This Is Us – Season 2 Premiere Review

“This Is Us” is one of the most popular shows on US cable and the season 2 premiere didn’t disappoint.

Although I fell immediately in love with the show when it started in September 2016, there are elements of it that I didn’t particularly like: I thought the moment Jack and Rebecca met each other was a little bit ridiculous, too much “insta-love” for me.

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But aside from a few elements, it’s a solid show. The stories are absolutely brilliant and moving.

I have cried for all 18 episodes in season 1 and of course, season 2 didn’t leave my tear ducts dry.

It was hard to watch: from Kate’s struggles with her career, to Randall’ and Beth’s adoption problems and Jack’s not-so-shocking revelation.

The show hits you where you are most vulnerable, your insecurities and your issues. You identify with the characters on an extremely deep level.

Before starting the season 2 premiere, I was almost sure I wasn’t going to cry. I was not in the mood to cry I didn’t feel like it was going to happen, but of course I bawled like there was no tomorrow.

I absolutely adore all of the performances, the only one that didn’t make the same impact on me as the others was Justin Hartley’s. It’s probably just because of Kevin. I’m not a huge fan of the character, I don’t really like that cocky, arrogant and selfish personality. Nonetheless, I absolutely liked the episode. I was a little bit disappointed in Jack, even if I shouldn’t be. We see him struggling with his issues, and problems like alcoholism. But he’s a nice man, he gave up his dreams, just like Rebecca did, and he tried to have overcome is addiction.

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In the episode we also get to know a little bit more about what happened to Jack, how he died. There isn’t much, but I think one of the reasons is his alcoholism. There are clues like Kate with a dog and Randall talking to a redheaded girl, but the most revealing one, is the last scene.  There is house, burnt to the ground. And if I’m not mistaken, it belonged to the Pearsons.

I don’t really get why people are so obsessed with finding out how Jack dies. DO YOU WANT TO SEE HIM DIE? DO YOU WANT THE PAIN!? ARE YOU MENTAL?

Rebecca’s pain at the end destroyed me. It broke my heart. In a million pieces.

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The “get in the car” scene was also amazingly written and acted. She put aside her anger and disappointment towards him and focused on helping him and keeping their family together.

Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia have a terrific chemistry together, especially in the dramatic scenes.


One of the most amazing scenes was Beth asking Randall to adopt a grown-up kid to help him get off the streets. I thought her gesture was INCREDIBLE. So selfless. I’m in love with Beth and Randall.

And can we talk about Randall’s “Women can do anything” speech? LOVE IT.

To sum up, great start for a second season. Let me know what you think about the episode, I’d love to chat about the show!




69th Primetime Emmy Awards 2017

So, the Emmys happened exactly a week ago and as I expected, it was


Writing this post took me ages!

I watched the red carpet on the E! News YouTube page and I wanted to watch the actual show on TV, but here it wasn’t transmitted with the original audio, and so I had to find an online streaming service. Why didn’t you allow foreign broadcast networks to have the original audio, CBS? I don’t care about the commentators opinions, I want to listen to the Emmys with the original audio.

Aside from this, it was fantastic. Last year I posted my thoughts on the shows and on the Emmys but this year I decided to simply write down my predictions and then make a post about it.

I guessed correctly quite a few winners, especially in the main categories and I’m so thrilled the people that I had picked actually won the award. But I got both of outstanding drama and outstanding comedy wrong. I was aware that maybe my picks were not the most popular and were not the one so we’re going to win, but I chose them anyway I really wanted “The Crown” and “Master of None” to win.

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I’m thrilled that Nicole Kidman won lead actress in a mini series because her performance in “Big Little Lies” was mesmerising. I’m not a huge fan of Nicole, I don’t think I have ever seen a movie with her, which is quite unusual if I think about it.

Alec Baldwin, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and the SNL Family deserved the recognition they got for their amazing work and the political satire.

I’m extremely glad that “Master of None“‘s Lena Waithe and Aziz Ansari won the Emmy for outstanding writing a comedy series because the episode “Thanksgiving” was fantastic and that they decided to reward black LGBTQ actress and writer. And can we talk about Sterling K Brown winning outstanding lead actor in a drama? He totally deserved it! The first black man since 1998!

Absolutely ecstatic for Donald Glover, Riz Ahmed and obviously my favourite comedian/journalist John Oliver, who decided out of the blue to thank Oprah in his speech for not reason at all. I knew he was going to win the outstanding variety talk serie, but I was so surprised and so happy when he did. He is always hilarious and wonderful.

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The only prizes I wasn’t too keen on, were Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Veep. I watched season 1-2 and 6 but it’s not my cup of tea. And I have similar feelings about “The Handmaid’s Tale”. I read the book and liked the first few episodes. I’ll probably finish it, but I liked “The Crown” better. But what these shows reflected the political climate we are it.

This year, the shows were more political than eve, from describing the horrible conditions of the criminal justice system to domestic abuse to a dystopian society when women prisoners and stripped of all their rights in order to become sex slaves. This is what I love about television, the fact that it brings a different reality into your life, reality that you wouldn’t know anything about if it weren’t for TV. Shows like “Atlanta“, “Master of None”, “The Night Of” bring diversity and something unknown to you. They allow you to see a world, often a broken and unfair world that’s miles away from you. But if you don’t see it, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

Everything this year has been incredibly political, with electing Donald Trump in the White House, with his signing of discriminating and racially biased presidential decree, “Liberal” Hollywood felt like it was necessary to shine a light on those issues the president is desperately trying to avoid. AND THEY WERE RIGHT.

