Spoiler-Free Review of “Dare Me” on USA Network: Dark Sensational Potential with Spirit Fingers

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“Cheerleading equals death,” according to Torrance’s hilarious younger brother in Bring It On and he may have been spot on when it comes to USA Network’s new teen drama.  Teenage girls can be dangerous, especially when the captain’s spot on her beloved squad is threatened, as secrets slither into the open, luring us into a promising slow burn thriller.

After watching the Pilot episode, the show already reminds me of Bring It On combined with some dark cult comedy greats like Heathers and Jawbreaker, which could be the formula for a fantastic new show.

Dare Me is based on the novel of the same name by Megan Abbott, following the plot of a cheerleader who seeks revenge on the squad that betrayed her.  The show premiered on the USA Network on December 29th 2019 and will feature 10 weekly episodes.  It stars Willa Fitzgerald (Scream), Marlo Kelly, Herizen Guardiola, Erika Prevost, and Taveeta Szymanowicz.

The show seems like it may have been better suited for a slot on Freeform and a mid-season premiere can be problematic, but the show could be a diamond in the rough.

Does Dare Me do enough to capture our full attention in its Pilot episode?  Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Strong and interesting characters.

I am already a fan of Willa Fitzgerald and she is definitely making waves as the new coach of this cheerleading squad.  Marlo Kelly is also proving to be quite the scene stealer as the mean girl captain with a bitter sweet tooth for revenge.  More please!

Cheerleading can be brutal.

I absolutely love the concept of this show and we are immersed into a competitive world where these girls will do anything to be the one on top of the pyramid.  The dark and sadistic hints are enough to hold my attention, as we begin to explore the secrets leading up to some kind of unspeakable crime.

I have a lot of questions already, but that just means this show is doing a good job of keeping me invested so far.

The Cons:

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Super long montages and lots of fluff.

The show is already coming across as a slow burn thriller, which means we will need to invest some time into it before we get any major reveals.  There is a lot of set-up in the pilot episode to really introduce everything, but I could have done without the numerous montages.  Seriously, it seemed like they were endless.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in for now, but I’m not completely convinced as of yet.  The show has a lot of promise and potential to become something truly dark and magnificent, but I just need things to speed up slightly so that I don’t lose interest too quickly.

When a show airs weekly episodes, they need to do enough to keep viewers coming back and I think they have, but we need to keep up the pace and introduce more dark secrets involving this major crime to prevent us from losing interest.

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

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “American Horror Story: 1984” season 9 episode 9 Season Finale: “Final Girl”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the FX network’s American Horror Story:  1984 season 9 episode 9 season finale, I learned that the 80’s will never truly die, but our killers certainly didn’t make it easy for our potential Final Girls.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  

In last night’s episode, “Final Girl,” we flash forward to 2019, as a familiar AHS face seeks out Camp Redwood, looking for answers.  Meanwhile, the Final Girl is revealed, but not before we get some unexpected twists and turns along the way.  My top 5 moments from the American Horror Story:  1984 season 9 episode 9 Season Finale are:

5

“You’re in danger…”

We certainly got a lot of time jumps during this season and it’s now 2019, as AHS alum, Finn Wittrock, shows up at Camp Redwood to find out the truth.  He comes into contact with Montana and Trevor and they learn that he is Mr. Jingles’s son, Bobby.

Small world!  Bobby has returned to find his father, but they tell him that he is dead and that he is in great danger now.

Bobby is quickly introduced to the supernatural threats on the campgrounds, but will he be able to make it out alive?  Let’s find out!

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“You can’t sing Rebel Yell and not be a rebel.”

Fair point, Montana!  During the episode, we discover that Margaret brutally stabbed Trevor after finding out that he was trying to keep people from coming to her musical massacre fest.  Trevor tries to get over the campground lines so that he can be with Montana, but he can’t make it.  Luckily, Brooke shows up to help him, as Montana now realizes that she also has the chance for redemption.

Dylan McDermott’s character is killed pretty easily, but Montana is ready to take down the Night Stalker herself.

Naturally, she tells him that Billy Idol is waiting for him to lure him away, which is a great tactic!  The Night Stalker is surrounded by all the ghosts and they take out their revenge on him, trapping his spirit there for eternity.

Only they need to keep constant watch over him or he could summon Satan to be reborn, so this is certainly a lot of work.

While I was slightly disappointed with how easy it was to take down the Night Stalker, I was happy with Montana’s quest toward redemption here.

