Spoiler-Free Review of “First Kill” on Netflix: Watered-down True Blood is a Delightful Distraction

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“Young love is a powerful thing…”

First Kill premiered on Netflix on June 10th 2022 with eight episodes available to stream now. The YA teen vampire series from executive producer, Emma Roberts, stars Sarah Catherine Hook, Imani Lewis, Elizabeth Mitchell, Gracie Dzienny, and Will Swenson. Each episode runs for approximately 46-52 minutes.

Juliette and Calliope begin to fall for one another, but soon realize that one of them is a vampire and the other is a vampire hunter, causing a feud between their families.

Here is the trailer:

First Kill features a LGBTQ+ power couple in this modern interpretation of Romeo and Juliet, but does it have enough bite? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Undeniable chemistry.

I really felt such an electric charge between these two from the very first moment we saw them interact with one another. I was super excited to see a LGBTQ+ couple shine on a vampire series and it was easy to root for these two against all odds. More please!

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Fantastic cast and stand-out characters!

I am a huge Elizabeth Mitchell fan and I was so beyond thrilled to see her on this show! She does a fabulous job and I really liked the majority of the characters. 

Gracie Dzienny is a scene-stealer as Elinor! Wow, what a character. I’d love to see her have her own show because she is deliciously wicked.

The Cons:

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Contrived at times with painful dialogue…

Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed this series, but I couldn’t take it too seriously. It’s more of a guilty pleasure watch. I’m already seeing a lot of comparisons to Buffy, but this series felt more like a PG-rated version of True Blood to me.

The dialogue was really bad at times (“You bit me. You staked me!”). This made it harder to connect even though I genuinely liked the characters. The plot wasn’t bad, but there were too many characters involved, which over-complicated things. I also could have done without the overdone and overused voice-over narration. There were just so many elements that felt really contrived and I wanted some more edge, even though we saw glimmers of it at times.

It will be interesting to see where we go from here if we get a second season, especially since we got a few cliffhangers at the end.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!!!!

Love at first bite!

This series is really entertaining as long as you don’t take it too seriously. If you enjoy vampire series, you’ll find enough to be excited about with this one and a new ship to swoon over!

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

A Halloween they’ll never forget…

Scream Hunt Halloween

When former friends, Shay and Adriana team up to participate in a Halloween scavenger hunt with a cash prize, they temporarily put their differences aside to outsmart their opponents. However, they soon start to realize that a dangerous threat is playing their own version of the game, stalking them during each hunt.

Winning is now a necessity as their lives are at stake. As old wounds and memories re-surface, Shay and Adriana attempt to unmask the threat before the night is over, but soon learn that Scream Hunt is not done with them just yet…

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Spoiler-Free Review of “A Discovery of Witches” Season 3 on Shudder: All things must come to an end…

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“Welcome home…”

A Discovery of Witches season 3 premiered on Sky TV, Sundance Now, Shudder, and AMC plus on January 8th 2022 with the first episode available to stream now. There will be seven episodes in total that will air weekly. The series stars Teresa Palmer, Matthew Goode, Malin Buska, and Owen Teale. Each episode runs for approximately 45-50 minutes. 

Picking up right where we left off at the end of season two, A Discovery of Witches season 3 will be the final season of the series, mirroring the All Souls Trilogy books. Diana Bishop and Matthew return to present day, as they prepare for a final battle with Peter Knox.

Here is the trailer:

A Discovery of Witches season 3 has a lot to jam-pack into the final season to stay true to the book series as we root for Diana and Matthew against all odds. Will it end the series on a high note? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Keeps things short…

I think it’s really smart that this is going to be the final season of the show. There are three books in the series and even though many other shows have gone on for several other seasons past the books, sometimes this can be a mistake. I think the series has been really strong so far and this allows the writers to end things the way they want to.

Better pacing.

My only con throughout the seasons has been the pacing. Things can drag here and there, but I think that season 3 is already off to a much better start in terms of this. Since there is so much to squeeze into the final season, we aren’t wasting any time and we are jumping right into things. Let’s keep this going!

