Woo Hoo! I'm happy again because the next day after resetting my Xbox profile and reloading it my services seem to work and now my apps are downloading; that is until tonight December 05, 2014. In the middle of 'Criminal Minds' S3E2 my Xbox dropped Xbox Live with no warning or lag. After several attempts-logging in and logging out-Xbox would not connect. I jumped on the computer to go to the www.xbox.com/networkhelp to see what was going on. Xbox did have an alert that stated "Xbox Live Core Services Limited". This alert was specific to logging into profiles, downloading apps, launching apps and certain games.
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.
HOT ON DVD right now and available in the Redbox is "X-MEN DAYS OF FUTURE PAST"! X-MEN DAYS OF FUTURE PAST takes place after "The Wolverine" where both Charles Xavier (The Professor) and Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto) come together to ask Logan (Wolverine) to travel back in time to change history so that their enemy-the enemy of all mutants good or bad-would never come into existence. Wolverine is asked to travel back to the year 1973 where he has to pursue Raven (Mystique) before she kills Bolivar Trask the creator of their enemy the Sentinels.
Before Wolverine travels back in time he learns of Mystique's past success in killing Bolivar. Once she killed him she herself was captured and her DNA, because of her ability to adapt and change into anyone, was used in the final creation of the Sentinels, making them harder for the mutants to fight, which eventually lead to the end of all mutants and human who helped aid them.
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Wolverine is asked, as he travels back in time, to find Charles Xavier (The Professor) and Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto) because he would need their help to stop Mystique and change the course of events. This would not be an easy task for Wolverine because he's stepping into the middle of a fight between The Professor and Magneto who is locked away-away from any metal-and is suppose to remain there for the rest of his life. Wolverine has to convince them to work together for the common cause of saving the entire mutant race.
MY REVIEW: I found X-MEN DAYS OF FUTURE PAST to be very humorous. There are a lot of funny moments between Logan, Charles and Magneto. Over all, the action was consistent and I was very entertained and I thought they executed the story very well. At the end of this particular installment it did leave me with a question. Will Logan now be able to alter the future of those he love and change their outcome now that he's lived in both the future and the past? Because he was able to go back in time and keep his memory, just that journey alone did change much of the future as he knew it but he still holds memory of the past before it was changed. I guess only time will tell how they choose to bring that full circle. For all you comic book readers, you all rock! I haven't read any of the X-MEN comics although I'm a huge fan of the movie serious, so I know that you may already have the answers to my questions lol. Over all I give the movie a 4 star out of 5. It is well worth the rental or even purchasing it on DVD! -Monica/TVandPopcorn
By the end of Revenge Season 4 Episode 8 "Contact" we fans where gripping our seats and screaming at the TV saying "DAVID YOU BETTER TALK TO YOUR DAUGHTER" or maybe it was just me! 'Contact' brought us the engagement between Emily Thorne/Amanda Clarke and her father David Clarke that we all have been waiting for but it wasn't exactly how we expected it all to go down.
THE STRUGGLE: At first it was very hard for Emily to understand her father; where has he been all of this time and why didn't he save her since he was actually alive but presumed dead? Another thing that really threw Emily off as she was speaking with her father is the fact that he would want to protect Victoria Grayson not knowing her part in his incarceration and Emily's childhood.
THE PHOTO: The initial photo that sent Emily off in a rage, that made her want to tell her father the truth was a photo of the posed Amanda Clarke. She thought that her father had been following the posed Emily all this time and wanted to know why he never reached out if he was so close, so close that he could take such pictures. David made Emily aware that he didn't take the photos of the posed Amanda. By the end of this episode Emily finally got her answer of where her father has been all of this time.
WHO AM I? WHERE AM I?: David informed Emily that someone else staged his death in the prison but it wasn't Conrad Grayson. He stated that some really bad people wanted to make him do some really bad things but he refused. When they threatened Amanda he did what he had to do to keep her safe. He didn't escape them until he found out Amanda-the posed Amanda-died. Once he found out about her death he escaped and went off the grid.
WHAT NOW?: Now, in the up and coming episodes I'm sure it will be revealed who's really after David. At this point I do understand why David has been acting funny all of this time. I do feel that he's been going by miss information and he really thought that the posed Amanda was his daughter. I don't believe that he wouldn't ever expect in a million years that his daughter would fake her identity in order to bring down all those who wronged him. After watching 'Contact' I feel we've been dealing with a father who doesn't know anything about his daughter and hasn't followed her life since she was seven and the same with a daughter who hasn't seen her father since she was seven. Where will their relationship go from here? Will they get closer now that he knows who she is? Will others find out who she is? Will those coming after David now pursue her if they find out who she is? What does Victoria have planned next for Emily now that the secrets out to David? I liked it better when Victoria was knocked out cold; she was quieter and unable to lie and plan her next moves.
