Monday, July 20, 2015

My OITNB Season 3 Episodes 8-13 Thoughts blog thanks to GoDaddy coupon CJCSIGLERC

I'm not gonna lie, I sped through the last episodes of OITNB. Here are my thoughts on the rest of season 3.

Episodes 8 & 9 were so boring. Suzanne is writing porn and the prison is interested in it. No kidding. Nothing is going on in their lives and like all things in life, a little spark will go a long way. There was momentary interest in Alex and Lolly, but of course, that fizzles into nothing, like all OITNB storylines.

Episode 10 was by far the best episode between 8-13. Its highlighted character was Pennsatucky. This was by far the most heartfelt episode. You really ached for her. Her upbringing, the expectations of her, what she thought were the regular rules of life -- just from what she was told, observed, and dealt -- was just gut-wrenching. You could see her exploitation, her resolve, and her despair. The best line was "I'm just sad". That's what you felt for her in the final rape scene in the van. It was just so sad what was happening, had happened, and what was expected of her. Of course you are angry, but when she stops fighting and just resolves herself to the situation, who didn't want to scoop her up and hug and hold her. Big Boo did that without the physical contact. Big Boo just wanted to make it better for Pennsatucky. The big bad butch trying to save the tiny little girl -- exploited for her frailty, her hope, her upbringing, and her naivety. Bog Boo was written excellently in this episode. The tough woman who ultimately didn't know what to do. That episode stayed with me the rest of the night.

Episodes 11 & 12 were only good because of the relationship with Boo and Pennsatucky. I loved again, that line about "I'm just sad". Really, that is what it comes down to. She is sad for it all. Everything. Her upbringing, her gender, her hope -- yes. She can be sad about her hope. She just hoped this one guy would be good to her, and when it is squashed, you watch the horribleness of it all wash over her and drain her.

I also liked Sophia and Gloria. Sophia holding her head high, knowing ultimately she was being punished for a crime against her. The message being stated that if she was not transexual, there wouldn't be a problem. It was a good scene. The pain that Gloria felt over the situation getting out of hand was good, but the dilemma of still not saying anything to remedy the situation.

Overall, I just feel like a 13 episode season was completely unnecessary. I feel like Netflix is trying to get money out of their viewers. That entire season could have been consolidated into 6 episodes. I felt like nothing really happened. I don't know more or care more about any of the characters besides Big Boo and Pennsatucky. The interesting thing is, they even made Piper completely uninteresting. A kingpin? Who gives a shit. Alex? Meh. Killed? Don't care. Flaca? Don't care. I sort of care about Caputo and Sophia, but like .... 60%.

They need to do a better job at character development if they want to continue. Honestly? If this was not on Netflix, and a person had to continue to commit week to week, this show would fail. The only reason people will watch the entire season is a shrug and a click.

What do you think?

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Monday, July 13, 2015

My OITNB Season 3 Episodes 5, 6, & 7 Thoughts blog thanks to GoDaddy coupon CJCSIGLERC

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Now for my OITNB thoughts on episodes 5, 6, & 7.

If it is any inclination how this season is going, it's the fact that I didn't feel like recapping until I had watched 3 episodes.

They are just so blah.

I would stop watching if I were you. I am going to keep watching b/c I'm writing this blog and I want to see it through.

Episode 5 was mostly about Flaca's back story. She apparently finds herself in jail, tried as an adult in high school, for selling fake LSD to kids. She gets charged mostly because one of the kids she sells to, again, it's fake LSD, think's he is high and jumps off the school.

Perhaps his parents should have been more worried about why their kid felt so much pressure than the fake drugs. I am assuming it is a commentary on race relations as well, seeing as Flaca is Latino and perhaps that plays more of a role in her sentencing because the boy who jumps is white. I could see the show going there, but I wasn't impressed.

Oh, and Alex thinks her old crime boss is trying to kill her in prison. I kind of care about this, but so not really.

