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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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What to Watch April 2021 Guide: Manifest, Younger, The Handmaids Tale, and MORE!

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What to Watch April 2021 Guide: Manifest, Younger, The Handmaids Tale, and MORE!

Spring showers bring plenty of new content your way this April. 

So, who is ready to do some serious binge-watching? We didn’t practice for this all of 2020 to give up now! Especially because there are some really great TV shows premiering and a handful of highly-anticipated shows returning! 

Here’s what’s on tap!

 

TV

Law & Order: Organized Crime – NBC (April 1)

Has there been a more anticipated TV return? Detective Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) returns to the NYPD and joins a new task force while reuniting with ex-partner Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay). 

 

 

Manifest – NBC (April 1)

What happened to Flight 828? TV’s biggest mystery continues into season 3. Ben pursues a tail fin that may have belonged to the plane he was on while the rest of the passengers continue to follow Callings.

 

Home Economics – ABC (April 7)

The new comedy series looks at the uncomfortable and frustrating relationship between three adult siblings from the Hayworth family. 

 

Kung Fu – The CW (April 7)

The reboot of the 1970s drama of the same name stars Legacies actress Olivia Liang as Nicky Shen, a young Chinese-American woman who drops out of college and travels to a monastery in China only to return home to San Francisco and find it overrun by crime. As she doles out justice, she finds herself the target of an assassin.

 

Rebel – ABC (April 8)

Katey Sagal stars as Annie “Rebel” Bello, a blue-collar legal attorney who ruthlessly fights for the cases she believes in. The series is inspired by the life of Erin Brockovich.

 

Them – Amazon Prime (April 9)

The limited horror anthology hails from Lena Waithe and finds a black family in the 1950s moving into a white neighborhood in L.A. where they not only have to deal with terrible neighbors but also supernatural forces that mean to do them harm. 

 

Fear the Walking Dead – AMC (April 11)

Season 6B picks up with John Dorie reuniting with an old friend who helps him through a dark moment. 

 

The Circle – Netflix (April 14)

The highly-addictive reality series, described as Big Brother meets Catfish, returns for a second season. Contestants move into the same apartment building but never meet face-to-face as they’re only allowed to communicate through a special social media app. 

 
 

Dad Stop Embarrassing Me – Netflix (April 14)

The sitcom, inspired by Jamie Foxx’s relationship with his daughter, Corinne, finds him playing the role of a single dad and cosmetics brand owner who must navigate raising a teen daughter. 

 

Younger – Paramount+ (April 15)

The seventh and final season of Younger wraps up Liza’s journey at Empirical/Millennial and hopefully reveals if she ends up with #TeamJosh or #TeamCharles once and for all. 

 

Big Shot – Disney+ (April 16)

John Stamos moves on from Uncle Jesse in a new role former men’s basketball coach who gets fired and is forced to become a coach at an elite all-girls school. If you’re looking for a new sports drama with heart, look no further.

 

Cruel Summer – Freefrom (April 21)

Hailing from executive producer Jessica Biel, Freeform’s newest thriller takes the spot left behind by Pretty Little Liars. Set in the 90s, it follows the disappearance of a popular and charming girl and the nerdy wannabe who is blamed for the crime. 

 

Shadow & Bone – Netflix (April 23)

In the fantasy series, based on a book of the same name, sinister forces plot against a young woman who has the powers to unite her world. 

 

93rd Oscars – ABC (April 25)

As they say in show biz, the award show must go on. The 93rd Oscars, which originally mandated an in-person attendance amid the coronavirus pandemic, have reversed course and are allowing remote participation. 

 

The Handmaid’s Tale – Hulu (April 28)

June and her fellow Handmaids go beyond the walls of Gilead following an uprising as they seek freedom in the dystopian series.

 

MOVIES

Concrete Cowboy – Netflix (April 2)

Stranger Things‘ Caleb McLaughlin stars as a teen who befriends a community of Black cowboys in Philadelphia when he stays with his estranged dad (played by Idris Elba) for the summer.

 

Thunder Force – Netflix (April 9)

Dynamic duo Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer are former childhood best friends who invent a formula that gives them superhero powers. 

 

Stowaway – Netflix (April 22)

A stowaway crashes a mission to Mars and risks the lives of the whole crew on-board. The sci-fi thriller stars Anna Kendrick and Daniel Dae Kim.

 

Without Remorse – Amazon Prime (April 30)

Michael B. Jordan stars as John Clark, an elite NAVY Seal who uncovers a covert plot while investigating the death of his pregnant wife.


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Netflix Renews Spanish Drama ‘Elite’ for Fifth Season Ahead of Season 4 Premiere, Adds News Cast Members

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We’ve got some elite news!

Spanish drama Elite has been renewed for a fifth season at Netflix!

The news isn’t all that shocking considering the drama, set in the ritzy private school of Las Encinas in Spain, is one of the streamer’s best performing Spanish originals. 

Not only is the cast incredible, the first few seasons were hinged around an intoxicating murder mystery and plenty of steamy love scenes. 

The renewal comes ahead of the fourth season, which currently doesn’t have a premiere date. In 2020, filming was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic and an outbreak on set.

It’s possible the series will return in the spring/summer of 2021. 

The upcoming season will see a handful of familiar faces including Samu (Itzan Escamilla), Guzman (Miguel Bernardeau), Omar (Omar Ayuso), Rebeca (Claudia Salas), and Ander (Aron Piper) as they were held back due to their shenanigans. The drama will also welcome new students Manu Ríos , Carla Díaz , Martina Cariddi and Pol Granch to shake things up. 

