You Season 2 (2019)

If you haven’t watched the season 2 of You, then you may not like reading this considering all of the spoilers.

Last season ended with a moment between Candace (Ambyr Childers) and Joe (Penn Badgley) where she tells him that they had some unfinished business to attend to, leaving a confused and slightly alarmed Joe. This season, we learn that he actually thought she was dead, having left her buried in the dirt somewhere after she tried to leave him. This means that Beck (Elizabeth Lail) wasn’t the first love interest of his that he killed, and while we already knew that he was a deranged killer, we can now definitively say that while he believes he is acting out of love, the moment the object of his desire goes bad in his eyes, they are also not safe.

Candace’s goal this season was to get Joe to see that he is evil, that he is the bad guy, and actually feel remorse for his actions. She doesn’t want to just send him to jail, or to kill him, she wants to break the very fragment that his sanity depends on. She wants to force him to see himself for what he really is, a damaged man who has done horrible deeds.

This season, Joe has moved to Los Angeles and after kidnapping the real Will Bettelheim (Robin Lord Taylor), a guy who can create fake i.ds, and new lives for people, Joe takes his name and keeps him in his own glass cage. This time though, Joe doesn’t want to kill Will. He wants to know that he can trust him, and strangely enough, despite knowing who Joe is, Will wants to be his friend and even after he has been set free and is living in the Philippines with his wife, he still lets Joe contact him. He sees the good in Joe, and believes that Joe is capable of making good choices and refraining from killing people.

Joe’s attention is drawn to Love Quinn (Victoria Pedretti), and while in the beginning, he doesn’t want this to turn into his obsession with Beck but when Love pursues him, he finds himself unable to deny her. Now, without delving into every single detail in this season, I want to point out that Joe really met his match in Love, because even when she finds out what he has done, who he is, instead of turning away from him in disgust, she kills for him– to protect him. As it turns out, she has killed before. When she was younger, she killed the au pair, Sofia, (Brooke Johnson) who Forty, her brother (James Scully), was with. In the end, Forty finds out who Joe really is, and what he is capable of, and turns against him in hopes of saving his sister but when his sister defends the man she loves, Forty tells her that she is crazy and aims a gun at Joe’s head. In a twist of fate, Officer Fincher (Danny Vasquez) shoots Forty, believing him to be the bad guy.

Let’s turn out attention to Love for a moment. As it turns out, she did what Joe usually does, she worked to make him fall in love with her, claiming that she saw who he really was almost immediately. She points out that while she was really looking at him, he only saw what he wanted to see, a perfect girl that he could protect and take care of. I liked Love’s character, even though she’s obviously crazy too, but I found her to be really interesting. Despite the fact that Candace didn’t survive to see the fruits of her labor, Joe did come to realize he was the bad guy. He had to confront himself in Love, and the way her actions made him feel. But Love is pregnant, and with that, Joe wants to make things work with her, for their child.

The season ends with Joe and Love living in a house somewhere amidst the suburbia, where Joe is spying on the neighbor next door, addressing her in a way that tells us that she will be the one he pursues in the coming season. My theory? Love won’t like that one bit and will either kill the woman, or try and kill Joe. I also believe that Joe will come across another child that he feels needs his protection, because that seems to be his go-to as well. However, I would like to see the kids of the previous season somehow make it to Joe, just because I want to see what comes of them.

I believe I said this about last season, but I enjoy this show because all of the characters are not simply one-dimensional. They are multi-faceted, with flaws mixing into the positive characteristics. While my opinion of Joe and Love is clear, that they are murderers who have found each other, there are still moments in which they are characters that people can find moments of themselves in; their sentiments, their need to protect and care for the people that they love. While most people wouldn’t go about this need the way that the two lovebirds do, it’s a need that can be understood to a certain extent.

Overall, I really enjoy watching this show and I like that the seasons are bite-size with only 10 episodes. Just enough to give us a good chunk of the overall story, but short enough that it doesn’t feel as though any of the points are being dragged on.

What did you guys think of the second season? Better than the first? The same as the first? Tell me down below! Also, if you haven’t had the chance yet, you can find my on instagram at @stardustandsilverlinings

You Season 1 (2018)

Originally aired in 2018

If you haven’t watched season 1, this review will be filled to the brim with spoilers.

Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) meets Guinevere Beck (Elizabeth Lail) during a chance meeting at Mooney’s Bookstore, where he is the manager. After this meeting, he begins stalking her, rationalizing it as his way to make sure she won’t break his heart like his last girlfriend did. Soon, he finds out that she is in a messy on-and-off again relationship with a guy named Benji (Lou Taylor Pucci), whom he subsequently kills after keeping him hostage in a glass cage underneath the bookstore. This is the first of many kills this season, and he rationalizes all of it in the beginning by claiming that he was doing everything for the well-being of Beck.

