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Perpetual Grace, LTD -Season 1 Episode 3 - "Felipe G. Usted. Almost First Mexican on the Moon. Part 1" - Pictured: Sir Ben Kingsley as 'Pa' Pastor Byron Brown - Photo Credit: Lewis Jacobs / EPIX Perpetual Grace, LTD -Season 1 Episode 3 - "Felipe G. Usted. Almost First Mexican on the Moon. Part 1" - Pictured: Sir Ben Kingsley as 'Pa' Pastor Byron Brown - Photo Credit: Lewis Jacobs / EPIX

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Perpetual Grace, LTD 103 recap: Sir Ben Kingsley’s defining Pa moment

Photo Credit: Lewis Jacobs / EPIX

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Sir Ben Kingsley’s ‘Pa’ had a character defining moment straight out of the Saw horror film handbook on tonight’s Perpetual Grace, LTD.

The following recap contains spoilers for Perpetual Grace, LTD Season 1 Episode 3.

Sir Ben Kingsley’s Pa cut off his own thumb, Saw style, on tonight’s Perpetual Grace, LTD to escape Hector’s custody… And that was just the opening of the episode! When Pa was speaking about ‘getting the rhythm,’ he clearly wasn’t playing around. Pa was already in the ice cream truck/van driving off with a mysterious makeshift bandage on his hand. It seemed par the course that he might hurt himself while using the metal tab to release his handcuff lock… Except he didn’t try simply patiently waiting until the cuffs would open, he utilized it to slice off his own thumb instead!

The revelation would be made known to viewers when Hector Contreras awoke and discovered Pa escaped, leaving behind blood on his cuffs dripping into his beer can. Hector poured the blood soaked beer out of the can to find Pa’s thumb floating out of it. Pa’s nothing short of a complete badass of a character if there ever was one. Afterwards, all bets were off on Pa’s ensuing plan.

Perpetual Grace, LTD -Season 1 Episode 3 - "Felipe G. Usted. Almost First Mexican on the Moon. Part 1"  - Pictured: Luis Guzmán as Hector Contreras - Photo Credit: Lewis Jacobs / EPIX

Perpetual Grace, LTD -Season 1 Episode 3 – “Felipe G. Usted. Almost First Mexican on the Moon. Part 1” – Pictured: Luis Guzmán as Hector Contreras – Photo Credit: Lewis Jacobs / EPIX

It seemed logical Pa would go back to rescue his wife in Monterrey but instead he found Hector’s wallet in the van. Inside were photos of his family and the location of Hermosillo. At a crossroads, Pa would make a decisive seemingly impulsive decision to head on over to Hermosillo instead.

Sir Ben Kingsley’s Pa is not to be trifled with

At the conclusion of tonight’s episode, the ever increasingly unpredictable Pa would find Hector’s sons before the credits. It appears Pa has some trouble of his own as he made a call asking someone to wait, that he’ll have the money soon, only to be rebuked.

Meanwhile, Ma/Lillian would feign health troubles to get out of exercising with the rest of the prisoners. It appears she’s setting up her escape. Pa and Ma are definitely not just the ‘old couple’ Paul Allen Brown would have James believe would be easy to dupe.

In fact, at one point in the episode Paul admitted to James he essentially knew it would take 90 days for the money to transfer. That he was just ’rounding’ a number to get that 14 days figure. Despite, the soft white lies piling up, James decided to go all in by getting a rattlesnake bite anyway. James describing ‘having just two beers than going for eight’ deciding that tomorrow will be the day he’ll finally be ‘pure.’

Perpetual Grace, LTD -Season 1 Episode 3 - "Felipe G. Usted. Almost First Mexican on the Moon. Part 1" - Pictured: Jimmi Simpson as James and Damon Herriman as Paul Allen Brown  - Photo Credit: Lewis Jacobs / EPIX

Perpetual Grace, LTD – Season 1 Episode 3 – “Felipe G. Usted. Almost First Mexican on the Moon. Part 1” – Pictured: Jimmi Simpson as James and Damon Herriman as Paul Allen Brown – Photo Credit: Lewis Jacobs / EPIX

90 minutes for James’ anti-venom or ankle bracelet doesn’t matter

James would have just 90 minutes to get the anti-venom in some kind of subtle comedic irony of not getting the $2 million dollars in 90 days. Stopping him from heading to the hospital however, was Uncle Dave. A man once jailed for a crime he didn’t actually commit, and now forced to live out his life in halfway houses and tell everyone that he’s a registered… Well, you get the drift.

