2018 Best of the Year Reviews: 10 Characters

For the past few years, this category’s been the most difficult — trying to pick through my favorites without too much repetition from past years and the desire to give other characters the opportunity to be on here as well. But my inability to choose could’ve been due to the fact that there just weren’t that many options in the first place. And this year’s special — in both the TV verse and cinematic. And these ten characters are ones I’m certain I could not love more even if I tried. Some old with exceptional growth and some new pushing me into a state of gratitude for just how great TV’s been this year.

For more end of the year reviews, check out our Top 10 Performers, 10 Relationships and 10 Episodes.

 

The Ladies

  1. Lucy Preston
    Timeless
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I don’t think there’s ever been a character as adored as quickly as Timeless’ Lucy Preston. And season two pulled the darling historian through the darkest of revelations only to have her come out of it even more generous than before. Lucy’s heart is inexpressible –there hasn’t been a character like her in a while, and it’s been a stunning ride watching her continuously open her heart despite the fact that the one person she trusted most in her life turned out to be the villain in her story. Whether it was fighting alongside the women who were to be executed during the Salem Witch Trials, standing with Suffragette Alice Paul, or welcoming Jessica to the team despite her feelings for Wyatt — Lucy’s benevolence is selflessness in its most evident form. She is nobility personified, for even when she could be choosing for herself, fighting for her own future, the other person’s effect is always taken into deep consideration, too. But the thing I appreciate most about Lucy is that even with all the compassion running in her veins, she’s not one to allow anyone to take advantage of her — she understands that goodness and naiveté aren’t the same thing. She’s fought back when she needs to. She’s cried when she’s been in pain. She’s doubted. She’s believed. She’s gotten excited. She’s shown viewers a wide range of emotions authenticating the fact that women are beautifully complex. She’s many things, but above all, she’s a woman who’s walked through fire and instead of letting it burn her, she’s used it to fuel the good fight instead. She’s walked out with the flames as phoenix feathers — stronger, wiser, and even more compassionate than before.

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2018 Best of the Year Reviews: 10 Performers

There’s nothing I appreciate more every year than performances that make me want to ramble and scream about over rooftops. Performances that are so well done, words suddenly become nonexistent. And this year especially, the top performers were so fascinating, I couldn’t even choose as easily as I often do. I almost added more than I could write for because there were a far more than 10 of them I wanted to talk about. 

For more end of the year reviews, check out our Top 10 Characters, 10 Relationships and 10 Episodes.

The Actors

  1. Matthew Rhys
    The Americans

The Emmy winning performance of the year. (It gives me unbelievable pride and joy to say that, as if I know Rhys myself and he is some distant uncle of mine.) But truly. There’s been nothing quite like this year’s most intensely gripping performance that I’ve yet to find the words for. Phillip caught a bit of a break from the spy life this season, but that meant a lot more work for Rhys in order to show us sides of him that we’d not known in the last five years. And while Phillip was seemingly calmer, Rhys was actually showing us a more frantic angle, especially when it came down no longer understanding his wife or being able to converse with her. It was during the simplest, most quiet moments that Rhys was reminding us of just how much is at stake and just how fleeting this new life of his would be. But then the final few moments of the series happened and just when you think Rhys has probably outdone himself, the confrontation we’ve all been waiting for takes place, and the greatest mic drop in TV history occurs. The Americans excels in a number of ways, but its strongest suit has been the carefully nuanced performances, and although this was the scene we’ve long waited for, I don’t think any of us could’ve imagined the vulnerability it would’ve been filled with. Vulnerability we should’ve probably been prepared for, but at the end of the day, we could never — or rather, at least I couldn’t have. The sheer pain and utter shame Rhys projected while they “confessed” everything to Stan was nothing short of brilliant. The faint break as he states “I finally got caught” or the most sincere reveal throughout the confrontation, “You were my only friend in my, in my whole shitty life” shattered me. Finales in the espionage genre often have their actors go out with a bang, but with The Americans, the bang surprisingly doesn’t involve a gunshot, instead, “Start” concluded with a man and a woman on a bridge, in a country they can no longer call theirs, trying to remain hopeful. And hope is an emotion The Americans has had a special way of revealing. Rhys’ tensed jawline, the palpable dejection in his eyes, and the damaged, hollowed spirit that stood before us was the very paradigm of greatness. Matthew Rhys (And Keri Russell) have always spoken far more in silence than they have with words, and such robust silence can only be described with so few words, it demands to be felt. And it was. 

