Wow. The Season 2 finale of Suburgatory was exactly like the title of their theme song — it was a very much a “Pleasant Nightmare.” Yes we laughed and smiled at the jokes that only those in Chatswin call pull off, but in the end the show ended on a much darker note than you would expect from a 30-minute comedy.
We’re about to discuss and gush about all the Suburgatory shockers from the finale, so if you have not seen it, please leave now because Spoiler Alert: THERE ARE SPOILERS AHEAD.
After a season of watching their love blossom into the real deal, it was particularly heartbreaking to watch George and Dallas end their relationship with tears and harsh words inside of Dallas’ leather dream house (Barbie pun, fully intended). Both of the characters made valid points but I think we as an audience could completely understand where Dallas was coming from. No one wants to be with a person who has to learn to love you — you’re not a Brussels sprout. Although we absolutely adore these two together, it was nice to see Dallas stand up for herself and realize that she deserves the best kind of love, even if that means pushing the man of her dreams out of her life.
And speaking of hunky men, how insanely hot was the scene between Ryan and Tessa in the bathroom?! When he slowly walked up to her and backed her against the wall without saying anything — we pretty much passed out from chemistry overload. Like Dallas and George, Tessa and Ryan are is officially over, but at least they ended their relationship with some sweet and intimate love-making — Bonus Points for the fact that it all went down while the Purity Ball was taking place!
It was heartbreaking to see Tessa trying so hard to find absolutely anyone to crash with, and kudos to the Suburgatory Gods for her minor stint in the handicapped bathroom. Thankfully, Tessa’s mom — played by lovely Malin Ackerman — was ready to be there when her daughter needed her the most. Tessa’s relationship with Alex has always been an strained and almost forced fit, but this was one of the best mother/daughter moments we’ve seen in quite some time. We mean this in the nicest way, but we kind of hope Ackerman’s pilot doesn’t get picked up in the fall, because we’d absolutely love to see more of their relationship next season.
There’s not much to say about the intense girl fight between Dalia and Tessa other than the fact that it was the best five minutes of our entire lives. This scene transformed a regular catfight into a full-fledged movie-worthy battle that left your jaw on the floor and fear in your hearts. Note-to-Self: Never ever ever piss off Dalia Royce or Tessa Altman — just become besties with Lisa Shay and you can meow your problems away.
Although Dalia can be a cold-hearted, life-ruining, bleached-blonde brat, we do feel that her connection to George is sweet and understandable — who wouldn’t want to be close to that face? When she said that she needed a song to go to sleep, we’ll totally admit that we rolled our eyes at the spoiled princess. But when we realized that George was strumming one of our all time favorite tunes, suddenly everything was right in the world.
The final moments of the Suburgatory finale can be perfectly described as bittersweet. While George is softly singing “Pleasant Nightmare,” we see a montage of scenes of Tessa embracing a new life with Alex. They picked out a place together, laughed while eating Chinese food on the living room floor, and enjoyed quiet yet content moments on the couch together. Tessa is seen finally getting time to bond with her mother and George is left alone in a rustic leather-living roomed house with a dog and his guitar. Fingers crossed we’ll get to see the chaos of Chatswin return next year for Season 3 — but until then please excuse us while we rewatch Wednesday’s finale because it was truly a perfect hour of television.
What did you think of Suburgatory’s season finale? Do you think Dallas was right to break up with George? Are you happy to see Tessa start a new chapter in Chatswin with Alex? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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One of TV’s most quirky comedies is without a doubt ABC’s Suburgatory. Their characters and plotlines seem to get bigger and brighter each and every episode, and each week we find ourselves genuinely giddy when the breezy comedy graces our TV screens. One of the most giggle-inducing characters is definitely Noah, the overly-infatuated maid-loving dentist and BFF to George. To get the inside scoop on all the upcoming shenanigans I chatted with Noah’s off-screen alter ego Alan Tudyk to talk about lost love, revenge, and living the suite life.
