My performance of the week ending 4/25/20 on TV goes to…

Jodie Comer as Villanelle on BBC America’s Killing Eve.

Villanelle is back and better than ever! 

I don’t know about you, but I have been counting the days until Villanelle’s return. Jodie Comer is perfection and I was so excited to see her channel that dark Villanelle humor in season 3, episode 2. Send in the clowns!

Please note some spoilers are ahead.

From her killer fashion to her eccentric characters, Jodie Comer pours her heart and soul into this role and Villanelle is the most unique and interesting character on television. It’s no surprise that Comer won the Emmy award last year and she should just get this award automatically because she brings such a fresh and unique take to the role.

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It’s not easy playing a female assassin and somehow Jodie Comer makes you actually root for Villanelle. Sure, she is committing some pretty violent and brutal crimes along the way, but she’s also trying to find her own path and identity, which gives her character so many layers.

Previously, we have seen glimmers of Villanelle’s humanity shining through, but her love/obsession with Eve took up most of her time. Villanelle is finally trying to branch out and discover something that makes her happy, even exploring management, which is no easy task.

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However, now that she has discovered that Eve is alive, that obsession may return, but I’m confident that Villanelle will continue to surprise and shock us. The dynamic between these two is always fantastic, but Villanelle has grown into such a fantastic character on her own and I’m really hoping that we can finally devote some more time to her actual development.

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What happened in her childhood? How did she first become an assassin?

I have endless questions and I’m really hoping that we can explore some more layers behind Villanelle while enjoying some outrageous and hilarious moments with her.

What’s next for Villanelle? Well, she now has to deal with Eve being alive while trying out her new role for The Twelve. A life/work balance can be difficult to manage, but when you throw killing in there as well, all bets are off. I’m looking forward to more hilarious moments from Villanelle and the teaser for the stuffed animal scene looks like it can be a lot of fun.

As Villanelle reminded Felix, she’s kind of a big deal in this business, but anybody can fight…“it takes a special kind of person to kill.” Villanelle is definitely a special kind of person, but let’s hope that we can find out what really makes her tick and allow her to shine even more for us.

Either way, I am so beyond excited that Jomie Comer is back in this role and I can’t wait to see what she does next! You can never really guess with her…

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Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Killing Eve” season 3 episode 2: “Management Sucks”

Happy Monday TV fans! After watching BBC America’s Killing Eve season 3 episode 2, I learned that “being hard on someone is sometimes what they need,” but it doesn’t always help you let go of all of the worry, grief, and regret.

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

In last night’s episode, “Management Sucks,” Villanelle moves into her new place and attempts to mentor a new assassin, but she quickly learns that management is not that easy. Meanwhile, Eve and Carolyn attempt to cope in different ways.

My top 5 moments from Killing Eve season 3 episode 2 are:

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“I have no queries.”

We’re not used to a statement like this from Eve, who is always filled with endless questions. Eve is not coping with Kenny’s death well and refuses to admit that he took his own life. She drowns herself with alcohol and has a fit at the funeral, but it looks like she is not out of the game just yet when she swipes Kenny’s phone to get some answers.

Carolyn also seems to be having some trouble dealing with Kenny’s death as she wonders if they can play some better music. We also meet Carolyn’s daughter, Geraldine, who seems to have a lot of potential.

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Plus, I’m always happy to see a Game of Thrones alum.

4

“You like what you see?”

Meanwhile in Barcelona, Villanelle shows off some fantastic outfits in episode 2 and explores her new home. Seriously, I would love to raid her closet.

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It is quite magnificent and checks off all of her boxes…even the water pressure. Villanelle loves to live in style, but we’ll have to see if she is truly ready for her new position.

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“I need to know what happened.”

After her outburst, Eve reminds Carolyn that she doesn’t work for her anymore. However, Carolyn reveals that Villanelle is back and working again. Eve tells her that she can’t help, but has this sparked her curiosity? I’m thinking so.

