About Last Night...ONCE UPON A TIME, THE WALKING DEAD, HOMELAND and More - Give Me My Remote : Give Me My Remote


November 28, 2011 by  

LOST may have ended last year, but a few Sunday night shows sure seemed to be paying homage to the late, great ABC series with their own episodes last night. (And yes, I’m referring to more than the obvious ONCE UPON A TIME parallels.)

Let’s talk Sunday night TV…

As someone who still adores LOST to a ridiculous extent, I always love seeing what little nods ONCE UPON A TIME (which was created by former LOST writers Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis) manages to throw in. While there was the more obvious Apollo candy bar (!), Archie and Henry’s time in a mineshaft/hatch — right after Archie told Henry there was no fairytale land, thanks to Regina’s orders — reminded me of “The Moth,” a Charlie-centric season one episode of LOST. In both shows, the two men needed to stand on their own feet to do what was right, and they both were able to do it after some time in a confined space. And now that we know Jiminy Cricket’s journey and eventual bond to Geppetto in the fairytale world, I’m curious to see how it will play out in the more modern time.

Continuing my LOST nerd explosion (sorry), THE WALKING DEAD‘s Shane quest for guns reminded me of when Sawyer had the same mission in that show’s second season. Of course, Shane seems a bit more deranged and his arming the survivors and killing the walkers in the barn might have more serious consequences than anything they ever faced on the island on LOST. Hershel’s patience with “our” group of people was wearing thin as it was, and now that they’ve killed his family, it wouldn’t be surprising if he sent them back on the road again. And I’m very curious to hear what you guys thought about the outcome of the search for Sophia. I don’t normally go “yay, child death!” but that feels like it will have more of an impact on the group than almost anyone else’s death would have; they’ve spent all this time searching for her and now she’s gone. Will it lead to trust issues with Hershel, given that she was in his barn? (Assuming they stick around long enough to realize he may have known that while they spent their time and energy searching for a pretty much dead child.) Will Rick feel residual guilt for being the one to ultimately pull the trigger? Sadly, the episode was the show’s midseason finale, so we won’t begin to get answers until February.

We only have a few hours left of HOMELAND this season and man, I do not want it to end. The flashbacks of Brody’s time in captivity made it…understandable — which seems too breezy of a word, but it’s appropriate — as to why he may have been easily swayed to do some questionable things. As much as I really want Brody to be “good,” (which I can fully admit is likely because I’ve always enjoyed Damian Lewis as an actor and I’d like him to stick around here as much as possible) I’m finding it increasingly difficult to believe that will be the outcome. He may not ultimately be a terrorist bomber, but it seems that as of now, his agenda isn’t one that would necessarily be appropriate for the public role he may be taking now that Rep. Johnson’s slot is open and likely to be filled by the celebrated war hero.

I watched the Animation Domination block last night (minus ALLEN GREGORY, which has lost me), but nothing really stood out to me. Was I alone in that?

Tell me…what TV impressed you last night?

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3 Responses to “About Last Night…ONCE UPON A TIME, THE WALKING DEAD, HOMELAND and More”

  1. El on November 28th, 2011 3:27 pm

    Love Once Upon a Time and Homeland.

    Brody is still a mystery to me. Damian Lewis plays the part so well. I hope he ends up telling Carrie what he has done (or someone) but I don’t know how it will end. It is such a great show.

  2. Rachel on November 28th, 2011 3:54 pm

    I enjoyed “The Walking Dead.” I think the ending really made sense. It would’ve been ridiculous if Sophia had been able to survive this entire time. Plus, I think the death really speaks to the whole point of the show. This “new world” sadly doesn’t have the patience for hope, even though they (including Daryl) still had it. I can’t wait to see how this affects each character in terms of optimism and “doing the right thing.” As for Hershel, maybe he didn’t know. Did he say something about Otis being the one to put “walkers” in the barn? Anyway, February can’t some soon enough!

  3. chitown_mimi on November 30th, 2011 12:23 pm

    @Rachel, you are correct about the Walking Dead and Hershel. The writers stated that Herschel most likely didn’t know about Sophia because it was Otis’s job. He really didn’t get involved in that “chore”. I thought the last scene was just heartbreaking. It really showed who was the leader of the group, though. With all of Shane’s bravado, at the end, it was Rick who had to step up and do what needed to be done. I also agree that it was fitting. It would have been ridiculous for Sophia to have survived this whole time. I should have seen this ending coming, but I swear I didn’t. It really bottomed my stomach to see her shuffling out. And the actress who played her mom was perfect. Mix of sorrow and horror. Perfect.