Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” season 3 episode 3: “The Real Game Is Just Beginning”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Riverdale season 3 episode 3, Hiram Lodge reminded us, “Don’t make enemies of the people trying to help you,” but it’s difficult to determine who is a friend and who is a foe in Riverdale.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Chapter Thirty-Eight:  As Above, So Below,” Jughead begins his first game of “Griffins and Gargoyles.”  Meanwhile, Betty tries to talk to Evelyn, Veronica opens her club, “La Bonne Nuit,” and Archie becomes a star.  My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 3 episode 3 are:

5

“I couldn’t have done it without my favorite power couple.”

I think it’s safe to say that Cheryl and Toni, otherwise known as Choni, may be everyone’s favorite power couple.  At least they are definitely mine.  Veronica approaches Cheryl and Toni, initially looking for Jughead, and Cheryl hilariously says, “You mean True Detective?  He’s busy canoodling Nancy Drew no doubt.”  Seriously Cheryl is laugh out loud funny.  Veronica is looking for some material to blackmail her father and Toni has an in on where one of the Jingle Jangle drug labs are.  My favorite trio is back, reminding me of when Toni and Veronica teamed up to rescue Cheryl last season, as the three put their own sleuth skills to the test, capturing the drug lab on camera while looking absolutely fabulous.  It was nice to see some more air time for Cheryl and Toni, who definitely know how to make an entrance together.

4

“I’m shaking you down.”

Betty gives Veronica some really great advice when she tells her to focus on herself for a change.  Veronica has been so worried about Archie, but she does have a business to run.  Veronica decides to open up her club, “La Bonne Nuit,” but things get complicated when she gets a visit from Penny, a delivery of Jingle Jangle, and her father snooping around.  Veronica is not threatened; however, and she tries to get some leverage over her father, only he pretty much anticipates her every move.  Either way, Veronica’s opening night is a success, as Josie performs and Kevin gets his moment in the spotlight as the MC.  Congrats Veronica!

3

“That kid is a star.”

Archie initially turns down the warden’s request to be the next “mad dog,” but changes his mind when the warden initially uses Joaquin.  Archie is always trying to do the right thing and agrees to take his place, which involves some kind of fighting pit for entertainment.  Archie starts winning fights, but the warden reminds him that he wants him to put on more of a show.  Archie ultimately decides to take several punches before ending the fight, giving the warden the entertainment he is looking for without beating his opponent badly.  The warden approves and recognizes Archie’s star potential, but Archie realizes that he needs to get out of there before things escalate further.  Archie has clearly been watching one too many episodes of Prison Break, as he decides that they will need to plan their escape from jail.  Good luck Archie.

2

“We know all each other’s secrets.”

Betty decides to approach Evelyn, even though she gives off a major creepy vibe, to find out more information about the farm and its possible connection to the game.  Betty is surprised when Evelyn and some members of the farm show up at her house, ready to find out all of Betty’s secrets.  Although I’m not sure there is much left to tell since they already know about the body in the kitchen and Betty’s “webcamming” past.  Alice has disclosed all of their family secrets, but does she know what she is doing?  Betty requests an audience with Edgar, but is turned down.  She tries to make a connection to the seizures, but no one seems willing to open up to her.  Alice even tells her daughter that she trusts the farm more than her, which is heartbreaking to hear.  Betty recognizes that the farm is a threat, but will she be able to find out what is really going on there before it’s too late?

1

“Welcome to your first game.”

After approaching Ethel again after her seizure, she determines that Jughead is worthy to play the game.  Ethel agrees to hand over the rule book or the “scripture” only after he completes his first test.  You would think possibly drinking poison would be punishment enough, but Ethel tells Jughead that he also needs to kiss her in order to obtain the rule book.  Poor Jughead.  For some reason, Ethel decides to drink from the other cup and winds up in the hospital again, but is OK for now.  However, she is having conversations with “The Gargoyle King” and explains that she found him someone truly worthy to play, meaning Jughead.  Later on, FP and Alice discover the rule book and burn it, not wanting their children anywhere near it.  Betty and Jughead quickly realize that their parents know something about the game, but we still don’t get any concrete answers here.  Later on, everyone gets their very own copy of the rule book placed in their school lockers, revealing that “the real game is just beginning.”  New episodes return November 7thStay tuned!

