Modern Family, Nostalgia Reviews

The finale of Modern Family aired last Wednesday and… I have feelings. Many feelings, most of which are Cam hysterically sobbing. Why Cam? If you have to ask then you’re not a true ModFam fan. And if you’re not – perhaps my reviews will convince you to give this wonderful show a go?
Although I must warn you – all the reviews will contain SPOILERS. For all the seasons. So, non-fans, just take my word for it – go binge all 11 seasons – what else are you gonna do in quarantine? Learn Japanese? Oh please – and then get back here and discuss them with me.
This is a preliminary post, an explanation of the whole Nostalgia Review situation.
Why am I already nostalgic for the show that just finished? Because right before I watched the final episodes I watched the pilot and oh my God… everyone was so young and smol! Well, the kids were smol and the adults were young, Lily was an infant and Joe wasn’t even born yet, and neither were Poppy and George, and Dylan just started dating Haley, and Gloria and Jay were newlyweds, and Manny had a crush on Haley, and Phil had a crush on Gloria, and Luke kept getting stuck in furniture…
It’s weird to watch the passing of time in a fictional story, but at the same time you can trace how the actors have changed over the years, how their own lives have changed, how much they’ve been influenced by the show, how much we all have changed and grown, and had the show to fall back on for moral support in times of crisis.
Take my life, for instance. In the past 11 years I have become an orphan, so now more than ever I crave the comfort of a big, loving family. And that’s what I get from Modern Family. As well as a sitcom with no laugh track – bless you, show! I mean, I love FRIENDS as much as the next guy, but I can’t binge it – the laugh track gives me a headache. But Modern Family can just play in the background during those times when I can’t be in an empty quiet apartment.
Anyway, this long, rambling pre-review (must all my reviews – even pre-reviews – be rambling?) is my way of saying that I’ll be re-watching all 11 seasons of Modern Family and reviewing them based on the knowledge of how the show ends. I’m not going to compare what was and what turned out to be every single episode, but I will be going back and forth on the timeline, so there will be spoilers for random episodes with no logic or reason.
So once again, if you’re not caught up with the show in its entirety, don’t read these reviews! But if you are – welcome! Pour yourself some scotch, grab an empanada, put on your best poncho or unicorn onesie – and let’s revisit one of the greatest sitcoms ever made!

After Life, Season 1

This is a very personal review. I can’t believe I’m even posting it, but here it is.

What a brilliant show! I just finished the last episode – there’s only six half-hour ones, thank you, British television! So I’m full of the feels, and this is not going to be very coherent. Which, I figure, is perfect for a show like this.
Ricky Gervais continues to surprise me. I know that he’s very funny, with his own brand of humor that many people find offensive, but I like most of his stuff. And I think of him as a comedian – both as an actor and a writer/director. So every time he does something serious and thoughtful, I am amazed at the level of depth, humility and kindness he brings to his creations.
“After Life” is the story of a man who just lost his beloved wife, and with her, the will to live. He probably would have killed himself immediately, if he didn’t have a dog to take care of. So he manages to get out of bed every day, and lead an existence devoid of any shred of happiness or hope. He titters on the brink of death, yet doesn’t cross the line; he manages to anger, but not completely alienate those closest to him. People annoy him, probably because they go on living despite the fact that his world has ended. Worst of all, he claims to not care about his own life to the point where he deliberately puts himself in harm’s way, yet the only people that he’s hurting by his behavior are the people who still care about him.

I recently lost the person that I loved most in this world, and who loved me the most, and this show displayed so precisely all the feelings that I’ve been going through. All the terrible feelings and thoughts that you don’t share with anyone, because they are too dark to put into words. I can safely say that I’ve gone through the lows that Tony has gone through, and I didn’t even have a dog or a cat to pull me from the threshold. I have my best friend of almost 30 years, who lives on the other side of the world, and talks to me everyday through the wonders of modern technology. And the thought of something bad happening to me and her not knowing about it, is really the only thing that kept me from doing something terrible.

I can’t believe I just wrote that. And I can’t believe that I’m going to post it, but what good is a personal blog if you can’t share personal feelings on it? And what good are those feelings if you can’t share them, in the hope that, if nothing else, sharing those feelings can let someone else know that they’re not the only ones going through something so awful.
That’s exactly what Gervais did with this show – he not only showed those who grieve that they’re not alone, but that it’s okay to feel like you’re already dead. Because you’re not really, it’s only a feeling, and that feeling will fade away over time.

