Unpregnant more like Abor(what? What do you mean I can’t have that word in my title?That’s just what the movie is about. Okay, nevermind) – a Review

Despite being apart of the same network, it seems like HBOMax has been struggling to find programming to put on their service. That makes the edition of original movies interesting, especially simple road trip movies. Though, like romantic comedies, they are a staple of cinema and a good palet cleanser. A movie that can be made for any age group really. It’s almost genius unless they did something crazy like make it center around a hot button political issue. Then that would be crazy!

Wait, oh no…

Based off the book of the same name, the movie follows valedictorian Victoria. When she takes a pregnancy test and it comes back positive she scrambles to find a solution. Her only solution, however, is to travel from middle America Missouri to Albuquerque if she doesn’t want to tell her parents. After planning her route and trip she hits a snag when her boyfriend, who knew his condom broke, wants marriage and to settle down while her friends seek to sleuth out who is pregnant when the test is found in the school dumpster. This leads Veronica to turn to the only person she can trust to take her is her former best friend, who accepts. Once they hit the road however it is far from smooth sailing or driving in this case. Troubles with the law, anti-abortion freaks, an unhinged limo driver played by Giancarlo Volpe, and a stalker boyfriend are all mountains they must climb for something she should be able to get done down the block.

Road trip movies are built off of two things, chemistry between the leads and the detours the trip takes. This movie is passable on both. The two leads played by Haley Lu Richardson and Barbie Ferreira give an all too standard former friends that were torn apart by growing up, home issues, and then eventually societal school pressures. Nothing about them feels very fresh outside of the, what unfortunately passes as progressive, differences. Thankfully one of them is played for more of a joke as we find out her friend is a lesbian and that she’s been out, but just didn’t tell Veronica about it. Bailey also gets more to work with, like trying to reconnect with her dead-beat dad while Veronica has her procedure looming.

The detours are hit and miss. Some, like borrowing a car without asking permission leading it to be seen as stolen and impounded feels a little too normal. Same with a trip to a a very Texas stock car race and carnival. But then it takes a turn with the above referenced anti-abortion people which leads to a full on desert car chase. They don’t find a good balance between just kind of weird without being outlandish and normal but not being dull. That same sentiment can go for the end of act two spilt and get back together. It just doesn’t quite find that center.

As much as those are problems, that’s not what the movie is about. It’s instead about abortion. Well in-so-far as it treats it like a normal procedure women should just be able to get, and that constant interference is unfair. Most of this comes out when Veronica has her mid-movie freak out. Stating rightly how back home she needs parental consent to get one but not to have to child, and just the lunacy of the whole stigma around it. None of it helped that her normal friends spend most of the movie playing “Veronica Mars” to find out who is pregnant and seek to mock whoever it is. It’s message is clear when you get to the procedure and the movie decides to just factually state what it is like and how it will go. It’s a scene that wants to empower and provide real information instead of playing “debunk the obvious lies.” If it fails in anything on that front, it would be how the movie still points to the stigma around abortion being that it’s a few bad apples who don’t understand and just need education instead of the systemic policing of women’s bodies (and failure to hold the separation between religion and state) that it is.

The movie is fine. Nothing that will change the world even as it seeks to deal with a heavy topic in a straightforward way, but maybe that’s enough. The movie is PG-13, and though it is on HBOMax, maybe teens will find it and see that they are not alone or that they don’t have to conform to what is told to them. It’s a fine enough movie for me, but I can see it making an impact on the right person.

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Is HBOs Watchmen Really THAT Good?

I’m kind of obsessed with Watchmen. Not in the normal way people are, thinking it’s a great book and all. Instead I see it as one of the most interesting case studies in telling a story over different mediums (I had this whole comparison on the book and movie idea that I never carried through with but sounds good).

In addition to how the story is told, the idea of continuing the narrative has also been a big idea with DC tasking Geoff Johns to try and wring out a good idea to mixed results from what I understand. Meanwhile Damon Lindelof of all people tackled it as a TV show to critical acclaim, but is it actually good?

The easy answer is kind of (I mean it’s super lucky this show came out last year. If it came out this year it would be more thruoughly critiqued). The more complicated answer is the rest of this post.

To start, the plot’s start is similar to the original graphic novel. Someone in a mask is killed by someone else in a mask. Through that event more information about how the world has changed in the 30 years since the inter dimensional squid destroyed New York. Such as Robert Redford being president, Silk Spectre being an FBI agent, and Rorschach’s vissage being used as the new version of a red-pill, alt-right, KKK group called the Kalvary. Of course there is more going on than it appears as Detective Angela Abar, code name Sister Night, is wrapped up in a conspiracy that goes back to the original Minutemen.