The Cons:

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A lot to remember.

I really should have re-watched the first two seasons or re-read the books again because there is SO MUCH to remember. This isn’t necessarily a con but I feel like I need a cheat sheet to keep up at times. You may want to at least watch a full recap before jumping into season 3.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

I simply adore the book series and I have been a fan of the show so far. I really can’t wait to see how things unfold for the final season! Diana has so much left to show us and I honestly can’t wait!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on A Discovery of Witches (season 3) 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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Spoiler-Free Review of “Night Teeth” on Netflix: Girl Vamps Just Wanna Have Fun

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“We’re all around you…and you have no idea.”

Night Teeth premiered on Netflix on October 20th 2021. The vampire horror film stars Debby Ryan, Lucy Fry, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Alfie Allen, Sydney Sweeney and Megan Fox. It runs for an hour and forty-eight minutes.

When a young driver picks up two mysterious women, he is tasked with escorting them to a bunch of exclusive parties, but he soon realizes that they have blood-thirsty intentions, putting his life in immediate danger.

Here is the trailer:

Night Teeth immediately gives off some True Blood vibes with a killer cast, but does it do anything truly unique to set itself apart from other vampire films? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Debby Ryan and Lucy Fry make a killer team!

The whole cast did a great job, but I really liked these two. They really embraced the seductive/mysterious bad girl feel with some killer fashion as well. I was immediately intrigued when they came on screen and I thought that they put forth a valiant effort with their portrayals.

Don’t mess with these two!

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Night life aesthetic and choice of soundtrack.

The lighting and colors in this film really popped. I thought that the film captured the beauty of the city after dark. The music soundtrack complimented the pace of the movie as well. This movie just felt visually pretty and appealing from start to finish.

The Cons:

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Killer start but flat finish.

This film immediately drew me in and I was hoping to witness something truly unique, but things started to become flat and mediocre once we got toward the end. It was still entertaining, but it didn’t do anything original and I thought it was a little too easy to fight off the bad guys.

We didn’t learn any real information on these vampires to understand how to destroy them or get a full picture of their lives in the human world. There were just too many pieces left out.

I thought that the romance angle was okay, but it didn’t really have an organic or honest quality. It wasn’t nauseating like some vampire movies I have watched before, but I wanted to truly believe the new romance I was witnessing and it just felt very ordinary.

Frustrating montages.

While I loved the use of light and music, the overuse of slow motion montages didn’t really do anything to add to the overall movie. I would have preferred to watch more scenes featuring some of the cameos we witnessed and get some more backstory too.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in about 75 percent…

This movie was entertaining overall and I’m all for any kind of vampire movie. I thought that the cast did a great job and there was enough going on to keep me invested. However, the movie just didn’t do anything that different or unique, which was frustrating, because it started off with a lot of edge and bite.

If you like vampire movies, I would recommend that you give this a try, but you may be better off binge-watching the first season of True Blood instead…

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

A Halloween they’ll never forget…

Scream Hunt Halloween

When former friends, Shay and Adriana team up to participate in a Halloween scavenger hunt with a cash prize, they temporarily put their differences aside to outsmart their opponents. However, they soon start to realize that a dangerous threat is playing their own version of the game, stalking them during each hunt.

Winning is now a necessity as their lives are at stake. As old wounds and memories re-surface, Shay and Adriana attempt to unmask the threat before the night is over, but soon learn that Scream Hunt is not done with them just yet…

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Spoiler-Free Review of “American Horror Story: Double Feature” Season 10 “Red Tide” on FX: The Unsettling Price of Fame

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“You don’t understand how hard it is to be great…”

American Horror Story season 10 has finally arrived after almost two years! The new season premiered on August 25th 2021 with its first two episodes. The season will feature 10 episodes in total. The first six episodes will be devoted to the “Red Tide” part and the remaining 4 will focus on a different plot, but it will most likely be connected in some way. After all, this is the AHS universe.