3

“Take her…”

The Night Stalker was really just the appetizer for the main course; however, as the ghosts now turn their attention on Margaret.

Margaret is not really intimidated, but they certainly pull out all the stops to brutally murder her.  They cut off her limbs one by one and ensure that the remains are spilled out past the campgrounds, but one should never truly discount Margaret…

Either way, this scene had my stomach turning, but it’s not like she didn’t have this coming.

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“You were the last one.  The only one.”

Right before Margaret is taken, Brooke and Donna attack her, but Brooke is stabbed in the process.  When Bobby goes to the asylum to get some answers about his father, he meets Donna years later and realizes that she is the Final Girl.

Only nothing is that simple on AHS, as we find out that Ray saved Brooke and she has been secretly sending Bobby money all these years to try and give him a chance at a normal life.

It looks like Brooke and Donna are both the Final Girls after all!

Both of them killed it and were the highlight of the season for me, so I was really happy that they both were able to make it out of there OK.  Looks like they’re bonded for life now!

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“The 80’s will never die.”

Even after hearing everything, Bobby still returns to Camp Redwood and of course the Night Stalker breaks free and tries to kill him.  The ghosts all band together to save him and Mr. Jingles shows up with perfect timing to stop Margaret, who has been hiding out all this time to get her revenge, revealing that she died right before her head was thrown across the line.

Bobby is stabbed and it doesn’t look too good for him, but his grandmother shows up to stop Margaret, giving Bobby his chance at a real happy ending.

Montana reminds him to keep their ghost stories alive so that the 80’s never die and we get somewhat of a happily ever after here.

So overall, I absolutely LOVED the first half of season 9.  The throwback to the 80’s and the music was out of this world.  The show did an excellent job of channeling that slasher vibe while also throwing in some campy horror humor to really lighten the mood and I thought that this was so entertaining.

However, once we got to the second half of the season, it felt like random plots were thrown our way and everything got a little bit chaotic.  It almost seemed like they didn’t really know where to go at a certain point and I almost wish they would have had fewer episodes with more 80’s slasher fun because the season was at its highest point during those moments.

Either way, I appreciated the music and had a lot of fun watching.  Although I really wanted to see Billy Idol!  There were some fantastic guest stars and some really great performances, but we’ll have to see what premise we get in season 10.  Stay tuned AHS fans!

American Horror Story:  1984 episode 9 Music Soundtrack Highlights:

A Flock Of Seagulls – I Ran (So Far Away) (Video)

Autograph – Turn up the Radio (Official Video)

Mike + The Mechanics – The Living Years (Official Video)

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on American Horror Story:  1984 below in the comments section.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “American Horror Story: 1984” season 9 episode 8: “Final Girls”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the FX network’s American Horror Story:  1984 season 9 episode 8, I learned that many horror movies have a Final Girl, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have more than one!  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  

In last night’s episode, “Rest in Pieces,” Brooke and Donna continue to work together to carry out their story of revenge.  Meanwhile, the serial killers team up, determined to create a massacre that will be remembered for all time.  My top 5 moments from the American Horror Story:  1984 season 9 episode 8 are:

5

“We’re trying to listen to Creedence!”

Dylan McDermott’s character showed up at exactly the right time.  He certainly likes the feisty ones and he is stealing the show at this point with his overenthusiastic quest to get his numbers up so he can be a Serial Killer legend.  But can he truly keep up with Margaret and the Night Stalker?  Maybe not, but I’m entertained for sure!

4

“Kajagoogoo is dead!”

After discovering the dead bodies on the bus, Margaret is outraged, screaming out that “Kajagoogoo is dead!”  Her assistant tries to make things right, but Margaret wants him to clean up this nightmare, refusing to let a one hit wonder get in the way of her show.

Only Kajagoogoo refuses to let his single fade away along with him, as he comes back to life to continue to sing “Too Shy,” which was absolutely hilarious.

3

“I’m with Satan.”

The Night Stalker is definitely not too shy about showing off where his loyalty lies, but Benjamin/Mr. Jingles is ready to stop him once and for all.  The Night Stalker is shocked and somewhat impressed to discover that Benjamin killed himself to stop him, but I’m still waiting for this final showdown between them.

Perhaps Benjamin should try and kill Billy Idol to distract the Night Stalker since he wants to protect him no matter what.

