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Been trying to carefully craft a Wonder Woman review as the distance of its release date keeps growing. I saw it opening night with my nieces and to clarify I did like it. But, this is not what this post is about. I’ve decided to place a spotlight on an Amazon cartoon series for children that arrived on June 30th 2017. I just completed binge-watching all of the episodes. It is called Danger & Eggs and it reminds me of Adventure Time and Steven Universe with a dash of KC Green’s Regular Show with Lauren Faust’s My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic if they were all put into a blender.  

While Pendleton Ward’s Adventure Time, Rebecca Sugar’s Steven Universe, Chris Savino’s Loud House, Daron Nefcy’s Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Alex Hirsch’s Gravity Falls, Mike DiMartino’s and Bryan Konietzko’s The Legend of Korra, and, Skyler Page’s Clarence have been making strides for LGBT representation, the Mike Owens and Shadi Petosky created animated show takes it one more progressive step forward. Yes, besides being hilarious, very relevant, full of lessons (and emotions), believable, and inventive, Danger & Eggs is the first animated series to have an openly trans creator (Shadi Petosky). In fact, every aspect of Danger & Eggs has some level of involvement courtesy of LGBT community members: from LGBT actors, writers, animators, and storyboard artists alongside LGBT allies! Essentially in each stage of Danger & Eggs’ production, there was that kind of specific influence occurring. More importantly Danger & Eggs accomplishes this with resorting to any awful cliches whilst being as inclusive as possible! Examples include the non-binary musician Milo that D.D. and Phillip both use proper pronouns with plus the recently out trans Zaddie (voiced by trans activist Jazz Jennings) crooning a song of acceptance at the Pride festival (Not Rainbow Day or something akin to that like others have done. ACTUAL PRIDE DAY!) in front of her “chosen family”. I’m going to reference that term often from this day forward. 

Truthfully, every decision concerning LGBT representation in Danger & Eggs comes of as equal parts sincere and super sweet. <3 

The series is about the adventures/situations D.D. Danger (SNL’s Aidy Bryant) and her best friend Phillip (Eric Knobel) have inside Chickenpaw Park.

D.D. is the last of a generation of record-setting daredevils. Her father Roy Danger is present in D.D.’s life as a bandaged up and impossible to understand individual, a recurring gag that manages to never get old. As such, she’s up for engaging in potentially injury causing stunts or roughhouse games. Now the inverse can be said for Phillip, a rule-following always safety-first talking egg. As the theme song says the series is, “Kinda hard to explain.” The anthropomorphic Phillip’s origin gets hinted at early on before becoming confirmed in the season one finale. His mother is a colossal chicken that only appears to cluck even though her son can speak English. Despite being clear opposites in most ways, the camaraderie D.D. and Phillip share together is amusing and majestic. Their aww-inducing familial connection is best demonstrated in the episodes “Phillipcon”, “The Big Z”, “Nightmares”, and “Trading Post.”

The supporting cast is just as diverse and inventive from the yoga instructor lesbian duo of Rad and Sweet known as the Chill Twins (courtesy of the comedian married couple of Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butler), a Mayor (Angelica Ross, Her Story) that sings her arrival, a stickler for the rules (more than Phillip!) Sheriff Luke (Stephanie Beatriz, Brooklyn Nine-Nine), and D.D.’s ice-skater film hero Trix Blixon (Mary Elizabeth Winstead, if you haven’t seen her career-defining performance in 2012’s Smashed I highly recommend it! Was in last year’s 10 Cloverfield Lane). Charlyne Yi’s (We Bare Bears’ Chloe Park) apathetic Layla introduced in “Keep Off the Grass” is one of my favorites though. So is Fringe’s Jasika Nicole bringing to life the spunky Reina in “Ren Faire” as well. Co-creator Shadi Petosky even lends her voice for the wise Pigeon Lady.

