Mel and Jack are both struggling to let go of the past and heal from their experiences on Virgin River Season 2 Episode 5.
It’s one of the things that they can connect on — grief.
As we know, grief is circular and comes in waves. But it’s even worse when it’s left there unfettered.
For Mel, dealing with the loss of her husband is something she’ll have to deal with for the rest of her life. Thankfully, time heals all wounds and it’ll get easier day-by-day.
Having Stacie come into town and basically demand Mel’s engagement ring because it’s a family heirloom unfortunately brought all those feelings to the surface once again.
Stacie was just as bad as the rest of Mark’s family members who didn’t even invite Mel to the memorial.
She was only in it for herself and didn’t actually care about how Mel was holding up as evidence by the insensitive comment about Mel not having anyone to pass the ring onto because she can’t have kids. It’s as if Stacie blew into town hoping to challenge Charmaine for her “small town villain” title.
When Stacie realized she wasn’t going to get what she wanted, she basically threw a fit and accused Mel of moving on and sleeping with another man barely a year after Mark’s death. Honestly, the audacity.
This is clearly a woman who never had to deal with loss nor did she understand how grief works. She didn’t ask Mel how he was holding up, she didn’t call to check in with Mel at any point prior to this visit, but she had the nerve to judge her because she saw Mel with another man!
She even had the nerve to bring up that Mel and Mark were fighting prior to his death and that they might not have been together had he been alive.
Mel didn’t deserve any of that, but Stacie sure as hell deserved getting shown the door.
Regardless of the “what would have/what could have been,” the truth is that Mel was a part of Mark’s family, likely the most important part. And she deserved to keep the ring is she wanted to — heir or not — because it was given to her. It was one of the only tangible memories left of her husband and symbolized the love that they had for each other; it was selfish of Stacie to want to take it away from her.
Being forced to make such a big decision allowed Mel to face the past in a way she’s been avoiding, which will lead to some much-needed healing down the line.
As for Jack, he’s been suffering from PTSD as a result of the war as he blames himself for Lonergan’s death.
It’s not a healthy thing to bottle up inside; it’s slowly but surely eating at him. He numbs the pain with alcohol, but again, that’s just a device to help him function, it’s doesn’t actually face the trauma or allow any healing. It’s no way to live, but Jack’s also too proud to seek out the help of a therapist.
While he definitely has plenty of things under control, this is one issue that shouldn’t be allowed to fester.
As we see, everyone, even Jack, has a breaking point. After “boys night” where Lonergan was brought up, he called his parents to deliver a proper apology and to ease his own guilt by getting forgiveness.
It was heartbreaking to see him break down the way he did when he learned Lon’s parents were both dead, but the call was still cathartic and a good first step towards acceptance.
On top of everything, Jack also has to worry about Charmaine, who was having heart palpitations as a result of low blood sugar. He tried his best to be there for Charmaine, but he can’t be there for her romantically the way she wants him to.
Jack’s made that pretty clear, but for some reason she’s still convinced that she’ll be able to make Jack fall in love with her by being needy and begging. And when you look at the kind of woman Jack does like (ahem, Mel) it’s the complete opposite of that.
Jack’s solution to the Charmaine problem was to bring her a dog to help curb the loneliness, but clearly, he failed to realize how much responsibility it would be or that Charmaine would interpret the act as an addition to their budding family. When she asked “what should we name him,” it dawned on Jack that no matter what, his baby momma is going to have an unrealistic expectation of what she wants from him.
Hopefully, Charmaine gets the picture soon.
Hope is learning firsthand that pushing Doc towards Muriel may not have been her best decision. Go-figure.
Once Doc stood his ground, she quickly wanted to get back into his good graces, but it was too late as he already had a salsa date planned with Muriel.
Doc’s the type of guy that likes to keep the peace, so he invited Hope to the class hoping to finesse some time with her, but it was obvious from the get-go that this would be an awkward experience for everyone.
The class, however, was eye-opening for Hope as the analogy the dance teacher provided perfectly summed up her behavior. While Muriel and Doc were described as having a “connectivity and rhythm,” which you can’t argue — those two have a lot in common and seem to be enjoying each other’s company — Hope was called out for her “solo endeavor.”
She’s never been one to work in unity with Doc, and even now, she’s been trying to call the shots and manipulate the relationship. If she want to be with him, she needs to learn how to work together as a team.