Our new trio of serial killers is formed and Margaret is determined to kill every single musician that performs (except Billy) to become a serial killer legend, but we’ll  have to see who has the true moment in the spotlight in the finale.

2

“You’re 80’s forever!”

Trevor continues to fall in love with ghost Montana, who is starting to realize that perhaps she doesn’t deserve to be happy.  After hearing about what Richard Ramirez has become, she thinks she is a monster and starts to blame herself for his actions.

Will Montana try and redeem herself?

We’ll have to wait and see, but she does push Trevor away, not wanting him to throw his life away to be with her in the afterlife.  I guess that’s a start…

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“We’re the best story she’s ever had.”

Brooke and Donna continue to make an unbelievable tag team, but their plan gets put on hold when a nosy book writer shows up, claiming she knows exactly who they are.  Brooke promises her the story of her life in exchange for their freedom, but poor Stacy gets more than she bargained for when she is actually killed by our new trio of serial killers.

Brooke tells Donna that perhaps they are both Final Girls and I agree!  I’m absolutely rooting for them both and I just want to see their story of revenge take on a life of its own.  Donna is still reminding Brooke about doing the right thing so we will have to see how this plays out, but I’m all for changing up the rules to allow two Final Girls to come out victorious. 

How will it all end?  Stay tuned for the season finale next week!

American Horror Story:  1984 episode 8 Music Soundtrack Highlights:

Fading Fast- The Go-Go’s -Music & Lyrics (Beauty and the Beat 1981)

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Fortunate Son

Foreigner – ‘I Want To Know What Love Is’ [Official Music Video]

Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on American Horror Story:  1984 below in the comments section.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “American Horror Story: 1984” season 9 episode 6: “Episode 100”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the FX network’s American Horror Story:  1984 season 9 episode 6, I learned that sometimes “being bad feels really good,” but that doesn’t mean that we should throw our moral compass out the window.  Or does it?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  

In last night’s episode, “Episode 100,” we time jump quite a bit for the 100th episode of AHS, bringing us a killer soundtrack and some new plot twists.  Meanwhile, Xavier and Montana adjust to life being dead, Brooke is on death row, and Margaret is living the good life.  My top 5 moments from American Horror Story:  1984 season 9 episode 6 are:

5

“Take a picture.  It will last longer.”

I guess it didn’t take Xavier and Montana too long to adjust to life being dead at Camp Redwood, as they enjoy some “bitchin kills” along the way.  Ray is still trying to do what is right, but they remind him that there are no more consequences.

Xavier and Montana seem to be hot and heavy, but they have a real passion for murder, but it looks like they may have bigger fish to fry when Margaret shows up for the Halloween concert.

4

“Old habits die hard.”

Margaret seems to be living the good life and surprise…Trevor is actually still alive and is now her cokehead husband.  We learn that Trevor remembers everything all too well and tries to blackmail Margaret, but she decides to strategically make him her husband so that he can never testify against her.  I guess that’s the next best thing to having a sugar mama.

Margaret has made her wealth by investing in real estate for properties that have had major massacres or horrible things take place, but it looks like her diamond in the rough is returning to Camp Redwood.  Let’s see how this works out.

3

“That bitch needs to die.”

Margaret announces some kind of Halloween concert at Camp Redwood, which will feature…Billy Idol!  Well, we know that the Night Stalker is going to want to be in attendance, but Margaret’s presence has also stirred up a need for revenge among all the undead spirits residing there.

I always love the Halloween episodes of AHS, so I’m eager to see how this turns out and hopefully we will get some more amazing songs featured as well!  Will Billy make an actual appearance?

2

“Welcome back to the land of the living.”

Poor Brooke is about to be executed even though she is innocent and she ends up running into the Night Stalker in prison.  The Night Stalker says his master sees potential in her and reminds her that she can still say “yes” to Satan, but she decides to respond with, “F*ck off.” 

Brooke stays strong through it all and spits on the window, realizing that Margaret is there about to watch her die.  Brooke says that she is innocent one last time before she receives the lethal injection, but our favorite final girl gets a lucky break.

Fake Rita/Donna/Dee Dee shows up and injects her with something, bringing her back to life.  Brooke is back to the land of the living and I can’t wait to see her take her rightful revenge.  Go Brooke!

1

“I thought I could be free but I’ll never be free.”

