Ranking the top 5 moments from “American Horror Story: 1984” season 9 episode 2: “A Fantasy of Revenge”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the FX network’s American Horror Story:  1984 season 9 episode 2, we learned that you can “refuse to let fear dictate your life” and “if you imagine the worst, that’s all you see.”  But what if everyone really is out to get you?  Do you let the fear in or do you use everything in your power to fight it?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  

In last night’s episode, “Mr. Jingles,” more secrets are unlocked, as we get a glimpse into Brooke’s past, while Xavier gets a disturbing visit in the present.  Meanwhile, Margaret continues to do “God’s work,” as she meets the Night Stalker, but it seems like there are some supernatural forces present at Camp Redwood.  My top 5 moments from the American Horror Story:  1984 season 9 episode 2 are:

5

“Mr. Jingles will not survive me.”

After receiving a warning about Mr. Jingles escaping the mental institution, Margaret does not seem to be fazed at all.  In fact, she almost treats it like a challenge, explaining that she will not live her life in fear.  While this seems commendable in some ways, you have to wonder why Margaret is willing to put the lives of others in danger by keeping Camp Redwood open?

I had a feeling that something was off with Margaret from last week’s episode, but it looks like we still have a lot left to discover about her.  I guess the jingling will continue as scheduled.

4

“I just wanted everything to be perfect.”

We don’t have to wait too long to get a glimpse into Brooke’s past, as we learn that she was supposed to get married last summer, which isn’t much of a shock since we did see her looking at the engagement ring in her jewelry box in last week’s episode.  However, Brooke’s fiance, Joey allowed his jealousy to rule his actions, as he decided to begin shooting people at the wedding, including himself.

It’s understandable why Brooke is beyond traumatized, but is there more to the story here?  Brooke opens up to Montana during this revelation and Montana proceeds to kiss her, but Brooke breaks it up before anything can go too far.  Fingers crossed that we get to see more of this!

3

“Gay for pay, baby.”

Xavier also seems to be hiding something and during this episode, he gets a visit from his pimp?  I guess that’s what he is, as someone named Blake (but call him Daddy) shows up to blackmail Xavier.  He claims that he found Xavier as a junky and cleaned him up to make him a star in gay porn, but Xavier has real dreams about being an actor.  Xavier claims that he can find someone even better for his movies and poor Blake certainly gets an eyeful when he spies on the guys in the shower…oh and he gets stabbed in the eye too. 

Xavier’s character comes into question here; however, as he seems more than willing to turn someone else in to get away.  Will he do the same thing when he is faced with the killer?  We’ll have to wait and see.

2

“How are you alive?”

After Brooke is on the run from the Night Stalker, he runs into a camp counselor, Jonas, and proceeds to kill him…more than once.  The Night Stalker is beyond confused by this and so am I.  The Night Stalker then has a really weird conversation with Margaret, who seems to be quite taken with him.  We see a glimpse into the Night Stalker’s past and learn how he became a killer, but it looks like Brooke may be off the hook now, as the Night Stalker feels that Margaret truly sees him. 

Margaret seems to be extremely sympathetic and understanding with the Night Stalker, which makes me question her motives even more.  She comes face-to-face with Jonas, who died on the night Mr. Jingles killed everyone, but his spirit seems to be trapped in Camp Redwood somehow?

We’ll have to see how this plays out and while I’m thankful for some plot advancement, I’m not sure if it really fits in too well, but AHS has a way of seamlessly connecting all the dots for us, even if we don’t see it initially.

1

“He’s dead dead.”

So I actually really enjoyed the humor in this episode, as our group of characters all now realize that there is an actual killer on the loose after they stumble upon Blake’s corpse.  Xavier hilariously screams out that they have to help him, but is told that he is “dead dead,” which had me laughing out loud.

I love that the show is truly paying homage to the 80’s slasher films we all know so well, while keeping things light with some campy horror fun.  Now that the characters know that Mr. Jingles is there, what will they do next?  I can’t wait to find out and it looks like we will be exploring Mr. Jingles’s past more next week.  Stay tuned!

**Fun fact:  Brooke sits on the dock and sees someone in the water underneath it, which is a fun throwback to Friday the 13th:  Part III.  Oddly enough, the character from the movie, Vera, is later shot through the eye by Jason and a one-eyed corpse is seen in Friday the 13th:  The Final Chapter.  Is this foreshadowing for what’s to come with Blake?  Perhaps, but it was a fun throwback nonetheless.

