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Virgin River Review – The Morning After (2×03)

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Can Mel and Jack stick to being “just friends?”

It’s a bit more complicated than that especially now that it’s been revealed that Charmaine is having twins. What else is life going to throw at them to keep them apart?

The twin revelation on Virgin River Season 2 Episode 3 came at a pretty lousy time. Mel was just beginning to warm up to the idea of pursuing a relationship with Jack even as he prepares to become a father. 

Mel realized that she’s been allowing the fear of getting hurt again keep her from moving on and finding love. 

Her sister made a pretty great point: Jack is her second chance, and not many people find love once let alone twice. Should she really allow fear to dictate her emotions?

But the twins present a brand-new complication that I’m not sure Mel and Jack will be able to overcome. 

Jack will have his hands full – even more than before – with helping Charmaine take care of two children. Will there be room for romance with Mel?

After their romantic night together, Mel determined it was a mistake and she wasn’t ready to start something new again, which I kind of anticipated in my review of Virgin River Season 2 Episode 2. It was a rushed decision fueled by passion.

However, Jack, being the standup gentleman that he is told her that he would wait as long as she needed. It’s a sweet gesture, but will he really put his life on hold for Mel?

I know she’s conflicted about her past, Jack’s future, and everything in between, but she cannot keep messing with his mind and toying with his emotions.

Charmaine wasn’t making things easier for Mel either and honestly, it was hard to feel bad for her. She’s being catty to the woman who is quite literally helping keep her and her babies alive.

Mel is a saint (her guilt definitely contributed) for going out of her way to accommodate Charmaine and her difficult attitude. 

It’s not easy to realize that the man you love is in love with another woman, but it’s the way she attempted to manipulate Mel was disgusting. Her guard may be up and she may be scared to get hurt, but it’s so hard to root for her. 

Of course, despite her best efforts at being the absolute worst, she couldn’t deny the inevitable – Mel truly has a heart of gold. Once she realized that Mel wasn’t going to give up on her or be pushed away, she allowed herself to be treated. This side of Charmaine was a refreshing change of pace.

Maybe she finally realized that no matter how much she tries to meddle, Jack and Mel will find a way to be together if that’s what the heart wants? Because at this point, it’s just pathetic.

Mel may have regretted sleeping with Jack, but I couldn’t help but chuckle when Hope said she was “awfully perky.” Giving into your desires will do that to you! 

As I mentioned in my previous reviews, Hope is playing with fire by pushing Doc to go out with Muriel. You never want a man to see how great he could have it with another woman, especially a woman who is eager to make him strawberry shortcake on a whim and see his favorite classical band playing in the next town over.

Doc clearly wanted these experiences with Hope, but she’s too stubborn to realize it or change her ways. Will she figure it out when it’s too late and she’s lost her man to another?!

For much of the episode, Hope was preoccupied watching Lizzie, Connie’s bad-t0-the-bone niece, who is going to give everyone in Virgin River a run for their money. 

It’s unclear how Lizzie will fit into the small town, but I have a feeling she’s going to get mixed in with Brady, who is now involved knee-deep with Calvin’s gang. 

Jack confronted Calvin about the oxy-craving junkie who attacked Mel, which is when he learned about Brady’s problematic new gig.

Calvin denied having anything to do with the druggie, but once Jack was off the premises, he admitted that they needed to take care of Leo. This paired with Jack’s intel from his cop friend Mike means that Calvin is branching his business to entail dangerous drugs, and there’s no way that won’t be problematic for Virgin River. 

There’s not much that happens in town that Jack doesn’t pick up on. Even when he’s dealing with Calvin, Charmaine, and Mel, he still realized that something was off with Preacher, who was pretty scatter-brained and blamed it on all the hoops of getting Paige’s bakery truck up and running. Will Jack put two-and-two together? Preacher told him about Paige’s fake identity and now that she skipped town, it may raise some red flags. 

It also seems like Connie may become an issue as she saw Wes when he was in town. It would have been better if Preacher didn’t say anything about Wes, but instead, he menacingly told Connie never to bring that man up again. 

When people come to town looking for him and start asking questions, she’s obviously going to suspect something. Preacher didn’t seem innocent when he gave her that order. 

How do you think this will pan out? What did you think of the episode? Are you over Charmaine?


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Is ‘Bridgerton’s’ Regé-Jean Page Going to be the Next James Bond?

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Is Bridgerton's Regé-Jean Page Going to be the Next James Bond?

From duke to 007!

If you binge-watched Netflix’s Bridgerton in one sitting, you’re more than familiar with the dashing Regé-Jean Page.

Rumor has it that the breakout star made such an impression on audiences and executives that he’s in the running to be the next James Bond. 

British betting firm Ladbrokes has been closely watching 007 predictions in the U.K. ahead of the upcoming No Time to Die premiere, which marks Daniel Craig’s final run as the notorious agent. 

And Page is climbing the ranks! 

