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Virgin River Review – Breaking Point (2×07)

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Staying busy is one way to get your mind off things, and that’s exactly what Mel did on the anniversary of her husband’s death. 

However, it likely wasn’t the best idea to spend all her time mediating a birth plan between Jack and Charmaine.

The further along in Charmaine’s pregnancy, the more we realize just how much she and Jack don’t see eye-to-eye. 

Since she already voiced her fears about the hospital once before, it wasn’t a surprise that she wanted a home birth. But while that may have been what she was comfortable with, it wasn’t exactly the safest option to welcome twins who have a higher complication rate, especially with a hospital two hours away.

It’s great that Mel didn’t push her ideas onto Charmaine or blatantly take Jack’s side because she’s his friend. Despite her personal feelings towards Charmaine, she was able to put those aside and think of her only as a patient. This way, they were able to find a middle ground that worked for everyone.

My hope is that by learning a little about Mel’s backstory of losing a daughter and a husband, Charmaine will become a bit more sympathetic. 

Over the course of the season, her character has had so many mood swings that it’s hard to pin down who Charmaine actually is. 

One minute she’s thanking Mel for all that she’s done as her doctor, the next she’s spreading rumors about Mel being a home-wrecker. It’s so inconsistent — pregnancy hormones aside. 

And her outlook towards Jack is so toxic. Charmaine has this vision of how she expects things to be with Jack, but it’s all in her head; he’s never once given into these fantasies and led her to believe they’d be together in the end. 

They may be having twins together, which will lead to co-parenting, but they aren’t together. He doesn’t have to tell her about everything he does, and she has absolutely no right to dictate what he can and cannot do, especially because, in this instance, Mel and Jack’s time spent at the river was anything but romantic. Again, Charmaine has this idea of the two of them that’s simply not rooted in reality. 

We know it’s hard for Jack to open up and be vulnerable with his feelings, and the few times he does, it’s with Mel, so it’s not surprising that he couldn’t just be honest with Charmaine about how overwhelming it was to see a house filled with baby items or how overwhelming the idea of becoming a father is as a whole. And Charmaine hasn’t done much to earn that trust. Unfortunately, carrying his twins doesn’t mean much when it comes to sharing feelings. 

Mel thought that she could get through the day without breaking down, but all of that changed when she got her husband’s life insurance policy sent to her. Talk about timing, right?

Having something so tangible made it all feel real for Mel and, of course, she realized what Jack told her previously — grief comes in waves. 

It was a heartbreaking scene, but Mel is strong and she’ll find the strength to power through this setback. 

After all, just look how far she’s come. 

Preacher and Connie are out here devising alibi’s and it’s the partnership I never knew I needed. Connie may seem like a goody-goody, but she’s a ride or die when the script calls for it. 

For now, the body in the forest ending up being Leo Cavannah, the junkie who attacked Mel and previously worked for Calvin before he “took care of him.”

The hope is that those dogs don’t find Wes’ body, but the chances of that are slim. And once they do, it’ll raise a handful of questions that Preacher needs to be prepared for. He seems like a tough man, but this has really shaken him to his core, so hopefully, his guilt doesn’t eat him up. 

No one deserves to go down for what happened as it was an accident, and Preacher covered it up with the best intentions of protecting Paige and Christopher. 

I’ll admit Ricky and Lizzie had a cute moment in the bakery truck, but it doesn’t negate all the things she’s done and how bad of an influence she is on him. 

Yeah, it’s great to stand up for yourself, but Ricky, don’t bite the hand that feeds you. There’s a time and place, and going after Jack simply wasn’t it. 

Jack is the kind of man who gives great advice but can’t seem to take his own. He’s out here just trying to impart his wisdom on everyone including Ricky and Brady, but neither of them are willing to hear it. 

Brady is seeing $$$ signs by working with Calvin, and while he seems to be aware of the risks that come with it, he’s blinded by the money and willing to put it all on the line. Let’s hope the next body that ends up in the forest isn’t his. 

