Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Affair” season 5 episode 1 season premiere: “So What Happens Now?”

Happy Sunday TV fans!  After watching Showtime’s The Affair season 5 premiere, it seems like a lot has changed since we last checked in.  Time jumps are present, which may seem jarring and unfamiliar at first, but the opening to the final season of the show does a fantastic job of tugging at all of your emotions while making you cry your eyes out, but that’s part of its addictive and melodramatic charm.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  

In tonight’s episode, “501,” it looks like Noah’s book may be turned into a movie, bringing up some interesting questions for him.  Meanwhile, Helen attempts to cope with Vic’s deteriorating health and we time jump into the future to follow Alison and Cole’s adult daughter, Joanie.  My top 5 moments from The Affair season 5 episode 1 season premiere are:

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“Why does Daniel leave his wife?”

Part one of the episode follows Noah and he is meeting with some kind of movie producer who is interested in his book.  The movie producer seems fascinated with the character based on Helen and brings up some questions of self reflection for Noah, asking him why the character left his wife.  Noah tries to explain that it is not really an easy answer and the movie producer seems to have an addiction for toxic relationships himself, but perhaps Noah needs to revisit his characters again so he doesn’t make the same mistakes in the present.

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“You’re supposed to be on my side.”

After Vic was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in season 4, we now discover that he has tragically passed and Noah attends the funeral with Janelle.  Helen is doing her best to keep everything together, but she has to deal with Vic’s overbearing parents as well, who refuse to honor Vic’s final wishes for burial.  Helen has an outburst and rightfully so, which brings Noah into the mix.

While it seems like Noah has good intentions here, I’m not sure that Helen is ready to deal with him right now.  Noah is still somewhat of an outsider to his own family, discovering that Whitney is getting married through Vic’s recording, rather than hearing it from his own daughter.  Is it possible for him to finally make amends or will he simply accept his current circumstances?

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“She’s a keeper.”

I was super excited to see that Janelle is still on the show, played brilliantly by Sanaa Lathan, but it doesn’t even seem like Noah notices her half the time.  Noah is clearly distracted by what is going on with Helen, but he has a strong, intelligent, and loyal woman right next to him.  Will Noah ever truly be satisfied or will he continue to chase after the unattainable?

I’m really hoping that he makes some kind of real decision in the final season, as I’m not sure that we have really seen too much growth for his character.  After everything he has been through, he is still ignoring the beautiful woman standing by his side to dive back into the drama and misery of what could have been.

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“This is the age my mother died…”

Part two time jumps into the future, as we catch up with Joanie, played by True Blood’s Anna Paquin.  I have to say that I am impressed with that casting, as I could totally see her as Alison and Cole’s daughter and she is already channeling so much angst that we came to identify with Alison’s character.

So far we don’t know too much.  Joanie says that she misses her dad and is taking medication for her anxiety.  She has a husband and two daughters, but she fears that one of her daughters senses that she is adopted.  Joanie is also turning the same age Alison was when she died, which is clearly bringing up a lot of past issues for her. 

Based on the previews for the upcoming episodes, it looks like Joanie plans on following up on how Alison died and even decides to try and track down Ben Cruz, who we know is responsible for her mother’s death.  Will Joanie’s quest lead to answers or is she destined to follow her mother’s tragic fate?  I’m not sure, but I am very invested in this story-line.  Since we do not have Alison or Cole on the show any longer, Joanie is our last tie to this connection that I fell in love with so many seasons ago and I’m hoping everything can come full circle to bring us some justice for Alison.

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“I had to be resilient.”

Part three of the episode is from Helen’s perspective.  We witness the moments leading up to Vic’s death and the birth of his child.  I’ve gone back and forth with my feelings on Helen as a character and I really started to genuinely like her in season 4.  In the season 5 premiere, Helen has finally reached her true moment in the spotlight.  In season 4, Joshua Jackson and Ruth Wilson had fantastic performances that still touch my mind, body, and soul, but Maura Tierney just stepped up to the plate.

She had me crying my eyes out with every single moment from her perspective.  Even though Helen is known for speaking her mind, those moments of silence, where you could just see the reality striking her felt so incredibly real and heartbreaking.  I was incredibly impressed by this performance and I can’t wait to see what happens next with Helen’s character.

