Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Purge” season 1 episode 7: “Because Fear is Alive”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching the USA network’s The Purge season 1 episode 7 last night, the voice over reminded us that “The Purge is your chance to rise up.  To stand tall.  Reclaim your power.  We’ll all rise up together and march hand and hand to victory.”  Even when you think it may be over on Purge Night, that doesn’t mean that you give you for one second.  There is still plenty of time to reclaim your own power and to fight back.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “Lovely Dark and Deep,” Miguel and Penelope escape through the woods, but run into new threats along the way.  Meanwhile, Jane is put on display and Jenna has a Lady Macbeth moment.  “Out damned spot!”  My top 5 moments from The Purge season 1 episode 7 are:

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“Your looks are an asset.”

David takes things to the next level when he adds Jane to his live art gallery, putting her on display for everyone to see.  Jane tells him that he is disgusting and David reminds her to “hang tight,” pun intended.  During this time, Jane flashes back to her past and remembers her mother talking to her about her looks being an asset, encouraging Jane to enter into beauty pageants to potentially win a scholarship.  Jane has always wanted to prove that she can succeed based on her intelligence, rather than her looks, but her mother tells her to “sparkle baby.”  Jane has also always wanted to change the perception of others in the world, but reality has reminded her that this is not always possible.  Jane spots Anya at the party and begs her to help her.  Anya discreetly speaks to Jane and tells her that they did this to her last year, trying to calm her down.  Jane is horrified that Anya said nothing and let this happen and asks for her to call the Matron Saints.  Even though Anya is not a part of this twisted game, sometimes saying nothing is just as bad as actively participating.   Will Anya make the right decision? 

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“She’s very convincing when she needs to be.”

Jenna and Rick agree to let Lila into their home, who is absolutely traumatized.  Jenna tries to console her and tells her, “You’re OK.”  Rick later pulls Jenna aside and explains that Lila’s story keeps changing and that this doesn’t add up.  Jenna doesn’t want to hear this; however, as she is very concerned with Lila’s well-being and just wants to be there for her.  Is Jenna blinded by love?  Is Lila hiding something?  We’ll have to stay tuned to find out, but I think Rick is on to something here.

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“You’re the most important person in the world to me.”

Miguel and Penelope are not getting that pancake break anytime soon, as they make their way into the woods to escape the “Carnival of Flesh.”  They take a moment to finally talk and Penelope asks Miguel how many people he killed tonight.  Miguel explains that he did what he had to do, but Penelope says that she was ready to die.  The woods are anything but “lovely,” as they witness a man being set on fire and try to make their way out undetected.  Penelope gets stuck in a trap and Miguel puts his Marine skills to the test once again to free her.  Later on, Penelope tells Miguel that she is glad that he came back for her.  Finally!  It looks like the immediate threat is over for these two, but something tells me that Penelope will want to go back and face her cult leader.  Is she ready though?

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“You saved us.”

While tensions continue to build at Rick and Jenna’s home, they realize that their neighbor, Ross, has gotten inside.  Ross is pissed off about their lack of “neighborly courtesy” and is ready to purge.  You might want to start taking in your garbage cans on time from now on.  Rick and Jenna try to talk Ross out of this and even let him know that they will put something on the books right away so that they can all get to know each other.  Ross is not buying it; however, and tries to attack Jenna.  Lila steps in with perfect timing and brutally stabs Ross, ending the threat.  Go Lila!  Lila is still shaken up after she witnessed her father’s death; however, and reveals to Rick and Jenna, “I just ran when it came to saving my own family.  I didn’t even try.”  Jenna reminds her that she saved them and is extremely grateful.  Jenna is ready to move once this is all over; however, desperately trying to clean the blood out of the floor, which was supposed to be where the nursery would go.  So much for that.  Jenna tells Lila that she can stay there for as long as she needs and embraces her hand in a touching moment.  Rick witnesses this; however, and I’m starting to think that he may be on to something.  As much as I am rooting for Jelinna, there is something not quite right about all of this.  We’ll have to stay tuned to find out what Lila is hiding.

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“There’s nothing left to say David.”

David continues to play the villain perfectly, as he talks to Jane about capturing the live fear in her eyes.  Jane is horrified by his actions, but the tables are about to finally turn.  The lights all go out and in walks the masked vigilante, Joe, who is there to save Jane and the other women.  Jane tries to help the other women there and tells Anya to help as well, as Anya finally listens and makes the right decision.  Girl power and all that.  Jane picks up the gun and the moment we have been waiting for is finally here.  Without any hesitation, she shoots David in the head and takes off with Joe.  Joe tells her that they will go somewhere safe, but I have to say that I am extremely proud of Jane.  David could not be redeemed and Jane reclaimed her power, refusing to become someone weak like David initially suggested.  While Jane is a good person and against everything this night stands for, she had no choice here.  If she didn’t eliminate David, he would have come after her.  Either way, Jane finally stepped up and Joe has now crossed paths with the first of our main characters.  I’m looking forward to see who he helps next.  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!

