Spring ’15 Finale Roundup: Week One

| May 10 – 17 |

It’s been an eventful week on Television and while this is only week one of the finales, we’re certain we’re in for promising season returns. Unfortunately, the only series not returning is ABC’s Revenge and you could read all our finale thoughts here. And now, without further ado, here are some of our favorite things.

Most Noteworthy Performance by an Actress

Jennifer Morrison | Once Upon A Time

Operation Mongoose featured some of the most exceptional work Jennifer Morrison has ever done as the Storybrooke savior and marvelous heroine Emma Swan. The enthralling season four finale gave Morrison incredible opportunities to not only have fun with her character but to profoundly layer her in ways she’d not done so before. In each and every scene this week, Morrison’s outdone herself through the groundbreaking work she’s gorgeously delivered. To read more about Jennifer Morrison’s performances – here’s our full length episode review for Operation Mongoose.

Most Noteworthy Performance by an Actor 

Colin O’Donoghue | Once Upon A Time

Just as Operation Mongoose gave Jennifer Morrison plenty of opportunities to showcase her talents as an actress, it gave the same to Colin O’Donoghue as well. In this week’s finale, O’Donoghue needed to play a side of Killian Jones – the not so notorious pirate Captain Hook – with a tenderness and fearfulness that’s very unlike him. And even in those scenes he managed to weave in his impeccable ability to deliver sincerity masterfully. To read more about Colin O’Donoghue’s performances –here’s our full length episode review for Operation Mongoose.

Most Exquisite TV Moment 

Once Upon A Time

Anytime Once Upon A Time gives us an alternate universe of our favorite characters, you best believe we’ll obsessively fawn over it for probably an entire year – at least until the next extraordinary two-part finale. In its most gripping finale yet, writers and creators Adam Horowitz and Eddie Kitsis have successfully given us a story that’s managed to make Storybrooke/Enchanted Forest characters even more compelling than they already were. Kitsis and Horowitz are remarkably well known for telling the most timeless stories on television – who else can say that on their favorites have pretty much done it all on a single show? From the gorgeous screenwriting, lovely cinematography, and astounding performances Operation Mongoose was an impeccable success.

Most Stunning Montage

Nashville

Never in my life have I purchased a song as fast as I purchased “I Will Never Let You Know”. Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio shattered me with the soulfulness and heart they sang with. It was a game changing moment for the two because even though Scarlett was inspired by Deacon and Rayna, it’s fairly clear that the lyrics effortlessly reflect her relationship with Gunnar. It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions for these two and what this scene showcased is that the more they attempt to deny their feelings, the stronger it gets. Some people are better together than apart. And while the beautiful music comes from the situations that occur, it’s exciting to know that this finale has left them room to really fight for one another next season. Their song playing during the gut-wrenching final two minutes made for a riveting ending. And while I found myself enchanted with the music, the subtle showcase of raw emotions were the most wondrous part. Bowen sang Scarlett’s verses with a heart breaking vulnerability while Palladio delivered the kind of sincerity that’s most profound in Gunnar’s heart. And the poignancy both actors sang with undoubtedly made “I Will Never Let You Know” their strongest duet yet.

“Wait what? What just happened?”

It’s been one heck of a week on television thereby between the final moments of Nashville, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Once Upon A Time – it’s impossible to choose. Thankfully, all these shows will return for another season so we aren’t left with wounded and tortured hearts.

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