Shameless SEASON FINALE!

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Not too many shows can say they had their run of 7 seasons, and have their 7th season be a strong contender. Unless your Game of Thrones, or Lost, but it was all a dream so does that really count? Or…The Good Wife (for those that watched, #notme). But to be frank, no pun intended, I didn’t expect much from Showtime’s 7th go around with Shameless. At the end of last season it felt like the writers were just going around in circles, Debbie being a teen mom, Lip flunking out of school, Freaky Fiona getting her freak on, it just seemed like these characters weren’t going anywhere, they were just in the crazy spiral they’ve always been in and the season started off strong, well for some, but then in the middle it kind of got boring? It got really sad on one end (Lip) and really exciting on the other (Fiona), so I never knew how to really feel. But then, something magical happened, Monica showed up again, and this time, just like every other time, you hoped this would be that existential moment she has, where she finally wakes up and saves her kids. And I guess in a way it was, she just lost went to sleep forever instead.

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You know, as much as I hate Frank, I never hated Monica. Even though she was in and out of the seasons, any time she showed up I got my hopes up, even though the kids didn’t. I always gave her the benefit of the doubt, and I always wanted her to show up for her kids. But this season she shows up, and she admits to Frank she’s dying, and at first I was like okay great, this is going to be all cheese, but it was all so beautiful, so funny, and of course super sad. There’s something about Shameless, where you can be watching it and hysterically laughing, and then you get hit with a flood of emotion, and it’s this constant rollercoaster but it always works.  After Monica and Frank’s wedding, I had a feeling that she wouldn’t make it out of the season, but I never thought they would have her dead in that moment. You think you know this show so you’re assuming she’s probably high or too drunk to get up , but then you see the panic on Frank’s face, his desperation, his pleading for her to wake up, it was just such a sad scene, but you’re still waiting for the joke to hit because this is Shameless after all, but it never does and the episode cuts to black.

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So she’s dead, in the season finale the kids take her to the hospital but she’s been dead, and I don’t think the sad part is Monica being dead. The sad part was seeing all the kids like finally realize this surprising feeling they had towards her that they buried each time she would let them down. I think they all realized hating her was so much easier. But who can deny that your mom keeping 70k worth of meth for your inheritance is pretty badass. I think the only thing I would’ve wanted differently, first off I think she could’ve been in the show a lot more, there were so many different dimensions to her as a character, from Frank’s speech at her funeral it sounded like she was the reason for all of this craziness, so you would think she would have all the answers as to why? Whereas Frank always seemed like he was just following, well from his story it did turn out that way, that he fell in love with her and followed her to the ends of the earth. So yeah, a few unanswered questions.

So even though season 7 didn’t end well for Monica, it looked like the Gallaghers are heading to a good start for season 8, who doesn’t love a good montage ending.

Fiona

Started off on tinder, now she’s paid off the house mortgage, drives a Rav4, and is the new owner of an apartment building, and possibly new man?

Memorable mentions: Returning her and Liam’s portion of the Monica meth, she hides it under Monica’s body in the casket, and then literally punches her mom in the chest with tears in her eyes. Also major tears in our eyes to. Ugh.

Lip

Started off in AA, ended off in the AA. I loved his ending, I hated him during the season, he got kicked out of school, didn’t want to go back, and then when he got the sliver of a chance to go back, he realized how much he wanted it and the school denied him everything. He went to a really dark place this season, and I’m really hoping that’s as dark as we see Lip. In the ending montage he shows up at AA again, and looks super happy to be there. Yay. Again, tears in our eyes.

Memorable mentions: I have to say, my heart sank when he admitted in the season finale that he really fucked up. I think he knew it, internally, he knew it all along, but he kept thinking he could find another way, but hearing him say he messed up, it was all on him, it was really huge.

Ian

I freaking love Ian. Ian was my man this season, he just seemed like he had his sh** together, until Mickey escaped prison. Aside from his new boyfriend, meh, when Mickey returns Ian is super confused and runs off with his first love, but right before they cross the border Ian backs out, and says ‘this isn’t me anymore’

Memorable mentions: Leaving Mickey at the border, in a cheap wig and dress.

Debbie

Didn’t really like this whole Debbie teen mom thing, but she pulled through this season, even making up with Fiona, and overall just seeming more mature. Not quite sure about her choice in welding, but here’s to her. Maybe she’ll get an etsy account and make a lot of money.

Memorable mentions: Her and Monica busting up her baby’s grandmother’s house that seen was hilarious.

Carl

Carl surprises me each season. I love how level headed he’s become. He quit his drug running business, fell in love, fell out of it, paid for his own circumcision surgery, and then decided to go to military school. Amazing. He returns in the season finale to cook a bacon breakfast, and just be there to support his family. Also he offers to sell of the meth to his corner hood friends.

Memorable mentions: His whole journey this season, he really stepped up and was trying to be the man of the house, choosing to go to military school, he’s what you would call a ‘sick kid’ in all the good ways.

Liam

Liam gets to go to private school because of Frank, this was one of the coolest moments of the season. Big ups to daddy Frank for finally doing something good.

