Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Purge” season 1 episode 8: “I Can’t Do This Anymore”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching the USA network’s The Purge season 1 episode 8 last night, we didn’t get our words of wisdom from the voice over, but Mr. Stanton did remind us that “true joy comes from courage” and that “some things you can only learn from experience.”  While he may have an actual point here, I’m not sure that he is setting his daughter, Lila, out on the right path.  This is the episode we have been waiting for.  Hang on because a lot has happened.  Are you all caught up?  Please note major spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “The Giving Time Is Here,” Miguel and Penelope make it to Pete’s bar, but the threat is nowhere near over for these two.  Meanwhile, Jenna continues to struggle with her decision and Lila doesn’t handle any kind of rejection too well, causing her and Rick to clash even further.  My top 5 moments from The Purge season 1 episode 8 are:

5

“Don’t start shit in my bar.”

During the episode, Miguel and Penelope make it safely to Pete’s bar and breathe a temporary sigh of relief.  Penelope’s cult robe begins to “attract the wrong kind of attention” and Pete gives her some clothes to change into.  Pete later reveals to Penelope that he is not a fan of her cult and fills her in on quite a lot.  Penelope learns that her cult leader, Tavis, is actually funded by the NFFA and is playing a part, finding victims that the NFFA has determined to be disposable.  She goes to rehab centers and prisons, looking for people who have given up hope.  Penelope initially cannot believe what she is hearing, but decides that she needs to do the right thing and warn her friends on the bus before it’s too late.  But perhaps she should take Miguel with her for some much needed backup.  I mean does she really think it’s a smart idea to rush off by herself on Purge Night after all Miguel has gone through to find her?

4

“To a lifetime of glorious participation.”

During the episode, we finally get a flashback into Lila’s past.  Lila looks absolutely stunning in a gorgeous white gown and it initially seems like she is getting ready for her wedding day.  Only we quickly realize that she is preparing for her first ceremonial purge, which takes place on the eve of her 18th birthday.  Catalina has been by Lila’s side this whole time and it’s clear that Lila is having mixed thoughts about going through with this.  She is told to “choose her path,” or her weapon of choice in this case, and goes with a gun.  Lila nervously faces the sacrifice, an old man, but realizes that she cannot disappoint her parents and everyone watching.  Lila goes through with the purge and as soon as she does, she actually smiles, suggesting that she likes the thrill of the kill.  Watch out Rick!

3

“I saw the night for what it really is.”

Penelope reaches the bus and calls out Tavis in front of everyone.  Tavis tries to tell Penelope that she got lost on her way to the invisible, but Penelope is done hearing her lies.  Penelope is no longer a scared and impressionable victim.  She has finally found her inner strength and is ready to risk her life to protect her friends on the bus.  Penelope even punches Tavis, proving that she means business.  I guess Miguel taught her a thing or two, but she is still completely outnumbered here.  Either way, this is a very important moment for Penelope, but let’s hope she gets the chance to get that pancake breakfast she keeps talking about.

2

“So what’ll it take to make you go away?”

Drama continues to take place at Rick and Jenna’s home, but Jenna cannot “live in chaos” anymore.  She is clear with Lila and tells her that she can’t do this anymore.  She reveals that Lila did spark something within her, but that she is tired of the games and she cannot go on like this.  Lila tries to convince Jenna that Rick is manipulating her, but Jenna stands firm and says, “We’re done.”  Lila clearly doesn’t handle rejection well, as she approaches Rick and tries to buy him off.  I mean Lila I’ll take that 20 million dollars you are ready to hand over.  Rick claims, “I’m not for sale” and reminds Lila that he built his life from nothing and can do it again.  Rick gets violent with Lila for a moment when she continues to push his buttons, but he walks away from her.  Later on, Lila attacks Rick and points a gun at him.  She begs Jenna to tell her that she’s not crazy because she doesn’t know what is real anymore and says, “I know you love me.”  Jenna admits to loving her, but stabs Lila with her own ritual knife before she can kill Rick.  Team Rick is victorious after all.  I’m so sorry Jelinna fans, but it looks like Jenna has finally made her choice.  The immediate threat is over and Lila appears to be dead, but will Jenna be able to cope with her actions in the morning?

