The (original) cast of Terrace House: Aloha State
via What’s New In Streaming For The Next Seven Days — DeciderTV
I wrote a full season review of Orange Is the New Black, which made me wonder whether I should highlight it on the streaming guide. I don’t want to end up repeating myself, and there are surely other Netflix properties I could promote, like Terrace House. So this post is dedicated to my beloved Terrace House: Aloha State. Part 3 drops on Tuesday, and I’m not sure when I’ll have time to watch it, but I’m glad it’s there. On Stan, there are Quentin Tarantino films and your usual feast of fast-tracked content, and Amazon Prime has a limited series about the Le Mans 24 hour car race, in which they build a car and then race it (that’s what I learned yesterday, and I’m really interested in it now).
The final season of Orphan Black premieres on Sunday, which I would be more excited for if I was up to date. I’m hoping that will happen soon, but it definitely won’t be this weekend. This weekend I’ll be at Continuum Convention in Melbourne, and if you’re interested in science fiction or even general pop culture (which is more my speed), it’s definitely worth checking out. Right now I have to catch up on as much of Twin Peaks as possible before tonight’s panel.
The 2016 Emmy nominations were announced at 1:30am local time yesterday, and I decided that I’d sleep through it. I’m perfectly happy with that decision. I don’t really have much to say about the Emmy nominations that haven’t already been said, but as usual there are some things that are great, and some not so great. You can find the full list of nominations here (okay, it’s not the full list, it excludes the Creative Arts categories, which I’ll peruse later).
In a stroke of luck, I have found myself incredibly busy this week, and thankfully the Emmys are here for me in my time of need. I don’t have time to review anything today, so I’m going to do predictions for Drama Series today, and then the Comedy and Miniseries/Movie categories will have to wait until the weekend. You can find a full list of nominees over on Variety. I’m not 100% up to date on all of these shows: I’ve stopped watching Downton, House of Cards and Homeland, I didn’t finish the first season of HTGAWM, and I’m in the process of watching the first season of Empire. Australian broadcast dates are difficult. Onto the predictions!
I know that whatever comes next, we’ll face it together, as a family.
Orphan Black‘s third season ended strong after a slow start. The show’s biggest weakness is that there is often too much going on: There’s Castor, Leda, Dyad, Topside, Neolutionists and Proletheans. The Original is Mrs S’ mother. What worked about Orphan Black‘s third season is that it cut down. We kept track of Gracie and Mark, but aside from Gracie’s mother appearing in a couple of episodes, the Proletheans are more or less gone. I don’t understand the distinction between Topside and Dyad, but it turns out that the real threat have always been the Neolutionists: Dr Leekie, who was Delphine’s mentor, and that guy back in season one who had a tail before Helena cut it off. The third season of Orphan Black worked because it cut back on the Neolutionists and Proletheans while introducing the military and Castor, and brought back neolutionism when they needed it at the end. But that’s not what Orphan Black is about. Ultimately it’s a show about family, which is why Rachel’s mother is alive, why Kendall is the original, and why the closing shot is of Sarah and Kira.
When we find the Castor original, there’s only one way this can go. I’m gonna kill him. – Siobhan Sadler
When I was taking notes back on the Castor and Leda “defects” about a month ago, I wondered if it was the same protein in both clones; it turned out that Mark had just passed his disease onto gracie and rendered her infertile. How that we know that Siobhan’s mother is both the Castor and Leda original however (I’m really confused about all this science stuff, I need Cosima and Scott to explain how all of it works), it seems much more likely that Gracie and Cosima have the same illness. They may be different mutations of the illness, but the Leda clones are infertile, and the Castor clones can’t father children because they’re also infertile. That’s all I have to say about that particular storyline for now, I’m waiting until they Explain the Science.
We don’t need anyone else in Clone Club. She doesn’t need this shit. – Sarah, about Crystal
Despite Sarah’s insistence that Felix shouldn’t tell Crystal the truth, she was wrong. The only way that Crystal would have been safe is if Felix told her the truth and whisked her away back to Toronto. It goes with what Delphine told Cosima – even if you’re self-aware, it’s better to be inside the organisation than outside. After two fantastic character focused episodes of Orphan Black, it’s time to move back to the plot until we reach the end of the season. The third season of Orphan Black was always about Castor versus Leda, and that’s what we’re getting through a proxy battle of Dyad versus the military. Forget nefarious organisations, I want to know how these women and men exert what little agency they have. What we’ve learned this week is that it’s really not that much.
At the heart of Orphan Black is the question of what constitutes family, which becomes text rather than subtext as Alison juggles her drug dealing business, her school trustee election and her mother. Alison is the most interesting of the clones, and the main problem with the third season of Orphan Black is that she’s been separated from her sisters for so much of it. Alison’s journey in the first season was a really complex story about how what was going on with the clones and her marriage drove her to the breaking point, which led to her falling off the stage on the opening night of Blood Ties, consequently landing her in rehab. I like the suburbs storyline, and the rekindling of Alison and Donny’s marriage has been great for the show, but Alison’s off doing her own thing while Sarah and Cosima are trying to figure out what’s going on and break Helena out of the military compound. The Alison and Felix combination has always been great, and I’m glad we got to see her interact with Cosima this week. Since Sarah is our entry point to the show, I can’t remember seeing a conversation that was just between Alison and Cosima, and this was a great episode for Alison.