I agree that the show was delightful. Meagan Good was a gem. She's extremely likeable as Vega, with a hint of vulnerable. Stark is amazing as Dash. They have great chemistry. Yikes, I disagree with the idea of them not having sexual tension or the possibility of it. While I agree that it can be overdone, and more often then not I'm indifferent to romantic relationships on shows, I think there was enough of a chemistry between them that could get people shipping without it being farfetched. And what? the ichabbie shipping on Sleepy Hollow isn't what ruined Sleepy Hollow. The poorly written and constructed character of Katrina Crane and the ridiculous amount of focus on her and other less relevant characters at the expense of the proven most likeable characters like abbie, jenny, and frank are what ruined sleepy hollow. If anything the lack of focus on the dynamic between the two leads which literally made the show a huge hit in its first season is what ruined sleepy hollow. Basically the complete opposite of everything you said regarding that. I should hope that they don't make the same mistake here. The natural chemistry between the two leads that can be ambiguous enough to engage all types, that's one of the strongest aspects of the show. The secondary charters were just as solid. I loved wilmer in this even though his character is smarmy. And I adored Vega's female partner. That is so rare, and it's sad, to see a solid friendship and partnership between two women, especially women of color. Now, if they really build on that the girls may even be able to go an entire episode passing the bedchel test. The case itself was rather cheesy but I adored everything else about it.
I find this puzzling. While it bears similarities to Almost Human, it's still it's own show. I mean they will literally have 12 different shows going on across the networks with the exact same concept of withe heterosexual will they won't they partners in some capacity or the merry band of overworked misfits. I say this as someone who watches them all. But in an industry where we had Perception, The Mentalist, Castle, Elementary, House...or five law and orders, five csis, 3 criminal minds, and four ncis'... I'm more than okay with minority report bearing some similarity to almost human.
When Andre and Hakeem joined forces with Cookie to do the hostile takeover, they told Cookie that Anika was working with them. She has pull and knowledge of the business affairs, and I guess she's still involved with Hakeem. When they brought them together to work together was when they had that catfight.
Steve grew on me. It made sense that it would have been him in a way. As much as I grew to love him and adore his relationship with Traci, it has never slipped my mind that he started our the cop with unorthodox bordering on truly shady methods. Before they reintroduced us to him and made him as regular, he had that one off first introduction where he was a total jackass and shady as hell. I'm still not completely convinced just yet though. Seems like it's more to it and it's not nearly that cut and dry. But it really sucked watching Traci have to pretend as if she's not doubting the man whom she's grown to have real feelings for. For me, their relationship has been the more interesting one to watch and Traci always has to take some blows, as if she can never be happy.
I kinda agree about Vivian. Vivian is an interesting woman because she was the first one who embraced their new relationship with all that she had. She's had no reservations, she even encourages Karen and Alec to bond more in her own way. She's often the glue that keeps them as a trio together. Plus she picked up early on that Karen was attracted to her husband and her response was that she found it attractive. She also knows about Karens past as a mistress and her feelings about and her insecurity that that's all she was meant to be. I think her problem wouldn't be that Alex and Karen hooked up. Her problem will be that her husband who never lies to her has lied to her. She sometimes strikes me as that woman who knows she's dying so her last mission is to set up her husband with the perfect woman she approves of. Shes very intuitive. She picks up on both of their reservations about the whole thing and both of their attractions towards the other. She seems to genuinely enjoy sharing her husband, not just sexually but emotionally because its like she knows alec enjoys having a professional colleague that also reminds him to not be so serious, and she knows that Karen genuinely needs to know that someone cares and can be tender. There's almost this maternal vibe that she has with the way that she genuinely wants them both to be happy and it makes her happy. It'll be interesting to see how it all plays out.
