The Walking Dead Season Six Premier: “First Time Again”

The Walking Dead
Run: October 31st, 2010-Present
Prod. Frank Darabont, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Robert Kirkman, Charles H. Eglee, Glen Mazzara, Scott M. Gimple, Greg Nicotero, Tom Luse
Genre: Serial Drama, Horror
Based on: The Walking Dead Comics, Robert Kirkman
Starring: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Michael Cudlitz, Lennie James, Sonequa Martin-Green, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Alanna Masterson, Seth Gilliam, Alexandra Breakenridge, Ross Marquand, Austin Nichols, Tovah Feldshuh

Season 6 | Episode 1 | Aired: October 11

The Walking Dead is back!!!! Oh my gosh that was a fantastic episode. Every time I think the cast and crew have done the best they possibly could with this show they go and outdo themselves.

This episode follows two storylines. The first, shown in black and white, takes place directly after the season five finale. It follows the characters as they struggle to accept what has happened and what needs to happen now. We see some conflict in these moments between Rick and Daryl and also between Rick and Morgan (though this does occur all throughout the episode in both timelines).

The second storyline takes place shortly after (maybe a few days, a week, I don’t think it’s really specified) and follows Rick’s group and the Alexandrians as they try to work together to stop the largest herd of walkers that’s ever existed on this show.

Herd

Yes, this episode was insane! There was a lot of butting heads, a lot of sneaking around, and a lot of zombies.

Rick was butting heads with basically everybody. He had a disagreement with Daryl over whether or not they should still recruit people, him and Morgan weren’t seeing eye to eye on much, and Rick and Carter went to head to head, or rather, gun to head.

Gun to Head

I’m not too crazy about Morgan right now. It’s weird cause I wasn’t a huge fan of him, but then he started growing on me, now he’s going against Rick with everything and I’m not a huge fan again. He’s like the anti-Rick and I know Rick is basically psycho, but the guy knows how to survive so who cares? Follow Rick! If you want to survive, follow Rick!

Someone else I’m not crazy about is Jessie. Didn’t like her last season, even less of a fan this season and we’re only one episode in. Her and Ron are both still processing what happened, which I get, but come on! Jessie was all for getting rid of Pete before and then Rick actually did it and now she’s pissed at him?

She’s done a complete 180 with Rick and actually got angry with him for telling Ron how it was when the teen snuck out of Alexandria and got attacked by walkers. Like, I’m sorry Jessie, but you weren’t too concerned about where your kids were last season when you and Rick were having eye sex with each other.

So I mentioned Carter a minute ago who was played by the amazing Ethan Embry. On Talking Dead Carter was described as kind of being what Rick may have been like had he ended up in Alexandria which I can definitely see. He wanted to find another way for them to do things which, obviously, there wasn’t.

At one point he threatens to kill Rick, but is overheard by Eugene. He then threatens to kill Eugene, but is interrupted by Rick who then proceeds to threaten Carter. He doesn’t kill Carter, but from that moment on Carter’s fate is basically sealed. And yes, Carter does die.

carter

The plan seems to be going perfectly which is how we all knew it would end horribly. As Carter is running through the forest he is grabbed by a walker which then bites him directly on the face. There is obviously no coming back from that so Rick stabs him in the neck.

Whether this is to put Carter out of his misery or just to make him shut up, it’s not totally clear. Either way, I think we’ve all seen now exactly what happens when you go against Rick Grimes.

A character who I’m liking a lot more now is Deanna. She’s accepted that Rick knows what he’s doing and is willing to follow his lead even if she doesn’t always like it. It’ll definitely be interesting to see if this continues or if she finally puts her foot down.

“First Time Again” actually had quite a few funny moments. When Eugene overhears Carter he’s basically the least slick spy there is and drops a glass and then, in his attempt to get away, crashes into a shelf. Also, when Heath says they shouldn’t be doing this (in regards to the plan) Glenn says, “I’m supposed to be delivering pizzas!” This was hilarious and I totally forgot that that’s what Glenn used to do.

There was also a moment between Michonne and Morgan that was hilarious where Morgan asked Michonne if she’d eaten one of his peanut butter protein bars back in Atlanta when Morgan was going crazy. She tells him she didn’t, we of course know that is a lie and she did eat it. I laughed so hard at this and it was amazing.

