My performance of the week ending 4/11/20 on TV goes to…

Kennedy McMann as Nancy Drew on The CW’s Nancy Drew.

It’s not easy playing an iconic character like Nancy Drew, especially when so many other actresses have taken a whirl at it. However, Kennedy McMann is starting to make some waves with her portrayal and in a very good way!

**Please note some spoilers are ahead, but major ones have been left out for your convenience.**

When I first heard that we would be getting a new Nancy Drew series, I was beyond excited. The show originally premiered right after Riverdale and I thought it was going to quickly become my new favorite show. However, I had some reservations about it initially and I wasn’t really sure how I felt about the new Nancy.

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Sure, there is a maturity to this Nancy and a teenage drama angst that we often find on shows on The CW, but I was really hoping for a spark that would lure me in and I didn’t initially find it. However, I am so happy that I stuck around because the series got better and better as it went on.

The mysteries are so intriguing and they really keep you on the edge of your seat and Nancy has really grown and developed as a character, impressing me so much. Kennedy McMann has been channeling all the right emotions while keeping her sleuth skills up to par.

In the most recent episodes, we got quite a shock about Nancy’s identity and her connection to Lucy Sable, which still has my head spinning. The reveal was quite rewarding and now I am more invested than ever. Part of that is because Kennedy McMann has been beyond fantastic and I can’t stop watching her.

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While I initially thought she was moody and self deprecating, she is now using her inner turmoil to become a force of nature herself. It’s going to take Nancy some time to adjust to everything going on, but the supernatural presence in town is not about to let her off that easy.

I’m also much more interested in Nancy’s new relationships, although things may get even more complicated after that major cliffhanger at the end of episode 17. While I originally felt like Nancy’s relationship was forced upon us with Nick, she has been making her own choices now, allowing her to truly discover her sense of self worth.

What’s next for Nancy? Well, she has to deal with the new supernatural threat before it claims her and her friends, but I know that our girl Nancy will not stop until she finds a way to defeat it.

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Now that we know Nancy’s true identity, she also has to come to terms with who she is and what kind of relationship she wants with her family and friends.

I’m looking forward to more adventures with Nancy Drew and I am so happy that I decided to stick around and give this show a chance after initially having some doubts.

Sometimes it takes a show a little while to find its identity, especially when it has many predecessors. However, with each new episode, Nancy Drew is finally giving off that spark I was looking for and Kennedy McMann is at the very center of it.

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Nancy Drew” Series Premiere on the CW: “Maybe more horror and less mystery?”

**This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!**

“Mysteries were everywhere and I loved solving them.”

Your favorite amateur sleuth is getting her own show, but it seems like this Nancy Drew is darker and more mature, but can she measure up to the competition?  The series premiere of Nancy Drew aired on the CW on October 9th 2019.  The show will run weekly episodes and it comes on directly after Riverdale.  Know your audience, right?

The show stars Kennedy McMann, Tunji Kasim, Leah Lewis, and Scott Wolf.  Nancy Drew makes reference to how she started solving mysteries at a young age, paying tribute to the book series character we all know and love.  However, after tragically losing her mother, Nancy Drew is all grown up and it seems like she wants to stay away from mysteries and ghosts, but it doesn’t look like they are ready to let her go just yet.

Nancy Drew has a lot of competition, especially since other shows like Riverdale, Veronica Mars, and Stranger Things all have a captivating female lead who likes to solve mysteries, but where does that leave the girl who started it all?  Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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True respect for the original character.

Nancy Drew was the first book series I fell in love with and I lost myself in the mysteries again and again.  I have seen several movie interpretations and I appreciate that this show is trying to do something different, but I also respected the clever Easter eggs thrown into the mix, including our girl Nancy investigating with the infamous flashlight.

Some potential for the new Scoobies.

I am still sorting out who is who and I’m not sure how I feel about Nancy’s friends just yet, but I like that they all want to help out.  I always loved “The Scoobies” on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, reminding us that you don’t have to be the obvious hero to make a difference and save the day, so I think this could be the start of something really fun and nostalgic.

The supernatural horror elements are genuinely scary!

If you know anything about Nancy Drew, you know that even though you get your fair share of ghostly mysteries, there is always some kind of rational explanation to bring us back to the real world.  Even this Nancy reminds us in the beginning of the show that she doesn’t believe in ghosts and yet there is this very real ghost story going on, which has captured my full attention.

I expected this show to be more focused on teenage drama with mystery sprinkled in, but I was genuinely surprised by the supernatural horror aspect and I think this might be something that can help Nancy Drew create a voice of its own separate from RiverdaleChilling Adventures of Sabrina comes to mind, but so far they are doing much better with that deliciously dark component, but that doesn’t mean that Nancy Drew can’t step up to the plate too.  More horror please!

