TV GUIDE ranked it #7 on its list of The 60 Greatest Dramas of All Time.
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3 GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS
26 EMMY AWARDS
Created by Aaron Sorkin
I'm a huge fan of THE WEST WING which first aired back in 1999, over 15 years ago. All actors and actresses were at their very best in their roles from Martin Sheen, Allison Janney, Rob Low, the late John Spencer and many others. I have watched all nine seasons twice and have enjoyed it the second time around as much as I did the first time. If you love political shows and movies THE WEST WING could become your next favorite show! Stream it now on NETFLIX while, as of today, it's still available!
Many fans including myself are hoping that JAKE BALLARD'S character wasn't officially killed off Scandal in the Season 4 Episode 19 "I'm Just a Bill". I've loved Jake Ballard's character played by Scott Foley. I have covered in a previous blog Jake and Olivia's relationship and the so called Love triangle storyline from the beginning of Season 4. Although I haven't been rooting for Olivia to officially be with Fitz or Jake, I'd rather her be with Jake if I had to choose. Refer to my earlier blog post for more of my thoughts on Fits VS. Jake here: http://www.tvandpopcorn.com/tvpopcorn-blog/scandal-season-4-episode-3-olivia-pope-and-jake-ballards-relationship-the-triangle
10 reasons why I like Jake
Jake has always been loyal to Liv. When he first started watching her per Fitz's request he really didn't understand who she was or what Fitz wanted with her but once he got to know her and after watching her for some time he grew fond of her. Since that time He's been real with Liv, speaking his mind to her even when it wasn't always in agreement with her. He's taught her how to defend herself and take care of herself-I hope she took notes. He never allowed Liv to string him along; he set boundaries in their relationships and he didn't allow Liv to completely consume him but he kept the task at hand in mind. Although he was with Liv for a time he gave her space and he knew where he stood. He didn't beg her to be with him but allowed her to make up her own mind. At the end of the Day Jake got the job done and has done a lot for many characters, even things they themselves didn't want to do. I hope that by the next episode it will pick up from him being found alive but badly wounded. -Monica/TVandPopcorn
The Following Season 3 Episode 6 "Reunion" finally took me to the edge of my seat as the show did back in Season 1. For me Carroll wasn't the bonus, but the addition of another fellow mass murderer deemed as Arthur Strauss' BEST STUDENT made THE FOLLOWING interesting again. I'm always going to root for the good guys, which in this case is the FBI and Ryan Hardy who have been working hard to solve a string of random murders by psychopathic killers who worships other psychopathic killers who have mastered the art of killing and getting away with it. What made "Reunion" so interesting is the reveal that Joe Carroll who has given Ryan Hardy a run for his money, relationships and sanity, is not Arthur Strauss' best student.
Arthur Strauss, we found out in Season 2, is a teacher/mentor to psychopathic serial killers. Strauss himself, being a doctor, has found more pleasure in watching his patients die and suffer than helping them to live. With his passion for killing Strauss decided to go a step further and seek out and mentor others like him how to master the art of killing which includes finding a way of doing it without getting caught. Strauss was disappointed in Carol for going so public with his killings and seeking him out for help which eventually lead to his capture. Strauss this season was behind bars and awaiting trail but with some help from his law team and his best student THEO (Michael Ealy), Strauss was able to walk out of the courtroom a free man due to a lack of evidence but Strauss' freedom was short lived.
THEO: Theo, Arthur Strauss' best student wanted to master all forms of killing. In this episode "Reunion" I personally thought that Strauss was trying to become a mentor to someone who was already mastering his own techniques. I believe Theo wanted Strauss to feel he had impacted his life but Theo's earlier reactions to Strauss, to me, already displayed a dislike. Strauss contacted Theo to help him plant some evidence on the FBI database that would question the FBI'S credibility during his trial. Theo has not only mastered killing but he's good with technology which makes him an even bigger threat especially for the FBI because he's able to erase his digital footprints. By the end of "Reunion" Theo had done everything Strauss asked. He was supposed to also deliver IDs and passports to Strauss and fellow follower Daisy. Once Theo arrived at Strauss' hidden location in the woods, provided by another student of Strauss, Duncan Banks, Theo greeted Strauss with a smile and a hug; while hugging Strauss, Theo strangled him to death. As Theo strangled Strauss he uttered his reasoning for doing so which all boiled down to Strauss exposing his followers to save his own life in which Theo called being selfish and not being a true father figure or teacher because a father sacrifices himself for his children.