It seemed as thought Hope and Doc were finally getting it right. They planned a romantic date night in public and were ready to make it official when the date was crashed by Muriel. 

They always say three’s a crowd and that couldn’t be more true in this situation. Hope was claiming her man, Muriel was flirting her way in, and it was all types of awkward. 

And then for some reason, Doc seemed to arrange a trip that, correct me if I’m wrong, coincides with Muriels’ trip to Seattle.

Is he going alone? Is he surprising Hope? Why would he think that’s a good idea? I can’t be the only one who wants just one couple on the show, particularly Hope and Doc, to get it together while the rest of the “young-ins” figure it out. 

Virgin River Season 2 has been entertaining and had plenty of surprising twists, but the some of the storylines oftentimes feel so vague or disjointed. Not much manifested from Ricky and Lizzie’s car accident. It was merely a “jaw-dropping cliffhanger,” but he never got into any trouble from his aunt for it. Jamie continues popping in and out, but we don’t really find out much about her. Everything with Muriel is just odd. Sometimes, it feels like one episode ends, and I’m expecting a continuation in the following episode but it never comes. Is anyone else feeling that same way?

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Is ‘Bridgerton’s’ Regé-Jean Page Going to be the Next James Bond?

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Is Bridgerton's Regé-Jean Page Going to be the Next James Bond?

From duke to 007!

If you binge-watched Netflix’s Bridgerton in one sitting, you’re more than familiar with the dashing Regé-Jean Page.

Rumor has it that the breakout star made such an impression on audiences and executives that he’s in the running to be the next James Bond. 

British betting firm Ladbrokes has been closely watching 007 predictions in the U.K. ahead of the upcoming No Time to Die premiere, which marks Daniel Craig’s final run as the notorious agent. 

And Page is climbing the ranks! 

Since the Shondaland series premiere, Page’s odds jumped to 5/1 in the betting after previously being at 40/1 before Christmas.

While Page’s chances of snagging the coveted role are high, he isn’t the only one in the running. 

“Tom Hardy still leads the way as favorite, with James Norton close behind in second place. But it really is all to play for in the race for 007 and [Regé-Jean Page] has a great chance if the odds are anything to go by,” Ladbrokes rep Alex Apati told Variety

“What strengthens RJP’s chances somewhat more is that an announcement feels seemingly imminent [around] Daniel Craig’s replacement, so the timing of ‘Bridgerton’s’ success may well have worked in his favor,” Apati noted. 

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Fans of the series were quick to “ship” the potential casting with many noting: “If @regejean is the new James Bond… I’ll actually watch a James Bond.”

However, not everyone was convinced with some noting that Page seems to young for the role of the MI6 agent. 

To put it in perspective, Page is 31 while Craig was 38 when he 38 when he starred in the first Bond film.

Page, who also starred in the short-lived For the People, plays Simon Basset, the charming Duke of Hastings in the first season of Shonda Rhimes’ breakout series for the streaming service. 

TVLine announced that Bridgerton is said to be Netflix’s fifth biggest original series launch of all time with a projected reach of 63 million households in the first four weeks of its debut. 

The next installment of the Bond franchise was delayed a year due to the COVID pandemic and is set to debut on April 2, 2021, so it’s likely a new Bond won’t be officially announced until then. 

But till then, we’re all keeping our fingers crossed for Page. 

Here’s the betting breakdown for the role:

Tom Hardy – 6/4
James Norton – 7/4
Idris Elba – 7/2
Regé-Jean Page – 5/1
Sam Heughan – 6/1
Richard Madden – 6/1
Jack Lowden – 8/1
Cillian Murphy – 10/1


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‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Season 4 Easter Eggs and Nods to ‘Riverdale’

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 4 Review

Since Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was cancelled by Netflix, the series was never able to deliver a crossover with Riverdale, or its now-cancelled spinoff, Katy Keene.

