Saturday, December 26, 2015

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Go see The Force Awakens, as if you need to be told. GO SEE IT. It is awesome!

I normally review horror on this blog, but I'm also 44 years old, so I'm totally invested in The Force Awakens, so I am reviewing that too. Deal with it.

All the things you always wanted in a sequel, now you have it. Poe, Finn, Rey, and BB-8 are all here to serve whatever fulfillment you need. And how.

My spoiler free review:

The short: Oooooh, it's all that, I totally swear. I'm not kidding and yes, I saw one, two, and three.

The longer: I'm afraid to spoil, so I'll say, YES, this is the movie I was hoping for. It's lovingly honorable compared to four, five, and six. It's original, lovely, sassy and good. And BB-8 is made of magic.

You learn enough to make it worth it and you learn enough to know you were sated all along. It's awesome.

See it. Cheer for Rey. Yay for girls in the lead. We need more of that, I promise. Good for all of us.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Here's why I love Let The Right One In, thanks to GoDaddy coupon CJCSIGLERP


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I like horror movies as much as the next gal, but sometimes they're pretty cheesy. And there's a time and a place for that, but it's not my very favorite.

Earlier on this blog I reviewed "It Follows" and that was more a psychological thriller. I do love a good horror thriller, and this one was okay, but a bit too nonsensical.

Which brings me to Let the Right One In. In so many ways, the perfect horror movie. Thrilling, subtle, and with great horror scenes, this is one of the best horror movies in the last decade, if not one of the best horror movies period.

My spoiler free review:

The short: Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.

The longer: It's hard to say much without spoiling, but I'll say that Oskar is lonely and clever and good, and he's unfairly picked on by his classmates.  Then he meets Eli, and she's lonely and clever and not picked on. And first they are friends, and then they are best friends, and then life goes on. Well, for Oskar, and for Eli too, in her way. 

It's dark and sad and also funny and smart, this film.  And most of the horror takes place off-screen, and I promise you it doesn't matter one lick that you don't see the gore and blood.

If you haven't seen it, make sure to see the original (movie poster above) and not the US remake. The original will tear your heart out and you'll be thankful that it does. It's that good.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

I'm watching The Leftovers. Want to know why? My thoughts, thanks to GoDaddy coupon CJCSIGLERP


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Listen, I didn't watch Lost. And the reason I didn't is that I watched the pilot and thought "they're in Purgatory." (Spoiler alert!) Turns out, they were in Purgatory for many seasons, as were many of the viewers who waited and watched for something more.

The Leftovers is produced by the same guy, and while I'm still watching, I'm starting to think all he does is purgatory stories.

My spoiler free review for the series (so far):

The short: One crazy day, 2% of the world's population is "departed" and disappear. No cause detected, no answers as to why some were taken and some remain. Chaos ensues, as does miracle seeking.

The longer: Well, there's not a lot more to say than what I've said above without spoilers, but here's something:  Kevin Garvey has retired and moved with Nora Durst and his daughter Jill to the Jarden, Texas, a town untouched by The Departure. Also coming to town are Matt Jamison who has moved with his wife, Mary.

I think they might somehow be in purgatory. Again with the purgatory. It's not they they didn't get Departed, it's that they're not yet moved over into the other side. They're waiting in a place that looks like home, but doesn't feel like home. 

I'm not sure if I'm staying with 'em or not, honestly. It's getting like a lot of meandering story and not a lot of payoff. Which we've seen end poorly before. We'll see.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

My review of Blood and Oil. See what I thought, thanks to GoDaddy coupon CJCSIGLERP


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This is a new series on ABC and it's awesome.

My spoiler free review:

The short: A big money, splashy story set on the Bakken Shale in North Dakota, where crude oil is causing the new gold rush.

The longer: Billy and Cody Lefever dream of a new life beyond their working class roots and move to "The Bakken" in North Dakota, booming after the biggest oil discovery in American history. They’re soon pitted against a ruthless tycoon who forces them to bet big and put everything on the line, including their marriage.

This is a wonderful, writ-large evening soap opera in the tradition of Dallas, Dynasty and Falcon Crest. The four lead actors are great in their respective roles, especially the deliciously devious oil billionaire played by Don Johnson. 

