Welcome to another Sunday of talking about the shows that made us laugh, cry, go awww and, of course, look around and wonder what in the world was happening. If it made us feel things, whether they were good, or bad, then this is where we talk about it. This is where you tell us if you agree. This is where we let it all out.
So, without further ado, here are these week’s picks:
Badass Female Character of the Week
Lizzie: Nora West Allen, on The Flash. I’ll be the first to admit I’ve kept up with this show sporadically for the past two or three seasons, and I haven’t really been emotionally invested in anything but some WestAllen moments here and there. But Nora brought me back! I was sold just with that intro. Everything about her is perfect, she’s awkward and strong and vulnerable and smart and gah …when does the next episode air again?
Kayla: Nic Nevin, The Resident. Nic is the embodiment of a strong female character. She’s become one of my favorites, this week’s episode proved why. She faced everything from a miscarriage – which she handed as well as can be expected – to sexual assault. This woman can handle herself and stand up for herself. Gah, I just love her so much!!
Erica: Michaela Stone, Manifest. Michaela was painted as the screw up in the pilot episode, unable to get her life together. I could see her strength, though, even then and she’s proved me right. You can’t write this girl off because she has the will to overcome the obstacles in her past and present.
She really showed her badass self this week because she got over her fear of driving. Michaela was able to put away her guilt from the accident that took her best friend. I’ve seen her working through her issues more and more each week and she inspires me. Don’t underestimate Michaela Stone because she will surprise you.
Mimi: I am going to agree with Erica. I like Manifest (for now) and I want to see where it goes. It’s weird seeing charming on this show as someone’s big brother but I like their brother sister dynamic and Michaela is a compelling character. I like her and I want her to get over all of her guilt and demons and be the badass I believe her to be.
Lariel: I’m giving it to Murphy Brown, for confronting the professor who’d groomed her with the intent of having sex with her. Decades had passed, but the memory was still painful. Murphy didn’t let that pain stop her from speaking her truth to him, and offering help to the professor’s newest (young (female) assistant.
OTP of the Week
Kayla: Conic, The Resident. End of story. This week’s episode gave their backstory. It showed how they met, fell in love, and the reason they broke up originally – and their struggles leading up to the breakup. It was emotionally charged, full of fluff and heartbreaking all at the same time. If there’s one ship I’m all for right now – It’s Conic!!
I especially loved how they tried to get through their miscarriage together and come out stronger – unfortunately it started a sequence of issues for them. The scene where we find out about it is one of the most powerful in the whole episode. It sent my jaw to floor and proves my point about how realistic it The Resident handles their relationships. This week’s episode is full of Conic and as a fan, finally getting an answer to why they were not together in the pilot was emotionally fulfilling.
Erica: My ship doesn’t have a name yet because they shouldn’t even be, but the fans are with me. Helen Sharpe and Max Goodwin on New Amsterdam are meant to be. These two have chemistry that sizzles everytime they’re near each other on screen. I’m not sure how the writers can get rid of Max’s wife, but it’s necessary.
Their personalities and temperaments (from what we’ve seen so far) meld so well. I can see an entire future for these two characters and it’s a future I really want to see progress. I read the chemistry between Max and Helen in episode one but, this week, in episode three it’s just too obvious to hide.
Mimi: I’m literally gasping for air right now, because I couldn’t agree more with Erica. I thought it was just me!! I SEE THEIR CHEMISTRY and it’s FIRE. I am so excited someone else is on board with me. His wife is a snooze fest and they have no chemistry! She is moving to Connecticut with their unborn baby. I’m underwhelmed with her. Erica, I approve this ship.
Lariel: For me, Reed and Caitlin Strucker on The Gifted. Their multiple crises came to a head this week when Reed revealed that he is manifesting powers that he cannot control. It would have been so easy for Caitlin to get angry and walk away because he’d covered something up yet again, piling just one more thing onto the plate full of troubles they face. She doesn’t. She’s going to be there for him. It’s something I personally connect with very much right now.
Amanda: The scattered time periods of the flashbacks in This is Us have their pros and cons, a major con being that it’s been difficult for me to get fully invested in the Jack/Rebecca relationship without having seen their beginnings. In most other shows after all, it’s the beginning that would be shown first and would set the tone for the ship’s scenes to come in future both near and far. I have to say though, This is Us is making the wait pay off. As Rebecca stared in awe and confusion at Jack rolling up his sleeves to do the dishes like it was second nature-here’s to depressingly low standards of the ‘70s that still feel relevant today-I could feel the final bit of investment I’d been holding back finally click into place.
Lyra: The Walking Dead‘s Richonne deserves better. There, I said it. Right now I feel like I’m getting everything I deserve when it comes to family walks, painting on the porch, and cuddling up in bed. And it’s devastatingly beautiful and everything I need in this shit storm of a world full of zombies, men like Gregory, and evils like Negan. But the rest…the looming end of this beautiful and honest relationship…well, that hurts. It makes me want to pick my own ending when Rick Grimes goes/dies/disappears because I don’t think I could survive the destruction of one of the strongest and most loving relationships I’ve ever seen on TV. Nope.
