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‘Love, Victor’ Season 2 Dials Up the Drama

Victor and Benji on Love Victor. Credit: Hulu.

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Hulu dropped Season 2 of Love Victor on June 11th, wasting no time to dial up the drama. Its first season held a steady trajectory, building the blocks and setting up the characterizations well. And its latest installment took the relay baton and ran with it, leaving a trail of beautifully evolving characters and infuriating storylines.

Season 2 opened just where we left off with Victor’s parents discussing their separation. And then the big news, Victor finally comes out as gay.

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Victor and Benji on Love Victor. Credit: Hulu.

Now that the news is out, the real drama ensues. With summer coming to an end, Benji and Victor’s bubble of romance is about to burst. It’s time for Victor to disclose his truth to the rest of the school. However, his mother Isabel’s struggle to accept her son’s sexuality messes with his confidence, and he ends up lying to his teammates about why he and Mia broke up.

As a show focused on highlighting the specific challenges of queer people of color, religion plays a large part in Isabel’s challenge in accepting Victor’s news. It’s refreshing to see a new perspective, especially since the movie Love, Simon that the show is based on already focuses on a white family and the white narrative.

She’s not subtle with her discomfort around Benji, causing a rift in Victor and Benji’s relationship. The happy couple wasn’t given much time in their summer of romance.

While Benji and Victor’s happiness seems to be drifting away, Rahim, a friend of Pilar’s, enters the equation. Rahim, another gay boy who has yet to come out to his Muslim family, bonds with Victor after their shared reality of having traditional parents.

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Victor and Isabel on Love, Victor Season 2. Credit: Hulu

The drama of a love triangle is always welcome, but I don’t think Rahim was particularly the best person for the job. The writers should’ve kept their friendship platonic. Not every gay person is attracted to each other!

Benji and Victor’s conflict is strong enough on its own. They didn’t need to throw in a third person to drive the storyline. Also, Felix, Pilar, and Lake’s love triangle fills that requirement.

Felix was finally given much more depth this season. Rather than solely playing a faithful comedic sidekick to Victor, he received his own storyline that provided his character much more dimension.

Little was revealed about Felix’s home life prior, but a bulk of this season gave way to his vulnerabilities. His mother struggles with manic depression leading to unpaid rent and neglect.

Rahim at his locker

Rahim on Love, Victor Season 2. Credit: Hulu

He’s able to hide it only for so long. But, while he’s stressing to write other kids’ papers to make enough to cover rent, Lake assumes he’s blowing her off without realizing the gravity of his situation.

Once he opens up to her, she feels helpless and turns to her mother for help. Unfortunately, there’s no easy way to help someone who doesn’t want help.

His mother is put on a mental health hold, separating her and Felix.

For a wholesome show like a better-performed and better-edited Disney series, they included heavy storylines and emotional topics maturely and thoughtfully. Especially when dealing with Felix’s mother’s mental health.

Feeling betrayed by Lake, Felix breaks up with her. Though his anger is valid, Lake ultimately did the right thing, and apparently, Felix’s mother believed so too.

Felix and Pilar sitting on the couch

Felix and Pilar on Love, Victor Season 2. Credit: Hulu

During Felix’s breakup, he becomes close with Pilar, who realizes she has feelings for him. The two flip the bad boy and good girl trope on its head, with Felix filling in as the good boy and Pilar as the angsty teen.

A guy like Felix is good for Pilar, but I’m still extremely upset about his split with Lake. The only thing saving this are the hints at Lake’s sexuality, as she was left flirting with Lucy, Andrew’s ex-girlfriend.

Can this show get gayer? I guess the writers are toying with that idea.

Meanwhile, Mia’s having a hard time with feelings of abandonment. After Victor withheld his gay awakening and left her for Benji, she’s left to make sense of things independently.

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Benji and Victor on Love, Victor Season 2. Credit: Hulu

A recurring theme of not-enoughness leaves Mia’s trajectory stunted most of the season. Her father, Harold, and his new wife, Veronica, are preparing for the new baby and decide they’re moving the family to California so that Harold can pursue his dream job.

Mia is left questioning whether her father will ever choose her over his career. So, she leaves his wedding in a getaway car with Andrew, making the executive decision to visit her long-lost mother.

Since Victor and Benji are on a break due to much more than Isabel’s cold shoulder, Victor decides to take Rahim as his date to the wedding. As they’re hand-in-hand dancing together, Benji appears.

