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Is This the Night for Cody & Danielle? – MAFS 510

Danielle & Cody Work on Growing Together

Who’s Ready to Consummate?

On MAFS (Married at First Sight), we get a chance to watch some drama unfold as people marry strangers.  Let’s take a moment to remember that these are real people, who have chosen to be in a real marriage, with people’s who’s names were unknown to them right up to the alter.  Real people.  And America is judging them harshly, both positively and negatively.  Myself included.

Even though it’s been nearly a year since the marriages took place, tonight we’re seeing what’s happening just after 4 weeks.  And our couples all seem to be in pretty good places.  No one is a real asshole.  No one is a manipulative liar.  No one is a control freak, ok well Nate may still find himself on a maybe list.  But overall, these really seem to be good people.  And possibly, good matches.

Wait, Where’s the Sexy Part?

It didn’t take long for two of the couples to go do the deed.  But Cody & Danielle have struggled to find a sweet spot that leaves them both comfortable to take action.

Initially, they had an instant attraction and did a good bit of kissing and cuddling.  Thanks to editing that wants us always wondering, we don’t really see quite what it is that reels them back a page.

Cody has been a playboy right up to the night before he was matched.  And realizes he doesn’t want to screw up and go for a wham bam… oh maybe you’re not the right one. Thank you, ma’am.  He tells Danielle that he wants to make sure they have a good friendship foundation before moving into the physical.

Danielle seems to take this as a sign of rejection and a step in the wrong direction.  She’s already pledged to marry Cody (at least for 8 weeks, even though those vows said ’till death) and she is ready for honeymoon sex!  She also sees this lack of aggressively going for the gold as a weakness in his manliness.  I personally think it shows a strength of character.  But I understand wanting to be taken – in a passionate fashion.

Tonight we’ll see where the romantic carpet munching (no pun intended) and cuddling in front of the fire will lead.  Considering common interests and initial attraction, I think this couple has great possibilities to remain married.

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Fear the Walking Dead – “100” – Ep. 304

Daniel Returns

Well alleluia, Fear the Walking Dead has brought us something interesting!! Enter Rueben Blades.  We have a zinger for the first time in this whole series!  I would have loved to see this episode made into a stand alone movie for the big screen.  Between the passionate Spanish language throughout to actually having a story with real depth, there’s finally something interesting going on.

Rueben Blades
Daniel is a badass

When we last saw Daniel, he was trapped in a fire he set himself.  Left for dead and hallucinating, Daniel has managed to survive.  Yet he’s suffering from dehydration and infection in a leg wound, death is closing in.

A fate-like series of events spares Daniel’s life several times over.  And lands him in a position to save the most important resource in the post-apocalyptic world.

Hospitality & Guilt

His savior and new friend, Efrain is played by Jesse Borrego.  The two set out to a secret fountain to collect water for a community struggling to survive.  And Efrain takes Daniel to his daughter, Lola,  to tend to the infected burns on Daniel’s leg.

Daniel is moved and humbled by this experience.  Showing signs of deep remorse for his previous life, he confesses to killing 96 people to Efrain and begs forgiveness.  A wise Efrain tells Daniel, there’s no one left here to judge him.

Despite the hospitality, Daniel’s intent is to leave and continue his search for Ophelia.

As Fate Would Have it

As Efrain sleeps, Daniel leaves.  He finds himself, under armed and overpowered, facing a giant walker.  At the last second, Daniel is saved again by the grace of fate.   Lightning strikes the walker dead and Daniel unconscious.  Daniel is found by some of Dante’s guys and taken back to their camp at the dam.

As if we had any doubt, Daniel proves willing to stand up for himself even outmanned among the unknown.  Dante’s men follow suit in a Negan fashion, standing in the presence of their leader.  A front-man thug confronts Daniel for ignoring their leader’s entrance.  And is stabbed with a fork for disrespecting Daniel’s meal.

Dante thinks he recognizes the name Daniel Salazar of El Salvodor and questions his potential military affiliations.   A tattoo inside  Daniel’s lip confirms he was Sombre Negra, a vicious vigilante justice group of military and police.  Dante respects Daniel’s background and invites him in as an honored guest.

