Dancing With the Stars Week Two Recap: “Latin Night”

Dancing With the Stars

Season 22 | Week 2 | Aired: March 28, 2016

It’s Week Two on DWTS and it’s Latin Night! After what I’m going to once again call an interesting start to the season last year, tonight was definitely just as interesting.

With a Donald Trump themed dance and Mark Ballas out of commission due to a back injury it was obvious there would be no slowing down.

Here are the scores for the night:

Jodie Sweetin & Keo Motsepe
Dance: Samba
Song: “Bun Up the Dance” – Dillon Francis & Skrillex
Score: 21

Marla Maples & Tony Dovolani
Dance: Argentine Tango
Song: “Don’t” – Ed Sheeran
Score: 20

Geraldo Rivera & Edyta Silwinska
Dance: Salsa
Song: “Ran Kan Kan” – Tito Puente”
Score: 13
*Jeopardy*
*Lowest Score*

Paige VanZant & Alan (Standing in for Mark Ballas)
Dance: Salsa
Song: “Danza Kuduro” – Don Omar feat. Lucenzo
Score: 24

Antonio Brown & Sharna Burgess
Dance: Rumba
Song: “Adorn” – Miguel
Score: 19

Kim Fields & Sasha Farber
Dance: Salsa
Song: “Conga” – Gloria Estefa
Score: 19

Nyle DiMarco & Peta Murgatroyd
Dance: Rumba
Song: “Stole the Show” – Kygo feat. Parson James
Score: 20

Mischa Barton & Artem Chigvintsev
Dance: Cha-Cha-Cha
Song: “Pata Pata” – Miriam Makeba
Score: 15
*Jeopardy*

Von Miller & Witney Carson
Dance: Cha-Cha-Cha
Song: “Ain’t Too Cool” – LunchMoney Lewis
Score: 20

Wanya Morris & Lindsay Arnold
Dance: Salsa
Song: “Echa Pa’lla (Manos Pa’rriba)” – Pitbull
Score: 24
*Highest Score*

Doug Flutie & Karina Smirnoff
Dance: Paso Doble
Song: “Buster Voodoo” – Rodrigo y Gabriela
Score: 20
*Jeopardy*

Ginger Zee & Val Chmerkovskiy
Dance: Samba
Song: “Sorry” – Justin Bieber
Score: 21

Of course, this is a competition which means someone has to go home eventually and tonight was the first elimination.

The couples in jeopardy were Mischa & Artem, Geraldo & Edyta, and Doug & Karina.

The couple eliminated during Week Two was Geraldo & Edyta.

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Well, Edyta’s return to Dancing With the Stars was sadly very short, but hopefully she will be back next season. Next week is “Most Memorable Year” and I can’t wait to see what happens to the rest of the couples.

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The Walking Dead Episode Review: “East”

The Walking Dead

Season 6 | Episode 15 | Aired: March 27th, 2016

Okay, so my original plan was to post the reviews for the past three weeks first and then post this one. Those reviews are still coming, but this episode was sooooo intense I couldn’t not talk about it right away. Plus, I’m not working first thing tomorrow morning which means I can actually get this review out now (more on that in an upcoming review).

So much happened! And so much happened with so many characters I love!

Carol left Alexandria. It seems she just couldn’t take it anymore, she didn’t want to have to kill anymore so she left. Of course, as she was driving down the road she encountered some more Saviours who seemed to be on their way to Alexandria and ended up having to kill them.

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My heart breaks for Carol every time she has to kill someone now. Like, on one hand I get not wanting to kill people, but unfortunately I don’t think that’s really something you can avoid in the world they live in anymore.

But Carol wasn’t the only one to leave Alexandria last night. Morgan and Rick also left in search of Carol and Daryl, hell bent on revenge, left to go after Dwight and the others who killed Denise. In turn, Rosita, Glenn, and Michonne left to go after him.

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While no one died yet, the only one to return to Alexandria last night was Rick. Carol is still missing, Morgan is still searching for her, and Daryl, Glenn, Rosita, and Michonne are now hostages of Dwight and the others.

The episode ended with Dwight shooting Daryl and I think Yvette Nicole Brown said it best:

“Not like this, Lord, not like this.”

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She was also right in saying that Dwight is not a worthy enough character to take out Daryl Dixon. Daryl has survived everything that’s been thrown at him and while I’m sure Dwight is a real badass, he’s not the guy who would take out Daryl Dixon.

I loved this episode. I mean, I love every episode, but this one delved into the characters and their relationships and really showed how much things have changed since the show started.

The whole conversation between Glenn and Daryl in the forest really showed not only how much they’ve changed as individual characters, but how they really are all a family. I know we all know this already, but seeing these interactions is still a welcome thing and I think it really showed just how much Daryl and Glenn have both grown over the seasons.

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Rick and Morgan’s whole dynamic is so different now than back in season one and it’s really interesting to watch. It was also interesting to hear Rick admit that he now believed Carol was right in killing Karen and David back at the Prison.

