Ranking the top 5 moments from “Fear the Walking Dead” season 5 episode 2: “This is why Finding the Dead Matters”

Happy Tuesday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead season 5 episode 2, I realized that we don’t always have to fast forward to regrets and a fresh start is within reach.  Is it possible for people to change?  Maybe, but “sometimes all you can do is try,” but is that truly enough during the zombie apocalypse?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “The Hurt That Will Happen,” Alicia and the others try to find Al and come across a dangerous threat.  Meanwhile, Victor works on making amends with an old friend and Luciana gets trippy on her medication.  My top 5 moments from Fear the Walking Dead season 5 episode 2 are:

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“Part of me was scared you’d stop looking.”

During this episode, we get a little bit of screen time for our favorite couple on Fear TWD, John and June.  They stumble across Camp Cackleberry, which is creepy on its own, but they quickly discover that they are not alone.  During this time, June talks about how she always kept moving in the past, fearing that John had stopped looking for, but we know that John Dorie’s heart will always belong to June.  While this was a sweet moment for them, it was brief, and I’m looking forward to some more screen time for them.  Although, sometimes more screen time can lead to an untimely death…so maybe not?  Either way, I’m still shipping these two!

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“This is why finding the dead matters…”

While searching for Al, Morgan meets a mysterious woman in a gas mask and hazmat suit.  We learn that her name is Grace and she tells Morgan that he needs to go through decontamination immediately, as he may have been exposed to radiation.  Alicia steps in and tries to help Morgan, but Grace tells her, “Let me keep you from losing another friend.”  Grace seems genuine and fills Morgan and Alicia in on why this place is so dangerous.  They are near pressurized water reactors that failed and we are now dealing with radioactive walkers…as if they weren’t dangerous enough already.

Luckily, Morgan seems to be OK, although he does need to give up his staff and clothes, but he definitely rocked the “Don’t Mess with Texas” T-shirt with style.  Grace thinks we are dealing with approximately 63 of her former staff members who were exposed and we soon learn that she doesn’t have much time left either.  Grace does not seem to be associated with the group in masks that took Al and is trying to atone for her past mistakes.  Alicia and Morgan ultimately leave to go find Al, but I think having Grace on the other end of a Walkie could come in handy for sure.

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“You still talk too much, Victor…”

The wait is over and Daniel and Victor finally meet again!  Victor finds Daniel held up in some kind of factory for vehicles and tells him that he needs a small plane to help his friends.  Daniel keeps his guard up and even has an adorable cat named Skidmark, who may have just become my new favorite character!  Victor tries to tell Daniel that he has changed and he is attempting to make up for what happened in Mexico, but Daniel ultimately sends him packing.  Is this the last time we will see Daniel or is there more to come?  We’ll have to stay tuned, but it will be interesting to see what Victor does next to help his friends.

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“The accordion stuff is from the drugs.”

After a close call in the season 5 premiere, Luciana is recovering from her injury and June tells her she needs to take it easy.  Luciana hilariously asks when she will be able to play the accordion and we learn that this is the drugs talking…not Luciana.  John retrieves the book, The Little Prince, which was extremely thoughtful and sweet.  This book is not the only survivor, as Luciana finds herself barely getting out of a dangerous situation after talking briefly to Victor over the radio.  Several walkers head toward her and the drugs start kicking in with the worst possible timing.

Luckily, Luciana is able to make it back into the truck stop without being harmed, but our new threat decides that leaving a note doesn’t really send a message anymore, as they take out the walkers and decorate the truck stop with their severed reanimated heads.  Seriously, I’m thinking about hiring these guys for some redecorating.  Either way, this reminds us that our new threat is trying to send a message or a warning.  Are our characters getting too close to something?  It looks like that may be the case, but we’ll have to see how this unfolds.  We still don’t know where Al is and those kids from the season 5 premiere are also out there somewhere.

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“The way out is opening the door to people.”

Alicia’s guilt begins to overwhelm her, feeling responsible for Al’s disappearance.  She says it is her job to keep everyone safe, but Morgan decides to give her some spot on advice, recognizing that he has previously been where Alicia is now.  Morgan tells Alicia, “You don’t know it until somebody tells you.”  He explains that you can’t run away and that there is a way out that involves opening the door to people. 

