My performance of the week ending 5/11/19 on TV goes to…

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones. I have always been impressed with Emilia’s portrayal of Daenerys, but her character is truly being tested again and again in these last episodes.  Please note some spoilers are ahead.  Daenerys has had to deal with so much and she has truly earned the titles of:  Khaleesi and Mother of Dragons, as she continues to break chains, inspiring hope where there is none.  I guess that’s why I was so frustrated seeing her presented as a “Mad Queen” now who is no longer fit to rule the Iron Throne according to some.

While I adore Jon Snow and feel that he has so many good leadership qualities, I cannot ignore the journey that Daenerys has been on.  She was left to burn and die in a fire and emerged as a hero with three dragons instead.  Everything about her character screams destiny and I can’t stop rooting for her even if I don’t always agree with all of her decisions.  But isn’t that part of the challenge of being a good leader?  Not everyone is going to agree with you, but it was aggravating to see some of her loyal advisors now questioning if she is the right ruler.

Whether you agree that she is the rightful ruler or not, I have been beyond impressed by Emilia’s performances, as she is channeling so many emotions at once.  Daenerys’s grief is overwhelming, but yet she is still trying to be so strong for her people, but will this turn her on a path toward revenge?  Cersei can really bring out the worst in others, but I’m hoping that Daenerys will channel that rage in a productive way.

What’s next for Daenerys?  I’m not sure who will end up on the Iron Throne, but I would ultimately love to see her and Jon Snow rule together.  I know that this may not be possible and others have said that she is “too strong” for him, but sometimes balance and compromise is necessary for good leadership.  I’m interested to see how it all ends, but I have continued to be impressed with Daenerys again and again and I can’t wait to see what she does next!

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Ranking the top 5 villains from “Angel”

Happy Wednesday TV Fans!  For today, I have returned to one of my old favorites, Angel, as I am currently on the last season of my re-watch.  I have such an appreciation for this spin-off series of Buffy, as it really was not afraid to dive deeper into the darkness that exists all around us.  Angel Investigations had a mission to “help the helpless” and they did run into their fair share of villains along the way.  However, they faced some demons they never saw coming, some evil foes from their past, and even villains among each other.  These villains became worthy opponents who continued to threaten our beloved characters and the world.  Each villain was unique and terrifying in their own way, but they continuously challenged Angel.  Whether they used the law and corruption to further their agenda or just smashed everything in sight, they deserve a spot in my top 5.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the series yet. My top 5 villains from Angel are:

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Holtz

Daniel Holtz is a vampire hunter from Angel’s past and he made a deal with a demon named Sahjan so that he could get his revenge on Angel and Darla.  Holtz is the main villain in season 3 and returns from a state of suspended animation to take out “Angelus” once and for all.  Holtz learns that the vampire he knew from long ago is now with a soul, but he still wants to make him suffer.  Angelus killed Holtz’s family and Holtz wants to even the score.  He is a formidable villain because he successfully takes away the one thing that Angel truly cares about.  He doesn’t kill Angel’s son, but he abducts him and takes him to another dimension with the help of Wesley’s betrayal.  Angel’s son, Connor, ends up growing up in another dimension and is raised by Holtz.  Holtz continues to manipulate this love and even has his right hand partner in crime, Justine, kill him so it looks like Angel did it.  Holtz wants to ensure that Angel’s son will hate him for the rest of time, which is a revenge that would hurt Angel more than any other type of torture thrown his way.  Holtz was contemplative in his plan and truly impacted Angel, proving to be a villain worthy of my top 5 for sure.

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The Beast

The Beast is a nearly unstoppable demon that emerges in season 4.  When Cordelia returns to earth, she has visions about this particular demon, which seems to be connected to Connor somehow.  The Beast is very powerful and Angel has a tough time fighting him.  The Beast begins killing members of the “Ra-Tet” to successfully banish the sun.  The Beast is all about destruction, but we eventually learn that his strings are being pulled by Jasmine, who has taken over Cordelia’s body.  Even though The Beast is not a master manipulator, he is powerful enough to hurt everyone in his path, including Faith, who tries to help bring back Angel once he is turned into Angelus.  The Beast was a villain made for nightmares and he definitely gave me some during my re-watch and he may have been Angel’s toughest opponent when it comes to combat.

