Why Dance Academy is so great…

Dance Academy is an Australian teen drama which first aired in 2010, ran for 3 seasons and one movie which made it into Australian Cinemas. Dance Academy follows the lives of a group of teens attending the National Academy of Dance in Sydney. These kids were primed to join the Australian Ballet Company once they graduated if they were the best few. It is currently on Netflix if you’re interested in checking it out or re-watching! I grew up watching Dance Academy, it made me want to be a dancer or an athlete. However, I think it was a bit late for any of that.

So, here are all the things that I think make Dance Academy so great to this day and make me able to still enjoy it 10 years later.

Despite the actual ‘elite’ talent of the teens and their living away from home, Dance Academy is incredibly realistic to the teen experience. They show young teens making stupid mistakes over and over. It represents the real issues of eating disorders in teens, explores sexuality, cheating, hard work. Kat even has an identity crisis which I think is incredibly relatable to many teens who may discover they aren’t as about sure what they want to do after school than they once were, or realize that they don’t know at all. Kat portrayed this in her move away from dance before she returned realizing her passion and working hard to get where she wanted to be.

Dance Academy also dealt with illness and grief. Ben is a cancer survivor who in the movie has a ‘relapse’ and has to come to terms with his limits. The loss of their friend, Sammy honestly broke me and still hurts me when I watch it.

It talks about familial expectations and how hard they can push one. Working your way through school to support oneself. Sammy has a real struggle with his family throughout the whole show.

It also takes a hard look at how complicated friendships are in teen years and how hard it can be to know who your real friends are.

Body image issues and eating disorders need to be explored more in teen shows because it is such a common problem and Dance Academy did that. They looked at eating disorders and body image in elite athletes.

It also tackles crime with Christian’s past and upbringing in that world and Abigail’s shoplifting. They showed sexual assault as well.

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Another realistic portrayal they presented was athletes and injury, athletes get injured often and keep going through the pain, this is exactly what happens in the show and it also presents how detrimental this can be for athletes.

Additionally, it portrays financial hardship, both Sam and Tara need a scholarship to keep attending because neither Sammy on his own or Tara’s family can afford to send them to the Academy.

Another important aspect for me about Dance Academy is, the actors they chose could genuinely dance. As opposed to other shows like Blue Water High (no shade) where actors are chosen as actors but can’t actually do the exact thing their character does. All of these actors were athletes. There was no need for stunt doubles or cutting scenes to avoid the face of the actor.

I also just feel like there is something so pure about the portrayal of the age group. While they aren’t incredibly young they also aren’t in their late teens which means that there are some cringey embarrassing moments and a lot of personal growth and self discovery. Had they set the ages as older the show would likely have revolved largely around bitchyness and sex but they chose teens who were still largely children. So yes, there is some crime in Dance Academy but I think that is so genuine to the age group, unlike shows like ‘Never Have I Ever’ (check out my thoughts on it here https://simplymythoughts.blog/2020/08/29/never-have-i-ever-been-less-impressed/), the cringe is so normal, its teens acting like teens worried about pimples and if the boy likes them.

Dance Academy showed that with hard work you can reach above and beyond. Tara began her time at the academy as one of the worst trained dancers in her year and became one of the best through hard work and determination. However, it isn’t unrealistic about how having a dream isn’t always enough especially as an athlete.

Keiynan Lonsdale also came from Dance Academy – you may recognize him from The Flash, Love Simon or Work It.

The Movie:

Honestly, the movie really didn’t disappoint me, I feel like I was prepared to be a little disappointed by it because when it came out I was 17 and following up 5 years after the end of Dance Academy, I was worried. But it really didn’t disappoint me, I feel like the movie in a way grew up with the original audience showing them working in the industry and the issues they’re still facing. The only disappointing part for me was how little Christian was in it, but, at least he came back. Almost all of the original cast came back for the reunion movie which I think is great. I also think it was quite exciting to be able to watch the movie on a cinema screen with the Dolby Atmos sound.

So, to sum up, I believe Dance Academy stood the test of time over my youth. I think it was super well done and showcased a lot of issues in a relatable and realistic way. Also, I love dance and any dance movies or tv shows so that was exciting. And we gotta support the Aussie television industry somehow. Don’t forget you can watch Dance Academy on Netflix now!

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‘Grand Army’ is worth the watch!

So, grand Army came out a long time ago and I hardly heard anyone talking about it, so I finally checked it out on Netflix recently. I was definitely surprised but what I was faced with and had not at all expected it. For me this was a very clear case of judging a show by its cover image, and I was way off!

Grand Army is about a school in New York and a set of kids at this school, but it is a little dark. Not in the regular sense of a dark show, I feel like Grand Army is unapologetic in showing all of the worst aspects of high school. Particularly in America.

Some themes which are discussed include; friendship, selfishness, racism, sexism, feminism, terrorism, rape and sexual assault, religion, sexuality, class, poverty, pressure on women, victim blaming and more. In only a few episodes.

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For me though, the most influential character was Joey who starts as a very confident woman trying to support women’s rights at their school, going against dress code norms and being confident in her body, sexuality and herself. However, this character later goes through a turmoil with rape, losing all her friends and going through the criminal process as a victim. I feel like her acting was incredibly compelling through this show.

