November 21, 2018

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God Friended Me Season 1 Episode 8 Review: Matthew 621

How do you help a dead guy? That's what Miles, Cara, and Rakesh tried to figure out on God Friended Me Season 1 Episode 8. The God account could have easily suggested Alfie Collins instead of the late Sal, but there wouldn't be any mystery about that, nor would our trio of detectives find all the breadcrumbs that made this story so worthwhile. Like Miles said, "you never know where a good story might go." The God account led them to Sal's estate sale where they found the picture of him and young Alfie with "Matthew 6:21" written on the back. Though they initially thought it was a bible verse, Cara's sleuthing skills revealed that Matthew was the name of Sal's boat, and "621" was the combination to safe harboring a book written by Sal about all the things he wished he could have said to his stepson, Alfie. Miles: They send me a friend suggestion when I'm talking about them, they're probably listening to us right now. Nia: Yeah, it's 2018. Our phones are listening to all of us. Permalink: Yeah, it's 2018. Our phones are listening to all of us. Added: November 18, 2018 There is never a shortage of feel-good moments on God Friended Me, and I think it's because, at the end of the day, despite whatever case they are dealing with, the show is about family. The God account has mended Miles' broken family and now, he's set out to mend other broken families. While I like to pride myself on seeing the outcome before it happens, I did not see any of this coming. Related: God Friended Me: Violett Beane Teases What's Ahead for Miles and Cara I never expected pregnant Blair from the elevator incident to be tied to Alfie, but I knew that there had to be more to her story considering the God account doesn't have simple suggestions. The realization that Blair was actually carrying Alfie's child was jaw-dropping. And the realization that Alfie distanced himself because he feared he'd be a bad father to the baby was probably the most emotional moment of the whole series. Alfie's fear is understandable, but as someone who has personal experience with a terrible father, I can attest that the lesson is knowing what kind of parent you shouldn't be. Miles nailed the elevator pitch on multiple occasions, but urging Alfie to go to the hospital by saying, "or you can wait thirty years to write a book about how you wish you had," drove his point home perfectly. Some people just need a push in the right direction, and Miles is there to give them that push. We're only eight episodes in but Miles has a strong grasp on how the God account works, and it's awesome to see how committed he is to it. When you grow up thinking a parent didn't love you, it kind of becomes a part of who you are. I used the pain just like Alfie did to motivate myself, prove myself. Cara Permalink: When you grow up thinking a parent didn't love..

Madam Secretary Season 5 Episode 7 Review: Baby Steps

Madam Secretary continuously focuses on the way US policy has global effects that most people might never consider. Madam Secretary Season 5 Episode 7 drove that point home. Elizabeth's desire to create a worldwide coalition to stop the persecution of surrogate mothers came into direct conflict with the Vice President's need to focus only on the surrogate who was carrying her grandchild. I could see both sides of it. Elizabeth was thinking globally. Her politics are focused on how women are treated worldwide, and she saw an international crisis that needed her attention Theresa's focus may have been more narrow, but it made total sense that she feared that a response to a worldwide crisis could backfire and result in retaliation against the woman carrying her grandchild. No wonder she was willing to risk her future career to defeat Elizabeth's plan for a coalition! Theresa is going to be a formidable opponent for the Presidency -- but will Elizabeth's dedication to global causes help her campaign more than it hurts it? Related: Get CBS All Access via Prime Video Channels for Hit Shows, Exclusive Originals & Live TV! It seemed like both women were willing to risk their careers to get what they most wanted. Elizabeth couldn't believe that Theresa would leak negative press about herself just to kill Elizabeth's coalition, but Henry was right: she was desperate to protect her family. And while Elizabeth's passion for her cause was just as strong, her solution allowed Theresa to look like the hero. She [Theresa] had a likeability problem. Now I kind of like her. That means you have a problem. Russell Permalink: She had a likeability problem. Now I kind of like her. That means you have a problem. Added: November 18, 2018 It may have been noble of her, but Russell was right that that's a problem for Elizabeth. Thanks to Elizabeth's plan, Theresa bounced back from the scandal she brought upon herself by leaking an exaggerated story to the media and when the voters head to the primaries, they may remember her as the woman who brokered a deal with Laos to get surrogate mothers freed from jail. That'll make it look like Theresa is the one who gets things done, not Elizabeth. To a certain extent, this is a problem with being Secretary of State. Although Elizabeth is third in the line of succession to the Presidency, most ordinary Americans have no idea of how hard she works day in and day out to resolve problems around the world. Unless she runs a smart media campaign, her activities will remain behind the scenes and make it hard for her campaign to gain traction. I'm not sure how I feel about Elizabeth running for President. Obviously, if she doesn't win and the next President doesn't keep her on as Secretary of State, there goes the premise of this show. And I love this show and want it to continue. Related: Get PBS Masterpiece via Prime Video..

