Concerning Bonnie Bennett: I'm not down with #Benzo

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*retches at the very thought*

I'll admit was excited to start a Bonnie Bennett series for Black Girls' Night out.  Yes...I will say that out loud.

Season 6 unleashed something, ladies...in addition to Bonnie's general (ageless) awesomeness, we got teasing of Bamon and the scorching, explosive chemistry of Bonkai.

And then came Season 7, in which the writers hit the reset button, and I felt I was suddenly watching an earlier season of the show.  We've got all the familiar culprits - Bonnie helping out when she doesn't really need to, Bonnie experiencing side effects for helping out, Bonnie getting diminished screen time, and our personal favorite...Bonnie not getting the kind of ship she deserves/we really want.

I can neither watch nor write about this anymore.  I'm just gonna concentrate on my first new fic in ages, and pretend that I can un-see the vomit-inducing sight of Bonnie kissing Enzo.

*retches and reaches for a palate-cleanser*


Black Girls' Night Out: The Sisters Mills (#SleepyHollow)

I barely remember the episode I'm about to review.

It seems this week, Pandora raised her sixth creature feature, the Red Lady of Caribee, which appeared to be hybrid bee/sistah in a red dress, who change into a swarm of bees and back.  Anyone who she stung turned paranoid, then full on crazy, then died (except for Abbie's boss Daniel Reynolds, played by Lance Gross).

I also remember that this was the final creature Pandora could raise before her tree opened up a la the Sleepy Hollow film starring Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci, let her walk in, and then apparently descend into some sort of hell dimension.


That's what Sleepy Hollow's become to me - a snorefest.  Like FangirlU commented on my last SH post, the writers have garnered so much criticism and ire from fans that they've chosen to play things safe this season.

The Mills sisters appearing to be suffering the most from this because it's left their characterization stagnant.  Abbie is as one-note as ever, with barely a change in facial expression or tone.  She was tracking down their father, but that investigation appears to have stalled.  This week we did get a flashback to her ancestor, but said ancestor was "helping" Betsy Ross.  *yawn*  It's almost like Abbie Mills is descended from a long line of Bonnie Bennetts (Seasons 1-5, of course).

Then again, something interesting might be about to go down (emphasis on "might").  For several eps now, Jenny Mills and Joe Corbin have been trying to figure why everyone suddenly wants the Shard of Anubis.  Mind you, August Corbin had this thing for a while, like, at least 2 seasons after he died, and yet folks are suddenly giving a heavy shit about it.

My first concern was, "It's hunk of twisted, burnt-looking rock.  Why do people keep referring to it as a shard?"  August Corbin's old war buddy (and black market kingpin) reveals that when twisted a certain way, the rock separates to reveal a deep orange shard.  When Jenny and Joe wrest it from him and head for their getaway car, Jenny's body absorbs the shard.

Later, when she's sleeping, we see the power from the shard coursing throughout her body, waking her up in a cold sweat.  Methinks she's about to get superpowers of some sort, which would be a nice upgrade for a change.

At least...that's what I'm hoping.


Black Girls' Night Out: Bonnie Bennett (#TVD)

Here’s my issue with the whole Bonnie and Enzo thing: Bonnie is awesome now, and Enzo is terrible. I don’t want awesome Bonnie saddled with terrible Enzo. She deserves better. (Also, it’s so typical of this show to finally give Bonnie a love interest again and potentially have the entirety of their courtship happen offscreen.) (Source)
Okay, so I should've mentioned in the last post that TVD is doing "flash forwards" this season, in which we get a glimpse of the characters' of lives three years from now. Everyone was really looking forward to Bonnie's ('cause like I foretold y'all, she's taking the throne this season), but then viewers collectively vomited when we saw her in a rehab/asylum-type facility kissing the vampire Lorenzo a.k.a. "Enzo" (portrayed by actor Michael Malarkey).

Now...I know I've been out of the TVD game for a while, but nine seconds into Season 6 I could tell he was that sort of character who was added to the show, you know, "cuz", and then overstayed his welcome.

No offense to the actor, but...ewww.  No.  That was a major fail.  The whole reason folks are still watching this show right now is for Bonnie, specifically to see her hook up with Damon or Kai, should he be brought back from the dead.  Enzo was never part of the agreement.

Not much happened with Bonnie in this episode because our Anti-Heroic Trio was sort of split up this time around; Alaric had to deal with the fact that Phoenix Stone brings back long lost vampire souls, so the person in his wife's body is not his wife.  Damon took off with his brother and a Heretic vamp to go burn another Heretic vamp.  They failed, of course, but the episode did end with Damon swearing bloody vengeance against his mother (who's also a vampire) over shots with Bonnie.

