Another wicked eldritch terror has arrived in Greendale.
This time, the town bordering Riverdale was visited by the Uninvited, a herald for the “End of Times,” according to Faustus Blackwood.
And really, a grave reminder of why it’s important to show kindness and hospitality to anyone in need particularly during the holiday season!
As the Uninvited knocked on Roz and Harvey’s door, her cunning spared them from getting their hearts ripped out if they refused to offer him shelter and a warm meal.
Ambrose laid it out perfectly: the terror harms the “heartless” by ripping out their hearts for refusing him help during his time of need. Very meta.
We initially see the Uninvited, portrayed as a dirty and smelly man with a shopping cart looking for shelter. In the first scene, a mother turns him away, but he appears in the home regardless to make her pay for her unkindness. We sadly don’t see what happens to her daughter Lucy, but hopefully, she didn’t meet the same grim fate as her mother.
The Spellman Mortuary gets five bodies all with their hearts ripped out the next day.
Ambrose turns to “brief necromancy” to extract an image of what the corpses witnessed right before their death.
Meanwhile, Roz and Harvey, who came in contact with the Uninvited and gave him a warm meal, realize they’re dealing with an evil after Harvey slee- draws (it’s a thing, apparently) all the visions that Roz saw when she touched the Uninvited.
Ambrose quickly catches on that Harvey must have been drawn the forthcoming eldritch terrors, which will help them identify the terrors yet to come.
He urges Aunt Zelda to postpone Hilda’s wedding ceremony and reception, but she refuses since Hilda waited decades for this moment.
Of course, that would have been the wise thing to do because when the Uninvited comes to the Pilgrims of the Night Church, Faustus is thrilled at the arrival of the herald.
He tries to get information from the Uninvited, and when Mary points out that he’s mute because he has no tongue, Agatha immediately fetches a tongue for him from one of their congregation member.
Despite being slightly disturbed by all that’s happening, Mary Wardwell seems to be handling all this supernatural stuff quite well. Her role in all of this is confusing and questionable, but props to Michelle Gomez for pulling double-duty here.
Wardwell and Agatha help the Uninvited get cleaned up before Faustus points him into the direction of the wedding ceremony and reception hoping that he’ll be able to get his message across to an audience.
However, the first rule of any wedding, really: no invite, no entrance. The Uninvited is turned away from the ceremony by Nick, yet he manages to make a grand appearance at the reception.
You’d think his arrival is the worst part of the reception, but it comes chillingly close to Sabrina’s drunken pity speech, in which she calls out all her previous relationships including Nick’s little-go with sex demons on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 3. The gin may have been doing the talking, but clearly, Sabrina isn’t over it.
Of course, everyone pretty much forgets Sabrina being a sloppy mess when Dr. Cerebrus’ incubus is absorbed by the Uninvited.
Earlier in the episode, Nick and Melvin were tasked with exorcising the sex monster from Dr. C prior to the wedding, but it escaped and entered Theo instead. Though short-lived, seeing him lust over Robin was quite enjoyable and very out of character.
The Uninvited proves he’s not playing around when he rips Dorian’s heart from his chest and kills him. Hilda sweetly tries to extend an invite to the Uninvited, who informs her that it’s just a little too late.
Nick offers himself up to the Uninvited as Prudence and Sabrina agree that maybe he should just sit this one out. We all know what happened last season when he offered himself up!
At this point, and hopefully after lots of coffee to help sober up (though maybe being drunk here is for the best), Sabrina steps forward with a somewhat solid plan as she hands over the Uninvited an invitation to Sabrina Morningstar’s wedding in Hell.
I guess when you’re the Queen of Hell, it doesn’t matter that you’re getting married to a man made of clay at the age of 16. As long as Sabrina is happy. While Lucifer Morningstar saw this as a promising next union for Hell (cute babies, duh!), Sabrina and Lilith made sure to put Caliban to the test to see if he’s “the one.”
Well, really, it was more Sabrina attempting to sabotage Sabrina Morningstar’s relationship because she’s been feeling quite lonely and lost, but instead, she ended up proving that Caliban’s intentions with Sabrina Morningstar were true as he even got himself gelded to prove his loyalty. (He’s made of clay, so he’s fine!)
With the eldritch terror looming, the two Sabrina’s and Lucifer concoct a rather dangerous plan to trap him.