Michonne

Finally, and this isn’t really an actual funny moment in the show, just something I found hilarious, and that is that Judith has changed. Obviously they have to keep changing the babies because of legal reasons and because they need the baby to be a certain size, but they don’t even try to hide it on this show.

Like, there is no attempt made to try and get a baby that looks remotely similar to the previous ones. Here are a couple Judith’s over the years, please take note of the growing and receding hair as well as her apparent aging and then de-aging.

Judith

This episode definitely did a lot character exploring of both new and old characters.

We’re seeing an interesting dynamic between Glenn and Nicholas now. Personally, if Nicholas had his face eaten like Carter, I wouldn’t really care. He’s the reason Noah’s dead, he almost killed Glenn, he played a part in Aidan’s death and the deaths of the scouts who were going on runs before the group got there.

Basically, he’s got a lot of blood on his hands and at this point I wouldn’t care if it were his own. For some reason Glenn’s keeping him around though. They made a good point again on Talking Dead that Nicholas is really lucky it was Glenn and not someone else who he threatened. If he had pulled that with Rick then Nicholas would’ve been dead by now, no hesitation.

glenn

It’ll be interesting to see what happens. There’s a lot of rumors (like always) that this may be Glenn’s last season and I’m interested to see if this is true and, if it is, if it ends up being Nicholas’s fault. Dun dun dun.

The last characters I really want to talk about are Sasha and Abraham. I’m not a fan of Sasha and last season we really saw her struggling to deal with the loss of Bob and Tyreese. However, in the season finale she, Maggie, and Father Gabriel seemed to be starting to move forward. That continued this episode.

Now it seems like Abraham is the one going off the deep end. I was a little confused as to where this was coming from at first, but it seems like seeing what happened to Reg might have pushed him over the ledge.

Abe

We see him burying Reg and toasting him and then getting drunk next to the other man’s grave. I’m sure this will be explored in further episodes, but I’m really interested to hear what you guys think of this and why you think Abraham was so strongly affected by Reg’s death.

This episode was crazy and it looks like things are only going to get crazier.

At the end of the episode things were apparently going a little too well as someone decided to set off a horn that led the giant herd of walkers completely off track and heading straight for Alexandria. The Alexandria herd is pretty iconic in the comics and something I’ve been waiting, but I definitely wasn’t expecting it so soon so I can’t wait to see what happens!

I also can’t wait to see who was honking that horn! Was it Ron? We don’t see him hiding with Jessie and Sam. Was the it the Wolves? Was it someone unknown? We’ll just have to wait and see!

I’m so excited for next week, but I also have a feeling someone’s gonna die. Someone died already and we’re only on the season premier so clearly they aren’t holding back this season.

Let me know down below what you thought of the season premier and your predictions for next week!

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Supernatural Season Eleven Premier: “Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire”

Superanatural

Run: September 13, 2005-Present
Created By: Eric Kripke
Prod. Eric Kripke, Robert Singer, McG, David Nutter, Kim Manners, John Shiban, Phil Sgriccia, Sera Gamble, Ben Edlund, Jeremy Carver, Adam Glass
Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Mystery, Drama
Starring: Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins, Mark Sheppard

Season 11 | Episode 1 | Aired: October 7, 2015

Supernatural is back!!!!

Season eleven picks up exactly where season ten left off with Sam and Dean surrounded by the darkness. We see what happens to them and we all see the aftermath of the confrontation between Cas and Crowley.

First of all, everyone survived! Second of all, about thirty seconds into the episode I was already going, “WTF?!” and then I basically just stayed like that through the entire hour.

So much happened! Let’s see, The Darkness is apparently a woman (is that symbolic to what the fandom becomes every time a female joins the show?) and she and Dean now protect each other. Yup, that happened.

Dean Darkness

The Darkness cloud spread out everywhere and infected a bunch of people who then went rabid and they were all converging on this hospital. It isn’t apparent until the end episode why this is though. When the cop who had worked with Sam and Dean this episode is looking after the baby she took in from a guy who got infected, it is revealed that the baby… now has the Mark of Cain!

Are you kidding me?!

