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Endgame: No Spoilers

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Events, Movies, Reviews May 02 2019 · 65 views
MCU, Avengers, Avengers: Endgame and 2 more...
:kaukau: In a nutshell, if you haven't seen it yet, here's what you should expect going in:
  • The previous films didn't require watching all of the rest of the MCU to hold up on their own. You absolutely have to watch all of the other MCU films to appreciate this one. This movie is basically a celebration of the entire MCU.
  • The movie has an extreme editing challenge. The last one focused on Thanos, but this one focuses on the six original Avengers. It gives it a definite Lord of the Rings: Return of the King feel.
  • Speaking of having a feel, this movie has the feelz. You know how all of the previous Avengers movies had the jokes? This took literally all of the jokes and replaces them with feelz.
  • I would consider the previous Avengers film to be the actual climax, and this to be more of the falling action. Its emphasis is really on bringing everything full-circle and creating a definitive ending for this 22-movie saga; it wants to be more complete than it is big. But in all fairness, it's still the second biggest-feeling Avengers movie, so it's still pretty stinking big.
  • It shows you some of the things with the characters that you always wanted to see, and thought, "When are they going to go for it?" Well, they finally did.

There you go. I hope that tells you everything you need to know in order to have the most satisfactory experience.



Captain Marvel Review

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Reviews, Movies Mar 11 2019 · 107 views
Captain Marvel, Marvel, MCU and 2 more...
:kaukau: First of all, I need to address other reviews about this movie. It's apparent that there are reviewers that are highly vested in promoting either a positive or negative opinion on this movie. Everyone wants people to share their opinion, and apparently it's divisive. My understanding of this is that the lead actress, Brie Larson, said things in the name of feminism that were deemed as hostile, but I have intentionally not paid any attention to this drama. As far as I am concerned, I only judge her on her acting career, because that's all I see of her.

With that having been said, what was the movie like? What would make you want to see it or not see it? Who is this movie for, and who is it not for?

First of all, anyone who loves Stan Lee should see this movie. Marvel Studios constantly makes it difficult for me anoint one in particular as the best. For a while there I thought that it was Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but they keep on getting better.

Second, there are feminist themes, evoked about twice, both with regard to the Air Force. The setting justifies this, since Carol Danvers faced some discrimination in the Air Force during the 80's. Go back and watch a movie like G.I. Jane and you'll see that the feminist topics in this movie are a good fit for the times. The most feminist thing that the movie did, and the only thing that might be remotely overreaching, was changing an established character from the comic books from a man to a woman. Some people are going to be fine with that, others won't, and I think that it ultimately depends on how attached you were to that character from the comics.

Third, there was surprisingly little 90's nostalgia. On one hand, I'm very nostalgic about the 90's and was disappointed. On the other hand, exploiting decades' nostalgia is pretty gimmicky, so it could be a good thing that they didn't harp it to the same extent that the Guardians of the Galaxy movies did. The best 90's stuff in the movie actually wasn't the overt references to popular culture, but the things that I subconsciously picked up on, such as the make of the cars, the technology, and even the architecture. These details created an ambient sense that I was watching a 90's film, because I remember what 90's technology feels like.

But let's get to the real questions that people are asking. Was the main character any good? Well, it's complicated. The trailers didn't do this movie justice, since they chose all of the most monotone moments of line delivery to represent this character. She does have some humor and charm. However, I don't think that she's quite as magnetic as some of the other Marvel leading characters, and I'm not fully invested in her as I would have liked. I'm not entirely sure if this is the fault of the director or the actress, and I feel conflicted saying this because I've seen Brie Larson in a few other things, and she's definitely a talented actress. There was something missing. I've seen a couple of reviews saying that she's now officially the most charming person in the MCU and that Tony Stark can step aside; these reviews are clearly pushing an agenda. At the end of the day, her performance isn't burned into my memory quite like Josh Brolin's Thanos was, or perhaps to make a more apples-to-apples comparison, Melissa Benoist's Kara Danvers. I've had some time to think about it, and I think that the one element that was missing was vulnerability, at least in the performance. It was also somewhat there in the directing, particularly during a big moment in the movie when Carol Danvers realizes who she is, and why she's going to "end" the war instead of "fight" it. It was a moment that should have played strongly on the character's internal conflict, and while it was there in writing, the directors breezed through the scene too easily. As I said, her greatest moment of self-revelation should have had some vulnerability and made our hearts break for the character.

