Every reason I could find for why Derek Shepherd is the worst…

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I’m sure everyone has seen the recent hype around Patrick Dempsey’s return to Greys Anatomy this past week. So, I thought now was the perfect time to remind everyone of who Derek really was…

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Grey’s Anatomy is obviously an incredibly successful medical show, one of several 2005 hit tv shows. It has recently been announced that Grey’s will run at least until 17 seasons. However, some would put a lot of the shows success on Patrick Dempsey and the ‘McDreamy’ facade. However, I just can’t agree. I can’t understand why it is constantly said that Derek is a good guy. It’s like they think if we hear that he’s a good guy enough then we will believe it despite all the evidence against it. I hate Derek Shepherd. I always have and probably always will. I don’t get the McDreamy hype or the Derek and Meredith hype but I will concede that the show isn’t as good after Derek dies. But I don’t put that down to Derek I think the vibe just shifts, and Meredith gets worse in my opinion after he dies. However, it truly amazes me how many terrible things he does during his run on the show. So, here’s every reason I could find for why Derek Shepherd is the worst….

  1. Doesn’t tell Meredith he’s married…

2. If we didn’t know Meredith liked Derek back, him pestering her is sexual harassment. Also he is her superior and could be using his power over her and her career. Just because they met first and had a one night stand doesn’t mean she doesn’t feel pressured and harassed.

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3. Drags Meredith along for the ride then chooses Addison. Also, makes Meredith ‘a girl standing in front of a boy asking him to love her’ which I just hate.

4. Neglects Addison. Derek admits to neglecting Addison before she cheated and when he chose to stay with her and they started therapy.

5. Also slut shames Meredith which is a real class act in my opinion.

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6. Cheats on Addison with Meredith at the Prom, whilst also basically shitting on Meredith right before it blaming her for him not wanting Addison.

7. Gets shitty at Meredith for almost dying, as if her being in an accident and dying is about Derek. It’s too much for him. He has no idea what actually happened, how long she was in the water, for all he knows she could have hit her head on the way down or the hypothermia got too much or you know, its not easy to tread water for hours. For all Derek knows she did try and she just couldn’t hold on. “She gave up, she knows how to swim” YOU DON’T KNOW THAT DEREK. YOU’RE MAKING IT UP.

8. Tells Meredith she’s emotionally broken!

9. Almost cheats on Meredith with Lexi then acts like hes a good guy cause he didn’t when he tells Meredith in order to hurt her.

10. I’ll wait for you unless I meet someone else… excuse me what!

11. Doesn’t want to give Meredith any credit for the clinical trial. Yes, Derek is the senior on the project but it was Meredith’s idea which she brought to him and did all the initial research on and did minimum half of the work with the patients (probably more). She also is the only reason they had a success because she pushed for the extra 1 patient. Meredith could have brought her idea and research to someone else but Derek is the God and Derek will always be bigger and better and like Christina said “he’s not the sun” even though he acts like it every chance he gets.

12. Cheats on Rose with Meredith. So now we’re 2 for cheating and 1 for not (Lexi, but I’d suggest more like 0.5 since he considered it)…

13. Does try to steal Chief from Webber… more than once….

14. The throwing the ring in Meredith’s face.

15. Tells Meredith she’d be a terrible mother! As if he would know.

16. ‘Why is the chief spending time with you and not talking to me, he’s trying to get to me’. No Derek, maybe Meredith is just good, maybe the Chief sees more in her than just an intern. Granted that whole alcoholism thing was going on but that doesn’t make it the reason. Because, Meredith is a good surgeon.

17. The whole thing with Zola when Derek practically left her because she was trying to save Adele’s life and they almost lost Zola. Derek knows that Richard is like a father to Meredith and Adele has always been kind to Meredith despite her mother having an affair with Richard. So, obviously she would want to give Adele any chance to live. If it was someone else she wouldn’t have done it but for Derek having known Richard and Adele for years, he should understand what Meredith did.

18. Derek is rude to everyone, all the time. I’ll say it again, you can’t just say he’s a good guy and trick people into thinking it’s true. Everyone is always saying Derek is a good guy – show me where, when, give me an example, please.

