Thursday, January 18, 2018

Review: The Fosters 5x11 "Invisible"

This episode definitely turned out to be pivotal for Jesus, in particular. We are still in a bit of (good) shock about where it ended up. Come with us as we break down this episode. It might be a bit on the longer side (longer than usual) but there is a lot to unpack. Fortunately, we're up to the task.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Transcript - Support Group / Jesus and Moms - Fosters

TBI Survivor [off screen]:, blow-up with a friend over, like, nothing.  We were playing a board game and I totally lost it.  

Jesus: [to Lena]  This is pointless.  Can we get out of here?

Lena:  Please, just give it a chance.

Survivor:  I tried to explain that it wasn't me.  That I sometimes literally can't control my emotions.  But people - and even my own family, who spent all those days in the hospital with me - they still don't get it.  

Jesus: [Sits back.  What she's saying is hitting him.]

Survivor:  Because I look fine, they think I should be like I used to be.  They don't understand... 

Jesus: [Looks at Lena; hurt]

Survivor: ...because the disability you have is invisible.  

Stef: [Listens.  Takes this in.]

Survivor:  So, they think you're either being defiant, or not trying, or faking it to get off easy.

Jesus: [Listening, getting emotional]

Survivor: They end up talking about you behind your back.  Not sharing stuff with you 'cause they think that you can't handle it.  

Jesus: [listening, but it's getting harder for him]

Survivor:  ...makes you feel even more alone and isolated.

Jesus: [swallows, tries to keep it together]

Survivor:  But I don't want to tell anyone when I don't understand things.  Or when I forget where I parked my car.  Which happens a lot.

Other Survivors: [laugh gently]

Survivor:  Sometimes I just wish I could fade away because it's easier to be alone than to constantly be misunderstood....

Jesus: [close up on Jesus, struggling to keep composure]

Survivor: people I love the most.

Lena: [sees Jesus upset] Honey...

Jesus: [bolts from the chair]


Lena:  That's what we're doing to you, isn't it?

Jesus: [nods, forces a smile through tears]  I know you guys don't mean to but...

Stef:  Love, you don't have to say that, okay?  We've been, uh...

Lena: We've been doing this wrong.  And I'm so sorry.  We really thought that we were just helping you.

Jesus:  I know it's just...every time you guys try to help me it makes me feel like I--I CAN'T do it.  Or like I'm bad.  Or broken, or something.

Lena: [tearfully] Honey, you're not broken.  You're not.  And I promise you that we're gonna stop  making you feel that way.  

Jesus: [exhales, relieved]

Stef and Lena: [hug him]

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Review: The Fosters 5x10 "Sanctuary"

Ahhh, finally the 5B premiere!  Tara and I were cautiously optimistic for this one, and for the most part we were not disappointed.  While there is much that needs to be rectified in the coming episodes, we really noticed a difference with how illness and disability were portrayed.  Read on for more of our thoughts.  (No 5x10 promo, but the above scene has a moment we will be talking about later in the review.)

Monday, January 8, 2018

Review: An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

Over the last month or so, I've been reading An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon.  I'd tried to get into it a bit previously but not being a big Sci-Fi reader, I misunderstood that the ship they were on was not a boat, but a spaceship.  (Should have been obvious with it being a Sci-Fi book maybe, but as I said, I don't usually read Sci-Fi.)

If you don't either, don't let this deter you.

Review: The Fosters 5x04 "Too Fast, Too Furious"

Originally written: August 3, 2017


Emma: [Approaches]  Is there a story about Jesus and a baseball bat?  

Brandon:  Uh, why?

Emma:  I saw your door was smashed in.  Did he do that?

Tonia:  I totally forgot Emma actually asked Brandon this!

Tara:  Because, again, we cannot ask Jesus about the things he personally did or experienced.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Review: Lethal Weapon 2x11 "Funny Money"

So, truth time?

I don't watch Lethal Weapon.  I didn't even know what it was about.  But when I saw this post by Ali Stroker I knew I needed to check it out.  Super rare to see a disabled characer on TV and even more so to see them portray a bad guy!

Review: The Fosters 5x03 "Contact"

Originally written: July 27, 2017


Aaron:  Thank you for letting me stay for dinner.

Stef:  Thanks for helping, love.

Mariana: [To Jesus]  Unlike some people.

Tonia:  Mariana.  Just because Moms are thanking Aaron for helping doesn’t mean you need to get all unnecessary with Jesus.  Seems like there’s a lot going on in the kitchen, and sometimes, when that’s happening it’s easier (and safer) for us to just stay put.