Immediately he turns away, and Victor’s left running after him. Benji walks away and Rahim tells Victor that what they have is more than friendship. The big cliffhanger of the season is whether or not Victor chooses Benji or Rahim.

Victor and Felix at the wedding.

Felix and Victor at the wedding on Love, Victor Season 2. Credit: Hulu

The final scene is Victor taking an uber to an unknown address and knocking on an unknown door, smiling and greeting an unseen face with a “hey.”

Love, Victor is surely making its way as a powerful show, providing important diversity to difficult issues. And while we have a year to wait to find out if Victor’s chosen Rahim or Benji, we can rewatch Season 2 with adoring eyes knowing each character’s finding their way in this coming-of-age dramedy.

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Supergirl Review – Love Totem and Romantic Proposal (6×17)

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Supergirl Review I Believe In A Thing Called Love Season 6 Episode 17

Love was in the air on Supergirl Season 6 Episode 17. 

The only saving grace for the episode was Lex Luthor’s return and Alex and Kelly’s engagement!

Supergirl may have suggested that Nyxly is the biggest threat they’ve faced to date, but I just don’t find that to be true. However, Nyxly with an assist from Lex and his ability to time travel? That’s a different story. 

Lex Luthor has never been a man who considered anyone else but himself, but his return to help Nyxyly is triggered by his love for her. Yes, Lex Luthor has puppy dog eyes for Nyxly. Or, as Otis put it, he’s “smitten.”

I couldn’t help but laugh at all the times Lex found himself uttering “I love you” as the present-day version of Nyxly pushed him away. 

Nyxly wasn’t interested in Lex’s help since she only saw him as an arrogant and manipulative man just like her father and brother, but Lex was determined to help her in any way he could in hopes of changing the future and saving her from her future demise. 

Lex eventually confirms that while Nyxly gets the AllStone and her revenge, it destroys her. 

Since he loves her, he decided to travel back in time to help her get it the right way. 

It’s honestly a different look for Lex, but it makes me slightly more invested in this Totem drama. 

And that’s even more true when the Love Totem is destroyed and Lex — who pulls Nyxly into the future in order to protect her from the Super Squad’s humanity spell — reveals that it’ll respawn in a new shell with the same energy. 

In the final moments, we see the Totem show up as a sort of tattoo on Esme’s back, which ups the stakes quite substantially. 

Esme is the cutest and sweetest little girl. She’s Alex and Kelly’s pride and joy, so naturally, they’ll do anything to protect her. 

However, two villains such as Lex and Nyxyly won’t think twice about destroying her. 

Love was in the air on Supergirl Season 6 Episode 17. 

Supergirl — “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” — Image Number: SPG617fg_0043r — Pictured (L-R): Azie Tesfai as Kelly Olsen and Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers — Photo: The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

It’s gearing up for a really intense battle. From the looks of it, the only way to bring down Luthor and Nyxly is to destroy them first. 

Will the series end with Lex Luthor’s demise?

If the Super Squad can figure out why Lex’s decision to forego grabbing the Love Totem was so irrational, they might get a leg up on them as well. 

The good thing is that Lex isn’t the only person with connections to the future. Brainy can also tap into the knowledge the Legion has, and this time, he’ll be kept in line by his team. 

I hope that all of this Nyxyly and Lex drama doesn’t keep Alex and Kelly from planning their perfect wedding. 

With just three episodes to go, Alex is getting everything she’s ever wanted out of life, and it’s really awesome to finally see it pan out after all these years. 

We’re going to a wedding!!

How sweet was it that Kelly and Alex both thought about proposing in the same way on the same day?

Their relationship is proof that there is something to fight for amongst all the chaos and darkness. They are the light. 

I wasn’t as invested in the whole Supergirl, J’onn, and Lena storyline, but I’m glad they all faced their fears and came out on top. 

Supergirl and Lena, specifically, had a lot to work through when it came to Lex’s return, but they pulled through for each other. 

Lena is finally free from his grasp; she no longer cares about what he thinks of her, and he no longer has a stronghold over her. 

Her character growth has really been exceptional these past few seasons. I’m glad she’s fully on board with the Super Squad, and it’s awesome to see her embracing her magic and giving it her all. 

Science and magic can co-exist, it seems. 

Andrea wanted William to get the scoop about Lex Luthor’s return, but he didn’t want to run the story without proof. 

