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Firefly Lane Review – Love is a Battlefield (1×04)

FIREFLY LANE (L to R) SARAH CHALKE as KATE and YAEL YURMAN as MARAH in episode 104 of FIREFLY LANE. Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2020

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Firefly Lane Season 1 Episode 4 kicks off with Kate and Marah heading to what seems like Tully’s funeral. But while the mood is somber, there’s also an aura of serenity. 

Unfortunately, the whole scene is short-lived, and the rest of the episode keeps the two-year flash-forward a mystery. So, it could be Tully’s funeral, it could be someone else’s. 

In college flashbacks, we see Tully’s experience with her teacher, Professor Wiley. Yes, the Chad Wiley she was making out with at the end of Firefly Lane Season 1 Episode 3. Who expected him to be the journalism professor that guided her in the on-air sphere? Not me!

Initially, I thought maybe Wiley had been Tully’s more serious and promising relationship, but now, it’s clear that it continued down the same path of dysfunctional and problematic. At least, that’s what it looks to be now. 

Wiley, who gave off the impression that he didn’t like her in class, does try to stop their hook-up, but we know that they eventually give into temptation. 

In high school flashbacks, Tully and Kate decide to skip school and get high together. That’s when Tully informs Kate that she might be pregnant since she hasn’t gotten her period since Pat raped her. The thought is horrifying, and you hope that it isn’t the case, so when she eventually gets her period, it truly is a moment of relief and joy. I’m also impressed with the show for showing a bloody piece of toilet paper and owning it. It’s about time we normalize things like periods! 

The storyline parallels what’s unfolding in the present-day as Tully wakes up the morning after she passed out from drinking too much following her fight with Max. 

Kate is worried about her, but Tully shrugs it off as nothing before Kate’s mother suggests the hot flashes and memory loss may be menopause settling it. Tully is terrified by the possibility since she’s only 43 and it means that her chances of having children — even though it seems like she’s never entertained the idea of having any — are gone. 

However, the episode takes another unexpected turn when Tully reveals two lines on a pregnancy test, which means she’s pregnant with Max’s baby. Yes, at 43.

The idea of having a child past the age of 40 is frowned upon mostly because society has deemed it unacceptable. There’s a stigma against older parents, particularly, older moms. And while there are risks that come with having children once you are older, a woman’s life doesn’t end at 40! Some women, like Tully, spend their 20s and 30s dedicated to a career and don’t even entertain the idea until they are older because they aren’t ready in their “prime.” And there’s plenty of advantages including financial stability, ready (and willing) to settle down, and a wealth of knowledge that you’ve acquired through the years. 

So, while it’s entirely possible that Tully will choose to have an abortion (her prerogative) or will lose the baby, the simple fact that the series introduced this storyline is awesome and is reducing the stigma of waiting until later in life to have kids!

What do you think she’ll do?

The recital at the Ryan household is kind of a hot mess mainly because Johnny and Kate can’t figure out their relationship and poor Marah is caught right in the middle. You can say whatever you want, but children will always be affected by a divorce no matter how painless the parents try to make it. 

The problem with Johnny and Kate is that there’s still a lot of love and chemistry between them. I mean, if Marah hadn’t come home from school, it would have been wild in that bedroom. 

But that also doesn’t mean that they should give it another chance. I was all for giving it another go-around until their explosive fight during the recital. 

It’s still unclear what led to their decision to divorce. It seems like Johnny was jealous as Kate flirted with Travis, and while emotional cheating is still cheating,  it shouldn’t rock a solid relationship like Johnny and Kate’s. 

The bigger issue to me was Johnny telling Kate he wanted to be with her while also making it clear he wasn’t going to reconsider leaving for Iraq. You can’t have your cake and eat it too. 

My biggest gripe with this is that Johnny thinks he’s entitled to finding himself while Kate isn’t. As she pointed out, there are things she has wanted to do but couldn’t because she prioritized their family. 