Something that caused a lot of controversy was Sean Spicer’s appearance. If you’re not familiar with him, he is Donald Trump’s former press secretary and he delivered his famous line about the size of Trump’s crowd at his inauguration. I literally screamed when I saw him. My initial reaction was basically Anna Chlumsky’s:

Some people said Stephen shouldn’t have shone a light on him. He lied and deceived the american people and now it feels like he is being rewarded and being made more “lovable” and cartoon-ish. They are probably right, but just from an entertainment point of view… it was golden.

Aside from this, I had the time of my life watching it, I think Stephen Colbert did an amazing job, especially his opening monologue. He was funny, provocative, unapologetic and… he’s just the best!

Have you seen the Emmys? Are you happy with the winners? Who did you think was snubbed?





Today my mom hugged me. And not in a congratulatory “Happy Birthday” or “Happy New Year” way. We hadn’t hugged like that since that morning in high school, when I basically had a breakdown in the bathroom.

This time, we stumbled upon each other in the kitchen and she hugged me.

So of course, I’ve been crying for 20 minutes. I don’t know what happened, she put her arms around me and tear came out of my eyes.

I haven’t had the best weekend, counting the days until I HAVE to go back to Uni. I was supposed to go today. But last night while I was watching the Emmys I couldn’t keep my heart beat down. I felt something on my chest, something that suffocated me and my heart kept pounding. It took me quite a long time to make it stop.

At 4.30AM I wrote to the friend I was supposed to meet at the train station that I got a bug my little cousin had yesterday at lunch. She was sick. I am not. I couldn’t help by lie. I know that it’s horrible, but I can’t talk to people. I can’t tell them what I truly feel.

Anyway, I didn’t go and I’ve been feeling like shit all day. Extremely happy about the Emmys, but basically dead inside. It’s all a “guilt” problem. That I already knew.

But getting hugged by my mom was what sent me over the edge. She is not a very physical person. Aside from a pat (it’s more like an affectionate slap, actually on the leg, we don’t really touch.

I don’t know what’s happening to me.

While we were hugging in the middle of the kitchen, my sister came in. I couldn’t let her see me cry. I think she knows that something isn’t right. I think she might have seen me cry a couple of times. When I couldn’t hide it. She hasn’t said anything, thought. What could she say?

I’ll be trying to go to Uni on Wednesday, since there is English 3. And that shouldn’t cause me any stress. As if.

I’m going to lay down now. I already feel the post-crying-headache coming on.

The Night Of – First Impressions

I’ve been wanting to get to this show for quite some time but other thing came in the way.

HBO is famous for its heavy-themed and dark shows and this does not disappoint.

I knew very little about “The Night Of”, I didn’t know the actors and even the plot was unfamiliar to me. I think I saw a clip of it on Stephen Colbert’s late night talk show, but it didn’t catch my attention. I was more interested in the jokes about Donald Trump!

It stars Riz Ahmed and John Turturro. From what I have understood, his character has a wild night with a strange girl he just met and the morning after, he finds her murdered in her bed. He is questioned and brought in by the police, and the story unravels from this point on.

I have heard wonderful things about Riz Ahmed and the premisis of the show seems very interesting. Just from the pilot, it’s clear that he is wonderuful, his acting is incredible. Truly magnifient.


Moreover, I found this article on “The Hollywood Reporter” and it explains pretty well the opportunity to talk about issues like the criminal justice system and racism towards muslin communities. The article also says that the show has been a work-in-progress since 2009, when there was no muslim ban and no hate crimes like now.

For a pilot, it’s a bit long. Not just because it’s an hour and a half, but because it’s quite slow. Like, really really slow.

I’ve been thinking about what to write about this show for a long time and I reckon I’ve just came to the realization that “The Night Of” looks more like a documentary than a thriller, which is what you’d expect from the synopsis and the outlook of the serie.

There are a lot of shots of peomv5bmjqyotgxmdi0nl5bml5banbnxkftztgwote4mzczote-_v1_ux182_cr00182268_al_ple staring at things, mundane actions that were probably not necessary. This is probably what they wanted to show us, but they are dragging it on for a little bit too much, in my opinion. At the same time, if they hadn’t, it would not have been a truthful recount of the bureaucracy and awful problems of the criminal justice system.

Despite that, the show gets you totally hooked. Even if sometimes I found myself getting distracted, the show somehow finds its way into sucking you back it.

And this is what makes good television. It might not tick all the points in my list, but it is a very well-made show.

The main titles resembles a lot “True Detective”, “Westworld” and “The Crown”, the mismatched and out-of-focus images, the blue/grey/green-ish tone…

It is nominated for 10 Emmys including outstanding lead actor, outstanding supporting actor and for upstanding directing and writing.

I’ll probably write a quick post after finishing it with my complete thoughts on the show.

Let me know your opinion of the series! I’d love to know!