The Affair Who Killed Scott Lockhart? SEASON FINALE

Showtime > HBO…Showtime > HBO. I won’t say it again but really Showtime over HBO!! Last night was the season finale of The Affair it was a brilliant ending to a complicated and hectic two seasons. (Haven’t watched the Homeland finale yet but I’m sure it’s just as amazing) I don’t want to recap the entire episode, I want to go through all the WTF – moments the finale had to offer so let’s get into it.

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The episode started off with Noah’s point of view and he’s back in Montauk for Cole’s wedding. Which let me just say here, the fact that Noah/Helen/Margaret even showed up to Cole’s wedding seems very unbelievable. Okay so Alison owns the Lobster Roll but still she didn’t really need to be there. And okay Margaret did pay for the wedding, but did Helen really need to drive out from the city, leave her children to attend this random guy’s wedding? No. But I love you The Affair and you make me want to ignore all logical reasoning.

WTF-moment #1

(theses are in sequence of the episode)

In Noah’s point of view Alison tells Noah (during Cole’s wedding but away from everyone) that he’s not Joanie’s father, well he might be, but it also might be Cole’s kid. Noah doesn’t take this lightly, and tells Alison he ‘never wants to see her again’.

WTF-moment #2

Now we’re at the halfway point of the wedding and things are getting a little f***** up. Noah and Helen ditch the party and head to the beach to drink more. Helen is turnt up and decides to take off her clothes and run into the water (yay wild hippie Helen), Noah follows her out into the water (also this show loves water and anytime we see water something drastic happens). Noah and Helen return to the party but neither one wants to go back inside. They are obviously way too drunk to drive but that’s what they decide. Noah insists Helen drive but she can’t, and reminds him she already has a DUI. Noah drives, and they’re on the windy road that keeps appearing in Noah’s visions. It’s a foggy night and he starts to trip out, seeing Alison on the side of the road in the fog. He pulls over and tells Helen he’s too messed up to drive.

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I have to say I love this scene, or this shot in particular of the front of the car, fog all around, and all you see are their two bodies switching positions. This is the shift point in what really goes down that night, it was so spooky. Helen starts to drive the car, and Noah holds her hand and she looks at him for way too long as they have a moment. Their moment is cut off when Helen hits something, like really hits something. She keeps driving but Noah insists she pull over because it definitely wasn’t a deer. Helen’s all like spaced out and insisting it was just a deer. Noah gets out of the car and runs back to find Scott dead and bloody on the road. You can hear screaming from Helen from inside the car, Noah is freaking out, and then he awkwardly looks into the bushes on the side of the road, as if he sees something. Runs back to the car, obviously they switch seats again. Noah drops Helen off at her moms and then goes to wash the blood off the car. So that’s it right? This entire time we were blaming Noah, Whitney, but Helen? No wonder she insisted on paying his legal fees.

WTF– moment #3

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Now we’re in Alison’s perspective. There is a whole lot that is different in her perspective, starting off with what she’s wearing, what her apartment looks like. But the biggest difference is how she tells Noah that Joanie isn’t his daughter. In the middle of the wedding, Scott shows up, sober. Everyone is praising him for going to rehab. He approaches Alison and tells her he’s ready to help out with the Lobster Roll and it’s been his only source of hope while he’s been away. She’s all like what are you talking about you’re not working here. And then Cole comes along and tells Scott he’s definitely not going to be involved until he really kicks his drinking habit, not just a 3 month thing. A few minutes later Scott corners Alison and reminds her that he knows the baby is Cole’s but he won’t tell anyone if she helps him. Blackmail at its finest. It’s here where we see Oscar overhearing their conversation. Also who invited him!? This guest list seems way too open. So Scott freaks out and decides to get up on stage and sing ‘House of the Rising Sun’ and Alison is super worried at this point. So it’s here where she almost whispers to Noah that Joanie isn’t his daughter, and all we see is an extreme close up of Alison’s face. You don’t really know if Noah hears her, but you do see his hand drop from her shoulder once she says it. Ugh it was such a beautiful scene. But WTF? Did he hear her? I’m assuming he did, because he knew in the end.

