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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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Inventing Anna Series Premiere Review – Who the Hell Is Anna Delvey? (1×01)

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From the creative mind of Shonda Rhimes comes Inventing Anna.

It’s the story of Anna Delvey that you’ve likely heard before, but with Shondaland’s exclusive twist on it.

Delvey, real name Anna Sorokin, was a faux socialite who scammed New York’s high society, including hotels, banks, Wall Street, and elite friends.

The Russian immigrant posed as a German heiress in an attempt to steal millions of dollars from the wealthy. 

But despite having Sorokin’s name in the title, the first episode of the Netflix limited series hinges heavily on Vivian Kent, the ambitious journalist who landed the tell-all interview with Delvey. 

Anna Chlumsky (who you might remember from the ’90s My Girl fame) is a powerhouse in the role as she sets her sights on Delvey/Sorokin (played by Ozark’s Julia Garner) in order to revive her career. 

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Inventing Anna. Anna Chlumsky as Vivian Kent in episode 103 of Inventing Anna. Cr. David Giesbrecht/Netflix © 2021

Kent has been banished to “Scriberia,” a corner of the office where she’s convinced journalists go to die. After coming upon Delvey’s upcoming trial, she sniffs out a case and tries to convince her bosses — Paul and Landon — to cover the story. 

Unfortunately, neither of them seemed particularly moved by her spiel as they insist she covers the women of Wall Street’s #MeToo plight. 

Kent, however, doesn’t feel compelled to bully these women into telling their stories for clickbait and pursues the Delvey story instead. 

The more she digs, the less she knows. 

Delvey is an enigma who seemingly crafted many personas while schmoozing with New York’s upper echelon. 

Eventually, Kent is able to convince the editor of The Manhattan (the show’s New York magazine) to let her roll with the story. 

It’s unclear why her editor, Paul, has it out for her, but the series seems to purposefully leave Kent’s background vague throughout the episode. 

All we know is that something went wrong, a little boy was involved, Google will remember it forever (the internet never forgets), and that’s she’s desperate to revive her career, a feat she hopes to accomplish before she has her baby girl. When she realizes that it might not be possible, she has an entire breakdown at the gynecologist’s office during the ultrasound, which, as a woman trying to juggle a career and motherhood, is all too relatable. 

And then — she gets the absolute motivation to convince Delvey to reject the plea deal being offered and fight for her reputation as well. 

In an intense meeting where Kent levels with Delvey, she convinces her that she deserves to have her story told. 

But that’s not what ultimately persuades Delvey. As a journalist, you want something from your subject, but in order to get it, you also have to know what your subject wants. So, in exchange for her story, Kent promises Delvey the one thing she wants more than anything: fame.

After all, Delvey herself claims that the persona she made up is a “masterpiece, bitches,” while the friends she conned note that she was a “legend” and “icon.”

In that pivotal scene, it seems as though Kent has fully tapped into why Delvey concocted her scheme in the first place. While she claims to be a businesswoman who wanted to secure a loan for an exclusive club she wanted to open up, Delvey was obsessed with the high life; the exclusivity of being an “it” girl.

Kent tapped into the vein fueling Delvey’s motivations this whole time — even from the depths of Rikers. 

While the series is based on a true story, it’s definitely not an accurate depiction of what really happened, but that’s neither here nor there because the episode is wildly entertaining and keeps you hanging on to every single delusion Delvey divulges. 

Much of Kent’s background — even if vague at times — is presented, while there’s just enough of Garner’s Delvey, with her intense accent, to hook you into coming back for more. 

Though neither would admit it, Delvey and Kent have one thing in common — the need to prove themselves, which makes this profile something that’s in both of their best interests.

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Inventing Anna. Julia Garner as Anna Delvery in episode 104 of Inventing Anna. Cr. Nicole Rivelli/Netflix © 2021

And it’s even in the interest of Delvey’s lawyer, Todd, who also wants to prove himself as an ADA. 

Todd, played by Arian Moayed, is definitely battling some insecurity issues. He even tells his wife, a powerful attorney working at her father’s firm, that he feels inferior to many of their friends. He may be defending the world’s biggest con artist, but somehow, he’s the one feeling like a fraud while Delvey remains adamant she’s not the criminal they are painting her out to be. 