Interesting: After Theo killed Strauss I wondered why he would come out of hiding just to kill Strauss. In my opinion I'd say it was because Theo knew that Strauss could track him down if he turned down his call for help. Maybe Theo thought that was the only way to eliminate all threats. Theo killing Strauss wasn't the only shocker about Theo coming into the picture but it was one of the final scene's reveal that he has a wife and two kids waiting for him at home. From the looks of it his family just thinks he's called out of town for work when he's gone for long extended periods of time. He has a great cover for himself and doesn't appear to want to be a part of a cult following just out killing as they are told but he seems to have his own way of doing things. Does this make Theo a threat to those who are a part of the following? Has Joe Carroll ever met him? Does Theo know or like Joe Carroll? These are some of the questions that ran through my mind as Ryan Hardy walked into Carroll's jail cell at the end of the episode to inquire about, as he said "Strauss' BEST STUDENT". -Monica/TVandPopcorn
CAROL: Carol has been an amazing character and surprise for me this season. Although I've always liked Carol I feel like she's reached the peak of understanding who she is, what she wants and what she's capable of and she has been applying that this season. Although she's agreed with Rick's logic and views of Alexandria all of this time, she decided to embrace the town in her own way. Carol has been bold, witty and Bond girl dangerous! Carol originally introduced herself to the town as a broken house wife just looking to survive with no real skills in combat. She presented herself as a cook and one who's willing to look after the elderly and others in need. Her skills and what she's truly capable of has been kept under lock and key even during the Finale. TWD Finale held one final WOW moment for Carol as she threatened Pete during his refusal to check on Tara who had been injured in a previous episode. Pete was a surgeon and the one looking after her but failed to do so after his tussle with Rick. Carol walked into Pete's home pulled her knife and held it to his throat and said "I could kill you right now and who would believe I did it because I don't like you; no one. They'll believe you tried to hurt me. They'll definitely believe that." Carol has had many awesome moments like this including a run in with Pete's son Sam who also wanted to kill his Father (Pete) for hitting his Mother (Jessie). Here is a cheer for Carol and her ability to be a chameleon, not losing herself in the process!
GLEN & NICHOLAS: Glen hasn't seemed to struggle with the idea of Alexandria this season as the others have. I love Glen because since he first appeared on screen in the first season of TWD he was always level headed. He's never overly emotional or out of control. He has been that character for me that I wouldn't want to see come to an end or meet his death in an episode. Glen like Rick has the strong qualities of a leader being able to dictate what needs to be done because of his experience. Glen has struggled in the last couple of episodes as he's dealt with the death of Noah. Noah's death took place in TWD Season 5 Episode 14 "Spend". His death was sudden and cased by Nicholas who was selfish and a coward who only wanted to save himself and because of his actions Noah was ripped to pieces by zombies. Even in the mist of what happened Glen tried to show Nicholas mercy and warned him never to be outside the walls with anyone else again. Nicholas took that as a threat and decided he'd deal with Glen his own way. Nicholas shot Glen in the shoulders after Glen tailed him through the woods. Glen and Nicholas fought long and hard and even after Nicholas left Glen to be killed by zombies--Don't worry that didn't happen but it could have--Glen still forgave him and spared his life. As of the Finale episode we see Glen holding Nicholas up as they walk through the woods on their way home together.
DARYL & AARON: At first I didn't like Aaron at all. He was the one who originally tracked down the group and convinced them to join Alexandria. It's taken me until TWD Finale to feel anything about Aaron other than suspicion. Aaron and Daryl really bonded in this episode "Conquer". I believe they have formed a strong partnership as they went out looking for others who will benefit the community of Alexandria. Aaron has helped Daryl feel at home by giving him something to do outside of the community. Daryl hasn't kept it a secret that he'd rather be on the outside because that's where he feels more at home and normal. Daryl, like the rest of the group, has been dealing with his new living situation the best he knows how and he's really put forth an attempt to try. Aaron and Daryl came across and brought back one of the most surprising but anticipated characters of TWD, Morgan. Yes that's right Morgan is now in Alexandria. The interaction between Rick and Morgan is one that I we'll be strongly anticipating for Season 6.
DEANNA , ALEXANDRIA & THE GROUP: We are leaving Season 5 with new threats, 'THE WOLVES' and a new hope that Rick, his group and the people of Alexandria will not be as defenseless as they have been.
