Boooo College!

I just finished writing my third, twenty-five plus page paper about television for the semester. Can I get a hallelujah?!  These papers among other senior year of college activities (like napping and pub nights) have kept me from this blog for far too long. My sanity and my scholarships thank you for bearing with me and my lack of updated posts. I haven’t even had the time to watch tv (GASP!), let alone write about it, but that is all about to change!! Just because it is the summer break for many of your favorite TV shows does not mean that I will be taking a break from my blogging duties, so stay tuned.

OH–and we still have seven or so episodes left in GoT. Once I fully catch up, expect plenty o’ recaps.

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LYL,

TV.FOR.DAYS

Top 7 Reasons Why I want to be one of Leslie Knope and Ben Wyatt’s Triplets

Top 7 Reasons Why I want to be one of Leslie Knope and Ben Wyatt’s Triplets

7. Ben (who’d be my dad) currently possesses an Iron Throne replica. Coolest. Dad. Ever. (Sorry to my real dad, but COME ON! He owns the freakin’ Iron Throne. You can’t compete, Mikey).

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6. Leslie Knope would make the best school lunches. Each day would be a cuisine from a different part of the world. I’m thinking ‘Mediterranean Monday’, ‘Tapas Tuesday’, or ‘Fusion Friday’ (where Leslie gets a little creative with her food choices). And EVERY Wednesday would be ‘Waffle Wednesday’ with extra syrup.

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5. Having Andy as an uncle would be awesome because he is ginormous kid. And having April around would be cool because she could take care of any bullies who give me trouble.

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4. I could expect fine crafted wooden knick-knacks as a birthday present each year from Ron Swanson. And they would be awesome. Every time.

3. I would have the thick and rich hair genes of Ben Wyatts (which I currently need because I’m a balding, 21 year-old woman. Not really but really) combined with Leslie Knope’s pretty eyes. I’d be effing gorgeous. And I would have brothers and/or sisters who look just as good.

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2. Birthday parties would be awesome. I would sit on the throne (see #7) and call myself Queen of Westeros and behead any other child who dare fight me.

1. Because you’d have the best possible fictional parents that a child could have (at least since the Huxtables)

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Aidy Bryant is the greatest

I don’t quite know when it happened, but Aidy Bryant became my new favorite, current SNL cast member recently. Maybe it’s because she played Tonkerbelle, who was seeing the mouse Gus-Gus from Cinderella whom my lovely cat is named after. Maybe it’s because I could imagine being in a book club with her (you know, the ones where you drink too much wine and gossip the whole night and no one utters a word about the book). And maybe it’s because she is just freaking hilarious. I’m gonna go with all of the above.

Check out these promos for the upcoming show with host, Seth Rogen. I’ve never loled so much at series of 8 second clips.

The “Mindy Project” Doubled-Feature tore my heart out and ran over it with that creepy bus the doctors bought.

The “Mindy Project” Doubled-Feature (4/8) tore my heart out and ran over it with that creepy bus the doctors bought. The whole Mindy-and-Danny-relationship-plotline had been building for ages. Everyone could see it from a mile away and they LOVED IT. The couple was cute and cuddly and all brilliant because they are doctors. I was excited to see where this relationship went.

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BUT NO! I can’t have anything nice anymore, can I? With HIMYM, Psych, and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland being done FOREVER, I was excited to replace them with a quirky sitcom about a gynecologist and her love life. I was so ready to make this my new number one (obvi tied with “Parks and Rec”). But now, I’m not so sure. I’m scared of what they will do next. I mean, if Mindy and Danny can break up after only, like, two episodes, what’s stopping them from bring Josh Peck back as Ray-Ron (please don’t) or killing off Morgan? Nothing. Because the writers clearly don’t care about my emotional well-being.

This break-up is just plain wrong, especially after such a crazy, epic, two season build-up. And I won’t stand for it. That being said, I’m totally stoked to see how the rest of this season plays out. #MINDYANDDANNYFORLIFE

Louis C.K. is pretty cool

For those of you who missed Louis C.K.’s opening monologue on SNL, get with the program. It was a pretty impressive set and one of the best I’ve ever seen. Especially since he didn’t do a stupid show-tune that SNL does when they have nothing better for an opening. C.K hit on the topics of God, sexism, politics, and white privilege in an eight minute time frame. While he violates most of the rules of conversation at a good dinner, I’d still love to break bread with this man. Check it out!!

HIMYM Finale: Not the greatest disappointment on television in a generation but I’d say it makes the Top 5.

I just watched the ending of one of my favorite series of all time, How I Met Your Mother (albeit 14 hours after everyone else in the world had seen in, so I’ve been avoiding all social media until now). After the 43 minutes all I can say is: my head hurts. I have a pit in my stomach. And I’m just confused. 

