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Chasing Life: The Big Leagues (1×16)

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We all have secrets.. That’s what Chasing Life wanted to touch upon this week, but it honestly just felt forced and not believable.

Cancer has put April’s sex life in a rut and always being around family and doctors means her and Leo haven’t really had a chance to get it on since that one time in the funeral home. Definitely long overdue. When she finds out her mom and Brenna are going out to the movies, she takes advantage, with a bag full of condoms from Beth. Hey, she is Natalie’s sister after all right?

She overhears that one of the sports reporters is trying to get the inside scoop on Richie Miranda–the athlete from the blood drive in episode 1. She offers to help out, explaining she has a personal history with Miranda, but the sports guy is not interested. She decides to make him a bet: whoever gets the story has to buy the other tacos for a week straight.

At the club, sports guy isn’t able to get inside Miranda’s VIP. April is quick on her feet and tells his manager to tell him that one of his New York hookups paid a visit to the gyno and got more than just a fun night from him. He comes out right away and realizes it’s April. The two bond as she tells him she basically owes her her life. If she hadn’t gone to the blood drive for that story, she never would have fainted and found out she had cancer so early on. The moment was a nice nod to the first season and seemed like Miranda was actually a nice guy.

Unfortunately, she didn’t get that story, but walked in on a much bigger scoop– Leo doing coke with Miranda.. Yes… cocaine! This obviously didn’t go over well with April. How could Leo, a guy who just got out of a coma for removing a brain tumor, be sniffing drugs into his brain! We know this is just Leo lashing out because he doesn’t know who he is or what he wants to do with life. But, it’s no excuse. April questioned their relationship, wondering if they didn’t both have cancer, would they still have anything in common. The whole storyline seemed like a far stretch. I understand Leo is struggling and feels like he’s a nobody, but would he really resort to drugs? I don’t even remember hearing that he ever did drugs in the past. It seems like an easy way to make April turn from Leo to Dominic.

Suddenly, Dominic became the good guy and good friend to April. Are we just supposed to forget that he slept with literally half of Boston and acted like a baby because April didn’t tell him about her cancer. In the second half of the season, I’m realizing the writers have really struggled with creating authentic personalities for these guys. Each time they need a direction change, they use the characters, sometimes in a way that doesn’t even make sense.

Aside from Leo, April had another dilemma- is she suppose to break the story of Miranda’s drug use? It’s definitely a career booster, but is it worth it after her “connection” with him? Dominic convinces her yes. That’s why she became a journalist right? But will it get April in trouble? Most definitely. Double crossing someone as prominent as an athlete most definitely comes with repercussions. Will Miranda try to convince the public that April is a liar? And will it also expose Leo’s drug use? Quite possibly. 

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Greer did a complete 180 this week going from a goody-two shoes to a complete badass. She dyed the tips of her hair green, invited Ford, Kieran and Brenna to her parent’s cabin, even after they said she wasn’t allowed to hang out with Bren. And, she even asked Kieran to give her a tattoo. Thankfully, he didn’t. Her personality change is apparently a result of her stopping anxiety and depression meds. She’s been on them since she was 7 and her parents never let her stop taking them, probably because they were afraid of who she would really be. My problem with this storyline… anxiety and depression meds don’t make you a completely different person. They make you happier… they get rid of that gut-wrenching scared feeling… but they don’t flip flop your personality like that. That would be called a personality disorder. Regardless, I definitely like this Greer much better. I just hope when her parents finally come home, she sticks to her guns and stands up for her relationship with Brenna.

The trio– Brenna along with both her exes– had a sleepover at the tattoo shop. Since Greer was honest about her biggest and darkest secret, Brenna revealed hers- she was pregnant once with an older guys baby but had an abortion because he didn’t want anything to do with the kid. Alright, seriously, once again totally not believable. This clearly hasn’t affected Brenna in anyway nor was there ever a mention of this at all. I understand that’s what they mean by “secret” but really, it just doesn’t seem like a Brenna thing to do. Kieran’s darkest secret was the best though– he has a tramp stamp of his old English teachers name. Classic. But also, why are guys way less effed up then girls? Like could Kieran not have an actual problem in life other then a tramp stamp?

And in the adult world, it seems like Sara is going to do just fine without Uncle George. The immigration guy next door might have been annoyed with her, but he was totally into her by the end. Is love in the air? I think so!

How did you like this weeks episode? Did you think it was forced? Next weeks previews show April going on live television to talk about her story, but that’s the least of her worries. She confides in Dominic that she thinks the cancer has returned. It’s nice that this time, Dominic is the first to know. But why him? Where is Leo? Are they done for good? Can Natalie’s transplant save her?

