Spoiler-Free Review of “V Wars” on Netflix: Ian Somerhalder and vampires…again

**This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!**

Much like zombie shows, vampire shows are always emerging, providing us with different takes on the legends we all know and enjoy.  While some shows are much better than others, casting a lead who has already stolen our hearts as a bad boy vampire is not such a bad idea…

While you may feel like the story behind V Wars has been done over and over again, it does have redeeming qualities that make it a somewhat entertaining watch.

The show began streaming episodes on Netflix as of December 5th 2019 and currently features ten episodes for season one.  It stars Ian Somerhalder (LOST, The Vampire Diaries), Adrian Holmes, Jackie Lai, Kimberly-Sue Murray and Laura Vandervoort (Bitten).

We follow Dr. Luther Swann (Somerhalder) after he is exposed to a virus, which surfaced from the ice after a climate change.  After being quarantined with his best friend, Michael Fayne, Dr. Swann starts to realize that a deadly infection has been released, turning people into vampires, or Bloods, as they like to be called.

If you are a fan of shows like The Passage and The Strain, you will most likely be entertained by V Wars, but if you are looking for a more romanticized view on vampires, you may want to pass on this one.  

The Pros:

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Did I mention Ian Somerhalder?

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Somerhalder, but I was slightly worried that his character would feel like a ripoff of Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries, but this is a completely new character and role for Somerhalder.  Dr. Luther Swann is our main protagonist and I have to say that I absolutely fell in love with the glasses!

Overall, I thought that Somerhalder did an excellent job with the role.  There were times where I felt like his reaction was somewhat strange and repetitive, but as the episodes continued, he showed more and more potential.

More Laura Vandervoort please!

I am a fan of hers as well and I thought that her character, Mila, had the most potential.  She gave me a Buffy Summers vibe for a little bit, trying to even the score and possessing some bad-ass qualities of her own.

That being said, I’m not sure why we kept her story in the background for the majority of the episodes.  Somerhalder and Vandervoort stole the show for me and it looks like we are set up for a potential team up if we get a season two.

Violent vampires with some much needed gore.

I actually like that the show went in a different direction, focusing more on the Bloods having an infection.  This gave it a Sci-Fi feel, but I think this actually helped the show stand out a little bit more.  The connections to DNA were interesting and the paranoia and extreme measures from the government made you really think twice about things.

Plus, there was plenty of gore, although the vampires seemed to be all over the place and very messy!  Either way, I loved the gore!

The Cons:

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Confusing setup for supporting characters.

The show actually has a talented and extremely attractive cast, which worked in its favor, but I was confused when new characters were introduced.  Other than the characters of Dr. Swann and Michael Fayne, I constantly had to check to make sure I was still watching the same show when we started following other characters.

I thought this was sloppy and careless.  These supporting characters actually had a lot of potential so this was frustrating, as I felt like I had to go back several times to make sure I didn’t miss something.

Soap opera nonsense.

I’m all for a guilty pleasure, but sometimes it felt like we just randomly started a sex scene to see Somerhalder with his shirt off (not that I’m complaining) rather than to advance a plot or to develop relationships and characters.  The plot and soap opera drama felt tiresome at times, but I think that the cast redeemed it as much as they could.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!  Let’s be honest, I was going to be in no matter what as soon as I saw that Ian Somerhalder was starring in this show.  That being said, I went into this show with very low expectations, fearing that we may have another I-Land disaster on our hands.  However, the show was surprisingly entertaining and fast-paced.

Yes, there were a lot of things that frustrated me and so much of it could have been presented better, but I thought the show was binge-watch worthy.  Is this the best show I have seen about vampires?  Absolutely not, but if you go into it ready for a watered down version of The Strain, you will be entertained.

Also, we are left with a major cliffhanger at the end and I would love to see Somerhalder and Vandervoort continue to team up for a season two if we get one!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on V Wars in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Supernatural” Season 15 Episode 7: “I Kill Monsters”

Happy Friday TV fans!  After watching The CW’s Supernatural season 15 episode 7, it may be true that “no one’s innocent,” but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t care so much.  After all, that can often separate the good guys from the bad guys and when it comes down to it, someone has to be the one to set things right.

Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet. 

