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Seeing triple? No, you haven’t had too much eggnog, you’re simply watching Vanessa Hudgens play all three characters on The Princess Switch sequel, The Princess Switch: Switched Again.
But you should probably keep drinking the eggnog (or mulled wine, if that’s what you prefer) to celebrate this impressively crafted, cheesy holiday masterpiece.
It’s rare that a sequel is better than the original, but that’s the case with Switched Again, which finds Stacy and Lady Margaret doing as the title says and once again switching places to pursue romantic endeavors. And it’s even better than the last time!
It’s a proper modern fairytale that has it all: a kidnapping, a coronation, a triple switcheroo, and finally, a royal wedding.
While the two-year wait for a follow-up may have been long, it was worth it. There’s nothing better than when a film takes its time to deliver a quality product rather than one made simply to appease fans.
As with every holiday film, you have to be open to receive it. The sequel continues to thrive in its own absurdity, which is what made the first film such a success. Some holiday films take themselves too seriously, but The Princess Switch: Switched Again knows the premise is ridiculous and owns it, which makes for some fantastic viewing.
At the kickstart of the film, Stacy laments that happily ever after is never easy, especially for a princess.
As Princess of Belgravia, she understands the struggles, which is why she goes above and beyond to help reconnect Margaret and Kevin, who parted ways roughly six months ago after the former became in line for the throne.
Stacy and Olivia, Kevin’s daughter, aren’t afraid of meddling as they’re of the (correct) midset that sometimes, people just need a little nudge in the right direction.
The film takes audiences on a magical adventure that’s infused with the Christmas spirit and the belief that love can overcome anything, even a self-serving third doppelganger and potential new love interest.
It’s an ambitious plot as it aims to pull off not one but two switches without losing the audience.
Okay, I said it “aims” not to lose the audience because there are times where it’s truly hard to keep… especially if you’re indulging in that eggnog/mulled wine.
At one point, Margaret is Stacy, Stacy is Margaret, but later Stacy as Margaret gets kidnapped, and Fiona pretends to be Stacy as Margaret.
The addition of Fiona Pembroke, Margaret’s wild and free-spirited cousin, makes things unnecessarily complicated for the viewer and characters alike.
At one point, a priest points out the obvious – there’s three of them – as others cannot tell them apart while they’re pretending to be each other.
Fiona seems to draw inspiration from Schitt’s Creek’s Moira Rose and Cruella de Ville equally, while her dense sidekicks are reminiscent of the hapless thieves from Home Alone. Their lack of common skills or logical thinking makes them the perfect holiday antagonists!
Margaret and Stacy decide to once again make the grand switcheroo to buy the future Queen some much-needed time to “hang out” with Kevin and resolve their feelings.
Fiona foils the plan by launching her own switcheroo in which she kidnaps Stacy, thinking it’s Margaret, in order to move up the coronation and steal royal funds.
Fiona’s attempts are rather unsuccessful as her plan was flawed from the beginning. There’s the obvious kidnapping of the wrong royal.
She also didn’t think about the small details (like that pinky tattoo), and that attention to detail is what made Margaret and Stacy’s switch flawless both times.
And she didn’t commit to the act, instead, acting impulsively and out of character. Despite being a “dead ringer” for Margaret, she didn’t have what it took to pull off the ultimate feat.
There was also the issue of not wanting to switch back when the night was over, which is so unlike Stacy, a woman who is selfless, loves Edward, and has her own country to govern. There’d be no reason for her to want to stay in Margaret’s shoes.
While Margaret and the rest pieced it together eventually, Tony immediately caught on and attempted to use it to his advantage.
Tony was never the better romantic option for Margaret for a few reasons. Obviously, our love for Kevin trumped any other “connections” she may have had with other suitors, but the Chief of Staff gave off bad vibes from the beginning as he was seemingly only interested in helping himself.
We’ve seen ego-driven guys like him plenty of times before, and we know things never end well for them.
After the little stunt Fiona and Tony tried to pull, they both got what they deserved, and it was truly satisfying to see Margaret believe in herself, own her power, and send him to the “dungeon.”
That’s the modern woman’s “off with his head.”
And, of course, no holiday film is complete without an over-the-top romantic moment, especially a last-minute chase through the airport to stop the love of your life from jetting halfway across the country.
The only one who didn’t seem to realize that Margaret wasn’t actually Marget was poor Kevin, who was convinced by Fiona’s break up speech.
After Margaret made it clear that it was an imposter who called things off, the duo, known for their spontaneity, decided to get hitched right there by the airport coffee cart.
And just like that, in between final boarding announcements, Kevin became the King to Queen Margaret, who was sworn in the very next day during a celebratory coronation.
