Read on for Gabby’s recap & review of Parenthood episode 5×04, aired Thursday, October 17th, 2013:
The many storylines this week blended in really well, as the issues established in last week’s episode get further developed. Yay for continuity!
The car from last week makes a return, though its function has been somewhat altered. When Julia wants to rip her hair out as Victor and Sydney are amped up and unruly, she brings them to her parents’ place. Zeek’s chores are a lot harder than hers, so she hopes that his discipline will straighten out the kids.
I was just thinking that the scenes between this father and daughter are far and few between. I loved to see them interact, as there’s a different vibe coming off Zeek when he speaks to Julia. Dare I call it profound respect? Something close to that, anyway. It doesn’t take long for Zeek to find out that Victor is having trouble reading; when he asks him to read instructions, Sydney huffs impatiently and rips the book out of his hands to read faster, which quickly embarrasses Victor, as Julia looks on.
I think it’s pretty fantastic that Zeek decided to be proactive about this issue and talked Victor into helping him in the long term (I especially liked that he specified that Sydney didn’t suck at mechanics because she’s a girl!). Victor will learn to hone a skill he seems to genuinely enjoy, and Zeek will help him develop his reading skills along the way. It’s a definite win-win and it’s an extra set of hands helping Julia out, which is something she desperately needs.
Another fantastic part of this episode was how Kristina’s choices are becoming more and more difficult to make as the campaign progresses. Carrying over from last week, these Bravermans are in a tight spot financially. Heather keeps pushing for meetings with big wigs that can give more than $10 or $20. She and Adam go their separate ways; he lands a meeting with Mr. Ray and she lands a meeting with a corporate dude who wants to build a tower of condos in the heart of Berkeley (hereafter referred to as Mr. Bigwig). read more…
Read on for Gabby’s recap & review of Parenthood episode 5×03, aired Thursday, October 10th, 2013:
I was left feeling more “meh” than “GAH” after this episode, though one moment did make me laugh out loud, and another warmed my heart. Read on to find out which.
A variation on last week’s theme, Zeek is rebelling against Camille bringing up the need, or the want, to sell the house. He decided to do this by buying an old car: a fixing project that could last upwards of 6 months. It’s not a surprise that Camille isn’t impressed. She feels he at least owes her a conversation about it, and he’s acting all curmudgeon-y.
When they did get around to THE conversation, I feel like we didn’t get anywhere that we didn’t cover last week. The issue was just a bit fleshed out; where Zeek was free to enjoy the “good” aspects of family life (playing with the kids, enjoying milestones, fixing things), Camille’s family life was more complicated. I’m extrapolating from a couple sentences she spoke, but I’m figuring that as the primary caregiver, she cooked, cleaned, disciplined, and overall felt a little “imprisoned” by her mom duties. Maybe that’s why she’s not as attached to the house, and that she’s itching to get out and explore a completely different third act, whereas Zeek can’t seem to understand why his idea of a third act isn’t appealing to her. I wish we could’ve explored this dynamic further; alas, it was not to be, and we’re left wondering just how these two will reach an agreement. read more…
Read on for Johnni’s recap of Nashville episode 2×03, aired Wednesday, October 9th, 2013:
This week starts off with a loud scream coming from Deacon. He is in so much pain from his hand injury, but refuses to take medicine—so tragic! We then cut to Rayna, as she officially finalizes her divorce with Teddy, while Juliette weasels her way out of performing at Edgehill’s record party.
As Rayna tries to figure out how to get out of her Edgehill contract, she tracks down Liam, her producer and former flame. She tells him she wants to finish her record with him, and after an apology and some serious flirting, he agrees. Did you ever think that Rayna Jaymes wouldn’t get her way?! After the two make up, they hook up, so Liam and Rayna are back together in more ways than one.
In an even hotter change of events, Gunnar is on fire with his song writing and is getting hotter and hotter every week. His music is so good that his roommate Will jokes (or so we think) about performing his song at the Edgehill party. Stupid Will … always up to no good!
Meanwhile, Juliette sets off to Maryland with Avery to perform for a young, wealthy couple at their five year anniversary party. The couple is totally adorable, but the husband seems to have wandering eyes despite his convincing efforts to show his love for his wife. Men with wandering eyes are Juliette’s specialty; this wife should watch her back—yikes. read more…
Read on for Johnni’s recap of episode 2×02 of Nashville, aired Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013:
This week’s episode begins with Juliette trying to promote her new album on Conan, but all anyone wants to talk about is how Rayna is doing after her accident. Not so surprisingly, Juliette is pissed. If her self-imposed pressure isn’t enough, Edgehill Records is under new management, and the new boss (a total jerk) is not impressed with her numbers.
