American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare Chapter 8 Review

Going into this episode I’d heard people say that it was the scariest episode they’d seen in a long time, possibly ever, and a lot of people were worried they wouldn’t sleep after seeing it. I can say personally I didn’t get that, but I can see why people would.

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I’m going to keep this review short and talk about the things that were different this episode (compared to the season so far) and/or particularly well done:

  • The sudden influx of the ghost characters. I can’t decide if this is good or not. In the tunnels, while Dominic and Shelby were trying to escape, when the ghostly figures first started to appear it was genuinely creepy and a little frightening, but then when Dominic and Shelby were being chased through the house by multiple ones it felt a bit much at times. There were so many moments that it came so close to being terrifying, but it never quite got there. Saying that I probably would have died before I got out of the tunnel.
  • Shelby committing suicide wasn’t too surprising, she did seem genuinely torn about killing Matt, and with him being dead and the only reason she came back, it’s understandable that she would feel like she hasn’t got a reason to survive this time. It was a shame really, she was really starting to grow on me!
  • Lee coming to the rescue! I was so convinced that she would be the one to die, but she managed to get herself out the situation along with Audrey. Seeing the two of them interact through the episode was really great. It definitely seems like an alliance has been made, however, we do know only one person survives, so there’s still time for one of them to turn on the other, but hopefully they don’t.
  • Wes Bentley! I’ve been waiting for him to show up again and he finally did. Clearly Sidney had paid some of the actors to pretend to be the ghosts and scare those inside the house (or to deliberately do things to stir up drama like Dominic was supposed to do), but it begs the question, why did Wes’ character (Dylan) only show then? Had he been around longer?

All of that being said the episode was just like the others, however it did step up its game in terms of creepiness, violence, and out-right making things uncomfortable. With only two episodes left of the season it can only get darker because there are still a lot of characters to kill off, and there’s some yet to be introduced. Here’s the thing though, just because it said one person survived, does that mean one person who was in the house at first (and was credited for the second show)? Or does that also include people who randomly show up like Dylan or the other characters we’re waiting on?

One person I’m very excited to see in American Horror Story again is Taissa Farmiga. Here’s an article that talks about some theories on who her character might be.

With not many episodes left I hope they manage to pull off a decent finale.

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Lucifer Season 2 Episode 6: “Monster” Review

This weeks episode was a lot more serious than any other so far this season. We knew after last weeks episode that this one wouldn’t be as lighthearted as usual. That’s not to say the episode didn’t have its funny moments, but for the most part, we were dealing with the sorrow that was expected after the previous episode.

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The episode picks up with the crime of the week which involves a bride being shot and killed on her wedding day, a wedding that is zombie themed and takes place in a cemetery. It was a nice little head tilt to the fact that this episode aired on Halloween in the States. It was just a nice way to open the episode in general, and I thought it was interesting that the final shot was of the bride lying dead and that segued into Lucifer trying to get drunk at his club in an attempt to forget or deal with what he had done.

The way the club scene were filmed with the cameras constantly moving around and that it had a slight slow-motion to it did a lot to put you in the moment, to make you feel light and almost carefree like Lucifer. I thought it was interesting that when it started to all slow down it was Linda that tried to stop him, to check up on him. This obviously makes sense because later on she’s the one that Lucifer chooses to reveal his true self to. Their relationship has always been more than professional, but the fact that she came looking for him, and despite the way he acted towards her, still chose to offer her help, shows just how much she cares. It goes beyond more than just a person who takes their job seriously.

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The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 2: “The Well” Review

This review contains spoilers.

Practically everything about this episode was different to episode 1. That’s not too surprising because a lot of shows, after a tough episode, will have a more lighthearted one. For that reason I wasn’t too surprise, but I do have mixed feelings on it which I will talk about a little bit later in review.

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I thought the opening shot was very cool. Seeing Carol being wheeled along, and seeing those two men on horseback. It already started to set the tone of what we might expect to see in the Kingdom. Having it fade to black and then cut back in to sudden chaos with the group being attacked by Walkers worked surprisingly well. It made me feel disorientated because of the sudden change, but then of course that’s how Carol must feel. One minute she’s dozing off on this cart, the next she’s on the floor and there’s chaos going on around her.

Carol’s hallucinations of seeing the Walkers as their human-selves was interesting. I’m wondering if it’s just a fever of some kind, or if it’s that mixed in with the idea that she’s starting to feel regret for all the choices she’s made (in killing real people), so now if she sees the Walkers as living people (even only for a split second) it’ll be harder for her to deal with them. Clearly she’s being reminded that although they are Walkers and they’re dangerous, they were also people once too.

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The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 1: “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be” Review

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It came as no surprise that the show tried to drag out who had been killed in the season 6 finale as long as they possibly could. Although I believed, after seeing the finale, that they should have revealed who died, I was willing to suck it up and just wait for the premiere. However, this was under the impression that it would be revealed quickly, of course, it wasn’t, and I don’t see any reason why they couldn’t have revealed it sooner. Fans like myself weren’t itching to find out who died during the hiatus, or at least stopped wondering who it might be after a while. When I discovered (through spoilers before I’d seen the episode) who died I was not at all surprised or even impressed in some ways.