NCIS: Los Angeles Season 10 Episode 8 Review: The Patton Project

OK, so maybe the Office of Special Projects team was in more trouble than originally was evident. It was a look at one possible future on NCIS: Los Angeles Season 10 Episode 8. If so, it's going to require more big-picture thinking than ever before on the squad's part. Most episodes, it's black and white, figuring out who the bad guy is and chasing down him or her. Easy peasy. But this time, the team was forced to go down the national-security rabbit hole, and they didn't like it much. Frankly, other than Kensi, they were all fairly sanctimonious about the whole operation. Related: NCIS: Los Angeles Season 10 Episode 7 Review: One of Us That's because Kensi was right in the middle of it when three servicemen breached a military-launch facility with an eye to bombing Muslim nations on NCIS: Los Angeles Season 9 Episode 7. She knew about the secretive Patton Project, whose members are just as fanatical as the Muslim terrorists they hunt. So she got what they're up against and understood why they needed to be stopped, at all costs. All the others seemed to feel offended that Ochoa lent them out for that kind of mission. There seemed to be a whole lot of clucking about losing their proverbial souls. But let's face it: any agents trained by Henrietta Lange are going to be, shall we say, creative. That's why they were right for this assignment. They would find an innovative way of heading off a cell of the Patton Project without dropping bodies all along the way. They got the job done without resorting to Shaked's kind of tactics. Related: Watch NCIS: Los Angeles Online: Season 10 Episode 7 It's not right to come down totally on Shaked, last seen on NCIS: Los Angeles Season 8 Episode 6. He's a creature of his environment. The ex-Mossad agent has seen horrible things in his past, coming from a land surrounded by enemies. He takes the most direct, if ofttimes brutal, route to accomplishing his goal. It's easy for the OSP to look down at him from the safety of Los Angeles. But he was a Jew working to protect Muslims, his natural enemy, from fanatical military men, so he deserved some credit for that. Yes, his methods were heinous. That's why Turk was there, to keep Shaked somewhat in line. Turk has been as great an addition this season as Mosley was a bad addition to NCIS: Los Angeles Season 9. He's kind of an agent without a portfolio, who doesn't seem to answer to anybody and is can do things that the regular team, under scrutiny, just can't. I loved Max Martini in The Unit, and Turk is a kickass soldier along that same line. Let's have him pop up whenever the OSP needs that little bit of extra help Related: 21 Characters Who Work Too Much Eric and Nell also gave an edge to the squad by digging up deep intel to which they shouldn't have had access. That kept them a step ahead of Shaked, which limited the body count. ..

Supergirl Season 4 Episode 6 Review: Call to Action

If it hadn't been for the latter half of Supergirl Season 4 Episode 6, this episode would have been a complete waste. However, Alex made a few Harry Potter references and Supergirl fought a dragon so all was not wasted. It's pretty evident that Supergirl Season 4 is moving at a glacial pace and steering towards one goal: the civil war with the aliens. Alex can sit there and tell us this is a "fight like no other" over and over again, but sadly, it doesn't feel like the most dangerous or most exciting fight these heroes have ever taken on. Given the series low ratings, it seems the viewers agree. It wasn't until Thanksgiving dinner at Kara's place that the episode finally found its groove and the manifesto began making some sense. Supergirl: Who is this Agent Liberty? Man: We all are. Permalink: We all are. Added: November 18, 2018 Though, the moment they brought Thanksgiving into this, I knew they were going to bring up what happened to the indigenous people as a way to sway minds into believing violence against the aliens is the answers. You have to give it to him, Ben Lockwood is crafty and knows exactly how to induce fear. By putting the fear of aliens in a historical context, people are more likely to see his point of view. He's also really great at manipulating James Olsen and being a few steps ahead of the DEO. He has James right where he wants him which just says a lot about James. More on that shortly. What I find hilarious though is Ben and all his followers are all technically immigrants and therefore, this isn't their land. How does eliminating one ethnic group, alien or otherwise, make them any better than the European settlers who took over the land and slaughtered the Indians? It doesn't. Related: Supergirl Season 4 Episode 5 Review: Parasite Lost The Children of Liberty are doing the exact same thing by marking up homes belonging to aliens and attacking at sunset or "Twilight's Last Gleaming." The only time James was right is when he said they are justifying their horrendous actions by referring to the aliens as roaches so they don't have to acknowledge that they too are living, breathing creatures with feelings, families, and lives. Nia Nal: Please don't fire me. James Olsen: No one's going to fire you. You do amazing work... when you're awake. Permalink: No one's going to fire you. You do amazing work... when you're awake. Added: November 18, 2018 If you talk yourself into ignoring that they are just like you, it's easier to justify the hate you are spewing. And don't get me started on the spiel that they want to protect families when they seem content destroying families of aliens. Yes, Thanksgiving has negative connotations, but that aside, it celebrates all the good that we have in our lives, the things and people we're grateful for, and the opportunities we have. And that extends to ..