In last night’s episode, “Last Call,” Dean catches up with an old friend named Leo, played by the amazing Christian Kane.  Meanwhile, Castiel returns to help Sam, but things take a turn for the worse when Sergei the Shaman gets involved.

My top 5 moments from Supernatural season 15 episode 7 are:

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“Are you two hung over?”

I guess I wasn’t too off about Sam and Eileen.  Now that Eileen is alive, she is spending quite a bit of time with Sam and it’s clear that there are some feelings floating around here.

Sam tells Dean that it’s not like that with her, but Castiel ends up interrupting a moment between them when Sam holds her hand, so I guess romance is not off the table just yet.

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“I’m ready to help.”

When Castiel returns, he is ready to help, explaining to Sam that there may be some of his soul inside of Chuck.  When Sam fired the gun, a piece of his essence was apparently fired off as well, which sort of explains the link.

Castiel wants to probe/study the wound to find out more, but it looks like he is going to have to turn to an old frenemy to do so…

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“You ever regret it…walking away?”

Dean decides to take on a case by himself and heads out to Texhoma County, Texas, where a girl named Angela has gone missing after leaving B’s Sugar Bar.  Dean winds up at a bar named Swayze’s and is reunited with an old friend, Leo, played by Angel’s Christian Kane.

Apparently Leo used to know Dean’s dad and Dean hasn’t seen him since college, but he used to hunt with them, so he is aware that monsters exist.  Dean and him spend the night catching up with some fun stories and we even get to witness Dean putting on a show stopping number with Leo, so I call that a win!

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“I think we can beat God.”

After Sergei the Shaman double crosses Castiel, Sam is in great danger, but starts having these flashes where he sees Chuck’s memories.  Sergei is after the key of death (The Black Key) from the Men of Letters, but Castiel proves to be quite formidable when he shows Sergei a picture of his niece, threatening her life if he does not help Sam.

Perhaps Castiel has a future in the Russian mob after all, but Sergei does what he is told and Sam is right back where he started, still having the bullet wound.

All is not lost; however, as Sam suddenly realizes that Chuck is actually weak and they may be able to beat him now.

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“I kill monsters…”

Christian Kane is no stranger to playing the bad guy, as we later find out that he is keeping a demon locked up and is feeding it victims to maintain money and power.  Dean takes out the demon with little effort because he’s Dean Winchester and we get a showdown between him and Leo.

After running out of bullets, Dean decides to get creative with his weapon choice and goes for a pool cue stick.  Dean can’t simply look the other way here even though he used to be friends with Leo.  Right before he dies, Leo asks Dean why he cares so much and he explains that “someone has to.”

I thought this moment was really important for Dean once again.  Even though the world is filled with monsters, Dean continues to fight the good fight while caring about others, which is easier said than done sometimes, but that’s why he is our hero!

Stay tuned SPN family!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Supernatural in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” Season 4 Episode 8: “I’m One Elizabeth Away From Exploding”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching The CW’s Riverdale season 4 episode 8, I learned that sometimes it’s easier to open up to a stranger about our problems, but when those problems include haunted ghosts, daddy issues, and a hero complex, Mrs. Burble certainly has a lot of work to do.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet. 

In last night’s episode, “Chapter Sixty-Five:  In Therapy,” The Watcher returns and continues to send creepy VHS tapes to the residents of Riverdale.  Meanwhile, our main characters take time to meet with the new counselor, Mrs. Burble, learning quite a bit about themselves in the process.

My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 4 episode 8 are:

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“Someone needs to step up.”

When Archie meets with Mrs. Burble, he explains that he doesn’t have any interest in going to college, focusing all of his attention on cleaning up the town of Riverdale.  Mrs. Burble tries to get Archie to open up about his father and it’s clear that Archie is embracing this hero complex a little too much, as Mrs. Burble warns him about the dangers of becoming a vigilante.

Mrs. Burble suggests that Archie come up with an anonymous hotline so that he can help others without getting directly involved, but as soon as a call comes through, Archie grabs his mask once again, so it doesn’t look like he is ready to step down from his vigilante role anytime soon.

We know that Archie is desperate to fix things and has the tendency to carry the burden for everyone else, but he needs to watch out before he gets himself, or someone he loves, hurt.