At the beginning of the Finale we were all holding onto our seats as we watched Dianna hint around that she might cast Rick out of the community for his actions against Pete and the community. By the end of this Finale Rick demonstrated why the community needed him as he took on zombies that entered into the gates of Alexandria do to the negligence of Father Gabriel. Rick once again saved others because of his quick thinking and actions. As the town meeting was happening and as Rick was speaking with the community on the importance of being prepared, Pete entered waving a sword and in the process slit Dianna's husband's throat which prompted Dianna to ask Rick to handle Pete, in which Rick responded by shooting and killing him. This was one of the very last scenes of the Finale which leaves us to wonder how the community reacted to Rick's response of the situation and will we see a different Deanna in Season 6?
As for the rest of the group, Father Gabriel finally came to terms with his inner demons after trying to reflect his guilt of getting others killed on the group. Father Gabriel, Sasha and Maggie were in the church praying together, holding hands by the end of the Finale. Maggie also had to forgive Father Gabriel for his attempt to pin Deanna against the group. It felt like much needed healing as many of the characters rendered mercy to those who have wronged them. Eugene apologized to Abraham for lying to the group about a cure as they sat at Tara's bed side as she recovers from her earlier injuries. Rosita has been patching up everyone's wombs and staying at Tara's bedside. She's kept her head low for the second half of the season and has also adapted to her new home in Alexandria a little better than others but with the Wolves now officially being introduced in the season Finale I believe it's safe to say that peace and harmony for Alexandria may only be but for a brief and I mean a really brief moment in time. -Monica/TVandPopcorn
The Walking Dead has me on the edge of my seat again! I've held my breath as I watched the Rick vs. Pete fight on THE WALKING DEAD'S S5E15 'TRY'. I've been reading across social media about the episode and see many people stating how they thought Rick was wrong and that he is losing his mind again but I stand with those who feel Rick along with Carol and Sasha may be the very ones who are thinking straight. With all that the groups has been through I can't really blame Rick for feeling the way he feels. I feel like Deanne has picked the wrong time to consider or regret the fact that she invited Rick and the group to Alexandria which is something Rick has been trying to warn her about the whole time. Initially when Rick stepped foot into Alexandria the biggest dummy on the face of the earth could tell he'd been fighting for his life. Rick was completely opposed to going to Alexandria but was convinced by others in the group, most of all Michonne. Deanna didn't invite the group in based on their good posture and lack of issues but it was very clear to her from the beginning that she was letting in a damaged group who was use to not trusting in anyone. I completely agree that it's Deanna and the people of Alexandria who will eventually perish due to their own ignorance and willingness to close their eyes to the issues they should be addressing and I feel that's what Rick was trying to address with them all before Michonne knocked him out.
THE WALKING DEAD SEASON 5 FINALE: Rick may be punished in some way due to his actions against Pete. Dianne has stated that she knew the whole time that Pete has been beating on Jessie (Pete's wife). Pete has proven to be out of control and he did attack Rick first. Rick could have killed Pete but he didn't. I do believe Rick was trying to do things Deanna's way. It appears that a new threat is on the rise. Who will survive the finale? Will they be begging for Rick's help in the end? I believe that once you've been through and survived as much as Rick and the group have, above all else you have to listen to your gut instinct and the instincts of both Rick, Carol and Sasha are warning them of something and hopefully it's enough and just in time to keep as many people alive as possible. -Monica/TVandPopcorn
We can all take a lesson from THE LAST MAN ON EARTH'S Carol on how to keep life moving forward as normal as possible when you're presumed to be the last man and woman on earth. Carol prepared Phil a special dinner in honor of their wedding. What's for dinner; spaghetti and raisin balls! Even as I type this, the thought of it makes me cringe but it was quite humorous. Carol said to Phil "I'm the kind of gal who tries to make the best of things and since meat balls will never ever exist again, I said Carol get your hands up, grab some raisin and you smash them into a ball girl." So, if you ever find yourself stranded or you just so happen to be the last man or woman on earth without any meat, take a page from Carol's cook book and make the best of things, and with that said hopefully you'll have some raisins! (LOL)
MY THOUGHTS ON THE SHOW: From the moment I heard about or saw the previews for FOX'S 'THE LAST MAN ON EARTH' I wanted to see it because I wondered how the show would be with just one man. Also it appeared to be something that would give me a good laugh and that it does but I didn't imagine that it would be just one man and then there would be one woman, or two. After episode two of season one "Spaghetti Balls and Wedding Bells" all though funny, with the reveal that there is another woman coming into the picture other than Carol I fear the show will turn into a one man with many women circus. Already Carol is talking about procreation but not before she talked Phil into having a wedding ceremony in a church, with no people, no preacher, just her voice on a recorder as the wedding officiant rendering pauses so they could both say their vows. Phil had much hesitation about going through the whole ordeal with Carol; mainly because he thought she was crazy to want to go through such things when no one else exists--to their knowledge. Shortly after the wedding and as a few days go by Phil realizes that Carol isn't so bad and right in the moment of that acknowledgment they run into another woman, literally, they ran into her with their car. Seemingly the only three people in the whole world and still they manage to get into a car accident; WOW! With that said, in my opinion, I feel the show is moving too fast. I really wasn't expecting another woman or person to come into the picture so soon but hey, it's only the second episode. As the season goes on we'll surly know where the writes plan to take THE LAST MAN ON EARTH and I'm hoping it's not along the lines of starting a family with multiple women. GEEZE! -Monica/TVandPopcorn
Hey leave me a comment if you decide to try SPAGHETTI and RAISIN BALLS ;-)!
