January 17, 2019

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YOU Season 1 Episode 4 Review: The Captain

It wasn't double the pleasure (though you redeemed yourself in that area, Joe), but it was double the fun because YOU finally gave us Beck's POV. YOU Season 1 Episode 4 was an hour dedicated to shading in the enigmatic Beck. The question is, how do you feel about Beck now that we've spent a little time in her head? Is it presumptuous to say the consensus of TV Fanatics was that Beck is lackluster? Up until this point, Beck was difficult to grasp. The majority of what we knew about her was based on Joe's impression, and the supporting characters stood out more in the scenes with Beck and them. As YOU headed into this Beck-centric hour, there were some high expectations. It was the time to deliver something juicy on the series co-lead, and whether or not they delivered is debatable. Some part of me was hoping to learn that Beck has a darkness to her. I wanted to cast her in this role of an unassuming adversary who would give Joe and his wickedness a run for his money. Perhaps that's why the Joe and Peach dynamic is infinitely more fun to watch in some ways. But Beck is Beck. Beck, you're such an asshole. Love me, daddy. I'm going to be a writer, daddy. God just shut up forever. Beck Voiceover Permalink: Beck, you're such an asshole. Love me, daddy. I'm going to be a writer, daddy. God just shut... Added: September 30, 2018 There's finally an opportunity to color her in more, and she's the broke Art student with identity and daddy issues seeking approval and validation from others. She still doesn't know what she wants out of life. She's still unexceptional. On other shows, this (and she) would be relatable and endearing, but here, it's disappointing -- for now. This series has a way of surprising us, though. Related: A Million Little Things Series Premiere: Finding the Reason It could be that accepting that Beck is normal means facing that Joe is disgusting and vile for violating her. Go on YOU, slap us on the wrists for being entertained or possibly even liking this guy. Even now, a tiny, twisted, unconscionably idealistic part of me wants Joe to stop his stalkerish ways right now. Maybe he and Beck can find happiness together if he stops. Isn't that a horrible thing to think? Beck's feelings for Joe are genuine. He gives her what she craves the most. He believes in her, and he validates her. It's what she wants out of men, but she never dated a man who was like that. It was telling that she was willing to stick things out with him even after their disastrous sex. The moments following that brief scene were amusing to no end. Neither one of them knew what to say, and it was beyond awkward. Then Beck shared the experience in the group chat with her girls, and Joe tortured himself by reading those texts about his anatomy and inadequacy. Yikes! My dick reduced to cartoon food items. This is my nightmare. A hot dog. Yes, with the bun...

Chesapeake Shores Season 3 Episode 9 Review: Forward to the Past

Tensions are higher than ever within the O'Brien clan, and things may never be the same on Chesapeake Shores Season 3 Episode 9. The family needs to deal with the issue that Bree's book has become as Trace and Mick go head to head. I completely understand Kevin being slightly nervous about meeting Sarah's family. That's a tense situation to begin with, but when her dad was a Navy SEAL? Yikes. But Sarah seemed way more nervous, and I can't help but wonder why. Kevin: You look nervous. You worried your parents aren't gonna like me? Sarah: Nope. No. I'm nervous you're not gonna like my family. My dad can be pretty intimidating. Kevin: I'm sure I will survive. Sarah: He used to be a Navy SEAL. Kevin: I'm pretty sure I will survive. Permalink: I'm pretty sure I will survive. Added: September 30, 2018 Sarah's parents seemed pretty welcoming and impressed with Kevin right off the bat. But it was entertaining to see Sarah's father test Kevin throughout their stay. I think Kevin and Sarah's trip brought them closer in a lot of ways. They seemed a lot more relaxed at Sarah's parents. For the most part. It seems like a step in their relationship, and I think it will prove to be a good one. Related: Get Hallmark Movies Now via Prime Video Channels for Stories with Heart, Captivating Movies & More! What cinched it was watching Sarah's father give Kevin the nod of approval to be with his daughter. What had me tearing up was Kevin arguing with the man and saying Sarah is the one that makes him better, not the other way around. Jess and David will be running Sally's for a while, and that's some pretty exciting news. The really surprising part is that they invited Bree to stay with them. After everything with her manuscript, that's pretty shocking. David and Jess are going into running Sally's with full force. But I think Jess may be a little too excited over a situation that is only going to exist for a short amount of time. I would just hate to see Jess upset all over again. Related: Get Great Selection of New & Classic Movies with the Lifetime Movie Club via Prime Video Channels! Megan seems to be splitting the family down the middle, intentionally or not. Her anger over the manuscript can be understood, but at the same time, if that's the way Bree saw it, she reserves that right. Yes, it does invade some privacy with her putting all of the emotions of the past into a book. But the only people who would know the stories were true would be the family. While that may hurt, the truth is the truth. No matter how hard it may be to face. As always, Nell came in with the best advice, and I couldn't have agreed with her more. To move on from Bree writing about the family, they are going to have to sit down and talk about it. No matter how much they will surely hate it. Related: Enjoy UNLIMITED access to thousands of movies and T..

