Spoiler-Free Review of “Kung Fu” on The CW: Meet Nicky Shen

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“You make the path that you live…”

Kung Fu premiered on The CW on April 7th 2021 and it will feature episodes that air weekly. The series stars Olivia Liang, Shannon Dang, Gavin Stenhouse, and Tzi Ma. Each episode runs for approximately 42 minutes.

Inspired by the 1972 series of the same name, The CW’s Kung Fu introduces us to Nicky Shen, who ends up running away from her family to become a Shaolin monk. After her mentor is killed and a mysterious sword is stolen, Nicky returns home and encounters several new threats along the way while trying to make things right with her family.

Here is the trailer:

Kung Fu has a lot to offer and its female heroine is likable enough, but there is a lot going on in the pilot episode which has me wondering about the true direction of this series. However, is it worth the watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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A female heroine to root for.

Olivia Liang portrays our main character, Nicky Shen and she is already doing an incredible job. Nicky Shen is extremely likable and I’m all for a female lead who can kick some serious ass!

I also really like that our main character doesn’t have any special/magical abilities. She doesn’t find herself embedded in a forced upon destiny. Rather, she makes her own decisions and tries to do what is right while still piecing together who she is and making mistakes along the way, which makes her feel like someone you can easily relate to.

Good balance of family & action.

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While The CW’s Walker failed to meet this balance in my opinion, I think that Kung Fu is already doing a better job of giving us enough fight scenes and action while still focusing on Nicky’s own personal journey. The scenes with her family are relevant and really paint a picture of who Nicky is and where she comes from without overdoing it.

Plus, I enjoyed a lot of the scenes filled with some humor and pop music as well so that the show didn’t feel heavy and overwhelming. It really was a nice touch.

The Cons:

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A lot going on…

The pilot episode is really busy with set-up, love possibilities, family issues, and a journey of self-discovery with some awesome fight scenes sprinkled in. I liked everything going on, but I was a little bit overwhelmed and I think that as long as the show doesn’t sacrifice character development to further a busy plot, it can find its true path without losing its audience in the process.

Watch out for tropes.

I wasn’t a fan of the voice-over narration, but I can live with it. I also think that the show needs to be careful about its supporting characters falling easily into many tropes we often see especially with some of the DC shows on The CW’s line-up.

Again, there is enough content going on and really enjoyable characters, but we need to allow each one to give us layers so that we become invested in them.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in about 75 percent…

I actually really enjoyed the show and I really want to root for Nicky Shen. I think the show has a lot of redeeming qualities and it can really become a part of my regular line-up, but it needs to make a few tweaks over the next few episodes to keep my interest.

As long as the show can lean on character development more than a busy plot and avoid relying on tropes, I think it can actually do really well and I’m looking forward to watching more episodes.

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

DON’T TAKE THE JOB…

It was only supposed to be temporary…but when Olivia Crewe accepts a new position that seems too good to be true, she soon discovers that twelve other girls previously had the same job as her. Only none of them lasted for more than thirty days. No notice. Nothing…right before they mysteriously disappeared without a trace.

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Spoiler-Free Review of “The Irregulars” on Netflix: Elementary Plot by the Numbers

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“A darkness has entered this city…”

The Irregulars premiered on Netflix on March 26th 2021 with eight episodes available to stream now. The series stars Thaddea Graham, Darci Shaw, Harrison Osterfield, Royce Pierreson, and Henry Lloyd Hughes. Each episode runs for approximately 55-60 minutes.

The series is set in Victorian London and follows a group of teen outcasts who are hired by Dr. Watson to investigate supernatural occurrences. We quickly learn that they are not hired by accident, leading to a mystery involving the infamous Sherlock Holmes.

Here is the trailer:

The Irregulars presents us with an interesting premise, but a plot we have seen many times before. However, does it work in the show’s favor to have Watson and Holmes in the background? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Interesting characters and solid performances.

Stand-out performances go to Thaddea Graham and Darci Shaw as sisters, Bea and Jessie. I also thoroughly enjoyed Leopold’s character portrayed by Harrison Osterfield. Some of the other supporting characters could have been easily interchanged with other stock characters, but I thought there was good chemistry and believable moments between the sisters.

That being said, I was underwhelmed by both Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes and I realize we are supposed to be focusing on the teen characters, but I would have still gravitated toward them without being forced to do so because of unlikable portrayals.

Cringe-worthy horror sprinkled in.

The show presented us with a mix of several different genres, but I was pleased with the elements of horror. Even though we have a young adult group of characters, the show didn’t hold anything back in terms of some of the dark supernatural occurrences we witness and I appreciated that. 

The Cons:

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Lack of cohesiveness between the group.