Karen has always been such a frustrating character for me because for her to be a shrink she's an honest to God hot mess 99% of the time. Sometimes it's just ridiculous how many awful decisions she makes for herself and sometimes others. All that aside, I almost hate how fascinating I find her latest screw up. I mean polyamorous relationships? Of course Karen, why am I surprised. It was clear from early on that rules needed to be established and every time the trio had scenes together I wondered why they hadn't gotten around to some ground rules. I find it odd because Karen and Alec have great chemistry. I only find him likeable when Karen is able to get him to loosen up. I don't see the chemistry with Vivian for either character. Alec does a great job selling his love and devotion to his wife when she isn't in front of him and j hate that. Vivian seems great and in a way more invested in their arrangement then the other two, she jumped in feet first no reservations. I knew Karen and Alex would end up hooking up without her. Their attraction was building from very early on. I think even Vivian knows that. I feel like Karen is attracted and has feelings for Alec and vivían is just along for the ride. She likes her as a friend, sort of, but they haven't given the two of them nearly enough time alone to establish their own relationship. I think Vivian being in with the relationship makes Karen feel better, absolved her of her past mistakes and sins. And Alec is an interesting character study on his own. I look forward to seeing what happens with them. I loved harry early alone and started losing respect for him later on. But harry is still harry. I think it's fine that his plot doesn't dovetail into any of the girls plots, but something I even found annoying before is they've eluded too and told us about how close he is with the girls. He was the only guy in their circle of mostly single females so he was their go to guy for anything they needed. I remember April calling him when she was afraid someone was in her house for example. And the talk they had in the moment suggested that they were in fact friends Savi aside. It's suggested that he did sort of have his own friendship with at least some of the girls outside of Savi and it seems like a missed opportunity that they still haven't explored that yet. But they've also retconned Harry a great deal since the beginning as well so I guess I shouldn't be surprised. I knew the second I saw April's mother was played by Lynn Whitfield that there would be drama. Love that woman. Their dynamic was interesting to watch. I have really come to enjoy the whole April and Marc relationship. It's developed quite nicely and I find their scenes a nice reprieve from the other stuff going on. Oh joss. Joss and Karen always rotate with who is going to be the most problematic and make the worst decisions. I knew this entire thing would be trouble and boy is it. I like Calista but joss became attached to her too hard and too fast and that may not be mutual because Calista will undoubtedly look out for Calista.
I like the idea of them delving deeper into Harvey's Mommy Issues so to speak. It's been clear from season one that his past, upbringing, and family life really shapes him as a person now, his moral code the way he treats the people he cares about, everything about harvey is shaped by his still mostly mysterious past. It is part of what makes him such an interesting character. So I knew that the return of Tanner meant some of this would come up again and boy did it. I loved that aspect of it. I enjoyed his scenes with his psychiatrist. Feeds into my inner psych nerd and Harvey is quite the case study. I'm not a fan of Darvey as anything other than a platonic friendship so every time they elude to let alone focus so much on that part of their relationship as one of the few non Darvey fans I cringe. Which has made a great deal of this season rough to get through, especially since I'm not remotely interested in mike and rachel as a couple either. But credit where it's due, they've done well. I still don't like tanner. Mike being self righteous worked in his favor this week unlike last week where he was wrong. Sackhoff has been quite the interesting adversary and Louis is nothing if not frustratingly consistent. I feel like I really need more for Jessica. Season 5 now and she's still the woman who has to referee the kids and clean up their messes and put up with her authority being disregarded or undermined and it's redundant and frustrating. I do love that they have given her a nice bond slowly developing with rachel and this week she had a scene with Donna those two don't share scenes together nearly enough. Up until them though the only person who seemed to genuinely be close to her was harvey and sometimes even then it was like an afterthought. I miss their friendship/partnership being explored more too. Their relationship is one of my favorites. Especially in juxtaposition to harvey and mikes mentor/mentee bond. I freaking love Gretchen! I hope she never leaves. I love her working with harvey.now more than ever he needs someone in his corner, no strings attached. Plus, for a guy like harvey with the mommy issues that he has, I love the idea of Gretchen bring a maternal figure for him in her own way.
