Quick Listen - FKA twigs - Two Weeks

I'm not sure I can ever forgive you people for not making FKA twigs a household name in the US. Her album, LP1, was easily one of my favorites of 2014. Once I got past all of the electronic sounds, she really reminded me of Aaliyah, but British. I know some Aaliyah fans are out there saying that no one can be Aaliyah, but to them I just say give her a chance. I'm a lyrics person. The subject matter to me, is similar to what Aaliyah used to sing about (Listen to "Numbers" on her album). Anyway, I was mesmerized by the visuals in the performance below. This is FKA twigs performing "Two Weeks" (as in give me two weeks, I'll make you forget about her) on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Let me know what you think on Twitter

TV Review - Mr. Robot - Pilot Episode

Today was a rather uneventful day. I usually don't do much on Wednesdays, so today I decided to search for a new show to binge watch. I had heard of a show that comes on USA Network called Mr. Robot, so without even reading up on it, I went ahead and started watching the pilot, not knowing what to expect. They sold me in the first five minutes when the main character Elliot, played by Rami Malek, confesses that he doesn't know how to talk to people, and that his social anxiety hinders him from making many friends. He spends his loneliest nights crying on the floor next to his mattress. The show starts with him using his hacker skills to take down a man with some despicable internet habits, and trying to make a difference in what little way he can. Here we have, what appears to be, the origin story of a cynical millennial hero, and I'm okay with that. 

Elliot works at Allsafe Security, a cybersecurity company that provides security for big corporations, including E Corp, the company that Elliot repeatedly refers to as Evil Corp. I can't decide if the logo reminds me more of the Enron logo, or the "e" in the Dell logo, but the company itself sounds more like Sallie Mae, as they own the majority of consumer debt. In addition to this, their branding is everywhere including phones and computers, so it seems to be a mixture of several big, real world companies. Elliot works at Allsafe with his longtime friend Angela (Portia Doubleday), who he has feelings for.  Rather than tell her how he feels, he chooses to stalk her lover online.

I relate to Elliot when I see how his mind is usually elsewhere when people are talking to him, and how he has such a hard time doing something as simple as going to Angela's party. Eliiot manages his social anxiety by using morphine and other drugs, and I often wonder how much of what we see is in his head versus what is actually happening. For example, when Elliot is walking down the street, is he really being stared at by other people, or is it in his head? Are other people really calling it Evil Corp, or is that just the way he hears it?

Elliot eventually meets the titular Mr. Robot (Christian Slater), the leader of a secret hacker group with plans to take down E Corp little by little, with the end goal of mass redistribution of wealth by getting rid of the 70% of consumer debt that they own. This appeals to Elliot, ever the millennial, as he wants to be a part of something larger than himself, and leave his mark on the world in some way. At the same time, he wants to do what is morally right, so he has to weigh that. Elliot tries his best to be normal, and do the right things. Later in the episode, we see him once again use his "powers" for good, as he attempts to secretly help his therapist by stalking her lover, and making sure he is a good enough person for her. 

Mr. Robot is a great summer show, something to hold me over until Flash and How to Get Away with Murder come back. I look forward to seeing what happens next with Elliot, and how the show deals with the topic of social anxiety. Mr. Robot airs on the USA Network on Wednesday nights at 10/9c. It is also available on iTunes and on usanetwork.com with a cable login. Let me know what you think on Twitter

Final Score: A

Photos were taken from the Mr. Robot Facebook page.

 

Classic TV Review - Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Once More With Feeling (Season 6, Episode 7)

Warning: this post contains spoilers for the cult tv series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. For anyone who doesn't already know, Buffy the Vampire Slayer was the first show I was ever obsessed with. For this reason, it will always hold a special place with me, and I consider to be one of the best things to come from creator Joss Whedon (SerenityAvengersCabin in the Woods).

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Quick Listen - Sky Ferreira - Nobody Asked Me (If I Was Okay)

In "Nobody Asked Me (If I Was Okay)," Sky Ferreira voices her pain and disappointment with going through a hard time with no one seeming to care about her mental health. In it, she sings "I tried to ask you, but nobody asked me" and "You don't seem to care if I'm feeling lost," showing that she's there for friends and lovers when they need her emotionally, but she's not getting her own emotional needs met, which is unfortunately a complaint of many women as they are traditionally more caring and nurturing than men are.  An official video for this would have been awesome, but listen to the song below, and let me know what you think on Twitter.