Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Strorybrooke is chilling as once upon a time season 4 are about to start again for the new episode in this week. Defenses are up as Elsa hits the town with an ice wall, building her summer ice fortress around the town of Storybrooke. Not nearly as nice as the one outlying the city limits of Arendelle, it gets the job done as the town loses power and the sheriff is brought in to investigate.

Before she departs, however, Emma has another crisis to deal with closer to home. A crow arrives from Regina explaining to Henry that she thinks it best that he keeps his distance. After his efforts to build the perfect, “I’m sorry your boyfriend’s dead wife is back” basket, Henry’s interest in helping out his other Mom wanes.

At the wall, Emma and David are met by Hook who responds to a call from his lady. Mocking their relationship, Hook teases that he should have brought some champagne to celebrate their second date at the ice wall following their lovely evening with ice monster.

I’ll make a man out of you: Oh, costume department. That wig! Mama’s farm is in trouble and Bo Peep will not cease until her payment is met. Anna arrives and discovers that Prince James and Kristoff are old buddies. Who knew? She witnesses the tyrant in action and offers her assistance to help him fight.

Meek James is not the fighting type, but he meets his match against Anna the determined type. Sweeping the hair out of his face, James turns to Anna to explain the struggles his father had with alcohol and the stress it caused his family. He vowed to win his battle against the drink, but two week benders during supply runs, he lost hope that the man would ever change.

Letting his mother down is not an option, and James takes the visitor’s advice to stop surviving and start living. Elsa realizes that her plan to find Anna is backfiring a bit when the frozen wall chills Emma close to death. Sisterly bonding helps Elsa control her powers, but for Emma a properly flowing circulatory system is key to the use of her magic.

At the generator, Mary Margaret is taken as Storybrooke’s leader since Regina “doesn’t feel up to it.” Politics, am I right? Mary Margaret soon realizes the enormous amount of stress Regina handled on a daily basis. Once you’ve had the luxury of microwaves and wifi, who would want to return to the days of candlelight?

Hook and David go to Rumpelstiltskin to inquire about the necklace. Rumple’s expression lets on that there is more to his side of the story than he is willing to reveal at the moment. David recognizes the necklace from Belle’s inventory card and immediately takes his grievances to Peep the Butcher. The two take Peep’s staff that may still be able to track Anna through the herding enchantment that she placed on her in the Enchanted Forest.

Behind the wall, Emma is losing her fight with the cold, but Elsa makes strides with technology, by using the walkie-talkie to communicate with David.

Charming and his hair head out to visit Bo Peep after Anna fails to show herself in the barn. Once in the presence of Bo Peep, Charming takes his stand and fights off her henchmen, tying her to a post and taking back the necklace she stole from Anna.

Back at the barn, full of endorphins, Anna pounces on Charming. He returns her necklace and offers up a horse to help her along her journey. Grateful for her assistance saving the land Mama Charming give Anna some sandwiches and the name of a powerful man who may be able to help her. Rumpelstiltskin, watches over Anna as she mutters his name. Powers restored: David and Hook

return once more to the ice wall where Hook continues to try his hand at making sno-cones. David takes over the walkie-talkie to explain to Elsa that while Elsa may survive in the ice fortress, Emma will not, and neither of them are living. Hearing the words of her sister come over through an unlikely acquaintance, sparks a warmth in her to reverse, at least some, of her barrier.

With Emma safely in Hook’s arms, and Elsa trusting her new friends, the group retreats to the warmth of the loft.

Meanwhile, Prince Neal feels pangs of hunger, giving the newly elected town mayor an idea. The generator is lacking fuel to run! After thinking that Mary Margaret was going to try her hand at testing Prince Neal’s magic, she turns on the fuel and the town is brought back to the 21st century.

Emma is feeling the warmth of her family, blankets, and Hook’s good hand, as David explains the situation to Mary Margaret. The staff does not show Anna to Elsa, but it does give off a heart beat. Anna is alive. Henry takes the family’s motto of never giving up hope and puts it into action. Arriving at his own doorstep, he demands to be seen by his mother, whether she likes it or not. Regina opens the door and takes her first step towards letting those who believe in her back into her life.

