“We have to stop meeting under such dramatic circumstances”

TV Show: This Is Us
Episode Title: The Car
Original Air Date: February 6, 2018
Episode Number: 2×15

Episode Description

The history of the Pearsons as told through the life of the family car.

My Review

I can’t take it anymore, all this crying for the past two episodes. Please let the next episode be a lot more happy and joyful. I think we could all use a break because crying and feeling all these emotions is EXHAUSTING!

Still loved the episode, of course, just that I would like to not cry again for the rest of the week, lol. It was great to see the history of the car and everything that happened in it. Makes me wonder what kind of deal Jack made with Mel the car salesman if he said he can’t afford the car. I seriously doubt Mel would give him a huge discount just on the basis of that speech, but I’ll suspend my disbelief.

The last scene with the Pearsons at Jack’s tree was heartbreaking. This is the moment where the tears literally streamed down my face. Rebecca telling Kevin and Randall that they don’t need to be the man of the house, that they should just enjoy being 17 year olds started the waterworks. And then it didn’t stop when Rebecca came out and told Kate not to blame herself for Jack’s death, that Jack was a grown man and made that decision to go back. It’s really sad that all these years, Kate had to live with that feeling of guilt and I hope that she has forgiven herself for it because it was no one’s fault.

Rebecca telling Jack “I promise you, we’re gonna be okay” made me burst out sobbing. That was such a great scene and Mandy knocked it out of the park again in this episode. Loved that the episode ended on a happy note with all of them going to the Bruce concert using the tickets that Jack bought them just a week before. Good call by everyone agreeing to go to that.

Other thoughts and observations:

– It was great to see Dr. K again and telling Rebecca that she’s much stronger than she gives herself credit for and that she’ll be just fine raising the kids.

– Kevin getting pissy about Randall wearing Jack’s watch was understandable because everyone’s emotions are still on edge. I liked that he reached out to Randall in the back of the car on their way to the Bruce concert.

– I was pretty shocked when Kevin accused Randall of letting Jack go back in because if Kevin was there, he would have stopped Jack. This is Kevin’s guilt talking here because you just know he feels guilty for not being there.

– Loved Jack’s speech to Kevin and Randall about being brothers and how they should cherish their time with each other and be thankful that they have each other. Quite poignant.

– Jack and Kate bonding over Alanis (“Atlantis” hahaha) and Bruce was a fantastic scene and I really wish that the show would have Kate pursue a career in songwriting while doing singing side jobs.

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“I’m going for the catharsis jugular”

TV Show: This Is Us
Episode Title: Super Bowl Sunday
Original Air Date: February 4, 2018
Episode Number: 2×14

Episode Description

Randall hosts a Super Bowl party while Kevin and Kate reconnect with the past.

My Review

Seriously, show. Seriously?! Why do you always never fail to make me cry in almost every episode? This one was pretty tough to watch because I was tearing up after almost every scene. My eyes are all puffy and red and I’m just glad there’s no one else in the house because I don’t want to tell them why I’ve been crying, haha.

Oh man, where to even start? I guess the beginning is a good jumping off point. Not even one minute into the episode and I was already tearing up watching Jack rescue Randall and then Kate. Of course, the tears started flowing when Rebecca, Kate, and Randall were waiting outside the house and crying out to Jack. Really thought that was it, but of course Jack makes it out alive carrying the dog and the photo albums with him. Wow. Nice fakeout and I’m glad we were able to spend a few more scenes with him.

I have never been that impressed with Mandy’s acting (she’s good, but never really wowed me) until the scene where Rebecca sees Jack’s body and she just completely falls apart. That is her Emmy reel right there. She was bawling, I was bawling, damn. That was so devastating. I felt what Rebecca must have felt at that moment. One second everything seems fine and the next moment, your world ends. Oof.

And then the scene with Rebecca telling Miguel not to break down because she has to be strong for Kate and Randall and her entering the house…man alive. I was actually glad that we didn’t see the scene where she tells them because I don’t think I would have been able to take it. The young actors were very good in this scene. I can honestly say that there’s not a bad actor on this show.

Randall celebrating Jack’s death anniversary by throwing a Super Bowl party for his kids was his way of dealing with what happened 20 years ago. Whatever works for him. If he wants to deal with it as a celebration and not be sad about it, more power to him.

