by Ryan Fu •
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. But the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward. Maybe they have to be crazy. While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
This was a quote from Apple’s Think Differently ad that was headed by Steve Jobs, one of the most influential and innovate person in the technology field. People thought he was crazy to do things other people weren’t doing at the time but he knew that it was going to be the future. And in this episode of Halt and Catch Fire, we get the feeling that you can’t stop the future. You are either are a part of it or you get left behind in the past. What are you willing to do to be successful or be part of something great? The characters on the show want it so bad they are willing to embezzle, steal and lie in order to succeed, which you can’t blame them. Everyone wants to be seen as a winner one time in his or her lifetime.
John Bosworth is an old-school businessman, who has built Cardiff Electric into regional power. He was happy in his place in the world until Joe came into his world and turned everything upside down. But what really messed him up was the thought of being part of something great like creating the first portable computer aka The Giant. At first, he could care less if the team actually created the machine but after seeing the potential of the project, he is absolutely on board now. He is willing to have his marriage crumble and he is willing to sell his own house to complete this project. In this episode, we find Bosworth is “all in”, with the project as we find out that he and Cameron hacked into a national bank to embezzle money to keep the company afloat while creating The Giant. Bosworth is willing to go to jail because he believes in the future, just like Gordon.
Gordon looks like he’s back in a good place ever since last week’s episode, where he was falling apart because of the pressures he was dealing with to create this great invention. After listening to a couple of self help tapes, he is back to his confident self again even after learning he wasn’t going to Comdex, he is still resolute about going to Comdex especially when the FBI shows up to arrest John Bosworth for embezzling money and shuts down the office. Gordon goes back later that night to steal back his property because he’s is a man with a plan and he’s going to go through with it regardless if everyone thinks he’s crazy including his wife. He’s doing this for the best interest of his family, unlike Joe, who is only doing it to prove to his father that he can succeed without his help.
After hearing that Bosworth embezzled because the company ran out of money and learning that IBM is also creating a portable computer he decides to face his father for answers. This time his father tells him the truth about IBM’s computer along with the reasons why his father took his mom out of his life. Joe’s dad thought it was in his best interest that he shouldn’t be around his mom because she was lost. Joe’s dad even tells him that he’s more like him, which I totally agree with because they’re both assholes that are willing to step over body after body to complete their goals. I did love Joe’s dad speech about being a “dreamer” is all about hardwork. His dad’s pitch sold Joe in coming back to IBM to lead the portable computer program, turning his back to the people who made his dream into a reality. Joe is willing to turn his back to his friends in order see this creation come to life, which is kinda sleazy but I totally understand, it’s the future.
Thankfully, Gordon was ballsy enough to stop Joe in his tracks giving him a motivating speech that they have to go to Comdex to prove people wrong and be a part of something great without the help of his father. They sell Joe’s Porsche and head to Comdex into the unknown future.
Fuck! Personally, I think this is exciting television. I didn’t care about what the naysayers said about this show that it isn’t going know where and how the characters weren’t lovable. I had a feeling that the show was going to prove them wrong. To which, how can you not fall in love with the characters now? They are willing to give up their live hoods to chase their dreams. Isn’t that the “American Dream?” I still have to believe if you believe in something and if you work hard enough, all your dreams with come through, but I guess you can call me crazy…
After the great episode “Fire in the Hole” a few weeks ago, True Blood has gone back to its mediocre ways, showing why the show decided to make this season the final one for True Blood. Basically, they have run out of fucking ideas. They even went the sleazy way for shock and awe this episode with Lafayette having sex with Jessica’s bi-curious boyfriend. I literally do not give a fuck about Sookie or the rest of the assholes in Renard Parish. The only “saving grace” of this final season of True Blood is Pamela and Lafayette because they seem they are the only ones that get it.
In the midst of the whole world falling to pieces, Pamela decides to find her one true love, Eric Northman, in which last season he abandoned her but she is willing to forgive him because she sees the whole picture. She gives him hope to live again. That hope was to get sweet and delicious revenge on Sarah Newlin, who that caused so much pain to her and everyone else this season. After, Eric releases Willa she gives them vital information of where Sarah could be, which is in Dallas along with fascinating details of her vampire sister. They go to Dallas to find her sister in which Sarah’s sister tells them, where Sarah will show up, which is their parent’s Republican party in Dallas. They play dress up as “Republican Assholes” as Pam tells Eric,
“Do I look like a Republi-cunt?”
How do you not fall in love with her? Even Eric got a chuckle after that remark. Besides, Lafayette I think Pam has the best one liners this season in which she delivers it in such a confident and bitchy way, which is so sexy. At the party they spot Sarah’s father but they can’t find her mom, so Eric tells Pam to find Sarah’s mom to which Pam responds,
“How am I supposed to do that? All these bitches look the same.”
Just like Pam, Lafayette like he’s done all season delivers the brutal truth to everyone this episode. When pouty face/ everything revolves around me Sookie tells Lafayette she feels depressed and alone, he decides to throw a party to celebrate people’s death instead of being sad. Of course, Debbie Downer, Sookie tries to spoil everyone’s fun but Lafayette tells her death should be celebrated and not to thought as being dark and sad, which I couldn’t agree with him more. Just like life, death should be a joyous occasion for everyone.