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“I love you most too.”

The Cooper ladies are in desperate need of some therapy, although Alice is now embracing her maiden name.  Alice basically crashes Betty’s therapy session, as these two ladies try to air out their issues.  Alice says that Betty is a little girl, but once they keep talking, she blurts out that she loves Betty most of all and she doesn’t want to lose her.

At the end of the episode, Alice leaves a check for Betty to make up for taking her college fund and Betty tells her that she loves her most too, which was a sweet moment.

Betty and Alice have been through their fair share of trauma, but I hope this is enough to repair some of the damage between them.

Although next week’s episode looks really frightening with Alice holding a knife, so we’ll have to see how this plays out for Betty and Alice.

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“Pause…you’re taking my Vixens away?”

Mr. Honey continues to be Cheryl’s nemesis, explaining that she will need to be cleared through a therapy session before he will reconsider giving her back her duties on the cheerleading squad.  Cheryl starts out with a guard around her, but actually opens up to Mrs. Burble quite a bit, as we start to realize how much trauma poor Cheryl has actually gone through.

Mrs. Burble tells Cheryl that she is “remarkably resilient” and I have to agree, but Cheryl finally starts to open up about talking to dead Jason and her feelings on Julian, suddenly realizing how crazy this seems.

Mrs. Burble has Cheryl take a test that determines that she does not have shared DNA, which means she actually didn’t consume Julian in the womb.

Cheryl may not be haunted anymore, but she shares Mrs. Burble’s theory with Toni, explaining that perhaps someone is messing with her.

Toni is hilariously catching up on some reading with The Amityville Horror, which certainly seems fitting, but now we have to wonder who is messing with Cheryl?

I can’t imagine that Nana Rose or Toni would do this and Cheryl already chased her relatives out the door, so is it possible that Mr. Honey is up to no good here?  Polly?  Penelope Blossom?

We’ll have to see how this plays out, but they better watch out.  Cheryl Blossom is not someone you want to mess with!

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“You should try seeing him through your father’s eyes.”

Even though Jughead is at Stonewall Prep, he gets a session with Mrs. Burble when he is waiting for a transcript.  Jughead opens up about the mystery and scandal behind the Baxter Brothers, but Mrs. Burble suggests that perhaps he should focus more on his homework rather than this conspiracy theory.

Jughead is very guarded as well, but starts to think twice when Mrs. Burble explains that he should try to see things through FP’s eyes, reminding him how much FP has sacrificed for Jughead to try and do right by him.

This leads to a very nice moment between Jughead and his father, but will Jughead completely abandon his investigation?

Probably not, but at least he is getting back on track with his writing now.

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“Veronica Luna is no one’s Cordelia!”

A shining moment for Veronica (formerly known as Lodge) Luna, who is beyond excited when she finds out that she received early admission into Harvard, which is her dream school.  However, this dream quickly becomes a nightmare when she realizes that her father got involved, now not knowing if she received admission based on her own merit or not.

Veronica has always seen her family as rather Shakespearean, but Mrs. Burble explains that perhaps it really is more of a Greek Tragedy.  She talks about Veronica’s relationship with her father being somewhat obsessive, as perhaps Hiram sees a lot of himself in Veronica and Veronica’s drive for business and success stems from her father.

Mrs. Burble explains that the only way Veronica can be free is to “kill her father,” although not with actual murder.  Veronica turns down Harvard and stands up to her father, saying that she is going to win in terms of business, so I guess that means she will be making rum now? 

Either way, this was a very important moment for Veronica.  We have seen her stand up to her father again and again, but it looks like she is finally going to take a stand away from him to find her own purpose and identity.  Go V!

Overall, this episode felt slightly transitional, although I think these moments gave us a chance to reflect on each character and their development over the seasons.  However, we did get some plot advancing moments, as we still don’t know who The Watcher is and we later discover that in the future, Donna and Bret are the ones who claim that they saw Archie, Betty, and Veronica killing Jughead, so it looks like we still have more to uncover with this mystery.

Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Riverdale in the comments section below.  Thank you so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Purge” season 2 episode 8: Candy Girls Just Want To Have Fun

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching USA network’s The Purge season 2 episode 8 last night, I realized that a girl’s gotta look her best for Purge Night.  The right tutu, the right accessories, and of course the right weapons to really give you a killer look!

Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  

In last night’s episode, “Before the Sirens,” we approach Purge Night, as Ryan and Esme begin to execute their plan to make things right.  Meanwhile, Ben embraces his inner psycho and Marcus and Michelle get some last minute visitors before the annual Purge begins.

My top 5 moments from The Purge season 2 episode 8 are:

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“We gotta get through the night.”

Easier said than done, especially when we see how many citizens are getting ready to release their inner Purge.  I absolutely loved the opening sequence and thought it was a really fun Easter egg, bringing us back to the “Candy Girls” from The Purge:  Election Year I mean, she just wants her candy bar…

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It seems like a lot of kids are inspired by The Campus Killer as well, wearing his God mask with pride, but the NFFA wants to be careful about promoting “off Purge violence.”

Either way, this should be a fun night filled with killer festivities, but I’m anxious to see how our main characters handle the pressure!

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“No matter what happens tonight, I gotta keep you safe.”

Kind words from Marcus to his son, Darren, right before he breaks his arm.  Marcus explains that the only way to keep his son safe from the NFFA is to get him into the hospital with a real injury.  Hospitals are off limits during Purge Night, but we know that the NFFA is used to cutting corners to eliminate any threats to their vision and operation.

Marcus seems to have gotten over the shock and revelation from last week’s episode and is now ready to stand up to everyone, realizing that they will never stop until he does.

Go Marcus!

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“So if this is our last meal, we should clear the air.”

Marcus and Michelle take a quick moment to have one last meal together, as Michelle prepares Marcus a sushi dinner to bring them back to their first date.  Marcus and Michelle seem to be getting along quite well now, but did anyone else wonder if Michelle might have just poisoned Marcus?

I guess I’ve never really trusted her from the start even though I want to!  But there’s always another twist…

Marcus’s ex-wife shows up at the door, claiming that she wants to help out on this Purge Night and Marcus seems to appreciate the gesture, but is surprised when he notices that the hit on him has been taken down.

Only things aren’t that simple, as we realize that the neighbors want to Purge Marcus themselves, so this should be interesting.

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“I don’t think he’s sad anymore…”

No, it seems like Ben has embraced full on psycho mode, as he shaves his head and rocks out to death metal music to prepare for Purge Night. This is Ben’s night, but his fraternity brothers start to realize that perhaps Ben is acting a little bit too strange.

Did it really take you guys this long to notice this?

Turner leads the group and reminds them not to let Ben back in the house…only Ben’s already inside and decides to take his rage out on his fraternity brothers, leading to a deadly game of Beer Pong that may make you think twice about drinking on campus…

It looks like Ben has bigger plans for the cowardly Turner, so we will have to see how this goes, but I think it’s safe to say that Ben has completely stepped over to the dark side now.

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“Let’s go get our boy!”

Ryan and Esme continue to be adorable together, but it looks like Esme is hiding her ultimate plan from Ryan.  Esme understands that she is putting everything on the line to take down the NFFA and it’s clear that she doesn’t want Ryan to get caught in the crossfire, but she’s going to need some serious backup, even though I love my girl Vivian!

Ryan’s double cross with the Jackals works like a charm and the corrupt captain is killed after they jam the plane signal too early, so it looks like his plan is working.  But now they need to break out Tommy, so we’ll have to see how this goes.

And as for Esme, well she needs to worry about this $500,000 bounty on her head.  Watch out girl!  The NFFA is coming for you!

It looks like our last two episodes of the season will focus completely on Purge Night, so our main characters will need to pull out all the stops if they want to survive.

Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on The Purge below in the comments section.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Shameless” season 10 episode 4: “Money Sandwiches with Gravy on Top”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching Showtime’s Shameless season 10 episode 4, Frank reminded us that sometimes you have to “look the part,” but it’s important to still recognize who you are at the end of the day.

Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.

In last night’s episode, “A Little Gallagher Goes a Long Way,” Frank helps Mikey embrace his dream for the day.  Meanwhile, Lip and Carl grow closer to their new friends, but how will Tami and Kelly react when they return?

My top 5 moments from Shameless season 10 episode 4 are:

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“Look at you two.  Like two friends from that old show…Friends!”

