An Open Letter To The Writers Of ‘Jane The Virgin’ – Let’s Talk About Raf

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Confession: I thought I would hate Jane the Virgin. The premise – a virgin gets artificially inseminated by accident – was just too wacky for me to wrap my head around, but I gave it a shot. It’s now one of my favorite new shows, along with Selfie (RIP) and How To Get Away With Murder. And, while I’ve gotten over the crazy premise (aforementioned), the larger-than-life characters (I’m looking at you, Rogelio) and the all too convenient coincidences (Raf is Jane’s babydaddy/boss/first kiss), one thing that I can’t get over is the ridiculous idea that Raf could actually be worthy of Jane, and here’s why:

1) Why did Rafael ever marry Petra?

Seriously, the girl has no redeeming qualities. Sure, Petra’s clearly skilled in the art of manipulation, but how did she manage to tame pre-cancer/playboy Raf? It’s gotta take more than some silky lingerie and well chosen words to get a rich Hugh Hefner wannabe to put a ring on it – just sayin’.

Follow up questions: Was Petra always a gold digger? Was her mother always in the picture, or did she something happen to her after the wedding? (Yes, these are more about Petra than Raf, but in my defense Petra is more of an extension of Raf than her own character.)

2) What is Rafael’s problem with Michael? Continue reading “An Open Letter To The Writers Of ‘Jane The Virgin’ – Let’s Talk About Raf”

‘The Newsroom’ Recap: Save Neal Sampat!

The Newsroom is back for its third and final season, and, with only six episodes left in the series, Aaron Sorkin is making each one count.

“Boston” found ACN jumping through hoops trying to keep up with the breaking news of the Boston Marathon bombing while Sloan Sabbith (Olivia Munn) and Neal Sampat (Dev Patel) chased their own stories on the side.

First, Mac (Emily Mortimer) and Will (Jeff Daniels) are still happily engaged and arguing about bridesmaids and groomsmen – Mac has nine bridesmaids (looks like someone finally got some female friends), but Will only has four guys he feels comfortable asking to stand up with him. Mac suggests Brian Williams, but Will shoots that down – he’s worried Mac will ditch him for Bri-Wills at the altar. Their pre-marital bickering is interrupted when Mac spots an explosion on one of the monitors – a bomb went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Continue reading “‘The Newsroom’ Recap: Save Neal Sampat!”

5 Reasons Why ‘The Mindy Project’ Is the Best

It’s been almost TWO whole weeks since the last new episode of The Mindy Project–and I’m slowly falling into a pit of despair without it. Thankfully, Hulu just uploaded the show’s entire Paley Fest panel, which has provided me with my Chris Messina fix.  After watching the panel, I was inspired to start watching the show from the beginning…again. Looking at the early episodes, I was reminded why I fell in love with the show in the first place, and I want to share those reasons with you. RIGHT. NOW.

1) Mindy Kaling, the creator/writer/star of the show, is fabulous.  Not only is she a trailblazer for women of color, but she also crafted a character who is desperately trying to be ‘the perfect woman’–and is constantly failing, making her someone you can relate to.  The character of Mindy may be cooler than you, it’s true, but she’s not so much cooler than you that wishing you were her will make you depressed (*cough* Serena van der Woodsen *cough*).  Plus, she’s hilarious and narrates her life…out loud…to strangers. Let’s face it–we’ve all wanted to do that at one point in our lives.

2) The show is grounded in a humorous examination of romantic comedies.  Not an episode goes by without an allusion to You’ve Got Mail or Sleepless Seattle (two of Mindy’s favorites), and it’s fun to see how the expectations movies inspire clash with Mindy’s reality in the show.  Like how going to the top of the Empire State Building or ice skating in Rockefeller Plaza is actually just a lot of waiting in line. Now I’ll know to cross those off my romance bucket list… Continue reading “5 Reasons Why ‘The Mindy Project’ Is the Best”

OUAT 2.02 Recap at tvforfreaks.com

Hey everyone!