Lol Female harvey would instantly be problematic, bitchy. Female Mike would be overly emotional. And female Louis would instantly be considered pathetic. Donna would still be awesome. Rachel would be Mike. And Jessica would be Harvey meets Hardman. I think of that frequently. Gender swapping. I also think of race swapping too. Would characters be more likeable if they were males or Caucasians? Would characters be more sympathetic if they were females or Asian or latinx etc?
Interesting and sadly, I doubt it. I like to think that the best way you can gain insight into how Harvey would be received if he were a woman is to see how other characters and the fandom responds to Jessica. For all intents and purposes Jessica is Harvey in a skirt just more seasoned and more controlled. She's confident, business oriented, she tries to control her emotions and what she allows others to see. She's passionate, and she does see her firm as her family. She protects her people and she likes to uphold a certain image. The real difference is she gets less screentime and they delve into her character less, so she doesn't always come out smelling like roses or is embraced flaws in all like with harvey or mike. They get more development, more chances to be seen as well rounded, multi faceted characters and there for more get out of jail free cards used to overlook the shady ish they do, because even when they're in the wrong they're right because they meant well or whatever. And honestly responses to her tend to be polarized either people really love her or really loathe her, but as a fan of both her and Harvey it's always interesting to see how critical fans can be of her character compared to harvey, especially when they do similar things. Suddenly her confidence becomes arrogance, her snarky lines make her unprofessional so does her wardrobe apparently, and her speaking her mind or making certain decisions make her a bitch. Harvey making moves against his mentor and friend because he's upset that his name isn't going on the door makes him ambitious. Jessica making moves makes her conniving. I find it fascinating, disappointing at times too but fascinating none the less. But yeah, I think if harvey were Haley having panic attacks because her boy Friday Don left her she'd be called weak or emotional. If her elusive history and past with genuine and legit abandonment issues were manifesting in her relationships with everyone from her mentor, protege, frenemy, and love interest there would be a resounding "get over it" vibe, more prominent than the alternative. The rachel and Mike relationship roller coaster ride would probably still be just as annoying or maybe even more so. And if Louis were a woman I think the overall response would be that she was even less sympathetic than ever and more comments about her level of attractiveness compared to the other cast than I even want to be think about. I think the only thing that would be relatively the same is the love for all knowing, confident, sassy, no nonsense Donna. Her archetype would be just as effective if she were a male.
I LOVE Gretchen. Can we keep her forever? Donna can stay with Louis for all I care honestly. While I loved the friendship that was between Donna and Harvey, I never cared for them as a ship. I liked their relationship best when it was ambiguous. The more they pushed the other stuff the less fond I am of their screen time together. But I love the type of relationship that could be explored with Gretchen. Not everything has to have romantic subtext. Harvey is a man eh o has severe abandonment issues mostly because of his mom. Gretchen is that mother figure that he still needs. I love what they could do there and personally I find that infinitely more interesting than will they won't they Darvey stuff. Gabriel Macht does a great job portraying the panic attacks and that scene was one of my favorite scenes of the episode. I loved how attentive Mike was. The role playing with his therapist was filmed nicely. I don't care for rachel however I do like the friendship she and Jessica are building. Bonding over the law and the business and also their role and the difficulties of being a woman and a person of color too. I felt Jessica especially needed that. She's one of my favorite characters but when she isn't playing referee or being the boss she rarely is shown as having friendships outside of harvey and that's only shown when it's convenient for harvey not her. It's bad enough she's not always respected the way she should be by the other characters, Mike especially pisses me off when he has scenes with her, but not showing all the sides of her is a disservice to the character, fans, and Gina torres. Damn her clothes were incredible this episode. I'm glad they eased up on some of the Louis stuff this episode. I'm beyond tired of the petty bs between them all and Louis and Harvey playing tug of war over Donna.
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