Each episode runs for approximately 52-54 minutes. Season 10 part 1 stars Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe, Finn Wittrock, Frances Conroy, Billie Lourd, Adina Porter and Macaulay Culkin.

A screenwriter and his family rent a house in Provincetown, Cape Cod in the off season so that he can find inspiration for a potential pilot episode, but he is greeted with threatening residents and pale blood-thirsty beings. After crossing paths with an interesting duo, he contemplates an interesting offer that could help advance his career.

Here is the trailer:

American Horror Story: Double Feature Part 1 presents us with a chilling setting that mirrors the eerie things going on in the shadows. It explores something sinister while reminding us that every choice has a consequence. Is it worth a watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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A chilling start.

The opening two episodes were really well done. The premise of the struggling writer worked and channeled The Shining in a lot of ways and introduced us to a Stephen King-like setting that matched the vibe perfectly. Even though there are “monsters” within this small town, there is something even more terrifying that lurks within everyone and that’s the drive to be spectacular and more than ordinary.

While drive and talent can be a blessing, it can also be a curse and I think part 1 is exploring the darker parts of this curse extremely well.

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Exceptional cast.

When the opening credits began, I was thrilled to see so many familiar names with Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters leading the way. Sarah Paulson is already stealing every single scene she is in and I am in love with the duo of Evan Peters and Frances Conroy. I can’t wait to see what they do next!

The Cons:

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Initial pacing.

The first episode dragged slightly for me. There were some scenes that drew me in completely and others that just seemed ordinary and filler. That being said, I thought the pacing improved drastically once we got to the second episode. AHS can sometimes go off the rails with its plot and I think having only six episodes for part 1 will work in its favor.

Already a lot has happened and I’m curious to find out more, but I also hope the reveals and outcomes are rewarding in the end.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

AHS is back and better than ever!

Disturbing, compelling, and consuming.

I really like the direction of the new season and it was so much fun to see so many familiar faces. I’m curious to find out more and completely drawn in.

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

THIS COMPETITION IS KILLER…

When former friends, Shay and Adriana team up to participate in a Halloween scavenger hunt with a cash prize, they temporarily put their differences aside to outsmart their opponents. However, they soon start to realize that a dangerous threat is playing their own version of the game, stalking them during each hunt.

Winning is now a necessity as their lives are at stake. As old wounds and memories re-surface, Shay and Adriana attempt to unmask the threat before the night is over, but soon learn that Scream Hunt is not done with them just yet…

My new young adult horror thriller comes out October 7th 2021! I hope you enjoy!

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Spoiler-Free Review of “A Discovery of Witches” Season 2 on Shudder: Let’s do the Time Walk again

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“Wherever they are, they can’t stay gone forever…”

A Discovery of Witches season 2 premiered on Sky TV, Sundance Now, Shudder, and AMC plus on January 8th 2021 with the first episode available to stream now. There will be ten episodes in total that will air weekly. The series stars Teresa Palmer, Matthew Goode, Malin Buska, and Owen Teale. Each episode runs for approximately 45 minutes. 

Picking up right where we left off at the end of season one, A Discovery of Witches season 2 seems to be following the second book in the All Souls Trilogy series. Diana Bishop is a witch and a time walker, which allows her and Matthew the chance to travel back in time to find the lost text that everyone is desperate to get their hands on.

Here is the trailer:

A Discovery of Witches season 2 has the opportunity to really pick things up, but it looks like the plot may be straying slightly off course from the beloved book series. Will it measure up? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Visually stunning and gorgeous costumes.

The change in time and scenery really helped this show stand out visually. I almost felt like I was watching several paintings come to life through each transition and it looks like Teresa Palmer will be getting quite the wardrobe while stuck in the late 1500’s.

Intriguing plot.

The second book of the series is my favorite so I am very excited to see how the show measures up. So far the premiere is off to a good start, leaving us with a cliffhanger ending and some dark theories potentially tainting the love between Diana and Matthew. Deborah Harkness has posted that there will be some differences between the book and the show, which could be a very good thing. I often like to see a good balance between the two and so far the show has been succeeding with this.

