Oh my bananas bajeesus. I just finished the episode before the Season 4 finale of Parenthood. I'm literally dying. Of course there's been a whole bunch of shenanigans going on in the show (Drew and Amy getting pregnant and having an abortion - Jesus H!) but no shocker I have been obsessed with Sarah's storyline with Mark and Hank.
Obviously from the last post I made about this show I was team Mark 10000%. But that was when the other options were Sarah alone or Sarah with Seth. And the thing is, I absolutely love Mark as a character and the whole development of their relationship... but that was before Hank came into the picture.
Okay -- even though I can seriously only see this guy as Ray Romano, I am kind of low key obsessed with his character and how his connection with Sarah has developed. He's got this cynical, brooding, artist thing going on (where Mark is more of a sweet, caring, artist) and the way that Sarah has been able to bring him out of his shell and pull some genuine feelings from him actually melts my heart into a pink squishy mess. (And as actually disturbing and painfully weird as it is for me to admit -- Hank has got some tall, dark, and handsome foxiness going on. I can see it.)
I AM STRUGGLING SO HARD. I obviously had been pining so hard for Mark and Sarah to work out - and they did and it was magical! But then Hank was introduced and I found myself wanting him and Sarah to get together so badly. When the engagement with Mark was falling apart I felt so sad for Sarah and how her happy ending was disintegrating, but also it was so cute to see Hank and Sarah actually begin to start a relationship. AND NOW THERE IS PISSING-CONTEST-FIGHT-COMPETITION-MAN-DUEL HAPPENING TO WIN SARAH'S HEART AND I AM LIVING FOR IT.
I have no idea what to think or feel or want. Usually I am solidly on one side or another when it comes to ships on shows, and I've never been so completely on the fence before. This is a brand new feeling for me. I've never seen a love triangle on TV (trust me I've seen many) where I've genuinely liked both options, both people, and the kind of relationships they have with the middle person. I know this is dramatic and I am fangirling to an embarrassing degree, but I'm just having a lot of ~feels~ and I can't articulate them all.
I'm so nervous and excited to watch and see what happens and what Sarah will decide. I also know that no matter what someone I like is going to be sad, and it could even be all three of them, which would be awful. (But also not? Girl power? Feminism? Help!) AND the next episode is a season finale so there is definitely potential for a time jump and oh my god anything can happen with that. I'm so anxious!
I will not be watching the finale tonight because I don't want to torture myself (and also I want to torture myself) so I will save it for a time when I can jump right into the next season after. (Which is another weird OCD habit I have when it comes to TV.) I want more more more but I'm also sad because the more I get the closer I'm getting to the end of the series and I know that's gonna make me so sad.
ANYWAY, I am going to take my dramatic-ass-self to bed and try not to stay up all night thinking about fictional characters lives. I do not predict I will be sucessful. I'll check in with you guys at least once more post-Parenthood. Be prepared for a lot of tears (from me).
Okay, so when I say parenthood is a time-suck, you might be thinking that I'm a mother. Guess what? I'm not. Although I'm well aware that being a parent is the best way to never have any time ever again. BUT. What's been soaking up all of my minutes lately is the much loved show... Parenthood.
Currently it's been a little over a week and I'm mid-way through Season 3 (I started again from the beginning because that's who I am) and I'm deep in my feels
Parenthood is really a heartwarming show. It tackles so many sensitive topics: Asbergers, infidelity, infertility, adoption, addiction, and of course the trials and tribulations of being parent and part of a family. It might seem dramatic but it gets pretty emotional in a super real way.
Right now I'm super obsessed with Sarah's storyline with her playwriting and relationship with Mark (Mr. Cyr). Not only do I just love Jason Ritter but his English teacher, thoughtful, sensitive, romantic vibe thing he's got going on with this character actually kills me. I'm obsessed. The way that he and Sarah took that 2 year break out of respect for Amber, and how he encouraged and supported Sarah's writing... it's adorable. And it makes me so happy that they were able to come together after all the time apart.
Now, where I'm at in the season there's been some tension in their relationship because Sarah's ex-husband has come back into the picture and she's helping him go through the process of rehab for his addiction issues. If I've ever watched a TV series (I have) I can sense the crash that's coming... if I'm being honest I don't think their relationship is going to survive the deep familial connection that obviously exists between Sarah and Seth. Mark isn't willing to take a backseat to this guy, and I don't blame him at all. He's doing what's best for him. But it makes me super sad that the happily ever after between him and Sarah probably isn't going to happen. I mean obviously there has to be some tension or there isn't a show, but it doesn't mean that I'm not bummed.
When it comes to Seth I don't know how to feel. I think it's a super interesting dynamic to explore his attempt at sobriety and his relationships with his kids, Amber and Drew, but I'm worried about how things might progress with him and Sarah. It's obvious that she desperately wants her family to work. The drama, the chaos, the trauma of the years they spent together are impossible to forget, but the thought that they could actually be a functional, happy family for the first time is appeal to her. Intoxicating, even.
I guess I'll see how this storyline progresses, as I'm sure there will be a lot of twists and turns along the way seeing that I'm not even yet halfway through the series yet, which is almost unbelievable to me.
As for the rest of the various family members I'm intrigued to see what happens with Julia and Joel's adoption plans and Adam and Crosby's new music studio. It's really interesting and kind of badass to see the progression of the music studio and I it's cool to see such a unique profession showed on tv in such a casual way. Plus I'm just pumped up for Crosby to succeed since he's one of my absolute favorite characters (duh, Dax).
Alrighty! Those are the thoughts that I have swirling around in my brain since I've been totally submerged in the world of the Braverman family. I'll keep you posted about what sort of emotional rollercoaster I go on through the rest of the series.
Have you watched Parenthood? Leave your thoughts on the series down below!
And please no spoilers!
Next Day Edit: AH Crosby slept with Jasmine! AH Lily! AH Sarah wants to have a baby with Mark! What a freakin' ride just 3 episodes took me on before posting. I effing love this show.