My performance of the week ending 5/30/20 on TV goes to…

Marie Avgeropoulos as Octavia Blake on The CW’s The 100.

Let’s talk about one of the most brilliant and incredible character transformations on a television series of all time. The quiet girl under the floor has stepped out of her big brother’s shadow, embracing love, heartache, leadership, loss, and happiness. While a lot of the attention still centers around Clarke, Octavia has quickly become the heart and soul of The 100 and season 7, episode 2 is another great example of this.

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Please note spoilers are ahead if you are not caught up on season 7.

It’s not easy finding your way, especially when you grew up as a secret. Octavia only really knew Bellamy as her family, but she quickly became a reliable member of the group once our favorite characters made it down to earth.

After experiencing life out in the open with brand new eyes, Octavia met the love of her life, Lincoln. Their love was beautiful and transcendent of everything else around them, but Lincoln was killed in front of her, which was one of the most heartbreaking moments of the entire series for me.

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Octavia turned her grief into strength and trained with Indra to become an unstoppable warrior. She was driven by revenge and eventually shattered her moral compass when she became the leader of Wonkru…Blodreina. Remember that familiar chant?

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“You are Wonkru or you are the enemy of Wonkru. Choose…”

Well, it’s not much of a choice when the alternative is death, but Blodreina transformed into a ruthless leader, but there were still glimmers of humanity within her. We later discovered that Octavia took on all of the burden so that no one else had to. As much as you wanted to hate her for her actions, you couldn’t.

Bellamy has always been able to bring Octavia back, but after their huge fallout, Octavia seemed truly alone. Her friendship with Diyoza allowed her to head down a path toward redemption as she stumbled across the mysterious anomaly.

After watching season 7, episode 2, Marie Avgeropoulos had me in tears once again. Her letter to Bellamy was so heartbreaking and hopeful at the same time. Octavia has finally learned what it means to love again, bonding with Diyoza and her daughter, Hope. Even though she has a new family, she still holds Bellamy close to her heart and wants him to know that she now understands.

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This was such a huge moment for Octavia as a character. Through it all, she finally is able to recognize her mistakes and redeem herself to become someone others can always count on.

What’s next for Octavia? This is the final season of the series so it will be interesting to see if Octavia’s journey toward self-discovery is almost done. I’d love to see a reunion between her and Bellamy, but I also have a feeling that she may sacrifice everything to save him and her friends, which would make her an eternal hero. I’d also love to see another flashback or memory with Lincoln because it truly was the ultimate love story of the series.

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Either way, I am so beyond impressed with Marie Avgeropoulos as an actress. She channels so much strength into her character and has shown us so many sides of Octavia. Some of them have been good and some of them have been on the other side of the spectrum, but everything she pours into her character is compelling and disturbingly real.

I can’t wait to see how it all ends and I will be an Octavia Blake fan for life!

May we meet again.

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The 100” season 7 episode 2: “The Garden”

Happy Thursday TV fans! After watching The CW’s The 100 season 7 episode 2, I was reminded that “teamwork makes the dream work,” but oftentimes we still need to see things through on our own.

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

In last night’s episode, “The Garden,” we finally learn about the anomaly in the past and present. Octavia’s fate is revealed while we discover more about Hope and where she comes from.

My top 5 moments from The 100 season 7 episode 2 are:

5

“What took you so long?”

Well, apparently time is pretty relative in the anomaly. You can be in the anomaly for years and only be gone on Sanctum for about five minutes. This makes time travel seem like a piece of cake compared to this vortex of uncertainty.

The episode presents us with flashbacks from when Octavia went through the anomaly and also allows us to catch up with Echo, Gabriel, and Hope in the somewhat present or future? Yeah, I’m still piecing that together.

Either way, the beginning of the episode gives us some hope, (pun intended) as Octavia catches up with Diyoza and helps her while she is in labor. We get this heartwarming moment where Octavia sees Hope for the first time and it’s clear that there is an unbreakable bond between this unlikely family.

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I’m glad to see that Diyoza is OK, although her present fate is still undetermined.

4

“What is it about Bellamy?”

A fair question for sure! Bellamy is just that guy that you can depend on. Even when he shuns you completely, you know that you must have done something to earn that. Bellamy is loyal and trustworthy. Octavia is focused on letting him know that she finally understands and Echo reminds us that she can kick a lot of ass to find him.

