13 Reasons Why you should watch “13 Reasons Why” Season 2

If you’re a devoted television fan like me, then I’m sure you have heard of the Netflix show, 13 Reasons Why.  Last year I spent an entire day binge-watching the first season and I have to say that it had me laughing, crying, and shocked more than I thought possible.  I do recommend that you read the warnings before each episode, as some of the content can be emotionally disturbing.  Having said that, the characters on this show are so real and it’s hard not to connect to their stories and dive into their world.  Our hearts break for some characters and we find ourselves angry at others, but we learn that “everyone affects everyone” in some way or another and it’s up to us to decide how we are going to behave and who we are going to become in the process.  It may be difficult to step out of a label or an expectation, but doing the right thing and supporting the people around us is so much more important.  While season 1 focuses primarily on Hannah Baker’s story, season 2 gives us the chance to see what happened from other perspectives, as unlikely heroes emerge and second chances are presented.  Please note major spoilers are ahead.  My top 13 reasons to check out 13 Reasons Why season 2 are: 

 

13

Clay gets a tattoo.

In the beginning of season 2, Clay is still with Skye and we learn that it has been 5 months since Hannah committed suicide.  Clay decides to get a semicolon tattoo, but ends up passing out.  As a result, he has a “fucking comma.”  Skye has emotional problems of her own and ends up moving away, but is an important influence on Clay’s life.  At the end of the season, Clay returns to finish the tattoo.  The semicolon symbol is important, representing another way to continue a sentence, rather than end it simply with a period.  This can be true about a sentence, a story, and about one’s life.  Selena Gomez and several of the actors on 13 Reasons Why have gotten the same tattoo and have discussed its message and significance.  The tattoo marks the beginning of Clay’s new journey, as he tries to deal with his life without Hannah.  No one said it would be easy, but Clay is ready to move on.

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“There’s always another side to every story.”

Part of what makes season 2 so great is that we get to see what happened from different perspectives.  In season 1, everything we learned was mostly through Hannah’s eyes.  However, season 2 allows us to explore more of that story and understand how her suicide has truly impacted those around her.  For example, we learn that Zach actually had a summer romance with Hannah and had real and true feelings for her.

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Clay is still seeing Hannah.

It’s hard not to root for Clay and want the very best for him.  Clay’s world is still falling apart, even though he has tried to move on.  He begins seeing Hannah and even has full conversations with her throughout season 2.  Clay clearly understands that Hannah is gone, but his loneliness is sometimes too much to handle and it seems to bring him some sort of comfort to talk out loud to her.  While this allows us to see more of Hannah Baker, the real emphasis here is on Clay and him trying to make sense of his life and figure out a healthy way to move on and still get justice for Hannah.

10

“Feeling the pain and facing it.  That takes courage.”

Hannah’s mother, Mrs. Baker is dealing with quite a lot.  Her daughter is gone, her husband is filing for divorce, and she is consumed by the trial against the school.  It’s difficult to sit through the trial as some witnesses tell a truth that is difficult to hear, while others completely lie.  Later on we learn that Hannah was responsible for bullying a girl at her old school.  Hannah wasn’t perfect, but Mrs. Baker’s love for her is unconditional and like Clay, she desperately wants justice for her daughter.  Mrs. Baker does have a second chance to make things right, as she becomes an important influence for both Jessica and Alex.  While Mrs. Baker may not have been able to save Hannah, she has the opportunity here to make a real difference with two kids in pain.

9

Alex puts the pieces back together.

At the end of season 1, Alex shot himself in the head, but did survive.  It’s difficult for him to walk and he has lost huge chunks of his memory, but he is determined to put the pieces back together.  He even listens to the tapes again, which eventually Clay leaks out to everyone anonymously so that they can learn what truly happened.  In episode 11, a huge fight breaks out and Alex begins to remember things, like Monty’s part in all of this.  He refuses to sit by on the sidelines and becomes a character you can truly relate to.

8

“Love as infinity.”

In one of my favorite moments of season 2, Clay and Hannah are lying on the floor and looking up at the ceiling.  They discuss the concept of infinity and how to understand it and Hannah suggests that “maybe that’s how we understand it.  Love that goes on forever.”  In this moment, it’s like the entire world has stopped and it’s just Clay and Hannah.  Clay’s love for Hannah is beautiful and transcendent.  This is a memory he can always hold on to forever, suggesting that her words are actually spot on.

7

Unlikely heroes step forward.

Characters like Mr. Porter, Justin, and Zach all get second chances in season 2.  Mr. Porter breaks down in court and even though he did everything he could according to policy, he feels like he could have done more.  He ultimately loses his job, but his words are important and he tries to make a difference in as many lives as he can.  While he feels like he let Hannah down, he has a second chance to make it right.  Justin has been living on the streets and Clay finds him and lets him stay at his house secretly.  Justin has an addiction to heroin and has been dealing with quite a lot, but he is able to do the right thing and tell the court and the police what he saw Bryce do to Jessica.  While Justin has consequences of his own because of his involvement, he is willing to do the right thing and become someone to be proud of.  When Clay tells Justin that his family wants to adopt him, it looks like he can finally get the second chance he deserves.  Now he just needs to kick that nasty drug habit.  Zach is another character who becomes an unlikely hero.  Even when he was with Hannah, he was a coward and allowed Bryce and the others to make fun of her.  Zach finally breaks out of this and stands against Bryce.  In the huge fight in episode 11, he finally picks a side.  Zach is an important character because he reminds us that sometimes it’s easier to do nothing and stay quiet, but taking a stand takes real courage and can shape us into who we are meant to be.

6

“Some people will still blame others.”

