Sequence Four Discussion Thread Oct 17, 2015 12:06:25 GMT -6
Post by Brady Brown on Oct 17, 2015 12:06:25 GMT -6
First off, my brain is a bit fried right now so I'm sorry if this review isn't great, but I need to catch up. I'm so thankful Uni is almost finished, so I won't be so behind for the final few episodes of this sequence. But anyway, onto this episode.
Totally fine! Just happy you enjoyed the episode, and I thank you so much for taking the time to review it
I really liked it. I think -- and I've always said this about the show -- you always manage to follow through with things, even on elements that the audience would probably just sweep under the rug, or think it's been done and dusted. I mean, this episode dealt with the return of Jace, but not in some big, "broken out of prison" kind of way. It's simplistic, and offers closure. I like that Paula decided on her own to visit him, and I like that she's the kind of person that doesn't like things to be left unsaid, and doesn't like things to be left open ended. I feel like that's a great quality to have and something I admire about her. So, you can probably tell that I loved this episode for her. I especially loved her interactions with Judy, and I do hope Judy resurfaces from time to time. She's a lot of fun, and a nice character to have Paula interact with because it does feel like a very organic sisterly relationship. I particularly liked the fact that Judy helped Paula with what to say to Jace. Speaking of Jace, he's officially cracked, haha! It's crazy how things turned out for him, and it went hand in hand with Audition's taste for the unpredictable, and so this episode delivered not just on finding closure for Paula, but also -- in a lot of ways -- on the whirlwind of events that spiralled out since last sequence. This sequence is definitely shaped by last sequence's finale, and it very much is the aftermath of it, and I like that vibe. I like that something so traumatic has been given a full sequence of dealing with what comes next. So, on this particular storyline, I definitely have to applaud you, even though I feel like I say this in every review, lmao!
I definitely try not to leave any strings unattached. I want to follow through with every consequence that happens on this show, so I'm glad you've enjoyed those aspects when they've popped up. I really wanted Paula to bring closure to herself, because she had such a big part in Jace's time on the show, and he had a large part in hers as well. I'd love to say that Judy resurfaces soon, but it's all about if the story calls for it haha. I didn't want Judy to just be lurking in the background unrealistically, because she does have a job and she does have a life that she needs to get back to. I love writing that relationship, and I wanted to make it where it was everything Paula wanted and needed to say, but that Judy just needed to help her spice it up up bit. As for Jace, I like to think that he's always been a little crazy, he was just able to hide it because Paula was that sort of constant that kept him calm, and when he though he lost her he just snapped. And then he tried to get her back, crazy as ever, and she had to put him in his place haha
Next up, I wanted to talk about Rose and Robbie (*swoons*). I really do appreciate their friendship and their partnership in trying to fulfil their dreams. I felt like Rose was completely out of line in what she said but then I scrolled down to the next page and she took her words back. I kinda love it, though. I like that she reacts, and then takes a second to realise what she's said in the heat of the moment. I think its warranted, though. Robbie messed up, and I think because they are so fresh and they are starting out that it was a little out of line to ask for money but I understand that component too. That's good conflict and that's good drama, when you are able to have two characters who clash but can justify their actions in a way that makes the audience feel just as conflicted, and not be able to choose a side of who did this, or who did that right.
Yeah, I wanted to create a conflict that felt very realistic and stayed true to both characters. I mean, Robbie has always been an eager, ready to get out there character, and Rose has always been struggling to step into the business, so it just felt right between the two. Rose doesn't really think her actions through all of the way, she sort of just acts and says (much like with the storyline with Brian), and Robbie just wanted more money haha. I didn't want to have them have this huge conflict right off the bat, so I thought a little small bump in the road would do for now haha.
On the topic of Rose, I kind of wish you just left David out for this episode. I think, as I said in probably the last review or the one before, Rose and Alex need some momentum. I mean, I don't know what's planned for the rest of the sequence, whether they're headed towards one way or the other, but I think for this particular scene, you could have taken advantage of their growing relationship, and have it be a movie night between the two of them, and a cute little date. It's not so much about shipping or not shipping or what have you, but I just feel like Rose and Alex are suffering from a lack of exposure, and I do love the idea of them and how they're both independent and have their own thing going on, but I feel like we need to see more of just the two of them in the same way we'd have heaps of Mia/David scenes, or Alisha/Kelsey scenes. As much as I love David, I felt it was a missed opportunity to have him there for that scene. Not a big deal, didn't take anything away from the episode, but was just a thought I had when reading back over it.
I didn't really want to do a repeat of the scene from 4.10 between Rose and Alex, and I didn't really want such a massive scene between them after their one in the previous episode, so that's why I decided to include David, just like I don't want big scene with Mia/David and Kelsey/Alisha week after week. I don't want to throw all of my cards on the table for them episode after episode, if that makes sense. There have been a lot of Mia/David and Kelsey/Alisha because their storylines are codependent on one another, whereas Rose and Alex's are not. They've each got their own thing going, and I just didn't like the fact of forcing them together in every episode if it didn't feel right for me, personally. But yeah, that was my reasoning for including David, plus I wanted to explore that trio relationship after we saw a bit of it back in 4.14.
Speaking of Alex and Kelsey, I kind of actually hope they stay friends rather than explore a romantic relationship. I don't know. I mean, both definitely work out for the story, and both make complete sense, but I feel like Kelsey would be a great support unit for her in figuring herself out, and trying to understand her sexuality a little better, rather than be someone to explore that with, if that makes any sense. I mean, I'm totally down for either direction, but I like Kelsey and I'm worried things will end in flames for those too, haha. But then, she would be the best person to have a romantic relationship with and be comfortable with. Gah. This is hard. You suck, Brady Brown, haha! I'm so conflicted. Either way, I liked their reconciliation scene. I just need them to stop with the awkwardness, either take that next step in opening up and being honest, or accept the friendship and move forward (*jack shouts at every couple on television ever*) But no, you're obviously doing a wonderful job with these two, and like I've said, Alisha has been a standout this sequence, for sure!
That's totally fine! haha. I think, already, Kelsey has been such an influential part for Alisha and discovering her sexuality. All of your worries shall be addressed before the sequence is over, and that's all I really want to say about that haha
Lastly, there's Michael. On the surface, I was trying to figure out if I liked Tabbi / Yana, but then I realised how crucial they would be for Michael's arc, and how they are quite different to the characters we've seen on the show. His storyline, with these two characters, does feel a bit disjointed, and does almost kind of feel like a different show (in this particular episode), but like I said back on the 50th episode, Alisha and Alex ground it, and those characters and their friendship, keeps it as "Audition" so it's not like shockingly different. I think it was just the tone, maybe. I don't know. But I love the fact that Michael has a project he's working on. These two new characters are quite free, and wild spirits -- if I'm right in saying so after their brief role in the sequence so far -- and it's a nice contrast to Michael, and I think it'll allow him to be more creative, and not put so many limitations on his writing, and on his ideas. So in digging further into their roles and these characters, and that dynamic, I'm really excited for what they have to offer.
Oops, sorry if it felt disjointed. I really like Tabbi and Yana. I think they bring a sense of gratification for Michael, because they're saying that he is good and that he is in their outlandish, wild way and I think that's important to him. You've already read the next episode, so I shall say no more haha!
All in all, another great episode. I'll be reading the most recent episode soon, and leaving a review for that, and hopefully I'll be back on track with this. This sequence continues to be the best of the series so far, and I can't wait to see what the final few episodes will be about.
THANK YOU! Really glad you've been enjoying this sequence so much, and I hope you continue to enjoy the final few episodes!