Dance Moms 8×07 Recap: Elliana Walmsley Is Too Good For This Sh…

To say that I wasn’t excited to see Elliana Walmsley return in Dance Moms 8×07 would simultaneously be a lie and the understatement of the year. The kid is easily one of the best dancers—if not the best dancer—to ever represent Abby Lee Miller and the ALDC (even if she does get her training literally everywhere else, from Michelle Latimer’s to Master Ballet Academy, to whatever qualifies as the dance gods). So, that’s great for anyone (me) who likes to see great dancing; but then there’s the drama that she doesn’t deserve and, quite frankly, the waste of time that she could be spending getting even better.

…and then there’s Yolanda Walmsley and her ever-growing, ever-manufactured (we’ll get to that later, folks) mutual insanity with Stacey Ketchman. Oh, and there was a dance competition in Dance Moms 8×07, too.

Check out our Dance Moms 8×07 recap for all the drama that, unlike us, you might have been lucky enough to miss.

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Dance Moms 8x06 Recap Can The ALDC Hack It Without Brady Farrar? Pictured: Lilliana Ketchman and Sarah Georgiana

Dance Moms 8×06 Recap: Can The ALDC Hack It Without Brady Farrar?

Dance Moms 8×06 was the new ALDC’s first chance to prove that the moms’ constant whining about Brady Farrar’s (supposedly undeserved) special attention was actually deserved. Rather than embrace the opportunity to shine, though, the remaining team members…Well. Full spoilers: They didn’t do so well.

Joanne and Gianina Paolantonio had the same conceited reaction to a jazz solo as they did earlier this season (because that worked out so well for them before); and while Abby Lee Miller was busy trying to put that fire out, there was also the problem of Lilliana Ketchman’s rocky start to the season. Rounding out the featured roles for Dance Moms 8×06, Sarah Georgiana had her first shot at a solo.

Did Sarah crack under pressure? Did Lilly? And can the ALDC hack it without Brady Farrar? Check out our Dance Moms 8×06 recap to find out!

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Dance Moms 8x03 Recap Abby Lee Miller Takes On Thoughts & Prayers

Dance Moms 8×03 Recap: Abby Lee Miller Takes on Thoughts & Prayers

Abby Lee Miller had her hands full in Dance Moms 8×03. Not only did she create a very political group dance, which focused on the frequent “thoughts and prayers” response to mass shootings; but she also had to deal with some rather bratty behavior from Joanne and Gianina Paolantonio. After beginning Dance Moms season 8 with two big wins, the ALDC needed to keep up their winning streak. But with Lilliana Ketchman as the lead in a very serious group dance after some early-season struggles, did the team take on too much in week three?

Check out our Dance Moms 8×03 recap to find out!

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When They See Us Linda Fairstein's Criminal "Justice." Pictured: Jharrel Jerome as Korey Wise, one of the Central Park Five

When They See Us: Linda Fairstein’s CRIMINAL “Justice”

Like many people—but still never, ever enough—I watched When They See Us and was utterly and completely horrified. Korey Wise, Yusef Salaam, Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, and Raymond Santana were once five teenagers with their whole lives ahead of them until April of 1989. Then, suddenly, despite plenty of evidence to the contrary, they suddenly became known as the Central Park Five—monsters who had attacked a white woman and left her for dead when they were out “wilding” in the park. It didn’t matter that the detectives assigned to the case couldn’t come up with anything to prove the boys had been at the scene of the crime, or that every single so-called confession was coerced through the most brutal of tactics; it didn’t even matter that those “confessions” varied wildly in detail, both from each other and from the actual facts of the case.

All that mattered to Linda Fairstein, who was in charge of overseeing the prosecution, was making sure someone, these boys specifically, paid for what was done to Trisha Meili. Or at least that’s what she would lead the public to believe, to the point where, even following the Five’s exoneration in 2002, she refused to admit that anything she had done was wrong. It was all done in the name of “justice” for Trisha Meili, after all.

Sure, Linda. Let’s take a look at how much you, and our justice system, have been proven to care about victims of sexual assault and in a totally-fair-and-not-racist way, to boot. Plenty of people of color have raised their voices and written countless articles about this; but since nobody cares to listen, maybe one more person putting the word out will turn some heads. Doubt it, but…here we go.

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Stacey & Lilliana Ketchman in Dance Moms 8x02

Dance Moms 8×02 Recap: Isn’t It A Little Early To Crack Under Pressure?