That isn't to say that the character is unlikable. She does have a decent story arc, good writing, and isn't a Mary Sue, as some people were speculating. She does earn her powers, does go through growth, does have complexity, have interesting relationships, and she isn't wantonly over-powered. I'm actually surprised at how nerfed her powers were, given the hype I was hearing from some that she's the most powerful person in the MCU, and the MCU's version of Superman. Based off of what I've seen in this movie, she's about as powerful as Thor, but not as powerful as Doctor Strange and Thanos, and definitely not the MCU's Superman.

I go on all of this at such length because, in context, this film is under heavy scrutiny over whether or not the character is a Mary Sue. Ultimately, my verdict is that she isn't, not the way she's written. I don't foresee there being too many Youtube videos criticizing this movie's in the same way that Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi was. However, if you thought that you might have a problem with Brie Larson herself, then you just might walk out from viewing this with it unchanged.

The highlight of this movie is 90's Samuel L. Jackson. He's easily the best part, and looking at other reviews, people are consistently coming to this same conclusion. You don't notice the de-aging in the slightest. People have also been saying that the cat from the trailers also stole the show, and the breakout star, but I don't necessarily agree. As nice as the cat was, I don't really think that it's one of the best parts of the film. For me, that was Stan Lee, although I already said that. To name something other than him and Samuel Jackson, I did like Ben Mendelsohn.

Overall, it was a standard Marvel movie. In my personal estimation, a little bit better than the trailers. There's a chance that you might think that it's the best one to date. Everyone seems to say that about the most recent Marvel movie. They said it about Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, and Avengers: Infinity War., back to back. I don't see it that way. To me, this is closer to Ant Man and the Wasp, which is just fine. Perhaps the only area in which that is a problem is that the end-credits scene from Avengers: Infinity War hyped this up so much as being something as groundbreaking as Thanos, and this film was meant to build up to be a real game-changer for Avengers: Endgame, but I didn't necessarily find that it has the gravitas for that. I also don't know how invested I am in this character over others that will be appearing in Endgame. With that in mind, don't watch this because of the next Avengers movie, but rather to enjoy the adventure of this story on its own merits. It stands on its own quite well.

Wait...isn't she technically the "First Avenger?" At least by name? Or if we're going to say that Captain America was the first on the basis that he was around before her, would then Thor technically be the first Avenger?



Alita: Battle Angel Review

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Reviews, Movies Mar 11 2019 · 62 views
Alita, James Cameron, Anime
:kaukau: I watched this mainly because it was produced by James Cameron, and I was curious to see if his perfectionist fingerprints were all over it. They indeed were. I know that this was directed by Robert Rodriguez, but it was definitely a joint effort. You can see Cameron's contributions in how meticulously the engineering of the world is conceived, how meticulously the action scenes are constructed. They're all unique, easy to follow, and visually distinct from each other. They don't become the same after a while, and you can watch more or less any part of this movie and say, "That was the best part," which reminds me of T2: Judgment Day. Also, you can see Cameron's involvement in the way that the film is paced, because even though this movie is packed, it also takes its time to build up the story and move through the various plot points. Cameron always pushed to have his stories more drawn out.

The only downside in this is that by the time the movie was near its end, I thought that it would go on for another hour. It felt like this was going to be a genuinely lengthy epic with three hours of buildup to the climax. As it turns out, it was almost exactly two hours, and it ended on a terrible cliffhanger. It did not give me the emotional resolution that I was looking for. I was pretty disappointed that the film ultimately didn't bring us to the Big Picture conflict that defined the setting, and instead it I watched the first two acts of a movie before being cut off from the juicy third act.