The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 7 Review: Stradivarius

And just like that, the wind has been effectively taken out of The Walking Dead's sails. That's not to say that The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 7 was a bad installment, but given the quality this season has churned out, I expected much better. "Stradavarius" just wasn't what you would have expected going into the midseason finale. And as a result, it often felt sluggish and unfocused. Simply put, it just didn't feel up to par with the rest of the season. The Walking Dead has run into this rut in the past when it's tried to focus on multiple storylines simultaneously, and unfortunately, the pacing of hours like these always take a hit. While it's safe to say that most of us have lowered our expectations of The Walking Dead over the last few seasons, I believe that's part of the reason why The Walking Dead Season 9 has been so impressive. So, in what was otherwise an exhilarating first half of the season, one sub-par installment is easily forgivable. One bright spot during the hour is the fact that Michael Cudlitz made his return to the series by directing. While this marks the first time a former castmember has returned to direct, Andrew Lincoln himself has expressed his desire to return to direct next season. Overall, Cudlitz did a decent job behind the camera and made the most of working with what he was given. That doesn't necessarily mean "Stradavarius" was throwaway or filler, as it did set a few things in motion and provided some insight into some interesting developments that have taken place since the time jump. Although it was a bit surprising to learn that The Walking Dead Season 9 episode 5 was not only Rick's last but Maggies as well. With all of the focus placed on Andrew Lincoln leaving the series, it made Lauren Cohen's departure feel irrelevant. Related: AMC launches ad-free streaming service I'm glad somewhat of an explanation was given for Maggie's departure. While it's good to know that she merely joined up with Georgie, I wish we could have seen more of what directly influenced Maggie to leave the community. Was Maggie forced out? Did being a leader become too much for her to handle? Did she have another attempt on her life? While there are certainly many questions lingering over her exit, at least the manner in which Maggie left leaves her story open-ended should Lauren Cohan decide to return to the series. Perhaps in time, these questions will get answered, but there's also the possibility that they never will. Hilltop has been thriving just as much, if not more so, as what we've seen from Alexandria. Jesus has supposedly been doing a good enough job of leading Hilltop in Maggie's absence -- even though he doesn't feel completely comfortable in that position. While Jesus just won reelection, he hasn't fully embraced being the community's leader. The only thing that seems to keep Jesus level ha..

Outlander Season 4 Episode 3 Review: The False Bride

There is something difficult to share with this fandom, but every so often the reminder becomes too great to sit on it. There were instances during Outlander Season 4 Episode 3 poked the hornet's nest, so here goes: I still struggle to like Claire. Others I know have the same problem. There are two reasons it stood out during "The False Bride." The first was Claire's goodbye scene with Aunt Jocasta, and the second was Claire/Jamie and Brianna/Roger sharing a lot of screen time in different centuries. From what I understand, the stay at River Run as written was three months which would have given a lot of time for the family to get to know each other. As there are few people the Frasers know in the New World, growing close with Aunt Jocasta should have been a different experience. What in the book was seminal but hardly the point of their visit became the focal point, and it ruined any chance for Claire and Aunt Jocasta to get to know each other beyond Claire's terrible decision to push her beliefs on a way of life she didn't understand. Related: Outlander Season 4 Episode 1 Review: America the Beautiful She swooped in and right back out, creating chaos for all involved without even cracking a smile or having a kind word beyond "thanks for your hospitality" for the closest woman to Jamie's mother. Frankly, I hated everything about that production choice. If such choices can and are being made to change the books, then why not wait for a similar message about slavery for another time when it wouldn't so negatively affect everything with Aunt Jocasta? The need to pull everything negative from the books except the sex is having an impact on the overall picture. Frankly, I can't even remember why Jamie and Claire fell in love. At the very least, Claire listened to Jocasta when the older woman wondered if Claire thinks about what makes Jamie happy. Claire does tend to railroad Jamie's life. The man is smitten in a way any woman in the world in any time would find overwhelming. Claire kind of takes advantage of it because she knows there aren't men like that anymore in the future. Related: Outlander Stars on Their Interesting, Relatable Couple and Upcoming Emotional Roller Coaster! Even though she has it all, Claire rarely smiles radiantly at her husband. She mostly stands by and approves or disapproves of his decisions. Other than their sex life, she's more of a mother figure to Jamie than a romantic partner. She's always been an older woman, and she's never grown around it. In contrast, her very different daughter, genetically an undeniable combination of her mother and father, Brianna manages the smiles and the radiance usually reserved to her father, but she also manages to push away the man she loves with enough veracity to prove she's her mother's daughter. That's not to say Claire has pushed away her second husband; she has not. But becau..

