Robert Pattinson Has Been Tapped To Play ‘The Batman’

Wow. I did not see this coming. According to Justin Kroll of Variety, Robert Pattinson has been tapped to play Bruce Wayne in The Batman. To say I didn’t expect this casting would be an understatement. Names like Jake Gyllenhaal, Kit Harington, Armie Hammer, and even Timothee Chalamet were all rumored to play Bruce Wayne at some point, but not once did I even consider Pattinson. Most people still associate Pattinson for his role as Edward Cullen in the Twilight franchise. However, Pattinson has been showing off his acting chops in smaller, independent films over the years. He shined in The Lost City of Z and Good Time. Pattinson has this weird appeal to him. He’s handsome, but I wouldn’t say he’s A-list handsome. He can definitely act and lead a franchise, but it’s the smaller, quirky roles that standout for me.

I’m very interested to see Matt Reeves’ version of the iconic superhero. I was a huge fan of Reeves’ work in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes. Here’s the thing. Nothing will ever touch Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. There will never be a comparison. If it’s a carbon copy version of Bruce Wayne, it will fail miserably. However, if Reeves and Pattinson can put a newer, weirder, and darker spin on Bruce Wayne, I’m all for it. See you in 2021, Batman.

The First Reactions To Avengers: Endgame Are Here And They’re Epic

We have reached the endgame. Last night, Avengers: Endgame had its world premiere Monday night at the Los Angeles Convention Center and the first reactions hit social media shortly after. To describe the first reactions in one word, I would use “epic.”

Mood after reading these tweets.

I’m not emotionally and physically ready to see Avengers: EndgameWho am I kidding? Obviously, I’m ready to see this film, but it’s going to be a whirlwind of emotions. I’m not a cryer, but I tend to get some water residue forming in the eyes. I sound like such a douche for saying that, but at least I’m an honest douche. Saying goodbye to my favorite superhero in the MCU, Captain America, will be tough, but defeating Thanos will make it worthwhile. Here’s to hoping this epic running shot is in Endgame.

Avengers: Endgame and the Battle at Winterfell in Game of Thrones in the span of a few days are so epic and yet so cruel. There will be deaths left and right. I can’t wait.

This Is Us Season 3 Episode 18 Recap: Her

Before I dive into the Season 3 finale, does anyone find it concerning that This Is Us has not been renewed for a fourth season? There’s no chance they cancel the show, but it is a little alarming that the show has not be renewed. I’m not worried yet, but let’s keep a tab on this until the Season 4 renewal is official.

This Is Us Season 3, Episode 18 Recap: “Her”

Sterling K. Brown in This Is Us / Photo Credit: NBC Universal

– Beth and Randall are together again at last. Beth and Randall have had their ups and downs, but just like a lot of couples, love conquers all. In the end, Randall offered to resign from his political position, but Beth elected for the family to move to Philly instead so she could run her own dance studio while Randall serves as a councilman. As we saw in the future, the dance studio was a hit and Randall and Beth were still happily married. My prediction for their relationship was a temporary separation and then a reunion. I never thought they would get divorced. I’m giving myself a 3/4 stars for that prediction.

– Deja, hell of a speech, kid. The correlation she made between winning the lottery and Randall’s life was so accurate. It was my favorite scene of the finale. The back half of this third season barely included Randall’s children, but when it came time to step up, Deja shined.

– I like Zoe, but once she told Kevin that she didn’t want to have kids, it was a wrap on their relationship. Kevin wants to be like his father and become the best dad ever. It turns out that Kevin does become a father as we find out in the flash forward that he has a son. Rebecca is also stationed in Kevin’s new house with Nicky by her side, not Miguel. Side note, I hope Miguel doesn’t die. He’s been through too much. Let’s give him a break.

Back to business. I don’t have any theories as to why Nicky was there, but it’s clear that he has turned his life around. However, I do have a prediction for Kevin. Kevin ends up with Sophie and they have children together. When Rebecca gets sick, Kevin takes her in to look after her. Oh by the way, what is Sophie’s occupation? A nurse. Sophie can care for Rebecca at the home. I’m taking this prediction to the bank.

– It’s time to talk about my Kate prediction. I was wrong. It looks as if Kate nor Jack are dead. A major character died in every season (William in S1, Jack in S2) so I followed the pattern. Health problems regarding the pregnancy and a heart condition led me to believe that Kate or the baby would die in childbirth. Wrong, wrong, and wrong again. You win some, you lose some.