One business that did not suffer in the blackout was the Storybrooke ice cream shop. But who is behind the magical ice wall’s refusal to melt and has a hand in proving sugary cream to the town? Introducing the Ice Queen.

Original hybrid Klaus and Hayley will have a stronger connection in "The Originals" Season 2 after Hayley gave birth to their daughter, Hope, and transformed into a hybrid just like Klaus. However, Aussie actress Phoebe Tonkin confirmed in an interview that no romantic relationship will be formed between the two. The Originals Season 2 begins with Hayley not really knowing how to deal with her new hybrid status and she will sort of ask guidance from Klaus even though he is not really the best person to take advice from when it comes to being a hybrid.

Nothing romantic will happen between Klaus and Hayley in "The Originals" Season 2. "They're both pretty volatile characters.

When asked about what will happen to the romantic connection between Hayley and Elijah, Phoebe Tonkin revealed that things will be different between them in the brand new season. The actress teased that Hayley and Elijah will be like meeting each other again for the first time. "She kind of puts up a wall because she doesn't want to be hurt.

As for Klaus love life, the fans can only find out about the Original hybrid's romantic past through flashback scenes when The Vampire Diaries actress Nina Dobrev appears in The Originals Season 2 as a Petrova doppelganger named Tatia. Meanwhile,The Originals executive producer Michael Narducci responded to the people asking about the future of the Klaus-Caroline or "Klaroline" relationship in the CW spinoff series. "It doesn't feel like there's an easy way to make people drop what they're doing in Mystic Falls and come to New Orleans, and certainly once our story lines get rolling, it's going to be very obvious that it'll be very impossible for our characters to take a vacation and go to Mystic Falls," Narducci explained. The executive producer further added that the last thing that Klaus would want is to include his love interest in the messy Mikaelson family business that he must deal with first.

Did you watch the most recent episode of The Vampire Diaries? We did, and we recapped it for you right here. If you’re opposed to spoilers and haven’t yet devoured the season 6 premiere episode, then definitely take a few moments to read the highlights or take so many moments to watch the episode for you.

During episode one, we saw Elena coping with the loss of Damon, her vampire lover who didn’t make it back across from the Other Side, and choose to return to Whitmore College — because it’s VERY important she get a university education during all the chaos in her adorable little life. Caroline was desperate to find a way to reverse the anti-magic spell the Travelers put over Mystic Falls and grew frustrated when her calls to Stefan went unanswered.

Tyler, who is human once again, had a run-in at a football tailgate, which tested his ability to control his anger. Our poor ol’ favorite Mystic Falls human, Matt, worried for his best friend, Jeremy. He was particularly worried that he’s choosing to deal with the loss of Bonnie, his former flame and lover, in a self-destructive way.

What did you think of tonight’s episode? On next week’s episode, according to the official CW press release…The Vampire Diaries season 6 episode 2 “Yellow Ledbetter”: “Knowing she needs to come to terms with the loss of Damon, Elena is going to turn to Alaric to help her move on with her life. Enzo is going to convince Caroline to join him as he tracks down a lead to get Damon and Bonnie back, but Caroline will be shocked when they make an unexpected detour and uncover what Stefan has been up to.”

It also seems as if Matt will continue to worry about Jeremy, who’s chosen to spend time with a mysterious new Mystic Falls arrival, who goes by the name of Sarah. Hmmm, what’s her story and what’s she got cookin? Make sure to tune in for next week’s episode, and don’t forget to check out the official promo trailer below. Make sure to check CDL for all your current TVD spoilers.

Friday, October 3, 2014

The Mystic Falls gang is back except not all of them are allowed in Mystic Falls. The Vampire Diaries season 6 premiered on the CW on Thursday, introducing fans to a whole new world … one without Damon and Bonnie.

Episode 1 of Season 6 picked up four months after the devastating Season 5 finale. Elena narrated what everyone has been up to in the past couple months. With the Travelers' curse still on Mystic Falls, Sheriff Forbes is left to bust kids for underage drinking instead of identifying bodies. Matt joined a squad that works on teaching locals how to defend themselves. Jeremy has resorted to hooking up with random girls and playing video games as he mourns Bonnie. Caroline dropped out of Whitmore College to work on finding a spell to break the Travelers' curse, while Tyler enrolled in Whitmore and Alaric joined as a professor of occult studies. Stefan left town to chase a lead on a witch that has the ability to contact the dead although he has started working as a car mechanic. As for Elena? She’s going pre-med in her sophomore year to both do good and get the perks of blood bags and has resorted to witchy herbs in order to hallucinate Damon.

