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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: 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!

I’ve already pre-ordered and the track listing is phenomenal.  I thought I’d highlight some of my favorites for you today! (more…)

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: Bounce & Adam

Well hello!  This is little bit of a catch-up post, since I watched both “The Bounce” and “What Will We Do This Time About Adam?” last night after my 12 hour flight home from Tokyo.  I really liked both episodes!  I wanted to do a double recap for you before tonight’ episode… which I will hopefully stay awake for.

The Bounce is an Elijah episode, and it’s really fun.  It has Elijah auditioning for a musical adaptation of White Men Can’t Jump and watching the choreography is pure joy.   He does kill the vocal audition, despite being shaken up by the sudden appearance of ex-boyfriend Dill at his door.  He even comes home and tells him off, for a bit of closure and then a second chance with him.  He wakes up to a call back, having been asked to read for a role.  It’s so nice!

Less nice is Hannah’s role in this episode, as she’s finally decided to call Paul-Louis and tell him about the baby.  Despite not wanting him involved, his lack of interest in being a father to the baby is pretty devastating to Hannah.

Marnie is out of money and getting evicted.  She goes to pawn her locket and diamond earrings, only to learn that her parents lied to her about the value of these items– gold-plated pewter and glass, not gold and diamond.  She blames Desi for not paying rent, her parents for their lies, and the guy at the pawn shop points out that she’s the liar.  It gets to her, and she leaves Desi a voicemail apologizing, letting him know he owes her nothing, and telling him she’s moving in with her mom.

What Will We Do This Time About Adam? is probably my favorite episode title Girls has given us.  It’s a bit weird, but Adam has decided that he needs to raise this baby with Hannah.  He leaves Jessa, goes to Hannah, and they spend this idyllic day rekindling and planning for the baby.  It’s sweet, but yeah, weird.  Meanwhile, Jessa is determined to be the cool girl and not have emotions about Adam.  She looks for a hook up, but breaks down knowing that’s not what she wants.  As the day goes on, Hannah and Adam slowly realize that this chapter has closed– they are not going to be together.  Adam goes back to Jessa, who plays it cool but conceals a satisfied smile as he makes his way to her.

I’m so disappointed that Shosh has no storyline whatsoever this season.  She’s in this episode only to connect Ray and Abigail romantically.

It looks like we’ll finally have all four girls in one place before the season’s over, and I can hardly wait!  Thoughts?!

Girls: Full Disclosure

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I hate to say it, but my favorite part of last night’s episode of Girls was Jessa.  I’ll get into all of that in a second, because truly the episode (as all of them do this season) revolves around Hannah.

Hannah is telling people about her pregnancy.  We start with Marnie, whose support surprises even Hannah.  Though Hannah’s decided she won’t be telling Paul-Louis, Marnie takes issue with this.  Hannah’s father & his boyfriend are split on the decision of whether Paul-Louis should know as well.

Elijah and Hannah make up like magic, which is a bit surprising considering how nasty he was to her in the last episode.  (I guess this is a good thing that we won’t be dedicating screen time to Hannah & Elijah fighting.)

Weirdly, Hannah tells Adam… well, she more yells it at his as he chases her down her block trying to make her watch his movie.  Adam is so insistent on Hannah watching it; it seems like feelings reemerged through the process of making the film.

We’re now past the halfway mark in the final season.  For me, despite loving “Hostage Situation,” I haven’t gotten what I wanted out of the season yet.  The best bits of this show are the “Beach House” moments where these four women are together and facing the reality of their relationships.  The fact that Shoshanna has almost no storyline this season is disappointing, especially when we haven’t seen her interact with any of the girls but Jessa since Marnie’s wedding.  This is why Jessa’s interaction with Hannah was my favorite moment– this is one of the interactions we’ve been craving and it felt so real and relatable.

Jessa by no means should be surprised that Hannah did not come to her to tell her she was pregnant.  Hannah is right; they haven’t been dear friends for a long time.  Still, what I love about Jessa’s plea is what rings true: you cannot erase relationships.  It’s a painful fact that people come into and out of our lives.  While Jessa is right that these precious moments don’t just go away, the people often do.  You may very well not speak to or think of the person who meant the most to you 5 years ago.  It is sad when you think about it, but chances are you don’t think about it too frequently because things change.  Hannah makes it clear that she has no interest in saving her relationship with Jessa.

Finally, another relationship seems to finally come to an end: Marnie & Desi.  If this is Desi’s last moment on the show, kicking over his motorcycle, I’m in love with that exit.  Marnie had really better get her life together, because watching her perform with her mother was cringe-worthy.

What did you think about last night’s episode?  How are you liking the season overall?

Girls: Gummies

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I hate to say this, but I think Jessa was the most interesting part of this episode!  Of course, the Hannah storyline is prominent so let’s start there.

Hannah’s mother Lorene is visiting and Hannah tells her that she’s pregnant and wants to keep the baby.  Lorene actually seems to take the news really well at first, but then Lorene’s personal crisis comes out.  She’s newly separated and is miserable living alone.  When Hannah insists that she may meet someone, it puts her over the edge and she storms off.  Oh, did I mention she’s been eating pot gummies this whole time?

Elijah & Hannah work their way through the city in search of renegade Lorene.  When they finally find her, wrecked in a dumpling cafe, she tells Hannah every time she looks at her baby she will think of her own death (casual) and it’s then that Elijah learns of Hannah’s pregnancy.

To say Elijah doesn’t take it well is an understatement.  Watching Elijah this season has made me wonder about him… what exactly does he do?  He is literally never dressed.  With Hannah about to be responsible for another human, Elijah is losing his partner in crime.  He tells her she’s going to be a horrible mother, to hurt her like her news has hurt him.

Meanwhile, Jessa & Adam are shooting their movie.  It’s actually very fun to watch Adam replay these Hannah scenes (and I love the Hannah bedroom they created in Laird’s apartment) and it’s even more fun to watch Jessa’s reaction to them.  Jessa has NO IDEA how to have a relationship.  Perhaps Adam is realizing that now.

Marnie & Ray called it quits too.  Can someone tell me, did Marnie say you’re not a bad person or I’m not a bad person?

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again– let’s see the girls interact with each other now!  There are so many conflicts between them, so I’m sure it’s going to be interesting.  Thoughts?!