1

“It’s a little personal tonight.  I’m doing my own thing.”

While Miguel and Penelope are at Pete’s bar, in walks vigilante Joe.  After saving Jane last week, Joe is now crossing paths with two more characters.  Joe has a conversation with Miguel and thanks him for his service.  He later follows Penelope to the bus and saves her, but doesn’t allow Penelope to go back to the bar, which seems off.  Penelope is placed in the back of Joe’s truck, as poor Miguel is just a little bit too late to arrive.  Seriously this guy cannot catch a break and I really wish his sister would just listen to him for once.  Penelope is placed in the back with Jane and a few others, tied up and gagged.  Before I can even process what this means, Joe shows up at Rick and Jenna’s home and somehow disarms their advanced security system and drags them out of the house as well.  It looks like vigilante Joe is not the clear cut good guy after all, but what does this mean for our main characters?  After watching the preview for next week, it looks like Joe wants to put them on some kind of twisted trial for their actions on Purge Night.  It looks like he has only taken those who have something to make up for, which explains why he didn’t take Miguel.  But what made him target these characters specifically and how did he know where to find them?  We’ll have to wait until next week for more answers, but I am anxiously waiting to find out what happens next.  Stay tuned!

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

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

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” season 3 episode 1 season premiere: “The Calm before the Storm”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Riverdale season 3 episode 1 season premiere, we are left with some shocking moments, a new mystery, and so many questions.  Are you ready for season 3?  Here we go!  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In tonight’s episode, “Chapter Thirty-Six:  Labor Day,” Archie faces his trial and is tormented by nightmares before the big day.  Meanwhile, Jughead learns that it is not easy to lead, Veronica continues to clash with her father, and Betty is not a fan of her mother’s new outlook on life.  My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 3 episode 1 season premiere are:

5

“Have a terrific weekend!”

During Archie’s trial, we learn that there will be a short recess until after Labor Day, which gives Archie one last potential weekend of freedom.  Hiram Lodge makes it a point to wish Archie a terrific weekend, but Fred Andrews wipes that smug smile off his face literally when he punches him.  Even though this may not have been the wisest decision, Fred is not about to let Hiram say anything else to his son and he will not rest until he brings him to justice.  I have to admit that I was cheering for Fred in this moment.  Take that Hiram!

4

“Cheryl doesn’t miss.”

Oh Cheryl Blossom, how I have missed you.  Cheryl makes an entrance like no other and walks into Pop’s Diner, sporting her red leather Serpent jacket and red bikini top like a boss.  Cheryl announces that there will be an end of summer party at her house and lets us know that she spent three wonderful months with Toni.  Can we get some footage of that please?  Cheryl opens up to Toni during the pool party and talks about when Archie saved her in the river, revealing that she had lost hope and did something really stupid.  Toni proves to be a wonderful partner and is always there to support her and listen.  Toni embraces Cheryl’s hand, letting her know that she is there for her and I am happy that these two are finally getting the chance they deserve together.  Later on, Cheryl continues to steal the spotlight when she sports her bow and arrow, ready to protect her fellow Serpents.  Cheryl puts an arrow in the shoulder of a Ghoulie who gets a little bit too close to Jughead and reminds everyone, “I told you I was in the mood for some hell raising.”  After Penny threatens the Serpents, Jughead tells Cheryl to point the arrow at Penny’s head and reminds her that “Cheryl doesn’t miss.”  Seriously she’s like a super hero or something.  With everything else going on in this episode, it was great to see some moments reserved for Cheryl, but I am hoping to see her character develop even further this season.  She deserves it.

3

“You don’t have a daughter anymore.”