Scandal fans have always had their own opinion about how the show should go as if they were the writers themselves, but nothing set the fans off more than Scandal's Season 4 Episode 14 "The Lawn Chair". THE LAWN CHAIR literally pinned fan against fan as some commended Shonda Rimes and her team of writers and actors for the heartfelt episode while others stated that for the first time they were turning the channel.
SCANDAL S4E14 THE LAWN CHAIR: This episode hit home for many Americans and even those who are in other countries who have kept up with the news over the last year as we've dealt with police and civilian misconduct especially in the real life case of Michael Brown (a black teenager) who was gunned down by white Officer, Darren Wilson. In a similar fashion Scandal's 'The Lawn Chair' depicted a black teenager, Brandon Parker, shot and killed by a white police officer. The father, Clarence Parker, (in the show) sat over his son's body in a lawn chair holding a shot gun demanding to know which officer killed his son and why. Clarence was convinced that his son was wrongfully shot and killed and by the end of the episode his theory was proven right by Olivia Pope and her Gladiators. The police officer (in the show), Officer Newton, was depicted as first being hurt by what he'd done and his defense was that he feared for his life as Brandon Parker pulled a knife. Later on Officer Newton showed his true motive and emotions behind it by stating that the black people of that neighborhood and surrounding areas don't show the offers any respect. He felt disrespected and stated that Brandon, the teen he shot down, should have done as he was told. It was later discovered that Newton planted the knife on Brandon after fatally shooting him. The episode ended with Officer Newton getting arrested and being charged for the murder of Brandon after planting false evidence and Brandon's father, Clarence Parker, putting down his shot gun, leaving his son's body, the riot of on lookers and activist to visit the white house, meeting and being sadly consoled by President Fitz.
FANS ARE SPLIT: I've read many comments and opinions on this episode. I've seen where fans were really upset that they had to think about the reality that this episode depicts while other fans were happy the topic was put on display on the show.
MY PERSONAL OPINION: I agree with many fans who felt like Scandal did what every other show does, and that is depicting real life situations. I didn't mind the episode at all. After all, I was one of the show's viewers who would have stopped watching Scandal had it continued on its story line before the Season 4 Mid-Season Finale which was 'THE LOVE TRIANGLE'. After this latest episode it made me wonder if Shonda wanted more for her show other than a women constantly going back and forth between the bed of two men and one of those men being married and the President. Now all of a sudden Scandal is going down--why; let some fans tell it, because the SEX isn't good anymore LMBO! Do I fault Shonda and her team of writers for leading the fans on by giving them good sex and chemistry and then withdrawing? Yes! The fans were given something completely different in the first half of Season 4 and then Shonda Land went and got real on them, taking away their fantasy of Olitz and Olake. Now those fans who have been affected by this withdrawal are feeling some kind of way about the show actually becoming interesting and tackling a deeper storyline. It seems like Shonda Land had a change of heart in their direction or maybe this is just a fork in the road; we'll see soon enough I'm sure. As for 'THE LAWN CHAIR' if only justice was as swift and sweet as depicted on the show then it wouldn't have been so painful to watch. The reality I feel is that we all need to start dealing with OURSELVES; be TRUTHFUL with OURSELVES and deal with our INNER DEMONS. When we look at ourselves in the mirror and address our issues and hatreds and negativity, this to me is the beginning of change. What I'm saying is nothing fancy and of course it has been said countless times before but change truly starts at home before we even walk out our door! -Monica/TVandPopcorn
In the previous episode S1E12 "She's a Murderer" Annalise framed boy toy Nate Lahey for the murder of her husband Sam Keating. By now, if you're reading this, you already know that Annalise's students-Wes in particular- played a role in her husband's murder/death; their roles in the murder are self-defense and Annalise knows the truth and has vowed to protect them-apparently at any cost, even the cost of a innocent man.