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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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When Kallie Bennett, a jaded teenage girl plagued by her alcoholic mother and her peers molded out of sheer bubble gum perfection, chases after Alice in Wonderland herself, she ends up lost in her own version of Wonderland, which forces her to face her utmost fears and introduces her to familiar characters with a dark twist. Among these characters is Ches, a gorgeous vampire with a conflicted conscience, who becomes Kallie’s guide and blossoming love interest. She also crosses paths with Queen Hartley, a manipulative witch who has the power to strip away one’s memories and imagination, which brings a bone chilling new meaning to “off with their heads.” In The Search for Alice, Kallie starts to realize that her Wonderland is just as frightening as her own reality and that she cannot always run away from her problems. She must figure out a way to defeat Queen Hartley and return home before it is too late, but she soon learns that escaping Wonderland means leaving Ches behind forever.

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5 Spoiler Free Reasons why you should watch “The Haunting of Hill House” on Netflix: A Worthy Horror Series filled with Bone-Chilling Moments

“I am home.”  But what if you share your home with ghosts and spirits?  I’m not talking about Casper here, but potentially dangerous and manipulative spirits that can haunt you for the rest of your life.  The Netflix series is based on the book by Shirley Jackson, which was also the inspiration for the film, The Haunting.  There were two versions of the film in 1963 and in 1999 as well.  The Netflix series follows a family who grew up at Hill House and flashes between the past and the present, unraveling the mysteries there.  Each member of the Crain family encounters something different, but they are all connected to the house in one way or another.  They desperately try to overcome their terrifying and traumatic past, as new obstacles and threats continue to surface in their present.

The show features 10 episodes and they are all currently streaming on Netflix as of October 12th 2018.  After watching all of the episodes in one weekend, I can tell you that the series was a pleasant surprise.  There were absolutely terrifying moments that will have you going to sleep with the lights on for weeks to come and other moments that were so incredibly heartwarming and unpredictable.  The show somehow successfully blends family drama in with genuine horror, giving me almost a Brothers and Sisters vibe, while continuing to provide me with frightening moments.  The acting is absolutely incredible and the writing and dialogue is somehow poetic, luring you in to Hill House completely.  Please note that major spoilers have been left out for your convenience.  My top 5 reasons to check out The Haunting of Hill House are: 

5

This show is genuinely scary. 

I’m not talking about the typical jump scares that almost seem unnecessary and essentially become predictable, as you can almost count down to the next moment that is meant to make you pop out of your seat.  The scares on this show are not forced and they seamlessly connect with the rest of the plot, which make them that much more terrifying in my opinion.  You may have nightmares about “The Bent-Neck Lady” like me, but the show will continue to provide you with worthy bone-chilling moments up until the very end.  I found myself needing to watch the show with all the lights on, even during the day.  It’s seriously that scary and even if you don’t scare easily, you will appreciate the way these terrifying moments emerge.

4

Something different.

While some fans have been apprehensive about the series following a different plot, this works to the show’s advantage.  It allows us to be presented with an entirely unique mystery in familiar territory and branches out further to form its own identity, separate from the novel and the films.  If you are looking for just another remake of the films, this is not the show for you, but I would encourage you to give it a try anyway because it is well worth the watch.

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Episodes 3, 5, and 9.

While all of the episodes were brilliantly done, these three were absolutely incredible.  I will not spoil anything for you, but I would definitely recommend giving these three episodes your undivided attention.  While important plot points are learned during these three episodes, there is something so incredibly magnetic about them.  I found myself completely lost in the story during these three episodes in particular, unaware of anything else going on around me.  That’s how good they are.  Make sure you have your popcorn ready in advance!

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The cast.

I was initially overwhelmed by the large size of the Crain Family.  We meet Hugh and Olivia Crain, played by Timothy Hutton and Carla Gugino, and their children:  Steven, Shirley, Theo, Luke, and Nell.  The show flashes back between past and present quite frequently and everyone in the cast was absolutely terrific.  I give standout performances to Carla Gugino, Kate Siegel (older Theo), and Elizabeth Reaser (older Shirley), but truly everyone was amazing.  You really believed that they were all family and found yourself connected to each and every one of them as the episodes continued.

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The family drama works.

Part of what made me enjoy this show so much was the fact that I was completely connected to the characters.  I wasn’t willing to part with any character and I found myself rooting for them more than I normally would when watching a horror film.  The show does an excellent job of combining the terrifying and unexplained moments with the horror we deal with in everyday life.  I’m talking about unspeakable crimes that are committed, grief that we need to endure, addiction, and guilt that will eat us up from the inside if we let it.  The show seamlessly blends the supernatural horrors with these very real ones, connecting us that much more to the characters and the story.  While I initially thought that perhaps the show might have been better suited as a film, I quickly realized that this is not the case.  You would lose out on the connection to these characters and the mystery unravels in perfect tempo, leading up to a satisfying crescendo at the end.  While the series is not your average horror movie, it elevates to something more powerful and resonating.  You won’t be disappointed.  Ready to watch?