In this season he kills:

-Peach Salinger (Shay Mitchell); Beck’s wealthy best friend that Joe learns is also obsessed with Beck, and during a confrontation, he shoots and kills her and proceeds to frame it as a suicide.
-Elijah (Esteban Benito); We see in a flashback that he kills Elijah for sleeping with Candace, Joe’s then-girlfriend. Though Elijah explained that he had no idea that Candace was with someone.
-Ron (Daniel Cosgrove); He’s the abusive boyfriend of Joe’s neighbor Claudia (Victoria Cartagena), whom Joe kills when he comes home to find that Paco (Luca Padovan) has attacked him with a bat and is now in danger of the repercussion.
-Beck; When she finds out that he is a murderer, he keeps her in the same cage he kept Benji, hoping she will come to see that he did everything for her. She doesn’t, and he kills her and uses her manuscript that explains everything that happened–including the murders, to frame Dr. Nicky (John Stamos) for everything.

I was hooked from the first episode, there is undoubtedly something unnerving about Joe’s character. Fun fact, I work in a library, specifically in archives, so I enjoyed whenever he talked about the process of preserving books. He is a serial killer, but what makes him even scarier is the way that he sees it all as necessary for his end goal. That end goal originally being to win Beck’s affection, only to shift to his survival by killing Beck and framing Dr. Nicky. We learn about his upbringing, and how he got to be the manager of the bookstore, by showing how Mooney (Mark Blum) used to lock him in the glass cage when he did something that was deemed wrong. These scenes can cause us to feel sympathetic, but at the end of the day, he’s still a murderer.

This show also highlights the role of social media in how effective it can be as a tool in stalking people. Joe was able to find out about Beck, what her interests were, and more specifically, where she was. He takes this a step farther by stealing her phone and using it to read her conversations in order to stay up to date with what Beck was up to and what she thought of him.

Let’s talk about Beck for a moment. By no means, did she deserve to be killed but she wasn’t free of flaws herself. None that reached the extent of Joe’s flaws, but she did gaslight him when he accused her of cheating with her therapist even though she was. When they broke up and he started dating Karen Minty (Natalie Paul), Joe was actually happy and without the urges to commit homicide but Beck grows to miss him and subsequently works to come between their relationship. It takes two to have an affair but she definitely played a part in initiating it. I didn’t like Beck all that much, but I felt for her the entire time because she was so blissfully unaware of Joe’s true nature.

This show grips the audiences’ attention and keeps it, and manages to show the main character as more than just a serial killer, he is a broken human that never got the psychological help that he needed to deal with the cards that life has dealt him. Though, this doesn’t excuse his actions. I really want to emphasize that; just because he himself was mistreated, does not mean we should disregard the fact he has killed people.

What did you guys think of season 1? Have you guys watched season 2? That’s next on my list.

Fuller House Season 5 Pt. 1

SPOILER WARNING: If you haven’t watched Fuller House at all, or haven’t caught up, this is your warning that this review will be filled with spoilers.

The Tanner children are all grown up and following the template that was laid out for them when they were little. DJ (Candace Cameron Bure), Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin), and Kimmy (Andrea Barber) are living in one house raising kids together. The previous season ends with the birth of Stephanie and Jimmy’s (Adam Hagenbuch) child, with Kimmy acting as surrogate. Now, in the first part of the finale season, Stephanie is a new mother and with being a new mother comes a whole new set of responsibilities. Not to mention that Steve (Scott Weinger), Jimmy and Fernando (Juan Pablo Di Pace) all go into a business venture together having bought out Uncle Monty’s sandwich shop.

In this season, we see a lot of familiar faces. We get Danny Tanner (Bob Saget), Uncle Jessie (John Stamos), Uncle Joey (Dave Coulier), as well as Matt (John Brotherton) and his WIFE Gia (Marla Sokoloff). As for the children, we see Ramona (Soni Bringas) and her new love interest Ethan (Noah Alexander Gerry), we get Jackson (Michael Campion) get back together with Rocki (Landry Bender) and Max (Elias Harger) being Max. They’ve all grown a lot since season 1, and while this first part of the season focused on the adults more, the children had their own interesting storylines.