FFFF

I mean sure, why not? I guess having it on Dean last season wasn’t torture enough they decided to stick it on a baby!

Um, let’s see what else, oh yeah, Sam’s infected with The Darkness. Yeah, at the end of the episode we see the creepy black vein things moving up his neck and you know what? He didn’t tell Dean. Surprise, surprise, the boys suck at communication.

Neither of them are fine, but neither of them are talking about it. I want to reach into the TV and slap them both upside the head.

Sam

Alright, moving on. I felt so bad for Cas! I just want to wrap him up and give him a hug! After the colossal mess with Metatron last season, Cas isn’t doing so great. Things got even worse when he asked the other angels for help and when two showed up, rather than take him to heaven, they tied him up and blind folded him. Needless to say, Cas isn’t having a good time.

Cas

Crowley, however, was having a great time.  His old body couldn’t move for a while thanks to Rowena  (he got it back in the end) so he left and infected the body of some poor woman and then proceeded to have an orgy with the woman’s husband and friends. I feel like this should’ve surprised me more than it did, but it’s Supernatural and it’s Crowley.

Right near the end of the episode something very interesting is said. Apparently when The Darkness was released someone heard screaming coming from inside The Cage and they think it may have been Michael or Lucifer.

Crowley

Yes, this is Crowley.

This is giving a lot of people hope and stirring up the rumours from earlier this year that Lucifer may be returning.

And, uh, you know, maybe they’ll finally rescue Adam? Remember him? The other Winchester brother? Maybe it was him screaming cause he’s tired of being stuck in The Cage.

So much craziness happened last night and I can only imagine that it’s going to continue!

Next week’s episode looks amazing, but before we get there something else exciting is happening! The Supernatural convention in Toronto is this weekend!

Yes! Let me know if any of you are going cause that would be awesome!

What did you think of the S11 Premier?

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Criminal Minds Season Eleven Premier: “The Job”

Criminal Minds

Season 11 | Episode 1 | Aired September 30, 2015

Run: September 22nd, 2005-Present
Created by: Jeff David
Genre: Police Procedural, Crime Drama, Action, Thriller
Starring: Joe Mantegna, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook, Kirsten Vangsness, Thomas Gibson, Aisha Tyler

Woooo! Criminal Minds is back!

I missed this show. I missed the Reid-isms, the Garcia/Morgan flirting, the badassness that is JJ, and, of course, the ever present and amazing Hotch and Rossi.

Season eleven was holding nothing back and had what was quite literally an explosive start.

In this episode, the team uncovers an underground group of hit men after discovering that their unsub is a killer for hire. Only, he’s not going after targets, he’s going after former clients. Anyone and everyone who has ever paid him to kill someone is now a target themself for this hit man out for revenge.

At the same time, Hotch is busy looking for a new member to add to the team as they are a little short staffed after Kate Callaghan’s departure last season and with JJ being on maternity leave.

Before I get too into reviewing the episode and while we’re on the topic of JJ, I would like to congratulate AJ Cook and her husband on their baby boy, Phoenix Sky, who was born in July and made his first TV appearance in tonight’s episode.

Yes, JJ appears for a brief cameo – the only time we’ll see her I believe for the next five episodes – and we see her with her new baby who, according to sources on the Internet, is named Michael and is played by none other than Phoenix himself.

JJs new baby

I’m assuming we’ll probably be seeing more of this boy as AJ’s other real life son, Mekhai, also plays her onscreen son, Henry.

Alright, moving on to the episode! Criminal Minds has had a lot of terrifying criminals over it’s past ten seasons and I think this one can probably be considered one of the most terrifying. An underground ring of hit men. How scary is that?!

I think the unsubs that carry on throughout the whole season are often the scariest, though it has been eleven seasons and I don’t remember every single unsub so we’ll really just have to see how this goes.

One of biggest parts of this episode was that the BAU discovered there was a mole amongst them. This time it turned out to be a member of the local police force, but I read online that a mole in the department may actually be something they battle over the course of the season.

This is, of course, just speculation about something I saw online which means it’s probably wrong, but that would definitely add a twist to things.

Reid was quite an active member this episode and we got our first Reid rant less than ten minutes into the episode which was wonderful. He also showed off his genius super powers and helped save a guy’s life.

