The Walking Dead: Episode 12 “Remember” Recap

3 Mar

One of the things I’ve been working on lately are podcasts. I’ve done written recaps of my favourite TV shows, but I wanted to try something different and turn the recaps into more of a conversation.

My friend and I started a podcast called “Recap Rewind” so we could have a platform to share our discussions about our favourite TV shows. Not only are we close friends,  we know how to have a good laugh. We started off with Pretty Little Liars (since we have so much fun making fun of that show) and now we’ve added The Walking Dead to our list! All of our podcasts are available on YouTube with download links in the description. We’re in the works of getting it up on iTunes but we’re hoping to have a bigger fanbase before we do that.

Below is the link to the most recent Walking Dead episode. Season 5, Episode 12.

Let us know what you think!

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DRAKE Secret Album!

13 Feb

Happy Friday!! Oh my, yes it is. I’m telling you, the only thing that pulled me out of bed this morning to face the -25 weather was finding out about Drake’s secret mix take. It’s titled, ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’ and the release has fans everywhere losing their ish. Girl, Beyonce thought she’d be the only one to drop a secret album!

If-Youre-Reading-This-Its-Too-Late-DrakeIf you’re a fan of Drake then you know he’s been in the ‘6’ (Toronto to outsiders) since November, working on what was supposed to be his next album. Except the album we thought he was making was going to be titled ‘Views From the 6′.

But yesterday, Drake released a short film-ish music video titled “Jungle” that was very impressive, but also very confusing, because what was the point of the short film? It barely had any music to it. Well now, it’s obvious that it was a secret message or some sort of preview to this ‘So Far Gone’ mix tape sequel.

On my commute this morning I listened to a few of the songs, and like any Drake album it’s filled with introspective anecdotes of his life. It’s all Drake, but it also isn’t a Drake that I’ve heard before. He’s definitely angrier, he’s coming from a darker place, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it’s just not what I was expecting. But, it also connects nicely with the “Jungle” short video, there seems to be scenes in that video that tie in throughout the entire album. Also, songs like “Legend” and the title of the album weird me out because it seems like he’s saying, if I’m gone tomorrow, this is what I’m leaving you with. Creepy, right?

 

What do you guys think of the album so far?

 

This Week in TV!

14 Jan

With a new year upon us comes an array of new seasons of our favourite television shows. Okay, maybe array was a reach because there’s not a whole lot that’s started just yet. (Waiting on Scandal, How To Get Away with Murder, and of course Game of Thrones)

Memorable shows of the week: Girls, Shameless, Vanderpump Rules

GIRLS

Lena Dunham and her crazy bishes are back for an all new season. Totally forgot how we left off last season, but still totally excited for the girls. Hannah is on her way out of the city for a graduating writing program in Idaho. Yeah, Idaho. Adam has no gained control of their apartment, she’s no longer paying rent so I guess this means she’s gone for good. Or at least until she realizes she’s making a huge mistake, which seeing how there’s only 10 episodes a season won’t take that long.

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Adam’s all heartbroken that Hannah’s leaving but doesn’t show it at all at the beginning of the episode. He’s all ‘we have 10 different ways of contacting each other –we’ll be fine’ and then in the end he finally admits he sucks at using the phone. Hannah assures him they will be alright. Nothing like boring missionary sexy (very unlike Hannah/Adam) to guarantee how wrong she is about their fate.

Shoshanna had the best lines of the episode. This is what’s so amazing about the writing of this show. They have about 27 minutes to explain all of everything, and each line of dialogue has to be used carefully. While she’s picking up her diploma we realize how crazy her divorced parents are, she says “Both my parents are named Mel (Melvin & Melanie) it’s the worst thing that ever happened to me. And it was like the first thing that ever happened to me”

Jessa visits Beadie, the woman she tried to kill last season. Let me make that clear, Beadie was on her death bed and begged Jessa to basically feed her a bunch of pills so she could overdose. Welp, it didn’t work and now Beadie’s angry daughter played by (Orange Is The New Black’s Natasha Lyonne) is back in the city to take her mom back home with her.

