Season Two Of ‘YOU’ Finds Continued Success After Moving To Netflix

Odds are, someone you know is watching ‘YOU’. The season two release of Netflix’s acclaimed psycho-sexual thriller has captured the attention of critics and audiences alike, with viewership numbers skyrocketing since the series found a new home on the streaming platform.

You Season 2 CastBased on the Caroline Kepnes novel of the same name, ‘YOU’ serves as a cautionary tale about relationships in the information age. The series follows Joe Greenberg (Penn Badgley), an introspective but charming bookseller with a hidden penchant for stalking women. His bumbling romantic gestures seem at once sweet but misguided as he courts Guinevere Beck (Elizabeth Lail), a young writer and graduate student who frequents his shop. But what seems like harmless pining soon morphs into endless fixation as he tries to control Beck’s life and the people around her in a quest to retain her love.

A HIDDEN GEM FOR NETFLIX

‘YOU’ was a series poised for success from inception. Developed by legendary show creator Greg Berlanti (Dawson’s Creek, Riverdale) and experienced showrunner Sera Gamble (Supernatural, The Magicians), solid execution and audience viewership for its first season on Lifetime caught the attention of Netflix. The streaming giant later acquired the series where it garnered enough critical acclaim to warrant the release of a second season in December 2019. This most recent season marks a slight departure from the source material. Though according to creator Gamble, it’s loosely based on Hidden Bodies, the sequel to Kepnes’ first novel. Kepnes also penned an episode for the season one series.

NOT YOUR AVERAGE JOE

Victoria Pedretti As Love Quinn You Season 2Despite his manipulative, selfish, and even violent nature, Joe’s character has become a favorite among viewers — to the dismay of Badgley, who took to social media during the show’s release to denounce the fan favoritism. Badgley’s character isn’t a person to cheer for. He’s a predator with a pattern: find a target, collect intel, then infiltrate their life. Rooting through social media profiles to aid in his manipulative tactics, he culls enough information about his targets to orchestrate a run-in and seem effortlessly charming in their presence. Yet he denounces those who use social media and displays a strong elitist streak. He’s so convinced of his own good intentions that he’s willing to do anything to keep the romance alive.

If anything, it’s indicative of the unsettling amount of charisma Badgley packs into the role. And admittedly, watching Joe’s fervor is compelling. He’s persistent and clever. Aided by a healthy dose of charm, and he’s a character compelling enough to last several seasons. Like most predators, Joe will strike again. He’s driven by a rampant desire to have love at all costs.

*Warning: Spoilers ahead*

SEASON TWO UPS THE ANTE

At the top of season one, Joe’s initial attempts to woo Beck are thwarted by her on-again-off-again boyfriend. Joe makes quick work of him, capturing and killing the boyfriend to position himself as the best available suitor. His plan works. Convinced her boyfriend has run off, Beck begins falling for Joe. But Joe must sustain an exhausting web of lies as Beck’s friends begin to question the disappearance. Beck discovers evidence of his past victims, and their idyllic romance turns to a terrifying cat-and-mouse game ending in her death at Joe’s hands.

Penn Badgley as Joe GoldbergSeason two begins as Joe skips town for Los Angeles and adopts the pseudonym Will Bettleheim, hoping to outrun any potential trouble back in New York. But true to his elitist stance, he finds life in Hollywood to be vapid and insufferable. “Will” has convinced himself he won’t make the same relationship mistakes this time. Yet he quickly backslides into the same routine, finding himself infatuated with a local chef named Love Quinn (Victoria Pedretti). At the same time, Love’s twin brother has grown wise to his schemes and threatens to out his crimes, including the murder of Guinevere Beck. Will recalibrates as he tries to keep his past at bay and lay the groundwork for a new life with Love.

Though he’s vowed to remain good, Will soon zeroes in on another target worthy of punishment: the notorious comedian and female predator known as Henderson. Will accumulates an impressive body count by season’s end, though he isn’t the only one to commit a crime of passion. Love reveals she’s just as relationship obsessed as Will, killing an ex-girlfriend on his behalf. As they move into a new suburban home to pursue wedded bliss with a baby on the way, we garner hints that this won’t be the end of Will’s obsessive streak when it comes to women. 

RIVETING RELATIONSHIP DRAMA

This is a relationship drama heightened to the highest possible degree, where breakups end in spilled blood. ‘YOU’ keeps the audience guessing at every turn with unexpected deaths, but also plays with our perspective. We are forced to sympathize with someone sociopathic because he’s convinced himself all his actions are in the name of love. Creators Gamble and Berlanti have wrestled continuously with their choice to frame the story from the stalker’s point of view. Though both Beck and Love have their own resourceful ways of uncovering Joe’s unsavory past, they don’t always come out on top. Season two presents a marked shift in the character dynamics where Joe is not always the smartest person in the room.

You Star Penn Badgley Season 2The unpredictability of the series remains an impressive feat as the story continues into its third season. It begs the question: how long can we watch Joe/Will outrun his bad deeds? And would we rather watch him get his comeuppance, or walk away scot-free? The one certainty audiences can count on is a season three, as Netflix announced in January of this year that the series would continue. Meanwhile, Kepnes is finishing a third novel that will follow Hidden Bodies, meaning this new season will mark a solid departure from the source material.

Production on the third season of the Netflix series has already begun and is expected for release sometime in 2021.

Disney’s Frozen 2 Continues an Epic Saga

Originally inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s short story “The Snow Queen,” Disney’s Frozen film franchise has quickly blossomed into a saga of its own, with its own mythology and backstory. With every film, animated short, and live action adaptation, fans get to learn a little bit more about Queen Elsa, Princess Anna, Kristoff, Sven the reindeer, and everyone’s favorite snowman Olaf.

With Frozen 2 finally streaming on Disney+, now’s a great time to take a look back at all the animated and live action stories parents and children can enjoy about the Kingdom of Arendelle. Read closely! Odds are, we may have found a few Frozen tales you haven’t seen!

Frozen (2013)

Frozen 2013 Film PosterBy now, practically everyone knows the story of the original Frozen movie (or at least listened to their kids sing multiple versions of “Let It Go”). As children, Princess Elsa’s magical ice powers accidentally injure her little sister Anna, creating a rift between the two girls. Years later, an adult Elsa loses control of her powers and freezes her kingdom in an eternal winter. To save their people, Anna teams up with mountain man Kristoff and happy snowman Olaf to show Elsa she still loves her and that they can fix her mistake together.

Where other Disney movies featured classic romances between princes and princesses, Frozen broke new ground by focusing on the family love between Anna and Elsa. Audiences loved the movie’s empowering theme of self-acceptance, the catchy songs, and its fairy tale inversions (Anna’s charming boyfriend Prince Hans turns out to be the movie’s unexpected villain).

Frozen has since been adapted into two live musical plays, not to mention a Disney on Ice skating show. The original movie, however, was only the beginning of a much bigger story the filmmakers wove through later animated shorts, featurettes, and feature films.   