The first three episodes and finale do really feel as good as it could be. Focusing on a single city with small ties to the outside world is great (I still wonder what’s going on but the comic didn’t really do that, and if no one complains about that in Hunger Games which is way worse about that then it must be fine). It finds a way to really center the story on hot button issues through in universe means really well. The epitome of this is the fact cops must wear masks, have cover jobs, and never tell their families what they really do. They have the trappings of superheroes. Combine that with the 7th Kalvary, the white supremacists, and their home of Nixonville. They too wear the symbol of a hero but decide to use that to instill fear. It’s solid stuff and feels like it’s on the pulse in a natural way. The problem is that the story supports the other side.

It breaks down when comparing to the real world context, especially now. I understand that their world had a giant, 100 foot naked blue man sized difference, but the history of the police, and racial injustice doesn’t track. So, to break down how the poor white people become the target of police harassment… It’s easy to assume that in Tulsa, where the show takes place, everything was the same, in this case, racist/racially biased policing against African Americans, until Robert Redford passes the act that gives African American reperations for what happened to them. This causes racist white people to take offense to that. All of this leads to the Kalvary being formed. From that they attack all the police who protect the black people as a ploy by a senator to give the police masks for some reason in order to get into the White House. In the fallout the police get masks, and the poor whites are forced seemingly into the Nixonville trailer park. Coming out of that is the plot of this show. When the new Kalvary kills a cop the police round up the whole community in search of those breadcrumbs. They are being oppressed in the same way as African Americans are in our world. Now, this gets complicated as you add in the restriction on handguns, the fact the chief who is murdered is, in fact, a member of the Kalvary (I think. It’s not clear. He’s clearly a fan of the Klan and doesn’t actively stop the Kalvary when he could, making him culpable at the very least). This makes it seem orchestrated that they’re oppressed, but they are and the normal Joe wouldn’t know that. It doesn’t help that the show doesn’t give us information on that part of the world.

Instead, the show decides to shift focus to being more character centered with stories that flesh out the narrative in the periphery. A whole episode focusing on one of the Tulsa cops, a look at the history of Hooded Justice, the first hero, Dr Manhattan, and more all work in context of their episodes, but feel incredibly obvious where they all go. The episode on Hooded Justice in particular felt excruciating to watch because I could see immediately where it was all going and wanted it to get there. That’s not bad. It’s being true to the story, but being so narrative-savvy makes it feel worse than it actually is. However, the real problem this does is kill the pacing of the show. The first three episodes have a strong clip to them. They establish and get story done so efficiently that it feels like the show stalls out after that point only to finally pick up at the end.

The ending is honestly quite good. It feels like a full culmination of everything it was building up in the background into a conclusion. It does make, not changes but, adjustments on who the real villain is that might work on rewatch, but feels very abrupt in the moment, then backfilled to make sense.

The show does that a lot. It backfills constantly. It shows scenes, then shows them in a new context with new information to have everything make sense. This is different than “clever.” “Clever,” is closer to when a story is trying too hard to make a plot complicated. It adds loops for the sake of it (like how the whole boat episode of Dracula is setup as a chess match in the characters mind, and the room she’s in, in the chess match is the number of the room her body is in). It could be argued the show does this. Instead it feels like the writers knew all along what was going on, or had it work out that way really well, that they set stuff up and paid it off. However, the intermediary sections do feel like they’re trying to be too smart for no reason, as Damon Lindelof is wont to do from time to time.

In the end it does not make any of this show bad. It is good by any conventional standards. It just loses a lot of steam, and holds stuff back from the audience for the sake of a reveal when knowing that information earlier would make more scenes interesting in the immediate.

Now here is the obligatory bashing on the name of the show. Watchmen is a terrible name because it’s not an adaption of the book (thank god). It’s a sequel. Doomsday Clock, for all its problems at least has the name of a sequel. Calling this just Watchmen feels off. To be fair if it had a subtitle people would think it was a sequel to the Zack Snyder film (possibly), but it’s immediately not that and having any kind of subtitle or colon would help distinguish this when searching online at least. At worst it’s needlessly confusing like Halloween (I mean which one did I just mention?).

