Riverdale: The Tell-Tale Heart Recap

Synopsis: A hasty decision comes back to haunt Betty; Tensions between Hiram, FP and Jughead spiral out of control; Archie is forced to make a tough decision.

I don’t think Edgar Allan Poe had bad parenting in mind when he wrote his famed short story of a narrator trying to convince us about his sanity after committing a murder.

Nope.

Why I say bad parenting…it is because this show gives us a weekly depiction of what not to do as a parent. And yes, I know that the tale is to mirror Betty’s spiral after helping Alice bury a body.

Let me digress and get on with the recap…

The Lodges:

  1. You (Hiram) reel in your only child (Veronica) in to your sketchy dealings at the tender age of 15…16 (but she looks like she is in her 20s), why? Because she asked, of course. Now, as the sharks start to swim around you because you seem to be a little wonky in your decision-making, you still have to deal with your daughter worrying if you hired someone to kill off a Capo and if any or all of your action are in the best interest of your family and of the town you now reside in.
  2. You then accepted an ask to be an intern for you by your daughter’s boyfriend (Archie) , because he was being duped by an FBI agent (that was actually one of your associates and cannot pronounce ‘Capo’ for the life of him). It was all a test. Set-up by you (Hermione) …to see if his devotion to your daughter and your family was true. You nearly drove that kid insane with worry.

The Coopers and The Joneses:

  1. So, your son (Chic) kills a drug dealer who was going to harm you. But, he showed up for a reason. You (Alice) are just not thinking about that now or even thinking about calling Sheriff Keller, because you are worried you may lose him again. But, you do allow your daughter (Betty) to help you dispose of the body and clean your house. Of course, you nearly make her loose her mind because you are acting like nothing has happened. You even have her lying to her own, cheating-ass Father (Hal).
  2. But, she cannot lie to her boyfriend (Jughead). She has to turn to someone and he helps her get rid of the drug dealer’s body and his phone. Due to her near-nervous breakdown and whatever your relationship with him was in the past, her boyfriend’s Father (FP) has to help you totally get rid of the body. Now, her Dad is all wtf is going on…and when that happens things may start to unravel.

The Blossoms:

  1. In a rare moment of caring, the youngest (Cheryl) tries to comfort a relative/acquaintance (Betty) but because she is a hot mess, she gives her space. Later on, due to the shenanigans at her home (Mom, Penelope, is a Harlot), she confesses to her relative that her Mother is having an affair with her cousin’s Father (Hal).
  2. This allows her to have some kind of leverage over her Uncle…and even her Mother, who seems to be falling for him.

The only parent that tries to wholeheartedly be on the up and up is Archie’s Dad. Even if Mayor McCoy and Sheriff Keller have the upper crust in their pockets, they try to steer their kids away from the General Hospital-like insanity in their small town in Upstate New York.

Will they survive their parent’s decisions? Only time will tell.

Will these kids learn to not follow in their parent’s footsteps? We shall see.

Next: (To Air on 03.07.18) The Hills Have Eyes –

Question? Will these kids ever see a classroom again?

News You May Have Missed: Charmed Reboot has a Character Twist and more…

The description of the sisters from the Charmed reboot has been released:

MACY | A witty, intense science nerd, Macy — who is in her late 20s — is a Ph.D. in quantum physics who’s moving with her boyfriend Galvin to Hilltowne, Michigan, to work in the university lab. Macy has reason to believe that she is the sister of Mel and Madison. Her power is telekinesis.

MEL PRUITT | A strong-willed feminist, she feels deeply and is a bit controlling. Mel — who is in her mid 20s and a lesbian —  is the sister of Madison. In the wake of a tragic accident, the grieving Mel becomes angry, defiantly unkempt, even violent, pushing away those who might help her, including her girlfriend, Detective Soo Jin. Mel’s power is time-freezing.

MADISON PRUITT | Mel’s younger sister (she’s 18-ish), an athletic (pilates, cheerleading) college student pledging a sorority, Madison is the opposite of her feminist sister with a desire to fit in. Madison is horrified to learn she is a witch. Her power is hearing people’s thoughts. TVLine

Everything my daughter loved as she was growing up is coming back. First, the Spice Girls is going on tour and now Disney is making a live action version of Kim Possible.