A bit over the top, and tons of fun, I am really enjoying Blood & Oil.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

My review of "AMY" the Amy Winehouse story, thanks to GoDaddy coupon CJCSIGLERC

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I like Amy Winehouse's music, and I loved this documentary so much more than I would have thought.

My spoiler free review:

The short: The story of Amy Winehouse in her own words, featuring unseen archival footage and unheard tracks.

The longer: This is wonderful movie about the sad life story of Amy Winehouse. If you're like me, you probably only knew anything about Amy Winehouse in the last few raucous years of her life. Trouble, trying, and living out loud — and ultimately paying the price for it.

But there's so much more to Amy, and it's her luminosity and charm and raw love of life that shines through in this movie.

Directed by Asif Kapadia, and featuring many of the people who lived and worked with Amy during her too-short life.

Don't miss this if you want to love the music even more, or learn a bit more about the life that could have been. 

Monday, October 12, 2015

"Coherence" was … ooof. I will tell you my thoughts this October night thanks to GoDaddy coupon CJCSIGLERC

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Coherence is set up thusly: Strange things begin to happen when a group of friends gather for a dinner party on an evening when a comet is passing overhead.

My spoiler free review:

The short: I'm a science based kind of person, there is no doubt. So I know that when a comet passes close to the Earth, no matter how many people I'm having dinner with, and no matter how close the comet gets to Earth, I'll be fine. Nonetheless, I rolled with quite a lot of this storyline.

I loved the ingenuity of the dinner party guests, and I love the icon box that they build to see what's what (nothing more to say there to avoid spoilers).

The longer: Although I really loved the glow sticks and the general tenacity of the guests, I was disappointed that the storyline ended up taking a smaller, goofier path to it's end. It became a tiny story about a tiny person, instead of a story about the whole world at large and everyone's stake in the universe. And the science kind of stank, as you'd imagine.

Still, a mystery about a multiverse is probably worth a gander if you like that kind of thing.  See Primer first, for sure. And skip Upstream Color for sure. This one is a good middle ground in that scheme.

I didn't see a lot of coherence in Coherence.

Monday, October 5, 2015

"Me, Earl and the Dying Girl" was swell! My review, courtesy of GoDaddy coupon CJCSIGLERC

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This one was a big winner at Sundance, claiming the Grand Jury award and the audience favorite award earlier this year. I watched in October and it was still good.

My spoiler free review:

The short: A high school touchy-feely piece, different and yet similar to the angst the students felt in the fantastic movie Brick.  Earl is a wonder, and the dying girl is … well, dying. They both execute their parts exceedingly well and are wonderful foils to the main character.

The longer: I love that the protagonist (the "Me" in the title) narrates the whole movie in voice over, and you can never tell what he wants or where he's telling the truth or making up a reality he'd love to see come to pass. It's nuanced and quiet, and very moving.

From IMDB: High schooler Greg, who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl, finds his outlook forever altered after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer.

This one is one to watch when you're not in the mood for a lot of action, but are in the mood for a lot of feels.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

I watched "It Follows". See what I thought, thanks to GoDaddy coupon CJCSIGLERC

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I watched It Follows on Netflix. It was billed as super scary, but not in a blood and guts way and I totally agree.

My spoiler free review:

The short: Something spooky and curious and not all that well understood follows a young woman after she has sex with her new boyfriend. Her new boyfriend who then ties her up to a chair, apologized for doing this to her, then vanishes from town without a trace. All this after just one night together. And *then* the weird stuff starts to happen to her.

The longer: It's pretty spooky and eerie and gives you the willies as long as you don't think too much about the internal dynamics of the thing that "follows". (Trust me, just roll with it. If you think too hard about it, it kinda doesn't follow.)

Written and directed by David Robert Mitchell, it does success handily in creeping you out, and giving you a sense that this is probably happening just in the next town over from yours … and could be happening right now.

If you like horror, and not just the blood, guts and gore … check out It Follows.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Hear what I thought of "San Andreas," thanks to GoDaddy coupon CJCSIGLERC

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I have to say that San Andreas was a huge, popcorny, sprawling, not-too-deep action movie, and I loved every minute of it.