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Darla & Drusilla

The delicious and dark duo that wreaked havoc in season 2 absolutely deserve a spot on my list.  By themselves, Darla and Drusilla prove to be dangerous, but as a tag team they are truly masterful.  After Darla is brought back as a human in season 2, Wolfram & Hart recruit Drusilla to turn her into a vampire.  These two bad-ass ladies just want to have fun, as they even go on a shopping spree that is to die for…literally.  Angel has close ties to both of them from his past, which makes them formidable foes.  My favorite episode with them is “Reunion,” (Season 2, episode 10), where they decide to turn the tables on Wolfram & Hart and deliver a “massacre” just like they ordered.  Only the massacre is on the lawyers, as they kill everyone at the party except for Lindsey and Lilah.  They even spark a darkness within Angel, as he allows Darla and Drusilla to kill everyone at the party.  He is not Angelus in this moment, but something else, as his past consumes him and he almost turns off his humanity here, which proves just how dangerous this duo was.

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Jasmine

After fans were initially shocked that Cordelia could be the potential big bad in Season 4, we learn that Jasmine has been controlling her and pulling the strings.  Cordelia ends up giving birth to Jasmine, which puts her into a coma, and the goddess is released into the world.  You would think that Jasmine would be all about destruction, but her methods are different, as she creates a world of “shiny happy people.”  You know she was evil when she got Angel to wear yellow.  Everyone is enamored by Jasmine, as they flock to her and will do anything to make her happy, which is beyond dangerous.  Later on, Fred is exposed to Jasmine’s blood and sees the true face of Jasmine, which consists of maggots and rotting flesh.  Thanks to Fred, everyone else is eventually able to see what Jasmine truly is and we learn that she consumes large groups of people at a time to maintain her strength.  So, basically she eats people, but in a happy, cheery way.  Jasmine is a worthy villain because she was able to successfully infiltrate Angel’s group and use Cordelia to be reborn into the world.  She was also a villain that Angel could not just merely fight and attack, as her manipulation of the world was something transcendent of violence, but luckily we had our girl Fred there to make a difference.

Some honorable mentions before revealing my number one pick are:

  • Angelus
  • Illyria (although I don’t personally classify her as a villain)
  • Skip
  • Vocah

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Wolfram & Hart

It should be no surprise that my favorite villain has to go to “Wolfram & Hart.”  I decided to keep them as a collective, rather than break them up individually, because that was the point of this evil law firm.  While Buffy had to fight endless demons, gods, and vampires, Angel had to deal with evil lawyers who were not afraid to cut through red tape to further their agenda.  My standout lawyers from Wolfram & Hart were Lindsey and Lilah, but the entire concept of an evil law firm was pure genius.  The lawyers of Wolfram & Hart successfully use manipulation and corruption, which is not something Angel can just easily fight or attack.  They actually helped Angel become an even stronger hero, as he needed to think outside the box to outsmart them again and again.  In season 5, Angel is presented with the opportunity to lead the Wolfram & Hart branch in LA, which was a shock to many viewers.  Even though Angel tries to do good with the resources he now has readily available, there are still consequences and threats thrown his way.  The ultimate last apocalypse of the series is unleashed from Wolfram & Hart, which reminded us that they were the very source of the evil walking the earth.  Whether you love them or hate them, you have to respect the unique methods of Wolfram & Hart, as this law firm absolutely earns my top spot today.

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to share some of your own thoughts and comments on your favorite villains from Angel. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Walking Dead” season 9 episode 5: “I Found Them”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s The Walking Dead season 9 episode 5, the moment we have all been waiting for has finally arrived, but it’s not the moment we truly expected.  Please note major spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “What Comes After,” Rick is severely wounded and desperately tries to get away from the persistent walker horde following him, as he slips in and out of consciousness, crossing paths with his friends in the afterlife.  Meanwhile, Maggie finally faces Negan and Jadis continues to talk to the mysterious man on the helicopter.  Please note that my top moments will all feature Rick, although I would like to point out that Maggie’s conversation with Negan was truly significant.  My top 5 moments from The Walking Dead season 9 episode 5 are:

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“Goddamn cowboy, you look like shit!”