Connie’s reaction to finding Lizzie’s birth control script was so illogical and old-school. It’s always fascinating to me when people approach birth control with the idea that it’s corrupting a young woman versus considering that it’s actually helping to prevent an unplanned pregnancy.
Lizzie may be reckless, but in this case, she was being responsible. Meanwhile, Connie’s outburst at Mel, who was only doing her job, was far from responsible.
Lizzie, an adult, will have sex regardless, but the question is, will she be safe doing it? I’d sure hope so.
For now, Lizzie’s motives are unclear since she went from pursuing Brady to connecting with and kissing Ricky. Was it a pity kiss? That would be a shame since he’s such a good guy who just wants to be liked by her. Hopefully, for her sake, she’ll stick with the “good guy” and let Brady go because he’s about to be in some hot water.
He confronted Calvin about the logging business and learned the truth — they’re dealing fentanyl. Brady immediately knew it was a bad idea, but he was pursued by the idea of money. And yeah, he’ll probably make that dough really easily, but once he gets busted and goes to prison (cause my guess is that Calvin is using him as a scapegoat), none of the money will matter anymore.
If Brady has even half a brain, he’ll get out now before it’s too late.
While Connie may have been all types of wrong about the birth control, it was hard not to feel for her when she confided in Preacher about her past with an abusive father.
After hearing that there was a missing person alert out for Wesley, she put the pieces together. She realized Christopher flinched when he saw his dad and that Paige ran away because she was in an abusive relationship like Connie’s mother.
The good news is that the only two people who know what happened are both on the same page now.
Connie felt guilty for not standing up to her father or going to the police and believes her silence contributed to her mother’s death. But by helping Preacher cover for Paige, she’s getting a second chance at sparing another family from the same pain and giving Christopher a childhood with a mother, which was stolen from her.
- I’m once again asking what the deal is with Jamie, the chef from San Francisco? Is she going to be Preacher’s new love interest or is she an undercover cop hoping to sniff out the truth about Wes?
- Jack spotted Ricky with the stolen tequila. I hate that he’s already getting in trouble for Lizzie. Hopefully, it was an isolated incident and Jack will let it go, but seeing as Lizzie is a terrible influence, I’m scared to see what other trouble Ricky will get into.
What did you think of the episode? Sound off in the comments!
Will ‘Manifest’ Get a Season 4 After All?
Merely weeks after the devastating cancellation of NBC’s Manifest, TVLine confirms that the network has been in talks with Warner Bros. and Netflix about a possible Season 4. However, reps for NBC, Netflix, and Warner Bros. have refused to comment for now.
Following the news of the supernatural drama’s abrupt ending in mid-June, fans took to social media with the hashtag #SaveManifest in hopes of reversing the decision and getting it picked up by another network.
After the release of the first two seasons on streaming services, the series quickly dominated the charts. It remained on Netflix’s “Top 10” watched shows for 27 consecutive days and Nielsen’s weekly streaming chart during the week of June 14.
Jeff Rake, Manifest’s showrunner, tweeted in late June, “Your support is awe-inspiring…we’re not giving up. You deserve an end to the story.”
While Rake has not confirmed that another season is officially happening, he did note: “Lots of speculation out there. No comment. Other than, if the impossible happens and the dead rise again, it’s because of YOU.”
Lots of speculation out there. No comment. Other than, if the impossible happens and the dead rise again, it’s because of YOU.#SaveManifest
— Jeff Rake (@jeff_rake) July 20, 2021
Whatever it takes, Rake will even choose to produce a two-hour movie to bring closure to Manifest.
So Manifesters, you’ve been heard, and you can only get louder from here! Will the answers you’ve been waiting for resurface in a possible Season 4 pick-up? Will 828 fly again?
‘Feel Good’ Season 2 Packs Quite the Punch
In Season 2, the final adaptation of comedian Mae Martin’s (they/them) semi-autobiographical comedy, Feel Good takes on much more content in its short six episodes, packing quite the punch.
We’re guided deeper through the traumas of the primary character Mae and left wondering how they’re able to stand on their own two feet after years of childhood grooming, drug addiction, and parental toxicity.
The light answer to this is humor. As it’s joked often throughout the episodes, “comics are supposed to be sacks of shit.” Through light-hearted comedy and the power of laughter, Mae’s story is dissected. However, at times, big topics are rushed and viewers are left grasping at strings, wishing there were more episodes in the season.
