Can something or someone be predictable and intense at the same time? I guess it is possible, especially with this show. That’s exactly how I felt about the winter finale. Here are some thoughts:
- Connor— He was never really a favorite of mine throughout the series. But he’s actually grown on me this season. He was the voice of reason that no one wanted to hear. I wish so desperately that someone listened to him and aborted this insane revenge plan. Things could’ve turned out differently.
- The Elevator Birth Scene– This scene definitely burned into my memory, not in the good way. It was too scary, sad and intense. Top notch acting from Viola Davis and Karla Souza. I had to fast-forward the scene because it was too much to stomach. I was so relieved when the baby started crying. But I’m also worried about him and Annalise. I’m afraid she’ll start drinking again and the baby will be kidnapped by Laurel’s evil father.
- World’s Dumbest Death Scene– Connor was on my list as the top victim at first. But as time went on, I started thinking maybe he wouldn’t be the victim, after all. Connor was nowhere near happy in this episode, so that meant he was safe. Simon Drake has been a throne in Keating people’s sides for more than a year. He was a mild threat to them. Once Simon confessed his feelings for Oliver, that’s when I knew for sure. He was a goner. But the way the death scene happened was so dumb. The first time I saw it, it made my stomach jump. But looking back, I think it could’ve been done better.
- Annalise and Isaac– Is it bad that I actually want the two of them to be together? Sure, this relationship would be a complete and utter disaster that would possibly ruin them both. But they do seem to care greatly for each other. They would make a believable, albeit toxic pair. Sadly, an Annaleve reunion isn’t in the cards. I don’t want her back together with Nate. (Why is Nate still on the show again?)
- Incomplete– Despite everything that happened in this episode, it still felt very incomplete. None of the flashback scenes were shown in the episode. We still don’t know what going to happen to baby Wes. But one thing is certain: Those brats had better not blame Annalise for their problems anymore. She has always looked out for them, whether she wanted to or not. They are way more than capable of causing their own problems. Mommy will end up cleaning up this mess too. Sadly, the only way she’ll ever be free of these freaks is if they’re dead. They should kill off everybody except Annalise and the baby. Find a way to bring Wes back from the dead. Then the three can live somewhat happily-ever-after.
Oh well. Until next time……
Last 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.
These are just some notes about the start of season 4. It wasn’t exactly great, to be honest. But there were some interesting moments……
1. The scene be Annalise and Desmond is pretty cute. There was nice chemistry, as there should be. I liked Desmond, who was played Viola Davis’ real-life husband, Julius Tennon. But I don’t expect Desmond to be around for long.
2. How can Laurel keep a straight face around her father? The man is diabolical! How could he do that to his own child? Plus, how does she know that he’s involved in Wes’ murder?! That was quite a shock!
3. Those Keating brats were so annoying! Ever since Sam died, they’ve been begging and pleading to be free of her. Even if the opposite is actually true. Her life would be (slightly) better if she hadn’t let these kids into her life. Or if they actually did what she did what she said. Well, anyways. I don’t get why they were so upset. They should’ve been happy. Well, Connor was. I guess nothing Annalise does will ever be good enough for those spoiled, entitled brats.
4. I was surprised when she fired Bonnie, though. But then again, look what happened in season 3B. There were moments where I actually thought she wanted Annalise to stay in jail.
5. I was even more surprised when Bonnie went for an interview with Annalise’s enemy, D.A. John Denver. You know how much Annalise means to Bonnie.
6. The void Wes left was very much there. It just doesn’t feel the same without him. Watching this week’s episode just made me miss him more. 😟
Maybe the season will get better……