Ranking the top 5 moments from “The 100” season 7 episode 9: “The Flock”

Happy Wednesday TV fans! After finally watching The CW’s The 100 season 7 episode 9, I realized that trust is important. It’s important for one another and it’s important for mankind, but what happens when the people you trust the most turn against you?

Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.

In episode 9, “The Flock,” we catch up with Octavia, Echo, Diyoza, and Hope, as they show us what happened three months prior to being reunited with Clarke. Meanwhile, Murphy and Indra team up with an unlikely ally to stop a hostage situation.

My top 5 moments from The 100 season 7 episode 9 are:

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“This is all that is left…”

Well, we finally got to see what was behind door number one, as Octavia, Diyoza, Echo, and Hope follow Anders into the elevator three months prior to present day. As they accept their training to become disciples, they quickly learn that they are about to begin fighting an “unwinnable war,” as they now realize that Gabriel actually did save their lives.

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The air outside is fatal and the condition of it suggests that perhaps there really will be nothing left at the end of all of this…

Let’s hope not!

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“She’s brave. I’ll give her that.”

Meanwhile, back on Sanctum, Murphy is dealing with a hostage situation, as Nikki holds Emori and the rest of the people there hostage. Nikki wants Murphy, Russell, and Raven to turn themselves in, but that’s going to be a little difficult to achieve since Raven is currently MIA.

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Murphy definitely needs some backup here and luckily Indra hears the special announcement. Perhaps two out of three will satisfy Nikki, but Murphy is not going to leave his Emori behind.

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“You’ve seen me at my worst…and best.”

I guess we weren’t too far off with the vibes we have been noticing between our girl Octavia and Levitt. Octavia is no stranger to the Romeo and Juliet type of forbidden love, but there is something really sweet and genuine about these two.

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Octavia and the others are being told to check their emotions at the door, but it looks like Levitt is under her spell for good now…swoon!

Let’s just hope that Octavia finally gets a happily ever after because she has been through some real heartbreak and I’m not sure I can take much more.

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“Following rules isn’t how you win a war.”

Well, maybe not, but Echo is tossing all of her emotions out the door. Anders notices that Echo is a model of perfect control and thinks she will be the way they win the war, but has Echo gone too far?

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She is basically shedding her soul, but we know that it’s because she can’t process her grief over Bellamy. I just hope she doesn’t end up on a path of destruction because it’s not looking too good for her right now…

Everyone is given a series of tests during their training and the final test basically causes them to sacrifice someone they love for the good of all mankind. Echo passes her test with flying colors along with Diyoza and Octavia, but Hope is not able to do so.

Echo decides her punishment and banishes her to Penance for five years while poor Diyoza holds back her tears. Talk about brutal…

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“What are subjects without kings?”

Murphy and Indra are forced to team up with Russell Prime (Sheidheda) and I’m not sure that this is really a beautiful friendship, but they have no choice. Murphy admits to everyone that they are not Primes and the truth is finally out in the open.

This leads to a lot of chaos, but luckily Indra shows up with perfect timing to save Murphy from being killed in front of Emori.

Sheidheda is loving the destruction and violence and finally rises as the new king as he slaughters the entire “flock” of people standing before him.

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It looks like he is finally unleashing his wrath, but let’s hope that Indra can stop this demon once and for all. I’m rooting for you, Indra!

New episodes return August 5th 2020! Let’s hope we finally get some answers about where Gaia is and Bellamy’s confirmed fate.

May we meet again.

Stay tuned!

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Cursed” on Netflix: The Badass Female Character I have Been Waiting For

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“Where to begin…with water or with fire?”

Mystery has often surrounded the infamous Lady of the Lake from Arthurian legend and while we have witnessed plenty of twists and versions of King Arthur in film and in television, I have been anxiously waiting for this show to premiere.

Cursed premiered on July 17th 2020 on Netflix. It features ten episodes available to stream now (approximately 55 minutes in length). The show stars Katherine Langford, Devon Terrell, Gustaf Skarsgård, and Daniel Sharman.

Cursed centers on the story of a young enchantress named Nimue. She encounters the power of the sword and stumbles upon a young Arthur, while trying to protect her people from being wiped out by the Red Paladin. As Nimue continues her journey, she soon discovers that there is an incredible power within her that is begging to be unleashed.