The Cons:

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Slow pacing.

Much like the first season, the second season is already moving at a slower pace. This isn’t necessarily a con because I think it has a Gothic romance type of feel in many parts, but I’m ready for Diana to unleash some crazy power already. We have a ways to go with season two and I’m hoping we will reach that point, but I don’t want the episodes to feel overly long at only 45 minutes each.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

I am a devoted fan to this book series and I was satisfied with season one. I’m looking forward to the change in time and scenery for season 2 and I am confident that we will see Diana start to tap into more abilities to liven things up.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on A Discovery of Witches (season 2) 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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Spoiler-Free Review of “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” Part 3 on Netflix: Spellbinding Perfection

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“Here’s to Sabrina Spellman!  Cheerleader by day, Queen of Hell by Night!”

Hell looks good on our girl Sabrina Spellman, played brilliantly again by Kiernan Shipka. 

In the midst of all of the dark and twisted spell-casting, there is still room for some fun bubble gum pop moments featuring cheerleading, Riverdale Easter Eggs, and romance.

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 premiered on Netflix on January 24th 2020 with 8 new episodes (55-60 minutes in length).  It stars Kiernan Shipka, Miranda Otto, Lucy Davis, Chance Perdomo, Ross Lynch, and Michelle Gomez.

Part 3 starts off with a bang, as Sabrina is desperate to find a way into Hell to free her boyfriend, Nick.  With the help of her mortal friends, Sabrina crosses paths with some new foes along the way.  Sabrina is destined for the crown, but is quickly challenged again and again.

Her loyalties are tested, but where does her heart truly lie?

Parts 1 and 2 were absolutely fantastic, but can Part 3 measure up?  Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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We dive deeper into a magical world filled with history, wickedness, and mystery.

The show seamlessly submerges us into a world with dark magic wedged into every nook and cranny of history.  We learn about Dante’s Inferno, vampires, banshees, voodoo, Pagan gods, and more.  While it may initially seem like this is quite a lot to cram into 8 episodes, each adventure worked so well with the plot, luring us in that much more.

New and interesting characters.

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The show already has a large cast with amazing characters, but some of the new additions really added to the charm of the show.  But let’s not forget about Lilith aka Mary Wardwell, who continues to be a phenomenal scene stealer.

I also really appreciated the time spent toward developing some of the other characters, specifically Theo and Prudence.

Some of the new villains prove to be quite formidable, constantly putting our girl Sabrina Spellman to the test, which provides us with a lot of edge-of-your-seat moments and exciting twists.  More please!

Lots of fun.

Even though Sabrina is now the Queen of Hell, she still decides to try out for the cheerleading squad with Ros.  We get some fantastic musical numbers that gave me a 90’s nostalgia along with some crafty Riverdale Easter Eggs, which is known as the murder capital of the world.  Where’s vigilante Archie when you need him?

I thought that this poppy fun feel really balanced out the darker elements of the show, giving me a Buffy the Vampire Slayer vibe while still casting its way toward its own magical identity.

The Cons:

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None.  Well, I guess if I need to pick something, it would be that I wanted more episodes. 

Parts 1 and 2 featured 16 episodes split up into 8 at a time.  Parts 3 and 4 will follow the same format.  We will get the next 8 episodes on July 3rd 2020, which is a long time to wait to catch up with our favorite witches!

So am I in or out?

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Of course I’m in…100 percent and more!  This show gets better and better.  Countdown until the next witching hour!

If you aren’t watching this show yet, I absolutely recommend it.  It is so much fun and the characters are bewitching…even without the magic.  Enjoy witches!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 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 “V Wars” on Netflix: Ian Somerhalder and vampires…again

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Much like zombie shows, vampire shows are always emerging, providing us with different takes on the legends we all know and enjoy.  While some shows are much better than others, casting a lead who has already stolen our hearts as a bad boy vampire is not such a bad idea…

While you may feel like the story behind V Wars has been done over and over again, it does have redeeming qualities that make it a somewhat entertaining watch.

