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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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Purge” season 1 episode 5: “You can’t Break Me because I’m Stronger than You”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching the USA network’s The Purge season 1 episode 5 last night, the voice over reminded us that “if you see something, do something, because a storm is coming.”  Well the storm has definitely arrived for some of our favorite characters and it’s not about to let up anytime soon.  The decisions made on Purge Night can change lives forever, but who will you ultimately decide to be?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “Rise Up,” Penelope comes face to face with her dangerous ex-boyfriend, Henry, and we learn more about their jaded past.  Meanwhile, Catalina tries to warn Jenna to find Rick and get to the cellar before it’s too late, Jane continues to accompany the Matron Saints, and Miguel points his moral compass in the right direction.  My top 5 moments from The Purge season 1 episode 5 are:

5

“Be a hero.  Step up.”

At the end of last week’s episode, we finally got a glimpse of the man in the mask who has been going around on Purge Night as a vigilante, accompanied by the voice over.  While I’m not sure if they are one in the same or connected somehow, this man could be the key to changing everything.  At the end of this episode, the man approaches a group of men who are attacking someone, ready to step up and be a hero, but I am still anxiously waiting for his story to unravel.  Is he somehow the key to saving the other characters we have met or is there another connection here?  We’ll have to wait and see, but there is something to be said about the voice over’s final words:  “Become the person tonight that you want to be tomorrow.”  I think this can apply to every one of the characters, but they have to discover who they are on their own.  Whether they make the right or wrong decisions, only they can determine who they are and who they can still become.

4

“We’re all survivors here.  Including you.”

Jane continues to travel with the Matron Saints, but begins panicking that she will not be able to reach David in time.  The Matron Saints teasingly ask Jane if this is a “Purge Night booty call,” and further explain that Purge Night has the second highest conception rate after New Year’s Eve.  I guess who needs romance when the Purge is in the air.  Jane witnesses the Matron Saints save a woman from being beaten by her husband and the woman is thankful for their help.  Jane is shocked when the Matron Saints decide to brand this man with “Pig” on his forehead.  Jane tries to get them to stop and explains that they will regret this, but they explain that it is necessary.  Jane can’t handle watching this and ends up leaving, desperate to get to David in time.  One of the Matron Saints gives her a card so she can contact them if she needs help and something tells me that Jane might change her tune after she finally meets up with David.  While I appreciate Jane trying to do the right thing here, not everyone is ready to listen to their conscience just yet and I have a feeling that David has something up his sleeve.  Watch out Jane!

3

“Do not ever turn on someone who just saved your ass.”

Well said Miguel.  Well said.  At the end of last week’s episode, Miguel learned that his new cowboy friend was transporting victims to the “Carnival of Flesh.”  Miguel has a big decision to make, but he makes the right one and helps the victims, betraying the man in the cowboy hat.  We learn that the victims are the man’s landlady and son and he was tired of her raising his rent.  While I can definitely understand and appreciate that complaint, I’m not sure it warrants a delivery to the “Carnival of Flesh.”  Miguel is shocked when the landlady’s son turns a gun on him and he shows off his skills by taking back the gun with barely any effort.  Seriously Miguel is bad-ass!  Miguel is finally reunited with his sister, Penelope, but it’s not on the best of terms.  Security finds him after the man in the cowboy hat alerts them of the breach and Henry is ready to “pay to play,” no matter what the cost is, seeking revenge on Miguel.  An eye for an eye so to speak.  Sorry I couldn’t resist.  How is Miguel going to get out of this one?  I’m not so sure, but I am rooting for him no matter what.

2

“Sometimes revolution is the only way to make the world a better place.”

The Stanton’s maid, Catalina, warns Jenna to find Rick and get to the cellar.  Jenna tries to get some more information from her, but Catalina is very cryptic here, only telling her that she is in danger.  Jenna tries to knock on Lila’s door, but no one answers.  Rick goes off to find Jenna and all hell breaks loose.  Jenna spots men with guns approaching the Stanton house and they quickly realize that they are all about to be brutally attacked and killed.  We know from The Purge films that many revolutionary groups have tried to take down the NFFA, but Jenna and Rick are innocent here.  Jenna tries to get Lila, but Rick tells her they have to go and they make it to the cellar.  The door is locked and Catalina meets them there and we learn that she is part of the revolution.  Catalina recognizes that Jenna and Rick are innocent and tells them how to get to safety.  Jenna panics and asks about Lila, but Catalina explains that “no Stanton is safe.”  Will Lila be all right?  Will Jenna go back for her?  Things have escalated at the Stanton house and Jenna will need to make a much bigger decision than whether to choose Team Rick or Team Lila romantically.  While I am definitely shipping “Jelinna,” Lila may be out of luck, but let’s hope that she can find a way out.

