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Jonny Sun’s Work Diary: Correct Spellign Optoinal, Creativity Mandatory

Jonny Sun’s Work Diary: Correct Spellign Optoinal, Creativity Mandatory


9 a.m. I have to go into the “BoJack” offices for a meeting today. I also have my weekly phone call with my therapist. It takes about 45 minutes to walk to work from where I’m living, and it’s nice to walk and talk to him.

12 p.m. Work on my episode all day at Coffee for Sasquatch on Melrose. I’m definitely a headphones-on person in coffee shops, but sometimes I forget to even play music. I think part of me just likes the feeling of having headphones in; it’s like I’m preventing things from escaping out of my ears. When I do listen, lately my go-to writing music has been “A Seat at the Table” by Solange, Nina Simone and Mahalia. When I’m outlining and need more excitement, it’s “Acid Rap” and “Coloring Book” by Chance the Rapper, anything Janelle Monae, Tierra Whack, Raveena and Prince.

5 p.m. Haircut, in advance of South by Southwest.

10 a.m. My episode is due at noon tomorrow, so I work all day on it. I’m Postmates-ing food because it’s crunchtime, and I stay home and write. What I love about working on the last day of deadline is that it almost feels like everything else melts away. Having the deadline looming is almost like a clarifying thing for me. There’s always so much stuff that feels like it needs to get done, but on those days, it feels like everything falls away and it forces me to focus on the thing that is the most pressing. It’s a mixture of both peacefulness and stress.

4 a.m. Finished.

9 a.m. I have a call with my editor at Harper Perennial in the morning, where we talk about the batch of essays and ideas I sent her on Sunday. We go over what’s working, what isn’t and discuss ideas for ordering and structuring the book. It’s a collection of short pieces — small moments and discreet little things. For the most part right now, I’m in the process of writing them in disparate places. I’ll email some to myself, or write them down in a notebook or in my Notes app. It feels a lot like scrapbooking. I think it’s nice that I get to do that while I’m balancing a long-form screenplay that’s just one long story.

12 p.m. Pack for South by Southwest.

2 p.m. I go into the “BoJack” office. Raphael Bob-Waksberg, the creator and showrunner, and the writers have read my draft of the script, and they all discuss their notes with me.

4 p.m. I get a Lyft to the airport to catch my flight to Austin. During the ride, I take out my laptop — car office, woo-hoo! — and I review an audio recording from the notes session. I clarify and write comments on my script on what needs work and what needs to be edited, rewritten, moved around, etc.

6 p.m. Get to my gate. It’s three hours until we take off; I’ll spend the flight working on the new draft for my TED Talk and poking around at my episode notes.



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Charmed (2018) Season 1 Episode 18 Review: The Replacement

Surprise! Dead Body - Charmed (2018) Season 1 Episode 18



Oh, how the tables have turned. 


It took some time to get here, but the Charmed Ones finally claimed their power. 


What an epic display of women power it was. 


There is a lot to dissect from Charmed(2018) Season 1 Episode 18, as the show will seemingly never break it’s habit of cramming as much content as possible into a single episode. Luckily, most of that content was worth the watch. 


Most of it. 


There were a lot of returning guests in “The Replacement,” but unfortunately most of their appearances felt relatively pointless to the episode. 


It’s always lovely to see Ellen Tamaki, especially when she’s sharing the screen with Melanie Diaz. Anything these two do together is worth watching, and Mel working Niko’s engagement party was gut-wrenching.


However, their scenes at the bar felt like a waste of story space. 


Niko has already interrogated Mel about the Sarcana. There was no need to force the women into the same room for that specific purpose. Mel loves Niko — she will always show up for her, regardless of location. 


Niko’s first appearance easily could have been at the end of the episode, when she calls Mel to the Sarcana Headquarters. 


Removing the engagement party would have left more time for emotional levity during the last act. Niko needed to know about the breakup with Jada, but that simple exposition could easily have been added to the final scene. 


Niko forgetting Mel was a huge pivot for the show and forced Mel to change courses completely. Since their breakup, it has continued to be a prominent piece of Mel’s characterization. Which is why it felt odd for her to reveal she’s a witch so casually this time around. 


Even if Mel was blurting out the truth from frustration, the fallout of that admission needed more levity; if only for the sake of the audience. 


There was also the return of Jada, the only one of the Sarcana able to survive Fiona’s wrath. She, too, jumped in for a quick bit of exposition, only to be discarded from the story completely.


Again- why was their conversation so laissez-faire? There was a heavy romance between the two and it’s strange she would flee so quickly. She didn’t have a single bit of concern for Mel’s safety or wellbeing. 


Related: Charmed Season 1 Episode 17 Review: Surrender


Jada has been a notoriously fierce character. If she managed to dodge Fiona’s because of her white lighter side, couldn’t she risk sticking around longer to help Mel? 


If Jada survived because she’s half white lighter there must be a reason why. And how did Fiona kill all those witches? Why did she kill all those witches? Jada may not want to stick around and help the Charmed Ones fight, but she could have at least given Mel a little more information. 


And what about her parents? 


There are too many unanswered questions in Jada’s story. Fingers crossed she’ll be returning to fill in the gaps. 


Another character who has now come and gone from our charmed lives is Galvin.


Galvin was unbearable when the series premiered, but the writers worked diligently to give him significance. Strange significance, maybe, but significant nonetheless. 


