Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” Season 4 Episode 1 Season Premiere: “We Will Never Forget You Fred”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Riverdale season 4 episode 1 season premiere, I am in tears.  In fact, I was in tears throughout the entire episode, but I remembered that no one is every truly gone if we continue to honor them in what we do next.  Please note MAJOR spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet. 

In tonight’s episode, “Chapter Fifty-Eight:  In Memoriam,” the gang gets ready for the 4th of July and everything seems to be really quiet in town…until Archie receives a phone call that will alter his life forever.  My top 5 moments from the Riverdale season 4 episode 1 season premiere are:

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“I have to bring him home…”

In the beginning of the episode, Archie receives a phone call while he is at Pop’s and discovers that his father has been killed in a hit and run.  Archie is beyond devastated and shocked and so are his friends and mother.  Even his dog whimpers quietly by the door, which immediately broke my heart.  Archie decides that he wants to bring his father’s body home and his friends agree to help him along the way.

The sudden passing of Luke Perry toward the end of season 3 shook everyone, but the show did not truly get a chance to give him a proper goodbye before.  While I knew that something like this was coming, I was not prepared for this incredibly emotional and heartbreaking episode. 

Even though it was extremely difficult to watch and hit very close to home for me, it was something that Fred Andrews earned and something that Luke Perry deserved even more, reminding us just how many lives he has truly touched and how much he is missed every single day.

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“I’m just paying my respects.”

It truly meant the world to me to see Shannen Doherty guest star on this particular episode to pay tribute to her good friend, Luke Perry.  I grew up watching her and Luke Perry on Beverly Hills, 90210 and both of them made a huge impact on my life.

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When I recently watched the BH90210 reboot, the tasteful tribute for Luke Perry was done perfectly and I thought it was so appropriate for us to see Luke Perry’s journey come full circle here.

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Doherty plays the woman that Fred saved on the road and while she doesn’t have a huge part, her presence was so powerful.  Seeing her standing next to Archie and the others truly allowed Luke’s memory to live on, seeing where he started and where he ended up, living on in every role he played.

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“Whenever he looked at you, there was pride in his eyes.”

After discovering the identity of the man who killed his father, Archie decides to track him down to take justice into his own hands.  When Archie realizes that the man is innocent and is merely trying to protect his young son who made a mistake, Archie realizes how he could have been in this very same situation with his own father.

Archie feels ashamed and thinks he let his father down, but Veronica has a supporting and meaningful moment with him, telling him how proud his father truly was of him.  Sometimes Varchie can be over-dramatic, but I thought this was such a simple and perfect moment for them and I’m hoping Veronica can help him get through this because he is going to need her.

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“We will never forget you Fred.”

After Cheryl initially feels some type of way about a parade on 4th of July, she has an immediate change of heart when she finds out what happened to Fred.  Cheryl and Toni go to see Mrs. Andrews and Cheryl explains that she knows what it feels like and she wants to do something for their family. 

When Archie brings his father home, the entire town is waiting and there are signs showing their love and admiration of Fred, which was incredibly heartwarming to see.  Even though this town has had its fair share of tragedy and misfortune, everyone comes together now to honor a man who always just tried to do his best and help others.

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“Fred Andrews will always be a part of Riverdale…I’m going to honor him.”

I thought that Archie’s eulogy was beautiful and simple, but he talked about how his father helped build this town and it’s clear that Fred made an impact on everyone in it…even Hiram Lodge, who ends up doing the right thing by paying for all of the costs.

Archie says that his father was the greatest man he’s ever known and hopes that his spirit and memory will live on.  At the end of the episode, each character has a moment to self-reflect and mourn and we end with Archie going into the garage.  We actually see some past clips of Fred; right before the camera zooms out, leaving us with the photograph of Fred and Archie together.

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This was probably the most incredible episode I have watched of the series.  Yes, it took a break from the drama and the mystery we have come to know and love, but it truly dedicated itself to a character and an actor who was so inspiring.  I feel incredibly honored to have witnessed a true tribute that was so beautiful and well done.

Thank you, Riverdale for providing Fred and Luke with this tribute.

