Quick Grammy Thoughts : IMO

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I don’t know if it’s because I was slightly #2On, but I actually enjoyed the Grammys last night. Overall I enjoyed the diverse group of performers and the pacing of it all, though I have to admit that certain acts bored me to tears (and acts that I really like, including that Gwen Stefani/Adam Levine duet and that ill-informed gospel performance from Beyonce). I don’t want to talk about each performance and each award given out, but I do have a few quick thoughts.

Yay Sam Smith!? : Yeah I didn’t mind Boy George, err, Sam Smith winning all of those big awards for the monster hit “Stay With Me”. That song IS good, so no hate here! And I really enjoyed his performance of the song with Mary J. Blige. I mean it’s the 5 millionth time I’ve heard the song, but those two had such a sweet chemistry I was just smiling from ear to ear once it was done. screen-shot-2015-02-08-at-11-43-55-pm

The Sia Snub : “Chandelier” is an amazing song, “1000 Forms of Fear” is an amazing album. That’s all. On the bright side, her performance of the aforementioned song was trippy and funny thanks to my girl Kristen Wiig! kristen_wiig_chandelier.png.CROP.promo-mediumlarge

That “BEYONCE” Snub : Look! I’m not as upset about Beyonce’s album NOT winning Album of the Year as I might have been a couple of years ago, but the snub does sting. Content aside, the release of that album took BALLS. Balls that no one in that arena had other than Beyonce… not Madonna, not Paul McCartney, not Kanye. And the whole purpose of the surprise release was artistic. I think she should have taken something home for the sheer fact that she was able to make a success out of something so risky. But hey, Beyonce now has 19 Grammys total, she’s the most awarded Female of all time. So I can live with the fact that she lost, but she DEFINITELY should have won something for the album! She lost Urban Contemporary to Pharrell’s “GIRL”, and I love that guy… but, let’s be real here!

Madonna is officially an Old Desperate Lady : I tried to enjoy it, I did! But that performance of “Living for Love” was dripping with desperation, and Madonna is getting to a point where she really just looks like an old lady trying to stay hip. I think that whole performance could have been staged in a more original way… instead we get predictable Yoga poses and pelvic thrusts and posing. We also got Madonna and some new big fake boobs, and we also get the diva lacking any real grace or smoothness. It just didn’t look good. madonna-grammys-2015-gi

Rihanna sounded good though : I actually thought Rihanna sounded great during her performance of “FourFiveSeconds” with Paul McCartney and Kanye West. Her voice has definitely gotten much stronger over the years. And can we talk about her red carpet look. GOD I just love her, no one out these days has as much Fashion Courage as Rihanna, and she proved it again last night with a look that was so ODD that nobody could have pulled it off but her! 150208203634-46-grammys-red-carpet-2015-super-169

Katy Perry actually impressed me : That song is BORING no doubt, but Katy’s singing of “By the Grace of God” was actually impressive, not mindblowingly good or anything, but definitely showing a new side of her talent. I loved the simplistic stage set up as well, and I think it was all super effective thanks to the speech about domestic violence that preceded the performance.

– ANNIE LENNOX!!! : Annie Lennox killed that shit! Annie Lennox was definitely FEELING IT when she joined Hozier on stage and stole the entire show.

How cute was Lady GaGa!? : I have to say, I felt really happy for GaGa last night. After “ARTPOP” flopped the whole “Cheek to Cheek” era with Tony Bennett seemed like a career suicide, but she WON yet another Grammy and was such a shining star last night. And the performance of the title track was just adorable. lady-gaga

Kanye’s Spotlight : I remember when I first heard that “Only One” song, I wasn’t feeling it. There was something about his performance last night that made me appreciate it more. His PERFORMANCE though, I really enjoyed how simple it was, how he was basically just using one shining light as his “performance effects”. It made it more intimate, like he wasn’t singing to an audience, like he was just singing it to himself by himself. I really enjoyed that. kanyegrammys

WINNERS that made me SMILE : Jack White’s “Lazaretto” for Best Rock Performance, St. Vincent’s self titled album for Best Alternative Music Album, Toni Braxton and Babyface “Love, Marriage and Divorce” for Best R&B Album, A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera’s “Say Something” for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Entertained, but slightly Disapointed with last nights “Empire” – Season 1 Episode 5 Recap : TVREVIEW

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(This is going to be a short one)

Look, I’m still HERE for “Empire“.empire-435

I still think it’s a really fun show, and I still think Taraji P Henson is amazing in the role of Cookie. I haven’t had much of a problem with the over-dramatics of the show because I fully embrace that it’s a soap opera, and things get a little silly in that genre.

