Author Archives: Jennifer Ford

QUEEN SUGAR Review: “Yet I Do Marvel”

Season 2, Episode 9 – Queen Sugar returns, and in its mid-season premiere, it feels both dated and cliché.

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BETTER THINGS Review: “Robin”

Better Things ExcerptSeason 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.

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GREENLEAF Review: “The Pearl”

greenleaf excerptSeason 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.

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GREENLEAF Review: “Two by Two”

greenleaf excerptSeason 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.

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BETTER THINGS Review: “September”

Better Things ExcerptSeason 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.

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GREENLEAF Review: “The Father’s Will”

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.

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GREENLEAF Review: “Silence and Loneliness”

greenleaf excerptSeason 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.

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SNOWFALL Review: “The Rubicon”

snowfall excerptSeason 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.

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GREENLEAF Review: “House Rules”

greenleaf excerptSeason 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.

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SNOWFALL Review: “Story of a Scar”

snowfall excerptSeason 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.

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GREENLEAF Review: “Changing Season”

greenleaf excerptSeason 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.

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SNOWFALL Review: “Baby Teeth”

snowfall excerptSeason 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.

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GREENLEAF Review: “Call Not Complete”

greenleaf excerptSeason 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).

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SNOWFALL Review: “Cracking”

snowfall excerptSeason 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.

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GREENLEAF Review: “The Bear”

greenleaf excerptSeason 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.

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CLAWS Review: “Avalanche”

claws bannerSeason 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.

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SNOWFALL Review: “A Long Time Coming”

snowfall excerptSeason 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?

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CLAWS Review: “Ambrosia”

claws bannerSeason 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!

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SNOWFALL Review: “seven-four”

snowfall excerptSeason 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.

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CLAWS Review: “Teatro”

claws bannerSeason 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.

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SNOWFALL Review: “Trauma”

snowfall excerptSeason 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.

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CLAWS Review: “Escape”

claws bannerSeason 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.

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SNOWFALL Review: “Slow Hand”

snowfall excerptSeason 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.

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CLAWS Review: “Self-Portrait”

claws bannerSeason 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.

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SNOWFALL Review: “Make Them Birds Fly”

snowfall excerptSeason 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.

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CLAWS Review: “Bats…”

claws bannerSeason 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.

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SNOWFALL Review: “Pilot”

snowfall excerptSeason 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?

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CLAWS Review: “Fallout”

claws bannerSeason 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.

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CLAWS Review: “Quicksand”

claws bannerSeason 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.

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JANE THE VIRGIN Review: “Chapter Sixty-Four”

jane the virgin excerptSeason 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.

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