REVIEW: TRINKETS – SEASON 1

Kiana Madeira, Brianna Hildebrand, and Quintessa Swindell in Trinkets (2019)

Starring

Brianna Hildebrand (Deadpool)
Kiana Madeira (Sacred Lies)
Quintessa Swindell (Granada Nights)
Brandon Butler (13 Reasons Why)
Odiseas Georgiadis (The Perfect Date)
Larry Sullivan (Big Little Lies)
Dana Green (Tenfold)

Trinkets (2019)

Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Henry Zaga (The New Mutants)
Larisa Oleynik (3rd Rock From The Sun)
Jessica Lynn Skinner (American Vandal)
Haley Tju (Big Hero 6: The Series)
Linden Ashby (Teen Wolf)
Joy Bryant (Honey)

Kiana Madeira in Trinkets (2019)Trinkets isn’t offensive or overly political, but it’s not particularly original either. It feels like a well-worn concept driven into the ground and despite some nice plot beats and all the usual teen angst you’d expect from a show like this, Trinkets fails to really stand out next to so many others. It’s not as shocking as 13 Reasons Why nor are its characters as charismatic or memorable as Buffy The Vampire Slayer. It doesn’t have the same binge-factor as Gossip Girl and it certainly doesn’t have the craziness of Riverdale or The Runaways. What we’re left with then is a show that’s neither here nor there, existing somewhere in the realm of mediocrity and never quite doing enough to rise out of it.Brianna Hildebrand in Trinkets (2019)The story here predominantly revolves around 3 different girls from very different walks of life, coming together at a Shoplifters Anonymous group and forming a tight-knit bond at school. It’s not quite The Breakfast Club but the concept is more or less the same, as the girls slowly shed their facade and start to come into their own as they open up to one another. A bombshell reveal from Elodie does shake things up a little and certainly nods toward recent trends but again, it’s nothing particularly original or new that hasn’t been depicted on screen before. Of course, given the target market there are some pretty big cliches here, stemming from Elodie as the new girl at school with a troubled past. Tabitha has relationship problems but pretends everything’s okay to keep up her perfect social media facade while Moe has problems of her own but plays off the angry, lone-wolf character.Brianna Hildebrand and Quintessa Swindell in Trinkets (2019)As the story progresses, each of the girls see a fair amount of drama injected into their lives and while there is an overarching story tying everything together, most episodes have their own standalone stories. Whether it be Tabitha celebrating her birthday on a cruise boat or preparing for an upcoming school dance, there’s a variety of different ideas here that do well to keep things relatively interesting. There’s certainly potential here though and the 30 minute length for each episode is perfectly paced to keep you hanging on for the next episode to see what happens. Perhaps it’s just me, given the wealth of TV content I cover every week, but Trinkets doesn’t really have that X Factor to make it anything but a formulaic teen drama.Kiana Madeira, Brianna Hildebrand, and Quintessa Swindell in Trinkets (2019)Having said all that, Trinkets is perfectly fine as a show. It has some good twists and a few nice little moments but despite being listed as a comedy, this one plays out much closer to teen-orientated melodrama. The three girls do have some good chemistry together and I can see this being one of those shows that people watch happily but just as quickly forget about. That’s not necessarily a bad thing – not everything will be an A+ out the gate, but Trinkets feels like a painting by numbers picture. It’s very cagey, very formulaic and very difficult to recommend next to so many others in the genre. Trinkets is simply okay, and it appears okay with just being okay.

REVIEW: MIKE & MOLLY – SEASON 2

MAIN CAST

Billy Gardell (Young Sheldon)
Melissa McCarthy (Spy)
Reno Wilson (Transformers)
Katy Mixon (American Housewife)
Nyambi Nyambi (The Good Fight)
Rondi Reed (The Astronaught’s Wife)
Cleo King (The Hangover)
Louis Mustillo (One For The Money)
Swoosie Kurtz (Pushing Daisies)

The Wedding

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Holly Robinson Peete (21 Jump Street)
David Anthony Higgins (Big Time Rush)
Reginald VelJohnson (Die Hard)
Francis Guinan (Speed 2)
William Sanderson (Blade Runner)
Steve Hytner (Roswell)
John Charles Meyer (Devil’s Couriers)
Marianne Muellerleile (Norbit)
Laura Coover (Agent Carter)
Cheryl Hawker (My Name Is Earl)
Brendan Patrick Connor (Spider-Man 2)
Sonya Eddy (Legit)
Howard Hesseman (Flight of The Navigator)
Larisa Oleynik (3rd Rock From The Sun)
Cerina Vincent (Power Rangers Lost Galaxy)
June Squibb (In & Out)
Lamont Thompson (Evan Almighty)

