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Thoughts on Suits

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Now that summer is over, one of my favourite TV series has started a hiatus. I am a very big fan of Suits’ schedule with ten episodes airing in the summer, and six airing early in the next year. The hiatuses never feel excruciating, no matter how invested I currently am in the show, and are usually placed so that as Suits returns, other shows go into hiatus. And between watching shows that are depressing as hell, it’s a nice thing.

I discussed my love of the series last year but things have changed a bit with the 16 episodes that have aired after that. Suits never goes far from their original theme, which is both a strength and a weakness. Over three and a half seasons, the show has become repetitive, yet the core I fell so in love with over the first few episodes, hasn’t changed. In the end of the day (episode), it’s still about Harvey and Mike kicking ass. 

There is something that throws me off about this, though. The main cast — Harvey, Mike, Louis, Jessica, Donna, Rachel — have become caricatures. Some more, some less. The writers are excellent with some aspects of the show, like picking their sound, wardrobe and marketing people, but lack in other, much more crucial areas. Something that I can’t get off my mind is the beautiful gesture Katrina, associate to Louis, made in the beginning of the season. 

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As I watched the finale of the season, I knew I wouldn’t be able to enjoy this gesture rewatching the show. It feels as if the writers were running out of things to do with the characters, so they simply took the case-per-season layout they’d been using in season three and revisited everything that had played off on screen before. Flashbacks, cheating, Louis’s promotion… yet as they were played again, they lost their effect. In the final episodes of season two, Harvey not trusting Scottie because of the memories of his own mother was heart-wrenching. With Rachel, it didn’t work at all and after some time, even with Mike’s puppy dog eyes, I wanted nothing more but to fast-forward her scenes. Most of the characters have lost their edge.

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Which is a crying shame, too, because the talent that Rick Hoffman showed in the last episodes (final scenes of episodes 15 and 16 gave me shivers) and what Sarah Rafferty does season after season; what the whole cast brings into the table, it’s worth so much more. Suits is a super fun, intensely beautiful summer show that virtually only lacks in one thing: good, original writing. Everything else is so great, and all I can do is hope that we’ll see a more interesting part two of the season coming spring.

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Suits 4×01 One-Two-Three, Go…

Five minutes in, I felt something squeezing me. This was the first time I realised how much I had missed Suits ever since season 3.2 wrapped up in April, and how glad I was to have it back on my screen. Suits is probably not going to win awards as it is often written off as a guilty pleasure, yet it is one of the most enjoyable shows to watch. If you are looking for something to lighten up your summer, this is it.

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On WHAT THE FUCK, GAME OF THRONES??? + links

Game of Thrones spoilers below!

This is my 100th post. It was supposed to be really special and cool, but instead, I watched The Mountain and the Viper and after ten hours, I still find it difficult to breathe. So instead of bathing in the glory of putting out close to 40 reviews in my blogging times, and that you can now just type in filmsandcoke.com in your address bar to get here, I’ll instead share a few thoughts on Thrones and the films I’ve seen this weekend.

    

  • Dany sent Jorah away because he betrayed her (wow, drama!). I didn’t understand it really, and I’m never watching that fucking episode again, so that’s that, but it felt sad. Especially with this in mind.
  • Arya and the Hound finally made it, only to find out Lysa’s dead. That was a hilarious scene.
  • The Wildlings attacked and Ygritte spared Gilly with her baby, which was super lovely.
  • And then the world gets fucked in the ass. Sorry. I don’t think it’s possible to say this too harshly. Everybody’s sharing gifs of Cersei’s joy, but before that, I was so happy to see her disappointment when Oberyn got the upper hand.
  • I still cannot believe that ending happened. I’m glad I just watched Atonement, because now I can compare that twist to something. Beyond cruel. I hope someone skins the Mountain. That shithead.
  • I bet Tyrion’s going to kill Tywin and get away. If not, someone’s getting punched in the face.

  • Before all that happened and I was left to pick up pieces of my brain, I actually had a really nice weekend visiting a friend.
  • Inspired by Nostra’s iconic movie character relay, I got my friend and her little sister to watch E.T. with me. I’d never seen it before, but I really wanted to, and it was so great!
  • On Sunday morning, I got up at 12pm and was still the first one up, so I started watching Howl’s Moving Castle — something I’ve wanted to see for ages, and they had it! It was really, really great and Calcifer, the powerful fire demon pictured above, won my heart at once.
  • I’ve been watching a lot of films lately, films I never thought I’d get to: Mads Mikkelsen in The Royal Affair (really good!), Chaplin’s The Gold Rush (I think I like silent films…) and I’ll see A Single Man tomorrow. Because this Monday hasn’t been depressing enough.

+ the ten works of a master of raw
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+ nostalgia: “ghosts are transparent”
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+ spectacular
+ introducing: David Fincher is a genius
+ where #10 could easily be #1 in another show
+ hold your horses (and your breath)

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credit where it is due: first three pictures are from this hilarious Thrones recap, and the gifs are from Sati’s tumblr.

On Happy Endings and Shameless

I usually skip trying to be funny because I am so much of a ridiculous person that my actions often speak for me.1 I have left Late Night Spill behind to start fresh. I have two things I need to talk about this week. Happy endings and Shameless because they are important.

  

I. I always make it as obvious as I can: I do not watch bad films because I see so few of them each month. This rule does, apparently, not extend to bad TV. A season’s worth of bullshit is better than an hour and a half! Why, yes, I am talking about The Vampire Diaries. Vamp Diaries wrapped up season 5 on Thursday and after a few days of dodging it, I gave in. Glad that I did, too, because this episode was the strongest of the season. Admittedly, that isn’t saying much as it’s been 23 episodes of a train wreck, but it was truly great. What happened was:

  • Ric is back! Matt Davis’s show got cancelled, so he’s coming back. I saw a headline that said “Elena and Alaric to hook up in season 6?”, so there is some fucked up stuff to come next year.
  • Nina has switched up her crying and I love what she came up with! It was first-class sobbing, just like I do it, and it felt eerily real. I felt so sorry for Elena.
  • Three years late and a Klaus short, it was still great to see Steroline come to life. Soon.
  • Some people found peace, which was lovely, and death is now permanent on TVD! This was like having it taken off life support the show it beginning to breathe on its own.
  • Damon was incredible with Bonnie, and as the ending whited out (nice touch!), I sat there, dumbfounded, not able to register I had just seen a good new episode of TVD.
  • To top it all off, the episode was called Home. It felt like coming back home, too.

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II. I haven’t watched an episode of Shameless the whole weekend. I am going cold turkey until I am convinced I won’t start and rewatch the whole show for a third time. Not because it doesn’t deserve to be watched, but because I cannot breathe properly anymore outside that world. I love everything in that world, every piece of furniture and crude word, every character and storyline. It’s a long time to January.

This doesn’t mean I can stay away from Shameless. Instead of the show, I am reading crack fanfiction now. For those of you unfamiliar, crack is pure fun and games, often uncharacteristically hilarious. I have dug up the tiny but tight Shameless fandom on Tumblr and I admire from afar. Mickey and Ian won my heart on that perfect show and so I read about them and have them as my backgrounds everywhere, and somehow feel more mature than when I obsessed over TVD a few years ago. I use the word homos here purely because of these crack!fics. I still have a picture painted in front of my eyelids of Mandy, Ian and Mickey on a road trip with Mandy taking a picture of them in front of Gays, Illinois. Please never take me seriously.1

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+ the fate of television