The idea of a fresh start and change really resonated with me in this episode and I love the bond between Morgan and Alicia.  They remind me of two lost souls, slowly finding their way with one another’s support.  Alycia Debnam-Carey continued to impress me in this episode.  She shows off her bad-ass side while taking out any walker that gets in her way, but she also has a softer side.  A side that reminds us that deep down she is still vulnerable and hurt, but that she has the chance to find her way again by helping others.  Stay strong, Alicia!  You’re on the right path.  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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Spoiler-Free Review of “NOS4A2” on AMC: A Faint Spark Glimmering in the midst of all the Backstory

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“There are people in this world with abilities.”  Based on the book of the same name by Joe Hill, NOS4A2 follows Vic McQueen, who discovers an old bridge that will take her and her motorcycle anywhere in the world to find lost things.  We are also introduced to the villain, Charlie Manx, who kidnaps young lonely children, promising to drive them off to Christmasland, but visions of sugarplums have been replaced with nightmares of darkness, as he attempts to essentially drain the life force of the children to maintain his own youthful appearance.  While it appears that he is a vampire, there is definitely some mystery surrounding him and we have a lot left to discover.

NOS4A2 is available to watch on AMC and season one features 10 episodes.  The pilot premiered on June 2nd 2019.  The show stars Ashleigh Cummings, Zachary Quinto, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Virginia Kull, and Jahkara Smith.  We are immediately introduced to the villain, Charlie Manx, who appears to be a creepy old man waiting in a car, but we quickly learn that he is extremely dangerous and is in the business of stealing children, luring them with promises of candy canes and Christmas forever.

The Pros:

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The acting is convincing and the characters draw you in.

I’m already a huge fan of Zachary Quinto’s work and he does not disappoint in this series, fully embracing the role of the villain.  Even with all the makeup, Quinto makes this creepy old man seem beyond twisted.  I was also pleasantly surprised and entertained by Ashleigh Cummings, who plays our main protagonist, Vic.  The performances are real and compelling and both of these characters appear to have a lot of layers for us to peel back and discover.  In addition, I was intrigued by the character of Maggie, played by Jahkara Smith, who appears to be some kind of psychic librarian, using scrabble pieces to discover clues.  Sounds like a pretty cool ability to me.

The first ten minutes and the last ten minutes give us a glimmer of potential.

I thought that the opening and closing of the season premiere was mysterious and creepy.  I wanted this vibe to continue for the rest of the premiere, but I’m hoping that this glimmer of hope can somehow translate into the remaining episodes, as this show has the potential to be something truly dark and unique.

The Cons:

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Too much backstory all at once.

While I have not yet read Joe Hill’s novel, the show gave us way too much backstory for a season premiere, which made the pilot seem heavy and boring.  I understand the need to introduce us to these characters, but perhaps Vic’s backstory could have been sprinkled over all of the episodes instead, while introducing us to her interesting abilities.  Also, we barely get to see the villain in the episode and I feel like the time could have been divided up a little bit better to fully capture our attention.

Slow paced premiere.

In addition to the excessive backstory, there was just a really slow paced feel after the opening minutes of the premiere, which initially drew me in.  There are a lot of elements to be discovered here, but I just felt like there was way too much fluff for the majority of the episode and I found myself tuning out quite a bit, which is not a great sign for a season premiere.

So am I in or out? 

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As of right now, I am on my way out, but I give all shows three episodes to change my mind.  There are some redeeming qualities here and the world of Joe Hill seems intriguing, introducing us to some Stephen King like elements that could be genuinely terrifying and different.  However, the pace of the show needs to pick up and we need to scratch the excessive backstory and focus on the journey ahead across the mysterious bridge.  I’m ready to lose myself, but I need much more in order to do so.  Fingers crossed that the next episodes can capture my full attention!

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

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

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“It’s OK…we’re here to help!”

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

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“You should be a part of it.”

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

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

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“Something’s not right…”

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

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“It’s not supposed to be easy.”

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

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“I was right…there’s a story here.”

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

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

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Swamp Thing” on DC Universe: The Swamp is Lovely, Dark, and Deep

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“I don’t like mysteries…I like solutions.”  Only CDC investigator, Abby Arcane, is about to find herself tangled in a mystery, one that lurks beneath the surface of the swamp waters, but is she up for the challenge?  It looks like she may not have a choice, discovering that returning home to Marais, Louisiana will be far from drama free.  If you are looking for your next favorite show, you may be in the right place, as the pilot episode delivers and stays true to the horror label that has been attached to it.

