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Goodbye, BONES

BONES:  L-R:  Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz in "The Final Chapter:  The End in the End" series finale episode of BONES airing Tuesday, March 28 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on Fox.  ©2017 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  Patrick McElhenney/FOX

If there is something I’ve realized after watching, or in the time leading up to, series finales – does it feel like many long-running and well-loved shows are ending in March, or is it just me? – is that many people love to share their experiences and their feelings about something they loved. It’s kind of like a wake: you celebrate a life well-lived by sharing nice memories about someone you cherished. You mourn by relishing in other people’s similar experiences, finding comfort in how they touched your lives in familiar ways. You talk about how you met, their impact on your life, and all the good times you had.

So I guess this piece is all about mourning and celebrating life, rather than lamenting death. In many ways, this is particularly relevant with a show like Bones: superficially about death (with its crime-solving premise), but actually about family, and the celebration of life in spite of darkness.

So I’ll toss my hat into the ring, and try to (briefly) share my background with the show…

… is a young graduate student that has been way too passionate about television ever since she was little. While she insists she doesn’t have a specific type of show, they all usually have strong but flawed lady characters, some derivation of the stubborn friends-in-love/friends-to-lovers trope, and they all make her yell at her tv a lot. She just wishes she had more hours in the day so she could actually write about this.
You can usually find her on Twitter, Tumblr, and at cassidy at thankyoulizlemon.com

FULLER HOUSE: 21 Questions We’re Still Asking About Season 1

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Now that the show’s been “on the air” for a week, we figure the usual spoiler grace period has subsided. So what better time to jump into some of the lingering questions we have after watching season 1 of Fuller House on Netflix?

With tongue firmly planted in cheek, here’s a list of some of the issues that made us scratch our heads about the 13-episode stint — and make us glad we’ve got some new Tanner fodder to talk about in the 21st century!

SPOILER ALERT: The following post contains spoilers for season 1 of Fuller House

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SLEEPY HOLLOW Season 3 Fall Finale: Did that just happen?

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Hey, Sleepyheads! Are you still reeling from that doozy of a fall finale? I know I sure am.

The first half of season three has been a wild ride. Pandora’s box ain’t got nothin’ on our Witnesses — but it seems like, at least for now, she might have gotten the upper hand. We’ve had courting and combat and crossovers, but nothing could have prepared us for Abbie’s fate in “Novus Ordo Seclorum.”

I don’t know about you guys, but I am definitely in denial that what happened to our rookie FBI agent actually transpired. Or at least, that it transpired in the way the writers would have us believe. Maybe that’s what happens when your show is about a Revolutionary soldier who played dead for over two hundred years only to reemerge in 2013 to stave off the apocalypse, and a sheriff’s deputy who ended up in Purgatory and has traveled back in time in order to save herself and her comrades. You start to laugh off Death, because just as in The X-Files before it, nobody stays truly dead for too long in this universe.

So maybe that’s the false sense of security under which I have taken “Novus”, because I find it highly improbable that Agent Abbie Mills, Witness and ass-kicker extraordinaire, went out not in battle with the afterlife, but thanks to a nemesis we’ve only begun to unravel.

Nels
Nels knew how to operate a TV remote control before she knew how to talk. As a result, she has spent an inordinate amount of time pretending she actually lives on a soundstage. When she isn’t watching whichever show is currently capturing her heart, she is writing about how said show is currently capturing her heart. She loves pie.

A L’il (Sebastian) Ode to PARKS AND RECREATION

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As you’re probably aware, Parks and Recreation bows out tonight on NBC. Given that we’re such huge fans here at TYLL, we couldn’t let the occasion pass without reflecting upon some of our favorite moments of the show. Just like Ann Perkins, it is a beautiful tropical fish we will be hard-pressed to say goodbye to, but in true Leslie Knope fashion, we’re choosing to look at the bright side, and celebrate everything Pawnee, Indiana gave to us.

Nels
Nels knew how to operate a TV remote control before she knew how to talk. As a result, she has spent an inordinate amount of time pretending she actually lives on a soundstage. When she isn’t watching whichever show is currently capturing her heart, she is writing about how said show is currently capturing her heart. She loves pie.

PARKS AND RECREATION Season 7 Premiere: “Thank you, Commissioner Gordon, people of Gotham…”

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I am quite sad Parks and Rec is coming to an end.

I really respect their decision to end on their own terms, before it overstayed its welcome — while the show might not be as brilliant as it was at its peak, it’s still consistently funny and heartwarming. The first two episodes of this season prove it.

