Goddamnit. I hate when I do this. I let myself get sucked back into a TV show that has wronged me in the past, because they come up with something new and enticing to pull me back in … and then they screw me sideways harder than they ever did the first time. And I go into it knowing full well that this will be the result, but I do it anyway. I’ve just constantly got that tiny ray of hope that this time it’ll go differently, and I’m not sure it has ever actually happened. Insert clown meme here. And the season of television I’m referring to here – Westworld season 3 – really did properly suck me back in; I mostly found it quite enjoyable until the tragic but predictable moment of my demise towards the end.
And as a side note, I thought for a second that I could blame the lockdown for how angry the show made me (i.e. not enough other activities to keep me occupied), but then I came to my senses. Who am I kidding? All you have to do is look at this blog to see that I get this angry (and/or exhilarated) with TV shows on the reg. It is called Fangirls Anonymous, after all. On the upside, you have to go back on the blog over a year to see me this angry about another TV show (GFYS, Jason Rothenberg!). So. Progress!
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I’m done lol. I’m so done that I actually don’t even need to bother to write a proper review because I won’t waste any more time than I’ve already wasted on this show this season. I’m so let down by this thing that it makes me literally never want to get into any TV show ever again. I’ve been hugely disappointed by shows I’ve loved in the past, but never like this. The upside is that it’s only taken me about 3 weeks to go from loving this show with all my heart to to being able to just quit cold turkey. Like boom, done. I mean obviously I didn’t want it to go this direction because it’s heartbreaking, but if the show had to shit the bed, I’m glad it just did it all at once. I’m glad I didn’t get baited to waste my time again in season 6. Now I can just be free of this nonsense. It feels like a relief and a weight off my shoulders. Aahh.
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The 100 fandom is tired. Real tired. Exhausted. Like, right on the brink of throwing in the towel. I’ve never seen them in a state like this before. Granted, I didn’t start watching the show until season 3 (I binged seasons 1 and 2 a couple months before S3). So I don’t know what things were like with the fandom in the first couple seasons, but it was still early on then and things were still just getting started. You knew if your favorite storylines weren’t going well, that you still had time for things to improve and progress in a good direction. You knew if there were a few eps that weren’t your cup of tea, the show would probably get back to business as usual soon. Things were still new and fresh. The show had plenty of time to adjust and course-correct as things evolved. Nothing that happened, good or bad, felt like the be-all-end-all of anything. Even during the shitstorm of season 3A (err, granted, unless you were a Lexa fan).
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Maybe if those people jello cubes hadn’t been so large and the camera focus so close up as to make poor Octavia trying to chomp into the giant jiggly things look kinda comical.
Maybe if the climactic bunker flashback scene hadn’t been quite so … extra – They couldn’t just try to force Bob the Grounder guy eat a person, it had to also be his brother.
“But Blodreina my brother Greg just died in the fighting pits yesterday …”
“BOB SO HELP ME GOD IF YOU DO NOT EAT THIS GREG JELLO CUBE I WILL SHOOT YOUR GODDAMN STUPID FACE!!”
Truth be told, there’s a lot of things going on here that go far beyond a couple campy scenes. Any show like this can easily veer into cheese territory if everything isn’t perfectly firing all cylinders. If you’re even slightly annoyed by other facets of the show, stuff like this starts to make you roll your eyes.
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Here’s something I don’t think I’ve ever done before: I’m typing the opener to my ep 5.09 review before it airs. The reason I’m doing this is that Jason Rothenberg, The 100‘s showrunner, has tweeted several things in the lead-up to this ep that indicate he’s expecting it’ll cause the fandom to blow up in a bad way. His first tweet on the topic said the ep will “probably start a riot.” Lord. His next tweet about the ep, a few days later, reminded the fans to “keep in mind that [the last 5 eps] are a roller coaster, not a chu-chu train.” And then a couple days after that, he got back on Twitter and was very up in his feelings with some vague tweets about “fandom blindspots” and people being so “convinced in their own rightness that they reject the truth.” Hrrmm. This may be a reaction to Echo hate in his mentions, probably having ramped up over the weekend in response to an ep 5.09 sneak peak he tweeted. Just speculation on my part.
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Man, this show is exhausting.
