Thursday, March 8, 2018

Is Stella From Life Sentence and The Mother From How I Met Your Mother The Same Person? [CONSPIRACY THEORY]

Is Stella From Life Sentence and The Mother From How I Met Your Mother The Same Person? [CONSPIRACY THEORY]

I don't do a lot of conspiracy theories on my blog as I am a sane and logical person BUT GET THIS. Here are the promo pics from The CW's newest series Life Sentence:

Lucy Hale, aka Stella, is holding a YELLOW UMBRELLA. Long time fans of How I Met Your Mother would recognize this as the timeless symbol of the mysterious and elusive figure in the series known only by the name of "The Mother." For years we questioned, we analyzed, we discussed: Who is The Mother? Have we finally got our answer?

The yellow umbrella was a huge clue introduced in the episode titled, "No Tomorrow." WILD. In my previous post, I was just talking about how Life Sentence and the beloved-but-cancelled-CW-TV-show, No Tomorrow, are so similar with themes of living your life to the fullest. Coincidence? I THINK NOT. THE CW, I AM ON TO YOU.

Anyway, the yellow umbrella belonged to a mysterious woman. The fandom was afloat with theories that stated that the Mother might die by the end of the series which would make Ted and Robin endgame. During How I Met Your Mother's final season, they were given a heartbreaking clue. The Mother remarks in an episode titled, "Vesuvius" , "What mother misses their daughter's wedding?" AND THEN TED LOOKS SAD AND CRIES. I was shook. Everyone was shook. Later on in the season finale, our fears were confirmed. The Mother is sick and dying. Stella WAS sick and dying. TWO YELLOW UMBRELLA LOVERS WHO FACE SICKNESS AND DEATH?  What if the sickness The Mother faces IS cancer? What if these two people are the same EXACT PERSON?

Who is The Mother in How I Met Your Mother?
Later on it is revealed that The Mother is portrayed by Cristin Milioti. She is a cute, petite, brunette girl - guess who else fits that same criteria?!?!?! It's Stella from Life Sentence.  The similarities between these two women cannot be any more obvious.

how I met your mother yellow umbrella life sentence Stella
I know what you are thinking - there are a lot of holes to my theory. You might say, "But The Mother's name is Tracy!!! That's no where near Stella." Or you may say, "If The Mother is Stella then does that mean Ted Mosby is Wes?" Ted did say, "Because... I love you. I'm always gonna love you. 'Til the end of my days, and beyond," in the episode titled, "The Time Travelers." Didn't Wes JUST say that in the pilot of Life Sentence? Wes says, "I was always going to love you for the rest of my life." BOOM. COUNTERED YOUR ARGUMENT.

Life Sentence (The CW) TV Review: We All Face The Danger Of Uncertain Life

As y'all are probably aware, I love The CW's female driven dramedies. I enjoyed No Tomorrow before it got canceled. I did a whole series of posts for my favorite show of ALL TIME Crazy Ex Girlfriend. I watch Jane The Virgin regularly (though I've never posted about it on my blog 🤔). I even watch Riverdale! I'm a CW fan, and that's why I was excited to check out this new show and I really enjoyed it.

When I watched No Tomorrow, I could kind of tell why it got cancelled. I feel like it took some time for No Tomorrow to gain its footing. The earlier episodes were weaker than its later episodes. With Life Sentence, I have a lot of hope. The pilot was great! It was funny, and shocking at the same time. I was shocked when they revealed that Stella's mom was leaving her dad. When they mentioned that and cut to commercial break, I was like, "oh snap, it's about to go down," which is exactly what I want to be feeling during a drama. It made me go: oh, how is everyone going to deal with this new development? I wanted to stay tuned and find out. 

The pilot introduced some interesting characters and relationship dynamics. During the opening scene when Stella and Wes were telling the story of her cancer and how they met, I thought it was really good character development when Wes says, "And she was afraid to die," and Stella says, "Don't say that, I wasn't afraid to die." It shows that their relationship was no equal. It was a great way of SHOWING us that, and not telling us that.