1

“You can’t break me because I am stronger than you are.”

In this episode, we get a flashback to Penelope and Henry’s past and start to completely understand why she is not so pleased to see her ex-boyfriend on Purge Night.  Henry seems completely deranged and is thrilled to have found her.  Henry initially tells Penelope that he has so much to tell her and seems to want her back in some way, but Penelope refuses to give in, telling Henry exactly what she thinks of him.  In the flashback, we learn that Henry was responsible for Penelope’s drug addiction and that he even got violent with her when she tried to walk away from the relationship.  Miguel and Henry had a huge fight and Miguel is responsible for the awful injury to Henry’s eye.  Flash forward to present day and Henry tells Penelope that he feels betrayed by her and that she broke him.  Penelope stays strong; however and tells Henry, “You were already broken.  I’m done being scared.”  She also sheds some real light on Purge Night and explains that Henry thinks that Purge Night will solve all his problems, but it won’t.  It will just make everything worse and she is absolutely right.  This is the first time I have seen Penelope really stand up for herself and find her inner strength and it’s about time.  Up until this point, Penelope has been a lost and naive soul, dependent on others.  She is no longer broken now.  She has become a force to be reckoned with and I have a feeling that Penelope may end up saving Miguel in the end.  Jessica Garza was absolutely brilliant in this episode and she has really sparked a fire in her character that no one will be able to put out.  Henry better watch out.  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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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Younger” season 5 episode 8: “Can We Stay In Our Bubble Just For Tonight?”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching TV Land’s Younger season 5 episode 8 last night, I found myself thinking of Liza’s advice when she says, “The good things only happen when we risk letting the bad stuff happen too.”  We may want to keep our guard up or make decisions with our head rather than our heart, but sometimes we can miss out on something truly great if we do so.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “The Bubble,” Liza and Charles finally get a chance to explore their feelings for one another.  Meanwhile, Kelsey tries to make the right decision, Lauren has a dinner party, and Diana struggles with keeping up with her cleanse.  My top 5 moments from Younger season 5 episode 8 are:

5

“I need to press pause.”

Kelsey has clearly been stressed out in her personal and professional life and it doesn’t help that she has been stuck in the middle of a love triangle between her author and her co-worker.  Kelsey finally makes the decision to choose herself, or at least a time out, when she tells Jake that she wants to cool things at least until after the book comes out.  Kelsey is just being honest and tries to explain that she has made this mistake before and it seems like Jake is willing to accept this.  However, Jake demonstrates his sneaky side once again and goes behind Kelsey’s back to approach Charles and suggest that his book be published by Empirical Press rather than Millennial.  Jake’s actions prove that he is absolutely not the right match for Kelsey, but will the shadiness stop here?  Something tells me it’s only the beginning.  Watch out Kelsey!

4

“We all have issues.”

Lauren is excited to host a dinner party for her friends and plans on inviting a woman she recently met that she is very much interested in.  Josh and Maggie show up and Maggie hilariously brings some food even though Lauren is cooking and reminds her, “You want to impress this girl right?”  When the doorbell finally rings, Maggie is beyond shocked to learn that Lauren’s date is her ex-girlfriend, Malkie.  Lauren’s cooking is not the only thing stirring in the pot, as the drama and tension between these two escalates.  Malkie and Maggie clearly have unresolved feelings for one another, but Maggie leaves before they can completely rehash everything.  After speaking to Liza, Maggie realizes that maybe she does need to let her wall down and give Malkie a chance.  With the help of Josh, she paints a beautiful mural with Malkie’s portrait to surprise her and it looks like they are both ready to give their relationship another go and put in some work.

3

“This one is hers.”