While many of the characters are trying to pick up the pieces and move on, poor Tyler is having a rough go at it.  While it’s easy to dislike Bryce who refuses to believe that he is wrong, a character like Monty can be even more dangerous.  Monty’s actions are cruel and disturbing.  In a graphic sexual assault, Monty does the unthinkable to Tyler.  The rape scene in the bathroom is extremely difficult to watch.  Tyler is traumatized and is looking to take revenge against his classmates as a result of this.  Even though unlikely heroes have emerged, there are still bullies and villains present, refusing to take a hard look in the mirror to see what they have done.  Bryce and Monty have destroyed lives with their actions.  But will they ever truly try to make amends?

5

Justice for Jessica.

Jessica is having a very difficult time coping and is unable to name Bryce throughout most of season 2.  After Justin comes forward, Jessica is able to finally file a police report.  Even though Bryce gets off with 3 months probation, she no longer needs to hide from the truth.  Jessica learns how to live her life without being defined by something that happened to her and to step forward for those who can’t.  For example, Chloe has the opportunity to speak out against Bryce and can’t go through with it.  However, Chloe has another problem to deal with, as she confides in Jessica that she is pregnant.  Jessica is also able to get justice for Hannah in this moment as well, who never got the chance to speak out against Bryce.  Even though the trial ends with ruling in favor of the school, what happened to Hannah is not to be forgotten.  Jessica’s justice is also extremely important.

4

“I can love you and still let you go.”

Earlier in season 2, Skye leaves and says these words to Clay.  They are beautiful and meaningful and later when Clay speaks at Hannah’s service, he applies them to his love for Hannah.  The service allows everyone to finally say goodbye to Hannah and cherish her memory.  Clay’s eulogy is so real and heartbreaking.  While he will never forget Hannah, he is ready to move on with his life.

3

“The Night we Met.”

In the season 2 finale, Clay and everyone are at the school dance.  “The Night we Met” song comes on again, which is the song he danced with Hannah to.  Clay’s emotions begin overwhelming him and Tony immediately goes to find him when he hears the song.  In a beautiful moment, Tony and all of his friends surround Clay and sway back and forth to the music.  All of these characters have come together to be there for Clay.  He is no longer alone and these characters are now linked forever.  In season 1, they were all brought together by terrible secrets, but in season 2 they are brought together to honor Hannah and to support each other no matter what comes their way.

2

“What do we do?  Do we look the other way or do we help them?”

When Clay discovers that Tyler is on his way to the school with an assault rifle, everyone suggests that they call the police and get out of there.  Clay refuses to run away, however.  He knows that Hannah would want him to step in and help.  It’s never too late and Clay risks his life trying to tell Tyler this.  Tony gets Tyler out of there in the nick of time, while Clay is left standing outside holding the gun.  In this moment, Clay is beyond courageous, but he has a lot to explain once the police show up.

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“But no matter how many reasons there might be why, there are always more why not.”

This is probably the most significant moment for me.  Mrs. Baker finds Hannah’s list of reasons and discovers that she made a list of reasons why not.  Clay and “Helmet” are on there, which reveals how important he truly was to Hannah.  Mrs. Baker tries to tell him that she left so many reasons out and that there are always more reasons why not, reminding us that living is what’s important.  Clay and the other characters are ready to finally start living.  The tragic moments are always going to happen and we can’t always control that, but we can control what we do afterwards.  It’s what makes us who we are; who we can still become.

 I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on 13 Reasons Why in the comments section below.  Thanks for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The 100” season 5 episode 4: “From the Ashes We Will Rise”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s The 100 season 5 episode 4 last night, I’ve learned that “strength without mercy is nothing.”  While it’s important for Octavia to maintain her role as “Blodreina” or “The Red Queen,” she is unable to take a step back and look at the big picture.  While it’s important to remind her people that “you are wonkru or you’re the enemy of wonkru,” what happens when they are no longer confined to the bunker underground?  We are about to find out.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “Pandora’s Box,” Marcus is fighting for his life in the arena and tries to make a stand against Octavia.  Meanwhile, Bellamy makes a deal with Diyoza and Raven shows off her technical skills.  My top 5 moments from The 100 season 5 episode 4 are:

5

“All of me for all of us.”

These are the words that are chanted before each fight, as Marcus takes on his opponents and wins the battle.  Only this isn’t enough, as Octavia feels that the people can see Marcus’s weakness and she refuses to clear him of his crime, explaining that he will need to fight again in the arena.  We quickly learn that Abby is locked up and Marcus is taking the blame for stealing the medicine to protect her.  Indra is aware of what is going on but has too much loyalty to publicly go against her leader, Octavia.  After Abby begs her by saying, “please don’t let him die for something I did,” Indra explains that the only way to save them both is for Marcus to win in the arena.  While it seems like the odds are against him, Marcus refuses to fight for a second time.  He speaks to the crowd and lets them know that we have a chance to do better here and that “strength without mercy is nothing.”  Marcus pleads with Octavia and reminds her that it’s not too late, but Octavia has heard enough, as she jumps into the arena herself to remind everyone that she is “Blodreina” and repeats the words about being “wonkru,” refusing to back down or compromise.  Luckily for Marcus, this is interrupted when some familiar faces make their way into the bunker, but it doesn’t look like Marcus is out of the woods just yet.

4

Bellarke is reunited.

After Bellamy tells Diyoza how important Clarke is to him, these two are finally reunited.  Clarke whispers, “You’re really here” and the two embrace in a hug that just doesn’t last long enough.  It’s clear that both of them have been clinging to the hope that the other was alive and now that dream has become a reality, but are they going to finally get the chance to be together romantically?  We know that Bellamy has Echo waiting in the wings, but this embrace between Clarke and Bellamy seems epic and moving.  While Bellarke fans might need to wait a little bit longer for these two to finally get together, it’s hard to deny the connection between them.  I’ll take any Bellarke moment we can get, but let’s hope that these two are able to finally explore their true feelings for one another.  Meanwhile, Bellamy makes a deal with Diyoza and she agrees to help open the bunker using their mining skills and in return, they will get to split the valley and co-exist.  Diyoza seems doubtful that they will be able to come to a peaceful understanding, but accepts the terms.  We quickly learn that Diyoza has another agenda, as her primary objective is to take the doctor, Abby.  While we know that a double-cross is inevitable, at least the people from the bunker will finally be freed.  But is everyone truly ready to co-exist in this new world?