In all the flashbacks, we see her striving to be a groundbreaking news producer, but when we meet her at the beginning of the series, she’s given all of that up to be a stay at home mom. 

Johnny didn’t even seem to acknowledge any of that because he was so focused on his own wants and needs. And while I get his side because it’s important not to lose yourself in your marriage and as a parent, but he wasn’t taking Kate’s wants or needs into consideration at all. 

He was basically choosing to leave to do something he wanted while she continued to be a parent and put Marah’s needs above her own. 

Kate has been disappointed, let down, and overlooked her whole life. She makes that perfectly clear during the flashback scenes in college when they go attend a dinner for her parent’s 25th anniversary. 

We know she’s been in Tully’s shadow for most of her life, and she watches as her own family takes more of an interest in her best friend than they do in her. 

Even her career path isn’t something her mother takes seriously, although she admires Tully’s work ethic in the same field.

Being exposed to that constantly takes a toll on you. 

Kate’s also not someone that likes being lied to, but it seems as though she was surrounded by liars. 

In the high-school flashbacks, she learns that her mother may have been cheating on her father, which is what changed her opinion of her mother and marriage in general. She also learns that Tully has been lying to her about her mother having cancer. It really would have been better if Tully just told her the truth. 

Also, I can’t help but wonder how Tully and Cloud afford the house (and all the drugs) since the latter never seems to go to work. I mean, she’s passed out on the couch on a random weekday at 2:30 pm! Did they come from a wealthy family?

And Kate doesn’t even know it yet, but her brother is lying to her about his sexual orientation, which will be a huge blow once she eventually finds out the truth and then realizes Tully knew all along. 

In the college flashbacks, we see Sean is struggling with keeping his orientation a secret and feels like everyone is moving on while he’s stuck in the same place. 

A now-grown Robbie comes to visit while he’s in town, and while Sean attempts to pick up right where they left off, Robbie informs him that he’s married and expecting a child with a woman named Hannah. 

It crushes Sean. His story intrigues me because, from past episodes, we know that he was dating an older man, but in the present-day, Sean shows up to the recital with a woman, who is very clearly his cover so that his family doesn’t think there’s something wrong with him. 

It’s heartbreaking to know that he had to suppress that part of himself for his whole life. Do you think Sean will ever come out to the family?

What did you think of the episode?


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8 Biggest & Most Shocking Moments from Season 2 of ‘Outer Banks’

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Outer Banks Season 2 is all about searching for the gold (just like all those Olympic athletes in Tokyo) and embarking on a new and deadly treasure hunt.

The season is packed with action right out of the gate as it picks up with John B and Sarah’s adventure in the Bahamas. 

Throughout the season, it becomes clear that the Pogues can never catch a break. And though they don’t come out on top in the end, they never lose their sense of self or their purpose. 

They are Pogues through and through — the Pogue life might not be easy, but it is eventful. 

There are lots of jaw-dropping moments that it’s hard to narrow down to just a topline few, but we’ll do our best.

 

Sarah and John B Get Married

Their relationship was a little touch and go for a bit after they got home from the Bahamas, but as Sarah learned the ugly truth about her family and her father, she grew closer and closer to John B. It’s a little out of the ordinary for 16-year-old’s to get married (and yes, it’s sometimes easy to forget that they are only 16!), but it was more of a “promise ring” situation than an actual marriage. However, the feelings they have for each other are real and strong. They’ve been through hell and back together, and they understand each other in a way that others don’t. Sarah is officially a “P4L.”