The Cons:

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I can’t get a real read on Nancy yet.

Part of the reason why I like characters like Betty Cooper, Veronica Mars, and Nancy Wheeler is that they channel Nancy Drew while having this magnetic spark that really draws you in to their character.  I’m missing something with Nancy Drew so far and while I get that she is dealing with her grief and seems closed off, I haven’t connected with her at all yet and that could be a problem.  I’m only one episode in so I hope to get some more layers soon, but I want to ignite a fire within Nancy as soon as possible.

Forcing a ship.

Part of the way I fall in love with a ship, is that I see the progression of their relationship that leads to some epic moment between them that cannot be ignored.  We dive into this relationship between Nancy and Nick (Ned Nickerson) and I just don’t feel the chemistry yet.  I want to see some real moments between them leading up to something, rather than these bits and pieces that are being forced upon me.

The actual mystery is just kind of blah…

A dead body shows up and Nancy Drew is on the case, but there is nothing really unique or special about the murder and Nancy’s process to discover the clues seems very by the numbers and uninspiring.  That being said, the mystery surrounding this ghost story and her parents might be the real winner, but I still want Nancy to surprise me and invest me in her other mysteries.  Maybe she should call Betty Cooper up for some advice on this…

So am I in or out? 

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As of right now, it’s about 50/50 for me.  The show isn’t necessarily bad, but there’s nothing that magnetic or special about it just yet.  I feel like right now it is in the shadow of its competition and it needs to do something spectacular to pave its own way.  Maybe that’s the horror element I mentioned earlier, which has a lot of chilling potential. 

I plan on giving the show another two episodes to really get a feel for it, but I’m hoping for some kind of a spark here.  Out of every new Fall show premiering, this is the show I was really looking forward to and perhaps I set my expectations too high, but I’m keeping an open mind for now.

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

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What to Watch on TV this Fall: The 2019 Fall TV Premieres I am Most Excited For!

Greetings TV Fans!  As we enter into the Fall season, some of our favorite shows will be returning with new episodes and we can also look forward to some brand new shows as well that seem to have a lot of potential.  Looking to find out when they all start and where to watch them?  You came to the right place!

While some of our favorite returning shows already have 2019 premiere dates announced, others are still giving out a late 2019/early 2020 vague response, but it looks like we have plenty of shows to watch in the meantime!  Without any further delay, the 2019 Fall TV premieres I am most looking forward to are:

American Horror Story: 1984 (Season 9)

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Premiere date: Wednesday, September 18th 2019

Where to watch: FX Network

Welcome to Camp Redwood!  Who doesn’t love the 80’s?  The ninth season of AHS looks like it is going to provide us with a lot of slasher fun and nostalgia.  While Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters will not be on the newest season (sigh), we do have some fan-favorites returning, including the wonderful and brilliant Emma Roberts.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Season 14)

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Premiere date: Wednesday, September 25th 2019

Where to watch: FXX Network

I mean, who doesn’t love laughing along with our friends from Paddy’s Pub?  The gang is back and I can’t wait to see what schemes they come up with next.  After Mac’s moving dance performance, anything is possible!  Perhaps another Charlie Kelly episode?  There is plenty of Charlie work to go around after all.

Evil (New Series)

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Premiere date: Thursday, September 26th 2019

Where to watch: CBS 

I don’t know about you, but I am definitely down to watch another show with Luke Cage’s Mike Colter, but it looks like he will be trading in his super hero strength in order to investigate demonic possessions and other supernatural threats.  I’m in!

Light as a Feather (Season 2, Part 2, episodes 9-16)

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Premiere date: Friday, October 4th 2019

Where to watch: Hulu

Light as a feather…stiff as a board.  I never get tired of hearing that and I’m hoping that the second half of season 2 can bounce back and provide us with some spooky haunting fun.  This show is extremely addicting and there are constantly new twists and turns so I personally can’t wait!

The Walking Dead (Season 10)

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Premiere date: Sunday, October 6th 2019

Where to watch: AMC

It’s time to silence the Whisperers once and for all, but what threats will emerge next?  As we approach season 10, we know that this will be Michonne’s last season, but what does that mean for her character?  I can’t wait to find out!

Riverdale (Season 4)

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Premiere date: Wednesday, October 9th 2019

Where to watch: The CW

After that cliffhanger ending in season 3, it looks like we will have a new mystery to dive into for season 4, which centers around one of our main characters.  What secrets will emerge next?  Stay tuned!

