TV Binge: Sugar Rush (Season 1, 2018)

Sugar Rush (Season 1, 2018)

sugar rush

Host: Hunter March
Judges: Candace Nelson & Adriano Zumbo

A baking competition with 4 teams, 3 rounds, 2 cakes and 1 winner of $10,000. – IMDB

Netflix seems to be having all those cooking shows covered with it having focus on chef’s via Chef’s Table (review), food culture documentary with Ugly Delicious, then amateur baking competition with Nailed It! (review) and professional cooking global competition with The Final Table (review) and during the summer, it covered some professional baking competition with Sugar Rush.

This show is all about time being the biggest factor where the first two rounds done in a quick way will save up time to add to the final round for the cake round. The setup goes as such where 4 teams of two start the competition. The judges give the first two rounds theme and requirements at the beginning over a 3 hour cooking time. The first is a cupcake, the second is a confection. When all four teams have completed the cupcake, the judges deliberate on who gets eliminated while the teams make the confections. After the confection round, the judges share who gets eliminated and the final two teams hear the theme of their cake round as well as how much total time they have. The team with more time starts first whereas the second team watches and waits for their cue to start.

Looking at the structure of Sugar Rush, it sure seems like a brutal feeling for the teams especially in the first two rounds. Mostly because sometimes a team can be fast and be almost even done their confection but then be eliminated. Its quite sad to see but then the teams all do show a great deal of creativity and skills and that is best showed off in a restrained time frame. It is about finding a balance and weighing the risks with each creation. For that, the structure is solid and possibly one of the competitions that I don’t have many issues in that regards as it feels engaging to watch especially with time as the element which, bar a few baking technical issues, the teams fate was related to their own ambitiousness and how much time they had left.

If we look at the judges and the host along with its guests throughout the eight episodes in the first season, they have quite a few known names. Probably not related to baking directly but more “everyday” people instead of the judges who are experts in their own fields whether in baking or cupcakes or confections or sweets in general. Of course, “everyday” because who would call Betsy Johnson an everyday person, right? Just a quick example. However, it adds this normalcy to the show making it focusing not only on the taste but also the creativity behind the projects feeling like there is this well-rounded look at each baking creation. Candace Nelson and Adriano Zumbo also complement each other well enough. At the same time, I personally thought Hunter March did a great job at being an energetic and dynamic host for the show. I went away remembering the unique way he emphasized “ten thousand dollars” so that was really fun.

Overall, Sugar Rush is a fun baking competition. There are some great pieces made here. These are professional bakers with most of them having their own business or working in the industry one way or another. The judges are experts in their fields whereas the guests are also quite good with their critiques and comments and had a good mix of being part of the industry and some more celebrity and different fields. Its a nice balance of each human element. In terms of structure, it truly embraces the time element being its biggest factor and keeps that in mind. Time also adds this nerve wracking element to any competition as its always present but this one also gives a bit of control to how much time is saved in the hands of its competitors which is a nice twist.

Definitely looking forward to a second season of Sugar Rush and hoping it happens although I don’t recall seeing any news as of yet. If you do know whether its happening that I missed, do tell me in the comments. 🙂

What’s Up #10 The Final Catch-Up

What's Up

Seeing as you all seemed to enjoy the last post format and I’m a bit tight on time for recording and editing so we’re back to this to last catch up phase. This part of What’s Up runs through the first half of November to the end of last week.

READING

eternal hunger

Its been a really good two weeks of reading especially when all three books were really good. However, my standout pick goes to Eternal Hunger that adds a really lovely setup for a vampire story making it such an elegant and classy read that is always enjoyable. To be honest, all three books were all fairly different genres so it made for a very interesting change of pace. Fantasy, Horror, Romance was all covered this month at different points making it an even more memorable month.

