4YE’s TV Reels Feels For November 11th Through November 17th

Emotionally driven episodes were our jam this week as far as television is concerned. We definitely felt our heart strings being tugged on and found ourselves reaching for the tissue box.

Check out our choices for this week’s TV Reels Feels!

Top Performer

Bec: Candice Patton on The Flash constantly turns in excellent performances. On “All Doll’d Up”, she definitely shone. From her internal struggle dealing with her future decisions to jumping off a building without a second thought to save her husband, Patton shows her off her quieter range. Woman is a queen. That’s all we can say.

Stephanie: D’Arcy Carden on The Good Place is perfect at everything. She kicked butt in Janet’s fight scene in “Don’t Let the Good Life Pass You By” and also showed us the subtle difference between a Janet without her powers and a Janet with her powers. Carden hits every comedy note perfectly, somehow brings incredible humanity to a non-human character (she’s not a girl or a robot, remember), and, as Eleanor said, looked like a total hottie while saving the humans from demons. She’s perfect and I love her.

Emmy: Brandon Routh doesn’t get the recognition he deserves as Ray Palmer on Legends so I’m going to show the guy some love this week as my top performer. Routh has nailed down how to combine being sweet, dorky, nerdy, and serious all in one go as Ray. His bantering with Matt Ryan’s Constantine was spot on this week and  Routh’s performance  demonstrates that Ray truly is the heart of the Legends team.

Top Episode

Bec: “Wet Hot American Bummer” on Legends of Tomorrow was an insanely fun episode from start to finish. Ray-John partnership! Little Ava and little Sara! Bonding with Mick and Charlie! It was all excellent from start to finish. It was really rooted in the characters and their bonds, which is what makes an ensemble film soar.

Stephanie: “The Demons of Punjab” was yet another emotional and relevant episode of Doctor Who this season. Addressing racial and religious prejudice, this episode also reminded us of the power and importance of love. The Doctor’s wedding speech was of unity and hope was touching and exactly what we need to hear when our international culture today is permeated by hatred and division.

Emmy: I’m with Stephanie this week. Doctor Who delivered another incredibly emotional episode with “The Demons of Punjab”. I love the show isn’t afraid to take on the serious issues, especially ones that still are very much relevant in today’s world, and it does so well. It doesn’t go for shock value or by using blunt brutal honesty but rather with a quiet sensitivity feel to it.

Top Moment

Bec: The moment when Mel said goodbye to Niko before the history rewriting spell erased their past on Charmed? It was heartbreaking. I’m still on the fence about the character, but even I got teary-eyed as she said her goodbyes to her girlfriend. It was definitely one of the strongest moments of the series freshman season.

Stephanie: Janet protecting her friends by demolishing every demon The Bad Place had sent to Earth on The Good Place. And she did it all with a smile on her face and a chipper attitude because Janet is always polite even when she’s kicking a bad guy across the bar. The same scene also had Eleanor punching a demon while she confessed her love to Chidi, Tahani smashing a pool cue over a demon’s head, and Jason defending Janet by chucking pool balls. Excellent all around.

Emmy: Mel actually being logical and rational during this week’s episode of Charmed was everything for me. Her conscious decision to put Niko’s well-being first was the first mature decision she has made on this show, and it wasn’t a gut reaction, which is why it was heartbreaking to watch but also a very strong moment for the show.

Most Disappointing

Bec: Despite the excellent moment for Charmed referenced above, the entire episode itself had some major pacing issues. Given the major decision to remove Niko and Mel’s history, it felt like there should have been more time on it. At most, the episode should have been a two-parter. At the least, the episode shouldn’t haven shoe-horned this heartbreaking choice into like the last 15-minutes.

Stephanie: The last few episodes of The Good Place have been the Soul Squad trying to help as many people in their lives do good deeds and earn a spot in The Good Place. But now Janet has taken them to her void and they’re dead (again) on Earth. It was a total cliffhanger and the show isn’t returning for a couple of weeks. Booooo!

Emmy: The lack of Nate and Gary shenanigans from the Time Bureaus on Legends did kind of throw me off this week as those have been fun to watch and have provided us with some comedy relief. I do understand that Nick Zano announced that he wasn’t going to be in this week’s episode because of taking time off to be with his family, which I respect. His absence was definitely felt.

Top Quote

“Love, in all its forms, is the most powerful weapon we have because love is a form of hope and, like hope, love abides in the face of everything.” – The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Doctor Who

“When is the right time to tell someone you were passionate lovers in an alternate timeline in the afterlife but he doesn’t remember because technically none of that happened in this strand of the multi-verse?” – Eleanor Shellstrop, The Good Place

Erika Negrón Rivera
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