He steadily became an important player for Charmed(2018) Season 1. He found out the girls were witches. He fell in love with Macy and was given a strong amount of backstory involving his mark and family history.


His growth was admirable, and it seemed to be leading to something big; whether it was to exorcize Macy’s dark side or elevate his character somehow. 


Then he vanished for five episodes, returned, broke Macy’s heart, and left again.


Related: Charmed Season 1 Episode 16 Review: Memento Mori


It doesn’t make much sense, especially considering how enamored with Macy he was. He was so supportive and accepting of her magic. It’s extremely out of character for him to walk away completely, especially after the lengths he went through to help her. 


The change in direction feels jarring. It seems like the writers might have listened to the audience’s popular dislike of the Macy/Galvin pairing. Is it possible they wanted to give his character an easy exit?


Would that mean we’re on our way to a romantic Harry and Macy storyline?


If we are, all the plot holes are officially forgiven and forgotten. I promise. Just give us Hacy. 


Speaking of Harry, his presence from the episode was surprisingly missed. 


Maybe that was the point. 


Harry didn’t begin as my favorite character; his overbearing nature irked me. I didn’t enjoy watching a middle-aged white man dictate what these beautiful, strong, powerful witches think and do. 


As the series has progressed, my opinion on Harry has changed. He’s let go of the reigns and let the Charmed Ones lead the way; a decision which almost cost him his life. 


Now that he’s gone and Tessa has taken over as white lighter, the juxtaposition between their coaching methods only highlights how good Harry is for the girls. 


The sister’s ability to stand up against Tessa (and the Elders in general), was one of the best parts of “The Replacement.” Shutting down Tessa’s opinions on magic is a solid example of how far the Charmed Ones have grown over the first season. 


From the very beginning, breaking away from any organized magic dictatorship was the right decision. The Elders or the Sarcana, it doesn’t matter–the Charmed Ones hold the power that can save the world. That means they should be the ones calling the shots.


This is a show about girl power, after all. 


It’s nice to see the writers following through on that promise, and showcasing women’s empowerment in every facet.


Related: The CW Summer Schedule: Burden of Proof, The Outpost & More!


Hopefully, that will be a thread that continues throughout Macy’s upcoming breakup arc. Galvin may have been her first love (and first time), but anyone who can’t see the goodness a woman sees in herself, isn’t worth keeping around. No man is ever worth you doubting who you are. 


Do you hear that ladies? NO MAN SHOULD EVER MAKE YOU DOUBT YOURSELF. 


Macy is a strong, intelligent woman. If she trusts what’s inside of her, Galvin should too. If he can’t do that, then he can keep on walking. Bye bye, Galvin. Should have let that parasite demon eat you after all. 


Macy doesn’t need a man. But if she wants one, it should be someone who will respect the darkness inside of her. Someone who will help her control it and use it to her advantage. Someone who won’t turn their back on her.


(Someone like Harry. Harry could do that. Harry would do that. Harry has done that. I’m not picking favorites or anything, I swear. #HACY). 

I’ve been watching human nature for decades and everyone has the capacity for darkness. It’s your actions,, not your nature that defines you

Harry


Perhaps one of the strongest aspects of the episode, however understated, was Maggie’s journey to discovering her racial identity.


Recognizing (and embracing) her black background is something I hoped for Maggie, but never thought it would get handled so directly.


Charmed(2018) Season 1 has dealt with a lot of positive messages rooted in feminism. Most of those messages are told allegorically through the use of magic and Wicca. It would be almost impossible to depict a woman navigating a newfound racial background that way. 


It also just seemed too important to bury in metaphors. 


The Charmed writers agreed and dove headfirst into Maggie’s search for self-discovery. It was shocking to see a show tackle such a tricky storyline, but so far it’s been done with beautiful finesse. 


Disclaimer: I am a white woman. I’m not here to take up space and declare Charmed’s depiction of Maggie’s blackness a success–only a woman of color can do that. 


All I can say is it felt like the right move for Maggie. Mulling things over with Macy felt like the right move for her character. It also felt important she decided to spend time with the BSU. 


Was she right for not taking the scholarship because she’s only ever identified as a White Latina? It’s a tough issue; it’s personal, subjective and not something I can answer. It’s not something Macy could answer. That question is for Maggie and Maggie alone. 


It’s a difficult topic because there is no right answer as there is no correct direction for the story to go. There’s just conversation to be had and I applaud the show for creating space to have it. 


Kudos to Jeffrey and Mantock, whose performance was so chocked full authenticity, it felt like two women having a real conversation, not two characters acting from a script. 


As disappointing as it may be to watch a few of these season-long arcs fall to the wayside, it does feel like Charmed gearing up for an epic finale. 


Fiona is (unsurprisingly) very evil, the girls are without their white lighter, and Alister is still lurking in the shadows.


The Sarcana are dead, the Elders are untrustworthy, and the signs of the apocalypse are in full effect. 


Buckle in Charmed Fanatics, because this is about to get good. 


Related: The CW Sets 2019 Finale Dates!


Random Thoughts: 


  • As annoying as I found Regina George (Tessa), I did agree with some of her points. She’s not evil (which I could sense from Charity immediately), she’s just been conditioned to work a specific way. If  Harry can change, I believe Tessa can too. Deep down, I think she was impressed by the Charmed One’s abilities. 