The show began streaming episodes on Netflix as of December 5th 2019 and currently features ten episodes for season one.  It stars Ian Somerhalder (LOST, The Vampire Diaries), Adrian Holmes, Jackie Lai, Kimberly-Sue Murray and Laura Vandervoort (Bitten).

We follow Dr. Luther Swann (Somerhalder) after he is exposed to a virus, which surfaced from the ice after a climate change.  After being quarantined with his best friend, Michael Fayne, Dr. Swann starts to realize that a deadly infection has been released, turning people into vampires, or Bloods, as they like to be called.

If you are a fan of shows like The Passage and The Strain, you will most likely be entertained by V Wars, but if you are looking for a more romanticized view on vampires, you may want to pass on this one.  

The Pros:

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Did I mention Ian Somerhalder?

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Somerhalder, but I was slightly worried that his character would feel like a ripoff of Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries, but this is a completely new character and role for Somerhalder.  Dr. Luther Swann is our main protagonist and I have to say that I absolutely fell in love with the glasses!

Overall, I thought that Somerhalder did an excellent job with the role.  There were times where I felt like his reaction was somewhat strange and repetitive, but as the episodes continued, he showed more and more potential.

More Laura Vandervoort please!

I am a fan of hers as well and I thought that her character, Mila, had the most potential.  She gave me a Buffy Summers vibe for a little bit, trying to even the score and possessing some bad-ass qualities of her own.

That being said, I’m not sure why we kept her story in the background for the majority of the episodes.  Somerhalder and Vandervoort stole the show for me and it looks like we are set up for a potential team up if we get a season two.

Violent vampires with some much needed gore.

I actually like that the show went in a different direction, focusing more on the Bloods having an infection.  This gave it a Sci-Fi feel, but I think this actually helped the show stand out a little bit more.  The connections to DNA were interesting and the paranoia and extreme measures from the government made you really think twice about things.

Plus, there was plenty of gore, although the vampires seemed to be all over the place and very messy!  Either way, I loved the gore!

The Cons:

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Confusing setup for supporting characters.

The show actually has a talented and extremely attractive cast, which worked in its favor, but I was confused when new characters were introduced.  Other than the characters of Dr. Swann and Michael Fayne, I constantly had to check to make sure I was still watching the same show when we started following other characters.

I thought this was sloppy and careless.  These supporting characters actually had a lot of potential so this was frustrating, as I felt like I had to go back several times to make sure I didn’t miss something.

Soap opera nonsense.

I’m all for a guilty pleasure, but sometimes it felt like we just randomly started a sex scene to see Somerhalder with his shirt off (not that I’m complaining) rather than to advance a plot or to develop relationships and characters.  The plot and soap opera drama felt tiresome at times, but I think that the cast redeemed it as much as they could.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!  Let’s be honest, I was going to be in no matter what as soon as I saw that Ian Somerhalder was starring in this show.  That being said, I went into this show with very low expectations, fearing that we may have another I-Land disaster on our hands.  However, the show was surprisingly entertaining and fast-paced.

Yes, there were a lot of things that frustrated me and so much of it could have been presented better, but I thought the show was binge-watch worthy.  Is this the best show I have seen about vampires?  Absolutely not, but if you go into it ready for a watered down version of The Strain, you will be entertained.

Also, we are left with a major cliffhanger at the end and I would love to see Somerhalder and Vandervoort continue to team up for a season two if we get one!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on V Wars 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 “Supernatural” Season 15 Episode 4: “Atomic Monsters”

Happy Friday TV fans!  After watching The CW’s Supernatural season 15 episode 4, Chuck reminded us that writers can do anything, but will the fans be satisfied with his ending for SupernaturalPlease note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet. 

