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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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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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