Ranking the top 5 villains from “Angel”

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

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Holtz

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

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The Beast

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

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Darla & Drusilla

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

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Jasmine

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

Some honorable mentions before revealing my number one pick are:

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

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Wolfram & Hart

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

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

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” season 3 episode 10: “The Stranger”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Riverdale season 3 episode 10, I learned that sometimes you just have to keep fighting.  But what happens when you lose sight of who you are in the process?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Chapter Forty-Five:  The Stranger,” we learn the fate of Archie Andrews.  Meanwhile, the SATs are approaching, Fangs gets invited to join the inner circle, and Betty finally pays her father a visit.  My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 3 episode 10 are:

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“I will kill you…”

Fred Andrews steps up and channels some Dylan McKay, as he threatens Hiram Lodge.  Hiram has been pushing and pushing and Fred reminds him that he will not hesitate to kill him if he goes after his son again.  While Fred typically takes the high road, it’s clear that he has been pushed over the edge, but will his need for revenge get him into trouble?  Either way, it was great to see someone stand up to Hiram.  Hiram may be a master manipulator, but I have a feeling that Fred could easily take him in a fair fight.

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“You are not cornering me into joining your cult.”

During the episode, Betty quickly learns that her mother, Alice, has given away all her money to the Farm.  When Betty questions her mother about this, Alice explains that the account has not been “drained, just transferred.”  Betty is beyond outraged and learns that Alice forged her father’s signature to make the transaction, which means that Betty will have to pay her father a visit after all.  While there has been quite a lot of set up going on for the Farm, I am really looking forward to seeing that story-line finally develop.  I want to know more about Edgar, their end game, and how they have managed to completely brainwash Alice.

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“It’s over, isn’t it?”

After Archie returns home with quite a few scars inside and out, Veronica is beyond happy to see him.  It seems like these two are going to make it after all, but where does Reggie fit into this equation?  Reggie is willing to take the high road and allow Veronica and Archie to head off into the sunset together, but he unintentionally tells Archie what happened between them.  After Hiram is shot and recovering from surgery, Veronica and Archie have a talk and come to the conclusion that their relationship is over.  Is this really the end of Varchie for good?  We’ll have to wait and see, but it looks like Reggie has been eagerly waiting in the wings so Veggie fans can rejoice for now.

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“To keep me coming back to you…”

So we finally get the meeting we have been waiting for, as Betty confronts her father, Hal.  Hal continues to play mind games and even claims that he was the Gargoyle King in the past and that he tried to take down the entire Midnight Club.  After some Nancy Drew investigating, Betty learns that Penelope Blossom has been posing as her mother to go visit Hal and has provided him with this Intel.  Betty soon realizes that Hal did this intentionally to keep Betty coming back to him.  Even though Hal is sick and twisted and a little bit too obsessed with punishing sinners, he does hold on to his connection to Betty.  Hal signs the affidavit for Betty, but it looks like this is a potential new beginning for these two.  Even though Betty swears that she will not return, she has a void at home now that Alice has completely given herself over to the Farm.  Betty continues to confide in her father, but will this eventually lead to her own darkness returning?  We’ll have to wait and see.

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“You’re looking at the new law in Riverdale.”

