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Young Pope szn is upon us all

With every new year there comes a crop of new shows premiering but with so much content out there its hard to keep track of what , where and when these new shows come on. There have been a few shows I have seen in the past year that were very well done and enjoyable but I couldn’t tell what some of them were right now , maybe because they weren’t that memorable ( I’m looking right at you Night Manager). But the Young Pope separates itself from the pack entirely, at first I thought what a silly name the Young Pope is and surely the show would reflect that but then I saw this promo shot

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If you having girl problems I feel bad for you my son, I got ninety nine problems and the Pope is young

After seeing this I KNEW this show would be epically bad but entertaning at least. With the myriad of highly unlikely scenarios a young pope would find himself in, then hitting his wardrobe and putting on one of his many ill units like this one.

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I’m a bitch, I’m a lover, I’m the Pope, only younger

When the trailer dropped a few weeks after the above pics my expectations grew ten fold and I eagerly anticipated for when I could watch it. So when my good friends over at Home Box Office (HBO for you nubs) sent me over some screeners I was ecstatic and couldn’t wait to see the engaging Jude Law. The show centers around Law who goes by Lenny in the show. He’s an orphan that was given up at a young age and raised in the Catholic Church by Sister Mary  who is being played by the pleasant, wicked jump shot having Diane Keaton, who has a number of memorable moments akin to this one

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Nun humor, gotta love it. The nuns in the show get a lot of the jokes and a majority of them really like sports surprisingly and there is an exquisitely shot scene where the nuns are playing a game of footy with some deft moves and cracking finishes set to some operatic music and it was pretty funny to see those nuns go all FIFA on each other.

Jude Law has been great in many supporting roles from The Talented Mr. Ripley to Sherlock Holmes and one of my personal favorites Gattaca but he has rarely been the lead with such a juicy part. Thats why this will be a career defining performance for him where he can show off as the newly elected Pius XIII: chain-smoking,right-wing, deeply cynical and ultra-political. Machiavelli living in the 21st century.

The Young Pope might disguise as a high-budget soap, but it tells us some uneasy truths about the hypocrisy at the top of the Catholic Church. This show feels a lot like The Sopranos without the Bada-Bing and the chicken parms but replaced with the rich, beautiful set pieces of the Vatican and some lavish pools to boot.

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This show is opulent, sleek, charming and ultimately visually sumptuous. If you go into the show expecting a spectacle rather than something literal you will have infinitely better time. It will be on my end of year list for the most fun shows undoubtedly. Just sit back and accept the body of Christ as long as it looks like Jude Law.

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Shout out to my Serie A lovers , Napoli gets some major love throughout it.

SHOOT YOUR SHOT: THE TRUE STORY OF JIM JINKS THE CREATOR OF DOUG AND HIS REAL LIFE PATTI MAYONNAISE

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It’s been around 25 years since Doug premiered on Nickelodeon and its creator Jim Jinkins gave an interview to EW about it. Jim gave some insight into his inspiration for Doug along with the other characters on the show and as you can probably guess he took inspiration from his own life to mold the characters , especially with Doug being modeled after himself.  He had this to say
“I’ve written the scene,” Jinkins tells EW, referring to one major moment that would answer the question Jinkins’ is constantly asked — whether Doug and his lifelong crush, Patti, end up together.

What happened to the love of Doug’s life? That’s where Jinkins’ tale about his surprise reconnection with the real Patti Mayonnaise comes in. If you want to know what happens to Doug, you must first find out what happened to Jim

It’s my ten-year reunion, and I didn’t go. I was in New York working like crazy as a freelancer and just trying to make it there. And I got a phone call in New York and it’s Patti. The real Patti. And my heart’s beating fast. She’s like, ‘I was at the reunion! You weren’t!’ and I was like, ‘Yeah…sorry…I had to work.’ And she goes, ‘I found out you live in New York. Guess what—I do, too!’ And she told me where she lives. We lived across Central Park from each other. And she says, ‘Why don’t you come over for dinner?’