After that scene, I thought that Wes and Stella were sure to break up at least once during this season. Stella and Wes don't really know each other and that can really destroy a relationship. But by the end of the pilot, I changed my mind because it was really sweet and touching when Wes said that he was always going to love her for the rest of his life. They really do love each other. They are willing to work on their relationship like adults. Wes promises to be there for her and that's the best promise there is for a committed relationship. 

What I didn't like about Life Sentence:

  • How did Stella not notice any of the secrets her family were hiding from her? It just doesn't make sense. A tight-knit family all deciding to keep multiple secrets from one member of the family? It's impossible. As said in Lucy Hale's previous show, "Two can keep a secret if one of them is dead." 
  • Also, the way all the secrets came out shows that the family isn't good at keeping secrets. Stella walking in on her mom and her new lover? We know Stella's mom still wanted to keep that a secret. So why now just go kissing someone on your porch in broad daylight? I get that this is a TV show and they had to introduce all the secrets to the audience but still, it doesn't make sense.
  • When Stella threw that party for her doctor, the family had ONE job and that job was to look sane in front of their guest. They could have kept it together. They have been keeping it together for so many years in front of Stella and they couldn't do that for 30 minutes. I call BS that this family can keep any secrets from anyone.
  • I was NOT happy with the reveal that Stella's sister wanted to be a writer. That was out of left field! Is there something wrong with wanting to be successful at your office job? It would have been much cooler for her to balance raising her children and being a success at a high-powered business career. Being a stay at home writer with kids just doesn't break gender stereotypes as much as being a successful business women with kids. When we saw her not enjoying motherhood as much as she thought, I thought breaking gender stereotypes is what the show was going for. Sorta like The Awakening by Kate Chopin. 

The main reason why I loved Life Sentence:

Life Sentence is a deep show. On the surface, it might not look that way but I like what it is trying to say about life, love, and society. In this respect, it is a little similar to No Tomorrow, Both No Tomorrow and Life Sentence explore what it means to live life. Living means both the good, the bad, and the mundane. We are all going to die and no one will live a perfect life before they do (like what Stella was trying to go for). Our relationships will be complex and tough. We will spend days working jobs we don't like wasting the minutes of our limited life. Change and surprises will constantly happen that will throw us off our feet. We have to be strong enough to face whatever life gives us, and brave enough to enjoy both the good and the bad.

Overall, Life Sentence was a good show and I am looking forward to what comes next. I will be watching every Wednesday!

I wrote a joke article titled, Is Stella From Life Sentence and The Mother From How I Met Your Mother The Same Person? [CONSPIRACY THEORY], check it out if you want to read something fun.

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

A Girl and A Zombie: DCOM Zombies Review

Disney Channel Original Movie Zombies Review

Two Fridays ago (February 16 2018), Disney Channel premiered it's newest original movie, Zombies. If you have been following me on this blog, you know that I am a 25 year old adult woman. However, I love Disney Channel musicals so I had to check this one out.

When I first heard of the title, "Zombies," I was convinced this was some kids Halloween movie (like Halloweentown). I did ask myself: Why are they showing a Halloween movie in February? I definitly think they should have spent more time thinking of a better name for this movie than "Zombies." Maybe "Zombies, The Musical"? When you think of a Zombie movie, you don't think of kind, benevolent, cured Zombies that fill up most of this movie. I was reading the credits for this movie and I saw that it was based on something called, "Zombies and Cheerleaders," which I would have to agree is a better name. But once I found out Zombies was a musical, I decided I was definitely going to check it out.

I enjoyed this movie. What can I say? I'm a sucker for two cute High School kids falling in love and singing duets. I've been listening to the song, "Someday," on repeat - both the ballad and regular version. Their love is so cute. 

In the song, I love how they acknowledge that they are different and how it attracts them to each other. I also like how they are being silly in the face of adversity. "I'm rooting for us," they sing. The use of lighting and props to be silly and show admiration towards each other is super cool. 

Zed *putting a napkin on*: "Girl, you look delicious. Oh, I mean gorgeous."
Addison: "Well, now you're getting fearless."

I love the playful teasing and witty banter. Also, when he says that he wants to eat her - it's a funny Zombie reference because Zombies eat human brains!

