4YE TV Reel Feels For October 7th To October 13th

This week, we were dazzled by Jodie Whittaker’s first turn as the Doctor, amazed by Black Lightning‘s return, and creeped out by American Horror Story: Apocalypse. 

Performer

Bec: Jodie Whittaker dazzled in her first outing as the Thirteenth Doctor. In “The Woman Who Fell To Earth”, she proved exactly why she’s the first woman in the part. She embodies the best parts of the Doctor: the kindness, the sweetness, the innate strength and certainty. It may have taken her the episode to know who she is, but from the moment she appeared on the screen, she was the Doctor. I can’t wait to see where she takes us next.

Stephanie: I also have to give it to Jodie Whittaker. There was a lot riding on this season premiere and Whittaker delivered beyond my expectations. She has a fantastic blend of all of the modern era Doctors before her while still evoking the classic-era Doctors. The faces she pulled had me cracking up, her energy was infectious, and she had me on board with Thirteen in an instant.

Clare: It is so hard to choose one, but I’ll have to go with Cody Fern this week for American Horror Story: Apocalypse. We knew he was brilliant from The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, but he is just belting it out of the park as Michael Langdon. The perfect combination of charisma, manipulation, danger and power results in a truly compelling performance and his work in “Boy Wonder” was a prime example of this.

Episode

Bec: Black Lightning’s back! It continues to be one of the strongest offerings in the CW’s stable of shows. Nothing quite proves how compelling the show can be than the premiere “Rise of the Green Light Babies” (It’s a lot longer title, we know). In a hour with minimal superheroics, the show proves that the characters are the most compelling part of the drama. It remains as grounded in reality as ever with some chilling real world implications. The actions of the previous season from our heroes impact themselves and the community at large in huge ways that will remain in flux throughout the season. What can we say? If you’re not watching Black Lightning, then you’re missing out on one of the best shows on broadcast right now. Full stop.

Clare: As if there could be any other for me than American Horror Story: Apocalypse’s “Boy Wonder”. The return of our witches, the Seven Wonders test, a surprise return visit to Hotel and checking in with James Patrick March again, Stevie Nicks singing “Gypsy” and finally MURDER HOUSE!!!!!! How could anyone have been disappointed with this ep?

Stephanie: Doctor Who’s “The Woman Who Fell to Earth” was a milestone for the series. The first female Doctor debuted with a new showrunner, a new sonic screwdriver, and three new companions. It’s clear the show has a different feel than the Steven Moffat era, and that’s to be expected. But I like that feel.

Moment

Bec: There were so, so many good ones this week. Thirteen’s first proper Doctor Speech on her regeneration is definitely one. Anything that dealt with the Pierce family fallout from the end of season one. 9-1-1 had a super cute moment of the firehouse coming together to help take care of Diaz’s son. The father-daughter moments on The Flash last night are also choice. There were a lot of excellent moments this week is what I’m saying.

Clare: I can’t choose one so it’s a sequence – from Stevie Nicks’ entrance in American Horror Story: Apocalypse right through to the shot of Murder House. This acting, writing, directing is why AHS has been renewed for a 10th season.

Stephanie: I’m very tempted to pick something from Doctor Who’s season premiere but instead I have to go with Michael and Janet getting caught by the humans in The Good Place’s “The Snowplow.” It was literally the last second of the episode and it was completely unexpected. I have no idea how Michael is going to explain the portal and the entire situation they’re in but I’m excited to find out.

Disappointing

Bec: I think Nora needs to a chill a little bit because she is toeing a line between adorable and annoying on The Flash. Also we were supposed to care that Syonide died on Black Lightning? Did…did she do anything worth caring about?

Stephanie: Grace dying on Doctor Who. I knew it was going to happen because her grandson and her husband were both going to be companions but it was still unnecessary, in my opinion. Also, it must be said, Tim Shaw looked disgusting with his face full of teeth. Way to gross me out in the very first episode of the new season.

Quote

Bec: “There’s this moment when you’re sure you’re about to die. And then…you’re born. It’s terrifying. Right now I’m a stranger to myself. There’s echoes of who I was and a sort of call towards who I am. And I have to hold my nerve and trust all these new instincts — shape myself towards them. I’ll be fine, in the end. Hopefully. I have to be, because you guys need help. And if there’s one thing I’m certain of, when people need help, I never refuse.”  -The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) on her regeneration

Clare: “I want to live Charlie. Long enough to see my muff turn silver.” – Harlots

Stephanie: “These legs definitely used to be longer.” -The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) after barely making a jump onto a crane

Erika Negrón Rivera
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