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I'll be brief but I thought I should at least acknowledge the season finale of The Fosters. Or the mid-season finale? Summer finale? I still can't quite figure out how it works. I was kind of dreading sitting down for the episode after I flipped right out last week when Callie and Brandon "finally" had sex, and this week we were treated to rationalizations like "We didn't do anything wrong, we weren't even technically fostering you at the time!" (that gem via Brandon, naturally) It is perhaps a little odd that Brandon considers himself to be part of the unit that was fostering Callie, as if sibling-fostering is a specific action verb, and he feels himself to be a fosterer of this teenage girl, maybe -- JUST MAYBE -- it's still gross that he boned her. And now he did literally bone his sister. I guess? Because this being The Fosters, the big adoption celebration at the end could completely explode in the first episode of Season 3B because somebody somewhere forgot to cross a T or because it actually turns out Callie's bio-mom is alive. Really, what would this show's throughline be if not "a new wrench in Callie's... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2015 at Serial Drama
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I couldn't say nothing after today. Because as I've urged before, if you've lapsed as a B&B viewer but wonder if you should tune in: HOLY CRAP, TUNE IN. It is soaptastic lately. I'd even suggest going back a couple of weeks to get in the lead-up, because seriously. Every single episode has had something worth watching. And the episodes aren't always just one storyline! Today we focused on Maya's family and wedding and watched Steffy confess to Thomas that Aly didn't actually die from a fall, but from Steffy taking a tire iron to her head (in self defense!). (I was terrified the aftermath of that storyline would be more nonsense about Steffy vs Ivy competing for Liam, but I was blissfully wrong.) But really. If you like good soap and you like good acting and have never even seen B&B, watch today's episode. Go. Go now. Because let me tell you. If Obba Babatunde's performance as Julius Avant today doesn't leave you wanting to give a standing ovation and doesn't make you believe that soaps still have life in them yet, then I don't know what would. Just to quickly sum up, Maya interrupted her own wedding to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at Serial Drama
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Otherwise known as: THE ONE IN WHICH I HAVE TO SCRUB MY BRAIN WITH STEEL WOOL BECAUSE I WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO UNSEE THAT. Sweet mercy. In case you missed it, basically on last night's episode Brandon got rewarded for being a self-pitying egomaniac by winning a big competition he should have been disqualified from and then immediately got to fuck his little sister. But let's put a pin in that for just a second so my eyes can stop bleeding and review a couple of other enjoyable, dramatic, and not-revolting or infuriating things that happened in the episode. Because as hard as it is to remember, those things did happen, too. - I kind of lost the thread of the hit-and-run subplot because the show did, too, for much of the half-season, so I couldn't really tell what was going on with that at first. But ultimately, Mike figured out that Ty's friend (by the way, Ty is AJ's brother, for those of us having trouble keeping track of the only-sometimes stories) was the dude in the surveillance video that had something to do with the hit-and-run, which also means that Ty could have been involved. Mike swiped... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at Serial Drama
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Deepest apologies for missing a few episodes of recaps. My Monday schedule has gotten insane. Let's do this! I hope I keep all the names straight, this show is getting complicated. In all the ways I like. So far. Adrian is home from the hospital and is highly suspicious of Evelyn's kindness. Evelyn insists she has been kind to him at least a few times before! Evelyn trots in Deon, the boy she adopted, I guess? Poor Deon. Carmen is filling the girls in on Jacklyn's surprise smooch. Carmen, because she's Carmen, is pretty convinced Jacklyn is in love with her. Zoila wants a demonstration of the kiss, which Carmen plants on Rosie. It's not not hot, is all I'll say. Marisol and Taylor chat about Taylor's marriage, but she shuts down the conversation quickly. Adrian is skeptical about this adoption, and learns that he's their foster child for now. "Lease to buy," says Evelyn, who then compares Deon to a Lexus. Because she's Evelyn. She then suggests the boy could become the next Barack Obama, which Adrian does not consider a plus. Genevieve's boyfriend (whose name I forget for now) has been rearranging the kitchen and Zoila is not... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at Serial Drama
