Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” season 3 episode 11: “The Red Dahlia”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Riverdale season 3 episode 11, I learned that “it’s not what things are, it’s what they appear to be.”  But when everyone in town is holding on to a secret, it’s hard to know who to trust.  After all, “no one’s innocent in crime town.”  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Chapter Forty-Six:  The Red Dahlia,” Riverdale embraces the noir genre, as Jughead Jones tries to uncover the secrets in town.  Meanwhile, Archie continues to spiral out of control, Veronica is determined to find out who tried to kill her father, and Hermione Lodge proves to be a femme fatale you do not want to mess with.  My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 3 episode 11 are:

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“A safe place as long as you know the safe word.”

I wonder if the safe word is “syrup.”  Penelope Blossom has been trying to get her brothel up and running in Riverdale for quite some time, but it looks like she is starting off with her secret sex club, “The Maple Club.”  Betty and Jughead uncover it while they are looking for information on Hiram’s mistress and get a lot more than they bargained for when they witness what is going on here behind closed doors.  While I’m not too sure on the scenery here, it’s nice to see some screen time for our couple, Bughead, as they get back to their roots and try to get to the bottom of the mystery in front of them.

4

“Well played, Miss Veronica.”

During the episode, Veronica embraces the noir genre and her fashion is on point, complete with an elegant hat, as she goes to hire Jughead Jones to find out who tried to have her father killed.  After confronting her mother, Veronica discovers her mother’s connection to the Fizzle Rocks drug fiasco and decides to have the drugs destroyed once and for all.  This may not have been the wisest decision, as Hermione is far from pleased, but Veronica reminds us that she is very capable and has been paying great attention to both her mother and father for quite some time.  At the end of the episode, Veronica no longer wants to find out the information, but is she perhaps a little bit too good at being a Lodge?  After all, manipulation seems to run in the family, but we’ll have to see what our girl Veronica does next.

3

“I’m going to face and kill one more demon.”

Archie continues to abuse alcohol and Fred is not pleased, as he reminds him that “this does not solve your problems.”  Archie receives some unexpected advice from Josie, which is actually spot on.  Josie talks to him about dealing with his demons head on, but Archie decides that he needs to finally face Hiram Lodge after all this time.  After initially going to shoot Hiram, Archie ends up saving his life and the two make a deal to stay away from one another.  But can you really ever make a trustworthy deal with the devil?  Archie listens to Josie and decides that he wants to channel his anger into boxing and start playing music again, which seems to be a step in the right direction.  Thanks Josie!

2

“You’re not so innocent, Betty.”

After talking with her father, Betty realizes that the murders around her have all been made to look like suicides by poison and that this trend definitely screams Blossom.  After some more detective work, Betty learns that Clifford Blossom was actually poisoned by the “black widow” or “Red Dahlia,” Penelope Blossom.  Cheryl and Toni have already warned Betty to back off, as Cheryl is mourning the death of her Uncle Claudius, although I’m not sure that there are that many tears here, but Betty continues to use all her resources to figure out the connection.  Penelope reveals that Claudius was responsible for the seizures, suggesting that the Fizzle Rocks run off in the river caused them.  However, Penelope Blossom is no medical doctor for sure, as we are still not able to understand why the seizures only impacted girls so far.  After Betty confronts Penelope about what she did, Penelope tries to explain that she only punishes men and that they are the “real poison.”  She also reminds Betty that she talks to Hal quite a bit and knows that she left Chic to die.  Secrets will get the best of you every time, but I’m sure our girl Betty will be able to figure out a plan.

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“We should agree to keep each other’s secrets.”

