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  1. sweetcookieface

    West Covina, California: The Music of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

    Yeah, despite my quibbles, I agree. Vulture's Top 25 is really solid. And the only choice that left me completely befuddled was ranking Feeling Kind of Naughty as the fifth worst song. But most of the other rankings and Top 10 lists I've seen for this show have seemed completely random. This show has done really well by its third-tier supporting characters. Honestly, I like the numbers by Jim ("Don't Be a Lawyer"), Tim ("Buzzing from the Bathroom"), George ("George's Turn" and "What You Missed While You Were Popular"), and White Josh ("Love's Not a Game," if you count that as his) way more than the solo outings from Heather, Valencia, and Daryl.
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    West Covina, California: The Music of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

    Vulture updated its ranking of all Crazy Ex-Girlfriend songs. I don’t necessarily agree with it, but I guess it’s a testament to the quality of this show that every list I’ve seen has a totally different song ranking. Every song seems to have its fans. Personally, I think Feeling Kind of Naughty (one of my favorites) is ranked unconscionably low (125 out of 129!). A few others are also severely underrated – e.g., Friendtopia (84), The Darkness (74), I Have Friends (72), West Covina (71), and Love Kernels (40). Math of Love Triangles and A Diagnosis did pretty well (24 and 23, respectively), although I personally think they’re Top 5 material. Conversely, I think several Season 4 songs were ranked too high, including I’ve Always Never Believed in You (47), Time to Seize the Day (31), I Want to Be a Child Star (29), Forget It (21), and Gratuitous Karaoke Moment (16). Maybe they’ll grow on me.
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    West Covina, California: The Music of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

    I thought it would be fun to hear what people's thoughts were re: each character's best song. Off the top of my head, my list would look something like this: Rebecca: This is the hardest given the sheer number of songs she's performed, but I think it would be between "Math of Love Triangles" and "A Diagnosis" (although "Love Kernels," "Feeling Kinda Naughty, "JAP Battle," and a number of others rank pretty high up for me). Paula: I'd probably have to go with "After Everything I've Done for You," although I also love "First Penis I Saw" for the sheer exuberance of that performance. Josh: "Tapped That Ass," but if I had to pick a solo number it would easily be "Ping Pong Girl." Greg: Greg's performances are my favorite (along with Rebecca's) - unlike the other characters, I can't think of any number of his that I didn't enjoy. My favorite would be either "Tapped That Ass" or "I Could if I Wanted To" (although "Shit Storm" has grown on me a lot and "Settle for Me" is a classic). Nathaniel: "Let's Have Intercourse" Valencia: Honestly, I don't care for any of her solo numbers. If I had to pick one, I guess it would be "I"m So Good at Yoga," but her more memorable numbers are "Friendtopia" and "Let's Generalize About Men" Heather: Same as Valencia, although I kind of enjoy "Stuck in the Bathroom" and the "Settle for Me" reprise (slight as it is). Daryl: Not a big fan of his songs, but "You're My Best Friend (And I Know I'm Not Yours)" is sweet and understated (not words I'd use for most Daryl songs).
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    Let's Generalize About The Show: Multi-Season Discussion

    Thoughts about how the seasons rank now that the show has ended? For me it's something like this: 1. Season 1 (tie): Not every episode hits it out of the park, but this is the season that hooked me and the one that I still rewatch the most. I also consider it the high point musically. It's crazy to me how many great songs were packed into just the first couple of episodes: "West Covina," "Sexy Getting Ready Song," "Feeling Kinda Naughty," "I Have Friends," "Settle for Me," just to name a few. It also helps that this season was heaviest on Josh and Greg, both of whom I far preferred to Nathaniel. 1. Season 2 (tie): I feel like this season might have been the tightest narratively. I think of it as three arcs: the development and quick disintegration of Rebecca's love triangle; the rise of the girl group; and the manic Rebecca/Josh relationship, with its dramatic implosion on their wedding day. Lots of classic songs, particularly when Greg was still around: "Tapped that Ass," "Math of Love Triangles," "Ping Pong Girl," "Shit Show," Friendtopia," "We'll Never Have Problems Again," etc. 3. Season 3: I have a weird relationship with Season 3 because there was a stretch of episodes (4-6) that are among my favorite in the show's entire run (with Episode 4 - the Swimfan ep - remaining my absolute favorite). I think the show really was at its best - funny, dark, emotional - when exploring Rebecca's mental health issues. "A Diagnosis" is the song that probably packs the biggest emotional punch for me. Honestly, the entire first half of the season is pretty good (I put on some old eps recently and even numbers that I thought of as forgettable - e.g., "Head in the Clouds" - are fairly enjoyable.) But then it all went to crap. I thought there was way too much time spent on Rebecca/Nathaniel, and I wasn't a fan of the donor egg/surrogacy plots. Plus, the songs in the back half just weren't memorable to me. 4. Season 4: I really hope this improves upon rewatch, but Season 4 felt like the show spinning its wheels. There were no real arcs, save for the drawn out, repetitive love quadrangle. There were some highlights here and there, but it felt like there were always three bad episodes followed by one good one. Songs were much worse (and seemingly less frequent) than previous seasons, although I do love "Don't Be a Lawyer," "Love's Not a Game," "The Darkness," and a couple of others.
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    S04.E17: I'm in Love