We see her come to lose confidence in her body, her memories and her personality at points, she moves to shroud herself in clothing. A woman who stood up in her school for non sexist dress codes and free the nip. We watch her lose herself entirely for a time.

While the other stories are also important and well done, hers had the most impact to me, however they all did impact me in one way or another. But I wouldn’t want to spoil the whole show for you!

Although, I have to admit, I hated this girl so much and I hated the amount of screen time she got!

So, is Grand Army an enjoyable show? No not really, but I think the messages are very important and they didn’t totally shy away from the worst of a high school experience. You can learn things from every character. I also feel like there is a character that we can all probably relate to.

So I do 100 percent recommend Grand Army but it is nothing like I was expecting and it can be difficult to watch at points. Because they chose honesty. I think more shows should be more honest about these issues rather than recycling the same ideals and the same way to approach issues.

It is a very confronting show a times but, that added to the realism for me. So, if you have a chance, please do check it out and let me know what you think!

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What the Facebook Aussie News ban meant for me…

As I wrote this post I was feeling incredibly discouraged. I try to keep this space fun and full of jokes even if it is often negative. I enjoy critiquing shows and telling you how I feel. For those who don’t know, Facebook and the Australian government were recently in talks about whether Facebook should pay Aussie news outlets to show their articles and videos. This resulted in a flat ban of news on Australian Facebook. However, it appears this was not done in a fair way for others. The impacts of this decision reach further. I am a small blogger. I recognize my reach is not far and I cannot stand at this point on my own. I have made countless Facebook ads to reach a wider audience and be able to share my content. However, I was stopped from doing this. My independent blog on TV shows has been blocked as a part of the ban. I am told that Facebook has agreed to take this back, but that does not change the impact to me or give me any comfort.

I am a creator with just over 30 Facebook followers, approximately 120 Instagram and 180 TikTok followers. But I am now unable to post my blogs on Facebook because they considered me under the news ban. As of today this is still true.

I have spent since August 2020 consistently writing blogs posting at least 1 a week. This will be my 33th post. I have spent my own money during this time on getting my domain and website, making ads, getting graphics etc. I have poured hours into creating every post for you guys. To date I have not made a single cent on this blog, which is fine. You may see my posts as only a few minutes read, but for me there is hours and hours behind finding every image, watching the shows to find what to write, re-watching to make sure I’m not missing things, skimming whole seasons at a time of shows, finding images, editing and sharing to social media. All while I am a full time student getting my degree. The majority of my views come from Facebook. I feel as though this ban has incredibly impacted me and my ability to create and share my content. I recognize I can maintain use of my other social media platforms but those have proven less effective for me.

While I write these blogs for myself, having not made a single cent on it, I want to share them, I want other people to be able to read them and this just has me concerned and confused. I am not a news outlet, but I had been blocked which made me, unable to grow. All creators want their audience to grow, they want to share and reach people.

I want to make these blogs, I write them because I enjoy it and I hope other people enjoy them too. It can just be very discouraging knowing my work building up a Facebook page and spending this money is going backward.

This really has me wondering what my next steps will be…

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I am extremely glad that Facebook and the Aussie Government were able to come to an agreement, however, following directly via email will ensure that if issues persist in the future I will still be able to reach readers.

Thank you to everyone who had supported and continues to support me and this blog. I will be keeping it going but I will have to think about whether there are more beneficial platforms or formats for these blogs. Thank you especially to those on Monday who supported me while I found out my platform had been blocked and shared my annoyance and outrage.

Every qualm I have with the 100 season 1…

So, as I said in my problem with The 100 post, I do really enjoy it however, there are lots of issues as most shows have. But I really like the first few seasons of the show but I still figured I’d share my confusions with you all. So, here is every qualm I have with The 100 season 1.

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They really did just send the juvenile offenders to die on Earth. Jaha even admitted to them that they were basically being sent down to die.

Them having that many juvenile prisoners at that exact moment (meaning the day they went to the ground there was 100 who hadn’t turned 18 and been killed yet) really says something about their justice system.

Lucky they were dropped on the wrong mountain wasn’t it…

None of the 100 who took their wrist bands off had family on the arc? Friends? People they cared about?

“My case gets reviewed when I turn 18” so what happens then? They kill you anyway?

They aren’t particularly cautious honestly considering they don’t know anything about the earth.

Wells Jaha is a crap name, sorry but it is…

Judgements get passed down real quick in this society.

The fact that they could even make this decision is so upsetting, I’m not saying I don’t agree with the plot and sentiment, it’s a good of the many question. But it is just so far from how I view the world around me now.

Don’t remember ever seeing any of these again, kind of like watching LOST and never seeing another Polar Bear…

Maybe y’all shouldn’t have shot those other ark stations out of the sky aye?

Wells deserved better!

Jaha has a very clear death wish, he doesn’t even know Wells is dead yet when he tries the first 2 times to die.

But also, Bellamy and Octavia deserved better!! Imagine how different things could have been for them if it wasn’t all Bellamy’s responsibility. If he could have just been a brother or a son, not a parent, if he didn’t have to get himself sent down to earth and didn’t have to put the weight of all these other decisions on himself.