Polite, non-spoilery review:

The short: It's a summer blockbuster starring The Rock as the movie's hero helicopter pilot who works with the LA County fire and rescue squad (I think.)  It's the Rock, being a hero, and flashing that smile. It's FANTASTIC.

The longer: Paul Giamatti plays the scientist who figures it all out with grim resolve and love for the genre too. He's hopelessly behind on getting the word out, but he's doing what he can, when he can. He's disheveled and a little goofy. He's awesome in this move too.

There is the requisite evil antihero, a love story and even a cute kid.

It was everything you hope for with a summer, big-budget thriller. Goofy, implausible, and the hero always wins.  I'll take it.

Monday, September 14, 2015

My "Wild" review, thanks to GoDaddy coupon CJCSIGLERC

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I saw Wild this week on DVD. Starring Reese Witherspoon, based on the book by Cheryl Strayed.

My review, as ever will be short and spoiler-free, because that's just polite.

The short: It was a little too on-the-nose and easy on the back story for my tastes, especially since the Pacific Coast Trail hike that Cheryl takes is meant to exorcise her demons. But that's probably because the majority of the movie (and book) is about her experience on the trail itself, so that makes sense.

The longer: I will say I liked the complexity of the character's downward spiral and journey back. Life is hard, people, this is just the facts. Getting from here to tomorrow can sometimes be more than you can do easily. I've been there myself, as I'm guessing have most of you reading. That's life.

Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern were simply great. From showing us simple love to complex heartbreak, perfection.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

My review of "Trainwreck" thanks to GoDaddy coupon CJCSIGLERC

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Trainwreck!
I'm going to talk about the new Amy Schumer movie Trainwreck, but I'm going to keep it short and sweet and spoiler-free, because that's just the way I roll.

The short: I liked it. It's a comedy, and I needed a comedy this week. And it's well within the wheelhouse of what you'd expect from Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow, so that's great.

The longer: It's a bit less nuanced that Ms. Schumer's stand-up, but that's to be expected in a full-cast movie with several sub-plots. Her stand-up is raunchy and cutting and "on fleek" as the kids say, and a goodly amount of this movie is just as sharp.  There are a few things that ring untrue for the highly successful woman she plays in the movie, and for the very, very successful physician she dates (played wonderfully well by Bill Heder) but that's kind of to be expected in a light comedy as well. It's a limitation of the format for the genre, not the comedy chops at work here.

Oh, and Lebron James AND John Cena were totally awesome.

If I were you, I'd see it. And then maybe I'd blog about it too, just like me!

Monday, August 31, 2015

My The Strain Season 2 Thoughts blog thanks to GoDaddy coupon CJCSIGLERC

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Now, onto what I like to blog about television shows like The Strain ...

This week's episode was utterly a waste of time. I'm stating it now. I will not watch season 3.

I just don't know how a show with so much promise can be so dull? If I had to take a guess, I would say it is because the writers and frontrunners have stated that the show is supposed to last 5 seasons. They are obviously trying to stretch out all of the material to make it that long. They better be careful though, they might not reach 5 seasons because of people like me who will refuse to watch the show. I also think that it is on when there are no other programs to watch. AMC is their main competition, but with Sunday Night Football coming back, people will have other and better options for television entertainment.

I feel bad for people who write recaps for this show. I write my thoughts on the show and spend little time recapping things each week.

Honestly, this is all that happened.


  • Nora questions EPh. This happens each week. She does it in that really annoying breathy voice of hers -- like it would kill her to put any oomph into her voice. 
  • Zach is still whiny. He is still whiny over his mother. 
  • Kelly is still after Zach, but now she went to Avon. The fight scene is nothing. They are never anything. 
  • Fet is still cool. 
  • Setrakian still grumbled this week, but I think he may have had 5 lines of dialogue this week, so there was an improvement there. 
  • No Dutch this week. She must be on hiatus doing another show because the actress realizes this show sucks. 


Overall, Kelly tried to find Zach again in the most dull way possible, finds him at the hideout, convinces the moron to let her in, and nothing happens. It's like a song on repeat.

Eph saves someone's life with Zach assisting. All so he can get a rifle. Alright.