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

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

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” season 3 episode 2: “Sounds Like Another Mystery To Solve”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Riverdale season 3 episode 2, I thought about the quote:  “It is unfortunate that in most cases when the sins of the father fall on the son.”  Riverdale is known for keeping dark secrets, but what happens when they resurface, threatening the children of those who swore to keep them in the first place?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Chapter Thirty-Seven:  Fortune and Men’s Eyes,” Archie has a rough time adjusting to life in jail, but tries to make a difference.  Meanwhile, Jughead and Betty tackle a new mystery, Veronica gets some advice from Cheryl, and Kevin tries to fit into Moose’s life.  My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 3 episode 2 are:

5

“It was so real.”

After the cliffhanger last week, we find out that Betty is OK and that her seizure was triggered from stress.  Betty still believes that she saw her mother and sister holding the twins up above the fire, but Polly explains, “You must have just had a hallucination when you had the seizure.”  Betty is not entirely convinced; however, as it all seemed so real.  Later on, Alice has a touching moment with Betty and tells her that she just wants her to be safe, but something tells me that the Cooper family may be in real danger again.

4

“A little food for thought.”

Veronica is initially upset with Cheryl when she finds out that she is petitioning to be the class president in Archie’s absence.  A new rivalry stirs between them, but Cheryl suggests that Veronica should maybe “channel that rage into something more productive.”  Cheryl informs Veronica about “The Innocence Project” and thinks that Veronica should spend her time trying to free Archie from jail.  Later on, Veronica’s father puts her on a do not admit list so that she cannot visit Archie and Cheryl proves her worth again when she tells Veronica to use a fake name and ID.  Cheryl is absolutely brilliant and earns Veronica’s trust and support.  Perhaps everyone else should take a minute to listen to our favorite “Cheryl Bombshell.” 

3

“You’re an animal in a cage.”

Archie tries to keep his head down in jail and meets his cell mate, Mad Dog, who tries to warn Archie about the danger all around him.  Mad Dog reminds him that he’s an animal in a cage and explains that he needs to become one before they kill him like one.  Archie tries to approach “The Serpents” with his fresh ink, but they are not too receptive of him when he refuses to attack a Ghoulie.  Archie tries out his motivational football pep talk on his fellow inmates and convinces them to participate in a friendly game of football, taking a page from Orange Is The New Black’s book.  Mad Dog even stands by Archie and supports him and it looks like Archie may make a difference after all.  Veronica and the cheerleaders show up and give a spirited performance of “Jail House Rock” on the other side of the fence to get the boys motivated and it seems like the day will end well.  That is until Hiram Lodge gets involved.  The warden is in Hiram’s “pocket” and orders his guards to put a stop to the football game, suggesting it was a riot started by Archie.  When Archie returns to his cell, he is told that Mad Dog was killed in the riot, but he was not even there.  Things get even more complicated when the warden tells Archie that he will be his new “mad dog.”  What exactly does this entail and what has Archie gotten himself into now?  We’ll have to stay tuned to find out.

2

“Have more romantic words ever been spoken?”

Our favorite duo is back in action, as Jughead and Betty team up to solve a brand new mystery.  Yay Bughead!  After coming across the ritual site, Dilton is pronounced dead and Ben is in a coma.  There is also another boy missing, but Jughead and Betty are not about to just leave this up to the cops to figure out.  After paying a visit to the morgue, Jughead and Betty are told that this is the work of the “true face of evil.”  We learn that it’s darker than the murder of Jason Blossom and the crimes of the Black Hood, catching us Riverdale fans up to speed and reminding us that a new season means a new mystery.  It looks like Jughead and Betty have a lot of work to do, but I feel much better knowing that they are on the case.

1

“We made a pact to never revisit that night.”

After finding out that Ethel is somehow involved, Jughead and Betty learn that Dilton had a secret bunker in Fox Forest.  Jughead and Betty come face to face with “The Gargoyle King” and Betty realizes that she is not hallucinating anymore when Jughead tells her he sees the same thing.  Who is the Gargoyle King?  I’m not sure, but Evelyn Evernever’s first appearance in this episode cannot be a coincidence.  When Jughead and Betty make it inside the secret bunker, they discover that the victims were playing some type of game called “Griffins and Gargoyles.”  While it seems like some kind of version of “Dungeons and Dragons,” this role-playing game is clearly more dangerous than anyone realized.  Jughead and Betty learn that cyanide was a part of the game, explaining the blue lips of Dilton and Ben.  They quickly find the missing kid who was a kind of apprentice to Dilton, but the threat is nowhere near over.    To make this mystery even more complicated, we witness a meeting of all the parents in Riverdale who seem to know what they are dealing with.  Tom Keller reminds everyone that they made a pact to never revisit that night, which only leads to more unanswered questions.  Hermione warns everyone that their children are in danger, but how are they all involved?  At the end of the episode, Ethel also has a seizure and Ben decides to jump out the window, creating even more confusion and putting that much more on Jughead and Betty’s plate.  Stay tuned!

