This Week’s Most Exquisite TV Moment

January 24-30
The Cruise” Brooklyn Nine Nine

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Agent Carter 2×03 “Better Angels” Recap

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Serious question: is cloning possible because I’d like an Edwin Jarvis (do not ruin my dreams by saying it’s impossible because he’s “fictional”).

Episode Summary: Howard Stark returns to put his brain to use and with a new gadget we’re able to see that the reason things are strangely floating around Peggy is due to the fact that Dr. Wilkes isn’t dead but invisible. Whitney Frost is actually an alias for Agnes Cully and she too is experiencing strange things happening to her body. Unsurprisingly she feels threatened by Peggy and tells her husband she wants her out of the equation — except he fails because let’s be real who can bring down Peggy? Thompson resurfaces, stirs things up, makes unnecessary comments and thankfully doesn’t make his stay in Los Angeles permanent.

Review | Analysis: I didn’t have many complaints about this series last year, and I don’t really have any this year, but the only thing I desperately wished for is that we’d keep the “supernatural” elements that are commonly present on S.H.I.E.L.D. far, far away. Strange but realistic gadgets are perfectly fine, but this zero matter shenanigans isn’t exactly my cup of tea. But oh well, I’d watch a lot more ridiculousness as long as Peggy Carter was the center of it. That said, tonight’s episode, though more plot heavy, set a lot of fantastic things for the future in motion and gave us what’s undoubtedly another inspirational life motto: “that’s why I trust my instincts. They’re more reliable than what I’m told to believe.”

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Chicago P.D. 3×12 “Looking Out for Stateville” Recap

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Case Summary: Hank’s prison pal Eddie is now a C.I., but the problem is he’s greedy and untrustworthy so when the drug bust is done, he chooses to backstab the team landing himself back in a cell. Fun times.

Review | Analysis: I’ve sorely missed episodes that focused on Antonio Dawson and the partnership he’s got with Voight therefore, in that area the episode was remarkable. In another sense, the last time I was this disappointed with this series was when they decided to kill off Nadia for the sake of unnecessary character development. Sometimes it’s easy to be objective, but other times when you watch too much TV, you get tired of the same old thing every single time. The rift between Kim and Adam was handled with very little grace and the two deserved much better.

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Agent Carter 2×01 “The Lady of the Lake” and 2×02 “A View in the Dark” Recap

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A badass queen who’s now twice as remarkable, a new city, new characters, impeccable banters, and good ol’ fashioned drama.

Episode Summary: Dottie Underwood is still causing havoc, but now she’s disguised as Peggy. When a body’s found in a block of ice, Los Angeles based S.S.R Chief Daniel Sousa calls Thompson for backup and gets a surprise when Peggy’s sent in. In an attempt to uncover the body’s strange form of decay the two visit Isodyne Energy in order to access more information and here we have the pleasure of meeting Jason Wilkes (Reggie Austin). We later get to meet this season’s big bad husband and wife duo Calvin Chadwick (Currie Graham) and Whitney Frost (Wynn Everett). It also appears as though the thing otherwise known as Monolith will bring a lot more eeriness to the cases, but thankfully we’ve got Jarvis’ delightful wife Ana (Lotte Verbeek) to lighten and brighten the vibe.

Review | Analysis: Both “The Lady of the Lake” and “A View in the Dark” were solid episodes that not only did a wonderful job of setting the rest of the season in motion, but it was able to effortlessly evoke all sorts of emotions. And in my book these are the kind of episodes that make writing genuinely fun. Although it was a bit overwhelming for a moment in the beginning, the new characters feel as though they belong. The biggest flaw in these episodes however was the absence of Lyndsy Fonseca’s Angie Martinelli, but thankfully she won’t stay gone too long. And while I’d normally object to any sort of a love triangle, it seems as though Agent Carter writers have found a way to tastefully execute a much more entertaining version of what I like to call #HowIMetYourFather.

LA always appears much more magical in the 1940s — Hollywood was the place to be and glitz and glamour was a marvel to be exposed to. Palm trees, pink flamingos, and what feels like 365 days of sunshine plus dry heat aside, it’s beautiful to be witnessing a more open and happier Peggy Carter. Her life still isn’t as easy it should be, but she’s no longer carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders and though the trouble in LA will be far worse than it was in New York, it’s clear we’ll be witnessing what’ll be an elegant illumination of the fact that with confidence, solid partnerships, and honor there’s nothing that can’t be done.

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Chicago P.D. 3×11 “Knock the Family Right Out” Recap

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Never go into a case without backup.

Case Summary: When a local family’s home is invaded as they’re all drugged with ‘laughing gas’ to continue sleeping, their 14-year-old daughter is raped, and the Intelligence unit gets involved to find the culprit/s. And later when they find a man that could potentially be involved during an undercover night out, another female claims to have been raped in the same way, but it turns out she’s only trying to free her partner from Intelligence.

Review | Analysis: The series picked up its pace this week with an engaging case that had all of Intelligence at the top of their games, and perhaps even a bit too much. It’s never easy to listen to rape victims talk about what they’ve been through, and it’s even worse to know that a woman would be a part of the villain team. Women should love and support each other, not the other way around. Though as far as storytelling goes, Tawny’s involvement was a fine way to shock the audience. “Knock the Family Right Out” worked wonderfully as a whole because for what seems like the longest time, no one felt disconnected. Even Platt’s wedding plans fit in for it gave Kim the opportunity to open up her actual thoughts on the delay. And because Kim got to play around with Intelligence this week, it all correlated smoothly with the running theme of honesty throughout the episode.

Honesty is the act of telling the truth — it’s having the strength to confront what’s inside, and even the nobility to admit when you’re wrong. Within the case we were presented with two females: one who chose to reveal what really happened and another that deceitfully put the life of innocents at risk in order to carry on her dastardly duties. And with Lindsay, admitting that her rash decision wasn’t wise is yet another example which rings true to the theme of practicing rectitude. But perhaps when it comes to honesty, the truth about Kim’s feelings surfacing may have just been my favorite part of the episode. Continue reading