The book that everyone is after is located, after a stupid Cardinal tries to sell it to the highest bidder. Ugh.

Honestly, that's it. Nothing else happened. Oh, a lover's spat between Palmer and the French lady. French lady may be a spy.

Gang dude acts the only way a real person would and tries unsuccessfully to shoot vampire son. They make an alliance.

5 more stupid episodes to go. Maybe next week that will take the action and plot up a notch. For everyone's sake, I hope they do.






Monday, August 24, 2015

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This week on The Strain was more of nothing. It's like they give you one more piece of information that should only last 5 minutes and fill it with an entire hour. I honestly feel like this show would be better served in 1/2 hour increments. Then maybe it would feel like something was actually happening.

So let's recap. Eph is drunk and puts a bandage on.

Nora still seems insanely clueless and docile. She would drive me crazy in an apocalypse. I'm not saying I would want someone who was all chaotic and hectic, but her? I'd be like, honestly, how about an emotion, any emotion?

Setrakian is still grumbling his way through the episodes. He still hates the Master. He still can't kill him. I think his goal was to blow up the building, but then only a little chunk of concrete fell down. Wah-wah ...

The Master still doesn't kill Setrakian. So weird.

Quinlan shows up and finally kills some of those weird monkey-children. I like this actor. I like this character. I'm sure the show will screw it up somehow.

Barbie kissed Palmer. Palmer blushes like a school-kid, which, they explain away. Whatever. I'm fairly certain Barbie was not in the books? Am I wrong? Do we care?

Kid was not as annoying this week, thank God.

Poor, poor Fet. I would make him forget all about Dutch. However, Fet, calm down for 5 seconds. Whiny girl just showed up. Give it a second. For such a manly man, I have to agree with Eph on this one, way to give up super-duper fast.

Onto next week. They better do something pretty fast to make this season make us want another. We just finished episode 7. Only 5 to go. Not like, oh my God! There is only 5 more to go! I can't believe it! More like, man, do something quick or your ratings will not let you survive into a third season.


Monday, August 17, 2015

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Now, for my thoughts on The Strain episode 6 titled Identity.

Honestly, this show.

Palmer is still making demands that he is too stupid to realize he has no authority to make. It's insulting the way the show writes his character. There is no nuance to it. He's just dumb, short-sighted, and arrogant.

The one character that does this a little bit better is the Nazi. He is crushed to learn that he won't ascend to the highest being. It crushes him. However, wouldn't you rather be second in command with all your own faculties? I'd be a little wary of giving myself over to the Master and being completely taken over. I think the Nazi got the better deal.

So, did this week confirm that Nora and Eph have no relationship? Is this to make us somehow like Eph less? I actually liked the blond haired lady. She had more pizzaz to her than Nora. Not cool though, to be off having sex, and leave your son behind to be taken care of by a woman who is pretty sure she's your girlfriend. However, in the real world I would never leave my son behind. In the universe that is The Strain, I would leave Zach behind in a heartbeat.

Also, what the heck man? Killing off Fitz? I liked him. He seemed believable in the roll and I liked the actor. Too bad they ruined a good thing again.

What else. Where was Dutch?

Is Zach working Nora? Seems a bit of a turnaround for the annoying kid. Plus, hasn't he been whining this whole time for his mom? There she is, idiot! Go to her! I mean why are you running? Why are you having an asthma attack? Isn't that what you wanted?

Yeah, I thought so ...

Well, at least the pharmaceutical company has the Anti-vampire virus. That's something.

Also, how stupid are the people of New York in this show? There are literal Vampires running around and someone asks for your blood type in mass fashion? I'm not so sure someone wouldn't connect the dots.

One more thing, we did it turn into winter?

Just kidding, one more thing .. are the Feelers bullet proof? Is it just me or are they being hit with those bullets and nothing is happening? So stupid.

Until next time ...



Friday, August 14, 2015

My The Strain Season 2 Thoughts blog thanks to GoDaddy coupon CJCSIGLERC

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This week I will be returning to my blogging about The Strain. I'm totally caught up on season 2 at this point.

Not that I needed to be. It's not very good.