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

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When Kallie Bennett, a jaded teenage girl plagued by her alcoholic mother and her peers molded out of sheer bubble gum perfection, chases after Alice in Wonderland herself, she ends up lost in her own version of Wonderland, which forces her to face her utmost fears and introduces her to familiar characters with a dark twist. Among these characters is Ches, a gorgeous vampire with a conflicted conscience, who becomes Kallie’s guide and blossoming love interest. She also crosses paths with Queen Hartley, a manipulative witch who has the power to strip away one’s memories and imagination, which brings a bone chilling new meaning to “off with their heads.” In The Search for Alice, Kallie starts to realize that her Wonderland is just as frightening as her own reality and that she cannot always run away from her problems. She must figure out a way to defeat Queen Hartley and return home before it is too late, but she soon learns that escaping Wonderland means leaving Ches behind forever.

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Walking Dead” season 9 episode 2: “You’re not Saving the World Rick. You’re just Getting it Ready for Me”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s The Walking Dead season 9 episode 2, I realized that restoring a bridge is not just about connecting different places.  While you may be able to get to point B easier from point A, it’s not that simple when it comes to building a bridge between groups of people, especially when these people do not agree on everything.  So do you keep trying to build it anyway or do you sever the link before it becomes too much to handle?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “The Bridge,” the communities attempt to work together to restore the bridge, but not everyone is on the same page.  Meanwhile, Jesus and Michonne try to get through to Maggie and Daryl continues to clash with Rick.  My top 5 moments from The Walking Dead season 9 episode 2 are:

5

“Mother Goose?”

Even though everyone is trying to create a new beginning, one cannot ignore that the world is still filled with death and despair.  Sometimes these episodes can get a bit heavy and Tara provides some much needed comic relief.  Tara is the “eye in the sky” and tries to radio over to Rick when she sees a potential threat of walkers headed their way.  Tara hilariously refers to Rick as “Mother Goose,” but he does not seem to be too fond of the code name.  I like the code name; however, and it’s nice to see someone take a minute to have a good laugh.  Thanks Tara!

4

“It’s about the small moments.”

During the episode, we continue to see some heartwarming moments between Carol and Ezekiel.  Ezekiel reminds Carol that it’s about the small moments and that he is not giving up on their fairy-tale just yet.  Even though Carol will be leaving his side for a while, Ezekiel understands that it is just “goodbye for now.”  Later on, Carol asks Ezekiel if he still has the ring and agrees to wear it, but she doesn’t want him to make a big production.  Ezekiel tries to get down on one knee and says that he has a speech prepared.  Carol had me laughing out loud when she responds, “I’m sure you did and you can read it to me later.”  Carol and Ezekiel are as different as they come, but there is something endearing about them so far, even though I’m still not shipping them just yet.  However, the writers are making it difficult for me because these moments are heartwarming for sure.

3

“I think some decisions are too big for one person to make.”

We learn that it has been a little more than a month since Gregory was executed and Maggie is refusing to let the wife of the man who attacked her visit him in his cell.  Michonne expresses her concerns again and Jesus tries to get through to Maggie, explaining that they need to have some kind of common law system in place.  Jesus and Michonne think that Maggie is a good person, but Jesus makes an excellent point when he explains that “good people can disagree.”  Maggie eventually has a change of heart after letting the man’s wife visit him and having a heart-to-heart talk with him as well.  Later on, she tells Michonne that they can talk about common laws, but she will still do what she thinks is right by her people.  When Michonne asks her what has changed, Maggie talks about her own father and says that he had a drinking problem too.  He deserved a second chance, but she reminds Michonne that Gregory had way too many chances and she’s absolutely right.  Maggie further explains, “Some people can be redeemed, but others can’t.”  When Michonne asks her who gets to make that decision, Maggie says that they will need to figure that out.  I’m glad to see that Maggie is willing to listen to the people around her while still maintaining her strong leadership and beliefs.  I have a feeling that we will definitely see some more differences in opinions; however, and we will have to stay tuned to see how far that escalates.

2

“Are we though?  On the same side?”

Tensions are continuing to run high, especially when some of the former Saviors get upset when they are told what to do.  Daryl clashes with one in particular and Rick has to break up a fight to keep the peace going.  Daryl has been trying to get through to Rick, but Rick has been trying so hard to keep his new world going.  Does that mean that he is willing to sacrifice his friendship with Daryl, however?  That doesn’t seem to be the case, as Rick is later confronted with the very same man after Aaron is severely injured because of this man’s negligence on the Walkie.  Rick tells him that he has met men like him before when he was a cop and we finally get a glimpse of the bad-ass Rick Grimes that we all love so much.  Rick tells him to leave the camp and warns him, “If I see your face again, stitches won’t fix what I do to you.”  Rick stands up for Daryl here, but he also recognizes that not everyone is on board with the new world he is creating.  While Rick doesn’t believe in executing others, he is willing to banish them to get his point across.  While I appreciate what Rick is trying to build here in his community, he also needs to remember that not everyone has the best intentions and he has to protect the people around him.  Don’t lose that edge just yet Rick.