So now we’re in a Doug show. I’m like, what do I wear? What will she look like!? All that’s happening as I’m walking across Central Park to her apartment, just wondering and just hoping, all those things. I was, at the time, very available.
I get to the door, and you get buzzed up in New York, and so I walk up to the apartment and I hear the lock turn—it’s getting ready to happen—and she opens the door, and she’s perfect. Just perfect. She just looks spectacular and she’s so happy, and her arms fly up and we hug, and I’m just like [frightened guttural gasping noises]. She backs up and she goes ‘Look, Jimmy! Boobs! I got my boobs!’ [Laughs.] It sounds like I’m making this up, right? And I’m like, ‘Yeah… yeah, uh huh!’ ‘Yeah, they always used to call me Flatty Patti, but look!’ And she was just funny and fun and innocent, but it’s like Doug and Patti together again, ten years later, right?
So this is all wonderful, right? And then she wheels and goes, ‘Oh, Jimmy, I want you to meet my husband.’
And I don’t even remember the rest of the evening.

 

Come on Jim, tell me she didn’t like your hair, or your outfit, that your charisma was lacking , that you were too short , that she just didn’t vibe with you but don’t tell me you never tried back in the day. No wonder you ‘very’ available with an attitude like that. You were like that guy in a pickup game that refuses to look at the basket and just passes it. That’s not how you go about booking a trip to Motorboat Bay Jim.

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To add insult to injury it turned out that the girl of his dreams has basically been right across the street from him for years without his knowledge. If that’s not some twisted karmic iorny I don’t know what is.  What a roller coaster of emotions that must have been for him , I would pay good money to see what his face must have looked like when he first saw after all those years then seconds later when she went to introduce him to her husband. The regret must have been pouring over him like the cold, frigid waters crashing down upon the rocks at Niagra falls. He was so discombobulated he couldn’t remember the rest of the night and I don’t blame because who would want to.

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After reading that story it just reaffirms what I have always thought and that is you have to ‘shoot your shot’ when you get the chance, just let it fly. Because you will only have regret if you don’t. So don’t be like Jim Jinks kids and remember to always shoot your shot.

Preacher goes out with a Bang

Preacher ended its inaugural season this past Sunday in bombastic fashion where it sets the table for an intriguing season 2. I haven’t seen many people talking about how good and strange in a good way (its much stranger than ‘Stranger Things’ ) this show is and i wanted to change that.

If you’re not familiar with ‘Preacher’ its about a west Texas preacher Jesse Custer that becomes possessed by an otherworldly force which may be a mix of good and evil. He soon finds out that it gives him the power to control people with just his words. Shortly after he’s joined by his bad bitch ex Tulip (who is my favorite character on the show and Ruth Negga is primed for stardom). Rounding out the three musketeers is Cassidy who lands in Annville and quickly becomes best friends with Jesse, and Cassidy happens to be a foul mouthed vampire from Dublin who loathes the Big Lebowski. Quickly all three become entrenched in a battle between Heaven and Hell and all that lies in the middle.

 

 

Preacher is a weird, funny, violent , mysterious , romantic, a little meandering and surprisingly jarring at times. You won’t get a lot of answers or why’s and be left scratching your head but don’t fret too much because it won’t hinder your ability to enjoy it. The best way to watch this show is to just sit back and enjoy without worrying about the questions you will have because they won’t even matter by the end of the first season. Preacher excelled the most when the three electrifying leads were paired on screen together. This will be a strong foundation for season 2 when Preacher and crew take the show on the road in search of the all powerful who has gone missing while they are being pursued by deadly forces. By taking Preacher on the road it will remove the parts that didn’t work so well this season like the small town politics  for one and focus solely on the parts that worked the best (Cassidy, Jesse, Tulip) and give them more freedom in an open world which is where the comic actually begins its own story.  Plus there is a guy named Arseface who looks like this

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get it?

