Final Thoughts on the “BH90210” Reboot on Fox: Fun Nostalgia Served at the Peach Pit

So of course my favorite zip code will always be 90210, but I had some mixed feelings going into the premiere of the reboot.  After watching all six episodes, I am happy that I stuck it out because although the reboot was different than I had expected, it provided us with some fun nostalgia while giving us a different take on reboots.

Beverly Hills, 90210 is one of my favorite series of all time and I am a proud owner of the entire DVD set!

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If you do attempt a re-watch of the original show (and why wouldn’t you), I do recommend to space it out because there are so many episodes.  Remember when this show actually gave us summer episodes? So much fun, but it’s a huge time investment!

When I heard about the reboot, I guess I was initially under the impression that it would follow our favorite characters in the future, so I was slightly disappointed when I discovered that it would actually be a sort of reality/drama/parody following the actors as they attempt to get a reboot of their show off the ground.

Sounds complicated?  It sort of was, but I’m glad that I continued watching because once I got over that initial shock, I was pleasantly surprised with what came next.  Please note some spoilers are ahead.

What I liked…

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The flashbacks and dream sequences.

Each episode featured a fun take on a flashback, giving 90210 fans everywhere a lot of Easter eggs, throwing it back to some of our favorite episodes.  For example, I loved seeing Steve and Andrea meeting up at the Peach Pit and asking if they could exchange an egg (throwback to episode U4EA).

We also got to see Jennie dreaming about being Kelly Taylor in the hallways, the girls re-creating their “Addicted to Clothes” group, Steve mentioning the Legacy Key, and David Silver performing “Forever,” which I surprisingly still know all the words to.  Don’t judge!

These Easter eggs and flashback/dream sequences were genius and they kept me invested throughout the entire show.  I mean, that’s why we are watching, right?  Because we’re fans!  So this was very much appreciated!

The tasteful tribute to Luke Perry was perfect. 

It wasn’t over-the-top, but it was done seamlessly, as the cast made a toast to Luke in the series premiere.  At the end of the episode, Jennie and Tori watch Luke and Jason’s scene from the start of the show, which brought tears to my eyes.

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Fun guest-stars.

I won’t spoil them all, but let’s just say that I was pleasantly surprised with some of the guest stars and I was super excited to see them all back in action.  I personally would have liked to see a few other cast members join in on the fun, but I appreciate that we were able to get a few surprises and twists here and there!

What I didn’t like…

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Some of the real life drama just didn’t work.

Sure, it was kind of fun to see Brian Austin Green married to a pop singer and some unresolved chemistry between Jennie and Jason, but it also just sort of confused me since this drama is loosely based on their real lives.  I appreciate that the cast was willing to make fun of themselves, but sometimes I just wanted to leave that drama behind and focus more on the nostalgia and some of the twists.

For example, the stalker mystery and the creepy stuff with Brian’s assistant was entertaining enough, so I didn’t necessarily need the rest of the extra drama on top of it.  Perhaps that just comes down to personal preference, however.

So am I in or out? 

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The 90210 fan in me is in because I would pretty much watch anything with this cast.  Overall, I was thoroughly entertained with the reboot, but I also wanted a lot more.  I guess I just saw so much potential and I wanted to see other things explored more, but I am completely supportive of this show.

BH90210 was the perfect summer show to binge-watch, reminding me why I fell in love with Beverly Hills, 90210 in the first place!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on BH90210 in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Ranking the Top 10 episodes of “Beverly Hills, 90210” to binge-watch before the premiere of “BH90210”

It’s almost here…the premiere of BH90210!  I don’t know about you, but I am beyond excited to catch up with the cast, as the original Beverly Hills, 90210 will always be one of my favorite series of all time.  When you think about the 90’s, this show naturally comes to mind and I have so many fond memories of it.

I always wanted to hang out at The Peach Pit and I was ready to march along with our favorite characters shouting, “Donna Martin graduates!”  Whether you were crying when Dylan and Brenda broke up, laughing when the girls performed at The Peach Pit, or cheering on David when he saved Donna, there are so many iconic episodes of this series that will continue to stand the test of time.