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Seriously, Echo is becoming one of my favorite characters. I’m not sure when this happened, but I’m worried about her fate now.

We still do not know Bellamy’s fate, but I think it’s safe to say that if he has this many people asking about his well being, he’s probably OK. Besides, I’m still waiting for my epic Bellarke moment!!!!

3

“This is my way out.”

As we witness Octavia’s new life, we learn that she has really connected with Diyoza and Hope. Even though Bellamy will always be her family, she has another family now and Diyoza tries to remind her of this.

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However, Octavia is still determined to find a way back to Sanctum to help and warn Bellamy. She tries to swim toward the light, but can’t hold her breath long enough to reach it. After finding a suit that may be able to help her, Diyoza sabotages the helmet.

Diyoza recognizes that Octavia or “Aunty O” is an important influence in Hope’s life and she doesn’t want to lose her.

Gotta say that “Blodreina” may have had a catchier ring, but Octavia can certainly rock “Aunty O” too!

2

“Welcome to Skyring.”

We have another planet in The 100 realm and it has a catchy name for sure. In somewhat present day, Echo, Gabriel, and Hope try to track down clues and learn that the anomaly may be a bridge between worlds.

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We also find out about the scary guys chasing them who are named The Disciples.

But who are The Disciples and what do they want? It looks like we will have to wait a little longer to find out more information on them.

Hope casually mentions that they will have to wait five years before they can return, but Echo doesn’t think that’s an acceptable answer.

After Gabriel finds a potential code that will help them escape, a deranged man who has been living in Skyring destroys it because nothing can be easy on The 100.

We certainly got a lot of explanations surrounding the anomaly, but it looks like we still have a lot of mystery remaining.

1

“I understand…”

Once again, we witness the incredible and brilliant transformation of Octavia’s character. The girl under the floor has seen it all. She displayed strength then and went through an unimaginable loss when she watched Lincoln die in front of her.

After that, she trained until she became a fierce warrior and lost herself as Blodreina.

After trying to make amends, Octavia has finally found a peace within her. With Diyoza and Hope’s help, Octavia has finally released the darkness that was weighing her down, but she can’t fully embrace her true identity until she lets Bellamy know that she understands.

She writes this beautiful and moving letter to him, hoping that he will somehow see it one day. She says, “I wish I could see your face and tell you that I get it now.” Octavia recognizes that she might be old or dead by the time Bellamy sees the letter and tells him that she did find happiness and wants Bellamy to be happy too.

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Octavia Blake has truly transformed over this series and I can’t wait to see how it all ends.

Now back to Sanctum in our next episode…

May we meet again.

Stay tuned!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Killing Eve” season 3 episode 7: “Beautiful Monster”

Happy Monday TV fans! After watching BBC America’s Killing Eve season 3 episode 7, I learned that “chaos disrupts…it’s monstrous, but it’s beautiful.” Sounds like our favorite assassin, but is Villanelle ready to leave the monster behind?

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

In last night’s episode, “Beautiful Monster,” Villanelle tries to convince everyone that she is ready for her next assignment, but killing may not come second nature to her anymore. Meanwhile, Eve attempts to track down Villanelle, realizing that she is her best chance at getting closer to The Twelve.

My top 5 moments from Killing Eve season 3 episode 7 are:

5

“You’re only as good as your last…”

Even though Villanelle was severely injured during her last assignment, she informs Elena that she is ready to get back to work and even has some creative ideas about how to use a dining chair to kill her.

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Elena doesn’t seem threatened and reminds Villanelle that she is only as good as her last while throwing some strange over-sexualized energy her way. Villanelle agrees to take Dasha with her on the next assignment, but she’s ready to prove that she’s more than a “beautiful monster.”

4

“Heroes only get the girl in Hollywood.”

Meanwhile, Eve is back to her old self and is motivated to bring Villanelle into the fold. She tells Carolyn about Villanelle’s promotion and thinks that she might be their best chance at getting access to The Twelve.

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Carolyn doesn’t seem too impressed and even tries to take back her re-gifted omelette, asking Eve about her true motives.

Heroes may only get the girl in Hollywood, but our Villaneve story isn’t over just yet.

3

“Kids…imagination.”

