The Originals | S4E7 |”High Water and the Devil’s Daughter” Review [podcast]

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What’s up, my fellow vampire lovers?!

Another episode of The Originals is in the books and this one was a special one! Episode 7 titled “High Water and the Devil’s Daughter” served as the directorial debut of our beloved Charles Michael Davis (aka Marcel) and it was fantastic!

Listen in as Mike and I rave about the episode and, as always, let us know what you thought! You can find us on Twitter @ThisIsKristin_ and @mikethemovieguy.

SYNOPSIS: When it’s discovered that The Hollow’s latest servant is on the loose, Freya places a protection spell on the compound, forcing Klaus, Hayley and Hope to remain inside. Meanwhile, Elijah takes matters into his own hands when Vincent is reluctant to perform a dangerous ritual needed to strengthen their defense against The Hollow. Finally, while Freya enacts a risky plan that brings her face to face with their latest threat, an unexpected twist leaves her life hanging in the balance.

Special shout outs to our friends over on Twitter this week: @theoriginalsaaf, @tvdfansonline and @trentontess!

Send us your thoughts, favorite moments and fan theories and we’ll try to answer you On Air!

Tune in to The CW Fridays at 8/7c for more of The Originals!

The Originals | S4E6 | “Bag of Cobras” Review [podcast]

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What’s up, everyone??

Mike and I (finally) got together to talk about the latest episode of The Originals! I know, I know…but don’t blame him…he has his stud muffin son, Maddox, to take care of, so give the man some slack! lol…

Now down to business! Check out the podcast review below and let us know what YOU thought! You can find us on Twitter @ThisIsKristin_ and @mikethemovieguy.

SYNOPSIS: When it’s discovered that The Hollow has employed a mysterious servant to do its bidding, Klaus and Elijah host an elaborate party in order to lure the new threat out and uncover its identity. Feeling a sense of responsibility for The Hollow’s resurgence, Vincent uses his magic to help the Mikaelsons root out this latest threat. Meanwhile, after uncovering information about who may have been behind her parents’ death, Hayley turns to Freya to help unlock her memories from that fateful day.

 

Special shout outs to our friends over on Twitter this week: @theoriginalsaaf, @tvdfansonline and @trentontess!

Send us your thoughts, favorite moments and fan theories and we’ll try to answer you On Air!

Tune in to The CW Fridays at 8/7c for more of The Originals!

The Originals | S4E5 | “I Hear You Knocking” Review [podcast]

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Mike and I are back for another recap of the latest episode of The Originals! Are we the only ones who think this show gets better and better each week??

Check out the podcast review below and let us know what YOU thought! You can find us on Twitter @ThisIsKristin_ and @mikethemovieguy.

SYNOPSIS: After being marked by The Hollow’s dark magic, both Klaus and Marcel experience the symptoms of a malevolent haunting, forcing the two adversaries on a violent collision course. Meanwhile, Hayley and Elijah head out to speak with Mary after Hayley uncovers a mysterious link between the dark magic and her former wolf pack. Finally, as an exhausted Freya risks her own life to cure Klaus’ infection, a guilt-ridden Keelin must decide whether to honor her hippocratic oath and help Freya – or flee the Mikaelson’s forever.

 

Send us your thoughts, favorite moments and fan theories and we’ll try to answer you On Air!

Tune in to The CW on Friday, April 28th at 8/7c for more of The Originals!

The Originals | S4E4 | “Keepers of the House” Review [podcast]

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Hey everyone!

Sorry we’re a bit late in posting our recaps of the last two episodes, but it was my birthday, Mike was being Mike (lol) and we thought maybe we could fill the void tonight since the show won’t be back on until next week! You’re welcome!  🙂

Check out the podcast review below and let us know what YOU thought! You can find us on Twitter @ThisIsKristin_ and @mikethemovieguy.

