The Mindy Project: We Can Work it Out

Don’t mind me. I’m just over here totally blowing past the fact that it’s been about six weeks since I’ve posted. It’s not that I have a good excuse either – just a combination of laziness and other things taking hindu mindyprecedence. Oh well.

Back in January, I wrote a post about The
Mindy Project
– specifically about Mindy and Danny and their potential break-up. Now I’m back to write what I think is very much a follow up to that piece. And here’s the crux of what I have to say. I don’t think Mindy and Danny’s break-up (which was only a possibility during that last post, but has since very much come to pass) is the end of their story.

Watching this latest episode, “Bernardo & Anita,” and seeing the way Mindy and Danny handled wanting to expose Leo to different and possibly at times competing cultures really made me think that Mindy and Danny still have a chance. Yes, they decided to not only call off their engagement but to break up entirely, but I’m not counting them out yet. I’m not done rooting for them.

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The Mindy Project: What a Girl Wants

sad mindyAfter getting back from my holiday break last weekend, I checked my Hulu queue and realized that I was behind a combined 50 episodes of all my shows. Seriously guys, what happened to me these last few months? FIFTY EPISODES?? And that doesn’t even include the Supergirl or Jessica Jones episodes I’ve got to finish, since neither of them are on Hulu. (One day, I dream I will have access to ONE streaming program that has EVERYTHING.) So really, it’s more like 60 episodes. I’m out of control.

To start wading through this outrageous backlog, I plunked myself down on Sunday evening after spending the day cleaning (seeing as two weeks of vacation at your parents’ house = coming home to deal with mold in the fridge) and caught up on the last five episodes of The Mindy Project. A small drop in the bucket, to be sure, but it’s a start.

The Mindy Project has been absolutely fascinating to watch this year. I’m not sure if it’s the move to Hulu that facilitated the change, but Mindy has been on quite an evolutionary journey this season, especially when it comes to Mindy’s relationship with Danny. Continue reading

Graceland: Are You Lonesome Tonight?

Graceland - Season 1I think it was about three weeks ago when I wrote a piece exploring the relationship between Jeff Winger and Annie Edison on Community. And in that piece, I also took the time to detail my feelings on pre-determined “endgame” couples – namely, that I’m not hot on them. I think one of my biggest issues with couples like that is, because these’s just so much storytelling in television, sometimes things happen that I don’t think a couple can recover from. That they shouldn’t recover from.

To be fair, I don’t know if it was ever Graceland‘s intention to make either Briggs and Charlie or Mike and Paige into big, all-encompassing OTP level couples, or if they were just following where the story and chemistry led them. And since the show’s not over, there’s no way of me knowing how their respective love stories will end; whether they’ve got further to go or we’ve reached the end of the line. Personally, I hope it’s the latter. Because I really don’t see any way for these two couples to recover. And more than that, after what’s gone down for both of them, I really don’t want them to.

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Community: The Annie of It All

5X3_Jeff_and_Annie_huggingI don’t know if I’ve said this yet on this blog, but here goes. I absolutely loathe the idea of endgame couples. I hate that word, I hate that idea, I hate people who use that word to win arguments over which ship is better. I hate it. It makes my skin crawl.

Part of that stems from the fact that I don’t like the idea of soul mates, in real life or in fiction. I’m firmly on the side of choice. Of waking up every day and choosing to be in this relationship. Of working at it. Of knowing that love is not enough, and that sometimes things fall apart even if you’re so right for each other. And of knowing that one failed love isn’t the end of the world. I guess that’s what really gets me about soulmates. Sure, on one hand its nice to think there’s one perfect person out there for you, but on the other hand there’s far too much room for error.

And that’s true of the television world as well. There’s far too much room for error when it comes to crafting a soulmate love story.

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