Honestly, Bonnie and Damon in AU have easily been the best part about this season so far, and I'm annoyed that it came to an end the way it did. Regressing to the same tired bs that made this show and Bonnie as a character problematic. I actually started liking Bonnie again, because they removed her from the succubus that is Elena and her Neverending drama, and let Bonnie be a full fledged character for a change rather than a glorified plot device. Kay Graham can shine when given the proper material, when she isn't regaled to stereotypical supportive/sassy/wise/insert more ethnic tv tropes friend. And after 5 seasons they finally took advantage of the real life chemistry that she and her bff ian have. I never understood the bamon supporters but to my surprise they really do shine onscreen together and it was a breath of fresh air from the usual bit. It was a relationship that was long overdue for exploration since they somehow shifted to reluctant friends over the years but it was subtle background fodder. I could've watched a show just about them to be honest. It could've lasted longer. Then they went and destroyed all the necessary progress made for Bonnie character by making her self sacrifice herself for the umpteenth time for the happiness of the white leads again (who half the time don't appreciate it, deserve it, or take it for granted) and it's troubling and problematic racial undertones that while possibly not intentional has always shrouded her character and made her so frustrating to watch. It's an archaic trope constantly being reinforced and just when they finally started to break away from it after 5 years they ripped it away from us again in all of 3 minutes. But sure, it was nevertheless a powerful scene watching Bonnie Bennett martyr herself (again) but this time for the Salvatore brother she always despised, and he was willing to do the same for her. It's enough for me to look forward to whenever they reunite because they've formed an unlikely bond that no one could've anticipated. But if the previews are any indicator Bonnie goes back to not being thought about and I really need to see Damon fighting like hell to bring his friend back. Not sucked back into the love triangle, quadrangle, hexagon whatever that they're insisting on cramming down our throats long after its worn out its welcome. They made progress with breaking Damon away from Elena and his brother to flesh him out more. Just like they're finally doing something with Tyler, who tends to be another neglected character. Even though we could have done without the addition of the wonder twins. I even like Elena finally feeling normal and not stunted by the Salvatore brother triangle. A new boy, a fresh start, having fun. And the other highlight was of course the Stefan and Damon scene. Stefan talking out loud and finally admitting how much he missed and needed his brother, that hug, all of it was beautifully done by Ian and Paul. I've always been a fan who believed the real love story of the series was the one between the two brothers. I'll never tire of the rare sentimental moments between the two.
I miss Joanlock. I understood why she needed her space but I also understood why after the fling with Mycroft, the kidnapping, and her wanting to move out sherlock felt so hurt. He didn't hear that she needed her own space but they could still be friends and partners. He just heard her wanting to get away from him. As a man who never truly had a close friend he couldn't reconcile anything outside of all or nothing. Plus, as an addict she and the work they did was his new addiction. His new fix. They became co-dependent. I could see why he left and he was already on the edge. I don't know, I felt like they were harder on him than necessary. I liked Joan on her own doing her own thing, applying everything she learned from him. He was always with her. I love their dynamic and the strain in their relationship will be frustrating but interesting too. As for Kitty, I have an air of indifference. I haven't warmed up to her yet and I don't know if it'll work yet. I'm glad to have the show back and I look forward to seeing the direction they're going with them. Part of me will always be nostalgic about them living and working together. I never tired of Holmes waking Watson up with animals on her bed, or with him sitting in a chair near the foot of her bed because even though he'd never admit it, he worked best with her around, or him picking out her clothes, or making her breakfast.
1. Amazing. I love how this show reworks old classics to something far more entertaining. He was perfectly sinister and creepy. 2. How can you pick one? The driving, abbie squealing like a kid on a roller coaster. The bit with the earbuds. The cappuccino. I mean how can you not be in love with Tom Mison? In fact how can you not love him and Nicole Beharie together and apart? Their chemistry is on fire, the best I've seen out of two actors in ages. I mean, onscreen it's magic because offscreen they're equally as magical as friends and that makes all the difference in the world. I could gush about the two of them forever. 3. He will. Right now he's in denial. He seems cool, kind of shady but I struggled to see what the point of him is. Jenny was a mercenary with extensive knowledge in the supernatural. He's. . Meh. 4. Henry screwing with him. 5. No idea.