Marnie and Desi perform a few songs at a brunch, we find out that Desi is still dating Clementine, but is also still sticking his face in places it doesn’t belong. (ie; Marnie’s ass) Clementine confronts Marnie and apologizes to her for thinking she was trying to steal her man. Oh Marnie, now you’re up against the nice girl! While Marnie sings a song dedicated to Hannah titled, ‘Inward and Outward’ she breaks down crying when some brats around the restaurant start running and screaming. Elijah gives her the pep talk of the decade.

In the end, Hannah is ready to leave. Adam isn’t ready to leave, so he avoids the morning of and Hannah leaves without a real goodbye. As her parents drive of her off, he watches them from the window of their apartment.

Side note: There was a conversation between Shoshanna and Ray, something about her apologizing for making him get into a relationship with her. I don’t even remember that, nor do I care about their storyline. Ugh, he annoys me.

Girls airs Sunday nights on HBO

SHAMELESS

Shameless is like, probably in my top 3 favourite shows. I love my medieval times, zombie apocalypse genred shows, but there’s something special about the raw/real moments of Shameless. I would definitely consider Shameless a ‘dramedy’ a blend of really heavy dramatic moments with surprisingly refreshing comedic bits. I think it’s a perfect combination of both genres that create really great television show. It’s summertime in Chi-town which is going to make this a little more interesting, majority of the show has taken place over the colder months so I’m excited to see our characters flourish in the atmosphere of bbq’s and pool parties.

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Seriously, if you’re not watching Shameless you need to.

Shameless airs Sunday nights on Showtime.

Vanderpump Rules

I don’t even know why I’m admitting to watching this show. It’s like the worst show on television, or at least the worst example of reality television. It’s so ridiculous, and I know it’s all set up drama, but ya can’t help but watching! Especially since everything else is on hiatus right now, desperate times.

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I just want to say though, this season has been different, in a good way. Especially these past two weeks for Scheana and Shay’s bachelor/bachelorette parties. You can tell that this group is actually friends with one another and it sort of – almost, reminded me of the Jersey Shore cast. In my opinion, you don’t always have to have fake drama to catch people’s attention. Sometimes the funny moments with real friends is enough to start a cult following!

Which leads me to my next point – Stassi. Okay so why is she on the show though? She no longer works at Sur, she quit, and she loves to remind us on a weekly basis that she would rather die than put on a Sur uniform and work there again. Since the season started almost all her scenes have been when she ‘visits’ Sur, somehow has a heart to heart with Lisa Vanderpump, and bugs all the bartenders for a glass of white wine. Girl, bye! Like why are you even here? Last night’s episode had the most epic line of all time. Lisa Vanderpump having a sit down heart to heart with Stassi inside Sur. After telling Stassi she should just forgive Katie for basically nothing because Katie did nothing wrong, Stassi blows up and storms out of the restaurant. Lisa finally says what we’ve all known, Stassi doesn’t want friends, she wants followers. This is so true, and for the past 3 seasons I’ve watched all her ‘friends’ get into all this drama because of her. I just want to pop in and be like ‘ya’ll could have so much fun without mean girl molly’ and by the looks of the Miami trip, they sure did. VR should take a page from Jersey Shore’s rulebook that clearly stated, if you quit or got fired from working at the Shore Store you were kicked outta the house! It’s time for Stassi to pull an Angelina, take her trash bags and get out!

Vanderpump Rules airs on Bravo on Mondays (US) and Slice on Tuesday (Canada)

10 Things Girls and a Gay Guy Learned From Watching GIRLS!

8 Jan

Can you believe it’s already time for HBO’s Girls Season 4? The new season premieres this Sunday January 11th. We’ve been a fan of this show since it first aired and we’re super excited for the new season. But before we start predicting what we can expect in the upcoming 10 episodes, let’s go through some of the things we’ve learned from watching Girls.

