Spoiler-Free Review of “Swamp Thing” on DC Universe: The Swamp is Lovely, Dark, and Deep

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“I don’t like mysteries…I like solutions.”  Only CDC investigator, Abby Arcane, is about to find herself tangled in a mystery, one that lurks beneath the surface of the swamp waters, but is she up for the challenge?  It looks like she may not have a choice, discovering that returning home to Marais, Louisiana will be far from drama free.  If you are looking for your next favorite show, you may be in the right place, as the pilot episode delivers and stays true to the horror label that has been attached to it.

Swamp Thing is available to watch on DC Universe and season one features 10 episodes.  The pilot premiered on May 31st and the remaining episodes will air weekly on Fridays, leading up to the scheduled season finale on August 2nd.  The show stars Crystal Reed, Andy Bean, Derek Mears, Virginia Madsen, Henderson Wade, and Jennifer Beals.  We follow Abby Arcane, who returns home to investigate a deadly virus spreading in the swamps. She meets a biologist named Alec Holland, who is researching the virus on his own.  As Abby tries to find answers to explain the horror she is seeing before her eyes, she ends up coming face to face with a mysterious creature, but is he a friend or foe?

The Pros:

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An origin story that truly pulls you in.

Much like Gotham and Smallville, Swamp Thing has successfully pulled me into this world, revealing an origin story that is unique and riveting.  Whether you are familiar with the comics or not, this show can stand on its own, allowing us to truly explore and understand the character development here.  I’m a fan of comics in general, but I can’t say that I am an expert on Swamp Thing.  But you don’t really need to be because the show already has so much potential just from its pilot episode and the plot is captivating and intriguing without ever making you feel lost or too unfamiliar with the story.

This show is worthy of the horror genre.

While many shows dabble in the horror genre, this show deserves to keep that label.  The show is genuinely scary and there are already so many parts that will creep you out.  The opening scene is chilling and fantastic.  I was on the edge of my seat, watching the horror unfold before my eyes, which is not always easy to accomplish in just one episode.  The show has a fast paced tempo and it doesn’t seem like the character building or small town drama will get in the way of this.

Crystal Reed is your new crush.

Crystal Reed is absolutely fantastic as Abby so far.  Typically, it takes me about three episodes to get used to a show to determine if I truly want to give it my undivided attention or not.  With Swamp Thing, I have already been pulled into this world and part of that is because Abby’s character is so interesting.  She has many layers and a backstory that will need to be explored further, but there is something magnetic about her, which makes me want to go on this dark journey with her that much more.

The Cons:

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The show is only on DC Universe.

Honestly, the only con I can come up with so far is that this show is exclusively airing on DC Universe.  I started a 7 day free trial so that I could check out the pilot, but since the episodes air weekly, I would need to commit to a subscription in order to keep watching and I have so many streaming subscriptions already.

Also, this show has the potential to be binge-watch worthy and I wish that all of the episodes were available to stream now so that I don’t forget about them.  Having said that, this show has started off in such a fantastic way and as long as the rest of the episodes can measure up to the pilot, it seems like it is worth the wait and the investment.  Don’t let us down, Swamp Thing!

So am I in or out? 

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I am in 100 percent!  This show has so much potential and I can’t wait to dive into the next episodes.  Swamp Thing perfectly blends horror, mystery, and romance all in one.  The characters are intriguing and the shots by the swamp are well done, creating a world that is so fantastically creepy.  I never felt bored by anything going on and I was on the edge of my seat during several moments.  Let’s just hope that the remaining episodes live up to this amazing pilot because I am ready to submerge myself completely into the swamp!

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

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The 100” season 6 episode 5: “How Would You Like To Be Immortal Too?”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s The 100 season 6 episode 5, I learned that happiness may look good on Clarke, but Josephine’s presence is beyond dangerous.  Will anyone be able to stop her?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “The Gospel of Josephine,” Josephine adjusts to her new body, Clarke, and tries to keep up appearances, which proves to be more difficult than she initially realized.  Meanwhile, Jordan and Gaia look for the truth and Abby desperately tries to find a way to save Marcus.  My top 5 moments from The 100 season 6 episode 5 are:

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“How hard can Clarke be?”