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Well, we know the now-former head writer has already had his last day (about which everyone has the requisite polarized responses), and today is Tony Geary's last day, so it felt like I was way overdue for a recap. So let's do this. I'm going to be honest upfront: I might fly through some of the non-Luke-related stuff, particularly because my channel guide already tells me Franco and Madeline will be on today's episode. Here we go! Floating Rib. Dillon is there and offers to buy Morgan a beer. I don't know what that's about. Morgan's hair is... more shaved? Ric and Nina and Nathan are talking about a blanket that belongs to Avery. Madeline and Maxie are chatting about Nathan. Dante gives Lulu a ring, which she says she doesn't want. Sonny's thugs have captured Luke, insisting he's the one behind the hijacking of... something. I have no idea. Do Max and Milo not do enforcing for Sonny anymore? Are they alive? Are they still on the show? Oh wait, Milo's dating Epiphany, right? I recall that from my visit back at the Nurses Ball. That's a real thing, isn't it? And he does something else for a living?... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2015 at Serial Drama
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Oh man! You guys, I've just run through the past week+ of B&B and the show is firing on all batshit crazy cylinders right now. It's no secret I hate any love triangle that has Liam in the middle of it, but for once that's not the only story on hand. We've also the big new fashion line rollout, we've got Maya's family in town, we've got Aly Forrester losing her cotton-pickin' mind with her mother's disembodied head floating all around telling her to do all sorts of dastardly deeds IN THE NAME OF MORALITY. In other words: B&B's meat and potatoes are cookin' on the screen right now. I might be a vegetarian but I love it. So let's check in on today's episode, shall we? We open with Rick and Maya getting some general congratulations on their engagement(!). Maya's mother Vivienne is delighted, but of course Papa Julius is more reluctant. He makes some passive aggressive comments about how he asked Vivienne's father for her hand in marriage first, but then insists he approves of Rick and Maya's union. What is this guy's game? Because we know he hates this. My guess: for once we have an older... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at Serial Drama
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Classic-style recap! Previously on The Fosters: Brandon was a spectacular douche, Stef saw AJ and Callie smooching. AJ has created a "Super Callie" character, which I suppose is as good a way as any to court a teenage girl. AJ's brother Ty appears. The actor looks familiar, but I can't quite place him. Ty is under the impression that he and AJ are leaving. Mariana and Callie buy the car they agreed on last week. Callie's pretty prickly toward Mariana, but it turns out they bought a car for no good reason since they can't drive it without insurance and they haven't told their mothers yet. Stef and Lena invited Rita over to talk about the big, scandalous AJ/Callie kiss. Rita says the two of them have to live separately because otherwise this could affect Callie's adoption. Well, breathing can affect Callie's adopt so I don't really see how this is news. Credits! Brandon is back at music camp. Shrug. Mike comes over to tell AJ ....something? That he's getting bumped from the foster home? The show then awkwardly cuts to a family dinner where they announce this to the whole gang. Oh, I see, he's going to go live... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at Serial Drama
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The title of the episode is in no way a euphemism for any bedroom acts between Stef and Lena this week, y'all. In fact, things couldn't be worse in that department, but we'll get to that later. A lot of last night's show felt like fan service, didn't it? As if we hadn't already realized that before they helpfully displayed a #BrallieAdventure hashtag. So let's get this out of the way: Callie scooped Brandon up in the middle of the night and they dashed off to Mexico for some illegal skydiving. Brandon filled her in on what happened back at music camp with Kat, and then dropped this gem: Brandon: At least i don't have to deal with any crazy dramatic women anymore! Oh Brando, starting the misogyny so early. Anyway, I guess it's a good sign that Callie called him her best friend instead of her brother-lover but the whole thing seemed meant to fan the flames. For shippers or whoever these people are who think these siblings should date. So they almost got arrested, but Brandon paid off the police with his fancy keyboard, which I'm sure will go for a lot on the Mexican black market. Miraculously... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at Serial Drama