All in all, I’m astounded by how good Danger & Eggs is. Creative, excellently written, droll, adorable, bizarre, and authentic are the words I’d use to sum up the series.  Have tissues ready. I sobbed happily often viewing this series, lol. Normalizing LGBT stuff for children?! Normalizing, not demonizing. Respecting, not bashing. SO MUCH YES! And if anything I’ve typed piqued your interest, I implore you to follow through ASAP. :)

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🎶 𝒞𝑜𝓊𝓃𝓉𝓇𝓎 𝓇𝑜𝒶𝒹𝓈, 𝓉𝒶𝓀𝑒 𝓂𝑒 𝒽𝑜𝓂𝑒, 𝓉𝑜 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝓅𝓁𝒶𝒸𝑒 𝐼 𝒷𝑒𝓁𝑜𝓃𝑔! 🎶

“Her beauty, it’s hard to hide, Counting my blessing every night” –Brantley Gilbert

“Hey pretty girl it feels so right, just like it’s meant to be, All wrapped up in my arms so tight” –Kip Moore

“Gimmie the girl that’s beautiful, without a trace of makeup on…..Gimmie the girl that the rest of the world ain’t lucky enough to know” –Joe Nichols

“You say you tried everything to get love back again, But baby you ain’t tried me” –Charlie Worsham

“It’s the roses just because, yeah just because it’s Tuesday” –Chase Rice

“Who I am with you is who I really wanna be” –Chris Young

“She needs to feel that fire, The one that lets her know for sure she’s everything I want and more” –Dierks Bentley

“Honey, I want you to know I love your love the most” –Eric Church

“What I wouldn’t do, to write my name on your heart, get to wrapping my arms baby all around you” – Thomas Rhett

“Saw my ring on your finger as you waved to the crowd, I didn’t know a second stringer could ever be so proud” –Luke Bryan

“She’s the light at dawn, she’s the cloud I’m on, she’s amazing” –Love and Theft

“If they wanna see my sweet side, my soft side, my best side, I just point at you” – Justin Moore

….What was that? Oh, I’m sorry, please, continue telling me how “douchey” country music is. -_-

The Bachelorette Finale

extreme spoiler warning


First things first. As a member of #TeamPeter this episode was hard. to. watch. Rachel’s continuous indecision on whether or not she was ready to keep Peter had me WORRIED. (on another note Eric’s beard looks really nice) I was ready to fight Bryan this entire episode. He just seems disingenuous, and not in love with Rachel at all. He seemed more in love with the idea of being in love with Rachel. 


 UPDATE: I’m extremely upset with how Rachel settled things with Peter. He didn’t want to immediately jump into an engagement with someone he’d only known for a couple months. Rachel should have given him the benefit of the doubt and known his heart was in the right place (rATHER THAN BREAKING UP WITH HIM). This season felt like a complete waste, but if Rachel wants fake cheek bones to marry, who am I to stop her? 


 Finally, I LOVED Eric this episode, and I could definitely see him as a future Bachelor. I wasn’t too keen on him at the beginning of the season, but over the course of the episodes he really started to grow on me. He looked FANTASTIC at the live show (not kidding when I say I love his beard.) 


 Rating: B for bitter


The Bachelorette Week Eight aka Emotions Are Such a Spain

Here’s What Happened Monday

  • Welcome to Dallas! This place is sweaty and will make you fat in a heartbeat, but there is just nothing that Rachel isn’t loving these days. She’s in her hometown and is ready to show off her boyfriends to her mom and her pregnant sister, who, if you remember from last season, are amazing television.

Peter’s Family Time

  • Rachel wants to give Peter the time and respectful distance to figure out his feelings, but she also feels the need to subliminally pressure cook those feelings so she takes him baby clothes shopping. Subtle as a flying brick, our Rachel.
  • After baby time, but before entering some absurdly gorgeous Dallas mansion, Peter tells Rachel he’s falling in love with her. It was the emotional bolster she needed, and they enter to meet Rachel’s family: her ball-busting superhero mother, her no-nonsense and very pregnant sister Constance, her overly-defensive-about-being-white brother-in-law Alex, and some others. Notably absent (again) is her federal judge father, who (again) will not be caught dead on The Bachelor (duh).
  • Peter tells the family that he told Rachel all along he wouldn’t say he loved her until he truly did. Her sister nods like it’s the most sensible thing she’s ever heard. In private, Constance tells Rachel, “We remember Nick. Don’t be a ding dong.”
  • Peter tells Mama Lindsay he doesn’t know if he can be ready for love in two weeks because reality and also that he won’t ask for permission to marry Rachel until he is certain. Their conversation makes a lot of sense, which is jarring for The Bachelor.

