Thursday, September 16, 2021

Red Tide Episode: Episode Six Thoughts and Musings

 

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Last night, the story of Red Tide was pretty much summed up. This story is the tightest, most coherent entry into the American Horror Story franchise. I really loved it, especially as it combined two of my favourite movies: The Shining and Rosemary's Baby!

I’ve been saying either in blogs or videos that over the past few years, Murphy has been making his AHS less convoluted and more focused. I actually feel like he tied up all the loose threads with this one, and, of course, we don't know if the second story hooks into the first or not, so we'll see next week!



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Red Tide was one story with several characters, and we followed Harry (Finn Wittrock) through the main plot and linked to the subplots involving the locals, the most compelling storyline being Mickey (Macaulay Culkin) and Karen (Sarah Paulson) but the most fun storyline belongs to Evan Peters and Francis Conroy as the egotistical writers controlling the town, somewhat... 

The opening to this week’s episode was fun as it took place at the birth of the baby boy with Harry (Finn Wittrock) eyeing all the bloody rags and towels during the delivery. He manages to steal the garbage can and squeezes out his wife's delicious birthing blood into tiny cups so he can feast. It was pretty hilarious. Finn often gets these demented roles with truly comedic moments. One of my all-time fave moments in any horror franchise is when he’s sawing off Matt Bomer’s arm in Freakshow and saying, “How can you still be alive? You’re making me feel bad!” It’s horrific and hilarious at the same time. You don’t know whether to throw up or chuckle.  

The Harry storyline goes full Rosemary’s Baby in this final installment with several moments paying homage to the iconic film and famous scenes. Doris (Lily Rabe) hearing voices and walking into a room of conspirators. The blue nightgown butcher knife homage right from Mia Farrow’s trembling hands. The paranoia that something isn’t right, that everyone around Doris is different somehow and she’s trapped in a nightmare where she can’t escape.













We suspected that Doris would eventually take the pill, but we never knew which way she would go. Throughout the series, Harry more or less says that Doris has no talent but he loves her and she’s the mother of his children, so he wants to keep her around. They even have Denis O'Hare mocking her designs just so that we truly understand how shitty she is. 

Alma, the daughter, hates her mom and wants her dead and knows that she's a crappy designer so it was zero surprise that she bullied, actually seduced in a truly evil manner, mom to take the pill. We knew that Alma wanted mom to take The Muse so that Doris would turn into the untalented vampire and go away as Alma wanted daddy to herself. It was classic Greek tragedy and what makes a story compelling. A child hating a parent so much they would lie to destroy them.

Doris takes the pill, oh yes. And we wonder how she will turn. For a moment, it looks like she will have talent and join her family. But then, we see that no, Harry and everyone else was right, she has no talent.

And so, much to Alma’s delight, Doris is released into the wild with the other vampires, while the true vampire, the agent, continues to scheme about marketing The Muse. I’m not sure how long she’ll last among the vampires as the elite writers had discussed killing her but we’ll never know. Or will we?

At any rate, after Doris turns, she joins the other untalented vampires. We met the original untalented vampire last week and learned his sad genesis story and also why they all dress the way they do. Billy Lourd is the local Jill of All Trades; she sells vintage clothes, does tattoos and is the dentist who makes dentures for the talented ones.



Last week we also had directly in our face the question we’ve all been dancing around for a few weeks. Is being a talented vampire superior to being an untalented vampire?

All the creatures kill and drink blood.

One does it to fuel their art, the other does it because they took the pill and realized they are hacks and so become “angry” and kill people…yet they too have the thirst for blood.

So, most people would say that both are evil.

The already narcissistic artists who took the pill are beyond insufferable and have no redeeming qualities left. 

Harry spewed a bunch of really cruel stuff to his transformed wife, which he admitted he thought all along but never said. We're used to Finn's characters being assholes but this husband character seemed particularly cruel, likely because he was the most realistic or grounded of the AHS characters he's played. 

Dandy Mott (my favourite character of his) was a psychopath from the word go, he was never redeemable. But Harry began as a normal, struggling writer with a little ego and much love for his wife, child, and unborn baby. As he transforms, we don't even think he loves his kid anymore, just keeps her around so she doesn't kill him, and he definitely hates his wife. And though he tries to protect the baby, there's no real reason for him to do so. He will likely feed the baby to Alma now that mom is gone. A baby would interfere with their genius work.