THE PROMISE: At the end of 'Contact' Emily promised her father that she would stay out of his affairs and allow him to handle those who are coming after him. This was all said after two men tried to kidnap David from the hospital room of Victoria Grayson who suffered an electric shock in the previous episode. Emily saved David once again and at that moment he realized that in some way he does need her and he recognized how strong she'd become. He told Emily that he couldn't be her father because he needed to protect her from those who are after him. Emily promised that she would allow him to take care of it himself but she didn't have any intention on keeping her promise. In the last scene of 'Contact' we see Emily questioning a man for answers as to who he is and why he's after David. This man was one of the two men in the hospital attempting to kidnap David slightly earlier in the episode. No one knows Emily has captured this man not even Nolan. Will she get the answers she's looking for? Let's hope she does on the up and coming episode-Season 4 Episode 9 "Intel" airing 11/30/2014
I have to give huge kudos to Shonda Rhimes for being able to wrap up three shows with very different plots and on very different paths for their winter finales which all aired on the same day. 'Gray's Anatomy', 'Scandal' and 'How To Get Away With Murder' all had their share of drama and shocking conclusions.
GREY'S ANATOMY: Now in its 11th season Grey's Anatomy is still going strong and shockingly with NEW DRAMA across the board. They have work drama and of course what's Grey's Anatomy without its share of relationship drama? As Grey's winter finale drew near we see characters having to make decisions about their relationships and careers. Here is a breakdown of the shockers of the Grey's Anatomy winter finale:
Dr. Stephanie Edwards did a sonogram on Dr. April Kepner who is the wife of Dr. Jackson Avery. In doing so Stephanie finds out that the baby is having a problem with development including bone structure and it appears that the baby, although alive, hasn't moved from his position in a while. While doing the sonogram Stephanie also revealed to April the babies sex, which is A BOY! By the end of the episode the consulting Doctors all agree that there is nothing that can be done and if not sooner, shortly after birth the baby will only have hours to live. Jackson walks out of the elevator over hearing the discussion about a baby, his baby but he doesn't know until they refer to the babies sitting position inside the womb. The scene ends with Jackson asking Edwards what he was hearing.
Meredeth and Derek might be calling it quits after they challenged each other on a case where the patient needed two types of surgeries for two different issues, both needing to be done as soon as possible. Dr. Meredeth Grey was the consult for her half sister Dr. Maggie Pierce who felt that her surgery was most important and needed to be done first while Dr. Derek Shepherd consulted with Dr. Richard Weber who both felt his surgery should be first. In the mist of all of that Meredeth begin to question if she was just challenging Derek because she resents him for his decision to not take the job offered to him by the President of The United States. Derek was trying his hardest to let her know that he really was concerned about his patient and that this wasn't about their relationship or him challenging her. By the end of the episode Derek was walking away from Meredeth after accepting the Job offer from the President by phone in front of Meredeth. Meredeth told him to go in a way as if she never wanted to see him again and he walked away without looking back. Meredeth and Maggie ended up doing their surgery first.
SCANDAL: There is so much going on with Scandal, I don't know where to begin lol. I guess I'll start with none other than OLIVIA POPE who now knows that her mother has been kept alive and in a hole by Poppa Pope aka Rowan aka Command. So now not only does Olivia have to worry about her father she also has to worry about her mother who is a terrorist and an assassin.
RECAP: Olivia and President Fitzgerald Grant haven't been kicking it like usual especially after last season when she ran off to a secluded island and told absolutely no one where she was going. To make matters worse she wasn't on that secluded island along but took Jake Ballard with her. Every since she made her way back to the States, Fitz is feeling some kind of way. Olivia told him there was hope that she would be with him only if he takes care of Jake after they arrested him for the murder of Fitz's son, which he didn't commit but is being framed by Olivia's father.
NOW: Olivia has been told by her father that she will miss him when he's gone. This is after she attempted to shot him but didn't know that the gun wasn't loaded. What's Scandal without all the relationship drama right? Here is a break down:
Mellie finds out that the VP is also sleeping with Lizzie Bear. Mellie and the VP started a little fling last season that was quickly shut down by Fitz and Olivia due to Fitz's re-election campaigning and run.
Olivia tells Jake that she wants Vermont with Fitz and to stand in the Sun with him but she refuses to choose so she tells him that she chooses herself. She states all of this before Jake comes out of the room from grabbing pillows and a blanket to find that Olivia is MIA. This was the ending scene. It appears as if she's been kidnapped.
Fitz and the VP are exchanging words in the Oval office. Fitz is being told by the VP that he should have raised war but he didn't. He threatened what Fitz-quote on quote- loves the most, which is Olivia and at the moment Fitz was telling the VP that he better not touch her, hurt her. The gladiators also found out that the VP staged his own assassination attempt to get the war started.
Momma Pope is in jail and Poppa Pope is moving on and cleaning house. Will he come back to save Olivia if she's been kidnapped? Will Olivia go through torture? How will Momma Pope get out of jail? So many questions, I guess we'll find out after the winter break!
HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER: HTGAWM has revealed the killer of Annalise's husband, Professor Sam Keating and that left us with an even more griping twist at the end that Annalise knows.
A LITTLE HISTORY: About two episodes prior to the Winter Finale, Annalise finds out that Sam may have gotten the student-who has been found murdered-pregnant. With knowledge of this information Annalise has assumed that Sam did kill the student because he found out she was pregnant and it was an attempt to cover his relationship with the student. Since the student's body has been found they have had several suspects including Rebecca Sutter. Rebecca for now seems to be innocent and she's one of the reasons why Sam ended up being murdered out of what seems to be self defense.
WHAT HAPPENED: Rebecca who was initially accused of the murder of the dead college student has become the love interest of Annalise's student Wes Gibbins. Wes will push the limits and will do what it takes to prove Rebecca's innocence and keep her out of Jail. Wes at one point blackmailed Annalise in order to get her to bring Rebecca back home from out of hiding. Wes warned Rebecca to lay low telling her that he will take care of everything but instead Rebecca along with ex cop Nate Lahey decided to take matters into their own hands. Nate has recruited Rebecca to go into Annalise's home and retrieve information off of his computer; Rebecca agrees. Sam is at home alone when Annalise's student Michaela Pratt comes knocking on the door. The only reason why she's there is because she wants to discuss the prize trophy with Annalise. Sam makes Michaela aware that Annalise isn't home. At this point Rebecca comes creeping in to walk up stairs and get information off Sam computer. Sam catches her she runs up starts, Michaela freaks out and calls Wes for Rebecca. Wes is on his way to Annalise's house with two other students, Connor Walsh and Laurel Castillo. Wes and the other student arrive to find Rebecca locked in the bathroom; she has Sam's computer and she's saving information onto her hard drive. Wes calms Sam down because at this point he's beating on the door trying to get her to come out. Once Rebecca had all the information saved she walks out the bathroom only for Sam to jump her on her way out. The other students are hysterical and Wes is trying to defend Rebecca. The fight moves into the hallway and Michaela pushes Sam off the star balcony while defending Rebecca. They all rush down stars assuming he's dead only for him to start choking Rebecca as they were discussing what to do in their current situation. Wes then clocks Sam upside the head with the prize trophy that each student works so hard to get in their possession.
THE TWIST: While the other students are waiting on Wes to return from helping Rebecca, Wes returns back to the scene of the crime. The other students are gathered in the woods to discuss their next moves. Wes goes back to get the murder weapon, the trophy. As he's there he picks up the trophy and looks over Sam's dead body and says "I'm sorry" only for the scene to later flash to a voice saying "Don't Be." That voice is the voice of Annalise herself; she's sitting at her desk in the dark looking down at Sam's dead body. She knows throughout this episode she's been covering her tracks preparing for a full on Murder cover up!
The winter finale ended with Annalise calling the cops and reporting Sam as missing or ON THE RUN because she confronted him about the murder of the student he was having an affair with. She is going to make the cops aware that she knows he slept with the students and that she believes he got her pregnant. Annalise and Wes are in this thing together but something tells me that their partnership is going to be full of drama and that when it comes to his loyalty to Rebecca and Annalise, Rebecca will always win until she's proven guilty of something! -TVandPopcorn
Emily makes a promise.
Nolan teams up with Margo.
Daniel stands up to Mommy.
Victoria is still recovering from electric shock.
Daddy tells daughter to let him protect her.
Louise is having Momma issues.
Margo is out for blood.
Nolan can't have a normal friend.
Nolan has to find away to regain his reputation.
Charlotte is in rehab.
Jack is playing super cop and snuggling with FBI.
Ben, Jack's partner is jealous of Jack's opportunities and connections.
Listen to my latest Review of Revenge for Season 4 Episode 8 below.-Monica/TVandPopcorn
It's official! After last night's Shondaland line up I feel that "Scandal" and "How To Get Away With Murder" should switch titles! I sat up and watched all three of Shonda Rhimes' ABC shows which also included "Grey's Anatomy" and all three were off the chain!
Here is the question of the moment right... Why do I feel 'Scandal' and 'How To Get Away With Murder' could switch titles and neither show would be affected? Let's examine the facts shall we?
SCANDAL: Scandal is now in its fourth season. Right now Olivia is stuck in the love triangle of two men, one who is the President of the Unite States and the other a Captain, who use to be Command for a brief moment. Here is the kicker, both men have committed murders and in both cases either A. the bodies will not be recovered or B. it was done so discreetly and at the right time that no one would ever know.
Sally Langston, the former Vice President who served alongside President Fitzgerald Grant his first term in office, killed her husband after finding out he slept with a man. Sally always knew he had issues and couldn't keep to himself but once she saw the proof she completely lost it. Only a few people knew she killed her husband and they staged it to make it look like he had a heart attack in his sleep. She went on to run against Fitz during his second term run for President.