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Shall we give another shot at our favorite Atlanta-as-Beverly-Hills posse of maids and maid-adjacent individuals? Let's do it! Genevieve gets questioned by a detective about this Louie Becker fellow. Michael is present as her attorney, and Zoila is present because she's Zoila. "It's my first murder investigation!" says Genevieve, like a belle at her first cotillion. She admits to having had an affair with Louie after "passing" on several questions, and finally explained why their affair ended: "We didn't have a lot in common. I'm delightful, and he's a slimy little weasel!" I do like her so. Marisol is mortified when Jesse shows up for his maid gig at her house and she's still in her nightgown and has her Biore strips on. (I'm assuming that's what they are?) They have some flirtation and we learn definitively that Marisol does not appreciate use of the word "panties." While they help Ernesto move into a new apartment, Spence and Ernesto clash a little over religion, leading to Ernesto finding out Rosie hasn't been taking Miguel to church. Ernesto disapproves and announces he's going to start taking Miguel to church on Sunday mornings, which does not thrill Spence. That's his special park... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2015 at Serial Drama
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Just try convincing me that the episode title doesn't make you think of the Extreme ballad that, let's face it, was pretty much about how if his ladylove didn't start giving him more BJ's instead of just telling him she loved him, she was out the door. Where was I? The Fosters! It was a delight to see that instead of rehiring a child molester or quietly ignoring the permanent absence of Lena's father, they hired a replacement! With this and the Jesus recast, it's refreshing to know that this isn't a show that changes course due to actor departures and is willing to go ahead and replace someone if the story demands the character. And even better: he was replaced by Bruce Davison! (Coincidentally, the last time I saw Davison on stage he was playing a child molester.) And Bruce Davison is wonderful. And is not a child molester. It also meant the return of Lorraine Toussaint as Lena's mother, which I'm sure triggered PTSD for any Fosters viewers who also watch Orange is the New Black. (Which I assume has to be almost all of them? Well, all of the adults anyway.) Vee was terrifying, y'all. But it... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2015 at Serial Drama
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Let's visit some Devious Maids, shall we? My apologies in advance for whatever confusion I might experience. I binge-viewed the first two seasons of this show, and am finding it harder to remember details in weekly form now that I'm actually watching the episodes as they air! (If anyone of you are new to it or thinking of being new to it, I assure you, it's highly binge-worthy. Netflix has the first season, and Hulu has both of the first two seasons.) So Carmen is looking for the red dress that Blanca was wearing, but Taylor says Blanca quit and took all her things without leaving a note. I'm so confused about what's going on in this storyline and really excited to find out. I loved the slow-burn of the Rebecca-esque storyline last year, so I'm assuming this might be played at a similar pace of small reveals. And yes, Taylor is played by Brianna Brown, formerly Batshit Crazy Lisa Niles on General Hospital. Her hair is much more sensible here, and she's not running around a boat trying to inject HIV into anyone. Ernesto is alive and Rosie doesn't seem all that happy about it. Poor Ernesto. Kind of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at Serial Drama
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I can't be the only one today who was pretty amused by several headlines like, "The Fosters has found Jesus!" Well, infantile sense of humor or not, I'm curious to see how the new Jesus works out. A.J. is staying with the Adams Fosters, because of course he is. A.J. gets really confused about the unconventionality of this family. Brandon turns up and finds out that his father is planning to foster A.J., you know, at dinner in front of everyone which is always the best way. Let's face it, though, I don't really care about how Brandon feels. Credits! Warm fuzzies! All the grownups have a Feelings Meeting with Brandon. Mike would like Brandon's support! He pretends he's okay with it. No one has wondered if Mike's brand new sobriety in addition to the fact that his last girlfriend statutory-raped his son might put a damper on approval for the foster license. I'm going out on a limb here to say that these are not great credentials. Stef is going out for a girls' night! Stef has friends? Jude and Connor are having an adorable date in which Connor plays a video game on the TV and Jude plays... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at Serial Drama
