Author Archives: Jennifer Ford

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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BATES MOTEL Review: “Visiting Hours?

bates motel excerptSeason 5, Episode 9 – Freddie Highmore is brilliant. Point. Blank. Period. He transforms Norman into a mentally ill killer that you love in Bates Motel. Highmore flows between Norma and Norman so smoothly in this episode that you can’t help but hope that he gets an Emmy nom.

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GUERRILLA Review: “Pilot”

guerilla excerptSeason 1, Episode 1 – Guerilla is boring. Unfortunate because this John Ridley-created series is inspired by the real-life 1971 Black Liberation Movement. Jas and Marcus are at the forefront, and this is what makes it boring. It seems to be more about them justifying their mixed-race relationship than the cause.

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AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE Review: “The Polo Match”

american housewive excerptSeason 1, Episode 19 – American Housewife continues to teach us how to navigate adulthood. This week, the lesson is – Leave past friends in the past (or they will mess up your steez).

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BATES MOTEL Review: “The Body”

bates motel excerptSeason 5, Episode 8 – So, Chicky is dead, killed by ex-Sheriff Alex Romero in Monday night’s episode of Bates Motel. But for what? He got on his nerves. With Norman in jail, it seems the town of White Pine Bay is in a tizzy. Why haven’t people suspected him before?

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THE GET DOWN Review: Episodes 10-11

The Get Down ExcerptSeason 1, Episodes 10-11 – Seems like The Get Down gave up on itself. I expected to review 3 more episodes. Apparently, there are only 2 more. They are better than the first 3, but inconsistency kills this story’s chances of being liked. I guess the writers were like, “F*** it”. I share that sentiment.

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THE GET DOWN Review: Episodes 7-9

The Get Down ExcerptSeason 1, Episodes 7-9 – The Get Down returns, and it continues in its tradition of bringing us an “aggressively mediocre” (borrowed from Damon Young of VSB notoriety) story. There are only two things that save it from being a double dose of disaster – the comic book perspective and The Get Down Brothers’ performances. Otherwise, it’s wack.

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AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE Review: “The Otto Motto”

american housewive excerptSeason 1, Episode 18 – American Housewife teaches us that it is not cool to give up. If that’s the case, then I need to re-evaluate everything I’ve quit in life – jobs, relationships, projects, and “Luke Cage”. This week’s lesson is well-meaning but a little full of poo. IJS.

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BATES MOTEL Review: “Inseparable”

bates motel excerptSeason 5, Episode 7 – Bates Motel is crazy af right now. Norman is fully aware of his insanity, but he continues to give in to it. Dylan, his brother, tries to help him, but he realizes he can’t when he witnesses Norman go into full scene mode with “Mother”.

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HUMANS Review: “208”

humans excerptSeason 2, Episode 8 – All hell has broken loose. Humans has unleashed all synths just to save one – Anita. Although Anita is certainly worth it, I can’t imagine how the synths’ new consciousness will affect the world.

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HUMANS Review: “207”

humans excerptSeason 2, Episode 7 – Episode 7 gives me all the feels. I actually feel sorry for Hester, the murderer. I feel sad that Karen wants to become completely human for Pete, but now he’s dead. And it’s very clear that humans are intimidated by their creations. The synth v. human war has begun.

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BATES MOTEL Review: “Dreams Die First”

bates motel excerptSeason 5, Episode 5 – First thing’s first – Rihanna! Bates Motel introduces us to another side of Rihanna – her acting chops. I’ve been looking forward to this episode, and it didn’t disappoint. In other news, Norman can’t find Norma anywhere. But again, Rihanna!

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HUMANS Review: “206”

humans excerptSeason 2, Episode 6 – Monday night’s episode of Humans incites several questions: 1. as humans, when we do know our purpose?; 2. As newly awakened synths, when will they know theirs?; 3. Why do we assume that every synth is mentally stable (see: Hester)?; and 4. Why did I think Dr. Athena’s lover was her daughter?

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JANE THE VIRGIN Review: “Chapter Fifty-Eight”

jane the virgin excerptSeason 3, Episode 14 – Ok, so….Rafael wants that old thing back (with Petra)? Xiomara finally realizes she and Bruce should have left the past in the past. Rogelio learns to never confide in a 4 year old. And Jane is finally able to not cry when talking about her late husband. Jane the Virgin doesn’t disappoint.

