Orphan Black: “Knowledge of Causes, and Secret Motion of Things”

Wow! Big episode of Orphan Black this weekend. I know I say it every time I check in on this show on the blog, but man oh man – Orphan Black is one of the most exciting shows on TV right now. It kills me that I have to wait full weeks between episodes.

In this second season, I think the writers have done a good job of expanded the show’s universe at a good speed. The stakes are being raised, but the storyline isn’t spiraling out of control. orphan black Continue reading

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Double the drama: Recapping TWO episodes of The Bachelorette

I watch them so you don’t have to, right? The Bachelorette was on for two hours on Sunday night AND two hours on Monday night this week. I’ve been catching up on DVR because, well, we don’t get that many sunny days in June here in Nova Scotia and I couldn’t waste them watching this nonsense.

But I did catch up, and they were quite the episodes.

Sunday Night Highlights:

  • Andi’s first date was with Nick, and he got what I’d consider the best date. It was stuff normal people do! A bike ride, a brief hike, dinner. Nick never took his jacket off during dinner, and for that I would have withheld a rose. But Andi liked him, so he got a rose.
  • The group date was even more realistic – everyone joined Boyz II Men in concert! (Do you ever wonder if Boyz II Men really regrets the spelling of their band name? Or if they’ve tried to change it to just “Men”?) The singing was horrible. Later, Andi played the world’s lamest prank on the meathead and had this conversation with Marquel, a black contestant:

Marquel: “What’s your favorite color?”Andi: “Is black a color?”Marquel: “Duly noted…”

What? Was that on purpose, or an accident? I don’t think I want to know. Josh the Baseball Player got the rose – I have a feeling he’ll be around for a while.

  • The next one-on-one date went to JJ and was, believe it or not, even weirder. They dressed up as old people, in full makeup and wigs. It was so dumb, you guys. I didn’t sense much of a romantic connection between these two, but JJ got a rose.

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    JJ looks old. Andi looks like she’s wearing a wig and had some mud splashed on her face.

  • During the cocktail party, there was lots of drama amongst the men, but none of it made its way to Andy. JJ and Josh were upset that Andrew (a guy I could swear I’d never seen) grabbed the number of a restaurant hostess after a dinner one night, and bragged about it to the other dudes. He was confronted about it, but no one ever told Andi (in this episode, anyway) and she gave him a rose.

Monday Night Highlights:

  • Andi’s first date was with a guy named Dylan, who’d been waiting for the right time to tell Andi about his tragic family history. On an empty train, they talked about failed relationships and the death of his brother. It wasn’t exactly Before Sunrise. During dinner, Dylan recounted the sad deaths of his sister and brother. It was a heavy date, and at the end Andi gave Dylan a rose.
  • The group date was slightly less stupid than singing with Boyz II Men (these things are never normal) – the guys would play basketball against some WNBA players. They were slaughtered, so after a brief game they switched and the guys played against one another. It was competitive, but thanks to Brian – who is a basketball coach for a living.
Go sports!

Go sports!

  • The winning team got to spend extra time with Andi. She confronted Eric about not knowing enough about his life, and got some personal information in return. (Once again, I found it strange and sad to watch Eric discuss his personal life.) Brian blew his chance to steal a kiss after sinking a shot from half-court. Lucky for him, he got the rose anyway.
  • The next one-on-one date went to Marcus, and it was a classic: “Do a scary thing that can act as a metaphor for taking a chance in love!” Andi, who is terrified of heights, had actually requested a date like this. Andi screamed, swore, and practically had a panic attack at the edge of the building. Eventually she made her way down, because Marcus decided to “be the man in this relationship and hide my fear”. Great. He distracted Andi by asking about her mom, waved to the guys in the hotel room, and kissed her. So he passed the weird, twisted test. The rest of the date was boring, and Marcus got a date. Who doesn’t Andi like?

Now let’s talk about what actually happened…

OK, let’s talk about the cocktail party. Under normal circumstances, I would have been absolutely delighted by Eric’s confrontation with Andi. He was feeling defensive about their previous conversation, and felt like he’d opened up a bunch while she was giving nothing back. “I came on this to meet a person, not a TV actress” was a fantastic line. But again, given Eric’s death, this is just strange to watch. Andi was hurt, angry and crying. She let Eric go home, and was still so angry about his “poker face” comment that she took it out on the other guys.

