Review for “13 Reasons Why: Season 2”

The first season of the controversial 13 Reasons Why was….pretty intense. Okay, very intense. It certainly got people talking, yelling and just scared. I can’t say I particularly enjoyed it, but it was a very good show the first season. So it wasn’t the least bit surprising when a second season was ordered. It still gets people talking. But is it as good as the first?

Hannah:

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The 2nd season is still very Hannah-centric. It almost felt like she never died. But part of me wished that it wasn’t like that. I’ve learned things about Hannah–bullying, lying, keeping more secrets etc. Things that made it very hard to feel sorry for her. Hannah is so frustrating!

 

Clay:

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So was Clay. He was certainly a complex character. He’s a generally good person, but also kinda self-righteous and annoying. There were times I just wanted to slap him. When he found out about Zach and Hannah being a couple. Hannah wasn’t Clay’s girlfriend. He couldn’t even tell her how he felt about her. Zach could. Or like the Polaroid scenes. He implied that the girls were asking for it. Luckily, Sheri set him straight. Unfortunately, though, there are a lot of people who think that. And that’s one of the reasons why so many victims are so scared to come forward. Clay was far less sympathetic this time around.

The big 180s:

 

 

 

Of course I’m talking about Courtney and Kevin Porter. Last season, both were insufferable. Though I liked Porter more. This season, they were like completely different people. They grew as characters and learned from their mistakes. I was very proud of them both. The sad part was that Porter lost his job. Then again, it’s probably for the best. He’ll be able to help more people in an environment full of people who don’t cover their asses all of the time.

The new characters:

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Mixed bag. I liked Cyrus and Mackenzie–kinda. I thought it was very nice that Tyler had friends who accepted him. At least until episode 11.  I was glad that Jessica had a friend in Nina at first.  But then I hated her for stealing those Polaroids and burning them.  She kept talking about her story, but she didn’t think about the other victims.  What if they wanted to move on?  Get those bastards who hurt them in jail for life?  Jessica needed those photos!  Because of Nina, that bastard Bryce isn’t in jail where he belongs.  Chloe was a sweet girl, but I hated her for staying with Bryce.  Even though she knows what he did to her, Hannah, Jessica and who knows who else.  I hated the bitchy lawyer, but she was good at her job.  Bryce parents?  Both actors did a good job, but I didn’t like them either.

Poor Tyler:

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Tyler has done some messed up things on this show.  Then again, what character here hasn’t?  But I’ve always had sympathy and empathy for him.  Maybe I should hate him, but I don’t at all.  I was happy that Tyler had friends for accepted him for who he is.  I was happy that Tyler finally got help for all of the issues he had.  I was definitely happy that he was beginning to be happy again.  But then that happened.  I think you all know which scene I’m talking about.  It still makes me wanna throw up!  To hell with Monty and his goons!  Why did they do that to him?!  Just as Tyler was beginning to be happy again.  Shaking my damn head.  Which leads to the next section…..

The Ending at the Prom:  Normally, I’m not one to condone any kind of violence in real life.  But in the world of fiction, I often make exceptions.  After all, they’re not real people.  Just characters on a show.  So it’s safe to wish death on them.  As you all may know, Clay was somehow able to talk Tyler out of shooting up the school.  But I actually wish he didn’t.  This is bad of me to say, but I wanted Tyler to shoot up the school. And I was actually disappointed when he didn’t.   It would’ve been much more fitting to just let him do it.  I mean, he was apparently pushed to his limit.  Someone pushed to their limit wouldn’t listen to Clay and have them risk another friend’s freedom just to save someone they don’t even like.  But then again, Clay does have a huge hero complex.

Jessica:  She was the star of this season.  Definitely.  I so desperately wanted her to get justice.  Who knows?  Maybe she will next season.  If not, I’m sure that many fanfiction writers make sure she does.

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Overall, the season was just okay.  It didn’t pack the same general punch as the previous season.  Too many characters and situations pissed me off.  I guess I’d give it 5 out of 10.

