Guess what time it is? It’s Weekly Superlatives time!
HERE’S THIS WEEK’S
TALK NERDY WITH US WEEKLY TV SUPERLATIVE AWARDS:
BEST ONE-LINER: the flash
linda park “I made out with the flash.”
This week’s The Flash had PLENTY of entertaining moments. But, that tends to happen when you have an adorable journalist who knows next to nothing about metahumans pretend to be her metahuman super villain doppelgänger. All that aside, probably one of the episode’s most interesting scenes was when Barry decides to reveal his identity (what’s the count on the people who know now?) to Linda in an attempt to help her trust the Flash. Linda’s first reaction, after absolute shock, is that she has made out with The Flash. Classic.
MOST LOVABLE CHARACTER: izombie
Some people in this world are blessed with absolute cinnamon rolls for bosses. Some. Liv Moore happens to be one of these people. Ravi is not only the coolest and awesomest boss to work for, but he is also an absolute GEM of a friend. Words are not enough to express my love for Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti. I mean, who else not only caters to their zombie employee’s zombie needs and keeps their secret without being asked to, but also, for no personal gain, volunteers to start research on a zombie cure for said employees? AND also volunteers to study the transmission properties of zombie-ism so they can help their two friends have sex. I mean, seriously, need I say more? Ravi Chakrabarti is a gem and a cinnamon roll, and he must be protected at all cost!
BIGGEST JERK: jane the virgin
Michael Cordero is a pretty stellar guy usually, and I tend to like him very much. But even so, he can have his agonizing moments where you wanna punch him in the face. An example, you ask? Well, take for instance, his irrational hatred of Rafael that can make him act like a total tool at times. This week, Michael’s partner discovered and later told their boss that Michael had let his ex-partner, Nadine, escape. Michael’s first conclusion is that Rafael overheard Michael telling Jane this and has turned Michael in. This causes him to have a complete freak out session at the hotel during Petra’s wedding in which he decides to punch Rafael. This leads to a fist fight between the two that causes a glass vase to drop on the floor and break, and a shard of it flies into baby Mateo’s arm and cuts him! The horror! Jane is mortified and decides to stay away from Michael, especially when they both find out that Rafael was NOT the one who turned Michael in.
BAD guy OF THE WEEK: THE FLASH
We have been hearing our this season’s big bad’s name quite often in the past few episodes (we even got to see him for brief seconds a couple of times), but we haven’t really had a chance to see the infamous Dr. Zoom in action. Well, that all changed this week when Dr. Zoom finally decided to come face to face with the Flash after Flash tries to use Linda aka Dr. Light as bait to draw Zoom out. And, oh my god, is Dr. Zoom just absolutely TERRIFYING. Not only are his costume and voice scarily non-human looking, he seems to be astoundingly powerful. The guy literally throws our Flash around like a rag doll. I’m terrified to see what else he has in store for our Team Flash.
BEST KISS: arrow
oliver and felicity
Oliver and Felicity really have their power-couple dynamic down pat this season. They have been a force ever since we first saw them together in the premiere, but every relationship, no matter how perfect, has its ups and downs. That is, after all, what makes us human. This episode we saw Olicity hit a few bumps in the road, but all was remedied and resolved by the end of the episode as the two came together to work out their individual insecurities. And that led to one of the cutest make-up moments ever (as Donna Smoak says, “best part about fighting is the make-up sex) which included an epic, upside down Spiderman-style kiss. Aw!