Last night though!? There were a few very implausible things that happened that I’ll just chalk up to lazy writing. Certain plot points last night didn’t make any sense, but I realize they were sloppy expositional devices to move the various plots along.

Early in the episode we find out that Tiana (Serayah) is actually gay and has a girlfriend. In a scene that quickly followed, her and said girlfriend are making out – not discreetly at all – at a photo shoot. Andre’s wife Rhonda (Kaitlin Doubleday) records them and the two of them use it as a scheme is to ruin the #TAKEEM brand. The plan backfired… but seriously why would Tiana and India even be making out in such a public spot? How did they not hear Rhonda pull the clothes on the rack back? And why didn’t they notice her just standing there talking to her husband and recording them with her smartphone? It made no sense, but it was a means to an end to create some tension in the episode.EmpireTianaGirlfriend

Ofcourse the video goes viral and for whatever reason Hakeem (Bryshere Gray) is upset, so much so that he doesn’t want her in his debut video for his song “Drip Drop” (“Drip Drop, Drip Drippity Drop”… LOL!!!). Mind you, Hakeem has a side girlfriend in Naomi Campbell (whatever her characters name is?)… AND in the music video he’s laid up in bed with multiple women. So yeah, I didn’t get his issue. Eventually the scandal of Tiana being gay is something that both Cookie and Lucious see as a good thing for both parties involved and the music video is a success.

The episode was like a “Making Of” for the Lyons boys, we had Hakeem making his video and Jamal (Jussie Smollett) in the Bronx making his first single (it was either called “Ghetto” or “Money”). In a really funny gag, Jamal ends up recording at “Some Ghetto Ass Studio” (that was literally the name of the studio, which made me laugh) and even though the surroundings seem dangerous he seems unphazed and is able to get through the recording session fine. Until…

Let’s back up, Andre (Trai Byers) and his wife are constantly trying to set people up and it’s getting tired. We don’t really know much about either of them other than the fact that they are manipulative and evil (and he needs to recalibrate), I would enjoy more complexity with both of those characters. Anyway, for whatever reason they decide to have some of Hakeem’s hangers-on go to Jamal’s session and scare him. I didn’t really understand the reason, but basically Andre plants the idea in a couple of the goons’ heads… letting them know indirectly that Jamal is in a studio that has low security and that he has a very expensive watch on him. The two go to the studio and pull their guns out. They ask explicity for the watch and Jamal stands up to them because he knows they are Hakeem’s friends and he now thinks his little brother is trying to kill him? empire-4-800

I found that altercation at the end between Hakeem and Jamal completely rushed and illogical. I guess Jamal was WAY too in his feelings about the situation that he wasn’t trying to really hear Hakeem. And Hakeem was too happy over the success of his video shoot that his demeanor probably came off like he didn’t really care. I don’t know, I just wish this brother/brother thing would die.

Speaking of dying, Cookie spent the whole episode on edge thinking someone was trying to kill her. Cookie went ahead and testified to the grand jury, she confessed she witnessed a guy shoot and kill an undercover federal agent. Soon after that, she found a rose outside of her apartment, and that rose is apparently a “kiss of death” with that particular gangster. So she goes to Philly, talks with her sister (Tasha Smith), and basically puts out a hit on the guy she testified against. Little did Cookie know, Lucious is the one who put the rose at her door to commemorate their Anniversary. And by the time Cookie called the cancel the hit, it was too late.

Lucious (Terrence Howard) meanwhile proposed to Anika (Grace Gealy) with a way too fat diamond ring. Lucious learns that before Empire can get it’s much coveted IPO, a doctor has to perform a physical to ensure he is in good health. Of course Lucious has ALS and is NOT in good health, so he sweet talks Anika’s Doctor father first by confessing his illness, next by asking for Anika’s hand in marriage, and finally asking him to commit fraud by signing documents saying Lucious is in perfect health. It WAS funny how Lucious just tried to slide that part of the transition in, like it wasn’t a big deal. But of course Lucious is a hustler so he managed to get his way.