Otherwise, every moment of the film, in the moment, is pretty good. I'm never bored with the characters, the visuals, the worldbuilding, the action, and the conflict at any point. That's all pretty good. Alita was definitely a great character, as many people have been saying. Again, the only real problem is that it ends so abruptly. I strongly believe that this should have been a three-hour movie. It had the feel for one. Hopefully there will be a sequel, but I would have preferred a standalone movie that ran extra on time, since that would have been more epic and cinematic.



Aquaman: Quick Thoughts

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Movies, Reviews Jan 10 2019 · 120 views
Aquaman, DC, DC Comics, DCU
:kaukau: Well, I watched it a couple of days ago. So here we go:
  • This is one of the only movies I've ever immediately bought a ticket to rewatch it after leaving the theatre. It really excited me.
  • At various points, it reminded me in the best possible way of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Avatar: James Cameron Edition, the Sam Raimi Spider-Man, Mad Max: Fury Road, TRON: Legacy, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, Godzilla, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Finding Nemo, Jules Vern, old pulp serials about pirates, the Disney Renaissance, WWE wrestling, and even Lord of the Rings. I can't believe that they actually fit all that in there.
  • This movie literally surprised me more than The Avengers. With that one, while putting together all its elements was difficult and unlikely for lack of precedent, it was still fairly easy to imagine how it should go down. Besides, the MCU had a good track record leading up to it. This? It included everything that I could ever want in an Aquaman movie, everything that I thought should be in an Aquaman movie, and yet never expected. I mean, you really did have to essentially combine everything that I mentioned in the above bullet point, and what were the chances of a studio seeing that? And furthermore, even if that was what they went for, how was I to expect that a director could do all that justice? There's a reason why genuinely iconic movies like those are rare.
  • If it could use one major improvement, I do think that there needed to be one slow scene that existed slowly for the feels, so that we could bond and identity with Arthur Curry.
  • Other than that, the movie had so much in it to content me that the only possible thing that I could think to add would be that I wish they brought in David Peterson to write a fictional language. Jason Momoa already has experience with those.
  • Amber Heard as Mera was great.
  • I thought that Nicole Kidman as Atlana would be distracting, but it wasn't. I was even sold on the Hallmark-style romance between her and Tom Curry. I think that they are the main reason why you root for Arthur. Given that, I understand why there's such a large chunk of the audience that are mothers, and why some of its highest ratings are with mothers.
  • I'm totally going to watch this again, and drag my father along. If I have the chance to watch this with my mother before it's out of theatres, I'll do that as well.



The Mule Review

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Movies, Reviews Jan 01 2019 · 90 views
Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper and 2 more...
The Mule Review :kaukau: Clint Eastwood. Living legend. One of my coworkers, an ex-military guy, was really looking forward to this movie above all others this time of year. So was I. The people who are interested in this movie know who they are, so I don't need to pitch it to them too much. For those who aren't paying much attention, I will try to sum it up as best as I can.

Mr. Eastwood produces, directs, and stars in The Mule, his latest drama. He plays 90-year-old Earl Stone, a gardener who loses his business because he hasn't kept up with the times. He's estranged from his family because he devoted almost all of his time to his business and business relations because he felt like he was better "out there, instead of the failure he was at home." Driven by his obsession to provide for others, he doesn't ask too many questions when a drug cartel takes note of his perfect record on the roads. When he does realize what he's been pulled into, it's too late. Several runs in, and he's become their most valuable mule, and also the most uncertain variable in their business. The cartel grows increasingly insecure in the trust they must place in him.