It’s kind of ironic that now Carol doesn’t want to kill anymore is when Rick admits that she was right to start killing in the first place.

And while I must admit that I was glad to hear him admit this it also made me really nervous for Carol’s future. Seriously, no one is safe on this show, but as soon as someone becomes the moral compass or people realize a certain character was right all along that character dies.

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We don’t know where Carol is, we don’t know if we’ll ever see Morgan again (not gonna lie, he’s still driving me crazy so if he wants to return Carol to the group and then leave again that’s fine with me), Glenn, Michonne, and Rosita are all in danger, and Daryl’s been shot!

We also don’t know what’s going on with Maggie. She had Enid cut off her hair and then suddenly she was on the ground in pain. I’m with Yvette on this one too, it was the pickles cause I don’t want to think about the other thing.

Next week is the season six finale (so soon!) and there are so many questions that need answering and so many fates that need determining. Someone’s going to die. We know that. We’re meeting Negan so there’s no way the group is making it out unscathed.

I have many theories about who might be going with each theory hurting more than the last so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens and cry when it does.

But in the meantime I want to know what all of your theories are! Tell me down below what you think is going to happen next week on the hour and a half finale!

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Dancing With the Stars Week One Recap: “First Dances”

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Season 22 | Week One | Aired: March 21, 2016

DWTS is back! And with an… interesting… line up this year. I’m going to be 100% honest with you, I only know Mischa Barton from The OC and Jodie Sweetin from Full House. I have no clue who the rest of the celebs are and, if I’m still being honest and going off the comments I read, a lot of people didn’t know who any of them were this year.

But no matter, I just can’t wait to see if they can dance! This year the couples are as follows:

Kim Fields & Sasha Farber
Mischa Barton & Artem Chigvintsev
Antonio Brown & Sharna Burgess
Nyle DiMarco & Peta Murgatroyd
Doug Flutie & Karina Smirnoff
Marla Maples & Tony Dovolani
Von Miller & Witney Carson
Wanya Morris & Lindsay Arnold
Geraldo Rivera & Edyta Silwinska
Jodie Sweetin & Keo Motsepe
Paige VanZant & Mark Ballas
Ginger Zee & Val Chmerkovskiy

Several of the pro dancers are not returning for this season including Derek Hough, Allison Holker, Emma Slater, Anna Trebunkaya, and Louis van Amstel. Returning are Peta Myrgatroyd, Artem Chigvintsev, and Edyta Silwinka.

For the second year Sasha Farber has returned as a pro dancer and I’m so happy! Also returning is Len Goodman as head judge!

The scores for the first week are as follows:

Kim Fields & Sasha Farber
Dance: Cha-Cha-Cha
Song: “Sax” – Fleur East
Score: 20
Kim Fields – Actress and Reality TV star

Paige VanZant & Mark Ballas
Dance: Foxtrot
Song: “Ain’t Got Far to Go” – Jess Glynne
Score: 21
Paige VanZant – UFC Fighter and Model

Doug Flutie & Karina Smirnoff
Dance: Foxtrot
Song: “Sweet Caroline” – Neil Diamond
Score: 15
Doug Flutie – Former NFL Quarterback

Jodie Sweetin & Keo Motsepe
Dance: Tango
Song: “Confident” – Demi Lovato
Score: 20
Jodie Sweetin – Actress

Geraldo Rivera & Edyta Silwinska
Dance: Cha-Cha-Cha
Song: “Treasure” – Bruno Mars
Score: 13
Geraldo Rivera – Reporter and Talk Show Host
*Lowest Score*

Marla Maples & Tony Dovolani
Dance: Quickstep
Song: “Sparkling Diamonds” – Nicole Kidman
Score: 21
Marla Maples – Businesswoman and Actress

Wanya Morris & Lindsay Arnold
Dance: Cha-Cha-Cha
Song: Motownphilly” – Boyz II Men
Score: 23
Wanya Morris – Boyz II Men Singer
*Tied for Highest Score*

Ginger Zee & Val Chmerkovskiy
Dance: Jive
Song: “Move (You’re Steppin’ on My Heart)” – Henry Krieger
Score: 23
Ginger Zee – Weather Presenter
*Tied for Highest Score*

Mischa Barton & Artem Chigvintsev
Dance: Tango
Song: “In the Night” – The Weeknd
Score: 16
Mischa Barton – Actress

Nyle DiMarco & Peta Murgatroyd
Dance: Cha-Cha-Cha
Song: “Cake by the Ocean” – DNCE
Score: 23
Nyle DiMarco – Model and Actor
*Tied for Highest Score*

Antonio Brown & Sharna Burgess
Dance: Quickstep
Song: “Bad Man” – Pitbull feat. Robin Thicke, Joe Perry, & Travis Barker
Score: 21
Antonio Brown – NFL Wide Receiver

Von Miller & Witney Carson
Dance: Foxtrot
Song: “My House” – Flo Rida
Score: 21
Von Miller – NFL Linebacker

It’s funny. I usually go into a season of DWTS knowing who I’m rooting for, but this season I had no idea. Would it be one of the two celebs I knew? Or one of my fave pros? But after watching this first week of dances there’s no question about it, I’m rooting for Nyle DiMarco. That boy can dance!