The original show revolved around a high school girl who saves the world from evildoers with her team: Ron Stoppable, a mole-rat named Rufus, and a computer geek named Wade.

Casting has begun on the movie and I am sure all the 20-something year olds out there, and their parents, will get a kick out of watching this movie. Deadline

You know I am a fan of Kdramas.

I prefer a fun rom-com over the dramatic Goblin-like shows that had me crying every week. With that said, I caught wind of one that will be coming down the pipeline:

Hundred Day Husband is about a Crowned Prince, Lee-Yool, who is a perfectionist. After an accident, he loses his memory and becomes an ordinary man named Won Deuk.

It is a historical romantic dramedy that will air on tvN. If you have a Viki or Dramafever, you may be able to watch it.

If  you know of any new KDramas that might be of interest to everyone, please send it along.

Recaps: Riverdale, Arrow, Counterpart & Star Trek: Discovery

Can you tell that I like a specific type of show?

Let’s start off with Riverdale’s the Blackboard.

As Jughead says ever so eloquently, our Archie is going down a dark path…that he was coerced into by the FBI. When he asked the FBI if what they were doing was okay…I believe asking a minor to get intel that would help take down a power hungry businessman is so not right on many levels.

But, this is Riverdale. So, FBI goes up to Archie and asks him to help them take down Hiram. In exchange, his Dad and Veronica would be protected. But, something seems wrong. Do they not have to take him “downtown” to fill him in on everything? Is there not official paperwork? This story line just rubs me the wrong way. However, seeing Veronica keep secrets from Archie and vice versa clearly screams trouble for this couple. And if you think that Archie fessing up about his kiss with Betty was oh so noble, it was a ploy to cover up his work with the FBI.

While Veronica is keeping her secrets close to her chest, she was doing her parents bidding by welcoming Serpents to the hallowed Halls of Riverale High. However, not is going well for the Serpents, it seems like profiling is the name of the game at Principal Weatherbee’s school, even if it being forced by Reggie and Cheryl. Juggie fully comprehends what is going on and under FP’s advisement, has him and his fellow Serpents hiding in the tall grass and waiting to strike. I like this story line because it shows that Juggie has found his place and just because someone comes from the wrong side of the tracks does not mean that they are not to be trusted. Just like…

…Alice Cooper. Alice has had it rough. Her eldest, Polly, has basically become a Scientologist and shunned her family. The final straw was when she popped up and told Betty that she had given birth to her twins, Juniper and Dagwood (?!?). Feeling for her Mother, Betty finds her long-lost older brother, Chic. Chic has not had an easy life. The only reason he is in the Cooper household, at this moment, is that Betty rescued him (not so sure about that) from a brutal beat down at his hostel. But, Chic is not all that he appears, there is something dark in him. Is it his resentment towards Alice and Hal for giving him us as a baby or is it even something more sinister…

There was a moment when Archie asked the Fed if he and Betty caught the real Black Hood…I think not.

Next up: The Wrestler – In an attempt to get closer to Hiram, Archie tries out for the Riverdale wrestling team; Betty unearths some dark secrets about Chic; Veronica and Josie clash.

Arrow. You know, I still do not get what the deal is with Cayden James. I know that technology based crime is a big deal, but this whole wiping out the internet plot seems like something that everyone should be involved in….not just the people in Ollie’s neck of the woods?

Just the mere fact that they have another World’s Laurel Lance, screams like they need to bring in help from Legend’s of Tomorrow. That is beside’s the point and before I go off another tangent…what is interesting to see is how Oliver’s decision have affected his world. He has spied on half of his team and they have decided to branch off and do their own thing. Is this a bad thing? Well, in the Marvelverse…1,2,3….how many heroes are in the state of New York alone? In theory, this should not be seen as a bad thing. That does not mean that the old adage of, “A House Divided Shall Not Stand,” should escape your brain totally. There will be more fall out…we just do not know to what extent that will be. Especially when there are kids at stake.

Next up: We Fall – William gets caught in the cross hairs as Oliver attempts to stop Cayden James with just the original Team Arrow.

