*** Spoilers Ahead – Proceed with Caution **
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!
8 Biggest & Most Shocking Moments from Season 2 of ‘Outer Banks’
Outer Banks Season 2 is all about searching for the gold (just like all those Olympic athletes in Tokyo) and embarking on a new and deadly treasure hunt.
The season is packed with action right out of the gate as it picks up with John B and Sarah’s adventure in the Bahamas.
Throughout the season, it becomes clear that the Pogues can never catch a break. And though they don’t come out on top in the end, they never lose their sense of self or their purpose.
They are Pogues through and through — the Pogue life might not be easy, but it is eventful.
There are lots of jaw-dropping moments that it’s hard to narrow down to just a topline few, but we’ll do our best.
Sarah and John B Get Married
Their relationship was a little touch and go for a bit after they got home from the Bahamas, but as Sarah learned the ugly truth about her family and her father, she grew closer and closer to John B. It’s a little out of the ordinary for 16-year-old’s to get married (and yes, it’s sometimes easy to forget that they are only 16!), but it was more of a “promise ring” situation than an actual marriage. However, the feelings they have for each other are real and strong. They’ve been through hell and back together, and they understand each other in a way that others don’t. Sarah is officially a “P4L.”
Rafe Tries to Kill Sarah
Rafe was not in the right headspace throughout the season, which he himself admitted. Mental health is important, but it was completely brushed off by his father who constantly told him to “man up.” As a result, Rafe had trouble navigating his thoughts and turned into a monster that was all too comfortable with killing and was ready to do absolutely anything to protect his family. When it became obvious that Sarah was going to become an issue since she planned to testify that he murdered Sheriff Peterkin, Rafe tried to reason with her. When that failed, he dunked her head underwater and attempted to drown her. If it wasn’t for Topper, who just happened to be around (why was he around?), Sarah might not be alive today.
Since the action didn’t stop for a minute, there were a lot of injuries amongst the Pogues. Sarah was shot by Rafe while trying to steal the gold in Nassau, Kiara almost drowned while scouring the sewers for the gun that killed Sheriff Peterkin (also because of Rafe), John B almost became an alligator’s snack (one of the more random moments of the season), Pope was stung by a handful of wasps while trying to find the Cross of Santo Domingo (poor guy swoll up like a balloon), and JJ almost drowned after being knocked out by the blunt end of a machete and going overboard (he survived thanks to Kiara who kept him afloat until the Pogues could pull him to safety!). It’s safe to say, it was an intense and dangerous season for everyone involved in this elaborate and high-stakes treasure hunt.
John B Is Arrested for Murder
And he was facing the death penalty. It’s not surprising for someone accused of murdering a Sheriff in cold blood, but it was surprising considering we know that John B is innocent and being framed. The Pogues made several attempts to clear his name, and though it seemed like Shoupe was turning a blind eye to the truth because he was on Ward’s payroll, he eventually pieced it all together secretly and the charges against John B were dropped. Of course, it was almost a little too late as Ward put a hit out on John B in prison that almost killed him.
Ward Kills Himself… Well, Almost
There’s a Polish idiom that basically translates to “no disaster can befall an evil person,” and that couldn’t be truer for Ward. No one is able to bring him down no matter how hard they try because he’s always one step ahead of everyone. He manipulates people and pays them off, which allows him to get away with everything.
When it seemed like the walls were caving in on him and justice would finally be served, he killed himself on his boat. My mother (who did not watch season 1 and got sucked into season 2 by accident) immediately stated that he faked his death and likely snorkeled out through the bottom. Surprisingly, she was 100% correct. Of course, Ward planned his escape in a way that would clear Rafe of all charges and allow his family to escape without being held accountable for anything. Ward never showed any remorse for all the murders he committed; he only ever thought about himself and what he wanted.
John B almost had him again on the ship headed to Guadalupe. After he saw Ward choking Sarah out (he realized she was a Pogue and not a Kook, which meant she posed a threat to the family and had to be “taken care of”), John B knocked him out and was so close to throwing him overboard. However, John B couldn’t bring himself to do it. While it would’ve been the perfect revenge for his father as Ward killed him and threw him overboard, it’s a good thing he didn’t cross that line because he would’ve never been able to come back from it. John B is not a killer.