Uncle Dave happens to be the only man in town who actually knows what Paul Allen Brown looks like, and as it turned out Paul had been speaking with him. Dave would show up without notice at the Brown household looking to speak to Paul while James searched for an Insurance ID. James’ time to get the anti-venom would wind down and during a phone call with Paul, he’d be told to call the police on the uncle. James seeing no way out did it, although very hesitant since the uncle just wanted to check up on his sister Lillian ‘Ma.

New Leaf would confront James in the emergency room, promising to take him out the moment his parents passed. Blaming ‘Paul Allen Brown’ for losing his parents’ life savings. James would tell him that’s messed up and promised to get the money back if he just helped him escape. He convinced New Leaf that it was Pa that was responsible. Thus James escaped, sans ankle bracelet! He and Glenn would go on an impromptu mission, with Glenn appointed to go to Mexico to give Hector his $2,000.

Hector Contreras’ bargain more complicated by the minute

However, things have gotten way more complicated south of the border. Hector gave the name of a Ramirez being in an ice cream truck going to Monterrey in order to stop Pa. However, since Pa headed over to Hermosillo, a different, innocent ice cream truck was taken out. Potentially, triggering a war if the people inside were made people rather than just simple ice cream sellers. Either way, Hector is now indirectly responsible for the mayhem.

Hector told James to find Felipe, an astronaut hopeful, hence the episode title, “Felipe G. Usted. Almost First Mexican on the Moon. Part 1” in Houston. Felipe ominously states at the episode’s intro that Hector messed his life up, it looks like his dreams will spiral. Despite, being on the top of his game in every stress test. At least for James, ‘Walker, Texas Ranger’ doesn’t know where he is for now…

One thing’s for certain, no one’s forgetting how Sir Ben Kingsley’s Pa escaped tonight anytime soon!

Check out a review and recap of last week’s Perpetual Grace, LTD episode “Orphan Comb Death Fight” to catch up on the series!

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Perpetual Grace, LTD co-creator Steven Conrad to do Reddit AMA‏ tonight

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Steven Conrad's (co-creator) Perpetual Grace, LTD - Pictured from left to right: Sir Ben Kingsley as 'Pa' Pastor Byron Brown and Jimmi Simpson as James - Photo Credit: Lewis Jacobs / EPIX
Photo Credit: Lewis Jacobs / EPIX

Perpetual Grace, LTD co-creator Steven Conrad will do a Reddit Ask Me Anything‏ tonight at 8 pm ET / 5 pm PST in r/IAMA.

After the doozy of a cliffhanger funeral in EPIX’ Perpetual Grace, LTD Season 1 finale, co-creator Steven Conrad will be fielding a lot of questions. Director/Writer Steven Conrad announced on Twitter last Friday that he would be doing an AMA on Wednesday, August 14 at 5 pm PST / 8 pm ET. Outside of Perpetual Grace, LTD, Steven Conrad will likely be asked if there’s a future for Patriot on another platform. Amazon confirmed in late July during a TCA press tour that they have no plans to pursue a third season of Patriot. Might EPIX pick it up?

Will there be a second season of Perpetual Grace, LTD? Star Jimmi Simpson certainly hopes so according to a New York Post interview. Would legend Sir Ben Kingsley even be available presumably for a second season? If he is to return in his current co-leading role and not for a cameo a decision by EPIX will likely have to arrive quick. Would Luis Guzmán similarly return for a second season? Was the bullet to the chest by Pa a way to write him off the series? Is Sheriff Hector Contreras truly done for? All excellent questions for Steven Conrad! Hint, hint…

Perpetual Grace, LTD certainly took a bold leap by ending Season 1 with James about to give a eulogy… Especially, after Walker’s realization he’d been played as well as Pa and Ma driving back home with haste. Should a second season never commence, the whole series will be left up in the air. A creative move that takes guts and faith in your craft. Perhaps, Steven Conrad has already been told by EPIX that Season 2 is practically a done deal? Will there be an announcement tonight?

Reddit user Ultragrrrl got fans hyped about Steven Conrad’s upcoming AMA tonight with great response. Reddit Patriot fans were similarly excited for Steven Conrad’s AMA.