What did you think of the first week of dances? Who are you voting for?

Let me know below!

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The Walking Dead Episode Review: “Knots Untie”

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Sorry this review is so late! My computer crashed and me (being the genius that I am) didn’t save my review at any point while writing it. Go me!

So, here is a very quick review about last week’s episode!

Jesus led Rick and the group to Hilltop, the community he comes from. While there, the group learns Hilltop has a ‘deal’ with Negan, the same man whose men attacked Daryl, Abraham, and Sasha. This deal being that they give Negan a portion of everything they have and he won’t kill them.

Rick and the group make a deal that they’ll kill Negan in exchange for supplies from Hilltop.

This episode was up and down and all over the place. I don’t know what to make of Gregory, the man leading Hilltop. He’s such an asshat, but I just feel like there’s more he’s not telling anyone yet.

One of the best parts of the episode was when the guy from Hilltop stabbed Gregory and then got into a fight with Rick. Rick just stabbed him in the neck, killing him, and then stood up and said ‘What?’

No Rick, not what, killing something isn’t a ‘what’ situation to most people. Most of us watching though? Yeah, not really surprised.

I also wasn’t surprised at how Carl took the news of Rick and Michonne. He was so happy and it was so adorable and then Rick and Michonne were holding hands in the car. Seriously, The Walking Dead is getting mushy, it’s great.

I think the other best part of the episode was when Glenn and Maggie got to see their baby. Hilltop had an ultrasound machine so while they were there the resident doctor did an ultrasound for them. Their reactions were wonderful and I was almost in tears at how cute and amazing the scene was.

This was honestly such a great episode and I’m really sour that I didn’t save my first review because this one really didn’t do it justice.

Tonight’s episode looks even more intense and I’m hoping we’ll get our first look at Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan).

Tell me what you thought of last week’s episode!

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The Walking Dead Episode Review: “The Next World”

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You know, every week I think, “The Walking Dead can’t get any better”. Then Sunday roles around, they air the next episode, and, oh what do you know? It got better!

“The Next World” is set two months after the mid-season premier and we see right away that things in Alexandria are changing. Everyone has settled down and is making lives for themselves.

In this episode we see Rick and Daryl going on what they’re hoping will be a successful run for supplies. However, in typical Walking Dead fashion things don’t go as planned. At first the run seems to be going great, better than great in fact.

Rick and Daryl find a giant truck full of food and other resources, but as they continue scouting out the area they run (quite literally) into a man named Jesus. Well, Paul, but his friends call him Jesus.

Long story short,: Jesus steals the truck, Rick and Daryl get the truck back, Jesus ends up on the roof of the truck, Rick flings him off, Daryl chases him around a field, the truck ends up at the bottom of a lake, Rick and Daryl bring Jesus back to Alexandria to find out more about where he’s from.

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This entire episode was gold. Right from the start there was so much humour and so much bromance. Rick and Daryl are going on their un and as they’re driving down the road Rick decides to put on some music. Evidently he’s done this before cause Daryl literally begs him not to put on the CD and I can’t say I blame him as the music Rick puts on is so typically Rick it’s ridiculous (and hilarious).

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Something else I found hilarious in the first several minutes of the episode are Daryl’s interaction with Denise and Rick and Daryl’s interaction with Eugene. First of all, the whole thing between Daryl and Denise is adorable as she’s asking him to get pop for Tara (as a surprise) and Daryl’s response? “The hell’s pop?” Despite this, he makes it a mission to get the ‘pop’ for her, but unfortunately that doesn’t go as planned either.

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Both these conversations were fantastic and Rick and Daryl’s faces both times were hilarious! I couldn’t stop laughing.

However, it wasn’t long before that laughing turned into swearing at my TV when Jesus came along. Now, I would like to say that I haven’t read enough of the comics yet to have met this character, but I knew he was coming cause everyone was talking about it. However, up until Sunday night I’d been pronouncing it ‘Hey-Zeus” and now I’m really curious how he got the name Jesus.

I’m also really curious as to why he’s such an ass and how he got so good and kicking ass. Rick doesn’t trust him at first (he’s too clean) and Daryl instantly doesn’t like him, but Rick wants to give him a chance.

I really liked the parallels here to Season 5B when the group first met Aaron. They didn’t trust him because he was too clean and that time it was Rick who wanted nothing to do with him and the others who thought they should give him a chance.

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They ended up bringing Jesus back to Alexandria in order to find out more about him, but that also doesn’t go as planned and he escapes his ‘cell’ I guess you’d call it and breaks into Rick’s house (I’ll get to what he interrupted in a few minutes).

