I Feel Bad – s01 ep 01 – “Pilot” – SERIES PREMIERE

I’m a little bit late reviewing this pilot but I haven’t had a single free moment these past couple of days!

Paul Adelstein, James Buckley, Brian George, Madhur Jaffrey, Sarayu Blue, Johnny Pemberton, Zach Cherry, Lily Rose Silver, and Rahm Braslaw in I Feel Bad (2018)“I Feel Bad” is about Emet (Sarayu Blue) a well-rounded woman with a career, family and friendships that tries to juggle everything as best as she can.

She works at a gaming company and, of course, she is the only woman.

In the pilot she has to deal with her daughter’s dance troupe’s inappropriate dance.

Pulling a black-ish‘s Andre Johnson, she asks her colleagues for advice and they become incredibly in the whole situation, even talking about it at a bar, instead of trying to flirt with girls.

I am not blown away by it… I thought I would have liked it more. Emet narrates throughout the entire episode and I am not so sure it’s something I enjoy.

Although, there is a lot of time devoted to feminism, women’s rights and the over sexualization of young girls.

They even brought up the perfect example: that weird Shia LaBeoulf / Maddie Ziegler / Sia music video.

Overall, it wasn’t bad. I saw a lot worse things in the past week. It’s still a bit disconnected but I’m interested to see the direction it is going to go to. I don’t really get the comedy and the jokes yet.

Did you see the pilot? What do you think about it? Will you keep watching?

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Georgia

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New Amsterdam – s01 ep 01 – “Pilot” – SERIES PREMIERE

Another medical drama!

It’s the third one this week for me! And on Thursday “Grey’s Anatomy” premieres its 15th season (which I will hate watch. For. Sure). First The Resident, The Good Doctor and now this.

I’ll try to be brief. (Like it’s even a possibility).


Meet our protagonist, Dr. Max Goodwin (Ryan Eggold), the new Medical Director, who overhears a couple of nurses talking about him in spanish in the locker room. Little do they know, he does speak spanish!  Fun banter right from the start.

 

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“New Amsterdam is America’s first public hospital.”

Uhhhhhhh!!! This is interesting! Medicare for all, y’all!

Freeman Agyeman!, who plays Dr. Hana Sharpe, who is a doctor who also acts as a publicist for the Hospital?! I’m a bit confused.

He has a new approach, asking doctors for ways to improve the hospital, he is shaking things up and people are not on board. He fires entire departments, he does not care about money: he is like a genie granting wishes, giving the remaining doctors exactly what they want.

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But apparently he has a medical condition and he asks one of this colleagues, Dr. Laura Bloom (Janet Montgomery) to help him! The drama intensifies!!!

Something else I’ve noticed… There are a lot of medical dramas about surgery, cutting people open and billing them thousands and thousands of dollars. But there aren’t many that are about the psychiatric department.

I’m glad they are shining a light on it and on mental health.

A patient we have seen glimpses of from the beginning collapses in the waiting room and doctors believe he might have Ebola.

Now unto the gossipy part of the show because it seems like everybody sleeps with everybody on these medical shows… Dr. Bloom and Dr. Floyd Pearson (who was fired and then hired back and promoted two minutes later.)!

 

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But he wants them to be friends and the reason he gives for this break up is because she is not black.

Now the police is involved! And now the patient is a terrorist suspect! With relations to ISIS. This might be a little bit too much.

There are too many things happening on this show.

Dr Pearson’s speech about wanting to marry only black women! You go, man! But then he goes back to Doctor Bloom. I’m like… what?

The patient with Ebola is crashing but they manage to save him and at the same time, Dr. Bloom glove rips. (Don’t worry, it was not Ebola and everything is okay.)

But the surprises are not over yet! Dr. Goodwin’s estranged wife (whose name is Georgia, by the way *wink wink*) gets admitted for issues related to her pregnancy.

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I understand Networks need people to watch their shows and said shows are required to have plot twist after plot twist to keep us entertained but…

there is a limit to everything.

Martha Jones Dr. Shana said it herself: “You need to slow down”.

And right after that they reveal that Dr Goodwin has cancer.

THERE ARE TOO MANY THINGS HAPPENING!


This was a lot.