The show is a good mix of The Witcher and Maleficent, bringing us beautiful cinematography and incredible action sequences, but does Cursed do enough to stand out on its own? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Katherine Langford shines as Nimue!

I have not been this excited about a female character since The Witcher’s Yennefer of Vengerberg and while there are many characters I hold to high esteem on this list (Buffy Summers, Octavia Blake, Daenerys Targaryen, Piper Halliwell), it’s not easy to hold your own and Katherine Langford absolutely steps up to the plate as Nimue!

The Wolf-Blood Witch is badass and then some! While I absolutely loved Katherine Langford on 13 Reasons Why, she truly shines here and I will be a fan of hers forever!

Unique twists on the Arthurian legend.

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While Arthur plays a major part in the series, he takes a back seat to the Queen wielding the sword. As the series goes on, you will quickly discover a lot of familiar characters and reveals along the way, but a lot has changed and I think that’s a good thing. This actually helped the show stay fresh and relevant. It prevented it from becoming a predictable shadow of a story, allowing it to branch off into a really interesting retelling that has captivated my full attention.

The supporting characters were also really entertaining and I didn’t even mind when the story shifted to them for a little while because everyone was really fantastic on this show.

Stunning cinematography.

I mean, it just took my breath away. Everything was so beautiful and magical. I also appreciated that this didn’t overwhelm the show. It just complimented each scene perfectly, really bringing us into this world seamlessly.

The Cons:

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The plot wavers here and there…

We all know the point of the series and where the Lady of the Lake should end up, but the plot becomes a little uncertain here and there and then is covered up by gory and flashy fight scenes to make you forget about any inconsistencies. I would say that the plot did a good job of redeeming itself, but there were some moments when I needed to go back to see what was actually happening.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in 100 percent! This series was everything I hoped for and more. Katherine Langford was incredible as Nimue! I really hope this show gets picked up for a second season…especially after that major cliffhanger!

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Warrior Nun” on Netflix: It’s not easy being a Chosen One

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One girl destined to fight against the demons of the world. Sound familiar? The premise screams Buffy the Vampire Slayer with religious undertones, which instantly sparked my attention, but sometimes a comparison is not always a good thing.

Warrior Nun premiered on Netflix on July 2nd 2020. It features 10 episodes (approximately 45-48 minutes in length). It stars Alba Baptista, Toya Turner, Emilio Sakraya, and Thekla Reuten.

Based on the manga style comic book character, Warrior Nun Areala, the show focuses on Ava. After waking up in a morgue, she discovers that she is far from dead and now possesses supernatural abilities as the chosen Halo Bearer. She faces new threats and demons while also searching for her own identity along the way.

Right away, I was completely hooked by the premise. The trailer was actually quite good and I’m all for a show that features a strong female character taking on the apocalypse, but does Warrior Nun do enough to make it stand out from its predecessors? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Delightful performances.

Standout performances go to Alba Baptista as Ava and Toya Turner as Shotgun Mary. They are believable and they really helped me connect more with these particular characters. There is subtle humor and sarcasm going on mixed with some real life altering scenarios, which gave us a good balance throughout the show.

These nuns kick ass!

The fight scenes may seem slightly ridiculous. They are flashy and unrealistic, but they are also really entertaining and they kept the pace going. If you’re a Chosen One, I want to see some bad-ass fight scenes and Warrior Nun certainly delivered with that.

The Cons:

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Awkward voiceover narration.

I get it. We are trying to connect with Ava and learn more about her past to truly appreciate and understand what she has to deal with now. However, the voiceover narrations were awkward and out of place. They actually made Ava seem more whiny than she actually is and I could have done without them.

Too many episodes.

There are ten episodes and I think this show really could have been done in eight. When you have that many episodes, it really slows things down. There was unneeded fluff that made me lose interest several times throughout the show, which is a shame. Sometimes less is more…

This show is NOT Buffy.

I’ve seen multitple comparisons going on between this show and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. While I can absolutely see the similarities and noticed some myself, this show is nothing like Buffy, which is in a category of its own. I think this actually hurt the show because it just falls flat in comparison. On its own, the show actually has a lot of redeeming qualities, but I’m not sure it will be able to break through these comparisons.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in…about 75 percent. Overall, this show was pretty entertaining. I liked the premise. I liked the characters and I loved the kick-ass fighting scenes. Once I got over the disappointment that this show would not be in the same category as Buffy, I started to enjoy it more…especially once I got to episode 4.

