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The Boys Review – A Literally Mind-Blowing Cliffhanger (2 x 07)

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In The Boys season 2 episode 7, “Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker” ends with a cliffhanger that literally blows everyone’s brains out.

Also, Billy Butcher’s parents make their first appearance on the show, Hughie and Lamplighter rescue Starlight from Vought Tower, Homelander basically kidnaps his son, and a bunch of other crazy s**t happens.

From the start, things get a bit too real when an unnamed social media-radicalized gunman (played by Charley Koontz AKA “Fat Neil” from Community) shoots a store clerk he suspects is a Supe terrorist.

Typically, when shows try to tackle political subjects like this, it comes off clumsy and out of touch, but The Boys takes a nuanced approach that gets the message across without seeming preachy.

For example, the whole bit with Homelander and Stormfront reiterating sending their “thoughts and prayers” with less than sincere intent is a sublime critique on the whole practice in real life and is subtly done with sprinkles of satire.

With that said, this episode ends in a cliffhanger that sort of mirrors real-life political events as well when a Congressional hearing is held against Vought International and its Supes.

And, simply put, it doesn’t end well…

Minds Are Actually Blown Away

During said Congressional hearing, right as the star witness, Dr. Jonah Vogelbaum (John Doman), is about to out Vought for all its criminal activities, his head mysteriously explodes after swearing himself in.

Soon after, a bunch of other people’s heads starts exploding as chaos ensues and Vought, once again dodges a bullet.

The shocking scene is dark and violently gratuitous (as per usual on this show) and watching it is stressfully nerve-racking.

No major character seems to have suffered from head explosions, conveniently enough, which suggests that the attack was made to look like a random act of violence.

So hopefully the assailant is revealed in next week’s season finale.

Lamplighter & Hughie Watch Parody Movies

Superhero parody adult films, to be more precise. Among these titles include “Translucent The Invisible C**k”, “Queen Maeve Pleasure Slave” and “Big Black Noir.” (Super classy titles, obviously.)

As if Lamplighter wasn’t already messed-up before, his odd collection of movies just shows how he couldn’t give any less of a fuss.

Unfortunately, this is also the last episode Lamplighter appears in as he commits suicide at Vought Tower by burning himself in front of Hughie after the two infiltrate the building to try and rescue Starlight, who was captured by Black Noir earlier in the episode.

Shawn Ashmore’s performance was magnificent and quite funny in his short stint on the show, and hopefully, we get to see more of him in flashbacks at some point in future seasons.

His character though was still able to help rescue Starlight in the end as his flaming body triggered the emergency system that enabled Starlight to escape, and his severed hand (chopped by Hughie) was useful in letting Hughie get around Vought Tower with relative ease.

So in the end, Lamplighter died heroically, albeit under the context of committing suicide but still, the point is, Hughie, Starlight, and her mom were saved because of him.

Stormfront Helps Homelander Brainwash His Son

Yup. That’s right. Homelander steals another win in this episode as he successfully brainwashed Ryan Butcher, his son with Becca, to leave his mother and fly away with him.

What began as a seemingly harmless scenario of daddy introducing his new girlfriend to his son, quickly turned into a manipulative abduction as the two twisted Supes turn Ryan against Becca by showing him the fake world he’s been living in.

Before that though, a few clever nods were thrown in that referenced The Blind Side movie with Sandra Bullock, which Ryan made a LEGO animated version of.

Then Stormfront mentions a bunch of movies that Homelander has starred in including “Homelander: Brightest Day” and “Homelander: Darkest Night,” which is a clear easter egg for the DC Comics superhero Green Lantern who says the phrase “In brightest day, in blackest night” when activating his powers.

The aftermath of this episode leaves a lot of questions about where Becca ends up though – Does she go to Billy now? Or will she do something else to get her son back?

