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Deutschland86 Season 2 Episode 8 Review: Vula

Did you ever want to reach into your television screen and slap someone silly? Or maybe just choke them to death? That's exactly what I wanted to do to Tina's interrogator on Deutschland86 Season 2 Episode 8 because what she had to endure was absolutely outrageous. But then again, I'm a liberal, and she's in an East German prison in the 80s -- so there's a steep ideological difference of opinion here. The most offensive of all his tactics was when he used her children against her to try to make her feel guilty for wanting to get out of crazyville into someplace normal. If they were so concerned about her children, those girls wouldn't be sitting in an East German orphanage with headmistresses telling them their mother abandoned them and other blatant lies. WTF is wrong with those people? Related: Get Walter Presents via Prime Video Channels for Original, Exclusive, Hit Series from Around the World! Despite all their attempts, Tina has balls of steel. It's difficult, but she's keeping it together for the most part, not even giving in when they took one of her teeth in order to get her to talk. At least that's what I think they did to her. Barbaric practices just so they could find out who was betraying their country. You'd think that maybe if people felt so strongly about leaving, the East Germans would just let them go. If some people are not willing to support the cause, why should the country support them? But that's not the way the East Germans think, and the more I watch this show, the more my opinion has changed from one of tolerance of another country's ideology (see my Deutschland86 Season 1 Episode 1 review) to the thought that some countries are clearly out of their minds and need to be reformed. What's surprising is that despite the horrific tactics they used against Tina, the condition of the prison seemed a little more tolerable than what we see in American prisons. Related: Stream your favorite British shows anytime, anywhere, commercial free with Acorn via Prime Video Channels! They didn't even handcuff her as they moved her from place to place, just made her sit on her hands. Still, her not being given any information on her daughters is excruciating and it's taking everything she has to not cave in to their demands. She knows that if she comes clean about the people involved, she'd have to give up Ingrid and her brother. She's not ready to do that just yet. Someone is going to come to her rescue. She's not going to be stuck there forever, that's for sure. Tobias -- surprisingly -- tried to make a deal on behalf of the West Germans to release 13 East Germans in exchange for Martin and on his list was all of the Fischers. Unfortunately, he had to present the list to Annett and she wasn't having any of it. She'd do the trade, but not for any of the Fischers. Annett feels betrayed by ..

Supernatural Season 14 Episode 6 Review: Optimism

Jack will now and forever be known as Mighty Mouse! You have to give Sam credit for keeping his mind occupied with a fidget spinner on Supernatural Season 14 Episode 6, and it set up the entire hour beautifully. We knew Charlie from the apocalypse world would be different, but learning about Kara broke my heart immediately. It explained why this version of Charlie was reluctant to form a bond with other people. You couldn't blame Charlie for not wanting to have any emotional connections after the love of her life had gotten killed. Charlie's negative outlook on the world was completely warranted, as well. Related: Supernatural Season 14 Episode 5 Review: Nightmare Logic She made some great points about when society is at the end of their rope they will do whatever they can do to survive including killing others. Sam wanted her to know she was safe but after an incredibly traumatic experience she couldn't easily open up. It was no surprise Charlie wasn't a fan of hunting but instead seemed to enjoy more of the research behind the hunts. In the other world, she had no other choice but to fight the monsters who were always lurking around. While I knew Sam was trying to be supportive of Charlie by telling her she couldn't easily give up on hunting, he needed to see her side of things as well. Related: Supernatural Season 14 Episode 4 Review: Mint Condition Charlie doesn't feel comfortable around people and would rather live by herself in the mountains instead of continually fighting the good fight. It's safe to say Charlie hasn't been able to mourn the death of Kara properly. When Kara got killed, Charlie had to go into instant defense mode to make sure she would survive. Being in this new world would give her the chance to finally come to terms with what happened to her in the other world. This also didn't mean she was going to be giving up hunting forever -- she just needs time to find herself. We all have to remember this isn't the same Charle we had before. Related: Enjoy UNLIMITED access to thousands of Movies and TV shows with Amazon Prime Video. WATCH ANYWHERE. CANCEL ANYTIME! Why has it taken so long for Jack and Dean to get together for a hunt? This team-up has to be, hands down, my favorite thing in the entire episode. As much as I enjoy Sam and Dean teaming up, I can't help but enjoy when they are paired up with different people. Jack and Dean meshed extremely well together, and it gave me instant flashbacks from when Dean was teaching Castiel how to hunt. Jack's innocence of not understanding courting had me cracking up. The poor kid has so many things to learn about the world, but at least Dean offered to give him the talk when they got back to the bunker -- I want to see this talk happen. Related: Supernatural Season 14 Episode 3 Review: The Scar I could have easily watched Jack slyly trying to get as much information out of H..