Television Networks are trying to make shows in which one thing happens right after the other, the pace is as quick as it can be and it is exhausting.

I’ve seen three pilots today. Three. And yesterday I saw another two. They all need to take a step back and calm down.

Overall, I liked it. There is a recurring theme in medical dramas in 2018: more caring and less money. Healthcare is a complicated and very talked about issues in the US and these new shows are all about the “doctor for the people”, who does not care about money, protocol and rules.

It’s cool. I’m all for it.

“New Amsterdam” has been the only pilot so far that I am considering returning to next week.

What do you think about? Did you like it? Do you also think it was a little bit too fast-paced?

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Georgia

Manifest – s01 ep 01 – “Pilot” – SERIES PREMIERE

After watching the NBC’s Primetime Preview with the cast of Brooklyn99, I am very familiar with all the shows that NBC offers.

“Manifest” did catch my eye. It felt like an episode of “Fringe”!

It’s about a flight full of passengers that takes off in 2013 and, after some turbulence, mysteriously reappears in 2018. The rest of the world has aged 5 years but for them it has only been a matter of hours.


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We see a typical white family at the airport and the narrator, Michaela Stone, (Melissa Roxburgh) tells us who they are: her brother Ben (Josh Dallas), his wife Grace (Athena Karkanis) and their children (Luna Blaise and Jack Messina) (one of them is suffering from leukemia), her parents and she gives us hint about her own personal life.

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Apparently she refused a marriage proposal, broke up with her fiancée or something along the lines of that and that she had an “accident” that still gives her nightmares.

Michaela, her brother Ben and his sick son Cal decide to take a later flight while the rest of the family goes home as planned.

Then a pretty bad turbulence happens all of a sudden and as they land, the trio faces an unexpected surprise. They are met by the police and other law enforcement agencies who tells them the date: November 4th, 2018.

They have all been missing for 5 and a half years.

And now everything gets more interesting, spooky and supernatural.

They are finally reunited and while the rest of the family has aged, those who were on the plane did not. Michaela and Ben are met with terrible news: in the 5 years that went by, their mother has died.

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The FBI is investigating the mystery and coming up with nothing to explain what went down.

And now we fin out more things about Michaela! She works for the NYPD, her boyfriend/fianceé Jared (J.R. Ramirez) is married to somebody else (her best friend) and there is something in her past that is still left unsaid.

And she keeps hearing voices!

That voice told her “slow down”, she told the bus driver she was in to hit the brakes and she saves a child’s life!

WHAT IS HAPPENING?! This could really be an episode of Fringe! I’m waiting for Olivia Dunham and Peter and Walter Bishop to pop up on my screen. (I miss them so much).

And now her brother hears voices too! Ok, I am intrigued.

WE ALMOST FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED! She was in a car crash in which somebody named Evie died.

One of the other passengers, Saanvi (Parveen Kaur) turns out to be the doctor whose research could help little Cal live.

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On the other hand, Michaela keeps hearing the same voice telling her to set a pair of dogs free. Turns out, the dog’s owner had kidnapped two little girls (whose news of the disappearance we had heard before in the background)

THIS SHOW KEEPS ON DELIVERING MYSTERY AFTER MYSTERY.

On top of that, it seems like Ben’s wife Grace has something to hide. She keeps receiving texts AND her daughter knows what it is all about. (And if you allow me to speculate, so do we. It’s a boyfriend because after 5 years, she rightfully moved on)

Michaela and Ben saved the two little girls who were kidnapped and in the middle of the night, all the people who were on the plane are compelled to come back to the airport and when they do, the plane blows up.

WHAT!?

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The explosion was super fake and we can see it from a mile away. Even 2008 Doctor Who had better special effects than this.

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I told myself I was going to keep this short” says 700 words later.

Even though the plot seems cool and interesting, I am not blown away by the performances.

They are deadpan and the delivery is off.

To me, there is no emotion behind the acting. It is a traumatic experience they have gone through and there is little to no reaction. I would have had a mental breakdown, had this happened to me. And yet, they pick up their life where they had left them and it seems like everybody is okay with it.