Honorable Mention: Chicago Fire (Chili and Jimmy)
MOST swoon-worthy SCENE: how to get away with murder
Shonda Rhimes has never shied away from having excellent steamy scenes in her shows that seem to teeter the network censor line. And boy do we love her for it. How to Get Away with Murder has always had a boldness to it whether it’s in tackling highly controversial topics or incredibly daring sexy times. This week we got a wonderful sex montage set perfectly to “Indian Summer” by Jai Wolf. After everyone feels a little more relaxed because Caleb and Catherine have been cleared as suspects of the Hapstall case, they decide it is time for some sexy time. The montage shows Nate and Annalise, Frank and Laurel, Michaela and Caleb, and Connor and Oliver all getting it on separately. Poor Wes was left out since he was busy working on the case. And Asher. But Asher is always left out, bless his heart.
biggest otp moment: reign
francis and mary have a picnic
To celebrate Francis’s miraculous return from near death, Mary and Francis decide to go to Paris. On their way there, Mary stops them so they can have an impromptu picnic out in the forest. The whole episode was filled with absolutely precious OTP moments this week, but I think one of the most precious scenes was when Mary and Francis decide to take skinny dip in the lake. The two haven’t had a chance to be this carefree and adorably romantic since before their wedding way back in season 1. It was an incredibly wonderful moment for the two especially consider what happens not soon after. Sigh. These two break my heart.
MOST EMOTIONAL SCENE: ONCE UPON A TIME
emma stands up for herself
The Dark Swan storyline, in my opinion, has been one of the best things to ever happen to Once Upon a Time (story wise, because I can think of plenty other smoldering amazing casting things that have happened). The story really gives us a chance to explore Emma’s character and her relationships with everyone around her as well as her tragic back story. We see, in both timelines, her struggle greatly with her doubts and issues. This episode paid a great homage to Emma’s issues of self-doubt and abandonment during her struggle against the first Dark One, Nimueh. Nimueh tries to influence Emma to kill Merlin, telling her that if she does then she will have the power of all the Dark Ones and she won’t be nothing anymore. The struggle leads Emma to finally break through and scream, “I am not nothing. I was never nothing.” The line was not only beautifully written but also brilliantly performed by Jennifer Morrison who was able to pour all of Emma’s history and emotional baggage into those two incredibly powerful lines.
MOST HEARTBREAKING MOMENT: REIGN
francis dies, like forreal forreal
Reign has been foreshadowing King Francis’s death since literally the pilot. The prophecies surrounding his death were a great part of the season 1 storyline and have since then been constantly revisited. Since its first mention, Francis has had many near-death experiences and take outs that have left the viewers dreading the moment it finally happened forreal forreal. And that day finally came this week. Everyone watching the show knew it was gonna happen sooner or later (probably sooner because of the heavy recent foreshadowing), and yet it still did not make the impact any easier. Francis died in Mary’s arms after being attacked by assassins in an attempt to protect Mary. The entire sequence of his death and the scenes that followed were so heartbreaking, that I couldn’t possibly pick one of them. From Francis actually dying, to Bash informing Catherine, to Catherine comforting Mary, to Mary completely breaking down emotionally, to the final funeral scene where Mary announces that she is no longer the Queen of France, every single scene was completely saturated with painful emotions. It was heartbreaking as well to see that after all the disease and war, it was his protection of Mary that led him to his death, just like Nostradamus had predicted and Catherine had feared. With that said, all the call backs to the previous seasons including cute Frary scenes and specific visions Nostradamus had had were amazingly done, and every single member of the cast delivered masterfully.
Honorable Mention: Agents of SHIELD (Fitz watches Jemma’s videos)
MOST heartwarming moment: agents of shield
fitzsimmons watch the sunrise
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s two favorite science nerds have had a quite a rough go of it since the middle of season 1. Fitz and Simmons have faced quite a lot both together and individually, and after Simmon’s revelation two weeks ago about her outer space romance, things became even more complicated and heartbreaking. So, it was refreshing to see the two put everything else aside and just be there for each other. When Fitz brings up the videos Jemma made on the other planet for him, Jemma asks him what they should do about their situation and whatever it is they have going on between them, Fitz simply replies, “Right now, let’s just watch the sunset.” And that is all that is needed to make the moment perfect as the two stand by the window and watch the sunrise. It’s nice to see that in the world of AoS where things whirlwind so fast, some things will always remain the same.
