“Jane The Virgin” 1×15 – Chapter Fifteen

Grade: A

#PregnancyTestMonday

The show has done it again–and by that no, I don’t mean accidentally inseminate another woman with her boss’s sperm. I mean, Jane The Virgin has given me the emotional chills once again. Am I #TeamRafael or #TeamMichael? Hell if I know.

And that’s such a fantastic thing about this show right now, the fact that the writers keep toying with our brains every Goddamn chance they get. I could’ve sworn I was 100% rooting for Jane and Rafael, like, a month ago. So what changed this week? Simply that final scene of Jane and Michael, laughing and exchanging shyly smiles at each other for a whole PERFECT minute. That scene was so real and so freakin’ amusing to watch, and that’s because of the impeccable performances by both Gina Rodriguez and Bret Dier as well as the incredible script written for these two.

Other than that, there was a proposal (until there wasn’t), a pregnancy scare (until there wasn’t) and a hilarious magazine test from Alba. The Latin narrator did another terrific job here tonight outlining his importance on this show (did you all catch The Affair references? They were fantastic!) as well as his sarcastic side, and I really loved how the question “does he know you, down to your core?” kept popping up during the episode and stayed there for a long period of time. This show is so refreshingly original, it’s no wonder how much critical acclaim it has received so far.

Luckily, there wasn’t anything that weighed the episode down tonight (no Sin Rostro stuff this week). Even the Petra/Lachlan drama was surprisingly intriguing as their manipulative nature extended to add Rafael to the mix. It will be interesting to see where this Rafael/Petra team-up will lead, and how it factors into his spotting Jane acting all “flirtatious” with Michael right after she said “no” to his proposal. If there’s one thing I will never get sick of, it’s this Michale/Jane/Rafael triangle. This is so deliciously satisfying to watch right now.

“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” Season 1 Review

Grade: A

The worst thing that ever happened to me, happened in my own front yard.

I didn’t know what to expect when I sat down to watch Netflix’s latest sitcom Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt–and I’m pleased to say I love it. In fact, I loved it so much that I finished all 13 episodes in 2 days (while also trying to maintain a social life of some sort).

The show, which is produced by Tina Fey who brought us 30 Rock, is absolutely hysterical, all thanks to Ellie Kemper who plays Kimmy, a victim who was imprisoned by a reverend in an Indiana bunker for over 15 years. Ellie plays the role in near perfection, gradually introducing us to this colorful universe that the show has created while giving us insight into the characters’ backstories in a funny albeit sometimes heartfelt matter.

There’s no denying the show has a lot of heart, and that kind of emotion comes from watching Kimmy be an eighth grader trapped in a 30 year-old body. Sharing her loss and confusion are Titus (played by Titus Burgess), her new gay roommate who has a weird yet honest perspective on life, and Lillian (Carol Kane), the creepy landlady who delivers some of the show’s best one-liners. Kimmy’s life changes when she finally goes out onto the real world again and decides to live the New York city dream we always hear about. It’s really not as cliche as I’m making it out to be.

And to make things even better, the fantastic Jane Krakowski stars as Kimmy’s rich, white and outrageous boss Jacqueline. While the Kimmy/Jacqueline dynamic takes a while to upstart, their ongoing interactions become a highlight for this show–and a huge reason to keep watching. Jane plays her part in a way that makes it seem impossible for any other actress out there to take on that role.

I won’t say much in fear of spoiling the show, but the pilot is an extravagantly, well-written episode that immediately drew me in, and what came next was a series of impeccably produced half-hours that passed by very quickly.

And the opening theme song is so catchy and AMAZING. I can’t even wait for season 2.

Memorable Quotes

“Dancing is about butts now.”

“You don’t know what you look like? How do you know your self-worth?”

“Spider-Man Too: 2 Many Spider-Men.”

“That was the fanciest sentence I’ve ever heard, and I used to watch Frasier.”

“So no one told you that adults should not complain” – new Friends opening theme lyrics.

Marvel’s Agents of Shield 2×11 – Aftershocks

Grade: B+

I honestly needed like a 2-minute recap before this episode–and a few tissues.

I’d almost forgotten about most of the storylines in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and that’s a shame, really, because watching Aftershocks reminded me what a Marvel-ous show this is (yes, horrible pun intended).

I’ll start with what I loved the most: Skye and Fitz. These two don’t usually have a lot of scenes together (I’m only assuming because, seriously, I can’t even remember…please, no more insanely long breaks, show), but their storyline here was both heartbreaking and incredible to watch. The scene with Fitz figuring everything out while Skye (or Daisy?) has a breakdown, thus destroying everything around her (yet again, according to Fitz) was EVERYTHING. And I’m sure you all squealed with me when this happened:

Fitz: Your heart rate was recorded at almost 300 BPM.
Skye: That’s very fast.
Fitz: No. That’s inhuman.