Deutschland86 Season 2 Episode 7 Review: El Dorado Canyon

Well, after that incredibly intense hour, all I have to say is, WHY AREN'T MORE PEOPLE WATCHING THIS SHOW?!!!!! There's drama, romance, and adventure (and some pretty hot sex scenes if that's your thing!) You'll find people to love, and people to hate. You'll find yourself rooting for Martin, rooting for Tina, and even rooting for East Germany to get its head out of the sand. But first, start with Tina because she needs a ton of support right about now! Tina and her family were so close to getting out of East Germany on Deutschland86 Season 2 Episode 7, but Martin's desire to get his son back essentially turned him into a traitor. If anyone is to blame for the fiasco, it's Thomas' girlfriend who ruined the podcast tape and played Tina's instead which was the beginning of the end for Tina and her family. The only reason Martin gave up the information about Tina's whereabouts was that (even though we didn't see or hear it), Annett made a clear threat to Martin that if he didn't give up the goods, he wasn't returning to East Germany. Related: Stream your favorite British shows anytime, anywhere, commercial free with Acorn via Prime Video Channels! Getting his son has been his only priority since he left Angola, but he might have told Annett everything as a sort of payback to Thomas for having an affair with his girlfriend while he was in West Germany spying. It was a horrible thing to do, but Martin wants his son, and, obviously, nothing is going to get in the way of his goal. I can't imagine what's going to happen to Tina and her family, but it won't be good. She's going to be separated from her husband and daughters and who knows when she'll ever see them again. My heart was pounding for their family from the moment they started to hide in the back of the van. At first, I thought Tina was giving her daughter some kind of poison because she didn't want to risk the very thing that ended up happening, but that didn't make any sense. Unfortunately, the girl got fidgety and almost spoiled everything, especially after they got stopped by the East German police. But they almost got away until Annett finally got through, and, then, it was over. Related: Get Britbox via Prime Video Channels for the biggest streaming collection of TV from BBC & ITV...ever. I can't believe the police shot the woman in the back. She had to have known she had no chance. Maybe she thought attempting to run was better than being put into an East German prison. Maybe they even executed people for things like that. I don't know. Still, it was shocking, sad, barbaric, and unnecessary. The look on Tina's when she heard the gunshots was agonizing. Tina and her husband had to put complete trust in a stranger to get them to the other side. It had to be one of the toughest decisions they ever made. Their lives were falling apart..