So give it a chance , you can watch all the episodes here http://www.amc.com/shows/preacher 

 

Popping adderalls like tic tacs? Mr. Robot thoughts

Is control an illusion?

First off i just want to say I do not think Elliot is in prison or some sort of asylum. I do think that he has simplified his life to mimic one though.

One of the constants after the first two episodes of this season is control, whether it be trying to get it, letting go of it, or how to handle it when you get it. Most of the episode is spent with Elliot as he fights for control of psyche against Mr. Robot, a fight he wins temporarily thanks to taking a huge doses of Adderrall. Which helped him rid himself of Mr. Robot for five sleepless days where he walked around with this pleasant hop

It was fun to see Elliot go through his life without Mr. Robot so we were able to see the vibrancy so often missing from the show. His drug haze was well done and kind of felt like something out of Trainspotting. Maybe going forward now that Elliot has figured out a way to subside him Mr. Robot temporarily we will get to see more of this vibrancy in the coming weeks. The next time we see Mr. Robot is when Elliot is talking to Ray,  then he gets up to get something from a shelf and there is Mr. Robot waiting behind him.

We learned more about Ray’s motives this week and one of them is trying to regain control of his site that is getting infiltrated and stealing his bitcoins. So he needs some to fix the situation and thats where his interest lies with Elliot. The Bitcoin angle is interesting because the lack of available cash since the hack, so it would figure that bitcoin has way more value than it did before ( the exchange rate is 1 bitcoin is worth $657 bucks). Ray is very eloquent guy often using 50 words when only 5 will do, for example when he says this about Elliot’s quest for control of his life, “Control is about as real as a one-legged unicorn taking a leak at the end of a double rainbow”. He studies Elliot and lets him know that they are not much different from one another.  One of the ways is that he talks to his dead wife every morning just like how Elliot does. He appears to   be slowly getting through to Elliot and it can’t come soon enough because I’m eager to see Elliot behind a keyboard again.

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Now onto Angela at E Corp, whose scenes have been some of the strongest this season thanks in big part to Philip Price her boss who feels like the personification of capitalism, especially with his speech last week in DC. But this week he throws Angela for a loop when he asks her out to dinner after gauging her interests on a dessert they serve there. Right before getting there she fills herself with positive quotes, assuming it would be a romantic date of some sort. She shows up looking dressed to kill , very vampy stuff. Instead, Price introduces her to two other dinner guests, E corp colleagues. At the end of dinner, Price privately tells Angela of his coworker’s  positive, charitable qualities before telling her that they were complicit in the toxic leak that killed her mother and Elliot’s father. Price then produces a disc with all the evidence of their repeated fraud and  tells her this is all she needs to destroy the men’s lives , saying that while she’s “panicking” right now at the thought, if she removes emotion from the decision, “You’ll do just fine.” So now Angela is struggling with what to with her new found control over their lives. This is one of the more interesting parts of the overall story. How much farther down the rabbit hole can she go and will it ultimately benefit her or Price more?

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With the show moving a little bit slower than last season we get to see more from the supporting characters on the show like Romero who got to tell the violent and tragic ownership history of the arcade to Mobley. Kind of ironic that he was the de facto owner while he met his untimely demise. The FBI agent had an AH-HA! moment when she found the flyer for the end of the world party in Romero’s trash after gaining entrance to his house by offering to roll some blunts for his grandma because her arthritis made it difficult to roll them herself and decided to stroll on down and give it a look for herself.

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F. Society, hmm. So thats how they chose the name, fair enough. I wonder what or who she will find out next, she seems really lonely  as do most people in this show so I’m sure that will only help in her endeavors to uncover the hack and those responsible for it. Speaking of those responsible for it, has anyone figured out where Tyrell is? The closet thing that I can think of is maybe he’s in France because he greeted Elliot with ‘Bonjour’ while talking with him on the phone other than that I got nothing for you. But at least his wife can afford to still look fresh as hell

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My favorite parts of HBO’s all too soon cancelled Vinyl

(DeadlineHBO has changed course on VinylThe 1970s rock n roll drama had been renewed for a second season with a new showrunner, Scott Z. Burns, replacing co-creator, executive producer and showrunner Terence Winter. Now the premium cable network has decided not to go with Season 2 of the series, executive produced by Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger.