Meanwhile, Kate likes to wallow and reminisce and watch that video. I liked that she came around at the end and let Toby’s guy put the video on the cloud and I thought it was very sweet what she said to Toby and how he saved her and that Jack would have loved him.

Rebecca deals with Jack’s death anniversary by baking his favorite lasagna dish and watching the game. She also mentions to Kevin that every year, Jack has sent her something to make her laugh and this year… “This year, he sent me you.” Yes, this is the part where I came close to full-on sobbing.

Her phone conversation with Kevin was probably by favorite part of the episode. It brought a smile to my face that Kevin was honest with Rebecca and told her that it must have been hard for her then and how glad he was that she was there for them. It cracked me up when he said that he’s not sure if he’s at the right tree, lol. Nice way of bringing levity to the scene.

Kevin talking to Jack was another favorite moment. I think Kevin has become my favorite Pearson kid especially this season. His storylines have been so sad and gut-wrenching and made me so emotional. Him apologizing to Jack broke my heart and then it shattered into pieces when he said “I’m gonna make you proud of me.” 😭

And of course we had that last scene with the twist no one saw coming: the social worker is future Tess and my mind is blown. I was full-on sobbing after this reveal and then we saw old Randall looking proudly at Tess and I’m a complete mess. Whoever is doing the casting on this show needs all the awards and a huge raise because that actress playing adult Tess really looks like young Tess.

All in all, this was definitely one of the show’s best and most emotional episodes. I wonder how many new viewers the show was able to get airing right after the Super Bowl. Well done, show!

“You look like an Instagram ho”

TV Show: Black Lightning
Episode Title: Lawanda: The Book of Burial
Original Air Date: January 30, 2018
Episode Number: 1×03

Episode Description

As Jefferson Pierce tries to determine if the community can survive without the help of Black Lightning, Anissa starts to come into her own. Meanwhile, Jefferson and Lynn try and figure out their new dynamic. Finally, Jennifer reveals to her parents that she has been grappling with something big.

My Review

Fully enjoying this show now and I think this episode was my favorite of the three so far. Anissa is my favorite character, no doubt about it. Her glee at testing out her powers and filming herself was a breath of fresh air from most superheroes who are afraid of their powers. Actually kind of reminded me of Molly from Runaways who was also gleeful at discovering that she has super-strength.

Loved the chemistry and the meet-cute between Anissa and Grace. Yes, I totally ship that already. It’s too bad Chenoa had to see that and Anissa really should have broken up with her a long time ago, but them’s the breaks. Still can’t believe they were together for a year and Anissa didn’t feel the same way Chenoa felt for her. I hope Chenoa finds someone who appreciates her because she deserves it.

Jennifer telling Lynn and Jefferson she’s ready to have sex cracked me up. Their reactions were priceless! I do love that she’s open to discussing this with her parents, though, and not hiding it. Now this is the Jennifer I want to see more of, not the one who’s hiding things from her parents.

Poor Khalil. He’ll most likely live, but he’s going to be paralyzed? That’s just cruel. Now he won’t get to run track, get a track scholarship, and get out of Freeland. So sad. What’s not so sad was his conversation with Jefferson about showering and athlete’s foot. That was probably one of the most bizarre conversations I have ever witnessed on TV, lol.

“So the young man who wants to have sex with my daughter, who spends most of his time in locker rooms, dries his fungus-covered feet before he dries his important parts? I’m asking you, do you wanna give my daughter athlete’s foot in places where athlete’s feet should not be?”

😅

What was up with Gambi deleting that video footage of Tobias? Does he not want Jefferson to be so focused on Tobias and lose sight of what BL is supposed to be about? Color me intrigued.

I’m finding Tobias very amusing now especially when he’s dealing with his goons. “Stop bleeding on my desk”, lol. And I’m still super intrigued by his silent female henchwoman! Like Lady Eve said (hi, Jill Scott!), “that girl with death in her eyes” – that’s exactly who she is. I wonder if she’s really mute or she just doesn’t talk because of reasons. Remnds me of Sinara from Agents of SHIELD.

That march was a stupid idea and was going to end in a shooting. How did the Reverend not realize that and put those people in danger? And why was the march at night? More opportunities for the culprit to hide and not be seen. At least march during broad daylight!