19. Derek is mean to his sisters, specifically Amelia. Yes, Amelia is an addict who has made mistakes but she is also a neurosurgeon and she is trying her best to manage her addiction, Derek doesn’t need to constantly belittle her.

20. Derek giving Owen shit about the plane crash constantly. As if Owen could have predicted a plane crash? Yes, he signed a document changing airlines however, Derek had that job, he knows how much paperwork there is and the assistant just hands you pages to sign. That’s the job, the hospital is broke and has been for years.

21. Named his kid after himself, now I didn’t know this until I looked it up but Bailey’s real first name is Derek. Derek Bailey Shepherd, tell me why?

22. Derek’s career will always be more important than Meredith’s.

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23. Everything to do with the brain mapping project:
– going back on his word to give Meredith time for her career

-moving away to do the project

-trying to steal the sensors Derek worked on with Callie and destroying her research

-Went away, claimed he was changing his mind for his family then was only being spiteful towards Meredith before she finally made him leave. After she told him that was what was going to happen.

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24. Derek tries to steal the job he got Amelia because on a whim he decided to leave the project. In doing so, allows her to be outed as an addict and doesn’t defend her. How is this a ‘good guy’? Please someone explain it to me!

25. DID CHEAT ON MEREDITH WITH THE RESEARCH ASSISTANT! Did we all just forget that because he came back? So, that’s 3 for cheating to 0.5 for not!!

Now, I don’t know about you but I think that is quite a list. Obviously I couldn’t sift through 12 years of episodes just to find individual lines when he was being terrible, but I still think that is quite an impressive list don’t you? From this list I think it is clear that Derek is a cheater, manipulative, arrogant, rude and down right spiteful for all 12 seasons he is on Greys. So, while I agree the show wasn’t as good, or at least wasn’t the same without him, I prefer the parts in those seasons which he wasn’t in. Also, the few seasons leading up to Derek’s death when he was being the absolute worst I feel like weren’t as good as the old days either. But, hey, that’s just my personal opinion. I’d love to hear yours! Do you still stan Derek and Meredith? Do you think he is McDreamy? I’d love to know.

I personally would say I’m a McSteamy stan myself, Mark is great and I will happily write a post about that if anyone is interested just comment down below.

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‘House at the End of the Street’ is actually really good…

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Let me explain,

SO, I’ve seen ‘House at the End of the Street’ honestly, probably, 5 times at this point and those who read my Curse of Chucky review post will know, I’m more into the supernatural type horror. This is probably at least, in part, because it is further from reality. However, I think this is a really good movie for several reasons.

I think it is scary because of how real it is. He was a mentally ill man who was emotionally tortured his entire life after the death of his sister. He was told he killed his sister and his parents did not want him, they wanted his sister. For parents to force their kid to take on their dead sisters identity because she died is abuse. And no one knew, no one helped him.

This was furthered by him being an outcast because of his family meaning he couldn’t make the positive ties he had needed. The town treated him badly because of something that happened to him (well at least so they thought).

I also think it is good because you can see him somewhat deteriorate when he loses “his sister” over and over. He loses so much control when he loses her. And it’s also super interesting to me how much they humanised him. Lots of movies where people are mass murderers or kidnappers show them as a monster but this movie really said ‘hey, it’s not that simple’.

He grapples with wanting to protect Jennifer Lawrence and wanting to fit in, whilst also trying to manage his psyche and mental illness. It is clear that he did not want to hurt Jennifer Lawrence however, in that moment, when he realized he couldn’t have both unless she was Carrie Anne, for him things changed.

Now, I’m no psychologist/psychiatrist, and I’m not condoning his actions in any way. But it is so powerful to show a normal person ruined by society over time. He was a child and there was an accident, his parents abused him for years before he could no longer take it and yes, murdered them. Then he spent the rest of his life trying to atone for “killing his sister” by “protecting her and keeping her safe”. Obviously, that isn’t what was happening but for him, it is, he was protecting his sister. The town shunned the boy they believed lost his parents and sister in a terrible way.

So, I really think this movie goes to show how society can ruin people and mental illness can have terrible impacts. He was a regular guy, any one of us could have become him if we had similar circumstances and I think the depth of his character is what really makes this a good movie. Even after all he had lived through and the persisting mental illness, he is kind to Jennifer Lawrence at all times until he needs her to become Carrie Anne.

