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TV Rewind: Gilmore Girls, Season 4

2 Nov

img_4436Julie: This is, I think, the best season of Gilmore Girls. Maybe. They’re all good. Who am I kidding? But season four is extraordinarily good. A big part of that is because both girls are thrown so far out of their comfort zones. Lorelai is finally realizing her dream of owning an inn. And Rory is starting college.

I know that the BIG THING happens at the end of the season, but I want to start off talking about Rory, who is now a freshman at Yale. I love how they handle her progression from sheltered high schooler to slightly less sheltered college student. She doesn’t get to school and immediately start partying and hooking up with random guys. She’s still Rory. She’s more interested in taking a full course load than being social.

And she struggles with the social, if quietly. While Paris is out there stringing along one boyfriend while hooking up with an elderly professor, Rory is keeping to herself a bit. She tries and fails to go on a date and ask out a guy. She strikes out on spring break. She seems to me a little overwhelmed by the process of dating.img_4428And I think that’s why she inevitably starts chatting up Dean again. (Ugh.) Dean’s a known quantity. Dean is safe. Yeah, Dean is married, but he’s still RORY’S DEAN. (Double ugh.)

There’s a brief almost-dalliance with Jess, which actually feels reasonable in the face of (ugh) hooking up with Dean again, but Rory holds her own against Jess–telling him to get out of her life, while completely letting Dean into both her life and her pants.

I was totally thrown (and grossed out) by Rory losing her virginity to Dean. I actually thought maybe she and Jess were going to hook up in the penultimate episode, when he came to her dorm room and she let him in. I thought we were in for some angry-passionate hooking up there, but no. She stood her ground and kicked him out. And, to Jess’s credit, he left.

But then Dean. DEAN! He (ew, what?) followed her back to her mom’s house, where she was picking up CDs, and then (ew) boning. And then, even more ew, she expected her mom to be happy about the situation, which Lorelai was NOT. Because her daughter is now an adulteress. For Dean. DEAN. Ew.

I think you can tell where I stand on this, though as much as I hate Dean and Rory with Dean, I love that the show makes her such a moron when it comes to romance. She’s a bad decision machine in the love department. Very book smart, but horrible at picking guys.

How do you feel about what Rory got up to this season?img_4360Emma: It’s funny because this is the season that took a few episodes to click with me and I don’t know if that is because I started it just before my wedding and so maybe I was in a distracted head space, but post-honeymoon it all fell into place and I have enjoyed the hell out of this season even with the terrible Rory romantic decision.

I agree with you that taking both Rory and Lorelai out of their comfort zones is a big plus and it keeps everything fresh. Even though Yale is a short drive from Stars Hollow, Rory still has to try new things and she stumbles at times. Part of this is the amount of pressure she puts on herself academically and it is heartbreaking when she has her big spiral while Lorelai is also having her own moment of self-doubt. It doesn’t help that they are playing a game of phone tag and communicating via voicemail, but story wise it is important to show them coping without each other no matter how ineffective it might be. And then the fact that both lie to the other about how fine everything is.

Season 3 ended with a strong non-guy focus and for the majority of season 4 Rory doesn’t have a whole lot going on in that department (as she keeps getting reminded of). There have been a couple of awkward potentials including the preppy guy she wasn’t into and Smith Laundry Room guy who declines her coffee invitation and who she then thinks is spreading stories about how into him she is. Then there is Marty, the guy who passed out naked in her corridor after a party, the dude her grandmother sets her up with and that leads her back to a guy from her past. Jess pops in and out declaring his love and it is no wonder that she tells him to leave. I also half figured they might hook up and I actually thought the Dean thing was going to happen sooner than it did.

Urgh, the Dean thing. Why Rory? Well I know why and he represents everything that is familiar and predictable even though he is married. Not to mention that Dean should never have got married in the first place; especially when he is drunkenly mumbling Rory’s name the night before causing Luke to tell Rory not to go to the wedding (which looks straight out of the late 70s).img_4367Part of me wondered if they would go the Felicity route where her first time is with someone who isn’t a main love interest and I love that approach, but alas it had to be Dean because even though there are so many similarities between Rory and Felicity, Rory is far more reserved/cautious in the love department. Dean continues to be the worst in every way possible and that isn’t even factoring in his terrible facial hair this season. I’m actually pleased both Dean and Jess had such reduced roles this year as we get to see Rory in the full throws of her college experience including her job at the paper and navigating roommate drama. This also felt like the most balanced we have seen Rory’s friendships with both Paris and Lane, part of this comes from both these characters getting their own stuff to do and not just being there to service Rory as a character.

So let’s get into that final discussion between Lorelai and Rory. Was Lorelai overreacting or saying the exact thing Rory needed to hear in that moment?img_4429Julie: That final conversation was HEARTBREAKING for me. Especially looking at it from the mother’s perspective. Lorelai has done such a good job of raising Rory (that hasn’t changed), and I am assuming a big part of her figured she wouldn’t have to worry about Rory making dumb decisions like this. And this decision was so, so dumb. It forces Lorelai to see her daughter differently, and to see Dean differently. And the fact that Rory doesn’t automatically see what a brazenly stupid decision this was makes it that much worse.

That said, I still continue to love that the writers have no problem making Rory not perfect. She gets good grades and she does the right thing, except when it comes to her love life (a theme that continues through the rest of the show…)

I suppose it was inevitable that Rory would do something rash like this. She went on spring break and watched documentaries. The most scandalous thing she did was let her friend drunk dial Dean (Danger! Danger!). She kicked Jess out of her dorm room before making that mistake. She didn’t get in the drunk car with her grandmother’s friend. She made all the “good” decisions, except for this one thing with Dean, which was a doozy.img_4441But enough about Dean. Let’s talk about something nice for a change–Luke and Lorelai and their LOVE. OMG.

I had always assumed that they’d just have a moment where they kiss out of nowhere or something, so I was surprised by how this played out. Luke saw her face while listening to a self-help date, and instead of being upfront with her, he asked her to his sister’s wedding. It was such a Luke move–asking her to the wedding, and then out on another date, without ever discussing what was going on. I loved that Lorelai had to stop and put it all together–is she dating Luke?

And the steps leading up to the OMG first kiss, were so lovely. The dance! Her admitting that maybe the best part of the wedding was the dance!

The kiss itself gave me chills, both the first time and rewatching it. Too bad it had to be spoiled, first by Kirk, then by DEAN.