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Chasing Life Canceled After 2 Seasons!

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April Carver just received the worst prognosis of all- Chasing Life has been cancelled by ABC Family after just two seasons.

I, like so many Chasers am seriously upset by this news. What is ABC Family thinking? Why cancel a show that was so unapologetically real and has given viewers an insight into the ups and downs of what it’s like for a young person living with cancer, but shows like Keeping Up With The Kardashians get renewed for 11 seasons? What kind of society do we live in?

I’ve read statements and comments that some just thought the show was too depressing but hey, that’s life. Not everything is about what kind of handbag you’re wearing. And most of the time, despite all the crap that was thrown at April, every episode left me with a positive feeling. No moment during the two seasons have been this upsetting- not even Leo’s untimely death. Chasing Life depicted cancer in a way no other drama has before. That has to count for something, right?

Anyways, the drama ended with only 486,000 viewers tuning it, which was a season low.

The showrunner, Patrick Sean Smith told THR  that there was still a lot to explore in season 3 like “April’s emotional state and her big decision to end treatment, there’s a lot to explore with Uncle George and the manuscript and the investigation that’s now in play, and then a lot to explore with Brenna and Finn now that Greer is moving back to town, and also what happens with Beth. I mean, everyone’s life is up in the air right now by the end of the second season.”

But, I guess we’re just supposed to be content knowing that April was content with dying in Italy because she lived more life than any other 25-year-old. Maybe she spent the rest of her days with Dominic? Maybe when she died, Beth had her baby and named it April. Who knows… we definitely won’t.

THR reports that the decision to cancel the show comes with ABC Family’s focus to rebrand and its focus on becoming “becomers.” They are adding a Nicki Minaj comedy and a new show, ShadowHunters.

There are a couple of petitions to “renew Chasing Life” circulating online already. Who knows if that will do anything, but we can hope.

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Chasing Life- La Dolce Vita (2×13)

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Just when you think things are looking up for April, she gets hit with bombshell after bombshell until she finally surrenders. But this can’t be April’s “final chapter” can it? A lot of loose plot lines were tied up at the end of the hour, but of course, those raised new question… and brought a tear or two to the corner of my eye. Damn allergies.

Beth’s Baby- Beth spent most of her time freaking out about the pregnancy. She’s about 6 weeks in now, so thankfully, we can do the math and figure out Josh is the father! That doesn’t put her mind at ease however because now she actually has to tell him. She finally corners him in the bathroom after watering the fikus with about 5 beers. He’s definitely surprised, but tells her he will be by her side no matter what she decides. Gosh, he’s such a standup guy right? Beth eventually goes to Italy with April and makes her decision there- she’s going to keep the baby. It’s a nice juxtaposition; her best friend is dying but she’s bringing a new life into this world. Possibly a beautiful baby girl named April?

Dominic & April- Well, apparently these two are endgame but just because two people want something, doesn’t mean the timing is right. April is still not over Leo and that’s ok. She has every right to mourn her late husband. But she also has every right to move on. I’ll admit, the kiss didn’t do it for me and maybe because I felt April was doing it all out of fear of missing out. However, I’m perfectly content with them as just friends who love each other right now. We need Dominic to help April with whatever comes next.

Uncle George- He kind of put himself in a predicament by telling the Carver women the truth about their dad. He thought he could trust them and most of them he could… but not Olivia and Natalie. They were shopping around Thomas’s book to get “justice.” And if George wouldn’t give them the rights, Olivia threatened to expose him to the cops. Finally, Natalie made the sound choice and put her sisters before this petty family drama. We thought it was all over, until the cops showed up to question him. Did Olivia betray her daughter and screw George over anyways?

April’s cancer- Sad news, her clinical trial didn’t work. The doc tried to keep her positive by saying there were still plenty of options, but the truth is, April is dying. It sucks and it’s depressing, especially when you read an interview that says the original telenovela that CL is based on “Terminales,” has April’s character killed… albeit by bus after beating the cancer. Hopefully, we go a different route, but you have to be realistic- cancer kills people. And it won’t spare April.

April goes to Italy to complete her one last “wish” of traveling the world. That’s when she realizes, by 25, she’s done everything on her bucket list. When she gets the call that the only option left for her is to get the transplant and hope her death isn’t painful, she realizes this is the last chapter in her memoir. I mean, you only write a memoir if you know how it’s going to end, right? Beth begs Ape not to give up but she replies, “It’s not giving up because I’ve already won. I could die happy here.” With that, she looks out into the sunset, while Beth and Dom look at each other concerned. Would they really let April just die without putting up one last fight?