After confronting Hermione Lodge, she appears to have nothing to hide.  Hermione is great under pressure and it seems like she may be off the hook, but Jughead Jones knows better.  Hermione may not have pulled the trigger on her husband, but she is pulling all the strings.  Jughead quickly learns that Sheriff Minetta is alive and well and having an affair with Hermione.  Only FP was the one to actually take the shot at Hiram.  Jughead tries to warn his father that Hermione plans to finish the job and frame him, but FP uses his new connection to the media to keep her quiet.  It seems like we are witnessing a strategic game of chess here, but Hermione is not about to let any loose ends remain.  She warns Jughead not to reveal her secrets or she will bring his father down too and she shoots her lover, Sheriff Minetta, proving to be the ultimate femme fatale. 

Overall, I was slightly underwhelmed by the noir themed episode.  Shows like Supernatural and Charmed have pulled this off successfully in the past, using the genre as a filler episode.  However, I am still recovering from the filler episode 9 so I was hoping for something more concrete here.  I will say that the plot did continue to move forward, but I was slightly confused with all the twists and turns and almost felt like I had to take notes just to keep up.  While I love the mystery behind Riverdale, I almost felt like it didn’t even need the noir theme or perhaps it didn’t need it to be present for the entire episode.  Either way, it looks like everyone still remains a suspect in some capacity, but we’ll have to stay tuned to see what happens next!

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

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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 “The Passage” season 1 episode 3: “You’re a Horror Show”

Happy Tuesday TV fans!  After watching Fox’s The Passage season 1 episode 3, Clark reminded us that “nobody gets over anything” and that “they say time helps, but it doesn’t.”  However, does that mean we stop trying?  Is it possible to save a lost cause?  Maybe not, but if we stop trying, do we lose our own humanity in the process?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “That Never Should Have Happened to You,” we get a glimpse into Shauna Babcock’s past, revealing quite a lot about who she was before Project Noah.  Meanwhile, Lila tries to get some answers, Lacey’s fate is revealed, Amy gets a new pen pal, and Brad comes face to face with Fanning.  My top 5 moments from The Passage season 1 episode 3 are:

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“Why do you think she made that choice?”

After Shauna took a bite out of Simmons, the rest of Project Noah begins to discuss this behavior and what it means.  They quickly realize that this was personal for Shauna, as Simmons had been tormenting her for a while and she also chose not to harm the squirmy janitor.  So was it out of revenge or does Shauna have heightened intelligence?  The scientists on the team are eager to find out, but Dr. Lear reminds them that this will not “fix the nightmares problem.”  Clark does not want to rehash this; however, as he agrees that the threat should be eliminated and Shauna should be put down.  But is Clark able to deal with his own inner turmoil right now?

4

“You might be the most important little girl in the world.”

After Brad and Amy arrive at Project Noah, Amy is not reacting well to the doctors surrounding her.  Dr. Sykes tries a calmer approach and explains that Amy could save so many people and that she promises that nothing will happen to her.  But can she really make a promise like that?  It seems like Dr. Sykes is having doubts as well like Dr. Lear, but she understands that she can save millions of lives if she succeeds.  But can she deal with the consequences of the lives she has ruined?  I’m still looking forward to seeing her character explored further and I’m sure we will get there, but it’s clear that Amy has a major role to play here.

3

“What are we not gonna do?  Panic.”

During this episode, Brad promises that he will not leave Amy.  The bond between these two continues to grow and it’s really almost like Brad is now Amy’s father.  He even looks for monsters in the closet and under the bed, which is adorable, except we know that there are real monsters lurking within the walls of Project Noah.  Brad is determined to protect Amy, but is he a match for Fanning?  Perhaps he may need a little bit of help here.

2

“He’s gonna come for her.”

Later on, the janitor warns Brad that Fanning is going to come for Amy.  I’m not sure if Fanning recognizes Amy’s potential here or just wants to eliminate a possible new threat, but he is definitely fixated on her presence.  Dr. Lear and Brad somewhat join forces, as they try to figure out what Fanning wants.  Brad hilariously asks Dr. Lear, “Why don’t you just call them vampires?”  This is a valid point for sure.  I mean, if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck…it’s science?  Dr. Lear is a scientist at heart and says there is no such thing as vampires, but he does realize that his old friend is very dangerous and communicating on another level with the other subjects and with people inside Project Noah.  We know that Fanning wants to be free and will stop at nothing to achieve his goal, but he now has Brad in his way.  At the end of the episode, Fanning finally appears in Brad’s dream and warns him to stay out of his way, but will Brad listen?