What did you think about the kiss?img_4432Emma: I figured when Lorelai came home she was going to walk in on the act, not the after but the one they went for was so much better because it is all about Rory doing something spontaneous. In Rory’s mind Dean is still the guy who was her first boyfriend and she feels like she has some sense of ownership in the very pre-school argument of ‘he was mine first.’ This is her justification for the sleeping with a married guy thing and it does not withstand Lorelai’s questions. It’s a real heartbreaker and no matter how much I dislike Dean (and that is a lot) it is still really shitty that this huge thing happened for Rory and it is instantly tainted. But I guess Rory made (and unmade) that particularly bed.

One thing I also want to say before I comment on the romantic thing at the opposite end of this romance spectrum and one issue is how underwritten Lindsay is. The actress playing her is someone who I thought was excellent on an all too brief stint on The Vampire Diaries; super charming and instantly likable. Lindsay is none of these things and is pretty much there to act like the kind of wife Dean was talking about wanting. Except he doesn’t and all they do is bicker or she brings him lunch at the inn. It is also weird that she doesn’t have a job so points to Rory for pointing that out.img_4437Moving on to the thing that I was hoping would FINALLY happen this season and it did! The Luke and Lorelai will they/won’t they dance included an actual dance (which was a season highlight for me) and there’s been a lot of their usual back and forth banter, arguments about significant others (urgh Nicole) and being there for each other in their time of need. It is kinda cute how Luke finally realized how he actually feels and I really like how they ended up getting to this inevitable place.

TV first kisses between will they/won’t they couples are an important milestone and they nail this one. It is full of heat and it makes so much sense that it comes in the middle of this half kind of argument of ‘what the hell is going on between us?’ In true Lorelai fashion another one of her love interests threatens to ruin this early stage and we’ve seen it before with Christopher. Christopher always has a habit of showing up at the wrong time. This time it is Jason who is back to win Lorelai’s heart and while he is another to add to the great Lorelai boyfriends list – unlike Rory, Lorelai gets the interesting guys – he’s no Luke. Thankfully he needs to go to the bathroom and Luke takes this moment to ask what the hell is going on?

Yes Kirk runs through naked and screaming, but I was concerned that either Jason would interrupt or Kirk would before the kiss happened. And we got not one, but two! And I’m so glad they both got to initiate. So kudos Gilmore Girls writers, you made us wait four years but you stuck the landing. The chemistry between Lauren Graham and Scott Patterson is off the charts here.

What did you make of Jason?img_4380Julie: I suppose underwriting Lindsay was a way to justify what Rory did? If we knew her better and sympathized with her more, Rory hooking up with Dean would be unforgivable. That said, I did ache for her. She was TRYING with Dean. She wasn’t working (which was problematic, especially because it would’ve given her something else to with her brain), but she was trying to make her home life with Dean as nice as possible. It didn’t work.

As far as Digger goes, he was a (another) decent guy for Lorelai. He was funny and smart and just as bitter about their rich upbringing as she is. One thing I find so interesting about this show–and both women’s relationships–is how underplayed the notion of “soul mate” is. I think we all believe that Luke is her OTP, but absent him, I could see her ending up with Christopher, Max, or Jason. Maybe that’s a testament to how adaptable and cool Lorelai is, or maybe it’s just a realistic portrayal of how the world is. Things didn’t work out with the other guys because the timing wasn’t right (or because he decided to sue her parents), and who knows how things will work out with Luke. They seem perfect together, but they’re not perfect people.

And Rory, too, if she had stayed with Dean, her life would go one way; with Jess, another.

Speaking of soulmates, we were also treated to Paris’s relationship with Basil Exposition. What did you think about her hooking up with a professor, an OLD professor?img_4424Emma: Let’s start with a game of F/M/K with Lorelai’s non-Luke main love interests? So Christopher, Max and Jason .

It was clear that Jason would be sticking around because the actor was in the opening credits and this brings me to why I love these very traditional credits as I love spotting whom has been upgraded to a regular and what new snapshots from the series are added each year and which ones are irreplaceable (the S1 birthday hug for example).

When he was introduced as a business partner for Richard I was a bit eh on him, but as soon as he interacted with Lorelai the spark sad instant and it became obvious why he might be the kind of dude she might end up with. As you mention they are from the same world and they both have fractious relationships with their parents. He has a cute dog, a sleep issue that means Lorelai gets to spend the night in a guest room full of everything you could ever want (although the TV bed combo is super ugly), he cooks breakfast and he’s a lot of fun. He does have a lot of slightly oversized cream sweaters that he should probably trade in.

Of course there is a time limit on this relationship and I wonder what it is a like as an actor to get a main credits part, but know that it won’t be for the duration of the show?

Jason is at least more developed than Nicole and it really makes no sense for Luke to get back with her other than to give him someone who isn’t Lorelai for a portion of the season. The brief amount of time they are happy is basically a set up for a Luke/Lorelai argument when Luke moves in with Nicole and doesn’t tell Lorelai. It goes south fast because of course and the divorce is a done thing leaving the door wide open.img_4430Ahh yes the professor and Paris is definitely one for going all in even if this means that Jamie gets brutally dumped on his birthday. Rory getting Lorelai to guess the age was fun, but I was generally a bit eh on this storyline and I think Paris deserves more. The best of Paris occurred during the spring break episode and we got our Rory/Paris OTP moment. The episode where he has his health scare was well played as was Rory’s concern that she got a great grade because of who her roommate is.

One other relationship was a bit of roller coaster this season and that was Richard and Emily as business and other skeletons threaten this seemingly rocksteady union. Was this a surprise for you?img_4393Julie: Ha! F/M/K — This is actually tough! I would fuck Max, marry Luke, and kill Jason. No offense, Jason. I actually considered marrying him because he has a lot of fun toys, but then I’d have to kill either Max or Luke, and I don’t want to do that. I wonder if they thought Jason might stick around longer, but just as Richard’s business partner. Obviously, he and Lorelai couldn’t stay together forever, but I wonder if the writers didn’t go into this with the intention of keeping him around as an ex, like Chris. I could’ve seen them going either way with this, but I like where they took the story instead, making Richard kind of a, well, dick.

Since the less said about Nicole the better (and, yeah, Paris needs something new to do). Since I just mentioned Richard, I think the time is right to talk about his relationship with Emily. This stuff was rough and sad, but also completely emotionally compelling. Emily has always been the dutiful wife and that status was challenged this year–with Jason running the social business stuff differently that she would have and with Trix kicking the bucket and Emily finding out that she tried to get Richard to leave her. Emily needs some time to herself, I think, to figure out who she is outside of Richard. And Richard needs to learn to appreciate what Emily does for him and who she is to him.