“After careful consideration, we have decided not to proceed with a second season of Vinyl,” HBO said in a statement. “Obviously, this was not an easy decision. We have enormous respect for the creative team and cast for their hard work and passion on this project.

Vinyl has been a disappointment, a big-budget series from A-list auspices and a star cast that had underperformed. “Vinyl didn’t launch in the way we were hoping it would; it’s disappointing, but it happens,” HBO’s outgoing head of programming Michael Lombardo told Deadline last month.

So HBO did something out of the norm and cancelled one of their shows after the first season then did something even more rare by picking it up for a second season only for that to change a couple days ago. If you are not familiar with the subject matter of the show it is about a record label in New York during the 70’s. A ride through the sex and drug ridden music business at the dawn of punk, disco, and hip-hop, the show is seen through the eyes of a record label president, Richie Finestra. Played in bombastic fashion by Bobby Cannavale. If you enjoy history , and the music of that time I highly suggest you watch it. Since I’m too young to have grown up in that time it was fun to see how the world used to be and how music became embedded in our culture especially with emergence of new genres that you get to see from its infancy with the birth of hip hop. I haven’t seen an atmosphere of a show recreated so well in awhile.

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It never gained the numbers to justify a second season but I do feel that show was gaining momentum towards the end of the first season, around episode 5 or 6 particularly with . Since the show is gone here are some of the most memorable moments from the lone season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

and my personal favorite to close it out

 

I’m bummed to see it go because I would have loved to see more of what this last clip had to show and where they would follow the beginning of hip hop and discoveries along the way. It really would have been interesting to see what they could have done with HBO’s budget. I hope this was enough to get you hooked on a good show that won’t take long to finish.

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PS. Ray Ramono crushes it

Game of Thrones Top 10 NBA Draft Picks

(Uproxx)  One of my great hopes in life is that George R.R. Martin will release the next book in the series that inspired Game of Thrones, and when fans start reading, they will quickly discover that the whole thing is about a 3-on-3 basketball tournament in Westeros. My reasoning is simple: it would be hilarious. Think of the reaction. People would lose their minds.

A few preliminary notes about my methodology:

The rankings are based on things we’ve learned on the show only. I have not read the books. If you have read the books and have information that would alter the list substantially, you should consider making your own. It’s quite fun.

The rankings are not limited to characters who are still alive. We’ve got dead ones in there, too.

Living characters are ranked based on current potential ability (with one exception), and deceased characters are ranked based on potential ability at the time of their death.

10. Oberyn Martell

9. Melisandre

8. Bronn

7. Jon Snow

6. The One Wildlings Giant

5. The Night King

4. Jaqen H’ghar

3. Jaime Lannister (pre-amputation)

2. Brienne

1. Khal Drogo

 

Cool idea by ‘Brian’ over at Uproxx  but there are some glaring problems with his picks. I get trust the process but My Lanta you have the Wildings Giant aka Wun Weng (you better put some respeckt on his name from henceforth!) going 6th overall and that is a tragedy. Along with having Oberyn going tenth and the ever slow moving Melisandre somehow going above him its time to get started on my list of the top 1o picks if this was the NBA draft.

1. Wun Weg Wun

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You can’t teach size and Wun Weg has it in spades, 14 ft of it to be exact combined with the strength of 12 men. He is the franchise changer and a championship cornerstone that you expect from the number 1 pick spot.

2. The Night King

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Second off the board is the Night King. He possesses a plethora of skills and talent like his inability to get rattled because of his icy cold demeanor and his win at all costs method. He’s a lot like Kobe Bryant so you know what you’re getting.

3. The Mountain

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Going with more size since its a rare commodity in the GOT world and The Mountain fits the bill coming in tipping the scales at 6’9″ four hundred pounds. He is the fierce defensive force you crave to protect your basket. No one is gliding through the lane with him holding down the paint.