One thing I've noticed about Disney Channel Original Movie Musicals is that there is always something I like to call the "kiss fake-out." This happens a lot - especially in the first movie of a musical series. The two romantic leads are about to kiss but don't. This happened in Descendants, this happened in High School Musical. Disney Channel is so pure - but I love it because it is different and it shows that our leads are attracted to each other on more than a physical level. (Teen Beach Movie never did get us a kiss even in Teen Beach Movie 2!!!). So of course, Zed and Addison don't kiss in this movie. But here's to a Zombies 2?!?!?!! 

In Seabrook High School, cheer-leading is a better sport than Football! I thought that was neat! Also the captain of the squad is a boy which is cool because usually media shows just girls being into cheer-leading.

I like how the movie is saying that we shouldn't exclude people who are different than us. When I hear Zed and Addison sing, "Some day, we could be ordinary," I am moved because in today's society, for the most part, mixed raced couple are allowed to be who they are. 

However, all the symbolism to race relations did bother me because the movie is kinda implying that people of color are similar to zombies which is offensive. Zombies are dangerous monsters in folk-lore and it just seems wrong to compare them to people of color. Zombies has an entire plot line about how there is segregation of schools between humans and zombies. And of course, zombies get less funding and resources for their schools. Sound familiar? It's too similar to events that actually happened in American History. The giant wall in Zombies is so similar to today's discussion of the wall Trump wants to build between the United States and Mexico. I mean it is good that they are saying that discrimination is bad, but something made me feel off about it.

Zombies is a kid's movie so I am willing to let it off the hook. Zombies isn't being super serious and trying to make a comment on society like some other movies are (like Will Smith's Bright which also uses monsters to make a point about race discrimination).  

Zombies is a fun musical which I enjoyed. I liked the look of the movie. It was aesthetically pleasing - the pastels of the cheerleaders, and green, grungy look of the zombies. The dancing and music were fun all around (although, you can guess which song is my favorite). I recommend it to kids, teenagers, and adults who are hopeless romantics like me.

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Crazy Ex Girlfriend Season 3 Episode Reviews [COMPLETE]

I have finished another blog series here at Me, Myself, and the Moon!!! I wanted to review EVERY SINGLE episode of Season 3 Crazy Ex Girlfriend.and I succeeded! Thanks for reading my posts and supporting me on this journey. When Season 4, starts up again in October, you bet I'm going to start this all over again.

In the meantime, here are all the posts I have written about Season 3 of Crazy Ex Girlfriend.

Episode Reviews

Josh's Ex-Girlfriend Wants Revenge 💩: Crazy Ex Girlfriend Season 3 Episode 1 Review
To Josh, With Love: Crazy Ex Girlfriend S3E2 Review
Josh Is A Liar: Crazy Ex Girlfriend S3E3 Review
Josh's Ex-Girlfriend Is Crazy: Crazy Ex Girlfriend S3E4 Review
I Never Want to See Josh Again: Crazy Ex Girlfriend S3E5 Review
Josh Is Irrelevant: Crazy Ex Girlfriend S3E6 Review
Getting Over Jeff: Crazy Ex Girlfriend Mid-Season Finale S3E7 Review
Nathaniel Needs My Help!: Crazy Ex Girlfriend S3E8 Review
Nathaniel Gets the Message!: Crazy Ex Girlfriend S3E9 Review
Oh Nathaniel, It's On!: Crazy Ex Girlfriend S3E10 Review
Nathaniel and I Are Just Friends!: Crazy Ex Girlfriend S3E11 Review
Trent?!: Crazy Ex Girlfriend S3E12 Review
Rebecca Bunch Wants To Be Punished But She Needs To Forgive Herself Instead: Crazy Ex Girlfriend Season 3 Finale Review
Nathaniel Is Irrelevant: Crazy Ex Girlfriend S3E13 Season Finale Review


And finally, if you want to read some of my favorite articles I have written so far that has nothing to do with Crazy Ex Girlfriend here are some suggestions:

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Nathaniel Is Irrelevant: Crazy Ex Girlfriend S3E13 Season Finale Review

Yesterday, Crazy Ex Girlfriend aired its Season 3 Finale. I actually had plans that Friday (shocking, I know) and missed it and had to wait until today to watch it. I am glad though, because I live near NYC and I heard that NYC viewers missed 15 minutes of the finale! INSANE. I would have been so mad!