New to Perpetual Grace, LTD? It’s not too late to catch up! Check out our review/recap of the Perpetual Grace, LTD Series Premiere and a recap and review of Perpetual Grace, LTD Episode 2. You’ll be up to speed on EPIX’ breakout show in no time!

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Pennyworth series premiere review and recap: British action done right

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Pennyworth series premiere - Season 1 Episode 1 "Pilot" - Pictured: Jack Bannon as Alfred Pennyworth - Photo Credit: Alex Bailey / Nick Wall / EPIX
Photo Credit: Alex Bailey / Nick Wall / EPIX

EPIX’ Pennyworth series premiere brandished a sharp Alfred Pennyworth with intriguing possibilities, adversaries, and immersive, picturesque British scenery.

This review and recap contains spoilers for Pennyworth Season 1 Episode 1.

Pennyworth’s remarkable sky-high production values and film-like execution told Alfred’s story with all the glitz and glamour you’d expect for Batman’s iconic butler. Alfred called Esmé’s accent posh but it was the sensational British presentation, fashion and decor of the premiere that sold the meaning of the word. Though we’ve seen Alfred step out of Wayne Manor before and more than an inkling of his capabilities, young Alfred is a whole new ball game. Even relatively minor details like Esmé referring to him as ‘Alfie’ showcases a new side of Alfred. Any true Batman fan will enjoy the “Pilot” episode for the Thomas Wayne / Alfred interactions alone.

Most telling was the animosity between Alfred and his father toward the Butler profession. The rift in question was Alfred wanting to be his own man. In response, his father proclaimed, ‘Nobody is their own man.’ The verbal joust was ominous, as we all know, Alfred ends up a butler… Adding a nihilistic, predetermined outlook on life. Raising the question, if we have any agency in life at all? Despite Alfred’s grand security business aspirations and rising to the occasion all episode… We know he’ll eventually follow in his father’s footsteps. Dark and foreboding as all Batman lore should be.

Pennyworth’s inaugural debut started with the introduction of the mysterious Bet Sykes taking a Duke hostage to be tortured. As a member of the Governor’s endorsed Raven Society, bent on bringing Britain back from ‘weak-willed men,’ Sykes did the dirty ‘ugly’ work. Work ‘presumably’ that needed to be done for the country’s own good. It would set the tone for an action filled episode debating the very ethos of the Queen and what it means to be English. We soon met a still bouncer/doorman Alfred disposing of some bad guys to assist an unknown Thomas Wayne with his drunk sister.

Meeting Thomas Wayne

Pennyworth series premiere – Season 1 Episode 1 “Pilot” – Pictured from left to right: Jack Bannon as Alfred Pennyworth and Ben Aldridge as Thomas Wayne – Photo Credit: Alex Bailey / Nick Wall / EPIX

Wayne would exchange cards with Pennyworth after his sister accidentally punched Alfred in the nose after Thomas ducked out of the way. Alfred insisted on giving his ‘Securities’ card as to legitimize his business. Sykes would later attempt to have a hit on Thomas Wayne and though he escaped, she found that very same Alfred’s Securities card.

Esmé is kidnapped by Bet Sykes

Ever the Gentleman Alfred would charm dancer Esmé to a park date after she gave her handkerchief to stop his nosebleed. Promising to return the handkerchief on Saturday when they’re both off of work. Despite opposing views with Alfred as a 10-year military man using the “Queen’s Bullets” and Esmé being against all forms of war and murder, she fell in love with him. However, a dinner with Alfred’s parents sent the relationship reeling. After some choice words from Alfred’s father, Esmé decided to end their pairing despite loving Alfred. Right then and there, Sykes would capture Esmé in a drive-by kidnapping. She demanded Thomas Wayne back from Alfred for an exchange.

Alfred Pennyworth was beside himself, bewildered and confused. He recruited his old military pals to assist in taking Wayne hostage. The plan was a success but the exchange was not, merely a trap as Wayne had predicated. However, Alfred and co soon laid waste to Sykes’ group and regained leverage. Meanwhile, Esmé attempted a failed escape after a strange requested dance by Sykes. Both were high tier cinematic artistry from the frenzied firefight to the staircase kick on Sykes by Esmé. Her screams for help among an aristocratic dinner, being ignored, looked like something right out of The Purge.

One of The Raven Society’s men told Alfred where Esmé was being held and he would attempt a one-man rescue. Though outnumbered, and temporarily taken hostage himself, Alfred’s battalion managed to overwhelm The Raven Society. Alfred rescued Esmé but she still wanted to breakup.

