This week’s TV viewing has us going through quite the range in emotions as some of our favorite shows are wrapping up their seasons.
We had a lot of angsty moments, some tears, and some things to celebrate thanks to our faves.
Check out who we picked for our TV Reels Feels this past week!
Clare: This was tough this week as I didn’t actually watch much on TV and there wasn’t an obvious stand out performance. I’m going to go with Damon J. Gillespie from Rise primarily for his work in my top moment which is described below.
Verena: My week was definitely a busy one, as I was catching up on some of last week’s moments. For me this week’s top performer goes to Riverdale’s Lili Reinhart. Much of last week’s episode was amazing, but Reinhart stood out as she once again fearlessly faced the Black Hood. A close runner-up is Madelaine Petsch, whose new fiery outfit and archery skills are surely a sight to behold.
Bec: I’m gonna agree with Verena this one. Reinhart, as Betty Cooper, delivers one of the most psychologically complex characters on television. She totally owns the screen no matter the scene she is in, utterly proving what a talent she is to watch. Another nod, however, should be given to Cole Sprouse as Jughead, whose desperation as he tries to resolve things peacefully really shone through here. His final conversation with Betty before facing the Ghoulies and Penny Peabody really broke my heart.
Stephanie: How many times have I mentioned Chloe Bennet as my top performer? I don’t care because I’m doing it again. She has a way of making me feel like she knows exactly what the audience is thinking. When Taryan arrogantly believes he has Daisy trapped, Bennet lets a smug look of pleasure cross her face before Daisy quakes herself free. And when she sees Coulson and May FINALLY kissing, she looks surprised, delighted, and then mildly annoyed because they are in the middle of a fight against some aliens after all.
Clare: What surprised me in how much I enjoyed it was TBS’ Drop the Mic. I had never heard of this series and only tuned in as Darren Criss was battling Stranger Things’ Gaten Matarazzo in this week’s ep and it was so much fun. I was so impressed with both stars and their raps. Criss is a fantastic musical improver so it was great to see him do that with this musical style and Matarazzo was very quickwitted and very funny. The enjoyment both stars were getting from performing just jumped off the screen and made the whole thing that much more enjoyable, I can just imagine the electricity of being in the live audience.
Verena: My vote this week goes to my beloved Lucifer. In “Quintessential Deckerstar” we get exactly that – 40 minutes of important milestones in the lives of Lucifer and Chloe, as they open up to each other. The episode builds and builds before it all culminates in a big, shocking death. It felt more like a finale than a penultimate episode, and it had me on the edge of my seat the whole damn time. I desperately need more of this show, so if you’re interested in supporting my new, independent network, get in touch (we can revive all the shows we lost too soon).
Bec: I’m going to give my top episode to Supergirl’s “Trinity”. I’ve complained about the Worldkiller plot a lot this season, but I really enjoyed this episode. Odette Annable continues to turn out an amazing performance as Reign/Sam. Add in some great dynamics between Melissa Benoist, Katie McGrath, and Chyler Leigh? You’re killing it. Supergirl’s plots can be a bit boring, but their characters never are.
Stephanie: Was Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s “The Force of Gravity” a fantastic episode? Not really but it did contain the culmination of five seasons of Philinda build up and for that reason it deserves to be mentioned. But then, because this show believes in heartbreak, the excitement of that moment was tempered with Coulson collapsing soon after. He’s well and truly dying now and saving him means, apparently, sacrificing the fate of the world. Way to bring up and then shove me right back down, S.H.I.E.L.D.
Clare: One of the storylines that I have found really interesting in Rise is that of Robbie Thorne (Damon J. Gillespie) and his mum. I don’t think that we have previously been told what she is suffering from until this week’s episode “Totally Hosed” where we find out she has ALS and that she’s not getting better and that Robbie should start to think of palliative care for her. My Grandma died from motor neurone disease over 10 years ago and so this storyline really hit home for me. It was so sensitively done by Gillespie and his scene with his mum about attending opening night of Spring Awakening had me in tears.
Verena: My moment is nowhere near as emotional and deep as Clare’s … I love the nice little nods Young Sheldon gives us towards The Big Bang Theory in form of adult Sheldon’s voice-overs, but I never thought they would drop an actual bombshell on us like they did in this week’s finale. SPOILER ALERT: Sheldon will become a parent at some point and have his own kids he can torture with contracts.
Bec: HOLY FREAKING CRAP! The end of Steven Universe’s “A Single Pale Rose” totally gutted me. And that’s how you go on hiatus folks. Closely followed by how Central City rallies around Team Flash to start reporting on DeVoe’s whereabouts when Iris posts her article on The Flash.
Stephanie: THAT PHILINDA KISS! A part of me was starting to think we’d never get here. After last season’s LMD fake first kiss, I was walking around slightly bitter because we were robbed. But then here comes the actual first kiss and it was perfect. In the middle of a fight, safely hidden behind Coulson’s projected shield, this kiss was epic and superhero worthy. Thank you everyone who decided to put this moment in slow motion. After five seasons of waiting, we earned a good, long look at these two finally acting on their feelings.
Clare: After opening with a couple of strong episodes, it was only time until The Handmaid’s Tale delivered a run-of-the-mill episode and that’s what “Other Women” was for me. That’s not to say that it wasn’t well produced, acted etc, but compared to this season’s first three episodes, this week was definitely a filler episode and was a bit of a let down after June’s escapades last week and her final recapture. I guess I was just expecting and looking for more following her recapture and then return to the house.
Verena: I will not let this turn into a rant, but the state of television over the past weekend has disappointed me greatly. There were victories (such as the cancellation of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and its move to NBC), but there were also devastating losses, such as the most underrated comic book tv show television had – Lucifer. As questionable as some of FOX’s choices were, this year they hurt themselves by letting go of some of the network’s most beloved shows only to take on others that clearly lacked support from all ends of the spectrum.
Bec: Verena and I are on the same wavelength this week. Luckily, Brooklyn Nine-Nine was swiftly saved. I agree with Verena 100% on Lucifer. It was such an underrated show, but consistently held its ratings. We can only hope that someone else would pick it up. Maybe the new DC streaming service or something? Either way, FOX should have given the show some warning so that it didn’t end on a cliffhanger.
Stephanie: Oh, Talbot. Yet again I find you disappointing. You have gone from brain damaged guy trying to do right to a megalomaniac who thinks he’s the world’s salvation. And I couldn’t be less interested. Of all the ways I thought season 5 would play out, this was never one I considered and it’s probably the least exciting option, if I’m honest.
“I just wanted to let you know that I love you. I’ll never stop loving you.” -Jughead to Betty before facing the Ghoulies and Penny Peabody on Riverdale
Coulson, after he and May kiss: “Not a word, Agent Johnson.”
Daisy: “Copy that… hot lips.”–Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.