These are the Top 10 Things Girls and a Gay Guy Learned From Watching Girls

10. Getting a gig at GQ magazine doesn’t mean you have all your sh** together

Let’s be honest. We all thought Hannah finally got her sh** together when she landed a writing gig at GQ magazine. I was quite excited for her, seeing how she was lost and always in between side jobs for 2 seasons. It was inspiring to see our main character finally get what she always dreamed of…but ya know she had to go and mess things up. No but for real, Hannah knew right from the get go the GQ gig wasn’t at all what she had hoped for. She felt that there was something bigger out there for her. Playing it ‘safe’ was never Hannah’s motto.

 

9.  Singing a Kanye West song to get revenge on your ex at his hipster corporate party. Bad idea.

This moment will probably go down in Girls history as the moment when Marnie [Allison Williams] finally made us laugh. When she finds out that her on/off again boyfriend has hit it big with his mobile app company, she wants back in. Why wouldn’t she? All of a sudden his life seems more interesting…and other girls want him? So she needs to get revenge or somehow catch his attention – so she sings her acoustic/crazy rendition of Kanye West’s “Stronger” in front of his entire work party.  In the end he did end up getting back with her so I guess it worked? Until they broke up again for the final time.

 

8. Don’t ever let co-workers play with your eyebrows

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To this day, this image still puts me on the floor hysterically laughing. Just because a woman’s eyebrows are a treasured space on the face, why would she let anyone she just met touch her brows!! #girlbye When they’re done with her eyebrows…she flaunts them like they’re shaped to perfection. It’s absolutely hilarious! Lesson learned – there should only ever be one person that touches your eyebrows…a professional!!

 

7. Weekend retreat with your girlfriends might be the best thing for your friendship

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Some might say this episode was their favourite of the entire series- and for sure it was a good one. It was unique in that we got a chance to see the girls ditch the city for a getaway weekend in the ghetto-er version of the Hamptons. It literally is the quintessential outing to let it all hang out with your girlfriends! Shout out to Shoshanna for laying down one of the best monologues of the series. This episode made it all feel like real life.

 

6. People can change. Exhibit Adam

I could never figure out where the writers were going with Adam’s character. I mean it’s easy to assume they weren’t going anywhere with his character because he was the guy with no goals and no aspirations, he didn’t need a ‘purpose’. Fine. But this last season, he truly showed that people and characters can change for the better! Somewhere, deep down in that smelly dark soul was a really cool guy that fit semi-perfectly with Hannah. It was the closest she’s come to the ‘real thing’. There’s hope for all of us!

 

5. Every girl needs access to a gay best friend.

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Elijah was someone that I didn’t think would be a main character in the show…but duh! Why not!? These days who doesn’t have a gay best friend!? And some of Hannah’s best scenes were with Elijah, he’s with her through thick and thin, and even when things get awkward (Marnie + a couch) the besties still find their way back to one another. There’s just a next level type of bond that comes with having a gay best friend and Elijah and Hannah are the perfect example of that.

 

4. There will never be an okay age to lift your dads naked ass out of the bathtub

Oh god. This scene gives me the creeps, but it is so hilarious! Season one, when Hannah goes home for the weekend and her parents are getting it on in the shower, and then her dad topples over! And her mom calls in Hannah to help her lift him up! Ugh! There will never be an okay age to see what Hannah saw. I mean, lesson learned, it’s going to suck when our parents get old.

 

3. Girls, we’re confusing and do weird shit sometimes but you learn to love us anyway. Exhibit, Adam and Ray

No matter what guys say- they will always find a place in their hearts to love us. Just look at how cray Hannah,Shoshana,Marnie…okay basically we’re all f*@!&n  crazy. These characters are the extreme versions of craziness and the boys somehow accept their craziness and love them regardless. Boys, face it, Robin Thicke knew it, Adam and Ray know – ya’ll are lost without us.

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2. First time experiences will always be awkward as hell

First time experiences can always be super awkward and it’s been a stand out quality of Girls to always show the most real and most awkward moments of life. They’ve never sugar coated anything, they never turn things into ‘Sex and the City’ chic, this is real life people! I think that’s what fans of our generation have loved most about this show. Lesson learned, nothing is as perfect as what you see on TV. Unless you’re only watching Girls, then yeah, you’ve nailed it. Pun intended.

