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Ghosts Series Premiere Review – She Can See Us (1×01)

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The fall season ushered in a handful of new pilots including CBS’s Ghosts, an adaptation of the British comedy of the same name.

The premise is fresh and intriguing, so it’s not entirely shocking that CBS wanted to embrace it as an American comedy, but you have to wonder why they chose to blatantly copy the original instead of letting it serve as inspiration. 

I haven’t watched the BBC One sitcom, but based on the trailer, it’s evident that CBS opted for “copy and paste” rather than “making it your own.”

It’s a strange choice considering the original got such astounding reviews. Why mess with perfection? Why remake something that already exists?

Admittedly, however, the Rose McIver-led drama fills a void left behind by The Good Place, yet another brilliant 20-minute existential comedy).

And if there’s anyone who can sell us on the belief that she can see dead people, it’s the woman who ate brains in order to solve crimes on iZombie.

A more perfect role doesn’t exist for McIver, who flawlessly takes on the character of Sam, a young woman who inherits the Woodstone Mansion after the Great Aunt passes away. 

Sam’s impulsive nature tells her to give the rundown home a little TLC and turn it into a bed and breakfast, which doesn’t exactly sit well with her boyfriend Jay. 

He approaches the idea with an open mind, but he’s a bit more realistic in terms of how much TLC this place actually needs.

Old homes mean more repairs, which, in turn, means more money. 

However, his perspective changes when Sam trips over a vase and tumbles down two flights of stairs. 

While she’s in a coma for two weeks, Jay begins to see potential in the old mansion. He consults with a contractor before depleting all of their funds into the property in hopes of eventually turning a profit.

Millennials, that’s what they get for watching so much HGTV, am I right?

Of course, the plan hits an unexpected snag — ghosts. 

When I tell you I’ve never met a more eclectic group, I truly mean it. The ghostly ensemble consists of former residents who have died on the property over the course of several decades.

Issac, the leader of the pack, is a gay colonial soldier. Thor is a bloodthirsty and primitive Viking, while Trevor is a pantsless yuppie. He’s also the most recently dead, so none of the other dated ghosts ever know what he’s referring to when he mentions the internet or Tara Reid. 

It’s a miserable existence that they all brush off with plenty of sarcasm and shenanigans, usually at the expense of what they call “the livings.”

Most of them have an affinity for Sam and Jay, the lovebirds… that is until they hear her idea to turn the place into a hotel.

 Horrified that their home might soon be overrun by people that will cramp their space and worse, walk through them, they decide to “haunt” Sam and Jay. After all, that’s what ghosts do!

Except these ghosts aren’t all that great at haunting, which ultimately leads to Sam’s accident. 

Sam is out of commission for two weeks, which is when we learn that she died for 3 minutes before being resuscitated. 

Her brief brush with death provides her with new and unwanted powers — she’s the first living person that can see the ghosts. 

Sam is basically straddling the line between the living and the dead, which naturally freaks her out.

Screaming at the top of your lungs seems to be the only appropriate reaction to seeing ghosts walk through a wall. 

The accident provides the plot with a lot of potential. 

Obviously, Jay is likely going to think this is a side effect of Sam hitting her head. He might also consider that it’s some kind of mental break. 

Meanwhile, Sam has several options — she can befriend the ghosts, she can try to help them pass on,  or she can decide to sell the property (though it’s unclear if she can see ghosts everywhere or just in the mansion). The possibilities are endless. 

The ghosts are intriguing in their own right because you want to know more about them.

Hetty, for example, is a distinguished woman and Sam’s distant family, but we don’t know what her “powers” are nor do we know how she passed. 

The aforementioned Issac died of dysentery, so his secret weapon is producing foul-smelling gas. Anyone else now wondering if you’ve ever walked through a ghost fart? Same.

Since Thor was struck by lightning, he can manipulate electricity. Meanwhile, Alberta, a Prohibition-era singer in her past life, can project humming into the living world. 

Both Pete and Flower —  the cheerful boy scout killed by a rogue bow-and-arrow (had to hurt!) and the 60s hippie who was mauled by a bear when she wandered onto the property during a bad drug trip —  seem like they’re going to be a handful.