  • Mel told Niko she’s a witch, but she needs to come completely clean now. Altering someone’s mind is a form of violation, and now that the secret is re-spilled, Mel should confess. 

  • Speaking of Niko, she would be such an asset for the sisters to have in their corner. She’s smart, she’s wily, she can handle herself—she’s never been a hindrance, and they need all the help they can get against the Source. 

  • I am thrilled to watch Maggie and Macy bond over their heritage and culture. Jeffreys and McClintock steal the show when they share screen. I would like to see Mel a bigger part of that bonding, however. She’s the one who needs it most. 

  • It was fascinating to hear more spoken Creole. Hopefully the loss of Galvin and Mama Roz doesn’t mean the loss of their culture on the show. 


Okay, Fellow Charmed Ones! Spill your thoughts on the episode in the comments below!


Were you surprised Fiona was evil?


Were you disappointed in Galvin breaking up with Macy, or did you understand?


Are you a fan of Tessa, or do you miss Harry?


What did you think of how they handled Maggie’s ID?


I want to hear all your thoughts! Remember, you can always catch up on anything you missed by watching Charmed(2018) online, right here at TV Fanatic! 

Kat Pettibone is a staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter.





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What’s on TV Monday: ‘Gentleman Jack’ and ‘Charm City’

What’s on TV Monday: ‘Gentleman Jack’ and ‘Charm City’


A new drama series tells the true story of a woman who defied norms in 19th-century England. And a documentary about Baltimore is on PBS.

GENTLEMAN JACK 10 p.m. on HBO; stream on HBO platforms. The title of this new historical series refers to the nickname that residents of Halifax, in northern England, gave Anne Lister, a lesbian landowner, in the 1830s. They called her a gentleman for a number of reasons: She favored black clothes that resembled men’s wear, refused to let men take over the business dealings of her estate and openly pursued women. Her life receives an eight-part retelling here, based on her diaries. In the first episode, a heartbroken Lister (Suranne Jones) learns that her lover has become engaged to a man and that her own land is rich in coal. Romantic dramas and business rivalries ensue. “Jones’s performance is a marvel, exuding vitality, charisma and sexual confidence,” James Poniewozik wrote in his review in The New York Times. “But she also brings Anne empathy, humanity and glimpses of vulnerability that make her more than simply a flawless Regency-era Mary Sue.”

THE NEIGHBORHOOD 8 p.m. on CBS. The first season of this family sitcom about black and white neighbors in a gentrifying Los Angeles neighborhood comes to a close. Dave (Max Greenfield) can’t stop smiling when Calvin (Cedric the Entertainer) invites him golfing, and Gemma (Beth Behrs) comes up with a plan to impress Grover (Hank Greenspan) after he tells her he’s had enough of boring “mom stuff.” The show was renewed for a second season, and when Greenfield found out, the news reduced him to tears (according to his 10-year-old daughter, in a recent interview in The Times).

UNDER THE WIRE (2018) 9 p.m. on Starz. Last fall, the war correspondent Marie Colvin became the subject of two films that opened at roughly the same time: “A Private War,” a biographical drama starring Rosamund Pike in the leading role, and this chilling documentary by Chris Martin. In 2012, Colvin illegally crossed the border into Syria with the photographer Paul Conroy. Weeks later, she and another reporter were killed in a rocket attack. Here, Conroy revisits those memories with the urge to share Colvin’s story — and the stories of the civilians she was covering.

INDEPENDENT LENS: CHARM CITY (2018) 10 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). The director Marilyn Ness shot this documentary about Baltimore (Charm City is one of its nicknames) over three years. In that time, more than 1,000 people were reportedly killed in the city. That rampant violence takes center stage here, as do the people who tirelessly work to stop it. Told in cinéma vérité style, the movie profiles a handful of characters — police officers, community organizers and a young councilman — who cling to hope when the odds seem stacked against them.

PINKY MALINKY Stream on Netflix. The first season of this odd yet entertaining animated series continues. It follows a cheery anthropomorphic hot dog (voiced by Lucas Grabeel) and his human friends in the fictional town of Sackenhack.



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Madam Secretary Season 5 Episode 20 Review: Better Angels

(TALL) Preparing to Leave - Madam Secretary Season 5 Episode 20



Talk about going out with a bang!


Madam Secretary Season 5 Episode 20 was the fifth season finale, but as of this writing, the show has not yet been renewed. 


If it doesn’t come back, this last story will be a fine ending to a brilliant series, yet there were enough loose ends to leave me hungry for more.


Elizabeth’s departure from the Secretary of State position was bittersweet enough before Peter’s death.


It was hard seeing her say goodbye to the office, yet there was a ton of optimism in the air.

Elizabeth: Best job I ever had.
Matt: So far.


Matt was sure that Elizabeth would become President. Please, please let him be right — and let it be onscreen!  I’d love to see a Madam President spinoff.


Anyway, the most touching piece was Peter’s speech about RFK and how the man whose campaign was cut short by his assassination was a master unifier of disparate points of view.


I should have known that was foreshadowing of Peter’s death. The entire time he was talking about RFK, all I could think about was what a shame it was that the candidate was murdered before he had a chance to put his principles into action.



Related: Madam Secretary: Celebrating President Dalton


Elizabeth got the treaty through Congress before the halftime mark, which meant there was more to the story than met the eye.


