Thirteen Reasons Why – REVIEW

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


I’ve heart so much about this show. Both positive and negative. I haven’t read the book yet. I promised myself I would have read the book before starting the tv series, but curiosity got in the way.

If, somehow, you are not familiar with “Thirteen Reasons Why”, it talks about a girl who commits suicide and leaves behind 13 tapes depicting the reasons she did it. She leaves them to Clay (which apparently is a name) and he starts listening to them in order to discover the truth.
I haven’t really been into the whole debate “does it or does it not promote suicide?”. I did not want any spoiler and I was sure reading about the show and its flaws would have definitely ruined it for me.
To summarize, everybody who has watched the show got divided into two categories: those who felt like the show gave a glamour and over-romaticized vision of suicide and those who felt like it gave the topic room for discussion.
I have two friends who have seen the show and regard it in completely different ways.

I have watched it all and I don’t really agree with those who say that it shows a glamed-up version of depression and suicide.
Let me just start by saying that I had huge prejudices against the show. To me, it was over hyped and therefore I went in thinking it wasn’t any good. I have had people describing it as “the best show on television” and just from episode 1, I KNOW it’s a lie.
Right from the pilot, it was pretty clear to me that it was going to be full of stereotypes.

Technically speaking, I loved the decision of choosing blue and gray colours in the present AND the vibrant and bright in the past.
But on the other hand, I totally hated the obvious product placement, like the Beats by Dr. Dre headphones. *eye roll*.

 

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What truly surprised me was the fact than Clay wasn’t the only one who had the tapes. I expected it to be an intimate and introspective confession about a girl who decided to end her life. I was confused by the almost “murder mystery” vibe of the show. It is compelling and engaging, I have to admit it.

One of the thing that was interesting to me, was Olivia Baker’s search of the real reason her daughter’s actions. Her realisation about the fact that bullying exists and it has an impact on young adults and students. By now, sadly, it should not be such a surprise. Especially nowadays, bullying is mostly done online and in total and complete anonymity.
In regards of the characters, Clay is the typical loner and tortured nerd, who has no friends and was (probably) infatuated with Hannah.
Then there is the guy with the leather jacket and the old cool car. Maybe this is utterly normal and I just don’t understand it because I haven’t attended an American high school.

I’d definitely fancy Justin if he weren’t such a jerk. He is the classic and popular bad-boy, who acts like a huge dickhead. He doesn’t realise how much his actions impacted Hannah’s and Jessica’s life. He literally stood by and did absolutely nothing.
Speaking of characters on the show, Clay is unbearable. And seeing him ride his bike around time reminded me of the kids from Stranger Things. And on top of that, I just don’t like him.
Something else I don’t understand about the show is people’s obsession with Hannah. How come half of the characters were in love with her? I found that a bit forced.

Apart from that, it felt real. Hannah apparent cheerfulness and happiness even the day before she committed suicide represented very clearly how easy it is to mask your emotions and fool even those who are closest to you.

It was a hard show to watch. Especially the last three episode, which were, ironically, the best.

I did not watch the rape scenes. I could not do it. It made me sick. Even thinking about it.

Jessica’s ignorance of what actually happened the night of the party destroyed me. You can see the progression of her realization and it is utterly heartbreaking.

 

There are so many difficult scenes to watch and this is definitely one of the worst. Of course, the most devastating is Hannah’s suicide. I was told that they were going to show it, but nonetheless I was not prepared. At all.

I never shy away from brutal scenes but this was a lot. The entire last episode was incredibly painful and I am so glad they went in this direction.

Although the show contains a lot of stereotypical and derivative ideas, I feel like a lot of adults SHOULD watch it.

Getting into the minds of teenagers is not easy and when things pile of top of each other, extreme situations like this one might happen. And adults need to take everything into consideration.

Teenagers need to feel heard and understood and maybe this show will help their parents finally get it.

Georgia


P.S. It took me AGES to write this post. I couldn’t make it right. I’ve been editing for weeks and I’m still not happy. Anyway, I hope you’ll let me know your thoughts on this.

 

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Pretty Little Liars – s07e18 – Choose or Lose – REVIEW

ATTENTION! This review contains some strong language and (obviously) spoilers from the 18th episode of season 7 of Pretty Little Liars. You have been warned!

Okay so, I’m back from episode 18. And I’m really upset because I saw a spoiler while on twitter. I managed not to read any spoilers during these past few months, and of course I did it on the third to last episode. Anyway, let’s get into it!

Already from “the previously on” I know that there’s going to be Toby in this episode because when they bring back into the “previously on” characters I haven’t been in the show for a while, it means they are on the episode. And this upsets me quite a lot: I WANT THE ELEMENT OF SURPRISE!!
Speaking of people who are back, Ali is in the house!!!