Harry wasn't too hard to convince to take the muse. His drive to succeed was huge, spurred on by having to support his family, so even though he was a little bit reluctant, he was pretty quick to take it. After all, he'd already committed murder.

But Mickey and Karen have watched the town transform over the years. Even though they were junkies, they didn't want to be murderers. They were both offered the drug for their talents many times but they didn't want to pay the ultimate price of murdering innocent people no matter which way they could turn from The Muse. They didn't want to be evil.

Which is why it took Mickey and Karen so long to be seduced by The Muse.



Last week we learned that Mickey was the first person to meet the pharmacist and refused The Muse but he brought in all the customers. He resisted for years, not wanting the side effects that came with ingesting The Muse until the agent came to town and then he took the gamble and won. He became rich and famous and came back for Karen.

Karen has never been seduced by The Muse yet she’s addicted to heroin or whatever and uses all the other drugs but she refuses to take The Muse because she doesn’t want to kill people. Even though she’ll bring babies now and again for the lead bitch.

Karen refuses Mickey’s offers of taking The Muse and going to Hollywood. He’s furious, he loves her.

Karen’s luck has run out and there is no one to protect her. Mickey appears with the pill and leaves.

Karen either has to take the pill or be eaten by vampire monster things; both sides hunger for her.

She takes the pill.





We see her hair is less greasy, her teeth are less coated and so on as effects take place. Mickey wants to take her to feed. They go to the beach. She feeds on Mickey, kills him. It was shocking and unexpected. I was very sad that Mickey died like that. 

She paints furiously and then wanders out to sea where she slits her wrists, thus creating a Red Tide and is washed away.

We actually never know which way she turned; if she had talent or was a hack.

A bleak depressing ending but hey, it’s a Ryan Murphy horror show!

Next week will be the second part of the double feature. Maybe Karen gets washed up and discovered by aliens or the Black Lagoon dude or someone?

Who knows?

I’ve done my best to avoid seeing spoilers, so I hope to be surprised.




Sunday, September 12, 2021

Red Tide, Impeachment, What We Do in the Shadows, Dr. Death and Nine Perfect Strangers Thoughts

No, I didn’t miss writing about American Horror Story Double Feature Red Tide this week because Finn Wittrock wasn’t in it.

I've been slammed with work like old times over the past couple of months. I love it but it leaves no time for blogging, Twitch, gaming, videos or anything else. Bring it on! I'm glad things are creaking back to normal. 

Don't worry, I'm always working on a book or screenplay. That exhilarating hamster wheel never stops!

No deep dive this week for Red Tide but here are a couple of other shows as well. 

But still likely spoilers for some people.

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American Horror Story Double Feature Red Tide

This week on Red Tide, we learned the backstory of the local residents. We learned when they learned of The Muse and what drove them to try it.

It was very good, and it was a few days ago so I don’t remember many details as I was still on the hamster wheel.

Evan Peters in drag though! Wowie!

I'm loving Macaulay Culkin in this. I hope he gets an Emmy. 

Ryan Murphy never fails to cast or highlight an unexpected actor for us to fall in love with or root for no matter what their actual character does. For this story, Macaulay is the new hidden gem. That's not to take away from the others like Finn Wittrock and Evan Peters. Hopefully Macaulay becomes a regular in the Murphy multiverses like the other two. He may have been in

 



American Crime Story Impeachment

I caught the first episode of this on Tuesday. I’m glued, of course, since I lived through it, and it was such a huge scandal at the time. When I first saw the commercials for it, I looked at the actress playing Monica and went, “That’s the virgin nerd from What We Do in the Shadows!”  I googled it and I was correct, Alex!


I will say for both of these shows, Sarah Paulson is doing her damned best to not look or act like the Sarah we all know so well. Much like she did with the OJ ACS, she has transformed herself greatly. I read she put on thirty pounds to play Linda Tripp. She has captured Linda Tripp very well so far. OMG, I just checked IMBD and they say she’s playing Marcia Clark in this. NO, she played Marica Clark in OJ. In Impeachment, she’s Linda Tripp. UGH. Since in real life, I was glued to the TV for both scandals, I know my notorious bitches! Anyway, Sarah Paulson really captures her awkwardness and we have sympathy for her even though we probably shouldn't. Those of us who were adult women in those times know how hard that glass ceiling was and how little women were valued in all manners. 