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“You’re not saving the world Rick.  You’re just getting it ready for me.”

Rick has been talking to Negan about how they are building and growing as a community.  He tells Negan that they had a bad day, but that they all came together at the end and that was their choice.  In a previous moment, Aaron tells Rick that “it’s not the end of the world anymore” because Rick changed it and he’s glad to be a part of it.  Aaron has just lost his arm and is still happy to be a part of the world that Rick is creating, giving Rick some hope and encouragement that he is doing the right thing.  After Rick tells Negan about the day, Negan responds, “That’s a really pretty picture you paint there Rick.”  Rick tells him that he will never see it and loses his temper when Negan brings up Carl.  Negan reminds Rick that everything will eventually fall apart and he will be right there waiting in the wings.  We know that there are still some Saviors who believe in Negan, but is there another threat present as well?  At the end of the episode, the man who attacked Daryl is talking to someone on the road back and is attacked.  Who is this new threat?  We’ll have to wait and find out, but Rick needs to remember that he should never underestimate Negan, even if he is behind bars right now.  Stay tuned!

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

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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

@TV_Fanatic_Girl

If you enjoyed this blog, I would love it if you would click the follow button on your way out to subscribe.  Thanks for your support!

I am so excited to announce that my book, The Search for Alice, is now available!  If you enjoy fairy-tale retellings, paranormal romance, horror, and mystery, then this might be the book for you or someone you know!  Thank you for taking the time to check it out and I appreciate any feedback as well.  I hope you enjoy!

When Kallie Bennett, a jaded teenage girl plagued by her alcoholic mother and her peers molded out of sheer bubble gum perfection, chases after Alice in Wonderland herself, she ends up lost in her own version of Wonderland, which forces her to face her utmost fears and introduces her to familiar characters with a dark twist. Among these characters is Ches, a gorgeous vampire with a conflicted conscience, who becomes Kallie’s guide and blossoming love interest. She also crosses paths with Queen Hartley, a manipulative witch who has the power to strip away one’s memories and imagination, which brings a bone chilling new meaning to “off with their heads.” In The Search for Alice, Kallie starts to realize that her Wonderland is just as frightening as her own reality and that she cannot always run away from her problems. She must figure out a way to defeat Queen Hartley and return home before it is too late, but she soon learns that escaping Wonderland means leaving Ches behind forever.

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Shameless” season 9 episode 6: “You Can Only Count on Family Dude”

Happy Sunday TV fans!  After watching Showtime’s Shameless season 9 episode 6, Carl reminded Ian that “you can only count on family.”  Even if a Gallagher messes up, everyone is still there for him or her, supporting them until the end, because that’s what you do for family.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In tonight’s episode, “Face It, You’re Gorgeous,” Ford wants Fiona to move in with him, but she has second thoughts when things don’t go exactly as planned with her new investment.  Meanwhile, Ian prepares himself for prison; Lip tries out being a sober companion, and Frank tracks down his new romantic interest with the help of Liam.  My top 5 moments from Shameless season 9 episode 6 are:

5

“I’m good at crazy.”

During the episode, Frank is determined to track down Dr. Ingrid Jones, played by Katey Sagal.  Frank takes Liam along with him and waits for her to be released from her 72 hour stay at the psychiatric facility, which Frank remembers all too well.  Frank reminisces about Monica and perhaps over shares a bit too much with his son, but Frank explains that it is never boring when you are with someone a little bit crazy.  Ingrid doesn’t initially admit to remembering Frank, but he later appears at her doorstep and tells her that she is fantastic and that he loves the part of her that is not really normal.  It looks like Frank might have finally found a new romantic interest worthy of his affection.  Katey Sagal is absolutely wonderful so I’m hoping that this is a recurring role for her, but we will have to wait and see.  Perhaps she can bring out the best in Frank or at least take them on a new adventure together.

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“I can take that or you can keep it as a parting gift.”

Kev and V are surprised to get a knock on their door from Sister Francis and quickly learn that their daughter, Amy, brought in a vibrating dildo for show and tell when asked to bring something in that represents the love of her parents.  Sister Francis explains that most of the other children brought in pictures of hearts, but Amy certainly took the cake with her representation of Kev and V’s love.  Kev and V are required to meet with the priest who over shares in excessive detail about his own sexual past and he hangs on to the dildo for safe keeping…sure we’ll go with safe keeping.  Kev and V realize that this is serious and they have to be careful around the girls.  Kev decides that they should have a ceremony of sorts before discarding the rest of their sex toys.  They hilariously throw each item off the bridge into the water before sharing a few words about them.  Perhaps Kev gets a little bit too sentimental, but this moment is absolutely laugh out loud funny.