So in the end, I was satisfied and entertained with the show. But last nights episode was a bit alarming because the writing was so lazy, I hope they aren’t continuing on this path of mediocrity and lame set ups.

Schedule of Things to Come (This Week)

Hey Readers!!!

So now that I’m done with #MISSYMonday, I want to give you guys a heads up on what I plan on posting this week since things got a little off schedule this past Friday.

_15-04-3724_r2YES! I watched, and enjoyed the crap out of “How To Get Away With Murder” this past Thursday. I was actually surprised at how intrigued I was by it because I thought the two-three month break had killed my excitement for the show, but Viola Davis is SUCH a great actress she pulled me right back in. I do plan on doing weekly recaps of the show, but I think I’ll start by posting a semi Recap/Review Thursday evening. Followed by weekly recaps every Friday (although, there are only 3 more episodes this season which totally sucks!)

Another thing I want to do regularly is my Top 10 MUSIC of the Month. It’s February 2nd right now, so I’m late (I don’t have internet at home, and I’m not always super eager to go to a coffee shop to get on the internet. So instead of post this yesterday, I was lazy). But on Wednesday I plan on posting my Top faves of January, following that I hope to have the Top 10 Music of the month posts on the 1st of every month.

And even though I had a slight break on the Recaps this week (“Girls” nor “Looking” was on this Sunday because of the Superbowl), I will return to schedule with “Empire” on Thursday.

I doubt I’ll get any additional posts done this week, but who knows.

So stay tuned!!

#MISSYMonday Top 10 Missy Elliott Videos : MYFAVORITES

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Alright, so a big part of Missy Elliott‘s legacy along with her crazy songs and crazy looks was her crazy videos. Those videos that were so weird, that used such strange costuming and visual techniques. Plus the videos almost always included something really funny/silly, some guest appearances by the top artists of the time, and amazing choreography that was copied countless times.Missy’s videos are truly what made her a star, and here are 10 of her best.

10. “One Minute Man

9. “Hit Em wit da Hee

8. “Pass that Dutch

7. “Take Away/ 4 My People

6. “She’s A Bitch

5. “Lose Control

4. “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)

3. “Get Ur Freak On

2. “Gossip Folks

1. “Work It

#MISSYMonday The Five Essential/Must-Own Missy Elliott Albums : MYFAVORITES

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So, there are A LOT of people who maybe didn’t know who Missy Elliott was when she came and stole Katy Perry’s Halftime Performance. Some may have known who she was, but never got into her music. Hence the huge spike in Missy’s music on iTunes.

I notice her singles are doing great, but not necessarily her albums. I think if she had some sort of Greatest Hits album available, that would be a hit today, but since she doesn’t (crap! she actually DOES, it’s called “Respect M.E.” but it wasn’t released in the states) some people might be wondering where to start with her actual discography. And I’m here to help!

Here are the 5 Essential Missy Albums I think any one would enjoy.

Missy_Elliott-Miss_E._So_Addictive1. “Miss E… So Addictive

I picked this as the top choice because it was her most succesful. It had super hits “Get Ur Freak On”, “One Minute Man” and “Take Away”, but aside from that I think this album is probably her most FUN and her most diverse. I mean she has great R&B (“Old School Joint”, the aforementioned “Take Away”, “Step Off” with Tweet) and some great Hip Hop (“Slap Slap Slap”, “Dog in Heat” with Method Man), and there’s even a really good dance song on here that will blow your mind (“4 My People” featuring an amazing verse from Eve). It’s a really well rounded album, and I think that it being her third that she had become really comfortable in what she was doing. So, yeah start with this one.

The 5 BEST : Old School Joint, Get Ur Freak On, Take Away, One Minute Man, X-Tasy

Missy_Elliott_Supa_Dupa_Fly2. “Supa Dupa Fly

This debut is INSANE, and surprisingly not dated. You have to realize that the introduction of Missy also meant the introduction of her producer Timbaland who went on to become a big star just like Missy. At the time of this release, those Timbaland beats were so new and unique and totally not like anything you had ever heard before. I think because both of them were so new, the album and it’s production have a tendency to get kind of one-note towards the end. It’s also a little moody and slow towards the end, but the album is definitely front-loaded with some #BANGERZ. This is a good place to follow up, but don’t lose all faith in Missy if you don’t like this entire album.

