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TV Review: Fuller House Season 3 Part 1

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Last Friday, the first half of Fuller House Season 3 was released on Netflix. After being quite disappointed with season two of the show last December, I debated if I would watch the third season of the Full House spinoff.  I found the first two seasons of Full House to be a bit cheesy and quite frankly, cringey. I’m not sure if this because I’m watching Fuller House as a young adult, where I started watching Full House when I was four or five years old.

I think what really made me watch Fuller House was that this season was released on the 30th anniversary of Full House. I had to celebrate in some way! So on the morning of September 23rd, I woke up a half hour earlier than I usually do on Fridays and watched the first two episodes of the show before class. Throughout the rest of the day and night, I continued to watch the rest of the season and right after I finished, I was Googling when the next half of the season is going to come out! While it was still cheesy at times, I enjoyed Fuller House Season 3 Part One much more than I had anticipated! I think these nine episodes did a better job of focusing on the adults a tad more (lets be honest, the kids are cute, but I really only care about the characters I grew up with on Full House).

Before I jump into spoilers and for anyone who hasn’t had a chance to watch the season yet, I will say that I recommend watching this season of Fuller House if you are looking for a lighthearted binge-watch or you’re as a big of a Full House fan as I am.

 *Woah baby: There are spoilers for Fuller House below*

 Like I said above, I enjoyed this season much more than I had anticipated. I actually skipped through most of Season Two because I was only concerned about DJ and Steve, who do remain as my top concern. However, I do have a few disappointments regarding these first nine episodes. I was a bit nervous from the get-go, as the first episodes begins with a musical routine. I will never understand why Fuller House has included singing and dancing in most of the episodes. While Full House had its musical elements in the form of Jesse, it wasn’t like the Tanners were breaking into musical numbers every episode. I will say though that I enjoyed the “Summer Nights” duet by DJ and Steve.

My next disappointment was the emphasis on Stephanie becoming mom. We learn in the first season of the show that Stephanie is unable to have a baby, however, she learns in this season that she has viable eggs and could possibly have a baby through a sperm donor and surrogate. Of course, we then get Becky and Stephanie jumping up and down in the doctor’s office, screaming that Stephanie could actually be a mom. NEWSFLASH, STEPHANIE WOULD STILL BE CONSIDERED A MOM IF SHE ADOPTED A BABY/CHILD. I found this a bit disappointing, especially since Becky and Jesse just adopted a baby themselves. And why does Becky have to be so baby crazy?? In Full House, Becky and Jesse decided not to have any more kids because Becky really wanted to focus on her career.

Negativity over, positivity’s here!

My favorite episode was “Say Yes to the Dress” mainly (okay, entirely) for its emphasis on DJ and Steve. I have been with Kimmy on Team Steve since the very beginning of Fuller House, and my biggest prediction at the end of season 2 was that Van Atta High’s golden couple would pull through, despite Steve’s engagement. AND NOW OUR HOPE IS SO REAL GUYS!!! Honestly, this is the only reason why I need the rest of season 3 RIGHT NOW.

We also finally got to see the Gibbler house this season!! It was even weirder than I could have imagined, and there were a few Easter eggs from Full House inside!

I also really enjoyed seeing Grandpa Nick come in the last episode, as I was waiting for someone outside the main cast from Full House to pop in! And as much as I want the show to focus more on the Full House main cast, I did enjoy the kids’ storylines more this season (Tommy got even cuter), and Fernando was actually a nice comedic relief most of the time.My main hope for the rest of the season is to obviously to see DJ and Steve finally get together! But even more than that, being that Danny is now divorced, I think it’s time for a certain Ms. Vicky Larson to join the show!!!

My Rating: 3.75/5 Stars

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TV Review: Big Little Lies

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Almost immediately after finishing Liane Moriarity’s Big Little Lies,  I started watching its HBO mini series. Unfortunately, I do not have HBO, but I bought the first episode on iTunes and fortunately soon after, a family friend let me use their TV subscription so I could watch the show for free (my iTunes account is VERY thankful). In short, I loved the Big Little Lies miniseries and like many, I wouldn’t mind a second season, as the finale leaves a few unanswered questions. I’ll be getting into more specifics about the show below.

 There are A LOT of differences between the book and the show. For starters, while the book takes place in coastal Australia, the show takes place in Monterey, California. The change in the setting didn’t have that much of an affect on the plot, other than that no one was speaking in Australian accents. We also experience more scenes focused on Bonnie and Renata, where in the books we only get point-of-views from Madeline, Jane, and Celeste. I liked how Ed had a bigger presence in the show, but I didn’t like a lot of the changes the show made about Madeline. Two of her more smaller and non-spoilery changes included that her and Ed’s son didn’t have a role in the show and instead of working in the town’s theater office, Madeline is currently running Monterey’s production of Avenue Q. It was also abundantly clear through each character’s car and house, with the exception of Jane, that nearly everyone was wealthy.

