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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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