Nancy Drew (New Series)

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Premiere date: Wednesday, October 9th 2019

Where to watch: The CW

It looks like I will be busy on Wednesday nights indefinitely!  Nancy Drew is one of my favorite book series of all time and this new series looks like a dark and grown up version, giving me some Riverdale and Pretty Little Liars feels right off the bat.  I’m in 100 percent!

Supernatural (Season 15) *Final Season*

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Premiere date: Thursday, October 10th 2019

Where to watch: The CW

How will it all end for the Winchesters?  After that cliffhanger ending in season 14, it looks like our favorite hunters have a lot of work to do, but luckily they have some backup in our favorite angel, Castiel.  What can we expect for the final season?  I’m not sure, but I would love to see some fun nostalgia sprinkled in with some returning guest stars.  It will be beyond difficult to say goodbye, but I know that the series will end the way it is intended to and I’m looking forward to watching these final adventures with Sam and Dean.

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

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Premiere date: Friday, October 11th 2019

Where to watch: Netflix (to be released at a later date on AMC)

So I initially didn’t think to put this on the list since it is technically a movie, but how can I leave out one of my favorite series of all time?!  Jesse Pinkman is back and Breaking Bad fans everywhere can rejoice, as we finally get to find out what happens next in the story!

The Purge (Season 2)

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Premiere date: Tuesday, October 15th 2019

Where to watch: USA Network

What happens on Purge Night doesn’t necessarily stay on Purge Night.  I love The Purge movies and when I first heard about the television series last year, I really didn’t go into it with high expectations.  Well I was in for a huge surprise, as this show became one of my favorite series of the year.  It’s fast paced, surprising, and a lot of fun and I can’t wait to see what happens in season 2 as we follow a brand new group of characters.  Are you ready, citizens?

Castle Rock (Season 2)

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Premiere date: Wednesday, October 23rd 2019

Where to watch: Hulu

The Stephen King anthology series was another bone-chilling and haunting surprise for me last year and I have been waiting quite some time for a premiere date announcement for season 2.  Well it looks like we are in luck, as new episodes will return right before Halloween, which certainly seems fitting.  It looks like we will follow a new story and a new group of characters in the mysterious town of Castle Rock, but I am hoping to get some Easter eggs or connections to season one.  We shall see!

Shameless (Season 10)

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Premiere date: Sunday, November 10th 2019

Where to watch: Showtime

We said goodbye to fan-favorite, Fiona Gallagher for good last season, but can season 10 keep the Gallaghers relevant?  Let’s hope so!  While I am disappointed that Fiona will no longer be on the show, it looks like we will need to turn our attention to Lip, especially now that he is going to be a father.  The laughs never fail on one of my favorite series of all time and I can’t wait to see what the Gallagher family does next!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to comment on any TV Premieres that YOU are looking forward to watching in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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My performance of the week ending 7/13/19 on TV goes to…

“I make my own rules!”  You ladies absolutely do and that’s why I can’t just narrow it down to one standalone performance this week.  Let’s give it up for the amazing ladies of Stranger Things season 3 on Netflix.  In my favorite season yet, the girls pretty much stole the show.  They had me laughing, crying, and rooting for them against all odds.  These powerful and impressive female characters refused to sit on the sidelines, as they kicked ass and had fun doing it.  Let’s meet these wonderful characters and discuss why they are so fantastic!  **Please note major spoilers have been left out for your convenience so feel free to read on!

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Girls just want to have fun and I would absolutely love to go on a shopping spree with Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) and Max (Sadie Sink).  I already liked these two characters and Millie Bobby Brown has impressed me since the beginning of the series, but the adorable friendship between these two made me smile so much!  Maybe the shopping spree montage was a little cheesy and over-the-top, but that’s why it worked for me.  Eleven is growing up and learning what it’s like to be a teenage girl and luckily she has Max to help her out along the way!

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There is no question about it, our girl Robin (Maya Hawke) rules!  I absolutely loved the introduction of her character.  Steve could definitely learn a thing or two from her. OK, he probably needs to be completely schooled by her, and he is…on more than one occasion.  Robin is smart, cool, funny, and someone I could really relate to.

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We all scream for ice cream and I want more screen time for another new addition, Erica (Priah Ferguson).  She may be Lucas’s little sister, but she is a scene-stealer for sure!  She was a little annoying with wanting to try every flavor of ice cream, but once she became part of the team, she was fantastic and had me laughing out loud constantly!