Finn really could have waited a little longer than like a week to get over Raven, whoops.

How though? He isn’t a spacewalker…

How can you be an AWOL mother when you live on a ship, it isn’t like you can just leave you know, sure it’s a big ship but not bigger than many towns, where’d she go? Also if they distribute everything ‘evenly’ and when people die their items are re-distributed, then what did Raven want her to come back with????

I totally understand Bellamy’s mother wanting to keep her second baby I just wonder what the long term plan was, when she gets found out she is like 16 and lived in their room her entire life, what was going to happen when she was like 25, or 40? What was the plan ultimately for her life to be?

Yeah he could definitely have waited more than 10 days.

Lincoln is such a weird name considering the rest of his people are called like Anya, Lexa, Indra, Echo, Emori, Niylah, and Gaia? Lincoln?!

Guess they never made it…. if only they had, maybe they wouldn’t have ruined Jasper’s character.

But that was after they shot Jasper with a spear?

Also after they were being hunted in the forest because Lincoln took Octavia? After multiple of the sky people were killed.

Now I don’t know very much at all about science or pyrotechnics but seems lucky how little damage the bomb did, considering they live inside a ship with lots of electrics and the air quality and all, also all the oxygen in the Ark could have caught couldn’t it? I don’t know, someone let me know.

It is interesting the expected loyalty everyone has for Octavia, considering she has never been an actual part of the Ark, she never knew them and was cast out for being born, but everyone is so shocked she may choose to align herself with someone else. Aside from Bellamy (and we all know how strained their relationship is) she has no reason to be loyal to them.

This whole scene feels so weird when you know she ends up with Monty…

Look, sending a virus in is pretty genius…

Why were some of them immune and some not? I just want to know. How could they be immune. Also, Bellamy wasn’t immune but Octavia was?

Raven deserved better!

What was Murphy’s end game? What did he think was going to happen after he hanged Bellamy? They were never going to let him leave let alone live?

Why’d the mountain men wait so long to take them, especially if they can just throw gas down?

And that is every qualm I have with the 100 season 1. Let me know your thoughts or if I have missed anything. If you want to read my last post on The 100 click here.

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TV couples who ruin shows for me…

Last week we had a romance movie post, this week we are swinging back the opposite direction. TV Couples who ruins shows for me. Because look, not all couples are meant to be and lots of them are toxic on TV. Sometimes, it is better to be alone than with someone, if they are the wrong person. So, here is my list of most (not all), couples who I hate on TV. May we all remember the wonderful friends and family members in our lives this Galentine’s day. Shout-out to all the people who support me and this blog!

*disclaimer, not all of these are necessarily couples but fan favs.

In no particular order…

Duncan Kane and Veronica Mars

I know I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, Duncan Kane is so boring, he just seems like a child. He acts like a child the whole time and he is way too boring for Veronica. I was so glad when he left the show. Moreover, they both believed they were siblings, he believed it before they slept together, which is just disgusting, but she also believed it later. How do you date again after that?

yucky…

Veronica and Piz

If you can’t tell, I love Veronica Mars as a show, I really do, just man, everyone except Logan was a bit boring. Piz was especially boring, it felt like they were trying to give Piz and inch because he was resident nice guy, but he wasn’t that nice, he was boring and she had way more chemistry with Logan. I know her and Logan are super toxic but I can’t.

Betty and Archie

I just don’t like how Archie never saw Betty in that way, she put herself out there saying she loved him then he rejected her and dated countless other girls, then Betty found happiness for years with Jughead and they just make sense together. Even a whiff of Betty and Archie made me completely stop watching Riverdale. They couldn’t just stay best friends? She and Jughead couldn’t just move forward without bringing Archie back into the mix. Also, “I will never be good enough for you Betty” or whatever he said in the pilot feels like such a cop out to me.

Callie and Brandon

Brandon seemed to Callie like an easy way to self-destruct. She constantly turned to him any time she felt things were going too well or a small inconvenience happened she would turn to him. They were trying to be siblings, they lived together as siblings for years, It never should have happened.

Every time there was a problem with her being adopted she would go back to Brandon and date him or have sex with him or whatever, which only makes everything perpetually worse. Callie was the most self destructive character I personally have seen but Brandon was just along for the ride it seemed. They never even really made sense to start with, he was in a relationship when they met, there was no reason he had to ‘fall for Callie’. Just bad vibes all around for me.

Finn and Rachael

Sorry but they are both just too boring. Finn is the same as Duncan where he seems too much like a child and Rachel is so annoying. Finn also just didn’t respect her at the start of the show. I don’t know, maybe they get better later in the show and grow as people, but in the beginning when they dated the first few times it was terrible.

Miranda Bailey and nurse Eli

She could’ve had Ben that whole time but went for the young “attractive” asshole of a nurse. Who made her do so many things which she would never have done. Eli was like a vacation from who Miranda was, he made what he thought more important than what she thought.

I really never felt like their relationship was organic, it seemed like he was pushing her constantly and she was acting like a teenager. We all know it was just an excuse to create tension with Ben before they got back together so…

Rory and Jess

I know lots of people love Rory and Jess but I just don’t, but more on that in a dedicated post coming soon…

Sorry but, having similar interests doesn’t mean you are a good match or good people.