Reid

This is where the literal explosion comes in to the season premier as Reid, Morgan, and Rossi helped save a man who had a grenade glued to his hands.

They managed to detach it, but the grenade exploded anyway. All the team and the victim made it out thanks to Rossi’s fantastic throwing arm.

Rossi Grenade

I actually read and heard quite a bit that Reid is going to have a major storyline this season so I’m definitely looking forward to that and if the rest of the season is anything like this episode then I will be very happy.

I’m also looking forward to seeing what their plans are for Tara Lewis (Tyler) who we met in this premier and who is currently filling the space left by Kate and JJ. She is only listed as a recurring character though so I’m not sure if she’ll be leaving when JJ comes back or what’s going to happen.

So far she seems pretty badass and Garcia clearly likes her so we shall see. I’m always kind of torn when they bring someone new in to fill that space. Ever since Prentiss left it’s like a constant rotating door of new female agents, but they never last very long.

I really liked Blake and wish she had stayed, but I also really liked Kate (from what I understand that’s an unpopular opinion). I’m hoping they’ll either find someone to fill that roll for at least more than one season or just forget that space altogether and leave the team at six members.

On top of being one of the scariest unsubs I think they’ve had on this show, this episode also wins the award for one of the most disgusting scenes I’ve ever seen. And I watch The Walking Dead.

Normally I’m one of those people who isn’t really affected by the gross stuff in TV shows. It’s kind of funny because if it’s blood and gore in a film it grosses me out, but on TV? No issue. I watch zombie shows, medical shows, and crime shows without a problem.

But when that guy started ripping the stitches out of his mouth at the end of the episode… Actual shivers and cringing and I had to look away. Why was that necessary?! Come on! It was so beyond gross and it was like nails on a chalkboard. I’m cringing just thinking about it.

Now, Reid wasn’t the only major player in this episode. Of course, every character had a role in this one, but Morgan also had a significant part to play.

Garcia and Morgan flirting

He went to head to head with the unsub himself and it was Morgan who promised the unsub that they were going to find the rest of the men he worked with. It was also Morgan who the unsub told about the next victims, “The Dirty Dozen”.

At this point nobody watching has any idea who “The Dirty Dozen” are and we probably won’t find out for a while. In the meantime though, there are plenty of other unsubs causing chaos, including the one next week.

I only saw about eleven seconds of the preview for next week, but even just from that it looks amazing. I am so excited Criminal Minds is back and I am so excited to be reviewing this season!

Once I find a full preview of next week’s episode I’ll post it here!

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Once Upon A Time Season Five Premier: “The Dark Swan”

Once Upon a Time

Run: October 23, 2011-Present
Created By: Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz
Prod. Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz, Steve Pearlman, and David H. Goodman
Genre: Fantasy Drama Adventure Mystery
Starring: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Colin O’Donoghue, Jared S. Gilmore, Sean Maguire, Rebecca Mader, Robert Carlyle, Raphael Alejandro, Lee Arenberg, Liam Garrigan, Elliot Knight, Joana Metrass, Beverley Elliott, Keegan Connor Tract, Amy Manson, Meghan Ory, Jamie Chung

Here we go, season five and it started off with a bang!

Taking place exactly where season four left off, we see Snow, Charming, Hook, and the rest dealing with the aftermath of Emma becoming The Dark One.

Meanwhile, Emma is transported to the Enchanted Forest where she must try and learn to control her powers. This proves difficult with the voice of Rumplestiltskin’s Dark One whispering in her ear telling her to use her dark magic.

While her family is trying to come up with a way to reach Emma and save her, Emma meets Merida who agrees to help her. However, things go wrong when Emma realizes Merida can’t help her and she tries to kill Merida.

She is stopped though, by Hook. He along with the others managed to transport themselves (in Granny’s Diner) to the Enchanted Forest by using Zelena’s magic portal.

Magic Portal

The group are met by King Arthur and his men who tell them they have been expecting them as their arrival was foretold by Merlin, the man who can apparently remove the darkness from Emma.

The group arrives in Camelot at King Arthur’s castle and it seems like everything’s going well. Maybe a little too well for a Once Upon A Time season premier.