However, that doesn’t mean the fourth and final season skipped on the fun Easter Eggs and nods. 

The series fully embraced its connection to Riverdale, R5 (Ross Lynch’s former family band), and Sabrina the Teenage Witch!

Here are some of the best Easter eggs from Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 4!

 

Season 4 Episode 1

Roz raises issues about the lack of sex education at Baxter High, especially after the adulterous pagans blew into town on season 3. She points out that Riverdale has condom machines in the bathroom in the first reference of the season. It’s a bit of an odd comment, but honestly, fitting considering how much hooking up happens in the small town bordering Greendale. 

 

 

Season 4 Episode 3

After Sabrina is possessed by The Weird, an octopus-like eldritch terror, her new lab partner and the dude she went on one date, Lucas Hunt, doesn’t show up for class. When she asks the teacher why, he informs her that he “transferred to Riverdale High,” which Sabrina deems is probably for the best. It seems like she doesn’t truly know what goes down in the halls of R.H. though because it’s genuinely just as weird as Baxter High. I wonder if we’ll be seeing Mr. Hunt in future episodes of Riverdale?

 

 

Season 4 Episode 6

As Harvey, Roz and Theo get ready for band practice, they have a tense confrontation with a new band called the Stoned Philosophers, who claim they booked the practice rooms. Riverdale fans will immediately recognize band leader “Tobey” and his friends as Stonewall Prep’s Bret, Donna, and Joan. Yep, the same trio that went after Jughead and caused him to fake his own death are now bullying Harvey and friends! We may not have a full-on crossover, but this is one thrilling surprise!

In the same episode, Satanic Panic, a heavy metal band from back in the day resurrects to cause havoc in Greendale and compete in the Battle of the Bands. The lead of the band is played by Ross Lynch’s (Harvey) real-life brother, Riker Lynch. They were both in the band R5! 

 

Season 4 Episode 7 

Fans of The WB sitcom which gave us the OG Sabrina Spellman, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, will recognize Caroline Rhea and Beth Broderick as Aunt Hilda and Aunt Zelda. The actresses replaced Sabrina’s “Aunties,” played by Miranda Otto and Lucy Davis in the Netflix adaptation, in the parallel realm in which Sabrina Morningstar finds herself stuck in a diabolical sitcom as part of the Endless terror prior to the culmination of the Void. In addition to Rhea and Broderick guest starring, there’s also a laugh track and a Salem that talks… just like in the sitcom!

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Recap Deus Ex Machina Season 4 Episode 5

CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA (L to R) MIRANDA OTTO as ZELDA SPELLMAN, CAROLINE RHEA as HILDA, BETH BRODERICK as ZELDA, and LUCY DAVIS as HILDA SPELLMAN in episode 215 of CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA Cr. DIYAH PERA/NETFLIX © 2020

 


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9 Biggest Moments from ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Season 4

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina wrapped up its run with the fourth and final season on Netflix.

Sabrina and friends faced their biggest threat to date – the eldrtich terrors. 

You can read recaps of each episode and a full season review right here!

Here are the biggest moments from the eight-episode season.

 

The Eldritch Terrors… obviously

The whole season revolved around the ancient entities that culminated with the arrival of the Void – the end of all things. Fitting for a final season, right? Sabrina, the coven, and her mortal friends teamed up to defeat each other terrors – The Dark, The Uninvited, The Weird, The Perverse, The Cosmic, The Returned, The Endless, and finally, The Void. 

 

Hilda and Mr. C Get Married

Nothing was going to stand in the way of Hilda and Mr. C’s big day, not even a terror threatening humankind. The odd couple agreed to have a wedding reception and ceremony as dictated by Zelda and the Academy, which ended up being kind of downer when The Uninvited crashed the party, killed Dorian, and then threatened everyone else because they refused to extend him an invite to the party. Sabrina served as mediator by swooping herself and The Uninvited to Hell for another wedding, where she then married him and trapped him in a prison existing outside of time and space on their wedding night. And she made it home just in time for the private ceremony at the Spellman house in which Hilda and Dr. C exchanged vows dressed up as their favorite movie monsters. 