 

1. Nobody (ages 19-28) knows what they’re doing in life and everyone’s lost. And that’s okay

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I’ll never forget the first promo trailer for Girls, it had Hannah talking to her parents and telling them she was the ‘voice of a generation, or a voice, of a generation’ and it’s been the major theme of this show. It’s eye opening, it’s inspiring, and it’s sort of comforting knowing that everyone our age is going through the same thing. We’re lost, confused, and deciding on what we’re going to do for the rest of our lives….and all of that….is okay!

The fourth season of Girls premieres Sunday January 11th on HBO.

 

Sons of Anarchy SERIES FINALE!

15 Dec

So I’m not going to recap the Sons of Anarchy 75-minute series finale, but I will write about what I learned from the episode. I think the first question to answer is whether or not I enjoyed the finale. Read on readers, but be warned this post contains spoilers!

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I know a lot of people were disappointed with Kurt Sutters ending, but I think it’s important to remember how difficult it is to wrap up an entire series while staying true to the characters arcs, and also giving fans what they want. Right after the episode finished, I was a little disappointed with how things ended for Jax, I felt like that entire highway montage was ruined by that awkward cut to the ravens eating bread shot. At the end of the day, I didn’t like where Jax ended up, as a person. It wasn’t just that he killed himself, but that he even went through with killing Gemma. I always wanted Jax to metaphorically or literally, walk off into the sunset with his boys. So when he killed Gemma and Unser (in Episode 12) I knew that his happy ending could never be. Which is always upsetting because he was our main protagonist and you want him to have the best ending. But throughout the episode, there were all these clues leading up to his death, but I thought if it was too obvious than they wouldn’t kill him? Then he just started going ham on everyone, and I figured there was no coming back from all that so he was definitely going to die, it was just a matter of how.

Side note: Any finale compared to the Dexter finale will be a million times better.

Let’s talk about Chibbs and the greatest break up of all time

So in the midst of all this anticipation of death, officer Jarry decides to visit Chibbs, ask him some questions and bluntly break up with him. Well girl, you chose the wrong day. She’s all like ‘we can’t be together anymore’ and he was all like ‘well bi@!#’ I don’t care anymore I’ll fuc!?&! kill you!’ So there’s that.

Who is Ghost Girl?

The biggest question of the night goes to homeless girl with the baby carriage. Kurt Sutter admitted he doesn’t want to answer this question, instead leave it to the audience to decide who she is (or whose ghost she is). After watching it for the second time, I feel like it could be Tara, after all she is pushing a baby carriage, and she hands Jax the blanket and tells him ‘it’s time’. So maybe it’s her encouraging him to finish it all or ‘end’ everything with the club before he reunites with her? The first thing that came to mind was Gemma but why would she be pushing a stroller? There has to be meaning behind that. Or maybe there doesn’t, would love to hear more about this. Let’s discuss later.

Goodbye Jax Teller – Hello cheesy CGI

First off, Jackson Teller that was the weakest goodbye with your sons! It literally sounded like he was saying goodbye because they were going away for the weekend. He doesn’t even tell Wendy what’s going on, and she doesn’t really beg him for answers. But I guess that’s their relationship? Still would’ve liked to see Wendy’s reaction to all of this.

Jax TellerFast forward 45 minutes, Jax has said his last goodbyes to his brothers and is on his dad’s old bike cruisin’ down the highway. He has over 20 police cruisers chasing him (by this point there’s an APB out for his arrest) he just keeps driving, ravens are flying above him (Gemma,Clay?) Jax smiles when he sees a truck round the corner (driven by Michael Chiklis) He slowly let goes of the handles (beautiful shot) his bike veers into the oncoming lane, the truck doesn’t stop in time and they crash. Except we don’t see a crash, we just hear it, and it cuts to a really awkward and cheesy looking shot of two ravens eating the bread with the police cruisers behind them. Blood (Jax’s body offscreen) slowly drips closer to the bread and the SOA logo burns in and that’s it! Okay I loved that entire sequence on the highway, beautiful shots, the music was perfect, but WTF? was that last shot?!? Those Ravens looked terrible, the CGI was definitely not on point, and for such a powerful scene it really ruined the moment.