Even though Mr. Jingles made a deal with Satan, he is looking for redemption.  He ends up getting the Night Stalker thrown in jail and decides to make a fresh start for himself in Alaska because you know, that’s where everyone goes for a clean slate in movies.  Mr. Jingles/Benjamin/Donald now works at a Videoshack and even comes up with the famous “Be Kind, Rewind” slogan for Blockbuster, which gave me a lot of fun nostalgia.

Mr. Jingle nows has a wife (former prostitute) and an infant son, but the Night Stalker shows up to take everything away from him after asking his master for a chance at immortality.  The Night Stalker brutally murders his wife and he decides to leave his baby with their neighbor.  Mr. Jingles realizes now that he can never be free and decides to end this once and for all.  It looks like we have all of our players in place now so we’ll have to see who ends up surviving.

Overall, I was slightly underwhelmed by AHS’s 100th episode.  I guess I was hoping for some more familiar Easter eggs and AHS did what it always does around episode 5 or 6, where it decides to take this weird turn with the plot.  I really enjoyed the simple slasher formula so I’m not sure that we needed all of this excess fluff, but I’m eager to see Brooke and Mr. Jingles take their revenge.  Stay tuned!

I also enjoyed this music soundtrack the most out of all the episodes so far and hope you enjoy the highlights from it below!

American Horror Story:  1984 episode 6 Music Soundtrack Highlights:

Billy Idol – Flesh For Fantasy (Official Music Video)

Black Sabbath “Paranoid”

REO Speedwagon – Can’t Fight This Feeling

Mötley Crüe – Home Sweet Home (Official Music Video)

The Smiths – How Soon Is Now? (Official Music Video)

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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “American Horror Story: 1984” season 9 episode 5: “Is That My Head in There?”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the FX network’s American Horror Story:  1984 season 9 episode 5, I learned that “a darkness resides in everyone,” but that doesn’t mean that you have to tap into it.  Should you willingly accept it or can you still make things right even from the other side?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.

In last night’s episode, “Red Dawn,” we dive more into Rita/Donna’s past, as she comes face-to-face with something she cannot explain.  Meanwhile, Brooke makes an impulsive decision and Margaret tries to eliminate everyone one-by-one.  My top 5 moments from the American Horror Story:  1984 season 9 episode 5 are:

5

“A hunger I can’t satisfy…”

In this episode, we dive more into Rita/Donna’s past and flash back to 1980.  Donna was following her father because she thought he was cheating on her mother, but discovered something even more disturbing, learning that he was a serial killer.  Donna’s father tried to explain that he had always been like this, but Donna tried to reach out to him right before he stabbed himself.

This explains Donna’s obsession with studying serial killers, but she is not sure she can rationalize what is happening in front of her now when the Night Stalker comes back to life.  The Night Stalker claims that he is “evil” and Donna even sees her dead father talking to her, but is the Night Stalker a projection of Satan or something else?

4

“It’s your fault my future is in radio!”

Xavier continued to make me laugh out loud during this episode, beyond furious that his face is ruined.  However, that doesn’t stop him from jumping right back into character to take down Mr. Jingles with his bow and arrow.

Too bad he’s stopping the wrong killer, but you gotta love his enthusiasm.  Unfortunately, Margaret eliminates Xavier, but I have a feeling he will continue to bring on the campy horror laughs even in the afterlife.

3

“I don’t want to die when I don’t even feel like I’ve lived yet.”

Ray randomly shows up and has a heart-to-heart talk with Brooke…only we know that Ray is actually dead.  To make things even more weird, Brooke loses her virginity to a ghost and they later discover Ray’s head in the fridge.

“Is that my head in there?”  It’s clear that Brooke is beyond traumatized from this encounter, but Ray seems to be just as confused.  I’d like to say that perhaps Brooke’s day might be improving now, but things are only going to get worse.  Sorry Brooke!

2

“I’m gonna rip you apart.”

Margaret is not holding anything back now, as she starts to split the group up one-by one, determined to add more ears to her collection.  Mr. Jingles is determined to stop Margaret once and for all, but of course Xavier gets in the way.  After Montana and Brooke’s showdown, everyone is pretty much dead except for Brooke and Margaret, as a school bus of campers shows up with perfect timing.

Margaret puts her acting skills to the test and stabs herself in the leg, claiming that Brooke killed everyone.  Brooke is taken away in handcuffs, but I hope this isn’t the end for either of them.

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“We can be gods here!”