Konstantin has his hands full with Irina. After running over her mother’s partner, Irina is taken away and shows no signs of empathy. It is explained to Konstantin that she will be staying under close watch for a while and he is reminded to take this seriously.

Konstantin visits Irina and reminds her not to talk to anyone while she is locked away, but she seems determined to push his buttons even further. I can’t say that Konstantin is completely innocent in this since Irina has been watching the father/daughter relationship between him and Villanelle for way too long.

2

“You have lost it.”

We do get a fun adventure between Villanelle and Dasha. Dasha seems ready to get things over with, but we know that Villanelle loves portraying a fun new character. She even shows off some impressive golf skills and another killer accent with flair.

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Villanelle initially tells Dasha that she can have the kill, but Dasha sees right through her and recognizes that she may have lost her edge. Villanelle is determined to prove her wrong, but hesitates again and decides to strike Dasha with her golf club instead of her intended victim.

It looks like Villanelle has made her choice, wanting her way out of The Twelve, but is she ready to leave everything and everyone behind?

1

“We have to stop running into each other like that.”

Eve keeps missing Villanelle by literally only a few minutes, but she’s not about to give up. Villanelle gets ready to board a train with Konstantin, but he has a heart attack on the platform. Villanelle tells Konstantin that she doesn’t want him to die either, but thinks that he might and secures the information on the money before boarding the train.

Eve also comes by and says that she knows Konstantin, but she doesn’t stick around either to ensure that he gets to a hospital.

We get this fleeting Villaneve moment where Eve spots Villanelle on the train as they share a longing wave.

Later on, we learn that both Konstantin and Dasha are recovering in the hospital, but sadly Carolyn’s right hand man has been taken out.

We only have one episode left this season and it looks like we will be getting plenty of Villaneve screen time. Is Villanelle truly ready to be one of the good guys? I’m not sure, but it looks like Eve isn’t out of her sight just yet.

Stay tuned!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The 100” season 7 episode 1: “From the Ashes”

Happy Thursday TV fans! The wait is over and the final season is here! After watching The CW’s The 100 season 7 episode 1 season premiere, I was reminded that “none of this makes any sense, but my god, it’s incredible!” Our favorite characters may all be on new paths now, but as Indra hilariously pointed out: “new world…same problems.” 

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

In last night’s episode, “From the Ashes,” Clarke is ready to put an end to violence on Sanctum, but has she really taken a moment to deal with her own grief? Meanwhile, Bellamy, Echo, and Gabriel deal with Hope and the anomaly.

My top 5 moments from The 100 season 7 episode 1 season premiere are:

5

“There’s never been an ex commander…”

Well, I suppose there is a first time for everything. Creepy Sheidheda may be gone from Madi, but so is the flame. Only Madi is not aware of that fact. Everyone is determined to keep up appearances so they can maintain the peace, but it’s only a matter of time before everything falls apart.

After all, this is The 100. Everyone assumes that Sheidheda is gone, but we know that he’s going to rear his creepy head again soon. Either way, it was nice to see Madi enjoying some normalcy in a real home with a dog.

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I’m not sure that she can hold on to that childhood innocence for much longer though.

4

“To Abby.”

Everyone takes a moment to mourn the loss of Abby, but I’m not sure that Clarke has fully dealt with anything. Meanwhile, Murphy starts to develop a serious case of remorse, blaming himself for Abby’s death.

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Raven reminds Murphy and Emori that they need to keep up appearances and pretend to be Primes which leads to a great performance from one of my favorite couples, but I’m not sure that everyone is buying it.

3

“Trust Bellamy.”

Of course we trust Bellamy, but Diyoza’s grown up daughter, Hope, reads this message as she enters Sanctum from the anomaly.

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After Bellamy and Echo get separated, Echo shows off just how bad-ass she can be. I have to say that I am really liking her character development, but I still need her to move aside so I can finally have my Bellarke moment.

With the help of Gabriel and Hope, Echo takes down an invisible threat and the three of them head off into the anomaly to see if they can find Octavia.

The anomaly plot may be the most complicated one on the show, but my biggest question is:

Where are Bellamy and Octavia?

I just hope we don’t have to wait until the end of the series to see Bellamy reunited with Clarke…

2

“You take a breath and then another.”