FUNNIEST SCENE: The flash
linda pretends to be dr. light
As I said earlier, this week’s The Flash had plenty of hilarious and adorable moments packed in it. But perhaps the funniest thing out of the whole episode was Linda pretending to be Dr. Light. Her first scene of target practice where she tries to focus on her use of the light gloves Cisco made for her was absolutely hilarious. Malese Jow delivered perfectly by making it just aloof enough without going over the top. It was hilarious. Second, when she actually pretend-fights the Flash for Dr. Zoom’s benefit, it is just as hilarious to see Team Flash coach her through the fight and Barry and Linda having whispered conversations under their pretend fighting words. The whole sequence was absolutely hilarious, and an added bonus was seeing Barry having to play dead in a highly uncomfortable position for over an hour.
BEST ACTION SCENE: arrow
team arrow rescues ray
It is always a treat to get to see the entire Team Arrow kick ass in perfectly choreographed fight sequences together. This episode was no different. We saw Team Arrow discover that Ray is being held captive by Damien Darhk and, after some hardships, attempt to rescue him. The whole fight sequence as our heroes tried to break in was beautiful and there was one scene that almost echoed a scene from the first Avengers movie as we see all of our superheroes fighting the bad guys in a circle with their backs to each other as the cameras circles around them. It was badass and it was beautiful.
CUTEST SCENE: izombie
liv and major play strip poker
It’s hard to rekindle your romance completely with your ex-fiance when you have got a zombie-virus cock-blocking you, but Liv and Major have it somewhat figured out. As Ravi tries to research whether or not it is safe for the Liv and Major to have sex, they come up with alternative means of having sexy time. What is that? Why, strip poker via Skype, of course! It was an incredibly adorable scene to watch and somehow these two made it look romantic and adorable rather than scandalous.
weirdest moment: supernatural
dean and amara…talk?
I have been fascinated by the Dean and Amara dynamic ever since we first saw the two have a cryptic conversation in the premiere. The two have an incredibly complicated relationship where they are enemies because it is Dean’s job to find a way to defeat her, but they also have an undeniable bond and pull to each other that keeps them both from being able to hurt the other. It is fascinating and one of my favorite types of hero-villain dynamics. That, however, does not change the fact that the grown up, original Amara had a shitload of sexual tension with Dean and that tension becomes highly uncomfortable when Amara turns out to be a baby who is aging very fast. The show has not had Dean and Amara share a scene since she first started speed-aging until this episode, so it was very strange to see the two face to face again for the first time since the premiere (we’re not counting the newborn Amara that Dean held) now that Amara is a teenaged girl and not a grown woman. The scene had a weird sexual tension that seemed to have been added, whether intentionally or unintentionally, because of the strange bond that the two share, which was incredibly uncomfortable to watch because of the fact that the girl playing Amara in this scene is 16 or 17 years old, while Jensen Ackles is 37. The part of the scene that I found the oddest was when Amara talks about going out into the world and tasting all it has to offer and then proceeds to look at Dean’s lips while biting her lips. It. Was. Weird. Whatever the reason for this awkwardness, I really hope that either Amara ages really fast and is a grown woman by the time she next meets Dean or the directors of the upcoming episodes will mind the fact that they have underage actresses on-screen with a grown man here.
performer of the week: reign
Adelaide Kane is an amazingly talented actress who has done wonders as Queen Mary on Reign. This episode, however, is her best to date because she really gets to stretch her legs and portray a lot of strong and different emotions in the span of 42 minutes. From pure ecstasy at the beginning of the episode at Francis’s return from death to pure anguish at the end of the episode at his death, Adelaide delivered everything with perfection. The whole episode was a roller coaster ride, and while the entire cast did wonders with their talent, Adelaide easily stole the show. In particular, her performance in the scene when Mary has a breakdown, tears the English flag, and screams in agony over Francis’s death was spectacular and heart wrenching. It is Adelaide’s portrayal of Mary’s grief that really drives home the tragedy of Francis’s death.
That’s it for this week. Don’t forget to leave your thoughts in the comments and let us know if we missed anything or if there are any categories you would like us to add! Remember to check back next sunday for the upcoming week’s Talk Nerdy With Us Weekly TV Superlative Awards!