During the wedding, Sabrina proposes marriage to him and he surprisingly says yes. Lucifer leads a double ceremony, in which Sabrina actually gets married and kisses the Uninvited. Talk about taking one for the team.
Instead of attending the reception, Sabrina suggest they just skip to the “wedding night,” which is when she traps him inside a toy house that exists outside of time and space. Admittedly, hearing him say that she “broke his heart” was kind of heartbreaking, especially as she preyed on his loneliness, something she relates to more than anyone, but the fate of the world is in her hands so she kind of didn’t have a choice.
With the entrapment spell successful, Lucifer bans his “fake daughter” from returning to Hell to visit the other Sabrina because he fears that they’re risking a temporal paradox.
Sabrina and Sabrina Morningstar say their emotional goodbyes as Sabrina arrives back home with the yellow dollhouse.
Since Hilda and Dr. C’s ceremony and reception was quite the mess and not at all what she intended it to be, they exchange vows in the living room surrounded by their family dressed as their favorite movie monsters.
Honestly, it was one of the most romantic scenes I’ve ever seen. Hilda and Dr. C’s love is so pure and conquered so much through the years. I’m glad she finally found her happiness.
Sabrina, on the other hand, took Sabrina Morningstar’s advice of “creating your own happiness” after having a bore of a time on her date(s) with both Carl and Melvin.
Taking the best parts of Nick and Harvey to create the “ideal man” sounds perfect in theory, except for the little fact that magic always comes at a price.
And right now, there’s bigger concerns like the third eldritch terror… the Weird, which Faustus Blackwood is way too excited about.
‘Feel Good’ Season 2 Packs Quite the Punch
In Season 2, the final adaptation of comedian Mae Martin’s (they/them) semi-autobiographical comedy, Feel Good takes on much more content in its short six episodes, packing quite the punch.
We’re guided deeper through the traumas of the primary character Mae and left wondering how they’re able to stand on their own two feet after years of childhood grooming, drug addiction, and parental toxicity.
The light answer to this is humor. As it’s joked often throughout the episodes, “comics are supposed to be sacks of shit.” Through light-hearted comedy and the power of laughter, Mae’s story is dissected. However, at times, big topics are rushed and viewers are left grasping at strings, wishing there were more episodes in the season.
Following an unfortunate relapse in Season 1, we’re immediately thrown into Mae’s life in Canada, as they’re about to reenter rehab. They’ve only been away from England for a couple of months, but with the fresh wounds of the breakup, both George (Charlotte Ritchie) and Mae aren’t healed and are still stuck in their desire for each other. I mean, Mae still has George’s photo on their nightstand!
While in rehab, Mae reconnects with an old “friend,” Scott. When he’s first introduced we’re left wondering who he is and what his role is in Mae’s life. As an addict and queer comedian, there’s much more behind Mae’s curtain of trauma than initially presented in Season 1. Much more trauma that’s led to rash behavior, and Mae’s conversation with Audrey, easily foreshadows this.
Intertwined with the main storyline, Mae’s also navigating their non-binary identity. Mirroring Martin’s own coming-out as non-binary, Mae’s figuring it out, explaining that they see themselves as more of a Ryan Goslin or Adam Driver.
Again, with only six episodes to squeeze so much storyline into, Mae’s rehab stint only lasts 15 minutes into the first episode before they’re running out the door back into the arms of Scott.
As Mae’s stumbling through life in Canada, George is also trying to keep her mind focused on things like saving the bees. At an event at her school, she meets Elliot, a bisexual, polyamorous man with whom she bonds. He’s the nice guy, maybe too nice for George. He’s one of those men who are self-proclaimed progressive and ultra-feminist, trying to mansplain the harm in porn’s presentation of women and how sex needs to be a safe space for connection.
And as Mae knows, that’s definitely not how George likes to be treated during sex. Thankfully, George and Mae reconnect, and Elliot is quickly out of the picture with Mae and George recreating their first meet-cute, hoping to restart from a fully healed wound.
As Feel Good is written by a queer person, the portrayal of queer sex is finally construed in a realistic and non-hypersexualized manner. Mae and George run through various role-playing scenarios as they are falling into what seems to be a healthy relationship.
Realistically, their timeline is rushed, but Mae needed some stability before they faced the bigger demons hiding under the bed.
