Our first instalment of ‘what pineapple related crap is Chloe posting this week?’ is this snazzy candle holder painted exclusively by yours truly a couple of days ago.
Now to recap:
starting from after Thursday’s final scene cos I value my life too much to get into spanner-gate etc.
We’ve got mopey Rob at Brook Cottage (WITH ACTUAL SUGDEN FAMILY INTERACTION - SHOOK) crying into his brekkie. Commiserations babe but you kinda brought this on yourself
Classic in denial Rob misguidedly telling Diane he can fix things and then proceeding to tell Aaron how Aaron feels *major projection of own feelings klaxon*
Aaron being heartbroken and walking away for his own wellbeing and sanity - we’re all super proud of you hun!
Meanwhile we have Rebecca showcasing at least 4 of her personality types (and managing to truly outdo herself in the headf*ck stakes) by saying she’s surprised (?!) and sad about them splitting (?!) to Debs; making out that she wanted them all to be some kind of modern family (the f*ck?) and acting like she hasn’t actively tried to split them up on numerous occasions since she arrived to Vic in the Woolie Kitchens MINUS ANY KIND OF PHYSICAL SIGN THAT SHE IS CARRYING A HUMAN FOETUS IN HER WOMB excuse me while I lie down and try to process that
Then we have NO AARON WHATSOEVER (how are you feeling? what are your thoughts I wanna know?!?)
More mopey Rob throwing paper airplanes in the B&B (Valerie Pollard’s spiritual home, rip) and making us swoon by saying Aaron was his whole life *hearteyes* - you and me both Rob
Robert calling Doug and Diane boring (but Robert, did you know Doug can carve a carrot into a penny whistle, what you saying?)
Pissed Robert telling the alleged mother of his child to her face that she has had multiple sexual partners in a less than ideal fashion and finally (FINALLY) bringing up the paternity issue we’ve all been harping on about since April(!)
Finally we have the best camera shot in weeks and something all Robert fans can agree on - those jeans are A++ (thank you Emmerdale wardrobe department) and that shot includes a magnificent arse - in both senses of the word 😉
Reign 3x01 – “Three Queens, Two Tigers” Initial Thoughts
So finally we get the first episode of season 3 and I have to say it holds a lot of promise. I’m still keeping my expectations down a bit so as not to rile myself up into a frenzy when the writing just goes south, but I had very little to complain about this episode. Hell even the whole Frary lovey dovey scenes, despite the fact that Mary had an affair weeks-months before without consequence didn’t bother me as much as I though. Or maybe I just don’t dwell on the matter since Frary is really not the life of the show for me since the beginning.
Frary is back!
Yes we all gushed at their scenes together. It felt like season 1 again (finally!) I’m crossing my fingers that they don’t screw it up again, though I doubt that they will because the huge crushing blow will be that Francis is a dying man and they’re going to let him have his happy moments with Mary before biting the dust. Yes folks, it’s sad, but I’ve steeled myself since the last episode of season 2. We’ve known it was coming and I for one am not too upset by it. It seems inevitable since they’ve alluded to it far too many times in seasons 1 and 2. I think to drag it out even further would just be cruel and unusual punishment. Let’s just savor Tobey while we have him around shall we?
Greer and the Pirate!
I’m a little sad that Greer is not a madam anymore. I thought she had the most interesting story line when she was scrappy and independent. They’ve thrown her back into bagging a husband to say the least. But I did warm up to the charming pirate for a bit. It’s safe to say that Leith is put behind her which I find ok since it shows that you can move on from your first love. But I’ll never forgive the crappy way they ended Greer and Castleroy. It still stings like a bitch. I’m hoping Greer retains her scrappiness and shows the pirate a thing or two for messing with her heart and being a womanizer. She should be adapt to handle men like that since she ran a brothel house.
Catherine and Elizabeth duo!
The tag team scheming queens are quite fun to watch. I especially love Elizabeth because she’s not shown to be 1 dimensional but someone who can be tough, insecure, and unsure of herself like the rest. Especially since this is early on in her reign before she found her stride. I found it realistic to an extent. Of course she is the antagonist on this show to Mary, but I found her to be very sympathetic in trying to manage her court, managing a rift in her country between two religions, and unable to be with the man that she loves. And thank you wardrobe department! It seems you listened and put the frazzle bed hair to rest and dressed her up in a more queenly fashion.