Even though I recently completed a re-watch of the entire series thanks to my wonderful DVD set, there are 304 episodes and that’s certainty a huge time commitment.  Luckily, I have narrowed my list down to the top 10 episodes to binge-watch from the original series before you grab your popcorn and catch up with the gang for the BH90210 reboot on Fox.  Please note spoilers are ahead.

My top 10 episodes of Beverly Hills, 90210 to binge-watch are:

“Slumber Party” (Season 1, episode 13)

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A fun night with the girls turns into a revealing night of secrets.

“Halloween” (Season 2, episode 13)

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Fun costumes at the Halloween Party, but Kelly runs into trouble with her over-the-top costume when she is almost attacked. Luckily, Dylan and Steve are there to save the day!

“Meeting Mr. Pony” (Season 2, episode 25)

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Brenda is held at gun point at the Peach Pit and begins having nightmares.

“Something in the Air” (Season 3, episode 28)

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After getting caught drunk at the prom, Donna is suspended from walking in graduation, but her friends and classmates stand by her and form a protest. “Donna Martin Graduates!”

“Up in Flames” (Season 5, episode 13)

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While Brandon is visiting Emily Valentine, Kelly gets trapped in a fire at a house party.

“Hazardous to Your Health” (Season 5, episode 18)

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Valerie and Dylan head to Mexico to get his money back, reuniting Dylan with his sister, Erica.

“Love Hurts” (Season 5, episode 23)

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A campus rapist ends up at Donna’s apartment. Donna calls David “Dave” and he recognizes that she is in trouble and saves her.

“One Wedding and a Funeral” (Season 6, episode 10)

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After Dylan and Toni’s wedding, Toni’s father orders a hit on Dylan. Toni is driving Dylan’s car and ends up getting killed by mistake. The most heartbreaking episode of the series. “Look what they did to her, Brandon!” Dylan departs from the show at the end of the episode and doesn’t return until season 9.

“We Interrupt This Program” (Season 7, episode 18)

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After being stalked for several episodes, Donna comes face-to-face with her stalker on live TV.

“Reunion” (Season 8, episode 27)

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The gang goes back to high school for their reunion. Valerie helps Kelly get rid of some bad memories.

Even though there are so many other episodes I could mention, these 10 really capture the iconic feel of the show and bring you right back to Beverly Hills.  90210 will always be our favorite zip code and I can’t wait to watch the reboot on Fox! BH90210 premieres on August 7th. Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to discuss some of YOUR favorite episodes from Beverly Hills, 90210 in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Passage” season 1 episodes 9 and 10: “You Taught Me Everything”

Happy Tuesday TV fans!  After watching Fox’s The Passage two-part season 1 finale, we learned that “one world died and another was born.”  But in this new world, everyone has to live with their choices and consequences.  Will they rise up and continue to fight or will they give in to the darkness?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.

In last night’s episodes, “Stay in the Light” and “Last Lesson,” we learn what happens next when the virals wake up, as the twelve are now complete.  Meanwhile, Amy is faced with some impossible decisions, sacrifices are made, and a new future is upon us.  My top 5 moments from The Passage season 1 episodes 9 and 10 are:

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“It has to be me.”

During the episode, Dr. Sykes is still trapped and Clark and the others try to get her out and retrieve the antiviral, especially after Lila is infected.  While Dr. Sykes is trying to stay calm, Shauna breaks in and these two come face to face with one another.  Only Shauna doesn’t initially attack Dr. Sykes and taps into her mind to ask her why she had been nice to her.  Dr. Sykes tells Shauna that “in another world we could have been friends.”

But is Shauna stalling or is there something more here?  Before we can find out anything further, Brad shoots Shauna, causing her to flee and tries to help Dr. Sykes.  Amy is faced with an impossible decision, as she decides to push the button that will destroy that section of Project Noah with Brad and Dr. Sykes still inside.  Amy is prepared to make this sacrifice, proving to really be the bravest person in the world.  They have less than two minutes to get out, but the virals show up to make things interesting.

