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Umbrella Academy Review – The Handler Comes Back To Life, & [SPOILERS] Return (2 x 02)

After getting shot in the head in season 1, The Handler survives and is back to cause problems for the Hargreeves.
Kate Walsh reprises her role as The Handler in Season2 of Umbrella Academy.

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In season 2 of Umbrella Academy episode 2 “The Frankel Footage,” The Handler comes back to life after getting shot in the head by Hazel in season 1. Then Diego and Five encounter the younger versions of Pogo and their father, Reginald Hargreeves, who turn out to be formidable opponents.

Also, the mysterious Commission assassins are revealed to be called “The Swedes,” who have decided to wear milkman outfits as disguises.

After her shocking death in season 1 at the hands of Hazel, The Handler is shown in the opening scene of the episode almost getting incinerated by two morgue workers. Fortunately, she regains consciousness just in the nick of time to tell them to take her to the hospital.

She survives because of a metal plate in her head that’s implanted from a previous incident.

It takes her three months to rehabilitate herself back to health and proceeds to return to work at the Commission. However, she’s been demoted and usurped by AJ, a character lifted straight from the comic book, who well… looks like this:

The Handler doesn’t take well to her new role and is furious at the person who put her there, Number Five.

Ironically, she is placed at the same desk where she put Five on in season 1 when she “promoted” him. Her return certainly complicates things for the Hargreeves who already have a lot going on in their plate.

Young Reginald and Pogo

A young Reginald Hargreeves (Colm Feore) and Pogo make a surprise return in episode 2 of Umbrella Academy season 2. Image c/o Netflix.

After deciphering the film (labeled “Frankel Footage”) left by Hazel in Five’s pocket as a clue in episode 1, Diego and Five find out that their father is alive and in Dallas the same as them, and seems to be involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy as the grainy video suggests.

They decide to track his company, D.S. Umbrella, in hopes of finding and confronting their father. The company is revealed to be a front, and they find disturbing clues that make no sense.

Eventually, Five finds a young Pogo who attacks and injures him. While Diego engages his young, spry and agile father who is more than a capable fighter in his own right. Diego almost beats Reginald but he hesitates, which Reginald takes advantage of by stabbing Diego and calling him an “amateur” before escaping with Pogo.

The fight scene is great by itself, but because it was foreshadowed makes it much more clever.

Earlier in the episode, Five describes Diego as “Imagine Batman, but aim low.”

A seemingly throwaway joke that surprisingly pays off as a setup because Diego and Reginald’s fight mimics the scene in Batman v. Superman where Batman hesitates to deliver the coup de grace on Superman when he utters the name “Martha.”

Similarly, Diego, after seeing his father’s face pauses and suffers the consequences.

Other Notes:

As for the rest of the Hargreeves siblings…

Diego starts developing a bond with the mysterious crazy lady, Lila (played by a new cast member, Ritu Arya), from the loony bin they were admitted to.

Vanya also seems to be growing attracted to Sissy– the woman with an autistic mute son, Harlan– who took her in.

Luther tracks down, confronts, and apologizes to Vanya for what he did in season 1.

Klaus seems to have created a cult and is sent to prison where he meets Alison’s husband as they bond over Shakespeare passages.

Also, Klaus hilariously quotes lyrics from “Waterfalls” by TLC and passes them off as sage wisdom to followers of his cult.

Alison continues to struggle with racism during those times and has to plan a sit-in while her husband is in jail.

Luther’s boss is revealed to be Jack Ruby, the historic gangster who killed Lee Harvey Oswald after the latter’s trial.

Verdict: 9.0/10

The episode is fast-paced and filled with excellent music choices that fit well into scenes, which has been a distinct element for Umbrella Academy. Particularly the contrapuntal tracks that underscore sinister scenes work especially well. Moreover, the background setting in the 1960s continues to dictate narrative elements into the fold that gives the characters great new thematic elements to play in.


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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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Inventing Anna Series Premiere Review – Who the Hell Is Anna Delvey? (1×01)

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From the creative mind of Shonda Rhimes comes Inventing Anna.

It’s the story of Anna Delvey that you’ve likely heard before, but with Shondaland’s exclusive twist on it.

