TV Show: Star Trek: Discovery
Episode Title: The Vulcan Hello
Original Air Date: September 24, 2017
Episode Number: 1×01

Episode Description

While patrolling Federation space, the U.S.S. Shenzhou encounters an object of unknown origin, putting First Officer Michael Burnham to her greatest test yet.

My Review

Just a little background: I have never seen an episode of Star Trek, but I have seen the first Star Trek movie that was recently rebooted by JJ Abrams and company so my knowledge of Vulcan, Klingon, and the lore of this show is very limited. Having said that, I really liked the pilot episode. It introduced all the characters very well and I was immediately drawn to Burnham, Georgiou, and Saru.

The only reason why I decided to watch this is because I want to support the show and give them kudos for casting a Shonequa in the lead. That is huge. We need more female leads and specifically female persons of color as leads. I am still mourning the cancellation of Pitch and wish I could watch Kylie Bunbury continue to be great as Ginny Baker, but alas.

Anyway, back to this episode. Burnham shocked me when she incapacitated the Captain and pretty much committed mutiny aboard the ship, ready to attack the Klingons. Granted, she was right all along, but still, what she did was a pretty tough pill to swallow and I’m not sure if Georgiou will ever forgive her for this.

The Klingons going on the defensive first…the Shenzhou fleet is screwed, aren’t they? How are they going to get out of this without losing any of their fleet? Will Starfleet come to the rescue just in time?

Regarding the special effects, I thought the whole sequence of Burnham getting ready for her fly by was very, very cool. That spacesuit is awesome and I love that the jetpacks allow her to travel in space at pretty high speeds; it’s kinda like a mini-spaceship. Again, so cool seeing that.

Lastly, the credits are great and are so aesthetically-pleasing. I just wish that the names of the cast and crew were smaller or were moved to the side because it marred the aesthetics for me.

Very promising start! I’m excited to watch the rest.

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“You know, at some point, you gonna have to stop collecting strays”

TV Show: The Handmaid’s Tale
Episode Title: The Other Side
Original Air Date: May 24, 2017
Episode Number: 1×07

Episode Description

What happened to Luke after he was separated from June and his daughter Hannah. He tries surviving the harsh, new world alone so he can find them again.

My Review

When I found out that there was going to be a whole episode that will be focused on Luke, I wasn’t too thrilled about it. But having watched the episode just now, I thought it wasn’t as bad as I expected it to be. The ending definitely made up for the lack of Offred’s story because that was one hell of a gut punch seeing Luke’s happy reaction upon hearing that June is still alive. “I love you, so much. Save Hannah.” I was tearing up right along with him. I thought the actor did a great job during this scene.

This show stresses me out like no other. I don’t think I’ve watched a show that I absolutely love and enjoy watching, but at the same time just causes me anxiety and stress. The family trying to escape from Boston by hiding in the trunk of the car had me on edge especially when that guy opened the trunk. Thankfully, Whitford knew him and owed him a favor so they were safe. And then when that neighbor showed up when the family was in the lake, I couldn’t stop worrying for their safety. Thankfully, he turned out to be a guardian angel of some sort by warning them that the Guardians were looking for them.

And then when the shooting happened at the pier, more stress! I liked Zoe and was bummed that she ended up dead. I guess the nun and the rest of the group didn’t make it either except for Luke and the Handmaid. It was nice to see both of them being friends after three years, but it’s sad that she still hasn’t spoken. Of course, this makes me think if her tongue was cut out? I mean, I wouldn’t be surprised if this was the case.

I got teary-eyed when Luke went to that meeting and was walking the hallway and there were pictures of missing persons all over the wall. It reminded me of what people usually do when there’s a tragedy and people would put up pictures of their lost loved ones to honor them.

“My country’s already dead”

TV Show: The Handmaid’s Tale
Episode Title: A Woman’s Place
Original Air Date: May 17, 2017
Episode Number: 1×06

Episode Description

When a trade delegation from Mexico comes to Gilead, Offred discovers several shocking secrets.

My Review

Just when I thought I was safe and that I won’t tear up watching an episode of this show, the last scene happened with Offred revealing the truth about what’s really going on in Gilead. Her speech about what the Handmaids go through and how their lives are brutal and how they are tortured, maimed, and raped…I was in tears. This show just makes me so fucking anxious and nervous because everything that we see here can become reality so quickly.

The fact that a woman, Serena, came up with the Handmaid model is disgusting to me. She was the one who devised this and the Commander just ran away with that idea and brought it to his superiors. Unbelievable. Why would she do that? Did she really think that she would be exempt from being treated like a second-class citizen because she’s married to a Commander? Or did she willingly give up her right just to rebuild society? It was pretty shocking that she was an esteemed feminist writer back in the day and now she’s part of what’s wrong with this world.