Josephine may have experience acting in plays over the years, but being “Clarke” proves to be more difficult than she realized.  While Josephine embraces her new body, she realizes that fooling Clarke’s friends and family will not be easy.  Josephine quickly learns that they speak in another language and she immediately begins making mistakes when she tells Madi that she can go to school after she was so against it before.  Bellamy comments that happiness looks good on her, but what’s lurking beneath Clarke’s body is manipulative and dangerous.  Watch out, Bellamy!

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“They worship Nightbloods.  I’d like to know why.”

Jordan and Gaia seek out answers after “Priya” doesn’t remember who Jordan is.  Jordan refuses to just accept this even though Bellamy and Murphy initially don’t have his back, assuming that it was a one night stand and Jordan is too naive to realize.  Later on, Clarke/Josephine, Bellamy, and Murphy join Gaia and Jordan and discover some kind of room celebrating the dead and find the mark of the flame.  Gaia initially thinks that the skeletons all belong to past commanders, but we quickly learn that they are something else.  But if they aren’t commanders, “what the hell are they?” 

A good question for sure, as the group comes across a video showing the murder of a Nightblood host, realizing that “becoming one with the Primes” can lead to immortality.  Clarke/Josephine tries to put a positive spin on things, but Gaia unintentionally spills the beans about Madi being a Nightblood and Josephine also learns that Abby was able to synthesize Nightblood, turning Clarke into one with science, which definitely gets her full attention.  The secrets are unraveling, but no one seems to realize that Clarke is not Clarke just yet.

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“It’s because he’s good and true and deserves to live.”

Abby finally gets some more screen time in this episode, as she continues to work on finding a way to save Marcus.  Clarke/Josephine gives her a few ideas that actually seem quite helpful, but as soon as Josephine realizes that Abby can make a Nightblood, it’s clear that she may be in great danger.  Abby has an emotional breakdown at one point and talks about how Marcus deserves to live because he did the right thing when she made so many horrible decisions during the time of Blodreina. 

Abby’s guilt is clearly catching up to her now and she has traded one addiction for another.  While it’s possible that she may have kicked her drug addiction, she is spending every possible moment trying to save Marcus, but will she be able to without further consequences?  We’ll have to stay tuned to find out, but I’m feeling some Marcus withdrawal myself.  Bring him back already!

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“I guess you want to live after all.”

Meanwhile, while all of the Invasion of the Body Snatchers drama is going on, Octavia and Diyoza continue to get into trouble together while trying to track down Gabriel.  Octavia and Diyoza get stuck in some kind of deadly swamp quick sand and apparently “the harder you fight, the faster you die.”  Diyoza stands still, but Octavia continues to stubbornly struggle, which makes her sink that much faster.  Another dangerous threat comes their way, as some kind of flash of light appears that could be fatal.  Diyoza escapes and Octavia hides underneath the quick sand to protect herself, but comes very close to death.

Luckily, Diyoza comes back for her and gets her out of there and tells her that perhaps she wants to live after all.  I’m loving this partnership between these two and I think that they can learn a lot from each other.  After all, Diyoza reminded Octavia that “you can always turn it around” while you are still breathing and perhaps these two can be redeemed.  Either way, I’m rooting for them!

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“I’m listening…”

Bellamy finally begins to detect that something is wrong with Clarke and approaches her, speaking in the Grounder language to prove his suspicions.  He asks Clarke who she is and she introduces herself as Josephine Lightbourne.  Let’s hope that Bellamy will be OK and can warn the others  before it’s too late.  However, Clarke/Josephine is already recruiting for her plan, as she approaches Murphy and asks him if he would like to be immortal, revealing that Clarke is dead.  Murphy tells her that he’s listening, but is he just trying to get close to Josephine to help his friends or is Murphy looking out for his own survival? 