HTGAWM: Things We Know….

htgawm-718540758.jpgLast week’s episode was phenomenal. It was probably the best one in quite a while. I think it’s safe to say that Annalise won her class action suit. But no one on this show can be happy for more than two seconds.  So we’re back to usual….stuff.  And it’s not good. Drama ensues.  The expected happened.  And we’re left wondering,  “Will Annalise get her mojo back?”  Like completely?   Let’s take a look.

  1. Who Killed Wes?: Seeing Wes again made me happy. Then it made me sad because you realize that he’s still dead. The show just doesn’t work as well without him. Anyway, it turns out that Laurel’s parents were in cahoots the entire time. I was actually willing to give Sandrine the benefit of the doubt at first. They bombarded us with “Laurel’s mommy is bad” clues. Whenever they do something like that, it usually means that the person is innocent. A red herring. But not this time. I had a brief theory that they did together, and I was right. And I was the last to know. Now that Laurel knows everything for sure, what is she going to do about it?
  2. Not Bonnie!: I must admit that I was never really a fan of Bonnie. She certainly has her moments, but for the most part, I don’t like her. That being said, I don’t think she should die. I don’t believe she is dead. It would be way too easy. Plus, we heard no screaming or crash. If Bonnie was involved in this accident, she probably has just some scraps and bruises. Plus, Annalise has the whole solar system on her shoulders, and Bonnie dying is the last thing she needs right now. Who is the dead person? Laurel’s mom? Denver? Tegan? Some random person? Even though it could be Bonnie, I’m 95% certain that it’s not.
  3. Masher’s future: Cheating is very common on this show. Asher is probably the only person on here who hasn’t cheated. Why did they turn Michaela into a cheater?! It’s so unlike her. I guess the whole Caleb situation doesn’t really count because he was using her. I liked Asher and Michaela together, but I’m not surprised they split. It’s one of the many pitfalls of being in Murder Club.  You’ll never have a normal, happy life again.  Not even with fellow Murder Club members…..
  4. Annalise: For goodness sake, Norwalk! Give the woman a break!

 

The promo for the finale said:  “Mother of a twist”.  Is that Laurel’s mother?  More than likely, it does!

 

Until next time……

HTGAWM: The Big Custody Battle

htgawm-718540758.jpgI hate to love this show…or I love to hate it.  Maybe both.  But the point is that I still watch.  How to Get Away with Murder still keeps the motors upstairs running, despite my opinions on it.  This week’s episode was pretty good.  There were some memorable moments.

 