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I am endlessly confused by how these mini-seasons work on ABC Family (Season 2B is a thing!), but I believe this is the first episode of Season 3. The Fosters is back, y'all! As you might recall, when we were last with our lovely non-traditional family, Callie's bio-father was no longer fighting for custody and Callie was about to be adopted by the Adams-Foster family and this time nothing could stop them! Ha ha, just kidding, there was a big fat car accident. A pregnant Ana was driving, and Mariana and Jesús were passengers. Oh yeah! And Jude and Connor are totally sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G. (And unfortunately, so were Monte and Lena.) So here we go! Stef comes up on the scene of the accident and realizes who was there. Mariana is okay, but crying. We see Jesús and Ana being carted off on stretchers. Stef wakes up. It was a dream? Opening credits! They never get old. But I don't get what just happened! Stef and Lena are getting ready in the morning, talking about how much they miss Jesús. But they can call him! He's just at boarding school! Which starts in the summer! SO WHAT... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at Serial Drama
It's been a while since there's been enough inspiration to do a post in this category! Thanks, B&B! But seriously. I hope the intention behind this was that Ridge is a ridiculous human. Unfortunately, though, it certainly was presented as a big revelation of truthiness. Ridge (to Steffy): It goes back to my mom. Who she loved the most. That question was always around but never asked around the dinner table. It was always there. But my mom, she knew something that Dad and I did not. That I was her biological son, but not his. That colored everything. The way she treated us, the way we treated each other. And you know what, Stef? Looking back, I think my dad and I, we never had a chance. Sweet mercy, you guys. As if it isn't bad enough that this show keeps going back to the "who is Mommy and Daddy's favorite?" well ABOUT MIDDLE-AGED ADULTS, we are still being subjected (umpteen years after this reveal) to this idiotic notion that Ridge is somehow less of a Forrester BECAUSE ADOPTION. Seriously? Not to mention the obvious issue that Ridge and Rick didn't even grow up together. Poor Thorne. What century... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at Serial Drama
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Look, she's a pretty girl, which perhaps is the biggest problem here. I'm trying to understand why, at the ripe old age of 28, Jacqueline McInnes Wood has felt it necessary to have this much work done? I'm not mad, I'm just worried, y'all. The silver lining is that it's highly likely that we're only dealing with a little collagen here and a little botox here, both in ways that are reversible. But it looks like she's had such serious lip injections that her upper lip cannot touch her lower lip without stress. At rest, it's just riding up and poking out there. Worst-case scenario, however, is probably the thing we're all thinking: there has been a bad influence in her life acting as a mother figure. Or, you know, literally playing her mother. Said influence is probably a very, very wonderful person, and I feel guilty even bringing it up because I'd bet she wishes some of her choices in this arena were reversible. It's important to have good role models, people. (Side note: I recently caught an awesome bad Lifetime movie she starred in. I think it was called Her Husband's Betrayal but that's pretty much just spinning... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2015 at Serial Drama
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Sorry, hit men. And your bosses. The ways you suffer. The manners in which people betraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay you. It's like, you murder (or try and fail, in Shawn's case) (a lot) (though not for much longer) a bunch of people, or you order someone else to murder a bunch of people, and look what happens! Your women turn out to be law enforcement. People lie to you about your identity. People try to get custody of your children. Folks lie about whether or not you fathered a child. All for just a bunch of silly murders! THESE PEOPLE DON'T KNOW THE MEANING OF LOVE. I mean, love is never having to say you're sorry, right? And yet, the people of Port Charles are constantly doing you wrong and then having to line up and apologize to you. They don't love you. You're the ones who understand love. Which means you will NOT apologize for what you "do for a living" or "who you are" or "doing a lot of murdery stuff all of the time." Like, how judge-y can these people be about a person's day job? We all need to make a living! Also, life is a risk! We all... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2015 at Serial Drama
