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Virgin River Review – Mel Returns Home (2×01)

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The stunning and breathtaking landscape brings you right back home to Virgin River.

It’s not surprising that Mel decided to come back to this Northern California town, even despite all the “drama.” The scenery alone is picture-perfect. But that’s not all that brought her back home!

At the end of Virgin River Season 1, Mel found out from Hope, the town gossip, that Jack was expecting a baby with Charmaine. A baby changed everything between them, especially as she was still dealing with the grief of losing her child and learning she couldn’t have one again. So, she figured the best thing to do was to skip top. 

Personally, I felt like the episode glossed over the importance of Mel disconnecting from Virgin River and heading back to LA. 

The scene where she visits her husband’s grave and informs him that home doesn’t exist anymore because he was her home is heartbreaking. Mel never went to Virgin River to fall in love and move on — she went to find herself and get away from everything that reminded her of a past that was torn away from her. 

In doing so, she stumbled upon Jack, a great man that she could see herself with, but she simply wasn’t 100% ready to commit or start anything new. First, she had to mourn her old life and all that loss that she had been carrying with her before she even thinking of moving on, let alone something as serious as a man who was going to be a father with another woman. 

It was a powerful opening that allowed audiences to get a deeper view into Mel’s mindset, but I wish she would have communicated all of that to Jack when she arrived back in town as he interpreted her silence during those months in a negative way instead of understanding that it was necessary for her to step back and focus on healing.

Regardless, it didn’t take Jack long to forgive Mel and put it all out on the line: he wants to be with her and not Charmaine. It’s a bold statement that’s easier said than done. 

While it’s clear that these two will eventually pursue the attraction between them, it’s going to be a bumpy road for Mel as she doesn’t want to be the one who steals Jack’s opportunity of having a real family.

Mel’s concerns are valid; she doesn’t want to get in the middle of it, especially since Charmaine blames her for losing Jack in the first place. 

No woman who is going through trauma of her own willingly wants to get messed up in a love triangle that’s eventually going to involve a child. 

However, it’s a small town. Not only is Jack a close friend, but Doc requested Mel to be very involved in Charmaine’s pregnancy journey (which could be therapeutic for her as she focuses on bringing life into this world) since she’s the only one in town with experience dealing with hypermesis gravidarum. Mel is a doctor first and foremost, so when a patient needs her, she puts aside any and all personal drama. Even when that person takes digs like “you don’t know what it’s like you’ve never had a child” without knowing that the woman helping her went through the traumatic loss of a child. 

Doc also gave Mel some sound advice about her concerns, which could help Mel reframe her situation: Jack is an adult who was never fully invested in his relationship with Charmaine. If he wanted the familial unit, he would embrace her and this moment, but instead, even as he’s expecting a child with another woman, he willingly chooses Mel.

She’s not the home-wrecker she thinks she is; she didn’t break apart any relationship, marriage, or family.

As Doc put it, for the first time ever, Jack knows what he wants without doubt and that’s a relationship in which he feels fulfilled and content. 

Virgin River may be a scenic small town, but don’t let that scenery fool you — it has its fair share of drama.

The biggest jaw-dropping moment came at the final moment of the episode when Mel was ambushed by a bloodied and strung-out man at the clinic.

It’s unclear if this is the same man that was running behind her in a rather odd scene in the episode. Mel seemingly got spooked as she assumed the jogger was stalking her, but when she took a turn toward the woods, the man kept on going. I shrugged it off as her paranoia, but maybe it was real?

You wouldn’t peg Virgin River as a town where women get attacked, but it’s entirely possible, especially with Calvin’s gang in the shadows. They’ve already had one run-in with Mel and use Doc’s services off-the-books, so maybe this is somehow related?

What do you think it was about?

The second eerie moment was one we expected would eventually happen, but that didn’t make it any easier to watch. Paige’s abusive husband, Wes, returned. While she did her best to get off the grid and disappear with her son, her ex has been closing in on them as we saw on Virgin River Season 1. When she left Christopher with Connie to spend a nice afternoon with Preacher and come clean about the reason behind her fake identity, Wes had the nerve to “stop in” and play with his son.