Frozen Fever (2015)

While the success of Frozen practically guaranteed a sequel, Disney chose not to rush things – instead teasing audiences with a couple animated shorts. Frozen Fever was the first of these, playing in theaters before Disney’s live action Cinderella (2015).

Disney Frozen Fever 2015The seven-minute-short brings back all the voices from the original American cast, including Idina Menzel as Elsa, Kristen Bell as Anna, Jonathan Groff as Kristoff, and Josh Gadd as Olaf. On its surface, it plays like an irreverent comedy with Elsa throwing Anna a surprise birthday party to make up for the ones they couldn’t spend together as children. Unfortunately, Elsa catches a cold which makes her magically sneeze mini snowmen (or as Olaf calls them, “little brothers!”). Anna finally coaxes her sister to bed – but not before Elsa sneezes a giant snowball that travels across countries to knock Anna’s treacherous ex-boyfriend Prince Hans into a cart of manure.

Frozen fans love this short because it shows the normally serious Elsa acting hilariously goofy as her cold worsens. The two sisters also continue bonding, with Anna assuring Elsa that taking care of her big sister is “the best birthday present ever.” Elsa’s mini snowmen also proved popular and appear in later Frozen stories. Fans can find Frozen Fever streaming on Amazon.       

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (2017)

Olafs Frozen Adventure 2017The Frozen family reunites again in Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, a 21-minute featurette that had a 3D theatrical release in front of the Pixar movie Coco and is currently streaming on Disney+. This animated story is pure holiday fun as Olaf the snowman goes in search of family traditions after learning Anna and Elsa never had the chance to develop any as children. As Olaf makes his own comic observations on the holidays (“Breaking and entering… okay on Christmas,” he notes after learning about Santa coming down the chimney), Elsa and Anna re-explore their past and discover they do have a special tradition – thanks to Olaf.

A fun movie to watch during the holidays (or Frozen movie marathons), Olaf’s Frozen Adventure also features four original songs, including the stand-out “When We’re Together” sung by Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, and Josh Gadd.        

Frozen 2 (2019)

Frozen 2 OnlineThe latest film in the Frozen franchise, Frozen 2 debuted six years after the original movie. The film embraces this by letting time, growth, and maturity be this film’s major themes. Elsa and Anna uncover their heritage by learning Elsa’s ice magic came from their mother, a Northuldran woman from the Enchanted Forest. The sisters attempt to right a major wrong committed by Arendelle’s king toward the Northuldra tribe, but learn it may require them to separate. Meanwhile, Kristoff struggles with finding a way to propose to Anna and even Olaf has to deal with the new feelings that come with growing up.    

Celebrated for offering a darker tone, gorgeous animation, and stirring new songs (Elsa’s new showstopper “Into the Unknown” has become almost as popular as her breakout hit “Let It Go”), Frozen 2 proved a satisfying new chapter for its fans. And having earned over $1.4 billion dollars at the box office, there’s every chance fans will get to see Frozen 3 down the line.    

Once Upon a Time: Season 4 (2014-2015)

Once Upon A Time Season 4Frozen 2 may provide the “official” continuation of the Frozen saga, but audiences also got to enjoy an alternate look at Anna and Elsa’s story much earlier in season 4 of ABC’s Once Upon a Time live action television series. The fourth season had Elsa (Georgina Haig) and Anna (Elizabeth Lail) travel to modern times where they interact with alternate versions of Snow White, Captain Hook – and a new Snow Queen who turns out to be their aunt.

Although considered non-canon, the dark story is definitely one for older Frozen fans as it takes place shortly after the first movie with Anna about to marry Kristoff. The show also offers a different take on the sisters’ family history (and frequent nods to Anderson’s “The Snow Queen” short story). Audiences can find Once Upon a Time on Netflix, Hulu, Google Play, Vudu, iTunes, FandangoNOW, and Amazon.  

LEGO Frozen Northern Lights

Lego Disney Frozen Northern LightsAlthough Frozen hasn’t received a full-blown animated series like Disney’s Hercules or Aladdin, fans can still see Disney’s LEGO Frozen Northern Lights miniseries currently streaming on Disney+. The miniseries is (very) loosely based on a Frozen book series published by Random House and follows LEGO versions of Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Sven, and Olaf on their journey to restore the Northern Lights.     

More comedic and tongue-and-cheek than the movies (at one point, Elsa loses control of her magic and starts creating ice sculptures of Mickey Mouse), the miniseries nonetheless reunites the original American voice cast and offers a charm of its own. It’s mostly irreverent fun, but for Frozen fans hungry to see more of their favorite characters, it’s a definite win.

Spectrum Mobile Available To Spectrum Internet Subscribers

For those of you looking to save large amounts of money on your monthly phone bills, Spectrum Mobile has the perfect opportunity for you! Charter Spectrum is now offering mobile phone service at lower costs than its competitors for those already receiving their Spectrum Internet Service.

Spectrum Coverage Map USAWhy should I purchase Charter’s Spectrum Mobile phone service?

  • You have the opportunity to save up to 40% of your typical phone service while still receiving the best available networks and the best devices.
  • Spectrum Mobile partners with Verizon, providing its customers with unlimited access to the nation’s largest LTE network.
  • Users have access to more than 500,000 WiFi hotspots nationwide, reducing your potential use of cellular data.
  • Spectrum Mobile’s single line prices beat out the competition by a significant price gap.

Spectrum Mobile services have been noted as being equally reliable as major networks such as Verizon, which lends even more to the reason why you should be considering switching over to Spectrum Mobile. With amazing coverage and its unbeatable low prices, Spectrum mobile is definitely an option everybody should be looking into.

Spectrum Mobile Plans

Introducing Spectrum MobileSpectrum Mobile offers two different plans to choose from in order to best fit your personal phone service needs. The plans are split into two variations to cover customers looking to pay based on the number of lines they are currently occupying and to cover those looking to pay based on the number of gigabytes they are currently using.

These two plans include:

  • The Unlimited Plan – $45.00/month payment per single line or $180.00/month payment per four lines
  • By the Gig Plan – $14.00/month per gigabyte or $70.00/month per 5 gigabytes (Additional costs for talk and text included in pricing)

The Unlimited plan, for a single line, beats out competitors by a very notable and convincing margin. Charging only $45.00/month Spectrum Mobile is a clear choice over alternative phone services like T-Mobile who charges $60.00/month, Sprint who charges $60.00/month, Verizon who charges $75.00/month and AT&T who charges $70.00/month. Spectrum Mobile is the obvious choice to save you large sums of money on phone services.

Cancellation

Charter Spectrum is so sure that you will be more than pleased with your phone service, that they allow customers the opportunity to cancel their Spectrum Mobile phone service within 30 days of their next billing cycle date. You can avoid next month’s billing and you won’t have to worry about acquiring any penalties as a result of your cancelation. As long as you have covered any outstanding payments on your devices, you are free to cancel at any time just by making a single simple phone call.