  1.  Wes–dead or alive.  Is he really dead?  That’s what many people want to know.   I wish that he was still alive and I’m not alone in this.  My wish is for Wes to come back in the season finale, grab that baby and take him far away from the madness.  But since that isn’t happening, I will say this.  Killing Wes off was a major mistake.  He should still be alive, and the show just feels empty without him.  I would trade him for Bonnie, Oliver or Frank in an instant.  (Especially Frank.)  But why was Dominic his emergency contact?  Why was he meeting with Laurel’s mom?  I get the feeling that they’re assassinating his character.  And/or Wes (possibly) being alive is the carrot they’re dangling to keep fans interested.  They never should’ve killed him.  Speaking of character assassination….
  2. Let’s talk about Laurel.   She used to be one of my favorites on the show.   She was whip-smart, sassy, intuitive, sneaky etc.  The real mini-Annalise.  Then season 3 happened. They have really, really trashed her character over the past 2 seasons.  To the point where she is nearly irredeemable.  However, since season 4b started, I started feeling sorry for her.  She went into pre-term labor because of Frank, gave birth in a broken elevator.  Both she and little Wes almost died.  Had her baby stolen from her.  Forced to be in a psych ward.  So on and so forth.  So far, there aren’t any shocking secrets about Laurel.  Nothing that would indicate that Dominick’s words about her were true.  Not yet anyway.
  3. The Castillos.  Now Jorge is innocent and her mother is the real mastermind behind Wes’ murder?  Makes sense.  Not really.  Based on what we know about Laurel’s dad, he’s not a good guy.  He’s incredibly manipulative, ruthless, psycho and he will do anything to get what he wants.  Even at the expense of his family.  And even if he is innocent of Wes’ murder, he’s definitely killed before.  He put both his daughter and his then-wife in psych wards just because they were inconveniences.  Definitely not a good person.  Laurel once said that he was just like Frank.  What about Laurel’s mother?  She seemed relatively harmless most of the episode.  Then that picture of her and Wes popped up and it made me wonder.  What if they both wanted him dead?  Why would Sandrine team up with the man who made her life hell?  Why would she want Wes dead?  Or is this just another cheap thrill courtesy of Nowalk and company?  And Laurel’s mother is completely innocent?
  4.   That Defense Attorney.  What a jerk.  I felt sorry for all of his, um, victims.  But none more than Dr. Roa.
  5. Poor Isaac.  I felt so sorry for him this week.  It seems like his life became even more crappy since he met Annalise.  D.A. Jerkwad basically slaughtered Issac on the stand, accusing him of killing his late daughter, Stella.  Because of that, his medical opinion was deemed worthless.  So Laurel lost her custody battle.  That wasn’t the worst of it.  In the last scene, Issac is alone in his office.  It appears that he relapsed, just like his ex-wife feared he would.  Sad…….
  6. Nate’s dad.  We finally get a bit of a background on Nate.  His father had been in prison for most of Nate’s life.  And their relationship is strained because the latter chose to be a cop.  Given the way that Nate Sr. was treated in jail, I can’t really blame him.  I felt sorry for him.

 

Looks like Laurel finally meets her son next week.  And we’ll hopefully learn a little more about her and Mommy.  Until next time……

HTGAWM: 48 Hours to Go…..

htgawm-718540758.jpgMan, this show is like a drug.  You know it’s bad for you, but you just can’t help yourself.  I watched the latest episode of How to Get Away with Murder a few hours ago.  And I had a bunch of theories bouncing around in my head.  Who is the victim?  Who is the killer?  Is there even a killer or victim?  Here are a few guesses……

 

  1.  Possible Victim#1:  Connor.  One of the few highlights of the season is Connor, surprisingly enough.  He usually tap-dances on my last nerves with his whining and constant complaining.  But he’s been…..okay so far. He’s matured a little this season. His depression over not working was understandable.  As were his daddy issues.  He and Annalise actually made a formidable team.  Who knew that would happen?  He seems like he’s very happy for once.  But happy people never last on this show.  Plus, Connor’s whereabouts for that night are still unknown.  Which means he’ll likely die…….
  2.   Possible Victim #2 : Simon.  Everyone knows Simon, one of the latest thorns in Former Keating Students’ sides.  Always around for a scornful remark or holier-than-thou attitude.  He is so annoying!  Why he even here?  Maybe he finally insults the wrong person and pays for it with his life?  From the looks of the latest promo, whatever happens happens at the party.  Maybe the killer is another coworker…
  3. Possible Victim #3:  Nate.  Speaking of useless characters, let’s talk about Nate.  Like Connor and Simon, Nate’s location during that night is also unknown.  Practically every time he’s appeared this season, it’s been about Annalise.  Talking about her, obsessing over her.  Usually with Bonnie.  But Annalise looked pretty traumatized in the last few minutes of 406.  Washing the blood off of her.  Is it Nate’s blood?  Did she see who killed him?
  4.   Laurel.  This season, I’ve officially jumped on the “I hate Laurel” bandwagon.  They’ve assassinated her character so much, I don’t think anything can be done to make me like her again.  As first I was excited about the “Justice for Wes” plot.  I wanted–and still want–someone to pay for murdering my poor Wes.  But as we later find out, it isn’t about justice for Wes or for the baby.  Why even bring up the paternity thing again?!  Ugh!!!  It’s all about her.  And she’s endangering the lives of everyone around her, including Frank.  But I don’t care about Frank. (Why is he even here again?).  There’s a possibility that the blood in the elevator is Laurel’s.  That she went into labor and/or had the baby in there.  But there were drugs in her system, right?    Annalise lost her son all those years ago.  PTSD flashback?
  5.  Asher.   Asher is basically the new Connor in some ways.  He’s gotten more annoying this season, I initially thought.  But then his  behavior is warranted.  Michaela has kept him out of the loop for most of the season.  You’re not supposed to do that with someone you care about.  Plus, Asher is always out of the loop!  That sucks.  Anyways, back to Murder Night (?) 4.  I don’t think Asher hurt anyone this time.  I think he just witnessed it.  Maybe one of the powers that be at the party caught him with Tegan’s key card.  That’s why he’s in jail.
  6.   Tegan.    It better not be her.  That’s all I’ll say about that.

