The only thing that will lessen my despair over the UNC loss in last night’s NCAA final is talking about my favorite shows. So let’s get to it!
The 100 – Oh man, this was a roughhhhh episode. The ongoing theme this season has been the characters complete helplessness in the face of political despots whose actions are destroying any chance they could have at long-term survival. Especially during this election season, it’s a little too real. Ontari and Pike can come off as cartoon villains at times, but they also feel pretty authentic when you realize that most people are short-sighted, power hungry monsters. I also have to wonder if Jason Rothenberg was regretting everything in his life between the uproar after killing off a major queer character and then immediatly two episodes later killing off a major POC character. However, while I get why people are upset when minority characters, I think it really minimizes the conversation and ignores the fact that a) literally everyone dies on The 100 and b) there are about 2 straight, white dudes on the entire show – Kane and Jasper (Bellamy is actually played by a half-Filipino actor). I also think that there has been a serious problem of developing the characters and understanding where they are coming from with their motivations. Bellamy stands out the most but Monty is another good examples of characters that we see doing things but have no explanation for why.
The Magicians – I binge-watched the first season of the Magicians on Friday (isn’t unemployment grand) and I really enjoyed it! Quentin is kind of my spirit animal when it comes to just his general awkwardness about literally everything and Penny is hilarious. The scene where Quentin hides behind the tree to get away from Penny is probably my favorite in the entire series. I’d also be lying if I didn’t say I kind of ship Quentin and Elliot…
Shadowhunters – This show is…not great. But it’s kind of fun and the “actors” are pretty and I watched a full episode, so I guess the jokes on me.
Emmerdale – Liv is kind of adorable with her delinquent behavior and general village terrorism. She is basically a mini-Aaron, it’s fun. It was also nice to see Adam, Vic, Andy and Robert spending some time together that didn’t have anyone trying to kill anyone (literally – all of those characters have attempted/committed at least one murder). I was kind of sad that Aaron was excluded from the birthday festivities since he’s good friends with Victoria as well and everyone knows that all I want in life is my uncomfortable bar scene where everyone realizes that Aaron has slept with them and their closest relatives. Pretty please Emmerdale? I ask so little of you.
Broad City – Awww, Abi and Trey are kind of a weirdly cute couple. It was pretty obvious that Abi was going to get robbed by the hot French guy as soon as they made him hot, but I’m glad it gave the opportunity for Abi and Trey to spend some time together. I do think that Abi’s lie to Ilana is going to come back to haunt her though because of course it will. I also thought the scene with Ilana and Blake Griffin was a little bit too weird for the sake of being weird that it lost a lot of potentially funny moments. They were kind of cute though. Is it weird I would like to see more of them?
This Week’s Show You Should Be Watch: (in this special feature, I will tell you about a show that I love that I think everyone should watch)
A 9-episode British series about zombies, In The Flesh is smart, complex and absolutely beautifully shot. The story starts in the post-zombie apocalypse when a cure for zombieism has been discovered and Kieron, a teenage zombie must return to his family and face what he did as a zombie, the discrimination of his small town and trying to re-integrate himself with his family. The series deals with huge themes like bigorty, discrimination, LGBT rights and terrorism using zombie symbolism. There’s a whole lot more to it than that but you just have to watch to truly understand the artful nuance to this show.