 

Sabrina Gets Married to Caliban 

That other wedding I mentioned? It was Sabrina Morningstar’s! The 16-year-old wed Caliban, yeah, the same one that tried to kill her and Sabrina Spellman. She promised her was reformed and loved her and all that, but Caliban will always be Caliban… and he had his eye on that throne. Of course, this didn’t take away from Sabrina’s stunning red lace dress. Though, she did have to share the spotlight with Sabrina Spellman, who used the wedding as an opportunity to marry The Uninvited and trick him into captivity. All in a day’s work for these witches!

 

Roz is a Witch 

Roz always had powers, better known as “the cunning,” which essentially gave her psychic abilities, but this season, she learned that she’s a full-blown witch. Her ancestors, who were proud Christian women, didn’t want to be persecuted for witchcraft so they simply didn’t call themselves the W-word. However, once Mambo Marie proved that Roz had powers, she was welcomed into the Academy to join Mambo Marie and Prudence – and later Agatha – as the newest Weird Sister.

 

Sabrina Morningstar Perishes

With the realms in peril because of the existence of two Sabrinas, one of them had to go to the parallel realm to restore balance. Sabrina and Sabrina Morningstar played rock, paper, scissors to decide, and Morningstar lost. She walked through the mirror (wish it was a closet like on Sabrina the Teenage Witch, to be honest) in hopes of restoring balance in the cosmos and found herself in an eldritch terror known as the Endless. Basically, she was stuck in a diabolical sitcom and Salem is the eldritch terror. When the Void arrived, she managed to convince Salem that they had to escape and they ran back through the mirror. While she made it back to Sabrina’s realm, she died shortly after without telling Sabrina how to defeat it. 

 

Easter Eggs Galore 

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is known for throwing in little Easter eggs to sister show Riverdale, but they had a ton of fun with it in the final season. There were a few mentions of Riverdale High School and a cameo by Bret, Donna, and Joan, who played characters in a punk band. Riker Lynch, the brother of Ross Lynch (Harvey), also had a role as an undead leader of a rock band. 

And lastly, one episode replaced Sabrina’s Aunt Hilda and Zelda with Caroline Rhea and Beth Broderick, who played the original roles in the WB sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch

See all the Easter eggs here

 

Lilith Destroys Lucifer

Lilith has been wanting to reign in Hell for years. After killing her newborn son, Adam, to protect him from his father, Lucifer, she negotiated to get her powers back. She then turned on Lucifer and stabbed him with the sword she used to kill Lazarus, drank his blood, embraced his powers, and banished him to the Mortal Realm. Payback’s a b….

 

Agatha Returns to Normal

Crazy Agatha is crazy no more! After Dorcas returned to the land of the living due to an eldritch terror, she forgave her sister for murdering her. When that happened, Agatha snapped back to reality and clearly, had no recollection of what happened in the months prior. As Prudence said, it’s good to have her back, but she needs to be clued in on a lot. 

 

Sabrina and Nick Are Endgame… Literally

When Nick took responsibility for the demise of  his relationship with Sabrina on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina season 3, it was a big step. He promised to wait until she was ready because they were “endgame.” Sabrina likely didn’t think she would be ready as soon as she was, but when there’s a chance you might die, you kind of have to follow your heart. And her heart said that she loved Nick. From then on, they were inseparable as they fought side-by-side to defeat the eldritch terrors. 

When Sabrina embodied a piece of the Void and sacrificed herself to save everyone, it was heartbreaking to watch Nick mourn his girlfriend and the life they would have had together. But two people who are destined to be together will always find their way back to each other. As Sabrina chilled out in heaven, she was surprised to see Nick, who explained he went swimming and there was a “wicked undertow.”

The two kissed as he declared that they had forever and ever together. 


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