Rick is still holding on, but is in immediate danger.  He desperately tries to stay awake, but his mind continues to slip somewhere else, allowing us the chance to catch up with some of our favorite old characters who are no longer with us.  First up…Shane!  Shane is my absolute favorite character of the entire series and I was devastated after his exit.  That being said, perhaps he knew that he was going to kick some serious ass as “The Punisher” so I guess it all worked out in the end.  Rick and Shane have always been like brothers and their reunion picks up right where they left off.  Shane even brings up Judith and asks, “How is my baby girl by the way?”  Shane has always been the “asshole,” but somehow their friendship is still natural and real despite all of the ugliness and drama between these two.  Rick is “looking for his family” and answers, but Shane reminds him to dig down and find the rage within him.  He tells Rick to wake up, as Rick continues to fight and try and escape the walkers that keep coming.  In a way, Shane represents that anger and rage that Rick has had to release on multiple occasions to stay alive.  While Rick has not always made the best decisions because of it, it allowed him to survive.  Perhaps he needed a reminder about that now.

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“My girl, she’s strong and my grandson…he’ll only make her stronger.”

After scraping by the next obstacle, Rick continues on with his vision quest of sorts and is with Hershel on the farm.  The sun is absolutely breathtaking in the sky and everything seems so calm and peaceful here.  This scene was difficult to watch, especially since Scott Wilson recently passed away, but Rick has always looked to Hershel as his own kind of personal moral compass.  Hershel has always been wise and reminds Rick that Maggie will be OK on her own and tries to tell Rick that he only thinks he needs to find his family.  Hershel clearly represents loyalty and family to Rick, inspiring him with goodness and faith to keep going.

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“You did your part like I did mine.”

After Rick flashes to some kind of afterlife, surrounded by corpses, he crosses paths with Sasha.  Sasha tries to remind Rick that he did his part and that every single one of them gives us strength.  Sasha further explains, “We help each other.  We make each other better and it never ends.”  Rick is still confused and says that it feels like the end to him, but Sasha reveals, “Little things do end, but it’s never the end of everything.  It’s about all of us.  Your family, they’re not lost.  And you are not lost.”  This part really resonated with me, as Sasha tries to get through to Rick about what it’s all about.  Life is about the people we care about and our actions do matter.  We can all continue to inspire one another and even when we’re gone, we can live on in memories and in the lives of those we have touched.

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“Because you’re a fighter and you never give up.  Fight for me.”

After Rick’s horse finally abandons him, Rick continues on foot and tries to make it to the bridge.  He imagines all of his friends coming to his rescue, but he is there alone.  Rick creates a conversation with Michonne in his mind, who tells him that she loves him because he is a fighter and never gives up.  Michonne keeps Rick’s love and hope alive here, as he continues to stay true to himself and fight.  I was surprised that we did not see Carl, Glenn, or Lori at all, but I do think that each character we did see represented a part of Rick, reminding him about who he is and what he can still do.

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“I found them.”

As Rick makes his way to the bridge, his friends now finally catch up to him and try to help him.  Daryl continues to keep the walkers away from Rick, one arrow at a time, and Michonne tries to run toward him, but Rick tries to tell them to stay away.  Rick spots the dynamite and knows what he must do to protect his family.  He lures the walkers on to the bridge and takes out his gun, staying true to who he is…a hero.  Rick blows up the bridge to save his friends and should have gone out in a blaze of glory.  Michonne and Daryl’s reactions were truly heartbreaking, as my own heart shattered as well.  However, there is always some kind of twist on TWD. Rick is somehow OK and washes up to Jadis, formerly known as Anne.  Jadis wants to help Rick because he has helped her in the past and tells the man in the helicopter that she has a “B.”  Again, what makes an “A” or a “B?”  I have no idea, but Rick is taken away on the helicopter and actually makes it out alive!