S1E13 "Momma's Here Now": Annalise calls Mom in the final scene of S1E12 after framing Nate. "Momma I need you" Annalise states as she cries seemingly out of guilt of what she'd just done. Annalise called and Momma (Ophelia) came right on in, literally! The role of Annalise's mom Ophelia was cast to Cicely Tyson. Ophelia added more back story to Annalise. Just in this one episode we got to see a little deeper into Annalise's past and that was done without any flash back scenes but just testimony in conversation between her and her mother. Ophelia charged in the door (because the door was unlocked) and as Bonnie and Frank, Annalise's employees and fellow lawyers greet her, she asks "You always leave the door open for folks to walk in off the streets?" Her quotes throughout this episode were simply amazing, truthful and funny. I feel the writers did a great job setting the tone for Ophelia. She wasn't too over the top but really gave you a since of a true mother and daughter relationship.
What did we find out from Ophelia during this weeks episode?
(1). She never approved of Annalise marrying Sam.
(2). Sam was Annalise's therapist prior to their relationship and marriage.
(3). Annalise's name before she changed it was Anna Mae.
(4). Ophelia had never been invited to Annalise's home before now.
(5). Annalise had a problem with her hand-me-downs as a child.
(6). Annalise suffered child abuse at the hands of her Uncle Clyde.
(7). Ophelia, Annalise's mom got away with murder. How? Who? She killed Uncle Clyde.
It was apparent as we watched the back and forth anger and aggression of Annalise against mother Ophelia that they hadn't spoken in quite some time. It was also apparent that Annalise was angered by her past child abuse which was never discussed between her and her mother. Annalise suffered up until this episode, thinking that her mother either didn't know about the abuse or knew but refused to do anything about it. We find out more details about the abuse when Annalise asked her mother straight forward if she knew. Ophelia is one sharp cookie and we shouldn't doubt it for a minute! She addressed Annalise's questions with some knowledge filled words and a confession. Uncle Clyde came to stay with Ophelia and the kids claiming that he had no money and needed a place to say. Ophelia stated that she walked down the hall to check on Annalise (Anna Mae at the time) and she saw Clyde leaving Annalise's room. She told Annalise that at that moment she knew what he'd done. Clyde smoked three packs of cigarettes a day and he was also a heavy drinker. Ophelia used her knowledge of his habits to get rid of him for good! He would fall asleep on the couch with cigarettes in his mouth and Ophelia confessed she would go and put them out but one night, shortly after she understood what he'd done to Annalise she decided not to put that cigarette out but instead let it burn. Ophelia states as she combs Annalise's hair and consoles her “Sometimes you got to do what you got to do even if all you've got is a long match and a very flammable hooch." Ophelia doesn't know any of the details of Annalise's situation but trusts that Annalise is also doing what she has to do and in her own way she uses the reveal about Uncle Clyde as a way of showing Annalise that she also had to make and live with tough decisions.
Wes and rebecca
While Annalise is being consoled by her mother and going through some long overdue healing Wes is conducting his own investigation of another individual's past-Rebecca's past. Wes strongly feels that Rebecca is lying to him, especially about the guy (Rudy Walters) who use to live in his current dorm-room at college. During Wes' investigation he finds out that Rudy was not in jail but in a mental facility. Wes and Laurel pose as a couple as Laurel also poses as the sister of Rudy so that they could see and speak with him. Their plan works and the nurse allows them into Rudy's room where Rudy is sitting on his bed, with his head down, not speaking, even after he's spoken to. The nurse informed them that he was traumatized by something and drugs could have also played a role in putting him in his current condition. Rudy did lift his head up to acknowledge them but didn't speak until Wes put a picture of Rebecca (on his phone) in front of Rudy's face. It was then that Rudy utters the word "wet". Wes has gathered from that one word and from Rudy's reaction that there is definitely more to Rebecca's story and Lila's death than what she's told him. Now we have to wait for the conclusion of Wes and his worries of Rebecca and her lies. Did she kill Lila? In one week we will definitely find out! -Monica/TVandPopcorn
Yes the title of this article is correct! In the new direction of Revenge as of Season 4 Episode 13 "Abduction" Margaux LeMarchal is raising war on Amanda Clarke aka alias Emily Throne. Margaux is still fuming over the death of Daniel. Daniel died saving Emily from Kate a corrupt FBI Agent and the daughter of Malcom Black. Malcom Black was coming after David trying to settle old, bad, twisted debt. David has claimed that Malcom Black made him do some terrible things after he saved him from what was supposed to be a staged death in prison by Conrad. Supposedly, Victory finally broke down and told Margaux the truth about Daniels death. This is after Amanda, David and Jack fabricated a story about what really happened at Amanda's home the night Daniel was killed.