– However, there is a major riff between Kate and Toby in the future. In the flash forward, Toby begrudgingly comes to Kevin’s house and says that he spoke to Jack about coming over. We don’t see Kate, but she is supposed to be on the way over with Jack. It’s possible that Toby and Kate are divorced at this point. Maybe Jack is sick and that caused a riff between Kate and Toby’s marriage.

– Cryptic Dan Fogelman quote about the Season 4 timeline. 

“There is a moment in the show where, in a weird way, the present becomes the past and the future becomes the present,” said Fogelman. “That sounds really high-level. It doesn’t always have to be, like, in the deep, deep future, but we can play with time in a really interesting way that really tells the full story of a family. It’s always been our plan from the beginning. I think people aren’t going to quite realize what we’re going to try and do in the next couple of seasons of the show.”

– I tweeted this a few minutes into last night’s finale.

– This prediction may come true. Last night’s episode was all about “her,” which we know is Rebecca. The show gave off so many clues in the past to predict a future where Rebecca was sick. Rebecca’s time in the hospital foreshadows the flash forward scene. In the past, the kids are all scared when Rebecca is in the hospital after a car crash. Each member of the Big Three make wild assumptions about her health, saying that she could have brain damage or even die. The Big Three can’t live without Rebecca CC: Jack’s corn sandwiches. Rebecca is the engine of the family. Without her, the family doesn’t run properly. Kate found this out in the present when she realized that Rebecca would be the best thing for her son’s development. Rebecca has always been there for Kate, and Kate has finally realized that her mother only had her best interest at heart.

Back to the tweet. Does Rebecca have Alzheimer’s? It’s a good guess because Randall has to introduce himself as “her son,” which leaves a confused look on the face of Rebecca. Whatever it is, Rebecca is dying.

– This finale felt like a passing of the torch. For the first 2.5 seasons, the true heartbeat of This Is Us was Jack. The show revolved around Jack’s death and how the Big Three and Rebecca lived before and after his death. With “Her,” the show is shifting to the matriarch of the family, Rebecca. Now, we know what’s at the end of the show for Rebecca, which involves her death bed. It’s time to build up to that point and tell Rebecca’s story. I don’t know how I feel about this change because Jack’s story was far more interesting that Rebecca’s, but I’m positive that the writers have twists and turns for Rebecca’s character arc so I’ll be patient before I judge.

– The Season 3 finale was ____________.

I’m going to go with “ok.” It was just ok. To be honest, the entire third season was just ok. If I had to rank the seasons in order of preference, I would say S1, S2, and S3. The finale felt more like a bridge to the next season instead of an episode to tie up loose ends. There were some standout episodes (Jack in Vietnam, Beth’s solo episode, Randall and Beth’s fight), but as a whole, the season lacked compelling storylines that interested me. Jack and Kevin in Vietnam were great. Randall the politician didn’t do it for me. I do believe the show can find its groove again so I will be watching Season 4. I still enjoy This Is Us. 

See you in the fall.

Stranger Things Season 3 Releases Trailer And It’s Spectacular

https://twitter.com/Stranger_Things/status/1108337397341802496

I could not think of a better start to a morning. First, I watched the first trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood starring Leonardo Dicaprio and Brad Pitt. Then, I watched the spectacular trailer for Season 3 of Stranger Things.

The 80s, baby! Here’s the official synopsis for Season 3.

“By mid-1985, the era whose box office was dominated by Back to the Future, Mike and Eleven have developed a romantic relationship, as have Max and Lucas.[4][5] Our heroes and heroines are living seemingly normal lives, though one year after the defeat of the Mind Flayer, things are not all what they seem in Hawkins.[4][5] The town has a new leader, the morally corrupt Mayor Kline, whose administration supported and presided over the construction of the new Starcourt Mall.[6] With the Fourth of July approaching, strange things start to happen: Lucas’ sister Erica discovers a mysterious new threat,[1] and a lifeguard at the community pool suddenly disappears,[7][3] triggering fear in those that still have the events from the previous year fresh in their minds.”

If that doesn’t get you going, then I don’t know what will. Stranger Things is one of my favorite shows on television. It’s funny, heartfelt, weird, and thrilling. I’m expecting another terrific season full of supernatural activity, Hopper dancing, and the bromance between Steve and Dustin.

I’m usually away for July 4th weekend, but this year, I might need to make an exception.