Since the Shondaland series premiere, Page’s odds jumped to 5/1 in the betting after previously being at 40/1 before Christmas.

While Page’s chances of snagging the coveted role are high, he isn’t the only one in the running. 

“Tom Hardy still leads the way as favorite, with James Norton close behind in second place. But it really is all to play for in the race for 007 and [Regé-Jean Page] has a great chance if the odds are anything to go by,” Ladbrokes rep Alex Apati told Variety

“What strengthens RJP’s chances somewhat more is that an announcement feels seemingly imminent [around] Daniel Craig’s replacement, so the timing of ‘Bridgerton’s’ success may well have worked in his favor,” Apati noted. 

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Fans of the series were quick to “ship” the potential casting with many noting: “If @regejean is the new James Bond… I’ll actually watch a James Bond.”

However, not everyone was convinced with some noting that Page seems to young for the role of the MI6 agent. 

To put it in perspective, Page is 31 while Craig was 38 when he 38 when he starred in the first Bond film.

Page, who also starred in the short-lived For the People, plays Simon Basset, the charming Duke of Hastings in the first season of Shonda Rhimes’ breakout series for the streaming service. 

TVLine announced that Bridgerton is said to be Netflix’s fifth biggest original series launch of all time with a projected reach of 63 million households in the first four weeks of its debut. 

The next installment of the Bond franchise was delayed a year due to the COVID pandemic and is set to debut on April 2, 2021, so it’s likely a new Bond won’t be officially announced until then. 

But till then, we’re all keeping our fingers crossed for Page. 

Here’s the betting breakdown for the role:

Tom Hardy – 6/4
James Norton – 7/4
Idris Elba – 7/2
Regé-Jean Page – 5/1
Sam Heughan – 6/1
Richard Madden – 6/1
Jack Lowden – 8/1
Cillian Murphy – 10/1


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‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Season 4 Easter Eggs and Nods to ‘Riverdale’

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 4 Review

Since Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was cancelled by Netflix, the series was never able to deliver a crossover with Riverdale, or its now-cancelled spinoff, Katy Keene.

However, that doesn’t mean the fourth and final season skipped on the fun Easter Eggs and nods. 

The series fully embraced its connection to Riverdale, R5 (Ross Lynch’s former family band), and Sabrina the Teenage Witch!

Here are some of the best Easter eggs from Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 4!

 

Season 4 Episode 1

Roz raises issues about the lack of sex education at Baxter High, especially after the adulterous pagans blew into town on season 3. She points out that Riverdale has condom machines in the bathroom in the first reference of the season. It’s a bit of an odd comment, but honestly, fitting considering how much hooking up happens in the small town bordering Greendale. 

 

 

Season 4 Episode 3

After Sabrina is possessed by The Weird, an octopus-like eldritch terror, her new lab partner and the dude she went on one date, Lucas Hunt, doesn’t show up for class. When she asks the teacher why, he informs her that he “transferred to Riverdale High,” which Sabrina deems is probably for the best. It seems like she doesn’t truly know what goes down in the halls of R.H. though because it’s genuinely just as weird as Baxter High. I wonder if we’ll be seeing Mr. Hunt in future episodes of Riverdale?

 

 

Season 4 Episode 6

As Harvey, Roz and Theo get ready for band practice, they have a tense confrontation with a new band called the Stoned Philosophers, who claim they booked the practice rooms. Riverdale fans will immediately recognize band leader “Tobey” and his friends as Stonewall Prep’s Bret, Donna, and Joan. Yep, the same trio that went after Jughead and caused him to fake his own death are now bullying Harvey and friends! We may not have a full-on crossover, but this is one thrilling surprise!

In the same episode, Satanic Panic, a heavy metal band from back in the day resurrects to cause havoc in Greendale and compete in the Battle of the Bands. The lead of the band is played by Ross Lynch’s (Harvey) real-life brother, Riker Lynch. They were both in the band R5! 

 

Season 4 Episode 7 

Fans of The WB sitcom which gave us the OG Sabrina Spellman, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, will recognize Caroline Rhea and Beth Broderick as Aunt Hilda and Aunt Zelda. The actresses replaced Sabrina’s “Aunties,” played by Miranda Otto and Lucy Davis in the Netflix adaptation, in the parallel realm in which Sabrina Morningstar finds herself stuck in a diabolical sitcom as part of the Endless terror prior to the culmination of the Void. In addition to Rhea and Broderick guest starring, there’s also a laugh track and a Salem that talks… just like in the sitcom!

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Recap Deus Ex Machina Season 4 Episode 5

CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA (L to R) MIRANDA OTTO as ZELDA SPELLMAN, CAROLINE RHEA as HILDA, BETH BRODERICK as ZELDA, and LUCY DAVIS as HILDA SPELLMAN in episode 215 of CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA Cr. DIYAH PERA/NETFLIX © 2020

 


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9 Biggest Moments from ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Season 4

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 4 Review

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina wrapped up its run with the fourth and final season on Netflix.