That’s actually really great advice, Clarke, but “why are you protecting the man who killed your mother?” Clarke seems focused on putting an end to war and violence on Sanctum, but this is easier said than done.

Everyone wants Russell to burn, but Clarke keeps him alive. Only Russell continues to push some buttons when he hands Clarke her mother’s things, sparking her emotions and grief within her.

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Clarke loses control and begins beating up Russell as she screams, “Is this what you want?” Meanwhile, creepy Sheidheda now has control of Russell and is clearly up to no good.

I can’t say that I really blame Clarke, but we now have a new problem…Sheidheda.

1

“Sanctum is free!”

Is it though? Clarke makes this big speech and declaration after her encounter with Russell. She says that Russell will burn for his crimes, as her friends watch in confusion. Clarke is going down a very dangerous path and I don’t think that her mother would approve.

Maybe we need Bellamy to get her back on track…

Either way, this was a jam-packed season premiere and I can’t wait to see how the show ends. I am really hoping we finally get a real and true Bellarke moment that I can ship. Fingers crossed!!!!!

May we meet again.

Stay tuned!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Killing Eve” season 3 episode 6: “End of Game”

Happy Monday TV fans! After watching BBC America’s Killing Eve season 3 episode 6, I learned that even when you get everything you think you want, sometimes it’s not enough.

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

In last night’s episode, “End of Game,” Villanelle gets promoted, but she starts to realize that she may be destined for a new path. Meanwhile, Eve attempts to get justice for Niko, which leads to an intense game of bowling.

My top 5 moments from Killing Eve season 3 episode 6 are:

5

“Piss off forever.”

Surprise! Niko is actually alive after being brutally stabbed by a pitchfork. In the beginning of the episode, Eve visits him in the hospital. Niko is on a ventilator and can’t speak yet, but he still gets his message across to Eve.

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Eve is still determined to find out who is behind this and doesn’t think that Villanelle did it, even though the evidence is pointing in her direction.

I have to hand it to Eve. She sees through it all, but has she met her match with Dasha?

4

“To Villanelle, the Keeper!”

Villanelle meets Elena, who informs her that she has been promoted to Keeper, which is exactly what Villanelle wanted. Only she quickly discovers that the new job title is pretty much the same thing with better perks.

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Villanelle is disappointed and starts to truly wonder about what more she wants. It’s clear that Villanelle’s family visit had a major impact on her, but maybe she’s finally ready to start over fresh.

3

“I love hockey!”

There’s always one fan in the stands who is just overly loud and obnoxious and Villanelle decides to embrace her new love for sports by crashing Konstantin’s daughter’s hockey game. Villanelle hilariously explains that you can’t watch sports without a hot dog, but Konstantin gets the conversation back on track and tells Villanelle that she was not supposed to kill her mother.

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Konstantin wanted Villanelle to put her past behind her, but it looks like he’s ready to run away far from The Twelve…to Cuba?

Irina and Villanelle have a nice little chat about it, but can Villanelle really leave Eve behind?

2

“You can’t beat us.”

After getting some intel on Dasha from Carolyn, Eve is determined to track her down to get some answers. Carolyn warns Eve that Dasha is extremely dangerous, but there’s no stopping Eve when her mind is made up.

After taking out some of her frustration on a vending machine, Eve decides to crash Dasha’s bowling game and actually shows off some impressive skills. Go Eve!

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Dasha reminds Eve that she cannot win at this game, suggesting that The Twelve will always come out on top, but we’ll have to see how this plays out.

1

“I don’t want to do this anymore.”

Villanelle heads off to execute her latest kill and poses as a hair stylist with lots of flair. I’m not sure that I would want Villanelle behind me with a pair of scissors, but things get a bit sloppy when her target manages to stab her before she can kill him.

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Villanelle is always so precise and mechanical with her kills. It’s really more of an art form for her, which shows that she is clearly shaken up by everything. At the end of the episode, Villanelle reveals that she doesn’t want to do this anymore, but I’m not sure that The Twelve will accept no as an answer.

Meanwhile, we may have a new female assassin in town. Konstantin’s daughter, Irina, may have learned a thing or two from Villanelle after all and decides to run over her mother’s new overly nice boyfriend in front of him. Irina has been trying to get her father’s attention for a while and she recognizes that he cares for Villanelle, so is this a cry for attention or does she really have the killer instinct?