Fred Andrews will always be a part of Riverdale and Luke Perry will always be in our hearts.

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Fear the Walking Dead” season 5 episode 16 Season Finale: “Just Live!”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead season 5 episode 16, I realized that our actions may be about the future, but what if we aren’t around to see their impact?  Do they still matter?  Should we still risk it all to do the right thing?  Please note MAJOR spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.

In last night’s episode, “End of the Line,” the group attempts to find another way around Virginia’s offer, but they run into some trouble.  Meanwhile, Dwight self-reflects, John and June finally tie the knot, and Alicia is back in action.  My top 5 moments from Fear the Walking Dead season 5 episode 16 season finale are:

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“I’m not afraid of it anymore.”

Finally!  Our girl, Alicia Clark is back!!!!!  Alicia is back in action and Victor happily hands over her weapon.  There’s no reason why Alicia can’t paint things and kick some walker ass too!

Alicia is confident that they can clear the gulch and sparks are continuing to fly between her and Wes, but will we eventually get to see something beyond lingering stares?  I hope so, but I am thrilled that Alicia is ready to channel the strength within her because we need her!

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“I am who I am because of you folks.”

Dwight gets his time to shine in this episode, as he tries to convince the group that they can make things work without Virginia.  Dwight does not want to repeat history and he remembers what happened with Negan all too well.  He clearly doesn’t want the same thing to happen to his new friends here.

After the walkers decide to go for a dip to cool off in the river, Dwight ends up surrounded, but Morgan and the others refuse to leave him behind.  I think the character development of Dwight is necessary and important and we will definitely need him in the fight against Virginia later on.

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“I loved you since the first day you washed up on my shore.”

I don’t know what it is about John and June, but they make me swoon and then some!  These two finally get their special moment, as they tie the knot in front of the group.  The group still has a little bit of time left before Virginia gets there and they try to make the most of it.  I thought June looked absolutely stunning in her green gown and it was incredibly sweet and selfless of Dwight to give them his rings.

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“I felt something.  I need you to know that.”

John and June aren’t the only ones to get their romantic moment, as Morgan finally tells Grace how he feels.  Grace reciprocates the feeling before they are separated, after confiding in Morgan about why she originally didn’t want him to say anything.

Well, we find out that Grace’s story about her past love interest at the plant does have a point, as she is actually pregnant, rather than sick, which I did not see coming.  I’m happy that Grace is all right, but I’m extremely concerned about the shocking moment that follows…here we go.

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“Just live!”

So, I’ve been saying for a while that we need a major character death in order to shake things up on this show, but I was not expecting this.  After everyone is separated by Virginia’s people, I was beyond upset.  Side note, the separation of Daniel and Skidmark really made me cry!  But, Virginia decides not to take any chances with Morgan, leaving him for last.

Virginia turns the gun on him and shoots him, leaving him for dead.  It’s clear that Morgan has been threatening Virginia’s vision for the future a little bit too much and she wants to be rid of him once and for all.  We are left seeing Morgan bleeding out, as walkers approach him.  After finding out that Grace is actually pregnant, Morgan seems hopeful still and radios out that “it was about the future” and tells everyone to “just live.” 

Well, I’m hoping that Morgan can somehow take his own advice, but it doesn’t look too good for our main character.  That being said, I’m thinking back to TWD when we thought Glenn was originally dead in an impossible situation, so I know that sometimes the impossible is possible in TWD universe, but we will have to wait and see Morgan’s fate.

This was definitely the shocking moment I was looking for, although I don’t want anything to happen to Morgan.  I would love to get some of your theories.  Do you think Morgan is truly dead?  Stay tuned!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Walking Dead” season 9 episode 15: “The Calm Before”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s The Walking Dead season 9 episode 15, I remembered that if you witness a happily ever after moment on TWD, it’s probably too good to be true and it means that something is coming.  Something shocking, horrifying, and heartbreaking.  While you may think you’re ready, it’s amazing how much a certain reveal can impact you.  However, it’s important to keep going and to remember the good.  There is always still a glimmer of hope remaining and sometimes it appears in the most unexpected places.  Please note MAJOR SPOILERS are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “The Calm Before,” the fair is underway, as everyone tries to participate in the fun.  Meanwhile, Daryl takes a group out and is surrounded by threats and Alpha is ready to make a deal, but not before proving just how ruthless she can be.  My top 5 moments from The Walking Dead season 9 episode 15 are:

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“Let the fair of new beginning begin!”

