5 Things to Know About This Season of The Bachelorette

Hannah B is a feminist icon: We all had our doubts about Hannah Beast becoming the bachelorette when she flubbed on the After the Final Rose special, but Hannah has more than made up for it with her candidness and zero tolerance for bullsh*t with her suitors. In fact, I can’t remember a time when someone has called out the contestants for acting like first graders more than Hannah has. But it’s more than being a badass alpha.

She has no problem expressing her attraction for the men this season. It’s almost like when you sit down with your friends over drinks to dish about your love lives. That’s why I adore this woman. I knew it the moment Colton sent her home and she was like nah, this is crap! The previews reveal that it’s only going to escalate as it appears Luke will be slut shaming her and she WILL NOT be having it. I love how open Hannah is, and I can’t wait for her to put Luke in his place.

No one seems to be there for the “right reasons”: So Scott turned out to be a clown on night one when it was revealed he had a girl back home waiting for him. And then Tyler G. went home for unknown reasons. And then there was Cam, who I truly felt was simply misunderstood but was ultimately sent home packing when Hannah found his stories to be manipulative.

But then, we have Jed. He’s clearly a frontrunner, but it turns out that he had a girlfriend the entire time! A girlfriend who was waiting for his return. A girlfriend who he ended up ghosting. And a girlfriend who he had promised that the show was all a publicity stunt. Jed has a really good chance of actually being engaged to Hannah, and if he is, I don’t see how someone as strong-willed as Hannah is going to let that slide. Either way, it’s hard to watch the show now knowing his intentions.

But Tyler C and Peter are perfect: There are two guys who have stolen my heart this season (besides the obvious John Paul Jones.) Tyler C and Peter are so unproblematic, and it’s actually concerning that they’re two of the only descent guys left. Tyler is not only gorgeous, but he was super caring and sweet to Hannah on their one on one date. He’s super cheesy in a lot of his interactions but darn it, it’s hard not to swoon. He’s kind of like the sweet jock who writes poetry and volunteers in his free time. Also, follow him on Instagram for inspiration as he runs charity events on the regular!

Then there’s Peter the pilot, who is Ben Higgins 2.0. He’s endearing in his little awkward make outs with Hannah, but’s it’s so charming to watch on screen as he tries hoisting her up on a pool table only to hit his head on a lamp. Oh Pete. But besides that, he doesn’t cause any drama and seems to be friends with everyone in the house. If Hannah is not engaged to Peter, he’d be a great bachelor.

Luke is that toxic guy we can’t get rid of: Luke is the most polarizing person this season hands down. He’s clearly got some more close-minded views on what he expects in his wife, using words like “pure” and referring to Hannah’s body as a temple. That’s an issue just waiting to unfold. However, it’s more just him bringing up other people’s names that has him in hot water. He’s clearly lacking the emotional maturity, and that’s been clear from episode 3. What’s more interesting is that Luke represents every guy a girl has trouble letting go of because she feels an undeniable connection. We’ve all been there. Putting up with absolute nonsense for no reason other than the fact that you can’t let go of the hope or idea of someone. We see Hannah struggle with this all season, and she’s very self-aware that Luke has special treatment.

Who will likely be on paradise? There’s so many potential guys coming down to paradise. I’m actually thinking Mike and Connor, who both got sent packing last episode, will probably be contenders, along with John Paul Jones, Dylan and maybe even Garrett as well. I’m sure tons of Colton’s girls will also be featured like Hannah G, Tayhsia, Heather and Caelynn as well. I’m excited to see all the pairings unfold.

This season certainly has been original with lots of interesting personalities. I cannot wait to see how this wild ride ends. Part of me is scared that she ends up with Jed, but then part of me is hopeful that she chooses Tyler or Peter. Stay tuned! I’ll definitely share my thoughts once this season wraps for good!

Netflix Review: The Society

Netflix’s new teen drama is a 10-episode series from Chris Keyser that follows a group of privileged teenagers who embark on a school field trip, only to return to their New England town with all of their parents missing. This “Lord of the Flies” meets “The 100” series combines mystery and teen angst to bring a surprisingly complex story that deals with parallel universes and conspiracies. So if you’re the type of person who says “that’s not humanly possible” whilst watching fantasy shows, you’re likely to roll your eyes at the concept. However, I’m all for conspiracy theories and the darkness that comes with parallel universes, so I was on the edge of my seat the entire ride through. Here are some of my thoughts after watching.