In the beginning of the episode, Zane is still angry with Kelsey after being taken off of Jake’s book.  Kelsey tries to talk it out with him, but Zane harshly tells her, “You screwed me and then you screwed me over.”  Later on in the episode, Charles approaches Zane about shifting Jake’s book over to Empirical and Zane proves to be a knight in shining armor.  He could easily take the credit here and grab this opportunity, but he tells Charles that Kelsey worked very hard on the book and Charles agrees to keep it at Millennial.  Zane may be hurt and frustrated by Kelsey’s actions, but he refuses to stoop to the underhanded level that Jake has, proving once again to a good and honest man.  Now let’s hope our girl Kelsey can realize this too.  Men like Zane are hard to come by and I would hate to see these two miss out on an opportunity to be together.

2

“She might want revenge.”

Liza and Diana are meeting with Reese Witherspoon’s representative to discuss “Marriage Vacation,” and Liza is shocked when Pauline arrives.  Pauline clearly knows what is happening between Liza and Charles, as she starts coming up with different premises for her sequel, suggesting that perhaps a younger assistant steals her husband.  Liza panics and plays along when she says, “Maybe the assistant was actually trying to help,” but Pauline is not buying it and starts talking about revenge ideas.  While it is great to see Liza and Charles finally together, there are still many outside forces that can bring consequences.  Are they finally ready to face them together?

1

“Can we stay in our bubble just for tonight?”

The beginning of the episode opens up with us seeing bits and pieces of Liza and Charles’s night together which is very sexy and passionate.  Charles leaves for ten days and when he returns, he is sporting a new beard.  While Liza is not necessarily a fan of the beard, she is so excited to see Charles and the two continue their secret relationship by meeting up in the stairwell and sending texts to one another.  When Charles invites Liza out, he takes her to Battery Park to a sea glass carousel and I was absolutely swooning over this date.  All of this talk about staying in a bubble and Charles literally takes her to their very own bubble away from the rest of the world.  After Liza tells Charles about Pauline, he explains that he has already taken care of it and agrees to let her take her sequel to another publishing company.  It’s clear that Charles’s main priority is Liza, but he does recognize that the challenges are going to keep coming their way.  While we know that they cannot stay hidden in their bubble forever, I have to say that it was so wonderful to finally see these two enjoy some quality time together.  But what happens when they step out of the bubble and face reality?  Something tells me that as long as they stick together, they can make it through any obstacle thrown their way.  That doesn’t mean it will be smooth sailing; however, as we know these two are in for a bumpy ride.  Stay tuned!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Fear the Walking Dead” season 4 episode 8 Mid-Season Finale: “No One’s Gone”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead season 4 episode 8, I learned that we really are all “connected by this single screwed up world,” as Al suggested.  The truth is important and the stories and memories we leave behind are sometimes all we have left to cling to.  We may not always find what we are looking for, but we touch the lives of so many without even realizing it.  Words and actions matter and more importantly, the truth can bring us some much needed comfort, reminding us that it’s never too late to become the person we are meant to be.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “No One’s Gone,” we learn that Madison and Al crossed paths in the past; making a much bigger impact on each other than anyone might have guessed.  Meanwhile, Morgan and Naomi try to make it to the infirmary to help save John Dorie’s life, Alicia shows up to finish things once and for all, and Madison’s fate is finally revealed.  My top 5 moments from Fear the Walking Dead season 4 episode 8 Mid-Season Finale are:

5

“Thought I’d mix it up today.”

When Al and the others show up at the stadium, the tank is surrounded by an overwhelming amount of walkers, but they are ready to cause a distraction that will allow Morgan and Naomi to get inside to help John.  The plan seems to be working, but Alicia, Victor, and Luciana show up with an RPG, refusing to make this go seamlessly.  Alicia and Al share some choice words over the walkie-talkie, while Al reminds her that she’s now definitely supporting the other side.  It’s great to see Al finally step into the action, as she trusts Charlie to record what goes on, not wanting to lose out on a chance to document their story further.  Alicia and Al get into quite the fight when Alicia shows up at the tank.  Al comes pretty close to being the main course meal for the walkers, but is able to get out of this without a scratch.

4

“We’re connected by this single screwed up world.”

