I reviewed episode one here on the blog, but since then I've been doing all of my reviews over on Youtube. However, I decided to review episode five here. That's partly because I actually took some notes during this episode, and I ended up with a lot more notes than I had expected I would. This may be more long-winded than these reviews typically are.
I wish my sister, who is named Regina, had been watching the episode with me when Lacey had the dream that Regina appeared in. My sister would have appreciated seeing her again.
I loved the bit where Jo agreed to go to the formal and her mom immediately rushed off to buy her a dress. That is literally my mom and me. I feel like she's always trying to get me into dresses, and I hate them. Every episode I feel like I find even more ways to relate to Jo. She's definitely my favorite character.
Lacey kind of frustrates me. She just seems to change her mind too often. One minute she's being nice to Danny and Jo, and the next she's almost completely ignoring them. I understand that a lot of really crappy stuff is going on, and she's really confused. It can get kind of annoying though.
The mayor (whose name I can't remember) really, really frustrates me. I hate how he's blaming Jo's dad for everything when he clearly isn't at fault. And I'm saying this as someone who really doesn't like Jo's dad all that much. It's just really frustrating.
I'm not sure how I like the portrayal of the mathletes. I don't want to go into a long rant about nerds and nerd stereotypes, but it kind of irks me. Besides, I remember the kids who were on the academic teams in high school, and I don't think they were all that awkward. The awkward kids (like me) were too awkward to even join academic teams.
I found the people of the town's reactions to Danny being at the festival very interesting. I was surprised that there were actually people defending him. That was nice.
I guess it's time to get into the romance stuff... Rico obviously has a crush on Jo. That much is obvious. And he's definitely jealous of Danny. Everyone seems to think that there's something between Jo and Danny, which I find funny because I don't think there's anything at all. Danny kissed Lacey (which was interesting), so obviously he doesn't have feelings for Jo. Jo's feelings are less clear, but I really don't think she has feelings for Danny either, not romantic ones. I really do think she likes Rico. She just misses having her two best friends, and I think that's making her cling to Danny a bit. I don't think her feelings for Danny are at all romantic.
As for Danny and Lacey... I'm really not sure what to say or how I feel. I was expecting there to be something between Danny and Lacey from the first or second episode, but I'm not sure if I like how it's being developed. The kiss seemed a little rushed. I don't understand why she kissed him when she did. For one thing, as far as we know she's still dating Archie. Secondly, how do you just kiss someone that you've been acting the way she has toward just randomly, even if she has been developing feelings. It just seemed odd to me. Like, I wasn't necessarily surprised, but I'm not too thrilled with the way it happened. I do really want to see how that storyline goes though and how their feelings develop.
The letter and money that Lacey found was a really interesting plot twist. I'm really looking forward to seeing how that develops. It also made me believe even more that Danny didn't murder Regina. He seems to legitimately have no idea what the letter is or the money is for, and I know that letter has to be linked to her murder.
I can't for the life of me understand how Danny's mom didn't notice Rico when she threw the necklace. She looked like she was being so careful about not being seen, but Rico wasn't exactly hiding or hard to see. Still, that will of course make Rico more suspicious of Danny, and it will only make things worse between him and Jo when Jo stands up for Danny.
I'm really looking forward to next week's episode!