Melissa McCarthy and Billy Gardell in Mike & Molly (2010)First comes love, then comes marriage… but there’s a whole lot in between, as this second season of the sitcom Mike & Molly gets the two plus-size lovebirds at the altar only after they run a gauntlet of issues between themselves and especially their meddling families. Schoolteacher Molly Flynn and Chicago cop Mike Biggs became engaged at the end of the show’s first season, and now they get down to the details, ranging from the liberated, educated Molly wondering if she should keep her own last name to finding a venue , writing their vows, their bachelor and bachelorette parties, the wedding rehearsal, and, of course, the big event, which happens at the end of the season. They have their disagreements, but these are two sweet, loving people who know how to work things out… which makes them the polar opposites of their families. Molly (and Mike, once they move into her family’s home) must deal with her potty-mouthed mother (Swoosie Kurtz), Mom’s Neanderthal fiancé (Louis Mustillo), and her goodhearted but startlingly dumb slut of a sister (Katy Mixon); Mike, meanwhile, continues to fight a mostly losing battle with his own mother (Rondi Reed), surely one of the most relentlessly poisonous characters ever portrayed on a screen.Swoosie Kurtz, Melissa McCarthy, Coby Ryan McLaughlin, and Katy Mixon in Mike & Molly (2010)

Season 2 Highlights are

Gone’ Fishin

After their engagement, trouble arises when Molly wants to start planning their wedding and Mike is not too keen on setting a date. Vince offers to walk Molly down the aisle. Mike decides to go fishing with the guys. On the way to the lake, Molly wants Mike to check out a wedding location near the lake and Mike calls it nonsense, which makes Molly mad. The fishing trip is a disaster because the boat sinks. Joyce takes Molly to yoga and send the pictures of Molly Stretching with the handsome instructor to Vince. Mike rushes home with news that he checked the reception hall and promises to help plan the wedding.

Rondi Reed in Mike & Molly (2010)Dennis’s Birthday

Molly is sick of everything that is wrong with Mike’s apartment and asks him to move in with her into her mother’s house. Mike talks it over with Carl who isn’t too happy with it. Peggy throws a birthday party for Dennis (William Sanderson), her boyfriend and Molly makes a cake. After the party Peggy decides to give him a “birthday gift” and confides in Molly. Peggy gets a surprise, when he drops dead in her bed. She drags him down, dresses him up and puts in front of Molly’s cake before calling Mike to help. Mike eventually finds the reason for Dennis’ death. Peggy spends the night at Molly’s, where she mourns his death. After seeing Dennis’ sad apartment, Mike decides to move in with Molly.Reno Wilson, Billy Gardell, and Nyambi Nyambi in Mike & Molly (2010)

57 Chevy Bel Air

Molly wants to save money for their wedding, but Mike is interested in buying Vince’s 1957 Chevy Bel Air. In spite of Molly’s objection, Mike buys it for $7800. Carl and Rosetta love the car. To convince Molly, he takes her for a ride, and she starts to like it. Mike finally tells her that he has already bought it. When the car starts to give trouble, Mike demands a refund, but Vince refuses. Finally, Joyce interferes and gets them $7250. Molly then reveals her bad financial status to Mike. Molly, Victoria and Joyce discuss wedding location.

Melissa McCarthy and Katy Mixon in Mike & Molly (2010)Happy Halloween

Molly is interested in the Vice Principal position in her school and gets excited when she is invited to a Halloween party in her boss’s house. Mike is uninterested, but they go as Frankenstein and the Bride of Frankenstein. At the party, she is upset by the office politics, but Mike encourages her not to leave. Finally, her boss acknowledges that she would make a great Vice Principal. Vince has trouble with teenagers asking for candy without even dressing up. Carl and Samuel make a plan to get women by dressing up as Zorro and SpongeBob SquarePants.

Holly Robinson Peete, Reno Wilson, and Billy Gardell in Mike & Molly (2010)

Carl Meets a Lady

Carl is partying non-stop & Rosetta is worried. She asks Mike to fix him up with a nice girl. At the dinner, Carl and Mike meet Christina (Holly Robinson Pete), who is an optometrist. Carl tries to ask her out & ends up insulting her. He then apologizes and they start going out. Molly is busy with the her work and has no time for Mike & he misses her

Melissa McCarthy and Laura Coover in Mike & Molly (2010)

Peggy Gets a Job

Mike makes dinner for the girls and Peggy drops by suddenly and guilt Molly, and she ends up inviting her for lunch in her school. Peggy shares her insecurities with Molly & then Mike goes to meet his mother. After a heart-to-heart with Mike, she becomes a lunch lady in Molly’s school. Though upset initially, Molly starts liking the situation when Peggy becomes source of gossip for her, especially about Rebecca, the other candidate for the Vice President’s job. Peggy convinces Molly to have a church wedding.