“Only no black friends or Asian friends,” as V and Mimi kindly point out to Kev, but it looks like this is the start of a beautiful friendship for these two and possibly a business partnership? 

V and Mimi are getting along quite well and don’t seem to be too bothered when they throw insults back and forth, but Mimi is beyond thrilled when V comes up with an idea to help her with her business.

Mimi asks V to come and work for her as a side hustle of her very own, but it’s dangerous to mix business and friendship…

Either way, at least Kev has his own side hustle going on still!

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“Oh shit, you’re serious.”

While dealing with the strike at work, Debbie suddenly realizes that she needs to find another way to make money…fast.  She runs into an old friend, Megan, at the supermarket and learns that Megan is doing just fine, even though she has a lot of kids.

Megan explains the importance of collecting child support and Debbie decides to knock on Derek’s door, but finds out from his wife that he is dead.

Debbie tries to collect the death benefit for Franny, but discovers that nothing was left for her.  All is not lost; however, as Megan introduces Debbie to her lawyer, Patti, who seems up for the challenge.

Debbie has experienced the good life with her She Shed and it doesn’t look like she is going to let up here until she gets her money.  Just don’t forget about Franny’s future college fund…

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“I know who I am.”

Liam begins to have his doubts about Mavar, even though he has been very welcoming to Liam.  After talking it over with Kev, Liam starts to wonder if Mavar is in a cult.

It looks like Liam’s quest to find himself has ended; now finally realizing that he knows who he is and he’s happy with it.

I guess you’re a Gallagher after all, Liam!  Welcome back!

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“This is a safe space.”

Lip decides to join the safe space for new moms and the female members are extremely enthusiastic to have him join.  Lip starts to bond with his new friend more and more, learning that baby Freddy should be self-sufficient.

I think perhaps his new friend has a point, but I’m not sure baby Freddy or Lip are ready for swim lessons just yet.

There definitely seems to be a vibe here, but Tami walks in at the end of the episode to break up the party, along with Kelly, so both Lip and Carl may need to figure out where their hearts truly lie…

I have to say that I think Carl and Anne are adorable though!

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“We’re the wish granters!”

Mikey reveals his dream about becoming a businessman and Frank decides to make his dream come true, although he takes quite a few shortcuts to make this happen.  Frank explains the importance of dressing for success and it seems like they are in for quite the adventure, but Mikey realizes at the end of the episode that he needs to go to prison so that he can get quality healthcare.

It looks like this is the end of our favorite partnership for now.  I have to say that this may be one of the only times I have ever seen Frank truly connect with someone.  He shows glimmers here and there that he can be caring, but his friendship with Mikey seemed to spark his potential for goodness.

Although, I have a feeling that Frank will return to his old ways as soon as drama comes knocking on his door and it looks like it is going to in the next episode.  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts on Shameless below in the comments section.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Zomboat!” on Hulu: Zombies can’t swim…can they?

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It seems like the zombie apocalypse trend may be here to stay, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  Now that TWD is taking a break until February, you may be going through some zombie withdrawal.

Fear not, as Zomboat! is the perfect show to provide you with some campy zombie apocalypse fun, while even making mention of the great and powerful Rick Grimes!

The UK show began streaming episodes on Hulu as of October 25th 2019 and currently features six episodes for season one.  It stars Leah Brotherhead, Cara Theobold, Hamza Jeetooa, and Ryan McKen.  We follow a group of survivors after a zombie apocalypse occurs in Birmingham, as they decide to escape using…a canal boat.

If you are a fan of Shaun of the Dead and Anna and the Apocalypse, you will feel right at home with this horror comedy, but is Zomboat! original enough to find its own identity?  Let’s find out!

The Pros:

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The dynamic between sisters Kat and Jo is fantastic.

You will immediately fall in love with these two, as they battle the zombie apocalypse while bringing us some welcomed dark comedy.  The banter between them is hilarious and they are really believable as sisters, as you start to root for them from the very start of the show.

Short episodes.

Each episode runs a little under 25 minutes, which makes binge-watching this show really easy.  The episodes are fast-paced and I’m glad they went with the shorter length because this show could easily go off track, but it stays on point, which I appreciated.

