Candice Patton, You Have My Attention (#IrisWest)

For weeks I was avoiding The Flash, until a reader told us Candice Patton was starring as Iris West, a passionate, ballsy blogger and the implied love interest of the titular hero (implied as in, "will be eventually").  And since said hero is a lanky, adorkable nerd with a seriously deep (and currently unrequited) crush on Iris, I figured...what the hell?

Finally...a BW/WM pairing that I can get behind.  Do you know how rarely that happens?

It's actually a very entertaining show, even when the eps that aren't so great sometimes (how weird is that?).  I credit the casting; there are some seriously awesome actors on this show.  Also, it's based on a comic book and when handled correctly, they are the best source material.  They tend to stick to the classics/basics: Shy Geek Loves Girl...but can't tell her (for whatever reason).  Geek then has an accident which makes him Super-Geek.  Geek loves Girl but still doesn't tell her that he's now Super-Geek.

Geek accidentally triggers steamy romantic moments while romancing Girl in Super-Geek mode*.

Gets us every time.

I have nominated Cin to do her BGNO.  *meaningfully looks at Cin*

*Don't ask me how come Girl never seems to notice right off the bat the Geek is also Super-Geek. *shakes head*


NBC, Clearly You Don't Do This Very Well

"Whaaaaaat have I gotten myself into???"
I promise to write about our Thursday night ladies here soon but I've been needing to digest the pilot State of Affairs.

SOA, as you may recall, is not another hit from ABC.  SOA hails from NBC, the folks who gave us the train wreck to end all other train wrecks, Deception (*shudders*).  The pilot for SOA showed us they haven't lost their touch.

To be fair, the problem is not Alfre Woodard (obviously); woman is 62 this year and looking flawless.  But I don't think she should get too comfortable in that Oval Office; I've yet to read a single glowing review of this show, and in typical fashion, the blame is being heaped upon Katherine Heigl when it's the writers who have ultimately failed.

In addition to a flimsy plot and a lackluster supporting cast, something which really rubbed me the wrong way was how the writing tried ever so desperately to force the two leads together.  They reaaaally, really, really wanted us to believe that the POTUS and Heigl love each other to pieces and are "family".  Every endearment and tender tone just seemed way too contrived, much like the "friendship" between Joanna Locasto and that dead chick on Deception.  Woodard and Heigl have zero chemistry in that regard and it hurts to watch them try.

Also, I'm once again not digging the excessive focus on the white lead; treating Meagan Good like an afterthought on her own show was the fail that kept on failing, and it seems we're getting another dose of that now.  Alfre Woodard has been acting since Katherine Heigl was born - literally since Heigl was born.  Woodard began acting in 1978, the exact year Heigl was born.  Wikipedia actually divides Woodward's career up by the decade.  Ergo, she should not be Heigl's Mammy.  She shouldn't have minimal screen time, and her role as President of the United States needs to be more than just bait.

Step it up, NBC.  I've already forgotten 95% of the pilot.  The 5% I do remember is Alfre Woodard.


Black Girls' Night Out: Keating & Pope

This was not an Annalise-heavy episode.  This was a Wes-and-Rebecca-heavy episode and I am so, so, so very glad that I'm not the only one who's sick of these two.  Especially since Alfred Enoch finally got a sex scene, finally showed off that fabulous, smooth caramel body...only to have it juxtaposed with an autopsy.


Meanwhile, I'm not too thrilled/impressed with Annalise's decisions this week.  Her attempt to get someone to take the fall for Lila Stangard's murder is NOT going well; Detective Nate Lahey is already onto her and Rebecca is proving to be a particularly difficult and troubled client.  Which makes perfect sense because when she's cuddling Wes and he's rattling off things about himself, he's all like, "Favorite food, favorite color, mom killed herself when I was twelve, allergic to blah, blah, blah...."

And speaking of Wes...do we have ANY idea why Annalise is so fond of this train wreck??  Did I miss something?  Aside for the unscripted chest-rubbing in the pilot and his relatively lackluster performance as a law student (#Waitlist), what exactly is it about this boy which intrigues her so?  Like, in terms of their relation to each other, what purpose does he serve?


Black Girls' Night Out: Keating & Pope

Houston...we have some serious problems.

Let me begin by saying HTGAWM remains an extremely entertaining show, and Viola Davis is a consistent force of nature.  In short, she's not the problem.