Jackson, has shown a lot of maturity in this season so far, even helping Max understand that while Stephanie’s time isn’t as free, it doesn’t mean that she doesn’t still love her nephews. He’s also growing up which means that he isn’t always comfortable talking to his mom about his feelings, so when DJ works to get closer to him, she accidentally becomes his video game partner in a competition and they bond while also respecting the new boundaries and having a better understanding of their constantly evolving relationship.

Times That the Show Got Very Meta

  • Kirk Cameron, Candace Cameron Bure’s brother, guest starred as himself, and the entire time he did, they made jokes about how he was Jason Bateman, with DJ even calling him so at one point. There was another moment where she says something along the lines of “I never understood what was the big deal about Kirk Cameron.”
  • Matt, when dealing with the influence of a tranquilizer, begins singing the theme song and when asked by DJ what he is singing, he says “I don’t know, but it makes me feel happy inside.”
  • Jackson, Ramona and Max are in the attic looking for a baby naming dress when they start rifling through all the different items up there. Max, goes on to explain what different things are and informing the others that the family had eight years of meticulously curated home videos, i.e the original show Full House.
  • In the final episode of this first part, Danny Tanner looks at Kimmy, DJ, and Stephanie and says “It feels so good to have three daughters again.” This isn’t the first time that the show has not-so-subtly addressed the absence of the youngest Tanner child; Michelle (Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen).

While these references can be seen as fodder, meant to be nothing more than fan service, I ask, what is wrong with that? It’s the shows final season and with no sight of a sequel happening, I just see it as the writers keeping the new story lines active, while also giving nods to the past and what led them to even being able to do this show in the first place. I enjoyed this season so far, having even shed a few tears when Steve finally proposed to DJ because c’mon, this has been a long time coming to finally see this couple get engaged, it was a lot to take in. Granted, I should have seen the proposal coming because there was no way that the last episode of this first part was going to be focused on Kimmy and Fernando getting engaged, AGAIN.

It’s a cute show, that while it misses the mark that Full House hit when it comes to showing various life lessons throughout the episodes, hits the mark of being sentimental and feel good. The final end of this season will come some time this year, and I am looking forward to it. Even if it seems like it will have a chaotic journey considering there is going to be a wedding for three couples involved.

Have you guys watched Fuller House? A better question being, have you guys watched the original Full House? What did you guys think of this installment so far? What is your opinion on fan service? Let me know down below!

Naruto (2002-2007)

Naruto aired from 2002 to 2007

Overview

Since I will be giving my opinion on the entirety of the show, I will be giving a brief explanation for those who may not be familiar. However, I will still be leaving out a lot of the individual details for the sake of not making this three thousand pages long. Before doing this however, I will take a moment to explain some basic terms so no one gets confused.

  • Shinobi: a ninja, there are various types but they are all shinobi.
  • Jutsu: special skills that every ninja can use, also having various types.
  • Kage: A rank reserved to the leader of one of the five great hidden villages.
  • Sensei: teacher, mentor

Naruto is a young boy who has been ostracized his entire life up until this point and he didn’t know why. As the story goes, when he just a newborn, the leaf village was under attack by a powerful nine-tailed fox demon and the fourth hokage performed a ritual to seal the spirit of the demon into Naruto. This cost the fourth hokage his life, and the third hokage came out of retirement in order to lead the village once again. Returning to the present, the series begins with Naruto being tricked into stealing a valuable scroll from his own village, having been told that if he stole the scroll and then managed to learn one of the jutsus within it, he would be able to become a shinobi and leave the academy. Of course, this is all a lie and he ends up having to save his sensei Iruka. Thus began the adventures told in Naruto.

The rest of the series is seemingly one battle after another as he and his fellow shinobi face various opponents throughout the course of a little more than a year. Through the course of the show he grows a lot as an individual and acts as a true protagonist, leaving an imprint on everyone he helps and comes across. The show ends with him leaving with his Master Jiraiya in order to train to become a formidable shinobi, ready to deal with his next enemy; the akatsuki clan.

In the following section you will find my unfiltered thoughts concerning the show as a whole, so if you do not wish to be spoiled about anything, here’s your warning.

My thoughts

I haven’t watched an anime in a long time, but I have only ever heard such great things about this one that I finally caved and watched it. I have to say, I really enjoyed it. The battles were always really entertaining to watch, albeit some of the earlier ones felt as though they went on forever. Along the way we meet a lot of characters, villains, heroes, and those right in the middle. I came to learn how to understand what brings some individuals to do bad deeds, while there were others that I saw no humanity in them. The main trio for a while was that of Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura. Naruto and Sasuke seem to always be at odds, because Naruto is considerably a lot more jovial while Sasuka is in a constant state of contemplation and brooding.