4. Jon Snow

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Some may he’s too undersized to go this high but I don’t care the kid’s got game. He is a natural born leader and pair that with his quickness and his agility as seen in the above gif he slides perfectly onto any team in the lead guard position. He’s battle tested and plays with a chip on his shoulder like so many of the great ones did.

5. Khal Drogo

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The last of the big men goes here because of his strength, explosiveness. He just oozes bravado and he will need that going up against the other giants in this game. Not too mention is his uncanny wingspan, he has all the tools to be a great defender.

6. Bronn

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With the game shifting towards position-less basketball Bronn is a great value pick going here. Born iscrafty, agile, mobile and hostile. He’s a jack of all trades what I’m saying and his humor is infectious among his teammates. He most closely reminds me of Draymond Green

7. Jaquen H’ghar

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For all the same reasons as Bronn especially except he is not as funny so he loses a couple points in my book.

8. Brienne

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I said the last of the big men were gone but I didn’t say the last of the big women. Brienne is a skillfully trained player that can you beat you physically and mentally. She reminds of Marc Gasol , just the prototypical grit N grind player. She would make a great sidekick to a powerful duo.

9. Oberyn Martell

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He may not win you a championship but Oberyn Martell will put asses in the seats and be all over Twitter the next morning with his high flying , flashy play. No one can excite or a shock a crowd more than Oberyn with his charisma. His NBA comparison  would be another guy with a nickname almost as good as “The Red Viper” and that is Jason ‘White Chocolate’ Williams.

10. The Hound

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Finally rounding out the top 10 is The Hound. He may be a little banged up with some injuries over the years but he’s been in rehab after his near catastrophic fall at the hands of Brienne. Since then he’s been in rehab putting in the work grinding to get back. He could really be the steal of the draft going this low and no one swings a sword or axe quite like him. He has the bloodline as well with his brother ‘The Mountain’ going earlier. He’s highly motivated and seems to have found some peace with his true purpose.

 

Mr. Robot is back…with a new trailer

Finally after last season’s bombastic finale we get a glimpse of what is to come for season two of my favorite show from the past year.  So without further ado here it is

The two feelings I have after watching that can encapsulated with these

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Looks we are going to be diving deeper into Elliot’s psyche to figure out what really happened when he blacked out and delve into fSociety’s allies that also operate in the shadows which will be much harder to do in light of recent events. Then we have freaking Obama calling out Tyrell Wellick while linking him to fSociety. Speaking of Tyrell, we do not see him at all in the trailer but maybe we catch a glimpse of his hand when he slaps Mrs. Wellick while she’s getting her BDSM on

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I just can’t be sure. I just need for Wellick to come back and share the screen with her again because that resulted in some of the most haunting, erotic, powerful scenes of the show. Also just because the actor who plays Tyrell is the second best performance on the show behind Elliot, he just commands the screen and emotes wonderfully.

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Mr. Robot returns on July 13th

New Week , Fresh Things

These past few days I have come across some new content that I found really dope so without further ado lets get to it.

First is Catastrophe a show on Amazon Prime about an American who travels to London for business then meets a local schoolteacher, they have a weekend fling resulting in a pregnancy and the show starts from there. The one aspect of the show that really makes it stand out from its peers is the title characters Sharon & Rob interact with one another. You may recognize Rob as Rob Delaney from twitter where he is a great follow.  Usually in sitcoms you see the characters reacting to situations to get laughs but with Catastrophe you seem them making each other laugh. Often using their humor with each other as a short hand for people who really convey they care about one another. They both know the other is funny so they try to best each other and its really charming to take in. The how the humor takes you in and relaxes you its easier for them to tackle deeper issues people have in relationships all while being sneakily emotional. Because of the humor they are able to delve into heavier subjects you would not find yourself normally laughing it. It really feels like a peak into two people’s lives without being over the top and that is a very welcome change of pace. The second season just came out, they are 30min each with only 6 episodes per season. So basically its shorter than a lot of movies these days. Who has time to sit down for a three hour movie anyways? No need film industry, no need. Yes I know its the season 2 trailer but it doesn’t give away much and it’s better cut than S1.