So here's hoping next week that we see more Bonnie, and that something happens in the past to keep her from ever swapping spit with Enzo, like, ever.

More of the Same

By now, I’m sure we’re all aware of the events at Spring Valley High, where a police officer decided that a reasonable reaction to a 16-year-old girl being well…a 16-year-old girl was to drag her out of her chair and throw her across the room.  Most of the world was outraged, but naturally there were many people who thought that the officers’ actions were perfectly justified.  That would include the teacher, the administrator, and Raven-Symonè, among others.

And now, although they may not necessarily agree with Officer Fields' actions, plenty of students (black and white, boys and girls alike) don’t feel that he should’ve been fired, and want him back at work.  The students staged a walk-out last week, some sporting #BringBackFields t-shirts. 
I’m just going to be honest here:  as a black woman, I'm not very happy about this.  We’re the first ones to speak up when others are brutalized by police officers (or anyone else), but where is that same level of outrage when it's us being dehumanized and mistreated?  Black women have been making this point for a long time now, and finally it’s something that’s starting to be discussed among a wider, more diverse audience.  These kids certainly have a right to speak up for what they believe in--and they should--but it’s a shame that it’s at the expense of the poor child that was brutalized in front of the entire world.
The below screenshot is a comment that I found on Tumblr that someone has posted with this article.  He didn't pull any punches, and what he said hit pretty hard.  Because...damn. 

(click to enlarge)

Do you agree with his comment?  Or do you think his criticism of black men and how they treat black women is too harsh?

Black Girls Night Out: Cookie Lyon & Anika Calhoun

Apologies for the delay with this post, but I’ve been really distracted…ya know, with moving to the Middle East and all.  Now I’m sorta caught up.  Because of the nature of the way I have to watch TV now, these posts will combine episodes every two or three weeks.  I don’t plan to do episode recaps as much as analyze what I’ve seen overall.  

Spoilers, obviously.

This is a gorgeous family.  Casting director is the very definition of NAILED IT!
Note: This review covers Episodes 1-3.

So far, we’ve got Lucious in and out of prison, a failed takeover of Empire (which includes a hilarious Marisa Tomei playing a lesbian corporate raider with hideous fashion sense), the creation of a spinoff company, Lyon Dynasty (*snerk*), Jamal trying to be both an artist and a boss, Hakeem trying to find his own way, and Andre desperately wanting to be ensnared in the same dangerous web that nearly killed him last season.


Black Girls' Night Out: Amanda Fisher

As a huge fan of The Evil Dead franchise, I was ecstatic when I learned that Starz was going to turn it into a television show. I didn’t know the logistics, but that didn’t matter to me because I was getting Bruce Campbell back on my screen and that was all that mattered. When I learned that my favorite Girlfriend was cast as the female lead, the icing on the cake became that much sweeter.

Jill Marie Jones did a terrific job as State Trooper Amanda Fisher. It’s wonderful having her on television again in a substantive role, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I squee’d a little when she first appeared on the screen. And I had good reason.

Amanda’s introduction showed the viewers exactly what type of character we’re going to be dealing with this season. You get a sense of exactly who she is the second she and her partner roll up to a spooky, darkened house and she steps of the car. She’s confident and in charge, but rightly cautious as they enter the house, sent there by complaints of a woman’s screams.

Guns drawn, they begin to methodically search the empty, gloomy rooms until they come across someone covered with a sheet. Turns out to be a woman (the same one we’d seen with Ash in an earlier flashback), who once uncovered by Amanda, reaches up, grabs her head with both hands and twists it all the way around The Exorcist-style. As we all look on in horror, the newly transformed Deadite demon grotesquely twists her arms behind her and begins to scurry towards them. Backwards.


Black Girls' Night Out: Bonnie Bennett (#TVD)


Taking the Throne: Bonnie Bennett on #TVD

Oh, yes...I'm going there.

I told you guys before: if Bonnie fans were happy with Season 7, I'd take a second look at this show.  Not only are Bonnie fans happy, but the general consensus is that best parts of The Vampire Diaries Season 7 are the adventures of Bonnie, Damon, and Alaric.

Of course, taking a second look at this show meant sifting through Season 6 to see all the "Bamon" chemistry people were talking about between Bonnie Bennett (Kat Graham) and Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder).  And on the one hand, fans weren't exaggerating.  The actors played off each other very well.  Where the characters were concerned, being stuck in mystical prison where they lived the same day over and over again in 1994 (while retaining their memories) for four months really brought them close together.

But here's where we ran into a catch for Bonnie fans.  While Damon and Bonnie were developing an emotional bond that was admittedly beautiful, moving, and touching, they had the misfortune to come across the prison's intended captive, Malachai "Kai" Parker, portrayed magnificently (and terrifyingly) by Chris Wood.