Kudos and Criticism: September 2017

Kudos

  • Nothing was better during the excellent season premiere of Grey’s Anatomy than the return of Teddy.  She is Owen’s best friend, of course she would be there when Megan came home. So few times does a character come back when they should (weddings, funerals, etc.) so it was nice to see it happen for once. Oh and Owen kissed her and I am 100% behind it for the first time. I mean, let’s face it, Amelia is the worst, and now that Cristina is gone, I would be fully on board with Teddy and Owen.
  • Kevin and Kate on This is Us continue to be the best siblings on TV. That conversation they had in the premiere? Gold. They had an entire conversation in about 6 words. It was awesome.
  • There is going to be a Pretty Little Liars spin off! We know next to nothing about it, but I. Marlene King is involved which means I’ll be tuning in.

Criticism

  • We are only two episodes into the new season of Are You the One? and there has only been one match up ceremony. Instead of ending the episode with this ceremony as they always have, it looks like we may be ending all the episodes with the truth booth. Not cool. This is so much less exciting. Please go back to the ways of old. This includes bringing back Ryan Devlin as host. I don’t know why he left but he is already missed. His severe judgement of the contestants was one of the things that made this show worth watching.
  • Project Runway decided to change the format a bit this year. For some reason, they decided they should use some of their hour and a half run time to show behind the scene looks of the judges setting up, Heidi being called to stage, and the models being herded to the runway. This adds nothing to the show. And in adding this content, they have taken away the safe designers going backstage and discussing who they think is in the top and bottom. Go back, Project Runway. Go back.
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Refresh: Grey’s Anatomy

  • Owen’s sister is still alive. When Meredith told Riggs, she told him, if it were Derek, she’d already be gone (and I died a little inside).
  • The hospital blew up. You know, no big deal.
  • There seems to be some chemistry between Maggie and Jackson. They could be great. They could suck. Jury is still out on this one.
  • Edwards was in the middle of the fire, because you know, she was trying to protect that kid from that crazy rapist. It had been rumored the actress that plays her was leaving so I assumed she’d just be the next Grey‘s casualty. But to my surprise, she survived the fire, only to quit, deciding she needs to finally live her life. I wish I could say you’ll be missed.
  • Minnick is gone. Not even sure this bullet is necessary. We have all already forgotten about her and she may never even be mentioned again.
  • DeLuca dropped the charges against Alex and Alex is back at work.

Refresh: This is Us

  • We still don’t know how Jack dies exactly or when. We just know Kate blames herself.
  • Randall’s biological father, William, passed away and Randall quit his job.
  • Kevin is still with Sophie (his childhood sweetheart and ex-wife) and they are the cutest.
  • Kate and Toby are engaged (after he had a heart attack at Christmas).
  • We’re still not quite sure how Rebecca ended up married to Miguel or why Kevin has a much bigger problem with their stepdad than the other two.
  • Basically, so much happened in the first season, if you can’t remember the majority of it, I won’t be much help here. I trust it will come back to you.

I’m sure we’ll get more answers this season but I’m guessing they’ll make us sweat it out bit more. You have one day to get your Kleenex ready…

Rehash: Fuller House Season 3 Part 1

I love this show. I do. I rewatched season 2 recently and I couldn’t have been more excited for these next nine episodes. There’s just something so easy about it and funny. They may be easy jokes but I find myself laughing out loud all the time, which is hard to find in TV. Don’t change, Fuller House.

What a cliffhanger though, right? For more than 20 years (and that’s dedication, that means I was in elementary school when I first loved these two together. Hell, they may even be my first real ship), I’ve been rooting for DJ and Steve and seeing that look on his face as the season ended after she admitted she was going to choose him (even though she thought was she was talking to Kimmy), eek. Part 2 can’t come soon enough. Can’t these two kids work it out already? Matt is fine and all but I’m with Kimmy on this one. Team Steve all the way.

Then you’ve got Stephanie, who has always been my favorite Tanner sister (quite possibly because I myself am the middle of three children). Her and Jimmy continue to be adorable (and he continues to be beautiful. He his new haircut is top notch). I love that they are going to try to have a baby together.

Max Fuller is still the cutest kid on TV so nothing has changed there. I’m also enjoying watching Jackson as he comes more and more into his personality.

Danny is getting divorced. Raise your hand if you are sad about this. No one? That’s what I thought. Seriously I still don’t even understand who his wife is. Good riddance. Where is Vicky already? She is pretty much the one cameo I am still waiting for. Though Grandpa Nick! Woo who even knew it would be so great to see that guy again?

Another thing I had never thought I wanted to see: The Gibler house, but now that I’ve seen it, not disappointed. Of course there would be farting chairs and Velcro wall time-outs. Now can we meet the rest of the Giblers? Where is Garth? Remember that guy?