If you’re a fan of the Walking Dead I believe there are moments in this episodes that you will really enjoy and appreciate, but be aware, especially if you already have issues with the show, you might find things that really bother you.

Before I get into this I have to say I really appreciated the throwback to Dr Edwin Jenner in season 1 with the episode title. It was a simple way to show how much is changed and to perfectly frame how much the characters, especially Rick, have gone through.

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THE REST OF THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS.

I have also split this review into sections so it’s easier for you to find something specific.

THE PRE OPENING CREDIT SCENE.

The episode starts with the (seemingly) immediate aftermath consisting of a zoomed in shot of Rick’s face so we still can’t tell who has been Luciled. My biggest problem with this scene is Rick’s “I’ll kill you” comment. Okay, sure, it’s an emotional and horrific time and Rick isn’t one to shy away from challenging anyone who threatens him or his family, but it really was not the time. After seeing what Negan is capable of I think even Rick would know to keep his mouth shut, but sure, I can buy it if I have it. The real problem comes when Negan basically asks him to repeat himself and Rick continues to say “not today, not tomorrow, but I’m gonna kill you.”

Although he was clueless, season 1 Rick was very smart and tactful in very different ways. rick.pngThe show seems to have over the seasons taken him away from that, or at least tried to add to it. They’ve made him more reckless, arguably stronger, and more of a survivor, but in doing so, especially the first one, they’ve been made him kind of stupid. Sure season 1 Rick would have been out of his element here, but he would have known that no matter how much Negan deserves to die, in that situation, you keep your mouth shut, play your cards right, and wait for a more appropriate moment.

I will say, the first interesting moment for me came when Negan dragged Rick into the trailer. I haven’t reached that point in the comics where Negan is introduced, but I was very impressed with Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s portrayal at the end of the last season. In that scene I remember why I liked him so much.

Although I’m a against dragging out who died, it was a good scene to have before the opening credits, all except for the last shot. What was the point in showing the gory remains of someone’s head if you’re not going to tell us who it is? Now, maybe there’s a clue in there that I missed, but it really doesn’t seem like it. It just felt like another attempt to remind us that there’s a death, but we’re going to have to hold out just a bit longer to find out who.

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American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare Chapter 7 Review

There’s only three episodes left of this season and after watching chapter 7 part of me feels like it’s plenty of time, but another part feels like it isn’t and things will become too rushed. I would say this season has been one of the best when it comes to pacing so I have a lot of faith that it’ll go well.

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First of all I have to say I’m so in love with the found footage. I love how varied it is. The way it switches between different types of cameras, and how it can go from being completely calm and still to quick and super shaky. I feel it puts you more in the situation, and it’s a feature I’m glad they added this season.

Another good change/addition are the real ghosts. I wondered how they were going to do it. The real ghosts look much darker, which is very fitting, because the reenactment ghosts look more “TV friendly.” It would be cool to see more of them, and up close too. I’d also like to see more of the reenactment actors who played the ghosts.

In this episode everything seemed to be in threes. Sidney and two crew members were first seen in the opening and they were all killed. Matt, Shelby, and Dominic were together (Dominic trying to get with Shelby, having a secret camera to try and help boost ratings), and Matt ended up dying. Lastly we have Lee, Monet, and Audrey who went through the underground tunnels in search for help after Shelby is attacked. It’s not confirmed if any of them died, but it’s pretty clear that Lee will most likely be the one to. This episode seemed to section them off so that they can have multiple deaths without really giving too much away about who it’s going to be.

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Lucifer Season 2 Episode 5: “Weaponizer” Review

This post contains spoilers.

Every time I think about this week’s episode of Lucifer I realise that the things I would change are nothing compared to all the good things that happened.

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From the end of episode 4 and the promo for this episode (if you watched it), it was clear that Chloe was going to be in some kind of danger, and Lucifer was going to do what he needed to to protect her. One thing I’m glad that happened was that yes, Lucifer was protective, he stayed by Chloe’s side for the most part and spent the whole episode trying to figure out how to keep her alive and keep his mum on Earth, but the writer’s never went down the route of “poor defenceless little Chloe”. They’ve always done a good job of creating this strong character and keeping her as such. Although ultimately it was Lucifer who kept her safe (for now) in the end, it was Chloe’s speech that stopped her from being blown away by a shotgun. It could have easily been written in as Lucifer jumping in and saving the day, but instead Chloe saved herself.

Speaking of Chloe and Lucifer, their scenes in this episode felt like the good old days. There were moments in the previous episode too, but this was a really good one. We had them teasing each other, Lucifer showing a vulnerability for her, and just a lot of moments where it’s just the two of them. Despite having scenes with them together this season, the ones in this episode gave off a vibe of familiarity. It only adds to my feelings that something big is going to happen between them this season. Maybe not a relationship or them admitting/discovering their feelings, but perhaps her finding out the truth. With the former, I’m all for slow burning relationships so long as it doesn’t feel like it’s being dragged out.

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