How to follow up that Nashville post, I really don’t know. But I do tweet about TV every day, so why not put those thoughts into the blog as well at the end (or as it turned out, in the beginning) of the week. The blog is called Tora on TV and Things after all.
Last TV week started with a new episode of Veep (4×03). I’m just so fascinated by these narcissistic and completely unapologetic characters, never ever considering anyone elses feelings.
There is one thing though I don’t enjoy and that is the bullying of Jonah! This is somehow supposed to be funny, the bullying of the nerd, and it seems to be a thing in movies in TV. Never got that! Still don’t! Even if he is annoying, or actually because he is annoying, it is just not funny. So I got more than a little worried when Jonah now also is the victim of sexual harassment. Is this another thing we should actually laugh about, even if it is not funny? The thing is, I actually couldn’t help laughing, but at the same time I was disturbed. Luckily Veep helped me out here, or actually Dan, the man, himself, who for once gave Jonah a few words of support, acknowledging that it was sexual harassment, and that is was wrong. Those words of support did not stop Jonah to take a bit of revenge. 1 to Jonah, 0 to Dan.
On Nashville (3×20) it’s getting obvious that Juliette is not handling motherhood well, and it is not only that she is ambitious and insecure, this is more, and I’m actually really eager to see how this story will continue. What else? Oh, those flashbacks? Eeew! Both Rayna and Deacon looked awful and history was re-written. I think I will forget these scenes ever happened and remember only how Deacon walks into the Bluebird and sees Rayna sing while still a teenager. I prefer that version. Otherwise I loved how Deacon within seconds of letting Juliette in, in a state of panic, is spitting out his burning question: “When do girls start having sex?”
I still enjoy The Good Wife (6×20) but please tell me how many times can Alicia, Carey and Diane stab each other in the back, become best friends and support each other no matter what, then stab each other again… Why do they even want to work with each other any more?
Two things about Mad Men (7×10). Did they very suddenly figure out they should give the red head a storyline. She is seldom in it anymore, I don’t even remember her name, so little do we see of her. Joan. Her name is Joan, and she is fabulous! And I don’t mind she struggling with motherhood and being a single mum. But this guy just suddenly showing up, and she is ready to give up on her kid?!?! I read somewhere that Nashville’s storyline were to slow and they need to speed things up, but I love slow burning storylines, and things building up, makes it all the more real and rewarding. So Mad Men, learn a bit from Nashville will you, this was just way to quick! And the second thing. Glen. Wow, did he grow up or what? Betty, no!
I caught up on two episodes of Orphan Black (3×02 and 3×03). On the sweet side we were having incredibly hot Michiel Huisman, taking a break from Game of Thrones, trying to setup house with Sarah and Kira, but that lasted of course only for a second or so. Cause on the not so sweet side it was just getting way gory with dead clones, brain surgery, water stress tests and chopped fingers.
Friday and Saturday was spent rewatching Nashville with my 10 year-old. My 14 year-old already watched, she just couldn’t wait for us. Eight episodes all’n’all (3X05 to 3×12) and the biggest revelation was to realize how good the Luke and Rayna story really is. The one about finding balance between love, family, business, pleasure, individualism and partnership. It is brilliant and just so much easier to enjoy now that we could concentrate on the story instead of only wondering what the hell Rayna was thinking. (Still wondering, but I can at least appreciate the story this time. Pretending it is a parallell storyline of some sort.) And yeah, Jeff Fordham is hot!
Speaking of, or thinking about her at least, of Julia Louis-Dreyfus, I did revisit one of my favourite Seinfeld episodes this week, ”The Caddy”, from season 7. It includes the most memorable Elaine quote in my mind, when she explains to Brenda Strong’s Sue Ellen that the bra present she gave actually is a bra, and not a top! And the lawyer that Kramer is hiring to sue Sue Ellen when she is causing chaos and crashes walking around New York with only a bra (under a jacket though): ”She is flouting society’s conventions. It’s totally inappropriate, it’s lewd, salacious, outrageous.” Still fabulous satire! You need to watch! Netflix.
What was your favourite TV moments this week?