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Grace And Frankie: 10 Things We Want To Happen In Season 6

For the past five seasons in Netflix’s Grace and Frankie, we’ve seen Sol and Robert find love, Grace and Frankie become best friends, Brianna taking over Say Grace, Mallory becoming a single mother, Bud becoming a father (and getting married), and Coyote meeting his birth mother. It’s been a wild ride over there in California but we can’t get enough.

In the last episode of season five, we see what life would have been like if Grace and Frankie never became the besties that they’ve become. Grace was insanely vapid, Frankie was closer to Grace’s kids than she was, and there was still a lot of anger directed towards Sol and Robert. Luckily, it was all a daydream and Grace and Frankie realized how lucky they were to have one another.

However, as great as season five was, it ended with a ton of questions. Here are 10 things we hope to find out come season six.

10 For Coyote To Reunite With His ‘Other’ Family

For the time being, Coyote has met his birth mother after he decided he wanted to look for her. And while his birth mother did take a trip out to the West Coast to meet her son, that’s all she wanted from the relationship. After realizing he couldn’t have a full relationship with his mom, that was where the series left it. That is until last season in an episode called “The Pharmacy.”

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In the episode, Coyote is attacked by a 17-year-old boy who thinks he’s having an affair with his mom. In reality though, they’re step-brothers, sharing the same mom. Fans of the show would love to see if anything more comes from this connection.

9 An Appearance From Dolly Parton

Grace and Frankie has a full cast of amazing stars, however, there are rumors that Dolly Parton may be popping up in season six! Appearing on the 1980s TV show together, Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, and Lily Tomlin have known each other for decades. They loved working together then so why wouldn’t they love working together now?

8  For Mallory To Keep Dating Around

Many Grace and Frankie fans saw Mallory struggle with her relationship with her children’s father. And over time, their connection kept dwindling. Now a single mother of four, we see Mallory try to find herself again. She starts working (for free, mind you) with her sister at Say Grace and she begins to juggle life as a single mother. Eventually, she Brianna does force her to date again but she ultimately found a connection with her kids’ principal, Nick.

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Fans are happy Mallory feels comfortable with Nick (especially since she brought him to Bud’s wedding), but most think she needs more time to date around instead of settling down so quickly.

7 What’s Going On With Barry And His Potential Child?

There’s something so rare and sweet about the relationship between Brianna and Barry. They’re both so scared of their relationship and yet are so committed to one another. Interestingly enough, Barry was given the chance to have a child with a pair of women who can’t have children themselves. While they both thought the concept was a little weird, they eventually went along with it since Brianna isn’t a “kid” kind of person. In season six, we’re hoping to find out more about Barry’s child and how they’re navigating this new addition (if successful).

6 Grace Can’t Live Without Frankie, Can She?

Now that Grace is legally married to Nick (per the last episode in season five), where does that leave Grace and Frankie? Will Grace move out of their La Jolla home and into Nick’s place, or perhaps Nick moves into their beach house with Frankie?

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With the separation of Grace and Frankie, is there even a show? Fans need to know how these two can function without one another after becoming so dependent on each other.

5 And What Does This Mean For Nick And Grace?

Now that Grace and Nick are legally married, Frankie was taken back by this revelation. The women realized they simply cannot live without each other and yet Nick is kind of in the middle of their relationship. In season six, it’s going to be interesting to see the relationship between Grace, Nick, and Frankie evolve. Nick is a busy businessman, and Grace is an independent woman, maybe she can spend a few nights with Frankie and a few nights at Nick’s? Time will tell.

4 For Brianna To Keep Say Grace Thriving Without Grace

It’s been empowering watching Brianna take Say Grace from the bottom and bring it to the top. However, somewhere down the line, Say Grace took a hit and Brianna needed help to bring it back to life. The only woman made for the job was Say Grace creator (and Brianna’s mom), Grace.

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The problem with this is that Grace loves to work, so she took the reigns and kind of threw her daughters under the bus. Now that Brianna seems to have a handle on the business model, it would be amazing to see her take full control and keep climbing to the top — without the help of her mother. It would also be great to see her pay Mallory for all her hard work…

3 Sol And Robert Need A Reset Button

Most fans didn’t know how to feel about the relationship between Sol and Robert in the beginning, but over time, we all knew it was love. We saw them fight for their rights, fight for their love, and fight for their health, but in season five? They kind of fell off track. The pair dealt with downsizing, fighting families, a third partner in the bedroom, Robert’s failing health… Did these two lose their way? There seems to be more arguments and drama between the two than loving hugs like the first season. It would be great for fans to see these two to fall in love again.

2 For Vybrant To Continue Serving The Older Community

After Frankie promised free vibrators and donuts online to their visitors, Frankie needed to clean up her own mess. Grace, of course, wanted to do a PR video to clean up the spilled milk but Frankie wasn’t a fan of her idea. After a few days of brainstorming, Frankie makes an entire graph directed towards fixing her issue. Focusing on the older generations, they wanted to give their free vibrators to the older community first and then the younger community when they’re “old enough.”

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Knowing that Vybrant’s main focus is still the older community is a main centerpiece of the show, and to see that continue would be huge in season six.

1 Will Vybrant Start Bedazzling Canes?

We see Frankie and Grace get closer and closer to their friend (and assistant) Joan Margaret throughout season five. By the time Bud’s wedding came around we see Joan selling her cane for $50 — which she bedazzled for fun.

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Frankie and Joan seem to love the idea of adding a sassy cane line to their Vybrant brand, but we need to wait and see if Grace is on board in season six!


2019-07-17 03:07:04

Layne Gibbons

Twilight: The 10 Worst Things Edward Has Ever Done | ScreenRant

While Twilight might have been a huge phenomenon, and it’s easy to see why in some ways, there are also some things about the series that give pause. While the idea of having a super hot vampire boyfriend is definitely appealing, Edwards wasn’t nearly the romantic, respectful boyfriend he was made out to be. While the books were marketed mainly to teenagers who might not notice the red flags, there are definitely a lot of things Edward did that weren’t so great. Many of these things have to do with how he treated Bella.

We’ve put together a list of ten of the worst things Edward Cullen has ever done.

10 HE TRIES TO SCARE BELLA

During Twilight, Edward isn’t sure how to handle his feelings for Bella. He makes her uncomfortable by sending many mixed messages. When Edward reveals to her that he is a vampire, he goes out of his way to feel uncomfortable and scared in an effort to push her away. While this might have been done in a weird attempt to keep her safe and away from him, maybe he really just should have left town for good if he was serious about not messing with her life.

9 WATCHING BELLA WHILE SHE SLEEPS

This is definitely one of those romance tropes that need to just go away fast. While if you’re dating someone and consensually sharing a bed with each other, watching someone fall asleep next to you isn’t weird, doing so without their consent is creepy. Edward spent many nights watching Bella sleep without her knowing that he was doing it. While he might think he was doing it to protect her, it’s a really creepy move and not romantic at all.

