My performance of the week ending 12/14/19 on TV goes to…

Lizzy Caplan as Annie Wilkes on Hulu’s Castle Rock season 2.

As soon as I started season 2, I was completely mesmerized by Lizzy Caplan’s portrayal of Annie Wilkes.  Her performance was so real and compelling each week and she had this wild eyed stare that would certainly make Kathy Bates proud.

**Please note major spoilers have been left out for your convenience.

While this story of Annie Wilkes is not necessarily a prequel to Misery, it does provide us with some fun Easter Eggs throughout the season leading up to the season finale.  Lizzy Caplan is able to show off the psychotic sides of Annie with accuracy, but she also somehow makes this character real and sympathetic, as you start to root for her as an anti-hero on the show.

Annie’s darkness comes in and out, but her daughter, Joy, is her one shining light, constantly motivating her to be good and to be better.  While Annie may not be able to overcome the darkness within her ultimately, she continues to fight and struggle, which is no easy task, especially after we are introduced to a Salem’s Lot inspired group to shake things up.

I thought that from start to finish, Annie was such an intriguing character with many layers.  My favorite episode was “The Laughing Place” (season 2, episode 5).  I thought this particular episode was so interesting because we got to explore Annie’s past to understand her a little bit more, but her younger self was played by another actress, who somehow managed to be just as brilliant as Lizzy Caplan.  This really elevated her character that much more for me, as we continued with the rest of the season.

While the show started to get off track with some of the Salem’s Lot drama in later episodes, the end of the season was able to come full circle, allowing us to truly see Annie’s character development toward the character we all know in Misery, but the writers didn’t hit us over the head with this, which I appreciated.

Everything was subtle and well done, which really made me want to re-watch Misery that much more, but I also felt like I was introduced to a completely new side of Annie Wilkes, as her character came alive across the screen.

What’s next for Annie?  Well, it looks like we will be closing the book on her chapter for season 2, as we will most likely explore a new character/plot if Castle Rock is renewed for season 3, but I may have just become Lizzy Caplan’s “number one fan.”  She immersed herself into this role with disturbing perfection and I loved every minute of it!

Stay tuned for a recognized performance on TV each week!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Supernatural” Season 15 Episode 4: “Atomic Monsters”

Happy Friday TV fans!  After watching The CW’s Supernatural season 15 episode 4, Chuck reminded us that writers can do anything, but will the fans be satisfied with his ending for SupernaturalPlease note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet. 

In last night’s episode, “Atomic Monsters,” Sam continues to struggle with his grief while Dean attempts to get him back on track with a new case.  Meanwhile, Chuck seeks out guidance from his number one fan and ends up writing the end of the Supernatural story.  My top 5 moments from Supernatural season 15 episode 4 are:

5

“Closer than you think…”

In the beginning of the episode, Dean channels his inner John Wick and starts taking out threats left and right, proving that he may have a future in action movies.  Things get even more weird when Benny shows up, signaling that this is definitely some kind of dream or hallucination.

I’ve always been a fan of Benny’s character and it was a welcomed cameo, but Dean has a lot to deal with when Sam appears to be the threat he has been searching for.

Sam wakes up in a cold sweat and we learn that it is actually his nightmare, but is this a foreshadowing of what’s to come in Chuck’s dark story?  Let’s hope not!

4

“She knew what needed to be done.”

After Dean tries to cheer Sam up with some bacon, he reminds Sam that Rowena knew what she was doing.  Even though this may be true, it certainly doesn’t make things any easier for the Winchesters, so Dean decides that it’s time for them to go on a case together.

Sam initially doesn’t want to go, but Dean thinks it’s important to keep him busy, recognizing the pain that his brother is in.

3

“Somebody’s got a fetish…”

For dead cheerleaders that is, as Sam and Dean head off to Beaverdale High School to track down a vampire who has been picking cheerleaders off one by one.  After an extreme overreaction from some parents of a football star, Sam and Dean suspect that the father is the vampire, but we find out that it is actually the son.

His parents have been trying to protect him, which brings up some unresolved feelings about Jack, but Sam and Dean are both impressed that the son recognizes what needs to be done, saying goodbye to his parents and going off with Sam and Dean so that he can be eliminated as a threat once and for all.

2

“You have to write…”

Chuck decides to visit his number one fan, Becky, desperately trying to figure out what his next move should be.  Chuck is clearly lost, but Becky reminds him that he should write, not realizing that she may have just created an even greater threat by recommending this.

Chuck begins writing again about Sam and Dean and actually writes a very dark ending after some constructive criticism from Becky, which leads to Chuck turning a dangerous corner as well.  So, what does this ending entail and will the fans be satisfied with it?

The Pop Sam and Dean figurines are nodding yes, but I have a feeling that the Winchester brothers may need to fight for a more hopeful ending.  We’ll have to see how this all plays out, but I’m concerned for our beloved Sam and Dean!

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“We are finally free to move on.”

We get our weekly recap with Sam and Dean discussing their next moves, as Dean reminds Sam that they should still do the job for Jack, Mom, and Rowena.  Sam is clearly still feeling lost and broken, but Dean tells him that they are finally free to move on without Chuck getting in their way.  Except we know that Chuck has just written a very dark ending for the Winchesters, so they may not be free just yet…

Stay tuned SPN family!

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!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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