Episode 6 was centered around Chang. I actually liked this episode. I liked hearing the backstory about Chang. I am certain she did far worse things than what happened to her would be lover. I thought that was kind of cool. It was the only one that had a little bit of nuance to it. I like how she is quite, but she did bad things when she was younger. Much like the Russian chemotherapy patient. That was a cool backstory that carried over into the present time in jail. Other than that Piper decides that she is going to try and sell dirty underwear on the internet with her brother, Alex, and a guard's help. I read on line that Piper is flirting with an Australian inmate. Um, if that's what flirting is, that is a gross exaggeration.

Episode 7 is mostly about nothing. Suzanne is writing science fiction porn to some people's interest and other's disgust. Red gets back in the kitchen only to find out that from now on, meals will be in large heat up bags. Oh, well. Norma, the mute, has her backstory revealed in a boring and pathetic way. She was a hippie and finally after many years of following the loser, kills him because he won't stop making fun of her when he is venting his frustrations about his miserable existence.

Overall, I'm not so thrilled with this season. I feel like why I, and others, are still watching is only out of some weird respect to what the show once was and could be. I thought things would be better now that Jason Biggs was gone -- which I'm still grateful for, but the show is still lacking.

Who knows? Maybe my next blog post will just sum up the season. I can't see myself being overjoyed to dissect each episode like I was with say a Breaking Bad, TWD, or Mad Men.

Take care all!

Monday, July 6, 2015

My OITNB Season 3 Episode 3 & 4 Thoughts blog thanks to GoDaddy coupon CJCSIGLERC

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Episode 3 was titled Empathy is a Boner Killer and episode 4 was titled Finger in the Dyke.

Episode 3 centered around Nikky's heroin and her addiction. We learned a little bit more about her backstory and how she found herself in prison. It looks like she got a ten year sentence for trying to break into someone's house to steal an expensive book to sell for heroin. It also, on a side note, brings up a good point of ten years for stealing? That seems a little steep. It might have ended up saving her life though, although, I think that overdose scene from the previous season may have come after the fact.

The other major point of the story is that Alex and Piper are having hate sex .. who cares.

A continuing theme was the closing of the prison. Caputo blackmails that lady from the previous seasons, Natalie, into giving him information on how to keep the prison open. She tells him a private company was and could still be interested. It was alright. Seems like an unnecessary side story. Almost like we should care, but we don't. Or, at least I don't.

I liked Nikky's storyline. She has screwed up her life and she knows it, but she just can't stop herself. She is a junkie, and no matter why she got herself to the point she is at now, she can't seem to quit. She doesn't seem to have remorse for her friends, in fact, she uses them to get money out of her mom. The backstory though wasn't as cathartic as it could have been. It's like the show is almost there, but not quite. It is no where near as good as the flashbacks from Lost. They could really hit the nail on the head, in particular, Sun and Jin.

As for episode 4, the main story point focused on Big Boo. I've always liked her character. She is unapologetically lesbian. She does have a chip on her shoulder though, and it comes out in anger and aggression toward anyone she can point it at. While we understand her character more, I still felt like the sad tidbit to her,  not being able to say goodbye to her mom, was also just as lacking as the sad tidbit about Nikky not sticking up for her friends and bailing them out. I don't know, it just doesn't strike the right note on the emotional spectrum. Is it the writing? What is it?

Also, the loss of Nikky to the other inmates feels pressed. I don't see them really caring. I don't know why.

I think it's because all the show does is tell, not show -- a basic writing element. You tell us Red cares about Nikky, no less as a mother, but what have they done for each other. Where is the story? Where is the drama? Show us! Show Red caring for Nikky, petting her head ...something! I don't think they have had a scene together in forever!

Also, the love affair with Red and Mr. Healy seems outlandish.

The only thing I truly enjoyed was the relationship between Boo and Pennsatucky. That seemed sweet. I liked the growth form Pennsatucky. I liked the simple caring nature of Boo toward Pennsatucky.

I'm sure I'll watch a new episode pretty soon!

Be well everyone! Until next time!

Monday, June 29, 2015

My OITNB Season 3 Episode 2 Thoughts blog thanks to GoDaddy coupon CJCSIGLERC

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Now for OITNB Season 3 Episode 2.