I don’t know about you, but I was actually really disappointed with this.  As much as I love Rick Grimes and want to see him alive, this sort of felt like a cop-out to me.  Rick had the chance to save all of his friends and leave this world as a true hero.  We know that Andrew Lincoln is leaving the show and will now appear in some Walking Dead movies so I guess that’s a positive, but where does that leave the series?  To make matters even more confusing, we get a time jump that shows bad-ass Judith saving people from walkers while wearing Carl’s hat.  While it’s great to see that she takes after her father and brother, I’m not sure I’m ready to invest in another time jump.  I kind of just want to follow that helicopter and see what’s going on with Rick.  Either way, the episode was done brilliantly and I appreciated the seamless transitions into Rick’s mind.  Rick will always be the very essence of this show for me.  We will all miss you Rick Grimes, but I guess we’ll see you soon in your movies!  Stay tuned!

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

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Purge” season 1 episode 5: “You can’t Break Me because I’m Stronger than You”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching the USA network’s The Purge season 1 episode 5 last night, the voice over reminded us that “if you see something, do something, because a storm is coming.”  Well the storm has definitely arrived for some of our favorite characters and it’s not about to let up anytime soon.  The decisions made on Purge Night can change lives forever, but who will you ultimately decide to be?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “Rise Up,” Penelope comes face to face with her dangerous ex-boyfriend, Henry, and we learn more about their jaded past.  Meanwhile, Catalina tries to warn Jenna to find Rick and get to the cellar before it’s too late, Jane continues to accompany the Matron Saints, and Miguel points his moral compass in the right direction.  My top 5 moments from The Purge season 1 episode 5 are:

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“Be a hero.  Step up.”

At the end of last week’s episode, we finally got a glimpse of the man in the mask who has been going around on Purge Night as a vigilante, accompanied by the voice over.  While I’m not sure if they are one in the same or connected somehow, this man could be the key to changing everything.  At the end of this episode, the man approaches a group of men who are attacking someone, ready to step up and be a hero, but I am still anxiously waiting for his story to unravel.  Is he somehow the key to saving the other characters we have met or is there another connection here?  We’ll have to wait and see, but there is something to be said about the voice over’s final words:  “Become the person tonight that you want to be tomorrow.”  I think this can apply to every one of the characters, but they have to discover who they are on their own.  Whether they make the right or wrong decisions, only they can determine who they are and who they can still become.

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“We’re all survivors here.  Including you.”

Jane continues to travel with the Matron Saints, but begins panicking that she will not be able to reach David in time.  The Matron Saints teasingly ask Jane if this is a “Purge Night booty call,” and further explain that Purge Night has the second highest conception rate after New Year’s Eve.  I guess who needs romance when the Purge is in the air.  Jane witnesses the Matron Saints save a woman from being beaten by her husband and the woman is thankful for their help.  Jane is shocked when the Matron Saints decide to brand this man with “Pig” on his forehead.  Jane tries to get them to stop and explains that they will regret this, but they explain that it is necessary.  Jane can’t handle watching this and ends up leaving, desperate to get to David in time.  One of the Matron Saints gives her a card so she can contact them if she needs help and something tells me that Jane might change her tune after she finally meets up with David.  While I appreciate Jane trying to do the right thing here, not everyone is ready to listen to their conscience just yet and I have a feeling that David has something up his sleeve.  Watch out Jane!

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“Do not ever turn on someone who just saved your ass.”

Well said Miguel.  Well said.  At the end of last week’s episode, Miguel learned that his new cowboy friend was transporting victims to the “Carnival of Flesh.”  Miguel has a big decision to make, but he makes the right one and helps the victims, betraying the man in the cowboy hat.  We learn that the victims are the man’s landlady and son and he was tired of her raising his rent.  While I can definitely understand and appreciate that complaint, I’m not sure it warrants a delivery to the “Carnival of Flesh.”  Miguel is shocked when the landlady’s son turns a gun on him and he shows off his skills by taking back the gun with barely any effort.  Seriously Miguel is bad-ass!  Miguel is finally reunited with his sister, Penelope, but it’s not on the best of terms.  Security finds him after the man in the cowboy hat alerts them of the breach and Henry is ready to “pay to play,” no matter what the cost is, seeking revenge on Miguel.  An eye for an eye so to speak.  Sorry I couldn’t resist.  How is Miguel going to get out of this one?  I’m not so sure, but I am rooting for him no matter what.

