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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Season Two Episode 13 Review ‘Can Josh Take A Leap Of Faith?’

“I’m just a girl in love,

I can’t be held responsible for my actions!”

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After a stellar second season, Crazy-Ex Girlfriend’s end to Season Two demonstrated how far Rebecca and Josh have come, and how much longer they still have to go to fully address their issues.

There are quite a few call backs to the pilot in this episode, from the embarrassing text Rebecca sends to her Dad mirroring the one she sent Josh when she first moved to West Covina, and Rebecca’s declaration that “This is what happy feels like”. Though instead of being stuck in New York, Rebecca is marrying the love of her life and she finally has her dad back in he life. Rebecca finally has everything she’s ever wanted, but naturally this idea was going to be crushed pretty quickly, when she ignores the realities of her relationships with Josh and her dad.

Rebecca’s reprise was one of the best moments of the season, all the call backs to earlier songs in the series, such as ‘I Love My Daughter’ and ‘We’ll Never Have Problems Again’. I always love reprises in  musicals, and this one was perfect. It was beautiful and emotional, yet also punched me in the gut. Seeing Rebecca so hopeful was heartbreaking, the use of ‘You Stupid Bitch’ and ‘I’m the Villain In My Own Story’ highlighting her false belief that all her negative feelings about herself would be wiped away through her wedding.

 

 

It was a brilliant choice for the audience to realise the origin of this seasons theme song through the revelation that Rebecca had been in a mental institution after her affair with Robert, and how she uses musical numbers to handle her reality. Rebecca’s mother forcing her to repress it and forget it ever happened makes sense, and I really hope we get to learn more about Robert’s impact on her in Season 3. We know that at the beginning of Season 1 that Rebecca gave up using her medication after being desperately unhappy, as I really liked the fact that the audience got the chance to see where her negative reaction to medication comes from.

Trent is bizarre yet brilliant, so I will happily take any appearance of his character. I liked how he was a red herring, and that the information he gave Josh wasn’t even opened. Josh didn’t need to read the files to validate his doubts about Rebecca, a choice I really liked. It would have been easy for Josh to read the files and call off the marriage, but no Josh had a different plan. (Also loved the instrumental music for ‘Thought Bubbles’ playing while he tried to reassure himself)

The finale still showed the progress Rebecca has made though, not only acknowledging how shitty her dad was and kicking him out of her life, but through the friendships she’s made.  Last season she had the always wonderful and brilliant Paula, but this season she’s even managed to secure true friendships with Valencia and Heather which is probably my favourite thing about this season. All the women standing together on a cliff supporting Rebecca vowing to destroy Josh Chan? Yes please. Rebecca has friends who care about her, friends that she has managed to help inadvertently or not, and I’m looking forward to these four women being centre stage next season.The romanticised fantasy of Josh Chan may be shattered, but Rebecca’s obsession isn’t going anywhere, only now being focused on enacting revenge rather than trying to gain his love. She now truly lives up to being the ‘Crazy-Ex Girlfriend’, and it’s a journey that will be necessary to Rebecca eventually focusing on her happiness, not fixating on Josh to achieve it.

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Josh too is shown to be going through the same  thing, acknowledging he has an issue by defining himself by his romantic relationships, running from partner to partner instead of working on his issues alone. Josh is seen running to another relationship to solve his problems, though rather than a relationship with a woman, it’s his relationship with God. It’s a great twist, and while shocking it didn’t feel out of character at all. I’m intrigued to see whether Josh will manage, and how he will deal with Rebecca’s wrath.

Best Lines:

-“LOVE IS PATIENT LOVE IS KIND! WHY VEER FROM A CLASSIC?”

-“Have fun flying coach, Dick!”

-“If you’re even one minute late, I will murder your entire family!”

-“It took me a while to find a big enough ‘Top Secret’ stamp at the craft store”

Favourite Songs From Season 2:

It Was a Shitshow

The Math of Love Triangles

Friendtopia

Who’s the New Guy?

Rebecca’s Reprise

Maybe This Dream

(Also shoutout to Greg’s Drinking Song and Tell Me I’m Okay Patrick)

Can’t wait for Season Three!

