Is this the End of Rooster Bennett?

Danny Masterson was fired from The Ranch, leaving the show to write off the character of Rooster. Going into Part 5 I wondered how they would do it. Death was my first thought. It seemed the easiest since obviously Rooster would never be coming back. As things progressed with creepy Nick, this seemed like even more of a possibility. He did break into his house and creepily sit on his couch in the dark and threaten him and then showed up again with a gun. It does seem out of character for the show to kill off a main character in such a horrible, tragic way (being killed by your ex’s new boyfriend/ex husband is pretty dark).

The second most likely way seemed to be jail time. It is keeping with the character and as the generator story line unfolded it seemed very possible. But no go, it seems Colt is intent on taking the fall for it.

If neither of these options were in Rooster’s future, I was at a loss. I won’t be okay with a solution that leaves things too open ended which may be what happened. After Nick threatened Rooster to either leave town or be killed, he left town. Is this the last we’ll hear about him? I can assume and hope not. But I’m going to need more of an explanation as to why we will never see him again. He has lived on that ranch his whole life and values his family. Is he really never going to see his niece? Netflix, get this right.

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Rehash: Big Brother Season 2 Premiere

I got chills when Julie Chen said “Welcome to Big Brother.” She said it, it is officially summer now. Let’s break down the two night premiere.

The Twists
The jury is still out on the apps. I guess we’ll know more on Sunday but it doesn’t sound like it is anything revolutionary; it sounds like it will be similar to last summer’s temptations.

As for these first two punishments, I don’t think they are created equal. Kaycee has to wear a weird uni-tard and whenever her wheel spins has to stay in the room she is in until it stops. It is meant to stop her from socializing and strategizing how she sees fit but in the first week, I don’t think it will be detrimental to her game. On the flip side, Sam is a robot and has to spend half the week talking to everyone through a screen. This is so much worse. In the first week when forming bonds is so important, this could mean she leaves this week. She is already in tears feeling she is being shunned. Both these punishments would be better suited later in the game when they can do real damage to a players game, not determine a player’s social status from the get go.

On a similar note, the two competitions that determined who received these punishments were far too different. One was pure luck (Trash Folder) and the other was more of a physical competition (Cyber Security Zone). Doesn’t really seem fair does it?

The Houseguests
Steve – I like him. Unfortunately for him I think being the older guy is going to make him an outcast from the beginning. Being on the block week 1 isn’t a death sentence but I don’t see him lasting long term.

Sam – She’s sweet. I hope she can overcome her robot punishment.

Haleigh – A lot of the girls run together still. She seems cute though.

Kaycee – She could be a physical threat.

Tyler – Dude…

Bayleigh – She’s starting off annoying but I said the same thing about Janelle, who is one of my fav players of all time.

Kaitlyn – Do I think she is weird? Yes. Do I also think it is kind of mean that Big Brother is outwardly making fun of her lifestyle and beliefs? Very much yes. If she was talking constantly about her religion and leading people in prayer, they wouldn’t dare put fake orbs and light on the screen to mock her.

Winston – I’m getting behind the alliance he is forming. They seem like they could be strong.

Rockstar – I have no words for a woman who chooses to go by Rockstar.

JC – He is one of my early faves. It might be because he is adorable, and the fact that he was the only one smart enough to not want to win the first HOH doesn’t hurt.

Brett – Bro…

Angela – She seems strong. Maybe too strong right out the gate.

Scottie – Will he be kissed? I couldn’t care less.

Faysal – I think I could like him.

Rachel – I have no opinion on her. She didn’t seem to get any air time. Or maybe her and the other girls are too much alike this early on.

Swaggy C – He’s gonna need to tone his cockiness down because it is going to be put a huge target on his back. Also, he is already super annoying and that is only partially because he refers to himself in the third person.

 

Sorry, the Double Dare Reboot Isn’t for Grown Ups

I spent a large chunk of my childhood in front of the TV watching Nickelodeon. When I think of summer I think of Stick Stickly and reruns of Hey Dude more than I do playing softball or tag outside. As a child of the 90’s I spent time imaging myself on Double Dare, sticking my hand up that giant nose, searching around for a flag.

With all the reboots these days, Double Dare was a fun new surprise among them. An obscure kids game show wasn’t exactly the first thing I thought they’d bring back. I naively thought, that like all the other reboots, I would be full in. I set a series recording, no question.

But this reboot isn’t meant for me and others in their 30’s who grew up with this show. Sure it was fun to see it brought back and see that final obstacle course again but this show is for the kids. Sorry guys, but if you’re trying to recreate childhood this isn’t the place. The nostalgia alone doesn’t make watching this kids show worth it for adults. Even Marc Summers can’t save it. He’s not even the host! I guess they thought kids today wouldn’t appreciate a white haired man way based his stardom prime. They are probably right.