Currently reading: I’m not reading anything right now. But I did start the chinese novel for Rush to the Dead Summer after watching the series in October. I’m also planning on getting some graphic novels as light reading done before the end of the year and/or read some outstanding books that was sent to me for an honest review. Clearing out the backlog is the priority right now.

PLAYING

  • Double Kick Heroes – Early Access Update
  • Tetris Effect – Demo
  • Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight/Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight – Demo
  • 60 Parsecs!
  • Burly Men at Sea

You can find the playthroughs of each of these on the Game Warp channel. I do have to say that out of the fantasticness of Double Kick Heroes and how impressive and even the changes its made since its initial Early Access launch, I have to recommend that especially if you enjoy rhythm games with a shoot ’em up twist. However, I was pretty impressed with Tetris Effect demo as well but that has to do with my having a soft spot for  Tetris as its the first video game that I ever played. Aside from that, the playthrough currently still running on Game Warp is the first run of 60 Parsecs! which is a day by day survival adventure story heavy on narrative and strategy. The review for that one is coming up soon.

Currently playing: A lot of mobile games mostly. I am about to do the new DLC for Hidden Folks, finish up Remember Me and continue working on some more routes to take for Burly Men at Sea. I’ll be checking a demo or two and have a few games that I need to work on. Also prioritizing clearing out backlog, like unwritten reviews.

WATCHING

Alive 2018

  • Anaconda
  • Central Intelligence
  • Mimic (Movies & Tea)
  • Baby Driver
  • The Whistler (short)
  • Altered Skin (BITS, 2018) (review)
  • Moonlight
  • Joe Versus the Volcano (review)
  • Alive (BITS, 2018)

I didn’t realize that I had watched that many movies but I guess it makes sense seeing as Blood in the Snow Festival is coming up (November 22nd) and there’s some coverage. The first review is already up for Altered Skin. With that said, Alive is one that I’ve enjoyed a lot as a horror thriller.  The review will be up very soon. Honorable mentions for this time goes to Moonlight, Mimic and Joe Versus the Volcano although for an fun time, Central Intelligence with The Rock is a pretty sure bet.

Currently watching: BITS 2018 films. Not listing specifics because what fun would that be, right? You can head over to Blood in the Snow festival page to check out the list of films HERE.

BINGING

LOVE O2O

  • The Inn (Season 2) – currently playing
  • Love O2O
  • All Out of Love – currently playing (might have just finished but I haven’t finished it yet)
  • Who’s The Murderer (Season 4) – currently playing
  • An Oriental Odyssey – currently playing

I’ve been still in the Chinese drama phase so watching most Chinese game shows like Who’s the Murderer which is in the Season 4 (but I haven’t seen the previous ones) and plays a little like Clue where you have to investigate and there’s a murderer mixed into the suspects and a detective in different scenarios and stories to find the truth. Or something like reality shows like The Inn which is my happy place every Friday evening after work as that is when the new episode goes live on Youtube. Its a show about a rather famous couple who builds an inn with various young stars as their employees as they set it up and get it running to build up the economy for that area. As for actual TV series, I have currently have on repeat is Love O2O which is finally a series that has captured by heart because it does so many things right not to mention the chemistry is off the charts and the dialogue and characters. Love it all. However, the one that I started afterwards because of one of the supporting actors in Love O2O, Yecheng Zheng is a main lead in a series currently playing called An Oriental Odyssey which I’m having a lot of fun watching also. Its more than halfway released although I’m only at episode 23 or something.

Currently binging: All the above that is currently playing? An Oriental Odyssey is my current obsession as I catch up with the latest episode soon, I hope. I do plan on finishing All Out of Love since I just saw a bunch of posts on Weibo about the finale.

That’s it for this What’s Up!
We are finally up to date! Yay!
Stay tuned next Wednesday for what I’ve been up to this week!

Curious question: Do you prefer this segment in written or video format?