3

Family reunions continued.

When everything is interrupted in the arena, Bellamy is the first one to appear and Octavia is beyond happy to see her brother.  We see a heartwarming reunion between Clarke and her mother as well and Clarke even speaks to Raven and Murphy over the radio.  While everyone is clearly happy to see that they are all alive and well, Diyoza and her people quickly appear to remind them that a new threat has arrived.  While Bellamy convinces Octavia and her people to trust him, we know that everything is about to change once they are all on the ground.  Either way, it’s touching to see our favorite characters take comfort in the fact that their loved ones are still alive.

2

“Whoever this girl is, she’s good.”

While most of the action is taking place on earth, Raven and Murphy have a difficult task and the threats keep coming their way.  Raven tries to tell Murphy that everything is alright, but Murphy is not buying it when he says, “If it’s handled why do you have that Raven work face on?”  Bellamy reminds Raven that if she does not hear from him every hour on the hour, that she should pull the plug, but Raven is having doubts about taking the lives of so many people.  She looks up Intel on Diyoza and her people and learns that Diyoza was a war hero who became a terrorist.  Once again, Diyoza is not one to be taken lightly and tests Raven over and over again.  Raven immediately recognizes when the enemy is trying to hack in and she is able to stop every attack, proving just how valuable she is.  Murphy furthers his own transformation from our resident bad boy into a redeemable hero when he lets Raven know that he will be the one to pull the plug.  However, it looks like they are not going to get a chance to test this theory.  Diyoza orders for the docks to be opened on the ship, which will kill Raven and Murphy, but her people would be safe in “Cryosleep.”  Raven is ready to make the sacrifice, but Murphy asks her, “I’m not ready to die, are you?”  Raven turns the tables on Diyoza by waking up all of the prisoners.  While the immediate threat is over, they now have to deal with 283 dangerous criminals in a confined space.  As Murphy said earlier, “we’re threatening to kill her people.  What could go wrong?”  We’re about to find out quickly, but will Raven and Murphy be able to survive this new threat?  Is there anyone out there who can rescue them?

1

“Now we go to war.”

Once everyone is on the ground, Diyoza demands that the doctor go with her and she will not hurt anyone in return.  She also tells everyone that they are taking the valley.  Abby offers to go with her willingly if she agrees to take Marcus too, recognizing that he is not safe near Octavia.  Diyoza agrees and it looks like the prisoner exchange is going smoothly until one of her men begins shooting.  Diyoza knows that they are now at war and tries to take out everyone on the ground, but Raven has outsmarted her once again by jamming the launch code.  Seriously Raven is unstoppable.  One can’t help but root for her.  Diyoza wants to go after Raven, which puts yet another threat in her way.  Back on the ground, Octavia also recognizes that they are now at war, refusing to abandon her role as “Blodreina.”  The stakes are beyond high, as everyone understands the importance of having control over the valley, but have we learned nothing from our mistakes before?  It seems like war is always the immediate answer, but will anyone take a moment to consider an alternative solution?  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!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Once Upon a Time” season 7 episode 20: “Home isn’t a Place. It’s the People in it”

After watching ABC’s Once Upon a Time season 7 episode 20 last night, Henry’s words really described what this series is all about.  “That’s the thing about stories.  They’re more than words.  They live inside of us.  They make us who we are.  And as long as someone believes that…there will be magic.”  When you think about Once Upon a Time as it draws close to the series finale next week, you immediately think about believing in the impossible.  The fairy tales we grew up with sparked our own imagination and creativity, shaping who we have become even if we don’t always see it.  Words can be more powerful than we realize, allowing our feelings and stories to come alive across the page.  Even when this series ends, the stories will live on, reminding us of the importance of taking a leap of faith when the world seems to be quite mad.  It provides us with an escape that can inspire hope, love, and adventure.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Is This Henry Mills?” Regina desperately tries to get Henry to believe again but is running out of ideas.  Meanwhile, Rogers/Nook and Rumple recruit Margot to help save Tilly before it is too late and the ultimate villain is revealed.  My top 5 moments from Once Upon a Time season 7 episode 20 are:

5

“Because I can be very convincing.”

While helping Jacinda and Lucy pack for their trip with Henry, Sabine/Tiana is worried about Drew.  After Lucy reveals that the back-pack is from Drew, she finds a tarot card hidden inside.  Lucy immediately knows that this means that Samdi/Dr. Facilier will have an idea about what’s going on.  Jacinda and Sabine/Tiana go to confront Dr. Facilier who has nothing to hide at this point, recognizing that magic is about to resurface again.  He opens the closet door and reveals Drew gagged and tied up and suggests that the ladies join him.  While we know that Dr. Facilier’s ultimate goal is to obtain the Dark One’s dagger, what does he have to gain by holding these characters captive?  Is it merely to prevent them from getting in the way or did he have something else in store for them?  It looks like we may never find out, as Dr. Facilier’s own fate is about to take a cruel twist.  I wonder if he saw that coming in the cards.

4

“I’ve got nothing left to lose so let’s do this.”

Even though Regina is having trouble getting Henry to believe again, she refuses to give up.  She turns down Gothel’s offer to join her coven and chooses the side of humanity, proving once again that the Evil Queen has shed its wickedness and has embraced what it truly means to be a hero.  Even though Regina does not have magic in this world, she is not about to let Gothel win.  She stands up to her and faces her, but is wounded after Gothel attacks her.  While Regina may not be the hero to take down Gothel, her will to stand against her is commendable.

