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AHS 1984 Season Premiere

Last night was the premiere of American Horror Story: 1984.  As you may have seen from the teasers and trailers, the newest season is a tribute to the classic 1980s horror slasher films.  It has been heavily influenced by films like Halloween and Friday the 13th.  The season premiere was chock full of surprises.

Here are some of the highlights of the season 9 premiere:

AHS: 1984 Intro

This season starts in 1970 where a group of campers are having fun at night.  It isn’t until later on that a mysterious man enters the cabin where he goes on a killing spree.

After watching the mysterious killer take out his victims, we are first treated to the colorful 80s intro theme.  The typical AHS theme song had a new wave remix playing throughout.  Neon lighting, Ronald Reagan, and even the number ’84 flashed throughout the introduction.

Camp Redwood Counselors

The next scene after the intro takes place Xavier’s aerobics class in Los Angeles.  Brooke, Montana, Chet and other join Xavier’s class for some fitness.  After class, Xavier mentions to some of his classmates that he will be a counselor at Camp Redwood.  He invites some of the crew to come along.  Everyone, except Brooke, are already interested in the idea.

Later on, Brooke come face to face with a robber who takes her jewelry.  He even threatens to find her again in the near future.

By the next morning, all of the camp counselors make their way to Camp Redwood.  Brooke joins the gang along for the ride.  On their way, they stop by a gas station to fill up for gas.  They meet a creepy gas station attendant who tells them to go the other way.

But that wasn’t the only danger they face on the road.  Xavier hits a random hitchhiker wandering through the area.  The gang take him to Camp Redwood to get healed by Rita, the camp nurse.

Mr. Jingles Origin

While the gang are sitting around the campfire, Rita stops by to tell the origins of Mr. Jingles and what went on in Camp Redwood.  Mr. Jingles used to be in the army, but was discharged due to his murder spree.  He was arrested for his heinous crimes.  It was the main reason for why Camp Redwood was shut down years ago.  Since then, Mr. Jingles was held in a psychiatric ward… until now.

Jingles Release

Mr. Jingles ends up escaping the psychiatric ward by stealing a set of keys from one of the guards.  Not only that, but he opens up all of the doors for the others to escape.  He makes his way over to Camp Redwood for some more fun.

Brooke’s Encounter

Brooke runs into Mr. Jingles after leaving the cabin for a bit.  She flees from him after allegedly seeing the hitchhiker dead.  The gang return to the scene of the crime, only to see that nothing was really there.

Moments later, Brooke answers a phone call from the payphone nearby.  She answers the phone, only to hear a set of keys jingling.  Not only that, but she runs into the robber once again!


MakeSandcastlesNotWar Meme Introduction

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Hello folks!  It’s time to introduce something a little different for MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  Over the past few years, there have been daily quotes during the weekends.  These quotes can be inspiring, showcasing a new way of thinking about the world around us.  As mesmerizing as some of these ideas may be, I figured it was time to add a spark of entertainment with the mix.

Instead of the daily inspiring quotes on the weekends, MakeSandcastlesNotWar will start implementing its own memes.

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What exactly is a meme?  A meme is an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a particular culture.  These memes are usually spread humorous images, videos, or even pieces of text that is often copied and spread rapidly by internet users.

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Memes have been spreading around the internet for decades.  They stem from certain moments of pop culture such as television, movies, literature, music, fashion, and other areas of entertainment.  With each new entertainment release comes forms of memes that audiences make based on their favorite element.

Each week, MakeSandcastlesNotWar will create its own memes that will be incorporated with one or more topics that was recently discussed.  Whether it be a TV series or a recent PR nightmare, these memes will bring us a little closer to the main idea.  The memes first kicked off last Friday.

Every now and then there may be quote in place on a certain day.  Better yet, there could be a meme ON the quote recently posted!

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Fall is coming soon, which means it’s a time for a change in season.  That new season only brings in new and innovative ideas for MakeSandcastlesNotWar.

With that, let’s take time to welcome MakeSandcastlesNotWar memes this week.