Tensions continue to run high in the Lodge family.  Veronica begs her father to change his mind and help Archie, but he tells her that “it’s simply beyond my control.”  Later on, Archie tries to tell Veronica that he doesn’t want her to wait for him, but she refuses to accept this and tells him, “I am not letting my dad take away the one thing that I love.”  Later on when Archie is taken away, Veronica learns that this is her punishment for betraying her father.  Hiram is cold and harsh with Veronica, but she refuses to back down and tells him, “You don’t have a daughter anymore.”  We know that Hiram will never hurt Veronica physically, but the fact that he can stoop to this level is monstrous.  Hopefully Fred, FP, and Tom Keller can come up with something before it’s too late.  Either way, my heart goes out to Veronica and I am hoping that Hermione will have a change of heart and get more involved.

2

“I didn’t kill anyone but I could have.  I have to take responsibility for that.”

During the episode, Archie is tortured by nightmares, as his guilt starts to overwhelm him.  When he is out with his friends for Labor Day weekend, he tells them that “this is the best last day of summer a guy could ask for.”  Jughead suggests that Archie make a run for it, but Archie feels guilty and responsible for so much and can’t run away from this.  When Archie learns that there may now be another trial, a deal is presented for him to confess to manslaughter and Archie immediately jumps up and accepts the deal, against the advice of his mother.  Archie doesn’t want to put his family and friends through this ordeal any longer and accepts his punishment.  Good thing Archie has some fresh ink, as he will need to look for some potential Serpent allies while in jail.  While I commend Archie for his courage here, I wish that he wouldn’t always act so quickly.  His mother knows what she is doing and this all could have been avoided, but we will have to wait and see if Fred can somehow prove that Hiram is behind everything.  No pressure Fred.

1

“The Gargoyle King.”

The season premiere gave us a lot of shocking and heartwarming moments, but a new mystery has presented itself.  During the episode, we detect Dilton, who is always off by himself and has been seeking out advice and help from Jughead.  Dilton begins rambling to Jughead about the Gargoyle King, almost warning him, but Jughead has to get to Archie’s trial.  When he returns home, he finds a drawing from Dilton that matches up with a map.  When he arrives at the marked spot, he finds several boys in front of some kind of ritual with carvings on their backs.  I have to say that I am absolutely baffled and I have no idea what will happen here, but it looks like Jughead has just discovered a new darkness lurking in Riverdale.  If that wasn’t shocking enough, we learn that Alice has been influenced by someone named Edgar.  Polly introduced Alice to him and so far it seems to be harmless enough, but it is absolutely screaming cult.  We also learn that Betty has been abusing prescription drugs and has lied about going to see a therapist, which is alarming.  At the end of the episode, Betty thinks she sees her mother and sister holding the twins above a fire and then collapses and begins convulsing on the ground.  While we can guess that she must have been hallucinating, Betty’s life is in immediate danger and I am extremely worried.  Earlier, Jughead reminded her that they are partners and I’m hoping that she will learn from her past mistakes and open up to him about her problems now.  She needs Jughead more than ever even though “The Serpent Queen is a Warrior Queen.”  Betty is strong, but her father’s actions may have taken a bigger toll on her than she is willing to admit.  Let’s hope that she will be OK because I can’t live in a world without Betty Cooper.  Stay tuned!

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

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

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Purge” season 1 episode 3: “Everybody has the Urge to Purge”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching the USA network’s The Purge season 1 episode 3 last night, the voice over reminded us that “everyone has the urge to purge.”  However, when you stand behind your beliefs in the midst of all of this chaos and destruction, the urge is replaced by strength.  And “because you had the strength and the courage and fortitude to face your fears, all your dreams will come true.”  While I’m not sure that this is necessarily true, it’s important to remember what matters most, even when we are faced with temptation all around us.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “The Urge to Purge,” Penelope learns that she is up next to “step into the invisible,” but Miguel is not giving up on his quest to find her.  Meanwhile, Jenna reveals another secret, Rick has a momentary lapse of judgment, and Alison tries to prove to Jane why she should be promoted above Mark.  My top 5 moments from The Purge season 1 episode 3 are:

5

“I know you felt it.”