While I enjoyed many of the characters individually, there was something lacking between the group as a whole which made it difficult to connect and root for them. Everything felt very dark and depressing and I wanted to see a little bit more humor thrown into the mix even though the show made a failed effort several times.

This is not the first film or show we have seen about young adults working together to take on a mystery or an evil threat. The Goonies, The Lost Boys, IT, and Stranger Things all come to mind. Part of what makes this formula work so well is the overall chemistry between the group. I think that if the show had focused on that a little bit more, I would have liked the end result more.

A tired plot with nothing new and super long episodes.

Each episode is almost an hour long, which did not work in the show’s favor. I felt like many of the episodes dragged and there was fluff where it didn’t need to be. While I found Jessie’s psychic/supernatural abilities interesting, I have seen this plot before. There is a rift threatening to destroy the world and only one girl may be able to stop it…

That being said, I love this plot and some of my favorite shows and films feature it, but I wanted something new thrown our way to prevent it from feeling stale and overdone and I’m afraid this show did not achieve that for me. The reveals were also really predictable.

I also think that the show didn’t really discover what it truly wanted to be. Episode three probably came the closest to actual brilliance, but the other episodes did not measure up and just lacked finesse.

So am I in or out?

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I’m 50/50 on this one.

The show had a lot of entertaining qualities, but there were so many things that just really frustrated me. I think that with several tweaks, this show could have been really spectacular, but it failed to deliver, which was extremely disappointing.

I don’t think it presented the Watson/Holmes dynamic that well and it almost seemed like a manipulative way to earn viewers. The show had some glimmers of value and entertainment, but I’m not sure that you need to rush this to the top of your watch-list.

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

DON’T TAKE THE JOB…

Girl Number Thirteen Lurking Promo

It was only supposed to be temporary…but when Olivia Crewe accepts a new position that seems too good to be true, she soon discovers that twelve other girls previously had the same job as her. Only none of them lasted for more than thirty days. No notice. Nothing…right before they mysteriously disappeared without a trace.

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Shameless” season 11 episode 11: “The Fickle Lady is Calling it Quits”

Happy Monday TV fans! After watching Showtime’s Shameless season 11 episode 11, we were reminded that “either you run the day or the day runs you.”

Please note major spoilers are ahead if you have not watched the latest episode yet.

In season 11, episode 11, “The Fickle Lady is Calling it Quits,” Ian and Mickey adjust to life on the West Side while Kev and V prepare for their move. Meanwhile, Liam spends the day with Frank to cheer him up and Debbie searches for love.

My top 5 moments from Shameless season 11 episode 11 are:

5

“Are we really doing this?”

Kev and V have received an offer on their house and start to prepare for their move to Louisville. Kev is determined to learn as much as he can about Kentucky and even takes out books from the library to brush up on his knowledge. There is a bitter sweet nostalgia throughout the episode as Kev and V take a look at a photo from when they first started working together at the Alibi.

Even though that chapter of their lives is over, they are moving on to a new adventure and as long as they are together, I’m confident they will be happy.

I’m seriously going to miss these two! 

4

“I need a life.”

Debbie continues to mope around about her family all moving out and worries about being truly alone. V tries to tell her that she needs to love herself before she can find love, but Tami reminds her that part of her issues come directly from Frank.

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Debbie punches Frank in the face and he tells her that she will only find love if she meets someone who is even more of a loser than her so that they will never leave her.

As fate would have it, Debbie meets Heidi, who was recently released from prison and certainly seems to live life on the edge.

I’m not sure if this is the perfect match and I still wish that Sandy would come back, but I guess we have one episode to find out if that’s meant to be or not.

3

“I can’t play this game anymore.”

Carl is asked to apologize to the jerk in the Mercedes and follows along, but he can’t sit by when the man starts saying ignorant things. Carl actually delivers a moving speech and says he wants to stand up for those who don’t have a voice, which lands him to a demotion…as a meter maid.

Carl wants to really be more of a “meter master” and does the best he can with his new job, leading to some hilarious moments but he does bump into Trish who is now extremely pregnant. Is the baby Carl’s?

I guess we’ll have to wait and see if he is also going to be a new father. Either way, I think that the character growth of Carl is worth mentioning.

2

“F*ckin West Side.”

Mickey is not really adjusting to life on the West Side. He hates the bright moon and the lack of street noise at night and ends up spending the night at the Gallagher home just to get some rest. Ian seems to be adjusting to his new life a little easier, but Mickey had me dying laughing during several moments.

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After finding out that the apartment will not have furniture, he decides to make a scene at the pool and starts taking the chairs to Ian’s horror.

Later on, Ian tells Mickey that he will stay wherever he wants to make him happy and it looks like Gallavich is going to give this new life a try.