Finishing last season with the time jump to 2017 allowed them to refresh their world and shake up their dynamics and characters just enough that the show’s current story lines feel rejuvenated

… is a young graduate student that has been way too passionate about television ever since she was little. While she insists she doesn’t have a specific type of show, they all usually have strong but flawed lady characters, some derivation of the stubborn friends-in-love/friends-to-lovers trope, and they all make her yell at her tv a lot. She just wishes she had more hours in the day so she could actually write about this.
You can usually find her on Twitter, Tumblr, and at cassidy at thankyoulizlemon.com

SLEEPY HOLLOW 2×12 Thoughts: Ain’t no party like a purgatory party

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(Yes, I know I used that in the previous post. I can’t help it, I didn’t think I’d be writing a second post this week!)

I know this usually falls outside my scope on this website; it’s not my weekly Ichabod-brings-the-laughs quote-of-the-week feature, but it’s not quite enough to write a full-out recap, either.

But I just wanted to take the time to highlight how much I’m enjoying how the writers of Sleepy Hollow are nurturing the friendship between Ichabod and Abbie this season. So consider this a little ode to our favorite apocalypse-fighting witnesses.

When you survive near-certain death with someone, you can’t help but form a strong union with that person, and Ichabod and Abbie are without a doubt the epitome of that. They come from two different worlds — two different centuries — yet they’ve forged a path together in spite, or maybe precisely because of it.

Nels
Nels knew how to operate a TV remote control before she knew how to talk. As a result, she has spent an inordinate amount of time pretending she actually lives on a soundstage. When she isn’t watching whichever show is currently capturing her heart, she is writing about how said show is currently capturing her heart. She loves pie.

Flashback Friday: THE LATE, LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (Or, we aren’t ready to say goodbye)

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Sniff. It hurts just to type that out.

Okay, technically, The Late, Late Show is still on the air. But tonight is Craig Ferguson’s final episode as host of the show, so it seemed like a good idea to resurrect our hiatus feature to coincide with his imminent departure from our airwaves in order to celebrate a series that is not like anything else on late night television.

In the last ten years, we’ve laughed, we’ve cried, we’ve danced with puppets and robot skeletons. In other words, it’s been a real trip. On no other show would you be discussing testicles in one segment, then talking with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in the next. At times wacky and at others completely heartfelt and heartbreaking, Craig’s stream-of-consciousness approach to his show really set him apart from the pack during his tenure at CBS.

As Craig takes his final kick at Secretariat’s stable, why not take a stroll down memory lane, since there hasn’t been, and will never be, anything quite like him on TV.

It might be a great day for America, but it’s a bittersweet one for us fans.

Nels
Nels knew how to operate a TV remote control before she knew how to talk. As a result, she has spent an inordinate amount of time pretending she actually lives on a soundstage. When she isn’t watching whichever show is currently capturing her heart, she is writing about how said show is currently capturing her heart. She loves pie.

SLEEPY HOLLOW Debriefing: You gotta have faith

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I don’t normally recap Sleepy Hollow, because I confess the details of the actual mythology escape me most of the time. What can I say, my favorite scenes are almost exclusively the ones in which Ichabod faces the modern world, as my weekly posts can attest.

However, I couldn’t let this episode go by without some commentary, because I really loved seeing the relationships play out tonight between Abbie (Nicole Beharie), Ichabod (Tom Mison) and Katrina (Katia Winter). Sure, the episode began jovially enough with our heroes participating in American democracy, but Katrina’s sudden reemergence at a local hospital alters their course, and for the rest of the hour we’re left to follow them on a journey to rid her of the demon growing inside her, before Henry (John Noble) conquers them for good.

Nels
Nels knew how to operate a TV remote control before she knew how to talk. As a result, she has spent an inordinate amount of time pretending she actually lives on a soundstage. When she isn’t watching whichever show is currently capturing her heart, she is writing about how said show is currently capturing her heart. She loves pie.

SLEEPY HOLLOW: Ichabod Crane vs. the 21st Century, 11/3/14

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I’ve got a complaint about Sleepy Hollow. It’s too good.

It comes out of the gate with so many great lines right off the bat that I can’t keep up without the benefit of instant playback, which I unfortunately do not have while watching this live on Mondays.

Take, for instance, tonight’s episode. Ichabod Crane and modern American elections: WHERE DO I START?!

All this to say, all mistakes are mine. Blame Ichabod.

