“Hollywoodland” | Timeless
And now that The Americans is officially back — Spring TV is blossoming exceptionally. (We’re just waiting patiently for the new season of New Girl!) We kicked off with a hugely impactful episode of Madam Secretary, a sweet showcase of marriage on When Calls the Heart, an incredible episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, an exceptional episode of Black-ish, a frustrating, but simultaneously intriguing episode of Riverdale, and a hilarious half hour of Superstore. A Series of Unfortunate Events made its second season debut and we’re definitely intrigued because the first four episodes will be covering my favorite books. But much like everyone and their mothers, we’re still buzzing about NBC’s Timeless.
He is Risen!
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.
– 1 Corinthians 15:3-6
He died so we could live. And today, religion has become a word many have feared, shunned, and shied away from. But that’s just it, Jesus didn’t die so we could have a “religion”. He died for us to have a relationship with the kind of Savior who’ll never leave us or forsake us. My testimony is long and winding, but I’ve been a Christian since I could remember because of the family I was born into. And today, I’ve come to finally understand what it means to walk with Christ because that’s ultimately all that matters.
Christ came into this world to love us. He came to protect us. He came to stand with us. He came to save us. And to know that love is to know the greatest gift of all — because truly, while we’re able to love those we care for with infinite adoration, as human beings we can’t even process the magnitude of which God can love us. It’s that very love that allows us to love in return. His love is eternal.
Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
– Romans 6:8-11
He is in us. We are in Him. And through Him, there’s nothing we can’t do. We can help protect this broken, angry world through love and dedication. We can help fight the good fight with honor and dignity. We can be a symbol of hope and a light in the darkness. And that’s what we’ve always strived to be here at Marvelous Geek Circles — loving.
You’ve seen them everywhere — it seems like everyone and their mother has one, but then you look at the price. $59.99 excluding tax isn’t what someone on a reasonable budget wants to consider especially after a fairly expensive trip to Disney. But the thing is, they’re worth it, and they’re especially worth it if you’re a Disney Annual Pass holder. No, I’m not in any way trying to sell you on one, I think, more than anything I’m trying to justify why I bought it myself. And here’s the thing, if you’re not an annual pass holder, then maybe this isn’t for you, but as far as basic questions go, yes they’re super comfortable, and there’s not a single body type they don’t flatter, where those two areas are considered — jackpot. But also, you don’t have to wear them to Disney.
The hardest decision I had to make was choosing a color because the army green one is utter perfection, and truthfully, I’m pretty sure I could have paired just as many outfits with it if I wanted to. But black seemed like a little less work and that’s the option I went with. And here’s the thing I love about Disney spirit jerseys, they’re versatile. I love planning Disney outfits more than I love ginger-ale, and Spirit Jerseys make it a tiny bit easier, which I’m always here for.
So without further ado, here are some of the outfits I put together for Spring/Summer.
Guess who’s back!? Back again …
Episode Summary | Time in History: It’s the 1940’s in Hollywood and Citizen Kane (Secret Code Name: RKO 281) is in development, except Rittenhouse sleeper agent, Calhoun (Teddy Sears), is missioned to take and deliver it to William Randolph Hearst in order to ensure that once a month, Rittenhouse is granted access to publish anything they want, no questions asked. Agent Christopher learns the truth about what’s going on with Jiya and insists that she a doctor. Wyatt and Lucy take their relationship to the next level, but it’s short lived because guess who’s back! Famous movie star Hedy Lamarr (Alyssa Sutherland) befriends our Time Team and Rufus inspires her to rightfully explore her expertise in technology.
When we go on and on about Timeless being the best thing on television right now, we aren’t exaggerating – not even a little bit, and “Hollywoodland” is tangible proof of that fact, a remarkably written episode by Matt Whitney. This is a show driven by its characters, and this week, its character drove one another towards a type of growth that’s beautifully present amongst two people who’ve effortlessly changed one another for the better. It happens in presence of love, whether platonic or romantic, the unification of people who are each other’s halves is often the very definition of a poetic masterpiece. And sometimes, poetry is tragic, it’s unexpected profoundly life altering tragedy. It aches and tears away at parts of the being that words cannot even begin to touch and the places where hope used to dwell, despair and darkness follows. But in the bleak process of said darkness, tremendous, unparalleled growth also happens, and the deepest, most potently heartfelt choices are then made.
“My Heart is Yours” | When Calls the Heart
Our hearts are soaring because most TV shows are back from hiatus and all is right in the world again. They kicked off Sunday with a brand new, hysterically moving episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, a remarkable hour of Timeless, and the long anticipated When Calls the Heart. Tuesday met us with an incredible episode of Black-ish and Wednesday’s Riverdale was something, alright. Life Sentence continues to establish its place, and Superstore is driving us crazy in all the right ways. But you guessed it, we’re here to talk about When Calls the Heart and the wedding we’ve all been waiting for.