While most people would naturally die from such injuries, Ward held on and was recovering in the infirmary on the ship.
The Key, Denmark Tanny, and the Cross of Monte Cristo
There was a lot happening with this B-plot, which later took over as the main storyline after Ward stole back the gold in the Bahamas. A woman named Carla Limbrey reached out to Pope looking for a key that led to the Cross of Santo Domingo. Pope wasn’t sure what she was talking about initially, but once he found the key in his MeeMaw’s old apartment, he did some digging and found out he was the descendant of Denmark Tanny, a slave who was involved with the sinking of the Royal Merchant. He was the one who hid the gold and the cross, which now belonged to Pope. The cross allegedly held a healing shroud inside, which is why Carla wanted it. However, when she got her hands on it, she was disappointed to learn that the shroud was not inside.
Upon learning how valuable it was, Rafe and Reid, Carla’s step-brother, stole the cross from Pope and the Pogues. Pope was so fed up with having everything taken from him that he fought back. The cross ended up on the ship, and the Pogues snuck on by hiding in a shipping container. They were so close to stealing the cross back (which honestly, was probably too heavy for them to steal to begin with), but when the plan went sideways, Pope decided that he’d rather dump it in the ocean than let Rafe and the Cameron’s have it. Unfortunately, Rafe and the men on board were able to pull the cross back onto the ship as the Pogues sped off in a lifeboat.
The Pogues docked on an uninhabited island somewhere in the Caribbean where I imagine they will likely recoup and re-strategize. My guess is that when Netflix renews the show for a third season, the fight for the treasure will continue. Pope declared that “it wasn’t over,” and with their motto being “nothing to lose,” I can’t imagine they’ll let this go so easily. The Cameron’s have taken way too much from them already.
John B’s Father Is Alive
In one last shocking twist, Carla Limbrey arrived in Barbados on official Royal Merchant business and confronted John B’s father… who is very much alive. It seems as though he allowed everyone to believe he was dead and hid out on an island plotting his revenge. Like father, like son, right?
The two of them talk about the Cross of Santo Domingo and the cloth with healing powers…. but why? Why is he in cahoots with Carla, a woman who was so willing to screw over his son? Why does he want the cloth?
What did you think of the season? What was the most shocking moment in your opinion?
Will ‘Manifest’ Get a Season 4 After All?
Merely weeks after the devastating cancellation of NBC’s Manifest, TVLine confirms that the network has been in talks with Warner Bros. and Netflix about a possible Season 4. However, reps for NBC, Netflix, and Warner Bros. have refused to comment for now.
Following the news of the supernatural drama’s abrupt ending in mid-June, fans took to social media with the hashtag #SaveManifest in hopes of reversing the decision and getting it picked up by another network.
After the release of the first two seasons on streaming services, the series quickly dominated the charts. It remained on Netflix’s “Top 10” watched shows for 27 consecutive days and Nielsen’s weekly streaming chart during the week of June 14.
Jeff Rake, Manifest’s showrunner, tweeted in late June, “Your support is awe-inspiring…we’re not giving up. You deserve an end to the story.”
While Rake has not confirmed that another season is officially happening, he did note: “Lots of speculation out there. No comment. Other than, if the impossible happens and the dead rise again, it’s because of YOU.”
Lots of speculation out there. No comment. Other than, if the impossible happens and the dead rise again, it’s because of YOU.#SaveManifest
— Jeff Rake (@jeff_rake) July 20, 2021
Whatever it takes, Rake will even choose to produce a two-hour movie to bring closure to Manifest.
So Manifesters, you’ve been heard, and you can only get louder from here! Will the answers you’ve been waiting for resurface in a possible Season 4 pick-up? Will 828 fly again?
‘Feel Good’ Season 2 Packs Quite the Punch
In Season 2, the final adaptation of comedian Mae Martin’s (they/them) semi-autobiographical comedy, Feel Good takes on much more content in its short six episodes, packing quite the punch.
We’re guided deeper through the traumas of the primary character Mae and left wondering how they’re able to stand on their own two feet after years of childhood grooming, drug addiction, and parental toxicity.
The light answer to this is humor. As it’s joked often throughout the episodes, “comics are supposed to be sacks of shit.” Through light-hearted comedy and the power of laughter, Mae’s story is dissected. However, at times, big topics are rushed and viewers are left grasping at strings, wishing there were more episodes in the season.