After Lila and Jenna continue kissing in secret, Lila stares at Jenna with loving eyes and tells her, “I’m sorry but I had to.”  She reminds Jenna that she knows she felt it, which seems to be spot on, as Jenna clearly wears her heart on her sleeve and has some kind of feelings swirling around for Lila.  However, Jenna reveals another secret and tells Lila that she is pregnant.  Lila congratulates her, but doesn’t seem ready to give up just yet.  Will more secrets continue to unravel between Lila, Jenna, and Rick?  We’ll have to stay tuned, but it appears that Purge Night is revealing more than just the “urge to purge.”

4

“It is your turn to walk through that door and give.”

During the episode, Penelope and the other cult members on the bus are still upset by Melissa’s meltdown when it was her turn.  The good leader turns to Penelope to inspire the others.  Penelope explains “That is our gift.  Tonight we give so that tomorrow the world will be a better place.”  Her words seem true enough and the rest of the bus begin chanting with her, “we walk arm and arm toward peace and love for united we can conquer all.”  We also flashback to Penelope and Miguel’s past and see them as children, building a pillow fort with their father.  We learn that this was right before “The First Purge,” and their parents were approached with money to merely stay at home, even though they said they had no interest in purging themselves.  Penelope soon learns that it is her time to “step into the invisible,” and she tries to remain strong and says, “I hope I make my family proud too.”  While Penelope is still misguided, she has been trying to fill the void from her parent’s death for quite some time, searching for a place to belong.  While Miguel channeled his loss by joining the Marines and helping others, Penelope seems to have had a much more difficult time adjusting.

3

“Let’s celebrate!”

During the party, Rick is called in to discuss final negotiations and Jenna is asked to come join them as well.  Even though Jenna is the creative part of the team, she does an excellent job explaining the purpose of their project and even talks about the importance of giving the extra profit back to the poor, trying to make a difference with those less fortunate.  After a deal is made, their new partner, Mr. Stanton, suggests that they “celebrate.”  He brings in a former employee who betrayed him who is gagged and tied up.  Rick and Jenna look at the man in horror, realizing what they have just gotten themselves into.  Mr. Stanton offers his guests the chance to purge and Rick initially takes the gun from him.  Before anyone can pull the trigger, Jenna quickly explains, “We don’t do this.”  Mr. Stanton says he understands and shoots the man right in front of them.  Jenna later tells Rick that she wants out, but Rick reminds her that this is a deal of a lifetime.  Jenna asks Rick if he was going to really pull the trigger and he says no, but it seems like there was definitely a moment of weakness there.  Is there darkness in Rick waiting to be released?  Rick tells Jenna, “we can’t change the purge but we can change our lives,” but at what cost?

2

“So do you notify HR about my promotion or is that on me?”

During the episode, Jane continues to have second thoughts about hiring a proxy to take out her boss, David.  Jane announces that they closed the deal, but still remains distracted.  The group wants to celebrate after closing the deal, but Jane reminds them not to do anything too crazy since it is Purge Night and all.  Later on, Mark approaches Jane and thanks her for being such a great mentor to him.  He explains that he understands if she will be choosing Alison for the promotion above him, but is ready to continue to work hard until it is his turn.  Mark’s turn will never come about; however, as Jane soon realizes that Alison and Mark left the secure floor.  To Jane’s horror, she walks in on Alison brutally stabbing Mark with a pair of scissors.  While Jane is in shock, asking Alison what she has done, Alison stares at her mechanically and brushes the blood off of her, asking about her promotion and who will be informing HR.  Alison eliminated the competition with no remorse or guilt, tapping into her own “urge to purge.”  After witnessing this, it’s safe to say that Jane will probably try to call her proxy off, but we know that there will definitely be consequences to this.  Is Jane ready to face them?

1

“He’s persistent.  That’s for sure.”

