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TV Review: Stranger Things “Chapters 5-7”
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Stranger Things
Episode 1.5 “Chapter Five: The Flea and the Acrobat,” 1.6 “Chapter Six: The Monster,” 1.7 “Chapter Seven: The Bathtub”
Written by Alison Tatlock (1.5), Jesse Nickson-Lopez (1.6), Justin Doble (1.7)
Directed by The Duffer Brothers (1.5, 1.6, 1.7)
Created by The Duffer Brothers
Starring Noah Schnapp, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, David Harbour, Natalia Dyer, Cara Buono, Millie Bobby Brown, Winona Ryder, Charlie Heaton, Matthew Modine, Joe Keery, John Reynolds, Joe Chrest
Netflix
Air date: Friday, July 15, 2016

The first half of Netflix’s new miniseries Stranger Things deals with loss – loss of loved ones, loss of sanity, loss of everything you hold true. The series, created by the Duffer Brothers (Matt & Ross), takes everything we loved about the early 80s work of Spielberg, Stephen King, and others, and puts together a wonderful and mysterious world paying homage to their many inspirations as they go along. Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) disappeared when a monstrous thing followed him home and took him. His mother (Winona Ryder) is beside herself, and mysterious electrical disturbances in her home lead her to believe Will is trying to contact her. Will’s friends, Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) and Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) are frantic to find their lost friend, but instead find a bizarre young girl, tattooed 011 on her wrist. Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) is of few words, but possesses a form of telekinesis and has mind control abilities. We see through flashbacks to her in a research facility. This facility, we know is also harboring a Lovecraftian monster with a rift or portal… to where we do not know yet.

Spoilers below.

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TV Review: Stranger Things “Chapters 2-4”
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Stranger Things
Episode 1.2 “Chapter 2: The Weirdo of Maple Street,” 1.3 “Chapter Three: Holly, Jolly,” 1.4 “Chapter 4: The Body”
Written by The Duffer Brothers (1.2), Jessica Mecklenburg (1.3), Justin Doble (1.4)
Directed by The Duffer Brothers (1.2), Shawn Levy (1.3 & 1.4)
Created by The Duffer Brothers
Starring Noah Schnapp, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, David Harbour, Natalia Dyer, Cara Buono, Millie Bobby Brown, Winona Ryder, Charlie Heaton, Matthew Modine, Joe Keery, John Reynolds, Joe Chrest
Netflix
Air date: Friday, July 15, 2016

Stranger Things is the latest binge-worthy effort to hit Netflix, with all 8 episode debuting on July 15th. Check out my review of the first episode here: Chapter 1.

Hitting all the good nostalgia checkmarks, the show lets its audience know who the creators grew up with. Movie posters adorn the kids’ walls showing Jaws, The Thing, Evil Dead, etc. Stranger Things takes place in Hawkins, Indiana in the winter of 1983, where something has escaped from a Department of Energy research facility and a young boy is now missing. At the same time, a strange young girl mysteriously shows up and encounters the boy’s friends who are out desperately searching for him. There are evil government scientists, led by Dr. Brenner (Matthew Modine) hunting the girl and hiding some giant monster in the facility.

Spoilers below.

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TV Review: Scream 2.8 “Village Of The Damned”
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Scream
Season 2 Episode 8 “Village of the Damned”
Directed by Gil Kenan
Written by Meredith Glynn
Created by Jill E. Blotevogel, Jay Beattie, Dan Dworkin
Starring Willa Fitzgerald, Bex Taylor-Klaus, John Karna, Amadeus Serafini, Carlson Young, Tracy Middendorf, Kiana Lede, Austin Highsmith, Billy Campo, Sean Grandillo, Santiago Segura, Anthony Ruivivar
MTV
Air date: Tuesday, July 19, 2016, 10pm

Last week, Emma (Willa Fitzgerald) continued her pathway towards becoming horror’s all time dumbest final girl, as she again ignored every natural instinct and went with sketchy Eli (Sean Grandillo) to “have some fun” since she’s mad at her boyfriend and his brother, Kieran (Amadeus Serafini). That’s right, the survivor of a serial killer, who is again being chased by another masked killer, while suffering from PTSD, takes off with the weird new kid to be alone in an abandoned house. The house, it turns out, isn’t fully abandoned as there are dead/dying bodies in the bathtub. One is Seth Branson (Billy Campo), Brooke’s former lover and potential suspect. Bad news for him, the house goes up in flames right after Eli puts the moves to Emma. Emma’s teacher Ms. Lang (Austin Highsmith), another potential suspect was also left for dead by the killer, in an attack geared to set up Brooke (Carlson Young). In other news, Audrey (Bex Taylor-Klaus) rescues Noah (John Karna) from a horror death sentence, by interrupting him and Zoe (Kiana Lede) in flagrante delicto.

Spoilers for this week’s episode of Scream.

