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…..

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:

Clay in 13 reasons why

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:

newbie traitor in 13 reasons why

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:

Tyler in 13 reasins why

 

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.

Jessica in 13 reasons why

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…….