During the episode, we flash back to the past before Madison found the stadium and learn that she crossed paths with Al.  While they initially start off not trusting each other, Madison eventually lets her guard down after aimlessly searching for a tape from one of her kids.  Al talks to Madison about the truth and tells her how it can change things.  She empathizes with Madison and explains that even though she didn’t find the story she was looking for, someone might be interested in her story one day.  Madison explains that she broke her promise to her kids and that “you don’t need a camera cus it just sticks.”  She tells a heartwarming story about her kids trying to help a wounded bird and nurse it back to health.  They named the bird “Amina” for short and took care of her, giving her a chance when no one else would.  Madison would open the box each day, fearing what she might find, but was shocked to see the bird flying around in their living room.  Madison was so touched by the actions of her children who refused to give up on this bird that anyone else might have turned their back on.  She explains that there is not a lot of that left in the world now and she never wants her kids to lose that.  When Madison and Al part ways, Al gives her some Ramen noodles and tells her that maybe they will meet again.  Later on, when Madison reunites with her kids at the motel, she reveals to them that someone helped her when they didn’t have to and that “It’s time for us to do the same.”  Her interaction with Al inspires her to build the stadium into a place where others can go to find a sense of belonging, protection, and people who will stand by them.  Madison’s words are absolutely beautiful and remind us that there is still good in the world.  Even though she and Al were strangers, they ended up helping each other, reinforcing the belief that there are still good people existing in this world.

3

“June, well that’s my favorite month.”

When Naomi goes into the infirmary with Morgan, John is holding on by a thread.  He asks Charlie to record him, but Al tries to get him to stay positive.  John explains that “it’s for her,” as he speaks openly to Naomi on camera and tells her to stop running and to help Morgan do the same.  Luckily, Naomi is able to stabilize John and it looks like he is going to be OK.  Naomi tells John that her real name is June, finally wanting to tell him something real and meaningful.  John’s reaction is beyond heartwarming when he tells her that June is his favorite month.  June touches John’s hand and the spark between these two is burning brightly again, allowing us John Dorie fans to cheer.  It looks like these two might get the chance they deserve after all, inspiring some hope in this distressing world.  I am absolutely thrilled that John is going to be OK because his character elevates the show, opening up possibilities for a new chapter.

2

“I’m not that person anymore.”

When Alicia is in the tank, she spots the Ramen noodles and demands to know where Al got them.  Everything clicks in her head when she frantically searches through the tapes and finds one titled, “Amina.”  Alicia watches the recording of her mother, Madison, carefully listening to each and every word, displaying her grief across her face.  Alicia still wants to take revenge on Naomi, however; and demands that Al convinces her to come out.  Al strategically leaves on the walkie-talkie to warn Morgan and Naomi.  Morgan offers to go first because he doesn’t want anything to happen to Naomi.  When Alicia comes out, he stands in front of Naomi and she is shocked that is willing to give his life for a stranger.  Alicia’s rage is almost uncontrollable now, as she points the gun at them and screams, “My Mom’s dead because of what you did!”  Morgan doesn’t give up on Alicia and even when she says that she’s not that person anymore, Morgan tries to get her to realize that it’s not too late and that things can change.  Morgan explains that they did for him and they still can for Alicia.  He ultimately gets through to her when he tells her that they already have because he’s not dead.  Alicia breaks down crying and the immediate threat is over, as she finally allows her emotions to break through.  This moment is absolutely heartbreaking, as Alicia shows her own vulnerability.  It’s shocking that she waited this long to cry, but her actions are understandable and I just hope that she can take comfort in knowing how much her family cared about her and how she still has the opportunity to become who she is meant to and to help others in need.

1

“It was never about the stadium.  It was about the people.  It was about us.”

Al asks Alicia what happened to her mother, as she made quite an impact on her as well and Alicia replies with, “You want the rest of my Mom’s story?  Pull over.”  All of the pieces finally come together, as we learn about the last moments for everyone in the stadium.  Charlie explains that Mel saved her life and got her out of there in the car.  Naomi reveals that she tried to talk everyone out of leaving, but they had already made up their minds.  She explains that she was then surrounded by walkers and made a run for it, thinking that everyone was already dead.  She was then later picked up by the Vultures, but it’s clear that Naomi was just trying to survive like everyone else.  We learn that Victor got burned when he saved Alicia from running after her mother and then we finally learn the fate of Madison.  Madison recognized that her friends and family were in danger and lured the walkers away from them with a flare, trusting that the walls would hold.  No one else believed her and the other people died trying to escape, but Madison knew that she was right.  Once she saw that her family would be able to get away safely, she tried to make it to the tunnels but was trapped with nowhere to go.  As the walkers surrounded her, Madison threw the flare into the hoard and a bright glow reflected off her face before the explosion hit.  Madison gave up her life so that her family and friends could live.  After the story is recorded, Al labels this one “Madison,” reminding us that her story is never gone.  Madison will live on through her family and her actions will hopefully inspire them to continue to try and do the right thing.  We will need to wait until August 2018 for new episodes, but we have now lost two main characters and I’m interested to see where we are going now.  While we know that new threats are always right around the corner, it will be interesting to see how the dynamic of the show shifts now that we are focusing on different characters and story-lines.  I’m absolutely open to the change, but I will miss Madison, as Kim Dickens did a phenomenal job as the main protagonist on the show.  RIP Madison.  Stay tuned!