There’s also a headless man, but we don’t really get too much info about him as he loses his head early on and isn’t seen again.

As I said, it’s an eclectic bunch, which will likely be overwhelming for Sam when she realizes she’s the only one that can handle them. 

And while the ghost’s biggest fear was having their space overrun by people, a new fear possibly materializes when they realize Sam can see and hear them.

How will this impact them? Will they be thrilled to have a connection to the living? Or will they use this to their advantage and kick her out?

The pilot is straightforward, cheeky, and balances the right amount of levity against a more serious tone.

Just when you think the whole episode will consist of jokes about seeing dead people, you suddenly find yourself thinking about how short our time on Earth is and the possibility of life after death.

Were you sold on the pilot? Will you be adding Ghosts to your weekly must-watch list?

Read the review of Ghosts Season 1 Episode 2 now!

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Ghosts Season 3 Episode 4 Review – We Finally Know What Happened to Flower



Ghosts Season 3 Episode 4 Review - Halloween 3: The Guest Who Wouldn't Leave

As far as Halloween episodes go, this one was hands-down the winner. Ghosts tapped into all of the elements that bring the spooky fun, even smack-dab in the middle of March. 

One of the more enticing, and likely long-term developments, was that Flower didn’t actually get sucked off, which is why they couldn’t bring her back in the seance, no matter how hard they tried. Thor was determined to reunite with Flower so he could finally tell her that he loved her, but despite their best efforts—using both weed belonging to Flower that her brother sent over and her ring that Jay dug up from the spot where she was brutally attacked by a bear—they weren’t successful. 

No one seemed to understand why they couldn’t summon Flower, but, as audiences soon learned, it’s because she never moved on at all. Instead, she fell down a well, where she’s been trapped this whole time. Who knew that Ghosts could get trapped? Though, I guess if it is within the property line, it’s fair game.

This also confirms many fans’ theories that she’s not really gone while also explaining why there was never really a reason given for her crossing over to the other side. But it does beg the question, who was sucked off? We all saw that bright light. 

And how long will Flower remain in this well until it’s found? Is it someplace that no one visits? And how will they eventually manage to get her out? They can’t exactly throw a rope down there for her to climb up. 

Another key development in the episode was Carol’s death ahead of the Halloween party. The poor lady choked on a donut hole in the same place where her husband met his demise. The worst part is that Sam and Jay were so preoccupied with being good hosts to the party, all the while impressing their friends, and helping the ghosts with the seance, that no one even realized Carol had perished. 

The ghosts were the first to figure it out when Carol began to compliment them on their accurate costumes, but when they tried to warn Sam, she brushed off their “advice” and wouldn’t listen to it as she figured it made her look crazy. What she didn’t know is she was doing a fine job of that on her own, without any help from the ghosts, as she kept talking to Carol in front of her friends, who were concerned and creeped out that Sam was just talking to herself. 

The ghosts decided to keep quiet rather than pester Sam and make her aware—and honestly, I don’t blame them. They were coming from a place of hurt where all of their efforts were dismissed by someone that they trusted. Sam made her bed, and they were letting her sleep in it.

Sasha and Nico eventually find Carol’s body in the kitchen and conjure up a theory that Sam and Jay “took care of her” aka killed her to impress them. Their theory is all but confirmed when Jay walks into the kitchen with a shovel. 

But nothing was better than the moment Sam herself realized that Carol was dead—as terror spread through Sasha and Nico’s face as they tried to make a break for it.

Pete and Carol were finally able to see each other, confirming that there was a new spirit in the house. And while Pete’s a pretty easygoing dude, this is the last person he wants to be around for eternity considering she cheated on him with his best friend. Almost immediately, the two start bickering, which will make for some exciting times in the mansion. It’s unclear how long Carol will stick around, but I’m guessing that once Pete forgives her for her adulteress ways, she’s going to get sucked off. I don’t see her sticking around for the long run—just long enough to shake things up—despite my deep affection for Caroline Aaron. 

