About Last Night...ONCE UPON A TIME, THE GOOD WIFE, THE STRAIN, and More - Give Me My Remote : Give Me My Remote


October 5, 2015 by  

Credit: Eddy Chen/FOX.

Credit: Eddy Chen/FOX.

Sunday. Night. TV. Is. Insane.

Honestly, I don’t know how people who don’t do this as a career survive Sunday nights. I had nine shows I watched on Sunday night, and there are still a few I have to catch up on/I had screeners for about half of these. These are high-class problems, but man, what a huge amount of TV for us to discuss.

Let’s get to it, with an extra warning that there are spoilers in here — between a finale and a big unannounced cameo on a certain Fox comedy, there are spoilers in here for a good number of Sunday shows…

ONCE UPON A TIME: It makes sense everyone in Camelot would be a little bit relaxed at the start of their journey, but it’s a hard juxtaposition, since as a viewer, I wanted to dive more into answers about why Emma is all Dark Swan. The scene of Emma saving Robin — and enjoying her dark magic — was great, but it felt like it was just a half-step on a mile-long journey. I wish we had a bit more of forward movement in the first episode into the format they’re doing this half-season.

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE: I love that Captain Holt saved the day, even though he’s not even at the Nine-Nine anymore. Also, Terry. Drunk. Dancing. Yes, please, and thank you. And can we have Archie Panjabi back, please? Even if her character’s relationship with Boyle was probably not the healthiest, it was still delightful to see her on a comedy.

HOMELAND: Seeing Carrie happy is bittersweet — I, personally, want that for her, but as long as the show continues, she won’t be able to stay that way. And I always dislike when Carrie and Saul are estranged. It makes sense given where they were at the end of last season, but…not my favorite thing.

FAMILY GUY: Tiny Tom Cruise. Oh my God.

THE GOOD WIFE: I didn’t hate last season of THE GOOD WIFE as much as many people seemed to — though it was by no means my favorite, either — but it was interesting how different the premiere felt from last season. Alan Cumming vs. Margo Martindale is going to be delicious; I can’t wait to see what Eli does — will he actually be able to take down Peter?

THE LAST MAN ON EARTH: LMOE’s second episode won me over when Phil used a train to get his message to Carol (is it weird that made me laugh and tear up?), but (spoiler alert) holy Will Ferrell! I legitimately gasped out loud.

THE AFFAIR: I love, love, love the POV expansion. The first couple of episodes are split by (former) couple, but I’m curious to see how this plays out going forward — what would an episode with an Alison/Helen split be like? Helen/Cole? Noah/Cole? THE AFFAIR’s format-busting season 1 was one of the reasons I fell in love with the series — and why I couldn’t get it out of my mind — so I’m excited to see how this plays out.

THE STRAIN: (I’m going into this with the caveat that I have not read the books the series is based on.)

I think this might have been my favorite episode of the series. That being said — the most dangerous sentiment on TV was uttered in the finale: “I’ll be right back.” Sigh. Poor Nora. I mean, I get Zack is a kid, but…yikes. Can he just go away? If he had run, like he was supposed to, maybe Nora would have survived.

Look, Eph is a mess. He’s done a lot wrong this season, and he could have been there for his son. But good God, what kind of a disaster is he going to be next season? Will losing Nora and knowing Kelly has Zack force him into sobriety? Or will it make him spiral into an even bigger drunken mess.

I don’t know if this is the way it played out in the books. Even if it was, it’s kind of sad to lose Nora, because it felt like she was the best chance to helping the humans survive.

And with Fet and Setrakian on a boat, with the Lumen, what will this mean for them? With time moving so slowly on the show (not a complaint; more of a commentary on the amount of time that has passed in the show’s world since the outbreak started), how long will it take for Eph to reunite with Fet and Setrakian? Will he?

QUANTICO: The show feels like it’s trying to out-Shondaland the Shondaland shows. And it felt like it was trying to squash 10 episodes into one. That works, sometimes. Other times it just feels like a lot of things being thrown at a wall. This, sadly, felt like the latter. We’ll see what episode 3 feels like.

What did you think of Sunday night’s TV?

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