Rayna tries to get back on her feet and decides to set up her meeting with the new owner, Jeff Fordham (played by Oliver Hudson); she shows him the two artists on her label, Scarlett and Will. Jeff was a total tool to Juliette, but now seems very accommodating and chummy with Rayna. A bit suspicious if you ask me!
Shortly after their group meeting, Jeff goes to see Will and tries to bring him onto the Edgehill label, and ultimately steal him from Rayna and her Highway 65 label—so terrible!
Meanwhile, in Alabama, Juliette is heading home to give CMT an inside look into where she came from. She brings Avery along for support, and gets teary-eyed when she runs into old neighbors. Side note: Juliette’s friendship with Avery is easily becoming one of my favorite parts of this season.
Back in Nashville, Scarlett is being her adorable self, taking care of Deacon despite his best efforts to sabotage his own recovery. After the crash and Rayna’s near death experience, Deacon is struggling with inner demons. He also discovers that his guitar-playing hand may never go back to normal, which sends him into an even deeper depression. After putting up with his doom-and-gloom attitude, Scarlett breaks and forces him to admit why he fell off the wagon. Deacon finally says it out loud; he found out that he is Maddie’s father and that Rayna had lied to him all these years. Needless to say, Scarlett is shocked. read more…
Read on for Johnni’s recap of the season 2 premiere of Nashville, aired Wednesday, September 25th, 2013:
Nashville, Nashville, Nashville! It’s back and this season I am recapping the fabulous country world of ABC’s Nashville every week. But enough chitchat, let’s get down to business. In case you need a refresher, we left off last season with a Deacon and Rayna in a terrifying car crash, Juliette’s mother killed herself to protect her empire, Teddy got Peggy pregnant, Gunnar proposed to Scarlett, and of course, who can forget when Maddie discovered that Deacon was her biological father.
This season picks up right where we left off, with Deacon Claybourne and Rayna Jaymes in the turned over car. Deacon uses his guitar playing arm to break the window and pull himself and the love-of-his-life to safety. Unfortunately, Rayna is in a coma and may not pull through. On the upside, while she is in a coma there are dream-like flashbacks that track her tumultuous relationship with Deacon!
As Deacon sinks into a deep depression while awaiting his jail sentence (for drinking and driving–which is not what really happened), his niece Scarlett O’Connor is picking up the pieces after turning down Gunnar Scott’s marriage proposal. That’s right, Scarlett said no to the man candy that is Gunnar Scott! So sad. As Scarlett prepares to leave her job at the Bluebird and start her singing contract with Highway 65 Records (Rayna’s new music label), Gunnar tries to overcome his writer’s block with the help of his new roomie, Will Lexington. read more…
Read on for Gabby’s recap & review of Parenthood episode 5×02, aired Thursday, October 3rd, 2013:
It seemed like the Bravermans went on overdrive this week; every family member had something big happening. Good big, or bad big? Read on to find out.
Conflict is on the horizon, as Camille feels like the family home is restraining her and their “third act,” as she called this new chapter in their married life. Indeed, all the kids have left home, and the house is falling in disrepair. Zeek is trying to make the best of it, fixing up leaks and dry rot when he can, but it’s all too much, especially when it would cost thousands of dollars to set up an alarm system.
Camille brought up a good point: they stay at home all day waiting for the mail, or they’re busy fixing the house. I really hope Zeek thinks long and hard about selling the house, and that he opts for the proactive thing to do. Camille has always been more focused on the future, whereas Zeek has always thrived on nostalgia. But at this point in their lives, they need to make the most of every day. Though I would miss the Braverman home, I would love to see Camille and Zeek as hip city-folk. Let’s hope it happens.
The new-parent fatigue reached another level this week as Crosby threw a hissy fit in the middle of a restaurant, literally throwing plates to his waiter. I understand where his temper came from; the disapproving glares from the nearby tables made me grit my teeth, and Jasmine’s exasperation at the baby’s constant crying made me feel for them. I just wasn’t expecting him to totally lose it. read more…
The fall television season is in full swing, and we are covering some of our favorite shows over at Variety Radio Online. At The VRO, we record weekly online radio shows, recapping the events of episodes, analyzing, commenting, arguing, and laughing about all things entertainment. I have detailed the schedule below, if you want to tune in to our live online radio shows. You can also listen anytime by playing on-demand episodes on BlogTalk Radio, or subscribing via iTunes.
As of this week, I have committed to co-hosting the shows for Sons of Anarchy, Scandal, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and The Vampire Diaries. I may also be popping in on The Originals recaps. There are bound to be some changes and additions to the schedule as the season continues, so check out TheVRO.com, follow @TheVRO on Twitter, and like us on Facebook to keep up with the latest updates. We hope you’ll be listening and calling-in this season!