Since Monica Lewinsky herself is involved in this production, I don't doubt we'll get more nuances about how women were treated and discarded by even the most beloved. The entire scandal in real life speaks for itself, no need to dress it up.

Beanie Feldstein is filling pretty big shoes as Monica Lewinsky. She is way too young to have even been alive when this scandal broke. I’m loving the job she’s doing! You go, girl! 

 




Speaking of

What We Do in the Shadows

It’s back! 

So now we have a sweet week of ten o’clock shows. OCS on Tuesday, AHS on Wednesday and WWD  ITS on Thursdays!

Shadows was fun as always. Of course, I have a special place in my heart for it as I got to be in the Manhattan club scene in the first season and Mark Hamill was in the second season (and hopefully will reprise his role this season!)

And there can never be too much Colin Robinson or nudity or kinky sex or cages...

 And now, tonight, ANOTHER new show to watch weekly!




Dr. Death

This show begins tonight at 9 pm in Canada although it already played in the States in the summer. If you miss the 9 pm, it's on again at 2:30 am this week. I managed to watch parts of the first five episodes a couple of weeks ago. It’s excellent. 

It’s a dramatic retelling of the real-life evil Dr. Duntsch (Joshua Jackson) who brutally destroyed and even killed people with horrible surgeries. I saw some other shows about Dr. Duntsch, likely Dateline or 20/20 or American Greed; I watch all of them on a regular basis so they blur in my mind although they usually all eventually cover the same stories. I can't remember but when I first saw commercials on TV for Dr. Death, last June or whenever it was, I was waiting for this show with bated breath. I also was super pissed off that none of my streaming services could get it at the time! But life finds a way. And now it's on in Canada.

Dr. Death is a look at the narcissistic asshole doctor and his cases as well as the American healthcare system that took so long to stop him. Alec Baldwin and Christian Slater also star as concerned doctors trying to stop him. What I’ve managed to see shows the horror of incompetent surgeries (ooo the sounds of bone-cracking! Yikes!) but also has some comedic moments and not only from Christian Slater. There is fun and creativity with the titles and how they shoot the scenes. I’m going to check Showcase tonight and hopefully, they’ve uploaded all the episodes, but I have a feeling they are only going to dole them out one at a time.

 

Oh, while I’m on a roll, one more show that I’ve been watching but it didn’t start this week but it's not over yet!





Nine Perfect Strangers

This is filling my obsession with cults. Loving this show. Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy are really winning me over with their acting. The entire cast is stellar and I love this show as well. I hope they don’t fuck it up. So far, it’s very intriguing and mysterious and like Midsommer, uses mushrooms/hallucinogenics to facilitate the best cult experience possible!

 

So, horror people, lots there for you to watch so carve out one hour a day for your fix! Our time is NOW! 

Friday, September 3, 2021

American Horror Story Episode Three Thoughts and Musings

 


Episode Three of American Horror Story Double Feature was on FX this week.

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This week began where we left off last week and I have to say, this is the most focused, put-together season of American Horror Story yet. Often the series suffers from too many cool storylines happening at once and there's always a thread or two left hanging or the ending gets rushed. 

This year, we are watching Finn Wittrock struggling with writer's block a la Jack Torrance in The Shining and I'm loving it. Finn, as we know, has been a regular on AHS for years and this might be his best part yet aside from Dandy Mott. And those who follow me know that I've been a huge Finn Wittrock fan ever since I first saw him Freak Show back in 2014. And as a writer who myself recently emerged from a nearly ten year writing paralysis, I can relate in a million different ways to Harry, Finn's character.

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As I mentioned last week, this is a totally different character yet again from others that Finn's played in the franchise. He's realistic, (not hitting the ground running as some kind of monster), even as he turns to the dark side. He's playing a husband and dad who is on the verge of scoring a big Hollywood gig. He goes to a small Massachussetts town to get his head together and focus on the work for the deadline. The drive to the town was remisincent of The Shining (both open in a similar vein) as are many other shots and motifs. Now in episode three, Harry's already in thick with other writers in town.