Whats up #9

I am so behind in What’s Up right now. It all has to get down to procrastination and plain old busy times getting the best of me. Motivation was lacking, energy was not there and this is what happens. At this point, I did one trial run of doing two videos and dropping it in the same week but just one of them alone was half an hour so I’ve decided to get things back to a little fun mix.

For the entire October What’s Up, I’m going to have it in written format just like old times and then, for the new and latest stuff, you will have a video to watch (later on). With that, we’ll be right back on track.

Let’s get started with an October recap!

October 2018

READING

nightlight tales 2

  • Annie’s 1st Break (review)
  • The Finest Supermarket in Kabul (review)
  • Nightlight Tales 2 (review)

One novel for fun, the second for blog tour and the last for Halloween marathon brings us right up to date. All reviews are already up. The only one not so good in this batch was Annie’s 1st Break. The other two are pretty great depending on whether you are in the mood for a drama or a  horror short story compilation.

GAMES

  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Super Lucky’s Tale
  • Abzu

October included a lot of fun times. For one, Game Warp reviewed our first Xbox exclusive game review and an arcade racer as well. There’s a lot to love about Forza Horizon 4 but you can watch/listen to it all in the video above. We also did get around to playing Abzu and I managed to finish up the playthrough for Super Lucky’s Tale as per a request from a mom for her toddler who likes to watch it, sprouting a newfound love to say “Come on!” just like Lucky does in the game. You can decide for yourself whether its a good or bad thing 😉

MOVIES

three billboards outside ebbing missouri

Finally, there is a lot of films. I decided to not list it all in detail mostly because I already recapped both Halloween marathon and Festival du Nouveau Cinema (FNC 2018) before in another post and you can find them all under their own page or the movies tab. I’m actually quite surprised that this entire list has also been reviewed. I have some older films that haven’t yet made it into the double feature pairings yet but that is coming up.

My recommendation in this list goes to Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri as well probably a few films from FNC 2018 like Ash is Purest White, Sticks and Stones and Firecrackers.

TV SERIES

  • Meteor Garden (2018)
  • The Chamber of Secrets Escape (review)
  • A Love so Beautiful (2017)
  • Rush to the Dead Summer (2017)
  • The Haunting of Hill House (Season 1, 2018) (review)
  • The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell (Season 1, 2018) (review)

TV series was a pretty awesome time. The last two along with The Chamber of Secrets Escape was for Halloween marathon. As for the other three, they were either on Netflix or available on Youtube for free and Chinese TV series which is what I’ve been watching a lot of lately. Its a bit of a daunting task to look at Meteor Garden so I’m working on that post as well as getting a video or something for it since it holds a really special place in my heart. While I have a huge love for A Love So Beautiful which is just really fun to watch, lighthearted and comedic. Rush to the Dead Summer is one that shifts tone from the first half and the second half and I wasn’t too happy with the way it ended bu then I read the way the actual novel ends and its even worse so…I guess I’ll settle with this one.

My recommendation for TV series would go to Meteor Garden if you want a long series or A Love so Beautiful for something short and sweet.

That’s it for this What’s Up!
Back to how it used to be, right? October is finally out of the way.
We can move on to what’s going on in the first half of November very soon and what is currently happening!

What’s Up #6 A Month-Long Recap!

Its been over a month since the last What’s Up! I should be having another What’s Up special coming up soon-ish. I talk about it in the video, I think (unless I edited it out). Either way, I changed things up a little and hopefully you like it.

Other than that, I hope you enjoy it and have fun!

Bloggers mentioned:
Drew’s Movie Reviews: https://drewreviewmovies.wordpress.com/
MovieRob: https://movierob.wordpress.com/

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Death Race: https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/moviesandtea/episodes/2018-07-12T15_25_42-07_00
The Three Musketeers: https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/moviesandtea/episodes/2018-07-27T05_36_09-07_00
Pompeii: https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/moviesandtea/episodes/2018-08-14T00_30_29-07_00
Mobile Game Roundup: http://www.thatmomentin.com/july-top-5-mobile-games/
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TV Binge: Nailed It (Season 2, 2018)

If you missed the first season recap, you can find it HERE.