Breaking: The Giants Have Traded Odell Beckham Jr. To The Browns

Odell Beckham, aka the Giants best player on the roster and the most talented player since Lawrence Taylor, has been traded to the Browns.

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ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I hate this trade. What the hell is Dave Gettleman doing? WHAT IS HE DOING? He is Phil Jackson with the Knicks. It’s his last job and he’s doing whatever the hell he wants because he’ll collect a pay check at the end of the day.

I can’t even put a competent thought together. I’m so mad right now. Full blog with my complete thoughts will be out tomorrow. I will not sleep tonight.

Oscars 2019 Predictions: Who Should Win And Who Will Win

Happy Oscar Sunday! For one day a year, it’s time for film nerds like me to geek out and watch 3+ hours dedicated to honoring the past year in movies. No more introductions. Here are my selections as to who should win and who will win.

Best Picture

Black Panther
BlacKkKlansman
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
Green Book
Roma
A Star Is Born
Vice

In an unpredictable year, the race for Best Picture has been fascinating to watch throughout awards season. If you were to ask me in October, A Star Is Born was the clear favorite. Then, A Star Is Born fell to the back of the pack. Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody picked up major steam at the Golden Globes. Recently, Roma picked up the Best Picture win at the BAFTAs. This race is going to come down to two films, Green Book and Roma, and the preferential ballot. I encourage you to read how the preferential ballot works. In simplest terms, preferential balloting is when voters rank all the nominees from 1 to 8. If a film receives more than 50% of the vote, then that’s winner. That’s not going to happen the first time. Whichever film receives the fewest votes is eliminated, and those who ranked that eliminated film first have their second pick moved up to first.

Example: Let’s say my ballot has A Star Is Born at #1 and Black Panther at #2. If A Star Is Born is eliminated, then my first place vote now goes to Black Panther. My #2 becomes a first place vote. This process of eliminating films and redistributing votes will continue until one film has over 50% of the votes.

Roma / Netflix

Roma and Green Book will be towards the top of a lot of ballots. Roma is the betting favorite as of now, but Green Book won’t go away. Despite all of the controversies surrounding Green Book, the film continued to win major awards at big shows. I’ve been going back and forth on this for awhile. Is the Academy ready to give Netflix a Best Picture award? Gun to my head, I say no. I want to zero in on Green Book’s Producer’s Guild win for Best Theatrical Motion Picture. Since 2007, the winner of this award went on to win Best Picture 9 of the last 11 times. All of the odds say to pick Roma, but my gut is telling me to pick Green Book. 

Oh by the way, A Star Is Born would get my vote. There’s not even a close second for me.

Who Should Win: A Star Is Born

Who Will Win: Green Book

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Yalitza Aparicio, Roma
Glenn Close, The Wife
Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born
Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

The winner is Glenn Close, THE WIFE *Borat voice*

This is Glenn Close’s seventh Oscar nomination. Close is a legendary actress, but up until now, she has never won an Oscar. This is a lifetime achievement Oscar. I have nothing against Close winning an Oscar. Close wouldn’t be my pick here, but there’s no scenario where she doesn’t win on Sunday. To her credit, Close has been nailing her speeches all awards season.

Who Should Win: Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born

Who Will Win: Glenn Close, The Wife

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Christian Bale, Vice
Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate
Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
Viggo Mortensen, Green Book

A Star is Born / Via Warner Bros.

Rami Malek is a stone cold lock. That being said, how can you look Bradley Cooper in the eyes and say that Rami Malek was better than him? How? You can’t do it. I like Rami Malek a lot, but I’m baffled as to why he’s been such an overwhelming favorite all awards season. I can’t say enough about Bradley Cooper’s performance. Cooper sang his own songs, learned guitar / piano, and gave his entire heart and soul to A Star Is Born. Bohemian Rhapsody barely used Malek’s voice and the film has been plagued with problems thanks to Bryan Singer’s exit. Plus, A Star Is Born is just a better movie than Bohemian Rhapsody. Bradley, I want to apologize on behalf of the Academy for not awarding you with this Oscar.

Who Should Win: Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born

Who Will Win: Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman
Sam Elliott, A Star Is Born
Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Sam Rockwell, Vice

The biggest lock of the night is Mahershala Ali in supporting category. I like Mahershala a lot so I have no problems handing him another Oscar.