This show looks at the comic so hard and wanted to honestly build off of such depressing dreck to find an honestly heart full story. That is impressive. It’s also sad that they chose not (or were not given the option) to make it 12 episodes to match the 12 issue run of the comic. The show loligags around already, adding three episodes would not be the worst. It could split the story better into episodes that can be focused just on the characters and not worry about the plot, and have episodes where it can do a whole lot of investigating and world building. This too is not a problem. It is just incredibly odd that they did 9 episodes considering the comic was 12.

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Bad Education is Good Entertainment (a Review)

It’s great to finally get to watch a new movie again. Of course, the year I decide to try and review as many new movies in cinema as possible is the year of a global pandemic. HBO has it covered though with a look at something else that is unfortunately on hold during this pandemic, school, in the movie Bad Education.

The film, set on Long Island in the early 2000s, follows then superintendent of Roslyn, Dr Frank Tassone. After getting Roslyn to No 4 in the state with plans to build a SkyWalk in hopes of reaching No 1 everything is undone when a series of oversights ends up leading the student paper to find a giant fraud scheme ran with the assistant superintendent. From there every spirals our as Frank must face the fed, school board, and angry parents.

The film is wonderful thanks to the performances of everyone involved, as well as the, mostly, solid writing. The main standout is Jackman himself as Frank. He is able to fully embody what made him such a smooth talker, charismatic, and devious. It helps that the dialogue is sharp, and the believable people.

The filmmaking is not amazing. A transition at the end from a jail to a school is impressive, but everything else is fairly conventional with space and compositions. The element this movie does have is great atmosphere. That’s an odd thing for a realistic drama to have, but being set in the early 2000s feels really nostalgic and like something from another time in a way nothing else about the movie does. It help grounds it and bring it to life.

The biggest problem the movie has is in pacing and scale. The total amount of money stolen is given at the end, but the movie doesn’t do a good job showing that scale or how it was all spent. It focuses on one or two major items but leaves the rest out. Similarly the film spends a lot of time in the first act setup. This leads into a couple montages to fill in crime and fallout when that should be all interesting to follow. It helps that the characters we follow are compelling so it does not matter, but it just does not give us a whole picture of the crime and fallout afterward. It also has a few too many conveniences that comes from what feels like compressing a much wider spread narrative into a film.

Overall it is a still a sharp, well constructed based on a true story scandal movie. I mean it somehow makes the students find out about the crime on their own plot work and not feel totally 90s Nickelodeon cool. It does have some of its own good stuff taken out, but it’s a system that works!

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HBO’s The Outsider Episode 7 Review

We are almost at the end with episode 7 and in the previous episode, we were left on a cliffhanger that spelled doom for Holly. I was anticipating this episode to take a dark turn and unfortunately give us the death of a great character. Sadly, I was disappointed with how this episode played out. This is the first real disappointing episode that I watched so far. It’s not necessarily the fact that Holly didn’t die, but rather that nothing really happens in this episode and most of what was accomplished could have been done in twenty minutes or less it feels like. Instead, it dragged from start to finish and gave no real weight to anything going on. I’m not saying that anything crazy needs to happen in each episode, but really this one just had nothing to really sink my teeth into.

I don’t mind that Holly was able to escape from Jack and it seemed like that something was going to happen so that she would get away, but I really want to see where they take her character in these last two episodes. The reason I say that is because I think there’s a missed opportunity here by keeping her alive. I know that she got away just so that she could explain Jack’s strange decisions lately and how he’s being controlled by the being, but I’m just not sure if it really did that much more that couldn’t have been done some other way. Ralph was going to have to eventually start believing in what Holly was saying about this being, but does her first-hand experience with Jack really push him to that point? It does seem like it towards the end, but is her explanation really necessary for him to be pushed?

Okay, so it does give a little extra push, but they already could tell that something was up with him especially after seeing his apartment. They had already pinged the cell phones, so they were going to be able to follow him and eventually find him, and it certainly seems that the being is about to take the new identity after they just learned that the guy with the original ID has already skipped town. A lot of things were already in place that were going to drive Ralph into finally believing and I don’t think there’s much else Holly can actually do to push him to that point. He’s a believer of evidence and he’s about to come face to face with the being.

I say it’s a missed opportunity not to kill Holly, but again it really just depends on where they take her character going forward. Now the last scene is very interesting and could be very telling of where her character is being taken. There was no point that I can recall where Jack scratched her, not that Jack doing it would have any effect on the being having the ability to copy her appearance, but just in case I never saw that. However, it does seem based on her nightmare that something is going on and it could be possible that having contact with Jack could have given the being access to her and her dreams. If the being is now in her mind, it could be possible that she becomes the next victim of being controlled by it.

