Timeless 1×13 “Karma Chameleon” Review

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The 80s was best for music, but I don’t think I’m down with the fashion.

Episode Summary | Time in History: The 80s — the good ol’ days. The time where people didn’t want to be forgotten. They wanted their finest hours celebrated. The time where they wanted to bless the rains in Africa. But the real question is, is Will Byers missing at this time or no? Oh, wait, wrong show. It’s easy to confuse two really great shows isn’t it? On a more serious note, this week’s Timeless didn’t actually take us back to a significant point in our history, but rather Wyatt’s — more so Jessica’s, but the point is clear. Thankfully, this week Wyatt didn’t have murder on his mind, but rather a Back to the Future reversal. And one I can actually agree with: stop a one night stand in order to prevent a serial killer’s birth.

However, as we all know, things are never that easy, and as much as Wyatt’s plan was practical, it’s safe to assume that a lot of us knew it wouldn’t bring Jessica back. Nevertheless the showcase of teamwork has been superlative. And if all falls apart from this moment on at least we know that the A-Team Time Team will always have each other’s backs. Also, hopefully the lesson has been learned, and the team won’t travel without Lucy anymore.

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This Week’s Most Exquisite TV Moment

January 22-28
“Borrowing Problems from the Future” | The Flash

While the world falls apart, it’s good to know we can always count on TV to deliver phenomenal episodes after another. Timeless rocked our hearts with The Lone Ranger’s epic identity. This is Us debuted my personal favorite episode to date. Suits returned with an emotionally charged promising episode. Nashville dealt with some much needed internalized feelings, and Emerald City took its core characters on daring adventures. But it was The Flash’s winter premiere that I’ve not been able to get out of my head.

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This is Us 1×13 “Three Sentences”

Big Three Moments of the Week

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Birthday parties are unbelievably special when we’re kids. I’ve had a number of memorable ones as an adult, but if you ask me, the ones my parents threw for me were unbeatable. There’s an undeniable sense of security present in our lives at that time — whatever goes wrong will be made right. This is Us’ 13th episode was as strong as ever making me ugly cry more than once at the marvel that’s been created through the eyes of the Pearson family. And after an episode like this, how does one possibly choose only three scenes?

“Three Sentences” was riveting. Jack and Rebecca’s solid teamwork continues to stand out as a masterful representation of a healthy married couple. This is Us’ means of storytelling through the flashback/present day format is perhaps one of the reasons why the show is so special — it allows the audience to see things in a way we would have otherwise not been able to understand and “Three Sentences” was perfect in the category. I especially adored how perfectly the final scene showcased the family’s closeness — the fact that wherever they go, they’ll always come home to each other.

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Timeless 1×12 “The Murder of Jesse James” Review

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History isn’t always how we imagined it, but sometimes it’s better. It’s cooler.

Time in History  (Episode Summary): Jesse James. Bass Reeves (The Lone Ranger). Tonto. And fabulous hats — extremely relevant to story telling, people need to look great you know? In tonight’s riveting episode, Timeless explored the differences between right and easy while taking its core characters on mind rattling quests of their own. Flynn’s agenda to partner with Jesse James leads to the trio partnering with Tonto and the Lone Ranger. There’s a shocking reveal. There’s a death. There’s a murder. There are heart felt conversations by the fire but no one sings “Kumbaya” or “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah”.

When it comes to Timeless, what we know only lies on surface level and “The Murder of Jesse James” proved that by unraveling secrets we weren’t even expecting. And in doing so, it forces its viewers not to trust as easily. It forces viewers to question the side we’re on because with the amount of secrets Mason has kept thus far, it takes us back to wondering how much of what we’re told is actually the truth. But “The Murder of Jesse James” felt satisfying — and much, much better than the old western films because of the epic reveal concerning The Lone Ranger. In Timeless’ strongest episode to date, it took us on an incredibly riveting journey.

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This Week’s Most Exquisite TV Moment

January 15-21
“Girl Meets Goodbye” | Girl Meets World

I had my choice prepared for this week completely forgetting (or perhaps in denial) about the fact that Girl Meets World would air its final episode. And then it happened resulting in me writing through my tears. But this week wasn’t without beautiful moments. Sunday’s Madam Secretary kicked off the week with an intriguing and gorgeous episode. Monday’s Timeless and Tuesday’s This is Us continue to leave me in awe. And Nashville’s fifth season continues to remind us of all the reasons why we’ve fallen in love with it.

