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

VIRGIN RIVER - Lauren Hammersley as Charmaine Roberts of VIRGIN RIVER - NETFLIX (c) 2020



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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Who Is Rhys Montrose on ‘YOU’ Season 4?



You Season 4 Episode 6 Review Best of Friends

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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