Miguel continues to try and get “Pete the Cop” to tell him where the bus is.  He is initially turned down, but Pete sees potential in Miguel.  Miguel offers him his car in exchange for the information and Pete is absolutely impressed by Miguel’s 1971 Chevelle SS and says, “This car has balls.”  Pete agrees to help Miguel and shows him where the bus is going and even sends two men in a van to get him closer to the location.  The men in the van explain that they are documenting the purge, trying to make a difference, but Miguel seems unconvinced.  Miguel is still clearly impacted by the death of his parents and we flash back to the past again.  Miguel’s father was killed when he tried to defend his home, but reminded Miguel to “protect her always,” meaning Penelope.  Miguel and Penelope were told to hide in the closet by their mother and they witnessed her killed right before their eyes.  Miguel says that his sister is all he has left in the world, as he tries to honor his promise to his father even now.  Miguel crosses paths with “The Nuns” who eerily point in the direction of the bus when confronted by Miguel.  When Miguel gets to the bus, he learns that he just missed Penelope and now has to find “The Nuns” before they turn Penelope into some kind of martyr to further their twisted agenda.  Miguel’s journey is far from over, but I am rooting for him all the way.  Stay tuned!

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

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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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

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

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Purge” season 1 episode 2: “It’s My Right To Purge”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching the USA network’s The Purge season 1 episode 2 last night, I realized how terrifying it is when “purging” seems like the only answer to our problems.  While life may throw us a series of “curve balls,” it doesn’t mean that picking up the bat is the only answer, as the voice over the radio suggested.  Even though “life has this way of undermining your expectations,” there is always another option.  There is still good to be done even though it may only flicker quietly on Purge Night.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “Take What’s Yours,” we learn more about Jane’s past and begin to understand her motives on Purge Night.  Meanwhile, Miguel continues to try and find his sister, but ends up caught up in some kind of horror fun zone race, Rick and Jenna interact with Lila separately, and Penelope witnesses the consequences of going against the order of the “good leader.”  My top 5 moments from The Purge season 1 episode 2 are:

5

“Are you sure you’re good?”

After Lila makes her grand entrance into the party, Rick and Jenna react differently.  Jenna is clearly more impacted at this time and I began to really wonder about the strength of her marriage to Rick, who doesn’t even seem to really notice that she is clearly not “good” in this situation.  Rick leaves Jenna to go work on his business deal, but this doesn’t really seem like the right call when his wife seems like she is about to have some kind of emotional meltdown just at the sight of Lila.  While we begin to put the pieces together here, it seems like more secrets are about to unravel, but will this escalate into a potential purge?  We’ll have to stay tuned to find out.

4

“I made a mistake.  I don’t want to die.”

During the episode, Penelope tries to comfort her friend on the bus, who is having second thoughts about “stepping into the invisible.”  Penelope explains that “pain is temporary” and that after the death of her parents, she was aimlessly searching for an escape, but that the “good leader” saved her and showed her the right path.  Penelope is convinced that she will see her parents and that “it will all be love in the end,” but her friend is still not ready to give herself up as a sacrifice.  Naturally, the “good leader” has chosen Penelope’s friend as the next sacrifice, but she begins hysterically crying and screaming that she doesn’t want to die.  Penelope courageously tries to take her place, but her request is harshly turned down, as her friend is dragged off the bus.  Penelope hears her friend crying out to her for help, as two men in masks drag her away.  Is this enough to snap Penelope back into reality?

3

“I want to be all about the future.”

During the party, Lila approaches Jenna and Rick separately.  When she speaks to Jenna, there is something genuine and sweet about her actions and words toward her.  Jenna seems hesitant to get close to Lila, but is happy that she is doing so well.  However, when Lila approaches Rick, she is more seductive and taunting, calling him the “man of the hour” and reminding him that she has already seen him naked.  Rick is not amused by her behavior and continues to try and avoid her, but Lila and Jenna cross paths again, which escalates into a private moment between them.  Lila tells Jenna that she thinks she is perfect and the two begin kissing passionately.  Lila seems to have genuine feelings for Jenna, but does she love her enough to force Rick out of the equation?  Is this all some kind of sick and twisted game for her to eliminate the competition?  Either way, the scandal between these three is far from over.

