25 Love Stories 16/25
Luke Danes and Lorelai Gilmore (Gilmore Girls)
As Brooklyn Nine Nine’s Rosa Diaz once said “I just want Lorelai to be happy!” While Gilmore Girls has done the best job of showcasing the incomparable bond between mother and daughter, it’s also done wonderful work with the foreseen relationship between Luke Danes and Lorelai Gilmore. We may all have different teams when it comes to Rory’s relationship, but we almost feel certain that the majority of viewers shipped Luke and Lorelai like FedEx (what did we even call it back then?) When they first made an appearance on screen together, you just knew you wanted them together. It’d happen someday and it’d be beautiful because it was meant to be from the very start. Let’s be real, who doesn’t want to have a diner they go to everyday with a good looking “friend” who owns the place? And who doesn’t want to fall in love with the particular friend that’s always been there to offer a helping hand, coffee, and love. Luke and Lorelai are like coffee and bagels — a perfect combination that makes everything better. And that’s exactly what they did, they made each other and the situations they were in better.
It’s a dark, dark world out there.
Episode Summary: In Camelot, we see an upset Killian enact the curse through Nimue which then forces Emma to wipe everyone’s memories in order to take care of everything on her own. In Storybrooke Killian takes away Emma’s memories and resumes his revenge while the heroes attempt to figure out his plot.
Review | Analysis: The episode’s left a good majority of viewers puzzled, but in a way, that’s a good thing — a “penultimate” episode is supposed to be a massive conundrum. And while we’re on the edge of our seats as well, we have to believe that this is a series about hope. We have to believe that at the end of the day, true love always wins and darkness can never come close to being as powerful. “Broken Heart” was meant to break viewers. It was meant to make us feel angry and hurt, but thankfully, this isn’t where it ends, and with a climax this intense, we’re bound to see a lovely resolution. Once Upon A Time is a series that’ll always remind us of the importance of families, friends, forgiveness, and love — it’s the series where good always wins. It always comes down to the power of choices and they are what define us. As much as this series is a fantasy, the flawed characters add the realism we all need in order to connect with them, and in this story, even the heroes make mistakes.
If this were any other show, we’d without a doubt be addressing the episode differently, but for five seasons Once Upon A Time has taught us to have hope, and it’s what we’ll choose to do. That said, this review features theories and we normally hate writing without valid context, so please take things with a grain of salt.
We are wholeheartedly thankful everyday, but it’s nice to dedicate an entire day solely to gratitude.
There has been a lot going on in the world — many terrorist attacks, deaths, bombing of cities where kids used to play. But we must not forget all the good there still is, and all those who give a helping hand. That’s what I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving day. I’m thankful for those who have sacrificed their safety to help families have shelter for the night. I’m thankful for countries who unite together to give people new homes. I’m thankful for all the individuals who have made their voices heard somehow. Whether they’ve helped thousands, or one individual, I’m thankful for them. It’s those stories, that let me hold on to hope that humanity still exists. A few bad seeds do not ruin the garden we create, as long as we hold on to our beliefs, hopes and dreams for world peace.
Marian has already spoken beautifully about the selfless people who’ve played a part in healing this broken world, so I’d like to offer my thanks to my dearest family and friends who’ve been my strength through the most difficult and frustrating time of my life. It’s been difficult writing and sometimes it’s been even more difficult to feel like myself when I’ve not been feeling my best physically. But now that all the pain is a distant memory and I’m free from medication, I wish thank you was enough to show that I truly couldn’t have conquered this without those who’ve been my side — near, far, new, or old. Anyone who’s shown even an ounce of kindness to me has been a great light in my world. I wish I had better words, but hopefully this is enough.
I know I’ve talked a lot about Bindi Irwin this season, but I can’t not — I’m so in awe of her strength, and the light she continuously radiates, it feels like I’ve personally grown with her as well. I cannot imagine losing my father at the age she was at, and while I wasn’t much older when the tragedy struck in my home as well, I can say that I wasn’t as positive at 17. And I think that’s what amazes me so much, the fact that she can see the beauty in life as a teen. We don’t give teenagers nearly enough credit for all the terrors they face. To walk with that kind of grace and light changes lives and while the line between reality and fiction is often blurred on television, this is the first time where I can say I genuinely feel the honesty in a production. I will always have trust issues with reality TV, but thankfully Dancing With the Stars never fails to leave me astonished.
Liv gets an abortion.
