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iZombie – Bye, Zombie (5×12)

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Now, that’s how you do a penultimate episode!

The end is near for iZombie, but New Seattle may live to see another day.

The keyword here is may. 

Ravi, Clive and Liv teamed up for their most exciting mission to date — to retrieve the tainted Utopium from Atlanta in order to create the cure save New Seattle once and for all.

What seemed like a mission impossible turned into mission possible.

Loaded up on criminal and acrobat brains, they executed their master plan flawlessly with the help of Clive as Clooney.

Every week, this trio delivers outstanding performances, but ‘Bye, Zombie’ was especially demanding and their performances were award-worthy.

I’ve never seen someone master a Russian accent as flawlessly as Ravi did.

But all of their law-breaking and sacrifice mean nothing if Major, who has been ousted as leader of Fillmore Graves by dictator Enzo, doesn’t deliver the second necessary part of the cure, the Max Rager that’s being housed at the Fillmore Graves warehouses.

Related: iZombie – Killer Queen (5×11)

That’s right — in a stunning twist of events, Major is no longer the most powerful man in Seattle.

With danger looming at every corner, he’s the one with the biggest target on his back.

What made this episode so successful was that the stakes were higher than they’ve ever been.

Our main characters were risking it all and not thinking twice about it.

Even the secondary characters found themselves in unsettling situations as unrest began brewing.

The war that has been teased for much of iZombie Season 5 between humans and zombies finally came to fruition thanks to Durkins and Enzo.

Are you all happy now? You got what you wanted.

Durkins armed her Dead Enders with weapons distributed by General Mills thus provoking the zombies to revolt.

Major wanted to keep the peace and avoid war at all costs, but his level-headed approach didn’t sit well with his team.

Major’s heart was in the right place but he needed to instill some kind of moral in his team.

Many of them betrayed him earlier in the season because they wanted him to have a stronger stance and protect their own kind.

However, Enzo’s idea of fighting terror with terror is only causing panic and chaos.

After their truck hit an explosive, Enzo’s team recruited the remaining Fillmore Graves soldiers and offered them a chance to live and fight for zombie kind.

Sadly, they all turned their backs on Major.

He managed to escape for now, but it’s not looking too good for him.

Considering he agreed to help Liv and Ravi complete the cure and save mankind, it’s very likely that he’s going to die while breaking into Fillmore Graves.

Then, there’s the kiss that should have happened eons ago.

Liv’s relationship with Major has also gone through plenty of phases. Fans have even questioned whether or not these two would ever find their way back to each other.

With everything on the line, Liv and Major finally made their feelings for each other known, which means that there’s a high probability he’ll die in a selfless way.

It would be a shame for Liv to lose yet another boyfriend, but we can’t argue with the numbers.

Major’s also the guy with nine lives. Somehow, after everything he’s been through, he’s still alive. If this is demise, well, he’s already lasted longer than expected.

Liv and Ravi need to create the cure as soon as possible if they want any chance at saving Seattle.

There’s one of two options: the zombies are going to destroy all the inhabitants and run out of brains or the government will nuke the city. Either way, it’s not looking too good.

Enzo’s broadcast proved he’s not going to follow rules like Major — scratching the zombies and demonstrating their new “zombie soldiers” was a pointed way of saying that anything goes.

It’s a major threat to humankind.

While Seattle is quite literally combusting, Blaine’s still got money on his mind.

The poor Freylich kids that he believes are his property are the only cure available at the moment.

Considering zombies are the stronger species, I don’t think there’s much of a market for zombies wanting to turn back into humans.

But I guess that doesn’t matter because for Blaine it’s more about pride.

What makes Blaine such a fantastic villain — listen up, Jane the Virgin and your weak portrayal of Rose, the season’s longest-running villain — is that there are glimpses of good in him.

He’s likable, he’s funny, and at times, reasonable, yet he won’t hesitate to shoot someone point-blank.