2

“Sometimes it feels like purging is the only answer.”

During the episode, we get a more detailed flashback into Jane’s past.  We learn that she is someone who has worked extremely hard for everything and tries to follow her own moral compass.  While it is clear that Jane deserves a promotion to partner, her boss, David, seems to have another agenda.  David is clearly a womanizer and drops several hints to Jane of his intentions.  Jane is honorable and refuses to stoop to this level.  She is passed over for partner despite all of her hard work, which makes her question who she is as a person.  When she hires the woman to complete the purge on her behalf, Jane insists on giving her a reason why, revealing that she is a good person deep down, but she is tired of being stepped on over and over again.  Will Jane be able to go through with this?  Will she be able to live with the consequences?  I’m not so sure, as it seems like she is a genuine person who is just conflicted.

1

“You live, you win.  You die, you lose.”

Miguel is still on his quest to find the bus and his sister, but the distractions and obstacles keep coming his way.  Miguel ends up on some kind of sick game show called the “Purge Night Gauntlet,” which involves him running through some kind of house of horrors fun zone while being broadcasted live.  Miguel shows off his skills and takes out everyone in his way, but is not too interested in winning once he crosses the finish line.  He desperately tries to get a message out to his sister over the camera, determined to find her no matter what.  Miguel still has quite the journey ahead of him, but he is proving to be a hero we can root for, capable of saving lives and kicking some serious ass.  While we don’t know who we can really trust, it’s safe to say that Miguel is definitely one of the good guys.  I’m interested to see where his journey takes him to next.  Stay tuned!

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

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Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

@TV_Fanatic_Girl

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

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Purge” season 1 episode 1 Series Premiere: “Step Into The Invisible”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  “This is not a test, this is your Emergency Broadcast System. Announcing the commencement of the annual purge sanctioned by the U.S. Government.  Commencing at the siren, any and all crime (including murder) will be legal for 12 continuous hours.”  So you have seen The Purge movies and you are ready to set your alarms once again to find out what happens on this particular purge night.  Only this purge is spread across 10 episodes on television.  After watching the USA network’s The Purge season 1 episode 1 last night, I was introduced to several new characters who are about to experience their very own Purge Night.  While some characters leave something to be desired, others did capture my full attention and I was particularly intrigued by the cult that centers on “stepping into the invisible.”  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “What Is America?” the countdown to Purge Night has already started and we step into the lives of several new characters only to discover that they each have secrets of their own, which will most likely cause their past to bleed into their present on Purge Night.  My top 5 moments from The Purge season 1 episode 1 are:

5

“Rich people don’t kill each other on Purge Night.”

Two of the new characters we are introduced to are Rick and Jenna, played by Colin Woodell and Hannah Emily Anderson.  We learn that they are a married couple and are on their way to attend an NFFA party.  As a reminder, the NFFA stands for “New Founding Fathers of America.”  Even though we find out it is to negotiate a business deal that could eventually benefit the poor and less fortunate, it doesn’t seem like a great idea to do this on Purge Night, but their potential new partner apparently only conducts important business deals on this particular night.  Against their better judgment, Rick and Jenna travel to the party, reminding themselves that they do not want to join the NFFA.  Something tells me that they are not going to really get a choice in the matter, but I’m willing to somewhat believe that they are good people deep down.  Only we are presented with several flashbacks, which show Rick and Jenna involved in a ménage a trois with Lila.  We find out that Lila is the daughter of their potential new business partner but that she will not be at the party.  Jenna is clearly more nervous and apprehensive about her possible guest appearance than Rick, which has me already wondering what else happened between them.  Clearly the affair or relationship did not end well for someone, but we will have to wait to find out.

4

“You know I’m always watching and listening Jane.”

