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Viewed this Week (27)

Inspired by Ticket to Anywhere’s What I Watched, I post on Sundays about what movies and/or TV shows I watched the week before.  Some weeks will be epic, and some weeks…won’t be.  Let’s get to it!

New Girl 2×4 – “Neighbors”
The Mindy Project 1×3 – “In the Club”
Parenthood 4×5 – “There’s Something I Need to Tell You…”
Switched at Birth 1×28 – “We Are the Kraken of Our Own Sinking Ships”

Pitch Perfect

Thoughts on what I watched:

Was it just me, or did the central premise of this week’s New Girl feel stale? I know that what they were trying to get at is the fact that all of the characters are struggling with getting older, but the picking on hipsters thing feels so, so played out.  I still liked parts of it, and there were a few moments that were laugh-out-loud funny, but this wasn’t a standout episode for me.

Meanwhile, The Mindy Project grew in my esteem a little bit this week.  It took until they actually got to the club, but once the cast was there, it was a really fun, really funny episode.  I like the fact that they seem to be going somewhere with this rich “J” guy, and I LOVED seeing Chris Messina dance (PERFECT MAN).  I want to love this show, and I’m holding out hope I’ll get there.

Parenthood continues to knock it out of the park.  I cried my way through this episode, and by the end, I was doing full on gasping sobs.  That final scene in the restaurant?  Heartbreaking.  That being said, I HATE the subplot with Sarah and the photographer (and I CALLED THAT), and I will be really upset if it ends up ending things between her and Mark (unless that somehow ends with Jason Ritter on my doorstep, I’m not going to be a happy camper).  Great show overall, though.

I’m sick of the Zara stuff on Switched at Birth and am starting to feel like there’s this annoying trend where all the secondary female friends the girls make turn out to be conniving bitches.  Why can’t Bay have a healthy, functional female friendship with someone from their own peer group?  Does this bother anyone else? Am I overthinking it?  I loved the scene with Emmett and Toby at the end, though.  I don’t understand why Patrick broke up with Regina.  It didn’t feel authentic, and it’s a transparent way for her to pursue something with Angelo again, which, gross.

I should have written about Pitch Perfect last week, since that’s when I saw it, but I didn’t.  I thought about writing a full review, but I didn’t. It’s not going to happen because all of my time is taken up with books for the Cybils (and the above TV shows, obviously).  However, I will say that Pitch Perfect was the most fun I’ve had at a movie in probably a really long time.  A year, at least.  I loved it for what it was (silly, stupid fun), and the music is catchy as hell.

What did you watch this week?


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