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

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

My Whizbuzz Book Page

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

@TV_Fanatic_Girl

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

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

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

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Purge” season 1 episode 7: “Because Fear is Alive”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching the USA network’s The Purge season 1 episode 7 last night, the voice over reminded us that “The Purge is your chance to rise up.  To stand tall.  Reclaim your power.  We’ll all rise up together and march hand and hand to victory.”  Even when you think it may be over on Purge Night, that doesn’t mean that you give you for one second.  There is still plenty of time to reclaim your own power and to fight back.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “Lovely Dark and Deep,” Miguel and Penelope escape through the woods, but run into new threats along the way.  Meanwhile, Jane is put on display and Jenna has a Lady Macbeth moment.  “Out damned spot!”  My top 5 moments from The Purge season 1 episode 7 are:

5

“Your looks are an asset.”

David takes things to the next level when he adds Jane to his live art gallery, putting her on display for everyone to see.  Jane tells him that he is disgusting and David reminds her to “hang tight,” pun intended.  During this time, Jane flashes back to her past and remembers her mother talking to her about her looks being an asset, encouraging Jane to enter into beauty pageants to potentially win a scholarship.  Jane has always wanted to prove that she can succeed based on her intelligence, rather than her looks, but her mother tells her to “sparkle baby.”  Jane has also always wanted to change the perception of others in the world, but reality has reminded her that this is not always possible.  Jane spots Anya at the party and begs her to help her.  Anya discreetly speaks to Jane and tells her that they did this to her last year, trying to calm her down.  Jane is horrified that Anya said nothing and let this happen and asks for her to call the Matron Saints.  Even though Anya is not a part of this twisted game, sometimes saying nothing is just as bad as actively participating.   Will Anya make the right decision? 

4

“She’s very convincing when she needs to be.”

Jenna and Rick agree to let Lila into their home, who is absolutely traumatized.  Jenna tries to console her and tells her, “You’re OK.”  Rick later pulls Jenna aside and explains that Lila’s story keeps changing and that this doesn’t add up.  Jenna doesn’t want to hear this; however, as she is very concerned with Lila’s well-being and just wants to be there for her.  Is Jenna blinded by love?  Is Lila hiding something?  We’ll have to stay tuned to find out, but I think Rick is on to something here.

3

“You’re the most important person in the world to me.”

Miguel and Penelope are not getting that pancake break anytime soon, as they make their way into the woods to escape the “Carnival of Flesh.”  They take a moment to finally talk and Penelope asks Miguel how many people he killed tonight.  Miguel explains that he did what he had to do, but Penelope says that she was ready to die.  The woods are anything but “lovely,” as they witness a man being set on fire and try to make their way out undetected.  Penelope gets stuck in a trap and Miguel puts his Marine skills to the test once again to free her.  Later on, Penelope tells Miguel that she is glad that he came back for her.  Finally!  It looks like the immediate threat is over for these two, but something tells me that Penelope will want to go back and face her cult leader.  Is she ready though?

2

“You saved us.”

While tensions continue to build at Rick and Jenna’s home, they realize that their neighbor, Ross, has gotten inside.  Ross is pissed off about their lack of “neighborly courtesy” and is ready to purge.  You might want to start taking in your garbage cans on time from now on.  Rick and Jenna try to talk Ross out of this and even let him know that they will put something on the books right away so that they can all get to know each other.  Ross is not buying it; however, and tries to attack Jenna.  Lila steps in with perfect timing and brutally stabs Ross, ending the threat.  Go Lila!  Lila is still shaken up after she witnessed her father’s death; however, and reveals to Rick and Jenna, “I just ran when it came to saving my own family.  I didn’t even try.”  Jenna reminds her that she saved them and is extremely grateful.  Jenna is ready to move once this is all over; however, desperately trying to clean the blood out of the floor, which was supposed to be where the nursery would go.  So much for that.  Jenna tells Lila that she can stay there for as long as she needs and embraces her hand in a touching moment.  Rick witnesses this; however, and I’m starting to think that he may be on to something.  As much as I am rooting for Jelinna, there is something not quite right about all of this.  We’ll have to stay tuned to find out what Lila is hiding.

1

“There’s nothing left to say David.”