Iris and Barry

I’m sorry I just don’t gel with the whole, one best friend always loved the other and they never saw them, until, they did. Iris got engaged to another man and it took her finding out Barry was flash to be into him (also her fiance dying but, regardless), I just don’t love it. They grew up together and she never saw him. There are so many plot issues which revolve around, Iris not loving Barry and its just too much.

Clary and Jace

Look, I think if you hear that you’re siblings than even finding out you aren’t, that should be tainted, shouldn’t be allowed

Ross and Rachel

Ross has never deserved Rachel, I’m sorry but it’s true. He was so possessive of her early on considering they weren’t together and he always under estimated her and was such a misogynist. However, I will admit I have no sentimental attachment to Friends because I never really watched it until recently, but watching it now, with a relatively open mind. Ross is a terrible person. He is homophobic, spiteful, rude and much more. Rachel deserved the best.

Stefan and Elena

They are just so boring. That’s it, so bland. Stefan is also basically so obsessed with Elena he almost misses Caroline completely, because he was waiting for Elena to leave Damon for him? Honestly, I would have just picked Caroline from the start.

Ezra and Aria

Their whole story is just so messed up, to know she is 15 and date her, and underage girl because he wants to investigate her, then continues to date her whilst being her teacher and continually lying about it. It is just so yucky. Also, romanticizing them for the entire show is a terrible and potentially predatory message to send to the shows young audience.

Waitlist and Rebecca,

Yes I choose to call him Waitlist…

Also, just boring, I am way more into Waitlist and Laurel. There was no real reason for Wes and Rebecca to actually get together, they didn’t have similar interests or lives, she was so rude to him from the second they met, they were so distrusting of each other. Great show though!

Paige and Emily

They just have no chemistry to me, I also think starting with trying to drown Emily is not the way.

Emily and Alison,

Alison is the worst so that’s that, but she also manipulated Emily countless times, she shouldn’t have gotten back with Alison.

Spencer and JJ

JJ marries Will, has a baby with him and is married to him for years, she works with Spencer that entire time, but then they try to throw something together between them as the show is ending. That is so disrespectful to Will, I love Will, he is the bright shining light saying that you can work at the BAU and have a loving family. We should never negate JJ and Will’s relationship and love.

Spencer and Caleb

Even if Hanna said it was okay it is so iffy for them to get together and they were just a terrible couple which ruins Caleb and Hanna entirely as well as the end of the show. Caleb and Spencer made such good borderline best friends, but it felt so wrong for them to be together which jeopardized Hanna and Spencer’s friendship. Just a bad move for me from the writers. Like come on, Spencer and Caleb could at least have waited til Hanna was actually married.

Izzie on Greys with anyone.

Sorry if you love Izzie or love Izzie and Karev but they are all terrible to me. Look, Denny was her patient so she shouldn’t have crossed that line and in real life I doubt she would have thrown her career away. Alex cheats on her, stands her up, treats her terribly then she gets back with him and they get married, not because either of them should have been married but because she was meant to die. And George was just terrible, awful.

So, I’m sure I could spend years and years adding to this list and remembering more but that felt like enough this time. Let me know your thoughts on any of the couples I have mentioned in the comments, or if you have any couples you hate. I’d love to hear your lists. Don’t forget to like or share this post and you can always follow my socials or this blog to know when I upload. Thanks for reading! Happy Galentine’s Day

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Everything that doesn’t make sense in ‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before 1 & 2’…

So naturally, Valentine’s day is coming up so I had to make sure I posted something valentine’s related. So, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. The third movie is ready to air on Netflix on the 12th of February following consecutive years of pre-Valentine’s Day premiers. The first two movies were a big hit however, I personally felt let down by the second movie, I felt like it created continuity errors and made me like almost all of the characters less. So, I asked on my Instagram whether y’all wanted a TATB post before or after number three and I got a resounding response to before, so here is everything that doesn’t make sense or that I find annoying in the first two movies.

Quick reminder – this will not be related in any way to the books and I will therefore not refer to them, if the books explain things better I find that irrelevant however still feel free to let me know.

Firstly, Josh treats Lara-Jean like a kid, but they’re like the same age? Because he’s younger than Margo but used to be childhood friends with Lara-Jean. So why does the whole first scene of him high-fiving her make me feel like he sees her as the kid sister of his girlfriend.

“Mom told me never to go to college with a boyfriend”, well that’s sage advice, so, say Margo is 18 because she just graduated and Kitty is like 12. If Kitty was still eating baby food when their mum died then… Margo was probably like 8. She probably told her 8 year old daughter, if you have a boyfriend honey, don’t ever take him to college with you, I don’t care how much you love him. What?

Feels weird she said daddy but okay…

Was she going to eat lunch at school with her sister who had graduated? Also, Chris?

John Ambrose wasn’t at that party? Feels like he would have been.

Do Americans have regular carrots? Like not baby carrots, I can’t remember ever having seen someone eating a regular carrot in American TV, or even just carrot sticks they’re always baby carrots.