Again, I only watch due to my compulsion to finish something that I started. I think it's a disease or something.

Maybe one of those worms got in me and now I am forced to watch the show as some part of a collective vampire mind.

Much like True Detective season 2, nothing haas happened this whole season so far and we just finished episode 5.

Let's start with Eph. He is still annoying and no one cares. He shaved his head, still fights with his son, and it's still unclear if he and Nora are actually in a relationship. They never do anything remotely loving to each other.

Nora. Shrug. She's okay. She seems like a wallflower though. Nothing really happens with her. Ever. She helped develop a virus with Eph to kill the vamps, but the vamps just commit suicide to keep it from spreading. Wow. Way to start a plot lead and then just do nothing with it all in one episode.

Setrakian is just cantankerous. He growls a lot, mixed in with some huffing.

Zach. Oh, man. I did not think it was possible to make this kid any more annoying than he was from last season. To make matters worse, it's as if they tried to find the worst kid actor possible. It's beyond painful to watch. I should start a drinking game of how many times an episode I wish one of those vampire tether-tongues kill him.

Cyber chick Dutch and Fet are the only reasons I remotely enjoy the show.

New politician lady (Feraldo) is cool. I've always liked the actress, too. However, if you asked me to name what she has been in before, I can't place it. She's the newest player and I like her.

Marchand. No one is buying that she would be into Palmer. Stop it. It is just gross.

Palmer. I like the actor who plays him. He serves his purpose.

Gus. I like his character and I like the actor. He had one of the only plot lines working on the show. However, it's like someone in management realized they might have something interesting to watch here and they ultraviolet destroyed all the mercenary vampires. So dumb.

So, if you have been busy doing other things this summer and haven't had a chance to watch, but worry you don't want to start midseason ... zero need to worry. You have missed nothing.

Now, if they made the show only Gus, Fet, Dutch, and Feraldo ... that would be way better.

Until next week. Maybe then I will have something to actually recap. Either that, or I will be severely hungover from my new Zach drinking game.


Monday, August 3, 2015

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I finally decided upon watching the series Turn.

I must say, I was happy that I did.

The show has really good writing, a great cast, and a great plot that can sustain itself past a simple first good idea.

awesomely evil
First off, Jamie Bell is superb. I think if it wasn't for him the show wouldn't nearly be as good. I recently watched him in Filth and didn't even know it was the same guy. Really, really well done. I'm pleased he will be making some money with the upcoming needless Fantastic 4 remake.

Honestly, isn't there any original ideas out there? Are we doomed for the rest of our lives to be on the 8th reiteration of Spiderman, Superman, Wolverine, and Fantastic 4? What ones am I forgetting?

great acting 
Speaking of sequels, the second season of Turn is just as good as the first. Unlike, say, Sleepy Hollow that just fell off a cliff during the second season.

The intrigue is good on the show, and every cast member does a great job of pushing along the plot. It does a great job of making the lines between good and evil, right and wrong blurred. Some characters are deliciously evil, and some are annoyingly on their high-horse. I care about every single character in some way -- I either can't stand them (in a good way) or a love them and want the best for them. The only character that really is kinda meh is George Washington.

meh
I honestly look forward to the next season.

Here's the problem with this show and so many others out there. In the networks attempt to get more money through DVD or whatever, or their failed realization that streaming is here to stay, they don't give viewers enough of an opportunity to watch the shows if they miss a few. I probably would have watched Turn earlier, except it wasn't made available to me. Once I had missed several episodes, it was simply too late to start. I literally couldn't watch the episodes if I wanted to. I had to wait for the second season to come out so I could watch the first. Only then could I then binge watch to get caught up and the ultimately finish the season.

get over yourself!
Simply let viewers watch the episodes. If your show is good, people will come back. They are losing more viewers than they are gaining advertisers and ultimately, the advertisers suffer because less people view.

I think  Turn would have way more viewers if AMC changed their viewing policy.

Give Turn a try. From an avid television watcher, it is one of the better ones out there.


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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

Monday, June 1, 2015

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Last week I wrote that I didn't know what I would watch next since my AMC shows were done, as well as Justified on FX.

After much consideration and some very good recommendations, I settled upon Archer.

