HTGAWM: Some Random Theories

Last week’s episode was…okay. I guess? But I wanted to try something different. At the very end of the episode, it was possibly revealed that Emmett Crawford, Annalise’s boss/almost love interest, was truly the one who is the mastermind of poor Nate Sr.’s death. The news left our heroine shellshocked, and some viewers thinking, “I can’t believe that! “. I don’t even know what to think about this big twist. It sounds completely implausible. Why? Read on below….

Emmett Crawford: Why is it always the nice ones? Every nice person either winds up dead, is a memorable one-time guest, or they turn out to be monsters. Which category is Crawford under? The last one according to that bitchy Governor. So far, there’s absolutely no reason to believe that Crawford would do such a thing. Apart from the fact that he hates the Governor. And that he hates that Annalise worked for her. Or that he has a big crush on her that wasn’t returned? Maybe it’s some diabolical reason we don’t know yet? Always the quiet ones, Annalise said.

Governor Birkhead: This lady is creepy. She has every reason in the world to kill Nate Sr. She gets to save her reputation, move forward with her bogus bill and ruin Annalise in one big swoop. In some ways, Birkhead isn’t all that different from the Keating crew. They will do and say just about anything to keep from going to jail. And that often means taking and/or ruining people’s lives. She had everything to gain from this. Which probably means that she’s a red herring.

The motive behind it: Revenge. Whoever did this hates Annalise and would punish the woman in any way possible. Ruining the most important case in her career is a great way to do that. Poor Nate Sr. was just a pawn in all of this.

What about Jorge Castillo?: Right now, he’s in jail for murdering D.A. Denver. But rich, powerful, evil Castillo isn’t going down without a fight. In his mind, Annalise has turned his daughter against him and he loathes her for that. Both father and daughter have warped ideas of what love is. Cheating on significant others, having people committed in psych wards, lying, stalking, falsifying records etc. The list goes on. Is Laurel still family to him, though? In last season’s finale, Laurel officially picked her K5 “family” over her real one, so he may not care about protecting her anymore. Or maybe he does and this is a desperate attempt to “get her back”. Either way, he has a list of solid reasons for payback.

Is there anybody else? Too many people to think about, much less name.

HTGAWM: Stuff’s About to Hit the Fan

Well. We’re in the 10th episode of season 5 and things are….slightly less confusing than they were before. Now Bonnie and Nate are going over alibis. Gabriel admits what we and K5 already knew. Now their biggest threats are literally in front of their faces. And it looks like they won’t get away with anything much longer. TO be honest, I don’t want them to. But I still can’t stop myself from watching.

Bonnie and Nate:  So they are both feeling monstrously guilty for killing D.A. Miller. But they’re pretending that he really was a bad guy so they can move on. Personally, I think that Nate wants to get caught. We’ve seen this situation before with Wes killing Sam. Good guy killing the bad guy. Only, Sam really was a bad guy who deserved what he got. Wes saved more than just Rebecca that first night. With Miller and Nate, I don’t know. It’s looking more and more than Miller was innocent after all. Maybe…or this could be another red herring, with Miller being craftier than we knew. Either way, it doesn’t look good for either of them.

Asher…: wins the award for Worst Liar Ever. It didn’t take much for him to crack.

Connor’s comment about Wes:   It was unexpected and very sweet.  I never thought I’d see that moment happen on the show.

Back on Miller:  I don’t think he had anything to do with Nate Sr.’s murder.  Nothing.  But I do wonder if this is a Sam/Frank situation.  Meaning that back in season 1, people suspected that Sam killed Lila Stangard and they were right….mostly.  However, they didn’t know that Frank was also involved.  I think it’s the same thing here.  The Governor set up Nate Sr., but there is another player behind the scenes that we don’t know about yet.  So I believe that Miller’s real intention is to take down the Keating crew. Pick up where Denver left before he died. In the process, he found out about Gabriel. Probably paid for his education and whatever else. Convinced him to infiltrate the Keating crew. Maybe Miller did some undercover work himself when he started up with Bonnie. Then he actually fell in love with her.  His “mask” slipped a little bit while they were getting ready to leave for the wedding.  When Ron told her how he really felt about Annalise.  Most of it was right, but he didn’t understand the bond between Bonnie and Annalise.  That relationship is toxic, but Annalise is her family.  She may have loved Ron, but she will choose Annalise over him or any man.  Every time.  That proved to be a huge mistake, as you viewers know.  But now that they know for sure who Gabriel really is. At this point, Gabriel doesn’t know that Miller is missing, much less dead. SO what will his next move be? Will he try to take down Annalise and the K5 on his own? I get the feeling that they’ll either kill Gabriel or try to pin Miller’s death on him.

