Castle Rock Season 2, Episode 4: Recap and Review

Now, I like to get a rush as much as the next person.

The problem is, I am lazy.

And a chicken shit.

So mountain climbing and sky diving are out…d’oh!

I have Colts football, but coming down from that rush…ugh…

I realize that there are *other* options, but nose candy comes with its own set of issues.

But, I am lucky.

I have a Hulu subscription and an internet connection.

In other words, Castle Rock!

I just finished watching the fourth episode of Castle Rock, and boy are my knuckles white!

Seriously, never a dull moment in this show!

Castle Rock has all that anyone can ask for:

Crazy nurses, crime families, new and inventive ways to use kitchenware, cursed houses, you name it!

All set against the colorful back drop that is the small town in the Stephen King multiverse!

Although it is not as horrific as Colts football, it is pretty creepy, by Christmas!

So, let’s get down to it, and dive into the fourth episode of the second season of Castle Rock, titled Restore Hope.

And, as always:

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Castle Rock: Season 2, Episode 3 Recap and Review

As a horror fan, and especially as a Stephen King fan, ordinary things can  become…

Well, not so ordinary.

Or they can become terrifying.

Storm drains are a prime example.

Or summer camps located in remote, secluded lakes with a  colorful past.

Tricking or treating.

Humans bound together to make one big centipede.

Or innocuous things.

Like being tied to bed posts

Things that should be fun, yanno?

In case you can’t tell, I just  finished watching the third episode of the second season of the show Castle Rock.

Hilariously enough, this episode is titled The Ties That Bind.

In other words, yes, it was about family, kin, blah blah.

And being tied up in bed.

But not the fun kind of tied up.

Nope, the cuckoo for cocoa puffs kind of tied up, so no fun to be had at all.

But, I digress.

So, I present to you my recap and review of the third episode of the second season of Castle Rock, titled The Ties That Bind.

And, as always:

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Castle Rock: Season 2, Episode 2 Recap and Review

Now, we all know my origin story as a fan of Stephen King.

Girl watches 1990 It miniseries.

Girl nearly pees in pants over the scewwy clown.

Girl finds out that miniseries is based on a book by some guy named Stephen King.

Girl buys copy of book, figures she will finish the book in 8 months or so, as book is over 1000 pages long and girl did not know that books could in fact be more than 200 pages, by the Geneva Convention or something.

Girl finishes the book in ONE WEEK, and goes looking for her next hit of this newly discovered writer guy.

And the rest, well history.

I can remember my first hit of King quite well.

But the next hits are somewhat of a blur.

However, I know that one of my early reads was Salem’s Lot.

Previously, I was not familiar with vampires, except for bits of Dracula on TV, and a certain puppet on Sesame Street.

(It is worth noting that the few vampires I was exposed to as a child DID NOT sparkle.)

Suffice it to say, the vampires of ‘Salem’s Lot were not friendly puppets who taught children how to count.

Also, unlike the old vampire movies I saw on TV, they were in full color, if you will.

And a girl would be lying if she didn’t admit to having her dreams haunted by Barlow and his non-sparkly friends.

Salem’s Lot is a story that never left my mind.

I wanted a proper follow up.

I wanted to know what happened to that town.

It was abandoned over 40 years ago, and became known as a sort of ghost town in the King universe.

We did get somewhat of a sequel, as a certain disgraced priest made an appearance in the same story as our friendly, neighborhood gunslinger.

And there was a prequel story, along with a brief sequel story.

But both of those stories raised more questions that they answered.

And we did get a mention of the damned town in another famous King story, when a character thinks to herself that “it doesn’t look like a nice place to live.”

(Hello, Captain Obvious?)

But, not much else on this damned town.

Until now.

A certain town by the name of Jerusalem’s Lot appears to be a key player in the second season of the show Castle Rock.

Constant Constant Readers across the globe can rejoice!

Now, I don’t know if we are going to get vampires (but I am crossing all my digits.)

But even seeing this famous town, along with a certain house

Nerdgasm, anyone?

How much more exciting can it get?

A girl wonders…

But anyway, let’s cut (or maybe stab with a kitchen implement) to the chase.

So, here goes nothing, aka my review of the second episode of this season of Castle Rock, titled New Jerusalem.

And, as always:

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Castle Rock: Season 2, Episode 1 Recap and Review

Throughout my life, I have been told that good things come to those who wait.

So, I would wait.

For Christmas.

For Halloween.

For summer vacation.

And, as an adult, I was still stuck waiting.

Sometimes, for *fun* things that I won’t even mention here, in the name of (ha!) decency.

More often than not, I was stuck waiting in even more *fun* places, like the place that is actually Hell, but with less screaming.

Or, for my favorite TV shows to return.

On the one hand, months or sometimes even years spent agonizing, coming up with fan theories, etc.

But on the other hand:  fan theories!