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When I was 12, I remember there was this American show called “Kid Nation”. The premise was basically the same with teens running a society on their own with a designated “mayor” and “working class” roles distributed among the town. What I learned from the show is that there’s a lot of teens willing to step up to be a leader, and there’s a lot of teens who will shell up and hide.  I really liked seeing how characters reacted to the absence of their parents. It was obvious that all hell would break loose.

There’s a lot of political undertones in the series as characters debate whether a democracy is the best way to run their town. Additionally, other issues such as physical abuse, mental illness, and the death penalty are brought up for teens to face head on. Even the state of women’s rights are brought up as 16-year-old pregnant Becca utters the words “I didn’t even get to choose to be a mother.” The intensity of the show surprised me in that retrospect.

Kathryn Newton’s character, Allie, is the presumed main character who has one of my favorite story arcs as she goes from the rebellious little sister to the fearless heroin. Her performance was one of the most nuanced, as her sister’s death fuels her to become the leader of the town.

In fact, for a teen drama, the acting overall was fantastic. Other standouts include Alex Fitzalan, who plays the spoiled “sort of” villain. What I liked about his character is that he could’ve been the straight up psychopath like Campbell, but instead, he dives into an unexpected depression. Additionally, Jack Mulhern plays my favorite character from the series, Grizz, who’s the kind-hearted expedition leader and a closeted teen who starts a romance with Sam. It’s sweet and probably my favorite romance among the teen angst, although I’m weirdly hoping Allie and Harry work things out as well.

There’s so many other likable characters such as Kelly, Gordie, Helena and Will, but I like that a lot of them encompass some gray area to their morality, such as Luke and Harry. My one issue with the series is that there’s a LOT of characters to the point where I’m confusing some of the boys and girls. Don’t get me wrong, I love that there is representation of the LGBTQ and deaf community, but if there’s going to be 15 main characters, I’d would have liked more women and men of colour.

Finally, let’s talk about that ending! OK- so what’s up with the dog? Are we sure we know who killed Cassandra? And what universe are the kids in? Purgatory? It’s too soon to really come up with a coherent theory, but I think there’s some sort of parallel universe that the kids were sent to after discovering what the “smell” was all about. It’s so intriguing to me, but I imagine fans are dying for some more clues. Hopefully, the committee on going home can sort something out soon because I want answers. Let me know what you thought of the show below!

The Bachelor Recap: Take a Hike

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This episode featured a ton of drama between the girls, mostly involving Krystal. The women got to pack their bags for Tahoe, and there were two solo dates and one awkward group date. Here’s my picks for the top 5 this week, along with some thoughts.

Becca K.: Becca barely had any airtime, but she seems like she’s pretty cordial with everyone and avoids all the drama in the house. I still think she’s going far.

Bekah M.: Bekah is the front runner in my mind. Arie and Bekah had a crazy date, where she revealed her age. I think Arie liked her enough to give her a chance, but I can tell Arie needed some time to probably process everything.

Seinne: Seinne is awesome, and I think she should be the next Bachelorette provided she gets that far. I think she carried the entire date really well, and she was actually bringing out such a good side of Arie. Seeing them on their date made me like Arie a lot more too.

Tia: Tia is a firecracker for sure, and she reminds me so much of Jojo and Raven. I think Arie really likes Tia too, and it showed despite the drama surrounding her.

Kendall: Kendall is such a quirky chick. That’s probably why I like her so much. She’s confident and owns her weirdness, which is why I think Arie kind of digs her.

Other Thoughts:

  • With all the drama going on, I mostly agreed with Caroline and Tia. I mean Krystal literally called herself flawless. But I didn’t like when Tia didn’t even look at Krystal when she asked to speak with them. That was a bit mean girl for me.
  • I like Chelsea the more and more I see her. The glam shaming bit at the end was hilarious.
  • Arie did a great job in this episode. I was so hard on him for my past recaps, but I actually liked how he handled everything.
  • These group dates are rough. The hiking date looked like another nightmare with the girls not knowing where to go.

 

The Bachelor: Bekah with the Short Hair

 

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Here’s my thoughts on episode 3 of The Bachelor, along with my top 5 based on the episode. Also, find out which former bachelor is dating a celebrity below. It was surprising to me for sure!

Bekah: Bekah has such memorable moments with Arie, and she really brings out his personality. I absolutely love when she called him out on being afraid of women who are much more independent. It makes a lot of sense in all honesty, and she managed to come off more cheeky than confrontational, which was great on her part. She’s way too good for this show.

Becca K.: Becca and Arie come off as the most boyfriend/girlfriend in this episode when they had their one on one time. I love the little moment when she called him a dork too.