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

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Ranking the top 5 villains from “Once Upon a Time”

Happy Saturday TV Fans!  For today, I started to really think about all of the heroes and villains on Once Upon a Time.  One of the reasons why I truly love this show is because it redefines these roles from traditional fairy-tales.  Heroes we root for are far from perfect and villains transform into unlikely heroes, rewriting their own stories in the process.  Who says that villains can’t achieve a happy ending?  It’s never too late to change and embrace the goodness within that has been stifled by past actions and circumstances.  While some villains are never able to redeem themselves, others have surpassed our expectations, sacrificing everything for the greater good.  Over the seven seasons of OUAT, we have witnessed some of our favorite heroes fall from grace and some of the most notorious villains accept their true destiny, saving the day and reminding us that we all have the potential to do the right thing.  Even though some of their roles have been redefined, one cannot forget how truly “wicked” they once were, proving to be formidable foes who threaten to extinguish all of the good in Storybrooke and other realms.  Whether they possess dark magic, a knack for manipulation, or an impressive evil cackle, these villains have paved their way into my top 5, refusing to make it easy for the good guys.  After all, where is the fun in that?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the series yet. My top 5 villains from Once Upon a Time are:

5

Captain Hook

While most of us will think of Captain Hook as a hero, we can’t forget how he started out on the show.  Captain Hook was a villain who was purely out for revenge.  The “crocodile” is none other than Rumplestiltskin and is responsible for cutting off Captain’s Hook hand and for killing his love, Milah.  Milah was married to Rumplestiltskin, but we learn that she and Captain Hook were lovers, which only enraged Rumplestiltskin even further.  Captain Hook started off as a pirate looking for adventure.  He may have had selfish tendencies, but he didn’t truly become a villain until he became obsessed with his quest for vengeance.  Captain Hook teams up with Cora, but soon learns that there is more to life than revenge.  While it’s difficult for Hook to let go of this, his growing feelings for Emma show him that perhaps he can go down a different path…or sail down a different coast.  Captain Hook is redeemed by his selfless and pure love for Emma.  He becomes a hero one can be proud of and sheds his treachery in the process.

4

Zelena

Otherwise known as “The Wicked Witch of the West,” we learn that Zelena is Regina’s half-sister.  Zelena was abandoned when she was a child and never really found anyone who could truly accept her.  Rumplestiltskin taught her how to channel her rage and magic, which turned her into a powerful witch.  Zelena’s wickedness comes from her jealousy.  When she goes to see the wizard, she sees Rumple stating that Regina is his best student and her jealousy escalates so much that it turns her skin green with envy.  Zelena is a primary villain for most of the show, but she eventually forms a sisterly bond with Regina and learns what love is.  Even though Zelena is able to redeem herself, her side comments and puns still have a “wicked” quality that make fans adore her even more.  Zelena may be fighting on the side of good now, but that doesn’t mean she needs to suppress her opinions and sense of humor in the process.

3

The Evil Queen

After watching the entire series, it’s difficult to lump Regina Mills with the Evil Queen, especially since her evil half gets separated from her later on.  However, everyone has a past and Regina definitely has done her fair share of evil.  The Evil Queen focused most of her revenge on Snow White and made it a priority to become the most powerful of all.  She is known for ripping out the hearts of her enemies to control them, proving to be ruthless and coldblooded.  In Storybrooke, Regina is the mayor and is not afraid to showcase her “power” for all to see.  However, Regina’s love for her adopted son, Henry, teaches her that unconditional love is possible.  While her romantic love interest, Robin is killed, Regina is still able to hold on to goodness because of her family.  At the end of the series, “The Evil Queen” has transformed into the “The Good Queen,” and is actually elected by everyone in Storybrooke to lead them.  This is a pivotal moment for Regina because she spent most of her past forcing others to follow her commands.  However, she is now fully accepted as a hero and is trusted because of her goodness and courage.