So as excited as I was for the reboot, I say to all my fellow Nick kids of the 90’s, this isn’t worth anymore than the 20 minutes it would take to watch one episode. The games are ridiculous and the prizes even more so. Sure yard games and bikes are cool prizes for kids but you won’t be as excited as your 10 year-old-self was about some Gak or a Skip-It.

If they were going to bring back Double Dare in any of its forms it really should have been Family Double Dare. How great would it be for all those people out there who watched this show in their youth to come back and play with their kids now? Just saying, Nickelodeon…

If you have kids, definitely point them in this direction, and they will get a taste of what we enjoyed as kids. If not, move on. There is way too much good TV out there for your time to be used watching this.

Refresh: Young and Hungry

We’re in the home stretch. I don’t know about you but I had no clue what was happening on this show so I rewatched the last three episodes. Here’s your refresh:

  • Josh and Gabi were doing their punch card relationship thing.
  • Josh realized he loved Gabi while on a date.
  • Gabi realized she was in love with Josh while trying to get Josh’s date back together with her boyfriend.
  • Gabi told Josh she loved him. Josh hit his head and had amnesia (no, for real).
  • Elliot is apparently a softy because he put a Tegan and Sara song on Josh’s phone to trigger is memory.
  • Josh remembered everything and chased Gabi on a train (she was on her way to a wedding in Aspen).
  • And all was good. Nothing was really happening with any other characters.

Rehashing the Last Six Months

It has been almost six months since I last posted. I’m gonna be honest, I didn’t think it had been quite that long but I’m back and ready to talk some serious TV. I’ve still been watching at the same rate (but not writing about it; I have no excuse or reason). So sorry to my regular reader (shout out to my sister!)

We have a lot to get caught up on, so here goes…

I’m currently working my way through one of my fav childhood shows, Step by Step and it didn’t take long to realize how strange and sexist the 90’s were. We think women have it rough now, try being Carol Lambert married to the most stereotypical macho man ever (example: he assumes he will never have to change their baby’s diaper). I am also working my way through Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Westworld so stay tuned for insights on those.

I also watched all of Handmaid’s Tale since last posting. This show is SO good. During the Trump era this show is a little too close to home. I’ll continue to be thankful for my current freedoms. Thanks America for not being Gilead yet. There have been a lot of shocking twists in the first season and a half but I gotta say Nick’s impromptu marriage and the bomb of late have been two of the biggest.

The second season of Timeless far surpassed the first. The concept alone has made it better. I much prefer them following Rittenhouse around and finding sleepers to going after Flynn. And I mean Lucy and Wyatt getting together, however brief it may have been, didn’t hurt either. Please, someone, anyone, bring this show back for season 3. I need more of future Lucy and Wyatt.

Hell, I even have a new take to share on 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After? Anfisa and Jorge are both ridiculous. We all know this. But a year and a half into their marriage and I feel for Anfisa for the first time. She is all out crazy but has really calmed down this season. His lies and b.s. are really getting old. I’d be crazy too if my husband lied about what he was doing and how in debt he was.

Victoria‘s second season was in no way as good as the first but there was one thing that saved it all: Drummond and Lord Alfred. I know, I know, shocking that a ship can make or break a show for me. After many episodes of secret glances, they finally kissed. I may have watched that kiss a few too many times. Then they killed off Drummond, devastating but it brought two great moments. The first between the Duchess of Buccleuch and Alfred. She was the one that had to bring the bad news to Alfred and talked him through it. Telling him “I may be old but I’m not blind. I know what he meant to you.” Then Miss Coke gives him a lock of Drummond’s hair and he proposes. Before answering she asks “Are you sure?” and he responds with what can only be considered the most romantic words ever uttered during a marriage proposal: “There is more than one kind of love.”

Roseanne was back ever so briefly. I’m not going to comment on the show’s cancellation except that I am sad to not have a resolution for David and Darlene. 13 year-old me was very happy to see them together again (the episode is still on my DVR) and I had high hopes for a permanent reunion in season 2 but we all know why we won’t be getting that.

The short-lived Real O’Neals was another one of my binges over these last few months. I kind of want to be an O’Neal. What can I say? They are a great family. Sure they are screwed up but who’s family isn’t? If I can’t be part of the family, I would settle for being Kenny’s best friend. Or friends with any of them really.

New Girl came to end and I have to say I was very satisfied. My favorite series finales flash to the future and this one did it in its own way. First the entire season flashed forward and then the finale gave us one glimpse into the future to see the entire gang playing True American with their kids. They are still friends. That’s all we wanted to know, right? Plus we got one more appearance by Tran, another game of True American and Winston’s biggest prank yet. I don’t think anything was missing.