  1. Ichabod vs. voter apathy:  “I may lack the proper identification to vote, but what excuse do our fellow countrymen have?!”
  2. Ichabod vs. the popularity contest of modern American politics:
    Ichabod: This is more like American Idolatry.
    Abbie: American Idol.
    Ichabod: I know its name. It’s what it should be called.
  3. Ichabod follows Abbie into the voting booth, complete with a chart detailing the candidates’ benefits and why she should vote for them. Oh, Ichabod, you’re such a special snowflake. (Anyone else think Brennan on Bones would approve of his process?)
  4. Ichabod vs. voting convention: “No campaigning at polling stations is absurd! General Washington gave each voter a pint of beer at the polling station!”
  5. Ichabod vs. preschooler incentives for participating in democracy (e.g. receiving his “I Voted!” sticker):
    Abbie: Feel better?
    Ichabod: Yes, oddly.
  6. Ichabod vs. Katrina’s new skinny jeans:
    Katrina: You don’t like it?
    Ichabod: They’re simply a shade form-fitting.
    (Ichabod, tread carefully, as every married man before you will warn. Say it with me: “Yes, dear.”)
  7. Ichabod vs… Jealousy? “And what do you and Abraham converse about?”
  8. Ichabod embraces the modern encyclopedia: “I must access the internet at once!”
  9. Ichabod vs. dialup: “God, it sounds like a swine beast being strangled!” (SO MUCH TRUTH TO THIS.)
  10. Ichabod and Katrina embrace modern communication:
    Ichabod: This device is called a radio. Push this button and speak and I will respond.
    Katrina: Like magic!
  11. Ichabod still gets no respect from local law enforcement:“I told you to keep your walking historical society out of the precinct.”
  12. Ichabod would approve of two-step verification:
    Abbie (re: cracking the Hellfire club’s combination):They’re a freaking evil club! Try 666!
    Ichabod: Real lack of imagination.
  13. Ichabod crafts his latest job description: “I’m a criminal profiler with an emphasis on historical recreations.”
  14. Ichabod learned from his close call with Abbie a few weeks ago and performs CPR on an unconscious Katrina! Go Ichabod!
  15. As always, his fist bump with Abbie at the end was adorable — especially with the added “explosion.”

What were your favorite parts to tonight’s episode?

Nels
Nels knew how to operate a TV remote control before she knew how to talk. As a result, she has spent an inordinate amount of time pretending she actually lives on a soundstage. When she isn’t watching whichever show is currently capturing her heart, she is writing about how said show is currently capturing her heart. She loves pie.

SLEEPY HOLLOW: Ichabod Crane vs. The 21st Century, 10/27/14

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Sleepy Hollow always pulls through with a couple of quotable lines each episode, but tonight’s “And The Abyss Gazes Back” was chock full of delightful quips we couldn’t resist! We’re laughing our double jugs off.

(As always, all mistakes are mine. Sadly, the witty dialogue is faster than my poor fingers can type.)

  1. Ichabod vs. recreational exercise: “And to what shape are we labouring at this moment?”
  2. Ichabod vs. his  inner zen: “I find yoga neither soothing nor relaxing, nor do I appreciate the discussion of my double jugs.” (Can Ichabod please keep saying “jugs”?)
  3. Ichabod vs. getting in touch with his feelings: “I am… peeved.”
  4. Ichabod vs sharing: “War does not allow us the luxury of dwelling on our feelings, nor the downward facing of our dogs.”
  5. Ichabod’s entire post-yoga toast at the bar: “Much as I begrudge [Franklin] his posthumous fame, the man was an unbridled reveller.”
  6. So many superheroes, so little time: “Superman is Peter Parker? No no, that’ style arachnid fellow.” (It’s the delivery of “Superman” that did me in.)
  7. Ichabod vs. the Breathalyzer: “Ah! I do believe I won!”
  8. Studying urban legends: Smokey the Bear is right up there with the Sasquatch.
  9. Ichabod does not approve of today’s History curriculum: “How is it that the man who settled Kentucky is remembered as ‘the guy who wore a raccoon on his head’?!” (Again, his delivery sealed it. More of Ichabod attempting American accents, please.”
  10. They are not hamburger buns, they are hamburger double jugs.
  11. “He’s going though what you’d call a rebellious phase.” Ichabod re: son Henry’s current homicidal streak.
  12. Single person automobile. That’s what he calls a motorcycle. Could he be more adorable?
  13. Ichabod finds a modern way to let loose: “You are a scurvy louse! […] You slop bucket!  You are a no good pair of buns!” “Are you gaming online?” “I’m not entirely sure.” (I wish I had caught his entire rant, because it was gold.)

What did you like best about tonight’s episode?

Nels
Nels knew how to operate a TV remote control before she knew how to talk. As a result, she has spent an inordinate amount of time pretending she actually lives on a soundstage. When she isn’t watching whichever show is currently capturing her heart, she is writing about how said show is currently capturing her heart. She loves pie.
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