My performance of the week ending 10/19/19 on TV goes to…

Samantha Morton as Alpha on AMC’s The Walking Dead

What makes a truly formidable villain?  I ask myself that a lot whenever I watch a television series, film, or read a book.  There are so many villains emerging across the screen and page, but I find myself drawn to the villains with buried layers.

The ones that make you stop and think about how our choices can lead us down a dark path and how the difference between right and wrong is not always set in stone.

When it comes to TWD, Negan was always my go to villain, but can we really classify him as a villain now?  To me, Negan is more of a former foe and he seems to be growing as an anti-hero.  When The Whisperers were first introduced, we met Alpha and I immediately saw the potential for a villain who would not back down.  Please note some spoilers are ahead if you are not caught up on the series.

Alpha has been making her mark and she really cut deep with that heartbreaking cliffhanger episode in season 9.  Just thinking about it still gives me chills!  There is this raw quality to Alpha.  She is a survivor through and through and she refuses to let weakness taint this instinct.  And yet, when it comes to Alpha herself, she clearly does have a weakness when it comes to her daughter, Lydia.

In season 10, episode 2, we are presented with Alpha’s backstory and it really put things into perspective for me.  I never thought that I would feel any type of sympathy or understanding toward Alpha and yet I now see her in a completely different light.  Alpha gives new meaning to the survival of the fittest concept and she understands that order must be followed to truly maintain power and unity.

However, the slivers of humanity presented make her a complex villain and I really started to think about if we can ever truly classify good guys and bad guys?  After all, the bad guys always think they are the good guys and vice versa, but Alpha’s unconditional love for her daughter does seep into her decisions as a leader.  She initially spares Gamma’s sister’s life because she understands what it feels like to be a mother without her child.

That being said, Alpha understands that she needs to keep this part of her hidden from the rest of the group.  Any sign of weakness on her part could weaken the whole and she knows that examples must be set.

Samantha Morton is absolutely haunting and captivating as Alpha.  There’s something about the way she looks at you, almost like she is looking right through to the very depths of your soul, bringing this necessary and chilling quality to her character.

What’s next for Alpha?  We’ll have to wait and see, but it looks like she is ready to punish our group for crossing the line.  Alpha’s actions can be beyond ruthless, but can Lydia still get through to her somehow?  I have some knowledge of what happens in the comics and I’m wondering if the ultimate showdown will stay true to that or if we have just set up something even more interesting between Carol and Alpha?

I sort of like the idea of these two strong mothers going up against each other, but of course I’m always ready to throw Negan into the mix to shake things up!  Either way, I think that Alpha’s past really revealed so much about her character.  Samantha Morton is fantastic and I can’t wait to see what happens next!

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My performance of the week ending 10/12/19 on TV goes to…

Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman on Netflix’s El Camino:  A Breaking Bad Movie.  So, Breaking Bad is in my top 5 series of all time and part of the reason why is because of the character of Jesse Pinkman, played brilliantly by Aaron Paul.  Sure, he brought so much humor to the show (Magnets!), but he also tapped into something so real and heart-wrenching.

Jesse’s journey had so many ups and downs and his father-son-like relationship with Walter White had this incredible dynamic, but I always wanted more from the ending of the series.  Even though we end with Jesse driving off, sensing that he is finally free, what happens next?  Well, thankfully we got the El Camino movie to find out!  Please note major spoilers have been left out for your convenience.

I thought that the movie was the perfect addition to this show.  Jesse’s journey was necessary and important and it also brought us some cameos along the way, but they weren’t forced or over-the-top.  There was something about them that just worked naturally.  I loved filling in the blanks from some of the questions I had over the years, but the main focus was Jesse, which was really nice to see.

Throughout the series, we fell in love with the dynamic between Jesse and Walt, but sometimes other things happening with Walt’s family took up a lot of screen time.  Not to say that they weren’t important or relevant, but I thought this focus on Jesse now was welcomed and earned.  Jesse finally got his time to shine, while discovering what his next path would be and I thought that his performance was still so real and inspiring.