SYNOPSIS: Desperate to save her daughter, Hayley turns to Marcel for help uncovering information about the mysterious force that has set its sights on the children of New Orleans. While Klaus remains behind with Hope, Elijah and a reluctant Vincent join the hunt, which puts them on a dangerous collision course with an unlikely new threat. Finally, Freya and Keelin must put aside their differences as they embark on a journey that may alter the power dynamic in New Orleans forever.

 

Send us your thoughts, favorite moments and fan theories and we’ll try to answer you On Air!

Tune in to The CW on Fridays at 8/7c for more of The Originals!

 

Thisfunktional Podcast – TV – PRISON BREAK Season 5 Premiere

Written by Jesus Figueroa (@Thisfunktional)

Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of Thisfunktional.com, talks the season 5 premiere of FOX’s hit show “Prison Break.” Season 5 Episode 1 “Ogygia” aired on FOX April 4.

After about 7 years “Prison Break” is now back on the air.

Listen in to hear Jesus talk about the show, hear some clips from interviews with Mark Feuerstein, Robert Kneeper and Sarah Wayne Callies.

Catch “Prison Break” Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on FOX.

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TV Review: 13 REASONS WHY | #Netflix #TV

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Hey everyone!

My latest binge consisted of the new Netflix Original Series, 13 Reasons Why. It’s based on the best-selling novel by Jay Asher and really depicts the land of high school perfectly. The subject matter is extremely heavy and several of the episodes contain a warning regarding graphic depictions of rape and suicide. This is such an incredibly powerful topic to discuss though and is worth the watch.

Sometimes sweeping heavy subjects under the rug is what causes younger generations to act out. It’s hard to deal with things you don’t understand.

The show follows the story leading up to Hannah Baker ending her own life. Before she committed suicide, she recorded a series of cassette tapes that reveal 13 people she believes contributed to her mental state before she died. Whether they were major roles or minor roles, these 13 people impacted Hannah’s life in a way that made her feel trapped in her own mind. As each person listens to the tapes and passes them on, we get to see how the news affects each of their own lives as well. Hannah’s death scene is shown in the final episode of the series and it’s definitely hard to watch. The show is perfectly cast, written, produced and directed and doesn’t just touch on suicide. They also show the effects of underage drinking, drinking and driving, etc.

I think the most important thing to take away from watching something like this is that we should be influencing younger generations to be more considerate. In a society controlled by technology and social media, it’s so much easier to fall into the category of the bully and the bullied. It all starts with the parents and what we teach our children. Impressionable children should be made aware of the dangers that go along with bullying someone. You don’t know what other people are going through in their private lives or how certain situations might affect them. It’s so important to be considerate and to avoid putting negative energy out into the world.

To anyone still in high school . . . think before you do or say things. It sounds cliché and makes me sound old, but it’s true. There’s a difference between being the class clown and being a jerk. Your goal might be to make your peers laugh, but think about how your words and actions might affect the person on the receiving end. And to those of you that feel different, odd, unappreciated, invisible . . . own that! It’s what makes you unique!

More importantly, if you or someone you know is having trouble feeling accepted or are being bullied in some way, please know that there are options for you. Parents might seem uncool and overprotective but they have your best interest at heart. Communication is crucial.

Here are a few websites that could offer helpful information and to help you realize that even though you might feel alone, you’re not. No one is ever truly alone.

13reasonswhy.info

AFSP.org

And you can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255

 

The Originals | S4E3 | “Haunter of Ruins” Review [podcast]

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What’s up, peeps?!

Mike and I got together yesterday to talk about the latest episode of The Originals! What did you think?

Check out the podcast review below and let us know what YOU thought! You can find us on Twitter @ThisIsKristin_ and @mikethemovieguy.