Watch Hawaii Five-0 Online: Season 9 Episode 8

Was a thief's murder not the accident it was initially ruled as? On Hawaii Five-0 Season 9 Episode 8, the team investigated a thief who was crushed by an empty safe. Watch Hawaii Five-0 Season 9 Episode 8 Online However, they quickly noticed there were some big issues with the evidence. Meanwhile, Thanksgiving brought Grover's parents and brother Percy Jr. to Oahu for a visit, but it was tainted by sibling rivalry. Use the video above to watch Hawaii Five-0 online right here via TV Fanatic. View Slideshow: CBS Cheat Sheet: Is Criminal Minds Really in Danger?! Catch up on all your favorite shows and reviews and join in the conversations with other fanatics who love TV as much as you.

Days of Our Lives Round Table: Should Abigail EVER Forgive Chad?

Hope and Rafe told Ben he was set up by Wyatt, Paul finally learned the truth about Will’s feelings for Sonny, and Chad locked Abigail away and gave baby Charlotte to Stefan this week on Days of Our Lives. Our TV Fanatics, Jack Ori and Christine Orlando, are joined by Tony and Tinab from MyHourglass a Days of Our Lives fan forum to debate if everyone’s being naive about Ben, should Abigail ever forgive Chad, the lack of rootable couples in Salem, and more! Was Wyatt right, is Claire being naive about Ben? Tony: I don’t think so. Or, at least, I would hope not. We’ll see. Tinab: The writing for Ben has changed so much and he has become so likable. I think he is “reformed”. Jack: Yes and no. Ben certainly has shown a capacity for violence, and it's naive to assume he's just been cured and isn't ever going to act violently again. True Crime Files by Investigation Discovery Related: Get True Crime Files by ID via Prime Video Channels for Over 1,000 Real-life Mystery & Suspense Shows! At the same time, Wyatt, like everyone else, is assuming the worst of Ben. I think we're supposed to be wondering if Ben will turn evil again, but considering the fact that the writers are making it obvious that Ben and Ciara are endgame, I doubt that's the case. Christine: Yes. The man murdered multiple people! I understand that he may have had an undiagnosed mental illness, and I’m thrilled he’s getting the treatment he needs, but I think Claire and Ciara are foolish not to be wary. View Slideshow: 21 TV Characters Who Could Use A Therapist Are Will and Sonny each other’s great loves, the way the show has built them up to be? Tony: While I do enjoy the couple, I don’t think that they’re necessarily as amazing as the show makes them out to be. They get major points for being Days first male gay wedding, but other than that, they’re just okay. Tinab: I don’t think so. They were unhappy and unfaithful before will lost his memory and odds are that will happen again Jack: When will these writers ever learn that having characters say things in dialogue isn't enough to convince viewers? I don't buy the Will/Sonny love story anymore. When they had their first run, I did, but this time around Sonny has been alternating between pushy and pathetic, and Will magically fell for him again minutes after telling him that having his memories back changed nothing. That is not a love story. Will seems more like someone who can't make up his mind and Sonny like someone who doesn't know how to be alone than anything else. Christine: They were once a really enjoyable love story and the first time around I rooted for them. But the show seems determined to sweep all of the lies and the cheating under the rug to get them back together. Now, Will is wishy-washy and Sonny has become pathetically needed. It’s difficult to find a great love story in any of that. Chad turned over Charlotte to Stefan in order to h..

