Beauty and the Beast’s final season premieres Sunday

It’s bittersweet here at Showcase as the final season of Beauty and the Beast gets underway Sunday at 8.

Longtime fans of Cat and Vincent can rest easy knowing the episode starts with our favourite couple in a happy place. Before too long, of course, their peace is disturbed.

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Join us Sunday at 8 to celebrate the final season! And watch a preview now.

The Path: A Room of One’s Own

There’s only one episode left in The Path’s first season and so far, no Meyerist is happy. Eddie and Sarah’s relationship continued to deteriorate; the Mary, Sean, Betsy triangle reached a boiling point; Cal interfered in Hawk and Ashley’s relationship; and life seemed to get much worse for Alison after reading Jason’s journal. It’ll be interesting to see what the finale has in store for us! But until then, the recap.

the-path-blog-109Cal went to Peru to see a still-unconscious Steve and made a makeshift confession. Cal stressed what he’d done (and didn’t go into detail) and would do next were to keep the movement alive, something Steve had only trusted him to do, apparently. Cal even made references to trying to be a good “son.” Father issues big time, for Cal. Upon his return, Sarah lashed out at him for keeping Eddie’s doubts a secret. Cal tried to explain he’d only found out recently while he attempted to physically reconnect with her, but she was too angry and agitated to reciprocate. But ever-cunning Cal further manipulated his interests by telling Sarah that Steve completed the last three rungs of the Ladder and he wanted Sarah and Cal to shape the future of the movement together. How convenient.

Sarah met with Alison and while she didn’t want to reveal what she knew about Eddie, Sarah offered Jason’s journal she’d found in his file at the compound. Alison was surprised as she hadn’t known about it and confessed that Eddie had doubts about the movement. She appealed to Sarah that it didn’t matter because Eddie loved Sarah and he’d been on the walk and drank the horrible green juice for her, surely that had to mean something! But Sarah’s expression was dark and stoic. She shoved the journal at Alison and left without a word. While we don’t know what the contents of the journal were, it left Alison emotionally distraught. Enough to be tearing out the pages with tears streaming down her face then fill her coat pockets with rocks before walking out onto the lake while ice cracked under foot. Perhaps Sarah shouldn’t have given her the journal?

When Eddie and Hawk returned from the walk, they were greeted warmly by their fellow Meyerists. Sarah approached her husband and whispered gently in his ear that she knew about Alison. At home, the couple argued about the movement. Eddie still believed in the work they did but claimed the rest was fairy tales. Sarah spat back that those beliefs were everything in her soul and claimed Eddie didn’t know her. Later that night, Eddie (now demoted to the couch) saw his wife in the kitchen and after a tense exchange they ended up having sex on the kitchen floor. These two always seem to have sex when they’re fighting, I just don’t get it. But that sort of temporary reconciliation didn’t last long. At the dinner table the next day Hawk revealed he was leaving to be with Ashley. Sarah turned ice cold and told her son if he left he would never see her or his sister again. When Hawk fumbled to explain Eddie said it would all be ok, Sarah deadpanned that he was wrong. So Sarah let him go, letting him face being homeless lest he stay with them and not believe. If we’re to believe these Eddie and Sarah have been married for at least 15 years (as Hawk is currently 15 years old) I find it hard to believe that Eddie would be surprised by Sarah’s response and even harder to understand his actions next.

Eddie appealed to Sarah’s parents to help him. He told them (assumedly) everything, about his doubts and his concerns about Hawk. These people cut off their own daughter 20 years ago without looking back. I don’t know how Eddie thought he’d find understanding there. While Hank wanted to help their son-in-law, Sarah’s mother insisted he was too far-gone and basically called him a coward. Ice queens seem to run in the family. As he left their home, it seemed to dawn on Eddie just how alone he was.