Overall, I thought that the season premiere had a lot of promise and it will be interesting to see how it all ends.  Noah discussed the ending of his book in the beginning of the episode and I thought this was a clever way to remind the audience that perhaps the end of one of our favorite series will leave us with something unexpected as well.  Stay tuned!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Younger” season 6 episode 1 season premiere: “Timing”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  The wait is over and your favorite summer show is back!  After watching TV Land’s Younger season 6 episode 1 season premiere, I realized that timing is everything.  You may think you have everything figured out, but sometimes things go in another direction.  So do you stay on the path you are on or do you take a risk and try something new?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “Big Day,” Liza and Charles adjust to life together after Charles’s huge decision, but are they ready to take the next step in their relationship?  Meanwhile, Kelsey embraces her role as the boss, Josh finds out if he is the father of Clare’s baby, and Zane continues to charm us with his mysterious new job possibility.  My top 5 moments from the Younger season 6 episode 1 season premiere are:

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“It’s harder than I thought.”

Change is in the air, but our girl Kelsey is ready to take on her new position.  Kelsey is beyond excited about being the new publisher, but she quickly realizes that there is a lot that comes with the job.  Kelsey has had to trade in her passion for books for forecasts and spreadsheets and we learn that the company is not doing that great, which puts a tremendous amount of pressure on Kelsey. 

That being said, Kelsey is strong and intelligent and I think she will make a fantastic publisher, but this is not going to be easy for her.  I’m ready to go on the adventure with her and it will be interesting to see how the dynamic shifts at the office now.

4

“Are we friends?”

I am so beyond excited that Zane is back this season, as things were kind of left up in the air after he left Empirical last season.  I have been shipping him and Kelsey for quite some time now, but Zane seems like he wants to keep their relationship professional for now, even after Kelsey makes a few hints at some possibilities for them.  We know that Zane is charming and strategic when it comes to business, but what is his next move with Charles?  I’m very interested to find out, but will this put a further strain on his possible relationship with Kelsey?  We’ll have to wait and see!

3

“Don’t encourage them!”

The drama is far from over at Millennial when Kelsey learns that an article is about to be leaked about Charles having an affair with a 28-year-old employee.  Even though we all know this is Liza, it looks like everything is pointing in Kelsey’s direction, which could be quite scandalous for her recent promotion.  Liza finally comes clean and decides to announce to the entire office that she is the one having a relationship with Charles.

Diana is shocked and clearly hurt by this announcement and begins to look elsewhere for employment opportunities, but it looks like Diana just truly needed some appreciation.  Liza and Kelsey track her down at her favorite singing bar, “Marie’s Crisis Café” and put on a show stopping performance to “9 to 5,” which was so much fun and hilarious to watch.  I love this trio right now and I’m happy that Diana ultimately had a change of heart.  We need her!

2

“I know you’re busy but…”

Josh has a lot on his plate when his former wife, Clare, shows up heavily pregnant.  She tells Josh that the baby is his, but Maggie suggests a paternity test to confirm everything.  The results are in and Josh…you are the father!  Josh is freaking out, but he has a heart-to-heart talk with Liza, who promises to be there every step of the way to support him.  Only it seems like Josh still has some lingering feelings, as he talks to Liza about timing and how she is now with someone else.  Even though I’m feeling Charliza, Team Josh is always in the back of my mind as well.  I mean, we need some kind of drama for our girl Liza, even though she is pretty much floating on a cloud with Charles right now.

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“When I’m with her, I feel free.”

Team Charles and Charliza fans rejoice!  We get some super sweet moments for our favorite couple in the season premiere.  Charles even goes out of his way to surprise Liza with a new bed, which I have to say was absolutely swoon-worthy!  Charles is adjusting to life outside of Empirical and he definitely has a lot to figure out, but it looks like he won’t have too much free time for long, as he is working on something with Zane.