But I've been wracking my brain trying to figure out why Annalise Keating didn't drop her husband the first time he stuck his dick in someone else (during their marriage, that is).  Like...this man left another woman for her, then once he got married to her, he kept fucking other people (seriously, in this episode she snaps at him about his "white whore", causing my promptly jaw to hit the floor).

You're telling me the brilliant and formidable Annalise didn't realize it was time to drop this fool?  She's the one in the papers.  She's the celebrity of the town, and with her client roster and prestigious teaching gig, you know she makes bank.

Why not drop the husband and bang the detective full-time?  Or another defense attorney?  Or someone from the seven-figure spectrum of her list of clients?  What is so important about Sam Keating to this woman?


Black Girls' Night Out: Keating & Pope

These two characters share the same night, after all, just like Carter & Pope used to, and they're both lawyers (how about that).  And until the writers on HTGAWM decide to actually do something more with Michaela Pratt, she'll have to chill.

Pertaining to this week's episode...it was the best of times and the worst of times.  It was an entertaining episode and Viola Davis shone as always.  Annalise Keating's argument with her husband struck me as very real; she still had her wig off and at one point, Sam Keating had her pinned to their bed with his hand over her mouth.  And here's where the writers reveal something I did not see coming and would have never guessed about Annalise Keating.  Remember what I said about best of times/worst of times?

During the argument it all comes out - he was sleeping with Lila Stangard, who he claims was getting clingy and was "lost."
"Just like you found me. How you like your mistresses — weak and broken messes you just clean up," she says. Sam insists that Annalise was much more than a tawdry affair, but she quickly retorts "Tell that to your first wife." (Source)
Oh, yeah. They went there.

And now we are back to the one big problem I've always had with Shonda Rhimes: her infuriating obsession with adulterous women.


Black Girls' Night Out: Keating & Pratt

Tell me I'm not beautiful. Say it.
I dare you.
So sorry, ladies. Didn't meant to take so long with this one.
How is this episode just the fourth one of the season? We had a maniacal hacking up of a corpse, a high-rise suicide, a ground-breaking gay sex scene, and Viola Davis taking off her wig and make-up on air. Oh, and a philandering husband’s sexting. If that doesn’t sound like a season finale’s worth of cliffhangers, I don’t know what does. (Source)
Couldn't have said it better myself.

This is the episode everyone can't stop talking about, and precisely for the aforementioned reasons.  The "wig scene" is historic, for in moment of vulnerability, Annalise Keating removed her God-awful wig to reveal her natural hair and scrubbed away her makeup in a daze, then flatly demanded her husband explain why his penis was "on a dead girl's phone."

*** Did I mention spoilers? ***

That the simple, wordless wig scene is considered historic and earth-shaking in 2014 provides a sad, sad commentary on the state of our society.

The wig scene comes after another powerful yet noticeably unsung scene in this episode.  Annalise's client, Marren Trudeau (Elizabeth Perkins) is charged with insider and training, and over the course of the episode, it's revealed the two women are old friends who've known each other for decades.  Marren points something out: Annalise has been with Marren through it all - divorces, lawsuits, and and an assortment of other messes - and yet Marren knows absolutely nothing about Annalise.  And it's apparently not for a lack of trying, because the enigmatic Annalise smoothly avoids having a "deep" talk with Marren.


Meet Tracy Drain

This weekend, I had the opportunity to meet Mrs. Tracy Drain, a mechanical engineer at Jet Propulsion Labs.  She's currently on the NASA team that's sending a probe to Jupiter, and she came out as a keynote speaker at a conference I attended.  I was super-excited because Tracy is a rarity in the field: a beautiful, bubbly sistah with the enthusiasm of a child and the brain of a rocket scientist.

Being a science nerd, and particularly one of astronomy, I was captivated.  Tracy's roots are in Kentucky, and she spoke candidly of her path to the stars.  As a child, she was fascinated by the solar system and wondered how scientists knew so much about its formation when they weren't alive to see it.  She demonstrated an aptitude for math and science, and a very wise college counselor set her on the path to JPL and NASA.  Tracy got her master's in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech, landed a series of coveted internship and worked her way up to Lead Systems Engineer for JPL.

She didn't have to talk abut how hard it had to be to get where she is.  You all know like I know that it was not easy.