Dr. Sykes knows what she must do and tells Brad to get the antiviral to Lila and the CDC, sacrificing herself to save as many lives as she can.  Dr. Sykes has always put the needs of the many above her own and she stays true to her integrity in this heartbreaking moment.

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“I have work to do.”

After the virals escape, Dr. Lear blames himself and contemplates taking his own life.  However, Lacey shows up and changes his mind, reminding him that he still has work to do.  Dr. Lear may have been the “author of this horror show,” but with Dr. Sykes gone, he could be the only one to stop it and potentially save the world.  It’s a long shot, but Dr. Lear refuses to give up even when Fanning continues to appear to him in his mind.  Even though the future looks bleak, it’s good to see Dr. Lear trying to make a difference and fix things with Lacey’s support.

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“Maybe I could be that girl in the diner again.”

After the explosion, we learn that the virals are still alive, as they are finally free in the world.  Clark and the others try to stop as many as possible, but Clark is severely injured and about to die.  Shauna approaches him and he says, “I was wondering when you were going to show up.”  Rather than rip him to shreds, Shauna taps into his mind and the two of them are lying on the hood of a car together, away from all of the chaos and noise.  Shauna explains, “I thought this might be a nicer place to die.”  Clark seems ready to accept his fate, but Shauna offers him a choice.  Clark accepts and Shauna saves his life, but there is a price.

The two of them are now blood linked and 30 days later, Clark is bringing Shauna live bodies to consume.  However, Shauna wants out of their deal, as Clark has been keeping Vegas as safe as possible, but she feels like he is starving her.  All of the virals returned home when they escaped and their homes quickly became “hot spots.”  Clark feels trapped in his circumstances, but he still shares a strong connection with Shauna, as he gives in and kisses her passionately, suggesting that this link is nowhere near severed.

It’s interesting to see that Shauna took a different approach, as Carter was unable to tame the beast within him.  What made Shauna different and what will she do next?  We’ll have to wait and see, but this dark seduction between her and Clark seems like it will continue.

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“For me, this was the best time…we were a family.”

During the 30 days later portion, we learn that Amy is with Brad and Lila at a cabin.  It seems like everything here is serene and untouched, as we witness Amy and Brad fishing together.  Amy finally has a family, but everything is temporary.  For those of us shipping Brad and Lila, they finally get the opportunity to reconcile and be together, but Lila recognizes that she has a duty to the world.  Lila decides to leave and try and help others with Lacey, leaving Amy alone with Brad.

Brad teaches Amy how to use a bow and arrow and how to take care of herself.  Brad recognizes that the threat is nowhere near over and he wants her to be prepared.  In a heartwarming moment, we see Brad braiding Amy’s hair.  Amy asks him how she looks and he says, “Like a bad-ass.”  Brad reminds Amy that she is not like Fanning.  He tells her that she has a good heart and that she is the bravest person he has ever met, which is truly touching.  I wish I could freeze this moment in time for them, as Amy and Brad have a bond that is so real and beautiful.  Only, we know that things are about to change and they change so quickly.

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“Sometimes the right thing is the hardest thing in the world to do.”

Fanning continues to try and tap into Amy’s mind to manipulate her when she is at the cabin.  After a neighbor is infected, Brad gets bitten and Amy is left with another impossible choice.  Seriously, this poor girl has so much to deal with.  The new friends they met tell Amy that they need to shoot Brad before he turns, but Amy refuses to let this happen.  Amy unleashes the monster buried deep within her and kills them.  She gives Brad the cure and leaves, which is beyond heartbreaking.

Amy says, “I don’t regret what I did.  I only regret running away.”  She recognizes that Brad taught her everything.  She found a family because of him and she learned how to be ready.  At the end of the season finale, we flash forward to 97 years later in the Palm Desert.  Amy still has her bow and arrow and takes out a viral, explaining that the world has been taken over by them.  However, humanity still exists in some places and Amy holds on to the hope that Brad is somehow still alive, which keeps her going and reminds her “not to panic.”

Overall, there was so much jam-packed into this two-part season finale, that I almost don’t know where to start.  We know that Amy initially saw the future and saved Fanning from dying, but why did she do this?  There are so many unanswered questions, but I appreciate how much the show tried to stay true to the book while also creating some unique differences and I really hope that the series gets picked up for another season because I am not ready to say goodbye to Amy just yet.

