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The Boys Review – Lamplighter’s Debut Answers Burning Questions (2 x 06)

Lamplighter (portrayed by Shawn Ashmore) makes his first full appearance on this episode.

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In The Boys season 2 episode 6, “The Bloody Doors Off,” Lamplighter (Shawn Ashmore) makes his first full appearance where he sheds some light on the mysterious Sage Grove Center, his connection with Stormfront, and the tragic history he shares with Frenchie.

As usual, there’s a lot of gratuitously bloody violence involved in this episode as well as some shocking scenes (one of which involves someone getting choked by an elongated phallus) and game-changing revelations about Vought International.

The main focus of the episode revolves around the Sage Grove Center which is being used by Vought as a testing center for stabilizing Compound V with the goal of creating an army of Supes by injecting them into adults instead of infants.

The Boys Visit Mysterious Loony Bin

As it turns out, the hospital is run by Stormfront on behalf of Vought where she supervises Lamplighter, who is ordered to burn test subjects when they’re no longer needed.

This is a startling revelation, along with the fact that Stormfront admits to Homelander that she was born on 1919 in Berlin, Germany during the Nazi regime. During which she fell in love and married Frederick Vought and learned everything he knew.

She then became the first successful test subject for Compound V – essentially making her the original Supe, which explains why she is so powerful and able to manipulate her way around Vought so easily.

Moreover, her Nazism has extended throughout her time behind the scenes, and sees Homelander as “everything [she and Frederick Vought] dreamed of.” Implying that the goal of Compound V coincides with Nazi values – Yikes!

Fortunately for Billy and The Boys, Lamplighter is more amiable than they expected and is willing to atone for his sins and work with them.

Lamplighter and Frenchie’s Traumatic History

After the patients of Sage Grove Center accidentally break out, Lamplighter, MM, Frenchie and Kimiko find themselves trapped in the hospital with a bunch of unstable and dangerous Supes. One of which is a patient named Cindy who shows considerably dangerous psychokinetic powers – she is shown at the end of the episode hitchhiking and could be a factor later in the season.

Cindy (portrayed by Ess Hödlmoser) debuts in this episode.

On a more humorous note, MM has an unpleasant encounter with a Supe patient who has the unseemly power to control his elongated elastic phallus, which he wraps around MM while trying to choke him out. (So yeah, this show is basically pure insanity at this point.)

The main takeaway from their time at the hospital, however, is the confrontation between Lamplighter and Frenchie who are finally able to discuss face-to-face a traumatic event from their shared past that has haunted both of them for years.

During Lamplighter’s time with The Seven, he is blackmailed by Colonel Mallory and The Boys to be their mole at Vought Tower. Their association ends in tragedy, however, when Lamplighter attempts to assassinate Mallory in her sleep to try and get out of their arrangement but instead mistakenly burns her innocent grandchildren instead.

To make things worse, Mallory tasked Frenchie to track Lamplighter on the night of this event but he is sidetracked into rescuing his best friend from overdosing and was unable to prevent Lamplighter from committing the horrible act.

So essentially, both Frenchie and Lamplighter blame themselves for the deaths of the children.

Other Key Events In This Episode

  • Starlight removes the chip implanted by Vought on her with the help of Frenchie, and she has a heartfelt hug with Kimiko.
  • The Deep invites A-Train to join the Church of the Collective.
  • Elena discovers a video (dropped off by Deep) of Maeve and Homelander abandoning the falling airplane from season 1, which Maeve plans to use as blackmail against Homelander.
  • Starlight accidentally kills someone while trying to commander his vehicle when she and Billy needed to take Hughie to the hospital after he sustained injuries caused by one of the escaped Supes from the Sage Grove Center.
  • Frenchie is a huge fan of The Golden Girls and considers himself as a Betty White type. And, of course, the episode ends with The Golden Girls theme song.

Episode Rating: 9.5/10

The Boys new season 2 episodes stream on Fridays on Amazon Prime Video.


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Lorenz Bacani is a pop-culture enthusiast who's trying to watch as many good comic-book movies and TV shows as superhumanly possible. He received a bachelor's degree in Journalism and New Media at California Baptist University. Wrote for a news tabloid, worked for a couple of non-profits, and dabbled in some photography (mostly for Instagram purposes). He is probably currently binge-watching an old TV show for nostalgia.

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4400 Review – Great Expectations (1×09)

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4400 Review Great Expectations Season 1 Episode 9

The 4400 hit the ground running after the winter hiatus. 

Jharrel got fired, Keisha quit, and Soraya seemingly betrayed Andre and partnered up with Jess — all in one hour!

4400 Season 1 Episode 9 picked up with the aftermath of Mildred’s outburst that saw Bill plummeting several stories on live television. 

The narrative was pretty clear: the 4400 have powers, so that makes them a threat to the public. 

