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Game of Thrones Finale: Best & Worst

I realize I haven’t talked about Game of Thrones all season here, but I have been watching!  It’s been a relatively short season with its ups and downs– we’ve had a few good moments, and a lot of what felt like stalling.  Ultimately, I found the finale satisfying, but with plenty of quieter moments.  Here’s my assessment of what worked and what maybe didn’t.

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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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Clone Club Catch-Up: The Few Who Dare

In a show that’s already hard to keep track of, the season premiere of the final season of Orphan Black feels disorienting.  You may vaguely remember an island, a violent fight between Sarah & Rachel, and a roughly 170-year-old Westmorland.  That’s about as far as I got.

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So, welcome to Revival, the village of the cherry-picked genetically superior.  Cosima is stranded here, her reunion with Delphine cut short, greeted instead by a girl named Mud.  Sarah painstakingly made her way to Cosima to rescue her, but Cosima’s interest in science keeps her here.  Rachel has found a role with Westmoreland and the village.  She is just as invested as Cosima, she says, as she offers to give her the treatment she fought for.  Charlotte is here too.  Sarah tries to leave, finally, but is captured.

Meanwhile, the Hendrixes and Helene are living the trapping life in the woods.  Art is assigned a new partner, Engers, who knows what he’s up to… neolution has infiltrated the police.  Engers & co. captures Alison, though Donnie makes it away.  Helena comes to his rescue and comes away with an arrow sticking out of her stomach.  I hope her babies are okay!

There’s also Mr. Frontenac, who tells Felix there are no factions anymore.  I’m really not so sure of that, and we have no idea who he is.  All I know is:

  • the Clone Club is better together, and they’re very far apart at this moment
  • Kira is still spooky, and we should finally be getting answers to that

Hopefully next week will feel more familiar!  Thoughts as we start the final season?

June TV

It took 6 months this year, but finally I’ve got a bunch of TV premieres I’m really excited about!  Here’s what I’m looking forward to this month.

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Who else got this little surprise from Dr. Morello?!  image via Netflix

Orange is the New Black (Netflix)

Every summer I binge this newest season.  I’m really sad that we won’t have Samira Wiley this season, but the cliffhanger we ended on last year!!  I actually remember where we left off this time.  From what I’ve read so far, the entire season takes place over 3 days as the prison riot unfolds.  I’m not sure how I feel about this, but I do love OITNB and I’m excited to see where they go with this!  We don’t have to wait long!  This will be available for binging June 9th.

Orphan Black (BBC America)

I’ve been waiting for what feel like forever for the final season of Orphan Black.  I started watching this show kind of randomly after a friend made an off-handed recommendation praising Tatiana Maslany.  I have been a loyal fan throughout and I’m dying to see how everything ends!  I actually don’t want it to end, but I’ll be glad to have it back in my life on June 10th!

90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After? (TLC)

Wow am I glad I chose to go with PS Vue to keep this channel!  I just love 90 Day Fiancé, but if Happy Ever After? is all I can get, I’ll take it!  Most of my favorites from this show seem to be happily married, and this spinoff deals with the drama.  Of the returning group, I’m particularly excited to see Jorge & Anfisa again.  I’m not a fan of this Danielle and Mohammed drama, though.  Still, I’ll be watching and waiting for this to start on June 25th!

Counting On (TLC)

Seriously, all I watch is guilty-pleasure TLC.  I kind of got sucked into this 19 Kids and Counting spinoff last season because Jinger’s relationship was just so engrossing!  She just seemed so daring by comparison to her sisters and it was interesting to watch.  I guess it’s inherently interesting that she’s the daring one.  Now with 19-year-old Joy’s wedding kicking off the season… I’ll be back for more on June 12th.

Steven Universe vol. 1

As soon as I started watching Steven Universe, I checked iTunes for the songs I loved.  The music in this show is AMAZING (like, I’m considering several tracks for our wedding) and I was so sad that I had to depend on Youtube for my Steven Universe tunes.  Thankfully, my prayers were answered and volume 1 of the soundtrack is coming out at the end of this week!