I thought it was really interesting watching them try to keep the split from Rory and Lorelai. That felt completely real, and also marked the first time they were absent for Friday night dinner. They were just too distracted. And I liked Lorelai trying to Parent Trap them back together — because as frustrating as she finds them, she doesn’t want her mom and dad to split up. The fact that this all comes to a head at the opening of the inn was perfect.

How did you feel about Richard and Emily?img_4426Emma: If we take Luke out of the F/M/K it becomes harder and I *think* I would marry Jason, fuck Max and kill Christopher. Sorry for killing your dad, Rory. As you pointed out, Jason does have the best toys, Max has the heat and Christopher is totally unreliable.

When Richard first laid out the plan I figured he was double crossing Jason’s dad and the whole screwing over Jason was a ruse. Alas, Richard was just being a business dick and in part it feels like a way to clear the path for Luke while also showing the rare non friendly side of Richard. It is a side of Richard we have seen before and it is always so jarring as Emily is normally the schemer.

I found the whole Emily/Richard marriage problems to be really upsetting because they seem like a forever couple, but I also love that they went down this path. Emily is feeling at a loss for a couple of reasons this season; there’s the whole Trix letter and this spiral is so wonderfully carefree. The image of Emily day drinking, smoking and reading a romance novel while sprawled on the couch in her night gown is a Top 5 Emily moment for me (and also my current Twitter cover photo). It’s the most un-Emily while being the most Emily and she’s so unbothered about helping arrange the funereal leaving it all to Lorelai as Richard has also fallen apart.img_4405Richard is a mess because his last conversation with Trix was one that involved a whole lot of shouting and for all the shit Trix has said over dinner it took money and the insinuation that he is kind of a failure to prompt an outburst. I also love that they recast Marion from Happy Days as Trix’s cousin (even if I had to check IMDb to make sure I wasn’t losing my mind).

The real Emily/Richard issue stems from his job and this is the reason for their last period of unhappiness. This time Richard is working too much and rather than being angry that he is being forced out, Emily’s concern comes from his new partnership (later followed by his return to his old firm) and that she is becoming obsolete. Her role as party planner is no longer needed and she’s got to reassess everything. This spirals into a crazy shopping spree and a wonderful scene where Lorelai and Rory take Emily to the mall food court.

And much like the last time they fell out Lorelai uses the inn to get them back together. It worked the last time but right now they are too far gone for a simple trick. I like that there is no simple solution and Lorelai can’t just movie magic this relationship back together.

Let’s talk style and oh the mid ’00s continue to deliver on things I hope never come back including Juicy sweatpants (much to Emily’s horror), a weird take on Cher from Clueless style, bad jeans and a look that is very Rachel Green. These are a few of Lorelai’s big hits and Rory mostly stays safe in a look that is very a Felicity Porter. So many sweaters.

Any fashion highlights for you?img_4381 img_4369 img_4397 img_4376Julie: But Christopher is so pretty! I’d enjoy just looking at him. Before killing him. Because he’s not marrying material.

 I know Emily has her issues, but I’d love for her to be my mom for a day, just so we could go shopping together and she could buy me all the things. I’d accept every handbag happily, Emily!

I know I had a few stashed in my mind for the fashion segment, but things are starting to get mixed up with Season 5, since I’m currently rewatching that. I loved Rory’s one-piece bathing suit and how her mom busted her balls about it. Rory is so delightfully young and modest.

Speaking of spring break, about as sexy and wild as she got, clothes-wise, was her off-the-shoulder shirt. I definitely had her boucle sweater (I’m guessing it was from J. Crew), but in…I think pink. I also had that big turtleneck Paris’ is wearing. Oh, and the turtleneck behind the girls.

As far as Lorelai goes, her pink coat is always everything. I thought she looked perfect in the dress and floral crown at Liz’s wedding.screenshot-2016-10-26-07-13-01 screenshot-2016-10-26-07-13-59 screenshot-2016-10-26-07-16-09 screenshot-2016-10-26-07-18-22Emma: That wedding look is a top Lorelai moment and it very much suited the whole burgeoning romance vibe. And it is nice to see a flower crown before music festivals ruined them for everyone. Otherwise I just wanted to mention a couple of now very familiar faces. First up Rami Malek and he is in Lane’s study group/the most adorable. Oh and while we’re on the subject of Lane, she finally revealed her true self to her mother or rather staying out all night caused Mrs Kim to go through her stuff and Lane moved out. Dave is of course gone because Adam Brody is on The OC now and the college reason is a good one to write him out. Although I don’t think they needed to do the long distance thing as it was obviously not going to stick. The marriage pot plot was a fun one and I love that Mrs Kim made up a story that Lane has held onto for so long that isn’t even a thing.img_4433The Lane/Mrs Kim relationship is an interesting one as it is the complete opposite of Lorelai and Rory and for a moment I thought Mrs Kim was going to be fine with Lane’s dropping out of college demands. I don’t know why I thought that and really Lane has committed the ultimate betrayal. Not because of the things she is into, but because of how long she has kept it secret. Anyway it made me sad, but also I am glad Lane can be Lane. And they got a Dave replacement who looks like he should be in a Bon Jovi tribute band and he is also a delight.

The other familiar face popped up during Dean’s very terrible bachelor party – oh hey Max Greenfield! He did not have many lines and we did not see him again. Also in this group is Kyle and he was one of the bullies in Freaks and Geeks. I only realized this when I was watching the Halloween episode for this piece.

Every teen show is connected.img_4398 img_4364Emma (again): I also meant to ask if you have watched the new Gilmore trailer? I haven’t and it has been hard not to click on EVERY link popping up on my TL. I am very excited about these new episodes (even without having finished the earlier seasons yet).img_8581The other thing I wanted to quickly mention was my trip to Luke’s on my last day in New York. A friend sent me a link of all the locations and one happened to be opposite The Strand. We were already going to be heading down there in the morning so I could get my final book haul from the trip (including Phoebe Robinson’s excellent “You Can’t Touch My Hair,” which came out the day before). The queue wasn’t too bad and it was a glorious sunny fall day; the perfect kind where the air is crisp but you don’t need more than a sweater. I got interviewed for NY1 but hopefully I was so dull it didn’t make it to air. And anyway I guess it is mostly people in hotels (like myself) that watch that channel.img_8583It was fun seeing the staff in the very Luke attire of plaid shirts and backwards caps and it was a fun, but pretty low key atmosphere. We got a couple of coffees and went to Union Square to sit in the sunshine. The rest of the day before we had to go back to The Jane to collect our luggage involved a little bit more shopping, one final trip to Joe’s for a slice, lots more walking (and we managed to crack 100 miles walked in 7 days) ). It was a very good ending to an amazing honeymoon.img_8587Emma (again, again):  This is also where I pull a Columbo with a ‘just one more thing.’