Montana is initially pissed off to be dead, but she embraces it pretty quickly, realizing that she can do whatever she wants and kill whoever she wants.  She claims that they can be gods here and it looks like these ghosts are looking for some revenge, but we know that they cannot leave the campground. Only we see the Night Stalker and Mr. Jingles take off in a car headed to L.A. after Mr. Jingles apparently accepts Satan as the Night Stalker did.

Is this the reason why they can leave?  I’m thinking so, but now I’m wondering what direction we are headed in for the remaining episodes.  This felt like the end of something for me and yet we know that these spirits have some unfinished business, so I guess there is more to see.  Stay tuned for the 100th episode of AHS next week!

American Horror Story:  1984 episode 5 Music Soundtrack Highlight:

Amii Stewart – Knock On Wood – Official Video

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “American Horror Story: 1984” season 9 episode 4: “It Feels So Good”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the FX network’s American Horror Story:  1984 season 9 episode 4 last night, I realized that “we’ve always got a say in what happens next,” but what if you really can’t explain what is going on?  What if there really is no rational explanation for it?  Are we still in control or are we helpless?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.

In last night’s episode, “True Killers,” we learn more about Montana’s connected past with the Night Stalker, along with their shared appreciation for Billy Idol.  Meanwhile, the two killers on the loose finally cross paths, but who will end up victorious?  My top 5 moments from the American Horror Story:  1984 season 9 episode 4 are:

5

“This is aerobics.  It’s serious!”

This show is really making me laugh out loud and I love it!  In the beginning of the episode, we get an important glimpse into Montana’s past and discover that she first met the Night Stalker when he stumbled into her aerobics class.

The Night Stalker seems to hit it off with Montana right away, but reacts when one of her students decides to go off on her for her music selection.  After the Night Stalker presents Montana with a bloody surprise, she seems more turned on than scared, revealing that perhaps she has had a darkness within her all along.

4

“Promise me she’ll suffer.”

We don’t have to wait too long to understand Montana’s motive for wanting Brooke dead, as we learn that her brother was the best man at Brooke’s wedding.  Montana blames Brooke for what happened and is looking for revenge, but she clearly wants to make Brooke’s pain last.  The Night Stalker seems to be on board with killing for his girl, but does he have an agenda of his own as well?

3

“You always hated the crust.”

While Mr. Jingles is off on his killing spree, Xavier attempts to get Birdy to safety, but when Mr. Jingles shows up, it appears they used to be friends and he remembers her from the camp prior to the massacre.  We learn that Mr. Jingles enjoys a PB&J sandwich, but once he spots Xavier, it’s clear that he also has a hunger for something else.

Poor Xavier almost gets cooked alive, but Birdy is able to save him in time.  Birdy asks Xavier to put her out of her misery and he reluctantly agrees, but once he sees the burns on his face, he realizes that his dream of being on the cover of TV Guide may be over…

2

“You shouldn’t have crashed this party.”

Brooke manages to escape, but ends up caught in a net, as Rita reveals her plan to her.  Brooke says, “F*ck your research,” but she really is in quite the jam now.  Montana finds her and realizes that she can finally have the Night Stalker kill her once and for all, but of course Mr. Jingles shows up with perfect timing and we get an impressive showdown between both killers, which ends with the Night Stalker getting a tree branch stabbed through his throat.

Brooke and Montana are able to get away and this certainly ruins Montana’s plan, but Rita witnesses something horrifying when she sees the Night Stalker’s body levitating in mid-air.  His eyes turn black and he is brought back to life, reminding us of the supernatural presence still lurking at Camp Redwood.

It’s one thing to have a harmless camp counselor marching around dead, but it’s quite another to have an undead serial killer on the grounds.  We’ll have to see how this plays out, but it is keeping things interesting for sure.

1

“You never had a chance…”

We certainly get a lot of plot twists thrown our way in episode 4, as we also finally learn what’s up with Margaret.  I suspected something was off with her from the start and so did many of you, but she finally steps into the light to face Mr. Jingles.  We get to see another flashback for Margaret and discover that Mr. Jingles had somewhat of a crush on her and wanted to protect her.

Margaret used this to her advantage and manipulated him, taking her own revenge out on her bullies at camp while framing her poor “Benji Bear.”  After being locked away in the asylum, Mr. Jingles started to truly believe that he was the killer, but Margaret reminds him now that she set the whole thing up.  She even cut off her own ear to sell it, but it looks like Margaret is ready to embrace her true self again.

