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Chasing Life- Locks of Love (1×11)

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The holiday installment of Chasing Life wasn’t as exciting as I thought it would be. But I’m glad I’m not the only one whose family gets all sorts of crazy around the holidays.. even if they are taking place in May.

This episode wasn’t so much a stand alone as a continuation of where we left off with the finale. April is in her 6th day of chemo. She’s just been dumped by Dominik and she gets a voicemail from Leo that says he’s been inspired to get the brain surgery. Thankfully, we find out he’s still alive and well. Turns out brain surgery takes a while to prep and he’s been busy doing tests and getting mentally prepared. He comes to visit April who is just really excited to see him… considering everything that’s happened.

Her grandparents from her fathers side come into town and they are not the easiest to get along with. I feel like April is still embarrassed to be sick and have cancer… especially when they come to visit her and her hair begins falling out from the chemo.

She finally decides to make the jump and shave off her hair. Beth talks her out of such drastic actions, instead going for a more gradual process. April had more hairstyles in one episode than I’ve had in my whole life. And she looked damn good in all of them. The first was the very popular lob, the second a buzz cut…. the big jump happened with Leo’s help. After a wild night in the hospital where they pretended to be kids and have absolutely no care in the world, he did the honors of shaving her head bald. He shaved his head right along with her, just so she wouldn’t have to go through it alone and feel “ugly.” What a selfless thing to do.

ITALIA RICCI, SCOTT MICHAEL FOSTER“You look like an alien,” she told him. “You look like a baby,” he responded. It was cute. It was honest. It was real. These two connect on so many levels not only because their going through the same thing but because they have the same soul and the same appreciation for life. Compared to Dominick, Leo is a downright good guy who was sick himself, but strong enough to be April’s rock. Something Dominick wasn’t able to do because of his “pride.” Anyone who roots for Dom is crossed off in my book. She shouldn’t even think about him twice. Any guy who leaves a girl at the hospital while she’s undergoing chemo is a grade A jerk.

Brenna realized that April was pretty upset with the chemo, especially her blood count dropping and her hair falling out, so she decided to bring some cheer by throwing her an impromptu Christmas celebration. As the family was gearing up for the event and skyping with April, they ended up getting into a huge argument. Brenna came clean about being bisexual… something she was hiding from her grandparents for some odd reason. The grandparents then got upset because they weren’t looped in. This led to that really awkward conversation about Natalie. Apparently, they knew their son had an affair and another daughter but they never told Sara because it “wasn’t their place.” This really upset her…. and Uncle George was just pissed off because he was always looked at the son who wasn’t as good as his brother because he was single without a family. Plus, he couldn’t really blurt out that he was dating his brothers widow. How messed up.

Eventually, everyone put their differences aside for April. After all, she was the one going through the most at this point. Her feelings should have definitely been put before anyone else’s problems. April isn’t one to get mad though and she seemed genuinely happy when everyone surprised her with the holidays in her room. Even Sara, who was sick and couldn’t come visit, stood outside with a Christmas tree.

HALEY RAMM, ITALIA RICCIApril took that cheer and spread it throughout the hospital. At the same time, Leo was undergoing his really complicated and extreme surgery… and his heart rate began dropping and that dreaded monotone beep was heard echoing through the hospital as “sleep in heavenly peace” played. I literally had a panic attack. This is not ok. At all. I understand we’re watching a show about cancer and Leo has a very severe brain tumor, but they cannot kill him off. When the season start back up Jan 6, that long beeeeeep will go back to a heart beating beep, beep, beep right? It has too. There is no way April can lose the only guy she’s become close to during her sickness… the only good thing that happened to her life, aside from her friends and family.

It wasn’t a bad episode, but it wasn’t memorable. The only thing holding it together is the unknown about Leo’s health. Will he make it? Will he die? And of course, April’s prognosis. Is she getting better? Will she beat cancer? From the new promo, it looks like she gets better only to be severely disappointed by a relapse. Pretty common for cancer sufferers, but a low blow nonetheless. One key thing to take out of this is to never take life for granted. No matter what age, things can change in a heartbeat. We aren’t invincible. It’s important to always appreciate the simple moments, with the people that matter most. Have a happy holidays Chasing Lifers! Till Jan 6th. Here’s the winter premiere promo to hold you over until then.

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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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