April, 2020

April 3rd, 2020, 7:29 p.m. - Attention, criminals: Caitlin Hendrix will always find you

14. The Dark Corners of the Night (Meg Gardiner)
Not as good as the previous book in the series, but that was a lot to live up to. This is still solid and just what I always expect from Gardiner. I hope I don't have to wait as long for the next one as I did for this.

Up next: Wow, No Thank You (Samantha Irby)

April 4th, 2020, 2:08 p.m. - "What the pumpkin spice f&$%?"

Westworld – "The Absence of Field": Tessa Thompson's For Your Consideration campaign for an Emmy starts...now. Rating: 4 dogs stolen from child predators

Better Call Saul – "JMM": Oh, that's why Kim wanted to get married. There's no way this will end disastrously! Rating: 4 explosion-causing chickens

Modern Family – "I'm Going to Miss This": God bless Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his willingness to just go for it while dancing on national TV. And God bless that gorgeous chonky baby Mitch and Cameron just brought into the family. Rating: 3 snake eggs

The Magicians – "Fillory and Further": This was a fully satisfactory series finale. I don't mind an ambiguous ending; I have no doubt that the group would have eventually found their way back to each other. Everyone got a more or less happy ending, and that's more than I was expecting. I will really, really miss this show. Rating: 4 naturally growing pizzas

Brooklyn Nine-Nine – "Admiral Peralta": Another instance of great casting (as usual for this show) in Martin Mull. I also loved seeing Bradley Whitford again. But why weren't Jake's mom or Amy's parents at the party? Rating: 4 cakes

April 11th, 2020, 1:16 p.m. - "I'm going to dye my hair blue and carry around an emotional support pig." "Ooh, I know just the pig!"

Westworld – "The Mother of Exiles": The main characters definitely need to interact more. We also need more of Stubbs, because he's fun. Rating: 4 blood injections that really can't be safe

Better Call Saul – "Bagman": The best episode of the season so far. Bob Odenkirk and the makeup team made his plight so realistic that during one commercial break, I chugged a bottle of water. We need more Jimmy/Mike stuff. Rating: 5 space blankets

Modern Family – "Finale": Another satisfying (if somewhat predictable) finale. At first I thought it would be weird that there won't be any more new episodes of the show, but it's in syndication so much that that might never sink in. Rating: 4 porch lights left on for the kids

Brooklyn Nine-Nine – "Valloweaster": Not as good as past heists, but really, any heist is better than none at all. Rosa was awesome to pull it all off, and Cheddar once again played a big part. By the way, where's Kevin? Rating: 4 file cabinets that were better partners than Scully

April 12th, 2020, 4:49 p.m. - I still want to be her friend, though

15. Wow, No Thank You (Samantha Irby)
I liked her other two books a lot better. I was honestly a little disappointed in this one.

Up next: Followers (Megan Angelo)

April 18th, 2020, 1:30 p.m. - "All the best strollers are from Scandinavia, where they don't hate people for having children." "I saw Midsommar. Those people have their own problems"

Westworld – "Genre": I don't care about this stuff. Go back to Maeve! P.S. I see you, Enrico Colantoni. Rating: 3 exploding motorcycles

Killing Eve – "Slowly Slowly Catchy Monkey": Apparently I liked this more than other people did. I just thought it was fine...until the end. Poor Kenny. Rating: 4 bus-shaped magnets

Better Call Saul – "Bad Choice Road": Oh, Kim. OH, KIM. That was a big, big mistake. Also, if you'd stood a few steps back, Mike would have taken care of your problems for you. Rating: 4 Land of Enchantment shirts reluctantly worn by Mike

Brooklyn Nine-Nine – "Ransom": Yay, Kevin! His appearance would have been good enough even without the added bonus of Jake impersonating him. Rating: 4 jars of bone broth

April 21st, 2020, 8:48 p.m. - What price fame?

16. Followers (Megan Angelo)
Both of the timelines in Followers would have made interesting stories on their own, but together, they're magic. I was hooked from the first page. This was one of those books that I both wanted to speed through so I could find out what happened, but also wanted to savor.

Up next: I Don't Want to Die Poor (Michael Arceneaux)

April 25th, 2020, 2:09 p.m. - "You know I care about you?" "I know you're full of s$!%." "Can't it be both?"

Westworld – "Decoherence": Who else wants to see Thandie Newton and Tessa Thompson co-star in an action movie where they play spies or assassins? We deserve it. Rating: 3 versions of William in the weirdest therapy session ever

Killing Eve – "Management Sucks": I wish we'd gotten to see more of Villanelle and Felix. The show could have gotten a lot of mileage out of that team-up. P.S. Konstantin is totally Geraldine's father, yes? P.P.S. How long until Eve and Jamie hook up? Rating: 4 balloon swords

Better Call Saul – "Something Unforgivable": Kim has gone from uninteresting, inconsequential love interest in season 1 to a fascinating, complicated character who's practically a lead in season 5. I can't wait to see how things wrap up for her. In other news: Nacho. Wherever you are, man, I hope you're running really, really fast. Rating: 4 frying pans full of hot oil

Brooklyn Nine-Nine – "Lights Out": Cute baby, dumb name. They should have named him after Charles. Rating: 4 graphic pregnancy books

April 28th, 2020, 5:32 p.m. - Another disappointment

17. I Don't Want to Die Poor (Michael Arceneaux)
I hate to admit it but I didn't really like this. It was like a 240-page venting session. That's not what I thought I was getting.

Up next: Chosen Ones (Veronica Roth)

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