Alas it’s true, things were going too well. The last five minutes jump ahead to six weeks later and everyone except Emma suddenly reappears in Storybrooke with all of them missing their memories from their time in the Enchanted Forest.

When Emma appears it is revealed that she is now fully The Dark One and that her family failed to save her. She vanishes in a puff of smoke after promising to take revenge against her family.

I always forget how much I love Once Upon A Time until it comes back on and this season especially has me excited.

One of the things I’m really looking forward to this season is the different relationships. Last season solidified quite a few relationships and even though it’s never smooth sailing on OUAT I have a good feeling about these ships.

I’m a big fan of Captain Swan and I desperately hope nothing goes wrong with this one. Emma being The Dark One is bad enough without anything happening to her and Hook.

Emma and Hook

Hook’s relationship with Henry was also explored a bit tonight with the father-son duo plotting schemes together. I always laugh when they work together because Hook always looks so proud like he can’t believe what a good little pirate Henry is.

Another relationship of Henry’s that seems to be developing is his brotherly one with Roland. We saw a few times how Henry was protecting him and it was adorable and wonderful and I hope we get to see more of it.

henry and roland

I definitely think we will since we also saw Regina and Robin together and oh my god my fangirl heart is so invested in these ships. I will be so angry if Regina doesn’t get to be happy for at least part of the season with Robin, Roland, and Henry because they are an absolutely adorable family.

Robert Carlyle was back as Rumplestiltskin and I don’t even have the words to describe how amazing he was. I’ve seen him in a few things before and I’m always blown away by his performance and seeing him each season as this character was no different.

I’m really hoping he’ll also be back as Mr. Gold (hopefully healthy) because he and Belle are adorable and wonderful and it makes me so sad to see them like this. The fangirl in me is incredibly invested in the couples in this show.

Something that has me very excited is King Arthur and Merlin being a part of this season. I’m pretty much a sucker for anything involving King Arthur or Merlin whether it’s books, movies, or on a show, I’m pretty much guaranteed to be interested.

King Arthur

We only saw Camelot for about ten seconds, but it was so beautiful and magical looking and I was so excited. We also only saw King Arthur for a brief time and we haven’t seen Merlin at all yet, but I can’t wait for what happens next!

We get to meet Merlin and see more of Camelot and Arthur has to find Excalibur. I am looking forward to this storyline so much it’s insane.

I’m also looking forward to seeing what happened in those six weeks everyone was in the Enchanted Forest. These people really have the worst luck, don’t they? They just constantly have their memories erased.

I can’t wait to see how Snow and Charming did with baby Neil in the Enchanted Forest. I know they obviously couldn’t leave him in someone else’s care, but I couldn’t stop laughing at the fact that they brought their baby to try and save their daughter who had been cursed with dark magic. I don’t know, that just seems like a really bad idea.

So many questions, so little answers. What happened in those six weeks? Where is Merlin? Where is Excalibur? Why was Henry dressed like a knight of Camelot at the end? What happened to Merida? Will they manage to change Emma back?

I am so ridiculously excited for the rest of this season! Check out the preview for episode two below!

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The Fosters Season Three Premier: “Wreckage”

The Fosters

Season 3 | Episode 1 | Aired June 8, 2015

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, Gavin Macintosh

Season two ended horrifically when the twins were involved in a car accident that had “reported fatalities”. As it had already been reported that Jake T. Austin (Jesus) would not be returning for season three, many viewers were left to wonder whether that meant Jesus had died or if he was going off to boarding school.

Well, it was revealed tonight that the twins were fine, Ana was fine, and Anna’s baby was fine. Jesus went off to boarding school and Ana has been taking care of baby Isabella with Marianna’s help (though she doesn’t seem thrilled about it). However, not everyone moved on quite so easily.

Stef has been trying to find the driver of the other vehicle and it becomes apparent that she’s having a really tough time dealing with everything. Can’t really blame her though, she heard there were reported fatalities and then got to the scene to realize her children were in one of the cars.

Stef and Lena

Also at the end of last season we saw Monte kiss Lena and that was just a terribly awkward situation. They both said this episode that it meant nothing, but considering Stef still doesn’t know it happened, I think it’s a safe assumption this isn’t over yet.

Things got even better for the couple when, right after deciding to go away for a while, the ceiling exploded.