Did the internet suddenly go off in 2004 because it is mentioned A LOT as a BIG thing. A thing to do your shopping on, look things up etc. Richard gets wifi (and this does seem early as I had dial up for at least a few years after this). I noted down every time someone mentioned that they used the internet or suggested it to another character and it stuck out. As did everyone finally having cell phones with pagers almost fading into oblivion (other than the one Lorelai was given for when Sookie went into labor). It is funny seeing such a big change in tech and how much has changed in 12 years.img_4365Julie: I have watched the GG trailer, and I may have cried. I’m so excited. That’s going to be my Thanksgiving weekend, for sure.

I forgot about the Rami Malek sighting. He plays such a cute dork. And I totally missed Max Greenfield this time around (probably because I was watching the show while cooking or something). And the Dave replacement is Sebastian Bach, of Skid Row fame. I love him on the show, actually. His rocker/family man/sandwich store owner schtick is perfect for the small town vibe.

I’m so jealous you went to Luke’s! I could’ve been proactive and taken my ass to a neighborhood here where one had popped up, but I was lazy. You’re lucky that the Lukening happened while you were in New York. And your husband is definitely A+ for indulging this 🙂

The internet stuff was all over the place, which I thought was fitting. Richard and Emily (thanks to Jason) are just getting started on wi-fi, which feels right. I think they may have been slightly ahead of the times–trying to remember where I was and my computer situation at that time.

 

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The Americans Season 4 Extended Promo: “Do People Get Hurt?”

16 Feb

Oh, Paige. If only you knew the extent to which that question could be answered and while the one she gets is clearly a big, big lie the fact that there is so much more transparency coming to The Americans as a result of secrets shared is exciting and terrifying in equal measure. When The Americans returns in a month not only does Paige have her own indiscretion to reveal, but this new extended promo also shows that Philip’s Clark de-wigging was not a one off and he’s also kinda divulging what happened to Martha’s now dead colleague to Martha. Building on this earlier promo we get to see certain humdinger moments again such as the question of running/getting pulled out of their assignment, Stan shoving Philip up against a wall (which I still think is a misdirect), the realization that they are in deep plus Paige saying sorry. New bits include a mission that requires some sort of vaccination in the form of an injection, Stan talking to Paige about her parents leaving town and the FBI searching what looks like a hotel room.

The overall vibe is the net is closing in from all angles and the tension levels are continuing to rise (if that is possible). The stakes have never been higher and it doesn’t help that more people are aware of either who Philip and Elizabeth are. Basically the shit is really hitting the fan. It also doesn’t look too good if you are a bus driver or Gabriel and somehow it is also hard to imagine a happy ending for either Pastor Tim or Martha, but stranger things have happened.

And just because Philip and Elizabeth tell Paige that no one gets hurt (ha) this really is not going to stop the things they have to do all in the name of duty, their survival and protecting their family.The Jennings car and garage is a really interesting space in how it has been used to hide the human equivalent of a ticking time bomb in the pilot episode; this person could’ve really sounded the death knell of their relationship and even exposed their secret to the FBI agent who had just moved in, but it actually helped ignite the spark that has led to where they are now. This is a safe place and in the past it has also been where Elizabeth has found refuge with her not so secret habit of smoking cigarettes (joints are reserved for their bedroom).

The car also represents a getaway option, but for now it looks like they are using it as a place of comfort (see also the pilot episode and intimacy of a much more sexual nature) and somewhere they can share their fears without worrying about who might be listening.The levels of dread continue to build on a personal and global scale as the threat of nuclear action looms and the FX promotional department continues to crush it in detailing these aspects and themes of unity between Elizabeth and Philip from the key art we have already shared to this very Russian propaganda inspired poster.

The Americans season 4In terms of promos they excel both at cutting together moments from the new episodes as well as crafting ones which focus on the overall conflict taking place:

And also highlighting the spy/danger/sex elements; Elizabeth in sequins and red lipstick is hitting my costume and makeup sweet spots.

The Americans returns Wednesday, March 16.

The Americans Season 4 Promo – “I’m So Sorry Mom”

4 Feb

Season 4 of The Americans was never going to be an easy ride and somehow with each passing year the writers manage to crank up the tension to new extremes. With last season ending on Paige telling Pastor Tim where her parents are really from it looked like it might be curtains and a swift death for Paige’s mentor, but the easy option is not part of the plan on The Americans and Pastor Tim is very much alive and using his influence on Paige for at least one scene.

Paige at least has the manners to tell her mother that she is sorry. For exactly what we don’t know, but it is sure to be something that will put them all in danger.Dilemmas and big decisions are flying all over the place and from all angles with Gabriel and Claudia pondering the next move for their assets and a sense of dread hangs over everything. Martha doesn’t appear like she is fairing too well after the wig removal revelation and she will have to deal with Philip’s bug in the pen solution. A solution that frames her colleague and staged his suicide in the process. This was Philip’s first kill of season 3 after such a huge body count the previous year and from this promo it looks like he won’t be staying murder free.

And what’s up with Philip getting shoved up against the wall by bestie Stan? Well I have a feeling this has nothing to do with Philip and Elizabeth’s actual occupation and more to do with Stan suspecting something is going on between Philip and his ex Sandra. This is where the conversation at EST from the finale comes into play and while that felt like a sorta tacked on scene at the time it will make a whole lot more sense if I my guess at this context pans out. Oh, Stan if only you could see what secret Philip was really keeping. I also can’t see Philip ever cheating on Elizabeth, well cheating that isn’t part of their work that is.Shout out to the makeup team for the bags under Philip’s eyes and the exhausted/haunted look from Matthew Rhys as he asks Elizabeth if she wants to run.

Disguise wise there are some very familiar faces cropping up including Clark in both police sketch and IRL form with Clark’s sister Jennifer also coming out to play.

Basically everything is going to shit and I cannot wait to see how Philip and Elizabeth wiggle their way out of this one, while also attempting to get Paige back on side and keeping Henry in the dark (just give him that video game console he is after). They probably shouldn’t mention how many people they kill in this line of work and focus on the peace side of it all.