David continues to play the villain perfectly, as he talks to Jane about capturing the live fear in her eyes.  Jane is horrified by his actions, but the tables are about to finally turn.  The lights all go out and in walks the masked vigilante, Joe, who is there to save Jane and the other women.  Jane tries to help the other women there and tells Anya to help as well, as Anya finally listens and makes the right decision.  Girl power and all that.  Jane picks up the gun and the moment we have been waiting for is finally here.  Without any hesitation, she shoots David in the head and takes off with Joe.  Joe tells her that they will go somewhere safe, but I have to say that I am extremely proud of Jane.  David could not be redeemed and Jane reclaimed her power, refusing to become someone weak like David initially suggested.  While Jane is a good person and against everything this night stands for, she had no choice here.  If she didn’t eliminate David, he would have come after her.  Either way, Jane finally stepped up and Joe has now crossed paths with the first of our main characters.  I’m looking forward to see who he helps next.  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!

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

My Whizbuzz Book Page

Stay up to date on upcoming premieres of horror TV series @ 12nightsofhorror.com/horror-series-coming-soon

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

@TV_Fanatic_Girl

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

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

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

Want to read more?  You can click the link directly below for a free preview.  Thanks for your support!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Purge” season 1 episode 3: “Everybody has the Urge to Purge”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching the USA network’s The Purge season 1 episode 3 last night, the voice over reminded us that “everyone has the urge to purge.”  However, when you stand behind your beliefs in the midst of all of this chaos and destruction, the urge is replaced by strength.  And “because you had the strength and the courage and fortitude to face your fears, all your dreams will come true.”  While I’m not sure that this is necessarily true, it’s important to remember what matters most, even when we are faced with temptation all around us.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “The Urge to Purge,” Penelope learns that she is up next to “step into the invisible,” but Miguel is not giving up on his quest to find her.  Meanwhile, Jenna reveals another secret, Rick has a momentary lapse of judgment, and Alison tries to prove to Jane why she should be promoted above Mark.  My top 5 moments from The Purge season 1 episode 3 are:

5

“I know you felt it.”

After Lila and Jenna continue kissing in secret, Lila stares at Jenna with loving eyes and tells her, “I’m sorry but I had to.”  She reminds Jenna that she knows she felt it, which seems to be spot on, as Jenna clearly wears her heart on her sleeve and has some kind of feelings swirling around for Lila.  However, Jenna reveals another secret and tells Lila that she is pregnant.  Lila congratulates her, but doesn’t seem ready to give up just yet.  Will more secrets continue to unravel between Lila, Jenna, and Rick?  We’ll have to stay tuned, but it appears that Purge Night is revealing more than just the “urge to purge.”

4

“It is your turn to walk through that door and give.”

During the episode, Penelope and the other cult members on the bus are still upset by Melissa’s meltdown when it was her turn.  The good leader turns to Penelope to inspire the others.  Penelope explains “That is our gift.  Tonight we give so that tomorrow the world will be a better place.”  Her words seem true enough and the rest of the bus begin chanting with her, “we walk arm and arm toward peace and love for united we can conquer all.”  We also flashback to Penelope and Miguel’s past and see them as children, building a pillow fort with their father.  We learn that this was right before “The First Purge,” and their parents were approached with money to merely stay at home, even though they said they had no interest in purging themselves.  Penelope soon learns that it is her time to “step into the invisible,” and she tries to remain strong and says, “I hope I make my family proud too.”  While Penelope is still misguided, she has been trying to fill the void from her parent’s death for quite some time, searching for a place to belong.  While Miguel channeled his loss by joining the Marines and helping others, Penelope seems to have had a much more difficult time adjusting.

3

“Let’s celebrate!”

During the party, Rick is called in to discuss final negotiations and Jenna is asked to come join them as well.  Even though Jenna is the creative part of the team, she does an excellent job explaining the purpose of their project and even talks about the importance of giving the extra profit back to the poor, trying to make a difference with those less fortunate.  After a deal is made, their new partner, Mr. Stanton, suggests that they “celebrate.”  He brings in a former employee who betrayed him who is gagged and tied up.  Rick and Jenna look at the man in horror, realizing what they have just gotten themselves into.  Mr. Stanton offers his guests the chance to purge and Rick initially takes the gun from him.  Before anyone can pull the trigger, Jenna quickly explains, “We don’t do this.”  Mr. Stanton says he understands and shoots the man right in front of them.  Jenna later tells Rick that she wants out, but Rick reminds her that this is a deal of a lifetime.  Jenna asks Rick if he was going to really pull the trigger and he says no, but it seems like there was definitely a moment of weakness there.  Is there darkness in Rick waiting to be released?  Rick tells Jenna, “we can’t change the purge but we can change our lives,” but at what cost?

