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Virgin River Review – An Outbreak Caused by Jack’s (2×08)

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Jack has beef with Calvin!

Calvin is the type of guy who doesn’t like when other people meddle in his business, but that’s never seemed to stop Jack. 

He knows that if he doesn’t step up, no one will be able to stop Calvin from destroying Virgin River. He feels like it’s his duty, but the way he went about trying to get to Calvin was troublesome. Jack couldn’t guarantee Spencer’s safety, and yet, he told him that he could so that he could get information on Calvin. 

How was he planning on keeping Spencer safe? At this point, Jack throws his word around without being able to back it up. He has a hero complex, which unfortunately, may have cost Spencer his life because Calvin and his men were aware that he was a “rat” amongst them. They don’t lie when they say Calvin has men everywhere. 

Of course, it’s in Brady’s hands, and by the looks of that scene, it doesn’t seem like Brady will have the guts to pull the trigger. 

Brady has consistently been motivated by money, and while he’s made some questionable decisions, deep down, he knows that what he’s doing is a mistake.

My guess is that since he now has a target on his back, he’s going to spare Spencer and turn to Jack for help. 

Since Spencer can now testify against Calvin, it may be enough to put him away for good, but there’s also Calvin’s people that they need to worry about. 

The fact that Jack’s new employee, George, was behind the outbreak shows just how much power Calvin wields. George only took the job so he could sabotage Jack’s business to send a warning about keeping his nose out of Calvin’s.

How do you think Jack will stop Calvin?

This is on top of all of Jack’s other mounting worries and anxieties, the main one being a good father to the twins and a support system to Charmaine while also following his heart. 

It does seem like he’s given up on the idea of romance with Mel, and it makes sense after seeing her breakdown about Mark’s death. She’s clearly going to need some time to heal and it’s not fair to ask him to wait. 

For now, his main focus is finding a family-friendly place for him and the twins to live. I’d love to see Jack with his own place. Living right above your bar is convenient, but it isn’t exactly ideal for raising children. 

Of course, that’s the least of his worries as Charmaine is quite literally considering moving to Portland after the twins are born to live with her aunt. And he doesn’t even know about it yet! 

I can understand where she’s coming from since she has no family in Virgin River or Clear Water, but it’s also a selfish decision. Jack has always considered Charmaine and the “family” when making decision, despite not wanting to be with her, but it doesn’t seem like she’s considered how this would affect Jack at all. 

Do I smell a custody battle? Is she doing this to punish Jack for not wanting to be with her?

As I’ve said before, Charmaine’s character is so inconsistent. Even the way she was behaving while spilling the tea to Hope was so different from her attitude while she was living in her home. 

Hope truly tried to avoid getting involved in the rumor mill. Despite her flaws, she’s actively trying to change and cherishes that she’s finally getting her friendship with Jack back on track and reestablishing trust.

Having Doc blame Hope for something that was totally beyond her control, and as she was telling the truth, was upsetting. 

Hope needs to stop listening to the other women in town who think they have some authority over weighing in on her relationship/marriage. I can see why she wanted to keep things a secret between her and Doc since she’s unable to ignore the outside gossip and not let it affect how she thinks and acts. 

Of course, Doc’s behavior is also problematic, but I think that’s part of a bigger issue that we’re going to uncover in the final two episodes of the season.

Doc’s agitation, especially towards Mel, seems to have come from nowhere. Why is he suddenly treating her the way he did when she first started? It’s a stark contrast from the support and love he showed her just a few episodes ago as she was mourning her late husband. 

Hopefully, it’s nothing serious because honestly, Doc has become one of my favorite parts of the show. 

Preacher and Connie are Bonnie and Clyde 2.0. She’s willing to go out on a limb for him and give him a solid alibi because she’s right, no one would ever think she’s covering for him. 

However, Preacher doesn’t strike me as the kind of man who could live with the lie. The guilt is eating him up, especially now that he’s learned that they found the abandoned car in the woods. 

And then there’s the surprising turn with Ricky and Lizzie’s relationship. Dare I say, it’s actually kind of sweet. She seemed to be a bad influence on Ricky, but now I think that he might turn out to have a positive affect on her as he teaches her to take things slow and maybe become a bit more serious in life. 