When Sasuke chooses to leave the leaf village, I felt for Naruto because I knew that he doesn’t give up easily, especially on those he cares about but you cannot help someone who does not wish to be helped. As Sasuke said, he is on his own journey that no one can follow him on, but that didn’t mean that Sakura and Naruto weren’t going to try. There were moments throughout this show that I did feel my heart strings get tugged on, and there were parts that successfully creeped me out. I know a major complaint of this first installment of the series is how many filler episodes there are, but for me personally,I never truly mind fillers. They usually act as a good reprieve from the tension that the ongoing plot is providing, plus they add to the overall world of a show.

Characters I Adored & Characters I Didn’t

  • (+) Shikamaru: When we first are introduced to him, he doesn’t seem to be anything more than just some lazy kid but throughout this series I really came to enjoy his character. Especially his strategy skills and his loyalty to his friends. He is the only one of the group to move onto the next ranking due to his skills and I think that was well-suited to his character. He’s easily one of my favorites.
  • (-) Ino: Don’t get me wrong, she grows on me but it really isn’t until the end that I come to like her, when she chooses she wants to train and become a medical ninja. Other than that, I think she’s a very cliche character that is shown on more than one occasion to be self-absorbed and shallow. While I know that there is a lot more to her, since she is shown to be smart and thoughtful at times, I think her growth is overshadowed by her attitude.
  • (+) Kakashi: I was really disappointed when we didn’t see much of him towards the ending of the show, even in the end, he only showed up in the last ten minutes which was disappointing to me. He is another character that at first glance, he doesn’t seem to be all that much. There’s an air of mystery to him because we don’t know what he looks like fully due to his face mask, but other than that he looks pretty normal. Only to find out that he is super powerful and skilled and is known around the villages due to this.
  • (-/+) Sakura: In the beginning, I couldn’t stand her. She was made into being this annoying, dependent, needy girl that didn’t have anything particularly useful to offer during battle apart from her chakra control and ability to see through certain types of jutsus. However, I was very happy when the writers began giving her depth, having her become a medical ninja out of a want to be do more for those she goes on missions with. I really came to enjoy her character.
  • (+) Naruto: I don’t know, there’s something about him that keeps him charming the entire time. Perhaps it is his ability to go from rambling on about ramen, to protecting his friends with a ferocity that is unmatched. I understood pretty quickly why he was the hero of this story.
  • Some honorable mentions would be; Kiba, Temari, Gaara. I enjoyed their characters a lot, with Gaara intriguing me the most out of these three. Also, Jiraiya reminded me a lot of Miroku of Inuyasha and I’m sure you can all guess why.

Have any of you watched this show? Did you continue on to watch the next installments? I plan on continuing and watching Naruto: Shipp┼źden, but that will definitely take some time considering how long the show is. Let me know in the comments if you are a fan of anime, and if so, which ones?

Arrow (2012-2020)

If you haven’t watched the latest and final season of the CW’s Arrow, this review will be filled with spoilers.

After 8 years, the finale of Arrow has come and gone. In this finale episode, we see a lot of faces we haven’t in awhile because as it turns out, Oliver’s (Stephen Amell) sacrifice during the crisis meant that those he loved would return, as though they had never died at all. These characters include; Moira Queen (Susanna Thompson), Tommy Merlin (Colin Donnell), and Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne). Thea Queen (Willa Holland) asks why Oliver’s death didn’t bring back their father, and Moira gives a good explanation. He only brought back the people that wouldn’t change who he was and if his father hadn’t sacrificed himself for Oliver’s survival, there never would have been a Green Arrow.

It’s a tear-jerking episode filled with reunions. Mia Smoak (Katherine McNamara) was shown in the previous episode being reminded of everything she endured throughout this season by the appearance of Dinah (Julianna Harkavy) and Earth-2 Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy). After being reminded of her capabilities, she takes on the mantle of being the Green Arrow. Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) returns because William (Jack Moore) is kidnapped, and we get to watch her reactions to Oliver’s death. It’s gut-wrenching to say the least. Felicity brought something out of Oliver that no other character really could. While her character hasn’t always been likable, no one could argue that she became memorable. There’s something really strong about Oliver and Felicity, and to have watched this relationship grow from the very beginning, made it hurt even more watching her be sad about his death. It also made their reunion in the afterlife mean all that much more.

John Diggle (David Ramsey) is struggling to accept Oliver’s death, having been with him on this journey for the longest, followed closely by Felicity herself. They were brothers, and while they have dealt with their fair share of bumps in the road, their bond always recovered and remained strong. He is dealt a curve ball in this finale, presumably receiving a ring that glows green while he is in the process of moving to Metropolis. This could really only mean that he will become the Green Lantern, and I’m excited to see if anything comes out of this.