Counterpoint is from Starz. It is basically an espionage tale with a classic sci-fi tilt. The first episode was very intriguing. We meet this schlep of a guy who is just not happy with his 9-5 job, at a quasi-government agency, and due to his love of his life being in a coma after being in an accident. Then something interesting happens at his place of work, he meets his “other”. His doppelganger from another dimension. To a point, they’ve lived the same life. Yet, something happening to Howard in the other universe to become the complete opposite of our Howard. This comes about as these two Howards meet to not only capture an assassin, but to save our Howard’s wife. Now, why this assassin is targeting Howard’s wife does not make sense…until we see Other Howard go to his world and we meet his Emily and she is in the same line of work as Other Howard. This is interesting because Other Howard told our Howard that his Emily died from cancer. Why did he lie?

The other intriguing parts of this show is why is there a quasi-government agency keeping tabs on one another and not just trying to wall off the other universe? Also, what is up with this assassin?

So many questions and we only have nine more episode left.

And the best for last…Star Trek: Discovery.

What a twist and why do I keep tweeting DeLorca instead of Lorca. No se.

That is besides the point. We have been given the best plot twist so far this season of any show.

Now, we all knew something was up with Lorca. There was just something off. His intentions were never clear and even the people he knew really well thought something was off with him. We originally thought it was the accident he was in, but were so wrong.

And now we know why. Our Lorca is not really our Lorca. This Lorca is this alternate universe’s Lorca. The Lorca that betrayed Philippa and apparently romanced quite a few women…including Michael.

I know, I know…wth!!!!

Now that he is on his target, what will Lorca do? What does this mean for our discovery crew, for Michael, for the people in this universe that were hunting down Lorca…we just  have to wait and see.

While this was all going down on the Charon, the Discovery got it’s Stamets back. While I know, the story line was given a bit of romance to push Stamets out of his coma. Some people on Twitter did not like this, however love propels people to do extraordinary things…even come out of a coma. Now, Stamets and Tilly have to figure out how to fix the spore issue.

Ash Tyler is not doing well at all. Out of compassion, Saru turns to their captive for help. She refuses at first, but when she see how destroyed Ash is, she gives in. We will have to wait and see if we our Ash back and if there are any repercussions from 1. the fall out of being a Klingon victim and 2. the death of Culber.

We only have three episodes left for this surprisingly edge of your seat and fun show.

One last thing, I loved the last episode of X-Files. It had a lot of the fun and will they, won’t they moments that made me fall in love with the original show. The only issue was that the plot was weak.

Oh! Keep an eye out for The Alienist!

 

 

 

Recap of Black Lightning: The Resurrection

Synopsis: The CW’s first African American superhero headliner unrolls the secrets of his past to protect his city and his family.

In this day and age, this show fits the bill for any minority that lives in the United States.

Here we have a man who is educated and well respected for his ability to help the children of an impoverished community to excel. But, he must battle the outliers that threaten his students, the community, and his family after a lengthy, but shaky truce between him and those outliers.

Because of instances that revolve around his daughters, this man is forced to dredge up his past in order to protect his two daughters from a particular gang. What is dredged up is that he was a superhero. He was known as Black Lightning, but he hung up his battle armor in order to save his marriage and his family.

As a parent, I will tell you that a parent will do whatever they have to do to keep their kids safe…even risk their own lives.

The problem here is that Black Lightning has a mortal enemy and his name is Tobias White. This means that Jefferson Pierce aka Black Lightning has a target on his back courtesy of Tobias.

The two interesting bits of the episode:

  1. Jefferson’s daughter also has a power.
  2. The tailor that helps Jefferson with his outfit, it just reminds me of the Kingsmen.

Next week: La Wanda – The Book of Hope – A glimmer of hope appears in the community that Black Lightning is back to combat the violence.

Photo by Leon Contreras on Unsplash

Recap of The Flash: The Trial of The Flash

Synopsis: Joe and Iris must decide how far they’re willing to go to keep Barry out of prison as his trial for the murder of Clifford DeVoe begins.

You know, I know that the people behind the show has really tried to regain some of the fun of first couple of seasons. This episode may not be an example of that, but it was a great episode.