Fear the Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 16 Review: …I Lose Myself

Keep your expectations low, and you'll never be disappointed. After several lackluster episodes during the second half of this season, that's the mentality that I needed to embrace when going into Fear the Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 16. And while "I Lose Myself" acted as an acceptable season finale, it didn't manage to do much beyond that. Whether a season ends on a cliffhanger or ties up most of its loose ends in a neat little bow, a proper finale should leave you with a sense of anticipation for what's to come. Leave you feeling content, yet leave you wanting more. But the Fear the Walking Dead Season 4 finale simply didn't meet any of those criteria. Related: AMC launches ad-free streaming service The ironic thing is that this was actually one of the better episodes this season. On its own, it was a decent episode, but it just didn’t work as a satisfying season finale. The sole problem being all of the season's built up momentum was effectively killed over the last handful of episodes, making for a very underwhelming conclusion. There was never any doubt that Al was alive following her disappearing act on Fear the Walking Dead Season 4 episode 15, but I was a bit concerned for her safety once she ran into Martha. Luckily, the Filthy Woman had no desire to harm Al, as she'd taken a liking to her. The one thing that irked me was how Martha -- and her ninja-like speed -- was able to knock Al out before she could get a shot off on Martha. It was absolutely ridiculous and realizing that I had already rolled my eyes merely five minutes into the episode was not a good sign. When Morgan told the rest of the group that he was going back to confront Martha, I thought to myself: "Why?" Either let her die or let her follow them all the way to Virginia and let Rick deal with her. You know Rick wouldn't put up with Martha's nonsense. Morgan: She's stuck. Whatever happened to her, she thinks killing is the only way. John: How you gonna convince her otherwise? Morgan: Because I understand her... I used to be her. Permalink: Because I understand her... I used to be her. Added: September 28, 2018 So naturally, Morgan going off and putting himself in harm's way -- again -- left me shaking my head. I could see right through Martha's ruse, and she quickly took advantage of Morgan when the opportunity presented itself. Morgan's constant naiveness with Martha has been frustrating, to say the least. I understand that he wants to help her, but he should know better than anyone that some people simply cannot be saved. Not only did Martha not want to be saved, she intentionally infected herself so that she couldn't be saved. What a warped and twisted individual. Martha's whole master plan to coerse Morgan into to killing her so that he would fall back into his old ways was rather dumb, but the scene that followed made up for it. While Morgan had his hands..

Shameless Season 9 Episode 4 Review: Do Right, Vote White!