We also get a conversation between Carolyn and Konstantin where Kenny supposedly asked him if he was his father. We don’t get a concrete answer on this, but is this the reason he was killed or is there more to the story?

We have only two episodes left this season! Will we get another meet up between Villaneve or are they destined to go their separate ways? 

Stay tuned!

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5 Guilty Pleasure Thrillers to Enjoy while Staying at Home

Happy Throwback Thursday! Staying at home has really allowed me to enjoy a lot of new television series and movies. However, there are some old favorites that I wanted to return to. Netflix has recently been releasing some guilty pleasure Lifetime-like thrillers such as Secret Obsession and Dangerous Lies, which really got me thinking about some of my own personal favorite guilty pleasure thrillers.

While nothing compares to watching these films for the very first time, there is this rush I get whenever I watch them. Sure, some of them are somewhat predictable and have outrageous plots, but that’s why I love them. They are the perfect films to binge-watch staying at home while enjoying a nice glass of wine and a snack…or two.

Either way, these films will certainly provide you with some edge of your seat tension to shake things up while staying at home. Please note spoilers have been left out for your convenience. Enjoy!

My top 5 Guilty Pleasure Thriller films of all time are:

5

Red Eye

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Released in 2005, Red Eye stars Rachel McAdams and Cillian Murphy and is directed by Wes Craven. A lot of people forget about this movie, but I actually saw it in theaters and loved it!

Synopsis: Hotel manager, Lisa boards a plane and sits next to a charming stranger. Things seem to be going well until the stranger reveals that he has an ulterior motive for sitting with her. The plane ride is filled with unexpected twists and turns.

I have probably seen this movie over twenty times and while I know the plot very well now, I just can’t stop watching it. It’s over the top sometimes and predictable in certain moments, but the film pulls you in and brings you back to those edge of your seat moments without skipping a beat.

Where to watch: HBO demand

4

Sleeping with the Enemy

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Released in 1991, this film stars Julia Roberts and Patrick Bergin. Before I had cable TV, this movie was always on as the Saturday night movie on The WB. I used to watch it all the time because I didn’t really have many other options, but I quickly became obsessed. It’s actually one of my mom’s favorite movies and I still think twice about keeping my towels in order. Watch out for that music…

Synopsis: An abused wife fakes her own death and tries to start her life over, but her husband attempts to track her down to make her life a living hell.

Where to watch: STARZ demand

3

A Perfect Getaway

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Released in 2009, A Perfect Getaway stars Milla Jovovich and Steve Zahn. This thriller has one of the best twists I have ever witnessed. Sure, I know the twist now, but I still love watching this movie. It has some really great stars in it, including Timothy Olyphant and Chris Hemsworth! Plus, the movie takes place in Hawaii! You can’t get much better than a vacation trip gone wrong when you’re stuck staying at home.

Synopsis: A newly married couple travel on their honeymoon in Hawaii, but quickly realize that they may be hiking with a dangerous threat. Secrets are revealed and their survival is put to the test.

Where to watch: STARZ demand

2

The Call

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Released in 2003, The Call stars Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin. I absolutely adore this movie! I have probably seen it more than all the others on this list and Halle Berry is beyond amazing as 911 operator, Jordan. This movie screams guilty pleasure thriller. It is fast paced and has a shocking ending that will leave you completely satisfied.

Synopsis: After a young woman meets her demise while on the phone with 911, Jordan is traumatized. She sticks to training new 911 operators, but when a similar call comes through from a young woman, she is forced to push her demons aside in order to try and save her before history repeats itself.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime with add on, VUDU, FANDANGONOW

1

Double Jeopardy

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Released in 1999, Double Jeopardy stars Ashley Judd and Tommy Lee Jones. This is my go-to movie and probably the one that first got me interested in this guilty pleasure thriller genre. While there are certainly a lot of movies that fall into this category, there’s really nothing like Double Jeopardy. It stands in a class of its own and always will for me.

Synopsis: You can’t be convicted for the same crime twice. Ashley Judd’s character, Libby, eventually learns this when she is wrongfully convicted for the murder of her husband. After being released, she tries to track down her son and starts to learn that she may have been intentionally framed for her crime. Libby decides to get revenge while her parole officer tries to stop her.

Where to watch: STARZ demand

Which guilty pleasure thriller films do YOU enjoy most? 