Chelsea: I don’t mind Chelsea as much as others do. I really think Arie likes Chelsea a lot. I mean you can easily tell who he’s into and she’s one of the few he really likes.

Tia: Honestly, she reminds me so much of Raven, and I want to be friends with her. Tia comes off so well throughout the episode, whether she’s narrating or spending her time with Arie. I think she’s awesome.

Lauren B.: I could see Lauren being a dark horse after this episode. Not much to say so far, but I feel like Arie’s into her based on body language.

Other thoughts

  • Bibiana, Annaliese and Lauren S. went home. I really liked all three of these girls, so it was disappointing to see them all go.
  • I’m enjoying this season, but mostly because of the women bringing the drama. I don’t think Arie is really good at making the girls feel comfortable. Poor Analiese turned into a mess, but it was sort of justified considering how cringe worthy and cold Arie was toward her.
  • The Napa Valley date and Rachel Zoe date were both dream dates. The group dates on the other hand are total nightmares. I would not want to be on the wrestling or the derby date, and the dog show just seemed pointless.
  • I loved seeing Kenny back on the show! Speaking of the Bachelor franchise, how crazy do the winter games look? I’m pumped to see all my favorites back.
  • Nick Viall is dating January Jones? WHAT! I mean good for Nick if he is. It’s just surprising to hear. I know she expressed how much she loved the show on a talk show before, but wow!
  • OK, the last piece of news that I have is that there are rumors that the Bachelor producers want to do a trio wedding of Rachel and Bryan, Jojo and Jordan and Shawn and Kaitlyn. First off, I’m obsessed with Kaitlyn and Shawn, so I’d be most pumped to see them wed, but also secondly, how awesome is the Bachelorette track record? Three in a row that seem to be heading to success stories. Good for them!

The Bachelor Recap: Dream Date & Derby

I was super impressed with the second episode, so here are my thoughts on my top 5 front runners, along with some other thoughts on the episode.

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Becca: Becca seems like a great fit for Arie. Her date was a dream date for a girl. I mean she got all those dresses plus that fabulous looking spread of food. It was lighthearted until we finally got to the night portion, and they seem like a nice match. She had a solid one on one and she seems relatively normal and not about the drama, which is a another good sign for her.

Chelsea: Chelsea actually didn’t bother me that much. I think Arie is still very much invested in Chelsea especially when she revealed she had a son. I like that she didn’t really play games and acted coy this episode.

Bekah: Bekah and Arie had a steamy moment, and you can tell he’s really into her. They have a cute little moment when he says he wasn’t sure if she’d be into him, and it’s a funny exchange between the two. I just wonder if it’s just lust right now, but I mean Bekah has been very magnetic personality, so it has potential to turn into something more serious.

Seinne: I really love Seinne. She played her cards just right during the group date. She won the competition overall, and then she really impressed me when she was talking to Arie. She’s well-traveled, went to Yale and is really stunning. I mean if she doesn’t win, I think she’d be an awesome Bachelorette just based off this second episode.

Krystal: Krsytal annoyed me to no end in this episode, but Arie liked her a lot so I kept her in the top 5. She just doesn’t come off as genuine. I’m sure she’s sweet in real life, but on TV, she came off really condescending toward the other women. Thankfully, Queen Bibiana came through.

Other Thoughts:

  • Bibiana was a little crazy during the group date, but she totally redeemed herself when she called Krystal out for stealing everyone’s time. It was composed and fabulous, and I love her already.
  • Annaliese is hilarious. I find her super endearing, and I cannot believe how silly that sequence with the bumper cars was. It reminded me so much of the episode of Friends where Rachel is afraid to go on the swings. XD
  • Jenny was devastated to leave, but not because of Arie, no, no, she was leaving all the friends she made. That was so cringe worthy.
  • This episode was my favorite in a while! I loved the drama, and it definitely changed my attitude toward the season. I think the girls are going to be crazy, and I think Arie won’t know how to handle all these personalities, so it should be an interesting season for sure.

Thoughts on Big Little Lies

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After a huge win for Big Little Lies during the Golden Globes and a few of my friends telling me to check out the HBO success, I gave in and watched all seven episodes in one day.

*SPOILERS AHEAD* With a star-studded cast, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley and Laura Dern carry the show as they all play seemingly happy mothers all doing the 9 to 5 while taking care of their first graders. However, dark secrets from their past start to surface in Monteray Bay, California.