I want to believe something changed in all the Gallaghers after Monica’s passing, but like many seasons before things just kind of fall back into place. I’m hoping, and it seems like the show might be coming to  a close soon, that the writers are taking these characters slowly towards the sunset.

What did you guys think of the season finale? What are we expecting for next season?

The Affair Who Killed Scott Lockhart? SEASON FINALE

Showtime > HBO…Showtime > HBO. I won’t say it again but really Showtime over HBO!! Last night was the season finale of The Affair it was a brilliant ending to a complicated and hectic two seasons. (Haven’t watched the Homeland finale yet but I’m sure it’s just as amazing) I don’t want to recap the entire episode, I want to go through all the WTF – moments the finale had to offer so let’s get into it.

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The episode started off with Noah’s point of view and he’s back in Montauk for Cole’s wedding. Which let me just say here, the fact that Noah/Helen/Margaret even showed up to Cole’s wedding seems very unbelievable. Okay so Alison owns the Lobster Roll but still she didn’t really need to be there. And okay Margaret did pay for the wedding, but did Helen really need to drive out from the city, leave her children to attend this random guy’s wedding? No. But I love you The Affair and you make me want to ignore all logical reasoning.

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In Noah’s point of view Alison tells Noah (during Cole’s wedding but away from everyone) that he’s not Joanie’s father, well he might be, but it also might be Cole’s kid. Noah doesn’t take this lightly, and tells Alison he ‘never wants to see her again’.

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Now we’re at the halfway point of the wedding and things are getting a little f***** up. Noah and Helen ditch the party and head to the beach to drink more. Helen is turnt up and decides to take off her clothes and run into the water (yay wild hippie Helen), Noah follows her out into the water (also this show loves water and anytime we see water something drastic happens). Noah and Helen return to the party but neither one wants to go back inside. They are obviously way too drunk to drive but that’s what they decide. Noah insists Helen drive but she can’t, and reminds him she already has a DUI. Noah drives, and they’re on the windy road that keeps appearing in Noah’s visions. It’s a foggy night and he starts to trip out, seeing Alison on the side of the road in the fog. He pulls over and tells Helen he’s too messed up to drive.

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I have to say I love this scene, or this shot in particular of the front of the car, fog all around, and all you see are their two bodies switching positions. This is the shift point in what really goes down that night, it was so spooky. Helen starts to drive the car, and Noah holds her hand and she looks at him for way too long as they have a moment. Their moment is cut off when Helen hits something, like really hits something. She keeps driving but Noah insists she pull over because it definitely wasn’t a deer. Helen’s all like spaced out and insisting it was just a deer. Noah gets out of the car and runs back to find Scott dead and bloody on the road. You can hear screaming from Helen from inside the car, Noah is freaking out, and then he awkwardly looks into the bushes on the side of the road, as if he sees something. Runs back to the car, obviously they switch seats again. Noah drops Helen off at her moms and then goes to wash the blood off the car. So that’s it right? This entire time we were blaming Noah, Whitney, but Helen? No wonder she insisted on paying his legal fees.

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Now we’re in Alison’s perspective. There is a whole lot that is different in her perspective, starting off with what she’s wearing, what her apartment looks like. But the biggest difference is how she tells Noah that Joanie isn’t his daughter. In the middle of the wedding, Scott shows up, sober. Everyone is praising him for going to rehab. He approaches Alison and tells her he’s ready to help out with the Lobster Roll and it’s been his only source of hope while he’s been away. She’s all like what are you talking about you’re not working here. And then Cole comes along and tells Scott he’s definitely not going to be involved until he really kicks his drinking habit, not just a 3 month thing. A few minutes later Scott corners Alison and reminds her that he knows the baby is Cole’s but he won’t tell anyone if she helps him. Blackmail at its finest. It’s here where we see Oscar overhearing their conversation. Also who invited him!? This guest list seems way too open. So Scott freaks out and decides to get up on stage and sing ‘House of the Rising Sun’ and Alison is super worried at this point. So it’s here where she almost whispers to Noah that Joanie isn’t his daughter, and all we see is an extreme close up of Alison’s face. You don’t really know if Noah hears her, but you do see his hand drop from her shoulder once she says it. Ugh it was such a beautiful scene. But WTF? Did he hear her? I’m assuming he did, because he knew in the end.

WTF-moment #4

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What really happened. Alison decides to leave the party for a little while, where was she even going? Also is there only one damn road in this town? She starts walking on that same foggy windy road, (so obviously Noah wasn’t dreaming, he really did see Alison walking) Alison gets to the little row boat that’s the sign for The End hotel. She sees Scotty lying in it, drinking more. But, how did he get there so fast? Wasn’t he singing a few minutes ago? I guess timelines don’t really matter at this point, it is the end after all. So Scott pretty much attacks Alison, he’s basically about to rape her when she pushes him into the road and that’s when Helen hits him, dead on. Alison runs into the bushes while she watches Noah run out of the car to see Scott’s body. But then something really weird happens. Noah sees Alison hiding in the bushes. They fully see each other and stare for quite a few seconds, until Alison starts whispering ‘I pushed him, I pushed him’ What’s with her this episode? She keeps whispering everything!! Noah runs back to the car and drives off.

