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watch: the moodys (fox)

This show kind of came out of nowhere. All of a sudden, I saw ads for it as a Christmas event and Dennis Leary was in it. I love Dennis Leary, even though he’s a Red Sox fan and constantly bashes the Yankees. Anyway…

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It’s Christmas. Sean (Leary) and Ann (Elizabeth Perkins) Moody are trying to have a nice holiday with their three adult children. Dan (Francois Arnaud) has returned home to Chicago without his girlfriend. Bridget (Chelsea Frei) is having some marital problems and Sean Jr. (Jay Baruchel) still lives at home.

Is it great? No. Is it a fun little show for Christmastime? Yes. It’s a limited series, six episodes aired two a night, and I’m fine with it. It was amusing for the most part and I think the dysfunctional family dynamic works well. I do wish Baruchel’s character wasn’t such a screw-up though. And they have the audacity to criticize Dan, okay. The cast really does feel like a family, which is nice. And I’m looking forward to what other shenanigans happen next.

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the true love rewatch: 3×09 "four to tango"

Synopsis: Pacey (Joshua Jackson) and Jen (Michelle Williams) try sneaking around. Pacey learns he’s failing math and asks Joey (Katie Holmes) for help. She trades him tutoring for dance lessons so she can get a scholarship. Dawson (James Van Der Beek) becomes convinced Pacey and Joey are having sex. And Jack (Kerr Smith) begins a flirtation with a gay guy online with prodding from Andie (Meredith Monroe).

Thoughts: Well, wasn’t this a fun episode? Most of my thoughts are going to be below because there were so many Pacey & Joey moments, my heart could barely stand it. Um, just wanna say, I actually do love Pacey and Jen, even if it’s super casual. I feel like their friendship is overshadowed by the others, but it’s truly fun because they’re both more open with their sexualities. Dawson being utterly clueless about what his friends are doing is hilarious to me, because guess what! He’s actually a shitty friend! Finally, I think Andie may have pushed Jack a little too far, but I had forgotten about this particular storyline. Jack’s journey on this show as a gay teen is so great to watch and kudos for Dawson’s Creek for doing it as well as they did

Pacey/Joey Moments: This whole episode was basically a love letter to Pacey & Joey shippers. Even with the Pacey/Jen stuff, so much of the episode focused on them and their budding feelings for each other. Because oh yeah, that’s coming out. So Pacey needs Joey’s help with math and she makes him do a favor for her by taking dance lessons so she can score a scholarship. Joey is just a queen. Of course, the two of them are terrible dancers, even though the instructor rightly calls out their sexual tension and knows they’re struggling because of feelings. “Right…see what I mean? See the hostility, the way they’re weary with each other, not to mention the constant bickering and name calling. Now these two clearly are in the early stages of some screwball mating ritual.” (Side note: Katie Holmes makes a wonderful face after this scene happens and I can’t tell if it was in character or not. It’s delightful.)

Since Dawson thinks his two best friends are sneaking around, Pacey has to set the record straight while also complimenting the hell out of Miss Potter and pretty much warning Dawson that he is falling for her (but he doesn’t truly realize it yet). Also, can we just discuss how great it is that Pacey calls Joey “a woman”? He also calls her a goddess. *swoon*

And then, when Dawson and Joey catch Pacey and Jen kissing, Joey has a minor meltdown because she can’t admit her feelings for Mr. Witter just yet and can’t believe Jen has stolen another man in her life. God, these two have so many more episodes before they kiss (WHY IS MARCH SO FAR AWAY), but the groundwork is so fascinating to watch in hindsight.

Pacey/Joey Quote:

Joey: So what you’re saying is you’re merely the innocent victim in some behavioral psychology experiment gone horribly awry.

Pacey: Yeah.

Joey: And you’re desperately in need of some able-bodied female to help you provoke those pre-conditioned Pavlovian homework responses?

Pacey: Yes.

Joey: That is the worst pick-up line I have ever heard, Pacey.

Pacey: Thanks, Toots, but I wasn’t hittin’ on ya.

Yeah, you get two gifs this week! Because they were that precious in this episode.

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read: a court of frost and starlight by sarah j. maas

And now I have no more books in the ACOTAR series and I don’t know what to do with myself.

A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3.1)

It is almost time for the Winter Solstice at the Night Court and Feyre is stressing about everything. So is Rhys and Cassian. It’s just a bundle of laughs for our dear Inner Circle.

It’s funny because all I heard about this book ahead of time was that it was a money grab and like canon fan fiction. Most of the fandom regards it poorly. So, naturally, given my constant unpopular opinions, I knew I’d love it.