The 5 BEST : Friendly Skies, The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly), Beep Me 911, Pass da Blunt, Sock It 2 Me

Under_Construction_Cover3. “Under Construction

Missy’s 4th album was also her attempt at creating a concept album, as “Under Construction” deals with her trying to re-build Hip Hop. And there are songs like “Wake Up” and “Back in the Day” that go along with that message. The album is overall really fun though because almost every song pulls from something out of the Old School Hip Hop days of the 80’s, like “Funky Fresh Dressed” or even hit singles “Work It” and “Gossip Folks” that have huge chunks of samples from 80’s Hip Hop classics. Mixing the old with the new was a genius idea, and paying homage to an era that MADE her the artist she is was also a nice touch, making this a really enjoyable album.

The 5 BEST : Gossip Folks, Work It, Go To the Floor, Nothin’ Out There, Funky Fresh Dressed

41Q4DHD6Q0L4. “Da Real World

Personally this is my favorite album by Missy, it’s really dark in both lyric and production vibes. It might not be everybody’s cup of tea, but for me I loved it because she and Timbaland continued to look forward and make innovative beats that no one ever heard of. Among the stand outs are first single “She’s A Bitch”, the Eminem assisted “Bus a Rhyme”, the ratchet-“The Boy Is Mine” track with Lil Mo “You Don’t Know”, the Beyonce duet “Crazy Feelings” and the Cash Money all star featured “U Can’t Resist”. Those songs right there show the diversity of the album, from hardcore rap sounds to slow jammed R&B. It might be one you have to grow into, but it’s definitely a great and timeless album.

The 5 BEST : She’s a Bitch, Crazy Feelings, Smooth Chick, U Can’t Resist, You Don’t Know

418HpUaaL8L._SY300_5. “The Cookbook

Simply because this 2005 album was the very last time we’d be able to buy a new album from Missy. OVERALL it was a decent outing, but something felt OFF. For one, she worked with more producers and actually Timbaland’s productions aren’t even the majority here as we have some from Pharrell “On and On” and some from Rich Harrison “Can’t Stop” and some Scott Storch “Meltdown”. In fact, Timbaland only produces two songs on here so that’s probably why the album felt a little odd. Still I think this is essential (I actually prefer “This is Not a Test” to this album) because it was her last recording, and whenever she comes out with new material you will know where she left off musically.

The 5 BEST : Lose Control, Joy, Partyime, Can’t Stop, Click Clack

#MISSYMonday Top 25 Favorite Missy Elliott Songs : MYFAVORITES

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Yay Patriots!!!
Okay I actually didn’t watch the Superbowl, or Katy Perry’s Halftime Performance… but it’s kind of PERFECT that Missy Elliott was Katy’s “Surprise” guest last night, and it’s also perfect that Missy stole the show and has since had a huge spike in single and album sales on iTunes.
Perfect because I had planned on doing a Missy #WCW Day this week. But I’m going to post a MINI-Missy Day today with just three posts. I decided to do it today because I’d be a fool not to, I mean I can only imagine lots of people are Google Searching her today – and I’d love to get some of those hits!

So let’s start out with my 25 Favorite Missy songs! And Yes, I’m qualified to post and rank this because I am a HUGE Missy fan, and have been from the very beginning. Anyway, here goes the first post of a potentially fun Missy Monday!!

25. Beep Me 911

24.  HOT

“Don’t carry guns, Kick Ass with a chain… you know what I’m sayin’… Don’t carry guns, Kick ass with a chain (WAAT-AA!!!)”

23. Whatcha Gonna Do

22. Sock It 2 Me

21. 4 My People

20. Beat Biters

19. X-Tasy

18. Mr. DJ

17. The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)

16. Crazy Feelings

15. Smooth Chick

14. One Minute Man

13. Can’t Stop

12. Friendly Skies

11. Wake Up

10. You Don’t Know

9. Can’t Resist

8. Old School Joint

7. Go To The Floor

6. Lose Control

5. Get Ur Freak On

4. Gossip Folks

3. Work It

2. Pass That Dutch

1. She’s a Bitch

My Top 10 Songs of the Week “Miss The D Yo!” : MYFAVORITES

It’s FRIDAY!!!! but Yikes, it’s gonna be a busy Blog day if I get through everything. For starters here are my Top 10 Songs of the Week. Either today or tomorrow I WILL post a new Monthly feature where I talk about my favorite Music of the month – be it a full album, just a single or an artist. That should be fun, but I totally haven’t finished compiling shizz. Lastly, “How To Get Away With Murder” came back on TV last night with new episodes… and I LOVED IT!! So I’m going to start recapping that on a weekly basis as well, starting today! So… Enjoy THIS list and Enjoy the rest of what I have to offer today.

