This album is one of the records where you can turn it on and play it all the way through. The songs blend right into each other and the theme of gardens is all throughout the album from Dropping Seeds with Lil Wayne to Garden Shed featuring Estelle. If you haven’t heard it you need to check it out. It was placed #2 on Billboard even after the album leaked two weeks before his release date and has now been certified Gold along with being nominated for Best Rap Album at this past Grammy’s.
Though it’s a comedy there’s a way they tackle issues that is refreshing. It remains itself and not a “Very Special Episode” whenever it talks about police brutality or gender roles. In fact it uses these topics as ways to bring even more jokes. There’s an episode where Diaz and Boyle are paired together and are wearing body cameras. Well shenanigans ensure and Boyle is caught in a compromising position and it’s all captured through the body cams. And because it’s a drug case and there are drugs in the background it’s used as evidence to bring a crook down.
Unlike HIMYM where Ted pines over Robin then when he finally gets her we see why and the series shows over again why they shouldn’t work out but then retcon the series to put them together again in the finale.
Or the original where Ross and Rachel pioneered the “will they, won’t they” story in network television.
This show just brings in new characters for Jonah and Amy to be with but the difference is there’s no foundation of the relationship other than friendship.
Their timing is never right and even when they’re given ways to get out of their relationships *cough Jonah cough* they chose to never risk it even with the prospect of love.
All through the episode the writers kept surprising me that they were actually going there.
It spoke on how Black women along with Asian men are the least chosen or preferred on dating sites where as White and Asian women thrive across all platforms.
There was talk on the ranking of women from Latinas who have African features to how men prefer even more than a Kylie Jenner a Gal Gadot because of factors like her accent.
“Everybody is checking for the girl who looks Black but not checking for the one who actually is. Which is why everyone is suddenly getting lip injections and ass shots and rocking Timbs” - Sky and Jazz
They show why the backdrop of the show is called Robbin’ Season with the two men attempted to rob the spot once knowing the information was legit.
Then it switches over to the main story picking up where the finale left off.
One thing I enjoyed about this episode is that it felt like there was continuity.
I know the goal was to make it like Tiny Toons Adventure where you could just pick up any episode and not be lost but the fact that there was story progression was special.
From the costuming and how the bountiful colors bounce off the screen to use of flashbacks to further a concept this show is brilliant and I’m glad it won the Golden Globe for Best Television Series in the comedy category.
If you haven’t seen it search for the pilot on YouTube and try out Amazon Prime to enjoy great writing played by terrific actors.
I feel there needs to be separate distinction with the MPDG trope.
I feel in film there are two categories with Manic Pixie Dream Girls, those who fit the trope and those who turn it on its head.
Though often lumped in with works like Elizabethtown and Garden State I believe that 500 Days of Summer is actually the later.
Summer is a reflection of Tom's thoughts and with Ruby Sparks the protagonist is literally a writer creating the one he loves.