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Joyce (Winona Ryder) continues to remind us why we love her so much.  She’s loyal, intelligent, and she refuses to let anyone stand in her way…even the military!  Better watch out or she will give them a stern talking to, as if it is part of a parent-teacher conference!  But seriously, Joyce is such an amazing character and her quirks just work.  She’s fearless, caring, and hilarious in a subtle way.

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I gotta give it up for my girl Nancy Wheeler (Natalia Dyer), who refuses to let being called Nancy Drew turn into an insult.  In season 3, Nancy has to deal with some beyond difficult and frustrating male co-workers, who had me pulling my own hair out in disgust, but she continues to follow her instincts, refusing to take no for an answer.  I have a feeling she will make a fantastic reporter one day, but I love that Nancy is living in a man’s world and shatters it completely.  She even shows off some impressive shooting skills, reminding us that she’s a complete bad-ass too.  Team Nancy Wheeler for life!

What’s next for the Stranger Things ladies?  We’ll have to wait and see, but I would love to see more screen time for all of these characters in season 4.  While I love all of the characters on the show, there has to be something said here for the girl power in season 3.  I hope that trend continues because these women are strong, powerful, intelligent, and beyond capable.  They are the super heroes of the show for me!

Stay tuned for a recognized performance on TV each week!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” season 3 episode 19: “Fear the Reaper”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Riverdale season 3 episode 19, I realized that keeping secrets can be a dangerous game on its own.  However, when you also mix in playing G&G, things are going to get crazy.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Chapter Fifty-Four:  Fear the Reaper,” Jughead teams up with FP and Gladys to try and rescue Jellybean.  Meanwhile, Betty checks up on Evelyn, Archie contemplates giving up boxing, and Josie makes a big decision.  My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 3 episode 19 are:

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“We’re not end game.”

During the episode, Josie is excited that her father has come to town and she really begins to contemplate her own future.  Josie says, “I want to broaden my musical horizons,” but it looks like she has been searching for something of her own for a while.  After giving a dazzling performance, Josie’s father agrees to let her accompany him on tour and it looks like she could be heading off to NYC.

Josie tells Archie that they are not end game and that’s OK, but it looks like this is the end for Archosie.  Josie’s return to Riverdale is uncertain and it probably has something to do with her joining another Archie Comic spin-off series called, “Katy Keene,” which will also star Lucy Hale from Pretty Little Liars.  While we don’t know when or if the series will get picked up, it looks like Josie has the opportunity to really step into the spotlight now and I can’t wait to see what she does next!

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“Check my file…I think I just might.”

I love when Betty gets her Nancy Drew on and this episode was no exception.  Betty may not have found out much about Edgar, but she does discover a lot of interesting information on Evelyn.  We discover that Evelyn has been pretending to be a seventeen-year-old Junior for over a decade at numerous schools and that she is actually 26.  If that’s not shocking enough for you, we also learn that she is not Edgar’s daughter, she’s his wife.  Still with me?  Betty is concerned because her mother is about to marry Edgar and he also wants to adopt Polly’s twins.

Betty goes to Hal for help and he suggests someone who is “uniquely motivated” to help her, leading her to Penelope Blossom.  However, it seems like Penelope is more interested in taking the boy twin and naming him Jason Junior, which doesn’t help Betty all that much.  As the secrets begin to unravel, it’s interesting to see how much of an impact Evelyn can have on the teenagers around her.  But what will happen when everyone finds out that she has been lying?  Are the members of the Farm too far gone or is there anything that Betty can do?

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“Still wanna call me the reaper?”

After the dramatic boxing match in last week’s episode, Randy is pronounced dead and the guilt immediately begins to overwhelm Archie.  Fred gives Archie a heartwarming talk and tells him that he’s innocent and I just recently learned that this was actually Luke Perry’s final scene, which makes this talk that much more meaningful.  This is not the first time that Archie has blamed himself, but he is far from a reaper.  Archie thinks about giving up boxing, but ultimately decides to use his prize money to give to Randy’s family, which is a very generous gesture. 

Elio continued to get on my nerves, pretending that he didn’t juice Randy, but it’s all starting to make sense, as we see later in the episode that he is working for Hiram Lodge.  It was only a matter of time before this “truce” came crashing down between Hiram and Archie.  Now that Josie is making her exit, there is an even greater potential for a reunion between Archie and Veronica, but will that sever this truce for good?  Hiram is very dangerous and a master manipulator, but there’s something about Archie that brings out the worst in him and it looks like this is only going to escalate further.

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“Join us.”

After getting nowhere with Penelope, Betty reaches out to Toni, hoping that she can sneak her into the Farm so that she can get the other twin out of there safely.  Only Toni has now crossed over to the other side.  Et tu, Toni?  Toni talks about how she always wanted a family and has now found one with the Farm and leads Betty right to the heart of it.  Was Toni brainwashed or is something else going on here?  I find it hard to believe that she was so against the Farm previously and now has become one of its puppets.

