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Boo, Bitch Limited Series Review – Erika Vu Is a Terrible Best Friend

Boo, Bitch. (L to R) Zoe Margaret Colletti as Gia, Lana Condor as Erika in episode 108 of Boo, Bitch. Cr. Erik Voake/Netflix © 2022

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We’re living in a world where nostalgia, specifically ’90s and early 00s nostalgia, permeates everyday life.

 Boo, Bitch is, without a doubt, a limited series geared at Gen Z’ers, but there might be some jokes that almost go way above their heads — unless they’ve seen Mean Girls, that is. 

The series, minus the whole dying aspect, is quite literally the plot of the Lindsay Lohan-led rom-com, right down to the “you can’t sit with us” quote. Of course, the Burn Book is swapped for a video time capsule, trending online, and TikTok, the modern-day interests of high school seniors.

At the center of it all is the new Cady Heron, Erika Vu, played by Lana Condor. 

I had high hopes for this series given Condor’s work in the All the Boys I’ve Loved franchise, and, don’t get me wrong, she did not disappoint.

Condor poured her soul into the role. She understood the assignment, took the material, and delivered a compelling, jarring, uncomfortable, and actually quite terrifying performance that showed off her range and versatility as she changed beats and personalities at the snap of a finger. One minute she was, essentially, Lara Jean, and the next, Cady of social media steroids.

What did disappoint, however, was the plot and the uneven pacing that brought us such varying versions of Erika, to begin with. The conclusion lacked a fulfilling end to Erika’s whole “Main Character” transformation. 

When the teaser for the series first dropped, I was intrigued, but the fun supernatural concept with a hint of teen spirit quickly fizzles out and the series takes a dark turn that it truly never bounces back from. 

There are some unexpected plot twists that are delivered effectively, but it all gets muddled in a series that tried way too hard…. just like Erika Vu. 

Erika begins the season as a likable and semi-nerdy character who is so scared of existing that she hasn’t done anything that makes her feel alive. She’s the type of girl next door character that you can find yourself rooting for, even if she made a few missteps along the way and fell into the popularity trap that all too many teen rom-com movies and shows use as a crutch. 

Her sidekick is Gia, (Zoe Margarett Colletti), who turns out to be the lifeline of the show. Gia may not be the most popular girl in school, but she remains as constant throughout the entire series, No matter what she endures and no matter the twists that are thrown her way, she never changes. She’s herself to the fullest form; she’s a wacky, lovable, and most importantly, caring and dedicated, friend. 

When it’s revealed that *plot twist,” Gia is the one that was hit by a car and subsequently crushed to death by a moose — brutal! — instead of Erika, everything changes. There’s a tonal shift in the series, but it still feels justified at first. 

Erika can’t seem to figure out who she is, but since she’s dying, she has nothing to lose so she attempts to go out in a glorious fashion and starts doing all the things that truly scare her, including pursuing a relationship with Jake C. It’s all understandable given her predicament, but then, she takes it too far and then even further, morphing into her own worst enemy, Riley, in front of our very eyes.

Instead of making the best of her final days with the people she cares about and leaving behind a legacy, she picks up the worst characteristics and becomes a walking nightmare. In an attempt to clear her own karma, she somehow misses the point and ensures that she’s the most hated person around.

There are obnoxious Tiktok dances, influencer-type shenanigans, speaking in acronyms, and much more as Erika clings on to any and every bit of “fame” with the zero personality that she has left. Everything that made Erika Vu unique, the part of her that gained Jake C’s attention and mustered up the courage to stand up to Riley, is gone as she becomes a shell of herself. Much like Gia, you quickly regret ever giving this power-hungry monster the chance to evolve. 

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And that’s not even the worst part. The worst part about Erika is that she feels absolutely no remorse. Even the realization that her best friend is dying doesn’t snap her back into reality; Her spiral into influencer demon only intensifies.

Admittedly, it’s not great to allow your BFF to believe she’s living on borrowed time (it isn’t fetch, okay?), but one can appreciate that Gia made the decision out of love. She didn’t want the only time Erika decided to live to be plagued by the memory of her best friend’s death.  She was scared Erika would recoil and undo any progress once she found out the truth, so she kept up the lie in hopes that her best friend would finally live a fulfilled life.

It was a problematic decision, sure, but it was also incredibly selfless. And selfless should be Gia’s middle name because, throughout the whole series, she sacrificed her happiness at every turn for Erika. She knew her days were numbered and yet, she watched Erika prioritize her new relationship while allowing herself to be pushed to the side and treated like a nobody. 