Daniel is taken on patrol to find the dam’s water thief.  Dante’s thugs are standing in front of the fountain that will lead back to Lola; Daniel reveals Efrain, moments before it can be discovered.  Lola, distraught over her father, argues with Daniel over his betrayal.  He declares he acted in protection of her and the people depending on the water.  Daniel later finds Efrain being interrogated by Dante with Lola standing by.

Lola, distraught over her father, argues with Daniel over his betrayal.  He declares he acted in protection of her and the people depending on the water. Daniel leaves.

Daniel finds Strand, who has been imprisoned by Dante.  Strand lies, telling Daniel that Ophelia is at the hotel where he was staying.  And that Ophelia is waiting for Daniel.  Daniel feels Strand is lying and walks away.

Add Four

Later, Daniel finds Efrain; he is being interrogated by Dante with Lola standing by. Dante orders Daniel’s participation in the interrogation.  Daniel speaks quietly to Efrain; to protect Lola Daniel offers a quick death for Efrain’s silence.  But Lola intervenes, confessing her actions.

Dante takes Lola, Efrain, Strand, and Pablito (an innocent) to the top of the dam for execution.  One of Dante’s thugs sends poor Pablito over.  And Daniel is ordered to execute Lola next.  Instead, Daniel shoots Dante and his men.  Bringing Daniel’s headcount to 100.

Daniel hands the gun to Lola and kneels to accept his fate.  And Lola extends her hand and pulls Daniel up.

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Fear the Walking Dead – 303 – TEOTWAWKI

Fear the Walking Dead??

We fear this acting.

Fear the Walking Dead has had exactly 100% viewership of die-hard Walking Dead fans, watching just for the sake of it.  But the show has really not been nearly as satisfying in any way as it’s predecessor. We’ve made it this far, I imagine we will be watching it through to the end.  Just to say we did.

This season hasn’t brought John & I much to be excited about overall; the show is still pretty boring in comparison to TWD and maybe when measured against, well, anything.  The actors are all gorgeous, it has that going. But the acting itself often seems dry, stiff, unrealistic, and dispassionate.

Our leading couple is Madison & Travis, played by Kim Dickens and Cliff Curtis.  From the very beginning they are said to have this back story of a deep passionate romance.  But… ugh there goes that word again.  But these two actors just didn’t pull off.  Cliff did a better job as Travis caring for Madison than the other way around; overall, there’s no real chemistry between the two of them to make a believable deep romance.

Now, Travis is dead.  Bye Cliff; I actually miss you.

Season Three – Episode Three

 

It looks as if Madison will be playing up some mommy issues with, Troy, a weird psycho that tried to kill her son and husband, whom of which seems to have a thing for her, played by Daniel Sharman.  From a pathetic attempt to fain fear of Troy, to joining forces with him voluntarily.  All things considered, it’s an interesting twist, albeit super fucking bizarre and creepy twist.

Another wildly creepy scene takes place as Nick joins Troy on a midnight hunting expedition with some other characters from the ranch.  These two end up rolling around in a brotherly fight. Anger turns to play and they end laughing about it, almost romantically, and agreeing to be friends. I can’t wait to see what Luciana feels about this!

And praise Jesus! Finally someone has some weed. Begrudgingly, Alicia agrees to a “bible study” with her peers.  What she finds is an opportunity to be a regular person for a little while. The teens bunker down Fear the Walking Dead 303with a little booze, a bong, and a walker head asking questions from a birdcage

 

This episode did prove that the writing can be really funny and not all the acting is atrocious. Alicia/Alycia is actually a joy and hello!! Now we have Dayton Callie. I’m also enjoying Daniel Sharman even though Troy is a weaselly mother fucker.

We do all our talking about this episode right HERE after we talk American Gods.

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American Gods – Come To Jesus – Ep. 108

Come to Jesus

Fat Jesus, baby Jesus, the glowing saint Jesus… the world has brought so many images to belief.  Who’s your personal Jesus?

The first season of American Gods has come to an end with Jesus and John & Kate agree, it was sooooo satisfying.  We’ve enjoyed some great actors who all look so stunning!!  Even though Technical Boy has an ever changing grill and hair ranging from a greasy bowl cut to look like a plop of soft serve ice cream landed on his melon – everyone looked AWESOME.  The scenery and imagery is equally stunning.  We’re really enjoying this endless, goofy, satirical humor coming at us on the sly and with some direct hits.   It’s all around amazing like a perfect gourmet meal of steak and potatoes.