Like Iris and Barry, we are not totally sure of what the Devoe’s plans are for the city. However, they made it abundantly clear that with The Flash in jail, they will be able to do whatever they want.

However, seeing Iris and Barry struggle to maintain their strength in this time of adversity is heart breaking. These two really cannot catch a break. But, knowing that Barry is willing to go to jail to protect Iris and all those he loves…shows you what kind of hero he truly is.

What that means for the team or for the city that Barry loves, only time will tell if they will survive Barry’s lifetime imprisonment.

There were a couple of highlights in this episode:

  1. Cisco and Caitlin have their groove back and with a little coaxing now know how to somewhat work together as a team.
  2. Ralph giving the desperate Joe a pep talk that keeps this Dad, who wants to keep his son safe, in check.

Next episode: The Elongated Knight Rises – A familiar villain returns to terrorize Central City; Ralph must rise up to defend the innocent while Barry is detained by his trial; Barry searches for the strength to keep his optimism alive in the face of his new circumstances.

Photo by Ahsan Avi on Unsplash

The CW: TCAs and the Shows You Love to Watch

As we are in the throes of winter, it can only mean one thing…the TCAs are happening. This time of year it can spell doom and gloom for some shows that premiered in the Fall. Case in point, Dynasty has been banished to a Friday night-time slot. Fridays are a horrible time slot, but some shows have thrived.  Will this be the case for Dynasty?

The following is from the CW TCA Press Release:

January 7, 2018 (Pasadena, CA) – The CW Network today announced dates for the series premiers of the heartfelt new comedy Life Sentence, as well as the return of  iZombie, The 100, and the final season of The  Originals.

Following is The CW’s complete mid-season premiere schedule. All times ET/PT:

MONDAY, JANUARY 15

  • 8:00-9:00 pm SUPERGIRL (New Episode)
  • 9:00-10:00 pm Valor (New Episode)

TUESDAY, JANUARY 16

  • 8:00-9:00 PM THE FLASH (New Episode)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM BLACK LIGHTNING (Series Premiere)

Black Lightning: Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) is a man wrestling with a secret. As the father of two daughters and principal of a charter high school that also serves as a safe-haven for young people in a neighborhood overrun by gang violence, he is a hero in his community. Nine years ago, Pierce was a hero of a different sort. Gifted with the superhuman power to harness and control electricity, he used those powers to keep his hometown streets safe as the masked vigilante Black Lightning. However, after too many nights with his life on the line, and seeing the effects of the damage and loss that his alter ego was inflicting on his family, he left the superhero days behind and settled into being a principal and a dad. Choosing to help his city without using his superpowers, he watched his daughters Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Anne
McClain) grow into strong young women, even though his marriage to their mother, Lynn (Christine Adams), suffered. Almost a decade later, Pierce’s crime-fighting days are long behind him…or so he thought. But with crime and corruption spreading like wildfire, and those he cares about in the crosshairs of the menacing local gang The One Hundred, Black Lightning returns – to save not only his family, but also the soul of his community.

Based on the characters from DC, Black Lightning is from Berlanti Productions and Akil
Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash”), Salim Akil & Mara Brock Akil (“Being Mary Jane,” “The Game,” “Girlfriends”), and Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “The Flash”). The Black Lightning character was created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17

  • 8:00-9:00 PM RIVERDALE (New Episode)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM DYNASTY (New Episode)

THURSDAY, JANUARY 18

  • 8:00-9:00 PM SUPERNATURAL (New Episode)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM ARROW (New Episode)

FRIDAY, JANUARY 19

  • 8:00-9:00 PM CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND (New Episode)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM JANE THE VIRGIN (New Episode)

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26

  • 8:00-9:00 PM DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (New Episode)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM IZOMBIE (Season Premiere)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7

  • 8:00-9:00 PM RIVERDALE (New Episode)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM LIFE SENTENCE (Series Premiere)

FRIDAY, APRIL 20

  • 8:00-9:00 PM DYNASTY
  • 9:00-10:00 PM THE ORIGINALS (Season Premiere)

TUESDAY, APRIL 24

  • 8:00-9:00 PM THE FLASH (New Episode)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM THE 100 (Season Premiere)

Now, we wait patiently to hear what shows will be renewed for the 2018-2019 TV Season.