All I have to say is I can't believe I didn't watch this show sooner.

This show is very clever, which is something that I adore.

Wait, let me back it up.

Archer is an animated series on FX. It first aired on January 14th, 2010. It's creator is Adam Reed. I had to look up Mr. Reed because a bunch of the actors from Arrested Development have done voice work for the show, so I thought maybe he had been involved with that series. He wasn't. It just seems the very fine actors from Arrested Development are keenly aware of what is funny and what is not. Bravo to you Jessica Walter and Judy Greer for taking on primary roles in this show. Kudos to Jeffrey Tambor and David Cross for frequently guest voicing on the series.

The show has striking similarities to Arrested Development with the family dynamics, the quick wit of the characters, and the frequent use of running jokes.

Main characters are:


  • Sterling Archer: the greatest spy and son of Malory Archer
  • Malory Archer: the boss of ISIS (I do believe they change this later on with the development of the terrorist group) and mother to Archer. This character truly is the mother from Arrested Development plus a gun. It is just a continuation. 
  • Lana: very hot operative, ex girlfriend of Sterling. 
  • Pam: HR representative
  • Cheryl: secretary with multiple fetishes
  • Cyril: accountant that keeps trying to be an operative


I am currently streaming the show on Netflix and the episodes are approximately 21 minutes long. It's so amazing because there are no commercials. Plus (depending on the way you look at it), stupid Netflix automatically loads the next episode for you so before you know it, you've watched 3 episodes.


What I like about the show is the humor. It is fast-paced, very smart, and well-planned. There are times where I have to look up Sterling's references, which makes me super happy. The humor is like your friend that always has the perfect, awesome retort to what someone says. You envy them. I envy the wit of the characters on this show.

It also has crass humor as well, so it has something for everyone.

It is clearly very popular as it just wrapped up it's 6th season and has been given a 7th. I do believe I also just read that it won a critic's choice award for best animated series.

I love it.

This will be the new show that I post about.

I'm assuming in seasons, until I get caught up, as by next week I will have blown through season 4 already.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

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Last night was tough. AMC, you need to do something! You are going to lose viewers! Your model of rotating through your most popular shows has come to a screeching halt. No longer do you have Breaking Bad to rotate in - ever. No longer do you have Mad Men to rotate in - ever! The Walking Dead is on hiatus until God knows when ....

What is your plan? You had years to develop good television shows during those two aforementioned shows went permanently off the air.

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Now what do you have? Better Call Saul? While it is a decent show, it's not the best. That's it. Halt and Catch Fire? Don't care. That looks terrible. Humans? Ugh. No way. Turn seems somewhat interesting but AMC makes it hard to watch the first season of that show in order to get caught up.

This is my point. Now the network is scrambling to find something to insert in the Mad Men rotation and never successfully found something to replace Breaking Bad. While AMC and FX changed cable network tv forever with some of the best shows on air -- I'm not seeing that they are able to recreate the magic.

Maybe
FX has had some fantastic shows too. Justified just ended a bit ago. They also lost Sons of Anarchy that was on for 7 seasons. However, looking at FX's lineup, they are not as bad off, despite moving some of their better shows to FXX - which is so stupid, shows like Always Sunny and The League. The League will also be leaving soon, it is on it's last season. I would watch The Americans - actually have tried, but there is no good way to stream the previous seasons. Archer is good, I know people like it although I haven't watched it. Louie (I've never seen it, it's too depressing the snippets I have caught), AHS (although, it really has dropped off in quality), and The Strain (I don't know why I watch that. Only because I read the books. I actually don't like either) are all at least successful. FX seems to have more of a track record with replacing their shows with quality other shows than AMC.

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I guess what I am saying is AMC, you had a chance to fix this debacle before it started and you didn't. I realized last night that I had no Sunday AMC show to watch, nor did I look forward to watching one for quite some time in the near future. AMC, you better get that TWD spinoff series out pronto, or you will lose a massive amount of viewers.

As for readers, what shows do you watch on Sunday nights? I need suggestions. It's one of my favorite things to do on a Sunday. I completely understand the HBO has their best line-up on Sunday night. It couldn't be any better with VEEP, John Oliver, and GoT. However, I'm looking for suggestions on any other network.