The cast was phenomenal. Each person fit his or her character perfectly, and my favorite had to be Reese Witherspoon as Madeline. She was just as I had imagined Madeline, and it was interesting to see her relationship with Chloe play out. She had the perfect reaction for when Bonnie and Nathan tell her about Chloe’s secret project. While I admit that I was nervous about Shailene Woodley playing Jane, I thought that she fit the role of the quiet, young mother quite well.

One of the hands-down best parts of the show is the music. I currently have the show’s soundtrack on repeat on Spotify, my favorite song by “The Wonder of You” by Villagers (I was 99% sure that it wasn’t Adam Scott actually singing this in the finale, but that 1% of me hoped he was). The songs in each episode perfectly corresponded to the plot, and I liked how the songs in Jane’s running scenes were almost always the songs she was actually listening to.

**spoilers ahead**

As mentioned, there’s room for a second season. The finale of the show leaves some unanswered aspects, especially since the murder investigation remains open. If you pay a bit close attention in the final scene (I didn’t catch it the first time), a detective views the women and kids on the beach through binoculars. We also leave the show with tension between Ed and Madeline, as Ed clearly suspects that Madeline had an affair. We’re also left to question Celeste and Jane’s relationship, as Perry has played a role in both of their lives. As much as I would love a second season, I’m a bit nervous about how much the plot would expand. How much would the characters change?

I realize that I’m a bit late to the Big Little Lies train, but hey, I loved it and I can’t be the only one! Have you watched Big Little Lies? Share in the comments!

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“Riverdale” Talk, Episode 10: The Lost Weekend

Episode Synopsis:It’s Jughead’s birthday and Betty is intent on throwing him the perfect party. With Archie’s dad out of town, Betty and Archie plan the perfect inner circle gathering, until Cheryl and company show up. Meanwhile, Veronica needs to decide if she’ll testify as a character witness for her father.

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My Thoughts:

Jughead doesn’t need a party. Isn’t it obvious that he doesn’t want one either?

He just needs me and cake

Okay, let’s just pull Chuck back in. 

Oh CW, you definitely bought Chuck back for even more tension and drama.

Don’t you love getting a letter from Papa Lodge saying that he’ll ruin your and your mother’s lives. 

I hate how we haven’t even met Hiram and he’s controlling everyone, not to mention his growing involvement with the Blossoms and the Serpents.

Poor Jughead.I would take you to Pops in a heartbeat. 

At least you have cake now.

Sure, let’s throw a keg in the yard and one in the kitchen. Comic book Archie is here.

While brining Cheryl and Chuck wasn’t the best idea, I sort’ve like seeing this indecisive Archie. It reminds me a lot of the comic book character (even though his hardest decision was choosing which blazer Veronica would like best).

OH MY GOSH MRS.COOPER WAS A SERPENT AND FROM THE SOUTH SIDE???

As much as Mrs.Cooper gets on my last nerve, I think she’s had the best storyline and background in the show. I just can’t wait for everything to really connect.

I think I’m boarding the Betty-Jughead train?

They obviously both have dark sides, and I see how they work together now. Just no more parties, Betty. Just more Pops and cakes shaped like burgers.

My Star Rating: 4/5 stars. “The Lost Weekend” was a solid episode. Even though I hated the idea behind Cheryl and Chuck’s game, I think it brought back some character development for Archie, Jughead, Betty, and Veronica. Their past storylines aren’t just going to get left behind. I’m really interested to see how Hiram’s potential role in Jason’s murder plays out and what else Mrs.Cooper is hiding.

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“Riverdale Talk”, Episode 9 :La Grande Illusion

Episode Synopsis: It’s the Blossoms’ annual maple syrup ceremony, and some other red head has to accompany Cheryl if Jason can’t, right? With some incentives set out by Mrs. Blossom, Archie is Cheryl’s date for the event, even though it might be more than he bargained for. Polly and Mrs.Cooper look for a way to get Polly to return to the Cooper household, while Veronica helps a classmate who’s going through a rough time at home.

My Thoughts:

Archie’s a major part of this storyline, whaattt?

It’s definitely been awhile since Archie was in one of the episode’s major arches. One of the few things I liked in this episode was seeing him come back into focus.