 

The second thing I want to get to is Action Bronson’s Mr. Wonderful. Let it run while you read the rest

It came out last year around this time but this bangs so hard with his distinct New York Flavor (Queens stand up!) and the production on it is flames with the likes of Mark Ronson, and 40 blessing some tracks. Just put the Ghostface comparisons out of your mind and listen to it. I first remember Action because of the  Rare Chandeliers album cover is what made me take notice

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I then started watching him on Vice Eats a couple of years ago and he’s very entertaining on camera and really offers some professional insight into the food. He’s able to speak about so eloquently and passionately because he is a trained chef. When Vice Eats became a hit he then moved onto Munchies another channel to continue it and now finally he’s back with Vice with “F*CK That’s Delicious” which is the same premise but just longer and I’m not complaining because its a very fun and informative watch with that flair only Action can provide.

Here’s some more artwork I like

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Shouout FRKO the man behind the art.

Walking Dead Premiere Quick Thoughts

I watched it a second time so I could live take it…

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  1. The charismatic evil biker guy working for Neegan talking a big game right now
  2. What a save , I for sure thought Sasha was getting it—OH SHIT
  3. WHAT HAPPENED?! BazooKA Daryl in the house ! walking-dead-rocket-laucher.gifwalking-dead-bike-explosion.gif xltfqrqbvb2vckorstkp.jpg
  4. “Nibble on that” Abraham says to the severed head of the biker cell 
  5. Man, depressed bowl cut has a had a rough go but he’s such a drag 
  6. Father Gabriel stepping up? Are the tides finally turning for him?
  7. Sam says he can keep going through walkers is laughable, this should end well
  8. I think hate Ron more than Sam, and thats saying a lot. Such a squid 
  9. Edith and Glenn are a really strong combo
  10. Creepy Wolves guy is such a psycho but it looks he really likes his hostage Denise
  11. Glenn Speech! I’m pumped , I’ll fight side by side to the end with you dawg!
  12. Edith is all in after that speech of course 
  13. Gotta give it to him, the Wolves guy plays a creep so fucking well. My skin crawled as he glared at her with those black pools for eyes 
  14. Long commercial break that its night time for Rick and Crew doing the buddy system through walkers. 
  15. Aw Sam is losing it, Carol doomed him. Playing the long game like a boss
  16. Sam has STOPPED. Oh no he’s losing it annnnnnd so long Sam walking-dead-sam-bite.gif
  17. Hot mom stop screaming over your lame son. Aw shit goodbye Hot Mom, should of listened to Rick sooner walking-dead-jessie-gone.gif
  18. WTF Ron, why a point a gun at Rick . 
  19. I wish Michonne would’ve lopped his melon off instead walking-dead-ron-shot.gif
  20. Damn  Carl that’s gonna sting in the morning walking-dead-carl-eye.gif
  21. I can sense it…its coming… the “CorALLL” by Rick. I wonder how many times he will say it
  22. Eugene trying to man up and getting shot down is so emasculating to watch
  23. I wonder if Eugene is a Fop or a Dapper Dan kind of man? That has to be the only answer for how his mullet stays so on point during the zombie apacolpsye. 
  24. Aw Wolves guy going back for her, he changed. Chop his arm off daisy! 
  25. Carol Vs. Morgan…who’s side to take?!
  26. Carol’s of course carol-morgan
  27. Daisy flashing the bedroom eyes at her former captor 
  28. Carol from the top ropes! She snipes the Wolves guy
  29. Daisy shook that off quick when she saw CorALLLL coming in not looking to great doing his best Fetty Wap impersonation 
  30. OH YES, Rick has flipped the Savage switch. No one goes as hard as Rick does when  gets into his zone
  31. Where does Rick get all this energy from? He’s truly the chosen one
  32. Michonne right behind him. When are Rick and Michonne going together? Power couple like you read about
  33. Rick is destroying so many walkers he is inspiring everyone to come out and go nuts
  34. Father Gabriel has turned it around. He’s seeing the light. Good Job Carver father-gabriel-redeemed.jpg
  35. Glen and Maggie are so ride or die for each other
  36. Oh nO Glenn , not again. Maggie’s screams break my heart 
  37. WHOA! Abraham doing his best Daryl impression  coming out of nowhere with the assault rifle to save Glenn from certain peril (good joke writers) 
  38. Abraham has had the best one liners this episode and he’s nailing them abraham-pal
  39. Daryl always has a plan 
  40. How did so many walkers gather together so densely like this? Did they all come from a Kelly Clarkson concert back in 09 at the Georgia State Fair? I guess we may never know
  41. Man, the bazooka is really a game changer 
  42. The hacking montage was really good walking-dead-kill-montage
  43. All it took was three “CorALL” ‘s by Rick to bring Carl out of his coma .