There’s still something about her that I don’t fully trust, so I’m not letting my guard down just yet, but their no-sex date night was cute. 

What did you think of the episode? 

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‘Lupin’ Season 4—Everything We Know

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Will There Be a 4th Season of Lupin

Lupin is a high-stakes series about a gentleman thief, Assane Diop (Omar Sy), who is exceptionally crafty at what he does and usually does it in the name of revenge.

For two seasons, he’s managed to evade police while rallying support from the public as a sort of Robin Hood figure, which makes watching his escapades unravel throughout the city of France all the more enticing. Assane/Lupin has never met his match, though police officer Guedira (Soufiane Guerrab) has come the closest to figuring out the tricks of the trade, making Lupin respect him even more. 

After a two-year hiatus—yes, they really made fans wait that long—Lupin has finally returned for a seven-episode third season on Oct 5, 2023. 

But is the story over? It seems like it’s far from it. And while there’s no word on whether a fourth season is in the works just yet, with Lupin, who masterfully chooses his destiny, there’s no shortage of inspiration or trouble that he can get into. The third season did a good job of weaving Assane’s backstory into the present-day plot, giving audiences a fresh mystery to follow after Assane successfully got revenge on Hubert and Juliette, the people from his past who wronged his late father. 

For Assane, family is everything, and everything he’s done has been for family, so it’s safe to say that there’s plenty more story to tell when it comes to France’s most notorious thief. 

When the third season concluded, it left the door wedged open for a potential fourth season as it reintroduced Hubert, who may be Lupin’s greatest foe, back into the mix. Turns out, Hubert is Assane’s prison cell neighbor, which is bound to get very messy as the idea of revenge comes back into play. 

It was necessary for Assane to accept his fate after all the pain and suffering he caused, with paying for his crimes being the only solution out of this mess not only for himself but for his family, but there’s no reality where viewers will simply accept that the storyline ends with Assane Diop in prison. 

We need to see how Assane gets out—because we know that he always has an escape plan, and he’s just waiting to put it in motion. 

The decision to renew the series for a fourth season will also hinge on how well the third season is received—but much like the good people of France, the rest of the world can’t get enough of Lupin and we’re eager to see where he goes next. 

If Netflix makes any decisions, we’ll update this post accordingly with all the information! 

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Lupin Season 3 Review – Catch Me If You Can (Episodes 1-7)

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The third season of Lupin should be called the many—and ever-changing—looks of Assane Diop, a chameleon in the streets of Paris who’s able to pull off just about any look—from a head-to-toe pink suit to a Chad army uniform to a full Dennis Rodman makeover, and many more in between. There’s a reason why he’s considered the master of disguises.

Warning—this review contains spoilers from Lupin Season 3!

And piggybacking off of that, it’s so easy to become whoever you want to be if you just believe in yourself and have the confidence to sell the story. It’s how the gentleman thief—inspired by the fictional character Arsène Lupin—the most-wanted man in all of France whose face was plastered on every single newspaper, was able to blend in public, stepping out and showing his face to all of the people who were so obsessed with his “voice of the people” persona yet barely bat an eyelash when he was standing in front of them. Lupin doesn’t just talk the talk, he plays the part and sells it. It’s part of the fun that keeps audiences guessing for seven episodes this season, wondering how it will all end for him, if he’ll ever slip up, or if there’s any piece of the puzzle he hasn’t accounted for (spoiler alert—there isn’t. His forethought is absolutely incredible). 

The one thing that does catch him off guard, however, is the season’s new villain. At the end of season 2, Assane brings down Hubert (Hervé Pierre) and Juliette Pelligrini (Clotilde Hesme), the father-daughter duo who framed his father—with the former also framing him for murder—before disappearing into the night.  However, it turns out it’s not easy being the family of a criminal, and when he saw the public’s obsession with his escape and how the media began to hound Claire (Ludivine Sagnier) and Raoul (Etan Simon), he was inspired by Lupin staging his own death. 

