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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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Who Is Rhys Montrose on ‘YOU’ Season 4?



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YOU Season 4 introduced a plethora of new characters as it revamped the series with a murder mystery format. 

*Warning – stop reading if you haven’t finished YOU Season 4 – Spoilers Ahead *

The shakeup made sense considering Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) uprooted his life following the fiery events in Madre Linda that killed Love Quinn and started over in London, assuming the identity of Professor Jonathan Moore. 

Rather quickly, he got pulled into an elite group thanks to his co-worker and neighbor, Malcolm Harding (Stephen Hagan), who was the season’s first victim. Joe/Jonathan naturally despised Malcolm’s group, though he did find Rhys Montrose (Ed Speleers), an author running for Mayor of London, to be a bit of a kindred spirit. They came from the same broken background and shared many of the same views.  

As the first half of the season unraveled, Joe sought out advice from Rhys on a handful of occasions, engaging in plenty of long heart-to-hearts with him, so it was kind of shocking when it was revealed that Rhys, as audiences have come to know him, was never real.

Rhys Montrose existed, yes, but he was never friends with Joe, nor was he the Eat the Rich Killer. The version of Rhys that Joe bonded with was a hallucination conjured up by his subconscious to protect himself and eliminate his darker, more deranged thoughts. 

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You. (L-R) Ed Speleers as Rhys, Penn Badgley as Joe Goldberg in episode 410 of You. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2023

For much of the season, we saw Joe desperately trying to set himself free from Rhys’ grasp. At first, he saw him as public enemy #1, who somehow figured out Joe’s real identity and roped him into a murder spree by threatening to frame him for the deaths if Joe refused to participate. 

However, once Joe realized that Rhys was a figment of his imagination, he began to look for ways to silence the evil little voice forever, while also trying to figure out a plan to cover up the death of the real Rhys Montrose. 

Joe was tasked with killing the mayoral candidate, who he assumed at the time was the Eat the Rich Killer, by Kate’s (Charlotte Ritchie) father, Tom Lockwood. When he arrived at Rhys’ secret countryside hideout and tied him up, he was infuriated that Rhys claimed not to know who he was, nor would he admit to kidnapping Marienne (Tati Gabrielle). Eventually, Joe’s rage and anger took over, and he “accidentally” killed Rhys, which is when fake Rhys showed up and revealed that Joe was having a semi-psychotic break. 

In the end, Joe’s suicide attempt ensured that his hallucinations were forever gone, though he did embrace the darkness he was trying so hard to snuff out, making him more dangerous than ever.

As for the real Rhys Montrose’s killer, he pinned it all on poor Nadia (Amy-Leigh Hickman), a fan of Rhys’s from the beginning, who flew too close to the sun in her attempts to bring down Joe Goldberg. If only she just listened to Marienne’s advice.

A huge congrats to the YOU team for pulling off yet another jaw-dropping twist, and to both Badgley and Speleers for completely immersing themselves in their dual characters. 

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YOU Review – Best of Friends (406)



You Season 4 Episode 6 Review Best of Friends

Just when you thought you figured out where the season was headed, YOU pulls out the rug from under you yet again.  

I’m definitely starting to feel the whiplash that Joe/Jonathan must be feeling right about now. 

Things have gone from crazy to crazier rather quickly, as Rhys unveiled his true plan—along with how Joe is involved—while Joe came out victorious in front of the elite group once again, and all while a new suspect started piecing things together and realizing that Joe knows way more than he’s led on. 

While Joe spent numerous hours trying to figure out a plan to get close to Rhys, Rhys just appeared at Joe’s place one night without so much as lifting a finger. Joe may think he’s the invisible one in the city, but for a man who’s so well-known and loved, Rhys seems to get around without anyone noticing. 

And he made the rules of the game very clear—either Joe finds someone to frame for all the deaths or he goes down as the Eat-the-Rich killer, which isn’t exactly ideal. A little incentive goes a long way, so while Joe tried to distance himself initially, he couldn’t shake the desire for self-preservation and took the bait. He took the task rather seriously as it was either kill or be killed; he knew someone had to go down for it, but it had to be the right person.

With time running out, he genuinely began to consider Connie, but despite being an irrelevant character, he couldn’t justify pinning it on someone who was struggling with addiction and trying to turn their life around.  Connie wasn’t a threat to anyone, except for maybe himself, so Joe couldn’t justify destroying his life. 