10. Jeremih featuring YG “Dont Tell Em”

9. Ashanti “Rock Wit U (Aww Baby)”

8. Vanity 6 “Bite the Beat”

7. Rae Sremmurd featuring Nicki Minaj and Young Thug “Throw Sum Mo”

6. Nicki Minaj featuring Beyonce “Feeling Myself”

5. Peter Rauhofer featuring Kim Cooper “I Look Good”

4. Prince “Glam Slam”

It’s PRINCE, so you know what it is!!

3. Change “Searching”

2. Nicki Minaj “I Lied”

1. Tinashe “2 On”

“Empire” is All about the Music in latest Fun episode – Season 1 Episode 4 Recap : TVREVIEW

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Didn’t last nights episode of “Empire” feel too short? I was enjoying the show so much and than it was over, too soon. I honestly feel like I could watch a 2 hour presentation of the show and not be mad. It’s Episode 4 now and I think we are fully acclimated in the world of Lucious Lyons (Terrence Howard) and company. We know the characters and the setting well enough now that every episode is like “catching up” with friends. We also know the show enough to make some minor complaints, which I’ll get into after the full recap.

Now I have to say that I love music and everything regarding music. I love watching people perform music, create music, even just talk about music. So obviously last nights music centered episode was perfect for me.

empire-435We start out with everybody’s favorite character Cookie (Taraji P Henson). And yes, apparently she DID acquire a job at Empire Records as an A&R rep (which answers one of my questions from last weeks Recap). While she’s setting up her temporary office, Hakeem’s pop-star girlfriend (for show) Tiana (Serayah) approaches Cookie wanting her input on a new song she has recorded, and quickly enough Cookie becomes Tiana’s new manager. Much to the irritation of Lucious’ main lady Anika (Grace Gealy). And is it just me, or do you feel a sexual tension between Lucious’ two main ladies? It’s so “soapy”, but it’s also a little hot.

This leaves Anika feeling like a non-factor at the company, and in an attempt to prove herself she decides she’s going to try to track down Titan (James Washington). He’s the hottest most authentic rapper out, but he has recently landed himself in jail. Lucious wants to sign Titan because of his Hip Hop relevancy, but also to piss off his competitor and former label boss Baretti (Judd Nelson) . This leads to a pathetic and almost life threatening attempt by Anika to woo Titan by talking to his people. Unfortunately the Diner they meet in gets shot up. All the while, Cookie secretly meets up with Titan’s mother who is heavy in the Nation of Islam. The mother feels like Baretti has forced Titan to break his Islamic faith, and Cookie insinuates that if Titan signs with Lucious it would be for the best.

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Lucious, finding out Titan is affiliated with the Nation, decides he doesn’t want to poach him from his label anymore. There was a VERY questionable line Cookie delivered saying that “The Nation killed your father” (is that offensive? It definitely rubbed me the wrong way and I’m not even Muslim), THAT and the fact that poaching Titan was getting too complicated. Lucious says he’s over stealing Titan, UNTIL he gets a visit from Baretti who threatens to expose his criminal past if Empire Records does goes public. And of course, Lucious always gets his way and convinces Titan that Empire is where he needs to be.