What Oliver Leaves Behind

He leaves behind children that we know grow up to become heroes themselves,a team that continue wanting to make changes in the world and continue to be heroes, and he leaves behind a city that is presumably safe. Though, on that note, it doesn’t seem like it will stay like that considering in 2040, there is now a new reality where Mia is engaged to Deathstroke, but she is unaware that he has just received his memories back. This will make things interesting for the sequel show that will be coming. What Oliver the character leaves behind? He leaves behind a series of shows that are all in the same universe, with heroes like the Flash, Supergirl, the Legends, etc. What has become known as the Arrowverse will live on thanks to the foundation that Arrow built. (Granted, there were superhero shows before this, like Smallville, but I digress.)

All in all, I think Arrow ended on a strong note, with a happy-ish ending. I say this because while everything seems golden now, we know that the future isn’t certain, and the safety of Star City can come into question. Felicity and Oliver reunite in the afterlife, Thea and Roy (Colton Haynes) are going to get married, Rene (Rick Gonzalez) is going to be mayor, and Felicity will not keep William and Mia apart so that they can grow up together. Who did we also get to see in this episode? Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law). We can recall that she and Oliver were married in the eyes of the League, and while she erased that marriage, she and Oliver came to lean on each other and trust each other. I really loved her character, the entire time.

That’s a wrap on Arrow, and it will always be a show that I hold fondly in my heart. There’s so much to talk about, not just about this final episode, but the show in it’s entirety but I don’t want this review to be five pages long. If you want to read my review on the previous season, here’s a link.

What did you guys think of the show, and more specifically, what did you guys think of the finale?

The Good Place (2016-2020)

If you have not watched the series finale to The Good Place, this is my warning to you. This review has a bunch of spoilers.

After four seasons, NBC’s The Good Place has ended. What makes this ending special, is that it was on the show’s terms. They were not cancelled, they did not reach a deadline–they chose to end the show after four seasons, believing the story had been told.

In the beginning, we were focusing on Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell), a flawed human from Phoenix, Arizona who is told that she has made it into The Good Place due to her exemplary life back on Earth. It becomes increasingly clear to her, that there has been a mistake because she shouldn’t be here. She gets Chidi Anagonye (William Jackson Harper) to help her become a better person, all the while Jason Mendoza (Manny Jacinto) is pretending to be a Tawainese monk who took a vow of silence, along with Tahani Al-Jamil (Jameela Jamil) a wealthy philanthropist who actually believed that she was in the right place. The show becomes known for their plot twists, because the first season ends with us finding out that they are in fact, in The Bad Place being tortured by none other than Michael (Ted Danson), the architect they had come to trust.

In the end, the point system that was designed to determine where a human went after their life on Earth, is deemed broken and while the Judge (Maya Rudolph) has no qualms erasing all of humanity and simply starting over, the gang want to fix it. Revolutionizing the system, they fix it so that humans after they die, are able to be put through a series of tests all catered to their own personal flaws, and are given the opportunity to become better and earn their way to The Good Place. Once the five humans and Michael end up in the real Good Place, they discover that everyone there is mindlessly bored with paradise so they devise a new plan. Once in the Good Place, you are free to stay as long as you’d like, but if the day came that you wished to leave, and effectively end your journey all together, you could so by walking through a door. Their essence would be returned to the universe and they would cease to exist.

The finale itself caused many emotions to flood my system. We watched as each one of the humans eventually left The Good Place, choosing to walk through the door. Except for Tahani, who decided to become an architect. Michael was given the opportunity to go to Earth as a human and live out the rest of his mortal life, and eventually come through the system himself. Jason was the first one to be ready to go through the door, except in a slight twist, when Janet leaves him to walk through the door he ends up staying behind. Waiting for Janet to return, because he wanted to find the necklace he had made her. During the time that he was waiting, he ended up practically becoming Jianyu, the monk he was pretending to be in the beginning by using his time to think and consider the world around him.

Next came Tahani, who finally got the relationship with her parents that she always wanted, and when she believes she is ready to go through the door, she realizes instead that she wanted to be an architect. She is given this opportunity, and begins her training.

Chidi was the next human who was ready to go, and when Eleanor catches onto this, she takes him on a trip in the hopes of reminding him about things worth being excited over. He comes to decide to stay with her, so that she isn’t sad and at first, she is ecstatic about this but realizes that she was being selfish and that she owed it to him to let him go. William Jackson Harper would soon after give us a monologue that caused me to cry, that I recommend everyone watch the finale for this moment alone. Eleanor asks him for one last favor, and that is to be gone before she wakes up. He obliges, and he leaves a calendar behind that is him in various poses and outfits for the rest of time.