Other Key Events:

Meet the Butchers

  • A bit of a Lord of The Rings reunion happens in this episode as John Noble plays Billy’s dad, while Downtown Abbey alum Lesley Nicol portrays his mum. Noble, of course, was Denethor and Karl Urban was Eomir in the Oscar award-winning high fantasy adventure film series.
  • Karl Urban probably says the C-word a record number time in this episode as he goes off on his character’s dad, who has a strained relationship with Billy.

Kimiko & Serge AKA Frenchie Bond Again

  • Kimiko finally opens up again to Serge during this episode when she begins to teach him the unique sign language she and her deceased brother used to communicate.

Black Noir’s Tree Nut Allergy

  • The Almond Joy jokes from a couple of episodes ago come back to pay off in this episode big time when Maeve uses one to subdue the brutally powerful Black Noir by stuffing an Almond Joy in his mouth when he was choking Starlight out. Black Noir hilariously tries to pull out his inhaler but Maeve just kicks it out of his hand and leaves him to struggle, giving Starlight a chance to escape.

A-Train and The Deep Still Doing Nothing

  • Nothing much going on with these two, they just go to a birthday party for the leader of the Church of the Collective. A-Train gives The Deep a goldfish, so there’s that.

Episode Rating: 10/10

It’s very rare for me to drop a perfect score for an episode, but the ending for this one is just too crazy to ignore, so this rating is well-deserved.

 

The Boys season 2 finale streams next Friday 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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Good Girls Series Finale Review – I’m the Boss (4×15 and 4×16)

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Good Girls Series Finale Review Nevada Season 4 Episode 16

Beth finally did it. She finally became the boss. 

But it cost her a whole lot. 

On Good Girls Season 4 Episode 15 and 16, (which sadly served as the series finale after NBC canceled the show) Beth ran for City Council and won. She also did her best to bring down Nick before realizing that it was one of the goals she and Rio had in common. 

I’m not going to lie — that final moment of Rio and Beth sitting on a bench together was a pretty perfect ending. Beth finally realized what was pretty obvious all along: she was never going to enjoy Nevada. Her dream of Nevada proved that they could never outrun their problems because they weren’t external, they were internal issues.

Rio pushed the hair out of her face and acknowledged that she finally leveled up the way he always wanted and expected her to. By doing so, he also admitted that he had real feelings for her. I’m not okay. 

If the series continued on, it would have been great to see what they would accomplish next as equals… well, technically, she was his boss now. We would have seen #Brio happen. I’m so mad that the show wasn’t renewed, but I’m also somehow content at least knowing that the two of them will continue ruling the world together. 

Good Girls Series Finale Review Nevada Season 4 Episode 16

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Beth always needed to stop fighting who she was in order to step into her glory.

However, as I said before, becoming who she really was cost her, including her husband Dean. (Okay, let’s be honest, she wasn’t even that distraught by any of it because she got the job, the boss life, and Rio!) 

After Beth was shot and refused to tell the police who did it, Dean realized that he couldn’t do this anymore and left her. 

The dream of utopia — Nevada — died for Annie also when she was arrested. 

I’m kind of unclear about what happened here, so maybe someone can explain it to me. 

Mick shot Beth to teach her that there are consequences for her actions. It was clearly a call made by Nick, which is odd since Mick is Rio’s boy. But I guess since they were all on Nick’s payroll, it made sense?

Anyway, once Beth brought it up, Annie realized she was in some trouble and forfeited her dream of leaving for Nevada with Kevin and Ben. What did she have to do with the gun that I’m assuming was the same one that was linked to Lucy’s death and thus, had Beth’s and only Beth’s prints on it. 

How was it pinned on Annie?

And wouldn’t Beth be able to get her out with the new powers her gig gave her? That is unless Nick was able to get Annie’s prints off of the keycard she stole from his assistant and framed her that way. 

If someone has an explanation here, I’m all ears! 

If Annie was framed as payback, it would explain why he said that he “hit her where it hurts.” But how would Annie know she was being framed?!

In the end, the siblings were the ones to take the fall while Beth and Rio came out on top. 

And Ruby was forced to choose between being loyal to Beth and Annie or to her family. 

She hesitantly chose her family, and honestly, it’s probably for the best. 