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(WARNING: much actual sincerity ahead.) Full disclosure: today was going to be it. My revisits to both B&B and GH were going to end after today. GH because today is the last live episode and other than that novelty and the now-concluded Nurses Ball, it's clear the show is All Mob All The Time, which doesn't interest me in the least (more on GH in another post later!). B&B because I'd become so hopeless that they were going to find a way to tell Maya's story with any real sensitivity. So far, we'd heard her get misgendered a thousand times, watched her dead name get brought up repeatedly, had her trans status played for laughs by other characters with not-so-clever innuendo and outdated "she's a he!" jokes, sat around while the show perpetuated the dangerous myth that transgender people are somehow out to "trick" other people, and listened to the laughable notion that somehow a trans model would somehow rock the L.A. fashion scene, since Forrester Creations seems to be a fashion house hovering someplace in a small town in the 1950s. There were glimmers of hope: some characters showing compassion, Ridge mentioning that he knows several transgender models, bringing... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at Serial Drama
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Did we think this would ever happen while he breathed air? Anthony Geary, once and for all, is absotively posilutely leaving General Hospital. It's been rumored for so long, but now that it's official: how's everyone feeling? Happy? Sad? Relieved? Ambivalent? Tired? Confused? Apoplectic? Lost? Small? Hungry? I think we're all wondering about the recent news that Genie Francis will be appearing soon, and whether or not that's connected. Would they really kill him off, or do you think they'll actually send Luke and Laura into the sunset together? Check out his exit interview here. Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2015 at Serial Drama
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I don't actually know if it's the second day of the ball, but I feel like I heard it started on Friday so I decided to watch today. Here goes! We open with Brad proposing to Lucas. Why is Lucas the one on his knee if he's not the one proposing? Also, this is the first time I've seen this incarnation of Lucas. He reminds me a little of Joey Lawrence, and he says yes! Everyone claps and films it with their smartphones and it's pretty cute. Carly is talking to Jakeson, and I think Laura Wright has a cold because there's definitely an adenoid situation going on here. He's been lied to by... Ric and his non-wife? I think Ric and Hayden (that's Rebecca Budig's character, right?) conspired to make Jake think he was married to her. To... keep her away from Elizabeth, I'm guessing? Anyway, then Nik tells Liz that Jake is Jason. Liz is not hearing it, and accuses Nik of doing this because he still has feelings for her. He says he does. "Always have, always will." Say what now? Okay, Show. Also, why would this be a deterrent for Liz to want Jake? "I had... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2015 at Serial Drama
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7:53pm: Who's ready? 8:00pm: They're doing a sketch about Ellen DeGeneres and Matt Lauer, which mostly seems about how they definitely will not show up for this thing. I mean it's for charity! That's the nicer thing. "Charity," unspecified. 8:03pm: Tyra's hosting, it's real! This is the first time she's ever hosted an awards show, and is nervous about her lack-of-weave. In her childhood, they watched GH and Y&R. Tyra is basically overdramatically wonderful. She is rapping. Should she rap? I don't know about that. 8:08pm: Steve Harvey is presenting, and requests that the producers stop filming the losers' faces. 8:09pm: Outstanding Actress! Finola, Elizabeth, Linsey, Amelia, and Lisa. Even Finola Hughes's clip made made me weepy. But, she did not win. Amelia Heinle won. She's insanely pretty. But she is not Finola Hughes. I feel crazy right now. 8:13pm: Something about a game show? At least everyone seems awake. Outstanding Entertainment News Program! Entertainment Tonight wins. I outright did not know this was still a thing, but I do not claim to be on the cutting edge. Who's here? Is anyone actually watching? Are you drinking to get through, or just suffering alone in some more healthy manner? 8:16pm:... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2015 at Serial Drama
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I tried. I really meant to watch an entire episode of GH today (and maybe tomorrow) to basically get myself geared up and excited for the Daytime Emmys this Sunday, and I was even going to do a full recap to say hello. I can't quite pull off the play-by-play. But. I do have thoughts. Well, first I have questions. So many questions. Too many to even put together a partial list, but I think the most important one is: so Julian now runs Johnny's old auto shop? A few thoughts, then. - Carlos is still around. Carlos is still really hot and way more charismatic than half the "good guys" on the show. But is he not a good guy? He's certainly working for some mobster or another, but is it a Good Mobster or a Bad Mobster, GH-style? He's getting a Bad Mobster edit, but you never know on this show. - Spinelli is back. I refuse to discuss this further. - Sabrina is still on the show. I haven't seen her in a long time. I refuse also to discuss this further. - There is a new actress playing Kiki. She is not great, she is not... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at Serial Drama