I have actually spent the better part of a year awaiting the return of one of my favorite shows from 2018:  Castle Rock.

As you probably know, Castle Rock is (loosely, and I mean loosely) based on the work of The Master Himself, Stephen King.

However, Castle Rock is also its own work.

It may be based on the works of the King of horror, but the show has inserted its own character and even its own mythos.

For the most part, it works.

And its fun.

Lots of fun.

Fun of the variety that we can talk about in this blog, even though some of that fun gets kind of interesting at times.

Usually interesting a good way, but I digress.

So, Castle Rock is back for a second season.

We have one of our favorite psychopaths that everyone loves to hate playing a major part in this season.

And one of the most beloved towns in the King multiverse will be featured.

You know, the one where a certain non sparkly vampire took over, and made a bunch of other non sparkly vampires, effectively creating a ghost town?

So, buckle up, partner.

We are gonna head into Castle Rock.

Or perhaps crash into it.

And, as always:

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Castle Rock: Season 1, Episode 8 Recap and Review

Lately, I have been thinking that I need a vacation.

Things have just been a little stressful the past few days.

Work is crazy, I have not been sleeping too well.

I mean, I keep hearing this odd noise…

And I keep becoming unstuck in time, for whatever reason.

Maybe I should book myself a weekend at bed and breakfast.

Yeah, that’s the ticket!

A bed and breakfast with a theme would be even better, right?

And boy, those owners of the bed and breakfast seem so nice!

Maybe a murder house of sorts…

Or, I can just watch the show Castle Rock, and experience that bed and breakfast place for free!

Yes, I am talking about episode 8 of the artistry known as Castle Rock.

Last night’s journey was an interesting excursion, to say the least.

There actually was not a lot of that nuisance otherwise known as getting unstuck in time, but there was quite a bit of that nuisance otherwise known as murder by extremely violent, somewhat creative ways.

So join me in this week’s recap and review of episode 8, titled Past Perfect.

As always:

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Castle Rock: Episode 4 Recap and Review

Sometimes, you take that relaxing drive through the country.

Everything is going as planned and you drive along, enjoying the scenery.

But then, you take that left turn.

And you are no longer enjoying the scenery, per se.

You are no longer enjoying the scenery because it is not an idyllic countryside.

You happen upon a car accident, which you still look at, because it’s a car wreck, so your eyes are drawn to it.

But the tone of the drive has changed, due to that car accident.

It is still entertaining, but more in the way of your eyes stayed glued to the scene, as opposed watching the scenery go by.

This hypothetical car accident is a perfect analogy of what has happened to the show Castle Rock.

The first three episodes had the viewer on cruise, more or less.

Even though the show is creepy and mysterious (after all, it is part of the Stephen King universe), the viewer was somewhat comfortable and thought that he/she knew what to expect.

However, the fourth episode, titled The Box, changed all of that.

The show had its hypothetical (and really bloody and even tragic) car accident.

And now, we have to watch.  We can’t look away.

And I love it.

So join me in the recap and review of The Box.

And, as always:

 

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Castle Rock: Episode 2 Recap and Review

Occasionally, writers and film makers gift us with a fictional universe.

Actually, this practice is becoming more common.  Marvel has pretty well established theirs.  DC is right behind them, and well, we can give DC a participation trophy for trying.

Joss Whedon created one, when he created Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Kurt Sutter is on his way to creating one, as we had Sons of Anarchy, and we will have The Mayans this fall.

There is something neat in seeing that one or more books (or movies or television shows) are connected and share characters.

Sometimes, however, these works of fiction share more than just characters, as what happens in one book, movie or show has a direct affect on another work of fiction.  Marvel has spent years building up to this, in the form of Avengers: Infinity War.

Finally, we got Rocket Raccoon in the same movie as Iron Man!  How cool is that?!

However, The King (cough, cough) of a shared universe is…

None other than The Master himself!

Over forty years ago, it began with the publication of Carrie, King’s first novel.

It grew to include that crazy number one fan, that gang of meddling kids, a guy who enjoys time travel, and many, many other novels.

Most importantly, it includes that story of your friendly neighborhood gunslinger.  King himself has referred to his Dark Tower novels as the Jupiter of solar system, with several seemingly unrelated novels that have some sort of impact on our friendly neighborhood gunslinger and his quest.

And most recently, the Hulu TV series Castle Rock joins that universe.  Even though King may not have “officially” written this JJ Abrams creation himself, I will be damned if I can tell (well, other than checking the credits on the internet.)

Castle Rock takes place in what could probably be King’s most notorious fictional setting (other than the unnamed town known as Pennywise the Clown’s personal buffet.)

Needful Things, The Body, The Dark Half, The Dead Zone and several other stories take place in Castle Rock.

I am always up for a visit to Castle Rock.  In fact, it is one of my favorite King hangouts.