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 1 Episode 10 Review: The Witching Hour

It gets worse before it gets better, although in Sabrina's case it is like there is no silver lining left to look out for. In an almost ironic turn of events, everything that Sabrina feared is brought to Greendale and she has no choice but to accept what she was trying to escape this entire time. During Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 1 Episode 10, the Dark Lord finally found a way to get Sabrina to sign the Book of the Beat. Madam Satan manages to convince her to do it in the name of her family and her friends, with the witches threatening the lives of everyone at Greendale. But the aftermath of Sabrina's decision ends with her cutting off all communication with her friends and with Harvey. The future of many characters was left up in the air. More importantly, though, the possibilities for the next season seem endless now, with Sabrina's sudden shift leaving not only Nick surprised. "Chapter Ten: The Witching Hour," written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Ross Maxwell did a full circle back to the beginning, mimicking Sabrina's worries about signing her name away. In true twisted fashion, everything that was predicted when she bit into that apple was a glimpse into the future that no one saw coming. It is even more enlightening when you consider how Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 1 was a continuous build-up to Sabrina's breaking point. Every problem that came up, every decision she was forced to make, it was all a domino effect that pushed her closer and closer to the Dark Lord's side. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Review: A Burial and a Ressurection Sabrina's Season Twist Is Season 2 here yet? Sabrina having to sign her name away was traumatic enough, especially when it was something she predicted from the very beginning and none of us were able to connect the dots fully. It is confusing why Sabrina was so worried about what this "newly awakened" dark side would do to her and the ones she loved. To be fair, most of the season was spent on her making the exact decisions she was worried she would be forced to do. I know you’re scared, Sabrina. Because all women are taught to fear power. Own it. Madam Satan Permalink: I know you’re scared, Sabrina. Because all women are taught to fear power. Own it. Added: October 26, 2018 And in a way, Madam Satan truly was manipulating her every step. But Sabrina didn't need to partake in half of the things she chose to, the most chilling was Harvey's brother's resurrection and trying to find his soul to return back to him. This was all Sabrina, and in fact, when we meet her during Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 1 Episode 1, she is onboard with torturing her principal without much worry. This isn't to say that she didn't make choices that made sense, just that the Dark Lord proved to her that he didn't need to literally force her hand. With the right manipulation and enough stakes on the lin..

General Hospital: What If’s & Bully’s

It was all about what if's and shocking bullies in Port Charles this week. There have been mixed reactions to the stand-alone Sonny episode, where he dreamed of what life would have been like if he had not gone to work for Joe Scully. It was a special episode dedicated to Maurice Benard, who recently celebrated 25-years at General Hospital playing Sonny Corinthos. Fans got a bonus when Benard's real-life son Joshua played a young Sonny. Having Sonny be a cop and Dante be the one who got involved in organized crime was perfection. Their relationship has always been rocky at best because Dante didn't respect his father's life choices. As it turns out his oldest son wouldn't have respected Sonny's life choices, even if he had led a cleaner lifestyle. Instead of appreciating his working-class father, Dante was the one who craved the money and power. Having Dominic Zamprogna back as Dante was a gift for fans. He is sorely missed. What an outstanding job he did playing the character as essentially a version of Sonny. Dante's dark, greedy, and power-hungry side was a great twist from his standard squeaky clean image. Related: Get Shudder via Prime Video Channels for Spine-Tingling & Provocative Films, TV Series & Originals! Maurice Benard per usual shined as he portrayed a different take on a character he has played for years. He showed Sonny's vulnerable side and made him much more soft-spoken. The one constant between the two Sonny's was his love for his children. It was unsettling to see Ava with Jason, as well as Sam embracing her mob daughter/wife role. However, it all part of what life would have been like if Sonny never came to Port Charles. I loved how fierce, don't mess with me Anna Devane was turned into a woman just going through the motions of life because Robin died years ago. Learning Robin died of AIDS because there was no Sonny to build a wing in Stone's memory or anyone to help teach her about the disease, was a fantastic shock. Sonny has impacted several people's lives since he came to Port Charles. Robin's death was a perfect example of how his presence has helped those he loves. It was also a fabulous reminder of how much GH has done with HIV and AIDS over the years. View Slideshow: Days of Our Lives: 13 Things That Only Happen in Salem In the end, Sonny learned regardless of his life choices there would still be consequences he would have to endure. For example, he still ended up shooting Dante. The episode also proved even if Sonny had made a different decision regarding his line of work, it doesn't mean his life would have been better. I thought the episode showed how many people's lives are better because of Sonny's choices. Everyone wonders what might have been, but in Sonny’s case, I think he made the right decision. Then again, I am a huge fan of Sonny, Carly, Jason and the rest of those involved with ..
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