Can I just ask though, where the eff is Daryl when he breaks into the house? Rick said Daryl was guarding him so obviously Jesus didn’t just slip past Daryl and escape, so where is he?

Alright, before I get to what was probably the biggest event of the night, I want to talk about Carl, Spencer, and Deanna. Michonne sees Spencer leaving Alexandria and heading into the woods by himself. She follows him, despite his protests, and is there when he is forced to put down his mother. She is also there to see Carl (who had been out in the woods with Enid) lead Deanna right to Spencer.

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At first I thought, “Oh great, Carl lost his eye and now he’s back to being a lil’ shit like in season two”, but no, that wasn’t the case at all. After she confronts him, Carl reveals to Michonne that he did what he did because Spencer needed the closure. Just like Carl killed Lori, Spencer needed to be the one to put down Deanna.

He also says that he would do it for her. He says that if Michonne were to turn he would put her down because that’s what family does. In a weird and slightly creepy way that was really sweet. Families used to do things for each other like shovel the driveway or pick up the dry-cleaning, now they shoot each other in the head.

Alright, are you ready? Are you sure? Cause I’m not. I’m not ready. Oh wait a minute, yes I am. I’ve been ready for several seasons now.

RICHONNE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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It happened guys! It happened! Rick and Michonne did the do!

Shippers (and non-shippers) everywhere were squealing both literally and technologically from the moment Rick handed Michonne those mints. No this was not a hint that she has bad breath, but was rather a substitute for the toothpaste he wasn’t able to save from the lake truck.

Now, I ship a lot of the characters on this show. I’m a fanfiction writer, it’s what I do. However, I normally know that my ships will never be canon, they will only exist in the fanfiction and fandom world. But not anymore (at least not with this ship)!

Richonne is canon!

I can’t even tell you how happy I am. It was so sweet and so wonderful and they kissed and next thing we knew they were naked in bed. Granted, Jesus then broke in and scared them both, but still. The moment had already happened which means Jesus ruined nothing and Richonne was happy!

I’m so glad this finally happened (can you tell?). Rick, Michonne, Carl, and Judith have been like their own mini family within Team Family for ages now anyway and now they just made it official.

So much happened on Sunday night! Walker Deanna, Rickyl Bromance, Richonne, and more! Next week looks intense with Jesus possibly leading the group to his camp and I am so excited.

What did you guys think of “The Next World”? What was your favourite part?

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The Walking Dead Mid-Season Premier Review: “No Way Out”

****WARNING: This post contains spoilers for last night’s episode of The Walking Dead****

The Walking Dead

Season 6 | Episode 9 | Aired: February 14, 2016

The Walking Dead is back! It’s back and boy did it return with a bang!

Yes, last night was the mid-season premier of season six and I honestly think this is the best episode of the entire series. I’ve been saying that a lot lately so that’ll tell you just how amazing season six has been so far.

We pick up directly where the mid-season finale left off with Daryl, Sasha, and Abraham being confronted by members of Negan’s group. Just when it seems like a member of Team Family is going to get killed in the first thirty seconds of the episode, something unexpected happens.

Explosion

Daryl hits Negan’s gang with a bazooka or rocket launcher or something similar and literally blows them away. Daryl Dixon, ladies and gentlemen, the biggest badass to ever exist.

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Seriously, what a freaking amazing way to start the show. They kept showing that scene in the previews up until the point the explosion happens and I was not expecting that at all! Then Daryl just walks out from behind the truck all badass with his rocket launcher and it was AMAZING!

Back in Alexandria, things are less amazing. Walkers are everywhere and Rick, Michonne, Carl (carry Judith), Ron, Sam, Jessie, and Father Gabriel are attempting to make their way through the herd. However, things very quickly go wrong.

Father Gabriel takes Judith to his church where they’ll be safe (why would you trust this man with your baby? After everything he did!), but the others keep moving forward. That is, until Sam sees a young boy walker and freaks out, remembering what Carol had said to him about the monsters coming to get him.

Now this whole scene really tripped me out because I wasn’t sure if maybe Sam was imagining it or what was happening. I thought maybe after everything that had happened he had finally cracked, but no, unfortunately that’s not what happened. It was not imagined or a hallucination, the monsters really did get him.

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The walkers got Sam which, of course, set Jessie off (understandable, she’s seeing her son being torn apart in front of her). She then starts screaming which brings the walkers down on her (nice Walking Dead guys, kill Rick’s sort of love interest on Valentine’s Day!). To make matters worse, Rick is forced to cut off Jessie’s arm to save Carl as Jessie is still holding onto him even as the walkers devour her.

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Now, before I move onto one of the biggest, if not the biggest, thing to happen in the episode can I just say that I was actually kind of sad to see the rest of the Anderson family (because yes, we also lose Ron).

Like, yeah Ron was a lil’ shit and Jessie annoyed me to no end at points (it was getting better though! I was starting to like Jessie more), but I was really sad they killed Sam! I knew the Andersons died in the comics so I figured it was going to happen, but I was hoping maybe if they killed Ron and Jessie they’d let Sam live and give him to Carol or something.