3

“I’m not like you.  You chose hate.  But I choose love.”

After Tilly courageously joined Gothel’s coven to protect her father’s life, she is now under some type of trance, trapped by the magic she is channeling.  Rogers/Nook tells her that he will come back for her and save her and is ready to finally take a leap of faith.  Rumple reveals to him that it’s all real and Rogers/Nook is finally ready to accept this and listen.  When he asks who he is from the other realm, Rumple says, “All you need to know right now is that you’re a survivor…Captain.”  Rogers and Rumple seek out the help of Margot, desperately hoping that she can get through to Tilly before it is too late.  We learn that after each witch sacrifices all of their power to the spell, they turn into a tree in the eternal grove and it’s only a matter of time before Tilly starts growing roots of her own.  Margot tries to talk Tilly out of this, recognizing that perhaps she is just having a really bad day and “maybe we can turn it into a good one.”  Tilly refuses, however; and flings her in the air, shrinking her enemies into almost non-existence, as she remains trapped by the magic consuming her.  When the curse is ultimately broken, Margot and Tilly remember themselves as Robin and Alice…or “Tower Girl.”  When the words, “I told you we’d always know each other” are spoken, you can’t help feeling an overwhelming sense of warmth and love for these two characters.  Their love for one another is so pure and good, proving that real love can truly conquer all.  This reunion is put on hold, however; as Gothel still remains to be a threat.  Gothel tries to tell Alice that she is like her and will not be able to defeat her, but Alice has her father and Robin by her side.  She chooses love and turns Gothel into a tree, hoping that she can grow into something beautiful again and ultimately find peace.   The curse is broken and Alice can finally be reunited with her father again and with her true love, Robin.  Well deserved!

2

“Don’t you want to believe?”

During the episode, we flash to another timeline where young Henry Mills is approaching graduation and deciding on whether or not he should leave Storybrooke or stay behind with his mother, Regina.  Regina has some doubts about Henry leaving, but she puts her feelings aside because all she really wants is for him to be happy.  Grown up Henry is still having trouble believing, even after he witnesses all of the magic around him.  Regina tries a memory potion and even digs up the “Once Upon a Time” second book from Victoria’s grave, desperately trying to help him remember who he is and what he believes in.  Nothing happens after all of these attempts and it seems like Henry’s belief may really be gone forever, as he is unable to deal with the grief of losing the family he thought he had.  However, Henry is failing to realize that his family has been right in front of him this whole time.  Regina tries to tell him that the curse is not just a land without magic, but that they were brought to a different time, bringing time travel into the mix, and bringing me back to Lost once again.  Henry looks at the adoption papers Regina left with him and decides to take a very own leap of faith of his own by calling the phone number listed.  Lost fans everywhere will remember the memorable moment in the episode, “The Constant,” where Desmond makes a phone call to Penny that saves his life and helps him remember who he is.  The connection he had to his love, Penny was enough to bring him back.  In Once Upon a Time, Henry is about to experience something very similar.  When he calls, he speaks to his younger self and provides him with some really great advice.  The conversation causes his memories to come flashing back to him, as he finally remembers who he is.  After Gothel attacks Regina, Henry rushes to her side and kisses her forehead, breaking the curse for good in a beautiful moment.  It was true love’s kiss after all, but for the mother who sacrificed everything for him.  Magic is back and so are the memories that had been hidden away for so long.  Young Henry gets it absolutely right when he says that “Storybrooke will always be with me.”  Not just with you Henry, but with all of us and it’s hard not to shed some tears as we approach the very end.  However, even though it seems like our happy ending has finally arrived, there is one more twist left.

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“Did you really think a wish realm could hold me?”

After the curse is broken, Rumple realizes that the dagger is gone and immediately jumps to the conclusion yet again that Dr. Facilier is responsible.  Rumple is finally starting to realize that he may not be able to get back to Belle and he wants to focus his energy on the family he has here.  He even hesitates and doesn’t kill Dr. Facilier when he has the chance and Dr. Facilier mocks him by telling him, “You’re a shadow of your former self.”  Who said that words could never hurt you?  Dr. Facilier is stabbed with the dagger and the Dark One is responsible.  Rumple will literally need to face himself and destroy the evil of the Dark One once and for all, but is he powerful enough to do so?  We know that some of our favorite characters will be returning for the series finale next week.  I am beyond excited and can’t wait to see how the story finally ends.  Stay tuned!

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

@TV_Fanatic_Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Supernatural” season 13 episode 21: “Beat the Devil”

Happy Friday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Supernatural season 13 episode 21 last night, I learned that enemies can easily become unlikely allies when they have something valuable to offer.  While Lucifer may be the devil himself, his fondness for “Sammy,” helps the Winchester brothers out of quite the jam, but is everyone truly ready to make a deal with the devil?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Beat the Devil,” Gabriel’s archangel grace is tapped out, leaving only one other option on the table.  Rowena and Gabriel grow closer and execute Sam’s plan to capture Lucifer so they can get back into the rift to finally rescue Jack and Mary.  While Lucifer is captured, he tries to break Rowena, leading to his own ticket into the rift.  A tragic moment puts Dean on edge, but he is finally reunited with his mother.  This is not the only family reunion in the cards, however; as Jack comes face to face with his father, Lucifer.  My top 5 moments from Supernatural season 13 episode 21 are:

5

“Pep talks and melodrama.”

In the beginning of the episode, Rowena attempts to cast the spell to open the rift with Gabriel’s grace, but his performance is “premature,” as it is unable to hold the rift open.  Gabriel’s grace is clearly tapped out and everyone realizes that they need Lucifer to keep the rift open.  While this is no one’s first option, they don’t have any other choice.  While Sam, Dean, and Castiel try to come up with a plan, Rowena comically comments that they are like “the three amigos” and explains they will be a while with their “pep talks and melodrama.”