WTF-moment #4

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What really happened. Alison decides to leave the party for a little while, where was she even going? Also is there only one damn road in this town? She starts walking on that same foggy windy road, (so obviously Noah wasn’t dreaming, he really did see Alison walking) Alison gets to the little row boat that’s the sign for The End hotel. She sees Scotty lying in it, drinking more. But, how did he get there so fast? Wasn’t he singing a few minutes ago? I guess timelines don’t really matter at this point, it is the end after all. So Scott pretty much attacks Alison, he’s basically about to rape her when she pushes him into the road and that’s when Helen hits him, dead on. Alison runs into the bushes while she watches Noah run out of the car to see Scott’s body. But then something really weird happens. Noah sees Alison hiding in the bushes. They fully see each other and stare for quite a few seconds, until Alison starts whispering ‘I pushed him, I pushed him’ What’s with her this episode? She keeps whispering everything!! Noah runs back to the car and drives off.

WTF-moment #5

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After all is said and done, I don’t think it woud’ve made sense if Noah was the killer. It was just too obvious and the fact that he was already on trial didn’t seem like the greatest bombshell plot twist. But the writers did give us an ending that we can believe, and that is truly a plot twist. What is there wasn’t just one killer? Noah is in love with two women, both of whom essentially killed Scott Lockhart. Did Helen hit him with her car? Or did Alison push Scott into the road leaving Helen no chance to stop in time? It’s an ending to this two season story that is so two sided you really don’t know how to feel. You really don’t want Helen to pay for it, and you don’t want Alison to go down for it, because really whose fault is it anyways? Is it Noah’s for even merging all these people together, maybe if it wasn’t for him there would’ve been no wedding for Alison to walk away from, there would be Noah back in Montauk, etc etc. But here we are, at the end, and Noah needs to make a decision in his trial, whether or not to put Alison in a pickle. His lawyer is advising him to throw some heat at Alison (that annoying detective found the rock with her name and table number on it). Alison begs Noah not to say anything, she thinks the jury will ruin her, and he tells her he needs to protect Helen because she is the mother of his children. Inside the courtroom, Noah’s lawyer presents the court with a new witness. But right at that moment Noah gets up and tells the court he’s guilty, and that he did it. And then he awkwardly looks back at Alison like I’m saving you, did nobody else in the courtroom see that?? Also where was Helen! She wasn’t even there, maybe she ends up on the west coast after all. But wow what an ending. Personally, I think he did the right thing, if there is a ‘right’ choice in this story. But I don’t think I would’ve wanted to see anyone else go down for it.

What did you guys think of the finale? How will this shape season three? Can we move on from this murder mystery to bigger plot lines?

 

 

The Affair Season 2!

So one of my favourite shows of last season Showtime’s The Affair premiered its second season on Sunday and it was super exciting because we were going to see a whole new perspective from our characters. If you don’t know about this show, it’s about two people having an affair and the entire show gets split into different fragments that convey different perspectives. So for the first season it followed the two people that were having the affair Noah and Alison. The episode would split into two perspectives, and you would see things that would be different in each story. Much like how the world works, we all see things differently and that shapes so much of how the story is told.

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Now the second season is going to include the perspectives of the husband and wife of the two people that had the affair. Following? Helen played by Maura Tierney and Cole played by Joshua Jackson. Although Noah was our central character last season, I was still rooting for Helen all while enjoying what Noah and Alison were experiencing. Which doesn’t happen that often especially with a story like the affair, you always seem to take one side. Regardless, I’m super excited for the spotlight to be on Helen this season, and there’s an interesting point I read that I never really thought much of. The season last year we see Helen through Noah’s perspective, so much of what we see of her this season is going to be her, and not the way Noah wants us to see her. How cool does that sound? I really appreciate the talent that’s behind this show it’s a pretty basic story, but the way they’ve decided to tell it makes it one of the best shows out right now.

While all the drama is happening between Helen and Noah’s divorce, there’s also a murder case happening and Noah is the prime suspect. Just to bring you in the loop and intrigue you a little more.

So all we’ve seen from the first episode is Noah and Helen’s perspectives, and maybe next week we’ll get to see more of Joshua Jackson, yay!

TV Fall Preview

It’s about that time of the year when all the good shows are back in business (exclude: Game of Thrones, Orange is the New Black) with a full schedule lined up, it won’t be a surprise when the streets seem a little emptier.

Here are some of the upcoming shows we’re excited about and when you can expect them to premiere:

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Scream Queens (Sept 22)

The only show on this list that’s a series premiere this season. It is the highly anticipated new series by AHS creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. There’s a murder, there’s a college campus and a bitchy sorority, mixed in with a star studded cast and we’ve got a potential hit on our bloody hands. Look out for Nick Jonas, Emma Roberts and Ariana Grande.

How to Get Away with Murder (Sept 24)

Last season’s explosive and shocking finale left us all wondering who dunn’ it…again! How do these people keep killing people and making it all so shocking? I’m going to blame Shonda Rhimes because she’s the genius behind this show (also Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy) I really appreciated the storytelling of the first season, it’s such a smart show and very thought out. Once you figure out what’s a flashback and what’s not…you’re good to go.