Additional Features

Spectrum Mobile PricingAside from Spectrum Mobile’s clear financial benefits and reliable network, it has plenty more to offer to its customers than just good deals. With additional features, at no extra cost to you, every customer with Spectrum Mobile phone services will find that there is more than enough provided to exceed anyone’s expectations.

Spectrum Mobile provides thousands of WiFi hotspots across the country in order to deliver incomparable services to their customers wherever they may need it. Also, with the inclusion of so many WiFi hotspots, your monthly data usage is sure to decrease exponentially!

Maybe you have an old device that you wish to keep active and you have been eagerly trying to make the switch over to Spectrum Mobile phone service. This is no issue, as Spectrum Mobile already allows you to bring in your own device, with certain select devices having the ability to be transferred to the service.

If your current device is not able to be transferred over to their phone service and you find yourself needing to purchase a new phone, Spectrum Mobile provides the option to buy a device from a large selection of the latest smartphones, such as:

  • Galaxy Note 9
  • Galaxy S9
  • Galaxy S9+
  • Galaxy S8
  • Galaxy S8+
  • LG K30
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus

Spectrum Mobile offers an array of Apple devices to choose from for around $349.00 a device while they provide select Samsung devices for around $150.00 less than their newer models.

Requirements

Spectrum Mobile is a great deal but it is a deal that only a select group of people can take part in, as it isn’t available to just anyone. In order to purchase a Spectrum Mobile phone service, you must have already purchased and still be an active customer of the Spectrum Internet service. After doing so you must sign up for their auto-pay feature and be able to meet their listed credit requirements.

Once you sign up to receive both Spectrum Mobile as well as Spectrum Internet, you can be expecting to receive:

  • Internet speeds starting at 100 Mbps (20x faster than standard DSL)
  • Free online protection with Security Suite
  • A free internet modem
  • Unlimited local and long-distance calling limited to the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands
  • Free 411 calls

All these internet services are provided to you for a $59.99/month for 12 months payment along with a $9.99/month for 12-month payment. This serves to save Spectrum customers large amounts of money as their Spectrum Internet service separately is just $10.00/month cheaper at $49.99/month for the first 12 months, for internet service alone.

Takeaways

The obvious benefit of Spectrum Internet is the fact that you pay significantly less for your Spectrum Mobile service when you pair the two together. You get to turn two of your costly bills into one affordable bill. Spectrum Mobile is perfect for those looking for a reliable cell network, more affordable pricing then big-name phone service providers, and thousands of easy to access WiFi hotspots across the country. If you are already a Spectrum Internet customer it just makes sense to make the switch!

Better Call Saul: A Staple of Television Entertainment

If you are a fan of popular crime dramas and dark comedies, then chances are that you have already binge-watched AMC’s “Better Call Saul” and maybe even rewatched the whole series another time over! Over its five-season run, “Better Call Saul” has proved to be a series worthy of a large audience’s attention.

Better Call SaulWhat makes “Better Call Saul” a staple of television? Debuting on February 8, 2015, “Better Call Saul”, captured the attention of many, as it was announced to be a prequel to AMC’s critically acclaimed, fan-favorite show “Breaking Bad.” The show, being referred to by some critics as a prequel measuring up to its predecessor, has also received critical acclaim, known for exceptional cinematography, phenomenal character development, and superb acting.

With episodes running just around an hour each, “Better Call Saul” is a show determined to capture and hold onto the attention of its viewers, exploring the constantly evolving question, who is Saul Goodman?

The Appeal Of Saul Goodman

“Better Call Saul” follows lead protagonist Saul Goodman, portrayed by Bob Odenkirk in a prequel series to that of “Breaking Bad,” in which he enters the criminal underworld, more specifically drug trafficking. The show explores his slow transformation into the persona known as Saul Goodman. The audience follows his journey as he lives by his ideals that nice guys finish last and both the positive and negative side effects he faces as a direct result of this mindset.

Better Call Saul Season 2It is apparent from early on in the shows running that our lead protagonist and anti-hero Saul Goodman is not heading to a very pleasant end, however, the show seems more concerned with developing why this is. In many ways, the show highlights exactly why our protagonist deserves less than the usual amount of empathy, a clever creative choice for the protagonist of a show which tends to lend itself to a quite unique tone and point of view for audiences.

Adding to the character’s appeal, Saul Goodman does not accept this title willingly until the near end of season 4! His true identity of Jimmy McGill truly steps out of the limelight at this point as we are formally introduced to the new permanent persona of Saul Goodman. From this point on the show opens the floodgates to endless attention-grabbing opportunities that are sure to hook people in for many episodes to come.

“It’s Jimmy’s thorny relationships… that made up the most involving elements of Better Call Saul’s sorrowful, emotionally knotty, fantastic follow-up season,” MTV’s Inkoo Kang expressed when speaking about season two.

Exceptional Reception

Deemed by many as an exceptional and in the eyes of some, one of the best prequel series to date, “Better Call Saul” was a smash hit to many audiences since its initial debut in 2015. Receiving an impressive rating of 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, season one was definitely off to an amazingly well-received first season.

Contrary to many other shows, “Better Call Saul” has only improved these, already impressive ratings as the next two seasons saw the same score on Rotten Tomatoes, followed by 99% for its fourth season and a stunning 100% perfect score, based on 24 reviews, for its fifth season. Audiences were and still are raving about this revolutionary show and its masterful execution of creative, riveting concepts.

“The new season proves Better Call Saul remains one of the finest shows on television” NPR’s Eric Deggans explained, “with visually ambitious storytelling used to depict complex characters headed for a tragic end.”

Better Call Saul Season 4The show’s astonishingly developed characters create an immersive experience, unlike any other show, with lead Bob Odenkirk giving an indescribable depth to his portrayal of a character who can be described as quite unorthodox at times. The show is known for taking audiences on an emotional rollercoaster as, more often than not, the audience will receive a painful loss for every victory Saul Goodman receives.

As Ben Travers from indieWire perfectly puts it, “All of these consistently astonishing formal touches combine to create a value that outweighs the pain,” later referring to the show as “a double-edged sword of reward and loss.” 

Some critics have even expressed their preference of “Better Call Saul” over its predecessor “Breaking Bad!” As stated by Tim Surette of TV Guide Magazine, “It’s time that we really consider that Better Call Saul is equaling the quality of Breaking Bad, and in some ways doing even better”

Better Call Saul Awards And Nominations

2015

  • 2015 American Film Institute Awards – Televisions Programs of the Year
  • 5th Critics’ Choice Television Awards – Best Actor in a Drama Series
  • 5th Critics’ Choice Television Awards – Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
  • 31st TCA Awards – Outstanding New Program

2016

  • 68th Writers Guild of America Awards – Episodic Drama
  • 20th Satellite Awards – Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or TV Film
  • 7th Critics’ Choice Television Awards – Best Actor in a Drama Series
  • 2016 American Film Institute Awards – Television Programs of the Year

2017

  • 21st Satellite Awards – Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or TV Film

2018

2019

  • 35th TCA Awards – Outstanding Achievement in Drama
  • 45th Saturn Awards – Best Action-Thriller Television Series

Takeaway

The amount of recognition this show has received is a direct result of the creators’ abilities to craft a uniquely compelling story and deliver it to audiences in an interesting way. There is not a reasonable doubt in anyone’s mind that this show is clearly beloved by many and there is definitely no question as to how it has received the success it has achieved in its five-season run thus far. “Better Call Saul” has left an impression on American television and is sure to remain as a staple for what amazing, well-delivered storytelling is and always should be.

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Star Trek: Picard Season 1 Review

Interested in Stark Trek: Picard? We love a good comeback. Furthermore, based on Star Trek’s track record, even the worst Star Fleet crews seem to please. However, they are taking the series into a more fractious quest by pulling a 92-year-old Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Sir Patrick Stewart) out of retirement and throwing him into a new rebellious crew with a mission to find closure through righteous revenge.

Star Trek Picard CBS All AccessOpening with an unraveling of emotional turmoil and a simulated Earl Grey, we find Picard sipping away at his longing to find healing and closure from loss of his friend and AI companion, Lieutenant Commander Data (Brent Spiner). If you missed Star Trek: Nemesis, Data sacrificed himself to the Romulans in a mission to save Star Fleet.

Abruptly, Piccard finds himself being pulled out of his tea and wine from his Chateau, where he must leave his new sidekick a pit-bull terrier he named “Number One.”

Following will be a chain of events that drag us all through the rabbit hole that is the Star Trek Universe.

The opening scene is set almost 20 years after his role in Nemesis, which left us in tears – not because Data got deleted, but because the movie didn’t get the ratings; fans weren’t impressed.

In the first episode of Star Trek: Picard, Rememberance, Picard is sought out by Dahj (Isa Briones), who seems to be connected somehow to his past. Coincidently, she is also mourning the loss of her recently slaughtered boyfriend after intruders disrupted their acceptance celebration into the esteemed AI and Robotics Daystrom Institue. This triggering her unknown ability to do karate as well, allowing her to survive and escape to Picard’s vineyard. Although she doesn’t know Picard, her memory bank “reminds” her he is the man that she needs to go to for help.

Star Trek Picard DataPicard and Dahj meet and showing her unreasoned feeling of security to Picard instantly, they travel back to the AI University together. Unfortunately, the decision to return turns to misfortune, and we join an obvious aged Picard as he tries to save Dahj from the Romulans, only to fail and witness her deletion as well. This chain of events only extending his turmoil and confusion as to why she was drawn to him in the first place.

Her short but stirring debut, however, is what makes the risk of overcrowding the first episode less of a threat and more a necessity for building a plot that can link back to the finales of Nemesis, Voyager and Next Generation. Dahj’s presence molds the past together with the present giving more convergence of Data’s desires to be human and Picard’s need to mentor. Consequently, it just gets deeper from there.

[Episode 5] ‘Remembrance’ engages with a complex mystery that blends the right balance of series lore and thought-provoking themes, marking it as a bold new chapter in the Star Trek canon.” – Rotten Tomatoes

This is just one review from Rotten Tomatoes that harbors trust in the next generation of Star Trek novelty among a galaxy of great reviews.

Traveling through the Star Trek Spectrum

Moving into the next three episodes, we find ourselves following the formula of plot building: Picard putting together a team; Picard and Dahj contemplating their existence, so they have a reason to continue the show; Picard meeting Dahj’s twin sister Soji, permitting the piecing together of maybes for building the timeline for more great television.

These events come with the underlying assumption that Data did, in fact, have children, twins to be exact, which only answers the question of why the Romulans wanted Soji terminated in the first place.

Picard resigned as Captain because the Federation joined missions with the Romulans to wipe out all fabricated life after rouge AI goes on a killing spree. At some point, the twins, Soji and Dahj’s history, will entail a more extended commentary on why and two were saved.

Nevertheless, this plot sequence is broken up when we are brought back to the Borg in the 5th episode of Star Trek: Picard, Stardust City Rag. Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) and Picard are finally cast in the same view as she also explores trying to save the world because of a leaky valve of compassion, an emotion which she once could not relate to due to her mechanical genesis.

Jeri Ryan Plays Seven Of NineFor those unfamiliar with the Borg, it is a cyborg collective consciousness that consumes technology so it can promote a mission to “raise the quality of life” by “assimilating” species across the galaxy. It also views androids, such as Data, as primitive. They do not speak of themselves in the I, but in the first person “we” because they are part of a conscious collective, hence “Seven of Nine.”

Seven first appears in the Star Trek: Voyager series, where she becomes aware of herself as a separate entity while gaining compassion toward other species, as we mentioned above. Her appearance in Stardust City Rag intertwines her’s and Picard’s compassion and longing for closure by allowing them to mission together in search of Dr. Bruce Maddox ( John Ales).

Why are they looking for him? You’ll have to connect with your Spectrum On Demand for that. Let’s just say episode 5 gives Star Trek: Picard a raw Sin City edge we find slightly warming and necessary for mixing up the plot.

Star Trek: The Captains Log

So, as to not completely spoil the whole show, we want to say we are pleased, which seems to be the consensus of most Star Trek fans. Although some do complain it brings back the darker vibe they tried with the less popular Start Trek: Deep Space 9.

Where they went right is letting Sir Patrick Stewart guide the show with Picard’s iconic and morally driven character prose. This Captain’s Log – star-date, somewhere in the 24th century- gazes more in-depth into the projections of what it means to continue the fight for what is right. And at 92, Picard seems to have a decent handle on himself since coming out of retirement as a bounty hunter of sorts.

The characters that build up in each show so far are a great mix of what we all have come to love from the cast of Next Generation. Start Trek writers seem to be bandaging the wounds from Nemesis while simultaneously offering the healing of our favorite master Captain, Jean-Luc Picard. Though aged, he is still willing to stand up for what is right when protecting morale in the Star Trek Universe.

His newly gathered rebellion crew of old and new Star Fleet companions carry their own back story, somehow intertwining with each other, which Star Trek writers have mastered. And it is coming together rather nicely.

We are sure CBS All Access has seen an influx in their 7-day free trial since the release of Star Trek: Picard. However, If you are looking to get into the action here at Charter Spectrum TV, we can help you link up with Picard and the old and new crew through multiple avenues. As Rolling stone says, “It’s a joy to behold.”

You can catch up with all the best Star Trek shows and movies in our 10,000+ titles On Demand or record the newest episode on your Spectrum DVR, so you don’t miss where Picard lands next. Give us a call at 1-855-345-0208, and one of our friendly customer service representatives can help get you set up today.

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist – Most Heartwarming Scenes

Warning: SPOILERS for Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

NBC’s newest comedy-drama Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist offers a clever and quirky reimagining of the musical genre. After an earthquake disrupts her MRI, computer coder Zoey Clarke (Jane Levy) gains the ability to perceive the thoughts and feelings of those around her. Instead of just hearing what people are thinking, however, Zoey sees these people reveal their secret selves through elaborate song and dance numbers that only she can see and hear. Now essentially trapped in a musical, Zoey must figure out how to live with her new gift.   

Jane Levy Stars In Zoeys Extraordinary Playlist

It sounds ridiculous – but show creator Austin Winsberg know how to approach the bizarre premise from an angle that offers plenty of laughs and more than a few tears. While most of the musical numbers are upbeat and hilarious (seeing Zoey’s co-workers faun over a legendary tech genius by serenading him with a rendition of “Jesus Christ Superstar” is particularly funny) the show makes time for quiet, emotional moments as well.  

Musical numbers are meant to evoke strong feelings, after all, and after only three episodes, the show already contains plenty of tear-jerking scenes to get the audience emotionally invested in its tuneful cast. Here are the most heartwarming scenes (to date) from Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.             

Max Chats with Zoey’s Paralyzed Father (Episode 2)

Despite the show’s musical premise, not all the emotional scenes require the actors to sing. In the pilot episode, Zoey discovers her co-worker and best friend Max (Skylar Astin) is secretly in love with her. Uncomfortable with this revelation, Zoey starts avoiding him but has to deal with Max when he shows up unexpectedly at her parents’ house one night.

Max surprises Zoey, however, when he reveals he didn’t come to see her but drop off some food for her father. Mitch Clarke (Peter Gallagher) is dying from a neurological disease that’s left him paralyzed and unable to speak. However, Max still remembers Mitch’s kindness, something he never got from his own father. Touched, Zoey invites him in and sees Max chat with Mitch, who’s unable to reply but glad for the company. It’s a heartwarming scene – and there’s a look Zoey gives Max that indicates she might be seeing her friend in a new light.        

Zoey’s Office Crush Reveals He’s Depressed (Episode 1)

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist NBCWhile Zoey initially viewed the spontaneous musical numbers around her as an annoyance, she realizes how perceptive her gift can make her one night when she sees her office crush Simon (John Clarence Stewart) break into song. Although Simon always puts on a happy face for his co-workers, his musical number – Tears for Fears’ “Mad World” – reveals he’s actually in a lot of emotional pain.

Concerned, Zoey approaches him and discovers Simon’s dad recently killed himself. The two bond over their shared tragic experiences with their fathers, although Zoey also learns Simon is engaged, complicating her feelings for him.         

Mitch Sings to Zoey (Episode 1)

By far the most talked-about scene in the pilot episode of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist occurs when Zoey, unable to cope with the changes in her life, turns to her father for help. Heartbroken that Mitch can’t talk to her, and not sure if he even knows that she’s there, Zoey turns away – only for Mitch to suddenly stand up and sing Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors” to her. It’s an amazing moment that shows Zoey that her father is still with her, he loves her, and her previously unwanted gift allows them to communicate.           

Mitch Reaches Out to His Family (Episode 1)

Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist New EpisodeWhile Zoey’s newfound ability to connect with her father through song is touching, what happens next is arguably more powerful. After learning her father is aware of his surroundings, Zoey convinces her family to take him sailing. Everyone is apprehensive about taking Mitch outside, but once on the boat, Zoey’s mother Maggie (Mary Steenburgen) admits being on the water brings back a lot of good memories. To everyone’s amazement, Mitch makes a supreme effort and manages to take Maggie’s hand in his to show he feels the same way.

For a show that’s regularly fast paced and over-the-top, the scene is remarkably quiet and gentle – focusing simply on the family’s expressions as Mitch reveals he’s still there. It’s a moment that manages to connect with any audience member who’s had to deal with an aging parent or family crisis.  

Zoey Helps Her Mother Deal with Her Frustration (Episode 3)

The first two episodes dealt primarily with Mitch’s frustrations with his condition. However, the third episode flips this by examining how his illness affects those around him – particularly his wife. When Zoey sees her mother sing a heartbreaking rendition of Al Green’s “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart” she realizes how stressed her mother is from having to constantly take care of her husband.

This leads to a heartfelt intervention by Zoey and her brother who offer to spend more time taking care of Mitch so Maggie can take care of herself. “I love your smile,” Zoey tells her mother. “But only if it’s real.” Mitch himself chimes in by typing his wife a short message: YOU’RE AMAZING. LET THEM HELP. on his laptop. It’s a remarkable display of love and support that shows how important the Clarke family dynamic is to the show.   

Zoey Motivates Her Boss (Episode 3)

Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist Season 1One excellent aspect of the show is its ability to take cliché characters and showcase their hidden depths through song. Zoey’s boss Joan (Lauren Graham) comes across as a typical hard-nosed, ball busting career woman in the pilot. And on many shows, that’s exactly how she’d remain. However, in the third episode, Zoey discovers Joan is in a toxic relationship with her husband, a narcissistic tech genius who uses his star power to gain leverage over Joan’s company.

While Zoey tries to maintain a professional distance from her boss, thanks to her musical power, she’s constantly reminded of Joan’s pain. Ultimately giving her boss a chance to vent her problems, Zoey finds herself unexpectedly bonding with Joan and motivates her to take charge of her own life. When Joan finally leaves her husband and decides to promote her company on her own – breaking into her version of Katy Perry’s “Roar” – the audience is firmly on the side of this previously unlikeable woman.

Fans of musical theatre know that the song and dance numbers are more than just eye and ear candy. They give characters a chance to be almost painfully exposed on stage as they belt out their greatest hopes, fears, and insecurities. Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlisttakes full advantage of this by allowing Zoey and the viewers to see the cast at its most vulnerable – and relatable. It’s an approach that promises plenty of emotional drama as the series explores how far it can take its musical premise.    

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The Blacklist Is Renewed For Season 8 At NBC

If you are a long time fan of one of NBC’s most popular shows “The Blacklist”, then today is your lucky day! The well-known series has just been renewed for its eighth season with talks of plans for the show’s future spanning much further than just one season.

The Blacklist TV Series James Spader“Congratulations to our incredible cast, producers and crew, all of whom continue to reach excellence week in and week out” Lisa Katz and Tracy Pakosta, Co-Presidents of Scripted Programming at NBC Entertainment, expressed. “We couldn’t be more excited to continue Red and Liz’s story into season eight.”

This jaw-dropping, highly anticipated news was announced to the cast and crew of “The Blacklist” while they attended their 150th episode celebration. A video posted to the NBC twitter account NBC Entertainment (@nbc) perfectly captures their reaction to the wonderful news.

“The Blacklist” Beginnings

“The Blacklist,” starring James Spader as a high-profile criminal by the name of Raymond ‘Red” Reddington, alongside a rookie FBI profiler by the name of Elizabeth Keen, played by Megan Boone, follows the duo’s search for the world’s most dangerous criminals, informed by a list that has recorded documentation of these elusive individuals spanning over the length of many years.

The Blacklist Season 8Red, a former U.S. Navy officer, now a high profile criminal, who for years has alluded law enforcement’s attempts at his capture, voluntarily surrenders himself to the FBI and forms a bargain to be granted immunity from his prosecution in exchange for his extensive knowledge surrounding the elusive criminals on the list and more importantly their whereabouts.