Watch the promo for season 4 below.

For a look at new disguises and the incredible season 4 key art head here and here. Plus watch showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields discussing The Americans as part of this WGA nominees panel.

The Americans returns Wednesday, March 16.

Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys Talk Disguises and Season 4 of The Americans

12 Jan

The Americans is returning slightly later than its usual end of January/early February slot, but they are still doing the preview rounds including an Entertainment Weekly first look and now this discussion with Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys from Variety’s “Contenders” series (if only the people who voted for these awards would realize that).

I should imagine they will also be part of the FX TCA panel line-up this weekend, where they may or may not confirm IRL spy baby news and how it may or may not impact the storyline this season. One thing that is clear is that family will once again be the focus and that this central relationship is what drives The Americans overall with the spy shenanigans as the dangerous backdrop. The Americans 3.13 Philip and ElizabethIt is something Russell has discussed before, but it is worth repeating that this type of role is a gift for an actress in a sea of girlfriend/wife roles which have very little substance to them (Russell’s role in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is indicative of this). She goes on to say:

“Being a woman and just the type of parts that are available right now, to me it is such a great job because it’s kind of the best way to explore a marriage or personal relationship dynamics because it’s not like Thirtysomething or you know a show that’s just basically talking about marriage. All the jealousy, all the danger, all of those elements and trust that you would be exploring in a regular marriage show are there, but they’re so heightened.”

Disguise wise the hair and shoulder pads are going to get bigger and there’s promise of teal glitter eyeliner – which sounds pretty ideal for 2016 tbh. In terms of this being an 80s show Matthew Rhys points out how the showrunners have been “shrewd enough to not want the 80s be the other character” as it is a decade which can pull the viewer out of the story because of how ridiculous everything looks. Although they do point out that there is one actor – Keidrich Sellati, who plays Henry Jennings – who is constantly astounded by the tech of the time.

Other disguise aspects to look out for in the future include oversized teeth, which have yet to make an appearance so far as dialogue heavy scenes make it impossible to talk properly while wearing them. They also both point out how helpful the physical aspect of the costuming is when informing how they play these parts. And it is definitely something that is very fun to write about.

Watch the interview below and stay tuned for more Americans season 4 news.

First Look at The Americans S4 in the First Look Issue of Entertainment Weekly

30 Dec

The new Entertainment Weekly features the now already much written about big reveal of Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange and in shocking news it is the TV pages that I flipped to first. Some of the shows included in this issue are DaredevilThe Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, OutlanderGame of Thrones (oh hey there Bran), Orphan Black (including a creepy sheep mask) and newcomers The PathThe Night Manager and SJP’s The Divorce. And The Americans.

In other shocking news it is the latter that has my full attention particularly with the unveiling of what you might consider to be a much more typically 1980s look for the Elizabeth and her new cover ‘Patty.’

The Americans S4 ElizabethThe color and shapes are so much bolder, the lipstick is a lot brighter and the eyeliner has got a whole lot thicker showing the shift in style as the 1980s shake off the last vestiges of the decade that came before. This is also the same disguise Keri Russell was wearing in these recent set photos and this character clearly loves all things purple. I cannot wait to discuss this new disguise when the show returns in March.

Creator Joe Weisberg tells the magazine all about ‘Patty’ explaining “It’s a different ’80s perspective than we’ve explored before” and how Elizabeth might be getting a new friend in the form of recurring guest star Ruthie Ann Miles. However as this is The Americans the line between real and fake relationship is a little blurred.

The Americans S4Meanwhile, things still look every level of tense with Paige and it is interesting that in this still Philip is in a position you would normally associate with prayer. Also a quick shout-out to the production design team for perfectly capturing the teenage bedroom wall collage detail and Paige would definitely be the kind of teen to opt for photos of whales on her wall to cover the super 70s wallpaper she has no doubt grown out of. Now I really want a closer peak at the photos on her headboard because The Americans is one of the best examples of not using terrible photoshop on older family pics.

In terms of where this season will find Elizabeth and Philip in their work, well it looks like it is only going to get even harder and co-showrunner Joel Fields explains that “A lot of people refer to this exact period as one of the tensest in the Cold War. Philip and Elizabeth are going to be in the middle of some of the most dangerous operations that, interestingly, were not playing out in the headlines but were happening behind the scenes and didn’t come out until after the Cold War was over.” Because things can never be easy for this pair.

Details about Martha after the de-wigging, the status of Pastor Tim post Paige confession and giving Henry something to do so he isn’t just another Chris from Homeland are all included in the issue which is available from digital and actual newsstands now.

For a look at the whole TV preview gallery head here.

See where The Americans factored in our Best of 2015 series.

TV Rewind: Felicity, “The Declaration” & “My Best Friend’s Wedding”

21 Jan

Felicity, Episodes 4.1 & 4.2
“The Declaration” & “My Best Friend’s Wedding”
Original Air Dates: Oct. 10 & 17, 2001

Felicity 4.01 Dear SallyEmma: We return for one final time for the start of the fall semester and Felicity is untethered. Actually when the episode starts she’s in the midst of “Dear Sallying” it while talking about what an excellent summer she has experienced. A summer without Ben and with no responsibilities besides making sure she’s put enough sunscreen on. The kind of summer you should be having at this age and the lack of drama is compounded by everything that follows.

Ben returns from EMT training looking hotter than ever and with this new buzzier cut comes a new found ambition, not to become an EMT. Nope, Ben wants to be a doctor and this only complicates things further with Felicity as her overbearing douche of a dad keeps sending her clippings about high achieving students and endless phone calls where he berates her for her lack of decisions. Felicity’s dad is the worst (this point is emphasised in my notes through my use of all caps).

It’s great that Ben has this new found direction, but I can’t help but wonder if this is just a phase. A job helping people makes so much sense but we’ve been told for the past three seasons that his academic skills are lacking. Maybe I’m being a bit too hard on him and this is really his calling. Is Dr Covington going to be a thing we will hear at some point?

Ben tells Felicity this news while they are in the lovely post “I haven’t seen you for months” sex slumber and just as she’s told him that his directionless feelings make her feel better for her own lack of future ideas. Awkward. It’s made even more awkward by Noel knocking on the door with a call from her dad. How to kill the sex buzz in a quick fashion.