In a turn of fate, his very pregnant wife topples down the stairs (The Omen? I can't remember what movie that might be from, AHS always has touchstones to other properties) and she has to spend a few days in the hospital so she won't lose the baby. Harry is thrilled because now he can work on his opus  without her nagging and continue his turn to the dark side in secret, in tandem with his nine-year-old daughter. Alva. Both Harry and Alva are under the spell of the little black pills, caring only for their own art with little regard for those around them. This episode was like a Lone Wolf and Cub/Mandalorian and Grogu adventure but with talented artistic narcissistic addicts. Harry will hunt food for Alva or so the deal is supposed to go. But hey, it's a horror movie. That cop got a bit too close...



This season has great atmosphere and fun performances. The ensemble works well together and the story so far makes sense. Well, except a couple of things that most would overlook, I'm sure. 
Shooting in a pandemic also gives an air of creepiness as the town is very sparsely populated, no one is around and the bars and so on are pretty empty. I'm not sure if they did the technique with background performers on green screen like they did in Good Girls.



                                           


I think what is irking me are all the people who say it's time to kill Harry. Instead of killing him, hey they're vampires, (why would they think twice?) they just keep talking about it all. This often happens with Murphy projects so I hope this won't kill the momentum. We all know that everytime a villain doesn't immediately take action but just blathers about it, the villain likely isn't going to succeed. But this is AHS, anything can happen...





          



I'm absolutely loving Macaulay Culkin as Mickey this episode. I love his acting, he has some wonderful bits and is so good. I hope we see much more of him in the future, not only in this show but others. I could see his little boy Kevin face underneath the meth/artist, and it was so wonderful and creepy and fun. Imagine the Home Alone boy battling vampires or becoming one with them but they still shun him. 



                                            

The vampires want to kill Harry all of the sudden, but they want to kill the agent more. So, why didn't they just Kill Her? They kill everyone else without blinking an eye. What's with the delay?

These are two things that bug me. The talking about killing Harry and the agent but no one does...yet. I'm sure that will all go down next week. 

                                           


I also don't know why Mickey killed someone in broad daylight on the beach right where someone else was killed. That didn't make much sense but perhaps it shows how he doesn't think things through?


                                          

Evan Peters is amazing and fun and insane as always. He's always a joy to watch and his many characters in the franchise have all been very different from each other. So much talent. 

 


I re-watched part of the second episode waiting for the third one, and was struck how much Billie Lourd is channeling her mom. She always looked very much like her mom but in this season, even more so. It's actually creepy, maybe because she's pushing thirty now. She also speaks like Carrie Fisher, that quick, clipped fifties patter. They still have Billie doing that cadence and it's enjoyable.

You gotta feel sorry for Lily Rabe's Doris who is being betrayed by her own husband and daughter. Everyone around her is turning into someone else. Her bland little world of bland design "grey-eige" is being turned upside down. Instead of her vain husband being an actor as in Rosemary's Baby, he's a writer but still has sold his soul. I wonder what's in store for the baby? Is it a devil baby preordained by the coven? Is the coven from Coven going to show up to claim it?

The show has bits of The Shining, Rosemary's Baby, Salem's Lot, Dark Shadows, The Omen, and many other horror movies threaded through it. I've actually never seen any incarnations of Dark Shadows but Evan Peters seems like he's channeling Barnabas Collins at some point. I'm not ignorant that the show exists but just don't know the inside scoop of it. 




We didn't have to wait long for our buddy Harry to be captured by kinky weirdos and thrown into a dungeon to be sexually violated in a snuff video. Well, he went there to kill the girl for her blood but she flipped the tables on him and he became the victim. I have to say, I was trembling with an-ti-ci-pation to see if the sex scene would actually happen, being a kinky weirdo myself. I loved how he used his fangs to bite his bindings and then destroy them. Go Finn-Harry! 

Oh, and if the snuff film weirdos hadn't been explaining how they were going to kill Harry in detail (to entice him to take the Viagra) and had just done it, he wouldn't have had time to chew through the bindings. 

Looking forward to next week! In the meantime, have a bowl of blood! It's nutritious and delicious. 

Or just go relax in the tub like Dandy used to like to do...

 



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Thursday, August 26, 2021

American Horror Story Double Feature Episode One and Two Thoughts

Oh, Ryan Murphy must be in my head! Maybe not!

But wow, a horror story with my favourite AHS cast member, Finn Wittrock, playing a WRITER!

A crazy writer, perhaps like Jack Torrance, or perhaps not, you’ll have to watch to find out!

And yes, Finn-Harry, writing is hard. But the lure of fame and fortune at any cost is harder, isn’t it?

I’m loving this story so far.

There’s also a violinist!

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I’ll try not to be too spoilery and since it’s just the beginning episodes, anything can happen as this is Ryan Murphy after all!

 

Harry (Finn Wittrock) and his pregnant wife (Lily Rabe) and their pre-teen daughter, Alma (Ryan Kiera Armstrong), a virtuoso violinist move into a creepy house in Massachusetts so Harry can find his muse for a TV pilot his agent needs him to write as Hollywood is calling.

(Way to go, Harry. I’ve been working on TV pilots myself…oh, can't wait for Hollywood to call!)





This is the first time for me that I’ve seen Finn cast as a grown-up. Of course, I’ve not yet had a chance to see all his work as I’m still waiting for some to be released here in Canada. I saw him in Judy and he played the husband of Judy Garland but he wasn’t a family man. In this show, Finn is a dad! No more pretty boy young angry monster roles, I guess…our Finn has grown up.

Well, we know he’ll likely be back to naked push-ups in Season Two of Ratched so don’t despair!

I love seeing Finn as a husband to a pregnant wife and with a daughter. It’s fun and he does it well.

(He's married with a child in real life so he knows what to do!)

Some weirdness happens.

Harry has huge writer’s block as all of us writers who face daunting deadlines get. 





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Harry is excited to meet a couple of rich and famous writers who live in town. They want to share their secrets of success with him. Of course, these authors with their temptations are played by Evan Peters and Frances Conroy who look like they are having the time of their lives vamping it up as they lure in reluctant Harry.


Harry is faced with the choice of taking a little pill to enhance his writing abilities.

His daughter also learns about the pills when she spies on him. She’s been frustrated with her violin practicing. She’s a virtuoso but stumbles on a passage in the music. 

Mom is a home decorator who seems to be lost in the shuffle of family talent. No one really takes her seriously, not her writer-husband and not her violinist-daughter.

The drug brings fame and fortune to those who have real talent. As well as blood lust. To those who don’t, they turn into despicable insane vampire creatures.  

 



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Harry takes the drug and writes up a storm.

His daughter sneaks the drug and plays up a storm, no more stumbles!

Mom doesn’t know why her husband and daughter are obsessive assholes.

In the meantime, we meet Sarah Paulson, Macaulay Culkin, and Billie Lourd as well as some other franchise favourites.

Billie, (who is one of my lady AHS favourites along with Emma Roberts who I hope is in this but not sure, they did both just have babies in real life) plays a tattoo artist dentist! 

Sarah plays an addict called Karen which I’m sure is a hilarious nod to the current state of Karen in our modern times. Sarah is so far doing her usual great job of stranger in a strange land. 

Macaulay plays a writer who flirts with the idea of taking the drug. We’ll find out later if he has talent or not. I'm loving watching him as an adult. 




I’m sure that eventually Lily Rabe will discover the drug and we’ll find out whether she has talent or not. Right now, they are playing like she doesn’t really, her decorating abilities are rather stale but they may be tricking us for a twist ending where she’ll survive and everyone dies. Or maybe the baby has talent and she doesn’t. Or who knows what kind of crazy Murphy has in mind for that pregnancy!

We have The Shining, Cape Fear, Salem's Lot, vampires, drugs, temptation, monsters, New England...

Anyway, so far so good.

I’m hooked in as always.

Can’t wait for next week!

 Oh, and as a little side note, Finn was born in Massachusetts so there's that little homage as well!


Thursday, August 19, 2021

Phantasmagoria Magazine Interview and Killercon Schedule!