Moment that made you collapse into a puddle of FEELS
Lizzie: Marcos holding his kid for the first time, on The Gifted. The show has delivered Class A angst this season, and it’s done so by putting characters we know care about each other on different sides of an existential dilemma that doesn’t really seem to be about good guys vs. bad guys. Still, it’s hard not to feel like Marcos is getting the raw end of the deal here, and my heart both swelled and broke at his expression when he got to hold his kid for the first time, and he whispered to her in Spanish that he was never going to leave her.
Lariel: Parent/child moments always seem to do it for me. I loved Marcos with Dawn in The Gifted, and I loved Murphy and Avery Brown having the terrible conversation no parent ever wants to have with their child. But the winner to me is Barry Allen and Nora West-Allen connecting. Nora meeting the father she doesn’t really remember, Barry learning he missed so much, the two of them realizing how much they do have in common… It was all lovely and part of what made the premiere of The Flash so marvelous.
Lyra: Every moment with Nell on The Haunting of Hill House. Right now I’m on episode 5 of this new horror family drama from Netflix and Nell is confronting her brother to ask him why he treats her the way he does, in the middle of a book reading. Instantly I had to pause and process my feelings about Nell. Only half way through this series and I already can see that she was hurting so damn much and no one saw it. Each and everyone of her siblings became so self involved that they forgot about the bonds they had when they were children. It was all about me, me, me, and in the end that destroyed Nell. It’s food for thought that shows us that we need to take a moment and reach out to those we care about and ask if they’re ok, if they need something, or just how their day was. You might not think it’s much, but for someone hurting, it means the world.
Quote of the Week
Erica: Ralph: “Pardon me, are we talking about actual time travel here?” Cisco: “Do just, like, not pay any attention when we have our briefings?” – Ralph to Cisco, The Flash
I loved this because it was that comedic moment I needed after the Nora bomb dropped. I’m still not sure how I feel about Ralph’s character but he does allow for some funny moments. I just loved how obvious this quote made it that Ralph has no idea what’s going on.
Lariel: “Have a civilized discussion and then clock him in the nuts.” – Murphy Brown, Phyllis advising Murphy on confronting her would-be assaulter.
Mimi: “Nellie’s in the red room.” Shirley, A Haunting at Hill House
Lyra: “You’re a damn legend, Sam. The shoulders, the hair. You are my Beyonce.” – Kip to Sam, Supernatural
WTF Moment of the Week
Erica: The fight sequence between Tom Chandler and his daughter, The Last Ship. This show never steers me wrong but I found the exception. The writers put together a war battle and a father-daughter fight, changing the scenes back and forth, set to some terrible metal music.
For me, it was hard to watch and it’s a wasted opportunity. Tom and his daughter could have had a really great scene, had it been left solo without the music, one that could be a learning moment for real parents. This sequence definitely had me saying, WTF?
Lariel: Two moments from Black Lightning; they killed Cyanide in the first few minutes??? Wow. Did NOT see that coming. Of course, we have seen the dead come back to life in Freeland, so maybe she’s not really dead. The other was Anissa with all that money in her bedroom. So she didn’t give it all to the Green Light families? Why?
he whole mess with the NYCC confirmation that the three actresses who played the Charmed ones in the new reboot are NOT actually latinx, but they are all playing latinx characters. Just what we needed, more shows with white women telling us a fantasy of what diverse stories look like.
Mimi: Okay, so I’m not sure where Grey’s Anatomy is going this season. Supposedly it’s gonna be about love and happiness but I don’t see how at this point?? My WTF moment came when Karev was still being Karev and cut a patient on purpose so that they could have an emergency surgery, that they otherwise could not afford. His intern, btw was all of us when she was like “I’m telling the chief!” Karev’s response, “I am the chief!”
Favorite Fall TV Premiere
Mimi: Guys! I just started watching The Haunting of Hill House OMG! I love it! I love the family. I was jumpy and I wanted to know what happened I begged to know.. I also refused to binge watch it so I could savor it piece by piece. I love scary movies and shows if they’re done well. This one is good. Well done Netflix.
Lariel: So far it goes to The Flash. “Nora” was perfect on so many levels; a return to the family focus I’d originally loved, a bad guy who helped advance the story of the relationships between the characters, and even a primer for anyone just joining the show in its fifth year. The Flash has set a VERY high bar for the rest of the Arrowverse.
Lizzie: All American, hands down. Sports shows are a dime a dozen, and sport shows with heart and possibility of growth? SIGN ME UP.
Lyra: The Haunting of Hill House feels like This Is Us decided to go rouge and have a horror drama love child. AND WE LOVE IT! Yes, it has the spooks. Yes, it has some jumps here and there. But it’s hard hitting family drama that peels back the story of a destroyed family, episode by episode. There’s heartbreak, drug use, loss, family fun, and a whole load of life lessons via the mom and dad of these kids; which we love the mom and dad! (Only on episode 5 so here’s hoping that doesn’t change anytime soon!)
P.S. There’s a badass queer woman in this show as well! She is…a sensitive. Yeah, that’s the word I’d use. She works hard, has fun, and has storylines besides “hot gay woman picking up other women at bars because she’s torn up.” Been there, done that. Also, her younger self is played by the actress who plays young Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel. I never say no to more Mckenna Grace!
P.S.S. I WILL PROTECT ALL MY BABIES FROM STEVEN. What an idiot.
Agree? Disagree? Have any more feels? Share with us in the comments below!