4 dumb moments on last night’s Pretty Little Liars

The pretty little liars clearly did not gain wisdom with age. After making dumb mistake after dumb mistake, it’s a wonder how these girls aren’t dead or back in prison by now! Here are four stupid moves the liars made last night:

It’s called surveillance, ladies

A, Uber-A, and A.D. all understand surveillance. Why don’t you girls?

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When Spencer discovers that Noel has been living in his parents’ cabin, the girls immediately head up to the secluded homestead. Did they bother to make sure no one was home? Watch to see if anyone was coming? Of course not!

Although smashing the surveillance camera before entering is on the right track, it’s not the best idea to break into a suspected psychopath’s house without first making sure the coast is clear.

Don’t hang out in the creepy cabin to check out suspicious files

Along those same lines, don’t stay in the cabin of a suspected psychopath after you’ve clearly found damning evidence. When the liars uncover a suspicious wooden box with an odd insignia on the top hidden in the back of a junk draw, it becomes clear the lone flash drive inside is important.

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But instead of leaving with the evidence, Spencer gets cozy at the nearby desk, plugs the drive into the laptop and proceeds to check out the files inside.

Don’t do that! Get out! Look at the files at home, in a safe place.

Lock your door, Spencer!

Don’t these girls know by now that an unlocked door is just an invitation for an intruder to come in and steal the one piece of evidence that could get them out of the mess they’re in?

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Apparently not because the second the power goes out, Spencer goes to grab a flash light, allowing a shadowy figure to come in and steal the flash drive full of videos implicating Noel Kahn in the girls’ dollhouse abduction.

Look away from the drugged beer, Hanna!

Speaking of Noel, Hanna’s on to him. And she’s even set a pretty decent trap by luring him to a bar and drugging his beer. Too bad she can’t take her eyes off the drugged drink.

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Obviously, her death stare makes Noel suspicious, and he gives the drink back to her.

Hanna has a plan B, which involves a pipe to the head, though, so I guess everything worked out in the end, right?

As the season finale approaches, I think these ladies need to stake a step back and assess all the moronic moves they’ve made thus far. Hopefully Hanna’s (slightly crazy?) plan will uncover some long-lasting secrets as we travel toward the end of the winding Pretty Little Liars journey!

Liz isn’t really dead, is she?

After a slight departure from the Liz story line last week, The Blacklist returns to the devastating death of the series’ main character as the team morns its loss at Liz’s funeral in tonight’s episode.

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While last week’s episode followed Red as he progressed through an imaginary murderous rampage, the previous week’s story began with a wedding and ended with a death. As Liz and Tom attempted to escape the assassin known as Mr. Solomon, they crashed their car. Liz was injured, forcing an emergency c-section in which the baby was saved but Liz perished.

Liz’s passing and subsequent funeral will, no doubt, create a fire under the team to avenge her death.

“Dealing with grief and trying to work, trying to do your job facing that amount of grief and that amount of feeling like we all failed, was probably the hardest thing I’ve done on the series,” Amir Arison, who plays team member Aram,told Entertainment Weekly. “That hunt for justice I think is what keeps Aram, Red, and the team moving forward as opposed to just wallowing in it in a pit of self pity or failure.”

It’s clear that the team will stop at nothing to apprehend Mr. Solomon, but is it all for nothing. Is Liz really dead?

In an interview with Entertainment weekly on April 14, James Spader (Red) leaves the possibility of a Liz return open-ended:

“I think it’s most prudent not only as just myself and what I know or don’t know for that, but also in terms of the character of Reddington: Elizabeth Keen is dead.”

One thing is for certain, though. Liz’s death will remain a mystery until the case is solved. And that resolution doesn’t seem to be coming in tonight’s episode.

Gotham’s Rise of the Villain: the Best so Far

Gotham has deemed its second season, the rise of the villain and so far, it hasn’t disappointed. The appeal of the Batman series has always been its fantastic villains, so this approach makes complete sense. In addition to incorporating some of the comic’s most iconic characters, this approach works to redeem what many viewers saw as a lackluster end to the first season.

While I’ve enjoyed the introduction of many of this season’s big bads, there are a few that have stood out among the pack.

The Riddler

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While Edward Nygma has not technically become the Riddler yet, he’s working his way there very quickly. He is by far one of my favorite characters on the show…which is strange because he was one of my least favorite villains up to this point. Cory Michael Smith’s treatment of the psychotic medical examiner is amazing, and the evolution of Nygma’s psychosis has been a delight to watch so far.