“I’m not here to apologize”

TV Show: Arrow
Episode Title: All For Nothing
Original Air Date: February 1, 2018
Episode Number: 6×12

Episode Description

Oliver continues his battle with Cayden James. Dinah and Oliver have a major disagreement that endangers the life of one of their own.

My Review

Enough of the second-class “superheroes” and their whining and putting down Team Arrow and blaming them for everything that goes wrong. Honest question: what exactly are the writers trying to do with separating the two teams? I mean, it’s good that we get OTA scenes now, but I feel like we can just have OTA and get rid of all the newbies who are nothing but a bunch of whiners. If the writers want us to sympathize with them, they are going about it the wrong way. There’s nothing else they can do that will ingratiate these three characters for me.

Vince is a metahuman and is able to heal himself. He was never in any danger of dying/being killed. The only reason he got killed is because Dinah and the newbies decided to show up and rescue him, someone who didn’t need to be rescued. If only they listened to Oliver, they could have gotten the bomb and then saved Vince after. But did they do that? Noooo.

I actually like Vince and sorry to see him go. Now Dinah is going to use his death as revenge to get back at Laurel and Cayden. Let’s see how long this lasts and how soon they end up teaming back with Team Arrow. 🙄 I honestly just want all three to go away and leave this show. Alena can replace Curtis because she’s adorable and not annoying.

The whole Quentin/Laurel/Thea storyline is idiotic and stupid and just eye roll-worthy. What are these writers smoking? Do we really need to have this Laurel redeemed? And for what?!

The fight scenes and some of the stunts were pretty bad. The bad guys fire at Oliver and his motorcycle for less than a round and all of them run out of ammo and one guy gets his gun stuck. I laughed. I mean, that was just bad directing and bad stunt work. And please stop with the full close-up and the shaky camera during the fight scenes. It’s STUPID.

“You’re gonna get us home”

TV Show: Agents of SHIELD
Episode Title: Past Life
Original Air Date: February 2, 2018
Episode Number: 5×10

Episode Description

The team has one final chance to return to the timeline, but their actions may have deadly consequences.

My Review

I teared up several times during this episode and I don’t know if it’s just the headspace I was in, but watching this made me pretty emotional. Enoch sacrificing himself so his friends can go home, Yo-Yo talking and seeing her future self, Mack being distraught when Future Yo-Yo got killed, Coulson ice-ing Daisy, May meeting Flint, Flint and Tess in the trawler, Jemma saving Mack and getting her revenge on Kasius, Deke sacrificing himself…fantastic all around. Gonna miss Flint and Tess.

There was a lot of information Future Yo-Yo dumped on our Yo-Yo with the biggest one being that Coulson is dying. Say what? When did this start? Why is he dying? What happened to him? I wonder how Yo-Yo will behave now that she knows that Mack ends up dead before she does, that is, if she believes what Future Yo-Yo told her. It was pretty devastating to see Yo-Yo’s reaction when Future Yo-Yo stood up and we saw her arms missing. Can’t believe she went through all of that and more due to Kasius playing god and continuing to kill her and resurrect her when he feels like it.

Speaking of, his death was oh so very satisfying. Jemma got her sweet revenge by saving Mack and helping Mack kill Kasius for good. That was a pretty brutal death, but I don’t feel sorry for him at all. He deserved it and more. Kudos to the actor, though. I thought he did a bang-up job in the fight scene with Mack and displaying that elixir’s powers.

Other thoughts and observations:

– Jemma’s reaction when Fitz killed three Krees in one go by beheading them was interesting. This isn’t the innocent Fitz that we started to get to know in the beginning.

– “May trained you to fight. I need you to lead.” Daisy is going to be so pissed at Coulson. I did like this line from Coulson, though. I think he has plans to make her the director since he knows he’s dying.

– Deke sacrificing himself was pretty admirable and I’m happy he went out that way. He cracked me up with his lines and I have to say that I’m going to miss him.

– Fitz called Jemma his “fiancee” – Mack’s reaction at this was too cute

Can’t wait for the next arc!

“Stop acting crazy”

TV Show: How To Get Away With Murder
Episode Title: He’s A Bad Man
Original Air Date: February 1, 2018
Episode Number: 4×11

Episode Description

As private details regarding Laurel’s past are revealed, an important person in her life comes to town to help her; Annalise encounters an obstacle involving a potential plaintiff for her class action.