Once Upon A Time at 9:00pm ET
The Walking Dead (TBD)
Witches of East End at 7:00pm ET
Sleepy Hollow at 9:00pm ET
The Originals at 9:00pm ET
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. at 10:00pm ET
Arrow at 7:00pm ET
American Horror Story (TBD)
The Vampire Diaries at 8:00pm ET
Once Upon A Time in Wonderland at 9:00pm ET (starting October 11, 2013)
Scandal at 8:00pm ET
Sons of Anarchy at 7:00pm ET
- Episode 601: “Straw”
- Episode 602: “One One Six”
- Episode 603: “Poenitentia”
- Episode 604: “Wolfsangel”
Dracula at 8:00pm (starting October 27, 2013)
Last week, my friend Kyle and I recorded our thoughts on the Dexter series finale. We were not fans of the ending, so this podcast contains a lot of complaining. I actually struggled a bit with releasing this to the public, because I don’t ever want to be overly negative or mean, but I hope you will take it for what it is: two long-time fans expressing their honest reactions, and venting a little bit. It was cathartic. Fair warning: I discussed the series finales of Angel and Luther, as comparisons. And then at the end of the podcast, I previewed Showtime’s excellent new series, Masters of Sex. You can listen on the player below, download the MP3, or subscribe via iTunes.
Happy October 1st! The air smells faintly of bourbon and beheadings, because today marks the official publication date for Love You to Death Season 4. This unofficial companion guide to The Vampire Diaries was co-written by Crissy Calhoun and Heather Vee, and is the latest volume in the Love You to Death series. (Yep, my friends totally wrote a book.)
Love You to Death 4 includes an emotional foreword written by Ms. Julie Plec herself. It also features an incredible chapter on how “Every Episode Is Huge,” including interviews with Julie Plec (Showrunner Extraordinaire), Tyler Cook (Editor), Dave Perkal (Director of Photography), Pascal Verschooris (Producer and Director), Michael Suby (Composer), Jose Molina (Writer and Coproducer), and Caroline Dries (Writer and Co-Executive Producer). And then, of course, you won’t want to miss the return of the in-depth episode guide, songs-by-scene music guide, and timeline.
Crissy and Vee agreed to come onto my podcast to discuss their book, and it was the most fun. Listen on the player below, download the MP3, or subscribe via iTunes. And don’t forget to buy your copy of Love You to Death Season 4 today!
Here are the links referenced in the podcast:
- The official Love You to Death website.
- The insanely awesome and classy Vampire-Diaries.net.
- The Televixen’s TVD Podcast.
- LYTD 4 Q&A with The Televixen.
- IHVD Radio Show Season 3 Finale Round Table.
- Tash’s brand new I Heart The Originals Radio Show, premiering this Saturday at 10 pm ET.
After a very long, TV-less summer … oh wait, that’s not quite true, is it? In fact, I took advantage of the season to start new series, among them Homeland, Scandal, Orphan Black, Orange is the New Black … happy sigh. [Editor's Note: ORANGE IS THE NEW EVERYTHING! CLONE ALISON FTW!]
Oops, got a bit off-track there.
Even if my summer was TV-filled, I missed Parenthood on a weekly basis, so I am ecstatic that it’s back. Let’s talk season premiere, shall we? As last year, I will divide my reviews in “families” or, as I gather they are more likely to happen this season, “subplots.”
As usual, I begin with the most unpleasant first.
Crosby & Jasmine
Urgh. URGH. Here’s the thing about Crosby. I want to like him. Dax Sheppard is a very compelling actor and I know all the trials and tribulations Crosby went through to become the “better man” he is today. I think he’s an integral part of the Braverman family, and it would suck if he weren’t there.
But seriously, dude? CHILL OUT ON THE CONSERVATIVE VALUES.
I cannot believe their subplot for this week (which featured the genesis of a new Braverman family member, mind you) focused almost entirely on Crosby harping on Jasmine to give the baby his surname. He wouldn’t even agree to both names! (As a double-surname child myself, I took offence to this. Not really.) It just seemed odd that the show would focus on that, because it took great pains to illustrate how much Crosby has grown over the years. And the fact that Jasmine relented and named the baby “Aida Braverman” rubbed me the wrong way even more!
I predict a bumpy ride for this family. They still don’t seem to be getting along, and Crosby, despite having supposedly grown, is being very immature about this whole “having a baby” thing. He wants his 8 hours of sleep? Are you kidding me? Jasmine is right to be angry with him. Though she needs to chill a little, too.
However, it wasn’t all bad. In regards to one of the last scenes between Adam and Crosby, I very much appreciate the direction in which the show is going. It is not often that parents of young babies are portrayed on TV not immediately gushing about their child. Crosby is wondering why he’s not feeling the gooey feelings yet, and he even told the kid he hated her because she wouldn’t stop screaming. This plot point is important, because it adds yet another layer to parenthood. read more…