    This pretty much sums up how I felt. I liked the ending conceptually (i.e., her choosing herself/theater), but didn't think it was executed as well as it could have been (e.g., not all that funny; clunky exposition; a song medley that didn't flow as well as some of the show's previous ones). And I wish it had included a more memorable musical number. But there were aspects that I enjoyed: the centrality of the Paula/Rebecca relationship; Paula being transported to Rebecca's inner world; Rebecca's show as a vehicle to bring all the characters together at the end. I read one review that said this was just an OK episode of television, but a brilliant finale. I can see kind of see that. The concert series on the other hand I unabashedly loved. So many great moments, but I think the funniest for me may have been the electric toothbrushes (even Rachel couldn't keep it together during that). I was surprised by some of the song choices, but I guess they wanted to give each of the main supporting cast members (Paula, Valencia, Heather, Josh, Nathaniel, Greg and Daryl) a solo number. If I were picking my favorite songs, they would disproportionately be Rebecca and Original Greg songs (maybe with a side of Paula thrown in), which obviously wouldn't work. Anyway, having seen this, I'm now even more tempted to go to the Radio City show.
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    Race & Ethnicity on TV

    Now that Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, one of my favorite shows, has ended, I wanted to give it a shout-out for how effortlessly diverse it is. Aside from two cis white male love interests, I think pretty much every other character is “diverse” in some way. The main character’s Jewish identity is front and center in a way that is rarely depicted on TV and she’s a “normal” sized woman rather than a size 2. Her “girl group” consists of a middle-aged, “fat” (by TV standards) mom; a bisexual Latina woman; and a biracial (black/white) woman. Of all Rebecca’s love interests, the one who’s arguably had the most central role over the course of the show and been depicted as the dreamiest is an Asian guy. There are at least five LGBTQ characters I can think of, many of whom are given their own significant plots (some related to their sexuality, but others not). And the cast includes several other POC (black, Latinx, East Asian, Indian, etc) characters. Rebecca’s therapist, another key role, is a black woman. And POC characters don't just exist in isolation; the show has featured some of their families as well. One of the things the show does so well is cast POC even in small throwaway roles (nurses, business owners, etc.). In the finale, there was a reveal that Josh (the abovementioned Asian love interest) had a new girlfriend – the camera pans out and he has his arm around a beautiful black woman. It was such a small moment, but it made me smile as a black woman because it was something that was just presented as unremarkable (not to mention the fact that Asian male / black woman relationships are still fairly rare on TV). In interviews, Rachel Bloom has talked about wanting the show to reflect the diversity of West Covina, California –something along the lines of “if you’re not portraying that, you’re not accurately reflecting life.” It’s such a simple, obvious point, but sadly one the entertainment industry still doesn’t appreciate. Anyway, one of many reasons I adore this show.
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    West Covina, California: The Music of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

    Just wanted to throw a little love to Love’s Not a Game - one of the standouts across all four seasons, particularly when you factor in the overall production (choreography, scale, costuming, etc). I was feeling disappointed about the quality of the songs this season, so this was a much needed panacea. So far, my ranking of the best season 4 songs would look something like this: 1. Love Is Not a Game 2. Don’t Be a Lawyer 3. What You Missed While You Were Popular 4. The Darkness 5. Trapped in a Car
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    S04.E16: I Have a Date Tonight

    I thought this was the first great episode in a while. I'm sick of the love quadrangle, but the betting plot made it feel a little more fun / less tired. And I LOVED the group number! They don't always work for me, but I thought this one utilized the cast really well (as noted above, so many hidden talents, like Paula's tap dancing!). I love that White Josh (one of my favorite secondary characters) finally got a lead number (I guess Fit Hot Guys kind of counts, but it was less memorable, and he and Nathaniel were co-leads on that). WhiJo's "JK, LOL" cracked me up, as did Father Brah's "I just talked to Jesus, and he said that it's cool." I don't have strong feelings about who, if anyone, Rebecca ends up with. If Santino's Greg were still in the picture, he would be the obvious choice for me. As things currently stand, I think each guy has his pluses and minuses, so it would feel a bit anti-climactic and random for her to end up with any of them (especially New Greg). I guess at this point I'd prefer an ending where she doesn't choose any of them and just decides to work on herself (maybe she "chooses" Dr. Akopian or Paula/ her girl group). And I know this was a minor sub-plot, but I cracked up at the competition to snag paper plates and plastic cutlery (and the losers getting stuck with kosher scones and salmon for 60). Whenever we have work functions, the plates, cups and utensils are the first things people sign up for.
  9. sweetcookieface

    The Annual Academy Awards Topic

    Ha! Different strokes for different folks because I love all of these (with the possible exception of Pharell's, which I'm lukewarm on)!
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    The Annual Academy Awards Topic

    Green Book? Are you f-ing kidding me?! Ugh.
  11. sweetcookieface

    The Annual Academy Awards Topic

    I did (actually, I saw all five Best Actress nominations). She was terrific, but Olivia gave my favorite performance, followed by Melissa, then Glenn.
  12. sweetcookieface

    The Annual Academy Awards Topic

    She is friggin brilliant in that film (hilarious, tragic, bitter). I was pulling for her to win the Oscar, but had begun to lose hope since Glenn seemed to be gathering steam. Such a pleasant surprise - and glad to see The Favourite take home an award. Olivia’s speech was the highlight of the evening for me (along with Spike).
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    The Annual Academy Awards Topic

    So mad that The Favourite lost. If it had lost to First Reformed or possibly Roma, that may have softened the blow, but Green Book...?!
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    The Annual Academy Awards Topic

    Ok, that Nike ad gave me chills.
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    The Annual Academy Awards Topic

    I’m happy for Black Panther’s win, but Beale Street had one of the best scores I’ve heard in ages, and Black Klansman’s was also pretty memorable, so I would have loved for one of them to take it.
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