The performances were all incredible and I just wish we had more episodes right now.  This show genuinely surprised me and it has the potential to continue to carve its way into one of my favorite series of all time.  Let’s just hope we get to see what happens next!  

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

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Passage” season 1 episode 8: “You Can Do Anything You Want With Your Life”

Happy Tuesday TV fans!  After watching Fox’s The Passage season 1 episode 8, Shauna reminded us that “you always have a choice,” but will you make the right one?  After all, “things are gonna start to get scary.”  So which path do you choose?  Do you dive into the darkness or do you fight your way back toward the light?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “You Are Not That Girl Anymore,” we learn more about Clark’s connected past with Shauna and start to understand their relationship more.  Meanwhile, Amy’s condition takes a turn for the worse, as Dr. Sykes and Lila work together to try and save her, and Lacey is on her way.  My top 5 moments from The Passage season 1 episode 8 are:

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“I don’t do riddles, dude.  Just say what you mean.”

During the episode, Amy’s condition worsens, as she deals with Fanning in her mind.  Fanning says, “The end is near, my dear,” but Amy is not buying it.  Fanning tries to approach Amy as her friend, but Amy recognizes that this is a trap.  However, temptation is still present, as Amy must make a very important decision that will determine her fate.  Will she choose a path of darkness or light?

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“She’s not your twelfth.”

In last week’s episode, Carter tried to warn Amy and I was unsure of his intentions.  However, in this episode, Carter stands up to Fanning and tries to protect Amy, which proves that there is still some humanity left inside him.  Carter recognizes that the monster is there, but is his humanity strong enough to conquer it?  Fanning keeps explaining that they need twelve, but why?  Will this make him invincible?  There are still so many unanswered questions surrounding this, but it looks like we are about to find out more.

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“You want to change the locks.”

Guilder makes the announcement that he is rebooting Project Noah and everyone is relieved of their duties.  Dr. Sykes is still determined to find a way to save Amy.  However, this becomes difficult when they are locked out, as Guilder turns over the security protocol to Martinez, who is actually Subject Two.  Good job, Guilder.  Clark does not give up, as they use Grey’s clearance to get inside.  Dr. Sykes teams up with Lila and they try to stop the virus so Amy doesn’t turn.  After several tests, it seems like they get a lucky break, as they determine that Amy’s cells will block Fanning’s virus with this antiviral.  However, Grey continues to be Fanning’s lap dog, as he locks Sykes inside and attacks Lila before they can get the antiviral to Amy.  Hopefully Lila will be OK, but Grey continues to be a pest, as Fanning uses him like a puppet.

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“You are not that girl anymore.”

During the episode, we get an important glimpse into Clark and Shauna’s past together.  Shauna tries to escape and Clark tracks her down and takes her to a diner.  Shauna asks him to tell her something real and Clark opens up about previously wanting to be a writer.  Shauna tells him that she would read his poems and it’s clear that there is an undeniable connection between these two.  However, Clark’s men arrive and take Shauna back to Project Noah, as she feels hurt and betrayed, reminding Clark that “you always have a choice.”

In present day, Shauna continues to tap into Clark’s mind and tells him, “The only way you make it out alive is with me.”  Clark initially seems to be really considering this, but ultimately decides to kiss Shauna, revealing that he did feel something for the lost girl from Vegas, but that she is no longer that girl and he will kill her.  But will Shauna kill him first for his betrayal?  We’ll have to stay tuned to find out.

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“You can do anything you want with your life.”

Toward the end of the episode, Fanning presents Amy with a choice.  She will ride her bike through a dark tunnel and all she needs to do is make it to the other side to accept her fate or she can stay in the tunnel and die.  Amy is very conflicted about what to do, but Brad stays by her side in the cell, as her fever gets worse.  Brad tells Amy, “You can break your promise to me.  If you have to, you can let go.  I love you no matter what.”  These words are so real and inspiring; reminding us just how strong the bond is between these two.  Amy is at a crossroads and ultimately makes the courageous decision to turn her bike around and ride past Fanning into the light.  Amy wakes up, just as all of the cages around them open and Brad realizes that they have to get out of there quickly.  So, here we go.  The cages are open and the vampires are free, as Brad grabs Guilder and they barely make it into the elevator without a scrape.  The last scene leaves us with Amy and her glowing eyes.  I mean, talk about a cliffhanger!