The torture continues…:  Annalise’s suffering is just as much of a character as she is.  When was the last time she was happy for more than 2 seconds? Do the writers enjoy torturing her? I don’t know.  But Eve’s reappearance was really sad.  She told Annalise several times that she chooses to be miserable.  Can someone do that?  Maybe, but that’s another post.  We found out that Eve’s girlfriend is pregnant.  Eve looked happy, Annalise didn’t.  Particularly because she wanted a child with Eve.  Eve apparently didn’t want a child.  The dynamic between the two of them is changing.  Eve tries to push Annalise to date more, but Annalise refuses.  She has enough on her plate. This was the first time she openly and honestly talked about her pansexuality.  She believes that Eve’s “privilege” allows her to be herself.  But she doesn’t have that option because she’s from the “damn Bible belt”. She hasn’t really been there in a long time.  I know that certain beliefs and fears are deeply ingrained in some people, even if those beliefs are wrong. They were both right here.  Annalise has to save herself, but how can she do that with those damn brats keeping her down?  Her only hope at happiness is by keeping her distance from them.  Maybe Tegan can show her how? I’ll always be an Annaleve shipper, but I could never say no to a Tegalise union.  The two of them together would be interesting.

So what’s next? Will Annalise actually be able to fix this? What will Bonnie do? We’ll see….

Review for HTGAWM: Eve is Back!

After a two-month wait, season 5B of How to Get Away with Murder is up and running. The Keating crew is back. So is Eve (yay 👍!) and Sam (nay 👎!). The episode starts with Annalise on her living room floor confronted by a scary-looking Gabriel. So why is here? Let’s find out……

Annalise and Gabriel: So what did Gabriel want? It was as benign as I expected. He simply wants to know about his father that he never knew. See? Harmless…..unless the Keating crew is involved. Annalise didn’t tell the whole truth, of course. But she did tell him that Sam Keating was a really bad man. Gabriel didn’t wanna believe it. Even after telling that Sam was behind an innocent girl’s murder. Or throwing Wes under the bus again. He left Annalise’s apartment with more questions than answers and heartbreak. Honestly, it was actually for the best.

Speaking of Wes: I still miss him 😭. But anyways, Wes almost became Annalise’s son for real. In a series of flashbacks, it’s reveal that Annalise started the adoption process very soon after the loss if her own child. But Sam–being the life ruiner he was–forced Annalise to choose between him and Wes. Annalise made the wrong decision. Sam also tried to reconnect with his ex and the child he abandoned. The grandma, Gwen, refuses to buy into Sam’s bullshit. Sam likely ruined Vivian’s life as well. Smart woman, that Gwen.

Weird twist of irony. The fact that Sam could have been Wes’ father.

Meanwhile back at…. For once, Annalise and the K5 have absolutely nothing to do with the big murder mystery this season. Pete would never want anything to ruin Coliver’s big day. Or would he? Maybe not. But the band meets at their house, where Michaela tells them about her encounter with Bonnie. Laurel finally tells them about Gabriel and his true parentage. The rest of the group is furious at Laurel for keeping this massive secret from them. They get even more nervous when Michaela implies that Gabriel is missing. All she had to do was keep her mouth shut……

Speaking of shut mouths….: I couldn’t be more over the moon over Eve coming back. But one thing troubles me. Why did keep Sam’s bogus love letter to his ex-wife? Wouldn’t it have been better to give it to her all those years ago? But maybe she did it to protect Annalise from even more trauma? So many bad things happen on the show because of people’s misguided-but-genuine attempts at protecting people. Maybe that’s what it is.

Bonnie and Nate: Both of them are guilt-ridden over killing D.A. Ron Miller. Bonnie is trying to push it in the back of her mind, but she’s unsuccessful. We barely saw Nate this episode. But when he appeared, he implied that he was turning himself in. That fits in with the real Nate.

