It finally returned in May, but because I was in the middle of having my 2nd job being all intense, I couldn't watch it live, and then I kept putting it off so I could watch it with Mom, because it was SUCH a good show I didn't want to squander my last precious few episodes. I did actually end up watching it by the end of the second week in June, but then I couldn't figure out what to say. However, since it doesn't really feel DONE unless I write about it..
The Woods: I don't know why, but this felt sort of anticlimatic. I guess anything would have been hard pressed to match the pace of the first installment, but making us wait more than 2 months for part 2 really killed all momentum. I still enjoyed Beth's reactions to being held captive, alternating between faux-cooperative and hellcat, as well as the almost comical series of events leading to Ray's ultimate capture, and the fitting resolution of Ray burning down in a house of flames (PROBABLY, except they couldn't recover the body, so we alll know what that means for a crime drama). It was definitely well done as a finale, nicely bringing closure to the season-long plot arc. I also loved how much Ben was not in it.
As for the last two episodes functioning as a preview of season 2? Loved it. I thought it was so fun to give us the option of ending with closure, or letting us sneak a peek at the new direction. While I violently do not agree with the decision to push Jack/Beth forward (they have no chemistry and are so horribly AWKWARD together, even my momm who likes themm cringed during their kiss), I love the focus on Vicki, and her personal crime story. (How many times have I complained about people not being willing to recognize a lady-centric show when it's staring them in the face? Not enough.)
The best part was that they definitively settled that her ex-husband was indeed a killer. Granted, they did leave us on a cliffhanger of "what happens after ex-husband holds her at gunpoint, having stolen her gun out of its holster, right after she explains in great detail how she can prove he killed his mistress"...but somehow, I don't feel as upset about that as I would have been about not knowing if the suspicions were true. I actually forgot that was the cliffhanger at all.
The main plotline for these two, a serial killer who picks out victims at support group meetings, could have been a much more interesting story if it didn't have LOOK AT THIS SUSPICIOUSLY MINIMALLY USED RECOGNIZABLE ACTOR KRISTOFFER POLAHA CASUALLY WALKING OUT OF VIEW written all over it. But it was still kind of fascinating to see how he was able to lie in wait inside their homes.
So, all in all, still mad about its cancellation, but I can let it go.
2. I swear I spend 20 minutes every time I'm at Target just drooling over the "guided journals" and wondering whose glorious job it is to invent books like that.
3. My new method for listening to the radio is to check all the popular stations to see if they are playing "Fight Song" before I settle on the least objectionable option. Now I'm sitting here wishing someone would make a really good fanvid to this, and I don't even know which character I'd want. Maybe Rachel Berry, using largely footage from season 5 and 6 (It's been 2 years, I miss my home...), but my lack of knowledge about Rachel's scenes in those seasons makes it tricky. I know the more realistic answer is "some gal on the CW," but I'm resisting that for obvious reasons of not knowing any of them. Although if someone made a well-done video, I would.
[edit: there actually is a Rachel Berry video!, but it's a shortened song and has too much distracting voiceover competing with the lyrics.]
4. ...DAMN IT, YOUTUBE. No. Not even for this will I look at Supergirl footage.
5. Update: I have watched the first minute of this video. My momentary "awww I miss your face" / "holy crap no one mentioned Jeremy Jordan's involvement!" feelings quickly gave way to gasping, hyena-like laughter at all of the terrible, terrible flight scenes and other superhero nonsense.
You know what I bet this show is going to be like? Power Rangers. Where you have to stifle your laughter/turn off the TV through the ostensible reason this show exists in order to get to the scenes worth watching, i.e. where she is largely indistinguishable from a normal human girl. The more of them I see, the worse they get. That is AWFUL. I'm pretty sure this is the exact quality of special effects used in "R.I.P.D." It's not even "lol this is so cheesy it's great" in the way Zoo is. It is objectively bad and not suitable for anyone over the age of 9.
6. The most important thing I have learned from this is WHOA, WHEN DID BLAKE JENNER AND MELISSA BENOIST GO FROM ENGAGED TO ACTUALLY MARRIED?? Their engagement got overshadowed by Cory's death and after that nobody ever really semed sure if it was just a rumor or not, and now I find this glorious truth. Okay. This show is hereby allowed to be successful if it means she is promoted to a central position in the public eye and interview circuit, talking about her fantastic life full of dogs and a cute guy a lot.