I won’t say it’s particularly scary or anything but it is fascinating to me to finish a movie about a man kidnapping women and killing them, but feel somewhat sorry for the killer at the end when they show his story. A man who had nothing to hold on to but his sister and he needed her to ground himself.

I’d love to know your thoughts on this movie and if you’ve seen it in the comments at the bottom of the page. It is currently available on Aussie Stan and I highly recommend giving it a shot. 

“Curse of Chucky” kind of sucks…

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Now, I like a good horror movie as much as the next person so I was keen to watch ‘Curse of Chucky’. I am partial to the more supernatural horror movies like Polterguiest, or movies with demons and spirits and ghosts. I am not into the Saw type horror movies as a personal preference. So I figured I’d give ‘Curse of Chucky’ as go as I’d never seen any of the Chucky related movies.

So apparently in this version, I don’t know if this is every version but, Chucky was I guess a psycho guy who tried to kidnap a woman and make her and her kids his family and then he got shot and somehow had this mystical power (which like creates storms and stuff) to put his consciousness in a doll for revenge which is just wild to me. He then kills several families over the years before getting back to the family he wanted revenge on. Why’d Chucky kill all those other families before getting back to who he really wanted? However, we don’t find any of this out until the end of the movie. They just randomly throw magic in at the end of the movie. Anyway, I’m getting ahead of myself.

So, 40 minutes in and there is so much familial exposition yet nothing really goes on. In the beginning Chucky is delivered to the house and the paraplegic girls mother is killed (presumably by Chucky) but we didn’t even see what happened, so that was kind of boring. The girls family moves in to “help” her and sell the house a little while after the death along with their live-in nanny and the reverend is just chilling with them.

Then a little while later and the Reverend is killed but far from where Chucky was and he is beheaded. But really, we don’t see Chucky do anything for the first half of the movie.

Also, Chucky is kind of an asshole, he stabs the paraplegic girl in the leg, I’m guessing as like a joke about her not being able to feel it or something? Honestly I’m not sure because he’s already killed 2 people by then, why resort to a shallow stab in the leg? Why didn’t Chucky kill the girl the first night with her mother, he easily could have? Why’s he waste time if he wants to kill her?

Then Chucky electrocutes a girl but all he had to do was knock over a bucket of water. Low effort if you ask me. Also, he cuts Barb’s eye out and I guess she dies instantly?

Chucky’s power seems really insurmountable. He can cause car crashes, stop elevators, talk, hide knives and stab people and can potentially block cell service so why does he take so long to do anything. This begs the question; what is he doing, he could seemingly kill all of them very easily so why isn’t he. Why did he kill the mum, then leave Nica alone. Then, the Reverend didn’t do anything like that and apparently his cross didn’t save him from Chucky so that wasn’t a threat? And, if Chucky could kill the Revered in a car crash miles away from the house without doing anything why’s he struggle so much to kill the family?

What really astounds me is, Chucky just speaks when spoken to, moves himself and can literally turn his own head 180 degrees but they just act like that is normal. The brother-in-law literally asks Chucky to tell him all the things he can say and Chucky just starts spouting crap. Moral being – Chucky is bad at hiding his powers and these people are dumb.

Another problem I have is, Chucky is ginormous, he is the size of the child carrying him around. Although I will admit, he’s creepy as! He’s also kind of funny to look at and his movement is laughable and his voice is just weird.

It also does kind of bug me that I can see the paralyzed girl’s legs moving sometimes, I understand it was probably hard for the actress to entirely stop her moving her legs at all but it is still irritating.

It’s cool that the doll is an animatromic however, I don’t think it looks better than it would have if they used CGI. The CGI rain and ending were also just crap. Maybe that’s why they didn’t CGI Chucky, because they couldn’t make him look good with their CGI budget…

So as a whole, if you want a laugh and to watch a weird little animatronic doll walk around with a knife, sure watch this newest Chucky. However, you can’t just put scary music in and a creepy doll and think that’s enough. ‘Curse of Chucky’ is not scary. It just doesn’t make any sense to me.