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“Is it gonna hurt?  Not one bit…”

During the episode, we get an important glimpse into Shauna Babcock’s past.  We know that she connected with Clark when she was brought in and he gave her some false promises, which explains his obsession with her and why she may be invading his dreams.  We also get to dive deeper into Shauna’s past before all of this and learn that she had a hard life and was just trying to leave it all behind so that she could start over as a special effects make-up artist.  Shauna actually seemed to have some talent and was saving money so that she could start her dream.  However, her mother’s husband had been sexually abusing her for quite some time and it’s clear that Shauna was broken from this.  Later on, Shauna was horrified when she found out that her mother knew the whole time and she could not control her anger, as she unleashed it on both her mother and step-father.  Shauna’s past is revealing and heartbreaking, but it also explains a lot about her current situation now.  Shauna is the first subject to show such advanced intelligence and perhaps it is because she has always been trying to find something else within her:  a strength that cannot be smothered by others.  Later on, Clark is unable to go through with killing her.  Is it because he still cares about her or does he feel directly responsible for her current situation?  Either way, Shauna Babcock has not been eliminated just yet.

Overall, this was my favorite episode so far.  There are very few shows that can seamlessly intertwine character flashbacks with the plot so well.  Shows like Lost and Orange Is the New Black come to mind here.  The Passage has just achieved this as well for me.  These flashbacks connect you more to the characters, but it isn’t forced.  It elevates the show to something else…something meaningful and powerful, bringing you in that much more.  I am extremely impressed with The Passage so far and I can’t wait to see what happens next. Stay tuned!

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

**I would love it if you would take a moment to check out my Whizbuzz Book page via the link below for everything you need to know about my new book, The Search for Alice, including my author bio page and links to my website and social media sites!  Thank you!

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Do you love horror series?  Of course you do!  Please also check out 12 Nights of Horror Series Coming Soon.  It’s your home for everything you need to know about new and returning horror television series including new trailers, premiere dates, reviews, recaps, and renewals! 

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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 “SMILF” season 2 episode 2: “Well Change Hurts”

Greetings TV viewers!  After watching Showtime’s SMILF season 2  episode 2 last night, I was reminded that Third Eye Blind’s song, “How’s It Going to Be,” can really get you through a lot.  It may not solve your issues overnight, but I have to agree with Tutu’s choice of soundtrack here.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Sorry Mary, I’m Losing Faith,” Bridgette gets asked out on a date, but realizes that she may not be ready for such a big step.  Meanwhile, Tutu tries to deal with her own grief, and Ally tries to pick up the pieces of her marriage.  My top 5 moments from the SMILF season 2 episode 2 are:

5

“Well change hurts.”

In the beginning of the episode, Bridgette decides to get her basketball tattoo covered up because it reminds her of her father.  The tattoo artist reminds her that “change hurts,” but sometimes change can be just what we need, as he spontaneously asks Bridgette out on a date.  Bridgette says yes and seems genuinely excited about it, but now she needs to find someone to watch Larry.

4

“You planned a scavenger hunt?”

When Bridgette drops off Larry to Rafi, he explains that he cannot watch him during her date because he has his own romantic evening planned for his girlfriend, which involves a scavenger hunt around the city leading to a nice dinner.  The idea is actually pretty clever, but Bridgette is not amused, as she starts to realize that her own potential romantic evening may now be put on hold.

3

“You’re fired.”

After finding a sitter for Larry, thanks to Ally, Bridgette agrees to go out with Ally before her date, but Ally is an emotional mess right now after finding out that her husband has a mistress.  Ally surprisingly fires Bridgette because she can’t have another woman around the house anymore, but still wants to be friends.  Bridgette seems open to the idea, but will Ally have a change of heart?  After all, it seems like Bridgette does make a difference with her kids.

