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Parenthood 3.09 "Sore Loser" Review

Apologies for not getting a review out last week, guys. My laptop decided to try and stage a coup, but after a week and a half of tussling, I think I finally got it back in working order. Some of my favorite episodes of Parenthood are structured around a central, ambiguous concept, with each of the various storylines exploring an avenue of the concept. This way of arranging/writing an episode makes things feel a little more cohesive while showing that one may not be aware of all the nooks and crannies of things like control, perception, and self-awareness, three "ideas" that the show has explored in the past. "Sore Loser" was no different, as we got to spend 42 minutes watching the Bravermans dealing with the concept of loss through tantrums, self-reflection, and crushing realizations. It was an episode that didn't pack as much of an emotional wallop as last week's "In-Between", which made me a mess several times, but that hit on a lot of good stuff that made it a satisfying bit of TV. Read More... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/tvovermind/tvnews/~3/vmkTAyyUoWQ/105463

'Parenthood' - 'Sore Loser': You're the one that I want

A review of last night's  "Parenthood"  coming up just as soon as I hate all puns...  I think "Parenthood" went 3-for-4 on storylines last night, although all of the successful stories seemed to resolve themselves fairly easily. Sydney turned into a good sport after a single extended, difficult time out, Kristina appears to have scared Max's bully into leaving him alone, and Sarah sees the error of her parenting ways and heals things with Drew.  But sometimes stories that seem to wrap up neatly on this show don't. I can easily see, for instance, Kristina's approach horribly backfiring and giving Louis an entirely new arsenal of things to tease Max about. Drew may not be able to magically turn his grades around. Sydney has been very spoiled in a whole lot of ways besides playing games. And all those stories felt very true to the characters, funny at times (Julia getting drunk while listening to Sydney's tantrum), painful at others (Kristina watching the boys tease an oblivious Max, Joel trying to control his temper in the face of Sydney's violent tantrum), and nicely observed all around. The Joel/Julia plot in particular was a reminder of how much better "Parenthood" is when it's about behavior and little moments and not elaborate, contrived story arcs like buying Zoe's baby.  Read More... http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/whats-alan-watching/posts/parenthood-sore-loser-youre-the-one-that-i-want

Parenthood Review: Check Mate

I wouldn't have guessed that Sydney would be the " Sore Loser " on Parenthood this week, but Zeek was very concerned that she's heading down a path not meant for Bravermans. The old style way of thinking worked just fine for his kids, and they'll work for his grandkids. Lessons are learned the easy way or the hard way, but not the artificial way. The sore loser I'm with Joel and Zeek on this one. Sydney needs to learn to lose. Joel said they never let her lose at anything, not even tic tac toe. Can you imagine thinking at any age that everything you set out to play, you would win? If you did, and you go through life winning most competitions, I can guarantee it's not because your parents let you win when you were actually the loser. It just doesn't work that way. Read More... http://www.tvfanatic.com/2011/11/parenthood-review-check-mate/