I think I’m more interested to see how this storyline pans out than I am about Mel and Jack at the moment.  From what Paige said, her ex is a cop that wields not only power but connections. Not to mention he was awarded custody of Christopher before they ran away, which technically means that Paige kidnapped her kid. The fact that he found her is not good since he’s likely going to try to make her life a living hell.

Will Preacher intervene? Will he be her knight in shining armor?

As for Hope and Doc, they’re sneaking around like a pair of teenagers who are keeping their relationship a secret from their parents. 

It’s nice to see Hope finally open up and let Doc in, but I’m not entirely sure I’m interested in seeing her keep their relationship under the radar. It’s one thing not to want to be part of the town’s gossip (funny since Hope is the town’s gossip), but it’s another to encourage another woman to date your man to keep it a secret. 

Hope has punished Doc for his indiscretions for so long, I want her to finally embrace him publicly and be like “this is my man!” They both deserve it! 


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Lizzy Buczak is the founder of CraveYouTV. What started off as a silly blog in her sophomore year at Columbia College Chicago turned her passion for watching TV into an opportunity! She has been in charge of CraveYou since 2011, writing reviews and news content for a wide variety of shows. Lizzy is a Music Business and Journalism major who has written for RADIO.COM, TV Fanatic, Time Out Chicago, Innerview, Pop’stache and Family Time.

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Spring showers bring plenty of new content your way this April. 

So, who is ready to do some serious binge-watching? We didn’t practice for this all of 2020 to give up now! Especially because there are some really great TV shows premiering and a handful of highly-anticipated shows returning! 

Here’s what’s on tap!

 

TV

Law & Order: Organized Crime – NBC (April 1)

Has there been a more anticipated TV return? Detective Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) returns to the NYPD and joins a new task force while reuniting with ex-partner Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay). 

 

 

Manifest – NBC (April 1)

What happened to Flight 828? TV’s biggest mystery continues into season 3. Ben pursues a tail fin that may have belonged to the plane he was on while the rest of the passengers continue to follow Callings.

 

Home Economics – ABC (April 7)

The new comedy series looks at the uncomfortable and frustrating relationship between three adult siblings from the Hayworth family. 

 

Kung Fu – The CW (April 7)

The reboot of the 1970s drama of the same name stars Legacies actress Olivia Liang as Nicky Shen, a young Chinese-American woman who drops out of college and travels to a monastery in China only to return home to San Francisco and find it overrun by crime. As she doles out justice, she finds herself the target of an assassin.

 

Rebel – ABC (April 8)

Katey Sagal stars as Annie “Rebel” Bello, a blue-collar legal attorney who ruthlessly fights for the cases she believes in. The series is inspired by the life of Erin Brockovich.

 

Them – Amazon Prime (April 9)

The limited horror anthology hails from Lena Waithe and finds a black family in the 1950s moving into a white neighborhood in L.A. where they not only have to deal with terrible neighbors but also supernatural forces that mean to do them harm. 

 

Fear the Walking Dead – AMC (April 11)

Season 6B picks up with John Dorie reuniting with an old friend who helps him through a dark moment. 

 

The Circle – Netflix (April 14)

The highly-addictive reality series, described as Big Brother meets Catfish, returns for a second season. Contestants move into the same apartment building but never meet face-to-face as they’re only allowed to communicate through a special social media app. 

 
 

Dad Stop Embarrassing Me – Netflix (April 14)

The sitcom, inspired by Jamie Foxx’s relationship with his daughter, Corinne, finds him playing the role of a single dad and cosmetics brand owner who must navigate raising a teen daughter. 

 

Younger – Paramount+ (April 15)

The seventh and final season of Younger wraps up Liza’s journey at Empirical/Millennial and hopefully reveals if she ends up with #TeamJosh or #TeamCharles once and for all. 