The tension of this story does not lie in whether or not he survives the drug cartel, but in his emotional journey as he debates whether or not he can look his family in the eye. From a distance, he provided for them, as well as friends, but never sticks around because he feels that he's burnt too many bridges. Gradually, he comes to accept his broken family dynamic. There's no pivotal action scene that changes his mind -- in fact I should emphasize that there is no action in this movie at all. Rather, I'd characterize the overall tenor of the film as slow, dying, and melancholy, with a style recognizable as Eastwood's.

Something tells me that this movie was a bit personal for him, since he cast his own daughter as Stone's daughter, whom he estranged by never showing up to any of her life events. Like any other human being, the themes of spending time with family must certainly weigh on the mind of a busy man like Eastwood. With that in mind, I'd encourage everyone to stop for a moment during this slower time of year to make sure that they spend more time with their loved ones.

Happy New Year.



Into the Spiderverse: Quick Thoughts

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Movies, Reviews Dec 15 2018 · 92 views
Spider-Man, Miles Morales and 3 more...
:kaukau: I will probably create a more formal review elsewhere. Until then, I just wanted to jot down my thoughts. I tried doing that last Thursday, but I literally did not have the time until now.
  • First thing's first: I think that they did a very good job of advancing something altogether new while honoring the past. I think that a lot of times when studios do a new continuity, they want to distance themselves from an old continuity as possible, but what I really liked about this is that there were a few universes that actually had a lot in common with the Sam Raimi Spider-Man. That's awesome!
  • They actually said "With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility" a couple of times, which was great, and I also appreciated the references to Uncle Ben, which the MCU avoided as being redundant, but I always thought was important enough that it warranted direct and recurring mention.
  • Miles is great. And I do think that what makes him work is this whole multiverse thing, and the idea that we're introduced to several version of Spider-Man. It's enough that we're ready to move on to an entirely new character who is inspired by him. Having multiple Peters as his mentor, I think, really helped pas the torch, and I also think that they did a very good job of making him relatable.
  • The death of Peter Parker on the one universe is a bit jarring. Peter dying in Infinity War didn't strike me much, but this was much more real. It played a pretty big role for Miles, and they treated it with an appropriate amount of gravity.
  • They did a very good job with the origin story. It did feel like a proper origin story done right. It had a really complete sense of beginning, character development, and resolution that rung emotionally true.
  • The movie knew just how self-aware it should be, and just how much humor to have, without detracting from is serious side.
  • This movie was BEAUTIFUL. I haven't seen something this beautiful since Blade Runner 2049 last year. I do hope that this gets nominated for an Animation Oscar. The last few years, the Academy has been disappointing me in this category and I hope that they and I agree for the first time in a while.
  • The Stan Lee cameo for this movie, considering his recent passing, was...perfect.

Verdict: It's really difficult to tell which superhero movie is the best of 2018 now. At one point it was Black Panther, then it was Infinity War, and now I almost want to say that it's Into the Spiderverse. I know, that sounds pretty extreme, but you have to see this for yourself. I would actually say that this one is closer to what I thought of as being a quintessential superhero movie when I was growing up.

In other words, go see it!



[Perfectly Sane] Rich Asians

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Reviews, Movies Sep 10 2018 · 139 views
Crazy Rich Asians, movie, review and 2 more...
[Perfectly Sane] Rich Asians :kaukau: Before I watched Slenderman, I watched Crazy Rich Asians two or three weeks ago. I'd give a spoiler-free consumer review, but since you can tell from the trailer that this is basically My Big Fat Greek Wedding mixed with the plot of every single Hallmark Original Channel movie ever, there's really nothing to spoil. You know exactly what the plot of this movie is. They're rich. They're Asian. They're somewhat crazy, although in my opinions pretty calm and rational. But that last part is just my opinion. Just saying, everything that the mother stands for makes sense to me, and she seems exceptionally level-headed. As is most everyone in the movie, with the exception of a few friends.