Erika’s anger toward Gia would’ve been justified for a day or two, but any person, upon finding out that their best friend is a walking corpse, would realize the bigger picture and forgive them.

Erika didn’t. Instead, she continued to put herself first, waving off Gia at every turn, and even asking her, at her weakest moment when she began glitching, to help with some insignificant and inconsequential request, which, might I add, Gia still delivered. Erika didn’t deserve it, but it’s proof that Gia’s a boss. 

When Gia finally flipped out on Erika — a more than warranted reaction — Erika didn’t even seem to understand the problem and brushed it off. 

It got to the point where Erika didn’t realize for a full 30 days that her best friend was a literal ghost. People couldn’t see, talk to, or feel Gia, and Erika never picked up on it, which quite frankly, is the most telling thing about Erika.

Now, I know that eventually, Erika does have a come to Jesus moment, but it all just feels a little too late. 

Despite Gia finding the light, the series never actually finds the emotional hook again after Erika’s spiral. The end feels so forced and abrupt. When Erika realizes at the last moment what she should’ve known this whole time, the resolution doesn’t feel deserved or justified. 

Even in the end as Gia tackles her unfinished business — attending prom with her bestie and a cute guy — and moves on, it doesn’t actually seem like Erika has learned her lesson.

In a moment that Erika also makes all about herself, she gives a heartfelt speech about her BFF. Gia ascends and her photo appears on everyone’s phone for a mere few seconds before they get back to the party as if nothing ever happened. 

And that’s it.

Gia’s whole existence, which was already muted so that Erika could shine throughout much of the series, was just over in the blink of an eye. It was reduced to an impromptu apology that weaves in how great she was to a crowd of people who, much like Erika, barely even knew she existed. 

The series has so many potential endings and possibilities that could’ve really resonated with audiences and tapped into lessons about life, loss, grief, second chances, and friendship in a comical way that was fitting for the series, and yet, this is what they chose. 

And I get it, everyone makes mistakes, especially teens, but in this case, Erika’s never held accountable. She’s basically told that it’s okay to treat people like they are disposable and rack up massive amounts of debt (those poor parents) for the sake of being popular and known. 

She barely even shed a tear over her best friend’s death, nor did she seem impacted or altered by the death, which should’ve been profound considering that Gia was her one and only friend and confidant throughout much of high school. A ride or die, if you will.

It was a shallow end that handed Erika a version of the “get out of jail free” card, while Gia was dealt a terrible hand from start to finish. What did the poor girl do to deserve this treatment? Surely, she wanted more out of life than this. I’m sure she had her own dreams, plans, and ambitions for a legacy. Her parents weren’t even around while she dealt with the fact that she was dead and attempted to preserve her own body while Erika lived it up. She was all alone — though, Gavin was a saving grace. 

I can’t be the only one who thinks that Gia deserved so much more. She deserved that Main Character energy! 

Erika deserved better, too. She started off as such a strong and promising character, and while we all lose our way in life, the focus of at least a few episodes should’ve included her trying to find her way back and make it up to Gia before their time ran out. 

Gia deserved that, at the very least. She deserved an apology; she deserved to be treated like a priority for a day. Unfortunately, the friendship that was rock solid at first barely got a fitting conclusion in the end.

The reason Mean Girls remains such a beloved cult classic to this day is that, at the end of the day, the Plastics all learned their lesson and truly paid the price for their hostile actions. It’s not glossed over or rushed — it’s a big turning point in the film. There’s accountability, remorse, forgiveness, and a season of change that turns the one-dimensional bratty characters into well-rounded women deserving of love and acceptance.

We never actually get any of that with Erika. She wastes precious time prioritizing all the wrong things in life while the people that really matter and deserve her attention are an afterthought till their dying breath. Literally.

And maybe that’s a thinly veiled hint that we prioritized the wrong show too. 


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Only Murders in the Building Season 2 – Who is the Killer? We’re Logging Every Clue on the Murder Board

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Who Is the Killer on 'Only Murders in the Building' Season 2?

Only Murders in the Building season 2 carries the torch of the first season, putting a unique spin on the murder mystery genre.

The killer, who is most likely also the person framing Mabel, Charles, and Oliver (who are all persons of interest) likely won’t be revealed until the final episode, but we’re creating an online murder board to keep track of all suspects and possible clues hinting at this person’s identity.

Join us — and the characters who attempt to solve the whodunnit on their podcast via new weekly episodes that air every Tuesday on Hulu– as we theorize who is responsible for the latest murder at the Arconia!

