9.24.2016

Black Girls' Night Out: Keating & Pratt (#HTGAWM #BGNO #TBGC)

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Black Girls' Night Out.  A lot of you (hell, most of you) are new this season, so you probably don't know that about this little feature we've been running for about as long as we've had the blog.  It all started with Det. Joss Carter (Person of Interest) and Olivia Pope (Scandal), and has since grown (and shrunk at times).  The main point of BGNO is basically to critique shows (and sometimes films) which feature Black women.  We don't usually cover sitcoms; we instead gravitate towards the dramas, the nighttime soaps, etc.

Now, I'm going to be your Shondaland correspondent (have been since day one), though I may take on other shows.  I won't be touching Grey's Anatomy; I feel it's long past its heyday; it took too long to bring on some young sistas, and when it did, it didn't really do anything exciting with them (they're not the focus).  Gina Torres is slated to appear on The Catch, but I doubt I'll be touching that one either unless they really step what they're doing with Rose Rollins.  I'm not particularly thrilled about Still Star-Crossed, but...we'll see.  And Scandal won't be an issue until next year.

I will admit that I've fallen for How to Get Away with Murder; it's a crazy show that's open and honest about its craziness, and I have to respect that.  Also...Viola Davis.

Y'all, Annalise Keating's wig and makeup have come a loooooong way over the last couple of years.  I feel the stylists have finally figured out something which works for our leading lady here, and it helps that Viola is in her fifties, but looks at least a full decade younger.

To be honest, I was a little disappointed with the Season 3 premiere; while watching it, I was suddenly reminded of old Scandal episodes where things only seemed to get interesting in the last five minutes.  Annalise spends most of the episode trying to find Frank after he murdered Wes's father and went into hiding.  FYI: I don't care about Frank.

It seems that Annalise spent her summer working in her garden and occasionally connecting with her students.  Laurel went to Mexico for the summer.  Connor suntanned and soaked his feet in a kiddie pool.  Asher was financially cut off from his mother and offended at the thought of getting a job.  Oliver asked Annalise for a job and of course, she hired him.  And Michaela...we'll talk about her next.

But Annalise did experience some development in this show; apparently her Keating 5 suck at a school now and have dropped to the bottom 10%, unlike their predecessors.  I'm just saying, maybe if they stopped killing people, they wouldn't be in this mess.  It's hard to focus on your grades when you're trying like hell to stay out of jail.

Because of their failings, Annalise's prized criminal law class is taken from her and she's granted a clinic as a consolation prize.  That means in addition to teaching, she can choose two students to sit with her as co-chairs on her cases.  So now the students will go from doing just the dirty work to actually getting to talk in court.

In the meantime, someone is taping up flyers branding Annalise a killer.  My money is on her dead husband's sister.  And oh yeah, Annalise's still sleeping with Nate.  *shrug* Good for her.

My disappointment in the writers when it comes to Michaela Pratt continues to grow.  I still feel she's an afterthought for them, as they prefer to focus on Laurel.

Apparently, Michaela spent her summer acting out; in a flashback, Annalise has to come get her when she's busted for drunk driving.  Michaela is distraught; she can't believe that after all the murders and all the drama, she's expected to shut up and just go back to being a law student.  Annalise reminds her that she got away from a bad family, and so she'll get through this.

Huh?  Who?  Come again?  Was that a throwaway line to get fans off the writer's backs about fleshing out Michaela?

Michaela Pratt is the latest example of Shondaland writers not really knowing what to do with young, beautiful Black women on their show.  They don't know how to make them interesting.  We saw this on Grey's Anatomy, and we're seeing this on The Catch.  In fact, if a Black actress is not the lead on the show (or a maternal, mentor figure), the writers tend to struggle.  At this point, Aja Naomi King stays shining only because she's that beautiful and that awesome, not because of anything the writers have done for her.

The premiere ends with the show's signature flash-forward to Annalise's house on fire and a covered body being put into an ambulance.  We don't see who died, but we do see Annalise wailing at the top of her lungs.  So we're meant to assume it's someone she cares about.  However...this is Annalise.  I wouldn't be surprised if we learn during the season finale that she set her own house on fire to torch the corpse of someone who was about to snitch.

This wraps up Season 3, Episode 1 of HTGAWM.  If you are interested in being a BGNO correspondent, let us know!  There's plenty to go around this season.

8 comments:

  1. "We don't see who died, but we do see Annalise wailing at the top of her lungs. So we're meant to assume it's someone she cares about. However...this is Annalise. I wouldn't be surprised if we learn during the season finale that she set her own house on fire to torch the corpse of someone who was about to snitch."

    DEAD over here. I can't lie, I love Annalise's ruthlessness. I've reached a point where I want to see Viola Davis in everything. I want to be watching a film / tv episode and boom she appears :-)

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    1. DEAD over here. I can't lie, I love Annalise's ruthlessness.

      So you see where I'm coming from!!! Like, I didn't feel one ounce of worry or horror when I watched that flash forward because I know better. On this show, when somebody gets got, it's usually because they had it coming.

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  2. I don't know Ankh. I first thought of Sam's sister, but that is TOO obvious. I'm not saying you are wrong, but it would be too easy for everyone to guess. This show has proved that what you thought was the correct answer isn't the correct answer. Whoever is doing it wants to watch Annalise squirm. This person wants to see her crack under pressure. Her students are too stupid. Frank is gone. That leaves two people....Nate and Bonnie. Both of them have been screwed over by her. Heck they could be working together, but I really think its just one of them doing the flyers. Unless there is a new character waiting in the wings.

    As for the body at the end. I'm going with three people. First, Oliver (way apply for a job where people keep dying and its not a funeral home). Though I think she didn't take to kindly to him announcing he could easily hack her files. Stupid move on his part. Nate, yes he is putting it down, but he knows too much. She cares for him (in the Annalise way of caring for someone), but if he is the one doing the flyers. Then hey he has got to go. And lastly, if its someone she truly cares about....her mom! Imagine her mom comes back for whatever reason and gets caught in the crossfire. I think that will hit Annalise.

    Or she is just upset because her kick a** house just went up in smoke! All of her clothes and shoes!

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    1. I don't know Ankh. I first thought of Sam's sister, but that is TOO obvious. I'm not saying you are wrong, but it would be too easy for everyone to guess.

      It could be Michaela, seeing as she's copped a new 'tude.

      At first, I thought it was either Nate or Bonnie who's dead at the end, but like I said...this is Annalise we're talking about.

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    2. Or she is just upset because her kick a** house just went up in smoke! All of her clothes and shoes!

      And her fully stocked liquor cabinet!!!!

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  3. "It could be Michaela, seeing as she's copped a new 'tude."

    Yeah, but she copped that attitude while the police were standing close by! I don't think she would have done it had they been alone. People can be real brave when a lot of people (especially the police) are standing around, but its a different story when they don't have anyone close to save them from an a**whopping!

    Plus she was drunk! Everyone has heard about liquid courage.

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    1. She copped it in class too, which had me going WTF????

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