2

Dark Emma Swan

Emma Swan is known as “The Savior” and the main protagonist on the show.  Even though she had trouble believing, she always tried to do what was right and when she becomes “Dark Emma Swan,” it was completely shocking.  The twist was a role reversal for our favorite hero, which kept us on the edge of our seats.  Emma’s actions were to protect Regina from darkness, as she consumes the magic of “The Dark One.”  Emma’s hair is now an icy white, as the darkness within her corrupts her, turning her into a fear-provoking villain.  Emma is still conflicted, as she clearly cares about her loved ones, but she recognizes how strong the darkness is.  She plans to sacrifice herself, but Hook intervenes and takes her place to save her. 

Some honorable mentions before revealing my number one pick are:

  • Ingrid, the Snow Queen
  • Peter Pan
  • Black Fairy
  • Mother Gothel
  • Maleficent
  • Cruella De Vil
  • Cora Mills
  • Hades
  • Drizella
  • Doctor Facilier

 

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Rumplestiltskin

It should be no surprise that my favorite villain has to be Rumplestiltskin.  Insert his classic creepy laugh here “dearie.”  Rumplestiltskin enjoys making deals and gaining power as a result.  He always has something up his sleeve whether you are aware or not.  If we look at a lot of the other villains mentioned, Rumple has played a role with almost all of them in some form or another.  While he is consumed by the power of “The Dark One,” Mr. Gold is no stranger to concocting his own schemes as well to further his agenda.  What makes him a truly great villain is that he often goes unnoticed.  However, he is the master puppeteer in many instances, which proves how powerful and dangerous he can be.  While it initially seemed like Rumple could never be redeemed, his pure love for Belle changes his tune.  Belle sees the good in him even when others see him as a monster or a “beast.”  While Rumple does disappoint Belle along the way by giving in to the darkness, he desperately tries to be the man she wants him to be.  However, Rumple does not fully redeem himself until the end of the series.  Up until this point, we have seen signs of goodness within him, but he has always been too afraid to fully commit.  Even in his past, he was called a coward and it seems like this has always come back to haunt him.  At the end of the series, Wish Rumple threatens everyone and Rumple finally realizes that he may not be able to be with Belle again after all.  He puts aside the one thing he cares about more than anything in order to help his family and friends.  When he sacrifices himself and gives his heart over to Nook, he has finally embraced the goodness that has been trying to surface for so long.  Rumple’s act is out of pure goodness and friendship and he can now finally earn the happy ending he has been searching for.  In the afterlife, Rumple and Belle are together and will never be apart again.

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to share some of your own thoughts and comments on your favorite villains from Once Upon a Time 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 “Fear the Walking Dead” season 4 episode 3: “Because the Truth Matters”

Happy Tuesday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead season 4 episode 3, Al’s words really resonated with me when she explained that “the truth isn’t about words.  It’s about what really happened and what happened now.”  Well a lot has certainly happened now, including the death of a main character, proving that Fear the Walking Dead is not afraid to rip the Clark family even further apart.  Please note major spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In Sunday’s episode, “Good Out Here,” Morgan attempts to teach Nick the way of “The Art of Peace,” but Nick’s desire for vengeance gets in the way.  Meanwhile, Al strikes up a deal with Victor, Luciana, and Alicia, and Charlie’s innocence has shattered.   My top 5 moments from Fear the Walking Dead season 4 episode 3 are:

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“Because the truth matters.”

In the beginning of the episode, Al agrees to take Nick and the others to where she saw the flag, but she wants their stories in return.  She tries to remind everyone that “we’re all breathing here.  Means we’re on the same team.”  She explains the importance of capturing the stories of others even if it is only read out loud once, explaining that our stories are all we have left in this world filled with emptiness and death.  While the others may not agree with Al, focusing more on survival, Al’s desire to keep the story alive and relevant explains how she has lasted so long.  The truth is important and each story matters, keeping humanity alive and present, which is something that can be easily forgotten when you are living one day at a time.  Either way, it is refreshing to see Al’s perspective.  While some survivors cling to family and other connections, Al is clearly alone and the stories she has collected are all she has left, but it’s enough to keep her going.