Betty asks the Farm why they are all smiling and her mother reveals that she already knows that Edgar is married to Evelyn, which makes their union that much creepier.  Betty seems like she is falling under the thrall of the Farm for a moment, but she snaps out of it. Betty remembers seeing the babies thrown into the fire before she had a seizure earlier in the season and she makes a run for it.  Even though we are learning a lot more about the Farm, there are still so many unanswered questions and I hope we get to the bottom of it before the end of the season, as we only have three episodes left!

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“If we play and we win, we can get Jellybean back.”

Jughead has his own family drama to deal with in this jam-packed episode, as he agrees to play the game under creepy Kurtz’s orders.  And here are our players:

Deadeye:  FP

Hellcaster:  Jughead

The Alchemist:  Gladys

In the first round, secrets are out and FP learns what Gladys has been up to.  It was only a matter of time before he found out, but they need to put this aside to try and save Jellybean.  FP says that there will be a reckoning, which reminds us that he will definitely circle back to this anger, however.  The next task involves the Jones family robbing Pop’s Diner, which ends with FP getting shot.  In the next task, we see a Cyclops card and in walks Penny Peabody, who is definitely looking for some revenge.  Gladys and her fight, channeling their inner Elektra and Gladys is victorious, but definitely needs to go to the hospital as well, which means that everything is now up to our hero, Jughead.

Jughead is presented with two doors and is told to choose, as Kurtz mentions “The Lady, or the tiger,” which is a short story written by Frank R. Stockton.  The story is set in an ancient country and the king is put through a set of trials, much like Jughead.  He ultimately has to choose between two doorways:  one leading to the princess and one leading to death.  Jughead is faced with this same dilemma and ends up being trapped behind the door, as Kurtz gives the order to eliminate the princess.  Jughead is able to break free and saves the day, as I breathed a sigh of relief.  Yay Jughead!

Even though Jughead saves the day for now, we are still left with several unopened doors of our own.  Jughead came face to face with the Gargoyle King, but he didn’t have time to stay, as he rushed off to make sure that Jellybean was all right.  Gladys says that she is leaving town, but Jellybean will be staying behind, but what does this mean for the drug trade in Riverdale?

Also, Hiram is ready to step out of the shadows and it’s been quite a while since we have seen Hermione, which continues to stir my own suspicions.  Plus, we learn that while Hal was being transferred to Hiram’s new prison, there was an accident and no survivors.  Betty asked Hiram to transfer her father to his prison, but can you ever really make a deal with the devil?  Is Hal really dead or have we just released the former Black Hood back into society?  I’m not sure, but I can’t wait to find out.  Stay tuned! 

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

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My performance of the week ending 4/20/19 on TV goes to…

Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper on Riverdale. Lili brings such a fire to Betty’s character.  I love how she takes on all the adults in town and is never afraid to follow her instincts.  I’ve always loved the character of Nancy Drew and Lili brings me right back to that nostalgia with her portrayal of Betty Cooper.  Betty is smart, resourceful, and extremely loyal.  She will do anything to protect her family and friends and she is not about to let Edgar or Evelyn Evernever get in her way.

Even though Betty may have a darkness brewing inside her, sometimes this is necessary, as long as she can channel it.  It gives her the drive and passion to keep going, as she becomes so motivated and determined.  One should never underestimate Betty Cooper.  Just when you think you may have her all figured out, she surprises you and reminds you that there are so many layers to her character.

What’s next for Betty?  We’ll have to stay tuned to find out, but she made a very difficult decision when she let her mother go.  Whether it was the right decision or not, Betty proves to be selfless in this moment, as she puts Alice’s needs before her own.  I am worried about her visits with her father, Hal, as this can cause her darkness to reach the surface.  Betty may be her “father’s daughter,” but she is so much more than that.

I think that she has the potential to unmask the Gargoyle King and to take down the Farm.  She’s not afraid to to do what is necessary to uncover the truth.  However, I think that it’s important that Betty keeps her connections with her friends and family steady.  Having Jughead, Toni, and Veronica in her corner can really help her and it will also keep her darkness in check.  I can’t wait to see what she does next!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists” season 1 episode 3: “You Tell Or I Will”

Greetings TV fans!  After watching Freeform’s Pretty Little Liars:  The Perfectionists season 1 episode 3, I realized that Ava asked an important question:  “How do you act normal when nothing in your life is normal…when you’re forced to trust people you hardly know?”  Especially when your new circle of trust has a lot of secrets and “nothing stays secret forever.”  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “…If One of Them Is Dead,” Dana Booker continues to try to “divide and conquer,” to get to the bottom of Nolan’s murder.  Meanwhile, Alison continues to rely on Mona for help and discovers some hidden truths along the way.  My top 5 moments from Pretty Little Liars:  The Perfectionists  season 1 episode 3 are:

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“I know a liar when I see one.”

