Welcome to another Sunday of talking about the shows & movies that made us laugh, cry, go awww and, of course, look around and wonder what in the world was happening. If it made us feel things, whether they were good, or bad, then this is where we talk about it. This is where you tell us if you agree. This is where we let it all out.
So, without further ado, here are these week’s picks:
Badass Female Character of the Week
Michelle: Sansa Stark, Game of Thrones. If anything will have a silver lining, it is that Sansa fought for The North and has become Queen of the North. She was always a character, fit for ruling. But wait until you see our roundtable for all of our thoughts.
Lariel: Kara Danvers, Supergirl. Not her Kryptonian alter ego, but Kara herself, because she persisted and got the truth out there. She scored a big victory for the Fourth Estate. If only that could happen in the real world again. (Woodward and Bernstein, where are you?)
McKenzie: Anne Lister, Gentleman Jack. Anne stands up to a man and basically threatens to kick his ass for raping her girlfriend. She is protective of her and she won’t back down because she is a woman. I should also mention that this takes place in the 1830’s where it is unheard of.
Gillian: Not going to spoil anything but Jasmine in the new Aladdin was really awesome. They did such a great job updating an already strong-willed character and I was extremely pleased with how it ended.
Jasmine: Diana in A discovery of witches. Her challenging Matthew to run after her during her training. She took charge in that moment and it was pretty awesome.
Ashley: Brienne of Tarth on Game of Thrones is always my BA female character of the week, but especially this week. Brienne’s character was collateral damage in Jaime Lannister’s character assassination, leaving her alone and heartbroken. While I spent the week waffling between rage and sorrow, I really respect her White Book scene. She wields a power that is difficult for nearly everyone–forgiveness. She forgives Jaime and shows respect to his memory, acknowledging that while he was complicated, he was not hateful, but a good man who struggled against his worse inclinations. Forgiveness is an incredibly difficult thing to do and can only be achieved by a true badass.
OTP of the Week
Lariel: Alex & Kelly, Supergirl. (Does this one have a ship name yet?) I was pretty certain this one was coming, and I am here for it. This ship was developed properly, these two strong women first being friends and supportive of each other, then sharing their stories. And they are so good together. Sanvers who? Looking forward to seeing more of these two next season.
Lizzie: Jon finally went and petted poor Ghost! And I know that isn’t a ship, not really, but Game of Thrones murdered all of those, so I’ll take my wins where I can get them.
Mimi: The female friendships on Wine Country. I loved all of them, everyone is so different but so connected and they stood up for each other and stood by one another and fought and made up and it was just real to me! You know? That’s exactly what an OTP embodies the person or persons who have your back, who love you for you and put up with all your craziness. It’s a very lovely feeling.
Jasmine: Natasha and Daniel in The sun is also a star. Those two are just perfect! Go see the movie and you’ll see!
Ashley: Jaime and Brienne on Game of Thrones are my forever OTP. D&D’s crappy writing and character assassination of Jaime (and taking Brienne with him in some ways), can never defeat their love. It’s so real. I will just be here, reading and writing fanfiction, waiting for George R. R. Martin to finish the books.
Moment That Made You Collapse Into a Puddle of FEELS
Lizzie: I have a lot of feelings about that cliffhanger ending for Whiskey Cavalier. I mean, I know they film way ahead, and I know they want to entice viewers to come back, but when we love a show, I promise we don’t need a cliffhanger to come back! Don’t do this to us, especially when the show is on the bubble!
In other words, LET FRANKIE AND WILL KISS, DAMN IT.
Lariel: I second Lizzie’s vote. But what really grabbed me this week was the live performance of All In The Family. The original was my dad’s favorite show, and I kind of choked up remembering him as I listened to Woody Harrelson and Marisa Tomei performing the theme song.
Michelle: Sadly, it is the end for Whiskey Cavelier, but this week’s series finale showed us everything I wanted to see. I mean, I have a lot of FEELS that this week was a series finale, but let’s not talk about that. I’m most into the fact that Will and Frankie always had a “thing.” I felt it, and you felt it. And this week just gave me a taste filled with FEELINGS. I just wish we could see more of these two.
Mimi: Fosse/Verdon, continues to blow me away week after week. I always assumed the musical Chicago was a huge hit, right off the bat, BUT IT WAS NOT! Gwen Verdon got rave reviews but the show as a whole took years to take off and become popular. Which is weird especially since at this point it’s won both Tony’s and Oscars. Watching Gwen sit there and poor over the bad reviews, of something she felt so strongly about, and was really proud of, only to be disappointed by the critics. It broke my heart for her and Michelle Williams embodies that role and is breathtaking to watch.
Jasmine: I’ve got 2 this week! On Game of Thrones when Tyrion finds Jamie and Cersei buried under all the rubble after the battle in King’s Landing. I know Cersei sucks but it was still heartbreaking to watch him find his siblings dead. My second one is from The sun is also a star. Literally every moment between Natasha and Daniel got me but during the last scenes in the movie, I was a mess!