Swamp Thing is available to watch on DC Universe and season one features 10 episodes.  The pilot premiered on May 31st and the remaining episodes will air weekly on Fridays, leading up to the scheduled season finale on August 2nd.  The show stars Crystal Reed, Andy Bean, Derek Mears, Virginia Madsen, Henderson Wade, and Jennifer Beals.  We follow Abby Arcane, who returns home to investigate a deadly virus spreading in the swamps. She meets a biologist named Alec Holland, who is researching the virus on his own.  As Abby tries to find answers to explain the horror she is seeing before her eyes, she ends up coming face to face with a mysterious creature, but is he a friend or foe?

The Pros:

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An origin story that truly pulls you in.

Much like Gotham and Smallville, Swamp Thing has successfully pulled me into this world, revealing an origin story that is unique and riveting.  Whether you are familiar with the comics or not, this show can stand on its own, allowing us to truly explore and understand the character development here.  I’m a fan of comics in general, but I can’t say that I am an expert on Swamp Thing.  But you don’t really need to be because the show already has so much potential just from its pilot episode and the plot is captivating and intriguing without ever making you feel lost or too unfamiliar with the story.

This show is worthy of the horror genre.

While many shows dabble in the horror genre, this show deserves to keep that label.  The show is genuinely scary and there are already so many parts that will creep you out.  The opening scene is chilling and fantastic.  I was on the edge of my seat, watching the horror unfold before my eyes, which is not always easy to accomplish in just one episode.  The show has a fast paced tempo and it doesn’t seem like the character building or small town drama will get in the way of this.

Crystal Reed is your new crush.

Crystal Reed is absolutely fantastic as Abby so far.  Typically, it takes me about three episodes to get used to a show to determine if I truly want to give it my undivided attention or not.  With Swamp Thing, I have already been pulled into this world and part of that is because Abby’s character is so interesting.  She has many layers and a backstory that will need to be explored further, but there is something magnetic about her, which makes me want to go on this dark journey with her that much more.

The Cons:

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The show is only on DC Universe.

Honestly, the only con I can come up with so far is that this show is exclusively airing on DC Universe.  I started a 7 day free trial so that I could check out the pilot, but since the episodes air weekly, I would need to commit to a subscription in order to keep watching and I have so many streaming subscriptions already.

Also, this show has the potential to be binge-watch worthy and I wish that all of the episodes were available to stream now so that I don’t forget about them.  Having said that, this show has started off in such a fantastic way and as long as the rest of the episodes can measure up to the pilot, it seems like it is worth the wait and the investment.  Don’t let us down, Swamp Thing!

So am I in or out? 

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I am in 100 percent!  This show has so much potential and I can’t wait to dive into the next episodes.  Swamp Thing perfectly blends horror, mystery, and romance all in one.  The characters are intriguing and the shots by the swamp are well done, creating a world that is so fantastically creepy.  I never felt bored by anything going on and I was on the edge of my seat during several moments.  Let’s just hope that the remaining episodes live up to this amazing pilot because I am ready to submerge myself completely into the swamp!

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Slasher: Solstice” Season 3 on Netflix: Gore and Gratuitous Sex Scenes Galore

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“We all hate someone.  We just need to find someone who hates enough to kill.”  Well sure…that makes sense.  But it doesn’t necessarily make it any easier to pinpoint the killer in Slasher: Solstice, as Netflix has finally released season three.  So who is the Druid Killer?  Think you already have it figured out?  Maybe not, as season three genuinely keeps you guessing until the very end.  If you are craving some slasher happy fun, you are in the right place.  

Slasher is a horror anthology series.  Each season follows a different killer and premise, but many of the actors take on different roles in each season, giving you an American Horror Story feel, while channeling I Know What You Did Last Summer and Scream.  While the show is still far off from these slasher films, it does provide horror fans with plenty of creative kills and gore.

Season three features 8 episodes, all streaming on Netflix as of May 23rd 2019.  It stars Dean McDermott, Joanne Vannicola, Baraka Rahmani, Mercedes Morris, and Salvatore Antonio.  The opening episode starts off at some kind of Solstice rave and we cut right to the chase and witness a brutal murder by the Druid Killer.  One year later, the Druid Killer returns and begins targeting the initial victim’s neighbors from the apartment building.  Everyone is a suspect and no one is safe, as each episode reveals bits and pieces about their linked past, reminding us that standing by and doing nothing can have severe consequences.