Jeremy, Caroline and Alaric have been struggling for the past couple months, but the herbs have allowed Elena to put off mourning her dead boyfriend. Instead she uses them to see, touch and talk to Damon. But there is a nasty twist to her herb use it makes her very thirsty.

Elena doesn’t think anything of her hunger especially since she has access to an unlimited blood bank. But Luke, who has been supplying her with the drugs out of guilt, knows that her herb use has to stop. The only problem? Elena’s not willing to give up seeing Damon.

“I’m not a drug pusher,” he tells her, cutting her off. But Luke should know better than to push a “hangry” and drugged-out vampire. Elena turns violent with him, trashing his room until she gets her next fix.

She gets that fix, but even hallucination Damon tells her that she’s acting insane. Elena tries to shrug him off, but she proves that her habit got out of hand when she attacks a stranded motorist on the outskirts of Mystic Falls. Fortunately Caroline showed up in the nick of time to stop Elena from killing the frightened girl, but that moment of surprise gave Elena’s victim enough time to flee across the magic protected border of Mystic Falls.

As Caroline learned about Elena’s drug habit, Alaric was keeping a close eye on Tyler who has had some serious rage issues since coming back from the dead. And it’s good that Alaric was acting as chaperone for Tyler … because he almost strangled Luke when he found out that Luke had been supplying Elena with witch drugs.

After getting caught by Caroline and receiving a rude wakeup call from Stefan, who admitted that he gave up on searching for Damon, Elena decided that she had to stop using the drugs and say goodbye to Damon.

In an emotional goodbye, Elena thanked Damon for saving Stefan and bringing back Alaric and Tyler. But she wasn’t done there. She also thanked him for giving her “everything” she always wanted – “a love that consumed her, passion and adventure.”

“This is the last time I’m going to see you,” she told him, closing her eyes. “This is goodbye, Damon. I love you.”

But Damon was still there when Elena opened her eyes. Elena was left with only one option – ask Alaric to compel her to forget about Damon, to forget that she ever loved him.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Revenge Season 4 Episode 1 Wrap Up

If you’d never seen Revenge before, Sunday’s season premiere was a pretty good time to join the party and not just because every character literally recapped what they’ve been up to for the past three years. Here is the wrap up for Revenge Season 4 Episode 1 don't really miss it.

The ABC sudser has essentially hit the reset button on itself: Former Hamptons queen Victoria is now powerless, Daniel’s selling everything but his pretty face, Jack’s sporting a spiffy new cop uniform and Emily is living large at Grayson Manor with nary a Sharpie in sight. In fact, the only Hamptonite who even remotely resembles his pre-Season 4 self is Nolan, who remains every bit the color-coordinated, zinger-slinging party boy we’ve known and loved. Now, let’s talk about this week’s big twist.

Victory Victoria after her first escape mission proved to be an utter failure (thanks for nothing, Lisa Simpson!), Victoria made a new ally, one that came equipped with a getaway car. With the sprinkler system serving as a distraction and also giving her a gorgeous, glistening glow Miz Grayson strutted her way out of the looney bin and headed straight for Chez Thorne. Her visit was brief: She awkwardly noted that she hadn’t been invited to Emily’s party before uttering a few veiled threats and sauntering off into the night… only to be accosted by a certain presumed-dead lover. Yes, folks, David Clarke is back! Again!

Speaking of David, if you were hoping the season premiere would bring about the Clarke family reunion we’ve all been waiting for, my condolences. Despite his All My Children-esque declaration David did not reveal himself to Emily in this first hour.

In other Grayson news, Margaux finally got Daniel to admit why he stepped down from the company. It was the same ol’ Daniel story only this time, he had Gideon to blame. So how will Margaux choose to deal with her half-brother’s latest wrongdoing? I’m hoping we’ll get another death by helicopter propeller… but I’m not holding my breath. So why did Jack decide to become a cop, you ask? For the record, it had nothing to do with making people forget about the time he kidnapped Charlotte; he literally couldn’t have stressed that point any more. According to him, he’s wanted to take up a badge ever since Amanda was killed, then again when Declan bit it. “Conrad had the cops in his pocket, Jack told Emily. I knew that if I became a cop, no one could pay me off.

