2 Broke Girls, S6E4 “And the Stepmama Drama”: A TV Review


First thing’s first, I’d like to apologize for how poor the quality of these header images has been lately. For some reason the 2 Broke Girls photos page on the CBS site hasn’t uploaded any new preview galleries since the premiere, so here we are, having to screenshot teasers on YouTube.

With that out of the way, this episode bears the distinction of having the A-plot revolve around characters who aren’t Max and Caroline. Instead the primary conflict revolves around the baptism of Sophie and Oleg’s daughter Barbara. In particular Oleg’s mother, Olga [Mercedes Ruehl], who deems the titular duo as being unfit godparents, which really complicates the ceremony actually taking place.

So little actually ends up happening that the twenty-some minutes feel shorter than most weeks. Given that Earl is a Universal Life minister the diner gang decides to do the baptism in secret, which leads to the brief diversion of Caroline stealing holy water from the church. After the christening Olga appears, is angry for half a second, and ultimately blesses her son and accepts her daughter-in-law.

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NEON: A Short Film Review


In a grim and rain-soaked city, what begins as a couple’s phone conversation swiftly becomes a desperate negotiation for their future. NEON plunges us headfirst into a world of quiet desperation as we watch one man’s desperate bid for his own future against powers beyond our comprehension.

Or perhaps even a universe beyond our comprehension.

Director Mark J. Blackman (along with his team) makes spectacular use of special effects to give us a throbbing, vibrant world. Gorgeous panoramas of storm clouds and cityscapes, decrepit warehouses, and lonely streets all serve to make the setting as dynamic and alive as any of the film’s characters. Hell, based on a few of the clues dropped throughout the film, that might even be the case; the sometimes-indifferent, sometimes-capricious backdrop serving as a stand-in for the unnamed antagonists in play. Continue reading

Re: “Black Lives Matter and White Privilege”

I need to state upfront that this post is not an all-encompassing response to the Black Lives Matter movement [which I will be shortening to “BLM”] and the concept of White privilege. The title instead refers to a blog post titled “Black Lives Matter and White Privilege”. Written by Ghanaian-Canadian Samuel Sey and appearing on his site Slow to Write, the article delved into his opinions on both topics.

Regular readers of the blog will know that I don’t often respond to other blog posts in this manner; the last time I did so was back in 2014, to the article “Meet The Poster Child For ‘White Privilege’ – Then Have Your Mind Blown”. I wasn’t able to read it without addressing, and outright dismantling, many of the arguments presented, and having read Sey’s post I found myself in a similar position.

It should be mentioned that Sey and I have vastly more in common with one another than I do with Tal Fortgang, the writer of the aforementioned article. He is a fellow Canadian, POC, and Christian, actually attending a church in Toronto [although he lives just outside it]. Sey and I also, and I believe I can say this with confidence, care about the wellbeing of the Black community in North America. With all of those similarities in place it made it that much more difficult to read his post and find myself disagreeing with so many key points. Continue reading

2 Broke Girls, S6E3 “And the 80’s Movie”: A TV Review


Even given the premiere’s botched opening it’s still a bit surprising that we return to see Max and Caroline’s Dessert Bar as having been open for a full week. As the girls’ most recent attempt at finally making it big I expected there to be more excitement surrounding it, yet we find that they’re still working at the diner due to their business having trouble taking off.

It’s strange to type the words “still working at the diner” since that’s such a core aspect of the show. All of CBS’s promotional material for 2 Broke Girls has them wearing their waitress uniforms and at this point doing away with them would be like having Howard Wolowitz in anything other than a turtleneck, or Barney Stinson without a suit. The fact that the premiere would even tease them leaving their mustard yellow threads behind  was jarring enough, however shortlived it was. Having them hint at moving away from the status quo in consecutive episodes may just be a coincidence, but if it shows up again next Monday something has to be up. It’s not to say that I expect the show to make any drastic moves right out the gate, but there does appear to be a testing of the waters.

All that being said, the A-plot of “And the 80’s Movie” isn’t anything to write home about. Seeking upscale clientele for the Dessert Bar they hit up the chicest spot in Williamsburg where they’re bound to find “models, gays, rich guys that want to have sex with models . . . and gays.” While Caroline starts rubbing shoulders with the aforementioned Max find a kindred spirit in a snarky female bouncer. This in turn leads to said bouncer showing up to the Dessert Bar with a crowd of rowdy, boisterous women who also happen to be members of NYC’s Elite Ladies’ Underground Arm Wrestling . . . Association [I’m not sure what the group is officially titled, they never say]. This of course is the opposite of what they wanted, and it’s up to them to figure out how to get them out of there. Continue reading

An Open Letter To The First Lady

Mrs. Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC, 20500

Mrs. Obama,

It was a few weeks ago that I received an e-mail from a progressive group trying to whip up support for Hillary Clinton. Specifically, the text of the message read as follows:

BREAKING: New poll shows ONE-THIRD of voters ages 18-29 plan to vote for a third-party candidate

These “protestvotes will put Trump in the White House!

If you agree with Michelle and Bernie that we CANNOT afford to throw away our vote as a “protest” and allow Donald Trump to become the next President, please sign your name today:

This e-mail focused heavily on a quote you made:


Image retrieved via correspondence sent by Progressive Turnout Project, fair use.

In the days that followed, Mrs. Obama, I’ve had a chance to consider your statement. And after much and truly earnest contemplation, I can only arrive at one single, solitary conclusion:

**** you.

**** you for attempting to guilt the public into voting for anyone less than who they actually believe in. **** you for trying to prop up the age-old policy of voting for a lesser evil– the very same policy which has led to this embarrassment of an election.