Brenna & Finn… and now Greer- Finn gets super sick because cancer is a bitch and ends up in the hospital. That’s when he breaks up with Brenna and breaks her heart. He has to be focused on getting healthy and she’s kind of doing the opposite. “Maybe it isn’t meant to be,” he wonders, but alas, I think it is. And so does Brenna when she puts two and two together and finds out that she’s Finn’s donor! What are the odds? That kind of puts Greer’s return on the back burner, although Bren was really excited to see her ex, who surprise, is moving back to town! Can’t wait to see that traingle.

Chasing Life hasn’t been renewed for a 3rd season, but I’m seriously hoping this wasn’t actually April’s last chapter. I need to know what happens- the good or the bad. Does George get arrested? Do the Carver’s disown Natalie? Will April fight another day? Will she live out her end in Italy after publishing her memoir? How will Beth’s fashion line go? Will she embrace the pregnancy? Will April & Dominic get together again? Will Brenna and Greer? Will Finn be healthy? Will he find out Brenna is his donor. Listen to me ABC Family- renew this show right now!


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Chasing Life- Ready Or Not (2×12)

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Cancer, marriage, babies, high school hook ups- it’s all part of chasing life and it’s quite a beautiful thing. No matter what happens, you can expect this journey of ours never to be boring. I know April can vouch for that.

Since we met April, she’s gone through some drastic transformations. That presented itself this week when she met up with her friend Ellie, who I immediately knew was going to be trouble. Really? Skin cancer scare? Give me a break… I know people are desperate but to stoop THAT low and actually steal someones heart-wrenching diseases. Gross. Of course, instead of getting mad and even, April let nature take its course… well sort of.

April seems to have this stupid luck- when she realizes her book agent, who is really just starting out, hasn’t gotten her a secured deal with BookSmart, she takes matters into her own hands and fakes a seizure to get into a party to meet with the publisher. There she just so happens to run into Raquel, who just so happens to be buddy-buddy with the manager of the whole company. Cha-Ching! When April chats her up, turns out she’s really been invested in Ellie’s book and how she compared “cancer” to “herpes.”

Soon after, April’s chapter of the book leaks to The Post and she’s convinced that Raquel did it to sabotage her. But- she’s wrong! The positive comments on the chapter actually convinced the editor to publish April’s book! Rejoice everyone; April is now a published author! We did it!

And in other April news, she’s finally realizing that she still has feelings for Dominic. I can’t be mad about this though I hoped the writers weren’t going to throw her back into this relationship. Realistically, these two were together and broke up while they still had feelings. Those feelings were never resolved, she just fell deeply in love with Leo. But now that he’s gone, how long can April really mourn? How long can she be single? Be Leo’s widow? Maybe moving on is really the healthiest thing she can do. She isn’t forgetting, but she’s living. She’s chasing life.

Brenna finally succumbed to the cheesiness of milestone moments and asked Finn to go on a date to junior prom. Honestly, how adorable are these two together? After the dance, things get a little awkward when they end up in a room together. Kissing without a mask is dangerous because of Finn’s cancer, but he just wants to feel normal for a night. He wants to feel the high without the lows and who could blame him? So… he goes for it with Brenna. I believe the outcome will be dangerous, but watching them together was magical. Also, we’re getting closer to them finding out that Brenna is actually his donor! Both of them think cilantro tastes like soap. Absurd! Will that bring them closer together?

As for Beth, she’s been sick and emotional… and pregnant! I definitely didn’t see this storyline coming, but I am so excited. There have been little storylines aside from April’s cancer, but none as big as a pregnant best friend. They always say as one life begins, another ends. That’s really true in this case. Unfortunately, as fun as babies are, not knowing who the dad is becomes quite a problem. Especially cause it’s either her ex Grahm who she had a one night stand with or Josh, the dude she’s really falling in love with. I’m secretly hoping it’s Josh’s.

Everyone is chasing life in their own way, even Olivia Ortiz- Natalie’s mom and Thomas’s secret baby momma. Last week, she revealed that she had both parts of her ex’s spy novel and now the agent told April that she was shopping around his father’s book. Does Natalie know? I would think probably not, but her mother is spiteful and she’s definitely going after the money Thomas didn’t leave her, which is really unfortunate for the kids. And also- this is potentially scary for Uncle George, who revealed he pretty much assisted Thomas with his own death. You know, I really liked Natalie and this is pretty upsetting. But can you blame her? She’s the black sheep of the family, was never loved by her dad and her sister stole her BF…. not fun.

Next week is the fall finale. What do you think will be the most explosive part? Are you ready for a Dom and April relationship to heat back up? Will Finn get sick after hooking up with Brenna? Will Greer return?


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