I used to love The Closer so so hard… I will definitely have to schedule a re-watch!
It really stands up so far. I’m well into S3 and there’s so many little things that I’d forgotten, and I’m really impressed at how deftly they showed Brenda’s character soften and become a leader instead of the initial dictator position she was used to holding, and expected to be, when she arrived in Priority Homicide. And I love how utterly confident she is in herself and her abilities.
I loved that relationship a whole lot too. Really great.
They’re SO SO wonderful to watch. I like Fritz so much, and how he’s both dependable and completely open with his feelings both in love and frustration/anger. And how he makes Brenda, who constantly has 80 million possibilities running through her brain as she tries to sort out which one is correct and key to solving a murder, he makes her focus on the issue at hand and continually pushes her to declare her desires and feelings when all of her training has shown her how to “win” by perceiving everything and taking herself out of the equation.
Like I said, I’m only into season three but I’m falling in love with them all over again :)
in happier news… i’ve been rewatching “The Closer.”
I so love Brenda and Fritz’s relationship. I love the way they developed the characters from their courtship through their marriage, with big problems and small, and very much demonstrating the idea that marriage is often choosing to love someone over and over again.
Jonathan Fleming hugs his mom for the first time in 25 years.
NEW YORK – From the day of his 1989 arrest in a deadly New York City shooting, Jonathan Flemingsaid he had been more than 1,000 miles away, on a vacation at Disney World. Despite having documents to back him up, he was convicted of murder. Prosecutors now agree with him, and Fleming left a Brooklyn court as a free man…
They’re sort of adjacent to a lot of interesting questions about family/career but aren’t taking them on and don’t seem likely to. Which is a missed opportunity.
That’s a fantastic point. Plotwise, this is the second “oops” pregnancy — not just in the series, but in this season. They did “my life is empty/worthless with a baby” with Ann. Considering how much of the series is about Leslie and her career and ambitions, I would have much preferred them asking those questions instead of it just being a repeat of “oops” and “our lives are worthless without babies!”
I’m about the same - I’ll watch but I’ll let it pile up, and it’s just nowhere near as good as it used to be. Which still makes it an OK show. But I’m not really invested. (Aside: I need to talk to you abt Fleuvogs, will msg you!)
I feel the way I did about HIMYM — i kept watching although i didn’t really care about anyone anymore. It wasn’t until Barney’s manipulation of Robin, where he broke her down again and again, was brushed away with “oh, but it’s okay because he proposed and isn’t that the most romantic thing ever?!?” that i was so angry that I gave it up.
I’m not angry with Parks, just disappointed. I just checked my TIVO and realized that i missed even more than I thought, and I have very little interest in checking them out. That makes me sad — I miss the excited anticipation, the ache I had for everything to come in those 30 minutes. I’m sad that at 10pm on a Thursday, i realize that I’d forgotten that Parks was even on that night.
I feel like it’s become about the situations and not about the characters. (I feel the same way about Community, too) That always ruins it for me.
From the Parks season premiere, I was disappointed in how the writers seemed to forget who their characters were — well, aside from RON BEING ALL-KNOWING SAGE. And with forgetting who their characters are, their character arcs and paths feel patched together rather than the deliberate and lovely arcs they’d had in seasons earlier. I agree, we don’t need wacky situations — the show handled wacky in the most entertaining and engaging way when it was placed in relatable situations.
(Aside from the premiere, I haven’t seen Community this season, but i can see that happening.)
That’s too bad but understandable. I don’t really trust this show like I used to, in regards to how they’re going to handle this.
I’m a big believer in “trust the tale, not the teller,” but I don’t trust the show at all. I honestly feel like the endgame is now “hey, wasn’t it funny that i wanted to be President? That was so dumb of me — HAVING BABIES IS WAY MORE IMPORTANT!” We’ve already seen them spend two seasons explaining why Ann and Chris were a bad match only to turn around and say “HEY! BABIES ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN A COMPATIBLE RELATIONSHIP! EVERYONE NEEDS TO HAVE BABIES!”
And with Diane getting pregnant, that’s three pregnancies in one season. Is it lazy storytelling or a deliberate message that the only important thing in life is to have babies? I’m just not interested in following the Ann and Leslie sharing their pregnancy/labor/child-rearing adventures.
Part of why I’m so disappointed in that is because the show did such a wonderful job of illustrating the idea of making a family out of your friends, and now it seems to be saying that kind of family is nothing and worthless compared to the one you procreate.
