Author Archives: Jennifer Ford
Season 2, Episode 9 – Queen Sugar returns, and in its mid-season premiere, it feels both dated and cliché.
Season 2, Episode 3 – Ooo, Sam might be in like with someone in “Better Things” when she has a rendezvous without their kids in wine country, and it’s surprisingly pleasant.
Season 2, Episode 16 – You might have to check your pulse if you watch this week’s episode of “Greenleaf” because it was beyond intense, with everyone’s storyline at a devilish height.
Season 2, Episode 15 – “Greenleaf” almost makes you believe that Pastor Greenleaf was an f-boy, but then you’ll be reminded of Lady Mae cheating. Oh, right. She is the f-boy.
Season 2, Episode 1 – Better Things opens its season 2 on Thursday with chaos – Max is dating a 35-year-old man, and like any normal mother, Sam is not here for it. Oh, did I mention Max is 16? And Duke is a creep.
Season 2, Episode 14 – Greenleaf continues to surprise me. Lady Mae acted all high and mighty a few episodes ago, but turns out she was a philanderer. Gigi gets intimate with Darius, and the conversation between Lionel and his son reach a point of no return. Our characters are at extreme highs and lows.
Season 2, Episode 13 – “Silence and Loneliness” are themes of Wednesday’s episode. Gigi deals with the consequences of staying silent about her own sexual violation by Uncle Mac. And loneliness creeps into First Lady Skanks’ life as her husband’s transgressions surface. Greenleaf presents several challenges for some of our favorites. Let’s see how they handle them.
Season 1, Episode 10 – A rubicon is a decisive, irrevocable step that one makes. Franklin, Teddy and Lucia have made theirs, and I am here for it. Finally, an episode of Snowfall that gives me all the feels. Gracias, John Singleton.
Season 2, Episode 12 – This “House Rules” episode of Greenleaf gives us more Rochelle and Pastor Greenleaf getting flirty with it. Charity goes on a date with a singer/songwriter (who can guess how that will end; and Gigi messes it up with the Rick Fox character (come on, girl!). Seems like the Greenleafs preach about rules, but they’re not so good at following them.
Season 1, Episode 9 – Something might actually be tingling inside me for Snowfall. Are they feelings? Do I actually care now? I think yes. But to a certain degree. Franklin is really getting on my nerves. Teddy is just as goofy as ever. Lucia isn’t as much of a boss lady as I thought. And Oso just might be a douche bag.
Season 2, Episode 11 – Greenleaf brings the drama because it’s a show about high-falutin’ southern Christians. They’re bound to mess up because they’re riding on such high horses. Pastor Greenleaf is about to fall because of a beautiful temptress. Lady Mae is about to fall because she wants to beat the temptress down. And so on and so forth. And oh yeah, there’s a Pastor named Skanks.
Season 1, Episode 8 – Life before crack wasn’t perfect, but it was life before crack, so it was better. Now, we will get to see just how effed up crack made Black LA neighborhoods in Snowfall. And Franklin, our hero, is the devil who gets this all started. How do I feel about that? Indifferent. And that’s a problem.
Season 2, Episode 10 – Greenleaf has become a guilty pleasure. With all of the elements that make a drama oh-so-dramatic, I feel relieved when it’s over. I’m able to snap out of the “Greenleaf” spell to realize that their life isn’t my life. Whew! (But it does make me yearn for more).
Season 1, Episode 7 – The thing with Snowfall is that it is painstakingly cerebral. When will I get to feel something for the characters? Thinking, “oh, that’s interesting” or “Hmmm, that’s how this and that relate to each other” is tiring. This episode finally allows us to shake hands with crack. Hopefully, writing with emotion will follow.
Season 2, Episode 9 – Greenleaf returned for its mid-season premiere on Tuesday night. Gigi, indeed, killed Mac. Kevin finally admits (to himself) that he is gay. And Lady Mae grieves her brother’s death because of a stunning reveal. All of the Greenleaf members are where we left them – in some shit.