There is no reaction whatsoever. I was expecting the characters to react more naturally to what happened.They are already uptodate with all technological devices, have no questions about America’s President, Donald Trump. They don’t seem preoccupied by the fact that they have missed 5 years.

The dialogue is not bad, kind of cheesy but hey, it’s network television. (Had it been more realistic, everybody would have started swearing like sailors). What irritated me was something Michaela’s former boyfriend Jared said: “You still take my breath away.”

I would have punched him in the face. Let alone the fact that he is married, what the fuck, dude? Seriously? You start with the most common and most stupid pick up line ever?! COME ON!

But it’s the plot itself. I would have appreciated it more, if they had diluted the events and concentrated a bit more of the character’s introspective and their feelings.  It’s a bit too much plot-heavy.

Anyway, I enjoyed it and I want to find out what happens next!

If you want to shut your brain off for 40 minutes and don’t question if the writing and acting is good or not, I would recommend it.

Is it my next favourite show? No.

Will I start watching it regularly, week after week? Probably not. Only if I have time and nothing else better to do.

Did you see “Manifest”? What were your thoughts? Will you keep watching? Am I the only one who immediately thought of “Fringe”?

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Georgia

 

2018 Fall TV Preview – Shows I’m Keeping An Eye On

IT’S PILOT SEASON!!!

It’s my favourite time of the year (along with the Mid Season one) and I can’t wait to dive into these brand new shows!

I hope I won’t be disappointed! In case you missed them, check out my fall line-up of returning shows for the month of September and October.

A MILLION LITTLE THINGS (ABC)

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It’s the first thing I wrote down while browsing the list. It’s another emotional show that revolves around a group of friends intertwined in each other’s lives and the aftermath following the death of one of them.

The ensemble cast includes David Giuntoli, Ron Livingston, Romany Malco, Allison Miller, Christina Moses, Christina Ochoa, James Roday, Grace Park, Stéphanie Szostak and Lizzy Greene.

I’m curious to see it. I hope ABC produces a worthy drama without being overtly trashy (like Grey’s Anatomy).

PREMIERE DATE: Sept. 26th


ABBY’S (NBC)

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Mike Schur is an executive producer on the show. It’s the only information I need to watch this show.

It’s about a very peculiar bar in San Diego and the life of Abby, its weird rules and the lives of its customers.

PREMIERE DATE: Midseason


I FEEL BAD (NBC)

Amy Poehler produced this. The trailer looks fun and there is a woman of colour as protagonist! YAY!

It’s about Emet (Sarayu Blue) a well-rounded woman with a career, family and friendships that tries to juggle everything as best as she can.A cool 30-minute comedy show that will definitely bring a smile to your face.

PREMIERE DATE: Oct. 4th


Manifest (NBC)

I watched the trailer of this NBC show and I saw it being advertised quite a lot!

Montego Air Flight 828 landed safely after a turbulent but routine flight and the crew and passengers were relieved. Yet in the span of those few hours, the world had aged five years and their friends, families and colleagues, after mourning their loss, had given up hope and moved on

It intrigued me! It sounded interesting and with just a hint of weird and supernatural stuff. And that is something I haven’t found of a TV show since FOX’s Fringe (one of my all time favourite shows).

I’m not sure if I’ll like it but I’m definitely giving it a go.

PREMIERE DATE: Sept. 24th


CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA (Netflix)

Produced by the same guys as Riverdale and created by Roberto Aguirre Sacasa (who also created the comic back in 2014).

It was intended as a Riverdale spin-off but later moved to Netflix, which ordered a two-season run, shot back-to-back. Apparently there will be no connections with The CW’s show.

I used to watch the old adaptation when I was younger and this is definitely something completely different.

Its going to be so much darker than “Riverdale” with a lot more horror elements in it.

Playing Sabrina, Kiernan Shipka along with a full cast of characters.

I don’t know that much about it and the suspence is killing me.

While you wait till the end of October, check out the newly released trailer:

It looks creepy and trashy and the birthday song reminded me of Betty singing it to Jughead on episode 10 of the first season of Riverdale.

PREMIERE DATE: Oct. 26th.



Here they are! The shows I’ve been waiting for!

Let me know if you’re also interested in them or if there is anything else I should be checking out!!

xxx

Georgia