2

“I’m Team Ally.”

Well sure, Bridgette, maybe you are Team Ally, but I’m not sure that following her advice about taking a Xanax is necessarily the best idea before your big date.  Bridgette is definitely more relaxed now, but ends up bailing on her date, realizing that she is not ready for this big step in her life just yet.

1

“I’m really worried about the future for my kid and my future too I guess.”

At the end of the episode, Bridgette ends up walking into a church and helping herself to some church wine, as she has a heart-to-heart talk with the statue of Mary.  Bridgette opens up about some of her fears and doubts, but ends up stealing the statue to set her free.  While I’m not sure this is the wisest decision, luckily Rafi ends up picking Bridgette up and helping her.  I don’t know if these two are meant to end up together or not, but it’s nice to see that Rafi is trying to be there for Bridgette and Larry.  Although I’m not really sure what Bridgette is going to do with the statue of Mary now?  Stay tuned for more SMILF fun!

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

**I would love it if you would take a moment to check out my Whizbuzz Book page via the link below for everything you need to know about my new book, The Search for Alice, including my author bio page and links to my website and social media sites!  Thank you!

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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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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Shameless” season 9 episode 9: “I’m The Hobo Loco Man!”

Happy Sunday TV fans!  After watching Showtime’s Shameless season 9 episode 9, I realized that having a vision board will not solve everything, but it’s not a bad place to start and you might even end up surprising yourself with what you discover.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In tonight’s episode, “BOOOOOOOOOOOONE!,” Debbie takes on some more responsibility and decides that everyone is going to pay up or be left out in the cold.  Meanwhile, Irish Ford pays Fiona a visit, Liam bonds with Santiago, and Lip meets Tami’s ex-boyfriend.  My top 5 moments from Shameless season 9 episode 9 are:

5

“We’ll do 3.”

In this episode, we learn that Ingrid is pregnant, but there are already six embryos present.  The doctor explains that she will need to terminate some of them so that Ingrid has a safe and healthy pregnancy, but Ingrid is not ready to let go.  After first agreeing to three babies, she decides that she will be keeping all six.  Frank does the math and realizes he will need to start saving up over a million dollars, but our guy Frank always has a scheme in the works.

4

“I didn’t make the name up.”

While Kev and V try to track down Santiago’s uncle, they also make time to prepare some drinks for the “Hobo Loco Man Competition.”  The drink by itself is beyond disgusting and Kev tries to mix it with some cocktails so that he can win the competition.  Some of Kev’s drink ideas include:  “Hobo Rita,” “Napalm Gut Rinse,” and “Death,” which is a full shot of Hobo Loco with 4 ounces of Baileys.  While I love the creativity here behind the Hobo Loco cocktail names, I’m not sure that anything can make this drink appetizing.  However, Frank is inspired when he learns that he could potentially become the Hobo Loco Man spokesperson and earn $50,000.  After all, Frank is pretty much the only one who can actually drink this, so I guess it’s worth a shot.

3

“I don’t want to mess your future up.”

After Kelly’s father threatens Carl with a gun, Carl begins to have second thoughts about their relationship, but not for the reasons you may suspect.  Carl genuinely cares about Kelly and tells her, “I don’t want to mess your future up,” which is selfless and really sweet.  When working on the vision board, Kelly realizes that she has been living her life for her father and that it’s about time she stands up for herself and what she wants.  She tells her father that she does want to go to his dream school, but that she will do it on her terms, which include dating Carl and having sex with him in her bedroom.  It looks like Carl may have found the one, but I’m still wondering if Kassidi may rise up from the grave anytime soon.

2

“He’s the guy kissing your chick.”

When I saw the name of the episode, I was slightly startled, but then I understood it when Tami’s ex-boyfriend, Boone, walked in the door.  Lip initially feels out of place and unsure of what to do next when he finds out that Boone made a promise to marry Tami.  After working out some of their issues, Lip and Tami realize they are ready to move forward with their relationship together and that it’s OK to show their feelings every once and a while.  I have to say that I am liking this relationship so far, but let’s hope that Tami can treat Lip with love and respect because he deserves it.