But Girl Meets World is special and saying goodbye to this show isn’t easy.

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Chicago P.D. 4×12 “Sanctuary” Recap

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Case Summary: When a girl is murdered after her morning run, two kids become the suspects. However, after they run into the church, the officers can’t get to them as they’re then protected by the Pastor. It turns out they weren’t guilty, the church is destroyed, and the culprit is found.

Review | Analysis: “Sanctuary” should have aired before “You Wish” because once again we’re left with a lack of continuity that simply doesn’t add up. But that said, for what it’s worth, I adored the focus we had on Atwater and I only wish his scenes were a little bit longer. Laroyce Hawkins needs to be given more opportunities to shine as he did this week. Who do I need to speak to for more Atwater scenes?

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This is Us 1×12 “The Big Day”

Big Three Moments of the Week

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Welcome welcome welcome to our very first This is Us dedicated segment, “The Big Three Moments of the Week”! If you aren’t already watching the critically acclaimed network drama, stop what you’re doing, grab some tissues, and watch. You’ll be hooked from the very first episode — so far, every person I’ve suggested it to has caught up and is now obsessed. Do it. And what better way to begin these reviews then after the episode that was essentially a different version of the exquisite Pilot. “The Big Day” took what we already knew about the initial big day and made it even more special, raw and complex showcasing sides of the story we never even imagined.

Sometimes these moments will feature a favorite scene based on each of the kids, sometimes it’ll be about one, sometimes it’ll be about the parents, sometimes it’ll be about the flashbacks. Three is a sacred number in this show and that’s why I’ve chosen to honor it.

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Timeless 1×11 “The World’s Columbian Exposition” Review

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And this is an example of a remarkable winter premiere.

Time in History (Episode Summary): After Flynn took Lucy captive at the end of “The Capture of Benedict Arnold”, Wyatt and Rufus set out to bring her home. Still filled with the desire to erase Rittenhouse from existence, Flynn takes them to the time where Harry Houdini was just getting started — Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. An undercover H.H. Holmes sets a thick, oxygen-eliminating trap for Wyatt and Rufus. There’s a reunion. There’s a happy conversation. There’s a victory. But in the end we’re left with what can change the course of a character’s life forever.

Welcome to the very first installment of our Timeless reviews. We just couldn’t stay away from this show. (I tried, I really did.) Here’s how these will work, each week I’ll be choosing a performer and a moment. Some weeks, like this week, each actor will get their time. They’re too good, and essentially why I want to write about Timeless — Rufus, Wyatt, and Lucy are special. And “The World’s Columbian Exposition” was yet another wonderful showcase of the fact that this team is in it for the long haul. Together, they’ve built something more exquisite than a time machine, and no matter how ugly it gets, they’ll always come home to each other.

“Fear isn’t actually happening. It’s just your reaction to it.”

The reason each member of the Time Team deserves their own segment this week is due to how poignantly fear attempted to puppet-master their lives. And in overcoming it, it wasn’t entirely absent, but rather their choices to react differently towards it paved the road towards their mission’s victory. No matter how temporary, for a moment, everything will be alright.

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This Week’s Most Exquisite TV Moment

January 8-14
Let’s Put it Back Together Again” | Nashville

It’s been yet another wonderful week on television with This is Us and Madam Secretary returning with solid episodes. Chicago P.D. broke our hearts, but reminded us of why the Intelligence unit is so special. And Emerald City continues to be enthralling. But Nashville is on fire this season — the last time I found myself struggling to choose a scene within one episode was way back in season three, and I’ve most definitely missed this feeling.

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Chicago P.D. 4×11 “You Wish” Recap

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Case Summary: When a man is found dead, a young girl becomes the suspect, but when it turns out that she’s the victim of sexual assault and was merely trying to defend herself neighborhood secrets lead the Intelligence unit to a different set of officers.

Review | Analysis: Thankfully, “You Wish” was a great of example of how Chicago P.D. is at its best: a thrilling case and intricately balanced storylines that remind viewers of how wonderful these characters truly are.

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