Elizabeth Barone

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Liz Watches UnReal: Episode 4

via Lifetime

via Lifetime

Catchup complete!

I realized, while watching this episode, that I may be expecting too much from this show. I like it a lot. I find it compelling and addictive, and I am really starting to like the characters. (I’m also finally remembering Adam’s name. Poor guy.) (Also, I’m shocked that the words “Stop thinking with your clit!” came out of a Lifetime show. 😂)

In this episode, Rachel sets up a date at Adam’s winery. The problem is, it’s completely run down. In order to shoot there, first she has to get the electricity turned back on and then give at least part of it a makeover. Her work is cut out for her.

While running around trying to get things going, she finds out that Jeremy has been promoted. He thinks that she said something to Quinn to help him get the job. When he finds out that she didn’t actually help him, he gets mad. He reminds her that he’s with Lizzie, though—almost as if he’s really reminding himself. He also warns her to stay on guard with Adam, who’s been flirting with her.

I called it. The love triangle begins!

Adam complements her eyeliner in front of Jeremy, who seems a little jealous. He also kisses her in front of Jeremy. Meanwhile, he has sex with Chet’s friend’s wife, who is investing in the winery—in front of Chet and company, as a favor to get their support. He’s also been busy sexting his ex. Rachel doesn’t seem affected by any of his behavior, past it interfering with the show… until the end, when she watches the footage of Adam kissing her.

I’m sad that I have to wait ’til Monday to see what happens next. UnReal is definitely engaging. I did want more from it, but I’m learning to just enjoy it for what it is. Maybe I was off with the whole mental illness thing? All I know is, it’s interesting to see the seedy things that happen behind the scenes of the show. It’s also interesting to watch Rachel, who is definitely the wild card. I’m hoping to really see her get even more wild, but again, I’m just going to sit back and enjoy it for whatever it is from this point on.

Liz Watches UnReal: Episode 3

via Lifetime

via Lifetime

Things start to really pick up in this episode. We meet Rachel’s family, and find out a little bit more about her relationship with Jeremy.

Rachel’s mother is a real piece of work. She seems like she’s trying to help, but she’s also got some serious control issues. She suggests that Rachel comes back for more sessions. It turns out that she’s a psychiatrist and has diagnosed Rachel with all different kinds of mental illnesses in the past. Rachel’s mother has put her on medication after medication, to no avail. Her mother has also put her father on some kind of medication.

We start to wonder: Does Rachel have a mental illness? Or is everyone around her just misunderstanding her? It’s hard to tell whether she’s just good at her job or has a compulsion to manipulate people. Could she really have Borderline Personality Disorder? With everyone around her manipulating her and pushing her in different directions, it’s hard for her to even come to grips with herself. Between her mother and Quinn, who insists that nothing is wrong with her, Rachel feels torn.

I wish UnReal would illustrate Rachel a little bit more. It seems like even the writers are uncertain as to what’s going on with Rachel. Each episode is very structured, with an immediate problem that needs to be taken care of and is resolved at the end. In the case of Episode 3, Rachel’s going home leaves the show unattended, especially when Chet has a heart attack and Quinn takes him to the ER. Without these two key women, everything goes to hell. Prince Charming’s best friend takes advantage of one of the girls, and a huge party breaks out on set—even though they’re supposed to be filming a date with just a few of the girls.

via Lifetime

via Lifetime

When Rachel gets back, she doesn’t have time to try to figure out where she stands with her mother or herself. She immediately jumps into cleaning up the mess on set and works on creating more friction between two of the girls. Meanwhile, her ex-boyfriend Jeremy’s fiance Lizzie freaks out on him. When the entire staff got Rachel’s saved photos and steamy emails between her and Jeremy, it created a rift between him and Lizzie. Jeremy and Rachel had talked about leaving the show and going to chase bigger dreams. Lizzie feels insecure because Jeremy never said things like that to her.

Jeremy assures her that it was all just talk, telling her that Rachel’s feelings ran way deeper than his did. It definitely seems like everyone views Rachel as a loose cannon, but again, I have to wonder: Is she actually suffering from a mental illness, or just deeply misunderstood?

I have one more episode to watch before I’m all caught up. I hope the show hits its stride. There’s definitely something there, but I’d like to see Rachel pushed harder. I’d like a little more conflict between her and Jeremy. It seems like they might be setting up a love triangle between her, Prince Charming, and Jeremy. (There’s definitely some chemistry between her and the bachelor.) I’d also like to see a more solid picture of Rachel.

Liz Watches UnReal: Episode 2

via Lifetime

via Lifetime

Rachel wakes up in a trailer at the set. She doesn’t get far before someone tells her that she has a visitor. Her roommate has showed up to dump off her stuff; she’s rented out Rachel’s old room. Rachel tries to talk her out of it, but her roommate slaps down an ultimatum: get her the back rent by that night, or she’s going to sell her laptop. The situation quickly turns to blackmail when Rachel’s ex-roommate decides to change her threat. If Rachel doesn’t get her the back rent by that night, she’s going to send pictures of her and Jeremy to all of the staff members on set.

I feel bad for Rachel, but I’m not entirely sure I understand the ramifications of the blackmail. Everyone knows that she and Jeremy dated and broke up. Even his new fiance knows, so none of those pictures could possibly hurt anyone. Maybe it’s just me.

via Lifetime

via Lifetime

Meanwhile, Quinn discovers that Chet’s wife is pregnant. There’s no way that he’ll leave his wife now. I really feel bad for Quinn. That was like a slap in the face. It seemed like his wife knows about the affair. I don’t know what she sees in Chet, though. He’s got serious commitment issues, but she wants to be with him. She wants more than the affair.

One of the girls’ fathers has a heart attack, and Quinn forces everyone to keep it a secret until they’re done filming for the day. This is so messed up. It gets even worse when the girl’s father passes away. This strikes a huge chord with me. My father had a heart attack, and the thought of losing him scares the hell out of me.

Rachel tries her hardest to help the girl, against Quinn’s wishes. Everything escalates when the girl takes off. (I can’t remember any of the girls’ names, except for Faith, because she has a bad-ass name and is actually pretty cool.) Rachel and Jeremy team up to get her back on set.

I really like these two. They have a lot of chemistry. I’d like to see more scenes with them, more conflict.

Rachel succeeds in getting the girl back, but misses her ex-roommate’s deadline by seconds. The photos go to everyone she works with. Again, I’m not sure exactly why this is such a bad thing. I would’ve called her bluff. The laptop is a bigger loss. *hugs MacBook Pro* *whispers* I’ll never let you go…

I’m sure that this show is just getting started. I really do like it, but I feel like it’s missing just a couple of things. There needs to be more conflict between Rachel and Jeremy. And I need a handy cheat sheet to remember all of the girls’ names.

Are you watching UnReal? What do you think so far? Leave a comment and tell me!

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