The Pros:

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Season three keeps you guessing until the very end.

If you’re like me, you immediately start playing Nancy Drew to discover who the killer is.  I have to say that every time I thought I had it all figured out, my suspect would be killed and I would have to start all over again.  One of the reasons why I enjoy this show is because every season keeps me guessing.  The ultimate twists are not obvious and are satisfying enough to keep your attention.

The gore is extreme.

If you don’t like to watch horror and gore, this show is definitely not for you and I was even turning my head away after several of the kills, as I think this season has provided us with the most gore by far.  Some of the kills are so outrageous that you will begin laughing, but each kill is more extreme than the next and some of them will genuinely make your skin crawl.  I personally like my fair share of gore and season three didn’t disappoint with this.

The acting is decent enough.

I thought that the performances were solid enough in season three and I was interested in several of the backstories of the characters we meet.  Standout performance goes to Baraka Rahmani, who plays Saadia.  She had enough layers to hold my interest, as the story continued.  I have been impressed with the cast each season and it was fun to see some of the actors from previous seasons play completely different roles.

The Cons:

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The borderline soft-core porn sex scenes are unnecessary.

Season three seemed to go completely overboard with the gratuitous sex scenes.  It was almost to the point where I could count to three and see another sex scene if it had been a few minutes since we witnessed our last brutal murder.  These scenes took away from the show and made it obvious that they were completely filler.  I would have rather had shorter episodes, as this almost ruined the season for me.  Luckily, the reveal of the killer was interesting enough, but it seemed like every single time I went to grab a snack, I walked in to another pointless sex scene, which just made the show seem desperate.

The underlying themes hit you over the head.

While I was intrigued by the idea of punishing those who do nothing, the show also dealt with racism, stereotypes, and the dangers of social media.  It just seemed like the show didn’t know which message to focus on and was trying to do too many things at once.  I think that if the show had subtly introduced these issues, while focusing on how to be a good neighbor, it might have delivered the message a little better.

So am I in or out? 

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I am a huge fan of the series even though I much prefer season one.  Seriously, The Executioner still gives me nightmares and I thought that season one gave me a true I Know What You Did Last Summer and Scream nostalgia.  I love slasher films and I was genuinely excited when I first learned about this series.  Season two fell short for me and had more of a contrived And Then There Were None approach, but it still had enough redeeming moments. 

I personally enjoyed season three more than season two, but it still didn’t live up to season one for me.  If the Druid Killer reveal wasn’t as satisfying, I probably would have been completely out, but this saved it for me.  If you are a horror fan and love your fair share of gore, you will enjoy this, but if you don’t like this genre, I would say to pass on it.  Overall, I was underwhelmed by the season, but I got through the 8 episodes very quickly and now is the perfect time to watch, since so many other programs are taking a break from new episodes.

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

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Chambers” on Netflix: Trippy Horror Identity Crisis

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“It’s the unseen energy that surrounds your body.  It tells you who you really are inside.”  But what happens when your aura is shared with someone else?  A good question for sure and Sasha Yazzie is about to experience this first hand after she survives a heart transplant and begins to feel more than connected to her dead donor, Becky Lefevre.  Sasha is welcomed into Becky’s former home, as Becky’s family desperately tries to make a connection with her, still coping with the death of their teenage daughter.

Sasha learns that Becky’s death may not have been an accident after all, as she starts to put the pieces together after experiencing some hallucinations and distant memories.  But are they actually hallucinations or has Sasha tapped into Becky’s spirit somehow?  I’m ready to find out, as Sasha tries to unravel the mystery behind Becky’s death, but will she lose her own soul in the process?

Chambers currently features 10 episodes, all streaming on Netflix as of April 26th 2019.  It stars Sivan Alyra Rose, Marcus LaVoi, Uma Thurman, Tony Goldwyn and Lili Taylor.  The show sort of has an indie horror supernatural vibe mixed with 13 Reasons Why, as we get some teenage drama sprinkled in along with some Native American culture.  Throughout the series, we are presented with different suspects and new twists and turns, as we try to piece together the mystery surrounding Sasha and her dangerous passenger.

