netflix release of The Cloverfield Paradox, many are still left wondering how all 3 Cloverfield films are connected. While the recent film was marketed as explaining why the Cloverfield Monster first appeared in 2008’s film, numerous fans feel they were lied to. My goal here is to give you my theory as to what’s happening on the fringes of these three films and how we may begin to see some connections. To do this, I have to provide a bunch of backstory and elements from the ARG. The ARG for those of you that don’t know is the online campaign that Bad Robot releases in the months surrounding the release of a Cloverfield film.

So first off, I’d like to let you know that this article will primarily focus on non-film events. Any film events discussed will solely be for the purposes of linking the worlds of the Cloverfield films and clarifying any confusion that may arise. Therefore, certain events will be left out.

Companies/Groups:

Tagruato: A Japanese deep-sea drilling company with 14 stations across the world. The company was founded in 1945 by Kantaro Tagruato originating as a mining company called “Hand of Power.” In the 80’s, the company went bankrupt and was exposed for shady business practices. So, in 1989 the company was sold to Ganu Yoshida who renamed the company for the original owner. Yoshida was the one who pivoted the company to deep-sea drilling. The first station, the Jimmu Station was opened on Friday, June 14th, 1991. Yoshida later began smaller companies, funded by Tagruato. We’ll get into these companies in the subsidiaries section. The latest drilling station opened by Tagruato is Chua Station, which will become a primary focus of the first Cloverfield film. A whistleblower contacting purchasers of Slusho! merchandise told of a dark secret within the Chua Station. The secret was later revealed to be that there was no oil where the Chua Station was built, something Tagruato must have known before the station was constructed. Likely began tracking the Cloverfield monster before its New York arrival. The CEO was said to be in NYC at the time of the monster’s attack. In 2018, Tagruato began development on a revolutionary new energy technology. They hoped to have it running by April 18th, 2028. In 2022 they announced the Cloverfield Energy Initiative (CEI) which would help power the world through clean energy solutions. In 2028, the Cloverfield Station launched. The station housed the Shepard particle accelerator.

Subsidiaries:

Slusho!: Japanese energy drink. Contains a secret ingredient that “makes you feel happy, no matter what.” The secret ingredient was revealed to be Kaitei No Mitsu, or seabed nectar. The drink planned to go worldwide around 2008. Seabed nectar seems to have a negative effect on the body when not consumed frozen. Seabed nectar may potentially be a part of the monster’s body (either blood or skin).

Yoshida Medical Research (YMS): Specializes in searching for cures to the world’s deadliest diseases. Developed dive vehicles allowing for further exploration and sample recovery at unprecedented depths in an attempt to help map future Seabed nectar sites.

Bold Futura: Specializes in design and manufacturing of advanced technological products. Ex. Satellites, tanks, ships, etc. Worked on weather technology as well as centrifugal force-based artificial gravity. In 2008, the company began searching for a downed portion of the Japanese government’s Chimpanzee satellite. Their satellite Hatsui was instrumental in the search and identification of the Chimpanzee satellite fragment off the coast of New York. Yet due to the landfall of the Cloverfield monster, attempts to recover the satellite had been halted.

ParaFUN! Wax Distributors: Sells paraffin wax and products used for spaceship maintenance.

T.I.D.O. Wave: An eco-terrorist group which united together in an attempt to take down Tagruato. According to T.I.D.O. Wave, Tagruato has been doing terrible things behind the scenes. Apparently, a Tagruato biologist made an amazing discovery, then was mysteriously killed along with his family in a gas leak shortly after retirement. All of his files and equipment had gone missing. The group later sent spies to the Chua Station to shut down Tagruato. In 2022, the group hoped to prevent Tagruato’s Cloverfield Energy Initiative, they felt it was a cover for a reckless experiment. They claim Tagruato wants to steal the world’s energy.