We know that Amy did not get the antiviral in time, but she also didn’t accept Fanning’s offer.  Amy didn’t die like Elizabeth; however, as it seems like her choice to accept the light has transformed her into something else.  Is she now more powerful than Fanning?  Will anyone be able to stop the vampires now that they are free?  I can’t wait to find out, as we approach the season finale next week.  Are you ready?

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

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Passage” season 1 episode 7: “You Are More Powerful Than You Realize”

Happy Tuesday TV fans!  After watching Fox’s The Passage season 1 episode 7, we learned that “there’s some scary stuff coming,” but when will it arrive?  Will Amy bring it forth or will her humanity help her see the light?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “You Are Like the Sun,” we learn more about Brad and Lila’s past and find out how they lost their daughter, Eva.  Meanwhile, Carter attempts to connect with Amy, Jonas refuses to give up on Elizabeth, and Shauna confronts Fanning.  My top 5 moments from The Passage season 1 episode 7 are:

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“I’m gonna find them.”

During the episode, Clark makes the decision to go after Brad and Lila to help them.  Brad and Lila are separated from Amy, which is definitely not a good sign, as the government is looking to eliminate any possible threats to Project Noah.  Clark has previously been an obedient soldier, but he now realizes that Project Noah is a horror show and he is looking to finally do the right thing.  We learn that this is not the first time that Clark has saved Brad after learning more about Brad’s past, but it looks like Clark is ready to join the good fight.  Welcome to the team!

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“We’re waiting on you.”

Fanning has been promising for quite some time that bad things are coming, but it seems like a lot of talking so far.  Even Shauna confronts Fanning within his mind, realizing that Fanning has become too preoccupied with Elizabeth joining them.  Shauna reminds him that Elizabeth may not choose him and also talks about having a “humanity hangover,” admitting that she does care about Clark, which is important.  Previously, I got the impression that Shauna was merely manipulating Clark, but now it seems like her humanity is still present, as her feelings for him are real.  We know that there is a connection between Shauna and Clark, but what will happen when the glass wall between them shatters?  Will Shauna choose darkness or humanity?  We’ll have to wait and see.

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“I choose you.”

Elizabeth’s condition continues to get worse, but Jonas does not want to give up on his wife, which is heartbreaking to see.  Dr. Sykes does all she can to help, but tries to remind Jonas that Elizabeth has the same symptoms as the other subjects, which is not a good sign.  Fanning continues to try and lure Elizabeth over to the darkness, tempting her with life over death, but ultimately Elizabeth chooses Jonas.  Elizabeth tells Jonas to shut off the machines, accepting her fate.  Jonas doesn’t want to say goodbye, but he respects his wife’s wishes and tells her he loves her over and over again, which brought tears to my eyes.  While I didn’t think that Elizabeth would make it, I’m happy that she made the decision to stay away from Fanning’s offer, but this will only fuel Jonas that much more.  Jonas is ready to eliminate Fanning, but what will happen when these two finally face off?  I personally can’t wait to see it.

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“You are more powerful than you realize.”

While Amy worries about Brad’s fate, she receives a mental visit from her buddy, Carter.  She recognizes that Carter has changed; reminding us that Amy is very capable of seeing things as they are, even though she is just a child.  Rather than tempting Amy with darkness, Carter appears to be warning her and tells her that he is trying to be better, but “hunger makes you do weird things.”  Can Carter be trusted here?  Initially, I thought so, but it looks like this may have been a different strategy, as Carter tells Amy that she can go anywhere.  Amy confides in Carter about her guilt over her mother’s death and she desperately wants to see her again.  Amy’s mind projects herself into her old apartment with her mother, as she embraces her and tells her how much she loves her, which is a touching moment.  However, the happiness is interrupted when Amy hears a knock at the door and immediately recognizes Fanning on the other side.  Amy used her abilities to do something she truly desired, but does that mean that she has now invited the darkness in as well?