When William didn’t pull through, Andrea decided to channel Arcata and sneak into the Luthor Mansion to get proof herself. Will she out his love for Nyxly to the world?

Meanwhile, William was meeting with Otis at the time, which honestly seems like a bad idea. 

William continues to be included in the episodes, and he has one foot in with the Super Squad, but it’s not entirely clear what the purpose of his character is. 

He gave Alex a speech about embracing love before it’s too late, but does that mean he’s going to tell Kara that he’s in love with her?

If he’s not going to be her love interest, what’s the point of keeping him so involved?

What did you think of the episode?


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La Brea Review – The Fort (1×05)

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La Brea Review The Fort Season 1 Episode 5

We don’t know much more about the people living in the little manmade village, but what we do know is that they are armed and dangerous. 

On La Brea Season 1 Episode 5, Eve and Levi’s team explored the manmade fort in hopes of finding answers or literally any insight into how they might possibly get out of 10,000 B.C.

Spoiler alert – there doesn’t seem to be a way out. The “signal” they were picking up on was a to be a dead-end as it belonged to a now-dead man (one of the men that Levi was looking for as part of his mission). His death seemed to be in the same manner as Eddies, and he looks to have been used as some kind of sacrifice, which raises a lot more questions about the Vikings (I’m calling them that) in the village. 

Aside from that, they also learned the hard way that the Vikings are very territorial upon seeing people pretty much break into their homes. Go figure, 

One of the strangest parts about all of it was that these people spoke English, which doesn’t actually jive with history, as Scott pointed out. 

These people, much like our survivors that fell through the La Brea sinkhole, shouldn’t be here. 

So, why are they? And what do they know?

And why is the grandfather killing people when his little adorable nephew went out of his way to help Eve and Levi escape?

What a little boss! 

I wish they all just talked it out instead of resorting to bows and spears, but hopefully, that’ll come soon enough. 

It’s only a matter of time before we find out more about these early settlers, including the woman who gave them the A-ok to escape.

If I had to guess, they all fell through a similar sinkhole and simply assimilated.

But what does that mean for the rescue crew that Dr. Sophia wants to find? If one of those team members was found dead in the village, the outlook for the rest seems pretty grim.

There are plenty of questions being raised, but the fact that we’re not getting all the answers outright isn’t entirely a bad thing since the plot continues to move at a comfortable pace. We’re learning more, we’re seeing progress in both timelines, and we’re getting some solid character development to make up for it.

The whole show may be hinged on the mystery of the sinkhole, but the mystery isn’t carrying the show; we’re invested in multiple parts. 

The most infuriating part was how everyone decided that the best time to have deep and meaningful conversations was while they were infiltrating the fort. 

Like, really, you guys can’t talk anywhere else?

Those chit-chats got the best of Lucas and Scott, who were ambushed by two of the Viking men while coming to blows over the missing heroine.

At this point, can Lucas just let it go? Where is he planning to sell these drugs in 10K B.C? It’s one of the more absurd plots, which is a bummer because Scott and Lucas’s characters have a great vibe. They know who to play off of one another in such a way that makes them scene-stealers.

Thankfully, after the riveting adventure, everyone made it out alive and back to base camp. 

Eve and Levi got in their feelings after she said she wished she was the one to tell Gavin about their relationship. 

The guilt was consuming her, especially as she knew Gavin was doing everything in his power to bring them home. 

But while she seems to feel terrible for not believing Gavin about his visions all these years, I don’t think that they will reconcile. She’s clearly emotionally involved with Levi, and he obviously loves her back. Those feelings don’t just wither away. Am I a bad person for rooting for Levi?

Riley and Josh also bonded and a romance is on the horizon. 

I guess surviving Vikings, saber-tooth tigers, and more has a way of bonding people. 

Back at base camp, Sam and Ty tried their best to get information out of Lily about the man who murdered Eddie. 

It was very obvious that Lily knew more than she was letting on, and she wanted to tell him despite the orders Veronica was barking at her. 

La Brea Review The Fort Season 1 Episode 5

LA BREA — “The Fort” Episode 105 — Pictured: (l-r) Zyra Gorecki as Izzy Harris, Eoin Macken as Gavin Harris — (Photo by: Sarah Enticknap/NBC)

The whole dynamic between Veronica and Lily was suss the whole time, so I’m really happy Ty picked up on that and pressed further. 

Eventually, Lily realized that Ty was someone she could trust, so she came clean about the fact that Veronica kidnapped her a few years ago.