US Navy: During project SeaSat found something much larger than Soviet Spy satellites. Engaged in a large-scale cover-up. Since WWII, the North Atlantic (where Chua station is located) is the most heavily monitored part of the ocean. Therefore, the Navy likely knew something about the monsters and/or aliens.

 

Monsters/Aliens:

Monsters:

The Cloverfield Monster: An insect-like monster which can grow up to miles tall.

The monster from the first Cloverfield film was a baby who has been down in the water for thousands of years. Seemingly awakened in late 2007 and killed by military bombs in       2008 after a rampage in New York City.

The Cloverfield Kishin manga tells us there are numerous Cloverfield monster eggs in the ocean. Most are far from hatching.

The end of The Cloverfield Paradox features a much larger Cloverfield monster, perhaps the mother or father of the original Cloverfield monster, or maybe a different one entirely. Should the monster be a mother or father, they could be separated by dimensions. The parent looking for their child, despite the child being dead 20 years in the past in an alternate dimension.

Parasites:

Cloverfield Parasites: Little creatures which attach themselves to the Cloverfield monster and later participate in the rampage in NYC.

Aliens:

Worm-like aliens: Scouts for the larger aliens, perhaps spawned from the worms onboard the Cloverfield station after the particle accelerator explosion. Or unrelated.

Tentacled-spaceship: The Black Knight satellite. A potential hybrid of the Cloverfield station with biological material. Or unrelated. Pictured below.

 

Important Characters:

Jamie Lascano: Appears briefly in Cloverfield passed out at the party. Yet her role in the ARG is far more prominent. She sent 11 videos to her boyfriend Teddy while he was working somewhere far away. In video 2 she receives a gift from Teddy which she’s told not to open until December 9th (video 5). The gift contains Slusho! merchandise, “evidence” of raw seabed nectar, and a message from Teddy. After consuming the evidence despite warning, she goes insane. She likely dies during the first Cloverfield film.

Teddy Hanssen: A T.I.D.O. Wave member who hid as a worker at the Chua station> He was later captured by Tagruato. He tells Jamie to “wait for Randy.” He claims that Tagruato has found something on the station or that they’re making something. Teddy has been missing since December 7th, 2007, and he’s likely killed during the collapse of the Chua Station.

Howard Stambler (aka Radioman70): A former member of the US Navy who worked on the mission SeaSat. The mission was supposed to track Soviet satellites during the cold war yet they found something bigger. The navy kept whatever they found a secret. After joining Tagruato in 2009, he was also Bold Futura’s employee of the month for February of 2016. He likely joined to spy on the company and learn more about project SeaSat. He’s a telemetry analyst and conspiracy theorist who uses the screenname Radioman70 online. His wife divorced him and took custody of their daughter, Megan. Howard attempted to get into contact with his daughter through a secret website. He warns Megan that the end of the world is coming. It is later revealed that he has been kidnapping women and killing them if they do not comply with becoming his “new Megan.”

Nikolai Roza: Bold Futura’s March employee of the month. Another former member of the navy and friend/enemy of Howard Stambler. He’s discovered the image of an alien ship which he shares with Howard (albeit some people now believe this image to look more like the Cloverfield Station from The Cloverfield Paradox). In the context of 10CL, the ship appears to line up with the real-life conspiracy theory of the Black Knight Satellite. The satellite is said to have been orbiting Earth for over 13,000 years, perhaps monitoring Earth searching for something.

Mark Stambler: A physics professor based in New York. Howard’s brother from another dimension. Mark is a fellow conspiracy theorist and author of The Cloverfield Paradox book. In the book, he details how the Shepard particle accelerator could cause rifts in time and space. He seems to contact the alternate universe version of himself, who has trouble believing anything he says. Yet in the conversation, he confirms Howard’s discoveries as legitimate.

 

Dimensions:

A (Cloverfield): What seems like the main universe, spawning Tagruato and their shady practices. The world is largely fine until the late 2007 awakening of the Cloverfield monster under the Chua station. The Chimpanzee satellite crashes into the Atlantic Ocean in April of 2008, a month before the Cloverfield monster’s landfall. The crash landing is said to have attracted the monster to NYC.