Okay Veronica, purging your closet isn’t going to help Ethel/Barb that much

Haven’t we figured out by now that clothes can’t change the fact that your daddy put people into a lot of debt?

Not melodramatic at all, Mrs.Cooper. Let’s throw one more brick at the family business, shall we?

This whole Archie and Cheryl take on the Blossom corporation and the world together isn’t going to happen

And I was right

Is Riverdale that big of a town for this money scheme?

I realize Hermione grew up in Riverdale, but how did her husband become so invested into this town’s livelihood?  

My Rating: 2/5 stars. Coming off of the high that was last week’s episode, I had big expectations for this week. I was disappointed because “La Grande Illusion” just felt so melodramatic, and it really just moved along some plot lines and open up a few news ones. While it’s interesting to think about how complex Jason’s murder could be, the overall storyline over his death is starting to rely on more outside information.

What are your “Riverdale” thoughts? Comment below!

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“Riverdale” Talk, Episode 8: The Outsiders

Episode Synopsis: After moving in with the Lodges, Polly still feels a bit unwelcome back in Riverdale. In order to lift her spirits, Betty and Veronica decide to host the mother-to-be a baby shower, even if it means having to invite Mrs.Cooper and the Blossoms. Meanwhile, Mr.Blossom puts Fred’s construction project on hold by taking his crew. As Archie and friends begin to help out, one of Fred’s rivals sends a threatening message to stop the project all together.

My Thoughts: I decided to try something new for this discussion and write mini blurbs of my thoughts during the episode!

Maybe Jughead can take his jacket off more often???

I think it would be in the best interest of Jughead for him to keep wearing a tank top while working for Fred. His ripped arms will agree.

OH MY GOSH MOOSE, NOT MOOSE!

Moose is one of my favorite characters in the Archie comic book series and seeing him get beat up was so heartbreaking for me. However, I’m still trying to figure how he recovered so easily after being hit by a crowbar.

I’m trying to get on the Betty and Jughead ship, but I think I left my boarding pass at home

As a reader of the comics, I’m having trouble picturing Betty and Jughead as a couple. I do like seeing the more personal and intimate side of Jughead though!

Okay Archie, let’s just waltz into the baby shower, accusing our friend’s dad of being in a gang and sabotaging Fred’s company. Cute stroller by the way, Polly!

Oh Archie, why must you be so melodramatic? I understand that your dad’s livelihood is at risk, but there’s this great saying that goes, “Think before you speak (preferably before you crash a baby shower)”.

It’s official, Mr and Mrs.Cooper are the worst.

While Mrs.Cooper does begin to redeem herself in this episode, Mr.Cooper  is another story. He refuses to welcome his future grandchild because of their “Blossom blood”.

Yup, I left my boarding pass at home. Sorry, but not sorry, I won’t be boarding the Betty and Jughead express today.

As much as I love this show and the direction it’s headed, I feel like the CW sat back and said, “Hm, there’s not a romantical relationship on this show yet? We can change that!” While I appreciate how much Betty and Jughead care about each other, I just find their relationship so cringey. I almost lost it when Betty announces that she believes anything Jughead says and proceeds to kiss him, accompanied by bright light and background music of course.

Mrs.Cooper: “And I think by now you know what I’m capable of”.

ME: *Screaming and having ALL the fangirl feels*

My mouth dropped when Mrs.Cooper threatens Mr.Cooper to get out of this house with this line. She has to have murdered Jason, right???

My Rating: 5/5 stars. While a ripped Jughead may or may not have influenced my rating, this is the Riverdale episode that I needed! “The Outsiders” reminded me so much of the show’s earlier episodes because the dark and mysterious vibe was back.

What do you think of Riverdale? Share your comments below!

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“Riverdale”Talk: Episode 7: “In a Lonely Place”

Episode Synopsis: After Polly escapes from Quiet Mercy, the tension between the Blossoms and the Coopers increases even more as each family hunts down Polly. Meanwhile, Archie convinces Fred to give Jughead’s dad, FP, his job back at the construction company. Jughead encourages FP to take the job and clean up his act so their family can get back together. Keeping up with the Lodges, Veronica is still angry at Hermione for her relationship with Fred and forging her name on the drive-in contract for Fred’s company.