THE FABRICATED STORY: Amanda told police that Daniel had come into her home to harm her. He was very angry about the things she'd done to him in their past and had not let it go. Amanda's story was that she had to kill Daniel in self-defense.
THE TRUTH: Daniel heard loud noises as he was on the beach. This noise was coming from the home of Amanda as she was fighting with corrupt FBI Agent, Kate. Daniel went running up to Amanda's home and as he entered he saw Emily laying in the floor of her foyer. Daniel ran to Amanda's aid and as he did Kate- after getting herself together from the tussle with Amanda-pick up her gun and in an attempt to shoot Amanda, Daniel shielded Amanda and took the bullets instead.
MARGAUX VENGEANCE: Margaux was made to believe the same fabricated story as everyone else but didn't believe it since she was the last person to actually speak to Daniel. In her last conversation with Daniel she asked him to come home so that they could be a family. Margaux had just revealed to Daniel just hours prior to his death that she was pregnant. Margaux had been upset with Daniel after finding out he slept with Louis. Margaux felt she couldn't trust Daniel but after considering the improvements he'd been working hard to make she was willing to give him another chance.
OH VICTORIA: Victoria after seeing how the stress of the issue with Daniel was affecting Margaux and her pregnancy, while Margaux was in the hospital from a breakdown, Victoria supposedly told her the truth. Of course we can't expect the real truth to come out of the mouth of Victoria Grayson. As of Episode 13 "Abduction" it appears that Victoria only gave Margaux the side of the story that excludes Victoria herself from any wrong doing. Even after Margaux found out Amanda had nothing to do with the death of Daniel in the sense of her killing him, Margaux still will not let it go and now she believes Amanda had something to do with her father's death also and of course Victoria didn't reveal to her that Conrad actually killed her father.
WHAT NOW: Victoria seems to be tired and ready to give up the life of Revenge. She stated in "Abduction" that she was ready to move on and she acknowledged that David and Amanda deserved a life together. Later on as the show drew to a close we see Margaux speaking with Victoria about her plans for Amanda. Her plans are to find evidence against the things she has been doing. Once she has the evidence that she needs she plans to send Amanda to jail for a very long time. Victoria warned Margaux that revenge was a very dangerous game but Margaux is determined-but to what end? I hope that Margaux doesn't succeed in her plans for Amanda and that she comes to her senses before taking things too far! After all Amanda has been through Margaux can't be the end of her! -Monica/TVandPopcorn
Happy New Year TV and Popcorn fans, followers and readers!
Tonight I watched the UFC182 fight event. This is one fight that has been well advertised and pumped up-UFC Light Heavy Weight Champion JON JONES vs. DANIEL CORMIER! This was said to be one of the biggest fights of the year especially because these two champions, in their own right, don't like each other at all. Daniel Cormier has said in several interviews that Jon Jones is prideful and that the people deserve a new champion.
After tonight Jon Jones has defended his title eight times. Jones came out tonight to "It's Getting Hot in Here" by Nelly and also a mix of other songs including "The Champ Is Here" by Jay Z. Something came across as odd about Jones tonight but maybe we can chalk it up to him just automatically assuming he was going to win. Round one between Jones and Cormier seemed to start off slow, surprisingly. To me Cormier seemed to be ready but already exhausted and rightfully so; the hype of this event I'm sure weighed down on both fighters. As the rounds continue, both fighters eventually going all five rounds with no knock out, Jones and Cormier both got each other down to the floor a few times with the intent to achieve TAKE DOWN.
MY OPINION: I was really disappointed in this fight. I felt that it was too much holding, especially on Jones' part. I was rooting for Cormier for the win but regardless I'm willing to give props where props are due. I felt this fight was boring and underwhelming. My initial reaction was that neither fighter should be happy with their performance. I do understand that Cormier had to defend himself with all the holds with Jones trying to get him on the TAKE DOWN/SUBMISSION earlier on in the first three rounds. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a fighter and have no idea the discipline and level of energy it takes to fight on any level but I can only image so there is no disrespect towards either fighter but I watched the preliminary fights and I felt many of those fights where better. Several preliminary fights were intense and a lot of the guys had more to prove especially among the fighters competing in UFC for the first time. To me I felt like Jones didn't go out with the heart to give his all but with the strategy to gain points and drain the clock with holding. For the most part I was disappointed.