Either way, I’m sad to see the actors go. Alexandra Breckenridge (Jessie), Austin Abrams (Ron), and Major Dodson (Sam) all did a fantastic job. Their characters were memorable and they went out with a bang. Congrats to all three of them on their phenomenal job on the show, on any future projects, and on being the first characters we actually cared about to be killed in this half of the season!

Alright, now let’s move on to something major that happened last night. Like I said before, Ron was lil’ shit and he lived up to this right to the very end when Michonne stuck her sword through his back. Why did she do this? Ron was going to kill Rick. Obviously, Ron’s rage was aimed at the right person, but at the same time can you really blame him for being pissed at Rick?

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Rick killed his dad and as far as Ron’s concerned, Rick’s the one who led them out into the herd which just killed his mom and brother in front of him. Thankfully, Michonne steps in before Ron can kill Rick. However, the gun still goes off and instead of Rick being shot, it’s Carl who gets hit. Right in the eye.

That’s right, it happened! Carl lost his eye! I’ve been saying for how many reviews now that this was coming and it finally happened and it was gross and gruesome and so amazing! I am really excited to see how this progresses the characters as it’s safe to say this will have a major impact on all of them, but what will that impact be? We’ll just have to wait and see.

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I do have to say though that Andrew Lincoln and Chandler Riggs did a great job in this scene. They both do phenomenal in all their scenes, but this one in particular, their reactions were spectacular and the whole thing was so well done.

Now, the episode ends on kind of a happy note. Sasha, Daryl, and Abraham make it back to Alexandria and they, along with Rick, the rest of Team Family, and the Alexandrians all pull together to take back their home. This resulted in one of the most badass montages I’ve ever seen with everyone taking down walkers left, right, and center.

And can I just say, before I move on, I was terrified they were going to kill Aaron or Eric. In the comics Eric dies when the walkers invade Alexandria and I was literally yelling at my TV screen because I was terrified either he or Aaron were going to die. Thankfully they didn’t which means Ross Marquand and Jordan Woods-Robinson will be back on my screens again! Thank you Walking Dead creators for giving us that.

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Also, please take a look at this photo and tell me that Eric isn’t totally badass. He ran out of the house to kill some walkers and then they show at the end of the episode that he did all that in a freakin’ boot cast for his ankle. Badass level is off the charts.

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This episode was intense and insane, but oh so amazing and I can’t even imagine how they’re going to top this. So much more happened that just what I talked about here so if you haven’t already seen the episode you need to.

We’ve seen so many of the characters do a complete flip in this episode and everything that happened is only going to inspire more evolution for all of them and I can’t wait to see where things go from here.

What did you think of the mid-season premier?

Did you cry more at the loss of the Andersons or Carl’s eye?

Next week’s episode looks beyond amazing! It looks like it’s very Daryl and Rick focused so I can’t wait!

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The Fosters Episode Review: “First Impressions”

Run: June 3, 2013 – Present
Created by: Peter Paige, Bradley Bredeweg
Prod. Bradley Bredeweg, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Greg Gugliotta, Joanna Johnson, Jennifer Lopez, Benny Medine, Peter Paige, John Ziffren
Genre: Family Drama, Teen Drama
Starring: Teri Polo, Sherri Saum, Maia Mitchell, David Lambert, Hayden Byerly, Danny Nucci, Cierra Ramirez, Noah Centineo

The Fosters

Season 3 | Episode 11 | Aired: January 25, 2016

The Fosters is back!!!!

Yes, the mid-season premier was last night and they came back in true Fosters fashion!

There was no easing back into things, we jumped straight in with the drama and the tears and the insanity.

Connor’s dad has an eye opening moment as his son prepares to move to be with his mother, Stef gets some scary news from the doctor, Brandon gets an offer to audition for Julliard, Stef’s mom gets a boyfriend, and Mariana runs for junior class president! Not only that, but Mike learns the truth about who caused the accident and Callie meets a woman who wants to invest in Fost & Found.

Wow! How do they manage to fit all that into one episode without everyone going crazy? I have no idea, but it was amazing!

Now I’m not going to go into great detail about all these things cause that would take way too long and then there wouldn’t be anything left for you to see in the episode!

So, first of all, Connor, or rather, Connor’s dad, had a major breakthrough this week that had Jude (and myself) in tears. It was announced in the first half of the season that Connor would be moving to live with his mother. It was then announced last night that he didn’t want to move, but he had to because his dad just didn’t get it.

This admission is heartbreaking and one of the moments that reminds us just how relatable The Fosters is. Thanks to Jude and Lena, Connor’s dad has a moment of realization, but isn’t able to stop his son from leaving. However, the moment that had me in tears was when he goes to see Jude and apologizes for not getting it.