“After Life” has many precise quotes about life, death and the impact that people have on the world and the people around them. My favorite one has got to be this exchange between Tony and a widow that he talks to at the cemetery:

Tony: When you’re a good person, doing things you want to do is the same as doing good.

Widow: And you’re a good person, and I’d really rather you didn’t kill yourself. Because that would be a waste. You may not like living much, but you made the world a better place. And don’t give up because then they’ve won.

After Life, season 1

xoxo, Dan Humphrey’s murderous alter-ego

I hope you guys enjoyed my rambling reviews! I definitely enjoyed writing them. It felt liberating to share my thoughts unfiltered, unrestrained by the standard reviewing conventions. Thank you for reading, liking and commenting – let’s do this again very soon!


On the whole, YOU proved to be much more interesting than I expected. 

I’ve read and seen variations of this story plenty of times before, yet YOU brought something fresh and unexpected. For instance, it gave us a new version of Dan Humphrey and Serena Van Der Woodsen, and it played with their characters and their relationship until I didn’t see them as those characters anymore. 

In fact, Joe and Beck (yes, even Beck) are more complex and therefore interesting characters than Dan and Serena. It’s good that they didn’t try to justify Joe’s actions by his terrible childhood or the sadistic bookshop owner who used to lock Joe in the basement. Those points were made to give meaning to Joe’s character rather than portray him as a victim of circumstance. His actions are without a doubt criminal and despicable, but they seem more realistic than those of your usual fictional serial killer. You can see how a person could rationalize his actions to the point where even murder seemed okay. And Joe still cared enough about Paco to try and help him – hey, he even did a bonus murder for his sake! – and he almost succeeded at having a normal relationship. And boy, was I glad when it was over because I did not want to see Karen end up in the dungeon.

Beck is more difficult for me to digest. We have established that she is THE WORST, but there’s something irresistible about her that draws people in – I’m not going to deny that. Still, she was my least favorite character on the show – apart from Ron who was the actual worst, but at least the plot didn’t revolve around him – and I don’t want to talk more about her than I already have. One thing I will mention is that, upon further inspection, I’m not the only one who’s bothered by Beck not having curtains.

The most underappreciated character of the show was Peach – I want a spin-off just for her, but in an alternate reality where Beck is not involved. Peach is the Blair Waldorf of this show, only she’s a more tragic and far less caricature character. And she is so SO gorgeous! I will miss her and her incredible rare book collection. 

The main non-character related aspect of the show that I love is ALL THE BOOKS. Those are my jam, and I am here for that! Joe is me when he says that all you need to know about him is hidden in the room full of rare books. Of course that’s also the room where he keeps his prisoners and later their dead bodies… At least I don’t have that layer to me, I swear! Still, the book love is so sincere and the store is properly moldy and cloaked in perpetual semi-darkness. And the reality of this mostly used-book store selling the latest Stephen King to stay afloat would have been painful, had I not been a massive Stephen King fan. Thank you for choosing him as you financial savior!

And the writing… I don’t want to say Beck is me when she’s procrastinating her writing assignments, mostly cause I can’t stand Beck. Yet it’s true – I procrastinate my writing assignments like it’s nobody’s business. I’m working on it, but it takes time and energy and self-control… and probably something else, but I’m too lazy to come up with more.

Speaking of writing, I am at once annoyed with Blythe for being so pretentious, and I applaud her for getting rid of all digital distractions and even going so far as trying to find a typewriter for Beck. Cause really, is there any other way to stop procrastinating and start writing?

It turns out that one of the ways is having a reason to write. YOU is the reason why I wrote all these reviews, and for that I am grateful. Let’s hope Season 2 doesn’t disappoint.

Consider me disturbed

This is the final review of Season 1, but come back tomorrow for an overview of the season!

I promised you musings and ramblings, and now I’m ready to deliver. I will be posting reviews of the show “You” that’s available on Netflix. I’m watching season 1, and will be reviewing all the episodes, publishing one review a day. I will be posting my ramblings just as they are – one proof-read for errors, and then off they go, no internal editor. Let’s see how it goes. And obviously, SPOILER ALERT!