Maybe they can take some furniture from the Gallagher home to make it truly feel like home again!

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“Let’s have some fun.”

Liam reminds Frank that he is just having a bad morning and tells him that he wants to do “Frank things” for the day to have some fun, which was really sweet…in a Gallagher way.

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I think this is just what Frank needed, but at the end of the episode, Frank is shooting up and leaving a note for the Gallagher family.

So, is this it for Frank?

I really don’t want to see Frank go, but I’m also sort of wondering how else we can bring back other characters in the last episode and a funeral makes sense.

Frank told Liam that he lived his life the way he wanted to, but I’m not sure if the Gallagher family is truly ready to say goodbye and neither am I!

Only one episode left to find out how it all ends…

Stay tuned Gallagher fans!

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

DON’T TAKE THE JOB…

Girl Number Thirteen Lurking Promo

It was only supposed to be temporary…but when Olivia Crewe accepts a new position that seems too good to be true, she soon discovers that twelve other girls previously had the same job as her. Only none of them lasted for more than thirty days. No notice. Nothing…right before they mysteriously disappeared without a trace.

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” Season 5 Episode 10: “The Pincushion Man”

Happy Thursday TV fans! After watching The CW’s Riverdale season 5 episode 10, I learned that when people are dying, you sometimes need to make time for a term paper.

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

In episode, “Chapter Eighty-Six: The Pincushion Man,” Betty and Alice’s party is crashed by some familiar faces. Meanwhile, Jughead and Tabitha grow closer, but it looks like Betty may be the only one truly on his mind, and Veronica’s ex is determined to make her life a living hell.

My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 5 episode 10 are:

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“You follow the order.”

Archie is surprised to hear that his commanding officer wants to present with him with the Silver Eagle award because he doesn’t feel right about what happened on the mission. We later discover that perhaps this was a dirty mission after all and Archie doesn’t feel right about just following orders.

We know that Archie is always going to stand up for what he feels is right, but is he in over his head here?

4

“You don’t owe him anything.”

Chadwick rears his annoying head and Veronica decides to go out to New York for closure. She talks more about the helicopter crash and tells Archie that she initially wished for Chad to die and feels horrible about what happened. Archie reminds Veronica that she doesn’t owe Chad anything, but she feels like she needs to do this.

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Meanwhile, Chadwick has a romantic dinner at home planned for her and tries to bring some nostalgia to their final date, which leads to some extremely poor decisions by Veronica. They kiss and more is implied, but what about Archie?

Also, you are the “She-Wolf” of Wall Street, but you couldn’t tell that Chadwick was playing you?

Chadwick reveals later that he made some bad investment decisions that involve Veronica’s company and that if she divorces him, he will sue her. I can’t say that I am surprised by these actions, but now Veronica is stuck staying in New York to handle things.

Chadwick is a mini Hiram, but Veronica needs to step up her game so she can truly move on with her life.

Your move, V.

3

“There is no curse.”

We get to witness a lovely date between Cheryl and Minerva as she takes her out to the maple groves, but we discover that they are dry and Nana Rose tells her it’s because of the curse.

Cheryl is determined to point out that there is no curse as she is finally taking ownership back of her life. Later on, Reggie and Hiram make amends and Nana Rose sells the groves to them, but apparently this deal is void because Cheryl had her declared senile years ago.

Reggie decides to light the groves on fire, but maybe the curse is real after all…

The Blossom ladies pray for wind and not all of the groves are damaged.

But, why does Hiram want to control them and what is the deal with Reggie?

As much as I like to see Cheryl happy, I also am still rooting for Choni in the end. Let’s just hope it’s not too late for them.

2

“Let’s just be friends.”

In the beginning of the episode we see Jughead and Tabitha dancing at Pop’s and they actually share a kiss. However, Jughead tells her that his life is complicated and wants to just be friends, which Tabitha actually seems OK with.

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Meanwhile, Jughead needs to produce some pages and tells her that he needs to do some “Maple Mushrooms” so he can write something brilliant. I’m not making this stuff up…

Tabitha handcuffs Jughead to his desk so he can get some work done and checks in on him periodically, but Jughead’s trippy hallucinations reveal that he is not over Betty just yet as we actually get a steamy and passionate Bughead scene.

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The hallucinations turn bloody; however, as Jughead then starts seeing the Mothman and Tabitha later finds his bloody handcuffs left on the desk and Jughead has disappeared.

So, what did Jughead see?

Was he truly taken by something or did he wander off on his drug trip?

We’ll have to wait to find out, but this mystery surrounding Jughead is getting weirder and weirder.

At least we had that Bughead scene though and I actually really feel bad for Tabitha. She has a lot of patience!

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“Let’s just get through whatever this is.”

