TV Review: TVD S08 E10

Nostalgia’s a bitch – That’s the title of the tenth episode of the eighth season of The Vampire Diaries, adapted from an episode in the second season something Damon said to Anna when she was reminiscing the life she never had.

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I must state here that I grade this episode an A! It was beautifully executed. Many deceased characters were brought to the screen again, without the usual drama of being brought back to life that TVD is known for.

How was this done? Read on.

The episode wastes no time in showing a catatonic Damon, fresh from the after-effect of having his humanity involuntarily restored by Sybil. Caroline and Bonnie attempt to hitch a ride into the mighty puzzle that is Damon’s head, but are sent back when all they see is a burning Damon in pain- this is his defense mechanism at refusing to own up to the many atrocities he’d committed without his humanity. The ladies reach out to Sybil, who agrees to help if only they’d return The Bell to her (the only weapon that can hurt a Siren). Sybil’s sister, Seline has plans of her own to use The Bell to unleash Hell Fire’s and wipe all of Mystic Falls (this is its true function as she revealed). Stefan finds this plan enticing as it would send lots of souls Cade’s way.

Over the course of the episode we got to see dead characters we’ve missed such as, Vicki Donovan, Sheriff Liz Forbes, Bonnie’s Grams. All these appearances felt organic, something TVD has been lacking in executing most of its story-lines for a while now.

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At the end of the episode, Damon had finally forgiven Stefan for turning him into a Vampire, and also apologized to Matt for killing his sister. Stefan was locked up, and Cade now has a foothold in our world, thanks to Matt who was compelled to ring the mystical bell if he couldn’t forgive Damon for killing Vicki. Matt rang the bell eleven out of the twelve required times to unleash hell’s fire on all of Mystic Falls. Cade killed the Siren sisters to announce his presence.

Thanks to Damon, the whole of Mystic Falls’ alive to fight another day.

Another thing that made this episode superb, is the lack of Elena, either through flashback or mention of her name. I must confess, I’m tired of hearing everyone whine incessantly about her importance, or lack of.

What did you think about this episode? Let me know in the comment box. If you have given up on The Vampire Diaries, I implore you to check this episode out, you’d love it.

The Search for Stiles.

Stiles is back!

At the end of last week’s episode of Teen Wolf (S06E09), we were treated to plenty nostalgic moments.

TV series have perfected the act of tying early seasons into current story-lines – this is for long running series (greater than five seasons).

Teen Wolf made us understand the concept of friendship and true love in this episode.

Stiles has been missing for the greater part of the season, and in episode 8, The Pack discovered they could facilitate his return by opening a new rift, which could only be possible if one remembered Stiles by threading on their established connection.

Scott tried but the many memories he and Stiles have had since forever were too much to filter through. Next was Malia, she almost froze to death in her memory. Lydia, was the one who made the perfect connection, by locking on to the memory were she kissed Stiles in S03E11. This memory facilitates the rift, and showed someone standing in the dark of the bright light.

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The preview for the next episode already showed Stiles with the remainder of The Pack, a Scott on full Alpha mode, and Lydia using her Banshee power. The story is almost gone full circle, and it is time to know the full extent of what, Mr. Douglas a.k.a. Nazi-Wolf wants.

Asides:

1. I’d love to see the dynamic used to bring back everyone from the Ghost-Rider’s train station back to Beacon Hills, how the episode establishes the second half of the season, for us to say our final goodbyes to Teen Wolf, after six awesome years of Supernatural entertainment.

2. It is very possible that the person into the light isn’t Stiles.

TV News – Nina Dobrev returning to TVD

Actress, Nina Dobrev, who has given us some of the most memorable characters on The Vampire Diaries (TVD), will  be returning for the series finale. She made the announcement on her Instagram handle hours ago when she posted an image of her script for the sixteenth and final episode of the CW hit show.

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I am particularly excited, because this means that I’ll get to see that face that made me smile for many years. Whichever form she will be appearing, as Elena, or as my beloved Katherine, I do not mind; seeing her on screen will be fulfilling enough, especially after the long draught.

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When Elena was put in a magical coma during the sixth season finale, many fans were devastated. I, for one was happy: In recent years, the character of Elena had been so whiny, and annoying, that I wished for a world without Elena. After two years of that, I’ll say I’ve had enough, and it is the  best time to end. I am happy TVD is finally ending, it has been living on straws drawn by its glorious days of times past. We’ve seen everything there is to… and there isn’t anyone more suited to bring everyone’s story-line to a perfect end.

