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I’m late! I know I’m late. But Black Mirror season 3 happened, and it was everything I feared and hoped for. Six episodes. Six, whopping, episodes. And can you believe I watched four and a half in one night? Let me tell you, it was stressful. But oh, was it worth it. Before Nosedive I didn’t know you could rate your uber driver. Let me tell you this has ruined my life. I tried to bump this lady that took me to work the other day down, like it would actually change her life. She was a 4.7 y’all and I don’t know how she got there but let me tell you I wasn’t having it. I’ve told everyone I know to watch San Junipero; who’d have thunk that the most depressing, unsettling show would have a wonderful and wholesome interracial women love women relationship- WITH a bisexual and a lesbian no less. This show is a blessing and a curse and by the time I finished episode six I didn’t know what to do with myself (and that one was so good guys, even Kat got caught up in the DRAMA of it all). If no one listened to my last nonsense post about this show, please listen to this one and watch. It’s great: well made, well written, well acted, and very very real considering the subject matter. I kind of want to watch it all again already.

Note: if you have a fear of spiders maybe skip Episode 2- Playtest, they play (get it??) a major part in it. It’s pretty gross. It changed me in a bad way.

Black Mirror is now a Netflix original, all three seasons and the Christmas episode are available now!

 

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Fall 2015 promised to be a pretty interesting season for new TV shows. Or maybe I just figured they would be interesting because I saw far more brown people than I’m used to seeing. Diversity being such a hot topic last year and the (crazy, unexpected) success of Empire, opened the doors for more shows about and starring people of color. Drawn by brown faces and actors I love, I decided to give way more shows than usual my attention.

quanticoThe promos for Quantico had me intrigued from the start. Okay, the pretty faces, especially that of Priyanka Chopra, intrigued me. The premise: a group of FBI cadets begin their training at Quantico and six months later, the shit hits the fan by way of a bomb that decimates an entire city block. The main suspect is star agent, Alex Parrish (Priyanka Chopra). The show employs flashbacks, which anyone who knows me knows I hate. Why writers can’t explain what happened without a bunch of flashbacks, I’ll never understand. Much like How To Get Away With Murder, the flashbacks on Quantico [almost always] deftly tell the story of what happened before, while keeping the audience engaged on the now. The actors are gorgeous, maybe too gorgeous. I can’t imagine any of them being FBI agents; they stand out too much! Where are all the plain, nondescript recruits? Everyone is shady as hell! Every character is suspicious and I like not knowing what will happen next. I don’t remember another show that had me guessing quite this much. It was recently announced that ABC ordered a full season, so Alex has some time to clear her name. Grade: A

rosewoodI can admit it, Morris Chestnut is the only reason I wanted to watch Rosewood. Lorraine Touissant made me want to stick around. Three episodes later, I’m not sure why I watch this show, let alone why I let it take up precious space on my DVR. Rosewood, to me, is a cross between Quincy, Crossing Jordan, Bones, Psych, and CSI:Miami. It’s not a bad show; it’s just not very good. The premise:  Rosewood (Morris Chestnut), a pathologist with a history of medical issues works with the police to solve crimes. Here’s the problem, they don’t usually even ask for his help; he just shows up. Detective Villa, who Rosewood rubs the wrong way, wants none of his help, even when he’s right.  I like all of the characters and actors except one: Rosewood’s “partner”, Villa. She tries too hard and it’s borderline embarrassing to watch them on screen together; they have zero chemistry. It would have made more sense to cast Nicole Ari-Parker in this role, since all signs point to Rosewood and Villa ending up together. Eh…no. Let’s not do that. I haven’t watched anymore episodes but Fox did order a full season, so I guess I have time to catch up. I guess. Grade: C+

minority reportI love Minority Report and I can’t get over how much I do. I was skeptical at first because I’m not a big Megan Goode fan, but I enjoyed the movie and I have to show some support. The pilot was only okay and I figured maybe it would be a “watch on demand” or “watch a bunch of episodes at one time on DVR” kind of show. I’m so happy I stuck with it. Each episode is better than the next. The premise: several years after three precogs were released from their milk bath and free to live their lives on their own, one of them, Dash, works with Detective Vega (Megan Goode) to help her stop murders before they happen. I wasn’t sure Minority Report would translate well from the big screen to the small screen; TV budgets aren’t usually that good. I was wrong. The showrunners have done a good job of making the future look great; every episode I’m floored by a new gadget that is featured. Vega and Dash have great chemistry and work well together. As a matter of fact, all of the characters pair well together. Unfortunately, the ratings for Minority Report are not good and Fox is keeping the season at 10 episodes. I’m choosing to not take this to mean it will get canceled, but rather that they want to have tighter storylines. Grade: A

code black_revCode Black is a medical drama about the ER staff in a busy L.A. hospital, starring an ensemble cast that includes Marcia Gay Harden, Luis Guzman, and Raza Jaffrey. The premise itself is in no way original. Didn’t we see this 20 years ago on NBC? But what can I say? I love medical dramas. What makes this show stand out is the stellar cast. I’m a sucker for both Marcia Gay Harden and Luis Guzman, individually, so together I’m a complete goner. Their chemistry is great and to be honest, all of the characters and actors have remarkable chemistry. The show, while wonderfully cast and acted, suffers from a problem I can’t seem to get past; it’s on CBS. I don’t trust their ability to stand behind shows that are not for the octogenarian set. I’ve missed an episode already, so I need to play catch up and remember when it airs. Grade: B