That’s all I have to say. What did you guys think of the finale?

The Walking Dead Mid Season Finale

1 Dec

I don’t think I’ve been this upset over a character’s death since probably Sophia back in season 2. Even looking back on some of the epic deaths in HBO’s Game of Thrones doesn’t compare to the absolute disheartening feeling watching Daryl carry Beth’s lifeless body out of the hospital. I just couldn’t believe this entire half season led to this moment, and I found myself more angry than sad as the hours went by.

First of all, I’d like to say that I haven’t always been a Beth supporter. I mean realistically, who has? Some people didn’t even know who she was until this season when she became a key focus in the show. This season, saving Beth was the main mission, alongside Eugene and his hopes of finding a cure in Washington. But let’s put aside all the useless characters The Walking Dead has adopted over the last little while (after last night’s boring sibling conversation I’m looking at you Tyreese) I want to talk about why I felt Beth’s death was unjust.

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Looking back over the past year, our characters have really been all over the place. Since the prison’s downfall, stories have been all over, and last season’s Terminus checkpoint was the biggest waste of the entire series. They spent all this time building up to it, and then it was over in a blink of an eye. Yes, they moved on from it quickly, and yes we saw the return of Carol but I just felt like it was another wasted step. Having watched last night’s episode, and seeing what the end result of all this was, I feel like this to was a waste. Someone on Twitter mentioned that for this hospital storyline to end this way, was truly a waste of time. Nothing was solved, nothing got done, why did Beth have to die? It was supposed to be a rescue mission, this wasn’t supposed to happen. This is where my allegiance to the show is truly tested. Did they kill Beth off because they wanted this big bang for their mid-season finale? Or did they legitimately have to kill a character because it was time and that character’s arc was fulfilled?

I’m choosing to believe the first option because I don’t feel like Beth’s character was anywhere near being done. She had so much potential, I really loved the idea of her and Daryl, she brought a sense of hope to the show and the way it all went down just didn’t feel right. There are so many other characters who I would’ve been okay to let go, even in that moment as they were trading people I was okay with Carol not making it through. I told myself she’s been through so much, she saved the entire gang at Terminus, she’s had an amazing run and it’d be okay if she didn’t make it. Same goes for Hershel and Andrea, when they died it felt like it was the right timing. As I was discussing last night’s finale with a friend, the idea of Beth going through something more traumatic than she experienced would’ve made for a more meaningful ending. I don’t mean to sound harsh, but if Beth suffered more at the hospital, the audience might’ve understood her intentions and rationale when she attacked Dawn with the scissors. Instead she was left with a few stitches, and not a whole lot of reasons to put her life and her crews life in jeopardy when she attacked Dawn. It seemed like it was for nothing.

For some reason there was a higher stake on Beth’s head, and looking back on it now there were some signs pointing to her death. The way Michonne smiled at Maggie when she told her Beth was still alive. Um, have you seen Michonne? That girl never smiles, finally she’s smiling and finally Maggie is remembering she has a sister, oh but don’t get too excited because she’ll be dead in minutes! Of course it was coming, how did we not see this? Everything about that ending in the hallway was absolutely gut wrenching.

What’s next for the gang. For me, I am totally okay with letting my emotions have some time off before the remaining half of the season resumes in February. But when it does, will the gang be able to move on from this? I’m wondering if there will be any backlash from the decision between trading people or just attacking the hospital (which was Rick’s original plan) I have no idea what’s going to happen when the show returns, as of right now my little inner Walking Dead fire has burnt out and I’m pretty let down.

What’s the verdict people? Is there ever a good time/moment for a character to die? Did it make sense for the writers to kill off Beth the way they did? Pauly D has it all right.