David Anthony Higgins in Mike & Molly (2010)Mike Cheats

Harry talks about not having a Thanksgiving plan in his OA meeting and after that, he finds Mike eating candy bars. He volunteers to be Mike’s sponsor and gets himself invited to Molly’s house for Thanksgiving dinner. Mike tries to diet, so that he can have some stuffing and desert during Thanksgiving. His current clothes are getting tight, so he gets his bigger clothes from his mom’s place, where he ends up eating macaroni and cheese. Molly tries to make a healthy Thanksgiving Meal. Harry takes Mike to a gay OA to make sure that Molly does not find about his weight gain, but that does not help. Joyce & Victoria compares Mike’s behavior with their cat who used to eat outside and sneak home. Carl, Rosetta and Christina go to Molly’s place for Thanksgiving. Mike finally confesses to Molly & they go to a OA meeting.

Reno Wilson, Billy Gardell, Cole Sand, and Isabella Crovetti in Mike & Molly (2010)Christmas Break

Molly starts planning Christmas. At school, Rebecca finally reveals that she got the Vice Principal’s job as she is sleeping with the Principal. Molly then gets drunk with Peggy and all the lunch ladies. Mike is looking forward to a nice Christmas with Molly’s family. He also dresses up as Santa & Carl as an elf for charity, but is doesn’t go very well. At home, Molly is depressed and watches TV with Vince, when an old student turns up to thanks her for helping him get accepted to a art school. She finally comes out of depression and realizes the true value of her job.

Holly Robinson Peete and Melissa McCarthy in Mike & Molly (2010)

Valentine’s Piggyback

Carl plans a very romantic plans for Valentine’s Day with Christina. Molly asks Mike to keep it simple, so he makes no plans. When Carl points out that Molly didn’t really meant what she said, he tries to mooch off Carl’s plan. On the way to the date, Carl & Mike see a man about to jump and try to save him. In the process Carl falls & Mike saves him. The girls have a nice valentine without the guys & Molly finds out about Mike’s piggyback. Molly gets Mike a universal remote & asks Harry to set it up. He starts talking to Victoria & ends up becoming her Valentine.

Swoosie Kurtz and Katy Mixon in Mike & Molly (2010)

Peggy Goes to Branson

Peggy goes to Branson on a church picnic & leaves Jim with Mike & Molly. She tells them that it would be a practice for when having children. When Mike says, “if they have children,” Molly thinks that Mike is not interested in having children and it leads to a argument. Baby talk becomes the hot topic in the house. Jim swallows a tampon & needs surgery. Peggy gives a guilt trip about it & Molly starts doubting her parenting ability, Mike assures her that they will be fine parents.

Melissa McCarthy in Mike & Molly (2010)The Dress

Molly goes for a wedding dress fitting and discovers that she needs to lose 6 more pounds to fit into her dress. She drives Mike & everyone else to the wall, when she tries to lose the extra weight. When she meets an old OA friend who is now thin, she runs out of the spinning class. She picks up a fight in the parking lot & gets arrested. Finally Mike tells her that she is perfect the way she is to calm her down.

Swoosie Kurtz, Holly Robinson Peete, T.J. Hoban, Melissa McCarthy, and Katy Mixon in Mike & Molly (2010)

Bachelor/Bachelorette

Mike & Carl start planning the bachelor party & Mike’s Dad joins them. He tells them that his marriage is not doing well. He takes his father home. Molly asks him to take his dad to the bachelor party as his mom is coming to her bachelorette party at her place. When Peggy learns that her ex-husband is staying with Mike & Molly, she dresses up and arrives early to meet him, but Mike has already left with him. Peggy also gets Molly a stripper, which makes her very uncomfortable. Meanwhile, the guys ride around in a limo and everyone makes a toast. After Vince, Carl & Harry leave, Mike & his dad talk.

Melissa McCarthy and Katy Mixon in Mike & Molly (2010)The Wedding

The wedding day has finally arrived. Mike is still in shock over his parents sleeping together. Carl comes up with a new plan (proposing marriage during best man toast) to get Christina to say, “I Love You” back. The Hair Salon messes up Molly’s hair and Victoria fixes her up. Molly gets dressed and is ready to go, but the limo that Victoria arranged is towed away. They take Victoria’s car, but it breaks down. While Mike is anxiously waiting for Molly, Carl ends up proposing and makes everything worse. Molly finally arrives and Mike is relieved. Mike & Molly finally get married.mandm_epk_051012_640x360_2233298051Season is like a second chapter of a book, getting Mike and Molly to the alter brought with it a lot of fun and memorable moments and a great ending to see these two much loved characters start married life together.