The new issue of Phantasmagoria Magazine is just hitting the stands and there's an interview avec moi inside! I've not seen it yet so don't know what it looks like. Go grab yourself a copy and read all the cool stuff inside!





Killercon has snuck up on us this year! There's still time to grab a ticket as it's online again this year because you know why!

FRIDAY AUGUST 20 - SUNDAY AUGUST 22, 2021

It's only TEN BUCKS to attend ALL WEEKEND. This includes the zoom panels, the Splatterpunk Awards, the Gross-Out Contest, and access to the Discord party rooms!


Check it out here: Killercon




Sarah Langan
John Skipp
Jeff Strand
Sèphera Girón
Michael Knost


Sèphera Girón  Friday Opening Ceremonies 10 a.m. Texas Time

                                                         Friday Hero Panel  5:15 p.m. Texas Time
                                                            
                                                         Saturday Reading and Q and A  3:45 p.m. Texas Time




Pop in and out all weekend. Check out the awards! Listen to some awesome panels! Come meet and greet other horror fanatics in the Discord 24/7!
 
Lots of fun and only ten bucks!

I will add that I've been to Killercon a couple of times in real life when it was in Las Vegas. 
It was a lot of fun and there's always something to do. The virtual experience is that as well. You can talk to writers, artists, filmmakers, and musicians who work in or just plain love horror, splatterpunk, and other weird fiction in media of all forms. 

Hope to see some of you there!


















Saturday, June 26, 2021

Good Girls is Cancelled: GOOD! A Few Thoughts




SPOILERS for Good Girls and Star Wars movies!


Read at Your Own Risk!



                                                                Good Girls is Cancelled

                                                                             Good!

I’ve opined a bit about Good Girls in my Patreon. But now I feel compelled to make a public post because it’s been a minute since I’ve posted any musings about shows and movies in this blog!

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Over the past year, like all of you, I’ve been confined to home and watching way more TV than I do in “real life.” I’ve binge-watched dozens of shows and movies and documentaries. Yes, I’m part of the serial killers and cults watchers or as SNL calls it, “murder shows”. I think I’ve seen almost all the shows as well as conspiracy theories and con artists on most of the streaming services. 

Then I stumbled upon a show called Good Girls on Netflix a couple of months ago. It was rated very highly in the weekly ratings here in Canada, in the top ten, so I clicked and was hooked.

That first season blew my socks off. I was invested. I loved the concept of moms clumsily robbing a supermarket, where ONE OF THEM WORKS. Each of the three main characters had a good reason, a compelling reason, to rob a store for money. After all, it’s the States and one of the characters had a child with a health issue and apparently, if you live in the States, you need buckets of cash just to survive, unlike here in Canada, where those same procedures would be covered under the health care act that everyone pays into. (And, no, our taxes actually aren’t higher than the States when you really look at what paying your taxes gets you with regard to social services and such.) If the States health care system wasn’t such a mess, that one character would never have had to rob anyone!


                                    

Anyway, the three housewives rob the store and then get sucked into a gang situation as the store was controlled by the mob, or so it seemed at the time. However, that storyline has disappeared, and that’s the issue with Good Girls.

Disappearing storylines and disappearing characters.

And lack of motivation.

And lack of character growth.

I watched the first two seasons on Netflix. Then was able to stream the third season and catch up with the fourth. When I had first stumbled upon the show, I didn’t realize it was still going on.



I watched the terrible fourth-season mid-season double episode the other day. Good Girls filming had been disrupted cos of the pandemic, so they were late with the fourth season. They aired a couple of episodes then took a break for something like five weeks. It was back on Thursday for a couple of hours. I had a bit of hope that maybe they had pulled up their socks with all that time to see how the show was sinking because of the lazy writing. It. Was. Terrible. 

I think the TV executives had been waiting for the mid-season show to make a decision about cancelling the show as it’s been sitting on the chopping block for a couple of months and then saw that horrible episode and it was easy to decide.

                                    


Even huge fans of the show on Reddit mostly admit the show jumped the shark.

Most of us who understand how stories work agree when that happened.