Empire (Sept 23)

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Arguably the most popular show of last season, Empire follows Lucious Lyon (sort of a Puff Daddy or Russell Simmons persona) as he continues to run his empire with his three sons and cray cray ex-wife Cookie played by Taraji P. Henson. Although the show’s on FOX, okay I really shouldn’t say that because they brought us The O.C and that was the greatest gift from God. But for a primetime show that doesn’t have a big budget like HBO or Showtime, it’s pretty freakin’ entertaining! The writing is borderline soap opera but still fun to watch. And the music is on point people! Also, the drama is always hot and Cookie is always crazy.

Homeland (Oct 4)

I feel like Homeland continuously blows minds, and it has been since the first season. Homeland has evolved into really, a completely different story and I love that the writers were able to do that in the aftermath of a major character death. There is definitely a challenge in keeping this show as entertaining as it is. It takes place in present day, within the confines of reality. It’s not in a mystical world, it doesn’t depend on zombies or dragons to bring that greater than life feel. It’s straight up real world drama, politics, war…and motherhood. Which leads me to Claire Danes, who is phenomenal in this series. I honestly believe she’s crazy in real life, because nobody can play crazy that good and still be faking it.

The Affair (Oct 4)

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One of my favourite picks from last seasons line up. The Affair also proved that HBO and Showtime are full out going head to head bringing us the most diverse and entertaining shows on our screens. The Affair follows 2 couples, the man from the city falls in love with the girl from Montauk, that sort of thing. But here’s what they did differently, and what makes the show that much better. You know how everyone has their own version of events, or you notice something that the next person doesn’t notice. The Affair cuts between ‘his story’ and ‘her story’ one coming after the other in the episode. They’re never being juxtaposed. And you notice things in his version that never happened in hers. (eg. In his version she is much more aggressive and wants to pursue him even though he’s a married man. In her version he’s the pursuer and she’s holding back) It’s a very unique way of telling the story, even though we’ve seen our fare share of affairs on screen.

American Horror Story: Hotel (Oct 7)

Lady Gaga kicks off the new season of AHS playing a matriarchal figure in the season, aka the boss ass bitch. Which comes at a good time as our usual ‘mama dearest’ role was played by Jessica Lange who left after last season. So what do we know about all the characters this season? Not a whole lot, but we do know there are a ton of new actors filling up roles. Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett are back again, and the whole season is taking place in a hotel. Hello, The Shining, this season is going to be crazy. But I said that about last years Freak Show and it turned out to be my least favourite.

The Walking Dead (Oct 11)

If you haven’t been watching Fear the Walking Dead you’re missing out on a whole new experience in zombie watching. It is such a different show, the world is completely different because we get to see what went down before all the zombies. It’s been nice watching Fear as it’s become like the appetizer dish to the full course meal that is The Walking Dead. So apparently everything’s going down this season, Morgan’s back and those wolf people know about Alexandria. So yeah it’s probably going to be a crazy season. Just please don’t kill Beth, oh right you guys already did that and ruined everything.

Kingdom (Oct 14)

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If anyone wants to see Nick Jonas perma sweating and half naked this show is for you! But for real, this show has an amazing first season, taking place in an MMA gym in Venice Beach. Trust me just watch it, the drama is all good.

 

So what do you guys think? Will you give any of these shows a shot? Let us know what you think or what you think we should be watching this fall.

TOP 5 SHOWS THAT SURPRISED US THIS FALL

The time has come, Fall is officially over, which means put your Pumpkin Spice Latte and UGG boots away – pull out your Snuggie and Snorel’s and get ready for the winter season. Here’s a list of the Top 5 Shows That Surprised Us This Fall.

 

1. Homeland

Homeland Yes Homeland is in it’s fourth season, and it is definitely not a newcomer. But after last season’s shocking ending killing off it’s   main character Nicholas Brody, it was hard envisioning a season that could trump the past ones. How could a show go on without it’s main character? And by main character I literally mean Clair Danes and Brody’s character (Damian Lewis) were the central storyline, and without either one of their characters, there wouldn’t be a point to the show. So you see why it was extremely important for the writers to ramp up this fourth season and basically makes us forget all about Brody, which we did. Until they brought him back in a dream/drug sequence last week. Regardless this show is on fire! And if you’re not already watching – then watch. Now.

 

Homeland airs Sunday nights at 9 pm on Showtime.