The show was met with instant success upon its release in September 2013. Its first season received many strong reviews from a large number of critics, scoring an 85% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes! Unlike the majority of shows, “The Blacklist” continues to deliver unexpected plot twists and compelling plot lines that are sure to entice even those who claim to not be fans of the crime drama genre.

“The Blacklist,” is built upon a shining supporting cast with popular well-known names such as Diego Klattenhoff as Donald Ressler, Ryan Eggold as Tom Keen, Parminder Nagra as Meera Malik, Harry Lennix as Harold Cooper, Amir Arison as Aram Mojtabai, Mozhan Marno as Samar Navabi, and Hisham Tawfiq as Dembe Zuma. Each individual makes up a key part of “The Blacklist” universe and helps form the show’s appeal.

Audience Perceptions

“The Blacklist is a solid weekly crime show built around a genuine TV star” Robert Bianco of USA Today expressed. Continuing to deliver strong ratings well through season seven, it should come as no surprise that executives at NBC have made the decision to continue following the universe of these compelling, thrilling stories into an eighth season.

The Blacklist TV Crew“It’s due to the brilliant cast, crew and our writing staff, led by Jon Bokenkamp and John Eisendrath, who commit to unparalleled creativity. Wait until you see what’s in store for season eight.” Chris Parnell, Co-President, Sony Pictures Television teased. “The Blacklist continues to tell exciting and imaginative stories”

With the current hiatus continuing into March 20, 2020, fans, filled with anticipation for the return of their favorite, beloved show, are sure to be more than enthusiastic about this news. “The Blacklist is back in top form with fresh dangers that put Red on the ropes while giving James Spader room to shine” reads the consensus. David Wiegand of San Francisco Chronicle commented about the show describing that “You think you know the situation and how it will turn out, but there are surprising, yet entirely credible, twists throughout [the] episode.”

Awards and Nominations

This one of a kind crime drama, that has taken millions by storm, has earned its spot in receiving a number of various prestigious accolades. In 2014 alone, the show won “Top TV Series” at the ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards as well as Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Miniseries, or Movie at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

Other nominations for the show include, but are not limited to:

  • 2014 – Golden Globe Awards – Best Actor – Television Series Drama – James Spader
  • 2014 – People’s Choice Awards – Favorite New Television Drama – The Blacklist
  • 2014 – Entertainment Weekly Season Finale Awards – Best Non-Romantic Cliffhanger
  • 2014 – Entertainment Weekly Season Finale Awards – Funniest Moment in Drama
  • 2014 – Entertainment Weekly Season Finale Awards – Weakest/Most Divisive Twits
  • 2014 – Entertainment Weekly Season Finale Awards – Best Final Shot
  • 2014 – Entertainment Weekly Season Finale Awards – Most Likely to Earn Someone An Emmy Nomination
  • 2014 – Entertainment Weekly Season Finale Awards – Biggest Regret That I Didn’t See It, I Just Heard Or Read About It
  • 2014 – Saturn Award – Best Network Television Series Release – The Blacklist
  • 2014 – Saturn Award – Best Actor in a Television Series – James Spader
  • 2015 – Golden Globe Awards – Best Actor – Television Series Drama – James Spader
  • 2015 – Primetime Emmy Awards – Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series
  • 2016 – Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards – Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Miniseries, or Movie – The Blacklist
  • 2016 – Screen Actors Guild Awards – Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble – The Blacklist
  • 2017 – People’s Choice Awards – Favorite TV Crime Drama – The Blacklist
  • Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards – Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Miniseries, or Movie

With its easy access availability of seasons one through six now available on Netflix, there is no excuse to not be caught up and ready to watch season eight live when it premiers! The premiere of season eight is expected to be one of the most viewed the show has yet to see with the massive amounts of devoted Blacklist fans craving the next bit of the show’s lore.

With so many lingering unanswered questions and so many unfinished plotlines, such as uncovering the true identity of lead role Red, many fans speculate that “The Blacklist” won’t be going anywhere anytime soon and for very good reason. Season 7 left viewers on the edge of their seats and season 8 is sure to do the same if not far much more!

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New Star Trek 4 Movie has New Director and New Direction

After sitting on the shelf since 2018, Star Trek 4 is now in the hands of writer and director, Noah Hawley. Hawley is known as the showrunner for the popular TV series Legion and Fargo. Hawley also directed the feature film Lucy in the Sky, starring Natalie Portman. What fans of those hit series may not know about Hawley is his self-proclaimed love for the Star Trek franchise.

A New Prime Directive

Since J.J. Abrams revamped the franchise in 2009, the recent Star Trek movies have been known for their nonstop action and awesome special effects. Hawley may have a different vision in mind that holds more true to the original Star Trek Enterprise television series.

Noah Hawley Star Trek 4 MovieIn an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Hawley referenced a Start Trek Enterprise scene that evokes the same spirit he hopes to convey in the new Star Trek movie:

“It’s William Shatner putting on his reading glasses and lowering Khan’s shields, which cost like $9.50. There’s no big action sequence. He’s just more clever, there’s something really uplifting about that feeling.”

Wanting to go back to the Star Trek roots is appealing to Trekkies, as well as appealing to the studio’s budget. After all, budgetary issues are the reason the fourth Star Trek movie was shelved.

Star Trek 4 is dead, Jim

Chris Pine Star Trek 4 MovieParamount studios had been developing Star Trek 4 after another box office hit in the series, Star Trek Beyond. They developed a time travel theme for the fourth installment that would reunite Captain James Kirk and his father, Captain George Kirk.

In the first movie of this series, Star Trek (2009), Captain George Kirk (played by Chris Hemsworth) sacrificed his life so that his crew and newborn son could escape. The audiences were in tears in the first few minutes of the movie. His son grew up to become the rebellious Captain James Kirk, played by Chris Pine.

Writers thought seeing the two Captain Kirks reunited would once again bring audiences to tears, and to the movie theaters. Uniting the two Chris’s, however, left the project dead in its tracks.

No Vulcan Mindmeld for the Chris’s

Zachary Quinto Star Trek 4 MovieThe initial contracts with the actors playing the Enterprise crew had expired. To no surprise, due to the movies’ successes, the actors’ new contracts were asking for more money. The studio was trying to contain costs while still appealing to their star actors, but to no avail. During negotiations, Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pine were unable to get on the same page with the studio’s budget.

Ultimately, Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth’s resistance to counteroffers was futile, and the project was shelved indefinitely.

Where No Man Has Gone Before

Before being shelved for budgetary reasons, Paramount had chosen S.J. Clarkson to direct Star Trek 4. Clarkson would have gone where no woman has gone before by becoming the first woman in the history of the franchise to direct a Star Trek film. But unfortunately, that directing opportunity was shelved alongside the movie. It is unknown whether S.J. Clarkson was offered the directing position again before taking it off the shelf and handing it to Hawley.

Whether or not she was offered the job, S.J. Clarkson likely had scheduling conflicts. Clarkson is a British director who has become one of the most sought after directors in recent years. She established her directing careers with iconic British TV series including Doctors, Eastenders, and Life on Mars. Though rooted in drama, Clarkson has experience directing other genres as well, including episodes of Smash, Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Daredevil, and The Defenders.

Before the fourth Star Trek movie was brought back to life, S.J. Clarkson was selected to direct what is being called the prequel to Game of Thrones. Whether or not the GOT prequel will make it beyond the pilot episode is still up in the air.

Make It So

While longtime Trekkies are excited Hawley is reevoking the Star Trek Enterprise spirit, new Star Trek fans are concerned about his new, or rather, old vision for the fourth movie. J.J. Abrams set the tone for the new movies series with the first installment, Star Trek. The nonstop action and top-of-the-line special effects rivalled the Marvel franchise. Young or previously disinterested audiences quickly became new fans of the Star Trek franchise.

Some are worried that these new fans will lose interest if Hawley takes the fourth installment in a different direction than the first three movies. However, losing what J.J. Abrams started shouldn’t be a concern because J.J. Abrams is still in the picture. In fact, he is on board to produce Star Trek 4, and likely gave the “make it so” command to bring Hawley on as director.

Beam Me Up, Scotty

So, will the original actors be beamed up alongside the new director? Probably not. But that’s because fans shouldn’t expect the original characters either. Hawley explained to The Hollywood Reporter, “To call it Star Trek IV [the placeholder the trades have been using] is kind of a misnomer. I have my own take on the franchise as a lifelong fan.”

And when asked if fans should expect a new cast, he responded, “Yeah, I think so. Yeah. It’s early days. I don’t know. But new characters often involve new cast.”

Set Phasers to Stun

No matter what, Star Trek fans new and old should still expect stunning special effects, top-notch actors, and an exciting plot from the fourth installment. Even if Hawley has a new vision for the fourth movie, he still intends to honor the previous movies in this series, and the Star Trek franchise as a whole.

Hawley told Deadline, “I have my own story and want to make sure as I did with Fargo and Legion that I’m respectful to the underlying material. That I’m not unintentionally changing things that people love or feel passionate about. So, it’s important to do that research as I go.”

Work on the screenplay is expected to begin this spring or early summer, with production following soon after.

What is a Good Internet Speed for Streaming Videos, Gaming, or Working from Home?

These days, everyone loves using the internet to stream movies, play online games, or work from home. To have a good experience with any of these activities you need to subscribe to Spectrum Internet or a similar internet service. You’ll want to know how fast your internet speed needs to be. Everyone hates delays and lag times, but what is a good internet speed for enjoying movies and games – or participating in online video chats for work?

If you’ve ever asked about internet speed and gotten confused by words like “Mbps” or “ping time,” read on! We’ll break down just what you need to know about these internet terms and how you can use them to decide what is a good internet speed for your family’s unique needs. 

High Speed Internet Sign

What Does Mbps, Latency, and Upload/Download Speed Mean?

First, let’s find out what technical terms like “Mbps” and “latency” mean. You can then use these terms to decide what internet speed you need for streaming videos, online gaming, or working from home.

  • Mbps: Mbps stands for “Megabits per second” and determines how much bandwidth you have. It helps measure how much data you can transfer every second through your internet connection. The more Mbps you have, the more data you can transfer in the same span of time. This can mean better picture and sound quality for your videos.
  • Latency: Latency is the amount of time (in milliseconds) it takes to send information from one point to another. Low-latency means it takes fewer milliseconds to send information. High-latency means it takes more milliseconds for information to get from one point to another. You want to have low-latency when playing online games to avoid any lags in your game, file uploads, online submission, or other activity.    
  • Ping Time: Ping time is a test for latency. It sends a data packet to a server and back to you. Depending on how long it takes the data packet to travel, you may have high-latency or low-latency.
  • Download Speed: Download speed is how fast your internet connection can transfer data from a server to you. You’ll want fast download speeds when you stream a video, download files, or load a website.
  • Upload Speed: Upload speed is how fast your internet connection can transfer data to a server. You’ll want fast upload speeds when you send emails, participate in live video chats, send files to other people, and play online games.

How Many Mbps Do I Need For Streaming Videos?

Do you love watching movies in high definition? Do most of your TV nights gravitate toward live events? Or do you have a large household with multiple devices for different viewing needs? All of these factors will help determine how many Mbps you need and how fast your internet speed should be for streaming videos.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recommends families with multiple Internet users get internet speeds of 12-25 Mbps. The FCC also recommends download speeds of at least 25 Mbps and upload speeds of at least 3 Mbps. In general, however, families should get slightly faster speeds than the ones recommended by the FCC, Netflix, Skype, or other streaming services. This will increase your odds of enjoying regular video streaming service with crisp clear picture and sound.

High Speed Internet Control Knob

To give you a better idea of what internet speed will work best for you, here are some basic guidelines based on recommendations from Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube TV:

  • To stream videos in standard definition, you’ll want internet speeds of at least 3 Mbps
  • To stream videos in HD on only one device, you’ll want an internet speed at least 5-7 Mbps
  • To stream videos in HD on multiple devices, you’ll want an internet speed of at least 13 Mbps
  • To view live TV events, you’ll want an internet speed of at least 8 Mbps
  • To stream videos in HDR or 4K on your computer or Ultra HD enabled devices, you’ll want an internet speed of at least 25 Mbps
  • To stream Ultra HD videos daily, you may want to look into Internet speeds close to 100 Mbps

What is a Good Internet Speed for Gaming?

Online gamers play many types of games. Some gamers love sports games and shooter games that require rapid data response times. Other people prefer online card games, role-playing games, puzzles games, or games of strategy. These preferences will all help decide a good internet speed for gaming.   

As far as Mbps goes, you should aim for a minimum of 4-8 Mbps or 10-25 Mbps to provide good download speeds and ensure a regular good gaming experience. However, low-latency is also very important as it reduces lag time in games. Keep in mind that cable internet or fiber-optic internet provide the best low-latency internet connections for online gaming. By contrast, satellite internet has high-latency since it takes so long for signals to travel from a satellite to your device.

Fiber Optic Internet Cable

To gain the best latency for online gaming, keep the following tips in mind:

  • A ping time of 20-100 milliseconds generally offers a good online gaming experience.
  • If you play first person shooter games, aim for a latency of under 30 milliseconds.
  • Satellite internet has high latency because signals must travel a greater distance. However, online card games, strategy games, puzzle games, or role-playing games still work fine with satellite.
  • Cable internet, fiber-optic internet, and fixed wireless internet provide the best low-latency experience for online gaming.

What Upload and Download Speed Do I Need For Working From Home?

A fast internet speed can determine how efficiently you can work from home. After all, if a typical work day involves participating in Skype video calls, transferring large files, and sending multiple emails, you’ll need good upload and download speeds to stay on top of everything.