Veronica needs to go. Let her be the sacrificial lamb when the time comes. 

I know we’ll probably get some backstory about how she probably couldn’t have kids and wanted a family, so she decided to kidnap Lily,  but honestly, there’s nothing that could redeem her in my eyes. 

Kidnapping is kidnapping no matter how you splice it. 

Back at home, things were just as chaotic.

Gavin was trying to see if Izzy would be cool with him flying into the sinkhole.

The answer was obviously “no” because she’s already lost her whole family, but it was also a difficult decision to make considering that if he didn’t, she would lose any chance of possibly getting her whole family back.

It didn’t help that Dr. Rebecca Aldridge lied to them about the mission and what was at stake. 

At this point, since everything is time-sensitive, everyone needs to be upfront about the dangers. How can you expect anyone to make a life-altering decision without knowing all the facts?

Dangerous situation #1: there’s a huge probability that the government will shoot down their aircraft while they are descending into the sinkhole. 

Dangerous situation #2: there’s a threat of the sinkhole closing once they successfully make it down there. 

Again, Gavin should’ve been told that there was a small window of opportunity for this rescue mission. 

He was hesitant, understandably, considering the odds of success are slim to none, but at least he could make the choice knowing all the outcomes. 

Rebecca didn’t want to scare Gavin away but he doesn’t strike me as the kind of person to sit around and wait while his wife and son are in danger.

And after she showed him Eve’s letter that the crew dug up, there was no way he wouldn’t sacrifice everything when she instilled so much confidence in him. 

I love that Rebecca has a whole crew working to unearth items belonging to the survivors and that they’ve at least discovered a way to communicate, even if it is one-sided.  It’s a long shot for Eve since she doesn’t know if anyone is even looking for any “artifacts,” but it’s definitely clever on her part considering Gavin found her ring. 

It’s unclear how Rebecca is able to do all of this without triggering any government involvement. How does she have the funds? Or better yet, who is funding all of this?

Dr. Nathan explained that she had a personal stake in the mission, which explains why she decided to go rogue, but now that Markman figured out that she’s up to something, it’s not clear if she’ll be able to hold things down long enough for Gavin and Rebecca to successfully fly into the sinkhole. 

It makes sense as to why the government pulled out of the mission. The threat of another major earthquake could cause Los Angeles to fall off the map, and in the grand scheme of things, they have to protect the majority over the minority that fell through. 

But since this isn’t the first sinkhole to have opened up either, you would think the government would be more ardent about getting to the bottom of the mystery… quite literally. If there’s a way to do it safely, why not run all the possibilities and give it a try?

Will Gavin and Rebecca successfully travel in time? Will they provide a way out of there for all the trapped souls?

And will they locate the other rescue team? I’m sure Dr. Sophia’s fiancee is still out there somewhere!

What did you think of the episode?

And don’t forget to check out our review of The CW’s latest time-traveling sci-fi series 4400 right here


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4400 Series Premiere Review – Past Is Prologue (1×01)

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Another mystery has hit primetime television. 

4400 on The CW is a reboot of The 4400 that aired back in 2004, and while it’s unclear how much the two shows will have in common, the one common denominator seems to be that a whole lot of missing people have traveled to the present-day and are being held against their will by the government. 

Time travel isn’t exactly a new trope, but it’s one that continues to be explored as provides plenty of riveting storylines, especially when looked at through a lens of present-day realities. 

Much like on Manifest, the “returned” appeared in the present day, they haven’t aged a day, they don’t know what happened to them, and many either don’t understand their newfound powers/ don’t even know they possess powers. 

In the original, the returned were thrust into the future by a comet, so it’s possible that the green light they all reported seeing (just like the one we’ve seen on La Brea) is a side-effect of a comet as well. Only time will tell if that’s the case or if there’s something more sinister or otherworldly at play. At one point, one of the government agents reveals the pentagon is looping in NASA, so there’s definitely an inkling that this could be extraterrestrial. 

Much of the pilot’s focus is on Shanice, a new mom who is pulled into the future from 2003 on her way to work at a law firm. It’s her first day back from maternity leave, but she never makes it. Instead, she finds herself in 2021 and desperately wanting to get back to her loving husband and 4-month-old baby. 

Once she is able to escape captivity thanks to a young girl from the 70s named Mildred who seems to have some kind of special mind control powers, she gets help from a social worker named Jharrel. 