SYNOPSIS: After five long years apart, Klaus attempts to reconnect with his daughter, Hope. Even as father and daughter bond, the rest of the family is still in turmoil. Elijah mediates a conflict between Hayley and Freya to determine the best way to protect the family. Meanwhile, in New Orleans, Vincent tells Marcel terrible secrets about his ex-wife, Eva Sinclair, even as they begin their search for a mysterious witch who plans to sacrifice a group of innocent children – including Hope Mikaelson.

 

Send us your thoughts, favorite moments and fan theories and we’ll try to answer you On Air!

Tune in to The CW on Fridays at 8/7c for more of The Originals!

The Originals | S4E2 | “No Quarter” Review [podcast]

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Hello, my fellow vampire lovers!

Mike and I got together again to talk about the latest episode of The Originals! What did you think? Did you enjoy it as much as we did?

Check out the podcast review below and let us know what YOU thought! You can find us on Twitter @ThisIsKristin_ and @mikethemovieguy.

SYNOPSIS: After being cured and woken, the Mikaelson siblings join Hayley in an effort to rescue Klaus from captivity – even if they must face Marcel in the process. Meanwhile, Klaus’ demons materialize in unexpected ways as he suffers from the effects of the Tunde Blade, and Vincent investigates a haunting that will prove to be much more sinister than he could have imagined.

 

What did you think? How do you think Vincent is connected to this mysterious symbol and the disappearing children? Do you have a love/hate relationship with Kol like I do or are you Team Kol like Mike is? Talk to us!

Send us your thoughts, favorite moments and fan theories and we’ll try to answer you On Air!

Tune in to The CW on Fridays at 8/7c for more of The Originals!

The Originals | S4E1 | “Gather Up the Killers” Review [podcast]

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Hey everyone! Are you ready for Season 4 of The Originals?! I’ve been ready for monthsssssssss!   🙂

The season premiere aired on Friday, March 17th and was called “Gather Up the Killers.” Mike (The Movie Guy) and I got together to talk about the episode, and we were surprisingly on the same page! If you tune in to our Walking Dead podcasts, you’ll know that we are rarely on the same page haha.

Check out the podcast review below and let us know what YOU thought! You can find us on Twitter @ThisIsKristin_ and @mikethemovieguy.

SYNOPSIS:   FIVE YEARS LATER — On the fifth anniversary of Klaus’ defeat, Marcel is king of the city and welcomes the un-sired vampires to New Orleans, only to find they pose an unexpected threat to his rule, leading him to seek counsel from an unlikely source. Meanwhile, as Hayley closes in on the cure that will allow her to revive Elijah and the slumbering Mikaelsons, she faces a final task that will force her to make a ruthless decision.

 

 

We have SO many questions!! What do you think Hope is drawing and what is it’s significance for this season? Where has all this girl power been in previous seasons and can we get more of it?? Do you think Klaus will retaliate against Marcel for keeping him chained up for five years? How long do you think it will take for some of our beloved Vampire Diaries characters to cross over (and who would you like to see)?

Send us your thoughts, favorite moments and fan theories and we’ll try and answer you On Air!

Tune in Fridays at 8/7c on The CW for more of The Originals!

The Vampire Diaries – Season 8 Finale Review – “I Was Feeling Epic” [podcast] #TVDforever #TVD

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Hey everyone!

How are your emotions holding up after the EPIC series finale of our favorite show…The Vampire Diaries? Keisha and I got together to talk about our thoughts on the special 2-hour event and how the show has impacted our lives. You can listen to our podcast below and feel free to let us know what the show has done for you!

 

Personally, I started watching the show late in the game when it was on Netflix, but I’ve watched it live for the past few seasons now. I’ve met so many incredible friends at the TVD conventions, I’ve had the privilege of being in Covington, GA (aka Mystic Falls) for two season premieres and I just have so many great memories that I wouldn’t have it I hadn’t started watching. Meeting the cast and knowing that these characters we’ve fallen in love with over the past eight years genuinely care about the fans and are actually incredible people on and off screen makes me so PROUD to be a fan.