4

“We were just reading books.”

While they are waiting to hear the plan, Gabriel and Rowena suddenly realize that they are attracted to one another and decide to have an adventure of their very own behind the bookcase.  When Sam, Dean, and Castiel return, they are beyond shocked and disturbed.  While it’s clear that they were not just reading books, Dean doesn’t want to hear the details and tells them that Sam has a plan.  While Gabriel later comments that he can “cross having sex with a 300 year old red-head off his bucket list,” these two actually have a lot in common.  Will it be a one-time fling or is there a romance in the cards for Rowena?

3

“All the people I love to torture in the same room.”

Lucifer is drowning his sorrows at a bar, confiding in the bartender about his problems with his son.  It seems like Lucifer is no longer concerned with heaven or hell and has focused all of his energy on Jack.  After he starts to get a little woozy, the bartender is revealed to actually be Gabriel who puts his trickster skills to good use along with a “magical roofie.”  After Rowena makes her entrance, Lucifer comments, “I killed you too.”  The plan is a success and they hold Lucifer captive so that they can keep his grace on tap to ensure the rift stays open.  While we know that it’s impossible to keep Lucifer detained forever, everyone heads into the rift and Rowena stays behind to “babysit” Lucifer.

2

“Step into my office.”

While Lucifer is being held captive, he puts his best effort forward to break Rowena and tries to hit a nerve.  He compares her situation to the “woman staying home in the kitchen,” while the boys go to handle the real work, but Rowena stays strong, refusing to give him the satisfaction of upsetting her.  When this doesn’t work, Lucifer resorts to some off key singing that is beyond annoying, but Rowena keeps her cool.  Lucifer finally strikes a nerve when he brings up killing her and Rowena tries to bring him down by telling him that his son considers Sam, Dean, and Castiel to be his real family.  Lucifer channels his anger and is able to break free.  He wounds Rowena and she deflects him with her magic into the rift in self-defense.  While this is clearly the last thing anyone wants, Rowena has second thoughts about leaving the Winchester brothers to fend for themselves and gets to work by opening her spell book to come up with something to help.

1

“Hey Sammy.”

When Sam, Dean, and Castiel go through the rift, they wind up in a different entrance again and need to make their way to Dayton.  They help some strangers who are being attacked by starved vampires on the way and learn that the quickest way to Dayton is through a tunnel filled with these monsters.  Sam is brutally attacked and dragged off, as Dean screams out to him.  Castiel goes after him, but explains that it is too late and that Sam is gone.  Dean is barely able to process what has just happened, but keeps on going.  When he finally reunites with his mother, Mary, a single tear falls down Dean’s face, which is beyond heart-breaking.  Lucifer’s entrance through the rift proves to be useful after all, as he brings Sam back to life.  Sam knows that he wants something in return and is afraid to hear what he has to say.  Lucifer merely explains that “I want what you already have.  A relationship with my son.”  Sam is initially confused by this, but Lucifer further explains that he wants Sam to tell Jack that Lucifer is responsible for saving him, so that Jack can be grateful toward Lucifer and begin to feel something for him.  Sam begrudgingly accepts since the alternative is to get eaten by vampires yet again, but everyone is beyond shocked when Lucifer walks into the camp with Sam, finally getting the family reunion he was so desperately longing for.  Will Jack accept him?  While we know that Lucifer will come in handy in the fight against Michael, what else does he secretly have planned?  The devil can never be trusted, but it looks like the Winchester brothers do not have a choice at this point.  Stay tuned!

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Throw-Back Thursday: Ranking the top 5 episodes of “Charmed.”

It’s Throw-Back Thursday TV Fans!  For today, I am going to be counting down the top 5 episodes from Charmed Out of the 178 episodes of the series, it was extremely difficult to narrow this list down to just 5 episodes.  Over my many re-watches of the show, these episodes have stood the test of time.  As I re-watch the series each time, I find myself looking forward to them because they truly make an impact with me.  There have been different points in my life where many episodes of Charmed have gotten me through some really tough times and that just goes to show you how amazing this show is.  It’s not just about witchcraft and magic.  It’s about family, loyalty, and how to deal with the everyday demons in our lives, not just the supernatural.  The entire series is filled with great episodes, all connecting to create a believable story and providing us with some great entertainment, while keeping our favorite characters real, empathetic, funny, and significant in the process.  It’s hard not to feel like part of the Halliwell family when you invest so much time watching these powerful and amazing women.  These stand-out episodes below take it a step further, however; surpassing our expectations as fans and surprising us with unforgettable moments.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not yet watched the series.  My top 5 episodes from Charmed are:

5

“From Fear to Eternity.” (Season 1, episode 13)

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“Prue.  Prue. You must face your fears, Prue.  You must trust in the greatest of all powers.  Love.” (Patty Halliwell)

So for me this episode has to be the one that hooked me onto Charmed for good.  This episode was in the middle of the first season and really elevated the show to an entirely new level.  It’s Friday the 13th and we are first introduced to one of the greatest villains on the show, Barbas, the Demon of Fear.  I have to say that it was very clever to have episode 13 be the Friday the 13th one, which really made this episode that much more haunting.  The Demon of Fear has to murder 13 witches before midnight so that he can be freed, which is alarming enough for those of you who are superstitious.  What makes Barbas so frightening is that he brings a victim’s greatest fear to the surface.  The victim appears to die from a heart attack and their hair turns bright white from fright, which gets the police involved, but there is something so bone-chilling about this.  Just imagining this happening makes my skin crawl, which is why Barbas was such a genius villain and so difficult for the sisters to face.  This episode stood out to me as well because the sisters could not just rely on their magical powers to defeat him.  Phoebe is held captive by him and he lures Prue to the scene to get two witches for the price of one.  We learn in the episode that Prue is very fearful of drowning, as Barbas initially attacks her in the shower.  When Prue is in the pool, the spirit of her mother, Patty appears before her and tells her to trust in the power of love.  Prue is able to overcome her fear, which banishes Barbas.  It took Prue conquering her inner demons to be able to defeat this one and it finally allows her to open up to her sisters and let them into her heart, while still having plenty of room to remember and love her mother.

