All Our Favorite Episodes, Moments, and Storylines on TV This Year
- Best Love Triangle: Till I Met You
Iris, Basti, and Ali's love triangle days feel like a lifetime ago, but we'll always remember how fresh and extraordinary it felt at the time. There was literally nothing like it on Philippine TV. The way it was handled, how their characters grew, and how they remained friends after everything was very tasteful and believable.
- Best Sibling Rivalry: Encantadia
Just when you think there's nowhere for Encantadia to go, it comes up with fresh new conflicts. The ever-changing rivalry (and alliances) among sisters Amihan, Danaya, Pirena, and Alena is one of the interesting core facets of the show that keeps viewers hooked.
- Best Comeback: Scream Queens
Specifically, Scream Queens' Taylor Lautner. Having Jacob Black on board meant seeing his beautiful face again on the reg and laughing at Twilight inside jokes and references.
- Be(a)st Season Premiere: The Walking Dead
The season seven premiere was arguably the goriest, bloodiest, most sickening episode in The Walking Dead history. We can’t think of it without flinching at the memory of Neegan gleefully murdering Glenn and Abraham. There was a line, and the show crossed that line, leaving a lot of fans to swear off it—a promise they didn’t break judging by the sharply declining ratings. The show has always bounced back, but it still makes us wonder: have we gone past peak Walking Dead?
- Most Heartwarming Plot Twist: This Is Us
On to happier matters: This Is Us has quickly become our new favorite family drama. With every episode, we find out more about the history and dynamics of the Pearson family, which are Rebecca and Jack and their "Big Three" kids, Kate, Kevin, and Randall. The first episode where it was revealed that we are actually watching two timelines, the parents' in 1979 and the kids' in present day, deserves a spot in the Plot Twist Hall of Fame. (Sorry if we spoiled you! But come on, you really have to start watching.)
- Best Use of Christmas Lights: Stranger Things
Thank you, Stranger Things, for the gift that is Joyce Byers speaking to her son who's stuck in another dimension through Christmas lights. Definitely made Christmas more interesting—every time we saw twinkling lights, we thought to ourselves (or shouted whenever socially acceptable), "Wiiiill? Is that you? Where are you???"
- Best New World: Westworld
Based on the 1973 film, Westworld captured our attention with its intriguing storyline about a Western-themed amusement park where the wealthy could do whatever they wanted with androids or “hosts” at their service. The layers of lies and deceit within and outside the park only add to the fun.
- Best Reunion: Game of Thrones
Good things don't always happen to the Stark kids, so when they finally do, the whole world rejoices—just watch the reaction compilation above! Jon and Sansa, both just having come back from the dead in their own ways, finally reunited this season for the most epic of hugs.
- Best Party: iZombie
For its season finale, iZombie threw one heck of a zombie rager. Clive joined Team Zombie, Rita feasted on her dad’s brain, Liv found out there are organized zombies building a new world. And Rob Thomas, the singer who shares the same name as the showrunner, also played himself! So meta.
- Best DTR: Descendants of the Sun
Between their cute hide and seek game and all the life-threatening crises they survived, it took a while for Si Jin and Mo Yeon to define their relationship. We died when Mo Yeon finally admitted her feelings for Si Jin on their way home on the back of a truck, as the sun set and the truck driver probably tried to give them some privacy. Heehee!
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5 Mystery-Thriller Novels to Read
If you’re stuck at home and out of Netflix shows to binge-watch, then you might want to try and read these mystery-thriller books to match your homemade Dalgona Coffee.
1. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
The debut novel, and Goodreads Choice Awards Best Mystery & Thriller of 2019, follows Alicia Berenson, a well-known painter married to an esteemed fashion photographer. Life seemed perfect for Alicia, until one evening when she shot her husband five times, and… never spoke again.
2. Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
From the author of Final Girls comes this page turning novel about an infamous building in Manhattan called the Bartholomew. After stumbling upon an ad to become an apartment sitter, Jules Larsen has set out to look after apartment 12A under strict and somewhat odd conditions. Not long after stepping foot in the building, Jules has been met with unfriendly tenants, eerie noises in the apartment unit, and an abrupt departure of a fellow sitter named Ingrid.
3. The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
If you loved Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho or David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, then this book is for you. After the disappearance of her Aunt Vivian while working as a night-shift clerk at the Sun Down Motel in 1982, Carly has set off to Fell NY, to work the same job at the same place as her Aunt had 35 years ago – with hopes of uncovering the truth lurking behind the Motel walls.