This part of Pete’s very painful life needs to be put to rest eventually, though I hope that doesn’t mean he’s going to move on. 

Quite frankly, I think the ghosts are so connected as a group that none of them are going to move on without each other—they’re all in this together and their existence depends on one another.

Plenty of plot twists born from Halloween, but we’d expect nothing less from the inhabitants of the Woodstone Manor. And hopefully, a dead body on the spookiest day of the year only ups their credibility and online ratings. Sasha and Nico had an immersive experience unlike any other. 

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Ghosts Season 3 Premiere Review – [SPOILER] Got Sucked Off



Ghosts Season 3 Premiere Review - The Owl

Ghosts returned after a lengthy hiatus and immediately tackled the burning question of which ghost got “sucked off.”

As you’ll remember, in the final moments of season 2, Jay and Sam saw a white light emitting from the house, indicating that one of the ghosts crossed over. 

Of course, it could’ve just been “one of the basement ghosts,” but the sitcom solidified that it was going to be one of the core ghosts—and after a brief head count, it was revealed that Flower passed on. 

Flower’s “death,” so to speak, had repercussions for the whole house as they’ve all grown rather close over the decades, but it was especially hard on Thor, who developed a romantic relationship with Flower. One might say, the love and care he showed her is what helped her move on, but there’s really nothing anyone can say to help ease Thor’s grief after losing his girlfriend and not getting a chance at saying goodbye. 

Jay, who made it very clear that he still can’t see the ghosts but has a connection with them, tried to comfort Thor with the possibility of reincarnation, but that came back around to bite him rather quickly. He’s truly at a disadvantage since he doesn’t fully grasp the personality of each ghost, so he has to be very careful with what he says. 

When the construction worker ran into a problem at the barn, which Jay is planning to turn into his dream restaurant, it initially seemed like an easy fix—that is until Thor decided that the owl occupying the space must be Flower as they both bonded over owls initially. “Flowl” as they called the bird, became a hot topic in the household, as Jay wanted her removed, while Thor threatened to burn the barn to the ground if they touched his girl.

When “Flowl” began causing problems for the business, Sam and Jay figured it was time to help Thor deal with his grief, and honestly, Jay’s speech about Flower being a free spirit who wouldn’t want to live out her days in a cage was very touching and fitting to who she was as a person.

But Jay also learned the hard way that meddling comes with a price, and letting an owl into freedom means there’s a chance it will come back and claw your eye out. The poor guy suffered so many injuries trying to navigate this tricky situation with the ghosts. 

While all of this was happening, Pete felt bad that the basement ghosts were mad at him, so he invited them all upstairs, which made the whole space feel all too cramped. They stuck around for Flower’s memorial (and it was surprisingly wholesome as they reflected on Flower being one of the only people who was friendly to them), which paid tribute to the loving and non-judgemental woman that she was, but the moment it was over, Cholera Ghost Nancy enacted a plan to get everyone back downstairs once again. 

The house feels so empty without Flower, and while I get the decision behind choosing one of the main 8 for impact, there was never a clear reason why it was her time to move on. I wish there would be a bit more focus behind it (unless the lack of is indicating that she isn’t actually gone). As I mentioned previously, it could be because of the love she experienced with Thor (finally opening herself up to a person after the loss of her former boyfriend that she grieved for so long), but he couldn’t recall saying anything pivotal to her, so it remains unclear.

I will remind you all of one of the golden TV rules—if you don’t see a body, don’t believe the murder happened. In this case, we didn’t see Flower get “sucked off,” so there’s always a slight chance she’s still around, napping somewhere, or lost on the property, which wouldn’t be surprising in the slightest. I was fully expecting her to waltz in during the memorial, quite honestly. If Flower really is gone—and it’s a bummer because she was one of the only ghosts in a relationship and one that had major character development last season— it’s a huge loss, but with Ghosts, anything is possible, so maybe they’ll be able to summon her in the future to get some closure. 

What did you think of the Ghosts Season 3 premiere episode? Are you bummed that Flower was “killed off”?