Unfortunately, tracking down her family isn’t the heartfelt reunion she assumed it would be. While virtually no time has passed for her, in her family’s eyes, it has been 16 long years. Her husband, Logan, has remarried, and her baby is now a teenager who never knew her mother. 

The scene stings, as it’s meant to. You can’t blame them for moving on, but you kind of want to.

And that sadness is just one glimpse into what a collection of people may have lost. 

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4400 — “Past is Prologue” — Image Number: FFH101b_0325r — Pictured (L-R): TL Thompson as Andre and Jaye Ladymore as Claudette — Photo: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

It’s even more heartbreaking because Logan assumes Shanice walked out on the family after finding a note she wrote in the early days of motherhood when the postpartum depression was hanging over her. 

Since Logan and Mariah didn’t think of Shanice as a missing person and instead thought she abandoned them, there’s going to be a lot of work that needs to be done to remedy the lost time and make any kind of amends. 

Of course, it’s frustrating to see Logan so certain that Shanice left rather than question why Homeland Security was so quick to whisk her away when she was so emotionally invested in finding them.

When Logan realizes that there’s truth to the eerie surroundings of Shanice’s return to Belle Isle, he’s going to be a bit more concerned about those 16 years. 

While seeing 4400 people show up unexpectedly from varying time periods shouldn’t be taken lightly, it’s a little concerning to see them treated so poorly.

I know the point was to make emphasize that despite all the time that has passed, relations between Black and white, and more specifically, between Black and cops, haven’t improved as much as they should have, but is it necessary for the guard to be so heavy-handed?

These people haven’t done anything, nor were they being a threat to anyone. While it is an interesting way to explore such heavy and necessary topics, it didn’t feel like any law officials would’ve resorted to that kind of behavior given the circumstances.

Though, maybe like in the original series, someone will accidentally kill the guard by testing their powers and thus set off alarms that they are a dangerous bunch after all?

I would think that there would be more agencies involved and they’d be less focused on keeping the order on more concerned with getting to the bottom of what’s going on. 

 What’s the common denominator, if there is one?

In a sci-fi series, the government is never to be trusted, but in this case, it seems as though two of the leads, Jharrel and Keisha, are going to help the returned rather than penalize them for something that’s beyond their control. 

Keisha was more by the book at first. As Jharrel put it, she justified doing whatever it took for her job, but by the end of the episode, she was seeing things in a new light. 

She realized that there was something bigger than all of them at play here, but also, that these people weren’t dangerous at all. 

As she got to know Jharrel on a deeper level, she found out that his desire to treat Shanice humanly and reunite her with her family stemmed from his hope of finding his missing brother one day. He claimed to have seen the green light shortly after his brother Manny’s disappearance, but since he didn’t see him in the facility, he figured that all hope was lost. 

All of that changed when Hayden, the mute kid, assured Keisha that Manny’s alright and sorry for everything. 

What does this kid know? Is Manny being held at a different facility?

Claudette, Dr. Andre, and Rev Johnson were all in for a rude awakening when Shanice figured out that they were in 2021. 

While times are different now than they were when Rihanna’s “Pon de Replay” topped the charts, there at least was a Rihanna, cell phones, and social media.

Johnson came from the early 1990s when Michael Jordan was still playing for the Bulls, while Claudette, a civil rights activist from Mississippi, and Dr. Andre, a WWII doctor, came from a time where segregation existed and women didn’t serve on the Supreme Court (RIP, RBG!). 

They aren’t just going through a shock that they’ve ended up in a different place, they’re going through a culture shock of things they never knew were possible. 

Aside from the core mystery that involves the two W’s — what and why — it’s going to be interesting exploring the differences between all these diverse people. 

They all have different ideas and beliefs.

However, they also have to band together to make it out of this alive, especially now that some of them have superpowers. 

Claudette realizes early on that she has super healing, while Mildred can seemingly control things with her mind. 

What powers have been endowed on the others if any?

Overall, it was a solid pilot with a well-crafted mystery and not only likable but believable characters. 

CraveYouTV gives this pilot an “A.”

Could this be the sci-fi TV revolution that needed to happen? Emergence and Debris couldn’t find their footing, Manifest was saved through the sheer force of the people, but so far, the sci-fi offerings of the fall season, including La Brea, have outdone themselves in terms of storytelling. 

If they keep the promise alive without getting buried in the mystery and fear of giving answers, The CW might just have a hit on their hands. 

Let us know what you thought of the 4400 pilot in the comment section below!


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