As part of the season 8 premiere, Dance Moms 8×02 aired immediately after the season’s first episode and the hour-long special about Abby Lee Miller’s cancer battle. So, apparently, the Lifetime staff thought that we’d missed Abby and the ALDC enough to want to binge watch. Jury’s still out on whether or not that was a smart way to continue introducing us to the new team, but here’s what we can definitely confirm: Pushing Lilliana Ketchman into an early lead role, thanks to her status as the only (current) veteran on the team, may have been a bad idea. Isn’t it a little early to go with the “cracking under pressure” narrative? No? Ok. Then, let’s get down to business.

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Abby Lee Miller is BACK with a new ALDC elite team, and we're all as replaceable as ever!

Dance Moms Season 8 Premiere Recap: The ALDC Future Starts Here

Dance Moms season 8 premiered with a full night of Abby Lee Miller’s quotable moments, choreography, and of course crazy mama drama. Following a special that detailed just how much suffering everyone’s favorite destroyer of sloppy feet has suffered in the past year or so, Dance Moms gave us two full episodes of the type of content that we all know and loathe love. But can the new ALDC hack it?

Check out our Dance Moms season 8 premiere recap to find out!

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Abby Lee Miller is back for Dance Moms season 8! Photo Courtesy of Lifetime

Dance Moms Season 8 Spoilers: Pittsburgh Here We Come

Given everything that Abby Lee Miller has been through in recent years, the existence of Dance Moms season 8 is something of a reality tv miracle. And we couldn’t be more excited about it! Neither, it seems, can the folks at Lifetime: They’ve used precious airtime to introduce ALDC fans to the new team. In case you deleted your series recording on your dvr when the series officially died nearly two years ago, thus missing the season 8 pre-game, here’s a quick rundown of Dance Moms season 8 spoilers.

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Game of Thrones Roundtable: Character Assassination Edition

 

 

After eight seasons, three dragons, and countless candidates to take the Iron Throne, Game of Thrones is officially over. But not without more than its fair share of murders. And no, we’re not talking about actual, physical deaths (of which there were plenty); we’re talking about outright character assassination. In the series’ eight season, Game of Thrones proved that no character development was important enough to go unpunished; so, the team here at Writes of the Roundtable got together to vent discuss all of the most outrageous character assassinations.  

Because Game of Thrones season 8 was too upsetting for just our staff alone, we were joined by Ashley Thomas, “The Nerdy Blogger.” From her bio on Fangirlish:

She holds a B. A. in English Literature from Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee (c/o 2007) and a M. A. at Signum University in Literature and Language, concentrating in Imaginative Literature (c/o 2018). She would like to be Brienne of Tarth, Leslie Knope, and Hermione Granger when she grows up.

And now, without further ado, our Game of Thrones roundtable! Spoiler alert: It was a bloodbath.

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Blue Bloods finale Jamko wedding. Credit: Blue Bloods on twitter.

Blue Bloods 9×22: Jamie and Eddie Tie the Knot

First let me say: All of my nerves leading up to the Blue Bloods finale were for nothing. I am so used to shows going for shock value during a finale that I expected that from Blue Bloods, too. Last season’s ender was happy, so I assumed it would be asking too much to have two in a row that ended with blissful Jamko shipping milestones. I was totally wrong.

Blue Bloods gave us happiness for the entire finale. Well, for me, anyway. I did notice on the night of that there was a bit of outrage on the twittersphere.

We’ll for sure dive into that later. For now, let’s talk about the episode.

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LUCIFER season 4: What's More Powerful Than The Devil? Tom Ellis as Lucifer

Lucifer Season 4: What’s More Powerful Than The Devil?

If you’d asked me a year ago if I would be watching Lucifer season 4 — much less if I’d be so inspired as to need to write something about it — I would have called you crazy. In fact, after a messy third season, when the series looked like it was doomed for cancellation, I actively called for it to be sent straight to Hell. And then FOX did exactly that, making me wonder if I’d ever be able to repent for my sins against the hottest devil that ever deviled. As we know, though, Netflix saved Lucifer. Thank Hades.

For a show to be reborn in this way, for the new season to be better than ever, is no small feat. But that’s what Lucifer season 4 has done. Besides being completely overwhelmed by just how well-done the shorter, bingeable season was, I couldn’t get one thing out of my mind: Despite all the series has overcome, the message that Lucifer‘s fourth season sends about self-acceptance is far more powerful than all of its previous struggles combined.

It might just even be more powerful than the Devil Himself.

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