During the episode, it seems like everyone is on board to claim that he or she is the true Gargoyle King.  After Hal’s false confession, it seems like Tall Boy is the actual Gargoyle King, but my money is still on Hermione Lodge.  During the episode, Hiram decides that he wants Claudius Blossom to step up as the new sheriff, but Hermione is not happy with this decision.  Tall Boy and Claudius both don’t make it through the episode and even Hiram is shot and left for dead.  Only it’s not that easy to kill a cockroach like Hiram, as he manages to pull through surgery.  At the end of the episode, Hermione meets up with FP and tells him that it’s time.  There’s a new sheriff in town and it’s FP Jones.  It doesn’t seem like being the sheriff requires any type of credentials here, but I guess it doesn’t hurt to have FP leading the way.  However, Hermione has been strategically pulling several strings here, which is hard to ignore.  I have been saying from the start that I believe Hermione is the Gargoyle King, but perhaps she is not in it alone.  Either way, I think that this episode redeemed itself from the unnecessary fluff last week and I’m back on board.  However, let’s not forget about our girls, Cheryl and Toni.  Everyone deserves some screen time here in Riverdale.  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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When Kallie Bennett, a jaded teenage girl plagued by her alcoholic mother and her peers molded out of sheer bubble gum perfection, chases after Alice in Wonderland herself, she ends up lost in her own version of Wonderland, which forces her to face her utmost fears and introduces her to familiar characters with a dark twist. Among these characters is Ches, a gorgeous vampire with a conflicted conscience, who becomes Kallie’s guide and blossoming love interest. She also crosses paths with Queen Hartley, a manipulative witch who has the power to strip away one’s memories and imagination, which brings a bone chilling new meaning to “off with their heads.” In The Search for Alice, Kallie starts to realize that her Wonderland is just as frightening as her own reality and that she cannot always run away from her problems. She must figure out a way to defeat Queen Hartley and return home before it is too late, but she soon learns that escaping Wonderland means leaving Ches behind forever.

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Ranking my top 5 Thanksgiving TV Episodes: “It’s a Ritual Sacrifice with Pie”

Greetings TV Fans!  Thanksgiving is just around the corner and it’s important to take a moment to think about what we are truly thankful for.  It’s a time to share with family and friends and to put that pesky diet aside to make room for some pumpkin pie.  For today, I am going to be ranking my absolute favorite Thanksgiving television episodes.  While there is a lot more material out there for Halloween and Christmas episodes, one should not discount some quality Thanksgiving programming.  So grab some more food and make room for some Thanksgiving TV fun!  Please note that some spoilers are ahead.  My top 5 Thanksgiving TV episodes are:

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“Modern Family” Three Turkeys (TV Episode 2014)

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Modern Family does a fantastic job with holiday episodes.  While the Valentine’s Day and Halloween ones take the cake for me, “Three Turkeys” is absolutely hilarious.  During the episode, Phil and Luke work on the turkey together, but Claire worries that Phil may mess it up and has a back-up one ready to go.  Meanwhile, Jay and Gloria are supposed to go away, but end up staying; only they want to just have a nice and quiet Thanksgiving at home.  This doesn’t go exactly according to plan when Phil shows up to use their oven and the chaos continues, as the turkeys continue to multiply.  This is a great episode to watch with family and friends!

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“Beverly Hills, 90210” The Kindness of Strangers (TV Episode 1992)

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While Thanksgiving is a time for family to come together, it is also a time to give as well.  Brandon crosses paths with a homeless man named Jack, who he previously tried to help over the summer.  Brandon could have just gone on his way, but he decides to bring him home for Thanksgiving dinner.  While Brandon’s father is not at all pleased initially, Jack proves to be worthy and is extremely grateful to be given a chance to spend this holiday with a warm meal and wonderful people.  Brandon always tries to do the right thing, but he really shines here.  This episode is heartwarming and really captures the essence of giving.

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“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” Pangs (TV Episode 1999)

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So what do you do when you encounter the spirit of a Native American warrior who is looking to take his revenge out just before Thanksgiving dinner?  Well I guess you give Buffy Summers a call.  This episode is jam-packed with action and comedy.  Angel makes a special guest appearance, only he doesn’t inform Buffy that he is there to protect her from a great evil.  What makes this episode stand out is that Buffy is really trying to make her Thanksgiving dinner a success.  While the Scoobies try to figure out a way to stop the spirit of the warrior, Buffy insists on keeping her dinner going no matter what because you know, “It’s a Yam Sham.”  Spike even gets a seat at the table, only he is tied to a chair, which makes this episode even funnier.  If you need a break from the stress of preparing dinner, this is the episode to watch.