How dare you assert that your candidate’s failure to represent the views of the public is somehow my fault?

I’m helping elect Hillary’s opponent?

Give me a break.

The only person helping elect Hillary’s opponent is Hillary.

You can’t spit on every issue that I value and then somehow expect me to vote simply because there’s a supposed “worse alternative”. Clinton has remained adamantly against universal healthcareagainst universal education, against Palestine, against the right to privacy, and for fracking.

The democratic candidate stands in opposition to me on almost every issue, yet you try to shift the responsibility of her success onto my shoulders. You tell me “vote for Clinton, or else!”

Or else what?

Explain to me how this is supposed to work here. How I’m going to get the things I want if I can only ever vote against the things I don’t? You declare “It’s not about voting for the perfect candidate,” demanding that we put our own agendas on the sidelines for the time being. But if we can’t vote with our consciences now, then when? When do I have your permission to vote for candidates who represent my values and beliefs?

Let us be clear- you can’t seriously tell me that the only way to safeguard our democracy is by not practicing it. It is a slap in the face to everyone who has been sacrificed on the altar of democracy. The men and women of the revolution, the civil war, the union strikes, the suffragette movement- do you think they fought so that they could be threatened into voting for someone they didn’t support? Do you think that the brave resistance fighters in Syria (and across the world) are struggling so that they and their children might one day grudgingly pick the lesser of two evils?

**** you.

But perhaps I’m being harsh. Maybe you somehow have a point.

Certainly, I and all the nonpartisans, third-party supporters, and undecided voters could potentially affect the outcome of this election. Your statement, Mrs. Obama, makes the profoundly arrogant and unfounded assumption that I am, by default, a Democrat. And that is the logic being employed here, make no mistake. The only way that that I can paradoxically vote for Trump by not voting for him is if I somehow am, by default, a liberal.

I’m not.

I have never been a Democrat and I never will be. I have never been a Republican and I never will be. And that fact does not diminish the legitimacy of my views or my vote- even (no, especially) if it’s for a third party.

And speaking of third parties-

-Senator Sanders, don’t think I’ve forgotten about you here.

Yes, you’ve declared that “this is not the time for a protest vote.” A “protest” vote. As in, “not a real vote.” Because, even after serving as an independent politician for decades, you manage to disparage and denigrate anyone outside the Republicrat spectrum as “invalid”.

But Senator Sanders, Mrs. Obama – what’s to stop me from using the same logic against you?

Are you not handing the presidency over to a sweatshop-supporting megalomaniac by failing to vote for my candidate? You might not agree entirely with all of my candidate’s potions, but now is not the time for a “protest” vote! To use the words of the first lady, “The stakes are far too high to take that chance!

But you might reply, “Gordon, you interminable and stalwart acolyte of the altar of liberty, your candidate doesn’t have a chance?”

Well apparently neither does yours. Not if you have to have your lackeys threaten me and other millennials for not voting for Clinton.

That’s not the White House you’re living in, Mrs. Obama, that’s a glass one.


Gordon Brown

Registered Independent in the State of Nevada

Miley Cyrus Bashing Supergirl Justifies Exactly Why We Need It


I’ll be the first to admit that I could broaden my scope regarding how I engage with current events. It’s much to my chagrin that my primary news sources are Facebook’s trending sidebar and whenever my grandfather changes the channel to CP24, in that order. That said, every now and then one of the comic book news sites I visit daily will offer me a glimpse of what’s happening outside that bubble.

In the case of this topic, I was informed not of what actually happened but of the response to it, days after the fact. The “event” in question took place during Miley Cyrus’s interview with Variety, which as the title would suggest was largely focused on her role on The Voice, Donald Trump, and coming out. To be more specific, it was the following question and answer [and yes, it is in fact related to comics]:

Why do you think inequality still exists for women in Hollywood?

A lot of it could be changed if we had a female president. That would give us a subconscious boost. I think people will have to realize they’re looking really dated. For example, there’s a show called “Supergirl.” I think having a show with a gender attached to it is weird. One, it’s a woman on that fucking billboard — it’s not a little girl. Two, what if you’re a little boy who wants to be a girl so bad that this makes you feel bad? I think having a title like “Supergirl” doesn’t give the power that people think it does.

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2 Broke Girls, S6E1-2 “And the Two Openings: Parts One & Two”: A TV Review


Season premieres are all about expectations. On one hand a show needs to be instantly recognizable, a challenge for ensembles with shifting casts [I’m looking at you, Community]. On the other hand it also needs to live up to the promise of more to come. As Max and Caroline fall to the floor in the cold open, their clothing aflame, Oleg exclaims “now scissor a little, it can’t hurt” while hosing them down. That’s the first box checked off.

As for the second, there appears to be significantly more attention paid to continuity. While 2 Broke Girls season premieres have always had to follow-up on the last episode in regards to their business, both Parts One and Two of “And the Two Openings” play out in the shadow of a character I’m pleased to see is still with us.


And what an imposing shadow it is.

That’s right, while on the business side of things the two girls are part-owners of the diner and finally looking to make the Dessert Bar a reality [a lot happened, okay] what’s really been on Max’s mind is Randy [Ed Quinn]. Compared to past love interests Deke and Nashit his connection with Dennings’ character has been both strong and, surprisingly, long-lasting. Having reviewed how Season 5 came to a close I can only take his continued presence, albeit via FaceTime, as being a net positive. Continue reading