Episode Summary: Olivia makes a shocking decision that will change her relationship with Fitz forever.
Review | Analysis: Let’s be honest right now. We did NOT see what happened on the winter finale of Scandal coming. Like at all.
Christmas is supposed to a time where everyone is happy and whatnot, right? Well, not in Olivia’s case. She was miserable and everyone was noticing.
Mellie, seemed to have a problem with Fitz’s spending bill that he had coming up. Planned Parenthood was the issue and Mellie did not want to vote for that, so she started filibustering. All bow down to Mellie!
David finds out Olivia is the one behind everything and she gets arrested.
Episode Summary: Olivia tries to figure out who is trying to kill her father, while Jake is trying to kill her father, and Fitz along with Cyrus and David are trying to do anything they can to find who released him.
Review | Analysis: Olivia’s happily ever after seems to be slowly drifting away. She was finally getting closer to Vermont, but some things are not meant to be. To be honest, I always thought Fitz would end up being the one to blame, but this is all on Liv. Think about it. She’s the one who let her father out who just so happened to have killed Fitz’s son AND she has been lying about it to both Mellie and Fitz when they know that she did it. No bueno!
Scandal has yet again, created another fictional country, The Republic of Bandar. The deal is that the U.S. has been trying to sign a disarmament deal with the country for a long time and it seems like it’s finally happening until a translator by the name of Navid, gets Liv’s attention at dinner and asks for asylum. In return, he offers the location of a secret nuclear facility.
25 Love Stories 15/25
George Knightley and Emma Woodhouse (BBC Emma)
It’s so difficult to choose a favorite couple in the world of period dramas (TV edition): between Ross and Damelza Poldark and Emma Woodhouse and Goerge Knightley, BBC can do no wrong. However, seeing as how Poldark isn’t over yet, and I’m actually hoping a certain event from the book doesn’t make it on to the series, we’ll talk about BBC Mini Series Emma. Emma is undoubtedly my second favorite story the brilliant Jane Austen has told, but never once have I been so in love with a TV/film adaptation as I am with 2009’s remake with Romola Garai and Johnny Lee Miller. Emma and Knightley’s relationship has always been the most pleasant showcase of two people who’ve known each other for years gradually falling in love. Their story is brought to life masterfully in BBC Emma and watching a mini series finally do the book justice is all this nerd can ask for. What I’ve loved most about Emma and Knightley is that even though they can and will do anything to get under the other’s skin, at the same time, they’ll always have each other’s backs.
25 Love Stories 14/25
Eric Taylor and Tami Taylor (Friday Night Lights)
Friday Night Lights is perhaps the second best when it comes to family shows. My Full House bias is kicking in for this, but consecutively as a whole, it’s an impeccable reminder of what the good life should be like. Eric and Tami Taylor are perhaps the greatest, most warm married couple on television making each of their scenes an absolute delight to watch. #RelationshipGoals — they define it. One of my favorite things that’s ever been said about them actually comes from another writer: “For five seasons, fans never feared that Eric and Tami would call it quits. The Taylors were solid. No matter what life threw at these two, they tackled it like they were Tim Riggins leading Smash Williams down the field at State. Tami and Eric — much like Texas — were forever.” (source). I found this little paragraph to be the absolute perfect summary of their relationship. They are not only constantly exuding hope, but their hard work and perseverance is an unceasing inspiration.
Don’t make deals with the mob.
Episode Summary: When a decapitated head is found by fishermen, the Intelligence unit steps in to figure out who would commit such a devastating crime. It then leads Hank down a questionable road where he and Erin hit some harsh barriers. Roman and Burgess find Callie’s ex-husband in order to give him a restraining order again, but things end badly when he doesn’t abide by the rules.
Review | Analysis: I’d be lying if I said this was an easy episode to review, and that’s not to say it wasn’t great, but it’s most definitely not fitted for a fall finale. Generally, and perhaps this is due to the variety of shows I personally watch, fall finales tend to be game changers. It’s the last thing we have to hold onto for the year thereby, naturally it’s understandable it’s left so many people on the web upset. It’s not often we see a filler episode with a shocking twist as a finale, and that’s unfortunately what “Never Forget I Love You” felt like. I’m a bit surprised actually because I’m the biggest fan of cases that closely involve members of the unit, but the episode missed plenty of opportunities to give us an epic story — the materials were all there, but it lacked a lot of substance henceforth, leaving me with very little to analyze.