 

Rehash: Big Brother 19 Finale

My chin is still on the floor after that one. If you’ve ever read what I’ve had to say about Big Brother, you know that I enjoy a strategic game (what some would call dirty). I think the best games are the ones that involve all aspects of the game: a little backstabbing, winning comps, making the right alliances and manipulating when you have to. Needless to say, I respected the hell out of Paul’s game. Everything he said in his final speech was true. He had a hand in every jurors eviction. Not just a hand, but was the mastermind. He got people to throw HOH competitions, for god’s sake. He was never on the block. He won more competitions than anyone. One of these stats is reason enough to win, but all of them together! In my eyes he is in the same class as Dr. Will, Derrick and Dan. Great strategic players.

Unfortunately for Paul, he found himself with a jury who voted based on emotion rather than actual game play. Elena made the good point that a bitter jury is part of the game, but that doesn’t change the fact that there is nothing I hate more than a bitter jury. Paul is the reason all nine of them were sitting there tonight and they were just all too mad to admit that they got played. Alex as worst of all. I hope she looks back at this episode and realizes how stupid she looked making faces when Paul talked. She might possibly be the most bitter juror yet (“I’m voting for the person who stabbed me in the front not the back.” I’m not sure she has watched this show before.). So congrats on that I guess.

At least Dr. Will hasn’t changed. He clearly thought Paul should win. The best part of the episode was him putting those jurors in their place. “Are you all just sore losers?” he asked them point blank. It was fantastic. The answer: yes, yes they are. Oh and Will still looks good. Silver fox.

As the episode played out, it was clear Josh would win. He isn’t the most unworthy person to win this game (that’s actually Adam from the winter season we all try to forget existed), he did at least do a few things and win a few comps (unlike Christmas who the only comps she won were thrown to her). So I really wasn’t too surprised when that final vote went to Josh. What did shock me though was Cody winning America’s Favorite Player. I won’t complain, I didn’t vote. But I just can’t believe people voted for him. Like were they ironic votes? If so, I guess I can get behind it a little.

Fall Shows I’m Giving a Shot 2017

Last fall, I wrote about which Fall shows I was going to watch for at least one episode and as I read about this year’s pilots, I have to say, I’m not too impressed. Too many superheroes and military based shows for me. At this point, from what I’ve seen of the new crop, I’m really only planning on giving three a shot and two are reboots. This is sad.

  • The Crossing Refugees show up out of the water seeking safety from war. The twist: This war is 150 years in the future. It has a cool Jericho vibe from what I can tell from the trailer.
  • Roseanne – Pumped for this. Though I’m gonna need Johnny Galecki to come back as David to really make it worthwhile. I’ll even forgive the whole ignoring the finale thing (ie Dan is really alive).
  • Will and Grace – They are also ignoring their finale, which I’m not too concerned about. I was not a strict follower of the show. Even with reruns I don’t think I’ve seen every episode. I’m basically just in it for the nostalgia and laughs.

Kudos and Criticism: July 2017

Kudos

  • I’m loving Freeform’s The Bold Type. Throughout each episode, my favorite switches from Sutton to Kat to Jane back to Sutton. All three are equally interesting and unique. The show has a nice new spin on young women in business.
  • The Challenge Dirty Thirty has been full of so many twists already (we’re only three episodes in, people). First, six people were eliminated on the first day (chosen by Corey and Jenna) and then they entered the redemption house. Plus the best twist so far is how eliminations are handled: the winners vote in one man and one woman and all other losers enter the elimination to pull Xs at random and whoever pulls the double cross picks who goes in against those voted in. It is intensely awesome.
  • Oh, Spouse House, I love you. This new reality show brings 14 singles ready to get married into one house where they are given an opportunity to propose every week. If she (or he) says yes, they get married like three days later (as we saw with Danny and Naya). Uh there is so much drama. It is basically Are You the One? but with higher stakes. Can’t get enough.

Criticism

  • Night Shift‘s T.C. is finally back in the States after what feels 15 episodes of boring Syria story lines. Seriously he should have come back after about one episode. Syria is just too boring. He is already talking about going back. Please don’t.
  • Younger‘s Liza continues to be just annoying. She is the protagonist of this show but she has become my least favorite character. I just want Josh and Kelsey to hook up already.
  • I watched Married at First Sight for the first time this season and I will not be watching again. I think it has a great concept but was way too long and technical. They repeated way too much info, especially why they wanted to get married. We get it guys, move on. Also, why did Danielle and Cody stay married? The reunion is this week, maybe we’ll find out they have found a way to make it work. Who knows.

Rehash: Degrassi: Next Class Season 4

I’m really sad to see this class of seniors go (nothing new here). There are just so few good characters left at Degrassi, I’m not sure what to think about season 5. But let’s not worry about that now, let’s breakdown season 4.

  • Miles – Him and Tristan are still the cutest. Miles showing up at the hospital in his tux instead of going to prom was so adorable.
  • Tristan – I assumed we’d see a lot more of him this season. His recovery really should have been covered more. I really hope he is back next season to finish his senior year.
  • Lola – I love her so much. With each episode she gets better and better. She was such a good friend to Yael. It just shows she is too good for Frankie and Shay. They don’t deserve her.
  • Maya – Glad she finally had some screen time with Zig but things were left too open-ended for me. We will most likely never see her again, and I just want to know her and Zig are together.
  • Zig – See both Maya.
  • Esme – Oh man she is so pyscho. I love it. She is one of the most screwed up characters this show has had. I feel like her story can’t be over. I’m hoping she has to repeat senior year. If Imogene can randomly fail, then Esme can too.
  • Zoe – She was pretty absent this season so no real comment except her mom sucks.
  • Grace – She got new lungs!
  • Tiny – Guy can dance.
  • Shay – Between camping and promposal I can’t handle her anymore. She is so awkward. I get embarrassed just watching her.
  • Frankie –  Frankie has always been a little odd, but a three person relationship. Okay, that’s a new one.
  • Jonah – This is the least I’ve ever hated him. I attribute this to his relationship with Grace.
  • Hunter – No video game dating or bringing guns to school. This guy got boring quick.
  • Yael – Her gender identity struggle has been one of the most fascinating stories this show has had.
  • Vijay – He got a new hat. This is what happened to him in the 10 episodes.
  • Baaz – Even worse than a new hat, he just butted in where he didn’t belong when it came to Shay’s promposal. Seriously why are these two even on the show?
  • Winston – Did he used to be interesting? If so, I can’t remember.
  • Goldi – Finally this girl got interesting. Her being attacked on the street was new territory for Degrassi and I’m glad they tackled it.
  • Rasha – I still don’t like her. There is just something about her that rubs me the wrong way.
  • Sadd – His relationship Lola is the cutest. There are so few good couples right now, so I’m glad to have to them ship.

Kudos and Criticism: June 2017

Kudos

  • Season 5 of Orange is the New Black was it’s best. I was very concerned when I read that the season would take place over the course of a couple of days. Well I was wrong, it was amazing. Everything with the riot was on point. Ensemble shows tend to best when all characters are involved in one story line. This would be hard for a show with this large of a cast but they found one of the only ways it could work. I wish it wasn’t over. I can’t wait for season 6 and see all of the repercussions of the riot.
  • Big Brother season 19 is underway and it seems like it is going to be a good one. So far, I am on board with the temptations twists. I think it could lead to some interesting developments in the game. We will see. Also, I won’t complain that Paul is back. Love that guy.
  • My favorite part of the two hour Pretty Little Liars finale was that for awhile at the beginning we got to see the girls happy and living normal lives. This is something I expected to end with, but either way it was nice to see even if it only lasted for a short time. I mean in the end, Caleb and Hanna are married and having a kid. That’s all I need.

Criticism

  • Underground was cancelled. I’m still holding out hope it will get picked up by another network. It is too good to be over.
  • In American Ninja Warrior’s ninth season, the top five women from each city qualifying round move on to the city finals, instead of just the top 30 qualifies no matter what their gender. Not a fan. They claim they made the change because women like Jessie Graff paved the way; well that is the exact reason they shouldn’t do it. Women don’t need special treatment i.
  • We are only a few weeks into city qualifiers on American Ninja Warrior and there have already been two proposals on the course. Come on guys this is lame. How is this special to your girlfriend and your relationship? I just fell on national TV and am all wet but hey let’s spend our lives together. Just what?
  • Team Ninja Warrior‘s finale was a huge disappointment. The course didn’t even change for the final relay race. Nothing about this competition makes sense or is exciting.
  • I gotta say, the series finale of Pretty Little Liars seemed rushed,  very much like when Uber A was revealed. A lot of information was thrown at us in a short time. I still feel like I’m processing. It was also kind of a disappointment that the final A.D. reveal felt like something we had seen before. Spencer has a secret twin (Jessica had a secret twin) who wanted vengeance for a sister she didn’t really know and the life she thinks she was cheated of (Charlotte). I was expecting something a little more original. Like how many family secrets can one person have? Spencer is Mary Drake’s daughter and has a secret twin and Jason is her half brother. Come on now. This couldn’t have been spread out among the liars a little more? Why does Emily have such a normal family in comparison to Spencer and Alison?

Refresh: Younger

It’s time to rejoin fake 26-year-old Liza. Here is where things stand:

  • Liza told Kelsey the truth about her age. Dun Dun Dun!!!!
  • Josh was going to propose to Liza (!!!!) until he saw her kissing Charles (Boo!).
  • Kelsey broke up with that writer boyfriend we have already forgotten about.
  • Liza signed a terrible author to the imprint without Kelsey’s knowledge because said author was blackmailing her about her age.
  • Maggie is still awesome.
  • Lauren’s adorable doctor boyfriend is moving in with her.

See you tomorrow night, Younger.