Okay, so here are the basics on the quality and style of the movie:
  • Its main selling point is that the cast feels fresh and unique and charming. They are all well-acted and all of the characters are very likable. I can't think of a single character that I didn't enjoy. I could hang out with any one of these people.
  • While the characters are good, the story does have that much dramatic tension. You never feel that the stakes are exceptionally high and the central "will they make their relationship work out" question never gets particularly emotionally strenuous.
  • It does not have one of those moments that's almost obligatory in romantic comedies where there's a giant, long, painstaking miscommunication and/or lie that gets incredibly awkward and makes you feel embarrassed for the main character. This is a staple of romantic comedies, and it ducks the trend.
  • It does not dive exceptionally deep into Asian culture. Not just the street-level culture, but even the affluent culture. This isn't a case study in the same way that Pride and Prejudice is. It is primarily a comedy.
  • With that having been said, it still does offer some insight on how Asians differ from Americans, particularly when it comes to family values.
There are some talking points to be made with this movie. I watched it with a Christian friend and we actually had quite a bit to say. There are several people that I would recommend this to, particularly because of the talking point surrounding how much emphasis people put on family cohesiveness versus individualism, and what types of happiness are the most worth pursuing. There are also people like my grandmother who I would re-watch this movie with in a heartbeat, because she loves those Hallmark Channel original movies (for the record, this is produced, directed, written, and acted significantly better than a Hallmark Channel movie, so don't let that comparison turn you off).

While I said that the movie doesn't have much suspense or sense of stakes, I would attribute that to the lack of a contrived misunderstanding. You know, the one that makes you squirm in your seat and watch the movie through your fingers because it's just so embarrassing to watch. That does tend to increase suspense and stakes, but I'd rather have an easygoing movie without that trope. The other reason why suspense wasn't overly present was because, again in defiance of tropes, the guy's Asian family is actually pretty level-headed and reasonable. They have different values, but they're not completely oblivious and without appreciation of Westernization and Modernization. They aren't quite Tevye from Fiddler on the Roof. They are definitely aware that there's a lot that they can work out, just as you have to do with any marriage. I think that it was even played in the movie as "What if they absolutely hate me?" and then it turns out that they're only as suspicious of her as any other potential in-laws would be. The tension does go up a little in the third act, but at no point did I find the family unreasonable. Of course, that's my subjective experience.

On a side note (and I read TMD's blog about this, too), I found it really interesting to hear Chinese and actually recognize what was being said. I'd wager that TMD understood more than me, considering that I just know a few pages out of the phrasebook, but that was certainly an interesting experience and I definitely got personal enjoyment from the movie on those grounds.

Overall assessment: great movie for a date night, or even a casual outing with friends. Opens up some doors for interesting casual discussions, or serious, if you so desire. I do not consider the movie particularly challenging, in the sense that it isn't suspenseful, but I've already had Infinity War, Fallen Kingdom, Skyscraper, and The Incredibles 2, so this is a relaxing change of pace. I can only go on a roller coaster ride before I want to spend some time chilling on the lazy river, which as a little known fact is actually the best ride in the whole water park. That bit of advice was free. Unless you're crazy rich, then please cough up.




Posted by Jean Valjean , in Movies, Reviews Sep 06 2018 · 171 views
Slenderman, movie, review
Slenderspirit :infected: In other news...the movie consisted of some jump scares. It didn't really advance the myth in any meaningful way and I was right that this is one of those things that doesn't easily translate to film. He works far better as a campfire story and as a figure from modern folklore. It's something of a lost art these days, but it's amazing when someone shares a good folk horror story by a fire, or while walking at night in the woods. I've had that experience a few times, and they all stand out to me, especially the time I was at the Omaha Tribe Reservation. Well, that's just me. I don't necessarily regret watching that movie, though. I mean, he is a pretty cool specimen and there's a reason why we're fascinated with him. Personally, I was hoping that he would infect someone to murder her loved ones, but that didn't happen. Turning into a tree, though, that was cool. I will give credit to the idea that he permanently cocoons children alive within trees some points I also liked that he could stalk people over the internet. So long as it gives some people ideas, people can all add their own favorite elements to the lore when they share their version at midnight. Therefore, I don't discourage seeing it, but not for the horror of the film itself. Namely, it should help you develop your own horror stories once you've left the theaters, horror stories that are even better.