He was able to pull it off without a hitch, even digging his way out of a coffin and through a tunnel with Ben (Antoine Gouy) and Jacques’ help, bxut a wrench was thrown in his plans to disappear off the grid when someone kidnapped his mother and forced him to do their dirty bidding, first telling him to hand over the Black Pearl (which he so masterfully stole in the first episode of the season), before making him steal a Monet painting and a very rare and expensive diamond bracelet directly from the wrist of the heiress wearing it. 

The fact that someone somehow one-upped Assane is shocking, but it’s far from the only jaw-dropping moment this season. Audiences are equally as stunned when Ben, Assane’s loyal-to-a-fault right-hand man is caught red-handed with the aforementioned bracelet in his hand as it’s revealed that having Assane lose everything and hurt the ones he loves most is the true goal for this season’s villain.

This is a deeply personal vendetta and one that’s intriguing as it connects directly to his past growing up without a father and yearning for the love of his mother. The flashbacks take us to 1998 when Assane finds his people at Keller’s gym alongside his good buddy Bruno. Keller isn’t the good guy he claims to be, quickly making it clear that he uses manipulation tactics to make all the kids dependent on him. With such a focus on how much control Keller had over Assane’s formative years, it’s not exactly a surprise that Keller ends up being the bad guy in the present day, especially when the translated closed captions use his name even before the reveal is made clear on screen. That, however, doesn’t water down the impact of the twist as fans still find themselves wondering what Assane could’ve done to Keller to make him crave revenge of this caliber.  

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The truth is, if Assane kept better tabs on his enemies—and he has a lot of them—he likely might have been able to get ahead of this one, but the suave criminal doesn’t have time for all of that nonsense. 

Because that’s the thing–even when the stakes are as high as Keller threatening to kill Assane’s mother Mariama, it never stops being fun. Assane thoroughly enjoys what he does and he never seems to worry, as Claire happens to point out, even though we know he definitely worries in his own way; he simply doesn’t show it, turning those anxieties into actionable moments where he’s able to control the narrative before it controls him.

He’s also able to use his understanding of human behavior to get people to do what he wants and needs, without them even realizing that they’re being manipulated or tricked, as is the case of Youssef Guédira (Soufiane Guerrab). Despite every bone in his body telling him not to help Assane, he goes through with it because Assane makes a compelling point and promises to give himself up in exchange for his assistance. On a surface level, it seems like Guédira agrees to help Assane because he wants to be the victorious police officer who not only retrieves all the valuable possessions but also brings in the big fish, but on a deeper level, we know it’s because Guédira is actually a huge fan of the Lupin character, and, in turn, Assane, and can’t pass up yet another opportunity to be an accomplice and work alongside him.

There’s a level of loyalty with Assane in that he never breaks a promise. He might put those he loves in questionable situations—like allowing Ben to get arrested with the bracelet—but he always takes care of them in the end, which is one of the reasons why he eventually turned himself in and allowed Guédira to be the arresting officer. He owes him this one favor, and if he’s to allow himself to get caught, he wants the person who gets the credit to be someone who deserves it; someone he sees as somewhat of an equal and who he admires. Aside from Ben, Assane never met his match, until Guédira came along. He’s one of the few people able to keep up with every single hint and clue because he figured out the rules that Assane plays by.

Guédira was the first person to link Assane to the Lupin stories, finding the connection between Assane’s escapades and Lupin’s. It served him well in the second season, so you’d think by now his colleagues would put aside their skepticism and simply acknowledge that Guédira is onto something. It was nice to see Guédira redeem himself when he arrested Assane because of how little faith everyone had in him and his theories, particularly Sofia Belkacem (Shirine Boutella). She constantly bashed Guédira’s suggestions and tips, dismissing and shrugging them off as nothing more than an obsession when she should be utilizing him considering he’s the only person who was ever even remotely close to catching Assane, and he’s definitely gotten closer to him than anyone else has.

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Did things look bad for Guédira when he was caught on an unofficial undercover mission as Justin Avisto?  Yes. But did Guédira attempt to prove himself many times after, even giving her a lead in the case? Also, yes. 

Guerida deserves better—and quite frankly, I was really shipping him with Fleur. It’s a shame we didn’t get to see more of a development in their relationship.