3

“Say the line!”

In this episode, Lip tries out being a sober companion for a celebrity named Jen Wagner, played by the fabulous Courteney Cox.  Jen tries to escape Lip, but she cannot get rid of him so easily.  When she asks why her sobriety is so important to him, Lip explains, “If I help you stay sober, it helps me stay sober.”  After a few more failed attempts to escape and drink, Jen joins Lip for a family dinner consisting of White Castle and has an absolute blast with the Gallagher family.  They request for her to say her famous line from her makeup commercials, “Face It, You’re Gorgeous,” and she actually offers them some really great advice.  Jen calms Ian’s nerves about prison and she even kisses Debbie and tells her that she needs someone in her life that truly gets her, reminding everyone that she did play a lesbian role once in one of her movies.  Jen realizes that she hasn’t even thought about drinking while hanging out with Lip and his family, revealing just how important a good support system is.  Perhaps Lip has a new calling and a new celebrity friend as well.  I’m proud of you Lip!

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“I thought we were ready to take this relationship to the next level.”

In the beginning of the episode, Ford and Fiona decide to move in together, but Fiona says that she didn’t realize it would be so expensive.  Ford tells her that “to get ahead in life, you have to push past your comfort zone,” which is actually really good advice.  Fiona has second thoughts about moving in; however, when she realizes that she cannot get out of her new investment deal and learns that the project is being pushed back by 12 months and now requires $25,000 more out of her pocket.  After being denied another mortgage loan, Fiona is feeling defeated and begins drinking away her sorrows.  After kissing her co-worker, Fiona realizes that she is making a big mistake and that she needs to go home and apologize to Ford.  Ford is not there and she tracks his phone using his iPad and knocks on the door, not knowing what to expect.  A woman named Patty opens the door and reveals that she is Ford’s wife and he has a child as well.  Ford tries to explain to Fiona that he is separated, but Fiona is too hurt and upset to hear anything he has to say.  She crashes her car in his neighborhood and just gets out and starts walking away, refusing to let Ford help her.  Fiona is clearly hurt, but the physical pain is not enough to prevent her from getting away from Ford as quickly as possible.  This is not the first time we have seen Fiona be lied to and my heart goes out to her.  Fiona deserves the very best and while Ford may have a reasonable explanation for everything, it still doesn’t change the fact that he has been lying to her all this time.  Will Fiona be OK?  Will her family be able to intervene and help her before it’s too late?  Let’s hope so.

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“You can only count on family dude.”

At the end of the episode, Ian is surprised that Fiona is not there to take him to prison, but Kev agrees to drive him and the rest of the Gallaghers tag along for moral support.  Ian explains that he thought some of his friends and supporters might be there, but Carl reminds him that you can only ever really truly count on family.  Everyone embraces Ian and he walks into prison with his head held high.  When he gets to his cell, I immediately started wondering about who his cell mate would be and in walks Mickey!  At this point, I was jumping up and down cheering and I’m sure you were too.  It’s about time these two were reunited.  Sure, they may be in prison, but something tells me that Ian and Mickey will make the best of their situation.  These two absolutely belong together and I am excited to have Noel Fisher back on the show.  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

@TV_Fanatic_Girl

If you enjoyed this blog, I would love it if you would click the follow button on your way out to subscribe.  Thanks for your support! 

I am so excited to announce that my book, The Search for Alice, is now available!  If you enjoy fairy-tale retellings, paranormal romance, horror, and mystery, then this might be the book for you or someone you know!  Thank you for taking the time to check it out and I appreciate any feedback as well.  I hope you enjoy!

When Kallie Bennett, a jaded teenage girl plagued by her alcoholic mother and her peers molded out of sheer bubble gum perfection, chases after Alice in Wonderland herself, she ends up lost in her own version of Wonderland, which forces her to face her utmost fears and introduces her to familiar characters with a dark twist. Among these characters is Ches, a gorgeous vampire with a conflicted conscience, who becomes Kallie’s guide and blossoming love interest. She also crosses paths with Queen Hartley, a manipulative witch who has the power to strip away one’s memories and imagination, which brings a bone chilling new meaning to “off with their heads.” In The Search for Alice, Kallie starts to realize that her Wonderland is just as frightening as her own reality and that she cannot always run away from her problems. She must figure out a way to defeat Queen Hartley and return home before it is too late, but she soon learns that escaping Wonderland means leaving Ches behind forever.

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5 Reasons why you should watch “Light as a Feather” on Hulu: “Light as a feather…stiff as a board.”