Political fervor hit the South Side on Shameless Season 9 Episode 4, and it couldn't have been more timely. At times, "Do Right, Vote White" felt like a PSA about the pitfalls of not voting at all or not voting for the right person, but it represented the change in direction this Showtime hit needs. Frank and Fiona had distinctly different views on who should win. Frank's side wanted to blame the immigrants for the lack of opportunities in the South Side. Well, that's the story Frank was telling everyone who would listen. Frank always thinks of the money, and that's why he took on the role of the campaign manager. Fiona is business-minded and wants to make sure the person she votes for is going to bring her hometown back from the brink and allow her businesses to flourish. It's difficult to praise Fiona because of the incentives she was throwing in to get her customers to vote. Who's to say that these youngsters turning up at the polling stations were not just voting for someone else and taking the pin for the free pie and nachos? Frank: Military service is for losers. Lip: Spoken like a true patriot. Permalink: Spoken like a true patriot. Added: September 30, 2018 There's no telling the lengths people will go to stay nourished when their back is against the wall. The fight at the polling station, however, was one of the best moments of this show in years. Terry Milkovich returning was a perfect blast from the past, and it was typical of him to want to join forces with Frank and the other drunks of the borough to prevent voters doing what they were supposed to do. Shameless has always focused on the social issues plaguing people in the most deprived areas in the United States of America, but it does so in such a comical way that it makes it seem not as bad as it actually is. Perhaps that's why the show has been so successful, but it lost its way for a while. It was just chugging along while ideas were being thrown out there to see which would stick. There are going to be a lot of changes with Mo White in power. Putting a man in power who has been accused or convicted of some form of sexual assault does not sound all that foreign in today's climate. It's downright awful, but with the #MeToo movement, it's clear Shameless is aiming to be as topical as ever. Mo White is a horrible old man who is going to cause a lot of problems for everyone. Related: Shameless Shocker: Emmy Rossum Departs I dare say Fiona and Debbie will be joining forces to find enough people to take him down before Shameless Season 9 is over. Despite being all about taking down the patriarchy, Debbie never had much to work with as far as the political storyline goes. Lip: No. Liam: I'm not feeling so good. I think I'm coming down with something. Lip: Buddy, it's not happening. You're going to school. Go. Liam: It's a waste of time. I'm not learning..

The Last Ship Season 5 Episode 4 Review: Tropic of Cancer

It was not a good day for the home team. The U.S. military, in the form of the Nathan James, definitely suffered a setback on The Last Ship Season 5 Episode 4. After the sneak attack on The Last Ship Season 5 Episode 1, things had been going better for the U.S. military. Tavo lost a warship on The Last Ship Season 5 Episode 2 and his air force on The Last Ship Season 5 Episode 3. Of course, that couldn't last, or it was going to be an awfully short season. Even for cable. The bulk of the episode was spent on Tom's plan to mine the Yucatan Straits to pick off Tavo's fleet (does four ships really constitute a fleet? More than one does, I suppose.). And his plan worked, for a time. Something just seemed off, however. Related: The Last Ship Season 5 Episode 3 Review: El Puente Tavo had four ships, yet only three were showing up on the radar. I figured one was being held in reserve, just in case. Just the Americans' luck that it was a battleship, which, with the Nathan James' weaponry shortage, left them badly outgunned. Using the minefields to cut down on the number of enemy vessels was a sound strategy, taking out two of Tavo's ships. I kept expecting that the fourth ship had taken out the Cubans' dinghy, which was why Tom couldn't raise them. But no. Cuba jumped ship, so to speak. I wonder when Cuba changed sides. It must have happened midbattle; otherwise, Tavo wouldn't have lost those first two ships. Another question: as Tavo gains additional allies, how much is that beefing up his arsenal? With Latin American countries recovering from the events of the past few years, I can't imagine they've rebuilt their militaries even as much as the U.S. Related: Watch The Last Ship Online: Season 5 Episode 3 The battle was a good opportunity to watch the below-deck crew of the James does what they do best: improvise. They managed to get the engines back online using a length of fire hose. Unfortunately, there was just too much damage during the battle for them to get ahead of it. Despite the unwelcome outcome, the Battle of Yucatan Straits did clear up one mystery. With two admirals and a captain onboard, who was in charge of the Nathan James? Kara, definitely Kara. She actually backed Tom down from his usual position of charging headlong into battle against impossible odds; damage be damned. Kara, supported by Slattery, opted for the sad but necessary choice of returning home for repairs. You just knew Tom boasting on air last episode would come back to bite the Americans in the ass. Props to the Mexican forces for blowing up the oil refinery so it wouldn't fall into Tavo's hands. Fortunately, by the time the James gets repaired, it will have reinforcements coming in the form of Vulture Team. The Last Ship's Bridget Regan Q & A At least, I think they got a ride home from the narcos offscreen. Hopefully, those encrypted battle plans will y..