8 HIS LACK OF INTEREST IN HAVING FRIENDS

This is kind of a complicated point because on the one hand, staying at a certain distance from humans was to keep them safe. Also, given the fact that the Cullens never age and have weird traits about them, being close friends with humans could alert people that something strange was going on.

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However, it’s kind of problematic that Edward really doesn’t seem to have any friends outside of his Cullen family. He doesn’t really have human or vampire friends and is kind of a loner.

7 HOW OBSESSED HE IS WITH READING BELLA’S THOUGHTS

Edward’s special gift as a vampire is being able to read minds. Edward is unable to read Bella’s mind, however. He often feels frustrated with his fact and expresses his desire to be able to read her thoughts. Although sometimes we would all like to be able to read the minds of others around us, it’s kind of a problem that Edward doesn’t see how violating this can be. He isn’t so great at sharing any of his own thoughts with Bella but seems to think every thought she has should be fair game.

6 WHEN HE BROKE BELLA’S TRUCK SO SHE COULDN’T SEE JACOB

One of the biggest red flags about Edward is how he tries to control what Bella does. He often thinks he is doing so in her best interest, but it isn’t up to him to make decisions for her. He has a very patronizing and infantilizing tone with her. While he might be a lot older than her, which is kind of creepy in its own way, he should respect her more. This problem is most clear when he literally breaks Bella’s truck to try and keep her from going to see Jacob. Controlling much?

5 STALKING BELLA

Similar to the fact that Edward would watch Bella sleep, Edward also stalked her all the time. In the first book in the series, Edward follows Bella as she goes out with her friends for the night. He follows her to Port Angeles.

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While Stephanie Meyer tried to make this into a positive thing as Edward saves her from men who had bad intentions with Bella, it’s really strange to set up a story where a woman is so helpless without a man around that she can’t go to a small city for the evening with a group of friends.

4 THE WAY HE DUMPED BELLA IN NEW MOON

So many of Edward’s horrible choices and things he does relate to him trying to do what is best for Bella. After the party at the Cullens were Bella is almost attacked after getting a paper cut, Edward decides he has to leave her behind. He literally takes her to the woods to dump her, which is just a weird and creepy thing to do. This is a pretty traumatic way to break up with someone especially considering how he makes his entire family up and move away with him.

3 THAT WHOLE MURDERING BAD GUYS THING

Vampires are obviously undead creatures who need to drink blood to survive. As vampires who don’t kill humans, Edward deciding to break away from that Cullen rule was pretty shocking. While he might have justified this by having the people he ate be bad guys, it’s still kind of problematic.

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This makes him somewhat of a vigilante, and while this’ understandable in many ways, it’s also violent and bad.

2 HOW JEALOUS HE ACTS OF JACOB

Edward is overall really controlling, possessive, and jealous. Not traits you really want your romantic partner to have. He was so jealous and threatened of Bella’s relationship with Jacob, even though he had literally abandoned her and put her in a situation where she needed to make new friends. He sets up a situation where it’s like Bella disobeys him by keeping up a friendship with Jacob. This controlling kind of relationship is not admirable in any way.

1 WHEN HE ALMOST KILLED BELLA

While the idea of having a vampire or other beautiful but scary creature as a significant other might be appealing, it really wouldn’t be so great. Edward is so unable to cut himself out of Bella’s life that he puts her at risk many times. This is especially true at the end of the first book when he is almost unable to stop drinking her blood after he has to suck the vampire venom out of her. It would have been best for Bella if Edward had left the picture before they ever started dating.

NEXT: Twilight: 10 Bella And Edward Memes That Are Too Hilarious For Words


2019-07-17 03:07:03

Amanda Steele

Lucifer: 8 Things They Changed From The Comics (And 2 Things They Kept The Same)

Against all odds, Fox TV’s adaptation of Lucifer survived cancellation thanks to its dedicated fanbase. Loosely based on the comics of the same name that spawned out of Neil Gaiman’s magnum opus Sandman, the show follows a retired Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) as he runs a fancy nightclub on Earth where he meets all kinds of people and otherworldly beings.

Just like Arrow or Gotham, this adaptation of a well-known DC title only borrows the basics of its source material before telling its own story. It goes without saying that a lot was changed during the comics’ translation to the small screen, many of which fans of the Vertigo comics written by Mike Carey would quickly notice. Here are two things that Lucifer kept the same from the comics, as well as eight things that were changed.

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10 Same: Abandoning Hell

Both the comics and the series start with Lucifer growing disillusioned about dominion over Hell, which convinces him to leave his duties and retire in the mortal realm of Earth. As novel as this premise may sound, this forms the backbone of the entire story and grounds one of the most well-known Biblical figures.

The only notable difference here is that Lucifer comes to this decision by himself in the series, whereas he took Dream’s words to heart in Sandman before leaving hell for his own Vertigo series.

9 Same: The Lux

Equally as famous as Lucifer himself is his club: The Latex Lux. Located in uptown Los Angeles, the upscale club serves as Lucifer’s home on Earth and base of operations, where he goes to recuperate or wile the nights away playing the piano.

A slight difference here is that Lucifer doesn’t spend much time in the Lux in the comics because he’s usually on an off-world adventure. On the other hand, the series pays lots of attention to the Lux and its day-to-day operations because of the series’ more grounded and less heightened approach to Lucifer’s story.

8 Different: The DC Connection

Because of the fact that Lucifer was published by Vertigo Comics, which is DC Comics’ imprint for mature stories, encounters with DC characters were bound to happen. Some of his notable crossovers include meeting John Constantine in The New 52 reboot and his famously eye-opening conversations with Dream in Sandman.

Since Fox TV doesn’t have the rights to many of DC’s characters, Lucifer’s world has been considerably shrunken for his televised run. For legal reasons, the show makes no mentions of the many superheroes and other residents of the DC universe that Lucifer met in the past.

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7 Different: The Story’s Structure

In his comics, Lucifer embarked on a sprawling cosmic quest to save all of Creation. This led to various adventures where he interacted with different beings from a multitude of worlds and dimensions. Lucifer carried on the high fantasies of Sandman but gave them a dark spin. Appropriate, given who he is.

The televised adaptation turns Lucifer’s story in a procedural crime series with an urban fantasy twist, kind of like Supernatural. This may have been done for budgetary reasons and possibly to give audiences a more familiar set-up for a show starring The Devil himself.

6 Different: The Catalyst

Both versions of Lucifer start with him being spurned out of retirement, but what pushes him differs. The series has Lucifer feeling sympathy for the first time in ages after a human friend is murdered outside his club, leading him to work with the steadfast LAPD detective Chloe to solve the crime and learn about her world.

Meanwhile, in the comics, Lucifer receives a mission from God. Should he accept it, the fallen angel could name any price he wants. Though suspicious of the diety’s real motives, Lucifer takes it up to kill time and seize the ultimate opportunity.