Liza ends up saying “I love you” to Charles and runs away before he can respond, but Charles is ready to take the next step with Liza and ends up saying it back to her later in the episode.  I mean, after all, he has had feelings for her for 16 years now with her recent age reveal!  I can’t wait to see what’s next for Liza and Charles, but it looks like her loyalties may be tested later on when it comes to choosing him or Kelsey.  I can’t wait to see how this unfolds and I’m so happy this show has returned!  Stay tuned!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Fear the Walking Dead” season 5 episode 1: “We’re Still Standing”

Happy Tuesday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead season 5 episode 1 season premiere, I realized that there’s always a story somewhere.  But sometimes it may be better to leave that story alone, but you know what they say about curiosity and the cat.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “Here to Help,” we dive right back into the Fear Twd world, as our favorite characters face dangerous threats, putting their lives in immediate danger when their plane crashes in an unknown location.  Meanwhile, Luciana is badly injured, Alicia and Morgan team up to make a nearly unstoppable team, and Victor discovers a surprising video.  My top 5 moments from the Fear the Walking Dead season 5 episode 1 season premiere are:

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“It’s OK…we’re here to help!”

In the beginning of the episode, we follow two young boys, Dylan and Max, who end up in a dangerous situation after some walkers surround them.  We don’t waste much time; however, as our girl Alicia swoops in to save the day, kicking some serious ass!  Seriously, she reminded me of a super hero or something!  Morgan and Alicia also make quite the tag team, taking out walkers left and right, but the dead keep coming, putting our favorite characters in great danger.  We quickly discover that they crash landed a plane after trying to help someone named Logan over the radio.  So maybe flying was not the best plan, as Luciana is severely injured and we don’t really have any idea where they landed, but if anyone can survive, it’s our fearless group on Fear Twd!

4

“You should be a part of it.”

A young girl named Annie shows up in a van to help our characters out of a sticky situation and they hold up in a nearby truck stop, realizing that they need to treat Luciana’s wound as soon as possible.  Luckily, she will be OK!  Annie is the sister of the young boys and they refer to walkers as Growlers, which I thought was pretty catchy.  Morgan wants the children to come back with them, explaining their mission to help others in need, but the children seem skeptical.

Clearly, they have been on their own for quite some time and they are hesitant about trusting others, warning our group about where they have landed.  I mean, if they aren’t convinced by movie night, I’m not sure what will really do the trick.  Sidebar, I found it absolutely adorable that John Dorie got the movie night going and I wonder if perhaps there could be a joint movie night in the future, since that was such a hit on The Walking Dead as well!  However, the children ultimately decide to leave, but Morgan hasn’t given up on them just yet.

3

“Something’s not right…”

Alicia is on to something here, as Morgan tries to radio over to Logan.  Only, we quickly learn that Logan is the “L” in C&L and he was Clayton’s former partner.  Logan doesn’t want to continue on with this mission to help others, as he just wants to claim back what is his.  He lured Morgan and the others away from the denim factory so that he could take it back, but he claims that he doesn’t want to hurt anyone.  Logan says, “Looks like you’re gonna have to help yourself,” but he really shouldn’t underestimate our amazing group of characters.  While it seems like this is the introduction of our new villain/foe for the season, it looks like there may be another threat out there as well.  I’m looking forward to discovering more about Logan and his intentions, however.

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“It’s not supposed to be easy.”

After finding out that their other friends may be in danger and that they are now stranded in unknown territory, Alicia begins to share her doubts with Morgan.  Morgan continues to keep things positive; however, telling Alicia, “If we’re out here, we need to make it mean something.  It’s not supposed to be easy.  Maybe that’s how we know we’re on the right track.”  I think Morgan is definitely on to something here.  Our group has been through so much and they are still standing and surviving, trying to make the world a better place.  It may seem like an impossible goal, but it’s something that truly gives them purpose and you have to admire them here.  Rick would be so proud of Morgan, as it seems like he is the one following through on Rick’s own vision.  But it definitely will be far from easy…

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“I was right…there’s a story here.”

Al continues to try and record what’s going on, holding on to their story as much as possible.  The journalist in Al has never really gone away, but she may want to rethink her skills as a pilot.  Just saying.  Al has a close encounter with a walker in a strange mask and uniform and she tells Morgan that she believes there is a story here.  Patience is not one of Al’s strong suits, as she decides to head back there at night.  She eliminates the walker behind the mask and discovers some papers with a three ring symbol all over them.  What does the symbol mean?  I’m not sure, but Al is interrupted when she is tased  by someone in the same type of mask.  Someone on Twitter posted a picture of the helicopter Rick got on with the same symbol so is everything connected and who are these masked strangers?