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“Start over.  It is possible.”

We get an important glimpse into Brad and Lila’s past, which is beyond tragic.  We see Brad and Lila’s daughter, Eva, who is full of love and life.  After her soccer game, Eva explains that she needs markers and Brad makes the decision to go over to the convenience store across the street.  The store is held up by a robber and Brad tries to keep him calm, but Eva walks in the door and startles the robber, causing him to turn around and shoot her.  We witness one of Brad and Lila’s therapy sessions and Lila tries to talk about getting back to work so that she can help people, but Brad seems distant and unable to even comprehend this as an option.  Brad does not identify the suspect in a lineup and ends up taking his life with his own hands.  Clark has been Brad’s best friend for a while and he intervenes and covers it up to protect him.  Brad’s guilt begins to overwhelm him and Clark is the one to suggest that he joins him at Project Noah so they can make a difference, which is how this all started.

Brad and Lila’s past is so horrific and it’s understandable that they drifted apart, but they are now being thrown together repeatedly, but it is under extremely dangerous circumstances.  We have seen several signs of a renewed spark between these two, but I’m not sure if they will get the chance to pursue it.  Either way, their connected past is revealing and it’s understandable why Brad feels such a close bond with Amy, as he will do anything to protect her.  Lila gently reminds him that Amy is not Eva, but Brad wants to keep her safe no matter what, as he is still holding on to his grief.

Overall, I thought this episode was more of a setup for what’s to come, but there were some truly heartbreaking moments within it.  We only have one more episode left before the two hour season finale.  There has been so much talk about Fanning’s plan, but I would like to see the vampires escape at this point so that we can witness what they are truly capable of.  The vampires have been in a bubble for a while now, so I think it’s about time that they are unleashed onto the world, but will anyone be able to stop them?  Stay tuned!

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

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Passage” season 1 episode 6: “How About a Horror Movie?”

Happy Tuesday TV fans!  After watching Fox’s The Passage season 1 episode 6, Brad reminded Amy that “even when things get scary…stay calm.”  But that’s easier said than done when you have a dangerous vampire on the loose.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “I Want to Know What You Taste Like,” we learn more about Dr. Sykes’s past friendship with Shauna.  Meanwhile, Amy attempts to help track down Winston, Clark begins to show signs that he may not be completely on board with Project Noah, and Lila has a close call.  My top 5 moments from The Passage season 1 episode 6 are:

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“Cause what you’re saying is insane.”

During the episode, Dr. Jonas Lear is reunited with his wife, Elizabeth.  Elizabeth’s mind has healed, but he comes clean with her about everything.  Elizabeth understands that she may turn within 48 hours, which is confusing and hard to deal with.  It also doesn’t help that Fanning continues to pay her visits in her mind, luring her toward the darkness.  Jonas is desperate to find a cure for Elizabeth and he hopes that Dr. Sykes will find a way to use Amy’s blood to counteract Fanning’s serum.  However, it’s not looking too good for Elizabeth.

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“I’m sorry I got you into this.”

In last week’s episode, Lila was abducted and we now learn that Clark’s men were sent to retrieve her because she is a liability.  After Winston takes a bite out of her driver, Lila escapes, but she continues to find trouble on her way.  Lila comes across a woman bit by Winston and tries to help her, but is shocked when the woman already shows signs of being impacted by the virus.  Luckily, Lila makes it out of there OK and she is reunited with Brad and Amy.  Brad apologizes for getting Lila involved and in a sweet moment, he drapes his arm around her, revealing that there may be hope for these two to get back together.  There is definitely a vibe between them, but they have faced so much heartbreak together and their marriage may not be easily salvaged.  However, I am definitely shipping these two together and somehow, I want them to have a happy family again with Amy.  A girl can dream.

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“I want everything that matters to you to be mine.”

