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Firefly Lane Review – Dancing Queens (1×03)




There was a lot of hooking up happening on Firefly Lane Season 1 Episode 3. 

In the present-day, Tully and Max were enjoying each other all over the apartment, while Kate had a hot makeout session with Gideon, the photographer who noticed her beauty on Firefly Lane Season 1 Episode 2

As she and Johnny were trying to establish boundaries in their “co-parenting” of Marah, she was able to enjoy a much-needed night on the town while Johnny took care of their sick daughter. 

It’s interesting to see the duo attempt to co-parent in light of a divorce, and I’m glad the series is showing what a positive divorce can look like. Johnny noticed Kate’s hickey, which, admittedly, is a bit embarrassing for an adult, but considering Kate never lived out her wild years, she deserves to let loose and have a bit of fun. 

Johnny and Kate have a solid foundation between them, so while a divorce is still a divorce and comes with a learning curve for the whole family, at least they’re able to navigate it in a civil way with respect for each other. Things may not have worked out between them, but you can tell there’s plenty of love there.

Tully faced her fear of commitment head-on when Max established that he wanted to be more than just a one-night stand. His request wasn’t unreasonable since Tully has been giving him plenty of attention, which would warrant venturing into the “relationship” territory at this point. 

The poor guy didn’t expect that wanting to connect and be more intimate with a woman would unleash such hell, but he also doesn’t know about Tully’s past. Being raped in the eighth grade is something that she’s carried with her whole life, and though she bottled it up inside and used it as motivation to become a successful news personality, it’s prevented her from truly forming connections with men. She’s run from commitment her whole life. 

Obviously, her damaged relationship with her mother also plays a role. Every time Tully got her hopes up that maybe this time around, her mom would be different, she was disappointed. It’s not surprising that she’s closed herself off from every possibility of getting hurt. 

And yet, despite it all, she’s still human and can’t control who she falls for. Pushing Max away did hurt her, and it caused her to turn towards some bad vices.

Thankfully, Kate arrived at the apartment in time and found her, but what does this mean for the future? Does this have something to do with her possible death that was teased at the end of the second episode? Is it the beginning of how downward spiral?

In the past, we saw Kate and Tully growing closer as friends in the high school-era and plotting to take down Pat for what he did to her. 

The plan to put hair remover on his head was golden, and I would’ve loved to see it happen, but in the end, Tully was right: nothing she did would change what happened. 

The high school dance scenes were heartbreaking as Kate had a crush on Robbie, but Tully knew the truth about Robbie and Sean. And the two had to pretend to be just friends. 

She’s kept a lot of secrets from her best friend, and while the ones she kept were understandable, it’s still a breach of trust with someone who seemingly never kept a secret from her at all. 

After Kate’s mom learned that Cloud didn’t have cancer, she told her to come clean to Kate. Sadly, every time she tried, she couldn’t bring herself to confess out of the fear that she might lose the only person that ever mattered to her. 

Admittedly, I really enjoyed the scene where Cloud taught Kate to loosen up and just dance. In no world is Cloud a good role model, but there is something to be said for how free-spirited she is. If people had an ounce of that mentality, it would them a world of wonders. 

Unfortunately, the scene quickly took a turn showing just how unstable Cloud is. She went from a high to a low in a matter of minutes, so while she may not be sick with cancer, she is ill. 

In the 80s flashback, we also saw Tully and Kate working together to pursue their very first story for the new station when the on-air reporter, Carol, suffered a cold. 

The way they went about getting an exclusive with the Mayor and eventually landing it was impressive, but unfortunately, Carol got wind of it and “miraculously” recovered. 

The cool thing about Tully is that even though someone took her moment away, she knew they didn’t take away her skills or dedication. She proved that she was capable of delivering hard-hitting journalism and getting the “scoop,” which Carol always lacked as she focused on “fluff pieces.” Instead of being de-motivated, Tully found herself one step closer to her dream because she proved she had it in her. 

At this point, we also meet Tully’s main squeeze during her early 20s, and likely the only man she ever had real feelings for, Chad Wiley. But the way Kate talks about him in the present, it seems like Chad was bad news. 

When Johnny exclaimed that Tully is like a “storm and everyone is floating in her wake,” it was the most accurate description of her character both then and now, especially in light of that final scene where she fills the void and numbs the pain with drugs and alcohol. She’s destructive, but in the best way possible — it’s a destruction that has allowed her to achieve so much while also missing out on so much. 

Overall, this was one of the stronger episodes and the transitions from scene-to-scene and timeline-to-timeline were so seamless and well-thought-out. 