1

“I don’t need anything from you!”

Poor Fiona is continuing to spiral out of control in this episode and it doesn’t help when Irish Ford walks in the door to ask for his tools back.  Fiona tries to tell him that she doesn’t have his tools and that she hasn’t thought about him in weeks and Debbie and the Gallaghers have Fiona’s back when Debbie ominously says, “We thought about you though,” while holding a knife.  Later on, Fiona’s anger continues to get the best of her and it even impacts her work.  She later tries out boxing to see if she can channel her aggression, but this seems to only prove that Fiona is very capable of defending herself.  After all, she is from the South Side.  After getting a little bit of satisfaction from throwing Ford’s tools through his window, Fiona ends up on her front porch with Liam.  Liam promises her that he will never disrespect women, even though he is currently keeping his options open, which is beyond heartwarming.  Debbie decides to let Fiona and Liam back in even though they still owe her money, but hopefully Fiona will begin to “turn a corner” and pick up the pieces.  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!

**I would love it if you would take a moment to check out my Whizbuzz Book page via the link below for everything you need to know about my new book, The Search for Alice, including my author bio page and links to my website and social media sites!  Thank you!

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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.

Want to read more?  You can click the link directly below for a free preview.  Thanks for your support!

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Spoiler-Free Review of “A Discovery of Witches” season 1: To Stream or not to Stream

“It begins with absence and desire.  It begins with blood and fear.  It begins with A Discovery of Witches.”  Based on the All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness, the television series follows Diana Bishop, played by Teresa Palmer, an alchemist and a reluctant witch, who comes across “Ashmole 782,” which is a mysterious text that has been missing for quite some time and is desired by many witches, vampires, and demons.  After discovering the text, Diana crosses paths with a vampire named Matthew Clairmont, played by Matthew Goode.  Can you guess what comes next?  Of course there is a love story, which makes things complicated, as witches and vampires are forbidden from being together.

So am I in or out?  I was initially very excited to watch this show, which is now available to stream all 8 episodes on Sundance Now and Shudder.  I have read the trilogy and I absolutely adored the first book in particular.  When I started the television series, I felt that it had a lot of potential.  However, the series can be slow moving at times and other characters are introduced a little bit too much, which caused me to continue to go back to see who everyone was and why they were there.  So to stream or not to stream?  If you are a fan of Twilight or The Originals, you will enjoy the series.  There are only 8 episodes, but I felt like things didn’t really get going until episode 6.  The love story is moving enough, the acting was impressive despite some empty conversation starters, and there were even some formidable villains.  You will most likely connect more with Matthew than Diana.  Think Mr. Darcy if he were a vampire.  I was also very impressed with Satu played by Malin Buska, who was absolutely brilliant.

I very much enjoyed the history of the witches and Diana discovering her powers along with the introduction of dark magic, but I would have liked to see a better balance here.  I understand the need to focus around the love story, but I think this might actually turn some fans away, as it is somewhat similar to Twilight, which could be off-putting, even though I ship Diana and Matthew a lot more than Bella and Edward.  When I read the book series, I fell in love with the creepy library atmosphere and the mystery behind discovering the text, which was glossed over very quickly on the show.  The series has gotten a lot of attention in the UK and has already been renewed for seasons 2 and 3, which opens the door to more time walking and more magic.  If you are a fan of the book series, I think you will enjoy the show and appreciate how much they try to incorporate everything, but if you are a casual fan, it may miss the mark for you.  Overall, I think that the show is worth a stream if you find yourself craving a good supernatural love story.  However, if you are looking for something dark and disturbing, this may not be your cup of tea.

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

**I would love it if you would take a moment to check out my Whizbuzz Book page via the link below for everything you need to know about my new book, The Search for Alice, including my author bio page and links to my website and social media sites!  Thank you!