It’s a dangerous combo and one that even blindsided poor Peyton.

Peyton seemed to believe in him up until this very last moment when he ambushed her at Renegade’s hiding spot.

It was clear then that there was no getting through to Blaine because he’d already gone off the deep end.

He wanted what’s his; this was his survival mode.

And that doesn’t bode well for Peyton or the kiddos.

What will Blaine do to her?

Will Ravi save her in the knick of time?

And why the hell wasn’t she armed if she was the only lookout for such a controversial figure in Seattle?

With the war between zombies and humans becoming more prevalent than ever, it’s easy to look at the cure as a good idea.

But reality set in when Clive and Liv established that it would mean Liv would no longer be his brain-eating sidekick.

These two were such a dynamic duo, and though Liv’s zombieism initially felt like a burden, she used it for good. She cracked murders and elevated herself as a zombie who helped others by smuggling them into Seattle and saving their lives with a scratch.

What does her life and her relationship with Clive look like post-zombie?

Other Thoughts

  • I’m surprised Ravi didn’t make a replica of the tainted Utopium before sending it off to Saxon at the CDC. It’s unlike him to just trust someone to do what needed to be done.
  • Charming Clive really is the Clooney we all needed. Did you see him bust those moves and seduce Darcy?
  • I’m truly scared for Dale. Imagine being pregnant in a city filled with monsters who are ready to eat your brain.
  • Ravi’s burn to Blaine about being the man that’s going to marry Peyton Charles was surprisingly satisfying.
  • I also couldn’t believe that Major wasn’t trying to stop Liv’s mission.
  • Ravi in full-rage mode is a sight to behold. He’s been holding out on us.

What did you think of the penultimate episode of iZombie?

Are you ready to say goodbye?

What do you think will happen?

Will Seattle be spared? Will Ravi create the cure? Will Peyton and Ravi get married? Will Liv get her happy ending with Major or will he die?

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Grey’s Anatomy – Back in the Saddle (16×02)

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Unfortunately, this week was a lackluster episode for Grey’s. This isn’t surprising considering the season premiere was such a huge event for us all.

Mer’s still on trash pick-up duty, Alex and Richard are still trying to maintain a semblance of normalcy at their new hospital, and Bailey’s back to teaching after Katherine demoted her.

Oh, but hey Jo’s back and better than ever, and she’s a hot commodity! She’s already looking better, and back to her chipper-self with the help of Alex. Already throwing out ultimatums to Bailey and making herself a general surgeon. Good on you Jo! Show them what you’re worth.

While Jo’s rising the ranks, the other interns are fighting to be the next Alex and Meredith. Meredith is now pulling an Izzie and Heather Brooks, helping desperate patients in the parking lot of the hospital.

We love a woman who puts her career at risk to help the less fortunate, and apparently, Andrew does too, “You’re just very very sexy when you’re about to burn your whole life down.”

She successfully pulls the assistance of Schmidt and Avery to diagnose her parole officer’s lymph node cancer. And, she’s working on publishing her findings of the lack of health insurance for the lower class. No matter what, you can’t stop Meredith Grey from working!

Addressing current nationwide issues is Grey’s forte. With the future election on the horizon, the question of healthcare is a huge cause for concern for many of the middle and lower classes. It’ll be interesting to see how the show lays out the foundation of this issue while the democratic debates continue doing the same. Maybe Shonda is a fortune teller and knows the fate of our nation, that would be no surprise.

Meanwhile, Amelia’s struggling with the decision of whether to terminate the pregnancy. She tells Link about the pregnancy and he’s stunned. They both have challenges with their past and fear bringing a child into the world. Link’s fears are too wholesome, and thankfully Jo helped him realize that he would make a great father. The child better have his hair!

It may appear the show enjoys throwing around pregnancy announcements like they do unsuspecting deaths, but this one is different. Though, they better not throw in a plot twist and tell us it’s Owen’s because then we’ll be having a hissy fit. Amelia’s tragedy with Christopher left her with a lot of grief, so we hope this is an easy pregnancy, drama free.