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Four things. Just four. 1. Nope. I repeat: nope. 2. Will! First of all, Will was on the episode. Second of all, he actually just has a plain old legitimate crush and doesn't just want to cruise dudes in the park anymore. He actually wants to date Kevin! And he told him so! Go, Will! Honestly, all his fumbling attempts to spend more time with Kevin were completely adorable. People coming to terms with their own sexual orientation a little later on often talk about it as a "second adolescence" because while puberty is physically long over, you have to re-navigate crushes and first kisses all over again from a completely different perspective. It's really refreshing to see Will do that, though I doubt Ole Kev is going to be on board for how deep Will's closet is. 3. MADDIE IS THE WORST. We already know what a terrible brat she can be, and one must make allowances for a certain amount of general teen sulking. But really. Note to Rayna: it's not okay for your kids to talk to you like that. And do you know what'll encourage them to continue talking to you like that in the future?... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at Serial Drama
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B&B really delivered on a very important and moving episode today. The dialogue was crackling, there were plenty of pleasant surprises, and real character growth was in effect! I'll paraphrase it just a little in case you missed it. At the end of last Friday's episode, Maya dropped her purse in Rick's Office/Boudoir and out spilled her prescription estrogen pills. (When you're taking pills you don't want anyone to know about, the best place to put them is obviously a small clutch purse that doesn't properly close. And you should probably take those pills while you have your back turned to someone else in a room rather than just, you know, taking them in private.) (But then again, there's no such thing as "private" in soaps.) Rick is familiar with all pharmaceutical variations of estrogen pills, naturally, because why wouldn't he be? So he asked her about them. Today's episode picked up where that left off and, again, I am occasionally paraphrasing here but the gist is a beautiful thing... Maya: I have to tell you something, Rick, and I'm sorry it took me so long to tell you but I was scared. I've had to deal with some very... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2015 at Serial Drama
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I agree, episode title! Bummer to lose Laura Benanti (Sadie), but I'd heard so much casting news about her lately (I can't picture her in a superhero show, but stranger things have happened) that I figured it was inevitable. Though I suppose she could still return, it did feel fairly final. Considering her storyline this entire season was building up to this self-defense shooting incident, it feels a little off, so I wonder if they had to change things midstream and she wasn't originally going to leave right away. I was actually interested in the developing relationship with Luke! Now what's the point of Luke? You tell me! I suppose since my entire shtick around here for Nashville is hating on Scarlett, I should address this: the fact that she's been reduced to more of a supporting role this season has been a bit of a relief and likely the main reason I haven't been motivated to do a post for every episode. But hoo boy, these two episodes have been rough. Last week's because she was back to her old infuriating self (apparently she's never heard of Twitter before, and by the way is totally comfortable going on tour... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at Serial Drama
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Oh, y'all. I just don't know. Remember how I said watching this Maya storyline makes me so nervous that I feel like I'm walking over minefields all the time? The ground is starting to shake. At the end of Friday's episode, Carter overheard Nicole referring to Maya as "Myron" (which, again, let's not even discuss), her "brother," who was "born a man." Today we picked up where that left off, and Maya did not correct her. Then we had Carter coming in and confronting her and he referred to it as "born a boy," and once again Maya did not correct him. Thankfully she did clarify that she never "identified as a boy," but it still fell a little short for me. Obviously the weirdo characters on this show are going to be shocked and are going to have no idea how to use sensitive nomenclature, but I would just feel like we were in better hands if the show could prove that they know the correct nomenclature. Maya would tell people not to say that. Maya would tell people she was assigned male at birth, but it was the incorrect assignation. I realize I'm just hypersensitive about this right... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at Serial Drama
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