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Do you love horror series?  Of course you do!  Please also check out 12 Nights of Horror Series Coming Soon.  It’s your home for everything you need to know about new and returning horror television series including new trailers, premiere dates, reviews, recaps, and renewals!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

@TV_Fanatic_Girl

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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 “Supernatural” season 14 episode 11: “It’s the Only Sane Play I’ve Got”

Happy Friday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Supernatural season 14 episode 11, I realized that sometimes we are faced with an impossible choice.  We always want to see the good in others and find another solution, but what happens when there is no other way?  Do we give up and support the ones we love or do we keep fighting and risk it all?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Damaged Goods,” Dean visits Donna and Mary, as he prepares himself for what’s to come.  Meanwhile, Nick continues to hunt down Abraxas and Sam is left with a difficult decision to make.  My top 5 moments from Supernatural season 14 episode 11 are:

5

“Best burger ever.”

On the way to visit his mom, Dean stops to visit Sheriff Donna and it’s always wonderful to see her.  I absolutely love the friendship between these two and Donna quickly realizes that something is going on with Dean, but is he ready to let anyone in yet?  Either way, it’s nice to see these two reunite over a quick meal.

4

“Winchester Surprise.”

So what exactly is in the “Winchester Surprise” meal other than a lot of grease?  I’m not really sure, but I think it’s absolutely adorable that Dean remembers this meal and takes the time to reminisce with his mother, Mary.  Other than the greasy meal, Dean reminds her about getting some pie as well.  While this moment is sweet and heartwarming, it feels like a goodbye and Mary is completely aware that Dean is planning something, but it doesn’t seem like anyone will be able to talk him into a new plan, especially since Billie revealed so much to Dean about what his future holds.

3

“You’re a long way from Delaware, Nick.”

Nick is back in this episode and he is looking to track down Mary, learning that she faced Abraxas a long time ago.  In case you forgot, Nick discovered that the demon, Abraxas, was responsible for the death of his family.  After a run in with Donna, Nick tracks down Mary and she brings him to the box that she trapped Abraxas in.  Nick is clearly running on pure revenge at this point, but is he willing to destroy everyone in his path to get what he wants?

2

“Showtime.”

What’s in the box?  Meet Abraxas.  Abraxas is ready to reveal his motive to Nick, but asks him to kill Mary first.  Luckily, Sam and Dean show up before Mary is harmed, but Nick is not about to leave until he gets what he wants.  Abraxas reveals that he was just following orders, stating that Lucifer had set this plan in motion a long time ago.  This answer does not really satisfy Nick, but I’m not sure that anything would at this point, but is he too far gone?  Sam seems to want to still believe in him, but I’m not sure that there is any humanity left within Nick.

1

“It’s the only sane play I’ve got.”

At the end of the episode, we learn that Dean has been building a box to trap Michael in, but this means that he would be trapped inside along with him for eternity.  For those of you who predicted this alternate ending, congrats!  I want to give a special shout out to MsMoonshine on Quiz Up who predicted this theory in the Supernatural thread.  Way to go!  Sam is not initially on board with this plan, especially when he finds out that Dean will be trapped in the box in the middle of the ocean.  Dean explains that he initially didn’t tell Sam because he is the only one who can talk him out of it, but he is going through with the plan to save the world.  Sam agrees to help him, but is there another way?  Stay tuned!

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!

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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 “Riverdale” season 3 episode 10: “The Stranger”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Riverdale season 3 episode 10, I learned that sometimes you just have to keep fighting.  But what happens when you lose sight of who you are in the process?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Chapter Forty-Five:  The Stranger,” we learn the fate of Archie Andrews.  Meanwhile, the SATs are approaching, Fangs gets invited to join the inner circle, and Betty finally pays her father a visit.  My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 3 episode 10 are:

5

“I will kill you…”

Fred Andrews steps up and channels some Dylan McKay, as he threatens Hiram Lodge.  Hiram has been pushing and pushing and Fred reminds him that he will not hesitate to kill him if he goes after his son again.  While Fred typically takes the high road, it’s clear that he has been pushed over the edge, but will his need for revenge get him into trouble?  Either way, it was great to see someone stand up to Hiram.  Hiram may be a master manipulator, but I have a feeling that Fred could easily take him in a fair fight.