American Horror Story:  1984 episode 2 Music Soundtrack Highlights:

Billy Idol – White Wedding

Greg Kihn Band – Jeopardy

The Pointer Sisters – Jump (For My Love)

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Purge” season 1 episode 7: “Because Fear is Alive”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching the USA network’s The Purge season 1 episode 7 last night, the voice over reminded us that “The Purge is your chance to rise up.  To stand tall.  Reclaim your power.  We’ll all rise up together and march hand and hand to victory.”  Even when you think it may be over on Purge Night, that doesn’t mean that you give you for one second.  There is still plenty of time to reclaim your own power and to fight back.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “Lovely Dark and Deep,” Miguel and Penelope escape through the woods, but run into new threats along the way.  Meanwhile, Jane is put on display and Jenna has a Lady Macbeth moment.  “Out damned spot!”  My top 5 moments from The Purge season 1 episode 7 are:

5

“Your looks are an asset.”

David takes things to the next level when he adds Jane to his live art gallery, putting her on display for everyone to see.  Jane tells him that he is disgusting and David reminds her to “hang tight,” pun intended.  During this time, Jane flashes back to her past and remembers her mother talking to her about her looks being an asset, encouraging Jane to enter into beauty pageants to potentially win a scholarship.  Jane has always wanted to prove that she can succeed based on her intelligence, rather than her looks, but her mother tells her to “sparkle baby.”  Jane has also always wanted to change the perception of others in the world, but reality has reminded her that this is not always possible.  Jane spots Anya at the party and begs her to help her.  Anya discreetly speaks to Jane and tells her that they did this to her last year, trying to calm her down.  Jane is horrified that Anya said nothing and let this happen and asks for her to call the Matron Saints.  Even though Anya is not a part of this twisted game, sometimes saying nothing is just as bad as actively participating.   Will Anya make the right decision? 

4

“She’s very convincing when she needs to be.”

Jenna and Rick agree to let Lila into their home, who is absolutely traumatized.  Jenna tries to console her and tells her, “You’re OK.”  Rick later pulls Jenna aside and explains that Lila’s story keeps changing and that this doesn’t add up.  Jenna doesn’t want to hear this; however, as she is very concerned with Lila’s well-being and just wants to be there for her.  Is Jenna blinded by love?  Is Lila hiding something?  We’ll have to stay tuned to find out, but I think Rick is on to something here.

3

“You’re the most important person in the world to me.”

Miguel and Penelope are not getting that pancake break anytime soon, as they make their way into the woods to escape the “Carnival of Flesh.”  They take a moment to finally talk and Penelope asks Miguel how many people he killed tonight.  Miguel explains that he did what he had to do, but Penelope says that she was ready to die.  The woods are anything but “lovely,” as they witness a man being set on fire and try to make their way out undetected.  Penelope gets stuck in a trap and Miguel puts his Marine skills to the test once again to free her.  Later on, Penelope tells Miguel that she is glad that he came back for her.  Finally!  It looks like the immediate threat is over for these two, but something tells me that Penelope will want to go back and face her cult leader.  Is she ready though?

2

“You saved us.”

While tensions continue to build at Rick and Jenna’s home, they realize that their neighbor, Ross, has gotten inside.  Ross is pissed off about their lack of “neighborly courtesy” and is ready to purge.  You might want to start taking in your garbage cans on time from now on.  Rick and Jenna try to talk Ross out of this and even let him know that they will put something on the books right away so that they can all get to know each other.  Ross is not buying it; however, and tries to attack Jenna.  Lila steps in with perfect timing and brutally stabs Ross, ending the threat.  Go Lila!  Lila is still shaken up after she witnessed her father’s death; however, and reveals to Rick and Jenna, “I just ran when it came to saving my own family.  I didn’t even try.”  Jenna reminds her that she saved them and is extremely grateful.  Jenna is ready to move once this is all over; however, desperately trying to clean the blood out of the floor, which was supposed to be where the nursery would go.  So much for that.  Jenna tells Lila that she can stay there for as long as she needs and embraces her hand in a touching moment.  Rick witnesses this; however, and I’m starting to think that he may be on to something.  As much as I am rooting for Jelinna, there is something not quite right about all of this.  We’ll have to stay tuned to find out what Lila is hiding.

1

“There’s nothing left to say David.”

David continues to play the villain perfectly, as he talks to Jane about capturing the live fear in her eyes.  Jane is horrified by his actions, but the tables are about to finally turn.  The lights all go out and in walks the masked vigilante, Joe, who is there to save Jane and the other women.  Jane tries to help the other women there and tells Anya to help as well, as Anya finally listens and makes the right decision.  Girl power and all that.  Jane picks up the gun and the moment we have been waiting for is finally here.  Without any hesitation, she shoots David in the head and takes off with Joe.  Joe tells her that they will go somewhere safe, but I have to say that I am extremely proud of Jane.  David could not be redeemed and Jane reclaimed her power, refusing to become someone weak like David initially suggested.  While Jane is a good person and against everything this night stands for, she had no choice here.  If she didn’t eliminate David, he would have come after her.  Either way, Jane finally stepped up and Joe has now crossed paths with the first of our main characters.  I’m looking forward to see who he helps next.  Stay tuned!

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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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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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