Catherine is still Catherine. And it’s always fun to watch her scheme, plot and manipulate. But the last scene of Frary dragging her ass back to France once they found out what she was up to, was HILARIOUS. And shoving her in a cage with a man-eating tiger next to her was icing on the cake. Hey for everything I love about Catherine, I don’t fault Mary for locking her up next to a tiger and letting her sweat it out a bit after plotting to bring Mary down. I have to give Mary some props for her guts.
Last but not least. LORCISSE!
I literally gushed and fangirled at every single scene they had together. This time they’ve flipped the script with Narcisse being the prudent gentlemen and Lola being the seductress, which brings it all back to why I absolutely love this coupling, because they can bring different aspects of their personalities out like no one else. And that always makes for interesting relationships.
I also want to note that despite how much I want them to get together, I love that Lola is still calling out Narcisse’s bullshit from last season. It creates a certain awareness on her part about his actions that she is not comfortable about, which I appreciate. And even though Narcisse makes fun from time to time, he doesn’t make excuses about it and takes her criticisms in stride. The fact that Lola is honest about why she’s so hesitant to be with him is refreshing. You don’t often see couples being extremely honest and open with each other especially on Reign. There’s always secrets. But with Lorcisse, Lola makes it known right away that he scares her, on the things he’s done and what he would do if she’s with him. And Narcisse is extremely honest and open about his true intentions to court her even going to Francis to formally ask for permission.
They’re dynamic is not the typical love at first sight type romance. They started out on opposite ends of the spectrum. Hell they’ve schemed and backstabbed against each other. It’s made clear in this episode that Narcisse was planning to just seduce Lola at the very beginning, but changed his mind as he grew to like/love her. And now this time its Lola’s turn in trying to seduce him because she’s conflicted. She wants him (I mean c’mon she’s totally eye fucking him and enjoying his dirty letters to her throughout the episode), but fears being hurt again in a long term relationship with a man known for his ruthlessness and womanizing ways no matter how much he tries to tell her he’ll protect her. I love seeing them argue. I love seeing them work things out. I love seeing them appreciate each other, especially when Lola was actually defending Narcisse from Francis’s anti-Narcisse stance. And I do love that despite Lola practically throwing herself at Narcisse for a “clandestine” relationship he had enough self-respect to turn her down and call her out on her own bullshit towards him. And even after that, he had enough belief in his love for her to wait until she sees they’re right for each other like he does. That was a small knight-in-shining-armor moment for Narcisse.
I hoping and praying that they keep this dynamic up. They are by far the most interesting “adult” relationship in the show. But I understand that they’re going to throw a few hurdles along the way (not too much I hope) And now that Catherine is back in France, Lola is going to be more paranoid then ever. I’m aching to see more of Narcisse’s dedication to her and his promise to protect her. Lola manage to chip away Narcisse’s armor in season 2 now it’s Narcisse’s turn to make Lola believe in love. And after being through the runner with 3 “boys” Can we finally see Lola get some happiness with THE MAN?
Minor nitpicks: Kenna is missing from the episode. We know when last we saw her she was shipped out of the country to have her illegitimate child. But you certainly feel a hole in Mary’s circle of ladies. I really hope they bring her back at some point.
Bash’s weird story line with Delphine hasn’t really drawn me in. It was pretty dull to say the least. Although personally I was never into the supernatural aspect of the show. I’m biting my nails to see how this plays out.
How was the music in High Rise? Apparently the soundtrack for the movie is really good! Lots of dancing as well I hear? Tell me more about Hiddles dancing!
Oh man, the music in this was gorgeous. I would love to own the soundtrack to it! Sadly that is not to be until they actually get it out there beyond the film festival circuit. There’s also two covers of ABBA’s S.O.S; one by a string quartet, and another really lovely, slow version that is played at a very pivotal moment in Laing’s and the high-rise’s development.
And now please sit back and let me tell you about this tall, lanky drink of water, Mr. Sex-On-Legs dancing in this film. Because at one point it’s almost sinful.
SPOILERS and visual aids (sorry not of the movie, I’m not that good) also WARNING: snake hips and possible need for a cold shower after reading this.