Hakeem (Bryshere Gray) is still being prepped to become the Prince of Empire Records, but he is still lazy and unfocused and refuses to record music at the pace that Lucious would like. When he is told to provide a guest rap verse on Tiana’s single, he hates the idea of doing something G-rated and taming down his style which is something he discusses with his secret lover Camilla (Naomi Campbell). Tiana catches the two in the act, but isn’t really concerned about that because obviously the girl is business first and is only concerned about killing their debut performance together on the Teen Choice Awards. The performance goes perfectly (I mean… I’m not critiquing them as ACTUAL performers, but it was fun), and it reinforces Lucious’ faith in Hakeem’s talent.10388133_332270603636447_879920571925268893_n

Lucious also verbally admits that his middle son Jamal (Jussie Smollett) is majorly talented, but those two still have their issues. Jamal is forced to move out of his lavish loft into a roach motel in the Bushwick part of Brooklyn (You know how I excited I was when I heard that reference? I used to live in Bushwick for like a month last year). His pride won’t let Jamal accept any money (earned or otherwise) from Lucious or Cookie, and his pride won’t let Cookie force him into making more music either. So at this point, Jamal is just a self-righteous soft-talking Hakeem (LOL!!).

Can we get into the negative now? Or, not really the negative… just two relationships that are starting to work my nerves. Jamal! It’s really hard for me to stomach him as a character and I don’t know exactly what it is that irritates me about him. Maybe it’s all the soft-talking, or his moments of martyr-ism, or his know-it-all attitude. He’s a character that is obviously supposed to be someone the audience roots for, but at this point I really don’t care if he succeeds or not. He’s so wishy-washy with his career, I often wonder does he even WANT what Cookie wants from him? I guess that might be it… I don’t understand his motivations in life.

Additionally, I find the whole Lucious versus Jamal storyline a little tiring at this point. There needs to be a fresh dynamic to their feud because it feels so redundant at this point.

The relationship between Cookie and Hakeem is also getting kind of tired, but that one is more understandable. There’s probably too many different characters and storylines to get through before that situation is dealt with. I just don’t understand why Hakeem has so much hatred towards her, I’m wondering if Lucious told him terrible things about her when they were away? Anyway, I have to remember that this is essentially a soap opera and they HAVE to keep some conflicts going, so I’ll be patient.

GaboureySidibeEmpireI also am anxious for the character of Becky (Gabourey Sidibe) to be fleshed out a little bit. Gabourey is a great actress, and very funny, but I feel like she’s not given a chance to be that on the show yet. She did ask Lucious if she could “shadow” him while he is working with the new acquisition Titan, so we will probably see more of her as she tries to grow within her career.

One last thing that was just completely unbelievable, the scene with the Detective who is still investigating the murder of Bunkie. You know, the detective that has no real concrete evidence but still suspects Lucious is the murderer based on the mumbled iterations of the homeless drunk! Lucious pauses for way too long when the officer asks him where he was the night of the murder, and than fine-ass Andre (Trai Byers) pipes in and says they were together watching a fight. I guess the detective bought it, as he laughed and walked out the room, but apparently Vernon (Malik Yoba) did NOT. He didn’t say anything, but he gave both Lyons men a suspicious look. So I’m guessing his character (another one that hasn’t been fleshed out yet) will serve as a possible villain to Lucious in the future.

But Yes, I loved this episode. I loved all the talk about music, I enjoyed #Takeem ‘s little performance, and I even enjoyed Jamal’s little moment where he was channeling Michael Jackson (the extended “Black or White” video). And it’s nice to see Lucious and Cookie starting to get along, although he’s overstepping his bounds a little bit as the true player in him seems to be sneaking out episode by episode. Still, an amazing show!

“GIRLS” gets Darker, but still funny AF – Season 4 Episode 3 Recap : TVREVIEW

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After such a fun time last week, this weeks episode of “GIRLS” was a bitter darker… and I lived for it. It was that episode where these characters are finally facing their immaturity and realize they need to grow up and move on.

Our lead Hannah is still in Iowa, but not having a good time. She rejoices in having lots of down time because she only has one class a week, but she is also second guessing her writing talent as she consistently gets bad feedback from her study group, and she isn’t using her free time to write. She’s also frustrated by the limited communication between her and Adam.

leadHannah is upset, and seemingly scared that this decision isn’t for her. In one great scene (funny because it was so harsh) at a Poetry party Hannah goes off on each member of her writing group and tells them why they suck. Dunham really did a good job of letting the viewers feel her frustration in this scene which showed more of her insecurities than anything else.

And it seems like Elijah IS there to stay, as he has made loads of friends in Iowa and is now flirting with photography (“I just realized that I got so good at taking selfies that I wasn’t feeling challenged anymore. Then I thought what would happen if I turned the camera around.” “). I don’t know that him being there makes all that much sense, but I’m just happy to have him. He’s such a great energy to the show.