Earlier in the episode, the children warned our group that “this place is worse than it seems” and we can’t really ignore the reanimated heads decorating the trees, but perhaps the main threat here is another group that might be extremely dangerous.  Let’s hope that Al will be OK, but it looks like we have a lot to discover about them.  Also, let’s not ignore the fact that Victor finds a tape with Daniel Salazar on it.  Are we finally going to find out what happened to Daniel?  It looks like we may be in luck!  I have been liking Fear the Walking Dead more and more and this season premiere did not disappoint.  I can’t wait to see what happens next.  Stay tuned!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The 100” season 6 episode 1 Season Premiere: “Red Sun Rising”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s The 100 season 6 episode 1, the 125 year wait is over.  Well not for us exactly, but it has been quite some time since we last checked in on some of our favorite characters.  It looks like it’s time for them to start over and everything seems a little bit familiar, but danger and drama is never too far away, even if you find a new planet.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “Sanctum,” Clarke and Bellamy begin to wake up some of their friends, as they decide to follow Monty’s recommendation and attempt to see if they can start over on Alpha.  Meanwhile, Abby desperately tries to save Kane’s life and Octavia reminds us that Blodreina has not exactly turned over a new leaf just yet.  My top 5 moments from The 100 season 6 episode 1 Season Premiere are:

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“So let’s do better…”

Echo reminds us that “there’s no starting over without forgiveness” and perhaps she is right.  As our favorite characters begin to wake up from Cryosleep, they process the information that Monty has left for them, ready to get their second chance…or maybe their “fifth chance,” according to Murphy.  Clarke prepares to take a team out to the Alpha planet, which we actually discover is a moon, to determine if it is survivable.  Only they won’t know until they get down there.  Sounds familiar?  The plot gave me some season one nostalgia for sure, but Alpha is very different from earth and it looks like our favorite characters will not have an easy time surviving here.

When the team is camping for the night, Clarke takes this opportunity to give a motivational speech and explains, “If I could, I’d go back and do things differently…but I can’t.  None of us can.”  While Clarke’s speech is not exactly well received by all, Shaw reminds her that “it’s what you do not what you say” and he has a point.  Let’s see if actions speak louder than Clarke’s words, as these new threats emerge.

4

“Tell Raven she deserves happiness.”

So, I was absolutely shipping Raven and Shaw last season and we finally got some swoon-worthy moments between them in the beginning of the episode.  However, Raven has to stay on board, while Shaw acts as the pilot to bring the team down to Alpha, which is never a good sign.  After an eclipse, darkness prevails on Alpha and a killer swarm is headed their way.  When the team begins running away, Shaw knocks into a radiation fence.  Clarke tries to help him, but it is too late and Shaw is gone.  Poor Raven!  Shaw died a hero, but it looks like Alpha is not exactly safe after dark.  We’ve got killer swarms, radiation fences, and a castle?  I don’t know about you, but I am definitely intrigued, but it is a shame about Shaw.

3

“I’m sorry I couldn’t respond all those years…”

Even with all of the chaos going on, Bellarke fans get a moment between Clarke and Bellamy.  Yay!  Clarke learns that Madi filled Bellamy in on Clarke trying to radio out to him for all those years, which gives us a sweet moment between these two.  Echo is still in the picture, so it doesn’t look like there is time for romance just yet, but I am hoping we get some more Bellarke moments this season, as I absolutely love the friendship and bond between these two.  A girl can dream…

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“Then you’re a bigger fool than him…”

Meanwhile, back on the ship, Abby learns that Monty worked on his algae project some more to try and help Kane.  Monty’s son, Jordan, presents it to Abby, as she tries to use it to save her beloved.  Kane actually wakes up and these two are reunited for a brief moment, which was beautiful and heartwarming to see.  However, Kane is not the only one awake, as Octavia finally faces them.  You would think that 125 years of sleep would calm down Blodreina, but she is still on fire, ready to unleash her rage on these two “traitors.”

While they are arguing, Kane goes into critical arrest and Abby is forced to put him back into Cryosleep until they can find another way to save him.  I seriously can’t take these two being apart and I hope this doesn’t cause Abby to relapse, but she did grab the bottle of pills before she walked away, which is not a great sign.  Now that Octavia is awake, how will she react to all of these changes going on?  We’ll have to wait and see, but it looks like the Red Queen isn’t going anywhere for now.

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“So few are safe once they’re exposed…”

As Clarke and the others begin to investigate the castle and the world around them, they discover that a family had been sent down here to live, but Clarke discovers an interesting nursery rhyme book called, “Red Sun Rising.”  Only they quickly discover that it’s not really a nursery rhyme, it’s more of a warning.  The story talks about how everything changes in the dark and what dangers lie ahead.