POST PRESS CONFERENCE: Jones took the win with the score 49 to Cormier's 46. Cormier took the high ground and admitted his loss. He also stated that he didn't know how to judge a fight after being asked if he felt the points should have been closer. Cormier admitted that some rounds for him were strong but there were others that he didn't win over Jones. -Monica/TVandPopcorn
Get up close and personal-moment by moment account of the fight blogged here: http://www.mmafighting.com/2015/1/4/7481963/ufc-182-live-blog-jon-jones-vs-daniel-cormier
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Here we are drawing near to a New Year and celebrating one of the biggest holidays in the United States. I remember as a kid the holidays would come and go and you watch the adults prepare for each of them, especially Christmas, not really realizing that you too would become an adult one day and there is no going back. This is what makes the holidays special to me; now that I'm an adult and life has gotten so busy and I have the responsibilities I didn't have to worry about as a child, I know the holidays are a time that I can wind down for just a moment and enjoy even the smaller things in life that I use to enjoy as a kid.
GOOD MOVIES, GOOD FUN, FAMILY & FRIENDS + LOVE: To jump start the holiday season I've spent time helping my family put up a Christmas tree. I've had a slumber party and I was able to have some fun with family members I get the opportunity to see a few times a year. Over the weekend I went to the movies with my Dad and sisters to go see John Wick, which I felt was a good movie but didn't feel his reason for vengeance was justifiable; John Wick was playing at what use to be a dollar theater but is now up to $2.50. We had such a wonderful time and my Dad is one of the people in my life that filled my childhood with such wonderful memories.
WHAT CHRISTMAS IS ALL ABOUT: There is a lot of Gift giving going on during Christmas which is also, I feel, a gesture of love from many but I also don't forget what Christmas is all about. I am a believer in God and a believer in Jesus and although I know this Holiday set aside for the Birth of Christ or Jesus' Birthday may or may not be accurate I still feel it's a great opportunity, if you're a believer in Christ, to share His story around the table during the holidays. During my childhood my mom wasn't big on celebrating Christmas only because it just really wasn't her thing and she saw it more so as the reason many went out and got into even more debt but she never let myself, bother nor my cousins forget about Christ, even when we went to go celebrate with other family members and friends.
CHRISTMAS CAROLS & MOVIES: This wouldn't be TV and Popcorn without throwing some movie suggestions your way just in time for the holidays. When you're gathering around the fire place with your warm hot coco, eggnog, mint tea and maybe even some popcorn, this is the perfect time to pull out those great Christmas and holiday favorites and here is our top 5 picks available for instant play through AMAZON INSTANT VIDEO:
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones. It is my hope that you have a wonderful, safe and peaceful holiday season! -Monica/TV and Popcorn
My XBOX LIVE hasn't been working for hours and hackers by the name LIZARD SQUAD is taking claim for the service outage. "What a lovely night to kick back and watch some Netflix on the Xbox" I thought to myself as I pulled my perfectly baked and crisp chicken wings out of the oven. I sat down with my plate of wings, broccoli, a few french fries and a glass of crystal light-pink lemonade. I grabbed the remotes-the TV remote and the Xbox remote-got everything powered on and began to watch a few episodes of 'CRIMINAL MINDS'.
'Criminal Minds' has been my favorite show on Netflix to watch these past two weeks. I play a few games on my Xbox but I mainly use it for streaming Netflix and others such as Hulu Plus, Crackle and Amazon Instant Video. I even purchase a movie every now and then from Xbox video.
Lately my Xbox has been tripping. I haven't been able to stay connected for more than 30mins or so at a time, especially at night. I kept saying that Xbox was taking down our service because they wanted us to purchase the Xbox One during the holidays; so they want us to think something is wrong with our boxes. Unfortunately at the time I didn't think to get online to see if anyone else was having this issue. I just assumed it was our internet connection because we kept getting an error saying we had no network connection at all, although no other devices in my home were having connection issue.
In order to fix the problem after several days of researching and almost 4 weeks of service here and there we come across instructions for network connection issues on the Xbox website. The instructions said that we needed to delete our profile and our profile only and then clear our cache a minimum of three times. We did this and for the rest of the night we couldn't play our apps or download them. It wasn't until the next day that our services started working again.