Season 5 of The 100 should be called “All Bellamy’s Bitches.” O.k. that’s probably too misogynist-sounding for 2018 but I’m thinking of it as an early-90’s rap song. He’s juggling hoes in different area codes. Like seriously, the entire middle part of the season has been devoted to this. He’s saving Clarke from Diyoza, he’s saving Octavia from the bunker, he’s holding Octavia off from killing Echo, he’s holding Octavia off from attacking Diyoza, he’s holding Clarke back from killing O, and he’s poisoning O to stop her from killing Clarke. What’s next for him? Standing awkwardly in the same room with Clarke and Echo once they’re all back in Eden? Stopping O from trying to kill both of them again once she gets back on her feet? No doubt.
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Errgh, o.k. Well, remember last week when I said that with the shockingly long winning streak of season 5 episodes, 5.06 would certainly be the first one to break the streak? It didn’t … I mean, look. It didn’t suck in terms of the quality of the episode itself. It was an interesting ep, reasonably well-written and well-produced. Where the suck factor comes in is purely in terms of the level of enjoyment I got out of it. Why? It was just … rough, storyline wise. And character wise. We had to endure a lot.
This paragraph is something I wrote right after my first watch of the episode: “Even with how strangely buttoned-up Bellamy has been this season, this was the first ep that actually gave me flashbacks of season 3 for him. I mean that in the sense of, I just don’t entirely get what he’s doing. I can’t identify with his motivations. Like, on paper I can kinda get it, but in the execution I’m disconnected with him. I’m totally out of his headspace. This isn’t anything even near the scale of S3 from what I can tell (I hope); as at least he’s not turning into a mass murderer this time. But he does definitely have that similar feel of BizarroBellamy like he did in season 3A.”
<tries to shake off the creepy creeps>
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Lulz. I originally had this as a section in my ep 5.04 review, but the more I wrote, the more I realized that I have a ton to say about this. What a shock! So I figured I should give this its own post, and I’ll link to it from my 5.04 review. The thing that’s so ridiculous about this too is that the amount of direct Bellarke interactions in the ep added up to literally like 3 minutes, if that. But a) there is a LOT packed into these few minutes and b) there were just enough teens throwing fits online about what we got in this ep that I think it’s worth comparing this one to the other Bellarke hug moments, because I really feel like this one wins hands down.
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Hey, Octavia! We’re here to resc … uuuuhhhhh ……. what’s ….. why is it so ….. bloody in here? This place looks a li’l different than we last left it. 6 years ago it was significantly … cleaner. Nicer. Less splattered with blood. Less musty. Less crusty. This is honestly all I could think about during this “rescue” scene -what it must smell like down there after having been sealed off for 6 torturous years.
Holy shit you know what I just realized? As they’re lifting people out of the bunker, literally not one person even bothers to ask where Jaha is. It’s like Miller’s boyfriend Bryan. He disappeared into thin air and no one gave a single shite. There’s no Niylah in this ep either; she must certainly still be alive, but Clarke has no concern whatsoever with why she doesn’t see her anywhere. She was kinda sorta your girlfriend-ish, right Clarke? Well, no matter. She’ll show up again eventually and no one will skip a beat.
This episode can be summed up like so, and if you’re a fan of Netflix documentaries you’ll get what I mean:
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OMFG. This ep … Jesus Christ. There. is. SO. MUCH. to unpack here. First off, I gotta say, this has to be the best 3-episode start to a season The 100 has ever had. Even season 2, which is basically the best of the first 4 seasons … wait – was 2.03 the one where Anya and Clarke escaped Mount Weather and beat the shit out of each other at the Drop Ship? O.k. no that’s 2.04 I think; that is still one of my favorite eps of this series. Anyway point being, season 2’s first 3 eps were more of a slow burn overall, with Clarke trying to figure out how to get out of Mount Weather for a lot of that time, and the rest of the folks trying to find various people and figure out what the hell was going on around them. Season 5, on the other hand, has just been nail-biting intensity almost the entire way through. We got some breathing room at the start with the backstory on Clarke’s 6 years, but even that was filled with quite a number of trials and tribulations and awesomeness. What I’m trying to say is that every minute of this season so far has felt like a full meal. Thank you Bekka Pramheda for our daily bread.
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