It doesn’t make a ton of sense when I think about it deeper though because she states that it seems that it can control someone that is experiencing a lot of pain. I wonder why Ralph has not fallen victim to it, it seems like he’s in pain when it comes to letting his son go, but Holly doesn’t seem like she’s in any kind of obvious pain either other than being scared by her interaction with Jack. The being could just be getting inside her mind to let her know that it’s there, but at the same time I’m trying to figure out the purpose. If it can’t control her then where exactly do they plan on taking this character. It still seems to make more sense as of now to kill her off.

Killing her off could have been a driving force for Ralph to start believing her since her death at the hands of Jack would make sense with how he’s been acting lately and there would have been no other motif for him to kill her. I may be thinking too much into it, but I just think it could’ve been more impactful for her to be killed off and fall victim at the hands of Ralph not believing her. Her guy friend investigator that came down to join the case still seems suspicious to me for some reason. I’m not sure what exactly his purpose is outside of just being there for her and being connected to the case, but there’s still something about him that I don’t like.

Unfortunately there’s just not that much to unpack from this episode outside of what I’ve already talked about. I guess the only other major thing to happen is that Terry’s wife can’t hold a job in that town because of everything that’s happened and it looks like she’s about to start suing everyone so that may end up being important later on. Really that’s about it. I know many people are complaining about this show coming to a slow pace and not being as exciting anymore, and while this episode did become the only one I was disappointed by, I’m not disappointed overall with it. It’s a slow burn investigative show that is specifically meant to be slow. I think it really highlights the acting and really shows how to develop a mystery out.

Going into the last three episodes, there’s a lot to live up to with all of the setup we’ve had so far. Everything has lead to how exactly they’re going to execute this finale and the overall quality of the show is at stake here and all depends on how they handle the finale. I feel like they missed an opportunity with keeping Holly alive, but there’s still potential for her arc to go in a place that ends up working better in the long run. I’m excited still to see where everything comes together in the end, but they really need to nail this next episode after coming off a somewhat disappointing one.

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HBO’s The Outsider Episode 6 Review

The story has slowly started to come full circle as Holly makes her way back to the investigative team that hired her. I have reiterated in all of my reviews so far that we all have many theories and questions regarding what’s going on exactly, but none of them solidly being confirmed yet. In this episode, we finally get a character who takes our side of what we think is going on and lays it all out on the table. Our mysterious figure of being does indeed seem to be some kind of boogeyman or El Cuco. It was seemingly confirmed that the assumption was correct in the previous episodes but it only became reality when she revealed her findings to the investigative team and Terry’s wife. 

If we weren’t watching this as a show and instead were living this the way they are then hey I don’t blame any of them for thinking Holly is crazy. On the other hand, even in times of doubt when you’re presented with something that seems impossible, you have to take in consideration the possibility that there may be something else going on. This is handled very well with all of our characters at play and they all have a different perspective on the situation. 

Holly for example is someone who prides herself on getting the absolute truth even if it leads her to something impossible to believe. She’s one that goes by the facts presented to her and makes a judgement of what she thinks the situation is regardless of how crazy it may sound. Terry’s wife is who we all would likely be in that situation, doubting the possibility and throwing out the lack of sense it makes as a human. Then we also have the two middle people, Ralph and his wife. His wife is more in line with Molly after her encounter with the figure, but is still somewhat skeptical while Ralph doesn’t want to believe it but I feel in the back of his mind it may be the only thing that makes sense. 

I feel bad for Ralph because he’s your typical kind of hero thrown into the mystical kind of world that doesn’t want to believe what he’s seeing or dealing with. At some point he’s going to come to the realization that what Holly is saying is actually true. It will be interesting to see how this affects him going forward if he does indeed make it through to the end. That also brings up my biggest concern now, who is going to survive to the end before finally capturing this figure. Will Ralph embrace this strange situation that he’s now involved with before finding himself in a bad position and maybe end up being killed? 

My biggest reason for bringing this up is because of how the episode ends. We see Holly in the car with Jack as she now realizes that he is under the control of the figure. It’s the mark on his neck that gives this away, but now she’s in too deep to be able to get away. Unfortunately I see her potentially becoming a victim if she can’t find a way to escape. If she does end up becoming a victim then there’s no telling how many more victims will come out of Jack’s actions. I also wonder what exactly Jack will be showing her. I feel confident that it will either be the figure or it will be nothing and he will take her out to the barn only to kill her. Things are just not looking good for Holly. 

