Out of all the articles that release for our end of the year celebration, discussing my favorite characters is somehow the one that always brings on the tears. A well written character whose arc guides the story is the reason I love television so much. The opportunity to see these people live and love and bend and break all while being incredibly human and learning through their journey never fails to be inspiring. It’s a celebration of humanity that allows us to see ourselves, as viewers in a whole new light.
1. Charlotte Heywood
Charlotte Heywood, in this version of Jane Austen’s Sanditon, might just be my favorite regency heroine, for there’s so much to say about her innate goodness and strong resourcefulness. Charlotte Heywood is the leading example of “having a soft heart in a cruel world is courage, not weakness”, but perhaps the most captivating part of Charlotte’s tenderness is that it’s woven intricately with the will to stand up for what she believes in. She’s anything but quiet and observant – she’s hardheaded, too, but her choices come from pure intent and unbelievable altruism. Charlotte’s the type of person who’d choose someone else’s happiness above her own time and time again out of the sheer belief that it’s what’s right, it’s how it should be. It’s why she can never marry for fortune because the belief that she’d be prisoning herself and thus, her partner is something she can’t live with. And it’s that very heart that makes it so easy to fall in love with her — just ask Sidney Parker. Charlotte could turn even the most jaded of souls who’ve been tainted by life’s heartbreaks into a softened man who’d do anything to ensure he remains on her good graces. Charlotte’s openness towards Georgiana, and the genuine desire to make sure she knows she’s loved speaks so highly on behalf of the person she’s aiming to be. A woman who will do everything she can to make the small world she is a part of a little brighter. She isn’t afraid to speak up and she isn’t afraid to apologize. She is willing to learn and grow. Some people are born with a lot of goodness in their bones, some learn to choose it, Charlotte is both, for learning who she is and who she wants to be is something that I hope we’ll get to see more of when Sanditon is renewed for a second series.
January 27 – February 2
“Four Movements” | Brooklyn Nine-Nine
An eventful TV week kicked off with the emotionally packed Outlander season finale, and a solid episode of Madam Secretary. The Screen Actor’s Guild Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role went to Emily Blunt for A Quiet Place and I’ve been beaming since then. Riverdale wasn’t at its best, but it did give us some answers I wasn’t expecting this soon. And The Magicians not only reiterated that our sweet Julia Wicker is a goddess, but our favorites are one step closer to defeating the monster that’s governing Eliot’s body. However, it was unsurprisingly Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s heartfelt episode dedicated to Gina Linetti’s departure that takes the crown.
“HalloVeen” | Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Another incredible week of television passed us by with an emotional episode of Madam Secretary, a powerful hour of This is Us, a hilarious episode of Black-ish, The Mayor continuing to build itself up wonderfully, Riverdale raising the stakes higher, and Superstore took on bullying in a genius manner. However, it was Brooklyn Nine-Nine that made me burst into the happiest tears multiple times at the airport. If anyone was wondering whether I was okay, the answer is more than. Continue reading
“The Big House Part II” | Brooklyn Nine Nine
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 Us, and 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.
April 30-May 6
“Moo Moo” | Brooklyn Nine-Nine
We went into another fantastic week of television with an emotional episode of Once Upon A Time. An intriguing hour of Madam Secretary. The Americans allowing us to see into the life of a character we’ve missed. Prison Break’s escape. Chicago P.D.‘s riveting hour of exceptional story telling. Black-ish presenting us with the fantastic spin-off Pilot that’d follow Zoey into college. And Superstore’s finale gave us an emotional, thrilling storm. But it was Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s “Moo Moo” that I can’t stop thinking about it.
25 Nearest and Dearest 21/25
The 99th Precinct (Brooklyn Nine Nine)
First and foremost, if you happen upon this without having watched a single episode of FOX’s Brooklyn Nine Nine, do yourself a massive favor by closing your browser and watch the pilot. And while I’m not sure how it works for others, usually when it comes to comedies, I personally need at least six episodes to determine whether or not it’s my cup of tea.This is without a single doubt, the very first comedy that had me hooked since the very first episode. Brooklyn Nine Nine is a gift for countless reasons, but mainly it’s a series with some of the most incredible and engaging friendships. And Brooklyn Nine Nine does an especially remarkable job focusing on the interpersonal dynamics while fortifying the entire unit as a team. Most importantly, as all great friendships, their loyalty to one another is a constant light which stands out beautifully.
“The Cruise” | Brooklyn Nine Nine
25 Love Stories 23/25
Jake Peralta and Amy Santiago (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
We have gone from a staunch “no way, it just shouldn’t happen? Why ruin their weird little friendship with a relationship” type to an “OMG THEY’RE JUST SO CUTE” type. Yes, we have become Charles Boyle. In our defense regarding how slowly we, as viewers, took to their relationship, we sometimes feel as though all shows, at some point fall too easily back on the “they’re the opposite sex, they’re both attractive and they’re opposites as well…they must be together romantic stylez” (see what we did there?) cliché. But some how, Jake Peralta and Amy Santiago have worked their way into our souls. It’s the way the writers and producers of Brooklyn Nine-Nine have pulled it all together. They’ve not sacrificed the friendship in their relationship, the parts that make Jake and Amy, Jake and Amy. He can still be vaguely insensitive and immature and she can still be too serious and too much of a suck-up. But they come together, beautifully. They work as a unit, as friends and clearly as romantic partners.
Halloween III | Brooklyn Nine Nine
September 27 – October 3
“New Captain” | Brooklyn Nine Nine