 

Those are my thoughts about next week.  Until next time…….

HTGAWM: Annalise & Hargrove Team up Again

This week’s episode was somewhat… watchable. But there were a few highlights.  They are:

 

  1.  Poor Wes….  Even in death, Wes is getting screwed over.  It’s pretty rare for me to feel this emotionally attached to a character.  But with Wes gone, it feels like watching an entirely different, yet inferior show with the same actors.  They might as well find Wes’ ashes and spit on them.  Now there’s the possibility that Wes’ baby may not be Wes’ baby?!  What more are you going to do to Wes?!  This makes me so pissed off.  How could they do that to him?  Are we ever going to see Wes get real justice?  Does Laurel even care about the baby at all?  Killing Wes was the biggest mistake Nowalk and co. have ever made, and they know it.
  2. Annalise vs. Michaela.  I didn’t know how much I needed this confrontation until this episode.  Annalise is clearly a very damaged individual, but at least she’s honest about it.   My top moment of this episode was their last encounter at the elevator.  Michaela’s new boss offered Annalise a job offer.  This infuriated Michaela to no end.  So she confronted Annalise at the elevator as the latter was leaving.  Blah, blah, blah.  Michaela goes on about having a ‘real mentor for once’, telling Annalise not to ruin this for her.  That’s when our queen went in for the kill.  “You’re doing it again–looking for a mommy everywhere you go.  Me, Tegan, whatever woman you encounter next.  You want us all to be the mother yours never was.”  And she left Michaela stuttering, because she knows it’s true.
  3. Connor’s dads.  When Connor’s father showed up, I was convinced that he would be some sort of bully.  That he’d demand that Connor go back to law school or give back the tuition.  Surprisingly, none of that happened.  Jeff actually turned out to be a very nice guy, and so did Ted. Jeff was very proud of Connor for being the person he was.  Was is the operative word here.  Before he turned into the annoying mess he is now. He was obviously disappointed in Connor, but he did try to be supportive of him.  A lot of people also gave Jeff crap for saying that Oliver is wrong for him.  But he wasn’t wrong.  Connor clung to Oliver because of the stability he provides.  He spent most of the relationship lying to Oliver, and they’ve never properly dealt with their issues.  If not for Murder Night #1.  Or if they called 911 like they should’ve done, Connor wouldn’t be dealing this.  Plus, Wes would still be alive……
  4. Annalise & Hargrove.  I almost screamed at the screen when Annalise went back to Middleton.  Why would Annalise want to go back there?!  But thankfully, she went to Hargrove for a different kind of job.  Hargrove and her ex-husband are still in a bitter custody battle, with millions of dollars at stake.  Annalise is obviously happiest when she’s working.  And despite a few hiccups, she won Hargrove’s case.  Got her joint custody of the kids.  Does this mean that all is forgiven with Annalise and Soraya?  Maybe, maybe not…..

 

 

So there’s that.  I wish Annalise would move to an island far away from these brats….