The big culmination of Felicity feeling so lost comes at the end of the episode and I suspect we’ve both got a lot to say about what happens on the roof. The big Felicity/Noel action doesn’t happen while Ben is away, nope it takes place after Felicity and Ben have had a huge fight – over a printer, printers are the worst – and he runs off to play basketball (of course) and she takes sanctuary in a place where she’s been having fun. Felicity runs into a despondent Noel (he’s having a hard time finding a job) and the THINGS HAPPEN. What did you make of this development?

Felicity 4.02 BenJulie: Felicity’s dad is so bad he should hook up with Avery.

I still remain sort of on Team Noel. Actually I’m on Team Felicity-Get-Yourself-Together-Girl. She needs to take a moment and breathe, but that doesn’t seem to be on the horizon.

The cute buzz cut was the only thing Ben really had going for him this week. The “I want to be a doctor revelation” reeks of being another Ben misstep. He can’t commit. His grades are abysmal. He’s constantly talking about being on academic probation. It’s a slap in the face to people like Elena and Tracy if this guy just wanders in at the eleventh hour and decides to be a doctor. Unless he wants to pull a Nick Riviera and attend the Hollywood Upstairs Medical School.

It’s also kind of a slap in the face to Felicity, whether Ben realizes that or not. Medicine is a loaded topic for her, as her conversations with her father prove in this episode. Ben deciding out of nowhere that he’s going to follow the path her dad laid out for her so long ago while she bumbles around trying to figure out her life feels a little shitty to me. Even though I’m sure Ben didn’t mean it that way.

To top it all off, Ben is now a complete basket case about getting his life together, and while I don’t blame him for being mad at Felicity for showing up late to work, and thus making him late for his first pre-med class, I don’t blame her for not taking his new “life decision” seriously. Ben has never cared about being on time for class before. Why should Felicity think he’d start caring now that he’s a pre-med student?

He blows up at her about the printer, because, indirectly, it’s her fault that he can’t get the notes for the class he missed, and she runs into the welcoming arms of Noel.

I think it’s a little (maybe) farfetched that they’d go All The Way in that moment. No one was drunk. Yes, there was a lot of lingering tension from the summer, but Felicity has been through the cheating ringer with Ben before — on both sides. Plus she’s very calculating in her life and doesn’t take risks. But maybe that’s the point, right? She needs to let loose, and she’s letting loose with Noel.

I remember the roof scene being hotter when I watched it the first time around, but this time it felt sad, desperate. Felicity is not in a good place right now, and boning Noel is not going to help things.

How did you feel about Felicity’s venture onto Team Noel.

Felicity 4.01 Felicity and Noel on the roofEmma: I too am on Team Felicity-Get-Yourself-Together-Girl and seeing her fumble this much is hard to watch. I also think it’s important to see her go through this because no one wants their lead character to have it together all the time and this feels like a very real reaction to senior year fears.

Giving Ben a goal makes sense for a couple of reasons – first it flips Felicity and Ben’s state of mind and it might get a bit tiresome if both of them are having the same existential crisis and it also drives the wedge between them that opens Felicity up to a Noel liaison, which the show has been edging towards for half a season now. But it does make him come across as insensitive even if that’s not his intention. This accurately describes a lot of Ben’s decision making process. A lack of thought.

The fight about Felicity being late is painful to watch because she’s clearly been crying or is on the verge of tears even before they start talking and he doesn’t even notice. This is mostly due to being wrapped up in his own problems and as I already mentioned printers are the worst and they turn us into the biggest jerks when they go wrong (at least that’s my experience). Later on Ben realises that something is up, but Felicity has already slept with Noel at this point. Too late for caring Ben. I am still Team Ben not that you would be able to tell from this paragraph.

The going all the way thing was such a surprise and I just figured that episode two would open on awkward post kiss fumbling, not holy shit where are my clothes fumbling. I like that this show never makes it easy to figure out whether characters are going to have sex or not (like when I just assumed Julie and Ben had slept together). This was unexpected and yeah it just made me sad too. There’s clearly an attraction between them and a connection on several levels but urgh is this going to get complicated.

Noel does get points for a) not pressurizing Felicity to define their relationship, b) not telling Ben and c) stepping back where he needs to. I mean he lives with Ben making it extra complicated and he must he expecting at least a punch to the face if/when Ben finds out.

The second episode saw the return of Dr Pavone, who at this point is here to be Felicity’s real life Sally and tell her what’s what. And she’s smoking again! And is now using a cigarette holder which doesn’t get mentioned at all. What did you make of the return of Dr Pavone? And did Felicity do the right thing by not telling Ben about Noel?

Felicity 4.02 turtleneck 1Julie: Yeah, as far as Ben’s goal goes, even for the show’s purposes, I wish they had gone in another direction besides “doctor.” It feels too unrealistic. I mean, if he had come home fully integrated into the cult of becoming an EMT, it would’ve had nearly the same impact. Ben knows what he wants to do, and Felicity doesn’t. It still would’ve flipped the script (even though, I guess, the doctor thing gives the whole situation a little more heft because of Felicity’s dad; but I think even Felicity’s dad would’ve been OK with whatever Felicity chose to do as long as she had a plan for how to do it. I think he’s more concerned with the fact that she’s going to graduate without any real plan. The doctor thing is secondary.)

The questions you ask at the bottom of your email are tough ones. And no, I can’t believe no one mentioned the cigarette holder. It seems like Dr. Pavone was urging Felicity to tell Ben and/or realize that she’s got it bad for Noel. None of this seems like great therapist advice. Maybe she wants Felicity to blow up her whole life just because she’s been sitting there in limbo for so long. Felicity does need to make some decisions. And the Noel secret is kind of killing her.

That said, what good can come from her telling Ben? It would make things bad for both Noel and her, not to mention Ben. I think things are already over between her and Ben at this point, so why rub salt in the wound?

What do you think? Are will Felicity go after Noel now, or will she finally take some time for herself?

Felicity 4.01 Felicity and NoelEmma: As you’ve mentioned already Elena and Tracy both put in so much work and it is hard to picture Ben doing the same, plus with all the extra credits. Maybe the break up will give him a renewed focus or he will end up spending more time out on the basketball court. Is this going to be another case of Felicity and Ben working opposite shifts at Dean & DeLuca again?