It can’t be easy returning to a character that you haven’t played in many years and yet Aaron Paul does it so well, making you truly believe that we are picking up with Jesse Pinkman exactly where we left him in the present.

There are a few beautiful moments with Jesse, where we get to witness some compelling flashbacks and I thought it truly gave the audience a chance to see Jesse’s journey come full circle.  He has made so many mistakes along the way and there is always that “what if” question still lingering, but this movie allowed him to truly think about his past, while deciding what to do now in his present.

Every single action will impact his future, but Jesse continues to try and tap into his inner strength, which is beyond difficult to do after witnessing some of what he had to deal with, but he continues to fight and I think that he will always carry his past with him, but that doesn’t make him a failure in the present.

That just means that he is far beyond a character on a show.  His character is so real and and remarkable.  Aaron Paul brings a mind-blowing component to his character, presenting us with a captivating performance that will never be forgotten.  So glad I took the time to watch this!

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My performance of the week ending 10/5/19 on TV goes to…

Kaitlyn Dever as Marie Adler on Netflix’s Unbelievable.  So, I heard really great things about this limited series on Netflix, but it’s not something I would normally watch.  It deals with some difficult subject matter and I typically have to make sure that I am in the right state of mind to watch something like this.  That being said, I am really glad that I gave this show a chance because it was absolutely captivating and thought-provoking.  Please note major spoilers have been left out for your convenience.

The performances from the entire cast were beyond incredible, but I was mostly impressed with Kaitlyn Dever’s performance.  I could really believe her and there was something about her subtle indifference that really spoke to me, reminding me that we all handle trauma in different ways and sometimes we just need that one person fighting in our corner to bring out the spark within us that has dimmed so many times before.

It’s not always easy to believe in ourselves, but when someone else finally does, it reminds us that we do matter, helping us re-discover our own self-worth.

The show moves really quickly and I found myself addicted to binge-watching it right after the first episode.  It really draws you in and part of that is because of Dever’s portrayal of Marie.  Sometimes it’s more about the characters that don’t have that apparent strength you often see that truly resonate with you.

I actually prefer seeing characters who are broken and defeated, watching them grow and learn from their mistakes, while they try to pave their own path.  Maybe it’s the right path or maybe it isn’t, but that’s what makes these characters so real and interesting to me.

I really connected with Marie’s character and I was constantly rooting for her even when I was not sure if she was making the right call or telling the truth.  The other performances on the show are also really compelling and I really dove into the investigation as well, as you almost feel like you are along for the ride with the detectives because you want some kind of real and deserving justice for the victims.

There’s something to be truly said for a performance that can stay with you for quite some time and I really think that Dever achieved that in this role.  This role had to be incredibly difficult to play and I feel like another approach might not have struck the same chord with me.  Dever’s portrayal was so real and magnetic and she gave me chills.

I absolutely recommend this show, but please pay attention to the viewing warnings displayed because some parts are very difficult to watch.

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My performance of the week ending 9/28/19 on TV goes to…

Emily Browning as Sierra on Showtime’s The Affair.  So, one of the reasons why I love this show so much is because it continues to surprise me.  The Affair does a fantastic job of presenting things from different perspectives and it really makes you think a lot. 

Sometimes I wonder if both sides truly see things that way or if there is a compromise somewhere in the middle of what really happened, but it’s all left up to interpretation and that’s why this show is so brilliant and thought-provokingPlease note some spoilers are ahead if you are not up-to-date on the series.

I never really cared that much about Sierra’s character in season 4.  Sure, she was the fun free spirit next door that kind of shattered Helen and Vic’s world temporarily, but in season 5 episode 5, we got to see her in a completely different light and I’ve been thinking about her performance all week, as it really struck a chord with me.  