But Dawn, well, she fell right into his lap. The few times we saw her snapping photos of the elite, and focusing on Joe–including when she spotted him at Rhys’ mayoral rally—I was convinced that she recognized him from his previous life. And that seems to be what the series wanted me to think so that they could pull a fast one on us because when Dawn pulled Phoebe aside to a “safe room” to keep her protected from the killer, it was revealed that Dawn was just an obsessive stalker who was connived that she was friends with the elite, Phoebe in particular. Dawn was a threat to a lot of people, so Joe took advantage of it. He framed her by planting Simon’s ear in her belongings, and since no one would ever believe a word she said over Phoebe’s accounts of what happened, Dawn couldn’t prove her innocence. Plus, she made an ideal suspect since she was at nearly every single event where a murder occurred as she was stalking the group. I mean, it couldn’t have been any more perfect if Joe had tried to plan it himself. 

You Season 4 Episode 6 Review Best of Friends

You. Ed Speleers as Rhys in episode 406 of You. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2023

However, his heroics did raise some questions from Nadia, his student and the lover of all murder mysteries. She noticed that Jonathan seemed to be at the center of every single scenario, oftentimes being championed as a hero, though he’s not actually connected to any of these people in any meaningful way. It’s a dangerous thing to play detective, especially when you’re setting your sights on Joe Goldberg.  Jonathan seems to like Nadia, but if she threatened him, I don’t think Joe would hesitate to take her down. Self-preservation is his M.O., remember?

Once Joe thought he finally got Rhys off of his back by framing Dawn, he decided to give into his desires and pursue a relationship with Kate. Honestly, Kate makes some really poor decisions, starting with just accepting Jonathan for who he is now and promising never to ask questions about his past. She wants someone to see her for who she is in the moment so badly that she’s letting logic take a backseat. Why would someone want to deny their past so badly unless they did something truly unforgivable? Kate wants to shed her past because of her connection to her father and she thinks that makes her and Jonathan equal, but they are not the same. 

By the time she realizes the truth about who Joe is, it might be too late.

As for Rhys, did Joe think he was really going to get rid of him that easily? Rhys has always wanted a friend to help him get to the finish line so to speak. He believes that they are the same, so he wasn’t going to just let Joe slip away.

And while his motive wasn’t evident at first, he seems hellbent on taking out those who don’t deserve their success and wealth. The three victims, Malcolm, Simon, and Gemma, all threatened his mayoral run in some way, so they were taken care of, and now, he’s setting his sights on the ultimate villain–Kate’s father. She may have a complicated relationship with her tycoon dad, but I don’t think Kate would ever want to see anything bad happen to him, let alone at the hands of the man she’s in love with. 

However, Rhys doesn’t seem to give Joe much of a choice as he still holds all of the cards. One might think that Joe could just handle this in the same way he always does, but well, you can’t just try to kill a killer. He’d see that coming from miles away. Joe needs to be strategic and deliberate in his plan, so for now, he has to play along. I, for one, am curious to see what all the hubbub is about Kate’s father–is he really as terrible as she makes him out to be?

As for Rhys, what is the catch? Fans were disappointed with the first half of the season since his reveal as the killer was obvious—and his motives, including his desire to kill Kate’s father–are exactly shocking or game-changing. What are we missing?

What did you think of the episode?

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What Time Does Netflix Release New Shows?



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Netflix has become one of the most popular ways to consume new movies and TV shows. 

The streaming giant has not only dominated the TV and movie landscape but it’s changed the way content is released.

While primetime TV still adheres to a weekly episodic release schedule, Netflix—and many of the streamers that followed—adopted the idea of dumping a full season on fans, creating a binge-watch model. 

Most Netflix Originals are released in bulk, with the full episode order arriving at one time. A handful of shows, most recently Firefly Lane and YOU, has been split up into two parts—with the first half arriving a few months prior to the second half of the season, which definitely helps build up some anticipation and makes for more digestible viewing. 

Of course, as you anticipate new seasons and episodes of your favorite shows, you naturally want to know what time they are going to premiere.

The good news is that Netflix’s release times are pretty standard for original TV shows and movies. 

All titles are typically released globally at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Time, which is 2:00 a.m. Central Time and 3:00 a.m. Eastern Time. 

Netflix noted that some titles are considered an original in one country but not in another, and in that case, if they are premiering in a country where it is a licensed title, it will premiere at 12:00 a.m. local time. 

“Availability times vary for episodes that are released weekly or that follow their original broadcast airing,” the streamer also clarified. 

However, when it comes to those big-name shows like Outer Banks or Stranger Things, it’s safe to say that all episodes will be loaded in late in the evening, so you can either stay up and binge-watch or take the day off and squeeze them in bright and early!

Happy watching!

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