Moving up to speed in Scandal's S4E8 "The Last Super" Poppa Pope aka Command aka Olivia's father is sitting in a restaurant with Olivia who is setting him up to be arrested; at this point they have snipers on the roof and surrounding the restaurant and as Poppa Pope is giving his speech to Olivia about how she's betrayed him, he makes her aware that he's taking out the snipers who are waiting to take him out if he doesn't cooperate. The bodies of the snipers start hitting the ground; Poppa Pope doesn't flinch; he finishes his speech, walks out the door and gets in his nice Government vehicle and rides off. Like nothing every happened. The whole time Jake, The President and his staff are all watching and listening as this is taking place. Not the mention Olivia's mother who has also done her share of killing including blowing up an aircraft that killed 300 plus people; the public doesn't know she exist.
Annalise's students from HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER could learn a thing or two from the Scandal characters. They commit murders, cover them up, bury bodies where they can never by found and if they are found they pin it on the next, worthless, jobless Joe or stage it to look like something else completely, continue living their lives, and on to the next one. This is why I jokingly say Scandal could take on the title of HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER with no problem!
HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER: How To Get Away With Murder is in its first season. At first I had my doubts about the show because I really didn't understand where they were taking it. As of S1E8 "He Has A Wife" I'm now sitting on the edge of my seat because the plot has definitely thickened.
Where we are right now; we have a defense attorney (Annalise) who is married to a professor who slept with a student who has been found murdered and now they just discovered she was 6 weeks pregnant and it's suspected that it's the baby of Sam, Annalise's husband.
I found myself laughing as I watched both 'Scandal' and 'How To Get Away With Murder' back to back. In one show, 'Scandal' everyone is getting away with murder and in the other show 'How To Get Away With Murder' evidence is flying everywhere, people are scrambling and bodies are being found and the plot behind it all is so Scandalous!
Not only does Annalise have a cheating husband but she has also been caught slipping it to another man by one of her students. Annalise's husband Sam has also had a relationship with Annalise's assistant Bonnie. Bonnie found out everything from Sam about his relationship with the student that has been found dead. Bonnie also found out that he knew she was pregnant. As she received this information Sam went on to kiss her! WHAT? Yes this is a mad house, literally! Not only that we now have the lives of the students who are working for Annalise coming to the light and there is nothing but Drama.
ANNALISE'S COURT CASE S1E8: The case Annalise worked on in "He Has A Wife" was about a women who has a condition of sleep walking. She woke up to assume that she killed the nanny in her sleep. They have the accused on video outside with the nanny's dead body trying to wash away the evidence. By the end of the episode Annalise has discovered, with the help of a student that the husband of the accused was sleeping with the nanny. He caught a sexually transmitted disease from her and then the son came to him with the same sexually transmitted disease, which made the father aware that the nanny was also sleeping with the son. The husband of the accused then set up his wife, making sure she would have an episode of sleeping walking the night he decided to murder the nanny. Annalise called him out on this on the stand and he was arrested by the end of the episode. To my point, no one is really getting away with murder on 'How To Get Away With Murder' as they are on 'Scandal' therefore I jokingly say, with my proof on the table that the shows should definitely have a title swap. What do you think? - Monica/TVandPopcorn
Netflix has, since day one, been a brilliant idea and service. They have brought new meaning to watching TV. I stream Netflix mostly on Xbox Live so I'm able to watch TV on my big screen and in HD. Lately they have added so many shows and movies that it will make your head spin. I have sat for 15mins just looking through shows, documentaries and movies trying to decide what I wanted to watch. There was a brief moment in time where the choices weren't as great but now there is definitely something for everyone.
WHAT'S YOUR PREFERENCE? I love Netflix because I'm able to stream what I want and as of now it's commercial free. Netflix gives you the choice of watching exactly what you want, when you want and in some cases as much as you want. If you stream Netflix you can't tell me you don't splurge or binge watch shows that you've gotten into-lol! Lately there is one show that I've been hooked on that I absolutely love-"Off Limits" with host Don Wildman! This show is amazing and it originally airs on the Travel Channel. Usually when I sit to watch TV it's a suspense movie or fast pace thriller that gets my attention and when it comes down to comedies and I'm settling down for the day I'll stream 'THE OFFICE' also available on Netflix.
EDUCATIONAL: What I love about 'OFF LIMITS' is how educational it is; also Don Wildman makes it very easy to watch, you can tell his reactions to things and the knowledge he's receiving is intriguing to him as well. Don travels across America and he explores and discuss history and how things are/were made. I haven't seen one episode that I didn't find interesting and full of information. Some of my favorite episodes are when he travels to old industrial plants and discuss the history of the working class decades and centuries ago. Another interesting thing I've learned from Don's exploring was how Gold is found and how men work the Gold mines. I watched the full first season on Netflix and have been very impressed with how far Don will go to show you the truth behind the history and give you some knowledge nuggets. Education is good and you can also sit around with the kiddos and they can learn things that they may not get the opportunity to learn in school. I call this a ONE UP!