Love to you all!

Monday, May 18, 2015

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Now, my thoughts on the series finale of Mad Men.

Ugh! First let me say that although this last season has been iffy, I really am going to miss this show. Mostly, because when Mad Men gets it right, it nails it.

That being said, I really think last week's episode was the better episode.

Let me start with Betty.

I thought her story arc was by far the best. She starts off as a naive, expectant woman who has it all, but doesn't. Mostly, this is Don's fault. He's not emotionally available. He's not the father he is supposed to be. He's not involved. It's devastating to Betty who is someone who was raised to get the man and have the family. It makes the innate problem of being a stay at home mom even worse -- the boredom and the lack of fulfillment is not even offset by having what you were promised to begin with.

She is obsessed with losing her good looks at the beginning of the series and even comments that she hopes she dies before she loses them.

Well, she does.

Betty also makes the comment in regards to "is this all there is" that what, is she just supposed to sit all day and smoke until she dies?

That's exact where the series leaves us. Birdie almost makes it out -- she was on the right path with school. Yet, there she is, final Betty scene, with her psychology books pushed aside for her magazine and a smoke, at the very kitchen table she dreaded dying at in earlier episodes.

By far the best.

As for Sally, oh how I hurt for Sally. Not only does she have to watch her mother die, someone she has a very tumultuous relationship with, but the expectation put on her now is one that has been told many times.

She will be the new mother figure. She will be the constant in those boys lives. Sally, her youth will be gone in so many regards -- first off with her carefree Madrid trip. More of that is to come. Over the years she will be both happy and resentful that she had to take care of her younger siblings. It's the cost of losing a parent.

Hopefully Don and the other men in their lives will step up. Another great Betty moment. For all of her faults, and misperceptions about the world, she nailed this one. There needs to be a woman in their lives, because during that age, women were the caregivers. Betty was protecting all of her children. The men were off at their jobs, or finding themselves, or any number of things. Oh, I loved this part too about the end scene with Betty at the kitchen table. Despite her situation, Henry was still late, still at work.

The Joan situation, I liked. She doesn't need a man, never did. She has moved beyond being a sex symbol, the woman who once slept with a man to move up in the world. She is now her own woman. She has elevated herself. I liked it.

Joan asking Peggy to be her partner? A little bit of a reach.

Same as Stan and Peggy. Did I want to see them together? Yes. Did I like how it happened? No. I would have preferred it if Mad Men developed it more after Peggy reveals what happened to her baby to Stan, built off of that. I get, in a way, that's what happened. How Peggy can trust to tell him. Now, only Pete and Don know, no one else. That speaks volumes.

I was sad there wasn't more between Peggy and Don. They have had so many great scenes. My only solace is that Peggy says Stan is always right. Don and Peggy will have many more soulmate experiences going forward.

The least liked scenes for me was Don in his story arc. Him with Betty was great, but that's where it ended for me.

Don has been dealing with his past forever. I want him to take his own advice and just move forward. Let it go. However, like so many people in this world, it is easier said than done. Some wounds never heal.

I didn't get the whole hugging the other guy thing, sorry. I didn't like the writing technique at all. What, so Don feels like no one sees the real him? That Don doesn't feel like he would know real love if he saw it -- I believe that. Yet, he does. He knows what real love is, I just don't think he lets himself feel it.

As for the end, the enlightened yoga, and the did he or didn't he?

I think there are so many ways that it could be thought of.

I don't see Don sitting in a commune forever.

It's unclear if he did have any kind of enlightenment. He's had revelations before, and nothing has come of them.

I do think he was trying, while he was doing the yoga, to become enlightened or continue his enlightenment.

He made that ad.

The question really is, did he become a better person and make the ad, or right when he had the opportunity to become a better person he fell back into his old habits -- and became an ad man. Selling what he should have been feeling for himself?

I think the latter. He's had too much time to become a better person and for so many different reasons. If he does make strides, and I think he will, they will be so incremental.

However, if the show is any indication, all the characters improved themselves, so maybe Don will too.























Monday, May 11, 2015

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This episode was called The Milk and Honey Route.

Finally! An episode worthy of Mad Men!