B (10 Cloverfield Lane): Seemingly a normal 2016 until the alien invasion in March of 2016. Granted, it’s possible that this world is on the brink of an energy crisis. This is alluded to with the massive power outages which many originally thought were the result of monster/alien attacks. The alien attack also causes an EMP which shuts down most electrical equipment (and likely much of this Earth’s energy) in the process.

C (The Cloverfield Paradox Dimension 1): A world in the midst of an energy crisis, energy resources will exhaust within 5 years. Tagruato wishes to solve the problem through the CEI. The Cloverfield station transports to dimension D, releasing monsters across different dimensions and timelines before returning to dimension C. When the astronauts return and land in the ocean, giant Cloverfield monsters have been wreaking havoc.

D (The Cloverfield Paradox Dimension 2): A war-torn world, seems like WWIII. Full allegiances are unclear, but Russia and Germany are on opposite sides. Upon firing the particle accelerator, the Cloverfield station is destroyed and crashes into the Atlantic Ocean.

 

Timelines:

1940ish –  Overlord: Details currently unknown. Will likely delve into the origins of Tagruato. Current plot synopsis describes fighting against supernatural forces apart of a Nazi experiment. The Japanese were allied with the Nazis in WWII.

2007-8 – Cloverfield: Sometime in 2007 an incident takes place in the Chua Station far off the coast of New York where someone “sends something they shouldn’t have.” This someone later seems to be Teddy Hanssen. The Chua Station was also later reported to not have any oil, so what were they drilling for? Seabed nectar. On December 27th, 2007 the Chua Station falls into the ocean. An anonymous source sent a video of the collapse. Tagruato never mentioned the incident. Many claimed an oil spill was visible in the video, yet since no oil was present at the station, it is more likely that what was originally perceived as oil was actually a Cloverfield monster. Workers in an escaping life boat witnessed parts of the station being thrown out of the sea. Tagruato later claimed the collapse was due to an explosion from T.I.D.O. Wave, despite no explosions in the video of the collapse.

In April of 2008, the Chimpanzee (or ChimpanzIII) satellite lands in the ocean (could it actually be part of the Cloverfield station?). If we’re to believe that the Chimpanzee satellite idea was scrapped, the debris could easily be the part of the Cloverfield station which was severed in order to save the rest of the ship. During the second particle accelerator overload, the severed bit of the station could have traveled across dimensions and time. Personally, I like this theory. Tagruato has been known to cover up things in the past, so making up a Chimpanzee satellite when the debris is actually part of the alternate reality future’s Cloverfield station is not that far fetched.

On May 23rd, 2008 the Cloverfield monster makes landfall in New York City and is killed shortly after.

The film itself however, is displayed as a documentary in the past tense by the Department of Defense. It is unknown when the film was put together or released to the public in-universe.

2016 – 10 Cloverfield Lane: In 2016, an alien invasion causes the majority of America’s (if not the world’s) population to be destroyed. The survivors make note of successful human resistance efforts with the southern coast of North America liberated.

Side note: Emmet seems to see the red flash of light from the particle accelerator explosion before entering Howard’s bunker. Astronauts on the ISS also reported seeing the red flash of light. Emmet also mentions Howard’s theories about mutant space worms. What film featured worms in space? The Cloverfield Paradox.

2028-2030 –  The Cloverfield Paradox: Despite taking place in the future, The Cloverfield Paradox serves as a pseudo-prequel to the two prior Cloverfield films. The Cloverfield Station launches in 2028, hoping to solve the energy crisis. The world will run out of energy in 5 years. The mission could last as little as 6 months but instead takes 2 years.

