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  1. Young and Hungry in the Media

    Freeform seems like it wants be known for its dark teen dramas and eliminated most of their sitcom line-up. It's short-sighted, as a good network should have a variety of shows in different formats.
  2. S05.E25: Now / S05.E26: Forever

    This had to be the worst plot arc of the whole series. The show has always been anti-climatic in its plot twists, but this one made no sense. I also didn't like the William plot either because it wasn't really built up enough for it to make much sense. Then when he bumped into Nathan in the void and found out that Mara hooked up with Duke, that was when William decided that enough was enough? Nathan and Audrey were an okay couple the first two seasons, but Nathan went crazy after that. If Duke even looked at Audrey, Nathan went berserk, screaming his head off and jumping to wild conclusions. While Nathan mellowed out in Season 4, the meta conversations about Audrey and Nathan using Duke whenever it worked for them were pretty spot on. I think that's why I found Duke's death disappointing (even though it was foreshadowed from the beginning) - he was always getting used by someone and died trying to not be a puppet anymore, yet he couldn't even stop himself. Nathan and Audrey got some deus ex machina happy ending, but Duke was faded into nothing. I would have respected the ending more if Nathan lost Audrey and met someone new, carrying with him the memories of Audrey and Duke.
  3. Duke Crocker

    I don't get how Nathan was the love of Audrey's life and not Duke... Nathan was the one who wanted Audrey the most, but when the chips were down and it counted, Duke was the one who could get through to her.
  4. S02.E17: Hello, Goodbye

    I don't recall there being a scene or mention in the audio commentary that Alec knew Logan was there or that he was trying to do Max a favor by keeping Logan away in this particular episode. Alec did start interfering in Love Among the Runes, when he allowed the lie to stand and at the end of the episode, he called Max away from her video call with Logan. Unfortunately, because it was the penultimate episode, it never got fleshed out what Alec's true motivations were. Each of the writers had their own vision of what they wanted out of the Max and Alec story line, so there's no point in taking sides because the series didn't go on longer, we don't know what would have actually happened (just friends, brief dating, end game, etc). After Love Among the Runes, I really thought that the writers were pulling a 'It Meant Something to Me.' Shipping isn't a dealbreaker thing for me when watching a show. Also, Alec didn't intentionally keep Max from the cure. The first time, he was working for Renfro and the lab blew up. He had no stake in whether or not Max had the cure. The second time, Max traded the cure for Alec's life. The whole virus plot sucked and ruined every character it touched (I'm looking at you Joshua and Original Cindy). I'm not trying to defend Alec's entire character, it's just that he was selfishly amoral and didn't strike me as interested in stealing Max from Logan or trying to help Max by intervening on her behalf. Stuff between them didn't change until after Hello, Goodbye. The writers ruined Logan's character after Borrowed Time, taking him from a genuine, layered character to one hovering in the background and behaving like a bad ex. Not sure if you remember the original run, but the network interference wasn't Alec (he was actually a character the writers wanted to explore, and the actor was well-liked by cast and crew alike). The network changed the series' themes and episode format. The interesting plots involving geopolitics, terrorism and domestic corruption were all wiped from the slate following 9/11. It was a strange and difficult time in America, and a conservative network like FOX didn't want to stir up more controversy. I think you can see it in some episodes, like Brainiac where the show wanted to explore the police corruption like it would have in Season 1, but it got edited in a strange way to highlight the theme of personal perception and having confidence in oneself. The episode format of monster of the week and less long arc plot driven episodes was an effort to recreate The X-Files formula to get more viewers.
  5. Heartland - Season 11 (2018)

    S11.Ep18 "Naming Day" was the best episode in the past 2 seasons. It finally had the family back together and Amy working on her horsemanship. The episode really highlighted that the recent episodes have been too thin on the core cast, and that the new characters really aren't cutting it. Also, when Heartland started, there were more plots highlighting horses and horsemanship, which made the show have layers to it - barrel racing, rodeo, meeting other riders/horse owners in other fields, etc.
  6. S11.E17: Shadows Are Falling

    This is the same way Season 10's last episodes were. The angst and emotional mayhem shows off the actors' capabilities, but the series has always been a dramedy. After killing off so many long-standing villains over the past few seasons with no replacements, it's not as interesting. It's ok to get rid of long-standing villains, but there needs to be something else to fill the time with... This should not be it.
  7. S02.E17: Hello, Goodbye

