We've decided to put Critical Mrs. & Mr. on the back burner for now to focus on building Allen's Twitch channel and community. This is something we still want to do, but right now there aren't enough hours in a week to do everything. The good news is that we'll still be occasionally gaming together on Allen's channel so we'd love to have you come hangout!
Hey Critical friend! We're going to be taking a break from blogging and Game Night for the rest of December. We'll be back in January with Game Night moved to Twitch and an updated blog schedule. For now you can catch us on our personal Twitch channels:
Thanks so much for a fun first few months. Have a merry Christmas and we'll see you in the New Year!
Bully: Anniversary Edition
In honor of Bully being released 10 years ago, Rockstar has released an Anniversary Edition for mobile. It includes everything from the original PS2 game plus the additions from the Scholarship Edition. The Anniversary Edition includes enhanced graphics plus multi-player mini-games in the classrooms.
It's $6.99 on iTunes and Play.
Come Together by Wes Anderson
Who doesn't love a good Wes Anderson movie?
Don't answer that. We realize Wes Anderson movies are a unique taste and not everyone loves them, but we do.
Now we have a Wes Anderson Christmas movie! It comes in the form of a short-film that's actually a commercial for H&M. The fact that it's a commercial doesn't matter, tho, because it's a fantastic piece staring Adrian Brody as a train conductor bringing Christmas to his passengers.
Ducktales is getting a reboot! Usually we're not fans of the term "reboot" and the things it's used with, but this may have to be an exception. Ducktales will premiere sometime next summer on Disney XD so we'll just have to wait and hope it eventually comes to Netflix.
Summer is kind of like a filler episode that gets us from point A to point B. There's good content, but it didn't feel like it found its feet until the end of the episode. There are some awkward jokes and some of the typically more intelligent characters seem to have finally partaken in the koolaid that is Stars Hollow.
Taylor decides that for one of the town's upcoming celebrations they should do "Stars Hollow: The Musical." Cue the awkward half-dead looking fellow who pens the play and we're never quite sure who he is (we think they're pushing the gay-vibe for Taylor that was brought up during Spring when he tried to plan the town's first gay pride parade). The play is awful. We know it. You know it. Lorelai knows it. But everyone else in town thinks it's brilliant and it's baffling that not a single person sides with Lorelai on this. This oddity seems to have been created specifically to build meaning into the end of the episode when a new song is added to the play. It's an impactful song that gives Lorelai all the feels and, of course, is nixed by everyone else. It's at this point Lorelai makes a decision that the previous 2 episodes have been pushin her toward, but not her final decision (that comes in Fall so you'll just have to wait). Basically, she needs to take some time by herself to figure out what she needs and how to continue concerning her relationship with Luke.
Rory, after pretty much having failed at adulting, has moved back home. But don't tell her that. She's in denial. During a town meeting Taylor announces that the Stars Hollow Gazette will be shutting down. At this point we, the viewers, know what's going to happen, but it's not immediatly obvious to Rory because, let's face it folks, the older she gets the less intelligent she seems to become. Eventually she gets a clue and tells Taylor she wants the editor's job at the Gazette. She tries to make changes to the Gazette to update and refresh it but the town (plus Doyle) pushes back so she sticks to what's tried and true.
While working at the Gazette, Jess (#teamjess) shows up (he's in town to help Luke with the whole Liz and TJ accidentally joining a cult thing) and advises her to write a book. She rebuffs him at first based on a previous attempt to write a book with Alex Kingston's character, but he tells her she needs to write what she knows. That she should write a book about her and her mom because it's a great story.
Rory finally decides to write the book, but makes the awful decision to tell her mom at the worst possible time. They're at the cemetary with Emily to review the 5th messed up headstone for Richard's plot, having been driven there by L̶e̶l̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶P̶a̶l̶m̶e̶r̶ an old friend from the club that is clearly Emily's potential beau.
Happily the Lane/Rory relationship is as strong as ever. Sadly Michel has made the decision to abandon Lorelai and the Dragonfly.
The secret bar - probably the best thing ever.
One episode left. Allen hasn't seen it yet. He has no idea what's about to happen.
WE SAW LANE'S DAD! HE DOES EXIST!
While Winter was mostly a reintroduction to our favorite gals and New England town, Spring started to bring up some issues and the trials of Rory Gilmore. We watch as the cold reality begins to set in that she may be a one-hit wonder with her piece from the Times. Can she hold out for much longer?
As with the last episode, this brought us back into the familiar Stars Hollow surroundings but delved into the familiar Emily-Lorelai conflict that drove so many episodes. The group thearapy sessions gave the Gilmores a chance to hash out long burried conflicts. One such conflict brought up by Emily is a terrible letter sent to her on her birthday by Lorelai. Lorelai however denies that she sent the letter. We, the viewers, obviously believe that Lorelai would never have done such a thing, but the question begs, who did? Sadly, this is a never-ending plot hole because we never find out who the culprit was (unless this was mentioned in the original series and we're forgetting).
The best sub-story happening is that of Paris'. Her character seems to have developed more depth over the years between the GG series and A Year in the Life. I feel that it's her character I can resound with the most. She has to overcome these complex problems that have been left canned up for an unseemly ammount of time. She feels betrayed by Doyle who has become a dreaded screen writer (this is supposed to be ironic because Danny Strong IRL is a successful screen writer) so she's in the middle of an emotional (outwardly emotionless) divorce when confronted with her first crush during a Chilton visit. She has a high-school style breakdown in the bathroom when she off-handedly yells that she's missed her period, yet we never even comment on this. This is another plot hole completely ignored. We're just over here like, um, pregnant? But no, let's ignore this completley in the heat of the moment, not to mention throughout the next 2 episodes as well.
Basically, we feel that Paris Gellar deserves her own spin-off Netflix series. So much could be hashed out, so many guest-spots could happen, and we could confront the Paris/Doyle situation head-on! (Yes, it we be confronted a little more in the next 2 episodes, but not enough for satisfaction's sake.)
Things we loved about Spring: