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Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Monday’s episode of Supergirl. Read at your own risk!
After making it through nearly an entire season being unaware of her double life, Sam finally discovered the heartbreaking truth that she’s the ruthless Worldkiller otherwise known as Reign during Monday’s episode of Supergirl.
When Sam (Odette Annable) didn’t believe that she could possibly be the bio-engineered weapon that’s been terrorizing National City, Lena (Katie McGrath) was forced to push Sam to the emotional brink in order to bring out Reign, later providing video evidence to her horrified friend.
“For Sam, it’s really the fight to want to hold onto herself and to figure this out so she can be a mother to her daughter,” executive producer Robert Rovner says. “It’s that struggle that she’s facing.”
But Sam learning the truth is only the first step in solving her problem as Lena attempts to separate Sam from Reign in the coming episodes. “A lot of the rest of the season deals with the Worldkillers and Reign,” Rovner says. “What we saw in one of the previous episodes is, how do you save the world when saving the world means your friend, because Sam and Reign are inextricably linked, so they’re working hard to keep everybody safe and find a solution to that, which will take them in very exciting different directions.”
As we saw during Monday’s episode, Lena is keeping Sam’s secret for now, even from James (Mehcad Brooks). “What we’re exploring is trust as opposed to secrets,” Rovner says. “With the James and Lena relationship, it’s really about the growing trust and respect for one another, and getting them to a closer place. She’s keeping secrets from a lot of people, and if I’m going to tease anything, those secrets from the other people she’s keeping will become a bigger issue.”
For instance, those secrets include how Lena is keeping this from Kara — oh, and also Supergirl, since she thinks they’re two different people. “One of the things we really wanted to explore is that dichotomy,” Rovner says. “Lena has a different relationship with Kara than she has with Supergirl, so the secrets will impact those relationships differently. It’s something that Kara will struggle with.”
But containing Reign will be no easy feat, as Lena may come to learn the hard way. “It becomes an issue between them that they do struggle with,” Rovner says. “What I think is remarkable about the characters is that even when there is conflict between them, it’s their ability to work through that. They’re always supporting one another even when they’re in conflict. They’ll go through a complex journey together.”
Sam’s reveal paralleled the hour’s other emotional story, as J’onn’s (David Harewood) ailing father M’yrnn (Carl Lumbly) inadvertently caused an aggressive breakout at the DEO while trying to shift his memories to healthier parts of her dementia-addled brain. “This episode was about denial and acceptance and facing something you don’t want to face about yourself,” Rovner points out. “You see it manifested in similar ways in the anger that came out in M’rynn that he was suppressing.”
Rovner continues: “For Sam, it was really being angry at Lena because she didn’t want to face what was happening. It took her seeing herself and seeing that other side of her, holding up that mirror, to make her finally understand. For M’rynn, finally seeing what’s happening and being cognizant of that, that he needs to accept the help of his son, was his epiphany.”
M’rynn’s journey will prove especially difficult for J’onn, who only just recently reunited with his father. “A lot of us in the writers’ room had dealt with dementia in our home lives, and we wanted to make this story very relatable, so M’yrnn will be facing a lot of circumstances that a lot of children and their parents go through in this journey together,” Rovner says. “One of the things that I think is beautiful in the story of J’onn and M’yrnn is through the process of the rest of the season, M’rynn and the way he copes with this will have a profound effect on J’onn. Even though their time together will be shorter than they had hoped it would be, it will forever change both of their lives and their perspectives on things.”
Elsewhere in the hour, Kara also dealt with denial, lashing out at Mon-El when M’rynn accidentally unleashed his emotions on the DEO. “It parallels what Kara was going through where she also was in denial about her relationship with Mon-El, and it was something that she had to face in this episode as well, that their love story wasn’t as perfect as she had romanticized it to be,” Rovner says. “We all felt it was important for Kara to really get everything off her chest to move forward with a new friendship with a clean slate.”
But Kara has larger problems to deal with as the third Worldkiller, Pestilence, made her presence known in the closing moments of the hour — birds quite literally dropped dead from the sky as Mon-El and Kara flew through National City. “They’re looking for each other,” Rovner says of the Worldkillers, coy to tease what havoc their combined powers may cause. “The only thing that I can say to that is that they’ll find strength with one another that will make them stronger together than they are separately.”
Supergirl airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.
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Just a day after the funeral of former First Lady Barbara Bush, the health of George H.W. Bush was failing.
CNN reports the 41st President was hospitalized after an infection turned into sepsis — something dangerous for anyone but much scarier for a 93-year-old.
It looks for the moment like Bush is toughing it out; his spokesman released an official statement, saying:
“President Bush was admitted to the Houston Methodist Hospital yesterday morning after contracting an infection that spread to his blood. He is responding to treatments and appears to be recovering. We will issue additional updates as events warrant.”
Wishing the former President a speedy recovery.
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Jake Paul is in hot water once again, only this time it’s not in the court of public opinion but actual court!
According to legal docs obtained by TMZ, a company called Cobra Acquisitions, LLC is suing Jake for damages to a Los Angeles home the star rented from them.
Apparently the YouTube prankster stayed in the brand new house from May 2016 to December 2017, leaving behind broken cabinets, dead landscaping, and oddest of all, burn marks in the pool…
Cobra claims the $40,000 deposit Jake paid doesn’t come close to covering the damages he and his fellow social media stars made to the house with their nonstop partying, so they’re asking for $2.5 million in damages!