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TV Review: Stranger Things 1.1 “Chapter One: The Vanishing Of Will Byers”
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Stranger Things
Episode 1.1 “Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers”
Written & Directed by The Duffer Brothers
Created by The Duffer Brothers
Starring Noah Schnapp, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, David Harbour, Natalia Dyer, Cara Buono, Millie Bobby Brown, Winona Ryder, Charlie Heaton, Matthew Modine, Joe Keery, John Reynolds, Joe Chrest
Netflix
Air date: Friday, July 15, 2016

First off, my Facebook feed is blowing up with rave reviews from friends and critics, and even Stephen King publicly celebrated Netflix’s latest original series, Stranger Things. Before the opening credits even roll, I am totally transfixed, flooded with all the movies it reminds me of already. Goonies, Stand By Me, Explorers, E.T., Stephen King’s IT… the list goes on. In one 8-minute introduction, we know everything we need to know about what is happening and who the characters are.

Spoilers below.

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TV Review: Preacher 1.8 “El Valero”
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Preacher
Episode 1.8 “El Valero”
Directed by Kate Dennis
Written by Olivia Dufault
Starring Dominic Cooper, Joe Gilgun, Ruth Negga, Lucy Griffiths, W. Earl Brown, Anatol Yusef, Tom Brooke, Ian Colletti, Jackie Earle Haley
AMC
Air date: Sunday, July 24, 2016, 9pm

Last week on Preacher, Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) was challenged by those nearest and dearest. After he lost his temper and accidentally sent Eugene (Ian Colletti) to Hell, both Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) and Tulip (Ruth Negga) tried to reach him in different ways. Usually the fight loving drunkard, Cassidy was calm, rational and for his part, a good friend. In order to convince Jesse to give up Genesis, the force inside him, he revealed the truth about himself. He removed his clothes outside and burst into flames. When Tulip questioned him, Jesse was disgusted that she knew Cass was a vampire and sent her away. Suddenly low on friends, Jesse was in for a fight. Odin Quincannon (Jackie Earle Haley), the psychotic head of Quincannon Meat & Packing is gunning for Jesse’s church land. See, Jesse bet his father’s land to Odin if he couldn’t get him to accept God. Despite leaving church a convert, Quincannon was not long for the lord, and quickly committed a mass shooting of his rival business competition. Now he is back to claim the land he feels was verbally dealt to him.

Spoilers below for this week’s Preacher.

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TV Review: Mr. Robot 2.1 “eps2.0_unm4sk-pt1.tc” & 2.2 “eps2.0_unm4sk-pt2.tc”
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Mr. Robot
Season 2 Episode 1 “eps2.0_unm4sk-pt1.tc” & Episode 2 “eps2.0_unm4sk-pt2.tc”
Directed by Sam Esmail
Written by Sam Esmail
Created by Sam Esmail
Starring Rami Malek, Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin, Christian Slater, Michael Cristofer, Stephanie Corneliussen, Grace Gummer, Michel Gill
USA Network
Air date: Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 10pm

Last year, Mr. Robot was the breakout show for the USA network, nominated for four Emmy Awards and winning Golden Globes for Best Drama Series and Supporting Actor for Christian Slater. This year, it snagged nominations for Best Drama Series, Best Actor in a Drama Series (Malek), Best Writing For a Drama Series, and ones for casting, music composition, and sound mixing. The series, created by Sam Esmail is like Fight Club for the modern era, only without the fighting. An undercover high tech group of hackers called “fsociety” are trying to sabotage the biggest world’s corporation, nicknamed “Evil-Corp,” and erase the debt Americans have. If you’re thinking that sounds a bit like Fight Club’s “Project Mayhem,” just wait, the similarities don’t stop there. Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek) works for a tech security firm and finds the hack. But instead of being a noble worker bee and calling it in, he feels somehow compelled to join fsociety and meets the crew in the backroom of an abandoned Coney Island arcade. He is led there by the Tyler Durden of the group, Mr. Robot (Slater). The first season is as binge-worthy a show I can think of, and if you haven’t watched it, GO… it’s available on Amazon, free with a Prime subscription. The big twist that occurred at the end and rocked Elliot’s world… he IS Mr. Robot and Slater is his deceased father! Which made it all the more awkward when Elliot tried to kiss Darlene (Carly Chaikin) early in the season because he didn’t remember she was his sister… Holy Luke & Leia Batman!!! Let’s delve back into Elliot’s crazy world with the two part season premiere… sorry I’m late… I was on vacation.