In 2030, the Shepard particle accelerator catastrophe caused the appearances of monsters and aliens across various timelines and dimensions, ex. 2008’s appearance of the Cloverfield monster vs. 2016’s alien invasion. The paradox is because the aliens/monsters would have always existed but only started existing after the particle accelerator explosion. Furthermore, the explosion seems to occur in most if not all dimensions as we can see from Jensen’s (Elizabeth Debicki)’s world. Yet to occur in the 10CL or Cloverfield timeline, would have to occur after aliens/monsters already inhabit the Earth.

In dimension C, giant Cloverfield monsters (yes, plural) appear to be attacking the United States. While the precise location is still unknown, some buildings in the background point to Los Angeles.

In dimension D, Russia is at war with the rest of the world it seems. Which makes life aboard the Cloverfield station tense as Germany wants to take out Russia before completing the renewable energy solution. Russia is also teased to be a threat in both 10CL and dimension C.

And if Tagruato wasn’t actually trying to make unlimited energy like T.I.D.O. Wave says, was the goal to create this rift? Perhaps so they could harvest more seabed nectar, or even just begin harvesting it in the first place?

 

Possible Conclusions:

I think every Earth/Dimension has a Cloverfield Station at some point in time, built for varying yet similar reasons.

Monsters and aliens show up at different points in time, having varying effects on the respective worlds. Repercussions of the particle accelerator failure can be witnessed at various points in time as well, regardless of whether or not the Cloverfield Station exists in that world yet or not. The aliens may be monitoring Earth to find their lost monsters while the monsters may be rampaging to find their lost family members. In other words, the aliens and monsters are all from the same dimension yet dispersed across different ones.

The Black Knight satellite could be the aliens waiting until their monsters finally make an appearance on Earth, only they never will because they’re in a different dimension. Baby Cloverfield monster could be looking for his parents, yet can’t find them because they too are in a different dimension. They’re all attracted to the debris from space or repercussions of the particle accelerator explosion because that’s how they were brought to their respective Earths in the first place and believe that’s how they’ll get home as well.

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All Of The Black Mirror Episodes Ranked From Worst to Best

Season 4 of Black Mirror hit Netflix this past Friday, so I viewed it as good a time as any to rank the episodes. The rankings will include episodes from season 4, so skip over those descriptions if you wish to avoid spoilers. For those of you that do not know, Black Mirror is an anthology series revolving around technology. The series is highly dystopic, with many episodes ending quite depressingly. And as you’ll discover in a moment, I love the series.

19. Metalhead

As the penultimate episode of season 4, Metalhead marks the series’ first foray into black and white. Sadly, Metalhead serves as the only episode of Black Mirror in which I don’t consider a good episode. It’s an episode I’d suggest anyone could skip over and lose absolutely nothing. Metalhead doesn’t provide the moral complexity of any other episode of the series and instead, it simply serves as a sci-fi chase film.

While some may enjoy the episode for its relatively short 44min runtime and potentially tense atmosphere, there’s nothing under the surface. Nearly every other episode of the show has a degree of rewatchability, yet I can’t see myself revisiting Metalhead anytime soon. The episode also has some of the worst cinematography of the series, most notably in its car chase sequence. The sub-par CGI for the dog was also surprising considering how good the creatures looked in the season 4 premiere episode, U.S.S. Callister.

18. Men Against Fire

While I love the core idea of creating subservient soldiers, the execution of Men Against Fire brings the episode toward the bottom of my list. Like Metalhead, Men Against Fire is the penultimate episode of its season (season 3), making me question if the creators knowingly put the worst episode of the season second to last. This way, viewers have already seen the majority of the season and would likely continue to the last episode even if they disliked this one.

Conspiracy theories out of the way, Men Against Fire fails to hit as hard as the other episodes of Black Mirror. Perhaps due to a lack of sufficient explanation as to why the normal citizens would still hate the Roaches if they saw them for what they were, human. While I enjoyed the dark parallels to the Nazi regime, the episode failed to completely connect. There were also some more poor instances of shaky cam in the action scene where Stripe kills his second Roach. I found it hard to tell what was happening as he tackled the Roach to the ground and eventually stabbed it. In a series where the filming and execution are typically outstanding, these minor issues become more glaring.

