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Re: Parenthood (Season 4 - 2012)
« Reply #15 on: September 26, 2012, 10:20:51 am »
Well, in theory you want to have family around for the long haul of course, but talking to a complete stranger going through the same thing is going to be far more therapeutic. Why? Because she won't have to deal with the 'looks' and 'smothering' that is sure to come her way and she can just be herself with new found friend sharing a common thing with each other. They even addressed this with her "Stranger/Friend" in the cafe.

I don't think it will come out immediately and if it does, I think it will be Amber that slips up some way. Not on purpose, but out of sympathy for her.
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Re: Parenthood (Season 4 - 2012)
« Reply #16 on: October 03, 2012, 05:32:57 am »
Added Episode 4: The Talk
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Re: Parenthood (Season 4 - 2012)
« Reply #17 on: October 03, 2012, 06:55:13 am »
The Talk























The Talk doesn't refer to the birds and the bees, but the N-Word. I thought the scene with Jabar, Jasmine and Crosby was done really well. It sucks that in this day and age that we still have to have 'the talk' regarding race. You'd think for as old as this country is that we would be beyond name calling and insults. Okay, back to the show....

I'm a huge fan of Baseball, so I was happy that Victor chose Baseball as the sport he would try-out for. Not a fan of how he handled his failure of striking out repeatedly. I thought Joel handled the situation pretty good and ended up getting to play catch with him later. The look on his face said it all. They are becoming a family with Victor now.

Props to Jason Katims for bringing in another Friday Night Lights Alum with the addition of Matt Lauria as a War Vet that Zeek bonds with. I hope this is an extended run for Matt. More FNL Vets please!! I can see where the writers are going with Sarah and Hank and how they are getting there. Making Hank vulnerable because of his daughter and the fact that he ended his career as a photo journalist because of her gives Sarah something she can relate to. Overall, a pretty good episode.
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Re: Parenthood (Season 4 - 2012)
« Reply #18 on: October 03, 2012, 09:03:46 am »
Did you notice the compare/contrast of Jasmine Crosby exposing Jabbar to the world
and Adam and Kristina protecting Max against it.

Subtle and real. I know both. I've raised my kids exposing them to all perspectives of the world.
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Re: Parenthood (Season 4 - 2012)
« Reply #19 on: October 03, 2012, 09:32:59 am »
Did you notice the compare/contrast of Jasmine Crosby exposing Jabbar to the world
and Adam and Kristina protecting Max against it.


Yup.
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Re: Parenthood (Season 4 - 2012)
« Reply #20 on: October 10, 2012, 05:14:10 am »
Added Episode 5: There's Something I Need to Tell You...
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Re: Parenthood (Season 4 - 2012)
« Reply #21 on: October 10, 2012, 07:26:23 am »
There's Something I Need to Tell You...



































Easily one of the most powerful episodes ever for Parenthood and one of the hardest to sit through. Jason Katims wrote a script that was real, in more ways than one. There were so many great scenes and it was pretty heavy watching Julia basically cracking under the pressures of trying to run a family and maintain a high level at work. Her breakdown in the kitchen was hard to take. Watching Haddie trying to cope with the news about Kristina hit home on a personal level. Like I said, it was hard to get through this episode and I thought the baseball game was were they were ending it, which gave it that release of joy, which I absolutely loved seeing how it played out. But just as fast as they relived the tension of the episode, they give us more.....

Julia is confronted by her bosses at the firm she works at and promptly quits. That takes balls to walk away from money like that, but she sees what is important....her family. So, she made the right decision in my mind. I don't think she did the wrong thing because has she stayed at the job, her family and her on psyche was in jeopardy. But it was the episodes closing minutes that really got to me. I kept it together for most of the episode, but when Haddie walked into the restaurant and the other family members were able to put two and two together, I couldn't help but get misty eyed.

Anyway, I also wanted to point out that I like that they are setting up Amber with a potential love interest with Ryan (Matt Lauria), which means he will be on the series for a little bit longer. More FNL alums would be nice.
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Re: Parenthood (Season 4 - 2012)
« Reply #22 on: October 23, 2012, 08:15:03 pm »
Tonight's episode was disappointing on many levels. Not only was every story pretty damn depressing, but I feel many of the story lines are now being written, not in a realistic way, but as a Hollywood way. Max not only saying some words for his campaign, while heartfelt, I don't believe in any way, the kids would have reacted like they did or in fact elect him as president.

Sarah again, doing some major numbskull moves by moving in with Mark. Forcing that on Drew? Wow, just wow. She just does not think right... ever.

Amber cried. I should start a drinking game.

WTF with the cancer doctor saying what he did? We took out your cancer. It's out? Yes. Now let's focus on the cancer in lymph nodes.
WTF doc...

Adam and Kristina telling Haddie it's all OK after that news. What are they gaining by doing that? Lying to her face. Throwing out trust. Again, it all sounds very unrealistic on how people would react and say things.

Maybe I'm getting tired of the show. Maybe new directors and writers. I'm finding the scenario's more aggravational.