So if you're on the prow for what's HOT ON NETFLIX and you don't mind some education in the mist of your entertainment 'OFF LIMITS' is one show I highly recommend!-Monica/Admin/TVandPopcorn
"Victoria, GET THE HELL OUT", Emily Thorne demanded as she walked through the door of her childhood beachfront home she shared with her father David Clarke. This was the reunion we fans have been waiting for! So much happened in those last few seconds, mainly us all having a sigh of relief that he finally knows that Amanda is still alive! Of course this is not the end of their reunion and things will pick up where they left off in Sunday's up and coming episode "Contact". What's interesting in the Promo of "Contact" is the fact that Emily is the one with all of the questions, with all of the anger and pain. I've watched the ending of "Ambush" several times and David's reaction to Emily and the reveal of her being Amanda seems shocking to David but still his level of calm, having just discovered his daughter is alive is questionable.
WHAT NEXT?: I've read many of the Fan comments especially on Facebook and many can't believe that David would run to Victoria's aid even after what he'd just discovered. What happened to Victoria? It seems as if she was struck by lightning during a very bad storm as she was fleeing the beachfront home of David Clarke as Emily was confronting him. It does not appear that this was at all a part of Victoria's plan, although I do believe she would go as far as intentionally putting herself in harm's way just to keep David under her thumbs. After the explosion of sorts, David ran outside to assist Victoria who had been knocked out cold. Emily is standing in amazement that even at the very moment when she's having a heart to heart with her father Victoria still has a way of interrupting. This is where next week's episode "Contact" will pick up. Victoria is in the hospital which gives Emily more time with her Father to tell her side of the story. How much will Emily reveal to him? Will she put all the evidence against Victoria out on the table? Will David believe her? The fact that Victoria is out cold does give a sense of calm that might be just a little too easy so I think we should all embrace ourselves for what's coming!
PLAY DOE: There are several character plots in play right now which will definitely make the remainder of season 4 of Revenge very interesting and cutting edge. At the end of Revenge's "Ambush" we see that Louise, the chick from the mental institution, ran into Nolan before leaving the club Nolan purchased from the owner at the end of the episode. Nolan seemed to have a moment of Awe and fondness of Louise-that's kind of scary. Hopefully she doesn't become an issue for Nolan and Emily in the long run. In my opinion she needs to keep with the dealings of Daniel, Margaux and Victoria. YIKES!!!
Charlotte is out of the picture for the moment. When we last saw Charlotte she stated that she was checking herself into rehab and was leaving her mother to her devilish ways. Charlotte was in the backseat of a cab rolling along when she opened a letter that was addressed to her, that seemed to be from Emily, but was it really? I guess we'll have to wait to find out. Charlotte didn't leave town quietly. Before she left town in "Damage" she told Daniel Emily's little secret.
Daniel is dealing with women drama, as usual. It appears after this episode that he wants nothing to do with Emily/Amanda or Victoria's bitter feud, which was a relief. That seemed a little too easy though didn't it? If Daniel doesn't start thinking clearly and running the straight and narrow he's going to be ripped to shreds by women for the rest of his life. Margaux and Louise have their feud brewing as well which want turn out good no matter which way they spin it. If Daniel continues to work for Louise, who is clearly setting him up, he will surly regret it.
Jack and his partner Ben is investigating the death of Conrad Grayson. In this last episode they found the body of the guy with the half moon tattooed on his hands. This guy tried to kill David Clarke and kidnap Charlotte. In the room where his body was found was a knife that matched the brand or style of the knife that killed Conrad. Jack already assumes that Emily has something to do with the convenience of the body and the knife being discovered. It seems as if he's assuming she's trying to cover for her father. Jack is only investigating this to keep Ben at bay because Ben refuses to let this go and is trying to make Detective off of this case. Jack called Emily to question her about the details; she missed his call.
With so many plots into play and different characters with their share of issues and secrets the writers of Revenge must be having so much fun! I can only image. So who's going to come after whom? Who will get the upper hand in the up and coming episode "Contact"? The plot has definitely thickened so hold on to your seats and breathe easy that David finally knows! -TVandPopcorn
The official trailer for Fast and Furious 7 was released on November 1st 2014. Fast & Furious 7 is set to be released on April 3rd. 2015. The trailer is so good it makes you wish it was coming out a lot sooner but I'm sure it'll be well worth the wait.
BITTER SWEET: In the trailer we see some scenes of Paul Walker who passed away due to a car accident in Valencia, CA. November 30th 2013. I own all of the Fast and Furious movies but haven't been able to watch them since his passing. I didn't know Paul Walker personally and I've never met him but I've been such a huge fan of him and the others of The Fast and Furious franchise. My heart goes out to his family, his daughter and his friends. I can't image how they feel; I know I hurt but they hurt even more; they knew him and were able to be around him, have fun with him and experience his life here on earth. His scenes from the Fast and Furious trailer look intense and with the plot of Fast 7 they have to fight to stay alive. They are going after Ian the brother of Owen Shaw who was killed by Dom and the crew at the end of Fast & Furious 6.