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Side Pieces:

– Beth you really showed your inner Beyonce this season but girl wtf? were you trying to accomplish by stabbing Dawn with a pair of scissors!?

– As soon as the episode started off with Rick running Bob over with the police cruiser, I knew someone was going to die by the end of the episode. The writers on this show never give us anything satisfying without a pinch of something absolutely devastating

– Noah and Father Gabriel the most useless and ‘extra’ people on this show. If the writer’s think they will somehow get us to like them next season, they are actually delusional. It’s going to be hard not to blame Noah for Beth’s death

– Maggie I’m glad you finally realized you had a missing sister, but it’s too late ( Lauren Cohan’s interview on The Talking Dead about losing Beth’s character was too emotional to watch. Waterworks.)

– I love how the show ended off with Morgan, and by love I really mean are they really trying to distract us from KILLING BETH by showing creepy Morgan. Get outta here!

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Beyonce Leaked Music

19 Nov

Twerk, twerk, twerk your way to an all new leaked snippet of Beyonce’s new song titled ‘7/11′ that will be released off her platinum edition of Beyonce coming out November 24th.

http://www.mtv.com/news/2002944/beyonce-711-snippet-leak/

SONS of ANARCHY FINALE: POLL

19 Nov

With only two episodes left in the final season of Kurt Sutter’s Sons of Anarchy, the end is near and we can probably narrow down the ending to a few solid versions.

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I always had a feeling Juice would be the one to tell Jax that Gemma killed Tara. There wasn’t anyone else that knew this secret, and Jax would need a true confession from an adult, having his son tell him wouldn’t be enough. Also, they wouldn’t keep Theo Rossi around this long if he wasn’t going to play an essential role in the unveiling of the biggest secret of the entire series. Having said that, with a little help from 5-year old Abel, Juice was ready to lay it all out for Jax. If he had any hope of surviving his sentence and making it back into the club for killing Henry Lin, all that’s gone out the window now and he’ll most likely be meeting his demise next episode.

So where does this leave Gemma? The three most popular outcomes for Gemma (and I love how this is the only ending people care about not the actual fate of SAMCRO) are these;

  1. Jax will kill Gemma
  2. Gemma will go to jail for killing Tara
  3. Gemma will run away and live a life of seclusion and never see her sons/grandons ever again

Over this season, I warmed up to the idea of having Gemma pay for her mistakes- the legal way. Since this show is all law breakers, it would be nice to end the show off with someone paying for their sins through the court of law. She deserves a long and painful punishment, she doesn’t deserve to be killed and set free! Come on people! But after watching last night’s episode, I don’t think sending Gemma to prison will be in the cards for her. It doesn’t seem like the writers are taking her in that direction, literally she was seen driving to Portento, Eureka and Fortuna. Which is in Northern California, so maybe she’s heading all the way up to Canada? In which case- we don’t even want you Gemma! So that narrows it down to 2 possible outcomes.

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When Gemma killed her sons wife with a turkey fork

 

At the end of the episode, Jax breaks down beside Nero and admits that he still loves Gemma after all she’s done, she’s still his mother. Nero brings up the elephant in the room which is will Jax kill his own mother? Nero doesn’t want him to, he doesn’t think Jax could ever come back from something like that. Jax believes this to, which opens the idea that if Jax killed his own mother will we [as the audience] stand by him completely? He doesn’t even think he can kill his own mother. Yes, he’s a cold hearted killer, but I think going through something like that and actually killing her himself, I don’t know if I would want Jax to get to that level. But, on the other hand he’s done all this killing thus far, will one more really change the way we perceive our main hero? Does this even make him a hero in the end? Also, trying to imagine that scene of him killing her (in a filmmaker way not a serial killer way) I don’t think it would ever live up to our expectations on how punishing Gemma’s death or ‘banishment’ will be.