Probably one of the fastest TV binges ever! While I have a ton of TV binges I have to work on, Nailed It is surprisingly easy to write about so during this taxing week, I decided to put a lot of reality TV binges in advance.

Nailed It (Season 2, 2018)

Nailed It Season 2

Hosts: Nicole Byer, Jacques Torres

Guest Judges: Jon Gabrus, Ron Ben-Israel, Johnny Hekker, Waylynn Lucas, Art Smith, Joshua John Russell, Antoni Porowski

Nailed It is a pretty lovely concept and it works overall as a reality TV show. If you want the nutshell version of how I liked the first season, I liked it enough for me to hop right onto it the first weekend after it launched and then probably finished it over 2 days. Its fairly short episodes and there is only 6 + 1 episodes so its not exactly impossible to do either. In some ways, the entertainment value is there. Nicole Byer is great at her job. I know some people think she is annoying to watch but I actually think in Season 2, her and Jacques Torres has found somewhat of a balance and chemistry to make it work. I like her bombastic personality and its that personality that makes it fun to watch. The same goes for the judges who make their way onto the show which all have something to offer and add a little light to everything.

Nailed It

However, sadly, I do feel that Nailed It in Season 2 has betrayed its concept a little. Even if you went to Wikipedia or IMDB, they call it an amateur bake-off reality TV series. However, it didn’t quite go that patch especially in the first round of challenges as we saw watermelon carving and then a football field reconstruction where the extend of making food was organizing, chopping and making guacamole. All very noble things to learn how to do and hard to put together but doesn’t quite fit into the formula that the show is trying to sell initially. Maybe its because I watched this for the amateur baker angle that it disappointed me. Technically, I mean, this all does fit into the idea because Nailed It is just about hot messes that happen, right? So, you could apply it to anything that can be recreated.

Nailed It

Fact is, I’d be lying if I said that Nailed It Season 2 wasn’t entertaining. It was pretty entertaining and I loved the Queer Eye crossover episode which was just too short. That episode actually got me to sit down and actually get started on that series, which I’ll be doing a TV Binge on very soon for both seasons because well, while this one I’ve only watched once since the end of June. I’ve already watched Queer Eye both seasons twice. I’m going on a tangent so lets bring it back to Nailed It! Entertaining still but not quite what I expected with the additional diversity of the projects. When I get to the new reality TV Baking competition series Sugar Rush soon also, we’ll talk about how this could go so many different themes instead of going into these odd non-baking challenges. I wouldn’t be so disappointed if it was baking savory snacks to be honest. Its just that baking thing that some challenges was missing and I felt like Nailed It lost its way just a little every once in a while.

But then, if Nicole Byer is back for Season 3 of Nailed It, I’d be down to watch some more.

What’s Up #3

Welcome welcome everyone!

2 weeks have gone by and its time for my next venture into the video update! I’m sorry that I haven’t had more time to figure out a better set-up. Its on my endless to-do list, I promise! I’m debating whether recording earlier would be the key. I’ll do a few tests to check it out.

For now, please bear with this dim and weird camera angle.

Thanks for watching!
What have you been binging, reading, playing and watching?

TV Binge: On My Block (Season 1, 2018)

I have a ton of TV Binge to review but after finishing On My Block this past weekend (for the second time), I decided to bump this one up so we could look at it a little earlier. I picked this out completely spontaneously and well, lets just say that its worth some talk about and if you haven’t seen it, you probably should. I promise to avoid the big spoilers but if you plan on watching this series, its probably best read only the top portion and not look at the breakdown. I should have a spoiler alert in there just to stop you to from going further.