Sounds like it might be a bit exaggerated to us — we mean, the house is still standing, right?? LOLz!
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Verne Troyer Was Reportedly Suicidal With Triple The Legal Limit Of Alcohol Before He Was Put On Life Support
While the cause of Verne Troyer‘s death hasn’t officially been released yet, insiders say he may have tried to intentionally drink himself to death.
The source alleges that Verne told the 911 dispatcher and a hospital official he was suicidal when he called in distress, with three times the .08 legal limit of alcohol in his system.
The 49-year-old, who had been battling alcoholism for years, reportedly became unresponsive when he was at the hospital and was transferred to another facility better suited to care for him.
TMZ was told that Verne’s organs started failing and he was put on life support. Sadly, his health continued to decline until life support was pulled on Saturday.
Toxicology results are still pending.
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Families who keep secrets from each other have long provided ripe material for playwrights — from Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? to August Osage County to Other Desert Cities. Amy Herzog’s latest, Belleville, which is now making its Los Angeles premiere at the Pasadena Playhouse, picks up these ever-pertinent dramatic threads to weave a story that balances on a knife’s edge between the normal tensions of domesticity and something far darker.
It begins when Abby (Anna Camp) comes home to her apartment in the Belleville section of Paris and unexpectedly finds her husband Zack (Thomas Sadoski) home in the middle of the day. It’s clear the two are keeping secrets from each other, nursing resentments and fears while trying to make their marriage work in a foreign environment, but a drunken night out and the revelation that Zack is four months behind on rent sets off a chain reaction that plummets to a shocking and violent conclusion.
Herzog keeps the audience guessing as to which half of the couple to trust as often as they both question each other and their own sanity. In the era of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, it’s difficult to resist guessing at what the true darkness lurking at the edges might be, but the play frequently veers in unexpected directions — even if some of the revelations are perhaps not as dramatic as what the audience might suspect (an unavoidable symptom of our thriller-obsessed culture).
The production is nearly two hours long, and taking up what seems to be a growing trend in the theater, does not have an intermission. If there’s anything that causes the drama to sag, it’s this. There’s arguably a very natural place for an intermission, and the proceedings are just a hair too long; some of the opening scenes require far less breathing room than they’ve been given. If the production were a brisk 90 minutes, it would only serve to ratchet up the tension that dissipates in early scenes.
As Abby and Zack, Camp and Sadoski dominate the bulk of the running time, but the play is granted a crucial sense of place and outside perspective by the downstairs landlord Alioune (Moe Jeudy-Lamour) and his wife, Amina (Sharon Pierre-Louis). Camp and Sadoski give startling performances, dipping into wells of grief, rage, and paranoia they don’t often get to showcase in their most famous screen roles. Sadoski is the stronger of the pair, his amenable scruffiness giving way to truly terrifying desperation. He brings an eerie solidity to the role, lending Zack a grounded sensibility that conceals his deep-seated insecurities — and a well of secrets. It’s rare to watch a performer who bristles like a live wire, leaving you uncertain what they’ll do from one moment to the next, but he does. By the time he strips down to a Stanley Kowalski-worthy tank top, he veers wildly between guilt, suspicion, and despondent grasps for control with unsettling skill.
Camp takes a while to sink into the role; her forced sunny disposition feels disjointed until you realize it’s part of her character’s attempt to stuff down her ever-present paranoia and an acrid bitterness fed by raw grief. Once things start to unravel, she particularly excels, veering from drunken madness to abject terror. Without revealing what exactly is involved, much credit is owed to director Jenna Worsham and the entire production team for crafting a startlingly realistic experience; some of the more intensely violent moments felt more immediate, dangerous, and real than those often seen on screen, a true triumph of stagecraft.
The production offers up musings on the lies we tell each other, particularly those offered up in pursuit of love or as inadequate salves to the wounds of grief. It dips into interesting territory on the subject of gaslighting, asking its protagonists and the audience to question the very nature of truth and how we might arrive at entirely stilted perceptions of our own lives. As it raises questions about gender and mental health and marriage, it flits at the edges of something profound, but in the end, it doesn’t quite pack the punch it should. It’s a gripping ride bursting with suspense and filled with plenty of horrific twists and turns, but, ultimately, it struggles to dig past its shock-and-awe tactics to any significant well of deeper meaning. B+
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Avicii’s Family Releases Statement On The DJ’s Passing As Friends Say They Feared Alcohol Would Kill Him
The celebrated EDM producer previously opened up about his health battles when he announced his retirement from touring in 2016.
But sources tell TMZ that friends and family of the 28-year-old were still concerned about his partying ways, as he suffered from pancreatitis — the inflammation of the organ — which is made worse by heavy alcohol consumption.
What’s more alarming is that TMZ also shared a photo of Avicii on a yacht in Muscat, Oman with what looks like an alcoholic beverage in hand, apparently taken just a day before his death.
An official cause of death has yet to be released, but the family of the superstar (real name Tim Bergling) have since released a statement on his passing:
“We would like to thank you for the support and the loving words about our son and brother. We are so grateful for everyone who loved Tim’s music and have precious memories of his songs.
Thank you for all the initiatives taken to honor Tim, with public gatherings, church bells ringing out his music, tributes at Coachella and moments of silence around the world.
We are grateful for the privacy during this difficult time. Our wish is that it continues that way.
The Tim Bergling Family”
Our hearts go out to the Bergling family and all of Avicii’s loved ones.
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