Was the premiere of Chasing Life worth the long wait? I’d say so. Lot’s happened since we last saw April Carver. For one, she’s out of the hospital and in remission. And although she has a 60% chance of relapsing, she’s able to go back to her own life and work! Who would have thought someone would be so excited to return to the daily bump and grind of a newsroom?
If the cancer does come back, April will need to get a bone marrow transplant. Unfortunately, there aren’t any matching donors. If worse comes to worse, they can use her mothers, whose a half match. This doesn’t sit well with April and she thinks maybe asking Natalie, her half-sister from her father’s affair, might be worth it. This brings up a lot of stress for Sara, who up until now has managed to avoid meeting Olivia, the woman who slept with her late husband. But, for her daughter she’ll do just about anything.
Olivia and Natalie agree to come down to Boston to talk about the possibility. The whole encounter is super awkward, especially when Sara get’s a call from the police saying Brenna broke into Greer’s house and has to leave early. Also, did I mention Natalie is a complete bee. She plays the whole pity me card because she resents that both April and Brenna actually had a functional family and a father. But if you think about it, who should be more upset? Natalie or the girls? Olivia finally convinces her daughter to get the cheek swap, which is like music to April’s ear. You know after all of this, Natalie will definitely be a donor and Sara and Olivia will become close friends.
Back at work, things have changed and not for the better. April’s old boss might have been a tough ass but at least he was present and knew what he was doing. The new guy is so busy, April can’t schedule a meeting with him in the next 8 days. Determined to establish some kind of relationship, she sneaks regardless and is met with much disinterest from a man absorbed in his own little world. She tells him that despite her illness, she wants to be treated like a regular employee and tackle the hard hitting pieces she was did. But can she handle it? Her chemo brain is getting in the way because it’s affecting her memory. She screws up the first profile she’s assigned being back on the job, which is welcomed by Raquel, who is also disappointed by the papers new management. Raquel has worked her ass off in the industry only to report to a man who has no journalistic experience. It’s a slap in the face and she’s worried he’ll turn the paper into a gossip tabloid. And nobody wants that.
Things at work are also awkward because it’s the first time in 4-months that April sees Dominic. The first time, she looks like nothing ever happened, donning a wig that looks just like her actual hair. But, after awhile April begins embracing her short hair as a sign of triumph over the sickness. She confronts Dominic on the stairs asking for a truce, but he’s not having it. He’s baffled by the fact that April is the one asking to be friends, considering she’s the one that cheated on him, lied to him and broke his heart. And he’s treated like an ass because he dumped the girl with cancer. I guess in a way, I can see his point. That’s a tough situation to be in. You want to be mad at someone, but their sick and that makes you look bad. But you don’t want to pretend everything is okay. There’s no win-win here. I do however think Dominic needs to man up and actually have a real conversation with April. Both have a lot of things to address that they haven’t before.
But is it even worth it? April likes Dominic, but she’s in love with Leo. After his brain surgery, Leo has been in a coma for 2 months. April has visited him every single day, hoping that he’ll eventually wake up. And he does. It’s a really happy moment, especially considering Leo hasn’t lost any of his memory. “We’re both alive,” April points out. “Now what?” Leo asks. Well, good question. Now what? How long will Leo’s rehabilitation take? What are his chances of survival? Does he want to be with April? From the promo’s it looks like Leo’s personality might have been altered. He tells her that since the surgery, he doesn’t want to be friends and the whole thing is pretty heartbreaking… especially because Leo was April’s number one fan. Is he just doing this to keep her from heartbreak? Is he scared to get too close to someone? I need answers! This is why Team Leo trumps Team Dominic!
On the relationship front, Greer comes back from Europe and tells Brenna that they still can’t be together. Her parents worry that she won’t get into college if she’s out romancing Brenna–the bad girl. Plus, she needs mommy and daddy’s money and if she disobeys them, she’s cut off. Tough life. Brenna takes grandmas advice and breaks into Greer’s house to fight for her. Unfortunately, she gets caught and Greer’s parents almost press charges. Upset with how the parent’s treat her daughter, Sara basically bans Brenna from seeing Greer as well. Maybe it’s for the better.
Sara and George’s relationship is stronger than ever… but they still haven’t told the kids. I mean, what can you really say? Hey kids, I’m dating your dead father’s brother, aka your uncle? That’s not going to go over very well. I wouldn’t call it incest, but it’s definitely disturbing..although they are very cute and Sara is finally happy. Plus, George is like a father to the girls now. He’s there for Brenna, he saved April. One person not on board with the relationship is Sara’s mom, who walks in on the two of them kissing and is totally disappointed in them. Is it safe to say grandmas reaction is what we could expect from the daughters as well?
What did you think? What are your hopes for the second half of the season? Are you team Leo or Dominic? Let us know!
Photo Credit: ABC Family/Chasing Life
Chasing Life Canceled After 2 Seasons!
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.
Check it out HERE!
Chasing Life- La Dolce Vita (2×13)
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!
Chasing Life- Ready Or Not (2×12)
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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