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Umbrella Academy Review – Backstreet’s Back To The Future (2 x 07)

Five assassinates the Commission's board on the Handler's behalf in exchange for a briefcase that can take him and his family back to 2019.
THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY (L to R) AIDAN GALLAGHER as NUMBER FIVE and KATE WALSH as THE HANDLER in episode 207 of THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY Cr. CHRISTOS KALOHORIDIS/NETFLIX © 2020

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In episode 207, “Öga For Öga,” of Umbrella Academy, Five secures a way back to stop the apocalypse by making a nefarious deal with the Handler. Five assassinates the Commission’s board of directors in exchange for a briefcase that will take him and his siblings back to 2019, but they only have 90 minutes to do so.

Will Five and his siblings be able to pull through and meet the deadline? The quick answer, no, not really because there are three more episodes left.

This episode was a bit underwhelming since the overall plot seems forced from the get-go. Even though there are great scenes, funny moments, and excellent music choices as usual throughout the show, it’s kind of easy to predict where it was going.

Five Takes Out The Commission’s Board

The opening scene with Five assassinating the board of directors is one of the absolute highlights of this episode, if not the entire season so far.

During the scene, Five uses an ax to brutally decapitate, disembowel, and dice the members one by one in a bloody frenzy that shows how fearsome Five can be.

In the aftermath, he spares AJ (the fish in a man’s body from episode 2) whom he gives to the Handler in exchange for the briefcase that will safely return Five and the rest of the Hargreeves back to 2019.

With the board gone, the Handler easily takes over the Commission and institutes herself as the new leader with Lila as her head of security. This could certainly mean bad news for the Umbrella Academy despite the Handler’s vow of leaving Five and his siblings alone.

Ben Possesses Klaus

After discovering that he can possess Klaus in the previous episode, Ben asks Klaus if he can do it again so he can have a moment with Jill, the woman he’s been crushing on that’s part of Klaus’ cult. Klaus reluctantly allows him but sets some ground rules before they go through with it.

Ben, in Klaus’ body, ends up having the best day of his life for years as he savors every moment touching, feeling, smelling, and tasting things again. He even lays down on a garden patch and contently says “I love dirt” while making a dirt angel.

Soon after, Jill joins him and he has the moment he’s been desperately craving for as they talk and enjoy each other’s company. But then he awkwardly asks to smell her hair but that’s okay because after all, Ben hasn’t smelled anything for a long time.

To his shock, however, Jill responds strongly and wants to have sex with him saying they’ve done it before and even calls him “daddy,” implying that Klaus has had sex with her already.

Before Ben can process this discovery, Diego shows up to take him to Five, so they can return to 2019. In a sweet moment, Ben reveals to Diego that it’s him possessing Klaus’s body, and he proves it by saying something only he and Diego would know.

The two share a heartfelt brotherly moment but soon separate afterward as each of them has unfinished business before meeting up with Five.

No One Is Insignificant

In a tense moment between Vanya and Five (arguably the two most powerful members of the team), Vanya insists on bringing Sissy and Harlan back to 2019 to take them away from the unhappy marital situation with Carl.

Both of them begin emanating powerful glows, signaling that each of them is ready to use force if necessary to convince the other.

Vanya argues that bringing a housewife and her troubled child isn’t significant enough to cause a shift in the timeline.

However, Five snaps back at her and says “No one is insignificant!”

This resonates with Vanya given that she herself had personal experiences with being disregarded, so she powers down and listens to Five’s reasoning.

Vanya still secretly tries to bring Sissy and Harlan with her, however, but she’s arrested and knocked unconscious because Sissy foolishly left a letter to Carl telling him of their escape, which prompts Carl to report them to his brother who happens to be a police officer.

No One Makes It Back To 2019

In a less than surprising twist of the episode, most of the siblings (apart from Luther and Klaus) make it to the deadline.