Yet I was shocked and saddened by Peter’s death. Those flashbacks of his entire life as his eyes glazed over were easily one of the most emotional moments of the entire five years, and that’s saying a lot!

Forget about liberals, conservatives, all that party stuff. What Americans yearn for is the leader with the guts to tell the truth and the charisma to lead us.

Peter


The one thing I wasn’t sure about was the way Elizabeth handled the Progressive senator. I thought his concerns about fossil fuel were legitimate and she was woefully unprepared to answer them, which was unusual for her.


I wanted to know more about his proposal and why she thought it was half-baked. I guess she got through to him, but his sudden 180 felt unrealistic. The use of fossil fuel is a contentious issue, and many of the guy’s constituents might have been disappointed, especially if he ran on a platform of banning fossil fuel use.

I always say my first constituent is Mother Earth.

Senator


The rushed nature of that part of the story was a small sacrifice to make, though. It got us to the real story.


I enjoyed the story underneath the story of Elizabeth’s struggle to let go of her old position so she could move towards the Presidential campaign.


Elizabeth clearly was talented at dealing with foreign leaders and averting international crises, and she was afraid the world would suffer without her presence in the State Department. But her fear blinded her to how much good she could do as President.

We are under attack. I do need your help but so does your country. I am today and you are tomorrow.

Dalton


Elizabeth is a natural leader, and the Presidency is a step up from her current position. Besides, with Dalton approaching the end of his second term, she would lose the Secretary of State position either way.


I’m glad that Dalton was able to get her to see that so that she could run for President!


Related: Why CBS Needs to Renew Madam Secretary NOW.


This story featured the most direct allusion to current events yet, with Callister having to suspend his campaign due to suspected ties to Russia.

Constantine: It’s ironic that you decry nationalism around the world when at home –
Elizabeth: Callister’s running for President. I’ve heard it before.
Constantine: That’s the problem with your so-called free speech. It is another weapon that can be bought and sold.


I wasn’t sure how the Russian delegate’s comment translated in Elizabeth’s mind to a hint about Callister, though. I thought it was just a commentary on how Callister was abusing his freedom of speech to create global problems with his campaign.


Anyway, making such a direct reference to the Mueller investigation was risky. Madam Secretary prides itself on being political without being partisan, and the Russia controversy has become a political hot potato.


At the same time, Madam Secretary is at its best when it uses its stories as a platform to speak about what’s going on in the real world, and this was no exception.


Callister took the opportunity to call the whole thing a witch hunt and try to smear Elizabeth before he suspended his campaign.


But since his campaign is only suspended, if the show comes back could he reopen it and cause more trouble for Elizabeth?


Related: Get CBS All Access via Prime Video Channels for Hit Shows, Exclusive Originals & Live TV!


The Blake/Stevie story left some loose ends that could be tied up next season, should there be one.


I wasn’t thrilled with this tipsy kiss and sudden affinity between the two of them, even if Blake did apologize and was careful not to take advantage of Stevie in any way.


I think that there were better ways to wrap up Blake’s storyline. Besides, what’s the latest with Dmitri? Stevie alluded to him but there’s been no movement on that story in ages.


The only point to having this relationship is for some wise guy with a camera to capture it and make trouble for Elizabeth’s campaign down the line. Otherwise, it’s just silly.


Elizabeth’s campaign kick-off speech was inspiring, but the best thing about this is that she left the same way she came into the series. She was reluctant to become Secretary of State way back on Madam Secretary Season 1 Episode 1 and Dalton talked her into it.


Now he talked her into going after the Presidency.


Godspeed Madam Secretary indeed. I hope that we are blessed with another season, if not a Madam President spinoff.


The season is over, but go ahead and  watch Madam Secretary online as much as you’d like. Then come back and share your thoughts on the season finale and whether you’d like to see a sixth season of Madam Secretary.

Jack Ori is a staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.





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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 2 Recap: The Things We Do for Love

‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 2 Recap: The Things We Do for Love


“The things I do for love.”

“Game of Thrones” essentially began with that quip, a romantic cliché given twisted new meaning by its context, as a cad shoved a child to his presumed death in order to protect his secret affair with his own twin sister.

Plenty has happened since then. The child is now a cryptic wizard and the cad has been broken down and rebuilt — at times literally, in the case of his behanding — partly because a giant warrior maiden brought out his better self and partly because he was never really all that bad. (Given what we’ve learned about Jaime over the years, the cavalier way he shoved Bran out the window way back then doesn’t really scan.)

But Jaime’s past still precedes him, which meant that before he would be allowed to fight for the living, as he pledged on Sunday (and in the trailer), he would have to face up to it. This was most fraught with Daenerys, the daughter of the madman Jaime killed to secure his kingslaying reputation. It was most hilarious with Bran, who threw Jaime’s words back at him.

“Everything I did, I did for my house and my family,” Jaime said at his mock trial.

“The things we do for love,” Bran said.

It was both an excellent callback and a fun way to mess with Jaime. But Bran’s quip also suggested a theme for the episode, as people gathered all over Winterfell for a final bit of human tenderness before the terrible White Walker horns echoed across the wintry waste.