WTF-moment #5

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After all is said and done, I don’t think it woud’ve made sense if Noah was the killer. It was just too obvious and the fact that he was already on trial didn’t seem like the greatest bombshell plot twist. But the writers did give us an ending that we can believe, and that is truly a plot twist. What is there wasn’t just one killer? Noah is in love with two women, both of whom essentially killed Scott Lockhart. Did Helen hit him with her car? Or did Alison push Scott into the road leaving Helen no chance to stop in time? It’s an ending to this two season story that is so two sided you really don’t know how to feel. You really don’t want Helen to pay for it, and you don’t want Alison to go down for it, because really whose fault is it anyways? Is it Noah’s for even merging all these people together, maybe if it wasn’t for him there would’ve been no wedding for Alison to walk away from, there would be Noah back in Montauk, etc etc. But here we are, at the end, and Noah needs to make a decision in his trial, whether or not to put Alison in a pickle. His lawyer is advising him to throw some heat at Alison (that annoying detective found the rock with her name and table number on it). Alison begs Noah not to say anything, she thinks the jury will ruin her, and he tells her he needs to protect Helen because she is the mother of his children. Inside the courtroom, Noah’s lawyer presents the court with a new witness. But right at that moment Noah gets up and tells the court he’s guilty, and that he did it. And then he awkwardly looks back at Alison like I’m saving you, did nobody else in the courtroom see that?? Also where was Helen! She wasn’t even there, maybe she ends up on the west coast after all. But wow what an ending. Personally, I think he did the right thing, if there is a ‘right’ choice in this story. But I don’t think I would’ve wanted to see anyone else go down for it.

What did you guys think of the finale? How will this shape season three? Can we move on from this murder mystery to bigger plot lines?

 

 

Why The Affair is the Best Show on TV Right Now

If there was any doubt in my mind that The Affair is the best show on television right now, this week’s episode “Shelter from the Storm” sealed the deal. Season 2, Episode 9 turned out to be a pivotal 45-55 minutes of nothing we expected but everything we needed.

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So let’s start off at the top of the hour with Alison, she’s about to go into labour and the biggest storm to hit the city/Montauk area is upon them. First off, this was the first episode where we weren’t in anyone’s perspective. I’m assuming everything we see in this episode actually happened. They always play with time and perspective in The Affair, but with everything that was happening in this episode I don’t think cutting back to different perspectives would’ve suited the tempo. Instead of using individual perspectives, they used time and told the episode through the entire night of the storm. So Alison’s going into labour although she’s having a hard time accepting this because her baby daddy isn’t answering his dumb phone. Helen is reverting back to that crazy Helen we’ve been hearing about, she randomly runs into Dr.Ullah (Martin’s surgeon) and she ends up bringing him into her basement and they get it on, on the floor, while her kids are upstairs watching tv. This entire thing with Dr.Ullah was so weird, Helen didn’t get where he was coming from, I mean he describes his heart as a ‘muscular organ with four chambers’ so obvi this dude is emotionally f**** up, boy bye. But when he leaves he kisses her on her wrist which was super cute so maybe there’s hope. The kids don’t suspect a thing.

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By 7:00 pm that same day Noah and ugh Eden (honestly her name though) pull up to a fancy producer’s house so Noah can do some schmoozing. Noah can’t find his phone in the car and Eden forces him to leave it behind, dumb b****. Real talk though Noah, you have a pregnant wife/girlfriend, a hurricane’s about to hit and you leave your phone in the car!? WTF?! On that alone Alison needs to re-evaluate her (maybe) baby daddy. Anyways, Noah meets the producer he’s all down to adapt his book into a film, (okay I really want to read that book now), Noah does some coke and then grinds all up on Eden. One of the butlers announces that the roads are officially closed so everyone is basically going to have a sleepover inside this mansion. And Eden, it wasn’t long ago, like last episode where you declared you don’t mix business and pleasure. But now you’re all like on Noah? Did the idea of J-Law playing Alison turn you on? Or maybe George Clooney playing Noah? (I love how they name dropped the entire time in this episode btw)

