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The Being Erica BS Detector: Season 3, Episode 13

We’re not sure what to say. On one hand, we FINALLY have some half-decent time-copping to do. One the other, didn’t last week end’s episode with a pretty serious cliff hanger? And weren’t we/aren’t we all left dying to know who that mysterious glove-wearing hand belonged to? Last week did kind of feel like a finale though, so we guess this week (the actual finale) was just one more kick at the Christmas can.

Because really, it’s not a true TV show until it’s done the all important Christmas-Carol-inspired episode. And speaking of carols, WTF was up with 34-year-old Erica not knowing the tune to “Silent Night”? She’s Jewish, not deaf. That and other BS alerts below.

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The Being Erica BS Detector: Season 3, Episode 12

So there we were, basking in the afterglow of Ma and Pa Strange belting out Buffy Saint Marie on karaoke (we knew we were in for a good episode when we got goosebumps), when all of a sudden…whaaaaaaa??? We have paused this week’s episode halfway through so that we can weigh in before we find out what in the name of Goblins is going on. Question 1: Are we the only ones having a Bobby Ewing flashback? Question 2: What does all this mean? Have the past two years—the time travel, the multiple failed relationships, the publishing career, that horrible outfit at Pride—been nothing more than two weeks’ worth of coma dreams? And, for that matter, what is a Code White? OK, back to the show.

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The Being Erica BS Detector: Season 3, Episode 11

The whole season has been building up to it. On some level, we always knew it was going to happen (we even know what it looks like, thanks to Erica’s graphic sex fantasies). And now finally it has. Erica and Adam are together. Like real-life together, not “let’s hook up on a desert island in an alternate reality” together. Apparently he cares about her more than he’s ever cared about any woman in his life. Now—sigh—if only we cared about them.

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Being Erica BS Detector: Season 3, Episode 10

Call us curmudgeons, but even in the realm of the supernatural, we here at the BEBSD appreciate rules of governance. (Like on Today’s Special, Jeff can only come alive with his hat, or in Twilight, vampires never age…no matter what.) Without these rules, anything is possible, and thus, nothing is special. Which brings us to this week’s Being Erica episode, where Erica and Adam met on a non-time-specific desert island to complete a challenge. If you’re wondering when BE decided to borrow from the Survivor play book, you’re not the only one.

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The Being Erica BS Detector: Season 3, Episode 9

Based on last week’s comments, some of you aren’t so fond of Ivan and Dave, the two bearish owners of Goblins coffee shop who have been getting a lot of play in season 3. We’ve got to say that for the most part, we agree. Why must these characters be so cartoonish? We still haven’t recovered from that scene a few weeks back where Ivan leers at the two dudes making out in the supply closet like he’s looking for supper. Because, of course, that’s what gay dudes like to do. Come on, Being Erica! A little dimension would be nice.

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The Being Erica BS Detector: Season 3, Episode 8

This week, the student became the teacher, or rather, the teacher became the student, as BE dug deep into Dr. Tom’s totally depressing past. Let’s be clear here: we like our Erica epies fun and frothy. Need we point out the obvious? An almost entirely Julianne-free hour is like a prom without spiked punch. Last week’s Jenny drama was so promising, and now here we are again, back at suicide central. And back to having way too many storylines, though we must admit that perfect Judith’s marital distress has piqued our interest. More on that, please.

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The Being Erica BS Detector: Season 3, Episode 7 (bad friend edition)

As far as time travel goes, this week—yet again—didn’t have a lot to offer (it’s kind of hard to time cop when the Back to the Future action is happening in Pioneer Village). Still, we will say that episode 7 was the best of the season by far and has us hoping that maybe, just maybe, BE is en route to its former glory. The storyline in which Brent (a.k.a. Brad) takes Jenny (Erica and Julianne’s new assistant) out on a date to get info on the competition was, as Julianne would say, faboush. And speaking of Jenny, are we the only ones who think Erica was being a bit of a buzz kill?

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The Being Erica BS Detector: Season 3, Episode 6

TV time travel is great (see Lost, Quantum Leap, Doctor Who and episodes of Saved by the Bell when Zack would freeze time to speak directly with the audience). With that in mind, we ask you, Being Erica writers, why mess with a winning formula? Once again, this week’s episode involved zero time travel and way too much of everything else. We get that most good shows require a B plot, but this week we counted five different storylines. (Erica + Cassidy, Erica + Adam, Mom + Dad, Ivan + Julianne, Sam + Lenin). The Young and the Restless has more focus.

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The Being Erica BS Detector: Season 3, Episode 5 (badass edition)


This week’s episode was titled “Being Adam”—not a good sign, since we have yet to come around to Erica’s Irish love interest and the rest of the new time-travelling troupe. The first thing we noticed was a “viewer discretion” warning and wondered whether we were in for something a little saucier than usual. (“Usual” being a couple of after-work cocktails at Goblins.)

Turns out that episode five was a cornucopia of curse words, bar brawls, booze and frontal nudity. But while the cleavage quotient was high, the time travel (and thus opportunities for time copping) was minimal. So this week, we’re replacing our usual BS Detector with a Badass Detector. CBC, we didn’t think you had it in you!

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The Being Erica BS Detector: Season 3, Episode 4

This week, Erica learns a lesson about living in the present by reliving the same 2010 morning over and over and over again. She also finds out she’s going to die (maybe), gets stinking day-drunk (definitely) and makes out with Kai a little bit (swoon). This is all very interesting, but going back by a couple of hours doesn’t offer much in the way of time copping. (Though, for the record, if we had to live the same day on repeat, we wouldn’t want to do it in that shirt.)

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The Being Erica BS Detector: Season 3, Episode 3

In episode three, our favourite time traveller learns one of Gandhi’s most valuable lessons: an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. (Or in the fist-pump worthy words of Edwin Starr: “War—ungh!—what is it good for?”) Small aside here: sometimes the specific task of the BS detection can be frustrating. We’re dying to discuss Sam’s potential rock climbing rendezvous, the increasingly bizarre relationship of the Goblins coffee house owners and that Adamo Ruggiero (aka gay Marco from Degrassi: The Next Generation) is the fifth Next Gen cast member to earn a guest spot on BE. But them’s the breaks, so back to the time-copping task at hand.

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The Being Erica BS detector: Season 3, Episode 2

Episode 2 of Being Erica aired last night, and again, we’re left craving some more extensive time travel. (It’s kind of hard to play time cop when only a few minutes of the episode take place in the time travel vacuum.) Still, we managed to spot a few details worthy of the BS detector.

As always, we’ll leave the more general analysis—like how not-hot Ryan’s haircut is or how ick that “We are a full service gym” comment was—to the other experts. Click here for a more thorough explanation of the time copping process or read on for this week’s scorecard.

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The Being Erica BS detector: Season 3, Episode 1

CBC’s hugely popular Being Erica premiered its third season Tuesday night.

The good news: 1) With Lost out of the picture, BE stands a solid chance of being the best time travel–related TV show on the planet (Dr. Who? Exactly). 2) Fans finally got to see what was behind that mysterious green door from the season two cliffhanger.

The bad news: What is behind the door was, well, underwhelming. We’re giving the show the benefit of the doubt, hoping episode 1 was all about providing the somewhat snoozy but necessary set-up for another amazing season, and that we’ll eventually warm to the new group therapy posse (right now, we’re still kind of crushing on Kai). In the meantime, let us get down to the business at hand: time copping.

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