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Virgin River Review – Mel and Jack Get Honest, Paige Confronts Her Past (2×02)

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Virgin River Season 2 Episode 2 picks up after Mel’s confrontation with an agitated junkie looking to score some oxy. 

Jack, the town’s very own superhero is coincidentally nearby. When he hears the commotion inside, he immediately leaps into action.

Despite the added context, the whole ambush still feels pretty random and puts Mel in a “damsel in distress” situation, which I’m not too fond of since we’re all very aware that she’s far from it. 

Let’s hope that as the season progresses, this scene plays a more vital role. And it seems like it will since Jack called his friend Mike to investigate as believes that it may have something to do with Calvin’s gang, and, unfortunately, as we know, Brady. 

The remainder of the episode focuses heavily on the triangle between Jack, Mel, and Charmaine. Mel invests a serious amount of time getting Charmaine situated at Hope’s place, who, as expected, isn’t pleased with her new house guest. 

While Mel’s intentions are pure as she wants to go above and beyond for her patients, she’s also using Charmaine as a distraction from admitting her true feelings for Jack. Her walls are up, but he’s hellbent on bringing them down, and after some back-and-forth, he succeeds. 

Charmaine played a role in holding Mel back from being honest about her feelings, but mostly, she was afraid of feeling and opening herself up again because of the possibility of getting hurt. 

Mel couldn’t fathom to lose someone she loved again the way she lost her husband and her daughter. Once you’ve experience such a deep loss, it’s understandable to have your guard up. 

But at some point, Mel has to accept the loss and learn to move on. Jack is by no means trying to make her hide the pain or take the place of her husband, but he’s a good guy who wants to be her rock and help her get through this.

While it seems like Mel has a lot to work through in her past and how it’ll impact her present, she gave into her emotions and had a romantic and steamy night with Jack. 

This may be what Mel and Jack fans have been waiting for, but personally, it felt a little rushed. I can see Mel regretting it or it being a moment of fleeting bliss as reality sets in.

Because we know this will likely complicate things between Jack and Charmaine as it’s clear that she still has very deep feelings for her baby daddy.

In more sinister news, Paige killed her abusive husband, Wes. Of course, that was to be expected. 

While it was self-defense and well, an accident, there’s no way anyone will see it that way considering he was a decorated cop. The restraining order he took out against her and the fact that she’s a fugitive who “kidnapped” her child also won’t work in her favor.

But that was Wes’ plan all along. He did everything to make sure that the optics were never in her favor in order to trap her in this life. Worst of all, he was proud of it. 

The moment the duo began to tussle at the top of the stairs, it was obvious that one of them was going to take a deadly tumble down. I’m glad it was Wes, but the moment was still chilling and heartbreaking since you know that while she feels a sense of relief, she’s going to carry this burden with her forever.

Even with Wes gone, there’s no way ends well for her. 

Despite being a caring mother who was fueled by her love for her son and her desire to protect him, the law won’t see it that way as it wasn’t set up in her favor. 

Sadly, the laws in this situation weren’t set up in her favor, no matter what. 

Running away will likely only get her into more trouble, especially once people realize that Wes has gone missing and trace his whereabouts to Virgin River.

It’s also heartbreaking because it prevents Paige and Preacher from every pursuing a relationship. He did the noblest thing he could for her by telling her to skip town while he took care of the body, but by doing so, he became an accomplice. 

Of course, Preacher is the type of man that has been through hell and back and is willing to do whatever it takes to protect the ones he loves. He doesn’t care if something happens to him as long as Paige gets to take care of Christopher. Really, everyone’s action have are to protect the kid. Preacher knew that if Paige turned herself in, it wouldn’t matter if she gave him Christopher, as legally, he’d become a ward of the state. 

My only hope is that Christopher saw more than he let on — kids usually do no matter how much parents try to shield them from it — and would eventually be able to testify on his mother’s behalf in court.

But for now, it seems like Paige and Christopher are on the run as Preacher carries the brunt of her pain and problems. How do you think this will pan out?

And if there weren’t enough love triangles in Virgin River, we’ve got Muriel, Doc, and Hope!

I mentioned this in my review of Virgin River Season 2 Episode 1, but Hope is really playing with fire by encouraging Doc to go out with Muriel so they can continue to “sneak around.”

Doc has been a patient man and put up with a lot of Hope’s quirky behaviors, but what happens once he gets a taste of something else?

Yes, he seems to genuinely love Hope, but that dinner date with Muriel opened up a world of possibilities for him — possibilities he didn’t know were possible! 

Let’s hope Hope doesn’t live to regret this. 

Other Random Thoughts

  • Jack is punishing Hope pretty harshly, but, as the town gossip, she needs to learn that people’s private lives are, well, private. This is her lesson on not meddling in people’s business. Hopefully, she learns from it. She broke Jack’s trust and that’s not something he seems to give out so easily. It’ll be awhile before he lets her back in. 
  • There was a random mention of Connie’s niece, Lizzie, being arrested and bailed out. Will she play a bigger role this season? Does she have something to do with the junkie?


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Will ‘Manifest’ Get a Season 4 After All?

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Merely weeks after the devastating cancellation of NBC’s ManifestTVLine 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.

MANIFEST — Pictured: “Manifest” Key Art — (Photo by: NBC)

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.”

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? 

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‘Feel Good’ Season 2 Packs Quite the Punch

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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.

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Mae on the phone in rehab on Feel Good Season 2. Credit: Netflix

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.

George, Elliot, Jack, and Mae on Feel Good Season 2.

George, Elliot, Jack, and Mae on a double date on Feel Good Season 2. Credit: Netflix

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 and George in bed on Feel Good Season 2

Mae and George on Feel Good Season 2. Credit: Netflix

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.

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Mae bringing George flowers on Feel Good Season 2. Credit: Netflix

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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‘Elite’ Season 4 Review: New Students, New Mystery, Same Scandalous Drama

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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.

ÉLITE (L to R) MIGUEL BERNADEU as GUZMÁN, MARTINA CARIDDI as MENCÍA, ARÓN PIPER as ANDER, MANU RÍOS as PATRICK, CLAUDIA SALAS as REBECA, CARLA DÍAZ as ARI in ÉLITE. Cr. NIETE/NETFLIX © 2020

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. 

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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.

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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.  

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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. 

ÉLITE (L to R) CARLA DÍAZ as ARI in EPISODE 08 of ÉLITE. Cr. NIETE/NETFLIX © 2020

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. 

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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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