My first impression of Sierra was that she was used to getting what she wanted, living in a bubble, free of any real responsibility.  In season 4, she actually tells Helen that she wants her life and that statement practically becomes reality when she has a brief affair with Vic, which leads to her giving birth to his child. 

Motherhood is clearly a lot harder than Sierra had anticipated and she is struggling a lot.  After witnessing some of Sierra’s interactions with her overbearing and successful mother, I started to have a lot more sympathy and understanding for Sierra.  She constantly tries to tell herself that she is enough, but actually believing that is no easy task when you are constantly being judged and criticized.

Sierra makes some questionable decisions throughout the episode and I honestly worried about her choices as a mother, but it looks like she may have finally had a wake up call after falling asleep at the wheel with her baby in the back seat.

Sierra is more than enough, but perhaps her own dreams may now be different than what she originally imagined for herself.  Sierra is responsible for the life of her child and this means she will need to put a lot of her own ambitions on hold, but I’m hoping that she sees that she has a true chance to make someone else feel worthy and enough.

Emily Browning’s performance was inspiring, real, and heartbreaking.  I was completely captivated by her during the episode and I even lost track during her part of the episode because I was so engrossed in her story.  While a lot of the attention focuses around Noah and Helen (previously around Alison and Cole), I absolutely love that some of the minor characters are getting a chance to tell their own story.  In this season, we got to witness things from Janelle’s perspective and Whitney’s, but Sierra’s part truly resonated with me.

What’s next for Sierra?  We’ll have to wait and see, but I am really hoping that she turns things around.  She is enough and I just want her to see it for herself, but I also want her to realize that she cannot run away from motherhood and that it’s a part of who she is now.

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My performance of the week ending 9/21/19 on TV goes to…

Emma Roberts as Brooke on FX Network’s American Horror Story:  1984.  So I was initially disappointed when I found out that both Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters would not be appearing in the ninth season of AHS, but after watching the premiere, I am confident that Emma Roberts can lead the way to another fantastic season. 

I have always been a huge fan of hers and I am really excited that she is finally getting a chance to step out of the supporting role and into the lead.  I loved her in Scream 4, she had me laughing hysterically in Scream Queens (please bring us that revival soon) and one of my favorite characters on television is Madison Montgomery from AHS:  Coven/Apocalypse

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There are some big shoes to fill here, but I am already so invested in Brooke’s character and I believe that she has Final Girl potential…even though she may not be making the best decisions, but this is supposed to be channeling an 80’s slasher movie vibe after all.  Please not some spoilers are ahead if you are not up-to-date on the series.

Brooke is already being targeted by the Night Stalker (AHS Hotel connection) and Mr. Jingles, but her camp counselor friends think that she needs to let loose and leave some of these hallucinations behind.  Brooke desperately tries to get them to believe her, but I have a feeling that the bodies will need to start piling up before anyone will really listen to her.

We also see Brooke looking at an engagement ring in her jewelry box, which means we will probably get bits and pieces of her past sprinkled into the mix, but is there any connection here to either of the two killers?

I know that some fans were disappointed that we already learned about the killer’s identity in the season premiere, but that just means that there are some unexpected twists and turns heading our way and I wonder if perhaps Brooke isn’t as innocent as she may appear to be?  It seems like a lot of the characters may have something to hide, but that just makes the show that much more entertaining, as we get to fill in the pieces together while the mystery unfolds.

What’s next for Brooke?  We’ll have to wait and see, but I want to know more about her past and I want to find out why the killers seem to be targeting her specifically.  Emma Roberts can play any character to perfection and I can’t wait to find out if she is my true Final Girl or if she is a villain in disguise.  After all, she did surprise us all in Scream 4 so you never know!

Either way, I am already impressed with Emma Roberts and I am confident that she will continue to capture our undivided attention.  I can’t wait to see what she does next!