Meanwhile, Cal was busy attempting to secure the future and expansion of the movement by meeting John Ridge at a high-end sex club. Despite Cal’s serious beatdown at the hand of John’s hired thug, they buried the hatchet for mutual benefit. Freddie had beaten his addiction and was doing better than ever, and Cal needed John’s help. He wanted John to invest the movement’s money in tax shelters and offshore accounts, ensuring they could expand globally. John seemed intrigued and agreed to help, but I don’t know that I would trust someone who had previously beaten me up – perhaps a desperate move by Cal or perhaps he has something up his sleeve if John double crosses him, with Cal you never know.

After calling Silas and leaving another message about needing counsel, Sarah’s cold resolve crumbled when she showed up on Cal’s doorstep. He started to kiss and put the moves on her, but she began to cry and asked for help with her son. Quick to give her anything she wanted Cal drove up to Ashley outside of school and asked her to come with him. At first I worried he might hurt her, but instead he offered her family a temporary home for 18 months while another member was out of the country. Of course, the catch was she had to tell Hawk it was over. At first Ashley was wise to his ruse but when Cal appealed to her having lost her father and pointed out all the family Hawk would lose to be with her, Ashley broke it off. When Hawk tearfully told Eddie what happened and explained the words she’d used that didn’t make sense, Eddie realized Cal was responsible. He confronted his wife and Cal in front of the other high-ranking members of the movement. Sarah said breaking Hawk’s heart was for the best, putting back up that ice shield while Eddie punched Cal.

Perhaps the most surprising thing to happen during this episode though, was Alison (who didn’t fall through the ice as it appeared!) returned to the gates of the compound and was let back inside. What did the journal say?! Why on earth would she ever go back? In the outside world, Abe apologized to his boss for his previous behaviour and made one last attempt to be put back on the case. Instead he was forced to accept two-week leave while he awaited his daughter’s surgery or be suspended. When Eddie called to check up on him because “Sam” hadn’t been heard from in a while, Abe lashed out at him and the movement and how they take advantage of people. Eddie told him to forget the light and the movement but urged him not to give up on his kid. I keep waiting for Eddie and Abe to start working together to bring down Meyerism, maybe that’s something Season 2 will explore? It’d be nice to see some worthy adversaries against Cal. Abe’s co-worker brought Jason Kemp’s coroner report to the house because it didn’t make sense that Jason had burned hands from falling off a mountain. Hopefully Abe will continue to investigate off the books.

Mary finally confessed to Sean that she was using again and asked for his help flushing her stash and going cold turkey. He wanted to seek medical help, but she refused. While she contended with withdrawal symptoms the next day, Sean couldn’t help but notice Betsy’s constant stinkeye towards them. Despite Mary’s pleas not to say anything, Sean confronted her. When pressed, Betsy bluntly stated Mary had sex with her (but used a different, angrier word). She lashed out that Mary was a junkie and a liar prompting, Mary to punch and attack her. In Cal’s office later, he confronted the group and counseled them. Betsy was feeling hurt, Sean was quiet and withdrawn and Mary was worried. Cal suggested counseling for Betsy and that if Mary could get help that maybe Sean and Mary could find support through marriage – what the what? Mary told Sean this was something she wanted, but he didn’t respond. How could that altercation result in the suggestion of marriage? Is he just trying to get Mary out of his hair for good?

What will happen to Eddie now that his doubts have been revealed and he punched Cal? Will Ashley maintain her breakup with Hawk? Is there any chance left for Mary and Eddie now? Why did Alison return? Can Eddie help her? Will Abe and Eddie form an alliance of sorts? What do you think will happen in the season finale next week?

The Path: the Shore

Boy did I pick the wrong week to go on vacation! Last week’s episode ramped things up! Mary manipulated Betsy’s romantic interest in to gain access to drugs, Cal caught Eddie and Alison together, Hawk continued his sex marathon with Ashley, and Sarah stepped up as an inspiring leader to the movement while Cal was occupied – occupied doing what? Killing Silas! If nothing else, episode 7 taught us it’s never ok to call the leader of a cult an “alcoholic salesman” while he’s holding a half broken vase.