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‘Love Life’ is super depressing…

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Okay, so for any who didn’t see; Anna Kendrick starred in a new show in 2020 called ‘Love Life’ which followed Anna Kendrick’s character, Darby, going through her young adulthood trying to find love. Now, I love Anna Kendrick ,I really do, and I think she was great in this but ‘Love Life’ wasn’t for me. Anna Kendrick is great however, this has nothing to do with her. Each episode we watch Darby in a different time in her life. Forewarning, I did not finish the show because it was making me feel a bit depressed to be honest. So this is just my interpretation from what I did see.

So, firstly, let me say, the acting in ‘Love Life’ is not bad and neither is the plot or story-line. I have no issues with these aspects. I honestly kind of love them showing a woman in her adulthood who doesn’t have everything figured out. Some of these romantic interests just ended because the people were at different points in their lives or wanted different things. I think it was really honest and I applaud them for that. They had Darby being a strong woman with a career and it wasn’t easy for Darby to find her love.

So, in the beginning of watching the show I felt like it was kind of cute. I enjoyed watching Anna Kendrick finding love however, it isn’t that simple. Like I said, the show is honest. However, for those who don’t know (spoiler) each episode shows Darby’s relationship with a different person. So, because of that, every episode we watch Darby find someone, be happy and inevitably break up with them. This was hard for me to watch, this isn’t a long show and for each episode to be such an emotional roller-coaster for the audience was a lot.

I definitely understand why they did this and it does show some realities about relationships and love, but, as a viewer it was confronting. To watch this cute relationship and happiness come crashing down and hurting them, every 40 minutes. I just couldn’t take it.

That said, there are lots of good aspects to this show, for instance, we watch Darby growing with her friends in a realistic way as their lives change. We watch Darby coming to terms with who she is and who she wants to be and succeeding in her career.

So, this post is not intended to tell you not to watch ‘Love Life’ but it is to somewhat shed some light on what it is really about and how it made me feel. As I was watching these relationships turn bad or people treat Darby poorly, it made me feel really low and depressed and I soon realized I wasn’t going to stop seeing and feeling these things until the end. So, I didn’t finish it. But maybe you will. ‘Love Life’ is available on Aussie Stan if you want to check it out, but this one just wasn’t for me, and that’s totally okay. I respect what they were trying to do here and I respect the honesty but it just made me sad watching it.

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My problem with ‘The 100’…

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I watched ‘The 100’ relatively recently after having tried to watch it a few times in the past. I will say, I honestly do like ‘The 100’, I have enjoyed watching it and I’m excited to watch the final season once it is available on Australian Netflix, so I have currently only watched the first 6 seasons. But, I do definitely have some problems with it.

Firstly, much like my 13 Reasons Why post, access here if you haven’t checked it out yet; https://simplymythoughts.blog/2020/09/05/my-problem-with-13-reasons-why/

I feel like, ‘The 100’ deviated from their initial story line a lot. ‘The 100’ starts out basically about whether a bunch of kids can survive and create a livable society without adults (much like The Society, Under the Dome, The Rain, and Between), granted there was all that stuff on the Ark but honestly I didn’t care about that at all. Then we throw in the grounders – fair enough, I guess if you’re telling me they survived fine but I wonder how from the Ark they couldn’t tell there were people down there. But fine, if that’s what they want to say, okay.

But then, by season 3 ‘The 100’ just became so political. Granted some might say it was always political with the Ark and the grounders but suddenly in season 3 there is whole clans of grounders from all around who each have their own government and treaties and a coup to overthrow Lexa. What happened to just surviving on the ground and creating a society. The entire third season was just politics and honestly that is why I struggled to get through ‘The 100’ the first few times. The sudden appearance of hundreds if not thousands of grounders who were living, not that far from Arkadia?

I also can’t say I enjoyed the whole AI story line. It was just really annoying and dumb for me, I didn’t like it and it went on for so long. In my opinion, the only reason for the AI season being put in was so they could shift the story line basically to the few guys in the sky, Clarke on the ground and ‘Wonkru’. So, why did I need to watch all that AI crap?

Then they basically just repeat the entire story line, if we’re being honest, the prisoners coming down and taking over a piece of land vs the Wonkru is literally just season 1 over again. Now, I enjoyed this plot and all. I really did. I like the later seasons but I can’t ignore that they kind of recycled the early story line.