Overall, I didn't love this Season 3 finale like I have loved the Season 1 and Season 2 finale. I explain why in my post, Rebecca Bunch Wants To Be Punished But She Needs To Forgive Herself Instead. Please read the post but in summary, I did not like Rebecca pleading guilty to murdering Trent. I hated it so much that I wrote a whole essay about it. That is why in this post, I will be talking about some of the other parts of the episode.

The Miracle Of Birth: Wonderful song, and educational too! Donna Lynne Champlin is an amazing singer, actress, and comedian. She nails the humor in this song and all the notes as well. Women do go through a lot of pain to keep our species alive. We should appreciate it.

Nothing Is Ever Anyone's Fault: Is it wrong for me to say that I agree with this song? I have thought about what Rebecca and Nathaniel are singing many times. If we cannot control our genetics, if we cannot control our environment for 18 years of our life: do we have any control over who we are? I am a logical, analytical mind so I wanted to control for all variables and find out: What is it that makes someone good or bad? Is there some innate morality variable? If two identical twins with the same genes and environment were asked to make a choice between good and evil, I believe 99% of the time, they would make the same choice based on the hand they were dealt in life. Maybe 1% of the time, they would make different choices but WHY?!?!?!?! What caused one to make the kind choice and the other to make the evil choice? What is this variable? Scientifically, it doesn't make sense to me.

Do humans have free will? I can't answer that question. Sometimes I learn towards, "No, humans do not have free will."

What I do think is that it is important for us to BELIEVE we have free will. If we don't believe in free will, we will never have hope that we can change our lives. If we don't believe we have free will, we will continue to do bad things and blame it on our circumstances.

If a person was born with genes that predisposed him to murder, and raised in circumstances that encouraged murder, and then he murders someone, I think he deserves to be punished in the fullest extent of the law. Why? That was the hand he was dealt and he has to accept it.

I digress. This is a difficult topic for me to understand.

Anyway, I love this song! I see it being inspired by the Into The Woods song, "No One Is Alone," because that song also comments on the fabric of society just like "Nothing Is Ever Anyone's Fault."

I enjoyed, "Nothing Is Ever Anyone's Fault," because it was funny and as a Rebecca/Nathaniel shipper, I was pleased they are kinda back together. I feel like the episode title, "Nathaniel Is Irrelevant," is misleading. How is Nathaniel Irrelevant? He is still going to be a part of her life and her trial in Season 4.

Darryl's Baby Is Born: It was cool seeing Heather give birth with so much chill. It gives me hope. As a woman, I am VERY fearful of childbirth.White Josh and Darryl seem to be making amends which is exciting! This baby is truly a group effort. Darryl's child and sperm, Rebecca's egg, and Heather's body created this child. It is a crazy situation. I do hope the baby is able to handle having Rebecca's genes. Maybe with a loving environment, Darryl's genetics, and a pinch of that mysterious "free will" variable, she will!

Trent Falls Off Cliff: I hope he recovers like last time. There are so many parallels between Trent and Rebecca. Even Trent goes back home to his mom! And the writers sprinkled so many past references into this episode. Trent saying he is a, "Scary Sexy Man." George even calls Rebecca, "A Stupid Bitch." Josh gets stopped to change the water cooler. I love all these references for the die-hard fans just like myself! In my opinion, Trent is worse than Rebecca with his harmful actions. However, he is still a human being and I hope he finds a path for redemption. Maybe he can get diagnosed and work on himself too!

Josh punches Nathaniel : When I saw the trailer for, "Nathaniel Is Irrelevant," my biggest question was, "Why does Josh punch Nathaniel?" I'm glad it was because of all the harmful things Nathaniel was going to do to Josh's family. I'm glad Nathaniel got punished for it. I still feel like Nathaniel needs to work on himself and be a better person in Season 4.

Don't forget to read my post on why I didn't like the ending of the episode: Rebecca Bunch Wants To Be Punished But She Needs To Forgive Herself Instead. That post even has a poll that I would love if you answered!

Let me know what you think of the Season 3 finale in the comments. (Also, what do you think of Free Will?)

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