Cable Internet Connection

To make sure you have a good internet speed for working from home, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Workers who only need to use email and basic computer programs such as Microsoft Word should be fine with 3-4 Mbps
  • Workers who participate in Skype group video calls should have more than 10 Mbps.
  • Workers who transfer large files should have over 40 Mbps.

How To Use an Internet Speed Calculator to Measure Your Current Internet Speed

To help determine what internet speed you need, it can be helpful to measure your current internet speed by taking an online speed test. These tests calculate the internet speed on a computer connected to your home’s Wi-Fi. They can help determine your ping time as well as your connection’s upload and download speeds. Based on the results, and how satisfied you are with how well you can stream videos, play games, and work from home now, you may want to upgrade your internet speed.

Always remember that it’s usually best to get a slightly faster internet speed than you think you need. This is particularly true if you have multiple household members who need to use the internet for video streaming, online gaming, or work. By giving yourself a little extra Mbps and a lower latency, you’ll ensure a pleasant work and entertainment experience for yourself.

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6 Best Taboo Sex Scenes in “Riverdale”

For a TV series based on a wholesome, all-American comic book, “Riverdale” has offered audiences multiple risqué sex scenes in virtually every episode. Many of these scenes not only gleefully play with the places its teenage cast can engage in sexual acts but also who their erotic activities are shared with. On that titillating note, here are the best taboo sex scenes from “Riverdale.”  

Archie and Ms. Grundy have sex in her car (Season 1, Episode 1)

Right from the start, “Riverdale” promised it would deliver something very different from its comic book source material when its pilot episode establishes that 16-year-old Archie Andrews is sleeping with his music teacher Geraldine Grundy (Sarah Habel). In the very first episode, the two are seen going at it hot and heavy in the backseat of Miss Grundy’s car while a summer storm pours outside.

Geraldine Grundy and Archie having sex in the car

To make things even more taboo, it’s later revealed that “Ms. Grundy” is actually a woman named Jennifer Gibson who changed her name to flee an abusive relationship. She also regularly seduces and preys on younger men as she continues having sex with teenage boys after ending her relationship with Archie. She’s a far cry from the strict, elderly schoolmarm of the comic books, but Archie certainly doesn’t seem to be complaining.      

Betty seduces Chuck Clayton then nearly drowns him (Season 1, Episode 3)

Sweet girl next door Betty Cooper always seemed so gentle and kind – until she discovers sports star Chuck Clayton has been spreading nasty rumors about Veronica Lodge after one date. Furious, Betty convinces Chuck she wants to be a “bad girl” and invites him over to a friend’s house for some quality time in the hot tub. She then greets him dressed in a black bob wig and lingerie… and from there, things get really crazy.

First, Betty drugs Chuck’s drink to make him more forthcoming. Then she handcuffs him to the hot tub. Next, she threatens to “boil him alive” in the bubbling water unless he records a confession of what really went on between Veronica and him. Still not willing to stop, Betty pushes Chuck under the water and threatens to drown him unless he apologizes. Finally, she pours maple syrup over his head. It’s a disturbing, sexual, and weirdly ridiculous scene – and just the beginning of the really strange scenes from “Riverdale.”      

Betty's Hot Tub Transformation Riverdale

Cheryl Blossom and Toni Topaz have lesbian bondage sex (Season 3, Episode 15)

Lesbian sex scenes aren’t nearly as taboo today as they were when they first graced television scenes – but this sex scene between Cheryl Blossom and Toni Topaz had a lot of build up behind it. Originally antagonistic to Toni, a member of the Southside Serpent gang, Cheryl eventually opens up to Toni and even confesses a past attraction to another girl. The two end up beginning a relationship, threatened by Cheryl’s conservative family. Nevertheless, sexual tension between the two keeps growing, leading to one boiling sex scene in the third season episode “American Dreams.”

After casing and breaking into La Bonne Nuit, Cheryl gets cornered by Toni. Staring her girlfriend right in the face, Cheryl asks if Toni is going to “cuff her.” A very steamy sexual encounter follows – complete with blindfolds, bondage, and intercut scenes with Archie in a bloody boxing tournament. Shockingly, one of the hottest “Riverdale” sex scenes later ends with Cheryl and Toni breaking up. The show is anything but predictable.

Cheryl Blossom Toni Lopez Lesbian Bondage

Archie and Veronica have sex in the shower – after his father is shot (Season 2, Episode 1)

The scene’s taboo nature stems not from the location of the sex act, but the timing. At the beginning of the episode, Archie takes his father to the hospital after Fred Andrews is shot in the season one finale. Fred’s injury is very messy and Archie ends up covered in his father’s blood. After his father is out of surgery, Veronica and Archie go back to Archie’s house where Veronica suggests Archie take a shower.

As Archie scrubs his father’s blood off of his body, Veronica inexplicably decides to join him in the shower, leading to a (literally) steamy sex scene where Veronica leaves her pearl necklace on and Archie continues letting his father’s blood flow down the drain. Viewers were likely left at a loss as to whether this scene should be considered disturbing or titillating. Knowing “Riverdale,” it’s probably both.

Archie and Veronica Shower Scene

Archie and Veronica have sex in a prison locker room (Season 3, Episode 5)

If nothing else, Archie and Veronica prove they have a very powerful “anything goes” attitude in regards to where they choose to have sex. So, when Archie gets sent to prison after being wrongfully accused of manslaughter, he naturally gets a visit from Veronica Lodge. “Disguised” in a blonde wig, Veronica finds Archie in the prison locker room cleaning up after participating in the warden’s underground fight club. Informing him that she has friends who snuck her into the prison, Veronica then tells her boyfriend they have twenty minutes together. Determined not to let any of that time go to waste, Archie picks up his girlfriend, slams her against the lockers, and proceeds to do what comes naturally.   

Betty performs a strip tease in a biker bar – in front of her mother (Season 2, Episode 8)

Betty Cooper has always been a supportive girlfriend. So, when she learns that FP, the father of her boyfriend Jughead Jones, will be having a motorcycle retirement party, she decides to send him off with a personalized striptease dance. Apparently, a sexy pole dance is the unofficial initiation for any woman who wants to join the biker gang, and Betty is nothing if not accommodating. Donning some sexy lingerie under her usually conservative outfit, Betty gets a recording of “Mad World” ready and proceeds to entertain a gang of rowdy bikers.

What makes Betty’s dance insanely taboo is that her audience includes her boyfriend, her boyfriend’s father… and her mother. Alice Cooper is clearly shocked by her daughter’s performance – but FP ends up thanking Betty for performing at his retirement party and the biker audience gives her a round of applause. “Riverdale” adults may have some deviant tastes… but at least they’re supportive.

With “Riverdale” now entering its fifth season, fans can likely expect even racier, steamier, and sexier content as future storylines attempt to surpass the already over-the-top sex scenes the show has already offered. The “anything goes” mentality of “Riverdale” may shock some viewers who are only familiar with the comic book version of Archie and the gang – but it’s a huge draw for fans of the compulsively watchable television series.  

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