Now that we’ve caught up on the major points of the last week’s episode, let’s talk about this week. Cal fell off the wagon, and with good reason, as I doubt by his reaction he’d ever killed anyone before. Nevertheless, he cleaned himself up, wrapped Silas in a blanket and hauled his body into one of the tiny compact cars the Meyerists are so fond of. Cal took a huge risk and drove passed the protestors, police and media that were outside the gates monitoring their involvement in the Honduran immigrant situation. But he did encounter someone along the way: Mary’s father. Who asked in all his classy glory how much Cal was going to pay him for his daughter. Despite my issues with Cal, I have to admit I loved his response: “The next time I see you, I finish the job.” So badass and given his recent murderous tendencies he might do just that. In the woods Cal dragged Silas’s body with much difficulty (which I appreciated, in other shows they make it seem so easy!) to the convenient hole Eddie dug a few episodes back. However, on his way Cal left drag marks and if it doesn’t snow in New York soon, someone’s going to stumble upon what he did.

After he cleaned himself up a second time, Cal went to DC and asked Sean to return to the compound. Then went to Sarah’s house and asked for help. I’m not sure how Cal drove around and accomplished all he did with so much alcohol in his system, but perhaps that could be attributed to adrenaline. Nevertheless, Cal stayed with Sarah and Summer while Hawk and Eddie were still off doing the walk. He shook and retched through the night much to Summer’s dismay but Sarah took a tender approach to him as always.

Bill and Felicia returned last episode when they’d heard that Cal took in the Honduran immigrants, which they felt was a mistake as it had drawn unwanted attention to their doorstep. While Sarah had initially been against Evelyn and her children staying she realized Cal made the right decision and spoke passionately about it to the movement who sided with her. Back to this week, Felicia spoke to Sarah about possible changes in leadership forthcoming and made her distrust of Cal apparent once more. Does anyone trust the guy they let control basically everything? Felicia implored Sarah to look past her special relationship with Cal and suggested she might take on a leader role in the future. Sarah said she would, but little did Felicia know, later in that episode Cal and Sarah would be making out! Cal really can multi-task.

Normally members of the movement don’t take the walk in the middle of winter, but Cal insisted Eddie go lest he tell Sarah about Alison. When Sarah questioned why Cal wanted Eddie to go, Eddie claimed it was part of the truths unveiled between him and Cal during the 7R training. After being semi-dumped by Ashley because her mother disapproved of the movement and she re-located to the YWCA, Hawk felt lost all over again. He pleaded with Eddie to accompany him on the walk. Their walk began at an Army base in Maryland, where Stephen Meyer was a solider but left it behind and discovered spiritual enlightenment.

While Eddie and Hawk walked, they spoke about Eddie’s past and when he joined the movement. Eddie admitted he never had the “aha” moment with his beliefs that others had but he believed in the power of Sarah. I thought he might admit the doubts he was having to his son, but Eddie stuck with the Miranda Frank story when Hawk pressed about it. Their journey took them off course to Brighton Beach, a place where Eddie spent happy times with his brother. Eddie had visions of him there. It seemed to me that both father and son were discovering the outside world wasn’t so bad. For Hawk, it was a world he’d never known and for Eddie it was one he’d forced himself to forget after losing his brother. Eddie seemed to hide his pain behind belief, but never really dealt with his feelings within. Hawk confessed he loved Ashley, despite their age and he now felt lost. Eddie found a payphone and encouraged him to call her, to follow his heart despite what it might mean for the movement because Ashley wasn’t a believer. While we didn’t hear much of their conversation, Hawk did say, “I miss you too,” which means we likely haven’t seen the last of Ashley.

Sarah had some disturbing dreams about her children getting hit by a truck, but upon impact they turned into a strange medusa-like figure which resembled one of late Silas’ clay idols of Pachamama, the Incan earth goddess. The very same idol that appeared on Sarah’s desk right after Cal killed Silas. Did Silas leave it there? Is anyone going to start to wonder where he is? I assumed Silas left it for Sarah, but maybe not?