We get a glimpse into Dr. Sykes’s past and learn that she had a friendship with Shauna before she turned, approximately 6 months ago, during Project Noah.  We learn that Dr. Sykes has never seen a horror movie other than I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, which is absolutely hilarious.  Shauna bonds with Dr. Sykes and they even share a pizza together while watching The Fly.  Clark warns Dr. Sykes about Shauna and we see the beginning of their own relationship, as Clark bravely offers to accompany Dr. Sykes while she watches, A Quiet Place, so that she can fill Shauna in on the details.  It seemed like this was a sweet friendship and Shauna trusted Dr. Sykes, but everything changed when she turned.  In present day, Shauna finally pays Dr. Sykes a visit in her mind and tells her that she wants to take everything that matters to her and when she has everything, she wants to know what she tastes like.  Shauna clearly feels betrayed and hurt by Dr. Sykes, but she uses this to her advantage, manipulating Dr. Sykes and trying to threaten her.  Shauna later says, “It’s kind of funny you don’t like horror movies since you’re living in one,” and then tells Dr. Sykes that she will see her soon, leaving us with another ominous threat.  It’s only a matter of time before the vampires figure out a way to escape, but it looks like the subjects are taking everything personally and they will not stop until they get their revenge.

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“I’m gonna find your book.”

Amy is upset when she leaves behind the book her mother gave her, A Wrinkle in Time, and is angry at Brad when he doesn’t go back to retrieve it initially.  Amy’s abilities are continuing to surprise everyone, as we learn that she can tap into Winston’s mind and see what he sees.  She helps the agents find Winston, proving to be extremely useful, but Brad is worried about what they will later do to Amy.  We know that “weaponizing Amy” is a goal, but Brad is not about to abandon her.  At the end of the episode, Brad and Amy share another heartwarming moment.  Brad explains, “I know what it’s like to lose someone,” and tells Amy about his own daughter.  Brad and Amy bond over their grief and Brad promises that he will get her book back.

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“I’m the author of this horror.”

Dr. Lear takes full responsibility for Project Noah and is ready to kill all the vampires, including his former best friend.  He asks Dr. Sykes if she is in and she agrees, as Jonas begins to expose Fanning and the other subjects to intense amounts of light to destroy them.  We discover that when Winston was killed, all of the vampires he turned died along with him.  The same thing begins to occur now, as both Amy and Elizabeth show signs that they are in intense pain, revealing that they are linked to Fanning.  Dr. Sykes tells Jonas that he has to shut it down, as they are not about to kill Amy or Elizabeth in the process.  Now that we know that they are all linked, how will they be able to stop Fanning?

Overall, I thought this was another solid episode.  The connected past between Dr. Sykes and Shauna was revealing.  We didn’t get to see Lacey in this episode, but something tells me that she will be back before we know it.  Amy’s abilities are continuing to grow, but I am interested to see how Project Noah attempts to exploit this.  It looks like we will get to see Carter in next week’s episode and we know that he shared a bond with Amy previously.  Will Fanning use this to his advantage to try and turn Amy?  Stay tuned!

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

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Passage” season 1 episode 5: “I Feel Like Something Terrible is Going to Happen”

Happy Tuesday TV fans!  After watching Fox’s The Passage season 1 episode 5, I realized that “secrets can make you lonely.”  They eat away at you and pull at your inner conscience, refusing to retract their claws.  They will consume you if you let them, but so will the vampire in the cell next door.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “How You Gonna Outrun the End of the World?” we learn more about Dr. Lear’s past and Fanning’s connection to his wife, Elizabeth.  Meanwhile, Dr. Sykes tries to do what is right, Shauna continues to haunt Clark’s mind, Lila gets into trouble, and Amy displays some new abilities.  My top 5 moments from The Passage season 1 episode 5 are:

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“We’re getting out of here soon and I’m taking you with me.”

During the episode, Dr. Sykes tells Clark that she knows that he made the conscious decision to save Shauna and asks him if she is still in his head.  Clark lies to her and says no, but Shauna is never too far away, as she continues to taunt and tease Clark.  She clearly has a fascination with Clark and promises to take him with her, but is she simply using him or is there more to it?  Either way, it doesn’t look like Shauna is going to stop appearing in Clark’s mind, but why is he hiding it from others?  Does he think it makes him weak or a target?  Does a part of him truly want to lose himself with Shauna and embrace the darkness?