After the commercial break, Chris Harrison announced that they wouldn’t air the rose ceremony, and instead they showed an interview with Andi. What? How is the rose ceremony the thing that feels insensitive to air here? I do not think The Bachelorette should have aired any of Eric’s scenes this season. They should have made the announcement of his passing, and told viewers that they’d removed his scenes out of respect for his family.

Did we really need to see Eric and Andi argue? Did we need to see Eric so heartbreakingly reveal intimate details about his family, his past, his hopes for the future? It’s tacky.

Andi never got to talk to Eric again. And, frankly, I think she was in the wrong during the argument they had. Andi was quick to dish it out, and to very frankly tell Eric that he hadn’t revealed enough. But when he tried to tell her the same thing, she got very defensive. But knowing that she never got to speak to him again, I can’t imagine how Andi would feel watching that scene back. I just don’t think it should have been included.

What do you guys think?

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The Bachelorette – Horsing Around

OK guys, I missed recapping last week’s episode of The Bachelorette for family reasons, but I am all caught up and back this week.

The first episode always tends to be a bit boring, so I didn’t have much to say anyway. Andy picked 19 guys, and obviously I can’t tell any of them apart yet. But there is one hilarious thing to discuss – Chris B. crashing the party!

Chris B. was from Emily’s season of The Bachelorette and Bachelor Pad (ick). Apparently he quite likes Andi, because he showed up at the gate of the Bachelor mansion with a bouquet of roses, hoping to vie for her affection. Chris was a jerk when Emily dumped him and an even bigger jerk on Bachelor Pad, so I was thrilled when Andi wouldn’t allow him to enter the competition. She says she doesn’t know who he is, but I hope that secretly she heard the words “Bachelor Pad” and thought “Nope!”

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Our bachelorette this season, Andi

That humiliation was the highlight of the episode, but now we’re into the good stuff – dates! Let’s go.

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Mad Men – “Waterloo”

And I thought last week’s episode of Mad Men was good.

I’ll be watching “Waterloo”, Mad Men‘s mid-season finale that aired on Sunday, again. In fact, I think I’ll be watching it again soon. It was one of those perfect episodes, beautifully paced and written and featuring my favorite characters. It struck an artful balance of dramatic suspense and witty one-liners. If you’ve seen the episode, click through to talk about it.

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Survivor – Stupid Is As Stupid Does

Well, THAT was an interesting Survivor finale. From bad luck to bad moves, and one of the most bizarre Final Tribal Councils ever – there’s lots to talk about! Click through for my recap of the Survivor: Cagayan finale.

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Mad Men – “The Strategy”

I must have miscounted, because I was expecting this week’s episode of Mad Men to be the last of 2014. I was wrong – that’s Sunday, May 25.

I wrote last week that I found “The Runaways” to be a strange episode. This week, I thought things were back on track with “The Strategy”. The highlights were the fantastic scenes Don and Peggy had together, and Joan’s storyline with Bob Benson. Click through for more, if you’ve seen the episode.

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‘The Amazing Race’ Season Finale – YAWN!

I just watched the season finale of The Amazing Race and wanted to write a short blog post on it.

I used to find this show exciting and suspenseful, and that has completely petered out in the past few seasons. I’d hoped that this season’s All-Stars theme would help reinvigorate the show, but no such luck. In fact, by the final episode I couldn’t have cared less who won. Brendan and Rachel grate my nerves and make dumb mistakes. Jennifer and Caroline had too much help from other teams leading up to the final leg. I found David and Connor annoyingly self-righteous.

Father and son team David and Connor run to the finish line.

Father and son team David and Connor run to the finish line.

The challenges the teams faced in the last leg were some of the weakest I remember. What, exactly, did they do that was difficult? The David Copperfield challenge was dull – find the right key? That’s something janitors do every day. Replace lightbuulbs? Again, calling the maintenance department! And skydiving? Well, that looked like fun, but there wasn’t exactly a lot of room for error. David and Connor began that challenge a few minutes early, and they won the race by seemingly that exact margin. The whole million bucks came down to the fact that they were faster at screwing in lightbulbs? Lame.

What did you guys think? Am I the only person who found it pretty lackluster?

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