It still feels weird for Emily and Ali to be together as I was so used to Emily and Paige and I shipped them so much. I wish they would have stayed together.
And now the police have search warrants for the girl’s flats. At least Marco hasn’t appeared yet I would’ve been so fucking pissed. But he’s not longer on the case!
The police woman who used to investigate all the cases related to the girls is back. Marco is gone I’m so happy I don’t want to see your stupid face anymore.

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Aria as the villain is something that I really can’t get behind of. It just seems innatural and forced. And so close to the end of the serie, depicting her as in evil character is absurd. I’ve said this before and I will continue saying this until the end of the show (in two weeks): RIDICULOUS.

So then Emily and Alice and tell their friends live been sleeping together and that they are actually a couple. And there is literally no reaction. NOTHING.

One of the craziest thing that happened is that Mona barged into the room and told the girls but I has been working with A.D. .

She had a couple of episodes to say this and she decided that this was the best time? I think everything is happening very very quickly and they could have spread it across the season and deleted all of that bullshit that they put in those “filler” episodes.

But my favourite thing in this ep is definitely Toby’s appearance. He looks like a poor and trashy version of a real man like Nick Offerman.

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Ezra is finally getting suspicious about Aria’s behaviour. WAKE UP, MAN!

Thinking of meeting with A.D., Aria goes to a hidden location in the middle of the wood but instead of the person who has been terrorising them for ages, she finds her friends who have set her up. Obviously, they get really really angry and Spencer and the conversation with “we’re done”.
Very dramatic…

Anyway, she tells her friends the reason she has been working with A.D. It’s because when they found out about Ezra’s book about Alison, she wanted to get back at him so she filed a police report saying that she had been taken advantage of. Isn’t that stupid? She is now marrying the guy she filled in a police report about. Of course the police is going to be suspicious! This show amazes me every single time!

But they are called back to the police station where Detective Tanner (see?! I remembered her name) shows them a piece of glass from the windshield of Archer’s (ICYMI, it’s Alison’s dead husband) car. And this piece of evidence has blood on it.
They are definitely in big trouble…

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At the beginning of the episode, A.D. sent the girls a phone with a countdown clock. We don’t know what that means, we don’t know what the countdown stands for. It is actually frustrating. I hate it.

But let’s not forget what I’m most looking forward to find out. I want to know who the baby daddy is! Why can’t they just tell us!?

Now Spencer is confronting Aria for all the bullshit that she did. I was expecting so much drama but they don’t yell at each other, they don’t say anything. But then Detective Tanner comes in and gives back all of Aria’s belongings to her and of course, Spencer is pissed.

Wait! Now she’s telling Ezra what she did and he knows about the report? He’s not angry? Why aren’t they fighting! I just want them to lash out at each other so bad.

2017-06-20 (6).pngEverybody stop everything that you’re doing: Hannah and Caleb are getting married. Like, right now. And now Mrs Marin is here! It’s sooo cute! I can’t believe it but I am actually happy about this. I’m so glad they’re getting married without a pompous Ceremony. No white gown, no cutesy lovey-dovey shit, no stupid vows…

Exactly the opposite of the following scene with Alison and Emily.

But wait, the romantic shit is not over yet. Spencer went to Toby’s cabin for whatever reason. I just can’t look at him with that beard. It’s really really ridiculous. Getting together in this episode means they have literally no morals. He has just lost his fiancée in a car crash that he was driving. And now she’s pulling moves on him. Yes, they are smooching. No wait everybody is smooching and having sex. Why? Literally everybody!!! Not a fan of this scene.
Except the Hannah and Caleb part, because that is actually very very cute… 😍😍

Time is running out! The countdown is about to hit zero and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
But Spencer smashed the phone! Is she stupid?!

And Aria is now volunteering to turn herself into the police and committing a murder? But now A.D. tells her that she has limited freedom and that she has won the game?

Oh look! A Samsung galaxy has exploded!
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Who is in her trunk?! ARCHER?! And now she’s been pulled over by the police? I am loving this so much.

So is Mona actually the villain? Is she A.D.? Because frankly I don’t believe it.



The trash is back, baby! I’m not a huge fan of this half of the season. There is so much stuff we should be worrying about and instead the writers are focusing on bullshit nobody cares about. (See: Yvonne).

What are A,D.’s motives? Where are Aria’s parents? Don’t they have jobs they have to get back to? What about Lucas and Hannah’s fashion firm? There are so many questions!!! And only 2 episodes left!

I’m baffled.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this long review and please let me know of any other trashy show I should watch because I am in need of some bad television.

