30 Rock, “The Succession”
The joy of Liz being her worst self while going corporate.
30 Rock, “Sandwich Day”
YES INTERNAL NBC MYTHOS. I find this so fascinating and mildly weird, the way this show concocts a strange alternate mythology to NBC in a way that the company let them do.
30 Rock, “Cooter”
Oh, hey, Matthew Broderick!
30 Rock, “Do-Over”
AND MEGAN MULLALLY, WHO IS THE GREATEST. I do really love that the show is now committing to Liz’s chaotic neutral stance.
30 Rock, “Believe in the Stars”
NO. NO. Blackface is never okay, even when you think you’re parodying it. I had hoped that they would never show it, just the reaction to Jenna, but oh boy. Oh boy. NOT COOL, GUYS.
30 Rock, “The One with the Cast of Night Court”
This is an episode of 30 Rock Kyle Mooney has definitely seen.
30 Rock, “Gavin Volure”
Several good turns in this one, and so nice to see Steve Martin play bonkers.
30 Rock, “Reunion”
Liz remembering high school differently—amazing. Jack pretending to be someone she went to high school with and abandoning it immediately—AMAZING.
30 Rock, “Christmas Special”
Jack and Colleen—ugh. So great and so messed up. I love that the stinger is just them playing a Christmas song.
30 Rock, “Señor Macho Solo”
I really, really like Jack and Elisa. We see this more later, but they’re a fun couple and we see why they like each other. And Elisa gets to be funny in a way that never invalidates who she is.
30 Rock, “Flu Shot”
Liz is a terrible person and I love that. (I could say this about most episodes.)
30 Rock, “Retreat to Move Forward”
Oh my God, Liz playing camper’s mom to Jack? And taking one for the team? We see Jack do a lot for Liz, but rarely vice versa, and it’s so great to see.
30 Rock, “Generalissimo”
Jack deciding the way to get into the good graces of Elisa’s grandmother is to completely rewrite her favorite soap opera? Fantastic grand gesture. I’m not thrilled about Alec Baldwin playing a Latino actor (this show and race, yeesh).
30 Rock, “St. Valentine’s Day”
THE WORST DATE EVER. The way it escalated was amazing. And seeing Jack destroy a priest with his sins? Fantastic. Plus, McFlurries and Elisa being angry that Jack is being such a dick that she won’t even get to show off her fancy underwear because there’s no way she’s sleeping with him tonight—great.
Mr. Robot, “Hello, My Friend”
Rami Malek is fantastic in an otherwise sloppy show.
Sailor Moon, “The Stolen Pure Heart: Usagi’s Crisis”
Holy crap, “Ai no Senshi” is a great song.
Sailor Moon, “The Arrival of a Small Pretty Guardian”
I do adore that, seeing Rei at a diner with a girl, everybody assumes that it’s a date. This is something I really like about Sailor Moon—Haruka and Michiru’s plotlines aren’t about them being queer without ever erasing that fact, and we do see what a pack of slightly sheltered teenage straight girls might think now that they actually know lesbians. They’re learning!
Sailor Moon, “Making New Friends: Chibi Moon’s Adventure”
This is where the professor starts getting just bonkers, which I really appreciate.
Sailor Moon, “I Want Power: Mako Lost in Doubt”
Mako doing anything = my favorite.
Sailor Moon, “The Bond of Destiny: Uranus’s Distant Past”
SO. GREAT. More on how Michiru and Haruka met (Michiru’s opening line: would you model for me? SMOOTH), more on how it’s actually Michiru who is convinced that people will need to be sacrificed to save the world, and more on how in love with Haruka Michiru is. I think Haruka pulls a lot of focus as Sailor Moon’s major queer character because she’s a soft butch goddess, but, like, Michiru’s gay too, y’all!
Sailor Moon, “Art Is an Explosion of Love: Chibi-Usa’s First Love”
For a second there, I thought Michiru was teaching their art class, because Haruka and Michiru are suddenly everywhere in the girls’ lives. Also, Chibi-Usa bites a grown woman because she is Usagi’s daughter.
Sailor Moon, “Usagi Dancing to the Waltz”
Usagi pukes and rallies and everybody wants to dance with Haruka.
Sailor Moon, “The Shocking Moment: Everyone’s Identities Revealed”
Saturday Night Live, “Broderick Crawford/The RCO Allstars”
A middling show, notable for Crawford rarely getting up from his armchair and Bill Murray appealing to the audience for support, thus sealing the eternal goodwill pact that has kept him in America’s heart these many decades.
Saturday Night Live, “Jack Burns/Santana”
Burns is… basically Timmy’s dad from The Fairly Odd-Parents, while seventies Santana plays the living hell out of his guitar in a fantastic all-white ensemble.
30 Rock: 28.8% (2/7)
Sailor Moon: 15.4% (2/13)
Saturday Night Live: 17.5% (7/40)
Star Trek: 32.5% (13/40)