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Re: My So-Called Life (Season 1 - Entire Series)
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2011, 09:40:19 am »
Added Episode 1: Pilot

I haven't seen this since it went off the air. This is gonna be fun to revisit again.
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Re: My So-Called Life (Season 1 - Entire Series)
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2011, 11:26:23 am »
Pilot



Damn, I can't remember much of this series at all and in a way, I'm happy about it. This way, I get to fall in love with the show all over again. I just can't believe how long it's been since it went off the air, which to this day is one of the biggest crimes against humanity. That and Freaks And Geeks. But that's a story for another time.

The Pilot sets up the tone of the series extremely well as Angela Chase (Claire Danes) is looking to find her own identity, one that is not based on what other's want her to be. He statement about what Yearbooks represents couldn't more on point on how they don't represent what and how school made us feel back then when she says it's "...it's not even what really happened, it's what everyone thinks was supposed to happen. Because if you made a book of what really happened, it'd be a really upsetting book." With Angela breaking out on her own, she of course is drawn to the school bad girl Rayanne Graff (A.J. Langer). It's easy to see why Angela who has led a straight-laced life would be fascinated with her. She is out breaking curfew, drinking, hitting parites and socializing. But with it comes consequences of getting into trouble with authority figures and alienating former friends Sharon Cherski ( Devon Odessa) and Brian Krakow (Devon Gummersall) because they aren't "cool" enough to hang with anymore. This of course leaves them feeling really insecure, leaving them to think they did something wrong to be dropped in the manner they are.

Just like Angela is attracted to the idea of doing things not expected of her and being "bad", it's not till she gets "arrested" that the school bad boy Jordan Catalano (Jared Leto), whom she has had a crush on for awhile, takes notice of her for the first time. It's all about perception and the roles we play in High School to build you up to be something your not, which goes back to what she was saying about the Yearbook and what it represents. Even though she reconnects with her Mother, she still feels the need to keep the image going the next day at school by perpetuating the myth behind her "arrest" to attract more kids at school, which it does, expanding her circle of "friends".

If you are a fan of such shows like The Wonder Years and Freaks and Geeks,  this is an absolute must-see for you. Check it out, you won't be disappointed.
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Re: My So-Called Life (Season 1 - Entire Series)
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2011, 11:31:37 am »
Added Episode 2: Dancing In The Dark
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« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2011, 11:45:38 am »
Added Opening Credits
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Re: My So-Called Life (Season 1 - Entire Series)
« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2011, 12:51:18 pm »
Dancing In The Dark



The main story revolves around Angela's parents deciding to take a Ballroom Dancing class in an effort to reconnect since their marriage has hit a rough patch. In the Pilot episode, Angela stumbles across her Dad talking to another woman late at night out on the street. It doesn't take much to figure out that there is something going on between them. So, in Dancing In The Dark, Graham Chase (Tom Irwin) confesses to his brother Neil (Danton Stone) about the other woman that is pursuing him. Up to this point, the plot is kind of run-of-the-mill standard that you have seen on most shows. It's not till the very end when Angela overhears her father "breaking it off" with the other woman over the phone and see her in the next room. No words are spoken from here on out.

The other half of the episode is about Rayanne setting up getting a fake ID from Jordan for Angela, in an effort to create a moment for the both of them. This worked in theory, but not practicality when Jordan does in fact make his move on Angela. Only thing is, he is moving faster than she likes and quickly rebuffs his advances. See, she is not such a "bad girl" afterall.
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Re: My So-Called Life (Season 1 - Entire Series)
« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2011, 06:09:33 am »
Added Episode 3: Guns And Gossip
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Re: My So-Called Life (Season 1 - Entire Series)
« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2011, 07:22:55 am »
Guns And Gossip



Rumors are a funny thing. Regardless if they are true or not, it changes things. In the case of Angela, she is the victim of a rumor going around the school and beyond that she has had sex with Jordan, which she clearly wants to dispel as false. In the case of Rickie (Wilson Cruz), who is the victim of bullying due to his sexuality, he wants nothing more than to have people think he is carrying a gun so that bully's will leave him alone once and for all. Both of these incidents are connected to Brian, who happens to have started the rumor about Angela and he was also a witness in the hallway when the gun went off.

The school Principal wants nothing more than to make the school feel safe by getting to the truth about what Brian may or may not have seen regarding the gun. Over the course of the episode, the Principal becomes more invasive and threatening in trying to coerce a confession from Brian till evnetually he finally stands up to him with threats of a lawsuit for harassment. It's at this moment he realizes what Rickie is going through now that he himself is a victim of bullying, just as she saw the damage he had done to Angela about the rumor when she confronted him on it earlier.

The gun issue is never resolved since Brian keeps the truth to himself. The kids at school think nothing of it, that all is forgotten and it's going to just be another day at school. That is till they all arrive at school and now have to walk through a metal detector. Yup, rumors changes things.
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Re: My So-Called Life (Season 1 - Entire Series)
« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2011, 08:08:48 am »
Added Episode 4: Father Figures
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Re: My So-Called Life (Season 1 - Entire Series)
« Reply #9 on: November 28, 2011, 10:11:51 am »
Father Figures



Mother and daughter are both trying to deal with their own Daddy issues as best as they can. Angela's mother Patty (Bess Armstrong) is trying to reconcile with her own Father (Paul Dooley) who resents her for taking over the family business and Angela herself is trying to come to terms about what her own Dad (Tom Irwin) may or may not be doing with another woman on the side. A lot of tension between all four of them. They kind of reconcile at the end, but not really. It's more true to life if everything isn't wrapped up in a big red bow.
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Re: My So-Called Life (Season 1 - Entire Series)
« Reply #10 on: November 28, 2011, 12:50:12 pm »
Added Episode 5: The Zit
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Re: My So-Called Life (Season 1 - Entire Series)
« Reply #11 on: November 28, 2011, 02:26:06 pm »
The Zit



Yup, this episode is exactly what it says it's about. Angela of course is suffering from being self conscious of her looks and zits just complicates it all the more. On the flip side, Sharon is having to deal with boys staring at her because of her...ahem..."twins". So, they both have something common given that they are dealing with issues that make them think they are attractive. So instead of seeking comfort in each other, they tear each other down.

It's only at the end do they actually start to bond and remember being good friends. It sucks that as soon as Rayanne enters the picture, Angela feels the need to just shun Sharon once again all for the sake of keeping up "appearances" of looking cool.
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Re: My So-Called Life (Season 1 - Entire Series)
« Reply #12 on: November 28, 2011, 06:23:57 pm »
Added Episode 6: The Substitute
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Re: My So-Called Life (Season 1 - Entire Series)
« Reply #13 on: November 29, 2011, 06:31:48 am »
The Substitute



By law, it's required that every series set in a school has to have an episode where a Substitute Teacher comes in and takes over the class and changes the students so profoundly that they finally wake up and start thinking for themselves and revolt when that teacher is dismissed. Whether it's The Wonder Years, Freaks And Geeks or Veronica Mars just to name a few, this series is no exception in having that kind of episode. Mr. Racine is the "odd" teacher that doesn't stick to the same formula of teaching and does things a little differently which yields results. Obviously the students respond in a positive way while the staff does not, particularly the schools Principal, who I think is still a d*ck.

How good was Mr. Racine? Good enough to get Angela to defy the Principal and good enough to get Jordan to stick up for him and tell people he was the best teacher he ever had. This coming from the kid that doesn't know how to read.
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Re: My So-Called Life (Season 1 - Entire Series)
« Reply #14 on: November 29, 2011, 06:33:36 am »
Added Episode 7: Why Jordan Can't Read
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