Following an unfortunate relapse in Season 1, we’re immediately thrown into Mae’s life in Canada, as they’re about to reenter rehab. They’ve only been away from England for a couple of months, but with the fresh wounds of the breakup, both George (Charlotte Ritchie) and Mae aren’t healed and are still stuck in their desire for each other. I mean, Mae still has George’s photo on their nightstand!
While in rehab, Mae reconnects with an old “friend,” Scott. When he’s first introduced we’re left wondering who he is and what his role is in Mae’s life. As an addict and queer comedian, there’s much more behind Mae’s curtain of trauma than initially presented in Season 1. Much more trauma that’s led to rash behavior, and Mae’s conversation with Audrey, easily foreshadows this.
Intertwined with the main storyline, Mae’s also navigating their non-binary identity. Mirroring Martin’s own coming-out as non-binary, Mae’s figuring it out, explaining that they see themselves as more of a Ryan Goslin or Adam Driver.
Again, with only six episodes to squeeze so much storyline into, Mae’s rehab stint only lasts 15 minutes into the first episode before they’re running out the door back into the arms of Scott.
As Mae’s stumbling through life in Canada, George is also trying to keep her mind focused on things like saving the bees. At an event at her school, she meets Elliot, a bisexual, polyamorous man with whom she bonds. He’s the nice guy, maybe too nice for George. He’s one of those men who are self-proclaimed progressive and ultra-feminist, trying to mansplain the harm in porn’s presentation of women and how sex needs to be a safe space for connection.
And as Mae knows, that’s definitely not how George likes to be treated during sex. Thankfully, George and Mae reconnect, and Elliot is quickly out of the picture with Mae and George recreating their first meet-cute, hoping to restart from a fully healed wound.
As Feel Good is written by a queer person, the portrayal of queer sex is finally construed in a realistic and non-hypersexualized manner. Mae and George run through various role-playing scenarios as they are falling into what seems to be a healthy relationship.
Realistically, their timeline is rushed, but Mae needed some stability before they faced the bigger demons hiding under the bed.
The show cleverly depicts Mae’s moments of withdrawal and trauma responses through a high-pitched ringing sound. As if we’re inside Mae’s head. Originally, Mae experienced the ringing sound when they were with George, as George was a replacement drug. But, in this season, the ringing sound appeared whenever the past tried to resurface.
Mae told Audrey that they had a hard time remembering the past, that it was all like a jumbly tumbly mess of Tupperware containers. But, as the episodes progress, each Tupperware slowly found its way to its matching lid.
It becomes clear that Scott isn’t just an old friend, but a man who used to abuse and take advantage of Mae. After Mae’s kicked out of the house at a young age for drug addiction, they move in with Scott who presents himself as a safe haven and gateway to Mae’s comedic success. When, in reality, he’s a pedophile who’s grooming them.
When a woman calls Mae to talk about Scott, presumably about the things he did to both of them in the past, Mae’s reminded of the trauma they had compartmentalized. A doctor suggests Mae might have PTSD, and with George’s help, they begin the journey of confronting the harmful past.
Meanwhile, through all of the personal traumas, Mae’s working through their professional success after being signed with an agent and fulfilling their dream of TV comedy. However, Mae finds it challenging to reinvent their success from the original standup virality that got them the agent in the first place. As mentioned earlier, with comics, the butt of their jokes is their own trauma.
Unfortunately, as Mae hasn’t healed from their trauma, there’s no way they can make light of it yet. As their career goes for a bit of a downhill turn, and they have a hard time performing for an audience, they begin to seclude themselves and withdraw from the world.
In a much-needed getaway, Mae, George, and Phil take a trip to Canada in order for Mae to confront Scott.
The scene in which Mae directly tells Scott they never want to speak to them again, although a bit anticlimactic, was retrospectively a strong scene that finalized Mae’s character arc in the perfect ending to a witty, raw, and endearing show.
The final episode leaves Mae leaps and bounds beyond where they had been before on their road to recovery. And just as Mae’s love for George grew healthily from a need to a want, our need for a Season 3 resolved itself, and we feel good saying our final goodbyes to Mae and George, knowing fully well they are on their way to a fresh start.
‘Elite’ Season 4 Review: New Students, New Mystery, Same Scandalous Drama
The wait is almost over.
On June 18, Elite returns for its fourth season, but aside from a few new faces and a new principal hellbent on making a difference, things at Las Encinas haven’t changed much at all.