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“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” The Gang Squashes Their Beefs (TV Episode 2013)

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After running into the McPoyle brothers at the video store, the gang begins to realize that they need to bury the hatchet and wipe the slate clean with a lot of people…literally.  The gang invites over everyone they have wronged for Thanksgiving dinner and Dennis tries to sort of apologize, but really wants them to sign a treaty so that they no longer feel guilty.  Dennis does love his documentation.  This episode is absolutely hilarious and leads to a food fight that you may have only dreamed about at one of your own Thanksgiving dinners.  After Mac’s room is set on fire, the gang does the only right thing in this situation…they lock their guests inside the apartment and make a run for it.  This episode is laugh out loud funny and is definitely worth a second watch.

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“South Park” Helen Keller!  The Musical (TV Episode 2000)

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It should be no surprise that my favorite Thanksgiving TV episode is from South Park.  This episode is beyond hilarious and I have probably watched it every single Thanksgiving.  During the episode, the kids are putting on an interesting musical for Thanksgiving, but Timmy and his untalented turkey named Gobbles steal the show.  It may sound ridiculous, but you will end up rooting for this poor turkey and cheering for him when he finally goes through the hoop of fire.  “Gobbles!”  Now that’s an impressive finale!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to share some of your own thoughts and comments on your favorite Thanksgiving TV episodes.  I just want to take a minute to thank each and every one of you for being so wonderful and supportive.  I hope that you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones!  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing! 

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

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “American Horror Story: Apocalypse” season 8 episode 9: “It’s Time For The Apocalypse”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the FX network’s American Horror Story:  Apocalypse season 8 episode 9 last night, a lot of our unanswered questions have finally been answered, but we still have a lot left to cover in next week’s finale.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “Fire and Reign,” Michael takes the attack directly to the coven, two “coked up nerds” plot the end of the world, and Mallory’s powers are put to the test.  We also continue to get some fun Easter eggs along the way.  My top 5 moments from American Horror Story:  Apocalypse season 8 episode 9 are:

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“Well Satan might want to get a paternity test.”

In this episode, we continue to catch up with Jeff and Mutt, played by Peters and Eichner, who are not that impressed with the Antichrist, Michael Langdon.  Jeff hilariously makes fun of Langdon and mocks him saying, “I don’t know what I am supposed to do” and Mutt hilariously points out that Jesus didn’t have it easy either and “that’s why he went to the desert bro.”  We know that Billy Eichner’s other character, Brock, ends up in the wasteland for quite some time as well.  Ms. Venable also gets some more screen time in this episode and is clearly looking for more responsibility, as important as booking the “mile high escorts” is.  Even though her personality is not the warmest, Jeff and Mutt do recognize how much she has done for them and tell her that they want to save her and have her lead her very own Outpost in the apocalypse.  And so we continue connecting the dots.

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“They’re just gone.”

Michael is still filled with rage and anger, desperately looking to take his revenge out on the witches.  Dinah sells out the witches for a 13 episode talk show, which is amusing because AHS used to be 13 episodes that sometimes had the tendency to drag toward the end.  This season, we will only get 10 episodes, but I’m now wondering if that is truly enough time to wrap everything up.  We’ll have to stay tuned to find out.  Michael puts Ms. Mead to work and she whips out her shotgun arm, taking out Zoe and Queenie, explaining why we do not see them in the future with the other witches.  Cordelia is beyond devastated, especially when she tries to tap into their souls and finds nothing.  Madison conveniently takes this time to explain what she witnessed Michael do back in Murder House and Cordelia realizes that she needs to figure out something fast to protect the rest of her girls.  It is also important to note that Misty was conveniently not in this episode but still mentioned, hinting that perhaps the mud surrounding the swamps could be used for Cordelia’s spell to help hide and protect her girls in the future.

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“This sounds like the plot of The Omen 3.”

We learn that nerds, or “coked up nerds” in this case, can really take over the world.  Jeff and Mutt use Ms. Mead to communicate with Michael.  They are unimpressed with his desire to run for president and hilariously point out that this sounds like the plot of one of The Omen movies.  After all, Michael does not have too much material to work with on how to be the Antichrist.  Maybe someone can get him a How To guide?  Jeff and Mutt decide that they want to destroy the world instead and use Ms. Mead to convince Michael to jump on the bandwagon, proving that manipulation can be an extremely powerful skill.

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“This bitch can travel through time?”

