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Vlog Season 3 #3 – 2015 Wrap-Up

5 Jan

I’m back! Happy New Year!

I know I went MIA for a while, because life happened and the holidays happened and I got burnt out. But I have a lot of exciting ideas for this year (probably starting in March due to other commitments eating my life right now) that I can’t wait to share with you guys.

In the meantime, I wanted to record a new video with a quick run-through of some of the things I loved on TV while I was away.

What did you guys love this fall?

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What I Watched – August 16

16 Aug


Time for another weekly wrap-up!

Episode of the Week

The Leftovers – “Solace for Tired Feet”
I’ve mentioned a few times over on Twitter that I’ve vastly preferred the episodes of this series focused on a single character – I think seeing the devastation of the departures on that level is much more effective than some of the Garvey family drama and Wayne-related stuff they’ve done.

That said, I really liked this week’s episode.

One of the biggest reasons I enjoyed it was that Kevin Sr. is fascinating to watch. We know he’s lost his marbles and it’s clear he’s unstable. But he has these moments of calm, like when he’s with Jill at the house, where he seems like a pretty cool old man, very aware of everything happening around and to him, that makes him a really interesting character.

There was a pretty large amount of Tom and Christine this week, and while that’s for the most part been my least favorite plot thread, I appreciated that something actually happened to them this week. We get a little more insight into Wayne’s operation by finding out he’s got what is essentially Tom and Christine 2.0 hiding away as well. I have no idea what Wayne’s master plan is, but there are some serious shenanigans happening with these women, their ‘miracle’ babies, and the men Wayne put in charge of them, and I don’t blame Tom for smashing his phone at the end of the episode.

Nora continues to be my favorite character on this show. She’s now dating Kevin, which actually brought some levity to this episode in spots (what a concept!). She also had the world’s greatest reaction to the Guilty Remnant members hanging around outside her house – going after them with a hose. I APPROVE.

All in all, just a lot of good stuff in this episode. I was glad to see the show get renewed for season two this week.


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What I Watched – August 3

3 Aug


This week’s wrap-up is a day late so I could include my all-afternoon Saturday binge of season 4 of The Killing. As an aside: I don’t recommend watching that much of The Killing in one sitting. SO DEPRESSING.

Episode of the Week

Garfunkel and Oates – “Speechless”
This is perhaps a strange pick since it’s the early preview episode of Garfunkel and Oates that IFC put up on YouTube earlier this week – the series doesn’t actually premiere until August 8th – but I enjoyed it more than anything else I watched this week by a long shot.

Full disclosure, I totally adore the lovely ladies of Garfunkel and Oates, Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome. Their music is hilarious, and I think they are both very funny comic actresses as well. So I’m obviously pre-disposed to enjoy this series.

That said, the show was exactly what I hoped it would be. This episode (which is technically episode three of the series) focused on the girls trying a dating experiment – not speaking at all and seeing how long they could go before the guys they were going out with would notice. It was a lot longer than either of them expected, and the experiment played for a lot of laughs. Riki and her date (played by the very funny TJ Miller, who has killed it whenever he pops up on TV lately) get through two full dates and part of another evening before Riki finally cracks and speaks – and everything quickly falls apart. Kate’s date ultimately thought she had some sort of developmental delay (which, upon a quick flashback montage, she realizes was totally fair). Really, really fun stuff.

The only minor complaint I had about the episode was that the song felt a bit shoehorned in. I fully expected that Garfunkel and Oates’ music would be incorporated into the series in some way, I just hope in future episodes it feels a little more natural.

In any case, I strongly recommend checking out the preview episode, and if you get IFC, tuning in for the premiere this Thursday at 10PM!

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What I Watched – July 19

19 Jul


Time for another weekly wrap-up!

Episode of the Week

The Leftovers – “Two Boats and a Helicopter”
I wasn’t 100% sold on The Leftovers after the first two episodes – it was doing a lot of things really well (despite how bleak everything is), but hadn’t entirely clicked for me yet.

It clicked this week.