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5 Different: The State Of Hell

After spending eons on his throne, Lucifer grows weary of overseeing Hell and leaves it for Earth. This turns out to be a big mistake, since Hell quickly fell apart without his leadership, forcing even God himself to beg the former Lord of the Damned to return.

Conversely, Hell was fine after Lucifer’s departure in the comics. This was because, unlike the series, God had a contingency plan prepared in case of Lucifer’s retirement. In Lucifer’s place, a pair of angels who were originally sent to deliver a message were fooled by God into running Hell.

4 Different: Amenadiel

In both the comics and the series, Lucifer has to deal with heaven’s wrath that’s best represented by the angel Amenadiel. Driven by his loyalty to God and his hatred for Lucifer, Amenadiel attacks Lucifer whenever he can but his character arc is different in both incarnations.

Where he’s a single-minded nuisance in the comics, Amenadiel is a more fleshed-out character in the series. Amenadiel questions God’s authority and even allies himself with Lucifer in the series, while he dies a dumb brute in the comics after being constantly outsmarted by the former angel.

3 Difference: Mazikeen/Maze

Lucifer may be a loner, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have any friends. His most well-known ally is Makizeen, who also enjoys the distinction of being the only person Lucifer openly shows affection to. At least that’s how it is in the comics.

While her mangled face remains, Makizeen’s relationship with Lucifer is different in the show. Here, she’s painted as his best friend since Lucifer’s love interest is Chloe. She’s also not as loyal as she was, constantly planning coups against Lucifer—something her illustrated counterpart would never do. That and she can now talk properly.

2 Different: Lucifer’s Personality

While his name and backstory remain the same, Lucifer is a different person in the comics and series. Originally, Lucifer was an arrogant sociopath who meddled into human affairs out of morbid curiosity. He does value his few allies, but generally speaking, he couldn’t be bothered to care much for anyone other than himself.

The series presents a more human and emotional Lucifer who hides his true emotions behind a smugly sarcastic facade. This has made him more vulnerable but also more relatable to his father’s creations that he’s used to punishing in the afterlife.

1 Different: The Central Theme

What made the comics unique and well-revered was its philosophically-charged analysis of free will and destiny. Since his creation, Lucifer wanted to be truly free of his father’s control, but even his rebellion may have been divinely predestined, further embittering the already furious fallen angel.

The series has shades of this, but they’re considerably toned down, instead opting to concentrate on Lucifer’s connection with those around him and his discovery of what love and mortality mean. While an interesting arc for a demon to have, the series’ point is noticeably simpler than the source material’s.

NEXT: What Lucifer In Hell Means For Season 5


2019-07-16 01:07:08

Angelo Delos Trinos

Stranger Things: 10 Characters With The Best Survival Skills, RankedOn

From the Russians to the Mind Flayer, Stranger Things 3 saw the gang facing more threats than ever — and it got us thinking, how are they all (okay, most of them) still alive? We decided to get to the bottom of this mystery and discover how the show’s heroes all stack up.

While some characters are victims more than saviors (we’re looking at you, Will) others know how to rise to the top and save their friends and family again and again.

Quick shout-out to the honorable mentions including Mike, who is always emotionally supportive and Lucas, who is along for the ride. Will, maybe you’re not the strongest fighter, but you’ve endured a lot, and for that, we applaud you.

Let’s head back to Hawkins to find out who would make the best survivalist.

10 Erica Sinclair

Don’t underestimate the power of the youngest. Not only was she brave enough to climb through air ducts and sneak her way into an underground Russian fort, but she was smart enough to work her way out. Sure, she had some help along the way. But don’t be fooled by her sass; She knows what she’s doing.

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Dustin teases Erica for being a nerd, but as it turns out, this is one of her many superpowers. The knowledge she has now could be handy to her in the years to come.

9 Steve Harrington

Season 3 Steve honestly didn’t do a lot. Of course, he acted as Dustin’s sidekick, and okay, we’ll hand it to him — he did sneak into a top-secret Russian fort. But then he got himself caught and managed to knock both him and Robin to the ground while making an attempt to rescue them both.

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His confidence is his downfall and his strength. It helped him in early seasons, but in the latest, it didn’t do quite as much. He is durable, though. He got beat up a ton after being abducted by the Russians yet still made it out.

8 Nancy Wheeler

Nancy has intuition going for her. In Season 3, she knows something is wrong with the rat the elderly Doris Driscoll finds in her house, so she takes it upon herself to investigate.

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Nancy is smart and can hold her own, but on the downside, she doesn’t have many physical survival skills. That being said, she knows how to use a gun when she needs to. Shooting is just one of the things that comes naturally to her, though.

7 Joyce Byers

Joyce has a whole lot of determination and will do what she needs to save her family. Like Nancy, she knows when something is up and acts on it. Example: the falling magnets in Season 3.

She fights her way through every dangerous situation she faces and ranks a little higher because of her experience. Her undying courage — and ability to help bring Hopper back to health after his early Season 3 fight — makes up for her lack of formal training.

6 Max Mayfield

When Eleven first injures her leg, Nancy tries to immediately clean the wound without first clotting it. Max corrects her, referencing what she’s learned about injuries through skateboarding.

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In addition to knowing how to treat a wound, Max is good at controlling her emotions in tense situations. While characters like Joyce let emotions drive their decisions, Max is able to put her feelings aside in order to do what is necessary in the moment. It doesn’t mean she doesn’t get scared; It just means that she thinks before she feels.

5 Robin

Robin is both street-smart and academically bright. When Steve and Dustin find themselves unable to crack the secret Russin code, she steps in and solves it. Being that she’s fluent in French, Italian, and Spanish, this comes as no surprise.

When Robin ends up tied up in the Russian’s underground fort, she doesn’t stress. She stays brave and tries (emphasis on the word tries) to reach some scissors with Steve that will cut them out. Both these skills come in handy when your life is on the line.

4 Jim Hopper

If you haven’t finished Season 3 of Stranger Things yet, you should completely skip over this entry. And now that that’s covered, it’s time to talk about this man’s survival skills. Yes, (MAJOR SPOILER ALERT) Hopper doesn’t actually survive, but that doesn’t discount how well he could. His death in Season 3 was a sacrifice. It was a choice. He knew what he was getting himself into and didn’t end up carelessly dying. (END OF SPOILER) So pushing that aside, Hopper has a lot going for him. As the sheriff of the town, he has formal training other Stranger Things characters don’t have.

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He did get knocked out early in Season 3, which left Joyce to drag him out of the situation, and his temper gets in the way sometimes. Otherwise, he has the makings of a survivalist.

3 Jonathan Byers

Although Jonathan can sometimes come off as timid, he’s grown into himself as the series has progressed. In fact, he has a lot of the confident, quick-thinking skills needed to survive a town haunted by The Upside Down’s monsters.

