“Usually she ordered a cup of coffee and a cup of tea, as well as a brownie, propping up her sadness with chocolate and caffeine so that it became an anxiety.”
― Lorrie Moore, Like Life
The Weekend (Closing Monologue)
You can try to escape the story of your life. But you can’t. It happened.
The baby died. The dog died. The heart broke.
I knew you when you were young. I know your heart broke too. I will know you when we are both old, and maybe wise. I hope wise. I know you now, your story. Mine isn’t the one I would’ve chosen in the beginning. But I’ll take it.
It is my story. it’s only mine. And it’s not over. There’s time. There is time. There’s so much time.
Tonight we should all record a two minute thought provoking, life questioning monologue and then play it as we get ready to start our day tomorrow.
Then we will burn HBO to the ground (after Game of Thrones airs).
If this scene didn’t give you all of the feelings then you are probably dead on the inside.
Also, this is what I am going to look like after the season (hopefully not series) finale tonight. HBO, please renew Enlightened.
"You can reflect your whole life away and what have you done? Nothing. At some point you must do. It’s not enough to have good intentions, you must act on them."
I just love this show so much; it’s like a 30 minute pep talk for me each week.
Mike White, on appearing in his underwear on season 2 of Enlightened.
"Let’s be hopeful. You and me. We can try to do something. Not just be dying. I’m so sick of dying."
I wish Mike White would write everything for my TV.
"I was watching ‘Homeland’ last year and people were nuts for that show and I was thinking, ‘She’s as annoying as Amy." -Mike White responds to criticisms that the show and its unlikable heroine Amy (played so brilliantly by Laura Dern) is kind of a difficult fit for broader audiences.
FINALLY. The Enlightened Season 2 Trailer
You guys! This season looks so good. The show premieres just two days after my birthday - I am pretty sure this is HBO’s gift to me.
When this image first appeared on screen in the season finale of Enlightened I immediately thought of the Matrix and maybe that was the point. Now that Amy is a computer hacker (sorta) will the future plot line echo The Matrix? “A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.” Let’s think of it like this: Amy learns from googling at her desk while she’s supposed to be working about the true nature of her company and how it is slowly killing people and covering it up with kickbacks and whatnot to upper management and her old division.” Amy’s (Laura Dern) soothing voice over starts and settles me back down into the final amazing few moments of the show.
At this point we don’t know whether or not Enlightened will be back for a second season, but let’s briefly talk about this season and how great this show is and why people aren’t watching it. My favorite thing about the season finale was the callback to the pilot episode. Amy was wearing her yellow dress again. The thing I love most about that yellow dress is that she stands out so much from everyone and everything around her in all black or dark colors, from walking through the lobby to sitting in her desk at Cogentiva. Then there was the point where Amy overhears her coworkers talking about her when she leaves the office and just when you are like “Oh, man. Here she goes.” She shuts that shit down with a real argument. Earlier in the episode we learn that Tyler (Mike White) was sent to Cogentiva when he hacked into a coworker that he liked email while working in IT. This, of course, was a plot point for the final few moments setting Amy’s whistle-blowing plan into motion. (JULIE_BITCH).
We also get to see Levi (a sexyish, back to acting and not doing AT&T commercials Luke Wilson) break down Amy’s door and then break down in her bedroom admitting he needs help. He heads off to Open Air like Amy did in the pilot. This seemed like an inevitable step in the story considering last week’s confrontation with Amy’s mother, Helen (Diane Ladd is amazing in this role), and showing us that maybe Amy’s postive attitude can really be an agent for change. If the show returns for a second season maybe we’ll see if that’s true. I am going to wager a bet that Levi will return and then relapse even harder than before. I’m just thinking of what would make for a good story.
Amy has made a few enemies this season: Damon, her boss at Abaddon, Dougie, her boss at Cogentiva, Krista, her former assistant/friend (isn’t it weird to dislike a pregnant lady?), and Janice, her former coworker. It’s Janice (Michaela Watkins) I dislike the most and want to eventually get hers, “I’ll tell you why, because you are a mean girl! You’re a bitch!”
Now that Amy, presumably, will have the information to take down her former coworkers and company what will she do about it? She is compulsive and will obviously put it out there and you know that saying “Once you put it out there, there’s no taking it back.” and that’s what excites me most about the prospect of a second season. I want to know what happens, but I guess I would take comfort in know that at least she tried if this is all we get.
Also, important reading: 5 Reasons HBO should renew Enlightened.