“So who wants to go next?”  If you have ever watched the movie, The Craft, then you know about the slumber party game, “Light as a feather, stiff as a board.”  Maybe you tried this out in your own basement and failed miserably or maybe you called your mom to pick you up early from a sleepover party just to avoid this very type of game.  No judgment please.  Either way, this show focuses around that very same game with an added twist that will have you wondering if any slumber party game is safe.  After watching Truth or Dare earlier this year, I’m having my doubts.  The Hulu series is based on the book by Zoe Aarsen and follows a group of teenage girls who enjoy pre-gaming at a cemetery as part of their Halloween tradition.  A night of seemingly harmless fun turns into something dark and twisted, as each character hears a description of how they will die before they are levitated by the group.  While this is not the version of the game I remember, it certainly adds for dramatic effect, especially when the characters realize that they are in danger of dying that way in real life.

The show features 10 episodes and they are all currently streaming on Hulu as of October 12th 2018.  After watching all of the episodes in one day, I can tell you that the series can best be described as cotton candy sweet with some light and fun horror sprinkled on top.  Yes please!  The show reminded me of a mix between Pretty Little Liars and The Craft and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised overall.  If you are looking for jump scares or nightmare-worthy horror, this is not necessarily the show for you, but there are some cringe-worthy moments for sure.  October is the perfect month to watch your fair share of horror and and Light as a Feather delivers as a binge-watching worthy treat.  Please note that major spoilers have been left out for your convenience.  My top 5 reasons to check out Light as a Feather are: 

5

A concept that immediately draws you in.

The fact that we are all familiar with the slumber party game, “Light as a feather, stiff as a board,” definitely helps draw you into this show right away.  The show also does a great job of diving right in and not giving you too much back story that will have you tuning out.  While we do get to learn about each character, I thought that the flashbacks flowed together perfectly.  Sure there are some moments featuring teenage drama that you may find unnecessary, but let’s not pretend like that’s a reason to turn off the show.  Think Mean Girls, Heathers, and Pretty Little Liars. 

4

Short episodes.

I don’t know about you, but I love to binge-watch.  Each episode is about 25 minutes long so it is absolutely possible to finish this show in a weekend or even a day if you are feeling ambitious.  The writers did a great job of ending each episode on a cliffhanger that will have you automatically pressing play for the next one to start.  Sometimes you don’t even realize how far you have gotten because each episode is fast paced.  It’s also OK to walk away for a moment and grab your popcorn if needed because you will not need to analyze every second of the show to understand what is happening.  No need to rewind unless you really want to.  The show is pretty straightforward and the recaps at the beginning of each episode fill you in on everything that’s important.  The show is just pure entertainment without all the fuss and I have to say that I appreciated that, especially while taking a break from other shows and films that require more attention.

3

You can’t easily predict what is going to happen next.

You may think you have already figured out the show just from watching the preview and maybe you have, but I think that the show does a really nice job of keeping you on the edge of your seat.  The mystery behind the game unravels with each new episode and the questions that you may have stirring around in your brain are answered, but the answers aren’t completely obvious, which is refreshing.

2

McKenna Brady played by Liana Liberato.

I have to admit that I wasn’t entirely invested in the characters on this show and no one stood out in particular other than McKenna Brady, played brilliantly by the talented Liana Liberato.  I always look for a connection to a character and McKenna is someone I could see as my own best friend.  While her friends and family have redeeming qualities, there is something magnetic about McKenna.  She is smart and capable, but she is not perfect.  She falls into the classic scenario of hanging out with the mean girls at school and knows that she is guilty of this.  However, McKenna has a lot on her plate and I commend her strength and loyalty.  While I initially got a Single White Female vibe from the antagonist, Violet, I saw some potential here as well.  Either way, I was pleasantly surprised by Liberato’s performance and she really helped elevate the rest of the show, redeeming some other performances that were leaving a little something to be desired.

1

Throwback to fun horror movies in the 90’s.

What I really enjoyed about this show was that it was the perfect throwback to films like I Know What You Did Last Summer, Scream, Urban Legend, and The Craft.  I grew up watching these movies and I enjoyed that they were the perfect blend of slasher and terror scares with some predictable, but fun teenage drama thrown in.  I personally enjoy fun horror movies like this that don’t have me terrorized with nightmares for the rest of my life, but everyone likes something different.  Either way, I thought that this show provided me with the entertainment I expected and even pleasantly surprised me, leaving me wanting more.  Ready to watch?

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

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When Kallie Bennett, a jaded teenage girl plagued by her alcoholic mother and her peers molded out of sheer bubble gum perfection, chases after Alice in Wonderland herself, she ends up lost in her own version of Wonderland, which forces her to face her utmost fears and introduces her to familiar characters with a dark twist. Among these characters is Ches, a gorgeous vampire with a conflicted conscience, who becomes Kallie’s guide and blossoming love interest. She also crosses paths with Queen Hartley, a manipulative witch who has the power to strip away one’s memories and imagination, which brings a bone chilling new meaning to “off with their heads.” In The Search for Alice, Kallie starts to realize that her Wonderland is just as frightening as her own reality and that she cannot always run away from her problems. She must figure out a way to defeat Queen Hartley and return home before it is too late, but she soon learns that escaping Wonderland means leaving Ches behind forever.

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Supernatural” season 14 episode 1 season premiere: “What Do You Want?”

