Paige’s Weekly TV Wrap-Up Reactions 9/27/15-10/3/15

My life has been very hectic the past few weeks. I’m moving in less than seven days, so I haven’t had a ton of free time. And yet, I still managed to watch what some might call an “abnormal” amount of television. Here are my thoughts on this week in TV.

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Quantico

This show is awesome! That might not be the critical and smart thing to say, but its awesomeness was my main takeaway from the pilot. It was heavy on character introductions and light on character development,yet I didn’t mind one bit.

Priyanka Chopra is perfectly cast as the lead, Alex Parrish, who is probably, maybe, most likely falsely accused of bombing Grand Central Station. She plays Parrish as grounded and serious, but with a great, big personality bubbling under
the surface. I can’t tell if I want to be her or marry her. Probably either one.

Quantico does the whole flashback/flashforward mystery trope that is all the rage on ABC shows right now (*cough* How to Get Away with Murder *cough*), shifting between the immediate aftermath of the bombing and Alex’s time as an FBI recruit at Quantico. There is mystery in both timelines, but not so much so that it’s frustrating to watch. It counters its mysteries with plenty of reveals that satisfy my constant need for information — like the fact that Nimah (Yasmine Al Massri) is really a twin! Whaaatttttt??????

Needless to say, I’ll be watching obsessively every week. Who already has theories? I certainly do. These are mine:

-I think Nimah, despite her twin thing, is one of the good ones.
-Alex has to be on the right side of things. I mean…she’s so pretty.
-Ryan (Jake McLaughlin) is a good guy caught up with the bad guys.
-Oh, and I think Caleb (Graham Rogers) will come back to be a hero/love interest for one of the female recruits.

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Awkward

There’s not much to say about the show at this point. It is going through the motions as it not-so-gracefully winds down. Jenna loves Matty. Matty loves Jenna. They’re too damaged to tell one another. Tamara — in her craziest stunt yet — hosts her own engagement party, breaks up with her fiance because she doesn’t love him, and then decides that she does, in fact, love him. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I hope the show ends with her getting married and Jenna single. Ugh, just graduate high school, you 30-year-olds!

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Faking It

While Awkward, MTV’s flagship high school comedy, has started flailing, its younger cousin, Faking It, gets better with every season. This week, the show paid homage to The Breakfast Club, complete with a group detention and rele
ase to the lovely sounds of Simple Minds’ “Don’t You (Forget About Me).” I loved that this was largely a bottle episode and that it forced all the characters’ secrets out in the open. The plot was mostly just hijinks and silliness (with a little bit of growth on Shane’s part), so there was minimal forward progression.

This episode was likely written to recenter the narrative as the show goes into the back half of the season. Next week’s episode looks promising and I’m excited to see where the season goes from here. Full disclosure, I am a Karmy shipper. Really though, I’m just a whoever-makes-Amy happy shipper.

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You’re the Worst

You can check out my full commentary on the entire second season of You’re the Worst here. Since I’ve already said a lot about Wednesday’s episode, I’ll keep my comments in this post brief. “All About That Paper” was a fantastic 30 minutes of television. If you claim that Gretchen leaving Jimmy in the middle of the night didn’t completely shock you and break your heart, you’re cold and dead inside. It’s okay though, I’m often
accused of being cold and dead inside. It has its perks.

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Switched at Birth

Switched at Birth constantly straddles the line between being important and emotionally resonant and veering into after-school-special territory. The episode in Mexico last week was so heavy handed I was ready to call it quits, but this Monday turned things around. Switched at Birth never stops impressing me with its handling of the Bay/Tank assault story. I love that they refuse to back away from difficult discussions about campus rape. Their handling of the topic is sophisticated and nuanced, and quite frankly astonishing given the network the show airs on.

Also, we weren’t posting these recaps when Toby was grappling with the news that Lily was pregnant with their child and that the child has Down syndrome. If you had come to me in 2006 and claimed that Sharpay’s twin brother from High School Musical was an incredible actor, I would have laughed in your face. And, I would have been oh so wrong. Lucas Grabeel is such a talent and he deserves a great career.

All of my CW shows return next week, so this post will be a bit more crowded in seven days. I can’t wait.

Until the next commercial break,

Paige

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