God Friended Me Season 1 Episode 1 Review: I Found God

Just moments into God Friended Me Season 1 Episode 1 it's evident that CBS' new installment is rather ambitious. It hopes to bring religion, or at least a sense that there is some greater power, back into our daily lives, especially for Miles Finer, an outspoken atheist who shares his beliefs about there not being a "god" on his up-and-coming podcast, The Millennial Prophet. We've all met someone like Finer in our personal lives; a person so affected by a traumatic event in his life that he's lost all faith. Surely, if there were a God, his mother would never have died in a car accident shortly after beating cancer. Miles may tell people he doesn't believe, but by simply screaming up to the heavens when his Sirius XM pitch is deleted proves that he does believe someone occupies that space above him. Related: Get CBS All Access via Prime Video Channels for Hit Shows, Exclusive Originals & Live TV! Given his religious upbringing as a preacher's kid, it's almost expected that something begins testing his faith. And in this social media-laden age, God reaches out to him by friending him on social media. It's a comical twist -- one that we open with welcome arms -- on a recurring premise. And therein lies the show's biggest problem -- how will it stand out amongst all the other "reluctant and doubtful prophet" shows. I just want to help people take responsibility for their own lives. I think we'd all be better off if we did. Miles Permalink: I just want to help people take responsibility for their own lives. I think we'd all be... Added: September 30, 2018 What the show has going for them is a lovable cast that makes it acceptable to believe everything that happens in the heavily-loaded plot. We know God isn't really recruiting disciples through social media nor is he hacking Miles computer, but mostly, we don't really care. We don't question what is really happening when the alarm clock begins playing "Human" by Rag'n'Bone Man in the middle of the night. When the 1995 Easter classic "Moses" takes over his computer screen and deletes his pitch to Sirius XM, we take it for what it is. And really, there's no explanation for why God turned up the heat in his apartment to nearly three-digit temperatures, but we don't stop to question it because again, it is what it is. Though the show-title can be offputting for non-believers and believers alike, most of what transpires during God Friended Me Season 1 Episode 1 is a lighthearted approach at starting the conversation around faith rather than trying to convert anyone. Even God isn't referred to in a traditional sense but as a more ambiguous force that's up to one's interpretation. Right off the bat, the show does something that I admire -- it makes you question why things happen and best of all, forces you to think that everything happens for a reason. There ..

Days of Our Lives Round Table: Should Brady Forgive Eve?

