So it’s fall TV season again and the cable networks are back with all of our “favorite” shows. I’m going to review to shows today that I’ve already talked about in the past, BBT, and Speechless.
BBT is back with it’s fricken 11TH season. How is that even possible? Well, you, the viewers made it possible. BBT has 17 million dedicated fans (and those are only the ones who watched live), which means the show isn’t stopping anytime soon. Anyway, we pick up where we left off. With Sheldon proposing to Amy. Amy of course says yes and Sheldon finds a way to fuck it up a little, but nothing too bad or too dramatic to rock the boat. Like usual, the episode surrounds the characters and the plot is just consequential. Sheldon tells everyone about his engagement starting it out with “well I was kissing this other woman, and then I realized how much I loved Amy.” Amy gets tired of this and yells at Sheldon, but it doesn’t turn into a major plot point. Amy actually is grateful to the other woman since it made Sheldon finally propose. Their whole proposal is a rewind of the film - It’s About Time. Sheldon and Amy’s lesson is for Sheldon to learn he won’t always be the center of attention (since at Princeton (where Amy is doing research for the summer) Amy’s work is highlighted as being more important). Sheldon of course gets his ego hurt, but then realizes it’s okay. Though I doubt his character will change in the long run.
In the meantime, Howard and Bernadette are pregnant again even though they both don’t want it. Comic gold? Let’s just have a kid because it’d be cute to see the first one play with the other one. It’s misery for them but they’re going to put themselves through it anyway. That’s the responsible thing to do. Anyway, they try to convince Penny and Leonard to have one too and their joke is that they’re only going to do it when Penny wants to leave Leonard. Having kids to save a marriage is always a good idea, right? It’s the same “self aware” humor that has fueled the show since the beginning. Only time will tell when these tired tropes finally retire.
Speechless got a second season which is pretty cool. I really liked the first despite the fact that they still treated women like objects when talking about equality. The first episode of this season is about JJ getting his first kiss and his family being too busy to care about him any more. While JJ was away at camp, they were able to get their shit together. But of course this doesn’t last because they realize “this isn’t us.” Haven’t we seen this episode before? They want to change but then realize that they’re perfect the way they are. JJ comes back from camp and makes them realize that they’ve been putting themselves ahead of his needs. They help JJ get his first kiss and everyone is happy - especially Ray who needs to criticize his family to live/give him purpose. Ray also gets his first kiss, while Dylan is just running around as usual with no purpose than to run around (because she’s sporty and manly and not girly in any way because girl stuff is lame). The dad is still funny, but the mom has really started to get on my nerves. She is funny and heartfelt at times, but her acting is just way too over the top. It was good in the beginning to give her a unique character, but we know who she is now. She’s the overprotective do everything possible for kids mom. Her character has been defined, we don’t need her to be mean too. Just because she’s doing it for her kids doesn’t give her an excuse to be an asshole. It’s like ABC wants to make all their moms be Jessica Hwang from Fresh Off the Boat - ugh.
I’ll keep you updated on how the seasons of both of these shows are going, as well as Superior Donuts, which I’ve written about before. But don’t expect any Fresh Off the Boat reviews from me.
23 year old English major and ESL Teacher. Currently living in Fortaleza, Brazil. Feminist and kill joy with a cause.