Easier said than done, Alice. We find out more about Glen as we discover that he is actually writing his dissertation on serial killers in the Cooper family. Betty is extremely upset and rightfully so and Glen gets a slap in the face.

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However, that’s not all. After Hiram decides to shake things up with an intentional prison break, we start to remember just how many family members are locked up behind bars. Uncle Frank helps out Archie and Penelope is back in the fold, but Charles and Chic have some serious plans.

They break up the birthday party for the twins and want to be married by Alice and she actually begins the ceremony. You gotta love Alice.

Glen walks in with bad timing and Charles decides that he wants to play “The Pincushion man” and wants one of the twins to stab Glen.

Betty tries to get him to see reason and says that she will do it to spare the innocence of her niece and nephew. Betty actually stabs Glen, but purposely gives him a flesh wound and turns the tables on Chic and Charles.

We know that Glen and Charles both went to the hospital and Betty is still motivated to find out what happened to Polly even though the case has been re-assigned.

Is Polly still alive?

I’m thinking so and I can’t wait to follow Betty on this journey, but we’re going to have to wait a while for a new episode.

This was a jam-packed mid-season finale, but I still have so many questions that will remain unanswered for quite a while.

New episodes return July 7th.

Stay tuned, Riverdale fans!

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!

PLAY BY THE RULES…STAY ALIVE…

A harmless night of fun turns deadly for six college friends but the game has only just begun. Take a mystery thrill ride right from your own living room. Dash and Seek is out now!

Play if you dare…

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Who Killed Sara?” on Netflix: A Steamy Murder Mystery

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Revenge can be a powerful motivator.

Who Killed Sara? premiered on Netflix on March 24th 2021 with ten episodes available to stream now. The series stars Manola Cardona, Alejandro Nones, Carolina Miranda, Ximena Lamadrid and Eugenio Siller. Each episode runs for approximately 40 minutes. 

The Mexican crime series, ¿Quién mató a Sara? centers around Alex, who was wrongfully framed for his sister’s murder. Eighteen years later, he is determined to get revenge and expose the real killer, as family secrets are exposed and new alliances are formed.

Here is the trailer:

Who Killed Sara? may initially seem like a soapy guilty pleasure drama and there is plenty of that to go around, but does the murder mystery measure up? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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The murder mystery is a good one.

The series starts off with a bang. We are immediately brought into the center of the horrific flashback, which presents us with a horrible crime, setting up the motivation for our main character to get justice for the murder of his sister.

The murder mystery kept me invested the entire time. There are plenty of twists thrown our way to keep us guessing and I thought that the show did a good job of presenting us with multiple suspects without giving too much away.

The overall pacing of the show worked really well. The episodes are short and the flashbacks were actually relevant and furthered the plot along.

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Characters to root for.

There are some really awful characters in this show, but the main characters have complex stories and layers. I felt the chemistry between them and I also wanted to know more about each and every one of them. As secrets and dark pasts are revealed, you start to piece together the mystery at the center of it all, which worked well.

The Cons:

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Unnecessary and outrageous subplots.

There are a lot of characters and a lot of subplots to keep up with. Plus, we get a lot of unnecessary and extra sex scenes that pushed this thriller over to the soap opera side, but I thought we were reeled in enough by the mystery to prevent this from overpowering the show.

However, I thought some of the dialogue and references seemed outdated and ridiculous. If we start to map together how our main character is figuring this all out and how others are getting away with things, everything starts to become a bit silly, but as long as we manage our expectations, the guilty pleasure mystery is enough to keep us entertained.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

Yes, the show can be borderline outrageous and ridiculous, but it also delivers a well thought out mystery that keeps you wanting more. This show is the definition of a guilty pleasure binge-watch. If you enjoy the UK Harlan Coben mysteries and shows like The Undoing, you will feel right at home.

Who Killed Sara? was thoroughly entertaining and it kept me guessing until that cliffhanger ending. Wow! Luckily, Netflix has already confirmed that we can expect to see a second season in the future. Phew!

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

DON’T TAKE THE JOB…

Girl Number Thirteen Lurking Promo

It was only supposed to be temporary…but when Olivia Crewe accepts a new position that seems too good to be true, she soon discovers that twelve other girls previously had the same job as her. Only none of them lasted for more than thirty days. No notice. Nothing…right before they mysteriously disappeared without a trace.

My new supernatural thriller Girl Number Thirteen is out now! I hope you enjoy!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Shameless” season 11 episode 10: “DNR”

Happy Monday TV fans! After watching Showtime’s Shameless season 11 episode 10, we were reminded about the importance of family and that there’s nothing worse than being alone…

Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not watched the latest episode yet.