And what would a new summer in the Hamptons be without a few new faces? The Season 4 premiere introduced several additional players, beginning with Ben, a way-too-serious cop with the hots for Emily. We also met Nancy whose year went from bad to worse when she learned that Em’s pal Jennifer’s cheating husband was responsible for her fiancé’s death.

Is it cold in here? Or was it Once Upon a Time Season 4 Episode 1? The wildly premiere of this ABC drama aired last night, bringing with it very special appearance by Queen Elsa and her sister Anna, both of Frozen fame. Via flashback we see Elsa and Anna’s parents (King Agdar and Queen Idun, looking just like they did on the big screen on their fateful voyage to, we presume, the Northern Isles.

Prior to the ship making like the Titanic, Idun writes a message-in-a-bottle to the couple’s daughters, insisting to her husband, telling her husband that the kids must know.

Fast forward five years and Elsa and Anna are visiting their parents’ tombstones when Elsa lightens the mood with a surprise for the bride-to-be: their mom's wedding gown. However, as Anna tries it on, Elsa finds their mother’s diary, which implies it was Elsa’s fault that they took that ill-fated voyage.

They hoping stop her frightening powers. Anna then finds out her parents were headed to a place called Mist Haven (i.e. “The Enchanted Forest”) to gather intel and heads out there alone to learn more.

In the Storybrooke Regina storms out of the diner due to Emma bringing Marian bad from the dead, telling her frequent rival: "The more you try to help, the worse my life becomes.”

Is Regina about to go all evil again? Henry is concerned. The next day, Emma, Snow, Charming and Henry are taking little Neal for a walk when Grumpy runs down the street to declare the town “under attack!” He explains that he and Sleepy got frozen in their tracks the night before by someone with gulpice magic. So Emma and Hook follow a frosty trail and just as they get close to Elsa, the scared ice queen summons an enormous snow monster. Elsa remains in hiding while this monster heads to the forest.

IN A VACATED MANSION… Belle and Rumple are enjoying their honeymoon, only for the latter to grab Dark One’s dagger from Belle’s purse and work some magic on a curious tchotchke in the mansion. As he does so, it transforms into… the sorcerer’s hat.

Regina, peeved over Robin feeling the need to keep his marital vows, summons Sidney and says she needs an “elegant touch” to do away with Marian. She wants him to show her Marian was in the past so Regina can go back and kill her before Emma can save her.

Back in the frost, the snowman cannot be stopped. Until Regina gets the job done, however. Later, Hook confronts Emma about her avoiding him following their steamy smooth the night before, forcing Emma to explain the guilt she feels about Regina/Robin. Is more than that at play? Be patient, she assured him, adding a kiss for good measure.

As the premiere closes - and after Regina decides to find the author of the “cursed” storybook - we witness Elsa locating Gold’s shop to retrieve the snowflake necklace that she had gifted to her sister.

"Don’t worry, Anna,” Elsa thinks aloud. “I will find you.”

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I'm not going to tell you much about the premiere both because it's a long way off and because many of the silent plot points are embargoed for the upcoming The Vampire Diaries Season 6.

But mostly, I'm not quite ready to give more than a quick gut opinion. I felt like Season 5 was frequently over-extended and repetitive, but the finale also set in motion a number of shifts which, if utilized correctly, could clear a lot of the clutter from Mystic Falls. In turn, the premiere is mostly resetting the pieces. How's Elena handling the events of the finale? Poorly! How's Jeremy handling the events of the finale? Poorly! How're Stefan, Caroline, Matt and The Witch Twins handling the events of the finale? Poorly! And how is Alaric handling being alive again and whatnot? Poorly! That doesn't mean it's a depressing premiere, just that there's a lot of flux and, unlike last year's premiere, nobody is wandering around hubristically talking about how it was the best summer ever. And what's up with Damon and Bonnie? Come on. You know I can't tell you anything.