Murphy has come so far as a character, but we know that he has his share of faults.  I’m interested to see this unlikely partnership develop more and I hope there is a way to bring our girl Clarke back, but it doesn’t look like Josephine will leave without a fight.  New episodes return June 11th!  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on The 100 in the comments section below.  Thanks for reading and happy viewing!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Killing Eve” season 2 episode 8: “You’re Mine”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching BBC America’s Killing Eve season 2 episode 8 season finale on AMC, I realized that what comes around, goes around.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “You’re Mine,” armed guards from The Twelve show up and threaten Eve’s operation, which puts her life in immediate danger.  Meanwhile, Aaron wants Villanelle to work for him and Raymond comes back looking for revenge.  My top 5 moments from the Killing Eve season 2 episode 8 season finale are:

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“Gentleman is a very common word.”

In the beginning of the episode, Eve hears a noise outside and is shocked when she discovers that Hugo has been shot.  Villanelle uses the safe word, “gentleman,” and Eve rushes over to her to save the day, leaving a note behind to help poor Hugo, who is left bleeding in the hallway.  When Eve arrives, she discovers that Villanelle appears to be fine and is sitting down for breakfast with Aaron.  Aaron recognizes Eve and Villanelle reveals her Russian accent, which is what truly surprises Aaron.  Villanelle went through some of Aaron’s homemade movies, which are quite disturbing, and he offers her the chance to work for him, telling her that she will never be bored again. 

Villanelle seems tempted by the offer and asks Aaron if he wants her to kill Eve and further asks if he would like to watch.  Of course our girl Villanelle does not disappoint, as she decides to slit Aaron’s throat instead and says, “Then watch this,” while turning him around to face his reflection.  Life or death with Villanelle is never boring, but Eve thinks that they have blown the mission now and realizes that they are in great danger.  She asks Villanelle why she used the safe word and Villanelle hilariously reminds her that “gentleman” is a very common word after all.

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“This is not uncomfortable.  This is a setup.”

After convincing Villanelle to come with her, Eve rushes back to the place where she was staying, but Hugo’s body is gone and it looks like the room has been completely cleaned out, as all of the recordings have vanished as well.  Carolyn knocks on the door and Eve suddenly understands that she wanted Aaron dead all along.  Eve feels like a pawn, but Carolyn reminds her that “it was never going to be bloodless.”  Aaron’s data weapon was extremely dangerous and Carolyn did not want to take any chances, but she now leaves Eve with a very important choice, reminding her that she can’t play both sides.

Eve decides to leave and tells Carolyn that she plans on letting Kenny know about everything, but Carolyn turns the tables on Eve and reveals that Kenny was part of the cleanup operation.  It now makes sense why Kenny tried to tell Eve not to go to Rome in the first place.  It looks like Eve is on her own, but can she trust Villanelle to truly have her back now?

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“What is it about her?”

After Carolyn confronts Eve, Villanelle gets her own visit from Konstantin, who tells her that he is there to save her.  Villanelle tells him that she will not leave Eve behind and Konstantin asks, “What is it about her?”  Villanelle explains that they are the same and they both end up choosing each other after discovering that they were played.  Villanelle reminds Konstantin that she will find him and his family and we know that she is not a fan of being double crossed.  Look out, Konstantin!

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“You’re such a drama queen!”

When Villanelle goes looking for Eve, she finds Raymond waiting for her instead with an ax and she tells him, “You are the worst!”  Villanelle’s fight with Raymond is entertaining enough, but Raymond actually manages to get her into a choke hold and Eve nervously picks up the ax to help save Villanelle.  Villanelle tells her to do it over and over again and Eve finally strikes him with the ax in the shoulder.

Villanelle continues to struggle and tells Eve that she needs to hit him in the head.  After battling her inner conscience, Eve finally follows through, as Villanelle watches with pleasure, realizing that she has now truly brought Eve over to the dark side with her.  Will this connect them even more or will it drive a wedge between them?  We’re about to find out…

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“You’re mine!”

After fleeing from the scene, Villanelle tells Eve that they can go to Alaska together and have a normal life.  She tells her that it is going to be amazing, but Eve suddenly realizes that Villanelle had a gun with her the entire time.  She asks Villanelle why she didn’t use the gun on Raymond and now understands that Villanelle wanted her to kill him.  Villanelle tells Eve, “I wanted you to know how it feels,” but Eve begins to walk away from her, not wanting to have any part of this Bonnie and Clyde adventure anymore.  Eve claims that she is no longer afraid because now she is like Villanelle and tries to pull away after the two almost share a kiss.