The only other major thing to make a note of is that the figure will soon be fully formed into the guy at the bar. I can’t remember his name for the life of me, but given the track record the being has, it doesn’t seem he’ll be leaving the area which makes me wonder what his agenda is exactly. If he turns into that guy fully then he’s going to be able to get close to Ralph which will certainly spell doom for him. The figure is clearly threatened by Ralph and the investigation team which could be why it’s sticking around. 

Now we know that our theories were true as far as it being a shapeshifter of some kind and that it takes time for it to fully form a new look. The real question I have though is the actual motif to why it picked who it did and why killing kids. We may have the answer to some questions, but we don’t have the answers to some of the deeper questions. I hope that we do get those answers and we aren’t left open ended by the end of the series. I don’t think this is something that should go on longer than a single season and I believe it’s being called a limited series so again hopefully we get all of the answers by the end. 

My final predictions after this episode for things that I feel may happen coming up are that Holly will end up being killed which will throw the case into Ralph’s hands. I think it’s at that point that he will fully embrace this strange case that he’s involved in and will manage to capture the being. There is a chance that Ralph also dies, but a lot of the resolve depends on Stephen King or the writers of the show and whether or not they actually want to wrap up the story with answers. I think the success of the show going into the final episodes hinges on how they decide to handle the mystery itself. If our characters are killed, our being gets away, and we don’t have answers then I don’t think the show will come out being a success. That’s my biggest worry, but we’ll see how the final episodes play out. 

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I’m Giving Up On HBO’s Avenue 5 :/

Okay look, over the last two reviews of the first two episodes, I went on explaining that I would likely end up watching the rest of the season because there was something that just kept me somewhat interested. Today, I found out that I was actually wrong about that assumption and now I find myself giving up on the series. There is a lot to love on HBO, but that doesn’t mean that everything they produce is good. I gave them the benefit of the doubt and gave the show three episodes before making a final decision. In watching episode three, the realization hit me like a brick wall.

I have expressed many of my issues with the series up to this point whether it be the comedy that is sometimes dumb and sometimes intelligent, or the story just not working for me at all. It was at this point that I realized how bad this show actually is. Now, keep in mind that some people probably like this show very much and are probably calling me dumb for not understanding the humor like they do, but I just do not like this series. I think it’s a tired schtick that gets old after the first episode. The second episode makes you think that it might be able to work, but the third episode made me realize that this style of comedy and storytelling just wasn’t going to work. It lost its appeal as soon as I started episode three. I’m not sure what it was this time, but I just couldn’t handle it anymore and had to give up on the show entirely.

I wanted to like the show very much for several reasons, the biggest being my love for Hugh Laurie and his acting which is actually the only consistently great thing in the series. It all boils down to the storytelling and comedy. I’m sure I sound like a broken record at this point for mentioning these two elements so much, but they really are the most important things relevant to whether this series works or doesn’t. I said in my previous review that the humor felt oddly similar to something like Family Guy or American Dad. Now I do enjoy certain episodes and certain moments in those shows, but I can’t just sit and watch them more than once because the humor starts to feel tired and stupid.

The comedy in Avenue 5 takes some notes from these two series and ultimately suffers from the similar type of feeling I have about them. The comedy was different and unique at first, but given time it ended up feeling tired, old, and dumb. Those are simple words to describe how it felt, but it’s entirely true. Whether it be the recurring floating corpses that people think are zombies or the tiring delay between calls from the ship and earth. It all felt funny at first, but the show relies on bringing back old gags to try and continue a laugh that had no right continuing any further. For some I’m sure it works, but for me it made me roll my eyes and just feel so dumb watching it.

I’m actually very frustrated with this show when it comes to the writing. I mentioned in my reviews that at points it feels like the show is being very intelligent with its writing, but other times it just feels so incredibly dumb. I’m frustrated about this because I feel like there was a way they could have taken this series to be very good, but in reality it relies on these moments rather than actually having a complete series based around what is actually good in it. Instead it decides to focus more on the dumb comedy and recurring old jokes that end up not working when you have to bring them up again.

I can feel the hate coming already for those who actually like this series or those criticizing me for calling the comedy dumb, but that’s the best way for me to describe it. It’s clever in moments based on the choices they make and direction, but it ultimately drops the ball on execution when the jokes finally hit. As much as I wanted to like it, it just doesn’t work and I’m sorry for anyone who does like it but man I tried and it just isn’t working.