4

“A deal requires an act of faith.”

After some initial hesitation from Victor, they are out of options when the tank gets stuck and they agree to help tow it out so they can continue on.  Everyone is clearly letting their guard down to trust a stranger they know nothing about, but they would remain at a standstill if unable to come to some kind of agreement.  Walkers are around the tank and time is of the essence.  Alicia courageously lures the walkers away and gets to the tank without a scratch while Al covers her with her gun, proving that both of these women can handle any threat that comes their way.  While the trust has not been completely earned yet, it looks like they realize that perhaps they are on the same side after all.

3

“Wherever I go I try to look for something good.”

Throughout the episode, Nick flashes back to a time where he went out with his mother, Madison for supplies.  The lighting changes in these moments to something brighter and more serene, almost implying a peace or existence beyond the present.  Nick reveals that he feels more trapped outside “like who I’ll be is just closing in on me…just suffocating me.”  When Nick opens up like this, one can’t help but feel sympathetic toward him.  After all, he has gone through more than most and carries the burden and the guilt around with him constantly.  Madison tells him that she tries to look for something good, like a sign of people helping each other.  Her words are encouraging and sincere, trying desperately to remind Nick that there is still good in the world; you just have to be willing to look for it.

2

“The Art of Peace.”

When the others go off to find a tow for the tank, Nick is left alone with Morgan and the two end up forming an unlikely friendship.  Nick watches Morgan’s story on Al’s camera and starts to realize that he is not the only one feeling alone and guilty.  Morgan has conflicting feelings about helping Nick and initially walks away from him.  He tells him “whoever you hurt that’s your business,” but has second thoughts when he turns around to ultimately help Nick and try to save him.  Nick lets his bottled up anger and craving for revenge get the best of him when he violently kills Charlie’s adoptive father who belongs to the Vultures.  When Morgan returns and sees Nick covered in blood, he offers him the “Art of Peace” book and tries to help him.  This is a gesture of good faith, which is important because Morgan has been shying away from connecting with others.  Morgan tries to explain to Nick that he has gone through similar losses and knows what he is dealing with and the two men have an unspoken bond that they ultimately both really needed.

1

Bluebonnets.

During the flashbacks to Nick’s outing with Madison, they come across a field of Bluebonnet flowers and his mother tells him that it is a sign of goodness in the world.  This comes full circle when Nick discovers these very same flowers in the present, even holding on to one when he goes to sit outside to contemplate what he has just done.  Charlie shoots Nick out of revenge and he is stunned by what has just occurred.  As his life begins to pour out of him, Alicia, Victor, and Luciana rush over to him in a heartbreaking moment, while Morgan and the others watch solemnly from afar.  Nick still clings to the flower, desperately trying to hold on to something good.  After he is gone, we flash to Nick laying in a field of these flowers, the light pouring over him, suggesting that he is finally at peace.  While there will clearly be mixed feelings about Nick’s death, there is something so real and significant about it.  Nick didn’t die when he was out surrounded by walkers or on the bridge.  There are a number of violent and messy ways that Nick could have died, but his life is ended anticlimactically by a child who desperately wanted the same revenge that Nick did.  Nick, like Charlie, felt alone and trapped by circumstance and their acts of violence remind us that this is not the way to survive.  Al’s words in the beginning of the episode about truth are that much more important in this moment.  While we know that Fear the Walking Dead is not afraid to kill off main characters, as we said goodbye to Travis in the beginning of season 3 and watched the shocking end of Troy by Madison’s hand at the end of the season, we have to wonder where we go from here without Nick.

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on Fear the Walking Dead in the comments section below.  Happy viewing!

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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Once Upon a Time” season 7 episode 17: “Chosen”

After watching ABC’s Once Upon a Time season 7 episode 17 last night, Zelena may be known as “wicked,” but it’s clear that all she really ever wanted was to be good.  Even though she has made her fair share of mistakes, she deserves the chance to prove herself and to be loved for who she is.    Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Chosen,” Zelena/Kelly goes to Rumple for help since the “Candy Killer” has targeted her as his next victim.  Meanwhile, Nook/Rogers figures out that Henry never made it to New York, Drew/Naveen gets closer to Sabine/Tiana, and Hansel/Jack/Nick reveals his motives.  My top 5 moments from Once Upon a Time season 7 episode 17 are:

5

“I am tired of playing candy crush with you.”