*Cue the theme song*

 

Victim: Bunny Folger

Her Last Words: 14 and Savage

Cause of Death: 8 stabs wounds

Murder Weapon: A knife that was found in Charles’ apartment and a knitting needle

Place of Death: Mabel’s apartment

 

 

Possible Suspects

 

Alice Banks

Played by Cara Delevigne, Alice slides into Mabel’s DM’s shortly after she lands the front page of the tabloids as “Bloody Mabel.” The art artist collective owner invites Mabel to a gallery opening in an attempt to cozy up to her and get her to open up. Maybe she just sees past Mabel’s flaws, but considering the whole mystery hinges on a missing painting by the artist Rose Cooper (who also died a mysterious death), we simply cannot rule it out. Maybe she wants the painting… maybe she wants Mabel. Honestly, maybe Rose was Alice’s mom who was murdered by Charles’ dad, her lover, and Alice is trying to get revenge on him by getting close to Mabel.

Alice admits that she’s been lying about her rich upbringing, so it begs the question — what else is she lying about? And when Mabel sees her reenacting Bunny’s murder in the name of “art,” it definitely comes off as obsessive, even if she isn’t the killer. 

 

Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer is playing an exaggerated version of herself who just moved into Sting’s former penthouse. She’s a fan of the podcast — almost to an obsessive point — who wants the rights to it so she can turn it into a streaming service series and channel her inner Jan. You need a murder mystery in order to have a successful podcast… and then a show, I’m just saying. Plus, I have to believe that there’s a reason the series included her character! 

 

Uma Heller

I’m sorry to do this to you Uma, but there’s no one that knew Bunny better than her best friend. She not only knew about the painting, but she knew its worth. Maybe jealousy got the best of her?

 

Nina Lin

We don’t know much about Nina other than the fact that she’s the New Board President. Howard says she has wanted the gig for a long time, which gives her motive. And he also warned the trio not to be fooled by her “maternal glow,” comparing her vibe to Rosemary’s Baby instead.

We learn a bit more about Nina in the third episode as she gets into a heated altercation with Bunny. Nina and Bunny seemed to be on good terms with the former training the latter and passing on her Board President wisdom and duties. Nina seemed like a star pupil worthy of taking on the title, but when Bunny suddenly had a change of heart during her “retirement party,” things got pretty ugly between the women. Nina told Bunny the only reason she was Board President was because of her mother. She called her a “selfish, self-important, stuck in the past relic,” which is, well, harsh. When Bunny told the “power-hungry baby bumpy bitch” that she wouldn’t let her “get away with this,” Nina seemingly threatened back with “I won’t let you stop me.” The altercation happened mere hours before Bunny was accosted in her home.

On the fourth episode, we find out that Nina was hoping to modernize the Arconia with some kind of space pod, a plan Bunny would never agree to. However, when she goes into labor later in the episode, she mourns Bunny’s death hoping that she was around to meet her future child. She then tells Charles to find the murderer and give her a few minutes alone with them! There’s always the possibility that she’s acting, but a woman in labor strikes me as someone who will tell the truth. 

 

Jarred

Nina’s baby daddy is kind of at the top of our list of suspects. He has a stake in modernizing the Arconia, he gains from removing Bunny and making Nina the Board President, and he would have all the blueprints to the Arconia, which means there’s a possibility he knew about the tunnels. 

He also seems to come from wealth, so there’s a chance he could’ve been an art fanatic and wanted the artwork from Bunny. Who knows, maybe he was even Bunny’s secret child who came back to get what was his and when she refused, he decided to kill her.

 

Leonora Folger

Killing your own daughter is certainly cruel, but crazier things have happened. Leonora wasn’t really phased by her daughter’s passing, but she was very interested in finding her painting. She even came with the original bill of sale in order to retrieve her prized possession. Yes, she’s technically blind and can’t cut a piece of cheese to save her life, but it could’ve all been an act. And there’s also the whole affair with Charles’ father that she casually mentioned after informing Charles that she knew exactly who he was this whole time. She clearly knows way more than she’s leading on. 

 

Cinda Canning

If she’s devious enough to blatantly steal a podcast, she’s not above murder. A murder suspect has to benefit from the crime, and Cinda sure does! By giving the Arconia another murder victim, she deepens the mystery and secures herself a compelling season.

 

Ursula

I don’t ever want to think badly of Ursula, but she was really suspicious when angrily throwing out a random box of documents and looking around to make sure there weren’t any witnesses. What’s she trying to hide? This couldn’t have been a routine dump.