But I can offer some hints about the season-to-come, thanks to "Vampire Diaries" showrunner Caroline Dries, who dropped by after the screening to answer some probing queries from the press.

I'm sure there are minor spoilers if you want to go into the new season knowing nothing, but otherwise... *** No more doppelgängers ever. OK. That's not exactly true, but I asked about the rather muddled web of doppelgängers, which at least theoretically was relieved by last season's climax. For now, Dries was reassuring.

"I just finished Episode 10. We haven't said it once in 10 episodes," Dries said. "In the writers' room sometimes we'll be like, "Ugh. Maybe this is a doppelgänger thing' and like, 'Nope. Don't say that word. Somebody think of a different idea.' We've been pretty diligent about that. And I'm pretty sure if we say it, it's just to make fun of it. I really am proud of actually the whole doppelgänger thing, but I get it. It's like, 'We did that story, so moving on...'"

*** It's sophomore year in college and that will be semi-relevant. One of the things that always concerned me with the high school years of "Vampire Diaries" was how little time people spent in class, but how high school remained in the background even when none of them had any good reason to still be attending. Yes, I'm concerned by silly things. Well, college was more relevant for the first chunk of last season and then was largely forgotten in the home-stretch. Well, at least in the premiere, Elena has even gone so far as to choose a major and she's attending several classes. And the Sophomore Year thing will also tie into the overall theme, particularly with Caroline, who is working overtime to reverse the curse/hex on Mystic Falls to allow our supernatural denizens to return home.

"It's important to her, like the town, it's more of a symbolic thing for her and less of a plot-drive, if that makes sense," Dries explained. "We were like, 'We could make this a storyline where they get a bunch of witches and they try to undo the Traveler Spell,' then we're like 'Then we're having scenes with witches and then we're doing spells and no one cars.' So we were like, 'Let's not make that the main story and let's just make it more of the metaphor for what they can't have, which is the ability to go home and be together and sleep in their own beds and stuff like that.' We've always kinda said it's like the metaphor for when you're in your second year of college and it's like, 'OK. Now I'm in college. My home is now where I go home on Thanksgiving or Christmas vacation.' It stops feeling like home after a little while and like, 'This is my life.'"

*** The college thing also relates to Alaric's return. And he's pretty messed up. Alaric is teaching Occult Studies at Whitmore, which I guess makes as much sense as anything for him to do. He's got new appetites, though. "He is a vampire hunter who was turned into a vampire, went crazy and then died. So now that he's back, it's like, 'Oh, he's gonna have some emotional baggage,'" Dries noted. "But he's also kinda an adult figure on the show. So as Elena's going through her drama and Jeremy's got his drama, it's like he can't just sit there and mope and cry about his problems, so he internalizes a lot of stuff."

*** Who can speak a language Matt Donovan can understand? The Maytag Man can. "Eureka" star Colin Ferguson, most recently seen as pitchman for Maytag, appears in the premiere as Tripp, leader of a local watch group that gives Matt something to do with his time, what with the absence of immediate threats on his life.

"He came about because we wanted to show Matt thriving in Mystic Falls without supernaturals," Dries said of Ferguson's character. "Every episode Matt is having his life in jeopardy or somebody's threatening to kill him or something. So it's like, 'What's Matt's life like when he can just not have to have a death threat every five minutes.' We kinda wanted to give him a father figure-type, coach kinda guy, so that's where Trip came out of. But it's Mystic Falls, 'The Vampire Diaries,' no everyone is who they say they wanna be, but he'll ultimately become kinda an interesting, layered dynamic character that's not necessarily a good guy or a bad guy. He actually represents I think like a normal person if you're not in love with Damon or Stefan, like a normal person's point-of-view on the whole vampire world."

*** You probably care about the love stories. Don't worry. Things continue. Well, Damon's off in the Wherever He Is. And Stefan's got his own issues. But Dries offered reassurance that "Vampire Diaries" will not be without romance.

"I can tease that we definitely keep the love stories alive," she said. "We might not play it out in a tradition way, but they will feel very satisfying. You'll have your moments of frustration where the fans hate us and then we'll have moments where they're freaking out and being thankful, so there's kinda like that push-and-pull that we do, but I think it's done in a way that feels fresh for a show that's in Season 6 and has had the same characters and this love triangle for a long time."