What We Are Watching Today: Castlevania Season 3

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Updated 21 March 2020

What We Are Watching Today: Castlevania Season 3

  • The animated series is based on the video game franchise of the same title, a retelling of Dracula, overcome by revenge after humans murder his human wife under false charges

Binge-watching shows during self-quarantine has for many people become a way to cope with the coronavirus outbreak.
It has definitely worked for me, having finally caught up with one of my favorite Netflix originals, “Castlevania.”
The animated series is based on the video game franchise of the same title, a retelling of Dracula, overcome by revenge after humans murder his human wife under false charges, dismissing her science as witchcraft.
Forged together by a prophecy, half-vampire Alucard (son of Dracula and Lisa), hunter Trevor Belmont, and scholar Sypha Belnades defeat the vampire.
What I really enjoyed about the third season was how it fleshed out its main cast and secondary characters. After the main trio defeated Dracula, I was not sure where the show would go, but Netflix impressed me with the way it handled the Forgemasters, Isaac and Hector, who were only introduced in season 2 as Dracula’s henchmen with seemingly painful backstories.
Isaac meets with a few humans who help him see that they are not all bad, while Hector’s psyche dissolves as he is taken captive by the vampire sisters who plan to rule the land after Dracula’s death.
I felt a little bitter about Sypha and Trevor abandoning Alucard to go on an adventure, but it seemed necessary as their journey concluded to harden Sypha’s character.
Meanwhile, Alucard, who is struck by grief over murdering his father, comes to understand him after meeting two traitorous humans.

 


Saudi Arabia to host massive defense exhibition to rival IDEX

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Saudi Arabia to host massive defense exhibition to rival IDEX

LONDON: Saudi Arabia plans to host a massive international defense show as the world’s largest arms importer seeks to develop its own manufacturing sector.
Currently the International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi, is the region’s largest industry gathering, with the next one due to be held next February.

Former Farnborough Airshow CEO Shaun Ormrod has been hired as chief executive of Saudi Arabia’s biennial World Defense Show which will be held for the first time in March 2022.
Gulf states including Saudi Arabia and the UAE are investing heavily in their domestic defense industries to reduce their reliance on imports and increase the number of prized manufacturing jobs. The Kingdom, currently the third biggest spender on defense globally, aims to localize half of its military spending by 2030.
“The World Defense Show is a key milestone for Saudi Arabia as it continues to develop a sustainable local defense industry,” said Ahmad Al-Ohali, the governor of the General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI).
The show’s venue, that will accommodate about 80,000 square meters of floor space, will feature demonstration facilities and the latest military kit used across land, sea and air.