Musings

Ground Floor

I recently started watching a tv show called Ground FloorIt is about an investment banker who falls for a woman who works on the first floor of the office building. It’s a comedy starring Skylar Astin, who’s the reason I started watching it.

This show is really good and humorous. There’s only two seasons, twenty episodes in total. I just started season two, and I’m going to be sad when I get to the end. Ground Floor is a show that I wish had more seasons.

Have you watched it? What did you think?

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13 Reasons Why: Tv Adaptation

I recently watched the tv adaptation of Jay Asher’s book 13 Reasons Why. I personally really enjoyed the show and thought it was extremely well done. The show can be very triggering for suicide, rape, depression, self-harm, and sexual assault; and should not be watched if anything of those things are triggering for you.

It’s been a few a years since I read the book, enough that I didn’t remember much about how the plot unfolds and I’m not fully sure what the differences between the book and show are. With that in mind, this post will focus only on the tv adaptation.

Before we go any farther, there will be spoilers included in this post.

I’ve heard people saying this show glorifies/romanticizes suicide. I disagree with that, the way I interpreted the show was as an honest and extremely raw portrayal of suicide and possible circumstances leading to the decision of suicide.

It shows how small things, that you may not even realise you’re doing, can have a profound effect on someone. Everyone does bad things sometimes, and instead of trying to deny it and hide from it, it’s better to admit it. Hold yourself accountable, apologize, and learn from your mistakes. It won’t make everything better, but it is a start to being better, to doing better.

Some people view the portrayal of Hannah’s suicide, and the tapes, as revenge to get back at the people who have hurt her. I didn’t see it that way. Hannah’s tapes are similar to when you’re upset with someone so you write a letter to them that you have no intention of actually sending, except she did send them. Maybe she did want to hurt them, or maybe her goal was to inspire change. She made 12 tapes and in doing so ended up feeling well enough that she wanted to give life a second chance, to get help.

The show also displays that getting help isn’t always as easy as people think. Hannah tries to reach out for help, but it doesn’t go very well. Mr. Porter even plays into rape culture, trying to discredit what Hannah was saying before even hearing the full story. He’s a horrible counsellor all around.

I think the point of this adaptation was to show the honest, raw, and extremely uncomfortable side of bullying, suicide, and the ignorance of adults. The only unrealistic aspect of this show is how many tattoos these teenagers have.

This is only my opinion and my experience with the show. You may very well disagree with me, favouring the opinions I’m disagreeing with.

Musings

Thoughts on The 100 Season 3

If you haven’t seen season 3 of The 100 yet this will include spoilers.

I first discovered The 100 last year and instantly fell in love with it. The 100 is such a complex story in its exploration of mortality, the line between good and evil. One of the great things about this show is that there’s no true villain. It’s all about perspective, all of the characters believe they’re doing what is best for their people. The 100 is very diverse in its inclusion of poc characters, lqbtq characters, and women in leadership roles. The show has even had episodes displaying mental illness and addiction.

Everything just mentioned is why I had such big expectations for this season. Unfortunately those expectations were not met. Season 3 was good, but not great. There were a lot of aspects this season that weren’t handled well. There were a lot of storylines that would’ve been great but instead were completely dismissed.

One of the things I was looking forward to most in season 3 was Echo. Echo had so much potential, she could have been a great character. I really wanted to see her develop a relationship/friendship with Bellamy. Those two could have developed such a strong bond. I think Echo’s character and potential was completely wasted.

Another character whose potential was wasted is Luna. Lincoln mentioned Luna a couple of times in past seasons, that really helped build the anticipation for actually meeting Luna. Finally near the end of season 3 we got to meet Luna, and the whole meeting was rather anti-climatic. We have all this hope and anticipation and then it just flat lines. Luna isn’t given the time or attention that matches everything we’ve learned about her up until now.

Lexa is a huge character and with Alycia Debnam-Carey – the actress who plays Lexa – contracted to Fear the Walking Dead there was a need to write off Lexa’s character. However it was handled very poorly. Lexa’s death was an important factor to learning more about the flame and grounder traditions, but the way she died was disgusting. Lexa was a major character she shouldn’t have died from such a fluke accident.

The last major thing I want to talk about is Lincoln. Everything about how Lincoln was handled this season was atrocious. A lot, or really all of that has to do with Ricky Whittle – the actor who plays Lincoln – being bullied by the show’s creator. (You can learn more about that here.) Lincoln almost seemed like a completely different character this season. Lincoln is someone who should’ve had a fantastic storyline. He’s such a strong character and fan-favourite. There’s no excuse for how Lincoln, and Ricky, were handled this season. Lincoln’s death was so out of character, it should have never happened. Lincoln is a warrior, a grounder raised to be a fighter, to fight until death. Giving himself up and being executed is opposite of what Lincoln would do.

Despite all of this season 3 of The 100 was still a good and enjoyable show. I’m hoping season 4 will see the show back to being fantastic. Although with how the season finale ended I find it difficult to picture how the show will move forward.