In this episode, Dana Booker continues to consult with Nolan’s mother, Claire, as they suspect Caitlin, Ava, and Dylan’s involvement in the murder.  Claire explains that she will focus on Caitlin, as she will not want to risk her family’s future.  Claire seems to be very interested in Caitlin specifically, but why?  We know that Claire is very much aware of Caitlin’s mother’s potential scandal, but is there something more to this to further her own agenda?  Is she perhaps the one blackmailing Caitlin’s mother to begin with?  I have a lot of questions here, but it looks like manipulation doesn’t fall far from the tree, as I am starting to see where Nolan got his own blackmailing skills from.  Either way, it looks like Claire is not someone to be taken lightly and could end up being a major threat later on.

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“She’s trying to divide and conquer us.”

Ava, Caitlin, and Dylan are happy that Alison provided them all with alibis, but they don’t know her well enough to trust her completely just yet.  They recognize that they all need to stick together, but their secrets are out there, which makes this no easy task.  They quickly realize that Dana is trying to split them up and get them to turn on one another, but will they be able to outsmart her?  We’ll have to wait and see, but it looks like these three are not getting split up anytime soon.

3

“You went out of your way to do something nice for me.”

Ava is having an extremely difficult time coping with Nolan’s death, as she turns to alcohol to numb her pain.  Most of Ava’s friendships seem to be on the superficial level so it looks like she could really end up bonding with Caitlin and Dylan.  In a touching moment, Caitlin brings Ava the present that Claire gave her, recognizing that Nolan must have meant for her to have it.  Ava is clearly moved by this gesture and I think this just solidified a new friendship between these two for good.  Later on, Dylan asks Caitlin and Ava to listen to the music piece he created for his boyfriend, which is extremely touching as well.

2

“You tell or I will.”

After tracking down a lead at the cabin Nolan went to, Ava, Caitlin, and Dylan smell something funky in the car.  They take a page out of I Know What You Did Last Summer’s book, as they discover a dead rat in the trunk along with a threatening note.  So who wrote the note and what exactly do they want?  Later on, Caitlin discovers the same gum wrapper that was in the woods, which belongs to Mason.  So is Mason the one who witnessed everything in the woods or is this a little bit too obvious?

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“But we need to do our suspicious activity.”

Alison goes to Mona for help again, but Mona is upset to find out that she has been locked out of the network.  Alison and Mona recognize that they need to channel some old school Nancy Drew detective skills to find out more, as Mona hands over an old yearbook to Alison.  Alison begins questioning her own witnesses and tracking down leads that bring her to the very same cabin, but it looks like Alison has discovered something very important.  Alison finds the same rose that she saw in one of the memorial pictures for Taylor and starts to realize that Taylor may be alive.  After all, Alison is no stranger to faking her own death, but will she find herself in even more trouble once she continues to follow this trail of breadcrumbs?  Stay tuned!

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

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” season 3 episode 14: “Fire Walk With Me”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Riverdale season 3 episode 14, we were reminded that “running isn’t going to solve anything.”  However, what happens when “the hunters become the hunted?”  Do you accept your fate or do you set a new path?  A path of danger and destruction that might lead you back to the darkness you have tried so hard to keep at bay.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In tonight’s episode, “Chapter Forty-Nine:  Fire Walk With Me,” Archie tries to help a boy named Ricky who has the same branding as him.  Meanwhile, Jughead sets up a new chapter for the Serpents, Toni and Cheryl continue to drift apart, and Betty has had enough.  My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 3 episode 14 are:

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“One more strike and you’re done in my school.”

Both Toni and Jughead are lectured by Principal Weatherbee after some equipment is stolen from the chemistry lab.  I guess someone has been watching reruns of Breaking Bad, as we later learn that Kurtz is responsible.  Kurtz is bad news and Jughead tries to get through to him, but Kurtz says, “I play by a different set of rules.”  Jughead refuses to give up; however, as he enlists the help of his father, FP.  FP proposes that the Serpents work for him and help solve cases and that they will receive money and credit for college as well, which seems like a pretty good deal to me.  Will this keep the Serpents out of trouble for good?  We’ll have to see, but it looks like a new chapter is starting for them.  Way to go, Jughead!