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There is one problem. According to Kai’s threat in the season finale, Elena only comes back to life if Bonnie dies. He claimed the spell to be witch-proof, devoid of any loophole. But, this is TVD, there is always a loophole to every spell. It’s time to rack our heads to figure out how Nina Dobrev’s return (most probably a Elena) is going to happen.

Oscar 2017 nomination list

It is still award season. This time, it is the most coveted award show – The Oscars.

Below is the nomination list and their nominees.

 

Best Picture

  • Arrival
  • Fences
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Hell or High Water
  • Hidden Figures
  • La La Land
  • Lion
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Moonlight

Best Director

  • Denis Villeneuve, Arrival
  • Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
  • Damien Chazelle, La La Land
  • Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
  • Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Best Actor

  • Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
  • Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
  • Ryan Gosling, La La Land
  • Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
  • Denzel Washington, Fences

Best Actress

  • Isabelle Huppert, Elle
  • Ruth Negga, Loving
  • Natalie Portman, Jackie
  • Emma Stone, La La Land
  • Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Arrival
  • Fences
  • Hidden Figures
  • Lion
  • Moonlight

Best Original Screenplay

  • La La Land
  • Hell or High Water
  • The Lobster
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • 20th Century Women

Best Supporting Actor

  • Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
  • Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
  • Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
  • Dev Patel, Lion
  • Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

Best Supporting Actress

  • Nicole Kidman, Lion
  • Viola Davis, Fences
  • Naomie Harris, Moonlight
  • Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
  • Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Best Original Song

  • “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)”, La La Land
  • “Can’t Stop the Feeling”, Trolls
  • “City of Stars”, La La Land
  • “The Empty Chair”, Jim
  • “How Fair I’ll Go”, Moana

Best Animated Feature

  • Zootopia
  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Moana
  • My Life as a Zucchini
  • The Red Turtle

Best Original Score

Best Cinematography

Best Costume Design

  • Allied
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Jackie
  • La La Land

Best Sound Editing

  • Arrival
  • Deepwater Horizon
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • La La Land
  • Sully

Best Sound Mixing

  • Arrival
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • La La Land
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

  • A Man Called Ove
  • Star Trek Beyond
  • Suicide Squad

Best Live-Action Short

  • “Ennemis Interieurs” “
  • Le Femme et le TGV”
  • “Silent Nights”
  • “Sing”
  • “Timecode”

Best Animated Short

  • Pearl
  • Pear and Cider Cigarettes
  • Piper
  • Blind Vaysha
  • Borrowed Time

Best Visual Effects

  • Deepwater Horizon
  • Doctor Strange
  • The Jungle Book
  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Best Film Editing

Best Production Design

  • Arrival
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Hail, Caesar!
  • La La Land
  • Passengers

Best Documentary Short

  • Extremis
  • 4.1 Miles
  • The Mute’s House
  • The White Helmets
  • Watani: My Homeland

Best Documentary Feature

  • Fire at Sea
  • I Am Not Your Negro
  • Life Animated
  • OJ: Made in America
  • 13th

Best Foreign Language Film

  • Land of Mine
  • A Man Called Ove
  • The Salesman
  • Tana
  • Toni Erdmann

The 89th Annual Academy Awards ceremony is going to be telecast on Sunday, February 26th, 2017 on ABC, starting at 8:30 p.m. EST.

Sources: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Screen Rant.

People’s Choice Award, 2017

The 43rd People’s Choice Award, has come and gone. And with it, another set of winners have been crowned for their many efforts to improving the quality of POP culture, and everything entertainment.

They are:

 

FAVORITE MOVIE

  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Deadpool
  • Finding Dory — WINNER
  • Suicide Squad
  • Zootopia

FAVORITE MOVIE ACTOR

  • Kevin Hart
  • Robert Downey Jr.
  • Ryan Reynolds — WINNER
  • Tom Hanks
  • Will Smith

FAVORITE MOVIE ACTRESS

  • Anna Kendrick
  • Jennifer Lawrence — WINNER
  • Margot Robbie
  • Melissa McCarthy
  • Scarlett Johansson

FAVORITE ACTION MOVIE

  • Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Deadpool — WINNER
  • Suicide Squad
  • X-Men: Apocalypse

FAVORITE ACTION MOVIE ACTOR

  • Chris Evans
  • Liam Hemsworth
  • Robert Downey Jr. — WINNER
  • Ryan Reynolds
  • Will Smith

FAVORITE ACTION MOVIE ACTRESS

  • Jennifer Lawrence
  • Margot Robbie — WINNER
  • Scarlett Johansson
  • Shailene Woodley
  • Zoe Saldana