My Thoughts: This episode put a really big emphasis on Jughead and his strained relationship with his dad. My heart shattered when we learned that Jughead was living in a stairwell closet in Riverdale High. I wish Archie had taken him in sooner, you know, before Jughead is forced to go to the police station! While I definitely don’t believe that Jughead was Jason’s murderer, I’m not entirely convinced that he wasn’t involved at all in the murder. Thanks to Archie’s wait, whatttt facial expressions, Fred wasn’t too convincing when he tells Sheriff Keller that Jughead was doing work for him the week of the murder. My suspicion grew more when the camera pans to Jason’s varsity jacket in FP’s closet at the end of the episode. I had my own wait, whatttt moment this episode when it’s revealed that FP is the Serpent doing business with Hermione. Since FP is part of this “wrong-side of the tracks” gang, it makes me wonder if he was doing some sort of business with Jason and got Jughead involved.

I was a bit annoyed by Betty’s willingness to share information about Polly with the Blossoms.Betty, here’s a tip: if you’re going to talk about your sister who’s being hunted down by half the town and who’s pregnant with her dead boyfriend’s baby and said boyfriend is related to your family’s biggest enemy, please don’t discuss the matter in the student lounge. It’s obvious by the Blossoms’ demeanor throughout the episode that they just want the baby and will do anything to put Polly out of the equation. I was really intrigued by Cheryl’s change of heart about Polly and the baby. I think that Cheryl is motivated by the fact that this is Jason’s baby and she doesn’t want her parents’ untrustworthy hands in the matter. I’m happy that Polly is safe staying with the Veronica and Hermione, but how long is that going to last without the Coopers finding out? In regard to the Lodges, I really wasn’t a fan of Veronica’s brat attack in this episode. I think there’s a better way to resolve issues with your mother without having an online shopping spree and going clubbing with your gay best friend. Also, why does the label ‘gay best friend’ even exist in this show??? I’m really hoping that we get more character development about Kevin (show that he’s more than the gay best friend) in the second half of the season.

My Rating: 4/5 stars. I really enjoyed that the plot focused more on Jughead in this episode because we got to see more of his character and background. However, being a fan of the comic book series, I’m still unsure of his emerging relationship with Betty. While I love them as best friends, I don’t know how well I could see them as a couple. We could also tell that Archie may or may not be cool with this relationship and I’m sure we’ll see his feelings play out more when ‘Riverdale’ returns on March 30.

What do you think about Jughead’s possible role in Jason’s death? Share your ‘Riverdale’ comments below!

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‘Riverdale’ Talk: Episode 6: Faster, Pussycats!Kill!Kill!

Episode Synopsis: As Riverdale prepares for its annual Variety Show, tension rises between Josie and Val over the Pussycats’ performance. After getting Archie a spot in the show, Veronica gets angry when Archie tells her that he doesn’t need anymore help with his performance. Meanwhile, Betty and Jughead find more information about Polly’s whereabouts. Adult-wise, Fred looks into getting the drive-in lot job for his construction company, unaware of Hermione’s involvement in the project.

My Thoughts: Overall, I cared a lot more about Betty and Jughead’s plotline than anything else. We’re only six episodes in and I’m getting tired of the ‘Archie and his dream of being a musician’ plot line. I realize that the show is not going to entirely focused on Jason’ murder, but there’s a pretty stark contrast with Veronica and Archie are fighting over a talent show and Betty and Jughead investigating a murder.

I enjoyed getting some more interaction with Josie and the Pussycats this episode. I really like Val as a character and I hope she just simply doesn’t become a love interest for Archie. I didn’t enjoy how Veronica suddenly took her place as a Pussycat, even though I knew Val would be back in by the end of the episode. I have a feeling Veronica will simply forget that she was even part of the band come next week. I feel bad for Josie with all the pressure from her parents, with her dad being a musician and her mom being the commander she is. Between Josie’s mom and Betty’s parents, I’d love to know why some of the parents on the show come off as so demanding. No wonder Josie almost has a breakdown on stage and Betty takes Adderall.

Getting back to Betty and Jughead’s plotline, I was so intrigued by Betty’s interaction with Polly. I really thought Polly would be so unstable (and is she?) that she wouldn’t be able to talk to Betty. While I was surprised by her pregnancy news, I wasn’t so shocked to find out that she didn’t know about Jason’s death. Another win for the Coopers, I suppose. The ONE thing that bothered me about Betty and Jughead’s plotline this episode was THAT KISS. WHY CAN’T WE JUST HAVE ONE COMPLETELY ‘JUST FRIENDS’ RELATIONSHIP ON THIS SHOW? At least for this episode, nothing came out of it except for Betty remembering something Polly had told her about Jason.

Rating: 3/5 stars. I really enjoyed learning more about Polly and how she fits into Jason’s story, but I didn’t really care too much about what the other characters were up to. This was definitely the least intriguing episode so far. Based on the promo for next week’s episode, I’m excited to get more into Jughead’s background and what he’s been really up to.

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