4

“You are a detractor.”

During the episode, Betty continues to be snubbed by Kevin, who has embraced the Farm with open arms.  Betty tries to reason with Kevin, but he tells her that she is a detractor and doesn’t want to hear it.  After Betty witnesses Kevin walking on a fire pit to prove himself to the Farm, she is threatened by Evelyn, who reminds her that “everyone at the Farm knows all of your dirty secrets.”  Betty is forced to keep her mouth shut as a result, but we know that our modern day Nancy Drew will not stay quiet for long, as she debates her next move.  Look out Evelyn Evernever, Betty is not someone you want to mess with!

3

“I’m running my business my way.”

Veronica realizes that all of her money is going to her father and Gladys and decides that she will open up the secret casino again to add in some extra cash flow.  Veronica has really thought of everything, as she even comes up with clever hiding spots for the evidence in case they are raided.  Veronica tells her father that she will pay him, but she is going to run her business her way, as she enlists the help of Toni and the Pretty Poisons to keep everything secure and to keep Gladys out.  However, something tells me that Gladys doesn’t like taking no for an answer, so we’ll have to see how this unfolds.  Also, I’m glad that Toni is taking her leadership role seriously, but it seems like our favorite couple, Choni, is falling apart.  Can they fix things before it is too late?  Let’s hope so!

2

“You’re playing me?”

Archie meets a young boy named Ricky, who has been hiding out at the gym.  Archie realizes that Ricky has the same brand on him, which means sacrifice and he is determined to help him.  Archie has been in his shoes and he knows what it is like to be on the run so he instantly forms a connection to Ricky.  However, we learn that Ricky is actually Joaquin’s little brother and he has gotten mixed up with the Gargoyles, as he tries to take down the Red Paladin himself.  Archie is frustrated by this betrayal and it seems like he can’t trust anyone anymore.  Perhaps it is time for Archie to bring the fight directly to the Gargoyle King, but we still have to determine who that is first.

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“I guess I just feel a lot better about things.”

At the end of the episode, Betty is upset with her mother for selling their house.  Alice keeps busy by packing boxes, but Betty seems distant and distracted, as she stares at a burning candle.  Later on, Betty meets up with Jughead and Archie to bring the team together again and says that she feels a lot better about things.  Alice walks into her house and sees that it is on fire, which means that Betty has taken a page out of Cheryl Blossom’s book, as she takes her anger out in a destructive way.  Betty has kept the darkness away for quite some time now, but has it just re-surfaced?  We’ll have to stay tuned to find out, but I’m worried about our girl, Betty for sure.  

I also want to take a minute to say that I am incredibly saddened by the news of Luke Perry’s passing.  I grew up watching him as Pike in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills, 90210, and I continued to be blessed to witness his performance as Fred Andrews on Riverdale. Here are some of my favorite memories of him below.  RIP Luke Perry.

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Mia Morris’ Diary” Series: A Vampire Mystery Sprinkled with some Campy Horror Fun on Top

“I want you to believe…to believe in things you cannot.”  A modern retelling of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Mia Morris’ Diary is a web series released by Black Cat Film Productions currently streaming on YouTube.  It is inspired by The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Notes by Christine, and The Cate Morland Chronicles.  The series follows Mia Morris, who has been leaving video diary messages for her boyfriend, who is currently studying abroad.  However, a lot of spooky things begin to happen, as a vampire becomes drawn to Mia and her close friends, luring them into danger and darkness.  Mia reacts to everything that is happening and tries to make sense of it as best she can, but there are some things that simply cannot be explained.  As she continues to uncover the mystery surrounding her, Mia’s world is turned upside down, as she starts to question everything and everyone around her.  Do vampires really exist and what do they want with her?

I was very excited to watch this show, which is now available to stream all 22 episodes on YouTube.  If you love binge-watching like me, then this series is the perfect option for you.  Each episode is only a few minutes in length, which is actually really great.  You can pick up right where you left off without missing anything, which is sometimes difficult to do during most television series.  I love being drawn into a series immediately and the pilot episode allowed me to do so, providing us with some setup, but also introducing us to the mystery right away so that we crave instant answers.  While some episodes contain welcomed fluff, others are eerie and hypnotizing, inviting us into the story.  I found myself playing Nancy Drew along with Mia to uncover the mystery and unmask the villain.

