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  1. marinaalexis

    S08.E07: Yolanda's Back

    We're just going to have to agree to disagree then. Apparently I'm in the minority, but although lyrical clearly wasn't Mackenzie's strong suit, I would not in any universe say that the routine was "awful."
  2. marinaalexis

    S08.E07: Yolanda's Back

    I think it's grossly exaggerated and inaccurate to claim that Mackenzie's version of Cry was "awful."
  3. marinaalexis

    S08.E04: Choose Wisely

    Lilly's the one I'm really concerned about. She's having breakdowns every episode, and even her interviews make her seem like a complete stress case. I've seen a lot of people complain about her being "entitled," but all I see is a kid who's receiving way too much pressure from both her mother and herself to be perfect. She doesn't act like a ten year old and it's heartbreaking.
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    The Perfectionists

    Thank you!! God that bugged. To be fair, the psychology dean (?) seemed to be in on the whole thing with the Professor, so I guess that can explain how she was able to just switch Ali right into another program. If Claire's in on this experiment as well, she'd probably be able to make that happen (considering it seems like she single-handedly makes every decision at this school). But Ali blatantly referring to it as her "major," oh I cringed. Ali's reasoning for moving to BHU seems to switch around constantly. First she claimed it was to prove she could be a better wife and mother (which never made sense), then she admitted that she was just lying to herself, and her real motivation was to get away from Emily so she wouldn't have to be near her knowing that their marriage failed, and now suddenly she's back on the idea that she's trying to become a better person. It's weird.
  5. marinaalexis

    The Perfectionists

    My favorite episode of the season. I've seen a lot of negativity regarding the fact that we "didn't even find out who killed Nolan," but honestly...this is a PLL show. Why was anyone expecting legit answers after ten episodes? I've wanted the "Big Brother" nature of Beacon Guard to take center stage since the beginning, so needless to say I'm loving this new experiment twist. I assume the other two chairs were for Ray and Taylor - seven chairs for the seven people on the list. Still not sure how Ray is going to be relevant in all of this, but I'm still holding firm to my theory that Taylor is behind all of this, or at least involved. And I don't think we can rule anyone out based on that ending scene alone. I imagine that Zach just referred to that person as "professor" because that was the name they gave when they ordered the drink, or something like that. I laughed out loud at the idea of Alison joining the psychology program to combat the Professor. She's going to take Intro to Psychology and get this all figured out. (Also, you can't just "switch" graduate programs like you can undergrad majors. Ugh.) Whoa at Claire and Mason. I've noticed the sexual tension between them all along, so I wasn't necessarily surprised, but...still. Kelly Rutherford just plays Claire so perfectly. That moment when she rose up from her desk in those tall heels and towered over tiny Mona was chilling. I hope we see more of her, assuming we end up with a second season. Alison was 900 times more enjoyable without her Taylor obsession dragging down her entire character. And I love how during her whole internal crisis over whether or not she should leave Beacon Heights and return to Rosewood with Mona, the one factor that she never seemed to actually consider was her children. Mother of the year!
  6. marinaalexis

    The Perfectionists

    So glad I'm not alone! This just seems like the most logical answer to me. I think that she killed the father as well. Her story about that incident just doesn't make any sense. Why was she with him in the alley in the first place? And after he was shot, she just sat there and watched him bleed out, without calling anyone or attempting to get help? Like you said, I think that Claire knows about everything that Taylor's done and is still doing. I just don't think Taylor knows that Claire knows.
  7. marinaalexis

    The Perfectionists

    Claire is definitely up there on my suspect list as well. She obviously knows wayyyy more than she's claiming, and it's partially why Ali's whole "your mom was GRIEVING OVER YOU, Taylor!!!" schtick was seriously getting on my nerves - it was so clear that Claire knew all along that Taylor wasn't really dead with all of those "when my daughter went missing" slip-ups. From what we've seen of Claire, though, I have a hard time imagining her getting up on the roof and pushing Nolan herself. She seems like the kind of person who knows how to keep her own hands clean. But I could totally see her hiring someone to do it.
  8. marinaalexis