The greatest example of this comes during the climax at the Starcourt Mall, during the point at which Elven’s leg has been infected by the Mind Flayer. Rather than sitting by complacently, Jonathan runs away to grab a wooden spoon El can bite down on and a knife he can use to cut the monster out. He makes sure to disinfect his makeshift medical tool and then keeps calm as he works on her leg even though it is absolutely disgusting. Without him, her leg might have faced a very different ending.

2 Dustin Henderson

What Dustin lacks in strength he makes up with smarts. I mean, seriously. A child outsmarted Russians with years of training and preparation.

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Let’s also not forget how brave Dustin is, as he chose to journey deeper into the Russian fort to rescue Steve and Robin when they were all tied up. He planned his attack, got them free, and dragged their drugged-up selves around as he considered his next move. Successfully babysitting a couple of useless teenagers older than you has to be a necessary survival skill.

1 Eleven

Eleven comes out on top because she has awesome telepathic powers. How can you beat that? She can use them to throw objects, fight people, and even snoop on others’ thoughts.

El also happens to be mentally strong. She’s survived all sorts of mental and physical trauma, so she knows how to face new challenges that come her way. As aforementioned, Jonathan tried to cut the monster out of Eleven’s leg in the Starcourt Mall during a tense moment. Eleven is so determined though, that she takes the knife from Jonathan midway through his attempt to gouge out the monster herself. That has got to take some strong willpower.

NEXT: Stranger Things: 10 Hilarious Season 3 Memes That Are Perfect


2019-07-15 01:07:53

Brooke Bajgrowicz

Stranger Things: The Show’s 10 Most Badass Characters, Ranked

Stranger Things is one of the most suspenseful and action-packed series airing on television right now. It’s impressive, really, considering about half of the series’ main characters are children under the age of 14. But season after season, the smash hit Netflix series proves that it’s one of the best in the game when it comes to delivering amazing action sequences and shocking twists.

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Unlike typical action movies and other action-packed procedural series, however, Stranger Things boasts a unique kind of character-driven action, due in large part to the strength of its own cast of characters. Whether a child, a teenager, or an adult, the series’ characters are all incredibly strong in their own way, each having their own distinct roles and journeys. Here, we take a look at the ten most badass characters the series has introduced so far.

10 Murray Bauman

Sure, Murray might not be your conventional action hero character, but there’s no denying that the series’ resident conspiracy theorist is a total badass in his own right. In the series’ second season, it was Murray’s dogged pursuit of the truth regarding Barb’s disappearance that led to the truth about Hawkins Lab being exposed.

In the third season, it’s Murray’s keen skills with Russian translation that allow Hopper and Joyce to learn the truth from Alexei about the current Russian experiments. He also manages to get the three of them into the Russian base with those same skills and proves that he’s also quite handy with a rifle.

9 Max Mayfield

It’s easy to write Max’s character off as a brat since she’s got one of the more aggressive personalities out of the group of children in the series. But across both of the seasons she’s appeared in, Max has revealed herself to have her own secret badass streak, despite the struggles she’s experienced in her own upbringing.

In the second season, Max drugs her abusive older brother, Billy, and threatens to beat him with a bat if he doesn’t start to shape up his act. And in the third season, when Billy is possessed by the Mind Flayer, she stands her ground, fearlessly facing him down and trying to get through to him on multiple occasions, no matter how afraid she is.

8 Nancy Wheeler

The Nancy Wheeler we leave at the end of Stranger Things 3 is practically a completely different young woman from the Nancy we met way back in the series’ pilot. Originally introduced as a total good girl with a secret desire to break free from what’s expected of her, Nancy soon revealed her investigative nature, hunting monsters with Jonathan and wielding a bat and gun alike.

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Over the years, she’s grown quite skilled in fighting monsters, exposing large scale conspiracies, and tackling sexism in the workplace. In the third season, she even gets a few action sequences of her own, fighting men possessed by the Flayer and squaring off with the slimy beast itself.

7 Bob Newby

When Bob was a high school student in Hawkins, he was known as Bob the Brain. But as the second season of Stranger Things showed, even the nerdiest of boys can grow up to be a total unexpected badass. After spending most of the second season as the supportive and geeky boyfriend of Joyce Byers, Bob became the hero everyone needed as the season neared its end.

As a crisis arose at Hawkins Lab that could only be solved by someone with a familiarity with computer programming, Bob rose to the task and saved the day, braving certain death in the form of invading Demodogs to ensure the safety of the Byers family and friends. Though he tragically lost his life in the process, Bob secured his place in the history of the show as Bob Newby: Superhero.

6 Billy Hargrove

It was practically impossible to like Billy Hargrove in the series’ second season. A one-note bully with a real penchant for sexism and racism, Billy was one of the series most underdeveloped characters. But the third season changed everything. In Stranger Things 3, Billy was possessed by the villainous Mind Flayer, serving as its new human host.

Multiple times throughout the season, Billy challenged the strength of the Flayer’s hold, letting his own personality and psyche peer through in desperate attempts to communicate. At the season’s end, Billy finally broke free of the monster’s grasp, physically fighting the enormous beast and giving his life in an attempt to save the nearby children, including his own step-sister, Max.

5 Will Byers

For three years, Will Byers has been fighting the control of Demogorgons and Mind Flayers alike, routinely proving himself to be one of the strongest characters in the series in the process. In the first season, Will survived the torture of the Upside Down, beating all the odds. In the second season, he endured being possessed by the Mind Flayer, surviving the beast’s otherworldly control and letting his family know he was still there all along.

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And in the third season, despite taking more of a backseat role, Will continued to prove that his strength and skills were one of the series’ most valuable assets, as his understanding of and connection with the Mind Flayer were immensely valuable.

4 Joyce Byers

From day one, various characters have questioned Joyce Byers’ fitness as a parent. But again and again, Joyce has shown that she’s one of the only characters in the series who has been totally paying attention and one of the only parents in the series who will go to any lengths to keep her child safe. Her strength and badassery in the series’ first season are unparalleled, whether in chewing out her jerk of an ex or venturing into the Upside Down to save her son.

In the second season, she stormed Hawkins Lab to demand answers for her son and took on the leadership role in the essential exorcism of the Mind Flayer from Will. And in the third season, she showed that she has what it takes to cut it as Detective Byers, beating up Mayor Kline and kicking ass and taking names while undercover.

3 Grigori

As one of its many homages to decades past, Stranger Things 3 introduced the character of Grigori, the Russian assassin assigned to take out characters like Alexei and Jim Hopper. A total homage to The Terminator, Grigori was ruthless, aggressively physical, and skilled at wielding most any kind of weapon.

Aided with a badass wardrobe, including leather and bulletproof vests, as well as a motorcycle for a quick getaway, Grigori is the first character that the series has introduced who has truly felt like nothing more than a killing machine. It’s ironic, then, that he winds up being killed by a machine. But the path of destruction he weaves throughout the season changes the show forever.