Spoilers below for the Mr. Robot season premiere:

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TV Review: Scream 2.7 “Let The Right One In”
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MTV Scream 2.7 Let the Right One In

Scream
Season 2 Episode 7 “Let the Right One In”
Directed by Rodman Flender
Written by Steve Yockey
Created by Jill E. Blotevogel, Jay Beattie, Dan Dworkin
Starring Willa Fitzgerald, Bex Taylor-Klaus, John Karna, Amadeus Serafini, Carlson Young, Tracy Middendorf, Kiana Lede, Austin Highsmith
MTV
Air date: Tuesday, July 12, 2016, 10pm

Last week on Scream, Audrey (Bex Taylor-Klaus) was identified as the chief suspect by Noah (John Karna). Emma (Willa Fitzgerald) wanted nothing to do with this theory. She continues to see the killer when she is alone, which leads others to wonder if she is seeing anything at all, or having PTSD driven delusions. We know that there is someone stalking the Lakewood 6 and killing people again. Jake (Tom Maden) is dead, his blood drenching his girlfriend Brooke (Carlson Young). Brooke’s former flame, Mr. Branson (Bobby Campo), is the latest victim of the killer, being tied to a bed and having his hand cut off.

Spoilers below for this week’s Scream

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TV Review: Preacher 1.7 “He Gone”
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Preacher
Episode 1.7 “He Gone”
Directed by Michael Morris
Written by Mary Laws
Starring Dominic Cooper, Joe Gilgun, Ruth Negga, Lucy Griffiths, W. Earl Brown, Anatol Yusef, Tom Brooke, Ian Colletti, Jackie Earle Haley
AMC
Air date: Sunday, July 10th, 2016, 9pm

Last week on AMC’s Preacher, chaos ensued inside the Sundowner Motel, when angels Fiore (Tom Brooke) and DeBlanc (Anatol Yusef) confessed to what the power is inside of Jesse (Dominic Cooper). It is Genesis, the unnatural and ungodly spawn of an angel and demon that is one of the most powerful forces in the universe. When a seraphim comes for the being, the motel is turned into an all-out bloodbath. Jesse refuses to surrender Genesis, and figures that this is all part of God’s plan, despite being told straight by two agents of God that it is not. Genesis may be too powerful for Jesse to handle, as shown when Eugene (Ian Colletti) prods him too far about ethics and morals, and is told to go to Hell… you see Genesis takes things way too literally and poor Arseface is juggling the levels of Dante’s Inferno.

Spoilers below for this week’s Preacher:

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TV Review: Outlander 2.13 “Dragonfly In Amber” (Finale)
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Outlander
Season 2 Episode 13: “Dragonfly In Amber”
Directed by Phillip John
Written by Toni Graphia and Matthew B. Roberts
Created by Ronald D. Moore
Based on the books by Diana Galbadon
Starring Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies, Duncan Lacroix, Graham McTavish, Richard Rankin, Sophie Skelton, Grant O’Rourke, Romann Berrux, Andrew Gower, Scott Kyle
Starz
Air Date: Saturday, July 9th, 2016, 9:00pm

Two weeks ago on Outlander, Jonathan Randall and Mary Hawkins (Tobias Menzies and Rosie Day) married as Alex Randall’s (Laurence Dobiesz) dying wish, then BlackJack furiously punched his brother’s corpse. Colum (Gary Lewis) came to the war to name Jamie (Sam Heughan) Laird McKenzie before killing himself with poison that Claire (Caitriona Balfe) reluctantly gave him. Dougal (Graham McTavish) was a mess. Jamie made a last ditch effort to avoid the Battle of Culloden, to no avail. And now… what we have all been waiting for.

Warning! Spoilers for the season finale of Outlander below.

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TV Review: Scream 2.6 “Jeepers Creepers”
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Scream
Season 2 Episode 6 “Jeepers Creepers”
Directed by Evan Katz
Written by Anna Christopher
Created by Jill E. Blotevogel, Jay Beattie, Dan Dworkin
Starring Willa Fitzgerald, Bex Taylor-Klaus, John Karna, Amadeus Serafini, Carlson Young, Tracy Middendorf, Kiana Lede, Austin Highsmith
MTV
Air date: Tuesday, July 5th, 2016, 10pm

After the discovery of Jake’s body, the Lakewood 6… make that 5, along with the rest of the students, were put on lockdown inside Lakewood High. Kieran (Amadeus Serafini) was freaked out because he had a gun concealed in his locker. He gets himself out of the situation by doing the least boyfriendy thing ever, by telling the cops Emma (Willa Fitzgerald) has Jake’s phone on her. Suffice to say, there is tension in their relationship. Audrey (Bex Taylor-Klaus) meanwhile, was convinced that Stavo (Santiago Segura) is the killer, ya know… since he enjoys drawing the Lakewood 6 in gruesome death mosaics on his tablet. She is scrambling since she is the one who has been in communication with the actual killer, a fact Noah (John Karna) picked up on. He “borrowed” her phone and discovered the surveillance video of her with Jake’s body. Was she Piper’s accomplice? Is she the killer? What does this mean for Bi-Curious and the Virgin???

Spoilers below for this week’s Scream:

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