Someone uncomfortable using their mirrors shouldn’t be allowed to drive without a fully licensed adult, but I guess that is more of a reflection on her dad and the system with which American teens learn to drive (which I find personally terrifying).

Wearing a feminist necklace and a girl power shirt, while saying she needs a boyfriend 🤣. Nice.

John Ambrose, “from model UN”, not that kid who Lara-Jean totally had a crush on for years while they were young and he had a crush on her and now is back like nothing changed?

In the first movie she would’ve told Peter it was John not some guy? I mean she admitted everyone else.

He cant be salty about that just after going on about Gen. Still team Peter though, whoops.

I hate that door with the pole in it. It looks like they’re standing either side of a wall in different corridors.

I hate that they’re wearing the clothes from the day they broke up in that picture. It grinds my gears so much.

This ski trip is so ridiculously unchaperoned.

So, if Peter was ready to meet Gen in the hot tub on the ski trip then why did the entire scene play out how it did. If Peter was waiting to get back together with Gen than why was he being all mopey about Lara-Jean not sitting with him and telling her right then that he has a thing for her then making out with her. You can’t tell me that if he was waiting for another girl that he wouldn’t have been a bit worried about her coming down and seeing that or Lara-Jean finding out he was there to meet Gen. It just doesn’t work.

Similarly, if Gen was meeting Peter in the hot tub what was she doing looking out of a random window down at the hot tub?

Peter should have cleared up the video thing. Also, anonymously emailed Instagram, she could just have like, reported it. There is no need to be anonymous?

Who is this and why wasn’t he in the first movie if he knew them so well as kids?

The change in address, I’m sure lots of you saw it flying around the internet when they decided they would just change the address that Lara-Jean sent the letter to and thought no one would notice, well… we did. Which makes it even more glaring because if John Ambrose lived in California when she wrote him the letter, then look, she didn’t live in the same town as him obviously.

So obviously we have to start with the recasting of John Ambrose which makes me question whether they really did not have faith that they would make a second movie and therefore didn’t cast someone to play him as the later character.

The balloon they let in the sky isn’t the same one from the previous shot. Sorry but it isn’t.

Also, you can’t just pretend the end of the first movie didn’t happen and act like John Ambrose didn’t show up at her house. It seriously make me so infuriated for no real reason, that they put the scene in the end of the first movie when he goes to her door with his letter, then PRETEND IT DIDN’T HAPPEN.

Lara-Jean is so incredibly annoying in the second movie!

For serious, the model UN doesn’t work. AND THEY HAD THE SOURCE MATERIAL IN THE BOOKS TO NOT MAKE THESE MISTAKES!

Why did Maddie Zeigler accept this role, she’s better than this. I want to see Maddie Zeigler star in her own, non-controversial, teen romance movie. I mean Eva from Dance Moms got one.

Obviously he cant text during practice, and like, he showed up. Also, I think every coach has a rule like that, don’t text during the middle of practice. How is he going to safely train lacrosse and play lacrosse while looking at his phone.

NO singing in number 3 please. Please!

Her necklace disappears and it’s so annoying, seriously go watch it again because she has a necklace on, then she says put it on for me, he is holding the locket, she turns around and doesn’t have a necklace on.

She should’ve told John earlier that she was dating Peter.

Again, so when they break up Lara-Jean is all like oh well if I hadn’t come to the hot tub you would be with Gen, but that isn’t true obviously because she broke up with him for like a couple of months or something over Christmas and Thanksgiving, he didn’t get back together with Gen in that time. It also kind of isn’t his fault that Gen was still into him, yes all of this stuff that doesn’t make sense is bad on Peter but it isn’t 100% him.

I think Lara Jean was leading John on the whole movie, I’m on team not Lara-Jean.

Why would they throw a garden party at the time of year when its cold enough to snow?

But not in the same night…

I want to watch Stormy’s romantic escapades instead, or Chris and Trevor. If I watch the third I expect lots more Chris and Trevor.

And finally, them floating into the sky at the end makes me want to throw up, like my god, they go from standing on the ground to floating above the house, that is awful.

So, don’t forget number 3 comes out just before Valentine’s on the 12th. Let me know in the comments if you’re planning to watch it or not and whether you were team Peter or team John in TATB2. I haven’t decided if I want to watch the third one yet but if you want a post about it too let me know. Thanks so much for reading as always, you can check out my previous posts, social media or follow my blog down below. Don’t forget to like, comment or share if you enjoyed it.

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Why I truly believe Mr. Blue Water High, AKA Duncan, should have been “A”…

Okay, so I mentioned last week that I wish Duncan had been ‘A’ and I know that kind of comes out of no where for most people so I thought I’d explain here because I know those last two season 2 posts were already long.

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So, we meet him because he knows Vivian, however, he also knows that Vivian’s name is Alison so I find it suspicious that he would call out Vivian instead of Alison.

Secondly, Alison went missing like 2 years ago, he never heard from her again in those 2 years, but also never saw a single newspaper with her face or a segment on the news when she went missing, let alone again when she was found dead and therefore, as his story went, he had no idea she was dead. This already never sat right to me and he was also never mentioned to the Liars, not even with like a secret code name.