I wanted such great things for this episode but, I hate to say it, it didn’t live up to any of my expectations. It completely backtracked on the past 9 seasons which had been repeatedly telling us that Robin was not the mother. While she is not ‘technically’ the mother, it is insinuated that the two end up together. For the first six or so seasons, I held on to the hope that the two would find their happy endings, despite not ending up together. But, by this stage in the game, I was ready for Ted and Robin to be just friends. I was ready for bigger and better things for this tragic couple. I thought the Robin-Barney epic romance was going to be that.Image

In my head, Barney and Robin were a terrible couple in the beginning. But as the relationship progressed, I found myself nodding along to their plot advancements more and more. And with this entire season being dedicated to their wedding, I was incredibly excited to see how their relationship would play out over the years. I was hoping to see some real redemption for arguable two of the most terrible people on the show (also, two of my favorite TV characters ever!)

But that divorce after three years took me by surprise. I didn’t see it coming. And I’m glad I didn’t because it was stupid. That is what you call lazy writing. Getting a divorce in this day-and-age is no crazy plot twist, which is what I was hoping would come from the show that is not afraid to push the boundaries. Instead, we end up with a lonely, traveling Robin and Barney who somehow goes from Electric Bang-aloo II to a daddy with a heart of gold. I know having kids changes people, but again, I think this character development was just an sloppy solution to tie up the legen-waitforit-dary enigma that is Barney Stinson. It definitely wasn’t the best way for the Barney character to end, but it was the easiest.

This episode continuously did not give me any of the satisfaction I was hoping for with Ted and the mom, either. Instead, the final was straight-up sad. Ted and the Mother (who finally gets a name: Tracy McConnell) do not get to spend enough time together. By following the timeline, where they meet in 2013 and Ted tells the story in 2030, you realize that the couple only had 11 years together. 

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A little over one decade to spend with the love of your life is just a sad concept for me to think about. Viewers have spent almost that long just trying to get to the end of Ted’s story and meet the darn mother already. Call me a romantic or whatever, but I’ve been waiting for this fricking fairytale romance to happen for nine seasons. I was really hoping for a happily ever after. In the end, however, all the show does is roundhouse kick me right in the face with a major character death. Not cool.

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I don’t think it was the worst series finale of all time. I really don’t. But I was expecting the best, which everyone can admit, the audience did not receive. It’s going to take a while for me open up my heart again to a new show, especially now that Psych has ended too (which, by the way, I will be writing a review of very shortly. Spoiler: I give it a 7.5/10).

If I had to give the Finale a number, I’d rate it a 3.5/10 and that is mostly because we get to see Marshall become Fudge Supreme, which might be in greatest nickname known to mankind.

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All I have left to say about a disappointing finale was that I hope it was a poorly executed April Fool’s joke. Happy April 1st, everyone.

‘Once Upon a Time in Wonderland’ Review

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland is slowly growing on me. It has found a pretty decent stride with it’s character development and plot. I originally thought Alice (of the ‘In Wonderland’ fame) was going to be a stock, Mary Sue type character but she has gotten better. She’s funnier, stronger, and more deceptive than she was when we first met her. However, she is still a bit bland. I need a few more faults (and one of them better not be the traditional ‘clumsy’) before she becomes the well-rounded character that a show needs as it’s protagonist. As far as her romance with the Genie, I’ve found it lukewarm at best. Alice is hot, the Genie is hot and I’m usually super down for attractive couples being in love. It makes great TV. However, I am just not rooting for them as a couple.

I’ve found that I liked Will and Anastasia’s story much better. Their backstories have been growing throughout the course of the season and I’m a sucker for the tragedy and betrayal that their romance has had. If you haven’t seen the most recent episode yet (“Heart of the Matter”) then catch up quickly because the the game was just changed for these two lovebirds. It is a real heart-wrencher, which will be a clever pun after you’ve seen it…

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I also recently noticed that there was a definite shift from “meh, this is a decent show but I could skip it” to “OH YES! When does OUATIW come on!!!!” I think the change came in the episode where we meet the diabolically insane and nimbler Jabberwocky. I’m loving the actress so far because you can literally see the crazy in her eyes. She also moves her body in a way that emphasizes the other-worldly creatureliness of the Jabberwocky. It’s odd and disturbing and it fits the character very well. Two thumbs way up for this villain.

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(See the insanity? Girl is nuts)

All in all, if you can drudge through the first few episodes, this show is a good watch. It has action, adventure, drama, romance, and, at times, comedy all wrapped up in a fantastical, CGI-ed Wonderland. However, if you didn’t like the original Once Upon a Time then this show is probably not going to be you cup of tea. The shows occasionally overlap with characters and locations, as well, which can be confusing if you, like me, see a cross-over character and get incredibly confused. I currently give it a 6/10 but it is slowly growing on me and I expect by the season finale (April 3), they will be sitting a strong 7.

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(Also, Jonathan Lithgow as the White Rabbit was an inspired choice.)