This Week’s Most Exquisite TV Moments

November 15-21

Every once in a while, there are so many great TV moments; we legitimately have a difficult time choosing which one to single out. Sunday’s 2 hour Once Upon A Time episodes left us speechless, Blindspot played with our most favorite TV trope, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. finally delivered a long awaited moment, and The Flash was filled with a great amount of heart.

Since we’ve already taken up nearly 10 pages talking about Once Upon A Time’s “Birth” and “The Bear King”, we’ll summarize by saying that the way the series showcases love, friendships, families, and the qualities of true warriors is by the far the most inspiring thing TV viewers are exposed to.

That said, the long awaited FitzSimmons confrontation on Agents of S.H.I.E.LD. was nothing as I’d ever expected — it was better, much, much better. I always imagined that the first time Fitz and Simmons kissed would be adorably awkward, but the fact that it was filled with a whirlwind of complex emotions and fired with an inability to let go of each other said so much more about how far they’ve come. Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge were at their best — the two have always been excellent scene partners, but the events of this week have given them the opportunities to dig deep into their emotions in order to pour out something evocative. I cannot stress the significance of honesty throughout the entire scene — you could feel the pain and confusion they were both in, but you could also feel the intense adoration. The relationship between FitzSimmons is complicated, but it’s essentially what makes it so beautiful, they’re not just best friends, they’re two people who cannot live without one another, and the conundrums they’re now facing are merely tests that’ll prove they need each other in ways they cannot even imagine. This was perhaps the most raw and compelling declaration of love we’ve ever seen on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

If you’ve read any of my articles or if you follow me on Tumblr/Twitter then you know I’m complete and utter trash for the “undercover lovers” trope. Trash — no exaggeration. I don’t care how it’s done because I’m likely going to love it and talk about it a 7320 times. Blindspot took its leads Jane and Kurt on an adventure where the two had to pose as a married couple. The undeniable and magnetically charismatic chemistry is only intensified because although intimacy is required, real feelings are more clearly illuminated showcasing that there’s indeed something special between them. It’s easy to pose as a couple because it’s easy to be close — they’re connected by an invisible thread of some sort pulling them together in ways they can’t properly explain.

Next up, I appreciated the way The Flash handled Barry’s recovery as a team. One of my favorite things about Barry as a superhero is the fact that he’s not afraid to admit how damaged he is — he doesn’t hide his emotions behind some tough exterior, but he tells it how it is. He admits to feeling defeated and completely wrecked. I also appreciated Iris’ choice to call Henry and most importantly, I loved Henry thanking Joe. I loved that the entire team was there to cheer Barry as on as he was going against Grodd. I appreciated Caitlin’s sympathy towards Grodd and Patty’s choice to forgive Barry. There were plenty of wonderful moments throughout the episode that made it so easy to feel the profound connection between each of these individuals. It’s always full of fantastic moments, but with this episode particularly, I loved that the series made sure viewers understood that man cannot be alone — we all need help when we fall. It’s okay to ask for it. It’s okay to feel defeated. It’s okay to rely on support because at the end of the day, we gather our strength from all sorts of places and the kind that’s found in a team is the kind that’s strongest.

And lastly, trio week on Dancing With The Stars gave viewers a breathtaking Lyrical Jazz number with Bindi Irwin, Derek Hough, and Mark Ballas leaving me completely in awe of the radiating gifts and light within the young dancer.

 

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