In this week’s episode, The Fosters manages to hit more social issues than your average tumblr SJW post. Privatization of public services? Check! Charter school bureaucracy? Check! Gender politics? Check! The vulnerability of children of addicts? Check! The importance of at-risk teens finishing high school? Check!
The only thing missing is… Jude. Wait, where the hell is Jude?
I’ll share my speculation on where Jude has disappeared to later, but first, on with the recap…
“I don’t think I can handle any more bad news,” Callie comments in this season opener.
So please stop explaining, she may as well have said. Don’t tell me ‘cause it hurts.
‘Over/Under’ ends up being mostly about what’s unsaid. It’s a story that hides in the ellipses.
“And…” Jude trails off, when trying to explain What Happened In The Tent™. Then, later, “I didn’t tell…”
It’s a story told in pregnant pauses. In evasive looks.
It’s a story about bottled-up feelings and, when those feelings finally, inevitably explode, it becomes a story about lashing-out and half-truths and things you wish you could unhear.
So, as Gwen Stefani sang about “the guy with the crazy eyes”: don’t speak, don’t speak, don’t speak…
Prestige TV – those water-cooler shows, which are usually gritty and dramatic – is TV that leaves you on the edge of your seat. It excites, it moves, it challenges. Rarely, however, does it delight. By contrast, Boys Over Flowers (Hana Yori Dango) and Jane the Virgin may never be considered great art, but if you’re prepared to follow them down the rabbit hole, they offer a viewing experience designed to provoke seal claps and undignified squeaking. They are, in short, delightful.