Happy Friday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Supernatural season 14 episode 1 season premiere, the wait is finally over and we get to catch up with the Winchester brothers.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  A lot happened last season, but to quickly catch you up, Michael is currently residing in Dean’s body, Jack has lost his powers, Lucifer is dead, and Bobby is alive.  Well it’s not our Bobby, it’s a Bobby from another dimension, but you get the idea.  In last night’s season premiere, “Stranger in a Strange Land,” we learn that Michael is travelling all over the world to find out what holy men want.  Meanwhile, Jack is trying to adjust to life without his powers, Sam and Castiel are trying everything to track down Dean, and Lucifer’s vessel, Nick, is still alive.  My top 5 moments from Supernatural season 14 episode 1 season premiere are:

5

“The other one.  The better one.”

In the beginning of the episode, we catch up with Dean, or rather Michael, who is still sporting his Newsboy cap with style.  We learn that Dean/Michael has been travelling all over the world and has been speaking to holy men, asking them what they want.  Dean/Michael interrupts a man who is praying to Allah and asks him what he wants, but quickly breaks down the facade and shows him what a hypocrite he has been.  Dean/Michael explains that, “you’re lost and not worth saving.”  Michael is looking for a better world, but what extreme measures will he take to create it?

4

“I don’t understand how Lucifer could die and I could live.”

I’m not really sure either Nick, but I am excited to still have Mark Pellegrino on the show.  Seriously he’s the best.  Sam explains that he is not too sure either, but tries to see if Nick has held on to any important information that could help him track down his brother.  While Nick doesn’t seem too useful just yet, you have to wonder if Lucifer will somehow come back from the dead and raise hell.  I mean it’s not the first time he has done this.

3

“It ain’t how hard you hit, it’s how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.”

Good advice parallel world Bobby.  Jack hilariously asks him if that was Ghandi and it’s great to see that Jack hasn’t lost his unintentional humor along with his grace.  Jack has been trying to adjust to life without his powers, but it is a lot for him.  Jack desperately wants to help his friends and family and Bobby is a good mentor for him.  Bobby has been trying to train him on fighting, but Jack still has a lot to learn.  I’m confident that he will find his place sooner or later, especially since we know his heart is in the right place.

2

“There will be no new king of hell.  Not today.  Not ever.”

Sam is not messing around, as his number one priority is to find his brother.  Castiel consorts with a demon, trying literally everything to find his good friend.  The demon even jokes to Castiel, “I thought you two were joined at the everything.”  The demon holds Castiel hostage and gives Sam a call, who arrives with plenty of backup.  The demon explains that “hell is in a bit of a pickle” and he wants to make a deal with Sam.  Demons do love their fair share of deals.  Well they aren’t really fair about it, but they definitely know how to stick to a contract for sure.  The demon tells Sam that he wants the “Crowley deal” and Sam had me cheering out loud when he says, “But you’re no Crowley.”  No this demon is definitely nowhere near the level of our old frenemy, Crowley.  The threat is eliminated and Sam tells the other demons that there will be no new king of hell and that anyone who thinks otherwise will need to go through him directly.  While I appreciate Sam’s words, it got me thinking about a new potential king of hell.  We know that the demons are not going to just sit by because a Winchester told them to.  So many other characters have come back from the dead.  Is it possible that we may see Crowley again?  Fingers crossed!

1

“You got me.  You have all of us.  You have your family and we are going to find Dean and beat Michael…because that’s what we do.”

I have to admit that I have missed the Supernatural  pep talks quite a lot.  Jack is feeling defeated after he merely just got punched in the face and Castiel hilariously points out that pretty much everyone got punched in the face.  Jack is feeling useless and doesn’t know how to help.  Castiel reminds him that his grace will restore itself eventually, but that he has him in the meantime and his entire family, which is a touching moment.  Castiel, Sam, and Dean have been like fathers to Jack and they have all been influencing him and helping him discover who he is along the way.  I’m looking forward to seeing Jack’s character develop even further and I have a feeling that he will make a difference in the world without his grace.  At the end of the episode, Sam receives a call from Sister Jo and she tells him that they have a problem, revealing that she received a visit from Dean/Michael earlier.  Dean/Michael visits with a vampire and recognizes that this creature knows exactly what it wants.  Is Michael about to form an alliance with vampires?  We’ll have to stay tuned, but I’m not sure that Michael has the best intentions for his “better world.”

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Supernatural in the comments section below.  Happy viewing!

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When Kallie Bennett, a jaded teenage girl plagued by her alcoholic mother and her peers molded out of sheer bubble gum perfection, chases after Alice in Wonderland herself, she ends up lost in her own version of Wonderland, which forces her to face her utmost fears and introduces her to familiar characters with a dark twist. Among these characters is Ches, a gorgeous vampire with a conflicted conscience, who becomes Kallie’s guide and blossoming love interest. She also crosses paths with Queen Hartley, a manipulative witch who has the power to strip away one’s memories and imagination, which brings a bone chilling new meaning to “off with their heads.” In The Search for Alice, Kallie starts to realize that her Wonderland is just as frightening as her own reality and that she cannot always run away from her problems. She must figure out a way to defeat Queen Hartley and return home before it is too late, but she soon learns that escaping Wonderland means leaving Ches behind forever.