So Eden entices Noah by telling him there’s an empty guest bedroom upstairs and to meet her in 15 minutes, which should’ve been Noah’s warning. Like that b**** is so smelly she needs 15 minutes to prepare for your drunk ass? At this point Noah can’t even see straight. But that 15 minutes probably did better for Noah because he takes a stroll through the party, and I have to say here is where the episode really impressed me. The way they shot this episode, in particular, this scene, was so hypnotic but on the verge of like creepy. You wanted to see what sort of trouble Noah was going to get himself into, but his entire world is spinning and it’s making you almost nauseous, (who can’t relate to that, am I right people?) he’s just really messed up but when he sees this illuminated pool he’s totally intrigued. The camera moves from underwater to above water playing with sound and peoples naked butts. It was just a really cool sequence that has to be appreciated. So Noah swims along and he’s sort of trying to get out of his messed up state because he has the case of the spins, he keeps swimming and then he sees a hot tub with two girls making out. And right here I knew, that girl was too skinny to be anyone else. He climbs into the hot tub and is sort of like ‘can I get in there?’ and ‘maybe I’ll just sit and watch’ until the skinny girl turns around and it’s (gasp) Whitney!!! His daughter!! There’s screams and splashes of water and Noah immediately jumps out of the hot tub, somehow finds his clothes and races out to his car. Inside the car he’s all wet and freaking out and finally, this idiot, finally grabs his phone which wasn’t even that hard to find it was in the back seat floor – that’s usually where it is when it drops between the seats. He opens his phone and he sees like a million missed calls from Alison and several thousand texts from her declaring her state of ‘having this baby tonight’ So his immediate reaction is to yell the F word a hundred times and drive off. He didn’t even bother calling her to tell her he’s on his way!! Oh maybe there was no cell signal? But also it was only like 9:30 pm which is pretty freakin’ early for all those sinful things to be happening inside the mansion. But I guess when there’s a hurricane there’s not much else to do?

Noah drives off like a freak who thinks he can drive, and obviously the roads are closed, but he’s Noah in a BMW so he thinks he can get through anything. He can’t, and gets stuck in this huge ditch of water and starts to cry. So this episode was obviously super metaphorical, maybe not obviously, but I will assume so. The storm coming is sort of like, it’s the point in the entire series where everyone’s s**t hits the fan. And hopefully, it’s the point where the next morning everyone’s made it through the storm and have found themselves on the other side, for a new beginning? I hope I got that right. But anyways, in that moment Noah’s sitting there and he’s crying like a little baby because he needs to get out of this situation. But also you realize he doesn’t even deserve to be there with Alison. Like this is where he put himself, he doesn’t deserve anything more. (And I came to this realization later on during the final scene with Alison)

Then we see Cole with his Latina lover inside Alison’s home and they too are waiting out the storm. Long story short because I want to get to the good part of this sequence. Cole walks over to a part of the wall where he drew how tall Gabriel was getting, and he goes on to tell Latina lover that he’ll do the same when they have kids of their own (also I didn’t realize how serious they were?) and then bombshell, Latina Lover tells Cole she can’t have kids and Cole lashes out by telling her his grandmother was right they have a family curse he’s never going to have a baby again. (I totally think Alison’s baby is Cole’s) Latina Lover has to leave, right after she gives Cole great words of advice. That the world doesn’t revolve around him and he’s such a drama queen sometimes. Bad things happen to everyone but you have to keep pushing forward and you have to keep living your life. So she leaves, and Cole decides to break into that ol’ moonshine and starts hallucinating, yay more creepy dream like sequences!

Shout out to the editor of this episode, and everyone else who worked on the production of this episode, it was absolutely amazing. This final end sequence of the episode had my anxiety peaking, and trust me, being stuck in a subway train while watching this episode is not a good idea. (A. because I was about to cry in public and B. it was so damn intense!!!)

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The last four minutes of the episode was cutting back and forth between Cole inside the cabin and Alison giving birth alone, while the storm was at its peak. Inside the hospital room, Alison is refusing to let that baby come out and in doing so the baby’s heart beat was slowing down. The doctor was yelling at her like ‘bi*** yo baby’s comin’ out whether you like it or not, so open wide!’ and ugh birthing scenes are generally disturbing but this one was disturbing and super sad, yet exciting because you’re like is it Cole’s baby? I think just for how they edited back and forth it would be safe to assume Alison’s baby is Cole’s baby, not Noah’s. So anyways, it’s cutting back and forth and Cole is desperately trying to yank the part of the wall with Gabriel’s markings on it, and he’s trying so hard but it won’t come off. And he looks out and he sees Gabriel but it’s like a blurry figure because the rain’s coming down so hard on the windows. And he’s calling out for him ‘daddy, come to the water with me’ or something of that nature because I refuse to watch that scene ever again. And Cole just stays up against the window and he starts crying, and then he starts spreading all the moonshine over the house. All while Alison is pushing for that baby to come out but she’s crying to because she doesn’t want to do it alone. And I’m just like why didn’t you call Cole!?!

Inside the cabin you can hear Alison’s faded screams while Cole starts to set the cabin on fire, as Alison’s pushing the baby out the heart monitor sounds a little sketchy but you’re like okay I really trust this doctor and she seems nice so she’ll make sure everything is okay!?? And then the cabin’s up in flames and the baby’s out and Alison’s just crying and it doesn’t look like she’s dying to hold it just yet. BTW it’s a girl had they mentioned that?

The next morning, okay you can take a big breath now because the storm has passed! We are through on the other side people! Alison’s holding her beautiful baby, she’s got her hair did, and she’s just enjoying this peaceful moment with her daughter. And then the doctor comes in and tells her Noah finally made it (useless) and he wants to come in. But Alison tells her not yet, and you’re like take that Noah! It was such a beautiful moment like it’s ‘just the two of us’.