Beth has chosen Rio and a life of crime, but Ruby doesn’t need to be dragged down any further. She was loyal this whole time, but she can move on.

My hope for Ruby is that she successfully gets out of town and opens up her own Hill’s Nails with Stan! 

It’s possible that the storyline with Vance would have continued on into Season 4, but nothing was actually resolved with him in this episode. It’s unfortunate as the series spent so much time investing in his character. 

I would’ve loved to see Dean and Stan take him down for manipulating them. He deserved it. 

Dean has never been my favorite character, but he was exceptionally dense this season. I know Beth’s lifestyle can be a handful, but she’s always been in Dean’s corner. She may be the reason he got arrested, but she was also trying to remedy that situation. Somewhere along the lines, his house arrest stopped being a thing, so I’m guessing that she took care of it by partnering up with the FBI again on the low? Point is, Beth had his back, while he didn’t have hers. 

Dean wanted so badly to trust someone that he ended up being made a fool of by Vance, who was using him this whole time. 

No wonder Dean has such trust issues. 

Admittedly, the fact that Vance wanted to blackmail Beth into plugging his face cream was a bit of a letdown, but it would be something so trivial that got Dean all caught up. 

And that’s yet another reason why I’m so glad Beth ended up with Rio by her side. He always believed in her, and while his methods of pushing her were questionable, he never left or turned his back on her.

If there’s any truth to the rumors that NBC canceled Good Girls because Manny Montana wouldn’t take a pay cut are true, it makes sense. How could the show continue on without him when he’s now closer to Beth than ever before? They are the A-team, so there’s no show without him.

The FBI storyline also felt watered down. It’s unclear how they were able to take down Nick since they were never there on official business, but I like that the storyline revealed that all the money laundering accounts were in grandma’s name. 

Rio knew that Nick would never let granny go down for it. 

Beth and Rio made it very clear to Nick that he couldn’t get away with playing them. Nick tried to use Beth as a scapegoat, but Rio didn’t allow it because that’s his girl. No one messes with her.

But I don’t think for a second that Nick would’ve stayed in prison for long. My guess is if that the show continued, it would have been Beth and Rio versus Nick. 

Overall, I like where the storyline ended up, but the final few episodes felt so choppy that I kept wondering if I missed something.

The road was also frustrating. 

Season 1 was a massive success because the show was so thrilling and revolutionary, however, everything that came after was a bit “meh” because Beth and the ladies constantly got caught up in the same problems over and over. They kept making the same mistakes and never seemed to learn their lesson.

But now, Beth finally reached her full potential. It would’ve been interesting to see it manifest on screen, and it’s a shame we never will. 

What did you think of the Good Girls two-hour series finale?

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Walker Review – Dig (1×17)

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Walker Review Dig Season 1 Episode 17

If you thought the mystery of Emily Walker’s death was resolved, think again. 

There were a lot of moving parts on Walker Season 1 Episode 17 that fit together seamlessly by the end of the hour!

When a bomb threat thwarted the District Attorney debate, Stan and Liam made up for lost time with beers and BBQ.

Since the bomb threat was also Cordell’s first time officially back on the job, he was taking the whole “reformed ranger” approach to heart, especially after Micki promised him that she would be by his side the whole way through. 

I love those honest and deep moments between Cordell and Micki. It’s rare that we get a   well-written true platonic friendship on television, but when we do, it’s like we’ve struck gold. 

When the man who made the bomb threat explained that he simply wanted to be heard despite his past mistakes, Cordell decided to get some closure by paying Carlos Mendoza, Emily’s “alleged” killer, a visit at the hospital. 

Anger aside, I’m pretty sure he’s happy he did as Mendoza revealed that Cali was in cahoots with Stan, who was always in charge, in framing him for Emily’s murder. 

Cordell’s outrage was and is warranted. The man that his family welcomed into their home and treated like one of their own is directly responsible for the death of his wife!

This is the second time Cordell has been blindsided by someone that has been considered a friend.

They really need to cut it out with that Southern hospitality. 