FAVORITE ANIMATED MOVIE VOICE

  • Bill Murray in The Jungle Book
  • Ellen DeGeneres in Finding Dory — WINNER
  • Ginnifer Goodwin in Zootopia
  • Jason Bateman in Zootopia
  • Kevin Hart in The Secret Life of Pets

FAVORITE COMEDIC MOVIE

  • Bad Moms — WINNER
  • Central Intelligence
  • Ghostbusters
  • How to Be Single
  • Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

FAVORITE COMEDIC MOVIE ACTOR

  • Chris Hemsworth
  • Dwayne Johnson
  • Kevin Hart — WINNER
  • Ryan Gosling
  • Zac Efron

FAVORITE COMEDIC MOVIE ACTRESS

  • Anna Kendrick
  • Kristen Bell
  • Kristen Wiig
  • Melissa McCarthy — WINNER
  • Rebel Wilson

FAVORITE DRAMATIC MOVIE

  • Deepwater Horizon
  • Me Before You — WINNER
  • Miracles From Heaven
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Sully

FAVORITE DRAMATIC MOVIE ACTOR

  • Ben Affleck
  • Chris Pine
  • George Clooney
  • Mark Wahlberg
  • Tom Hanks — WINNER

FAVORITE DRAMATIC MOVIE ACTRESS

  • Amy Adams
  • Blake Lively — WINNER
  • Emily Blunt
  • Julia Roberts
  • Meryl Streep

FAVORITE FAMILY MOVIE

  • Alice Through the Looking Glass
  • Finding Dory — WINNER
  • The Jungle Book
  • The Secret Life of Pets
  • Zootopia

FAVORITE THRILLER MOVIE

  • The Conjuring 2
  • The Girl on the Train — WINNER
  • Nerve
  • The Purge: Election Year
  • The Shallows

FAVORITE MOVIE ICON

  • Denzel Washington
  • Johnny Depp — WINNER
  • Samuel L. Jackson
  • Tom Cruise
  • Tom Hanks

FAVORITE TV SHOW

  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • Outlander — WINNER
  • Stranger Things
  • The Walking Dead

FAVORITE NETWORK TV COMEDY

  • The Big Bang Theory — WINNER
  • Black-ish
  • Jane the Virgin
  • Modern Family
  • New Girl

FAVORITE COMEDIC TV ACTOR

  • Andy Samberg
  • Anthony Anderson
  • Jim Parsons — WINNER
  • Matthew Perry
  • Tim Allen

FAVORITE COMEDIC TV ACTRESS

  • Anna Faris
  • Gina Rodriguez
  • Kaley Cuoco
  • Sofia Vergara — WINNER
  • Zooey Deschanel

FAVORITE NETWORK TV DRAMA

  • Chicago Fire
  • Empire
  • Grey’s Anatomy — WINNER
  • How to Get Away with Murder
  • Quantico

FAVORITE DRAMATIC TV ACTOR

  • Jesse Williams
  • Justin Chambers — WINNER
  • Scott Foley
  • Taylor Kinney
  • Terrence Howard

FAVORITE DRAMATIC TV ACTRESS

  • Ellen Pompeo
  • Kerry Washington
  • Priyanka Chopra — WINNER
  • Taraji P. Henson
  • Viola Davis

FAVORITE CABLE TV COMEDY

  • Atlanta
  • Baby Daddy — WINNER
  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  • Real Husbands of Hollywood
  • Younger

FAVORITE CABLE TV DRAMA

  • The Americans
  • Bates Motel — WINNER
  • Mr. Robot
  • Pretty Little Liars
  • Queen Sugar

FAVORITE CABLE TV ACTOR

  • Adam Devine
  • Freddie Highmore — WINNER
  • Kevin Hart
  • Rami Malek
  • Zach Galifianakis

FAVORITE CABLE TV ACTRESS

  • Ashley Benson
  • Hilary Duff
  • Keri Russell
  • Lucy Hale
  • Vera Farmiga — WINNER

FAVORITE TV CRIME DRAMA

  • The Blacklist
  • Criminal Minds — WINNER
  • Law & Order: SVU
  • Lucifer
  • NCIS

FAVORITE TV CRIME DRAMA ACTOR

  • Chris O’Donnell
  • Donnie Wahlberg
  • LL Cool J
  • Mark Harmon — WINNER
  • Tom Selleck

FAVORITE TV CRIME DRAMA ACTRESS

  • Jennifer Lopez — WINNER
  • Lucy Liu
  • Mariska Hargitay
  • Pauley Perrette
  • Sophia Bush

FAVORITE PREMIUM DRAMA SERIES

  • Homeland
  • House of Cards
  • Narcos
  • Orange is the New Black — WINNER
  • Power