In season 11, episode 10, “DNR,” many of the Gallaghers try to find a new place to live, but some are having a tougher time than others. Meanwhile, Liam spends the day with Frank and Kev and V test out life in the south.

My top 5 moments from Shameless season 11 episode 10 are:

5

“You’re going down.”

Carl and Officer Tipping respond to a call where a protest is happening with several tenants who have been kicked out of their homes. Carl gets upset when he sees the owner in his shiny Mercedes double parking.

Carl decides to make a difference and arrests him, telling him that he’s everything that is wrong with the world today, but his other officers let the man go and explain that the rich people fund the police and that they can’t just arrest them.

Carl initially thinks he is fired, but later learns that it’s going to take a lot more than that for him to lose his job so it’s safe to say that Carl will be a cop for quite some time. 

4

“Happy to help.”

Kev and V initially seem out of place in Louisville while helping V’s mother with her move. However, V starts to realize that she feels right at home there after all and there may even be a new political job on a campaign waiting for her.

Meanwhile, Kev’s hunger leads him to the ultimate bartending gig where he gets to put his oreo drink skills to the test. Kev makes more in tips than he ever has at The Alibi and is told that there is a job waiting for him if he wants it.

It looks like Kev and V are going to move after all. As long as they are together, I’m happy with the outcome, but it looks like everything is coming to an end. Let’s hope they all still stay in touch with the Gallaghers though.

3

“Let’s go for a swim.”

Ian and Mickey find an apartment on the West Side, but Mickey is not sure he is ready for joggers on all sides and domestic beers that cost four bucks. However, the apartment is actually kind of perfect and Ian clearly wants to live there.

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Ian reminds Mickey that maybe it’s time they “stop doing shady stuff and grow some tomatoes,” but we know that Gallavich will always be from the Southside no matter what.

It looks like it’s the start of a whole new journey for our favorite couple!

2

“All By Myself.”

The funniest moments of this episode featured Debbie going around with Franny looking for apartments. Debbie is clearly not ready to be without her family and the soundtrack behind her featuring the song, “All By Myself” was pure genius.

After checking out the first apartment, Debbie thinks she wants to move into a room with a big family, but when she learns that the room is all the way out back and she’d be alone, she starts to have some crazy what-if scenarios as well.

I’m curious to see where Debbie ends up and I’m still hopeful that she can work things out with Sandy in the end.

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“Tough day.”

Liam spends the day with Frank and admits to him that he doesn’t really know how to do this. Liam is the only one who actually likes Frank and it’s certainly a lot for an eleven-year-old to deal with.

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Frank later has “Do Not Resuscitate” tattooed onto his chest to make the decision a little easier, but I’m wondering what is actually going to happen to Frank at the end of the series and how it will truly impact the rest of the Gallagher family.

Meanwhile, Lip deals with some struggles of his own and tries to get the house ready for buyers leading to more unexpected bills and a fight with Mickey over a pair of pliers.

Later on, the painting issue is solved when Franny decides to decorate it with stickers and the Gallaghers leave it on a subway.

At least that crisis is solved, but we only have two episodes left to wrap things up.

Stay tuned Gallagher fans!

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

DON’T TAKE THE JOB…

Girl Number Thirteen Lurking Promo

 

It was only supposed to be temporary…but when Olivia Crewe accepts a new position that seems too good to be true, she soon discovers that twelve other girls previously had the same job as her. Only none of them lasted for more than thirty days. No notice. Nothing…right before they mysteriously disappeared without a trace.

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” Season 5 Episode 9: “Destroyer”

Happy Thursday TV fans! After watching The CW’s Riverdale season 5 episode 9, I learned that “either we are alone in the universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.”

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

In episode, “Chapter Eighty-Five: Destroyer,” Betty gets some disturbing news that causes her darkness to re-emerge. Meanwhile, Archie and Veronica try to promote some school spirit while Kev has a breaking point.

My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 5 episode 9 are:

5

“So why don’t you all show some school spirit?”

The Bulldogs are not great, but Archie sees the potential in each and every one of them. Veronica tries to spark some incentive and get the town motivated by flashing some cash and her connections, but Archie truly cares about his players and wants to make a difference.

It looks like he has done enough to make Hiram mad, which even prompts Reggie to switch sides, but can Reggie really be trusted?

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Hiram somehow knows how to do everything and brings his team to victory, but Archie’s team shows a spark of life, proving that the town of Riverdale is not dead just yet.

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“I think I’m ashamed of myself.”

Meanwhile, Kevin has a breakthrough after getting beat up in a steam room. He confides in his dad, who is always there to support him, and starts to break down why he goes cruising in the woods.

I think Kev has finally realized the root cause of his issues, but hopefully he will realize that he deserves to be loved. I’d love to see him and Fangs live happily ever after!

