5 TV Moments We’re Thankful For This Season
Fall TV has been a bit of a mixed bag this year. While some shows are getting more attention than they probably deserve, other decent offerings have already gone by the wayside. As Thanksgiving looms and Fall finales continue to roll in, we look back at some amazing TV moments that have graced our screens over the last couple of months. Between the filler episodes and the flashback episodes and the ‘It’s probably all going to come together in next week’s episode‘ episodes there were some real gems that make us truly thankful we tuned in. What are you thankful for this holiday season?
1. Walter Bishop Rediscovers Hope in Fringe’s Season Premiere
Fringe is one of the most underrated and beautiful shows on TV. With only a handful of episodes left in its fifth and final season the show is bowing out with what show runner J.H. Wyman described in a recent Screen Spy interview as ‘a love letter to fans’ and a series of episodes that explore themes of humanity, forgiveness and redemption.
At the emotional heart of this cult scifi show is the fragile and brilliant Water Bishop (John Noble) who in the series premiere is captured and tortured for information about the resistance. Walter returns from the experience a broken man, his mind irreparably damaged by the process. Unable to remember his own grand plan for defeating the Observers, Walter is paralyzed by hopelessness and the realization that he has lost the fight literally one day into his mission.
Distracted by a reflection from the street, Walter wanders disconsolately from his apartment down into a war torn and derelict street below, where he stumbles across an abandoned car and a mix tape. Despite music (and all other forms of art) being banned, he slides the CD into the player, and Yazoo’s 1982 hit ‘Only You’ surprises both Walter and the audience with lyrics that seem to have been written purposely for this scene.
“Looking from a window above it’s like a story of love
Can you hear me
Came back only yesterday I’m moving farther away
Want you near me.”
As Walter lets the music wash over him, his eye is drawn to something else. A tall yellow Dandelion (a flower Walter associates closely with his grandchild Etta) has pushed its way up through the cracks and rubble on the pavement, and suddenly there is a symbol of hope amid the chaos of his broken mind.
2. Arrow’s ‘Herring Ladder’ Scene
While Stephen Amell’s general shirtlessness has been a source of enjoyment for many fans in itself, Arrow’s pilot episode served up a scene in which Oliver Queen showcased what his character was physically capable of – by jump-scaling a metallic structure (Herring ladder? Salmon ladder?) one rung at a time. The CW boasted that their Green Arrow adaptation would be harder, faster and grittier than we might expect, and this scene put paid to any doubts that Amell’s Queen would fall short in the toughness department. Plus, there was a handsome guy working out without a shirt on, if you like that kind of thing.
3. Lori Grimes Bites the Dust in The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead is pretty good at rustling up scares that frankly leave me more than a little jittery at bed time. But every now and again the show delivers an enormous emotional punch that floors me more than any zombie ever could. In ‘The Killer Within’ Lori Grimes (Sarah Wayne Callies) is faced with an impossible decision when her labor goes wrong, putting both her life and that of her unborn baby in danger.
Lori makes the ultimate sacrifice – instructing Maggie (Lauren Cohan) to cut her baby out and save her. Lori’s death scene in the boiler room will go down as one of the show’s most poignant and emotional moments ever.
The events of this episode continue to resonate throughout the season, bringing the characters together in a new and powerful way. They also serve as a reminder that The Walking Dead is at its very best when it’s not about the zombies.
4. Chaplin Calls America’s Bluff in Last Resort’s ‘Captain’ Episode
It’s hard to say what went wrong with Last Resort. Created by The Shield’s Shawn Ryan, and dubbed ‘the best new drama of 2012’ by several critics (including me) ABC’s freshman series nevertheless succumbed to sluggish ratings and eventual cancellation last week. (It should be noted that the remaining episodes are currently playing out Thursdays on ABC.) The pilot episode was full of win, with its bold presentation of strong and resolute characters set against the backdrop of an unthinkable predicament – a nuclear submarine on the run from its own government.
In a moment of insane oneupmanship captain Chaplin (Andre Braugher) and XO Kendal (Scott Speedman) pull the trigger on a nuclear missile and set it on a course for the White House in response to a pair of B1 bombers en route to their destination. It’s an incredibly tense moment, in which we fully believe Chaplin will go through with it. Fortunately, the White House does too, and calls off the attack, prompting Chaplin in turn to direct his missile into the sea off the coast of the US.
“Test us, and we will all burn together,” warns Chaplin. And we don’t doubt him for a moment.
5. Franco is Revealed to be a Cop in The Mob Doctor’s ‘Turf War’ Episode
The Mob Doctor is one of those shows that doesn’t do filler episodes, so whether you’re looking at an escalating mob war, a failing relationship or a young and naive man getting in over his head with the wrong crowd, then you won’t want to miss a beat. Previous episodes indicated that a ‘turf war’ between South Chicago kingpins Constantine and Moretti was on the cards, with Franco, Grace’s former boyfriend and Moretti’s right hand man, caught in the middle.
To date, Franco (James Carpinello) has been a well-meaning mobster (if there is such a thing), caught between the demands of two bosses and unable to tear himself away from his crime connections, despite Grace’s objections. Furthermore, because of his association with Moretti, Constantine wants him dead.
However, Monday’s pivotal ‘Turf War’ episode saw the return of FBI Agent York (Adam Harrington) from the show’s pilot episode. York has a man on the inside, and as it turns out, that man is Franco. Where to from here is anyone’s guess.