Ceiling

Marianna has been spending her time since the accident helping Ana care for baby Isabella. It becomes apparent immediately to viewers that Ana isn’t thrilled about this whole thing, though it isn’t clear why. She eventually ends up just tells Marianna that she needs some time to herself with the baby and tells Marianna to go have fun at the end of year school party.

Marianna boyfriend

Marianna goes with the intentions of sleeping with her boyfriend before he goes off on tour. This decision seemed to come from two places: she’s worried he’ll sleep with other girls on tour and forget her, and she’s upset about Ana. Needless to say, she doesn’t end up sleeping with her boyfriend as he says no. She does end up sleeping with Wyatt and oh my goodness I don’t want to know where this is going.

Tonight we also saw that Callie is still working at the youth centre for foster kids where she meets AJ. She ends up making a seriously bad decision and allows AJ to sleep at the centre. I was really hopeful that AJ might turn out to be a good guy (despite what we saw in the commercials), but after he steals some spray paint and Callie ends up getting fired, I don’t think we can really believe anything that he says. Now I’m wondering if any of what he said is actually true or a made up sob story.

Callie and Aj

Brandon has started at Idyllwild Music School, but he’s not a pianist, he’s a composer. He ends up getting paired with Kat, a girl who has been going to the school for five years and thinks incredibly highly of herself. However, Brandon isn’t backing down and steps up to his role as composer, refusing to let Kat get to him. Now, I’ve always been a bit iffy about Brandon just cause there was that whole situation with him and Callie that lasted way too long. However, I think I’m going to like him this season! He’s already sassing people so he gets points for that.

Brandon the Composer

Finally, Jude. Not gonna lie, the first thing I noticed is how much taller he is and how much deeper his voice is. I know Hayden Byerly is about fourteen, but I hadn’t actually realized how much he’d grown up until I rewatched a couple episodes from season one the other day. He sounds so different! And he’s no longer below Callie’s shoulders!

Alright, moving on. I think everyone was super excited at the end of season two when Jude told Callie that Connor was his boyfriend. Well tonight we saw that Jude was pretty reluctant to tell people. Everyone ended up finding out anyway when a girl at school told people in an attempt to help.

Jonner

*Pause here for a second. Please, if you know someone who is anywhere on the LGBTQ+ spectrum and hasn’t come out yet, don’t help them by outing them. They will come out when they’re ready so please don’t do this. Help them by not outing them.*

Jude reveals to Connor that he does like him and he does want to be his boyfriend, he just doesn’t want to be labeled as he’s been labeled his whole life. You really can’t argue with that. Jude and Connor ended up holding hands and I will admitted that I was very happy and excited about this as they’re far too adorable together.

Jonnor

Tonight’s episode was a rollercoaster of emotions so we started off the season in typical The Fosters style. Immediately each of the characters has been thrown into some sort of turmoil. This is why we can’t have nice things!

What did you think of the season premier?

Check out the preview for next week’s episode below!

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The Whispers Episode Review: “X Marks the Spot”

The Whispers

Season 1 | Episode 1 | Aired June 1, 2015

Premiered: June 1st, 2015
Created by: Soo Hugh
Prod. Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Zack Estrin
Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller
Based on: “Zero Hour” – Ray Bradbury
Starring: Lily Rabe, Milo Ventimiglia, Kyle Harrison Breitkopf, Barry Sloane, Kristen Connolly, Kylie Rogers, Catalina Denis, Derek Webster

What would you do if your child’s imaginary friend turned out to be real? And what would do if that not-so-imaginary friend was using your child to get people killed? That’s the premise of the new show The Whispers which premiered last night.

When I first saw the commercial for this show I was intrigued and knew right away that I wanted to watch it. It sounded creepy and it kind of reminded me of Under the Dome as far as the supernatural aspects go. It’s safe to say, I was not disappointed.

The Whispers starts off with a seemingly innocent little girl, Harper, talking to her imaginary friend, Drill. However, it isn’t long before the situation escalates to the point of Harper’s mother falling out of the tree house and nearly dying. It quickly becomes apparent to viewers that Drill is definitely not imaginary.