Such as this one. I honestly think that I've perfected the myth with this right here. It just gives me the shivers.



Avengers: Infinity War Review

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Movies, Reviews Apr 30 2018 · 186 views
Avengers, Marvel, MCU
Avengers: Infinity War Review :kaukau: When the first Avengers came out in 2012, many people remarked that they had seen it without watching any of the movies building up to it, and they could still follow along with everything. It still felt like a complete film, and every character made sense. I cannot say the same for Infinity War. The size of the cast has finally caught up with these movies, and I do think that you should see the films leading up to this in order to understand this universe.

Someone in the group of friends that I watched this with hadn't seen Thor: Ragnarok, and felt that he missed out on a lot of information. I can definitely understand where he would be confused, so I highly recommend watching that movie in order to catch up. The other movie that affected this movie a lot was Captain America: Civil War, which had far more lasting consequences than I thought. Then, finally, I would recommend Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. That one isn't quite as necessary, since they explain their backstory quite well within the movie, but they definitely also means that they're spoiling the movie for anyone who hasn't seen it yet.

Black Panther isn't required viewing. If you've seen Civil War, you know enough about him for what you see in this film. I wouldn't say that his character shines much within the crowded cast, although Wakanda definitely gets its fair share of glory, which makes up for it.

Some shots from the trailers didn't make it into the final film, and I was actually surprised since those shots would have drastically changed the story, and also took a lot of rendering in order to create. I don't know if they had script changes, or if they were intentionally trying to throw off fan theories. My guess is the latter, because a lot about the trailers edits shots and quotes in ways that kinda sorts tells the story of the film, but doesn't give away how any scenes will actually play out. There were several times that I was about to quote the trailers, but then it turns out that the quote was said slightly differently than how it was first teased.

The stakes are higher and the conflict is more interesting than with the original movie. On the flip side, there's less time for team chemistry and the structure of the story isn't quite as clean-cut and simple. It's still a three-act movie though, so don't worry about it coming off like Batman v Superman.

I don't have much of a desire to watch the movie again on the big screen. However, I think that most people will, if only to hear all of the lines. If your theatre is anything like mine, people will be laughing constantly. The movie made people laugh a lot. It also received a couple of standing ovations. I'll admit that I actually started one or both of those. So due to the all of that, you probably won't hear the stuff that comes right after jokes and heroics entries.

If there's one thing really negative that I have to say about the movie, it's that whenever two characters go one-on-one, they seem to be evenly matched, no matter how much it doesn't make sense. For example, there are villains who can rip apart vibranium, and take hits from powers that can rip apart vibranium, and yet Black Widow can defeat them with nothing but super-spy martial arts. Perhaps most egregiously, Thanos gets his hand on at least a couple of infinity stones in this movie, and even with multiple infinities at his beck and call, the heroes are often able to slow him down. He's still an intimidating villain, but he really should have been able to kill everyone in the first act. It seems that the powers of the infinity stones were severely downgraded from how they were depicted in previous films.

Otherwise, I did get more satisfaction out of this movie than the original Avengers. I've been following all of the movies, and I enjoyed how many of the characters went through genuine arcs in this movie. That didn't happen in the others, so it's nice to see that a ensemble film can still fit in character arcs. One more character, though, and I think that it would have been one too many.

But if they had gone with one too many...man, the greatest ensemble of all time really missed out on its chance to include Kevin Bacon. Can you imagine?



Roseanne Reactions

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Reviews Mar 28 2018 · 280 views
television, sitcom
:kaukau: If you go back far enough into this blog, you'll see that I absolutely LOVE Roseanne. It has a special place in my heart, and has had one ever since that fateful night in a hotel room when I was flipping through the channels and saw a rerun where Becky complains about how she can't have a car, and Darlene begins to feel depression. I related to Darlene and her coming of age so much. Those kids. I loved all of the characters.