It is quite hard to figure out exactly where Dr Pavone is coming from and in a way she is just a stand in as Felicity’s get a grip friend as everyone else who she is close to is also friends with both Ben and Noel. Plus Elena is busy planning a wedding and after she compliments Felicity on her attitude towards love it makes it impossible for Felicity to tell her what’s going on and that it was actually Noel who gave her that love bite. And seriously Noel, I know it was the heat of the moment but this is far from subtle and also you’re in your 20s, hickeys should be done by now Good job Felicity has every turtleneck ever – see below – but in this heat they are far from practical. Even that sleeveless one is causing problems in the heat. Ben is oblivious to Felicity’s sudden summer knitwear obsession and to him Felicity’s breakup is all down to feeling confused. There’s that word again and it is normally Ben citing confusion to mask the truth.

Felicity 4.02 turtleneck 3 Felicity 4.02 turtleneck 2Ben doesn’t even entertain the notion that Felicity and Noel have done anything together even when Noel acts slightly skittish when Ben asks him about Felicity’s erratic behavior. I also don’t see what will be achieved by Felicity telling Ben at this point other than to relieve her guilt or finally get her to address Noel as the drawer. To use Dr Pavone’s metaphor I don’t think Noel is what is necessarily in Felicity’s drawer and while yes there are feelings here I also don’t think it would be wise to bounce from Ben to Noel while she is feeling this way. I’m hoping she takes time to figure things out and I desperately want her to spend some time with Elena as she is also reeling from her own breakup.

Ah yes the big wedding and when Donald Faison didn’t show up in the premiere I figured the breakup would happen off camera. This was not the case as the wedding was the center point of the second episode and in not surprising news they didn’t go through with it in the end. They got close and it was only when they were at the venue did they have the big chat that ended it. Once again sex came into play and after Meghan planted the seeds of doubt it led to feelings of doubt from both sides. To me this feels like the right choice and not just because Scrubs had stole Faison full time. I really like Elena and Tracy as a couple but the sex stuff has cast its shadow over the relationship since the start.

And what of the other pairing? I am still bored of the Meghan/Sean break up/make up side show and I’m not sure how much them getting married is going to change how they are with each other. What did you make of this big step and how Meghan has a tendency to push someone as far as she can?

Felicity 4.02 tracy and elenaJulie: Yes! Elena and Felicity need another girls’ night out — preferably with Meghan and Earl.

Oh, but Meghan’s an old married lady now, so.

I really did not like how they handled either of these storylines. On the one hand, I get Elena saying yes to Tracy and going through with all the wedding planning. I do not buy her and Tracy ending things at the altar. They had their time apart. They had time to think and miss each other. Elena went through a lot of soul searching while Tracy was gone. I think they would’ve gone through with it, if they were actual 22-year-olds in college. That’s not to say it would’ve been the best idea ever, or that they’d never end up resenting each other and regretting the wedding, I just think it would’ve been more realistic if they’d gone through with it.

They could’ve made it work, too. Maybe Tracy could’ve popped up once in a while for guest spots. He’s not terribly integral to the rest of the story.

Even less realistic is Meghan and Sean jumping into marriage after Tracy and Elena call off the wedding. First of all, bad timing much? What jerk BRIDESMAID goes up to the would-be bride after she calls off the wedding and asks to borrow her wedding? Ugh. It’s not about you, Meghan. Of course, though, Elena is fine with it, though if this were real life, she might say she’s fine with it and then spend the next year talking about that bitch who stole her wedding.

Secondly, there’s more to getting married than just standing up on an altar and having your best roommate tell you you’re married. You need a license. There’s a waiting period (except in, like, Vegas). So, she and Sean are not technically married. We’ll see if the show deals with this in future episodes.

Both of these events really cheesed me off. Obviously. The engagement thing was pointless because it went nowhere and now Meghan and Sean are jumping into marriage like this will solve all their problems.

But at least Molly wasn’t there.

What did you think of the weddings?

Felicity 4.02 weddingEmma: I would be super pissed off if I was Elena and my bridesmaid decided to make it all about her and use the chance to get married instead. This is a big nope in my book even without the glaring plot holes you mention regarding the marriage license. Also aren’t all the guests going to be a little miffed about this change in bride and groom. The Meghan/Sean relationship continues to spiral into WTF territory and I continue not to care, which is disappointing as it started so well.

The wedding did give plenty of pensive stares between Felicity and her two dudes and really she needs a break from both of them so this was pretty bad timing for her as well.

Like you, I also think that Elena and Tracy would never have got this far or they would have gone through with it. I think I would have been happier with an off screen break up and Elena returning after the summer single. However this would have denied us super snarky wedding planner Javier and this version of him might be my new favorite as it gives him a no BS edge.

One character who bugged far more than usual was Richard and his behavior regarding the whole Noel/Felicity hook up was insane. Yes I get that he is meant to be a jokey antagonist with his sensitivity chip missing but this was bizarre even for him to find it all so amusing. Especially as he even points out that Ben will most likely kick Noel’s ass if he finds out. Were you annoyed at Richard or is it just me?

And Molly! Have they even mentioned her? Or are they pretending she was never even there (I am fine with this)?

Felicity 4.02 sad BenJulie: Good point about the wedding guests. I’m sure Tracy’s entire family is totally up for celebrating the wedding of two people they’ve never met. Also, how pissed would Meghan’s parents have been, not to mention Sean’s family. This whole thing was just dumb.

I think we’ve decided that everyone on this show is acting stupid right now, except for Javier, and maybe Noel (who seems to be handling things well, or maybe he just looks good because he’s not currently stalking Tyra Banks). Everyone else is a mess. Even Dr. Pavone is giving suspect advice.

I hope they can right the ship in the next few episodes. I’m pretty sure JJ Abrams was long gone at this point, what with Alias starting, and I wonder if he’ll pop up to write an episode or two. This show could use his character-building smarts at this point.

Maybe they’re all high on smart powder. That has to be it.

Do you have anything to add?

Felicity 4.01 phone callEmma: The only thing I have to add is that I was very surprised to see that JJ Abrams wrote the first episode because I thought he’d jump ship by now (as he did with other shows). But maybe this is his only really big contribution to the season. I’ll be keeping my eye out at the credits along the bottom of the screen.

Julie: Oh, and yeah! This aired in October of 2001 and no mention of 9/11 at this point. Maybe these episodes were already in the can. Maybe they live in an alternate New York universe where none of that happened. Maybe we’ll need to discuss this next time.

Julie Hammerle is, according to Klout, an expert in the areas of both Morgan Freeman and glasses. Her writing can be found at chicagonow.com/hammervision and you can holler at her on Twitter as well.