Raining on my face, seriously. This moment was so important, not just in The Fosters, but in TV in general. Something this show does is hold people accountable, whether they’re the child or the parent and to see Connor’s dad realizing he’d done wrong and that he feels bad for it, even if he still doesn’t fully understand, was so important and wonderful and I’m back to having all the emotions about The Fosters that I don’t know what to do with.

Actually, I do know what to do, move on before I continue this tangent. Let’s move on to Mike. Mike and Stef learned the truth tonight about who caused the car accident and it was as they (and many of us) suspected: AJ’s brother was behind the wheel.

Originally, Mike had planned on hiding this information after AJ and Ty’s grandmother died. He didn’t want to take away the last member of AJ’s family. While I get that and I get him not wanting to upset AJ when they’ve only just started to connect, come on Mike!

Stef, of course, found out, but she agreed to wait until after AJ’s grandmother’s funeral to arrest Ty. This didn’t make a difference though, as Ty admitted to his brother that he’d caused an accident and the two boys hop a bus to run away.

I honestly have no idea how this storyline is going to pan out, but since it didn’t seem like AJ really wanted to leave in the first place I’m guessing we’ll see him a lot sooner than it seems.

Alright, the final thing I want to talk about is Callie. She was approached by a lady who seemed nice at first and said she was interested in investing in Fost & Found. However, it soon became clear that this woman wasn’t all she appeared and seems to be set out to sabotage Callie rather than help her.

Callie meets someone else new this episode and that is a boy named Jack Downey, a foster kid who hates his foster family and is somehow connected to this woman who meets Callie.

I’m really intrigued to see where this whole thing is going. Who is this woman? What’s going on with Jack? Who is Jack? Why is the woman so interested in Callie?

So many questions and only a few days until we hopefully get some answers! Next week’s episode looks so good (no surprises there) and I can’t wait to watch it!

What did you think of Mondays episode? Any predictions on what’s going to happen next?

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Criminal Minds Episode Review: “Drive”

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I’ve heard a lot of stories about how awful private driving services can be. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying all ride-share services are bad or that all the drivers are serial killers. But this episode of Criminal Minds definitely didn’t help me in thinking they might be.

Taxis have always freaked me out, having someone I don’t know driving me around just isn’t something I enjoy. But sometimes it’s necessary. However, a driving service where the drivers are hired out privately? No thanks, I’m good.

And that’s exactly what the victims in “Drive” should’ve said. The unsub was a driver for one of these services who was using his position to kidnap people who got into his car. If he found them to be unmoral in some way (one of his victims cheated on his wife) then he would behead them and leave their body somewhere to be found.

Thankfully the BAU managed to stop him before he could behead his last victim. However, I won’t be getting in a taxi or ride-share car ever again. Personally, I like my head attached to my shoulders.

As I fell behind on Criminal Minds, I obviously didn’t watch this episode as an actual ‘mid-season premier’ as I just binged through the episodes a few days ago. However, it was a nice breather after that insane episode before with Reid and The Dirty Dozen issue.

Clearly I’ve been watching this show too long if an episode about beheadings is a nice breather.

I’m really looking forward to the rest of the season. Seriously, Criminal Minds is one of those shows that hasn’t reduced it’s quality as the seasons have gone on and next week’s episode looks freaky.

It’s called “The Bond” and I don’t know if it’s referring to the victims being tied up or to the creepy bond that is already apparent between the unsub and his mother.

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

In the meantime, let me know what you thought of “Drive”! Did you enjoy it? Will you be using a taxi in the near or distant future?

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Criminal Minds Season 11 Episodes 5-11 Review/Recap

****WARNING: This post contains spoilers for episodes 5-11 of Criminal Minds season 11. If you haven’t watched those episode, STOP READING****

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So, obviously I fell behind on, well, everything. I meant to get caught up on everything over Christmas so I could come back and start reviewing from the mid-season premiers again, but unfortunately that didn’t happen. So, I decided to give a brief review/recap of all the episodes I missed and then start fresh from the mid-season premier with proper reviews.

Episode 5: “The Night Watch”

This one was just… sad. At first it starts off really gruesome with people being used in graffiti art. However, as with many of the episodes this season, episode five ends on a sad note when you find out the unsub is a man who lost his son and blames his wife (an infamous street artist) for what happened.

Episode 6: “Pariahville”

Criminal Minds has always explored things and introduced things in their cases that I never in a million years could’ve thought of. A town designed especially for sex offenders is one of these things I never would’ve thought of as being real, but apparently it is. In this episode a woman is murdered in her home and the BAU must determine if it was one of the local residents or someone else who killed her.

This episode gave me a lot of weird emotions and I could definitely relate to the different team members and how each of them reacted to finding out about the town.

Episode 7: “Target Rich”

JJ returns from maternity leave just in time for Rossi’s daughter, Joy, to bring them what may or may not be a case. After a quick investigation, the team discovers they do indeed have a case and must race against the clock to find a missing girl before it’s too late.

