Author Archives: Jennifer Ford

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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AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE Review: “Can’t Hide It Anymore”

american housewive excerptSeason 1, Episode 23 – American Housewife presents Anna-Kat as the favorite child who hates being the favorite. Skurt! Dear Anna-Kat, you should never give up your favorite status. You will need it later!

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JANE THE VIRGIN Reviews: “Chapter Sixty-Three”

jane the virgin excerptSeason 3, Episode 19 – Jane the Virgin is a bridesmaid, and like all good bridesmaids, she is a fixer. She attempts to not only fix her parents’ wedding, but she tries to fix her baby daddy up with Petra. Keep in mind she is technically his ex-girl. Oy vey.

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GUERRILLA Review: “105” / “106”

guerilla excerptSeason 1, Episode 6 – Guerrilla is not about the Black Power Movement. It is about the love triangle among Jas, Marcus and Kent. These three nut bags are more concerned about who is shagging who as opposed to the liberation of Black Brits. They are a classic of example of how not to lead a movement.

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AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE Review: “Dude, Where’s My Napkin?”

american housewive excerptSeason 1, Episode 22 – American Housewife is a gem. Katie and Greg decide to party like it’s 1999, leading Otto to forget the title for his new book. The kids try to take advantage of their parents not remembering anything, and of course, Katie has a falling out with someone. Sadly, it’s Angela.

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JANE THE VIRGIN Review: “Chapter Sixty-Two”

jane the virgin excerptSeason 3, Episode 18 – Well, well, well. Things are heating up on Jane the Virgin. Jane gets her wish – a fling with Fabian. Ro and Xo start thinking about an extravagant wedding – something they both really want. And Mateo asks how he was created – oh, boy.

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GUERRILLA Review: “104”

guerilla excerptSeason 1, Episode 4 – Well, isn’t this interesting? Guerrilla is giving me life now. I feel like John Ridley’s pen may be revealing something I’ve been feeling all along – Jas is a fraud. Marcus puts it best when he says that she, an immigrant, was to be celebrated while he, a Black man, wants to liberate Black people. Hmph.

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AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE Review: “The Club”

american housewive excerptSeason 1, Episode 21 – American Housewife has surpassed 20 episodes. The 21st is about something I struggle with – the production of getting into the pool. Katie hates it. She hates the unveiling and the stroll, mostly because the skinny minnies judge her.

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JANE THE VIRGIN Review: “Chapter Sixty One”

jane the virgin excerptSeason 3, Episode 17 – Jane the Virgin shows us the horny side of Jane. Yep. Jane, the former virgin, is a horn dog. Rafael discovers that he really wants to be with Petra. Abuela decides that remaining silent amid xenophonia isn’t an option, and Xo proposes to Rogelio.

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GUERRILLA Review: “103”

guerilla excerptSeason 1, Episode 3 – Here, we go again. Guerrilla is disconnected. Is this a movement for the Unification of People of Color or is this the Black Liberation Movement? Jas believes it is the former while Marcus declares it’s the latter. What am I watching?

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JANE THE VIRGIN Review: “Chapter Sixty”

jane the virgin excerptSeason 3, Episode 16 – Jane the Virgin continues to “wow” us. Abuela is working on getting her groove back. Rogelio is still struggling with not being the hottest telenovela star. Rafael likes Petra (ew). Oh! And Jane is a published author, but she has to air all her dirty laundry to make it a hit.

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BATES MOTEL Review: “The Cord”

bates motel excerptSeason 5, Episode 10 – The cord still hasn’t been cut between Norma and Norman on Bates Motel. Norman is dead, but I’m disappointed. The series’ finale deserves something better than Dylan killing his brother. Or did he?

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GUERRILLA Review: “102”

guerilla excerptSeason 1, Episode 2 – Guerrilla continues to struggle in justifying why Jas, an Asian woman, is so invested in the Black Liberation Movement in the UK. She ambushes the Rhodesia house, shoots someone, and then terrorizes the other guests. Without knowing her backstory, she just seems like a career activist.

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AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE Review: “The Walk”

american housewive excerptSeason 1, Episode 20 – Drones, drones, drones. Every show is going crazy with them. American Housewife is no different. Taylor is smacked in the head by one, and this makes me nervous. Disclosure: I work in risk management for a studio.

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