In last night’s episode, “Atomic Monsters,” Sam continues to struggle with his grief while Dean attempts to get him back on track with a new case.  Meanwhile, Chuck seeks out guidance from his number one fan and ends up writing the end of the Supernatural story.  My top 5 moments from Supernatural season 15 episode 4 are:

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“Closer than you think…”

In the beginning of the episode, Dean channels his inner John Wick and starts taking out threats left and right, proving that he may have a future in action movies.  Things get even more weird when Benny shows up, signaling that this is definitely some kind of dream or hallucination.

I’ve always been a fan of Benny’s character and it was a welcomed cameo, but Dean has a lot to deal with when Sam appears to be the threat he has been searching for.

Sam wakes up in a cold sweat and we learn that it is actually his nightmare, but is this a foreshadowing of what’s to come in Chuck’s dark story?  Let’s hope not!

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“She knew what needed to be done.”

After Dean tries to cheer Sam up with some bacon, he reminds Sam that Rowena knew what she was doing.  Even though this may be true, it certainly doesn’t make things any easier for the Winchesters, so Dean decides that it’s time for them to go on a case together.

Sam initially doesn’t want to go, but Dean thinks it’s important to keep him busy, recognizing the pain that his brother is in.

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“Somebody’s got a fetish…”

For dead cheerleaders that is, as Sam and Dean head off to Beaverdale High School to track down a vampire who has been picking cheerleaders off one by one.  After an extreme overreaction from some parents of a football star, Sam and Dean suspect that the father is the vampire, but we find out that it is actually the son.

His parents have been trying to protect him, which brings up some unresolved feelings about Jack, but Sam and Dean are both impressed that the son recognizes what needs to be done, saying goodbye to his parents and going off with Sam and Dean so that he can be eliminated as a threat once and for all.

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“You have to write…”

Chuck decides to visit his number one fan, Becky, desperately trying to figure out what his next move should be.  Chuck is clearly lost, but Becky reminds him that he should write, not realizing that she may have just created an even greater threat by recommending this.

Chuck begins writing again about Sam and Dean and actually writes a very dark ending after some constructive criticism from Becky, which leads to Chuck turning a dangerous corner as well.  So, what does this ending entail and will the fans be satisfied with it?

The Pop Sam and Dean figurines are nodding yes, but I have a feeling that the Winchester brothers may need to fight for a more hopeful ending.  We’ll have to see how this all plays out, but I’m concerned for our beloved Sam and Dean!

1

“We are finally free to move on.”

We get our weekly recap with Sam and Dean discussing their next moves, as Dean reminds Sam that they should still do the job for Jack, Mom, and Rowena.  Sam is clearly still feeling lost and broken, but Dean tells him that they are finally free to move on without Chuck getting in their way.  Except we know that Chuck has just written a very dark ending for the Winchesters, so they may not be free just yet…

Stay tuned SPN family!

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

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My performance of the week ending 6/29/19 on TV goes to…

Zachary Quinto as Charlie Manx on AMC’s NOS4A2.  Even though I have mixed feelings on this series so far, I have been extremely impressed by Zachary Quinto’s performance. It’s like he was born to play the perfect villain and this role allows him to explore this further, creeping us out as an old man and as a vampire.  Even though he will always be Sylar from Heroes for me, it seems like this role was made for him and I’m excited that he is finally getting some well deserved screen time, as we were only seeing glimpses of his potential in the first few episodes of the show.  Please note that I have not included any major spoilers for your convenience. 

I have always been a fan of Zachary Quinto, but it really takes an actor of extraordinary talent and range to basically take on two extreme roles at once, while capturing our undivided attention.  Sure, he is Charlie Manx young and old, but he brings different elements to the character.  I found myself being lured to Christmasland along with the children because there is something so hypnotic about his portrayal, which makes him a very dangerous villain.  I am intrigued by our heroine, Vic McQueen, as well, but I’m not sure that I would be invested in the show at all without Zachary Quinto.  He is just perfection and he creates these bone-chilling creepy moments that seem so natural for him.  In fact, you almost forget that he is an actor playing a role.