In fact, things are more dramatic than ever.
The premiere of Elite evokes the same feelings as the start of the school year — there’s a rush of excitement for what’s to come.
The series indulges in more of what has made it such a success: scandal, parties, threesomes, love triangles, intrigue, crime, and sex. So. Much. Sex.
I always forget just how many vivid sex scenes there are until I get pulled into a new season, but I’m very quickly reminded.
The first day of school for Guzman (Miguel Bernardeau), Samu (Itzan Escamilla), Ander (Arón Piper), Rebeka (Claudia Salas), Cayetana (Georgina Amorós), and Omar (Omar Ayuso) is bittersweet. While they may be getting another shot at repeating their final year, their classmates Carla, Lu, Nadia, and Valerio have moved on to bigger and better things. It’s a bummer to lose such a great group of characters, but you almost don’t feel their absence when the new crop of students takes their place, flips the world upside down for current students, and simultaneously ushers in a brand new mystery.
The new mystery anchors the story, and like in seasons past, it plays out with flashbacks that lead up to the fated moment.
However, unlike in previous seasons, we find out pretty early on who is at the center of the mystery with the how remaining the big question mark.
But there’s no question about whether the Blanco family is involved.
As Ander tells the investigator, the toxic family’s arrival “tainted everything.”
Benjamin (Diego Martin) is the extremely rich new school director. He comes in like a bulldozer with big plans to rehabilitate Las Encinas and its reputation after a tumultuous few years that led to two student deaths. He begins his reign by setting his sights on Samu and Omar, who he doesn’t believe belong at the elite school.
It’s honestly surprising anyone wants to send their children to get an education there at this point.
Benjamin doesn’t waste any time making changes, but with his focus solely on “discipline, excellence, and achievement,” he fails to realize that his family’s arrival brings the bulk of the drama.
Immediately, you begin to wonder how Benjamin plans to fix a whole school if he can’t even control his own children — Ari (Carla Diaz), Patrick (Manu Rios), and Mencia (Martina Cariddi).
Benjamin has a fraught relationship with his youngest, Mencia, who has brought the family pain in the past and continues to rebel and defy her father at every turn.
She has a genuine connection with new girlfriend, Rebeka, but the relationship stirs up even more problems for Mencia as Benjamin disapproves and thinks Rebe is a bad influence considering her mother’s reputation as a drug kingpin.
Little does he know, Mencia has gotten into a world of trouble all on her own.
While Rebe’s relationship with Mencia grows into one of the purest this season, following Samu’s betrayal last season, she’s understandably closed off and cautious with her heart.
Ander and Omar are still going strong but find their relationship is tested in unexpected ways when they invite Patrick, Benjamin’s son, into the fold.
Patrick knows the power he wields over them and intentionally meddles in their lives, but there’s also much more to him than meets the eye.
Ari is Benjamin’s star child who respects and listens to her father, but to her peers, she’s the resident mean girl who is oftentimes uptight and has a chip on her shoulder.
She catches the eye of both Samu and Guzman, which fractures their budding friendship. These two have always fought over women, but last time, Samu was being protective over his best friend, Nadia, who Guzman is still dating when the season commences.
Nadia appears only via video chat from her New York apartment, and their relationship allows the series to explore the trials and tribulations of a long-distance relationship that’s tested as temptation lurks right around the corner for Guzman.
While Guzman stands a chance with Ari based solely on social class and standing, Ari and Samu connect unexpectedly in an academic setting.
Who will the love triangle favor in the end?
Additionally, the school has attracted the youngest royal heir in Europe, Prince Philippe (Pol Granch). The series flips the classic “princess and the pauper” narrative to “prince and the pauper” as he connects with the school’s janitor Cayetana, making all of her fantasies come true.
But as the saying goes, “be careful what you wish for” as this fairytale quickly turns into a nightmare when it’s revealed the prince has a dark secret, and Cayetana’s past secrets with the late Polo and Valerio come back to haunt her.
Overall, you know exactly what you’re getting into when you press play on the fourth season. The writers have managed to deliver yet another incredibly intoxicating season about a group of lost souls looking for a purpose and tapping into the extreme lengths they’ll go to numb their pain.
Elite hits Netflix on Friday, June 18 with eight brand-new episodes.
*This review is based on the first four episodes of season 4 that were available to the press*
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