“Hurricane” | Nashville
As yet another exceptional TV week passes, we find ourselves conflicted with the choices we are to make. Timeless exhibited team work at its absolute finest. This is Us showcased that love doesn’t always die if you fight for it. Chicago P.D. gave us an incredibly solid episode painting the realistic horrors that take place in certain schools. Black-ish made a superb point when it comes to choosing a baby name. And Emerald City gave us domestic bliss before tearing our hearts into a million pieces. But it was this week’s episode of Nashville that stood out the most.
“Back in Baby’s Arms” | Nashville
Happy New Year, lovely friends! Cheers to another year filled with wonderful TV moments!
With Brooklyn Nine-Nine kicking off the new year with an excellent two-part winter finale, the rest of the week was set in motion. Chicago Fire and P.D. returned with incredibly entertaining crossovers. Emerald City premiered with a promising Pilot and Nashville’s second episode aired in its new home. And what a wondrous episode it was reminding me personally of why I fell in love with this show in the first place.
“Forever and for Always” | Nashville
It’s been an exceptional week for finales and because we’ve worn ourselves out talking about Once Upon A Time’s masterful 5A finale here and here, we’ve chosen to talk about our other favorites that’ve floored us this week — The Flash, Nashville, and Arrow.
25 Love Stories 22/25
Deacon Claybourne and Rayna Jaymes (Nashville)
Nashville is drama-ville, but I’ve always loved the way they show that love comes back around if it’s true. It doesn’t matter how many roadblocks are in their path, they’ll pull through it. It doesn’t matter how many years pass or how many mistakes are made, true love forgives. Sometimes first love isn’t true love, but for Deacon Claybourne and Rayna Jaymes, that idea doesn’t apply. They are each other’s first love and last love. And for three seasons we watched them continuously go back and forth denying the feelings within. This is the story of a solid partnership weaved in beautifully with music — a love of mine I’ve yet to find the proper words for. In other words, I was sold from the day one.
Episode Summary: Juliette’s spiral leads to a dangerous place where Jeff pays the price. Scarlett and Deacon spend their last night celebrating Beverly at the local bar she’d always play in. Rayna produces Markus’ album. Maddie’s still rebelling. Daphne finally comes clean about what she heard in the bathroom. Avery’s tossing between forgiving Juliette and letting her go for good.
Review | Analysis: When I said we should get rid of Jeff Fordham, this is not what I meant. Much like all the episodes prior to this, tonight’s was once again a heavy one I’m having a difficult time trying to analyze. And ultimately, what’s frustrating me even more is the fact that it seems while one storyline will improve, another will fall dramatically. I can handle angst, in fact, I prefer it a lot of times, it’s fun, but this season of Nashville has just been too depressing to even think about. That said, my deepest apologies once more, as this review will be a lot shorter than it usually is.
Yet another heavy episode with some improvement! Success.
Episode Summary: Scarlett and Deacon go to Beverly’s house in order to clean it out and mend their issues. While they’re on tour in Atlanta, Juliette brings Maddie up on stage to sing with her and later Maddie feels she’s ready to take her relationship with Colt to the next level. Rayna works with Layla on a new song. After finally learning the truth about Cadence’s time spent at the hospital, Juliette comes to her senses, but Avery wants a divorce. Markus Keen is trouble, Luke’s taking Will’s song, and Gunnar’s story is such a wreck, there are no words.
Review | Analysis: This week’s episode was a bit lighter, but I’m still finding myself ridiculously sad afterwards, and that’s not the kind of show I want to watch. I’m all for drama and angst, but it’s just a bit too much. I find myself constantly wanting certain arcs to play out a certain way and not because I’m displeased with what we’re getting, but I’m okay with angst if it appears it’s on the way to progress. So far, though I’m 100% thrilled that it appears Juliette’s finally getting her act together. She’s realizing what’s wrong and it seems she’ll finally work at it.
Yet another heavy episode with tons and tons of drama.
Episode Summary: Deacon’s throwing his anger and sadness out on Scarlett. Layla has her debut at the Opry but Markus Keen steals the spotlight with a performance with Rayna. Juliette’s now taking stronger drugs, so when Cadence goes to the ER for a high fever, she has absolutely no idea forcing Avery to believe she’ll never change. Will continues to be a wonderfully supportive figure and a complete ray of sunshine.
Review | Analysis: It’s no surprise that writing about Nashville is incredibly hard right now because while I’m all for good drama, sometimes when it’s too much, I don’t want to talk about it. The reason why I review things is to sit down and discuss the material further, but with this season I want to forget these episodes ever existed. That said, since there’s been no resolution since last week this review will be much shorter than most. My deepest apologies, but ultimately spending time discussing sad material affects me negatively so I have to stay away. I understand grief. I understand that life comes with numerous difficulties but there’s enough of it in the real world, and I don’t want to spend my time reviewing talking about depressing things as well. The fantastic balance that was once present in Nashville currently isn’t thereby making this so difficult.
Tonight’s episode was heavy. And I mean really, really heavy. There should’ve been a warning. So in case you haven’t watched yet and you chose to read this in advance, grab some tissues.
Episode Summary: After careful consideration and an ongoing argument with Deacon, Scarlett decides it’s time to take her mother off life support. Daphne, Madde, and Rayna make their amends with Teddy. Avery reconsiders getting a divorce. Juliette’s still partying. And the drama’s intensified.
Review | Analysis: Tonight’s episode featured some of the best performances I’ve ever seen on television and for that reason alone, I almost hated it. As weird as that sounds, I wish these actors were actually bad and didn’t sell those scenes so well because then maybe I’d actually be able to write about it. That said, this is a fair warning that reviews for the series may be a bit shorter than usual because while I love my drama and excellent performances, I have a very difficult time discussing topics that are too sad.
The pacing of tonight’s episode was much better than last week’s, we weren’t jumping from one thing to another, but rather the storylines felt less overwhelming despite the nature of events.
And the record keeps on skipping as the drama intensifies.
Episode Summary: Just as it appears Juliette’s finally ready to confront her emotions, she turns right around with a betrayal that’s bound to leave scars. Beverly awakes in time to make amends but by the end of the episode, it appears her time is really coming to end. Rayna finds a hip new artist for Highway 65 meanwhile Layla continues to feel abandoned. Luke lets Will go from his label. And Daphne overhears her family being ridiculed in the bathroom after an exceptional performance with Maddie.
Review | Analysis: I wish Nashville would handle one dramatic storyline at a time but that’s the core of this series. And while I pretty much always enjoy the route the series takes, this episode’s been very draining and exhausting. It’s upsetting because there’s nothing I want to talk about since 90% of the episode was just heartbreaking. Frankly, I don’t want to keep sitting here writing about how I wish problems would be confronted already because it seems I’ve been doing that since last season.