4

“Chick Flick.” (Season 2, episode 18)

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“You’re my hero Billy.”

“And I think you’re swell, Sally Mae.”

My top 5 list would not be complete without including “Chick Flick.”  I typically refer to this episode as “Kill It Before It Dies,” which is the old movie that Phoebe is obsessed with, currently playing down at the local theater.  In this episode, the Demon of Illusion flees from the Charmed ones and hides right in the movie.  The demon is not afraid to change the script and even recruits other psycho killers from different movies to attack the sisters.  Phoebe’s dream man, Billy, comes out of the movie and is still in black-and-white.  Phoebe is beyond thrilled and bonds with Billy.  I mean how many times have we thought about hanging out with one of our favorite characters?  Phoebe actually gets to do this which is beyond cool.  The sisters team up with Billy to fight the Demon of Illusion, but not before they get trapped in the film.  The Demon of Illusion explains that if they are stuck in there when the movie ends, they will never get out.  Luckily, Prue is quite the photographer and is able to rewind the film and vanquish the Demon of Illusion by leaving his frame under the light for too long.  Phoebe is forced to say goodbye to Billy, but is thrilled when she gets her own copy of the movie.  “Kill It Before it Dies” actually appears in three episodes of Charmed and even Cole tries to give her a message through the movie.  I mean you can’t knock him for lack of effort.  Either way, this episode is absolutely hilarious and fun.  If you’re having a bad day, I strongly recommend you grab your popcorn and watch this one.  And whatever you do…don’t hide from a psycho killer in the shower like poor Piper.

3

“The Seven Year Witch.” (Season 7, episode 16)

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“Leo and Piper’s love, it’s epic, it’s massive.  It’s Romeo and Juliet, Anthony and Cleopatra, Brad and Jennifer.”   (Drake)

There are a few reasons why I absolutely adore this episode.  First off, my absolute favorite character, Cole Turner is back.  Well not back to the land of the living, but he does act as a sort of mentor and guide for Piper who is currently trapped in limbo.  Meanwhile, the elders decide to test Leo and strip him of his memory and leave him out on an abandoned highway so that he can choose his path once and for all.  The path is not so clear-cut, however; as the elders do try to manipulate him by focusing on his love to help others.  Cole finally gets through to Piper and she realizes that she must let go and die and call out to Leo in order to reach him and the plan is a success.  While Drake should have probably picked couples in history that actually ended up together…or ended up surviving, the intent is there.  When I think about epic couples, Piper and Leo always come to mind and it’s because of moments like this.  Piper and Leo’s love transcends everything else around them and they are able to fight for each other and support each other through it all.  At the end of the episode, Drake’s life ends at midnight when he says, “Alas…pumpkin time.”  Fans learn that Cole sent him there to help Phoebe believe in love again, which is absolutely swoon-worthy.  Even though Cole can’t be with Phoebe, her happiness is all that keeps him going in the other plane and he will forever love her.  Phoebe even feels his presence in the house, which proves that they are still connected on some level.  Now that’s romantic.

2

“Centennial Charmed.” (Season 5, episode 12)

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“We’ve been through so much together…haven’t we?  Our love’s so strong, nothing can destroy it, not even this.  We’re meant to be together.” (Cole)

So even though Phoebe says, “I don’t think so,” it’s hard to fully believe this can be true.  I absolutely believe that Phoebe and Cole were meant to be together, but unlike Piper and Leo, they are unable to defeat everything that gets in their way.  Cole’s path toward self-destruction is beyond difficult to control and Phoebe will always choose her family over her love for him simply because she is selfless.  It’s a sacrifice and something that will always be with her, but it’s hard to agree that their love was not meant to be.  While I do think that her love with Coop later on in the series is a healthy and stable relationship for her, it comes as a close second to her passionate and messy romance with Cole.  This episode is the 100th episode of the show and I think that they really hit home with it.  Cole has been vanquished before, but he always finds some way back.  However, this time is different.  Cole reveals that it is his birthday but all he wants is a chance at love and happiness, which is heart-breaking and empathetic.   The Avatars approach Cole, which prove to be a greater threat later down the road with Leo, and Cole decides to use his new powers to cast a spell to alter reality so that he can win Phoebe back.  Only this has unforeseen consequences, as Phoebe does not love him in this reality anymore than she does now.  Cole’s plan back-fires when Paige sneezes and orbs out when the spell is cast, as he had anticipated her being dead in this reality.  Paige is able to convince Piper to help her, which is no easy task and the power of 3 is alive again.  Cole is not indestructible in this reality and when he is vanquished, it’s for good this time.  The end of the episode is bitter sweet, as Cole’s place is found empty and abandoned, revealing that he’s not coming back anytime soon.  Paige wishes him a happy birthday before she exits, which always brings me to tears.  The sisters did not want to vanquish Cole, but he made it impossible for them to live in a world with him.  Perhaps his path could have been different or perhaps it would end just the same, but it’s clear that he impacted more than just Phoebe, which makes his departure from the show that much more heart-breaking.