What shows do you think are on the bubble?

 

Image courtesy of: Photo by Teemu Paananen on Unsplash

 

Who Was the Tops on TV?

It has been an eventful week, hasn’t it?

We have had a massive and entertaining four show crossover event, boys ended up stealing the show in a couple of our favorite shows, and if you are not watching KDramas, than you do not know what you are missing.

I may have my issues with all of the CW Superhero shoes for various reasons, but I have to admit their Crisis on Earth X crossover event had me glued to my seat. IT even made me tear.

Let’s just get to the overall plot, shall we? It is Iris and Barry’s wedding. Like any wedding, something goes wrong. Usually, it is a drunk uncle cussing out someone or throwing up on the cake. That would just be too easy in the DC universe. What goes down is truly epic. The doppelgangers for Ollie and Kara, along with Harry #1, invade Earth 1, why…to kidnap Kara in order to save Earth X Kara. This Kara is suffering from sun poisoning and at any moment she may go nuclear.

This invasion does not go according to plan. They failed to factor all of the heroes on the Earth 1 and their desire to keep humanity safe, not underfoot as the Superheroes of Earth X do.

There were fun moments, like Alex and Sara hooking up after the rehearsal dinner and then kicking ass together as they went to town on the Nazis in Earth X and on Earth 1. It seems like there is no long term romance for these two, but their friendship has been solidified.

The sad moments revolved around Dr. Stein and Jefferson. We knew from the get go that Dr. Stein wanted to end his partnership with Jefferson so he could spend time with his wife, daughter, and grandchild. He even devised, with the help of the other scientists, with a way to allow Jefferson to still be a Legend. But, Jefferson was struggling with the idea of losing the only father figure he has ever had. When Stein hears what has made Jefferson struggle over the last few days it makes him understand why Jefferson has been distant. But, he ultimately proves his love for Jefferson when he gets show multiple times and is mortally wounded as he tries to protect Jefferson and everyone else. He asks  Jefferson to take a concoction that would cut their bond and end his own life. Victor Garber did a wonderful job as he said his goodbye to Jefferson and the Legends of Tomorrow.

Actually, no one really dies in these shows…since there are so many earths. I’m guessing we will see him again.

The surprising moments were much more plentiful:

  1. Barry let Original Harry go….to terrorize another day.
  2. Ollie killed his fuhrer doppelganger.
  3. Leonard Snart, well his Earth X version, is back on the Waverider and being highly sympathetic to his brother. But, he let his love, The Ray aka Russell Tovey (who will hopefully be back).
  4. Barry and Iris finally got married.
  5. After Ollie failed to get a yes out of Felicity…Ollie and Felicity got married.

Now, is the marriage of Olicity legal? Not sure, since there was no marriage certificate. But, with Ollie being a Mayor…I am sure this issue will be rectified.

This crossover event is the reason why the CW was the standout of the week. Between this and Riverdale, which played with presenting a show that hinted at potential future horror storylines with a zombie deer and the Candy Man scaring the bejeezus out of Juggie and Archie. We ended up learning a lot about the adults. The Sheriff and The Mayor are hooking up, which dispels the idea that Betty had of him…being the Black Hood. Now, while Juggie being under the thumb of a snake charmer may be the worst thing to happen to the Jones family and all those that love him. It was the story revolving around Josie, the Pussycats, Cheryl, the Mayor, and Chuck. Josie wants to evolve musically and she has her chance via Cheryl. But, that means she has to sneak behind the Pussycats. When they catch wind of her plan, they drop her like a wet towel. That leaves her in Cheryl’s line of sight. Unfortunately for Josie and Chuck, Cheryl is trying to be the only person that Josie can rely on. Cheryl is truly up to no good.

Ultimately, this was all to show that everything that was going on was a test by the Black Hood and apparently Riverdale failed. Dun, dun, dun…

Second is more of a lumping in…there were two shows that had these two young actors that stole the episode. In Mr. Robot, Elliot is ready to end it all, until the little brother of Trenton. Mohammad forces Elliot to go to the movies and then follow him to a mosque. Throughout their discussions, you learn a lot about how Elliot feels. He, like Angela, is broken. But through his discussions with Mohammad…he finds a purpose. He has to redeem Trenton and Norm. He has to help Angela. He has to undo what has been done.  He even goes to Angela to try to talk to her. That last scene made me all teary.