It was heartbreaking and infuriating having to watch the Handmaids and their kids being paraded like cattle for those people at the banquet. The looks of utter dismay on the Handmaid mothers were gut-wrenching. Those are their kids and yet they can’t act like their mothers due to protocol. So messed up.

Lastly, Luke is dead? What?! How will this news affect Offred? That was a twist I didn’t see at all. Is it possible that he’s in the Colonies? And how did that guy know about him and Offred’s real name?

“School friends are overrated”

TV Show: Halt And Catch Fire
Episode Title: A Connection Is Made
Original Air Date: September 23, 2017
Episode Number: 4×06

Episode Description

Donna makes a play for a heavy hitter. Gordon confronts his daughter about an issue at school. Cameron finds a new fan. Joe sees a new side of Haley.

My Review

This might have been my favorite episode of the season so far because I liked all of the storylines (except for maybe one, more on that later) and what I expected to happen after last week’s episode didn’t happen, which is Joe losing his shit after Cameron told him about helping Rover. He showed great character growth in dealing with that and it was such a breath of fresh air. It’s good to see him and Cameron back in a good place again.

Speaking of, Cameron has a new job to basically do whatever she wants. How lucky is she? And who exactly was that woman who offered her the job? I have a feeling that partnership might not last long, but I would love to be proven wrong. Hearing the dial-up modem doing its thing brought back bad memories of having to wait for what seemed like an eternity to get online and browse the Internet. How the hell did we all survive back then??

How great was it to see everyone celebrating Haley’s birthday? That looked like a lot of fun. And I knew from the season premiere that there’s a big possibility that the show would do a coming out story in regards to Haley because they included that brief scene of Haley saying hi to Vanessa which was shown during the previouslies for this episode. All I can say is YES! I can’t wait to see how this story plays out.

Joe watching Haley interact with Vanessa and then him having a light bulb moment was awesome to watch. They were very cute together and I wonder if Haley just has a crush on Vanessa. We don’t even know if they’re together, they just might be friends for now. Hell, we don’t even know if Vanessa is a lesbian. I just know that I’m looking forward to this storyline.

Oh, Donna. She wasn’t looking too good in this episode. I hope the show is not doing a drinking problem storyline because I have no interest in watching that at all. I would rather watch paint dry. Let this be the last of this storyline and that getting arrested for drunk driving is the wake up call that Donna will ever need to lay off on the booze. It was pretty sad to see Joanie’s reaction when Donna repeated herself to Joanie and talking about how fearless she is. The first scene was quite touching, but the second time around, it was just sad.

Donna getting removed from Rover…did not see that coming. Diane was right, though. Donna should have put her personal feelings for Cameron aside and addressed the algorithm issue head-on and went to Cameron to have her compensated for her contribution. Lucky that Donna still has a job after her talk with Diane.

Lastly, that Cameron and Donna scene was too much. I just want them to kiss and make up already! My heart can’t take this anymore, them fighting and not talking. They both need to get past what happened because they are better persons when they’re both in each other’s life. It made me sad that Donna couldn’t talk to Cameron honestly about what she’s going through. Donna needs a friend right now to talk to and that should be Cameron.

“So, uh, do we pray first?”

TV Show: The Handmaid’s Tale
Episode Title: Faithful
Original Air Date: May 17, 2017
Episode Number: 1×05

Episode Description

Serena Joy makes Offred a surprising proposition; Offred remembers the unconventional beginning of her relationship with Luke; Ofglen, now Ofsteven, tries reintegrating into Gilead.

My Review

Gosh, why is it that every time Ofglen/Ofsteven is in a scene, I can’t help but tear up? Her reappearance in this episode brought up a well of emotions and I was so happy for Offred that her friend is back, but it was so sad at the same time because Ofglen/Ofstenve just seemed so broke now. The scene at the market was so shocking and I fear for what is going to happen to her. She might have had a moment of independence when she was driving that car, but at what cost? I feel like maybe she just has no will to live on (and who would, even after she’s been through?) and that all she wants is to be killed. Damn, it’s so sad. Really fantastic work by Alexis. Her winning that Emmy is an absolute no-brainer.

I was shocked that when June met Luke, he was married and he ended up cheating on his wife. That tainted their relationship for me just a bit because there’s nothing I hate more than cheating storylines. Having said that, I thought they were very cute during their first meeting.

Another thing I was shocked about was Serena suggesting to Offred that maybe the Commander is sterile and that she should have sex with Nick. Damn. Offred is in a tough position because she can’t really say no and if she tells on Serena, who’s going to believe her?

Her going to Nick at the end of the episode was her way of taking control back and I think Ofglen/Ofsteven’s display at the market inspired Offred to go for it with Nick. It doesn’t matter if he’s an Eye; she’s clearly attracted to him and fuck it all if she gets in trouble after this. I don’t think he’s an Eye, though. I think he works with the Resistance and is probably in on this whole Mayday operation that Ofsteven mentioned.