Link’s stable for her, and she deserves stability.

Teddy’s lack of visibility must be attributed to an underlying reason from her portraying actress Kim Raver. Any news? All I can say is I miss Teddy.

The conflict between Tom and Owen is elementary, but Tom has every right to be angry with Owen. Owen just comes in after breaking Teddy’s heart time after time. There can’t be more drama for Owen and Teddy, otherwise, that would just be mean.

Poor Tom trying to assert his dominance as Owen’s boss, and by the end, he’s the one on his knees. Certainly, Owen had the help of the defibrillator to accidentally shock Tom to his knees, ouch.

Tom’s restraining order against Owen is extremely excessive but again warranted. At least he’s not taking his anger out on Teddy.

Richard’s mini sentimental monologue to Alex about why Grey Sloan Memorial is his home is worthy of a final scene voiceover. I felt that one close to my heart.

The separation in hospitals is like a spoof of earlier seasons with the battle against Mercy West. How long is this going to last? I’m not a huge fan of the split storylines.

What do you think is next for the doctors? Will Meredith’s license be taken away? How will Alex and Richard eventually return to the hospital? And is Link really the father of Amelia’s child?

Please leave your thoughts below!

Additional Sidenotes:

  • Damn Maggie, tell us how you really feel. Maggie’s really going downhill since her relationship with Jackson, but it looks like Jackson’s really on the uprise with Vic.
  • #Freedom, iconic and classic.
  • Ranked number one in mortality rate, patient dissatisfaction, and facilities. What a sad result for Alex and Richard.
  • Pretty sure texting a guy to drop a pregnancy announcement is already a thing.
  • “We’d make an amazing kid and I kinda want to meet that kid.”
  • Helm’s old crush on Meredith has manifested into wanting to now become Meredith! “I’m so Meredith Grey.”
  • When did that room become a plant room? Wasn’t it originally just a blank room for relaxation? Either way, I want one!
  • “I’m really sorry to bother you but I think that guy’s dead.”
  • Grey’s Happy Patient Tally continues with a total of 3!

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Emergence – Camera Wheelbarrow Tiger Pillow (1×02)

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Emergence Camera Wheelbarrow Tiger Pillow Review

The mystery surrounding Piper thickens on Emergence Season 1 Episode 2 as we try to figure out who she is, where she came from, and who is after her.

There’s a great deal of suspense as Jo, Chris, and even Benny, peel back the layers of the mysterious plane crash and its lone survivor.

But this is one mystery that we’re not going to be able to crack alone.

It ‘s almost better to sit back and enjoy the episode for what it is than try to figure out what’s happening.

The plot remains vague but that’s on purpose — we’ll get all the answers when the time is right.

We could wrack our brains coming up with theories, but what’s that going to do for us?

We know a lot, but we don’t know enough to back up any of our theories.

For Emergence to remain as intriguing throughout the season as it was on Emergence Season 1 Episode 1, it has to keep some of its cards close to the chest.

Read the full TV Fanatic review HERE!

 

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Grand Hotel – Art of Darkness (1×11)

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Grand Hotel Art of Darkness Review

Finding the truth about what happened to Sky was a false alarm on Grand Hotel’s “Art of Darkness.”

While we’re all dying to know what happened to Danny’s sister, revealing that she was part of Theresa’s prostitution ring wouldn’t have been a good choice for the series.

The appeal is the mystery of the Riviera Grand, the secrets that are being kept by the hotel’s owners and staff, and of course, what happened to Sky.

If Danny were to find his sister two-episodes before the finale, it would ruin the momentum and give us no reason to watch till the end let alone a second season.

Not to mention it wouldn’t be believable.

Sky’s been described as somewhat of a firecracker. Whatever happened to her was a result of her finding out or knowing too much.

She wouldn’t just allow herself to be pimped out by Theresa all this time.