Not going to lie, I totally forgot Rossi had a daughter. However, by the end of the episode I was tearing up a little when we learn that Joy is using her father’s name on her byline where she works.

Episode 8: “Awake”

Garcia is under lockdown after discovering a clue about “The Dirty Dozen”. Meanwhile, the team is investigating a series of murders that all involve the victims being sleep deprived.

Once again Criminal Minds came along and ripped my heart right out. It turns out the unsub is a man who lost his daughter several months prior when he pulled over at a rest stop to catch a few minutes sleep and when he woke up his daughter was gone. He searched tirelessly for her, but when they discovered her body he snapped and, instead of facing the truth, kept searching in the hopes that he might still find her.

This episode introduces us to someone who, I think it’s safe to say, will become a key unsub during the back half of the season, and that is The Man With the Skull Tattoo. The unsub in this episode was convinced a man with a skull tattoo had taken his daughter. No one believed him, but at the end of the episode we see the same man approaching a family the same way he did with this unsub.

Episode 9: “Internal Affairs”

The team must investigate after two DEA agents show up dead and it is believed that whoever assisted in targeting the agents may also know about “The Dirty Dozen”.

Indeed it does, though we don’t actually find out what they know until two episodes later.

Episode 10: “Future Perfect”

This one was creepy. A man was kidnapping two people at a time: one who was old and sick, the other was young and healthy. He was then experimenting on them to try and prove that he could make the old sick person healthy again by using the younger person.

Needless to say this didn’t work and, at the end of the episode, we see the tragic repercussions these experiments had for one couple desperate for a way to extend their time together.

Episode 11: “Entropy”

Reid is back! I’m so happy he’s returned, but that happiness didn’t last long as I realized exactly what was happening in this episode. Reid meets up with one of the hit men they’ve been looking for and over the course of a few hours we learn exactly what has been happening with their investigation into the group.

We also learn some things about Reid. Reid absence was explained as him going to visit his mother. Upon his return we find out that his mother has early onset dementia, a disease which, like schizophrenia, has genetic components. Why can’t Reid ever just be happy!?

Seriously, he missed the age trigger for inheriting schizophrenia from his mother, then he lost Maeve, and now he has another genetic disease to worry about! Are you actually kidding me right now?

It’s actually probably a good thing I didn’t review each of these episodes individually cause there would’ve been a lot of ranting going on, especially with that last one.

I had a day off from work and basically sat down and watched these episodes back to back. Needless to say, that day was basically an emotional rollercoaster. What is with Criminal Minds this season and making every episode and basically every unsub a sad mess that I just want to hug?

I’m both excited and slightly terrified to see what the rest of this season will have in store for Criminal Minds. Who is the Man With the Skull Tattoo? What’s going to happen to Reid? Is Dr. Lewis going to stay? So many questions and only a number of episodes left this season.

Do you have any predictions for what might happen? What was your favourite episode of the first half of the season?

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73rd Golden Globe Awards

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What a great night! I have to say, of all the awards shows I always find the Golden Globes to be the most awkward.

This year the show was hosted by Ricky Gervais who wasted no time with the (slightly offensive), but totally hilarious jokes. He should host all the awards shows, he’s so fantastically funny and he just holds nothing back.

There were many films and shows nominated this year, but Carol dominated with five nominations while Steve Jobs, The Big Short, and The Revenant came next with four nominations.

Denzel Washington received the Cecil B. DeMille Award tonight (presented by Tom Hanks), an award given to an actor for outstanding work in the entertainment world. After seeing the video depicting his time in the acting world it really isn’t surprising he won.

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Presented by Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill):
*I was cringing hardcore at Channing and Jonah’s interaction, the whole thing was just so awkward*

Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs) – Winner
Jane Fonda (Youth)
Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight)
Helen Mirren (Trumbo)
Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina)

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or TV Film (Presented by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jennifer Lopez):

Maura Tierney (The Affair) – Winner
Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black)
Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey)
Regina King (American Crime)
Judith Light (Transparent)

Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy (Presented by Andy Samberg):

Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) – Winner
Jamie Lee Curtis (Scream Queens)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin)
Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie)

Best Comedy TV Series (Presented by Terrance Howard and Taraji P. Henson):

Mozart in the JungleWinner
Casual
Orange
is the New Black
Silicon Valley
Transparent
Veep

Best Limited Series or TV Movie (Presented by Bryce Dallas Howard and Orlando Bloom):

Wolf HallWinner
Flesh and Bone
Fargo
American Horror Story: Hotel
American Crime

Best Actor in a Limited Series of TV Movie (Presented by Jamie Alexander and Amber Heard):

Oscar Isaac (Show Me a Hero) – Winner
Idris Elba (Luther)
David Oyelowo (Nightingale)
Mark Rylance (Wolf Hall)
Patrick Wilson (Fargo)

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or TV Film (Presented by Tom Ford and Lady Gaga):

Christian Slater (Mr. Robot) – Winner
Alan Cumming (The Good Wife)
Damian Lewis (Wolf Hall)
Ben Mendelsohn (Bloodline)
Tobias Menzies (Outlander)