Law & Order: SVU Season 20 Episode 9 Review: Mea Culpa

The SVU team has investigated rape after rape after rape, always careful to advocate for victims and not to doubt their stories without a compelling reason. But what happens when the accused is someone they work with and trust? Law & Order: SVU Season 20 Episode 9 examined that question in a beautiful, character-driven story that managed to once again ask more questions than it answered. I expected Stone's alcohol use and tendency to hook up with random women while drunk to get him in trouble sooner or later. But I didn't expect the accuser to come from his distant past. Related: Get True Crime Files by ID via Prime Video Channels for Over 1,000 Real-life Mystery & Suspense Shows! This story provided a nice counterpoint to Law & Order: SVU Season 20 Episode 8, where a corrupt ADA was arrested for a decades-old rape. In that case, the ADA was guilty and justice was finally served. In this one, there was a 12-year-old case of mistaken identity that could have ruined Stone's life. And if the SVU team didn't know him personally, would they have discovered the error? Way things are, we're all looking at our past through a different prism. Fin Permalink: Way things are, we're all looking at our past through a different prism. Added: November 15, 2018 Rollins thought Fin and Carisi were jumping to Stone's defense because he was a guy, and she didn't appreciate it. I thought she had a point, since Fin was busy playing the "guys can be young and stupid" card. Youth is no excuse for rape and neither is drunkenness, and it was disturbing to hear a seasoned SVU detective take that point of view. At the same time, the cops' gut instincts were right: Stone was innocent. Carisi: Rollins, I know our job is to believe survivors; we start from there. But on this one... I believe him. Rollins: You're allowed to feel that way. Carisi: I don't think I am. Permalink: I don't think I am. Added: November 15, 2018 Carisi summarized the conflict perfectly. Believe survivors, but what if your gut says the accused is innocent? And does personal knowledge of a suspect's character have any place in investigations at all? On the other hand, the cops were quick to focus their investigation on Stone even though there was another viable suspect in the room and Sarah had no way of knowing what went down. She said that she, Stone, Reggie, and Wanda all went to Stone's hotel room -- yet nobody gave Reggie a second look until the end of the hour. Did the cops not consider the possibility that Sarah was mistaken about who raped her? She kept saying she woke up next to Stone, but she had said there was another guy in the room. Maybe they looked into Reggie before this off-screen, but there was no evidence they did. View Slideshow: Law & Order: SVU: 21 Times Olivia Benson Went The Extra Mile Does believing survivors mean not investigating alternate theories of the crime when a..

Legacies Season 1 Episode 4 Review: Hope Is Not The Goal

If you thought Mystic Falls was deadly with the likes of the Mikaelsons, Katherine Pierce, and Kai, then you're probably wondering whether any of the villains that came before these mythical creatures would have stood a chance at winning a battle with them. The Vampire Diaries and The Originals were well-known for the stunning twists, but Legacies has taken the best elements of both shows that came before it, thrown in some distinctly different ingredients and blended it into a unique drama. On Legacies Season 1 Episode 4, the villain of the week was an enormous spider, and while the crumbs were cleverly plotted throughout the installment, I was still in disbelief when the thing appeared on the screen. CW shows have lower budgets than shows on the big four networks. That's what happens when shows have much lower ratings, but the CGI on that spider was nothing short of amazing. Sending the students to Mystic Falls High was a big risk, but there were a lot of unanswered questions about the disappearances of both Sasha and Dana. Lizzie volunteering as tribute was comical and all, but this was a thinly veiled attempt to show her father that she was worthy of being ruled a hero as well as Hope. If you watch Legacies online, you know that Lizzie has been battling insecurities of late, much of that has to do with Alaric's relationship with Hope. But the youngster has proven to be resourceful when the opportunity presents itself, and I enjoyed the way she was stomping around the grounds of Mystic Falls High acting like the newest superhero. Related: Enjoy UNLIMITED access to thousands of Movies and TV shows with Amazon Prime Video. WATCH ANYWHERE. CANCEL ANYTIME! The best part about her playing a huge role in the destruction of the spider was that it allowed her to grow the backbone she needed to clap back at her father. Compulsion fail. Hope's probably doing a victory lap right now. What's with the performance anxiety? Lizzie Permalink: Compulsion fail. Hope's probably doing a victory lap right now. What's with the performance... Added: November 15, 2018 Lizzie and Josie going on about not being taught defensive magic was right on the money. There's never really been a need for it because the villains in Mystic Falls were contained for several years until Landon made off with the sword. Times are changing, and these kids are going to need to be prepared for whatever is coming their way. It was fun watching Lizzie and Josie siphoning from Hope to take down the creature, and I couldn't help but think to myself that those three girls are the only power of three we need on TV right now. That said, the takedown of the spider was far too easy. It was mostly a cut and paste of what happened to the gargoyle on Legacies Season 1 Episode 3. The issue with the villain was that there were no real stakes. None of the characters we cared about were in danger. Just two bratty tee..

