Bates Motel S5Ep2: The Convergence of the Twain” Review/Recap

  • Starring: Freddie Highmore, Vera Farmiga, Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke, Max Thieriot
  • Network: A&E
  • Genre: Psychological Horror Drama

Things have already taken a violent turn in Bates Motel. Only two episodes in and Norman has already had hitman turn on him thanks to Romero, killed said hitman and dumped his body in the river. After showing up for a surprise visit at the prison, Romero promises to come after Norman when he least suspects it.

Something else that Norman didn’t see coming was having dinner with Madeleine and her husband Sam, who had earlier spent a few hours at the motel with a “friend”. The dinner was Madeleine’s way of trying to hook Norman up with her friend, but Norman only has eyes for the girl that bares a strong resemblance to his dead mother, who also draws the same conclusion and questions his motives.

Chick also makes his way back into the picture to check up on Norman, but to also recruit him in a new business idea. Bring Norman a dead bird, he asks him if he’d be interested in making his taxidermy hobby into a profitable one. But Chick may soon wish that he didn’t get so close to Norman. After being asked to leave by Emma, Caleb returns to White Pine Bay and when he fails to find someone at he Bates house, he checks himself into a motel. But upon checking in, he learns that Norman committed suicide a year eariler. Distraught Caleb goes to a nearby bar where he runs into Chick. The two get into an altercation, and Caleb promises to get revenge on Norman because he knows that he’s the one who killed Norma.

But when Caleb returns to the house Norman is nowhere to be found, instead Caleb finds Norma’s corpse in the basement before being knocked out by Norman, whose lost in his “Mother” persona. Watching in the shadows is a horrified Chick.

Catch Bates Motel Monday nights at 7PM on A&E.

Bates Motel S5Ep1 “Dark Paradise” Revies/Recap

Two years have passed, and surprise, Dylan and Emma aware married and have a daughter. While celebrating her birthday, Caleb shows up, and asks to stay with them for a few days. Dylan breaks the news that Caleb was the one who paid for her surgery, but regardless of his gratitude, Dylan is uncomfortable having his astranged father. Doing what’s best for Dylan, Emma asks Caleb to leave.

Romero is still in prison, and is denied his request for parole.

Norman is running the Motel, but while the outside worlds has moved on from Norma’s death, Norman still “interacts” with Norma while at the house. But when Norman tries to purchase exterior paint for the motel, he finds someone else’s wallet in his pocket. Rushing home, Norman confronts Norma about the wallet, which she shrugs off, not knowing where it came from, and tells him to put it in the safe. A mystery guest checks into the motel by the name of David Davidson to have an affair with a mystery woman, and it’s only a matter of time before they too become Norman’s next victims. Madeleine Loomis who works at the hardware store Norman visited eariler, and brings him the paint he tried to purchase. While Madeleine seems intrigued with Norman, Norman interest in her may have something more to do with her baring a strong resemblance Norma. When Norman tries to leave the house later that evening to attend a ‘small business meeting’ Norma freaks, and shows him to the basement, where in the freezer is the man whose wallet Norman had. Together Norman and Norma dispose of the man’s body in the middle of the river. While dumping the man, his phone rings and when Norman answers it, it’s Romero’s voice that is on the other end.

Catch Bates Motel Monday nights at 7PM on A&E.

Vikings S4 Season Finale (Ep20): The Reckonging Review/Recap

  • Starring: Alexander Ludwig, Gustaf Skarsgard, Alex Hogh, Jordan Patrick Smith, Marco Ilso, David Lindstrom, Moe Dunford, Linus Roache
  • Network: HISTORY
  • Genre: Historical-drama

The great Heathen army, and the Saxons engage in a battle that ends just as quickly as it began. Accepting defeat, Aethelwulf orders his men to retreat. Returning home Aethelwulf gathers orders the evacuation of the town. Put King Ecbert has other plans in mind, and gathering the Bishop and a few witnesses, Ecbert renounces the title of King, and passes it to his son, Aethelwulf, the new King of Wessex. Staying behind with his Bishop, Ecbert watches has Aethelwulf, Judith, their sons, and everyone else flee from the threat of the approaching Heathen Army.

Hoping to raid the tow, Bjorn orders the charge but soon it’s revealed that the town has been deserted, and the Vikings begin to collect treasures and burn any trace of Christian monuments. But while touring the halls, Tanaruz becomes frightened of a burning pillar and collapses. While Helga tries to help her stand, Tanaruz stabs Helga, then kills herself. Just before dying, Helga urges Floki to be himself and not like the others. After burying Helga, Floki says his goodbyes to Bjorn, and leaves.

With the room filling with smoke, Ecbert leaves his hiding place to walk into the courtyard where he encounters Bjorn and the rest of the Vikings. But while everyone jumps to strike, Bjorn orders Ecbert to not be killed. Locking him in the same cage he kept Ragnar, Bjorn and his brothers debate what should be done. Bjorn wants him alive while Ivar wants him dead. Ecbert offers a deal with Bjorn, in exchange for a secret request, Ecbert will sign over east Anglia to Bjorn where he can begin to build a settlement. After the deed is signed, Bjorn meets with Ecbert in private where Ecbert request that he chose the manner of his own death. Alone in the Roman bath room, Bjorn lets Ecbert choose the knife he will use, and leaves. Climbing into the bath,  Ecbert hears the voices of Ragnar, and Athelstan before killing himself.

During the celebratory feast Bjorn announces that he will not stay to see the settlement built, but that he will continue to travel across the Mediterranean Sea. Ivar on the other hand claims that he doesn’t want to see a settlement built, but wants to see the army continue raiding the rest of England. This causes a stir between brothers. Sigurd and Ivar begin to go at it, throwing insults at one another, until things escalate too far, and Ivar throws an axe at Sigurd (like no one saw it coming). Stumbling towards Ivar, Sigurd collapses on the ground and dies. While Ivar appears shocked at first, his expression quickly changes to satisfaction, while the Ubbe and Hvitserk look up in horror. A little shocking that the show would kill off Sigurd, since according to history, he had much more potential.

Just before it ends, in Sherbourne England, Bishop Heahmund finishes a funeral and offers word of comfort to the widow. In the last shot, the Bishop is seen ‘consoling’ the ‘greiving’ widow, and a suit of armour and sword are stored in the corner.
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Vikings S4Ep19: On The Eve Review/Recap

  • Starring: Katheryn Winnick, Alexander Ludwig, Gustaf Skarsgard, Linus Roache, Moe Dunford, Alex Hogh, Marco Ilso, David Lindstrom, Jordan Patrick Smith, 
  • Network: HISTORY
  • Genre: Historical-drama

While Bjorn, and the Heathen Army are off in Wessex, Kattaget falls under attack. Egil and his army invade, but are quickly stopped, and Egil is taken captive by Lagertha. But Torvi is left severely wounded, and Lagertha learns from Egil that he was paid by Harald to overtake her.
In Wessex Aethelwulf prepares for battle against the Vikings when words breaks that they have arrived in Repton. At camp Harald still pines for Ellisif, and yet loathes her for not waiting for him. His brother Halfdan is discouraged, and slightly repulsed that his brother has let both Ellisif and her husband, Vik live, and encourages Harald to kill them both. While offering an apology to Ellisif, Harald kills Vik to regain his honor. BUt later that day Ellisif goes to Harald to try and make amends, and offering the same promise to marry him, Ellisif attempts to kill Harald, but is killed by Halfdan instead.

 Preparing for battle themselves, Ivar convinces Bjorn to scout the battle field for weaknesses. When Aethelwulf and his army arrives, they are lead on a wild goose chase across the field in an attempt to catch the Viking army. When one would disappear into the woods, the other half would reappear across the way. After growing tries of being made a mockery, Aethelwulf orders his men to change course, and head towards Repton, where the Vikings have left their boats.

Having predicted that Aethelwulf would grow impatient with the chase and make his way towards the ships, Ivar, Floki, and the rest of the army prepare to ambush the approaching army.
Catch the season finale The Reckonging Wednesday at 6PM on HISTORY.

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Gotham S3Ep: The Gentle Art of Making Enemies (Winter Finale) Review/Recap

  • Starring: Ben McKenzie, David Mazouz, Cory Michael Smith, Robin Lord Taylor, Camren Bicondova, Sean Pertwee, Don Logue, Morena Baccarin
  • Network: FOX
  • Genre: Crime-drama

Gotham is in the midst of chaos with Jerome taking over the city, and Ed, Oswald are at war with each other. 

Jerome’s mission is to pick up where he last left off, and the last memory he has is trying to kill Bruce Wayne. Kidnapping Bruce, and leaving Alfred with his goons, and takes Bruce to his one makeshift circus. There Bruce is painted into a sad clown, and handcuffed to a pole  while Jerome loads a canon with an array of items.

Ed finally acts out the last of his revenge, and ties Oswald to the hood of Isabella’s totalled car with a barrel of boiling acid ready to drop above him. But by the luck of the draw (and just knowing they won’t kill off Oswald) an officer arrives at just the right time to save him. Before Oswald can make any plans of his own to take on Ed, Oswald is taken hostage by Barbra, Tabitha, and Butch. While Oswald refuses to out Ed, and kill him because he loves him, Ed over hears and takes Oswald to the docks himself. Oswald attempts to talk Ed out of killing him, but Ed is hellbent on acting out his revenge and shoots Oswald in the stomach.

Jim, Alfred and the rest of the GCPD storm the circus, and take down Jerome and his associates, but not before Jerome and Bruce have their own little showdown in the House of Mirrors, where Bruce nearly beat the face off Jerome. Later even claiming to Alfred that he wanted to kill him. But Alfred makes Bruce promises, ‘no killing.’

While all else seems resolved, Jerome back in Arkham, Oswald out of the picture, and Bruce safe, the Court of Owls have something planned, and the plan involves Bruce’s doppelgänger, and Jim being reunited with his Uncle Frank.

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