Best Original Score (Presented by Jamie Foxx and Lily James):

Ennio Morricone (The Hateful Eight) – Winner
Carter Burwell (Carol)
Alexandre Desplat (The Danish Girl)
Daniel Pemberton (Steve Jobs)
Ryuichi Sakamoto, Alva Noto (The Revenant)

Best Actor in a Drama Series (Presented by Eva Longoria and America Ferrara):

Jon Hamm (Mad Men) – Winner
Rami Malek (Mr. Robot)
Wagner Moura (Norcos)
Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul)
Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan)

Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy (Presented by Amy Adams):

Matt Damon (The Martian) – Winner
Christian Bale (The Big Short)
Steve Carell (The Big Short)
Al Pacino (Danny Collins)
Mark Ruffalo (Infinitely Polar Bear)

Best Animated Film (Presented by Kurt Russell and Kate Hudson):

Inside Out – Winner
Anomalisa
The Good Dinosaur
The Peanuts Movie
Shaun the Sheep Movie

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (Presented by Patricia Arquette and J.K. Simmons):

Sylvester Stallone (Creed) – Winner
Paul Dano (Love & Mercy)
Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation)
Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies)
Michael Shannon (99 Homes)

Best Screenplay (Presented by Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg):

Emma Donoghue (The Room)
Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (Spotlight)
Charles Randolph and Adam McKay (The Big Short)
Aaron Sorkin (Steve Jobs) – Winner
Quentin Tarantino (The Hateful Eight)

Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy (Presented by Melissa Benoist and Grant Gustin):

Gael Garcia Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle) – Winner
Aziz Ansari (Master of None)
Rob Lowe (The Grinder)
Patrick Stewart (Blunt Talk)
Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent)

Best Foreign Language Film (Presented by Gerard Butler and Helen Mirren):

Son of Saul (Hungary)Winner
The Brand New Testament (Belgium/France/Luxembourg)
The Club (Chile)
The Fencer (Finland/Germany/Estonia)
Mustang (France)

Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Film (Presented by Ken Jeong and Kevin Hart):

Lady Gaga (American Horror Story: Hotel) – Winner
Kirsten Dunst (Fargo)
Sarah Hay (Flesh and Bone)
Felicity Huffman (American Crime)
Queen Latifah (Bessie)

Best Original Song (Presented by Katy Perry):

“Writing’s on the Wall” – Spectre Winner
“Love Me Like You Do” – Fifty Shades of Grey
“One Kind of Love” – Love & Mercy
“See You Again” – Furious 7
“Simple Song #3” – Youth

Best TV Drama Series (Presented by Olivia Wilde and John Krasinski):

Mr. Robot Winner
Empire
Game of Thrones
Narcos
Outlander

Best Director (Presented by Morgan Freeman):

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (The Revenant) – Winner
Todd Haynes (Carol)
Tom McCarthy (Spotlight)
George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road)
Ridley Scott (The Martian)

Best Actress in a Drama Series (Presented by Sophia Bush and Kate Bosworth):

Taraji P. Henson (Empire) – Winner
Caitriona Balfe (Outlander)
Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder)
Eva Green (Penny Dreadful)
Robin Wright (House of Cards)

Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy (Presented by Michael Keaton):

Jennifer Lawrence (Joy) – Winner
Melissa McCarthy (Spy)
Amy Schumer (Trainwreck)
Maggie Smith (The Lady in the Van)
Lily Tomlin (Grandma)

Best Musical or Comedy Film (Presented by Various Throughout the Night, Winner Presented by Jim Carey):

The Martian – Winner
The Big Short
Joy
Spy
Trainwreck

Best Actress in a Drama Film (Presented by Eddie Redmayne):

Brie Larson (Room) – Winner
Cate Blanchett (Carol)
Rooney Mara (Carol)
Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)
Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)

Best Actor in a Drama Film (Presented by Julianne Moore):

Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant) – Winner
Bryan Cranston (Trumbo)
Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)
Eddit Redmayne (The Danish Girl)
Will Smith (Concussion)

Best Drama Film (Presented by Various Celebrities Throughout the Night, Winner Presented by Harrison Ford):

The Revenant Winner
Carol
Mad Max:
Fury Road
Room
Spotlight

Really it was such a great night with so many amazing actors and actresses winning awards for their hard work. I was hoping “See You Again” would win for Best Original Song, but Sam Smith is such a great performer and I’m still so happy he won.

I was really pleased Brie Larson won for Best Actress in a Drama. I haven’t seen The Boy yet, but I’ve heard nothing but good things and this only makes me more excited to watch it!

I was really excited to learn that Harrison Ford would be presenting tonight and, no surprise, he presented the winner of the final award of the night. I suspect that the awards shows over the course of the year will be dominated by Star Wars which I’m super happy about.

2016 is definitely looking like it’ll be a great year for film and I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen.

What award were you most happy about?

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