Who Should Win: Mahershala Ali, Green Book

Who Will Win: Mahershala Ali, Green Book

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Amy Adams, Vice
Marina de Tavira, Roma
Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Emma Stone, The Favourite
Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

If Beale Street Could Talk / Via Annapurna Pictures

Why wasn’t If Beale Street Could Talk nominated for Best Picture? That’s a mistake. This race is very interesting. King won the Golden Globe in this category, but she lost at the SAGs and did not receive a nomination at the BAFTAs. Weisz has built some serious momentum in the past few weeks thanks to her win at the BAFTAs. If you’re betting and want to bet on a long shot to win money, bet Weisz. However, I’m pulling for King. King’s scenes in Puerto Rico were so heartbreaking and gut-wrenching. King won the movie and will win the Oscar.

Who Should Win: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

Who Will Win: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

Best Director

BlacKkKlansman, Spike Lee
Cold War, Pawel Pawlikowski
The Favourite, Yorgos Lanthimos
Roma, Alfonso Cuarón
Vice, Adam McKay

Alfonso Cuarón will win. That is all.

Who Should Win: Alfonso Cuarón, Roma

Who Will Win: Alfonso Cuarón, Roma

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
BlacKkKlansman, Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, and Spike Lee
Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty
If Beale Street Could Talk, Barry Jenkins
A Star Is Born, Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, and Will Fetters

This race is extremely close. Last week, I would have picked If Beale Street Could Talk or BlacKkKlansman. However, Can You Ever Forgive Me? came out of nowhere to win Best Adapted Screenplay at the Writer’s Guild of America Awards. Spike Lee has never won an Oscar for one of his films. (Lee won an honorary Oscar in 2015.) It’s time to reward Lee with an Oscar for his achievements.

Who Should Win: If Beale Street Could Talk, Barry Jenkins

Who Will Win: BlacKkKlansman, Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, and Spike Lee

Best Original Screenplay

The Favourite, Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara
First Reformed, Paul Schrader
Green Book, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, and Peter Farrelly
Roma, Alfonso Cuarón
Vice, Adam McKay

The Favourite was tied with Roma for the most nominations in the field. They have to win something, right? The Favourite has been the favorite (lol, lame pun) in this category, but keep an eye on Green Book. If Green Book wins this category, they are going to win Best Picture. I’ll stick with The Favourite winning…for now.

Who Should Win: Roma

Who Will Win: The Favourite

Best Visual Effects

Avengers: Infinity War, Dan DeLeeuw, Kelly Port, Russell Earl, and Dan Sudick
Christopher Robin, Christopher Lawrence, Michael Eames, Theo Jones, and Chris Corbould
First Man, Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles, and J.D. Schwalm
Ready Player One, Roger Guyett, Grady Cofer, Matthew E. Butler, and David Shirk
Solo: A Star Wars Story, Rob Bredow, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan, and Dominic Tuohy

Who Should Win: Avengers: Infinity War

Who Will Win: Avengers: Infinity War

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Border, Göran Lundström and Pamela Goldammer
Mary Queen of Scots, Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher, and Jessica Brooks
Vice, Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe, and Patricia Dehaney

Who Should Win: Vice

Who Will Win: Vice

Best Animated Short Film

Animal Behaviour
Bao
Late Afternoon
One Small Step
Weekends

When in doubt, trust Pixar. Bao aired before The Incredibles 2 so that’s the move.

Who Should Win: Bao

Who Will Win: Bao

Best Live Action Short

Detainment
Fauve
Marguerite
Mother
Skin

From what I’ve read, these are all super depressing so I have a lot to look forward to when I finally watch them!

Who Should Win: Marguerite

Who Will Win: Marguerite

Best Documentary Short

Black Sheep
End Game
Lifeboat
A Night at the Garden
Period. End of Sentence.

Who Should Win: Black Sheep

Who Will Win: Black Sheep

Best Sound Mixing

Black Panther, Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor, and Peter Devlin
Bohemian Rhapsody, Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin, and John Casali
First Man, Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Ai-Ling Lee, and Mary H. Ellis
Roma, Skip Lievsay, Craig Henighan, and José Antonio Gracía
A Star Is Born, Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic, Jason Ruder, and Steve Morrow

Do you side with the musical films or the one about space? This is what I’ll say about First Man.

I will be pulling for First Man, but the pick is Bohemian Rhapsody thanks to its win at the Cinema Audio Society Awards for Sound Mixing.