But it looks like Gabriel will confront the Keating crew next week. He’ll tell them that he’s Sam’s kid. How are they going to deal with that?

Until next episode……

Review for “Malice”

Synopsis: A young doctor’s life unravels as a dangerous new drug is on the market.

The story has the usual beginning. The main character has the perfect life–perfect career, perfect spouse/family, perfect beachfront home. He is happier than he’s ever been because of his new wife, Mia. Everything on the outside is just divine. But it seems that the moment he and Mia return from their honeymoon, his life begins to spiral violently out of control. And it happens at lightening speed. How will our main main character deal with it?

Generally, I don’t read too many medical books, fiction or otherwise. Why, because they’re boring. Just like the real world is most of the time. But Jennifer Jaynes hasn’t written a boring book yet and Malice is no exception. There were so many shocks and surprises. Every swipe of the Kindle page was a pure joy. You never knew who to trust or not. You were clueless about the characters’ motives. Who were the true good guys or bad guys? Nothing is as it seems. That made Malice so fun to read. I wondered if Jaynes went through something similar in her real life or someone close to her did. Or if this was just another brilliant idea. Either way, the book was impeccably researched. Nothing seemed too crazy or out of left field. The pacing was just stellar.

There were about 5 or six main characters here. They were all too important to be secondary characters, except for Andy. Daniel is the biggest character in Malice. Overall he seemed to be a decent guy who tries to do the right thing. But he does a few things that aren’t so nice. He learns things about people and morals that aren’t so pleasant. It’s enough to make him–and the readers–truly question if some doctors can be trusted. It seems like the almighty doctor is more valuable to them than the lives of their patients. Rachel and Suzie’s story was the one that hit me the hardest. Their characters weren’t as fleshed out as the others, but there was definitely enough there to make you feel for them. It was hard to forget about them. Teddy–ick. That’s all I’ll say about him. But Mia was the most intriguing character of them all. For most of the book, she was the most private and secretive character. You had no idea who she really was. Did she really love Daniel or was she just using him for his money and status? What was she hiding? Why was she hiding it from Daniel, who loved her intensely and probably would’ve looked past it? The gaps of the story aren’t filled until the last few chapters. This character alone took you on a rollercoaster of thoughts and feelings. But then again, all of them did.

The ending wasn’t what I expected either. It certainly wasn’t happy, and I honestly wish it were. However, there was a tiny twinge of hope. It was kind of open. All in all, Malice was a very enjoyable read. You have interesting characters, unusual plot and you learned a few things about the medical business. Even if you wish you hadn’t. I’d give Malice an 8.5 out of ten. It’s available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other such stores.

HTGAWM: The Midseason Finale

htgawm-718540758.jpgDO you want good news or bad news?  Well, I guess we’ll start with the good news.  Last season was a disaster, with a capital “D”.   The sole episode I liked from season was the Scandal crossover.  But this season is better than the previous season, but not by much.  It’s great to see them back in the court room, trying cases. Annalise has finally moved out of the Heartbreak Hotel, and into her own apartment.  And it’s way better than the Keating house, and much more inviting.  It was nice to see Annalise winning again…

But the bad news is the 5th season so far is….underwhelming?  It feels like they’re not completely done punishing Annalise.  The woman has been through enough!  She should just come up with a brilliant Machiavellian scheme that will put the Keating 4 in jail forever.  And maybe kill Frank?  But that’s unrealistic, isn’t it?  Plus, despite all of the new additions, you can still kinda feel the Wes-lessness.

But anyways, here are some more thoughts on season 5A.

