Jeannine Rochon-Burkart


Lady of the Lake

Hey L-Community! My cable went out Friday and I just now got it back, so I apologize that I don't have a recap posted yet.Luckily, cable networks always re-air the helloutta their shows, so it'll be recording this evening. I'm going to come back and replace this with a "proper" recap ASAP.For now, if you all wanted to start chatting about the episode without me, go for it! I will be back to post my thoughts as soon as I can.Ciao! read more

First Do No Harm

Well Ghosties, guess what I returned home to on Friday evening? NO. CABLE. For me, no cable = no land phone, Internets or TV [gotta love those "bundle deals"]! They couldn't send anyone out until today, and the cable guy just left the house. They told us that they're still cleaning up the mess from the ice storm... can you believe that? Anyway, after having been without power for three days several weeks ago, I was really able to keep things in perspective over the weekend. Losing cable is easy. I mean, I was going crazy without the Internets, but... no power for half a week is just... an experience I don't want to have again.So I'm officially connected again, but my weekend shows have officially gone A.W.O.L.! My first order of business was to log on and tell you all what happened. It looks like I need you all to fill me in this episode recap. In the meantime, I'm going to see if I can find a way to get a hold of the episode, come back, and chat with you all later.For now, it's all... read more

Slam

Yay, we get new Ghost Whisperer episodes for a bit! [And Moonlight too, yum-yum]! Happy New Year, Ghosties... how did you like this one?I really, really liked this episode. Had Jim been present in a significant way, it would have been near-perfect for me... definitely, a favorite of the season. First of all, how do you like our new Ned?! Is he adorable, or what?! I know that many of you Ghosties didn't really care for the younger Ned of last season... are you happy with this new incarnation?I have to say, I was loving the scene when Ned, Mel and Delia were all together in the shop, talking openly about the haunting, and putting their heads together on how to help. Isn't that totally what we'd all wanted to see for so many months? I enjoyed it so much, and I hope that [new] Ned becomes a regular fixture on the show.So now, there's a bit of a mystery brewing with the photographer/blogger guy. It got pretty tense there for a bit between Mel and Payne, but I'm glad they made nice in th... read more

Look Out, Here They Come!

Shane, Shane, Shane. Y'know, I found the whole thing with Shane and the wedding party to be so... surreal. At first, it was obvious that she'd wind up getting together with one of the bridesmaids, and it was funny when she did. But then... it got so out of hand, I started to roll my eyes and become bored with it all. Right. Shane's a player, Shane's got magnetism of epic proportions... whatever. I get it!The scene I liked most was when Shane had a true heart-to-heart with the bride. Now, the question is, when Shane said "You remind me of somebody I used to know," who was she referring to? As I was watching the scene, I had thought in the very beginning of the scene that the bride looked a lot like Dana. Do you think that was to whom Shane was referring, or was it Carmen? I think it was Dana.My favorite scene tonight was Kit's arrival in the prison. Foxy Brown in the house! I loved the scene between her and Helena, as if Kit was helping Helena decipher code. Great comedy, and so subt... read more

LGB Tease

WeLcome back, everyone! I thought this was a very strong season premiere, how about you? In particular, I loved the humor... it feels like with every season, as the cast chemistry and characters continue to evolve, the sense of humor gets more and more wicked-delicious. The biggest surprise for me tonight was how much I now love Jenny. I think it's great that the writers have decided to embrace her bitchiness to the fullest and make her into a "Hollywood Diva," rather than a self-loathing masochistic whiner. I would much rather enjoy despising Jenny, and this new version of her feels like that guilty pleasure, "love to hate" soap opera vixen. I think I can roll with this... and it looks like Mia Kirshner is having a blast with this new take on her character, too. So many of the scenes between her and the other girls, in particular, Tina, were just fantastic, because they were so over-the-top. May as well make her operatically bitchy, because at least we can have fun with that! I was... read more