And so far, even though I have only watched two episodes, the show is reinforcing that feeling, making me feel like I am paying a  visit to an old friend, where we chat as though we have never been apart.

So join me this week for my recap and review of my visit!

As always:

 

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Castle Rock: Episode 1 Recap and Review

It is always such a treat when your favorite writer publishes a new book.

Me, I pace around, almost like an expectant father in the delivery room, anxiously waiting.

And via the magic of technology, the book appears on my Tablet the next day, ready for me to savor, whenever I am ready.

Now, of course, my favorite writer is Stephen King…Captain Obvious strikes again, right?

And we are still fortunate to be receiving the gifts of The Master’s books on a fairly regular basis.

This year we received The Outsider.  And Elevation will be published this fall.

All in all, not bad.

But when I heard that Hulu would release a TV series this year, set in the Stephen King universe and produced by JJ Abrams, my interest was piqued.

So we are, for all intents and purposes, getting a new Stephen King book, set in the same universe, with some familiar characters, as well as plenty of new characters.  This may not have King’s name on the by-line, but it is set in his expansive universe and has the feel of his books, but is not a book, but an anthology TV series instead…

Well, how can we go wrong with that?

And not only is it set in the King universe, but is titled Castle Rock, King’s other notorious town, the one that probably advertises that its main attraction is the fact that it is not inhabited by a trans-dimensional demon doing a poor impersonation of a clown.

Again, how is this a bad thing?

I have watched one episode of Castle Rock so far, and I can tell you that this is not a bad thing.  Far from it, in fact.

So, come with me to Castle Rock, where we break down and analyze the first episode, titled Severance.

And, as always:

 

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The Eclipse, Part 1: My Review of Gerald’s Game

When one thinks of horror, often one thinks of horror movies.

You have your classic horror movies, such as Friday the 13th, Halloween, Poltergeist, Nightmare on Elm Street, etc.

Or, for a little more modern fare, you can always watch films such as Horns, or Get Out.  Those are good for a fright as well.

These movies are fantastical in some ways.  We all know that someone cannot possibly be shot 23,889,209 times and still get up to chase sexually precocious teenagers and kill them in inventive ways (although that is a good way to burn that free 100 or so minutes you may have that day.  More if you watch the cut scenes on the “extras” menu.)

But often, real life can contain plenty of horror…

And no, I am not talking about the latest American Horror Story, aka the Drumpf presidency, although the survivors of the Bowling Green Massacre may not agree with me on that alternative fact!

But seriously, just turn on the news any given night, and tell me that man’s inhumanity to man is not the most horrific thing out there?

And there is one guy who understands this very well, and who has written some compelling literature on the subject, as a matter of fact…

You guessed it, we are talking about Stephen King!

*insert shocked look right about here*

King has been called The Master of Modern Horror (but you can call him The Master for short), and for good reason.

I mean, a killer clown that hunts kids?

Check!

A vampire that effectively turns a town into a ghost town that any sane person would want to avoid at all costs?

Check!

A rabid St. Bernard that makes you want to avoid car trouble at all costs?

Check!

An evil entity that haunts a town, and forces you to agree with the statement “Dead is better?”

Check and mate!

While most of the above horrors are not actually “real horrors,” one of King’s greatest strengths as a writer is his ability to include elements of realism in his writing.

The Shining is a prime example of this.  Most of us have at least seen the Kubrick adaptation, and quite a few of us have probably read the book as well.

So we associate The Shining the famous phrase “Redrum” (spell it backwards, for the uninitiated), along with a haunted hotel and a scary lady who is a permanent residence of a room with a famous number

There is also the matter of the guy in the dog costume…

Well, back to my point.

Which is that King can insert reality into his works.  The Shining is a great example of this, because it deals with alcoholism, unemployment, child abuse and the list goes on.

In other words, we can relate the above list, since we have all experienced at least one of those things in our lifetime.

And that is what makes the story so terrifying:  since we can relate to those topics, it is not that far out of left field that there may be a haunted hotel somewhere out there, where we avoid room 217 (or 237), along with the hedge animals and fire extinguishers, because if it can happen to the seemingly normal Torrance family, it sure can happen to us.

King writes about people.  These people may be placed into extraordinary situations, but they are still people, who could, at least theoretically, be any one of us.

And these people do not always fight supernatural monsters,  Often, humans are the monsters, and what a human can do to a fellow human is far worse than what a haunted hotel or even a rabid St. Bernard can do to us.

One of King’s books that deals with man’s inhumanity to man (or, more appropriately, woman) is Gerald’s Game.

Gerald’s Game contains hardly any elements of the supernatural, but it is still a frightening read.  The monsters in this book are human, so the scenario is one that is plausible for anyone.

So strap in (but don’t handcuff yourself), and get ready for the ride that is Gerald’s Game.

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