I think this has to be my favourite episode of the series. What did you guys think of the episode? Do you think the baby is Cole’s? Why isn’t Alison telling the truth?

The Affair Season 2!

So one of my favourite shows of last season Showtime’s The Affair premiered its second season on Sunday and it was super exciting because we were going to see a whole new perspective from our characters. If you don’t know about this show, it’s about two people having an affair and the entire show gets split into different fragments that convey different perspectives. So for the first season it followed the two people that were having the affair Noah and Alison. The episode would split into two perspectives, and you would see things that would be different in each story. Much like how the world works, we all see things differently and that shapes so much of how the story is told.

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Now the second season is going to include the perspectives of the husband and wife of the two people that had the affair. Following? Helen played by Maura Tierney and Cole played by Joshua Jackson. Although Noah was our central character last season, I was still rooting for Helen all while enjoying what Noah and Alison were experiencing. Which doesn’t happen that often especially with a story like the affair, you always seem to take one side. Regardless, I’m super excited for the spotlight to be on Helen this season, and there’s an interesting point I read that I never really thought much of. The season last year we see Helen through Noah’s perspective, so much of what we see of her this season is going to be her, and not the way Noah wants us to see her. How cool does that sound? I really appreciate the talent that’s behind this show it’s a pretty basic story, but the way they’ve decided to tell it makes it one of the best shows out right now.

While all the drama is happening between Helen and Noah’s divorce, there’s also a murder case happening and Noah is the prime suspect. Just to bring you in the loop and intrigue you a little more.

So all we’ve seen from the first episode is Noah and Helen’s perspectives, and maybe next week we’ll get to see more of Joshua Jackson, yay!

TV Fall Preview

It’s about that time of the year when all the good shows are back in business (exclude: Game of Thrones, Orange is the New Black) with a full schedule lined up, it won’t be a surprise when the streets seem a little emptier.

Here are some of the upcoming shows we’re excited about and when you can expect them to premiere:

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Scream Queens (Sept 22)

The only show on this list that’s a series premiere this season. It is the highly anticipated new series by AHS creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. There’s a murder, there’s a college campus and a bitchy sorority, mixed in with a star studded cast and we’ve got a potential hit on our bloody hands. Look out for Nick Jonas, Emma Roberts and Ariana Grande.

How to Get Away with Murder (Sept 24)

Last season’s explosive and shocking finale left us all wondering who dunn’ it…again! How do these people keep killing people and making it all so shocking? I’m going to blame Shonda Rhimes because she’s the genius behind this show (also Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy) I really appreciated the storytelling of the first season, it’s such a smart show and very thought out. Once you figure out what’s a flashback and what’s not…you’re good to go.

Empire (Sept 23)

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Arguably the most popular show of last season, Empire follows Lucious Lyon (sort of a Puff Daddy or Russell Simmons persona) as he continues to run his empire with his three sons and cray cray ex-wife Cookie played by Taraji P. Henson. Although the show’s on FOX, okay I really shouldn’t say that because they brought us The O.C and that was the greatest gift from God. But for a primetime show that doesn’t have a big budget like HBO or Showtime, it’s pretty freakin’ entertaining! The writing is borderline soap opera but still fun to watch. And the music is on point people! Also, the drama is always hot and Cookie is always crazy.

Homeland (Oct 4)

I feel like Homeland continuously blows minds, and it has been since the first season. Homeland has evolved into really, a completely different story and I love that the writers were able to do that in the aftermath of a major character death. There is definitely a challenge in keeping this show as entertaining as it is. It takes place in present day, within the confines of reality. It’s not in a mystical world, it doesn’t depend on zombies or dragons to bring that greater than life feel. It’s straight up real world drama, politics, war…and motherhood. Which leads me to Claire Danes, who is phenomenal in this series. I honestly believe she’s crazy in real life, because nobody can play crazy that good and still be faking it.

The Affair (Oct 4)

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One of my favourite picks from last seasons line up. The Affair also proved that HBO and Showtime are full out going head to head bringing us the most diverse and entertaining shows on our screens. The Affair follows 2 couples, the man from the city falls in love with the girl from Montauk, that sort of thing. But here’s what they did differently, and what makes the show that much better. You know how everyone has their own version of events, or you notice something that the next person doesn’t notice. The Affair cuts between ‘his story’ and ‘her story’ one coming after the other in the episode. They’re never being juxtaposed. And you notice things in his version that never happened in hers. (eg. In his version she is much more aggressive and wants to pursue him even though he’s a married man. In her version he’s the pursuer and she’s holding back) It’s a very unique way of telling the story, even though we’ve seen our fare share of affairs on screen.

American Horror Story: Hotel (Oct 7)

Lady Gaga kicks off the new season of AHS playing a matriarchal figure in the season, aka the boss ass bitch. Which comes at a good time as our usual ‘mama dearest’ role was played by Jessica Lange who left after last season. So what do we know about all the characters this season? Not a whole lot, but we do know there are a ton of new actors filling up roles. Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett are back again, and the whole season is taking place in a hotel. Hello, The Shining, this season is going to be crazy. But I said that about last years Freak Show and it turned out to be my least favourite.