 

Big Shot – Disney+ (April 16)

John Stamos moves on from Uncle Jesse in a new role former men’s basketball coach who gets fired and is forced to become a coach at an elite all-girls school. If you’re looking for a new sports drama with heart, look no further.

 

Cruel Summer – Freefrom (April 21)

Hailing from executive producer Jessica Biel, Freeform’s newest thriller takes the spot left behind by Pretty Little Liars. Set in the 90s, it follows the disappearance of a popular and charming girl and the nerdy wannabe who is blamed for the crime. 

 

Shadow & Bone – Netflix (April 23)

In the fantasy series, based on a book of the same name, sinister forces plot against a young woman who has the powers to unite her world. 

 

93rd Oscars – ABC (April 25)

As they say in show biz, the award show must go on. The 93rd Oscars, which originally mandated an in-person attendance amid the coronavirus pandemic, have reversed course and are allowing remote participation. 

 

The Handmaid’s Tale – Hulu (April 28)

June and her fellow Handmaids go beyond the walls of Gilead following an uprising as they seek freedom in the dystopian series.

 

MOVIES

Concrete Cowboy – Netflix (April 2)

Stranger Things‘ Caleb McLaughlin stars as a teen who befriends a community of Black cowboys in Philadelphia when he stays with his estranged dad (played by Idris Elba) for the summer.

 

Thunder Force – Netflix (April 9)

Dynamic duo Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer are former childhood best friends who invent a formula that gives them superhero powers. 

 

Stowaway – Netflix (April 22)

A stowaway crashes a mission to Mars and risks the lives of the whole crew on-board. The sci-fi thriller stars Anna Kendrick and Daniel Dae Kim.

 

Without Remorse – Amazon Prime (April 30)

Michael B. Jordan stars as John Clark, an elite NAVY Seal who uncovers a covert plot while investigating the death of his pregnant wife.


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We’ve got some elite news!

Spanish drama Elite has been renewed for a fifth season at Netflix!

The news isn’t all that shocking considering the drama, set in the ritzy private school of Las Encinas in Spain, is one of the streamer’s best performing Spanish originals. 

Not only is the cast incredible, the first few seasons were hinged around an intoxicating murder mystery and plenty of steamy love scenes. 

The renewal comes ahead of the fourth season, which currently doesn’t have a premiere date. In 2020, filming was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic and an outbreak on set.

It’s possible the series will return in the spring/summer of 2021. 

The upcoming season will see a handful of familiar faces including Samu (Itzan Escamilla), Guzman (Miguel Bernardeau), Omar (Omar Ayuso), Rebeca (Claudia Salas), and Ander (Aron Piper) as they were held back due to their shenanigans. The drama will also welcome new students Manu Ríos , Carla Díaz , Martina Cariddi and Pol Granch to shake things up. 

Deadline also reports that the fifth season has added Argentinan actress Valentina Zenere (Soy Luna) and Brazilan actor André Lamoglia (Juacas) to its cast.

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What to Watch in March 2021 Guide: Good Girls, Coming 2 America, The Irregulars, and MORE!

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Can you believe it’s almost March?

2021 is flying by, and I have to credit the fact that there has been so much good television available!

Despite COVID-19 still holding a grasp on the world, plenty of our favorite TV shows were able to return to production and deliver outstanding seasons that are keeping us entertained every single day of the week. 

March sees a return of some favorites on primetime along with some new additions to streaming. 

Here’s everything to watch on March 2021: 

 

TV

Debris – NBC (March 1)

Calling all sci-fi fans! Two international agents are tasked with investigating mysterious wreckage that falls from the sky. As British agent Finola Jones and American agent Bryan Beneventi lead the charge to track down all the debris scattered across the Western Hemisphere, they realize it’s a race against time!  

 

The Voice – NBC (March 1)

The singing competition returns for season 20 with Blake Shelton, Nick Jonas, John Legend, and Kelly Clarkson at the helm! 

 

Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell – Netflix (March 1)

The documentary on famed rapper The Notorious B.I.G. celebrates his life and tracks his journey to rap king alongside rare footage and in-depth interviews. 