Before they can get much further, Emori begins brutally attacking Murphy and Clarke and Bellamy realize that the danger is in the air.  It doesn’t just impact nature, it impacts them as well, exposing them to something uncontrollable.  What does this mean for our characters and is there any way to cure this night version rage?  It looks like it’s going to be a bumpy ride on The 100Stay tuned!

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

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Killing Eve” season 2 episode 1: “Do You Know How to Dispose of a Body?”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching BBC America’s Killing Eve season 2 episode 1 season premiere on AMC, Villanelle reminded us that “you can see the scary people coming from a mile away” and that “it’s the good people you have to worry about.”  Having a moral compass can be a burden sometimes, as you constantly waver back and forth between what is right and wrong.  However, what if you don’t have one at all?  Are you just a psychopath or is it possible that there is a glimmer of humanity buried deep within you?  After all, you should “never tell a psychopath they’re a psychopath.”  Please note major spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Do You Know How to Dispose of a Body?” we finally catch up with both Eve and Villanelle after the major cliffhanger in season one.  Meanwhile, Eve has a real conversation with Niko and Carolyn re-surfaces, asking for Eve’s help once again.  My top 5 moments from Killing Eve season 2 episode 1 season premiere are:

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“I think I might have killed her…”

So, I sometimes have an issue when shows try to pick up sometime in the future or even years later after a major cliffhanger in a season finale.  However, Killing Eve did not fall into this trap, as it presented us with everything 30 seconds later.  I absolutely loved this because I just recently binge-watched season one and this allowed me to truly pick up where we left off.  Eve panics once she realizes what she has just done and tries to get out of Villanelle’s apartment as quickly as possible.  She starts to realize that she may have killed her and the reality of her actions begins crushing her.  Luckily, we are not kept in suspense for that long, as we also see Villanelle trying to make a break for it despite her severe injuries.  It looks like these two may be separated for at least a little while.  I’m sure that Villaneve ship fans are hoping for a quicker reunion, however.

4

“You think I’m a junkie?”

While Eve is waiting in the airport, she begins demonstrating some nervous behavior and a female stranger at the bar asks her if she is all right and says she has been there before.  Eve is immediately suspicious about who this woman is, but then suddenly realizes that she thinks she is a drug addict.  Eve responds by laughing hysterically, which gave us a break in tension.  I mean, Eve is an addict in a sense and her addiction may be even more dangerous.  Later on, Niko tries to get through to Eve, but she shuts off when she sees Carolyn’s number coming up on her phone and decides to hide out in the bathtub for over an hour.  It’s clear that Eve has been traumatized, but will she continue to submerge herself into her work or will she try to find some kind of normalcy within her marriage?  Niko clearly loves Eve, but I’m not sure that she is ready to give up on her job just yet.  For Eve, it’s not just a job, it’s who she is.

3

“Drive faster…this is your fault.”

Villanelle continues to impress me with her quick thinking, even when she is severely injured from her stab wound.  She jumps in front of a taxi cab with no hesitation and the cab driver ends up taking her to the hospital, thinking that he is responsible for all of her injuries.  Villanelle hilariously does not allow him any kind of reprieve here, as she tells him that it is his entire fault.  Jodie Comer continues to impress me again and again as Villanelle, as she somehow makes being a psychopath look fashionably good all the time.  I mean, even her hospital outfit was adorable on her.

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“Sometimes when you love someone, you will do crazy things.”

After Villanelle wakes up, she realizes that she needs to get out of the hospital before the police are called.  Villanelle is able to buy some time by manipulating the attending doctor with a false story, but it’s only a matter of time before she ends up trapped.  Villanelle practices out her interesting bedside manner skills, as she poses as a doctor and tells a woman that her husband’s situation is improving, even though it seems like this is definitely not the case.  She also seems to bond with the boy in the hospital bed next to her, but ends up snapping his neck when he says that he doesn’t want to live with his injuries.  Villanelle does seem to be capable of some kind of love, but it is so twisted and distorted at this point.  She clearly still has feelings for Eve and thinks that her stabbing her was a sign that she cares too, but what will happen when she finally tracks her down?  I’m not really sure that they will be kissing and making up, but Villanelle is not giving up on this obsession anytime soon.  I would love to see Villanelle’s past explored more this season to truly start to understand her character, as she may be one of the most intriguing characters on television right now.