Which leads us to one final outcome, if Gemma escapes and never returns to her old life. I think I’m okay with this ending, but how will they show that? How would we know that she’s never going to come back? Or that down the line Jax has not forgiven her? I don’t know if this plotline can be portrayed accurately enough for us to feel like we got the ending we wanted. On the other hand, if she drives away, which she already is, and maybe kills herself?. I almost thought she was going to drive her car off the road at the end of last night’s episode and end it all there. It didn’t happen, which leads me to believe she doesn’t think she deserves to die? Also, her giving Abel John’s ring at the end made me hate her even more. Like she doesn’t even understand that all of this [her family being torn a apart], is because of that [SAMCRO life]. Why would she want her grandkids to continue on with this mayhem? Which means she doesn’t get it, and she never will.

Somewhere in there is the ending I think I want, but it doesn’t really matter because there’s only two weeks to go and I’m hoping Kurt Sutter has the ending we’ll be satisfied with. In the meantime it’s just exciting to make up our own endings and bounce ideas off each other.

Here! Here! Let’s Vote.

TOP 5 SHOWS THAT SURPRISED US THIS FALL

14 Nov

The time has come, Fall is officially over, which means put your Pumpkin Spice Latte and UGG boots away – pull out your Snuggie and Snorel’s and get ready for the winter season. Here’s a list of the Top 5 Shows That Surprised Us This Fall.

 

1. Homeland

Homeland Yes Homeland is in it’s fourth season, and it is definitely not a newcomer. But after last season’s shocking ending killing off it’s   main character Nicholas Brody, it was hard envisioning a season that could trump the past ones. How could a show go on without it’s main character? And by main character I literally mean Clair Danes and Brody’s character (Damian Lewis) were the central storyline, and without either one of their characters, there wouldn’t be a point to the show. So you see why it was extremely important for the writers to ramp up this fourth season and basically makes us forget all about Brody, which we did. Until they brought him back in a dream/drug sequence last week. Regardless this show is on fire! And if you’re not already watching – then watch. Now.

 

Homeland airs Sunday nights at 9 pm on Showtime.

 

2. The Affair

the affairShowtime’s The Affair is in its first season, as of this publication it is on it’s 6th episode and more than halfway through the season.(10 episodes) One of the main reasons I wanted to watch this show was for the main character – Noah Solloway played by The Wire’s Dominic West. He is hot stuff and we haven’t seen him in anything since The Wire, which spiked an interest in this new romantic drama. Can we call it that? Right from the start everyone’s assumption is that this show is another adult romance show that will probably include a lot of ‘HBO-esque’ sex scenes. Which it is..and it has, but there’s something else that’s made this show completely different from what you expect from a romance/drama. What makes this show so entertaining is that it dives into the darker more psychological effects of having an affair, and the secrecy of wanting to live a secret life that ultimately pulls our two main characters away from their every day normal. From the way it’s shot, edited, and laid out this show is completely thought out and proves why video editing is just as important as script writing. Each episode is split into two perspectives, usually the first 25 minutes is ‘Noah’s Story” and the remaining 25 minutes is “Allison’s Story”. For the first 4 episodes their version of events were running simultaneously, different things being said/heard/seen in each of their perspectives. Which adds another layer of intrigue, why is Allison the sexually aggressive partner in Noah’s story? But in Allison’s story she is more timid and resistant to Noah’s passes. Very interesting to see the different perspectives the characters have, as a viewer it’s a real mind-f*** because you never really know which story of events to believe. The premise of the show is so basic, but the way they’ve presented it to us, it’s really brilliant, and absolutely surprised me. Definitely a show to watch this season.

The Affair airs Sunday nights at 10pm on Showtime.