Missandei and Grey Worm. Arya and the Hound. Arya and Gendry. Sam and Gilly. Sansa and Theon. The Lannister brothers hosted a drinking and knighting party by the fire, enlivened by Pod’s lovely voice and Tormund’s nutty giant stories. (Every party needs a Tormund. But only one.)

One of the main themes of “Game of Thrones” surrounds the tension between loyalty and duty — think about Maester Aemon’s speech to Jon back in Season 1, speaking of secret Targaryens. Jon wanted to ditch the Night’s Watch to join Robb’s war effort, but Aemon reminded him of his oath and shared his own tale of family tragedy. “Love is the death of duty,” he said.

“We all do our duty when there’s no cost to it,” he added. But eventually “there comes a day when it is not easy, a day when he must choose.”

The people at Winterfell, just by virtue of being there, have already made their choices. But if blind loyalty to one’s clan is what led to much of the death and destruction that defined the story in the early days, it is a sort of love for the larger human family that has led them to make this final stand.

In this last week before the big White Walker clash and the presumable carnage and loss of beloved characters it will entail, it was a reminder that the things we do for love can be heroic as well.

We’ll have a longer recap later, but for now here are some other things that happened this week:

• Jon finally told Dany about his heritage, and it went about as well as you’d expect. “If it were true,” she said through gritted teeth, “you’d have a claim to the Iron Throne.” Interesting that when your boyfriend tells you that he’s your nephew, that’s the first place you go.

• That song Pod sang was called “Jenny of Oldstones,” a melancholy ballad to parallel the episode’s general sense of final shared moments and impending doom. The version heard over the titles was by Florence + the Machine — you might recall bands like the National (“The Rains of Castamere”) and the Hold Steady (“The Bear and the Maiden Fair”) doing similar recordings in previous seasons. Sigur Ros also appeared as a beleaguered wedding band at Joffrey and Margaery’s interrupted nuptials.

• The Bran Plan amounts to turning him into a three-eyed Rat-L-Trap to lure in the Night King in order for Jon and the gang to kill him, and thus take out everyone he has turned. (You’ll recall that was the key bit of intel from the otherwise foolish voyage north of the Wall last season.) Sounds good. What could go wrong?

• I bagged on Gendry’s game last week after his fumbling flirting with Arya. I stand corrected.

• Last season “Game of Thrones” didn’t suffer many meaningful losses, clearing the way for plenty of heartbreaking deaths in the final season. That starts next Sunday, and I can’t have been the only viewer playing a macabre parlor game this week: Does this character’s nice moment mean she’s about to die? This week’s candidates include Brienne, who accepted her knighthood from Jaime with perhaps her first moment of unbridled joy. See also: Grey Worm, who was making sweet postwar plans with Missandei, pretty much guaranteeing that one or both won’t live to see them through.

• I guess you could throw Gendry in this category, too. And Theon. And … actually, I guess you could throw most people in it. Who seems the most doomed to you next week? And whom are you pulling for the hardest? Please share your thoughts in the comments.



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Supergirl Season 4 Episode 18 Review: Crime and Punishment

Lena Looks For Clues - Supergirl



Supergirl is finding the power buried within Kara Danvers.


On Supergirl Season 4 Episode 18, Kara realizes that amidst a witch hunt, she has more pull as Kara, the reporter from CatCo, than she does as Supergirl, National City’s heroine. 


It’s incredibly upsetting to see how quickly everyone turned on her and began to call her out as a terrorist after Lex Luthor’s Red Daughter posed as Supergirl and attacked the White House. 


The media is a powerful medium. It can shed light on indecency, but it can also do plenty of damage by spreading false news. 


Supergirl’s name was tainted when the President declared her an enemy of the state following the fake attack, and despite all the good she’s done, people gobbled it up. 


The media continuously talked about Supergirl’s attack thus persuading the masses that their once beloved hero was a terrorist. 


But alas, the same media is the one who can help exonerate Supergirl and bring down Lex Luthor. 


Kara realized that she had plenty of pull when she approached the inmates, specifically Steve, as Kara Danvers. 


While he was aggressive towards Supergirl, he handed Kara a copy of Lex Luthor’s drive without a second thought. 


Seriously, a pair of glasses makes a world of difference!


Kara has never been the “powerful” character; it’s been reserved for her alter-ego, but it seems she’s underestimated the persona she’s crafted for herself. 


Keeping up with her cover, she’ll be able to spin the media to work in her favor. 


It’s unclear how she’ll explain getting the drives to Lena and Alex, who are on board with clearing up the misconceptions about her, but don’t actually know her true identity. 


The moment she mentioned that Supergirl must “lay low,” I thought she was going to tell Lena and Alex the truth about her identity. 


If she’s serious about laying low, she’s going to have to embrace her disguise, right?


It’s true, keeping her true identity a secret helped her out immensely at Stryker’s. 


Not only was she able to evade Otis Graves, she was able to buddy up to Steve and even avoided getting shanked. 


Those are huge accomplishments. 


But to have the best team by her side, I think she’s going to have to come clean to them. 


The earlier half of Supergirl Season 4 made it a huge deal to find out Supergril’s true identity, but after a few episodes, it stopped being a real priority for everyonce including Colonel Haley. 


Considering that no one cares about her identity anymore and that Haley turned out to be a Supergirl supporter and protected her from being ambushed by Lockwood, I think it’s fine if she enlightens her closest friends.