 

2. The Affair

the affairShowtime’s The Affair is in its first season, as of this publication it is on it’s 6th episode and more than halfway through the season.(10 episodes) One of the main reasons I wanted to watch this show was for the main character – Noah Solloway played by The Wire’s Dominic West. He is hot stuff and we haven’t seen him in anything since The Wire, which spiked an interest in this new romantic drama. Can we call it that? Right from the start everyone’s assumption is that this show is another adult romance show that will probably include a lot of ‘HBO-esque’ sex scenes. Which it is..and it has, but there’s something else that’s made this show completely different from what you expect from a romance/drama. What makes this show so entertaining is that it dives into the darker more psychological effects of having an affair, and the secrecy of wanting to live a secret life that ultimately pulls our two main characters away from their every day normal. From the way it’s shot, edited, and laid out this show is completely thought out and proves why video editing is just as important as script writing. Each episode is split into two perspectives, usually the first 25 minutes is ‘Noah’s Story” and the remaining 25 minutes is “Allison’s Story”. For the first 4 episodes their version of events were running simultaneously, different things being said/heard/seen in each of their perspectives. Which adds another layer of intrigue, why is Allison the sexually aggressive partner in Noah’s story? But in Allison’s story she is more timid and resistant to Noah’s passes. Very interesting to see the different perspectives the characters have, as a viewer it’s a real mind-f*** because you never really know which story of events to believe. The premise of the show is so basic, but the way they’ve presented it to us, it’s really brilliant, and absolutely surprised me. Definitely a show to watch this season.

The Affair airs Sunday nights at 10pm on Showtime.

 

3. Kingdom

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Another show that’s surprised me this season is DirecTV’s Kingdom. Yes, it’s the show with Nick Jonas. First off, I would like to thank the entire production of this show for offering an incentive to people who wouldn’t necessarily watch a show about mixed martial arts. We would however watch a show with sweaty hunky men with muscles working out half naked. So thank you people for giving that to the rest of us. Also, the show takes place in Venice, California so I don’t mind seeing palm trees while I watch it either. Okay, the premise is; Alvey (Frank Grillo) a onetime successful MMA fighter who runs a gym with his younger girlfriend Lisa. Alvey trains his son Nate (Nick Jonas) as he tries to becomes the next great fighter but an injury puts this dream on hold for a bit. Alvey needs to get more business to his gym Navy St. and decides to re-train Ryan (Matt Lauria, Friday Night Lights), former MMA Champion and former fiancé of Lisa. Also, Ryan’s fresh out of prison for beating the f*** out of his dad. Intrigued yet? I usually give it two episodes to decide whether or not a show is worth watching, by the first episode I already knew I was hooked.

Kingdom airs Wednesday nights at 9 pm.

 

4. How To Get Away with Murder

murderEveryone keeps talking about Shonda Rhimes like this girl is the Thursday night TV whisperer. Her new show How to Get Away With Murder, had me skeptical because of three reasons:

  1. I was worried everyone in this show would start talking like everyone in Scandal
  2. I had enough shows to keep track of on Thursday night’s I didn’t need another one
  3. Not crazy about Viola Davis’ face

Valid points. I kept seeing the promos for HTGAWM for a few weeks, but it wasn’t until I was bored with an empty PVR that I decided to finally give in and check the show out. I started late, I think 4 episodes in so I missed a lot, as I would soon realize (didn’t even know there were flashbacks happening). But I was immediately hooked. Even though Annalise (Viola Davis) annoys me, nobody seems to talk like they’re in Scandal (for now), so I’m good with that. Also, it’s a really smart, well thought out show so I definitely don’t feel like I could get dumber by watching it. If you haven’t watched it yet, you should. Just start from the beginning, the longer you wait, the more confusing it’s going to be.

How To Get Away With Murder airs Thursdays at 10 pm on ABC.

 

5. Red Band Society

red-band-society_jpgO-M-G I love this show! It makes me so happy even though it’s about a sick children’s hospital. I’m so over the hospital dramas, so this one was a breath of fresh air. From the beginning, I could tell this show was going to be different. I wasn’t crying – which was…a breath of fresh air! It is a show for the younger audience, so I’m not running hurdles to watch it on a weekly basis, but it is a cute story with cute teenagers dealing with not so cute things. The writing is absolutely surprising, seeing how they turn cheesy situations into really entertaining and witty moments. I like that. Unfortunately, the ratings haven’t been great so far, so they might not even make it to season 2 but it definitely surprised me. Just be ready to laugh and cry at the same time, which is absolutely better than laughing and crying at different times.

Red Band Society airs Wednesdays at 9 pm on FOX.