    The Perfectionists

    I so wish that there was an entirely separate theory thread (still bitter that we lost our actual own forum), but since there's not, I'll just put this here: I haven't trusted Taylor since she came back, but after last night I'm really starting to think that she killed Nolan. Some of Claire's comments to Alison have indicated that she always knew Taylor was alive. And I find it very strange that if Claire is so determined to track down Nolan's real killer, she wouldn't be quite so okay with Dana openly admitting to framing the Perfectionists for his murder. It seems more like her real goal is to just pin the murder on whoever is most convenient and get the case solved. Why would she want to do that unless it's to protect her other child? Along with that, she demonstrated last night that she obviously has the ability to snap (that line from the pilot, "someone's about to snap and kill," anyone?), she looks enough like Ali that in the dark Nolan easily could have mistaken Taylor for her, they're really playing up this victim narrative surrounding her.
  9. marinaalexis

    The Perfectionists

    I also find it the hardest to sympathize with Dylan, just because he seems the least willing to acknowledge the severity of what he did and is basically acting like it should just be totally overlooked. Getting expelled for plagiarism isn't some over-the-top BHU thing, it's like...college 101. I rolled my eyes when he and Andrew were like, "but I regret it!" It doesn't matter, you still did it! However, my point is more that even though he objectively screwed up and the consequences are entirely justified, I still find myself able to understand why he felt the need to do it and how the environment of BHU was a factor out of his control that led to it. It's not as black and white as PLL, but I like the complexity.
  10. marinaalexis

    The Perfectionists

    I'm looking at it from a slightly different perspective, in that I actually really like this aspect. One thing that grated on my nerves about PLL by the end was that it felt like it turned into the Liars always just being in the wrong place at the wrong time, never really doing anything wrong and always being the victims of circumstance. I like that in this show, all of the main characters have made actual bad choices and are more in the gray area of morality than anything else, but it's not as if their actions can't be somewhat understood. For example, yes, Mona most likely broke university policy by sleeping with a student and was deservedly fired. But when you consider that she's essentially been totally isolated for the past year, has always been desperate, deep down, but acceptance and affection, and finally had someone come along who was willing to show her that, it's hard for me to not sympathize at least a bit. Same thing goes for Ava, who was using stolen money only because she was so desperate to make something of herself and become more than the notorious Jalali's daughter, and for the others. Their actions definitely span from questionable to illegal, but I don't think we're supposed to just brush over them and act like these characters are totally in the right. I really appreciate this show getting back to what I feel is the roots of what the PLL world was always supposed to be - morally gray characters making choices that aren't totally sympathetic, but aren't completely malicious either.
  11. marinaalexis

    The Perfectionists

    Pretty solid penultimate episode, only slightly soiled by the fact that we STILL don't have a season 2 confirmation! So as of now, Dylan's likely getting expelled, Caitlin's mom is dragging her to Washington, Mona was fired, Ava just might be going to jail, and Taylor's being hauled off to a "resort." Sorry Ali, looks like you're on your own (until next episode when magically everything is reversed). Looks like the "spa" might just be what Taylor needs, though. Girl's obviously unhinged. I distrust her almost completely - there's something missing from this story. And of course they discover that Jeremy's still alive right after they deliver their fake story to the cops. Just how, I wonder, did Dana manage to find that hidden money so quickly? Since Caitlin's house isn't on campus, it wouldn't be surveilled by Beacon Guard, so is Dana just that good, or did one of the three (although probably not Ava) rat it out? Speaking of odd authority, was it ever clarified what the hell Claire's role at this school really is? In the beginning I thought the Hotchkiss family was just a big donor, but the wiki lists her as a co-founder, and she seems to have an inordinate amount of power, considering she can expel students and fire staff seemingly completely at will. It was a tiny moment, but possibly the episode's biggest highlight for me was Mona and Ali's little side conversation about the proper pronunciation of "gala."
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    The Perfectionists