The Walking Dead (Oct 11)

If you haven’t been watching Fear the Walking Dead you’re missing out on a whole new experience in zombie watching. It is such a different show, the world is completely different because we get to see what went down before all the zombies. It’s been nice watching Fear as it’s become like the appetizer dish to the full course meal that is The Walking Dead. So apparently everything’s going down this season, Morgan’s back and those wolf people know about Alexandria. So yeah it’s probably going to be a crazy season. Just please don’t kill Beth, oh right you guys already did that and ruined everything.

Kingdom (Oct 14)

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If anyone wants to see Nick Jonas perma sweating and half naked this show is for you! But for real, this show has an amazing first season, taking place in an MMA gym in Venice Beach. Trust me just watch it, the drama is all good.

 

So what do you guys think? Will you give any of these shows a shot? Let us know what you think or what you think we should be watching this fall.

TOP 5 SHOWS THAT SURPRISED US THIS FALL

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This month’s TV Addictions

 

It’s been a while but we are back in action with this month’s TV addictions.

Keeping Up with The Kardashians

Okay so many of you might be rolling your eyes at this title but this season of KUWTK has been pretty decent. Our personal favourite Kardashian is Khloe, so it’s no surprise that we’re tuning in when homegirl is having issues at home. All the Lamar drama is coming out in the current season, and with the recent episode it’s 100% certain Lam cheated on Khloe.

She admits to having to lie about everything, she had to give up her Yonce tickets to pretend like her and Lamar were spending the night together for their anniversary. In reality, she was alone at home and he was probably out f***** some girl. I really thought Lamar was one of the good guys, it’s scary to see what he’s turned into. It’s easy for people to throw fire at the Kardashian clan, but Khloe has always been the realest, and there’s no denying what’s been going on with her and Lamar.

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While Lamar is overseas playing for some basketball team, one of his buddies messages Khloe asking her if they’re still together because Lamar is wearing his wedding ring. Khloe screams at her phone ‘F**k your ring, you were wearing it when you were f**king someone else too’ Ouch.

Also, for the girls that are BJ crazy, Brody has been making a few appearances this season so tune in for that. Next week is the first part of the two-part episode for their Thailand family vacation. Sadly, I don’t think my man Robert tags along.

Masters of Sex

Okay so I’ve heard so many good things about this show but never actually sat down to watch it. I’m 3 episodes into the first season and it’s a really good show. It’s definitely not mind blowing, but if you’re suffering from summer TV withdrawals, then this show might do it for you. Literally, there is sex everywhere.

Ray Donovan

My night in a beautiful bespoke suit is back! Liev Schreiber returns as the dashingly violent Ray Donovan on Showtime (Sundays at 9pm). This show completely surprised me last year, I ended up watching the entire first season in under a week, and it’s back with an all new season. It’s starts off with a bang, he literally bangs the poop out of his wife, so does this mean he’s become emotionally available? Or he’s still the same Ray. Look, I have no problem with the current Ray, honestly he is the sexiest thing ever so keep doing what you’re doing RayRay. If you haven’t checked out this show, please do. It’s a cross between Entourage and Scandal. So good!

The Leftovers

O-M-G the show of the summer has finally arrived. There is something to be said about this spine chilling new series on HBO. Starring Justin Theroux and Liv Tyler (to name a few) takes place in the wake of a global “rapture” which causes the unexplainable disappearance of 2% of the world population. The show takes place in small town America, focusing on the people that were left behind. It’s such a beautiful show, it will definitely sweep you away after the first few minutes. Just beware, you have to be emotionally ready for the hour long episodes, it’s only 3 episodes in so you still have time to catch up.

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Those are just some of the shows we have waiting for us on the PVR, summer might be halfway through but there is still a whole lot of entertainment out there. You just need the really expensive TV subscriptions.

Now just a caution, it is summer, we want everyone to enjoy the weather as much as possible because it won’t last forever. Save these shows for a rainy day, but once you start you won’t be able to stop. You’ve been warned.

HOMELAND: SEASON FINALE!

It’s hump day and I’m still reeling from the explosive series finale- oh right it was just a season finale of last Sunday’s Homeland.

Recapping an episode like ‘The Star’ was something I was looking forward to. It had such a surprising ending, it’s only fair that we discuss what went down and what we can look forward to in the next season.

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First off, I want to say SPOILER ALERT!!

So I assumed the episode would pick up with Brody’s extraction (minus the two hot bearded Black Ops guys) and his welcomed return to the United States. Why wouldn’t the country embrace Brody? He just completed one of the most important missions in American history…it was literally all because of him.  But nope, that’s not how it went down. Instead, the episode started off right where it ended the week before. Brody scrambles to clean up Akbari’s body (well he hides his body under the desk), he cleans himself up, and then gracefully walks himself out of the office. He makes it out of the building right when the secretary notices the dead body and alerts the guards.

Brody makes it out- again.

At this point I’m thinking this guy has escaped death way too many times. How can one man be so lucky? Even for a main character on a hit TV show, he’s had too many close calls. So it begs the question ‘Was it his time go?’