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“Sometimes revolution is the only way to make the world a better place.”

The Stanton’s maid, Catalina, warns Jenna to find Rick and get to the cellar.  Jenna tries to get some more information from her, but Catalina is very cryptic here, only telling her that she is in danger.  Jenna tries to knock on Lila’s door, but no one answers.  Rick goes off to find Jenna and all hell breaks loose.  Jenna spots men with guns approaching the Stanton house and they quickly realize that they are all about to be brutally attacked and killed.  We know from The Purge films that many revolutionary groups have tried to take down the NFFA, but Jenna and Rick are innocent here.  Jenna tries to get Lila, but Rick tells her they have to go and they make it to the cellar.  The door is locked and Catalina meets them there and we learn that she is part of the revolution.  Catalina recognizes that Jenna and Rick are innocent and tells them how to get to safety.  Jenna panics and asks about Lila, but Catalina explains that “no Stanton is safe.”  Will Lila be all right?  Will Jenna go back for her?  Things have escalated at the Stanton house and Jenna will need to make a much bigger decision than whether to choose Team Rick or Team Lila romantically.  While I am definitely shipping “Jelinna,” Lila may be out of luck, but let’s hope that she can find a way out.

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“You can’t break me because I am stronger than you are.”

In this episode, we get a flashback to Penelope and Henry’s past and start to completely understand why she is not so pleased to see her ex-boyfriend on Purge Night.  Henry seems completely deranged and is thrilled to have found her.  Henry initially tells Penelope that he has so much to tell her and seems to want her back in some way, but Penelope refuses to give in, telling Henry exactly what she thinks of him.  In the flashback, we learn that Henry was responsible for Penelope’s drug addiction and that he even got violent with her when she tried to walk away from the relationship.  Miguel and Henry had a huge fight and Miguel is responsible for the awful injury to Henry’s eye.  Flash forward to present day and Henry tells Penelope that he feels betrayed by her and that she broke him.  Penelope stays strong; however and tells Henry, “You were already broken.  I’m done being scared.”  She also sheds some real light on Purge Night and explains that Henry thinks that Purge Night will solve all his problems, but it won’t.  It will just make everything worse and she is absolutely right.  This is the first time I have seen Penelope really stand up for herself and find her inner strength and it’s about time.  Up until this point, Penelope has been a lost and naive soul, dependent on others.  She is no longer broken now.  She has become a force to be reckoned with and I have a feeling that Penelope may end up saving Miguel in the end.  Jessica Garza was absolutely brilliant in this episode and she has really sparked a fire in her character that no one will be able to put out.  Henry better watch out.  Stay tuned!

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

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Fear the Walking Dead” season 4 episode 14: “I Just Need Something To Be Good”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead season 4 episode 14, Wendell reminded us that “bad shit happens when you try to help people,” but that doesn’t mean that you need to give up on others even if they have given up on you.  While we can understand the actions and motives of others, it takes true strength and courage to be able to continue to help, especially when we know that others may not do the same in return.  So do we become like everyone else or do we continue to do good deeds in the world even if there is no one left to appreciate it?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “MM 54,” we learn that the mysterious lady villain is named Martha and we witness how she started down her dark path of destruction.  Meanwhile, Morgan tries to protect the group, Jim kills his first walker, and Alicia tries to keep her promise to Charlie.  My top 5 moments from Fear the Walking Dead season 4 episode 14 are:

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“I don’t help and neither do you.”