Masterpiece’s Little Women exceeded my expectations. I have long loved the story of the March sisters. I always cry when Beth dies and get uncontrollably mad when Amy burns Jo’s manuscript. Hell, when I was a kid I used to stop watching the 1994 movie right after Laurie proposes to Jo so I could pretend she said yes. I even made my way through the entire novel last year (most of it is quite boring, I wouldn’t recommend). This new version made me see the March sisters in new light. First I felt Jo and Laurie’s relationship was handled much better than I had seen before. Jo repeatedly makes it clear she sees him only as a friend, making it much less heartbreaking when she refuses his proposal. And this version of Amy is a lot less whiny and dare I say almost likable. I didn’t even mind when her and Laurie got together. I know, I was shocked too. 12 year-old me is in shock.

I couldn’t recap the last few months of TV without touching on When Calls the Heart. After five seasons of watching Elizabeth and Jack’s love story they had the audacity to kill him off. The penultimate episode ended with Elizabeth learning of his death. I, like most Hearties waited that week assuming there was some explanation. They certainly wouldn’t kill off Jack. Well there was rude awakening for us all. Season 6 will be interesting and potentially a lot less interesting. I’m gonna need a Lee and Rosemary baby ASAP.

 

Okay that’s enough. I won’t let it go this long without posting again.

 

Accessing the Cast of Celebrity Big Brother

If you’re a die hard Big Brother fan like me, you’ve been patiently waiting for the reveal of the first cast of Celebrity Big Brother. I didn’t have high expectations. I figured the level of celebrity would be akin to the level of “star” on Dancing with the Stars. Oh was I wrong. Can we change the name of this show to “People You May have Heard of Once Big Brother.” Here’s who we are dealing with:

  • Omarosa Manigault – Formally of The Apprentice and the White House. I’ve never really seen her in action but I’m guessing she’ll be annoying.
  • Mark McGrath – Lead singer of Sugar Ray. Saw this guy in concert a few years back. He’s a lot stranger than you would think.
  • Shannon Elizabeth – She was in American Pie and I’m sure some other stuff. This apparently makes her a celebrity.
  • Metta World Peace – I guess this guy used to be in the NBA. Beats me.
  • Brandi Glanville – She’s a Real Housewife so I’m sure she’ll bring the drama.
  • James Marslow – He was on a Nickoleodon show I’ve never heard of.
  • Keshia Knight Pulliam – She was Rudy on The Cosby Show. They had to dig back far in the TV history books for  this one.
  • Marissa Jaret Winokur – She was on Hairspray on Broadway. I only know who she is because she was on Dancing with the Stars. Last time I checked, being a “star” on a reality show doesn’t qualify you as a “celebrity” for another.
  • Ariadna Gutierrez – She’s the one Steve Harvey accidentally announced as Miss Universe. This might literally be the loosest use of the word celebrity.
  • Chuck Liddell – Apparently a former mixed martial artist. Does that really make you a celebrity?
  • Ross Matthews – He used to be an intern on The Tonight Show and now is a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race. If he is who I think he is, he’s funny. So I could be on board with this.

So there you have it folks, the best 11 celebrities CBS could round up.

The many lists floating the internet of the rumored stars were so much better than the actual cast (Lance Bass anyone). I thought I would have heard of more than 2 of these people (okay large under exaggeration). I thought what would make Celebrity Big Brotherinteresting would be going in with people I already hate and people I already love. Well not the case. I don’t care about any of these people. And where is a contestant from The Challenge? Victor and Natalie are oddly on The Challenge: Vendettas so I was anticipating a crossover. Now their appearance on The Challenge makes even less sense.

Want to Watch a Show about Badass Women? Godless Should be your Next Binge.

Netflix’s Godless is the story of Frank Griffin (not a badass woman), a gun slinging gang leader in 1884 Colorado. An ex-member of his gang leads him to the town of La Belle, made up of mostly women after a mining accident.

If you like gun fights, westerns, and pretty much anything of the like, this show is for you. There is even some romances (and some good ships, as I require). Most importantly though are the women of La Belle. If you need more convincing, read on to learn more about them, if not, turn on Netflix and learn it all for yourself.

Mary Agnes is the sheriff’s sister and a widow like all her follow townspeople. Though she has turned her back on the conventional life of a woman, first by wearing pants and toting a gun.

Alice Fletcher, the most BA of them all, runs her own ranch and when someone comes on her land, she walks out her front door pointing a shot gun.

Tess is a former whore turned school teacher who doesn’t care what the other women think of her.

Martha, though rarely seen, shoots a man in the leg upon mention of her husband.

Louise falls for a white boy, much to her father’s chagrin, and even though she knows there will be consequences spends time with him.

Not all the badass moments involve guns. These women run their town, making deals concerning the mine and horses.

With just seven episodes, there is no excuse not to watch this one next.

Rehash: Fuller House Season 3 Part 2

Once again, it didn’t disappoint. Before I get to anything that happened in these nine episodes I have to say: VICKY!!!!!! I’ve been waiting for her for awhile. I may have fist pumped when I saw her in the living room. This better not be the end. She was there for such a short time. I hope this wasn’t just a cameo for our sake. Danny is moving back to SF after all so I am crossing my fingers real tight they get back together. If he wants to propose to her again using fireworks, I’d be okay with that. But he’s not actually going to move back into the house, right? I don’t think anyone wants that. Sorry, Bob Saget.

Vicky was the last cameo I really needed but I didn’t mind the Rippers being back or the return of the Smash Club. With Joey, Becky and Jesse also moving back, I’m guessing we’ll be seeing more of them and the Smash Club. Though I am torn on this. I like that we get just an episode or two of the original gang each season. It makes it special and ensures they don’t take away from our main characters, so it will be interesting to see how much of them we see now.

As time has gone on, I’ve liked Fernado more than I did after the first season, but he seemed to be around less this season and I liked it. One character I need more of though is Jimmy. He is adorable. Him and Steph are adorable. More please. Now that they are officially having a baby together, he better be in the Tanner-Fuller house more.

Oh and then you have Steve. Him and DJ were finally going to get together and she made him take that job in LA. Are you serious, Fuller House? You’re killing 10-year-old me and 31-year-old me at the same time. We’ve already waited three seasons for them to be together, why make us wait longer? It is just mean.

Farewell, Night Shift

So I’m a little behind on this one but apparently Night Shift got cancelled. Was it a poor man’s Grey’s Anatomy? Yes. Was I over how much military stuff there was and WAY over all of T.C.’s time in Syria? Double yes. Will I still miss it? Yes.

One of the reasons this show may have lost viewers was because it could never really find its way. In five seasons, way too many characters came and went, it was hard to decide who was important. Remember Krista and Ragosa and Landry who all seemed so important at the time but were out by the end of season 2? If you are like me you barely remember they existed (I had to look up their names). I’m a big believer that you gotta love the characters to make the show work. Good, annoying, evil, whatever they are, they gotta be good characters. Who can really get into a show with a revolving door of characters?

Though thankfully, for me and the show, Drew was never a character that got the boot. If you have read my blog before you might know of my deep love of Drew and Rick. They have made it to the Final Four in the Couples Bracket the last two years and even with the show’s cancellation I see them going far in 2018. They are definitely going to be the thing I miss the most. Let’s just all take a moment to watch this again (or if you are me for the 50th time). I feel a little ripped off, really. After they got married, they got pretty boring. I really would have liked more Rick. They could have done more with them as a couple.

Now on to what most people will miss the most: T.C. and Jordan. No conclusion on these two? Just nothing? Cruel. T.C. was planning on staying in San Antonio and helping with the military medical training program, so I guess in our minds we can just pretend they lived happily ever after.

Kudos and Criticism: October 2017

Kudos

  • I was never for Teddy and Owen being together on Grey’s Anatomy but that was when Cristina was around. Now that she is long gone, I’m 100% on board with this. Teddy reemerging after several seasons made me see how they could be great together. Please, Shonda, do it. Amelia is out of the picture (thank goodness), so what’s the problem?
  • The current cast of the Are You the One? may not be doing a great job at the match up ceremonies but they do deserve credit for being the first cast to purposely let a strong couple win a challenge so they could vote them into the truth booth.
  • I’ve always loved when Crazy Ex-girlfriend has brought back songs from the past and they did it again in great fashion with Rebecca’s  “After Everything You Made Me Do (That You Didn’t Ask For).”
  • Outlander, oh where to begin. Jamie and Claire’s reunion was everything any fan could have wanted. It was slow, it was damn sexy and it showed us again why they are one of the best couples on TV. Moments I’m still thinking about weeks later: Jamie asked Claire’s permission to kiss her (swoon.) Oh and then’s there’s this: “I’ve burned for you so long, do you not know that?” And obviously this:  “Do it now. And don’t be gentle.” Okay, now I just want to watch it all again.

Criticism

  • I forgot to say it last month and it is still bugging me. Grey’s Amelia has a brain tumor and that’s why she’s been acting so weird. Fine, except for one thing: Been there, done that. Remember? Izzie had a brain tumor and she was hallucinating Denny? Did Shonda really think we had all forgotten about ghost sex?