Haley should remain in the dark because her loyalty is unsteady, but since she’s no longer gung-ho about cracking this mystery,  Supergirl can safely loop in Alex.


Things would be a lot smoother for Supergirl and she’d be under the DEO’s protection fully if Alex knew the truth.


And given how supportive Lena has been throughout the whole process of helping her clear her name, she deserves to get clued in finally.


I mean, Lena risked her life by hanging out with Supergirl only to get some insight into Lex’s master plan. 


Otis Graves has more lives than a cat. 


Seriously, how many times was this dude blown up simply to be put back together?


It’s tiring to see Supergirl constantly face off against Graves when we want to see her face-to-face with the Red Daughter. 


For now, neither Supergirl nor Lena nor Alex have been able to figure out how Lex Luthor managed to pull off the White House attack. 


With the hard drive, she’ll hopefully be able to understand more about the Red Daughter, find a way to reach her, and even get the proof she needs to clear her name in the public eye. 


Though this episode didn’t establish much of anything, I did enjoy Supergirl’s fight scene with all the inmates. 


It’s always fun to see tough dudes that are so sure of themselves get their asses handed to them by a woman. 


And it was especially entertaining because it was very effortless for Supergirl. 


James PTSD finally began manifesting as powers.


His sister, Kelly, tried to convince him what he was experiencing were hallucinations, but methinks crushing a metal lamp with your hand is a sign of something way more dangerous. 


James may be experiencing some trauma from getting shot, but he’s thinking straight by requesting to chat with Lena about what’s happening to him. 


Unlike the other people who have gotten the cure, James’ powers seem to be taking on a dark vibe.


Does that have something to do with the anger bottling up inside of him?


Or the fact that he no longer feels like a hero despite being The Guardian?


The writers are slowly trying to push together Alex and Kelly, but it didn’t seem natural for Alex to turn to someone who’s practically a stranger and divulge important DEO business. 


Not to mention, Alex never needs advice on doing the right thing.


And it isn’t like Kelly’s advice was something Alex couldn’t think of on her own. 


It was a pathetic attempt — let’s not do it again. 


Ben Lockwood never irritated me more than when he messed with Brainy. 


Sure, the situation only happened in Nia’s dream sequence, but given that President Baker just recklessly deputized the Children of Liberty, it’s only a matter of time before the dream comes to fruition. 


And that doubles in danger because Brainy decided to delete the alien registry with the only copy available in his brain. 


He downright made himself a target, all in the name of being a hero.


At least Brainy is thinking about the safety of all the other aliens and not just Supergirl’s. 


Nia has been lacking as a superhero and refusing to look into the future to help Brainy make a decision proves she still has a long way to go. 


She hasn’t even helped Supergirl in the slightest. Wasn’t that her whole point?


After reigniting the spark that Supergirl Season 4 was missing in the episodes introducing Lex Luthor, it seems Supergirl has lost it’s spunk yet again. 


Will it return by the time the season finale rolls around?


If you need to catch up on episodes, you can watch Supergirl online right now! 


What did you think of the episode?


Is James going to the dark side? 


Will Haley help clear Supergirl’s name?


What will they find on Lex’s harddrives?

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Barry Season 2 Episode 4 Review: What?!

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They say timing is everything.


Whether Barry’s timing is good or terrible during Barry Season 2 Episode 4 depends on how you look at it.


Barry’s journey is significantly changed when he meets Sally’s Ex, Sam. But another sharp turn reveals itself that could throw a wrench in his plans again.


The opportunity arose for Barry to use his particular set of skills to right a wrong he finds very unjust.


Very few people would have blamed him if he chose to exercise his options killing Sam, but Barry is working very hard to become a different person.


Just like Barry, Gene has been at a crossroads in his life.


Getting to know Barry and understanding how badly the young man wants to change has been an inspiration to Gene. The closer he gets to Barry, the more both of them change for the better.


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Even so, when Gene’s son, Leo, arrives at his house only to share with Gene some strawberries, he finds himself taken aback.


His comments aren’t full-on father, and his narcissistic tendencies lend to him sending a shirtless photo to Leo when tries to get him his cell number so they can continue talking over dinner.


Gene isn’t the perfect father, but he’s making strides. 


At the same time, Barry struggles with his killing Sam.


But he eventually realizes it’s not what’s best for him or Sally. Sally can handle her own problems, even if she doesn’t always handle them to the best of her ability.

Sam: You know, you’re a fuckin’ prick man.
Barry: Alright.
Sam: And don’t forget — I fucked her first. I got her when that shit was tight.


Everyone is trying to find better versions of themselves, and it might be inevitable that Sally had to deal with Sam on her own.


Like an alcoholic who needs their sponsor when they severly yearn for alcohol, Barry knew he needed to talk out what he was feeling.


Unfortunately, his attempts to contact Fuches were upended when Fuches told Barry never to call him again.


So Barry went to the only other person in his life with whom he’s been as honest as possible — Gene.


The conversation between Gene and Barry was Emmy caliber, as are most of the scenes between Henry Winkler and Bill Hader.


The timing of Gene’s interaction with Leo coincided perfectly with Barry’s cry for help.


What Gene didn’t do correctly with Leo, he fixed with Barry.


Sometimes it seems like Gene isn’t listening to Barry when he’s talking.


But when Barry finally revealed what happened during the war, Gene proved to be the perfect person in which Barry needed to confide.