Georgia 🙂

Pretty Little Liars – s07e17 – Driving Miss Crazy – REVIEW

ATTENTION! This review contains some strong language and (obviously) spoilers from the 17th episode of season 7 of Pretty Little Liars. You have been warned!

I feel like my latest posts have been only about this show, but I promise: I intend to broaden my orizon and post about something else. In just a couple of weeks the entire series is coming to an end. I have to admit: I’m pretty sad. What other trashy show should I start watching? Please help me. I need my trash. (And one hour and a half of “Th Bachelorette” does not even begin to scratch the surface. ❤

Without much ado, let’s drive straight into the episode!



Right from the first shot, the tension between Aria and Ezra was palpable. That whole dancing thing was unbelievably awkward. Finally he starts asking questions: just not the right ones.

2017-06-11WAIT!! Aria has “How I Met Your Mother”‘s Ted’s red cowboy boots!!! I’m certain that under the sole there is the tag: “Property of Ted Mosby” 😂😂😂

So, let me recap: AD is blackmailing Aria because of a report she filed against Ezra when they were student and teacher. Great.

MARCO! Why are you here? Please disappear. But for the first time he asked the right question: “Why does Caleb live in a hotel?”

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And Alison is in New York. Thank God, one less problem.

On a side note, when Mona said: “What did I miss?” and I started singing Hamilton. Lin-Manuel Miranda and Daveed Diggs, I love you both.

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Uh! Hannah’s mother is back. And Caleb lied straight to her face. Nice son-in-law…

I am so disappointed in Aria. I truly am. She was never my favourite character. I loved her relationship with Ezra, but let’s face it. She has terrible judgement.

I love Mona. Please, tells us about Emily and Alison’s baby daddy! I desperately want to know.

I am convinced Hannah is beginning to see through Aria’s bluff.
And Spencer has found the phone that Aria planted in her house!

I have been waiting 3 episode for a big fight between Aria and Ezra, or at least some kind of confrontation. AND I THINK IT IS FINALLY HAPPENING. I’m through the roof.

NO WAIT.
But they are not fighting. He is just misinterpreting everything! This is unacceptable. And now they ae hugging. Great.

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Why? Why are they bringing up Spencer and Caleb relationship? I have been trying to forget about it since it ever happened! Of course I basically shouted when Mary appeared on Spencer’s backseat. And really cannot care less about the entire conversation.
So Spencer’s dad and Alison’s mother tried to kill Mary with some pills. That’s it. NOBODY CARES! TELL ME ABOUT THE BABY DADDY!!

 

And what’s with the awkward conversation with Hannah, Caleb and Ashley? And the bullshit excuse he gives? Come on! So sappy! I want to puke. *eye roll* 🙄
WHAT?! WHAAAAAAAT?! HE PROPOSED?! In front of her mother? And the looks they gave each other? To me, it was the physical rappresentation of sadness.

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But wait the surprises are not over! Aria has a weird musical dream in a prison. Every episode I tell myself that the show cannot get more ridiculous, but it does! I love it so much.
With the Elvis rock and roll music. It was so bad. Never have I see such bullshit. They did a similar thing once: Spencer having flashbacks or having black and white dreams. But they were all wearing clothes from the 40s… This show is so ridiculous. Nobody can keep the “facts” straight.

Uh! They are going to tell us the name of the baby daddy! Ehm no well, the ID number but still. Maybe by next episode we will have an answer.

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I really want to storm off like Mr Hastings did! I want to yell, scream and then storm off slamming the door. I came close one day when a friend got me unbelievably upset, but I’ve never done it! And I desperately want to!

What is with Caleb and Hannah and the tent. It is not romantic. Do you know how warm it gets with two people in that small shitty tent? It’s not just that!! She took a piece of paper from the sigars and used it as fake wedding rings? I hate it. I was about to write that the tent scene was cute, but now.. EW.

Mary looked very disappointed when Spencer said she wouldn’t leave. And it was so sad when Spencer referred to Mrs Hastings has her mother in front of Mary. And she gracefully took it. She might be crazy but at least she has integrity.

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Uuuuh! What is Mona hiding?
Is she AD?

What?

No!!!

This is stupid.

(Of course she is not AD. They just want to build suspence and make us think she is AD. Oldest trick in the book. Nobody is fallin for that.)



There is no doubt that my favourite trash thing in this episode was the musical/dream. Why did they think that it would be good? BECAUSE IT IS NOT.

But at the same it soooo is.

There are only three episodes left and there are so many unanswered questions. Frankly, I believe they are going to leave us hanging. It is impossible that they will wrap up all of these shenanigans in ony three 40-minutes episodes. What I really want to know is: WHO IS THE BABY DADDY? PLEASE TELL ME!!!