Here are a few of the photos from the conventions and my trips to Mystic Falls:

 

 

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Thank you to Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson for creating a show that we’ve loved for the past eight years. Thank you to the writers who delivered incredible storylines time and time again. & to the wonderful cast…thank you for giving us characters we could root for, feel for, and for being great human beings on and off our television screens.

The show was wrapped up perfectly, tragically and beautifully & we thank you!

The Vampire Diaries – S8|E3, S8|E4 and S8|E5 [Podcast Review]

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Hey there, #TVDFamily!

On behalf of Keisha and myself, we sincerely apologize for being late in getting these recaps done. I actually had no voice for a while as I was suffering from an upper respiratory infection, Keisha has been extremely busy with work over the holiday and it’s just been a crazy time. But never fear…we’re back on track now and we’ll be recapping Episode 6 after it airs December 2!

So here are the episode details for each, and our podcast review below:

S8|E3: You Decided That I Was Worth Saving    (Aired 11/4/16)

SYNOPSIS: As Enzo continues to fight the control over him, Bonnie finds herself at the center of a deadly game and forced to make a heart wrenching decision involving two of the most important people in her life. At the Armory, Alaric researches a mysterious artifact that he hopes will help in their fight to get Damon and Enzo back. Finally, Damon’s downward spiral leads him to Tyler who attempts to talk some sense into him before it’s too late.

 

S8|E4: An Eternity of Misery    (Aired 11/11/16)

SYNOPSIS: asked with finding a mysterious artifact, Damon’s latest mission takes him to Texas where a violent run-in with Peter Maxwell leads to a surprising revelation. Meanwhile, after gaining the upper hand in their fight to save Damon and Enzo, Stefan and Alaric team up and uncover the origins of the mysterious force they’re up against. Finally, Matt returns to the fray after his past and present collide in an unexpected way.

 

S8|E5: Coming Home Was a Mistake    (Aired 11/18/16)

SYNOPSIS: Spiraling down a dangerous path of self-destruction, Damon’s latest actions prove he may be beyond the point of return. Unwilling to give up on his brother, Stefan is forced to make a gut-wrenching decision that threatens to change their relationship forever. Elsewhere, Bonnie gets advice from Caroline on how to break through to Enzo, while Matt attempts to decipher a mysterious box of messages that he’s received. Finally, after tragedy strikes close to home, Stefan and the others are forced to remember what matters most to them.

 

Talking the Strain: “Do or Die” | s3E9 Review [Podcast]

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Mike and Jesus review the latest episode of #TheStrain. “Do or Die,” which aired October 23, 2016 on FX.

See more of The Strain at FXNetworks.com

Comments welcome and thanks for the social media love!

TALKING THE STRAIN is available on iTunes.

 

 

The Vampire Diaries – S8|E2: “Today Will Be Different” [Podcast Review]

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Hey #TVDFamily!

Keisha and I got together to talk about the latest episode of The Vampire Diaries, which aired on Friday, October 28, 2016. Check out the podcast below and let us know what you thought!

Are you rooting for a Bonnie/Enzo reunion? What do you think Matt is doing while everyone is trying to figure out Sybil and the symbols of hell? Let us know what you loved and didn’t love!

SYNOPSIS: After learning that someone from Stefan’s past may be Damon and Enzo’s next target, Stefan, Bonnie and Caroline head to North Carolina. There, Bonnie takes drastic measures in an attempt to break Enzo free of whatever has a hold over him. At the Armory, Alaric and Georgie stumble upon a mysterious symbol that may be related to the supernatural force controlling Damon and Enzo. Finally, Caroline gets an unexpected surprise from Stefan.

 

Tune in to The CW on Friday, November 4th @ 8/7c for the next episode of TVD!

The Walking Dead: S7|E1 – “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be” [Podcast Review]

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Hey everyone!

Mike, Brancey and I recently got together to talk about the Season 7 Premiere of The Walking Dead. Sadly, I’m still in mourning after this episode even though I had a feeling it would happen. Still hurts nonetheless.