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“If she’s alive, you need to find her before she finds you.”

Eve finally picks up Carolyn’s call and learns that circumstances have changed, as she is no longer fired and Carolyn needs her help again.  In season one, we saw Nadia slipping a note under her cell door before Villanelle killed her and we now learn that the note read:  Alistair Peel and was addressed to Eve.  Alistair Peel’s body shows up in the morgue and they assume he has been murdered, which means that Eve has a new mystery to unravel in her mind, which will definitely keep her busy.

We know that there is a connection between Nadia and Villanelle and we also still know that The Twelve are hanging around, so it looks like this will continue to hold our attention in season two.  Niko later reveals to Eve that perhaps “there’s no way out of this job” and he’s spot on.  Eve’s attention continues to focus on her work, but is she ready to sacrifice all of her attachments to do so?  Sandra Oh continues to impress me with her acting, as she really makes Eve stand out as a character that is so unique and interesting.  The dynamic between her and Jodie Comer is fantastic and I can’t wait to see what happens next.  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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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists” season 1 episode 1: A Solid Series Premiere

“Welcome to Beacon Heights University, where excellence is not an option…it’s a requirement.”  After watching Freeform’s Pretty Little Liars:  The Perfectionists season 1 episode 1, I remembered why I fell in love with Pretty Little Liars in the first place.  It’s hard for a spin-off to gives fans that sense of nostalgia, while still creating a unique voice of its own, but I have already been hooked after the first episode and I can’t wait to see the new mystery unfold.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s “Pilot” episode, Alison DiLaurentis gets a fresh start and takes on a TA position at Beacon Heights University, but is quickly reunited with our favorite troublemaker, Mona Vanderwaal.  Meanwhile, we meet several of Alison’s new students who may wind up being the prime suspects in a new murder and Alison’s presence here reminds us that nothing is ever a coincidence for a Pretty Little Liar alum.  My top 5 moments from Pretty Little Liars:  The Perfectionists  season 1 episode 1 are:

5

“We are and then we’re not.”

After Alison comes to town and is reunited with Mona, it looks like both of our favorite characters from Pretty Little Liars are in desperate need of a fresh start.  We learn the fate of Alison and Emily’s relationship, as Alison explains that Emily had trouble getting over the past.  Does that mean that Alison and Emily will never get back together?  Not necessarily, as they are tied together by a family, but it looks like this relationship has been put on pause for now.  Alison wants to leave the mean girl behind her and truly wants to help her students and make a difference, but wherever Alison goes, drama is never too far behind.

4

“Is it OK to murder a murderer?”

An interesting question for sure and I have to say that I was actually really digging Alison’s lecture.  Can I sign up for her class?  As Alison gets to know her new students, she asks them to participate in a discussion on Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, which is actually quite fitting if you think about it.  We are introduced to several new characters and quickly learn that everyone is a suspect and that appearances can be very deceiving.  No one really stood out to me just yet, but I’m looking forward to seeing their characters explored further as the series continues.

3

“Try and stay away from him.”

Perhaps the most disliked new character is Nolan Hotchkiss, who seems to be the resident bad boy on campus.  Alison notices that Nolan is a lot like how she used to be, using manipulation and blackmail to get what he wants, but there also seems to be a lot of complicated drama with his family as well.  We learn that his sister, Taylor, apparently committed suicide about a year ago and that Nolan’s mother, Claire, played by the amazing Kelly Rutherford, seems interested in Alison because she reminds her of her daughter.  Mona says that by her calculations, Nolan could be dangerous, but can we really trust Mona here?  What other connections does Alison have to the Hotchkiss family?  I’m not sure, but I’m already intrigued enough to find out more.  I’m loving this setup so far!

2

“I know a little bit about manipulation.”

Maybe way more than a little bit, Alison, but it appears that you have truly changed, but the past has a way of dragging you backwards sometimes.  We soon learn that Taylor is actually alive, as Nolan goes to visit her secretly.  So why did she fake her own death and what is the bigger play here?  There seems to be quite an emphasis on the advanced security system on campus, so have the Hotchkiss siblings uncovered something behind that or is there another mystery yet to be revealed?  Alison also finds a picture of Taylor and the resemblance is striking, so is it possible that Alison could be related to Taylor?  Toward the end of the episode, Alison uncovers a message behind the wallpaper in Taylor’s old room that says, “They’re Watching,” which furthers my theory on the security issue, but there is still a lot to uncover here.

