A Million Little Things – s01 ep 01 – “Pilot” – SERIES PREMIERE

[Attention! This post contains strong themes such as suicide, alcoholism and infidelity!]

ABC’s attempt at a “This Is Us” type show.

Ron Livingston, Romany Malco, Grace Park, James Roday, David Giuntoli, Christina Marie Moses, Allison Miller, and Christina Ochoa in A Million Little Things (2018)Instead of family, it all revolves around a group of friends: Eddie, Rome, Gary and Jon have been friends for a decade, they go to hockey games and spend time together with their respective families.

They had stuck together through think and thin, marriages, kids and even cancer.

At first, we meet them in the same moment, those few minutes that will change their lives forever.

We see Jon (Ron Livingstone) closing a deal in this office, Gary (James Roday) in a hospital gown, waiting to find out if his cancer is back, Eddie (David Giuntoli) on the phone, planning to leave his wife for another woman and Rome (Romany Malco) who is trying to end his own life by swallowing a ton of pills.

But it’s not Rome who dies: it’s Jon. He jumps off his balcony and kills himself.

We then deal with the aftermath of this tragic even, Gary telling Jon’s wife Delilah (Stephanie Szostak) that he is dead, we meet Rome’s wife Regina (Christina Marie Moses).

Stephanie Szostak, Christina Marie Moses, and Allison Miller in A Million Little Things (2018)

Gary hooks up with one of the other cancer survivor at his therapy group, Maggie (Allison Miller)…

… who he later brings to his friend’s funeral.

Eddie gives a powerful eulogy, talking about Jon’s belief that everything happened for a reason and the instrumental role Jon had on his sobriety.

In between these events there are little flashbacks of previous ones, like Rome’s attempt at suicide or Ashley (Christina Ochoa), Jon’s secretary, unresolved mystery of hiding a folder with Delilah’s name on it and Jon’s last phone call, which was to Eddie.

After the wake, Eddie, Gary and Rome go to a hockey game, a tradition the group of friends has had for a long time. They all got season tickets, because that was the thing they all had in common when they met, stuck in a faulty elevator for 2 hours.

Romany Malco and Christina Marie Moses in A Million Little Things (2018)

There are secrets after secrets that are being revealed throughout the episode, like Regina’s failed restaurant, Rome opens up to his friends about his suicide attempt, Jon’s last deal was buying a building for Regina’s new business venture, the contents of the folder with Delilah’s name on it, something called “Rutledge” and we find out who is the woman Eddie has been having an affair with:

Delilah

Jon’s wife.

 

I was shocked. For a moment. I should have probably figured it out, it might have been obvious but I am tired, okay! And I took some medicine that is making me loopy.

A Million Little Things (2018)

Honestly, I was entertained. It was not nearly as emotional as “This Is Us” but this is not just focused on friendship and family. It’s a more soap-opera version of NBC’s hit that does not only involved feelings but there is a mystery component to it.

People are hiding secrets and just from this first episode, we are perfectly aware that once they will come up, they will shatter these people’s lives forever. 

I’ve missed James Roday on my screen. I’ve been a fan of Psych for a loooooong time and this more dramatic role suits him perfectly. I am not familiar with the rest of the cast but it’s very well-done.

It’s not that glossy Riverdale-like show where everybody looks perfect all the time. Sure they are all good-looking people, I mean, guys… It’s ABC. But they tried to give it that indie/rugged vibe and it kinda works.

This was in my “Shows I’m Keeping an Eye on” and I will definitely be watching again next week.

What did you think about it? What do you really think happened to Jon (because remember? We did not see him actually jump!)? Are you intrigued by the story? Did you like the show? What are your thoughts on it?

Tweet at me, find me on tumblr or send me an email! Let’s chat!

xxx

Georgia

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13 Reasons Why Season 2 Left Me Confused and Unsatisfied

Attention! The following post contains spoilers on ALL the episodes of “Thirteen Reasons Why” and sensitive topics such as sexual assault, rape and suicide. You’ve been warned!

So, three months after season 2 came out and everybody stopped talking about it, I finally decided to watch it. And it took me almost another month to write this post. It’s been hell.

Let me get something out real quick: I knew it was not going to be as good as the first one. It is a known fact that sequels are worst than its original concept, especially if you only had the first season planned.