Sabrina and friends faced their biggest threat to date – the eldrtich terrors. 

You can read recaps of each episode and a full season review right here!

Here are the biggest moments from the eight-episode season.

 

The Eldritch Terrors… obviously

The whole season revolved around the ancient entities that culminated with the arrival of the Void – the end of all things. Fitting for a final season, right? Sabrina, the coven, and her mortal friends teamed up to defeat each other terrors – The Dark, The Uninvited, The Weird, The Perverse, The Cosmic, The Returned, The Endless, and finally, The Void. 

 

Hilda and Mr. C Get Married

Nothing was going to stand in the way of Hilda and Mr. C’s big day, not even a terror threatening humankind. The odd couple agreed to have a wedding reception and ceremony as dictated by Zelda and the Academy, which ended up being kind of downer when The Uninvited crashed the party, killed Dorian, and then threatened everyone else because they refused to extend him an invite to the party. Sabrina served as mediator by swooping herself and The Uninvited to Hell for another wedding, where she then married him and trapped him in a prison existing outside of time and space on their wedding night. And she made it home just in time for the private ceremony at the Spellman house in which Hilda and Dr. C exchanged vows dressed up as their favorite movie monsters. 

 

Sabrina Gets Married to Caliban 

That other wedding I mentioned? It was Sabrina Morningstar’s! The 16-year-old wed Caliban, yeah, the same one that tried to kill her and Sabrina Spellman. She promised her was reformed and loved her and all that, but Caliban will always be Caliban… and he had his eye on that throne. Of course, this didn’t take away from Sabrina’s stunning red lace dress. Though, she did have to share the spotlight with Sabrina Spellman, who used the wedding as an opportunity to marry The Uninvited and trick him into captivity. All in a day’s work for these witches!

 

Roz is a Witch 

Roz always had powers, better known as “the cunning,” which essentially gave her psychic abilities, but this season, she learned that she’s a full-blown witch. Her ancestors, who were proud Christian women, didn’t want to be persecuted for witchcraft so they simply didn’t call themselves the W-word. However, once Mambo Marie proved that Roz had powers, she was welcomed into the Academy to join Mambo Marie and Prudence – and later Agatha – as the newest Weird Sister.

 

Sabrina Morningstar Perishes

With the realms in peril because of the existence of two Sabrinas, one of them had to go to the parallel realm to restore balance. Sabrina and Sabrina Morningstar played rock, paper, scissors to decide, and Morningstar lost. She walked through the mirror (wish it was a closet like on Sabrina the Teenage Witch, to be honest) in hopes of restoring balance in the cosmos and found herself in an eldritch terror known as the Endless. Basically, she was stuck in a diabolical sitcom and Salem is the eldritch terror. When the Void arrived, she managed to convince Salem that they had to escape and they ran back through the mirror. While she made it back to Sabrina’s realm, she died shortly after without telling Sabrina how to defeat it. 

 

Easter Eggs Galore 

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is known for throwing in little Easter eggs to sister show Riverdale, but they had a ton of fun with it in the final season. There were a few mentions of Riverdale High School and a cameo by Bret, Donna, and Joan, who played characters in a punk band. Riker Lynch, the brother of Ross Lynch (Harvey), also had a role as an undead leader of a rock band. 

And lastly, one episode replaced Sabrina’s Aunt Hilda and Zelda with Caroline Rhea and Beth Broderick, who played the original roles in the WB sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch

See all the Easter eggs here

 

Lilith Destroys Lucifer

Lilith has been wanting to reign in Hell for years. After killing her newborn son, Adam, to protect him from his father, Lucifer, she negotiated to get her powers back. She then turned on Lucifer and stabbed him with the sword she used to kill Lazarus, drank his blood, embraced his powers, and banished him to the Mortal Realm. Payback’s a b….

 

Agatha Returns to Normal

Crazy Agatha is crazy no more! After Dorcas returned to the land of the living due to an eldritch terror, she forgave her sister for murdering her. When that happened, Agatha snapped back to reality and clearly, had no recollection of what happened in the months prior. As Prudence said, it’s good to have her back, but she needs to be clued in on a lot. 

 

Sabrina and Nick Are Endgame… Literally

When Nick took responsibility for the demise of  his relationship with Sabrina on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina season 3, it was a big step. He promised to wait until she was ready because they were “endgame.” Sabrina likely didn’t think she would be ready as soon as she was, but when there’s a chance you might die, you kind of have to follow your heart. And her heart said that she loved Nick. From then on, they were inseparable as they fought side-by-side to defeat the eldritch terrors. 

When Sabrina embodied a piece of the Void and sacrificed herself to save everyone, it was heartbreaking to watch Nick mourn his girlfriend and the life they would have had together. But two people who are destined to be together will always find their way back to each other. As Sabrina chilled out in heaven, she was surprised to see Nick, who explained he went swimming and there was a “wicked undertow.”

The two kissed as he declared that they had forever and ever together. 


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