The show cleverly depicts Mae’s moments of withdrawal and trauma responses through a high-pitched ringing sound. As if we’re inside Mae’s head. Originally, Mae experienced the ringing sound when they were with George, as George was a replacement drug. But, in this season, the ringing sound appeared whenever the past tried to resurface.
Mae told Audrey that they had a hard time remembering the past, that it was all like a jumbly tumbly mess of Tupperware containers. But, as the episodes progress, each Tupperware slowly found its way to its matching lid.
It becomes clear that Scott isn’t just an old friend, but a man who used to abuse and take advantage of Mae. After Mae’s kicked out of the house at a young age for drug addiction, they move in with Scott who presents himself as a safe haven and gateway to Mae’s comedic success. When, in reality, he’s a pedophile who’s grooming them.
When a woman calls Mae to talk about Scott, presumably about the things he did to both of them in the past, Mae’s reminded of the trauma they had compartmentalized. A doctor suggests Mae might have PTSD, and with George’s help, they begin the journey of confronting the harmful past.
Meanwhile, through all of the personal traumas, Mae’s working through their professional success after being signed with an agent and fulfilling their dream of TV comedy. However, Mae finds it challenging to reinvent their success from the original standup virality that got them the agent in the first place. As mentioned earlier, with comics, the butt of their jokes is their own trauma.
Unfortunately, as Mae hasn’t healed from their trauma, there’s no way they can make light of it yet. As their career goes for a bit of a downhill turn, and they have a hard time performing for an audience, they begin to seclude themselves and withdraw from the world.
In a much-needed getaway, Mae, George, and Phil take a trip to Canada in order for Mae to confront Scott.
The scene in which Mae directly tells Scott they never want to speak to them again, although a bit anticlimactic, was retrospectively a strong scene that finalized Mae’s character arc in the perfect ending to a witty, raw, and endearing show.
The final episode leaves Mae leaps and bounds beyond where they had been before on their road to recovery. And just as Mae’s love for George grew healthily from a need to a want, our need for a Season 3 resolved itself, and we feel good saying our final goodbyes to Mae and George, knowing fully well they are on their way to a fresh start.
‘Elite’ Season 4 Review: New Students, New Mystery, Same Scandalous Drama
The wait is almost over.
On June 18, Elite returns for its fourth season, but aside from a few new faces and a new principal hellbent on making a difference, things at Las Encinas haven’t changed much at all.
In fact, things are more dramatic than ever.
The premiere of Elite evokes the same feelings as the start of the school year — there’s a rush of excitement for what’s to come.
The series indulges in more of what has made it such a success: scandal, parties, threesomes, love triangles, intrigue, crime, and sex. So. Much. Sex.
I always forget just how many vivid sex scenes there are until I get pulled into a new season, but I’m very quickly reminded.
The first day of school for Guzman (Miguel Bernardeau), Samu (Itzan Escamilla), Ander (Arón Piper), Rebeka (Claudia Salas), Cayetana (Georgina Amorós), and Omar (Omar Ayuso) is bittersweet. While they may be getting another shot at repeating their final year, their classmates Carla, Lu, Nadia, and Valerio have moved on to bigger and better things. It’s a bummer to lose such a great group of characters, but you almost don’t feel their absence when the new crop of students takes their place, flips the world upside down for current students, and simultaneously ushers in a brand new mystery.
The new mystery anchors the story, and like in seasons past, it plays out with flashbacks that lead up to the fated moment.
However, unlike in previous seasons, we find out pretty early on who is at the center of the mystery with the how remaining the big question mark.
But there’s no question about whether the Blanco family is involved.
As Ander tells the investigator, the toxic family’s arrival “tainted everything.”
Benjamin (Diego Martin) is the extremely rich new school director. He comes in like a bulldozer with big plans to rehabilitate Las Encinas and its reputation after a tumultuous few years that led to two student deaths. He begins his reign by setting his sights on Samu and Omar, who he doesn’t believe belong at the elite school.
It’s honestly surprising anyone wants to send their children to get an education there at this point.
Benjamin doesn’t waste any time making changes, but with his focus solely on “discipline, excellence, and achievement,” he fails to realize that his family’s arrival brings the bulk of the drama.