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Nintendo, Rick Mobile, & Bridal Squad

If you liked yesterday’s post, you’re in luck!  You can watch us shop the Nintendo x Uniqlo collection in real life!  Also, we see the Rick Mobile (from Rick & Morty) and I get my bridal squad together for something exciting…

What I Watch – à La Carte

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I’ve recently cut ties with my cable provider.  We switched to a cheaper, faster internet provider and are exploring the world of à la carte TV!  It’s forced me to really take inventory of what channels I watch.  Here’s my list:

BBC America

It’s at the forefront of my mind that Orphan Black’s final season is coming!  I know I can’t live without seeing this show.  Also, is Broadchurch’s new season going to come to America?  I need that too.  Thankfully, BBC America was offered by both Sling Orange ($20/month) and Playstation Vue ($30/month), our two top options.

Bravo

Watching Top Chef live is of utmost importance to me.  There’s not a show out there that I like recapping more than Top Chef!  I feel like it’s imperative that I have access to this show and this channel… for important reality TV reasons…  We’d have had to bump up to Sling Blue ($5 more per month) to get Bravo, but it’s included in Playstation Vue!

Cartoon Network

We are the Crystal Gems!  Steven Universe is my favorite thing currently on TV.  I bought seasons on Amazon just to stay current.  It’s no surprise that we started our Playstation Vue 7-day free trial the day the new episode premiered.  Cartoon Network is also available on Sling Orange.

HBO

Since Girls is over, we are currently living without HBO.  When Game of Thrones comes back, we will not be living without HBO.  Thankfully, HBO Now is a thing so we can probably just do that independently of any package we have.

MTV

This one I had to sacrifice.  I may have a Catfish addiction and I might enjoy a guilty pleasure or two on this channel (ahem Teen Mom OG), but MTV was not available on Playstation Vue.  We could add MTV for an additional $5 to any Sling package, but…

TLC

Ugh, I can’t help it.  I watch so much TLC it’s pathetic.  I love Say Yes to the Dress which is thankfully always on.  I guess this whole channel is my guilty pleasure.  At the end of the day, I couldn’t live without this channel and it was only available on Playstation Vue, not in any Sling package.

So we’re testing out Playstation Vue!  It’s more expensive than the Sling options, but I wasn’t willing to compromise on TLC.  The best part is, we can cancel at any time if we decide to test something else out!  I guess the actual best part is that there’s a Roku app– we can stream it on both the PS4 in the living room and the Roku in the bedroom, so for the first time ever, we have cable in both rooms!

Who else has made the switch to à la carte TV?

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Girls: Latching

It’s Marathon Monday here in Boston.  My fiancé and I are spending the day blissfully at home, on our respective computers with Hulu running through SVU in the background.  The jet lag is wearing off little by little (I promise those Japan vlogs are coming!) and we’re readjusting to life as we knew it…

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Making the adjustment all that much harder is the fact that Girls aired its last episode ever last night.  While I’ve really enjoyed watching this show, this final season sometimes fell a bit short for me.  By now, I’ve come to terms with the fact that this is Hannah’s season.  I knew we’d see Hannah’s baby in this episode, thus her world is now a bit far from my own.

We find Marnie in Hannah’s house upstate, having literally nothing to do with her life and seizing the opportunity to prove herself as Hannah’s best friend.  She moves in to help Hannah with the baby.

We meet baby Grover and the breast feeding issues Hannah is having with him, but the final story isn’t really about breastfeeding.  Instead, we see Hannah continue to be Hannah, despite having to take care of Grover.  She’s profoundly mean to Marnie at times– not like Marnie has any business being there; she’s just filling a gap in her own life.  Marnie calls Hannah’s mom to the scene who Hannah also mistreats.  In the end, Hannah has her moment of bliss successfully breastfeeding her baby and that’s that.

So, I kind of love that Hannah is still just Hannah.  In a humorous moment, we see her go through a range of emotions while talking to baby Grover, treating him like every other relationship she’s had.  Lorene is right, though; this is the first decision she can’t take back– she can’t drop out, move home, break up, or quit.  So, Hannah has some growing still to do.

I wish we’d gotten more resolution with Marnie, who obviously needs to figure out what she wants to do.  Still, I love that Lorene treats her not as a desperate case, but as someone with options in life.  She’s not done because her band didn’t work out or because she’s been upstate taking care of someone else’s baby for 6 months.

We know Shosh got married.  We have no idea what happened to Jessa, but like, I could never figure out her life anyway.

It’s not necessarily the finale I wanted, but I’ve really enjoyed the ride with Girls.  I will seriously miss this show!  Thoughts?