Don’t forget to check out my Once Upon A Time recap at TV For Freaks!  Remember, please feel free to post in the comments if you want to discuss the episode.

It was a pretty great episode, that focused on Charming and Regina, as the two struggled to make their place in a magical Storybrooke.  Definitely not an episode you want to miss!

Once Upon A Time — The Curse is ‘Broken’ 2.01 Recap

Hello iWatchiAm readers! If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, or have explored it a bit since you’ve stumbled upon it, you know that I started writing recaps of ABC’s Once Upon A Time towards the end of last season.  Well, in an exciting twist, I have been asked to contribute to tvforfreaks, a website that brings multiple authors together to write on many many shows and films, and will now be posting my OUAT recaps there.  Of course, this does not mean that I am abandoning my blog here at iWatchiAm.  I will only be posting the OUAT recaps on tvforfreaks, nothing more, and I will always post the link here as well.

So, click here for the link! Please read it and tell me what you think! You can post thoughts and reactions in the comment section here, if you’d like me to get back to them faster.  And, as always, don’t forget to contribute your theories on what might come next!

‘Partners’ — The New Show I’ll Be Watching Tonight

 

Partners, the new sitcom from the creators of Will & Grace, premieres tonight at 8:30 on CBS.  The show follows the ups and downs of two best friends, Joe and Louis, as they try to balance their intense friendship and business partnership while trying to sustain serious romantic relationships of their own.  The twist? Joe (played by Numb3rs star David Krumholtz) is straight, and Louis (played by Ugly Betty‘s Michael Urie).  The promos for the show don’t exactly promise anything particularly innovative; the real draw here is the cast.

I have been waiting for Michael Urie to return to TV ever since Ugly Betty was cancelled in 2010.  As fashion assistant/snarky bully, Mark St. James, Michael Urie provided the show with some of it’s funniest, and most touching, moments.  The show also stars Brandon Routh (Superman Returns), as Louis’ boyfriend, and Sophia Bush (One Tree Hill) as Joe’s girlfriend, Ali.

The show’s success will depend on how engaging and charming the leads can be.  And, though it might not be earth-shattering, I think the actors can make it into something worth watching. Will you be watching?  Need an extra push?  Check out the video below to hear Michael Urie and Sophia Bush sing a song about their new show!

Now, let’s just hope the show lives up to the awesomeness of that video.

Revolution Premiere Review — How Much Mythology Can One Show Take?

Revolution, airing Monday nights at 10 on NBC, is the new high concept, high action show of the 2012 fall season.  The pilot, produced by J.J. Abrams and directed by Jon Favreau (director of the first two Iron Man films), was action packed, with so many effects and perfect sets, it rivals the elaborate pilot of Lost (that one directed by J.J. himself) in it’s grandeur.  Featuring a cast of little-known actors (other than Twilight dad, Billy Burke, and Lost alum, Elizabeth Mitchell), the show doesn’t have much in terms of star power, for which, I am glad.  It’s one thing to have a crazy premise, and quite another to stick a celebrity in it.

The story of Revolution begins with an event: the power goes off.  No electronic devices work, the world goes dark, but no one knows why.  Anarchy ensues, though we don’t see it, and, 15 years after the blackout, a militia led by ‘General Monroe’ (David Lyons) has taken control of a part of the country.  One man who holds information of the blackout on a secret flash drive (hidden in a necklace), is Ben Matheson (Tim Guinee), and his knowledge makes him and his brother, Miles (Billy Burke) targets of a militia search.  When a militia team, lead by gun-wielding Captain Tom Neville (played by the fear-inspiring Giancarlo Esposito from Breaking Bad and Once Upon A Time), finds Ben in his compound, he is accidentally shot and killed, leading his two teenage children on a wild adventure.  So as not to return empty handed, the militia takes Ben’s asthmatic son, Danny, which sends big sister, Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) on a mission to find her mythical uncle, Miles, so that she can rescue her brother. Continue reading “Revolution Premiere Review — How Much Mythology Can One Show Take?”