3

“I’ll even come out of retirement.”

And we’re so glad you did, Cheryl. Cheryl puts on a show-stopping number with the Vixens to really show some school spirit and it’s about time. Our Queen Bee is back and it looks like she is ready to bring her team straight to victory. Go Cheryl Bombshell!

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We don’t get any further mention of Minerva, but I’m sure we’ll see that in the later episodes. Although, I really want Choni to mend things.

2

“Sometimes a story is just a story.”

Sure, but sometimes a story can be the key to some other phenomenon and Jughead is clearly obsessed with discovering the truth behind these alien Moth Man claims. Jughead reads a story from one of his students named Lerman which seems to point directly to a possible encounter with the Moth Man.

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Jughead goes a little too far to get the truth and Lerman’s parents are very upset along with the principal. Later on, we get a Bughead team-up (loved this) to uncover the truth and learn that there may be a connection between Lerman and the missing girls since he lives by the Lonely Highway, but Lerman takes off and leaves town with his parents before they can really get any concrete answers.

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“I’ll be damned if I let it happen to anyone else.”

Poor, Betty. She gets a phone call from her FBI friend/boyfriend Glen who tells her that the blood found was a match for Polly’s. It’s not 100 percent certain, but it’s fairly likely that Polly is gone.

Betty goes to Cheryl for advice because she wonders if knowing the truth is actually better in this situation and goes against her better judgment and lies to her mother.

Betty’s rage/darkness re-emerges later on as she begins striking her own form of justice into the creepy truckers on the highway. Betty kicks them all out of their trucks and tells them to leave.

Things go too far when she drags the man they spoke to before into the woods and almost shoots him, but Jughead calls her in the nick of time.

As much as I love seeing Betty kick some ass, when did she become Buffy the Vampire Slayer overnight? You would think that one of these guys might be able to overpower her, but they somehow just take it?

Anyway, Betty returns home later and finds her mother in tears. Glen is there and says he is taking over the investigation. Alice is very upset that Betty kept this news from her, but this really made me start to wonder about Glen’s involvement.

I don’t think he can be trusted at all and while he may not be our killer, there’s something certainly off about him.

Meanwhile, I really enjoyed seeing the sleuth team-up again between Bughead and while I don’t think they should jump back into a romantic relationship like over-eager Varchie, their friendship is a strong one and I think they can both help each other through this.

I also am still convinced that Polly is actually alive and maybe she wasn’t taken by the trucker killer, but by whoever this “Moth Man” mystery man or woman is. I’m still piecing together a few theories, but I don’t want to commit to her being dead just yet.

Stay tuned, Riverdale fans!

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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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Shameless” season 11 episode 9: “Survivors”

Happy Monday TV fans! After watching Showtime’s Shameless season 11 episode 9, we were reminded about the importance of having a true “home.” Not defined by the location or the walls, but by the people we love the most.

Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not watched the latest episode yet.

In season 11, episode 9, “Survivors,” Ian and Mickey attempt to honor Terry’s last wish as they track down a woman from his past. Meanwhile, Liam worries about where he will live, Frank plans out the perfect heist, and Kev is left in charge of the girls.

My top 5 moments from Shameless season 11 episode 9 are:

5

“So this is the job?”

After Carl’s crash last week, he is now moving to the eviction team. He basically is there to provide support/back-up and watch people get evicted and he even has one of his former training officers back…Tipping. Tipping seems excited to be back, but is using way too many metaphors to promote his new philosophy.

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I have a feeling we may get to witness Carl work with every department on the force at this rate…

4

“It’s time for me to step up and be a father.”

“Now?” Frank decides to pull off the perfect heist he planned years ago at the Art Institute and attempts to put back together his old crew, but this proves to be more challenging than he realized when he learns that one is in a wheelchair, one is rich, and the other is dead.

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Frank’s memory continues to waver in and out, but it looks like he somehow pulled off the job. Does this mean that he is actually going to buy the Gallagher house?

I’d love to see that extra footage…

3

“You left Jemma and Amy with Kevin?”

I mean, he is there father as V points out, but V is busy helping her mom move to Kentucky. V is less than impressed with the new change of scenery, but it might be nice for the girls.

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Speaking of the girls, Kev has his hands full when he is in charge of watching them at the bar. The girls don’t listen to him and end up getting into the edibles and then running off. Kev is certainly trying his best, but these girls are running circles around him…

Let’s hope they are OK.

2

“We should at least try and find the bitch.”

Mickey is dealing with some mixed emotions after his father’s death. He finds a box marked “Rachel” with some old photos and an address. Ian and Mickey decide to track down Rachel and learn that she was Terry’s first love.