Then he magically appears knowing all this stuff about them and knowing about the friends saying he would fly Alison around because he flies planes and she would just chill with him, including the exact day she went missing??? Excuse me. He saw her ‘the day she went missing’.

Anyway, then he basically has bad vibes the whole time he is with Aria, for instance, forcing her into a plane with him when she really doesn’t know him at all then he forces her to fly the plane despite her saying she didn’t want to.

Anyway, the Liars just like believe his story, but he has no way to back up his story. Then he literally disappears and is never seen again, not even when Alison is found not dead and had been kidnapped, and we know that is also all over the news, it was a high profile case, he still doesn’t come back to like, see her, or check on her.

So, the only things we have to go off are his story, that while she was hiding from ‘A’ she was also just chilling with yet another guy, flying around etc. A man who appears to have no person skills and also hasn’t read a newspaper in years. That is the story he gave. And they believe him, fine, but I don’t have to.

Further, if you changed the music in this scene it would be super creepy. Re-edit the scene and you could throw it in an obsessive horror movie.

Overall, I think it would have been better if it was him because he randomly appeared, his story didn’t make sense and then he disappeared again. Because, honestly, I think we can all agree Charlotte as ‘A’ was so farfetched it’s unreal. He could easily have been just another man who Alison was messing with (just like Ezra, Toby, Ian, Emily) and wanted revenge on her so he was doing those things to her, we obviously keep the mental illness in the story which made him also want to attack the Liars. Even Mona as ‘A’ doesn’t totally make sense because she had so much going on, she was dating, in high school, doing extra-curriculars, being at home with her parents while also planning all this stuff and watching the girls every move. We have no idea what he had been doing or what he was doing the entire rest of the time.

Anyway, I just feel like Duncan is such a loose end that I wish there had been a reason. As they said, they didn’t think Alison wasted Vivian on flirting, well apparently she did…

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Every qualm I have with ‘Pretty Little Liars’ season 2b:

Welcome back to Pretty Little Liars season 2b. If you missed 2a or the previous posts you can check them out here;

But let’s get it going:

1.So, was this all planned? Mona would have been ‘A’ already, or at least she was already messing with Alison so did she do this to force them down the road to see Aria’s dad having an affair right after, because if she did, that’s genius.

cunning plan Mona.

2.”I always saw you as more of a cute werewolf type” – haha teen wolf

3.They can go to their usual meeting place and Mona doesn’t know they are there and plotting? As if Mona hadn’t already figured out they meet up in this random abandoned greenhouse.

4.Hanna got arrested and Caleb didn’t come back early?

5.How does Mona have time to date noel still?

6.Like seriously the whole time no one says anything specifically relating to Aria being underage and therefore, Ezra grooming an underage girl.

7.Mike does not care in the slightest about Aria and Ezra

8.Why’d Aria start lying about her and Ezra again? Making that a secret only means ‘A’ could use it against her or tell the secret for her. It wasn’t her friends who made it dangerous?

9.Where did Holden go, I liked him!

10.Although, Holden also doesn’t care about Ezra! How in the tally of people who care is it still only Byron, Ella and Noel?

11.How did Mona know where they were going to order food from, already have containers to swap then manage to swap their food out?

12.They weren’t really trying to keep a secret were they? To yell Emily when you drop something.

13.Is it normal to go to a hairdresser to colour your wig? Why didn’t she just buy a brunette real hair wig?

14.Why would the dry-cleaner keep a coat for like over a year?

15.How did Kate get Hanna’s phone with the image on it to send around to the whole school, also that would be illegal in Australia cause like, distribution of child pornography, no?

16.*big flash forward spoiler* Why wouldn’t Spencer’s parents tell her shes adopted when they came clean about Jason

17.Why did Mona help Emily?

18.Isn’t it funny that Jason is actually Spencer’s cousin but Jason is still Melissa’s half sister but Melissa and Spencer are also only half sisters.

19.Jenna didn’t have a problem with Maya crashing at Noel’s?

20.Did Mona only send herself the ‘A’ message because Hanna cancelled on her and she wanted Hanna to pay her attention?

21.Oh look wren is being a creeper again!

22.That conversation before leaving Wren’s house, is the same as the one she had with Toby in season 1 when they first started dating.

23.I hate Paige

24.If Melissa had just told Spencer about Alison/Bethany way earlier it would’ve been easier for them to figure out what was going on.

25.Old mate from blue water high knew Alison’s name, it had been 2 years since he’d seen or spoken to her supposedly but he didn’t know she was missing? Or dead? Surely that made the news outside of just rosewood and when her body was found and a murder investigation started wouldn’t he have seen?

26.Alison was wearing a disguise but also telling this random guy all about her and her friends and was clearly leading him on too. Moral being, how many people was Ali dating before she left?

27.Why did Aria agree to go up in the plane? For all she knows he could be the killer, they have no way to prove his story. I wish he had been ‘A’.

28.Did this one really happen or no?

29.Answer me why they believe Melissa would be attacking Spencer, her friends, fine but why would she mess with Spencer.

30.Why would Melissa say that if she” knows it was Spencer”

31.Surely there isn’t enough evidence for a conviction

32.I have a little suspicion that just because you don’t work there anymore, that it’s still not a good idea to kiss at a school dance… then also go back to work at the school again after.