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Ghosts Season Finale Recap – [Spoiler] Gets Engaged (222)



Ghosts Season 2 Finale Recap The Heir

We were on the brink of an emotionally touching season 2 finale of Ghosts when all of a sudden—bam—a cliffhanger no one saw coming, though, a moment we’ve been dreading since bonding with the ghosts.

On Ghosts Season 2 Episode 22, Sam and Jay fought to keep the Woodstone Mansion after a woman named Kelsey arrived claiming to be the daughter of David Woodstone and therefore, the rightful heir to the fortune. 

In one moment, Sam’s whole life came tumbling down as she faced the possibility of losing the ghosts forever. 

A DNA test later confirmed that Kelsey was telling the truth, which meant that they would be forced to move out of the B&B and give it all up to her. 

And that’s when being able to see ghosts actually came in handy. When Jay mentioned that David knocked up Kelsey’s mom, an exotic dancer, at Scores, Trevor immediately shut down the possibility by explaining that his buddy was banned from the establishment. 

With reasonable doubt at play, Sam and Jay decided to get the truth directly from the source: David himself. It was a long shot, sure, but when they rolled up to the gentleman’s club where he died (he had an aneurysm with his head stuck between two boobs in case you’re curious!), they found him still stuck between worlds… though he was certain that spending eternity at a strip club was pure heaven so there’s that. 

David then confirmed that there was no way Kelsey was his daughter because he was sterile, or, as he so classy explained it, “shooting blanks.” 

Armed with the truth, Sam and Jay confronted Kelsey, who ended up cracking and revealing that the Woodstone estate attorney was the mastermind of the plan. With his gambling debts looming large and a massive offer from the Four Seasons to buy the mansion, he decided to trick Sam and Jay into essentially giving up the house. What a sneaky snake. 

If it wasn’t for the ghosts, Trevor in particular, they would’ve never even known that they were being played. 

Nearly losing something—or someone—you love always puts things into perspective, so Sam was feeling a bit sentimental and reminisced on how much the ghosts meant to her. They were her family who have seen her go through the good times and the bad. Even Jay has bonded with them in some way, though it’s unfortunate that he misses so much of the action because he can’t see them. 

And at that moment, the cliffhanger of all cliffhanger’s happened as one of the ghosts got sucked off! The look of sheer horror on Sam’s face seems to be cause for concern, but the truth is, there are so many ghosts living inside that mansion that it doesn’t have to be any of the core ghosts. 

I can’t imagine that the creative forces would want to eliminate one of the ghosts just as the series is finding its groove and entering its prime. 

Then again, they have all been growing and becoming better humans, and that means that eternity isn’t exactly forever.

Alberta finally forgave Hetty for keeping the identity of her killer secret. Hetty thought she was doing the right thing by protecting her son, but she now saw the error of her ways and realized she did her friend a huge disservice. Alberta wanted “blood,” but when the Ghost Court ruled to banish Hetty to the forest, she couldn’t imagine a life without her. Maybe that was the outstanding issue keeping Albert and Hetty tied to the mortal coil. 

There’s also Isaac, who finally took the next big step in his relationship with Nigel by proposing to him! While this is obviously cause for celebration, it might also be what sets Isaac free as he’s struggled with accepting his sexuality through much of his post-death life. Or it could be Nigel, which would be a bummer for Isaac as he finally opened up to someone and entrusted them with his heart. 

At any rate, it could be any of the ghosts, but I don’t want to panic prematurely. This could all be a false alarm! 

Other Thoughts

  • Now that Isaac is $10k richer, he can definitely afford the King-sized bed!
  • Thor’s comment hoping that David didn’t get “sucked off” at the Gentleman’s Club is one of the reasons Ghosts is the best comedy on television.
  • Why would Jay think eating strip club sushi was a good idea? And why didn’t the ghost who died after eating it warn Sam?
  •  Jay saying he hopes Trevor was the ghost that got sucked off is just cruel. 

Ghosts has one of the greatest ensemble casts with every single actor really coming into their character this season. I can’t wait to see what the third season has in store for us! 

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