That being said, there is a lot slowing down the pace of this series and the exceptional premise falls flat in several areas, but there is still enough substance and heart in this show. If you are looking for a supernatural type of binge-watch, I would recommend watching The Order before Warrior Nun, but there is certainly enough to enjoy throughout your watch.

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The 100” season 7 episode 6: “Nakara”

Happy Thursday TV fans! After watching The CW’s The 100 season 7 episode 6, I realized that leadership is far from easy, but sometimes we need a warrior to remind us about what’s truly important.

Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.

In last night’s episode, “Nakara,” Clarke and Raven deal with a new threat on a new planet. Meanwhile, Indra attempts to motivate Madi to lead, Memori provides some inspirational words, and Diyoza’s fate is revealed.

My top 5 moments from The 100 season 7 episode 6 are:

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“What do you want?”

There are certainly a lot of threats brewing on the final season of The 100, but let’s not discount the angry widow, Nikki, who is not going to forget about what Raven’s actions cost her. She now realizes that Murphy was never in any real danger and wants revenge.

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Oh and all of the guns are missing too…watch your back, Raven!

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“Something’s down here…”

Meanwhile, we finally check back in on Clarke, Raven, and the others on the mysterious planet they stumbled upon, which seems to be some kind of a burial planet. There are a lot things not adding up, but Raven thinks that she can track down one of the stones so they can get back on track.

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Only they travel into a cave to get the stone and are attacked by some kind of creepy alien creature. To make matters worse, they soon discover that the cave they are in is actually a living organism and they are its next meal…

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“Mom…”

Diyoza gets some well deserved screen time in this episode and kicks ass! Wow, she is an unstoppable force! After taking out some guards with brutal intensity, she meets up with Hope, Octavia, Gabriel, and Echo. We get this heart-warming reunion between Diyoza and her grown up daughter and Octavia tells her that Bellamy is dead. (I still think he’s alive)

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The reunion is short-lived; however, as they need to find a way out of there and fast. Luckily, Levitt is back, but he’s been demoted to a janitor. He helps Octavia and her friends once again before getting punched in the face for appearances. I could absolutely feel the spark between these two, but poor Levitt may be out of luck in the love department.

After trusting Levitt, the group learns that the exit may not be survivable and Gabriel refuses to take any chances, but now his actions have led to them all getting captured so we’re kind of back where we started…

But at least everyone is together again!

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“You’re a good person. Maybe the best I know.”

As the clock starts ticking inside the living organism, Raven breaks down and tells Clarke that she was afraid and that she should have gone inside of the reactor herself. Clarke reminds her about how many lives she has saved with her actions and tells her that she is the best person she knows in a truly touching moment.

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Over the seasons, Clarke and Raven’s friendship has been through a lot. It’s kind of crazy to think about how Clarke initially stole Raven’s boyfriend in season one. We also can’t forget about the beautiful relationship between Raven and Clarke’s mother, suggesting that these two are really more like sisters. They may not always see eye to eye on everything, but in the end, they are loyal to one another.

Luckily, the group makes it out of there in the nick of time with the anomaly stone, but let’s hope they arrive in a more secure location next…

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“We are Wonkru!”

Back on Sanctum, Indra has her hands full with Sheidheda in Russell Prime’s body. She recognizes that she needs a leader that her people will follow in order to avoid more blood and destruction.

Indra tries to recruit Madi and explains that it has always been her destiny to be the Commander, but Madi ends up having second thoughts after getting a taste for a somewhat normal childhood. She has a panic attack and runs off before making her big speech, but Memori reminds Indra that she has always been the true leader of Wonkru.

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Indra explains that her role has always been a warrior, but she is about to ascend to something even greater as she stands up in front of her people and tells them that she will lead them. Her speech is truly moving and motivational as she challenges anyone who opposes her with her bad-ass fighting skills.

I thought this moment was truly spectacular. Indra has been in the shadows for quite some time, but she really is the heart and soul of Wonkru. She reminds them that they are all one clan now. Watch out, Sheidheda. The true commander is coming for you!

Overall, this was another jam-packed episode with a lot going on. I still want to know where Gaia is and I also want some confirmation on Bellamy’s true fate.

May we meet again.

Stay tuned!