In this episode, we get to see more of Zelena’s past and learn about her interactions with the witch from “Hansel and Gretel.”  Even though Zelena is known as “wicked,” she begins connecting to Hansel and Gretel’s father who is blind and begins to let her walls down.  Zelena feels that he sees her for who she truly is, which is something she has never experienced before and she wants to help him in return.  Zelena blinds the witch and offers to give her sight to Hansel’s father, but he declines when his children run to him, revealing that Zelena knew they were being held captive.  Hansel’s father is furious that she kept this from him, even though she tries to explain that she was just trying to protect him.  Zelena’s chance of happiness is destroyed here and her anger re-surfaces, burning harsher than the flames she inflicts on Hansel.  It is clear why Hansel holds Zelena responsible for a lot of the misfortune in his life, but it doesn’t seem like this Zelena still exists anymore.  Like Regina, Zelena has found her way to redemption, but it is hard to maintain this when old wounds insist on re-opening.

4

Hansel reveals his motives to Henry.

Henry is still being held captive by Hansel and tries to keep his cool by keeping Hansel talking.  Hansel reveals that Henry gave him a second chance because “Jack” had no past and earned the potential to be a true hero, something that Hansel had never experienced before.  He has absolutely no sympathy for witches, however; revealing that he believes they are all bad and that the arrival of Henry’s family is what set him off on this path of revenge.  Henry is still confused by this, as he doesn’t understand why Hansel is saying that Kelly/Zelena is his aunt, still clinging to the reality he has come to know so well in H Town.  Hansel shows Henry the blood test results proving that he is Lucy’s father, but Henry still tries to come up with a rational explanation here.

3

Rogers/Nook reads between the lines.

Nook/Rogers has his suspicions and approaches Jacinda/Ella and tells her that he found Henry’s car abandoned and that he never made it to New York.  Jacinda reveals her naiveté about the situation and explains that this could not possibly be true since she received text messages from Henry earlier that day.  Nook/Rogers reads between the lines and they figure out that only Hansel/Nick/Jack referred to her as “J.”  Nook/Rogers finds Henry and rescues him.  Good thing Nook/Rogers didn’t need to dust off his emoji decoding skills.

2

“Trust is a powerful thing.”

Drew/Naveen shows up again and it seems like him and Sabine/Tiana are getting closer, as he helps her with her food truck business.  There are definitely sparks flying between these two, but we know that Drew/Naveen has another agenda.  Later on, Dr. Facilier shows up and reminds Drew that he is there to collect a debt.  Drew/Naveen gives him one of Sabine/Tiana’s beignets for some sort of voodoo ritual.  Even though we know that Drew is working for Dr. Facilier, what are their plans for Tiana/Sabine?  We know that Dr. Facilier has several plans all in play at the same time, especially when he visits Hansel later and reveals that he is the one who woke him up and orchestrated everything.  Will this get him one step closer to obtaining the Dark One’s dagger?  Will anyone be able to stop Dr. Facilier before it’s too late?

1

“Must be a bitch trying to keep track of your driver licenses.”

Zelena/Kelly reveals that in this reality, she actually has a good life.  She even explains, “at least Kelly didn’t kill a munchkin,” and you can’t help but feel sympathetic toward her.  Kelly has a simple life here, including the love from a good man and a daughter that she is trying to connect with.  Hansel refuses to let Kelly live her life here and tries to make her suffer by kidnapping her fiancé, Chad.  Kelly/Zelena shows up and reminds Hansel to focus his revenge on her, desperately trying to protect Chad.  After the threat is over, Zelena/Kelly tells Chad about her jaded past, minus the fairy-tale details, and he still accepts her for who she is, which is absolutely heart-warming and beautiful.  It looks like Kelly/Zelena has a chance of true happiness here with the man she loves and her family.  Kelly/Zelena’s redemption is that much clearer in this moment.  While she is far from perfect, her willingness to change and protect those she loves proves that she is far from a villain.  She’s our hero! 

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Once Upon a Time below.  Happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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