Where there is hope, there is forgiveness. Where there is love, there is strength.
Episode Summary: In flashbacks, we learn that a submarine Captain named Nemo tries to convince Killian to join his crew, and as it turns out his first mate is Liam, Killian’s father’s second son. In Storybrooke, when the two return Liam attempts to avenge his father’s death. Emma and Aladdin go off an adventure to the town line. Belle visits the hospital for her first ultrasound. And the Evil Queen continues to gross us out with her crush on Gold.
Review | Analysis: “Dark Waters” much like “The Other Shoe” did a fantastic job of showcasing the strength that’s found in forgiveness. By exploring the dynamics between fathers and sons/brothers and sisters it has revealed that there’s great strength in communication, for it’s the key to moving forwards. We explore issues such as this often on television, and frankly, it’s necessary because in spite of how many times the story’s told it isn’t always fully processed. And as human beings, we’re bound to make mistakes over and over again, but as long as we continue trying, we’re making the wise choices in life.
“The Game Plan” | This Is Us
When we said last week’s moment was difficult to choose, we were clearly not anticipating how incredible TV would be this week. Between the gorgeous Henry and Emma moment Once Upon A Time‘s “Street Rats”, Pitch dealing with NBL trades and the truth behind Bill’s death, and Timeless introducing us to Bond creator Ian Fleming, TV’s been nothing short of entertaining.
However, as difficult as the choice may be the finale montage in This Is Us is something I’m still not done crying over.
25 Nearest and Dearest 1/25
Pawnee Parks Department (Parks and Recreation)
Parks and Recreation portrays friendships in a way that’s impeccably rare on television. Leslie Knope and Ann Perkins alone are the epitome of how women should be with their best friends. And while they’d be enough if they were the only ones, the entire department is magic together. In what may be the most difficult choices I’ve made in my writing career, I’ve attempted to culminate seven of my favorite moments, which showcase friendship at its absolute finest. The moments that were unbelievably difficult to choose but manage to bring characters together in ways that are beautifully refreshing.
It’s not easy to write about Parks and Recreation. In fact, it’s the hardest show I’ve ever written for because it’s the show of dreams that’s reached an unparalleled level of perfection. It’s the show where a person is celebrated because of who they are and teamwork is valued above all. And if that’s not perfect then I don’t know what is.
And all good things must come to an end.
Case Summary: After Will Halstead calls in the unit to notify them of yet another overdose and a body’s later found, the unit scatters together to find the dealer. Tay’s sent back to her old unit. Jay gives Mouse his blessing to leave and Platt hands him the cleared record.
Review | Analysis: “A War Zone” was solid, but unsurprisingly one of the more heartbreaking episodes. One of the things Chicago P.D. is best at is showcasing the importance of a person’s agency. And in doing so, it’s always done a riveting job of revealing the depth of adoration our heroes carry in their hearts. However, most importantly it reminded us of the fact that soldiers carry admirably selfless passion within them, and we need to remind ourselves of how vital they are everyday.
A whole new world, a new fantastic point of view. (You all saw that coming.)
Episode Summary: In flashbacks, Aladdin (Deniz Akdeniz) accompanies Jasmine portrayed by Galavant’s Karen David on an adventure to find a weapon, and in doing so he learns that he’s actually the weapon — the savior. In present day Storybrooke, the Evil Queen pretends to be Archie in order to learn Emma’s secret then “he” ends up revealing the fact that she’s hiding something in front of her family prompting her to tell them about her visions.
Review | Analysis: “Street Rats” was yet another episode that beautifully brought to life one of Disney’s classics. It may be too soon to already adore Aladdin and Jasmine, but here we are wanting them to stay in our world forever. At its core Once Upon A Time has been a show about hope and “Street Rats” was the perfect example of the fact that no matter what a person’s fate holds, where there’s hope, there’s everything. And over the years our characters have needed to learn a lot about the power of hope, but most importantly they’ve needed to believe in the fact that they deserve to have hope.
Hope is a powerful weapon, but in the world of Once Upon A Time our characters tend to believe that hope isn’t even an option. They’ve reached their last resort, but as we’ve learned, hope is a choice, and that’s something we have full control over.