Plot: Ian is seeking vengeance and he let Dom know how serious he was about coming after him and his crew when he killed Han in Tokyo Drift; this was a very interesting and shocking twist to the plot as we thought he was simply killed in the car chase in Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift between D.K. (Drift Kid), Han and Sean.
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Fast 7 looks intense right? I mean they are truly taking it to the next level by bungee jumping out of an airplane in their cars. I'm looking forward to the release of Fast and Furious 7. In light of Paul Walkers death it is said they will give Paul Walker a beautiful and fitting end to his character Brian O'Conner something I know will make his family, friends and fans proud.
Get ready for more action, hot cars and a wild ride! -TVandPopcorn
Revenge season 4 has started off with a lot of questions and slowly rolling to all of the answers. The biggest shocker of it all is when Revenge Season 3 revealed that David Clarke was alive with the dramatic and dark killing of Conrad Grayson. On Revenge Season 4 Episode 4 David Clarke goes to great lengths to reveal he's alive to the world. Some might assume he did it because he recognized Emily as his daughter Amanda Clarke, when he broke into her home in a plot to kill her with his knife; as he laid eyes on her, as she slept, he stopped and you could tell he had a moment of-no this can't be-can it?. David went to Emily's house aka Grayson Manor to stop a women Victoria figure points as ruining her life. Nolan stepped in and saved the day and neither he nor Emily knew it was David Clarke until episode 4 "Meteor".
David Clark Front and Center: David was arrest as he shoplifted some items from a service station with two cops present. Before this he beat his own back with chains-this led to bruising that he later blamed on Conrad Grayson. No one knew who he was at first until they ran his finger print. Jack Porter now Officer Jack Porter recognized David first. Once the FBI found out, they shut down the police station in order to keep out the press and outsiders and they began to question David about his whereabouts for the 20 years he was assumed dead. David covered himself very well and blamed it all on Conrad Grayson for his disappearance and the framing of his murder. In Revenge Season 4 Episode 2 "Disclosure" David takes Victoria to a place where he lived or appeared to be held for 20 years. It was a dark, gloomy cell with chalk markings on the walls seemingly to count down the days. There could be some truth to David's story but it's to early too tell. From the looks of it he didn't seem to have been beaten as he explained in his testimony. All of the scars he had during the interrogation were self-inflicted but the FBI bought the story and David was seen as a survivor ready to show the world his strength and fit to tell the world what he'd been through.
Family is Family: David took the platform to give a press conference showing the world that he was alive and well. Before walking out the door to give his speech and answer some questions David and Victoria had a one on one. He told Victoria that he will not allow her to keep him trapped again. He showed signs that he might be on to her but still it's slightly hard to tell how much he has put together so far. He walked out on Victoria without hesitation and went on to address the crowd press and on lookers, including Emily and Nolan. As he gave his speech Victoria and Charlotte stood in the background. Charlotte has been introduced to her Father and Victoria is pushing that Charlotte steps it up and gains his attention. Mid-way into speaking he motioned for them to come out onto the platform; this was a huge shocker to Emily and Nolan. Emily then understood that Victoria had reached David first and that he is the card Victoria has to play against her.
Oh Daddy: What will be David's reaction when he finds out that Emily Thorne is Amanda Clarke? Is David the man Emily remembers? Can Amanda hold it together now that she knows that David is alive even after all of her Revenge? There is a little hint there that Emily would have done the same thing to clear her father's name even if he was just rotten away in prison. Per the internet buzz and discussions we are in for an interesting reunion but not before Emily cross paths with Victoria.
Check out this awesome Sneak Peek of Revenge Season 4 Episode 5 "Repercussions" and leave a comment sharing your thoughts about the Emily Thorne aka Amanda Clarke- David Clarke reunion. -TVandPopcorn
In THE WALKING DEAD Season 5 Episode 1 Premiere we see Carol pull out a useful LIVING walking among the Dead trick with her zombie camouflage. If all else fails and you have to walk among a herd of zombies all you'll need to do is take one down pull out their guts and begin to zombie yourself by rubbing as much on as you can stand. Since this is so effective, that means all the zombies smell is fresh blood aka the living, and rotten corpses aka themselves.
THE WALKING DEAD Season 1: In Season 1 Episode 3 of THE WALKING DEAD we see Rick and Glen first attempt to blend in with the Zombies by wearing the guts of a Zombie walker. Rick was trapped in the city with Glen, Andrea, T-Dog, Merle, Marales and Jacqui. Glen helped guide Rick to safety after Rick was trapped in an Army tank due to a herd of walkers being all around. Rick become the reason Glen and the rest of the gang were also trapped in the city. Before Rick, Glen and the group successfully traveled back and forth into the city for supplies to take back to their camp where Rick's wife, unbeknownst to him, was there along with his son. Glen and Rick covered themselves with Zombie blood and guts to move through the herd of Zombies to get to vehicles that would help get them back into the country and to the camp. The plan worked until it started to rain, and of course then, all they could do was RUN LIKE MAD!
