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12 Monkeys: Episode 8: Yesterday

mon1We pick up directly following the end of last weeks episode in the year 2043 with Jones locking onto Cole to attempt to bring him back. They have come to the conclusion that the interception of the virus in 2015 in Chechnya did not stop the 12 monkeys or the spread of the virus since they are all still in their same state of affairs. When they attempt to bring Cole back, the machine’s stabilizer manifold malfunctions and Jones tells them to shut it down.

In order to bring Cole back they need to get a new manifold and the only place that has one is revealed to be Spearhead, where Jones and her people were before they came to Project Splinter. She tasks Whitley and Ramse to go retrieve the other manifold despite their mutual extreme dislike for each other; because he was there with her and would know the location and how to retrieve it, and Ramsay because he is the only other person as determined as she is to bring Cole back.

mon2Back in 2015 Cassie is very distraught still over Cole’s death and Aaron suggests having someone go and try to collect his body for closure. Cut to the demolished bunker and we see Cole jolt awake. Hold on, what is this? Cole is alive??!! He survived the missile strike with some cuts and scrapes, and that pesky little bullet still in his leg which he has to pry out.

Cassie and Aaron question Senator Royce about Cole’s body and are told nothing was found of him. That Wexler and his men were pulled out of the rubble, but nothing was found of Cole. She then convinces him to allow her to go see for herself under the guise of the CDC just checking it out to clear it of any potential threat.

mon5Cole hears voices from the ground above him and and finds it is a girl and her father. They want to know what happened and if anyone knows he is there. At this point I think he definitely needs to say yes, that someone does know he is there because I just don’t trust strange voices around a pile of rubble in a foreign land, but maybe that’s just me.

Whitley and Ramse get to Spearhead and are taken to speak with Col. Foster, the head of the project. He is shocked to find that Jones managed to successfully send someone back in time, but quickly dismisses it as being an answer to their problems as nothing has changed as a result of time travel. Instead, he is more focused on creating a cure for those that still live, one that will combat the virus and any possible mutation it could ever undergo. Looks like he isn’t eager to help them or hand over the manifold.

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Ramse gets a complete shock as he is headed down a hallway in Spearhead and sees Elena, whom he was(is) in love with. She disappeared 5 years ago when they were running from the West Seven. She thought he was dead and after some traveling, joined Spearhead and became a lab tech. Then comes the predictable revelation that she now has a son, one who is, you guessed it, 5 years old. Ramsay meet Sam,Sam meet Ramsay. Awkward omg that’s my kid moment.

mon6Cole convinces the people from above to help him move a large beam that he can’t move on his own in order for him to get out just at the same time as Jones decides to try and retrieve him without having fixed the Manifold. They fire up the core and it pretty much explodes before being able to pull Cole from the past, leaving him there having also been unsuccessful in moving the beam. The tether to Cole will only last another 48 hours max with the facility now on backup generators due to the core explosion. Cole is told that the girl’s father went to get help, and after a bit of conversation he hears her begin to cough. This isn’t good, perhaps the virus managed to get out to the surrounding area during the strike and this girl is infected. Cole requests she get in touch with his doctor friend when he realizes that she may be infected. She assures him help is on the way.

Ramse meanwhile learns that Sam doesn’t know anything about him, his father, and decides to spend a little time with him bonding. Touching father/son moment is interrupted by Whitley who informs him some stuff is about to go down. By that he means Jones is standing at Spearhead’s front door.

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Jones joins Foster for dinner along with Whitley and Ramse and basically demands he give her his entire core to bring Cole back. Foster considers this, and agrees to only do it if she is willing to come back and help him work on the cure once Cole is back. She of course refuses since she does not believe in a cure and demands proof of his “hope,” his cure. He in turn asks for her proof, to which she provides a pristine photo of him and his now deceased wife from their wedding. Oh, so now it’s time to talk in private.

mon8Jones reveals that Cole brought her the photographs from one of his trips to the past, but Foster is in denial still, convinced she just had them reprinted. He so strongly does not believe the answer lies in the past that he burns the photos and tell Jones he would tell not only his wife, but her daughter that he does not believe in resurrecting the past to which Jones slaps him.

Cassie has since arrived in Chechnya after getting Aarons blessing, seems like they are back together, and asks a cab driver to take her to the rubble site. He states the Russian military have it all locked down, but she bribes him to take her as close as he can get her.

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Ramse has a touching moment with Elaine before he, Whitely, and Jones head back to Project Splinter. I must say, there are quite a lot of “touching moments” in this week’s episode. Ramse and Whitley are convinced Foster has it all figured out, they have been won over by the clean, well maintained facility and are relaying the info back to the people at Project Splinter. Jones then bursts their bubble, letting them know Foster is lying to keep his people in check. That the only cure he found was to the virus strain from 2033, a strain that has since died out. He cured a dead strain. Their only option now: steal the core from Foster.

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Cassie makes it to the area that’s locked down and bribes the guard to allow her to pass. Simultaneously the girl informs Cole he is saved, that they are here to get him out. The beam is pulled and a harness is lowered to pull him up out of the demolished bunker. As Cole is lifted out you see Cassie walk into view and she looks at the spot where the bunker was. Hold on, where’s Cole?