2

“So do you notify HR about my promotion or is that on me?”

During the episode, Jane continues to have second thoughts about hiring a proxy to take out her boss, David.  Jane announces that they closed the deal, but still remains distracted.  The group wants to celebrate after closing the deal, but Jane reminds them not to do anything too crazy since it is Purge Night and all.  Later on, Mark approaches Jane and thanks her for being such a great mentor to him.  He explains that he understands if she will be choosing Alison for the promotion above him, but is ready to continue to work hard until it is his turn.  Mark’s turn will never come about; however, as Jane soon realizes that Alison and Mark left the secure floor.  To Jane’s horror, she walks in on Alison brutally stabbing Mark with a pair of scissors.  While Jane is in shock, asking Alison what she has done, Alison stares at her mechanically and brushes the blood off of her, asking about her promotion and who will be informing HR.  Alison eliminated the competition with no remorse or guilt, tapping into her own “urge to purge.”  After witnessing this, it’s safe to say that Jane will probably try to call her proxy off, but we know that there will definitely be consequences to this.  Is Jane ready to face them?

1

“He’s persistent.  That’s for sure.”

Miguel continues to try and get “Pete the Cop” to tell him where the bus is.  He is initially turned down, but Pete sees potential in Miguel.  Miguel offers him his car in exchange for the information and Pete is absolutely impressed by Miguel’s 1971 Chevelle SS and says, “This car has balls.”  Pete agrees to help Miguel and shows him where the bus is going and even sends two men in a van to get him closer to the location.  The men in the van explain that they are documenting the purge, trying to make a difference, but Miguel seems unconvinced.  Miguel is still clearly impacted by the death of his parents and we flash back to the past again.  Miguel’s father was killed when he tried to defend his home, but reminded Miguel to “protect her always,” meaning Penelope.  Miguel and Penelope were told to hide in the closet by their mother and they witnessed her killed right before their eyes.  Miguel says that his sister is all he has left in the world, as he tries to honor his promise to his father even now.  Miguel crosses paths with “The Nuns” who eerily point in the direction of the bus when confronted by Miguel.  When Miguel gets to the bus, he learns that he just missed Penelope and now has to find “The Nuns” before they turn Penelope into some kind of martyr to further their twisted agenda.  Miguel’s journey is far from over, but I am rooting for him all the way.  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!

Stay up to date on upcoming premieres of horror TV series @ 12nightsofhorror.com/horror-series-coming-soon

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

@TV_Fanatic_Girl

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

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

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

Want to read more?  You can click the link directly below for a free preview.  Thanks for your support!

Free Instant Preview of The Search for Alice is available here!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Purge” season 1 episode 2: “It’s My Right To Purge”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching the USA network’s The Purge season 1 episode 2 last night, I realized how terrifying it is when “purging” seems like the only answer to our problems.  While life may throw us a series of “curve balls,” it doesn’t mean that picking up the bat is the only answer, as the voice over the radio suggested.  Even though “life has this way of undermining your expectations,” there is always another option.  There is still good to be done even though it may only flicker quietly on Purge Night.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “Take What’s Yours,” we learn more about Jane’s past and begin to understand her motives on Purge Night.  Meanwhile, Miguel continues to try and find his sister, but ends up caught up in some kind of horror fun zone race, Rick and Jenna interact with Lila separately, and Penelope witnesses the consequences of going against the order of the “good leader.”  My top 5 moments from The Purge season 1 episode 2 are:

5

“Are you sure you’re good?”

After Lila makes her grand entrance into the party, Rick and Jenna react differently.  Jenna is clearly more impacted at this time and I began to really wonder about the strength of her marriage to Rick, who doesn’t even seem to really notice that she is clearly not “good” in this situation.  Rick leaves Jenna to go work on his business deal, but this doesn’t really seem like the right call when his wife seems like she is about to have some kind of emotional meltdown just at the sight of Lila.  While we begin to put the pieces together here, it seems like more secrets are about to unravel, but will this escalate into a potential purge?  We’ll have to stay tuned to find out.

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“I made a mistake.  I don’t want to die.”

During the episode, Penelope tries to comfort her friend on the bus, who is having second thoughts about “stepping into the invisible.”  Penelope explains that “pain is temporary” and that after the death of her parents, she was aimlessly searching for an escape, but that the “good leader” saved her and showed her the right path.  Penelope is convinced that she will see her parents and that “it will all be love in the end,” but her friend is still not ready to give herself up as a sacrifice.  Naturally, the “good leader” has chosen Penelope’s friend as the next sacrifice, but she begins hysterically crying and screaming that she doesn’t want to die.  Penelope courageously tries to take her place, but her request is harshly turned down, as her friend is dragged off the bus.  Penelope hears her friend crying out to her for help, as two men in masks drag her away.  Is this enough to snap Penelope back into reality?

