Review: I Smile Back

I Smile Back is a dark drama starring Sarah Silverman in an absolutely brilliant performance as a depressed and mentally ill wife and mother. Josh Charles stars as her husband. Continue reading “Review: I Smile Back”

Review: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 2

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt season 2 has 13 short episodes of the same madcap buffoonery we saw in season 1. It does move the story along and show character growth and some hidden depths. You must dig through the comedy to find the message, however.

There are spoilers ahead. Continue reading “Review: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 2”

Killing Off the Good Guys on Scandal and Lost Girl

On Scandal, Cyrus Beene (Jeff Perry) had one good thing: his husband James (Dan Bucatinsky). James represented love, conscience, family. Cyrus is ruthless and corrupt and capable of any betrayal or nefarious power grab. James still believes in justice and good.

Cyrus and James
Cyrus and James

Cyrus’s corruption finally leads to a situation that gets James killed.

On Lost Girl, Bo Dennis (Anna Silk) has one pure relationship: her sidekick Kenzi (Ksenia Solo). Kenzi is the sister she never had, the friend she relies on, the person she loves without reservation.

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Kenzi hugs Bo

A crisis prompts Kenzi to sacrifice herself to save the world. Like Buffy diving into a ball of light, Kenzi steps into the light and is taken. On BtVS, Buffy was retrieved from the netherworld by her friends. Will Kenzi be? As in BtVS, there is supposed to be a way to do this in the sci-fi world of Lost Girl.

There’s no hope for getting James back on Scandal. This drama is about real life, not science fiction, and when people die they are just gone.

On Scandal, Cyrus may come through his loss a better man. If I were Shonda Rhimes, I would write this in a way that Cyrus develops a moral compass as a result of losing James. It would certainly cause a lot of drama in the White House if Cyrus developed a conscience. After James’ murder, Olivia Pope herself (Kerry Washington) was even talking about her desire for at least one good person, one person in a white hat, in the morass of evil portrayed on Scandal.

On Lost Girl, I don’t see a way that the writers can use the loss of Kenzi to create character evolution in Bo or any other character. Kenzi is integral to everything Bo does. I cannot imagine how Bo can even continue to be Bo without Kenzi. It’s like Batman without Robin, Sherlock Holmes without Dr. Watson, Don Quixote without Sancho Panza, Buffy without Willow.

Because of that, I think Lost Girl will write Kenzi back into the story somehow. But here’s my problem. When they announced the cast returning for season 5, Ksenia Solo was not listed. This announcement makes me nervous.

Lost Girl played with the fans throughout all of season 4 using red herrings and secrecy. Is the absence of Ksenia Solo’s name in the returning cast another game, another secret, another mystery? If so, does that mean she will be back and they just want to keep it secret to drive us crazy? They certainly enjoyed driving us crazy for all of season 4. Then there’s the very important fact that no one from the show – not even Ksenia Solo herself – has said a word about Kenzi in season 5.

We usually know when people are really leaving. We know K.C. Collins really left Lost Girl. We know Sandra Oh is leaving Grey’s Anatomy. Announcements get made. There’s no official announcement about Ksenia Solo and Lost Girl parting ways.

Do you think Kenzi will be back?

A Quick Note on The Good Wife

I wrote this post before last night’s episode of The Good Wife, which took me completely by surprise and will be all over the news today. If you have any comments about how they handled Josh Charles leaving the cast of The Good Wife, feel free to include them in this discussion.

Here are a couple of articles in The Hollywood Reporter to fill you in with details on The Good Wife.

The Josh Charles story is a little different from Dan Bucatinsky leaving Scandal and Ksenia Solo possibly being done with Lost Girl because he was one of the lead characters, not a supporting character.

Fans React to Eli’s Hot Crush on The Good Wife

On this week’s episode of The Good Wife, America Ferrera returned as a guest. Eli goes all twitterpated over her. It’s sweet and charming. It’s nice to see Alan Cumming get to break out of his straight-and-serious-suit persona and go a little googly-eyed over a smart and beautiful woman. He’s normally surrounded by smart and beautiful women, but he merely snarls at them. America Ferrera is Eli’s kryptonite.

Alan Cumming and America Ferrera seemed to enjoy the episode as much as the fans.

Josh Charles nabbed an amazing photo (and used a nice filter on it) of them when they were chatting.

Fan Reaction to the Pairing

Fans, me among them, loved this unlikely pair. Here are some sample tweets about the show.

I hope we see more of these two in the coming weeks. They are delightful.

America Ferrera in The Good Wife image © 2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc.