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Grand Army season 1, episode 1 recap – the premiere explained

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Grand Army season 1, episode 1 is a little bumpy but it strongly introduces themes and sets a base for the rest of the series. This is not a light teenage drama.

This recap of Netflix’s Grand Army season 1, episode 1, “Brooklyn, 2020” contains significant spoilers.

We recapped the entire series — check out the archive.


The opening

In the changing rooms at school, Joey checks out Gracie who is upset in the toilets. She’s in a lot of pain and Joey pulls something out of her vagina. Gracie then pulls a condom out and they both laugh and embrace. Joey suggests she may be pregnant and she starts getting anxious.

Yes, that’s the opening to Grand Army — this will not be a light teen drama.

Bullied in another language

Episode 1 is a character-setter if anything — the next scene presents Leila…

Student Leila presents in class about the Chinese dynasty. A couple of Chinese girls in the class speak to her in Mandarin and insult her. She doesn’t speak the language so they are bullying her.

An explosion and complete shock

Grand Army gives an early turning point, a trigger for the rest of the story.

While Jay is out with his friend Owen celebrating their music auditions, he notices a man nearby who seems to be anxious but he brushes it off and carries on walking with his friend. They then head into the school and suddenly, they hear a large explosion. A mandatory emergency lockdown is initiated. Students are in shock. They are not allowed to leave the premises. Jay tells Dominique and Sonia that he is sure he saw the bomber and wants to make a bet on it.

I used to be stronger

Episode 1 introduces another character but also gives an insight to what’s going on in Leila’s mind.

When Siddhartha walks down the hallway to see if his sister is okay, he sees Leila sobbing and he speaks to her. She talks about how she used to be stronger. He sits with her and talks. Leila gets upset that Joey Del Marco threw a condom at her for no reason today. Sid says he feels similar to her sadness. You can feel his underlying sadness.

A teacher has a real issue

During the lockdown, a female teacher tells Joey to cover her legs and she questions why she’s always showing her body — it’s an embarrassing moment for Joey who had no choice but to be in the clothes she is in because she didn’t have time to get changed. Joey states she is annoyed that two boys (Jay and Owen) stole Dom’s wallet as a joke, a bomb has gone off and this issue is that her legs are out. Afterward, Tim shows Joey that she’s been named as “Bomb *****” on the Grand Army Instagram page. Leila is also on the Instagram page and is named a “Jap *****”. Leila is happy because they want to f*ck her.

This scene shows how women are treated differently when it comes to what they wear. It also shows the mindset of Leila, who is more interested in being popular and wanting to be fancied.

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Where is John?

Dom is told by her friend that John Ellis has not been seen since he ditched the premises after the bomb. The news has confirmed the dead and the injured. On the PA, the school has been granted evacuation.

The Chinese don’t treat me like I’m Chinese

Episode 1 delves into Leila’s issues more after she was spoken to in Mandarin earlier.

At home, Leila asks her parents why she wasn’t sent into Hebrew school — she brings up that Chinese girls at school don’t treat her like she’s Chinese. Leila then asks if she can go to the party as it will be “healing” for her after the day’s events.

This was quite a manipulative moment from Leila to get permission to go to a party but to be fair, we’d have all done the same at this age.

Party time

After dance class, Joey and her friends talk about whether John Ellis is dead. Before the party, they see Leila come to the party and laugh. The party is in full swing with promiscuous teenagers, drinking, and sex. Sid is in one of the bedrooms and his girlfriend Flora asks if they’ll ever have sex. Sid talks about how he is downbeat that the bomber was Muslim because he looks like them and leaves the room.

It’s easy to feel sorry for Sid — there’s something conflicting in his mind.

Joey gets restless at the party and leaves with Tim. Luke seems bothered by how close they both are and gives a rallying speech at the party. Anna tells him to get down. Someone throws a drink over Leila and she reacts which throws Luke off the banister — the teens celebrate when Luke gets up.

The ending

Tim and Joey run to the subway and hold on to the back of a sub as it moves — they clearly want a thrill. Joey seems emotional about it all but happy to be by Tim’s side. They both scream as they enter the tunnels. Tears flow from Joey’s eyes.

The episode ends with a document that is getting typed that says “I’m going to teach you things you’ll never forget”.

Grand Army season 1, episode 1 is a little bumpy but it strongly introduces themes and sets a base for the rest of the series. This is not a light teenage drama.

Faculty archives
  • The male swim team has a list of students they want to have sex with. They try and put Sid’s sister on the list but Sid tells them to put Leila on instead.
  • At the party, Tamika video calls Dom and Owen and Jay apologizes for dropping her wallet and losing all her money.
  • Jay and Owen head to a music store to sell some records. The store owner gives them advice on what they should sell and pays them money for a few of the records. Eli shows up and gives them a spliff each.

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You Won’t Believe What Skill Peter Facinelli Learned During Quarantine

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Peter Facinelli has had quite the year!

The actor rang in 2020 by proposing to his girlfriend Lily Anne Harrison, and even in quarantine, he’s managed to thrive; doing everything from releasing his directorial debut, The Vanished, to becoming a certified hypnotherapist.

While Peter has no plans to pursue a career even slightly similar to that of his Twilight character Dr. Carlisle Cullen, he explained on Friday, Oct. 23’s Daily Pop that he’s always been “fascinated with the mind and subconscious.”

“I got bored of quarantine…so I took this like 10-week hypnotherapy course,” he told E! co-host Carissa Culiner. “I’m actually certified now in hypnotherapy. I’m not going to be doing it professionally, but I wanted to do it more for myself.”

Since passing the course, Peter’s even “put friends under and family members under” hypnosis.

“And it works!” he added before doing an actual demonstration with help from Carissa.

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Carey Mulligan Doesn’t Think Hollywood “Represents Women Honestly In Film”

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Over the course of her career, Carey Mulligan has shown her prowess at playing some of the most interesting female characters to grace the big screen, in features such as “Drive,” “Shame,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Mudbound,” and “Wildlife.” However, according to the actress, not all of the female characters she has had the pleasure of bringing to life survive the editing room unscathed, which she feels is a serious problem in Hollywood.

Speaking to EW, while promoting her upcoming thriller, “Promising Young Woman,” Mulligan talked about her history playing complicated women and her disappointment when many of those characters are then “smoothed out in the edit.” The actress believes this isn’t a problem that she is dealing with on her own, as she sees it as more a systemic issue with how women are shown on screen.

“We don’t represent women honestly in film,” Mulligan explained. “We have historically liked to see idealized versions of what women are and what motherhood is, what romance is, how women behave in those scenarios. Women onscreen not behaving in ways deemed appropriate or likable don’t go down well.”

One film that doesn’t do this is the aforementioned “Promising Young Woman,” which is written and directed by Emerald Fennell (“Killing Eve”). In that film, Mulligan plays a woman that vows revenge on men that prey on women and use their charm to put females in horrible situations.

“Emerald is interested in writing real characters about real women, and of course there’s an element to this film that feels stylized or that steps a little bit out of a straight-up drama, but it’s true to represent a female rage and all of the anger that women have experienced with all of the wrongs that have been done,” said the actress. “Not just in these sexual assault cases, but in general: We don’t see women angry at all. We see lots of muted women…. Emerald always says that’s just the truth [and] it would be bullshit to pretend any different.”

It would appear that early critics who have seen the film agree that “Promising Young Woman” is a feature that is not only entertaining but could lead to a busy awards season for Mulligan. The film is set to be released in theaters on December 25.

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Eva Mendes Reveals She ‘Never Wanted’ Kids Before Falling For Ryan Gosling!

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Eva Mendes was happy to shift her priorities for Ryan Gosling!

As you’re likely aware, the super-private A-lister couple tends to stay out of the public eye, especially because of their daughters, 6-year-old Esmeralda Amada, and 4-year-old Amada Lee.

The movie stars are by all accounts AMAZING parents who always put their kids in front of fame and career. But believe it or not, this idyllic family life is NOT how Miz Mendes saw her life unfolding!

In a new interview on Thursday with the Australian radio station Nova 96.9, she told hosts Fitzy and Wippa that prior to falling for the La La Land star, she actually didn’t envision being a mom at all:

“I was lucky enough to work my bum off for 20 years. I never wanted babies before until I fell in love with Ryan, and it kind of worked out to where I was 40 and having my first baby. I think I was 42 for the second one, so it worked out in that way that I had a career and then I changed my focus to my family.”

Awww! Sometimes it just takes meeting the right person to change everything.

However, the 46-year-old would “never want to send the wrong message to young women” and wants to remind everyone that it’s “not an either-or situation” for everyone. Though for her it has been lately. The 46-year-old quipped:

“I just need Ryan Gosling to direct another film, and then hire me.”

ICYMI, her last project was Lost River in 2014, directed by Ryan. Today, she’s “definitely thinking of going back” to acting now that her girls are growing up, but her roles will be a little different:

“I feel like it’s time…The list is getting shorter and shorter of stuff that I’d do. I don’t want to do anything violent. I don’t want to do something risqué. I think the only thing that’s left is Disney. You don’t want to perpetuate certain stereotypes.”

Earlier this month, Mendes chatted with the Sydney Morning Herald about the possibility of getting back in front of the cameras:

“I feel like, as far as my ambition, it didn’t go away, it just shifted onto the children. I applaud and look up to those women who can do it all, but I’m not one of them — and, thankfully, I have a choice not to work and I realize how fortunate I am that it’s even a choice. I’ve been so happy to be able to incubate with my babies, but now they are four and six, I’m starting to feel like my ambition is coming back.”

She also joked about her current home life with her partner and their daughters:

“Sometimes it feels like we are running some kind of bed-and-breakfast with very drunk and aggressive guests. We really do feel like we are working in a hotel, and the guests are angry and bossy and demand food brought to them. And by the time they go to sleep, we’re left to just clean up and talk about how they’ve treated us that day!”

We hope to hear more from Eva soon — and see her on our screens, too! But we’re so in awe of a movie star who puts family first!

[Image via Dominic Chan/WENN.]

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