My Review

Kind of a quiet episode. It was nice to finally meet Laurel’s mother, but somehow I ended up not trusting her after the end of that episode. Why was she meeting Wes? Why did she pretend not to know what Wes looked like when Laurel handed her a picture of Wes? Why did it seem like she was talking about Wes and not Baby Wes while lying in bed with Laurel? Why did she keep on calling Dominic? Did she have Wes killed?!

Loved hearing Karla speaking French fluently and I just love that she’s fluent in that and Spanish. Any other languages she’s fluent in that we don’t know about? For some reason, this makes her even hotter. Yes, I’m shallow that way.

Poor Laurel not getting custody of her son back. That whole case was pretty messed up, though. Why didn’t Annalise have a backup psychiatrist to testify on Laurel’s behalf? She couldn’t get someone from the hospital to do that? Come on now. If Laurel doesn’t get her baby back soon, I can see her spiraling out of control and losing herself.

Isaac having a relapse was really sad to see. I doubt they’ll kill off Jimmy Smits’ character like that so I’m fully expecting him to survive and get better and fight this (false) accusation. Jorge’s lawyer was something else, needling Isaac and blaming him for Stella’s death and accusing him of being a child molester. What a monster.

Bonnie is being bugged/monitored and I don’t like it. Seriously, show, she better not end up dead at the end of this season or at all. I hope Frank and Nate find out who the culprit is (we know who it is) and teach them a lesson.

Speaking of Nate, that was pretty tough seeing his father berate him and calling him a pig. He might be mentally ill, but that still has to hurt hearing that. Should be interesting to see Nate Sr being Annalise’s “face case.” Nate coming on to Annalise seemed out of character. This is the same guy who has repeatedly advised Bonnie to stay away from the crack (Annalise) and now here he is getting high on said crack. Alrighty then.

“I don’t know what I am”

TV Show: The Good Place
Episode Title: Somewhere Else
Original Air Date: February 1, 2018
Episode Number: 2×13

Episode Description

Michael tries to pull a rabbit out of a hat.

My Review

Hot diggity dog, indeed! This show never fails to surprise in such a delightful way and this episode was no different. That twist where they get sent back to Earth (maybe) and them not dying when they originally were meant to die was genius. Eleanor trying to be a good person for six months made me smile and I was so bummed (just like Michael) when she reverted back to her old ways because she felt like she should have gotten something back for all the good that she has put out there.

Michael showing up as a bartender (I see what you did here, show) to prompt Eleanor to try to be good again by asking “The real question is, what do we owe to each other?” which leads her to Google that phrase which leads her to watch a three-hour lecture by Chidi! Michael, you are the best monster ever. His concern over Eleanor (and the others) and his belief in them being innately good people is so heartwarming.

He does make a good point in regards to the system of the Good Place/Bad Place and how they determine where someone belongs, that the system is possibly flawed. Jason, Eleanor, Tahani, and Chidi were all sent to the Bad Place, but for some reason, they ended up becoming better people while they were in the Bad Place. Is it because they all were together and that prompted their goodness or was it something else?

I have to believe it’s the former, that they all became better versions of themselves because they all found each other and made each other better. This is why Michael nudged Eleanor a little bit which made her jump on a plane and fly to the other side of the world just to meet and talk to Chidi. I mean, no one in their right mind would do that, but there has to be something inside Eleanor that made her get on that plane all for the sake of figuring out this whole goodness thing. Maybe it’s fate? Who knows. Whatever it is, I’m happy they’re together at the end.

Speaking of, I was so giddy when Chidi kissed Eleanor! OMG!!!! Hot diggity dog is right. Eleanor’s look after Chidi kissed her made me swoon. They love each other and I am just the happiest. I do love that every time they come close to being together, something happens that prevents them from becoming a couple. It definitely makes for great television, I think.

Loved Eleanor and Tahani talking in the beginning of the episode about their friendship. It was adorable when Eleanor laid her head down on Tahani’s shoulder. Also, I continue to love that Eleanor still calls Tahani “hot stuff” as if it’s the most normal thing.

Janet telling Jason she loves him made me smile. Their love is so pure and innocent and I can’t wait to see how Janet processes this new information and how she’ll behave while Jason’s absent.

What’s going to happen next season? I won’t even bother to guess because this show always zags when you think it’ll zig. Brilliant second season and I hope they continue this streak. Well done, show!