As Cordelia recognizes the very real threat against her coven, she explains to Mallory that she must survive, recognizing that Mallory may be the only witch who can truly get them out of this.  Mallory wants to help her sisters, but the test on her powers is dangerous and could lead to death.  Myrtle points out that it will be like the “blind leading the blind,” referencing that Cordelia was once blind herself, as they try to help Mallory go back in time to save Anastasia, the daughter of Alexei Nikolaevich.  You may know about Anastasia from history or from the beloved animated classic, but this version of Anastasia possessed some kind of magical abilities, only they were not strong enough to protect her family.  In history, there was a lot of mystery that surrounded Anastasia’s death, as many impostors claimed to be her.  She was also known as “The Lost Princess,” which connects back to Mallory.  Mallory goes back in time to try and help her, but fails.  She is brought back to present time; however, proving that she is worthy of this power, which will definitely come in handy for our favorite witches.  In the future, Mallory is unsure of her own identity and feels like she has someone trapped within her, suggesting that she is a “lost princess” as well or really a lost witch in this case.

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“It’s time for the apocalypse.”

We learn that the price of admission is only 100 million dollars, which seems reasonable.  Where can I sign up?  We also learn that “The Cooperative” is actually another name for “The Illuminati.”  Michael convinces everyone to stand with him and Jeff and Mutt’s plan is underway.  After all, they just need to convince a few powerful leaders to push some buttons to start the end of the world, which is beyond scary.  Even though we are surrounded by demons, witches, and a pentagram filled with dead warlocks, the end of the world is actually presented in a realistic way that makes these events even more concerning.  Now that we have all of the chess pieces in place, it’s time to play the game, but who will end up triumphant?  Stay tuned!

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

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

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Purge” season 1 episode 9: “We All Need Each Other To Survive”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching the USA network’s The Purge season 1 episode 9 last night, the voice over reminded us that “This is it.  Today’s the day.  Take the horror built up inside of you and spill it in the streets.  Will you spend this holiday locked in a cage afraid of your true potential?”  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “I Will Participate,” Joe puts everyone on trial, revealing that he is more dangerous than anyone might have realized.  Meanwhile, Miguel and Pete the Cop work together to track Joe down before it is too late.  My top 5 moments from The Purge season 1 episode 9 are:

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“You are all here because you’ve wronged me.”

Ready to connect the dots?  Joe finally reveals his intentions when he explains that each one of his prisoners have wronged him in some way.  Pretty much everyone seems to recognize Joe when he takes off his mask and he explains that each one of them will be placed on trial.  Joe says, “I will exercise mercy if your confession is compelling.  But if not, I will purge and I will be reborn.”  Well at least it seems like Joe may be willing to listen to reason, but somehow I doubt it.  As the connections continue to reveal themselves, we learn that Jane went on a blind date with Joe, Rick remembers Joe installing their security system, and we later find out that Penelope made the fatal mistake of not saying “thank you” when Joe held a door open for her.  I mean that is definitely a pet peeve of mine, but I’m not sure it warrants Penelope’s death.  Either way, it’s becoming clear that Joe has quite a few screws loose and is not really one to let anything go.  We also learn that Joe has been using some kind of tracking spray that is used in the military to find his victims, which sort of explains how he knew where they would all be and his expertise on Rick and Jenna’s security system explains how he was able to deactivate it.  Well at least we are finally getting some answers.

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“Don’t you feel better?”

Joe has a few other victims along with our main characters and we learn that he has been holding on to his rage for a very long time.  He has a man stand trial who bullied him back in high school.  Joe even brings up documentation such as pictures from his yearbook to make his case, which reveals that Joe has been planning this for a very long time.  I mean there are so many other things he could be doing with his time, but I guess everyone has a hobby.  The former bully actually makes a compelling case and seems sincere.  He tells Joe that he is homeless and perhaps that he is already undergoing his punishment in that way.  Joe seems to believe him and gives the man a hug, right before he sharply stabs him, killing him.  Joe says, “Like I said…mercy.”  Everyone else starts to realize that Joe’s idea of mercy does not involve letting them go.  They are not getting out of here easily.