What I loved best of all is that Kevin was fully supportive of Margaret and championed her to fulfill her royal duty. He didn’t want her to give up the crown, which is refreshing to see considering most holiday films feature a woman that realizes she’s a workaholic and willingly gives it all up for love.
Switched Again proves that a woman can have both love and a career, and it’s not only okay, it’s encouraged.
And yes, that was Queen Amber and King Richard from The Christmas Prince in attendance at the coronation. Leave it up to Netflix to give a little wink to another popular holiday franchise.
The film focused less on Stacy and Edward’s relationship, but to be fair, they did get their happily ever after in the first film.
While they dealt with some brief hiccups in the film, it was all put to bed rather quickly with talk of possible royal babies. Does this mean that a third film is in the works? Find out here.
Check out the trailer for The Princess Switch 2: Switched Again below and watch it on Netflix starting on November 19, 2020!
Who Is Rhys Montrose on ‘YOU’ Season 4?
YOU Season 4 introduced a plethora of new characters as it revamped the series with a murder mystery format.
*Warning – stop reading if you haven’t finished YOU Season 4 – Spoilers Ahead *
The shakeup made sense considering Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) uprooted his life following the fiery events in Madre Linda that killed Love Quinn and started over in London, assuming the identity of Professor Jonathan Moore.
Rather quickly, he got pulled into an elite group thanks to his co-worker and neighbor, Malcolm Harding (Stephen Hagan), who was the season’s first victim. Joe/Jonathan naturally despised Malcolm’s group, though he did find Rhys Montrose (Ed Speleers), an author running for Mayor of London, to be a bit of a kindred spirit. They came from the same broken background and shared many of the same views.
As the first half of the season unraveled, Joe sought out advice from Rhys on a handful of occasions, engaging in plenty of long heart-to-hearts with him, so it was kind of shocking when it was revealed that Rhys, as audiences have come to know him, was never real.
Rhys Montrose existed, yes, but he was never friends with Joe, nor was he the Eat the Rich Killer. The version of Rhys that Joe bonded with was a hallucination conjured up by his subconscious to protect himself and eliminate his darker, more deranged thoughts.
For much of the season, we saw Joe desperately trying to set himself free from Rhys’ grasp. At first, he saw him as public enemy #1, who somehow figured out Joe’s real identity and roped him into a murder spree by threatening to frame him for the deaths if Joe refused to participate.
However, once Joe realized that Rhys was a figment of his imagination, he began to look for ways to silence the evil little voice forever, while also trying to figure out a plan to cover up the death of the real Rhys Montrose.
Joe was tasked with killing the mayoral candidate, who he assumed at the time was the Eat the Rich Killer, by Kate’s (Charlotte Ritchie) father, Tom Lockwood. When he arrived at Rhys’ secret countryside hideout and tied him up, he was infuriated that Rhys claimed not to know who he was, nor would he admit to kidnapping Marienne (Tati Gabrielle). Eventually, Joe’s rage and anger took over, and he “accidentally” killed Rhys, which is when fake Rhys showed up and revealed that Joe was having a semi-psychotic break.
In the end, Joe’s suicide attempt ensured that his hallucinations were forever gone, though he did embrace the darkness he was trying so hard to snuff out, making him more dangerous than ever.
As for the real Rhys Montrose’s killer, he pinned it all on poor Nadia (Amy-Leigh Hickman), a fan of Rhys’s from the beginning, who flew too close to the sun in her attempts to bring down Joe Goldberg. If only she just listened to Marienne’s advice.
A huge congrats to the YOU team for pulling off yet another jaw-dropping twist, and to both Badgley and Speleers for completely immersing themselves in their dual characters.
YOU Review – Best of Friends (406)
Just when you thought you figured out where the season was headed, YOU pulls out the rug from under you yet again.
I’m definitely starting to feel the whiplash that Joe/Jonathan must be feeling right about now.
Things have gone from crazy to crazier rather quickly, as Rhys unveiled his true plan—along with how Joe is involved—while Joe came out victorious in front of the elite group once again, and all while a new suspect started piecing things together and realizing that Joe knows way more than he’s led on.
While Joe spent numerous hours trying to figure out a plan to get close to Rhys, Rhys just appeared at Joe’s place one night without so much as lifting a finger. Joe may think he’s the invisible one in the city, but for a man who’s so well-known and loved, Rhys seems to get around without anyone noticing.
And he made the rules of the game very clear—either Joe finds someone to frame for all the deaths or he goes down as the Eat-the-Rich killer, which isn’t exactly ideal. A little incentive goes a long way, so while Joe tried to distance himself initially, he couldn’t shake the desire for self-preservation and took the bait. He took the task rather seriously as it was either kill or be killed; he knew someone had to go down for it, but it had to be the right person.
