This piece was written during the 2023 WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. Without the labor of the writers and actors currently on strike, tv shows and movies being covered in Fangirlish Feels of the Week wouldn’t exist. We stand with the WGA and SAG-AFTRA.
We watch a lot of TV and movies! And we read a lot of books too, not to mention the time we spend on TikTok. In case all the reviews, interviews, news, and features didn’t give you a clue (wink, wink), we come together to highlight all those great moments that our favorite shows, movies, and books give us throughout the week. On these Fangirlish Feels of the Week, there are five categories and many thoughts! Ready?
Here we go!
Moment that made you collapse into a puddle of FEELS
Shelby: Seeing Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker again in the final seconds of this week’s Ahsoka. Dave Filoni took me out by just hearing Christensen say, “Hello, Snips,” that seeing his face as Anakin in 2023 made me collapse into a puddle of feels – and that’s putting it delicately. I can only imagine what Ahsoka and Dave Filoni have in store for us next week.
Ashley T.: Rutherford telling Tendi that he’s afraid they wouldn’t be able to be friends if he didn’t get promoted too, and then her giving him an “order” as his senior officer that they would always be friends and spend time together made me squee, but then that sweet hug? CUE ALL THE FEELS!
Rachel: I have to second Shelby’s answer. As a fan of all live-action Star Wars, the moments when classic characters appear again are special. Hayden’s Anakin on Ahsoka is a joy. I also can’t wait to see more.
Christabel: Humanity finally gets a win with the attack on the Alien mothership in Invasion 2×03 only for Sarah to go missing while Aneesha was trying to save Luke from the alien pit. Aneesha has been through so much; I keep thinking when does she get a break? That scream at the end almost made me tear up and I hope Sarah turns up next episode!
Lizzie: There were about 4 or 5 moments in One Piece that really got me, but I think Zoro telling Luffy that he’s Zoro’s captain and Zoro is his first mate takes the cake. Though every second of the entire crew in that final episode with Nami was a close second. This is a delightful show that delivers on every little bit of family feels.
Lyra: One Piece had no business making me cry over and over again for this found family of pirates. Seriously, if you haven’t watched it, go ahead and dive in. It’s super accessible and fun!
WTF Moment of the Week
Raquel: The whole Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner divorce thing. Jonas sounds like the worst husband ever! I mean, she abandoned her career literally at its peak to focus on being a wife and mother and, once she was able to focus on other things, the guy asked for a divorce because he had to act as a father for 3 months – which she was filming AKA WORKING.
WTF?! But, as if that were not enough, he makes his publicity agents lavish themselves on the gossip pages to make the mother of his children’s name mud. Joe Jonas is DISGUSTING and a BIG red flag. I said what I said.
Rachel: The end of The Wheel of Time 2×03. Oh, it’s so creepy that Rand has been doing it with an evil Forsaken this whole season and didn’t know it!! And she didn’t die when Moiraine slit her throat? Double creepy!!!
Ashley W.: Even though I read the comics that cover season 1 of Invincible, seeing the violence go from an illustrated form to animated scenes was rather jarring. It’s not even live action but certain moments definitely made me flinch. Invincible is a perfect example of how just because it’s animation does not mean it’s for kids.
Ashley T.: I’ll say it again. These studios still refusing to negotiate in good faith with WGA and SAG-AFTRA will remain the WTF moment of the week for me. Shame on all of you.
Tik Tok That Made Me LOL
Shana: This one had me cracking up at and having a lot of feels. A very good friend of mine used to have a very badass dog, who was my very favorite to play fake soccer with and that I loved very much…but yes. He did freak out over the vacuum. A lot. I miss that guy.
Ashley W.: It’s Kermit’s commentary after singing “El Tango de Roxanne” from Moulin Rouge! The Musical for me!
Christabel: The way they recreate this High School Musical scene with the shaky voices is so funny because Troy and Gabriella’s relationship didn’t need to be this dramatic!