We’ve seen this narrative play out countless times throughout history typically with minorities, but now we’re seeing what fuels the fire and ignites the flames. 

This is exactly what the government wanted. They wanted to instill fear so that they could justify stripping the 4400 of their rights and keeping tabs on the all in the name of public safety. 

And the paranoid public was all for it. In fact, they eagerly called the tip line to report any suspicious behavior. 

We saw firsthand the dangers of a tip line as the security guard Steve got mistaken for a 4400 and his whole persona was destroyed online simply by a false report. 

And while you would think that Steve, who has experienced discrimination and unjust profiling because he’s asian, would know better, Soraya explained that he was also acting from a place of fear and self-preservation. He didn’t want this situation to harm him or his family, so he chose to side with the security guards who felt as though “round them up” was a sound idea. 

It’s honestly a vicious cycle. Hate breeds hate and fear.

It’s incredibly heartbreaking, but it’s wonderful that the 4400 has found a way to put a spotlight on these issues while still sticking to their core plot and providing entertainment. 

And just when the 4400 thought they won by gaining refugee status as time travelers, they unearthed a world without the government’s protection.

It’s a lose-lose situation, honestly. With the government poking and prodding, they were nothing more than prisoners, animals, and test subjects, but without the government, they have become exposed to the world’s wrath. 

Of course, in the final moments, we find out that this is yet another step in the governments big plan. 

The idea here is that the 4400 will experience all the hatred of the world and round themselves up, ergo, doing all of the heavy lifting before the government swoops in once again.

Plus, they already have a handful of the returned that they are running their tests and experiments on.

It’s comical to think that a skinny white woman in a pantsuit and heels is one of television’s biggest villains, but then again, it also kind of tracks. 

And she is. Jess is pure evil. I don’t know why Keisha wasted any of her time and energy trying to find the good in Jessica because it was clear that it didn’t exist. 

Jess prided herslef on making the 4400 targets; she truly believes they are evil people and that the government is protecting the vulnerable public. 

I found myself simultaneously cheering and wondering “what’s next” when Keisha quit. She and Jharrel have been on Team 4400 since the beginning, however, with Jharrel fired, she was the only one on the inside. 

Now that they are both gone, they won’t be able to have any inside intel, which seems like a disservice to the people they are trying to protect. 

Of course, there was bound to be a breaking point where Keisha was going to have to choose sides rather than straddling the middle line. 

4400 Review Great Expectations Season 1 Episode 9

4400 — “Great Expectations” — Image Number: FFH109b_0036r — Pictured: TL Thompson as Andre — Photo: Sandy Morris/The CW — © 2022 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Jess’ power moves extended beyond Jharrel’s firing as in the final scene, he is arrested for stealing government property.

What?!

Why do Jess and Bill have it out for him? The poor guy is just trying to find his missing brother, Manny. 

I’ll be honest, I think Jharrel is onto something with the idea that Manny is trying to send him a message. Manny is the glue in all of this.

Though, I can’t figure out if he’s sending this message from the future or if his power is invisibility. 

Either way, I think it’ll be up to Keisha and Claudette (where has she been?!) to solve this mystery as he deals with the government. 

With the reality so wacky, why wouldn’t Keisha even consider the possibility that Jharrel is onto something with his Manny theory?

It’s not that far-fetched when you have a bunch of time travelers with super powers surrounding you. 

I need Keisha to get on board and help Manny out! 

If he is from the future, his information could be crucial as he can help them stop the events from happening and change the course of history. 

Could you imagine what a win that could be for the 4400?

Another character whose actions were a complete letdown? Soraya.

Much like Steve, Soraya has felt like a target numerous times, including when she the government suspected her of leaking LaDonna’s video.

It’s not entirely surprising that she would now do anything the government wants in order to protect herslef, however, I can’t see her just betraying them by turning over all the stolen files from Ypsi Med.

Soraya strikes me as someone that’s trustworthy and wants to be on the right side of history, so it’s one thing to say no copies of a flashdrive were made, but it’s another thing to actually follow through on it.

She’s a tex-pert — there’s no way she just turned over crucial information to the government, especially when it contains information about ZMT, the anomaly found in all of their blood. 

My guess is that Soraya is keeping her friends close and her enemies closer. And with Jharrel and Keisha on the outs, she’s going to be the one with one foot in at all times. Her intel is definitely going to come in handy.

Otherwise, if I’m wrong about her, that’s the ultimate betrayal and my heart can’t take it. 

We got to see a more human side to the Rev finally. It’s easy to be mad at him for having all of the returned sign a contract that basically gave the government conservatorship over them, but it’s another to hear him out as to why he did it. 

And the sad truth is that he trusted the wrong people. He thought he was helping his people and doing right by them, but instead, he led them right into the lion’s den. 

What’s important is that he truly tried to make up for it by working with Shanice to find a way out for everyone. 