3

“We are going to figure something out.”

Jane takes this time to introduce herself to Penelope and tells her and the others that they are going to figure something out, desperately trying to find a positive solution here.  Our main characters all have a common goal now…surviving.  Jane explains that “if we work together, we can take him.”  Jane’s leadership skills definitely come into play here, as she tries to come up with a plan and keep everyone motivated.  Another prisoner named Eileen is not ready to stick around; however, and rushes to the exit when she gets a chance.  Only Joe has the entire abandoned school rigged and she is shot as soon as she opens the doors.  Jane continues to try and keep the hope alive, but she needs to come up with something fast because she’s next.

2

“Let’s tackle this together like two professionals.”

I absolutely love the dynamic duo of Miguel and Pete the Cop.  After Penelope is taken, Pete the Cop agrees to finally emerge out into the streets during Purge Night to help Miguel.  Before they take off, Pete puts his cop skills to the test and pulls up information on Joe.  We find out that his full name is Joe Owens and they are even able to track down his address.  On the way, Miguel and Pete the Cop run into some trouble, as a group of Purgers demand some kind of trade in order for them to pass through.  Pete gets a free pass; however, as we learn that he is off limits during Purge Night.  Seriously don’t mess with Pete the Cop.  After running into Joe’s father at his home and taking a look at Joe’s extensive plan on the wall, they realize that they need to get to the school to find Penelope.  Only nothing comes easy for Miguel, as they are stopped on the way when Rex and his men open fire on their car, looking for revenge.  If anyone can get out of this OK, it’s Miguel and Pete the Cop.  As much as I adore Pete right now, I am wondering if we can truly trust him.  It initially seemed like Joe was a good guy as well so I wouldn’t be surprised if another twist is thrown our way, but I am hoping that Pete continues to try and help because I love this partnership.

1

“What a thing to live with…”

When Jane is brought up on trial, she stays composed and strong.  Jane tells Joe that she remembers him and we get a flashback that reveals her on a very awkward date with Joe.  Jane remains polite, as Joe continues to drop racist jokes along the way, but she can’t take it anymore after he implies that she got into college because of her race.  Jane has worked extremely hard for her opportunities and she is not going to let anyone take this away from her.  Jane says she has to go to the bathroom, but ends up skipping out on her date, but does pay for it.  Joe even has the receipt from the dinner as evidence.  Jane says what we are all thinking when she asks, “You tracked me down over a date?”  Jane is not about to back down now, but Joe tries to turn the tables on her by bringing up her own intention to purge David.  Jane explains that Purging will not make anyone feel better.  Jane says, “I tried to live my life with integrity.  I compromised who I am for a sexual predator.  What a thing to live with.”  Joe does not want to hear this, as he has made up his mind that it is his right to purge.  Jane fights back and everyone is rooting for her, but Joe ends up choking the life out of her.  Even though her life is over, Jane stayed true to who she was and finally stood up for herself after enduring so much and saying nothing over the years.  I am extremely proud of Jane, but I wish that she could have stopped Joe as well.  It looks like it is up to one of our other main characters, but who will be the one to take Joe down?  As Joe drags Jane’s body away, Penelope continues to keep the hope alive, revealing that Jane did not die for nothing.  She tried to motivate everyone and she succeeded, as they realize that they will all need to work together to stop Joe.  Stay tuned for the season finale next week!

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

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

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “American Horror Story: Apocalypse” season 8 episode 7: “Power Is Often Not What It Seems”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the FX network’s American Horror Story:  Apocalypse season 8 episode 7 last night, I realized that everyone has their part to play.  Whether they are the next potential Supreme or a “human weight watcher,” you should never underestimate any of Cordelia’s extraordinary girls.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “Traitor,” Cordelia enlists the help of Dinah to summon the “Voodoo Devil,” but is not quite prepared for the deal he is offering.  Meanwhile, Coco’s powers begin to grow, Zoe takes notice of Mallory’s abilities, and the warlocks continue to plot the demise of the witches.  We also continue to get some fun Easter eggs along the way.  Did you catch them all?  My top 5 moments from American Horror Story:  Apocalypse season 8 episode 7 are:

5

“So the bitch reads minds.”