17. Nosedive

Nosedive is just one of those episodes I had a tough time getting through, mainly because of how cringy the world is. While done on purpose, the characters are so over the top they’re hard to watch. The grounding provided by the brother is too few and far between, so instead we’re left with overly perky Lacie. Nosedive becomes one of the episodes where I wonder how the technology became so mainstream in the first place, making the entire thing harder to digest. The episode ends on a great note however, with Lacie reveling in the freedom from the point system.

16. The National Anthem

The first episode of Black Mirror, frankly, just isn’t a very memorable one. What I do remember though, were reassurances from my friends that most episodes are better. That’s not to say the episode is bad, quite the contrary, it’s just that The National Anthem fails to stand out amongst the greatness of later episodes. I’d even go so far as to say the episode feels like it belongs more to a procedural cop show than Black Mirror. We deal largely with the UK’s Parliament as they scramble to come up with a solution to the mystery, and the episode doesn’t contain any futuristic technology. So, while the black comedy of The National Anthem sure is enjoyable, it pales in comparison to the bleak near-futures we glimpse in the rest of the series.

15. Crocodile

Crocodile serves as one of many instances in Black Mirror of a failure to properly communicate. Should Mia and Rob properly discuss the cover-up of their hit and run, Mia’s later murder spree would never have happened. The episode’s cinematography is incredible, largely due to Iceland’s inherent picturesque nature.

But, the base story feels avoidable. I far more enjoyed the character of Shazia and her journey than Mia’s turn toward insanity. I just never fully bought that Mia could turn to killing 3 people and a baby so quickly. Perhaps because we didn’t see much of her personal life or her work as an architect, but Mia never became compelling enough. If the story unfolded from Shazia’s perspective instead, having her end up discovering Mia’s murders alongside the viewer before switching to Mia after her death, I feel the story would have been more engaging. It would have also allowed for a greater look at the memory recorder as Mia interviews subjects during her day to day.

14. Arkangel

Marie is just a bad mom addicted to helicopter parenting. The story was good but largely predictable and many of the episode’s plot beats could’ve been resolved with some discussion. I also feel the effort to make season 4 a bit more upbeat than previous seasons is mainly the cause of the episode not resulting in the mom’s death. Arkangel instead becomes a cautionary tale, to let children grow up and make mistakes for themselves.

The most interesting parts of the episode however, come from the notion that Arkangel is being discontinued and Sara’s friends view the technology as crippling. The main reason I find these ideas really interesting is that we don’t often get that in Black Mirror episodes. Instead of technology being under scrutiny, or discontinued, the world seems to fully buy into these horrible and dystopic ways of life. So, I was glad to see that addressed in the failure for Arkangel to launch nationwide. Being able to witness everything a person sees and then censor it is too potentially damaging to a child’s development. Let alone the potential implications of the technology being used to subjugate the populace.

13. Be Right Back

This was another tough one for me to get through, primarily because of how emotionally crippling it is. Be Right Back grants us two incredible performances from Hayley Atwell (who plays Martha) and Domhnall Gleeson (who plays Ash) as the former struggles with the death of her boyfriend. In an attempt to cope, Ash is resurrected via an android using his social media profiles to create a near-copy. The episode is at its highest point as Martha learns the android Ash isn’t the same man she fell in love with. Yet I feel ending on the cliff, with viewers uncertain as to Ash’s fate would’ve been the better option. Instead, the ending we get is a bit confusing– though properly depressing in true Black Mirror fashion.

12. The Waldo Moment

One of the more lighthearted episodes of the series, The Waldo Moment primarily succeeds due to it being topical in hindsight. With parallels able to be drawn to both the Trump election and the running of Lord Buckethead in the UK election, the episode served as a predictor for the diminishing legitimacy of politics. Yet, as with many Black Mirror episodes, they are only as good as their endings. And the ending of The Waldo Moment may take a bit longer to process. My read is that while Waldo failed to win the election, he won in the end– and seemingly turned the world into a totalitarian regime. Coincidence? Perhaps. But when everything is a joke, when can we stop to fight against oppression without ruining the fun?