Gene: OK. So here’s my advice. You never tell that story again as long as you live because basically, you killed somebody and you got away with it.
Barry: See, that’s why I didn’t want to tell you, ’cause you’re gonna look at me differently. You’re gonna look at me like I’m a murderer, like I’m a violent piece of shit.
Gene: Barry? Listen to me. I had a son. I was terrible to this son. I was cruel. I was selfish. And there’s nothing I can do to change that. But I don’t want to be that guy anymore, and I pray that human beings can change their nature, because if they can’t then you and I are in deep trouble.
Barry: OK. How do we do that?
Gene: I think we’re doing it already. You didn’t beat that guy up, did you? You came here. You’re talking about your feelings instead of acting out your feelings. And as for my son, the first time I reached out to him after years and years, I got a big “Fuck you, dad.” But today, today he brought me strawberries.
Barry: Do you think I’m a bad person, Mr. Cousineau?
Gene: I think you’re deeply human. You did a terrible thing. But do I think that defines you? No. That’s why I don’t think you should tell this story in front of the class. Also, they will shit themselves. I mean, they’re children.


That is the best converstion between two men who happened into each other’s lives at the right time.


It was raw and edgy, but as deeply connected and personal as they became, Gene managed to be funny to close it out.


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Their hug was everything, even if Gene ultimately decided to charge Barry for a private lesson.


Neither of them realizes that the journey Gene needs to take out of his own ass is a lot farther than the one Barry needs to take from assassin to actor.


It’s so dissapointing, then, that Fuches was trying so hard to keep Barry from getting caught by Loach.


Barry had a look of such sadness on his face that a man he trusted was working with the cops. And it was with such excitement that Barry slipped and revealed his truth that it felt like Loach should have given him a pass.


Did anyone see it coming that Loach would turn the tables on the entire discussion by offering Barry a way out?


Given the title, “What?!” I should have known it was going to be a flip of the coin.


All Barry has to do is embrace the very thing he’s trying to escape and it can all go away.


It’s ludicrous how terribly screwed up Barry’s situation gets by the day.


From NoHo Hank assuring Barry he is, indeed, the most evil person he’s ever met and reveling in how sorry he was if Barry didn’t know how he felt, to Loach ‘s pronouncement, Barry cannot catch a break.


He’s always begging to be seen as a normal man, but everyone wants to keep him far from everyday.


Barry passed over killing a guy who could probably use it to getting sucked into killing one who probably doesn’t — by the very cop who wants to arrest him for murder.


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Or maybe all the discussions between Loach and his wife have always been leading to this. He managed to swing the case he needed to save his marriage. 


Murder has been on Loach’s mind for a while, but he needed the murderer to pull off the job. 


If you watched the preview, you know how Barry’s going to try to get around killing someone else. It’s highly unlikely his best laid plan will go accordingly.


If you aren’t watching Barry, you need to tell me why. If you are, then you need to say a howdy do below. Go!!

Carissa Pavlica is the managing editor and a staff writer for TV Fanatic. She’s a member of the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA), enjoys mentoring writers, wine, and passionately discussing the nuances of television. Follow her on Twitter and email her here at TV Fanatic.





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Veep Had An Eerily Relevant Story About Black Churches

Veep Had An Eerily Relevant Story About Black Churches


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Veep has come uncannily close to actual real-life events frequently — most notably with the implosion of Selina Meyer’s (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) presidential bid in Season 5 that looked remarkably (and distressingly) like Hilary Clinton’s surprise loss later that year. But there was also the time Selina made an offhanded crack about a rival on Meet the Press — airing days after Joe Biden had a slip up of his own on the same political chat show. And don’t forget the time Selina screwed up her swearing in at the end of Season 3, causing the her to have to fly back to D.C. to get sworn in all over again, just like Barack Obama had to do in 2009 after he flubbed it the first time.

The mirroring hasn’t gone unnoticed by Veep’s team. “We write certain situations, and then after we’ve finished editing the episode or getting it ready, that situation happens in real-life,” creator Armando Iannucci told the Hollywood Reporter in 2015. “It’s rather spooky.”

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Though we all should be used to Veep’s seemingly psychic coincidences by now, that doesn’t make them any less startling, and the events of its most recent episode, “South Carolina,” stand as further proof. In it, Selina has the bright idea to speak to the congregation of a Southern black church (to advance her own agenda with zero concern for the parishioners, of course, because this is Selina Meyer we’re talking about). In her address, she inadvertently horrifies the assembled people with a very poorly thought out defense of police officers, just after an officer killed a black kid. It’s peak Veep: grimace-inducing, hilarious and right at the edge of plausibility but also piercingly relevant to this very moment in American culture.

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For weeks, Southern black churches have been in news feeds as African-American houses of worship were burned in Louisiana, setting off police searches and intense emotions, especially for people who saw that exact type of terrorism play out in the 1960s. Ten days after three churches were destroyed, an arrest was made, which seemed to put the story to bed, but it resurfaced in greater context following the Notre Dame fire, after a viral tweet contrasting the responses to a church fire in France to church fires in America prompted soul searching and millions in aid for the seemingly forgotten churches at home. Veep’s story is not an apples to apples correlation, but having Selina enter a black church and display her typical obliviousness,feels remarkably similar to what’s happened in recent days. Even spookier: Selina starts the episode throwing shade at her new opponent in the presidential race: a black woman named Kemi Talbot (Toks Olagundoye).