Where do you think it goes from here? In such a short time, Tully and Kate’s journey has been one hell of a ride! 

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Who Is Rhys Montrose on ‘YOU’ Season 4?



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YOU Season 4 introduced a plethora of new characters as it revamped the series with a murder mystery format. 

*Warning – stop reading if you haven’t finished YOU Season 4 – Spoilers Ahead *

The shakeup made sense considering Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) uprooted his life following the fiery events in Madre Linda that killed Love Quinn and started over in London, assuming the identity of Professor Jonathan Moore. 

Rather quickly, he got pulled into an elite group thanks to his co-worker and neighbor, Malcolm Harding (Stephen Hagan), who was the season’s first victim. Joe/Jonathan naturally despised Malcolm’s group, though he did find Rhys Montrose (Ed Speleers), an author running for Mayor of London, to be a bit of a kindred spirit. They came from the same broken background and shared many of the same views.  

As the first half of the season unraveled, Joe sought out advice from Rhys on a handful of occasions, engaging in plenty of long heart-to-hearts with him, so it was kind of shocking when it was revealed that Rhys, as audiences have come to know him, was never real.

Rhys Montrose existed, yes, but he was never friends with Joe, nor was he the Eat the Rich Killer. The version of Rhys that Joe bonded with was a hallucination conjured up by his subconscious to protect himself and eliminate his darker, more deranged thoughts. 

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You. (L-R) Ed Speleers as Rhys, Penn Badgley as Joe Goldberg in episode 410 of You. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2023

For much of the season, we saw Joe desperately trying to set himself free from Rhys’ grasp. At first, he saw him as public enemy #1, who somehow figured out Joe’s real identity and roped him into a murder spree by threatening to frame him for the deaths if Joe refused to participate. 

However, once Joe realized that Rhys was a figment of his imagination, he began to look for ways to silence the evil little voice forever, while also trying to figure out a plan to cover up the death of the real Rhys Montrose. 

Joe was tasked with killing the mayoral candidate, who he assumed at the time was the Eat the Rich Killer, by Kate’s (Charlotte Ritchie) father, Tom Lockwood. When he arrived at Rhys’ secret countryside hideout and tied him up, he was infuriated that Rhys claimed not to know who he was, nor would he admit to kidnapping Marienne (Tati Gabrielle). Eventually, Joe’s rage and anger took over, and he “accidentally” killed Rhys, which is when fake Rhys showed up and revealed that Joe was having a semi-psychotic break. 

In the end, Joe’s suicide attempt ensured that his hallucinations were forever gone, though he did embrace the darkness he was trying so hard to snuff out, making him more dangerous than ever.

As for the real Rhys Montrose’s killer, he pinned it all on poor Nadia (Amy-Leigh Hickman), a fan of Rhys’s from the beginning, who flew too close to the sun in her attempts to bring down Joe Goldberg. If only she just listened to Marienne’s advice.

A huge congrats to the YOU team for pulling off yet another jaw-dropping twist, and to both Badgley and Speleers for completely immersing themselves in their dual characters. 

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YOU Review – Best of Friends (406)



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Just when you thought you figured out where the season was headed, YOU pulls out the rug from under you yet again.  

I’m definitely starting to feel the whiplash that Joe/Jonathan must be feeling right about now. 

Things have gone from crazy to crazier rather quickly, as Rhys unveiled his true plan—along with how Joe is involved—while Joe came out victorious in front of the elite group once again, and all while a new suspect started piecing things together and realizing that Joe knows way more than he’s led on. 

While Joe spent numerous hours trying to figure out a plan to get close to Rhys, Rhys just appeared at Joe’s place one night without so much as lifting a finger. Joe may think he’s the invisible one in the city, but for a man who’s so well-known and loved, Rhys seems to get around without anyone noticing. 

And he made the rules of the game very clear—either Joe finds someone to frame for all the deaths or he goes down as the Eat-the-Rich killer, which isn’t exactly ideal. A little incentive goes a long way, so while Joe tried to distance himself initially, he couldn’t shake the desire for self-preservation and took the bait. He took the task rather seriously as it was either kill or be killed; he knew someone had to go down for it, but it had to be the right person.

With time running out, he genuinely began to consider Connie, but despite being an irrelevant character, he couldn’t justify pinning it on someone who was struggling with addiction and trying to turn their life around.  Connie wasn’t a threat to anyone, except for maybe himself, so Joe couldn’t justify destroying his life. 

But Dawn, well, she fell right into his lap. The few times we saw her snapping photos of the elite, and focusing on Joe–including when she spotted him at Rhys’ mayoral rally—I was convinced that she recognized him from his previous life. And that seems to be what the series wanted me to think so that they could pull a fast one on us because when Dawn pulled Phoebe aside to a “safe room” to keep her protected from the killer, it was revealed that Dawn was just an obsessive stalker who was connived that she was friends with the elite, Phoebe in particular. Dawn was a threat to a lot of people, so Joe took advantage of it. He framed her by planting Simon’s ear in her belongings, and since no one would ever believe a word she said over Phoebe’s accounts of what happened, Dawn couldn’t prove her innocence. Plus, she made an ideal suspect since she was at nearly every single event where a murder occurred as she was stalking the group. I mean, it couldn’t have been any more perfect if Joe had tried to plan it himself. 

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You. Ed Speleers as Rhys in episode 406 of You. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2023

However, his heroics did raise some questions from Nadia, his student and the lover of all murder mysteries. She noticed that Jonathan seemed to be at the center of every single scenario, oftentimes being championed as a hero, though he’s not actually connected to any of these people in any meaningful way. It’s a dangerous thing to play detective, especially when you’re setting your sights on Joe Goldberg.  Jonathan seems to like Nadia, but if she threatened him, I don’t think Joe would hesitate to take her down. Self-preservation is his M.O., remember?

Once Joe thought he finally got Rhys off of his back by framing Dawn, he decided to give into his desires and pursue a relationship with Kate. Honestly, Kate makes some really poor decisions, starting with just accepting Jonathan for who he is now and promising never to ask questions about his past. She wants someone to see her for who she is in the moment so badly that she’s letting logic take a backseat. Why would someone want to deny their past so badly unless they did something truly unforgivable? Kate wants to shed her past because of her connection to her father and she thinks that makes her and Jonathan equal, but they are not the same. 

By the time she realizes the truth about who Joe is, it might be too late.

As for Rhys, did Joe think he was really going to get rid of him that easily? Rhys has always wanted a friend to help him get to the finish line so to speak. He believes that they are the same, so he wasn’t going to just let Joe slip away.

And while his motive wasn’t evident at first, he seems hellbent on taking out those who don’t deserve their success and wealth. The three victims, Malcolm, Simon, and Gemma, all threatened his mayoral run in some way, so they were taken care of, and now, he’s setting his sights on the ultimate villain–Kate’s father. She may have a complicated relationship with her tycoon dad, but I don’t think Kate would ever want to see anything bad happen to him, let alone at the hands of the man she’s in love with. 

However, Rhys doesn’t seem to give Joe much of a choice as he still holds all of the cards. One might think that Joe could just handle this in the same way he always does, but well, you can’t just try to kill a killer. He’d see that coming from miles away. Joe needs to be strategic and deliberate in his plan, so for now, he has to play along. I, for one, am curious to see what all the hubbub is about Kate’s father–is he really as terrible as she makes him out to be?

As for Rhys, what is the catch? Fans were disappointed with the first half of the season since his reveal as the killer was obvious—and his motives, including his desire to kill Kate’s father–are exactly shocking or game-changing. What are we missing?

What did you think of the episode?

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What Time Does Netflix Release New Shows?



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Netflix has become one of the most popular ways to consume new movies and TV shows. 

The streaming giant has not only dominated the TV and movie landscape but it’s changed the way content is released.

While primetime TV still adheres to a weekly episodic release schedule, Netflix—and many of the streamers that followed—adopted the idea of dumping a full season on fans, creating a binge-watch model. 

Most Netflix Originals are released in bulk, with the full episode order arriving at one time. A handful of shows, most recently Firefly Lane and YOU, has been split up into two parts—with the first half arriving a few months prior to the second half of the season, which definitely helps build up some anticipation and makes for more digestible viewing. 

Of course, as you anticipate new seasons and episodes of your favorite shows, you naturally want to know what time they are going to premiere.

The good news is that Netflix’s release times are pretty standard for original TV shows and movies. 

All titles are typically released globally at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Time, which is 2:00 a.m. Central Time and 3:00 a.m. Eastern Time. 

Netflix noted that some titles are considered an original in one country but not in another, and in that case, if they are premiering in a country where it is a licensed title, it will premiere at 12:00 a.m. local time. 

“Availability times vary for episodes that are released weekly or that follow their original broadcast airing,” the streamer also clarified. 

However, when it comes to those big-name shows like Outer Banks or Stranger Things, it’s safe to say that all episodes will be loaded in late in the evening, so you can either stay up and binge-watch or take the day off and squeeze them in bright and early!

Happy watching!

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