And not that I’m in any way defending Stan, but why did he ever think that Carlos wouldn’t talk? A man that’s dying has nothing to lose. 

When I say that Stan was having a really terrible day, I’m not even exaggerating! 

On top of realizing that Cordell figured out that he was connected to Emily’s death and in cahoots with North Side Nation, he also just killed a man.

Byron’s death was an accident, but it wasn’t an accident that Stan chose to cover it up.

And let’s be honest, he probably always intended on killing him, he was probably just going to pay his guys to take care of it. 

Byron sealed his fate by pursuing the story and getting too close to the truth.

In a surprising twist (as if none of the other twists were surprising), Stan called in his goons, who ran Cordell off the road and then brought him to where Byron was killed so that he would dig the grave. 

It seems as though the point was to bury Byron and Cordell in that grave —  which I have a weird feeling is on Walker’s property since Stan was in and out of their house in between — but they clearly underestimated Cordell’s abilities. 

It’s not like he’s a Texas Ranger or anything. 

When he saw the opportunity, Cordell shot both of the goons and then pointed that gun right at Stan. 

Now, the old Walker might have shot him on the spot, but the new Walker will likely let the legal process do the work. At least I hope so. 

Killing Stan would be too easy; he needs to be publically exposed and tried. 

And honestly, justice for Byron!

What do you think Cordell will do?

Will someone find him before he makes a bad decision?

On a lighter note, the kids celebrated Spirit Week at the Side Step snacking on wings. Spirit Week had a whole different meaning back when I was in high school!

All those high school problems, like your first crush, seem so trivial, but we’ve all been there. Matters of the heart are important at any age, but especially in a teen drama!

However, after the year that Stella and Auggie had, they deserve some trivial problems.

Auggie is really mature for his age. He’s been crushing hard on Ruby the whole school year, but when the opportunity finally presented itself, he realized that the moment had passed. 

Walker Review Dig Season 1 Episode 17

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I’m sure the fact that Ruby didn’t give him any signs contributed to it, but it’s also obvious that Auggie was completely blindsided by his feelings for Bel. 

When he was in the moment with Ruby, he really wanted it to be with Bel. 

Though, I don’t know why that was such a late realization for him since it was totally obvious during the episode where he set up the fireworks show to help cheer her up. 

Ah, young love. 

Stella was less focused on her love life — a break up with a boy whose father wanted to kill your father in a fit of revenge and then killed your uncle will do that to you.

Instead, she was trying to figure out what her summer break was going to be about. I think a little trip to Mexico with Bel would allow her to clear her head and break away from all the trauma that she endured back at home, but with Cordell’s current situation, it seems unlikely. 

Geri and Cordell’s romance is happening but it’s moving at a very glacial pace. 

Cordell needs to deal with everything concerning Emily’s death before he can fully move on. It wouldn’t be fair to him or Geri otherwise. 

But I can’t say I hate the flirtatious texting between the two of them. 

Their relationship works because there’s a history between them, and we’ve been clued into that history. 

When it comes to Emily, I can understand Cordell’s grief because I understand the overall idea of losing a spouse, but I’m less invested in the story because we never got to see all the magic between them. 

At least Geri is around to deal with the Side Step while Cordell is off fighting crime. 

Micki and Trey had the “will we have kids” conversation. When his mother blew into town and brought it up .5 seconds into coming inside (you know how moms are!), I was concerned that it might cause some friction between the couple, especially when she suggested they might not be on the same page. 

Thankfully, that doesn’t seem to be the case. While Micki is understandably concerned about having kids and how it’ll affect her work-life balance, she’s not against having them. Her concerns are valid as she just made it as a ranger and wants to prove herself before being forced to step away for a moment. 

And speaking as someone who just had a baby, it changes your life. Even if you want to continue on with your career, it’s completely different, as is your mindset. Being a ranger comes with dangerous territory, which you have to take into consideration when becoming a parent along with the hours and a world of other things. 

I hope Micki eventually makes the right choice and not one she’s being pressured into. 