And though Theresa’s been calling the shots for quite some time, it’s been made very clear that whatever happened to Sky involved Mateo and Santiago.

Now we know that whatever happened to Sky also involved the mysterious room 606 where Caroline and Yoli were hiding their father, Felix, and where Beatriz’s “accident” happened.

Obviously, the word accident is in quotation marks because it’s clear that Beatriz’s death wasn’t caused by a heart attack like we’ve been led to believe.

Considering Yoli said Sky was the only other person who had a key, it’s safe to assume she knew what really happened and threatened to expose the killer.

When Javi found out about the abandoned hotel, it triggered a childhood memory for him. In it, Beatriz snuck him away to the room and begged him not to tell his father about it.

Based on the memory, Beatriz seemed terrified of what Santiago would do.

That is if she’s referring to Santiago as Javi’s father.

Alicia didn’t recall the room at first but while going through the family photo albums, she recalled one time when she was riding her tricycle and she saw both Santiago and Gigi keeping Beatriz a prison.

Again, based on the memory, Beatriz looked terrified.

The most obvious guess is that she was a drug addict and both her husband and her best friend were trying to help her secretly get clean while protecting the children.

Grand Hotel Art of Darkness Review

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However, Beatriz didn’t look to be high on drugs in Alicia’s memory, which makes the situation all the more curious.

There’s also Gigi’s reaction to finding out Yoli was having an affair with Sky in room 606 before her disappearance.

Panicked, Gigi runs into the room looking for something. What does she think Sky found inside?

And how is this connected to the chat Gigi had with Sky just before she disappeared?

This also begs the question: what is the connection between Beatriz and Sky?

After the cops raided Theresa’s “art show,” Mateo helped her escape through the backdoor.

But proving his loyalty wasn’t his attempt at getting back into her good graces.

Instead, Mateo buttered her up just enough so she’d let him in and then he attempted to kill her realizing he’d never be free of her otherwise.

You saw how Theresa treated Santiago when he tried to pay back the debt in full.

Getting all her money isn’t beneficial — she wants the assets and the access to the Riviera Grand. It was never about money.

The gunshot clearly went off, but we’re not sure who pulled the trigger.

Mateo has presumably killed before, but did he have it in him to kill the woman who saved him?

Did Theresa grab hold of the gun and kill Mateo?

Was it a blank bullet?

I’d like to believe Mateo took care of the problem for everyone, but killing a villain is never that easy.

 

Other Riviera Grand Musings

  • Byron is back and he has Carolina wrapped around his finger… again. It’s highly unlikely that he doesn’t have ulterior motives. What decent and self-respecting man would go back to the woman who cheated on him the night before the wedding?
  • Alicia is realizing that Danny was right about the hotel’s money problems after she confronts her father who admits their indebted to some dangerous people. There’s still undeniable chemistry between Danny and Alicia and once she realizes the only thing Danny didn’t lie about was his feelings for her, she’ll forgive him. Plus, he brought up a valid point: what would she do if someone in her family mysteriously vanished?
  • Jason and Vanessa are cute, but they don’t have staying power. Ingrid’s jealousy was upsetting considering all the damage she’s already done to the people at the Riviera Grand, but thankfully, Mrs. P checked her real quick. Still, I see her and Jason becoming a couple very soon.
  • Gigi had me just as fooled as she had Felix when she accompanied him to the Bahamas. But alas, she ventured out there simply to cozy up to him, drug him, and take the money he said he put into a bank account for her. Her intentions were always to help Santiago, but she was more inclined when she realized he was willing to risk the hotel to get back into her good graces. They’re stronger together.
  • Danny’s a terrible spy. About 5 seconds into the party, I figured out what kind of party it was. Yes, eventually he saved a bunch of girls from sex trafficking, but I’m calling that a lucky break.

What did you think of this week’s Grand Hotel?

Be sure to tweet ABC to let them know you want to renew the series!

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