In the beginning of the episode, we are at mile marker 54 and witness the lady villain, Martha, in a car with her husband.  Her husband has been injured severely and is losing a lot of blood, but Martha tries to stay positive and frantically waves at cars passing them by.  “Someone will help us.  Someone will come.”  Only the reality of her situation sets in all too quickly, as no one bothers to stop and help her.  Martha encounters a walker and takes it out and watches her husband die.  She eliminates the threat when he turns and buries his body.  In a heartbreaking moment, Martha lies down next to the fresh grave, feeling helpless and weak.  We also witness her pacing back and forth and talking to herself as well, as she encounters an emotional or psychotic break.  Later on, we see one of the trucks stop by the road to leave a box and Martha viciously kills the woman.  She continues on her journey and takes out many of the volunteers, trying to get closer and closer to “polar bear,” the man who started it all.  We also finally witness how Martha intercepted Morgan’s radio call when she hears him at the truck stop and initially thinks he could be the infamous “polar bear.”  While we witness the creation of a villain before our very eyes, it is truly heartbreaking to see that Martha was once a good and loving person.  Is it too late for her to be redeemed, however?

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“I didn’t agree with their code of conduct.”

Morgan and the others seek out shelter at a nearby hospital after Martha opens fire on their truck.  The truck explodes and there is a large group of walkers headed their way, leaving not much room for error.  June wants to ensure that those who are hurt are all right and Wendell is down a wheelchair as well.  Luckily, they are able to catch their breath for a little while and Wendell gets a new set of wheels.  During this time, we learn more about Wendell and Sarah’s past.  Wendell reveals that he saw a car coming and pushed someone out of the way to save them.  Even though he had a hard life ahead of him, Wendell thought it was his purpose to help other people.  When he tried to join the Marines, the recruiter laughed him out of the office, refusing to even take his application.  Sarah revealed to Al that she was in the Marines, but she left not on the best of terms.  We later learn that Sarah left because of what they did to her brother, Wendell.  While Al does not have her camera with her, the stories of others are still important to share, as we get to know Sarah and Wendell a little bit better.  While they initially seemed only selfish, we now understand more about them and realize that they are good people deep down.  They may be flawed and confused, but they are slowly coming around to doing the right thing.

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“She’ll find a way up here.”

Morgan is nervous about staying in the hospital for too long and before he knows it, the walkers get in and all hell breaks loose.  Morgan quickly makes the decision for everyone to head upstairs, but the stairs are blocked on several entrances, filled with the dead.  Sarah and Al make their way up to the generator to get the elevator started, which is their only hope at this point.  Al makes the courageous decision to go alone and tells Sarah to get back to her brother, proving once again that she is a hero in the making.  Al gets the elevator started in just the nick of time and everyone makes it to the roof, but Al is left behind.  While they cannot get through to her on the radio, Luciana says, “She’s smart.  She’s resourceful.  She’ll find a way up here.”  Al has spent so much time hiding behind her camera and the stories of others and she is now creating a story of her very own, getting very much involved and putting her life on the line to save others.  Let’s hope that she will find a way out of there safely.

2

“He asked for my help.  To save him.”

When the walkers break in, Jim gets his first real encounter with one and begs Morgan to help him.  Only Morgan is a little busy fending off several at that point and tells Jim to hold on.  Jim is pinned to the floor and manages to finally kill one, realizing now how difficult this truly is.  Jim has survived all this time by avoiding situations like this and even contemplated running ahead of the group to safety, but ultimately had a change of heart and stayed with everyone.  However, Jim has been very quick to place the blame on Morgan whenever things don’t go their way.  When they get on the rooftop, June takes a look at his cut and discovers a bite mark on Jim.  Jim is beyond devastated and says, “I have beer to make,” refusing to accept his fate.  June explains that there is nothing she can do and is not sure how much time he has left.  I have to admit that I am sad to see Jim be on his way out so quickly.  I feel like there is still so much more potential for his character, but perhaps he will finally get to do something truly heroic and courageous to give his final moments a sense of purpose.  While making beer is clearly something he is passionate about, I feel like Jim still has a lot left in him to discover.  Let’s just hope he can realize it before he’s gone for good.  Morgan clearly feels guilty about Jim and says to June, “He asked for my help.  To save him.”  June reminds him that “You did.  As long as you could.”  June asks him what’s next and if he can get them out of here.  Morgan initially says that he can’t, but June tells him that he will, still believing in Morgan.