Eve successfully pulls away and Villanelle tries to tell her that she loves her, but Eve reminds her that she doesn’t understand what love is.  Our girl Villanelle always gets what she wants and tells Eve, “You’re mine,” right before shooting the gun.  We cut to Eve’s body on the ground and it looks like Villanelle has just turned the tables on her.  After all, Eve did stab her pretty brutally in the season one finale, so it only seems fair that Villanelle gets her chance to even the score in the season two finale.  What does this mean for season three?  Will Eve be OK?  Is Villanelle finally done with her?  So many questions and I can’t wait to find out what happens next!  Stay tuned for season three!

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My performance of the week ending 5/25/19 on TV goes to…

Kit Harington as Jon Snow on Game of Thrones.  Jon Snow has always been my favorite character on the show, but I was worried that his character was losing himself by bending the knee.  However, he dug deep within to do the impossible, recognizing that sacrifice is sometimes required to protect the world.  Please note spoilers are ahead.  In the series finale, Jon witnesses the aftermath of the Mad Queen’s decision and is horrified by the results.  Jon has seen a lot of terrible things over the seasons, but he does understand right from wrong and realizes that he is the only one who can truly get close enough to Daenerys to do something about it.

When Jon tells Daenerys that she will always be his Queen, my heart instantly shattered, as I watched him swiftly take her life, eliminating the threat once and for all.  However, this may be the hardest thing that Jon has ever had to do and he is willing to deal with the consequences of his actions.  Kit Harington’s performance was incredible here, as I was emotionally moved and devastated.

Jon is ready to face his punishment and is banished back to the Night’s Watch, almost bringing his journey completely full circle.  Jon may not be the King, but he has proven his worth and his destiny and purpose is far from over.  Winter is forever, as Jon returns to the north and is reunited with his wolf, Ghost, which was the most rewarding scene for me personally.

Jon has always been somewhat of a lone wolf himself and an outsider, since he was brought up thinking he was a bastard, but he’s so much more than this.  He’s brave and selfless and I wish I could continue following his journey because I know that he is not done doing great things.  It breaks my heart that he had to eliminate the woman he loved, as Jon deserves happiness, but his reunion with Ghost assures me that he’ll never be truly alone.

I’ve fallen in love with Jon Snow over the years and I am grateful to Kit Harington for his portrayal, truly bringing his character to life for me.  Kit will always be “Jon Snow” to me even when he takes on other roles and that just shows that he really embraced this role and put his complete effort forward, which was absolutely incredible to watch.  Thank you Kit Harington and maybe Jon Snow does know something after all! 

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Slasher: Solstice” Season 3 on Netflix: Gore and Gratuitous Sex Scenes Galore

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“We all hate someone.  We just need to find someone who hates enough to kill.”  Well sure…that makes sense.  But it doesn’t necessarily make it any easier to pinpoint the killer in Slasher: Solstice, as Netflix has finally released season three.  So who is the Druid Killer?  Think you already have it figured out?  Maybe not, as season three genuinely keeps you guessing until the very end.  If you are craving some slasher happy fun, you are in the right place.  

Slasher is a horror anthology series.  Each season follows a different killer and premise, but many of the actors take on different roles in each season, giving you an American Horror Story feel, while channeling I Know What You Did Last Summer and Scream.  While the show is still far off from these slasher films, it does provide horror fans with plenty of creative kills and gore.

Season three features 8 episodes, all streaming on Netflix as of May 23rd 2019.  It stars Dean McDermott, Joanne Vannicola, Baraka Rahmani, Mercedes Morris, and Salvatore Antonio.  The opening episode starts off at some kind of Solstice rave and we cut right to the chase and witness a brutal murder by the Druid Killer.  One year later, the Druid Killer returns and begins targeting the initial victim’s neighbors from the apartment building.  Everyone is a suspect and no one is safe, as each episode reveals bits and pieces about their linked past, reminding us that standing by and doing nothing can have severe consequences.