    I was convinced for a while last night that a lack of an announcement spelled out death for this show, but after giving it some thought, I don't think it necessarily means anything. The Bold Type was the only Freeform show to get a renewal announcement at the actual upfronts, as Siren was announced online much earlier in the day. Cloak and Dagger, one of their most successful shows right now, hasn't been renewed yet either. My thinking is that, since it's consistently had the lowest ratings, The Bold Type was probably the show on the chopping block, and the cast and crew were fully expecting it to be cancelled, so when the network decided to renew it, they wanted to give them a nice surprise by announcing it live during their panel.
  13. marinaalexis

    The Perfectionists

    I was shocked when Gabriel mentioned Ali's Master's program. It's not like we've actually ever seen her doing any of her own coursework. Maybe the writers think that all she has to do is teach this class and that's how she'll get her graduate degree. The finale is called "Enter the Professor," so I assume we'll be meeting the real teacher then. I seem to remember some leaked audition tapes for "Dr. Granger" way back when, so I suppose he does exist. No, Ava's an expert programmer for some reason! That's been occasionally mentioned since the first few episodes. It's established, it just doesn't make any sense.
  14. marinaalexis

    The Perfectionists

    Maybe I'm in the minority, but I really don't see the huge issue with Mona and Mason. The age difference is a little strange, but dating between students and faculty at a university is not the same as it is in high school. She's not his professor and doesn't really have a direct position of power over him, so I really don't think it's a big deal. That said, they really shouldn't be drawing direct comparisons to Aria and Ezra. Noooo. I enjoyed Ali and Gabriel, and I appreciated the normalization of open marriages (it's not for me, but it's a valid and normal choice). I'm so glad they actually kissed, to spite the nasty Emison shippers if nothing else (speaking of which, I don't recommend going on Twitter right now). I've seen so many people calling that storyline unnecessary, but they're missing the point. It wasn't about Ali and Gabriel. It was about showing that Alison is over Emily and has moved on. I wonder who her first actual, major love interest is going to be. Speaking of which, did anyone else pick up on the vibe that Taylor's developing some feelings for Ali? Her attitude toward Gabriel was stand-offish at best, and the way she gazed after them when they went off to get drinks...everyone seemed so set on a pairing of Taylor and Mona, but it seems like the show might be moving in the direction of Taylor/Ali instead, which I hate. They've been compared to each other so much that it would be super creepy to me. I really want Taylor to turn out to be evil and trying to steal Ali's life or something. I literally yelled out "Dylan, no!" when it seemed like he was agreeing to Booker's offer. As interesting as that could have been, it would have destroyed any semblance of the friendship that's blossomed between the three Perfectionists, and that's a part of the show that I've really started to enjoy. So now Mona's story is that she found out about Beacon Guard spying on students in the bathroom because she's just that good, and has been keeping it a secret? That's bullshit. I can't wait to find out what her true involvement is, because she's obviously not being truthful. Along similar lines, there was an interesting moment during her and Booker's speed dating round, with Booker asking "Where is your safe place?" and Mona responding "If I told you, it wouldn't be safe anymore." That took me right back to the pilot, and the woman behind the mirror telling her to "go to your safe place."
  15. marinaalexis

    The Perfectionists

    I believe it's been basically confirmed that we won't be finding out who killed Nolan by the end of the season. That should be relatively unsurprising considering the writers' history with dragging out reveals. Also, I have to say that I'm not one who finds the acting as bad as many seem to. Sofia Carson is pretty awful when she's trying to be anything but snarky, but Sydney is showing great range as Caitlin, and I don't think Eli is noticeably bad at all, especially considering this is his first acting role - like, ever.
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