BUNHEADS: 1.09 “No One Takes Khaleesi’s Dragons”
Oh, Boo. I just felt so bad for Carl at the end of the episode. I realize everything said was in the heat of the moment but…
Ok, first, let’s go back. Can I just say how much I loved Ginny in this episode? Every reaction she had to Charlie’s interest felt so…high school. I totally remember that awkwardness (though I don’t quite remember stumbling down basketball bleachers). It was adorable.
And, of course, I identified with the girl code. If your friend likes someone, you don’t. This brings us to that terrible scene in the ballet studio (terrible with the events, not the quality). Poor Boo was so wrapped up with her former crush — a crush she grew up with — that she forgot about poor Carl behind her. Carl is once again rejected by her, and I really wonder if he will forgive her this time around.
Meanwhile, we had Sasha, who we’re now seeing as a full-blown cheerleader. And she’s not good at it. Or, she’s just too good? Perhaps it’s a little bit of both. She is too athletic and flexible for the rest of the girls, and as a trained prima donna, she just can’t fit in. At the same time, she just kinda sucks. She isn’t cheery, and you know, as a cheerleader, that’s a requirement. I’m glad Michelle spoke with her at the end of the episode, really pointing out that she made a mistake. I imagine we’ll be seeing Sasha’s return to dance class soon.
Now for the weakest part of the episode. It’s not that I don’t like all the random Gilmore faces, but they’re starting to become more distracting than anything else. Behind that coffee counter, I just saw Kirk, not whoever he was supposed to be. And honestly, with the coffee obsession, in Michelle I just saw Lorelai.
This show really needs to step away from its Gilmore ties and break out until its own thing. Stop bringing in the other actors, as much as the name-that-character game might be fun. It’s distracting. Stop leaning on bits that work for Lauren Graham. Instead, reach into the characters you’ve built and put something out there for them to experience that’s truly their own. I mean, look at Boo and Sasha. If you can do it with them, why can’t you do it with Michelle?
That entire storyline was a waste in my view. I could have done without. And with only one episode left for the summer season, I am saddened to say that Paradise is still struggling to get out of Stars Hollow’s shadow.