Eric confronted Brady and then searched for Nicole, Brady learned Eve’s secret, and Ciara ditched Ben for Tripp on Days of Our Lives. TV Fanatics Jack Ori and Christine Orlando are joined by UhSir and Kierstin from MyHourglass a Days of Our Lives fan forum to debate if Brady should forgive Eve, would they want Nicole to return to Salem, if Ciara is better with Ben or Tripp and if they’re enjoying this new Kristen Dimera. Should Brady forgive Eve or break up with her for good? UhSir: Brady should forgive Eve. I actually like them as a couple. If they would just be completely honest with each they could be quite interesting, whether they are doing good or something sneaky and undermining. I wish this show would spend some time developing couples. Days desperately needs a few solid couples to bring stability to the show. Brady/Eve could do that. I hesitate to care about any couple right now because they always get blown apart. Kierstin: Brady needs to stay away from women for a while. Jack: To my surprise, I was on Eve's side with this. She should have known better than to go to Victor and then try to cover this up, but she didn't actually tell Victor to plant drugs and equating her to Kristen is over the top. Plus she's forgiven Brady for worse, though in all honesty, he's doing her a favor by freeing her from himself and his falling in and out of love at the drop of a hat. Christine: I never expected to like Brady and Eve as a couple but I do. And as was said above, she didn’t plant the drugs or tell Victor to do it, she simply found out about it after the fact. Brady has done far worse. I know he’s upset but he should stop being a hypocrite and forgive her. Do you view Sonny as selfless and broken-hearted, or whiny and self-pitying for giving up on Will for Paul? UhSir: Can I pick broken-hearted and self-pitying? He's not selfless, he clearly wants Will to be with him. He's not being whiny but he's doing a lot of moping. Sonny allowed himself to believe that as soon as Will got his memories back, he would come running back. I love that he's chatting with his mom but it's all "woe is me." I'd like for him to talk to his dad about stepping back and focusing on other things for a while. Related: Frank Parker Dies; Days of Our Lives Actor Was 79 Kierstin: I think Sonny is whiny and self-pitying right now. He's acting like he's doing a good thing, but he's definitely being a whiner about it. Jack: I'm sure he is broken-hearted, but not selfless at all. He's been selfish through this whole thing and now he's sitting around showing off how "noble" he is by constantly whining that he and Will are over. Stop sulking and go do something! Christine: Oh please stop the constant whining! I hated that Sonny expected Will to dump Paul the moment his memories came back and barely gave him a minute to come to terms with all he’d remembered. Now ..

Iron Fist Season 2 Episode 10 Review: A Duel of Iron

On Iron Fist Season 2 Episode 10, Colleen takes her rightful place as the Iron Fist and everyone forges new beginnings. The ten-episode season has finally drawn to a close, and boy, a lot happened in the last episode. The new showrunner M. Raven Metzner finally proved that he and Marvel were, in fact, willing to take an extremely drastic deviation from the comics and essentially retcon Colleen to be a descendant of Iron Fist. A move of this scale is unprecedented in the Marvel television world, even with the retconning in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with Skye becoming Quake. This is virtually changing the landscape of the Iron Fist world as we know it. The Iron Fist is no longer the male-dominated, potentially appropriative cultural icon that the comics make it out to be. With Colleen being the first descendant of the original Iron Fist, the show essentially retconned the Iron Fist mythology back to being Asian. They kept me in a concrete box, Joy. And took me out to question me. More often rape me. Torture me. Make me watch while they killed the rest of my squad. And then, after 22 months, I was freed. I always thought Mary convinced someone to get her out. And she thought I fought my way out. Well, we were both wrong. Walker Permalink: And she thought I fought my way out. Well, we were both wrong. Added: September 27, 2018 
There’s a lot of retconning going on here, but they were all rather smart moves given the lukewarm reception to Danny. Plus, the season proved that it wasn’t wasting time with Colleen’s heirloom and in fact brought in pieces of the last season, such as her precious ancestral katana and family crest. Related: Enjoy UNLIMITED access to thousands of Movies and TV shows with Amazon Prime Video. WATCH ANYWHERE. CANCEL ANYTIME! It seems tough for Marvel to incorporate an authentic approach to Asian mythology on this show, and I still don’t think that’s the direction to be taking. However, there’s a lot of potential in exploring actual characters in Colleen’s past, given that she is Asian and her ancestors are Asian are also possibly from K’un-L’un. I used to maintain a very formulaic approach to enjoying television — the same number of episodes, the same characters, not deviating from the structure built into the show. However, I’ve quickly discovered that I (and audiences at large) are usually satisfied with anything as long as the story is good. It’s all about the story. Misty: Last time I saw Luke, I did not like what I saw. And now you've got one of the few weapons that might make a dent in that man. You got my number. Use it. Colleen: Same goes for you. Permalink: You got my number. Use it. Added: September 27, 2018 Iron Fist could hypothetically be done with Colleen’s story — Danny has stepped away and he no longer has the fist. He’s also learned a lot and has definitely changed, making him a much more likable and respectable character. Related: Get Showtime via Prime Video Channels for Award-Wi..