Delvey, real name Anna Sorokin, was a faux socialite who scammed New York’s high society, including hotels, banks, Wall Street, and elite friends.

The Russian immigrant posed as a German heiress in an attempt to steal millions of dollars from the wealthy. 

But despite having Sorokin’s name in the title, the first episode of the Netflix limited series hinges heavily on Vivian Kent, the ambitious journalist who landed the tell-all interview with Delvey. 

Anna Chlumsky (who you might remember from the ’90s My Girl fame) is a powerhouse in the role as she sets her sights on Delvey/Sorokin (played by Ozark’s Julia Garner) in order to revive her career. 

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Inventing Anna. Anna Chlumsky as Vivian Kent in episode 103 of Inventing Anna. Cr. David Giesbrecht/Netflix © 2021

Kent has been banished to “Scriberia,” a corner of the office where she’s convinced journalists go to die. After coming upon Delvey’s upcoming trial, she sniffs out a case and tries to convince her bosses — Paul and Landon — to cover the story. 

Unfortunately, neither of them seemed particularly moved by her spiel as they insist she covers the women of Wall Street’s #MeToo plight. 

Kent, however, doesn’t feel compelled to bully these women into telling their stories for clickbait and pursues the Delvey story instead. 

The more she digs, the less she knows. 

Delvey is an enigma who seemingly crafted many personas while schmoozing with New York’s upper echelon. 

Eventually, Kent is able to convince the editor of The Manhattan (the show’s New York magazine) to let her roll with the story. 

It’s unclear why her editor, Paul, has it out for her, but the series seems to purposefully leave Kent’s background vague throughout the episode. 

All we know is that something went wrong, a little boy was involved, Google will remember it forever (the internet never forgets), and that’s she’s desperate to revive her career, a feat she hopes to accomplish before she has her baby girl. When she realizes that it might not be possible, she has an entire breakdown at the gynecologist’s office during the ultrasound, which, as a woman trying to juggle a career and motherhood, is all too relatable. 

And then — she gets the absolute motivation to convince Delvey to reject the plea deal being offered and fight for her reputation as well. 

In an intense meeting where Kent levels with Delvey, she convinces her that she deserves to have her story told. 

But that’s not what ultimately persuades Delvey. As a journalist, you want something from your subject, but in order to get it, you also have to know what your subject wants. So, in exchange for her story, Kent promises Delvey the one thing she wants more than anything: fame.

After all, Delvey herself claims that the persona she made up is a “masterpiece, bitches,” while the friends she conned note that she was a “legend” and “icon.”

In that pivotal scene, it seems as though Kent has fully tapped into why Delvey concocted her scheme in the first place. While she claims to be a businesswoman who wanted to secure a loan for an exclusive club she wanted to open up, Delvey was obsessed with the high life; the exclusivity of being an “it” girl.

Kent tapped into the vein fueling Delvey’s motivations this whole time — even from the depths of Rikers. 

While the series is based on a true story, it’s definitely not an accurate depiction of what really happened, but that’s neither here nor there because the episode is wildly entertaining and keeps you hanging on to every single delusion Delvey divulges. 

Much of Kent’s background — even if vague at times — is presented, while there’s just enough of Garner’s Delvey, with her intense accent, to hook you into coming back for more. 

Though neither would admit it, Delvey and Kent have one thing in common — the need to prove themselves, which makes this profile something that’s in both of their best interests.

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Inventing Anna. Julia Garner as Anna Delvery in episode 104 of Inventing Anna. Cr. Nicole Rivelli/Netflix © 2021

And it’s even in the interest of Delvey’s lawyer, Todd, who also wants to prove himself as an ADA. 

Todd, played by Arian Moayed, is definitely battling some insecurity issues. He even tells his wife, a powerful attorney working at her father’s firm, that he feels inferior to many of their friends. He may be defending the world’s biggest con artist, but somehow, he’s the one feeling like a fraud while Delvey remains adamant she’s not the criminal they are painting her out to be. 

At times, you almost feel for Delvey and start to believe her story, only to realize that her act is one big manipulation tactic. It also becomes harder to empathize with her when she calls Kent out for looking “very poor” and “very, very fat.” However, those moments paint a vivid photo of the kind of things Delvey prioritized, even while spending time in one of the most dangerous prisons. 