I really don’t know what else to say about this show that I haven’t already said. I’m highly disappointed in this show and what it ended up being. I first saw it after watching an episode of The Outsider and seeing a commercial for it. It looked interesting and unique and had enough of a hook to intrigue me. I was expecting something special given it being on HBO, but unfortunately I was let down and find myself having to give up on it. For those who say or think that I should watch the whole series, you have to understand that there is so much to watch that there has to be a point where I put my foot down and give up on a show if it just isn’t working.

I hope if you like the show so far that you continue to like it. I hope that maybe the show course corrects itself and I hear that it actually improves on its faults. If that does happen then I wish for you all watching it to let me know so that maybe I can give it another shot in the future. For now though, I will be giving up on Avenue 5 and pursuing something else.

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HBO’s The Outsider Episode 5 Review

I apologize for the review coming out a day late, unfortunately the Super Bowl got me caught up in forgetting about the new episode last night and I didn’t get a chance to watch it till I got off work today, but regardless I’m here with my the review of episode 5! Some of my biggest theories or questions had to do with how exactly everyone was connected and who all was actually being controlled by this figure. I was questioning or wondering what exactly his effect on people was and some of those answers seemed to become a little clearer in this newest episode.

The unfortunate thing with these middle of the season episodes is that they do tend to feel like they’re dragging a bit, but it’s also a slow burn show so I know that it’s going to feel slow while also releasing information as needed. Continuing on with my though of how exactly the figure effects people, I think we have a more clear understanding of how exactly he influences peoples actions in one sense. As much as I think I have an answer, the more I remember that some things still don’t make complete sense yet. It seems that of course Jack isn’t the only one with the burn like mark on his neck who was being controlled. The man in Dayton who Molly sees at the cemetery.

In the end of the episode, we very clearly see the mark on his neck and learn that his gun wasn’t loaded which means he was sent there doing what he did to commit suicide. We also learn that he was also likely the killer of the family members because of how Molly describes the difference in the care of the murders. She describes how it feels like the killer was actually by someone who knew them and was somewhat ashamed of what they were doing. It seems clear that this man was the one responsible, but I’m not sure yet what his connection is to the family.

This then makes me think about the family of the young boy that “Terry” killed. They are all now dead, but there was nobody that killed each of them, they all died by different means. This definitely makes me feel that none of them were being controlled in the same manner of the man or Jack. Although, I now wonder what exactly the purpose of controlling Jack is. Jack isn’t going around killing people, but rather he’s gathering things in the woods for the figure. We also see towards the end that he is trying to get in on the case with Ralph. I see this not at all being Jack, but the figure trying to get more info on the case against him and to get Jack close to him in case he needs to take action and kill Ralph.

As I sit and think about how much the figure is involving himself with the families and the actual case against him, I start to wonder why he’s doing this. Was he doing it in the other cities? It doesn’t appear so because we never get Molly coming across any witnesses regarding the figure and his disfigured face. It doesn’t seem like anyone has seen or sketched the same face that the people in the current case have. The figure has also shown himself to Ralphs wife, Terry’s daughter, and a kid witness. All of them are from different families and have yet to be effected by witnessing it. As far as we know, the only people killed in the other cities were directly connected to those involved with the victim hence why she says that the figure takes the whole family.

He completed his act of killing the whole family in the present town, but has managed to stay and has started to make more of a presence than what we assume it has in the other cities. It isn’t quite clear why that is the case or why it’s becoming so involved in the case against him while also staying in the town. I’m not exactly sure what its game plan is at this point, but there is an assumption that can be made by one of the last scenes in this episode. I actually had to rewind and pause the scene so that I could see it clearly.

The man that Molly slept with before leaving town comes across a piece of paper that has each of the wrongly convicted names with the amount of time between each murder or appearance. All of which seem to be between 20-24 days which isn’t exactly the same but is close enough to assume that there is some kind of reason for that. I’m not sure if the exact amount of days since the current murder has been stated, but I wonder how close to that range we are getting. Is it that it actually takes around that much time for the figure to fully form the face or appearance of the person he scratched last? I think that may be the case, but it also doesn’t explain why he’s still sticking around that town and not moving on to the next town. There’s something significant that just hasn’t been revealed yet. It could be that this is the first instance of someone catching on to something fishy being at play, but again I’m not entirely sure yet.

This does lead me to my last final point and that being about the man that Molly slept with. What exactly are his intentions now after coming across that paper with her notes on the murders and claiming that they all may be connected. It isn’t clear what his intentions are and I’m not sure whether I trust him or not. Is he secretly being controlled by the figure? I doubt that, but I also doubt that he doesn’t have some kind of agenda. He could be looking to reveal the information or maybe even helping her, but for some reason I have a bad feeling with him having that information. There’s just something that doesn’t sit right with me. On top of the fact that her car seemed to break down. Everything just seems too fishy for me.