33.I can deny Paige and Emily’s “connection”.

34.Gum doesn’t actually mean anything, imagine trying to find someone, finding an Extra gum wrapper and assuming they’re connected because the person you’re looking for, chews on Extra.

35.Again; why did she start sending the texts before Hanna had gotten close with the girls again if her reasoning was because they took Hanna, also why’d she still try and ruin Hanna

36.The adult psychologist literally let Mona control her, make her leave town and drop all her patients – Dr. Sullivan literally just bowed down to Mona instead of telling the police.

37.Why would Mona even want Spencer to join? She seemed to be having a lot of fun already.

38.All the staff know Charlotte right? Why’d they let her just go mess around with Mona.

And that is every qualm I have with Pretty Little Liars season 2. Thanks for reading, don’t forget you can like, comment or follow this blog and check out my socials @simplymythoughts_blog and Simply My Thoughts Blog on Facebook.

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Every qualm I have with ‘Pretty Little Liars’ season 2a…

Welcome back everybody for season 2 of everything that makes absolutely no sense to me about Pretty Little Liars. If you missed season 1 check it out here;

So again, I love Pretty Little Liars, truly is it one of my favourite shows ever and has been for years so I have watched it A LOT, but some things just don’t make sense, however it is still a great show. So, here are my problems with season 2.

1.This just never made sense for me, the entire Ian falling off the bell-tower then his body being moved so quickly etc. never worked.

2.The liars let Garret keep the money from Ian

3.How many times can they say, Jenna isn’t A? I personally think it was safe to say that in season 1 when Jenna came back to school and they got a text while she was sitting at the table with them…

4.Is that a small room Mr realter? In my world it ain’t that small…

5.They found the phone but not the flash drive? Also, the USB just sits in the church for like months before someone finally finds it and gives it to Ted?

6.Hanna’s money problems really didn’t last long…

7.How did Mona have time to date?

8.Why would you say the name out loud before they reply when you don’t know who could be listening? Also, ‘A’ could have heard Melissa tell Spencer just how ‘A’ knows everything else!

9.How did Mona get herself into Emily’s open house as a genuine buyer? (to wipe Emily’s hard drive)

10.Why is Samara not in it longer – Samara is my top favourite of Emily’s love interests. Justice for Samara!

I’m sure it had something to do with her moving to The Vampire Diaries or something but still!

11.Yer still on school grounds…

12.Who was it that Jason was hiding in the house?

13.What was the purpose of making Jason think he hurt Alison when Garret didn’t even do it. Why did he torture Jason?

14.Just because you’re on a college campus doesn’t mean you can be a couple!

15.Pawning Melissa’s engagement ring was messed up, obviously.

16.The guy at the pawn shop seems so concerned about the $2000 he gave Spencer when the ring was worth way more than that. Also, a $2000 ute (truck) is so cheap?

17.So Mona broke into Emily’s house in the time between them going to dinner to riffle through her trash to reconstruct the letter to then retype, print and fake it having been posted?

18.Wren. As with the previous posts and as with all the future posts.

19.How old is Jason? To have been into aria for like the whole show…

20.How’d Mona get a key to the therapists office??

21.The Hastings are terrible about Ian being dead, I get none of them really liked him, but the second he is dead they seem to hate his guts meanwhile their daughter just found out her husband is dead. Like some tact please during this difficult time for Melissa?

22.When exactly did Melissa lose the baby? I seriously need to know.

23.You can’t tell me anyone would actually fall for this. Very low effort Hanna.

24.The fashion show is the best episode of PLL cant change my mind, the doll house is close though.

25.So Spencer didn’t have time to go to the meetings but somehow Mona did, she also had time to date Noel, and watch them all the time and follow them around???

26.Tresemme product placement.

27.Emily moves into that huge house with Hanna, which appears to be a three bedroom since they said Caleb was staying in the spare room but then Emily moves into Hanna’s room with her.

28.Mr Hastings is very high and mighty about the DiLaurentis’s considering he had an affair with Jessica and her sister.

29.The fact they believe Jason would kill his sister for money from inheritance makes no sense.

30.Why is Garret doing all this stuff when he didn’t kill Alison, I can’t figure it out.

31.Mike says ” I was looking for a gun or something I could use to get away from here” and Aria literally just ignores that for how do Garret and Jenna know each other.

32.How did Mona get Emily the tube of HGH? Was Emily already using it before and she just switched the bottle? How’d she know the exact one she would be using at the time?

33.What was on page 5 anyway and why did Garret care, or was it Wilden?

34.I have seriously thought this for years but – why didn’t Emily just say hey how about I give everyone my number so we can all hang out again soon and we can all chat about it. That would’ve been normal and counted as giving her the number? Why was Emily being stupid.

35.So Caleb can just cut out on school for a while?

36.How’d she make sure Emily got that box of cereal and also, product tampering and also how many boxes did she have to go through to get enough only ‘A’s

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37.Did Lucas really break into a massage parlor to give Emily a massage for Mona?

38.Spencer getting in Ezra’s car could just mean he was giving her a lift @ Mrs. Montgomery!