 

3. Kingdom

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Another show that’s surprised me this season is DirecTV’s Kingdom. Yes, it’s the show with Nick Jonas. First off, I would like to thank the entire production of this show for offering an incentive to people who wouldn’t necessarily watch a show about mixed martial arts. We would however watch a show with sweaty hunky men with muscles working out half naked. So thank you people for giving that to the rest of us. Also, the show takes place in Venice, California so I don’t mind seeing palm trees while I watch it either. Okay, the premise is; Alvey (Frank Grillo) a onetime successful MMA fighter who runs a gym with his younger girlfriend Lisa. Alvey trains his son Nate (Nick Jonas) as he tries to becomes the next great fighter but an injury puts this dream on hold for a bit. Alvey needs to get more business to his gym Navy St. and decides to re-train Ryan (Matt Lauria, Friday Night Lights), former MMA Champion and former fiancé of Lisa. Also, Ryan’s fresh out of prison for beating the f*** out of his dad. Intrigued yet? I usually give it two episodes to decide whether or not a show is worth watching, by the first episode I already knew I was hooked.

Kingdom airs Wednesday nights at 9 pm.

 

4. How To Get Away with Murder

murderEveryone keeps talking about Shonda Rhimes like this girl is the Thursday night TV whisperer. Her new show How to Get Away With Murder, had me skeptical because of three reasons:

  1. I was worried everyone in this show would start talking like everyone in Scandal
  2. I had enough shows to keep track of on Thursday night’s I didn’t need another one
  3. Not crazy about Viola Davis’ face

Valid points. I kept seeing the promos for HTGAWM for a few weeks, but it wasn’t until I was bored with an empty PVR that I decided to finally give in and check the show out. I started late, I think 4 episodes in so I missed a lot, as I would soon realize (didn’t even know there were flashbacks happening). But I was immediately hooked. Even though Annalise (Viola Davis) annoys me, nobody seems to talk like they’re in Scandal (for now), so I’m good with that. Also, it’s a really smart, well thought out show so I definitely don’t feel like I could get dumber by watching it. If you haven’t watched it yet, you should. Just start from the beginning, the longer you wait, the more confusing it’s going to be.

How To Get Away With Murder airs Thursdays at 10 pm on ABC.

 

5. Red Band Society

red-band-society_jpgO-M-G I love this show! It makes me so happy even though it’s about a sick children’s hospital. I’m so over the hospital dramas, so this one was a breath of fresh air. From the beginning, I could tell this show was going to be different. I wasn’t crying – which was…a breath of fresh air! It is a show for the younger audience, so I’m not running hurdles to watch it on a weekly basis, but it is a cute story with cute teenagers dealing with not so cute things. The writing is absolutely surprising, seeing how they turn cheesy situations into really entertaining and witty moments. I like that. Unfortunately, the ratings haven’t been great so far, so they might not even make it to season 2 but it definitely surprised me. Just be ready to laugh and cry at the same time, which is absolutely better than laughing and crying at different times.

Red Band Society airs Wednesdays at 9 pm on FOX.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AHS Freak Show: 7 Day Countdown

1 Oct

It’s the first day of October, and for some this month can be a horrible reminder of the ensuing winter climate. For others, including myself, October is all about the cool autumn air, sweater weather, pumpkin spice lattes and of course – AMERICAN HORROR STORY!!

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I’ve been waiting for this one since the end of last season’s finale, every season is a new story, a new theme, and an even scarier world to jump into and that’s what makes AHS one of the best shows on TV. (The best in my opinion sorry GoT!) If you haven’t read up on this season yet, here is a quick overview:

Freak Show will be the 4th season of American Horror Story (each season is separate from the other, characters, stories, locations all change with the release of a new season-  so don’t worry about catching up) This season is set in 1952 Jupiter,Florida telling the story of one of the last remaining freak shows in America. Returning cast members from previous seasons include, Jessica Lange (she has announced this will be her last season), Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe,Evan Peters, Denis O’Hare, and Frances Conroy. This fourth season will also include new additions Michael Chiklis and Patti Labelle (playing Gabourey’s mother)

Okay so if that cast isn’t reason enough, Ryan Murphy announced to a fan on Twitter that Jessica Lange will be singing a Lana Del Ray cover. No word on Lana actually being in an episode, but with last season’s Stevie Nick’s cameo chances are high, and our fingers are crossed.

Here is a compilation trailer that someone put together of all the Freak Show promos.

American Horror Story: Freak Show premieres next week October 8th 2014 on FX.

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