After seeing Xbox's alerts I went straight to Goolge to search for terms such as Xbox down now or not working. As soon as I pressed enter I saw articles referencing to hackers who have taken the credit for taking down Xbox Live. The group taking the credit for this outage of thousands and thousands of users call themselves LIZARD SQUAD. It is said that the LIZARD SQUAD has put Xbox under DDOS, a distributed denial of service attack. They also took to twitter on December 2, 2014 taking claims for the DDOS against Microsoft that day also. I don't know how much of this they have been doing even before Thanksgiving but I've been having sign in problems and connection issues for weeks and it simply got worse and worse.
Tonight services came back up for about 30 minutes after being down for over an hour and went right back out again; as of this post we still can't access our Xbox Live. What will Xbox do about these hackers? The way the service is acting it definitely seems like an attack, especially with the amount of users not able to log on tonight. I jumped on twitter (#xboxlive) after checking out the status of Xbox on http://www.isitdownrightnow.com/live.xbox.com.html. On both twitter and isitdownrightnow.com comments were flying in about the outage. But there were others who thought the same thing I've been thinking for weeks. Maybe, just maybe, Xbox simply wants me to purchase a new Xbox One. Humm...
Revenge has been one of my all time favorite shows to review this past year. While watching the latest episode "Intel" of Revenge Season 4 Episode 9 I felt, for the first time in the middle of watching, that I wanted to just turn it off completely. Revenge had a great reputation of getting things done throughout each episode. From one episode to the next you knew something was going down and you didn't have to wait a long period of time for it to happen. Now, since the great reveal that David Clark is alive, we have been waiting on him and Emily to meet; now that that has happened I don't really know what we're waiting on. To me the show feels like a soap opera. There are different characters in play now and after "Intel" we even find there is a pregnancy along with relationships that seem rushed and not well thought out. With all that said I'm still rooting for Revenge to get back on track. Listen to my latest review here below as I give my review on Revenge and where I think it's heading now. -Monica/TVandPopcorn
THE WALKING DEAD'S mid-season finale of Season 5 started off with cop Bob on the run after he manipulated Sasha into feeling sympathy for him and a friend, then he knocks her out cold. I was happy to see that he didn't get too far as Rick pursued him to stop him before he landed back at the hospital. Rick chased Bob down in his car telling him to stop on the police P.A. system. Bob wouldn't stop which prompted Rick to hit him with the police car. He didn't run over him but he knocked him to the pavement pretty hard. Rick didn't spend too much time talking to Bob before shooting him dead.
RICK VS. SHANE: Many people are saying-because of the scene in the mid-season finale with Bob-that Rick is now the new Shane. Shane was Rick's partner and friend before turning enemy in Season 2 of THE WALKING DEAD. Shane also had a relationship with Lori, Ricks wife, as they both assumed Rick died in a hospital S1 that was overrun by walkers. In my opinion I don't feel that Rick is anything like Shane. Yes, I do feel Rick is prong to go off and do what he feels he needs to do but Rick's loyalty to the group and to others is what separates him from Shane. Shane was power hungry and didn't care about what anyone else had to say; he was always looking to take actions into his own hands and at the end of the day he didn't care about what anyone else had to say. Rick on the other hand listens to the others in the group when they offer up suggestions; sometimes he even listens when he probably should simply take control of the situation. Even in the mid-season finale of Season 5 we see Rick consult with Daryl after killing Bob. Although Rick was ready to kill the other cops and then go into the hospital guns blazing Daryl convinced him that there may be another way and to give the other cops a chance. Rick listened and for the most part the exchange for Carol and Beth went smoothly until...
THE CONCLUSION: By the end we see that Rick has followed Daryl's advice; he's ready to the exchange, the two captured cops for Beth and Carol. The exchange goes well and without bloodshed until Dawn asks Rick and the group to hand over Noah. Noah was also in the hospital amongst those saved by the cops patrolling the streets and picking up those who are surviving but are sick or injured. Noah recently escaped the hospital and attempted to escape with Beth but she was recaptured before she could get beyond their gates. Noah was willing to remain with those at the hospital and as he moved along to cross over to their side Beth stops him and hugs him. As she's hugging Noah, Dawn says "I told you you'd come home, they always come home."; as Dawn stated this Beth gave her a look and says "I get it now" and she then attempts to stab Dawn with the scissors she's hiding in her arm cast. At this point Dawn shoots her in the head but you can tell that Dawn is in shock. Daryl draws his weapon and he then kills Dawn also shooting her in the head. It was a bloody mess but the others at the hospital didn't want it to go any further. They allowed Rick and the group to leave. The mid-season finale ended with Daryl carrying Beth's body out amongst the others who were just arriving including Maggie, Beth's sister. -Monica/TVandPopcorn
Listen to my Review of THE WALKING DEAD'S MID-SEASON FINALE below.
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