The Pros:

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Season three keeps you guessing until the very end.

If you’re like me, you immediately start playing Nancy Drew to discover who the killer is.  I have to say that every time I thought I had it all figured out, my suspect would be killed and I would have to start all over again.  One of the reasons why I enjoy this show is because every season keeps me guessing.  The ultimate twists are not obvious and are satisfying enough to keep your attention.

The gore is extreme.

If you don’t like to watch horror and gore, this show is definitely not for you and I was even turning my head away after several of the kills, as I think this season has provided us with the most gore by far.  Some of the kills are so outrageous that you will begin laughing, but each kill is more extreme than the next and some of them will genuinely make your skin crawl.  I personally like my fair share of gore and season three didn’t disappoint with this.

The acting is decent enough.

I thought that the performances were solid enough in season three and I was interested in several of the backstories of the characters we meet.  Standout performance goes to Baraka Rahmani, who plays Saadia.  She had enough layers to hold my interest, as the story continued.  I have been impressed with the cast each season and it was fun to see some of the actors from previous seasons play completely different roles.

The Cons:

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The borderline soft-core porn sex scenes are unnecessary.

Season three seemed to go completely overboard with the gratuitous sex scenes.  It was almost to the point where I could count to three and see another sex scene if it had been a few minutes since we witnessed our last brutal murder.  These scenes took away from the show and made it obvious that they were completely filler.  I would have rather had shorter episodes, as this almost ruined the season for me.  Luckily, the reveal of the killer was interesting enough, but it seemed like every single time I went to grab a snack, I walked in to another pointless sex scene, which just made the show seem desperate.

The underlying themes hit you over the head.

While I was intrigued by the idea of punishing those who do nothing, the show also dealt with racism, stereotypes, and the dangers of social media.  It just seemed like the show didn’t know which message to focus on and was trying to do too many things at once.  I think that if the show had subtly introduced these issues, while focusing on how to be a good neighbor, it might have delivered the message a little better.

So am I in or out? 

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I am a huge fan of the series even though I much prefer season one.  Seriously, The Executioner still gives me nightmares and I thought that season one gave me a true I Know What You Did Last Summer and Scream nostalgia.  I love slasher films and I was genuinely excited when I first learned about this series.  Season two fell short for me and had more of a contrived And Then There Were None approach, but it still had enough redeeming moments. 

I personally enjoyed season three more than season two, but it still didn’t live up to season one for me.  If the Druid Killer reveal wasn’t as satisfying, I probably would have been completely out, but this saved it for me.  If you are a horror fan and love your fair share of gore, you will enjoy this, but if you don’t like this genre, I would say to pass on it.  Overall, I was underwhelmed by the season, but I got through the 8 episodes very quickly and now is the perfect time to watch, since so many other programs are taking a break from new episodes.

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

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists” season 1 episode 10: “Enter the Professor”

Greetings TV fans!  After watching Freeform’s Pretty Little Liars:  The Perfectionists season 1 episode 10 season finale, I learned that “just when everything’s going the way it’s supposed to,” something bad is bound to happen.  That is, if you attend Beacon Heights University.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Enter the Professor,” everyone is glad that the threat is over after Jeremy is taken away in an ambulance, but is it really over?  Meanwhile, Alison and Mona contemplate whether or not they should stay at Beacon Heights University, Dylan confronts a former bully, and Ava gets a surprise visitor.  My top 5 moments from Pretty Little Liars:  The Perfectionists  season 1 episode 10 season finale are:

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“Some puzzles are just not meant to be solved.”

That may be true, but Mona is not about to give up that easily.  After it initially seems like the threat is over, Mona reveals to Alison that she never found out more about the list she discovered that connected several of our characters and Ray Hogadorn.  Mona always senses when there is more to the story, but Alison suggests that perhaps it really isn’t meant to be solved.  Only there are no coincidences when it comes to Rosewood or Beacon Heights University, as we are about to find out.  This town may “breed drama,” but it’s not always easy to leave that behind, especially when your past is filled with it.

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“I’m keeping my job.”