References to your favorite zombie shows and movies!

If you are thinking about watching this show, you are most likely a fan of the zombie genre and this show does a great job of presenting the audience with these references.

From The Walking Dead to Contagion, you will be chuckling quite a bit during the conversations, which gave this show a very real feel to me.

Sure, it’s the zombie apocalypse and all, but maybe we should be planning out our strategy according to how we play Call of Duty?  Either way, this was a lot of fun!

The Cons:

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There’s nothing too original about the zombies.

While the show goes out of its way to point out some of the flaws of zombie shows and movies we love, they don’t really do anything drastically different here.  You can’t kill the zombies in Zomboat! in traditional fashion and we do get some interesting twists thrown our way, but the interactions with the zombies were very routine.

That being said, we do get some hilarious fights and some interesting choices of weapon, but if you are looking for something really unique or different in the genre, I’m not sure that you will find it here.

So am I in or out? 

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I’m in!  I went into this show without any real expectations and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.  The dark sarcastic humor was spot on for me even if I wasn’t laughing out loud hysterically all the time. 

We are left with a huge cliffhanger at the end, so I am hoping we get a second season soon, but I would love to hang out with Kat and Jo during the zombie apocalypse, although we might need to change up our wardrobe a little bit.

If you are looking for some zombie fun or a quick show to binge-watch while all of your other shows go on break, this is the perfect one for you!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Zomboat! in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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My performance of the week ending 11/30/19 on TV goes to…

Christian Serratos as Rosita on AMC’s The Walking Dead.

**Nominated by Luke from QuizUp. Thanks Luke!**

When Christian Serratos was first introduced on TWD as Rosita, I thought she was strong-willed and stubborn with a guarded heart.  She was a bad-ass and someone I was always confident in to save the day.

Over the seasons, Rosita has not always gotten the spotlight she deserves, as her character became entangled in some interesting love triangles that seemed more like plot fluff.

When Rosita became a mother, I was really excited because I thought that this might bring us some new layers to her character.  Rosita has this spark within her and I have been waiting for it to light up the screen and it looks like it has finally happened!

**Please note spoilers are ahead if you are not up-to-date on the series.**

Christian Serratos’s performance in season 10 episode 8 was so real and heartbreaking.  Rosita puts the needs of her baby first, but I cannot possibly imagine what she was going through when she had to take down undead Siddiq.

Rosita has always put up a strong front previously and she channels some of her rage by playing Fight Club with the walkers outside the gates.  Rosita loses her cool a few times and ends up needing to be saved by Eugene, which is a wake-up call for her.

Rosita starts to realize that she may die, which never scared her before, but now she wants to be there for Baby Coco.  Rosita now wants to live more than ever and I could almost see the strength emerge within her eyes.  The grief and the heartbreak will still be present, but Rosita understands that she needs to keep fighting for herself and for her child.

We are finally seeing a lot of character development for Rosita, so I hope that this doesn’t mean that we may lose her.  TWD has a tendency to give us these brilliant moments only to brutally rip these characters away from us, but I’m going to continue rooting for Rosita.

She’s strong and resilient, but she is also now finally lifting the guard around her heart to let others in and to truly be there for her child.

What’s next for Rosita?  We’ll have to wait and see, but it looks like a potential romance with fan-favorite, Eugene, may not be too far off anymore.  While I kind of just want Rosita to get away from all of this romantic drama, I know that Eugene selflessly cares for both her and Baby Coco so I’m willing to give this a chance, but I want to see Rosita continue to fight and transform into the warrior I know she can be.

Either way, I am really happy with season 10 so far and part of that is because we are finally getting some worthy character development from characters who have previously taken a back seat in other seasons.

I can’t wait to find out what happens next in the second half of the season and I am beyond excited to witness Rosita’s journey even more!

Stay tuned for a recognized performance on TV each week!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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**Do you love television shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Once Upon a Time, Lost, Charmed, The Vampire Diaries, and Supernatural?  Do you enjoy dark fantasy, fairy-tale retellings, paranormal romance, horror, and mystery?  Then you may like my book series, Dreaming of Wonderland…available on Amazon!  Thank you for taking the time to check it out and I appreciate any feedback as well.  I really hope you enjoy!

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