    Pollo Loco (S01.E18) is my favorite episode of the series, because it went into the dark side of the day to day life at Manticore. It seemed strange that just simple military training would drive them to try to escape, but the incidents of the episode really showed that even good people contain darkness lurking under the surface. While some people focus on Ben, it was actually showcasing that when put to the test, Max and Logan trying to do the right thing puts them into conflict with each other. Lydecker secretly gives Logan some photos that show Max's dark side, causing a rift between her and Logan as he tried to cope with her past. It's not until Hello, Goodbye that the repercussions of that episode comes back up for Max to deal with, even though Alec had been in most of Season 2. The episode focused on the fallout of star-crossed romances (Max/Logan, Alec/Asha, Joshua/Annie) and Mule, a transgenic who White captured and pretended to befriend, only set a trap for him to be murdered. The episode felt just as heartbreaking as Pollo Loco, watching Mule thank White for helping him before he gets killed and Joshua see Annie mistake Alec for him, all of it ties back to the idea that the transgenics are not prepared for the world outside as much as the world is not prepared for them. Alec and Max argue about the fact that they are different from Asha and Logan, and it will always come back to mess things up. Again, it comes up as the wedge between Max and Logan for the remaining episodes of Season 2, as the search for the cure is put on indefinite hold due to the transgenic situation escalating. Instead of wondering about Max's true nature, Logan mistakenly thinks he has lost her to Alec because of it. One of the best things about the Max/Alec dynamic during the series is that they're so completely in each other's lives, and they both end up being what the other needs more often than not. This episode doesn't depict Logan in a particularly good light. As it tries to show how devoted Logan is to Max, it comes off less as romantic and more as pathological, when faced with the idea that they won't get a happily ever after. Instead of giving her space, he doubles down that he needs her, and doesn't care how she feels. Logan sees being together as the right thing, while Max thinks the greater good is in being apart, which hearkens back to Pollo Loco where even though they claim Max being transgenic isn't a problem, it's just a problem they both refuse to address, thinking that love will just magically make it okay.
  8. S02.E12: Borrowed TIme

    Borrowed Time is not an episode that I re-watch fondly. While not in the leagues of Boo and Radar Love, it was still a pretty awful episode... Where do I even start? The title refers to the limited hours that Max and Logan have together when a possible cure to the virus doesn't pan out. It's a phrase that Alec uses to get Asha to go back to his place to hook up. There's an infinite number of sins against science jargon and biological reality that boggle the mind (because any scientist can cure a virus in a matter of days single-handedly). While it sometimes seemed weird that they would use some of that time rebuilding their romantic chemistry, it should have been emphasized that they hadn't been able to touch for half a year and they were trying to feel 'real' and not a hasty roll in the sheets. I think this is where Max's constant description of her relationship with Logan as being 'not like that' diminishes their reunion. If the Max doesn't know what she wants things to be like, neither does the audience, so they don't care. The episode features the one and only non-anthromorphic creature cooked up by Manticore. The gossamer story made no sense, and the actual creature's features didn't even match that of the one that was terrorizing the city. Also, the supposition that a random dentist in a slum would happen to use military grade materials to fill the teeth of junkyard hobos is beyond ridiculous. The whole plot is a just a way to keep Max and Logan's relationship in limbo So what's interesting enough about it to warrant re-watching it? The other major component of this episode is Alec/Asha. Alec is the one to tell Asha that Max has the cure (though he doesn't know it's only temporary at the time), and Logan is no longer in the cards for her. His particularly disparaging remarks on Max and Logan hint that maybe he's upset about the cure. By this point, he was her partner in crime, and it's clear in prior episodes that he cares about her in spite of himself. But before he and Asha can get anywhere, she falls asleep at his place. When Max shows up for Alec's help, he's quick to point out that nothing happened, nor does he seem disappointed. Asha doesn't seem interested in him, and that's what gets on Alec's nerves. Neither seems to have genuine affection for each other. The chemistry wasn't there. Borrowed Time was one of the Season 2 episodes with audio commentary, and the writers said that they initially planned to have Asha/Alec as a contrasting relationship to Logan/Max, but changed their minds. They decided to keep Alec free in case they decided to follow through on a triangle with Max and Logan. Instead of having sex with Logan, Max spends the evening with Alec. In contrast, Alec doesn't consummate the relationship with Asha, and he spends the night helping Max. Alec's description of how Max and Logan would say 'I love you' to each other is wrong for Logan but right about Max. It shows that while Logan loves her, Alec is the one that understands her, which is an interesting shift in their dynamic. I think it demonstrates that the writers could have kept Logan and Max separate based on a host of real issues between them, and not the overly contrived virus plot. The follow up is ironically Harbor Lights, where Alec isn't even mentioned, let alone seen, in the entire episode. This is the first and only episode not to feature Alec since his move to Seattle. It really highlighted how inconsistent Season 2 could be.
  9. S02.E20: Love Among the Runes