Holiday Spirit

The Ice StormIt was a surreal week leading up to Friday night. I'd lived in Wisconsin half my life, and never thought in a million years, I'd face the worst winter of my entire life in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After so many winters watching snowdrifts hit sixteen-plus feet at times, I'd never spent more than a few hours without power [and heat and hot water] during those Wisconsin winters. Last week, I was without power for three days. Some Tulsans are still without power, a week later, so I will level with you: I feel silly exerting effort writing a blog entry about a TV show while other people are still dealing with this hideous weather fallout. However, this is my blog, so I don't feel silly admitting my gratitude for making it through the week with a pretty positive attitude, for having my power [and heat] back, and for having my TV back!Last week, I found out that I survive just fine without TV [it's music I cannot live without – thank Jobs for the almighty iThingie], but at the s... read more

All Ghosts Lead to Grandview

Hmmm... ah... hmmmm... Ghosties, I got nothin' on this one. Is it because I'm still too full from feasting to care? I really don't know. For all that happened in this episode, it feels like I should have so much to say, but I don't. Something about this storyline just didn't grab me for some reason... maybe it's because I didn't empathize with "Mini Mel," and I'm not sure why. I don't think it was any fault of the actress, and it's not like the writing or plot was subpar.Maybe this episode should have been a two-parter, so that I could feel a bit more invested in the Little Ghost Whisperer... I felt like she was sort of thrown at us out of left field, and then we were supposed to care as much about her as Mel did. Meeting a young Ghost Whisperer had to have been extremely pivotal for Mel, but for me, it fell flat. Am I just a cold-hearted viewer this weekend, or what's the deal?Now, I did like the scene with Little Mel and her grandmother in the hospital. That gave us some great bac... read more

"Bad Blood"

Wardrobe MelfunctionMy first thought this episode was: holy pants, Batman! Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?Anyone who experienced their pre-teen to teen years in the '80s will understand why I'm referring to Ferris Bueller's Day Off in this post. Wow, Alan Ruck really hasn't aged a whole lot, has he? Well... and neither has Matthew Broderick, come to think of it.It's a Sick.... Howse [Yes, I'm Singing That to the Tune Of... oh, Nevermind]!One thing that I found very effective was the lighting in the house during scenes in which the father and daughter were in a trance. Did you notice how everything was cast in sort of a murky, "sick" green hue? The characters were also often filmed at strange angles when in the house, and of course, the ghosts themselves had an "off" color to them, as well. The ghosts weren't as subtle, but the house had a subliminal sort of "ick" to it, which was really effective.Doubting DeliaI enjoyed the scenes between Delia and Melinda... the interaction felt believa... read more

"Unhappy Medium"

An Unlikely AllianceThis episode made me cry. Like a baby. I think it's because I found the partnership between Melinda and Casey to be as touching in the end as the actual crossing over. The storyline of having somebody "with a gift" move in on Mel's turf was interesting enough, but then when Jim gave Melinda advice on embracing the "competition" rather than fighting him... well, that made the plot take the high ground, and I was genuinely moved by how their dynamic evolved from that point on through to the end. I think I cried more from how Mel and Casey delivered the "tag-team crossover" in the end than from the actual crossing over... excellent acting between J. Love and Orlando Jones.Orlando!Applause to Orlando Jones for doing an amazing job as Casey the wonder guru. It was very smart for the writers to keep that character from venturing into comedic territory à la Payne. Orlando did a fantastic job playing the part. Something that many people may not know is that good com... read more

"Double Exposure"

Melinda: "I've been thinking about how dark spirits don't just lurk underground... that they're around me all the time.... I just want you to know that that doesn't scare me."Jim: "How is that reassuring?"Melinda: "Because... anger and darkness... that's just the stuff we're supposed to unravel and learn from. And I do that all the time. I'm not afraid because... I know that love is stronger. I've seen it."Jim: "OK, no more decisions based on fear."Melinda: "No more decisions based on fear."I loved that closing scene so much. This week, it was Jim and Melinda that moved me the most. I love that they had a disagreement, I love that they worked through it with tenderness, honesty and humor, and I love that Jim's starting to mean more to the show than "perfect husband." I mean, he still is a perfect husband, but I like that he's starting to communicate his own needs and goals, and that it's bringing a realistic element of conflict to the show without being forced. Reminds me a little m... read more

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