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Mr. Robot, Jane the Virgin, and various others

Jane the Virgin | Chapter 38


Magna in the recap from the get-go? This is not good. That soulless woman ruins everything.

Mateo Sr.
I’m sure he had flaws. Everyone has flaws. But Matteo 1 in these heartwarming flashbacks, I can’t take it. Hello, #TeamMateo.

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Jane the Virgin | Chapter 37

Fail, fail, fail, pass. There are more stark red Xs than bright green checks, as the narrator gleefully puts scenes through the Bechdel Test. Ah yes, that is the test that requires that two women, with names, must discuss something other than a man. It’s a moment of self-reflection, as the narrator points out just how often Jane the Virgin fails it.

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Mr. Robot 1.7

  Mr. Robot eps1.7_eps1.7_wh1ter0se.m4v   Bullshit disguised as insight: In the beginning, it was shocking that Angela and Darlene were so chummy. I noted the white Angela was wearing, and the black on Darlene. I was drawing Black Swan comparisons, fairly...

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Mr. Robot 1.6

  Mr. Robot eps1.6_eps1.6_v1ew-s0urce.flv   Bullshit disguised as insight: There really were several seconds that I thought this was Shayla’s twin picking up her stuff, but it turns out to be a flashback with Elliot and Shayla. But can you blame me? Elliot...

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Mr. Robot 1.5

  Mr. Robot eps1.5_br4ve-trave1er.asf   Bullshit disguised as insight: Poor, sweet, innocent (in this particular instance) Shayla. Poor, poor Elliot, who on some level, probably blames himself for her death. Of course, of course, it’s not his fault, though...

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Vikings, First Impressions

Spoiler-free Impressions and Components Skip ahead for further analysis containing details from the first 3 episodes of season 1. It’s a solidly entertaining show. I enjoyed it. From the beginning, the show sets the expectation for violence, lots of blood, fantastical...

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Jane the Virgin | Chapter 36

  Episode 36   It should be noted: Jane the Virgin excels as a genre study, concentrating on and intermixing between the telenovela, the romance, and the crime procedural, with a few added bonus genres from time to time. The romance isn’t afraid to make fun...

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Mr. Robot 1.4

  Mr. Robot eps1.4_3xpl0its.wmv   Bullshit disguised as insight: “You’re nothing. You’re worthless. Think about it, Bill. Think about what? If you died, would anyone care? Would they really care? Yeah, maybe they’d cry for a day, but...

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Mr. Robot | 1.3

  Mr. Robot eps1.3_da3m0ns.mp4   Bullshit disguised as insight: The main purpose of this episode is to bring Elliot to the breaking point with his drug use. And it really is a nasty rock bottom (hopefully this is the bottom). He’s out of suboxone and only...

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Jane the Virgin | Chapter 35

  Episode 35   It should be noted: In this episode of Jane the Virgin, what’s old is new again, plus a baby. Jane’s back to picking up some shifts at the Marbella… …ahem, Jane and Michael are back together, Xiomara and Rogelio are not...

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Mr. Robot | 1.2

  Mr. Robot eps1.3_da3m0ns.mp4   Bullshit disguised as insight: Am I missing something here? In this episode, Elliot strives to fit in, to be normal, to do normal activities even though he finds most of them untrue to his nature. He goes to a dinner party...

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Jane the Virgin | Episode 34

  Episode 34   It should be noted: I was about 99% sure that, despite her stated intentions, Jane was not losing her virginity to Jonathan Chavez. Unless it happened in one of Jane’s fantasies or romance novels. Or dreams. Actually, that one almost happened....

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Jane the Virgin | Episode 33

If this episode weren’t called “Chapter 33”, it’d would probably be called “Should I Cross the Line, Are We Currently Crossing a Line, and Where is the Line Even At?” Or possibly something a little more clever and concise. These “lines” mostly affect the romantic entanglements, most ostensibly concerning Jane and Professor Chavez, but is also broached when-

Jane says she’s not telling her mom about her sex/fantasy dream. Oh no no no.That is a line that should not touched
Rafael kisses Petra, but she stops him because it’s obvious he’s still not over Jane. That would cross a line….

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Mr. Robot | 1.1

  Mr. Robot eps1.1_ones-and-zer0es.mpeg   Bullshit disguised as insight: I’d like to title this one “Poor Elliot, who just wants to love and be loved in return.” There are a few moments in this episode that hearken back to a sentiment expressed by Angela in...

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Mr. Robot | 1.0

For such a weird character, Elliot’s feelings are quite relatable (at least to me). I can’t help but be empathetic, though his emotions and reactions are a little more pronounced than the average fellow. Sure, he asks a lot of questions, ones I would also like the answers to ( repeat: there’s more than one episode in a season), but there’s more to it than that. He cries of loneliness in his bedroom (bury me). Small talk seems to escape him, either because he’s not good at it, it doesn’t interest him, or a combo of both.

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Jane the Virgin | Episode 32

…But then Rogelio hires her to be his manager, basically to renew her sense of purpose. Momager…Kris Jenner…yeah, I think we can all see where this is going. In fact, the show was thinking the exact same thing with “She’s the Kris to my Kim.” Wherein Kim is Rogelio. Hey, I can see the drama, and you better bet Kim wouldn’t be wearing peach if she didn’t pop in it.

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Outlander | Episode 1

My general feelings on “Outlander?” Entertaining: Yes. Quality: Promising, but room for improvement.

The series begins with voice over narration paired with absolutely beautiful cinematography of the Scottish Highlands, but also foreshadows what the true title of this episode should have been. Outlander Episode 1: Sassenach Narration-Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop. We’ll get back to that…

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