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“She’s not even all black,” Selina says when her staffer reminds her she’s running against an actual black person now, a fact lost on Selina as she looks to shore up cred among African American voters. Never mind the insidiousness of the remark: Veep again is in line with current events since Kalama Harris, who has an African American father and Indian mother, formally announced her candidacy for president in February — well after this episode had been conceived. (Veep’s creative team has long insisted the show is not a parody of the political world but man, you can’t not marvel at the timing.)

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Anyway, as Selina delights in a civil rights leader (played by Keegan-Michael Key) calling her “the blackest white woman her ever met,” she blithely presses on in S.C. Having also been courted by a Chinese official to repeat a message in exchange for favors, Selina sashays into the Second Baptist Church of Charleston to stump for herself and the Chinese bigwig, offending the congregation with a colossally stupid speech that leaves the them speechless. Again, the episode’s shenanigans aren’t exactly in line with what happened in Louisiana, but as Selina stands on the pulpit and says to Southern black worshippers, “What happened recently in your community to that young boy is very sad,” it’s as if we’re seeing, in a way, the people whose holy houses were met with their own grief just weeks ago. It’s one more example of the brilliant comedy’s propensity for crystal balling the future — a mystical talent it has on top of the many others its been awarded for so often. Veep’s farewell this season will be a seismic loss for comedy and political farce, but we can only hope that its promise of ending with what is “right for America” does not involve a total takeover by Russia or sentient robots placing themselves in charge, because, based on precedent, it would absolutely come to pass.

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[VIDEO] ‘Game of Thrones’ Trailer: Season 8, Episode 3

[VIDEO] ‘Game of Thrones’ Trailer: Season 8, Episode 3


What’s scarier: a woman who just learned that her lover is her nephew and a potential threat to her acquisition of power, or a highly organized army of the dead?

Looks like we’ll find out in next week’s Game of Thrones, based on the preview trailer that followed Sunday’s episode (read full recap here).

The episode appears to be the big Battle of Winterfell installment, which reportedly took weeks of outdoor night shoots to film. The process included “moments you’re just broken as a human and just want to cry,” star Maisie Williams said, and co-star Iain Glen called taking part in the episode “the most unpleasant experience I’ve had on Thrones.”

Take a look at the video above and see what you can glean from the quick, dark glimpses we get of the hell being visited upon the Starks’ ancestral home. There are lots of weapons. Arya runs through the castle, apparently fleeing something or someone. Brienne screams for her forces to “Stand your ground!” Jon sounds a wee bit afraid as he announces “The Night King is coming,” and Daenerys has steel in her voice when she says, “The dead are already here.”

Do you have theories on who’ll survive the big fight and who’ll become white walker fodder? Press PLAY on the video above, then hit the comments with your predictions!





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‘Game of Thrones’: Florence + the Machine’s Frontwoman on That Haunting Closing Song

‘Game of Thrones’: Florence + the Machine’s Frontwoman on That Haunting Closing Song


This is a song that is shrouded in mystery in the books …

Really? There’s a kind of sadness to it, and it sounded kind of haunted to me. I’m always really drawn to that kind of thing. What’s it about?

We don’t really know much. Although he wrote more verses, George R.R. Martin included only one lyric in the text so far: “High in the halls of the kings who are gone, Jenny would dance with her ghosts.” It’s more that we keep hearing about the song, and about Jenny, who might have been a witch, or just friends with a witch or one of the Children of the Forest. A Targaryen prince abdicated his crown to marry Jenny, so it’s a love story but also a mysterious tragedy, since her prince died at Summerhall.

Fans have various theories — that the song is about a prophecy, that it was written by Rhaegar Targaryen. In the show, they’ve had Jenny claiming to be a descendant of the Children of the Forest herself. So fans have been anticipating this one for a while.

Wow! Oh my god, that’s perfect! To be honest, they keep such a tight ship on “Game of Thrones,” they didn’t tell us what the visual would be. We weren’t told what’s going to happen in the episode. We weren’t even told what the episode is called. It was all so top secret, so cloak-and-dagger! When I heard it, it evoked something quite strongly in me — you can kind of feel that there is a presence in that song, like something that had history. So I’m really glad it does have a rich history!

It’s funny, they didn’t tell me any of this inside information. They just sent it to me, and I was like: “O.K.! I can do this.” Songs that people can resonate with emotionally, and that make people feel free to cry, I definitely like to make that kind of music, so they were probably like, “O.K., we’ll go to Florence.” Maybe they just wanted me to have my own take on it? Or maybe it would have been too much pressure, this huge weight of importance? I just hope I don’t disappoint the fans looking forward to this song. I’m kind of glad they didn’t give me a brief. I would have overthought it.

How so?

What I wanted to do with this song was keep it as sparse as possible. It does get a bit more rousing at the end, but I really wanted to retain the simplicity of the melody and the lyrics that they sent me, because I found them so moving. If I had known the history of the song, I would have been like, “[Expletive], we need fanfares, and you’re going to have to get a dragon on here somehow.” I might have — as I can do sometimes — overblown it. So I’m glad I didn’t know then, but I’m glad to know now. You want the beauty and the fragility in there as well. I would have made it too big, if I had known just how [expletive] big it is!



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