I wrote about Jack Thornton and Elizabeth Thatcher’s engagement through my tears, so even back then I knew that no matter what would air this week, I’d have to write about their wedding, too.
Race cars and Darlington South Carolina discoveries.
Episode Summary | Time in History: The Time Team travels to 1955 Darlington, South Carolina following the mothership on a quest to stop the plans of their sleeper agent. We meet now renowned NASCAR driver Wendell Scott (Joseph Lee Anderson). It seems that Jiya sees glimpses into the future. Flynn could be extremely useful to the team if he’d just stop the sass for a moment, but at the same time, carry it on. Agent Christopher is 100% for the protection of her team. Wyatt’s past is as dark as some of us imagined. And Emma’s still as frustrating as ever, but not as wacky as Nicholas Keynes.
Timeless is a show driven heavily by its characters and it’s a show that spends each moment it has telling intriguing stories through them. And in “The Darlington 500”, we not only get to learn more about NASCAR racing legend Wendell Scott, but we’re given the chance to learn a little bit more about one of his biggest fans, our very own Wyatt Logan. “The Darlington 500” epitomized compassion gorgeously, it took our characters, and the guest stars through profound growth in moments of quiet, effortless intimacy reminding one another of the fact that they’re not alone. That’s perhaps the sweetest part of this episode, the showcase of just ardently they all care for one another, the great lengths they’re willing to go for one another, and the shared joy that’s a ceaseless presence when the entire time is together.
Big Three Moments of the Week
And that’s a wrap on season two — congratulations to This is Us for successfully being one of the very few shows that hasn’t fallen into the season two curse (aka the terrible twos of a TV show.) It’s been a fantastic adventure, dear readers, and we’ve reached the end of a wondrous chapter celebrating with a wedding. Who doesn’t love crying through a union and a cliffhanger that we’ll have to wait months for? No part of me is okay, all of me is shook, and my eyes hurt from crying. How are you guys feeling?
However, on a serious note, I appreciated the series bringing us back to its core theme, which is the power of our choices — the strength that’s found in making the hard decisions in life. The serenity that’s found in choosing to let go of what’s burdening us and choosing to walk down the hard paths for it’ll lead us towards a better victory in life. “The Wedding” took everything we knew about This is Us and moved us towards a journey into the future, a journey that’s a clear result of the choices people have made, and a clear portrayal of just how vital human connections are.
Episode Summary | Time in History: Oh, World War I, the war to end all wars … or begin them. We’re accompanied by mother/daughter duo Maria and Irène Curie who serve as a healthy example of what the bond should be like as opposed to what our heroine, Lucy’s dealing with. After the explosion, Mason Industries has been destroyed, the Time Team are on a desperate quest to get their girl back, and Rittenhouse is even more terrifying than ever. They later became roommates in a safe house that’s in desperate need of finer decor, and Lucy’s great-grandfather is brought to the present. On an incredibly vital note, Garcia Flynn was sorely missed.
Timeless is back and we’re complete again. We aren’t joking when we say that this is the best show on network television, and the only one we’re certain of won’t fall into the season two curse. A premiere episode as promising as this one is already a rarity amongst television and being able to write about it again is a treat of its own. “The War to End All Wars” was yet another deeply riveting episode, which dealt with the importance of free will and the choices people make allowing us to see the significant growth that our Time Team has been on, and the horrific ramifications that are bound to follow the actions of this episodes. This ride is going to be anything but easy, it’ll be anything but beautiful; however, we can be certain of one thing, and it’s that it’ll all be worth it in the end shaping them in ways nothing in their lives could have done before.
Big Three Moments of the Week
This is Us knows how to make its viewers care, and I care a lot about Deja — I care about her well being, and I even care about her mother’s. And it was fascinating to me to have an episode that wasn’t focused on the Pearsons, but somehow tied them to the story intricately. “This Big, Amazing, Beautiful Life” was the profound reminder of just how dark this world can be in foster homes, and where a great one is found, it must be held onto.
February 25 – March 3
“Video Game Release” | Superstore
Hiatus is still in the air with award season coming to an end so there aren’t many TV series back on our screens, but that’s okay because no matter what we would’ve watched, this episode of Superstore would have still taken the crown. This is Us was great, too and naturally, When Calls the Heart always brings joy into my life, and while I’m personally still buzzing about Black Panther, I can take a break from that for a moment to talk about how hyped I am about where Superstore’s headed. And most importantly, how thrilled I am that America Ferrera directed “Video Game Release.”