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

Best,

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Killing Eve” season 3 episode 5 “Are You From Pinner?”

Happy Monday TV fans! After watching BBC America’s Killing Eve season 3 episode 5, I learned that “being strong is a choice,” but what happens when you are presented with a chance to set things right? Do you give in to the darkness or do you walk away?

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

In last night’s episode, “Are You From Pinner?” Villanelle travels home to Mother Russia to reunite with her family. After catching up with them and dominating the Harvest Festival, Villanelle faces her toughest kill yet, but it may have just created even more confusion for her.

My top 5 moments from Killing Eve season 3 episode 5 are:

5

“My dead sister who’s alive.”

As Villanelle heads home, everyone is initially confused about who she is and what she is doing in their home. Villanelle hilariously plays along and asks her stepfather who he is, throwing questions at questions to make things even more confusing.

When Villanelle’s brother walks in, he recognizes Villanelle right away and is clearly in shock since both he and her mother thought that she was dead.

Welcome home, sis.

4

“Why did you come?”

It’s clear that Villanelle’s brother has truly missed her and he proceeds to ask her why she came. Villanelle seems unsure of this answer initially, but we know that Villanelle has been searching for this missing piece of hers for quite some time.

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Whether it’s to achieve a sense of belonging or to contemplate love, Villanelle is here for answers. Only she may not like what she finds out.

I have to say that I loved the pictures of Villanelle when she was little. I guess she’s always been a little bit strange…

3

“This is fun!”

The highlight of the episode for me was when Villanelle attended the Harvest Festival with her family. Villanelle absolutely dominates every single carnival game and ends up with a lot of awesome prizes. She has a lot of fun and her brothers appear to be really connecting with her and vice versa.

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Seriously, I’d love to go to a carnival with Villanelle!

2

“I want to feel like one.”

Even though Villanelle is getting along with her brothers, there is an awkward tension between her and her mother. Villanelle’s mother alters her old 80’s jumpsuit for her which was a touching moment, but things go sour pretty quickly.

Villanelle pretends to be bleeding from her eyes while chopping up vegetables in an adorable apron and her mother points out that she always laughs at things that aren’t funny.

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Villanelle is clinging to a sense of innocence, desperately wanting to remember what it felt like to be a child, but her mother seems ready for Villanelle to leave.

1

“I think I need to kill you.”

After Villanelle’s mother tells her that she doesn’t belong there and that she has always been the darkness, Villanelle finally has this moment where she sees things as they are. She tells her mother that she also has a darkness in her and reminds her that she abandoned her.

Villanelle comes to the realization that she needs to kill her mother and ensures that her half brother and brother are out of the house before it explodes. She gets tickets for her half brother to see Elton John, which was adorable, proving that there is still a goodness within Villanelle.

In an effort to come to terms with her identity, she severs her link to her mother, but when she is traveling home, she is nervous and anxious. This is an extremely intimate kill for Villanelle. We usually see Villanelle smiling or enjoying life after a kill, but as she wears the 80’s jumpsuit, she has mixed emotions running through her.

This will clearly impact Villanelle and I’m curious to see how her character develops as a result of it. I thought that this episode was necessary and well done. I have been waiting for an episode like this for quite some time and I thought it truly allowed us to understand Villanelle’s past and character a lot more. Once again, Jodie Comer’s performance was so real and moving. She’s absolutely incredible.

Stay tuned!

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My performance of the week ending 5/9/20 on TV goes to…

Kerr Smith as Mr. Honey on The CW’s Riverdale.

You may remember Kerr Smith best from Final Destination, Dawson’s Creek, and Charmed, but the captivating Kerr Smith has certainly made some waves in the town of Riverdale. Kerr Smith is no stranger to playing a character everyone loves to hate and he does so with charisma and charm as Holden Honey.

Please note spoilers are ahead if you are not caught up on season 4.

Don’t be fooled by his sugary sweet name. When Holden Honey arrives as the new principal, he is far from sweet. He is not intimidated by any of the students even though we know that Miss Cheryl Bombshell does not let anyone off that easy.

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He challenges Cheryl’s leadership of the Vixens, trashes Reggie’s car, attempts to ruin the variety show, and even has the nerve to try and cancel prom, which makes him seem like a “heinous villain.”