2 Jim Hopper

As the Chief of Police in Hawkins, Jim Hopper undergoes one of the biggest transformations in the series. When the show begins, he’s bumbling and clueless, weighed down by self-loathing and alcohol addiction. But as he becomes aware of the corruption and conspiracy going on in his own backyard, Hopper quickly gets into action hero mode and never really looks back.

He knocks security guards out without so much as a second thought and mows down the monsters of the Upside Down and evil foreign scientists alike. He beats the crap out of the corrupt Mayor Kline, refuses to give in during brutal interrogations at Hawkins Lab, protects his found family with his life, and heroically sacrifices himself to ensure the safety of those he loves.

1 Eleven

Eleven may have had a truly terrible upbringing, but as a result of being trained to be a weapon of super-powered destruction, this little girl has routinely shown herself to be a pint-sized powerhouse. She has killed countless people throughout the series’ run, all without raising a finger. Her telekinetic abilities may cause her to have a bloody nose, but the blood she has shed far outnumbers it.

She’s killed corrupt agents of Hawkins Lab and Russian guards, and she’s defeated Demogorgons, Demodogs, and Mind Flayers alike. She’s risked her life on countless occasions, even straining herself to the point of physical exhaustion and harm, all so that she can keep her friends and newly found family safe.

NEXT: Stranger Things: 10 Things That Make No Sense About Eleven


2019-07-15 01:07:35

Katerina Daley

10 Great Movies To Watch After Binging Stranger Things

So, you’ve consumed Stranger Things entirely too quickly. And now you have no idea how you’re going to wait until season 4 comes out. Well, fortunately, the show was inspired by countless movies that can help quench your thirst a bit. If you’ve seen them already, then you know perfectly well they’re just what you need. If you haven’t, then it’s absolutely time to soak in the real deal, and not just settle for a reverent homage! These selections were alluded to, or influential to, Stranger Things. However, all references aside, they actually capture the essence of their decade and setting.

10 It (2017)

It, oddly enough, is actually a result of the tremendous success of Stranger Things. The story was updated to take place in 1989, opposing the source material to incorporate the current trend. It even borrowed Finn Wolfhard himself! This is one of many stories about suburban kids uncovering the mystery of an evil, invading force. Also, the kids have to deal with growing up, all the while. The film’s horror is tastefully executed, with the dreaded Pennywise being driven by a terrifying Bill Skarsgård. In fact, the performances are impressive all around. But if a supernatural clown wasn’t enough, every single adult in the film is icky or terrible. This movie also has modern production values, which doesn’t hurt.

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9 Carrie (1976)

One of the most effective Stephen King adaptations ever put to film, director Brian De Palma spent a lot of his career paying homage to Alfred Hitchcock. As such, the movie develops its tension slowly and effectively, and is filled with the paranormal. It may not be from the 80’s, but it’s a Stephen King classic about a young girl with telekinetic powers. She has a troubled home life, and deals with a lot of high school drama, which eventually pushes her over the edge. There’s a lot of growing pains in this story, especially emphasized by that agonizing opening about Carrie’s first period. A bullied outcast, with an oppressive mother, it’s hard not to be sympathetic for her. As such, it’s both rewarding and difficult to watch her snap.

8 The Monster Squad

This movie is an absolute breeze to watch, with a runtime that’s fitting for an homage to the Universal Monsters. One of the co-writers is Shane Black, who has developed a number of famously successful movies. Then there’s the director, Fred Dekker, who only has two other movies to his name. And yet, he once again blends comedy and horror into a children’s tale. A group of witty kids have to save their small town from the forces of Dracula and his cohorts. It sounds silly, and yes, it absolutely is. However, although the tone is cheesy, the monsters themselves are presented as genuinely scary things. This selection is perfect for Halloween, and certainly for Stranger Things fans.

7 The Terminator

This is a movie that wasn’t actually popular when it came out, but has garnered complete reverence since. In Stranger Things, it was referenced at a theater before season 3, but now it couldn’t be more blatant. The Russian villain that’s after Hopper and Joyce not only has a similar build and appearance, but is even depicted like Arnold’s T-800. There’s always a reason to revisit the original Terminator film, which has great performances and Stan Winston’s fantastic special effects. The movie is full of 80’s culture like neon, big hair, and terribly dated synth music. The evil Model 101 is actually treated as a serial killer throughout the film, and the relationship between Reese and Sarah is genuinely touching. So, the combination of horror, action and romance makes it a great selection after viewing Stranger Things.

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6 Back to the Future

Another reference from season 3, it just doesn’t get more 80’s than this movie. It’s steeped in dated vernacular, hilarious attire, and nostalgia for the 50’s. Easily one of the best films ever made, it starts off rather slow, before you realize that so much of what you’ve just seen is crucial because of time travel. With the incredible Michael J. Fox, then known for Family Ties, an everyday kid ends up threatening his entire family’s existence after going back in time. All thanks to an odd, unexplained friendship with an old, manic scientist. Who makes a time machine out of a DeLorean, by stealing plutonium from Libyans. Does any of this sound plausible? No. Is it entertaining? Beyond compare.

5 Poltergeist

If you go into this movie expecting to be scared, you probably won’t leave satisfied these days. Even at the time of Poltergeist’s release, there had already been films like The Exorcist and The Changeling that took paranormal oppression more seriously. This movie leans more towards fantasy, and involves a suburban family that discovers a portal between realms in their house. This doorway between dimensions causes a number of disturbing occurrences, namely the vision of a melting face. So, there’s no denying that the premise had a large effect on Stranger Things. It’s been contested that Spielberg may have directed it himself, rather than Tobe Hooper. That says a lot about how perfect this movie is for you Hawkins fans.

4 Gremlins

This is a unique story all around, mixing in elements of horror, comedy and even Christmas. Although, it was written by Chris Columbus himself, who would go on to helm Home Alone. Executive produced by Steven Spielberg, this strange movie fills one more small town with an unnatural, invasive force. A teenage kid gets a weird little creature for a Christmas present, who later spawns a group of vicious counterparts. Gizmo is very much like Dustin’s pet, in season 2. This movie is over-the-top, cheesy, and bizarre—all the necessary staples of the decade. At times, it’s genuinely endearing, needlessly sad, and a lot of fun. Keep coming back for the mom’s initial showdown with those pesky gremlins.

3 Firestarter

This is the first of two movies that comes immediately to mind when watching Stranger Things for the first time. And it took them three seasons to finally directly reference it, as a poster outside the video store. Firestarter is the story of a little girl who can cause fires with her mind. Also, a clandestine laboratory is chasing her down because of those abilities, for nefarious reasons. Drew Barrymore is fun, and it has T.J. Hooker’s Heather Locklear. The effects could use some work, and the cinematography is literally nonexistent. However, it’s conceptually robust, keeping you intrigued about the end. And the villain has a questionable, disturbing interest in Barrymore’s protagonist. It really makes you want to see him get his comeuppance.

