This week was a fantastic end to what has been a great February sweeps period for all of the TV shows I regularly watch. Nick and Schmidt celebrated their 10th anniversary as roommates. Once Upon a Time ripped my heart out tonight with its Snow White storyline. Even the repeats shown this week were worthy of consideration for the best things on TV: Parks and Recreation offered a second showing of “Halloween Surprise” (and yes, the proposal did make me cry once again), and Saturday night gave up a second look at Once Upon a Time‘s excellent “Manhattan.”
The best of the best, though, came from Castle. “Hunt” was a suspenseful, dramatic, perfectly-acted hour of television. Combined with last week’s “Target,” this arc gave us Nathan Fillion’s strongest performances to date. His gift for subtle, real emotion was never more evident than in his scenes with his father, brought to life by the equally wonderful James Brolin. The two actors gave their scenes a depth and gravitas that lesser actors could never have found in such a common “long-lost father” storyline.
From Casino Royale to one of the most well-placed “Always” lines in the series, the scenes between Fillion and Brolin were the most affecting, layered, and all-around-best moments I saw on television this week.
What was the best thing you saw on TV this week? And what are you looking forward to most in the coming week in the world of television?