Station 19 Season 2 Episode 7 Review: Weather the Storm

It wouldn't be a Shonda Rhimes mid-season finale if lives weren't in peril! A storm was raging on Station 19 Season 2 Episode 7, and Andy and Sullivan are the two left out in the cold. Will they survive? It's unlikely that Andy will perish, but what about Sullivan? Will he ironically die on the same road as his wife? Probably not, but it would be tragic if he died just as he was finally starting to open up and talk about his past. Their patient could be in real trouble, however. She was already unstable before the car rolled into a ditch. As dire as their situation is, assuming they come out of it unscathed, it will be good to see Sullivan continue to come out of his shell. His previous attempts to connect with a member of the firehouse have been mostly awkward, but it looks like he may have finally found "his person" in Andy. Also, it's hard not to love the Grey's Anatomy callout with all that "people" talk. Sullivan: I know you think I'm closed off. You're right, I am. I wasn't always. Andy: What changed? Sullivan: Something bad happened to me. To "my people." My person, I guess. Right here on this street. She didn't fare as well as Shannon back there. I thought enough time had passed. I didn't know that coming back to Seattle would have...hit me this hard. Permalink: Something bad happened to me. To "my people." My person, I guess. Right here on this street.... Added: November 15, 2018 Sullivan is far from being a favorite character, but he has the potential to develop into someone we can root for regularly. He's no longer the "bad guy" if he even ever was. Related: Get Starz via Prime Video Channels for Captivating Original Series & Hit Movies! There was more than just fire heating up the station when Ripley and Vic decided they were done being professional! That was hot, I am not going to lie, but they still need to create some boundaries. He's the fire chief, and locked door or not, they could have easily been caught. For one thing, he was acting very suspicious and still straightening out his clothes when he joined the dinner celebration. Jack already knows, but anyone else with eyes can see the chemistry between them. It's not all on him either, Vic was acting super weird too. She needs to dial it down a notch when she's around him at work. What happens if someone important finds out? They haven't really been too clear about whether this is simply frowned upon or if there are actual rules against it. Speaking of dialing it down a notch, Jack needs to take it way down. He is becoming completely unhinged, and it's only a matter of time before he makes a costly mistake. It's a good thing he was told to stay behind because he absolutely should not be in the field right now. Related: 2018 Fall Pick-up and Cancellation Scorecard The good news is people are starting to notice, which hopefully means someone will ..

How to Get Away with Murder Season 5 Episode 8 Review: I Want to Love You Until The Day I Die

Wow. Where the heck are we going to go from here? How to Get Away with Murder Season 5 Episode 8 was an entertaining midseason finale giving us a body and a culprit. And we even got an answer to the biggest mystery of all, the identity of Gabriel Maddox. Yet, when ranked amongst past big reveal episodes, I'm not so sure how this one ranks. We got nearly everything we wanted, so what mysteries do we have left to solve? Well, not many it would seem. As much as I was clamoring for answers, and make no mistake I was clamoring, having all the answers now feels a bit lackluster. I would have been okay finding out the identity of the person in the snow and saving the killer reveal for later in the season. But that's not what we got. Instead, we got the whole shebang! That's not to say this was a boring hour because it was far from it. The best part of these episodes is finding out how all the scenes you've already seen fit together to tell the story of one deadly evening. Related: How To Get Away With Murder Season 5 Episode 6 - We Can Find Him Here we walked through the night from many points of view, with Bonnie's being most prominent. You keep digging, you're going to get us all killed. Bonnie [to Nate] Permalink: You keep digging, you're going to get us all killed. Added: November 15, 2018 Bon-Bon has been on an emotional rollercoaster all season, but the two constant things in her life have been Annalise and Miller. They've been in a tug of war for her attention and affection, whether they even realized it and it was all bound to come to a head at some point. Miller was making some valid points about the toxic relationship between the two women, but what he won't ever be able to understand is that their bond can't be broken. Annalise has a pull on every single person in her orbit and for Miller proved he didn't know Bonnie at all if he thought painting Annalise as the big bad wolf was going to bring her closer to him. Even though we saw Miller in his car, ring in hand, I never counted him out as a suspect. And for good reason. No offense to his character or portrayer, but he was expendable. As soon as Michaela brought forth the information that the warden received a mysterious phone call on the day of Nate Senior's death, it was apparent that person was going to be exposed and possibly be the one dying in the snow. Related: How To Get Away With Murder Season 5 Episode 7 - I Got Played And drumroll, please! That person is ... Ronald Miller. Is his death shocking? Perhaps. But more shocking than that is who commits the initial crime. On a show full of morally questionable characters, Nate has always straddled that line, but deep down he has always been characterized by good. To say he snapped would be the understatement of the year. Full of rage and guilt, he takes it all out on Miller, whom he now believes helped orchestrate his father&..