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Spoiler-Free Review of “The Order” Season 2 on Netflix: Surprisingly Addicting with Amazing Guest Stars

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“It can’t be a secret society if outsiders know your secrets…”

The Order season two premiered on Netflix on June 18th 2020. It features 10 episodes (47-50 minutes in length) and it stars Jake Manley, Sarah Grey, Adam DiMarco, Katharine Isabelle, and Louriza Tronco.

Secret societies, dark magic rituals, and werewolves are back for season two, as we pick up right where we left off.

Season two is jam-packed with quite a lot, but are we ready to sign up for the Hermetic Order of the Blue Rose? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Deliciously dark magic rituals.

I thought that season two did an even better job than season one with bringing us into some serious dark magic rituals. Whether our favorite characters were performing a spell or summoning a demon, there were some cringe-worthy scenes that really allowed this series to embrace its supernatural horror qualities. 

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More please!

Villaness worthy Vera Stone!

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I don’t know about you, but I would love to see a spin-off series featuring Vera and maybe we could throw in Mary Wardwell (Lilith) from Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. I think they would make a bewitching tag team.

Vera is the Villaness you love to hate, but we actually get to see several sides of her in season two, which added to the growth of her character. She’s strong, sexy, and a bad-ass magic practitioner you do not want to cross.

Her wardrobe is absolutely incredible as well!

Incredible Guest Stars!

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Beverly Hills, 90210 fans will be beyond ecstatic when they see who appears on screen. I thought this was so much fun and I was cheering for these cameos/characters more than some of the main characters. The guest stars actually helped lighten up some of the heavy teen drama going on, which I appreciated. You won’t be disappointed!

The Cons:

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Too reliant on ships.

Don’t get me wrong. I love a good ship and I didn’t even really mind the will-they-won’t-they vibe between Jack and Alyssa, but the show relied a little too much on some of these teen drama moments and it didn’t really need them. This made it seem like more of a watered down version of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Charmed (reboot) and The Vampire Diaries at times.

The Order is actually really dark and different on its own and when it centers around these ships for too long, you start to make comparisons…

A lot going on.

I wouldn’t say this is necessarily a con, but you need to pay attention. There are a lot of characters and a lot of plot twists. I strongly recommend watching season two right after season one or at least watching the recap.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in! This show is really entertaining and the twists and character dynamics will keep you invested. I actually may have enjoyed it even more than season one.

The Order is binge-watch worthy and I highly recommend it, especially since there is a gap in new shows and episodes right now.

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The 100” season 7 episode 5: “Welcome to Bardo”

Happy Thursday TV fans! After watching The CW’s The 100 season 7 episode 5, I was reminded that sometimes you have to decide what’s more important: the individual or the collective? But when that individual is your whole world, the choice is not always so clear cut.

Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  

In last night’s episode, “Welcome to Bardo,” Octavia undergoes trials that explore all of her memories. Meanwhile, we meet the leader of the Disciples, Indra discovers a shocking secret, and Murphy embraces his heroic side for the good of Sanctum.

My top 5 moments from The 100 season 7 episode 5 are:

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“For the glory and the grace of the Primes.”

If you thought the chants were over, you were wrong. Even though Russell Prime’s life has been spared, his followers now want him to be released, but Indra stands her ground. His followers threaten to sacrifice one life per hour until he is released, which makes their blind faith extremely dangerous.

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It looks like Indra has her hands full here now that Clarke is gone…

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“I am getting tired of being the hero.”

Indra realizes that another Prime needs to speak up before more lives are lost and Murphy is up for the challenge since Emori is still recovering from radiation exposure. I still have some questions about why Murphy is perfectly fine and Emori is not, but I’m assuming we will explore that in another episode. Hold your breath Memori fans!

Even though Murphy doesn’t really like to be the hero, we can’t ignore his incredible path toward redemption and then some. This cockroach has become someone the others can truly count on and he still remains as one of my absolute favorite characters on the show.

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After Murphy discovers that they are planning to sacrifice a child, he loses his cool and ends up being help captive, as his identity is threatened, but it looks like he has sparked something within the people of Sanctum.

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“I’ve heard that before…”

Later on, Russell Prime emerges to talk some sense into his people and releases Murphy. He tells his followers to “kneel or die,” but Indra has heard that before, recognizing him as Sheidheda.

Russell (Sheidheda) reminds Indra that she can’t kill him, but I have a feeling that Indra will be the one to destroy him in the end. For her family and for the good of Sanctum. Go Indra!