It also initially seemed like Mr. Honey could have been the creepy threat behind the video tapes, but after watching season 4 episode 19, it looks like we all may have been wrong about Mr. Honey’s intentions.

Sometimes you need to be harsh and strict in order to get results and that’s what Mr. Honey did. He tried to help the students of Riverdale and the school secretary even explains that college acceptance rates have been higher than ever. Not to mention that he didn’t lose a single student under his watch in murder friendly Riverdale.

Jughead is beyond shocked when he discovers that Mr. Honey even wrote a recommendation letter on his behalf to Iowa, supporting him, which proves that he has seen the potential in each and every one of his students. His methods may have been extreme and out there, but he has been trying to prepare them all for a life outside of Riverdale.

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Mr. Honey may have had the best of intentions, but we also can’t ignore the fact that he is accepting a new job at Stonewall Prep. He may not be completely innocent here and he plays the part of the guy we love to hate all too well. It looks like Mr. Honey may be exiting the show for a while but I’d love to see him return. I have a feeling that whatever villain is truly lurking in the shadows would be scared by Mr. Honey.

What’s next for Mr. Honey? Well, we know he’s off to Stonewall Prep, but I have a feeling that he may be checking in on Riverdale from time to time. He certainly has access to a lot of confidential information and it wouldn’t surprise me if Betty needs to look him up once or twice for some intel.

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Either way, I have to say that Kerr Smith has been phenomenal on the show. We have had some really great villains over the seasons, but Mr. Honey really made an impact and wedged his way into every inner circle, proving that he should not be underestimated.

Now about those tapes…

Stay tuned for a recognized performance on TV each week!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” Season 4 Episode 19: “Killing Mr. Honey”

Happy Thursday TV fans! After watching The CW’s Riverdale season 4 episode 19 season finale, we “blurred the line between fact and fiction,” but are we left with a threat or a rehearsal for actual murder?

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

In last night’s episode, “Chapter Seventy-Six: Killing Mr. Honey,” the gang is outraged by Mr. Honey’s restrictions on the prom and decide to get creative. Meanwhile, Jughead’s story takes on a life of its own, as we inch closer to the truth.

My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 4 episode 19 are:

5

“Something must be done to stop this heinous villain.”

Mr. Honey is certainly not very popular in Riverdale among his students, as he bans the majority of them from the prom. After Mr. Honey also refuses to approve Betty’s late yearbook submission, war is basically declared.

The group decides to teach Mr. Honey a lesson, leading to a few creative ideas on how to actually execute this…

4

“Is it took dark?”

Maybe not, Jughead, but your story does remind me of something…Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan. For those of you who have never read this, I highly recommend it if you enjoyed Jughead’s initial story during the episode.

Jughead finds out that a college in Iowa may accept him, but he needs to submit another story. Jughead is basically all tapped out, but Betty sparks some new ideas. Jughead begins to create the story of “Killing Mr. Honey,” as the pages are created before our very eyes.

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We witness what could have actually happened if the group decided to kidnap Mr. Honey, which could have led to some unforeseen consequences. It was entertaining though!

3

“The Grinch that stole prom.”

After the group decides to play an immature prank on Mr. Honey in reality, leading to him literally sticking to everything in his office, he is far from amused. He cancels the prom, but our group is not ready to take this decision lightly.

They recruit their parents and we get this amazing scene featuring Alice, Hermione, and Mary leading the way, as they stand up for their children and are successful.

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Mission accomplished!

2

“Don’t mess with us in our own town.”

After a new tape is discovered, featuring the halls of Riverdale High, Betty detects Mr. Honey’s reflection and blows the whistle on him. Mr. Honey’s is a copycat and is forced out of Riverdale High, but it looks like he already has a secure job waiting for him at Stonewall Prep.

Coincidence?

Mr. Honey tries to explain that he was just trying to help them prepare for a life outside of Riverdale, but the gang seems unwilling to buy it. Later on, the school secretary sheds some light and explains that Mr. Honey was the best principal. She gives Jughead a letter that he was sending to Iowa and we discover that Mr. Honey was actually supporting Jughead and the rest of the students.

His measures may have been extreme, but the death toll was down and college acceptance was up, proving that perhaps he did have the best of intentions for the Riverdale students. Jughead decides to change his story and have the students save Mr. Honey, but is it too late?