After Mona is fired by Claire, she is ready to pack up and get a fresh start, but Mason is not going to let her walk out just yet, revealing a secret that changes everything.  Mona confronts Claire and tells her that she’s keeping her job and explains that she knows about how her and Mason “comforted each other” after Nolan’s death.  Gross.  Mona turns the tables on Claire, who agrees to reinstate Mona, which keeps our girl in Beacon Heights for now.  Only Claire is always watching so Mona better watch her back for sure.  Mona promises that the affair with Mason is over, but it’s clear that there are still unresolved feelings here.  As much as I ship these two together, I don’t want Mona to get in any further trouble with Claire.

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“I am nothing like you.”

When Ava returns to her room, she discovers that her father is there waiting for her.  Ava is more than surprised to see him and he asks for his daughter’s help.  Ava is supposed to pick up some package for her father, which he claims will help make everything right, but Dana Booker is on to her and reveals how much her father has actually stolen and says that he is using her.  Ava connects the dots on her own and realizes what her father is up to.

She stands up for herself and refuses to turn over the information and her father tells her, “I’m sorry that I turned you into me.”  Ava remains strong here and says that she is nothing like him and ends up returning the funds that were stolen to Zach’s family, along with several other clients.  Dana seems impressed and I have to say that I am extremely proud of Ava’s actions here as well.  Ava clearly loves her father so much, but she also knows right from wrong and she makes a huge decision here.  I’m looking forward to seeing what she does next if we get a season two and I really hope we do!

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“You can’t win the game if you don’t know the rules.”

After a somewhat uneventful start, our characters all receive invitations to the Crimson Society, which we learn is a rumored secret society on campus that can “make your dreams come true.”  Our group shows up, not really knowing what to expect and are shocked when the television screen in front of them shows Taylor shooting Jeremy and how they all covered it up.  Someone out there knows the truth and his or her name is…the professor! 

The professor welcomes our characters to “the experiment, phase two” and we learn that he or she is the real person who killed Nolan, explaining that Jeremy was only doing surveillance, but he is not the real killer.  We know that there are always more twists and turns in the PLL world and this spin-off continues to carry on with that tradition.  The professor will be watching and our characters are about to be tested again.  It looks like we have a lot to learn about the professor, who must actually really be a professor on campus, as Zach greets him or her while bringing over an order.  Is it a professor we have already seen or someone new?  I can’t wait to find out!

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“I’m afraid of…”

At the end of the episode, our characters are tasked with revealing their greatest fears.  Each character looks into the camera and reveals to the Professor this vulnerability.  Alison is afraid that she is too broken to be fixed, but I have been thoroughly impressed with Alison’s character growth and she has really come so far.  Plus, it will be interesting to see what she does next in the psychology department and the professor she is working for could be a suspect for sure.  Caitlin states that she is afraid of failure, but she takes a huge step by telling her mother that she wants to stay at Beacon Heights University and I know that she is capable of proving herself here.

Ava says that she is afraid of turning into her father, but she has already shown that she has a generous and good heart.  Dylan reveals that he is afraid of going home, but his talent is so incredible and it looks like his life may get even more complicated when his former bully reveals that he is gay as well.  Finally, our girl Mona does not disappoint when she says that she is afraid of never finding out who the Professor is, accepting this challenge.  What’s next for our characters?  We’ll have to stay tuned to find out so hopefully we get a season 2 renewal announcement soon!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The 100” season 6 episode 4: “Now This I Can Work With”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s The 100 season 6 episode 4, Diyoza reminded us that one must learn to “improvise, adapt, and overcome” in order to survive, but I’m not sure our characters are truly prepared for the secrets of Sanctum.  Let’s just hope they figure it out before it’s too late.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “The Face Behind the Glass,” it’s Naming Day at Sanctum, which we learn is a day of recognizing past sins and also celebrating, but the Primes certainly have a lot more in store.  Meanwhile, Diyoza and Octavia try to help Rose, as the Children of Gabriel continue to be a possible threat, but there are two sides to every story.  My top 5 moments from The 100 season 6 episode 4 are:

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“Don’t let me be a face behind the glass.”