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“Your heart is pure.”

The time jumps continue in this episode as we finally start to piece together what happened to Octavia. Octavia is taken away as Diyoza screams for her not to tell them anything. She undergoes these mind trials that look deep into her memories and we see flashes of Lincoln, Clarke, Bellamy, and Pike.

The Disciple administering the tests is named Levitt and he starts to truly admire Octavia. He reminds her that she’s not just a killer and that she is a warrior with a pure heart. I definitely felt some kind of vibe here and Levitt hopes that they can meet again, as he does everything he can to help Octavia and Hope.

We learn that in order for him to send them both through the bridge, memories will be gone and a tattoo with the code is placed on Octavia’s back, filling in some of those gaps from The Anomaly time.

We meet the leader of The Disciples, Anders, (played by Neal McDonough) and he explains that Clarke is the key and they are trying to unlock these secrets through Octavia, but why is Clarke so important?

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I’m dying to find out more about this, but throughout Octavia’s mental journey, it’s clear that her constant has always been Bellamy.

Speaking of Bellamy…

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“I can’t let you die to save me.”

We finally see Bellamy in this episode as Anders has him brought out to Octavia. Bellamy has been busy eliminating his men and it’s not easy reasoning with him, but Octavia tries to talk him down and tells him to go through the bridge, promising to tell Anders whatever he wants to know about Clarke.

During all of the commotion, there is an explosion and it is implied that Bellamy has been killed. Echo unlocks this memory in present time and is beyond heartbroken and furious, killing off their only lead to finding Diyoza.

So, has Bellamy’s fate just been determined? Did we just kill off the heart of the show?

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I’m thinking no, since we didn’t actually see his body. We’ll have to see how this unfolds, but it looks like this story-line will be put on pause since we are catching up with Clarke and the gang in the next episode.

Perhaps Bellamy was transported from the blast to this other planet? Maybe he can save the day?

The theories are endless, but I am remaining positive that Bellamy Blake is alive and well. Let’s just hope we don’t have to wait too long to confirm his fate.

May we meet again.

Stay tuned!

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Spoiler-Free Review of Harlan Coben’s “The Woods” on Netflix

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If you thoroughly enjoyed your watches of The Stranger and Safe, Harlan Coben’s latest crime thriller series is out for you to binge-watch now. 

The Woods is a Polish series that premiered on Netflix on June 12th 2020. It features 6 episodes (45-50 minutes in length) and it stars Grzegorz Damiecki, Agnieszka Grochowska, Hubert Milkowski, and Wiktoria Filus. The series is available with subtitles or dubbed in English.

Like the addicting and binge-watch worthy The Stranger and Safe, The Woods is also brought to us from author and creator, Harlan Coben. It is a mystery thriller that centers around Pawel Kopinski. Twenty-five years ago, Pawel’s sister went missing, along with three other teens from their summer camp, but new evidence comes to light, suggesting that the case may not be shut just yet.

This show has the potential to fulfill your craving for a new mystery thriller, but does The Woods measure up to The Stranger and Safe? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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A mystery that immediately pulls you in.

Much like with The Stranger and Safe, Harlan Coben is a genius at bringing us into a crime filled world with secrets and reveals at every corner. The mystery surrounding Pawel’s missing sister is a compelling one. It hooks you onto the show and keeps you guessing until the very end, which is what I expect these shows to do.

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Ship-worthy chemistry.

Don’t get me wrong, the series is a crime thriller mystery, but I absolutely loved the chemistry between Pawel and Laura. They fell in love twenty-five years ago and when they meet up in the present, you could just feel the passion between them once again. Sure, they don’t really have too much time to dwell on this, but it helped me connect with the characters more and I thought their performances were believable and well done.

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Seamless flashbacks.

It’s not easy pulling off flashbacks that advance the plot, but I thought that they worked extremely well in this particular series. I was actually more interested in the flashbacks than present day events and I thought that they freed us up from the slower pace at times. The character dynamics were great and you really felt the terror and anxiety rushing through each character as secrets were revealed.

The Cons:

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Slow pace.

The series is only six episodes and each episode isn’t terribly long, but the series had a tendency to drag in many places. The monotonous music and dull lighting didn’t help at times as I had to keep forcing myself to pay attention. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of moments where you will focus on what is going on completely, but I was just hoping for a faster pace like with The Stranger and Safe and I didn’t really get that here.

