TV Talk Tuesday

I mean, if ever there were a time for us to talk about TV, this has to be the week, right? I don’t think I’ve ever understood what was happening on Game of Thrones, but it’s back and everyone seems really excited. What did you think of the premiere? What else are you watching?

I continue to watch many CBS shows. Did you know that The Amazing Race is coming back this week??? Survivor is really good, as it usually is. I enjoy a little show called Ransom that I think is Canadian but airs on CBS on Saturday nights. Madame Secretary is heading in a troubling direction – I don’t want to watch a woman run for president against a white nationalist, thank you very much, no reruns please. Star Trek Discovery was much better this season and I’m hyped for the finale this week. The Good Fight is not as good as last season but last season it was the best show on TV so that was a tough act to follow. See, CBS has a lot to offer!

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9 Responses to TV Talk Tuesday

  1. Tracey says:

    Oh I think that waterfall in the photo is Skogafoss in Iceland – they just added some tiers above the main fall. If you go off to the right of this major tourist attraction, you can take a 15-minute hike and climb a fence using a step stool to arrive at another incredible falls with no one around. Or if you turn around, you’ll see a nice little restaurant attached to a hostel that serves an amazing burger and a wonderful skyr cake and an Icelandic beer dedicated to a ghost child.

    • taoreader says:

      Ghost child, cooool.

      I read that tourism in Iceland is down, so it might be a good time for me to finally go there!

    • welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

      I don’t watch Game of Thrones, but someone recently told me that I should because they know I want to visit Iceland. Not enough of a selling point to get me to watch the show, but I bet there are some really stunning set locations.

  2. taoreader says:

    I watched four seasons of Jane the Virgin in like 3 weeks, then bought the 5th season on hulu which is so me. Finished the second season of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Really fun.

    Watched a couple episodes of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and that show is making me so angry. So I’m asking myself why, and it must be because the central character has Borderline Personality Disorder and I just hate it because my mother was BPD, which is generally the subject of my memoir. So Rebecca’s behavior is really familiar (gross) but at the same time it’s BPD lite. Not even close. But I still want to tell her to shut up a lot.

    But also I want to see if Greg comes back.

    • welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

      I’m currently in season 2 of Jane the Virgin. Petra in that Mommy and Me class was perfection.

      I have watched almost all of Crazy Ex Girlfriend even though I don’t like it that much. I’m not familiar with BPD, so I can’t comment on how it’s portrayed, but I’m sure it’s frustrating to see it shown in a way that is not accurate or truthful.

      You know I have OCD, and I’m the type of person who would rather laugh at myself because otherwise, I would cry. I never watched much Monk, but I had a psychologist for a while who was DEEPLY offended by that show. I get both sides of it.

      I respect what Crazy Ex Girlfriend is TRYING to do. It definitely falls flat for me, but I’m quite sure I’ll watch the last season when it hits Netflix because I’ve gone this far lol.

      • taoreader says:

        It definitely falls flat for me, but I’m quite sure I’ll watch the last season when it hits Netflix because I’ve gone this far lol.

        My position exactly!

        To be fair, I think they do a pretty good job developing compassion for her while showing the damage BPD can do to relationships. Rebecca does have some of the standard dysfunction: intense fear of abandonment, severe emotional swings, impulsive behavior, self-obsession, unstable relationships. So it’s not an inaccurate portrayal, but to me it doesn’t show how it can blow up the worlds of the people around them. And everyone around her has matured and is so patient with her, and I want someone to just go off on her a little to shut her up. Why is she allowed to take up so much psychological space while the other characters just sit and listen and make faces at each other? Why can’t they get fed up with her and reclaim some of that space?

        Anyways, I realize how subjective this is. And it’s interesting for me to pay attention to my reactions. On the one hand, BPD needs more exposure that’s hopeful. People genuinely need support and help and they deserve it as much as anyone. On the other hand, I don’t want to be anywhere near them.

        I have yet to see a really good, believable portrayal of OCD. Have you? What would you recommend?

        • taoreader says:

          Oh, forgot to say–Season 4 is on Netflix now!

        • welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

          Off the top of my head, I can’t think of a solid example of OCD being accurately portrayed on screen. I remember liking Matchstick Men with Nicholas Cage. OCD is not the focus, and it’s been a long time since I’ve seen it, so it might not hold up, but it was probably one of the only depictions of it I had seen at the time. There’s a scene in the Aviator when Howard Hughes is washing his hands in a public bathroom that was good, but that movie goes pretty extreme. Every now and again, I thought Sheldon on Big Bang Theory had character beats that were pretty accurate, but of course, that show is silly and broad, so they are exaggerated and played for laughs. I haven’t watched that show in years, so who knows what is going on now lol.

          The book Turtles All the Way Down is by far the most accurate portrayal of OCD I’ve ever encountered. The author has OCD and the way he wrote the thought process hit very close to home for me. It was fantastic, but really difficult for me to read because of how truthful it felt. It’s apparently being developed for a movie, so fingers crossed they get it right.

          And you raise an excellent point about the characters around the person who is struggling with mental illness. Their stories need to be told, and they struggle too!

          If I remember correctly, Rebecca isn’t even diagnosed with BPD until pretty late into the show. Not knowing WHY you feel the way you do or getting misdiagnosed is probably a reality for many people. And you are right that portraying it could help people, but it’s hard to watch when things hit too close to home.

      • Tracey says:

        These are interesting points you both have made! I wouldn’t have thought about the portrayals or implications on my own. I guess there’s a delicate balance between providing representation and not portraying serious things well, especially on shows that have big humor components.

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