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The more they talk to Rachel, the more they begin to realize where Terry’s hate came from, as we learn that Rachel is Jewish and Terry was not allowed to marry her and she is now married to a black man.

Later on, Mickey decides to honor Terry’s wish to have him cremated, but they forgot to claim the body at the morgue and he’s off to a shared grave. Luckily, Ian and Mickey decide to light his remains up on fire anyway while giving us a delightful rendition of “I Will Survive.”

Seriously, these Gallavich moments have been absolutely amazing this season. They should do a spin-off! It looks like Mickey can move on, but it was nice to see a softer side of him.

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“Are we selling or not?”

During the episode, Debbie continues to clash with Lip over selling the house and Liam is extremely worried that he is going to end up homeless. At the end of the episode, we witness two heartwarming moments.

Debbie reveals to Lip that she doesn’t want Franny to be alone and worries about her growing up without her family around. Lip promises that they will still have weekly dinners together, which was a nice gesture. I’d love to see that continue because the Gallagher family has to stay together in some capacity.

Meanwhile, Lip finally goes to talk to Liam about everything and tells him that he can live with him and Tami, which was a really touching moment. Liam always gets forgotten so this was really nice to see.

Although now that Frank stole that painting, I’m wondering what’s truly in store for the infamous Gallagher home…

Stay tuned Gallagher fans!

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

DON’T TAKE THE JOB…

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It was only supposed to be temporary…but when Olivia Crewe accepts a new position that seems too good to be true, she soon discovers that twelve other girls previously had the same job as her. Only none of them lasted for more than thirty days. No notice. Nothing…right before they mysteriously disappeared without a trace.

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” Season 5 Episode 8: “Lock & Key”

Happy Thursday TV fans! After watching The CW’s Riverdale season 5 episode 8, I learned that the “more things change, the more they stay EXACTLY the same.”

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

In episode, “Chapter Eighty-Four: Lock & Key,” Cheryl decides to throw a key party to throw a little chaos at the drama brewing between the group. Meanwhile, Kev and Fangs contemplate the future of their relationship, Veronica wants a change, and Betty and Alice get a disturbing phone call.

My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 5 episode 8 are:

5

“I lost a lot of time.”

The extreme weirdness continues with Jughead’s plot as he begins to hallucinate. He thinks he is seeing the alien specimen lurking around, but is it all in his head?

Jughead even joins a support group to talk about it, but he decides to walk away from it when things get to be too much.

Just like I predicted, Tabitha clearly likes Jughead and even suggests that they go out on a normal date, but Jughead is too much in his head to even really hear her and decides to get drunk instead.

Tabitha actually may be the right choice for Jughead, but he has to get his addiction under control before he screws up this opportunity for good.

Or I guess some alien will take him away and probe him…

4

“What in the actual….”

Yep. You took the words right out of my mouth, Cheryl. Another theory of mine came true when we learned that Toni is actually the surrogate for Kev and Fangs. Cheryl is floored by the news, but Toni tries to tell her that she still cares about her deeply.

Cheryl’s stubbornness shines through; however, as she decides to throw a key party instead to shake things up. Everyone has to pick someone’s key in a bowl and have at it with their wildest dreams and fantasies.

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Parties don’t go so well at Cheryl’s house so I already could see the chaos swirling around everyone. Cheryl and Toni do end up picking one another, but Toni is upset by Cheryl’s behavior. Cheryl tries to surprise her with a nursery at Thornhill, but Toni reminds her that she doesn’t want her and her baby to stay locked away from everything and apologizes for leading her on.

Even though the Choni fan in me is rooting for these two to get together, things take time and it looks like Cheryl will be busy with Minerva. If Minerva looks familiar, it’s because she played Agatha on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina so I’m always happy to see a familiar face pop up in the Archie universe.

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“A window of light in the dark.”

Even though the beginning of the episode presented us with some hot and steamy scenes between Barchie, these two are having mixed feelings once again. Archie tells Betty that he does still have lingering feelings for Veronica (really?) and Betty tells him that she needs to focus on Polly’s disappearance and she doesn’t want to bring Archie into her darkness.

It’s clear that these two will still remain friends, but I can’t say that I’m not disappointed. I don’t think we were given enough time to actually explore this relationship after seven years and now it seems like we’re right back where we started again…

2

“I will be fighting fire with fire.”

Veronica wants a change and she starts by having her entire apartment redone to really spark this change. But the real change Veronica is looking for is within her marriage. After Chadwick forces them to leave the party early, Veronica asks for a divorce because she is also not over Archie and these two are back together again?

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I’m sure the Varchie fan is excited for this, but I honestly thought this felt extremely rushed and out of place. Whether Archie has feelings for Veronica or not, he was just with Betty and I appreciate that he told Veronica about that, which shows that he has matured in some ways.