In the beginning of the episode, Joan Collins is back, revealing that she was an actress named Bubbles in the slasher film, “A Christmas to Dismember.”  While the clip of the film provides us with some fun campy horror, it is important to note that Joan Collins played a similar character in real life in the Tales From The Crypt anthology back in 1972.  I have to say that Joan Collins is as fabulous as ever and this also reminds us that she was also a witch in the present day apocalypse, but was killed before she got the chance to rise with her sister witches.  So why not bring her back too?  It’s also important to note that Bubbles encounters a killer Santa, reminding us of Ian McShane’s character back in season 2.  Madison and Myrtle go to recruit Bubbles and tell her that it’s “all hands on deck.”  After going into elaborate detail about her powers in ostentatious fashion, Madison dryly points out, “So the bitch reads minds.”  This power comes in handy; however, as Bubbles sits in on a dinner with the warlocks and fills the witches in on their intentions.

4

“The Voodoo Queen can fix any problem.”

Dinah finally gets some quality air time in this episode and we learn that she became the Voodoo Queen after Marie Laveau died.  While I am disappointed to not see the return of Marie Laveau, Dinah does a fantastic job and reminds husbands everywhere that they better behave.  Cordelia seeks out Dinah’s help and asks her to summon Papa Legba, played by the wonderful Lance Reddick.  Dinah’s help doesn’t come cheap; however, as she asks for $100,000 in return.  Papa seems fully aware of Cordelia’s dilemma and is interested in striking up a deal.  Cordelia is looking to trap Michael in the underworld, but this will be no easy task and I’m not sure Cordelia is ready to make a deal just yet.  Papa reveals that Fiona Goode made a deal that provided him with the soul of Nan, a witch we all remember from season 3.  Nan seems to be having a good time in hell, but Cordelia is still shocked by this revelation.  Papa wants the souls of all of her girls, but Cordelia is not prepared to do this and offers up her own soul instead.  Papa and Nan laugh at Cordelia when she says that she is the most powerful witch of all, implying that they know that Cordelia’s powers are fading and a new Supreme is ready to rise.  Cordelia is feeling lost and confused and summons Myrtle, finally revealing how one of our favorite witches returned to us.

3

“I’m kind of like a human Weight Watchers.”

Coco continues to deliver on fun, as she is excited to tell her sister witches that her powers are growing.  We learn that Coco can now detect how many calories are in each item of food.  The girls begin testing it out and Coco hilariously makes the groaning noise and rolls her eyes back, as she delivers the right answer each time.  Later on, Cordelia approaches Coco and asks for her help.  Coco is initially confused as to why Cordelia wants her help, but Cordelia reminds her that everyone has an important part to play.  Coco lures out Ms. Mead, who was busy ordering some meat for her beef stew.  It looks like she has always had a fondness for stew or “Stu.”  Sorry it’s still just as funny to me.  Ms. Mead detects Coco following her and shoots her with a tranquilizer gun, but Cordelia’s followers are ready for her and successfully capture Ms. Mead.  “Mission accomplished” Coco!  Now about this pumpkin donut I’m about to eat…

2

“I’ve never seen anything like it.”

After Coco accidentally chokes on a snowball, Mallory is able to magically make an incision into her throat and remove the food, saving Coco’s life.  Zoe comments that she has never seen anything like it and approaches Cordelia, suggesting that Mallory might actually be the next Supreme, which is something many fans have been suggesting for weeks.  Mallory is a good person and she is hesitant about potentially becoming the next Supreme because she knows that she will only rise if Cordelia falls.  Cordelia tells her, “Don’t ever be ashamed of who you are.”  This is the way it has always been with the rise and fall of a Supreme and I’m sure that Cordelia would much rather turn the title over to Mallory than to the Antichrist himself.  Is Mallory truly ready for this?  Is there someone else worthy of being the Supreme?  We’ll have to wait and see, but Mallory puts her powers to good use when she brings back John Henry from the dead at the gas station.  I was thrilled to see John Henry again and he proves to be incredibly useful, as he fills the witches in on who killed him after he went to find out his own answers about Michael Langdon.