Who Should Win: First Man

Who Will Win: Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Sound Editing

Black Panther, Benjamin A. Burtt and Steve Boeddeker
Bohemian Rhapsody, John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone
First Man, Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan
A Quiet Place, Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
Roma, Sergio Díaz and Skip Lievsay

This is another category where Bohemian Rhapsody will be a slight favorite, but this award should and will go to A Quiet Place. Sound was the main character of the film! It should be rewarded, but I would not mind if First Man won here as well.

Who Should Win: A Quiet Place

Who Will Win: A Quiet Place

Best Costume Design

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Mary Zophres
Black Panther, Ruth E. Carter
The Favourite, Sandy Powell
Mary Poppins Returns, Sandy Powell
Mary Queen of Scots, Alexandra Byrne

The technical categories are brutal to predict this year. This race is between The Favourite and Black Panther. Sandy Powell is a well-oiled machine who has been nominated for 14 (!!!) Oscars. The Favourite is a costume drama so the outfits were on point, but I would like to see Black Panther rewarded in at least one category so I will be rooting for Marvel.

Who Should Win: Black Panther

Who Will Win: The Favourite

Best Production Design

Black Panther, Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart
The Favourite, Fiona Crombie and Alice Felton
First Man, Nathan Crowley and Kathy Lucas
Mary Poppins Returns, John Myhre and Gordon Sim
Roma, Eugenio Caballero and Barbara Enriquez

Another close race between Black Panther and The Favourite. Just like costume design, I’m pulling for Wakanda in this category, but The Favourite will win.

Who Should Win: Black Panther

Who Will Win: The Favourite 

Best Film Editing

BlacKkKlansman, Barry Alexander Brown
Bohemian Rhapsody, John Ottman
The Favourite, Yorgos Mavropsaridis
Green Book, Patrick J. Don Vito
Vice, Hank Corwin

It’s worth noting that the winner of sound mixing has also won film editing in each of the past five years. With Bohemian Rhapsody winning sound mixing, I will pick them to win here as well, but look out for Vice, which won the BAFTA award in this same category.

Who Should Win: Vice

Who Will Win: Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Cinematography

Cold War, Lukasz Zal
The Favourite, Robbie Ryan
Never Look Away, Caleb Deschanel
Roma, Alfonso Cuarón
A Star Is Born, Matthew Libatique

Shoutout to cinematographers. They are so important to the success of a film that I’m happy they will have their category announced live on the broadcast. Alfonso Cuarón is going to be walking onstage multiple times so get used to seeing his face a lot. Roma for the win.

Who Should Win: Roma

Who Will Win: Roma

Best Original Score

Black Panther, Ludwig Goransson
BlacKkKlansman, Terence Blanchard
If Beale Street Could Talk, Nicholas Britell
Isle of Dogs, Alexandre Desplat
Mary Poppins Returns, Marc Shaiman

I have no idea as to why First Man and A Star Is Born were snubbed in this category. Ludwig Goransson is having an unbelievable month as he’s coming off huge Grammy wins for “This Is America” and Black Panther. However, Barry Jenkins has found a winning composer in Nicholas Britell. A beautiful film with a wonderful score win this category.

Who Should Win: If Beale Street Could Talk

Who Will Win: If Beale Street Could Talk

Original Song

“All the Stars,” Black Panther
“I’ll Fight,” RBG
“The Place Where Lost Things Go,” Mary Poppins Returns
“Shallow,” A Star Is Born
“When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings,” The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

I mean…

Who Should Win: “Shallow”

Who Will Win: “Shallow”

Best Documentary Feature

Free Solo
Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Minding the Gap
Of Fathers and Sons
RBG

This was such a strong year for documentaries. Won’t You Be My Neighbor and Three Identical Strangers were two of the most critically acclaimed and financially successful documentaries of the year and neither were recognized in this category. For the first time in my life, I would be quite content with a tie between Free Solo and Minding the Gap, two spectacular movies in their own way. If I have to choose one, I’m siding with Free Solo. Visually breathtaking, Free Solo was full of inspiration and edge-of-your-seat drama despite knowing how the film ends.

Who Should Win: Free Solo 

Who Will Win: Free Solo 

Best Foreign Language Film

Capernaum, Lebanon
Cold War, Poland
Never Look Away, Germany
Roma, Mexico
Shoplifters, Japan

Roma. No doubt about it.

