“Rise” Season 1 Review

I talked about “Rise” when it premiered, around 12 weeks ago.

It’s about a teacher, some drama students and their production of the musical “Spring Awakening”, a quite dark and raw play that deals with drugs, sex and other elements that are deemed “inappropriate” for a high school performance.

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I wasn’t too positive in my review. I praised some great elements, like the diverse cast, the LGBTQ+ representation (especially the transgender one) and the overall themes of the series.

The acting and some choices that were made didn’t really sit well with me. As well as the dialogue.

It felt stiff and unrealistic. Like when Ted (I can’t remember his nam… Lou? Well, the guy played by Josh Radnor) tells his son: “You’re my boy” in a weird, kind of gangster way… He sounded like Schmidt from New Girl.

I looooove the message they were trying to send: you can’t censure art, you can be whoever you want to be, people can’t put you in a box, high school is hard but you have to be strong… They are all wonderful and empowering messages but the final product had glitches: the acting, the dialogue, the acting again… It felt off.

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Towards the end, it got better, or maybe I got accustomed to it. I don’t know. But I was sad it got cancelled. (NBC I still love you. You saved Brooklyn99. You da best.)

Not surprised. But sad.

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I would have probably watched another season, if they had made some changes and improved a little bit.

The songs got stuck in my head, by the way. And I definitely want to see the complete musical, but I think the adjective that sums it up and perfectly describes it, is stiff.

Something wasn’t clicking and despite the super positive and important messages, it didn’t make the cut.




Did you see “Rise”? Did you like it? Have you ever heard of “Spring Awakening”, because now I am intrigued!

Let me know! You can find me on Twitter, Goodreads and Tumblr!

xxx

Georgia

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Reading Wrap-up – March 2018

March has come and gone! I can’t believe tomorrow is already April.

I haven’t read that much this month. My Goodreads reading challenge is telling me I’m two books behind schedule…

Apparently, I’ve only read two books in March and to be fair… I’m quite disappointed with myself.

  • Conversations With Friends: A Novel by Sally Rooney

32187419I was excited to read this book but I had other expectations going into it and I was disappointed.
I wanted it to be so much more and I was let down.
It’s not a bad book.
It’s about these two college girls who become friends with an older married couple.
It’s a classic book about not very nice people doing not very nice things, but I wasn’t intrigued by the characters.
Rather than understanding their flaws, I only got annoyed by their actions and their personalities. I was exasperated by them.
Nick drove me up the wall. He had no spine, no personality. He was so empty and annoying. He was the worst one.
Overall a 3 stars book. It was ok. kind of.

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The other book I’ve read was…

  • Simon vs. the homo sapiens agenda by Becky Albertalli

19547856I was planning on reading this book but as soon as I saw that the movie had come out and how much everybody was loving it, I HAD to get my hands on it.

And I’m so incredibly glad I did.

It’s about Simon, a high schooler who has been trying to deal with the difficulties of coming out as gay to his parents and his friends. He is then blackmailed by a classmate who finds one of his email to another anonymous closeted boy at his school.

It’s a great story about coming out, being accepted for who you are and actually being your true self.

I really loved it. It was amazing. It touched to many important topics and issues and it made me feel stuff.
The characters felt incredibly realistic and they represented what being a teenager is like.
And the protagonist, Simon, is adorable!
❤❤❤❤
Beautiful book.
I am in awe.

I highly recommend it to ANYONE. Please read it.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐



Let me know if you’ve read the books or if you have any recommendation for me! I’d love to know a recent book you’ve read that made an impact on you!

xxx

Georgia

“We’re Gonna Rise up” – Rise – First Impression Review (Pilot)

“Rise” aired right after a quite cheesy and easily predictable finale of “This is us”. I won’t go into it. I still haven’t processed it and it’s been more than a week since then.

The first impression I got from “Rise” was of a scrappy, not at all polished cinematography. Which is exactly what I look for in a TV show.

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Josh Radnor stars as an High school English professor who takes over the theatre department. For the first 10 minutes you kind of get the idea of who the main characters are going to be.
Auli’i Cravalho plays Lilette, a shy girl who wants to get out of the town and make it into the world. (You might recognise her from “Moana”, because she was Moana. DUH.)

Damon J. Gillespie plays Robbie, one of the best athlete on the football team who also has an interest in theatre.

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Doesn’t this remind you of anyone? I’ll tell you later.

They get cast as lead in the musical “Spring Awakening”, a quite dark and raw play that deals with drugs, sex and other elements that are deemed “inappropriate” for a high school performance.

A nice surprise was hearing “Alexander Hamilton“ by the critically acclaimed Broadway musical Hamilton. At first, I started dancing on my bed like a crazy person and then I thought crept into my mind: how can they afford to put Hamilton into this NBC TV show? Is Lin-Manuel Miranda producing it? Did he just give them the song? The scene itself looked like a very explicit product placement. But does Hamilton need publicity at all? Then I figured it out: it’s about theatre and the lead actress worked with Lin-Manuel: that’s the connection. I connected the dots a million years later.

*insert sarcasm*

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So Ted (it’s going to take some time before I can see Josh Radnor and not think of Ted Mosby. Sorry.) holds auditions for a musical and he decides not to go with the obvious choice and keep the two actors that have done several productions. Instead he casts as main characters Lilette and Robbie.
And they are really bad at it.
And then of course, after a poetic montage, they show emotions and some shit. I’m like, seriously?!

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And this keeps going on! 3/4 into the episode there is a another montage of the kids are rehearsing the play and in the blink of an eye, they are talented actors and singers.

That I find quite stupid and unrealistic.

Something that I truly appreciated and liked about this pilot was the transgender representation, which is something that it is usually not dealt with in cable TV. Great job, Rise!
#RepresentationMatters

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Now let’s go back. I asked you if these characters reminded you of anyone or anything. Did you guess what? Let’s see.

As I’ve told you before, my brain was basically half asleep because all of a sudden, I have this realisation: this is High School Musical.
The girl with the pretty dark hair, the football player who is also a gifted singer and rapper. Well actually, a diverse High school musical with rap…. so YAY!

Aside from it resembling a little bit “High School Musical”, I’m quite interested in it and I am sure that I will keep watching it.

I’d rather watch 20,000 pilots instead of being subjected to the pile of shit that is the 14th season of a certain medical drama. (Grey’s Anatomy, I’m talking to you.)

xxx

Georgia