Sarah discussed the dream with her mother while they waited for Nicole, who was in labour, to give birth in her living room. Sarah’s mom wondered if the dream symbolized that Sarah was holding back from taking on a leadership role (which seemed to be what everyone was saying this episode, so it must be true). Once Nicole snapped their attention back to her with a few choice swear words, they helped deliver the baby. Cal had arrived a few minutes earlier and looked on as the cord was wrapped around the baby’s neck. Sarah quickly revived the newborn with CPR. Afterwards while washing up, Cal professed his awe of her and the two began to really go at it – who knew child delivery could be so sexy? When Sarah came to her senses and pulled away, Cal admitted he had something to tell her. I really thought he might come clean about what he did to Silas, but that was not the case. Cal simply tattled on Eddie about lying to Sarah. She seemed to know deep down this was the case and Cal’s words confirmed it. Sarah started searching through Eddie’s things and found his burner cell in the glovebox of his car. I predict in the next episode she calls up Alison for some answers.

The compound was declared a protective space, keeping the immigrants safe. The outside attention seemed to subside and the movement drew applause for Sarah and her efforts. Meanwhile, Sean returned to a desperately happy Mary who tried to flush her stash upon her boyfriend’s return but couldn’t do it – she’s officially using again. But what will she do when her stash runs out if Betsy finds out she’s back with Sean? Or will Mary continue to sleep with both people in order to get what she thinks she wants?

Off base, Abe and his wife were invited to dinner with his boss and was told the Meyerist case was being handed off to Homeland Security after all the media attention around the immigrant situation. Abe was angry that politics were getting involved and likely nothing would happen to the Meyerists, whom he believed killed Steven Kemp, and stormed out. Perhaps he’ll continue to investigate off the books? But will he still have a job?

Only two episodes left of the season! What will Sarah do when she finds out about Eddie? Will his faith ever be restored? Or will the walk only indicate to him that he doesn’t belong with the movement? Will Hawk choose Ashley and leave the movement as well? Will Cal be able to win over Sarah before he unravels completely? What did you think of “The Shore?”

Mr. Robot Season Two Premieres July 13th on Showcase

Democracy has been hacked and privacy has been deleted. From Universal Cable Productions, the Golden Globe and Peabody Award-Winning series Mr. Robot returns to Showcase with its highly anticipated second season premiering day and date with USA Network on Wednesday, July 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. All 10 episodes from the new season will be available to watch online the next day at showcase.ca. Mr. Robot follows Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek), a young cyber-security engineer who becomes involved in the underground hacker group fsociety, after being recruited by their mysterious leader (Christian Slater). Following the events of fsociety’s 5/9 hack on multi-national company Evil Corp, the second 10-episode season will explore the consequences of that attack as well as the illusion of control. Mr. Robot stars Golden Globe Award and SAG® Award Nominee Malek (The Pacific), Golden Globe Award Winner Slater (Nymphomaniac), Portia Doubleday (Her), Carly Chaikin (Suburgatory), Martin Wallström(Simple Simon), Grace Gummer (Extant), Michael Cristofer(Ray Donovan), and Stephanie Corneliussen (Legends of Tomorrow). Series creator Sam Esmail(Comet) will direct all 10 episodes of the new season. Grace Gummer will play Dominique “Dom” DiPierro, a young federal agent investigating the hack. New recurring guest stars include Craig Robinson (The Office) as Ray, a neighbourhood local who reaches out to Elliot in his time of need; rapper Joey Bada$$ as Leon, a new friend of Elliot’s who philosophizes on the meaning of life; and Chris Conroy (Members Only) as Derek, the young and attractive new man in Joanna Wellick’s (Stephanie Corneliussen) life. Also joining as recurring guest stars are: Sandrine Holt(Fear The Walking Dead), Michael Maize (National Treasure: Book of Secrets), Dorothi Fox (Run All Night), and Luke Robertson (The Americans). Returning cast members include BD Wong (Law & Order: SVU), Gloria Reuben (Saints & Sinners), Michael Drayer (Vinyl), Michel Gill (House of Cards), Ron Cephas Jones (The Blacklist), Sunita Mani (5 Stages), Azhar Khan (Veep), and Ben Rappaport(The Good Wife). The drama hails from writer and executive producer Esmail as well as Anonymous Content executive producers Steve Golin (True Detective) and Chad Hamilton (Breakup at a Wedding). Mr. Robot is produced by Universal Cable Productions. Season one of Mr. Robot is currently streaming on shomi.

