Teen Wolf: 5.11 – The Last Chimera

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No time like a few hours before the new episode to get this up, am I right?

Teen Wolf is back (finally)!

While I liked the first episode back I kind of feel like the events in it were used to keep Scott and Stiles busy while Lydia’s mom sent her off to Eichen uninterrupted.

Let’s get down to it.

Papa Stilinski is alive and (kind of) well

After a near death experience at the hands of a berserker/jaguar mix (that’s what his chimera was, right?) the good old Sheriff pulled through and made a recovery.

Seeing Stiles worrying about his dad was heartbreaking. I couldn’t help but have an old quote from stiles replaying over and over in my head, “I can’t lose my dad too.”

This episode saw almost everything important from Stiles taken from him and it was brutal to watch. His dad, his best friend, the girl he’s been in love with since the 3rd grade. Everything almost gone at once. You can’t really blame him for going off the deep end a little.

But people do, ooooh do they. I try to avoid it on Tumblr but it still creeps on my dash every once in a while. People thought Stiles was too mean to Scott, and I get that. I do. It’s hard seeing him go after his best friend like that, but I feel like these people refuse to see things through Stiles’ eyes. That’s a bigger topic I won’t go down, but I will say this: Stiles was terrified of losing the only parent he has left so you can’t really blame him for having tunnel vision in this episode. His only concern was his father’s well-being and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.

Mama Martin messes up

It might just be because it’s Season 5 now and I’m completely over the people of Beacon Hills acting like they don’t notice all the weird murderous stuff that goes down, but I was irrationally annoyed with Lydia’s mom kicking Stiles out of her room and blaming him and all the rest of their friends for hurting Lydia.

I have my own issues with the pack and their lack of concern for Lydia (mostly in season 4) so that’s not something I’ll get into, but Natalie Martin’s hurried decision to have Lydia admitted to Eichen house when her own MOTHER had a terrible experience there was just literally the dumbest move I’ve seen on TV this week and I witnessed Nick Miller accidentally kidnap a woman on New Girl.

This is a woman who had a lizard girl come after her and injure her daughter, Malia even told her in 5A that she knows more than she’s letting on but she’s still stuck in this bubble of refusal. It’s kind of like Sheriff back in 3A except he finally realized he couldn’t deny it anymore when he literally saw Scott change in front of his own two eyes. Natalie Martin has seen things in front of her own two eyes and she still refuses to accept it. She just put her own daughter’s life at risk because of her denial and that’s not something she can easily come back from.

I’m hoping they’ll get her to come around eventually. Lydia Martin deserves the same kind of supportive parent that Scott and Stiles has; in every aspect of her life. Even the supernatural one.

HOT DAD ARGENT RETURNS!!

Can we nominate this as one of the best returns on TV this year even though the year just started? Because I loved it so much. It was so badass and so Argent. I’m so happy to have Chris back because they need his help now more than ever. Kinda wish he’d brought Isaac and Derek too, but I’ll accept what I have and save the complaints for later.

Sciles is making a comeback

Things are still fragile with our favorite brotp but I’m hoping that won’t last for long. The show just doesn’t work when the heart of it is shattered and Sciles is the heart of this show. Jeff has said that this season is all about rebuilding the pack and that it’s up to Scott and Stiles to do that so I’m so ready for that.

The death of Allison is what started this domino affect and it’s about time we start pulling ourselves together and to rebuild. The starts with Sciles.

Parrish needs to STOP

Anyone else completely over Parrish fantasizing about a high school girl? I’ve been against this from the get-go because it’s completely inappropriate in every single way. But now that we’ve got an idea of why they have a connection the “steaminess” and overt sexual tones of their scenes together are unnecessary.

Parrish and Lydia have a supernatural connection, but it is absolutely unnecessary for him to get warnings of death from her as she stands with him in the shower naked and kisses him. I hate every second of those scenes. Him ripping her clothes off, him mauling her, him ogling her. They make my skin crawl even more than that creepy orderly in Eichen House does. And that’s saying a lot because that guy makes me feel sick to my stomach.

When we were watching that scene my own father said, “Ah, more child molestation scenes.” Your general audience even sees how wrong it is, MTV, so stop it.

Free Lydia Martin from creepy older men and just men in general 2k16.

Scott Mccall is better than all of us

I couldn’t leave this review without praising my favorite hero, Scott Mccall. The guy literally died and came back to life and popped up ready to go be there for his best friend. Obviously he was sidelined because his own body betrayed him when it didn’t start healing immediately but, god, he was ready to be out there again. He wants to start putting his pack back together immediately and I love that about him.