Who Should Win: Roma

Who Will Win: Roma

Best Animated Feature

Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Mirai
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Confession: I rarely see animated films. It’s not that I don’t like them. I just don’t make the time for them. That’s a huge mistake by me and I’m fully aware of it. I’m choosing the film that most critics want to win, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Plus, I enjoy the song “Sunflower.”

Who Should Win: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Who Will Win: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Tweet me your predictions @danny_giro.

This Is Us Season 3 Episode 13 Recap: This Is Beth

This Is Us loves to change the subject abruptly throughout the season. We just experienced an emotional rollercoaster with Nicky and now, we get a break to zero in on Beth. I dig it. This Beth episode has been teased for awhile now so I was excited to learn more about her background.

Let’s go.

This Is Us Season 3, Episode 13 Recap: “Our Little Island Girl”

Photo: Ron Batzdorff/NBC

– For an ensemble show that showcases multiple timelines per episode, This Is Us has a history of hitting home runs when it comes to focusing on 1-2 characters in one timeline for the entire episode. The first episode that comes to mind is Randall and William’s trip to Memphis in Season 1, which is a top 5 episode for the show and arguably the best episode of the entire series. This Is Us hit another home run with this episode as it’s easily one of the best episodes of Season 3.

– Beth has always been an important character. Now, we finally saw an inside-look into her past and what makes her “tick.” Beth is Randall’s rock and always seems to be cool under pressure and gives sage wisdom, which is why it’s so surprising when Beth freaks out and “clams up” when she sees her mother, Carol.

– You might as well just nominate Phylicia Rashad for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series at the Emmys. Why waste time when it’s inevitable?

– Love seeing Goran Višnjić on NBC. No, kids, he’s not Garcia Flynn on Timeless. He’s Dr. Luka Kovač on ER.

– Zoey being featured in this episode leads me to believe that she is involved in the bigger picture for the show and will be in Season 4. Kevin’s previous “flings” only last a few episodes so the fact that she’s been a focal point this entire season leads me to believe that this relationship will last more than a season.

– My favorite sequence of events involved Beth standing up to Carol followed by Carol apologizing to Beth the next morning. Beth blames her mother for taking away her dreams of being a dancer. Beth says that the rest of her siblings (Will we ever meet them?) never visit Carol because she has “no air around her – no air to be sad, no air to fail.” Throw in the fact that Beth lost her father to cancer and it makes sense as to why Beth can’t connect with her mother. Beth still longs to be a dancer (more on this shortly), but because of the fear she developed when her mother made her quit, she is hesitant to tell Randall.

– Then, the next morning, Carol makes amends with Beth, saying that she only wanted what’s best for Beth and her children because her mother did the same thing to her when she was growing up. Carol is a strong, independent woman, which makes sense as to why Beth is the same way. I find it interesting that when it comes to Beth and her mother, Beth is a dreamer and the mother is the realist. When it comes to Beth and Randall, Beth is a realist and Randall is a dreamer. Beth became the person she resented as a teenager. Beth sacrificed her dreams to start a life with Randall. Towards the end of episode, Beth finally realizes that it’s her turn to dream again and become a dance teacher.

– Unfortunately, thanks to the future timeline where we saw Beth in a dance studio alone, Beth and Randall’s marriage could be on the rocks so this decision to teach dancing could be the beginning of the end within their marriage.

– I can’t wait to revisit teenage Randall and teenage Beth. Great tease. I would imagine that they will bond over the losses of their fathers.

– Promo for next episode looks like a tearjerker and…

My “Kate is going to die” Theory may be in its beginning stages.

See you next week.

Mariano Rivera Becomes The First Player Unanimously Selected To Hall Of Fame

Finally, the baseball writers did the right thing. It took 75 BBWA elections, but it has finally happened. The first player ever to be inducted unanimously into the Baseball Hall of Fame is Mariano Rivera. No voters tried to make a statement by not voting for Mo. No voters were looking to see their name on the Internet. Mariano received 100% of the vote and I could not be happier.

It’s fitting that the last player to ever wear #42 will be the first player inducted Baseball Hall of Fame with 100% of the vote. Full disclosure, I am a Yankee fan and Mariano Rivera was one of my favorite players growing up. That being said, this accomplishment could not have happened to a better player and teammate. Universally loved, all of Mariano’s stats speak for themselves. I could break down all of Mo’s insane numbers, but there’s not enough time in the day. Mo is the greatest closer to ever play baseball.

Congratulations, Mo.