 

Rose Cooper

Yes, she supposedly went missing in the ’50s and is believed to be dead, but no one ever found a body. There could be so many unknown twists and turns about her identity that we have yet to discover. What’s her true connection to all of this? Or is Rose Cooper actually Leonora?

 

Oscar

Mabel’s sort-of ex. What happened to him? Why are they moments away from the friend zone? Are we to just believe the streamer couldn’t get him back this season, or is there another reason he’s staying away… I don’t know, maybe like framing your girlfriend and her friends for murder?

 

Oliver

While I don’t actually think that Oliver has what it takes to kill Bunny, the truth is that he had a deep hate for her, at one point even calling her a witch. Furthermore, he did mention that Bunny would “die at the Arconia,” so he’s slightly suspicious. It could also be why he’s gunning for the team to revitalize the podcast and clear their names. Of course, he was also on the rooftop celebrating his podcast success with Mabel and Charles, so the odds of him being the killer are slim.

 

Lester

Bunny was a lot to handle, so it’s safe to say that as Board President, she harped on Lester quite a lot. We saw a brief scene where she called him “useless” as she belittled his work ethic and even said she would have him fired. 

 

Howard

Howard is a longtime Arconia resident who could definitely know about the secret passages. He strikes me as an allergy sufferer, and Lucy, who laid eyes on the hooded killer recalled them sneezing as they made their getaway through the tunnels. Howard also tried to divert attention to Nina by saying she has a violent streak and explaining that she will “cut a b**ch.” It’s possible that he’s the brains behind the whole operation because he wanted to get rid of Bunny.

 

Detective Kreps

We know one thing for sure — he’s definitely Glitter Man. Okay, maybe we’re not certain of it, but the glitter on his neck seems to indicate as much, though, it’s possible he also just came into contact with the Glitter Man. Either way, GM seems to be working with the killer, so this puts a huge question mark above Kreps, a man we’re supposed to be able to trust. Shady law enforcement, who would have thought? Who is Kreps working for? Why? And why did he want Bunny killed/Mabel, Charles, and Oliver framed? 

 

Jonathan

The new sub-letter on Howard’s floor arrives at a questionable time. We also find out that he’s allergic to Howard’s cat as he experiences a sneezing fit. Is it possible that he’s the murderer even if he wasn’t the one chasing Lucy through the secret tunnel during the blackout. We can’t rule him out just yet. 

 

READ ALSO:

Only Murders in the Building Season 2 Premiere Review – Bloody Mabel

Only Murders in the Building Review – Framed (2×02)

Only Murders in the Building Review – The Last Day of Bunny Folger (2×03)

Only Murders in the Building Review – Here’s Looking At You (2×04)


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Internet Reacts to ‘Prey,’ Hulu’s Most-Watched Movie

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Internet Reacts to Hulu's Hit Movie 'Prey'

Hulu’s new action-thriller, Prey, a prequel to Predator, has been deemed a breakout hit.

The film starring Roswell, New Mexico’s Amber Midthunder as Naru is set in the world of the Comanche Nation 300 years ago, centuries prior to the 1987 original film. 

Naru is a fierce warrior who “has been raised in the shadow of some of the most legendary hunters who roam the Great Plains.”

When danger lurks nearby, she aims to protect her people from the prey that ends up being an evolved alien predator.

People have loved the film so much, that according to Variety, it’s Hulu’s most viewed project — among TV and movies — logging the most viewing hours ever in the first three days.

Disney opted to forgo a theatrical release, choosing a streaming release on August 5, but based on the reviews and comments from fans, they may want to rethink that strategy. Turns out, plenty of viewers would pay to watch it on the big-screen again… it was that good!

Here’s what the internet is saying about it:

https://twitter.com/bloodybluntspod/status/1555746536318832640?s=20&t=I8Q6M2O5PACyPujOLqcY8A

https://twitter.com/nightwaynes/status/1555756197755641856?s=20&t=I8Q6M2O5PACyPujOLqcY8A

https://twitter.com/DDNumeroUno/status/1555381320003358725?s=20&t=I8Q6M2O5PACyPujOLqcY8A


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Everything We Know About ‘Big Sky’ Season 3

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Everything We Know About Big Sky Seas 3

ABC’s Big Sky was a breakout hit when it first premiered in 2020, but since then, it’s become a fan-favorite drama as we follow the brilliant detective work and crime solving of Jenny Hoyt (Katherine Winnick) and Cassie Dewell (Kylie Bunbury). 