Too many sub-plots.

If you have read my reviews on The Stranger and Safe, then you know that I often comment on the multiple sub-plots throughout these series. However, they seemed to stick out even more in The Woods because of the slower pace.

We get this present day case that Pawel is working on and I’m not even sure what actually happened with it because it steered off course too much. While many of the sub-plots make sense later on and add to the mystery, they could be extremely overwhelming and unnecessary at times.

So am I in or out?

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I’m about 50/50 on this one. The series is only six episodes long so it does make a good weekend binge-watch, but I wouldn’t necessarily move it up to the top of your list just yet. 

Perhaps I set my expectations a little bit too high here. I adored both The Stranger and Safe and I was counting the days up until the release of this series. While The Woods does deliver as a compelling mystery that will keep you guessing, it lacks in a lot of other areas and is just kind of OK overall.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on The Woods in the comments section below. You can check out my review of The Stranger here!  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The 100” season 7 episode 4: “Hesperides”

Happy Thursday TV fans! After watching The CW’s The 100 season 7 episode 4, I was reminded that fear is a factor, but you have to find a way to fight through it. 

Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  

In last night’s episode, “Hesperides,” Clarke and the others work together to figure out a way to save Bellamy, Octavia, and Echo from The Anomaly. Meanwhile, Raven attempts to cope with the blood on her hands and Echo makes a heartbreaking decision.

My top 5 moments from The 100 season 7 episode 4 are:

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“Trust me. I’ve done this before.”

In the beginning of the episode, we see things from Hope’s perspective after losing both her mother, Diyoza, and Octavia. A stranger arrives near her home named Dev, but Hope initially wants nothing to do with him.

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As the years go by, they continue to get closer and he teaches Hope how to fight, but his life is lost when The Anomaly opens up after Hope hesitates before killing a Disciple. It’s clear that Dev and Hope were like family to one another and perhaps something even more, but I thought this glimpse into the past really allowed us to learn more about Hope’s character.

Echo and Gabriel are looking for a way out of The Anomaly, but Hope reminds them that she’s done this before and that they will need to wait five years. Easier said than done…

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“I can’t forget their faces.”

Meanwhile, Raven is clearly having a tough time dealing with the fresh blood on her hands after that insane radiation dilemma. Clarke reminds her not to forget about the faces she saved, but Raven has even more trouble when she has to take out some of The Disciples later on to help her friends.

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We know that Raven has been through a lot over the seasons, but her moral compass is wavering back and forth now. Let’s just hope that she can get through this because we need her!

3

“Every second counts.”

Well, it pretty much always does on this show, but we start to actually connect our story-lines between Sanctum and The Anomaly, which is a good thing. But where the hell is Bellamy?

We find out that The Disciples want Clarke and that she is the key to stopping a war, but is she just a target?

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Clarke is ready to sacrifice herself if needed to help her friends, but Raven discovers that The Anomaly is actually a wormhole and that they can travel to different planets with it.

2

“Plans change.”

Meanwhile, in The Anomaly, time flies by as Echo, Hope, and Gabriel work together with Disciple, Orlando, to prepare for when The Anomaly opens again. Orlando is not one of their people, but a bond forms between them all and it looks like we are witnessing a new type of family. Even Echo lets her walls down and we get to witness some bad-ass hair cuts and decorative face tattoos for the occasion.

When The Anomaly opens again, Hope doesn’t hesitate this time and ends up taking out a Disciple as Orlando screams. Echo realizes that Orlando is not one of them and will do whatever it takes to save Bellamy.

This apparently includes killing every last Disciple in front of Orlando and leaving him behind. Gabriel and Hope think that this is wrong, but Echo asks them if they want to stay or find answers.

They reluctantly follow as Orlando is betrayed by them. We know that Echo is no stranger to doing the unthinkable, but she has come so far as a character and has now gone down a familiar role of betrayal.

Will Bellamy be able to forgive her when he finds out what she has done? Will she be able to forgive herself?

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My heart goes out to Echo and I have really started to fall in love with her character, but she is going down a dark road now and I’m not sure that she will be able to come back from it. Either way, this episode stirred a lot of emotions and we are only on episode 4 of the final season.

1

“Who wants to go for a ride?”