I don’t like the Commander, but I did like his views on love:

“Love isn’t real. It was never anything more than lust with a good marketing campaign.”

“Every love story is a tragedy if you wait long enough.”

I believe both of these things. Does that make me a cynic? Probably. (I already knew that.)

Lastly, Offred’s speech about what Ofsteven did was the final straw in her being brave to do something for herself: “They didn’t get everything. There was something inside her they couldn’t take away. She looked invincible.”

“So, are you dying?”

TV Show: The Handmaid’s Tale
Episode Title: Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum
Original Air Date: May 3, 2017
Episode Number: 1×04

Episode Description

Punished by Serena Joy, Offred begins to unravel and reflect on her time with Moria at the Red Center; A complication during the Ceremony threatens her survival.

My Review

Just when you think Offred’s life can’t get any worse, it does. But at least that ending was hopeful. Somewhat. I love that she used the title of the episode as her rallying cry and used previous Offred’s situation to convince the Commander to let her out of the house. Very smart. “Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum, bitches.” Indeed.

The last scene of the flashbacks really hit me hard because I couldn’t stop the tears from welling up in my eyes. That was a powerfully beautiful scene of unity and the Handmaids’ way of showing their support for their own sister and at the same time, giving the middle finger to the oppressive system.

Glad that Moira was able to escape and that Offred put on a brave face when Moira saw what was happening and gave her permission to board the train without her. I’m hoping that their sacrifices are worth it and that Moira is off somewhere living a better life.

I had a feeling the doctor was played by someone I know because I recognized the voice and two seconds before he parted the curtain, I thought to myself “Is it Donnie?!” and sure enough, it was him! Too funny. I don’t know if I should have been creeped out or thankful that he tried to offer his services to impregnate Offred. Maybe he was doing it out of the goodness of his heart so that she doesn’t have to go through the humiliation of the Ceremony; maybe he was doing it because he’s a creep. Will we ever know?

“I love fat babies”

TV Show: The Handmaid’s Tale
Episode Title: Late
Original Air Date: April 26, 2017
Episode Number: 1×03

Episode Description

Offred visits Janine’s baby with Serena Joy and remembers the early days of the revolution, before Gilead. Ofglen faces a difficult challenge.

My Review

My goodness. That scene where Emily/Ofglen sees her lover being hanged was so traumatizing. I just can’t wrap my head around a society that would do these horrible things to its citizens. But you know what? The events on this show are not far removed from reality. Who’s to say that this isn’t happening right now? We have heard rumors about gays being mistreated (or worse) in Russia and who knows where else. This is real world; it’s no longer fiction.

Women, gays, lesbians, and whoever else are being treated as second class citizens and the privileged just turn the other way and ignore what is happening around them because they can’t be bothered or because they don’t care. This is how humanity dies. The inhumane treatment of people is just unbelievable to me. All those civilians being shot at by the military (or the police) was horrifying. Now that is another instance where it could happen in the real world.

After three episodes back to back to back, I think I need a break. Watching this show is mentally exhausting and is stressing me the hell out!

Was this the episode that won Alexis that Emmy? Because I can see why. Her performance was heartbreaking especially the scene in the back of the van where her and the other woman were acting without any dialogue and just using their eyes to evoke/show their feelings. Powerful stuff.

Offred’s situation wasn’t any better. I knew that she was going to get her period in the end and that Serena would go back to mistreating her. Her being interrogated by Aunt Lydia and that other guy was scary. What if she really was pregnant and then this incident caused her to lose it? Serena should focus her anger towards Aunt Lydia. Guess we’ll never know for sure.

Offred possibly starting a relationship with Nick is a slippery slope especially if/when they get found out. But what if Ofglen is correct and that there is an Eye at the house and it’s Nick? Offred will be in such a bad position.

This speech by Offred was very, very scary and could very well happen in real life:

“When they slaughtered Congress, we didn’t wake up. When they blamed terrorists and suspended the Constitution, we didn’t wake up then either. They said it would be temporary. Nothing changes instantaneously. In a gradually heating bathtub you’d be boiled to death before you knew it.”

We should all be careful on who vote into office. Americans should educate themselves as to what kind of people they’re voting for. Everyone thought Trump wouldn’t win and considered it to be a joke and then these knuckleheads voted for him anyway and now they’re all suffering right along with the minorities and the gays and the women. Oh wait, you’re fine if you’re a white male because I forgot they’re more privileged than the rest of us. 🙄

Other random thoughts and observations:

– What did they do to Ofglen in the end? Did they sew her vagina shut? WTF?!

– “Gender traitor” = term for being gay or lesbian. Alrighty then. Then I’m a fucking gender traitor and I embrace it!

– Poor Ofwarren. She’s slowly losing her mind. I hope she doesn’t end up dead.

– “You won’t want what you can’t have.” Aunt Lydia is a sadistic witch. How the fuck did she end up with this job?