We switch POV, not only between Feyre and Rhys, but we get some insight into Mor and Cassian. And it was greatly appreciated. God, I love all these characters.

It’s a sweet little holiday story, but there is some plot based on the events of the previous books in the series. And the character development continues! Oh my God, Feyre is still growing so much and somehow becomes the most well-adjusted character in the whole series. My hero, I swear.

There are some little details I would have changed, but overall, this novella was much better than I expected it to be. Or I’m just too enamored with the whole world and every character that I’m too forgiving toward its flaws. I don’t know, nor do I care. I would take a million more books, novellas, whatever about these characters (even Tamlin) and there’s still so much to be resolved between a majority of them. Give me everything, Sarah J. Maas.

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the true love rewatch: 3×07 “escape from witch island”/3×08 “guess who’s coming to dinner”

I officially already failed this challenge so I’m doubling up this week. Oops. In my defense, I was very busy traveling back home and was behind on shows AND I didn’t think 3×07 had that much good Pacey/Joey stuff anyway so I was like, “Mehhhh”.

“Escape From Witch Island”

Synopsis: Dawson (James Van Der Beek) decides to do a school project on Witch Island, where there are rumors to be ghosts haunting it. Joey (Katie Holmes), Jen (Michelle Williams), and Pacey (Joshua Jackson) tag along. Meanwhile, Andie (Meredith Monroe) is taking her role as disciplinary chair too seriously.

Thoughts: All I remembered was that this episode was basically a Blair Witch ripoff and that’s why I was like, I don’t need to schedule this in until I’m ready. So, yeah, it’s pretty cliche. Dawson and Joey realize that they haven’t been keeping track of each other’s lives lately and started going through feelings again, blech. But what was interesting and something I had forgotten was that Pacey and Jen started talking about hooking up and ???? How did I black this out of my memory?

Pacey/Joey Moments: I mean, they’re in the group together for a majority of the episode. Except when Pacey gets separated and Jen goes to find him. There is a moment between him and Jen where he says he’s not the type of guy to win the girl, which made my eyebrows raise. But the beginning scene when they’re setting their plans is the only real moment between PJo and it’s adorable (and is my quote for the episode).

Pacey/Joey Quote:

Joey: I was scared…

Pacey: That’s no surprise there, Potter, after all you are quite the skittish kitten.

“Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner”

Synopsis: It’s Thanksgiving so time to ramp up the family drama! Jen’s mom makes a surprising visit, so Dawson sticks his nose into her business. Also, his parents’ divorce is official.

Thoughts: Ugh, so much drama. I was wrong a few episodes ago. I really just found the whole Eve storyline silly and since she never appears again, it feels kind of unnecessary, even though she is Jen’s half sister! Dawson was really an asshole this episode in regard to that storyline and his constant harping on his parents’ relationship status. You do not need to be informed about what they are doing! They are the adults! Andie and Jack (Kerr Smith) wind up at Grams’ (Mary Beth Peil) for the holiday, which causes Pacey and Andie to try to figure out if the other one is thinking about them. And Jen now really wants to have sex with Pacey!

Pacey/Joey Moments: There are none! This episode was so annoying! Although when Andie was asking Joey if Pacey talked about her, Joey said some lovely things about her future beloved.

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watch: knives out

If there was one movie that I was excited for this year that wasn’t part of an existing franchise, it was Knives Out. Rian Johnson quickly became one of my favorite directors with his ability to slip into different genres and make them feel fresh.

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A famous mystery writer, Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead the day after his 85th birthday party. While initially declared a suicide, a private investigator, Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig), is hired as he believes one of the members of Harlan’s family murdered him.

This is going to be so hard not to spoil anything, but I’m going to try. While it is a murder mystery, it’s also very much not. It’s a very wild and entertaining ride though and I already want to see it again.

Murder mysteries have always been a favorite of mine and hearing which films inspired Johnson to make it (like Deathtrap!) really intrigued me to see what he could do with the genre. As stated above, he’s a master of making them feel fresh, and also somewhat subverting them (The Last Jedi, anyone?). It’s more of a character study, but almost all of the characters are insane and only care about money. And it does get into some political stuff, which entirely fit the story he was trying to tell. Slight character spoilers underneath the cut.

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#disneydare: frozen ii (2019)

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We have reached the end of the sequels! I didn’t hate them, but I’m very excited for the future of Disney and Pixar and their ORIGINAL ideas for at least a few more years.

Obviously, Frozen was getting a sequel because it was a massive hit and despite how they handled box office success in the past, sequels were a hot commodity. Gotta continue with that merch money.