Challenge: Bloodlines Update

Its time for an update on the Challenge. The last time we visited the Challenge bunch it for the season premier which I previewed here .  In the latest episode the field is cut down to four teams for the final challenge in Berlin. So let’s see who those teams will be

 

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Aneesa & Rianna

Jaime & Cara Maria

Mitch & Cory

and somehow Jenna & Brianna

The last challenge to see who would go to the final consisted of one member of the pair carrying up a hundred pound bag up the mountain.

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With the elevation and the air getting thinner it was no easy task. Thats why I was surprised when Brianna and Jenna were leading the entire race until the final puzzle. Albeit the girls had to carry a lighter bag up the mountain. All the guys had lots of trouble lugging it up though. Cory seemed to be feeling it the hardest, he was falling down, throwing up and at times it looked like he wasn’t going to be able to walk off the mountain with his own two feet. Vince looked terrible as usual, huffing and puffing his way up the mountain. Has there ever been a more looks like Tarzan plays like Jane guy than Vince? Seriously this guy always under performs but pounds his chest and walks around like a silverback. Watching him trying to figure out the puzzle with Bananas was like watching a blind man trying to pick out his favorite porno. Then like a phoenix rising from the ashes Cory/Mitch get to the final puzzle last and Mitch like some kind of puzzle savant manages to solve it in less than 30 seconds so they take first place as well as getting to choose who goes into the elimination.

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With that power they decide to finally throw Bananas and Vince into the Pit. Their reasoning being that if Bananas wants to get to the finals he will have to earn it seeing as how he has not been to an elimination yet.  So at the elimination one member of the team has to break through a cinder block wall with a sledge hammer to make a hole big enough for their partner to get through so they can get to the puzzle and solve it.

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Both teams breakthrough the wall around the same time so they have a equal amount of time for the puzzle. Bananas was locked in and seemed to be getting the correct pieces faster than Cara. Of course Vince just stood next to him doing his best impression of tree that kept saying “I have no clue what I’m looking at”. Bananas scrambles to get his last piece in and screams for TJ to check it. TJ looks and tells him it is wrong and Cara gets a visible boost and starts to really go at her puzzle.

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Brutal stuff missing only two pieces, so they start all over for some reason. Cara and Jaime finish theirs not long after to book their ticket to the final. Not having Bananas is a little bit of let down but Vince sucks so evens out. Here is the final four that will be competing for the 350k grand prize.

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First off I have no clue how Jenna and her cousin made it this far but nevertheless they made it and are big time sleepers judging from the last Challenge. Jenna made a good point on how the other teams can’t compete with their cardio which if you remember is a big killer of teams during there final. I think Aneesa and Rianna finish fourth , followed by Jenna then in second it will Cara/Jaime. So Mitch and Cory will be the winners because I feel that they have skills between them to beat the rest of the field.

Thanks to twitter.com/ChallengeMTV for the pics.