Deadline also reports that the fifth season has added Argentinan actress Valentina Zenere (Soy Luna) and Brazilan actor André Lamoglia (Juacas) to its cast.

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What to Watch in March 2021 Guide: Good Girls, Coming 2 America, The Irregulars, and MORE!

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Can you believe it’s almost March?

2021 is flying by, and I have to credit the fact that there has been so much good television available!

Despite COVID-19 still holding a grasp on the world, plenty of our favorite TV shows were able to return to production and deliver outstanding seasons that are keeping us entertained every single day of the week. 

March sees a return of some favorites on primetime along with some new additions to streaming. 

Here’s everything to watch on March 2021: 

 

TV

Debris – NBC (March 1)

Calling all sci-fi fans! Two international agents are tasked with investigating mysterious wreckage that falls from the sky. As British agent Finola Jones and American agent Bryan Beneventi lead the charge to track down all the debris scattered across the Western Hemisphere, they realize it’s a race against time!  

 

The Voice – NBC (March 1)

The singing competition returns for season 20 with Blake Shelton, Nick Jonas, John Legend, and Kelly Clarkson at the helm! 

 

Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell – Netflix (March 1)

The documentary on famed rapper The Notorious B.I.G. celebrates his life and tracks his journey to rap king alongside rare footage and in-depth interviews. 

 

New Amsterdam – NBC (March 2)

With the pandemic still in full-swing, season 3 kicks off with a plane crash in the East River.

 
 
Wandavision – Disney Plus (March 5)
 
One of the longest episodes of the season marks the season finale of the series as it embarks into full MCU territory. 
 

 
 

Good Girls – NBC (March 7)

Your favorite suburban criminals are back for season 4! Beth, Ruby, and Annie continue their life of crime by pouring themselves into Boland Bubbles to wash money for “homeboy.” With the FBI hot on their trail, will they find a way to stay above water?

 

Station 19 and Grey’s Anatomy – ABC (March 11) 

After going on hiatus in December, the Shondaland shows return with a crossover that tackles the issue of human trafficking.

 

A Million Little Things – ABC (March 11)

After a nearly three-month wait, A Million Little Things is finally getting new episodes and it’s going to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. Per the synopsis: “As [the virus] becomes more widespread across the U.S., Boston goes into lockdown putting Rome’s movie in jeopardy and forcing Maggie to return home from Oxford. Because the hospitals are overwhelmed with patients, Eddie’s back surgery is cancelled, leading him to take desperate measures to cope with the severe pain.

 

Love Alarm – Netflix (March 12)

The popular K-drama about an app that alerts people if someone in the area likes them returns for its second season on Netflix!

 

Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal – Netflix (March 17)

You’re familiar with the college bribery scandal that brought down Aunt Becky and other wealthy parents who stopped at nothing to get their children into top-tier universities. The documentary synopsis reads: “Using an innovative combination of interviews and narrative recreations of the FBI’s wiretapped conversations between Singer and his clients, Operation Varsity Blues offers a rare glimpse into the enigmatic figure behind a scheme that exposed the lengths wealthy families would go to for admission into elite colleges, and angered a nation already grappling with the effects of widespread inequality.”

 

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: Episode 1 and 2 – Disney Plus (March 19)
 

The highly-anticipated Marvel action series brings together Falcon and the Winter Soldier, who “team up for a global adventure that will test their survival skills — as well as their patience.” Starring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, the action picks up after the events of “Avengers: Endgame” with the first two episodes airing on the streamer on March 19 and March 26, respectively.

 

 

The Irregulars – Netflix (March 26)

The Sherlock Holmes spin-off series follows a group of “troubled street teens” who are wrapped into solving crimes and saving London from supernatural elements by the “sinister Doctor Watson.”

 

Pooch Perfect – ABC (March 30)

Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson is set to host this dog grooming reality competition that’s based on a UK competition of the same name (also hosted by Wilson). The episodes will spotlight 10 dog groomers around the country competing in challenges. 

 

Movies

Coming 2 America – Amazon Prime (March 5)

Comedic geniuses Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall reunite as Akeem and Semmi to take audiences back to Zamunda, the royal country made popular in the 80s. It’s worth the watch if only for nostalgia’s sake. 

 

Raya and the Last Dragon – Disney Plus (March 5)

After being delayed the coronavirus pandemic, the film will finally debut months later. It’ll premiere simultaneously on Disney+ Premier Access and in theaters on the same day! Per the synopsis: ” Long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. However, when sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, those same monsters have returned, and it’s up to a lone warrior to track down the last dragon and stop the Druun for good.”

 

Moxie – Netflix (March 3)

Amy Poehler lends her talents to a second Netflix original about a shy 16-year-old who is inspired by her mom’s rebellious past and publishes an anonymous zine to tackle sexism inside the high school hallways. 

 

Yes Day – Netflix (March 12) 

Saying “no” to your kids can be difficult, so parents Allison (played by Jennifer Garner) and Carlos give their kids one day where they say “yes” to all their requests.

 

Paper Lives (Kağıttan Hayatlar) – Netflix (March 15)

The Turkish drama finds warehouse worker Mehmet (starring Çağatay Ulusoy) working in an impoverished neighborhood where he becomes responsible for a small boy.

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