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.
Stranger Things Season 4: Nancy Wheeler Owes It To Herself to Give Steve Harrington a Chance
It seems almost silly and trivial to prioritize romance when the world — specifically, Hawkins — is being taken over by a disturbed and power-hungry creature from the Upside Down, but it’s such a human emotion to value and champion love even in the darkest moments when everything looks bleak.
As Stranger Things continues to prove, love, in all of its shapes and forms, trumps hate every time. And Nancy and Steve? They love each other. They might not know it yet or simply aren’t ready to admit it, but there are some strong feelings there that deserve to be explored, especially in light of a possible end-of-the-world scenario. Ask yourself, if not now, when?
Stranger Things Season 4, through all of its darkness, found a light with Nancy and Steve. Hero hair aside, Steve underwent massive character growth from your stereotypical and shallow jock to a father figure, caretaker, and most importantly, a man who knows what he wants. Steve and his voluminous Herbal Essence commercial hair ran towards danger countless times for the greater good and for his friends. Steve’s emotional glow-up wasn’t lost on Nancy either, as she took notice on several occasions, and at times, found herself taken aback by his newfound maturity. As some people pointed out on Twitter, Season 4 Steve Harrington just hits different.
Yes, he’s portrayed as a ladies’ man, but on the inside, Steve is a softie with a mad crush and a dream of having a real relationship with the right one. He acknowledged the progress he’s made since season 1 and how much he’s grown in the swoon-worthy speech to Nancy that further drove him into heartthrob territory with audiences while proving to Nancy that those butterflies she’s been feeling whenever he looks at her aren’t just a result of an unexpected trip to the Upside Down. Steve Harrington told Nancy flat-out that he was to have six kids (six nuggets, to be exact) with her, and if that didn’t convince her that he’s top-notch boyfriend material, I honestly don’t know what would.
I wouldn’t have blamed them if they took advantage of the moment and used the “apocalypse” excuse to sneak in a passionate kiss, but that’s the other point — despite his desires, Steve never made a move on Nancy because he respects her and their friendship. He knows that she’s with Jonathan, and he’s not going to cross that line even if they might never get a chance to pursue these feelings again. At least not without Nancy making a move and giving him the go-ahead.
Deep down, Steve cares about Nancy as a friend. He proved it not just with words, but also with his actions as he stood by her when Vecna put her in a trance. He could’ve left the Upside Down at any point to save himself, but he would never leave her there. And, in turn, Nancy proved that she would risk it all for Steve when she jumped into the water and swam into the Upside Down to go after him. She’s always had a soft spot for Steve, but now that he’s become a man worthy of her, there’s no denying the attraction.
There’s also a love and understanding between them that has provided for a solid foundation that would be helpful if they were to pursue a romantic relationship.
Stranger Things benefited from the love triangle this season, in particular, as it kept tensions high and provided a personal escape for the characters, but it also cannot be dragged into the final battle. The bottom line is that Nancy and Jonathan can’t string each other along as Steve continues to pine Nancy — it’s not fair to any of their very deserving characters.
One might argue that Jonathan has always been the underdog so he deserves the girl, but even that’s starting to change as Steve grows into his own and figures out his real connection to Nancy that’s only intensifying as time goes on.
This brings me to Jonathan. I know it isn’t entirely his fault that he wasn’t by Nancy’s side when the fight against Vecna began, but it speaks volumes that he was on the other side of the world. The reason Mike was with Eleven when it mattered is because he willingly made the trip to go see her. Neither Nancy nor Jonathan chose to visit each other despite being apart for so long. The chance was there, but they both decided to stay put and deflect.
There was a time when Nancy and Jonathan were the right choice for each other, but there’s nothing left between them but a forced relationship that continues because it’s comfortable and safe. The spark between them barely has a pulse. When they were finally reunited at the end of the season, it didn’t seem like a romantic relationship but two friends who care about each other. And that’s the thing — they’ll likely always love each other and feel a connection through shared trauma, but they are not in love with each other anymore.
They aren’t on the same page anymore, no matter how much they hope to be. They want two different things out of life, but they’re refusing to come to terms with the fact that their paths are taking them in opposite directions. Nancy wants to excel in college and make something of herself, while Jonathan didn’t even apply. The worst part is that they both know that time is running out on their relationship, so they are avoiding the hard conversations. Neither of them has the heart to tell the other the truth.
Even if nothing happens between Nancy and Steve in the upcoming season, in the face of the unknown and a potential apocalypse, Nancy and Jonathan owe it to themselves to be honest about their feelings and go after what their hearts desire. I’m not sure what that is for Jonathan at the moment as he seems pretty lost about his future, but for Nancy, I think that definitely involves six little nuggets with Steve Harrington somewhere down the line.
Who Dies On ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4B?
Stranger Things Season 4 was quite a bloodbath as Vecna brutally claimed a handful of victims in his plan to take over Hawkins.