During the episode, we are also introduced to Jane, played by Amanda Warren.  Jane’s mother is in the hospital and she begs her daughter not to work on Purge Night.  Jane reassures her mother that where she is working is very safe and it seems like she has the respect and approval of most of her employees.  After a briefing about the importance of their business on this particular night from their boss, David, played by William Baldwin, he reminds Jane that he is always watching.  Later in the episode, Jane leaves the only secure floor of the building to meet a stranger by the doorway.  The stranger explains that they need to wait for the purge to begin and once it does, Jane is handed an envelope.  What’s inside?  We’ll have to wait and see, but it looks like Jane may be looking to purge after all.  Is she looking to take out her boss or is there another potential enemy we have not yet detected?

3

“The fear went away.”

The character I was most interested in was Miguel, played by Gabriel Chavarria.  Miguel is a Marine who has been away and is now on a mission to find his sister after he receives a cryptic letter from her.  Out of all of the characters we have met so far, Miguel seems to be the most genuine.  He has the potential to be our very own Leo from The Purge movies, played by Frank Grillo, but he needs to be a little bit rougher around the edges to achieve that level of bad-ass behavior.  Miguel is completely focused on finding his sister and we learn that they both lost their parents on a previous Purge Night.  Even though Miguel will do anything to find his sister, he does take the time to help out a stranger in need, which sets him up to be our moral compass in the midst of the masked monsters that emerge on Purge Night.

2

“Let the fun begin.”

During the NFFA party, the guests are given one last chance to leave before the Purge begins.  Rick and Jenna nervously glance at each other, but neither of them makes a move to the exit.  All of the guests are handed out masks of previous murderers like the Manson family.  They are told, “Commemorate those who paved the way and purged before it was legal.”  While Rick and Jenna do not want to wear the masks, they also don’t want to stick out too much at the party.  Jenna has already bonded with a maid and it’s clear that she has a good heart, but what will she do now that Lila has made her grand entrance into the party, played by the fabulous Lili Simmons.  Lila is decked out in a gorgeous green sequined gown and has not yet spotted Rick and Jenna.  Something tells me that Jenna’s good girl act is about to change now that she is trapped with a potential enemy.

1

“Step into the invisible.”

During the episode, we learn that Miguel’s sister, Penelope, played by Jessica Garza, is involved in some type of cult.  It’s clear that Penelope must have been broken and in need of help, as Miguel initially looks for her in a rehabilitation center.  While we do not yet know the particulars of what happened to their parents, Penelope seems very impressionable.  Miguel desperately tries to find his sister, as the bus takes off in the middle of purge night.  Everyone is wearing ceremonial garments and they continue to chant about the importance of giving and the invisible.  Miguel finds out that giving means “to be purged upon,” and that the invisible is a form of heaven.  When the first cult member steps off the bus, as purge night begins, he initially seems confident and satisfied with his decision.  However, once he begins to glance at the masked strangers in front of him, dangerously clutching their weapons, the fear begins to take over.  He is brutally beaten to death in front of the bus, as Penelope watches in horror.  Does she now realize the fatal consequences of these actions?  Will Miguel be able to get to her before it’s too late?  Stay tuned!

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

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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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

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

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“American Horror Story” ranking the seasons from best to worst: Nine Circles of Hell

So after finishing up FX’s American Horror Story:  Cult last night, I started thinking about how it held up against the other seasons.  Before the premiere of AHS : Cult, Ryan Murphy, co-creater of the series, had posted the nine circles of hell from Dante’s Inferno:

Limbo (Murder House)

Lust

Gluttony (Hotel)

Greed (Freak Show)

Anger (Roanoke)

Heresy (Cult)

Violence

Fraud (Asylum)

Treachery (Coven)

Murphy had previous explained that each season is connected, but the link to the nine circles of hell invests the viewer into new theories and also suggests that the series will have an end after season 9.  Perhaps it is all meant to keep fans on the edge of their seats, but it does make one really think about the similarities to each circle of hell and how they are all intertwined.  After watching all of the seasons so far, I have ranked them in the following order (best-worst):

  • Coven
  • Hotel
  • Murder House
  • Cult
  • Asylum
  • Freak Show
  • Roanoke

While you may agree or disagree with my rankings, it really got me thinking about how this matches up with Inferno’s nine circles of hell.  The last (ninth) circle of hell is “treachery” which matches up with my overall pick for best season, AHS:  Coven.  For me, the betrayal in “Coven” really scratches beneath the surface and tugs at your soul.  On the surface, the witch-craft element is very entertaining and reminiscent of the movie, The Craft.  However, there are a lot more elements going on in the show and treachery is at its core.