So, we watched the AI try and turn everyone to save them from the 2nd doomsday just to re-watch season 1 but basically from the grounders perspective.

Like I said, I really liked the later seasons (reminder I haven’t seen 7), but when you look back, where they are by season 6 is almost and entirely different show. They deviated literal planets away from where they started!

I also just really don’t care for Clarke, but I guess that’s a personal thing and maybe lots of fans like her – but I really have never liked Clarke and I can’t figure out why.

Another thing I just can’t understand and I would love for someone to explain if they know is; how do the grounders survive the initial radiation? So according to the 2nd radiation explosion only Nightbloods can survive the radiation as proven by Clarke and Maddy. However, would that not mean for the grounders to survive to begin with they would have all needed to be Nightbloods, which means that no regular bleeders could survive the radiation therefore Nightblood could not be bred out to become so rare and important? I don’t know honestly, someone please tell me because didn’t the Nightblood come from Becca?

Lets also talk about language. So, all the grounders still speak English as far as we can see, which means they likely spoke English before Praimfaya, also the mountain men speak English so that leads me to believe the land they are on is an English speaking country (if we’re being honest there is no way the show didn’t drop the Ark and the 100 on U.S. soil). SO, this begs the question of why they created their own language. It had only been 97 years in space for the Ark so in that time we are to believe that Becca came back down, gave chips to some of the grounders (remembering Becca spoke English too), they created whole legends about Becca and a new language whilst still speaking English. Seems suspicious to me…

So, although I really enjoy ‘The 100’ season 1 and 2 and the later seasons, I can’t say I don’t have a bit of a problem with how much the show changed. When I first watched ‘The 100’ season 1 it was a show about kids trying to live on the ground after having never seen the ground in their lifetimes, now it’s about kids on space ships with prisoners and AI’s and they aren’t even on Earth. I get that maybe you can’t have as much run time when it’s just about them trying to survive but it just bugs me. Let me know if you disagree because I know many people may, but those were my problems with ‘The 100’. I look forward to hopefully seeing season 7 soon on Netflix.

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The scary truth about ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is a series currently available on Australian Stan which was adapted from the popular book “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood. I haven’t personally seen all of the series but I have seen the first few seasons and that is enough for me. The Handmaid’s Tale takes place in a not too distant dystopian future where a new government has taken over amid an infertility crisis threatening mankind.

This new world they create is a world where women once again become shadows to men, with no personal agency, no ability to control their own lives or any political power. The fertile women, the “handmaids”, are carted around to different powerful families who cannot conceive and are raped and abused month after month for the sole purpose to bring a baby to a powerful family. Once they have given birth they are moved to another family for the cycle to begin again.

Those women who were infertile move into select other jobs such as training the fertile women, marrying less powerful men, being cooks to the political families and so forth. These women have nothing anymore, no right to vote, read, write, even think realistically.

This world they have presented is honestly incredibly grim and for me was hard to watch at points. However, the scary truth is, now more than ever we can see this isn’t impossible. With the Corona Virus pandemic covering the globe and governments enforcing lockdowns we can see that it would really not be so hard for those with radical views to make their way into power and be able to make such terrible changes. Governments around the world did strip many liberties from citizens in order to keep us safe from the outbreak and limit loss of life. Which I totally agree with. However, they did strip our liberties, they decided where we could go, who we could see, for how long and when we could return to our lives. Although this was made for a good purpose, to save lives and control a pandemic, those in The Handmaids Tale thought they had a worthy cause. For them, they were trying to save mankind from going extinct because of infertility.

Now, obviously people rioted these changes, particularly women rioted against their loss of power, land, agency, ability to learn, read, work and more. But, when you have enough political power behind you, you can fix this problem.

We now can see that all it would take for this to become a reality would be for the wrong people (with enough support) to gain power. It would be difficult but it is not impossible. And that truly terrifies me.

In the past you could watch the show or read the books and think ‘man I wonder how they were ever able to do this, turn fertile women into baby factories and reduce women’s rights back down to where they were long ago’ but now… we know how much power the government has over us and what they can legitimately make us do with force and punishment.

So, that’s just something to think about, I’ll be back next week with hopefully a less depressing post but I really felt this was interesting to point out and explore. Subscribe down below to get emailed when I post.

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