Month: June 2017

June, Going So Soon?

Alright friends, I think you can tell by the lack of posts lately that June has been a really hectic month.  How is it over already?  I didn’t get any of the posts up I wanted to.  I only read one book!

The good thing is, I took a lot of lovely photos that I’ll share with you now.

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[1] If you’ve never walked around the Kendall area of Cambridge, I suggest you do. [2] Cookie Monstah’s red velvet cookies are my jam. [3] We visited Quincy Quarries! [4] We took our engagement photos!  More on this to come.  [5] I fell in love with orange kalanchoe. [6] Our indoor garden grew! [7] #SailBoston did not disappoint!  [8] We went to one of my favorite places: Watch Hill, Rhode Island. [9] Summer blooms were around in full force!

I do have a backlog list of posts and videos that I promise will be coming your way soon!  For now, enjoy your Fourth of July holidays!

Clone Club Catch-Up: Beneath Her Heart

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What an amazing episode we got last weekend, Clone Club!  Alison has long been my favorite clone, and I am so happy we got an Alison-centric episode!  She’s really been disconnected lately– this season we’ve only seen her interact with her sisters through a computer screen.  Here in the final season, the flashbacks worked well.

“Beneath Her Heart” makes use of flashbacks from Alison’s life before the Clone Club was even a thing.  Alison is in full perfect homemaker mode and Beth is just a voice on the other side of the phone.  Even without Beth poking holes in her facade, Alison is feeling a bit confined in her life.  Hence, she accepts Ainsley & Chad’s invitation to try magic mushrooms.  While under the influence, she meets Cosima (orchestrated by Beth) and wonders what else she could’ve been having seen a cop and a scientist with her face.

In the present, the Hendrixes have been at the mercy of Engers and poor Art.  They come to execute a search warrant.  Engers plants evidence to incriminate them before stumbling upon Leaky’s body in the garage.  Just when we think there is no way the Hendrixes can get out of this, Alison pulls a power move and delivers Leaky’s head to Rachel.  Knowing it all goes back to her, Rachel tells Engers to stand down.

Present day Alison has changed a lot, but still has the same concern she did before.  She has something new to grasp on to, a new identity as a sister, but who is she?  That’s where the episode ultimately ends- -Alison deciding to go away and figure that out.  There are some seriously sweet moments with Donnie, and ultimately, an amazing episode for Alison and Orphan Black!

Clone Club Catch-Up: Clutch of Greed

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Okay, a lot of things happened in last weekend’s episode!  We start with Sarah, finally waking up in Rachel‘s clutches.  She speaks with both Alison (and Art, both obviously pretending things are more okay than they are) and Cosima who both seem to indicate that things are different now.

Rachel makes a deal with Sarah saying she can go home with S and Kira if they can study Kira moving forward.  Sarah reluctantly takes said deal, knowing all along she’s going to run.  MK is hiding out at Felix’s loft.  Sarah plans to run with S, Kira, Fe, and MK and never return.  By disguising herself as Rachel, she goes to pick Kira up from school.  Rachel had arranged to pick Kira up for her first medical appointment.  Of course, Ferdinand follows her.

MK declares she’s tired of running and tries not to accompany Sarah & company.  When Sarah goes to get her at Felix’s loft, MK stands firm that she will not run anymore.  MK takes on the Sarah-as-Rachel disguise so Sarah can escape.  When Ferdinand catches up to her, he brutally kills her.  It’s a sad ending for such a cool character, and I can’t help but feel that MK deserved more.  We’ll have to see what becomes of her death.

Kira doesn’t want to run either.  She tells her mother that MK is dead; she can’t feel her anymore.  She wants to stay with Rachel and find out why she’s like this.  S encourages Sarah to listen to her daughter.

Meanwhile, Helena’s doctor is clearly on the side of neolution.  Things start getting dire when they discover one twin healed itself.  Helena escapes the hospital in a gruesome/awesome moment.

Cosima finally meets P.T. Westmoreland and he’s creepier than I’d anticipated.  I’m SO interested in what happens here.

We end with Delphine coming to see S, but Sarah can’t know why she’s there.

I’m hoping the storylines start converging sooner rather than later!  Thoughts?!

OITNB Season 5

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I have SO many thoughts about Orange is the New Black, and I’m still processing.  After every season, as I’m crying and cursing the fact that I have to wait another year to see what’s next, I’m asked why I like this show.

There are is absolute good in Orange is the New Black.  This is a given, by virtue of the fact that the protagonists are inmates in a prison.  What Orange is the New Black has always done well is making it a story about humans– these are people.  Just because people have made some bad choices does not make them bad people.

The conditions they are subjected to as inmates are frequently inhuman.  The circumstances some of them face are insurmountable.  Certainly, no one deserves what we see practiced at Litchfield.  No one deserves Poussey Washington’s fate.

This season is a departure from OITNB’s usual format.  It all takes place over the course of three days during the prison riot.  This effectively traps us in the prison with them.  At points, it’s more difficult to watch than ever since the tables are turned and the guards are now hostages.  They’re subjected to some major embarrassment.  It’s a fine line between a slight sense of satisfying revenge and cringe-worthy be better than them thoughts.  It’s a particularly intense season.  Things often feel drawn out, as we don’t get the respite of time passing.

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