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It looks like Eve and Carolyn will team up once again in order to truly get to the bottom of Kenny’s death, but Konstantin is always watching…seriously don’t ever accept a gift from him.

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“Anybody can fight. It takes a special person to kill.”

Villanelle is tasked with guiding a young potential assassin named Felix, but quickly discovers that management is far from easy. Villanelle hilariously asks him if he is ten years old and mocks his answers, which really gave me that Villanelle dark humor I have been craving.

Villanelle reminds Felix that she’s “kind of a big deal in this industry” and tries to show him the ropes as they show up for their first assignment…dressed as clowns.

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Villanelle keeps the laughs coming and perhaps she has a fallback career after all in her future. After Felix gets a little bit messy with the job, Villanelle takes him out of the picture for good. I guess killing isn’t for everyone…

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“That’s not possible…”

At the end of the episode, Konstantin shows up and reveals that he is still working for The Twelve. He tells Villanelle that Eve is still alive, which has clearly unleashed something within her.

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We know that both Eve and Villanelle have been saying that they have dealt with what happened, but I’m not sure that either of them are in control right now and I can’t wait to see what happens when they finally come face to face with one another again.

Overall, I thought that episode 2 bounced back with flair and provided us with the dark humor we know and love. Villanelle was beyond fantastic and I hope that we can continue the episodes at this pace.

Stay tuned!

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

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Zomboat!” on Hulu: Zombies can’t swim…can they?

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It seems like the zombie apocalypse trend may be here to stay, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  Now that TWD is taking a break until February, you may be going through some zombie withdrawal.

Fear not, as Zomboat! is the perfect show to provide you with some campy zombie apocalypse fun, while even making mention of the great and powerful Rick Grimes!

The UK show began streaming episodes on Hulu as of October 25th 2019 and currently features six episodes for season one.  It stars Leah Brotherhead, Cara Theobold, Hamza Jeetooa, and Ryan McKen.  We follow a group of survivors after a zombie apocalypse occurs in Birmingham, as they decide to escape using…a canal boat.

If you are a fan of Shaun of the Dead and Anna and the Apocalypse, you will feel right at home with this horror comedy, but is Zomboat! original enough to find its own identity?  Let’s find out!

The Pros:

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The dynamic between sisters Kat and Jo is fantastic.

You will immediately fall in love with these two, as they battle the zombie apocalypse while bringing us some welcomed dark comedy.  The banter between them is hilarious and they are really believable as sisters, as you start to root for them from the very start of the show.

Short episodes.

Each episode runs a little under 25 minutes, which makes binge-watching this show really easy.  The episodes are fast-paced and I’m glad they went with the shorter length because this show could easily go off track, but it stays on point, which I appreciated.

References to your favorite zombie shows and movies!

If you are thinking about watching this show, you are most likely a fan of the zombie genre and this show does a great job of presenting the audience with these references.

From The Walking Dead to Contagion, you will be chuckling quite a bit during the conversations, which gave this show a very real feel to me.

Sure, it’s the zombie apocalypse and all, but maybe we should be planning out our strategy according to how we play Call of Duty?  Either way, this was a lot of fun!

The Cons:

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There’s nothing too original about the zombies.

While the show goes out of its way to point out some of the flaws of zombie shows and movies we love, they don’t really do anything drastically different here.  You can’t kill the zombies in Zomboat! in traditional fashion and we do get some interesting twists thrown our way, but the interactions with the zombies were very routine.

That being said, we do get some hilarious fights and some interesting choices of weapon, but if you are looking for something really unique or different in the genre, I’m not sure that you will find it here.

So am I in or out? 

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I’m in!  I went into this show without any real expectations and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.  The dark sarcastic humor was spot on for me even if I wasn’t laughing out loud hysterically all the time. 

We are left with a huge cliffhanger at the end, so I am hoping we get a second season soon, but I would love to hang out with Kat and Jo during the zombie apocalypse, although we might need to change up our wardrobe a little bit.

If you are looking for some zombie fun or a quick show to binge-watch while all of your other shows go on break, this is the perfect one for you!

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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