Hope you enjoyed my rambly review. 🙂

Georgia

Pretty Little Liars s07e16 – “The Glove That Rocks The Cradle” – REVIEW

ATTENTION! This review contains some strong language and (obviously) spoilers from the 16th episode of season 7 of Pretty Little Liars. You have been warned!

So, I decided to try a new way of reviewing this episode. Instead of typing, I am dictating to my phone. It’s pretty weird but I’m actually surprised by how quick and easy this is! And most of all, I’m having so much fun!!!

I have been pretty absent from my blog. And I’m really disappointed. I wanted to post more and to review these episodes as soon as they came out. The problem is: I’ve been so incredibly busy and too tired to create something cohesive that actually makes sense.
But I’m back and I’m so ready to talk about the last episode of “Pretty Little Liars”.


The episode begins with Spencer in the police station and she’s being interrogated by a police officer. You’re probably tired of reading me complain about him but Marco is just really annoying. At first, they have sex, then he arrests her. NOW HE HAS A MORALS!

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Oh my god Aria and the stupid Aria on the phone. Please stop. Ezra and Aria talking about dancing lessons is adorable. But the entire conversation is so awkward. Ezra is suspecting something. Let’s not forget that Aria is still being a bitch and doing stuff behind her friend’s backs.

Oh wait, they are still going on about Lucas knowing Charles. And Caleb appeared again. Just to remind us that Spencer fell in love with Caleb. Ew.

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Oh no now Ezra has to tell poor Aria about the book and I’m sure she is going to flip out. YES. DRAMAAAAAAAAAAA! And then there is no drama. Even on the last episode I was waiting for some drama between those two! Why are you torturing us. As we say in Italian: UFFAAAAAAAA!!

I’ve been slacking off, so when Hannah mentioned it I was like: “What does A.D. Stand for?” No, seriously. WHAT DOES IT STAND FOR?

Spencer is making one bad decision after another.
In fact, she steals a USB pen that contains a video of Lucas talking to the police.  And he’s throwing them all under the bus. And this delights me. I don’t really understand why Hannah is still protecting Lucas and why she still thinks that he is innocent. *massive eye roll*

Last episode it was great. I mean, there was so much information and so many things happening at once! I couldn’t keep up! But in this one nothing has happened it’s pretty boring. They only have four of five episodes left in the entire season and they are absolutely wasting them on stupid shit that nobody cares about. What’s the matter with Yvonne and Toby! I mean, nobody cares about that! Nobody!

Then some drama with Emily and Alison and the baby. I was really shocked about the revelation that the baby is actually Emily’s, but now I’m just bored. GO ON!!

What is up with that awkward conversation with Caleb and Spencer: “Hannah and I will not let you down this time”. Shut up and let me forget that the whole thing ever happened. Also, can we mention that horrendous jacket that he is wearing? Ew.

For once I feel bad for Mona. She is always left out of everything. She really just wants to be part of the group and nobody is letting her.

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When I saw that both Emily and Alison were at school, the first thing that came to mind was that she was going to lose the baby. I wouldn’t have liked it AT ALL, but it would have been such a dramatical turn. And then they almost catch Aria breaking into the house destroying all of the baby’s stuff. This is completely ridiculous.

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No but wait. Aria’s earring on the floor, in plain sight for Spencer to see, is ridiculous. I cannot believe that they actually did that. A couple of episodes ago I started using the word “useless” all the time. Now what perfectly describes this episode is: ridiculous.

Marco is upset because he realised that Spencer stole his USB drive. I hated to the two of them together and I think I hate them even more now that they are fighting. To quote my main man David Tennant:

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But now they’re confronting Lucas… for whatever reason. Oh now wait, of course there is a second book! Is this just about the stuff that Alison did when they were all in high school? BORING.

What is this shit about Emily “protecting” Alison and viceversa? I really liked Emily with Paige but now it seems like with the pregnancy and everything, they are pointing towards a romantic relationship between Emily and Ali. So now Allison is gay? Throughout the entire narrative course they never really talked about her sexuality (expect one kiss with Emily and some flirty scenes) and out all of a sudden she is in love with Emily? Well, apparently yes because she just said it and now they are smooching. I am not questioning her sexuality, of course! Just how quick everything has happened. It’s important that shows like this talk about sexuality and that being your true self is ok.

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Aria is messing everything up, and frankly I am happy that she’s finally crying because if she hadn’t I would’ve thought that she was a robot: never showing any other emotion except fear and shock.


Anyway, these are my thoughts on the episode. I’m kind of excited to see what’s going to happen in the following episodes because so far I’ve been quite disappointed. I have the feeling that these 4 remaining episodes are going to be full of twists and turns and surprises. At least I hope so.

Let’s keep the leidmotif of trash going, please!

Georgia ❤