4. Verity by Colleen Hoover
While known for Young-Adult Novels such as Slammed and Maybe Someday, Colleen Hoover offers readers a romantic thriller about Lowen Ashleigh, a struggling author who was given the opportunity to finish the three remaining novels of a successful series after its original author, Verity Crawford, suffered an accident and has become immobile. After receiving an invite at the Crawford manor to sort through Verity’s notes, Lowen discovers an unpublished autobiography revealing the truth about Verity. With the eerie atmosphere of having Verity confined in her own home, and who is seemingly aware of her surroundings, Lowen is certain Verity is not what she appears to be.
5. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
A mind-bending science fiction thriller from the best-selling author of Wayward Pines – Dark Matter is packed with the concept of the Multiverse and the philosophy of existentialism. The novel follows an ordinary Physics professor, Jason Dessen, who was looking forward to dinner with his family while walking the streets of Chicago. The next thing he knew, he was being held at gunpoint – by a man wearing a mask – and injected with an unknown drug and blacks out. When he regains consciousness, he learns that the world he woke up to was different from the world he knew.
Here's a poem I wrote a while back reflecting on what it's like over-rationalize a simple thing like crushing on a dude -- hence, the title "Scientific Method"
You were a phenomenon I cannot wrap my head around
When I first met you, my heart forgot to make its signature sound
And it's overwhelming, your presence;
And underwhelming, so science will be the only language I'll hide in-- For now.
At first glance, I notice your top button unbuttoned,
and your shirt fully cotton
Complete with a smile as nervous as me
And a swagger in your step only I can see
Further on, I find your wit to be at a pace
That doesn't leave any space for tension to rise
and it's all too nice
And ridiculous and a bit too suspicious
That this isn't another (well,) circus.
Now, let's take a wild guess,
Oh, but it has to be smart, yes,
That this could lead to something with potential
That this isn't another differential easily solved
With a formula, tried and tested but never evolved
For so long, we've both been independent of any dependent
Keeping our variables fixed and ourselves distracted
With anything, everything,
But not a single thing
Could stop me from pushing this blindly to find its threshold,
Hoping that it's a quantity my hands could still hold
Over hours, days, and weeks
Through minor revisions and tweaks
Then comes the analysis -- that these weren't accidents
So, now I find myself in a conundrum
With the anomaly in a blue shirt right in front of me,
That this had to be processed logically,
But the findings are as follows:
None of which were shallow, so I therefore conclude that it's true,
I therefore conclude that it's you.
Mi Luna: The Light in My Dark Soul Locked in… Alone…
Why do I feel comforted by darkness? Oh cause maybe because… I am a jolly and very enthusiast kid back then. All I know is to have fun, laugh and play. But as I grow older, everything has changed, a lot. I can feel the changes. I know the more I get older, I’m turning to something I’m not. You know what, I just realized I like it even more. And that’s how I turned a monster. A monster to my own self. Always questioning life and even God about the things that are happening with my life. “Do I deserve this?”. Every day was a struggle. “Which mask should I wear now?”. And every night is my judgement time. “Should I still continue with my miserable life?”. This certainly sum up my whole life. I have this mindset since I was young. I can say that my experiences made me like this. I always want to escape, but every time I tried to pick up myself up, there is always shits that pulls me down. And there, I get tired. Hoping that no one would ever see this. As I despise myself as well. What I can do now is to just embraced everything, I just embraced darkness- reflecting my own self.
“Look at the moon, it can shine alone and it can give us light at night.” A line I was keeping in my mind that a friend of mine helps me realize things and been there to fix my path. And there I started seeking for my moon but I do not know which part should I start. As days passed, I started to open up myself. I started to act as what truly inside me. It is very hard at first and there is this time that even the situation got worst. But as I continue exploring with my life, a question pop out on my head “Why did I still get this far?”, I can say that maybe I should do this, maybe I really can do this but it is myself who is holding me back because I’m afraid.
Now as far as I am trying to revive my soul, there I know that many people care. Yes, I learned to open up but not to all, on different situations there are people who can understand me because they have the same situation as I am. I learn to open up as long as they did not force me. I learned to navigate and open up for whom I trusted and at the same time when I am ready. The light that I am seeking is my own understanding and acceptance about myself. My light is myself and I am Mi Luna. So it is not too late to save myself. I have thought that, I should be a survivor and winner. That I should also be the ruler of my own mind and soul. Eliminate the room for darkness and let the light shine through you, that I can say how I earned myself again. Mi Luna’s darkness have turned to spotlight.
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