8 Biggest & Most Shocking Moments from Season 2 of 'Outer Banks'

OUTER BANKS (L to R) RUDY PANKOW as JJ, CHASE STOKES as JOHN B, MADELYN CLINE as SARAH CAMERON, and MADISON BAILEY as KIARA in episode 208 of OUTER BANKS Cr. JACKSON LEE DAVIS/NETFLIX © 2021

Rafe Tries to Kill Sarah

Rafe was not in the right headspace throughout the season, which he himself admitted. Mental health is important, but it was completely brushed off by his father who constantly told him to “man up.” As a result, Rafe had trouble navigating his thoughts and turned into a monster that was all too comfortable with killing and was ready to do absolutely anything to protect his family. When it became obvious that Sarah was going to become an issue since she planned to testify that he murdered Sheriff Peterkin, Rafe tried to reason with her. When that failed, he dunked her head underwater and attempted to drown her. If it wasn’t for Topper, who just happened to be around (why was he around?), Sarah might not be alive today. 

 

Injuries Galore

Since the action didn’t stop for a minute, there were a lot of injuries amongst the Pogues. Sarah was shot by Rafe while trying to steal the gold in Nassau, Kiara almost drowned while scouring the sewers for the gun that killed Sheriff Peterkin (also because of Rafe), John B almost became an alligator’s snack (one of the more random moments of the season), Pope was stung by a handful of wasps while trying to find the Cross of Santo Domingo (poor guy swoll up like a balloon), and JJ almost drowned after being knocked out by the blunt end of a machete and going overboard (he survived thanks to Kiara who kept him afloat until the Pogues could pull him to safety!). It’s safe to say, it was an intense and dangerous season for everyone involved in this elaborate and high-stakes treasure hunt.

8 Biggest & Most Shocking Moments from Season 2 of 'Outer Banks'

OUTER BANKS (L to R) RUDY PANKOW as JJ, JONATHAN DAVISS as POPE, and MADISON BAILEY as KIARA in episode 204 of OUTER BANKS Cr. JACKSON LEE DAVIS/NETFLIX © 2021

John B Is Arrested for Murder

And he was facing the death penalty. It’s not surprising for someone accused of murdering a Sheriff in cold blood, but it was surprising considering we know that John B is innocent and being framed. The Pogues made several attempts to clear his name, and though it seemed like Shoupe was turning a blind eye to the truth because he was on Ward’s payroll, he eventually pieced it all together secretly and the charges against John B were dropped. Of course, it was almost a little too late as Ward put a hit out on John B in prison that almost killed him. 

 

Ward Kills Himself… Well, Almost

There’s a Polish idiom that basically translates to “no disaster can befall an evil person,” and that couldn’t be truer for Ward. No one is able to bring him down no matter how hard they try because he’s always one step ahead of everyone. He manipulates people and pays them off, which allows him to get away with everything.

When it seemed like the walls were caving in on him and justice would finally be served, he killed himself on his boat. My mother (who did not watch season 1 and got sucked into season 2 by accident) immediately stated that he faked his death and likely snorkeled out through the bottom. Surprisingly, she was 100% correct. Of course, Ward planned his escape in a way that would clear Rafe of all charges and allow his family to escape without being held accountable for anything. Ward never showed any remorse for all the murders he committed; he only ever thought about himself and what he wanted. 

John B almost had him again on the ship headed to Guadalupe. After he saw Ward choking Sarah out (he realized she was a Pogue and not a Kook, which meant she posed a threat to the family and had to be “taken care of”), John B knocked him out and was so close to throwing him overboard. However, John B couldn’t bring himself to do it. While it would’ve been the perfect revenge for his father as Ward killed him and threw him overboard, it’s a good thing he didn’t cross that line because he would’ve never been able to come back from it. John B is not a killer. 

While most people would naturally die from such injuries, Ward held on and was recovering in the infirmary on the ship. 

