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!

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 S5E11-12

I never plan on talking about two episodes in a single post but that seems to be the groove I’ve settled into. So sit down, grab a snack and let’s talk about these episodes.

Season 5 Episode 11

Lots of drama in this episode. From Xo waiting for the results of her PET scan, to River kissing Rogelio, to Jane and Rafael continuing to learn how to co-parent. There’s another point of tension, Jorge has officially moved in with all of this things now that he and Alba are actually married and in love. Jane grows uncomfortable with the way Alba seems to be waiting on him and the way that the house she has grown up with has seemingly changed with him bringing all his stuff in.

It’s a reoccurring conversation throughout this episode that results in Alba shutting down that idea, saying that was choosing to cook and clean for him, because she loved doing it. Prompting Jane to realize that it was time for her to start a new chapter in her life and that she wanted to move out into her own apartment.

As for Rogelio, he doesn’t believe Xo in the beginning when she says that River is still going to go after him until River proves that by saying they could be together now that they had a good alibi. There’s even a huge fight between River and Xo on set which was entertaining. River at the end of the episode is talking to herself about how Rogelio didn’t love her and that he was going to pay. All ominous like.

Season 5 Episode 12

Guys. We did it. In this episode Jane and Rafael spend a lot of time alone because he is trying to help her find an apartment to move into. In the process though, Jane is introduced to the new woman he is dating; Julie. Julie is played by Sophia Bush and despite most likely being a guest character never to be seen again, she played a major role. I’m going to get back to this, don’t you worry. First though, I want to talk about Mateo.

I love that the show isn’t romanticizing ADHD, and I love that they are accurately showing how powerless parents can feel for not knowing the best way to help their child, and how confused and upset the kids can be for not understanding what is going on.

Now back to the role Julie played. If it wasn’t for her very existence, Rafael wouldn’t have realized the one deal-breaker he can’t get past. She isn’t Jane. Ironically, right before getting back together with Rafael, Jane was showing Petra her new dating profile. But Rafael comes to his senses and tells Jane not to buy the apartment because he wants to be with her and thus, they will be moving back in together. There’s a musical number that occurs here, by the way.

Things aren’t going for Petra, and I have a feeling they will only get worse from here. Milos wants to force Petra’s hand and make her lie for him in court in order to stop him from selling the hotel. But she refuses, because she doesn’t want to lie anymore. Her assistant Krishna goes to Milos and says that she is willing to work with him because she also wants to take Petra down. Which made me think of Luisa saying she was ready to work with Rose again. Which in turn reminded me that we haven’t heard of our red-headed villain in the shadows in a couple episodes. Seems to be the quiet before the storm.

We will just have to wait and see what happens as the show starts coming to a close.