By the end of the first episode, we have three questions: Who’s the bully? Who’s the murderer? And who was killed?

The show benefits from an impressive cast. Nicole Kidman steals the show as she portrays the character with the biggest gap between the perception of others and what is really happening with her abusive husband played by Alexander Skarsgård. His portrayal of Perry is so good, you actually feel scared when he enters a scene. Kidman and Skarsgård both play off each other well, and that’s probably why they both were awarded Gloden Globes.

Reese Witherspoon and Adam Scott play the central couple going through their fair share of issues, but they also serve as the glue that links everyone together. Shailene Woodley gives a quiet performance as she plays a single mother battling her past as another question raises: Who was her rapist? Laura Dern gives a great performance as she plays a frustrated mother battling the three mothers throughout the series to protect her own daughter.

The show also benefits from a lot of small elements that make the mini-series so special. The soundtrack is fabulous with a killer theme song that I never skipped over once. The female relationships in the show are really strong especially between Jane and Madeline. The prospects for a season 2 also make up for the lack of resolution between Madeline and basically her whole family.

Now let’s get into the real spoilers, so if you do not want to find out what happened in the finale, do not read on.

The first reveal was that Max, one of Celeste and Perry’s twins, was actually the one bullying Amabelle, and not Ziggy. My sick head thought it might have been an adult, and I thought making it one of the twins would have been almost too obvious. But I was definitely wrong about that one and it makes a ton seeing how Celeste’s therapist says a few times in the series “What if the kids find out?”

So after finding out that Perry was both the rapist and the person being killed, I instantly felt dumb for not realizing it seeing how aggressive he was with Celeste. Hearing Jane say to Celeste that she has to accept her son might have violent tendencies clearly has a double meaning, and it’s great foreshadowing. I had an inkling that her rapist would be someone from the main cast, but for some reason I thought it could be Nathan or Ed. Celeste and Perry’s storyline was so separate from the rest that I didn’t think the stories would cross wires.

The last episode was definitely the strongest with reveals coming out slowly and then leading to the scene where Perry meets the women by the stairs. Zoe Kravitz’s character Bonnie being the murderer was unexpected, but it was awesome seeing all five women in one scene battle it out. I love the moment that Jane has her realization and it almost seemed like Madeline and Celeste read her mind instantly and knew what needed to happen. The beach scene was heartwarming, and to be honest, I can see a second season of the show coming about with all the women being questioned by the main detective.

Also, one last thought, how cute was Tom? He was adorable in that last episode. Let me know what you thought of the mini-series!

 

The Bachelor Review: Januarie Begins

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So begins another season of The Bachelor. To be honest, I don’t have a ton of thoughts on the premiere because it felt pretty formulaic, and nothing really stood out. That being said, I struggled to come up with five girls that stood out, but here’s my initial thoughts on who Arie likes.

Chelsea: Chelsea looks a lot like Olivia from Ben’s season, and she kind of reminded me of Emily too. She was definitely the most polarizing person this episode. I’m going to defend her a bit though. She seems like she has a dry sense of humor and that might not translate well on screen. As a journalist myself, I’ve had people film vlogs and multimedia projects where my sarcasm isn’t totally clear. So I’m going to give her the benefit of the doubt.

Bekah: Bekah seems like a chill chick. She presented herself really well and I loved her talk with Arie when they were sitting on the car. I loved when they were talking about liking each other and she was all like “So far, I like what I see from you.” You can tell she doesn’t put him on a pedestal, and he came off like the more nervous one.

Becca: Becca had a solid night and she reminded me a little bit of Vanessa. She had a cute moment with Arie, but it was kind of just a glimpse. It looks like she might get the first one-on- one date too

Tia: Tia is in the same boat as Becca. She had a pretty good night, and she seems like she’ll go far based on her package in the very beginning of the episode.

Krystal: Krystal’s voice drove me a little crazy in all honesty, but I mean Arie was all into it so good for her for playing that up. She’s beautiful, and she seemed pretty poised all night so I’m going to have her as my dark horse.

Other random thoughts

  •  I will say Arie came off really nervous whereas I think while both Ben and Nick were nervous, their priority was to make the women feel comfortable, and I’m not sure if Arie did that. Again, it’s a lot of pressure and he probably had a billion thoughts going through his head.
  • LOL at Bekah saying “You’re excited for excitement?”
  • Sean must be sick of being one of the only two success stories from The Bachelor. He can never catch a break.
  • It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged about the show. I’ve been busy with school and work. I missed an entire season of BIP recaps, but I’m back and ready to cover this season.