In the beginning of the episode, Ezekiel addresses the fair and tells everyone, “We’ve always been bound to each other…we always will be.”  Ezekiel mentions sacrifice and specifically brings up Rick, Carl, and Jesus, while also having a replica of his tiger next to him, which was truly touching to see.  Jerry’s title for the fair is shot down and we are welcomed into the fair of the new beginning.  It looks like everyone is ready to join in on the fun and come together to celebrate, but we know that the Whisperers are still lurking around, waiting to make their next move.  I’m not sure that anyone was truly ready for what was about to come next, however.

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“I have just the thing.”

Carol is ready to go off after Henry, but with perfect timing, Daryl and the others return to The Kingdom.  Carol tells Henry that he can never run away from her again and we also get to see Michonne reunited with her old friends.  Everyone is very receptive to Michonne even though she has been gone for quite some time.  Carol asks Judith if she remembers her and Judith explains that she has been drawing pictures of them since she was little.  Tara breaks up the party; however, when she spots Lydia, recognizing the danger here.  After some discussion, a pact is made between all four communities, as Ezekiel is more than eager to whip out the treaty he has been holding on to for all this time.  Although, I kind of liked Tara’s idea to “spit and shake” on it or to have a blood oath.  All of the communities have now come together, as Rick’s vision for the future is not completely lost, but can the communities still stay strong after tragedy?

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“You guys are adorable.”

The fair is underway and it seems like love is in the air on TWD.  Carol and Ezekiel get to meet Lydia and Ezekiel says, “Our son is taking a girl on a date to the movies tonight.”  I guess it would be a step up from dining on bugs together.  Henry’s annoying friends try to mess with Lydia and make her jealous, but Henry tells Lydia that he really likes her, which is genuine and somewhat sweet.  We also get to see Enid and Alden confirm their relationship status, Rosita and Eugene have a heart-to-heart talk and we witness a kiss between Magna and Yumiko.  However, perhaps the sweetest moment for me was when Daryl asks Connie to feed Dog while he is gone, which I thought was adorable.  But why are we taking all this time during the episode before the season finale to devote to us shipping these characters together?  While all of this was going on, I knew that it meant that something big was about to happen.  Someone is definitely going to die and seeing them happy and together will only make us that much more heartbroken later.  I almost wish I wasn’t right here, but we aren’t watching a Rom-Com.

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“I don’t know if there’s a happy ending here.”

You’re absolutely right, Carol, as Daryl takes out the A team to investigate things further.  Daryl is with Carol, Michonne, and Yumiko, but they are quickly surrounded by walkers and then come face to face with an overwhelmingly large group of the Whisperers.  They fight valiantly, but they are outnumbered here.  Daryl sees Beta again, who tells him, “You just had to give me the girl…now that deal is done.”  After watching a lot of setup and Rom-Com moments, I thought that this was the major plot point before the storm hits in the season finale, but nothing could prepare me for what came next.

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“I want to tell you a different story.”

So, we are now at my top moment and I want to remind you again that major spoilers are ahead.  While the fair is going on, Alpha uses her freshly made skin mask to fit in and walk around.  She ends up even conversing with Ezekiel and is quite convincing and later sits down next to Lydia at the movies, motioning for her to be quiet.  We then go back to Alpha approaching Daryl and the others, as she tells Daryl to come with her.  Alpha recognizes what it means to talk to someone leader-to-leader and she sees that within Daryl.  Alpha shows Daryl a huge horde of walkers beyond the cliff and tells him that she has let his people live all this time.  Daryl asks Alpha if she killed Lydia, but Alpha doesn’t directly answer this.  She tells Daryl that she wants his people to stay on his side of the border and that he will know it when he sees it.  Ominous, right?  Alpha also tells Daryl that she doesn’t think he can protect her daughter, but she hopes that she is wrong, which reveals the tiniest sliver of humanity within Alpha.  When we see Alpha crying after Lydia has told her to leave, Alpha kills the Whisperer who witnesses her displaying human emotion.  Even if humanity exists within Alpha, she is not about to compromise her position as the leader.