2 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

This is probably one of the most famous movies of all time, although Spielberg is known for making movies like that. It’s very likely that he’s made something definitive for all of our childhoods, at one point or another. But in a time when he pumped out an entire trilogy of Indiana Jones classics, there’s no omitting this obvious selection. A broken family discovers a supernatural presence, with the government hot on its heels. E.T. helps to heal a damaged home life, as the kids alone uncover the mystery of his powers and goals. Yet again set in suburbia, the movie is filled with that playful Spielberg charm which Stranger Things has borrowed often. This is essential viewing for any human being, let alone a Stranger Things fan.

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1 Stand By Me

It’s time to reference Stephen King again. Truly, what is Stranger Things without his influence? Stand By Me is one of the most engaging, emotional coming-of-age stories ever told. It boasts an all-star cast, who play another set of kids in a small town. This time, the savvy group discovers a murdered corpse, and they go about investigating the truth. It’s an incredible adventure, and they frequently have to contend with a frightening bully. That may seem like a trope, but we all know that’s just reality. There’s always a bully. The framing device is also very touching, with Richard Dreyfuss reflecting on his childhood. This movie has pure nostalgia for a different era—but it’s still a perfect fit because of its themes and tone.

NEXT: Stranger Things: 10 Best Episodes, Ranked


2019-07-14 07:07:25

Anthony Fertino

Toy Story: The 10 Saddest Things In The Franchise, Ranked

Although Toy Story 4 has only been out for a few weeks, please keep in mind that this list will have spoilers for the latest installment. It’s an absolute hit, critically revered, with parents being pulled to the theaters by countless waves of kids. It’s a new generation of fans, and they have no idea what the first Toy Story meant to us back in 1995. There had never even been a computer-animated feature before. Toy Story has been an insanely successful franchise, even with nearly a decade between each of the last three installments.

And although it’s a series of family-friendly stories, it also has endearing relationships and heart-wrenching moments. Here are ten of the latter, from the original trilogy.

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10 Andy’s Missing Father

This is something that easily goes over any kid’s head. Perhaps it was meant to imply why Andy became so involved with his toys and formed such a significant relationship with Woody. But truthfully, something like that is usually just a child’s incredible imagination at work. Either way, it’s quite a sad reality that Andy’s dad is never around.

We’re never given an official canon reason for that, and it’s really quite depressing that his single mom ends up raising two kids. Either Andy’s dad left, or died. Also, we’ve no idea what causes the crucial move that ends up being the climax of the film, but at least Andy’s birthday party suggests he isn’t lonely.

9 Woody Is Replaced

This movie probably made more than a few kids anxious about the attention they give their toys. Especially given that the film establishes they’re all living things with unique personalities, whenever you turn away. Woody’s entire purpose in life is to “be there for Andy”, a theme reinforced throughout every installment. So, when we’re hit with a montage about Andy redirecting all of his attention towards Buzz Lightyear, we can’t help but understand his jealousy. Buzz doesn’t even realize what he is yet, and can’t appreciate what Woody’s lost.

As per Randy Newman, Woody doesn’t just believe he’s Andy’s toy, but his friend too. It’s really tragic to see Andy toss Woody aside after all of the fun they share together.

8 Sid’s Destroyed Toys

If every toy is sentient, then Sid Phillips is one heck of a murderer. Sure, he gets his comeuppance, but given that he shows up as a functioning garbage man later on, it’s too bad that he wasn’t scarred for life.

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The three-eyed alien, every limb he ever dismembered—who knows how many toys he’s already destroyed by the time we meet him as the main antagonist of Toy Story. Worse, those toys that belonged to Sid’s sister were separated from her for every experiment. There has to be a reason Sid is so destructive, and that can’t be very good either.

7 Buzz Realizes He’s A Toy

Set to another Randy Newman tune, this is probably one of the saddest scenes in the entire franchise. It’s surprising how much these films have to do with one’s purpose in life.

For a greater part of the film, Buzz truly believes that he’s part of a grand, galactic endeavor. Buzz tries his best to fly but ends up literally broken. It’s truly fascinating that Woody has to teach him the value of being a toy. But before he does, Buzz sinks into a depression and even loses his mind for a minute, in a fantastic gag about one Mrs. Nesbit. But, our lowest moments offer us a chance to learn and rise again. Buzz adapts but doesn’t lose that signature personality.

6 Wheezy

It’s actually pretty tragic that Andy ends up throwing Wheezy on a shelf the moment he’s broken. Unfortunately, that’s simply the way things are. But the idea that Wheezy spent countless years in isolation is definitely a downer. It’s also Wheezy’s situation that gives Woody the anxiety about getting injured since the implication is that a broken toy doesn’t have a home with Andy.

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Truthfully, one wouldn’t want to think that was the case. However, it’s clear that as soon as Andy becomes excited about his new toy Buzz, he forgot all about Woody. He’s just a kid. And if you thought they had short attention spans before, you can only imagine what it’s like these days.

5 Jessie Was Donated

There’s a recurring theme of being forgotten in the original trilogy of Toy Story films. In Toy Story 2, we get our first brush with the simple reality of aging. Jessie is such an upbeat, spunky character, that it’s tough to see her suddenly tossed aside for makeup. And the whole ordeal is set to one of the most crushing songs imaginable. This could easily make an entire generation neurotic about giving up their childhood toys.

Facing abandonment, however, is unfortunately a very real obstacle for a lot of kids to identify with.

4 Andy Grew Up

By the time Toy Story 3 rolls around, it’s actually a shock for some reason, that Andy has sold the majority of his toys. Woody and Bo Peep were completely separated because of it. All that’s left are a handful of toys that Andy cherishes most.

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It is made clear that he plans on storing them in the attic. However, it is absolutely heartbreaking to see the familiar gang try so hard to get Andy to give them any kind of attention. They’re excited when he even touches them again. There’s hardly anything sadder than that.

3 The Toys Are Nearly Incinerated

As far as we knew, Toy Story 3 was truly going to be the end of the franchise altogether. An entire decade had gone by since the previous installment, and the filmmakers reacted accordingly. They treated Andy as an avatar for the audience.

He’s heading off to college, he drives (like he wanted to in the first movie), and he doesn’t play with toys anymore. Every kid who had grown up on Toy Story was on board with the final sequel for nostalgia. So, after all the toys fight so vehemently for freedom, it’s very difficult to watch them hold hands and accept death. It’s telling us that we will have to let them go, for good, too. And what makes it so deeply moving, is that they represent our childhood.

2 Andy Gives Up His Toys

In the end, this is ultimately more of a bittersweet moment than something just plain sad. Andy discovers that he can keep his favorite childhood toys within the family, so to speak. But it’s tough to watch anyhow. Particularly when he settles on Woody and Buzz, who aren’t just filled with history for Andy, but for the audience. He decides to give them up too, but not before he plays with his toys one last time.

Childhood memories root deeply in our minds, and you can tell by the nostalgia trend going around these days. But Andy lets go, and for nine years, we had to do the same.