Charisma Carpenter TV Genre CrissCross

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One classic series I have been binge-watching on Netflix lately is Charmed.  This famous fantasy drama series is about three sisters who are witches known as the Charmed Ones.  Prue, Piper, and Phoebe fight crime in San Francisco.  They each use their own unique magical powers, as well as spells, to ward off from the bad guys.  Following Prue’s inevitable death in the season three finale, their long-lost half sister Paige Matthews take over her place for the ‘Power of Three’ from season four onwards.

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At season seven, there is something familiar about the character Kyra.  I knew I have seen her appear in other shows I have binge-watched before.  After a bit of searching, I realized that Kyra was played by Charisma Carpenter.  Interestingly enough, this isn’t Carpenter’s first role in a fantasy series like Charmed.

That takes us what is known as a TV genre crisscross!

So let’s get to it – Charisma Carpenter plays Kyra, a demon who eventually forms a friendship with Leo Wyatt.  She appears in three episodes of the seventh season.

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Charmed is not the only fantasy series Charisma Carpenter appeared in.  She also played as Cordelia Chase in season 1-3 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and had a main role in Angel.  While there weren’t other actors/actresses who were on the same screen with her, this still makes another role for her in a fantasy drama series.  Thus, making for an interesting TV crisscross.

Three different fantasy series, one actress appearing in all three.  Charisma Carpenter plays an incredible role for all three series.  All of them are a fantasy series, which makes her the subject for today’s TV genre crisscross.

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That’s all for today’s post.  Charisma Carpenter was in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Charmed.  She is the star of this week’s TV genre crisscross.

Netlflix Ryan Murphy Highlights

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As you may or may not know, Netflix is releasing a lot of exciting titles this Fall.  One of the biggest releases is the new Breaking Bad film El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (Yeah Mr. White!  Yeah Science!).

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But the big winner has to go for Ryan Murphy’s new dark comedy series The Politician.  After another successful season of Pose, Murphy continues on with his next chapter of American Horror Story and The Politician on Netflix.

If you’re still feeling nostalgic from season 2 of Pose or you can’t contain your excitement for his next series, then don’t fret!  There’s lots of other titles out or soon to be coming on Netflix.  Niptuck may not still be in the library, but there’s plenty of other series from Ryan Murphy to enjoy.

Here are the latest series from Ryan Murphy that are out or will soon to be released for Netflix next month:

The Politician

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Our first show that is drumming up a lot of anticipation is The Politician.  Payton Hobart is a wealthy Santa Barbarian who uses everything in his power to achieve his political goals, with one of them being to become president of the United States.  The Politician will be released on September 27th.


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Season one of Pose is out on Netflix.  Catch up with the original season where Blanca first creates her own house of to compete in the balls.  You can enjoy the first season again if you can’t get enough of the slay game.

American Horror Story: Apocalypse

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Not only is American Horror Story returning on FX, but American Horror Story: Apocalypse is also releasing on Netflix as well.  Watch the twisted season where Michael Langdon creates the Apocalypse, becoming the true Antichrist of the world.  It’s an all-out battle between some of the biggest forces of evil.


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With The Politician having hints of musicals at times, Glee is another series to enjoy as well.  Glee follows a group of high schoolers who join the Glee Club.  It’s a comedic series with musicals that offer some heavy high school drama on the side.

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (Netflix)

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Netflix is getting REAL exciting in the Fall, especially with the announcement of Ryan Murphy’s new series The PoliticianThe Politician chronicles Payton Hobart’s political aspirations to become president.  It’s a comedic look into the murky life of a high school politician (think Glee with a touch of House of Cards).  Ryan Murphy will have that running as well as American Horror Story: 1984 on FX within the next few weeks.

And just when you thought Netflix couldn’t get any better… well folks, it JUST did.  Netflix just recently announced an upcoming film for the hit AMC series… Breaking Bad (Yeah Bitch!  Breaking Bad Movie!).

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The new film is titled El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie.  It starts off from the events where Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) sped off in the stolen Chevrolet El Camino after being held captive from the Aryan Brotherhood gang.  Netflix provided a quick plot summary in which Jesse comes to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of future.  El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie will be released October 11th.

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I am so psyched for this movie coming out soon.  Over six years later and Breaking Bad will continue on with a movie for Netflix.  Breaking Bad is still one of the best binge-watched shows on Netflix after being on AMC.

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With that, Jesse Pinkman’s chapter continues with El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie.  Check it out when it releases on October 11th.