After shooting Mr. Jingles and eliminating Trevor, Mr. Jingles manages to get away, but the real killer has now emerged.  We know that the campers will be arriving shortly, so what is Margaret’s end game here?  Is she looking to re-create another massacre?  How will the supernatural elements come into play?  Stay tuned!

American Horror Story:  1984 episode 4 Music Soundtrack Highlight:

Billy Idol – Rebel Yell (Official Music Video)

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on American Horror Story:  1984 below in the comments section.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The 100” season 6 episode 11: “For Monty”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s The 100 season 6 episode 11, I learned that “mistakes are forgivable. Not learning from them isn’t.”  But what if we continue to make the same mistakes again and again?  Is there any chance that we can obtain that fresh start or are we destined to repeat our biggest regrets?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “Ashes to Ashes,” Madi plays a dangerous game of chess with the Dark Commander, but will her quest for revenge consume her?  Meanwhile, Clarke and Bellamy try to come up with a way to save their friends, Echo revisits her past, and Octavia attempts to make amends with her brother.  My top 5 moments from The 100 season 6 episode 11 are:

5

“I want you to rule this world.”

The Dark Commander is not releasing his hold on Madi anytime soon, as he continues to manipulate her.  A glimmer of Madi still remains; however, choosing to hurt Jackson rather than kill him.  Madi is now being held captive, as her bone marrow is used to make Nightblood, but it’s only a matter of time before she breaks free.  Madi is focusing her anger on getting revenge for Clarke, but will Clarke be able to stop her before she loses herself completely to darkness?  The Dark Commander wants her to destroy everything and everyone, but what is his end game in this?  Will Madi’s path of destruction somehow free him in the process?  It seems that he is contained for now, but I am very concerned for our girl Madi!

4

“You’re a slippery one.”

Russell Lightbourne decides to use Murphy’s skills to get his daughter back, recognizing that Murphy typically does things that will benefit him in some way.  Murphy is no stranger to playing both sides, but when Russell threatens to harm Emori if John fails, it seems the stakes are a bit higher for our favorite bad boy.  Murphy seems to want to still help his friends, as he tries to tell Bellamy what is going on, but will Murphy be able to make a selfless choice in the end?  We’ll have to wait and see!

3

“Hesitation is death.”

Echo is taken prisoner and Russell decides that she will be the first host used to test the Nightblood experiment and will be Simone’s new home.  Echo refuses to give up and even stalls by revealing a bit about her own past, which was actually really interesting to see.  As a child, she killed her friend to save her own life and took on her identity as “Echo,” working as an assassin for the Queen.  Echo is no stranger to having her previous life wiped clean, but she clearly took her lesson of “hesitation is death” seriously, as she kills Ryker before he can turn the tables on her again.  Echo is now a Nightblood, which makes her a target, but she is definitely someone I would want to have on my side.

2

“I need you in my life.”

Bellamy and Octavia finally get a chance to catch up in this episode and Octavia takes this time to try and make amends.  Octavia explains that Bellamy was right for leaving her behind and says that everything’s changed.  Octavia’s journey of self-reflection through the Anomaly has clearly had a major influence on her, but Bellamy is treading carefully here.  Bellamy has been burned by Octavia before, but he does tell her that she is still his sister…just not his responsibility. 

Octavia may not be looking for forgiveness, but she does want to make things right.  She also says that Diyoza must have been killed by the Anomaly, but is that really true?  Something tells me we haven’t seen the last of Diyoza.  Either way, this was an important moment between Bellamy and Octavia.  I am looking forward to witnessing more of her character transformation, but is it possible that Blodreina is truly gone for good?

1

“So I won’t fail.”

Clarke is so grateful to Bellamy for saving her, but now they also have to save their friends.  Go Team Bellarke!  Bellamy is concerned now that their bargaining mind drive is gone, but Clarke thinks that she can pose as Josephine.  Bellamy is clearly worried about this plan, but we know that our girl Clarke can do anything she puts her mind to.  Clarke and Bellamy are both trying to do better and agree to execute the plan “for Monty,” hoping to make him proud and taking his words to heart.

Clarke is actually pretty convincing as Josephine, but things get a little bit complicated when she sees what is happening with Madi.  She lies to her and tells her that Clarke is gone, which is only going to fuel Madi’s fire, but we’ll have to see how long Clarke can keep this charade going.  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on The 100 in the comments section below.  Thanks for reading and happy viewing!

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