March, 2020



March 3rd, 2020, 8:02 p.m. - I am no longer considering MFA writing programs, thank you

9. We Wish You Luck (Caroline Zancan)
I really love Zancan's writing. The ending wasn't the big bang I was expecting, but the rest was fantastic. She made a book that wasn't really a thriller read like one.

Up next: Something That May Shock and Discredit You (Daniel Mallory Ortberg) and Wanderers (Chuck Wendig) – I'm in the last 100 pages! I'm really going to finish!


March 5th, 8:13 p.m. - Reading this during the coronavirus outbreak was the worst coincidence of my life

10. Wanderers (Chuck Wendig)
I finally finished it! It was only okay!

Up next: continuing Something That May Shock and Discredit You (Daniel Mallory Ortberg)


March 7th, 2020, 2:19 p.m. - "You're fired, moon!"

Better Call Saul – "The Guy for This": I knew Hank was coming, and I figured Gomez would be coming with him, but seeing them on the show was even better than I'd anticipated. Next can we see Jesse? Please? Rating: 4 thrown beer bottles

The Magicians – "Cello Squirrel Daffodil": I loved the twist with Seb being Rupert. Plum even gave us a hint when she said that Chatwins often go by their middle names. But it looks like they also have a history of going dark, so...Penny should be careful. Rating: 4 tongue-tying bugs

Brooklyn Nine-Nine – "Trying": It's hard to feel like Jake and Amy are going to continue struggling to conceive, since Melissa Fumero's pregnant. I really hope she ends up announcing her pregnancy while they're doing whatever heist they end up doing, and Jake can't decide whether or not to believe her. Rating: 5 divorce cakes


March 10th, 8:08 p.m. - I only understood about half of this book, but that's okay

11. Something That May Shock and Discredit You (Daniel Mallory Ortberg)
I've been reading Ortberg (now Lavery) for years, and this is his best writing yet. He's so smart, it scares me.

Up next: Saint X (Alexis Schaitkin)


March 14th, 2020, 1:16 p.m. - "Why would Wuntch fake her own death?" "Same reason she visits Mexico every year and sucks blood from all the goats – for kicks"

Better Call Saul – "Namaste": I demand that we get Hank and Gomez for the rest of the season. I DEMAND IT. Rating: 4 R-rated pictures used to persuade Acker that Jimmy was on his side

The Magicians – "Purgatory": If Seb's actions could lead to a bunch of people coming back from the dead...will the gang be like, "Maybe we wait and see who comes back before we do anything?" Because...Quentin. Just saying. Rating: 4 time-traveling-ability-sucking machines

Brooklyn Nine-Nine – "Ding Dong": The description for this episode said that Holt would suffer a personal loss, and I was so worried it would be Cheddar that I didn't even think about who else it might be (figured it wouldn't be Kevin). I never expected them to kill off Wuntch. This episode proves how great that rivalry was. My favorite parts of this were Rosa being the perfect audience for all of Holt's comments. My second favorite part was, of course, that Amy's pregnant. Rating: 4 of Holt's beloved balloon arches


March 17th, 8:46 p.m. - Like Claire/Emily, I just want answers

12. Saint X (Alexis Schaitkin)
Schaitkin is a terrific writer, but...I wanted more. I'm not satisfied with the ending, as much as I understand why Schaitkin wrote it.

Up next: The Lucky One (Lori Rader-Day)


March 21st, 2020, 2:12 p.m. - "Sir, this is a Radio Shed"

Westworld – "Parce Domine": They really shouldn't throw a bunch of new characters at us at the beginning of the season. Just because it worked on The Leftovers doesn't mean it works for all shows. That said, I'm thrilled to have Aaron Paul to watch all season. Rating: 3 little black dresses that transform into gold gowns

Supernatural – "Galaxy Brain": Not the most thrilling episode, but I do appreciate that 1) they wrapped up the Kaya stuff in a satisfying way, and 2) Jody didn't die. Rating: 3 TVs showing disasters (hmmm, seems timely)

Better Call Saul – "Dedicado a Max": Hey, Mike finally got to do something this season! And Gus had more than two minutes of screentime! I guess I shouldn't ask for too much and wonder where Nacho and Lalo are. Rating: 3 fake fossils

Modern Family – "Baby Steps": I thought Alex and Arvin were going to end up dating. They still should. I mean, a job is great and all, but...they should hook up. Rating: 4 uninstalled shelves

The Magicians – "Be the Hyman": Dustin Ingram is unbelievably good as Hyman. And Kacey Rohl was great turning Marina into a good person, but it just wasn't the same. Marina should only be evil. Rating: 4 pickles

Brooklyn Nine-Nine – "The Takeback": I knew Doug was going to be in this episode, so I was already excited. Adding in Trudy made it ten times better. Craig Robinson and Nicole Byer were perfect playing off of each other. Time for a spin-off? Rating: 4 too-pink wads of gum


March 27th, 8:02 p.m. - I thought I would be reading more during this apocalypse

13. The Lucky One (Lori Rader-Day)
Like Under a Dark Sky, this wasn't that impressive (and was, honestly, kind of slow) until everything started to come together. But there was a lot going on, and the timeline and multiple missing people confused me. Not as good as I'd expected.

Up next: The Dark Corners of the Night (Meg Gardiner)


March 28th, 2020, 2:09 p.m. - "Ho ho ho, motherf&^$%#@s!"

Westworld – "The Winter Line": I'm a lot more interested in Maeve's storyline than I am in Delores', so I liked this episode. Are there any humans left in the cast? Maybe Caleb? Rating: 4 shiny red cars the robots somehow know how to drive

Supernatural – "Destiny's Child": I thought there was going to be more with the alterna-Sam and alterna-Dean. That felt like a waste. Can we see more alterna-Winchesters? Rating: 3 mint-green alterna-cars

Better Call Saul – "Wexler v. Goodman": What kind of logic is Kim using where her and Jimmy's only two options are break up or get married? Come on, Kim! Rating: 3 Mesa Verde-smearing ads

The Magicians – "The Balls": A musical heist. Musical. Heist. With the return of emotion-bottling, Fen truly taking one for the team, and Santa Claus in the getaway sleigh. We truly live in amazing times. Rating: 5 Birkin bags

Brooklyn Nine-Nine – "Dillman": J.K. Simmons was, as always, perfectly cast here. And good for Charles for showing off his detective skills. He never gets to be the truly competent one. Rating: 4 glitter bombs



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