An Unexpected Visitor

Pennyworth series premiere – Season 1 Episode 1 “Pilot” – Pictured from left to right: Emma Corrin as Esmé and Jack Bannon as Alfred Pennyworth – Photo Credit: Alex Bailey / Nick Wall / EPIX

Upon returning home, Alfred Pennyworth found his parents taken hostage by Sykes. She wanted revenge on Esmé for hitting her and trying to escape. Just then Esmé showed up at Alfred’s doorstep wanting to get back together. Sykes slapped Esmé who returned the favor, allowing enough daylight for Alfred and his family to take back control. Soon after, Thomas Wayne would offer Alfred a security position, which he declined. Alfred received a medal from the Queen for his actions against The Raven Society. However, she mysteriously asked him to stay forever silent on what he did for his country…

EPIX’ Pennyworth opened with a smashing premiere!

Pennyworth series premiere review:
8.8 Score

Check out a recap of last week’s Perpetual Grace, LTD and catch up on another great EPIX series.

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Perpetual Grace, LTD Season 1 Episode 8 recap: Major confession on ‘Fiveever’

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Perpetual Grace, LTD -Season 1 Episode 8 'Fiveever' - Damon Herriman as Paul Allen Brown - Photo Credit: Lewis Jacobs / EPIX
Photo Credit: Lewis Jacobs / EPIX

Perpetual Grace, LTD revealed the truth behind Walker, Texas Ranger’s murder mystery on tonight’s episode.

This recap contains spoilers for Perpetual Grace, LTD Season 1 Episode 8.

Paul Allen Brown unexpectedly confessed to New Leaf that he’s responsible for a teenage girl’s death on the latest Perpetual Grace, LTD… But not in the way you would imagine. In a series of black-and-white flashbacks reminiscent of Memento, truth met fiction. It turns out the ole’ grifter magician wasn’t necessarily lying but he wasn’t telling the whole truth either. Paul Allen Brown did not murder his bright-eyed protege but he is responsible for her death.

The girl in question had stumbled upon Paul’s plan to defraud her father’s church for two million dollars. Despite this, she trusted her magic mentor unconditionally. During a trip home post-magic competition Paul introduced her to a cabin where she could practice her Houdini handcuffs trick. What he seemingly did not tell her was those were no magic hand cuffs but real ones. Thus, she would be unable to tell her father about Paul’s scheme.

Paul would leave her there with food and water among other amenities with the intention to return in 3 days… When he already would obtain the two million dollars, if everything went according to plan. However, the young magician in training was infatuated with doing the Houdini handcuff trick in the water. Even though Paul constantly told her to stay away from the water, that she wasn’t ready.

She would manage to escape the magic cabin via chimney and looked toward the river. The rest as you might guess, is history. Paul blames himself for what happened and wishes he hadn’t been born… As she would still be alive.

New Leaf breaks down

Prior to the confession, Paul and James managed to talk New Leaf out of his revenge plan. After a couple of missed gunshots at Paul, New Leaf broke down, citing that he should rename himself, ‘Scumbag because that’s what he is.’

In desperation mode, Paul and James attempted to convince a saddened New Leaf of desecration. Paul needs to produce his ‘parents’ bodies’ or the scam is up. With New Leaf’s Chili style beeper going off, two elderly placeholders just happen to be available. James asked New Leaf to let them run over the bodies with a truck, so they’ll be unrecognizable for the whole death South of the border angle. In return, he promised to reestablish New Leaf’s LensCrafters dream.

Walker is suspicious

Meanwhile, Wes Walker partially interrogated Glenn about his Mexico trip. Glenn seemingly either played dumb or genuinely did not know some of Walker’s terminology. However, when it came to the important question, if he knew Paul Allen Brown… He said no. Protecting the perceived interests of his gang, ‘The Special Boys’ as coined by James.

James by the way, had the ankle bracelet placed back on by Walker. His contact Hector was so moved by Pa that he decided he’s out of the plan. Hector’s happy where he is… With his family.

No word yet of Pa and Ma’s fate though viewers learned they want to be buried with a comb and hairbrush respectively. It was also revealed that Dave is not Ma’s biological brother but an orphanage brother. Both simply wanted family to belong to more than anything… Fiveever.

Check out a recap of last week’s Perpetual Grace, LTD and catch up on the series.

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