Girls Season 4 Premiere Red Carpet

6 Jan

Girls is back this Sunday for season 4 and this year’s big premiere went all out at the Natural History Museum in New York City. The show has also been renewed before this season has even aired and Lena Dunham covers the Women in TV issue of Elle (here’s the leaked cover shot); 2015 is starting well for the creator and star of Girls.

Girls S4 premiereOne thing I love about these ladies is that even though I might not always be a fan of their style choices they aren’t afraid to go with what they like; there isn’t four versions of the same thing. So Allison Williams has gone for a very Allison Williams super pretty princess Monique Lhuillier gown, with Jemima Kirke sticking to satin as she did for the last premiere red carpet. Zosia Mamet’s doing the red leather Alexander McQueen thing and while I’m not feeling this new hair color, Mamet does get bonus red lipstick points. Going for the whole 70s revival, which I am very into at the moment is Lena Dunham and this Creatures of the Wind dress looks wonderful on her.

Gillian Jacobs GirlsWhile I’m not sure about the sleeve cut outs – on this occasion they complicate a dress that doesn’t need complicating – I am very excited about Gillian Jacobs appearing this season. Plus her shoes are very cute.

Abbi and Ilana Girls premiereAbbi and Ilana! The Broad City duo are both doing the ‘casual cool but still premiere appropriate when it isn’t your show’ approach and my only concern is for Abbi’s bare legs in the New York winter. I want Abbi’s skirt and Ilana’s sweater tee in my life. And season 2 of Broad City (which is also back next week!).

Natasha Lyonne and Jenna LyonsAt the after party Natasha Lyonne and Jenna Lyons are working the amazing coats slung over their shoulders approach with some major layering going on for the J. Crew creative director (and Girls guest star). A handy winter tactic.

And here’s a bonus shot Lena Dunham posted on Instagram showing off some of the museum as she poses in a rather sweet photo with her mother Laurie Simmons.

Girls returns to HBO Sunday, January 11 and you can watch promos for the new season here and here. I am very much looking forward to what new music it will introduce me to this year.

Scandal Season 4 Promo Photos: Going Back to Work?

10 Sep

The rain fell down on the cast of Scandal for their season 3 promo shots featuring the incredible Burberry trench Olivia wore in the premiere; this time no one is getting soaked, but they have still delivered a striking image with everyone dressed in their fanciest threads. Yep even Quinn and Huck have ditched the plaid and leather for ball gowns and tuxedos.

For a closer look click on the image (which first appeared exclusively at TV Guide).

BELLAMY YOUNG, DARBY STANCHFIELD, JEFF PERRY, TONY GOLDWYN, KERRY WASHINGTON, SCOTT FOLEY, JOSHUA MALINA, GUILLERMO DIAZ, KATIE LOWESOlivia is of course at the center of the group wearing a beautiful black and white ball gown with the guys mirroring this color palette in dashing white tie. The other women stand out with Mellie in ultra feminine bubblegum pink giving off princess vibes, Abby in an olive green fishtail frock and Quinn wearing the deep blue that we tend to see in her costuming. This cast sure scrubs up well.

It’s not all fun and frolics. Far from it and at the end of season 3 Olivia flew into the sunset accompanied by Jake after everything has gone to hell thanks to Olivia’s mother Mia. It was a bumpy year and one that got weighed down by its own conspiracy; hopefully after a break away from Washington D.C, and the mess her parents have created Olivia will return to a scene that is less convoluted and more like the fast paced fun of the second year.

The individual photos suggest a less lavish affair with everyone in their standard day ‘uniform’ and it looks like Olivia might be ready to get back to work in a tailored grey jacket and black pants. The lack of white is worth noting in this shot as this is the color she tends to wear when she is feeling in control and defiant, grey is her more muddled/conflicted choice.

Scandal Olivia PopeMellie in red. Standard Mellie projecting a strong image garb; the new season is set two months after the events of the finale and while Mellie is an expert in hiding her heartbreak I’m not sure she will be able to pretend everything is okay after the death of her son.

Scandal MellieShonda Rhimes has promised that season 4 will finally shed more light on Abby’s backstory and while we already know that she was married to an abusive and powerful man there are still plenty of narrative blanks to fill in. Abby’s dressed a little darker in her individual shot and the peplum is slightly more fitted than the wrap dresses, draped cardigans, billowy blouses and palazzo pants we’re used to seeing her in.

Scandal AbbyScandal returns Thursday, September 25. For the rest of the cast shots click on the gallery below.

 

Boardwalk Empire Promo: “Only Kings Understand Each Other”

18 Jul

Several attempts to challenge Nucky’s power have been made during the first three seasons of Boardwalk Empire and he will face a new rival when we return to Atlantic City in September. HBO released a teaser last month that showed a glimpse at new character Dr Valentin Narcisse, played by Jeffrey Wright and in this full length promo it is suggests that Narcisse will be the one challenging Nucky for power this season.

The mass shooting that occurred at Gillian’s whorehouse that killed most of Gyp Rosetti’s men remains unsolved in the eyes of the law, but we know very well that it was Richard Harrow who acted alone in this spree. Harrow, Capone and Chalky are three characters that I would like to see more of and while they don’t feature prominently in this promo I would imagine they will all have an important role to play; where their loyalty falls is another question.

Nucky seems to be using the old playground defense of “he started it” as he says “I didn’t ask for trouble. What was brought to my doorstep, I returned.” Considering he had a crate with a body in it (Owen *sob*) delivered, what he returns is not pleasant.

As always there is plenty of glitz, dancing and drinking that goes hand in hand with the violent underbelly of Boardwalk Empire and the one person missing from both this and the first teaser is Margaret; what role will she play when the show returns Sunday, September 8?

Boardwalk Empire Season 4 First Look

10 Jun

It’s more than six months later and I’m still mourning the loss of my favorite Irishman on TV, but it’s time to move on as HBO has released the first teaser promo for season 4 of Boardwalk Empire. New faces including Jeffrey Wright and Ron Livingstone make an appearance and there is a sense of familiarity with the glitz and the glamour alongside the violent underbelly of Prohibition. Richard Harrow features quite prominently much to my delight and Gretchen Mol’s Gillian Darmody looks a lot better than when we left her in heroin induced stupor (the heroin was meant for Gyp Rosetti, who didn’t survive the season). Jeffery Wright is playing Dr.Valentin Narcisse “a philanthropist, student of culture and the man who runs Harlem.” Will he be next the person who goes up against Nucky?

Boardwalk Empire returns to HBO Sunday, September 8.

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