I just wish he took care of himself as much as he takes care of everyone else. That’s my one wish for this season: for Scott Mccall to have a treat yo self day.

Favorite Line: “It’s okay, Stiles. You still got me.” — Sheriff Stilinski

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New Girl: 5.01 – Big Mama P

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Have I mentioned how much I’ve missed my favorite roommates? Because it’s a lot.

The New Girl season 5 premiere felt like a nice, long hug from a friend I haven’t seen in years.

Here are some of my favorite parts:

Schmidt gets down on one knee

The opening sequence was Schmidt getting down on one knee in front of Nick and asking him to be his best man. In true Nick fashion, he’s “not there” yet. It all turns out to be a prank between Winston and Nick but it still had everything I love about a Nick and a Schmidt team and reminds me of an older line in an earlier season where Nick told Jess that Schmidt loves him too much.

This is probably one of the most important bromances to ever grace our television and we’re so lucky to get to see it continue to flourish.

Hero Winston

WINSTON BISHOP SAVED A KID’S LIFE!! I’m so glad they’re not turning this whole cop Winston thing into a joke. He’s good at his job and people respect him for it. I loved him trying to downplay the whole “hero” thing, that part made for some great laughs. It was really important to me, going into this season, that Winston’s new job wasn’t just used for laughs or for them to talk more about how he doesn’t know how to do anything.

Winston found his calling and he’s damn good at it. I’m damn proud of him.

Also, PRANK SINATRA! I love Winston pranks. I love how they’re either way too extreme or way to weak. It’s probably my favorite running gag on this show and I hope it never dies.

Singing Jess

Singing Jess is back!! Is it just me or has it been a really long time since we’ve seen and heard Jess singing nonsense sentences she makes up on the fly? She does it quite a few times in this episode and the reactions are always priceless.

While we’re talking about Jess I should also include that I’m really happy to see Cece and Jess back as best friends. They haven’t “broken up” or anything but I kind of felt like last season we didn’t see them bonding as much as we had in previous seasons. Jess was pretty busy with Ryan and Cece was busy trying to figure out and hide her feelings for Schmidt.

I loved the flashback scenes this episode, I always love seeing those two as kids together because it reminds me of how long they’ve been best friends.

I think the way they’ve gone about disguising Zooey’s pregnancy is pretty funny, too, considering it’s still very obvious. I always prefer when shows take the HIMYM route and kind of make jokes about how obvious it is, though.

Cece’s Mom

I may be in the minority here, but I’m actually glad the episode ended on Cece’s mom not giving her approval. I felt like it was a really honest and real decision by the writers. More often than not, parents don’t approve. You can do the whole song and dance thing (literally, in Schmidt’s case) and still fall short. While I don’t agree with Cece’s mom and think she’s a bit harsh, I like that the writers made that decision.

I’m really hoping we get more scenes with Mama P in the future, Cece’s background is something I’m always very interested in learning about. They’ve done such a great job at making sure her culture is still a very big part of her character and I hope that never changes.

Nick Miller, Human Disaster

I love Nick Miller so much. Have I mentioned that before, ever? Because I do. He had some of the best one-liners this episode and he’s grown so much as a person.

That opening scene with he and Schmidt was typical old-school Miller. Being a best man is too much pressure, he doesn’t think he’s there yet. But the second he started laughing and saying it was a bet with Winston and of COURSE he’d be his best man. Nick Miller of the past would crumble under the pressure of just having the title of Best Man. Nick Miller of today? He wants the hard job. He wants to help his best friend in any way that he can. That’s growth.

The Dance

Everything about it was perfect. I can’t praise it enough. Cece’s reaction made my heart happy.

Favorite line of the Episode: “STOP BEING SO MEAN TO ME OR I SWEAR TO GOD I’LL FALL IN LOVE WITH YOU!” – Nick Miller

Teen Wolf

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Teen Wolf is one of those shows that half of Tumblr is still obsessed with and the other half (who used to be just as obsessed) have decided that they hate it but they’re still gonna talk about how terrible it is but they won’t stop watching it even though, “Seriously guys I hate this show it’s so terrible.”

You follow?

While I agree that the show has lost some of its magic with the death of Allison and the exits of Derek and Isaac, there are still those bright spots that I love. I’m going to talk abut those bright spots instead of going into the not so bright spots (though I can’t promise I won’t bring them up at least once or twice).

This list is in no particular order of importance, by the way.

1. Scott Mccall is the hero we all need but none of us deserves

From day one Scott Mccall has been the kid who does the right thing. He’s struggled, but ultimately he has that incredible moral compass and he always tries to do the Right Thing to prevent people from dying. Even if that right thing is nearly impossible, he does it.