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Holiday Favorites

2018 Holiday Favorites

To kickstart year-end reviews, we’ve got a brand new episode of Marvelous Geeks! On this week’s episode, I cover some Trader Joe’s favorites, Disney, beauty, skin care, and some miscellaneous goodies, too. I wanted to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all the support towards the podcast this year — it’s been so much fun, and I can’t wait for more next year. As promised, here’s a list of everything I could find online that was mentioned in the podcast. Be sure to come back next week for TV/film Best of the Year reviews. 

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Friendships and the Importance of Communication

Friendships and the Importance of Communication

On this week’s episode of Marvelous Geeks, I throw it back to October 17 when I got to sit down with two of my incredible friends in Philadelphia, Melody and Leen to discuss a topic that’s very near to our hearts. We talk about how we all met and what it’s like to carry on a long distance friendship all while giving our input on what makes a healthy friendship. The good, the bad, the ugly? We get into it. The podcast gets a little bit emotional as we share some of the struggles we’ve gone through in our lives (i.e. depression, anxiety, grief) and the kind of help/space that’s appreciated.

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Christians vs. Media

Christians vs. Media ft. Meredith Loftus

On this week’s episode of Marvelous Geeks, I’m joined by Meredith Loftus, the delightful host of Fangirl Forum to discuss a topic that’s near and dear to both our hearts. We break down our Christian faith and the media we consume that we’ve often been judged for because of their fantastical elements. Join us to see our thoughts on why we appreciate these films and how we tie them to our Christian faith.

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Out of the Darkness and Into the Light

An itty bitty analysis on why episode three of A Discovery of Witches is such a gorgeous hour of television.

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It’s been a solid four weeks since it’s aired, plenty of stunning footage followed, and yet, I can’t stop thinking about how the untitled episode ends.

Cue, Lissie’s “Go Your Own Way” the most stunning cover of Fleetwood Mac’s original hit I’ve ever heard. Maybe throw a ton of bricks at me, I’d feel less than I did during the scene I’m going to discuss. There’s so much to be said about why this is the episode that sets everything into motion beautifully. (And the episode that had me officially hooked.) Where there’s a formidable hindrance in any relationship, the result of overcoming and giving in to the resistance could go a number of ways, and A Discovery of Witches may have just set the bar too high to meet. Matthew dropping to his knees as an immaculate effort to comfort Diana in a position of overwhelming uniformity showcased his very intentions with her beautifully. Intimacy is more than a physical touch or in this case, a breathtaking first kiss. Intimacy is the choice to share oneself with another — mind, body, and soul. Intimacy is the exhibition of complete and utter vulnerability, gorgeously validating that Diana has, in every way, captivated Matthew to his core — awakening the disposition to love that’s long been dead inside of him. Intimacy is a man with great strength and in this case, a threatening reputation, revealing himself in the form of pure humility in front of a woman he’d risk everything for. There’s nothing he wouldn’t do for her and the physical showcase of malleability brought his heart to life impeccably.

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Captain Marvel Teaser

Captain Marvel Teaser Trailer Thoughts with Morgan McNair

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Marvel Studios

On this week’s episode of Marvelous Geeks, Morgan’s back to talk all things the Captain Marvel teaser trailer, a little bit of Avengers 4 speculation, and the usual fangirl emotions. [Edit: In the podcast we mention Oscar winning stars and get it completely wrong. In my defense, I think I was thinking of the Avengers?! Lol! So, before anyone points it out, we know. Oops. That’s 100% my bad for spacing. My facts weren’t straight. (Gissane’s.) Also, Okoye and W’Kabi’s marriage confirmation was from a deleted scene! Who else remembers facts when it’s no longer recording!]

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Autumn at Trader Joe’s

Autumn at Trader Joe’s

It sounds like a Hallmark film doesn’t it? Good, because that’s what I was going with when I chose this title. The real time of new beginnings and cozy feelings is finally upon us again and all is right in the world now. And hello yes, I’m that one person in your life that perhaps loves pumpkin everything a little too much, but when did pumpkins ever hurt anybody? Ugh. A mood. On this week’s episode of Marvelous Geeks, I review all my favorite fall/pumpkin goodies from the greatest place on earth, Trader Joe’s, from cheeses to crackers, the most heavenly salsa, and all the cookies, too.

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