But on the other hand, Veronica is still married. She didn’t get divorced overnight and I have a feeling that Chadwick is going to team up with Hiram somehow to bring forth more drama and destruction.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you Varchie…

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“She’s alive.”

Betty continues to deal with nightmares surrounding TBK, but we still have some time before we explore that plot fully. Meanwhile, Alice tells Betty that she received a call from Polly, but Betty is not so sure.

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Later in the episode, Betty actually picks up the call and Polly asks for their help, claiming she is on the side of the Lost Highway. Betty and Alice rush out to help her (with no back-up). This is when FP would really come in handy…

Only they don’t find Polly, but the phone booth she was in is broken and filled with blood.

We know that Polly was alive, but is this really it for her or is there still a chance that Betty can catch this roadside killer before it’s too late?

I’m ready to find out and next week’s episode looks fantastic already. We need a Betty-centric episode now!

Stay tuned, Riverdale fans!

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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Spoiler-Free Review of “The One” on Netflix: Being Matched can be Deadly

*This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!*

“We all make our choices…”

The One premiered on Netflix on March 12th 2021 with eight episodes available to stream now. The series stars Hannah Ware, Zoë Tapper, Lois Chimimba, and Eric Kofi-Abrefa. Each episode runs for approximately 40-44 minutes. 

Based on the book of the same name, the series centers around a popular dating app that promises to genetically match you with your true love. While it initially seems too good to be true, happy couples end up testing out their curiosity. Actions lead to deadly consequences as stable relationships are destroyed.

Here is the trailer:

The One may seem extremely similar to the plot of AMC’s Soulmates anthology series, but it adds in a murder mystery to give itself a unique edge. The thriller drama checks off everything needed for your next binge-watch, but does it do enough to separate itself from its predecessor? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Intriguing concept wrapped in a guilty pleasure mystery.

I’ve never seen Soulmates, but I read the synopsis and agree that the plots sound extremely similar. That being said, I think that the concept is actually really interesting. What if you eliminate everything you know about finding true love with science?

It sounds like a fairy-tale and too good to be true, but this show does a good job of exploring this concept while strategically revealing the pros and cons of changing the rules of dating forever.

There is also this dark mystery surrounding the main character, which keeps the viewer coming back for more.

Easy to binge-watch.

The pace moves very quickly and I thought that the amount of episodes paired with the length worked in its favor. There are many shows like this that drag and drag and this one was able to keep me watching for hours at a time.

The Cons:

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Frustrating characters.

I mean, really frustrating. The dumb decisions continue over and over again which made it really difficult to connect to any of the characters except for maybe Kate, who was an actual likable police detective.

Rebecca is a villainess without any flair, but I actually thought her flashbacks were much more interesting and I would have liked to see more of a balance between her past and present self because it felt like a jarring disconnect.

Imitation is not always the sincerest form of flattery.

While I didn’t see Soulmates, many of the reviews I read are comparing the two and saying that this show pales in comparison. I think that it helped that I didn’t watch that show because I went into this show with fresh eyes, but I could see why this would be a con for some viewers.

Also, I didn’t read the novel, but many fans on social media are saying that the series really strays from the plot of the book, which makes me wonder why?

Sometimes doing too much forces the issue and I think that if this show had smoothed out some of its inconsistencies, it might have actually been something truly brilliant. The concept is there, but some things were not executed properly. 

So am I in or out?

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I’m in about 75 percent.

I thought that this show got much better as it went on. While I have some reservations about it and there are some inconsistencies, annoying characters, and a lot going on, the show still has an addicting backbone at its core. It does enough to keep you coming back for more.

While I have seen a lot of comparisons to Big Little Lies and The Stranger, I thought that the show felt closest to What/If on Netflix. We have the ruthless villainess and a manipulative mind game weaving characters together while sprinkling in a murder mystery.

Like What/If, I finished this show very quickly and was never really bored. However, I was frustrated with both shows because I wanted a lot more from them and I think with a few tweaks, they could have achieved this goal.

While I enjoyed this thriller more than Behind Her Eyes and Tell Me Your Secrets, which were both disappointing, I’m still hoping for my next diamond in the rough.

If you enjoy guilty pleasure thrillers and are in need of a quick weekend watch, I recommend this, but if you are looking for something with more layers and heart, I would sit this one out.

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

DON’T TAKE THE JOB…

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It was only supposed to be temporary…but when Olivia Crewe accepts a new position that seems too good to be true, she soon discovers that twelve other girls previously had the same job as her. Only none of them lasted for more than thirty days. No notice. Nothing…right before they mysteriously disappeared without a trace.

My new supernatural thriller Girl Number Thirteen is out now! I hope you enjoy!

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