 

11. Playtest

While Wyatt Russell’s central performance in this episode may be among the weakest in Black Mirror, the surroundings far and away make up for it. Fears of a distressed parent combined with a horror video game simulation make for an intense and intriguing episode. Despite the potentially fatal results of the game, I certainly found myself wanting to try out the horror experience. Only until the Inception-level events at the end of Playtest did I feel the game would probably be too intense.

10. Shut Up and Dance

I can’t help but feel this episode was inspired by Nerve, which received a film adaption the same year. Both the film and this episode seem to have received largely mixed reviews, but I guess I’m a sucker for the concept. Shut Up and Dance does pull off general premise and twists a bit better though, with the forced compliance seemingly only done to criminals. And while I could see the inevitable leak of the information regardless of compliance occurring, the twist that the porn was child porn was indeed unexpected. It was also a fun surprise to see Bronn from Game of Thrones pop up in an episode of Black Mirror.

 

9. The Entire History Of You

The Entire History of You marks one of the shows earliest successes depicting technology mixed with a family drama. The story of a cheating spouse leading to uncertainty as to the parentage of a child is not a new one, but when seen through a technology that allows events to be revisited becomes all the more haunting. But I can’t help but wonder why a paternity test was out of the question. Black Mirror even retreads similar ground in its later episode White Christmas and does it better by adding more layers to the plot. Jealousy continues to remain a driving force in Black Mirror‘s interpersonal relationships all the way up to the season 4 finale.

8. Black Museum

As a huge fan of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, Black Museum was always going to be a favorite of mine. The best decision the episode made was to not have it purely serve as a nostalgia archive of the previous seasons. Instead, the artifacts we spend the most time on in the museum are entirely new. And the three stories we’re told aren’t merely connected as objects in the museum, as we later discover. The first of the three sub-stories is definitely my favorite however, and I feel the Pain Addict could make a great Batman villain.

7. Hated in the Nation

Hated in the Nation may contain the most practical technology in all of Black Mirror. Should extinction truly face bees, I can very clearly see a drone replacement being created– which makes the episode all the more troubling. And the sheer death count by the end of the episode may be a new high for the series.

In terms of the characters, I’d be totally down for a spin-off or recurring role for Blue, Karin, and Shaun as they solve high-tech crimes– almost like a Sherlock for cybercriminals.

6. White Bear

White Bear successfully employs both paranoia and complacency to create one of the better episodes of the series. The episode thrives on the carnivalesque, exacerbated by the incredible twist ending. Yet to imagine we’d go so far as to use torture as an amusement park is a disturbing thought. I can only imagine how many other similar parks exist in that world.

5. Fifteen Million Merits

In Black Mirror’s earliest foray into complete dystopia’s, Fifteen Million Merits truly makes me fear advertisements. A world which forces us to watch ads is a world I never want to live in. Let alone that most of humanity or at least the lower class is purely farmed for energy. In both a world and episode filled with so much despair, it’s nice to see that selfless still exists– I can’t say I would’ve done the same.

The end of the episode creates large parallels to Network, where the possibility of death becomes the biggest rating motivator. Bing’s cries for a change in the system only result in him conforming and becoming apart of it.

4. Hang the DJ

The Matrix for dating. Hang the DJ‘s virtual world has Black Mirror continuing to question the humanity of torturing virtual consciousness. While no time has passed for the real Frank and Amy, a thousand simulations have been conducted spanning who knows how many virtual years. But aside from the question of what can a virtual consciousness be subjected to, Hang the DJ has us question dating on numerous levels.