That little boy commanded all his scenes. Keep and eye out for him.

The other boy to make note of is Martin, Oswald’s little sidekick on Gotham. As Gotham teeters on the cusp of war, Martin is used as a pawn. But, Penguin will not allow his little protegé to go up in flames. That little boy, as he confesses to Penguin, as he is kidnapped, and as he is ushered unknowingly to his death, you just want to take care of him.

So, as Sofia teams up with Barbara, Tabitha, and Selina, they learn that Oswald do anything to keep his power and that means it’s on like Donkey Kong. It’s war!

However, they do not know one thing…there is a power growing in Gotham and Lee (with the help of Ed Nygma) is orchestrating this power surge. Will she be thrown into the war for Gotham? Also, will she lose her right hand man, now that his little friend has come back to sit on his left shoulder?

This episode was a great episode for Gotham, but it still pales Crisis on Earth X. Just sayin’

Outlander was amazing! I just saw it! You could have knocked me over with a feather when Geillis and Lord John popped up in Jamaica.

This just spells doom and it did.

Geillis has big plans for Scotland and it involves three sapphires. One of which Jamie stole from the treasure chest, Geillis learns of Jamie’s connection to the missing Sapphire, the sapphire he gave to Lord John.

Guess what…Lord John pops up. He is the bloody Governor of Jamaica. When he sees Jamie…Claire could see what we know. He loves Jamie. I mean the man is carrying around the sapphire that Jamie gave him. He was just asking for trouble and he got it when Geillis saw that sapphire…her sapphire.

Of course, this was not the worst of it. Who else popped up? Captain Leonard and he arrested Jamie.

Now, the most heartbreaking scene involved the slave trade. The way they treated those poor people, it was so hard to watch.

The most fun show to watch this week was Dirk Gently. The scattered pieces have started to come together. Dirk has solved the case (via the hidden mural that shows us that the Cardenas had two sons. One they rescued from the boat and is presently at Black Wing in a coma. They need to get him to the land that he dreamed up.) and has recruited the Rowdy four to save Todd and Amanda, but they still have to contend with the nutty Suzie….who has learned to use the pool of foresight…or whatever that thing is called. Back in the normal universe, Tina and Farah go off to find out where Hobbs is. But, the Mage popped up…this is not good.

It was nice to see Ken taking the brass ring and owning the new operation as Friedkin is still at a loss about everything. However, contending with Priest and Friedkin and the possibility of crossing paths with Bart again…what will he do???

Now, there are two shows you should seek out.

  1. Hulu’s Runaways – This show is Marvel’s first foray in the Hulu world and it is based on the west coast and revolves around a group of kids who find out their parents are involved in a Scientology-like organization. They witnessed their parents kill a teen girl. That teen girl’s death is supposed to help this flaky old entity that is locked up in a room at a sanctuary. But we learn more about the adults in the second episode and they are all screwed up and at least a third of them want out of this weird religious order. We also see these kids start to gel together and pair off into couples and bond as siblings. It is filled with a lot of head turning moments. The leader of the church getting intimate with the entity….and then there is a dinosaur.
  2. Dramafever’s Revolutionary Love – This is such a fun little Korean drama that follows Byun Hyuk,  a son from an affluent family whose fortune comes from the food industry. He is a happy-go-lucky guy that did nothing. Unfortunately, after a series of missteps his father kicks him to the curb. Who saves him from living on the streets, but his childhood friend. This friend is friends with Baek Joon. A beautiful and smart young lady that refuses to do full-time work due to what her later father went through. As she works part-time jobs to make ends meet, she decides to help Hyuk. Through mentoring him, Byun grows as a person and decides to help Joon(a) redeem her father’s good name. In doing so, he learns how corrupt his brother and father are.  There are a lot of funny, sweet, screaming at your TV moments. It is only 16 episodes and only one season. Trust me…watch this.

So much good TV, but I am looking forward to the hiatus.