Sarah

 

 

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Season 2 Episode 8 and 9 Review

First things first, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has been renewed for season 3!!! It’s such a relief that one of the smartest and funniest shows on television has been given another well-deserved season, despite currently having the lowest ratings of any show on network television. Though since its addition to Netflix, I like to hope a lot of views come from them, giving it a larger audience that the one is represented. Seriously though, it’s just nice to see a Network actually support well written and acclaimed shows, even if they don’t have a large audience. Also Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is only one of two shows that garners any award recognition

We were blessed with two new episodes this week, and I’m not going to recap everything, just my reactions to major plot points and any other details I liked.

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Who is Josh’s Soup Fairy?

Episode Eight didn’t take it easy on us, with the revelation that Scott had cheated on Paula with Tanya. While this wasn’t entirely out of the blue, with the distance that was created between them last episode it was still incredibly sudden, and damn you writers for breaking my heart. The developments in their marriage has been one of the highlights of this season, and I hope this fallout is explored more during the rest of the season. Though Paula’s heartbreak led to this amazing line when she realised there weren’t any ice cubes left for her drink at work

“What. MAN. Did. This?”-  (Give Donna all the awards)

‘So Maternal’ was a pretty great uptown funk parody, Rebecca assuming being a mother was easy led to stand out moments, Rebecca featuring on a podcast despite ‘not having any children and only been babysitting for less than hour’ and feeding Tommy a banana in a wrap.

 

 

Rebecca falling for Josh again was inevitable, their relationship still hasn’t reached the end point it needs to, Rebecca still holding onto any praise that Josh gives her, the romantic ideal of him not being forgotten despite their break up. Josh realising he was in love with her was surprising, and then I realised it wasn’t, considering Josh can’t not be in a relationship, always wanting someone who cares for him, and just after a breakup going back to someone who is there for him and can make him feel better about himself is hardly an out of character move. Both Rebecca and Josh don’t make the best choices when it comes to their emotions. I feel like for their romanticized ideal of each other to break, they have to actually be in a proper committed relationship, rather than Josh just sleeping with Rebecca and using her like he did at the beginning of the season. Also Josh seeing the soup as some sort of romanticised sign of whose he’s meant to be with is exactly the same thing Rebecca would do and has done, earlier in this season.

The fashion show was so embarrassing, I wanted to look away but Hector and White Josh’s reactions were priceless. Pretty much sums up my reaction to Josh walking down the runway.  Just the pained smiles and thumbs up were perfect.

 

Though this episode has a serious moment of character development for Rebecca, choosing to stay with Paula when she needs her, instead of going with Josh after his declaration of love. True it’s not perfect because she stays more out of guilt about lying to Paula more than anything, it’s still an important step in the right direction for her.

Best quotes include: “I think you’re meant to say you’re upset a kid is missing”- Heather

“Our love is not for your gaze”

“Oh god, I’ve left my body! I’m floating over this room right now looking down!”

When Do I Get to Spend Time With Josh?

I loved the West Covina reprise, the romanticized music, and this fake ideal that now both Rebecca and Josh are living in together. Josh tells Rebecca ‘I love you’ for the first time, and they’re both happy, so naturally it has to be fucked up.  Mostly by Rebecca.

The story is shaken up massively by the introduction of Nathaniel Plimpton, a big LA lawyer who Darryl has sold half the firm to. He’s attractive, cold and just a dick basically.  He represents Rebecca’s old life in New York, and the ruthless lawyer she was.

The best thing about this episode was how well all the supporting cast was utilised, especially in ‘Who’s the New Guy’ Breaking the fourth wall with jokes about ‘ratings’ and ‘episodes’, all the cast is so well used and funny, all of them have their own great moments in these two episodes.  Watching this number now makes so relieved that the show has been renewed thank god, so clearly the new guy worked.

The best example is George/Glenn/Gene’s mini Rose’s Style number after he’s brutally fired by Nathaniel.  It’s one of the standout moments from the episode, and just brilliant.

Nathaniel is an interesting love interest for Rebecca, being quite different from Josh, and even Greg. Now that Rebecca has the perfect relationship, the fantasy has to fade. Nathaniel and Rebecca are both intelligent and very good at their jobs, Rebecca now being bothered by the idea that Josh is an idiot. Nathaniel is a shit, so of course Rebecca is going to be attracted to him. It’s a good way to add some new drama to the show, and I’m interested to see what happens in their relationship.

