“Enlightened” canceled.

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After reading somewhere that HBO cancelled the “best show that no one was watching,” my interest was peaked and now, 18 episodes later, I am trying to Veronica Mars this situation into commissioning a third season of “Enlightened.” This show for the most of season 1, had no plot. It is a story of a woman who recovers from a mental breakdown and how she tries to adjust back into her old life all while trying to adjust people to see her new way of living. Yet there is so much more to this show that is really inexplicable. There is no way to categorize this show because of its uniqueness that it possesses. There is so little to this show plot wise, yet so much to offer in so many other ways. Unfortunately, no one was watching, leading to its cancellation.

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The main character Amy Jellicoe is also something of a self reflection for viewers watching. She strives to be an agent of change, a do gooder with a big heart, yet for most of the of the first season, only dips her toes in the water before running back ashore. She is so sure of her ideals and compassions yet acts out hypocritically against her beliefs. She says she wants to do things for the greater good, yet most of what she does is fueled by emotions like rage rather than her moral compass.  She can be so unlikable and does some of the most cringe worthy things, upsetting the social norms, yet we can all find a little bit of Amy in all of us.

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Maybe America is not ready to see themselves in this sort of negative light. We want to watch movies and TVs to escape from our lives, yet this show delves into our flaws and insecurities through this character, putting the focus right back to reality. Most shows fail because of the inability to connect with the show on some level. The problem here is that we connect too well with the Amy Jellicoe, where glimpses of ourselves are reflected within it, making us not want to watch. 

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Whatever the reason is, there won’t be a season 3, which makes me sad. Kickstarter/campaigns/fan gatherings, anything to repeal HBO’s decision. We gotta have hope right?

Woah…Felicity was 13 years ago

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After getting food poisoning from a falafel sandwich (which I will NEVER eat again), I was  in bed rest for the last two days. Watching “The Americans,” on my computer, I randomly remembered Keri Russell from “Felicity”. Well, what I really remembered was her infamous haircut which apparently led to the decline of the show. Then I started to think, was the haircut really the reason why the show went wrong? I mean, I didn’t really think much of it at the time of the initial broadcast (because I was 8). Without much thought, I decided to watch it. Taking place in NY, it tells a story of a long curly blond graduated high school student who changes her college plans because of her graduated high school crush and enrolls into the same college he does. I found myself burning through the first 5 episodes like a crack addict and was instantly hooked!

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Yet there is one distraction that really steals my attention which is the time period they lived in. I cannot stop realizing how a time 13 years can make such a big impact on the world.  From the use of pay phones, to the gateway desktops, everything looked and felt old. One of the characters even wore those mini glittered butterfly clips that cluttered the bathroom sink my sisters and I shared. It is just so crazy to watch a show about college students without the internet dictating an ounce of their life. Everything I do on my spare time involves some part of the internet. Even the games on my phone need internet access for them to be played! Here I am talking about games on my phone when Felicity didn’t even have a cell phone! She had a rotary phone with an extended telephone wire. That’s only when she wasn’t busy using a tape recorder to make CASSETTE tapes for her pen pal. That’s right! She used a cassette tape as an audio file and snail mailed it to some french tutor in Santa Fe. I wonder, if Felicity were to exist in the world of technology today, how much money she would save on postage stamps?