It’s the exact same spot he is being lifted from, what’s going on? Cassie phones Aaron, letting him know Cole isn’t there, that he did it, he saved the future, it’s over. So where(when) is Cole? He asks the girl about the virus when he emerges, she and everyone else has face masks on, and she informs him there has been a plague, all over the world. It is 2017. When they tried to pull him back the first time, when the stabilizer manifold first malfunctioned, he jumped two years so we have been seeing him in 2017, not 2015 as we thought. mon13Cole walks out over some rocks and is greeted by the sight of mass graves,hundreds are dead, thousands worldwide.

 

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Face Off: Ep. 8: Dressed to Kill

This week we have no foundation challenge, and head straight into the Spotlight challenge. The contestants are taken to the world famous Whiskey a Go Go in Hollywood,CA. While there, they are greeted via video by Clive Barker, who elaborates on his inspiration for Hellraiser by going to punk clubs and venues. This ties into the challenge as the contestants must create an intelligent, eloquent, and unique horror villain and must use the avant-gard outfits the models wear as their inspiration.

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They take turns choosing their muse and begin working on the concept for each villain. Right away Stephanie begins to have trouble nailing down her concept and it continues back in the shop. Even with coach Laura by her side she cannot decide on where she wants to go with this makeup. The others easily get their concepts down and start working them out into clay. Rayce seems extra focused on Logan and Adam as they are his last two contestants.

As the coaches leave for the day, Stephanie still has no concept and decides to abandon her sculpting to work on her concept. With 9 hours on day two, she hopes it will be enough time to do all her sculpting. Because of this decision, when day two starts she finally has a concept of a murderous seer, but has to get it sculpted, molded and ready for foam in one day.

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On day two, Darla is having a bit of difficulty sculpting her idea of a villain with stretched skin, Adam’s mold is cracked and must be repaired, Anthony is worried about Jamie’s direction and making her model still beautiful while being scary, and Julian is still sculpting late into the day. Meanwhile Ben, Kelly, Logan and Emily are all knocking out their bits and pieces without any hiccups. Emily is making an elaborate cage from string for her villain, while Kelly works on a surgical mask for hers.

Application day and everyone is in good spirits until Kelly comes in to find her foam latex piece is practically in shreds. It has bad tears all along it, but Anthony makes a valid point that her character is supposed to look mutilated and may work to her advantage. Logan is fast at work getting his model into his poison themed makeup, Adam’s crack from his mold is not even visible, and paint is being laid on the other models. Anthony is working Jamie again because he is still very worried about her model not coming off as scary and pretty as they discuss the paint scheme. Suddenly Emily’s string cage completely falls apart on one side, so she scraps the whole thing and just throws feathers in it.

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Last looks always leaves the contestants scrambling with painting and last minute assembly. Kelly has to toss out the teeth her model was going to wear as they didn’t fit, and Stephanie fears she will be the one going home tonight.

The series judges, Glenn, Ve, and Neville are joined by the Co-head of Clive Barker’s production company, Seraphim Films, Mark Alan Miller. The judges take their closer look finding at each creation, looking for the ones that are unique, well thought out, and still have a very Clive Barker feel to them. Adam, Logan and Darla were safe this week, leaving the rest as best and worst.

Julian, Emily, Ben and Kelly nab top looks while Stephanie and Jaime are left far below in the bottom. This is the first time I remember an individual challenge with only two bottom looks this early in the competition. Stephanie’s trouble with concept was very apparent in her makeup this week and she did not create a very scary horror villain. Jamie’s makeup had major problems with her paint colors as well as her overall sculpt. The winner this week is Ben, and Jamie is packing up her kit and heading home.

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Review: Littlest Petshop: Little Pets, Big Adventures

LPS_LPBA_PS300dpiOut on DVD today is Littlest Pet Shop: Little Pets, Big Adventures. This DVD collection is based on the popular Littlest Pet Shop toy brand from Hasbro. The series first debuted on The Hub TV network back in November and now the half-hour series is available to own.

The story follows Blythe Baxter, a young girl who loves fashion and designing clothes. When she and her dad move to a new apartment located above the Littlest Pet Shop store, Blythe suddenly discovers that she has the uncanny ability to communicate with the animals. This sets the stage up for some unique adventures as Blythe learns to adjust to her new surroundings, deal with a clique of “mean girls”, and relates to the eccentric pet shop owner, Mrs. Twombly.

Like many animated series targeting towards children, we have the usual song and dance numbers that deal with self-confidence and friendship while providing a moralistic tone. However, this series does have enough stylization and narration to hold the attention of adult viewers. Especially those adult viewers who are constantly trying to find appropriate shows to share with their kids.

With an all-new original music by Daytime Emmy® Award nominee Daniel Ingram and the vocal talent of Ashleigh Ball, Tabitha St. Germain, Nicole Oliver and Peter New. Littlest Pet Shop: Little Pets, Big Adventures provides great family entertainment.

The DVD collection includes the following five episodes:

  • Blythe’s Big Adventure – Parts 1 & 2
  • Bad Hair Day
  • Gailbreak!
  • Penny For Your Laughs

The DVD also features bonus content that includes coloring, sheets, the all new featurette, ““A Look Behind The Pet Shop Doors”, and an offer for a virtual collectable pet through the Littlest Pet Shop game app.

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