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In tonight's all-new episode of Suburgatory "Brown Trembler," post-divorce Noah and baby Opus move into a super swanky Chatswin hotel and the lure of round-the-clock service seems like heaven to our heart-broken fella. "Carmen was very loving caring, nurturing. She took care of him and she took care of things and Jill never did." Tudyk explans, "So when he gets to the hotel, there are plenty of people taking care of him so it gets a little confusing for him."
Cue best friend George, whose arrival at the suite seems to function as a way to persude Noah that a hotel may not be the best place to raise a child. That's right! The only person who could ever truly pull that off is Miss Eloise at The Plaza. Tudyk reveals, "Noah starts to fall apart. In this week’s episode you'll see that he's definitely trying to figure out where he is you see Noah start to realize that he’s got to take his life a little bit more seriously. Take the break up a little more seriously."
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The actor explains that tonight's episode is really a turning point for Noah. "He's just kind of in reaction to everything, Carmen rejecting him, has him rebounding at the hotel with any and everyone who kind of resembles Carmen," he says. And although we'll see Noah take the baby steps toward a more mature lifestyle, we’ll definitely still see him get his revenge on Dr. Bob for stealing his Latina love.
"He's got a lot to deal with so it kind of goes on the back burner for a few episodes, but he is the immature person that he is, and he is plotting his revenge and we'll get it before the season ends." Turdyk promises that Noah's retaliation will be much more than a simple prank. "It's pretty serious. Noah really isn't healthy when it comes to Dr. Bob, he's really unstable so his reaction is intense and lasting." Ooh we can't wait!
Check out the special sneak peek clip from tonight’s all-new Suburgatory and watch Noah living the living it up in his new hotel room home!
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Once again, tonight’s episode of Suburgatory gave us 22 minutes of pure giggle-inducing fun — but what made “Yakult Leader” truly special was the return of Wilmer Valderrama as Yoni, the overly serious spiritual hunk. Fans of the ABC comedy first met Yoni last season as Dallas' first post-divorce tryst, and now the all-white wardrobe enthusiast has a new profession: dog whisperer.
Valderrama told Hollywood.com that he was thrilled to reprise this role on Suburgatory — mostly because he has such great respect for the show’s creator, Emily Kapnek. “She’s one of the most brilliant writers I know and the tone is just so ideal and perfect," Valderrama says. "She called me and said 'I have this little character that I think you will have a lot of fun with.' ...Basically, she just kind of let me create this random mystical creature."
Now that Yakult is finally free of her depression, does this mean that Yoni is leaving Chatswin for good? Not necessarily! “I think that when you’re in the world of Emily Kapnek, you don’t necessarily go very far,” Valderrama explains. “I’ll tell you this much: If they ask me to come back, I definitely, definitely would.”
The actor even has a plan for what he’d like to do in Yoni’s third appearance: "I feel like he should move on to the other couple [Sheila and Fred Shay]," Valderrama suggests. "He should definitely help them with some spiritual guidance.” Good point — if there’s one person who could use Yoni’s calming, velvety voice to relax it’s the always-wired and slightly neurotic Sheila Shay.
One last thing: Yakult has always seemed to be a bit of a pretentious pup, so we were curious to know how Valderrama really felt about working with his canine co-star. “To be honest, she seems like such a diva, but she’s actually the most cooperative actress that I’ve ever worked with,” the actor jokes. “This dog completely blew me away. I had the most fun working with her.”
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In a post-Harry Potter Avatar and Lord of the Rings world the descriptors "sci-fi" and "fantasy" conjure up particular imagery and ideas. The Hunger Games abolishes those expectations rooting its alternate universe in a familiar reality filled with human characters tangible environments and terrifying consequences. Computer graphics are a rarity in writer/director Gary Ross' slow-burn thriller wisely setting aside effects and big action to focus on star Jennifer Lawrence's character's emotional struggle as she embarks on the unthinkable: a 24-person death match on display for the entire nation's viewing pleasure. The final product is a gut-wrenching mature young adult fiction adaptation diffused by occasional meandering but with enough unexpected choices to keep audiences on their toes.