He’s lost so much and he still keeps getting back up and fighting. Scott Mccall is the Steve Rogers of Teen Wolf. Yeah, I bestow that huge honor on him. He’s more than deserving of it.

He never asked for the bite, it was forced on him. The girl that he loved died in his arms. His relationship with his best friend has fallen apart. This past season he DIED HE LITERALLY DIED but then, by the sheer will of his own mother, he was brought back and now he has to try to pick up the pieces of his broken pack.

Scott Mccall is the heart and soul of this show and I will never stop loving or appreciating him.

2. The best slow burn ship in the history of slow burn ships

I’ll admit the main reason I’ve stuck it out for so long (mostly I’m referring to season 4) is because of Stiles/Lydia. Oh, Stydia, how I love thee.

They’ve laid the foundation for 5 seasons now and if they wanted to they could pull off one of the best romantic build-ups TV has ever seen. Maybe I’m biased, maybe I’m exaggerating. But you can’t deny that the formula is there.

The relationship between Stiles and Lydia is a beautiful thing even if it never ends on a romantic note. We’ve got a boy who has been crushing on a girl since he was in third grade. He built her up, romanticized her, but did something most guys in this kind of formula wouldn’t do—he befriended her.

Becoming friends with Lydia Martin was probably the most important step in Stiles Stilinski’s 10/15 year plan to make her fall in love with him. He stopped putting her up on this pedestal he had her on. He became her friend. He treated her like a person. He moved on.

But, like Scott said, he still likes her. It’s just different now. That difference will be so important to this relationship in the long-run if it becomes more.

I’m really hoping season 5B gives us more Stydia moments and I don’t even mean potential romantic ones (trust me, I can turn any moment of theirs into a romantic thing it’s not a problem). I miss their friendship. I miss their detective agency. I miss their banter.

I want Lydia to survive Eichen and finally come into her own as a banshee. We’ve been promised for 3 seasons now that Lydia would develop her powers but so far we’ve only seen her struggle. It’s time for the pay off.

3. My favorite non-blood related brothers

I’ve said this from the beginning and I’ll say it again: Stiles and Scott’s friendship is the most important relationship on this show.

Seeing them struggle in 5A was painful but necessary because up until this point they haven’t really been tested to badly. They’ve bickered like brothers but nothing huge has happened. They were tested in 5A and they splintered. But 5B will see them rebuilding what broke and I’m so ready for it.

There’s this new trend on Tumblr where people like to hate on Stiles and it’s honestly the craziest thing I’ve seen. People are pitting he and Scott against each other and it doesn’t make sense to me because how could you hate Scott when he’s the person Stiles loves the most besides his own father? How can you hate Stiles when he’s the person Scott loves most besides his mother? How can you pit these two against each other when they love each other so much?

It doesn’t make sense to me. Tumblr doesn’t make sense to me for a lot of reasons but I can’t get into that because that’s a whole other monster of a post that I’m just not going to bother with.

Bottom line? Stiles and Scott love each other and their love is the most important thing on this show. I can’t wait to see them get that back.

4. Girl Friendships

One of my biggest complaints about Season 4 (and trust me there are a lot) was that Lydia was left by herself for 99% of the season. Her best friend had just died but her other two friends just kind of left her to her own devices because they had new girlfriends to spend their time with. That’s something I’m never going to forgive the writers for doing.

Holland knocked every episode out of the park, though. It was never explicitly stated that Lydia was still mourning or struggling with Allison’s death so we just kind of had to assume that Lydia’s constant teary-eyes and fragility was because of that. Holland confirmed as much in a few interviews when she said that Lydia was working so hard to solve the problem because she wanted to make it up to Allison. She felt like she failed her best friend so she was trying to save the friends that she did have alive. If that doesn’t break your heart then you probably don’t have one.

One thing that 5A immediately did better than season 4 (besides everything basically) was that they closed that distance that Malia/Kira had with Lydia. In S4 it always seemed like they didn’t know how to be around Lydia or what to say to her and they were constantly pressuring her to figure everything out. I wanted to yell at them through 99% of the season (not just them, either, everyone basically).

I loved that we had an entire episode that was female centric in 5A. The girls helping Malia learn how to drive. Them following one of Lyda’s banshee feelings without question. Them working together to try to figure things out. I loved it so much it’s probably one of my favorite episodes in all of Teen Wolf. It was necessary and I’m happy it happened.