On My Block (Season 1, 2018)

On My Block

Creator: Eddie Gonzalez, Jeremy Haft, Lauren Iungerich

Cast: Sierra Capri, Jason Genao, Diego Tinoco, Brett Gray, Ronni Hawk, Peggy Blow, Julio Macias, Jessica Marie Garcia

A coming-of-age comedy about four bright, street-savvy friends navigating their way through high school in the gritty inner city of South Central Los Angeles. – IMDB

I’ve talked about my disappointment in teen movies lately on Netflix with F the Prom (review) and #RealityHigh (review) so for me to jump into this one was quite the spontaneous event. I knew nothing about this series beforehand and while it seemed like it was a teen comedy and most of the time, it did maintain the humor throughout because of its charismatic and charming young cast, it still highlighted some of the underlying issues in the neighborhood that they lived in. For example, when they heard gunshots, they would guess casually which type it was. With that said, once the first episode started, it reminded me of my experience watching (and reading) Freedom Writers (review), which happens to be one of my favorite movies and such a powerful movie to say the least. On My Block gave me exactly the same feeling and trust me when I say that its a great compliment from me to the creators and cast of this show.

The structure of the show is also very binge-worthy with 10 episodes of 30 minutes each. It goes for a quick season and just fun little doses of the story which keeps it paced quick enough to understand the situation and the teens. The story itself packs in all kinds of relationships and secrets. Its a coming of age for each of the teens in this group as new people join into their crew and situations occur with family. Everyone has their own story and their own struggle and they are growing and adapting and reacting to everything around them. It keeps the story focused and fun because while they struggle, there is this bond that makes them so special to watch. Not to mention, they have an amazing soundtrack to match up everything here.

The charm of the show does lie in its great writing but also in how Sierra Capri, Jason Genao, Diego Tinoco and Brett Gray take on their roles as Monse, Ruby, Cesar and Jamal respectively. They add a great deal of personality and it gives their characters such a genuine and believable quality to it all. We cheer for them and laugh with them while celebrate their little successes and feel bad for their failures. Life might seem trivial in their eyes but they also have much bigger things to deal with in the background especially with their neighborhood their in. Its a unique (because it is very rarely used at least to my knowledge) setting and I don’t know how accurate it reflects this urban community but its nice to see a show not focused on rich kids with their self-inflicted problems (for the most part). Its  refreshing angle and an intriguing one that has me very excited for season 2, which I believe has been announced since I finished the season.  But then they also have some fun supporting characters that really are incredibly fun as well from Olivia (Ronnie Hawk) to Ruby’s grandmother (Peggy Blow) and of course Spooky (Julia Macias).

On My Block highlights a lot of great themes and packs in some great characters. If you haven’t seen the series, my suggestion is this point forward will have *mild spoilers* as I go into a more in-depth breakdown of different elements.

Friendship

On My Block

There’s something so naive and yet great about this friendship between the four main characters here. Monse, Jamal, Cesar and Ruby.These childhood friends have such a great dynamic despite being different in their own goals and personalities. However, its these differences that compliment each other and make for such comedic moments which gives this story, despite its shadowing difficulties from each character and their backgrounds and situations, a much less intense sort of vibe.

on my block

Along with these childhood friends, Ruby’s house is inhabited by a family friend’s daughter, Olivia. Its the first girl friend that Monse actually connects with. The way that their friendship develops is quite something to be admired. Many shows us boys as a breaking point between girls but these two show genuine respect for each other and put their friendship before other things. Its truly some goals to see happen more in TV series, especially in teen shows.

Love

On My Block

It’s hard to do shows without the love arc and I have to say that this friendship we see is so strong that it’s hard to see that Monse and Cesar have a thing going on in secret. Somehow the being in secret part is also quite apparent so its funny how Jamal and Ruby haven’t seen through it. However, I like this little love story they have going on here. Plus, you add in the fact of finding a balance between a friendship and loving someone. You can totally see their struggle but also fall in love with them a little as well.  On the other hand, we also have the Ruby’s infatuation with Olivia and then Olivia’s obvious attraction to Cesar which takes a general play in the series as well. Ruby does a lot of sweet and corny things but I think its because of these things that makes his character such a memorable one as well.