 

HTGAWM: Annalise Still Can’t Catch a Break

htgawm-feat2111859018.jpgLast week, in the should’ve been season premiere of How to Get Away with Murder, Annalise finally came back!  After what felt like an eternity, Annalise was back in court and fighting hard, like she did in Season 1 & 2.  Her first client back was Jasmine Bromelle, her friend from prison.  She won the case, but it seemed to be all for naught in Annalise’s mind.  This week, poor Jasmine is found dead and Annalise had to identify the body.  Of course, Annalise pretended not to care.  You could tell she was very upset and Jasmine was important to her.  They were points in the scene with her therapist where I thought she would cry.  I liked Jasmine and I wish they didn’t kill her off.  Let her have the fresh start she was deprived of her whole life.  But you know what happens to interesting characters on this show……

 

Speaking of being deprived, we meet a man called Ben Carter.  He’s been in prison for 12 years for murdering his fiancee’.  Of course, he insists that he didn’t do it.  Annalise takes his case, and she gets part-time work with the Public Defender’s office.  In this case, she has to go up against Nate Lahey in one scene.  Nate was her on-again, off-again lover for 3 seasons.  Now they’re definitely off. He understandably hold a grudge against Annalise. In fact, he and Bonnie–who I never really cared for–convince Oliver to hack against Annalise. At first, Oliver is reluctant to do so, but snake Bonnie manipulated him into doing it. I don’t condone violence, but I wish Annalise kicked the crap out of annoying Bonnie.  The weird thing is what they said during their brief screaming match was true on both counts.  Bonnie’s emotions always got in the way, and except in one particular season 1 case, she’s proven to be a not-so-good lawyer.  And we know that Annalise has a big ego and can’t stand to fail.  I wish Nate hadn’t gotten in between then.

 

And then there’s the not-very-Keating group.  God, they are all so annoying. Spoiled, entitled brats who bitch about Annalise every chance they get.  I guess I have to include Oliver in this bunch.  Seeing all of their scenes, I find myself just missing Wes more and more.  At least, he was truly loyal and appreciative.  He could be whiny, but not like the others.  Frank pissed me off even more, calling Wes ‘the dead puppy’.  I wanted to smack him for saying that.

 

Well anyways.  Adding even more to the annoying pile, the group is pissed off at Connor for dropping out of law school.  That wasn’t too hard to guess.  Last week, it was pretty much confirmed that Connor never really wanted to be a lawyer to begin with.  He did it to please his dad, who’s apparently a hotshot lawyer himself.  They were all so unsupportive with their nagging and whining. Trying to force himself back into law school.  After everything they went through in the past 3 years, they should at least be empathetic to Connor’s plight.  Can anyone really blame him?  It’s Connor’s decision and they should respect it.  But I still wouldn’t call what the Not-so-Fantastic group a friendship.  More like a toxic waste dump, like Connor said.  Then a surprising development—we meet Connor’s dads.  I was under the impression that Connor’s dad was homophobic.  He certainly didn’t have nice things to say about his father.  I’m pretty sure that Connor’s father will try to force him back into law school.  It’ll probably work since Connor is kind of weak.

Annalise won her case, but I didn’t like how she did it.  Someone left a package for Annalise at her door.  She assumes it was Frank because he’s the only person who knows where she lives.  But Frank insists that it wasn’t him.  The package contained on old DVD that confirmed that Kym really did kill herself.  Annalise asks Frank to find out who sent the tape.  It was her boss, Miss Cross.  Annalise shouldn’t have showed that DVD in open court.  Why?  Because Ben’s daughter was there.  She had to watch a video of her mother killing herself!  I felt so sorry for her and Ben.  And Miss Cross.  She said that the lawyers, including herself, have up to 200 cases at a time.  200 cases?!  That would overwhelm a robot!  I almost didn’t blame her for spitting on Annalise.  I guess it’s safe to say they won’t be working together anymore.

Laurel finally came across a key piece of evidence in operation Justice for Wes.  She persuaded Frank to persuade Bonnie to get her a job at the DA’s office.  While there, she found out that her father landed in Philadelphia the night Wes was killed.  Dominick was likely on the flight with him.  Finally, it feels like she’s one step closer to getting her revenge.  But what’s going to happen to Wes and Laurel’s son?

 

All in all, a very watchable episode.  Not as good as last week’s episode, but definitely better than the season premiere.