One of the biggest letdowns of the season was Assane’s decision to transform into Alex, Raoul’s new basketball coach who got all too close to Claire and allowed her to develop feelings for him. It’s one thing to want to keep tabs on your family, especially when their safety is a concern, but it’s another to completely mislead them in such a way. Claire eventually caught on when she got confirmation that Assane was still alive, and I’m surprised she wasn’t more upset. My guess is that she would’ve been had his presence not protected her from a hitman, plus she was overcome with emotion at seeing him alive and well after being led to believe he was really gone. 

In a way, he was protecting his family by being “around” even when he couldn’t be, but how did he find all that time to play both roles and never skip a beat as he hunted down the people trying to destroy him and kill his mother? It was one of the more unbelievable storylines, that’s for sure. 

Assane’s attempt at stealing the Black Pearl—his first and only ever failure—was the most riveting master plan as it was so exceptionally executed, right down to faking his own death. He had to know that it was going to be a hard sell, even if he was in the casket when Guédira forced them to open it. Anyone familiar with Lupin’s story would expect him to fake his own death. 

It was thrilling to see his plan in action, but it’s seven better to see it deconstructed from top to bottom after seeing him succeed.

The Black Pearl robbery came with the highest stakes as he informed the jeweler and the police of the robbery—the exact date and time—in advance. Not only did he require backup from Bruno and Ben, he also needed the police to be on the premises, watching like hawks, and playing along to his cat-and-mouse game, in addition to the chaos of the crowd to aid in his great escape. It was all meticulously calculated into his plan. 

Assane somehow manages to always be in the thick of the action and within a cop’s reach, while also vanishing before anyone even figures out what he’s up to.

It was also rewarding to meet Bruno in the present day and see that he was still available whenever Assane needed him considering how much time we spent with him via flashbacks, how vital he was during Assane’s teen, and how they were bonded for life by shared trauma.

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As for Keller’s motivation after all these years, he was simply upset that he spent 25 years in prison for killing a cop during a botched robbery that he forced Assane and Bruno to commit on his behalf and against their will. Bruno may have taken the shot at the cop out of fear, but it was really Keller who pulled the trigger as the situation was of his own making; he deserved to pay the ultimate price, and the fact that he thought otherwise was simply his ego and inability to confront the truth—and Assane made sure to underscore that when he set Keller up to get cornered by the police once again for his crimes (the ruthless attempted murder of the hitman he pushed off the roof). 

Keller was doing good things but holding it against people—he was a devil in disguise, a dangerous gang leader masked as a safe haven. Bruno eventually opened up his own boxing studio—that did have the youth’s best interest at heart and called it Lupin’s Gym in honor of the friend who always had his back. 

One major highlight this season was Diop’s journey to finding his mother. We’ve seen how far he was willing to go for his father, but his mother was largely out of the picture until now when we learned of her story—and that the craftiness of thievery runs in the family.

Mama Diop was forced to steal after being released from prison in Senegal, and she was quick with it, just like Assane. Not only did we see them reconcile their relationship, but we even saw them work a mark together, which was a pure delight. The anxiety may have reached new heights this season, and through it all, I genuinely have no idea how Assane stayed calm, but it’s clear that life is a game to him—and it’s a game he plays well. He’s finally found his perfect partner in crime.

And finally, Assane Diop’s arrest, which wasn’t how anyone wanted his story to conclude, but it was necessary. From the get-go, Assane was ready to risk it all for the “big one,” alluding to the fact that he was ready to put this lifestyle, this chapter of it, to bed. 

He’s a man of his word, delivering on his promise to Guédira in a slightly different way, even when he had every chance to escape and make a clean getaway with his whole family finally together. Assane knew that he owed it to his loved ones to do better; he didn’t want them living a life as runaways solely because of the mess he made. Claire once said the only solution was to turn himself in, and she was always right—so he did.

The plan was for Assane to pay his time, repent for what he’s done, and wipe the slate clean, but I’m sure he has an escape plan in his back pocket for a rainy day…like when it’s revealed that his cell neighbor is Hubert, his biggest enemy, for example. 

Assane gets the message loud and clear, and the man he put behind bars now has every reason to make his life a living hell. 

How will Assane respond? What’s next for the gentleman thief who always keeps us on our toes? He was in his prime this season—one of the strongest seasons to date—but this development sets the scene for more to come. 