Recap

Catching Up with Laura & Mad Sweeny

This week Laura and Sweeny have arrived in Kentucky, at the home of Easter, played gorgeously by Kristen Chenoweth, with hopes for a back to life revival for Laura.  The truth surrounding Laura’s death comes out; she’s been sacrificed.  Her death ensured that Shadow would have nothing to lose and nothing to live for.  The perpetrator executing this sacrifice, her road mate, Mad Sweeny.

Laura angry over this new information and distraught violently and literally squeezes Sweeny to find out why he would take her life.  Sweeny knowing he cannot stop her powers confesses that Wednesday orchestrated the task.  Easter reveals that a death by a God cannot be undone.  Will Laura’s heart ever beat again?

Shadow Backs Wednesday in a Lie

Wednesday and Shadow have also arrived at Easter’s home, just after Anansi has tailor made them each a dapper suit.  Anansi suggested Wednesday needed to enlist a queen; that is just what Wednesday intends to do.  Easter, like Vulcan, has made a comfortable existence for herself by siding with the new gods.  Initially, she has no interest in Wednesday’s proposition.

Wednesday misrepresents the events of Vulcan’s death and tells Easter that the new gods killed him for aligning with him and forging a sword to him.  In Wednesday’s mind’s eye, he’s being truthful.  In reality, Wednesday separated Vulcan’s head from body himself.  Wednesday displays the very impressive blade forged in his honor to Easter, spinning his tale; Shadow backs up his story by adding a little flattery before following orders to go be distracted.

Wednesday wins Easter Over
Wednesday wins Easter Over

Wednesday is OOOOOOOODINNNNNNN!!!!

A truth finally escapes Wednesday’s lips in one astounding come to Jesus moment of awesome cheesiness!  As Wednesday reveals to Shadow who he is, he demonstrates his power with a sacrifice to Easter. Easter inspired by the gesture, takes back the spring.  The two vow together to return the spring only when prayed for.

Bilquis Arrives at the House on the Rock

Anansi doesn’t quite answer how Bilquis gets to America, but he eloquently tells her story from Queen to peasant.  She returns to a measure of glory by aligning herself with the new gods.  Technical Boy seduces her with the technology of the dating app age and Bilquis finds a new way to rise in rank.  She with the most followers wins.

Technical Boy calls in a return of favor, but Bilquis appears to have thoughts of doubt and regret.  At the show’s end, we see Bilquis on a bus, pulling up to the place all the gods are heading, presumably for war.  Will Bilquis remain sided with the new gods?

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American Gods – A Prayer for Mad Sweeny – Ep. 107

American Gods Ep. 107

It’s Mad Sweeny’s World

…we just get to laugh in it.

We’re loosely recapping this week’s episode of American Gods.  And we’re cracking up over Mad Sweeny’s antics and famous quotes, romancing a past of 1700’s England, and understanding Laura’s crass and empty soul through “a spark of the same spirit”. All as Mad Sweeny’s coming to America is narrated by Ibis himself.

This week on American Gods we received a really fascinating look into the Mad Sweeny universe. We see Sweeny move from Ireland, to America, off to London and finally settled in America.  Presumably, via the belief in leprechauns from a miss Essie Tregowan, or within the confines of the show -McGowan.

Essie, who’s red hair flows bright as a blazing fire, is played by our very own Emily Browning who also happens to play Laura. At this time, we may question if Laura is a sort of reincarnation of Essie.  And producers do say that they are a sparkle of the same spirit, but what, if any, part of the future this plays is completely unknown.

 

STARZ

Luck for the Good & Bad

The story of Essie is told in our beloved original publication; in as many regards as they the same, the two adaptations are different. In both she carries with her a belief in such things as fairies and leprechauns. One leprechaun in particular, the one and only Mad Sweeny, becomes attached to Essie by her faith.

Essie over the years continued to call upon the leprechaun in prayer. She leaves her magical creature the last little bite of food or a plate of milk as an offering. In difficult time Essie prayed hard.  The strength of those prayers bolstered luck in the life of the leprechaun and he returns luck back onto Essie.  But in good times, prayers went forgotten and luck went unbegotten for both.