Lyra: Ain’t no one believing Joe Jonas. Sophie Turner all the way!
What We’re Reading This Week
Amanda: This week I started and finished the last American Royals book, Reign, and I’m pleased with how Katharine McGee ended the series. I wasn’t expecting much of what happened in the book, but I didn’t hate it and actually ended up crying a few times — particularly during the epilogue — over things, characters, and relationships I never thought I’d be crying about!
Shelby: I’m reading Deborah Harkness’s A Discovery of Witches because I’m trying to get in the haunted holiday spirit early. I love anything supernatural, especially with a talented, powerful witch at the helm. The tone and overall vibes of the book are so fun to escape into, and I’ve been reading it as I watch the first season of the show. So it’s been fun to see what changes the adaptation makes. Really, I’m learning it’s mostly pretty faithful.
Rachel: I have started the fourth Wallflowers novel by Lisa Kleypas, Scandal in Spring. Romance novels like this are always fun and this one gets bonus points for a heroine who is short like me!
Ashley W.: I finished reading Look Out for the Little Guy by Scott Lang, which is just such a weird sentence, but it’s true. I read Ant-Man’s book from the MCU — the byline is indeed Scott Lang’s — even though it’s not from this universe. It’s like fanfiction brought to life, but it’s not fictitious.
I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to wrap my head around the strange but genius decision to bring that book into this reality. Regardless, it very much so captures Lang’s essence and truly feels like it’s written by him.
I question some of Lang’s storytelling, particularly whether other Avengers really encouraged him to share these narratives. But it’s really fun and intriguing to get his insight on the events Marvel fans have experienced only through a screen.
Ashley T.: I’m still working my way through my Star Trek comics backlog. This week I’m catching up with the current main Star Trek series from IDW. Lots of DS9 love right now in that book, bringing back Sisko and Worf. Speaking of DS9, the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series IDW has out right now is fantastic too. Bonus: it features a corgi named Latinum!
Jasmine: I just started reading You Never Know by Connie Briscoe. The prologue pulled me in IMMEDIATELY! It’s a thriller which I love and I hope it does not disappoint because so far I’m invested.
What We Rewatched This Week
Amanda: The live action Little Mermaid was finally released on Disney+ this week, so of course I rewatched it. I’ve wanted to rewatch it since I exited the movie theater in May. Halle Bailey is a beautiful, stunning, perfect Ariel, and Jonah Hauer-King is the latest British man I am in love with. 😂 Prince Eric is the best Disney prince and has the best songs of all Disney princes!
Shana: I finished my Suits rewatch. Not sure if I should make a crack about Paula getting what was coming to her or talking about ugly crying through most of the series finale (again), but. Well. Happy upcoming fourth wedding anniversary to Darvey, either way.
Rachel: I rewatched the amazing classic film 12 Angry Men. Incredible doesn’t even begin to describe the story, acting, and direction of this one. I hope classic films like this are some part of everyone’s entertainment diet.
Ashley W.: I rewatched Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, because it has been just over two years since its theatrical release. It never gets old, is easily one of the best projects from Phase 4, and continues to be one of my favorite Marvel movies. That said, I can’t believe it’s already been two years since we first got Shang-Chi and we still have no clue when we’ll see him again!!!
Ashley T.: I had Star Trek: Lower Decks 4×01 and 4×02 and the season two finale of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds on in the background while I working on other things this week. I’m never mad about watching all of those shows on repeat anyway. They’re fun, exciting, and both are quite funny!
Christabel:I rewached 2012’s Jack Reacher starring Tom Cruise and it was bad. Cruise wasn’t as frightening as he thought in this film, especially when he threatened a bad guy over the phone that he’d drink their blood from a boot if they didn’t cooperate, I LAUGHED!
Lizzie: I might have started a casual The X-Files re-watch. Feels fitting, considering the anniversary coming up. I might skip the really bad episodes that made me mad in my previous watches, though. I’m too old to be mad at Chris Carter.