As sweet as the episode’s final moments are, dating is presented as mindnumbing. Drifting from one relationship to another hoping to find the one, Hang the DJ‘s dating app looks to solve that– for the real user.

3. U.S.S. Callister

U.S.S. Callister marks the third time we’ve revisted an iteration the technology introduced in White Christmas. And I guess it works because the three episodes the tech is used in are my three favorites. After starting out with a hilarious Star Trek riff, like Robert Daly, U.S.S. Callister slowly begins to show its true colors– surprise, it’s another screwed up episode of Black Mirror.

The commentary here is incredible. Whereas most shows would likely depict Daly as the hero, finally able to live out his dreams in a simulated world, Black Mirror rightly presents him as the villain. Torturing the conscious copies of his co-workers, Daly has created a hell instead of a personal heaven. Nanette is the true hero, able to contact her real self and free them into the virtual playground. Only now they must deal with the endless expanse of internet trolls.

2. San Junipero

Black Mirror‘s first happy ending, San Junipero provides a heartwarming tale of love transcending all boundaries. With the first half of the episode seemingly almost free of any technology as it’s set in the 80’s, the episode spends time developing its characters and their relationship first. It’s not until Yorkie loses Kelly that we discover the time traveling digital world that is San Junipero. Yet the world is not a haven for young adults like we’re first led to believe, but instead a literal heaven for the dying. The people are avatars of the elderly.

With Yorkie able to find her happy ending, we truly believe Heaven Is A Place On Earth. Let’s just hope the server farm doesn’t get hacked.

 1. White Christmas

White Christmas kept me gripped for its entire hour and thirteen-minute runtime, providing interesting story after interesting story until they all connect in a beautifully twisted ending. Only Black Mirror could get so dark so quickly. White Christmas presents possibly the most terrifying technology yet, the block. The ability to literally block an entire person should never exist, and Matt’s (Jon Hamm’s) punishment is basically a life sentence to solitary confinement.

The episode not only makes you feel for the two main characters, who could have easily been painted as villains, but the entire cast as well. Harry’s and Beth’s Daughter’s deaths are perhaps the most tragic, but no one makes it out of the episode unscathed. You even feel bad for Greta’s cookie mind, despite Matt’s lack of remorse. White Christmas just perfectly demonstrates both the usefulness and perversions of technology while creating empathy for its characters.

 

Fan Critic Review Scale: Tendency for Low Scores?

review scaleIn our desire for transparency, we’re going to be breaking down our review scale for you all. This post will likely be updated from time to time to reflect each writer’s individual scale but let’s first breakdown our Editor-in-Chief’s review scale. Please note all reviews are of course subjective and will likely contain (as per our site’s name) a mix of the fan perspective and the critic perspective.

As of late, review scores under an 8 have been seen as less than ideal, some may even say bad. I hope to rid the site of this stigma, so we don’t prescribe the same A to F grading scale to our reviews as other sites do. Instead, our review scores are purely numerical, with the majority of films likely falling at a 6 or 7 on the scale.  To help you understand what this means, the number breakdown is as follows:

10- Perfect. 9-  Amazing. 8- Great. 7- Good. 6- Okay (worth seeing). 5- Meh (may or may not be worth seeing). 4- Not good (not worth seeing). 3- Bad. 2- Very bad. 1- Horrible. 0- Complete garbage.

With this scale, films at an eight or higher are the cream of the crop and potentially worth multiple viewings. Any film at a six or above is still worth seeing in some capacity (ie. I still feel comfortable enough recommending people see the film). At a five, I cannot fully recommend the film but perhaps the film simply did not appeal to my tastes. The film wasn’t necessarily bad, just not for me. So should you find your tastes line up with mine, you’ll likely want to skip out on any films rated a five but should your tastes differ, you could end up liking films I rate a five quite a bit. Once we get to the four’s, however, you’ll probably want to avoid seeing the films altogether unless you enjoy watching bad movies.

I hope this helps clear up our rating system. If you have any further questions, feel free to comment down below.