Panem a reconfigured post-apocalyptic America is sectioned off into 12 unique districts and ruled under an iron thumb by the oppressive leaders of The Capitol. To keep the districts producing their specific resources and prevent them from rebelling The Capitol created The Hunger Games an annual competition pitting two 18-or-under "tributes" from each district in a battle to the death. During the ritual tribute "Reaping " teenage Katniss (Lawrence) watches as her 12-year-old sister Primrose is chosen for battle—and quickly jumps to her aid becoming the first District 12 citizen to volunteer for the games. Joined by Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) a meek baker's son and the second tribute Effie the resident designer and Haymitch a former Hunger Games winner-turned-alcoholic-turned-mentor Katniss rides off to The Capitol to train and compete in the 74th Annual Hunger Games.
The greatest triumph of The Hunger Games is Ross' rich realization of the book's many worlds: District 12 is painted as a reminiscent Southern mining town haunting and vibrant; The Capitol is a utopian metropolis obsessed with design and flair; and The Hunger Games battleground is a sprawling forest peppered with Truman Show-esque additions that remind you it's all being controlled by overseers. The small-scale production value adds to the character-first approach and even when the story segues to larger arenas like a tickertape parade in The Capitol's grand Avenue of Tributes hall it's all about Katniss.
For fans the script hits every beat a nearly note-for-note interpretation of author Suzanne Collins' original novel—but those unfamiliar shouldn't worry about missing anything. Ross knows his way around a sharp screenplay (he's the writer of Big Pleasantville and Seabiscuit) and he's comfortable dropping us right into the action. His characters are equally as colorful as Panem Harrelson sticking out as the former tribute enlivened by the chance to coach winners. He's funny he's discreet he's shaded—a quality all the cast members share. As a director Ross employs a distinct often-grating perspective. His shaky cam style emphasizes the reality of the story but in fight scenarios—and even simple establishing shots of District 12's goings-on—the details are lost in motion blur.
But the dread of the scenario is enough to make Hunger Games an engrossing blockbuster. The lead-up to the actual competition is an uncomfortable and biting satire of reality television sports and everything that commands an audience in modern society. Katniss' brooding friend Gale tells her before she departs "What if nobody watched?" speculating that carnage might end if people could turn away. Unfortunately they can't—forcing Katniss and Peeta to become "stars" of the Hunger Games. The duo are pushed to gussy themselves up put on a show and play up their romance for better ratings. Lawrence channels her reserved Academy Award-nominated Winter's Bone character to inhabit Katniss' frustration with the system. She's great at hunting but she doesn't want to kill. She's compassionate and considerate but has no interest in bowing down to the system. She's a leader but she knows full well she's playing The Capitol's game. Even with 23 other contestants vying for the top spot—like American Idol with machetes complete with Ryan Seacrest stand-in Caesar Flickerman (the dazzling Stanley Tucci)—Katniss' greatest hurdle is internal. A brave move for a movie aimed at a young audience.
By the time the actual Games roll around (the movie clocks in at two and a half hours) there's a need to amp up the pace that never comes and The Hunger Games loses footing. Katniss' goal is to avoid the action hiding in trees and caves waiting patiently for the other tributes to off themselves—but the tactic isn't all that thrilling for those watching. Luckily Lawrence Hutcherson and the ensemble of young actors still deliver when they cross paths and particular beats pack all the punch an all-out deathwatch should. PG-13 be damned the film doesn't skimp on the bloodshed even when it comes to killing off children. The Hunger Games bites off a lot for the first film of a franchise and does so bravely and boldly. It may not make it to the end alive but it doesn't go down without a fight.