With time running out, he genuinely began to consider Connie, but despite being an irrelevant character, he couldn’t justify pinning it on someone who was struggling with addiction and trying to turn their life around. Connie wasn’t a threat to anyone, except for maybe himself, so Joe couldn’t justify destroying his life.
But Dawn, well, she fell right into his lap. The few times we saw her snapping photos of the elite, and focusing on Joe–including when she spotted him at Rhys’ mayoral rally—I was convinced that she recognized him from his previous life. And that seems to be what the series wanted me to think so that they could pull a fast one on us because when Dawn pulled Phoebe aside to a “safe room” to keep her protected from the killer, it was revealed that Dawn was just an obsessive stalker who was connived that she was friends with the elite, Phoebe in particular. Dawn was a threat to a lot of people, so Joe took advantage of it. He framed her by planting Simon’s ear in her belongings, and since no one would ever believe a word she said over Phoebe’s accounts of what happened, Dawn couldn’t prove her innocence. Plus, she made an ideal suspect since she was at nearly every single event where a murder occurred as she was stalking the group. I mean, it couldn’t have been any more perfect if Joe had tried to plan it himself.
However, his heroics did raise some questions from Nadia, his student and the lover of all murder mysteries. She noticed that Jonathan seemed to be at the center of every single scenario, oftentimes being championed as a hero, though he’s not actually connected to any of these people in any meaningful way. It’s a dangerous thing to play detective, especially when you’re setting your sights on Joe Goldberg. Jonathan seems to like Nadia, but if she threatened him, I don’t think Joe would hesitate to take her down. Self-preservation is his M.O., remember?
Once Joe thought he finally got Rhys off of his back by framing Dawn, he decided to give into his desires and pursue a relationship with Kate. Honestly, Kate makes some really poor decisions, starting with just accepting Jonathan for who he is now and promising never to ask questions about his past. She wants someone to see her for who she is in the moment so badly that she’s letting logic take a backseat. Why would someone want to deny their past so badly unless they did something truly unforgivable? Kate wants to shed her past because of her connection to her father and she thinks that makes her and Jonathan equal, but they are not the same.
By the time she realizes the truth about who Joe is, it might be too late.
As for Rhys, did Joe think he was really going to get rid of him that easily? Rhys has always wanted a friend to help him get to the finish line so to speak. He believes that they are the same, so he wasn’t going to just let Joe slip away.
And while his motive wasn’t evident at first, he seems hellbent on taking out those who don’t deserve their success and wealth. The three victims, Malcolm, Simon, and Gemma, all threatened his mayoral run in some way, so they were taken care of, and now, he’s setting his sights on the ultimate villain–Kate’s father. She may have a complicated relationship with her tycoon dad, but I don’t think Kate would ever want to see anything bad happen to him, let alone at the hands of the man she’s in love with.
However, Rhys doesn’t seem to give Joe much of a choice as he still holds all of the cards. One might think that Joe could just handle this in the same way he always does, but well, you can’t just try to kill a killer. He’d see that coming from miles away. Joe needs to be strategic and deliberate in his plan, so for now, he has to play along. I, for one, am curious to see what all the hubbub is about Kate’s father–is he really as terrible as she makes him out to be?
As for Rhys, what is the catch? Fans were disappointed with the first half of the season since his reveal as the killer was obvious—and his motives, including his desire to kill Kate’s father–are exactly shocking or game-changing. What are we missing?
What did you think of the episode?
What Time Does Netflix Release New Shows?
Netflix has become one of the most popular ways to consume new movies and TV shows.
The streaming giant has not only dominated the TV and movie landscape but it’s changed the way content is released.
While primetime TV still adheres to a weekly episodic release schedule, Netflix—and many of the streamers that followed—adopted the idea of dumping a full season on fans, creating a binge-watch model.
Most Netflix Originals are released in bulk, with the full episode order arriving at one time. A handful of shows, most recently Firefly Lane and YOU, has been split up into two parts—with the first half arriving a few months prior to the second half of the season, which definitely helps build up some anticipation and makes for more digestible viewing.
Of course, as you anticipate new seasons and episodes of your favorite shows, you naturally want to know what time they are going to premiere.
The good news is that Netflix’s release times are pretty standard for original TV shows and movies.
All titles are typically released globally at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Time, which is 2:00 a.m. Central Time and 3:00 a.m. Eastern Time.
Netflix noted that some titles are considered an original in one country but not in another, and in that case, if they are premiering in a country where it is a licensed title, it will premiere at 12:00 a.m. local time.
However, when it comes to those big-name shows like Outer Banks or Stranger Things, it’s safe to say that all episodes will be loaded in late in the evening, so you can either stay up and binge-watch or take the day off and squeeze them in bright and early!
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