Joe and Barry's heartfelt scene stole the night. That of course speaks volumes because there is so much to like. I find their relationship to be one of the most fascinating. This detective who didn't owe this kid anything taking him and, raising him, and viewing him as the son he never had. As a person who typically finds family/deep friendship type relationships infinitely more interesting to watch, i love the "family feels". I've never got any other vibe other than stern father-figure from Joe and watching the pain in his eyes when Barry said he wasn't his father and the barely concealed tears when Barry pretty much called him Dad was everything warm, fuzzy, and good in the world. I hope Iris finds out about Barry soon. I loved the scene when he confessed his feelings. The special effects continue to be kind of amazing considering how easily it could become cheesy. Iris is delightful and Patton nails that "girl next door charm". I find her refreshing and relatable, and I hate that she's always being compared to Laurel Lance. To me, she already started off on the right foot, because she's actually likeable whereas laurel didn't even start off likeable, sweet, or charming, and arguably still isn't no matter how they try to rework her character. I look forward to her getting something meatier, but her scenes with Barry are just sweet. I think they play off of one another quite nicely and it'll only get stronger. I don't think Henry will ever get out of jail. In fact I don't think he'll be alive by the end of the season. I'm looking forward to them fleshing out the other characters. Everyone seems fairly solid but I'd love for them to delve into what makes everyone click, sooner rather than later. Grant Gustin is a treasure. I could watch him for ages.
Couldnt log in. You, I like. I don't have as much time as I'd like to read these reviews, so I've taken to perusing over the weekends, and I love and appreciate everything you say. You typically express everything I'm thinking but have all but given up on stating. And (and I as a woc HATE this compliment, as it's typically backhanded if you catch my drift) you state your opinions so articulately. So kudos. 👍
I wish I could say I'm surprised but I'm not. I thought she was delightful. I mean it's the first episode. What more can you want from her character? In the first episode. Iris as a character and Candace the actress has been catching flack before the pilot even aired and it's annoyed me beyond words. I've seen people already criticizing the character because she isn't like Felicity on Arrow,and already comparing her to Laurel Lance. Insipid and no compassion like where do you get that from 15 minutes worth of screen time at best already? I don't know her flinging herself at her bff the second he walked in after being unconscious for 9 months was so far from compassionate. I just, I'm desperately trying to understand why some, thankfully not all fans, have really taken to criticizing this character more than any of the others...and I'm not coming up with anyone...reasonable.
-Alcide's father and Sookie. They say the ultimate pain is a parent losing their child. Children are supposed to outlast their parents. Alcide was young and strong. He was trying to live a happy life. Settle down. That's rough. Hoyt didn't remember Jason and his mother was up there and meddlesome. Death wasn't surprising news.-I hated both,honestly. Eric needed the nourishment but that was cold. Although if she didn't notice the black veins she sucks at her job. I felt bad about ginger because she really was a smart cool person in the beginning. 20 years she dedicated to them. She loved them and probably wouldn't have taken credit anyway.She had vision. I see her in a new light.- Not really. I don't dislike Willa but things have gotten rough and I feel like she should focus on more important things. Maybe she'll become more relevant later on but I felt it was obvious that Eric cares for her. As he does with his family.-I hope it isn't over for Eric but it isn't looking good and clearly they have no qualms about killing people. I just hope they don't pull that half ass ish like with Tara. I Will never get over Terry having an entire episode around his funeral and Tara gets squat and potentially alcide too. He's sex on a throne. If he goes he should go out like a boss.- every scene with Eric and Sookie. Their chemistry has always been a highlight of the show. Her excitement when she reunited with him, the devastation when she realized he was infected,their convo and embrace in the study. That lingering glance in the end. Also eric and Pam's you still love me? Always bit.
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I for the most part live for those moments when Eyal appears. He's easily my favorite recurring character and there is never enough of him. I, too, was disappointed that he only appeared in flashback and briefly. They didn't even have that easy, deep, but fun relationship with all the fun and cute bsbter. Perhaps because of the seriousness of the visit but that never stopped them before. Excluding the warm embrace and his overuse of neshama their interactions were stiff. I hated thst. It's my favorite pairing outside of her and auggie. I'd love to see Annie, joan, and McQuaid working together. That'd be interesting. I don't understand why Annie feels like this job is all she has to the point where she's jeopardizing her health.
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What the previous three said. Donning my "Mckayla Maroney is NOT impressed face."
I've never been a jasmine fan. She has never been comfortable with the Bravermans being so close, so overbearing, so present all the time. They swallow you up in their Bravermaness. What we find endearing and awesome,she finds it overwhelming and annoying. It will always be something that will affect her relationship with Crosby. Throw in the fact that once you so much as break bread with a Braverman you're a Braverman and now her baby looks more Caucasian than biracial, she was having one of her losing her identity in the Braverman hoopla fits again, and taking it out on Crosby again. Hence the name thing as well. I look forward to seeing Crosby deal with his own infant and I loved the realistic issue of not immediately connecting with your own child. Parenthood always covers life in the best and most realistic of ways. A shame this show is so underrated.
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