At times, you almost feel for Delvey and start to believe her story, only to realize that her act is one big manipulation tactic. It also becomes harder to empathize with her when she calls Kent out for looking “very poor” and “very, very fat.” However, those moments paint a vivid photo of the kind of things Delvey prioritized, even while spending time in one of the most dangerous prisons. 

All of this likely proves that Garner has nailed the role of the woman who was able to manipulate some of the smartest people in the city. 

Of course, while much of the back-and-forth dance happens between Kent and Delvey, there’s an incredible supporting cast. 

Todd faces off assistant DA Catherine McCaw played by Westworld’s Rebecca Henderson. 

Rhimes takes care of her own as Scandal’s Katie Lowes and Jeff Perry; Lowes plays ex-Vanity Fair picture researcher and Delvey’s bestie Rachel DeLoache Williams, while Perry is Kent’s fellow journalist.

The Bold Type’s Alexis Floyd as Neff, an employee at the hotel Delvey stayed at who assists Kent with her story, while Orange Is the New Black’s Laverne Cox will appear as celebrity fitness trainer Kacy Duke.

Inventing Anna has all the makings of a Rhimes hit series, so strap in for the ride because from the looks of it, Delvey is just getting started as we take a peak behind the curtain to figure out what exactly led up to this very prison meeting. 

And we can’t wait to see where Garner takes this role as the trial ramps up, which leaves all of NYC’s finest quaking in their boots.

After all, did you ever imagine that Ruth would become the moral heartbeat of Ozark?!


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‘The Woman In the House’ – Everything You Need to Know About Kristen Bell’s New Thriller

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Everything we know About Kristen Bell's upcoming comedy thriller The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window

Kristen Bell is known for her comedic chops, but she’s dabbling a new genre come 2022.

“The Good Place” actress will star as Anna in a dark comedy thriller on Netflix. 

Here’s everything we know about the upcoming series “The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window.”

 

What’s It About?

The series focuses on the heartbroken lead who lives everyday the same way — staring out her window and watching life pass her by while she sips her wine. 

All of that is flipped upside down when her handsome neighbor moves in across the street and she witnesses a murder… or does she? Does someone want her to forget? Did she imagine it? Are they the hallucinations?

We’re already totally invested. 

 

Is there a Trailer?

YES! Glad you asked. The teaser is intoxicating and shows exactly why Bell was the right choice for the role!

Check it out below: 

 

Who Else Is in the Series?

Well, there’s Bell. Other cast members include: Michael Ealy, Tom Riley, Mary Holland, Cameron Britton, Samsara Yett, Christina Anthony, and Benjamin Levy Aguilar. 

 
How Long is the Series?
 
The season consists of eight, 30-minute episodes. You know what that means? They’re easily binge-able with your glass of wine! 
 
 
Why Does It Sound So Familiar?
 
It parodies Amy Adams’ thriller “The Woman in the Window” and the 2016 film “The Girl on the Train.”
 
 

When Does It Premiere?

The show hits Netflix on Friday, Jan. 28, 2022!

 

Is There Going to be a Second Season?

While it’s crafted as a limited-series that doesn’t necessarily mean that a second season is out of the question. After all, Big Little Lies was also a limited-series. Never say never!

 


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WATCH: Christmas is Here Early With a Trailer for ‘The Princess Switch 3’

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Princess Switch 3 Trailer Released

Oops… she’s doing it again!

The holiday season isn’t complete without Vanessa Hudgens, who is back once again for The Princess Switch 3.

Netflix has released the official trailer and from the looks of it, it’s going to be filled with comedy, romance, and yes, three different accents and voices all performed by the talented actress.

Check out the trailer below.

Hudgens is once again reprising her roles as Queen Margaret and Princess Stacy, with a new addition Fiona, the cousin.

After the special guest, the Vatican’s Star of Peace is stolen, the two royal lookalikes need to team up together to steal it back. In order to do so, they enlist the help of their cousin Fiona who is also identical to them. The three completely different personalities work together to safely bring back the missing treasure.

Alongside Hudgens, the cast includes Sam Palladio, Remy Hii, Nick Sagar, and Will Kemp.

Netflix will release The Princess Switch 3 on November 18th, so set your calendars!

Recap the The Princess Switch: Switched Again right here

Yes, That Is Queen Amber from ‘A Christmas Prince’ in ‘The Princess Switch: Switched Again’


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