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‘Berlin’ Is the ‘Money Heist’ Spinoff We Never Knew We Needed

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Berlin is the Money Heist spinoff we never knew we needed… but we’re so glad it’s almost here. 

Since Berlin (Pedro González Alonso) was hands-down the most captivating (and problematic) character in the Spanish heist drama, fans always wanted to get to know more of him, especially after he sacrificed himself in the season 1 finale for his team, largely due to his terminal illness, redeeming himself in the process.

Quickly rising the ranks as a fan-favorite, the writers kept Berlin’s spirit alive in the following seasons via flashbacks, noting that he always had a hand in the planning of the heists, even if he wasn’t around to see them through. And it became more and more clear that there was an unsatiable thirst from audiences to explore additional parts of the character’s origin story; thus, a prequel to Money Heist focusing solely on Berlin’s prior escapades only made sense. 

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As seen in the later season of Money Heist, or La Casa de Papel, Berlin garnered even more intrigue when his son, Rafael (Patrick Criado) joined the heist. The former Electronics Engineer from MIT is Berlin’s prodigal son, whose only request was not to end up a thief like his father, also drew attention after entering a relationship with his father’s wife, Tatiana. It’s a lot to unpack, clearly, but it’s also proof that there was nothing boring or mediocre about Berlin’s life in the slightest, at any point. 

So, again, it warrants a spinoff that digs even deeper into this complex, charismatic, and morally questionable character we’ve all come to love. 

When he joined the Professor’s group in the series, he was already one of the most seasoned robbers of the bunch, having a plethora of experience mapping out and executing heists of ranging scales.

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With Berlin: Money Heist, we’re not only going to get to see one of those previous heists in action, but we’re also going to get a sense of the man he was before attempting the biggest heist in history, which made him the beloved criminal we’ve come to know.  

Capitalizing on the love already established for the series—one of Netflix’s most popular shows of all time—the prequel finds Berlin, in all his glory as Andrés de Fonollosa, the mastermind behind a heist targeting the biggest auction house in Paris to steal €44 million.

The series trails the planning of a new heist as he recruits his crew: “Michelle Jenner (Isabel) plays Keila, an eminence in electronic engineering; Tristán Ulloa (Fariña) goes into the skin of Damián, a philanthropic professor and Berlin’s confidant; Begoña Vargas (Welcome to Eden) plays Cameron, a kamikaze who always lives on the edge; Julio Peña Fernández (Through My Window) brings to life Roi, Berlin’s faithful squire; and Joel Sánchez plays Bruce, the relentless man of action in the gang.”

While it’s mostly an all-new cast, we’ll see a few familiar faces with Alicia Sierra (Najwa Nimri) and Raquel Murillo (Itziar Ituno) appearing at some point, though it’s unclear what their connection is to the storyline. Is it possible that their paths have always crossed and Berlin was always on their radar way prior to the action at the Royal Mint?

We may not be getting the version of Berlin from the original series, but don’t fret, as the teaser trailer evidenced, he’s still as ruthless, dapper, and flirtatious as ever, meaning that they really did this character–and prequel—justice. The fact that it hails from the original showrunner, Alex Pina, is also a sign that it won’t let the fandom down.

“It’s a trip through the golden age of the character, when he robbed around Europe crazy in love,” Pina previously told TUDUM, adding, “That’s the most surprising, the comedy. You’re going to make people laugh a lot.”

Berlin in his prime, in love, and flexing his comedic bone? As the beloved criminal says in the trailer, “it’s all the things worth living for.”

The full synopsis for the series reads:

“There are only two things that are sure to turn a bad day into a great one: love, and a payday worth millions. They’re what keep Berlin going through his golden years, a time when he still has no inkling of his illness and hasn’t gotten trapped like a rat in the Spanish Mint. This is where he starts preparing one of his most extraordinary heists: making jewels worth 44 million disappear like some sort of magic trick. To do it, he’ll enlist the help of one of the three gangs he’s ever stolen with.” 

Watch the Berlin trailer below:

Berlin arrives a few days prior to New Year’s Eve on Dec. 29, 2023, which means you’ll have plenty of time to binge watch while counting down to 2024.

To prepare, you can stream Money Heist on Netflix and read our coverage here. 

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