1

“I just need something to be good.”

During the episode, we see Alicia and Charlie, who make their way to the truck that Morgan was on.  Alicia sees all of the destruction and tells Charlie that they could be in any direction.  As they get further and further away, passing mile markers 103 and 108, Charlie asks where they are going and Alicia informs her that she is taking her to the beach, desperately trying to keep her promise to her.  Alicia explains that “we only have right now and who knows how long we’ll have that.  It’s one thing I know I can do.”  This moment is important for Alicia because she is trying so hard to do something good to keep the memory of her mother alive, clinging to any glimmer of hope she can find.  Charlie tries to tell Alicia that they should go back to help their friends.  While Alicia clearly wants to help Morgan and the others, she recognizes the uncertainty of their well-being.  Alicia can’t handle anything uncertain right now, as she needs to be able to deliver something good to help Charlie.  Alicia and Charlie soon come across water and find a place that was not on the map.  Charlie exclaims that it is a beach and they find John Dorie’s black hat in the water.  Charlie tells Alicia to look and she exclaims, “Holy shit!”  While we don’t know what she sees, it’s safe to say that they may have just found John and Victor.  Perhaps this is a sign that will remind Alicia that it’s all right to take chances to help those in need.  While Alicia may never completely heal, she is starting to mend her broken soul and being reunited with Victor may be enough to restore her faith again.  Stay tuned!

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

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

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5 Reasons why you should watch “Outcast” on Cinemax: “Fireflies can see other fireflies.”

Do you love movies and shows about demonic possession?  Sure, who doesn’t?  However, it seems like television series centered on this are fading left and right.  Shows like Ash vs Evil Dead, The Exorcist, and Constantine have all been canceled.  South of Hell hasn’t aired a new episode since 2015 either, which leaves us with one flickering light to submerge us back into the darkness…OutcastOutcast is currently airing season 2 on Cinemax and there are only 2 episodes left this season.  You still have plenty of time to binge-watch seasons 1 and 2, however.  The show is created by Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) and is based on the comic series of the same name.  It follows Kyle Barnes, played by Patrick Fugit, who is surrounded by misfortune, as his close family members are possessed by demons, leading him on a path toward self-discovery and justice.  Kyle soon discovers that he has the ability to exorcise demons with merely his touch.  There has been a gap of time since we have seen new episodes, as season 1 aired on Cinemax in 2016 and season 2 just started airing in summer 2018, which can sometimes lead to a slower pace or a need to refresh our memories on who’s who in the demonic possession game.  However, the show does have many redeeming qualities and is definitely worth a watch and hopefully a pickup for season 3, which has yet to be determined.  Please note spoilers are ahead.  My top 5 reasons to watch Outcast are: 

5

Kyle Barnes is a hero you can truly relate to.

One of the things I love about Outcast is that the character of Kyle Barnes seems like an everyday guy that you would actually meet and want to be friends with.  There is nothing truly extraordinary about him and he has a humble presence.  Kyle always tries to do right by his family and frequently visits his mother in the hospital.  He also has a wife and young daughter who he loves very much.  You can immediately detect that Kyle is genuine and a good person.  This makes you truly sympathize with him when we see the people in his life getting possessed by demons.  To make matters worse, it seems like the blame always comes in his direction.  Even when Kyle discovers his abilities with the help of Reverend Anderson, played by Philip Glenister, Kyle is still the same man he has always been.  Only now, he is able to exorcise demons with merely the touch of his hand.  This is definitely more of a burden than a blessing, as Kyle realizes that he will continue to attract the attention and focus of those lurking in the darkness, targeting his family as well.

4

There is a formidable villain.