The Clarke we know and love is back. She’s ready to go off into the unknown to risk it all to save her friends. There she is! I’ve been waiting for Clarke to go back to her roots for the final season and it looks like we are all in for a ride.

Clarke gives everyone a choice when they open up The Anomaly and Gaia says that she will stay behind to protect Madi. Raven randomly picks a planet, hoping that they will find their friends, but we know the odds aren’t that great.

They can always find a way back…right?

Well, that may not be so easy as someone shuts down The Anomaly and attacks Gaia. Of course this happens right after a lingering goodbye between her and Clarke to make us suffer even more! Both of them are sucked into The Anomaly and now Clarke and the others are stuck on some unknown planet with no way out…

This should be interesting!

This was an emotional episode, but I’m really happy that we are finally connecting the story-lines because it was getting a little exhausting jumping back and forth between them each episode.

Let’s hope that we can catch up with Bellamy so that he can jump in to help save the day because it looks like our characters need him.

In other news, we know it’s only a matter of time before Sheidheda makes his next move as well.

May we meet again.

Stay tuned!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The 100” season 7 episode 3: “False Gods”

Happy Thursday TV fans! After watching The CW’s The 100 season 7 episode 3, I was reminded that “wanting to die and facing it are two different things.” 

Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  

In last night’s episode, “False Gods,” Raven makes a tough decision for the good of Sanctum, but has she crossed a line in doing so? Meanwhile, Clarke deals with her own actions and Wonkru learns the truth about Madi.

My top 5 moments from The 100 season 7 episode 3 are:

5

“Either we live together or die apart.”

I don’t know about you, but I found myself repeating Jack Shephard’s infamous line from LOST: “Live together, die alone,” but I suppose Russell Prime (Sheiheda) changed it up just enough…

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Either way, Russell is about to be burned at the stake, but things get complicated when there is a divide between Sanctum. Clarke realizes that they will now need to keep Russell alive, which means that Sheidheda’s plan is working all to well.

4

“Fighting is what we are.”

During the episode, Clarke deals with the consequences of her actions, realizing that she lost herself when she called for Russell’s life. She stands before her mother’s grave and tells her that she will do her best to make her proud, but Clarke is clearly having a tough time here.

Clarke comes to the realization that they keep ending up in the same place and that perhaps “fighting is what they are.” We know that the end is in sight here, but is there a way for Clarke to help her people finally find some kind of normalcy and peace? Let’s hope so.

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I am also loving the new friendship between Clarke and Gaia and perhaps there is a little bit more here to ship. I’m a Bellarke fan for life, but I can’t ignore some of the vibes being thrown our way.

3

“We’ll all die…”

Oh, is that all. As if Sanctum doesn’t have enough to deal with, Raven stumbles upon an unstable reactor that could destroy everyone. She is faced with a difficult task, but is up for the challenge with Memori’s help, but I’m not sure that everyone is going to make it.

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Either way, let’s keep giving Raven and Memori screen time because they deserve it!

2

“We cannot ask The Commander because there is no Commander!”

Well, that makes things complicated. Raven is looking for members of Wonkru to volunteer as tribute to help her fix the reactor and she wants people she can trust. Indra, Clarke, and Gaia clash over whether or not to involve Madi, but Gaia ultimately decides to tell everyone that there is no more Commander.

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Wonkru is outraged and Indra points out, “You just lost Wonkru.” There is now an even greater divide among the people in Sanctum, which I’m sure Sheidheda will use to his advantage.

It looks like Raven will need to turn to the prisoners for help now…

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“You’re the Queen of doing the impossible.”

That’s a great way to describe our girl, Raven and our favorite cockroach is back in action as well. Only, the moral compass is certainly wavering back and forth here. After convincing the prisoners to help with the cause, Raven fails to mention how dangerous this task really is.

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Since Murphy and Emori have Nightblood, they will most likely be fine with some radiation exposure, but others won’t be so lucky. Things get beyond tense when Murphy and Emori work to bring down the pressure, but when everyone starts getting sick, Raven realizes that the radiation is leaking more than she realized.

She recognizes that the prisoners will die and Murphy tries to get her to see reason and even points out that perhaps she can get in there and fix what is wrong. Raven clings to the delegation role here; however, and the few prisoners lose their lives in order to save the many.

It would have been nice to let them know that they were sacrificing their lives though…

Raven has done the impossible again to save her people, but has she just crossed a line? We’ll have to wait and see, but I don’t think things are going to calm down at all on Sanctum.