And they're back. Every last one of them.

Save, for obvious reasons, Mark. David is also currently MIA seeing as he is currently the lead in The Big Bang Theory, but I've heard that the show will wrap things up with its twelfth season. Something tells me that he will be back to visit the Conners' house soon.

Get some perspective on how impressive this is: not only did they get the whole cast back, but much of that cast went on from the original show to become big. Laura Metcalf was nominated for a n Oscar this year. John Goodman became a major actor, landing roles in Oscar-material prestige films as well as major blockbusters. They not only brought back Sarah Gilbert and Lecy Goranson, but an adult Michael Fishman. They even found a role for Sarah Chalke to take, in a special plotline intertwined with Becky's.

18 million people tuned in. I had only found out that the show was being revived the morning of that very day, and I knew that I had to see it.

And there it is. Middle America. Lower middle class families arguing about all of the regular things. Politics comes up. As some are well aware, Roseanne Barr had some opinions in the most recent election, and they have been infused into her character. Roseann's character isn't a radical, however, but a very normal person with some middle-of-the-road beliefs. There's that word again: middle. This show manages to find everything that's average and relatable about American life, just as it did before. The working family problems, the common interpersonal issues, the political variety -- it's all there with a good old nostalgic splash of Roseanne humor.

It's almost as if the show never ended. Clearly, it's set in a new era; the fashions have changed, the social issues are different, the economy has a different swing to it than in the late 80's and early 90's, the U.S. military is in a different place, the family has new members. But it still feels exactly how I remembered it, as if this was something they were working on all the way back then. All of the same old chemistry is there. Everything that makes Roseanne -- Rosanne.

Here's a basic overview of how the season kicked off, for those curious to know if they would find:

Roseanne voted a certain president into office because he campaigned on jobs. Since then, she and Jackie have had a feud, and haven't talked in a year. Jackie is more consistently liberal. The show shows both points of view as totally normal among Americans, and the comedy really brings this out. A lot of people should be able to relate having an ideologically split family.

DJ (not the STAR WARS character) recently completed his service in the military, where he went to Syria. His character would be around 37 now, so he had a pretty healthy career and is probably the one most on his feet. He married Geena Williams, who also enrolled into the service and is still serving for another few months. They have a daughter named Mary, who's an adorable girl that reminds me of one of my younger cousins.

Becky wants to become a surrogate mother in order to earn a quick $50,000 that she simply doesn't get with her current part-time job at a restaurant. Her husband died (out of respect for his real-life actor, Glenn Quinn), and she has no children at age 43. The eggs involved would be her own if she goes through with the surrogate pregnancy, and the woman she's doing this for is played by none other than -- Sarah Chalke. The show always joked about how the two actresses both played Becky, and it continues to do to. Roseanne and Dan are upset with Becky for basically selling away their potential grandchild, but Becky really wants a life and it's her decision.

Darlene lost her job and moved in with her parents. She says that it's to take care of them, but she needs their support just as much. She's divorced, and her life went nowhere. She has a couple of kids, one of them named Mark, after his late uncle. Mark is about eight or nine years old, and the absolute opposite of the last mark. Glenn Quinn was a very masculine man. The new kid is very feminine, and enjoys cross-dressing because he really likes clothes and colors and fashion -- but no, he isn't gay, and he doesn't identify as a girl. Darlene says to just leave him be, but Roseanne and Dan have concerns about their grandkid. On one hand, they personally hope that he grows up normal because they'd be more comfortable with it, but they can live with it so long as their grandson isn't bullied.

Anyway, now you're all caught up. Like I said, I loved it. It was better than Season 9, which was all I could have realistically asked for, but my goodness I really liked it. I wasn't expecting to rediscover this beloved show so naturally aged. May this be the awakening of something new and good in television.



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