We’ve missed female friendships a lot since Allison passed away, and while no relationship can replace Allydia, it’s nice to see now that she’s not as alone as she was in S4. The part in the 5A premiere when they meet up with Lydia in school and the two couples are together but then Kira puts and arm around Lydia and pulls her into her almost made me cry. I finally feel like Lydia is part of the group again and it’s a good feeling.

(I won’t mention how bitter I am over the fact that Scott and Stiles, aka her only two best friends from the beginning, have been the main ones leaving her out of things. Fix that, Jeff Davis.)

5. It’s not afraid to hurt you.

Teen Wolf is one of those shows that isn’t afraid to cause you pain. I know I complain a lot (and probably will in my future reviews) about how much shows cause me pain but if I’m being honest, I actually love it. If a story is told well but it still hurts, it’s like it hurts so good.

Listen, I’m not happy that Allison died. I have many issues with the fact that it happened. I want her to be alive still. But I need to be honest, that episode is one of my favorite episodes this show has ever had. All season long they made sure that everyone had scenes with Allison. She got some great final words to her father. She saved her best friend. She got to tell the boy she loved that she loved him one last time.

Her actual death scene was absolutely heartbreaking and made me gasp; I still cry every single time I watch it again.

The only thing they did wrong with her death was they let it go to fast. They rushed the after of it all and it did a disservice to the show and her character. Allison Argent was more important than that and I really wish the show would have taken more care to show that. It’s something they’ll always live with but I feel like they’re trying to make up for it a little bit. That moment in the 5A premiere where Scott includes her initials made me cry but in a good way. I was happy they included her even though it broke my heart that she wasn’t there.

Teen Wolf has never been afraid to cause you pain and that’s something that I’ll admire. The deaths on this show, while sometimes unnecessary, are always really beautifully shot and the acting in them is some of the best this show has seen. I’m a TV viewer that appreciates great actors, what can I say?

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I could go on and on about this show but I’ll stop myself here.

While some fans have given up, I’m still sticking around because I still love this show. I still care about the characters both old and new.

Teen Wolf was there for me in a time that I needed a distraction and it’s grown into one of my favorite hours of TV. I watch it with my parents every week and I look forward to that every week.

Teen Wolf returns tonight on MTV at 9/8c. To Hell and back.

New Girl

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My favorite roommates return this Tuesday January 5th at 8/7c on Fox! I feel like it’s been a year since I’ve seen them all and I’m having serious Schmidt/Nick yelling at each other withdrawals.

Let’s see how much of the earlier seasons I can remember.

Season 1

Season one is always that intro season where we really get a feel of who these characters are and what we’re getting into. I remember starting this show when it first came out because it aired before Glee and I was super into that at the time (ah, to be young and naive). But I gave up halfway through because I could apparently only handle Glee at the time, it was a full-time job being a fan of that show. I’m so glad I picked New Girl back up towards the end of the season and caught up.

One thing I remember the most is that Jess was super relatable because she was so awkward and unsure of herself. I love Jess Day. I’ve always loved Jess Day. There are very few characters on this show that I dislike (looking at you Caroline) because the writers do such a good job at making you care for all of them even when they’re making questionable life choices.

I love Schmidt’s dramatics, I love Nick’s grumpiness, I love Jess’ dating struggles, and I love Winston judging all of them.

Season 1 did a great job at setting the story and establishing these relationships. It also did a great job at making me want to find some roommates on Craigslist and hoping it works out like it did for Jess.

The groundwork was also laid for the two main ships of this show: Jess/Nick and Cece/Schmidt. They couldn’t be two more different couples but they’re both so much fun to watch and they have been fun since Season 1.

Favorite Season Moment: In the pilot when Jess is on the phone with her mom and she asks Nick if he’s a murderer because her mom wants to know.

Nick: “Yes I am.”
Jess (to her mom): “He says no!”

Season 2

There aren’t enough words in the English language to describe to you how much I love season 2 of New Girl.

Listen, I watch a lot of TV. I’ve WATCHED a lot of TV in my lifetime. I’ve seen enough by this point that it’s become common for me to list season 2 of a lot of shows as their worst season but for New Girl? This isn’t anywhere near the case. In my opinion, season 2 is New Girl’s BEST season so far.

My favorite episode of this season is the 7th episode titled “Menzies”. I love every line in that episode, I’ve seen it so many times at this point that I have it memorized. This episode is the cure-all to any bad day. If I’m ever feeling stressed or that I need to laugh, there are two episodes of television that I turn to. “Menzies” and “The Fight” episode of Parks and Rec (a very close third would be “Flu Season” from P&R or basically any episode– I can’t get into it I could talk about that show for the rest of my life).