Dr. Hugo Strange

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Played by the amazing B.D. Wong, Dr. Strange brings a sinister mystery to the already horrific Arkham Asylum. I’m excited to see what his experiments on wayward baddies have in store for Gotham in the not-too-distant future.

Mr. Freeze

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While Mr. Freeze is a bad guy, he has a somewhat-heartfelt back story. We got to see this played out in one episode of Gotham this season as he built his freeze suit to save his dying wife. Granted, he ended up killing her and several others in the process, but still…it was in the name of love! While Gotham’s finest think Mr. Freeze is dead, we know better. He’s just laying on ice until Dr. Strange is ready for him.

Firefly

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Bridgit Pike’s evolution to Firefly was another emotional ride — this time one of self-confidence and female power. Forced into the family “business” of arson by her abusive brothers, Pike took matters into her own hands and broker the chains the bound her, by burning her brothers alive. She also resides in Dr. Strange’s laboratory for peculiar children.

And last, but certainly not least, Joker

 

Cameron Monaghan’s treatment of the psychopath known as Jerome on Gotham was brilliant. His pJOkerlot ended way to soon, but I have a feeling that’s not the last we’ll see of one of the comic’s most iconic bad guys.

You’ll notice that a few villains didn’t make the list (Tigress, Penguin, etc.) and that’s because they haven’t earned it! I’m on the fence on Robin Lord Taylor’s take on Oswald Cobblepot, and Tigress just didn’t do it for me. And, since the season’s not over yet, I may have more to add thanks to rumblings that Clayface and the Mad Hatter are slated to make an appearance.

So, what about you? Who’s your favorite Gotham villain in this season of bads?

PLL finally unveils a twin twist

Mrs. DAfter seasons of speculation by fans, Pretty Little Liars finally introduced a twin twist into its storyline…albeit a bit later than many viewers had anticipated. While many viewers saw a twin as the answer to last season’s “A” mystery, the show’s twin was actually Mrs. DiLaurentis — Ali’s mother.

In the season 6B finale, we find out that Mrs.D had a twin sister who resided in Radley named Mary Drake. In fact, Drake had a child during her time in the asylum. And you guessed it…that child was Charles! Oh the twists and turns the PLL roller coaster has taken over the past two seasons!

And we’re in for another ride next season as the fate of Hannah was literally drug out when she was shown sliding lifeless across the church floor, in addition to tons of shipper moments! Aria and Ezra hooked up! Caleb and Hannah kissed! Spencer and Toby had a moment!  I’m counting down the days until season 7…

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Quit playing with my emotions TWD!

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As one of my favorite characters on one of my favorite show’s, I’ve been mentally preparing myself for the upcoming season finale in which Glenn is quite possibly going to get his brains bashed in.

BUT, just as there’s hope for John Snow’s return, there seems to be a glimmer of hope that Glenn might make it through the finale! In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Steven Yeun, who plays Glenn, gushes about his excitement regarding Negan’s appearance on the show. Negan…the man who brings an end to Glenn’s character arc in the comics.

“For me, his arrival is awesome,” says Yeun to EW. “We’ve been waiting for this person for a long time, and in the comic books, he in a way brings a level of stakes that are kind of unmatched. And so, for me, for Negan to come into the show is, to say nothing less, f—ing awesome.”

Wait, WHAT? Now, I have to agree with Glenn that Negan’s appearance is awesome. Not because he is slated to kill my favorite character, but that Negan will be played by Jeffery Dean Morgan. Creating an amazing cross-over between another great show rooted in fantasy — Supernatural.

Now here’s where it gets interesting. Yeun also hinted that the show may be making another departure from the comics. “I know people are going to always go, ‘Negan kills Glenn in the comics,’ but rest assured that we don’t necessarily do what’s in the comics,” Yeun told EW.

While the script has yet to take such a drastic turn from its foundational literature, it would be an interesting way to surprise an audience expecting the death of a beloved character. So, if Glenn doesn’t die…who will (because someone has to..it’s the season finale of The Walking Dead!)? I can’t wait to find out!

90s TV Trends that Need to Come Back

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As a kid who grew up glued to the TV in the 1990s, I was super excited to hear Nickelodeon’s recent announcement of a new channel dedicated solely to their popular 90s cartoons. It got me thinking how great television was during that time!