Our little woman finds herself imprisoned for theft, a second time and deservedly.  She is celled adjacent to her leprechaun, Sweeny. Allowing for a conversation in which her thoughts give faith to a leprechaun as her king.  And as luck would have it, a means of avoidance of fate presents itself.

Her faith no longer escaped her mind after that final escape from the gallows. And in the new world she lucks into as comfortable a servitude as one could imagine. Eventually Essie marries her master and she lives out her remaining days as the owner of the plantation which she was purchased to serve.

In her final moments of blood pumping in her veins, her leprechaun pays a farewell visit; thereby demonstrating a level of comfort only faith can bring.

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American Gods – A Murder of Gods – Ep. 106

Disclaimer: Spoilers!! We do recaps, opinions, analysis and rants AFTER we watch the show. We’re trying not to give too much away in advance, but anything aired is up for grabs.

American Gods

This week John & Kate recap, however un-chronologically, ep. 6 of American Gods – “A Murder of Gods”. Hey! This was not in the book!!

In this episode, we quite literally and for the first time see a murder of a god -TWICE! First Jesus then in infamous god of guns, Vulcan. Laura, Mad Sweeny, and Salim/not Salim become an unexpected and hilarious trio, all needing one another and bickering like kids stuck in the car on a road trip. Shadow is beginning to see things for what they are and Ricky Wittle is pulling of the big dumb guy role well. Ian McShane continues to blow his character, Mr. Wednesday out of the water with charm air of disturbing charm and some stellar sword swinging skills.

This episode of American Gods has swung itself far out of the book with new characters, new scenes, and re-manufacturing of stories that breathe life into new beliefs. A town reminiscent of 1950’s Germany targets us all in a topic very relevant to our modern society. And we learn “life is good.”

By now the actors have bloomed into their roles and they charm the socks off us at every turn. The cinematography continues to delight.

Fear the Walking Dead

Season 3 double feature premiere! Oh yes! This is the most action we’ve seen from FTWD to date! It was a pleasure to have a little zombie action back in our lives. Sadly, neither of us are feeling much depth to these characters, even after witnessing some major suffering and loss. I know we’re supposed to be seeing a regular, boring, American family from the beginning of it all, but why must they still be boring? If Strand dies – I say we riot!! We lost Travis, without Strand there’s not much to see. SHOW US THE ZOMBIES!!

Overall while we can’t help but be obsessed with all things Walking Dead and will continue to watch the show just to see how things develop and intertwine, admittedly neither of us are driven by the dispassionate relationships of the characters. Maybe without Madison forced to pretend Travis is her soul mate, we will see something new come about. At the end we see Madison’s poor excuse for grief and weird declaration to take the Broke Jaw Ranch by force if she needs be. Sorry Madison, I’m not feelin you.

Married at First Sight

Are Chicago couples of season 5 are the most reasonable bunch to date, but will they be in it for the long haul? Or will the experts see failed marriages #11, 12, & 13??

I have hopes for all three couples this season; everyone seems to be here for the right reasons and willing to listen to advice and work to get to know each other.

Shelia & Nate seem to have smoothed out some initial wrinkles. Nate, in the matching, wedding, and honeymoon episodes didn’t leave us feeling like there was any hope for this pair!! He’s grown on me significantly, but John is still highly doubtful that Nate has it in him to be understand the gravity of marriage… in Nate’s defense, John’s missed 3-4 episodes 🙂 These two seem to be growing together and falling in the love thing if you ask me…

Ashly & Anthony seem to be moving right along. Maybe her need to control her environment and protect her feminism and identity will bring about some harsh realities for her. Anthony has a passive manner toward, understand of and patience with her; he is highly aware of her mood at all times and seems to still see that she is an amazing woman. I’m hoping he can find his mojo for communicating with her and she can learn that it’s ok to give in when you find someone willing to give you security to do so.

Cody & Danielle still no consummation!! “I went to shrink… …she says it’s lack of sex that’s bringing me down.” Between talks of starting off as friends, lack of manliness, and looking for a spark, these two are working around the clock. Up at the crack of dawn and in bed exhausted barely before midnight… it’s no wonder these two haven’t had a chance to hook-up! They seem to like each other, have a lot in common, and communicate well. Hopefully they’re busy making the time to get busy as I type this!