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The lead actress provided us with a believable performance and I thoroughly enjoyed when all of her friends came together to make sense of the madness.  Think the Scoobies from Buffy the Vampire Slayer There was just the right amount of campy horror fun mixed in to balance out the drama behind the vampire seduction.  When I started the web series, I felt that it had a lot of potential.  However, the series can be somewhat slow moving at times in the middle.  I would have liked to have seen more scenes involving the group coming together to solve the mystery, but that’s just because I really enjoyed that dynamic.  Overall, I think that the show is worth a stream if you find yourself craving some vampire mystery fun.  I mean, who doesn’t love a good vampire story?

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” season 3 episode 3: “The Real Game Is Just Beginning”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Riverdale season 3 episode 3, Hiram Lodge reminded us, “Don’t make enemies of the people trying to help you,” but it’s difficult to determine who is a friend and who is a foe in Riverdale.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Chapter Thirty-Eight:  As Above, So Below,” Jughead begins his first game of “Griffins and Gargoyles.”  Meanwhile, Betty tries to talk to Evelyn, Veronica opens her club, “La Bonne Nuit,” and Archie becomes a star.  My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 3 episode 3 are:

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“I couldn’t have done it without my favorite power couple.”

I think it’s safe to say that Cheryl and Toni, otherwise known as Choni, may be everyone’s favorite power couple.  At least they are definitely mine.  Veronica approaches Cheryl and Toni, initially looking for Jughead, and Cheryl hilariously says, “You mean True Detective?  He’s busy canoodling Nancy Drew no doubt.”  Seriously Cheryl is laugh out loud funny.  Veronica is looking for some material to blackmail her father and Toni has an in on where one of the Jingle Jangle drug labs are.  My favorite trio is back, reminding me of when Toni and Veronica teamed up to rescue Cheryl last season, as the three put their own sleuth skills to the test, capturing the drug lab on camera while looking absolutely fabulous.  It was nice to see some more air time for Cheryl and Toni, who definitely know how to make an entrance together.

4

“I’m shaking you down.”

Betty gives Veronica some really great advice when she tells her to focus on herself for a change.  Veronica has been so worried about Archie, but she does have a business to run.  Veronica decides to open up her club, “La Bonne Nuit,” but things get complicated when she gets a visit from Penny, a delivery of Jingle Jangle, and her father snooping around.  Veronica is not threatened; however, and she tries to get some leverage over her father, only he pretty much anticipates her every move.  Either way, Veronica’s opening night is a success, as Josie performs and Kevin gets his moment in the spotlight as the MC.  Congrats Veronica!

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“That kid is a star.”

Archie initially turns down the warden’s request to be the next “mad dog,” but changes his mind when the warden initially uses Joaquin.  Archie is always trying to do the right thing and agrees to take his place, which involves some kind of fighting pit for entertainment.  Archie starts winning fights, but the warden reminds him that he wants him to put on more of a show.  Archie ultimately decides to take several punches before ending the fight, giving the warden the entertainment he is looking for without beating his opponent badly.  The warden approves and recognizes Archie’s star potential, but Archie realizes that he needs to get out of there before things escalate further.  Archie has clearly been watching one too many episodes of Prison Break, as he decides that they will need to plan their escape from jail.  Good luck Archie.

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“We know all each other’s secrets.”

Betty decides to approach Evelyn, even though she gives off a major creepy vibe, to find out more information about the farm and its possible connection to the game.  Betty is surprised when Evelyn and some members of the farm show up at her house, ready to find out all of Betty’s secrets.  Although I’m not sure there is much left to tell since they already know about the body in the kitchen and Betty’s “webcamming” past.  Alice has disclosed all of their family secrets, but does she know what she is doing?  Betty requests an audience with Edgar, but is turned down.  She tries to make a connection to the seizures, but no one seems willing to open up to her.  Alice even tells her daughter that she trusts the farm more than her, which is heartbreaking to hear.  Betty recognizes that the farm is a threat, but will she be able to find out what is really going on there before it’s too late?

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“Welcome to your first game.”

After approaching Ethel again after her seizure, she determines that Jughead is worthy to play the game.  Ethel agrees to hand over the rule book or the “scripture” only after he completes his first test.  You would think possibly drinking poison would be punishment enough, but Ethel tells Jughead that he also needs to kiss her in order to obtain the rule book.  Poor Jughead.  For some reason, Ethel decides to drink from the other cup and winds up in the hospital again, but is OK for now.  However, she is having conversations with “The Gargoyle King” and explains that she found him someone truly worthy to play, meaning Jughead.  Later on, FP and Alice discover the rule book and burn it, not wanting their children anywhere near it.  Betty and Jughead quickly realize that their parents know something about the game, but we still don’t get any concrete answers here.  Later on, everyone gets their very own copy of the rule book placed in their school lockers, revealing that “the real game is just beginning.”  New episodes return November 7thStay 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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