General Hospital Round-Up: The Truth Always Comes Out

The truth was front and center this week in Port Charles. Oscar, Sonny and D.A. Dawson's lives were forever changed when each one of them was forced to deal with death in three very different scenarios. I was thrilled Oscar learned about his brain tumor. Kim and Drew keeping their son in the dark about his cancer was not sitting well with me. Too many people learned what was going on with Oscar, which meant it was only a matter of time before the secret was out. Thankfully General Hospital did not drag it out until November sweeps. Cameron accusing Oscar of lying to Josslyn about his brain cancer got the ball rolling. Oscar walking in on Drew, Kim, and Dr. Terry Randolph, confirmed his frenemy Cam knew something he didn't. My heart broke for the young teen as he realized not only was he dying but his mom and dad had been lying to him. Nothing Kim and Drew said could appease Oscar's anger and he had every right to be mad. Related: Get Great Selection of New & Classic Movies with the Lifetime Movie Club via Prime Video Channels! Garren Stitt showed he has some serious acting chops this week. One of the best scenes of the week was Oscar alone in the hospital elevator, punching the walls and then slowly falling to the floor in tears. A random run in between Oscar and Jason, showed these two growing a little bit closer. Oscar confided in Jason but also made him promise not to tell anyone about his tumor. Jason will keep his promise because that is who he is, but it will cost him. When Carly and Josslyn find out Jason kept such life-changing news from them, it will come back to bite him. The scenes with Oscar and Jason were some of my favorite this week. I like that the writers are slowly building a relationship between these two. It is ironic Oscar confided in his father's twin, the one-person Drew would never confide in. Oscar talking to Jason about death bonded them. It was as though the teen felt his uncle was the only person who could help him deal with his new reality. Even though Jason is back from the dead, he does have some insight into dying. Jason's words eased his nephew's mind enough that Oscar eventually called his parents. I only wish Jason had not hidden when Drew and Kim showed up get Oscar. It would have been nice to see Drew and Jason have a glance or moment of understanding, even for a second. Related: General Hospital Performer of the Week: Max Gail There is a way for the writers to use this storyline to bridge the gap between the two brothers. I for one hope they take advantage of it and these two super talented men. Jason running to Sam, realizing she knew the truth about Oscar, was pure JaSam joy. They didn't say much, but the looks they gave each other spoke volumes. The sadness, heartbreak, and revelation that life is short gave fans new hope these two are headed for reconciliation. Another big truth bomb this week was the dead body in the basement of C..

Power: Guess Who’s Back!!

The Power gods heard your pleas, guys! Power Season 5 ended just a few short weeks ago, but fans have been clamoring for more. The finale was a mixed bag of emotions that left fans spiraling, and they were looking for anything to hold onto while they wait around until next summer. Well, Starz decided to treat us Power feens to some extra content and it sounds very intriguing! Stephen A. Smith, yes THAT Stephen A. Smith, will be hosting some behind the scenes featurettes that will give us a deeper look into not only the series in general but also what could be a look ahead to Power Season 6. Related: Power Season 5 Episode 10 Review: When This Is Over Getting to connect with the actors who portray some of your all-time favorite characters is always a treat. And it sounds like we will be getting more than just your average sit down. Over the next three Sundays over on the STARZ app, you can catch this rare glimpse into the world of Power we don't ever get to see. Below is a sneak peek of one of the featurettes that reunites Joseph Sikora (Tommy) with his former onscreen love Holly, who was played by Lucy Walters. I know we all have strong feelings about Holly, but getting to hear these two reminisce about a relationship that was for a long time a staple on the show, is something any fan should be excited to hear! Related: Get Showtime via Prime Video Channels for Award-Winning Original Series, Hit Movies, Sports & More! After you check out the clip, make sure you hit the comments and let me know what you're hoping to see during these features! And remember to watch Power online via TV Fanatic so you're all caught up this year!
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