The serial has found success with its mystery-of-the-season format. It’s not entirely a procedural, but adding a new case each season allows the series to capitalize on the familiarity of old characters while enticing fans with brand-new cases and a rotating cast of players that bring mischief and chaos to the otherwise picturesque town. 

Season 3, specifically, is getting quite an upgrade with some heavy Hollywood hitters! 

And as the premiere date inches closer, we’re breaking down everything there is to know about Big Sky Season 3.

 

What Will the Show Be Titled?

Big Sky is being dubbed Big Sky: Deadly Trails to reflect the season’s theme! 

 

Who Will Appear on Big Sky Season 3?

The season will see the regular cast return.

  • Katheryn Winnick as Jenny Hoyt, an ex-cop turned deputy detective
  • Kylie Bunbury as Cassie Dewell, the private detective running the show at Dewell & Hoyt investigation agency
  • Dedee Pfeiffer as Denise Brisbane, an employee of D&H that provides comedic relief mostly 
  • Jesse James Keitel as Jerrie, an employee of D&H and Ronald Pergman’s previous victim
  • Omar Metwally as Mark Lindor, a deputy marshal and Cassie’s significant other
  • J. Anthony Pena as Deputy Poppernak, Jenny’s partner in the sheriff’s office who also serves as the right-hand/comedic relief. He was upped to series regular this season
  • Jamie-Lynn Sigler as Tonya, a local waitress-turned-crime associate (and Ren’s right-hand woman) who has been upped to series regular this season

Possibly returning:

  • Logan Marshall-Green as Travis Stone, Jenny’s on-again-off-again working undercover to avenge his former lover
  • Janina Gavankar as Ren Bhullar, the daughter of a drug lord who is expanding business into Montana. Her storyline wrapped up but it’s possible she’ll be around considering Jamie-Lynn Sigler was upper to series regular for the season
  • Anja Savcic as Scarlet Leyendecker, Ronald Pergman’s girlfriend who did the right thing by giving Phoebe over. Her storyline felt wrapped up, but Scarlet has a way of popping up again and again as a recurring mystery
Big Sky Season Finale Review Catch a Few Fish Season 2 Episode 18

BIG SKY – ÒCatch a Few FishÓ Ð In a struggle between head and heart, final resolutions are made as Jenny works to find Travis before he reaches a dangerous point of no return; meanwhile, Ren and Jag find a new familial bond and decide together how to handle their father now that heÕs crossed a serious line. After receiving a startling surprise from Scarlett, Cassie changes the course of her quest for justice forever. Later, with Tubb out of commission for the time being, a new sheriff comes to town; and after getting fully acquainted with Cassie and Jenny, it seems like he may just stick around for a while É on the season two finale of ÒBig Sky,Ó THURSDAY, MAY 19 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (ABC/Anna Kooris)
KATHERYN WINNICK, JENSEN ACKLES

Any New Faces Coming to Town?

Helena, Montana definitely seems like a popular place to spend your time as this season will welcome some famous stars who will be involved in the deadly new mystery occupying Jenny and Cassie’s time.

 

Reba McEntire as Sunny Barnes,  a “successful backcountry outfitter with a secret history of missing customers.”

Jensen Ackles as Beau, the freshly appointed sheriff after sheriff Tubbs’ shooting. We met him in the Big Sky Season 2 finale

Henry Ian Cusack as a tech exec named Avery

Luke Mitchell as play Sunny’s son Cormac

Anirudh Pisharody comes on vacation from New York with his girlfriend looking for a wilderness adventure

Madalyn Horcher the other half of the young couple from NY looking for a good time in the wild

Seth Gabel as Walter, a recluse living in the woods

Rosanna Arquette as Virginia “Gigi” Cessna, Jenny Hoy’s charismatic and fast-talking mother. “She’s a world-class scam artist who used childhood Jenny in her grifts, much to present-day Jenny’s resentment. Gigi has an uncanny ability to charm her way into people’s lives and then disappear without a trace. When she returns to Helena to pull her latest con, Jenny catches onto her and mother-daughter must work through their difficult relationship.”

 

What Can We Expect?

The official description via the ABC press site notes: Reba McEntire and Jensen Ackles step into the world of “Big Sky” on its new night, bringing with them a new mystery to unravel as the mercurial matriarch of an established local family and the new sheriff in town, respectively.

 

Big Sky Season 3 Trailer

 

When Does Big Sky Season 3 Premiere?

The crime thriller will be moving to a new night — Wednesday. It will premiere on September 21, 2022 at 10 p.m. ET on ABC. 

 


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