Season 2 of New Girl is wonderful all the way through, from Jess losing her job to Schmidt struggling with moving on from Cece. From Winston trying to figure out what his dream job is to Nick coming to terms with his feelings for Jess. I love every second of this season and I can’t write enough good things about it.

Favorite Season Moment: Everything about “Menzies”.

Season 3

A lot of people hated this season, but I loved it. I didn’t see any of the things that people complained about.

I loved that Coach returned and I loved the dynamic he added to the loft.

I get that people were mad about Schmidt playing both Cece and Elizabeth, that was a very low moment for Schmidt. But I also thought it was a huge learning moment for him too. I think that moment made Schmidt grow up a bit. When he revealed that he was going to try and break Nick and Jess up, I was very annoyed. I hated that they were going there but when I realized that it wouldn’t be drawn out it was a relief. Jess calling him out by saying “You did a bad thing. Deal with it.” was one of my favorite Jess moments and Schmidt’s reaction to it was some of Max’s best acting.

I love Max Greenfield. I cannot talk about him enough, I think he’s one of Hollywood’s brightest stars and I am constantly annoyed that he gets overlooked. His work as Schmidt is some of the best acting work I’ve seen in a long time. He can play Schmidt crazy and neurotic like we know and love but he can knock those serious moments out of the park. Max Greenfield deserves more praise and I will never stop bringing that up.

People also took issue with Nick and Jess but I took issue more with the writers inability to write them. They did great in the beginning but then, they broke them up out of nowhere for a reason I still can’t get behind because of how abruptly it happened. Liz Meriwhether said herself that she broke them up because she didn’t know how to write them together. She was writing them together fine, I kinda feel like that excuse is a cop-out. But what do I know, right?

Favorite Season Moment: When Nick threw a surprise birthday party for Jess.

Season 4

Not gonna lie, I don’t remember much about this season besides the bigger things since Netflix STILL hasn’t added it and I haven’t been able to rewatch but there were a few things that I remember loving.

I loved Winston and Cece’s friendship. Basically I love every scene with Winston and anyone else because I love Winston so much. But the fact that Winston kept Cece’s feelings for Schmidt a secret was just one of the many examples of why Winston is one of the best friends on this show if not The Best Friend.

I hated that Coach left, I understand it was the choice of Damon but I’m going to miss Coach a lot. I loved Coach Coach and I really loved his dynamic with Jess a lot. I’m happy he found love, though, and I hope to see him again at Schmidt and Cece’s wedding.

Which brings me to my next point– SCHMIDT AND CECE ARE ENGAGED!! I wasn’t expecting it but I’m so happy it happened. I love that even though they broke apart so painfully the first thing Schmidt tried to do with her was mend their friendship. He was a friend to her and that’s one step Schmidt skipped with her in the beginning. When he proposed to her using one of his first douchebag-jar moments I almost cried. I’m so happy they’re finally getting it together and are seemingly done with the off-again aspect of their relationship. I can’t wait to see Schmidt as a Bridezilla.

Favorite Season Moment: Schmidt proposing to Cece.

And that’s that! Not sure if I’ll continue this formatting for my future overview posts but we’ll see!

Overviews

Since most shows are on hiatus right now (a few are returning this week!!) I wanted to make a post for myself to kind of set-up what I want to do here. To start things out I plan on making a post for each show I’m currently following and writing about them and how I feel about them up to where they currently are in their stories.

Staying organized for yourself is hard.

Making an Effort in 2016

I’ve always told myself that I would start a blog so I could let out all my feelings for my favorite shows but I was always too lazy to do it. I can’t even count how many Tumblrs I’ve created on the off-chance that I would be productive about it and actually use it. I have a Tumblr. It’s not used for writing out blog posts.

I wanted a place that I could go to write out all the many rambling feelings I feel right after I watch a new episode of my favorite show. I can tweet about it, I can text about it, I can write about in in the tags on Tumblr; but I’ve always wanted a place that I can just let it all out– feelings, reactions, theories– without fear of getting attacked or getting a character limit.

That’s what this is for. I don’t even really need an introduction post since the odds of anyone seeing this are very slim, but here I am. It’s more for my benefit than anyone else’s. There are some things I like to be organized about. Pretending like you have an audience is a good way to make sure you maintain that level of organization.

I’m gonna make it work and maybe it’ll get me somewhere. Maybe it’ll help me land a job where I can do the thing I love most: watch TV shows and have a lot of feelings about them and share them with anyone who is willing to listen (or read).

2016, for me, is going to be about trying.

Here we go.