He also admitted that he didn’t think he could be the leader anymore because his power was that he could strip the returned of their powers. It didn’t seem right for someone who champions the powers given to them by god. 

However, Shanice helped him reframe his thinking by showing him that he’s giving the returned something they never had. 

And her choice was that she no longer wanted to be burdened by these invasise powers. 

Do you think the Rev really took her powers away? Or was it a temporary fluke?

Is Soraya going to betray Andre? Will we ever see LaDonna again? What’s Jharrel’s next move? What does he know tha the government wants? How is Manny involved? And what is he trying to tell his brother?

Who is patient 48 that Bill is referring to? Is it Soraya? Or Keisha’s sister? And what is Jess’ plan with the Ypsi Med files?

What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments below! 


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Nancy Drew Review – The Spellbound Juror (3×11)

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Nancy Drew Review The Spellbound Juror Season 3 Episode 11

Isn’t it such a relief that Nancy Drew is onto Temperance Hudson?

It was a bit concerning that Nancy couldn’t see through Temperance’s shady act, but it was only a matter of time before she caught figured it all out. Nothing gets past Nancy. 

It was a coincidence that Ryan Hudson just so happened to be auctioning off pieces from the Hudson estate, which included a briefcase belonging to Charity Hudson. In that briefcase was a letter to Beckett’s mother detailing the very plan to prevent her mother from unleashing holy hell on Earth to reunite the pieces of her soul. 

From there, it was simply a game of who could figure out who the Copperhead’s next victim was first. 

Admittedly, the Drew Crew did much of the heavy lifting with Nick figuring out that the victim was part of the trial he was serving jury duty for. 

In order to protect the Copperhead’s victim, Bess leaked the news that Carson Drew and DA Dawson were dating, which apparently is big news on Horsehoe Bae’s Twitter. Why is that name so genius?

The romantic news forced the judge to sequester the jury, but that was only a temporary fix.

The Drew Crew figured out that the victim was Lev just before he began displaying symptoms of the Copperhead’s trance. 

When he was dismissed, it was up to them to find him and protect him from the Copperhead’s wrath. 

Here’s the thing though — either the Copperhead gets to the victim and destroys their soul or Temperance does and gets what she wants. 

There’s no good solution here. 

Nancy and the crew thought they found it, but once again, Temperance outsmarted them. Why do they all keep forgetting she’s a powerful witch that has years of experience? Not to mention she’s been planning this for a very long time. She’s had time to think through every potential flub.

Lev was taken into police custody, but when dealing with the supernatural, that doesn’t mean much. Temperance was able to use her powers to knock them both unconscious. 

And she sent Nancy a note to celebrate her win — the card of the hanged which stands for sacrifice. 

Nancy understood what it meant immediately, and thus, the battle for the soul of Horseshoe Bay (and Charity) wages on. 

After Temperance put the hex on the children at Nick’s youth center, you would think that would’ve been a focal point of the episode, but instead, he invested all his time to stop the Copperhead. 

It was nice to see Nick right in the center of the action without being tied to George or Nancy. He jumped into the case all on his own and proved that he has what it takes to handle things.

It’s only a matter of time before his friends find out about the whole ordeal with Temperance. 

Seeing Drew and DA Rosario square off was also a welcome change of pace. We know Carson is a lawyer, but we rarely see him at work. It’s nice to see his cases connect to the current events of the episode. 

And I’m really digging the idea of George becoming Carson’s assistance and pursuing a career in law. 

She’s always been bound by her home life and upbringing, but she has what it takes to carve a new path for herself. 

Not to mention that having her work with Carson directly connects him to the supernatural storyline. There’s plenty to explore here for the writers. 

George and Nick might be hurting from the break-up, but they are embarking on exciting new paths that may one day lead them back to each other as fully realized partners. 

Elsewhere, Bess took the role of Ace’s wing-woman to heart. Their friendship is so pure, and I’m convinced she’s one of the only people who fully understands the real Ace.

When she realized that he didn’t tell Nancy about his feelings, she kept pushing him to come clean and take a leap of faith. 

Ace explained that he didn’t think he was good enough for Ace, which was heartbreaking. He is so much more than a dishwasher, and Nancy has never cared about Ivy League educations and any of the other stuff he was bringing up. 

Plus, it’s not like Nancy has it all together herself either. 

She didn’t go to college, she also works at the Claw as a waitress, and she’s working without pay as a neighborhood liaison. 

While there’s nothing wrong with any of those things, it’s not fair for Ace to put himself down in the way that he was. 

If anything, they are connected by their shared passion for solving crimes, keeping the town safe, and all things supernatural. 

Eventually, Bess convinced him that he needed to shoot his shot regardless of Nancy’s new relationship with Park. It’s not like Ace to be afraid of a little competition. 