    A late entry, but I wanted to make a post on my second favorite episode of Season 2, after Hello, Goodbye. Much of Season 2's overarching plot was oddly disjointed because it didn't have a clear purpose or direction for the story - where was the transgenic story headed? what's going on with Max and Logan? While things were moving the story along, the show wasn't fleshing out the characters and stories enough. Then Love Among the Runes delivered everything that Season 2 had been building up. It felt like a big "Finally!" for several stories and the season could have ended on that episode. Freak Nation didn't feel like a comprehensive follow up because it didn't build on the new plots, veering off into its own story. In a lot of ways, it felt more like the Season 2 finale than Freak Nation did. The episode leveled up Max's role in the Breeding Cult (which really should have been named better before the series ended). I never cared for this plot arc, as it seemed too out of the blue and they really should have saved it for a Season 3 full story instead of half-assing the transgenics and the cult plots at once. Max's existence was established as a monkey wrench in their scheme and that Manticore was Sandeman's experiment. Ames being Sandeman's son was too on the nose, but not the worst. I don't think we know very much more about them than when the show started, but it raised the stakes that a lot was riding on Max to stop their plans. I never cared this random savior of all humanity nonsense, it's too absurd. Love Among the Runes was the only time where Terminal City as the home for transgenics was actually shown. It was the details about life there, like friendly rivalries and helping with day to day living that really made Terminal City seem like a home. Biggs was only in this episode, and not only did he add a lightness to Alec's back story, his death would reshape the way Max and Alec handled the transgenic cause. It was something that they had tripped into because of Joshua, and they became aware that while they passed for human, it only went so far. I would have liked more episodes about their lives in Terminal City. Alec finally found out that Max had told Logan that they were an item. I'm still trying to figure out how it took two episodes for him to find out, when Asha found out about it immediately. He spent an entire afternoon alone with Logan and it didn't come up in Dawg Day Afternoon? Sure... When Alec went to set Logan straight during Love Among the Runes, he changed his mind to let the lie remain. With so many things happening in the episode, it was never explained why Alec actually decided to continue the charade or how far he intended to carry it. He promised to take care of her, and worked to keep the charade. It was a confounding twist in the story, as Alec had declared at the beginning of the episode that he didn't want to be dragged into Max's relationship problem. The episode doesn't give an answer about why Alec changed his mind, though he may have agreed with Logan's statement that she needed someone like herself with everything that was going on. Sketchy also finds out the truth about Max and Alec, and he makes peace with it over drinks with Original Cindy. It was disappointing not to see him deal with this while Max and Alec were present. The finale threw all of this progress out the window, and this episode would have been a better launching pad for Season 3 storytelling.
  10. Season One: Hip Hop Apocalypse

    Looking back on the show years later, Season 1 and Season 2 felt like different shows altogether. In Season 1, Max's family was the 09er escapees only, and her main goal was staying under the radar after the Pulse. The show's focus was on events in the world that allowed for corruption to flourish across all levels of society, and around the world. Logan was more interesting and a well-rounded character and Lydecker was a great adversary for Max to go against. Sometimes, I admit I forget about Season 1 because Season 2 is so different. It would have been far more interesting to see the next season explore that post-Pulse world more before bringing Manticore back into play.
  11. It should go with saying that Roque was one of the most complex characters on the show. Here's the post to share thoughts on his character's development throughout the series. "You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain."
  12. S11.E13: Crabtree a la Carte

    All of the characters felt out of character in this one, and the whodunit portion didn't feel particularly interesting or clever. I'm not a big fan of the Henry/Ruth jokes, they aren't that funny. Also, Crabtree's character development flatlined a while ago, but it's worse this season.
  13. This post is dedicated to Julia Medina, the girl who can see dead people.
  14. Things I wished happened in the series: Ivan's adopted mother was one of the five orphans. Honestly, it was surprising that Valentina didn't turn out to be one of the kidnapped girls. The summer between Season 5 and Season 6 should have been its own season rather than dragging out Season 7. Every season only spans a few weeks or even days, yet somehow the series glosses over an entire two months of the kids being locked in the school? How didn't their parents find this suspicious, especially Vicky's? It was such a wasted period of time when all the juicy stuff happens - Hector's dead, Carolina's mother is in the hospital, Maria is locked in the asylum, the kids are casting suspicion of a traitor among them... Roque should have gotten a girlfriend or some kind of positive plot line, instead the character is just the loser in everything he does. I know it was the actress's decision to leave the show, but it would have been awesome for Carolina to be alive at the end the same way that Hector was revealed. Her character was relegated to the background after she split with Ivan, and just when her character was getting back to being an active player in the game, she died abruptly. What exactly was the end goal of the villains? It really made little logical sense about why they made the virus, as they themselves were not immune to it, nor did they explain who they were trying to wipe out... Also, with over 60 years and that depth of planning, how would the virus be leverage anymore if they controlled so many forces?
  15. Fermin de Pablo aka Carlos Almansa was the school's head chef by day and super secret agent by night. Whether there was treasure to be found, a person to be rescued, maids to be wooed, or an amazing one-liner to be delivered, he was there and ready for action. This post is to discuss the series amazing culinary con artist.