1

“Power is often not what it seems.”

Cordelia definitely has a point here, but everyone wants power all the same.  At the end of the episode, the warlocks have created a poison that will only harm female witches, reminding us that the rivalry between witches and warlocks and men and women is nowhere near over.  Cordelia knows everything; however, and spoils their plan, making a grand entrance like a boss.  Ariel and Baldwin are determined to be traitors and are tied to the stake along with Ms. Mead.  They are sentenced to death by fire, but it is revealed that only a fellow warlock can actually light the flame.  John Henry is ready to have his revenge and happily lights the fire.  Ms. Mead’s manic laughing among the flames is definitely creepy, but this threat is over for now.  Now on to Michael Langdon.  Stay tuned!

P.S. fun fact:  Cordelia points out that the poison powder the warlocks created was a form of “plagiarism.”  She tells them that a witch named Agnes Sampson first created it back in 1590.  Sampson is a real figure from history who was burned at the stake and accused of witchcraft back in 1591.  The year is also significant because this is around the time that the Roanoke settlers disappeared, connecting us to season 6.

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

**I would love it if you would take a moment to check out my Whizbuzz Book page via the link below for everything you need to know about my new book, The Search for Alice, including my author bio page and links to my website and social media sites!  Thank you!

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I am so excited to announce that my book, The Search for Alice, is now available!  If you enjoy fairy-tale retellings, paranormal romance, horror, and mystery, then this might be the book for you or someone you know!  Thank you for taking the time to check it out and I appreciate any feedback as well.  I hope you enjoy!

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

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Purge” season 1 episode 6: “A Goddamn Life Saver Man”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching the USA network’s The Purge season 1 episode 6 last night, the voice over reminded us that “we’re all products of our environment, our upbringing, our history.  But the only way to understand who you are is to recognize where you came from.  That’s how you’ll know what you’re capable of becoming.”  While understanding where you come from is important, that doesn’t mean that it completely defines you.  While it may shape who you are today, it’s up to you to decide if that’s who you want to be tomorrow.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “The Forgotten,” Henry is excited to have two victims to purge, but Miguel is not about to go out without a fight.  Meanwhile, Jane finally makes it inside David’s home, Jenna has a disturbing phone call, and we finally get to learn more about the man behind the mask.  My top 5 moments from The Purge season 1 episode 6 are:

5

“A goddamn life saver man.  That’s what you are.”

Meet Joe, the man behind the mask.  In this episode, we finally get a glimpse into his past and learn that Joe was actually quite the average Joe prior to this Purge Night.  He was a welder who worked hard and supported his team and family.  There doesn’t seem to be anything too special about him, but circumstances quickly change when he loses his job suddenly and is faced with a reality of not being able to provide for himself and his family.  We finally learn that the voice over comes from a TV channel that Joe switched to after skipping through tons of channels discussing poverty and declining changes in the stock market.  Joe is frustrated and when he hears the voice over, it’s like it is speaking to him directly, almost like a calling.  While we don’t get to see the man behind the voice on the television screen, we know that the voice over is interested in talking about society and encouraging others to purge.  While Joe may have initially gone through with a purge, we know that he is rising up against people who are purging tonight.  After Joe saves a group of men from their attackers, one of the men hilariously tells him that he’s like one of those candies; you know a life saver man and I have to admit that it’s pretty catchy.  While we have finally learned more about Joe, I am interested in finding out how his story and actions will connect to the other characters we have come to know.

4

“All that matters is who you are and who you’re with.”

Jenna and Rick have a close call with some eager Purgers, but are able to make it home OK.  Rick tells Jenna that the threat is over, but she knows that it is not.  Rick is jealous and upset with Jenna for going after Lila, but Jenna tries to explain that “I wanted to make sure you were both safe.”  Whether this is entirely true or not, Jenna has a big heart and clearly cares for both of them.  She tells Rick that she is no longer in love with Lila, but her actions say otherwise.  Jenna has a real conversation with Rick and explains that she saw his face and knew that tonight was all about him.  Rick tries to remind her about where he came from and how he wants their baby to have a good life and to be raised right.  Whether he has good intentions or not, Rick is turning into someone that scares Jenna and she just wants Rick to go back to being a good man.  However, I’m not sure that these two can just turn back time so easily; especially because we know that they were not happy before Lila.  Sometimes loving someone is not merely enough, but are Jenna and Rick willing to do what it takes to make things work for their family?