REVIEW: 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU

CAST

Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight)
Julia Stiles (Save The Last Dance)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Looper)
Larisa Oleynik (3rd rock From The Sun)
David Krumholtz (Mom)
Andrew Keegan (O)
Susan May PRatt (The Gift)
Gabrielle Union (Flashforward)
Larry Miller (Carnival of Souls)
Allison Janney (Spy)
Bianca Kajlich (Rules of Engagement)
Carlos Lacamara (Heroes Reborn)

Cameron James, a new student at Padua High School in the Seattle area, becomes instantly smitten with popular sophomore Bianca Stratford. Geeky Michael Eckman warns him that Bianca is vapid and conceited, and that her overprotective father does not allow Bianca or her older sister, the shrewish Kat, to date. Kat, a senior, is accepted to Sarah Lawrence College in New York, but her father, Walter, wants her to stay close to home. Bianca wishes to date affluent senior Joey Donner, but Walter, an obstetrician worrisome of teenage pregnancy, will not allow his daughters to date until they graduate. Frustrated by Bianca’s insistence and Kat’s rebelliousness, Walter declares that Bianca may date only when Kat does, knowing that Kat’s antisocial attitude makes this unlikely.
Julia Stiles and Susan May Pratt in 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
When Cameron asks Bianca out, she informs him of her father’s new rule and, as a pretense for allowing her to date Joey, suggests that Cameron find someone willing to date Kat. Cameron selects “bad boy” Patrick Verona, but Patrick scares him off. Michael assists by convincing Joey to pay Patrick to take out Kat, under the pretense that this will allow Joey to date Bianca. Patrick agrees to the deal, but Kat rebuffs his first few advances. Michael and Cameron help him by prying Bianca for information on Kat’s likes and dislikes. Armed with this knowledge, Patrick begins to win Kat’s interest. She goes to a party with him, which enables Bianca to go as well, much to Walter’s dismay.
At the party, Kat becomes upset when she sees Bianca with Joey, and responds by getting drunk. Patrick attends to her, and Kat starts to open up, expressing her interest in starting a band. However, when she tries to kiss him, Patrick pulls away and Kat leaves, infuriated. Meanwhile, Bianca ignores Cameron in favor of Joey, leaving Cameron dejected. Patrick encourages him to go after what he wants and screw what Joey thinks Bianca soon realizes, however, that Joey is shallow and self-absorbed, and asks Cameron for a ride home. Cameron admits his feelings for her and his frustration with how she has treated him. Bianca responds by kissing him.
Joey offers to pay Patrick to take Kat to the prom so he can take Bianca. Patrick initially refuses, but relents when Joey offers him more money. Kat is still angry with Patrick, but he wins her over by serenading her with the accompaniment of the marching band, and she helps him sneak out of detention. They go on a date which turns romantic, but Kat becomes suspicious and angry when Patrick insists that she go with him to the prom, an event she is adamantly against. Bianca is irritated that Cameron hasn’t asked her to the prom, and so accepts Joey’s invitation, but Walter won’t allow it unless Kat goes too. Bianca claimed Kat was always a shrew about it, leading her to confess why she doesn’t want her sister to go with Joey. When they were freshmen, Kat had dated Joey and she succumbed to peer pressure by having sex with him because their friends were doing the same. Afterward she regretted it and Joey dumped her, so Kat vowed to never again do anything just because everyone else was doing it. Bianca insists that she can make her own choices, so Kat agrees to go to the prom with Patrick, and Bianca decides to go with Cameron instead of Joey.
All is going well at the prom until Bianca learns that Joey planned to have sex with her that night and is embarrassed by this. Angry that Bianca has spurned him for Cameron, Joey reveals his arrangement with Patrick, which causes Kat to leave heartbroken and embarrassed. Joey then punches Cameron for stealing his date and using Patrick for his own gain. He is in turn beaten up by Bianca who publicly scolds Joey for embarrassing her and hurting both her sister and Cameron. Bianca and Cameron share another kiss.
The next day, Bianca reconciles with Kat and begins dating Cameron. Walter is still concerned, but Kat wisely tells him that he needs to let Bianca make her own decisions. He admits that Kat is capable of taking care of herself and gives her permission to attend Sarah Lawrence College. For an assignment in which the students were required to write their own version of William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 141, Kat reads aloud a poem titled “10 Things I Hate About You”, revealing that she still loves Patrick. Patrick surprises her with a guitar bought with the money that Joey paid him, and confesses that he has fallen for her. Kat forgives him, and the two reconcile with a kiss.
A classy teen update on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, this excellently made and very diverting romantic comedy more than hits all the right comedic buttons as well as the romantic ones. The script’s nicely paced, the slick direction from newcomer Gil Junger’s inspiring and delightful and the end result is predictable but ever-so rewarding.