Sunday’s episode made the bold (and terrific) decision to shift the focus away from the Garvey family, and instead spend some time with one of the smaller side characters – local priest Matt Jamison. While the struggles of the Garveys have been compelling thus far, I think the premise works so much better when we get to see the various and drastic ways people have coped with “the departures” up close and personal. This was a terrific example of that.

Christopher Eccleston’s portrayal of Matt was amazing throughout the episode. We got to see the many consequences the departures had on him personally – his wife’s serious injury in the car accident we saw in the series’ opening moments, his church congregation dwindling, and his relationship with his sister Nora (who lost her husband and children) strained. He comes across as trying to be righteous, but simultaneously does a lot of things to hurt those around him (like telling Nora her husband was having an affair out of spite while they were arguing). Eccleston hit the nuances of the character perfectly and was extremely compelling to watch.

One of my favorite sequences of the episode was Matt’s moment of glory at the casino. After watching him struggle with various things through most of the episode, to see him suddenly have this epiphany on how to save his church – and succeed, however briefly, was very rewarding. The tense build-up to his last big gamble and win was filmed really well.

Of course, the moment of victory was short-lived, as seems to be the case for most happy moments in Mapleton. He’s nearly robbed of his winnings – and may or may not have murdered a guy to make sure he kept his money. On his way to give the money to the bank so he could keep his church, he stopped to help some members of the Guilty Remnant who were being attacked – another example of his more righteous tendencies shining through – and earned himself a rock to the face for his trouble.

When he came to, he rushed to the bank to make his payment only to find out he’d lost two days and was too late. And just to rub salt in the wound, it was none other than the Guilty Remnant that had purchased the church from the bank. The episode closed on Matt watching angrily as the GR paint his church white. My notes from those last moments read: “And the motherfucking GR bought the church because of course they did”. It was the only way things could turn out for poor Matt.

This was an absolutely terrific hour of television, and I’m hoping The Leftovers can deliver similar episodes in the coming weeks.


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What I Watched – July 11

12 Jul
© Comedy Central

© Comedy Central

As mentioned in my last post, given the lack of new stuff on TV on a weekly basis, I’m going to start including some of the stuff I’m watching on Netflix and the like in these weekly posts for the rest of the summer!

Episode Show of the Week

Broad City
I watched basically all of the first season of Broad City in one sitting earlier this week, so I’d be hard pressed to name one episode in particular I enjoyed more than the rest, but I am completely in love with this show. Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobsen are HILARIOUS – I’d seen people stumping for Emmy love for this show online, and I totally get why now.

It is so rare to see good, female-centric comedy on TV that this show was a really pleasant surprise (shout out to the delightful Playing House on USA for being similarly awesome). I think it’s especially rare to see a show focused on two women in this particular demographic – Abbi and Ilana are in their early twenties. There’s a lot of good side characters on TV in that age bracket – I’m looking at you April Ludgate and Britta Perry – but most shows about twenty-somethings are very ensemble or dude-heavy. It was a blast to watch these ladies portray the life of someone in my general age bracket in such a funny way.

I also really enjoyed the fact that the show takes place in New York City. I’ve been living here for a year, and I feel like I wouldn’t have enjoyed it NEARLY as much without the context of my experiences over the past year. The show really captures the sometimes awesome but occasionally terrible-ness that is living in NYC perfectly.

If you haven’t seen Broad City yet, I highly recommend checking it out – unfortunately all of season one just expired off of Comedy Central’s website, but I’m sure it’s floating around out there somewhere. It’s only 10 episodes and well worth the time!


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Vlog #14 – Summer TV Preview

13 Jun

Time for another new episode of the vlog!

This week, I talked a little bit about some of the new summer TV shows I’m excited for this year. There’s a ton of really great content out there this summer (such a nice change from the days of summer nothingness!), and I can’t wait to see how all these shows turn out.

I realized after I filmed I completely forgot to mention Extant, the new Halle Berry show that starts in a few weeks on CBS. The premise is interesting (after many years in space, she returns to earth and is pregnant), but after getting burned pretty badly by Under the Dome last year, I’m a little wary of CBS’s forays into “limited series”. We’ll see, I guess.

What are you guys looking forward to this summer?

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