Here is the list of all 13 reasons why “13 reasons why” left me confused and unsatisfied:

The Justin Plot hole

how did they not notice this? They thought we would not notice? Justin was Bryce’s best friend and he did not know about the clubhouse? PLEASE.

Clay

He is unbearable. I cannot stand him. He is the worst. So annoying and somehow always making the worst decision possible. He sucks and I hate him.

Bryce’s sentence

Bryce’s minimal “sentence” was disheartening. I really thought they were going to show some hope and spread a positive message that horrible crimes such as these are not to be left unpunished. They went with reality and a real depiction of what sadly happens every day.

Chloe’s betrayal of all women

Chloe’s refusal to acknowledge Bryce’s toxic behaviour made me so mad. I hoped she would be strong and speak up, instead she defended him. Her unplanned pregnancy at the end of the last episode was not particularly shocking but hopefully it will lead to an interesting storyline in season 3. That being said, she betrayed women.

I understand not speaking up, of course. Jessica didn’t want to and that’s her choice and it has to be respected. But defending him? NAH.

Hannah’s truths

Hannah recorded the tapes but she didn’t tell the whole truth. She left out her sort of friendship with Bryce, her romance with Zach and more. Why would she do that?

You record cassettes so that the people who pushed you to commit suicide realise what they did and yet, you don’t put everything in them? Was it because the writers needed more material for season 2?

I did not understand that decision.

Hannah’s faults

What really bothered my about this season, is that they blamed Hannah for killing herself. Clay shouts it at her (or rather his own hallucination of her) a one point and I was so pissed off by that.

Clay’s reaction is understandable: he is quite self-centred and he also does not comprehend her decision of taking her own life.

The whole season sees Hannah’s suicide as something she did to other people in her life instead of what it actually was. A girl who was so broken and couldn’t bear to spend any more time on Earth. She didn’t do it to other people, she did it to herself. She killed herself.

THE Bathroom Scene

It was so raw. It was almost as painful as Hannah’s rape scene in the 1st season. It made me sick to my stomach. They wanted to go for the “shock effect” and they did it. It was unbearable to watch.

I know there was a lot of controversy around this particular scene and I perfectly understand why. It was so violent and just thinking about it, makes me shiver.

Jessica & Justin

What. The. Fuck.

I appreciated a lot Justin’s storyline. it was a story of redemption and of forgiveness.

But there is a difference between forgiving someone for not having prevented your rape from happening and kissing him in the locker room. That really bothered me. I just want Jessica to be happy and deal with what was done to her in the most healthy way possible.

Hannah As A Ghost

Why did they do this? Why? It was terrible. I hated it. She died. Stop bringing her back. and what is worse, they brought her back as a figment of Clay’s imagination.

No.

Where are the adults?

I mean! There is almost no honest dialogue between the parents and the kids.

This is the reason the show should be targeted to parents instead of teenagers: by seeing the show they might get a better understanding of what goes on in the life of their children.

Parents could be scared into installing a line of dialogue with their kids.

“Please dream your dreams”

This was the worst line I’ve ever heard on a TV show. It screams sloppy and cheesy writing and I hate it.

Not even Kate Walsh could save this monstrosity.

Guns

How can people of all ages get their hands of so many guns? America, you have a problem. Can’t you freaking see it?!

Guns should not circulate this freely!!! #GunControlNow

Clay

Yes, Clay again. My hatred for him has to be mentioned twice in this list. He is the worst. I’ve never hated a protagonist as much as I’ve despised him.



Here are my 13 reasons why I thought the show was problematic.

Did you watch it? What did you think about Bryce’s sentence? And about Justin’s road to redemption? Please tell me you hate Clay as much as I do.

Feel free to write me a comment or tweet at me or even send me an email!

xxx

Georgia

 

November TBR 2017

I don’t know why I am doing this because I know I won’t be able to stick to it, but here I am again with another TBR.

I have been reading Stephen King’s “It” for the past weeks and I’m still only half-way throught it. It’s soooooo long and scary and disgusting AND so creepy.

But I want to read more diverse stories by diverse authors, I want to get to know different lifestyles! Also, since I am studying literature at university I need to expand my knowledge.

This month I won’t have much time so read for pleasure, but I’ll see what I can do. I am going to spend countless hours on a train back and forth from Venice, so I better start reading!

