GOODNESS. Last week was a great week for television! Like many, I am sure escaping with a great television show was needed because honestly, last week was a doozy. So lets jump right in, shall we?
SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't watched anything, DON'T READ ANY FURTHER.
How To Get Away With.....Being Messy?
Last weeks episode was great not just because of the momentum, but we finally saw Frank cave. For the past two season, Frank has played Dr. Evil so well and it was really nice to be able to see him show some emotion. The final scene with him, Bonnie and Annalise was REALLY intense, but that wasn't the part that made me want to throw my Ipad.
Y'all catch that scene with Conner and ol' boy? Talk about trash and being a messy haux!
I'm sure Joanne the Scammer was LIVING for that episode. To be honest, I guess it pains me that they have made his character out to be so low. I mean, gay men can be trash at times but come on Shonda, must we ALWAYS perpetuate that?
Aside from that mess, we got a better glimpse into the heart of Michaela which in my opinion is needed, especially now knowing that her and Asher are a real thing. He seems so lost to me, so being in a relationship with a wall I felt only made his character more complex.
I do believe that everyone is in on this house fire situation and I think I have a feeling who is under the sheet. What say you? Leave me a comment to let me know!
Watch this Thursday on ABC for the season 3 mid-winter finale.
Insecure & Guilty
I have to honestly say that I am really happy with the direction that this show is going in. When I first started watching, I was fearful that it was going to pull too much from the 'Awkward Black Girl' style that Issa has, but to my surprise, I feel like every single episode has pulled me in.
This week's episode tackled an issue I have always had with the Black community, the idea that women can explore their sexuality and Black men can't. It was very evident how much of a problem Molly had with Jared being vulnerable, hence really giving us insight to how much of a prison Black men live in and how often Black women hold the key.
What I really liked about this episode is that it not only explored secrets, but the idea of how we all have our wants, needs and desires: and often, we only explore them under shame. For many in this weeks episode, the show's title was REALLY prominent, specifically knowing how insecure Molly was with Jared's sexual past. I hope we continue to see Jared and get a chance to further explore what toxic masculinity looks like for both men and women the Black Community.
Tune into Insecure every Sunday on HBO.
Eyewitness: The Lilies
Now I know this show doesn't really deal with QPOC topics, but I feel like this weeks episode really helped us to understand the complexity of queer youth. Throughout the entire episode, everyone was doing all that they could to be liked, accepted or to "fit in".
How you ask?
Well think about it, Helen (Philip's Foster Mother) is doing all that she can to get Philip to "like her" and the home that she has made for him, while also fighting to get a good lead on the case (If you are lost, watch episodes 1-4). By proving that she is the right fit for this case, she in all will end up in good favor of the criminal mastermind Ryan, who is not only the killer, but also the lead of the police department.
On the other end, Matt (Helen's assistant) is doing all that he can to get Helen to favor him as he assists with the case, knowing that things could soon blow up in his face.
Lukas, in some dark and twisted way, continues to prove that he is into Philip, all while sacrificing his sanity over what he knows about Ryan and what he saw at the cabin. Kamilah continues to prove that she's not the one that Ryan should be chasing, all while her sister continues to try to prove to her drug lord that she is capable of doing what he needs her to to throw Helen off her tracks.
Y'all see the connection?
While Lukas and Philip didn't really give us a great deal to work with in this episode, it really helped me to see how far we as people will go to get someone to like/validate our existence. As each character continues to build, I am learning that there are only so many folks to be trusted in that small town and that young love doesn't always accept you with the good and the bad, happy or the sad.
To watch past episodes of Eyewitness or to get caught up on this weeks episode, tune into USA Networks.