THE WALKING DEAD Season 3: Michonne in THE WALKING DEAD season 3 episode 3 was seen walking with two zombies on a chain with their arms cut off and their tongues cut out. This method helped Michonne walk amongst the dead without being spotted because she walked in between her two zombie pets, which covered her scent. As long as she kept the noise down and walked at a zombie pace, not drawing attention to herself, she could walk amongst the zombies for long periods of time allowing her to travel through and get the things that she needed to survive; this is method she later taught Andrea after she rescued Andrea from a herd pending the farm take down.
ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE?: On THE WALKING DEAD it's not necessarily just about the physically strong surviving but those who are mentally FIT, SMART, with a WILL to LIVE. When it comes down to it, making a zombie camouflage is among one of the smarter things to do for anyone of any shape and size! -TVandPopcorn
Check out this cool Tutorial found on YOUTUBE on how to Zombie Yourself minus an actual zombie to help you out lol. This is great for Halloween and other cool occasions where zombies might be on the guest list ;-)
AMC'S "THE WALKING DEAD" had its season 5 premiere last night and it started off with a few bangs, some big booms and lots of blood! I was on the edge of my seat the whole time! The day before The Walking Dead aired a four minute preview of the first four minutes of season 5 episode 1 was shared online. Even with the four minute preview you couldn't be prepared or guess what was going to happen next.
THE BEGINNING: When the episode first started you see the word (THEN) showing some of the Terminus gang discussing their signs and one showing regret for inviting anyone to Terminus. Then the episode transitions to Rick and the gang in the train cart they were left in at the end of season 4. Rick was peeling wood from the cart with his chain; Michonne was putting together her fighting stick, getting creative because her sword was taken away by the Terminus crew; the rest of the gang where also sharpening hand-made weapons getting ready to go to war when the Terminus crew opened to cart. To their surprise the Terminus gang has one up on them and instead of coming in the cart through the front door they threw a gas bomb inside from the top.
A BLOODY MESS: The Terminus gang drug, bound and started to kill a row full of guys leaning over a tub that included Rick, Daryl, Glen and Bob. They killed, first, by bashing the back of the head in with a bat while another man slices the throats of the victims. They killed three men and by the time they got down to Glen there were several interruptions including Carol creating a diversion and getting the zombies all fired up and ready to ambush Terminus.
CAROL and TYREESE: Carol and Tyreese where traveling along the train tracks on their way to Terminus when they ran into a herd of zombies. Quietly and quickly Carol takes on a zombie on the tracks while Tyreese held baby Judith. Tyreese is still dealing with the trauma of season four when Lizzie kills her sister Mika and Carol then kills Lizzie because she couldn't be trusted and she had no loyalty or understanding of what was going on around her and what needed to be done to survive. As Carol and Tyreese travel they ran across a man from Terminus discussing some of the belongings of the old crew. Carol then puts a gun to his head, learns all she needs to know to go save the day. Tyreese ended up staying back with baby Judith eventually, but not wanting to, kill the man from Terminus.
THE OLD GANG + SOME: The old Crew with Carol's help was able to escape Terminus. The zombies where coming in by the droves but they fought like they had something to live for! They are now traveling with others including Eugene who claims to have a cure for the virus causing the zombie breakout.
HISTORY: Before leaving Terminus Carol ran into Mary who first introduced herself to Rick and the crew when they first arrived. She explained to Carol why they did what they did and why killing was necessary quoting "You're either the butcher or the Cattle!" Mary told Carol how it was when it first started but turned into something else when others came in and started stealing, raping and killing those among them. By the end of the first episode we see Mary and others from Terminus in a train cart with a man in their face, yelling and dragging out other women to do only God knows what to. Mary was telling the truth about what happened to them and how they became the butchers. NOW the question is, WILL Rick and the gang run into the group or groups that did this and caused those of Terminus to feel they had to kill all who walked in off the streets?
THE END OF THE BEGINNING: Rick writes on a Terminus sign with blood that later reads "No Sanctuary". Rick and the gang are on the move looking for their next safe haven. After the credits roll we see a familiar face. It's Morgan, passing by the sign Rick just wrote on and crossed out words with blood. Morgan along with his son helped nurse Rick back to health in season one. What's next after Terminus? Will Morgan find Rick and the others or will he cross those left alive of the Terminus gang and others who placed those of Terminus on their destructive path? Will Daryl and Maggie ever see Beth again? There are so many different directions they can take the characters in and they are off to a HECK OF A GOOD START! -TVandPopcorn
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Jake Ballard's relationship with Olivia Pope has its clear boundaries and that's very clear since Olive and Jake made their way back from their island getaway. On the island Jake and Olivia was alone-no Fitz-no Gladiators, just expensive wine, tropical fruit and as Jake states it "lots of good Sex". From the opening scene of Scandal Season 4 Episode 1 it was clear that Jake and Olivia were not hands off on their island getaway, something else that Jake has made his priority to remind Liv of.