The body count included a handful of pivotal and core cast members that will forever leave a mark on our hearts.
Dr. Brenner – When the FBI came in guns blazing, Brenner tried his best to get El to safety. But the truth is, she wasn’t even supposed to be there. If he simply allowed her to leave when Dr. Owens insisted, she would’ve been on her way to help her friends fight Vecna. Also, there definitely wasn’t a solid contingency plan in place in the event that the FBI did find their secret hiding spot.
In his last moments, Brenner assured El that he loved her and always meant well, but it’s hard to really believe any of that when he pushed her to her limits, shamed her, treated her like nothing more than a lab rat, held her against her will (in hopes that she’d understand), and even put a dog collar on her in order to mute her powers. Brenner was definitely not a friend. And in the moment where they say goodbye, El realizes what true love is when she sees her friends sacrifice everything to come and save her. Papa never came from a place of true love — it was all self-serving and manipulation masked as love. It’s unclear if Dr. Owens survived or if the FBI took him out simply because he betrayed them. If they did, I bet they’re regretting it now.
Eddie – Eddie is a fan favorite, so his time on the series was limited considering Stranger Things has a track record of killing off the lovable, new guy. After a really metal guitar solo in the Upside Down, Eddie took one for the team and sacrificed himself to stop those bats from digging into his friends. It was a redeeming moment as Eddie proved he wasn’t a coward as he “didn’t run away” this time. I only wish he held off a little longer so El could do her thing because he could’ve been spared!
Max (kind of) – Max was marked this season, and it’s unfortunate. Everyone in that group is brave, but Max, in particular, risked it all in hopes of defeating Vecna and stopping his plan. She allowed herself to become his target — the bait that lures him while everyone works in the background to slay the monster. Eleven tried her best to help Max when she could no longer stay in the light and run from Vecna’s wrath, but it wasn’t enough. Vecna got his grip on Max before El could regain her strength. And even after she broke his hold on Max, the damage had been done as her bones snapped and her eyes were glossed over and bleeding. She died in Lucas’s arms, a hero that only a few will ever truly know about. As far as death’s go, it one was the most heartbreaking next to Eddie’s. But then, Max came back to life. Her heart stopped beating for a full minute before it restarted in what doctors call “a miracle.” We know, however, that Eleven used her powers to resuscitate Max. Unfortunately, the injuries were intense and she’s now in a coma. It’s not known when she’ll wake up, if ever… and the battle for Hawkins, and the world, inches closer. For this reason, Max stays on the list.
Jason also died in a gory scene, but honestly, there was nothing more satisfying than seeing him burn in half right after he tried to kill Lucas. The ego on that dude was next level, so he had it coming. Also RIP Chrissy, Fred, and the 22 and counting other souls that died in the mysterious and seismic earthquake that unexpectedly hit Hawkins. A natural disaster it was not! Not to mention all the Russians who fell victim to the Demogorgon and the Demodogs…. they, too, had it coming,
Fans React to Chilling Netflix Doc ‘Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey’
The latest true-crime series on Netflix that’s gripping/disturbing audiences everywhere? Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey.
The four-part series is based on the polygamous religious section known as the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS). It examines the rise of leader Warren Jeffs, who, at one point (prior to his arrest), had about 69 wives, some as young as 12.
If you find the synopsis disturbing, you’re pretty much on the same page as viewers who recalled feeling quite “traumatized” and “sic” after watching the show.
Here are some of the tweets and reactions about Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey:
just finished “keep sweet: pray and obey”. I don’t have the words. need everyone to try and watch this, it’s so sickening.
kids getting married off to men old enough to be their grandfathers. pic.twitter.com/dTOEkEHJfg
— Menks (@choplifexo) June 9, 2022
Watched Keep sweet , pray and obey on #Netflix mmmm I don't even know what to say
— . (@snatched_fire) June 9, 2022
I thought the new season of Stranger things season was dark… then I watched Keep Sweet; Pray and Obey and it made me physically nauseous lol. I hope Warren Jeffs gets beat up in prison every day for the rest of his life
— Brax (@byu_homer) June 9, 2022
Well, all I can say after watching that, is that the women who escaped from the FLDS and have built new lives for themselves are incredibly brave and deserve a heap of cash from all the millions held by the ‘church’. #KeepSweetPrayAndObey
— Ian McClellan (@ianmac67_SE) June 9, 2022
I nominate Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey for horror movie of the year
— emma ✨ (@e_graceful) June 10, 2022
#keepsweetprayandobey documentary on Netflix is crazy. The things that happen in society under the name of religion and faith is just filthy.
— Clarette Waithera (@ClaretteWaithe1) June 8, 2022
If you told me Heaven was a ranch in Texas where I had to do chores and make lunch for a bunch of old dudes, I’d be making accommodations to reach Hell as soon as possible. #keepsweetprayandobey #keepsweet
— Tyler’s sense of shame (@TchtJustine) June 11, 2022
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