The Pros:

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The premise of the show and the opening episodes are really intriguing.

The show actually starts off brilliantly.  It captured my attention right away and I was immediately drawn to Sasha’s character and I felt a connection to her.  The first three episodes of the series are haunting, eerie, and unique.  They present us with some legitimately scary moments of horror, while introducing us to the other elements of the show, which immediately drew me in to the mystery.

The performances are believable and the characters are unique.

I have an issue with shows that give me an awesome story and plot, but characters who are underdeveloped and acting that is lacking.  However, I almost felt the opposite with this show.  The performances were incredible and moving.  Stand-out performances go to Sivan Alyra Rose as Sasha and Uma Thurman as Nancy.  All of the characters had interesting qualities and I even believed the friendships and relationships going on around them.  I almost felt like these performances were too good for this series and they deserved better, but they did keep me invested in the show.

The music soundtrack and setting.

I don’t always pay attention to a music soundtrack, but this show has an amazing one.  Throughout the series, we get an excellent mix of soulful R&B, subtle techno, and mesmerizing moody rock.  The kind of moody rock that makes you want to lie down on your floor and listen to it again and again, while staring up at the ceiling and contemplating the world around you.  And this worked perfectly with this show.  The music mirrored the indie trippy vibe I was getting and I loved it.

The song that stuck out the most for me, and probably for you too, is “I Wanna Be Adored” by The Stone Roses, which you can listen to below.

Sasha begins hearing this song in Becky’s car and we later hear it again and again, as we learn that it has a connection to Becky’s mysterious death.  Seriously, I loved it so much that I have been jamming out to it myself and dancing around, but I have yet to come in contact with another soul so far, so I guess my aura is clear for now.  One of the lyrics in the song is, “I don’t have to sell my soul.  He’s already in me,” which is clever and spot on, as Sasha deals with her own soul sharing.

The imagery through the setting of the show is beautiful and intriguing as well.  The show takes place in Arizona, but was mostly filmed in New Mexico and gave me a Breaking Bad nostalgia.  The scenery is absolutely breathtaking and the fade-ins and camera angles worked well with it, which was a pro for me.  This show had so many beautiful and mysterious elements and this was complimented by the setting for sure.

The Cons:

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This show drags in so many parts.

While the first three episodes moved rather quickly for me, the remaining episodes felt slow and I think it’s mostly because there were too many filler moments that just didn’t work.  Each episode runs about 40-45 minutes, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but if it feels like an episode is taking forever, that’s not so great.  There were just too many moments of fluff in-between that didn’t really do anything for the show and it just slowed down the tempo too much for me, while only giving me small pieces of the mystery I invested so much time into.

This show doesn’t really know what it wants to be.

So, my title for today’s blog included identity crisis and I think that’s probably this show’s main problem.  It just felt like it didn’t know which way to go.  While it is perfectly acceptable for genres to overlap with one another, this show seemed like it was zigzagging all over the place.  Many of the plots started to branch out on their own with no real set-up or explanation.  I was along for the ride, but I often felt like I was hallucinating myself, as I tried to grab hold of what this show was truly trying to be, which was kind of exhausting and disappointing.

So am I in or out? 

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Overall, I was actually really frustrated with this show because I felt like it had the potential to be absolutely brilliant.  The first three episodes were different and unique and the pros that I mentioned earlier really held my attention.  Even the ending of the show is really great and it left us with a major cliffhanger that will need to be explored if this gets picked up for a season two.  I feel like a few tweaks could have made this show so much better.  For example, we get 10 episodes, but I think this show could have been done in 6-8 episodes max.  More episodes isn’t always better and this actually caused the show to drag and spiral out into too many directions.

The premise and the mystery will keep you guessing and is enough to hold your attention, but I guess I was just so upset that this could have easily become one of my new favorite shows if it just tried a little bit harder.  Overall, I’d say it was OK to pretty good and I’d give it a B minus-B range.  I wouldn’t say that you need to stop what you are doing to watch this, but it does have enough going on to provide you with some entertainment and some creepy horror elements, so I’d say to add it to your future watch list, once your other favorite shows stop airing new episodes.