It’s Naming Day on Sanctum and everyone seems to be in high spirits, as Clarke and the others witness and participate in the rituals, which include placing past sins in floating lanterns, reciting the four pillars of Sanctum:  Repent, Renew, Rejoice, Rebirth, and celebrating with a rave…because that makes sense.  It seems like things are a little too good to be true here and my instincts were right.

Jordan seals the deal with Delilah and opens up to her about what he went through growing up and how it felt like he became a face behind the glass when he entered into Cryosleep.  Right before Delilah goes to accept her fate for Naming Day, she runs back to Jordan and begs him not to let her become a face behind the glass, revealing that something big is about to happen here.  When Delilah emerges, she no longer recognizes Jordan and she is now referred to as “Priya.”

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“Your problem isn’t making amends…”

Clarke seems to really pay attention when Naming Day talks about the importance of making amends.  Clarke certainly has a lot to make up for and she tries to start with Raven…only Raven doesn’t want to hear it.  Clarke brings up Shaw and Raven tells her, “Keep him out of it,” as she is still clearly heartbroken over his death and rightfully so.  Raven compares Clarke to Octavia and tells her, “The only difference between you and her is Octavia doesn’t pretend to be sorry about it.”  Raven clearly feels betrayed and hurt by Clarke, but she does make a valid point here.  Is it too late for amends or will Clarke be able to finally make things right?  It looks like she may not get that chance now, however.

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“The devils of earth become the heroes of sanctum…”

After Diyoza is essentially banished from Sanctum, Rose’s bodyguard approaches her and tells her that if she can retrieve Rose, her baby will be able to live in Sanctum.  Diyoza puts the needs of her child first and accepts, even though she would not be able to stay with her child.  Meanwhile, Octavia is being held captive by the Children of Gabriel with Rose and tries to help her too.  Unfortunately Rose is killed in the crossfire, as Diyoza and Octavia now cross paths.

Rose’s bodyguard is beyond heartbroken by the unnecessary death of a child and she tells Diyoza that if she is able to take down Gabriel, the deal will still be honored.  It looks like this is the start of a “beautiful friendship,” as Octavia agrees to partner up with Diyoza.  I have to say that I absolutely love this partnership, as these are two bad-ass women you do not want to mess with.  But are they really choosing the right side?  Either way, I can’t wait to see what they do next together.

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“You are my family too.”

Bellarke fans get another big moment between Clarke and Bellamy, as Clarke decides to see if Bellamy is more receptive to her apology than Raven.  Clarke is genuine in her apology and Bellamy understands, knowing what it’s like to do anything to protect one person who is your family.  Clarke reminds Bellamy that he is her family too and she promises that she will never forget it again.  I thought there might be a chance here for a potential spark especially when Bellamy and Echo clash, but Echo opens up about having to fight for survival for all her life and Becho is still going strong…for now.  Either way, I thought this was an important moment for Bellarke and if anyone can bring Clarke back, it’s Bellamy or Madi.

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“You’re giving us such a gift, Clarke.”

After Clarke has a passionate moment with Cillian, this moment is put on hold, as he reveals that he is a spy for the Children of Gabriel.  He uses the paralytic dart on Clarke so he can get her out of there, trying to tell her that she is in more danger where she is because of her Nightblood, or “black blood,” as they refer to it here on Sanctum.  The guards detect what is going on and Cillian slits his own throat to avoid being taken, which seems extreme, but clearly there is a lot of history here.  Clarke is brought before the Lightbournes and Russell realizes that they have the chance to bring their daughter, Josephine back now, realizing that there may be no other option since Rose is gone, who was another Nightblood.

Russell promises Clarke that there will be no pain and that she is essentially sacrificing her body so someone else can live.  The essence of Josephine is placed behind Clarke’s head and when she wakes up, Clarke appears to be gone and only Josephine remains, who seems happy with her new reflection and host.  It seems like the Primes are obsessed with maintaining immortality, which means that Madi is also in danger.  However, is Clarke now gone forever or is there a way to free her?  Let’s hope so because I can’t process a world without Clarke Griffin.  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on The 100 in the comments section below.  Thanks for reading and happy viewing!

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