Personal Dilemmas

On My Block

While the show does pace itself fairly quickly, the four characters each have their own focus. Monse first start with her love issue but then morphs into tracking a lady she brushes by and she suspects is her mother who left her when she was a baby. Cesar has his gang background that he struggles to accept especially as his group of friends tries very hard to keep him as he was before he was jumped in. That part of the story is intriguing especially as we get to see him bond with his brother, Spooky and realize that everyone has their own dreams. Ruby on the other hand maybe is the most fortunate as he turns into the goofy guy who really just wants some privacy and have his own room while balancing out the group but trying to impress Olivia. Finally, Jamal probably has the simplest but also the oddest personal dilemma and goal: the first is to impress his dad and pretend to be in the football team which ends up being some of the most hilarious parts in the story. The comedic moments with Jamal continues as he looks at his dream and belief that takes him on a treasure hunt for what he believes is the RollerWorld money. As crazy as his schemes are and everyone with their own problems and while four characters seems like a lot to track in such a short season run time, it definitely covers what it needs to enough to connect with these four.

Memorable Supporting/Cameo Characters

on my block

There are so many supporting characters here. I can’t quite place whether Olivia is considered a supporting character but she does get a lot of time with the group since she’s the new addition. Possibly the most hilarious one goes to Peggy Blow as Abuelita. She is a quirky one. While she seems like the silly grandma in the background, she also is the one that helps out in the background as well and says some hilarious things. She’s hard but supportive, exactly how I remember my grandparents. She supports Jamal through RollerWorld and helps Olivia and Ruby when they need it even when she feels underappreciated. In many ways, she is more there than the parents and teaches some important values to them. As we go along, this group meets all these colorful characters from the parents of these four to a man who finds company in a garden gnome.

Overall

On My Block is absolutely a great binge. It was so great that I binged it a second time and almost wanted to go for a third time. Great young characters set in a dangerous backdrop which makes a tone change almost halfway through. There’s a lot of personal dilemma and character development. The soundtrack is awesome and well, even in its dangerous and dramatic moments, they have a decent amount of comedy to balance it out. Its tough to find charming and unique teen TV shows nowadays but this one doesn’t only highlight a specific group but also does a great job at it while delivering a fantastic story. Its probably going to be a long wait for Season 2 (hopefully not), but I’m definitely looking forward to see where it goes, especially with the cliffhanger ending of Season 1. I have a few guesses but the creators/writers of the show have caught me off-guard quite a few times so I’m guessing they’ll do something unpredictable as well.

Have you seen On My Block? Thoughts?

TV Binge: Gilmore Girls (Season 5, 2005)

Today, we’re continuing the very overdue Gilmore Girl binges. We’re at Season 5 now! The show’s kept a fairly good pace up till now. Before I get ahead of myself, remember that if you haven’t seen Gilmore Girls, that this season 5 binge recap will have tiny spoilers just because of the continuity of the story. I try to keep to the things I liked and disliked so that its brief but there’s things I really can’t avoid.

Gilmore Girls (Season 5, 2015)

gilmore girls s5

Creator:

Cast: Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson, Sean Gunn, Kelly Bishop, Matt Czuchry,

Season 4 ended with quite the cliffhanger. It took us into Season 5 with a nice change in pace. For one, the Gilmore Girls are more or less in a disagreement resulting in Rory’s eventual departure for the summer with her grandmother. Of course, there was separation all around as the reason Emily Gilmore left was because of her decision to have a divorce over a decision in Season 4 that she disagreed with because it would possibly push Lorelai and Rory away. With the family relationships in a tangle, it only signaled in more conflict as the boyfriends for Lorelai and Rory marched in and out of their respective lives. Season 5 had a lot of coming to terms with their situations and being okay with it.