1 Woody Moves On

In the original trilogy, there’s a lot of talk about sticking together. In the newest entry, it’s quite the opposite. As it turns out, Bo Peep wasn’t just sold off. It was her choice to leave, and Woody spends the duration of the film coming to understand that decision. Although Andy learned to move on from his toys, they needed to move on too. Woody hasn’t, and it’s truly difficult seeing him ignored by Bonnie, with little clout among friends. But Bonnie isn’t Andy, and Woody needs to find a new purpose. He absolutely needs Bonnie more than she needs him.

Woody chooses to live for himself, with Bo but abandons all of his friends. It’s a bittersweet and surprising end for Woody, but a perfect resolution. It’s the audience that will be heartbroken the most.

NEXT: Every Toy Story Villain Was Right (And That’s The Point)


2019-07-14 07:07:22

Anthony Fertino

10 Things In The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina That Creeped Us Out

Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a refreshing take on the comic, giving an updated, woke perspective to the story that isn’t only a breath of fresh air for the series, but for media in general. The original saccharine series was certainly funny and light, but this dark new entity is addictive and delicious, embracing fans from every corner with its representation and delivering unique chills and thrills that the original certainly avoided.

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Many of the gruesome moments of Sabrina are just spookily delightful, but others give us the honest heebie jeebies. Whether it’s the stuff of our nightmares or a mashup of elements of horror we’ve seen elsewhere, Sabrina has been known to make us jump or stay up late.

10 Sabrina’s Hazing

Hazing is already problematic, no matter where it’s occurring, but at the Academy of Unseen Arts it’s particularly harrowing. Sabrina is not only mentally tortured by the Weird Sisters, but nearly murdered by them as many other students have been over the years at the school.

Creepy little kids are a surefire way of adding scariness to a horror program, but fortunately these kids turned out to be not-so-evil. They only wanted some peace and for the torture to stop. Luckily for Sabrina, she also had her trusty familiar, Salem, to help with the hazing. Aunties Zelda and Hilda also lent their hands.

9 Batibat’s Torment

Batibat herself wasn’t all that scary, but the horrific things that she makes Sabrina and her family endure at night sure are. The show tends to deal the psychological torture out just as much, if not more often than, the physical torment, and the nightmares the Spellmans face at the sleep demon’s hands are the kind that make sleep impossible for viewers.

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None of the nightmares are pretty, but it’s Ambrose’s super gory nightmare where he dissects himself that gave fans actual, real nightmares. Many reported it as the scariest scene they’ve ever seen on Netflix, if not television altogether.

8 Scarecrow Chase

When Sabrina is chased by a scarecrow in a corn maze on the way to the apple orchard, it’s such a classic scary movie moment that it’s almost not scary because we expect it. It’s well done and fun, though, in a jump scare way that reminds us of Supernatural, another YA horror that delivers the chills and thrills.

The tension in this scene is delightful, and some of what we don’t see is actually scarier than what we do, which is a great tactic to use. Seeing Salem’s “real” form destroy the maze as the familiar went after Madam Satan’s voodoo-powered scarecrow was such a fun moment that many fans had to pause and rewind to see it again.

7 Susie’s Possessed Uncle

This version of “Uncle Jesse” is far less “Have Mercy” worthy than the other one. Susie is left to care for her sick uncle, who is actually possessed by a demon, and it’s so creepy it’s hard to watch. Viewers expect every scene of caring for a sick or possessed person, from Pet Semetary to The Exorcist, and it doesn’t disappoint, complete with the record amount of vomit.

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There’s a reason many of the most terrifying moments of the series are nods to previous horror films and TV shows: they totally work. They make us gasp, hide our eyes or even bark out a nervous laugh when they scare us to pieces.

6 Punishment Via Weird Sisters

When Sabrina sought out the help of the Weird Sisters to punish the boys who had been harassing Susie/Theo at school, she got a little more than she’d bargained for. The sisters, who happily took up the challenge to punish mortal boys, are downright scary in the mine shaft, first appearing as seductresses before revealing their devilish nature–and using the boys’ own homophobia against them.

Not only are the sisters terrifying during their game of “Devil in the Dark,” but they also steal the manhood of the four jocks, capturing it as a quartet of birds in a cage.

5 Sabrina Burns The Witches

The 13 witches who want their revenge on Greendale sort of deserve it, but Sabrina isn’t about to let them lay waste to her home and friends. Her ultimate decision to sign the Dark Lord’s book is based not on her own desire, but on her need to save the people she loves. It’s technically still a choice, but it’s not exactly a fair one, as Madam Satan ensures.

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Seeing Sabrina burn her own kind with her newfound powers was horrifying not only because it demonstrated what she was capable of and the darkness that lay ahead in the next season, but it also depicted Sabrina burning her own kind.

4 Feast Of Feasts

Cannibalistic witches. This is an idea that Sabrina took a bit too far in its quest to demonstrate how misogynistic her coven is, and it was beyond disturbing. During the Feast of Feasts, a bunch of tributes are pulled from witch families. One of these is treated like a queen until she is sacrificed and eaten by the rest of the coven.

When Sabrina steps in to prevent the grisly tradition, she succeeds at first–but another witch, as desperate for the title of queen as the rest of the tributes seem to be, sacrifices herself and keeps the terrible ritual alive for another year. Witnessing the coven’s blood lust as they swarm the witch to feast is absolutely stomach-turning.

3 The Minotaur And Hanging Witches

Even though the myth of the Minotaur is literally ancient history, it usually commands the scene when it’s used, particularly in a horror context. Many viewers have seen it used in shows like American Horror Story and it was certainly as compelling in Sabrina, sending a rush of fear into viewers as Sabrina witnesses the beast move within a trail of fire.

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Of course, that’s not enough, since Sabrina also jostles a bunch of hanging witches in the trees, which is incredibly creepy and comes into play much later in the show when Sabrina chooses the dark side to save her town. The witches are nightmare-worthy on their own, but they also bring to mind other horror movies like The Conjuring.

2 Taking Agatha Out

In order to bring Harvey’s brother back as a zombie, Sabrina has to sacrifice a life for a life. She tries to be sneaky, taking out Agatha as an act of revenge only to bury her the same way her aunt buries her sister so she’ll rise from the grave again, but it doesn’t work out like she’d planned.

This whole episode is a train wreck of horror: Sabrina slitting Agatha’s throat is horrific to watch, even if we’re sure she’s got a card up her sleeve; Agatha’s body’s effects after resurrecting are gruesome; and Tommy’s development into a monster certainly isn’t what Sabrina thought she’d been bargaining for. It’s Frankenstein to the extreme.

1 The Tarot Episode

While season two’s tarot card episode certainly didn’t give us much in terms of actual plot movement, it did deliver some prime scares, including Sabrina being launched into space and Harvey’s nightmare of a roommate at art school. To be fair, Sabrina’s vision wasn’t nearly as horrifying as the time she dreamed she’d been trapped in an iron maiden thanks to Batibat.