And without much further ado, let’s get into my November TBR:

UNIVERSITY LIST:

 

For my last literature exam I have to read “Othello” and I loved it. I didn’t expect it to, but I did and I am pretty excited to get my hands of these two other plays. On the other hand, I am not looking forward to Dunne’s collection of poetry. Renaissane poetry is not something I am particularly fond of, but it’s mandatory so I have to.

Moreover, I found the Royal Shakespeare Comapany’s adaptation of both “King Lear” and “Richard II” on DVD and I’m over the moon. 3 hours of David Tennant, baby!!!!


PERSONAL LIST:

I’ve heard wonderful reviews of this book and I cannot wait to read it!!

For those who aren’t familiar with it, it’s about Starr, a young 16-year-old girl who witnesses her childhood best friend (an unarmed black boy) being killed in a fatal shooting by the police.

It’s a book about race, loss, injustice, tragedy and more.

As soon as I finish “It”, this one will be the first I’ll pick up.


This summer I read “Dante and Aristotle discover the secrets of the universe” and naturally I had to check out Saenz’s new book. I love how fast paced his books are and the lovely stories the author narrates.

The books is about Sal and his life. He was adopted by a gay father and he is perfectly content with his loving family. But his previous life haunts him and it forces him to confront his feelings.

I can’t wait to read this and hopefully I’ll love it just as much as the previous one.


I have always disliked poetry, even since I was in elementary school. But recently I have started reading modern poets and I am so interested in deepening this newfound fascination of mine.

I read “Milk and Honey” and “The Sun and Her Sunflowers” by Rupi Kaur and since this book is in the opening rounds of Goodreads’ Choice Award 2017, I decided to give it a go.

I know nothing about it, but to me the title is pretty self-explanatory. It’s very short and I hope to get to it as soon as possible.


I am pretty happy about my selection of books this month. I wanted to have a mix of physical, ebooks and audiobooks so I could read (or listen to) as much as I could even while I do the laundry or clean the kitchen. Sadly, I wasn’t able to. I only have digital books and I hate it. Having an actual book in your hands makes for such a better reading experience.

Let me know if you’ve read them or if you have recommendations.

Xxx

Georgia

Life Update: September/October 2017

I’ve been pretty absent from the wordpress world lately. Life got busy and this takes so much time!!!

I have a lot of posts I have started writing and never finished, but this morning I took the pictures for my Summer/Autumn haul (yes, I am very behind) and for the post I’ve been cooking for months: 4 favourite red lipsticks.

Anyway, these two months have been surprisingly great! Mentally, I’ve been doing incredibly well. I am actually going to university, I got my driver’s licence and I’ve been working as a teacher for one afternoon a week plus two hours of tutoring.

It’s not much, especially money-wise, but I haven’t cried in a long time.

I’ve started wearing make-up everyday again, I got super obsessed with Brooklyn Nine Nine… I think in the span of two weeks I’ve seen every single Brooklyn Nine Nine episode ever made at least three times. Maybe even four.

Brooklyn Nine Nine

My closest friend got super obsessed with it and we’ve been geeking out like crazy.

Going back to the makeup part for a second, I think I FINALLY found my correct shade of foundation. Jury is still out, but I’m almost sure. (I still have doubts). And I’ve been experimenting with highlighters. To tell the truth, it’s a champagne-y eyeshadow my friend bought me and I’m not really positive it looks good. I am 75% sure it’s just glitter on my face.

I haven’t listened to ANY podcasts in a while. I was obsessed with the entire “crocked media” family but it takes up so much of my time!

I’ve also been reading!

(This post is just the most random thing ever. It’s literally a stream of consciousness kind of situation.)

Every time I watch a booktube video I get super inspired and I’ve almost reached my 2017 reading goal AGAIN! I am pretty chuffed with that…

Also, I’ve started driving alone. And even though I was pretty scared, it’s not too bad. I even put music on the other day. I could barely hear it (because I was scared I was going to get distracted, cause an incident and die), but today I almost sang an entire “Hamilton” song. (It was “My Shot”, if you’re wondering).

Anyway, I think I’m done. This doesn’t even make that much sense, but who cares!

I’ll try to be more consistent, since there are many topics I wish to discuss and get into.

Have a great day.

xxx

Georgia