Spring ’17 Finale Roundup: Week I

April 4-23 |

Finales can be the best times or the worst — there is no in between. But this year, so far they’ve been solid giving us all the feels possible while leaving us enamored and amazed all night. With Big Little Lies, When Calls the Heart, and New Girl wrapping up for the season, we’ve got a lot to say.

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This Week’s Most Exquisite TV Moment

April 23-29
“Global Relief” | Madam Secretary

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It’s been another great week of television as Once Upon A Time kicked off  with a phenomenal, character driven episode. When Calls the Heart wrapped up its fourth season with a sweet ending. The Americans messed with our emotions. Prison Break reunited the brothers in a tear-jerker scene. Brooklyn Nine Nine gave us the status of the precinct in what should have been a longer episode. Chicago P.D. featured great moments with Voight’s character. Black-ish gave us two back to back incredibly fun episodes. And Superstore made our shipper hearts soar in an unparalleled moment of sincerity between Amy and Jonah. (This was my second choice, by the way.) But once again, Madam Secretary is the show that has delivered a truly exquisite moment.

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Chicago P.D. 4×20 “Grasping for Salvation” Recap

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Case Summary: When the case currently in need of solving holds uncanny similarities to one that took place years ago, Voight and the team must go back to their old files to uncover whether the wrong person was imprisoned.

Review | Analysis: I’ve always been under the impression that TV shows are at their most riveting when the stories focus on the characters as opposed to the plot. But every now and then there are heavily plot focused episodes that focus on characters as well. It’s rare, but it happens, and it when it does, it’s spectacular. “Grasping for Salvation” was that episode for Chicago P.D. I can’t remember the last time a case actually gripped me that wasn’t something I could predict from a mile away so this was a nice change.

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Once Upon A Time 6×18 “Where Bluebirds Fly” Recap

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Episode Summary:  In flashbacks we’re introduced to the Tin Man and the Lion allowing us to understand that when Zelena had the opportunity to keep a friend safe, she turned it down believing her magic was more important. In present day Storybrooke, when the Black Fairy gets one step ahead of the heroes, Zelena’s sacrifice helps them out.

Review | Analysis: Once Upon A Time has continuously reiterated the fact that strength isn’t power but rather bravery and selflessness. Through its intricate characters and their gorgeous arcs it’s reminded us of the fact that strength is never to be measured by magical abilities or carelessness, but rather love and courage. And “Where Bluebirds Fly” reminded us of this detail through Zelena’s character allowing Rebecca Mader to shine wonderfully.

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The Promise Review

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Release Date: April 21, 2017
Screenplay: Terry George, Robin Swicord
Directed By: Terry George
Starring: Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale, Charlotte Le Bon

 

The last two years have been especially great at bringing us cinematic masterpieces focusing on untold stories. Stories that are often neglected, erased, and sometimes, terrorized. But thankfully, we’ve reached a place where the Hidden Figures are revealed — a place where The Promise to keep our culture alive is explored. And it’s films like this that are intended to remind us of the fact that as long as we’re breathing, these are the stories that need to be told.

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Once Upon A Time 6×17 “Awake” Recap

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The hills are alive with the sound of True Love!

Episode Summary: In flashbacks, we learn that Charming woke up long before Emma came into Storybrooke breaking the curse between him and Snow, but the two were forced to give up a life with Emma in order to free everyone from the curse. In present day Storybrooke, while Regina, Zelena, and Emma try to break the sleeping curse, Killian’s trying to get away from angry lost boys. But with the help of a magical flower and Tiger Lily, Killian and Emma reunite then the entire town decides they’ll share the sleeping curse in order to dim the power away from Snow and Charming.

Review | Analysis: At its core, Once Upon A Time is a show about love. It’s a show that reminds us of the fact that when we have people to care for, who care for us, we essentially have everything. And “Awake” was an episode which showcased the series’ specialty at its finest — an episode that awakened something in all of us. We’ve been taught to believe that sometimes, the hardest decisions in life have the greatest outcomes. An ultimate sacrifice is often the source of pure magical, bliss. (For Christians, in the same way that God needed to sacrifice Jesus for us to be freed from our transgressions, Snow and Charming had to leave Emma behind for the rest of Storybrooke. It’s Easter. We can’t not talk about Jesus — especially after an episode like this.)

“Awake” did what Once Upon A Time does best and it reminded its viewers of the fact that happiness can be found even after the darkest days. It reminded its viewers of the fact that hope and love are the most powerful weapons a person can carry. And when there are people filled with endless love to give, there are others willing to do whatever it takes to keep that fire alive within them. And “Awake” was the ultimate showcase the fact that our darkest days are to be met with light. It was the ultimate showcase of the fact that True Love isn’t merely between romantic pairs, but families and friends, too.

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This Week’s Most Exquisite TV Moment

April 9-15
“Good Bones” | Madam Secretary

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TV took a mini hiatus this week (or so it seems), but what we did see surprised us with a lot of fantastic moments. Once Upon A Time gave us a glimpse into Gideon’s past. When Calls the Heart delivered a letter we were impatiently waiting for. The Americans broke us with Gabriel’s character. Brooklyn Nine Nine delivered a hysterically fun spring premiere episode. And Prison Break kicked things into motion. But it was Madam Secretary that’s left me in complete and utter awe.

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Once Upon A Time 6×16 “Mother’s Little Helper” Recap

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If only someone prepared us for this episode.

Episode Summary: In flashbacks we see the story Gideon told prior brought to life and discover that his heart may not be as tainted as we imagined. In present day Storybrooke, Gideon asks Emma for her help but betrays her. Killian asks Blackbeard for help but the two end up Neverland thanks to Gideon’s trap. Everything’s a mess. Henry’s facing some weird author possession. Isaac is set free and the Black Fairy makes her way into Storybrooke.

Review | Analysis: “Mother’s Little Helper” did something Once Upon A Time hasn’t done in a while and it surprised a lot of us with a twist we didn’t see coming. But beyond that, it allowed us to understand Gideon’s torment while learning that the Black Fairy is truly the worst parent of all. But above all else, “Mother’s Little Helper” reminded us of the fact that things aren’t ever black and white. People can surprise us with their actions. People can be flawed in their word choices. People can be wrong. And since we now know the final battle is coming, the only thing we can be certain of is that good will always win.

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This Week’s Most Exquisite TV Moment

April 2-8
“Lotus 1-2-3” | The Americans

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Where TV’s been concerned, a lot of small, brief moments left lasting impressions this week. Once Upon A Time’s “A Wondrous Place” layered princess Jasmine beautifully. When Calls the Heart showcased that Gowen’s heart may not be as dark as we’ve imagined. (Plus, it displayed Lee and Rosemary’s relationship in a uniquely entertaining way.) Prison Break’s season five debut was solid and enticing. Black-ish reminded us of how much Zoey will be missed when she’s off to college. Chicago P.D. gave us a sweet heart to heart with Voight and Burgess. And Superstore subtly told us that Amy’s feelings for Jonah are more than what she displays. But it was The Americans which left me in a state of complete awe.

(P.S. I didn’t watch the New Girl finale, but because everyone’s been buzzing about it, it’s inspired me to catch up again, and I’m bummed I ever abandoned this show.)

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