  • Another dead A.D.A:  It turns that the victim was none other than A.D.A John Miller.  He was Bonnie’s new love and her boss.  He seemed to truly love Bonnie for who she was. He endured a brutal beatdown over a crime he probably didn’t commit.  His whole death scene was tough to watch.  Long, drawn-out, painful.  Unnecessary.  Definitely in my top 5 as far as the death scenes on HTGAWM. And on to of it, a poor little baby witnesses it all! Who were the culprits?
  • Making a murderer:  While Bonnie was the one who delivered the ‘final blow’, it was because of Nate.  When Nate got the picture of Miller on the pay phone, he went mad.  Then he beat the crap out of the poor guy.  This is majorly out if character for Nate.  In the five years out of watching this show, I’ve never seen such a 180.  Nate is one of the rare good people on the show…or was.  He’s never lost his cool.  Okay maybe once or twice.  He never punished Annalise or the K4, even when he should’ve.  He’s always helped them, was kind, patient and decent.  So to see him behave this way makes no sense whatever.  But then again, what does make sense on this messy show anymore?
  • Poor Nate Sr. :  Why is that whenever someone is happy on this show, someone comes along and wrecks it?  I mean, Wes finally finds happiness, and he gets killed.  Annalise finally realizes that Eve is the one for her, she gets rejected.  Nate Sr is finally set free after years of mistreatment, and he gets gunned down.  For what?  Somebody set that poor man up.  He didn’t go crazy on the guards like they said.  They killed him on purpose.  But who is responsible for the set-up?  Right now, the most likely suspect is the Governor.  While I do believe that she’s shady, I’m not sure she’s responsible for Nate Sr.’s death.  I mean, she could be. Miller certainly wasn’t. But things are never what they appear to be on HTGAWM.  I think there’s another player here that we don’t about yet.
  • Annalise and the Not-so-Fantastic four:  Interesting how they weren’t involved in the murder this time, but they’ll definitely be involved in the big cover-up.
  • Gabriel is…:  The son of Sam.  Keating, that is.  Obviously, Gabriel was brought in to make up for the massive mistake of killing off Wes.  But his motives for being involved in the Keating people’s lives was unclear.  Until the last few minutes.  Then it became shockingly clear.  Gabriel wants to make these people pay for killing his father.  A constant reminder of what they did in season 1A.  It’s actually brilliant!  But how is it all going to play out?
  • Laurel’s mother:  I’m fairly certain that the witch killed her own mother.  But there’s no proof either way.  Did she just up and disappear?  We got no explanation as to what happened to her.  I wanted to know.

 

So the season so far isn’t that good, but not exactly.  I may binge-watch the second half and write something then.  

The Sinner: Another Season, Another Crazy Case

the sinner part 2It’s back, it’s back, it’s finally back! The new season of The Sinner is here, and it looks like it’s gonna be another good one. Sophomore Slump, away with you. You know how the Sinner formula works, right? A seemingly normal person commit a brutal, abnormal crime. We know immediately whodunit, but we don’t know why.

Ambrose is back, Cora is not:  As far we know, Cora is still in the psych ward in Dorchester.  She’d be a jailbird still if it weren’t for Harry.  She won’t be making an appearance this season.  But Ambrose is.  He seems a little bit happier and healthier this time around.  But going back to his childhood hometown threatens to ruin that.  Like before, he immediately knew that Julian was the killer the moment he met him.  But–maybe this was me–he’s a little rusty.  But I’m sure he’ll be back fully next episode.

About Julian….: Man, that kid was creepy.  We know that he’s a killer, but what’s his deal?  Towards the end, we discovered that his parents weren’t his parents.  But for the most part, he seems very comfortable in their company.  He and the fake mom sang songs together.  The couple wants him to have fun and be safe.  The three of them were laughing and joking together like….well…a family. They weren’t your average kidnappers. So maybe they’re not blood relatives, but there was a genuine bond.  Maybe they were a part of this apparent cult?  Or maybe Julian really is a genuine psycho who did this with a premeditation?  Or maybe someone forced him to do it?

The new detective:  Her name was Heather Novack, daughter of Harry’s friend Jack.  She seems to be very ambitious, but also sympathetic.  She and her father seemed to have a very close relationship.  And he was proud of her.  But there were little hints of  ‘tortured soul’ there.  Like sneaking off to the bathroom to have a drink.  She knows this case is too much for her to handle, so she asks Harry for help.  She and Ambrose know each other because of her father.  But not very well.  It’ll be interesting to see how their relationship forms in the coming episodes.

Julian’s apparent real mother:  Is she his real mother?  Or does she just see herself as a mother figure to him?  And what was this stuff about the shadow self?  In their first scene together, Julian was coloring a picture of a man in a dark cloak.  And we see this figure in a few times in flashes.  Will Julian have DID, formerly know as multiple personality disorder?  Ugh, so many questions?

 

This season is off to a good start and I hope it continues to be good.  Until then…..