I loved the first one and was coming around on a sequel. I’ve enjoyed the shorts they put out, but I have to admit that it wasn’t until D23 Expo this year that they completely sold me on the idea. I’m going to try to be non-spoilery but tread lightly under the cut.

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journey to episode ix: the mandalorian

The first ever live-action Star Wars show!!!

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Set after Return of the Jedi, we follow the Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal), a bounty hunter on his various assignments. It’s a lawless world without the Empire.

It’s a pretty simple premise and the pilot was more setting the scene and the character of the Mandalorian. I liked it. It didn’t overstay its welcome. I wish I hadn’t been spoiled by the final bounty (thanks internet!) but it still was fun.

So far, Pascal is doing better than I thought as the masked bounty hunter. The fact that you can still hear emotion without seeing it is always a good sign! I liked Carl Weathers’ character, Greef Karga, but my favorite was Taika Waititi’s IG-11. That droid is my patronus.

Sorry, this isn’t the best review. I’m recovering from a trip back home (also why it took me so long to watch!), but it was a pilot. I’m looking forward to episode 2. And I also just want to point out how awesome the score is. Not surprised that Ludwig Göransson did such a great job, but it really blew me away because he made it his own while also honoring John Williams. He is a treasure.

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read: a court of wings and ruin by sarah j. maas

Alright, here we go. Final book in this trilogy. I’m not ready!

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Feyre returns to the Spring Court in an effort to stop the oncoming war that threatens Prythian.

That’s all I can give you. Seriously. I will say that I wound up getting spoiled for something while reading A Court of Mist and Fury and while I was super angry at the time, I think it might have helped my overall reading experience of the finale. I do not advocate getting spoiled EVER, but this time, I was able to dig deeper into the text (haha, this is been me for the entire series).

As with the other two books in this series, I might go way overboard with my emotions while reviewing this so please be kind. My life has been a mess and this series became my guiding light.

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the true love rewatch: 3×06 “secrets and lies”

Since I’m watching them as they aired, last week was a planned hiatus. Next will be in December. Anyway, let’s go!

Synopsis: Jen (Michelle Williams) is thrust into the world of homecoming queens and is feeling mighty uncomfortable about it. Andie (Meredith Monroe) continues to date Joey’s (Katie Holmes) creepy ex-boss until she accuses him of trying to assault her. And Dawson’s (James Van Der Beek) mom, Gail (Mary-Margaret Humes) returns to Capeside.

Thoughts: I was not very familiar with this episode and it dealt with quite a lot. Thankfully, even though I am somewhat not hating Dawson as much anymore, he took a backseat here and it was appreciated. Reconnecting with his mom was nice though.

Why wasn’t I always stanning Jen Lindley?!? She is my hero! This whole season has been throwing her into the typical high school mold and she is like, “NOPE!” and tries to do that stuff her own way. I was living for all her ideas for the Homecoming Queen Gala. And because I didn’t remember much of this episode at all, I had forgotten about all the stuff between her and Henry (Michael Pitt). Like this was the episode where she kind of ruined the poor boy more than I realized.

The other major storyline involves my OTP and Andie. I’m gonna try to keep things separate but it does become difficult. Pacey (Joshua Jackson) becomes aware that Andie is dating again and doesn’t know how he feels about it. Andie calls Joey crying that something happened and she and Pacey go to save her. This whole thing was very squeamish because it turns out Andie lied about the whole thing as a way to reconcile with Pacey. And it almost works! But then she blames Joey for everything, which is ridiculous (but also, now her reaction in “The Longest Day” makes sense). Andie did not come across well in this episode at all.

Pacey/Joey Moments: First off, Pacey is helping Bessie (Nina Repeta) and Joey turn their house into a bed and breakfast. This is how Pacey finds out about Andie’s love life. He takes it somewhat in stride. Most of their interactions involve the bed and breakfast until Andie calls.

Mostly, it just seems like both of them are starting to realize they may have feelings for one another but know that things are way too complicated to actually do something about it. It’s why when Andie accuses Joey of telling Pacey the truth, which she thinks is why Pacey broke it off, things seem so messy. Pacey is finally learning that he deserves better. (Can we also just discuss that he said *this* to Andie when she saw the name of his boat: “Yeah, well I figured since it didn’t exist, I’d try and create it for myself.” *sobs*)

Pacey/Joey Quote:

Pacey: How does the Pacey J. Witter Wing strike you?

Joey: Keep talking, it’ll be a memorial dedication.

Pacey: You know, Potter, sometimes your lack of gratefulness – it borders on unappealing.