8 Biggest & Most Shocking Moments from Season 2 of 'Outer Banks'

OUTER BANKS (L to R) DREW STARKEY as RAFE and CHARLES ESTEN as WARD CAMERON in episode 206 of OUTER BANKS Cr. JACKSON LEE DAVIS/NETFLIX © 2021

The Key, Denmark Tanny, and the Cross of Monte Cristo

There was a lot happening with this B-plot, which later took over as the main storyline after Ward stole back the gold in the Bahamas. A woman named Carla Limbrey reached out to Pope looking for a key that led to the Cross of Santo Domingo. Pope wasn’t sure what she was talking about initially, but once he found the key in his MeeMaw’s old apartment, he did some digging and found out he was the descendant of Denmark Tanny, a slave who was involved with the sinking of the Royal Merchant. He was the one who hid the gold and the cross, which now belonged to Pope. The cross allegedly held a healing shroud inside, which is why Carla wanted it. However, when she got her hands on it, she was disappointed to learn that the shroud was not inside. 

Upon learning how valuable it was, Rafe and Reid, Carla’s step-brother, stole the cross from Pope and the Pogues. Pope was so fed up with having everything taken from him that he fought back. The cross ended up on the ship, and the Pogues snuck on by hiding in a shipping container. They were so close to stealing the cross back (which honestly, was probably too heavy for them to steal to begin with), but when the plan went sideways, Pope decided that he’d rather dump it in the ocean than let Rafe and the Cameron’s have it. Unfortunately, Rafe and the men on board were able to pull the cross back onto the ship as the Pogues sped off in a lifeboat.

 

Poguelandia

The Pogues docked on an uninhabited island somewhere in the Caribbean where I imagine they will likely recoup and re-strategize. My guess is that when Netflix renews the show for a third season, the fight for the treasure will continue. Pope declared that “it wasn’t over,” and with their motto being “nothing to lose,” I can’t imagine they’ll let this go so easily. The Cameron’s have taken way too much from them already. 

 

John B’s Father Is Alive

In one last shocking twist, Carla Limbrey arrived in Barbados on official Royal Merchant business and confronted John B’s father… who is very much alive. It seems as though he allowed everyone to believe he was dead and hid out on an island plotting his revenge. Like father, like son, right?

The two of them talk about the Cross of Santo Domingo and the cloth with healing powers…. but why? Why is he in cahoots with Carla, a woman who was so willing to screw over his son? Why does he want the cloth?

 

What did you think of the season? What was the most shocking moment in your opinion?


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Will ‘Manifest’ Get a Season 4 After All?

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Merely weeks after the devastating cancellation of NBC’s ManifestTVLine confirms that the network has been in talks with Warner Bros. and Netflix about a possible Season 4. However, reps for NBC, Netflix, and Warner Bros. have refused to comment for now.

Following the news of the supernatural drama’s abrupt ending in mid-June, fans took to social media with the hashtag #SaveManifest in hopes of reversing the decision and getting it picked up by another network.

MANIFEST — Pictured: “Manifest” Key Art — (Photo by: NBC)

After the release of the first two seasons on streaming services, the series quickly dominated the charts. It remained on Netflix’s “Top 10” watched shows for 27 consecutive days and Nielsen’s weekly streaming chart during the week of June 14.

Jeff Rake, Manifest’s showrunner, tweeted in late June, “Your support is awe-inspiring…we’re not giving up. You deserve an end to the story.”

While Rake has not confirmed that another season is officially happening, he did note: “Lots of speculation out there. No comment. Other than, if the impossible happens and the dead rise again, it’s because of YOU.”

Whatever it takes, Rake will even choose to produce a two-hour movie to bring closure to Manifest.

So Manifesters, you’ve been heard, and you can only get louder from here! Will the answers you’ve been waiting for resurface in a possible Season 4 pick-up? Will 828 fly again? 

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‘Feel Good’ Season 2 Packs Quite the Punch

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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.

Mae on Feel Good Season 2

Mae on the phone in rehab on Feel Good Season 2. Credit: Netflix

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.

George, Elliot, Jack, and Mae on Feel Good Season 2.

George, Elliot, Jack, and Mae on a double date on Feel Good Season 2. Credit: Netflix

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 and George in bed on Feel Good Season 2

Mae and George on Feel Good Season 2. Credit: Netflix

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.

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Mae bringing George flowers on Feel Good Season 2. Credit: Netflix

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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