Theo and Roz were given the most chilling fortunes, however. Theo’s quest to have the body he’s always wanted seemed wonderful at first, until he had to cut off his arm, which began to turn into a tree. Roz’s new eyes were taken from another girl who was left blinded in the process, and her father paid for the “donor” eyes through church funds.

NEXT: 10 Things On Netflix To Watch If You Love True Crime


2019-07-14 05:07:56

Sara Schmidt

How Stranger Things Books Made Season 3 Way Better | ScreenRant

Spoilers ahead for Stranger Things season 3.

The finale of Stranger Things season 3 was already emotional, but if one went into the latest batch of episodes having read all of the tie-in books, it’s made all the sadder – and more satisfactory.

The so-called Stranger Things Expanded Universe – which includes comic books and video games as well as the novels – has been quickly growing and includes a lot of background material on characters like Police Chief Jim Hopper and plot elements like Project MKUltra, the initiative that ultimately produced the superpowered Eleven. While some of these stories may seem like nothing more than filler on first blush, the Netflix show’s third installment really pays off on their developments in some perhaps-surprising ways, making them must-reads.

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There are two ways in particular this dramatic heightening occurs, and they both revolve around figures who perish by the season’s end (or, at least, who appear to be killed off): Billy Hargrove and Hopper. The most recent of the Stranger Things releases, Runaway Max, retells the events of season 2 from the perspective of Max Mayfield, dropping in a slew of flashbacks to how she first met her step-dad and -brother – providing a better understanding of how the deranged Billy came to be so psychologically damaged. Along the way, audiences learn about Billy’s special relationship with his car – the only one he truly cares about – and realize that he may very well physically brutalize Lucas Sinclair, Max’s newfound Midwest love interest, since the last time one of his step-sister’s friends defied him, he ended up breaking the adolescent’s arm.

The revelation at the end of season 3 that Billy was a good-hearted boy with a loving mom who was chased away by a sadistic dad doesn’t come as a shocker in the slightest. What does prove to be shocking, however, is the way in which the teenager both verbally and physically accosts his car, easily his most valuable possession and the thing that might best be described as his closest companion – meaning that the beginning of his character arc this season is weighted with a lot more emotion, thereby helping it better parallel his heartbreaking climax. (Speaking of which, readers might be forgiven for weeping alongside Max once he is slaughtered by the Mind Flayer.)

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Then there is Darkness on the Edge of Town, a novel that ostensibly is about Jim Hopper tracking down a (slightly-telepathic) serial killer in New York City six years before Stranger Things begins but which is really a meditation on his recovery from the Vietnam War and his relationship with his family, both in the past (with Sara, his late daughter, and his ex-wife) and the present (his newly-adopted daughter of Eleven). The book opens on Christmas 1984, just a few weeks after season 2 has ended, with the police chief actually enjoying his formerly-favorite holiday for the first time since his first little girl died, and it closes with Christmas 1977, the last one he would ever spend with Sara – a beautiful and yet haunting bookend that perfectly manages to get into the psyche of, arguably, the TV show’s main lead.

It’s easy to see how this makes Hopper’s apparent sacrifice in the third season finale all the more tragic, and how it would render it all the more devastating still for book readers. The scant pages both Jim and Eleven manage to share together in their little cabin, in the midst of a snowstorm with nothing else to do but keep each other company, suddenly becomes, in retrospect, one of the highlights of Stranger Things’ entire run to date.

It’s harder to think of a better compliment – or a better way to appreciate season 3.

NEXT: Predicting How Stranger Things Season 4 Can End the Show


2019-07-14 05:07:31

Marc N. Kleinhenz

How Stranger Things Books Made Season 3 Way Better | ScreenRant

Spoilers ahead for Stranger Things season 3.

The finale of Stranger Things season 3 was already emotional, but if one went into the latest batch of episodes having read all of the tie-in books, it’s made all the sadder – and more satisfactory.

The so-called Stranger Things Expanded Universe – which includes comic books and video games as well as the novels – has been quickly growing and includes a lot of background material on characters like Police Chief Jim Hopper and plot elements like Project MKUltra, the initiative that ultimately produced the superpowered Eleven. While some of these stories may seem like nothing more than filler on first blush, the Netflix show’s third installment really pays off on their developments in some perhaps-surprising ways, making them must-reads.

RELATED: Stranger Things Season 3’s Ending Irreversibly Changes The Show

There are two ways in particular this dramatic heightening occurs, and they both revolve around figures who perish by the season’s end (or, at least, who appear to be killed off): Billy Hargrove and Hopper. The most recent of the Stranger Things releases, Runaway Max, retells the events of season 2 from the perspective of Max Mayfield, dropping in a slew of flashbacks to how she first met her step-dad and -brother – providing a better understanding of how the deranged Billy came to be so psychologically damaged. Along the way, audiences learn about Billy’s special relationship with his car – the only one he truly cares about – and realize that he may very well physically brutalize Lucas Sinclair, Max’s newfound Midwest love interest, since the last time one of his step-sister’s friends defied him, he ended up breaking the adolescent’s arm.

The revelation at the end of season 3 that Billy was a good-hearted boy with a loving mom who was chased away by a sadistic dad doesn’t come as a shocker in the slightest. What does prove to be shocking, however, is the way in which the teenager both verbally and physically accosts his car, easily his most valuable possession and the thing that might best be described as his closest companion – meaning that the beginning of his character arc this season is weighted with a lot more emotion, thereby helping it better parallel his heartbreaking climax. (Speaking of which, readers might be forgiven for weeping alongside Max once he is slaughtered by the Mind Flayer.)

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Then there is Darkness on the Edge of Town, a novel that ostensibly is about Jim Hopper tracking down a (slightly-telepathic) serial killer in New York City six years before Stranger Things begins but which is really a meditation on his recovery from the Vietnam War and his relationship with his family, both in the past (with Sara, his late daughter, and his ex-wife) and the present (his newly-adopted daughter of Eleven). The book opens on Christmas 1984, just a few weeks after season 2 has ended, with the police chief actually enjoying his formerly-favorite holiday for the first time since his first little girl died, and it closes with Christmas 1977, the last one he would ever spend with Sara – a beautiful and yet haunting bookend that perfectly manages to get into the psyche of, arguably, the TV show’s main lead.

It’s easy to see how this makes Hopper’s apparent sacrifice in the third season finale all the more tragic, and how it would render it all the more devastating still for book readers. The scant pages both Jim and Eleven manage to share together in their little cabin, in the midst of a snowstorm with nothing else to do but keep each other company, suddenly becomes, in retrospect, one of the highlights of Stranger Things’ entire run to date.

It’s harder to think of a better compliment – or a better way to appreciate season 3.

NEXT: Predicting How Stranger Things Season 4 Can End the Show


2019-07-14 05:07:31

Marc N. Kleinhenz