I know it's not on till tomorrow, and it's almost the season finale, but I was thinking about it today. Parts of it are awesome, and parts of it are severely lacking. What have you loved/loathed? (Spoilers & gifs) Here's mine:
What a fantastic character. Talk about coming in like a wrecking ball—he shook the ground of what a gay character could be. He's a bad boy who's trying to reform, and confident as all get-out. Super-sexy and smarmy, he's the most fun to watch because he's the one character-type who's the most toxic in real life. On television, he's magnetic. Add Oliver, and the storyline is sublime! The unexpected connection with Oliver is the perfect monkey-wrench for Connor, and I would watch an entire series just about their complications.
Love the depth the guy who spent the pilot in khakis, navy blazer with gold buttons, polo shirts and ASCOTS. Multiple Ascots. What a douchecanoe, amirite? I love that he's so strongly That Guy, but also we get peeks at his humanity and his feelings. I am enjoying the depth that his hookup with Bonnie is giving him, and vice-versa. He's the clown because he's ridiculous, but he's also sad because he's left out. His humor-filled armor has cracks, and I can't wait to see how it breaks, and what's underneath.
The way the show shines new light on things not usually seen on network tv, let alone Disney TV. I loved the Canadian show Being Erica for its easy, real way of showing a Jewish family on television. They went to Temple like I went to Church. They had holiday/family obligations like me, for different holidays. It was a realistic look into a life I'm not living, but still can relate to. I loved how reaction to the moment of Annalise getting ready for bed truly surprised the showrunners and those involved in putting it together. She's just going through the process of going to bed, and people reacted with such joy. Like secrets were being spilled. She took off her wig. She took off her lashes and her makeup. She lotioned. Like women do. None of this is groundbreaking, and yet, it was. I don't know why I love that it was but I hope there are lots of little things like that that are totally normal that people might recognize as different from the TV usual.
On the Fence:
After her first moment—overly emotional in the bathroom—with Wes, I didn't trust her farther than I could throw her. Still don't. It's like watching a leopard at the zoo: you see her in her environment, on the other side of the glass. She seems calm, but what would happen when she's threatened? She seems cool, but what happens when she's uncomfortable? I am intrigued by her, so far.
So boring for so long, except for the sparring with Lynn Whitfield. More of that, please. Now they've set up some decent crazy for her to play, so I'm looking forward to that. Maybe she'll get interesting soon.
Haaaaated Laurel for so long. She only had character in reference to Frank. I'm still not sure that's her name. She was Boring Brunette Girl. Then they had that scene with her dad in Miami or wherever. With Spanish. Suddenly, this girl was more than who I thought she was. Also I don't care about her boyfriend who we almost never see. I'd be okay if he is now her "boyfriend who lives in Canada," meaning, the relationship doesn't exist. She'll be more interesting when she grows a pair and hooks back up with Frank. Till then, she's still like watching paint dry.
Wes and Rebeccah. I really wish I cared more about them, but they're a main storyline, so they're predictable. And dull. Annalise seems to have a weird connection with Wes. It's like she hits on him, but I can't tell if he knows she's hitting on him. I don't think he's feeling it, but he could, later, because it's a Shondaland soap, and that's how they do.
The flashback structure of the first half of the season. Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaated it. Right from the start. It would have been better to tack it all together in one or two episodes, toward the beginning of the season, if they wanted us to know it sooner. Initially it was hard to follow and super irritating. Then it just got dull. I'm hoping that now that time has passed, it's all forward at the regular pace from here on out.
Sorry this got so wordy. I've been away from GT for a while, and apparently I've been sitting on this one for a while. Whoops. Other thoughts on this one? Love it? hate it? Over it?