Eleanor continues searching for the one thing that will bring her that sense of calmness everyone was mentioning, and while she believes at first that it has to do with Mindy St. Claire (Maribeth Monroe) and persuading her to try and get into The Good Place. In the end, her last mission was to give Michael the chance to live as a human, considering his longtime fascination with them. When he is gone, she decides she is ready to go through the door–which leaves Janet being the only one left, and their final conversation made me laugh, while also cry.

The show ends with Eleanor walking through the door and her essence returning to the universe, we watch as a single speck from her essence floating through space until landing on a random human. We watched as he noticed something in his mail, and promptly throws it away. It is only when that speck lands on him does he decide to go through the trash and give the mail to the rightful owner, which turns out to be Michael. Then it’s over.

Overall, endings are never fun for me. They always leave me feeling achy and as though something is missing but as far as endings go, this one was really uplifting while also being sad. It was nice knowing that all of the characters got what they wanted in the end, to be with their loved ones and then to reach the point of being at peace, and while that can make the ones left behind (the audience) to feel rather sad, I thought it was fitting. This is how it feels when we lose loved ones, we are happy that they are at peace, and no longer dealing with anything negative, but we miss them so much. I will miss The Good Place but I am happy it ended before the story became repetitive.

What did you guys think of the series finale?

Supergirl Season 1-4

Season 1 of Supergirl (October 2015 – April 2016)

This season begins with Kara Danvers, who has hidden her abilities from the world thus far. Her story is similar to Clark Kent’s; being born on Krypton and sent away to Earth in a pod by their parents in order to survive. The similarities end there for now, since Clark successfully made it to Earth while Kara’s pod was knocked off course and she spent time in the phantom zone before finally arriving on Earth. By that time, Clark was already grown up and saving the world as Superman. Deciding to lead a normal life, it wasn’t until her sister Alex Danvers is on a plane that is going down, that Supergirl is born. Acting as Supergirl, she gets recruited by the secret government organization known as the DEO, to help stop the bad guys; both human and alien.

This was a really good first season, I was hooked from the jump. Throughout this season, we also see the growing connection between Kara and James Olsen, with Maxwell Lord being the unlikely ally by the end of it. Both of these storylines are promptly ended when CW acquires the rights to Supergirl, but I’ll talk about that in the next section.

Season 2 of Supergirl (October 2016 – May 2017)

This season focused on Kara trying to find a balance between her two identities while fighting bad guys along the way. We actually get to see more of one of my favorite reoccurring characters in the show; Livewire. She’s just so fun as a villain and I really enjoyed all the scenes including her. Who do we also get this season? Mon-El. Kara’s epic love that we also see in season 3. He’s a Daxomite, the prince no less. They deal with a lot of rocky moments in the beginning but once they find their groove, they seem to fit each other really well and it broke my heart when she had to send him away because they laced the atmosphere with lead.

What I thought was interesting, is that Maxwell Lord doesn’t show up again, most likely due to the change of networks. And despite the storyline that had developed between James Olsen and Kara, it was ended promptly after season 2 began. This felt awkward, since they had gone through so much to end up at this point. I can only assume the main reason for this was Mon-El and Kara’s later storyline. Overall, this season was also really good. (Spoiler alert; you won’t hear me say that there was a bad season in this review.) Though it wasn’t my favorite one, despite how much I loved the different storylines this one came with.

Season 3 of Supergirl (October 2017 – June 2018)

This season I think really leveled up the entire show. The villains in this season are literally called world-killers. If that isn’t intimidating, then I don’t know what is. We also find out that her mom has been alive this whole time, just in a place called Argo City where she and the other surviving kryptonians sought refuge after the destruction of their planet. The fight scenes were incredible in this one, and it was the season that you saw Kara get pushed to her limits; where her morals were being constantly questioned and she was being tested. We meet Brainy in this season; who is an AI who didn’t follow the path of his ancestors and didn’t become evil. He’s part of the Legion, a group of heroes that Mon-El leads in the future. Oh yeah, he comes back to the past with his team–including his wife; Imra Ardeen. They fight alongside Kara on numerous occasions because they needed to defeat the world-killers before they became the future enemy; the blight. Mon-El and Kara had some unfinished business but he ultimately decides to return to the future because they need him. He leaves Kara with a ring, telling her that they can call the Legion if they ever need to. It is a really strong season, and it was the season that made me feel disappointed that I never tried to watch the show before.