The episode is titled "Bed Bugs and Beyond". It was directed by Constantine Makris and written by Jim Danger Gray. I know. The guy who wrote it sounds like a tool for having his middle name Danger. Jeez-Louise. If he was on Tinder or Cupid with that name, I'd be like no way. I know enough about you to never, ever date you.

This episode focuses on the prison getting bed bugs. There is some thought by the staff that they may have brought them in when they brought a sofa off the street for their office. I'm presuming so they could have sex in it.

The girls all have to strip down from their normal uniforms to wash all the clothes, bedding and others. However, since the prison is sorely underfunded, there are not enough paper gowns to go around Some of the inmates, Alex included, have to wear makeshift clothing out of garbage bags. Some choose to walk around in their prison issued underwear.

Right there, is why I love this show. The cameras do not shy away from what normal women's bodies look like. There is no special lighting, there is no crafty angle to shoot the girls. This is what they look like. I appreciated it. It's a small thing, but this is actually a big step. Even Piper, who is portrayed by Laura Prepon, is shown as a normal woman. She is drop-dead gorgeous. There is no denying that. However, like all women, she has flaws. She is not perfect. That is good to see.

So mostly, everyone is dealing with the bed bug situation and we find out that the prison is actually going to be shut down. I'm not sure if it is due to the scandal, or simply funding, but Caputo is the last one to know. He finds out as they are burning some mattresses that his request for new ones, despite finding a way to fund it, is being denied. It's because the prison is closing.

All the girls will be relocated.

The show this week also focuses on Bennett and Daya. She is closer to having the baby and her Mother finds out that Pornstache's mother wants to visit Daya. Instead, Momma Daya, otherwise known as Aleida, meets with Pornstache's mother instead. They discuss P.M. adopting the baby. This seems like a good idea to all around except Bennett. He wants to marry Daya and keep the baby.

This changes when he visits Aleida's house and her boyfriend. He then flashes back to his military days where it seems he was of questionable character. Now we are left wondering whether or not Bennett will actually go through keeping the baby.

My thoughts on this week's show was a little meh. Outside of my approval of the way they showed the woman, as for story, I wasn't super happy. I didn't even mention the Piper and Alex storyline because it seems tired. I do still enjoy watching Poussey and Taystee. The rest of them, meh.

I'll keep watching though, because I have a thing about starting something and not finishing it. The show runner is Jenji Kohan and I was extremely disappointed in how Weeds progressed. I feel like the same thing is starting to happen with OITNB as well.

Hopefully more Red next episode.

Talk to you all soon!

Monday, June 22, 2015

My OITNB Season 3 Episode 1 Thoughts blog thanks to GoDaddy coupon CJCSIGLERC

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The first episode to season 3 was a little bit of a Debbie-Downer for me.

First off, some good things. The warden or whatever his name is, he is in charge now. It seems that things are running smoother for the inmates. That was a nice sign.

Piper is still Piper. She is still somewhat oblivious to the fact that she is in the same boat as the rest of the prisoners. She always thinks that she is better than everyone else and doesn't think that she has to play by the same rules.

Somehow, and for whatever reason (mostly convenience for the writers, which is lame), Alex shows back up. Something about a gun. This was absolutely some weak writing just to get to the two characters in the same room together.

Red is back. She seems to be a nicer version of herself, but I do not think that this will last. The scene with her sickeningly leech-like family was great. Red is the only one worth anything in that family. She is doing more on the inside of a jail that those losers are doing outside of it. I love her character.

Crazy eyes is having a hard time letting go of Vee, which should be expected. Vee played her, and since Suzanne is not smart, and is developmentally delayed, it makes a lot of sense that she still may not catch on how much Vee played her. She may also not want to realize it. Who can blame her?

However, story wise, what was terribly sad about this episode was the main events, Mother's Day. All the kids came to celebrate it with their incarcerated mothers. At one point, a child goes missing and the whole thing has to be shut down. All prisoners on their bellies and the kids freaking out. I'm not so sure that would happen in real life. It seems a bit traumatic on the kids. It just broke my heart for all of them. Then there was poor Poussey. Missing her mom like crazy when others couldn't care less.