The Path: Breaking & Entering

Tensions ran high in the Meyerist community this week, as Eddie and Sarah continued to disagree about their son, while Hawk grew closer to Ashley. Despite previous disagreements, Cal and Sarah’s bond seemed to be growing stronger while Sean began to see the strange nature of Cal and Mary’s relationship. Let’s recap!

While Cal received care after last week’s beating, Sarah came to see him. She felt responsible, but he assured her otherwise. Cal took her hand and they shared a loaded moment between them. Much later, Cal was back to business, on his way to see a “denier” and Eddie offered to go along. When Eddie questioned their expedition, Cal explained that “the higher you climb, the more the movement asks of you,” which seemed quite ominous. They went to a cheap motel room and Cal started rummaging through the contents. Eddie found Alison hiding as best she could next to a chair on the balcony and covered for her. When he questioned what they were doing there Cal justified the search based on the face Alison had stolen forty thousand dollars from the movement. A little fact she’d previously neglected to mention.

Meanwhile at Ashley’s house defying his parents once more, Ashley and Hawk made out. When she offered to remove her shirt, he became hesitant to take things further. Ashley told him she wanted Hawk to come clean to his parents and make things “real” between them. But their conversation was interrupted by the cops knocking on the door. They forced Ashley’s family to evacuate because Ashley’s mother, Meg, hadn’t been able to pay the mortgage. Hawk brought Ashley’s family to the compound, he found Sarah praying in the chapel and asked for her help to support them. He also awkwardly asked Sarah to be low key about the movement, which Sarah didn’t love.

Abe and his wife treated their daughter’s condition with a breathing machine. They were trying medication before pursuing the surgical option. Abe had faith their daughter would improve because he “saw the light.” I couldn’t tell if he was being serious or not, maybe he’s starting to really believe? When his wife asked if he was using their baby’s health to get in with the cult, Abe lied and said no.

At the Lane house, Sarah and Ashley’s mother, Meg had a hard time adjusting to each other. Things got more awkward as Hank smoked sacred herb before dinner and cousin Joy acted all judgey and superior around Ashley’s family. Apparently the machine they all keep attaching to their heads is for electro stimulation – for their immune system – sure, that makes sense. Sarah’s brother had been helping to track down Alison, but she hadn’t returned to her hotel room. He questioned why Alison would stay only 2 miles away from the movement and Cal believed she wanted help. He was right in a way, but not the kind of help Cal would be offering.

Later that night, Cal went to see Mary but interrupted her with Sean. Despite the way he acted towards her last week, Mary seemed eager as ever to please him. Cal claimed he came to see Sean and offered him a job heading up a Meyerist office in Delaware. Sean was caught off guard, but reluctantly agreed. Later, when he was packing to go, Mary offered to go with him. Sean was angry because he suspected something was going on between Cal and Mary and that was part of the reason he was being sent away. (I’m inclined to agree). When Mary was dismissive about what had happened between her and Cal previously. She told him when she looked into the light she saw Sean, but he was having none of it and stormed away, leaving her behind.