FAVORITE PREMIUM COMEDY SERIES

  • Fuller House — WINNER
  • The Mindy Project
  • Shameless
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Veep

FAVORITE PREMIUM SERIES ACTOR

  • Aziz Ansari
  • Dwayne Johnson — WINNER
  • Joshua Jackson
  • Kevin Spacey
  • Nick Jonas

FAVORITE PREMIUM SERIES ACTRESS

  • Claire Danes
  • Jane Fonda
  • Julia Louis Dreyfus
  • Sarah Jessica Parker — WINNER
  • Taylor Schilling

FAVORITE NETWORK SCI-FI/FANTASY TV SHOW

  • Arrow
  • The Flash
  • Once Upon a Time
  • Supernatural — WINNER
  • The Vampire Diaries

FAVORITE CABLE SCI-FI/FANTASY TV SHOW

  • American Horror Story
  • Orphan Black
  • Shadowhunters
  • Teen Wolf
  • The Walking Dead — WINNER

FAVORITE PREMIUM SCI-FI/FANTASY SERIES

  • Game of Thrones
  • Marvel’s Luke Cage
  • Outlander — WINNER
  • Stranger Things
  • Westworld

FAVORITE SCI-FI/FANTASY TV ACTOR

  • Andrew Lincoln
  • Ian Somerhalder
  • Jensen Ackles
  • Sam Heughan — WINNER
  • Tyler Posey

FAVORITE SCI-FI/FANTASY TV ACTRESS

  • Caitriona Balfe — WINNER
  • Emilia Clarke
  • Jennifer Morrison
  • Lauren Cohan
  • Millie Bobby Brown

FAVORITE COMPETITION TV SHOW

  • America’s Got Talent
  • American Ninja Warrior
  • Dancing with the Stars
  • Masterchef
  • The Voice — WINNER

FAVORITE DAYTIME TV HOST

  • Dr. Phil
  • Ellen DeGeneres — WINNER
  • Kelly Ripa
  • Rachael Ray
  • Steve Harvey

FAVORITE DAYTIME TV HOSTING TEAM

  • The Chew
  • Good Morning America — WINNER
  • The Talk
  • Today
  • The View

FAVORITE LATE NIGHT TALK SHOW HOST

  • Conan O’Brien
  • James Corden
  • Jimmy Fallon (WINNER)
  • Jimmy Kimmel
  • Stephen Colbert

FAVORITE ANIMATED TV SHOW

  • American Dad!
  • Bob’s Burgers
  • Family Guy
  • The Simpsons — WINNER
  • South Park

FAVORITE ACTOR IN A NEW TV SERIES

  • Damon Wayans
  • Kevin James
  • Kiefer Sutherland
  • Matt LeBlanc — WINNER
  • Milo Ventimiglia

FAVORITE ACTRESS IN A NEW TV SERIES

  • Jordana Brewster
  • Kristen Bell — WINNER
  • Mandy Moore
  • Minnie Driver
  • Piper Perabo

FAVORITE NEW TV COMEDY

  • American Housewife
  • The Good Place
  • The Great Indoors
  • Kevin Can Wait
  • Man with a Plan — WINNER
  • Son of Zorn
  • Speechless

FAVORITE NEW TV DRAMA

  • Bull
  • Conviction
  • Designated Survivor
  • The Exorcist
  • Frequency
  • Lethal Weapon
  • MacGyver
  • No Tomorrow
  • Notorious
  • Pitch
  • Pure Genius
  • This Is Us — WINNER
  • Timeless

Which is your best Spiderman?

So far, we’ve met three recent iterations of the Spiderman.

  • Toby Macguire’s
  • Andrew Garfield’s, and
  • Tom Holland.

As we anticipate the release of Spiderman: Homecoming – the marriage between Marvel and Sony, we can’t help but mince words, and through banters.

Who is your favorite Spiderman?

Mine, should still be Toby Macguire’s.

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I thought Andrew Garfield’s performances to be more about the display of being in  a better age of technology, and Tom’s to be too early to judge (though his appearance in Captain America: Civil War, was a delight to keep re-watching.)

Which of these three do it for you, as the Spiderman you love?

Meanwhile, Tom Holland recently said that his version of Spiderman will win a battle against the other two versions. His version is quite strong I’ll give him then… you never can tell.

A Series of Unfortunate Events

A Series of Unfortunate Events – Netflix’s next big hit, is out.

If you loved Barney Stinson, from How I met Your mother, then you should return to see him in this eight episodes feature. If you loved Stranger Things for the children elements, then this one has children too making questionable life choices.

A detailed review will follow as soon as we at RR complete the season.

The series has already been renewed for a second season.