Chicago P.D. 4×15 “Favor, Affection, Malice or Ill-Will” Recap

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Case Summary: When Olinsky goes undercover after the murder of a woman and hidden gun issues, Intelligence must work behind him to find the culprit. Adam’s down in patrol. Erin gets a new car. Platt gives Ruzek advice. Rixton does the unimaginable. Jay gets to drive.

Review | Analysis: There seems to be a running theme of fathers and their children on television this week and Chicago P.D. decided to join in. Any time Olinsky is given moments to shine, I generally find myself in tears. The mirage we’re often left with is one of serenity, and effortlessly reminds viewers of why this character is so special. “Favor, Affection, Malice or Ill-Will” had it all, but with more than one surprising moment, it turned out to be one of the more entertaining episodes of season four.

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This is Us 1×16 “Memphis”

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Death is singlehandedly the most tragic part of life that leaves us with a pain we can never truly heal from. And no matter how expected the death is, it doesn’t make it any easier. It’s the one hardship that has the effortless power to affect everyone. It’s a time in life where we forget about all the heartache in our hearts, the anger towards people, and look at life for all that it really is — short. We knew William’s death was coming, and we knew it’d leave a mark in our hearts, but This is Us delivered one of the most poignantly potent TV episodes of the year. It has delivered raw, heartrending emotions so evocatively; critics everywhere are calling it the saddest episode to date. And while death leaves a heartache nothing can cure, the memories we make leave us with a sense of gratification nothing else can induce.

We took a different turn with flashbacks in “Memphis”, and it allowed the audience to understand just how and why William turned to drugs for comfort. And the contrast between who he was before his mother died side by side with who he was as he died looking up at his son was breathtaking.

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Timeless 1×16 “The Red Scare” Recap

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What the Rittenhouse?

Episode Summary | Time in History: DC, 1954 — the big Rittenhouse summit. When the Time Team follows Flynn back in time, Jiya must accompany them to help Rufus, but since it isn’t built for more than three people, something messes with her psyche. Lucy and Wyatt find her Grandpa then convince him to work as a double agent within Rittenhouse. Mason chooses a side. Wyatt almost says goodbye. And Lucy’s mom drops the biggest bombshell of all.

We’re never going to stop telling you that Timeless is the most exciting show on TV right now. And though it is only in its freshman season, it’s safe to assume the series is headed towards greater places because of what it has already done. Its portrayal of the horrors in America have been done with such poignant accuracy, it’s astounding how the series doesn’t shy away from topics that are either glossed over or treated as taboo. In its first season’s final episode, “The Red Scare”, Timeless gave its viewers the opportunity to see the true horrors of the 50s while showcasing the growth that’s already taken place today.

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This Week’s Most Exquisite TV Moment

February 12-18
“Jack Pearson’s Son” | This is Us

TV took a little break this week, but with what aired, we were left with some excellent material. Timeless took us to back to 1931. Chicago P.D. gave us puppies and a reunion. Black-ish showed us the importance of keeping our friends close. Suits gave us a lesson in compassion. Nashville did what it does best delivering lots of drama. And Emerald City gave us back a little hope for our favorite couple. But I knew from the moment that it aired, that This is Us would take the crown this week with its ending.

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Chicago P.D. 4×14 “Seven Indictments” Recap

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Case Summary: When an LGBTQ building is burned to shreds and a body’s discovered, the Intelligence unit must find the culprit. They must also learn whether it was an accident or purposely done. After a few of the team members hear that they should be cautious of Rixton, they take matters into their hands to find out what happened with the gang unit he previously worked with. Antonio briefly returns, but Ruzek is back for good.

Review | Analysis: “Seven Indictments” had a great flow to it and kept me intrigued the entire time. It was especially great to see moments where the team fought for justice while standing up for the LGBTQ community. We’ve dealt with races on this show, but we’ve never actually dealt with the LGBTQ community, so it was a pleasant change. On another note, one of the things I’ve loved about this show is how honorable the men truly are. And honor doesn’t mean perfection, but it means having the courage to stand up for what’s right, even if that means admitting they were wrong. Additionally, the team’s admiration towards those less fortunate continues to be an absolute blast to watch.

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This is Us 1×15 “Jack Pearson’s Son”

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This is Us continues to outshine everything and make us ugly cry more than once. After last week’s episode, it’s nice to cry again, and while that’s strange to say, with this show, tears seem to be the best sign. “Jack Pearson’s Son” encapsulated some of life’s toughest battles so effortlessly into one hour, it almost feels like it was longer. And that is quality television, world. “Jack Pearson’s Son” took its viewers down dark, hasty, unwinding roads showcasing the horrors of stress and the pangs of miscommunication. Concurrently exhibiting the significance of kindness and choice. I say this every week, but a large part of this show’s gift comes from its realistically written characters — no one on this show is perfect, and things get as ugly as possible. And sometimes, unless the show’s on cable, writers shy away from going too deep, but thus far, that’s never been the case with This is Us.

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Timeless 1×15 “Public Enemy No. 1” Review

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Coming soon to a theater near you: The Untouchables: A Remake starring Connery, Costner, and Robert De Niro like you’ve never seen them before.

Episode Summary | Time in History: Chicago, 1931. Al Capone. Eliot Ness. And Capone’s brother? Who even knew he had a brother? I surely didn’t. But that doesn’t stop our heroes from finding every opportunity they can to make sure Capone gets what he deserves after Ness (Misha Collins) is shot and killed. As we all know, originally he’s the one who brings Capone in. The team’s place was far from what actually occurred, but because Flynn jumped, they couldn’t save Lucy’s sister as they attempted to. But it’s the way the episode ended that’s left me propelling in search of a time machine to next Monday.

In the season’s penultimate episode, Timeless once again explored the convoluted topic of fate vs. free will. And on top of that it’s created yet another riveting episode with its impeccable focus on detail. Who else wishes this show was around when they were in High School? And for those who are, you’re lucky. That said, “Public Enemy No. 1” was strong for a number of reasons, but its focus on detail floored me. Its execution of friendships equating to family floored me. And because this was the season’s penultimate, we’ll be changing up the format to discuss a little bit more than the usual performer/scene of the week.

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This Week’s Most Exquisite TV Moment

February 5-11
“Hurricane” | Nashville

As yet another exceptional TV week passes, we find ourselves conflicted with the choices we are to make. Timeless exhibited team work at its absolute finest. This is Us showcased that love doesn’t always die if you fight for it. Chicago P.D. gave us an incredibly solid episode painting the realistic horrors that take place in certain schools. Black-ish made a superb point when it comes to choosing a baby name. And Emerald City gave us domestic bliss before tearing our hearts into a million pieces. But it was this week’s episode of Nashville that stood out the most.

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