Season 4 of Supergirl

What a journey this season was. We finally get to see Lex Luthor, who is the main puppeteer and everyone else were either unknowingly his puppets, or they were willing to go along with the madness. Do you remember Eve Teschmacher? Turns out she’s been working with Lex Luthor the whole time. There’s a whole episode where this is explained in great detail. At the end of season 3, we see another version of Supergirl in Kaznia, and she becomes a huge part of season 4. Turns out, the events of Reign’s demise lead to another version of Supergirl being created; except she was a blank slate. One that Lex Luthor was able to mold into his own personal weapon. I think Lex Luthor’s portrayal was so well done, because he’s truly shown as the unhinged murderer that he is. It is unfortunate that we never see a showdown between superman and Lex Luthor since Clark has gone to Argo City with Lois. At the DEO, we see Alex become Director since J’onn left to focus on his quest to figure out who he is after his dad’s passing. We also have to deal with Colonel Lauren Haley, who does everything by the book and because of her quest to figure out who Supergirl is without the costume, J’onn has to wipe all the knowledge of who she is from all DEO operatives; including Alex. This causes a lot of heartache for Kara because she no longer can lean on her sister like she used to.

This season ends with the demise of both Red Daughter and Lex Luthor, and Kara making plans to tell Lena about her secret identity.

Season 5 of Supergirl

What does all of this mean for Season 5? Well there’s definitely going to be some sort of confrontation between Lena and Kara now that Lena knows her secret identity and Kara wasn’t the one to tell her. It’s been announced that Mehcad Brooks, the actor who plays James Olsen will be leaving the show in this season. We also see Brainy and Dreamer together at the end of season 4, so we’ll see Brainy figure out what it means to be in a relationship. We’ll see more of Alex and James’ sister Dr. Kelly Olsen being together, which was a development I really enjoyed watching grow. We also know that there will be a huge crisis this season due to the major crossover event coming in the fall. At the end of season 4 we also learn that Teschmacher was working for an organization called Leviathan, which is why she worked for Lex Luthor. That blows the idea that she was doing it out of love for Lex out of the water, which only creates more questions. I’m very excited to see what is in store for Supergirl the character, as well as Supergirl the show. I love that they aren’t afraid of touching on sensitive topics like immigration and prejudice, because I feel it is important in today’s society to talk about these things.

What did you guys think of the show’s latest season? What do you think is coming next?

Jane the Virgin is Over

I’ve given myself ample time to get my feelings in check and figure out how I felt about the series finale.

I thought it was really cute and that it wrapped everything up really nicely. We find out that Mateo as an adult has been the narrator the whole time. Which, while being cute, also gave me the creeps (just a little) because that means he was also the voice that commented on the intimate moments of the story. That’s a little fact to dwell on, so I’ll move on. I loved how it was Rafael who did something spontaneous for the sake of Jane’s writing, because it really showed that he has her back all the way.

I’ve said this before and I’m sure this won’t be the last time that I say this but I really don’t do well with endings. They leave me feeling, for lack of better words; icky. I never truly know how to feel after something I’ve watched progress comes to an end. I do have to say however, that I believe this was the ending the show deserved. It was an ending that came on their terms and not as a result of a sudden cancellation.

Things definitely got emotional, especially during two specific scenes; the wedding and the three women talking about why Xo changed her mind about moving to New York. Change is hard, I think everyone can agree to that on some degree. So that scene really resonated with me, because if I had to make that choice to move to a brand new state and leave behind my family, I’d probably chicken out and choose to stay in my familiar surroundings.

Highlights for Me:
1. Rafael calling Rogelio ‘Dad’ during the wedding. He did it when he felt comfortable doing it which made it that much more sweet.
2. Jane and Rafael after she apologizes to him for not taking the time to write her vows earlier.
3. Petra and JR reuniting because Petra Solano has come such a long way she deserved her happy ending too.
4. That scene where Alba is staring at the living room, reliving all the big memories they have made over the last few years. This one got me and I started crying.

I believe that the ending was fitting because it wasn’t closing the book of their lives, it was showing us that they have much to go but by telling us that Jane’s story becomes the very show we are watching shows us that everything turns out for the better. We get the happy ending that telenovelas are known for. It’s a bittersweet ending because while it left me feeling satisfied, I am obviously going to miss watching the show every week.

What did you guys think of the series finale? What do you think could have made it better for you?

Stranger Things Season 3

Stranger Things season 3 came out on July 2nd and here are my thoughts.

Here’s a recap without breaking things apart minute by minute.