What’s next for Charlie Manx?  We’ll have to wait and see, but it looks like we will finally get some type of showdown between our new favorite villain and our female protagonist.  Manx vs. McQueen….place your bets now!  It’s always interesting when you see the good vs. evil setup created and yet you are still far more invested in the evil side of things.  Charlie Manx may be a monster, but he also has charisma, using manipulation strategically to enlist the help of other lost souls.

If he were just simply a vampire devouring small children, I’m not sure that we would be interested at all, but his thought provoking conversations during the car rides take us along for the journey, bringing us that much closer to the dark side.  I’m personally leaning toward evil on the show because it is a lot more interesting, but I can’t wait to see what Charlie Manx does next!  Which side will you wind up on?  

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Spoiler-Free Review of “NOS4A2” on AMC: A Faint Spark Glimmering in the midst of all the Backstory

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

“There are people in this world with abilities.”  Based on the book of the same name by Joe Hill, NOS4A2 follows Vic McQueen, who discovers an old bridge that will take her and her motorcycle anywhere in the world to find lost things.  We are also introduced to the villain, Charlie Manx, who kidnaps young lonely children, promising to drive them off to Christmasland, but visions of sugarplums have been replaced with nightmares of darkness, as he attempts to essentially drain the life force of the children to maintain his own youthful appearance.  While it appears that he is a vampire, there is definitely some mystery surrounding him and we have a lot left to discover.

NOS4A2 is available to watch on AMC and season one features 10 episodes.  The pilot premiered on June 2nd 2019.  The show stars Ashleigh Cummings, Zachary Quinto, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Virginia Kull, and Jahkara Smith.  We are immediately introduced to the villain, Charlie Manx, who appears to be a creepy old man waiting in a car, but we quickly learn that he is extremely dangerous and is in the business of stealing children, luring them with promises of candy canes and Christmas forever.

The Pros:

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The acting is convincing and the characters draw you in.

I’m already a huge fan of Zachary Quinto’s work and he does not disappoint in this series, fully embracing the role of the villain.  Even with all the makeup, Quinto makes this creepy old man seem beyond twisted.  I was also pleasantly surprised and entertained by Ashleigh Cummings, who plays our main protagonist, Vic.  The performances are real and compelling and both of these characters appear to have a lot of layers for us to peel back and discover.  In addition, I was intrigued by the character of Maggie, played by Jahkara Smith, who appears to be some kind of psychic librarian, using scrabble pieces to discover clues.  Sounds like a pretty cool ability to me.

The first ten minutes and the last ten minutes give us a glimmer of potential.

I thought that the opening and closing of the season premiere was mysterious and creepy.  I wanted this vibe to continue for the rest of the premiere, but I’m hoping that this glimmer of hope can somehow translate into the remaining episodes, as this show has the potential to be something truly dark and unique.

The Cons:

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Too much backstory all at once.

While I have not yet read Joe Hill’s novel, the show gave us way too much backstory for a season premiere, which made the pilot seem heavy and boring.  I understand the need to introduce us to these characters, but perhaps Vic’s backstory could have been sprinkled over all of the episodes instead, while introducing us to her interesting abilities.  Also, we barely get to see the villain in the episode and I feel like the time could have been divided up a little bit better to fully capture our attention.

Slow paced premiere.

In addition to the excessive backstory, there was just a really slow paced feel after the opening minutes of the premiere, which initially drew me in.  There are a lot of elements to be discovered here, but I just felt like there was way too much fluff for the majority of the episode and I found myself tuning out quite a bit, which is not a great sign for a season premiere.

So am I in or out? 

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As of right now, I am on my way out, but I give all shows three episodes to change my mind.  There are some redeeming qualities here and the world of Joe Hill seems intriguing, introducing us to some Stephen King like elements that could be genuinely terrifying and different.  However, the pace of the show needs to pick up and we need to scratch the excessive backstory and focus on the journey ahead across the mysterious bridge.  I’m ready to lose myself, but I need much more in order to do so.  Fingers crossed that the next episodes can capture my full attention!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on NOS4A2 in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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