At the time, I didn’t think so. But now that I’ve had a few days to deal with the trauma, I can see why his death was necessary. The entire time I was watching the episode, I was laughing at my screen because I didn’t think he would die. I was like ‘how stupid do the writers think I am? They’re not going to kill Brody!’ I knew they wouldn’t make it out of Tehran just like that, I knew some way the plan would be altered and Carrie would have to find another way to get them home. I just didn’t think it would end with Brody’s death.

There were no tears when Brody and Carrie were captured. There were no tears when Saul told Carrie there was no chance of rescuing Brody, and there definitely were no tears when Brody promised Carrie he was ready to ‘die’. Because none of it mattered- Brody was going to make it out alive.

Then it turned to night and an angry mob of Arabs were waiting to see the hanging of Nicholas Brody. They escorted Brody out of the prison where they took him to the center of city hall or wherever they go to hang people. Brody walked out of the car, behind the fence Carrie stood watching. Nope, no tears- I swear.

Then they put Brody into place, one of Akbari’s wives comes up to him and spits in his face. Still don’t believe it. Slowly they start raising Brody higher into the sky as the rope around his neck gets tighter and tighter. Carrie’s running around like a crazy pregnant lady looking for the perfect viewing spot.

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It was when nothing happened when I realized Brody was about to die. Literally, nothing happened. It was like watching Eddard Stark’s (Game of Thrones) beheading all over again, except Carrie was Arya and she was pregnant. Brody slowly starts grasping for air, he starts shaking…and then reality sets over me like ‘holy s*** Brody is going to die.’ For a short second I thought maybe Brody had a twin brother/Carrie used her powers to create some sort of doppelganger- but unfortunately Carrie didn’t think of that.

I was confused, I was angry and most surprisingly I was balling my eyes out. Peering at my screen with blurry watery eyes I wasn’t sure what was happening, how could one of the main characters be dead? And what did this mean for next season? So much of Carrie’s motivation was Brody, since the beginning it was all about her obsession with him. Then this season it was all about her getting the chance to make Brody into the American hero, he was supposed to make it right- well he did…just nobody knew about it.

And that’s the part that bothers me the most. I feel like Brody’s death was a little senseless- sure I imagine this happens in real life all the time…heroes going unnoticed. But we had been on a wild roller coaster with Brody, he was supposed to go out the hero. Instead his last few breaths were spent watching over a crowd of angry Arabs, no sign of the country he was on this mission for.

Fast forward four months, the rest of the episode follows Carrie and Saul as their lives resume from post Brody death. Saul is enjoying his life with his cheating wife in some hot country. He looks like he’s enjoying himself, but work life creeps up when he mentions moving to New York.

Carrie is offered a higher position- the one she’s always wanted in Istanbul,Turkey. She admits to her family that she can’t keep this baby- she’s just too f****** sad.

There’s a commemoration event at the CIA headquarters –Brody is not mentioned. Once the lights are all turned off and the room is dark, Carrie visits the wall of “Stars” one for each person who lost their life fighting for their country. She pulls out a marker and draws a star for him on the wall and walks away. Now it’s clear what the title of the episode actually meant…it dawns on me once more that Brody is actually dead and now I can’t stop crying. So thanks.

What I would’ve liked to see- Since we saw so much of Brody’s family (Dana) why wouldn’t they show the family back home hearing about his hanging? They didn’t show any family drama for the last chunk of the season. What was the point of Dana’s crazy boyfriend? I imagine they’ll be in the next season but what will be the connection? Personally, I’m hoping Dana takes an interest in CIA work and enlists as a secret agent. How cool would that be?

Also, I would’ve liked to see Brody not die. But since it did happen, I’m actually excited for what season four will bring. It gives the writers a chance to develop a new dynamic, build up a new character that will hopefully take us on a new ride- hopefully Carrie won’t fall in love with them.

I’m thinking that Carrie will have the baby and keep it, I think she’s going to end up in NYC working with Saul. I can’t see them being separated for too long, especially when they had their final scene together. Carrie watches as Saul walks out of the CIA building, it almost looks like he’s happy, he doesn’t look back he just walks right out, it seems like Carrie might want to do the same thing. Why would she want to work for people who betrayed her baby daddy?

Okay people that’s all I got. I want to hear what you guys think. What will happen next season? Will Saul and Carrie reunite and be a powerhouse team in the private sector? Does Brody’s death mean Quinn and Carrie can finally be together?  But most important…will Carrie go to Istanbul?

Dexter: Scar Tissue Recap

This season of Dexter has been all about Deb and Dexter working through their issues. Deb is recovering from what happened in the cargo container six months ago, but is having a hard time dealing with the ‘scar tissue’. It all went down in last night’s brand new episode, the ending was a complete jaw dropping shocker. It’s no wonder this new season has been blowing up, even if it isn’t the final season of Dexter, it sure feels like it. Dr. Vogul has agreed to help Deb work through her PTSD…and her mild zombie walk condition?