3

“Do whatever you want to me, but she doesn’t deserve this.”

Miguel continues to do what is right, even when he is tied up across from his sister.  Henry is excited to get the chance to take his revenge out on Miguel and purge both of them.  Penelope seems to be giving up again after she was so strong in last week’s episode, but Miguel reminds her that they are going to walk out of there together and there is something about his words that are so convincing and comforting.  Henry makes a comment to Miguel about how hindsight is 20/20 and Miguel takes this opportunity to say, “More like 10/10.”  Henry is definitely not amused and is ready to take Miguel’s eye as well, but Miguel turns the tables on him.  Miguel proves again to be worthy of the bad-ass title and eliminates Henry as a threat once and for all.  So long Henry.  Can’t say it was nice seeing you.  Miguel frees Penelope, but the threat is nowhere near over as they now need to make it out of the “Carnival of Flesh” undetected, which is easier said than done.  We know the man in the cowboy hat is out for revenge, but Miguel is ready to do what is necessary to protect his sister.  What’s next for these two?  We’ll have to wait to find out, but I pretty much trust Miguel with my life now.  I’d love to see a partnership between Miguel and Leo from The Purge movies.  I have a feeling that no one would be able to stop them and the NFFA would be running away screaming.

2

“Men were men and women were not.”

After Jane makes it to David’s home, she reveals to him that she initially hired someone to kill him, but knows that this was wrong and is ready to help protect him.  Jane quickly realizes that David may not need any protecting, especially when she gets a look at his advanced security system.  David seems to be a little bit too understanding of Jane’s actions and tells her that he wants to show her his collection since she is an art fan as well.  When they get to the elevator, Jane has second thoughts and wants to get out of there.  When she tries to find a way out, she discovers the body of the woman she hired to kill David.  Jane is horrified and is taken down to David’s disturbing gallery, which he describes as “a living breathing art gallery.”  Live women are tied up and on display, but David explains that if the women behave, they can go home unharmed and that there are rules.  But what happens when they don’t behave?  David proves to be quite the misogynist and starts talking about the days when “men were men and women were not.”  Jane is disgusted by what she sees and tells him that he is a pig.  She further tells David that she shouldn’t have called off the hit and David says, “And that’s what makes you weak.”  Before she can react, Jane is taken away by his guards, but I’m hoping that Jane can prove David wrong and show him just how strong she really is.  We know that Jane still has the card of the Matron Saints and this seems like the perfect opportunity for them to remind these men that women have rights too and that this is not OK on any level.  I’m anxiously waiting for Jane to rise up and turn the tables on David once and for all.

1

“She’s dead.”

When Jenna is finally alone, she continues to try and call Lila, desperate to hear her voice on the other end.  Jenna is shocked when a male voice answers and simply says, “She’s dead.”  Jenna is beyond heartbroken and is completely devastated to learn that Lila is gone.  Fear not Jelinna fans, as a knock at the door reveals that Lila is still alive, but she is badly hurt and completely frightened, begging for Jenna and Rick to let her in.  While I am very happy to see that Lila is OK, we know that there are consequences to letting someone in during Purge Night.  Remember the first film?  What will happen now that these three are trapped together under the same roof?  What other threats will come their way?  I’m not certain, but I can definitely see Jenna being forced to make a hard choice between Rick and Lila, but will she make the right one?  Stay tuned!

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

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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

@TV_Fanatic_Girl

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

I am so excited to announce that my book, The Search for Alice, is now available!  If you enjoy fairy-tale retellings, paranormal romance, horror, and mystery, then this might be the book for you or someone you know!  Thank you for taking the time to check it out and I appreciate any feedback as well.  I hope you enjoy!

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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