I know I keep saying that the mystery deepens, but we are now at the halfway point which means the second half of the season should be starting to answer some of these questions and I do feel that the story is on its way to heating up. I’m more intrigued each week with how everything is going to be revealed and how accurate some of these assumptions are. Hopefully some of these answers will come next week, but many more questions may come out too.

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HBO’s Avenue 5 Episode 2 Review

Where to start…I have no idea still how I feel about this show and whether or not I actually like it. I remember suing the same thing after watching episode 1 and I still feel the same after episode 2. This is such a unique and different kind of show that really knows how to execute a lot of things right while at the same time making me feel like they’re executing everything wrong.im trying to branch out and give different shows a chance and this one being on HBO is really what’s keeping me on board. HBO is known for its quality programming and while it has had its handful of missteps, I’m not sure yet if this is one of those and I may not be sure until the season is up. I’d be curious to see what the actual ratings are for it to see if it’s something that a lot of people came back for with episode 2. 

The comedy is definitely a specific style and taste that only works for someone that appreciates and understands what they’re going for. I can’t say that I don’t see what they’re going for because I understand their approach, but I’m just not sure if it’s working for me or not. There are several shows where I know that it’s funny and that a lot of people like the comedy involved like say Family Guy, but in the end it usually doesn’t work for me as a whole. Something about this show feels like a side series in the Family Guy world. It just feels like a live action Family Guy episode just without any of the characters from the show. I may be the only one that feels this way, but I think it ultimately boils down to the specific type of comedy they’re trying to go for. 

This episode continues where we left off and continues the whole thing of what the situation would be like if everything went the wrong way and if you didn’t have competent people in charge. I swear, the more I talk about it, the more I really feel like this is the same vein of comedy that Family Guy and American Dad go for. If not for the over the top stupidity of some of the characters, then it’s just the fact that they can’t get anything to go the way they want. It also kind of feels like the show Last Man on Earth. It’s a quirky style of comedy that makes me laugh but I don’t necessarily feel much smarter watching it. I’m not saying the show is dumb or goes for that kind of demographic, but it kind of feels like a dumb comedy. Not dumb as in bad, but dumb as in silly or over the top. 

I will admit that there were times where I found myself enjoying it and laughing like when they shoot the bodies out, but rather them being sent away from the ship, they actually end up orbiting it. A lot of that clever comedy though is ruined by some stupid comedy like when one of the passengers says that they’re zombies. There are a lot of moments when the show really hits the right note on the comedy, but then hurts itself by throwing in another joke that just doesn’t work along with the main joke. It’s a weird balance that again I know will work for some people but ultimately loses me in enjoying the moment. The problem I run into when deciding whether I like it or not tends to come down to the fact that even though the comedy doesn’t always work, the actual intelligence of what they do works. 

I want to make it clear that I’m not calling the show dumb, but that some of the comedy comes off as dumb. The point I’m trying to make regarding its intelligence is surprisingly how much sense it actually makes when you take into account the characters and story that it’s actually set up. For example, they make a point of saying how much heavier that golden casket is and since it wasn’t shot out with enough force, it actually didn’t go far and ended up in the ships orbit. Scientifically I don’t know how accurate it is, but I found myself thinking that it actually makes some sense in a certain way. Or another example is how Josh Gad’s character Judd, decides to tell NASA to go f themselves and that they have their own plan. Now I don’t think that’s a good idea, but they stay true to that character and it actually does make sense for him to do something like that. 

I have to say that the performances are surprisingly good despite being a little over the top. I still think Hugh Laurie is my favorite part and I can’t get enough of him, but everyone else hams it up enough for me to enjoy the performances overall. I’m still not sure whether I’m on board with this show, but again find myself pushed to next week to see how Episode 3 turns out. For some reason I feel inclined to see where this story goes just for the entertainment of the absurdity. There are certain moments that I find hilarious and other moments that just don’t work at all. There’s a lot this show has some well so far by actually making actions and events make sense in regards to what they’ve set up, but I think it needs more work before I can make a judgement. I think I may end up finding myself watching the rest of the season saying that I’ll keep giving it another episode but for now I’m going to stay mixed overall with the first two episodes. 