It looks like Mr. Honey may have been ruled out as a suspect after all, but then who is still sending the creepy tapes and what is their end game?

1

“Maybe it’s an invitation…”

Bughead takes a minute to talk things through toward the end of the episode and Jellybean delivers another tape. They think that the tape is at Veronica’s cabin and decide to take a drive out there to investigate.

After stumbling upon a room with old camera equipment, it’s clear that someone has been staying there. Another tape is waiting and they witness the gang in masks pretending to stab a masked Mr. Honey in a chair, similar to Jughead’s original story.

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So, who is the culprit behind the tapes? We’ll have to wait and see, as episode 19 will now serve as the season finale. We were originally supposed to get three more episodes of season 4 and the acting finale certainly didn’t have the same feel as past season finales, but I’m intrigued to find out more.

Suspects? Theories? Feel free to comment below with your thoughts on the episode and what’s next for our favorite Riverdale residents.

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Killing Eve” season 3 episode 4: “Still Got It”

Happy Monday TV fans! After watching BBC America’s Killing Eve season 3 episode 4, I learned that “it’s all about choices.” Sometimes you think you are in control of your own destiny, but when other powers are at work, that feeling of helplessness becomes inevitable.

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

In last night’s episode, “Still Got It,” it’s Eve’s birthday and Villanelle has figured out the perfect way to surprise her. Meanwhile, another character’s fate is determined after The Twelve plots to get between Villaneve.

My top 5 moments from Killing Eve season 3 episode 4 are:

5

“Happy Birthday, Eve.”

Eve is completely obsessed with finding out more about Kenny’s murder and Villanelle’s new involvement, but it is her special day. Villanelle remembers her birthday and sends her a cake bus that doesn’t exactly sit well with Eve.

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Eve throws the cake over the side of a building in frustration, revealing that she hasn’t really dealt with their latest encounter. 

First, the stuffed animal and now the cake? Come on, Eve! Seriously, how cute is that cake? It’s the thought that counts…

4

“So I’m getting promoted?”

Villanelle jams out while baking a cake, but the end result doesn’t turn out so well. Dasha comes to visit her and asks her about what happened with Eve. Villanelle tries to play it cool, but is beyond excited when Dasha implies that she may be getting a new assignment or a promotion.

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Dasha tells Villanelle to stay put and she’s happy to bring her killer skills to a shopping spree, but can Villanelle really stay in one place that long?

3

“I need you to do something for me…”

After having some fun testing Konstatin’s patience, he reveals that he has found Villanelle’s family, but he needs her to do something for him first.

Konstantin constantly puts his own daughter on hold during this episode as does Carolyn. We know that their involvement in The Twelve takes priority, but what happens when they lose everyone they care about in the process?

2

“Try again…”

Villanelle’s latest hit takes place in a garden, but her hiccups get in the way. After her target tries to scare her to get rid of her hiccups, this leads to an interesting game between the two of them and it’s clear that Villanelle is having a lot of fun.

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Villanelle strangles the poor woman with a hose, but sadly her hiccups are still present…

1

“Drive a wedge between them…”

It may have seemed slightly out of place for Niko to get some screen time in the beginning of the episode, which should have been our first clue that something was very wrong here. We learn that Dasha has followed Niko to Poland, swiping his phone so that she can lure Eve to him.

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After being instructed by a representative from The Twelve to get Villanelle back on track by driving a wedge between her and Eve, Dasha takes it upon herself to frame Villanelle.

Eve arrives, thinking that Niko has agreed to talk things out with her, but Dasha is waiting with a pitchfork, stabbing poor Niko before Eve has the chance to say much of anything.

She leaves a note on his body, “Still Got It,” framing Villanelle. Sorry Baby…

Eve is completely shattered and in shock, as she watches poor Niko bleed out.

After losing Kenny, we have now lost another main character. I can’t say that I am completely surprised since Niko’s story has really played out, but I guess it was too much to ask to allow him to have a peaceful life as a baker in Poland. Sorry, Niko.

Now that these chess pieces have been strategically moved into place, what’s next? How will Eve react? What will Villanelle do when she finds out that she is being framed?

It looks like Villanelle will also be reunited with her family in next week’s episode. It will be interesting to see how they react to her return. I can’t wait for that!

Stay tuned!

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