Eddie told Sarah about the hotel rummaging, despite Cal asking him to keep it between them. He wondered if Cal would ever hurt anyone but Sarah said no but she questioned Cal later about his methods. Cal tried to rationalize it based on the forty thousand dollars they lost, but Sarah was quick to dismiss it, telling him “her husband killed himself, screw the money.” Later, Sarah went to see her mother for the key to the “denier” filing cabinet. Where they apparently keep all relevant information, addresses, etc on deniers. Because that’s not creepy. When Sarah pulled Alison’s file, she also discreetly took her sister Tessa’s file with her. Despite being gone from the movement for 20 years, they still knew where she was. Sarah parked out front of her house and saw Tessa leave for the day with her 2 young kids. I’m not really sure how she was able to just walk in Tessa’s front door afterwards, I guess Tessa forgot to lock it? But Sarah wandered through the house: looking at the family photos, in their fridge, used their bathroom, put on some of Tessa’s lipstick, but became displeased when she saw how many pill bottles were prescribed to Tessa in their medicine cabinet.

Eddie met with Alison and she thanked him for not ratting her out to Cal. She admitted to stealing the money, it was left in their account after Jason died so she used it. Eddie asked Alison if the Meyerists were good people doing good things for this world? Alison wasn’t sure, but she said she knew that Jason had been good. Eddie admitted he was trying, but hadn’t been able to shake his doubts. When Eddie told her to get out of town (that seems to be the universal message for Alison) she explained she couldn’t leave because she brought Jason into the community and was responsible for what happened to him.

Abe went to Jason’s parent’s house and spoke to them about their son. They’d lost their son when he joined the movement, they were considered IS – Ignorant Systemites. He wouldn’t speak to them, until he called a month before his death and asked for a doctor’s phone number. His father had hope that Jason was getting out, not wanting to push too hard, but a month later he was dead. Abe called the doctor that Jason had been looking for and found out he was interested in a drug used in a clinical trial for patients with 4th stage pancreatic cancer. He didn’t say who he wanted the drug for, but the doctor made clear it would cost a lot of money for Jason to get.

Eddie told Cal that he wouldn’t do what they did at the motel room again, and surprisingly Cal agreed. Cal admitted that since he was new to leadership he would make mistakes sometimes. When Sarah returned home from her breaking and entering of her estranged sister’s home, she lied to Eddie and claimed she was held up at work. However, upon her return Sarah was more aggressive than ever about Hawk’s recent behaviour and didn’t listen to Eddie when he attempted to calm her.

Meg told her story about their financial misfortune and her husband’s drunk driving at the Lane family dinner table. Sarah got up on her soap box a little bit when she told Meg that alcoholism is a “systemites disease.” When Meg explained she wasn’t very religious, Sarah curtly replied “that’s why you’re alone now.” Pretty intense words at the dinner table to the lady with the dead husband. The next day, Ashley and her family joined the Lane’s at chapel. During Cal’s sermon he discussed living forever in the garden, for those who chose shadows would be lost to flood and fire. This was particularly upsetting to Ashley, who walked out abruptly. Hawk went after her and Sarah was prevented from following them by Eddie. Ashley told Hawk how much she hated organized religion, and while Hawk said they weren’t a religion, he admitted didn’t know what was real anymore. When Ashley insisted that he was real to her, they took their passion into one of the Meyerist vans to suddenly have sexy time.

At the posts-chapel gathering, Sarah’s sister in law Nicole, told Meg she found her a job at her dentist’s office. Meg was pleased, but does the job offer still stand if they don’t convert to the movement? Sam (Abe) asked Eddie how long Steven had been away writing the last three rungs of the ladder, Eddie seemed to realize it had been a while which seemed to raise his suspicions. Eddie looked on at Sarah and Cal together and was reminded of his vision, then left the gathering and Sam behind.

Have Eddie’s doubts grown further? What will Sarah and Eddie do when/if they find out Hawk had sex with Ashley? Will Tessa somehow discover Sarah had been in her home? What was Jason really doing for the Meyerist movement? Will Alison get justice for her husband? Will Eddie’ vision of Sarah and Cal come true? What did you think of this week’s episode of the Path?