Why ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ could be making a big mistake

Opening statement: I have loved Crazy Ex-Girlfriend from the very first episode. I have converted several people into the show and I try to live tweet as I watch every Monday as well as creepily tweet the cast how much I love the show. And I still do, believe me. To this day Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is still my favorite show on television at the moment, which makes it harder for me to criticize it even a little. But I do think Crazy Ex-Girlfriend might be about to make a big mistake, and here is why:

When the show first started we were presented with teenage Josh Chan, a bit of a jerk who wanted to get rid of Rebecca at the end of camp for being “too dramatic”. Even though he had a point (Rebecca is dramatic and that’s one of the reasons we love her) we all as women have heard that before: men get scared of us reacting the way they don’t expect us to and then suddenly we are dramatic. It’s a scene that immediately makes you side with Rebecca and her heartbreak and think “he didn’t deserve her anyway!”. But then in present-time we see a very different Josh Chan, one that when he sees Rebecca tells her she was kind of the one that got away and sparks all kinds of feelings into a woman who was literally in the middle of a nervous breakdown over a miserable life in New York she never wanted for herself.

So she follows Josh into West Covina, California, because she projects her dreams and hopes of happiness into him. He represents a time when things were easy for once and she was truly happy. We are not supposed to see Josh as any other thing than that: an object of desire that catalyzes this big change in Rebecca. He is merely there to be chased, followed and stalked until Rebecca ultimately realizes that it’s not healthy for her to do it and moves on.

Then we meet Greg. They meet as she looks for Josh, he asks her out, beautiful and charming Greg and they end up making out only for him to realize she clearly has some feelings for Josh, who happens to be his friend. He is clearly heartbroken over this, but he still offers Rebecca his friendship. Immediately as the audience, we know: Josh is the dream. Greg is the reality. Greg is real and flawed and obviously she is gonna end up with him. Josh will be nothing but a stepping stone in her way to recovery!

But then something happened: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend made of both Josh and Greg two well-rounded, realistic characters with their own development, their own stories and their own issues. And the thing is… Greg kind of sucks.

After months of development, Rebecca is finally in the right path: she realizes Josh doesn’t love her after they kiss and she overhears him telling Valencia about it. She gets on a plane ready to go back to her old miserable life in New York when has an epiphany that she’s actually made the people in her life in West Covina care about her. She also finally realizes that Greg has always been there, caring for her, secretly.

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But has he, though?

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5 Signs You Need to Stop Watching A TV Show

As I move away from my mid-20s, I haven’t grown any less attached to TV shows and its characters as I used to when I was younger, but my tolerance levels have significantly decreased over time. I no longer watch TV shows with the hope of them becoming better. I no longer give shows too much wiggle room to fix gigantic mistakes I know deep in my heart there is no way to come back from. Maybe it’s cold and maybe it’s cynical, but with the amount of TV shows out there right now, why waste my time with something that I will not enjoy?

It’s a crossroad every fan of TV has been at in their lives at some point: the show you love has changed and you are angry and upset, but you loved it so much. So why would you leave it? So you let it consume you with rage, as you tut your way through the episodes with the small hope that the show that once was so good to you returns from the war. In some cases that might happen, but the truth is in most cases, it will not. So here are 5 signs that you should stop watching that TV show: 

They ruin your favorite character

image credit: The CW
image credit: The CW

Sometimes characters make decisions that do not feel true to what you know of them. These decisions make sense in the writers’ heads and they might even convincingly get most of the audience on board with them (they might even be justified! no one is questioning the decision itself here, just your personal feelings about it) but when the character that you once loved changes so drastically there is no longer a hint of it still being there, why continue to watch it being assassinated in front of your very eyes? It’s time to stop watching and remember what you once liked about that character while you still can. 

One (or more) of your favorite characters dies

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Let’s take it a bit further and say that your favorite character gets not figuratively, but literally assassinated. Everything the show does after that will make you angry, bitter and disappointed. Here is what you have to do: mentally go through all the reasons why you like the show, if most of the reasons were related to the character that is now gone, stop. If they’re not, but the character’s death taints every other thing you like about the show, stop.  Regardless of people claiming you’re not “a real fan” because of it, at the end of the day your feelings about it come first and if the show took away the main reason you used to watch it for, why continue to? Screw them. And screw that show.

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