About Last Night...FBI, FBI: INTERNATIONAL, THE VOICE, and More - Give Me My Remote : Give Me My Remote


May 24, 2023 by  


“God Complex” – When a prominent doctor is found dead in a ritualistic slaying, the team must race against the clock to hunt down a religiously motivated serial killer. Also, Scola faces a life-or-death decision, on the fifth season finale and 100th episode of the CBS Original series FBI, Tuesday, May 23 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. Pictured (L-R): Shantel VanSanten as Nina Chase and John Boyd as Special Agent Stuart Scola. Photo: Bennett Raglin/CBS ©2023 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Let’s talk about Tuesday night’s TV!

FBI: Okay, this was a deeply, deeply, deeply messed up episode, but also wildly hopeful in a way I never would have anticipated. Love this for us.

First of all, the case. The wounds were nightmare fuel. What. The. Efffffffffffff. It was one of the most messed up killers the show has crafted, and felt subtly big, but not cartoonish, for the milestone 100th episode.

I also appreciated the balance of high stakes, but not overdoing it with the final confrontation. When the killer grabbed Maggie and had the weapon at her neck, I had flashbacks to SVU’s “Fault,” and wondered if we’d get a quasi-parallel there. And while Maggie did insist they take the shot and no one did, she got herself out of the situation. (Also, given how much Maggie has been through in the past year, and how much trauma she and the team have undergone in the aftermath of that and everything, I’m glad it was just a brief hiccup.)

I’ll admit to also being shocked by how the Nina-Scola pregnancy shook out. (In a good way.) I was mentally trying to prepare myself for the couple losing the baby basically from the moment it was clear she was expecting. When Nina started feeling unwell—and we saw the nursery—it felt like a fifty-fifty chance that she’d make it through the hour…and then Scola was asked to pick? My cynical TV-loving heart was sure we were heading toward the baby not making it and it destroying Nina and Scola (both individually and as a couple) in the process.

But…we got a happy “ending”??? Nina survived. Baby Douglas survived. After so many hardships this season, we ended the season with our team happy. What a gift to go into hiatus with our characters in a good place. What a lovely way to end on for who knows how long given the current strike. And I’m so, so, so glad an important milestone wasn’t bogged down by life-changing trauma. It’s the first time I can remember one of my shows surprising me in a good way in a long, long time.

FBI: INTERNATIONAL: Oh God, my poor Fly Team babies.

Much like my bracing myself for doom on FBI, I had been doing the same here: The introduction of a new team member and the recent return of another former agent made me wonder if we were about to have a shakeup of our core group. But I did not see those final moments coming at all.

(Thank you to the writers for making it clear Tank was safe. I’m stressed enough for our human characters, I would not be able to handle him in danger, too. #PROTECTTANK)

It’s naive to imagine everyone makes it out of this okay; that was seemingly a damn big bomb, and it’s less dramatic if everyone is back to normal as soon as the show returns. But if there’s any way to keep all of the regulars…I would take it, please and thanks.

THE VOICE: It was no secret that this was Blake Shelton’s final show, and it was hard to not be emotional over it all. Yeah, the show isn’t ending, but Shelton was there for a dozen years/23 seasons. That’s a lot; he’s a part of the show’s DNA and it’ll be so strange to imagine the series without him.

And the show handled it was genuinely touching. Yes, there was some of the normal (but fun) finale shtick, as Blake and Niall “moved in together” and Kelly and Chance were competitive over everything. But there was the former coach montage. Original coaches Adam Levine and CeeLo Green were back. (It was especially delightful that Levine was back for a couple of segments.) The thing I really wanted—but didn’t dare hope, given how many years it’s been—was what we ultimately got: A group performance with Team Blake vets. It was seeing the show’s history on stage, and clearly meant a lot to Shelton, too.

It was more the Shelton show than the finale show, but given the way the season was handled…it made sense. But, IMO, the right two acts were the finalists, and it feels like both can become superstars if given the right platform/guidance. Gina already has had bonkers digital numbers, so I hope she has success.

FBI: MOST WANTED: Well, this was basically one of the most tragic outcomes possible given the circumstances of Mikey’s death. For Remy to have to live with the fact that one of Mikey’s friends did this? Ouch. And it also is so tragic Remy now realizes he didn’t know an important part of his brother’s life.

I’m curious how much Remy’s nephew will play into the show going forward. Will we see him as frequently as we’ve seen Remy’s sister? Will this young man even want the Scott family in his life?

But it was lovely that the team—and Isobel!—stepped up to help solve this case. Though WTF to the corruption of Mikey’s case top to bottom. What an absolute disaster and intentional miscarriage of justice.

Which shows did you watch last night?

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