Some honorable mentions before revealing my number one episode of Charmed are:

  • “The Wendigo”
  • “Is There a Woogy in the House?”
  • “Déjà Vu All Over Again”
  • “P3 H20”
  • “Ms. Hellfire”
  • “Awakened”
  • “The Good, The Bad, and the Cursed”
  • “Just Harried”
  • “All Hell Breaks Loose”
  • “Brain Drain”
  • “A Paige from the Past”
  • “Charmed and Dangerous”
  • “Marry-Go-Round”
  • “Long Live the Queen”
  • “The Day the Magic Died”
  • “Sense and Sense Ability”
  • “Witchstock”
  • “The Courtship of Wyatt’s Father”
  • “Hyde School Reunion”
  • “Witch Wars”
  • “Charmageddon”
  • “Show Ghouls”
  • “The Torn Identity”
  • “Kill Billy: Volume 2”

1

“Forever Charmed.” (Season 8, episode 22)

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“And although we certainly had our struggles and heart aches over the years we’re a family of survivors and we always will be.  Which is why we’ve truly been Charmed.” (Piper Halliwell)

So I absolutely have to give the series finale of the show the number one spot.  Mostly because it truly sums up everything the way I would have liked.  I would say that the only thing missing was the presence of Prue but they did mention her.  The episode focuses on Piper using Coop’s ring to travel through time to save her sisters, which allows some of our favorite characters from the past and future to get involved to help save the day.  When the threat is over, we get a glimpse into the future of the lives of our favorite Halliwell sisters and everything is as it should be.  Piper’s words to her future grand-daughter remind us what the show is all about.  While the Halliwell sisters are powerful witches, they are much more than that.  They are survivors and they are a family that sticks together no matter what.  It’s hard not to fall in love with this show and every time I watch the series finale, it inspires hope and love.  While it’s always hard to say goodbye to the Charmed ones, you can always start the series over again, but knowing that they obtained the future that they deserved provides us with closure and satisfaction.  “The power of 3 will set us free!”

I hope you enjoyed the list and please feel free to post some of your own favorite episodes from Charmed below.  Happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Once Upon a Time” season 7 episode 15: “Operation Bromance”

After watching ABC’s Once Upon a Time season 7 episode 15 last night, it’s important to remember that even if you have made mistakes all throughout your life, it’s never too late to do something good to help tip the scale.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Sisterhood,” we learn about how Ivy/Drizella joined the coven and how she crossed paths with another fairy-tale favorite, Gretel.  Meanwhile, Regina and Lucy take a break from “Operation Hyacinth” to bring “Operation Bromance” into the mix to help cheer up Henry at “Flynn’s Arcade,” straight out of the film, Tron.  Doctor Facilier continues to work on earning the trust of those around him, but not without making a dangerous enemy in the process and the masked killer is finally revealed.  My top 5 moments from Once Upon a Time season 7 episode 15 are:

5

“Your clandestine boyfriend…when were you going to tell me about this?”

After learning that Doctor Facilier is after the Dark One’s dagger, Regina needed to decide whether or not to involve Rumpel.  She does tell him what’s going on, but it’s clear that Rumpel is not pleased that she waited so long.  After all, Rumpel always knows more about keeping secrets than anyone else.  Rumpel gets a lead on Anastasia and explains to Regina that they need to find her before Ivy does to prevent her power from being unleashed into the wrong hands.  Even though Doctor Facilier is working very hard to win over the trust of Regina, Rumpel trusts him about as far as he can throw him.  The two come face to face and a new rivalry has emerged:  Rumpel vs Facilier, who will win?

4

“Operation Bromance is a go.”

Lucy confides in Regina that she feels awful about keeping her mother and father apart, but Regina assures her that she is doing the right thing until they can figure out a way to break the curse without harming Henry.  While Jacinda has Lucy to cheer her up, Lucy is worried about her father, Henry.  Thus creating, “Operation Bromance.”  Back in the world prior to the curse, Regina explains that Henry’s two best friends were Nook/Rogers and Jack/Nick.  Lucy strategically texts them all to get them down to “Flynn’s Arcade” in an effort to provide Henry with some much needed fun.  Henry is not initially pleased saying, “she literally texted me into the friend zone,” but Lucy has good intentions.  After a while, Henry begins to relax and have a good time with his friends, making “Operation Bromance” a success, until he makes wagers about who will walk through the door next.

3

“The next girl who walks through the door, I’m going to ask her out.”

In walks Jacinda, as if straight out of a cheesy romantic comedy flick that makes you cry even though you’ll never admit it.  The lighting is just right, her hair has just the right amount of bounce, and she smiles at Henry so brilliantly that you can practically see stars in their eyes.  Fate has brought these two crazy kids together again and the begin talking about odds and chances, proving that you make your own luck, but sometimes destiny has a funny way of not letting go until nature runs the right course.  While it’s great to see this moment between Jacinda and Henry, it’s dangerous for them to be together until Regina and Lucy can break the curse.  But will they be too late?

2

“I guess you underestimated the power of sisterhood.”

Just as Ivy/Drizella has announced that she will make amends and do good, temptation comes her way several times throughout the episode, making her choices that much more important.  She initially turns down Gothel’s deal and takes a stand against her, refusing to make the same mistake she did when she killed Gretel to join the coven.  Even though Ivy/Drizella is standing alone, she needs to stay strong in order to survive.  However, this becomes difficult when the killer targets her next.  Luckily, her pepper spray and stiletto heel provide just the right amount of back-up to get away, but Ivy/Drizella is clearly feeling vulnerable now that she knows her life is in immediate danger.  With perfect timing, Doctor Facilier approaches her and offers her up a deal.  He explains that she can use a magic bean to escape to another realm, but she will need to sacrifice her sister, Anastasia to do so.  Doctor Facilier tries to manipulate her decision by explaining that Ana will die either way, but at least she can survive in one outcome.  Ivy/Drizella is able to bring Anastasia to her with the help of a lighted lantern but makes the horrible decision to choose herself over her sister.  The tables turn quickly, however; as Gothel wakes Anastasia up and puts sister against sister.  Ivy/Drizella has made numerous mistakes just like her mother, Victoria and now she has one final chance to do something right.  She drops her weapon and the two sisters choose their bond over revenge, spoiling Gothel’s plan.  It took you long enough Ivy/Drizella, but we’re happy to see you finally get it right.