In many ways, Season 5 was a very strong season. It had both conflicts between our favorite mother and daughter but also life situations that proved how amazing their relationship and support system was. There were a lot of hilarious moments and balanced equally with more serious outcomes.

What follows now will most likely head into spoiler territory if you have not caught up so consider yourself warned…

Let us start with some arcs that I loved/ liked:

Emily and Richard

Season 5 spent a good deal of time with the previous generation of Gilmores. An almost forty year marriage that was put into separation. What started out as putting up a front turned into a downright hilarious spiral to their separation from the start and then came back to having the couple separated and then their reunion. It does spark a lot of silly moments, once of the first including Emily Gilmore climbing out of the basement window and shedding her skirt in the process. Just a quick example but it was nice to see how their relationship fell apart but came back together. It was a long-awaited focus on Emily and Richard Gilmore that was quite needed.

Marty

Marty’s character arc started last semester as “The Naked Guy” and its nice to see him coming back as his character meshes really well with Rory and for a good part of the first two years at Yale, he is somewhat of a support system as they sit down to study together and hang out and he brings over food from his random jobs here and there. He is someone that seems to be on the same wavelength as Rory because they both don’t come from privileged families (in a way) and they speak the same language. In this season, he doesn’t get a ton of arc but its enough to really see their friendship be solidified in a certain way. I have read some stuff here and there that ships Marty and Rory. While I think Marty is a stellar arc, I never thought he was meant for her but more as a comparison of the change she’s incurring through college.

Lorelai and Luke

Let’s be honest. This pairing was eventually going to happen since day one of Gilmore Girls. Luke and Lorelai just needed to fall into the right timing in their lives to embrace it. This season gave them still a lot of hardships however, there were still a lot of fun moments as they learned to adapt to each other’s lives. Its never easy to date a Gilmore Girl especially with the family ties baggage that comes along with it.

Logan & the Life and Death Brigade

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Season 5 took a lot of time building up the entrance of Logan as a love interest for Rory. Matt Czuchry does a great job and taking on this character. While I’m totally part of the Jess team, I do believe that Logan had to come into Rory’s life and teach her to not be afraid to live her life and actually experience it even if it meant taking risks and chances. Some of those ties to Logan did bring on some bad repercussions and Rory did try to change who she was for him but in the end, they do change each other for the better in many ways as well. However, Logan does draw many parallels to her own father and its probably why its takes a while for Lorelai to enjoy it. However, lots of great fun moments with them both good and bad.

Sookie and Jackson

I can’t remember if I’ve talked about it before but Sookie and Jackson are absolutely hilarious. Especially in Season 5, they also have a stronger arc as they embrace the arrival of their second child while Jackson fights for justice and then ends up running for Town Selectman (I think that’s the title) and his duties drive him crazy after he wins. Its all kinds of crazy as they both are truly hilarious characters that play off each other as a couple so well in the quirkiness and most awkward of ways.

Paris: Rory, Doyle, Yale Daily News

As the series goes on, its hard to not love Paris for her straight forward, blunt and no filter dialogue. She’s hilarious in both her expressions and just how she is. Both in her journalistic efforts which bring on some funny moments and in her eventual pursuit for her relationship with Doyle, the editor of Yale Daily News and is a slightly silly character as well. She and her ways is starting to be a solid part of Rory’s life that Rory herself seems to have accepted and learned to be okay with in general. Its a lot of fun times as they have clashy conversations which tend just get forgotten and their friendship grows stronger despite of it all.

Lane & Zach/Hep Alien

Hep Alien has spent a few seasons growing. Its characters involved also becoming more familiar. Particularly since Lane chose to rebel against her mom’s wishes to follow her own dreams which turns out that being an adult and living seems to be getting in the way in this season. Its great to see sucha motivated character in Lane especially as she starts to learn that he likes Zack of all people. Zack however does turn out to be one of slow but harmless characters and leads to their own good moments as they embrace the idea of being together and as their relationship develops and finds a balance within their band.