blindspotThe premise for Blindspot is that a woman suffering from amnesia, covered in tattoos, is left wondering who she is and why she was left in the middle of the city with an FBI agent’s name on her back. It’s rather difficult for me to talk about this show because it was my most anticipated new show of the season and it is my biggest disappointment. Starring Jamie Alexander, the pilot for Blindspot was so good; I pretty much decided no other show could stand up against it. Yes, based off the first episode. What we actually got was a great example of bait and switch. They hooked us with an amazing pilot, only to leave us scratching and shaking our collective heads during the next two. Yes, the action is good; I for one love seeing Jamie kick ass all over town. But by the second episode, she had beat up two men of color in apartments, spilling into stairwells, using the same damn moves.  Not to mention her constant complaining about who may or may not know her identity and her whining about what she could do to help the team if she had a gun, too. Then they gave her one—without an ounce of training or a badge. And that’s when I stopped watching. I won’t even go into the wooden acting of the male lead or the fact that the supporting actors are not being fully utilized; suffice it to say, this show will not be missed by me. Grade: D

 

Making the decision to watch a new show can be a dicey situation. Best case scenario, shows are better than you expected. Worst case, you’ll be begging for those hours on your deathbed.

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Sonny Corinthos: Soap Patriarch in the Making?

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A.J. held at gunpoint by Sonny. Sean Kanan (left) as A.J. Quartermaine – Maurice Bernard (right) as Sonny Corinthos

Lately, I’m getting the vibe the writers of General Hospital are trying to make Sonny Corinthos the new patriarch of Port Charles. For me, that is a big HELL NO. Michael “Sonny” Corinthos is not patriarch material. He is no Steve Hardy or Joe Martin from All My Children. Hell he’s not even an Edward Quartermaine.

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John Beradino as Dr. Steve Hardy
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Ray MacDonnell as Dr. Joe Martin of All My Children

I grew up on soap operas. I know that many soap patriarchs don’t start off as squeaky clean, apple pie, all-American boys next door. They are human. But none, to my recollection, have been irredeemable mob kingpins.

I’m not old enough to know if Steve Hardy had flaws, though I suppose he did. Alan Quartermaine was once a philandering scoundrel and he struggled with an addiction to prescription pills. Yeah, I know he accidentally killed someone, but come on, you still can’t compare his sins to Sonny’s. Although he was an imperfect man, he was a redeemable man. As time grew, he grew and he changed. You have to admit some of his fights with Monica were classic. But that’s another story. Speaking of Alan Quartermaine; big freaking mistake killing off this character. Great going former GH writers and execs. You guys suck! I, for one, am glad you all are former. Alan should be the patriarch of the show, right now.

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Stuart Damon as Dr. Alan Quartermaine

Don’t get me wrong, I like Sonny, sometimes and I love Maurice Bernard. I mean who doesn’t love Nico Kelly? However, being portrayed by an amazing actor doesn’t mean a character like Sonny should step into the same position as a character like Steve Hardy or Joe Martin.

Sonny is a mob boss; he’s had many people shot and/or killed. He shot his own son and the biological father of his adopted son! He is a thug. A dramatic, nuanced thug with many entertaining ups and downs, but a thug all the same. Steve Hardy is a character people still look back on fondly with admiration. A person some characters strive to be like. Sonny is not a character that should be revered to that level.

The problem is General Hospital has no one suited for that role, just yet. Most of the men on the show are relatively young, hot, and always ready to mingle. They just don’t have that patriarch-like vibe. Let me clarify; I don’t think a soap patriarch should be older and grandfatherly. He should be someone to look up to, no matter his flaws and complications. He should be a role model for other characters. I could see this being Patrick Drake one day. Or Lucas Jones. Aww, now I’m missing Tony Jones. Why? Why former GH demons? Did you not think the show would last past your piss-poor decisions? You really do suck!

I would love the future patriarch to be a Quartermaine, but Jason is just as unacceptable as Sonny; maybe more so. Jason Morgan was a soulless robot. And it can’t be Jake because . . . well, he’s Jason. If Ned comes back, he would be a great future patriarch. We’ve yet to see what direction they are going to take Michael. Plus he and Dillon are still young. So here’s an idea, forget about having a patriarch on the show and instead have a matriarch? Why not? Why should a man always be the one the whole town loves?

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Leslie Charleson as Dr. Monica Quatermaine

My first choice for matriarch was Monica. Why? Because she’s Monica, duh! I read on a message board that Leslie Charleson is semi-retired {Ha, me and my reliable sources.}, but, Monica could still be the matriarch. Show up for holidays and weddings and drop by the hospital to read the Christmas story. Oh please have Monica read the Christmas story! No more tales of Krampus.

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Jane Elliot as Tracy Quartermaine

If not Monica, then of course it should be Tracy, because she’s freaking badass Tracy Angelica Quartermaine. Tracy was a piece of work back in the day; and she still is. But she has redeemed herself over time and she is more than worthy of admiration and the role of Port Charles matriarch. Tracy is hardcore and something of a sweetheart. I’ve always loved Tracy, even when she was a first class bitch. Plus, she is a far better person than Sonny Corinthos.

No matter what the writers do with Sonny going forward, they will never be able to erase the character he has been for the past two decades. Everything he did to A.J. Quartermaine and his family, the people he killed or had killed, the constant shoot-outs and all the other mob stuff. How are viewers expected forget his past? How can viewers accept him as a patriarchal figure? Now, I could be wrong. Maybe I’m misreading everything the writers have been doing lately. Perhaps they are not pushing Sonny in the direction of the future patriarch of Port Charles. But if they are . . . NO!

Why don’t they just bring back Robert Scorpio? Please!

 

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