Meet Sidney.  While we still have a lot to find out about him, it appears that Sidney is the big bad on this series.  Whether he is the devil himself or something else, I’m not entirely sure, but he is always at the center of any darkness in town and sets his sights on Kyle and the Reverend, recognizing them as potential threats to “the merge,” which would give the demons a permanent home in the human vessels they are currently residing in from my understanding.  Part of what makes Sidney such a great villain is that he is so mysterious.  You are immediately drawn in and want to know more.  In season 2, Sidney is shown as more vulnerable, as his human host begins to fail on him, but Sidney is not someone to be taken lightly.  He is responsible for carving a pentagram into Reverend Anderson’s chest to demonstrate his power over him and he is fixated on shifting Kyle over to his side to use his abilities to further his own agenda.  If we think about the classic idea of good vs. evil, Sidney definitely embodies the epitome of evil.  Has he finally met his match with Kyle, however?  We’ll have to stay tuned to find out, but this is a battle I am absolutely looking forward to.

3

Strong female characters refuse to sit on the sidelines.

Even though a lot of the show is centered around Kyle and the Reverend, the strong female characters on the show don’t merely sit by and let them steal the spotlight.  Kyle’s wife, Allison, played by Kate Lyn Sheil, ends up attacking her own daughter when she is possessed, which is horrifying to watch.  In season 2, Allison is in some kind of psych ward or rehabilitation center and is being told that she needs to accept that she had some kind of psychotic break and that only she is responsible for what happened to her daughter while in a “dissociative state.”  While Allison initially seems weak and vulnerable, she has now become a supporting force to both her daughter and husband.  When Kyle is taken away in the hospital, she demands to see his body and refuses to let other people tell her what to do.  It’s about time Allison found her voice and inner strength.  Rose Giles, played by Charmin Lee, is the wife of the Sheriff and ends up witnessing quite a lot about demonic possession, as her husband joins in on the fight and is possessed himself in season 2.  In season 2, Rose takes matters into her own hands and lures in people who were possessed so that she can eliminate the threat herself.   Finally, let’s talk about Megan, played by Wrenn Schmidt, the foster sister of Kyle.  Megan was possessed at the end of season 1 and in the beginning of season 2, it’s like she is completely broken and a shell of her former self.  She completely blames herself for her husband’s death and even jumps into the water, contemplating drowning herself.  While under the water, Megan has a change of heart and realizes that she needs to live.  We soon learn that Megan is pregnant and some view her unborn child as a potential threat, recognizing that the seed of the demon could still be present.  While I’m interested to see how this story plays out, Megan is trying her best to believe in and support her brother and be strong for her family.

2

Megan’s possession.

Since the show is on Cinemax, we get to see quite a bit of blood and gore along the way, but the scariest moment of the show for me was when Megan was possessed at the end of season 1.  The vacant stare in her eyes was so convincing and creepy.  She killed her own husband and her actions afterwards are so incredibly disturbing.  Megan begins peeling the skin off her own hand and then starts pushing on Mark’s eyeball with no reaction, which is something that still haunts my nightmares.  This is the scariest possession on the show for me and it also created a major cliffhanger as well.

1

Amber steals the show.

The best part of the show for me is Kyle’s daughter, Amber, played by Madeleine McGraw.  It’s safe to say that Amber has been through quite a lot.  Her own mother tried to kill her and she watched her father be accused of pretty much everything.  She also witnessed her Aunt Megan’s possession, which is enough to send her straight into years and years of therapy.  But Amber is not afraid and turns out to be an outcast herself, revealed in season 2.  Amber has the same ability as her father, but she is a lot less timid with it.  While Kyle tends to warn the demons, Amber just goes right up to them and burns them, proving that she is courageous and strong.  When they are told that her father is dead in the hospital, Amber keeps looking for him, refusing to listen to these lies.  She is the one who finds Kyle and tells him that “fireflies can see other fireflies.”  Amber has a lot to learn about her own abilities, but it seems like she may end up more powerful than her father.  Kyle knows that he has a huge responsibility and burden already, but he needs to ensure Amber’s safety at all cost.  Either way, Amber is a character you can absolutely root for, constantly reminding us just how capable and strong she is.  Ready to watch?

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

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

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

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

5

“Are you sure you’re good?”

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

4

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

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

3

“I want to be all about the future.”

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

2

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

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

1

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

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

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

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

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

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