Grey’s Anatomy Season 15 Episode 8 Review: Blowin’ In The Wind

Unless I'm there to ogle the ridiculously attractive staff or eavesdrop on all the juicy drama, I would never step foot into Grey Sloan Memorial. Grey's Anatomy loves the hell out of a good storm, and with them comes a lot of angst, drama, and lust. Because for whatever reason, storms are super sexy, too. On Grey's Anatomy Season 15 Episode 8 there was a healthy dose of sexy, but the drama of it all! How long do we have to wait for the series to return?! Meredith was a good daughter for picking her pseudo-dad up from the slammer after his justifiable outburst at that trashy bar. She's not the judgy person, but she did express her concern for Richard. She knew he wasn't taking care of himself or going to meetings after Ollie's death. Now he caught a case at a bar no less. There was ample reason to be concerned. Meredith has a way of advising people and letting them have it a bit without attacking them. It's one of her best traits. Related: Grey's Anatomy Season 15 Episode 8 Review: Anybody Have a Map? Where she failed him was by not telling him about Catherine or at least prodding him to talk to his wife, or check all of his messages, or something, anything! Mer broke the news to Maggie, which was inevitable, and referenced them being even after Maggie's HIPAA faux pas, but she didn't give Richard any heads up. Scuttlebug spreads like crazy at that hospital. Most of the people there couldn't hold water if you gave them a cup. Richard: Thanks. Mer: Are you OK. Richard: I lost control, Meredith. I was angry. Permalink: I lost control, Meredith. I was angry. Added: November 15, 2018 Since she already told Maggie, and she knew Maggie would be the one to break it to Jackson (while I'm sure a bunch of you are ready to go in on Maggie for telling Jackson, Meredith had to have known Maggie would spill the beans), why couldn't she tell Richard too? It would have paralleled him telling her about Thatcher. If not Catherine herself, who better to tell him the news? As it stands, he's going to be the last in his family to know about his wife's condition, and he's worried that Catherine is having an affair with Tom. Given what we know about Tom and Catherine's relationship, it sounds absurd just hearing him consider it! Richard deserved better than that. It's also disconcerting and ominous that Miranda mentioned sharing his arrest with the medical board, and she had something to tell him before he sidetracked her with his affair theory. What was she going to tell him? It's doubtful that she knew about Catherine at that point, and she didn't intend to discuss her sabbatical from Ben. Could it have had something to do with little Pancake or did it have something to do with his medical license being in jeopardy? If Richard Webber can no longer practice medicine, they need to end the show right now. That would be unacceptable, unles..