You can see in this episode how Lafayette is the emotional glue to many of characters in True Blood. Even though, he’s not perfect by any means, he recognizes his shortcomings and he is alright with them. He is also fine with other people’s shortcomings. In aforementioned sleazy bag scene where the writers and producers had nothing else to bring to the table, they decide to have Jessica’s boyfriend cheating on Lafayette. Jessica is pissed which her bi-curious BF tries to explain but she wasn’t having it.
Jason tries to comfort her in scene which I found totally gross where they talked about if they were gay or not, which I thought, does that even fucking matter in world filled with monsters? I would think people in this universe would be more used to same-sex relations because you’re totally cool with vampires and people shifting into rats. Who the fuck cares if Lafayette is gay or not? The only thing that matters is that he is trying to find love like everyone else. As he tells Jessica in a great speech, that she should leave her boyfriend if you don’t really love him and that he also deserves to find someone to love him.
The best scenes in this episode totally belonged to Pam and Lafayette because they are just themselves, which we love them for it. They don’t try to be someone else because it’s not in their nature. I think they are the only characters on the show with a level head on their shoulders. Of course, there were other things that happen in this episode but really? Who the fuck cares? I mean even the devout True Blood fan can see this show is going further into Hell. Seriously, the only reason once again to watch the final season of True Blood is for Lafayette and Pamela.
- I loved Lafayette’s bedazzled sleeveless jean jacket with his name on the back. He’s totally keeping 💯
- Who knew the Lafayette was a “Top.”
- Bill is dying, thank Satan! I always thought he was boring, he’s always so sad of being sorta still living.
- Sarah’s sister is kinda hot! I’d hit her infected Ass.
- Poor, poor Ginger. Not even a blowjob 😭
- Eric went Kamikaze on the Yakuza!
- Sam Merlotte’s baby mama is a bitch. It’s like they saved her life and no she’s talking shit even though she’s carrying a Shifter’s baby. Go back home to Los Angeles where the real weirdos live!
- Beck’s Lost Cause is a great closing song for this WHOLE show because it’s a Lost Cause…💔
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Personally, I thought tonight’s episode of The Leftovers wasn’t that great compared to last week’s episode but I feel it’s leading us into some explosive situations. The big difference with tonight’s episode was it dealt with multiple characters instead of one single character study with the Reverend. Tonight’s episode dealt with Kevin’s relationship with his estranged wife, which is now affecting their children. We also find out the extent of how far the Guilty Remnant are willing to go to push their nihilistic views with the world. The GRs believe nothing matters, especially possessions. So, when the baby Jesus doll went missing, I automatically thought it was those sick bastards.
It was a great opening scene with the baby Jesus being created in factory with the Black Keys playing in the background, which is finally placed in manger as part of the Nativity scene but then goes missing. Chief Garvey is placed into action to find the missing baby Jesus but he already has his suspicion that his daughter took it, which she did but tells his dad what kind of person would do that? Clearly, lying to her dad she parties with her friends and the stolen baby Jesus, thinking about destroying it but she decides not to maybe because she still not fully lost yet. Unlike her brother, Tom, he is clearly on a path of destruction.
Tom Garvey, Kevin’s step son, has decided to follow the new prophet Wayne Gilchrest, following his orders and protecting Christine because Wayne thinks she is very important to their plans. Tom is committed to see this through even though this might not end in a happy ending. I believe Tom is just looking for answers but in all the wrong places. Meanwhile, Justin Theroux character is trying to figure out why his wife wants to leave him.
Laurie Garvey, a Guilty Remnant, showed up to her old house with Meg Abbott played by Liv Tyler trying to tell her husband why she has done the things she has done. Telling her husband that she is “broken,” which there might not be a possibility to fix her and he should be alright with it. She wants him to sign the divorce papers and let her go but Kevin is still fighting for her telling her if she wants it to end it then she should say it but their argument gets interrupted by their daughter. She calmly goes to their Christmas tree giving her estranged mother her Christmas present then walks away. Kevin politely tells them to leave because they’ve done enough damage today.
As Laurie and Meg walk back to the compound, Laurie decides to open her daughter’s gift, which was a lighter with the inscription, “Don’t Forget Me.” Meg tells her she should keep it and she won’t tell anyone but this goes against the values of a Guilty Remnant, so Laurie throws in a sewer gate showing Meg what is takes to be in the GRs. To be a Guilty Remnant, you have to let go of the things that mattered to you the most because it is meaningless now.
This is GRs plan from start to show people there is no meaning in life and “there is no family.” In last the episode, we see the GRs cruelly buying the Reverend’s church, closing the place of refugee for people and tonight they take it a step further by breaking into people’s home, stealing their family photos which I think is totally fucked up. The GRs are trying to destroy the memory of what was and trying to replace it to what is or what they believe what reality is now. At first, I thought the GRs were just peacefully bunch, but now they’re just bunch of assholes trying to push they’re fucked up beliefs by any means necessary.