Following an unfortunate relapse in Season 1, we’re immediately thrown into Mae’s life in Canada, as they’re about to reenter rehab. They’ve only been away from England for a couple of months, but with the fresh wounds of the breakup, both George (Charlotte Ritchie) and Mae aren’t healed and are still stuck in their desire for each other. I mean, Mae still has George’s photo on their nightstand!
While in rehab, Mae reconnects with an old “friend,” Scott. When he’s first introduced we’re left wondering who he is and what his role is in Mae’s life. As an addict and queer comedian, there’s much more behind Mae’s curtain of trauma than initially presented in Season 1. Much more trauma that’s led to rash behavior, and Mae’s conversation with Audrey, easily foreshadows this.
Intertwined with the main storyline, Mae’s also navigating their non-binary identity. Mirroring Martin’s own coming-out as non-binary, Mae’s figuring it out, explaining that they see themselves as more of a Ryan Goslin or Adam Driver.
Again, with only six episodes to squeeze so much storyline into, Mae’s rehab stint only lasts 15 minutes into the first episode before they’re running out the door back into the arms of Scott.
As Mae’s stumbling through life in Canada, George is also trying to keep her mind focused on things like saving the bees. At an event at her school, she meets Elliot, a bisexual, polyamorous man with whom she bonds. He’s the nice guy, maybe too nice for George. He’s one of those men who are self-proclaimed progressive and ultra-feminist, trying to mansplain the harm in porn’s presentation of women and how sex needs to be a safe space for connection.
And as Mae knows, that’s definitely not how George likes to be treated during sex. Thankfully, George and Mae reconnect, and Elliot is quickly out of the picture with Mae and George recreating their first meet-cute, hoping to restart from a fully healed wound.
As Feel Good is written by a queer person, the portrayal of queer sex is finally construed in a realistic and non-hypersexualized manner. Mae and George run through various role-playing scenarios as they are falling into what seems to be a healthy relationship.
Realistically, their timeline is rushed, but Mae needed some stability before they faced the bigger demons hiding under the bed.
The show cleverly depicts Mae’s moments of withdrawal and trauma responses through a high-pitched ringing sound. As if we’re inside Mae’s head. Originally, Mae experienced the ringing sound when they were with George, as George was a replacement drug. But, in this season, the ringing sound appeared whenever the past tried to resurface.
Mae told Audrey that they had a hard time remembering the past, that it was all like a jumbly tumbly mess of Tupperware containers. But, as the episodes progress, each Tupperware slowly found its way to its matching lid.
It becomes clear that Scott isn’t just an old friend, but a man who used to abuse and take advantage of Mae. After Mae’s kicked out of the house at a young age for drug addiction, they move in with Scott who presents himself as a safe haven and gateway to Mae’s comedic success. When, in reality, he’s a pedophile who’s grooming them.
When a woman calls Mae to talk about Scott, presumably about the things he did to both of them in the past, Mae’s reminded of the trauma they had compartmentalized. A doctor suggests Mae might have PTSD, and with George’s help, they begin the journey of confronting the harmful past.
Meanwhile, through all of the personal traumas, Mae’s working through their professional success after being signed with an agent and fulfilling their dream of TV comedy. However, Mae finds it challenging to reinvent their success from the original standup virality that got them the agent in the first place. As mentioned earlier, with comics, the butt of their jokes is their own trauma.
Unfortunately, as Mae hasn’t healed from their trauma, there’s no way they can make light of it yet. As their career goes for a bit of a downhill turn, and they have a hard time performing for an audience, they begin to seclude themselves and withdraw from the world.
In a much-needed getaway, Mae, George, and Phil take a trip to Canada in order for Mae to confront Scott.
The scene in which Mae directly tells Scott they never want to speak to them again, although a bit anticlimactic, was retrospectively a strong scene that finalized Mae’s character arc in the perfect ending to a witty, raw, and endearing show.
The final episode leaves Mae leaps and bounds beyond where they had been before on their road to recovery. And just as Mae’s love for George grew healthily from a need to a want, our need for a Season 3 resolved itself, and we feel good saying our final goodbyes to Mae and George, knowing fully well they are on their way to a fresh start.
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