I was so excited to have an awesome lady who loved her life, her husband, her relationships and was unapologetically ambitious in her career. Even if they don’t decide to make Leslie give up on her grand-scale political ambitions, they will inevitably be weighed against the “can she have it all?” question that is never, ever posed to men.
I completely respect that Schur, Poehler et al have the right to guide their series the way they want, but I don’t know if it’s something that interested in joining along anymore.
*Fictional character in coffin at funeral about to be buried*
They’ll be ok
When I watched Diane and Kalinda seeing Will’s body, I said out loud, several times, “Open your eyes, Will. Open them. This is a trick. I know it’s a trick on someone — i don’t know who or why, but I know you’re okay. Open your eyes.”
What’s a Hello Dolly bar??? Because there are good GF graham crackers, you see. Also, this video is lovely.
Oooh, Hello Dolly bars are the best! I’ve seen them called “magic bars” or seven layer bars,” but I’ve always known them as Hello Dolly bars. They are delicious, delicious crack :)
It’s a one-pan bar: graham cracker crust, pour sweetened condensed milk over it, drop in chocolate chips and shredded coconut. (Recipes often include nuts — walnuts or pecans — and butterscotch chips. I don’t include either as butterscotch is gross and nuts have NO BUSINESS IN BAKED GOODS.)
That breathtaking scoop was reported by Mother Jones earlier this week. The magazine found that Hobby Lobby’s 401(k) employee retirement plans had invested at least $73 million dollars in drug companies that produce contraception and abortion drugs. Hobby Lobby could have turned to investment firms that specialize in “faith-based investing” and avoided capitalizing the companies they say create products they find morally
“The fact that Hobby Lobby retirement funds are heavily invested in companies that make Plan B and Ella does raise questions about the sincerity of their religious opposition to having insurance companies provide those same drugs,” says Caroline Mala Corbin, a law professor at the University of Miami.
Unfortunately for supporters of Obama’s healthcare law, the news likely comes too late to matter to the high court’s deliberations, because Hobby Lobby’s investments are not part of the factual record before the court.
“The ‘wide-set vagina’ [line] is one I have a special affection for because that’s the line we had to throw ourselves in front of the train tracks with the MPAA [for], because they didn’t want to let us keep that line. We made a whole stink about them being sexist because ‘Anchorman’ had Will Ferrell walking around with an erection. Like, you really think a teenage girl speaking about her anatomy [is the problem]? We threw everything at them, and they finally said, ‘FINE! You can keep the line.’”—We talked to a whole slew of folks (director Mark Waters! Damian! Aaron Samuels! Kevin G! Gretchen Wieners!) about making Mean Girls — all in honor of the movie’s 10th (!!) anniversary. (via entertainmentweekly)
Robin Scherbatsky is a beautiful, intelligent, accomplished woman. However, for 14 years she apparently has not been able to have a successful relationship with a man who supports her career and isn’t interested in having kids and would love to travel the world with her. No, apparently Robin is like Mary in It’s a Wonderful Life if she had never met George Bailey—the lonely spinster who would have spent her life in the library.
I stopped watching the show after Barney’s proposal. I was so angry that the writers gave the message that it was okay that Barney had spent months manipulating Robin, with a deliberate intent to hurt her, because OMG HE PROPOSED! IT’S SO ROMANTIC!
So sadly, I’m not completely surprised that, in the end, the writers threw out any characterization of Robin as an independent woman who knew what she wanted from and in her life and went back to the idea that she’s just a prop for the male character’s development (Ted/Barney), and his trophy for the end of their particular journey.
It’s early. I’m nervous. I’m waiting out the morning rush hour so I can drive to high school. It’s not my high school. I’m 33. It’s been ten years since I taught high school and fifteen years since I attended high school. I’m going to a high school to talk about mental illness, which is a thing…
You should read this.
Although i’m not bipolar, so much of this resonated with me — most of which being the part about the boots. I do the same thing. I’ve often mentioned how most of my shoes are Fluevogs, but I have a select few that I wear when I’m going to an event where I’ll be nervous/anxious/onthevergeofanutterpanicattack. They’re the ones that make me the happiest, but more importantly, they’re the ones that people compliment regularly. They are my armor and my secret weapon to make people like me without realizing it. They are worth every one of the hundreds of dollars that i spend on them because they have paid me back tenfold in strength and comfort.
The end part? i was sobbing at my desk. and then i went to blabber at the evil co-worker sending me heartbreaking gifs and i was all ”i loved him/he loved you” in tears. two minutes later, my boss came over and barely choked out ”i loved him/he loved you” through tears.
this was four hours after we derailed a meeting to talk about the episode.
(also! i’m very surprised that you don’t watch it!)