But there was a Silver Lining in this really fucked up episode of the Leftovers in which after the memory thieves stole all those family photos, Laurie decided to walk back to the compound but her real intentions was to find her daughter’s lighter in that drain sewer. I guess some memories are too hard to let go because they mean so much and they should. To take away a person’s memory is like taking a piece of that person, so I really hoping the GRs get what they deserve in the following episodes. I also hope that Laurie has the strength to come to her senses and get back with her “hot” husband before her daughter’s BFF gets her claws or the other crazy woman with the gun in her purse gets a piece of the Chief.
- The Black Key’s “I’m not the One” was a perfect song for Laurie in this episode.
- Is Christine carrying the Anti-Christ?
- The Loved Ones company was really creepy this episode, when an overturned truck that had a cargo container filled with body replicas – created for Loved Ones customers to look like their departed family members so they could have someone to bury and memorialize.
- Does Justin Theroux’s character wearing eyeliner? Is he trying to be Gothic?
- I think Nora was trying to get on board the Chief’s crazy train, if you know what I mean. Also, if I was Kevin, I would have totally cheated on my crazy wife.
- The GR pamphlet was fucking funny. I’m thinking it’s going to be a popular Anti-Valentine’s Day card in February.
- Poor, poor baby Jesus couldn’t get a break this episode. He got abducted, abused, almost burned and drowned then just to be thrown in the woods for the dogs “who aren’t our dogs anymore” to be torn apart. I bet the baby Devil is a hot Christmas item in this universe.
- R.I.P James Garner
It’s summer time again, which you know what that means? Love is in the air or something to that affect when you mix horny people with tons of alcohol and no inhibitions. The summer TV line up is in full affect and I’m going to do a review on two of the shows that I think deserve your precious beach time: Married and You’re The Worst. One show is about people dealing with the drama of being married and the other is dealing with the drama of being not married all of which is what is in the heart of all relationships, can we stand to be with the one we are with? Paul Sartre once said, “People are Hell,” which quite possibly these shows might prove him right.
Married star, Russ Bowman played Nat Faxon is a stay at home dad that has three cute girls and a hot wife. He seemingly has everything that a grown man wants but it seems he is a bit bored and a bit horny. He tries to use the “Hallpass” that his wife gives him but fails miserably at it causing more harm than good. He seems like a good guy, but he might be just stupid enough to ruin his life. We’ll see.
You’re the worst star; Jimmy played by Chris Geere is an unhappy writer that is not meeting his own potential, which I can totally understand. Because he is not happy in his work life he takes it out on people. You can feel that someone hurt him a long time ago, which this is why he puts his guard up with new people, even though he speaks his mind with everyone. Kinda of asshole but I always feel like assholes are misunderstood but we’ll see in the following episodes.
Married star, Lina Bowman played by Judy Greer is so sweet and loving. She fucking gives her husband a fucking “Hallpass!” I can’t hate on her for anything but I wish more women were open minded like her character. She loves her husband, she loves her family and she is willing to do anything to keep it together.
You’re the worst star, Gretchen played Aya Cash is so fabulous fucked up in a great way. She has a job in which I’m not sure she loves it or not. She is kinda just searching like the rest of us trying to make sense of it all. Occasionally, she might have a one-night stand or two or three then do copious amounts of drugs but hell, it’s called “life” people. We’re here to experience it not to watch it on the bench. She’s a good girl trapped in Rihanna’s body.
Married: Jerked off Twice under the sheets. Made out with a waxer and got to 2nd base but that’s about it. Mad frustrated.
You’re the Worst: Fellatio, Cunnilingus, Missionary, Doggie, a bit of hair pulling and phone sex, but no anal because it’s the first episode. Crazy satisfied and thirsting for more.
Married: It’s totally husbands fault for being a man.
You’re the worst: They’re both each other’s problems in which they might be each other’s answers.
The great French existentialists Jean-Paul Sartre once said, “People are Hell.” It was metaphor from his play No Exit where Sartre postulated that when we think of ourselves, we use knowledge of us that other people have. We judge ourselves with the means other people have and use to judge ourselves. And, others’ judgments about us are in whatever we say about ourselves. Thus, if relations with someone else are twisted or destructive then that other person can only be hell. I totally understand Sartre view about how we cause each other’s suffering but that’s how you grow as a person. Plus, I know the value of being alone to get know yourself but I know from experience it’s a lot better when experience a great moment in your life when you’re surround by people who love you.
These are two great summer shows that people should watch whether you are married or single because it shows the reality of what it means to be in a relationship in this day of age.
- Does ear hair really bother women that much?
- Hallpasses should be extended out to non married people.
- Guys, what is our fascination with dick pics? I’m mean I know we love our own shit but do we always have to mass social media it all the time?
- I got a feeling that puppy is not going to last long. I know I’ve killed a few Betta fishes in my day.
- I’m not gay, I’m English line I thought was the best line until Gretchen said she started a fire to get out of math class.
- I have never spit on anyone’s private parts and I think I would have been offended if you would have spitted on my junk!
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