1

“There are no coincidences.”

Alison recognizes that there are definitely no coincidences.  After all, she comes from Rosewood.  Alison asks Mona why she is here, but it looks like this all needs to be put on hold, as we find out that Nolan has been brutally murdered at the end of the episode.  Nolan is found impaled on a fence, as everyone gathers around in horror.  All of his friends quickly become suspects and so our murder mystery begins.  However, we are left with another cliffhanger at the end, as Mona starts talking to herself and asking if this was her fault and has someone in her ear piece.  Is Mona actually working for the FBI or some kind of secret agency?  I mean, we know that Mona is extremely intelligent and qualified so perhaps her recruiter position is just a cover.

Either way, I am already completely hooked and I can’t wait to find out what happens next.  The spin-off series premiere really gave Pretty Little Liar fans exactly what they needed, but I am really enjoying the college campus change of scenery and I think this will give Alison and Mona the chance to shine, while introducing us to some new faces who may surprise us.  Stay tuned!

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

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “SMILF” season 2 episode 1 season premiere: “You are a Disaster”

Greetings TV viewers!  After watching Showtime’s SMILF season 2  episode 1 season premiere last night, I was reminded exactly why I adore Bridgette Bird, played by the brilliant Frankie Shaw.  She’s far from perfect and she doesn’t always say the right thing, but you still root for her all the same and laugh and cry along with her.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “S…Man, I’ve Literally Failed,” Bridgette tries to track down her father.  Meanwhile, Bridgette meets a new friend at the airport and says goodbye to someone very dear to her heart.   My top 5 moments from the SMILF season 2 episode 1 season premiere are:

5

“You are a disaster.”

It seems slightly offending when someone you just met makes this assessment, but then again, the stranger is really referring to Bridgette’s back, as she offers to give her a massage after explaining that her father has moved back to Boston.  Bridgette is beyond upset, as she just traveled all the way to Philadelphia from Boston, but at least she gets a little TLC while she is there.

4

“That’s your shadow self.”

In the beginning of the episode, Bridgette has a dream that she is riding a dark horse and she has flowing hair and a carefree spirit, almost like she is right out of a fairy-tale.  While I’m not really sure what the dream means, the stranger Bridgette meets in Philadelphia explains that it’s her shadow self and that great stress is coming Bridgette’s way.  Is Bridgette truly ready to face it, however?

3

“Girl to girl…”

After getting off the plane, Bridgette makes the mistake of leaving her wallet on board.  She desperately tries to run back inside, but she cannot go through because of security measures.  Bridgette tries to reason with the female security guard “girl to girl,” but is politely declined.  After explaining that she has the right to shoot Bridgette if she tries to run through, Bridgette comments, “That is so extreme.”  While Bridgette doesn’t have any luck finding her wallet, she does squeeze in some cardio by running back up the escalator.

2

“Maybe I would…but I can’t.”

When Bridgette is waiting at the airport, she meets a father with his young daughter.  The father is clearly frustrated with his daughter, but Bridgette can’t help intervening as a “roaming child therapist” and she explains that he should communicate better.  Even though Bridgette gets over involved here, that’s what makes her Bridgette Bird.  She is not afraid to make an impact, even if she doesn’t always go about it the right way.  Later on, Bridgette bonds with the father and daughter and he gives her some good advice about her own father, reminding her that if she has to look for him, maybe he isn’t really worth it.

1

“You kept me alive all these years.”

At the end of the episode, Joe passes away with Larry in the house and Tutu and Bridgette are left to pick up the pieces and deal with their grief.  Bridgette also learns that her own father has passed away and she saves the obituary that read:  survived by one daughter.  Bridgette initially did not want to speak at Joe’s funeral, but has a change of heart and finally allows her emotions to emerge.  Bridgette recognizes that Tutu was the one who was truly there for both her and Joe and she takes a moment to express her gratitude here, which is real and heartwarming.  I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this show in the first season and the second season has already started off strong.  I’m looking forward to more adventures with Bridgette Bird and I’m sure you are too.  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and comments on SMILF 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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