Of course, there is only one thing to talk about and that's Betty.

Betty dying of cancer in this episode is truly brilliant. Betty, especially in the beginning of the series, really stood out to me as an example of my grandmother and mother. Betty so represents women of that age. Bored, lonely, chain smokers, not a part of the new movement to get jobs -- just stuck in this time warp. I fell in love with the show because of Betty. Watching Betty, staring off into space while smoking at the kitchen table was the epitome of my mom when I was younger. Place my mom in my grandma's kitchen and you have Betty.

Betty dying of lung cancer also represents that generation to me. Everybody smoked back then ... and a lot. It was the first real generation that was aware of lung cancer, but didn't do much to stop it. Betty, and people like her who die so young of lung cancer from smoking, changed our generation. Watching my parents smoke themselves to death definitely caused me to never want to smoke. In Betty's death, she represents that part of the generation as well.

Then there is the relationship between Sally and Betty.

I commented on it a few weeks ago, Sally and Betty sitting at the table together, having found a bit of common ground. I said, those are the moments you remember, after your mom is gone. The little ones. The small instances where Betty was actually nice to her daughter. You hold onto it, and you miss it.

Now, Betty is dying and Sally knows. Sally realizes, despite her mother's gross amount of flaws, Sally still loves her. For all of her hatred toward her mom, even having once commented about Betty being in the ground, Sally doesn't want her to die.

Plus, for all of us who have lost parents when we were younger, you ache for Sally and Betty for the loss of their future relationship. As you get older, you forgive your parents for some of their past transgressions. You move past it and forge new relationships with them. Sally and Betty will never get that chance and that's a tragedy we all learn too late.

That's also why we love this show, as Don puts in, the nostalgia. We ache for these characters because we see ourselves in them and what we have lost. We know the tragedy of Birdie, we've seen it in our own lives. It's so much harder because for those of us that lived through the 60's and 70's ... it's almost like we see ourselves sitting in those very same shag carpeted rooms. We too wish we could go back and be Sally, and hug our moms one last time.

The part that really got me was the great shot of Birdie as she is walking the stairs at school. You want to take a mental picture of her as she smiles at the young man that walks by her. In an instant you see the grace and beauty of Betty. The smile, the light ... the briefest of moments of what made this woman so beautiful, so hopeful in her youth. The smile so quick to light up her face ...  highlights the tragedy of her youthful demise. So much to live for, now so senselessly gone from the world. That was great storyboarding and great cinematography. Whomever wrote that scene deserves an Emmy. It was brilliantly done.

As for Pete and Trudy ... I love the way that ended. I know people on the forums keep saying the characters are doomed to repeat all of their same mistakes, but I just didn't see it that way. Maybe Pete is one of the lucky ones. Maybe, unlike Don, he "gets it" at a time he can still do something about it. He gets that he keeps looking for better things out there when he had something great all along in Trudy. His statement about how cheating on his wife felt good at the time, then didn't, is true. Is it worth it? Was it worth it to Don? To cheat on Betty? Did it make Don happier in the end? No. I for one, root for Pete. Perhaps Pete is not making the same old mistakes -- destined to repeat. Maybe he's actually getting off of that train of constantly feeling like there is something better out there only to be continually disappointed. Maybe he gets the old adage the grass is always greener on the other side.

As for Don, I don't know. He finally lets loose and tells people about really happened, trying to free himself from his past. He's been doing that for awhile. I'm not entirely sure his storyline can end in a fashion that I care about.

For next week's episode we need to complete Peggy. She has been such a central part of this show. I also want to see Harry get hit by a car -- wait, no. He needs that smirk wiped off his slimy-ass face. He needs to be fired and be seen trying to find a job but no one will hire him because he is a turd ball.

For as much as I have hated this whole season, I loved this episode. Plus, it only highlights the writers really can put out good television in the Mad Men world. It kind of, in a way, now that I'm putting my thoughts down, makes it kind of worse that the last few episodes have been so severely wasted.

I want to know about Peggy, Roger, Sally (although I guess we kind of already know), and Don. That's a lot to put into one episode. Especially with all the nuance that I am used to from a good Mad Men episode.

Until next week!

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