All of this likely proves that Garner has nailed the role of the woman who was able to manipulate some of the smartest people in the city. 

Of course, while much of the back-and-forth dance happens between Kent and Delvey, there’s an incredible supporting cast. 

Todd faces off assistant DA Catherine McCaw played by Westworld’s Rebecca Henderson. 

Rhimes takes care of her own as Scandal’s Katie Lowes and Jeff Perry; Lowes plays ex-Vanity Fair picture researcher and Delvey’s bestie Rachel DeLoache Williams, while Perry is Kent’s fellow journalist.

The Bold Type’s Alexis Floyd as Neff, an employee at the hotel Delvey stayed at who assists Kent with her story, while Orange Is the New Black’s Laverne Cox will appear as celebrity fitness trainer Kacy Duke.

Inventing Anna has all the makings of a Rhimes hit series, so strap in for the ride because from the looks of it, Delvey is just getting started as we take a peak behind the curtain to figure out what exactly led up to this very prison meeting. 

And we can’t wait to see where Garner takes this role as the trial ramps up, which leaves all of NYC’s finest quaking in their boots.

After all, did you ever imagine that Ruth would become the moral heartbeat of Ozark?!


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‘The Woman In the House’ – Everything You Need to Know About Kristen Bell’s New Thriller

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Everything we know About Kristen Bell's upcoming comedy thriller The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window

Kristen Bell is known for her comedic chops, but she’s dabbling a new genre come 2022.

“The Good Place” actress will star as Anna in a dark comedy thriller on Netflix. 

Here’s everything we know about the upcoming series “The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window.”

 

What’s It About?

The series focuses on the heartbroken lead who lives everyday the same way — staring out her window and watching life pass her by while she sips her wine. 

All of that is flipped upside down when her handsome neighbor moves in across the street and she witnesses a murder… or does she? Does someone want her to forget? Did she imagine it? Are they the hallucinations?

We’re already totally invested. 

 

Is there a Trailer?

YES! Glad you asked. The teaser is intoxicating and shows exactly why Bell was the right choice for the role!

Check it out below: 

 

Who Else Is in the Series?

Well, there’s Bell. Other cast members include: Michael Ealy, Tom Riley, Mary Holland, Cameron Britton, Samsara Yett, Christina Anthony, and Benjamin Levy Aguilar. 

 
How Long is the Series?
 
The season consists of eight, 30-minute episodes. You know what that means? They’re easily binge-able with your glass of wine! 
 
 
Why Does It Sound So Familiar?
 
It parodies Amy Adams’ thriller “The Woman in the Window” and the 2016 film “The Girl on the Train.”
 
 

When Does It Premiere?

The show hits Netflix on Friday, Jan. 28, 2022!

 

Is There Going to be a Second Season?

While it’s crafted as a limited-series that doesn’t necessarily mean that a second season is out of the question. After all, Big Little Lies was also a limited-series. Never say never!

 


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WATCH: Christmas is Here Early With a Trailer for ‘The Princess Switch 3’

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Princess Switch 3 Trailer Released

Oops… she’s doing it again!

The holiday season isn’t complete without Vanessa Hudgens, who is back once again for The Princess Switch 3.

Netflix has released the official trailer and from the looks of it, it’s going to be filled with comedy, romance, and yes, three different accents and voices all performed by the talented actress.

Check out the trailer below.

Hudgens is once again reprising her roles as Queen Margaret and Princess Stacy, with a new addition Fiona, the cousin.

After the special guest, the Vatican’s Star of Peace is stolen, the two royal lookalikes need to team up together to steal it back. In order to do so, they enlist the help of their cousin Fiona who is also identical to them. The three completely different personalities work together to safely bring back the missing treasure.

Alongside Hudgens, the cast includes Sam Palladio, Remy Hii, Nick Sagar, and Will Kemp.

Netflix will release The Princess Switch 3 on November 18th, so set your calendars!

Recap the The Princess Switch: Switched Again right here

Yes, That Is Queen Amber from ‘A Christmas Prince’ in ‘The Princess Switch: Switched Again’


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