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HBO’s The Outsider Episode 4 Review

We left off last week’s episode with the death of a prison inmate, rather his suicide. My thoughts were that it seemed obvious that he also wasn’t actually responsible for the murder of the kids he was convicted of and that he was connected somehow to everything else going on. My biggest question was what connection that was and seemingly had something to do with Terry being in Dayton. Well this episode gives us a lot and more as we delve deeper into this strange mystery. 

I’ll just get right into the connective points that we learned. It’s evident by Holly’s investigation that she has come to realize what we all had assumed. It appears that the prisoner, Heath, was wrongly convicted for the murders of the kids. Not only that, but he also had come into contact with Terry, or what I now assume to be the strange being that is going around impersonating all of these people. We also learn that Heath was in New York at one point that led to his connection to a woman who was found guilty of child murders also. All of this comes together to form one clear picture, that all of these people have been wrongfully convicted of murder and appear to all have a doppelgänger. 

It’s also evident that the doppelgänger is not more than one person, but rather someone who can change their appearance to whomever they decide. The one connective thing that all three of these convicted people have in common was that they all received some kind of scratch from the doppelgänger of the previous person. The question that we have yet to get an answer to is what exactly that scratch does. Is it the scratch causing blood that gives the being the ability to turn into that person? That’s what I believe and what seems to be the case. A lot of the questions we had were answered in this episode but we still have many questions that are left unanswered.  

We still don’t know why the being is targeting these people specifically and why they’re killing children. Are they just a victim of wrong place at the wrong time or is there more to the story. The one thing in common that I see is that the being is smart enough to not stay in one place too long. It picks people that seem to only be at a certain location for a short period of time. Whether it be Heath who was visiting New York or Terry who was visiting Dayton. This makes me think that the being knows who he’s trying to copy and is also following them to their hometowns, but the question is why. On the surface it doesn’t appear that anything is actually connecting these false convicts other than say the scratch, but there definitely seems to be something else that is connecting them, I just can’t figure out what exactly. 

The other interesting aspect is how the being itself seems to be like a parasite, metaphorically speaking of course. With his arrival to each place though comes a sense of depression or despair leading to more deaths or suicides for those who are connected to either the murderer or the victims. My question in the previous reviews was whether or not they were also being controlled somehow by the being or if it was simply out of pure emotional feeling. I can’t tell yet if he is actually controlling them to commit these acts of death and murder or if is presence actually pushes people to do the things they do. It does seem however that he has a certain extent of control over people as we can see with Jack. I’m not sure what exactly he’s doing in the woods with the lights and deer but he’s definitely under the control of this being. 

He’s not the only one I feel is under control or was under control at a time. I think the brother of the kid that “Terry” killed who ended up killing Terry was also under the control of the being. I’m not sure though if that comes down to him actually being controlled like Jack, or if by the depression or despair that seems to come off of the beings presence, or if he was actually just committing revenge. It’s all, not confusing, but up in the air as to what exactly is being affected or is connected. That’s the real proof of just how great the mystery is and how well written it is both by the screenwriter and by Stephen King himself. It’s been a while since I’ve been this deep into trying to figure out what’s going on and how everything will play out. 

One thing I really enjoyed was how the episode was primarily focused on Molly and how she went about learning more as we learned with her. I can say that Cynthia Erivo is absolutely killing it in the role by giving us a very unique and interesting character. One thing that goes hand in hand with her character is the sense of not being able to trust anyone. She’s having to investigate while also keeping herself quiet and it’s a recurring point of everyone not wanting to talk to reporters and some thinking she’s a reporter. I think it’s curious how the show really leans into making you feel like you can trust anyone because of this doppelgänger being, the same way that someone can’t trust another person not being a reporter. We get two different perspectives on the same feeling but for different reasons. 

I think my final theory coming out of this episode is not anything to do with why everyone is connected, but I think that at some point, Molly will come in contact with this being and will be scratched. I think that as she gets deeper into the mythology of what this being could be and the closer she gets to figuring out what it is and where it is will lead her into running into the actual being. I think there’s a strong possibility that she ends up face to face with her own doppelgänger by the end of the series. Keep in mind that I have no knowledge of the book and have kept away from any spoilers coming out of the book so any theories I have may sound crazy but may end up being right. I’m excited to see how this whole story plays out. 

With all of that said, I continue to enjoy the series very much and it has continued to get better and better as the mystery unravels and becomes more mysterious. If you’ve seen the episode and have any comments, questions or theories then make sure to comment below or email us at TowerCityMedia@gmail.com and make sure to follow us @TowerCityMedia on Facebook and Twitter!