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“Are you reading my mind?”

Amy begins to show some telepathic abilities, as Brad notices that Amy is reading his mind.  Dr. Sykes reminds Amy that “there’s a light” in her, revealing that Amy’s goodness may be enough to balance her new abilities.  Could this be the key?  Amy’s powers are advancing, but she seems to be holding on to her humanity more than Carter, who was clearly tortured by the vampires in his head.  Carter had a guilty conscience, but Amy is an innocent, so could that make the difference?  Shauna offered false promises of family to Amy, but Brad reminds Amy that he’s not going anywhere and that he is her family, which is beyond touching.  Amy is clearly frightened that she could be transforming into something else, but Brad keeps her staying positive, as they plan a way to escape together.

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“No one here wants any part of that.”

Dr. Sykes begins to learn that Project Noah is not just about saving lives, as she comes to the discovery that they plan on weaponizing Amy.  Dr. Sykes listens to her own conscience and realizes that she needs to help Amy and Brad escape.  Dr. Sykes wants to shut the project down, but it looks like she doesn’t have any support from Clark or anyone else right now.  Her best shot is to somehow recruit Dr. Lear, but it looks like Project Noah is run by people who have another agenda.  Even though Dr. Sykes may not be able to stop it, she can do what she can to protect Amy, which proves that she is a good person and she has the potential to make a difference.

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“We moved on.  Clearly you never did.”

Dr. Lear is quarantined during the episode, which had me feeling some Lost nostalgia, especially when the alarm sounded.  Dr. Lear is worried about turning into a vampire and even uses this word, which surprises Dr. Sykes.  Dr. Lear is warned not to look at Fanning, but he can’t help thinking of their connected past while he is down here.  We learn that Dr. Fanning was hopelessly in love with Dr. Lear’s wife, Elizabeth, and they shared a brief encounter together.  Dr. Fanning attempts to manipulate Dr. Lear’s mind with these secrets, but Dr. Lear says that he already knew about it and that they moved past it together, recognizing that their marriage is strong and important.  Unfortunately, Dr. Fanning doesn’t stop here, as he taps into the janitor’s mind and he ends up paying Elizabeth a visit and injecting the serum into her.  Jonas learns that he is not infected, but he tries to make it to Elizabeth, fearing that she may be in trouble.  Elizabeth’s mind seems to be restored, as she fully remembers Jonas, but Fanning is already in her mind.  Will Dr. Lear be able to save his wife or is she already claimed by Fanning?  Either way, this fully motivates Dr. Lear to try and find some kind of cure before the rest of the world is impacted.

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“You just did that.”

Didn’t anyone ever teach Dr. Pet that you don’t say things like “what’s the worst that can happen in 30 seconds?”  I mean, we’re dealing with unstable vampires here.  Anyway, Dr. Pet starts some experiments on Winston, as he tries to telepathically connect to his mind, hoping that he can control the vampires.  It initially seems to be working, but Winston later turns the tables on Dr. Pet and tells him to run.  Dr. Pet is viciously killed by Winston in front of Dr. Lear’s cell, as he makes a break for it.  Amy and Brad are also on the run at the same time and Brad tries to protect Amy from Winston.  Amy begins screaming in reaction, which impacts and hurts Winston.  Brad is just as surprised as Amy, but they realize that they have to get out of there right away.  Amy’s abilities are growing at a fast rate and it seems like her powers are different than the other subjects.  What else will Amy be able to do?  I honestly can’t wait to find out!

Overall, I thought this was a terrific episode.  The connected past between Lear and Fanning reveals that they are going to face off sooner or later.  I just wish we had a little bit more time to devote to Lila and Lacey.  Lila is potentially abducted at the end of the episode, but I wish we had a few more minutes in each episode so that we can fully understand what is going on here, but I’m sure we will get more information soon.  Either way, this show continues to captivate my full attention.  There is a struggle of power going on between light and dark, but it’s only a matter of time before one tips the scale.  Are you on Team Fanning or Team Amy Stay tuned!

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

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