                                       


Okay, so the first season was good. Really good. I posted on Patreon that this was my new favourite show. It’s done by the same people who did Desperate Housewives, a show I loved and stopped my life for every week for years. Yes, DH was uneven, especially in later seasons, but it was riveting and always something new and different. Some of the plot lines didn't work but they always stretched to find new and interesting situations for those housewives to get into. I was so sad when DH ended.

Good Girls had a bit of that DH feel which I loved. Suburban moms getting into trouble. But Good Girls is Big Trouble not the travails in DH.

The women rob that store. The gang dude comes after them. Scary shit happens, you really feel like life hangs in the balance and that anyone can be murdered at any time for any reason.

Rio was scary. So scary that I actually had nightmares about him coming to kill me. The writing and acting were perfect.

                                 


I binge-watched the first two seasons in a couple of days and it was great. I was involved. I was like, “holy crap, what’s going to happen!”

And then in Season Two last episode, Beth shot Rio and I was cheering, HURRAY!


Jumping the Shark

As much as I liked being scared of Rio, it was perfect. Beth shot him in the face it seemed, and he would die, and then whoever Rio answers to would come after the Girls in Season Three. Someone bigger, badder, and scarier. I was so hooked and ready.

And then the show jumped the shark.

They made Rio live as Season Three began.

And then the show began to drown.

Rio wasn’t scary anymore.

The stakes weren’t high anymore.

The plot was the same old going around in circles. They literally did the exact same plot lines and the women got really stupid and had no reasons to keep doing crimes except they are lazy, greedy, and selfish.

Characters, like Boomer disappeared. The FBI was on their case and suddenly not. Yes, there were payoffs and such but come on. You can’t tell me that lady FBI agent would just drop the case? After all those murders?

So many loose threads.

Rio tried to kill Dean, but everyone’s forgotten about that.

No one ever has consequences for their despicable acts and likely never will.

Season Four is even worse.

The only thing I like about season four is Dean “waking up” with his little cult of MLM buddies who want to go after Beth for screwing with his life. THAT is now the storyline I’m hoping will be resolved.

The best way this show, this series, can end is like Seinfeld did. All the assholes go to jail as we know the writers won’t kill off anyone or they would have by now.

Same Old Issues

This show was so good but then it fell to what I call the Kylo Ren issue. Yes, it always comes back to Star Wars, doesn’t it? I guess cos Star Wars is a simple story, or was, with basic good and evil and consequences. But the Disney versions kind of screwed up.

The same reasons. Fan service. 

 Reylo and Brio

For some reason, some other viewers of GG weren’t as horrified by Rio as I was. They thought he was sexy and cute and rooted for Brio. Even though he’s a criminal, a murderer. He had great potential to be the ultimate evil.

Same with Kylo Ren. I loved Kylo Ren when I first saw him because he had the potential to be even more evil than Darth Vader, he had the unpredictable rage of anything can happen, he had the struggle against his mom and uncle who were Jedis and “good”, depending on your perspective. He was a mass murderer. JJ Abrams himself said that that the trough that Kylo kept Darth Vader’s helmet in contained the ashes of those he had murdered. He blew up planets and razed villages. For no reason but power, the desire to emulate grandaddy Darth Vader, and to rule the galaxy in his own Kim Jung Un dictatorship fantasy.


This scene from The Force Awakens was scary and disturbing. Up until that point, I actually thought Kylo Ren was a robot of some sort or some kind of space alien under that helmet. I thought he was ultimate evil and couldn't wait to see him kick Jedi ass!
 

When this scene happened, I was so scared and excited and wondered what would happen! Back in those days, anything could have happened to any of these characters. Super tension between Kylo and Rey. And hey, that scene told us that Finn had The Force too then Disney dropped the ball about that for a couple of movies. ugh. 


Reylo

Yet, somehow along the way, they make the “good” girl, Rey, fall in love with him. Yes, women in real life often fall for the bad boys. But it was stupid. Rey and Finn should have ended up together. It was set up in the beginning and then ignored. I always felt Kylo was intrigued with Rey because he either knew about her as child, perhaps they played as children, and he likely knew that she had been hidden because of her powers and to keep her away from evil like him and now here she was. I felt his intrigue was with her rumoured powers and that she was a relative; a cousin, a sister...and he wanted to figure out how to take her powers for himself. 