4

“You are not cornering me into joining your cult.”

During the episode, Betty quickly learns that her mother, Alice, has given away all her money to the Farm.  When Betty questions her mother about this, Alice explains that the account has not been “drained, just transferred.”  Betty is beyond outraged and learns that Alice forged her father’s signature to make the transaction, which means that Betty will have to pay her father a visit after all.  While there has been quite a lot of set up going on for the Farm, I am really looking forward to seeing that story-line finally develop.  I want to know more about Edgar, their end game, and how they have managed to completely brainwash Alice.

3

“It’s over, isn’t it?”

After Archie returns home with quite a few scars inside and out, Veronica is beyond happy to see him.  It seems like these two are going to make it after all, but where does Reggie fit into this equation?  Reggie is willing to take the high road and allow Veronica and Archie to head off into the sunset together, but he unintentionally tells Archie what happened between them.  After Hiram is shot and recovering from surgery, Veronica and Archie have a talk and come to the conclusion that their relationship is over.  Is this really the end of Varchie for good?  We’ll have to wait and see, but it looks like Reggie has been eagerly waiting in the wings so Veggie fans can rejoice for now.

2

“To keep me coming back to you…”

So we finally get the meeting we have been waiting for, as Betty confronts her father, Hal.  Hal continues to play mind games and even claims that he was the Gargoyle King in the past and that he tried to take down the entire Midnight Club.  After some Nancy Drew investigating, Betty learns that Penelope Blossom has been posing as her mother to go visit Hal and has provided him with this Intel.  Betty soon realizes that Hal did this intentionally to keep Betty coming back to him.  Even though Hal is sick and twisted and a little bit too obsessed with punishing sinners, he does hold on to his connection to Betty.  Hal signs the affidavit for Betty, but it looks like this is a potential new beginning for these two.  Even though Betty swears that she will not return, she has a void at home now that Alice has completely given herself over to the Farm.  Betty continues to confide in her father, but will this eventually lead to her own darkness returning?  We’ll have to wait and see.

1

“You’re looking at the new law in Riverdale.”

During the episode, it seems like everyone is on board to claim that he or she is the true Gargoyle King.  After Hal’s false confession, it seems like Tall Boy is the actual Gargoyle King, but my money is still on Hermione Lodge.  During the episode, Hiram decides that he wants Claudius Blossom to step up as the new sheriff, but Hermione is not happy with this decision.  Tall Boy and Claudius both don’t make it through the episode and even Hiram is shot and left for dead.  Only it’s not that easy to kill a cockroach like Hiram, as he manages to pull through surgery.  At the end of the episode, Hermione meets up with FP and tells him that it’s time.  There’s a new sheriff in town and it’s FP Jones.  It doesn’t seem like being the sheriff requires any type of credentials here, but I guess it doesn’t hurt to have FP leading the way.  However, Hermione has been strategically pulling several strings here, which is hard to ignore.  I have been saying from the start that I believe Hermione is the Gargoyle King, but perhaps she is not in it alone.  Either way, I think that this episode redeemed itself from the unnecessary fluff last week and I’m back on board.  However, let’s not forget about our girls, Cheryl and Toni.  Everyone deserves some screen time here in Riverdale.  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.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

**I would love it if you would take a moment to check out my Whizbuzz Book page via the link below for everything you need to know about my new book, The Search for Alice, including my author bio page and links to my website and social media sites!  Thank you!

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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.

Want to read more?  You can click the link directly below for a free preview.  Thanks for your support!

Free Instant Preview of The Search for Alice is available here!

The Search for Alice is available here!

The Search for Alice Cover