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

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Supernatural” season 14 episode 20: “Welcome to the End”

Happy Friday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Supernatural season 14 episode 20 season finale, I realized that stories can be dangerous, but what happens when the story is over?  When there’s no glimmer of light left to maintain that last bit of hope?  Can we write our own story or is the end clear cut?  Please note major spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Moriah,” Sam and Dean are visited by an old friend, who claims he just wants to help, but does he?  Meanwhile, Jack’s powers continue to impact the world and Castiel tries to get through to him before it’s too late.  My top 5 moments from the Supernatural season 14 episode 20 season finale are:

5

“Takes one to know one.”

In the beginning of the episode, Sam and Dean try to track down Jack using every resource they can find and Dean comments that he is surrounded by nerds.  However, Sam gently reminds him that he does watch Jeopardy every single night.  I do too, Dean!  I thought this was a clever way to keep a little bit of humor going, as there were so many dramatic and serious moments during the season finale.  Glad to see that Dean is a nerd at heart for sure!

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“It’s everywhere…”

Jack’s powers continue to spiral out of control, as he demands that everyone stop lying, which causes the entire world to spill the truth about everything.  This can be extremely dangerous, especially when we learn that Sam’s favorite music artist is actually Celine Dion, not Elvis.  Even the president’s lies are being revealed and Crowley gets a special shout out, when we learn that he actually made a deal with him once upon a time.  Sam, Dean, and Castiel recognize that Jack must be behind this, but it looks like they may need some extra help to stop him.

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“You’re my favorite show!”

Surprise…God, aka Chuck, is back!  It looks like Castiel’s long distance phone call actually worked, as Chuck makes an appearance to help the Winchesters deal with the Jack situation.  Chuck fixes the lying issue with a snap of his fingers, but his solution for Jack is much more complicated.  Chuck presents them with a gun, but he is still working out its name.  Personally I liked “The Equalizer.”  Chuck explains that the gun will work in some kind of quantum leap way and eliminate Jack, but Dean breaks it down and says, “You kill him…you die.” 

So who is going to be the one to shoot him and is there any other way?  Castiel wants Chuck to help restore Jack’s soul, but Chuck reminds him that souls are tricky and messy, so it looks like they may not have a choice.  Sam refuses to accept this and asks Chuck why it always has to fall on them.  Chuck reveals that Sam and Dean are his favorites, but they are much more than a story, as this is life to them.  Is Chuck actually helping or is he about to cause even more damage now with his intervention?

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“I understand.”

Castiel finally reaches Jack and the two sit down to have a father-son talk.  Jack reveals to Castiel that he feels empty and that if he were able to love, he would love him.  Before Castiel can get much further, Dean approaches them with Chuck’s gun, but Castiel and Sam try to stop him.  Jack faces Dean and simply says, “I understand,” recognizing Dean’s decision and what this means, which was absolutely heartbreaking.

Sam tries to get Dean to listen to reason, revealing that perhaps they are only playing out parts in Chuck’s story.  Dean puts the gun down, which frustrates Chuck, who tries to convince him to shoot Jack, promising that he will bring back Mary.  This moment was truly significant for Dean because we know how much Dean loves his mother and he would do anything for her, but even he recognizes that this is not right and that Mary would not want him to do that.

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“Welcome to the end…”

After Dean turns Chuck down, Sam reminds him that “this isn’t just a story, it’s our lives.”  Chuck replies with, “Have it your way” and begins killing Jack.  Sam shoots Chuck, which stuns him and he officially welcomes them to the end.  The sun is gone and Sam, Dean, and Castiel are surrounded by darkness, as they lean over Jack’s lifeless body.  Jack wakes up in the Empty and Billie is there, so does this mean that perhaps this is not the end for Jack?  Is Jack able to help or intervene somehow?  I’m not sure, but we’ll have to wait and see.  Sam, Dean, and Castiel have a lot to deal with as well, as the souls from hell are released upon the world.  The last scene shows the undead surrounding them, as they all grab a suitable weapon, but they are definitely outnumbered here.

So what does this mean for our favorite characters?  We will now be approaching the final season of SPN and anything goes.  If all the souls have been released from hell, does that mean we could see Crowley in the final season?  We know that Chuck is a storyteller, but what does this actually accomplish?  Is he so fed up with his favorite characters that he is willing to sacrifice the world and start over?  Is he threatened by Jack?  I’m not sure, but it looks like Sam, Dean, and Castiel have a lot to deal with.  Stay tuned for the final season of Supernatural and in the meantime, “Carry on my Wayward son!”

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

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