What a tease! And seriously, what an intense and pulse-pounding scene.

And everyone mourning over Tripp (R.I.P. dude) was very emotional and well-done. Kudos to the cast for delivering such heartfelt performances in an otherwise grim and dark episode.

Raina’s transformation into something “Inhuman” is something also fascinating to watch. Loved the new look, R, and can’t wait to see her face-off with May again soon! Or maybe even Skye. That would be kind of awesome.

Other than that, I do wish the episode had more “storyline” and less “emotions” into it. I’m loving all the gut-wrenching, heart-breaking scenes but let’s get back to some ass-kicking soon, fellas. If this show doesn’t get renewed, not only will I be pissed but I will laugh it off because crap like Gotham is seeing another season.

No, just kidding, I wouldn’t laugh. I would just be pissed.

Memorable Thoughts

-Loved Skye and Fitz’s final conversation and heartfelt hug. I can’t believe he lied for her! And his delivery of the line “You’re just different now, and there’s nothing wrong with that” was INCREDIBLE.

-We didn’t have too much Coulson this week (which is always a minus) but his scene at Trip’s mother’s house was just soul-crushing. Guh.

-Remembering Tripp: “C’mon girrrlll” was epic.

-What’s the deal with Bobbi and Mack!?? What are they hiding? That was quite the shock, honestly.

-Lady Sif returns next week! I’m actually really excited for this.

“The Last Man On Earth” Series Premiere Review

Grade: B+

Having other people around is what really makes life worth living.

I have to say, that was the fastest 40 minutes of my life. And the riskiest. And the boldest. In fact, if there’s one thing everyone who’s seen the series premiere of The Last Man on Earth last night can agree on, it’s this: this is new.

In a good way.

It’s so rare to find a comedy that is as bold and innovative, and that’s essentially the selling point of The Last Man on Earth. The first part of the hour-long pilot is definitely the better half with Phil just traveling across America (“hello? hello? bonjour? Chinese hello?”) doing all kinds of amazing things like bowling with lamps and fish tanks, relaxing in a margarita pool and  drinking a $10,000 bottle of wine. Those 18 minutes the series began with are perfect and I immediately fell in love with how hilarious yet easily depressing it’s going to be to watch Phil’s journey in a post-apocalyptic world.

Will Forte’s performance is easy to love and appreciate, especially in some of the show’s heartfelt moments like when we see a flashback to his birthday where he was surrounded by family and friends or when he’s flirting with a mannequin, only to accidentally break her arm off. Honestly, I would have enjoyed watching him do all these kinds of shenanigans for at least 5 more episodes.

However, and this is where I warn you of major spoilers if you haven’t seen the pilot yet, the show took a very safe and slightly disappointing route.

I was surprised the writers didn’t decide to stretch out Phil’s loneliness past one episode, and even more surprised by how cliched the “last woman on earth” turned out to be. Kristen Schaal’s Carol is a character I didn’t want to meet on a show as creative as The Last Man On Earth. The fact that she’s the exact opposite of Phil is so The Odd Couple and honestly made me a little mad.

That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy “The Elephant In The Room”. It had its funny moments (Carol cares about stop signs and handicapped parking) as well as its emotional ones (Carol wants Phil to care about stop signs and handicapped parking), but this is something I wanted the show to do a while later, maybe in 5 episodes or something. Perhaps that would have been too much to ask, as maybe we would’ve lost interest in seeing Phil alone this whole time, but regardless of that, why was the introduction so weakly done?

The “wetting my pants” and “ending sentences with prepositions” was too cringe-worthy and I never want to see it again. And I hope the show develops Carol’s character better in the future or else just get rid of her entirely. Because so far, she was too annoying for me to care for and I would have given the show an A if she were any different.

Still, it’s hard not to love The Last Man On Earth for the beautiful universe it’s created. I do wish we can get answers more as we dig deeper into the season (such as, why they’re the only survivors and what was this virus that magically made everyone disappear?), but so far I am very impressed.

Memorable Quotes

Phil: In the old world, I could never live in a house like this. And these are Hugh Hefner’s actual pajamas. Yeah. (Chuckles) I washed them.

Phil: That’s a $10,000 bottle of wine by the way. Goes great with the spaghettios. (takes a sip) That was, like,  a $400 sip.

(watching Cast Away) Phil: This is so stupid. I got news for you, Tom Hanks. I will never, ever talk to a volleyball.