We want to hear from you! Tweet me @ThisIsKristin_ and let me know what you thought of the episode, and what you think will happen next! Do you think someone will swoop in and get rid of Negan somehow? If you could choose one person to take him out, who would you choose? Send us your thoughts after each episode and we’ll read them on air during our recaps.

SYNOPSIS: Having been brutally overpowered by Negan and his gang of Saviors, Rick and his group kneel helplessly as they suffer a heavy loss, leaving everyone traumatized.

 

The Vampire Diaries – S8|E1: “Hello, Brother” Review

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Season 8 | Episode 1

Hey everyone! Welcome back to what is regrettably the final season of The Vampire Diaries. Keisha and I got together earlier to discuss the premiere episode and what our predictions are for the rest of the season.

I had the pleasure of watching the premiere episode in Covington, GA, where they film The Vampire Diaries and it was incredible. Being able to have lunch at the Mystic Grill, stand in front of the clocktower and watch the episode with a huge group of fans was a great experience. If you can ever make it out to Covington, pay Jessica a visit at Vampire Stalkers: Mystic Falls Tours. You can visit her website and book a tour to see filming locations from the show. I’ll be posting pictures from the tour I took with my best friends, and also more about the experience of being in Georgia for the premiere, so look out for that.

Check out our podcast review of the episode below and let us know what you thought! You can follow me on Twitter at @ThisIsKristin_ and Keisha at @Keishamaze.

SYNOPSIS: Stefan continues his search for Damon and Enzo months after they vanished from the armory vault; Caroline and Alaric fear for their family after a dangerous encounter with an unexpected visitor.

S3E5 / Talking The Strain: “Madness” Review [podcast]

 
 
It’s time for another recap show!!!
 
TALKING THE STRAIN is back – Jesus of ThisFunktional.com and I will review season 3 episode 5 “Madness.”
 
SYNOPSIS: New information from the Lumen forces Setrakian to seek help from his lifelong nemesis, Eldritch Palmer. Eph’s new experiments to understand strigoi communication seemingly take him to the brink of madness while Fet is on a mission to discover strigoi movements across New York City.
 
Talking The Strain
 
You can find us on iTunes, just search: TALKING THE STRAIN.
 
If you don’t have iTunes – you can always find us on AudioBoom.com/channel/iwatchmike
 
Thanks for listening and sharing!
 
The Strain
 
 
 
Mike “The Movie Guy” Pierce
http://iwatchmike.com
 
Podcaster on AudioBoom.com/Channel/iWatchMike
 
Contributor for TheVRO.com, CriscoKiddBlockParty.com, AccordingtoKristin.com, ThisFunktional.com, VIPLatino.com & EsteeEatz.com
 
Guest host on TheVRO.com
 
Promotions Coordinator/Emcee/Social Media Lover for Club Drink Houston & Diablo Loco Richmond Sports Bar
 
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This Is Us – S1|E1: “Pilot” Review

Hey everyone! Sorry I’m posting a bit late. It’s been a crazy week between work, school AND my DIRECTV being out for a few days! In any case, here’s what I thought of NBC’s new Comedy Drama!

I. Loved. It. With weeks and weeks of buildup, this show was getting a ton of buzz and, from what I saw, it was all positive. The promos not only give viewers a glimpse of Milo Ventimiglia’a backside, but also the premise of the show…four characters that share the same birthday.

We’re introduced to Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and his wife, Rebecca (Mandy Moore). They’re a young couple who are about to be parents to triplets.

We also meet Kate (Chrissy Metz) who is a 36 year old woman struggling with her weight.

Randall (Sterling K. Brown) appears to be a very successful business man with a wife and two beautiful daughters. Apparently he’s been searching for his birth father, who left him as a newborn on the steps of a fire station.

Kevin (Justin Hartley) is the star of a TV series called The Man-ny and seems to be struggling with the fact that he’s turning 36.