DebZombieWhile Deb is living it up at Vogul’s crib, using her treadmill and sippin’ on her Early Grey tea, she’s also receiving first class psychotherapy. Vogul is determined to fix things between Dexter and Deb, not just for the two siblings, but also for their father. She lets Deb watch the videos of her and Harry discussing Dexter’s ‘condition’.

Deb and Vogul take a trip to the cargo container where Deb shot LaGuerta. Vogul makes a few good points, she reminds Deb that she isn’t a bad person, unfortunately she was in a bad situation and only did what she thought was right. Vogul goes on to say, if Deb went through the same situation again, she would save Dexter again, because she loves him. Deb doesn’t argue that, and it’s already known that she would save Dexter, she will always choose Dexter. What happened in the cargo container was an impossible circumstance, and there was no right way to get out of it, Deb just needs to move on with her life. Honestly, Dr.Vogul is amazing, I love her character and she’s an amazing element of this new season. Moving on to the videos, Deb gets a hold of more DVD’s of Harry and Vogul. Harry is clearly distraught and confused about the ‘code’ theory, he’s sickened by the image of Dexter standing over a bloody mess with cut up limbs all around. At first, it seemed like Harry and Vogul knew they were doing the right thing with Dexter, and Harry believed he was helping his son…but when Harry stumbles in on Dexter in his plastic wrap days, Harry admits he can’t live with himself. Deb starts to see that her father couldn’t even live with it, so why should she?

Joey gets his promotion to Sergeant. But of course, Matthews has to get involved. He ‘advises’ Angel that new detective Angie Miller scored higher than Joey…and that Angel should consider his options. Joey punches a cop at Angel’s bar who was talking smack about Deb.

Masuka is excited about his new lab student. The girl shows up and is excited too, only she has something to tell him. She reminds him of his sperm donation back in his college days, Masuka is in complete shock as the girl admits…he’s her father. O-M-G! As she walks away, she stumbles into a table of glassware, Masuka rushes over to help her pick up the pieces, they look at each other and start giggling in their weird Masuka giggle! It was so funny.

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Meanwhile, Dexter is busy trying to find the brain killer for Vogul. He gets a lead on one of Vogul’s ex-patients, while snooping around in his home, the killer actually has a secret hide out downstairs and knows of Dexter’s presence. He comes up to kill Dexter, but when Dexter makes a phone call to Vogul on speakerphone, the killer backs off. Later, Dexter returns to the home, and discovers the secret passage downstairs. He finds a girl locked up with a stab wound, one of the girls that was reported missing. He takes her to the hospital…and then brings Vogul over to go through his secret space. Dexter finds a report by Vogul about him, he flips out on her and demands she explain herself. She says she has to write everything down, Dexter doesn’t believe her and accuses her of using him so she can write her next novel. Dexter decides he’s done with Vogul after he finds her killer, he doesn’t want anything to do with her.

In the end, we see an awkwardly happy Deb as she visits the police station. She finds Joey outside and tells him she’s grateful for his friendship and Joey tells her how jealous his girlfriend is. Deb brushes it off, and tells Joey to be happy, that’s all she’s ever wanted for him. He looks at her like she’s crazy, he asks if she’s okay and she says she is. It was a sad scene, it’s almost like she knows it’s the last time she’s going to see him. Deb finds Dexter, she’s smiling, and of course he is happy to see his sister smile. She asks him if they can go for a drive and talk about things. And then this happens..

CarFlyingDeb was feeling all suicidal so she decides to kill herself and bring down Dexter with her! As they’re talking in the car…Deb gives the death stare to Dexter…and then tells him Harry only did half the job. She spins the wheel and the car goes swerving into the water next to them.

DeathStareWith that Joey conversation, it was obvious Deb was planning something. Deb asks Dexter point blank, did Harry kill himself?, Dexter confirms the suicide, and admits he only found out a few years ago. If Harry couldn’t deal with the reality of who Dexter really is…how can Deb?

But that wasn’t all. Even though it seemed like the episode would end off with the car submerged under water, something else happened. A fisherman saw the accident, jumped into the water and pulled Deb out. While Deb was on the shore catching her breath, she saw Dexter unconscious and sinking. She jumped back into the water, after a few heart-stopping seconds under water, she comes back up holding her brother in her arms.

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Even when she tries to end his life, she still ends up saving him! The fact that she went back in to save him is more profound than her driving the car off the road. It was an amazing ending, better than some season finales this show has had. Cannot wait for next week’s episode.

As a side note, what’s going on with Deb and her boss Elway? Do you think something will happen between Joey and Deb again?

 

Shameless: RIP Jimmy/Steve

I woke up this morning to very disappointing news that Justin Chatwin who plays Jimmy on Shameless is leaving the show.

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Waaaah! How can this be? Last season we were left wondering if Jimmy is alive or dead after he disappears with the drug lord. Does this mean he’s actually dead? Shameless producer John Wells did mention there might be a possibility for Jimmy’s return but it won’t be as a series regular.

Even if he’s not dead… this definitely means the end for Fiona and Jimmy.

Last night Justin went to Twitter to wish his character a farewell.

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