  • Diego, while trying to bury to the corpse of Elliott, gets drugged and kidnapped by Lila and takes him to the Commission where he introduces him as her boyfriend to her mother.
  • Allison tries to convince Ray to go with her to the future as well, but he refuses and wants to continue the fight for civil liberties. Afterward, they are attacked by the Swedes where Allison is forced to rumor one of the brothers to kill the other. She misses the deadline too because the fight took too long.
  • Ben hilariously quotes lyrics from the Backstreet Boys song “Everybody” to try and pass it off as parting words to Klaus’ cult followers. This line also triggers the final sequence of the episode as Ben says “Oh my god! We’re back again. Brothers and sisters everybody sing!” as the song starts playing in the background.

Verdict: 7.0/10

The main flaw of this episode is the premise of a time limit regarding the briefcase that Five receives from the Handler. It’s a bit of a cop-out in terms of being used as a narrative device, and even though the episode isn’t bad at all. In fact, there are many memorable scenes particularly involving Five and Ben that definitely stands out as some of the best this season.

 


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Who Will Die On ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4B?

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Who Dies on Stranger Things Season 4B?

Stranger Things Season 4 was quite a bloodbath, but we haven’t seen anything yet.

While Vecna claimed a handful of victims in the first eight episodes of the season, none of them were part of the core cast. 

That’s all about to change come Season 4B, which does not go easy on our Hawkins best and brightest. 

The final two episodes — both feature-length in duration, clocking in at over two hours a piece — have been teased by Joseph Quinn (Eddie Munson) as absolute “carnage.”

Noah Schnapp (Will Byers) has been doing the press rounds and hinting at a major character death, and truthfully, all signs point to Steve Harrington. 

Think about it: His death would have the largest emotional impact. He’s a fan favorite, he’s the “dad” of the group often taking on the protector role and keeping the kids safe when their parents are literally nowhere to be found, he’s an overall good guy, and he has so much momentum and chemistry with Nancy right now, it’s insane.

Per Insider, Joe Keery’s character wasn’t supposed to survive the first season in the Duffer Brother’s original plan, but they simply couldn’t let him go. 

And it’s exactly why his death would destroy a whole fandom, crumbling them at the core. It’s a death that will hit both fans and characters equally as hard. Some might argue that Steve is the glue that holds it all together, never taking himself too seriously but also going boldly right into the danger zone.

Matt Duffer didn’t exactly confirm that Steve would be the big death of the season, but he also didn’t deny it either.

“If he’s going to die, it’s not going to be from the bat bite,” Matt told Variety, which is almost reassuring. He did acknowledge everyone is “worried about Steve,” so maybe his death is too obvious.

If we’re all prepared for it, it won’t be as effective, right?

Who Dies on Stranger Things Season 4B?

STRANGER THINGS. (L to R) Eduardo Franco as Argyle, Noah Schnapp as Will Byers, Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler, and Charlie Heaton as Jonathan Byers in STRANGER THINGS. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022

In that case, could it be Nancy Wheeler? At the end of season 4, Nancy is stuck in the Upside Down in a trance as Vecna explains his origin story to her. It’s unclear why he chose to be honest with Nancy, but that’s a good journalist for you — getting the story even when it could cost her her life.

Of course, Steve is in the Upside Down with Nancy, so I don’t think she’ll die there just yet. There’s no way he’d leave her behind without bringing her to safety. But if Nancy is already connected to Vecna, that means she’s running out of time and unless she can find a foothold in the real world to keep her safe a la Max’s “Running Up That Hill,” she might just be his next victim.

Other possibilities:

Dr. Benner or Dr. Owens — Both of them care for Eleven and want to help restore her powers so that she can defeat this evil once and for all. But the FBI is coming for them, and they don’t take kindly to betrayal. I can see them sacrificing themselves to help Eleven escape for the greater good. Owens would be slightly more upsetting because Brenner might just deserve it.