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My performance of the week ending 9/14/19 on TV goes to…

Mo Collins as Sarah Rabinowitz on AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead.  So I mostly know Mo Collins from the days of MADtv and she was beyond hilarious on that comedy sketch show.  If you have never watched it before, try looking up sketches with Stuart and his mom (played by Collins).  They will make you cry from laughing so hard. 

I was a little surprised when I saw Collins join the cast of Fear TWD, but I have to say that she immediately fit right in and she always keeps the laughs coming, which can really help break up some of the drama and heavy moments on the show.  Please note some spoilers are ahead if you are not up-to-date on the series.

In season 5 episode 13, we get to see a different side of funny Sarah, as she actually shares some of her regrets about leaving Clayton to die on the side of the road.  Sarah may typically laugh everything off, but she takes down her walls in this episode and attempts to redeem her past actions by going back for Logan. 

Whether this is the right call or not, it just made me admire Sarah so much more as a character.  It’s one thing to say you are sorry about something, but it takes a lot of courage and strength to actually channel that regret into action.  Sarah’s decision to go back after Logan could have had some irreparable consequences, but she seemed willing to sacrifice it all to make things right and I think that is truly commendable.

Sarah’s bond with her adoptive brother, Wendell, is also something to be noted and it looks like she is getting closer with Dwight, as the two shared a beer and talked briefly about his quest to find Sherry in a prior episode.  Sarah is clearly an integral part of the group, but it was nice to see her stand out in episode 13, truly getting some much deserved screen time.

What’s next for Sarah?  We’ll have to wait and see, but she is definitely heading down the right path.  Our group is focusing so much on helping others and Sarah is absolutely doing her part.  I would personally like to see even more character development for Sarah because she has proven that she is much more than the comic relief. 

We all have things we are not proud of, but Sarah is doing her best to live with her past mistakes and I hope she “keeps on trucking” because I think she still has a lot of untapped potential.  I can’t wait to see what she does next!

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My performance of the week ending 9/7/19 on TV goes to…

Hilary Duff as Kelsey Peters on TV Land’s Younger.  Even though the show mostly centers around Liza, I was beyond impressed with Hilary Duff’s performance in season 6 and I think that our girl Kelsey is finally showing the world what she is truly made of.  She’s more than a SHero.  She’s an inspiration and she is proving to be a strong woman who can compete with anyone in the business world.  Please note some spoilers are ahead if you are not up-to-date on the series.

Even when it seems like things are not working in her favor, Kelsey manages to turn it around somehow, proving that she is extremely capable and hard-working.  She refuses to let defeat creep over her and she always has another backup plan, preparing for whatever comes next. 

I have always loved the friendship between Liza and Kelsey, along with the budding relationship between Kelsey and Zane, but I really thought that Kelsey finally started to find her own identity separate from these relationships in season 6, which makes her much more than a supporting character.

Kelsey has a lot of responsibility on her shoulders in season 6, taking on the role of publisher of Millennial, but she continues to make impressive decisions.  Even after her social media mistake, she still bounces back and makes the courageous decision to leave the job that she has come to love, taking a huge leap of faith to discover her next path.

Ultimately, it looks like Kelsey’s path will actually lead her right back to Millennial in a different role and I have to say that I am relieved!  Kelsey has worked so hard and she deserves recognition for her efforts and I think that Charles is really trying his best to make her feel like she is part of the Millennial family.

What’s next for Kelsey?  We’ll have to wait and see, but it looks like Kelsey will have a new position at Millennial to tackle and she is also truly opening herself up to Zane, so it will be interesting to see what’s next for one of my favorite ships as well.  I have been a fan of the series for a while now, but sometimes characters with the most potential lose out on screen time.

Each episode is only about 30 minutes, which doesn’t give us a lot of time to play with, but I think that the development and growth of Kelsey’s character has been so important for the series and I am a Kelsey Peters fan for life.  I can’t wait to see what she does next!

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