absolut exposure

Learning to read was hard for Cass.  Interpreting the written word is far different from interpreting body language, and Cass’s brain is wired differently as a result of her abusive childhood.  But after Cass had to ask Steph to read a ransom note aloud in order to continue chasing down criminals (Batgirl vol. 2), she realized that knowing how to read would be useful.

[Batgirl #67]

Because of Cass’s learning disability, it takes her a long time to make significant progress.  Babs coaches her and explores different methods of learning, and eventually Cass is able to read full length novels (albeit slowly).  When Cass did learn how to read, she fell in love with books.  A well-written book is far less predictable than a person, and Cass loved how words seemed to make places and characters come alive in her head.  She would read anything from historical fiction to high fantasy, but quickly became able to tell when a story was poorly written.  The characters would seem less real, and the words wouldn’t flow as easily.  Cass began to spend a lot of free time in the library, and Babs would point out good books that she remembered from her time as a librarian.  Tim also had quite a repertoire of books from his childhood, since he needed something to entertain himself with when his parents were away.  He let Cass have free reign of his collection and gave her recommendations.  The rest of the batfamily also began to gift her books that they enjoyed when they learned about her new passion.

Cass never grew tired of how written words could somehow transform into people as though personalities were interwoven into pages.  She marveled at how she could spend hours completely immersed in a story, oblivious to the world around her (or as oblivious as she can get with her skills).  Books had opened up entire worlds for her.  She secretly hoped that someday she would be able to create worlds of her own.    

Loreak (Flowers), 2014 (Dir. Jon Garaño & Jose Mari Goenaga)

“This is cinema for grown-ups, as quiet and unshowy as that title, and made for viewers with the life experience making them capable of recognizing its truths - but at the same time accessibly structured, like a thriller. At the very least ‘Flowers’, a film which absolutely deserves wider exposure, merits festival attention as one of the best Basque language films ever made.“

- Jonathan Holland, hollywoodreporter.com

Who The Heck Cares About Sara Harvey?

We have no emotional connection to her.

So she’s the Regina George from the next town over? And that’s End Game? Lame!

- Great acting by the actress portraying CeCe.
- For the first time, I am truly shocked that they not only gave us answers but MORE than we anticipated. They weren’t necessarily good or the most compelling answers, but answers nonetheless I suppose.

- Horribly written script, atrocious cinematography, some pretty low points acting wise.

- SOOOOOOO FAR FETCHED about “A’s Brain.” All of Star Trek The Next Generation couldn’t have built something so hi-fi. So CeCe also just happens to be more skilled with technology than Steve Jobs, Google, and Bill Gates combined? Did you SEE that interface? That doesn’t even exist. It was just so ridiculous. Yes, a person with absolutely no exposure whatsoever to computers her entire life went on to create the most forward-thinking technology in perhaps all of history in a handful of years. I mean…what happened to the writing? Again, there’s no tie for the viewers because it was always Caleb, Mona, etc. with the tech edge.

- CeCe who is Charlie who is Charlotte is A. UGH.

Remaining Questions:
- How does Aria’s MPD, being dressed as A in the form of a doll, receiving an email about building a fence seasons ago, black swan, etc. tie into this?

- What is the deal with the non-stop theme of roses across the show?

- Why did Byron see two brunette girls in the family photo album? Why did Peter Hastings make the comment about “two 5 year old girls” or whatever it was? Why is Hanna regularly mistaken for Ali and why do they look so much alike?

- Why did the ghost twin girls appear to Ms. Marin?

- Why did Ali “choose” Aria?

- Why is Ezra still the sketchiest man on earth and not mentioned by CeCe? I’m sorry, NO HUMAN BEING even remotely healthy would setup a billion cameras, including one IN THE VENT OUTSIDE HIS APARTMENT, pay tons of people to spy on underage girls, lie like O.J. on trial to allegedly the “love of his life” for a long time, and ever end up anywhere but on the looney bin side of the jailhouse. The way he has been passed off ever since the whole “Oh, I’m just writing a book” and all the girls are like “OHHHHHH, we’ll in that case, it’s totally normal” is when I really began to see the show dismantling.

- What’s the deal with Ted?

- Jenna, Lucas, Wren, Paige…helllloooooooooo…Dear Marlene, Seasons 1-4 called and they want to exist again. It’s called CONTINUITY, which leads to KEEPING VIEWERS.

- The France tie-in was among the biggest BS of the night. France has been ALL OVER PLL since season one–all over Ezra’s apartment, Ali/Emily interactions, art with French language in Ali’s bedroom…and you try to close that loop by saying, “Oh yeah, at one point years after those things, A was hiding in France for a short time”? oOoooOooooo, Amazing! Not.

- I will think of more.

In the end, CeCe’s poorly fulfills the character they have made A. She doesn’t fit the bill for someone obsessed with dolls as the writers have consistently depicted. She had no motive in that respect. It’s like they built-up years of a character obsessed with manipulating situations, people, you name it…and then in season 6 just pulled a name out of a hat and said, “Hey, it will be CeCe!” This has the lame no-sense finale feel of Gossip Girl. Tonight’s episode portrayed CeCe as a sweet lonely thing–little experience with dolls/manipulation–up until she was 18. Not a good story, PLL. Great setup, great start, but your follow-through came apart.