May we meet again.

Stay tuned!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Killing Eve” season 3 episode 8: “Are You Leading or Am I?”

Happy Monday TV fans! After watching BBC America’s Killing Eve season 3 episode 8, I learned that “we all have monsters inside of us. It’s just that most people manage to keep theirs hidden.”

Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet. 

In last night’s season finale episode, “Are You Leading or Am I?” Villaneve takes center stage to bring us some passionate and real moments. Truths are revealed as Carolyn and Konstantin also face off.

My top 5 moments from Killing Eve season 3 episode 8 are:

5

“If Villanelle has retired, what’s left?”

In the beginning of the episode, Villanelle approaches Carolyn to accept her past job offer. She says that she is looking for a new challenge and wants to try something besides killing. You know, like spy stuff!

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I have to say that Villanelle would make a great spy, but Carolyn is not so convinced that she needs her on the team anymore. Villanelle is trying to prove that she can change, but perhaps she needs to first believe it herself before she tackles a new path in life.

4

“I want to feel like that.”

We got plenty of Villaneve moments during the season finale and I have to say that the dance between them was truly amazing. Even though dancing is not really their thing, both Villanelle and Eve have been dancing their own version of a tango (or maybe really a Paso Doble) for quite some time now, so it was brilliant to see them actually dance together.

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The tension and passion between them is beyond intense, but their moment in the spotlight is interrupted when another assassin shows up to bring Villanelle in for questioning.

3

“You don’t know what’s good for you.”

That may be true, as Villanelle tells Eve to collect Konstantin’s money while she deals with the other assassin. Eve needs to brush up on her undercover skills, but let’s not forget that she’s “not a very nice lady.”

Meanwhile, Villanelle deals with her competition and allows an oncoming train to do her dirty work.

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Konstantin decides to check himself out of the hospital after eliminating Dasha for good and wants Eve to hand over the collection. Eve is not really buying it and Villanelle gets involved as well to make things even more complicated.

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“This was inevitable.”

Meanwhile, Carolyn tells her daughter to leave while also coming across some new footage of Kenny. After learning that Konstantin was there on the day he died, Carolyn decides to take matters into her own hands.

We get an awkward meet up between Carolyn, Konstantin, Villanelle, Eve, and Paul, as Carolyn confronts Konstantin.

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Konstantin fills in the blanks and explains that Kenny was getting too close to The Twelve, which is what we suspected. He told Kenny that he needed to come and work for The Twelve to try and protect him, but Kenny got upset and fell off the building in front of Konstantin.

Carolyn holds a gun up toward Konstantin as he begs for Villanelle to help him, but everyone seems to be frozen in place while this plays out. Carolyn decides to ultimately shoot Paul rather than Konstantin and tells him to leave before she changes her mind. It’s clear that Carolyn still has unresolved feelings for Konstantin, which spared his life, but she needed some kind of justice for her son’s murder.

Carolyn confesses that she is the one responsible, but Eve also reminds her that she just shot another connection to The Twelve. Eve is told by both Carolyn and Villanelle that “one cannot destroy The Twelve,” which seems to fuel Eve even more.

Will she be able to truly let things go? I’m not so sure, but we certainly get a lot of reveals during this finale.

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“I just see your face over and over again…”

Toward the very end of the episode, Villanelle and Eve take a moment to have a real and honest conversation. Villanelle reminds Eve that she was never like everyone else and asks her about her future. Eve finally lets her guard down completely and explains that she just sees Villanelle’s face.

Villanelle asks her if she ruined her life and also asks her if she thinks that she is a monster. Villanelle doesn’t want to kill anymore, but she also seems just as lost as Eve. In the end, she tells Eve that they both need to turn around and walk away, leaving a space between them.

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However, at the very end, they both turn around and look at each other, suggesting that even if they walk down a new path, their lives will be intertwined somewhat. In each season finale, we get some kind of space between them. In season one, Eve stabbed Villanelle and in season two, Villanelle evened the score and shot Eve.

In the season 3 finale, we still get this space between them, but it now seems like their is this understanding between them. They both recognize that they need to discover what to do next in their lives, but will they truly be able to move forward without looking back?

I’m not so sure. Either way, I thought this was a well done season finale and I can’t wait for season 4, which has already been confirmed!

Stay tuned!

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

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