39.They couldn’t hear their own voices coming out of the loud speaker?

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40.Why’d she say involved when it would be like illegal and an abuse of power and so wrong?

41.Maya – Maya comes back and Emily acts surprised that she’s Bi when Emily and Maya met Maya had a boyfriend that Emily knew about, so like, it didn’t even cross her mind that Maya’s boyfriend wasn’t a beard.

42.How was Ali so mad at Jason that she was seriously plotting to have him taken out of her grandmothers will, to the point that she asked Hanna’s grandmother all these questions to test how to do it to her brother.

43.We’ve all been asking yourselves this question too I believe…

44.Shame they didn’t have Turnitin back then aye…

45.How did Alison know Emily was going to need to be saved and where to go since Emily didn’t even know where she was going?

46.Can they actually say for sure they knew what the murder weapon was, also them having a shovel isn’t enough evidence in my opinion for a conviction, you still need to prove they had it that night, had motive, hit her with it and buried her in her own yard with no one knowing. Also, how were they going to explain them digging up a mask and a set of boots? Also, ‘knowing’ the murder weapon is a shovel doesn’t make it that exact shovel which had writing on the front with coordinates? So, obviously they haven’t been able to do the forensic testing on the shovel yet, to me, that means they don’t have enough proof to arrest.

47.Garrett, what’s he really have to gain, spoiler if you haven’t seen season 3 but, Garret pretended to Jenna that he killed Alison, which to start with, why? But anyway, then Garret literally runs around for 2 years trying to make Jason think he did it and becoming a cop to plant evidence and steal the page 5 of the autopsy and frame the Liars, but, he didn’t kill her. Like, Garret actually didn’t kill her so is his gain literally just Jenna is dating him? It doesn’t make any sense at all.

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Checking out the Dawson’s Creek pilot…

Dawson’s Creek has always been one of those shows for me which I’ve heard of, or has been referred to, but I never had the opportunity to check it out until now. Recently Dawson’s Creek went up on Aussie Netflix so I thought I’d give it a go and let you know what I think of the pilot. So here goes;

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We are first introduced to Dawson and his friend while they hang out critiquing TV things. So, Dawson himself is a movie buff which is kind of fun since I am clearly very interested in TV shows, so I just thought that was nice.

Then we are introduced to Joey, his life long best friend (right of image), Joey.

I really don’t vibe with this other guy, Pacey, (left of image) so let’s hope he gets better. So far, from just the pilot, everything he has said felt borderline offensive and also he is rude and some other things we will get in to…

Anyway, back to the start Joey breaks to Dawson that they basically aren’t allowed to sleep over together now that they’re 15. So, was it okay last week? If she stays at his every weekend why was it fine last weekend but not this weekend? Seems a bit suspicious to me.

I have heard the consensus is that Dawson is the worst part of Dawson’s Creek (but honestly, James Van Der Beek playing himself in ‘Don’t trust the B in Apartment 23’ is gold), but this is definitely a red flag.

And this too… Like, I know it’s Dawson’s bed, but look at him man-spreading, he is lying down the middle of the bed!

Outer Banks who? Honestly, there might be a bit more worth watching here, I mean, at least in number of episodes there definitely is. So, if you were someone who did happen to like Outer Banks or just like the idea of a small town show for people living on the water maybe this is it!

not my video

This is my main gal. Gotta love a woman who doesn’t take shit from boys and stands up for herself, so far I’m rooting for this girl. But they are trying to make me not like her, you can already see that her standing up for herself against rude men is portraying her as the bitch of the show, which is just so unoriginal. I love this girl, show me more of her honestly because she’s a powerful woman.

Now, these next series of events really threw me, Pacey had met this woman at the video store and flirted with her, which already gave me bad vibes but then, there’s this.

Yikes… “during school hours”

Um, also yikes…

Double yikes, already wondering why all of this was allowed and why the rest of them are friends with Pacey but also, why none of them told him it was super weird to be so into his teacher.

What exactly is going on! She’s his teacher! Also, he is a child. If Joey and Dawson are 15 then so is Pacey so what on Earth is happening in this show. We are only looking at the pilot!

Basically, Joey has been whining and complaining literally the entire show since a new girl showed up, but she was really boring in the episode so if you want to see her wait a few more episodes. I sort of understand where Joey is coming from when she acts like this the whole episode, she is just jealous of Dawson being interested in another girl because of what it could mean for their friendship and she is already worried about their friendship beforehand. And Dawson is kind of instantly obsessed with this girl but he is also just being nice. However, her being so rude and whinny the whole time really doesn’t put me on her side. Although, she is 15 so I guess I can let it slide for now. But, so far my least favourite characters are Pacey and Joey.

We then end with Joey and Dawson deciding they can still be best friends and tell each other anything because they care about each other so much, which is cute. The execution is kind of strange but humorous.

So, on a whole, I would suggest giving Dawson’s Creek a go, it looks decent enough as far as teen shows go. I think the friendship that Dawson and Joey have is also nice and kind of cute but I worry that the point of that is to ruin it. Either way, I think I will keep watching it. If you want an ‘every qualm I have with’ for season 1 let me know and I’ll make one!

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