The ending tag was pretty hilarious, Paula having to touch the ray on the date with the security guard was perfect, and the writers never cease to surprise me with the ending tags, always gloriously weird and wonderful.

Darryl knocking over the pot of pens as he was giving his dramatic speech and then going “Really?” had me in stitches.

Best Quotes include:

“Why should we root for someone male, straight and white?”

“None of his dream catchers work in here”

“I heard someone yell penis! What’s wrong Karen?”

“Karen did you try to cook a chicken in the microwave again?” “Not today but it can be done!”

Also can we just appreciate this:

Here’s to Season 3!

Until next week,

Sarah

 

 

Game of Thrones Season 6 Review: Worst Moments

Despite having improved from last season, there were still many storylines and character moments that were a complete miss this season. Whether it was the filler episodes or the cartoonish villains, Season Six proved that Game of Thrones is far from overcoming some of their missteps in later seasons.

Ramsay

Ramsay’s characterisation this season was one of my least favourite things. Iwan Rheon plays him brilliantly, but his villainous nature was established way back in season 3. We didn’t need more reminders as to why we disliked the character this season, and all of his actions of violence felt far too gratuitous and unnecessary, and it was far too obvious that they were just there for shock value rather than part of any decent storyline. Even genuinely shocking moments such as Ramsay killing his father Roose were not properly expanded on, and it would have been far more interesting to have a scene in which Ramsay reflects on killing the man whose validation he’s craved for years, rather than setting his dogs on Walda and her child.Through Ramsay they wasted the character potential of Osha and Rickon, bringing them back only to kill them off without hearing about what they’ve been through since season 3 was a missed opportunity,   Ramsay was simply a cartoon villain this season, and it feels like the writers wasted the last season they had with his character just for some shock value and cheers when he finally got killed off.

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Dorne

This plotline annoys me far too much to get it all down in a short paragraph, but I will never understand if the purpose of Dorne was for them to end up supporting Daenerys, like the characters do in the books, then there was no reason for the mess the writers created the past two seasons. They didn’t need to kill of Doran, and they could have incorporated at least parts of his plan from the books, and end the season in the same way, with Dorne’s army sailing towards Westeros with Daenerys. They simply ruined it. At least the writers understood the backlash towards Dorne, and only included the Dornish characters in two episodes this season. There are so many problems with Dorne, and I do plan on writing a whole post about it.

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Rickon Stark

Moments like Rickon’s death  in ‘Battle of the Bastards’ were sad, but even then it was hard to feel attached to a character they brought back and gave zero lines to this season. Rickon wasn’t a character, he was a plot device, simply a way to get Jon to charge first. They didn’t bother fleshing his character out at all, and it seemed a waste to kill off an unused character just for shock value. The reintroduction of his character was just another wasted opportunity.

Euron Greyjoy

Compared to Dorne, the focus on the Iron Islanders wasn’t as bad as it could have been. It wasn’t terrible, but it was certainly disappointing. It was great to see Yara again after the mess of the episode she appeared in in Season 4, and while diverging from the books I didn’t mind Theon being back home and it give him some character development after the hell he was put through. They only introduced one new character for this plotline, and it was just.. underwhelming. I’m not a massive fan of the new Greyjoy characters introduced in A Feast for Crows, but I know there are many fans who love Euron Greyjoy’s character and I can understand why.  His entrance in the Kingsmoot is dramatic, and whether you like him or not he’s the character who captures your attention. Not including the Dragon Horn either was an odd choice for them to make, as not only does it cause him to gather more support, it makes for an incredibly dramatic entrance for this character. I can accept the change they made in directly showing Euron killing Balon as the first time the audience is introduced to him, but to me it didn’t make sense why Euron would admit to killing Balon so openly. It made far more sense for Balon’s death to be viewed as an accident by the rest of the Iron Islanders, and it was one of a number of decisions that didn’t make sense in that storyline. Yara and Theon escaping so quickly without anyone noticing and stopping them, as well as Euron’s plan to build a thousand ships with the few men he had left on the Iron Islands just didn’t make sense. Game of Thrones had a serious villain problem this year, and instead of a character that should have been interesting to watch, whether you liked him or not, we just got another cartoonish villain that no one took seriously.