Eddie — Eddie is a fan favorite, and if look at the show’s track record of killing off the lovable, new guy, well, it doesn’t bode well for the newcomer. He’s already been to the Upside Down, and based on the teaser, we know he returns there for some epic guitar solo. Maybe that’s his triumphant moment before death?

Jonathan — The only way that Nancy and Steve could work is if Jonathan is out of the picture. And while it’s cruel to kill him off for the sake of another relationship, there’s also not much that Jonathan is actually contributing to the storyline anymore aside from getting high with his friend Argyle. His death, however, would shake the core group as he’s Will’s brother and rock.  

Eleven — It’s unlikely that the series would risk killing their biggest asset, but she is gearing up for her biggest battle yet. It’s going to take everything that she has. Some might say, you don’t make it out alive after using up all that power. And Eleven loves her friends deeply, so we know she would sacrifice everything for them.

Who Dies on Stranger Things Season 4B?

STRANGER THINGS. (L to R) Tom Wlaschiha as Dmitrti, Brett Gelman as Murray Bauman, Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers, and David Harbour as Jim Hopper in STRANGER THINGS. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022

Joyce, Murray, Dmitri, and Hopper are in a dangerous situation in Russia, but considering that they’ve managed to survive a plane crash, Siberia, imprisonment, and a Demogorgon, I have full faith in them! 

Who do you think is going to die on Stranger Things Season 4B?


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Fans React to Chilling Netflix Doc ‘Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey’

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Fans Recall Feeling 'Sick' After Watching Chilling Netflix Doc 'Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey'

The latest true-crime series on Netflix that’s gripping/disturbing audiences everywhere? Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey

The four-part series is based on the polygamous religious section known as the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS). It examines the rise of leader Warren Jeffs, who, at one point (prior to his arrest), had about 69 wives, some as young as 12.

If you find the synopsis disturbing, you’re pretty much on the same page as viewers who recalled feeling quite “traumatized”  and “sic” after watching the show. 

Here are some of the tweets and reactions about Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey:

https://twitter.com/Rachel_Andrews/status/1534644130634244099?s=20&t=mGy6HiJYfutUpVJ-y_4Mgw

https://twitter.com/SpaaceWitch666/status/1534952940695437319?s=20&t=mGy6HiJYfutUpVJ-y_4Mgw

https://twitter.com/ClaretteWaithe1/status/1534545816442097665?s=20&t=mGy6HiJYfutUpVJ-y_4Mgw

https://twitter.com/KimMannix/status/1534947655909904384?s=20&t=mGy6HiJYfutUpVJ-y_4Mgw

https://twitter.com/oucrimsongirl/status/1535261255686148098?s=20&t=mGy6HiJYfutUpVJ-y_4Mgw


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WATCH: ‘Manifest’ Season 4 Sneak Peek

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WATCH: 'Manifest' Season 4 Sneak Peek from Geeked Week

The fourth and final season of Manifest is on the horizon! 

As part of Geeked Week, Netflix gave fans a first look and the upcoming season.

The clip features Michaela (Melissa Roxburgh), who takes an unsolicited trip to the docks to locate a shipping container decked out in images of cherry blossom.

The shipping container that she needed to locate is glowing, so it’s likely that a vision brought her here.

But when she opens that bad boy up, it doesn’t seem like she knows what she’s looking for at all. In fact, she’s terrified to find a hand reaching for her. The man, who doesn’t seem to be doing well at all, has “Stone 828” carved into his hand. I really hope they aren’t introducing zombies into the mix. 

Netflix knew that they would pique our interest with this snippet, but since we have no other context about the scene, there’s not much to theorize or go off of in terms of what’s happening. 

All we truly know is that the Stone family is doing their best to crack the mystery of what happened to Flight 828 before time officially runs out. 

What do you think about the sneak peek? 

There is no season premiere date just yet, but according to Netflix the final season is “coming soon.” And it was confirmed that it will be released in two batches of 10 episodes. 


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