Back in NYC, Shoshanna hits the interview trails and begins her life as an adult. Her one interview was funny, she and the person had a great rapport but Shosh turned the job down because she was using it as a “test-interview”. It’s just another example of Shosh’s lovable naivety and how it will ultimately lead her to disappointment. I think her character is going to have a very interesting season.

75Next up is Marnie, who is finally allowing herself to see her relationship with Desi for what it is. She doesn’t want to admit she’s a mistress, so she goes to the realist Ray for advice and he tells her she needs to forget about him (and they end up having sex! okay!?). Later it seems like a record label wants to sign Marnie and Desi, thinking they are a real life couple. When they have to admit they aren’t together, Marnie finally has the realization that she doesn’t really want to make music with him if he isn’t going to be her boyfriend. She light-weight sabotages the meeting, and we are left with Marnie second guessing her path again. But mostly I think we were left with Marnie finally letting go of Desi and their unhealthy situation.

76Adam and Jessa are getting chummy as they both participate in Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. They seem to get along fine, as he can relay his frustrations with Hannah to her and she can get some positive influence from him. He admits to her that he doesn’t enjoy talking to Hannah because she only talks about superficial bull, which is the reason they’ve restricted their calls to once a week. And apparently he admitted to Jessa that there may or may not be another girl in the picture (I was unclear on this actually).

Ultimately, because Jessa is such a little kid, she ends up getting thrown in jail and so does Adam for trying to help her out. Once they get out and Jessa shows absolutely no remorse, Adam gets her ALL THE WAY TOGETHER by telling her she needs to grow up.

Jessa, in a really uncharacteristic turn, cries out that she “needs a friend”. It was a small line, but it does signal the fact that maybe Jessa FINALLY wants to change. Adam didn’t walk back to her (I don’t remember), but it felt like her crying out to him was genuine, so we’ll see what comes from it.

This recap is breif, but that’s because Girls has set us up for an interesting turn when it returns in two weeks.

Tovey excels in an OK episode of “Looking” – Season 2 Episode 3 Recap : TVREVIEW

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Last weeks recap of “Looking” was admittedly harsh, and I got some criticism saying I was too hard on the show. I”ll admit I can be harsh with this show, but there are lots of things about the writing, the character development and the pacing that really bother me as a person who pays attention to those types of things. However, last nights episode wasn’t bad. It annoyed me for sure, but I don’t have that much bad stuff to say about it.

look203img12It was nice to see more than just 30 seconds of Dom (Murray Bartlett) this week, as he had the second largest storyline of the episode. All of a sudden he plays Rugby (I’m kidding, I’m sure this has probably been mentioned before) and his big game was the focal point of the episode (And it was really nice to see him in his cute little Rugby gear). A bit of a conflict in Dom’s relationship with Lynn (Scott Bakula) comes when it’s revealed that Lynn secretly set up a meeting for Dom to become a manager of a hot SOMA restaurant. Dom thought the meeting was with a possible investor for his dream restaurant. Of course Dom gets pissed off when he finds out Lynn knew about this the whole time, and I can understand both sides.

Lynn definitely shouldn’t have lied to him, but Dom needs to understand that having a management title on his resume is only going to help him get his own restaurant off the ground. Dom definitely needs to be patient and take smaller steps toward his dream, but apparently he doesn’t see it this way.  It’s really a tricky situation, but hopefully it won’t ruin their relationship because Lynn is really just looking out for him and trying to help him be the best restaurant owner he can be. Lynn is really just trying to tell Dom the logical and practical things he needs to hear and Dom wants to live in fantasyland still.

In regards to telling somebody something they need to hear, I’ll get to the Agustine (Frankie J Alvarez) and Richie (Raul Castillo) moment a little bit later (in a segment I’ll call “Missed Opportunity”). Right now I’ll tell you that Agustine was used, again, strictly for expositional reasons. He had one small scene where he thanked Richie for helping him out in the previous episode. There was also the INCREDIBLY ANNOYING part after the Rugby game where Agustine invited himself over to his new friend Eddie’s (Daniel Franzese) place. He so nonchalantly told Eddie the one thing his BEST FRIEND Patrick (Jonathan Groff) asked him not to tell anybody, his big secret affair. And oddly enough, Eddie didn’t seem to affected by the news!? Anyway, Eddie begrudgingly tells Agustine that he can come over, and that was it for Agustine.