But then there was pandering of Reylo for the fans. By the third movie, Kylo was just a goofy teen in love. There was no big bad. No one bigger than Kylo controlling him as they killed off Snoke. I refuse to acknowledge the stupid Palpatine-clone shoehorn plot. We all know Rey was supposed to be Kylo’s cousin, Luke’s daughter. The movies are a mess. Partly director ego. Partly fan service. All those fans wanting Kylo and Rey to end up together. WHY??????



And what the hell was THIS? Of course, some say it wasn't a romantic kiss, just a "kiss" of some sort cos she was sad for him? And the incest continues on as Kylo comes from Darth Vader who was created by Palpatine who .. didn't he use his own blood for the clone? and Rey is somehow Palpatine's grandchild because, of course, someone somewhere actually slept with Palpatine? So they are related. CHRIST!!!!


Derailed Characters

Kylo never got to be ultimate evil and then the writers threw him away. (But of course, in Star Wars, no one is ever really gone…as Luke says…)

And the same thing happened in Good Girls.

The fans liked Rio and Beth together. Brio as they call it.

Once again, teens love a murderer, a bad boy, and want to see this married mom run off with him. To what end?

If the writers had held their ground in both franchises of making the evil more evil as the shows progress, these could have been amazing vehicles.

Instead, they created unlikely and ridiculous “love stories” that drag the plot and destroy character growth and motivation.

In reading Redditt and other sites, the fans just watch and wait for the next Brio sex scene. They are hoping those two are together by the end. And maybe Beth and Rio should just hop in a car and drive off like Bonnie and Clyde.

                                    

Maybe all three women should hop in the car and drive off Niagara Falls, the Canadian side, Thelma and Lousie-style since they are shitty moms and shittier human beings.

No Character Development Except for Dean

Back to the end of season two. When we had that cliff-hanger where Beth shot Rio, I truly thought he’d be dead. And then a bigger, badder crime lord would appear. And the girls would be in even deeper shit.

But nope.

Somehow Rio survived a shot in the face and has no scars.

They tease us that there might be something more going on with the criminal activities with Rio’s family but who knows?

With only a few episodes left this season, this season that has only recreated plots we’ve seen before, with the exception of Dean’s growth, it’s unlikely we’ll see anything cool happen.

The season has already been filmed so whatever will happen will happen. Maybe if the last few episodes bring the show back to what it used to be, bring back some of the dozens of loose threads they left hanging, perhaps a streaming service might consider the show. But as it stands now, I don’t blame anyone for not wanting to continue this show on their network.

I loved Good Girls. I still liked the first two seasons, the comedy, the tension, the mystery.

But no one has consequences for these horrible things.

The women are complicit in the murder of an innocent girl unless it’s revealed that somehow it was faked that she was killed and she comes back somehow. But that‘s not going to happen.


No One to Root for Except Dean and He's not a Girl!

These are horrible people doing horrible things. And it’s not even entertaining anymore. There’s no one to root for, no one to care about. Except maybe Dean who recognized he was a cheating scumbag  and lost sight of his business for a bit (which is what launched Beth's life of crime) but realizes he loves his wife and will do anything for her to make it up emotionally and financially and he does and did. As she gaslights him further, his new friends recognize her narcissistic bullshit and want to help him out so he won't have to rot in jail for crimes he didn't commit. Will they? Who knows! Maybe they are FBI all along?

We don’t even care about any of the kids because a) we don’t know them and b) they never do anything or interact. Don’t all the kids know each other? Aren’t some of them cousins? Why don’t they ever talk about their weirdo parents and all the craziness going on? Like when the house had no furniture?

I live in Canada and drive to the States all the time. I can’t stand the border crossing episodes, so unrealistic. They would have been in jail long ago. Yes, I know this is fiction but come on!

                                   

This show began as a strong show about women taking control of their lives. Now it's just silly girls doing stupid stuff and mostly to please men. 

                                   

Anyway, I have many more rambling thoughts about this show but that’s it for now.

Let’s rejoice in the cancellation of Good Girls as it’s too far gone to bring it back to good writing and character development and it will free up all these amazing actors to do other shows.

Let's remember those amazing first two seasons and let the last two rest in peace!