Ashley: Brienne’s White Book scene on Game of Thrones set me to weeping once I got past my initial outrage about Brienne being relegated to the Kingsguard. Watch the scene. It opens and slowly pans. Notice the lion statue on the shelf behind Brienne. Oathkeeper is laid across the table next to the White Book. We’re in the room where Jaime gave Brienne Oathkeeper and her armor. Listen to the theme being played. The theme is called “The White Book.”
This theme is a variation on “I am Hers and She is Mine,” from seasons 2 and 3 of the series, which was played over Robb and Talisa’s and Shae and Tyrion’s scenes in those seasons. The final unspoken things that seal the deal for me on this scene are the little body language things that Gwen does as she writes Jaime’s final act. She looks up, as one does when trying to avoid tears, she stifles a sniffle, and blinks. Look at that little caress of Jaime’s page before she shuts the book.
Here lies Ashley, dead of feels. Her tears have drowned her.
Even though D&D are completely and utterly inept when it comes to emotional payoff, Gwen’s acting, the set designers, and Ramin Djawdi came through in the clutch. They made what could have been an emotionless scene, understated, yet powerful. It was their send off to what should have been the truest, healthiest, and most loving relationship of the entire series. Jaime and Brienne deserved so much better and so much more than what they got and this scene just ruined me. I don’t think I’ll ever get over it.
Quote of the Week
Lyra: “I feel like hot garbage.” Naomi, Wine Country
Mimi: “There better not be any scarecrows out here! Cuz if I see a fucking scarecrow I’m gonna shit my pants!” – Jenny, Wine Country
Jasmine: “Say another word about my brother and I’ll cut your throat.” – Arya, Game of Thrones
Ashley: Two quotes from me this week:
“The world we need is a world of mercy.” – Jon Snow
“There’s nothing more powerful in the world than a good story. Nothing can stop it. Nothing can defeat it.” – Tyrion Lannister
WTF Moment of the Week
Lizzie: Oh, yes, Game of Thrones ended. Bran Stark, you know, Bran the “I’m not actually Bran anyone, I’m the Three-Eyed Raven” Stark, the one who couldn’t be Lord of Winterfell because he was above shit like that, and the one that didn’t want things, and oh yes, THE ONE THAT’S GONNA LIVE FOREVER, that Bran is the new king. What a smart ending, said no one ever.
Lariel: Gee, Legends of Tomorrow lands in this category AGAIN for me. Their finale wasn’t too bad. My WTF was that so many people in 2019 knew the lyrics to “Sweet Baby James.” I was born in 1963 and *I* don’t know those lyrics! “You’ve Got A Friend” would’ve made much more sense, if they were going to stick with James Taylor. But the writers had committed to the other song way back in episode 6 so they stuck with it. Ah, well. I could also WTF that they essentially erased a WOC as part of the plot line, but Zari will exist with a different personality next season. And supposedly the tone is going to change. So maybe Legends won’t end up in this category for me so often when they return in 2020.
McKenzie: The ending of Game of Thrones. The whole episode. Minus Sansa because that was the one moment that made sense. But Bran becoming King????? He has said repeatedly he can’t be a Lord or rule because he is the Three-Eyed Raven. This made no sense to me. I feel like the all drew straws and whoever had the shortest got to be King.
Michelle: No surprise here, but Game of Thrones. WTF? SOOOOO many feelings and mostly negative. I have so many questions about why so many things happened, and almost a week later, I am still angry and bitter. Bran, Jon, Tyrion?! Ugh. Just wait until you read our roundtable this week.
Mimi: Does watching a weird show called Twin Peaks, on Netflix count? Because that show is batshit crazy! I wasn’t old enough to watch it when it was actually on the air but I binged it this week and WTF?? Cocaine, red rooms, brothels, damn fine coffee! Dead teens, who the fuck killed Laura Palmer? Psychics, dreams, fucking haunting ass theme song.. I could go on and on with the WTF moments on this show. Everyone should watch so we can discuss it.
Gillian: BRAN?! BRAN?! I have no other words.
Jasmine: Going with most of you ladies on this one. Bran becoming King on Game of Thrones. That was the biggest WTF moment ever! Like SERIOUSLY? HOW? WHY? NO!!!!
Ashley: Because I’m basically a TV show monogamist, I’m going to say Game of Thrones as well. WHY is Bran king? I mean, I could maybe see George doing that, but there would at least be some explanation of WHY he’s king, WHAT he can actually do, and WHO the Three-Eyed Raven really is, rather than D&D disregarding any and all character development, plot points, and prophecies in favor of shock value and screenwriting buffoonery. The last half of the season was basically one long WTF moment. If I enjoy something, I am your biggest fan and staunchest supporter. But this? There’s no excuse for the last half of the season, especially not when you have the best acting, the best effects, the best EVERYTHING…except the writing. There was absolutely no excuse for the trainwreck-of-hot-garbage-crashing-into-a-dumpster-fire writing in this last half of the final season with no opportunity to correct it in television form. With this nonsense, David Benioff and D. B. Weiss have essentially ensured that I will never touch another project of theirs again because they are lazy and unprofessional.
So here I sit, waiting (somewhat) patiently for the books. And now my watch begins.
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