My second favorite season is AHS:  Hotel which pairs up with “gluttony.”  According to Inferno, “Gluttony” is the third circle of hell.  Those who are guilty of “gluttony” are forced to lie in a slush created by an icy rain which is meant to represent those who have overindulged in “food, drink, and other worldly pleasures.”  The icy rain that brings an eternal bitter cold to the sinner connects me to the Countess portrayed by Lady Gaga in AHS:  Hotel.  She is a vampire already representing eternity and feeds on the blood of others.  What’s really interesting to me is that in this circle of hell, the beings punished are not able to see the other victims lying near them because of their own selfishness.  Not being able to feel remorse or love for others is dangerous enough, but its combination with gluttony is even more so.

My third favorite season is the first season AHS:  Murder House.  Interestingly enough, this aligns with “Limbo,” which is the first circle of hell.  This could be just a coincidence, but those who are trapped here are unable to move on to heaven and are forced to reside in an inferior version, much like ghosts who are unable to move on, which appear throughout Murder House.

If the theory is true, that would leave AHS with 2 more seasons representing “Lust” and “Violence.”  While I am not sure if we will see any burning rain or violent winds, it really gives the viewer a lot to think about in terms of what type of premise we will see next.

As of August 2018, we now also know that the series has been picked up for a tenth season and will continue through 2020.  I still think that the “nine circles of hell” idea is important and relevant to the show, but I am curious to explore more and see where we are headed.  I am counting the days until the premiere on September 12th.  How about you?

Feel free to post your thoughts and theories on AHS below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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

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

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Et tu, Winter? Review of “American Horror Story 7: Cult,” episode 10

I just finished watching yesterday’s episode of FX’s American Horror Story:  Cult and I am still trembling.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  The violence in this episode was beyond extreme, flashing back to the Charles Manson murders and glorifying the other stabbing of recurring character, Gary which had me shielding my eyes and cringing.  That was not the hardest part to watch for me, however.  It was the look in Evan Peters’s eyes who plays Kai when he choked the last breath of life out of his beloved sister, Winter, portrayed by Billie Lourd.  The acting in American Horror Story:  Cult has surpassed the previous seasons in my opinion.  It was wonderful to see Bille Lourd branch out of supporting role in Fox’s canceled series, Scream Queens and bring a truly haunting element to her character while still being likable behind her empty stares.  The stand out performance for me has been Evan Peters who is so believable as his character, Kai Anderson, that it makes me fear what would happen if this character truly existed in the real world.

This series has had its share of ups and downs for me as I have been trying to follow along to see which plot twist to cling to more, as a new story branches out with each episode.  The beginning of the series had me waking up in the middle of the night, clutching my teddy bear, fearing that one of the dreaded clown-masked culprits had broken in.  The series has grown past Ally’s fears and paranoia, played brilliantly by the wonderful Sarah Paulson, however.  She has grown into a strong woman filled with rage, clarity, and an unquenched thirst for revenge, as she has been picking apart Kai’s plan going unnoticed.

Kai made several comments throughout this most recent episode about how inferior women are to men and how they can never lead because they were too emotional.  However, Ally and Beverly are about to unravel that as they continue to cut deeper into Kai’s own emotional baggage which has now spilled out into the open after killing his own sister for fear of her possible betrayal.  After the killing off of some major characters, it makes the viewer wonder who will survive it all and come out on top.  I for one am counting the days until the finale next Tuesday and the preview suggests that Ally and Beverly will undo everything that Kai has tried to accomplish and unleash the untamed rage to the surface of these scorned and no longer broken women.

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl