This Week’s Most Exquisite TV Moment

October 8-14
“Mother Nature” | Black-ish 

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Once again fall TV continues to be extraordinary with Outlander hitting us all right in the feels, Madam Secretary debuting its fourth season with an amazing premiere, Chesapeake Shores ending its second season in the loveliest way, This is Us with another emotional episode, Brooklyn Nine-Nine tackling vital issues while remaining hysterical, The Mayor continuing to be a real treat, Riverdale premiering with an epic episode, and Superstore once again being the absolute best. On Once Upon A Time we said our final goodbye to Emma Swan as we watched her get her happy ending with Killian and their new baby. But Black-ish took me by surprise when it tackled postpartum beautifully with an exquisitely powerful episode filled with inimitable performances.

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This is Us 2×03 “Highs and Lows”

Big Three Moments of the Week

Human beings have a tendency to repress pain — pain that’s so vivid, so heart wrenching that when it’s felt, there’s no escape. And that kind of pain has only one solution, it demands to be felt. This is Us is a show that forces its characters to feel these emotions by pulling through roller coasters they’ve never wanted to be on. In “Highs and Lows” we saw just that, moments between the siblings, parents, and new family members adjusting.

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A Season in Review: Chesapeake Shores

I appreciated Chesapeake Shores in its freshman year, but the show took an incredible turn this season making it that much more unforgettable and inimitable. Normally, while I’m under the belief that TV shows tend to flop in their second season making it the weakest one, Chesapeake Shores did the exact opposite, and I’m thankful for the team of writers who’ve chosen to tell stories through the eyes of the characters. I’ve always said that a TV show is much stronger when episodes are driven by the characters as opposed to the plot and in season two, we were given the chance to love the O’Brien clan even more than before as they told their realistic, encompassing stories through tremendous heart and innate growth.

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Madam Secretary 4×01 “News Cycle”

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Welcome to our very first installment of the Madam Secretary reviews I’ve been wanting to write for a while now. As most of you who follow this blog now know, the series hasn’t been a stranger on our site, but since my schedule finally permits now, I could write about it weekly. Huzzah. On last night’s spectacular premiere, the series took our Secretary of State through an emotional rollercoaster forcing her to be the victim of what’s actually considered fake news.

And while there were a number of powerful moments throughout the episode, what continues to stand out to me often has to do with the dynamics between characters — dynamics that are so well written, I’m always floored by the series’ means of balance. (These reviews will feature a lot of McCord/office family feels.)

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This Week’s Most Exquisite TV Moment

October 1-7
“The Big House Part II” | Brooklyn Nine Nine

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It’s been a week of stellar premieres and enthralling episodes starting with Sunday’s remarkably sweet Chesapeake Shores, Tuesday’s premiere of Black-ish, the debut of The Mayor, another emotional episode of This is Usand Thursday’s incredible episode of Superstore. But it was Brooklyn Nine Nine’s second episode into the season that I can’t stop thinking about.

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This is Us 2×02 “A Manny-Splendored Thing”

Big Three Moments of the Week

As human beings, the one thing we need to embed in ourselves is the fact that we’ll never be perfect — none of us. No matter how faultless a person seems to be, there’s darkness in them that neither of us can imagine. We are only ever capable of knowing our own best. And in “A Manny-Splendored Thing”, we finally brought light to the darkness within Jack — for the kids at least. There’s no picking sides on this show, and there shouldn’t be, for there isn’t a single character that’s capable of reaching some sort of unimaginable perfection. There’s no character who’s capable of fighting off darkness and negativity entirely, but these are human being that clearly try, so where credit is due, it should be given. And this episode’s means of dealing with the tainted relationships verses the seemingly perfect ones was enamoring. Who would’ve imagined that Kevin returning to The Manny would result in an incredibly emotional rollercoaster.

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This is Us 2×01 “A Father’s Advice”

Big Three Moments of the Week

Welcome back, darlings — I hope you’ve had a lovely Summer/Winter. As far as season premieres go, This is Us has just set the bar ridiculously high. Did anyone else have penultimate episode vibes? This show. This show, friends. It’s too good. And I’m waiting for the season two curse to hit, but something tells me that’s not going to happen with This is Us. “A Father’s Advice” was the gorgeous showcase of how flawed these characters are, but mostly how influential paternal advice can be — both from fathers and mothers.

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#100DaysofFanFavorites | Day 75

25 Inimitable Men 25/25 
Jack Thornton (When Calls the Heart)

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Do you ever see a character and are automatically turned off by their behavior? That’s how I felt upon meeting When Calls the Heart’s Jack Thornton. I flat out couldn’t stand him and didn’t want him anywhere near sweet Elizabeth. And to be honest, I was a little worried with how the series would try to justify his unkindness, but I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that it gave him an arc worth discussing while helping him become a character worth loving. I did imagine that I’d grow to care for Jack eventually but I never imagined the fact that he’d become one of my favorite characters some day. And when a series is able to do that, we can be certain of the fact that it’s done an excellent job in storytelling through character development. Jack Thornton is tremendously honorable, irrevocably loving, and profoundly understanding.

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#100DaysofFanFavorites | Day 74

25 Inimitable Men 24/25 
Jonah Simm (Superstore)

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I wish I worked with Jonah Simms who made it his objective to present me with a moment of beauty on his first day of work. What a gem, right? I’ve always been fond of Ben Feldman’s roles, but never once did I care for a character as quickly as Superstore’s newest employee, Jonah Simms. And that says a great deal about not only how fantastic the show is, but how incredible the writing of his character has been from the start. There’s not a single character on Superstore that isn’t ridiculously intriguing, but what we’re able to see through Jonah is unmatched. We are who we are as a reflection of how we introduce ourselves, and yes, perhaps we’ve all had moments where we weren’t the most pleasant version of ourselves when we met someone, but when given the chance to redeem ourselves we’ve done so. Jonah Simms isn’t always great at making first impressions, but in him we can find someone who undoubtedly cares about being someone whose presence is worthwhile. Through his ridiculous sense of humor, inherent kindness, and steadfast loyalty — Jonah should be employee of the month … every month.

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#100DaysofFanFavorites | Day 73

25 Inimitable Men 23/25 
Wyatt Logan (Timeless)

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The soldier. Timeless is an incredibly special show for the intricate characters its brought onto our screens and managed to make them ridiculously memorable within their first season alone — 16 episodes to be exact. Within the short amount of time we’ve gotten to know these characters we’ve seen their heart in ways that are often revealed within a during later seasons, and because of that reason, we could be certain of the fact that they’re without a doubt inimitable. To be frank, when we were first introduced to Wyatt Logan, I didn’t think we’d see the heartaches in him until later seasons, but Timeless’ choice to reveal so much so quickly has easily made him a figure who’s easily appreciated. Wyatt Logan isn’t just the team’s leader, but rather a man who’s seen too much and still manages to give his all to those who matter — the missions that matter. He’s also a giant nerd who’s got the perfect Star Wars puns to throw out.

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