One of the arcs that I got why it happened but wasn’t a particular fan of:

The Second Try with Rory and Dean

Dean is an okay boyfriend. In perspective of him once being a great boyfriend, it felt inevitable that the arc would lead back there. The way it happened however was not something I particularly thought was good. However, Gilmore Girls succeeds in showing off the messiness of life and the bad decisions the Gilmore Girls all make before realizing what is right for them. Plus, first loves are known to linger on our minds so its hard to really fault anyone in this situation however, their second try might have the right feelings there but it seemed to still lack the timing and growth that they both needed.

Gilmore Girls’ season 5 succeeds as a whole as probably having some of the funniest moments of the show and leading the characters each into their own development. Time to get on with Season 6 shortly!

Somewhat of a detailed TV binge format here. I am still trying to figure out what works best.

TV Binge: Once Upon A Time (Season 4, 2014)

It has been WAY too long since the last time I watched Once Upon A Time. I watched Season 3 at least 2 years ago. Look at them now, its Season 7 and apparently the whole cast has changed. Anyways, I finally decided it was time so here we are. Hopping into Season 4 knowing only that Frozen princesses are included in the mix.

Once Upon a Time (Season 4)

Creator: Adam Horowitz & Edward Kitsis

Cast: Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin, Lana Parilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Colin O’ Donoghue, Emilie de Ravin, Robert Carlyle, Rebecca Mader, Sean Maguire, Victoria Smurfit, Georgina Haig, Kristin Bauer van Straten Elizabeth Lail, Merrin Dungey

I’ve always like how people use the fairy tale characters and twist their stories or their nature. That is exactly what Once Upon a Time has always excelled at. Jumping back in, it feels like I never left with the exception of a few details that I needed to read up to remind myself or most that came naturally through the characters’ conversations. Season 4 is an all around fun time. Its pretty much split into a few plots. The first is how Elsa is stuck in Storybrooke and then Anna and Kristoff also get there and they realize that its the Snow Queen that has been behind this the whole time. The second being of Rumpelstiltskin who wants to get his bond broken from the dagger so he can have his happy ending and this leads us to the hunt for the writer of Henry’s Storybook and also bringing in three villainesses: Maleficent, Ursula and Cruella de Vil.

once upon a time

These three plot lines were all great. For one, Elsa and Anna when this series aired was probably riding the wave from Disney’s Frozen. Its costume and characters are also inspired by it. All factors that work well. They do brings in how the Snow Queen factors into all of this. We will discuss villains later. Elsa and Anna’s tale factors into the whole Prince Charming link and its really nice to see how everyone works together. Putting that one aside, the hunt for the author started out for Regina and a little secret project she had with Henry. Its incredible to see that Regina having a lot of growth here even in one dangerous moments somewhat mocking her old self. Emma and Hook also have the center stage which I love to death. If only they could have just one moment of peace and be together, that would be so great.

once upon a time

The villains here are quite inspired. The Snow Queen’s final showdown was pretty great as it brought a lot of quarrel which in some part was more comedic than anything. Another plan going awry send Rumpelstiltskin to his depths as he searches for his happy ending and its pretty fun to watch them get pulled back into another story and get back out then proving that no matter what villains come into the picture, and how competent they could be like Cruella de Vil, Ursula and Maleficent, Rumpelstiltskin is still the most powerful enemy they could have. Is that more a compliment on how great of a character they’ve created or that the writers are out of ideas on how to create better villains? I choose the former because I’m a fan of the show and this season still was pretty good.

once upon a time

Season 4 was a jam-packed affair though. There were tons of plots and tangents. It had so many characters enter the scene and they tried to give them all a backstory while also dealing with the going ons of Storybrooke. It might have been a slight overkill but at least it never gets boring and thats all good for me.

Thats it this TV binge! Its time for Season 5!