Now if the writers aren’t going to do anything with Agustine’s character, they might as well just drop him from the show. Maybe he moves back to Florida with his rich parents, maybe he finds a daddy that takes him completely out of the “scene”, or maybe he just overdoses on something? Either way, it’s episode 3 and hardly anything has happened with him.

look203img9Which leaves us with Patrick and Kevin (Russell Tovey). Patrick got all excited when Kevin told him they could hang out for 28 hours since his boyfriend John was leaving town. Patrick is so amped, he wants everything to be perfect for the one-day fling with a taken man. He cleans up his place and even drags Agustine out to help him find the perfect anal cleansing system (And in typical fashion, he acts like a 13 year old girl all prudish and giggly about all things sex). Patrick and Kevin end up meeting at a bar before they trek to Dom’s Rugby game, and while they are there Patrick is completely googley-eyed at EVERYTHING Kevin says! So much so that apparently he forgets they are having a secret affair and grabs Kevin by the hand to a secluded spot (but still in a public place) where they make out.

lookingteaser203In a surprise move, Kevin bottomed for Patrick for the first time. And I’ll say it again, “Looking” definitely excels with their sex scenes. They are shot so perfectly where it almost does feel like it’s the real thing. This scene was really hot because it was so sweaty and intense, and we got to see Paddy in his alpha-top glory. But, as viewers we are left right where we were left at the end of Episode 2. Patrick knows this affair is wrong, but the charms of Kevin keep leading him to believe there’s more to their relationship than what is there already.

One thing I will say, this episode did show a different side to Kevin. His talk with Paddy at the bar revealed a troubled upbringing and a desire to get married. I think Tovey really played this well though, because there was a sense that he was trying not to show his emotions to Paddy, and a sense that he was still just telling Paddy what he wanted to hear.

What’s funny about this show is that some people are pro-Kevin-and-Patrick and see things between them in a more positive way than people like me who know their affair is destined to end horribly. What makes this duality work is the performance of Tovey, who treads the line beautifully. It’s easy to see him as this charming potential husband for Patrick, but it’s also easy to see him as a shady sex-pot who is completely using Patrick and taking advantage of his immature giddyness. Again though, Tovey is really good because when the two were talking at the Bar, Kevin revealed more about his upbringing and his future desires. There was some subtle work Tovey did with his expressions and his tone, it could make some believe that he was holding back his emotions because he’s not ready to let Patrick in but others probably saw it a different way.

Overall, last nights episode was fair. Honestly, it’s an alluring show. There’s something about the cinematography and tone that just sucks you in for 30 minutes. I would beg for less Patrick and more of the other characters, but I think at this point it’s clear that Patrick is the focal point, and we will just have to deal!

look203img3Missed Opportunity

Okay, so let’s think back to last season when Patrick brought Richie to Dom’s 40th Birthday party. Richie and Agustine almost got into a fight over comments Agustine made to Patrick when he thought Richie was away. Basically, Agustine told Patrick that he was just using Richie to show how LIBERAL and open-minded he is when he really wasn’t. That he was “slumming it” to prove a point. Richie overheard and Agustine immediately apologized.

But, what Agustine said was true! Patrick showed several times that he wasn’t really into Richie. Hell, if it wasn’t for Dom Patrick wouldn’t have even talked to Richie a second time. It’s clear that Richie, in all his hotness, is not what Patrick really wants. Patrick wants another white guy who makes a certain annual income, and Richie is not that! Which is why they aren’t together anymore.

So last night, when Agustine and Richie were talking about this… it was sloppily written off. Richie asked if Agustine is in love with Patrick as a reason why he lashed out that day. Agustine says no, and Richie just says “oh so you’re just an asshole” and that was the end of it.

I think the writers should have extended this scene out, had us watch Richie trim Agustine’s beard while they talked about this. Richie maybe could have asked “WHY” he said that, because he felt that it was true given Patrick’s treatment of him. It could have been a nice conversation about race and how WASPy guys view and treat more ethnic guys. I think it could have been eye opening and real, something this show lacks. I feel this show too often deals with just the superficial and that was a tragic missed opportunity to talk about something important!