Bonham’s cancer also needs to be addressed. He’s been keeping it quiet as to not cause even more stress for the family, but an illness is not something to keep from your loved ones. 

Anything could happen, and they would be heartbroken if they found out when it was too late. 

What did you think of the episode? Would you agree that it was one of the best Walker installments to date?

 


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Big Brother Recap: Eviction Night #2 (23×07)

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16 days into the game, and this season has been better than the entirety of last year. Frenchie’s first HOH reign will go down in the BB history books as one of the wildest use of power the show has ever seen. Julie even said this was the most “enormous fall from power” she’s ever seen. And it came to an end on tonight’s live eviction.

The opening minutes of the show showed two very different nominees. Frenchie continues to flop around, saying he’s given up, while also referencing the infamous Dan Gheesling’s strategy of moping around while he’s on the block. He’s not very good at acting, and he tries to campaign to a lot of the house. On the other hand, you have Britini, who’s optimistic personality has gotten onto the good sides of the house, as they all talk about how much they love her. Sometimes you have to just be yourself and ignore the game, and odds are it’ll save you.

Sarah Beth opened up to Kyland tonight about her relationship with her father, who passed away from COVID last year. I’ve grown to really like Sarah Beth as the game has progressed, and her opening up about her story helped us see the real Sarah Beth; she looks like such a down-to-earth person.

With the eviction pretty much secured, Kyland starts to think ahead to the future. With the Slaughterhouse, well, slaughtered, the soon-to-be outgoing HOH gathered all the teams together to see where everyone’s head are at, and the formation of a brand new alliance was born. The Kings and Queens team formed together to make the Royal Flush. Consisting of Kyland, Claire, Tiffany, Christian, Alyssa, Sarah Beth, Xavier, and the wild card of Derek X., this group is ready to take on the post-Frenchie game. The general consensus lands on Brent, who over the last week has been shown to be a real sexist. His belief is because two guys are targets, then two women should be targeted, just to “even it out.” That’s the mildest part of what he’s done, compared to the feeds…I agree he should be the next target.

Britini rapped her eviction defense speech, which was something we’ve never seen. It certainly was interesting, but I hope that doesn’t become a trend. Frenchie kept his speech fairly tame, saying that he wants to stay and continue the memories so far. Not much of a defense from the messy country boy, but he knew he was done.

The votes were made, and the votes were counted, and shockingly Britini went home!!

I’m just kidding, but wouldn’t that have been insane? I would’ve thrown my computer out the window if that were the case.

Derek F. decided to ruin his game and throw one vote, making him the only person who has yet to be on the majority side of the vote.

By an 11-1 vote, Frenchie was the second person evicted from the house. The man kept it classy, making everyone do a group hug, then proceeded to hug everyone. Julie asked him about his gameplay, and he proceeded to do his usual pandering, saying he wanted to not send the old guy home first, because he wanted to “make a change, and not send the old guy home first. Oh well, guess the old guy can go second!

Kyland is officially no longer HOH, and it’s time to crown a new one! This competition was the first question and answer competition of the season, and it featured comedian and former Celebrity Big Brother contestant Tom Green doing a Billy on the Street like videos, talking to people on the street about the show. The players then had to answer questions based on the videos, and if they were wrong, they were out. It came down to Derek X., Hannah, Alyssa, Sarah Beth, and Xavier, but one questioned caused all but one to be eliminated, and now Xavier is the new Head of Household! This also means the entire Kings team is safe, leaving Christian, Sarah Beth, and Alyssa immune for the week.

Before signing off, Julie revealed the new Wild Card twist could throw the teams into disarray, but didn’t fully disclose, because we have wait until Sunday to know the full details.

Who will Xavier Nominate?
He’s part of the Royal Flush alliance mentioned earlier, so it’s possible that he’ll continue on the path that everyone wants, and target Brent. There’s also a target on Whitney’s back from the Frenchie association, so it could be the two of them. I personally would even consider Derek F., but with him aligned with Xavier in the Cookout alliance, his safety seems pretty secure.


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