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” season 13 episode 6: “The Gang Solves the Bathroom Problem”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the FXX network’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia season 13 episode 6 last night, I realized that the gang has a solution for pretty much everything and they will ensure they thoroughly cover all angles to get it right.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “The Gang Solves the Bathroom Problem,” the gang is excited to go to a Jimmy Buffett concert, but they have to handle an important debate before they can get back to “island time.”  Meanwhile, Charlie shows off his surprising fashion skills, Frank proves that screams are better than music, and poor Dee is ignored once again.  My top 5 moments from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia season 13 episode 6 are:

5

“Were you in the women’s bathroom?”

The gang is ready to go to the Jimmy Buffett concert, but they have to hit pause when Dee asks Mac why he was in the women’s bathroom.  Mac explains that he feels more comfortable in there because he is gay and is ready to initiate a thorough debate if needed.  Before we get there, Mac overacts when Dee begins to question him and tries to strangle her, yelling out, “Maybe I’ll choke you out!”  Poor Dee.  Mac is the first one to take the floor on the argument and explains that, “A, we both like dudes and B, we both find women’s bodies disgusting so no hanky panky.”  Seems like it is case closed, but Dee gets up and reminds everyone that “A, not all women like dudes and B, I find you disgusting.”  And so our debate begins.

4

“The dress ties the whole look together.”

After Mac mistakes Dee for being in the stall next to him with “pink heels,” Dee says that she doesn’t even own a pair.  Charlie steps up and says that he can explain it all.  We learn that Charlie has also been using the women’s bathroom and he wears a pair of pink heels so he doesn’t look suspicious.  Only Mac peeks over the top of the stall and discovers that Charlie is also wearing a wig and a dress to match.  Charlie tries to explain that he has been doing this since he was little and that “it’s not that weird.”  The gang responds with “it’s so weird,” but Charlie is not about to abandon his bathroom ensemble just yet.

3

“It’s mostly dicks.”

The gang makes the decision to take away gender from the bathrooms and they decide to make clear signs to indicate this.  This becomes very confusing, as the initial sign has Charlie thinking that there is a “starfish throwing a rock,” which we learn is actually a baby.  Mac thinks he will have better luck and ends up spending several hours on the laptop watching porn and comes up with a sign mostly full of dicks.  Frank then tries to take a stab at it and brings religion into it.  Dee suggests that they just put up toilet signs and decides she is going to use the men’s former bathroom, but suddenly the men don’t want her in there either.  Dee says, “You can’t take away my right to choose,” and the debate goes off topic as Dennis predicted.

2

“Have you ever read the constitution?”

The gang tries out designating one bathroom for #1 and the other for #2, but the gang thinks this might be a problem.  They try using scented candles in #2 and Frank suggests using the sound of screams rather than music for background noise.  Dennis and Charlie are not really sure about this, but when they enter the bathroom and hear the screaming, they think that they might be on to something.  This part had me crying from laughing so hard.  It reminded me of what you hear when you go through a haunted house, but somehow it worked.  We also quickly discover that Frank keeps a gun with him at all times in the bathroom and the constitution is brought up once again, which leads to everyone actually taking a moment to start reading it.  You can’t say that It’s Always Sunny hasn’t taught you anything.

1

“In there we’re all the same…”

After much debate, the gang finally realizes that they are all the same in the bathroom and Dee tries to shed some light on everything and has an insightful thought when she suggests, “Why don’t we focus on treating other people the way we want to be treated?”  I’m with you Dee!  Charlie seems like he is really thinking it over, but then says, “Dee, we were just talking” and Mac hilariously adds in, “Yea shut the f*ck up!”  Poor Dee!  Well at least the gang will get to enjoy the Jimmy Buffett concert after all.  Stay tuned!

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

@TV_Fanatic_Girl

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When Kallie Bennett, a jaded teenage girl plagued by her alcoholic mother and her peers molded out of sheer bubble gum perfection, chases after Alice in Wonderland herself, she ends up lost in her own version of Wonderland, which forces her to face her utmost fears and introduces her to familiar characters with a dark twist. Among these characters is Ches, a gorgeous vampire with a conflicted conscience, who becomes Kallie’s guide and blossoming love interest. She also crosses paths with Queen Hartley, a manipulative witch who has the power to strip away one’s memories and imagination, which brings a bone chilling new meaning to “off with their heads.” In The Search for Alice, Kallie starts to realize that her Wonderland is just as frightening as her own reality and that she cannot always run away from her problems. She must figure out a way to defeat Queen Hartley and return home before it is too late, but she soon learns that escaping Wonderland means leaving Ches behind forever.

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