3

“I want to be all about the future.”

During the party, Lila approaches Jenna and Rick separately.  When she speaks to Jenna, there is something genuine and sweet about her actions and words toward her.  Jenna seems hesitant to get close to Lila, but is happy that she is doing so well.  However, when Lila approaches Rick, she is more seductive and taunting, calling him the “man of the hour” and reminding him that she has already seen him naked.  Rick is not amused by her behavior and continues to try and avoid her, but Lila and Jenna cross paths again, which escalates into a private moment between them.  Lila tells Jenna that she thinks she is perfect and the two begin kissing passionately.  Lila seems to have genuine feelings for Jenna, but does she love her enough to force Rick out of the equation?  Is this all some kind of sick and twisted game for her to eliminate the competition?  Either way, the scandal between these three is far from over.

2

“Sometimes it feels like purging is the only answer.”

During the episode, we get a more detailed flashback into Jane’s past.  We learn that she is someone who has worked extremely hard for everything and tries to follow her own moral compass.  While it is clear that Jane deserves a promotion to partner, her boss, David, seems to have another agenda.  David is clearly a womanizer and drops several hints to Jane of his intentions.  Jane is honorable and refuses to stoop to this level.  She is passed over for partner despite all of her hard work, which makes her question who she is as a person.  When she hires the woman to complete the purge on her behalf, Jane insists on giving her a reason why, revealing that she is a good person deep down, but she is tired of being stepped on over and over again.  Will Jane be able to go through with this?  Will she be able to live with the consequences?  I’m not so sure, as it seems like she is a genuine person who is just conflicted.

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“You live, you win.  You die, you lose.”

Miguel is still on his quest to find the bus and his sister, but the distractions and obstacles keep coming his way.  Miguel ends up on some kind of sick game show called the “Purge Night Gauntlet,” which involves him running through some kind of house of horrors fun zone while being broadcasted live.  Miguel shows off his skills and takes out everyone in his way, but is not too interested in winning once he crosses the finish line.  He desperately tries to get a message out to his sister over the camera, determined to find her no matter what.  Miguel still has quite the journey ahead of him, but he is proving to be a hero we can root for, capable of saving lives and kicking some serious ass.  While we don’t know who we can really trust, it’s safe to say that Miguel is definitely one of the good guys.  I’m interested to see where his journey takes him to next.  Stay tuned!

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

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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Purge” season 1 episode 1 Series Premiere: “Step Into The Invisible”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  “This is not a test, this is your Emergency Broadcast System. Announcing the commencement of the annual purge sanctioned by the U.S. Government.  Commencing at the siren, any and all crime (including murder) will be legal for 12 continuous hours.”  So you have seen The Purge movies and you are ready to set your alarms once again to find out what happens on this particular purge night.  Only this purge is spread across 10 episodes on television.  After watching the USA network’s The Purge season 1 episode 1 last night, I was introduced to several new characters who are about to experience their very own Purge Night.  While some characters leave something to be desired, others did capture my full attention and I was particularly intrigued by the cult that centers on “stepping into the invisible.”  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “What Is America?” the countdown to Purge Night has already started and we step into the lives of several new characters only to discover that they each have secrets of their own, which will most likely cause their past to bleed into their present on Purge Night.  My top 5 moments from The Purge season 1 episode 1 are:

5

“Rich people don’t kill each other on Purge Night.”

Two of the new characters we are introduced to are Rick and Jenna, played by Colin Woodell and Hannah Emily Anderson.  We learn that they are a married couple and are on their way to attend an NFFA party.  As a reminder, the NFFA stands for “New Founding Fathers of America.”  Even though we find out it is to negotiate a business deal that could eventually benefit the poor and less fortunate, it doesn’t seem like a great idea to do this on Purge Night, but their potential new partner apparently only conducts important business deals on this particular night.  Against their better judgment, Rick and Jenna travel to the party, reminding themselves that they do not want to join the NFFA.  Something tells me that they are not going to really get a choice in the matter, but I’m willing to somewhat believe that they are good people deep down.  Only we are presented with several flashbacks, which show Rick and Jenna involved in a ménage a trois with Lila.  We find out that Lila is the daughter of their potential new business partner but that she will not be at the party.  Jenna is clearly more nervous and apprehensive about her possible guest appearance than Rick, which has me already wondering what else happened between them.  Clearly the affair or relationship did not end well for someone, but we will have to wait to find out.

