June, 2019

June 1st, 2019, 1:18 p.m. - "You're not Batman." "You don't know that"

Killing Eve – "You're Mine": Most of this season felt lacking, but I did like this episode. In the season 1 finale, Eve left Villanelle bleeding. In this finale, it was the opposite. Maybe in season 3, Carolyn will attack them both and leave them for dead? Rating: 4 axes

Jane the Virgin – "Chapter 91": There can't be many episodes left, so when are we going to get movement on the Rose stuff? Ever? Rating: 4 muffins in Rafael's trunk

iZombie – "Death Moves Pretty Fast": Who's had less to do this season, Peyton or Major? I think Enzo has had more screen time than both of them. Give Peyton a plot! Rating: 4 brain dumplings

Abby's – "Backup"; "Rosie's Band": I giggled a lot during these episodes, especially the second. I have no confidence that this show will have a second season, but I'm enjoying it while I can. Rating: 4 mean dogs that didn't look that mean to me

June 2nd, 2019, 3:52 p.m. - What's Southern Lady Code for "chill a little"?

24. Southern Lady Code (Helen Ellis)
I've enjoyed Ellis' writing since Eating the Cheshire Cat, but a lot of this just didn't resonate with me. Also, Ellis needs to stop obsessing about being friends with gay men. It's too much.

Up next: I Miss You When I Blink (Mary Laura Philpott)

June 8th, 2019, 1:25 p.m. - Yay, Stephanie's back!

So You Think You Can Dance – "Judges' Auditions 1": The guys had a better showing this week than the women, but altogether, we're starting with a great field of dancers. I agreed with all the judges' decisions except for Smac, who didn't dance enough and who I think would get on my nerves pretty quickly. Rating: 4 pairs of fringey pants

Jane the Virgin – "Chapter 92": Why isn't anything happening this season?? Rating: 3 gross-sounding "candy" bars

iZombie – "The Scratchmaker": We didn't need a Blaine episode. Blaine is used the exact perfect amount. No additional Blaine is needed. Rating: 3 characters whose names I still don't know

June 9th, 2019, 3:27 p.m. - Close, but...

25. I Miss You When I Blink (Mary Laura Philpott)
A lot of what I said about Southern Lady Code applies here. I like Philpott's writing, but not everything resonated with me, and I wanted more. But I can see why Jenny Lawson blurbed the book, because they have similar themes and styles.

Up next: Less (Andrew Sean Greer)

June 15th, 2019, 2:09 p.m. - "It's hard to prepare gourmet meals when your taste buds are shot." "Beethoven was deaf. Suck it up"

So You Think You Can Dance – "Judges' Auditions 2": Put Gianna in the top 10! Her routine was weird but awesome! No one will ever live up to that! Rating: 4 routines about kidnapping

Jane the Virgin – "Chapter 93": Okay, they're back together. Now what? What's the rest of the series going to be? Because it doesn't look like they're going to wrap up the Rose stuff in a satisfying way. Rating: 3 tree costumes

iZombie – "Filleted to Rest": The way Liv figured out the killer was clever, but the rest of the episode was...meh. Why are we supposed to care about Liv's dad after five seasons of no mention of him? Rating: 3 tears shed over Ryan Gosling in The Notebook

Abby's – "The Fish": Apparently this is it for the show, and I'm sad. It was so good! Where am I supposed to get my Neil Flynn fix now?? Rating: 4 Padres tickets

June 18th, 2019, 8:09 p.m. - I can see why it won a Pulitzer

26. Less (Andrew Sean Greer)
Greer's writing is fantastic. He basically says all there needs to be said about a book about a middle-class white guy with no real problems, but it was still good.

Up next: No One Can Pronounce My Name (Rakesh Satyal)

June 22nd, 2019, 1:29 p.m. - "Herbie wasn't evil! He was the Love Bug!"

So You Think You Can Dance – "Judges' Auditions 3": DUSTIN'S BACK! I don't care about anything else. Rating: 4 shocked looks for the awesome Maria

Jane the Virgin – "Chapter 94": Am I crazy or are Petra and Krishna going to end up together? Wasn't Krishna previously established as a lesbian (or am I thinking of someone else)? That plot is, honestly, more interesting to me right now than the Jane/Rafael stuff. Rating: 4 cards hidden to cheat at Loteria

iZombie – "Death of a Car Salesman": I loved Liv and Ravi's competitiveness this week. Rahul Kohli especially played that stuff so well. I can't wait to see him in more stuff after the show ends. Rating: 4 raffle tickets

June 29th, 2019, 2:17 p.m. - Very different from what I expected

27. No One Can Pronounce My Name (Rakesh Satyal)
I really like Satyal's writing. I want to read R.J. Cherish's Deranged Marriage more than almost anything.

Up next: Middlegame (Seanan McGuire)

June 30th, 2019, 3:54 p.m. - "It just seems passé." "Maybe that means something different in French"

So You Think You Can Dance – "Judges' Auditions 4": Everyone was so good this week! Even that guy who wasn't that good was still kind of good! I wish I didn't know that we'll probably never see most of these people again! Rating: 5 tattoos Jarrod is never going to be able to cover up if he makes the live shows

Jane the Virgin – "Chapter 95": Yay, Lina! Boo, Magda! Rating: 4 Rogelio livestreams

iZombie – "The Fresh Princess": Liv's persona was great this week. I love that Clive has gotten to the point where he doesn't even blink anymore when she acts weird. He just knows it's something he has to work with if he wants to solve the case. Rating: 4 promises made to Blaine that Peyton won't have to keep

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