For the fourteenth episode of season 4, we watched 2003's critically-reviewed-better-than-the-original-but-bombed-like-super-hard sequel to that last Tomb Raider movie. That's right, we watched "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life", cause why not add a third title to the movie? I know that's what everyone was really missing. It stars Angelina Jolie as the titular "Tomb Raider" for the second time, and features Gerard Butler, Ciarán Hinds, Chris Barrie, Noah Taylor, Til Schweiger, Djimon Hounsou, and Simon Yam in supporting roles.

But, once again, I am not here to talk about the movie, although I'm probably going to do that anyway, but no, I will be giving you another history lesson of this largely stellar franchise.

I say largely stellar because there are some very notable weak links, although none could possibly be more associated with this movie than “Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness”, the game that came out a month before this movie.

Fraught with turmoil, development of Angel of Darkness did not sail smooth seas. It was delayed by Eidos so that it would release alongside the movie, but despite the delay it was still a widely unfinished game. They had to remove game mechanics, entire levels, and even scenes containing key narrative elements to make sure it came out on time.

Speculation time! It probably would have been better for all parties involved if Angel of Darkness had been given six more months of Development time, if not longer, and not released in that state at that time. It has been argued, heavily on both sides, what kind of impact Angel of Darkness had on the box off ice numbers of of The Cradle of Life, and I can only add one thing to said argument.

It was 2003, the internet wasn't nearly so big, and if you were googling “Tomb Raider” to find out about this new movie, you would probably mostly be finding negative reviews of Angel of Darkness, which could not possibly color your thoughts on the series in a positive light. Especially if you're not a fan of Tomb Raider in the first place, so this is really all you know.

I'm not saying that's what happened, but really, it couldn't have hurt either one for them to throw another delay on the fire. It was cold out there.

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