  • El and Mike are making out a lot which is stressing Hopper out because he doesn’t know how to communicate his feelings, so he ends up scaring Mike into giving El some space. After spending some time with Max, whose been dating Lucas for awhile now, she ends up dumping Mike because she knows he lied to her.
  • Dustin went away to camp and when he comes back, the gang isn’t really hanging out like they used to and he ends up spending a lot of time with Steve because as it turns out, the Russians have invaded Hopkins and it is up to them to crack the code. This is where Robin comes in, Steve’s eventual love interest who ends up being into girls. Steve doesn’t lose a fight this season, though he still ends up beaten and bruised.
  • Hopper and Joyce! They fight like cats and dogs and during their own side plot having to do with the magnets in Hopkins not working, and they capture a Russian scientist named Alexei. It’s all very hectic and Alexei ends up dying which made me very sad because he genuinely seemed to want to help and seemed like a nice guy who just wanted his cherry slushie.
  • Dustin has a girlfriend named Suzie who we don’t believe is real until they sing a cute duet, while the world around them is falling apart around them, mind you.
  • Billy, Max’s older brother is possessed by the mindflayer and ends up snapping out of it when El reminds him of his mom. He ends up sacrificing himself and despite not liking him, I actually teared up.

Now onto my favorite part of this post; my theories about the finale.

Hopper is alive and here’s why I think so. We didn’t see him die. There was no body. With every other death, from Barb to Bob to Billy we either see the death happen or we see the body afterwards. There is no mistaking that they were killed.

Who did we also think was dead? Eleven. Same story, different person. We watched as it seemed like Eleven would be stuck in the Upside Down forever, just as we watched as Hopper seemingly disintegrated in the explosion. There’s a key point here. In the end credits scene, we are taken back to Russia where we see cells lined up, and a guard approaches one only for another to say “No, not the american.” This means that they have an american in their facility. It could be another american, but Hopper knows more about the gate having been inside the Upside Down himself, and his knowledge of the lab. He’d be crucial to whatever they are trying to do in Russia.

Now we play the waiting game for season 4. What did you guys think of season three? What do you think about Hopper’s disappearance?

Stranger Things Season 2

I’ve finally caught up on Stranger Things and like with everything else, I have some thoughts.

This was the season of me gushing over the characters and how much I adore them. Everyone except Billy, but he wasn’t written to be liked. I’ll get there.

We are dealing with the aftermath of season 1, a year has passed and all has seemingly returned to normal. But this is Hawkins and normal doesn’t stay normal and things go awry more often than not. With only 9 episodes, I was actually surprised to not mind the way the story was spaced out. Eleven has been alive this whole time but she has been kept a secret by Hopper, hoping to keep her safe. We see another girl in another city who obviously has some type of mental power and she has an 8 on her wrist showing the connection. She came from the lab too, but she’s gone down a different, darker path.

Eleven and Hopper become a pretty tight duo, and while they both lash out for their own reasons, you see a real familial bond here and I loved it. Hopper really grew on me in season 1 but I think he truly became one of my favorites in this season. Especially after he almost dies and he calls Eleven on the radio and gives a little speech about how sorry he was and that he was motivated by this need to keep her safe. I found it endearing and something we could understand. He’s already lost a child, he doesn’t want to lose another one.

You know who else I love? Bob Newby, who deserved so much better but I think if it weren’t for his death, Ms. Byers wouldn’t have been able to push Will to his limits and get the demogorgon out of him. He was her hero who died making sure they all had a way out of the lab. This season we met a girl named Max, who actually caught the boys’ interest when they find out she has the record in a game at the arcade. After what feels like forever, she is officially welcomed into the party.

I’m not going to dive into all the details of this season because if I did that I would be here all day, but my favorite character by far is Steve Harrington. Like a lot of other people, I didn’t like him all that much in the beginning but the bond he has with the kids and his determination to protect them warms my heart. I’m glad that in this season we see him as the good guy helping the kids instead of just Nancy’s former love interest. Speaking of Nancy, is she with Jonathan now? Will that stay a thing or will it dissipate like last time? I’m curious to see, but I do hope it lasts.

Onto new jerk on the block Billy. At first glance, he’s your average teenager who has a lot of anger welling up inside of him that makes him lash out at everything and everyone. We find out that his father is pretty tough on him to the point of violence and overall bad parenting, but this is no excuse for his repeated awful behavior throughout this season.

Will has had it rough these last two seasons and I am sincerely hoping that he catches some sort of break next season, but with the ending showing a demogorgon looming over an upside down version of their school, I highly doubt it.

Have you guys watched this latest season? What are your thoughts and do you have any predictions for season 3?