4

“You know I’m always watching and listening Jane.”

During the episode, we are also introduced to Jane, played by Amanda Warren.  Jane’s mother is in the hospital and she begs her daughter not to work on Purge Night.  Jane reassures her mother that where she is working is very safe and it seems like she has the respect and approval of most of her employees.  After a briefing about the importance of their business on this particular night from their boss, David, played by William Baldwin, he reminds Jane that he is always watching.  Later in the episode, Jane leaves the only secure floor of the building to meet a stranger by the doorway.  The stranger explains that they need to wait for the purge to begin and once it does, Jane is handed an envelope.  What’s inside?  We’ll have to wait and see, but it looks like Jane may be looking to purge after all.  Is she looking to take out her boss or is there another potential enemy we have not yet detected?

3

“The fear went away.”

The character I was most interested in was Miguel, played by Gabriel Chavarria.  Miguel is a Marine who has been away and is now on a mission to find his sister after he receives a cryptic letter from her.  Out of all of the characters we have met so far, Miguel seems to be the most genuine.  He has the potential to be our very own Leo from The Purge movies, played by Frank Grillo, but he needs to be a little bit rougher around the edges to achieve that level of bad-ass behavior.  Miguel is completely focused on finding his sister and we learn that they both lost their parents on a previous Purge Night.  Even though Miguel will do anything to find his sister, he does take the time to help out a stranger in need, which sets him up to be our moral compass in the midst of the masked monsters that emerge on Purge Night.

2

“Let the fun begin.”

During the NFFA party, the guests are given one last chance to leave before the Purge begins.  Rick and Jenna nervously glance at each other, but neither of them makes a move to the exit.  All of the guests are handed out masks of previous murderers like the Manson family.  They are told, “Commemorate those who paved the way and purged before it was legal.”  While Rick and Jenna do not want to wear the masks, they also don’t want to stick out too much at the party.  Jenna has already bonded with a maid and it’s clear that she has a good heart, but what will she do now that Lila has made her grand entrance into the party, played by the fabulous Lili Simmons.  Lila is decked out in a gorgeous green sequined gown and has not yet spotted Rick and Jenna.  Something tells me that Jenna’s good girl act is about to change now that she is trapped with a potential enemy.

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“Step into the invisible.”

During the episode, we learn that Miguel’s sister, Penelope, played by Jessica Garza, is involved in some type of cult.  It’s clear that Penelope must have been broken and in need of help, as Miguel initially looks for her in a rehabilitation center.  While we do not yet know the particulars of what happened to their parents, Penelope seems very impressionable.  Miguel desperately tries to find his sister, as the bus takes off in the middle of purge night.  Everyone is wearing ceremonial garments and they continue to chant about the importance of giving and the invisible.  Miguel finds out that giving means “to be purged upon,” and that the invisible is a form of heaven.  When the first cult member steps off the bus, as purge night begins, he initially seems confident and satisfied with his decision.  However, once he begins to glance at the masked strangers in front of him, dangerously clutching their weapons, the fear begins to take over.  He is brutally beaten to death in front of the bus, as Penelope watches in horror.  Does she now realize the fatal consequences of these actions?  Will Miguel be able to get to her before it’s too late?  Stay tuned!

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

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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Affair” season 4 episode 4: “You Amaze Me”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching Showtime’s The Affair last night, I learned that it’s sometimes difficult to discover what we truly want in life.  We may think we know, but our actions tell another story.  Even though we may want to dive right into a solution, it may not reflect the inner desires of our heart.  Sometimes the best thing we can do is to walk away and to free our hearts and minds to finally discover what truly matters.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “404,” Alison and Ben meet again at a conference and get even closer.  Meanwhile, Cole and Luisa continue to argue and Cole seeks out some advice from his mother, Cherry.  My top 5 moments from The Affair season 4 episode 4 are:

5

“Because you know I thought she was my daughter.”

Part one of the episode opens up with Alison and we finally get to see some interaction between her and Noah.  Alison and Joanie are Skyping with Noah and Noah tells Alison that she looks good.  It looks like everyone is noticing Alison’s transformation, as she is much more together now than she has ever been.  Noah offers to buy her and Joanie plane tickets so that they can come and visit him in California and reminds Alison that he does miss Joanie.  Noah spent the first two years of Joanie’s life thinking he was her father and it’s natural for him to have formed an attachment with her.  While Alison seems hesitant about accepting his offer, it is nice to see that these two are on speaking terms.  We know that in present day, Noah and Cole are working together to find Alison, but is he completely over Alison?  Even though he clearly has feelings for his boss, Janelle, Alison still seems to have an impact over Noah.