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PaleyFest Highlights: “The Walking Dead”

walking dead excerptThe Walking Dead doesn’t need any monsters. It is a monster. Paley Fest’s feature of this iconic show proves that each actor is beloved by fans, and even the executive producers get a little bit of action, too.

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AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE Review: “Other People’s Marriages”

american housewive excerptSeason 1, Episode 17 – Katie meddles in Viv’s marriage (Is this a surprise?). Katie tells her that she shouldn’t have to hide clothing purchases from her husband. If he gets upset, then he’s a douche. So, Viv leaves him. #WestportProblems. American Housewife is ridiculous. But good.

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BATES MOTEL Review: “Hidden”

bates motel excerptSeason 5, Episode 4 – Bates Motel makes it very clear that what’s-her-face is a thirst trap. Norman gives her his dead mother’s clothes. She ends up wearing them on their first date and seduces him while mixing cake batter. These strange people are made for each other.

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HUMANS Review: “205”

humans excerptSeason 2, Episode 5 – So, Humans is in the business of creating kid androids now? Oh, boy. Renie schools us when she says synthetics with green eyes are bonded while those with blue are un-bonded. A little boy with blue eyes shakes Pete’s hand. Is Pete there to buy him?

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AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE Review: “The Bag Lady”

american housewive excerptSeason 1, Episode 18 – Katie threatens the family that without her, they would all be lost. I wanted her to go down in flames for that assertion, but she’s right. Her family is hopeless without her. This is yet another win for this American Housewife.

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BATES MOTEL Review: “Bad Blood”

bates motel excerptSeason 5, Episode 3 – Bates Motel digs deeper into Caleb’s relationship with his sister, Norma. It’s a dark one. He raped her when they were younger. Oh, boy. This family sure has a lot of problems.

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HUMANS Review: “204”

humans excerptSeason 2, Episode 4 – Conscious Transference: the scientific endeavor to transfer a human being’s consciousness to an android. This is what Dr. Athena is trying to do for her comatose girlfriend. Milo, the brain behind synthetics, wants her to help him bring this concept to life. Here, Humans paints a blurrier line between synthetics and humans.

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EMERALD CITY REVIEW: “No Place Like Home”

emerald city excerptSeason 1, Episode 10 – Dorothy returns to Kansas in the season finale of Emerald City. But it doesn’t take long for her to be summoned back to Oz, her true home. I guess NBC thinks this story is worth a season 2. I disagree.

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WHEN WE RISE Reviews: “Night IV”

when we rise excerptSeason 1, Episode 4 – Night IV of When We Rise ends on a high note. The Defense of Marriage Act is found unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court, affording gay and lesbian couples the right to marry. It is an incredible feat for a movement with beginnings in the 70s.

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WHEN WE RISE Review: “Night III”

when we rise excerptSeason 1, Episode 3 – When We Rise continues to struggle in a few areas: 1. The characters’ stories are unbelievably shallow; and 2. They pack way too much in a 2-hour episode. The adult versions of Ken Jones and Cleve Jones are played by Michael K. Williams and Guy Pearce., respectively. Their performances attempt to give more depth, but it still falls short.

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WHEN WE RISE Review: “Night II”

when we rise excerptSeason 1, Episode 2 – I have to get this off my chest. Why is the second episode two hours as well? ABC, stop. Now that that’s out of the way, I have to note how amazing Jonathan Majors is. He portrays a young Ken Jones, a gay Black activist in When We Rise. His work, along with Cleve Jones continues.

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WHEN WE RISE Review: “Part I”

when we rise excerptSeason 1, Episode 1 – When We Rise is a dramatic series on ABC that chronicles the LGBTQ movement in the early 70s. It is inspired by Cleve Jones’ real-life activist history. While a solid episode, I wish it wasn’t 2 hours. Hollywood, this can’t be a thing.

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BATES MOTEL Review: “The Convergence of the Twain”

bates motel excerptSeason 5, Episode 2 – I feel a little jipped. I thought Rihanna was supposed to make a guest appearance on Monday’s episode of Bates Motel. Clearly, I was mistaken. There is plenty to still talk about – namely that Norman is reading a book called “The Art of Mummification”.

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