So, here’s a list of other great television trends from the 90s that I think need to make a comeback:

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Friday night was the night to sit in front of the television and watch cheesy family programming! The line-up included classic family fare like Full House, Family Matters, Step by Step, Boy Meets World, Dinosaurs, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Who could ask for a better block of wholesome family entertainment?

And We Can’t Forget About Nickelodeon’s Non-Cartoon Options

Alex Mack, Clarissa and Pete (and Pete), were great friends of mine. I dreamed of playing on Double Dare and going to camp at Camp Annawanna. And watching the jokers of You Can’t Do that on Television get slimed was always hilarious.

Classic Nick at Night

So…those shows that aired on TGIF? Well, they’re what make up the majority of TV Land’s schedule, which is what has become of Nick at Night. But in the 90s, Nickelodeon turned into Nick at Night as the sun began to set. With classics like I Love Lucy, Leave it to Beaver, Bewitched, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Green Acres…the list goes on and on, how are kids today going to learn about television history? These are the real classics, and always will be in my opinion. The antics of Friends will never replace the comic pratfalls of Lucille Ball or Mary Tyler Moore!

Saturday Morning Lineup for the Kids

Back in the day, cartoons weren’t on 24 hours a day. Kids had a designated time slot for their TV…and it was Saturday morning. We gathered on the floor in our PJs with a big bowl of cereal to watch The Muppet Babies, Alvin and the Chipmunks and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Saturday Morning Lineup for the Teens

And as we grew up, there was programming waiting for us as well. As the morning wore on, the teenagers of the house could watch Kelly and Zach fall in love on Saved by the Bell, figure out the next place Carmen would travel on Where in the World is Carmen San Diego?, and watch the wacky antics of Pee Wee Herman.

But as I reminisce, I can admit that it wasn’t all great. We can leave behind the “Who’s the daddy?” musings of Jerry Springer and Maury Povich. And they horrible hair…and clothes…and jewelry…and make-up.

How bout you? What 90s TV trends need to make a comeback…and which can we leave in the past?

Fall TV is just around the corner!

While the summer is full of great television, I’m beginning to look forward to the ever-growing lineup of new shows coming out this fall. Here are some of the shows I’m especially excited about.


Heroes Reborn
The reboot of NBC’s cult fav will bring back Heroes character Noah Bennett, as well as two of my favorites, Matt Parkman and Hiro Nakamura. The new series picks up a year after a terrorist attack destroys Odessa, Texas. Once again, a group of super humans are blamed for the destruction and are on the run from the authorities. Check out the teaser:

 

The Bastard Executioner
Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy) returns to FX with this period drama. The story follows one of King Edward I’s knights who vows to leave the warrior life behind (i.e. midieval Jax Teller). In addition to Sutter’s stellar writing, the show will feature a host of great actors including True Blood’s Stephen Moyer, SOA’s Katey Sagal, The Americans’ Matthew Rhys, and possibly a cameo from Jax himself, Charlie Hunnam. Listen to Kurt Sutter discuss the show with Larry King:

 

Scream Queens
Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story) is bringing the terror to network TV this fall with this take on a classic horror story. The tale takes place on a college campus where a series of murders are occurring. The show features an eclectic cast that includes horror alums Jamie Lee Curtis and Emma Roberts, musical acts Ariana Grande and Nick Jonas, and television favorites Lea Michele and Abigail Breslin. View the trailer here:

Limitless
The plot of this fall drama stems from the 2011 film Limitless, and follows Brian Sinclair who expands his brain’s capabilities with a new experimental drug NZT. His new superhuman thought powers are recruited by the FBI to assist in crime solving. I’m particularly excited to see Dexter’s Jennifer Carpenter back on my television in this one. Here’s the trailer:

 

Minority Report
Another movie redux, the television version of the 2005 film follow a “pre-cog” name Dash as he begins seeing flashes of crimes before they’re committed. With the help of a detective, Dash is able use his powers to piece together clues that may stop the criminals in their tracks. And the trailer:

 

Wicked City
This ABC drama brings back another of my television favorites Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl). As an anthology series, Wicked City will feature on a different historical Los Angeles police case each season. This fall, the case will focus on a string of serial killings on the Sunset Strip in 1982. Check out the trailer:

 

What shows are making you count down the days until their premiers?