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October 2016

TWD: Drink from the well, Replenish the well

Well, I hope all those outraged ‘fans’ who didn’t swear off the show after last week’s gory premiere are happy this week. Before I get to the actual recap, allow me to rant a little bit (or just skip this part entirely and go here):

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Binge-watching PLL Season 7A

Here we are once again – for the last time until April – to review the first half of season 7 of Pretty Little Liars based on our handy point system. Season 7 picks up right we left off: Hanna’s trap has backfired and she’s now captured by Team “A.D.”, aka Alison’s creepy new husband Eliott and her even creepier Aunt, “Mary Drake“, so let’s get to it:

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Nerve

There are times when I like researching a movie before I sit down to watch, when I enjoy knowing as much as possible about the film I’m about to spend the next couple of hours with; not so much because I need to know if it’s going to be a waste of time – let’s face it, I waste a LOT of time watching random crap – but because it’s a good way to adjust my expectations.

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TWD Season 7 premiere: Holy sh*t.

Oh man, that was rough. The first episode of season 7 was everything we were hoping and/or expecting it would be: brutal, emotional and absolutely devastating. I’m actually kind of glad they didn’t go for a super-sized premiere to echo the (frustrating) season 6 finale, because I’m not sure I could take 90′ of such excruciating, relentless scenes.

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Binge-Watching PLL Season 6B: All Grown Up

… And our point system is back to weigh in on yet another 10 hours of the insanity that is life in Rosewood for our Pretty Little Liars. Let’s get into this:

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Binge-Watching PLL Season 6A: mystery solved?

The PLL marathon continues, and with it the completely arbitrary point system which, at this point, centers mostly around random details rather than the actual plot, because this thing is so convoluted that I can’t even.

Laid out chronologically and sorted by episode name & number, here are my random thoughts on the first part of season 6 of Pretty Little Liars:

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Binge-watching PLL season 5: “A” very underwhelming reveal

My completely arbitrary point system is back for the Season 5 round-up of the craziness in the quaint little town of Rosewood, so let’s get into this (in more or less chronological order):

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TWD Countdown: Not funny, Negan

Less than two weeks to go until the season 7 premiere, and whoever is in charge of The Walking Dead PR seems to be working overtime, going all out with the publicity to make us forget all about the clusterf*ck that was the controversial (because yes, some people actually liked the cliffhanger) season 6 finale.

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Teen shows are the worst. Which really makes them the best.

In my never-ending quest to find new (at least to me), interesting and fun TV material, I recently came to a conundrum: I wanted something light and frivolous, yet complex enough that it would keep me guessing. Nothing too heavy or horrific, but peppered with mystery and clues that begged to be deciphered. Something over-the-top and unrealistic, with beautiful people and quirky outfits and snappy dialogue that I could watch while, say, engaging in house chores, but substantial enough to not just use as background noise. A show counting plenty of past seasons to provide entertainment for a few weeks without becoming tedious.

I’m not sure exactly what I was looking for, but I definitely found just the thing in the most unlikely candidate: Pretty Little Liars.

I know, you’re shaking your head and going tsk tsk and judging me as you’re reading this. But hear me out.

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