The final sad scene to this episode was the young mother whose gang boyfriend would no longer let her child come see her. It was such a catch-22. She probably did bad stuff with that man she got pregnant with. Due to circumstances, she winds up in jail, and this gang member doesn't. Yet, he tries to turn his life around for the child, which is a good thing, but just so sad for the young mother.

Heart-wrenching episode.

Monday, June 15, 2015

My Archer Season 5 Thoughts blog thanks to GoDaddy coupon CJCSIGLERC

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I love this show. I'm not kidding. I absolutely, hands down, adore it. I want to watch it everyday. I wish it was like a soap opera, where Monday-Friday, you get a new episode every day.

With that being said, this was not my most favorite season.

Season 5 was labeled Archer Vice.

It started airing on January 13th, 2014.

It had 13 glorious episodes. So even though it wasn't my favorite season, it is still better than 98% of the television being shown today.

Some of the highlights for me was the Burt Reynolds episode. Archer freaking out that he can actually do the Run is super awesome.

The Baby Shower episode was really great for the continuation of the storyline between Archer and Lana. Way to go Woodhouse! coming through in the end! And we got to see a cameo by Kenny Loggins! Us 80's kids out there (like Archer), were super pumped! How cool!

I loved the episode The Rules of Extraction . Watching the crocodile come up on the raft was super awesome. Then Ray simply walking off was spectacular. It also made perfect sense that Archer would not even be annoyed, he was impressed with Ray's scam.

The Palace Intrigue episodes were great because I liked the way Archer kept shooting people so that they couldn't state that he had slept with Juliana.

And, to conclude, the vey, very best part was how concerned Archer was with the delivery of Lana's baby. The show showed that even though it is an animated, comedic show, it can show real heart.

I can't wait for season 6!

Side note, Pam was kind of, absolutely, really, annoying this season. I hope they make her less so for season 6.

Side, side note. I hate FX for this. They make it so hard to see there most current season if you are just a little bit behind. I ran against this same dilemma with Sons of Anarchy. I get that they are just trying to make money on DVD's and purchases off of Amazon, but it is so insulting. I just want to watch your show, okay?

Monday, June 8, 2015

My Archer Season 4 Thoughts blog thanks to GoDaddy coupon CJCSIGLERC

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Speaking of shows that I have fallen in love with ... I love Archer. I'm not kidding. I adore this show. I hope that it goes on forever. I want to see Lana and Sterling when they are the butler's age. It will be "classic Archer".

Season 4 was terrific. We received 13 fabulous episodes with some absolutely fantastic guest stars.

The show opens with Archer having memory loss because he can't deal with the fact that his mother married the Cadillac dealership owner Ron. Apparently, the voice of Archer is also the voice of the main dude, I'm assuming Bob on Bob's Burgers. I'm not going to lie. I will now never watch Bob's Burgers because I do not want to ruin the amazing voice of Archer. No can do.

The second episode was so fantastic. It guest stars one of my all-time favorite actors Timothy Olyphant. Apparently, Archer really does have one friend in the world (voiced by Olyphant), Luca Troy. Troy used to be an agent at ISIS, but signed with the competitor. Troy is presumed dead, but Archer won't hear of it. He goes on an unauthorized mission to find his good buddy.

I absolutely loved this episode. Some of the quips in it were fantastic and the references were superb.
ref to The Natural

Another episode that was a favorite of mine was Once Bitten. In this episode Archer is bitten by a snake and he goes in and out of consciousness. Even in that state, he is so funny. Also, one of my favorite movies is The Natural staring Robert Redford and this episode references it.

Episode 8, Coyote Lovely, was good just because it featured another Justified guest star, Nick Searcy.

Episode 10, Un Chien Tangerine, was one of my favorites. I hate to give anything away, but there is a dog in the episode. It cracked me up so bad. I will tell you this. Please note that the dog barks in morse code. I don't want to give anything away, but just look for the dog to mimic something that Archer does to Lana.

Those were my favorite episodes. I will say this. This season had one episode I really didn't care for. The Papal Chase was not my favorite. It was pretty unfunny and just kinda weird.

All in all though, fantastic season. I highly recommend that you watch it!

I will review season 5 next week!