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Intentions are revealed.

Even though Ivy/Drizella has left this realm with her sister, she did not have the key to breaking Henry’s curse, which leaves Regina in the same mess she was in before.  Doctor Facilier approaches her and explains that he merely left the two sisters so they could find each other and tapped into Ana’s magic when they re-formed their bond.  Regina is still skeptical at this point of Doctor Facilier’s motives, but he gives her the magic as a gift so that she can use it to find a way to save her son.  Regina tries not to let her feelings get in the way as she asks what the price is of accepting this gift.  Doctor Facilier charmingly explains that “the only price is your smile,” but it seems a little bit too cliché if you ask me.  While Doctor Facilier may have Regina fooled for now, Rumpel is not about to let him just take his dagger.  While all of this is going on, the masked killer is finally revealed to be…..Jack/Nick.  But why?  What does he have to gain here?  Who will he target next?  Stay tuned to find out!

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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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Once Upon a Time” season 7 episode 12: “H Town”

After watching ABC’s Once Upon a Time season 7 episode 12 last night, I wish I could get the opportunity to listen in on Henry’s full podcast, “H Town.”  While he carefully unravels a mystery for his listeners, he is spot on when he asks the relevant question:  “what could possibly happen next?”  When one door closes on OUAT, fans know that several more are about to open, bringing new faces to town and dangerous enemies as well.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “A Taste of the Heights,” we finally learn more about Sabine/Tiana’s past, which introduces us to new characters like Doctor Facilier and Prince Naveen.   Meanwhile, Rumpel finally throws his hat in the ring to uncover the mystery behind Lucy’s doctor’s death, Henry finds out about the mix tape Jacinda made him, and Regina’s jaded past catches up to her.  My top 5 moments from Once Upon a Time season 7 episode 12 are:

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Welcome back Rumpel!

So even though Rumpel has been in most of the episodes this season, it seems like he has been taking a back seat to the drama, which seems uncharacteristic and suspicious.  Well that’s all about to change and it’s about time.  Rumpel begins investigating the death of Lucy’s doctor and doesn’t believe for one second that it is pure coincidence that she died at the exact moment that Victoria did.  He loops in Hook or “Nook” and explains that the lock of hair could mean that there is an evil in town extending past Eloise/Mother Gothel.  Our two favorite detectives interview Hilda who runs a bakery.  What’s her best seller?  Gingerbread of course, which Rumpel points out, is really out of season.  Hilda is blind and is clearly the witch from Hansel and Gretel.  While initially it seems like she might know more than she is letting on, she is then attacked and a lock of her hair goes missing as well.  Is this the work of Doctor Facilier?  Seems likely when we think about voodoo magic, but we know that Rumpel and Nook are on the case.

4

“Food Truck Queen of the Heights.”

So I was thrilled that we finally got the opportunity in this episode to really get a glimpse at Sabine/Tiana’s back story.  It really was perfect timing since Dr. Facilier and Prince Naveen have also conveniently shown up in town, now that Victoria is dead.  While Tiana/Sabine recognizes that she is a perfectionist, she’s used to putting on a “one woman show,” as Naveen/Drew reminds her.  Tiana always puts her people first in her past and tries to do what is right.  In her present, she is quite nervous about her food truck debut and is heartbroken when the cop tells her she can’t debut at the event because she is missing her safety permit.  While she initially blames Naveen/Drew, he does the right thing to win her trust and gives her his own safety permit.  Swoon!  While this seems to be bringing these two back together again, Doctor Facilier/Mr. Samdi shows up and tells Naveen that he did a good job winning her trust.  Is Naveen/Drew really out for himself or will he do the right thing and be true to Tiana/Sabine?

3

“The dark one in denim.  How quaint.”

Zelena was absolutely hilarious in this moment and I couldn’t help chuckling myself.  While Rumpel may not have the best fashion sense, he is vital to bringing down the new threat in the Heights.  When Rumpel approaches Regina and Zelena, Regina is initially angry because she tried to bring Rumpel into the fold much earlier.  However, she recognizes that he might be the key to them saving Henry.  They put two and two together and realize that someone is killing witches.  This means that the threat is nowhere near over and it also means that Regina and Zelena are in danger themselves.  Will they be able to stop this new threat before it’s too late?

2

“Word on the street is you made me a mix tape.”

While I can’t really buy Henry using the phrase, “word on the street,” this moment is absolutely adorable between him and Jacinda.  Lucy is now awake and it seems like Henry and Jacinda’s romance can finally begin or begin again.  Lucy is beyond excited and they invite Henry over for a game night.  Lucy confides to Henry that it’s all real and that her grandmother, Victoria showed her the book.  While she doesn’t know where the book is now, she is convinced that true’s love kiss will break the curse.  However, Lucy finds a missing page of the book which reveals the truth that the kiss will end Henry’s life.  She quickly intervenes just in the nick of time and stops the kiss from happening.  Now that Lucy knows the truth, who will she turn to for help?  Will Henry and Jacinda ever be able to get their happily ever after?

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Regina’s past is revealed.

While it seems apparent that Doctor Facilier could be the evil threat everyone is talking about, I was shocked to learn that Regina had a romantic past with him.  At the end of the episode, Regina pays him a visit and says, “You think you can just waltz into my town and pretend you’re cursed.”  She asks him what he is here for, which is something we are all wondering, but Doctor Facilier does not appear to be intimidated by his former flame, Regina.  Big mistake Doctor Facilier.  If there is anything I know for sure, it’s that you don’t mess with Regina Mills!

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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