Immediately, you begin to wonder how Benjamin plans to fix a whole school if he can’t even control his own children — Ari (Carla Diaz), Patrick (Manu Rios), and Mencia (Martina Cariddi).
Benjamin has a fraught relationship with his youngest, Mencia, who has brought the family pain in the past and continues to rebel and defy her father at every turn.
She has a genuine connection with new girlfriend, Rebeka, but the relationship stirs up even more problems for Mencia as Benjamin disapproves and thinks Rebe is a bad influence considering her mother’s reputation as a drug kingpin.
Little does he know, Mencia has gotten into a world of trouble all on her own.
While Rebe’s relationship with Mencia grows into one of the purest this season, following Samu’s betrayal last season, she’s understandably closed off and cautious with her heart.
Ander and Omar are still going strong but find their relationship is tested in unexpected ways when they invite Patrick, Benjamin’s son, into the fold.
Patrick knows the power he wields over them and intentionally meddles in their lives, but there’s also much more to him than meets the eye.
Ari is Benjamin’s star child who respects and listens to her father, but to her peers, she’s the resident mean girl who is oftentimes uptight and has a chip on her shoulder.
She catches the eye of both Samu and Guzman, which fractures their budding friendship. These two have always fought over women, but last time, Samu was being protective over his best friend, Nadia, who Guzman is still dating when the season commences.
Nadia appears only via video chat from her New York apartment, and their relationship allows the series to explore the trials and tribulations of a long-distance relationship that’s tested as temptation lurks right around the corner for Guzman.
While Guzman stands a chance with Ari based solely on social class and standing, Ari and Samu connect unexpectedly in an academic setting.
Who will the love triangle favor in the end?
Additionally, the school has attracted the youngest royal heir in Europe, Prince Philippe (Pol Granch). The series flips the classic “princess and the pauper” narrative to “prince and the pauper” as he connects with the school’s janitor Cayetana, making all of her fantasies come true.
But as the saying goes, “be careful what you wish for” as this fairytale quickly turns into a nightmare when it’s revealed the prince has a dark secret, and Cayetana’s past secrets with the late Polo and Valerio come back to haunt her.
Overall, you know exactly what you’re getting into when you press play on the fourth season. The writers have managed to deliver yet another incredibly intoxicating season about a group of lost souls looking for a purpose and tapping into the extreme lengths they’ll go to numb their pain.
Elite hits Netflix on Friday, June 18 with eight brand-new episodes.
*This review is based on the first four episodes of season 4 that were available to the press*
WATCH: Mel and Jack Talk Starting a Family in ‘Virgin River’ Season 3 Trailer
There’s plenty of baby talk going around in the Virgin River Season 3 trailer!
Netflix dropped the trailer for the upcoming drama on Friday, June 11 and it doesn’t waste any time answering the question on everyone’s mind: does Jack survive?
It’s quite an obvious answer considering there is no show without Jack, but if it’s been keeping you up at night, the good news is that he does.
Of course, that doesn’t put the question of who shot him to rest. (And we have some theories you can check out right here!)
As he recovers, he’s blessed to have Nurse Mel by his side.
With their romance finally heating up, the nosy locals in town begin asking questions about their future — is marriage in the cards? And what about babies?
Mel’s history will definitely come into play, especially as it was always her dream to have a child. But Jack is a new father to twins (at least we think they’re his) with his ex Charmaine.
Luckily, Charmaine is no longer hung up on him as she’s found a new man who is there for her and the kids!
Netflix2 weeks ago
‘Outer Banks’ Gets Season 2 Summer Premiere Date on Netflix – Watch the Trailer
Featured1 week ago
2021-2022 TV Schedule: Find Out Which Shows Have Been Canceled or Renewed
Manifest2 weeks ago
Manifest Season Finale – [SPOILER] Dies (3×12 and 3×13)
Why Women Kill3 weeks ago
Why Women Kill Review – Alma Opens Pandora’s box (2×02)
Netflix1 week ago
‘Elite’ Season 4 Review: New Students, New Mystery, Same Scandalous Drama
Lupin2 weeks ago
Lupin Season 2 Recap – The Gentleman Burglar Is Smoother Than Ever
Elite6 days ago
7 Biggest Moments from ‘Elite’ Season 4
Coffee Table News2 weeks ago
‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’ Canceled After Two Seasons As Creator Rallies to Save the Show