Daryl heads off with Michonne, Carol, and Yumiko, and they stumble across Siddiq, who has clearly been taken or attacked.  As they begin to approach the border, you can see stakes lined up from far away.  The stakes are decorated with the decapitated re-animated heads of ten victims, but of course, we need to get a little bit closer and zoom in on each and every one of them, to truly feel the impact here.  So who didn’t make it?  Here is the complete list for your reference:

The Highwaymen’s Ozzy and Alek:  I was just starting to like them too.

D.J. and Frankie:  Former saviors that I almost forgot about.  I’m still glad that you were able to at least try and protect members of the community.

Tammy Rose:  I found it interesting that Tammy Rose was up here, only because we watch Alpha take a moment to look at her and the former Whisperer baby, which had me thinking that perhaps this selection wasn’t random?  Either way, I feel really bad for her husband.

Rodney and Addy:   I almost forgot about these characters, but they were Henry’s annoying friends and they did converse with Lydia, so is that why they are up here?  I also think it’s important to note that Alpha is not above selecting children to die.  Did she determine who was weak or was this just the luck of the draw?

Enid:  So here come some of the bigger characters.  We get a glimpse of Alden looking for Enid while he is performing and my heart sank.  Enid has not really had too much screen time lately, but this was still awful to see.

Tara:  I was not prepared to see Tara up here and I immediately started crying.  I have a soft spot for Tara because she is goofy and just true to herself, reminding me a lot of myself sometimes.  Tara was also the first LGBTQ character on the show and she has grown so much as a leader and a friend.  In the comic series, it was Ezekiel up here, but a major leader from a community needs to go.  I’m just really sad that it was my girl, Tara, who deserved better.

Henry:  As much as I have complained that Henry is such a pointless and annoying character, he didn’t deserve this fate.  However, Lydia kind of sealed this outcome for him by defying her mother.  You really didn’t think that Alpha would let Lydia live and keep her new boo, right?  What really got me here was Daryl trying to protect Carol from seeing this, as he repeats, “No, just look at me.”  My heart truly went out to Carol in this moment.

Siddiq is left alive and explains that Alpha told him to talk about what happened, mostly to drive them apart and scare them, but Siddiq stands before everyone to tell them a different story to inspire them.  Siddiq tells them about their friends and family coming together one last time to fight for their lives with honor.  They became real heroes and Siddiq explains, “We have to keep going for them and for all of us…we need to honor them and remember these friends…our family, died as heroes.  That’s the story that I want to tell you and for us to remember.”  This moment was truly powerful and it proved that hope can still exist even in the worst of times.  In the beginning of the episode, the couple traveling to the fair are murdered, but are carrying H necklaces, which represent Hilltop or Home, but they also represent hope.  Daryl takes Lydia out to the spot where Henry died and she leaves one for him and I don’t think that she will ever forget what Henry did for her. 

Overall, this episode initially gave us a lot of setup for what’s to come, but it also provided us with one of the most shocking moments of the entire series here.  After the episode, I could not stop thinking about what happened and that image of all ten re-animated heads on the stakes, marking the border.  It was beyond disturbing and so heart wrenching, but we know that no one is every really safe on this show.  That doesn’t mean that it makes these moments any less tragic; however, as we connect so much with these characters and continue to root for them to prevail.  Winter is coming in true GOT fashion, but our favorite characters will need to keep fighting.  Will this tragedy inspire strength and community?  Let’s hope so, but I also think we need Negan at this point.  Maybe let him out of the cage already, Michonne?  Stay tuned for the season finale!

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 “Supernatural” season 14 episode 13: “Who’s Been Playing Back to the Future?”