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Meereen

With Daenerys away from Meereen for the majority of the season, the person left to carry the storyline was Tyrion. For me, it was one of the most dull parts of the season. Peter Dinklage is always consistently great in his role as Tyrion, but he got his worst material so far. His storyline this season just consisted of drinking and making awkward jokes with Missandei and Greyworm.  Not even Varys could save it, and it just wasted all the storylines they could have done. Killing off Barristan Selmy last season proved to be a mistake, and I’m still bitter that we won’t get to see his character taking charge. Meereen is far from perfect in the books, but I was never counting the minutes until their chapters were over, unlike the scenes this season. There was a nice scene with Tyrion meeting Daenerys’s dragons, using a story from the books that was nicely incorporated and no doubt led to more people believing Tyrion is a secret Targaryen. Peter Dinklage receiving an Emmy nomination this season therefore felt a little undeserved, as they could have given another actor a nomination. Someone like Iwan Rheon, despite the issues I had with Ramsay this season made Ramsay terrifying and one of the most memorable characters on the show, deserved a nomination for his last season on the show.

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Arya

I’ve already said that many parts of this season were just underwhelming ,and this storyline was definitely one of them. Since Arya has gone to Braavos  it has highlighted how messy the writers make the show when adapting a trickier storyline from the books, such as this one. Arya spent these past two seasons training in a storyline that felt it wasn’t really going anywhere. Lady Crane was a nice character to be introduced, but it wasn’t enough to save the plot. The performance of the events at the Purple Wedding were a better part of Braavos, it was interesting to see how everyone else would view the events in King’s Landing. However, the scenes went on far too long and just appeared to be filler  moments until they could do a dramatic event at the end of the season. Arya disobeying the orders of the Faceless Men was fine enough, but at the the end of ‘The  Broken Man’ the show got ridiculous. Arya strolled around the streets, happily booking her passage home and stopped and admired the view in Braavos. It didn’t make sense that she wasn’t on the run or in hiding. Arya would know the Faceless Men would be after her, and could be anyone she spoke to. But it was the Waif stabbing Arya numerous times, Arya falling off a bridge, the Waif not checking if she was really dead that bothered me. Soon after the episode aired, theories began emerging that Arya planned it and it wasn’t really her and so when next week’s episode ‘No One’ aired everyone wondered what would be revealed. But, no. The plot was just that disappointing,and did nothing to contradict it in one of the season’s worst episodes. Arya somehow magically survived her stab wounds enough to run and jump around the streets of Braavos while being chased, then somehow still had enough energy to fight and kill the Waif. It was one of the show’s laughable moments, and I think that everyone is finally relieved to have Arya away from that storyline now.

 

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Riverrun

I was pleasantly surprised that the show included the Siege at Riverrun, the storyline being one of my favourites from the books. It’s crucial to Jaime’s character development, his relationship with Cersei, as well as making clear of the effects of the Red Wedding and how the conflicts have affected Westeros. I expected to be disappointed, but this shouldn’t have made it on my worse moments of Season Six.First of all, many people who watch the show won’t remember any of the Tully characters like the Blackfish or Edmure. I can’t remember anyone mentioning them since the end of Season Three, and to have them shoved back in just so Jamie and Cersei could be apart for the tial wasn’t good enough. This would have worked a lot better last season, instead of sending Jaime off to the complete shit that was Dorne. The siege itself roughly followed the books, apart from one crucial moment. Killing the Blackfish offscreen. The Blackfish is still alive in the books, and I can understand why the show didn’t necessarily want him to escape in the same way. Even so, with Brienne turning up and trying to get the Blackfish and his army to join Sansa, it would have been better if the Blackfish realised his home was lost and joined Brienne and Pod back to Winterfell. They could have had him return for the Battle of the Bastards, and given him a good battle scene before killing him off if they wanted to. They cast the Blackfish so well, and Clive Russell is a fantastic actor, so this whole storyline just seemed like another wasted opportunity, that had potential for better character moments.

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Episode rating lowest to highest:

The Red Woman

No one

Blood of my blood

Oath breaker

The Broken Man

Book of the Stranger

The Door

Battle of the Bastards

The Winds of Winter

(Also, WHY STILL NO LADY STONEHEART??)

Sarah