Murphy Brown Season 11 Episode 8 Review: The Coma and the Oxford Comma

On Murphy Brown Season 11 Episode 8, we have another solid episode with politics present, but on the peripheral. Corky's beauty pageant buddy has been in a coma for 11 years, and it's no surprise to anyone that Corky visits her on a regular basis. That's totally Corky. What's also Corky is her optimism, which was the underlying current of the storyline. It was Corky "Pollyanna" Sherwood vs. Murphy "Negative-Nelly" Brown. We were thisclose to losing what makes Corky, Corky. Why don't you just hit her over the head with a bedpan? Corky Permalink: Why don't you just hit her over the head with a bedpan? Added: November 14, 2018 Who would've imagined her doing vodka shots in the morning, let alone doing vodka shots at all? It's a good thing Murphy set her straight. We need naysayers in our society, just like we need Pollyannas to balance out each other. Related: Enjoy UNLIMITED access to thousands of Movies and TV shows with Amazon Prime Video. WATCH ANYWHERE. CANCEL ANYTIME! You could tell Holly remembered what Charles did to her by the look on her face, so that was no surprise to the audience. Murphy's keen reporter skills should've been able to read that signal. She shouldn't have been surprised when Holly revealed the truth on the air. Or maybe I'm thinking of Law & Order: SVU -- there's no hiding the truth from them. Okay, Murphy, you get a pass this time; you're not a cop, but your powers of observation are slipping. Tighten up. At least Murphy knew Charles was a lying, murderous dirtbag, so there's that. The funniest part of the whole episode was during Holly's protective detail. Frank and that porn star mustache? Miles and his disinfectant spray? Classic and laugh-out-loud funny. Well, I'm my own jury, me times 12 and we voted to convict him. Unanimously! Murphy Permalink: Well, I'm my own jury, me times 12 and we voted to convict him. Unanimously! Added: November 14, 2018 The bit about Avery and the sexy promo should've been funnier to me. It had all the pieces of a funny storyline, but it fell flat. The addition of Avery's friends coming over to play video games felt awkward, and the whole thing didn't fly. It should've, but it didn't. Although Murphy's comment about the Cheetos and weed was funny. Maybe it was because of Avery's reaction to it? I don't know. I love a good slow-mo take as much as the next guy, but meh. In other news, I expected more airtime with Murphy's annoying assistant. She could've stayed around for a little longer to bother the hell out of Murphy, but she was whisked away too quickly. By the time you heard her mention the Oxford comma, Murphy had shoved her in the elevator. And it was in the title of this episode, for Pete's sake. Related: Murphy Brown Season 11 Episode 7 Review: A Lifetime of Achievement Sidebar -- Where&#03..

The Good Place Season 3 Episode 9 Review: Don’t Let the Good Life Pass You By

Things definitely got intense on The Good Place Season 3 Episode 9. It feels like everything is finally coming together and reaching a boiling point. With only a few episodes left in the season, The Good Place kicked itself into high gear. Related: The Good Place Season 3 Episode 8 Review: The Worst Possible Use of Free Will With the demons back in play and our characters running for their lives, it seems like just about anything is possible. Michael's plan to find Doug Forcett and make him a blueprint for others, while interesting, was also flawed. There were a lot of aspects that didn't add up and some others that didn't quite make sense. For instance, Doug knew about The Good Place. While no one told him about it and he came about the knowledge through a hallucination, aren't his motives now corrupt just like the rest of the gangs? While Doug isn't exactly a bad person, it seems like he doesn't care about the people around him. He's more concerned with how many points he'll gain or lose if he doesn't do the right thing. Throwing a funeral for a snail seems a little extreme, but Doug's fear of losing afterlife points leads him to do some crazy things. Martin was a lot of things. A snail mostly, but also a friend. Martin taught us about life, about love, and about the limits of scotch tape. Michael Permalink: Martin was a lot of things Added: November 14, 2018 Janet even referred to Doug as a happiness pump, someone who essentially drains themselves dry for the sake of others. Upon this realization, it becomes evident that Doug Forcett is not the answer to all of their problems. View Slideshow: 27 TV Characters Who Would Host a Mean Dinner Party Meanwhile, Eleanor goes to Tahani and comes clean about her past with Chidi. When is the right time to tell someone you were passionate lovers in an alternate timeline in the afterlife but he doesn't remember because technically none of that happened in this strand of the multi-verse. Eleanor Permalink: When is the right time to tell someone you were passionate lovers Added: November 14, 2018 Surprisingly, Tahani offers Eleanor some great advice. She even realizes that the reason Eleanor is so fixed on the situation is that Eleanor's in love with Chidi again. The relationship between Tahani and Eleanor has always been one of the best parts of the show. No matter how they start, they always end up being close friends. Tahani referring to herself as Eleanor's best friend was extremely satisfying. The two may be different, but they always find solace in each other. View Slideshow: The Good Place: 8 Bad Place Do-Overs We Still Want to See! Honestly, if The Good Place ever wanted to explore anything more between Tahani and Eleanor, I'd be completely on board. There's always been flirtation on Eleanor's end, and there's no denying that they have insane chemistry. You made a really..
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