 

New Amsterdam – NBC (March 2)

With the pandemic still in full-swing, season 3 kicks off with a plane crash in the East River.

 
 
Wandavision – Disney Plus (March 5)
 
One of the longest episodes of the season marks the season finale of the series as it embarks into full MCU territory. 
 

 
 

Good Girls – NBC (March 7)

Your favorite suburban criminals are back for season 4! Beth, Ruby, and Annie continue their life of crime by pouring themselves into Boland Bubbles to wash money for “homeboy.” With the FBI hot on their trail, will they find a way to stay above water?

 

Station 19 and Grey’s Anatomy – ABC (March 11) 

After going on hiatus in December, the Shondaland shows return with a crossover that tackles the issue of human trafficking.

 

A Million Little Things – ABC (March 11)

After a nearly three-month wait, A Million Little Things is finally getting new episodes and it’s going to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. Per the synopsis: “As [the virus] becomes more widespread across the U.S., Boston goes into lockdown putting Rome’s movie in jeopardy and forcing Maggie to return home from Oxford. Because the hospitals are overwhelmed with patients, Eddie’s back surgery is cancelled, leading him to take desperate measures to cope with the severe pain.

 

Love Alarm – Netflix (March 12)

The popular K-drama about an app that alerts people if someone in the area likes them returns for its second season on Netflix!

 

Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal – Netflix (March 17)

You’re familiar with the college bribery scandal that brought down Aunt Becky and other wealthy parents who stopped at nothing to get their children into top-tier universities. The documentary synopsis reads: “Using an innovative combination of interviews and narrative recreations of the FBI’s wiretapped conversations between Singer and his clients, Operation Varsity Blues offers a rare glimpse into the enigmatic figure behind a scheme that exposed the lengths wealthy families would go to for admission into elite colleges, and angered a nation already grappling with the effects of widespread inequality.”

 

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: Episode 1 and 2 – Disney Plus (March 19)
 

The highly-anticipated Marvel action series brings together Falcon and the Winter Soldier, who “team up for a global adventure that will test their survival skills — as well as their patience.” Starring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, the action picks up after the events of “Avengers: Endgame” with the first two episodes airing on the streamer on March 19 and March 26, respectively.

 

 

The Irregulars – Netflix (March 26)

The Sherlock Holmes spin-off series follows a group of “troubled street teens” who are wrapped into solving crimes and saving London from supernatural elements by the “sinister Doctor Watson.”

 

Pooch Perfect – ABC (March 30)

Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson is set to host this dog grooming reality competition that’s based on a UK competition of the same name (also hosted by Wilson). The episodes will spotlight 10 dog groomers around the country competing in challenges. 

 

Movies

Coming 2 America – Amazon Prime (March 5)

Comedic geniuses Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall reunite as Akeem and Semmi to take audiences back to Zamunda, the royal country made popular in the 80s. It’s worth the watch if only for nostalgia’s sake. 

 

Raya and the Last Dragon – Disney Plus (March 5)

After being delayed the coronavirus pandemic, the film will finally debut months later. It’ll premiere simultaneously on Disney+ Premier Access and in theaters on the same day! Per the synopsis: ” Long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. However, when sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, those same monsters have returned, and it’s up to a lone warrior to track down the last dragon and stop the Druun for good.”

 

Moxie – Netflix (March 3)

Amy Poehler lends her talents to a second Netflix original about a shy 16-year-old who is inspired by her mom’s rebellious past and publishes an anonymous zine to tackle sexism inside the high school hallways. 

 

Yes Day – Netflix (March 12) 

Saying “no” to your kids can be difficult, so parents Allison (played by Jennifer Garner) and Carlos give their kids one day where they say “yes” to all their requests.

 

Paper Lives (Kağıttan Hayatlar) – Netflix (March 15)

The Turkish drama finds warehouse worker Mehmet (starring Çağatay Ulusoy) working in an impoverished neighborhood where he becomes responsible for a small boy.

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