I know I will not be watching next week just on the fact of watching Kristina go through chemo. That hits home square in the face. I just don't need to relieve it.
« Last Edit: October 23, 2012, 08:17:58 pm by Mac »
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Re: Parenthood (Season 4 - 2012)
« Reply #23 on: October 24, 2012, 05:14:01 am »
Added Episode 6: I'll Be Right Here
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Re: Parenthood (Season 4 - 2012)
« Reply #24 on: October 24, 2012, 06:40:13 am »
I'll Be Right Here



























Normally I don't read reviews prior to writing my own. But in this case, I read yours first by mistake. You brought up a couple of things that were actually at the forefront of issues I had with this episode. The biggest peeve I have is the Doctor. His "bed side manner" is atrocious. I've seen this time and time again in person where they are so anal in reducing everything to clinical terms because they just don't "get it" when it comes to preparing people for some bad news. Who the f*ck leads a patient into believing everything they just went through was a "success" only to shoot them right down into the ground soon after with crippling news that it really wasn't a success at all. Why give them false hope. If I were in that room, I would have exploded in rage in how he presented the news. No kid gloves and I would have told him why I think he sucks as a Doctor.

As for Max, there is no way any auditorium of kids would have rallied behind Max as they did. I thought they were being condescending in giving him a standing ovation that fast and were just making fun of him. But to have him winning the election just based on a few choice words would never happen. This isn't me being mean by saying that kids are not compassionate or wouldn't go out of their way to befriend him. But to win as he did doesn't really ring true.

Now as far as Sarah goes, her actions lately have really  p i s s e d  me off, more so than I originally thought they did. She doesn't know what she wants and her impulsiveness puts everyone around her in harm's way. "I'm feeling guilty, so why not just up and move Drew in with Mark so that I can convince myself I'm not such a bad person for having feelings for someone else". It's that mindset that makes her one of the most irrational characters on TV and a person that becomes harder and harder to like as the show goes forward. I haven't her all that much in the last couple of years now that I think about it.

When it comes to Kristina and Adam lying to Haddie, I saw it coming a mile away. It's textbook TV writing. They are doing this soley for the purpose of creating conflict for future episodes. Sure, it's not realistic and it's something that most families would never do, but I kind of side with the writers on choosing to go down this road because conflict on TV is what we are here for anyway and will offer Haddie some much needed screen time when she eventually finds out she was in fact lied to.

As for Amber crying, you'll always have an excuse to drink and get drunk. Cheers Mac!
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Re: Parenthood (Season 4 - 2012)
« Reply #25 on: October 24, 2012, 03:32:55 pm »
I get conflict. As I teased on the other board, what one word is in every movie, play, commercial, cartoon... Blah, blah, blah. Conflict. But as you pointed out, it's the oldest trick in the script writing book. I know it will propel that and many other stories. I just think it really 'conflicts' with the superb writing. I don't think this is what most families would do. It's so out of character for these folks. Kinda diminishes the show for me.

I need a drink. I think I hear Amber crying at the comedy club.
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Re: Parenthood (Season 4 - 2012)
« Reply #26 on: November 14, 2012, 06:01:38 am »
Added Episode 7: Together
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Re: Parenthood (Season 4 - 2012)
« Reply #27 on: November 14, 2012, 07:32:06 am »
Together



A good episode, but it seemed kind of all over the place as it drifted from one story to the next without really having something to say. Amber is now getting into a situation that is clearly going to blow up in her face as she has to come to terms that her new boyfriend is still affected by his time in the army and the toll that the war brought upon him. It's going to come down to Zeek and he will be the one that ends the relationship for him to protect Amber. I think this is the reason why Ryan wanted to take things slow because he is suffering emotionally and wanted to spare Amber any of this. Well, that's not gonna happen now.

Drew. Ugh. I can't stand this character. He has always been my least favorite on the show and now he is just gone completely pathetic by using Kristina's illness to his advantage to get a booty call from his Ex-Girlfriend. Where does he think this is going? Does he really think this is going to go the distance? On top of that, why would he want a pity lay? I wouldn't want anything to do with a chick that chose someone else. Grow a pair and find a chick that wants you. Not someone that pity's you.
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Re: Parenthood (Season 4 - 2012)
« Reply #28 on: November 14, 2012, 07:35:07 am »
Alabama Shakes - You Ain't Alone

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwF4lwP7__s

FYI, awesome song choice to underscore the scenes at the end.
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Re: Parenthood (Season 4 - 2012)
« Reply #29 on: November 14, 2012, 03:36:36 pm »
I called Drew Pity F uck the minute I saw them together. My wife was going "What?".... then she said Ohhhhh.

Sarah ****es me off. She is just too much.

I was thinking... do you think they (the studio) has the balls to let one of the main characters go? Yes, I'm speaking of Kristina Braverman.
It's just a thought. I getting less interested in Parenthood lately. Maybe it's familiarity.

Ack, never mind, a network would never do that.

Thanks for the song... that is good. Yep, agree. I distinctly remember this song being 'different' than what they normally do. Props for that decision
« Last Edit: November 14, 2012, 03:38:08 pm by Mac »
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