Dead Eric’s Family Time

  • To fuel his already suffocating anxiety over the day ahead, Rachel takes Dead Eric up a high tower overlooking Dallas. He shakes in fear remembering the last time he fell to his death and demands a safety hug. Later, in this same tower of nerves, the two share champagne, Dead Eric expresses his jitters, and I wonder out loud to no one in particular how the hell he’s made it this far.
  • Rachel and Dead Eric show up to meet Rachel’s family. Her sister greets them in a large white tunic with a giant bedazzled necktie-collar thing looking like the pregnant Easter Bunny. She takes Dead Eric outside to grill him on his general existence. Later he meets Mama Lindsay and his flattery levels reach Defcon 1. (“I love your marriage, where did you get it?”) Mama Linds listens to all his clichéd nonsense about love and strength and lovestrength with a straight face, but for whatever reason accepts when he asks for her permission to marry her living daughter.

Bryan’s Family Time

  • Rachel and Bryan and Bryan’s stupid elf face take off to brunch it up with Rachel’s girlfriends. These are the girls who signed Rachel up for The Bachelor, so we immediately know that these are the type of girls who sign people up for The Bachelor. They are blonde, they are Texan, they are armed with mimosas, and they are ready to be obsessed with Bryan. Bryan flashes a bit of his smarm, and oh, they take it.  
  • Upon meeting the family, Bryan tells them he loves no woman more than his mother and just wants to love the same woman over and over and over and he never makes it clear whether he’s still talking about his mother or Rachel. It’s weird for everyone. At dinner, he gushes that he felt Rachel was his girlfriend on the first day, which pregnant Constance is not buying. The Lindsay family sass is out in force against Bryan and Rachel is deeply displeased that they are not charmed by him. Perhaps she forgets that they have never experienced his slobbery make outs, and thus don’t understand her reasons for liking him.
  • Constance pulls Bryan aside and tells him he’s full of shit if he thinks he really loved Rachel after two weeks. He responds with “Well I love you too,” and she’s like, “It’s been ten minutes, creep.”
  • Rachel tells her mom she loves Bryan and Mama Lindsay tells her love is impossible in two months. Burn. She still gives Bryan her permission to marry Rachel though because up is down and left is right and this is Trump’s America.

Dead Eric’s Spain Time

  • Rachel arrives in Spain with one modest carry-on and, no doubt, eight men the size of The Mountain carrying in the rest of her bags. She is down to her final three, which, if you follow The Bachelor/ette, you know that means this is the episode where she gets to make sweet, sweet love to all the boys in the Fantasy Suite.
  • Her first date is with Dead Eric, who, despite knowing his fear of heights, traps him in a helicopter. He soldiers through, shouting things at random intervals. They discuss their emotions, make wishes at an ancient monastery, then make out a lot.  
  • Later, at dinner, Dead Eric struggles to respond to Rachel’s questions about real-person feelings but finally pulls out the L-word from his big dead heart. She hands him the note from Chris Harrison inviting him to join Rachel for a night of hanky necropanky, and he accepts.
  • The next day, wearing nothing but shorts and slippers, Dead Eric says, “I’m ready for life to happen to me,” and I laugh out loud.

Peter’s Spain Time

  • Rachel and Peter explore a dank wine cellar with an old man who sings at them in a foreign language then gives them a key to their own private wine cellar slash crypt. Somewhere, Dead Eric curses Rachel for not giving him the crypt date.
  • A few glasses deep, Peter admits he didn’t ask Rachel’s mom for her permission to marry her yet. Rachel’s disappointment is momentarily diverted, however, when she just so happens to spot a child (subtle, Rach) who lures them into a bucket of stomping grapes. They just stomp, stomp, stomp, and it’s a romantic moment I’m sure, but I can only think of this.
  • Peter asks Rachel to commemorate the day by writing something on a wine cork, and she quips that he’ll finally get to see how bad her handwriting is. Peter doesn’t even know what her handwriting looks like, but somehow Rachel feels like it’s high time to get engaged. This disagreement over engagement, however, leaves us with a cliffhanger: is this a difference they can resolve? Probably not, because up is down and left is right and this is Trump’s America.

Miscellaneous

  • I will never understand why Chris Harrison is the one who invites the couples to bang.
  • These people are going to have such unrealistic expectations of traveling Europe for the rest of their lives. My roommate Babs once said, “if you’re not lost and smelly and afraid for your life ninety-nine percent of the time, you’re not doing abroad right.” Bachelorette vacations are that one percent.
  • Let me just say: if Peter gets sent home because he doesn’t believe in contractually-bound love timelines, it is going to be HILARIOUS when they announce he’s the next Bachelor.