How fabulous was Gerald McRaney playing Jack and Rebecca’s replacement doctor??

Now that the introductions are out of the way, let’s get to the episode! Jack, Kate, Randall and Kevin all share the same birthday and are all turning 36. The writing of this show is excellent and the cast is incredible. We now know the main characteristics of these characters and what will most likely drive their characters in the coming weeks. Randall will explore the relationship between himself and his father, Kate will try to lose weight and rediscover herself, Kevin will try to work through his existential crisis and Jack will learn how to father three children at once.

This show has promise and I definitely recommend it to TV watchers everywhere! I can’t wait to see where they take the character development in future episodes!

***If you haven’t seen the episode yet, please stop here because I want to talk about the plot twist at the end!***

Holy shish kabobs!! This is what we’ve been missing!! That plot twist at the end made my jaw drop…literally! They’re all related!!! I mean we were told that Kevin and Kate are twins, but Randall being their adopted brother & Jack being their father?!?! I’ve heard stories about people discovering the twist at different points, so I’m curious when you all did. I noticed it when the man offered Jack a cigarette in the hospital and lit one up in the hallway. Then the camera panned out to show people in 70s clothing. I mean how creative is that?? To show the past and the future on this parallel plane is an incredible concept and I can’t wait to see where they take it!

What did you all think of the episode? Are you hooked like I am? Let me know!

Fear the Walking Dead: “Pillar of Salt” Review

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Season 2 | Episode 12
 
Hey there #FTWD fans! The crew and I got together to talk about the latest episode of Fear the Walking Dead!
 
SYNOPSIS: At the Colonia, Alejandro reveals his darker side. A hotel resident becomes violent and Madison springs into action. 
 
Check out the podcast below and let us know what you thought of the episode!
 

 
 
We’re now available on #iTunes – just search: FEAR THE WALKING DEAD RECAP SHOW or (don’t have iTunes) visit: audioboom.com/channel/iwatchmike
 
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See more Fear the Walking Dead at AMC.COM

Blindspot – S2|E1: “In Night So Ransomed Rogue” Review [podcast]

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Season 2 | Episode 1 – “In Night So Ransomed Rogue”
 
Ahhhh!! Blindspot is back! Jesus & I got together to talk about the Season 2 premiere!
 
SYNOPSIS: After Jane endures three months of CIA torture, the FBI brings her back into the fold – this time as a double agent.
 

 
 
What did you think??
 
Tune in TONIGHT, September 21 at 9/8c on NBC for the newest episode!

S3E4 / Talking The Strain: “Gone But Not Forgotten” Review [podcast]

 
It’s time for another recap show!!!
 
TALKING THE STRAIN is back – Jesus of ThisFunktional.com and I will review season 3 episode 4 “Gone But Not Forgotten.”
 
SYNOPSIS: Things have changed. The infection enters a new phase. Fet wants to celebrate, but Setrakian and Eph are worried there’s more work to be done. Justine conscripts a new, unwilling army in the fight while Eichhorst angrily lashes out with a plan to strike back.
 
Talking The Strain
 
You can find us on iTunes, just search: TALKING THE STRAIN.
 
If you don’t have iTunes – you can always find us on AudioBoom.com/channel/iwatchmike
 
Thanks for listening and sharing!
 
The Strain
Mike “The Movie Guy” Pierce
http://iwatchmike.com
Podcaster on AudioBoom.com/Channel/iWatchMike
 
Contributor for TheVRO.com, CriscoKiddBlockParty.com, AccordingtoKristin.com, ThisFunktional.com, VIPLatino.com & EsteeEatz.com
 
Guest host on TheVRO.com
 
Promotions Coordinator/Emcee/Social Media Lover for Club Drink Houston & Diablo Loco Richmond Sports Bar
 
Emcee for San Diego Comic-Con
 
 
 
Follow Me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram