Revenge Ep10: “Loyalty”

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Revenge ABC

I’m going to call this episode, a filler episode or in a nicer way, adding to the backstory.

Nolan and Emily find out that Tyler isn’t who appears to be. Emily finds out a little bit more and sees that Nolan has been paying a little extra for some sex business from Tyler. She is not pleased.

Eventually Conrad will come to get the footage. He wishes to fire him, but Tyler steps in. Tyler believes this is a bad idea since he knows how the Graysons really ended Flight 197.

Besides the hot mess that is Tyler who ran out of his medication, you have the Grayson’s divorce starting. No surprise there, right? The children start to take sides. Charlotte obviously chooses her daddy’s side. Daniel is stuck into the middle until he learns that Tyler was not fired. Daniel is now on Team Mommy and is willing to get her information that she needs to get what she wants.

A new character is introduced by the name of Ryan Huntley. This person is very important. Ryan is Victoria’s attorney for the divorce proceedings. He is also the lawyer who turned down the appeal of David Clarke. Remember this person because Emily certainly does.

On the other side of love in Suffolk county, Jack is falling deeply in love with Amanda. Too bad, Amanda has a foggy childhood. Also, Sammy hates her and Jack can’t figure out why. Come on Jack! Why does Sammy adore Emily? I don’t think it is because she smells like beef jerky. Emily acts pretty nice to Amanda which you know can’t be good in the end.

Daniel also meets Amanda and is shocked to see her. Emily acts dumb and pretends she has no idea who David Clarke is. Amanda is being set up soon to meet with the Graysons, can’t you feel it?

Declan and Charlotte are also trying to buy an apartment with the bribe money that Victoria gave Declan. Surprisingly both families find the idea of two teenagers having an apartment is very stupid.

Disclaimer: It really bothers me that I’m a japanese minor and Emily speaks better Japanese than I do. I’m confused she just learned it phonetically. Anyway, pretty much Satoshi is like you’re screwed if you fall in love with your enemy. You forget what you are really after. Disclaimer: This is not me translating the japanese, just the subtitles.

Satoshi is also sick of his position in this show. He has had it up to here. He gives Daniel business, but warns Emily to leave her emotions at the door. He warns as he leaves, “With your emotions you are destined to fail..”

With Satoshi leaving, Nolan also parts ways for a little bit since Emily ruined his plans with Tyler. Nolan tells her, “I’m glad your father isn’t here to see what you’ve become.”

Onto the fantastic clambake episode!

Side note: I hate the new graphic… a lot.


“Safe and Sound”: Beautifully Rustic

Taylor Swift in "Safe and Sound"

Taylor Swift in "Safe and Sound"

About two months ago, I wrote in regards to the Taylor Swift and the Civil Wars “Safe and Sound” for “The Hunger Games Movie.”

My thoughts were these: “Quite frankly, I love it. It has this great southern, coal miner daughter’s sound to it and that’s just what you want. Hello, Katniss Everdeen is from the District 12, the coal mining district.”

Now upon seeing the music video released by MTV, I believe this more than ever. It is has this great rustic quality. I’m thankful that Lionsgate did not cheesify this song with intermixed clips from the movie. (Secretly, I might have loved this)

It is beautiful done. I saw on JustJared that Ms. Swift filmed it in Nashville which makes a great location. The location was love, the choice of wardrobe was beautiful and even the hint of the Hunger Games with Swift finding the mockingjay pin was very nice.

Mockinjay pin

Mockingjay pin

The only thing I was confused about was the disappearing deer. Can anyone explain this to me?

The full soundtrack was also released  including my girl Miranda Lambert and a new song from Taylor Swift and the Civil Wars. It is set to drop March 20th.

Click below to get to the Billboard article with all the other artists on the album!

The Hunger Games soundtrack....

The Hunger Games soundtrack....

So Swift fans, did you love the video? “Hunger Games” fans are you happy with the outcome and the soundtrack list?

“War Horse”: A journey worth taking

How good could a movie be with a horse as the main lead? Apparently, pretty good.

“War Horse” directed by Steven Spielberg, comes a story about a boy and his horse. Yep, you’ve read that right. Not a boy and his dog, but a boy and his horse. “War Horse” before it became a movie, was based off a children’s book and has a continuing run on Broadway.

Jeremy Irvine plays Albert Naracott, the boy who raises the horse called Joey after his father overbids for him at an auction. The story really takes off when the first World War starts. Joey is sold into the army to pay off the money Albert’s father still owes to the auctioneer. Captian Nicholls played by Tom Hiddleston takes charge of the horse and promises that he will do whatever it takes to reunite the boy and horse back together. Side note: Loved this character…

Due to the dangers of War, the horse is passed between the English, the Germans and the French. This is where  Speilberg finds a great story within the horse and the four years it lived through the war.  You don’t see much of Albert until the end when he enlists in the Army. That’s not the important bit. It’s how this horse changed people’s lives.

Joey was different things for each person. He became an army horse that charged into battle. He became a way to escape the War for two Germans. He became a little French girl’s dream for a couple of days. My favorite part was the understanding between enemies, an Englishman and German soldier put aside differences to save a horse. Joey is also a friend to Albert.

The film seems daunting when you see the running time for the film which is 2 hours and 26 minutes. You ask yourself, surely Spielberg could’ve found something to cut? That’s the thing, I’m glad he kept all the different stories in. It made Joey become a War Horse.

The film had great beauty especially during the scene when the army men mount their horses in the wheat field. There is such a symmetry and artistry in that shot.

I was even surprised by John Williams score. A lot of his much usually sounds the same. For instance, you can watch “Harry Potter” and pick up on a “Star Wars” theme. The score to “War Horse” sounded different. It fit with the time period and the journey that the horse went through.

“War Horse” is definitely one of my top picks for Best Picture which surprises me. This is what my Oscar challenge forces me to do. See movies I usually wouldn’t go see and in the end, I am very happy with the outcome.

Oscar Nominations:

  1. Best Picture
  2. Best Art Direction
  3. Best Cinematography
  4. Best Music (Original Score): John Williams
  5. Best Sound Editing
  6. Best Sound Mixing

“The Walking Dead”

The Walking Dead returns

The Walking Dead returns

Here’s a thing you should know about me, I hate scary movies. When I heard about “The Walking Dead”, I said to myself… that sounds scary or stupid, not really sure what to think. I also thought it was on one of those channels like HBO or Showtime you have to pay to watch it on so yet another reason why I didn’t watch it.

Anyway, I heard people talking, I saw Facebook posts going “OMG, WALKING DEAD WAS AMAZING LAST NIGHT….” I think you already know what happened, I decided to watch it. You know I like to join that bandwagon. I started watching it and is it possible to say, I love those damn walkers?

The suspense is this show. It reminds me of “Legend” with Will Smith which I love watching because I love the dystopian feel of society, but I also love jumping slightly. This is my limit of scary if I had to say.

I guess I should tell people who haven’t joined the bandwagon what it’s all about… “The Walking Dead” is in its second season of the world being taking over by zombies or walkers. There is a disease, an infection that I don’t think we’ve been told what it is, but it changes its victims. After one walker, comes many… If you are bitten or scratched, you will turn into one of them. Very few humans are left in this society.

“The Walking Dead” talks places in the South where Rick, a sheriff in his previous life has woken up from a gunshot to the changed society. Rick played by Andrew Lincoln and the leftover humans are trying to find a safe place in the world.  “The Walking Dead” is based off the comic books by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn and Tony Moore.

Another reasons is those characters such as Dale or Rick, Shane or Lori. My favorite is Daryl, that redneck that everyone loves to hate, but I think everyone is starting love him. Daryl is such a great character that is evolving from an abusive one side look at the world. He really showed a change in the second season when he was out looking for Sophia. Daryl is played by Norman Reedus.

Like most shows including “LOST”, the second season has found it’s sophomore slump for 8 episodes of trying to find Sophia. The last episode concluded with the outcome and what an outcome it was.  I’m interested to see where “The Walking Dead” picks up when it returns February 12th. I hope “The Walking Dead” has a good suspenseful second half.

“The Walking Dead” returns February 12th on AMC  at 9 PM.

Revenge Ep9: “Suspicion”

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Revenge ABC

Nolan pretty much sums up this whole episode, “Even I’m getting confused.”

Characters keep interchanging their names, but not to worry Nolan and fellow viewers, the plot line to this episode is pretty simple.

There is a big investor dinner for Grayson Global and Tyler and Daniel are up against each other. As Tyler puts it, it is ambition v. nepotism. Tyler plans on banking Nolan Ross after Nolan learns of Tyler’s con. Tyler had stolen one of his credit cards. Tyler promises Nolan, “I’ll pay you back when you invest.” Nolan finds this ridiculous since then Tyler would paying him back with his own money.

Emily begs to differ. She tells Nolan to invest. Why? They learn that Tyler has Lydia’s speech. Emily wants to lure Tyler with money and then take it away from him when she succeeds in getting back the speech. Best part is when Tyler and Nolan agree on this deal with a kiss, Ashley catches them in the act.

Daniel tries to makes a connection with Satoshi Takeada who Emily seems to know. Such a random encounter. When I first saw this episode, all I could thing was, what?!? I thought I was watching a very bad take on “The Karate Kid”. Takeada doesn’t give in even though Emily speaks Japanese. He clearly came out of loyalty for Emily. He has no interest in Daniel’s offer, but Daniel doesn’t know this.

The important turn in this episode is that Amanda or “Kara” for part of this episode, admits to Jack that she is Amanda Clarke. Jack is delighted and kisses her on his boat. Sammy does not approve. Neither does Emily when she finds out.

Side notes:

  • When Tyler offers to pay back his loan with a romp in the bed, Nolan responds, “No transaction. Cash only.” Hehe, too funny!
  • Nolan is just full of good quotes in these episodes. “When she wants someone to go, they usually go in a spectular fashion.” Nolan says this to Amanda when she decides to stay.
  • Victoria Grayson tries to buy Declan out of his relationship with Charlotte.
  • Victoria also speaks to Emily. Emily says, “Last thing I want is for Daniel to get hurt.” I find this very ironic since Daniel gets hurt at the start of the season.
  • Lydia moves out of the house.
  • The police are circling the Grayson’s house after finding the GPS signal from Frank’s phone within in their property.

Revenge Ep8: “Treachery”

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Revenge ABC

This post is going to get confusing. We have Amanda and Emily who is really Emily and Amanda. You get what I’m saying?

Not to worry, I’m not going to change anyone’s name. I’m going to try to keep it consistent. This is a pretty basic episode anyway…

Two people arrive at the Hamptons. Lydia returns to the Hamptons to convalesce at the Grayson’s house and Emily has stashed her one time juvie buddy at Nolan’s. Nolan is not amused. I like when he goes, “How long am I running a daycare center?

Emily doesn’t give a name to her friend, but promises she will return to get her. Nolan allows the girl a.k.a Amanda Clarke in the pool when Jack comes back, looking for Nolan. Jack has a new interest in his life. Nolan tells him to avoid her against all costs. He has seen blood on her coat.

Flashback common sense: Emily and Amanda switched names. The warden at Allenwood told Emily to get the real “Emily Thorne” to trust her and then you can have her work her. Emily gave “Emily” a half a million dollars to switch her name and story for hers.

While Amanda is staying with Nolan, Franks wallet is uncovered. Nolan is not happy, one bit. Harboring criminals is one thing Nolan won’t do.

As Lydia moves in, Emily asks Nolan to do her another favor. What is Emily going to do without Nolan? Nolan is such a good friend to her especially after she wants the photoshop picture of New Years in under an hour. What a nice relationship they have. Another lovely relationship is Lydia and Victoria. Victoria is making sure if she remembers anything, it is only the right things.

Emily is working on a new identity “Kara Wilkins” for Amanda because as Emily says, “it’s not safe for you here.” Let’s send you to Paris, but Amanda won’t have this.

The police show up at Emily’s house asking questions, but she has a fish alibi. After picking Amanda up that morning she had gone to pick up some Lox for Daniel. How convenient…  The police tell her that Frank was investigating her for Victoria. Emily then explains about the Allenwood facility. She uses the real Emily’s story about how she ended her abusive father’s life. Daniel is horrified that his mother was having her investigated. He moves in with Emily. Score one for Emily!  The Police do mention that Frank’s car was in Long Island, but the body was not. Not so good Amanda. Too bad she’s going to stick around and have some fun.


  • Daniel is quitting his job after two episodes at the Stowaway. Congrats Dan! He joins back up with his father.
  • Ashley is sick of working for the socialites… she wants to be one of them.
  • Kara Wilkins is Emily’s mom name.
  • Nolan and Jack’s friendship is restored. See, I didn’t even mention this in the last post because I knew they would be still together.
  • Lydia overheard the truth between Victoria and Conrad on how her fall happened.
  • Emily leaves Frank’s phone at Victoria with the GPS turned on after she and Nolan wiped the memory.

Revenge Ep7: “Charade”

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Revenge ABC

Conrad and Victoria Grayson are celebrating their 25th anniversary, can you believe it? I don’t think they can either. A New York Times reporter comes to interview them and they try to act very much in love like the ice king and queen would. The reporter also interviews Daniel. When Daniel doesn’t let slip who he is dating, Tyler is very helpful in this part.

Franks Story Angle:

Back at Emily’s house, Frank is waiting for her. He finds her gun and wants her to talk. Emily says she will pay him, but that isn’t what he wants.As he leaves, Emily calls the warden and explains her problem. Frank reemerges at the hospital where Victoria is. He promises to redeem himself to her.

Frank goes of to Allenwood, a juvenile maximum correctional center  where he found out Emily went.  That was confidential, but “he broke the sealed records”. The warden tells him he needs a warrant for what else he may want. Franks does not follow the rules and comes back later at night. He does not play nice and picks the locks. He realizes that Emily Thorne is not who she appears to be. The file for Emily Thorne holds the picture of a different girl.

He traces this girl to a strip club where the girl is posing as Amanda Clarke. He tells her where Emily is. She tells him they can go together. Frank calls Victoria and warns that Emily who is not who she appears to be. Too bad, Amanda whacks Frank on the back of the head. She drives his car back to the island to meet Emily. Oh won’t Emily be so surprised?

Relationship Angle:

Emily will be surprised, but first she must see through the Grayson’s 25th anniversary intimate dinner which turns more into a dinner where Declan Porter who Charlotte invited, can’t control himself. He is bitter that Emily can’t see what she means to Jack. She had stopped by earlier in the day and gave him a  mariner’s compass for fixing her porch swing. That’s not just a friend’s gift.

The only person missing from this little rendezvous is Tyler. Tyler is busy talking things over with Nolan. Nolan learns that Tyler has had a restraining order against a Leslie Montgomery who turns out to be a dude.  The talking eventually leads to the bedroom where Nolan enjoys himself. Emily will not be pleased when she finds out.

At the end, Daniel and Emily are sitting on the porch swing. Daniel says “I Love you” to Emily as she strokes the swing that is a memory of her past.

Side notes:

  • Nolan has a bodyguard now whose name is Big Ed
  • Lydia wakes up from her coma, has amnesia.
  • Conrad moves out
  • Daniel and Emily are on the other side of the fold of the paper. Jack and Emily are not amused.