Harper is not the only child who is able to see and talk to Drill. Another little girl, Minx (Rogers), and a little a boy, Henry (Breitkopf) (who was deaf until Drill “fixed him”), also communicate with Drill, as well as a little boy who died a month before as he did what Drill told him to.

One of the things I love about shows like this is how everything is connected. For instance, Claire Bennigan (Rabe) is an FBI agent who is investigating the Harper case. She is also Henry’s mother. It is revealed in the show that Henry’s father disappeared three months previously in a plane crash. However, during the episode, his plane is found by Wes Lawrence (Sloane), a member of the Defense Department and Minx’s father. However, the body of Henry’s father is not there.

At the same time all this is going on, a mysterious man, a John Doe, was brought into the hospital with no memory of who he is. It turns out this man is Sean Bennigan (Ventimiglia), Claire’s husband and Henry’s father. Somehow he is connected to everything that is going on with the children. From the mysterious shape found by his crashed plane to Harper entering his room at the hospital and saying that he knows where Drill is, it was seriously mind warping.

Overall, I found the premier of The Whispers to be amazing. It was creepy and intriguing, and just a little bit confusing. All of which are great aspects for a new show and it definitely has me wanting to watch more.

Did you watch the season premier of The Whispers? What did you think?

Watch the video below to see what’s coming up this season!

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Game of Thrones Episode Review – Season 5 Premier: “The Wars to Come”

Game of Thrones

Season 5 | Episode 1 | Aired April 12, 2015

Run: April 17th, 2011-Present
Created by: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
Prod. David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Frank Doelger, Bernadette Caulfied, Carolyn Strauss, George R.R. Martin
Genre: Fantasy, Serial Drama
Based on: A Song of Ice and Fire, George R.R. Martin
Starring:Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Aidan Gillen, Natalie Dormer, Stephen Dillane, Liam Cunningham, Carice van Houten, Indira Varma, Conleth Hill, John Bradley-West, Sophia turner, Maisie Williams, Hannah Murray, Jerome Flynn, Alfie Allen, Michiel Huisman, Nathalie Emmanuel, Gwendoline Christie, Kristopher Hivju, Michael McElhatton, Iwan Rheon, Tom Wlaschiha, Dean-Charles Chapman, Iain Glen

It feels like we’ve been waiting forever for the return of Game of Thrones and there really aren’t enough words to say exactly how excited I am for it to be back.

I first got into the show just before the fourth season aired and every moment I wasn’t in class was spent getting caught up on the first three seasons.

I remember watching the first episode and going, “I’ll only watch the one for now” and then Bran got pushed out the window and my social life went with him.

This show was wild from the very beginning and last night was no different. In one hour Game of Thrones managed to visit many of its characters and set up what is going to be some amazing storylines.

I’m going to try and not go on forever about this episode, but so much happened I make no promises!

The first episode of season five opens with a flashback of Cersei and a friend visiting a witch in the woods. The witch predicts Cersei’s future and tells her she will marry a king for a time. The king will have twenty children while she will only have three, showing that Cersei knew a long time ago how her life would probably end up.

Robert Baratheon was actually a very large part of this episode, despite having died four seasons ago. Aside from this mention of him in the flashback, Lancel Lannister, the king’s former cupbearer and Cersei’s former lover, returns during Tywin’s funeral, having reformed his ways. He apologizes to Cersei for all his wrong doings such as sleeping with her despite them being cousins and being indirectly responsibly for Robert’s death. He was, after all, the one who kept giving the king wine while they were out hunting.

This entire conversation between Cersei and Lancel directly parallels a conversation between Cersei and Jaime at the start of the episode where Cersei accuses Jaime of being indirectly at fault for the death of their father as he was the one who helped Tyrion escape. This is one of the things I love about Game of Thrones, despite having so many characters and so many storylines, there’s always these little parallels going on.

Speaking of the younger Lannister brother, last season we saw Tyrion escape his death sentence by getting on a boat with Varys. Now we’ve seen him finally arrive in Pentos after an undetermined amount of time in a box on a boat. And what is the first thing he does? Has a drink. I actually laughed so much at this point because even with everything that’s happened throughout every season, the one thing you can count on is Tyrion Lannister and his wine.

