Au Revoir, Betty

April 15, 2010

“Ugly Betty was one of the most beautiful, provoking, delightful dramedies to hit network television in the past decade.” Says Tanner Stransky, who wrote a very sweet obituary (of sorts) for the show.

After just watching the series finale of one of the sweetest shows on television, I just had to write about it!  Ugly Betty was such a perfect mix of real life and the ridiculous; it was a dramady in the truest sense of the word.  It made you feel like good people could still prosper in this world.  And I’m sad a show like that couldn’t gain a larger audience.

I love that everyone had their happy ending.  I realize it’s not realistic, but I have always argued that when I watch TV, I don’t want realism!  I have enough of that in real life!  I want comedy, entertainment, sweet moments, and happy endings.  And that is what I got in the finale of Ugly Betty.

I really appreciate the “open to interpretation” ending between Daniel and Betty.  Yes, the romantic in me wishes there had been a passionate kiss at the end, but I understand that the characters need time to get to know each other out of the office setting.  I wish Betty had been more excited to see Daniel, but I have no doubt that she loves him.  (And, the ending made my predictions partly right!)

And everyone else got what they had always wanted: Wilhelmina got Mode, and, more importantly, back together with Connor; Amanda met and made a relationship with her father; Marc grew up, got promoted and a boyfriend; Hilda got her dream life with Bobby and their own place in Manhattan; Justin is happy with who he is and not ashamed; and Ignacio has the bathroom to himself for once!

I agree with so many others out there that there were still a lot of stories that could have been told, but perhaps that’s why there are so many rumors of an Ugly Betty movie?  Unfortunately, however, as any Arrested Development or Veronica Mars fan knows, a rumor is just a rumor and may not mean anything!  But we can hope, right?  Some of us are still waiting for that Daniel/Betty kiss!

One final thought: I loved the removal of “Ugly” from the title in the final scene.  There’s no question that Betty has turned into a beautiful woman (and America Ferrera always was one)!  It seemed appropriate to acknowledge that. Betty is no longer Ugly.  She’s just Betty.

Lovely Betty

April 13, 2010

I have loved Ugly Betty for the past four years.  As a remake of the Columbian telenovela “Yo Soy Betty, la fea”, it has a definite soap opera feel, and yet it is so funny!  Betty is sweet and smart, and showed how a smart girl with drive and ambition could make it even if she didn’t look the part.  And I always appreciated the comparison of the rich family of Meade to the poor but loving family of Suarez.  I am sorry to see the show end.

There is a lot of talk in the cybersphere about who Betty will end up with.  I wouldn’t call myself a “Detty” shipper per se, but I have enjoyed watching Daniel start to look at Betty a bit differently.  And I wouldn’t hate to see them together in the end; they are good for each other.  But I suspect that the network is hinting at the relationship only to have it not happen.  It just seems a little too obvious at this point!  “I can’t live without you,” Daniel says in the latest ad for the finale.  And by the looks of this picture, Daniel follows Betty to London!  But still, I’m hesitant to believe it.

(But thank you, thank you, thank you to the writers for making it not work with Henry!  He is not the man for her!)

So goodbye, Betty!  I wish you could have been on longer, but I’m anxious to see how you end tomorrow.

TV Shows I’m Watching

April 12, 2010

For my first blog post, I am just copying over a post from my personal blog.  Some of the info has changed, but it was my first public admission of loving TV, so I thought posting it on my new TV blog was appropriate.

At the risk of getting the judgmental eye-roll from my father, I would like to share what TV shows that I’m currently watching.  I am really only doing this because I feel the need to post on my blog, but also because I have 82 Google docs and have found that they make excellent blog fodder.  Here are some examples if you don’t believe me: my journal from Indiabooks I’ve read, and my essay on To Kill a Mockingbird.  And that’s just to name a few!  So here’s my list of TV shows I’m currently watching, taken straight out of my Google doc of the same name (and please don’t ask why I keep a doc of them).

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