Happy Friday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Supernatural season 14 episode 13, I was so unbelievably happy with the 300th episode of this brilliant show.  The Winchester brothers have been through so much together and it often seems like they don’t really get a break.  However, this episode marked a milestone for the show and gave us the chance to see one of the most heartwarming moments of the entire series.  Please note major spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Lebanon,” Sam and Dean stumble upon some occult items and realize that they have the opportunity to make one of their wishes come true.  While they could have never guessed what they would end up with, they quickly realize that there are consequences to altering timelines, but are they ready to go back to reality?  My top 5 moments from Supernatural season 14 episode 13 are:

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“Baby, please tell me you’re not hurt…”

In the beginning of the episode, several teenagers are hilariously commenting on Sam and Dean’s presence and ask, “Where do they even come from?”  A girl named Max decides to take Dean’s beloved car for a ride, but it seems like the teens are just looking for some fun in a small town.  After tracking the teens down to an abandoned house at a party, Dean is beyond relieved to see that Baby is OK and so am I!  Either way, it was very funny to see the commentary on Sam and Dean and what they could possibly be up to now, which I thought was a fun and clever way to pay tribute to the fans who have been watching the Winchester brothers for 300 episodes.

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“A serial killer clown…”

Poor Sam.  Sam and Dean quickly realize that the teens took the box of occult items out of the car and a “serial killer clown” is unleashed, which is beyond terrifying for Sam.  We know that Sam does just fine with serial killers, but a clown is an entirely different story.  I thought this was a fun throwback as well to some of the earlier episodes where we witness Sam’s overwhelming fear of clowns.  Maybe we needed to throw in a Yorkie chasing Dean to even the score, however.  Either way, it was a lot of fun and I was immediately drawn in to some SPN nostalgia. 

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“I don’t know that reference.”

During the episode, Sam and Dean discover that they have a pearl that will grant them their “heart’s desire.”  Dean wants to use it to cast Michael out of his head, but the pearl discovers something else that Dean has been longing for all this time.  However, while this wish takes place, it alters the Winchester’s timeline and we discover that Castiel no longer knows the Winchester brothers and he certainly doesn’t know any references either.  Zachariah, played by Kurt Fuller, is also alive and well, but immediately recognizes that someone has been playing “Back to the Future.”  Either way, I thought this was a fun guest appearance and it really made me think about how far Castiel has come with understanding pop culture references.  I mean, he did learn a lot from that pizza man…

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“You run a law firm and love kale.”

As Sam and Dean discover that they have created a “temporal paradox,” they realize that they are also in danger of changing into these alternate timeline characters.  While Dean has his “Blue Steel” look down pat for his most wanted picture, Sam has become “internet famous,” although I have to say that I really liked Sam’s glasses.  I’m not so sure about the raw food diet, however.  Either way, the Winchester brothers realize that they have to change things back or they will face further consequences, but are they ready to say goodbye to who they summoned?

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“One family dinner…all together.”

I tried to contain this spoiler as much as possible until we reached the number one moment, but I’m sure that you have already discovered that John Winchester has returned, played by the absolutely brilliant, Jeffrey Dean Morgan.  I mean, you can’t top this special guest appearance.  Happy 300th episode everyone!  When Dean wished for what his heart most desires, I almost fell off my couch when he asked, “Dad?” and John Winchester appeared on my screen.  I have been waiting to see John return for quite some time and we know that characters tend to not stay gone for long on this show even if they have died before.  After all, we have resurrection spells, characters returning from hell or purgatory, and characters in another dimension.  However, John Winchester has not been one of those characters to return, even though I have wished for it so many times before.

Even though Sam and Dean realize that they need to return everything as it was to keep their reality intact, they decide to have one family dinner all together.  The reunion between Mary and John was beyond beautiful and romantic, as I had tears in my eyes the entire time.  Sam finally got to talk to his Dad about their previous argument and Dean’s wish of having a family dinner all together came true, which was truly the most magical and heartwarming moment I have ever witnessed on the show.  Even though John could not stay, he reminded his sons to take care of each other and we know that they will continue to do so for the rest of time.  I was so incredibly moved by this episode and I couldn’t have asked for anything more to celebrate 300 amazing episodes with my SPN family.  Stay tuned!  New episodes return March 7th!

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

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