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This Open Thread Missed Some Pop Culture Moments

Were you introduced to a TV show or movie too late? Did you see something that was clearly only good to those who could watch it through nostalgia-colored glasses? Did timing just ruin pop culture for you?

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MSCL: This is the End

Well, we’ve sadly reached the end of this too-short series. I have to say that for a series finale that wasn’t intended to be such, it had a decent amount of closure.

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MSCL: Weekend

This week’s episode, “Weekend,” is a nice respite from last week’s melodrama. The Chases are going away for the weekend with Graham’s brother and his girlfriend, and Rickie decides to stay with Angela and Danielle at the Chase house while they’re gone.

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MSCL: Betrayal

If you remember anything about this show’s original run, then you’ve been dreading this episode. I certainly had been.

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MSCL: Episode 1.16, “Resolutions”

Well, it’s New Year’s Eve in the Chase house, and would you believe that our dear Angela is considering giving up being so lost in her own thoughts for the New Year? She decides not to do that, of course, and instead opts to stop doing Jordan’s homework for him.

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MSCL: Someone Wants To Love You

One thing I’ll say for this show: they’re pretty good at switching up the tone from week to week. We’ve finally come to the episode that any of you who watched probably know as the “Rickie is Homeless” episode, and it starts off right away showing us it’s going to be an intense one.

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MSCL: I Wanna Be Sedated

This episode, better known as “Rayanne Falls off the Wagon,” was painful to watch. First up, we see what Sober Rayanne is really like. She’s successfully completed her 30 days of counseling at school, and her counselor expresses concern that Rayanne lacks the support system necessary to maintain her sobriety.

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My So-Called Life: Now on Netflix!

I am unable to contain my excitement that MSCL is finally on Netflix! When I first started recapping this show in December, it was available on Hulu. Then it disappeared from there, and for several weeks your fearless recapper had to watch it in 10-minute increments on YouTube.

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MSCL: Making Out Is Hard to Do

Did anyone else get a little whiplash at the beginning of this episode? It started off with some narration from Angela about how high school cliques have their own designated territory at school.

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MSCL: All About Brian

It’s like this show reads my mind. Just when I started to think that we needed to Talk About Brian, they give us a Brian-centric (and Brian-narrated!) episode. It was kind of funny how they just started off with some Brian narration, as if it were the most normal thing in the world.

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My So-Called Life: Moms

There was a LOT going on in this week’s episode. There were two parallel themes: parties and moms.

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My So-Called Life: Halloweentown

Well, it’s Halloween in Pittsburgh and Angela thinks about the holiday as the Chase family gets ready in the morning. She still loves Halloween because it’s her one chance to be someone else, if just for a night. Angela did mention the idea of “being someone else” twice in her little voiceover narration within 25 […]

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MSCL: Squeeze My Hand as Hard as it Hurts

Since I know we’ve got a bunch of new readers this week, just wanted to say hi and say this is my 8th installment of recapping My So-Called Life. Check out the tags/archives to catch up on previous recaps, and be aware that I watch this show in 10-minute installments via illegal YouTube clips. Welcome! […]

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My So-Called Life: I Call Her Red

If you watched this show with even mild interest during its run, then you remember the punch line that the title refers to, a nice little episode-closer that reminds us once again how endearingly flawed our protagonist can be. It was, quite simply, A Jordan Episode, but after a few consecutive weeks of dealing with […]

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My So-Called Life: She Woke Up

It’s amazing sometimes how things come together. In a week where the blogosphere is obsessing over the memoir of the Tiger Mother, and discussing the idea of tough-love parenting, I have occasion to re-watch an early 90s TV show featuring a tough-talking substitute teacher. Episode 6, “The Substitue,” is all about shaking up the status […]