TWO GUYS, ONE GAL: Although it may seem Olivia is getting exactly what she wants and then some, in my opinion, she's missing out on a solid relationship with no guessing and no feeling of being THE OTHER WOMAN. Oh shoot! Do I sound ANTI-FITZ? It's because at this moment I can think of one thousand plus reasons why Olivia should seek a relationship with any single, decent man, than stay bound up in her emotions with Fitz. To be honest it's not really a matter of whether she ends up with Jake or not; I'm just hoping she begins to see the bigger picture. The longer President Fitz stays with his wife-something he's suppose to do anyways-the more he's bound by the things that happens to them in their marriage. They have already lost a son. Is it now or will it ever be a good time to leave Mellie for Olivia Pope? I'm close to placing a bet that if their relationship does end it will be Mellie calling it quits on Fitz, finally saying she's ready to move on with her life without him and his drama. The one thing I've noticed about Fitz, although he's president, he has yet to man up and really make decisions without some form of manipulation. Fitz comes across, in my opinion, as a chameleon, changing and adapting to the circumstances but never really creating and playing the cards to shift and control his situation. Yes he's had some good moments. NO, I won't totally bash Fitz but he's too distracted and too led by circumstances to make decisions. When he was angry at Olivia for her part in rigging the election we see Fitz at what seemed to be his best. His anger prompted his decisions and he made moves, but he was angry. The way he treated Liv at the time was cold and more OFF than ON. Jake came into the picture because Fitz hired him to watch over Olivia while he threw his tantrum. In the mean time Jake caught feeling for Olivia and their intimate relationship began.
JAKE: Honestly I really can't say for a fact Olivia belongs with Jake but I can say for a fact the odds of her moving on with her life being with Jake is greater than with Fitz. Jake is single, loyal-crazy-but loyal; he understands her; he doesn't judge her but loves her where she is in life at the moment. What I've respected about Jake thus far is his ability to not allow a woman that he cares for deeply, hold control over him. He sets boundaries and although he may come off as cold and harsh, someone as head strong as Olivia, if not told the hard truth can get out of control thinking she has control and that never works out for Olivia. I don't think many realize that Jake giving Olivia boundaries in their relationship is his way of telling her he'll give her time to work through her issues and if it's really Fitz she loves and she feels she's better off with, she won't have such a hard decision because he's already out of the equation, making it easier for her. This is not only Jake's way to keep from feeling the blow of the inevitable but to protect Liv from herself. She has the tendency to get too attached and feel confused in the end. If Fitz hurt her again, her emotions make the decisions for her instead of her truly digging deep to understand what she wants. Jake knows this and he understood that about her from the moment he met her.
NO DEMON, NO SAINT: Although Jake has had his share of lies, scandal and murder there isn't anyone on Scandal who has not. Olivia still wants to have dinner and coffee with her Dad who is COMMAND. Her father aka POPPA POPE aka COMMAND was at one point the boss of Jake and Fitz, among others. Liv can't, at this point, be harsh towards anyone's past with the ties to her father. No outsider, a part from that life will truly understand Liv. If she ever tried to settle down with someone NORMAL, with no secrets, to their knowledge, she'll always be covering her tracks and her family’s true identity. Jake right now is a good fit for her. He sets boundaries, he keeps it real, he seems to want to do right by her and himself; he's strong and protective, he understands her situation and HE'S SINGLE!
OLIVIA: Often times we say what we'd do if we are in that person's shoes. Often times it all boils down to our personalities, personal expectations, experiences, upbringing and current situation. Olivia seems to like a challenge. After all her job is to come to the aid of powerful people and solve some of the toughest cases. I could be wrong, but I'm not certain if Olivia would enjoy a relationship with no challenges. A part from the challenge of hooking up with Fitz in The Oval Office and sneaking around to avoid getting caught, does Olivia know much about Fitz's personality in a calmer lifestyle and setting? Jake on the other hand seems to always have a challenge for her and she's already experienced him by herself without the drama when they were secluded on a island; she didn't seem bored or ready to leave. The thrill of being the other woman could cause the emotional adrenaline Olivia feels for Fitz, confused as Love. Time will only tell if this is the case and how their relationship will play out. IN THE MEAN TIME: I guess we, JAKE and or FITZ fans, will have to sit through this intimate triangle Olivia has shaping around her. I'm not saying either of the two are going to end up in Olivia's HAPPILY EVER AFTER but I sure hope she comes to her senses and realizes the difference in relationships with high stake thrills, verses real love when you can truly know and understand someone without the thrills. -TVandPopcorn
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