  • Finally Beck is in the book dungeon! Not that I’m happy she’s there – even though she is THE WORST – but it’s what the season has been building up to and I’m glad that we’ve arrived. We still don’t know what happened to Candace, so my theory of her being locked in Ivan’s brownstone book dungeon could still be turn out to be true. Before I didn’t think it was plausible that Candace was alive and kept prisoner by Joe because he never ever visited her, or even had a chance to do that off-screen, but now that we’ve seen that Ivan is still alive and could be faking his stroke injuries, for all we know, I have a feeling that Candace could still be alive in his basement. And again, I don’t wish that on her, but I love a good kidnapping/hostage story – don’t judge me.
  • “You can trust me”, says the girl who repeatedly cheated on Joe and lied to him on multiple occasions. And of course Joe is gonna fall for it because he lurves her, poor bastard. Now she’s gonna try to escape, and fail, and things will escalate, and we won’t find out what happened to Candace until season 2. Ugh… Come on, show, prove me wrong!
  • So… I was partially right. Joe didn’t fall for Beck’s lies the first time, but eventually she wore him down, made him open the cage, stabbed him with some typewriter keys which I thought was pretty badass and… and then it all went downhill from there. Once again Beck proved to be THE WORST and very, very dumb. How could she not have locked the cage and taken the keys?! Was she not aware that the basement door was locked and only Joe had the keys? That’s why no one could find her or Benji in the book dungeon! And don’t tell me that she was not in her right mind, because she came up with stabbing him with those typewriter keys and locking him in the dungeon. Well, pretending to lock him and run upstairs WITHOUT THE KEYS. And then, by some miracle, she managed to outrun him and bludgeon him in the head with a mallet – the writers’ love for head-bludgeoning is strong – yet she didn’t make sure that he was dead or at least unconscious before she ran upstairs again to fumble with some keys and finally seal her fate. Good riddance, say I.
  • And now for the cliffhanger ending that I predicted. I still stand by my theories that Candace is either super-dead or locked up somewhere. Or at the very least, she escaped from Joe’s attempted murder, in which case she could have come back completely unscathed, with that exact same haircut and be all, We have unfinished business to discuss. Although there might be something else going on with those two, something other than what happened with Beck. In which case I’d be happy to be proved wrong by this show. And yes, I will be waiting for Season 2, please and thank you!

Get off my roof!

I promised you musings and ramblings, and now I’m ready to deliver. I will be posting reviews of the show “You” that’s available on Netflix. I’m watching season 1, and will be reviewing all the episodes, publishing one review a day. I will be posting my ramblings just as they are – one proof-read for errors, and then off they go, no internal editor. Let’s see how it goes. And obviously, SPOILER ALERT!


  • From the looks of Joe’s nightmare he burned Candace alive, or maybe just her boyfriend, cause he’s the one with the burned face, and Candace isn’t. But that might be because Joe doesn’t want to remember her all burned up.
  • Why don’t we hear Beck’s voice-over anymore? Not that I miss it. We’ve established that I hate her. But I also don’t like shows dropping narrative devices, like someone’s voice-over. They used it in just one episode, and that seems like a waste.
  • See, Joe has always been a killer. I knew it. When he was all, Oh I’m not a killer, I’d rather keep Benji in the book dungeon and figure out what to do with him later – that was all bullshirt. He’s been killing people for a long time, and probably small animals before that, like any self-respecting serial killer does. They all start with torturing kittens or puppies, and the next thing you know they’re pushing people off roofs or poisoning them with peanut oil.
  • Oh hey, it just occurred to me that Candace’s boyfriend has a smashed face from being thrown off a roof, and not a burnt face like I previously thought. So it’s still unclear what happened to Candace, but we can safely say she’s no longer with us. Or as my wilder theory goes, she’s kept in a book dungeon somewhere, or perhaps a Buffalo Bill style hole in the ground.

The most analog princess in all the land

I promised you musings and ramblings, and now I’m ready to deliver. I will be posting reviews of the show “You” that’s available on Netflix. I’m watching season 1, and will be reviewing all the episodes, publishing one review a day. I will be posting my ramblings just as they are – one proof-read for errors, and then off they go, no internal editor. Let’s see how it goes. And obviously, SPOILER ALERT!


