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Umbrella Academy Review – Coffee, Dinner & a Cult (2 x 06)

(L-R): Five, Alison, Klaus, Luther, Diego, and Vanya in an elevator moments before reuniting with Reginald Hargreeves. Image c/o Netflix.
Reginald Hargreeves invites the siblings for a meeting in episode 206 "A Light Supper."

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In episode 206 of Umbrella Academy, the siblings are invited by Reginald Hargreeves for “a light supper” after Five cryptically quotes Homer’s Odyssey in ancient Greek at the end of episode 4 to alarm his father, which definitely catches his attention. Turns out, Reginald insisted his children read the aforementioned book when they were younger, which he also did with Pogo in episode 5.

Allison Shows Ray Her Powers

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After the opening sequence showed how Allison and Ray met when she first arrived in 1961, Allison tells Ray everything about her and the future. Ray finds everything hard to believe, including the presidency of Barack Obama, which Allison divulges.

Ray then demands proof of Allison’s powers, so Allison humors him by going shopping at a whites-only haberdashery and she uses her powers on the store clerk, which triggers a shopping montage as Ray tries on everything at the store. Ray questions why she doesn’t use her powers for the civil rights movement and Allison responds by showing him.

They go back to the diner where they organized a sit-in during episode 3, the dark side of Allison’s powers surfaces, and Ray gets scared off and asks her if she used her powers on him, she truthfully assured him she never did, but Ray remains wary.

Klaus Tries To Disband His Cult

The comedic highlight of the episode, Klaus, for once, tries to do the right thing and agrees to release the cult he created (Destiny’s Children) from his influence. Ben is ecstatic of his decision and is supportive of Klaus for the first time.

However, as Klaus admits his fraudulence to his followers they interpret it as prophetic words of wisdom veiled as an introspective lesson. They slowly begin admitting “I’m a fraud” one-by-one, which frustrates both Klaus and Ben as Klaus says to him, “I tried dude.”

Clearly, Klaus’ charisma has deeply entrenched his followers into delusional group-think, which could complicate things for him and potentially affect the timeline.

*Side notes from this story arc:

  • Ben has developed a crush on Jill, one of Klaus’ followers, which is the reason why he wants the cult to break up.
  • David visits the cult hoping to find answers from Klaus, but they end up in an argument about laying one’s life down for their country.
  • A frustrated Ben accidentally discovers he might be capable of possessing Klaus when he tried to attack him, and hilariously says the line:

“I think I was inside of you.”

A Light Supper

Despite nearly everyone hesitating to go, the Hargreeves siblings all decide to take up Reginald’s invitation and have dinner with him.

In a tension breaking moment, Luther passes gas in the elevator because he’s nervous of meeting face-to-face with their father again. The rest of the team is shown rushing out of the elevator as soon as it opens.

During the meeting, they discuss why they’ve been pursuing Reginald, and why they’ve been referring to him as his father. Five reveals their history as the Umbrella Academy, and how Reginald created them, but his doubts remain. So to try to prove it, the siblings show some of their powers.

  • Diego throws a knife that narrowly misses Reginald.
  • Five teleports to stop Diego from fully attacking Reginald after he insults Diego’s aim.
  • Allison rumors Diego into punching himself because he comments “she never uses it.”
  • Vanya demonstrates the improved control of her powers, which her siblings are still (hilariously) traumatically scared of.
  • Ben possesses Klaus to tell alert everyone of his presence, and he and Klaus pass out.

EMOTIONAL BREAKTHROUGHS

Also during dinner, Luther, Diego, and Five have varying emotionally-charged moments with Reginald.

  • Reginald verbally breaks down Diego’s psyche by telling him he’s a delusional fool with a hero complex, so his stutter momentarily returns and his father’s influence over him is clearly still profound.
  • Luther, in his first act of paternal defiance, stands up to Reginald and shows him his ape body to tell Reginald he holds him responsible for it.
  • In a surprisingly cathartic moment, Five and Reginald have a private discussion (because Reginald sees Five as the most sensible of the group), and the two share a moment of mutual respect and understanding. They have a meaningful drink of cognac together, and when Five asks Reginald for advice regarding time-travel, he tells him:

“Start small… seconds, not decades. A lot can be done in a few seconds… One can topple empires. One can even fall in love.”

Other Noteworthy Events:

  • The Handler gives Elliott’s address to the Swedes, so they can kill Diego. Instead, the Swedes find Elliott alone at home and kill him at the end of the episode to send a message to the Hargreeves.
  • Sissy and Vanya are seen being intimate together by Carl, which can only mean bad news.
  • Five approaches the Handler at the end of the episode and agrees to assassinate the Commission’s board of directors.

VERDICT: 9.0/10

This is arguably the most tension-filled and eventful episode of the season so far, and the interactions between the Hargreeves siblings and their father is a rewatchable scene that’s packed with a lot of great dialogue and tidbits of comedy and drama. Klaus shines especially in this episode as he delivers some quotable lines.


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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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