And then he did it — he finally told her. 

I was like a school girl squealing on my couch when he just laid it all out there. “I have feelings for you.” Ace — a man that does not mince words. 

Nancy looked like her soul left her body for a second. I mean, she was frozen in place without any idea how to react. 

And who knows what would’ve happened if Ryan Hudson didn’t interrupt them. Seriously, dude, read the room. 

I was truly expecting Nancy to just leap into Ace’s arms, but understandably, that likely won’t happen for at least a few more episodes as she’ll likely be conflicted by his confession. 

She seems to really have a thing for Park, but I doubt he’ll be around for much longer. Once they crack the case of the Frozen Heart’s Killer aka the Copperhead, his time in Horseshoe Bay is over. 

I think Nancy just has to come to terms with the realization that Ace feels exactly the same way she feels. She’s also equally as scared to pursue something with him not only because it puts their friendship on the line but also because she doesn’t think she’s good enough for Ace. 

They both have to figure out if these feelings are worth acting on and risking a friendship over. 

But if George and Nick can remain cordial, I think love is always worth a shot. 

And, at the very least, it’s all out there in the open now. What a relief. 

What did you think of the episode? Are you happy Ace told Nancy the truth?

Were you surprised Temperance pulled a fast one on Nancy?

Are you digging Carson’s new relationship? Let us know in the comment section below! 


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Walker Review – [SPOILER] Gets Shot (2×07)

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Walker Review Where Do We Go From Here Season 2 Episode 7

Why does Walker always wait till the very last minute to bring in the action?

Much of Walker Season 2 Episode 7 felt like a wash as everyone just spent time talking about their feelings. 

It’s fine sometimes, but this was overkill to the point that I found myself tuning out. 

The moments that connect back to Emily Walker fall flat because she’s not a main character. We know she means a great deal to Cordi and the Walker kids, but it’s hard to feel the nostalgia or sentiment when we don’t have any memories with her. 

The rest of the hour was mostly spent on Serano’s lawyers, Liam getting way too drunk, Stella questioning her future, and Trey moving on from Micki. 

Trey isn’t the only one hurt by Micki’s decision — the viewers are feeling the fallout of Lindsey Morgan’s exit just as much. 

I’ve enjoyed the series, even with its flaws, for two full seasons, but it felt empty without Micki.

Was she the glue holding the show together?

After her departure, the whole situation with Serano seems overly confusing. I’ll admit, I don’t even know what they want anymore. 

All I know is that Liam called in a false police report on the Davidsons, which made things pretty difficult for Cordi’s case. 

Serano’s lawyers wanted a statement from Liam, but when he chose not to participate, they seemed all too thrilled. 

That’s when he, in his intoxicated state, realized that they were going to use Cordell’s misconduct against him to throw the case away, so he decided that it was wise to show up at the headquarters drunk. 

It led to a really strange and awkward exchange with Serano’s lawyers, and eventually, a tender moment between brothers. 

Cordell and Liam fight, but they always have each other’s back, and that’s the sweetest part. 

Walker Review Where Do We Go From Here Season 2 Episode 7

Walker — “Where Do We Go From Here” — Image Number: WLK207b_0098r — Pictured (L-R): Jalen Thomas Brooks as Colton Davidson and Violet Brinson as Stella Walker — Photo: Rebecca Brenneman/The CW — © 2022 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Liam admitted that he’s been feeling pretty lost and embarrassed by his actions, so hopefully, this is his wake-up call to get back on track. If he does, he could even get back together with Brett, who also came to support him through this trying time.

Stella struggled with making a decision about her future, though, eventually, she landed on possibly going to college in Maine. Considering all that she’s been through this semester alone, maybe it’s not such a bad idea for her to get out of town. 

The series keeps stressing the relationship between Abeline and Colton’s late grandfather. There’s definitely a connection to the barn there, I just don’t know what it is. Were they having an affair the night of the fire?

Is that why Auggie found a lantern in the barn with his family’s brand?

And for the most shocking moment — Serano’s men tried to take out Trey and got the Cap instead. 

Based on where the Cap was shot, I think he’ll be just fine. It’ll be a long road to recovery, but he’s not going to die. 

However, it definitely underscores just how dangerous Serano is. 

I’m just glad they didn’t get Trey. Could you imagine literally getting shot while you’re trying to mend a broken heart?

And Trey was only on Seran’s radar because he went to visit Micki, which is totally unfair. 

As I mentioned previously, the episode was pretty dull until that final shooting, which jolted me out of the couch.

Will Cordell find a way to make this case even more personal even though he was told to stay out of it?

Will Captain Larry pull through? How are the Davidson’s connected to all of this? And will the real story about what caused the rift between their families finally come to light!

Sound off in the comments below! Are you starting to lose interest in Walker? Is it starting to lose the little bit of edge that it had?


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