4

“You have me.”

In part two, we see everything from Cole’s perspective and learn that Luisa is trying to get her green card.  Cole is initially excited to hear about this until he learns what Luisa is planning.  Luisa wants Alison to declare herself as an unfit mother to Joanie so that she can be Joanie’s legal guardian, which would help her case to obtain her citizenship.  Even though she says this will only be on paper, Cole is shocked and appalled by this request.  He explains that it will break Alison’s heart and reminds Luisa that she has him and that should be enough.  Luisa replies, “I don’t know,” suggesting that she doesn’t even know if she really has Cole’s heart anymore.  Cole is sick and tired of Luisa turning this into a competition between her and Alison, but is Luisa on to something?  Perhaps she didn’t want to bring it up before, but there have still been signs that Cole is not over Alison yet and I’m not sure that he ever will be.  Is this request enough to push him over the edge?

3

“Does she know you’re married?”

In part two, Cole tries to be a Good Samaritan and takes Bram to an AA meeting against his will.  Bram comically tries to say that Cole is kidnapping him, but Cole tells him to be quiet and just listen.  Sure enough, it’s a small world in Long Island and Cole meets Ben at the meeting.  Ben shares his own story and battle with addiction and tells everyone that he met someone and that “she’s like the woman I’ve been looking for my whole life.”   Cole thinks that Ben might be a good sponsor for Bram and tries to introduce himself after the meeting.  Ben explains that he needs to get home to his wife and kids and Cole asks him about the girl he was talking about.  Ben shrugs this off and tells him it’s complicated, but has no idea how complicated this is about to get when their paths cross again.  When Cole comes to pick up Joanie, Alison is waiting for her date to pick her up and he meets Ben for the second time.  Cole asks Ben if Alison knows that he is married and he begs him not to tell her.  He explains that he wants to be able to tell her in his own time and Cole does what he asks of him.  It’s clear that Cole is doing this for Alison’s sake more than his, but it’s only a matter of time before these two clash over being in love with the same woman.

2

“I just need to know that I matter.”

Cole comes home and finds Luisa packing, as she tells him that she is going to leave.  After talking with his mother, Cherry, Cole learns that his father went on a “Walkabout,” which is kind of like a spiritual journey or a rite of passage.  Cherry says that his father left for six months and gives Cole the postcard that she received from him.  She doesn’t know much about what happened to him there, but she recognizes that Cole is clearly torn and in need of some time away to figure things out.  Cole asks Luisa if she would wait for him while he leaves for a while and she agrees.  When Cole takes off, he looks at the postcard from Morro Bay, California and heads off to the place where his father once went off to.  Whether he is looking for answers about himself or his family, it’s clear that Cole needs to take a break from all of the pressure surrounding him.  Will he find out what his heart truly desires or will he find himself even more lost than he was before?

1

“Close your eyes, take a breath…what do you notice?”

In part one, Alison is delighted to actually have a friend at the conference and agrees to be Ben’s partner during the EMDR role-play training.  EMDR is a form of treatment that involves reprocessing memories and traumas.  When Alison tries this out with Ben, she becomes overwhelmed from her memories of Gabriel and her own nightmares.  Ruth Wilson had me in tears during this moment, as she was so believable and so real.  You could not help sympathizing with her here.  Alison rushes out of the conference, but Ben is not ready to give up just yet.  He follows her and suggests that they spend the rest of the afternoon on a boat.  Alison agrees and these two truly open up to one another and share some of their deepest secrets and fears.  Alison confides in Ben and tells him that she thinks that her dream was a premonition and that she missed the sign to save her son.  She tells Ben things that she has never shared with anyone, including Cole and Noah.  Perhaps she feels that Ben will truly understand or perhaps there is a connection here that is truly transcendent.  After Alison and Ben kiss, Alison purposely falls back into the ocean and stays beneath the surface for just a moment.  Ben jumps in after her to make sure she is OK and she explains that she was just trying to get away from him for a moment.  Whether this is true or not, it’s clear that Alison is finally opening the door to all of her feelings and is no longer repressing them.  While Ben seems to be worthy of Alison, what will happen when she finds out the truth about his marriage?  Also, in present day, Detective Jeffries has confirmed that Alison is the one who is missing, no longer using vague descriptions like “she,” which means that Ben might have something to do with her disappearance.  We know that Ben is capable of hiding things from Alison, but is he keeping something dangerous from her?  Stay tuned!

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

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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

@TV_Fanatic_Girl

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