“I killed my lover with my bare hands. I shot my father with a crossbow.” – Tyrion
“I never said you were perfect.” – Varys

It is revealed in this episode by Varys that he wants Daenerys to rule Westeros and sit on the Iron Throne. Out of all the candidates they’ve had so far, I have to say I agree. The only other one who maybe could have done it is Ned Stark. Maybe Robb Stark if he hadn’t been King of the North. Everyone else they’ve had as the king or who has declared themself king (Robert, Stannis, Renly, Joffrey, Tommen) for one reason or another just aren’t who they need. Personally, I’ve voting for Daenerys or even Margaery as I think she’d be a pretty awesome queen (keeping in mind I haven’t read all the books yet).

Moving on to Daenerys. We see that she has taken up residence in Meereen (pronounced Marine, apparently) and is ruling there with the help of the unsullied. As much as I think she’s awesome and completely badass and hopes she rules Westeros, I always have trouble keeping track of where she is because she definitely seems to be the character who moves around more than any other. Near the end of the episode she goes down to the tombs where she had chained two of her dragons and, honestly I had a hard time figuring out what was going on here. I don’t think they were trying to burn or attack her, but they definitely weren’t being friendly or trusting. Which, you know, after being locked in the dark for an undetermined amount of time by the person who took care of you, I’d probably be pretty ticked too.

Heading over to The Wall now we see that Stannis seems to have taken up residence there. He asks Jon to convince Mance Rayder and his people to join Stannis’s army and help him take the Iron Throne and that if they do then all their past crimes will be pardoned. Mance Rayder refuses and is subsequently burnt at the stake. Scenes like this always help show which of the characters are more sociopathic than others. Jon walks away, Gilly hides in Sam’s shoulder, Stannis’s daughter closes her eyes. Meanwhile, Stannis himself is watching, Stannis’s wife had a look on her face that was freaking me out, and Mance’s people were watching in what was definitely horror.

“The freedom to make my own mistakes is all I ever wanted.” – Mance Rayder

In the end, Jon shoots and arrow threw Mance’s heart and puts him out of his misery. On one hand I thought this was great of him to do as it shows that, despite all the bad stuff Jon has had to deal with, it hasn’t sent him over the edge yet. But at the same time I feel like this is going to turn a lot of people against him as this only reinforces the idea that Jon is too soft and fond of the Wildlings.

Jon Snow

Another set of characters visited were Baelish and Sansa (who I think dyed her hair? It looked black to me, but that might just have been my TV). The pair are first seen to be leaving Robin Arryn with Lord Royce so the boy is safe and hopefully Robin can pick up some fighting skills while he was there. We next see them riding in a carriage (which passes right by Brienne and Podrick!) and Baelish says they are going somewhere even Cersei can’t find Sansa. Dun dun dun. Where are they going? Is there actually someone in the world that Cersei can’t reach?

To a Land So Far

The final character I have to talk about is Margaery. Now as I mentioned before, I think she or Dany should rule the kingdoms. She was only in this episode for a few minutes, but those few minutes only reinforced this belief. She walks in on her brother, Loras, and Olivar and, as always in this show, doesn’t care that they’re naked. I actually laughed really hard here because it’s such a sibling thing, isn’t it? Loras is making out with a guy and then his sister walks in and cockblocks by announcing she’s hungry.

Margaery and Loras talk about their marriages. Now that Tywin is dead, does Loras still need to marry Cersei? He says that if they do not marry that Margaery will be stuck with her mother-in-law, and what does Margaery say? “Perhaps.”

Perhaps

This gave me chills and I don’t know why. It’s just so simple. Just one word and that’s literally all she needed. “Perhaps.” Perhaps what? Perhaps Loras and Cersei do marry? Perhaps Margaery doesn’t stay? Perhaps she kills Cersei? Perhaps what? It was only one word and this was honestly one of my favourite parts of the episode because it does what Game of Thrones does best. It left you with more questions and wanting more.

I absolutely loved the season five premier and can’t wait to see what happens over the rest of the season. I also really want to see where Arya is as we didn’t see her at all tonight.

I’m going to be continuing to review the episodes each week. Future reviews will probably be shorter than this one as they probably won’t visit every single character in every single episode. Future reviews will also be more, you know, like a review as opposed to a recap.

What did you think of the season five premier? What are you looking forward to this season?

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