“The Pool” | This Is Us
It’s been another week on television featuring a number of great moments from Once Upon A Time’s “Strange Case”, Brooklyn Nine Nine’s fourth annual Halloween special, and Timeless’ gorgeous third episode. But it’s This Is Us’ “The Pool” that’s left me most impressed.
It’s a strange case indeed.
Episode Summary: In flashbacks, we’re taken back to the origin of Mr. Hyde and during our journey we come to find that there was a bigger villain than him. In present day Storybrooke, Snow’s first day of teaching doesn’t go as planned, but Jasmine (Karen David) is there to help. Charming deals with Killian and Emma’s move. Rumple imprisons Belle on the Jolly Roger. And the demise of two souls reveals how the Evil Queen could be defeated.
Review | Analysis: “Strange Case” was yet another great example of how well Once Upon A Time writers are able to handle twists. And the truth behind the strangest case of them all is definitely something I was never expecting. Additionally, tonight’s episode once again served as a perfect reminder of the fact that while villains will always believe love is weakness, it is strength. And the belief that it’s a weakness will always lead to a tragic end. In this universe especially, the most important thing that matters is that nothing is cheated. Honesty and perseverance are the key to becoming who we’re meant to, and when we try to take matters into our own heads, we change the frequency in which we’re meant to be on. And as Mr. Hyde points out “you can change the outside, but what’s inside is still there.” To grow fully means to embrace all that we are and choose the paths we know are most honorable.
“The Break” | Pitch
It’s been a minute since our last This Week’s Most Exquisite TV Moment post, and we’re happy to state that we’re back in full swing now. And of course, our decision was ridiculously hard to make. Whether it was the plethora of amazing moments on Once Upon A Time’s “The Other Shoe”, the lovely moments in NBC’s new drama This Is Us, or the solid second episode of Timeless, we were in for a treat. But the decision came down to Pitch’s fourth episode that I’ve shamelessly watched probably over five times now. Oops?
Case Summary: When a kid’s in fatal position after a gun shot wound, the Intelligence unit goes after known gangs who’ve also documented the process. One shooting leads to another and by the end of the episode, it turns out it isn’t simply one group.
Review | Analysis: “Big Friends Big Enemies” wasn’t as intriguing as former episodes of Chicago P.D. but it gave us a glimpse into Kevin Atwater’s life and if you’ve been following us for a while, then you know this is something we’ve been waiting. It also did a great job of setting up Antonio’s future departure and again, if you’ve been following us for a while, then you know that’s breaking my heart.
We are in this world to right our wrongs, love with all our hearts, and give with all our might.
Episode Summary: When Ashley realizes she has a second chance to save her stepsister Clorinda (Mekenna Melvin), she chooses to do it all on her own, but is later in need of a healing touch. Emma battles with the desire to give Killian his happy ending, but fears and the savior shakes continue to overpower. Snow decides she wants to go back into teaching. Charming searches for the truth about his father’s accident. The Evil Queen teams up with Mr. Hyde while Regina and Dr. Jekyll try to figure out how to control their other halves.
Review | Analysis: Once Upon A Time’s “The Other Shoe” was one of the strongest, thematically moving episodes the series has had in a while. An episode I’d give a solid 9.5 rating, too. It’s the closest we’ve ever gotten to perfection in Once Upon A Time history — every minute of it was rich in storytelling and performances. This show is special. It has been special from the very beginning in the unique way it’s delivered our favorite fairytales with a twist and while a series like this can get redundant quicker than most, Once Upon A Time has managed to keep its magnetism for six years. We are never too old or too young to be reminded of the power of belief — a profound emotion that’s capable of achieving the impossible. “The Other Shoe” served as a beautiful reminder of the fact that it’s never too late for anything.
“The Other Shoe” is unsurprisingly the work of the remarkable wordsmith Jane Espenson — a woman who’s no stranger to writing some of the most incredible episodes of Once Upon A Time. And in “The Other Shoe” Espenson and Jerome Schwartz managed to seamlessly take us back to the magic that made us fall in love with season one while exploring the issues we’re facing today.