Season 1, Episode 10 – Claws came to an end tonight. This episode killed a few folks, kidnapped a Black child instead of a White one, and exposed Roller’s real murderer. The steady balance between the predictable and the unpredictable was mastered in this series.
Season 1, Episode 6 – Snowfall is playing with my emotions. Just when I think the show is getting hella corny, it takes me to a place where I am pleasantly surprised. Franklin’s vulnerability is a creative turn-on. How will this cornball of a drug-dealing kid survive “The White Girl” era?
Season 1, Episode 9 – “Ambrosia” is the perfect name for this episode of Claws. It’s something that Desna claims she will have as a salad with her Haitian boo. It is also something that is a disaster. This episode is full of them – Desna is on the brink of death; Quiet Anne has to set up the love of her life; and Dean will propose to Virginia. Ambrosia!
Season 1, Episode 5 – We need to talk about how annoyed I am with Snowfall. It’s due to all the cliched-ness. Of course, Franklin wants to return to the drug game. Duh. What did we expect him to do? And of course, Alejandro wakes up out of a coma to fly from Nicaragua to LA. Ugh.
Season 1, Episode 8 – Claws officially resurrects Roller from the dead. He enters Desna’s shop with amnesia, happy to see her beautiful face. She awaits the moment when he remembers that she and Virginia popped him in the chest. And on cue, he does. But it doesn’t turn out the way you’d expect.
Season 1, Episode 4 – Snowfall left me disappointed. I’m not convinced that Franklin would leave the industry so soon. Everything about him makes me think that this is only a temporary leave, but if it isn’t then shame on Singleton for perpetuating such a cliché.
Season 1, Episode 7 – Roller has escaped! And Virginia is there to witness it. Meanwhile, Desna is finally able to move on from washing money for Uncle Daddy, but as I’ve said before, when the ish hits the fan, it will hit hard. And it does in Sunday night’s episode of Claws.
Season 1, Episode 3 – Things have gotten real on Snowfall. Franklin enlists help to recoup his stolen merch, but the help uses a weapon Franklin has never been exposed to. Our protagonist is biting off more than he chew, but he’s committed.
Season 1, Episode 6 – Desna wins NailPalm, a nail competition that puts her on the map as one bad nail technician. She is finally on the road to making all of her professional dreams come true. But in the land of Claws, there is always something waiting in the wings to hold her back.
Season 1, Episode 2 – Snowfall is still holding my attention, but Teddy is getting on my nerves. He is unbelievably surprised at how dirty the drug business is. Isn’t he a CIA agent? Franklin gets his first taste of the consequences of dealing, and Lucia carries her own unique burden.
Season 1, Episode 5 – Claws finds Roller’s killer – the Coombs’, a foster family that committed every type of abuse you can think of on Desna and her brother, Dean. Who feels sad for a couple of child molesters? No one. Kudos to Desna. But it turns out that Roller is actually alive. Oh crap, Desna.
Season 1, Episode 1 – I am hooked on Snowfall. John Singleton has done it again – created a show that tells the doggone truth. This time it’s about ‘Merica’s cocaine genesis. What better show to watch after the 4th?
Season 1, Episode 4 – Polly is confronted with her past – one that was based on a lie. Desna attempts to escape Uncle Daddy finding out that she had something to do with Roller’s death. And Ken, the anxious drug dealer, is kidnapped. Claws continues to bring the drama this week.
Season 1, Episode 3 – Claws presents…Virginia telling a weird kidnap story that involves pigs sucking on her toes while a burlap potato sack covers her face. Yes, these are lies, but she is hoping these lies will keep her and Desna out of trouble.
Season 3, Episode 20 – Jane the Virgin ends its third season with a bang! Rather, a hurricane. Jane finds her first love through her last love. Rafael behaves like a typical ocean creature. And Ro and Xo tie the knot – although Ro is expecting a baby with another woman.