  • Three months after the break-up and things are looking up for Joe. He hasn’t killed or kidnapped anyone, he has a (mostly) great relationship with his neighbor’s sister, he is hardly even cyber-stalking Beck and not at all stalking her in real life. And if all this sounds too good to be true it probably is, so I can’t wait to see a twist where none of this is happening, and Beck has been locked in Joe’s book dungeon for the past three months.
    Speaking of Beck, she’s also doing amazing. She’s the hot new writer with a strong online presence and a book deal, she has a new pretentious pushy friend to rival Peach, and she’s still being a selfish ass-hat to her existing friends. Can’t wait to see how terrible her book turns out to be! I’m sure it will be on par with Dan Humphrey’s horrible book – and no, I can’t forget that character, even though I don’t call Joe Dan Humphrey anymore.
  • And would you look at that, Ethan (the sweet teddy bear of a book salesman has a name!) and Blythe are moving in together. Cause when you know you know, and also apparently you find an affordable apartment on Manhattan at a drop of a hat. Which reminds me, the fact that Beck is still living in her old curtain-less apartment means that she’s still working at the university? Cause that was the whole deal with trying to keep her TA job by any means necessary – without it she would have lost her housing. Yet we never see her working or even attempting to work on anything but her awesome first book. Oh well, these show runners haven’t applied logic to any of Beck’s living arrangements – those bloody curtains are giving me nightmares – so why would they even try to justify Beck living in the same apartment despite clearly not working at the university anymore?
  • John Stamos is great in this role! And the way that they’re framing the shrink sessions is kind of exciting. Joe and Beck talking about the same relationship, echoing each other, only Joe is talking about “Ronaldo” and it’s so funny every time I hear it. Not to mention that Joe is sticking with the same therapist that he thought about killing before. I suppose it keeps him close to Beck and despite all his protestations that he’s fine without her, he likes to stay connected to Beck, if only through a shrink.
  • BECK IS THE WORST! Stop coming on to Joe, you bench! He has a kick-ass girlfriend who’s not bringing out the worst in him, and you are a parasite who uses people – Peach was so right about you.
  • On top of having zero curtains, Beck also has the flimsiest windows in all of New York City. Joe barely threw that tiny rock and the glass is shattered, wtf?! How does she deal with strong wind or rain? At this rate she should have zero curtains and zero windows. Oh how I hate her apartment, and also her…
  • Oh stop it, Paco. It’s not Joe’s fault that your mom is an addict. He was really trying to help, in fact he was helping. Even before offering his book dungeon up for free rehab facilities. He used to buy you books and sandwiches – don’t you remember that, Paco? I guess you don’t.
  • And good for Karen to have that talk with Beck. It won’t do her any good, but I’m glad they’re bringing up Candace again. I’m dying to know what happened to her! The easy answer is that Joe killed her. The boring answer is that she moved somewhere far away from him. The twisted, demented answer is that Joe is keeping Candace in another book dungeon somewhere, but that’s far-fetched even for this show.

The downfall of a dream girl

I promised you musings and ramblings, and now I’m ready to deliver. I will be posting reviews of the show “You” that’s available on Netflix. I’m watching season 1, and will be reviewing all the episodes, publishing one review a day. I will be posting my ramblings just as they are – one proof-read for errors, and then off they go, no internal editor. Let’s see how it goes. And obviously, SPOILER ALERT!


  • Oh let me guess, Joe. Over the next few weeks you realized that you’re in a real relationship with a real person, and that’s not the same as all your fantasies, so you started to feel weird about it. Not to mention that Beck never properly healed from Peach’s death. I hope I’m not right about this, cause if I’m right then this show is predictable and boring.
  • So this is obviously a fake-out episode. Only a fake-out to distract us from what?…
  • Joe is investigating Beck’s therapist by pretending that he has problems with his boyfriend, Ronaldo. Nice one, Joe.
  • “Everybody hates Dreiser” – true that, brother.
  • Aren’t they going to suffocate on candle fumes in that glass chamber? It does have air holes, but it’s probably not enough for proper ventilation.
  • Excuse moi, but since when does a Sagittarius crave attention?! It’s the first I’m hearing of this – and I’m a Sagittarius, so I know what they say about my sign. And while we are social butterflies, we don’t crave attention. We generally attract it by being the life of the party, ha-ha.
  • Is it just me, or is Beck super-annoying? And not worth all the carnage? I know I’ve said it plenty of times that Beck is the worst, but she really is THE WORST. Like, why can’t she turn off the sound on her phone? The constant ding of messages would drive anyone mad, even if there was no cheating involved.
  • Say what?! Joe realized the error of his ways and is ready to let Beck go? That looks sane and rational, which tells me that something messed up is about to happen cause we have three more episodes to go and they need to be filled with something other than Joe quietly pining for Beck and peacefully stalking her. Something crazy has to happen, otherwise this show makes no sense.
  • We get another glimpse of Candace that let’s us know that craziness is indeed coming. Oh good!