Saturday, March 16, 2019

I Have to Get Out: Crazy Ex Girlfriend S4E13 Episode Review

I loved this episode because it wasn't about boys, it was about her dreams!

Anti-Depressants Are So Not A Big Deal: This was a fun musical number inspired by La La Land. I loved the wardrobe colors. Dr. Akopian tries to make Rebecca feel better about her meds by telling her that everyone is taking them. She shouldn't feel like she didn't succeed on her own. I like this idea but the title of this song is misleading. Side effects of Anti-Depressants ARE a big deal. They mention side-effects during the song and it sounds like a pain. That one man mentions his libido went down on his first meds, so he switched to new ones and now he is gaining weight. It sounds exhausting and takes a LOT OF TIME. Also, even in this very episode, Rebecca gets into a compromising situation because her meds caused sleepiness. Rebecca wakes up in a morgue!!!

Real Life Fighting Is Awkward: What a funny, comedy song! I loved all of it. Greg and Josh did a great job at making their fight look awkward. Those scenes juxtaposed with snippets of how it would look in a movie or TV show were hilarious. I died of laughing when they showed theater fighting and Josh and Greg were doing ballet!! 😂😂😂 "A weapon makes things too real," also a personal favorite.

End of the Movie Reprise: If you remember from my ___, the original song was so moving and powerful. The reprise pales in comparison. But I understand what it was trying to say, Rebecca needs to make a change and follow her dreams before death catches up to her.

Josh and Greg and Nathaniel: It was interesting to see our three leading men interact with each other. In the beginning of the episode, Josh is fixing Rebecca's sink!! This is a call back from Season 1 when Rebecca broke her sink just to spend time with Josh. Nathaniel acts as a mediator during Josh and Greg's fight, so this is mostly a Josh and Greg learning moment. They are learning how to be cool with each other.

Darryl and April: It was so cute seeing these two vibe. Their children were cute too and I love how they put aside their differences just so their parents would be happy. I wonder what this means for White Josh!! They are the original ship! It would be a shame, although realistic, if they didn't end up together. I'm not sure which direction Crazy Ex Girlfriend will take for its final episodes.

The episode ends with Rebecca telling Greg she hit on Nathaniel and Josh after their argument. He takes the news surprisingly well. Rebecca does deliver the news with grace, but I feel like in real life the person receiving the news would get emotional and angry. They both decide to take a break and be friends. Both Josh and Nathaniel hear this news and are excited that they have a chance. Rebecca has 3 guys chasing after her - the dream!!

Most importantly, this episode ends with Rebecca being brave enough to pursue theater. She is chasing her dreams! It will be interesting to see how they will approach this - previous episodes have hinted that Rebecca is not good at singing. What do you do when you are not good at the craft you love? I'm excited to find out how this show will tackle that.

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Friday, March 15, 2019

I Need a Break: Crazy Ex Girlfriend S4E12 Episode Review


Kudos to the actual Raging Waters in SoCal for letting Crazy Ex Girlfriend film on their premises.

Overall, it was a great episode. We see Rebecca slip on her mental health treatment which is understandable. If she didn't slip, it wouldn't be realistic. The joy of a new relationship makes her think she doesn't need to continue working on herself. When an argument with Greg bursts her love bubble, she goes back to sabotaging herself.

During Rebecca's trip to Raging Waters, you can see her putting her own fantasy onto Greg. Greg tells her multiple times that he doesn't like theme parks or fun, but Rebecca just wants to pretend that he does. There was this scene when she wanted to take a picture with her arms up. Greg makes his own pose, and Rebecca forces him to change it to the pose that she had pictured for them. She is a little annoyed that Greg isn't playing the role in her fantasy well.

Greg and Rebecca are different people. To be honest, if I had a buzzkill boyfriend like Greg, I would be annoyed too. Who doesn't like fun? But that's Greg for ya. And Rebecca has to accept him for who he is.

When Rebecca realizes that Greg isn't acting the way she wanted him to, she assumes it is because he hates her. This is her borderline personality disorder affecting her. She then drinks THREE drinks, and tries to party her sadness away. She hits on both Nathaniel and Josh. It was nice that they both saw Rebecca was in a bad place and refused. Maybe it is because they both have grown or because they know about Rebecca's diagnosis and they don't want to hurt her. It was funny when Rebecca said, "Strip away my conscience," in slurred speech which was a good call-back.

I Hate Everything But You: AHHHHHH, as New Jerseyian - I LOVE BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN. I recognized who they were parodying right away! I think it's the perfect style of music to use for this song. This song sounds sad and somber but the lyrics are actually funny. Greg names the most random-est things that he hates and they were all amusing.

Also, this is the first solo performance from Skylar Astin and he does an impressive job.
I hate the phrase "Love conquers all," and I hate that it's true
'Cause I want to not hate things when I'm with you
You love so many things and you have so much fun
It makes me wish my hating days were done
These lyrics are so sweet and touching. Greg gives Rebecca a beautiful compliment that explains what makes her shine. She loves things and has fun. Greg wishes he could be like that. Rebecca is a ray of sunshine to him and us, the audience.

I'm Not Sad You're Sad: My guess is this is a parody of M.I.A's song, "Bad Girls" because Rebecca talks in a slight British accent. It's clear throughout the song that Rebecca is, indeed, the sad one. Something that's never discussed on the show, but I saw, was that Rebecca shoplifted!! I guess it's another way she sabotages herself. However, it was so cute when she talks to the girl at the taco stand! "Were you sad about 9/11? I was sad too but Lilo and Stitch got me through it." Excellent comedy writing.

The Darkness: Rebecca's darkness is named Tyler! That actually remind me of Tyler Joseph from Twenty One Pilots who also deals with darkness a lot. Rebecca personifies her darkness because she needs to breakup with him and live a healthy life.

Paula Has A Heart Attack: This was such a shocking reveal to me the first time I watched it! Paula doesn't have menopause - she has a heart attack! I actually re-watched this episode to write this blog post. AND WOW, knowing she was having a heart attack the entire time and watching her sweat and trudge on made me so scared for her well-being.

The Paula Heart Attack sub-plot does 2 things. 1) It gives awareness to women's cardiovascular health. You always see men dying of heart attacks on TV. Sadly, heart disease is the number one killer for women as well. 2) It shows that so many women sacrifice their health to do it all. Women are strong and they should be respected. They should also be allowed to breathe and relax.

A Rebecca/Nathaniel moment happened when both characters said "Bad case of the Mondays!" Rebecca says this to Greg and Nathaniel says this to Paula. Maybe they aren't so different after-all!(Or Rebecca had a huge affect on Nathaniel).

Nathaniel asks Paula if she wants to take a "woman nap." At first, I was wondering if this was a joke on how companies like to market products to women by making them pink and female. Instead, it was a call back to Nathaniel's "man nap," which he did need when he was sick! Nathaniel also needed to take a break like Paula. Looks like they have something in common too.

This episode ends with Rebecca deciding to take anti-depressants. Since I have watched the episode after this already - I will tell you my thoughts about this in my next post.

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